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  • Kendrys Morales remains out of Jays lineup
    Kendrys Morales is once again out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: With the Jays playing an interleague series in Chicago, they're without the benefit of a designated hitter, which is keeping Morales on the sidelines. He'll be available as a pinch hitter on Saturday. 42 minutes ago
  • Howie Kendrick homers in Nationals' win
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base as the Nationals beat the Padres 7-1 on Friday.

    Advice: Because it's not enough that Kendrick is hitting .345 with a .921 OPS, he's doing more running than ever before, going 10-for-14 stealing bases in just 56 games while healthy. His career high for steals is 14, which he's done four times (in seasons of 158, 140, 147 and 157 games). Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Flores (rib cage) returns to Mets' lineup Fri
    Wilmer Flores (rib cage) went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in his return to action Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He drove in the only run of the game for the Mets. Flores missed back-to-back games during the Subway Series due to soreness in his rib cage, but he made the start at first base on Friday with Dominic Smith on the bench against left-hander Justin Nicolino. He should see playing time all over the Mets' infield down the stretch. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Napoli slugs two-run homer vs White Sox
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run bomb and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: He took starter James Shields deep with a runner aboard to give the Rangers a short-lived lead in the fourth inning. He walked and scored another run later in the contest. Napoli has a putrid .197 batting average but makes up for it somewhat with 25 taters and 54 RBI. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Sano slugs two homers in win over D-Backs
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with two homers, a walk, and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: His second blast traveled 474 feet and landed in the third deck in left-center field. It was his first multi-homer game of the season and the third of his career. Sano has already established new career-highs in home runs (28) and RBI (77) through 110 games this season. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,RF
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Adams swats solo bomb in loss to Reds
    Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the second inning by homering off starter Sal Romano. Adams had a nice run of fantasy value while Freddie Freeman was on the disabled list but his playing time has been diminishing of late. Matt Kemp is expected to be activated from the disabled list soon so Adams will probably function as power off the bench most days. He has a .273 batting average with 17 home runs and 54 RBI. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Jay Bruce homers twice, knocks in five
    Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in the Indians' 10-1 rout of the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was even better for the Reds last year than he was for the Mets this year, but he floundered after the deadline deal that sent him to New York. This time around, he's been outstanding post-trade, going 13-for-32 with three homers, four doubles and 11 RBI in nine games to date. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion hits 28th homer
    Edwin Encarnacion hit his seventh homer of the month and singled Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Six of those homers have come in his last nine games. He's up to 28 homers for the year, and it certainly looks like he'll finish with at least 34 for the sixth straight season. His career high is 42, established in 2012 and matched last season. Yesterday, 9:06 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. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Carpenter cranks three-run bomb vs Pirates
    Matt Carpenter crushed a three-run homer in a win over the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: He circled the bases after depositing a Trevor Williams offering over the wall with two runners aboard in the second inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats, although he did draw a walk as well. Carpenter's batting average has taken a tumble this season -- his current .249 mark would be a career low by a wide margin. He now has 16 home runs, 69 runs and 60 RBI in 499 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:42 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. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Freese homers, drives in two vs Cardinals
    David Freese hit a solo homer and drove in two runs in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The former Cardinals World Series hero drilled a solo bomb off starter Carlos Martinez in the second inning then plated another run with a sacrifice fly as the Pirates' rally fell short in the ninth inning. The veteran third baseman is having a fairly bland fantasy season, sporting a .264 batting average with nine homers and 43 RBI in 384 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Steve Pearce gets two hits, drives in a run
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Pearce got the scoring started when he plated Justin Smoak in the top of the first inning. He added another single in the eighth and scored a run. The 34-year-old has been terrific so far for the Blue Jays in the second half. Yesterday, 3:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,LF,RF
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Logan Morrison sitting out on Friday
    Logan Morrison is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. The Rays have Lucas Duda at first base, Brad Miller in the designated hitter spot and Daniel Robertson at second. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Chris Davis not in Friday's lineup
    Chris Davis is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Welington Castillo is also under the weather. The Orioles have Trey Mancini at first base, Craig Gentry and Anthony Santander in the corner outfield spots and Caleb Joseph at catcher. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAA
  • Adrian Gonzalez returns from disabled list
    Dodgers activated 1B Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gonzalez went 6-for-31 (.194) with one home run over nine rehab games as he shook the rust off following a back injury. The Dodgers seem likely to use Gonzalez mostly as a bat off the bench, although they could give Cody Bellinger some starts in the outfield. Gonzalez will at least get starts this weekend in Detroit for the Dodgers' interleague series. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Kendrys Morales sitting out on Friday
    Kendrys Morales is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He might be limited to pinch-hitting duties this weekend with the Jays at Wrigley field for an interleague series. Given that Morales is in a 3-for-30 funk at the plate, a little break might be good for him. Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gyorko homers among three hits against Bucs
    Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Gyorko took Pirates starter Jameson Taillon deep in the second inning for a solo shot, his 16th dinger of the year. He added a pair of singles for a rare three-hit night, something he's done just twice since June 21. He's having a fine year all around after settling in as the team's starter at the hot corner, batting .273/.342/.464 with his 16 homers, 57 RBI, 46 runs scored and six steals. Thursday, 10:28 pm
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Wil Myers picks up double on two-hit evening
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Myers had one of just three extra-base hits by the Padres in the narrow 2-1 defeat. He has collected four hits in his last five at-bats, with two of those knocks going for extra bases. On a wider scale, the 26-year-old is slashing .242/.328/.467 with 24 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over the course of 116 games played. He is currently four home runs shy of tying the career-best 28 dingers he socked a year ago. Thursday, 10:25 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,RF
    5:40 pm vs Was
  • Belt (concussion) to begin cardio work Friday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will begin light cardio work on Friday.

    Advice: It's Belt's first activity of any kind since going down with a concussion earlier this month. The Giants are going to take things slow with Belt and there's no guarantee he'll be back before the end of the year. Ryder Jones has been filling the void at first base. Thursday, 6:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs Phi
  • Matt Adams homers as pinch-hitter
    Matt Adams hit a two-run homer off the bench Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Even with Matt Kemp out, Adams hasn't started a game in five days, and now the Braves are expected to activate Kemp on Friday. As a result, pinch-hitting seems like all Adams is going to do for the foreseeable future. The homer today was his first since July 23. He's hitting .211 with three homers in 71 at-bats since the All-Star break. Thursday, 3:48 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Chase Headley absent versus Mets Thursday
    Chase Headley is not in the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Mets.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off for Headley, who has hit an impressive .333 since the All-Star break. Tyler Austin will handle first base and bat seventh Thursday against Mets left-hander Steven Matz. Thursday, 1:49 pm
  • Yanks place Cooper (hamstring) on 10-day DL
    Yankees placed 1B Garrett Cooper on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tendinitis.

    Advice: The Yankees called up Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the corresponding move. Cooper has impressed this year, hitting .326 in 13 games for the Bombers while platooning with Chase Headley at first base. It's unclear how long he might be out. Thursday, 1:30 pm
  • Wilmer Flores (rib cage) remains out Thurs.
    Wilmer Flores (rib cage) remains out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores was a late scratch Wednesday due to soreness on the left side of his rib cage and is apparently still experiencing some discomfort. Matt Reynolds has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and will start at third base and bat eighth Thursday night against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino. Thursday, 12:16 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Miggy goes 2-for-2 and walks twice Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 and worked a pair of walks in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He singled and doubled in the contest before being replaced by a pinch-hitter when the game was out of reach. Miggy has not been fully healthy at any point this season and it shows in his diminished stats. The perennial MVP candidate has no chance at any awards this year. He has a .255/.343/.408 slash line with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 432 plate appearances. Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Headley goes 2-for-2 with a run and RBI
    Chase Headley went 2-for-2, drove in a run and scored a run in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He helped the Yankees score a run without benefit of a hit in the second inning. He walked, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by Garrett Cooper. Headley came to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth and lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in a run. He also doubled and singled in the game but neither of those factored into the scoring. The veteran third baseman is having another mediocre season, slashing .274/.354/.403 with seven homers and 46 RBI in 111 games. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Pearce goes 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4, scored twice and smacked a solo home run in a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took starter Jacob Faria over the well in right field in the fourth inning for his 12th homer of the year. Pearce was awful for the first few injury-plagued months of the season but has gotten things turned around nicely in recent weeks. The veteran multi-position player is up to .269/.342/.475 with 35 RBI in 73 games. He should be a strong fantasy hitter down the stretch. Wednesday, 7:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,LF,RF
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Wil Myers steals home in win over Phillies
    Wil Myers racked up three steals Wednesday in the Padres’ win over the Phillies.

    Advice: He reached base four times for the Friars, collecting a single, a double and two walks. Myers accomplished an incredibly rare feat in the fourth inning when he singled, stole second, stole third and later came home on a double steal. Myers hasn’t hit for a high average this year (.240) but his speed/power combo still makes him a valuable fantasy contributor. Wednesday, 6:04 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,RF
    5:40 pm vs Was
  • Wilmer Flores scratched with sore rib cage
    Wilmer Flores (rib cage) was scratched from the Mets' lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Flores had been slated to start at third base but was scratched due to soreness in his left rib cage. With Jose Reyes (rib cage) also banged up, the Mets will turn to Travis d'Arnaud at the hot corner. It will be d'Arnaud's first big league appearance at third base. Wednesday, 3:02 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Matt Adams sitting against Colorado
    Matt Adams is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Adams is a novice outfielder and the Braves feel the dimensions at Coors Field might be tricky for him. He'll be limited to pinch-hitting until the Braves return home on Friday, at which point Matt Kemp is expected to return from a hamstring injury. Wednesday, 1:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • 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
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Gyorko (knee) goes 1-for-3 in return for STL
    Jedd Gyorko (knee) finished 1-for-3 in the Cardinals' loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first start since last Friday. Gyorko, who's been working through some right knee discomfort, owns a weak .182/.267/.273 batting line in 26 games since the All-Star break. He batted .300/.364/.519 in the first half of the season. Wednesday, 5:46 am
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Mike Napoli hits 24th homer as Rangers win
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Tigers 10-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli has been dreadful, but for better or worse, the Rangers don't believe they have any better options than to play him. The homer tonight was his 24th, but that's come with a .198 average and a 132/34 K/BB ratio in 347 at-bats. He's at 51 RBI, putting him on pace for 70 for the season. That shouldn't cut it for a first baseman with a sub-.300 OBP. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Howie Kendrick slugs two solo homers Tuesday
    Howie Kendrick smashed a pair of solo home runs Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kendrick took Tyler Skaggs deep in the third inning and again in the fifth. This is after he won the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants with a walk-off grand slam. Kendrick has been a phenomenal pick-up by the Nationals so far, as he's now batting .386 with four longballs over 14 games with his new team. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Adrian Gonzalez (back) on track for weekend
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Adrian Gonzalez (back) will be activated sometime this weekend.

    Advice: Gonzalez, out since June 12 with a herniated disc, is batting just .182/.154/.318 through seven games on his current minor league rehab assignment. The 35-year-old first baseman figures to serve as a bench player for Los Angeles down the stretch and into the postseason. Tuesday, 4:25 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (back) returns to DET lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (back) is starting at first base and batting cleanup Tuesday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cabrera sat out Sunday and Monday after experiencing stiffness in his lower back during Saturday's game against the Twins. The veteran slugger has a disappointing .253/.337/.406 batting line with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 101 games this season for Detroit.Daily Slant: Cabrera returns to the Tigers lineup at a good time, as they'll get to face off with A.J. Griffin in Arlington this evening. Griffin is an extreme fly-ball pitcher to both right and left-handed bats, as he owns a GB% below 28% against each side of the plate, and when you couple that with the amount of hard contact he's allowing, Detroit sets up as a top stack. It also doesn't hurt that temperatures will be in the mid-90s when this game kicks off. Tuesday, 1:40 pm
  • EE belts pair of two-run homers vs. Red Sox
    Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers Monday in the Indians' 7-3 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: The first two-run shot gave Cleveland a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning, and the second provided a nice bit of insurance for the AL Central-leading Indians in the top of the sixth. Encarnacion is rocking an .856 OPS with 26 home runs and 70 RBI through 114 games in the first year of his three-year, $60 million free agent deal with the Tribe. Monday, 6:38 pm
  • Matt Adams won't start in Colorado
    Matt Adams will not start any of the Braves' four games in left field in Colorado this week.

    Advice: The club thinks the outfield in Colorado is just too big for Adams to handle. It's a bummer for Adams' fantasy owners, as they probably figured they could count on a Coors Field boost this week. Danny Santana is in left field Monday and Lane Adams could draw a start there Tuesday. Monday, 3:30 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Belt (concussion) still resting at home
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is still resting at home.

    Advice: Belt was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list earlier this month after being hit in the head by a pitch. The Giants aren't going to take any chances given his lengthy history with concussions. His return obviously isn't imminent. Monday, 2:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs Phi
  • Miguel Cabrera (back) out again on Monday
    Miguel Cabrera (back) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Cabrera had been set to return following a one-game absence with a lower back issue, but his back stiffened up on him again Monday morning. He was not given an MRI and remains day-to-day. John Hicks is at first base again Monday. Daily Slant: Hicks is dirt cheap across the DFS industry, and given that he's hitting fifth against an average (at best) southpaw in a positive run environment, he's well worth considering as a punt play. Over 38 PAs against left-handed pitching this season, Hicks has racked up a .371 ISO and 48.0 hard%. Martin Perez tends to do a decent job at preventing HRs, but he's allowing a 37.8 hard% to RHBs with a 1.47 HR/9 rate. Monday, 2:33 pm
  • Howie Kendrick blasts walk-off grand slam
    Howie Kendrick blasted a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning on Sunday, propelling the Nationals to a 6-2 victory over the Giants in the second game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy led off the 11th inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by Ryan Zimmerman. Anthony Rendon was then walked intentionally to load the bases, setting the stage for Kendrick's dramatics. After fouling off a two-strike offering from Albert Suarez, he crushed a no-doubter to left center field. Kendrick finished the night 2-for-4 plus a walk and is now slashing .348/.399/.486 with four homers and 25 RBI. Sunday, 7:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano hits 26th homer in win
    Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer off Matt Boyd in the Twins' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sano has been striking out a ton of late, but he's still hit in seven straight games and his batting average seems to have leveled off right around .270. That might be disappointing, considering that he spent a good chunk of time at .300 earlier in the year, but .270 was always the far more realistic number for him. He currently has 26 homers and 74 RBI. Sunday, 3:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,RF
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Miguel Cabrera (back, hip) out of lineup Sun.
    Miguel Cabrera (back, hip) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup Sunday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Cabrera left Saturday's game after experiencing stiffness in his lower back and hip. It's a new issue and could cause him to miss several games. John Hicks will start at first base and hit fifth Sunday against Minnesota right-hander Ervin Santana. Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Morales (illness) returns to Blue Jays lineup
    Kendrys Morales (illness) is back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Morales will DH and bat cleanup versus Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl after missing a handful of games with an illness. The veteran slugger has 21 home runs and 60 RBI in 107 games this season. Sunday, 7:32 am
  • Morales (illness) appears as pinch-hitter
    Kendrys Morales (illness) pinch-hit and drove in a run on a fielder's choice grounder Saturday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Morales was held out of the starting lineup for the third straight game due to an illness, but he's clearly feeling a little better. The veteran slugger should be ready to play a full nine innings on Sunday. Sunday, 6:06 am
  • Miguel Cabrera dealing with lower back issue
    Miguel Cabrera left Saturday's game against the Twins due to lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called it a "day-to-day" situation but noted that "Miggy doesn’t take himself out of the game unless it’s serious." The veteran slugger is likely to sit out Sunday's series finale against the Twins and he may need a stint on the 10-day disabled list if this issue lingers. Sunday, 5:42 am
  • Wil Myers finds the seats at Dodger Stadium
    Wil Myers finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-3 loss on the road against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Myers picks up homers in bunches, and his recent performance has been no exception. He has managed three homers with four RBI over the past three outings. His average has tailed off quite a bit but he has already equaled his home run total from the month of July. Sunday, 1:17 am
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,RF
    5:40 pm vs Was
  • Chris Davis drives in a pair of runs
    Chris Davis posted a pair of singles, a walk and two RBI across four at-bats in Saturday's win in Oakland.

    Advice: Davis has had a difficult season from an average perspective, managing a dismal .214 average through 309 at-bats. While he has posted 18 homers and 43 RBI to help somewhat in the power categories, his subpar average and 131 strikeouts do not do many fantasy owners any favors. Saturday, 11:28 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAA
  • Napoli launches 23rd homer in win over Astros
    Mike Napoli hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Napoli has oscillated between decent and not-so-decent months at the dish this year, hitting just three homers in April and June while socking eight apiece in May and July. It stands to reason that August might be another slow month, and the fact that his first homer of the month came on August 12 lends credence to the idea. Of course, for those who don't believe in things like "good months" or superstitions, disregard all that and focus on this: overall, the 35-year-old is hitting a disappointing .199/.284/.440 on the year. Saturday, 10:52 pm
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • 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. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Bruce goes 2-for-4 with two RBI vs Rays
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead his new club over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: Bruce also went 2-for-4 in his first start with the Indians yesterday. Today he smacked an RBI double in the 1st inning and added a run-scoring single in the sixth. The veteran outfielder has a .260/.324/.520 triple slash with 29 home runs and 77 RBI. Saturday, 6:28 pm
  • Chase Headley homers in loss to Boston
    Chase Headley paced the Yankees with two hits including his seventh homer Saturday in a 10-5 loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Headley singled in the fourth, reached on a throwing error by Drew Pomeranz in the sixth and belted a solo homer off Red Sox lefty Robby Scott to begin the ninth inning. Now mired in a first-base platoon with rookie Garrett Cooper, Headley doesn’t offer much in mixed leagues. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Gonzalez (back) nearing return from DL
    The Dodgers are expected to activate Adrian Gonzalez (back) from the disabled list during their upcoming road trip.

    Advice: He should be back next weekend when the Dodgers begin their seven-game road trip with stops in Detroit and Pittsburgh. So far A-Gon has hit .308 (4-for-13) with a homer and six RBI on his minor league rehab with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Manager Dave Roberts expects Gonzalez to play against right-handers upon his return but will likely sit versus lefties. Cody Bellinger will shift to left field on days when Gonzalez starts. Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Cardinals make Jedd Gyorko a late scratch
    Jedd Gyorko (knee) was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Gyorko had been slated to start at third base and bat sixth but now Greg Garcia will occupy the hot corner for St. Louis. Apparently he's dealing with a case of right knee irritation. Gyorko got off to a booming start this year but has struggled to a dismal .176 average since the All-Star break. Consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 3:01 pm
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Kendrys Morales remains out of Jays lineup
    Kendrys Morales (illness) remains out of the Blue Jays' starting line up on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be the third consecutive game that Morales has missed. He said Saturday that he's finally feeling better, but the club opted to give him an extra day of rest to be on the safe side. Saturday, 9:05 am
  • Kendrys Morales feeling better Saturday
    Kendrys Morales indicated Saturday that he is feeling much better.

    Advice: Morales was scratched from the Jays' lineup on Thursday and sat out Friday's game due to an illness that is going around the team's clubhouse. Look for him to return to the lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 7:09 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
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Matt Adams hits RBI single in loss to Cards
    Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Adams came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning, the only hit he would collect in the contest. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .275/.318/.511 with 16 homers and 51 RBI in 96 games. He has been scuffling of late, managing just six hits in his last 31 at-bats. Friday, 8:32 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Encarnacion cracks solo bomb vs Rays
    Edwin Encarnacion kicked off the Indians' five-run fifth inning by swatting a solo home run in Friday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: He went yard off rookie starter Jacob Faria. It was his 23rd longball of the campaign. The veteran designated hitter has a .248 batting average and 65 RBI in 111 games. He is unlikely to match the 42 home runs and 127 RBI he tallied a year ago. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Bruce goes 2-for-4 in first start as Indian
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 and scored a run in his first start since joining the Indians.

    Advice: He made a pinch-hitting appearance on Thursday and made his first start in right field tonight. He singled twice in the game and scored a run on a Bradley Zimmer sacrifice fly in the Tribe's big fifth inning. Bruce is batting .258/.322/.518 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI. He should provide a nice boost to his new team's fortunes as they battle for a playoff spot. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Morrison has three hits, RBI against Indians
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: LoMo picked up three singles in the contest, getting the Rays on the board with one fifth inning. He's been power deficient recently -- of his eight hits in his last seven games, only one, a double, has gone for extra bases -- but his 28 homers still rank among the league leaders. The 29-year-old is batting .251/.361/.527 in 109 games overall. Thursday, 9:56 pm
  • Flores homers among three hits vs. Phillies
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's lopsided win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Flores put the Phils on notice that it was going to be a long night when he hit a three-run shot off starter Vincent Velasquez. He also singled and doubled in the victory. The game was the second in a row in which the 26-year-old has homered, giving him 14 on the year. His career high in dingers in 16, set in 2015 and matched in 2016. This year is shaping up to be his finest offensive year yet, with the infielder hitting .287/.319/.509 in 89 games. Thursday, 8:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Chris Davis sitting Thursday versus Athletics
    Chris Davis is not in the Orioles' lineup Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Davis is getting a routine day off and probably needs one after getting off to a 4-for-33 start in August (.121 AVG). Trey Mancini will fill in at first base and bat fifth Thursday versus A's right-hander Chris Smith. Thursday, 4:57 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAA
  • Kendrys Morales scratched with illness
    Kendrys Morales (illness) was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Morales was originally slated to DH but came down with an illness shortly before first pitch. With Morales under the weather, Ezequiel Carrera will move into the lineup at right field with Jose Bautista getting the nod at DH. Consider Morales day-to-day. Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • Howie Kendrick getting the night off Thursday
    Howie Kendrick is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kendrick missed a game earlier this week with a sore back, so this could be related to that. He's expected to be available off the bench. Adam Lind will man left field in his absence. Thursday, 2:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Josh Bell hits 20th homer in Pirates' win
    Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to help lead the Pirates to a 7-5 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Bell is up to 20 homers, which is three more than he had in any of his previous four full professional seasons. He had a terrible spring that carried over into the early weeks of the season, but the Pirates stayed with him and he's been not just productive these last 3 1/2 months, but quite consistent as well. He's at .255/.330/.482 in 392 at-bats for the year. Thursday, 1:46 pm
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Jay Bruce not starting for Indians Thursday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Indians' lineup Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Bruce was expected to arrive in Tampa at 4 PM ET on Thursday, but he must be running late as he's not listed on the lineup card. Look for him to make his Indians debut on Friday. Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Chase Headley absent versus Toronto
    Chase Headley is not in the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Garrett Cooper will spell Headley at first base and bat eighth Thursday against Jays hurler Marco Estrada. Thursday, 1:11 pm
  • Gyorko out of Cardinals' lineup Thursday
    Jedd Gyorko is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Greg Garcia will play third base and bat eighth versus Kansas City right-hander Jason Hammel. Gyorko had a big first half, but he's slashing .188/.272/.288 in 92 plate appearances since the All-Star break. Thursday, 12:57 pm
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    1:05 pm @Pit
  • Cooper goes 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run
    Garrett Cooper went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runs with a single in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. Cooper is filling in at first base while Matt Holliday recovers from a back injury. He has a .364 batting average with no home runs and five RBI in 10 games. The 26-year-old was acquired from the Brewers in mid-July. He had a .366 batting average with 17 homers and 82 RBI in just 75 games with the Brewers' Triple-A squad before the trade. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Myers cracks two-run bomb vs Reds Wed.
    Wil Myers belted a two-run dinger in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Myers and Manuel Margot both hit homers off starter Asher Wojciechowski in the sixth inning. The 26-year-old Myers is on pace to set a new career high in home runs but his batting average is trending in the wrong direction. He has a .238/.320/.456 slash line with 22 home runs and 55 RBI in 108 games. The slugger's 11 stolen bases add some extra fantasy value. Wednesday, 8:52 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,RF
    5:40 pm vs Was
  • Eric Thames goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Eric Thames went 0-for-4 on Wednesday after being held out of Tuesday's lineup.

    Advice: Thames had a nice .284/.361/.500 line in July, but he's in a 2-for-25 slump at the moment and the Brewers seem a little frustrated with him. He'll likely do more sitting against left-handers unless he can get on a real hot streak. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Bell doubles twice in loss to Tigers Wed.
    Josh Bell rapped two doubles and drew a walk in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the only Pirate in the starting lineup to get a hit in the game. Pinch-hitter Chris Stewart added one single. The 24-year-old has held his own in his first full year in the majors. He has a .253 batting average with 19 home runs and 59 RBI. Wednesday, 8:18 pm
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Zimmerman homers twice, drives in five runs
    Ryan Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in a 10-1 thumping of the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He cracked a solo shot in the second inning, doubled home a run in the third, laced an RBI single in the fifth and smoked a two-run bomb in the seventh. After limping along with a .218/.272/.370 line with 15 homers last year, he is bashing to the tune of .310/.356/.585 with 26 home runs and 81 RBI in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-4 with three RBI on Wed.
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs during Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: He plated Ryan Zimmerman with a double in the fifth inning, then singled to drive in two more runs in the sixth. Kendrick has a sparkling .349 batting average but only three homers and 21 RBI on the season. He has stolen nine bases in 13 attempts. The 34-year-old has played in only 49 games with the Phillies and Nationals this year because of multiple lengthy stints on the disabled list. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Indians fortify outfield with trade for Bruce
    Indians acquired OF Jay Bruce from the Mets for RHP Ryder Ryan.

    Advice: The Indians will be taking on the remainder of Bruce's salary this season, around $5 million. The outfielder passed through revocable waivers on Friday, which allowed the Mets to move him without encumbrance. Indians team president Chris Antonneti said that Michael Brantley's recent ankle injury was part of the impetus to get this deal done. In 102 games this season, Bruce is hitting .258/.324/.524 with 29 homers and 75 RBI. The entire Indians outfield has hit just 37 home runs to date. He will be a free agent this winter. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Reports: Indians acquire Jay Bruce from Mets
    Multiple outlets are reporting that the Indians have acquired Jay Bruce from the Mets.

    Advice: This is not an official deal as of yet, but looks like it has been agreed to. Bruce was placed on revocable waivers last week and passed through unclaimed, allowing him to be traded freely. The Tribe are reportedly willing to take on the remainder of the impending free agent's $13 million salary. No word as of yet as to what will be coming back to the Mets in this deal. Bruce owns a .258/.324/.524 triple-slash with 29 homers and 75 RBI in 102 games this season. Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Brandon Belt (concussion) feeling better
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is feeling better and will have a medical checkup on Friday.

    Advice: At this juncture, the Giants have no plans to send Belt to a concussion specialist -- a good sign in the early going. The first baseman was hit in the helmet by a pitch against the Diamondbacks on Friday and is currently resting up on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs Phi
  • Steve Pearce has knee drained on Wednesday
    Steve Pearce had his knee drained on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pearce continues to deal with a knee strain which first began to bother him near the end of June. He will fight through it in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, where he will serve as designated hitter. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,LF,RF
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Howie Kendrick (back) returns to lineup
    Howie Kendrick (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Kendrick sat out Tuesday after exiting Monday's game with a sore back, but he's fine. He's hitting .333/.355/.500 in nine games since joining the Nats. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,LF
    5:40 pm @SD
  • Wilmer Flores jacks solo shot Wednesday
    Wilmer Flores swatted a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: It was initially ruled a double but was rightfully switched to a home run after the umpiring crew huddled. Flores' blast was the only run the Mets were able to tally in this one against Martin Perez and the Rangers' bullpen. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
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