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  • Odrisamer Despaigne has lat soreness
    Odrisamer Despaigne, who shut out the Giants for seven innings Friday, has soreness in his right lat area.

    Advice: The Padres will probably let Despaigne's side session determine whether he'll make his final scheduled start Wednesday against the Rockies. That's a nice matchup for him, coming at home, but he looks like a risky play right now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:25 pm
  • Doubront knocked around for six runs by LAD
    Felix Doubront was rocked for six runs over just 2 1/3 innings Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Doubront allowed six hits (including two home runs from Adrian Gonzalez) and was chased after giving up four runs in the third inning. He struck out two and walked two in the no-decision and now owns a 3.98 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings over his first four starts with Chicago. He'll try to rebound when he makes his final start of the season next weekend against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:59 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez homers twice in loss to Cubs
    Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and knocked in five runs Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: A-Gone connected for a two-run homer in the first inning before adding a three-run blast in the third. He's now up to 25 homers on the year and leads the majors with 111 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:58 pm
  • Alcides Escobar has four-hit day in defeat
    Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been hitting atop the Royals lineup in recent days and certainly did his best to act as a catalyst in this one. For the season, Escobar is hitting .280/.313/.374 with three homers, 48 RBI and 31 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Carpenter, Adams sit with stomach illness
    Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams are not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Yadier Molina will get the start at first base in place of Adams, with Daniel Descalso covering third for Carpenter. They should be considered day-to-day and are likely to return to the lineup on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:36 pm
  • Nick Markakis not in O's lineup on Saturday
    Nick Markakis (shoulder) remains out of the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Markakis said Saturday that he's feeling better, but will take an additional day off just to be sure. He should be expected to retake his regular spot atop the Orioles lineup for Sunday's series finale. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:41 pm
  • Ryu begins throwing program on Saturday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) began his throwing program on Saturday by playing catch in the outfield.

    Advice: He received a cortisone shot earlier in the week and has taken a while to respond favorably. The hulking southpaw still believes that he will be back in time for the beginning of the playoffs, but he'll need to make significant strides very quickly for that to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:28 am
  • Welington Castillo (ribs) not in Cubs lineup
    Welington Castillo (ribs) is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning after sustaining a right rib contusion. John Baker will get the call behind the dish and hit eighth against Roberto Hernandez on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:34 am
  • Billy Butler not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Josh Willingham has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Lorenzo Cain not in Royals lineup Saturday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: It looks as though it's simply a routine day off for Cain. Jarrod Dyson will get the call in center field and bat ninth for the Royals in a critical matchup against their division-leading rivals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:20 am
  • Lisalverto Bonilla earns win over Angels
    Lisalverto Bonilla picked up a win after allowing two runs in five innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Spotted seven runs in the first two innings, Bonilla had an easy path to his second big-league victory, though he did walk four along the way. His long-term role is probably in the bullpen, but he'll get one more start next week against the Astros or A's. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Walker allows two runs in win over Astros
    Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 10-5 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Filling in for the injured Roenis Elias (elbow), Walker was making his first start for the Mariners since way back on July 23. The young right-hander gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. While he wasn't great, he managed to dance around trouble for most the evening. Walker lines up for another start next week against the Blue Jays in Toronto Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Zunino clubs three-run homer vs. Astros
    Mike Zunino was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Zunino hit one of four homers for Seattle on Friday, as Dustin Ackley hit two and Kyle Seager also went deep. The 23-year-old backstop is now up to 21 home runs and 57 RBI on the year, though he's done it with a .199/.256/.409 batting line and an ugly 150/16 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Odrisamer Despaigne shuts down Giants
    Odrisamer Despaigne limited the Giants to two hits over seven innings in the Padres' 5-0 victory Friday.

    Advice: It must have been a Petco Park start: Despaigne improved to 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA in eight home starts, compared to 1-6 with a 5.31 ERA in eight road starts. Unfortunately, it's currently unclear whether he'll make his last start Wednesday at home against the Rockies or Thursday on the road against the Giants. He'd be worth playing in mixed leagues versus the Rockies, but not if he's starting in San Fran. Hopefully, the Padres will settle the matter prior to Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Plouffe has walk-off single vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each singled to begin the 10th inning before Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kyle Crockett managed to get rookie Kennys Vargas to strike out swinging, but Terry Francona brought in Josh Tomlin to face Plouffe, who dropped a single into center field to end it. Plouffe hasn't been able to maintain the form he showed in August, but he's had a productive year on the whole, batting .251/.321/.422 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Ryan Howard hits 22nd homer in loss
    Ryan Howard homered off Jon Lester to give the Phillies their only run Friday.

    Advice: Incredibly, it was Howard's 10th homer against a lefty, compared to just 12 in nearly three times as many plate appearances against righties. That Howard can't even be platooned properly in the midst of such a disappointing season has made him a peculiar liability for the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Michael Brantley joins 20-20 club
    Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Brantley now has 20 home runs on the year to go along with 22 stolen bases. He's the first Indians player with a 20/20 season since Shin-Soo Choo did it in 2009 and 2010. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Norichika Aoki has two hits in loss to Tigers
    Norichika Aoki was one of the few bright spots offensively in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3.

    Advice: The speedy outfielder has been a strong catalyst atop the Royals lineup this year, slashing .275/.309/.368 with a homer, 38 RBI, 60 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Didi Gregorius has two hits in losing effort
    Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in a losing effort against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: His triple and subsequent run scored came in the ninth inning with the game already well out reach. Even with the two-hit effort, he's hitting just .209/.282/.351 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Cody Ross has two hits in loss to Rockies
    Cody Ross went 2-for-3 and drove home his 15th run of the season in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross doubled home a run in the sixth inning to pull the Diamondbacks to within 6-2, but that would be as close as they would get. It has been another disappointing and injury-raved season for the veteran outfielder, who is hitting .254/.302/.325 in his first 80 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Lackey strong in win over Reds
    John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just six hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Welington Castillo has rib contusion
    Welington Castillo has been diagnosed with a left rib contusion.

    Advice: Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning with the injury. He'll be re-evaluated before it's determined how much time he might miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Markakis (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Nick Markakis (shoulder) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Markakis has now missed two straight starts after being hit on the right shoulder by a pitch on Tuesday. He hasn't needed to undergo any tests but noted that it hurts to lift his arm above his head. He's hoping to return on Saturday. Steve Pearce is in right field again Friday, with Christian Walker covering first base. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Welington Castillo exits with back injury
    Welington Castillo left Friday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent back injury.

    Advice: Castillo appeared to tweak his back in the top of the first inning and was pinch-hit for by Rafael Lopez in the bottom of the frame. The Cubs should have more on Castillo's status later Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Ryu hopes to throw Saturday or Sunday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is aiming to resume throwing on Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: The hope had been that he could start throwing Friday, but he remains sore after receiving a cortisone shot. Ryu did report improvement Friday and thinks he'll be back in time for the playoffs, but we'll just have to see how he recovers over the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Ryu (shoulder) to begin throwing program
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: Ryu has been shut down over the last week due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. His timetable should be clarified over the coming days, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, not surprisingly, said it would be "a stretch" to think Ryu could be ready to fill the vacancy in the team's rotation on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Howard not in Thursday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Taijuan Walker to start Friday versus Astros
    Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 am
  • Lorenzo Cain hits three-run homer in win
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The homer was just Cain's fifth in 436 at-bats this season, but he's been a very good regular for the Royals with his .298 average and his Gold Glove-caliber defense. He's also 25-for-29 stealing bases. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Friday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Bonilla made his first major league start over the weekend, picking up the win against the Braves. With Scott Baker still dealing with a triceps issue, Bonilla will get another turn, this time against the AL West-champion Angels. The 24-year-old isn't much of a streaming option at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Wednesday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • John Lackey (arm) scheduled to pitch Friday
    John Lackey (arm) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's series-opener against the Reds.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn after complaining of arm fatigue, but he felt better after a side session on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander has an ugly 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:54 pm
  • Nick Markakis not in Wednesday's lineup
    Nick Markakis is not in the Orioles' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: The Orioles are actually starting most of their regulars a day after capturing the American League East crown, but Markakis is getting a breather. He's earned it, having started 141 of a possible 151 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Aoki turns in second straight four-hit night
    Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Escobar has stolen base, two runs against Sox
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar, batting leadoff, got on base and scored in the third and sixth innings. The stolen base was his 31st of the year, the second time in his career he's eclipsed the 30-steal benchmark. His single-season high is 35, set in 2012. It's been a strong year for the 27-year-old, who is hitting .275/.308/.363 with 69 runs scored as the Royals' everyday shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • John Lackey (arm) on track to start Friday
    John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:10 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches five times in Royals' win
    Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in start
    Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

    Advice: Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Ryu's (shoulder) regular season likely over
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to make another start during the regular season.

    Advice: An MRI on Ryu's left shoulder showed only inflammation, but the Dodgers still plan to bring him along slowly. He'll resume throwing later this week, but there will be barely over a week left in the season at that point and he just won't have time. Whether he'll be able to make it back for some starts during the postseason remains to be seen. Carlos Frias is starting Wednesday in Ryu's place. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Gregorius scores twice, D'backs defeat Padres
    Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Diamondbacks past the Padres 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius has now scored twice in back-to-back games. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning. The shortstop has struggled at the dish this year, batting a meager .211/.286/.351 in 69 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • Despaigne gives up five runs in loss to ARI
    Odrisamer Despaigne lost again Sunday, giving up five runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Despaigne gave up six hits and three walks, striking out just two in the outing. He actually pitched fairly well outside of the third inning, when the Diamondbacks put up all five runs. The loss was his fourth straight to drop him to 3-7 with a 3.63 ERA. Despaigne will try to stop the slide when he faces off with the Giants on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:08 pm
  • Plouffe homers in second straight game Sunday
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: The homer was Plouffe's 14th of the season as he homered in back-to-back games. It's been a quietly productive year for the 28-year-old, who has 76 RBI and 67 runs scored to go with his 14 homers. Plouffe is hitting .251/.322/.427 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • John Lackey going through 'dead arm' phase
    John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Cardinals to skip John Lackey's turn
    The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:20 am
  • Doubront throws six scoreless versus Pirates
    Felix Doubront fired six scoreless innings Saturday in the Cubs' 6-4 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Doubront struck out just one batter, but he held the Bucs to four hits and one walk over his six shutout frames. The 26-year-old left-hander has been sharp in all three of his starts since joining the Chicago rotation and suddenly looks like an intriguing fantasy option for the final two-plus weeks. Talent has never been an issue. De La Rosa faces the Orioles in Baltimore next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Brantley homers, steals bag in loss to Tigers
    Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley opened the game's scoring with first-inning two-run shot off Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein and then added a single and a stolen base in the eighth. He's batting .319/.378/.498 with 19 home runs, 93 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in what has been a massive breakout campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) is doubtful to make next start
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is doubtful to make his next start Wednesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Ryu exited his start Friday against the Giants with left shoulder irritation and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday in Los Angeles. He told reporters that the feeling of discomfort is familiar and not overly serious, but the Dodgers obviously want to make sure. Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 26 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Bonilla gives up two runs for first MLB win
    Making his first major league start, Lisalverto Bonilla yielded two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was his first in the big leagues. Bonilla was a little shaky, allowing four hits and four walks while throwing 43 out of 78 pitches for strikes, but he managed to avoid any major damage outside of the third inning. He struck out four. The 24-year-old made the start in place of Scott Baker (triceps) and could get another look after today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:57 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu likely to miss some time
    Hyun-Jin Ryu said his shoulder feels much like it did earlier this year when a similar problem took "a week or two" to resolve.

    Advice: That according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin. If Ryu can't make his next start -- and the odds are certainly against it -- manager Don Mattingly said Carlos Frias will fill in. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:56 pm
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Saturday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Scott Baker was scratched from his scheduled start, so the 24-year-old right-hander will make his first career start. He posted a 4.10 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/4 innings at Triple-A Round Rock this season, but should be avoided for mixed league purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves with irritated shoulder
    Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed from Friday's start against the Giants due to left shoulder irritation.

    Advice: Before departing, Ryu had allowed four runs on five hits in his one inning of work, and clearly didn't look like himself. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Cain has another multi-hit game in a loss
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single, but the Royals were topped by the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Cain has had three multi-hit games in his last five, including a three-hit game on Wednesday. He's had a strong season, slashing .299/.335/.410 with 25 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Cain goes 3-for-4 with triple, RBI single
    Lorenzo Cain finished 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI single as the Royals downed the Tigers 3-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cain pushed the Royals' lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning with an RBI single, then scored his club's third run after tripling to lead off the ninth inning. Cain had been slumping over the last week and a half, but Wednesday's effort couldn't have come at a better time as it helped the Royals move back into first place ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central. Cain owns a solid .297/.333/.407 slash line with four home runs, 45 RBI, and 25 stolen bases on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Lackey ejected in third inning against Reds
    John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
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