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  • Gurriel slugs three-run HR vs. Angels
    Yuli Gurriel carried the load for the Astros’ offense by slugging a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

    Advice: His seventh-inning blast against Yusmeiro Petit was the only offense of the night for either team. He’s now up to 18 homers and 72 RBI to go along with a .299/.330/.488 batting line. He’s hitting .354 (17-for-48) this month. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Cody Bellinger delivers 39th homer
    Cody Bellinger launched homers No. 39, a three-run shot off Jeff Samardzija, in Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Only two players 21 or younger have ever hit 40 homers; Mel Ott hit 42 as a 20-year-old in 1929 and Eddie Mathews finished with 47 at age 21 in 1953. Bellinger has eight games left to join them. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Davidson homers, drives in three runs
    Matt Davidson (illness) went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in his return to action Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Davidson got the White Sox on the board with a double in the second inning before homering off Jason Hammel in a five-run fourth inning. The 26-year-old has amassed 26 home runs this season, though his shaky approach has resulted in a .222 batting average and a .264 on-base percentage. Davidson was scratched from Thursday’s lineup with flu-like symptoms, but he should be fine moving forward. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Ian Desmond goes 2-for-4, homers
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Six homers in 313 at-bats isn't what anyone was expecting from Desmond this year. The Rockies have kept playing him regularly, hoping for some kind of pay off. He hasn't been able to string together more than a couple of good games in a row, but the Rockies will just keep their fingers crossed. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Matt Olson hits 24th homer
    Matt Olson hit his 24th homer Friday off the Rangers' Nick Martinez.

    Advice: September 12. That's the last day Olson had a hit that wasn't a homer. Fortunately, he does have seven homers in the 10 days since, though. He's hit 16 homers in 23 games since August 27. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Martinez heading home to have thumb examined
    Jose Martinez will head back to St. Louis to have his ailing thumb examined on Saturday.

    Advice: After that exam, we should have more clarity on how much time he stands to miss with the injury, but surely fantasy owners will be without him for the remainder of the weekend. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Marwin Gonzalez tossed for arguing strikes
    Marwin Gonzalez was ejected from Friday's game against the Angels for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Astros' manager A.J. Hinch came out to defend his player and was also given the gate. Prior to departing, Gonzalez was 0-for-2 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    10:05 am vs LAA
  • Logan Morrison reaches three times in victory
    Logan Morrison went 1-for-2 and drew a pair of walks on Friday as the Rays topped the Orioles in Baltimore.

    Advice: Morrison scored a pair of runs in the contest. While he has slowed considerably after his monster first half of the season, he's still hitting .241/.350/.508 with 36 homers and 82 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Chris Davis clubs 25th home run as O's lose
    Chris Davis clubbed his 25th home run of the season as the Orioles fell to the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: Davis victimized Alex Cobb for the solo homer in the fourth inning, pulling the Orioles to within three runs at 6-3, that would be the extent of their offense however. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk, raising his season slash to .218/.311/.429 to go along with his 25 bombs and 57 RBI. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Jose Martinez leaves game with thumb soreness
    Jose Martinez was forced to leave Friday's game due to left thumb soreness.

    Advice: He should be considered day-to-day. Prior to departing, Martinez had been 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base. He's hitting an impressive .309/.376/.516 with 13 homers, 42 RBI and four swipes in 256 at-bats on the season. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Blue Jays shut down Pearce for rest of 2017
    The Blue Jays announced Friday that they have shut down Steve Pearce (back) for the remainder of the 2017 season.

    Advice: Pearce wasn't going to see much action down the stretch as the Jays want to get a look at some of their young talent, but now it's official. The 34-year-old hit .252/.319/.438 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 92 games this season. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    1:07 pm vs NYY
  • Tim Beckham (tooth) returns to lineup
    Tim Beckham (tooth) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Beckham missed two games after having an abscessed tooth extracted. He's at shortstop and batting leadoff against Alex Cobb and the Rays. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Bryant homer in extras completes comeback win
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a game-winning, two-run home run in the 10th inning to lead the Cubs past the Brewers 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Oliver Drake threw Bryant a high, straight, 91-mph fastball, and the slugger knew what to do with it, crushing it out to the deepest part of the ballpark. The homer was Bryant's 28th of the season, giving him 69 RBI and 105 runs scored. He's been especially hot since the start of the Mets series eight days ago, going 13-for-33 with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored to raise his overall line to .292/.406/.536. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    10:05 am @Mil
  • Mauer keeps hitting, Twins hang 12 on Tigers
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored to help the Twins beat up on the Tigers 12-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mauer bopped a two-run double in the sixth inning to extend the Twins' lead, one of the team's 14 hits on the night. It's no surprise that Mauer had three of them, as he's been lighting the world on fire this month. Coming into Thursday's game, the 34-year-old was hitting .375/.418/.514 in September, and after it he's batting .311/.388/.427 overall. In a year with some really terrific reclamation projects, none are better to see than Mauer's. Thursday, 10:28 pm
  • Mark Reynolds has two hits in losing effort
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 as the Rockies were shut out by the Padres on Thursday night in San Diego.

    Advice: As a team, the Rockies totaled just seven hits (all singles), with Reynolds and Nolan Arenado each accounting for two. The veteran first baseman has had a resurgent year for the Rockies, slashing .268/.352/.489 with 29 homers and 93 RBI. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Zimmerman socks 34th homer of the season
    Ryan Zimmerman hit his 34th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Zimmerman tomahawked a high R.A. Dickey knuckleball, keeping it inside the left field foul pole for his 34th homer of the year -- a new career high -- in the second inning. It was his only hit on the night. What a resurgent year it's been for the 32-year-old, who's hitting .302/.357/.563 with those 34 homers, 103 RBI and 87 runs scored through Thursday. Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Gerardo Parra not in Rockies lineup
    Gerardo Parra is absent from the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest against Padres' southpaw Clayton Richard. He should be back in there on Friday. Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Matt Davidson scratched due to illness
    Matt Davidson was scratched from the White Sox starting lineup on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Willy Garcia took his place in the lineup and will bat seventh against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. Davidson is considered day-to-day. Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Tim Beckham gets second day off
    Tim Beckham is getting another day off on Thursday after having dental work done.

    Advice: Beckham had some bleeding after getting an abscessed tooth extracted, but he wanted to play tonight. The Orioles decided to give him one more day, so expect him back in there on Friday. Thursday, 2:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • C.J. Cron goes 2-for-4, homers
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mike Scioscia comes to the park every day and thinks, "yeah, I'm just dandy with Cron potentially getting fewer at-bats than Brandon Phillips, Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena tonight" and pencils him into the eighth spot. Cron is hitting .293 with 14 homers and 40 RBI in 184 at-bats since being recalled from the minors in July. Wednesday, 11:09 pm
  • Albert Pujols hits 23rd homer
    Albert Pujols hit his 23rd homer Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Pujols was showing signs of heating up at the beginning of the month, but he entered this one in a 4-for-29 funk. The homer was just his second in September. He is three RBI away from the century mark for the season. Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Aguilar belts solo homer in loss to Pirates
    Jesus Aguilar went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Steven Brault with the bases empty in the second inning. Aguilar also walked in the game and is now batting .269/.333/.507 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI as a part time player this year. The first baseman and former Cleveland Indian has received 268 at-bats in 124 games and has opened some eyes with his performance at the plate. Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Joseph goes 2-for-4 with a home run Wed.
    Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He cracked an RBI double in the second inning, then popped a solo homer off reliever Ross Stripling to give his team a lead in the seventh. Joseph has been a bit of a disappointment in his second season, seeing a dropoff in both his contact and power skills. He has a .239/.288/.436 slash line with 22 homers and 68 RBI in 135 games. He may not be granted a roster slot next year with Rhys Hoskins looking like the future at first base for the Phillies. Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Yuli Gurriel goes 3-for-4 in win
    Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Gurriel has had multiple hits in four of five games, pushing his average up to .298. He needs one more double to get to 40 on the season. Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Freeman belts solo home run vs Nationals
    Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took ace starter Gio Gonzalez over the wall in the first inning for his only hit in four chances on the evening. The first baseman is having a mighty impressive campaign at the dish despite missing six weeks with a fractured wrist. He has a .317/.412/.611 slash line with 28 home runs, 70 RBI and 79 runs scored in only 106 games. His seven stolen bases are a career high. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Carpenter goes 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs
    Matt Carpenter hit a home run, walked twice and scored twice in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got the game started right by popping a leadoff homer in the first inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats but he added two walks to give his excellent on-base percentage a boost. He is slashing .239/.383/.445 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Hanley Ramirez knocks in three in return
    Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rest did his shoulder/biceps some good. Or maybe it was just facing Wade Miley and the lesser arms in the Baltimore bullpen. Ramirez had his first three-hit game since July 7 and his first three-RBI game since July 2. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Lucroy picks up three hits in loss to Giants
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. It's his second three-hit game of the past four games, and Lucroy is now hitting .286/.392/.387 since he came over to the Rockies after disappointing with the Rangers. The only complaint you could possibly have is the lack of pop, but Colorado won't complain about that average and on-base percentage from a premium position. Wednesday, 3:56 pm
  • Beckham out of Wednesday lineup for Orioles
    Time Beckham is not in the starting lineup for the Orioles' game against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his first day off since July 31. Beckham went 0-for-5 on Tuesday night with four strikeouts, but he's still hitting .310 since joining the Baltimore lineup after coming over from Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) in lineup on Wed.
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy was a late scratch Tuesday due to minor tightness in his left hamstring. It's clearly not a serious concern. He is starting at second base and batting third Wednesday versus Braves right-hander Lucas Sims. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Jose Martinez out of STL lineup on Wed.
    Jose Martinez is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest for the 29-year-old, who has impressed to the tune of a .309/.374/.522 batting line in 98 games this season. Matt Carpenter will get the start at first base, with Jedd Gyorko playing third. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Carpenter (shoulder) back in Cardinals lineup
    Matt Carpenter (shoulder) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Carpenter was on the bench Tuesday and admitted after the game that he will be playing through shoulder discomfort for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. He is starting at first base and hitting leadoff Wednesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis. Jose Martinez is sitting. Wednesday, 11:59 am
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Hanley Ramirez (biceps) returns to lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (biceps) will start at DH on Wednesday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: It'll be the first start for Hanley since last Wednesday, though he did appear as a pinch-hitter on Monday night. He's been working through a biceps issue. Wednesday, 11:45 am
  • Carpenter playing through pain in shoulder
    Matt Carpenter (shoulder) acknowledged Tuesday that he'll be playing through some pain the rest of the way.

    Advice: Carpenter has been bothered by bursitis in his right shoulder for much of the second half and he was held out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds, with Jedd Gyorko getting the start at third base. Carpenter could be shut down early if (or when) St. Louis gets eliminated. "If we can get on a run, I want to be a part of that and do whatever I can," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This isn’t going to be a crutch for me." Wednesday, 6:58 am
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Ian Desmond showing signs of life
    Ian Desmond finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's game in San Francisco.

    Advice: Desmond posted just his second multi-hit game over the past 18 outings. He entered the game hitting .196 (9-for-46) with two RBI and 13 strikeouts in the month of September, but he has hit safely in five of the past six and might be showing signs of turning things around. Wednesday, 12:49 am
  • Gerardo Parra collects two more hits
    Gerardo Parra finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's road loss against the Giants.

    Advice: Parra has back-to-back multi-hit games, and he is hitting .355 (11-for-31) with four doubles, a triple and three RBI over his past eight outings to raise his average three points just since Sept. 8. Wednesday, 12:46 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) likely plays Wed.
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he expects Daniel Murphy (hamstring) to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Braves due to left hamstring tightness, but it's apparently nothing serious. Wilmer Difo filled in at second base, going 0-for-4 while stranding five runners. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Tim Beckham has rough night Tuesday
    Tim Beckham went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: The whiffs are nothing new for Beckham, who now has a 160/35 K/BB ratio and a 28.5 percent strikeout rate. He's been very productive since arriving with the Orioles, though, with 10 home runs and a .310 average over 47 games. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Daniel Murphy scratched with tight hamstring
    Daniel Murphy has been scratched from the Nationals' lineup Tuesday due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy ran into a similar issue last September, so the Nats figure to play it safe and rest him for a few games. Wilmer Difo is now starting at second base and batting sixth Tuesday versus Braves left-hander Luiz Gohara. Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Hanley (biceps) expected back Wednesday
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Hanley Ramirez (biceps) should return to the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez is out again Tuesday versus the Orioles due to lingering biceps soreness, though he did serve as a pinch-hitter on Monday night, striking out in his first plate appearance since last Wednesday. The 33-year-old slugger owns a disappointing .238/.319/.422 batting line in 124 games this season for Boston. Tuesday, 2:21 pm
  • Joseph out of lineup again Tuesday
    Tommy Joseph remains out of the Phillies' lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll sit again with Rhys Hoskins making another start at first base. Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, and Nick Williams will start across the Phillies' outfield. Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Morrison in Tuesday's lineup vs. Cubs
    Logan Morrison is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: The slumping Morrison has sat out the past two games, but he's back in there against southpaw Mike Montgomery. He's batting just .194 (7-for-36) so far in September. Tuesday, 11:23 am
  • Kris Bryant out of Tuesday's lineup vs. Rays
    Kris Bryant is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Javy Baez will make the start at third base while Ian Happ plays second base. Tuesday, 10:58 am
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    10:05 am @Mil
  • Hanley (biceps) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Hanley Ramirez (biceps) struck out in a pinch-hit appearance Monday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: It was Ramirez's first game action since last Wednesday, as he's been dealing with biceps soreness. Of course, he's also had nagging soreness in both of his shoulders for most of the year. The hope is that he'll return to the lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday. Tuesday, 5:41 am
  • Matt Olson goes yard again, A's beat Tigers
    Matt Olson hit yet another homer in the Athletics' 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the third inning off Tigers starter Buck Farmer. Olson now has a whopping 18 home runs and 33 RBI over his last 31 games and he boasts a terrific 1.023 OPS for the season. The rookie first baseman also drew two walks Monday night in Detroit, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Monday, 8:08 pm
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Ramirez (biceps) expected to play vs. Orioles
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that he expects Hanley Ramirez (biceps) to return to the lineup at some point during the series versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramirez is missing his fifth straight game Monday, but it sounds like he'll be back in there Tuesday and/or Wednesday. He could be limited to designated hitter duty down the stretch in order to protect his left biceps and sore shoulders. Ramirez has played first base only 17 times this season, anyway. Monday, 2:35 pm
  • Joseph not in Monday's lineup
    Tommy Joseph is not in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Joseph will sit with Rhys Hoskins making the start at first base. Aaron Altherr will start in left field while Odubel Herrera is back in the lineup in center field. Monday, 11:48 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman homers twice to power Nats
    Ryan Zimmerman blasted a pair of home runs and drove in four on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Dodgers.

    Advice: Zimmerman victimized Ross Stripling for the game-changing blast in the sixth inning, putting the Nats ahead for good. He tacked on a solo shot off of Josh Ravin for good measure in the eighth inning. Zimmerman finished the night 3-for-5 and is slashing a robust .301/.356/.561 with 33 homers and 99 RBI in an impressive campaign that will almost surely net him National League Comeback Player of the Year honors. Sunday, 8:34 pm
  • Olson homers again in Oakland win over Phils
    Matt Olson homered for the sixth time in eight games Sunday in a 6-3 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: For all of the talk that Rhys Hoskins and Giancarlo Stanton get -- and deservedly so -- Olson has been on just as much of a homer tear, if not more. The homer was his 21st of the year, a solo shot in the fourth off of Philadelphia starter Henderson Alvarez. It's a lost year for Oakland, but Olson has looked every part of a middle of the order bat in his time with the A's. Sunday, 2:47 pm
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Mauer slugs grand slam Sunday vs. Jays
    Joe Mauer slugged a grand slam in the Twins' defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: It was part of a 3-for-5 day for Mauer, who finished with five RBI. The fifth-inning grand slam was his first since September 1, 2012. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Beckham blasts 22nd homer of season
    Tim Beckham hit a big three-run homer in Baltimore's victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

    Advice: Beckham has slowed down since his white-hot start to his Orioles' career, but he's still a productive hitter at the top of the lineup. The homer was the 23rd of his season; a three-run shot to give the Orioles a 5-1 lead in the fourth innings. For the year, Beckham has a very strong .280/.330/.481 line on the year. It's fun to see the former first-overall pick play well. Sunday, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Hanley Ramirez (biceps) takes BP in cage
    Hanley Ramirez (biceps) hit in a batting cage Sunday and is hoping to return to the lineup early this week in Baltimore.

    Advice: Ramirez has an injury to his left biceps and has also dealt with nagging soreness in both shoulders off and on all season, but he'll try to gut it out down the stretch. Dustin Pedroia is in the designated hitter spot and Brock Holt is at second base Sunday. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Matt Olson hits fifth homer in seven games
    Matt Olson hit his fifth home run in the last seven games Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Olson took Phillies starter Ben Lively deep in the first inning to give the A's an early lead. He's now got 20 homers in 52 games, including five in his last seven. We knew he had power from his minor league days, but anybody who says they saw this kind of production coming from Olson at the MLB level would be lying. The 23-year-old is slashing .267/.356/.642 in those 52 games. Saturday, 10:03 pm
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Jonathan Lucroy posts three hits in win
    Jonathan Lucroy collected three singles with three runs scored and an RBI in Saturday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Lucroy is on an extended hot streak, going 16-for-50 (.320) with seven RBI in 15 games dating back to Aug. 28, raising his average from .259 to .287. While he has been hot lately, his overall production since coming over to the Rockies has been a little disappointing giving his lack of power and the rarefied air of Denver. Saturday, 10:01 pm
  • Freeman hits 27th homer in loss against Mets
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Freeman hit a solo shot off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the sixth inning, the only run the Braves could muster against the right-hander. For Freeman, the dong was his 27th of the year, putting him in position to reach the 30-homer plateau for the second consecutive year with a strong finish. A fractured wrist stole a good portion of his season and has sapped some of his power, per Freeman, but in his 103 games he's been nothing short of terrific, batting .319/.417/.612. Saturday, 7:34 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Davidson socks 25th homer of season
    Matt Davidson socked his 25th homer of the season — a solo shot — in Saturday’s win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Davidson went 1-for-5 on the night. This was just his second homer since August 27. The power has been nice, but he’s batting just .225 with a .268 on-base percentage and a 154/19 K/BB ratio. He’s largely been all-or-nothing. Saturday, 6:53 pm
  • Morrison ejected from Saturday's game
    Logan Morrison was ejected from Saturday's game against the Red Sox by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson.

    Advice: Morrison was yelling from the dugout, possibly in objection to a balk call on Rays starter Alex Cobb. Morrison wasn't even in the starting lineup Saturday, but now he's ruled out for a possible pinch-hit appearance. Saturday, 4:55 pm
  • Carpenter swats solo bomb in loss to Cubs
    Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He took starter Kyle Hendricks deep in the eighth inning for his club's only run of the ballgame. The veteran infielder's batting average has taken a big tumble this season but the rest of his stats are where they normally are this time of year. He has a .240/.383/.441 slash line with 20 homers, 66 RBI and 82 runs scored in 134 games. Saturday, 4:17 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Bellinger ties NL rookie record with 38th HR
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI during Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: His second-inning solo shot off starter A.J. Cole was his 38th of the season, tying the National League record for rookies. He added an RBI single an inning later. Bellinger has a .275/.360/.611 triple slash with 88 RBI, 83 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 118 games. Amazing. The 22-year-old is a near lock to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. Saturday, 1:24 pm
  • Logan Morrison not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Logan Morrison is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be anything more than a regular day of rest for the veteran slugger. Corey Dickerson is functioning as the team's DH while Lucas Duda mans first base. Despite his 36 home runs and 82 RBI on the season, Morrison has slumped of late, slashing just .210/.288/.437 over his last 34 games. Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez MRI reveals only inflammation
    The MRI on the injured biceps of Hanley Ramirez revealed inflammation, but no structural damage.

    Advice: He's considered day-to-day. It's very encouraging news for the Red Sox who had feared that Ramirez would be sidelined for a considerable amount of time. The 33-year-old is hitting .238/.320/.423 with 22 homers and 55 RBI on the season. Saturday, 7:06 am
  • C.J. Cron homers in Angels' win
    C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning as the Angels edged the Rangers 7-6 on Friday.

    Advice: We don't know why the Angels' have their third-best hitter batting eighth, but we're just glad he's playing after getting jerked around for four months this year. He's batting .290 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in 169 at-bats during the second half of the season. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Matt Olson continues home run barrage in win
    Matt Olson crushed a two-run homer off of Mark Leiter Jr. on Friday, propelling the Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Crushed is probably an understatement for the damage that Olson did to that baseball. It traveled an estimated 483 feet deep into the second deck in right field in Oakland. While Rhys Hoskins has been getting massive accolades for his power display, Olson has been quietly doing considerable damage of his own. He has now hit 15 home runs in his last 30 games, 11 of those in his last 17 contests. He's hitting .267/.359/.634 with 19 bombs and 38 RBI in just 184 plate appearances this season. Friday, 6:58 pm
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Kris Bryant homers as Cubs top Cardinals
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bryant's solo shot off of Carlos Martinez in the bottom of the fourth inning was the Cubs' first hit of the game and knotted the score up at the time. He also plated their final run of the day with an RBI single in the sixth. The reigning National League MVP is 8-for-16 with two longballs and eight RBI over his last four games. Friday, 2:35 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    10:05 am @Mil
  • Hanley Ramirez undergoes MRI on biceps
    Hanley Ramirez underwent an MRI on his left biceps Friday.

    Advice: The results aren't in yet, but Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Ramirez could be sidelined for a while. This is after Farrell said Thursday that Ramirez's chronically sore shoulders were bothering him again. Dustin Pedroia should see a lot of time in the designated hitter spot while Ramirez is out as the Red Sox rest his knee as much as possible. That would free up second base for Eduardo Nunez (knee) when he's ready, but in the meantime Brock Holt will see an uptick in at-bats. Friday, 2:21 pm
  • Steve Pearce (back) held out again
    Steve Pearce (back) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pearce hasn't played in a week because of a stiff back. He shouldn't be playing much down the stretch, anyway, with the Jays wanting to get a long look at Teoscar Hernandez. Friday, 1:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    1:07 pm vs NYY
  • Daniel Murphy (neck) returns to Nats' lineup
    Daniel Murphy (neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's Murphy's first start since Tuesday, as he's been battling some neck stiffness. He's at second base and batting third against Alex Wood and the Dodgers. Friday, 12:44 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulders) out again Friday
    Hanley Ramirez is absent from the Red Sox' lineup again Friday due to soreness in his shoulders.

    Advice: Ramirez has dealt with soreness in both shoulders off and on for a while now and they flared up on him again recently. Consider him day-to-day. Dustin Pedroia is in the designated hitter spot and Brock Holt is at second base. Friday, 12:12 pm
  • Gurriel has three hits as Astros top Angels
    Yulieski Gurriel went 3-for-4 and drove in a run on Thursday as the Astros defeated the Angels.

    Advice: Gurriel plated Alex Bregman with an RBI single in the second inning that gave the Astros a 2-0 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. All three of his hits in the contest were singles. The 33-year-old is now slashing .293/.326/.478 with 17 homers and 67 RBI in his first full big league season. Thursday, 10:46 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez plates two as Astros roll
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Astros beat the Angels 5-1 on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Gonzalez delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning to tack on a pair of insurance runs. The super utility man got the start in left field in this one. He has had a spectacular season, hitting .294/.366/.517 with 21 homers and 80 RBI. Thursday, 10:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    10:05 am vs LAA
  • Daniel Murphy (neck) sitting again Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (neck) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy was also held out of action Wednesday as he works through some minor neck stiffness. Wilmer Difo is at second base and hitting third for the Nationals on Thursday night against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Thursday, 12:04 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez out of Red Sox lineup
    Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Athletics.

    Advice: Dustin Pedroia will take a turn at DH and Brock Holt will play second base in the matinee tilt. Hanley is 0-for-9 over Boston's last two games and slashing just .238/.320/.423 for the year. Thursday, 7:15 am
  • Cody Bellinger hits 37th homer
    Cody Bellinger delivered an RBI triple and a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Bellinger went nine straight without homering before coming through with No. 37 tonight. It was his first in 15 games against the Giants this year. Wednesday, 11:39 pm
  • Bryant goes 3-for-5 with four runs scored Wed
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a walk and four runs scored as the Cubs crushed the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was one of two Cubs to score four runs in the game, Ben Zobrist was the other. The defending National League MVP scored his 100th run of the season in the eighth inning and has a .289 batting average and a .405 on-base percentage with 26 home runs and 63 RBI in 137 games. Wednesday, 10:44 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    10:05 am @Mil
  • Parra out of lineup for Rockies on Wednesday
    Gerrardo Parra is out of the lineup for the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a normal day off for Parra against Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin. Carlos Gonzalez is playing right field and batting sixth. For the year, Parra is hitting .327 with 10 homers and 67 RBI. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Pearce (back) remains out of lineup for Jays
    Steve Pearce (back) is once again not in the Blue Jays lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pearce has not played for Toronto since he exited on Friday due to stiffness in his back. Teoscar Hernandez gets another start in left field and is batting eighth versus the Orioles. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    1:07 pm vs NYY
  • Daniel Murphy out Wednesday with stiff neck
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Daniel Murphy is working through a stiff neck.

    Advice: That's part of the reason Murphy is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Braves, though Baker noted that the veteran second baseman was probably going to sit anyway. It's not a serious concern. Wilmer Difo is filling in versus Atlanta. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • Daniel Murphy out of Nats' lineup on Wed.
    Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat second versus Atlanta left-hander Luiz Gohara. Wednesday, 11:59 am
  • Lucroy 'absolutely' interested in re-signing
    Jonathan Lucroy said Wednesday that he is "absolutely" interested in re-signing with the Rockies.

    Advice: Lucroy has rebounded nicely since the July 30 trade that moved him from Texas to Colorado, slashing .274/.388/.400 in 30 games with the Rockies after putting up a brutal .242/.297/.338 batting line in 77 games with the Rangers. "It’s been easy to fit in here," the 31-year-old impending free agent catcher told the Denver Post. "What I like is that this team is hungry and they all have the same goal in mind, and that’s to win a championship. I really feel that here. The guys have made me feel welcome and accepted me into the fold. ... I’d absolutely (be interested) in coming back." Wednesday, 8:51 am
  • Yuli Gurriel picks up pair of singles in win
    Yulieski Gurriel finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in Tuesday's road win against the Angels.

    Advice: It's been a slow go for Gurriel since returning from a four-game absence due to a sore right knee on Sept. 3. He is just 5-for-22 (.227) with two homers and four RBI over the past six games. He has been struggling, but perhaps the multi-hit game will get him going. Tuesday, 11:15 pm
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