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  • Welington Castillo returns to Orioles' lineup
    Welington Castillo (illness) was added to the Orioles' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Castillo wasn't in the original lineup but talked his way into the starting nine after making it through Saturday's batting practice. He'll start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Halos right-hander J.C. Ramirez. Today, 2:40 pm
  • Rafael Lopez plates two runs in loss Saturday
    Rafael Lopez went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI as the Blue Jays fell to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Lopez came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning that briefly gave the Jays a 2-1 advantage. He has struggled at the plate in his limited action, hitting just .105/.190/.105 with no homers, two RBI and a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 22 plate appearances. Today, 2:34 pm
  • Ian Happ goes deep as Cubs top Blue Jays
    Ian Happ crushed his 18th home run of the season on Saturday as the Cubs topped the Blue Jays 4-3.

    Advice: Happ opened the scoring in the contest with a run-scoring single in the first inning, then tacked on a solo shot off of Jays' starter Nick Tepesch in the fourth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. The rookie infielder is slashing .249/.321/.517 with 18 long balls and 44 RBI. Today, 2:34 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • Slumping Renfroe optioned to Triple-A El Paso
    Padres optioned OF Hunter Renfroe to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: His roster spot will be absorbed by Jabari Blash. Despite his immense power (20 homer), Renfoe's .230 average wasn't cutting it in the big leagues. Renfroe has been pressing lately (four for his last 26 with 16 strikeouts) and could probably use a couple weeks to recharge in the minor leagues. He'll be back when rosters expand next month. Today, 1:48 pm
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    5:40 pm vs Was
  • Royals recall left-hander Skoglund from Omaha
    Royals recalled LHP Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: He's filling the roster spot left by Neftali Feliz, who was placed on the disabled list with right hand numbness. Skoglund struggled during his first stint in the big leagues, producing an ugly 5.59 ERA over three starts earlier this year. He'll likely be used in a long relief role. Today, 1:21 pm
  • Mariners activate Mitch Haniger from DL
    Mariners activated OF Mitch Haniger from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Haniger has been shut down for a few weeks after getting drilled in the face by a fastball from Jacob deGrom. With Jarrod Dyson sidelined, he should return to an everyday role in the M's outfield and is worth a look in mixed leagues where he may have been dropped. Today, 11:27 am
  • Ben Lively to start for Phillies on Sunday
    The Phillies plan to recall Ben Lively from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start against the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll take the spot of the injured Odubel Herrera on the club's active roster. His return to the rotation is expected to bump Mark Leiter Jr. back to the bullpen. Today, 5:49 am
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    6:05 pm @SF
  • Orlando Arcia goes deep in return to lineup
    Orlando Arcia (back) returned to the Brewers' lineup with a bang on Friday, belting a solo home run in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Arcia was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms and sat out on Wednesday as well as a precautionary measure. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .284/.327/.424 with 12 homers and 40 RBI on the season. Today, 5:09 am
  • Hector Neris gives up four runs to Giants
    After coming in with the Phillies down 6-2, Hector Neris gave up four runs -- three earned -- in an inning Friday.

    Advice: Rusty and unmotivated seems like a bad combination. Neris hadn't pitched in a week. Manager Pete Mackanin could have brought him into a close game Thursday, but stayed away as the Phillies went on to lose 5-4. Tonight, Mackanin left him out to struggle, rather than remove him and potentially save him for Saturday. But, then, what were the odds the Phillies would have a late lead Saturday anyway? Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • 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
  • Minaya earns a save with scoreless ninth
    Juan Minaya earned the first post-firesale save for the White Sox by throwing a scoreless ninth inning versus the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: He walked lead-off batter Joey Gallo but retired the next three batters without any drama. The White Sox traded off ace relievers David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak and Tyler Clippard in recent weeks, leaving the bullpen bereft of any obvious closing candidates. Minaya looks to get the first crack at taking over the ninth inning and makes for a good pick-up in fantasy leagues. He has a 4.50 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 14 walks (and five homers) in 30 innings. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Shields allows two runs in 5 1/3 vs Rangers
    James Shields surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision effort versus the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: He made one mistake -- hanging a pitch that first baseman Mike Napoli yanked over the wall for a two-run homer. Shields whiffed six batters, walked three and allowed five hits in a rare good start. His ERA improves to 5.72 with a 1.57 WHIP in 14 starts. He has 64 strikeouts and 35 walks in 74 innings. His bygone days as an ace starter seem likely to stay in the rear-view mirror. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Napoli slugs two-run homer vs White Sox
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run bomb and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: He took starter James Shields deep with a runner aboard to give the Rangers a short-lived lead in the fourth inning. He walked and scored another run later in the contest. Napoli has a putrid .197 batting average but makes up for it somewhat with 25 taters and 54 RBI. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
    5:05 pm vs CWS
  • Cashner yields three runs in 5 2/3 vs CHW
    Andrew Cashner allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: He yielded only an unearned run through the first five frames but then teed up a two-run bomb to Nicky Delmonico in the sixth. He struck out two batters against four walks and six base hits in the ballgame. He did not earn a decision although his team eventually lost. The journeyman hurler has used a smoke-and-mirrors approach to produce a swell 3.31 ERA despite a terrible 61:48 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 119 2/3 innings. His 4.59 K/9 would be the second worst in the majors (behind Ty Blach of the Giants) if he had enough innings to qualify. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Duvall clubs a two-run homer vs Braves
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: He swatted the first of three Reds longballs in the sixth inning off knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey. The two-run shot gave him 29 dingers and 85 RBI to go with a .260 batting average. He plated another run with a double-play grounder in the seventh inning but was not credited with an RBI for that one. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Welington Castillo (illness) not in lineup
    Welington Castillo is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Caleb Joseph is behind the dish. Castillo should be OK in a day or two. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Ian Happ homers twice in loss
    Ian Happ homered twice off Scott Feldman in Thursday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He had two homers total while hitting .208/.301/.333 in 72 at-bats since the All-Star break. The Cubs might have sent him down for a spell if not for Addison Russell's injury, but at this point, it seems safe to say he's up for good, even if he's not going to be an everyday player. Thursday, 3:20 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • Duvall clubs pinch-hit two-run bomb vs Cubs
    Adam Duvall delivered a pinch-hit, game-tying, two-run homer against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: His blast off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. tied the game in the eighth inning, although the Cubs subsequently walked it off on a wild pitch in the ninth. Duvall has been in a slump of late but has been very productive overall on the season. He has a .262 batting average with 28 home runs and 83 RBI with six weeks to go. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Arcia (back) remains sidelined on Wednesday
    Orlando Arcia (back) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Arcia was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms and he will take another day of rest. Eric Sogard is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff against Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Wednesday, 7:58 am
  • Mike Napoli hits 24th homer as Rangers win
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Tigers 10-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli has been dreadful, but for better or worse, the Rangers don't believe they have any better options than to play him. The homer tonight was his 24th, but that's come with a .198 average and a 132/34 K/BB ratio in 347 at-bats. He's at 51 RBI, putting him on pace for 70 for the season. That shouldn't cut it for a first baseman with a sub-.300 OBP. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
    5:05 pm vs CWS
  • 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
  • White Sox closer situation called 'fluid'
    White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that the team's closer situation is "fluid."

    Advice: Tyler Clippard handled Chicago's last save opportunity, but he was traded to the Astros on Sunday. And of course David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Anthony Swarzak were all dealt away last month. Juan Minaya and Jake Petricka would now appear to be the best candidates for ninth-inning duties on the south side of Chicago, but it's a difficult guessing game. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Arcia scratched Tuesday with back spasms
    Orlando Arcia was scratched from the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday due to back spasms.

    Advice: Eric Sogard is now starting at shortstop and batting eighth versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova. Arcia is considered day-to-day. Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • 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
  • Andrew Cashner sharp over seven innings
    Andrew Cashner allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cashner was scratched from his last scheduled outing due to a stiff neck, but showed no ill-effect in Sunday's showdown with the Astros. He struck out four and walked one on the afternoon, with runs scoring courtesy of a solo home run by Jose Altuve in the fourth inning and an RBI single by Carlos Beltran in the seventh. The latter hit gave the Astros a 2-1 lead and put Cashner on the hook for the loss. In 19 starts this season, the veteran right-hander has pitched to a respectable 3.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts and will try to keep up the pace in a home start against the White Sox when he next toes the rubber. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Adam Duvall hits two-run homer in loss Sunday
    Adam Duvall clubbed a two-run homer as the Reds fell to the Brewers on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Duvall tagged Brewers' starter Matt Garza for the two-run shot in the fourth inning, pulling the Reds to within a run at 3-2. Duvall finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now slashing .262/.312/.528 with 27 long balls and 81 RBI on the season. Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • Haniger (face) homers in first rehab game
    Mitch Haniger (face) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and two runs scored in his rehab debut Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Haniger served as Tacoma's designated hitter for the entire 11-inning victory. He should be cleared to play the outfield on Sunday and seems poised to return to the Mariners' active roster around the middle of next week. Haniger has been on the disabled list since taking a Jacob deGrom fastball to the face on July 29. Sunday, 5:48 am
  • Napoli launches 23rd homer in win over Astros
    Mike Napoli hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Napoli has oscillated between decent and not-so-decent months at the dish this year, hitting just three homers in April and June while socking eight apiece in May and July. It stands to reason that August might be another slow month, and the fact that his first homer of the month came on August 12 lends credence to the idea. Of course, for those who don't believe in things like "good months" or superstitions, disregard all that and focus on this: overall, the 35-year-old is hitting a disappointing .199/.284/.440 on the year. Saturday, 10:52 pm
    5:05 pm vs CWS
  • Duvall hits two-run homer in loss to Brewers
    Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Duvall got off on the right foot, hitting a two-run shot off Brewers starter Brent Suter in the first inning, but it ended up being his only hit in five at-bats on the evening. The homer was his 26th of the season, giving him 79 RBI, both of which are good for ninth-best in the National League. He won't match last year's statistical output but the 28-year-old is on pace to set career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage with his .262/.313/.524 line through Saturday. Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Shields allows three runs in six frames vs KC
    James Shields allowed three runs in six innings while punching out eight batters versus the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered a solo shot to Eric Hosmer in the first inning and two more runs in the second. He settled down from there and stuck around long enough for a quality start. It was a rare solid game from the 12-year veteran. He has a 5.90 ERA and unhealthy 1.57 WHIP in 13 starts. Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Haniger to begin rehab assignment Saturday
    Mitch Haniger (face) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be Haniger's first game action since being hit in the face last month. He'll DH for the Rainiers on Saturday, though it shouldn't be long until he's ready to play the outfield. The 26-year-old has slashed .255/.358/.425 in his 58 games for Seattle this year. Saturday, 3:04 pm
  • Haniger may progress to rehab assignment soon
    Mitch Haniger (face) is scheduled to take batting practice on Friday and if all goes well could progress to a minor league rehab assignment before the weekend is through.

    Advice: Haniger is on the mend after taking a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom to the face nearly two weeks ago. Barring any setbacks, he could be ready to rejoin the Mariners by the end of next week. Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Haniger (face) nearing rehab assignment
    Mitch Haniger (face) is expected to take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: It's been nearly two weeks since Haniger was struck in the face by a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom. Luckily he's doing much better and should begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next few days. The 26-year-old has gone through plenty of peaks and valleys this year, batting .255 with seven homers over 212 at-bats for Seattle. Thursday, 4:27 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
  • Hector Neris gets 13th save
    Hector Neris earned his second save in as many days with a hitless ninth Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: It was Neris's fourth appearance in five days, so one imagines he won't be available Thursday. That might put Luis Garcia in line for a save chance, though since he's struggled of late, he's no longer the obvious No. 2 guy in the Philadelphia pen. Wednesday, 8:05 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
  • Welington Castillo cranks solo homer in loss
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Castillo went yard for the solo shot against Troy Scribner in the third inning. That would be the only run the Orioles scored in the 5-1 defeat. The backstop has really been in a groove with both the home run ball and the RBI, having swatted three homers in his last six games while driving in 10 runs in his last eight contests. For the season as a whole, Castillo is slashing a respectable .288/.322/.464 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 65 games played. Wednesday, 5:16 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
  • Ian Happ picks up a pair of RBI
    Ian Happ posted a single, a double and two RBI across three at-bats in Tuesday's road loss in San Francisco.

    Advice: Happ accounted for two of the team's three RBI on the night, so you can tell it was a rough evening. He has hit the skids lately, as his average has tumbled from .269 to .249 over the past month. Happ is slashing .249/.321/.494, as he remains a decent source of power for a middle infielder. Wednesday, 1:22 am
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
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