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Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with a double and run against the Orioles on Thursday.
Insight: Jennings has a six-game hitting streak, and during that span, is hitting .321. On the season, he is batting .244 with 10 home runs and 64 runs.
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.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS8/27/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians.
Insight: Dunn is hitting a career. 316 (6-for-19) with a home run against Cleveland's starter Corey Kluber. He, however, is also hittless in his last four starts and hasn't played since Saturday.
Jorge Soler, RF, CHC8/27/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will make his major league debut on Wednesday, batting fifth in the Cubs lineup.
Insight: Soler batted .340 with a .432 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, and 57 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A this year. The outfielder signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in 2012 after defecting from Cuba.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL8/27/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield according to CBS Sports' Brian Stull.
Insight: Wacha threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday and is ready for live action. The 23-year-old could be back in the St. Louis rotation by the middle of September. Wacha has been out with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder since June 22.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/27/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright remains out of the Mets lineup with neck spasms.
Insight: Wright is listed as day-to-day but remember that even when he returns, he will not be completely healthy. The third baseman is having a very disappointing season at .266/.324/.368.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS8/27/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz fouled a ball off his right foot on Sunday and sat out both games on Monday and Tuesday. Big Papi is batting .265 with 30 home runs and 93 RBI this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS8/27/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies.
Insight: LaRoche is, however, a lifetime .158 hitter against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick. LaRoche sat out Tuesday's game due to back soreness.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/27/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Reds due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Manager Rick Renteria downplayed the injury after Tuesday's game. Chris Valaika replaced Rizzo on Tuesday and will start at first base on Wednesday. Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/27/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the third inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
Insight: The solo shot was the only run the Cardinals scored on Wednesday. The home run extended Holliday's hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, Holliday is hitting .313 with three doubles and eight RBI.
Jeff Locke, SP, PIT8/27/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke won his second straight game, pitching into the eighth inning, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out three and walking two as the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 3-1.
Insight: The outing (7 1/3 IP) was Locke's longest since July 6. The only run Locke allowed was a solo home run to Matt Holliday in the third inning. Over his last five starts, the 26-year-old is 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STLCold8/27/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright lost to the Pirates on Wednesday, 3-1, and admitted afterwards he has been suffering from a 'dead arm' according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.
Insight: With the loss, Wainwright finished August 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA. Over those six starts, his season ERA has gone up from 1.92 to 2.59. The good news is Wainwright believes he is getting over the dead arm and is ready for September. Hopefully, he is ready for your playoff run too.
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT8/27/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Ike Davis hit a massive home run to right-center field for the second day in a row.
Insight: With Pedro Alvarez banged up, Davis got the start at first base and hit a towering home run off a speaker in right-center field at PNC Park. Davis finished the day 1-for-3. The sudden burst of power is very encouraging for the 27-year-old that has been struggling this year. Perhaps, he will have a big September though now manager Clint Hurdle has the difficulty of find both the streaking Alvarez and Davis at-bats (when both are healthy).
Zach Walters, LF, CLE8/27/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters has belted six homers in 13 games with the Indians.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, is hitting .208 with Cleveland and .207 on the season, but he has nine homers in 87 at-bats.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/27/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a mammoth three-run homer Tuesday against the Blue Jays after going 1-for-20 in his previous five.
Insight: Despite hitting .206 with 25 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this month, Napoli has also blasted four homers, driven in 14 runs and recorded a .779 OPS. He's been dealing with back spasms lately but has been in the lineup for five straight games, including Wednesday's.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot8/27/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has batted .380 (19-for-50) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 12 games.
Insight: Martinez hit .193 with two homers and eight RBI in his first 83 at-bats after the All-Star break, but he's back on track. The former Houston Astros outfielder has come out of nowhere to hit .312 with 17 homers, 58 RBI and a .912 OPS in just 321 at-bats.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA 8/27/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has gone 7-for-19 with a pair of home runs in his last five games.
Insight: Trout has hit .242 with 51 Ks in 153 at-bats since the All-Star break, but he's showing signs of coming out of the slump and could have a big September.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS 8/27/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-4 with a walk Tuesday at Arizona.
Insight: Kemp has batted .295 with eight homers, 26 RBI, three steals and a .915 OPS in 129 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .269 with eight homers, 35 RBI, three steals and a .760 OPS before the break.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS8/27/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Ramirez is hitting .303 with nine doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in August and he has a .286 average, 13 home runs, 63 RBI, 67 runs and 18 steals on the year.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANAHot8/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has given Los Angeles exactly what it needs in the wake of Garrett Richards' season-ending knee injury.
Insight: In his last two starts, Shoemaker has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out 15 and allowed three hits. He's won four straight games and is 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 108 Ks in 110 2/3 innings this season.
Buster Posey, C, SFGHot8/27/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey has batted .462 with three doubles, four homers and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: Posey blasted two homers Tuesday against Colorado and now has 17 homers and 65 RBI on the year. His OPS is in the .800s for the first time since June 26.
Travis Snider, LF, PIT8/27/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: Snider tweaked something after beating out a bunt single in the third inning. Jose Tabata picnh-ran for Snider and would probably be his replacement if Snider is out for an extended period. The Pirates are also supposed to recall Gregory Polanco on Monday when the roster expands.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL8/27/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 2-for-17 (.118) career hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Overall, Johnson has had a disappointing season after hitting .321/.358/.457 last year. The third baseman is hitting .271 with nine home runs this year. He also has just one hit in his last 10 at-bats.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY8/27/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is a lifetime .154 hitter (2-for-13) with four strikeouts against Tigers pitcher David Price.
Insight: Beltran went 2-for-4 on Tuesday against Detroit but owners should be wary of his lack of success against the former AL CY Young winner.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG8/27/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a lifetime 5-for-11 hitter with one home run against Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales.
Insight: Pence has a eight-game hitting streak and hits in 19 of his last 21 games. In the last week, Pence is hitting 10-for-28 (.357) with two home runs and five RBI over the last week.
Scott Van Slyke, RF, LOS8/27/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke is a career .438 hitter with four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley.
Insight: Van Slyke has hits in his last five appearances, going 6-for-12, during that stretch. In 170 at-bats this season, Van Slyke is hitting .265 with nine home runs, 11 doubles and 20 RBI.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot8/27/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 6-for-15 in his career against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Despite his 0-for-4 on Tuesday, Heyward is 11-for-31 (.355) in his last seven games. The right fielder is batting .270 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI this year.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS8/27/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) against Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Ramos is 2-for-8 in the series against the Phillies with a home run, two RBI and a run. In 252 at-bats this year, Ramos is hitting .290 with seven home runs and 36 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold8/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a lifetime .204 hitter (11-for-54) against Tigers pitcher David Price. He does, however, hit for some power against Price, as Teixeira has three home runs and seven RBI.
Insight: Teixeira returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-4. He has 20 home runs in 347 at-bats, but is hitting .233.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is hitting .357 with four runs and two RBI in his last four games. He also has a steal. This year, Seager is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI, which is second among third baseman in the league.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager reached 20 homers for the third straight season Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Seager is hitting just .247 with five extra-base hits in August, but he's also hit four homers, driven in 14 runs and scored 16 in that span.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/27/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .222 hitter (4-for-18) against Arizona starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Gonzalez continued his hot August with a single, RBI and two runs on Tuesday. This month, he is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS. He is also 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the last three games. With those numbers, it might be hard to sit him, but be aware of his lack of success against Miley.
Will Venable, RF, SDPCold8/27/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is hitting .389 with three extra base-hits and four RBI against Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo in his career.
Insight: Venable has been very disappointing this season. He has one hit in his last 11 at-bats and three hits in his last 25 at-bats. Maybe he turns it around on Wednesday.


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