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  • Brantley sitting out against Angels on Sat.
    Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup against the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Astros can clinch the AL West on Saturday and will try to do it without one of their best hitters. Kyle Tucker will play left field in Brantley's absence. Brantley has a .315 batting average with 21 home runs, 86 RBI and 86 runs scored this year in 143 games. Rotoworld.com 13 minutes ago
  • Freeman and Albies not starting for Braves
    Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies are not in the starting lineup against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Nick Markakis also gets the day off. Fresh off clinching the NL East division on Friday night, the Braves will start resting some of their regulars to keep them in top form for the playoffs. Austin Riley will start at first base while Adeiny Hechavarria plays second base. Johnny Cueto is starting for the Giants and will have an easier job than normal against the Braves. Rotoworld.com 35 minutes ago
  • MRI negative on Gleyber Torres' hamstring
    Gleyber Torres (hamstring) got good results from his MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: The MRI was negative for any structural damage. Torres fell to the ground awkwardly while planting to make a throw in Friday's game against the Blue Jays. He is not playing on Saturday but could potentially return to action before the regular season ends next weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:08 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • Betts starting in the outfield against Rays
    Mookie Betts (foot) is starting in the outfield on Saturday against the Rays for the first time since September 12.

    Advice: Betts has been suffering from discomfort in his left foot. An MRI showed only inflammation. He missed several games due to the injury and returned to action on Friday as the designated hitter. Betts has a .291 batting average with 28 home runs, 78 RBI and 131 runs scored. He's stolen 15 bases this year but he might take it easy on the basepaths this week due to the foot injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:53 am
  • Reds send five players home with illness
    Reds manager David Bell sent Robert Stephenson, Freddy Galvis, Michael Lorenzen, Kevin Gausman and Josh VanMeter home due to illness.

    Advice: They will miss Saturday's game against the Mets. The Reds' bullpen will be particularly short-handed. The illness has been sweeping the Reds' clubhouse in recent days. Joey Votto and Derek Dietrich missed games earlier in the week. The Reds hope quarantining the sick players might prevent the rest of the team from catching the bug. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:44 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Senzel to have shoulder surgery next week
    Nick Senzel will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

    Advice: He suffered the injury while crashing into the center field wall back on August 31. He briefly tried to play through it but was shut down a few days later. Reds manager David Bell said he hopes Senzel is ready for Opening Day 2020. Senzel has been injury-prone since being selected with the second overall pick of the 2016 draft. He reached the majors for the first time this year, slashing .256/.315/.427 with 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 104 games. He was originally a third baseman but was blocked by Eugenio Suarez, so the Reds moved him to second base. After the departure of Billy Hamilton the Reds moved Senzel to center field this year. He has looked good defensively but struggled a bit more than expected at the plate. The 24-year-old is still a good bet to develop into a strong fantasy hitter with good pop and speed in the future. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:18 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Hamels still dealing with shoulder fatigue
    Cubs starter Cole Hamels is still experiencing shoulder fatigue and there is no timetable for his return to action.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon said Hamels is "progressing" but is not yet able to resume throwing. This would seemingly rule Hamels out for the final week of the regular season. He last pitched on Monday against the Reds and lasted just 3 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander is 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 starts this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:58 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Rays reinstate RHP Chirinos from injured list
    Rays reinstated RHP Yonny Chirinos (finger) from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Chirinos has been out since early August with inflammation in his right middle finger. He will pitch out of the bullpen for the final week of the regular season. The 25-year-old is 9-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 starts and six relief appearances. The Rays have 39 players on their active roster. 2019 will be the last season for such large September rosters. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
  • VanMeter scratched from Reds' lineup Saturday
    Josh VanMeter was scratched from the Reds' starting lineup due to an illness on Saturday.

    Advice: He was set to lead off and play left field against Zack Wheeler and the Mets. Phillip Ervin will take his place. The two outfielders normally platoon in left field but Ervin will have to bat against a right-hander today. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
    New Player Note
    Josh VanMeter Cin - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Howard tosses three scoreless in AFL debut
    Phillies prospect starter Spencer Howard pitched three scoreless innings as the Scottsdale Scorpions defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs on Friday in Arizona Fall League action.

    Advice: He allowed a hit to the first batter he faced and that was it. Howard hit 98 miles per hour with his fastball. The Scottsdale ballpark is using the experimental automated ball/strike umpiring system this season. Howard played across three levels of the minors this year, compiling a combined 3-1 record and 2.03 ERA in 15 starts. He missed two months with shoulder woes. He was a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:19 am
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  • Baez remains limited to pinch-running duty
    Javier Baez (thumb) continues to be available only as a pinch-runner on Saturday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Baez has a hairline fracture in his thumb and cannot grip a bat or wear a fielder's glove. His legs are just fine however and the Cub could utilize his base-running expertise in the right situation late in a game. The team continues to hold out hope that Baez could return to the starting lineup in the post-season if the team rallies to clinch a playoff spot over the final week of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:16 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
  • Max Muncy suffered quad injury on Friday
    Max Muncy tweaked his quadriceps in Friday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: He banged a pair of RBI-knocks in the contest before straining a quad in the seventh inning. He stroked a two-run double and injured himself while breaking out of the batters' box. He just returned from a wrist fracture a week ago and seemed ready to roll for the playoffs. The Dodgers believe the quad injury is minor but they won't know until re-evaluating him on Saturday. For the season, Muncy is slashing .248/.368/.510 with 33 home runs and 92 RBI in 135 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 am
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
  • Wong not starting vs Cubs on Saturday
    Kolten Wong (hamstring) remains out of the Cardinals' lineup against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Wong injured his left hamstring on Thursday against the Cubs and sat out on Friday. He underwent an MRI but the team has not disclosed the results, For his part, Wong said he didn't feel that bad. The Cardinals will handle him carefully as they have a playoff spot nearly locked up and would like to have their second baseman back in action for the post-season. Tommy Edman will handle the keystone in Wong's absence. Wong has been semi-useful in fantasy leagues this season, primarily because of his wheels. He has a .285 batting average with 11 home runs, 59 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Bichette not starting vs Yankees on Saturday
    Bo Bichette (concussion) is not in the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Bichette is under concussion protocol after being drilled in the bill of his helmet by a pitch on Thursday. He is considered day-to-day. Richard Urena is starting at shortstop against left-hander James Paxton. Bichette has been fantastic in his rookie season, slashing .311/.358/.571 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI in 46 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:39 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Contreras not starting against Cardinals Sat.
    Willson Contreras is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's tilt against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He will get a day off after starting five days in a row. Victor Caratini will handle the catching duties with Jose Quintana on the mound. Contreras had a down year in 2018 but has rebounded in 2019. He is slashing .275/.359/.541 with 24 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games. He ranks as the sixth-best catcher this year in 5x5 leagues according to Yahoo. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:24 am
  • Lux has two hits, steals base, scores twice
    Gavin Lux went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base on Friday in a rout of the Rockies.

    Advice: Lux picked up his RBI on a single in the seventh inning to score Chris Taylor. The steal is his second since he was promoted to Los Angeles near the beginning of the month, and the 12th if you count the ten he accumulated while in the minors. There was a bit of learning curve when he was first promoted, but it didn't last long. Lux is now hitting .286/.352/.469 with a pair of homers and seven runs driven in over 49 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Arenado launches homer in loss to Dodgers
    Nolan Arenado cranked a solo homer while going 2-for-3 in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Arenado hit one of two homers in the first inning for the Rockies off of Clayton Kershaw, and it gives the superstar third baseman 41 homers on the season. He also singled, and in addition to those homers and 118 RBI, he's slashing .316/.379/.594 on the season. Add in his ridiculous defense, and Arenado remains one of the best players in baseball. You probably already knew that, but it's a nice reminder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Blackmon picks up 30th homer in loss to LAD
    Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-3 and picked up his 30th homer of the season in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: That homer represents a bit of a milestone for Blackmon, as it's the 30th homer of the season for the star outfielder. That's the second time that the outfielder has reached that mark, as he homered 29 times twice in the previous three campaigns. He's also driven in 81 runs, and Blackmon's slash improves to .318/.385/.576. Even if he can't run like he used to (two steals in seven chances), he's still obviously fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Seager homers in blowout win over Rockies
    Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a blowout win over the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Seager hit one of six homers that was hit between the two clubs on Friday; two of those by the Dodgers. It's the 17th roundtripper for the star shortstop, and he now has an even 80 RBI in 128 games. It's also the fourth-straight game that Seager has picked up two hits, and five of his last six appearances have been multi-hit games. That's helped push Seager's OPS up to .800; a very respectable number for a shortstop. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Pollock homers, drives in three in blowout
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer on Friday in a 12-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock broke the game open with a three-run homer in the fourth that gave the Dodgers and 8-4 lead. That's the 15th homer of the season for the former long-time Diamondback, and he's now driven in 46 runs in his first campaign with the Dodgers. Pollock has really come on strong as of late, and it's helped improve his line to .267/.330/.479 in 80 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
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