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  • Denard Span races for inside-the-park homer
    Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a solo inside-the-park home run and three total RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Span scooted his way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the first inning and collected a two-run single just one frame later. No further RBI damage after that point for the veteran outfielder. For the campaign as a whole, Span is hitting a modest .275/.326/.431 with nine homers, 32 RBI and eight steals over the course of 96 games played. He no longer holds any fantasy value, but has been a dependable enough contributor during this trying season by the Giants. 52 minutes ago
  • Jerad Eickhoff unable to make it through five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Eickhoff was not exactly cruising in this one, but he was more than adequate compared to opposing starter Ty Blach. The Giants burned Eickhoff for a run in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the fourth to account for the damage on his line. He will bring a 4.46 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the Marlins in his next scheduled outing. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Gennett's slam helps Reds hold off Braves
    Scooter Gennett had two hits, including a grand slam, and five RBI as the Reds outlasted the Braves 11-8 on Saturday.

    Advice: Gennett drove in a run with a sac fly in the seventh inning before lifting a no-doubter into the right field seats in the ninth. It seemed like piling on at the time, but the Braves plated four of their own in the bottom of the frame, making Gennett's slam the difference. He's now got 21 homers on the season, easily a career best, and he's also on pace to set career highs in runs scored, RBI, slugging percentage and OPS as well. There have been few more surprising stories in 2017 than that of the Brewers castoff. Today, 9:53 pm
    W, 11-8 @Atl
  • Schebler has big night in first start off DL
    Scott Schebler enjoyed his return to the lineup Saturday, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored against the Braves.

    Advice: Schebler was activated before Friday's game but wasn't in the starting lineup, waiting until Saturday to take his first cuts since late July. He came back swinging, too, knocking an RBI single in the Reds' three-run fourth inning. Schebler was having a strong season in the power department prior to the left rotator cuff strain, bopping 23 homers with 45 RBI, and now healthy again, he should resume finding the cheap seats with some regularity through the end of the regular season. Today, 9:44 pm
  • Rougned Odor slugs pair of homers in win
    Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five total RBI in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Odor connected for a three-run home run off Derek Holland to put a cap on a six-run third inning by the Rangers and added to his stat-line with a solo home run just one frame later. Despite his spotlight moments on Saturday, his season as a whole has been somewhat underwhelming. Odor is hitting a hum-drum .223/.262/.426 with 26 homers, 58 RBI and 12 steals in 122 games played. Today, 9:41 pm
  • Suzuki homers among three hits against Reds
    Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Suzuki remains the backup for starter Tyler Flowers, but the 33-year-old now has 13 home runs in 57 games this season. On Saturday, he hit a two-run dong in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Asher Wojciechowski. He's still only playing a couple days a week behind Flowers, but Suzuki is making the most of it, batting .269/.346/.527 in 186 at-bats on the year. Today, 9:40 pm
  • Abreu comes up short of cycle in loss to TEX
    Jose Abreu went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, a triple and three runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Abreu did everything in his power to keep the White Sox in this one, but he was only able to do so much given that his team surrendered 17 runs. As consistent a hitter as there is in the game, Abreu is slashing a sturdy .301/.351/.534 with 24 homers and 75 RBI across 119 games played. The first baseman has homered in three of his last four games and picked up multiple hits in six of his last seven games. Today, 9:38 pm
  • Kevan Smith doubles twice in blowout defeat
    Kevan Smith went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Smith opened the game's scoring with a two-run double off Martin Perez in the first inning. In 63 games this season, the 29-year-old backstop is hitting .284/.312/.392 with three homers, 23 RBI and 12 doubles. Today, 9:35 pm
  • Derek Holland undone by six-run third inning
    Derek Holland was rocked for seven runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Holland walked four and struck out one in the rough outing. Six of the seven runs on his line scored in the third inning, with the big blow coming in the form of a three-run home run by Rougned Odor. He has surrendered 14 runs on 13 hits over just 4 2/3 innings in his last two outings. The veteran southpaw will carry a bloated 6.07 ERA and 1.68 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Today, 9:26 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte cracks two-run homer in win
    Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Solarte struck for a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg in the first inning. The 30-year-old infielder owns a .268/.342/.427 triple-slash with 13 homers and 47 RBI across 90 games played. His tater on Saturday was his first since August 8. Today, 9:25 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Was
  • Betances earns ninth save Saturday vs. Boston
    Dellin Betances worked a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Betances struck out two while throwing nine of his 14 pitches for strikes. Sandy Leon reached after Gary Sanchez let strike three roll to the backstop but Sanchez redeemed himself later by gunning down Brock Holt, who came in to pinch-run for Leon, at second base. Betances should handle most of New York's ninth-inning chances going forward, at least until Aroldis Chapman is ready to reclaim the closer role. David Robertson, who saved a game against the Mets earlier this week, worked the eighth inning on Saturday. Today, 9:17 pm
  • Adrian Sanchez hits RBI double against Padres
    Adrian Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Sanchez provided the Nationals their only run of the game with his RBI double off Travis Wood in the fifth inning. The 27-year-old infielder is hitting .279/.295/.372 with four doubles through his first 43 major league at-bats. Today, 9:16 pm
  • Stephenson bests Braves for first win of '17
    Robert Stephenson allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Stephenson gave up a solo homer in the third inning but not much else, giving up just three hits and walking three in his five innings of work. It was just the second win of his big league career and his first this year in 18 appearances. Just four of those have been starts, and the 24-year-old owns an ugly 6.13 ERA and 1.72 WHIP even after Saturday's outing. The big right-hander will have a shot at making it a winning streak Friday when he faces off against the Pirates. Today, 9:13 pm
  • Bauer tosses 6 1/3 scoreless to down Royals
    Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Indians blanked the Royals 5-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bauer bent, yielding seven hits and walking two, but he never broke, keeping the Royals at bay in critical at-bats. It's the continuation of what's been a really good second half for the 26-year-old, who's 5-1 since the break and who's registered five quality starts in his last six outings. Bauer is now 12-8 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 149/48 K/BB ratio over 134 innings in total. He's got a tall order ahead of him Thursday when the Red Sox are in town. Today, 9:02 pm
    W, 5-0 @KC
  • Ryan Zimmerman comes up hit-less in defeat
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Zimmerman was far from alone in his offensive utility, as the Nationals finished with just three hits. Slight stumble aside, the veteran slugger has ripped off a gorgeous campaign to date. He owns a .310/.360/.590 triple-slash with 29 homers and 86 RBI across 111 games played. Today, 9:02 pm
  • Abreu goes 2-for-5 with a run scored Friday
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 and scored a run in a win over the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and he rode home on a Nick Delmonico home run in the sixth inning. The veteran first baseman is batting .295/.346/.521 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 118 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Reds bring OF Scott Schebler back from DL
    Reds activated OF Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's been out all month with a strained left rotator cuff but is ready to go following a short rehab assignment. Schebler was really struggling before going on the DL and Jesse Winker is still expected to receive some starts in right field. Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Abreu homers, drives in three against Rangers
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Abreu delivered a two-run single in the third inning and tacked on a solo blast in the ninth to pull the Sox within a run. The homer was his second in as many games and his fourth in his last five, giving him 23 homers, 75 RBI and 67 runs scored on the year. The 30-year-old is hitting a robust .294/.346/.522 in 117 games for the rebuilding Sox. Thursday, 11:29 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman snaps tie with late home run
    Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: The two clubs were tied at 1-1 with two outs in the eighth when Zimmerman stepped to the plate and unloaded for a no-doubt solo blast off Kirby Yates to give the Nats the late lead. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is hitting a gaudy .310/.360/.593 with 29 homers and 86 RBI in 109 games played. He has homered in back-to-back contests and has launched three long balls in his last four games. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Betances gets another save call, answers bell
    Dellin Betances worked a flawless ninth inning Thursday against the Mets to earn his eighth save.

    Advice: Betances surely didn't think he'd be needed in a game that was 7-1 entering the ninth, but a meltdown by Bryan Mitchell forced the right-hander into the contest to protect what was suddenly a two-run lead with no outs. Betances did so and with little trouble, needing just 11 pitches to end the threat. He's now got a 2.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 79/33 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work this year, proving to be a more-than-capable closer in the instance of injury or ineffectiveness of Aroldis Chapman. Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephenson returning to Reds' rotation Sat.
    Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman hits 28th home run in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman hit his 28th home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. Zimmerman also singled and drew a walk in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Wednesday, 1:14 pm
  • Denard Span homers, scores three times
    Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, a steal and three runs scored as the Giants topped the Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Span doesn't do it often, but he filled up the box score tonight; it's the sixth time in 10 big-league seasons that he's homered and stolen a base in the same game. The Giants would be happy to trade Span this month if anyone wanted an outfielder, but given his troubles defensively in center, it seems unlikely that anyone is going to take him on. He's been decent offensively in hitting .272/.322/.430 this year, but that's still not what anyone is looking for from a left fielder and that's probably what he should be going forward. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Jerad Eickhoff yanked after five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Eickhoff didn't embarrass himself, but it would have been nice if he could have gone a little deeper in this one. He walked three and threw 90 pitches before the Phillies opted to bat for him in the top of the sixth. Eickhoff has another favorable matchup coming up against the Giants. Monday, 11:20 pm
  • Scooter Gennett smashes 20th home run
    Scooter Gennett hit his 20th home run of the season on Monday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Gennett singled and scored in the top of the second inning and hit a two-run shot in the top of the eighth, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the 15-5 loss at Wrigley Field. The 27-year-old infielder continues to be a great surprise for Cincinnati. Monday, 8:59 pm
    W, 11-8 @Atl
  • Odor goes 3-for-4 with two steals vs. Tigers
    Rougned Odor went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored in the Rangers' win over the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Odor was a menace to the Tigers all night and he filled the box score with useful fantasy numbers in the process. The 23-year-old second baseman has batted just .219/.256/.418 in 117 games this season, but he's sitting on 24 home runs, 53 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 62 runs scored. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Betances earns seventh save on Monday
    Dellin Betances earned his seventh save of the season on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Aroldis Chapman was given the night off after blowing a save in ugly fashion on Sunday against the rival Red Sox. Betances is back to his old dominant self after running into some issues around mid-season, but he's not going to unseat Chapman from the primary ninth-inning role. Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Bauer strikes out 11 in win over Red Sox
    Trevor Bauer struck out 11 batters over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bauer gave up three home runs -- two of them to Rafael Devers -- but they were all solo shots and he was backed by seven runs from the Indians offense. Bauer is now 4-0 over his last five starts, with 39 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He also boasts a 2.41 ERA in that span. The 26-year-old right-hander will look to keep rolling in his next scheduled outing on the road against the Royals. Monday, 6:27 pm
    W, 5-0 @KC
  • Schebler (shoulder) starting rehab assignment
    Scott Schebler (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

    Advice: He’ll serve as their designated hitter Tuesday and then play the outfield Wednesday and Thursday. Assuming all goes well, it should set Schebler up for a return to the Reds' lineup on Friday in Atlanta. He's been sidelined all month with a strained left rotator cuff. Schebler might not see everyday at-bats upon his return, as Jesse Winker is expected to still see his fair share of starts. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes deep in victory Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman belted his 27th home run of the season as the Nationals topped the Giants in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Zimmerman swatted a go-ahead solo homer off of Matt Moore in the sixth inning, but the Giants roared back to tie the game the next half inning. Zimmerman finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing a robust .310/.358/.585 with 27 homers and 83 RBI in his resurgent season. Sunday, 7:43 pm
  • Derek Holland clobbered in loss to Royals
    Derek Holland was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Royals, giving up seven runs on seven hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Holland also issued three walks and struck out two in the rough outing. The Royals pushed four runs across against him in the second inning then three more before he recorded an out in the third. Holland now sports a miserable 5.68 ERA and 1.64 WHIP on the season. He'll hope for better when he takes on the Rangers in Arlington on Saturday. Sunday, 2:56 pm
  • Reds activate Robert Stephenson from DL
    Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • Zimmerman goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in a run against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He did his damage early, slapping an RBI double and then scoring on a Daniel Murphy knock in the first inning. The first baseman also walked in the game. He is having perhaps the best season of his 13-year career and is on pace to break his career highs in home runs, RBI and batting average. He is slashing .310/.359/.583 with 26 home runs and 82 RBI in 104 games. Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Abreu goes deep twice in loss to Royals
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 and walloped two solo home runs but his team still lost to the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Both longballs came against starter Ian Kennedy, giving the Cuban slugger 21 for the season. He provides a nice combination of power and batting average that is getting rarer in today's game. He is slashing .290/.343/.513 with 70 RBI and 65 runs scored in 113 games. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Scooter Gennett hits grand slam in Reds' win
    Scooter Gennett went 2-for-4 with a grand slam off Brad Hand as the Reds topped the Padres 10-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: The go-ahead slam gave the Reds a 6-3 lead in the seventh. It was just Gennett's second homer off a lefty this year; he was hitting .203/.239/.313 in 64 at-bats against them, and it came off one of the very toughest in the league in Hand. That could help him earn some more playing time against southpaws, though the Reds still need to get Jose Peraza his at-bats, too. Thursday, 1:27 pm
    W, 11-8 @Atl
  • Stephenson (shoulder) due back on Sunday
    Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is expected to return to the Reds' rotation Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. Stephenson suffered a bruised right shoulder while attempting a diving catch in his last start August 2 against the Pirates. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Thursday, 7:34 am
  • Jerad Eickhoff picks up third victory
    Jerad Eickhoff yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Eickhoff allowed nine hits, but he did a nice job of spreading them out until the seventh, when he was charged with both runs. Eickhoff has won his last three decisions since opening the season 0-7, though those wins have come with no-decisions mixed in. He's received decisions in just half of his 20 starts. He looks like a nice play in mixed leagues with starts in San Diego and San Francisco coming up next week. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Zimmerman homers twice, drives in five runs
    Ryan Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in a 10-1 thumping of the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He cracked a solo shot in the second inning, doubled home a run in the third, laced an RBI single in the fifth and smoked a two-run bomb in the seventh. After limping along with a .218/.272/.370 line with 15 homers last year, he is bashing to the tune of .310/.356/.585 with 26 home runs and 81 RBI in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Bauer superb again in no-decision Wednesday
    Trevor Bauer struck out nine across seven innings of one-run ball but settled for a no-decision in Tuesday’s extra-innings loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The light-hitting Alexi Amarista managed to go deep off of Bauer in the third inning, but that’s all the Rockies were able to put together off the right-hander. For just the third time this season, Bauer issued no walks in the game. He’s been superb his last three times out, allowing just one run in each outing while collecting a 22/3 K/BB ratio over 22 innings. Bauer takes on the Red Sox and Royals on the road next week. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
    W, 5-0 @KC
  • Rougned Odor sitting out on Wednesday
    Rougned Odor is not in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Odor fouled a ball off his foot Tuesday, but the Rangers are saying he's fine and this is just a regular day off. Drew Robinson is getting a start at second base. Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Kevan Smith powers White Sox past Astros
    Kevan Smith remained hot on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI as the White Sox topped the Astros 8-5.

    Advice: Smith also drew a pair of walks in the contest, reaching base safely in four of his five trips to the plate. He's starting to look like a mixed league option behind the plate, slashing .277/.309/.379 with three homers and 20 RBI. He's also hitting near the middle of the White Sox' lineup, which should provide plenty of RBI opportunities. Tuesday, 9:05 pm
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