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  • Alex Rios returned to action on Friday August 29.
    Today, 2:18 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez returned to action on Friday August 29.
    Today, 2:18 am
  • Cashner much improved in start vs. Dodgers
    Andrew Cashner, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, took a no-decision despite allowing just one run over six innings as the Padres needed 12 innings to defeat the Dodgers 3-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Cashner only struck out one batter in his first start off of the DL, but he managed to fan eight Dodgers on the evening. He yielded only six hits and did not issue a walk as well. The only run scored in the third inning on Hanley Ramirez's RBI double. Over 14 starts, Cashner sports a 2.37 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 68/24 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going when he takes on the D'Backs at home on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Haren pitches well in a no-decision vs. SDP
    Dan Haren pitched well again, yielding two runs (one earned) over six innings in a no-decision as the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Four of Haren's last five starts have been of the quality start variety, something the Dodgers have needed in their attempt to maintain their NL West lead over the Giants. On Friday, Haren surrendered five hits and a walk while striking out three. The right-hander has a 4.33 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 118/33 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Nationals at home on Wednesday next.
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Turner has another multi-hit game in a loss
    Justin Turner went 3-for-5 and scored a run, but the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Turner notched his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fifth in his last six games. He's been filling in for Juan Uribe at the hot corner and has done a good job. Overall, Turner is slashing .326/.396/.452 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 270 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 11:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Grandal hits walk-off RBI single in the 12th
    Yasmani Grandal hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning to help the Padres overcome the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Grandal was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the game prior to his single. The 25-year-old has otherwise had a tough season, slashing .210/.309/.372 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 337 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Peralta suffers loss on a tough night vs. SFG
    Wily Peralta was handed his ninth loss with an ugly start against the Giants on Friday, surrendering six runs in only three innings.

    Advice: The Giants kept piling up the hits, recording nine of them along with a pair of walks over Peralta's three frames. The right-hander only struck out one of the 20 batters he faced. It's his second poor start in a row after he managed to lower his ERA all the way to 3.27. It's now 3.82 and he carries a 1.35 WHIP and a 122/51 K/BB ratio with it. Peralta will make his next start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Blanco homers, draws 3 walks, swipes base
    Gregor Blanco went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, three walks, and a stolen base on Friday as the Giants trampled the Brewers.

    Advice: Blanco stole his 14th base of the season in the second inning, then went yard against Marco Estrada in the fifth inning. He has shown the power stroke as of late, homering in consecutive games and in three of his last six. Overall, Blanco has four home runs, 29 RBI, and a .251/.330/.349 line.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Pence goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in a win
    Hunter Pence finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI singles in Friday's win against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Giants banged out 19 hits on the evening against the Brewers. Pence was one of four Giants to record at least three hits as well. The outfielder is having another great season, slashing .290/.343/.468 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Posey records 5 hits Giants rout the Brewers
    Buster Posey went 5-for-5 with a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored as the Giants routed the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second five-hit game of Posey's career, and it continues the catcher's fantastic month of August. Since the beginning of the month, Posey is batting .350 (36-for-103). He singled in a run in the second inning and tripled in two more in the fifth. Posey owns a .297/.352/.472 slash line with 18 home runs and 71 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Zimmermann outduels King Felix in a win
    Jordan Zimmerman earned his 10th win of the season after holding the Mariners to two runs over six innings as the Nationals won 8-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Rarely can one say they out-pitched Felix Hernandez, but Zimmermann got to say it on Friday. The right-hander scattered seven hits and a walk while punching out eight batters on the evening. Zimmermann has won his last four decisions and hasn't lost since July 11, posting a 2.73 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall this season, he has a 2.93 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 148/25 K/BB ratio. He'll toe the slab next against the Dodgers in Wednesday's road start.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Desmond homers, Nationals top the Mariners
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Mariners in Friday's win.

    Advice: Desmond went deep off of Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning, one of four the Cy Young candidate allowed on the evening. Desmond has 22 homers on the season along with 81 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and a .253/.310/.430 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ramos swats a pair of homers in a Nats win
    Wilson Ramos slugged two solo home runs in four at-bats in Friday's victory against the Mariners.

    Advice: Ramos went deep in the fourth against Felix Hernandez and again in the eighth off of Joe Beimel. They represented two of six Nationals home runs on the night. Ramos, as expected, has been productive since injuries interrupting his season twice. He has nine home runs, 38 RBI, and a .292/.329/.438 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Rendon's perfect night leads Nats past SEA
    Anthony Rendon reached base in all five plate appearances in Friday's win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rendon finished a triple short of the cycle. He drove in his only run with a first inning solo home run to left-center off of Felix Hernandez. He has been just what the Nationals needed at third base after losing Ryan Zimmerman to an injury. Rendon has 18 home runs, 71 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and a .282/.341/.471 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Santana homers in win over Royals
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Friday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana had an RBI single in the third inning and later added a two-run homer in the ninth. The 28-year-old came into Friday's action with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats and a .195 batting average this month. This was his first multi-hit game since August 16, which was also the date of his last home run.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Brantley has three hits to break out of funk
    Michael Brantley was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Nice to see from Brantley, who had just five hits over his last 11 games. Despite the recent funk, "Dr. Smooth" still owns an excellent .310/.369/.496 batting line with 18 home runs, 83 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Ramirez has two hits, RBI in win over Royals
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Ramirez continues to swing a hot bat since taking over as the starting shortstop following the Asdrubal Cabrera trade. He's now hitting .400 (14-for-35) over his last eight games. The 21-year-old has some speed, but he's still mostly an option in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Collmenter pitches well in a no-decision
    Josh Collmenter yielded only one run over 6 1/3 innings but was handed a no-decision as the D'Backs came back late and defeated the Rockies 5-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Collmenter and Bergman were locked in a pitcher's duel -- or, more accurately, an offensive ceasefire -- for much of the evening. The right-hander gave up only two hits without walking a batter while striking out five. Collmenter has pitched well over his last two starts and now sports a 3.94 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 100/34 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday next.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Reed strikes out two to grab his 31st save
    Addison Reed recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning as he notched his 31st save in Friday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: The D'Backs had taken a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, so Reed had plenty of breathing room. Reed is 31-for-36 in save chances with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 62/12 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike MIkolas scratched from Saturday start
    Mike Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's start against the Astros due to shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: Robbie Ross will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on Saturday. Mikolas, coming off the finest start of his career, will hopefully only need a couple of days of rest before he is able to rejoin the Rangers rotation.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Gregor Blanco hits two-run homer in win
    Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer and walked Thursday in the win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Blanco had one homer in 277 at-bats this season before going deep twice in his last four starts. Today's was a no doubter over the high wall in right at AT&T Park; it wasn't that far away from being a splash hit.
    Thursday, 3:49 pm
  • Alex Rios (thumb) out again Thursday
    Alex Rios (thumb) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Rios wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington elected to hold him out one more day. The outfielder is expected back in action on Friday. Jim Adduci is in right field Thursday in Rios' place.
    Thursday, 3:13 pm
  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • Gonzalez out Wednesday with back stiffness
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: The back hasn't really been an issue to this point, so unless it progresses into something more it's likely not something that will give him problems going forward. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' place.
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Gonzalez gets day off against Diamondbacks
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just a day off for the first baseman, giving him an extra day to go with Thursday's off day. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' absence.
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
  • Alex Rios admits thumb is still an issue
    Alex Rios admitted Wednesday that his bruised thumb is still an issue.

    Advice: Rios' thumb has been a lingering issue for a while, but it doesn't sound like he plans to miss any more games. "I like to be on the field," Rios said. The outfielder is hitting just .155/.167/.225 this month.
    Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • Gonzalez goes 1-for-3 with BB, RBI, 2 runs
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gonzalez is 6-for-9 (.667) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last three games. The veteran first baseman is batting .325 this month, and is slashing .275/.334/.460 overall. Gonzalez is on pace for 22 homers and 110 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Pence reaches base three times versus Rockies
    Hunter Pence went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored as the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was one of fantasy baseball's best matchups of the evening, and it cashed. Pence came into the game 18-for-37 with four round-trippers and three doubles in his last 10 games against Colorado, and he'd gone 6-for-21 in his career with two homers and two doubles versus Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa. The 31-year-old is slashing .286/.339/.468 and is on pace for 22 homers, 72 RBI, 110 runs and 14 steals.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • 8 Miles: Mikolas tosses 8 shutout innings
    Miles Mikolas painted eight shutout innings, striking out five, in a 2-0 victory Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: If Mikolas was Ace of Base, this start, easily the best of his career, would have been I Saw the Sign. Mikolas has been so startlingly inconsistent that very few fantasy owners were able to profit from this gem -- who would have entrusted a pitcher with a 1-5 record and 7.48 ERA with a starting fantasy spot, even in a deeper AL-only league? Mikolas hopes to stay hot in the state of Texas with a scheduled date in Houston set for Saturday.
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Wilson Ramos hits seventh homer
    Wilson Ramos hit his seventh homer Monday off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

    Advice: It was just the second homer allowed by Papelbon this season. Ramos's power is definitely returning after a lengthy absence related to the hamate bone he broke in the first game of the season. He has four homers in 68 at-bats this month after hitting three in 180 at-bats previously.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Gonzalez doubles twice in three-hit afternoon
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The first baseman's only non-double was an RBI single in the sixth inning. Gonzalez is hitting .275/.333/.461, and his 89 RBI are second-most in the National League.
    Sunday, 6:57 pm
  • Grandal homers, drives in four to top D'backs
    Yasmani Grandal homered and had four RBI, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Grandal drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before swatting a three-run homer in the fifth. The home run was his 11th of the season. Despite the occasional power, it's been a forgettable year for the 25-year-old, who is hitting .204/.302/.376.
    Sunday, 6:22 pm
  • Blanco hits second home run in loss to Nats
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-5 with a triple, home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Leading off the game, Blanco took Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg deep. The homer was his second of the season. Blanco tripled to lead off the sixth, scoring on a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly. It was a good game for the defense-first outfielder, who's hitting .252/.326/.333 on the season.
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Desmond homers, scores twice against Giants
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Desmond hit a solo shot, his 21st home run of the season, in the sixth inning. He's got 56 runs scored and 79 RBI -- fifth-most in the National League -- after Sunday's game. The shortstop is batting .247/.306/.423 on the year.
    Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Michael Brantley getting a day off Sunday
    Michael Brantley is not in Sunday's lineup

    Advice: Indians manager Terry Francona felt the outfielder needed a break, and with Monday's off day Brantley will receive two days of rest in a row. Mike Aviles is in left field on Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez nets five RBI in win vs. NYM
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez plated the Dodgers' first run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning then slugged a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth before adding his fifth RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gonzalez is batting just .270 this season with an underwhelming .783 OPS, but he's among the league leaders in RBI with 88.
    Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Cashner allows two runs in loss to D'Backs
    Andrew Cashner surrendered two earned runs in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It was his first start since June 18 and it did not go overly well. The light-hitting Arizona lineup tallied four singles, a double, a triple, a home run, and two walks against Cashner, and the 27-year-old right-hander managed just one strikeout. He'll look to improve next time out against the Dodgers.
    Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Peralta shelled for eight runs by Pittsburgh
    Wily Peralta was bombed for eight runs -- seven earned -- over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Peralta and the Brewers were leading 2-0 after three innings, but Pedro Alvarez slugged a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth and then the Bucs piled on five more runs in the fifth. Peralta will carry a 15-8 record, 3.56 ERA, and 1.30 WHIP into his next start on the road in San Francisco. The Brewers need him to return to dominance.
    Saturday, 7:31 pm
  • Zimmermann goes eight innings vs. Giants
    Jordan Zimmermann limited the Giants to two runs in eight innings Saturday to earn his ninth win.

    Advice: Zimmermann gave up a two-run homer to Hunter Pence in the top of the first inning but settled in after that and did not allow a run the rest of the way. He struck out eight and walked none. The right-hander will carry a 9-5 record, 2.93 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP into his next scheduled start on the road against the Mariners.
    Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Padres activate Cashner for Saturday start
    Padres activated RHP Andrew Cashner from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cashner will take the mound for the Padres on Saturday against the Diamondbacks in his first start since June 18. It's hard to know exactly what to expect out of the gate from the 27-year-old right-hander after such a long absence due to a shoulder injury, but he has shown in the past that he is very capable of dominating when healthy.
    Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Turner stays hot, haunts former team
    Justin Turner singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and stole a base in Friday's triumph at the Mets' expense.

    Advice: Heat Check on Aisle Justin Turner. Heat Check on Aisle Justin Turner. Currently riding a six-game hitting streak, the utility man set free by these same Mets over the winter is 9-for-19 (.474) with three doubles, a homer, two steals and five RBI in that span. Turner is slashing an impressive .318/.391/.448 and needs to be started in all NL-only leagues for as long as Juan Uribe is disabled. If you're a mixed league owner with gamble in you and you want to see how long Turner can keep punching above his weight class, knock yourself out.
    Friday, 9:58 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Haren allows only 1 run in 7 frames, tops NYM
    Dan Haren pitched well over seven innings, allowing only a run on three hits, in a win against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: This start of Haren's was moved up 24 hours to give Zack Greinke a few extra days off, but Monday's off-day meant the veteran remained on normal rest. This was his third consecutive quality start. Despite the recent success, he came into tonight 2-6 with a 7.26 ERA over his last eight outings. Haren improves to 11-10 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
    Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Collmenter works 8+ frames in gem vs. Pads
    Josh Collmenter fired 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball (none earned), striking out eight, to baffle the Padres in a 5-1 win on Friday.

    Advice: He let only four runners grace the base paths, and they all came via singles. Two of them occurred in the ninth inning, with Alexi Amarista crossing home on a Miguel Montero passed ball after Collmenter was lifted for Matt Stites. This performance came out of left field, as it was the first time Collmenter has cracked six innings worked, allowed less than three earned runs, or earned a win in over a month. Collmenter is nothing special, but he's been an appreciated back-end starter in NL-only formats, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
    Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Turner's 2-run blast pushes Dodgers past Pads
    Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats.
    Thursday, 10:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Ian Desmond not in Nats' lineup Thursday
    Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second.
    Thursday, 9:39 am
  • Pence goes 2-for-5 with homer and two runs
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored as the Giants thumped the Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pence was one of four Giants batters with multi-hit games in the laugher. The 31-year-old is hitting .284 and is on pace for 22 homers, 70 RBI, 109 runs and 14 steals. Just another strong fantasy campaign from a perennially underrated player.
    Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • Rendon pinch-hits, walks Nats off with single
    Anthony Rendon pinch-hit and lifted a walk-off RBI single to left field in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the D'Backs.

    Advice: Rendon got the night off, with Kevin Frandsen starting at third base in his place. But as the Nats squandered a 2-0 lead in the eighth, Rendon picked up his team by playing the hero. The third baseman is having a great season, slashing .278/.333/.462 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Cashner (shoulder) set to start on Saturday
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The start will be Cashner's first since June 18 as he recovers from right shoulder soreness. His final rehab start was Monday, putting him on regular rest for the start in Arizona. When he's pitched he's been very good, posting a 2.36 ERA through 12 starts before the injury.
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Haren moved to Friday with Greinke ailing
    Dan Haren's next scheduled start was moved up to Friday to give Zack Greinke a few extra days off.

    Advice: Haren was originally scheduled to start Saturday, with Greinke going Thursday and Clayton Kershaw pitching Friday, but some elbow tenderness caused the Dodgers to reshuffle their rotation. Kershaw will instead pitch the series finale against the Padres on Thursday, and Haren will lead off the Mets series on Friday. Haren last started on Sunday, so he will be on regular rest for the Friday tilt.
    Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Alex Rios drives in a pair in return
    After sitting out Tuesday with a bruised thumb, Alex Rios returned to action Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rios notched the first hit of the day with a sharp single in the first inning before plating two runs with a bloop double in the second. The two runs proved to be the winning margin for the Rangers. Rios' power has been a disappointment this season, but he's still hitting .286.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Anthony Rendon getting a day off
    Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Kevin Frandsen is filling in at third base for Rendon.
    Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Alex Rios back in lineup Wednesday
    Alex Rios returned to the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios missed Tuesday's contest with a bruised right thumb, but he's fine now. The veteran outfielder is sporting a .284/.313/.399 batting line with four homers, 49 RBI and 16 steals this season.
    Wednesday, 9:46 am
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