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  • Howie Kendrick homers in Nationals' win
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base as the Nationals beat the Padres 7-1 on Friday.

    Advice: Because it's not enough that Kendrick is hitting .345 with a .921 OPS, he's doing more running than ever before, going 10-for-14 stealing bases in just 56 games while healthy. His career high for steals is 14, which he's done four times (in seasons of 158, 140, 147 and 157 games). Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Delmonico uses arms and legs to homer twice
    Nick Delmonico hit two home runs, including one of the inside-the-park variety, during a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: He swatted a standard two-run shot off starter Andrew Cashner in the sixth inning. He produced the winning run in the eighth inning by lining a deep drive that led the right fielder to crash into the wall and drop to the ground while Delmonico circled the bases. The red-hot rookie has an amazing .382/.452/.691 slash line with five homers and 11 RBI in 15 games. He had a .262 batting average with 12 home runs in 99 games at Triple-A Charlotte before getting the call to the majors. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Keon Broxton hits 20th homer
    Keon Broxton went 2-for-4 with a homer Friday in a losing cause against the Rockies.

    Advice: Both Broxton and Domingo Santana hit their 20th homers of the season for the Brewers tonight. Broxton has six in his last nine games, and he's hitting .292 in 48 at-bats since being recalled from the minors on Aug. 1. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Buxton finishes singles shy of cycle Friday
    Byron Buxton finished a single shy of the cycle Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: This night is what makes it so hard to give up on his talent. We’re used to seeing players fall a triple short of the cycle, but that was no issue for Buxton, who showcased his speed in a big way and scored three runs in the process. The highlight was his inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. The young outfielder had a chance to finish off the cycle in the seventh inning, but he lined out to second base. Buxton has now hit safely in eight consecutive games. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Adams swats solo bomb in loss to Reds
    Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the second inning by homering off starter Sal Romano. Adams had a nice run of fantasy value while Freddie Freeman was on the disabled list but his playing time has been diminishing of late. Matt Kemp is expected to be activated from the disabled list soon so Adams will probably function as power off the bench most days. He has a .273 batting average with 17 home runs and 54 RBI. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Mark Trumbo blasts 19th homer in win Friday
    Mark Trumbo blasted his 19th long ball of the season as the Orioles rallied to defeat the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Trumbo got the O's on the board with his solo shot off of Andrew Heaney in the second inning, starting the process of chipping away at a five-run deficit. It wound up being his only hit in four at-bats on the evening. The 31-year-old slugger is hitting .240/.301/.415 with 19 homers and 53 RBI. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Steve Pearce gets two hits, drives in a run
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Pearce got the scoring started when he plated Justin Smoak in the top of the first inning. He added another single in the eighth and scored a run. The 34-year-old has been terrific so far for the Blue Jays in the second half. Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Abraham Almonte (hamstring) lands on DL
    Indians placed OF Abraham Almonte on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Thursday's doubleheader versus the Twins. It's unclear how long Almonte will be out. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm @KC
  • Kolten Wong (hip) scratched from lineup
    Kolten Wong was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to a hip issue.

    Advice: He's available off the bench, so it sounds like the Cards are just being cautious. Greg Garcia will step in at second base. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Danny Santana (quad) lands on disabled list
    Braves placed INF/OF Danny Santana on the 10-day disabled list with a left quad strain.

    Advice: Santana suffered the injury during Thursday's game in Colorado. Micah Johnson is replacing him on the roster. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Robbie Grossman (thumb) lands on DL
    Twins placed OF/DH Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

    Advice: Grossman suffered the injury a collision with Byron Buxton on Thursday. He's expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. Mitch Garver has replaced Grossman on the roster and should see his fair share of starts. Eduardo Escobar also figures to see an uptick in playing time. Yesterday, 9:40 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Kevin Kiermaier activated from disabled list
    Rays activated OF Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kiermaier is ready to roll after missing over two months of action with a fractured hip (he also had a minor back issue last month). He was just 3-for-24 on a rehab assignment and might need a few extra days off initially, but fantasy owners should feel free to re-insert Kiermaier into their lineups. He's in center field and batting leadoff Friday. Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Manuel Margot doubles, scores run in loss
    Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Margot hit his 14th double of the season in this one. Overall, the outfielder owns a .270/.309/.439 batting line with 12 homers and 35 RBI in 87 games played. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Jarrett Parker notches two-run double in win
    Jarrett Parker went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Parker gave the Giants a 4-1 lead with his two-run double off Aaron Nola in the fifth inning. With his pair of two-baggers, he has now collected seven doubles in 22 games played this season. He is working to a .268/.307/.437 triple slash in that space. Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Nick Williams sparks three-run frame w/ homer
    Nick Williams went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Williams socked a solo home run off Jeff Samardzija to lead off what ended as a three-run sixth for the Phillies. The dinger was his sixth of the season and bumped his RBI tally to 25. The 23-year-old outfielder has collected at least one hit in eight of his last 10 games and is slashing .298/.348/.507 through his first 148 major league at-bats. Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Robbie Grossman suffers broken left thumb
    Updating an earlier report, Robbie Grossman left Thursday's game against the Indians with a fractured left thumb.

    Advice: Grossman injured himself in a collision with Byron Buxton in the third inning and was later replaced by Max Kepler. The injury is expected to sideline Grossman for at least three weeks. The 27-year-old has hit .243 with seven homers and 35 RBI over 317 at-bats for Minnesota this season. Thursday, 6:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Robbie Grossman exits with thumb injury
    Robbie Grossman left the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: He injured himself in a near-collision with Byron Buxton in center field. Max Kepler pinch-hit for Grossman and replaced him in right field. Grossman singled in his only at-bat before exiting. Thursday, 5:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Matt Adams homers as pinch-hitter
    Matt Adams hit a two-run homer off the bench Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Even with Matt Kemp out, Adams hasn't started a game in five days, and now the Braves are expected to activate Kemp on Friday. As a result, pinch-hitting seems like all Adams is going to do for the foreseeable future. The homer today was his first since July 23. He's hitting .211 with three homers in 71 at-bats since the All-Star break. Thursday, 3:48 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Byron Buxton hits seventh homer
    Byron Buxton homered, walked and scored twice in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: Buxton is hitting .319 with two homers, nine RBI and four steals in 15 games since coming off the disabled list. Maybe it's time for the Twins to try elevating him in the lineup. Paul Molitor got himself burnt by opening the year with Buxton in the third spot, but Buxton has been a solid OBP guy since late April and he's very good when he's on base. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier (hip) to return this weekend?
    Kevin Kiermaier (hip) is eyeing a return this weekend, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Advice: Kiermaier is just 1-for-15 through four rehab games at High-A Charlotte, but if he feels good after playing a full nine innings of center field on Thursday it sounds like the Rays will activate him from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the visiting Mariners. Kiermaier has been on the shelf since early June because of a fractured hip. He also came down with a minor back issue in late July. Thursday, 5:43 am
  • Nick Delmonico homers twice in loss
    Nick Delmonico went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The good times won't last forever, but at the moment, Delmonico is sporting a 1.088 OPS in 48 at-bats as a big leaguer. The White Sox had been starting to sit him some since Avisail Garcia returned, but one imagines this will help him become a lineup fixture for a little while. Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Kolten Wong goes 3-for-4 against Red Sox
    Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Wong is hitting .404 with eight extra-base hits, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored in 15 games this month. It makes one wonder why he wasn't batting higher than seventh tonight. His OBP for the season is up to .400 now. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Pearce goes 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4, scored twice and smacked a solo home run in a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took starter Jacob Faria over the well in right field in the fourth inning for his 12th homer of the year. Pearce was awful for the first few injury-plagued months of the season but has gotten things turned around nicely in recent weeks. The veteran multi-position player is up to .269/.342/.475 with 35 RBI in 73 games. He should be a strong fantasy hitter down the stretch. Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Broxton homers twice as Brewers beat Bucs
    Keon Broxton hit two solo homers Wednesday in the Brewers' 7-6 comeback win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The first solo shot got Milwaukee on the board in the bottom of the third inning and the second tied the game at 5-5. Broxton also homered as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night and the 27-year-old outfielder now has 19 total homers in 107 games this season. He has also racked up 19 stolen bases. Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Matt Adams sitting against Colorado
    Matt Adams is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Adams is a novice outfielder and the Braves feel the dimensions at Coors Field might be tricky for him. He'll be limited to pinch-hitting until the Braves return home on Friday, at which point Matt Kemp is expected to return from a hamstring injury. Wednesday, 1:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Keon Broxton homers off bench
    Keon Broxton, held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game, homered as a pinch-hitter Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Brewers played Jonathan Villar in center field tonight because they wanted to stack lefties against Ivan Nova. Broxton has been fine since rejoining the Brewers, hitting .250/.348/.525 in 40 at-bats. He'll continue to play center most days. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Howie Kendrick slugs two solo homers Tuesday
    Howie Kendrick smashed a pair of solo home runs Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kendrick took Tyler Skaggs deep in the third inning and again in the fifth. This is after he won the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants with a walk-off grand slam. Kendrick has been a phenomenal pick-up by the Nationals so far, as he's now batting .386 with four longballs over 14 games with his new team. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Kiermaier (hip) cleared to play center field
    Kevin Kiermaier (hip) will play center field for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    Advice: He will probably then shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Durham for a couple of games before returning to the Rays' active roster early next week. Kiermaier, out since early June with a fractured hip, stands 1-for-9 with three strikeouts through two rehab games with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Matt Adams won't start in Colorado
    Matt Adams will not start any of the Braves' four games in left field in Colorado this week.

    Advice: The club thinks the outfield in Colorado is just too big for Adams to handle. It's a bummer for Adams' fantasy owners, as they probably figured they could count on a Coors Field boost this week. Danny Santana is in left field Monday and Lane Adams could draw a start there Tuesday. Monday, 3:30 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Howie Kendrick blasts walk-off grand slam
    Howie Kendrick blasted a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning on Sunday, propelling the Nationals to a 6-2 victory over the Giants in the second game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy led off the 11th inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by Ryan Zimmerman. Anthony Rendon was then walked intentionally to load the bases, setting the stage for Kendrick's dramatics. After fouling off a two-strike offering from Albert Suarez, he crushed a no-doubter to left center field. Kendrick finished the night 2-for-4 plus a walk and is now slashing .348/.399/.486 with four homers and 25 RBI. Sunday, 7:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Manuel Margot hits double in loss to Dodgers
    Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The double was Margot's 13th of the season. In addition, the outfielder is slashing .274/.310/.443 with 12 homers and 30 RBI over the course of 336 at-bats. He has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Sunday, 4:15 pm
  • Kolten Wong races around for triple in loss
    Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Wong tripled with one out in the seventh inning against R.A. Dickey and then came home to score on an RBI single off the bat of Carson Kelly. Overall, the 26-year-old second baseman is slashing .307/.399/.443 with two homers, 30 RBI and four steals through 77 games played. He is now in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak. Sunday, 2:17 pm
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Buxton goes 2-for-4 with a home run Sat.
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He drilled a solo home run off starter Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth inning, then plated another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Buxton was once heralded as the top overall prospect in the game but has struggled mightily in the majors the last three season. He is still just 23 years old and loaded with talent so maybe he will break through eventually. He has a sorry .230/.300/.324 slash line with six homers and 21 RBI in 96 games. He has salvaged some fantasy value by stealing 19 bases in 20 tries. Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Manuel Margot launches pair of home runs
    Manuel Margot swatted a pair of solo home runs in Friday's road win against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Margot has belted three solo homers over his past two outings, and he has seven home runs and 13 RBI across his past 14 games. He has shown a solid amount of power despite being used primarily out of the leadoff spot by manager Andy Green. Saturday, 12:56 am
  • Matt Adams hits RBI single in loss to Cards
    Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Adams came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning, the only hit he would collect in the contest. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .275/.318/.511 with 16 homers and 51 RBI in 96 games. He has been scuffling of late, managing just six hits in his last 31 at-bats. Friday, 8:32 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Kevin Kiermaier to begin rehab assignment
    Kevin Kiermaier, who is on the way back from a fractured hip, is set to begin a rehab assignment in A-ball on Saturday.

    Advice: The plan is for Kiermaier to DH twice this weekend and then head out to center field on Tuesday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rays in 7-10 days. Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Byron Buxton scores twice, drives in two
    Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Buxton came through with RBI singles in the second and third innings. This was his fourth three-hit showing in 94 games played this season. For the campaign as a whole, the speedy outfielder owns a meager .226/.299/.313 triple-slash with five homers, 19 RBI and 19 steals. While the former top prospect has yet to blossom in the bigs, he is still just 23 years old. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Keon Broxton socks solo home run in loss
    Keon Broxton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Broxton took Dietrich Enns deep for a solo shot in the second inning. He has gone yard in two of his last four games and is up to 16 dingers on the season. Despite this nice little bit of pop in the bat, Broxton is hitting just .222/.300/.437 in 102 games this season. Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • Howie Kendrick getting the night off Thursday
    Howie Kendrick is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kendrick missed a game earlier this week with a sore back, so this could be related to that. He's expected to be available off the bench. Adam Lind will man left field in his absence. Thursday, 2:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Manuel Margot out Thursday versus Reds
    Manuel Margot is not in the Padres' starting lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Matt Szczur will play center field and hit seventh against Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo. This is a routine day of rest for Margot, who hit his 10th home run of the season on Wednesday night. Thursday, 7:21 am
  • Nick Delmonico goes 3-for-4
    Nick Delmonico finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored against the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Delmonico is 12-for-30 sine his callup, so he's in line to play regularly for the foreseeable future. Mixed-league value is unlikely, but he looks like a solid choice in AL-only leagues. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-4 with three RBI on Wed.
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs during Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: He plated Ryan Zimmerman with a double in the fifth inning, then singled to drive in two more runs in the sixth. Kendrick has a sparkling .349 batting average but only three homers and 21 RBI on the season. He has stolen nine bases in 13 attempts. The 34-year-old has played in only 49 games with the Phillies and Nationals this year because of multiple lengthy stints on the disabled list. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Mark Trumbo fans twice in return from DL
    Mark Trumbo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Trumbo was just activated from the disabled list after missing 10 games with a right rib cage strain. Prior to going down injured, he was hitting .238/.300/.405 with 17 homers and 50 RBI across 103 games played. He might need a contest or two to knock off the rust given the little injury layoff. Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Steve Pearce has knee drained on Wednesday
    Steve Pearce had his knee drained on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pearce continues to deal with a knee strain which first began to bother him near the end of June. He will fight through it in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, where he will serve as designated hitter. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
  • Howie Kendrick (back) returns to lineup
    Howie Kendrick (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Kendrick sat out Tuesday after exiting Monday's game with a sore back, but he's fine. He's hitting .333/.355/.500 in nine games since joining the Nats. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Mark Trumbo activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated DH Mark Trumbo from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Trumbo missed the last week and a half with a right rib cage strain. He's back in the designated hitter spot and batting fifth against Troy Scribner and the Angels. Wednesday, 10:35 am
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