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  • Rendon picks up pair of singles in defeat
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-2 with two singles in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Nationals were unable to scratch out a run over five innings, at which point the heavens opened. The game would be called in the Diamondbacks' favor after a lengthy delay. For his part, Rendon is now hitting .272/.350/.450 with 19 homers and 84 RBI over the course of 556 at-bats. He has also stolen 12 bases. 38 minutes ago
  • Coghlan lifted with mild left ankle sprain
    Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a mild left ankle sprain.

    Advice: Coghlan injured himself when he ran into the outfield wall while tracking a fly ball in the fifth inning. He was subsequently replaced in left field by Albert Almora, but looks like he has avoided major injury. Consider Coghlan day-to-day moving forward. Today, 6:56 pm
  • Kolten Wong to test tender shoulder in BP
    Kolten Wong will test his injured shoulder in pregame batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wong did not play in Tuesday's game against the Reds and he's out of the starting lineup Wednesday, but it sounds like he should be available off the bench for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. Wong injured his shoulder last week in Chicago when he slipped in left field. He was given a cortisone injection Monday. Today, 2:28 pm
  • Travis (shoulder) on Jays' bench Wednesday
    Devon Travis (shoulder) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis injured his left shoulder Monday in the Blue Jays' benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees and remains day-to-day. Ryan Goins is at second base and Ezequiel Carrera is leading off Wednesday night against the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman. Today, 12:38 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (glute) sits again Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy hasn't started a game since September 17 due to a strained left glute and he might not see much action over the Nationals' final handful of regular-season tilts, though he should be ready to rock for the NLDS. Trea Turner is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday night against Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller. Today, 12:07 pm
  • Chase Utley cracks solo home run in defeat
    Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Utley rocked a solo homer in the third inning. At the time, it drew the Dodgers to within 3-1. They wouldn't score again in the game. For the season, the veteran second baseman is slashing .254/.323/.396 with 13 homers and 51 RBI over 503 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • LeMahieu whiffs three times in loss to Giants
    DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: LeMahieu simply couldn't square up Matt Moore, though the same could be said for just about everybody on the Rockies. For the season, the 28-year-old second baseman is slashing .349/.418/.496 with 11 homers, 66 RBI and 11 steals over 550 at-bats. This has been a career-year for LeMahieu in a number of statistical categories, including home runs, RBI and batting average. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz honors JF16 with grand slam
    Aledmys Diaz paid tribute to his friend Jose Fernandez on Tuesday, hitting a grand slam en route to the Cardinals' 12-5 drubbing of the Reds.

    Advice: Diaz, who was away from the Cardinals on Monday to be with Fernandez's family in Miami, smacked a Robert Stephenson fastball into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead in the bottom fourth inning Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. As he touched home plate he pointed to the sky in remembrance of his boyhood friend, and again Diaz gestured to the heavens after a curtain call from Cardinals fans. The 26-year-old shortstop will surely be playing with a heavy heart for as long as the Cards stay in it, but Tuesday was a moment he likely won't forget. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Altuve's two hits widen batting title lead
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Altuve stretched his insurmountable lead in the race for the American League batting title by knocking the pair of hits, and he's now batting .339/.397/.538 in 157 games. The next-closest hitter in the AL is David Ortiz, who is hitting .318 after Tuesday's game. Altuve's 28 steals are also tops in the AL, and he's seventh in runs with 107. The 26-year-old has already set personal bests with 24 homers and 96 RBI as well. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Brandon Phillips day-to-day with hand injury
    Brandon Phillips left Tuesday night's game in St. Louis after suffering a left hand injury.

    Advice: X-rays were negative, but even minor injuries can be season-enders at this point. Phillips was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI sac fly Tuesday before exiting. He's sitting on a .291/.320/.416 batting line in 141 games played. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Mondesi scores winning run in the 11th inning
    Raul Mondesi walked, stole a base and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning as the Royals outlasted the Twins 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mondesi wasn't even a starter Tuesday, entering in the late stages after Cheslor Cuthbert was pinch-run for. Mondesi got a chance to hit in the 11th, though, and drew a leadoff walk. He then stole second base -- his ninth steal of the year -- and came around to score on a sacrifice fly four batters later. The 21-year-old should compete for a roster spot, possibly even the starting second base gig, next spring. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Escobar launches sixth homer against Royals
    Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Escobar took Royals starter Ian Kennedy deep in the fourth inning for a solo shot, his sixth of the year. Before Tuesday, the 27-year-old had been just 5-for-56 in the month of September. The light-hitting infielder is batting .239/.277/.345 in 100 games overall. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    Player Note
    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Jean Segura slugs home run No. 20
    Jean Segura clubbed his 20th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: After slugging a pair of longballs Monday, Segura led off the game Tuesday with another dinger. He continues to extend his career high in home runs in what has been a career year for the Diamondbacks' shortstop. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
  • Matt Carpenter (finger) in STL lineup Tuesday
    Matt Carpenter (finger) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Carpenter has been dealing with a right ring finger injury and sat out of Monday's blowout loss to the Reds, but it's apparently nothing serious. He'll start at first base and bat leadoff Tuesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Robert Stephenson. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Wilmer Flores felt more wrist pain Monday
    Wilmer Flores felt lingering pain in his wrist while trying to swing a bat on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be shut down for another couple days and could very well be done for the year, unless the Mets can muster a deep postseason run. Flores hasn't appeared in a major league game since September 10 due to a bone bruise in his left wrist. He was slashing .267/.319/.469 with 16 homers and 49 RBI in 307 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Kipnis, Napoli, Lindor, Ramirez out Tuesday
    Jason Kipnis is out of the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco Lindor will also sit after the Indians clinched the American League Central on Monday night. Tigers ace Justin Verlander should dominate this particular Cleveland lineup. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Giants acquire Gordon Beckham from Braves
    Giants acquired INF Gordon Beckham from the Braves for INF Rich Rodriguez.

    Advice: Beckham will give the Giants some infield depth this week with Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Crawford banged up, but he will not be eligible for the postseason. The 30-year-old is batting just .217/.300/.354 across 273 plate appearances this season. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
    Player Note
    Gordon Beckham SF - 2B,3B,SS
  • Starlin Castro (hamstring) returns to lineup
    Starlin Castro (hamstring) has returned to the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Castro appeared as pinch-hitter during Monday's game and now he's ready to return to the starting lineup. He'll hit cleanup against David Price. The 26-year-old has been out for 10 days with a right hamstring strain. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Marlins, Prado agree to three-year extension
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million extension.

    Advice: Prado was previously due to hit a weak free agent market this winter, but he's now locked up through his age-35 season in 2019. Acquired from the Yankees in December of 2014, Prado has hit .297/.350/.405 over two seasons with Miami and has emerged as a clubhouse leader. The Marlins made it a top priority to keep him in the fold and they were successful. Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Monday, 9:21 pm
    Player Note
    Jonathan Villar Mil - 2B,3B,SS
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