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  • 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.
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  • Jorge Soler hitting 5th in MLB debut Wed.
    Cubs recalled OF Jorge Soler from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Soler is in right field and batting fifth in his major league debut Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Cuban defector missed time with a hamstring injury this season but has batted .340/.432/.700 with 15 homers and 57 RBI over 62 games when healthy. The 22-year-old figures to be the everyday right fielder down the stretch with the Cubbies and is worth a shot in all fantasy leagues.
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  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting out Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
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  • Travis Snider nursing hamstring injury
    Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with left hamstring discomfort.

    Advice: Snider tweaked the hamstring after beating out an infield single in the third inning. It's not clear at this point how long it might sideline him. Jose Tabata would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
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  • Travis Snider exits with leg injury
    Travis Snider left Wednesday's game versus the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Snider tweaked something after beating out an infield single in the third inning. The outfielder entered Wednesday in a 1-for-19 funk at the dish. Jose Tabata pinch-ran for Snider and would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated Fri.
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Wednesday wouldn't rule out the possibility of Yadier Molina (thumb) being activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: It goes along with previous report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, who said a return over the weekend was possible. Molina will catch five innings Wednesday in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield. It's not clear whether he might need additional rehab games, but the Cards would seem likely to have him catch a full game before being activated. Molina has been sidelined since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
    Today, 8:40 am
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  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) not in lineup Wednesday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
    Today, 8:15 am
  • Molina (thumb) could return this weekend
    Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Molina is set to catch 5-6 innings Wednesday in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield. He'll be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his throwing or hitting. The Cardinals could conceivably wait until Monday when rosters expand to activate Yadi, but if he shows he's ready after a couple rehab games, they seem unlikely to wait just to avoid having to make a corresponding roster move.
    Today, 7:48 am
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  • Moises Sierra begins rehab assignment
    Moises Sierra (oblique) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: He should remain there for a few more days before being activated when rosters expand. Sierra has batted .236/.265/.345 with two homers over 84 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox this season.
    Today, 6:42 am
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  • Wright admits that shoulder is still an issue
    David Wright admitted on Tuesday that his left shoulder is not 100 percent.

    Advice: Wright has denied in the past that he's still nursing the shoulder injury that originally cropped up in late June. However, after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview Tuesday that Wright is still ailing, the third baseman didn't deny it, but he also refused to blame it for his struggles. "Everybody has an opinion,'' Wright said. "Lamar sees me on a daily basis. Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest, and that's what the offseason's for. But is that the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling? No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly.'' Wright, who is also battling a minor neck ailment, is hitting .244/.306/.315 with just two homers over 44 games since the injury. It's hard to believe that he'll be a reliable fantasy option during the final month.
    Today, 5:51 am
  • Miguel Cabrera scores run in return to action
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment.
    Today, 1:46 am
  • Trout notches three hits in win over Marlins
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Almonte powers Padres to win over Brewers
    Abraham Almonte hit a solo home run and an RBI single on Tuesday.

    Advice: Almonte did a little bit of everything on Tuesday. The home run, Almonte's second of the year, came in the first inning off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson. Almonte added an RBI single in the second inning. In addition to the hits, he also added a stolen base and scored two runs. These are the kinds of games that will get him continued run in the starting lineup. Since being traded to the Padres, Almonte's slashed a nice .316/.333/.474.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Kemp bangs out a homer in win versus Snakes
    Matt Kemp singled, homered and walked in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He has leveled off a bit since a dominant June (.900 OPS) and July (.894), coming into tonight with a mediocre .226/.277/.440 slash line in August. Fortunately for his owners, the power hasn't disappeared even as Kemp has struggled to get on base. Perhaps tonight's performance will shake him out of his mini funk.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Cano hammers 12th home run in M's win
    Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cano would finish the game 1-for-3. The home run was a first inning solo shot off of Rangers' starter Nick Martinez. It gave the second baseman 72 RBI for the year. While Safeco has predictably lowered Cano's home run totals off of his Yankee years, he's doing just about everything else right for the M's, slashing .326/.394/.469 for a winning Mariners club.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Jackson triples in victory over Rangers
    Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a triple on Tuesday.

    Advice: The triple was Jackson's sixth of the season. Since being traded to the Mariners at the deadline, Jackson's struggled mightily, as his numbers have dropped in the slash categories (.272/.332/.398 with the Tigers, just .239/.293/.283 with the Mariners). It's never a good sign when you're slugging less than your OBP. Hopefully this triple is able to get him going.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Walters blasts game-winning homer in extras
    Zach Walters hit a game-winning two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Indians an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Walters went deep off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, his sixth home run since being recalled on August 10. Walter also singled, walked and scored in the game. It's been mostly boom-or-bust for the 24-year-old, who is hitting just .207/.266/.529 on the season despite the power display, but he should be starting in AL-only leagues for his ability to hit the long ball alone.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kipnis has two hits, RBI single vs. White Sox
    Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: August is proving to be Kipnis' best month thus far, as he's hitting .281 with 12 runs scored. The good month has the second baseman's line up to .251/.323/.350, still a disappointing mark considering the expectations placed upon Kipnis heading into the season.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Garcia has two hits, two RBI against Indians
    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia did some early damage, delivering a two-run single in the first inning. Garcia also struck out twice, giving him 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats since coming off the disabled list. Owners have to live with that frustration for his production -- Garcia has three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in those nine games as well. The 23-year-old is hitting .254/.304/.492 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Ramirez homers in 2nd straight game vs. Tribe
    Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Ramirez hit a two-run home run off Indians starter T.J. House in the fifth inning. The homer was his 13th of the year and his second in the last two games. A resurgent August after a down couple of months has Ramirez' season line back up to .286/.319/.424.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Bourn doubles, scores in win over White Sox
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Bourn led off the game with a ground-rule double, scoring the first run in the Indians' three-run frame. The outfielder is batting .286 (8-for-28) with two doubles and four runs scored since returning from the disabled list last week. Bourn is batting .264/.323/.371 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo day-to-day with tight back
    Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's game against the Reds as a precaution due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Cubs double-switched him out of the game with a three-run lead. Rizzo should have a shot to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He slugged his 30th homer of the season in one of his four at-bats before exiting.
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez exits clubhouse in walking boot
    Pedro Alvarez was spotted leaving the Pirates' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Advice: Alvarez exited Tuesday's game due to sprain between two toes on his left foot. It's not clear at this point how serious the injury might be, but the fact that he's wearing a walking boot certainly isn't a good sign. Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games before going hitless in three at-bats. If he's out a while, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will handle first base.
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez exits game with foot discomfort
    Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how Alvarez hurt the foot or how long he might be out, but the Pirates should update his status after the game. It would be unfortunate timing if he should be out a while, as Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games.
    Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • M's ink GM Zduriencik to multi-year extension
    The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have signed GM Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year extension.

    Advice: The specific length of the deal was not specified. Zduriencik seemed to be on the hot seat entering the 2014 season, but his Mariners have amassed a surprising 71-59 record and appear poised to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The massive 10-year, $240 million offseason commitment to Robinson Cano has looked good in year one and starter Chris Young has been a tremendous free agent find.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • David Wright (neck) not in Tuesday's lineup
    David Wright (neck) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and still isn't back to 100 percent. Eric Campbell will fill in at the hot corner.
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Mets hitting coach says Wright still has pain
    Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson told SNY.TV's Robert Brender that David Wright is still dealing with pain in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Wright is hitting just .215 with a .489 OPS since the All-Star break and is currently riding a career-long 143 at-bat home run-less streak, but he insists that the shoulder isn't an issue and that he's healthy enough to play. However, Johnson seems to have a different opinion on the matter. "When your shoulder is hurt, it's really tough," said Johnson. "It's hurt in his left shoulder and that's where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. It's been tough because he's been trying to play through that. It's just been a real tough haul because it's hard to get a consistent swing when you're in pain." Even if the pain has subsided, many have speculated that Wright changed his swing to compensate for the discomfort and that he hasn't been able to get back to where he was before. Even with his long track record, it's hard to count on him in fantasy leagues right now.
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Cubs calling up OF prospect Jorge Soler
    David Kaplan of SportsTalk Live in Chicago reports that the Cubs will call up outfield prospect Jorge Soler.

    Advice: He'll join the team on Wednesday in Cincinnati. Soler has been on a tear lately at Triple-A Iowa, going 9-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI over his last three games. It's been an injury-shortened season for the Cuban defector, but Soler has crushed the ball when healthy, batting .338/.432/.687 with 14 homers and 54 RBI over 61 games. He's just 22 and hadn't played above A-ball before this season, but the Cubs obviously think Soler has earned a shot. He has enormous raw power and is worth owning in all fantasy leagues, as Soler will be the everyday right fielder down the stretch.
    Monday, 8:23 pm
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  • Pedro Alvarez launches 18th homer
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 and homered off John Lackey in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Predictably, Alvarez has started both games since his two-homer day Saturday, and the additional homer tonight should ensure that he continues to the nod over Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez in the final two games of the series versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Yadi (thumb) to begin rehab assignment Wed.
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's been some confusion as to which day the assignment officially will begin, but it appears Yadi will work out with Springfield Tuesday before playing in Wednesday's game. He shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats, so an activation before the end of the week would seem to be a possibility.
    Monday, 3:51 pm
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  • Molina (thumb) beginning rehab stint Tuesday
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Monday that Molina would go through a workout Tuesday and then begin a rehab assignment later in the week, but Springfield manager Mike Shildt has revealed that Yadi will be his DH Tuesday. It's not clear when Molina will catch his first game, but he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the week can't be ruled out.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
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  • Molina (thumb) reporting to Double-A
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will report to Double-A Springfield on Tuesday for a full workout.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report. Barring any setbacks, he'll likely move into game action from there. While the initial fear was that Molina would be lost for the season, he now appears on track to rejoin the Cardinals on or around September 1.
    Monday, 2:13 pm
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  • Molina (thumb) could begin rehab stint soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) is scheduled to have a full workout Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina began baseball activities about 10 days ago following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in early July and he's now ready to make the next step. Assuming all goes well, he'll be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, likely setting up a return in early September. It's great news for the Cards.
    Monday, 1:19 pm
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  • Cano (flu) expects to play Monday vs. TEX
    Robinson Cano (flu) expects to play Monday in the Mariners' series-opener against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cano left Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox after experiencing some lightheadedness in the top of the third inning. "I just feel like I have the flu," Cano told reporters Sunday evening. "I got dizzy out there. I feel a little bit better now. Hopefully, I should be OK for tomorrow."
    Monday, 6:21 am
  • Mike Trout launches 29th homer in victory
    Mike Trout launched his 29th home run of the season on Sunday, helping the Angels to dispatch the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: He victimized Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning to increase the Angels lead to 9-0 when the game was already long out of reach. He also singled in the contest, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He's enjoying another phenomenal season at the dish, hitting .288/.373/.559 with 29 long balls and 91 RBI.
    Sunday, 8:16 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
  • David Wright leaves game with neck spasms
    David Wright was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers in the third inning due to neck spasms.

    Advice: Wright had singled and scored a run during a five-run uprising in the third inning before departing. It's unclear at the moment how much, if any, time that he may miss with the injury, but the team should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Robinson Cano exits game due to dizziness
    Robinson Cano left Sunday's game versus the Red Sox due to dizziness.

    Advice: Cano didn't suffer any obvious injury, but he removed himself from the game in the bottom of the third inning, jogging off the field. He's being evaluated by a doctor and the Mariners should have an update on his status after the game.
    Sunday, 11:54 am
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury recently and aggravated it while playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He could be available to pinch-hit and seems likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Sunday.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
  • Cubs OF prospect Soler rips 5 hits
    Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler went 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, and a walk for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Advice: The 22-year old Soler is hitting .262/.356/.563 with 11 doubles, one triple, and six home runs over 30 games in Triple-A. He missed large chunks of the season due to a hamstring injury, and it is assumed that he will be promoted to the majors when rosters expand in September. He has the talent to hit .275 with 20-plus home runs in the major leagues, and profiles are a prototypical strong-armed right fielder.
    Sunday, 7:00 am
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  • 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
  • Pedro Alvarez homers twice as Bucs rout MIL
    Pedro Alvarez homered twice Saturday in the Pirates' 10-2 rout of the host Brewers.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a solo homer in the Bucs' five-run fifth, finishing the night with four total RBI. He may be able to rediscover his stroke now that he has been moved away from third base. The Pirates will try to sweep the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Trout goes deep, but Angels lose to the A's
    Mike Trout smacked his 28th homer of the year in Friday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout finished 2-for-4. He entered the game batting only .221 this month, though he'd poked out three homers and walked eight times. The stud outfielder is slashing .289/.375/.559 and is on pace for 36 homers, 115 RBI, 108 runs, and 15 steals. The average is a little light, but he's going to top 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time, so MVP voters should be thrilled.
    Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Walters homers for third game in a row
    Zach Walters homered on Friday, finishing the tilt against the Astros 1-for-3.

    Advice: Walters did what nobody else on the Indians could: Touch the immortal Brad Peacock. Peacock limited the Tribe to just two hits in an injury-shortened start, but Walters was not fazed by Peacock's 5.30 ERA or 1.58 WHIP. He homered in the fifth, a solo shot. Walters has now homered in three straight games. If you're in a deep AL-only league and need a little pop off the bench, you might want to check your waiver wire for Walters.
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Rizzo's homer the difference in resumed game
    Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
    Thursday, 5:21 pm
  • Zach Walters hits fourth homer for new team
    Zach Walters hit his fourth homer in eight games Thursday for the Indians' lone run against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, Walters has just three additional hits since being called up, but four homers in eight games is still quite impressive. The Indians thus far have used only at left field and DH, whereas the Nationals were still working him primarily an infielder before trading him for Asdrubal Cabrera. Given his limited on-base skills, we're skeptical that he'll be much of an asset if the Indians continue to treat him as a corner outfielder. The power is pretty legitimate, though.
    Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.
    Thursday, 8:07 am
  • Avisail Garcia homers, knocks in three runs
    Avisail Garcia drove in all three White Sox runs with a homer and a sac fly Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia is 5-for-16 with three extra-base hits and six RBI since rejoining the White Sox following a four-month DL stint. It looks like he could be rather useful in mixed leagues the rest of the way.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Yadi Molina (thumb) takes first light swings
    Yadier Molina (thumb) took light swings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was far from an intensive workout, but those were the first swings that Molina had attempted since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 9 on a slide into third base. He has already been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice, and the hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals around the second week of September. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in.
    Wednesday, 2:09 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Almonte has 4 hits, run and RBI in loss
    Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
    Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Bourn records first hits since return from DL
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Bourn doubled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a wild pitch, and he added an RBI single in the sixth. The hits were Bourn's first since coming off the disabled list on Friday. The outfielder has played just 69 games this season, owning a .266/.323/.379 line on the year.
    Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Austin Jackson swipes two bases
    Austin Jackson reached twice and stole two bases Tuesday in the win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Jackson stole second and third off A.J. Burnett in the first for his first two-steal game since April 2013. He hasn't done much hitting since being traded to Seattle, but at least he is 4-for-5 stealing bases in 17 games. He was 9-for-13 in 100 games as a Tiger.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Alvarez not expected to play 3B anymore
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

    Advice: Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
    Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Alex Rios (thumb) scratched from lineup
    Alex Rios was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right thumb.

    Advice: It's apparently been a lingering issue for the outfielder, and he was unable to take batting practice Tuesday. Although it doesn't appear at this point that a stint on the disabled list will be required, Rios seems likely to miss more than just a day. Jim Adduci took his spot in the lineup.
    Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Molina (thumb) hopes to begin swinging soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) expects to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Molina has been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice for the past week with no issues and now seems to be progressing toward an early-September return. The star catcher has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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  • Pedro Alvarez making debut at 1B on Monday
    Pedro Alvarez will make his first major league start at first base on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: Alvarez's throwing has been an issue all season long at third base, so the Pirates have been working with him over the past week or so to prepare him for a move across the diamond. He'll get his first test Monday and could cut into the playing time for Ike Davis the rest of the way.
    Monday, 1:52 pm
  • Rizzo slugs 28th home run in Cubs' victory
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cubs' defeat of the Mets on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Rizzo walked in the fourth inning, doubled and scored in the sixth inning, and then hit a solo shot off in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old first baseman had been in a mild slump for part of August but still has a fantastic .276/.376/.507 batting line with 28 home runs and 67 RBI in 122 games this season.
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) in Mets' lineup on Monday
    David Wright (shoulder) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Monday afternoon versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Wright did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with lingering soreness in his right shoulder. It's something that has bothered him for much of the 2014 season, and he currently holds a career-worst .711 OPS with only eight home runs in 117 games. The star third baseman probably won't be fully healthy again until 2015.
    Aug 18, 7:25 am
  • David Wright (shoulder) may miss few games
    Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Sunday that David Wright could miss multiple games with his shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Wright has been battling a bruised rotator cuff for most of the season that appeared to be agitated when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday's game. Fantasy owners may want to have another option available for the upcoming week should the struggling third basemen be forced to rest.
    Aug 17, 1:34 pm
  • Michael Bourn goes hitless but steals base
    Michael Bourn went 0-for-2 but drew two walks and stole a base in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Bourn has gone hitless in both of his games since returning from the disabled list, but the stolen base is encouraging. The speedy center fielder has just eight pilfers over 68 games this season, as he's battled leg issues.
    Aug 17, 1:32 pm
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