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  • Sanchez's homer, five RBI too much for Mets
    Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and added a two-run single later, collecting five RBI in the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Sanchez took Mets starter Steven Matz deep in the first inning for the three-run jack, his 22nd of the year and his fourth in his last six games. He tacked on a two-RBI single in the fourth, running his RBI total to 64 this year. The 24-year-old was mired in a slump in late July and early August, but that's a thing of the past. Sanchez is slashing .277/.352/.526 overall. 31 minutes ago
  • Granderson delivers grand slam against Yanks
    Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Mets fans had little to cheer about on this night, and most nights, but Granderson gave the remaining fans a treat when he cleared the wall in the ninth inning to cut the Yankees' lead to two. That would remain the difference, making the dong little more than a footnote of an otherwise forgettable game for the Queens club. Granderson also walked twice in the contest. The 36-year-old is hitting .228/.334/.481 with 19 homers, 52 RBI and 58 runs scored this season. 36 minutes ago
  • 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. 39 minutes ago
  • 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. 43 minutes ago
  • Matz struggles again in loss to Yankees
    Steven Matz allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Matz was in a 3-0 hole after four batters, and while he managed to hold the Yanks at bay in the second and third innings, they struck again for four more runs in the fourth. Matz gave up a homer among his seven hits allowed, also walking two while striking out four. The loss was the sixth in a row for the 26-year-old, who hasn't won since June 28. Matz will carry a 2-7 record and 6.08 ERA into Tuesday's matchup with a dangerous Diamondbacks team. 47 minutes ago
    L, 7-5 vs NYY
  • Severino fans nine in win over crosstown Mets
    Luis Severino struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run, in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Severino walked three while allowing just four hits, dominating the hapless Mets for most of the night. It was a great showing after he got knocked around by the Red Sox his last time out. The 23-year-old, who had to fight for a rotation spot in spring training, has been one of the season's breakout stars, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 175/41 K/BB ratio while going 10-5 through 24 starts. He'll look to keep his fantastic season going Wednesday against the Tigers. 51 minutes ago
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Merritt lasts 3 2/3 innings in spot start
    Ryan Merritt allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in a spot start Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Merritt needed 61 pitches to get 11 outs, and even in the nightcap of a doubleheader manager Terry Francona didn't hesitate to give him the hook. In three appearances, the 25-year-old has a decent 3.12 ERA but less impressive 1.73 WHIP. Merritt will likely find his way back to the minors soon. Today, 9:09 pm
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    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • Beck leaves after taking liner off shoulder
    Chris Beck left Thursday's game against the Rangers with a bruised right shoulder.

    Advice: It's been a rough night for White Sox pitchers with Reynaldo Lopez (side) and now Beck both going down with injuries. Beck, who came on in relief of Lopez in the fifth, took an Adrian Beltre line drive off his shoulder and allowed a two-run homer to Nomar Mazara before exiting. Those were the only two batters he faced. Beck sports an ugly 5.87 ERA over 46 relief innings this year. He's day-to-day. Today, 7:36 pm
    L, 9-8 @Tex
  • Nationals activate Shawn Kelley from DL
    Nationals activated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kelley is back after missing the past two months with a strained trapezius. The right-hander struggled during a lengthy rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, compiling a disappointing 8.10 ERA over eight relief appearances. He'll work in middle relief. Today, 4:42 pm
  • Odubel Herrera remains sidelined Thursday
    Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: There was some optimism that Herrera may return for Thursday night's series opener, but obviously that wasn't the case. He remains day-to-day with a lingering hamstring injury. Nick Williams will man center field and bat second against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Thursday will mark Herrera's third straight absence. Today, 4:00 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Francisco Cervelli (wrist) heads to 10-day DL
    Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: This is Cervelli's third trip to the DL this season. It's worth noting that Cervelli broke the hamate bone in his left hand last year, which eventually led to surgery. Chris Stewart should see most of the action behind the plate during his absence. Today, 3:16 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-7 vs StL
  • Carlos Carrasco strikes out nine in win
    Carlos Carrasco fanned nine in five innings of one-run ball Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: Carrasco got the win, moving him to 12-5 on the season. It would have been nice if he could have worked a little deeper into this one, considering the Indians still have at least nine more innings to go today, but he was inefficient, throwing 94 pitches. Today, 2:35 pm
    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • Mets recall Matt Reynolds from AAA Vegas
    Mets recalled INF/OF Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Reynolds is starting at third base and hitting eighth Thursday night against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino. The 26-year-old utility infielder holds a .217/.265/.377 career batting line at the major league level. Today, 12:18 pm
    L, 7-5 vs NYY
  • Indians recall Ryan Merritt for spot start
    Indians recalled LHP Ryan Merritt from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Merritt will make a spot start for the Indians in the second game of Thursday's day-night doubleheader at Minnesota's Target Field. The left-hander allowed seven hits and three runs over just four innings in his only other start at the MLB level this season. Today, 8:51 am
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    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • Andrus goes 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI
    Elvis Andrus went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, four RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Rangers pounded the Tigers 12-6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also walked in the game just for good measure. The shortstop homered in the fifth, drove in two runs with a single in the sixth and added another RBI single in the seventh. Andrus is having by far his best season at the plate. Today's homer doubled his previous career high of eight set last year. He has a .299 batting average with 16 homers, 76 runs, 64 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He's playing the role of kingmaker in some fantasy leagues this year. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
    W, 9-8 vs CWS
  • Morton fans nine, yields one run in 6 1/3
    Charlie Morton punched out nine batters while allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings to earn a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He held Arizona to three knocks, although he did issue four bases-on-balls and it took him 107 pitches to get 19 outs. Morton is sporting extra velocity this year and it has boosted his strikeout rate to levels he has never displayed before. He is now 10-5 with a 3.69 ERA through 18 starts. He has 119 strikeouts and 42 walks in 107 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Matt Reynolds, Cecchini heading to New York
    Matt Reynolds is on his way to New York to join the Mets.

    Advice: So is Gavin Cecchini. The Mets haven't made any roster moves yet but it may be good to have Reynolds and Cecchini handy with Jose Reyes (ribcage) and Wilmer Flores (ribcage) both hurt. The Mets were so shorthanded on Wednesday that catcher Travis d'Arnaud drew the start at third base. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
    L, 7-5 vs NYY
  • Ryan Merritt to start Game 2 of doubleheader
    Ryan Merritt will be called up as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll go against Twins right-hander Aaron Slegers in the nightcap. Mike Clevinger is being skipped in the rotation, though he'll be available out of the bullpen on Thursday. This will be Merritt's second start of the year after scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over four innings in a no-decision on June 17. That start was also against Minnesota. Yesterday, 6:38 pm
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    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • Indians and Twins rained out on Wednesday
    Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday with Game 1 beginning at 1:10 ET with Game 2 getting underway at 7:10 ET. Kyle Gibson will oppose Carlos Carrasco in the opener with Aaron Slegers and Ryan Merritt facing off in the nightcap. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Odubel Herrera (hamstring) back Thursday?
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he's hopeful Odubel Herrera (hamstring) will be able to return to the starting lineup Thursday in San Francisco.

    Advice: Herrera is sitting out again Wednesday afternoon against the Padres after suffering a mild left hamstring strain on Monday night, though Mackanin suggested that he could be used as a pinch-hitter in the series finale at Petco Park. Nick Williams is starting in center field, Rhys Hoskins is starting in left field, and Cameron Perkins is in right. Yesterday, 10:43 am
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Odubel Herrera (hamstring) remains out Wed.
    Odubel Herrera (hamstring) remains out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Herrera strained his left hamstring on Monday night, though he told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't think he will need a disabled list stint. Nick Williams is starting in center field and batting fifth on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres. Rhys Hoskins is in left and Cameron Perkins is in right. Yesterday, 10:11 am
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Gary Sanchez homers again in Yankees' win
    Gary Sanchez continued to swing a hot bat Tuesday, slugging a solo homer and adding a single and a sac fly in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: Sanchez's bomb off of Jacob deGrom was a no-doubter over the left-field wall and put the Yankees up 4-0 at the time. His sac fly in the eighth inning wound up being the winning run. The young catcher has now homered four times over his last seven contests and has piled up 11 hits during a seven-game hitting streak. Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Odubel Herrera (hamstring) hopes to avoid DL
    Odubel Herrera (hamstring) said he doesn't think he'll need a 10-day disabled list stint.

    Advice: Herrera was held out of Tuesday's game in San Diego after injuring his left hamstring on Monday night. The last-place Phillies might decide to play it safe here and give the 25-year-old outfielder an extended period of rest, but he remains on the active roster for now. Nick Williams started in center field for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Padres, with Rhys Hoskins in left and Hyun Soo Kim in right. Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Odubel Herrera (hamstring) sits out Tuesday
    Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Herrera injured his left hamstring in his final at-bat Monday night against the Padres. It's not clear at this point whether he will require a disabled list stint. Nick Williams is starting in center field and batting third Tuesday versus San Diego right-hander Dinelson Lamet. Tuesday, 3:57 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Cervelli (hand, wrist) getting three days off
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Francisco Cervelli (hand, wrist) will get three days off.

    Advice: Cervelli was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays after experiencing renewed discomfort in his left hand and wrist. Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate for the Bucs. Tuesday, 2:25 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-7 vs StL
  • Odubel Herrera grabs hammy
    Odubel Herrera appeared to hurt his hamstring in his final at-bat Monday, though he was able to stay in the game.

    Advice: It was the top of the ninth when Herrera grabbed his hammy after a swing and a miss. He went on to strike out, and since the Padres were ahead, there was no opportunity to see if he's come back out for the bottom of the ninth. This didn't seem like a particularly serious injury, but if he doesn't play Tuesday, it's probably the culprit. Monday, 11:15 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Gary Sanchez hits 20th homer of season
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the Yankees' defeat of the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Sanchez singled in the second inning, hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, and launched a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. He now has 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 84 games this season, to go along with a cool .861 OPS. Despite the defensive issues, it's been a promising sophomore campaign for the 24-year-old catcher. Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Granderson slugs 18th home run on Monday
    Curtis Granderson hit his 18th home run of the season Monday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Granderson belted a solo shot off Yankees starter Luis Cessa in the top of the third inning, and Yoenis Cespedes repeated the act moments later. Granderson has been steadily productive since early May and Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Monday evening that waiver-trade interest in the 36-year-old outfielder "has picked up lately." We may see a move. Monday, 7:50 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
  • Interest in Curtis Granderson 'has picked up'
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that interest in Curtis Granderson "has picked up lately."

    Advice: Marc Carig of Newsday reported Sunday that Granderson was drawing "little interest" on the trade market, but Puma is hearing that the tide is turning. It certainly make sense given that the veteran outfielder is batting .267/.386/.563 with 16 homers since May 1. He can help a contender, whether it's as a full- or part-timer. Monday, 1:51 pm
  • Granderson to DH Monday vs. Yankees
    Curtis Granderson will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Playing under American League rules will allow Juan Lagares to make a start in center field. Michael Conforto will slide over to right field. Monday, 12:42 pm
  • Cervelli having problems with hand injury
    Francisco Cervelli admitted after Sunday's game that his ailing left hand/wrist is impacting him offensively and defensively.

    Advice: Cervelli's hand has been banged up over the past couple of weeks and it caused his exit from Sunday's game. "I don't know what's the deal there," said Cervelli. "I cannot hit 100 percent. Every time I swing, it's painful." Cervelli said the hand injury is mostly impacting his swing, but also said he's having a difficult time receiving pitches down in the strike zone. There's no easy answer with the Pirates struggling to stick around in the NL Central race. Monday, 8:50 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-7 vs StL
  • Report: Granderson drawing little interest
    Marc Carig of Newsday writes that Curtis Granderson "continues to generate little interest" on the trade market.

    Advice: It doesn't make much sense, as Granderson has quietly been one of the league's best hitters after getting off to a slow start. He owns a 147 wRC+ dating back to May 1, which ranks higher than the likes of Andrew McCutchen, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, and Freddie Freeman among many other impressive names. The 36-year-old has cleared revocable waivers, so he can be traded to any team. There's still a chance that a contender will come to their senses and get a deal done this month. Monday, 6:29 am
  • Curtis Granderson homers, knocks in three
    Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI in leading the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: We maintain that Granderson was the better acquisition for a contender than Jay Bruce, but there's still time to see if that will play out; he's cleared waivers and the Mets still could move him for a prospect and salary relief. Granderson is hitting .284/.409/.597 in 201 at-bats since May 15. Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Cervelli leaves game Sunday with hand injury
    Francisco Cervelli was removed from Sunday's game against the Blue Jays due to a recurrence of pain in his left hand.

    Advice: It's an issue that has bothered Cervelli off and on throughout the season. He's considered day-to-day. Sunday, 1:33 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-7 vs StL
  • Matz allows two runs in 5 2/3 in loss Sat.
    Steven Matz took a loss to the Phillies on Saturday despite allowing just two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: He made it through four innings without allowing any hits or runs, but then surrendered four singles and let in two runs in the fifth. It was an encouraging outing for the beleaguered left-hander, who is now 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA in 12 starts. Saturday, 8:28 pm
    L, 7-5 vs NYY
  • Red Sox hang 10 runs on Severino Saturday
    Luis Severino imploded on Saturday, yielding eight hits and 10 runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: The 10 runs were a season-worst for Severino, who finished the afternoon with four strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Benintendi was Severino’s kryptonite on Saturday, taking him deep for a pair of three-run homers. New York’s porous defense didn’t help matters with Todd Frazier and Didi Gregorius both committing costly errors. The loss snapped Severino’s six-start unbeaten streak. The 23-year-old will take a 3.32 ERA into his next outing Thursday against the Mets. Saturday, 5:25 pm
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Sanchez takes Pomeranz deep on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez clubbed his 19th homer as part of a two-hit effort Saturday in the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sanchez staked the Yankees to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning by drilling a two-run shot off Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz. The opposite-field blast traveled an estimated 364 feet. Sanchez also chipped in with a fifth-inning double, though he was stranded at second base. The 24-year-old has been widely criticized for his poor play behind the plate but fantasy owners won’t lose sleep over it as long as he keeps hitting. Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Elvis Andrus scores three runs against HOU
    Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI single in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Andrus got the Rangers on the board with his RBI single in the third inning. He has been on the money for the season as a whole, slashing .296/.333/.481 with 15 homers, 60 RBI, 68 runs scored and 22 steals over the course of 110 games played. He has four three-hit performances in his last eight games. Friday, 9:09 pm
    W, 9-8 vs CWS
  • Charlie Morton uneven in loss to Rangers
    Charlie Morton allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Morton struck out six and walked two on the evening. One big inning did him in in this one, with four Rangers runs scoring in the the third on RBI hits by Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara and Carlos Gomez. Morton will try for better times when he brings his 3.83 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into a home start against the Diamondbacks when he next toes the rubber. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Carrasco fans 10 in eight shutout frames Fri.
    Carlos Carrasco racked up 10 strikeouts and allowed just two base hits while firing eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: He took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before it was broken up by a Logan Morrison single with two outs. He was totally dominant all night, surrendering just two singles and two walks. It took him 106 pitches to tame what is normally a potent Rays offense. This was the fourth time this year that Carrasco recorded double-figure strikeouts in a game. He has a superlative 152/38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 138 2/3 innings. He will take an 11-5 record and 3.83 ERA into his next start Wednesday against the Twins. Friday, 8:09 pm
    W, 9-3 @Min ; L, 4-2 @Min
  • Granderson hits one of four Mets HRs in win
    Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Granderson poured a little salt in the wound with his two-run bomb in the ninth inning of an eight-run game, but that's how it goes sometimes. The homer was the third in the last seven games for the 36-year-old, who now has 16 on the season. Through 105 games, Granderson is batting .225/.332/.459. Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Odubel Herrera triples twice in win
    Odubel Herrera tripled twice Wednesday to help the Phillies top the Braves 3-2.

    Advice: Herrera is the first Phillies player to triple twice in a game since... well, Nick Williams three weeks ago. It hadn't happened for a few years before that, though. Herrera has hit in 12 straight games and is batting .386 with six homers in 24 games during the second half of the season. Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
  • Elvis Andrus steals two bases Wednesday
    Elvis Andrus went 0-for-6 at the plate but stole two bases and scored a run Wednesday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Andrus was the only Rangers position player who didn't record a hit or a walk, but he still managed to help out fantasy owners by stealing second and third base in the second inning after reaching on a fielder's choice. It looked like he actually might have been out in his attempt to steal second, but the Mets chose not to challenge the play. Andrus has 22 steals on the season. Wednesday, 12:44 pm
    W, 9-8 vs CWS
  • Odubel Herrera fills box score in win at ATL
    Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk and two steals as the Phillies topped the Braves 5-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Yay for the two steals! Herrera, who was 25-for-32 on the basepaths last year, had been stuck on five steals this year since June 22 and hadn't even attempted a steal since June 24. Of course, the three hits and the homer were nice, too. Tuesday, 8:03 pm
    L, 5-4 @SF
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