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  • Motter goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Taylor Motter went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI in a win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't start the game but was pressed into action to pinch run for an injured Robinson Cano (hamstring) in the third inning. He went on to score in that frame. In the eighth inning he slapped a two-RBI single, stole second base and then rode home on a Kyle Seager tater. Motter has served in a part-time, super-utility role this season, producing a .206 batting average with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 239 plate appearances. His best fantasy asset is his speed -- he has stolen 10 bases while being caught just once. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Taylor Motter Sea - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Tony Barnette gets first MLB save
    Tony Barnette got three outs in the 10th for his first major league save Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Jeff Banister went to Jose Leclerc after the Rangers scored three times in the top of the 10th, but he walked both batters he faced, throwing just three of his 11 pitches for strikes. In came Barnette, who immediately induced a double-play ball from a grumpy Albert Pujols. Barnette did give up an RBI single to Kole Calhoun, but he was able to retire Andrelton Simmons to end it. It was his first MLB save after 97 in Japan. He had 31 alone in 2015 before signing with the Rangers last year. Alex Claudio, who pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings tonight, remains the top choice for saves in Texas. Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Andrew Heaney gives up three homers
    Andrew Heaney gave up four runs and three homers in five innings Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Heaney's velocity was better tonight than in his season debut last week against the Orioles, but he still gave up eight hits, including the three big flies. It doesn't look like he'll be much of a fantasy option this year. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Bud Norris pitches scoreless ninth
    After coming in with the game tied, Bud Norris worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Norris easily could have taken the loss tonight after hitting Robinson Chirinos and allowing two hits, but Mike Trout made a great throw home to get Chirinos (whose slide was as bad as the throw was great) and end the inning. Deserved or not, Norris is very much back in the mix for saves in Anaheim. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Osuna gets last four outs for a save vs Rays
    Roberto Osuna got the last four outs of the game without allowing a run to earn a save in a 7-6 defeat of the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was called upon to get the last out of the eighth inning with a runner on first base. He induced a ground-out from pinch-hitter Cesar Puello to end that frame, then tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 33rd save of the campaign. The young closer has been a bit shaky this year as demonstrated by his eight blown saves and four losses, but he has a good 3.52 ERA with 72 strikeouts and seven walks in 53 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Stroman yields five runs in 5 1/3 vs Rays
    Marcus Stroman coughed up five runs in 5 1/3 innings and did not earn a decision against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out four batters and walked one while allowing eight base hits. He got taken deep three times -- twice by Keven Kiermaier and once by Steven Souza Jr. Stroman is having an excellent season but didn't show it tonight. His record holds at 11-6 with a cool 3.17 ERA in 26 starts. He has a 135/51 K/BB ratio in 164 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Kiermaier slugs two homers in loss to Jays
    Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also worked a walk just for good measure. It is hard to find a better performance than that in the losing side of a boxscore. He slugged a two-run dinger in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. The big game jolts his slash line up to .276/.345/.461 with 10 home runs, 36 runs and 26 RBI in 67 games. He's stolen 11 bases in 15 attempts. He spent two months on the disabled list with a fractured hip before returning to action a week ago. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Pruitt allows five runs in 3 2/3 vs Blue Jays
    Austin Pruitt surrendered five runs on four bombs in 3 2/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was serving it up on a tee in this one. He gave up a two-run shot to Josh Donaldson in the first inning, then yielded three solo shots in the second inning (Ryan Goins, Raffy Lopez and Steve Pearce). Pruitt's ERA swelled to 5.76 today as his record holds at 6-4. He has 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 65 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Severino beats DET, allows one run in 6 2/3
    Luis Severino struck out eight batters and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings while earning a 10-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made it through the first five innings unscathed before surrendering a solo homer to Ian Kinsler in the sixth for the only damage he would allow in the gem outing. The 23-year-old right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this year following a dismal 2016 season in which he registered a 3-8 record and 5.83 ERA and was demoted to the bullpen. He's turned things around in a major way in 2017 and now owns an 11-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 25 starts. He has a marvelous 183 strikeouts and 42 walks in 156 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Sanchez goes 2-for-5, homers, drives in three
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He zapped starter Jordan Zimmerman with a solo shot in the first inning, then plated two more runs with a single in the third frame. The catcher now has 26 longballs despite missing nearly a month in the early portion of the season. He has a .276 batting average with 72 RBI and 63 runs scored in 92 games. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Iglesias goes 2-for-4 with a home run Wed.
    Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 and cracked a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: He went yard off stud reliever Tommy Kahnle with two outs in the ninth inning but it didn't matter as the Tigers were trailing by nine runs at time. The defensive-minded shortstop and nine-hole batter has not been very proficient with the bat this year, slashing an empty .251/.284/.362 with five homers and 42 RBI in 103 games. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Zimmermann yields seven runs in five frames
    Jordan Zimmermann was bashed around for seven runs in five innings and took a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: The beat goes on for Zimmermann, and not in a good way. His 6.11 ERA is the worst in the major leagues among all qualified starters. Today he failed to strike out a single batter while giving up nine hits and a walk. He served up longballs to Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius and falls to 7-11 after 25 starts. The Tigers will probably continue marching him out there as they run out the string in a rebuilding year. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Hosmer hits first career walkoff for Royals
    Eric Hosmer hit his first career walkoff homer off Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth as the Royals beat the Rockies 6-4.

    Advice: The slider that Hosmer hit out had nothing on it; the only question was whether Hosmer had started his swing too early to keep the ball fair. He did sneak it inside the foul pole for a three-run blast, his 21st homer of the year. He also singled twice and walked in the contest. He's shaken off a brutal April to have what will likely go down as his best season to date. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • La Stella goes 1-for-3 with three RBI Wed.
    Tommy La Stella homered and drove in three runs against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He worked a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run in the first inning, then cracked a two-run tater off reliever Alejandro Chacin in the fourth frame. The part-time infielder has performed well when given a rare chance to play, batting .295/.406/.500 with three homers and 11 RBI in 96 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Schwarber belts three-run bomb vs Reds
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-5 and blasted a three-run homer in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He deposited an Asher Wojciechowski offering over the left field wall as the Cubs broke the game open in the fourth inning. The young slugger had a miserable first half that saw him get briefly demoted to the minors, but he has really turned things around since the All Star break. He has his line up to .202/.316/.439 with 21 home runs and 43 RBI in 337 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice in victory
    Gary Sanchez went 3-for-6 with two homers and four RBI as the Yankees crushed the Tigers 13-4 on Tuesday

    Advice: It's funny; there hasn't been as much talk about Sanchez's defense while he's homered seven times and driven in 16 runs in his last 10 games. He's up to 25 homers for the season now. In 546 career at-bats (619 plate appearances) -- essentially a full season for a non-catcher -- he's amassed 45 homers and 111 RBI. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Osuna suffers eighth blown save on Sunday
    Roberto Osuna suffered his eighth blown save of the year Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Blue Jays catcher Rafael Perez deserves a lot of the blame for this one after failing to throw out two runners following strikeout pitches and allowing Javier Baez to put himself into scoring position as the winning run. Osuna, however, was charged with three earned runs on two hits. He has a 3.61 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Sunday, 3:15 pm
  • Norris earns 19th save Sunday vs. Orioles
    Bud Norris netted his 19th save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

    Advice: The closer carousel continues in Anaheim. Norris, Kenyan Middleton, Yusmeiro Petit, and Cam Bedrosian have all earned saves this month, and Blake Parker is also believed to be in the ninth-inning mix. Norris, who had been struggling mightily, has now made two straight scoreless appearances. Sunday, 2:25 pm
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Kiermaier homers in Rays' defeat of Mariners
    Kevin Kiermaier homered Sunday in the Rays' defeat of the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his first major league homer since he fractured his hip back in early June. Kiermaier also singled in the win and is now 5-for-12 with three runs scored since returning from the disabled list August 18. The talented center fielder is capable of providing sneaky fantasy value for the stretch run. Sunday, 1:02 pm
  • Taylor Motter recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled INF/OF Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Motter has hit .204/.272/.355 with seven homers during his time with the big club this season and has made starts at five different positions. He'll operate in a utility role. Sunday, 7:24 am
    New Player Note
    Taylor Motter Sea - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Sanchez homers in loss to Red Sox on Friday
    Gary Sanchez stayed hot on Friday by collecting a solo homer against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sanchez went 1-for-5 on the night. He’s batting .378 (14-for-37) with six homers and 13 RBI over his last 10 games. For a second straight year, he’s mashing in August. Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Andrew Heaney struggles in his 2017 debut
    Andrew Heaney struggled in a no-decision against the Orioles in his 2017 debut on Friday, allowing five runs on seven hits over his five frames.

    Advice: On the plus side, the left-hander punched out five on the night and didn't issue a walk. As was the case for Jeremy Hellickson on the other side, Heaney struggled to keep the ball in the yard, allowing four home runs. He'll do battle against the Rangers his next time out at home on Wednesday. Friday, 8:09 pm
  • 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. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Pruitt charged with six runs vs Mariners
    Austin Pruitt was nailed for six runs over four innings in a lopsided loss to the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Things could have been worse considering he allowed 14 base runners (11 hits, two walks and a hit batsman) in four frames. At least he kept the ball in the yard. This was his sixth start of the season in addition to 17 relief appearances. He has a 5.37 ERA and 1.55 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 62 innings. He will face the Cardinals on the road next week. Friday, 7:20 pm
  • Andrew Heaney activated for season debut
    Angels activated LHP Andrew Heaney from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Heaney will make his season debut on Friday in Baltimore after completing the long rehab from Tommy John surgery. He put up a 2.60 ERA and 29/5 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings on his rehab assignment, but it would probably still be wise for fantasy owners to see how he looks for a start or two before activating him, especially considering the tough first matchup. Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier activated from disabled list
    Rays activated OF Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kiermaier is ready to roll after missing over two months of action with a fractured hip (he also had a minor back issue last month). He was just 3-for-24 on a rehab assignment and might need a few extra days off initially, but fantasy owners should feel free to re-insert Kiermaier into their lineups. He's in center field and batting leadoff Friday. Friday, 9:29 am
  • 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. Friday, 9:14 am
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Friday's lineup
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with the Blue Jays throwing lefty J.A. Happ. Ben Zobrist is in left field and Ian Happ is at second base. Friday, 7:44 am
  • 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. Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 9:22 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber hits 20th homer
    Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-5 and hit his 20th homer Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber's average is back over .200 for the first time since early May. He is 6-for-11 with three walks and two HBPs the last four days. Thursday, 3:18 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier (hip) to return this weekend?
    Kevin Kiermaier (hip) is eyeing a return this weekend, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Advice: Kiermaier is just 1-for-15 through four rehab games at High-A Charlotte, but if he feels good after playing a full nine innings of center field on Thursday it sounds like the Rays will activate him from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the visiting Mariners. Kiermaier has been on the shelf since early June because of a fractured hip. He also came down with a minor back issue in late July. Thursday, 5:43 am
  • Stroman allows two runs in 6 1/3, beats Rays
    Marcus Stroman struck out seven batters and yielded just two runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a walk in the park through the first six frames but then he ran out of gas in the seventh. He quickly loaded the bases on two walks and a single with one out, then walked Steven Souza to force in a run before being relieved of duty having thrown 108 pitches. The strong outing improved his ERA to 2.99 and his record to 11-6. He has 131 strikeouts and 50 walks in 159 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • 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
  • Heaney (elbow) to make season debut Friday
    Andrew Heaney (elbow) is scheduled to make his season debut Friday in Baltimore.

    Advice: Heaney got the go-ahead after throwing a bullpen session in front of Angels coaches and trainers on Tuesday at Nationals Park. The 26-year-old left-hander is nearly 14 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and posted a promising 2.60 ERA and 29/5 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings on his six-start minor league rehab assignment. He's looking like a potential fantasy sleeper for the stretch run. Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Eric Hosmer belts his 20th home run
    Eric Hosmer finished 2-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's game in Oakland.

    Advice: It's the second consecutive season Hosmer has reached 20 homers after failing to reach the plateau in each of his first five campaigns in the majors. He has a chance to surpass his career-high 25 homers set last season, but he'll be hard-pressed to better his 104 RBI from 2016. Tuesday, 10:53 pm
  • 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
  • Heaney (elbow) on track for weekend debut
    Andrew Heaney (elbow) threw a bullpen session in front of Angels coaches and trainers on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

    Advice: If he wakes up Wednesday with no abnormal discomfort, the 26-year-old left-hander should be cleared to join the Angels' rotation on Friday or Saturday in Baltimore. Heaney registered a sharp 2.60 ERA and 29/5 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings on his six-start minor league rehab assignment. "He’s had just a seamless recovery and rehabilitation from [Tommy John surgery]," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. "Everything to this point has gone as well as you could ever expect. I think where he is right now, we’re very excited about it." Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Kiermaier (hip) cleared to play center field
    Kevin Kiermaier (hip) will play center field for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    Advice: He will probably then shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Durham for a couple of games before returning to the Rays' active roster early next week. Kiermaier, out since early June with a fractured hip, stands 1-for-9 with three strikeouts through two rehab games with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup on Tuesday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Jon Jay will start in left field and bat leadoff versus Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo. Schwarber is sitting on a disappointing .193/.310/.428 season slash line. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Heaney (elbow) could return later this week
    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register suspects that Andrew Heaney (elbow) will be cleared to return to the Angels' rotation this weekend in Baltimore.

    Advice: Heaney pitched well in his sixth rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Salt Lake, allowing just one run over seven innings against the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Giants. The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.60 ERA and 29/5 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 total rehab frames and might be able to provide sneaky late-season fantasy value here in 2017. Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery last summer, after registering a 3.49 ERA across his first 18 starts with Anaheim in 2015. Monday, 4:40 pm
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