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  • Cardinals send down first baseman Voit
    Cardinals optioned first baseman 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 on Sept. 1. 50 minutes ago
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Keon Broxton plates two in victory on Sunday
    Keon Broxton went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as the Brewers topped the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Broxton came through with a two-run single in the ninth inning that increased the Brewers' lead to 8-2. He also drew a walk and scored a pair of runs in the contest. One of the streakier hitters in the league, he's locked in and should be ridden in all formats until he cools off. On the season, he's hitting .231/.309/.467 with 20 homers, 47 RBI and 19 stolen bases. Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez fans six in win over Rangers
    Miguel Gonzalez was outstanding in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, racking up six strikeouts over six innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gonzalez scattered four hits and four walks on the afternoon. The Rangers entered the day with one of the highest implied team totals on the board, but the crafty right-hander had other ideas in mind. Gonzalez now sports a 4.44 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 71/45 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Tigers on Friday. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Avila hits walkoff two-run single vs. Toronto
    Alex Avila hit a walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Toronto took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, but closer Roberto Osuna couldn't make it stick -- and Blue Jays catcher Rafael Lopez didn't help the cause. Avila came off the bench in this one, drawing a walk in his first plate appearance before playing the role of hero in his second. The 30-year-old catcher has 10 RBI in 12 games since joining the defending World Series champions. Yesterday, 3:12 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. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Flowers hits grand slam as Braves rout Reds
    Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of Sunday's 8-1 rout of the Reds.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the game for Flowers, but it was obviously a big one. The 31-year-old catcher boasts a career-best .292/.384/.468 batting line with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 83 total games this season. He holds a team-friendly $4 million club option for 2018 and may be a candidate for a contract extension this winter. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Snell goes seven shutout innings vs. Seattle
    Blake Snell delivered seven shutout innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-0 blanking of the Mariners.

    Advice: It was the best performance of the season for Snell, who struck out eight batters and limited the Mariners to two walks and two hits. He has now earned victories in back-to-back outings, after entering the month of August with a record of 0-6. The talented young left-hander will try to keep it all working in his next start on the road against the Cardinals. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Maeda allows four runs in loss to Tigers
    Kenta Maeda allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Maeda struck out seven batters and didn't issue a walk, but the Tigers rattled off five hits against him -- including two doubles and a Justin Upton two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Maeda is now 11-5 on the season with a 3.88 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 111/27 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He'll face the Brewers at home next. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Trea Turner (wrist) set for rehab assignment
    Trea Turner (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear how many rehab games Turner will need, but he's missed nearly two months of action so he'll need to knock some rust off. Still, a return before the end of the month, or perhaps even before the end of the week, would seem to be doable. Turner still ranks as the No. 4 shortstop in fantasy this season even after all the missed time. Yesterday, 11:55 am
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    60-Day DL
  • Jett Bandy (rib) does some throwing
    Jett Bandy (rib) did some throwing Sunday and will attempt to resume hitting later this week.

    Advice: Working his way back from a fractured rib, Bandy should return sometime next month. He'll only be the third catcher, though. Yesterday, 10:18 am
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Jimmie Sherfy recalled from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jimmie Sherfy from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Sherfy holds a 3.33 ERA and 58/10 K/BB ratio over 46 innings at Reno this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Alec Asher recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Alec Asher from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Asher has posted a 5.53 ERA over 21 appearances -- six starts -- for the Orioles this season. He'll give the bullpen some length. Yesterday, 8:21 am
    Player Note
    Alec Asher Bal - SP,RP
    4:05 pm vs Oak
  • Brantley (ankle) still using walking boot
    Michael Brantley (ankle) has resumed some baseball activities but is still spending most of his time wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

    Advice: Brantley has already missed nearly two weeks with what the Indians called a mildly sprained right ankle, but it doesn't sound like his return is imminent. Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson will continue to share time in left field. Yesterday, 7:41 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Jerad Eickhoff unable to make it through five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Eickhoff was not exactly cruising in this one, but he was more than adequate compared to opposing starter Ty Blach. The Giants burned Eickhoff for a run in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the fourth to account for the damage on his line. He will bring a 4.46 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the Marlins in his next scheduled outing. Saturday, 9:57 pm
  • Keon Broxton hits 20th homer
    Keon Broxton went 2-for-4 with a homer Friday in a losing cause against the Rockies.

    Advice: Both Broxton and Domingo Santana hit their 20th homers of the season for the Brewers tonight. Broxton has six in his last nine games, and he's hitting .292 in 48 at-bats since being recalled from the minors on Aug. 1. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Broxton homers twice as Brewers beat Bucs
    Keon Broxton hit two solo homers Wednesday in the Brewers' 7-6 comeback win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The first solo shot got Milwaukee on the board in the bottom of the third inning and the second tied the game at 5-5. Broxton also homered as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night and the 27-year-old outfielder now has 19 total homers in 107 games this season. He has also racked up 19 stolen bases. Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Nats transfer Trea Turner to 60-day DL
    Nationals transferred SS Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: This is nothing more than a paperwork move to clear a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Alejandro De Aza. Turner took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his right wrist in late June. He won't be ready for activation for at least another couple of weeks. Wednesday, 8:14 am
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    60-Day DL
  • 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
  • Miguel Gonzalez sharp in no-decision
    Miguel Gonzalez allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision on the road Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gonzalez has posted quality starts in five of his past six outings, including each of his past two contests. He only has two victories to show for his efforts, as run support hasn't exactly been a forte of the White Sox for most of the season. He'll look to get back into the win column on the road Sunday in Texas. Wednesday, 12:41 am
  • Keon Broxton homers off bench
    Keon Broxton, held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game, homered as a pinch-hitter Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Brewers played Jonathan Villar in center field tonight because they wanted to stack lefties against Ivan Nova. Broxton has been fine since rejoining the Brewers, hitting .250/.348/.525 in 40 at-bats. He'll continue to play center most days. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Blake Snell decent over six in Toronto
    Blake Snell gave up four runs over six frames in Tuesday’s 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The big blow came when the left-hander served up a three-run shot to Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning. Snell pitched well aside from that unfortunate frame, yielding seven hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts. It’s the first time this season that Snell has gone six-plus innings in consecutive starts. With Alex Cobb (toe) out until at least next week, Snell will get another start Sunday against the Mariners. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Trea Turner (wrist) takes live BP on Tuesday
    Trea Turner took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his right wrist in late June.

    Advice: Turner has already been fielding, throwing, and running, so hitting was his last rehab activity to check off the list. "Feels great," he said after Tuesday's workout. The shortstop should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment before the end of the week and he is on track to return to the Nationals' active roster in late August. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    60-Day DL
  • Jerad Eickhoff yanked after five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Eickhoff didn't embarrass himself, but it would have been nice if he could have gone a little deeper in this one. He walked three and threw 90 pitches before the Phillies opted to bat for him in the top of the sixth. Eickhoff has another favorable matchup coming up against the Giants. Monday, 11:20 pm
  • Maeda pitches into sixth allowing four runs
    Kenta Maeda surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Maeda punched out eight batters while walking just one on the afternoon. Cory Spangenberg proved to be his nemesis in this one, cracking a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run dinger in the sixth. This was the 29-year-old right-hander's first start in which he allowed more than two runs since the beginning of July. He will look to bounce back when he carries a 3.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into a road showdown with the Tigers in his next scheduled outing. Aug 13, 4:11 pm
  • 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
  • Alex Avila swats his second homer in win
    Alex Avila finished 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win at Arizona.

    Advice: Avila is off to a great start taking over as the primary catcher with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the shelf. He is expected to play regularly until Contreras is able to return, likely in September. Avila has swatted two homers over his past three starts. Aug 11, 10:45 pm
  • Angels back off Bud Norris
    Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels will "take a step back" with Bud Norris after he gave up three runs to take a blown save in the eighth inning Thursday.

    Advice: The Angels won last night -- Norris even got the win -- but his performance was the low light from the team and he's now given up 13 runs in his last seven outings, twice taking blown saves. His absence from the saves mix figures to be good news for Cam Bedrosian and Blake Parker, both of whom are worth owning in mixed leagues. Aug 11, 8:20 am
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Snell turns in strong outing in Rays return
    Blake Snell held the Indians to one run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Snell gave up a run in the first inning, surely prompting some Rays fans to say, "Here we go again," but the 24-year-old straightened out to put up zeroes the rest of the way. He walked two and gave up just four hits on the night, using four strikeouts to hold the Tribe down. Unfortunately he didn't get a win for his efforts, but it's still a showing to build on for the talented southpaw. He'll carry some momentum and a 4.69 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays. Aug 10, 9:29 pm
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