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  • Martinez heading home to have thumb examined
    Jose Martinez will head back to St. Louis to have his ailing thumb examined on Saturday.

    Advice: After that exam, we should have more clarity on how much time he stands to miss with the injury, but surely fantasy owners will be without him for the remainder of the weekend. 42 minutes ago
  • Price notches win in relief Friday
    David Price spun 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings and notched the win Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Price replaced Rick Porcello to begin the fifth inning and served as a bridge to get to Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel in the late innings. He gave up three hits and one walk while striking out four. Perhaps most importantly, Price collected his third major league hit and his first since 2010. The southpaw doesn’t have much fantasy value in a relief role, but he could be an interesting weapon for the Red Sox in the postseason. Today, 7:48 pm
  • Evan Longoria goes deep in win on Friday
    Evan Longoria clubbed a solo home run as the Rays bested the Orioles on Friday night.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez increased the Rays' advantage to 5-2 in the third inning. It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the evening. The veteran third baseman is hitting .267/.319/.430 with 19 long balls and 83 RBI in what has been a disappointing season. Today, 7:24 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez gets crushed in loss to Rays
    Ubaldo Jimenez was crushed in Friday's loss to the Rays, surrendering six runs on eight hits over his three innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out three and didn't walk a batter in his abbreviated outing. Once again, it was the long ball that did him in, allowing a grand slam to Wilson Ramos in the second inning and a solo shot to Evan Longoria in the third. He'll bring a cringe-inducing 6.81 ERA and 1.59 WHIP into his season finale against these same Rays in Tampa Bay next Sunday. Today, 7:24 pm
  • Kyle Gibson fans six in victory over Tigers
    Kyle Gibson earned his 12th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to three runs on five hits over his seven frames.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking two. Two of the three runs he gave up came via solo homers, with Nicholas Castellanos in the second inning and Ian Kinsler in the sixth. He'll bring a 5.02 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into his final start of the regular season on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland. Today, 7:06 pm
  • Byron Buxton has three hits in win on Friday
    Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI as the Twins defeated the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Buxton put the Twins ahead with a two-run double in the fourth inning, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He also scored a pair of runs in the contest. With the three-hit night, Buxton is now hitting .256/.319/.426 with 16 homers, 50 RBI and 27 stolen bases. Today, 7:06 pm
  • Hernandez hits solo homer vs. Yankees
    Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Friday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Russell Martin and Ryan Goins also took Masahiro Tanaka deep. Hernandez hit leadoff on Friday and is batting .268/.288/.518 with three homers, five doubles, 10 RBI, and nine runs scored through 19 major league games this season. Acquired as part of the Francisco Liriano deal with the Astros on July 31, the 24-year-old carries some appeal in deeper fantasy formats. Today, 7:04 pm
  • Dodgers activate Brandon McCarthy from DL
    Dodgers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCarthy has been sidelined since late July due to a blister issue on his finger. He's expected to be utilized out of the bullpen over the final week and a half of the season as a potential audition for the postseason roster. Today, 4:30 pm
  • Blue Jays shut down Pearce for rest of 2017
    The Blue Jays announced Friday that they have shut down Steve Pearce (back) for the remainder of the 2017 season.

    Advice: Pearce wasn't going to see much action down the stretch as the Jays want to get a look at some of their young talent, but now it's official. The 34-year-old hit .252/.319/.438 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 92 games this season. Today, 3:56 pm
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
  • Lance McCullers cleared to start on Sunday
    Lance McCullers has officially been cleared to start Sunday against the White Sox.

    Advice: McCullers hasn't started since September 6 due to arm fatigue, but he got through a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. The righty has dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness in the second half, so he really needs to put up a couple nice outings here down the stretch for the Astros to feel good about giving him a start in the ALDS. Collin McHugh will be pushed back to Monday. Today, 2:10 pm
  • GM indicates Harvey will be tendered contract
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Friday that the team plans to tender Matt Harvey a contract this offseason.

    Advice: There had been some speculation that the Mets could non-tender Harvey rather than pay him over $5 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility following an awful 2017 campaign. However, it appears that Harvey will come back for another year and the Mets will hope he can improve as he's further removed from thoracic outlet surgery. Harvey holds a 6.59 ERA over 17 starts this season. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Tim Beckham (tooth) returns to lineup
    Tim Beckham (tooth) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Beckham missed two games after having an abscessed tooth extracted. He's at shortstop and batting leadoff against Alex Cobb and the Rays. Today, 12:15 pm
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    Tim Beckham Bal - 1B,2B,SS
  • Willson Contreras not in Friday's lineup
    Willson Contreras is absent from the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Alex Avila will do the catching. Addison Russell is also on the bench Friday, as Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist will be the Cubs' middle infield duo. Today, 11:44 am
  • Santana propels Brewers offense against Cubs
    Domingo Santana was everywhere for the Brewers on Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, a stolen base and two runs scored in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Santana's 28th homer of the season got the Brewers on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, and he almost single-handedly gave his team the lead in the eighth when he doubled and then stole third base to put himself 90 feet away from scoring. An Eric Thames RBI single that plated Santana gave the Brewers a late lead, but they couldn't hang on, and it was actually Santana who faltered in a big spot in the ninth, striking out with the bases loaded and one out. Failures have been few and far between for the 25-year-old in what's been a breakout year, as he's now hitting .281/.374/.505 with those 28 homers, 80 RBI, 84 runs scored and 14 steals overall. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Davies denied 18th win despite seven strong
    Zach Davies limited the Cubs to two runs over seven innings but didn't earn his 18th win of the season Thursday, settling for a no-decision.

    Advice: Davies left in line for the win, which would have put him alone atop the National League wins leaderboard, but the Cubs rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game and eventually won in extras. Davies will have to settle for pitching a good game, which he did, scattering seven hits and walking two while striking out three. Through 32 starts, the 24-year-old is 17-9 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. He'll have a better shot at earning that 18th win Wednesday when he takes on the Reds. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo goes deep in Rangers victory
    Shin-Soo Choo clubbed his 20th home run of the season on Thursday as the Rangers dispatched of the Mariners.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Emilio Pagan increased the Rangers' lead to 4-0 in the seventh inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. The veteran outfielder has had a nice comeback season, slashing .264/.359/.421 with 20 long balls and 75 RBI. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Keone Kela escapes with save on Thursday
    Keone Kela earned his second save of the season on Thursday despite serving up a solo homer to Robinson Cano.

    Advice: The 24-year-old was tasked with protecting a three-run lead in the ninth inning and made things interesting by allowing the solo shot to Cano, but was able to navigate through the heart of the M's order without further trouble. He sports an impressive 2.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Manuel Margot has two hits as Padres win
    Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Padres topped the Rockies 3-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Margot also swiped his 17th base of the season in the contest. The rookie outfielder is slashing .272/.323/.423 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in what has been an impressive debut campaign. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Pham reaches base four times in win over Reds
    Tommy Pham had a pair of hits and walked twice Thursday, stealing a base and scoring a run in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Pham was right in the middle of the action, reaching base four times and finding ways to contribute with his legs as well. He's now got 22 steals to go with 21 homers on the year, and he's managed to score 90 runs in just 119 games overall. The 29-year-old breakout star is hitting .311/.411/.523 with a handful of games left in the regular season. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Martinez gives up four runs but gets 12th win
    Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, including two home runs, over 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Martinez got some help from his offense in this one, and he needed it, giving up nine hits and a walk of his own. The home runs have been an issue, as he's now given up 27 in 31 starts to date. Even so, Martinez is now 12-11 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 211/67 K/BB ratio over a National League-high 200 2/3 innings of work. A huge matchup with the division-leading Cubs is on deck for the 26-year-old on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
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