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  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." Today, 6:43 am
  • Franco homers in third straight to top Mets
    Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

    Advice: For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Turner goes 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's demolition of the Rockies.

    Advice: He also walked twice and reached base in all his plate appearances. All three hits were singles, two of them drove in runs. He is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 89 RBI in 533 at-bats. The 31-year-old journeyman has been an extremely effective hitter since joining the Dodgers in 2014. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 vs Dodgers Saturday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 in a lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies predictably couldn't get anything going against Clayton Kershaw. Both of Arenado's hits were singles. He is having another fantastic season. He is rocking a .294 batting average with 40 home runs, 129 RBI and 112 runs scored. He is still only 25 years old. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Drew picks up two-run single against Pirates
    Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Drew had a big two-run single in the first inning to widen the Nats' early lead, and they never looked back. In his last four games, Drew is 6-for-15 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, and with Daniel Murphy still sidelined it's likely the 33-year-old continues to get regular playing time as the season winds down. Drew is hitting .281/.345/.539 in 64 games this year. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
  • Frazier swats 39th bomb in Saturday's win
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Holt has RBI double, run scored against Rays
    Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Holt plated the first run of the game with a double in the second inning. The all-purpose 28-year-old is hitting .264/.326/.397 with seven homers, 34 RBI, 44 runs scored and four steals in 88 games this year. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sano drills 24th home run on Saturday
    Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The fourth inning blast provided the winning margin in a game in which the Twins prevailed despite generating only three hits all night. Sano has been nursing a back injury in recent weeks but seemed fine tonight. He is now batting .240 with 24 home runs and 61 RBI. The 23-year-old's .797 OPS pales in comparison to the .916 OPS he put up as a rookie last year. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Tyler Saladino (back) to see doctor on Monday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura expects Tyler Saladino (back) will have his back checked out when the team returns home on Monday.

    Advice: He was scratched from Friday's lineup with back discomfort and is expected to miss the entire weekend series in Cleveland. It's been a rough injury month for Saladino, who just returned after missing three games with a calf issue earlier this week. The 27-year-old has hit .282 this year with eight homers, 38 RBI and 11 steals. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte returns after wife's death
    Yangervis Solarte has rejoined the Padres.

    Advice: He hasn't played since his wife passed away from cancer last weekend. Solarte has had a strong season for the Padres, hitting .284 with a career-high 15 HR and 68 RBI. Ryan Schimpf handed third base during his absence. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Flores (wrist) could be done for the year
    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports Wilmer Flores (wrist) may be done for the season.

    Advice: He isn't close to swinging a bat and has already received two cortisone shots since going down with a bruised wrist two weeks ago. Flores could return if the Mets make a deep postseason run but it's a near certainty he won't be back for the final week of the regular season. Assuming that's the case, Flores will close out the 2016 campaign with 16 HR, 49 RBI and a .267 average across 307 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Sandoval could return if 'the need arises'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."

    Advice: Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Rangers resting most regulars on Saturday
    Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor and a host of other Rangers are getting the day off for Saturday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland are taking a seat as well. The Rangesr have already clinched the division title in the American League West, the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Expect to see their regulars sporadically receiving rest over the final week and a half. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Castellanos to play in simulated game Monday
    Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

    Advice: It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Yesterday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
  • Escobar slugs game-tying homer vs. Astros
    Yunel Escobar slugged a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Astros.

    Advice: After Cliff Pennington led off the top of the ninth inning with a single against Ken Giles, Escobar followed with a game-tying home run. The Angels would go on to plate six runs in the inning for the win. Escobar has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .310/.361/.400 with five homers and 38 RBI over 127 games this season. Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Prado delivers two-run double in loss
    Martin Prado delivered a two-run double in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: His first-inning double gave the Marlins an early 2-0 lead, but they were held off the board the rest of the way. With seven homers, Prado hasn’t shown much punch this year, but he has driven in 73 runs to go along with a .308/.363/.418 batting line. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • MRI reveals strained glute for Daniel Murphy
    Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a strained left glute following an MRI.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that the ailment doesn't affect Murphy when he hits, but it's an issue when he runs. The club says there's no timetable for his return, although they've ruled him out through at least the weekend. That means he'll miss, at minimum, seven straight starts. Friday, 2:09 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
  • Reyes homers, scores three runs against Phils
    Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's extra-innings win over the Phillies.

    Advice: With the Mets down two runs in the ninth and Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez on to save the game, Reyes yanked a pitch over the right-center field wall to tie the game and send it to extras. Reyes also scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's walk-off, three-run home run two innings later. The homer was the eighth for Reyes in 52 games this year, giving him 18 RBI and 41 runs scored. The 33-year-old is batting .269/.329/.461 overall. Thursday, 9:49 pm
    Player Note
    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
  • Hernandez reaches five times, scores thrice
    Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored in Thursday's marathon loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Hernandez chipped in a single and a triple in the 11-inning contest, and it was the second time this year that he's reached base five times in a game. The 26-year-old has a sneaky nine-game hitting streak going, during which he's 13-for-37 (.351) with a pair of triples and eight runs scored. The good stretch has his overall line up to .293/.367/.398 in 146 games. Thursday, 9:45 pm
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