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  • Yoan Moncada (shin) out again on Sunday
    Yoan Moncada (shin) remained out of the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Moncada has sat out two straight due to shin splints in his right leg. Yolmer Sanchez is handling second base again. 32 minutes ago
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He'll sit in favor of Jesus Aguilar with the Rockies throwing lefty Kyle Freeland. Thames had three hits in the first two games of the series in Colorado. Today, 8:57 am
  • Josh Donaldson making first ever start at SS
    Josh Donaldson is starting at shortstop Sunday for the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's made a start at the position, although it's the third time he's played there this season. We can't count on Donaldson gaining fantasy eligibility there, but it'll be something worth tracking. Jose Bautista is starting at third base and Ezequiel Carrera is in right field. Today, 8:54 am
  • Cruz to sit during interleague series in ATL
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Sunday that it's doubtful he'll start Nelson Cruz in right field for any of the club's three games in Atlanta this week.

    Advice: Cruz has been lobbying to play, but it appears that he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duty for a few days. The slugger has played only four games in the outfield this season. Today, 8:43 am
  • Cameron Maybin (knee) out again Sunday
    Cameron Maybin (knee) remained out of the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Wednesday due to nagging right knee soreness. It's the same knee that sent Maybin to the disabled list and he might have to head back there if he doesn't improve in a hurry. Ben Revere will get another start in left field and in the leadoff spot. Today, 8:18 am
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Kyle Seager sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Seager is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Seager played the last two days after returning from a stomach bug, but he'll get some rest for this one. Taylor Motter is at third base. Yonder Alonso and Mike Zunino are also sitting out, as the M's have Danny Valencia at first base and Carlos Ruiz at catcher. Today, 7:55 am
  • 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. Today, 7:37 am
    10:10 am @Det
  • Mariners release veteran INF Danny Espinosa
    Mariners released INF Danny Espinosa.

    Advice: The M's signed Espinosa last month after he was cut loose by the Angels, but he played very little the last few weeks and continued to be a zero with the bat. Espinosa can still pick it with the glove but sports an embarrassing .164/.237/.279 batting line this season. Today, 7:23 am
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    10:10 am @TB
  • Jacob Faria lands on DL with abdominal strain
    Rays placed RHP Jacob Faria on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17, with a left abdominal strain.

    Advice: Faria admitted that he's dealt with the ailment for several starts and it could at least partly explain why he's scuffled a bit lately. The rookie expects to return this season, although a timetable isn't known. Alex Cobb (toe) will return from the disabled list Thursday to take Faria's spot in the Rays' rotation. Today, 7:11 am
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • Nick Ahmed (hand) begins rehab assignment
    Nick Ahmed (hand) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game with the Diamondbacks' Arizona League affiliate on Saturday.

    Advice: Ahmed is working his way back from a fractured right hand, which he suffered back in late June. Ketel Marte has played well at shortstop with both Ahmed and Chris Owings (finger) out, but he could slide over to second base when Ahmed returns. Today, 5:31 am
    60-Day DL
    11:10 am @Min
  • Angels ink Fernando Salas to minors deal
    Angels signed RHP Fernando Salas to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Salas was released by the Mets last week after posting a 6.00 ERA over 48 appearances. The veteran reliever had some successful years in Anaheim and is worth a shot on a minor league deal. Today, 5:14 am
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    10:35 am @Bal
  • Rhys Hoskins connects for three-run homer
    Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Hoskins smashed a three-run home run off Ty Blach in the third inning. The 24-year-old outfielder made his major league debut on August 10 and has jumped out of the gate with four home runs in his first 10 games in the bigs. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Trout blasts two solo home runs vs Orioles
    Mike Trout went deep twice in five at-bats during a 5-1 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He did his damage early, blasting solo bombs off starter Kevin Gausman in each of his first two plate appearances. The young superstar's prowess at the plate this season is obscured because he missed six weeks with a thumb injury, but his 1.164 OPS would be the highest in the majors by more than a hundred points if he had enough at-bats to qualify. He is slashing .339/.464/.700 with 26 longballs, 59 RBI and 61 runs scored. He's stolen 13 bases and been caught three times. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Teheran allows five runs in loss against Reds
    Julio Teheran allowed five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Teheran pitched pretty well through three innings, allowing just one run while striking out five, but things unraveled in the fourth. He finished with eight hits allowed and three walks issued, but seven strikeouts. The 26-year-old has shown flashes of some prior form -- he went seven scoreless his last time out -- but hasn't been able to do it with any consistency, sprinkling those starts in with clunkers and mediocre outings all season long. He'll carry a 5.02 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a Friday matchup with the Rockies. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman comes up hit-less in defeat
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Zimmerman was far from alone in his offensive utility, as the Nationals finished with just three hits. Slight stumble aside, the veteran slugger has ripped off a gorgeous campaign to date. He owns a .310/.360/.590 triple-slash with 29 homers and 86 RBI across 111 games played. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Cruz goes 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sat.
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run dinger and two runs scored in a victory over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: His blast off starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning seemed like overkill at the time but was ultimately needed as the Rays mounted a late-inning comeback. The ageless wonder Cruz now has a .295 batting average with 31 home runs and an even 100 RBI. Only Nolan Arenado has driven in more runs this year. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:00 pm
    10:10 am @Det
  • Yoan Moncada scratched with shin splints
    Yoan Moncada (shin) was scratched from the White Sox's lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: He's out with shin splints in his right leg. Yolmer Sanchez will spell him at second base and bat ninth against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Consider Moncada day-to-day. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Eric Thames triples, doubles
    Eric Thames tripled and doubled as the Brewers' leadoff man Friday.

    Advice: Thames is 10-for-23 with a couple of homers in his last six games. He's not any sort of conventional leadoff man for the Brewers, but given his .362 OBP and his big struggles with men on base, it makes sense to hit him there now. Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Mike Trout goes deep in loss to Orioles
    Mike Trout swatted his 24th home run of the season as the Angels dropped a heart-breaker to the Orioles on Friday night in Baltimore.

    Advice: All of the Angels' offense in the game came via the long ball, with Trout, Albert Pujols, C.J. Cron, Kaleb Cowart and Kole Calhoun all taking Jeremy Hellickson deep. Trout's two-run blast increased the Angels' lead ot 7-4 in the fifth inning, but wound up being the extent of their offense. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .338/.465/.684 with 24 homers, 57 RBI and 13 swipes on the season. Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Cruz powers three extra-base hits vs Rays
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored during a 7-1 thumping of the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: He smacked an RBI double in the first inning, doubled and scored in the fifth and drilled a solo homer in the final frame. For the season he has a .293 batting average with 30 home runs and is second in the majors with 98 RBI. The 37-year-old slugger is on pace to smash his career high of 108 RBI set in 2014 with the Orioles. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Cameron Maybin (knee) out again on Friday
    Cameron Maybin is not in the Angels' lineup Friday due to right knee soreness.

    Advice: It's the same knee that sent him to the disabled list last month and has now cost him two straight starts. Consider Maybin day-to-day for now. Ben Revere is in left field and in the leadoff spot. Friday, 2:40 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Seager (illness) returns to Mariners' lineup
    Kyle Seager (illness) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Seager missed a couple starts with a stomach virus and said he lost over 10 pounds. He's evidently feeling better, though, and is ready to give it a go against Austin Pruitt and the Rays. Friday, 1:22 pm
  • Moncada hits third homer in loss to Rangers
    Yoan Moncada hit his third home run of the season and scored twice in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Moncada tomahawked a ball that looked like it might curve foul, keeping it just inside the right field foul pole for his third dinger of the year. He also walked twice in the loss. The learning curve is steep for the 22-year-old, who's hitting .190/.333/.357 in 25 big league games, but the Sox have all the time in the world to develop their budding star. Thursday, 11:18 pm
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Ryan Zimmerman snaps tie with late home run
    Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: The two clubs were tied at 1-1 with two outs in the eighth when Zimmerman stepped to the plate and unloaded for a no-doubt solo blast off Kirby Yates to give the Nats the late lead. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is hitting a gaudy .310/.360/.593 with 29 homers and 86 RBI in 109 games played. He has homered in back-to-back contests and has launched three long balls in his last four games. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Donaldson takes Archer deep twice Thursday
    Josh Donaldson walloped two homers Thursday in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Both of his home runs were solo shots off All-Star Chris Archer. Donaldson also scored the go-ahead run on Justin Smoak’s two-run homer in the eighth inning. Thursday was Donaldson’s third multi-homer game of the season. Eleven of his 20 long balls this year have come in his last 19 games. Also of note, Donaldson’s .940 OPS is a tick higher than the .939 OPS he posted during his MVP season in 2015. Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Donaldson goes 2-for-3 in win over Rays
    Josh Donaldson slapped a pair of singles in three official at-bats during Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: He was also hit by a Jacob Faria pitch but stayed in the ballgame. The superstar third baseman's production is down this season, largely due to spending about six weeks on the disabled list. The perennial MVP candidate is slashing .267/.393/.520 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 77 games. Now that he is healthy he could be a difference-maker in the fantasy playoffs. Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Faria gives up three runs in loss to Jays
    Jacob Faria surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He allowed six hits and two walks while fanning three in the sub-par outing. The 24-year-old is having a very solid rookie year but couldn't get the job done tonight. He falls to 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. His 77/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 78 2/3 innings bodes well for his future. He has a two-start week coming up with a rematch versus the Blue Jays followed by the Cardinals. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • 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
    10:10 am @Det
  • Ryan Zimmerman hits 28th home run in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman hit his 28th home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. Zimmerman also singled and drew a walk in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Wednesday, 1:14 pm
  • Kyle Seager (illness) sitting again Wednesday
    Kyle Seager (illness) is out of the Mariners' lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Seager has a stomach virus and will miss his second consecutive game. Danny Valencia is starting at third base and batting sixth Wednesday afternoon against the Orioles and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Thames not in Brewers' lineup on Wednesday
    Eric Thames is not in the Brewers' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Jesus Aguilar will play first base and hit fifth versus right-hander Gerrit Cole. Thames went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night and is batting just .196 so far in August. Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Cameron Maybin out of LAA lineup Wed.
    Cameron Maybin is not in the Angels' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Ben Revere will play left field and hit leadoff in the matinee game against Nats right-hander Tanner Roark. Maybin is batting just .192/.250/.231 since returning from the disabled list August 7. Wednesday, 7:23 am
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Rhys Hoskins dials long distance in San Diego
    Rhys Hoskins belted a two-run home run in Tuesday's game in San Diego, his only hit across four at-bats.

    Advice: Hoskins, a Sacramento native, has enjoyed his first two major league games in his home state of California. He has belted three homers with four RBI in his first two career road games while posting at least one RBI in three straight outings. His power potential makes him a useful mixed-league option down the stretch. Wednesday, 1:23 am
  • Mets release reliever Fernando Salas
    Mets released RHP Fernando Salas.

    Advice: Salas was designated for assignment last week to open a 40-man roster spot for top first base prospect Dominic Smith and the 32-year-old right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed. He had a 6.00 ERA in 48 appearances this season out of the Mets' bullpen. Tuesday, 9:20 pm
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    10:35 am @Bal
  • Josh Donaldson stays hot with three-run shot
    Josh Donaldson stayed red-hot Tuesday, slugging a three-run homer and reaching base three times in a loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Donaldson's blast off of Blake Snell in the fifth inning pulled the Blue Jays to within two runs, but that's as close as they got. The third baseman has now gone deep in three straight games and has reached base eight times over that stretch. Donaldson has also driven in 19 runs already in August. Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Kyle Seager out Tuesday with stomach bug
    Kyle Seager is out Tuesday against the Orioles due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day. Danny Espinosa is starting at third base and batting eighth Tuesday versus Orioles left-hander Wade Miley. Tuesday, 3:47 pm
  • Kyle Seager getting the night off Tuesday
    Kyle Seager is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: It's a planned breather for the left-handed-hitting third baseman. Danny Espinosa will handle the hot corner and bat eighth versus O's southpaw Wade Miley. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins hits first two homers
    Rhys Hoskins hit his first two major league homers Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Hoskins hit one off Travis Wood in the fourth and another off Craig Stammen in the seventh. The monkey would seem to be off his back now after he went 1-for-13 in his first four big-league games. He projects as a useful mixed-leaguer the rest of the way. Monday, 11:17 pm
  • Julio Teheran goes seven scoreless in Coors
    Julio Teheran pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in a no-decision versus the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: There was no run support to be had tonight, so Teheran remained winless in six starts since the All-Star break. He entered this one having allowed 16 runs over 14 2/3 innings in his last three starts. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Donaldson homers, doubles in win over Rays
    Josh Donaldson doubled and homered Monday in the Blue Jays' 2-1 defeat of the Rays.

    Advice: Donaldson got the Jays out in front early with a two-run homer off Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the first inning. He was retired in his next two at-bats but then stroked a ground-rule double to left field in the bottom of the eighth. Donaldson has eight home runs and 18 RBI over his last 16 games, and his season OPS has climbed all the way to .890. Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes deep in victory Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman belted his 27th home run of the season as the Nationals topped the Giants in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Zimmerman swatted a go-ahead solo homer off of Matt Moore in the sixth inning, but the Giants roared back to tie the game the next half inning. Zimmerman finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing a robust .310/.358/.585 with 27 homers and 83 RBI in his resurgent season. Sunday, 7:43 pm
  • Nelson Cruz picks up double in loss to Halos
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cruz picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He would double later in the contest, his 22nd two-bagger of the campaign. For the season as a whole, the veteran slugger is working to a .288/.369/.549 triple-slash with 28 homers and 94 RBI in 113 games. He is well on his way to setting a career high in terms of RBI. His current best mark came when he drove in 108 back in 2014, his final season with the Orioles. Sunday, 4:31 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins gets first major league hit
    Rhys Hoskins picked up his first big-league hit Sunday, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

    Advice: The RBI came on a groundout in the first. He went on pick up a clean single in the fifth. Hoskins' start today was his first at first base since he was called up Thursday. He played left field his previous three games. Most likely, he'll play a lot more first base in September after Aaron Altherr returns. Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Donaldson slugs 16th home run vs. Pirates
    Josh Donaldson hit his 16th home run of the year Sunday in the Blue Jays' defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: Donaldson contributed a two-run shot to Toronto's five-run first inning. He also singled and drew a walk in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. The third baseman is enjoying a tremendous second half and has been especially hot here in August. Look for him to keep it up down the stretch. Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 1:37 am
    10:10 am @Det
  • Kyle Seager belts his 18th homer in loss
    Kyle Seager swatted his 18th home run, a solo shot off J.C. Ramirez of the Angels, and he added a single with two RBI in Saturday's game.

    Advice: Seager already has four home runs in August, equaling his power production from the month of July. He has also managed seven RBI over the past nine outings. Seager has a rather marginal batting average, but he has collected 28 doubles, a triple and 18 home runs, so fantasy owners aren't complaining too vehemently about the BA. Sunday, 12:33 am
  • Zimmerman goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in a run against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He did his damage early, slapping an RBI double and then scoring on a Daniel Murphy knock in the first inning. The first baseman also walked in the game. He is having perhaps the best season of his 13-year career and is on pace to break his career highs in home runs, RBI and batting average. He is slashing .310/.359/.583 with 26 home runs and 82 RBI in 104 games. Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Thames homers in second straight Saturday
    Eric Thames went 2-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Thames homered in his second straight game, blasting a solo shot in the sixth inning. The homer was his 27th of the year, 20 of which he hit before June 18. The stolen bases is what's most disappointing about Thames this year -- after he stole 64 bases over three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, he's got just three steals in five attempts this year. The 30-year-old is hitting .248/.363/.526 on the year. Saturday, 9:50 pm
  • Cameron Maybin absent versus Mariners
    Cameron Maybin is not in the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for Maybin, who has hit a mere .176 (3-for-17) since coming off the DL earlier this month. Ben Revere, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun round out the Angels' starting outfield Saturday against Seattle. Saturday, 3:41 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • 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. Saturday, 1:05 am
    10:10 am @Det
  • Nelson Cruz homers in third straight game
    Nelson Cruz finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Cruz has connected for at least one homer (four total) with seven RBI over his past three outings. He also has at least one RBI in four in a row, while posting seven homers with 13 RBI over nine outings in the month of August. He'll look to keep it cooking against JC Ramirez on Saturday. He launched a solo home run Sept. 4, 2016 against Ramirez in one of his three career at-bats against the right-hander. Saturday, 12:41 am
  • Eric Thames slugs three-run homer vs. Reds
    Eric Thames went 3-for-6 with a three-run home run in Friday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: In what was an entertaining offensive explosion by both teams, the Reds jumped out to a 10-2 lead only for the Brewers to come roaring back to make a game of it with a seven-run sixth inning. Key to that big frame was Thames, who whacked a three-run home run. Friday's strong showing snapped him out of a 4-for-29 (.138 average) slump. For the campaign as a whole, Thames is hitting .246/.361/.519 with 26 homers and 50 RBI over the course of 103 games played. Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins whiffs twice in loss to Mets
    Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a losing effort against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hoskins did draw a walk in the contest and came around to score a run. He's now 0-for-6 with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in his first two games at the big league level. He has intriguing power potential, but first must prove that he can make consistent contact at the big league level. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Faria yields five runs in six frames vs Tribe
    Jacob Faria coughed up five runs in six innings to take a loss to the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: It was five innings of dominance ruined by one catastrophic inning. All five runs scored in the fifth inning. Faria allowed six hits in the game and five of them came in the one bad frame, including a home run by Edwin Encarnacion. The rookie struck out seven batters and now has 74 punchouts in his first 73 1/3 career innings. He is 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 12 starts. Friday, 7:44 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • Moncada plays hero with homer, walk-off hit
    Yoan Moncada hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to tie the game then ended it with a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to give the White Sox a 3-2 win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Moncada was already in Sox fans' good graces after his solo dong off Astros closer Ken Giles pulled them even, and he's got even more fans after lacing a single through a shifted infield in the 11th to bring home the winning run. The 22-year-old took some time to get his bearings at the major league level but now has hits in each of his last six games. There will still be growing pains with 22-year-olds trying to hit MLB pitching, but the talent is evident and Moncada should be a star sooner than later. Thursday, 11:04 pm
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Mike Trout snaps tie with three-run double
    Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a three-run double in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: After the Mariners came back from a 3-0 deficit in dramatic fashion with two home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Angels loaded the bases against Edwin Diaz in the top of the ninth. Then, Trout stepped to the plate. That did not go so well for the home team, as the all-universe outfielder slashed a double over Kyle Seager at third base to score all three runners, giving the Angels a 6-3 lead. Trout is slashing an immaculate .347/.467/.708 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 71 games played this season. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, with six multi-hit showings in that space. Thursday, 11:00 pm
  • Nelson Cruz blasts game-tying two-run homer
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cruz smashed a dramatic game-tying two-run home run to straightaway center off Bud Norris with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Angels would retake the lead in the top of the ninth courtesy of Mike Trout's bases-clearing double. Veteran slugger Cruz has gone deep five times in his last five games and is slashing .284/.368/.537 with 27 homers and 90 RBI over the course of 395 at-bats for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:56 pm
  • Mets DFA Salas to make room for Smith
    Mets designated RHP Fernando Salas for assignment.

    Advice: That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for top first base prospect Dominic Smith, who is expected to make his big league debut Friday against the Phillies. This move was long overdue as Salas has pitched to a brutal 6.00 ERA over 48 appearances this year. Despite his poor results this season, the 32-year-old shouldn't take long to resurface. Thursday, 8:24 pm
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    10:35 am @Bal
  • Brewers bench slumping Thames Thursday
    Eric Thames is not in the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Thames is two for his last 25 at the dish and has struggled against lefties this season, so he'll get the night off with Dietrich Enns throwing for Minnesota. Jesus Aguilar will get the nod at first base and bat fifth for the Brewers, who trail the first-place Cubs by 1.5 games in the NL Central. Thursday, 2:01 pm
  • Hoskins in left, hitting seventh in MLB debut
    Rhys Hoskins is starting in left field and batting seventh Thursday in his MLB debut against the Mets.

    Advice: Hoskins has primarily played first base since the Phillies made him a fifth-round pick in 2014, but Tommy Joseph holds a claim on that position and so Hoskins will be broken in as a corner outfielder at the major league level. The 24-year-old was slashing .284/.385/.581 with 29 home runs and 91 RBI through 115 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has the goods to make an immediate offensive impact. Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Hoskins leaves Triple-A with a bang
    Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: With Hoskins headed to Philadelphia on Thursday, this was likely his last game in Triple-A. It was a heck of a way to leave. With plus power and at least an average hit tool, he has a chance to be successful immediately. Don't be surprised if there are some growing pains, but be patient -- he's a smart hitter who should make the necessary adjustments. Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Phils calling up young slugger Rhys Hoskins's Todd Zolecki confirms that the Phillies will call up prospect Rhys Hoskins on Thursday.

    Advice: Hoskins has been a force this year in the International League, slashing .284/.385/.581 with 29 home runs and 91 RBI across 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's made three starts in left field over the last week and figures to split time between there and first base with Philadelphia. The powerful 24-year-old is worth scooping up in most standard mixed fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:15 am
  • Cody Bellinger homers, doubles in win
    Cody Bellinger homered and doubled Wednesday in the Dodgers' 3-2 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bellinger's homer was the Dodgers' only run for six innings. He then doubled to start the seventh-inning rally that produced the team's other two runs. Bellinger has five homers in eight games this month after hitting four during July. Wednesday, 9:44 pm
    10:10 am @Det
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