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  • Zack Greinke gets torched by Marlins
    Zack Greinke was pulled after allowing eight runs in four innings Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It's the first time all year that he's allowed more than six runs. He have given up seven total in his previous five starts. Tonight's outing took his ERA from 2.87 to 3.18, his highest mark since early June. He's slated to face the Giants next week in his final start of the regular season. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Richards goes six scoreless in no-decision
    Garrett Richards allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Richards struck out six and walked just one while throwing 51 out of 85 pitches for strikes. The only hit was a double from Josh Reddick in the first inning. The Angels have to thrilled with how Richards has looked since returning. He should be ready for something approaching a normal starter’s workload when he pitches against the White Sox next week. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Giles escapes with 33rd save of season
    Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

    Advice: It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Adam Conley gets blasted by Diamondbacks
    Adam Conley lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Only 19 of Conley's 36 pitches were strikes, and most of those were hit hard. After a modestly encouraging nine-start run to begin the second half, Conley has given up 17 runs over 16 innings in four starts during September. That's not going to help his cause for being penciled into the 2018 rotation. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Altuve steals base, scores run in win
    Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Angels.

    Advice: Altuve singled to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and proceeded to steal second base before Yulieski Gurriel followed with a three-run homer. The stolen base was his 32nd of the season, though it was just his first since September 3. He’s one behind Whit Merrifield for the American League lead. The 27-year-old is batting .346/.409/.555 with 24 homers, 80 RBI, and 105 runs scored through 146 games this season. He’s looking like the odds-on favorite for AL MVP honors. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Trout hitless in loss to Astros
    Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Trout had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, as he represented the potential tying run, but he grounded into a double play against Astros’ closer Ken Giles. He’s the greatest player on the planet and continues to get on base at a ridiculous clip, but his September has been rather quiet compared to his usual lofty standards. He’s hitting .231 (15-for-65) with two homers, five RBI, six steals, and 15 runs scored over 19 games. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • J.D. Martinez goes 3-for-4, homers
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Martinez has 26 homers in 55 games for the Diamondbacks after hitting a paltry 16 in 57 games for the Tigers. It looks like he's going to be cutting it very close to whether he gets to qualify for the slugging and OPS crowns without a penalty; he's at 462 plate appearances with eight games to do. He'd need exactly 40 in the remaining eight games, so that'd go out the window if the Diamondbacks decided to rest him at all. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna homers twice against Arizona
    Marcell Ozuna hit a pair of homers, walked and scored three times Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Ozuna drove in three runs, giving him 118 RBI for the year. He'd have a great chance of breaking the Marlins' single-season RBI record of 121, set by Preston Wilson in 2000, except for the fact that Giancarlo Stanton just tied it tonight. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Lopez notches win against Royals
    Reynaldo Lopez notched the win despite allowing six runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings on Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: All six runs scored in the third inning. Lopez gave up a solo homer to Alcides Escobar in the frame, but errors from Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson opened the door for more damage. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the runs weren’t earned and the White Sox were able to stage a comeback to put Lopez in line for the victory. Lopez failed to strike out any of the 29 batters he faced and now has just four strikeouts combined over his last four starts. It’s hard to see him having much success if he doesn’t miss more bats. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Moncada slugs go-ahead homer vs. Royals
    Yoan Moncada slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Royals.

    Advice: The blast capped a five-run fourth inning against Jason Hammel. Moncada got off to a slow start upon his promotion in July, but he’s hitting .351 (20-for-57) with five homers, 11 RBI, two steals, and 15 runs scored over his last 13 games. Yesterday, 10:45 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
  • Merrifield has three hits, stolen base
    Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored Friday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Merrifield has notched multi-hit games in four out of his last six, raising his batting average up to .291 on the year. The stolen base moved him ahead of Houston’s Jose Altuve for the American League lead with 33. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Cory Spangenberg went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss and is 9-for-55 with one RBI and three runs scored in September.

    Advice: Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva were making the Padres look bad for keeping them in the minors, so the team reverted to an uglier lineup tonight, sitting those two and starting Spangenberg and Travis Jankowski in the outfield corners. They ended up losing 4-1, which is probably what they wanted anyway. Spangenberg hasn't embarrassed himself offensively with his .257/.313/.396 line this year, but he strikes out a whole lot for someone with modest power and he's just not an asset anywhere defensively. Most of his playing time should be going to others. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Trevor Bauer strong for seven innings
    Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer went six scoreless before giving up the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. It was just his second no-decision in three months, and he's still 9-2 in 13 starts since the All-Star break. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Cody Allen takes loss to Mariners
    Cody Allen, who admitted to some arm soreness earlier in the week, gave up a single and a homer to the only two batters he faced to lose Friday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Indians only revealed Allen's soreness today after he was surprisingly held out of a second straight game Thursday. In light of his performance tonight, it should be viewed as a serious concern now. Either Andrew Miller or Bryan Shaw could be asked to close tomorrow. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Giovanny Urshela homers in loss
    Giovanny Urshela homered off Erasmo Ramirez for the Indians' only run Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer, coming in Urshela's 137th at-bat of 2017, was his first in the majors since 2015. He has a pretty terrific glove at third base, but it just doesn't make up for his anemic bat; he has a .574 OPS at the moment. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Kendall Graveman goes seven strong for win
    Kendall Graveman held the Rangers to one run in seven innings to pick up a win Friday.

    Advice: Graveman has made four starts against Texas this year. In three of them, he's pitched exactly seven innings and allowed one run. Those outings have accounted for half of his six victories. He's due to make one more start this year, probably against the Mariners on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Knebel walks in run as Cubs win in extras
    Brewers closer Corey Knebel walked in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as part of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory on Friday.

    Advice: Knebel kept the game tied with a scoreless ninth inning, but he walked Kris Bryant to lead off the 10th inning before Anthony Rizzo reached on a single. Brewers manager Craig Counsell elected to walk Ben Zobrist intentionally in order to load the bases. Knebel was able to get Russell Martin to strike out swinging for the first out, but he walked Tommy La Stella to force in the go-ahead run. It has been a rough couple of days for the Brewers, who are now five games back of the Cubs in the NL Central. Realistically, they are going to have to set their sights on the Wild Card race. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Lackey gives up three runs in no-decision
    John Lackey yielded three runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Lackey gave up six hits, including two more homers. He has now allowed 36 homers on the year, tied with Boston’s Rick Porcello for the major league lead. The veteran right-hander has disappointed with a 4.67 ERA across 29 starts this season. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Vogt slugs solo homer in loss
    Stephen Vogt slugged a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Vogt and Brett Phillips went back-to-back off John Lackey in the second inning. Claimed off waivers from the Athletics back in June, Vogt came into Friday’s action mired in a 3-for-27 (.111) funk. He’s now up to 11 homers on the year, with seven of them in just 38 games with the Brewers. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Jay has RBI double vs. Brewers
    Jon Jay went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored Friday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Most impressively, Jay fought through a 15-pitch at-bat against Brandon Woodruff by reaching on a single. He eventually scored on a single to center field from Ben Zobrist. Jay doesn’t provide enough pop or speed to be all that interesting in mixed leagues, but he’s hitting .290 with a .375 on-base percentage. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Newcomb gives up two runs in victory over PHI
    Sean Newcomb gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: With the benefit of a big early lead, Newcomb held the Phillies hitless until Cesar Hernandez doubled to lead off the fourth inning. The rookie southpaw was pulled after giving up an RBI single to Nick Williams in the sixth. Newcomb fanned five and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 4-8 with a 4.26 ERA over 18 starts. He’s been on a nice run recently, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 10 out of his last 11 starts. He’ll square off against the Mets next week in his final start of the season. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Suzuki has two-homer game vs. Phillies
    Kurt Suzuki homered twice and knocked in three runs in Friday’s win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Suzuki slugged a two-run homer off Ben Lively in the first inning before taking Yacksel Rios deep for a solo shot in the seventh. One of the biggest surprises at the catcher position, the 33-year-old is now up to 18 homers with an .868 OPS. He’s hit 14 homers since the start of July. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Williams drives in two runs vs. Braves
    Nick Williams finished 2-for-3 with two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Williams provided all of the offense for the Phillies on Friday with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the sixth. The 24-year-old rookie has knocked in 52 runs in just 75 games while batting .289/.338/.482 with 11 homers. His production isn’t quite on the level of Rhys Hoskins, but he’s looking like another important building block for Philadelphia. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Hernandez reaches base four times in loss
    Cesar Hernandez reached base in four out of his five plate appearances Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Hernandez went 1-for-2 with three walks. He doubled to begin the fourth inning — the first hit of the night off Sean Newcomb — before later scoring on a sacrifice fly from Nick Williams. The 27-year-old hasn’t done much category-wise this month, but he continues to hit for average and get on base at the top of the Phillies’ lineup. He’s batting .292/.367/.420 over 121 games. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Cody Allen gets second day off
    Cody Allen was given another day off on Thursday, allowing Tyler Olson to pick up a save in a three-run game against the Angels.

    Advice: It was no surprise to see Allen held out Wednesday, but today's absence was disappointing and might be a reason for concern, even though Terry Francona indicated afterwards that it was just a day off. Allen did pitch four times in six days before getting the last two days off. Andrew Miller worked the seventh tonight, as the Indians continue to structure his workload with the goal of getting him ready for October. Thursday, 4:42 pm
  • Mike Trout reaches four times
    Mike Trout was on base all four times up Thursday against the Indians, going 2-for-2 with two walks.

    Advice: His career-best OBP is up to .450 now. It looks like Trout is going to end up qualifying for the batting title despite missing more than 40 games with a torn thumb ligament. He has a chance to be the first American Leaguer to finish with a .450 OBP since Manny Ramirez in 2002. Thursday, 4:32 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
  • Cesar Hernandez reaches four times
    Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hernandez hasn't homered in a month, but he's batting .319 with 10 walks and 15 runs scored in 82 plate appearances in September. The double today was his 25th of the year. He had just 14 during his breakthrough season in 2016. Thursday, 2:40 pm
  • Knebel blows lead in eight, game in ninth Wed
    Corey Knebel made an error to blow the lead in the eighth inning, then blew the game by allowing a two runs in the ninth against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made a throwing error that allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth inning, then served up a walk-off, two-run bomb to Adam Frazier in the bottom of the ninth. It was only the second time in the last two months that Knebel has allowed a run. He came out of nowhere to be one of the best closers in baseball this year. He has 37 saves with a 1.52 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 71 innings this season. Last year he had two saves and a 4.68 ERA in 35 games. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Yoan Moncada hits two-run homer
    Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer off the Astros' Brad Peacock during Wednesday's game.

    Advice: It was the only hit Peacock allowed in six innings of work. Moncada is hitting .380 with four homers, 13 runs scored and a couple of steals in his last 11 games. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Jay goes 2-for-3 with an RBI in loss to Rays
    Jon Jay went 2-for-3 with an RBI during Wednesday's interleague loss to the Rays.

    Advice: He laced an RBI single to plate Mike Freeman with his club's only run of the game in the eighth inning. Jay was serving as the designated hitter today. He's gotten a surprising amount of playing time for the defending champions this year but hasn't done a whole lot with it. He has an empty .286 batting average with two home runs and 30 RBI in 397 plate appearances in 130 games. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Merrifield goes 3-for-5 with a homer vs Jays
    Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases as his club thrashed the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He led off the game with a single and scored, poked an RBI single in the second inning, then cracked a solo shot off reliever Carlos Ramirez in the sixth. The second-year second baseman has been a fantasy force this season. He has a .290 batting average with 18 home runs, 73 RBI and 75 runs. His 32 stolen bases rank fourth in the major leagues. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Ozuna goes 2-for-3 with two RBI in victory
    Marcell Ozuna finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, and a run scored Wednesday in the Marlins' defeat of the Mets.

    Advice: Ozuna opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and he added another RBI single in the bottom of the third. The 26-year-old outfielder is slashing .308/.370/.540 with 34 home runs, 115 RBI, and 84 runs scored in 150 games this season for Miami. Wednesday, 1:17 pm
  • Ken Giles nails down save No. 32
    Ken Giles struck out the side to notch his 32nd save of the season on Tuesday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: On to protect a two-run lead, Giles allowed a leadoff single to Tim Anderson but then disposed of the each of the next three batters via the strikeout. The Astros' closer has whiffed 82 while walking just 19 over 59 2/3 innings this season. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes deep versus White Sox
    Jose Altuve slugged a solo home run and added an RBI groundout Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The dinger came off of Lucas Giolito in the fourth inning and gives Altuve 24 for the season, which matches the career high he set last year. The possible favorite for American League MVP, Altuve will have 12 more games to set a new career high in longballs. Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Moncada gets three more hits, steals base
    Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4 with a run scored and added a stolen base Tuesday in Houston.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, and Moncada followed his second base knock in the third inning with his third steal. The exciting youngster is now batting .432 over his last eight games and two of his stolen bases have come over that stretch. It's hard to call Moncada a safe fantasy option, but we know the talent is there and he's scorching hot. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna sitting out Tuesday vs. Mets
    Marcell Ozuna is absent from the Marlins' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly has been looking to get his regulars some rest, so Ozuna will sit out Tuesday night. Ichiro Suzuki will take his place and bat leadoff. Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Hernandez not in Monday's lineup
    Cesar Hernandez is not in Monday's lineup versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: J.P. Crawford will draw the start at second base. Odubel Herrera will take Hernandez's place in the leadoff spot against Clayton Kershaw. Monday, 11:52 am
  • J.D. Martinez swats 40th homer in loss Sunday
    J.D. Martinez swatted his 40th home run of the season as the Diamondbacks fell to the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: His two-run shot came off of Giants' starter Chris Stratton in the sixth inning. It was his 40th home run in just 108 games this season and his 24th in 51 games with the Diamondbacks. He finished the day 2-for-4 and is now hitting .297/.374/.679 with 40 long balls and 90 RBI on the year. Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Mike Trout blasts 29th homer in loss Sunday
    Mike Trout blasted his 29th homer run as the Angels fell to the Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Matt Bush in the eighth inning pulled the Halos to within two runs at 4-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Trout also chipped in a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He finished the afternoon 1-for-2 plus a walk and was also caught stealing. He's slashing a mighty impressive .315/.452/.638 with 29 bombs, 65 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Garrett Richards k's seven in loss to Rangers
    Garrett Richards racked up seven strikeouts over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The right-hander surrendered three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk over his five frames. The Rangers scratched out a pair of runs in the first inning then added on a solo homer from Joey Gallo in the second. Richards will carry a 2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 18/3 K/BB ratio into his start against the Astros in Houston on Friday. Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Ken Giles works scoreless ninth inning
    Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Giles gave up three singles but tallied two strikeouts to preserve a 7-1 lead as the Astros officially clinched the American League West. The 26-year-old closer boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 79/19 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Allen picks up 28th save for Cleveland
    Cody Allen picked up his 28th save of the year in a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

    Advice: Allen came in with two outs in the eighth, and dominated the Kansas City lineup by getting strikeouts with three of the four outs. The only blemish was a single. His ERA now sits at 2.47, and he's struck out 84 hitters in 62 innings. Sunday, 1:52 pm
  • Jose Altuve getting a rare day off Sunday
    Jose Altuve is absent from the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the star second baseman. Marwin Gonzalez will fill in. Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Zack Greinke posts his 17th victory
    Zack Greinke allowed two hits and a walk across eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts Saturday in San Francisco.

    Advice: Greinke threw 70 of his 107 pitches for strikes. He has been on fire in the month of September, lasting at least seven innings in each outing while going 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA. He also has won each of his past three decisions over his past five outings dating back to Aug. 19. Saturday, 10:10 pm
  • Graveman has outing shortened by rain
    Kendall Graveman tossed two scoreless innings Saturday against the Phillies before a rain delay ended his night prematurely.

    Advice: Graveman allowed just one hit through two innings and threw one pitch to J.P. Crawford in the third before the tarp came out. It was a shame, as it appeared to be shaping up to be a strong outing for the 26-year-old. With the no-decision, Graveman remains 5-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.40 WHIP ahead of a Friday meeting with the Rangers. Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Conley holds Brewers to three runs in victory
    Adam Conley allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The line actually looks worse than it was for the southpaw, who was cruising along having allowed only a first-inning run before the Brewers hit back to back homers with two outs in the sixth inning. Conley walked three and struck out six in the game. He's now 7-7 with a 5.20 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 19 games this year. The 27-year-old is inefficient and susceptible to the long ball, making Thursday's start against the Diamondbacks in Arizona a worrisome one for multiple reasons. Avoid the stream when possible. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Lopez goes seven innings in victory
    Reynaldo Lopez yielded four runs over seven innings in a 10-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Lopez hung in there after a three-run second inning, ultimately finishing with his longest start in the majors. He clearly didn’t have his best stuff, allowing seven hits while walking two batters. He notched only one strikeout and didn’t get it until his final inning of work. Lopez has now fanned just four batters over his last three starts, which isn't ideal from a fantasy perspective. He’ll bring a 4.84 ERA into a start against the Royals next week. Saturday, 6:56 pm
  • Moncada has two more hits Saturday
    Yoan Moncada finished 2-for-6 with a two-run single and a run scored against the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: The White Sox pounded out 17 hits in the victory, with six members of the starting lineup accumulating at least two hits. While he struggled prior to landing on the disabled list, Moncada has now hit safely in each of his last eight games while batting .395 (15-for-38) with three homers, one triple, seven RBI, one stolen base, and 11 runs scored. If he can keep it going, he’s going to be a trendy breakout pick in fantasy drafts next spring. Saturday, 6:54 pm
  • 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
  • Whit Merrifield swipes his 30th base
    Whit Merrifield finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and his 30th stolen base of the season in Saturday's loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: After struggling a bit in the month of August, Merrifield is back in business in September. He is hitting .306 (19-for-62) with six doubles, a triple, eight RBI and four stolen bases since flipping the calendar from August. Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • J.D. Martinez (neck) in D-Backs' lineup Sat.
    J.D. Martinez (neck) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Martinez was scratched from Friday lineup due to neck stiffness, but the plan was for him to play Saturday assuming he gets through batting practice without incident. The impending free agent has 23 homers and a 1.099 OPS in 49 games with Arizona. Saturday, 5:15 pm
  • Trout hitting leadoff Saturday vs. Rangers
    Mike Trout will hit leadoff Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Yes, you read that correctly. It will be Trout's first action out of the leadoff spot since way back in 2013. Brandon Phillips has been handling leadoff duties of late, but he's out of the lineup Saturday after leaving Friday's game with tightness in his side. Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Jose Altuve scores twice in victory Saturday
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs as the Astros topped the Mariners on Saturday afternoon in Houston.

    Advice: Altuve continues to strengthen his resume for the American League MVP race, slashing .348/.409/.556 with 23 homers, 103 runs scored, 77 RBI and 31 swipes on the season. Saturday, 1:29 pm
  • Giles fans one in scoreless ninth for a save
    Ken Giles turned in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up a one-out double to catcher Mike Zunino but ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach. Giles now has 31 saves in 35 chances to go with a 2.50 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Newcomb gives up two runs in win over Mets
    Sean Newcomb surrendered two runs over 5 1/3 innings Friday in a 3-2 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Newcomb allowed a run to score on a ground out in the third inning before giving up an RBI double to Dominic Smith in the fourth, but otherwise he kept the Mets off the board. The southpaw struck out eight batters, but the most encouraging part might be that he walked just one batter. Nice to see for someone who had 50 walks in 84 1/3 innings coming into Friday’s start. The 24-year-old rookie has experienced some ups and downs while posting a 4.32 ERA over 17 starts. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Moncada drills solo home run vs Tigers Fri.
    Yoan Moncada swatted a solo dinger during Friday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night but the elite prospect seems to finally be finding his groove at the plate. He has eleven hits and two homers in his last five games to boost his stat line into the realm of respectability. He is slashing .229/.351/.424 with six homers, 16 RBI, 23 runs and two steals in 40 games. He entered the season as the top prospect in all of baseball by most accounts and is still just 22 years old. He has as good a chance as anybody to develop into a star in the coming years. Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Bauer gives up four runs in loss to Royals
    Trevor Bauer gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings Friday as the Indians fell to the Royals.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run after Bauer was pulled in favor of Joe Smith in the top of the sixth. Bauer gave up nine hits — including solo homers to Alcides Escobar and Brandon Moss — while walking one and striking out six. This was his first loss since way back on July 16. He’ll try to get back in the win column next week against the Angels. Friday, 7:37 pm
  • J.D. Martinez scratched with stiff neck
    J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Friday due to left neck stiffness.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco has taken his place in the D'Backs lineup. The injury isn't believed to be major, so consider the hot-hitting outfielder day-to-day. Martinez is hitting .298/.376/.681 with 39 homers and 88 RBI in just 106 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks this season. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Jon Jay has a pair of hits in victory
    Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Jay had a hand in the Cubs' decisive seven-run seventh inning, plating a run with a single and later scoring. It's going to be interesting to see how much Jay plays when/if the Cubs reach the postseason. He's sporting a nice .287/.373/.370 batting line on the season, but Chicago has some options. Jay has started nine 14 games in September, while Ian Happ has started 10 and Kyle Schwarber eight. Friday, 2:48 pm
  • John Lackey ejected from Friday's game
    John Lackey was ejected from Friday's game against the Cardinals following an argument with home plate umpire Jordan Baker.

    Advice: Lackey was incensed over a pitch to Carlos Martinez in the top of the fifth inning that was called a ball but should have been strike three. After Martinez promptly delivered an RBI single on the next offering, Lackey lost it on Baker and was ejected. Lackey might be fined, but a suspension seems unlikely. He was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames before getting the heave ho. Friday, 12:50 pm
  • Hernandez has four-hit night versus Marlins
    Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Hernandez was the catalyst for an offense that banged out 14 hits and 10 runs on the night. All four of his hits were singles. The 27-year-old is having a bit of a quietly solid year in Philadelphia, batting .293/.365/.424 with eight homers, 30 RBI, 74 runs scored and 14 steals across 113 games. He's under team control through 2020. Thursday, 9:36 pm
  • Yoan Moncada scores five runs in rout
    Yoan Moncada went 4-for-5 with a homer, two walks and five runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: There we go. Moncada is just the 18th player this decade to score five runs in a game; it's something Mike Trout, Jose Altuve and even Ichiro Suzuki have never done. He has 10 hits in his four games, raising his average from .182 to .229. He's still striking out plenty and that's not going to change, but he's walked enough that his OBP sits at .353. Thursday, 2:20 pm
  • Cody Allen earns 27th save on Wednesday
    Cody Allen earned his 27th save of the season Wednesday in the Indians' defeat of the Tigers.

    Advice: Allen retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning to seal Cleveland's 21st consecutive victory. The 28-year-old closer boasts a 2.56 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 80/20 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
  • Cesar Hernandez sitting again Wednesday
    Cesar Hernandez is out of the Phillies' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: J.P. Crawford will get another start at second base, with Freddy Galvis at shortstop and Maikel Franco playing third. Hernandez has been the odd man out in two straight games. Wednesday, 11:55 am
  • Garrett Richards takes the loss Tuesday
    Garrett Richards allowed an earned run, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts across five innings in a loss against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Richards was a hard-luck loser after throwing 45 of his 63 pitches for strikes. His offense provided him with zero support against Justin Verlander, who was untouchable in this one. Richards will look to find that elusive first win on Sunday against the Rangers. Tuesday, 11:18 pm
  • Ken Giles slams door for 30th save
    Ken Giles needed just seven pitches in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Angels for his 30th save of the season.

    Advice: Giles bounced back nicely after being tagged for two runs, three hits and a walk while failing to retire any batters in a blown save in Oakland on Friday night. He has 11 scoreless appearances over his past 12 outings. Despite the rocky outing last time out he is one of the more reliable closers in the game. Tuesday, 11:09 pm
  • J.D. Martinez belts 22nd home run
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Martinez certainly brought his hitting shoes to the yard, but none of his teammates followed suit. The outfielder has been on fire in the month of September, posting at least one RBI in each of his past five outings, and 18 steaks across 10 games since flipping the calendar from August. Tuesday, 10:31 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna clubs 33rd homer in loss
    Marcell Ozuna singled and ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Ozuna took Hector Neris deep to lead off the top of the 10th inning to give the Marlins the lead again after they blew a save in the ninth. They then promptly blew another save in the 10th and eventually lost in the 15th. Ozuna has now exceeded his previous career-high in homers by 10 with his 33 bombs in 2017. Tuesday, 9:19 pm
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