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  • Santana (back) not in Indians lineup Tuesday
    Carlos Santana (back) is out of the Indians' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Santana left Monday's series opener after experiencing tightness in his lower back. Consider him day-to-day. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Jason Kipnis will DH on Tuesday versus Boston right-hander Doug Fister. Jose Ramirez is at second base with Giovanny Urshela playing third. 37 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Dom Smith not in Tuesday's lineup
    Dominic Smith is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Smith will sit against southpaw Patrick Corbin. Wilmer Flores will start at first base while Gavin Cecchini will play second. Today, 12:17 pm
  • Joseph back in Tuesday's lineup
    Tommy Joseph is back in the Phillies' lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins.

    Advice: The struggling Joseph is back in the lineup after sitting the previous two games. He's in the middle of a 5-for-56 slump which has brought his batting line down to .236/.292/.412 on the year. Today, 11:57 am
    Bot 1, 2-1 vs Mia ; 4:35 pm vs Mia
  • Alonso knocks in three runs vs. Braves
    Yonder Alonso finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in Monday’s win over the Braves.

    Advice: Alonso played two runs with a double in the fourth inning and doubled home another run in the sixth. He’s now batting .318 (14-for-44) through his first 12 games with Seattle. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Hanley slugs two-run homer in loss to CLE
    Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drew a walk in Monday's late loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It was just the second home run for Hanley since July 25. He entered play on Monday slashing just .208/.309/.375 in August, but there's reason to expect better production from the 33-year-old designated hitter along the stretch run. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Carlos Santana lifted with back tightness
    Carlos Santana exited Monday's game against the Red Sox with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Santana was hitless in three plate appearances before being pulled. It's unclear at this point if it might be more than a day-to-day type injury, but the Indians should have more on his status after the game. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Matt Davidson (wrist) nears rehab assignment
    Matt Davidson (wrist) will be cleared for a rehab assignment if he gets through a workout Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: Davidson has missed the last two-plus weeks with a bruised right wrist. It's looking like he could return in the next week or so. Yesterday, 6:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Jose Abreu slugs 25th home run of season
    Jose Abreu clubbed his 25th home run of the year as the White Sox defeated the Twins in the first half of Monday's split doubleheader.

    Advice: Abreu doubled and scored in the bottom of the first inning and went deep for a solo shot off Twins left-hander Nik Turley in the bottom of the fifth, finishing 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored in the 8-7 victory. The 30-year-old first baseman is sporting an .893 OPS on the season, the highest such mark for him since he registered a .964 OPS in his breakout rookie campaign. Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Monday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Nick Hundley will catch Chris Stratton. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Joey Gallo experiencing concussion symptoms
    Joey Gallo is experiencing concussion symptoms and did not travel with the Rangers to Anaheim.

    Advice: Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture as a result of a collision with teammate Matt Bush on Sunday. The Rangers are holding off placing Gallo on the concussion disabled list for now in hopes that he'll make a quick recovery. As is the case with all concussions, though, that's anything but a guarantee. Gallo is a risky fantasy play this week. Ryan Rua has been recalled and is getting a start in left field Monday. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Ryan Rua recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled 1B/OF Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rua will provide a little depth with Joey Gallo (concussion) banged up. He's hit only .202 with two homers over 99 major league at-bats this season. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Josh Bell not in Monday's lineup
    Josh Bell is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Bell had a homer and four RBI in Sunday night's win over the Cardinals, but he'll take a seat in this one with the Dodgers throwing lefty Alex Wood. Jose Osuna will handle first base. Sean Rodriguez will get a start in right field over Adam Frazier. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Mitch Moreland scratched with sore neck
    Mitch Moreland was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Monday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: Moreland passed concussion protocol following a collision with Brett Gardner on Sunday, but his neck is a little sore. He's day-to-day. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Bellinger (ankle) out through at least Tues.
    Cody Bellinger (ankle) won't return to the Dodgers' lineup until at least Wednesday.

    Advice: Bellinger's right ankle is still swollen after he sprained it Saturday, and he'll miss at least three games. The rookie will be re-evaluated Wednesday to see if he's ready to go then or needs more time. The Dodgers can obviously afford to proceed cautiously here given their 20-game lead in the National League West. Yesterday, 2:04 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • DL a possitility for Gallo
    The Rangers have Ryan Rua en route to Anaheim in case Joey Gallo needs to go on the disabled list because of his nasal fracture.

    Advice: Gallo was hurt in a collision with Matt Bush on Sunday. Rua would enter the DH mix with catchers Brett Nicholas and Robinson Chirinos if Gallo is forced to the DL. We'll probably know more later this afternoon. Yesterday, 10:09 am
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Twins call up DH Kennys Vargas
    Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Vargas takes Miguel Sano's spot on the roster and should see a lot of time at DH with Robbie Grossman also down, making him a worthy play in AL-only leagues. He's hit .243/.289/.429 in 177 at-bats for the Twins this year. He'd been hot of late in Triple-A, hitting .394/.447/.545 in nine games since his previous one-day stint in the majors on Aug. 9. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Cardinals send down first baseman Voit
    Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: As suspected, Stephen Piscotty will stick around, giving the Cardinals three options to rotate in right field (Randal Grichuk and Jose Martinez being the other two). Voit started out on fire after getting the call in late June, but his production hadn't continued in limited playing time since the Cardinals got healthier and he had started just two games in August. He'll be back when MLB rosters expand on September 1. Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs SD
  • Josh Bell powers Pirates to victory on Sunday
    Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI on Sunday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell clubbed a two-run homer off of Mike Leake in the first inning then tacked on a two-run single during a three-run uprising in the third. With the two-hit attack, Bell is hitting .261/.340/.493 with 21 homers and 72 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively. Sunday, 7:09 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Gallo suffers non-displaced nasal fracture
    Joey Gallo suffered a non-displaced nasal fracture during his collision with teammate Matt Bush on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be re-examined on Monday before potentially joining the team in Los Angeles. In addition to the nose injury, he'll have to pass through the concussion protocol before he's cleared to rejoin the Rangers. It remains unclear if he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it seems likely he'll miss at least a couple of games. Sunday, 6:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Buster Posey collects two hits in loss Sunday
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Giants fell to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Posey got the Giants on the board and evened the score at 1-1 with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely three times in four trips to the plate. Posey is having another outstanding season at the dish, slashing .321/.410/.477 with 12 homers and 53 RBI in 111 games played. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Joey Gallo leaves game after collision Sunday
    Joey Gallo was removed from Sunday's game against the White Sox after colliding with teammate Matt Bush while converging on a pop fly in the eighth inning.

    Advice: Gallo was hit in the head during the exchange and suffered swelling in his nose and upper lip. He'll head for precautionary X-rays of his nose and cheek bone to rule out any structural damage. He'll also have to pass through the concussion protocol before being cleared to return to game action. Sunday, 3:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Cody Bellinger (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Cody Bellinger (ankle) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bellinger suffered a mild right ankle sprain Saturday and manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he could hold the rookie out of action for 2-3 days to be safe. Adrian Gonzalez will handle first base and Chase Utley is serving as the designated hitter in Detroit. The Dodgers are also resting Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal, as they have Enrique Hernandez in center field and Austin Barnes at catcher. Sunday, 7:37 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • 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. Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Santana has pair of runs scored versus Royals
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana has a modest seven-game hitting streak going during which time he's 12-for-26 with eight runs scored. He recently topped the 70-run plateau for the sixth time in seven full seasons in the bigs, and he's got a decent shot at making this his fourth year in a row with at least 80 RBI. The 31-year-old is hitting .251/.356/.450 in 117 games on the year. Saturday, 8:57 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Smith has one of three Mets homers in victory
    Dominic Smith homered and scored two runs as the Mets bested the Marlins 8-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Smith went up to get a Javier Guerra offering in the eighth inning, lifting it over the right field fence to pad the Mets' lead. He's now homered twice in his nine MLB games, two of his five hits in 29 at-bats since his promotion earlier this month. Just 22 years old, Smith may learn on a curve but is a name to keep in mind for the future of the first base position. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Davidson (wrist) nearing rehab assignment
    Matt Davidson (wrist) has been hitting and taking ground balls.

    Advice: Davidson is working back from a bruised wrist. Barring a setback, he should start a rehab assignment sometime next week. The 26-year-old ranks second on the team with 22 homers this season. Saturday, 4:09 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Cody Bellinger leaves with mild ankle sprain
    Cody Bellinger left Saturday's game against the Tigers with a mild right ankle sprain.

    Advice: Bellinger stayed in briefly after coming down awkwardly on a catch but was soon replaced by Yasiel Puig in right field. No X-rays were required and Bellinger downplayed his injury when speaking to reporters after the game. Bellinger will be given the day off on Sunday, though it looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. The favorite for NL Rookie of the Year went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting. Saturday, 4:00 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Tommy Joseph getting the night off Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: The Phillies wanted to keep Jorge Alfaro's bat in the lineup, so he'll get the nod at first base. Joseph could probably use a day off to clear his head anyway. He's in the midst of 1-for-23 skid and has struggled to a .119 average for the month of August. Saturday, 3:51 pm
    Bot 1, 2-1 vs Mia ; 4:35 pm vs Mia
  • 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. Friday, 10:06 pm
  • Moreland puts Red Sox ahead with single
    Mitch Moreland delivered a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run single in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Red Sox were down 6-3 after the Yankees plated four runs in the top of the seventh, but they fought right back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Moreland put them ahead for good with a single up the middle against Tommy Kahnle. The 31-year-old faded bigtime in July, but he's hitting .318 (14-for-44) with two homers and eight RBI this month. Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Bell goes 1-for-4 with two RBI on Friday
    Josh Bell went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: He smacked an RBI double in the Pirates' five-run eighth inning, and then plated another run by working a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. The big first baseman has broken out in the power department in his second season. He hit three homers in 45 games last year and is up to 20 bombs in 120 games in 2017. He has a .260 batting average with 68 RBI. Friday, 8:20 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • 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
  • Cody Bellinger getting a breather Wednesday
    Cody Bellinger is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Rookie of the Year frontrunner will get a rare day off on Wednesday. Rob Segedin will man first base in his absence while batting eighth against Pale Hose left-hander Carlos Rodon. The 22-year-old has cruised to a .333 average with six homers this month. Wednesday, 4:12 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Josh Bell goes 3-for-4 in loss to Brewers
    Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bell opened the game's scoring with an RBI single off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the top of the first inning and then he hit another RBI single in the Bucs' three-run third inning. He also hit a leadoff triple in the top of the eighth and scored on an RBI single by Adam Frazier. Bell, 25, is batting .260/.336/.490 with six triples, 21 doubles, 20 home runs, 65 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 118 games this season. Wednesday, 2:31 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Buster Posey getting day off Wednesday
    Buster Posey is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Nick Hundley will start at catcher and bat sixth in the Giants' series finale at Marlins Park. Ryder Jones is at first base and batting seventh. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Gallo hits ninth homer of month, 34th of year
    Joey Gallo hit his ninth homer of the month and 34th of the year Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: He also walked and scored a second run. That run is notable; he'd been driven in just once in his previous 17 games. The Rangers have slowly moved him up in the lineup, but they still won't go any higher than fifth with him. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Carlos Santana homers twice in win
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-3 with two homers and two walks against the Twins in Tuesday's rout.

    Advice: The ninth-inning homer gave Jackson an .800 OPS for the first time since April 11. It's a nice little comeback, co0nsidering he fell as low as .688 in mid-June. He's batting .304 with nine homers, 10 doubles and 21 walks in 35 games since July 1. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Dominic Smith smacks first MLB home run
    Dominic Smith swatted an opposite-field, two-run shot for his first major league home run in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Sonny Gray shut out the Mets through the first six frames, but Smith followed a Wilmer Flores walk by lifting one just over the left-field wall. In addition to it being his first big league homer, it was also Smith's first two RBI. He has a hit in four of five games with the big club. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez drives in a pair of runs
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He also drew a walk, reaching base three times on the night. Ramirez has hit just one home run over his last 13 games, but he does have a pair of two-RBI games over his last four times out. Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez in Tuesday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez is in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ramirez got the day off Monday, but he's back in there against right-hander Mike Leake. The veteran slugger is batting just .214 (6-for-28) with a homer and two doubles this month. Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Gallo hits 33rd homer as Rangers top Tigers
    Joey Gallo slugged his 33rd home run of the year Monday in the Rangers' 6-2 defeat of the Tigers.

    Advice: It was a towering shot to center field in the bottom of the third inning off Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. Gallo entered the night in a bit of an offensive rut and he's batting just .207 with a .322 OBP in 107 total games this season, but the young slugger is currently on pace for 46 home runs and 86 RBI. Monday, 8:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Hanley Ramirez not in Monday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Trevor Bauer. Eduardo Nunez will serve as the DH on Monday while Brock Holt plays second base. Aug 14, 11:46 am
  • Joey Gallo strikes out twice in hit-less game
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The bottom five batters in the Rangers lineup on Saturday went just 1-for-15, with Gallo taking up four hit-less at-bats among them. He has now struck out 143 times in 326 at-bats, which works out to a strikeout in just shy of 44% of his at-bats on the year. When he does connect, though, look out. Gallo has socked 32 homers and driven in 61 runs this season and boasts a .552 slugging percentage. Also a .206 batting average. Aug 13, 3:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Posey, Pence, Span out for early game
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' lineup for the first half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Hunter Pence and Denard Span will also rest up to face Nats ace Max Scherzer in the nightcap. Nick Hundley is starting at catcher and batting fifth Sunday afternoon versus A.J. Cole. Aug 13, 8:16 am
  • Cody Bellinger has perfect night at dish
    Cody Bellinger finished with a pair of singles, a solo homerun, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: The rookie is starting to heat up again, posting back-to-back three-hit games. He has raised his average from .262 to .274 just since July 28, going 18-for-53 (.340) with two doubles, six home runs and 12 RBI. Bellinger's homer total in August has already surpassed the four he hit in all of July. Aug 13, 1:37 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • 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. Aug 12, 8:02 pm
  • Davidson not expected to return vs. Dodgers
    Matt Davidson (wrist) is no longer expected to return for the White Sox's upcoming series against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Davidson was hoping to return when first eligible on Tuesday but apparently he needs more time. The 26-year-old has been nursing a bruised wrist stemming from a hit-by-pitch earlier this month. Aug 12, 3:05 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Ryan Rua demoted to Triple-A Round Rock
    Rangers optioned 1B/OF Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rua was optioned to make room for Tyson Ross, who is back from the 10-day DL. The 27-year-old never saw the field during his week and a half with the big club. He's hit a paltry .202 with two homers over 99 major league at-bats this season. Aug 12, 1:10 pm
    7:08 pm @LAA
  • Cody Bellinger drives in two more runs
    Cody Bellinger picked up three singles with a run scored and two RBI across five at-bats in Friday's loss against San Diego.

    Advice: After tailing off a bit in July with just four homers and 13 RBI, he has managed five homers with nine RBI in just 10 games so far in August. He has driven in at least two runs in thee of his past six outings. Bellinger has quickly emerged as one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. Aug 12, 1:05 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Dominic Smith goes 1-for-3 in MLB debut
    Dominic Smith went 1-for-3 with a single in his big league debut against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Smith singled to center field off of Nick Pivetta in the fourth inning, collecting his first major league hit. He was double-switched out of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Smith should see fairly regular playing time down the stretch, but he might not stand out enough on the power front to be worth using in standard mixed leagues right away. Aug 11, 9:15 pm
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