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  • Belt having MRI on knee, season possibly over
    Brandon Belt is heading back to San Francisco to undergo and MRI on his knee, and could have surgery soon according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

    Advice: Belt has missed the last four games -- and isn't playing Wednesday against the Padres -- because of soreness in his right knee. An initial MRI showed no damage, but it's obviously possible that the first baseman has aggravated something while trying to get back onto the field. It would be an upset if Belt played another game in 2018, even if the MRI comes back negative. Today, 4:21 pm
  • Davis currently dealing with stiff neck
    Chris Davis is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays with a stiff neck.

    Advice: Davis will sit, and Trey Mancini will play first against the Blue Jays. We should have an update on the severity of the injury after the game, but for now the first baseman should be considered day-to-day. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Romine unavailable Tuesday with neck injury
    Austin Romine was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a neck injury.

    Advice: Romine reportedly woke up with a stiff neck, so he was unavailable in the win over the Red Sox on Tuesday. He's reportedly available off the bench on Wednesday, but the Yankees won't use him unless there's an emergency. He's hitting .248/.302/.430 with 10 homers in 74 games with the Yankees in 2018. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Bauers doubles twice in win over Rangers
    Jake Bauers went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI on Wednesday in a win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Both RBI came in the second inning on a double that scored C.J. Cron and Joey Wendle off of Yohander Mendez. Bauers has struggled to hit for average (.201), but his on-base percentage of .317 shows that he's been more than willing to get on via walk, and there's some pop in the left-hander's bat as well. There's still plenty of reason for optimism long-term in the 22-year-old's game. Today, 2:22 pm
  • Goldschmidt to sit on Wednesday against Cubs
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: Goldschmidt gets a day off, and Christian Walker gets the start at first base. It's been another outstanding season for Goldschmidt, and the overall numbers (.298/.399/.551) are even more impressive when you consider he got off to an atrocious start to the season. Today, 1:52 pm
  • Braun out of lineup with back injury
    Ryan Braun is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Reds due to back pain.

    Advice: This makes three straight missed games for Braun, and the reason given is that the outfielder's back has "flared up" again. Braun has battled injuries all year, and the 34-year-old has struggled to a .247 average and .738 OPS with 15 homers over 115 games in 2018. Today, 1:42 pm
  • Jose Abreu (thigh) released from hospital
    Jose Abreu has been released from a Cleveland hospital after suffering an infection in his right thigh.

    Advice: Abreu was hospitalized on Monday because of an infection that stemmed from an ingrown hair. The first baseman will not be able to play for the rest of the series against the Indians, but there's no word yet whether he will or will not be able to play in their series with the Cubs which starts on Friday. Today, 1:31 pm
  • Freeman goes 3-for-3 with homer, three RBI
    Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in the Braves' 7-3 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Freeman opened the afternoon's scoring with a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty in the bottom of the fourth inning and then added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. The star first baseman now has 13 three-hit performances this season, and he's notched at least two hits in seven of his last 11 games. His batting line for the year is up to .311/.390/.509. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Wilmer Flores having both knees checked
    Wilmer Flores is headed back to New York to have both of his knees checked.

    Advice: Any injury at this point in the year could obviously be a season-ender. There should be more information on Flores' status by Thursday or Friday. The 27-year-old infielder has hit just .182/.229/.205 over his last 48 plate appearances dating back to August 25. Today, 12:12 pm
  • Encarnacion (ankle) back in lineup on Wed.
    Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is back in the Indians' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion missed a few games with a mild right ankle sprain. It was never a serious concern. The veteran slugger is starting at DH and batting cleanup Wednesday versus the White Sox and right-hander Dylan Covey. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Sano not in Twins' lineup on Wednesday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Tuesday in his first game since injuring his left knee back on September 4. Ehire Adrianza is at third base and batting seventh Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers. Joe Mauer will also take a breather for this one, with Tyler Austin getting the nod at first base. Today, 8:25 am
  • Matt Carpenter gets the day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is sitting out Wednesday's series finale against the Braves.

    Advice: Carpenter, still considered a legitimate National League MVP candidate, is 4-for-33 with 13 strikeouts and one extra-base hit since September 9. He'll grab a day of physical and mental rest, with Kolten Wong at leadoff and Matt Adams playing first base versus the Braves and right-hander Touki Toussaint. Today, 7:53 am
  • Chris Shaw delivers go-ahead two-run single
    Chris Shaw went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the Giants' win over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shaw delivered a go-ahead two-run single off Padres reliever Craig Stammen in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old outfielder lifted an opposite-field flare down the left-field line, which dropped in just beyond the reach of Hunter Renfroe. The Giants were able to take the lead on the play thanks to some heads-up base running from veteran Brandon Crawford, who read it beautifully and sailed home from second base to score the go-ahead run. After a brutal start to his big-league career, Shaw has now recorded a hit in three consecutive games. Today, 12:16 am
  • Mark Canha crushes three-run double in loss
    Mark Canha went 1-for-1 with a three-run double and a walk in the Athletics’ loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Canha drilled a go-ahead, three-run double off the wall in left field against righty reliever Cam Bedrosian in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old lefty-masher has been reduced to a strictly platoon specialist role given the Athletics tremendous outfield depth and got the call against Angels southpaw starter Tyler Skaggs in this one. He’s made the most of his limited opportunities, slugging 16 homers in 390 plate appearances this year. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Ian Desmond steals 20th base vs. Dodgers
    Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his 20th of the year, in the Rockies' loss to the Dodgers in extra-innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Desmond recorded the Rockies first hit of the contest against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, a one-out single in the fourth inning, and stole second base later in the frame. It's the sixth time in his career that he's eclipsed the 20-steal plateau in a single season. He last accomplished the feat with the Rangers in 2016. The 32-year-old veteran is one of only seven hitters with at least 20-homers and 20-steals this season. He's hitting a pedestrian .234/.300/.421 with 76 runs scored, 20 homers, 79 RBI and 20 steals in 571 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Murphy reaches three times, homers in win
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and three runs scored in the Cubs’ lopsided win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Murphy blasted a two-run homer, his 11th of the year, off Diamondbacks starter Matt Andriese in the second inning. He also led off the contest with a single and scored a run in the first inning, walked and came around to score in the fifth and struck out in the sixth before being lifted for a defensive replacement with the Cubs leading by eight runs. The 33-year-old veteran second baseman recorded his eighth multi-hit effort in 23 games since being traded to Chicago on August 21. He’s hitting .264 (24-for-91) with 14 runs scored, five homers, nine RBI and one steal during that span. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez homers in Astros' win
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: The homer was his 16th of the year. Half of those were hit in a 25-day span in August. This was his second in 17 games since that surge ended. His numbers are holding steady, which is enough to keep him in the Astros' lineup as the starting left fielder. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Peter O'Brien homers, reaches four times
    Peter O'Brien went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks versus the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: The homer was his third in 30 at-bats since his callup. O'Brien is having a great little run right now, but it'll almost surely work out badly for the Marlins if he convinces the team he's someone who can be counted on in 2019. Even in the minors, he's had just one good season (much of it spent back in Double-A) in the last three. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Yanks come back to beat Sox on Walker HR
    Neil Walker slugged a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning of the Yankees' comeback victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nathan Eovaldi held the Bombers in check for six innings, but Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier coughed up the lead an inning later, with the latter serving up the longball to Walker. It was a no-doubter that reached the second deck in right field at Yankee Stadium. The home run was the first this month for Walker, who was making just his second start in over a week. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Neil Walker NYY - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Gallo (toe) remains out of lineup on Tuesday
    Joey Gallo (toe) remains out of the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Gallo was scratched from the lineup on Monday due to a bruised right toe, and he's apparently still dealing with some discomfort. The 24-year-old slugger is sitting on 37 home runs and 87 RBI through 138 games. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
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