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  • X-rays on Mike Trout's shoulder are negative
    X-rays on Mike Trout's left shoulder came back negative.

    Advice: Trout exited Wednesday's game against the A's after being hit in the shoulder blade by a pitch, but he's expected to be fine. The hope is that he'll be ready to go on Friday versus the Astros. Today, 2:09 pm
  • Indians shoot down Brantley (shoulder) report
    The Indians have shot down a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" next season.

    Advice: Heyman's report said that Brantley's rehab from a second right shoulder surgery could drag past Opening Day next year, but the Indians don't think that will be the case. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. "We were told after the second surgery that the timeline (for recovery) would be four to five months. As far as I know, nothing has changed." There's no reason to doubt the Indians' belief that Brantley will be ready to go for Opening Day, but the reality is there's a lot up in the air with him given how this year went. Today, 1:58 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Ender Inciarte not in Thursday's lineup
    Ender Inciarte is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: The hot-hitting outfield is getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith is in center field. Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers are also sitting out, as the Braves have Rio Ruiz and Anthony Recker at third base and catcher, respectively. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Bryant, Rizzo, Fowler taking night off Thurs.
    Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler are also sitting as Cubs manager Joe Maddon continues to find rest for his regulars with the NLDS set to begin next week. Tommy La Stella is at third base and batting leadoff. Javier Baez is at first base and Albert Almora is in center field. Today, 12:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • Betts, Pedroia, Hanley, Leon sitting Thursday
    Mookie Betts is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Sandy Leon are also receiving a day of rest after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title on Wednesday night with the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles. David Ortiz is starting at DH in what will be his final game at Yankee Stadium. Today, 12:26 pm
  • Tomas scratched Thursday due to stiff neck
    Yasmany Tomas was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday with a stiff neck.

    Advice: Brandon Drury is in left field and Socrates Brito is now in right field for the afternoon tilt at Nationals Park. Tomas could very well remain limited over the regular season's final weekend. Today, 9:28 am
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Thursday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. Today, 7:58 am
  • Wong (shoulder) returns with pinch-hit 3B
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) hit a pinch-hit leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, but the Cardinals weren't able to drive him in and fell 2-1 to the Reds.

    Advice: Wong was held out of the starting lineup yet again with shoulder discomfort, but his swing looked free and easy as he launched a ball off the top of the right field wall at Busch Stadium. He flew around the bases before sliding feet-first into third. But that is where Wong would remain, with Reds closer Raisel Iglesias inducing two groundouts and a shallow outfield fly from the Cardinals' next three batters. Wong should be able to make a start or two over St. Louis' final four regular season games. Today, 5:49 am
  • Braun (wrist) goes 1-for-4 in return Wed.
    Ryan Braun (wrist) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to action Wednesday.

    Advice: Braun sat out Tuesday due to mild wrist soreness. The veteran outfielder has put together a terrific 2016 campaign, slashing .307/.368/.542 with 30 home runs, 90 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 79 runs scored in 133 games. Today, 5:44 am
  • Kole Calhoun hits 18th homer
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 and hit his 18th homer Wednesday as the Angels beat the A's 8-6.

    Advice: Calhoun wasn't very good the first two months of the second half, but he's torn it up lately, going 11-for-18 with five doubles in his last five games. His .350 OBP is a nice surprise; he hit 26 homers last year, but he came in at just .308 in the OBP department then. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Hunter Renfroe homers again, knocks in four
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI as the Padres edged the Dodgers 6-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Renfroe should have been up on July 21, not September 21, but at least he's used his very limited major league time to make a huge first impression; he's homered four times in his first five starts, and his two-run shot Wednesday sailed over the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. That is the first time a player had done that in a live game. This all bodes well for Renfroe's chances of being penciled in as the Padres' everyday right fielder to open the 2017 season. Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4, hits three-run HR
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 and delivered a clutch three-run home run to lead the Rangers over the Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: His blast in the eighth inning broke open a tie game against his former team. Gomez has played much better since joining the Rangers a month ago. He's now up to eight home runs and 24 RBI in 31 games with Texas after managing just five homers and 29 RBI in 85 games with the Astros. Gomez also has 18 stolen bases overall. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • John Jaso hits for cycle as Pirates roll Cubs
    John Jaso hit for the cycle in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Jaso singled to lead off the third inning, socked a three-run home run in the fourth, notched an RBI double in the fifth and polished off his cycle with an RBI triple in the seventh. He finished the game 4-for-4 with five RBI at the dish. It was the first-ever cycle at PNC Park. For the season as a whole, Jaso is hitting .267/.348/.407 with seven homers and 40 RBI across 371 at-bats. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Kemp homers, drives in two, scores two
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb and scored twice in a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kemp takes a lot of grief in the press but he has had a very good season. He is batting .270/.304/.500 with 34 home runs and 106 RBI. The home run and RBI totals are the second best of his career. He no longer steals bases though. He used to swipe 30-40 bags back when he was a perennial first round fantasy draft pick. He has only one stolen base this year. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Herrera goes 1-for-4 with a run on Wednesday
    Odubel Herrera went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's lopsided loss to the Braves.

    Advice: He doubled and scored in the sixth inning when the game was already out of reach. He is having a solid if not great fantasy season. He has a .289 batting average with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 87 runs scored. His best fantasy attribute is speed, which he has used to steal 25 bases with a handful of games remaining. He is just 24 years old and has the potential to become a mainstay in fantasy starting lineups for the next few years. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Coghlan lifted with mild left ankle sprain
    Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a mild left ankle sprain.

    Advice: Coghlan injured himself when he ran into the outfield wall while tracking a fly ball in the fifth inning. He was subsequently replaced in left field by Albert Almora, but looks like he has avoided major injury. Consider Coghlan day-to-day moving forward. Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • Starling Marte (back) out of lineup once more
    Starling Marte (back) is being held out of the lineup again as the Pirates face the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte said on Tuesday that he is uncertain whether he will be able to start another game this season. He has been fighting through back tightness and back spasms for most of September. Josh Bell draws the start in right field and will bat second. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Markakis out of Braves lineup Wednesday
    Nick Markakis is out of the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest for Markakis, who's batting .270/.345/.396 with 12 home runs and 88 RBI in 154 games this season for Atlanta. Mallex Smith will start in right field and hit seventh Wednesday versus Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Reds claim Patrick Kivlehan from Padres
    Reds claimed OF Patrick Kivlehan off waivers from the Padres.

    Advice: Kivlehan has also spent time with the Triple-A affiliates of the Rangers, Mariners, and Padres in 2016. He is a .282/.344/.470 career hitter in the minors and the 26-year-old outfielder tallied 22 homers and 14 stolen bases in 123 games last season at Triple-A Tacoma. There's still some promise here. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Cruz turns in fifth straight multi-hit game
    Nelson Cruz had yet another multi-hit game Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz now has five consecutive two-hit contests, and he's got two doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and six runs scored in that span. On Tuesday, his RBI single in the first inning gave the Mariners a short-lived lead. The 36-year-old is batting .288/.360/.553 with 41 homers, 102 RBI and 93 runs scored in 151 games overall this year. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
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