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  • Wendle has three hits in victory over Rangers
    Joey Wendle went 3-for-4 with a double in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wendle also walked. One of the hits for the rookie was a double, which gives him 28 in 129 games. Combine this with his four-hit game on Tuesday, and he's gone 7-for-9 in the last two games, helping his overall line improve to .302/.352/.437 with seven homers, 53 RBI and 14 steals in 18 attempts. He's going to receive Rookie Of The Year consideration. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Beltre ties Musial, Stargell on homer list
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: That homer ties Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th on the all-time homer list with 475 over his career, and it's the 13th of his 2018 season. He also doubled, the 21st of the campaign. He's not the same fantasy stalwart he was just a few short seasons ago, but he's still a competent player as seen in his .273/.333/.425 line in 111 games. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Castellanos goes 2-for-4 with RBI in loss
    Nicholas Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the Tigers' loss to the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos doubled in the Tigers' first run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning as they ultimately fell 8-2. This has been a strong 2018 for the 26-year-old outfielder, who's slashing .297/.354/.491 with 21 home runs, 42 doubles, and 82 RBI in 147 games. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Astudillo drives in three, Twins beat Tigers
    Willians Astudillo finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Twins' 8-2 defeat of the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Astudillo drove in a run on a groundout in the Twins' four-run second inning, hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, and capped off his big afternoon with an RBI single in the top of the eighth. The hefty 26-year-old catcher is now batting .317 with an .846 OPS through his first 21 major league games and he should get regular looks behind the plate for what remains of the 2018 regular season, as Mitch Garver (concussion) is doubtful to play another game. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Shaw (knee) back in lineup on Wednesday
    Travis Shaw (knee) is hitting fourth and playing second base for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Shaw left Tuesday's game and was diagnosed with a contusion in his right knee after taking a pitcher to it in the bottom of the second inning. He was examined Wednesday, and obviously there was no structural damage. Today, 1:10 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
  • Franco (shoulder) still out of lineup Thurs.
    Maikel Franco (shoulder) remains out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Franco hasn't appeared in a game since toppling into a camera well last Tuesday, but he hit in the cage on Monday and should be ready to return before the end of this week. Carlos Santana will start at third base and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Mets and right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Rhys Hoskins is at first base and hitting second. Today, 11:01 am
  • Candelario (back) not in Tigers' lineup Wed.
    Jeimer Candelario (back) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Candelario left Tuesday night's game after experiencing a lumbar spine spasm and could be in danger of missing much of what remains of the regular season. Ronny Rodriguez is at third base and batting fifth on Wednesday afternoon. Today, 8:28 am
  • 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
  • Eduardo Nunez (knee) returns to lineup Tues.
    Eduardo Nunez (knee) went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Red Sox lineup Tuesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Nunez hadn't played in five days to discomfort in his right knee. He owns a .262/.286/.386 slash line in 124 games this season in an active utility role. Today, 7:30 am
    New Player Note
    Eduardo Núñez Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Kaleb Cowart clobbers grand slam in Halos win
    Kaleb Cowart went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year -- a go-ahead grand slam -- and a career-high five RBI in the Angels’ win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cowart smashed a go-ahead grand slam off Athletics reliever Lou Trivino in the sixth inning. It was the first grand slam of the year for the Angels and it put them ahead for good in this one. He also added an RBI triple in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old infielder has looked overmatched against big-league pitching, hitting .143/.241/.273 in 87 plate appearances this season. Yesterday, 11:38 pm
  • Javier Baez blasts 33rd homer vs. Arizona
    Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored in the Cubs’ 9-1 blowout win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Baez connected on an 87-mph slider from Diamondbacks starter Matt Andriese, launching a 408-foot blast to right-center field in the first inning. He also singled and came around to score a run in the fifth inning. It was his 49th multi-hit effort in 148 games this year. The 25-year-old middle infielder has evolved into a true five-category fantasy superstar, hitting .295/.329/.571 with 96 runs scored, a career-high 33 homers, 107 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 594 plate appearances. He’s one of only 11 middle infielders to record a 30-homer, 20-steal season in the last two decades. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Eduardo Escobar reaches twice in loss to Cubs
    Eduardo Escobar went 1-for-1 with a walk in the Diamondbacks’ lopsided loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar drew a walk in the first inning and swatted a ground-run double, his 47th of the year, off Cubs starter Mike Montgomery in the third inning. He was removed from the contest with Arizona trailing by eight runs in the sixth inning. The 29-year-old infielder is hitting .268/.333/.492 with 72 runs scored, a career-high 22 homers, 83 RBI and a pair of stolen bases in 597 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:51 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
  • 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
  • Arenado drives in 101st run in loss to LAD
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Arenado drove in his 101st run on the season on a single in the eighth inning to score Garrett Hampson and make the score 8-2 Dodgers. The third baseman has had an up-and-down September, but it's tough to complain too much about a line of .297/.377/.558 with 34 homers and the aforementioned 101 RBI in 143 games. Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Turner has two more hits in win over Rockies
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk in a victory over the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: This is the third-straight multi-hit game for Turner, and the fifth in his last 10 games. On August 3, Turner owned a .257 average and .769 OPS. Those numbers are now .324 and .955. He owns a .365/.469/.615 line in September after slashing .402/.491/.722 in August. All of this to say that there haven't been many better offensive players as of late, and there's no reason to think he's going to slow down. Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Anthony Rendon homers in second straight game
    Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nationals' loss to the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Rendon blasted a two-run homer, his 21st of the year, off Marlins starter Trevor Richards in the third inning and notched his second consecutive three hit-effort. He also singled and scored a run in the second and singled in the sixth. He's been on an absolute tear at the plate, hitting .349 (22-for-63) with three homers and 11 RBI in 16 games this month. The 28-year-old third baseman is hitting .304/.369/.520 with 81 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBI and a pair of stolen bases in 548 plate appearances. Monday, 9:05 pm
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