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  • Daniel Robertson recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled INF Daniel Robertson from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Robertson has hit .211/.302/.340 over 66 games in a utility role this season. He doesn't figure to play much down the stretch. 25 minutes ago
  • 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
  • Mauer keeps hitting, Twins hang 12 on Tigers
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored to help the Twins beat up on the Tigers 12-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mauer bopped a two-run double in the sixth inning to extend the Twins' lead, one of the team's 14 hits on the night. It's no surprise that Mauer had three of them, as he's been lighting the world on fire this month. Coming into Thursday's game, the 34-year-old was hitting .375/.418/.514 in September, and after it he's batting .311/.388/.427 overall. In a year with some really terrific reclamation projects, none are better to see than Mauer's. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Grossman steals base, scores twice in win
    Robbie Grossman went 1-for-3 with an RBI sac fly, a stolen base and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: The stolen base was just the third of the year for Grossman. The 28-year-old has been finding his way into the lineup with some frequency this year, and he's responded by hitting .246/.366/.385 with nine homers in 112 games. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Mejia (biceps) limits Tigers to one run
    Adalberto Mejia (biceps) held the Tigers to one run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Mejia scattered four hits and a walk while striking out five, and if it weren't for him still working to rebuild endurance he may have finally gotten his first win of the second half. As it is, the 24-year-old will just have to settle for a team win and a moral victory. Through 20 starts, Mejia holds a 4.48 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, and he'll keep searching for that first second-half win Wednesday against the Indians. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Zimmermann (neck) goes four innings Thursday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) allowed three runs on five hits over four innings in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Zimmermann got through the Twins' order the first time without issue, but they got to him for three runs in his fourth and final frame of the evening. Only one of the hits, and Eduardo Escobar double, was for extra bases, so it's not as though he got shelled out there. Still, the loss moved his record to 8-13 with a 6.19 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 28 starts overall. Mercifully, a start against the Royals on Wednesday should be the last in 2017 for the 31-year-old. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Fowler, Cards notch 14 hits in win over Reds
    Dexter Fowler finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Cardinals outlasted the Reds 8-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Fowler had three of the Cardinals' 14 hits on the night, the fourth time in his last five games he's collected multiple hits. He's also driven in multiple runs in each of his last four contests. The hot stretch has the Cardinals' middle-of-the-order hitter batting .270/.367/.504 with 18 homers, 61 RBI, 67 runs scored and six steals in 111 games this year. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Cole Hamels dominates in win over Mariners
    Cole Hamels was dominant in Thursday's victory over the Mariners, allowing just one run on three hits over eight strong innings.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander struck out eight on the night while issuing two free passes. The only mistake that he made was a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning. Now 11-4 on the season, he'll bring a 3.80 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup against the Astros. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • James Paxton struggles in loss to Rangers
    James Paxton struggled in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The left-hander struck out four on the night, needing 73 pitches to get 11 outs. All of the damage done against him came in the first inning on a two-run double by Carlos Gomez. Paxton will carry a 3.03 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season on Tuesday against the Athletics in Oakland. Yesterday, 10:05 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
  • Nelson Cruz crushes 35th home run in loss
    Nelson Cruz crushed his 35th home run of the season on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Mariners past the Rangers.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Cole Hamels got the M's on the board in the seventh inning and would account for their only offense in the ballgame. Cruz finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .286/.375/.539 with 35 bombs and 112 RBI on the year. 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
  • Villanueva goes deep again as Padres roll
    Christian Villanueva homered for the second consecutive game, powering the Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night.

    Advice: Villanueva got the Padres on the board with a solo blast in the fifth inning. He also chipped in a run-scoring single the following frame, finishing the night 2-for-3. The rookie third baseman is hitting .364/.364/.909 through his first 11 plate appearances at the big league level. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Clayton Richard outstanding in win Thursday
    Clayton Richard was outstanding in Thursday's victory over the Rockies, racking up eight strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw scattered seven hits and a walk in the contest. He immediately rewarded the Padres for their faith in him after inking a two-year contract extension on Tuesday. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP when he wraps up his season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Mark Reynolds has two hits in losing effort
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 as the Rockies were shut out by the Padres on Thursday night in San Diego.

    Advice: As a team, the Rockies totaled just seven hits (all singles), with Reynolds and Nolan Arenado each accounting for two. The veteran first baseman has had a resurgent year for the Rockies, slashing .268/.352/.489 with 29 homers and 93 RBI. 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
  • Ervin hits two-run homer in loss to Cardinals
    Phillip Ervin hit a two-run home run, his third of the year, in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ervin lined a Carlos Martinez offering over the left field wall in the fourth inning, his third homer in 22 major league games thus far. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The 25-year-old has shown some things in his September audition, batting .295/.367/.545 with three homers and three steals. The 2013 first-rounder is certainly giving Reds brass something to think about this offseason. Yesterday, 9:53 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
  • Bailey goes four, gives up four in loss
    Homer Bailey allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Bailey was victimized by a pair of Dexter Fowler doubles among the Cardinals' seven hits, the first leading to a run in the first inning and the second plating two more runs in the third. Bailey also walked two while striking out three before exiting. The loss dropped him to 5-9 with an ugly 6.96 ERA and 1.75 WHIP through 17 starts this year. A start Wednesday against the Brewers should put a cap on the 31-year-old's season. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Roark gives up three runs in loss to Braves
    Tanner Roark allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Roark struck out seven without walking a batter, but a couple of well-timed hits gave the Braves three runs, and the Nats could only find two against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and company. The loss dropped him to 13-10 through 30 appearances (29 starts) with a 4.41 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. The 30-year-old should have a few more starts left on his docket before the postseason, with the next coming Tuesday against the Phillies. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
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