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  • Kris Bryant returns to lineup on Saturday
    Kris Bryant (finger) returned to the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: There had been rumblings that Bryant could sit out the entire weekend with his finger injury, but it looks as though he's good to go. The 25-year-old is slashing .275/.401/.528 with 19 homers and 40 RBI in 320 at-bats this year. Today, 10:18 am
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • Ryon Healy (head) expects to return Saturday
    Ryon Healy (head) expects to return to the Athletics' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Healy was removed from Friday's game after a rogue ground ball hopped up and hit him in the head, but he passed all of his concussion tests and anticipates getting right back in the lineup. Still, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him sit for a day just as a precautionary measure. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was absolutely awesome for 30 games this year, hitting .435/.475/.907. In the 56 games since, he's been a below average regular, coming in at .259/.307/.406. It's past time that he get dropped behind Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon in the Nationals' lineup. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Bell has four-hit, four RBI night vs. Rockies
    Josh Bell went 4-for-6 with four RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was the first four-hit game of his career. Bell had a single, a double, and a triple, so only a home run was missing from a possible cycle. The 24-year-old doesn’t stand out on the surface with his .248 batting average, but he has 17 homers and a respectable .807 OPS through 96 games. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Dietrich hitless against Reds
    Derek Dietrich went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s win over the Reds.

    Advice: Filling in for the injured Martin Prado (knee) at third base, Dietrich is batting just .239/.316/.374 through 79 games this season. The 28-year-old had an .800 OPS in 218 games between 2015-2016, so he’s capable of being useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
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    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Victor Martinez blasts two homers in victory
    Victor Martinez blasted a pair of home runs and plated three on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez got the Tigers on the board with a mammoth solo shot off of Ervin Santana in the first inning, then increased that lead to 4-0 by victimizing Santana for a two-run shot in the fourth. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Since returning from the disabled list, Martinez is hitting .275 (19-for-69) with three homers and 12 RBI in 18 games. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Rivera has two hit, two RBI night vs. A's
    T.J. Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Rivera put the Mets ahead for good with a ground ball single to center field in the sixth inning. Thanks to an errant throw by rookie third baseman Matt Chapman, it ended up being a little league home run for Rivera. The 28-year-old is batting .294/.336/.438 through 69 games and has carved out a regular role of late. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
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    T.J. Rivera NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Cabrera diagnosed with bruised collarbone
    Miguel Cabrera was forced to leave Friday's game against the Twins after sustaining a bruised collarbone.

    Advice: Cabrera suffered the injury when a ground ball took a bad hop and came up on him at first base. He was sent for precautionary X-rays which came back negative, and is listed as day-to-day. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Encarnacion powers Indians to rout over Jays
    Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI on Friday, leading the Indians to a 13-3 rout over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Encarnacion was responsible for the bulk of the damage against his former club. He got the Indians on the board with a solo shot off of Marco Estrada in the second inning then added on a two-run double in the fifth to give them a 5-3 lead. He also added an RBI single during the eight-run seventh inning. With the three-hit attack, Encarnacion is hitting .261/.372/.485 with 20 homers and 54 RBI in his first season with the Tribe. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Justin Smoak reaches three times in loss
    Justin Smoak had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Indians, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

    Advice: Smoak also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely three times in his four trips to the plate. His RBI double increased the Blue Jays' lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning, but wound up being the extent of their offensive output. Smoak is enjoying a phenomenal season, slashing .302/.376/.591 with 26 homers and 63 RBI. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Joseph has two-run double in victory
    Tommy Joseph had a two-run double in Friday’s victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: The Phillies had a one-run cushion before Joseph provided some insurance in the sixth inning. It was a long time coming for the 26-year-old, who had driven in just one run over his previous 14 games combined. Joseph is batting .249/.310/.449 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI through 89 games on the year. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Yulieski Gurriel has four hits to lead Astros
    Yulieski Gurriel went 4-for-5 with a homer and a double on Friday, leading the Astros to an 8-7 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Gurriel crushed a two-run homer off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning, increasing the Astros' early advantage to 3-0. He's quietly having an extremely productive season in the middle of the Astros lineup, hitting .300/.327/.497 with 12 homers and 49 RBI. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Matt Adams not in Braves lineup on Friday
    Matt Adams is absent from the Braves' starting lineup for Friday night's showdown against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Adams will get a breather with All-Star southpaw Alex Wood on the hill for the Braves. Freddie Freeman is sliding over to start at first base while Sean Rodriguez starts at the hot corner. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Yonder Alonso sitting out on Friday
    Yonder Alonso is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Mets throwing lefty Steven Matz. Jed Lowrie is also sitting out, as the A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Adam Rosales at second. Daily Slant: Steven Matz may appear to be a pitcher to avoid at first glance, but he's clearly still working his way back into form. Matz's velocity is down about a mile per hour this season and his strikeout rate has plummeted to 13.5% against right-handed bats and 19.1 against lefties. The A's lose the DH in an NL park and aren't one of the top stacks of the day, but targeting them for value - namely with Marcus Semien, Rajai Davis, Matt Chapman and Ryon Healy - is certainly viable. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Brock Stassi optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned 1B/OF Brock Stassi to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Stassi has put up an ugly .167/.278/.295 batting line this season. He's clearing out to make room for Howie Kendrick's return from the disabled list. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Howie Kendrick activated from disabled list
    Phillies activated INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kendrick played just one rehab game and is feeling well enough to rejoin the big league roster. He's missed the last three-plus weeks with a strained left hamstring. The Phillies will be auditioning Kendrick for a trade before the end of the month. Yesterday, 11:24 am
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    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Danny Valencia picks up pair of hits vs. NYY
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Mariners collected 10 hits as a team, but managed just one run in the game. This was Valencia's third two-hit performance in his last five games and he is now slashing .273/.332/.435 with 11 homers and 48 RBI for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:42 pm
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    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
  • Freddie Freeman hits pair of RBI singles
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeman collected RBI singles in the first and third innings. He missed a chunk of the season recovering from a broken wrist, but has not missed a beat since returning to action at the beginning of July and is now hitting .332/.432/.695 with 17 homers and 37 RBI over the course of 50 games played. Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • Hosmer leads charge in Royals' 16-run barrage
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Royals bombarded the Tigers 16-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer got all of a solo homer in the third inning, taking Tigers starter Michael Fulmer out for a 444-foot blast. It was perhaps a metaphor for the game itself, as the Royals pounded Fulmer and company at every turn. Hosmer has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests to raise his season line to .315/.372/.493 with 14 homers, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored overall. Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Moss collects four RBI in defeat of Tigers
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Moss smacked a two-run double in the third inning and capped the scoring with a two-RBI single in the eighth, contributing four of the Royals' 16 runs on the night. It's been a big few days for the beleaguered 33-year-old, who has a pair of doubles, a homer and six RBI in the last two games. It's been a rare highlight of what's been a difficult year for Moss, who's hitting just .205/.273/.410 in 63 games overall. Thursday, 9:10 pm
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