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  • Maxwell (head) appears as pinch-hitter
    Bruce Maxwell (head) entered Monday's game against the Orioles as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2.

    Advice: Maxwell took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and didn't play on Sunday. There's a good chance he's back in the lineup on Tuesday. The 26-year-old is batting .214/.317/.279 through 52 games with the A's this season. 56 minutes ago
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Skaggs takes loss against Rangers
    Tyler Skaggs was handed the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Most of his issues were in the third inning, as Skaggs gave up an RBI double to Shin-Soo Choo and a three-run homer to Adrian Beltre. The southpaw fanned four and walked one in the loss. Skaggs has had two good starts and two shaky ones since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. He’ll try again for his first victory since April 22 when he squares off against the Astros in a tough matchup this weekend. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Claudio converts four-out save Mon.
    Alex Claudio allowed one run while converting a four-out save Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: Claudio entered the game in the eighth after Jose Leclerc walked the bases loaded, but he was able to induce a grounder from Jefry Marte to escape the jam. The southpaw then allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Trout brought one of them home on a single, but Claudio was able to get Albert Pujols on a ground out to end the ballgame. The southpaw is an unlikely choice for a closer, but he’s 7-for-9 in save chances to go along with a 2.55 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Stratton holds Brewers in check Monday
    Chris Stratton fired six scoreless frames in Monday’s 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Stratton limited the Brewers to four hits (all of them singles) while walking two batters and striking out one. He now owns a 12 2/3 innings scoreless streak, the longest by a Giants rookie pitcher since Chris Heston in 2015. While he’s one a nice roll, his upcoming schedule could be a challenge. He gets the Diamondbacks in Arizona next before a home start against the Cardinals, but then he takes on the Rockies in Coors Field. Be careful in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Davies gives up two runs in loss
    Zach Davies yielded two runs over six innings in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Davies struck out five and walked a pair in the loss. Both runs scored in the fourth inning, first with an RBI double from Brandon Crawford and a run-scoring ground out from Nick Hundley. Usually Davies is the beneficiary of generous run support, but he didn’t get anything on this night. He’ll try to get back in the win column with a tough assignment against the Dodgers next time out. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Dyson notches 11th save of season
    Sam Dyson notched his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Dyson issued a one-out walk to Domingo Santana, but he induced a double play grounder from Stephen Vogt to end the ballgame. Meanwhile, Mark Melancon threw a scoreless eighth inning and struck out two batters along the way. Dyson has been great in the closer role and the Giants are being careful with Melancon, so they might not change things down the stretch. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Parker has two hits, SB in win over Brewers
    Jarrett Parker went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Monday’s win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Both of his hits were singles. While we haven’t seen much power, Parker has made up for lost time by batting .318 (21-for-66) over 17 games this month. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Crawford has RBI double vs. Brewers
    Brandon Crawford delivered an RBI double in Monday’s victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford, who went 1-for-4 on the day, got the Giants on the board in the fourth inning. It was more than enough for rookie Chris Stratton and the Giants’ bullpen. Crawford has compiled a disappointing .233/.283/.371 batting line through 109 games, but he leads the team with 61 RBI. Of course, that probably says more about the kind of year the Giants are having than anything else. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Walker has single, walk against GIants
    Neil Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday’s shutout loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Brewers managed just four hits on the day, all of them singles. Walker has been red-hot since being acquired from the Mets earlier this month, batting .435 (10-for-23) over seven games. Recently hitting second in the Brewers’ lineup, Walker should be owned in mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Brad Goldberg optioned to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Brad Goldberg to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's clearing out for the arrival of Lucas Giolito, who will officially be recalled Tuesday to make his first start for the White Sox. Goldberg holds an 8.25 ERA and hideous 3/14 K/BB ratio over 12 relief innings with the big club this season. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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  • Carson Fulmer optioned to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Carson Fulmer to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Fulmer was the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader versus the Twins and he was rocked for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his first major league start. The 23-year-old will return to a 5.61 ERA at Charlotte. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Puig cranks go-ahead solo homer in the 12th
    Yasiel Puig cracked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 12th inning Monday as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Pirates 6-5.

    Advice: Another clutch moment for Puig, who also caught the final out on Max Moroff's liner to right field in the bottom of the 12th. Puig drew a walk in his first plate appearance of the night, doubled in his fourth plate appearance of the night, and went deep off Pirates reliever Dovydas Neverauskas in his sixth plate appearance of the 12-inning affair. The rejuvenated 26-year-old outfielder owns an .803 OPS with 22 home runs and 58 RBI in 117 games this season for a Dodgers team that sits 53 games above .500. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Gee spins six innings of one-run ball Mon.
    Dillon Gee spun six innings of one-run ball in a 10-2 victory in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Gee was excellent, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out four. He was perfect through four innings before Nicky Delmonico took him deep in the fifth. It was his longest appearance in the majors since last September 6. Gee is a couple of years removed from being even somewhat interesting from a fantasy perspective. He’ll have to keep it going to prove otherwise. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Alex Wood's SC joint flares up again Monday
    Alex Wood dealt with more inflammation in his SC joint during Monday's start versus the Pirates.

    Advice: The joint runs between the manubrium of the sternum and the clavicle bone. Wood missed a couple weeks of action with the same issue in the first half and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts referred to the situation as "a little concerning." Wood's velocity has dropped steadily this season and was down again Monday and the SC joint problem might be at least partly to blame. It sounds like Wood will probably skip a start or two, but we'll know for sure later this week. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Polanco slugs three-run HR vs. ChiSox
    Jorge Polanco slugged a three-run homer as the Twins split Monday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Polanco entered Monday’s action with three homers through his first 94 games this season, so of course he connected for three-run homers in both games of the doubleheader. The 24-year-old is now riding a modest six-game hitting streak. He’s batting .245/.294/.363 overall. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Wood allows three homers in no-decision
    Alex Wood yielded three earned runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

    Advice: Wood left the game with the Dodgers trailing 3-0, but the never-say-die club pulled out yet another comeback victory -- this one in 12 innings. Wood gave up five hits, including three solo home runs, though he struck out five and issued zero walks. The left-hander stands 14-1 on the year with a 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 127/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 frames. Up next for him is a start at home against the Brewers. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Jorge Polanco hits three-run homer in loss
    Jorge Polanco hit a three-run homer, drew a walk, and scored two runs but the Twins fell to the White Sox in the first half of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Polanco scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh and brought the Twins to within one run with his three-run shot in the top of the eighth, but that is where the offense ended for Minnesota. Polanco, 24, is batting .245/.294/.356 with four home runs, 44 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 95 games this season. Yesterday, 5:52 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs returns from bereavement list
    Angels activated LHP Tyler Skaggs from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Skaggs was away over the weekend following the passing of his grandfather. He will start Monday against the Rangers. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell (head) feeling much better
    Bruce Maxwell (head) said Monday that he's feeling much better.

    Advice: Maxwell took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and had trouble sleeping that night, but he said he got 11 hours of sleep Sunday night. He's sitting out again Monday in favor of Dustin Garneau, but it sounds like he could be back in there soon. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • White Sox call up Fulmer to start
    White Sox recalled RHP Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Fulmer is up as the 26th man for today's doubleheader. He'll start Game 2 against the Twins and then likely get sent back to Triple-A to make room for Lucas Giolito on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:34 am
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  • Bruce Maxwell not feeling well after foul tip
    Bruce Maxwell said he was a little out of it after taking a foul tip off the mask Saturday.

    Advice: Maxwell admitted that he didn't sleep well Saturday night. He's not in Sunday's lineup, although it's unclear whether he's gone through concussion protocol. Dustin Garneau is at catcher Sunday. Sunday, 9:00 am
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Carson Fulmer to start Monday versus Twins
    Carson Fulmer will be called up to start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll be added as the 26th man while Lucas Giolito, who had been slated to go in Game 2, will have his start pushed back to Tuesday. Fulmer has yet to pitch in the big leagues this year after making eight appearances for the Pale Hose in 2016. Monday will be his first major league start. Saturday, 3:58 pm
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  • Brandon Crawford homers, doubles
    Brandon Crawford homered, doubled and walked Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The homer was just his second in 118 at-bats since the All-Star break. Crawford has spent nearly two months now with his average in the .220s and .230s, and his defensive numbers haven't been as good as usual, either. He was one of the NL's top 15 or so players in both 2015 and 2016, but this year, he's been well below average. Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs goes on bereavement list
    Angels placed LHP Tyler Skaggs on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Skaggs' grandfather passed away. He is scheduled to start Monday against the Rangers and will rejoin the team then. Andrew Heaney is back from the disabled list to take Skaggs' spot on the roster. Friday, 12:34 pm
  • Gee expected to start during doubleheader
    Dillon Gee is expected to get a start for the Twins during Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: The start had been expected to go to Dietrich Enns (shoulder), but he was placed on the disabled list Thursday. Gee will be pitching on three days' rest after he made a relief appearance Thursday, but he threw only 36 pitches over 2 2/3 scoreless innings. The veteran righty holds a 3.16 ERA and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings in his eight appearances -- one start -- in the majors this season. Friday, 6:22 am
  • Claudio works two innings to earn sixth save
    Alex Claudio allowed a run over two innings of work, earning his sixth save Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Jose Abreu crushed an off-speed offering in the ninth inning to make it a one-run game, but Claudio was able to shut the door to earn the save. He struck out three in his two innings of work. The southpaw isn't a conventional closer type, having struck out just 46 in 65 innings this year, but he's got a strong 2.49 ERA and 1.05 WHIP and has actually recorded 10 strikeouts in his last 5 1/3 innings for good measure. It's not the most lucrative job in the world, saves-wise, but Claudio has a hold on the Rangers' closer gig as things stand, and that's worth something in our game. Thursday, 11:26 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
  • Sam Dyson able to work around walk for save
    Sam Dyson recorded his 10th save of the season via a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: With the Giants holding a 5-4 advantage entering the ninth, Dyson recorded the first two outs without issue before losing a touch of command. He walked Andres Blanco and fell behind Cesar Hernandez before coming back to strike him out looking to end the contest. Dyson has been money with the Giants, especially of late -- he has not allowed a hit in any of his last four appearances. Since the Rangers traded him over to the National League, the reliever owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 frames. He is 10-for-11 in save chances since putting on the San Francisco uniform. Thursday, 10:15 pm
  • Yasiel Puig walks it off for Dodgers
    Yasiel Puig walked off another Dodgers win with a two-run double in the ninth inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Puig, who had been hitless over the last week, plated Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win. He has 57 RBI in 372 at-bats, which is pretty good for someone who has spent so much of the year batting eighth. The Dodgers improved to 85-34 with the victory. Wednesday, 11:12 pm
  • Alex Wood goes seven strong in no-decision
    Alex Wood allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks with six strikeouts across seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Wood threw 58 of his 79 pitches for strikes in the quality start. After a couple of rough outings to wrap up the month of July, he has bounced back with three straight quality starts in August while turning in a 2-0 record and 1.89 ERA. He'll look to get back into the win column on Monday in Pittsburgh opposite Gerrit Cole. Wednesday, 12:53 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Zach Davies beats Pirates for 14th win of '17
    Zach Davies limited the Pirates to one run over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his 14th victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: We're three-quarters of the way through the season and Zach Davies has a realistic chance at 20 wins. He hasn't been great; his 4.26 ERA is worse than his 3.97 mark from last year, when he went 11-7 in 28 starts. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up. Still, he has taken a step forward this last month and the run support has been there all year long. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs solid in loss to Nationals
    Tyler Skaggs held the Nationals to two runs over five innings but took a loss Tuesday.

    Advice: Skaggs walked a couple and gave up seven hits on the night, including a pair of solo home runs to Howie Kendrick. He needed 91 pitches to cover his five frames. All told, though, it’s not a bad showing in what was a difficult matchup. Skaggs struggled in his first start back from the disabled list but has been much better the last two times out. He’ll get the Rangers and Astros at home next week. Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Bruce Maxwell went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 4-for-29 with no extra-base hits this month.

    Advice: The A's decided to let Stephen Vogt go in order to give Maxwell an extended look behind the plate, but after a fine start offensively, he's been horrible this last month, going 8-for-65 with no homers since July 15. He'll need to do better to secure a place in Oakland's 2018 plans. Monday, 10:51 pm
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Neil Walker has two hits in Brewers' debut
    Neil Walker went 2-for-4 and scored a run in his Brewers' debut on Sunday.

    Advice: Walker found himself hitting cleanup in the Brewers' lineup, which would lead to ample RBI opportunities the rest of the season if he stays near the middle of the order. The veteran second baseman is hitting .268/.341/.442 with 10 homers and 36 RBI on the season. Aug 13, 2:25 pm
  • Brandon Crawford not in Giants lineup Sunday
    Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' starting lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Crawford went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the first game on Sunday. Kelby Tomlinson is starting in his place at shortstop and batting eighth for the Giants against Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Aug 13, 1:52 pm
  • Sam Dyson earns ninth save on Sunday
    Sam Dyson earned his ninth save of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Dyson retired all three batters he faced in an easy 10-pitch ninth inning to protect the Giants' two-run lead. He has looked like a new man since arriving in San Francisco, though Mark Melancon is now off the disabled list and will eventually reclaim closer duties. Aug 13, 1:30 pm
  • Stratton fans 10 in brilliant outing vs. Nats
    Chris Stratton struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in the Giants' 4-2 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Stratton gave up just one walk and five hits -- all singles -- as the Giants took the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park. It was a surprisingly great outing from the 26-year-old right-hander, who entered the day with a 6.63 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. We wouldn't expect any repeat performances from him moving forward. Aug 13, 1:19 pm
  • Puig (knee, hamstring) draws walk in return
    Yasiel Puig (knee, hamstring) finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig had been dealing with some minor knee and hamstring soreness. He owns a decent .807 OPS with 21 home runs, 55 RBI, and 54 runs scored in 110 games this year. Aug 13, 6:12 am
  • Brewers officially acquire Walker from Mets
    Brewers acquired 2B Neil Walker and cash from the Mets for a player to be named later.

    Advice: The deal had been expected for hours but didn't become official until after the Brewers and Mets wrapped up their games on Saturday. With Eric Sogard fading after a hot start and Jonathan Villar barely hitting over .200, the Brewers obviously felt they needed an upgrade at second base. The Mets are officially in rebuild mode after dealing Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Walker in the span of a couple weeks. Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera could be the next to go if New York's fire sale continues. Aug 12, 8:33 pm
  • Brewers to acquire Neil Walker from Mets
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Brewers are "close" to acquiring Neil Walker from the Mets.

    Advice: Per reports, the Mets are getting a player to be named later. Walker was scratched from Saturday's game against the Phillies, though an official announcement isn't expected until later tonight. The Mets had a deal in place to trade Walker to the Yankees on July 31, but the Bombers suspiciously backed out due to medical concerns. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes will be candidates to replace Walker at second base in New York while Walker figures to supplant Eric Sogard and Jonathan Villar as the Brewers' primary second baseman down the stretch. To complete the deal, the Mets will reportedly eat at least some portion of Walker's remaining $5 million salary. Aug 12, 2:54 pm
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