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Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFGHot8/29/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy will more than likely ride out Petit's hot streak by keeping him in the starting rotation. If he pitches well in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, then we expect him to keep Tim Lincecum's spot in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYYHot8/29/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce left Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning with a right abdominal strain.
Insight: Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LOS8/29/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and is still expected to return the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Running the bases was the last hurdle Uribe had to overcome before returning. The third baseman has been taking batting practice all week with no issues. Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role.
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA8/29/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero will not return this season as Seattle is shutting him down for the remainder of 2014.
Insight: Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton reports the club wants to address Montero's non-baseball issues the rest of the year. On Thursday, Montero attempted to contront a team scout in the crowd of a Class-A Everett game for poking fun at his lack of hustle. Allegedly, the scout sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for Montero. The DH is extremely talented and only 24, but Seattle will not promote him back to the big leagues until he learns to control his temper.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK8/29/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Insight: Lowrie is expected to play in Triple-A over the weekend and if all goes well, rejoin the big league club on Tuesday when rosters expand. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOSCold8/29/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers lineup Friday night.
Insight: Puig has been slumping and does not have good career numbers against Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Andre Ethier will play center field on Friday, and Puig will return on Friday.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN8/29/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side" while fielding ground balls on Wednesday.
Insight: Cincinnati does not look ready to shut Votto down completely, but with the Reds playoffs chances dwindling, it looks less likely that he will make a comeback this season. Do not count on him for your fantasy playoff run.
Yadier Molina, C, STL8/29/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have activated catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he is in the starting lineup against the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games at Double-A, so he looks ready to go. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as Molina's backup.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/29/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will not be back in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Rizzo was reportedly removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but this is his third straight game he is missing. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY8/29/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.
Insight: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports there is no scheduled doctor appointment, so it appears to be a minor setback. Tanaka has said the pain is more in his forearm than in his elbow. It is looking less and less likely that Tanaka will make a fantasy impact again this season.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT8/29/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is again not in the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Alvarez left Tuesday's game with a sprain between two toes in his left foot and has not returned to the field since then. Alvarez is still day-to-day, but Ike Davis has been swinging a hot bat, so manager Clint Hurdle might ride out Davis' hot streak at first base anyway.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE8/29/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes (concussion) has been activated for Friday's game withKansas City.
Insight: Gomes suffered a concussion when a foul ball hit him in the mask last Thursday. He is hitting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI this season and become a viable fantasy option.
Travis Snider, LF, PIT8/29/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury and is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Snider tweaked something after beating out a bunt single in the third inning. Jose Tabata will start in right field. Tabata is batting .283, but without much power as his .645 OPS will attest.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFGHot8/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum and went six innings yielding four hits and one run with nine strikeouts.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said he will get another start. He's worth adding based on his first performance.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOSCold8/29/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig is hitting .301/.388/.495 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 71 runs this year. He's hitless in his last three games (0-for-14) and this unfavorable matchup doesn't figure to help those numbers.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS8/29/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 1-for-14 (.071) versus Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Ramirez (.270, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) is well off last year's pace, but still provides solid shortstop production. Probably not Friday, however.
Denard Span, CF, WAS8/29/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span has carried a lot of fantasy owners with his bat this season, but Friday night's matchup with Felix Hernandez should be avoided.
Insight: Span has batted .369 with an .877 OPS since the All-Star break, but he's just 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts versus "King Felix."
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK8/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson homered and doubled in the series opener with the Angels Thursday night. His batting average is down almost 50 points from last season, but he's providing power (26 HR) for the A's and fantasy owners.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA8/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: In a matchup of All-Stars, Oakland left-hander Jon Lester has gotten the best of Angels center fielder Mike Trout.
Insight: Trout is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in their matchups. Trout is just starting to break out of a slump, going 6-for-12 over the past three games. Hopefully, Lester won't slow the progress, but Trout isn't a great option Friday.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX8/29/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a career .000 hitter in nine at-bats against Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: Andrus helps fantasy owners by scoring runs and stealing bases and getting on base is the first requirement for both. Since he can't find his way to first base, avoid him Friday.
Billy Butler, DH, KANHot8/29/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 5-for-8 in limited action versus Cleveland starter Danny Salazar.
Insight: "Country Breakfast" has awaken after a cold first half and is hitting .291 with six homers and an .822 OPS in 39 games after the break.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS8/29/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has homered two times and is 4-for-9 against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Abreu is putting together a MVP-type season with 33 HR, 97 RBI a .312 batting average and a league-leading .969 OPS. Verlander is heading in the opposite direction having given up four earned runs in each of his last two games and is 11-11 on the season with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA8/29/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Stanton has to be considered for MVP as he leads the NL with 33 homers, 97 RBI, walks (87), OBP (.403), SLG (.558), OPS (.961) and total bases 273. Having said all that this isn't a great matchup for the slugger.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold8/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli should not be in fantasy lineups Friday versus the Rays and Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in their matchups. The 1B has been swinging a cold bat, hitting just .152 over the past two weeks (eight games). Keep looking.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS8/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-12 with a home run and eight RBI against Rays young right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but Big Papi is batting .267 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI this season.
Brian McCann, C, NYY8/29/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Insight: McCann is just one of four hitters on the Yankees roster with career batting averages over .420 against Buehrle (min 10 at-bats). The other three are Brett Gardner, Stephen Drew and Ichiro Suzuki.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR8/29/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .368 hitter with four extra-base hits versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista's batting average is down since the All-Star break, but he's still leadling the league in OBP and his .890 OPS should keep fantasy owners happy. He's just 2-for-19 this week, but both hits were home runs.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/29/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run against Pirates starter Edinson Volguez.
Insight: This may not be the time to jump on the Bruce bandwagon after last night's "Olympic Rings" performance a.k.a. 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.
Russell Martin, C, PITHot8/29/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .258 hitter, but a .370 hitter against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Batting in the heart of the Pirates lineup, mostly fifth, has been good for Martin, who is hitting .347 over the past four weeks and .295 for the season. Start him.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer is in left field and batting lead off for the Rays on Friday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer started in left field and batted lead off for the Rays on Friday.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/28/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double, run and steal against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Cruz is 4-for-12 (.333) in his last three games, which is nice to see because he is hitting .207 in 87 at-bats during the month of August.
James Loney, 1B, TAM8/28/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI on Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Loney is 4-for-11 (.364) in his last three games and is hitting .299 with 11 RBI in August. Just don't expect much power from this first baseman as he has seven diggers on the year.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/28/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored in the victory over the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Jones has been slumping lately, hitting .217 in the past week. The nice game on Thursday raises his average back to .288. He also has 24 home runs, 25 doubles, 78 RBI and 75 runs.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL8/28/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead single in seventh as the Orioles held on to beat the Rays, 5-4.
Insight: Hardy was slumping a bit coming into the game, hitting .211 in the last week. This game should get the shortstop back on track. He is batting .282 with 36 extra-base hits and 45 RBI this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL8/28/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was 2-for-4 on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a nice game for the third baseman but still no runs or RBI. Johnson has not driven in a run or scored in his last five games.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF, ATL8/28/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Mets on Thursday night.
Insight: Bonifacio also had a steal. He is hitting .283 with 21 extra-base hits, 41 runs and 19 steals in 336 at-bats.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL8/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor pitched seven innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking four to beat the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: It was the third straight quality start for Minor, who pitched very poorly towards the end of July and beginning of August. In his last three starts, Minor is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK8/28/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has not resumed baseball activities.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin did say his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, will be ready to pitch again when the 15 days are over.
Yadier Molina, C, STL8/28/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is set to catch five innings in a rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Thursday and then drive back to St. Louis to rejoin the big league club according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Apparently the new Cardinals owner is Rachel Phelps from Major League since Molina is driving about 220 miles back to St. Louis from Springfield, MO rather than flying. Either way, if Molina does not suffer a set back in his five innings catching at Double-A, he could be activated for Friday's game against the Cubs. Molina is set to catch five to six innings Wednesday in his first rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He will be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his hitting or throwing. If St. Louis wants, they can wait until Monday to move Molina up from the minors because the roster expands on September 1, but if he is ready this weekend, the Cardinals need every offensive boost they can get. Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. He'll participate in a full workout Tuesday and if he clears the hurdle will be sent to Double-A Springfield. The team is hoping to have him back by Sept. 1, if not sooner.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM8/28/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that Bartolo Colon is probably not going to be traded this month according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Can't say this is surprising as the three clubs that were rumored to be interested in Colon (Angels, Dodgers, Royals) all downplayed their interest. Colon would have to be traded by Sunday to be eligible for a playoff roster.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE8/28/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Yan Gomes (concussion) is set to be activated on Friday.
Insight: Gomes suffered a concussion when a foul ball hit him in the mask last Thursday. The catcher has been symptom-free for a while, but he will go through some pre-game tests before the official decision is made. In 109 games, Gomes is hitting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his hurt right calf.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has not returned to the lineup since then. At this point, it looks likely he will end up on the disabled list, but the MRI will confirm whether that's necessary. Wilmer Flores is playing second base for the Mets in Murphy's absence.
Santiago Casilla, RP, SFG8/28/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated after Thursday's game that he plans to go with a closer by committee for the rest of the season.
Insight: Casilla earned his 12th save of the season on Thursday, but Bochy said he nearly used Casilla in the eighth and considered taking him out in the ninth after he issued a leadoff walk. Casilla has just one blown save since taking over the closer role, but he has allowed five runs in his last 11 appearances. Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affledt and Casilla could all get save opportunities. has locked down the closer role since he replaced Sergio Romo in late June. He's thrown 9 1/3 innings, struck out nine, allowed one run on five hits and gone 8-for-8 in save chances since he took the job.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/28/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's victory over the Rockies.
Insight: Pagan also had a stole base. The center fielder broke out of a little slump as he came into the game hitting .188 in his last four games.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFG8/28/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum. Petit came into the game having retired his last 38 batters over the course of seven relief appearances. Petit retired the first eight batters to set a new major league record of 46 straight hitters retired. who has thrown 12 1/3 perfect innings in a row while striking out 16 batters in that span, will replace Tim Lincecum in the rotation.
Insight: Petit went on to pitch six innings and gave up one run in the Giants victory. Despite breaking the record, Petit is not guaranteed to start again, so his fantasy value remains limited. We expect that he will get at least one more chance to start, but check back in the next few days to make sure.
Anthony Ranaudo, P, BOS8/28/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Ranaudo allowed four earned runs over six innings in a spot start on August 13. He is a risky play on Friday, but if you are in a pinch, there are worse options. The 24-year-old has a 2.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 111 strikeouts and 54 walks in 138 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/28/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Insight: The plan was for Wright to return Thursday, so this isn't a surprise. The third baseman has been sidelined since Sunday with neck spasms and has been dealing with a shoulder injury most of the season. He is hoping to finish the season even though he is less than 100 percent.
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL8/28/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.
Insight: It's now possible he will have to undergo a third surgery. That's horrible news for Venters, who has not pitched since 2012.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/28/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (thumb) has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Rios has been dealing with a lingering right thumb injury. He's batting .281 with four homers, 52 RBI, 51 runs and 16 SB, but much more was expect from him after last season's production.
Alex Avila, C, DET8/28/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a walk-off single against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
Insight: It was nice to see Avila produce in the clutch, but the catcher is hitting .196 since the All-Star break, so we would not expect him to be in many lineups going forward.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/28/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the Twins lineup on Thursday against Kansas City.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest for Mauer. Too bad because he has a career 1.204 OPS against Jeremy Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get the start. Laird is a solid backstop, but not much of a fantasy value with a .219 batting average. Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his second consecutive 20 home run season makes him a top fantasy backstop.
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC8/28/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta wasn't at his best Thursday, yielding six runs to the Reds in four innings.
Insight: Arrieta has pitched very well this season and even after this poor outing still owns a 2.88 ERA. He's yielded four earned runs or more in just three of 21 starts this season, so ignore this start until it becomes a trend.
Dylan Axelrod, RP, CINHot8/28/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Former Chicago White Sox starter, Dylan Axelrod, has pitched well in two spot starts for Cincinnati.
Insight: Axelrod got the win Thursday, going five innings and striking out eight while yielding just two hits and no runs. He also started a game on Aug. 17 going six innings and giving up two earned runs, but striking out seven. The high strikeout total should interest fantasy owners (15 Ks in 11 IP).
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN8/28/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier stole two bases to go along with two more hits and a couple of RBI.
Insight: Frazier's sore back must be feeling a lot better. He's about to become a member of the 20-20 club. He's already hit a career high 22 home runs and is one stolen base short of 20 with today's two swipes.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINHot8/28/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-2 with a double and his 51st steal of the season Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Fantasy owners were a bit scared back in March that Hamilton would be able to hit enough to make his speed worthwhile. That hasn't turned out to be a problem. He's batting .267 with 25 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in addition to the steals.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG8/28/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crawford has batted just .197 in August after posting a .173 batting average in July, meanwhile he's already set a personal mark for strikeouts (112). I'd be avoiding him even if he were in the lineup.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/28/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (thumb) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Rios has been dealing with a lingering right thumb injury. He's batting .281 with four homers, 52 RBI, 51 runs and 16 SB, but much more was expect from him after last season's production.
Chris Denorfia, RF, SDP8/28/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia is questionable for Friday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Denorfia (.242, 1 HR, 19 RBI) doesn't get many plays by fantasy owners. His one redeeming fantasy value is that he's one of the few guy who can actually hit Clayton Kershaw. Since the Mariners aren't facing the Dodgers, this injury doesn't mean much.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA8/28/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game after fouling a ball of his calf, but is probable for Thursday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Pujols went 4-for-11 in the three-game series with Miami, but without an extra-base hit. Both the Angels and fantasy owners need him to provide more power.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN8/28/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante was out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday due to a sore shoulder and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Infante is hitting just .255 with six homers, 59 RBI, 44 runs, six steals and a .645 OPS, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (sore right calf) was not in the lineup Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup since then. Despite the missed time, Murphy still leads the NL in hits (159).
Scott Van Slyke, RF, LOS8/28/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game after turning his right ankle chasing down a ball in right center.
Insight: X-rays were negative. Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday and went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving, but doesn't see much regular time. He should miss the next few days.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK8/28/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 3-for-21 without an extra-base hit against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: It's likely that Reddick won't be in the starting lineup as he's just a .181 hitter versus lefties and a .289 hitter against right-handers this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .360 hitter versus Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Nothing unusual there, Mauer is a .319 hitter against everyone. What is unusual is that he's hit three homers and has a 1.204 OPS against Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
James Loney, 1B, TAMHot8/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has batted .500 for his career against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Loney doesn't peovide much power, but he's always hit for a decent average and can pick it around the first base bag. He's batting .299 in 24 August games.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/28/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is a career .407 hitter with two home runs versus Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Davis is proving he was a bad bet to repeat last season's fantasy 53-HR, 138-RBI production. He can't get his batting average over .200 and he's hit just 23 long balls this season, so he may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/28/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: The two-time MVP has a seven-game hitting streak despite nursing a sore ankle. He's batting .307 with 17 home runs, 90 RBI and an .872 OPS this season. Good for most players, but a bit of a disappointment for Cabrera owners. He's got a nice matchup Thursday.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET8/28/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a matchup problem. Hunter is 0-for-10 against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Hunter has four consecutive multi-hit games to raise his average to .278 with 15 HR and 71 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/28/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will continue to miss time due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game, didn't play Wednesday and isn't in Thursday's starting lineup.
Scott Van Slyke, RF, LOS8/27/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury. He twisted his ankle while chasing a ball in left center field but walked off under his own power.
Insight: With a career .438 average, four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley and a 1.042 OPS against southpaws this season, Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday. He went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI8/27/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has gone 10-for-29 with two homers, three RBI, six runs and three steals in his last eight games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks Wednesday against Washington. He has 17 homers in 500 at-bats this season after hitting just six in 600 at-bats a year ago.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/27/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three runs Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Span has just two home runs and 28 RBI this season, but he's hitting .300 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 81 runs and 27 steals. He's batted .339 with 18 steals over his last 63 games.
Victor Martinez, DH, DETHot8/27/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez now has a new career high in home runs with 26.
Insight: He went 1-for-3 with a solo blast Wednesday against the Yankees. The DH is hitting .327 with 85 RBI, 69 runs and a .951 OPS this season.
Shane Greene, RP, NYYHot8/27/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Shane Greene struck out eight and limited the Tigers to two runs on five hits over seven innings in Wednesday's win.
Insight: Greene had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A this season, but he's gone 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings with the big club. The Yankees have gone 7-2 in Greene's starts.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINCold8/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with his 50th steal of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton has hit .219 since the All-Star break and was also caught stealing for the 19th time Wednesday.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN 8/27/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos struck out a season-high 10 batters in Wednesday's win against the Cubs.
Insight: Latos allowed four runs on seven hits (two HR) in seven innings. The right-hander's K/9 this season is just 6.60 even after Wednesday's game.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLEHot8/27/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena has hit three home runs in his last seven games.
Insight: Valbuena, eligible at both 2B and 3B, has blasted 13 homers in 381 at-bats this year and is hitting .241 with 43 RBI, 48 runs and a .750 OPS.
Jorge Soler, RF, CHC8/27/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Cuban right fielder Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in his Major League debut Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: The 22-year-old Cuban batted fifth and started in right field. Soler hit .340 with a .432 on-base percentage, 15 home runs and 57 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A this year and is a must-add in all leagues.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATLHot8/27/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal for the NL lead with 39 saves Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel had a 2.45 ERA after blowing a save on June 20, but he's allowed just two runs on nine hits in his last 21 2/3 innings. He has a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot8/27/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward has batted an impressive .336 over his last 38 games, but with just three homers during that span. On the season, he's hitting .270 with 11 homers, 53 RBI, 66 runs, 14 steals and a .742 OPS.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYMCold8/27/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has batted 24-for-140 (.171) with two homers and six RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Granderson wasn't great before the break, but he was much better than this. He hit .237 with 14 homers, 43 RBI, 46 runs and a .768 OPS but is down to .217 with 16 homers, 49 RBI and 59 runs after going 0-for-3 Wednesday.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATLHot8/27/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran has allowed three runs on 11 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts, winning all three.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Mets. He's 13-9 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 189 innings this season.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/27/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Davis was pretty bad in the first half, batting .199 with 15 homers, 48 RBI and a .700 OPS, and he's been worse since the All-Star break. In 120 at-bats, he has 20 hits (.167), eight homers and 14 RBI.
Drew Smyly, SP, TAMHot8/27/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly held the Orioles to one run on two hits over seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Smyly has gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and 29 Ks in 36 innings since the Tigers traded him to the Rays for David Price on July 31.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR8/27/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for the second straight game and the fifth time this month Wednesday against Boston.
Insight: Bautista has batted .263 since the All-Star break, but he's produced eight doubles, nine homers, 25 RBI and 23 walks during that span.
Marcus Stroman, RP, TOR 8/27/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman ended August on a positive note Wednesday against Boston after going 0-3 with a 8.66 ERA in his first four starts this month.
Insight: Stroman gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six over 7 2/3 innings to win his eighth game of the year. The rookie has a 3.88 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 85 Ks in 99 2/3 innings this season.
David Price, SP, DET 8/27/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price didn't make it out of the third inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Price allowed four men to reach base in the first two innings but escaped without giving up a run. Everything unraveled in the third, as Price allowed nine consecutive hits to start the inning before getting removed. He ended up allowing 12 hits and eight runs.
Mike Zunino, C, SEACold8/27/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: Zunino was just two for his previous 28 (.071) with 15 strikeouts. He's hit 19 homers this season, but with a .205 average, 48 RBI, 46 runs and a .680 OPS he is an AL-only option at best.
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX8/27/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Wednesday at Seattle.
Insight: The 20-year-old Odor was called up from Double-A out of necessity due to the failure of Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy to fill in after Jurickson Profar's injury and he probably wasn't ready for the big leagues. Odor has batted .248 with six homers, 32 RBI, 26 runs and two steals in 290 at-bats.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEXHot8/27/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has gone 22-for-50 (.440) in his last 14 games.
Insight: However, just two of those hits were for extra bases. One of them came Wednesday at Seattle, when he went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/27/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona. Justin Turner is starting at first base and Miguel Rojas is at third. UPDATE: Gonzalez is dealing with back stiffness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS in August, but he's hitting just .185 with a .512 OPS against lefties this season and is 4-for-18 (.222) against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN8/27/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey's return this season is in doubt after his MRI results Wednesday did not give him the green light to resume throwing, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it hasn't worked as hoped.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/27/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Crawford is batting .338 with 14 runs and seven steals in August, but he'll get a day off with lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Scott Van Slyke, who has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 walks in 102 plate appearances against lefties this season, is starting in left field.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/27/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the lineup Saturday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/27/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base again.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup the last two games.
David Peralta, RF, ARI8/27/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: With Paul Goldschmidt out for the season, Peralta is currently the biggest threat in Arizona's lineup, but the lefty-swinging outfielder will take a seat to avoid facing Clayton Kershaw.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL8/27/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario (wrist) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 23.
Insight: Rosario missed the last four games due to left wrist soreness. Michael McKenry, who has hit .319 with five homers in 116 at-bats this season, will become the full-time starter behind the plate.


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