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  • Lucas Giolito's start pushed back to Tuesday
    Lucas Giolito's start has been pushed back to Tuesday.

    Advice: Giolito was expected to make his White Sox debut during Monday's doubleheader against Minnesota, but instead Chicago is going with Carlos Rodon in Game 1 and Carson Fulmer in Game 2. Giolto, who is rated as's No. 59 prospect, holds a 4.48 ERA over 24 starts for Triple-A Charlotte this year. Today, 4:11 pm
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  • Tanaka (shoulder) expected to return Tuesday
    Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) is expected to start Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: He got the green light after making it through a 37-pitch bullpen session on Friday. Tanaka landed on the DL with shoulder inflammation last week but is already nearing full strength and won't need to make a rehab start. The Yankees' rotation is finally getting healthy with CC Sabathia (knee) returning to the mound Saturday and Tanaka due back Tuesday. Today, 2:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Anthony Rizzo plates one in Cubs victory
    Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Cubs dispatched of the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

    Advice: Rizzo delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning that increased the Cubs' advantage to 4-2. He also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely twice in his four plate appearances. He's enjoying another solid season at the dish, slashing .271/.389/.517 with 28 homers and 84 RBI. Today, 2:34 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • J.D. Martinez rejoins D'Backs lineup Saturday
    J.D. Martinez (illness) returned to the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Martinez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to illness. He's back in there and batting fifth against Jose Berrios and the Twins on Saturday night in Minnesota. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Braves activate Matt Kemp from 10-day DL
    Braves activated OF Matt Kemp from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in the Braves' starting lineup, batting cleanup and starting in left field against the Reds on Saturday. Prior to landing on the shelf with his hamstring issue, Kemp was slashing .290/.336/.477 with 14 homers and 48 RBI. Today, 12:52 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
  • Grant Dayton dealing with discomfort in elbow
    Grant Dayton will head back to Los Angeles to undergo further evaluation after experiencing discomfort in his elbow while warming up on Friday.

    Advice: Dayton was working his way back from a neck injury when the elbow issue cropped up. The Dodgers had hoped to get him back from the disabled list in early September, but that's on hold now until they can figure out what's going on with the elbow issue. Today, 11:21 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Det
  • Aaron Sanchez (finger) throws off flat ground
    Aaron Sanchez (finger) threw off of flat ground without issue on Saturday.

    Advice: The club remains hopeful that they'll get the right-hander back in some capacity at some point in September. It's looking like it's a lost season for him from a fantasy perspective however. Today, 11:10 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 4-3 @ChC
  • Cardinals option Mike Mayers to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Mayers was only with the club for one game this time around, now giving way to Josh Lucas who had his contract purchased on Saturday. He should be back with the big league club once rosters expand in September. Today, 9:08 am
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    L, 6-4 @Pit
  • Phillies outright Pedro Beato to Triple-A
    Phillies sent RHP Pedro Beato outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Beato was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Pedro Florimon. He'll continue to serve as organizational bullpen depth for the Phillies. Today, 6:40 am
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  • Hunter Pence homers, doubles in win
    Hunter Pence homered and doubled as the Giants crushed the Phillies 10-2 on Friday.

    Advice: It's alive! Pence is hitting .351 with four homers in 57 at-bats this month, raising his OPS from .637 to .699. It could be worth giving him another try in mixed leagues, though since he's in a bad lineup and he's not going to steal bases, his ceiling is pretty limited. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Matt Moore goes 7 1/3 innings for win
    Matt Moore pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in a win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Since talk of a move to the bullpen started up, Moore has responded with back-to-back quality starts. The only other time that's happened all season was in May, when he had four in a row. The win tonight was Moore's first since June 20. At 5.54, his ERA is as low as it's been since mid-June. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Matt Garza gives up eight runs in loss
    Matt Garza was pounded for eight runs -- seven earned -- in 4 1/3 innings by the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday.

    Advice: Garza's rotation spot is probably vulnerable now, what with Chase Anderson returning on Sunday. He's allowed 18 earned runs in 13 innings over his last three starts, taking his ERA from 3.68 to 4.81. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Godley strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Zack Godley struck out 10 batters, but was handed the loss after allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Godley gave up nine hits, including a solo homer to Max Kepler and an inside-the-park homer to Byron Buxton. He’s now lost back-to-back starts to fall to 5-6 on the year, but he still owns an excellent 3.13 ERA and 119/36 K/BB ratio in 112 innings over 18 starts. He should have a good chance to get back in the win column next week against the Mets. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • J.D. Martinez scratched due to illness
    J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Friday due to illness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything too serious, so consider the hard-hitting outfielder day-to-day. Brandon Drury replaced him in the lineup and will bat seventh for the D'Backs against Ervin Santana and the Twins. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
  • Matt Kemp expected to return on Saturday
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp has been on the shelf with a hamstring strain since the end of July. He'll return to full-time action in left field upon his return which could squeeze Matt Adams out of playing time in the Braves' lineup. Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Lucas Giolito to make White Sox debut Monday
    Lucas Giolito will make his White Sox debut on Monday during a doubleheader versus the Twins.

    Advice: The White Sox are also promoting Michael Kopech from Double- to Triple-A. Giolito holds an underwhelming 4.48 ERA with 59 walks over 128 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Charlotte, but he's also struck out 134 and had posted a 1.71 ERA over his last five starts. He could wind up sticking around beyond Monday if Reynaldo Lopez (oblique) needs a trip to the disabled list. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
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  • Mike Mayers recalled from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Mayers will work in long relief, with Luke Weaver sliding into Adam Wainwright's (elbow) rotation spot. He's allowed two earned runs over four innings in the majors this season. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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    L, 6-4 @Pit
  • Tanaka (shoulder) didn't throw 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) did not throw a bullpen session Thursday as initially anticipated.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted that everything was fine with Tanaka, so it sounds like it could just be the club altering their schedule for the righty rather than it being any sort of setback. The club had been hoping that Tanaka will be ready to rejoin their rotation next week, so we'll continue to work under that assumption until we hear otherwise. Yesterday, 6:33 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Phillies designate Pedro Beato for assignment
    Phillies designated RHP Pedro Beato for assignment.

    Advice: That clears a spot for Pedro Florimon on the 40-man roster. Beato had been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring since late July. He's likely to stay with the organization as minor league depth once he clears waivers. Thursday, 4:36 pm
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  • Grant Dayton (neck) to return on Sept. 1?
    Grant Dayton (neck) said he's expecting to be activated from the disabled list on September 1.

    Advice: Dayton will spend one week pitching in rehab games with Double-A Tulsa and the next week appearing in rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll then be ready to rock when rosters expand. The lefty reliever has struggled with his command in 2017 and the Dodgers have fared just fine without him, so a slow process seems like the wise process here. Thursday, 5:24 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Det
  • Rizzo pounds grand slam in win over Reds
    Anthony Rizzo belted a grand slam against the Reds and finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI in a 7-6 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: His bases-loaded blast in the first inning gave the Cubs a big lead before starter Homer Bailey had recorded a single out in the contest. He doubled and scored in the third frame. The veteran first baseman is slashing .265/.385/.513 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, 69 runs and seven steals. This is likely to be his fourth consecutive season with 30-plus dingers. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • Martinez goes 2-for-4 with a solo homer Wed.
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and whacked a solo home run against his former team the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He came up through the Astros farm system and played his first three seasons in Houston before becoming a star with the Tigers. He came to Arizona in a mid-July trade. He is batting .285/.374/.620 with 24 home runs and 59 RBI in 81 games. Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Dayton to begin rehab assignment this weekend
    Grant Dayton (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't announced where he'll begin his rehab, though the plan is for him to make at least five appearances. Dayton landed on the DL with neck stiffness late last month. Wednesday, 5:25 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Det
  • Matt Kemp to remain starter in left field
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Matt Kemp (hamstring) will be the starter in left field when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Kemp will work out on Friday and if all goes well, he'll be activated Saturday versus Cincinnati. Matt Adams has been manning left field in Kemp's absence, though Snitker was clear that Kemp will be the starter upon his return. With Freddie Freeman back at first base full-time, it looks like Adams will be riding the pine for Atlanta. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Tanaka (shoulder) likely to return next week
    Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be the right-hander's first mound session since landing on the DL with right shoulder inflammation last week. The Yankees are hoping to have Tanaka back next week against Detroit. He's looked much better since the All-Star break, contributing a 3.13 ERA over five second-half starts. Wednesday, 3:06 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Grant Dayton (neck) nearing rehab games
    Grant Dayton (neck) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Dayton has been on the disabled list since July 28 with a neck injury. The left-handed reliever holds a 4.94 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. Tuesday, 4:33 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Det
  • Rizzo drives in five as Cubs rout the Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in the Cubs' thrashing of the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning, a solo blast in the bottom of the fourth, and another two-run single in the bottom of the seventh as Chicago rolled over Cincinnati. Rizzo has 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 115 games this season, along with a .262/.384/.505 batting line. Monday, 9:10 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • Giants have considered Moore in bullpen
    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants have considered moving Matt Moore to the bullpen.

    Advice: Moore struck out nine batters while allowing two runs over seven innings Sunday against the Nationals, but he still owns an ugly 5.71 ERA through 24 starts on the year. He made two relief appearances during his first taste of the majors in 2011, but he has pitched exclusively as a starter since. Regardless of whether he pitches out the bullpen down the stretch or not, the Giants could have an interesting decision to make about him this offseason. Moore's contract includes a $9 million club option for 2019 or a $1 million buyout. Monday, 6:17 am
  • Matt Moore pitches well in no-decision Sunday
    Matt Moore pitched well in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday night, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Moore scattered seven hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. Both runs that he surrendered were via solo homers, with Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman each taking him deep. The left-hander has been remarkably inconsistent this season, but continues to show occasional flashes of brilliance. He'll carry a 5.71 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Phillies. Sunday, 7:36 pm
  • Zack Godley fans eight in loss to Cubbies
    Zack Godley surrendered two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Godley struck out eight and walked four on the afternoon. The first run on his line scored in the first inning after he uncorked a wild pitch to allow Kris Bryant to trot home, while the second run on his line scored just one frame later on an RBI double off the bat of Jon Jay. Goldey will bring a shiny 2.95 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a road start against the Twins next time he trots out to the mound. Sunday, 4:45 pm
  • Matt Garza struggles but still defeats Reds
    Matt Garza picked up his sixth victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struggled mightily with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out two. He served up a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the fourth inning, then the Reds added on another pair while chasing him in the sixth. He'll carry a 4.38 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into a tough matchup against the Rockies in Colorado on Sunday. Sunday, 2:23 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. Sunday, 1:52 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
  • 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
  • Kemp (hamstring) expected to return Friday
    The Braves are expected to activate Matt Kemp (hamstring) from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: He'll be back for the start of Atlanta's nine-game homestand, which begins Friday against Cincinnati. Kemp is far enough along in his recovery that he won't require a rehab assignment. Interim left fielder Matt Adams figures to see a reduction in playing time upon Kemp's return. Saturday, 2:26 pm
  • Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on 10-day DL
    Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Tanaka didn't look right in his last start, walking five batters in his four-plus innings of work, and perhaps now we know why. The Yankees are struggling for rotation depth at the moment with CC Sabathia also placed on the disabled list on Friday. Saturday, 9:20 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • 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
  • Tanaka gives up three runs in four innings
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in a brief four-inning start versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: His teammates spotted him a lead but he didn't stick around long enough to be credited with the win. He struggled with his control as he walked five batters and burned 88 pitches to get through four-plus frames. He held the Jays to two base hits but one of them was a solo bomb by Jose Bautista. Tanaka has been wildly inconsistent, mixing dominant outings with clunkers all year. His record holds at 8-10 with a 4.92 ERA in 23 starts. He has a very nice 141-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 133 2/3 innings. His problem has been the gopherball -- he has allowed a career-high 28 dingers already this season. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Hunter Pence provides insurance with homer
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: With the Giants clinging to a 2-1 advantage, Pence socked a solo homer in the eighth to provide a a little breathing room. This season, the veteran outfielder is slashing .251/.297/.377 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 93 games played. He has posted multi-hit performances in three of his last five games. Wednesday, 4:54 pm
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) runs on Wednesday
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) started running on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kemp was cleared for baseball activities on Tuesday and will now begin to ramp up his efforts as he looks to finish healing up from a right hamstring strain suffered at the end of July. He is on track to be activated from the disabled list in the next 10 days or thereabouts. Wednesday, 2:47 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo getting a rare day off Wed.
    Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Willson Contreras is handling first base, as Alex Avila is getting a start at catcher. Wednesday, 9:31 am
    W, 4-3 vs Tor
  • Another quality start for Zack Godley
    Zack Godley allowed three earned runs while scattering eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Godley is humming right along with a 2.94 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, emerging as a fantasy stud this season after bouncing back and forth between Triple-A, the bullpen and a spot starter role. He'll be back in action looking for a new career high in victories (six) when he takes on Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Matt Garza gets destroyed in loss to Twins
    Matt Garza was destroyed in Tuesday's loss to the Twins, allowing eight runs on eight hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander also issued two walks while striking out three. His problem in this one was keeping the ball in the yard. Max Kepler tagged him for a two-run shot in the third inning, then Kepler and Eddie Rosario clubbed solo homers in the fourth inning and Brian Dozier added a grand slam. Garza will bring a 4.34 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Reds. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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