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  • Kris Bryant fans four times
    Kris Bryant fanned all four times he was up Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: If you're going to have a four-strikeout game, at least have it against Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. Bryant lost his seven-game hitting streak, but he's still batting .262. He opened August at .246. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hits long home run
    Brett Lawrie hit a 470-foot homer Friday in the loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The rest of Oakland's offense isn't doing a whole lot, but Lawrie has 14 hits in his last eight games, including three homers and three doubles. If anything, he's played a little better and stayed healthier than the A's should have expected this year. It just doesn't really make up for losing Josh Donaldson. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Seager hits solo tater in win over White Sox
    Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager's solo homer in the sixth inning snapped a scoreless tie. He also chipped in with a pair of singles. It's possible he's starting to snap out of a frigid August stretch, as he's recorded four hits in his last 10 at-bats. Two of those hits have left the park. For the season, Seager's hitting .258/.314/.428 with 19 home runs and 50 batted in. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Nunez homers in low-scoring win vs Astros
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nunez cranked a solo home run in the third inning off Astros starter Scott Kazmir for the game's first run. He would also drive home the game's final run just an inning later, this time on a ground out. The utility infielder's done a nice job in his relatively limited playing time, hitting .269/.306/.419 with three homers, 17 RBI and five steals over 160 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Lowrie can't manage hit in loss to Twins
    Jed Lowrie went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Lowrie failed to find traction against Kyle Gibson and the Twin bullpen. He's been dealing with a left thumb contusion over the past week, but the scuffles are nothing new. He's hit-less in his last 22 at-bats and now sports a .225/.329/.399 line with five homers and 17 RBI. Injuries have held him to just 41 games this season. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Wright notches pair of singles
    David Wright went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored in Friday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Wright missed four months with spinal stenosis, but has come back seemingly as though nothing had happened. In the four games he's played since his return from the disabled list, he's 6-for-20 with a home run, three RBI and six runs scored. There's fantasy value here, particularly with the Mets playing well on offense. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Schoop has golden sombrero in loss to Rangers
    Jonathan Schoop had a night he'd like to forget in Friday's loss to the Rangers, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

    Advice: Schoop was completely owned three times by Cole Hamels, then whiffed against closer Shawn Tolleson in the ninth. Picking up the golden sombrero was a rare off night in what has been a terrific season thus far for the O's second baseman. Even with the 0-for-4, he's hitting .293/.322/.505 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Kang drives in two as Pirates beat Rockies
    Jung Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Rockies 5-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Kang got the Bucs on the board with an RBI single in the first inning then extended their advantage with an RBI double in the third. What is turning out to be one of the best free agent acquisitions of the winter, Kang is hitting .294/.368/.463 with 12 homers and 48 RBI in what has been a fantastic rookie season. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Prado cracks homer off Scherzer
    Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Prado's two-run homer against Nationals starter Max Scherzer in the third inning boosted his overall total of taters to seven. He also scored twice. He's been on a mini power surge over the last week, having hit two homers and two doubles while working himself up to a seven-game hitting streak. That being said, his overall season triple-slash remains relatively punch-less at .274/.320/.374. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Cowart notches RBI single, steal in loss
    Kaleb Cowart went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a steal in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The single was just Cowart's fourth hit since he was called up on August 18. He was the 18th overall selection in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and hit .323/.395/.491 with six homers and 45 RBI over 62 games at Triple-A Salt Lake. As a 23-year-old, he still has a ways to go before we can truly determine what he'll be at the big league level. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Miguel Sano nursing minor hamstring injury
    Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Chris Johnson (infection) to return Tuesday
    Chris Johnson (infection) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson is over his infection caused by a spider bite, but the Indians will wait until roster expand to activate him. He's hit .429/.429/.571 over six games since joining the Indians. Yesterday, 2:04 pm
    15-Day DL
  • A-Rod to serve as pinch-hitter this weekend
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to be in there on Saturday and Sunday, either, with the Yankees not having the designated hitter spot available in Atlanta. A-Rod will serve as a pinch-hitter this weekend before returning to action Monday in Boston. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Daniel Murphy delivers go-ahead hit for Mets
    Daniel Murphy doubled in two runs in the top of the 13th as the Mets beat the Phillies 9-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Murphy's third hit of the game. Reliever Carlos Torres singled prior to Murphy's hit and scored the go-ahead run in his victory. The double was Murphy's 30th. Incredibly, he's fanned just 31 times in 393 at-bats on the season. Last year he struck out 86 times in 596 at-bats. Thursday, 8:58 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Pedro Alvarez hits 21st homer
    Pedro Alvarez hit his 21st homer Thursday off the Marlins' Justin Nicolino.

    Advice: It doesn't look like the Pirates are going to try Aramis Ramirez at first base, so Alvarez's starting job against righties appears safe. It certainly helps that he's hitting .302 with six homers and 15 RBI in 63 at-bats this month. Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Moustakas collects three hits as Royals roll
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Royals outlasted the Orioles 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Moustakas also scored a run in the contest. After a small slump coming out of the All-Star break, Moustakas has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks. With his three-hit attack he's now hitting .283/.350/.449 with 56 RBI on the year. Thursday, 4:50 pm
  • Dodgers cut ties with INF Alberto Callaspo
    Dodgers released INF Alberto Callaspo.

    Advice: Callaspo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on August 19 to open up a roster spot for Chase Utley. Callaspo, 32, is batting just .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Thursday, 11:15 am
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo LAD - 1B,2B,3B
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  • Matt Duffy (ankle) in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Matt Duffy (ankle) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Duffy suffered a right ankle sprain on Wednesday, but it obviously wasn't a significant one. He drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run in the win. The National League Rookie of the Year candidate is batting .306/.345/.465 in 113 total games this year. Thursday, 10:44 am
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
  • Freese (finger) could return early next week
    David Freese (finger) is expected to be activated from the disabled list early next week in Oakland.

    Advice: Freese has been with Triple-A Salt Lake since Sunday and will begin playing third base there on Friday. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. He's hitting .240/.309/.397 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 90 games this season for the Angels. Thursday, 8:35 am
    15-Day DL
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