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  • Ozuna drives in two in win over Padres
    Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Friday’s victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Ozuna got the Marlins on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and later added an RBI single in the seventh inning, which jumpstarted the team’s comeback effort. This was just Ozuna’s second multi-hit game in his last 25 games. It has been a rough month for the 25-year-old, but he has the ability to finish strong. 34 minutes ago
  • Francoeur has three hits, scores winning run
    Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Francoeur reached on an infield single to begin the bottom of the ninth inning and eventually came around to score the winning run on Chris Johnson’s ground-rule double. We’re not expecting much fantasy value with the move to Miami, but he’s capable of being a useful piece against left-handed pitching. 35 minutes ago
  • Gutierrez slugs solo homer vs. White Sox
    Franklin Gutierrez slugged a solo homer in Friday’s win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Gutierrez got the Mariners on the board against Chris Sale in the second inning with a blast over the right-center field fence. The 33-year-old has been a non-factor against righties this season, but he has been a legitimate weapon against southpaws. He has collected 10 of his 12 homers off left-handers. Today, 8:53 pm
  • Adam Jones leaves game with hamstring strain
    Adam Jones was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated afterwards that Jones is in roughly the same spot that he was in yesterday. It's a day-to-day situation and won't require a trip to the disabled list, though don't be surprised if he sits out Saturday's contest as a precautionary measure. Today, 7:48 pm
  • Mookie Betts has five-hit night vs. Royals
    Mookie Betts went 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

    Advice: All five hits were singles. This was the first five-hit game of his career. Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts combined for 12 hits on the night, but they only managed three runs against Ian Kennedy and the Royals’ bullpen. With a .320/.360/.557 batting line to go along with 28 homers, 93 RBI, 21 steals, and 99 runs scored, Betts continues to look like a strong MVP candidate. Today, 7:45 pm
  • Justin Upton stays hot, powers Tigers to win
    Justin Upton continued his hot-hitting on Friday, blasting a two-run homer that powered the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: He also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4. Since taking three games off to clear his head, Upton has been pummeling the baseball, going 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in six games. His bat will certainly be needed down the stretch if the Tigers plan to catch the Indians for the division crown in the American League Central. Today, 7:29 pm
  • Bruce (calf) strikes out four times in return
    Jay Bruce (calf) went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday in his return to the lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday’s game with a right calf cramp and was forced to sit out Thursday, but he’s feeling better now. Unfortunately, he’s still mired in a miserable slump. He’s batting just .160 (13-for-81) in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets. Today, 7:27 pm
  • Ruggiano leaves game with shoulder injury
    Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Friday's game due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment just how severe the injury is or how much time the outfielder will stand to miss. Add him to the lengthy list of walking wounded that the Mets have been forced to deal with this season. Today, 6:01 pm
  • Pence should avoid DL, hopes to play Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder. Today, 4:31 pm
  • Rays to release Desmond Jennings on Saturday
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan on releasing Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

    Advice: Once considered one of the most promising young outfielders in the game, the 29-year-old has battled injuries and poor performance for much of the past three seasons. In 65 games this year, Jennings hit just .200/.281/.350 with seven homers, 20 RBI and a 58/21 K/BB ratio in 225 plate appearances. Still, he's only 29-years-old and there should be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him. Today, 3:26 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Saunders (hamstring) available off bench
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) said that he felt much better on Friday and would be available off of the bench.

    Advice: He's sitting out a second straight game due to hamstring tightness, but it sounds as though he could be used as a pinch-hitter and is nearing a return. Fantasy owners may want to keep him active this weekend despite missing a start on Friday. Today, 3:21 pm
  • Steven Souza not in Friday's lineup
    Steven Souza is absent from the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Mikie Mahtook is in right field. Today, 1:40 pm
  • No structural damage for Benintendi (knee)
    An MRI on Andrew Benintendi's left knee didn't reveal any structural damage.

    Advice: Benintendi took a nasty spill during Wednesday's game while trying to avoid a tag at second base, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn't known at this point, but the Red Sox should get him back sometime next month. Today, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) back in lineup Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ellsbury sat out Wednesday with a sore foot, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting second. Brian McCann is on the bench, as Gary Sanchez is behind the plate, Chase Headley is in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Ben Paulsen optioned to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Paulsen got a shot at the first base job with Mark Reynolds (hand) going down but picked up just three hits in 26 at-bats. It appears the Rockies will go with Gerardo Parra and Ryan Raburn at first now. Today, 5:27 am
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  • Yasmany Tomas (back) enters in double switch
    Yasmany Tomas (back) entered Thursday's game against the Braves in a double switch and remained in to receive two plate appearances.

    Advice: Tomas missed a second straight start with mid-back stiffness, but that he was able to play nearly half of Thursday's game was obviously a good sign. Expect him to be in the lineup Friday. Today, 5:19 am
  • Diamondbacks send Haniger to minors
    Diamondbacks optioned OF Mitch Haniger to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Haniger has received 34 at-bats with the big league club and was hitting .265/.333/.382 with two doubles and a triple prior to being sent down on Thursday. He should see a return call to the bigs in a few days once rosters expand on September 1. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
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  • Cutch drives in all three Bucs runs in win
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, to lead the Pirates past the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cutch was up to the task all evening, hitting a solo homer in the first before knocking an RBI single in the third and his game-winner in the 10th. The homer was his 18th of the season to give him 55 RBI and 65 runs scored. It's still not the Andrew McCutchen we've come to know and expect, but he's now hitting .303 in the month of August and is batting .250/.329/.419 in 116 games overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Nieuwenhuis hits 12th homer against Pirates
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run home run, his 12th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis thwarted Chad Kuhl's shutout bid with the two-run dong in the seventh inning. Keon Broxton's resurgence, coupled with Hernan Perez' emergence and the presence of Ryan Braun in left field, has left Nieuwenhuis as sort of the odd man out in the Brewers' outfield lately, but he's still found plenty of at-bats with Braun's injury issues. The 29-year-old is hitting .214/.327/.405 in 109 games overall. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Gomez hits three-run jack in first Rangers AB
    Carlos Gomez wasted little time Thursday endearing himself to Rangers fans, hitting a three-run home run in his first at-bat against the Indians.

    Advice: Of course, he finished 1-for-4 with the homer and a strikeout, but it's the big fly that people will latch onto. Gomez was so bad with the Astros that they waived him after giving up an attractive package of prospects for him at last year's trade deadline, but the Rangers hope they can catch lightning in a bottle. If they can, Gomez could be in a really good spot with that lineup and ballpark. While those odds remain long, Thursday was a start. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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