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  • Freese homers, drives in two vs Cardinals
    David Freese hit a solo homer and drove in two runs in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The former Cardinals World Series hero drilled a solo bomb off starter Carlos Martinez in the second inning then plated another run with a sacrifice fly as the Pirates' rally fell short in the ninth inning. The veteran third baseman is having a fairly bland fantasy season, sporting a .264 batting average with nine homers and 43 RBI in 384 plate appearances. 32 minutes ago
    L, 11-10 vs StL
  • Hellickson serves up five home runs on Friday
    Jeremy Hellickson had a rough night in a no-decision against to the Angels on Friday, serving up five home runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: All told, Hellickson gave up seven runs on eight hits in the ballgame while striking out two. All of the damage was done via the long ball, with solo shots from C.J. Cron, Kaleb Cowart and Kole Calhoun and two-run blasts from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Hellickson will carry a 5.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics. 39 minutes ago
  • Jordan Zimmermann hit hard in loss to Dodgers
    Jordan Zimmermann was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Dodgers, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking two. The Dodgers pushed across four runs against him in the second inning then tacked on another pair in the fourth to take control. Zimmermann owns a woeful 5.87 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 135 innings on the year. He'll look for better when he takes on the Yankees at home on Thursday. Today, 7:33 pm
  • Mark Melancon is contemplating surgery
    Mark Melancon admitted Friday that he has been contemplating surgery.

    Advice: The right-hander claims that the ligament in his elbow is fine, but the surgery would correct a separate issue that has bothered him off and on since the 2012 season. Melancon has continued to have conversations with the Giants' training staff regarding the proper course of action and Giants' manage Bruce Bochy said he wouldn't put Melancon on the mound if it meant risking further injury. It doesn't sound like he's going to have much fantasy value over the final six weeks of the season. Today, 5:06 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc (quad) placed on DL
    Pirates placed LHP Wade LeBlanc on the 10-day disabled list with a left quad strain.

    Advice: LeBlanc must have been injured during Thursday's appearance versus the Cardinals when he allowed four runs. Steven Brault has taken his spot in the bullpen. Today, 2:56 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-10 vs StL
  • Scott Oberg recalled from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled RHP Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Oberg holds a 5.91 ERA over 42 2/3 innings out of the Rockies' bullpen this season. He'll work in middle relief. Today, 2:14 pm
  • Rick Porcello moves up to start Sunday
    Rick Porcello will start Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Doug Fister had been slated to go, but the Red Sox will push the reigning Cy Young winner up to start on regular rest. Fister should go on Monday in Cleveland. Today, 1:32 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. Today, 1:01 pm
  • Chris Davis not in Friday's lineup
    Chris Davis is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Welington Castillo is also under the weather. The Orioles have Trey Mancini at first base, Craig Gentry and Anthony Santander in the corner outfield spots and Caleb Joseph at catcher. Today, 12:24 pm
    W, 9-7 vs LAA
  • Angels claim Noe Ramirez off waivers
    Angels claimed RHP Noe Ramirez off waivers from the Red Sox; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Ramirez, 27, has struggled in his brief time in the majors, but he holds a 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 57/16 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season. He should get a shot in the Angels' bullpen sometime this summer. Today, 11:41 am
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    L, 9-7 @Bal
  • Roberto Osuna (flu) unavailable on Friday
    Roberto Osuna will not be available to pitch Friday due to the flu.

    Advice: He's not even at the ballpark, as the Blue Jays have told Osuna to stay at the team hotel to rest. Hopefully he'll be ready to go Saturday. Ryan Tepera will close on Friday if Toronto has a save chance. Danny Barnes and Dominic Leone are also unavailable Friday due to recent usage, so the Jays are shorthanded in the bullpen. Today, 9:14 am
    L, 7-4 @ChC
  • Mazara drives in five, Rangers hold off Sox
    Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI in total, and the Rangers fended off the White Sox 9-8 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mazara actually had a pair of big hits in the game, tying it with a two-run single in the third inning before breaking a tie with his three-run shot in the fifth. He's now homered in two straight and has 16, with an impressive 82 RBI -- fifth-most in the American League -- on the year. He's been especially potent in recent days, going 15-for-31 over his last eight games. The tear has his season line up to .260/.336/.440. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
    L, 4-3 vs CWS
  • Fowler, Cardinals come back to top Pirates
    Dexter Fowler finished 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored to help the Cardinals come back to beat the Pirates 11-7 on Thursday.

    Advice: With the Cards trailing by a run in the seventh inning, Fowler ripped a pitch down the right field line that plated two and allowed the speedy outfielder to race around for his sixth triple of the year. He also walked twice in the game, reaching base in four of five plate appearances. It's nothing new for Fowler since his return from the disabled list -- in 10 games, he's now 14-for-31 with five doubles, two triples, a home run, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. The hot stretch has his overall line up to a passable .262/.363/.489. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Gardner has two runs, two RBI against Mets
    Brett Gardner had a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Gardner delivered a two-run double as part of a four-run frame for the Yanks. He's now got 75 runs scored on the year, seventh-most in the American League. The 33-year-old is batting .248/.341/.430 with 19 homers, 51 RBI, those 75 runs and 15 stolen bases on the year. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Red Sox DFA right-hander Noe Ramirez
    Red Sox designated RHP Noe Ramirez for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Roenis Elias, who has been activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ramirez was sporting a decent 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 57/16 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings of relief this season with Pawtucket and could draw some interest on waivers. Yesterday, 10:35 am
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    L, 9-7 @Bal
  • Mazara goes 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI
    Nomar Mazara went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He belted a two-run shot off starter Anibal Sanchez in the second inning, then plated another run with a single in the sixth. The promising second-year outfielder is still one of the youngest players in the major leagues but you wouldn't know it from his performance. He has a .258 batting average with 15 home runs and 77 RBI in 108 games. Wednesday, 10:27 pm
    L, 4-3 vs CWS
  • Osuna gets a save in win over Rays Wednesday
    Roberto Osuna gave up a base hit but no runs while earning a save against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Called upon to protect a one-run lead in the final frame, he gave up a lead-off single to speedster Mallex Smith to raise the tension. He induced back-to-back fielder's choice grounders and then struck out Steven Souza to slam the door. The 22-year-old Osuna is still one of the youngest pitchers in the major leagues despite serving as the Blue Jays' closer for three years now. He has 31 saves and a 3.18 ERA with 69 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 innings. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    L, 7-4 @ChC
  • Brett Gardner out Wednesday against Mets
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for the 33-year-old. The Yankees will go with an outfield of Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge Wednesday versus right-hander Robert Gsellman. Wednesday, 1:15 pm
  • Mark Melancon gets hold for Giants
    Mark Melancon on Tuesday pitched his second scoreless inning since coming off the disabled list.

    Advice: Melancon allowed just a single in the seventh to earn his first hold of the year. He'd seem to be in line to resume closing duties next week or perhaps even this weekend. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Rick Porcello holds Cardinals in check
    Rick Porcello was charged with three runs across seven innings of work in Tuesday’s 10-4 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Porcello was nearly spotless aside from the sixth inning, when the Cards piled up four hits and all three of their runs. The right-hander struck out six on the night, allowed eight hits and permitted two walks in what was his second straight quality start. He’ll shoot for three in a row in Cleveland the next time out. Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • Dexter Fowler picks up three more hits
    Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Tuesday in Boston.

    Advice: Fowler doubled in a pair of runs in the sixth inning to get the Cardinals on the scoreboard, although it made it a 9-2 deficit at that point. The center fielder has been red-hot since returning from the disabled list, hitting .458 (11-for-24) with eight RBI over eight contests. Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Osuna nets 30th save Monday versus Rays
    Roberto Osuna earned his 30th save of the season on Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Osuna entered in the top of the eighth and got the final four outs of the game, needing just 13 total pitches to do so. The young closer holds a 3.24 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 68/7 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this season out of the Blue Jays' bullpen. Monday, 7:17 pm
    L, 7-4 @ChC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hellickson rocked for six runs in loss to A's
    Jeremy Hellickson surrendered six runs on five hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Hellickson was handed an early 2-0 lead, but he was not able to hold it for long. The A's would burn him for five runs in the fourth inning -- a three-run home run by Matt Chapman was the big blow in that frame -- and one more in the fifth before he took leave of the game. This outing was the worst of the three he has made since joining the Orioles in a trade at the end of July. In his two previous outings, he had allowed just three runs in 13 innings. He will take on the Angels in a home start next time out. Sunday, 3:43 pm
  • Fowler out of Cardinals' lineup on Sunday
    Dexter Fowler is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Sunday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Tommy Pham will start in center field and hit second versus veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Jose Martinez is in left field and batting cleanup. Sunday, 8:47 am
  • Chris Davis drives in a pair of runs
    Chris Davis posted a pair of singles, a walk and two RBI across four at-bats in Saturday's win in Oakland.

    Advice: Davis has had a difficult season from an average perspective, managing a dismal .214 average through 309 at-bats. While he has posted 18 homers and 43 RBI to help somewhat in the power categories, his subpar average and 131 strikeouts do not do many fantasy owners any favors. Saturday, 11:28 pm
    W, 9-7 vs LAA
  • Zimmermann pounded for seven runs in 3 1/3
    Jordan Zimmermann was demolished for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Twins on Saturday but escaped a loss as his team pulled out a win in the final inning.

    Advice: His team handed him an early five run lead and he threw that away in the third inning by serving up a bases-loaded double to Joe Mauer and a two-run bomb to Eddie Rosario. Zimmerman managed only one strikeout in the game and allowed eight hits (two homers) and one walk. His days as one of the better pitchers in baseball seem like a distant memory. He has a 5.62 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 129 2/3 innings. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Mark Melancon (elbow) returns from DL
    Giants activated RHP Mark Melancon from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Melancon wasn't overly sharp during his four-game rehab stint (9.82 ERA over 3 2/3 innings) but at least his elbow is no longer bothering him. Sam Dyson will shift to a setup role with Melancon back to resume closer duties. Melancon has labored through an injury-plagued first year in San Francisco, converting 11-of-15 save opportunities while generating an uncharacteristically sluggish 4.35 ERA over 22 appearances. Saturday, 2:59 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
  • Mark Melancon likely to return Saturday
    Mark Melancon (elbow) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, though he won't close immediately.

    Advice: Melancon will likely make two or three appearances before getting his ninth-inning role back. Sam Dyson will continue to close for now. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Fowler's slam helps Cardinals sweep Royals
    Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam in the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in the Cardinals' 8-6 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: A day after a kitten scurried onto the field shortly before Yadier Molina cranked a grand slam to give the Cards a lead, Fowler required no such rally animal ahead of his salami against Royals reliever Neftali Feliz. The 31-year-old actually got the scoring started for the Cardinals an inning earlier with an RBI double, giving him five RBI when all was said and done. He's been on fire since coming off the disabled list Monday, going 6-for-13 with three doubles, a triple and a homer in four games. Fowler is batting .251/.349/.479 overall in his first season with the St. Louis club. Thursday, 10:49 pm
  • Chris Davis sitting Thursday versus Athletics
    Chris Davis is not in the Orioles' lineup Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Davis is getting a routine day off and probably needs one after getting off to a 4-for-33 start in August (.121 AVG). Trey Mancini will fill in at first base and bat fifth Thursday versus A's right-hander Chris Smith. Thursday, 4:57 pm
    W, 9-7 vs LAA
  • 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
  • Porcello beats Rays by allowing two runs Wed.
    Rick Porcello allowed two runs in six-plus innings and led his squad to an 8-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He kept Tampa Bay off the scoreboard through five frames before allowing a pair of solo home runs in the sixth. He went back out for the seventh and allowed the first two batters to reach base before being relieved. Reliever Matt Barnes was able to prevent both runners from scoring. Porcello surrendered just four total hits and two walks while punching out seven in the quality start. Last year he went 22-4 and won the American League Cy Young Award, but this year he is just 6-14 with a 4.63 ERA in 24 starts. Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Nomar Mazara picks up three hits
    Nomar Mazara went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: All three of the base knocks were singles, and Mazara plated a run with a fielder's choice in the second inning. It's been a relatively disappointing second season for Mazara, although he remains firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot in the batting order and that's helped him to a 99-RBI pace. Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    L, 4-3 vs CWS
  • Melancon (elbow) could return this weekend
    Mark Melancon (elbow) will travel with the Giants on their road trip that begins Friday and could be activated as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: The Giants had Melancon make another rehab appearance Tuesday after he was roughed up in his previous one, and he responded with a scoreless frame with a couple strikeouts. He would figure to go right back into the closer role, although Sam Dyson owners might be smart to hang on to him for now given Melancon's recurring elbow issues. Wednesday, 11:58 am
  • Jeremy Hellickson strikes out nine in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over six innings in a road loss Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Hellickson threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes in the quality start, his second in as many outings since being acquired from the Phillies at the non-waiver trade deadline. He'll look to keep up the good work in Sunday's series finale in Oakland opposite Kendall Graveman. Wednesday, 12:42 am
  • Roberto Osuna pitches perfect ninth
    Roberto Osuna recorded his 29th save with a perfect ninth versus the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: He retired Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge in a two-run game. Osuna has struggled mightily of late, but, especially with Joe Biagini down starting games in Triple-A, the Jays lack anyone they'd trust as a replacement in the ninth. He still probably can't afford to blow another save right off. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
    L, 7-4 @ChC
  • Freese collects two hits as Pirates roll
    David Freese went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Pirates rolled over the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Freese knocked in a run with a single in the fifth inning that extended the Pirates' lead to 5-0. He's hitting .268/.390/.387 with eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
    L, 11-10 vs StL
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