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  • Brandon Belt reaches five times in win
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Rich Hill solid in tuneup start
    Rich Hill allowed two runs over five innings Friday in a his start against the Giants.

    Advice: That's pretty much exactly the kind of tuneup the Dodgers wanted from Hill after he missed his previous turn with a blister. He'll be penciled in to start Game 2 of the NLDS after finishing the regular season with a 2.11 ERA in 20 starts. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Duffey knocked around for five runs in loss
    Tyler Duffey was knocked around for five runs in two-plus innings Friday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Duffey allowed two runs in the first inning and was chased after giving up a two-run homer and an RBI double in the third. The 25-year-old surprised with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts last season, but he’ll finish this year with a brutal 6.18 ERA across 25 starts. That’s easily the highest ERA of any MLB pitcher with at least 130 innings pitched. In fact, nobody else is above 6.00. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Cabrera has two doubles, two RBI in win
    Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. The 32-year-old amassed 25 RBI in September and now has 85 RBI on the year. He’s just two shy of his career-high from 2011. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Abreu rips RBI double in win Friday
    Jose Abreu ripped an RBI double and drew a walk against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Abreu has cooled down a bit over the past week or so, but he still drove in 25 runs in September. He’s now just one RBI shy of reaching the 100-mark for the third straight season. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Daniel Wright earns first victory
    Daniel Wright finally notched a win in his last try by holding the Astros to one run in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Wright, who had been 0-5, struck out five and walked none in this one. He ended up with a 5.61 ERA in his five starts for the Angels after posting a 7.62 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances for the Reds. It's quite possible he'll be bumped from the 40-man roster this winter. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Brad Peacock loses to Angels
    Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Peacock had a nice outing against the Angels five days ago, but the rematch turned ugly, erasing a lot of the good he did in his first four starts after joining the Astros rotation this month (2.25 ERA in 20 IP). He'll make next to nothing next year, so the Astros will probably keep him around as an option for the fifth spot in their rotation. Still, they do have greater talents to pick from. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Trea Turner swipes two more bases in loss
    Trea Turner went 2-for-3 and stole another pair of bases on Friday as the Nationals fell to the Marlins.

    Advice: Turner also walked and drove in a run in the ballgame. He has been a true five-category monster since joining the big league club, slashing an extremely impressive .339/.362/.558 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and 31 stolen bases in only 315 plate appearances. He's making a very strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year award. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt hits two-run homer
    Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer off Edwin Jackson in Arizona's 5-3 win over San Diego on Friday.

    Advice: The homer gave him a career-high 104 runs scored. With 24 homers and 95 RBI, he's not going to come close to matching his previous bests in those categories (36 HR and 125 RBI in 2013). Still, even in a down season, he's rated as fantasy baseball's No. 1 first baseman. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Braden Shipley allows three runs in finale
    Braden Shipley yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Shipley's stuff simply isn't what it was a couple of years ago, and he largely failed to impress in his first major league audition this year, going 4-5 with a 5.27 ERA and a 43/28 K/BB ratio over 70 innings. He should be viewed strictly as a fallback for Arizona's 2017 rotation. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson was tagged for five runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jackson turned in some nice outings for the Padres, but the end result was still a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Martinez tosses seven scoreless vs. Pirates
    Carlos Martinez came up huge for the Cardinals on Friday by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: That’s why he’s their ace. Martinez scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking just one batter and striking out nine. He induced 18 swinging strikes in his 104 pitches. Martinez improved to 16-9 with the victory and will finish the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf hits 20th homer
    Ryan Schimpf hit homer No. 20 in a losing cause Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf had been stuck on 19 homers for 16 days, far and away his longest drought since he went his first 18 days in the majors without one. He's hitting just .221 in his 87 games, but he's slugging a very robust .540. It should ensure that he enters next year with a starting job, probably at second base. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Holliday slugs homer in possible goodbye
    Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Moss slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Brandon Moss slugged a two-run homer against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Moss is now up to 28 homers on the year, though it has been quite a struggle for him over the past month. Coming into Friday’s action, he was hitting .074 (7-for-95) over his previous 28 games. He was hitting .270 as recently as August 26, but he’s now sitting at .225 on the year. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Gyorko socks his 29th homer Friday
    Jedd Gyorko socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko was acquired from the Padres over the winter to serve in a utility infielder role this season, but he leads the Cardinals with 29 homers. 22 of them have come in the second half. Only Brian Dozier has hit more homers in that time. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
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  • Polanco (neck) returns to action Friday
    Gregory Polanco (neck) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Polanco was held out of Wednesday’s lineup due to a stiff neck, but he’s feeling better now. The Pirates have already ruled out teammate Starling Marte (back) for the remainder of the season. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Ventura allows four runs in loss
    Yordano Ventura fell to 11-12 after allowing four runs over six innings Friday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Things fell apart for Ventura in the third inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He allowed six hits in all on the day while walking three and striking out eight. He also hit Francisco Lindor, apparently in retaliation for him celebrating after hitting a double in his previous at-bat. Ventura remains a frustrating talent in many ways. He took a step back this year, posting a 4.45 ERA over 32 starts while seeing an increase in his walk percentage and a decrease in his strikeout percentage. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Merritt notches first major league victory
    Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Hosmer hits RBI single vs. Indians
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Hosmer now has 104 RBI to go along with 25 homers. The increased run production has been useful for fantasy owners, but he has sacrificed some contact in the process. His OPS has dropped from .822 to .761 this year. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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