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  • Calhoun not in lineup for Angels on Wednesday
    Kole Calhoun is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Calhoun gets a rare day off, and Jabari Blash will instead play in right field and hit seventh. With Calhoun on the bench, Andrelton Simmons will hit leadoff against the A's on Wednesday. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Cahill (back) throws successful bullpen
    Trevor Cahill (back) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cahill told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that everything went well in the bullpen, and that he's going to be ready to go for whenever his next schedule start occurs. He hasn't thrown a pitch since September 9 because of the back injury. Expect to see Cahill start a game for the A's next week. Today, 3:49 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Shaw (knee) back in lineup on Wednesday
    Travis Shaw (knee) is hitting fourth and playing second base for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Shaw left Tuesday's game and was diagnosed with a contusion in his right knee after taking a pitcher to it in the bottom of the second inning. He was examined Wednesday, and obviously there was no structural damage. Today, 1:10 pm
    Top 6, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Bibens-Dirkx undergoes left knee surgery
    Austin Bibens-Dirkx underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday on his left knee.

    Advice: This news helps to explain why the 33-year-old right-hander had not appeared in a game over the last week. Bibens-Dirkx finishes the 2018 season with a 6.20 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in six starts and seven relief appearances. He is expected to be ready for spring training in 2019. Today, 11:30 am
    L, 9-3 vs TB
  • Sano not in Twins' lineup on Wednesday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Tuesday in his first game since injuring his left knee back on September 4. Ehire Adrianza is at third base and batting seventh Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers. Joe Mauer will also take a breather for this one, with Tyler Austin getting the nod at first base. Today, 8:25 am
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Holland gives up four runs in no-decision
    Derek Holland allowed four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holland surrendered five hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer to Padres slugger Franmil Reyes in the fifth inning. He struck out six batters and only issued a pair of walks over five frames. The 31-year-old southpaw has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of 11 starts since the All-Star break. He’s also experienced a sudden uptick in his strikeout rate, going from a rather pedestrian 7.18 K/9 across 208 appearances (184 starts) from 2009 to 2017 to over a strikeout per inning (9.07 K/9) in 33 appearances (29 starts) this year. He’s 7-8 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 165/63 K/BB ratio. He’s in line for a rematch against the Padres at home in his next start on Monday. Today, 12:24 am
  • Galvis notches four hits in loss to Giants
    Freddy Galvis went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and runs scored in the Padres' loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Galvis busted out of a 9-for-52 slump to begin the month with a monster four-hit effort. The 28-year-old impending free agent has started every game for the Padres this year. He's hitting .238/.292/.361 with 55 runs scored, 11 homers, 61 RBI and six steals in 611 plate appearances. Today, 12:10 am
  • Skaggs spins three scoreless frame in return
    Tyler Skaggs fired three scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Skaggs did not allow a hit, recorded three strikeouts and issued a pair of walks in his first major-league start since August 11. The 27-year-old southpaw missed over a month with a left adductor strain, and looked sharp in his return, throwing 34 of 51 pitches for strikes. He’s 8-8 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 126/37 K/BB ratio in 22 starts. He’s an intriguing streaming option in deeper mixed leagues despite a tough matchup against the Astros on the road in his next start on Sunday. Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Mark Canha crushes three-run double in loss
    Mark Canha went 1-for-1 with a three-run double and a walk in the Athletics’ loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Canha drilled a go-ahead, three-run double off the wall in left field against righty reliever Cam Bedrosian in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old lefty-masher has been reduced to a strictly platoon specialist role given the Athletics tremendous outfield depth and got the call against Angels southpaw starter Tyler Skaggs in this one. He’s made the most of his limited opportunities, slugging 16 homers in 390 plate appearances this year. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Kershaw fires seven strong in no-decision
    Clayton Kershaw fired seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kershaw didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, but was a bit off from a control standpoint, issuing five walks and only striking out three batters. He handed out more free passes over seven frames than he had in his previous seven starts combined and also allowed multiple stolen bases in a start for the first time since July 12, 2013. He still managed to shut down the Rockies offense despite all of the traffic on the base paths. A solo homer by Charlie Blackmon in the fifth inning represented the lone earned run against him. The 30-year-old southpaw has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 23 of 24 starts this year. He’s 8-5 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 145/28 K/BB ratio in 24 starts. He’ll face the Diamondbacks on the road in his next start on Monday. Yesterday, 11:24 pm
  • Matt Andriese lit up in loss to Cubs
    Matt Andriese surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andriese served up plenty of loud contact in a brief outing, including a pair of two-run homers, and needed 61 pitches to get through two frames. He racked up four strikeouts and did not walk a batter. He’s filling the rotation spot vacated by Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain earlier this week. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a disastrous 9.00 ERA in 13 appearances (one start) since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. If he’s given another opportunity to start, it will likely come against the division-rival Dodgers in Chase Field on Monday. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Javier Baez blasts 33rd homer vs. Arizona
    Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored in the Cubs’ 9-1 blowout win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Baez connected on an 87-mph slider from Diamondbacks starter Matt Andriese, launching a 408-foot blast to right-center field in the first inning. He also singled and came around to score a run in the fifth inning. It was his 49th multi-hit effort in 148 games this year. The 25-year-old middle infielder has evolved into a true five-category fantasy superstar, hitting .295/.329/.571 with 96 runs scored, a career-high 33 homers, 107 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 594 plate appearances. He’s one of only 11 middle infielders to record a 30-homer, 20-steal season in the last two decades. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Cardinals calling up Giovanny Gallegos
    Giovanny Gallegos is being called up to join the Cardinals' bullpen.

    Advice: Gallegos was notified of the news as Triple-A Memphis celebrated its Triple-A National Championship win on Tuesday night. The 27-year-old right-hander, acquired from the Yankees in July as part of the Luke Voit trade, holds a 4.75 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, and 32/8 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 major league frames. He'll likely pitch in mid-relief. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
    Not Active
    L, 7-3 @Atl
  • Marwin Gonzalez homers in Astros' win
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: The homer was his 16th of the year. Half of those were hit in a 25-day span in August. This was his second in 17 games since that surge ended. His numbers are holding steady, which is enough to keep him in the Astros' lineup as the starting left fielder. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 4, 0-3 vs Sea
  • Elvis Andrus goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Elvis Andrus went 0-for 3 with a walk Tuesday in a shutout loss to the Rays.

    Advice: When we complained about Andrus still batting third on Aug. 30, it was because he was hitting .254/.291/.357 in 58 games since returning from a fractured elbow. Nearly three weeks later, he still remains a fixture in that spot of the order, even as he's hit .164/.220/.273 in September. Sure, the Rangers aren't really trying to win, but at some point, it'd be nice to see some recognition from manager Jeff Banister that Andrus has been a terrible hitter since getting hurt. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    L, 9-3 vs TB
  • Miguel Sano strikes out four times
    Miguel Sano struck out all four times up in his return to Minnesota's lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano missed two weeks because of a left knee injury. Under other circumstances, he would have been playing his first of one or two rehab games in the minors tonight. However, since it's September, there wasn't much to do besides put him back into the major league lineup. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Shaw leaves game with bruised right knee
    Travis Shaw was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Reds due to a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Shaw took a pitch off the knee in the bottom of the second inning and eventually got replaced in the Brewers' lineup by Hernan Perez. This is hopefully just a day-to-day situation for Shaw. He'll be reevaluated Wednesday. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
    Top 6, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Cahill (back) throws from 120 feet Tuesday
    Trevor Cahill (back) threw from a distance of 120 feet on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction, but Cahill still hasn't gotten back on a mound and it's unclear whether he will be able to return to the A's starting rotation before the end of the regular season. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since September 9 due to an upper back injury. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Tyler Skaggs activated for Tuesday start
    Angels activated LHP Tyler Skaggs from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Skaggs will return to the Angels' rotation on Tuesday night against the Athletics after missing around five weeks with a left adductor strain. The 27-year-old southpaw holds a 3.78 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings (21 starts) this season. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Sano (knee) back in Twins lineup on Tuesday
    Miguel Sano (knee) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano will start at third base and hit seventh after missing two weeks of action with a left knee injury. The 25-year-old owns a disappointing .202/.285/.405 batting line with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 70 games this season. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Baez hits 32nd homer in Chicago victory
    Javier Baez hit his 32nd homer of the season in a victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Baez walloped a Patrick Corbin offering in the sixth inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and the two RBI bring his total up to 105 this season. He's now slashing an outstanding .294/.328/.568 to go along with those 32 homers and RBI, and he's added 21 steals in his 555 at-bats this year. An excellent season for the 25-year-old infielder, and that's an understatement. Monday, 9:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Matt Andriese draws start on Tuesday
    Matt Andriese will start for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: He's filling the spot vacated by Clay Buchholz (elbow). Andriese has plenty of past starting experience, but all 12 of his appearances with the D-backs have come as a reliever and his last start came on August 31 in the minors, when he went 3 2/3 innings. Obviously, the bullpen will be needed to eat some innings Tuesday. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Miguel Sano (knee) could return on Tuesday
    Miguel Sano (knee) is available off the bench Monday and could return to the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano hasn't played since suffering a left knee injury two weeks ago but has apparently experienced improvement. The Twins have been using the offensively-challenged Ehire Adrianza at third base in Sano's absence. Monday, 1:46 pm
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Tyler Skaggs will rejoin rotation on Tuesday
    Tyler Skaggs will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Tuesday against the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: Originally, it was believed that Skaggs would return on Wednesday, but that will be pushed up an additional day. Felix Pena, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday, will work on Wednesday. Sunday, 5:57 pm
  • Calhoun hits go-ahead homer against Mariners
    Kole Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer was a big one, as it came off of Nick Vincent in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. He now has 19 homers on the season, and the RBI punches the total up to 57 on the season. His .214/.285/.391 slash isn't aesthetically pleasing, but it's a bit misleading because of how poorly Calhoun played in the first two months of the year. Nevertheless, Calhoun has been a disappointment -- for the most part -- in 2018. Sunday, 4:16 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs (groin) lined up for Wednesday
    Tyler Skaggs (groin) is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Angels' rotation Wednesday in Oakland.

    Advice: Skaggs threw a bullpen session Sunday and assuming he comes out of that with no issues he will be slotted back in Wednesday. The left-hander has been limited to just one start since the beginning of August because of a left adductor strain. He is worth scooping back up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped even if he won't quite be ready for a full workload yet. Sunday, 12:15 pm
  • Trevor Cahill (back) plays catch Sunday
    Trevor Cahill (back) played catch Sunday.

    Advice: Cahill received an injection on Friday to combat an upper back issue and is feeling better. He will throw a bullpen session Tuesday in hopes of rejoining the A's rotation as soon as next weekend against the Twins. Sunday, 9:19 am
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Skaggs (groin) to rejoin rotation next week
    Tyler Skaggs (groin) said he's hoping to rejoin the rotation sometime next week.

    Advice: Skaggs completed a 48-pitch bullpen session Thursday and said he'll throw another one Sunday. Assuming that goes off without a hitch, he'll return to the rotation a few days later. Skaggs has been out since early August with a left adductor strain. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Freddy Galvis goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Freddy Galvis went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 7-for-56 with no homers in his last 15 games.

    Advice: That Galvis has started all 148 games for the Padres this year has little to do with his offensive production; he's batting .230/.285/.350 in 543 at-bats. The Padres might attempt to re-sign him as a free agent this winter, though hopefully not because they see him as a long-term starter; he could open next year at shortstop and then become a backup once Fernando Tatis Jr. is deemed ready. Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Cahill (back) gets trigger point injection
    Trevor Cahill received a trigger point injection in his upper back on Friday.

    Advice: Cahill had already been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to discomfort in his upper back and there's a chance that he could be sidelined for longer. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP across 102 2/3 innings with the Athletics this season. As they have all year, they'll patchwork their rotation while he's sidelined. Friday, 3:52 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Kershaw picks up eighth win against Cardinals
    Clayton Kershaw allowed eight hits and four runs -- three earned -- over six innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers gave Kershaw plenty of run support, which was good, because he wasn't at the top of his game. He still managed to strike out eight over his six innings, picking up his eighth win of the year in the process. The southpaw is now 8-5 with a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 142/23 K/BB ratio in 143 1/3 innings of work. A high-stakes matchup with the division-rival Rockies is on deck for Kershaw on Tuesday. Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • Javier Baez plates three, leads Cubs to win
    Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs on Thursday, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in Washington.

    Advice: Baez got the Cubs on the board with an RBI double in the fourth inning, then came around to score the go-ahead run later in the inning. He then put the Cubs ahead 3-2 with a solo shot off of Jimmy Cordero in the sixth inning. It was his final at-bat in the 10th inning though, where he proved to be the difference-maker, laying down a perfect bunt single to plate Kris Bryant from third base with the game-winning run. The MVP candidate is now slashing an outstanding .295/.330/.568 with 31 homers, 103 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Thursday, 5:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Skaggs throws 48-pitch bullpen on Thursday
    Tyler Skaggs (groin) threw a successful 48-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: No decision has been made yet regarding the next step in his recovery, but Skaggs is seemingly close to rejoining the Angels' rotation. When he does eventually return, he will likely be on a limited pitch count. He has been on the shelf since the beginning of August due to a left adductor strain. Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Kole Calhoun goes 0-for-5
    Kole Calhoun went 0-for-5 and struck out three times from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Calhoun had that one nice month, but now he's hitting .186 with one homer and 32 strikeouts in his last 22 games, dropping his OPS back down to .676. The Angels might want to give someone else a crack at the leadoff spot for a spell. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Derek Holland sharp over six in no-decision
    Derek Holland allowed just one run over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Braves.

    Advice: The Giants ultimately fell 2-1 for their 11th loss in a row. Holland pitched well, scattering five hits and one walk over his six frames while striking out seven Atlanta hitters. The left-hander now has a 3.46 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Padres on the road next. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • A's Cahill (back) might not make next start
    Trevor Cahill might have to be skipped from his scheduled start Saturday against the Rays due to a back issue.

    Advice: Cahill struggled in his last turn through the rotation Sunday against the Rangers, allowing three runs over just 2 2/3 innings, and he told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he's been receiving treatment all week for a rhomboid muscle issue on the right side of his upper back. This could be yet another blow to the A's patchwork starting corps. Oakland might have to do some more bullpenning this weekend. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Sano (knee) out again Tuesday vs. Yankees
    Miguel Sano (knee) is out of the Twins' starting lineup again on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano has now been out for a full week with a left knee injury and it's unclear when he might return. Ehire Adrianza will start at third base and bat eighth Tuesday night against the Yankees and right-hander Sonny Gray. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Tyler Skaggs (groin) close to returning
    Tyler Skaggs (groin) is close to rejoining the Angels' rotation.

    Advice: When exactly he might make a start again isn't known at this point. Skaggs has been limited to just one start since the beginning of August because of a left adductor strain. He figures to be relatively limited from a pitch count perspective initially upon his return. Sep 10, 4:25 pm
  • Elvis Andrus not expected to opt out
    Elvis Andrus indicated Monday that he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

    Advice: He'll wait until the offseason to make an official decision. It had looked like there was a decent chance Andrus would opt out following his huge 2017 season, but he's regressed this year with easily his worst offensive performance in three seasons. The shortstop is owed $59 million from 2019-22. He has an opt-out clause in his deal after the 2019 campaign, as well. Sep 10, 4:17 pm
    L, 9-3 vs TB
  • Travis Shaw not in Monday's lineup
    Travis Shaw is absent from the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Shaw has sat out two straight with the Brewers facing a couple tough lefties in Madison Bumgarner and Jon Lester. Jonathan Schoop is at second base and Mike Moustakas is at third.Daily Slant: With the Brewers facing another lefty Shaw will sit again and Jonathan Schoop hits 5th, and is a great value play in DFS tonight. It's not the best matchup against Jon Lester, but at his price and HR upside he should be a cheap consideration if you're trying to fit Corey Kluber in. Sep 10, 2:02 pm
    Top 6, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Miguel Sano (knee) still out on Monday
    Miguel Sano (knee) remained out of the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since suffering a left knee injury last Tuesday and there's been no indication that a return is imminent. Gregorio Petit is filling in for Sano at third base. Sep 10, 1:58 pm
    W, 8-2 @Det
  • Gonzalez (oblique) hits homer in return
    Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in his return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gonzalez was held out of the starting lineup for four straight games due to a right oblique injury, but obviously he's feeling improvement. The versatile 29-year-old should be good to go moving forward. Sep 10, 5:51 am
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 4, 0-3 vs Sea
  • Trevor Cahill struggles in no-decision Sunday
    Trevor Cahill struggled in a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday, allowing three runs on two hits over his 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The biggest issue on Sunday was his command, as Cahill issued six walks on the afternoon while striking out only one. Even with this rough outing, he still owns a 3.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season. He'll try to get back in the win column on when he does battle against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday. Sep 9, 4:11 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Clayton Kershaw pushed back to Thursday
    Clayton Kershaw's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Thursday in St. Louis.

    Advice: The Dodgers will go with a bullpen game Wednesday in Cincinnati, giving Kershaw an extra day of rest and also allowing him to face an opponent the club is competing with for a playoff spot. Kershaw holds a 2.04 ERA in nine second-half starts. Sep 9, 10:38 am
  • Miguel Sano (knee) held out again Sunday
    Miguel Sano (knee) remained out of the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: An MRI on Sano's left knee came back clean, but he'll miss a fourth straight start. Manager Paul Molitor said Sunday that he's "hopeful" the soreness in Sano's knee will gradually decrease. It doesn't sound like he'll be playing anytime soon. Ehire Adrianza will fill in at third base again. Sep 9, 8:03 am
    W, 8-2 @Det
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