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  • Wilmer Flores NYM 3B
    Mets' Wilmer Flores: Sitting Saturday
    12m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Wilmer Flores is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Flores hit a grand slam in Friday's win, his second home run in three games and 14th of the season, but manager Terry Collins will turn back to James Loney at first base with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson due up for Philadelphia.

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  • Drew Smyly TB SP
    Rays' Drew Smyly: Mows down eight in Friday no-decision
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Drew Smyly didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Astros but recorded eight strikeouts and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six innings.

    The lefty continued his recent stretch of strong pitching, going at least six innings for the seventh straight outing while giving up two earned runs or less for the sixth time over that span. Smyly's eight strikeouts also served as his second-highest total in that category since July 1 and the effort brought nudged his ERA down for the seventh consecutive start. Although his chance at a fourth consecutive victory was lost when closer Alex Colome imploded in the ninth by giving up back-to-back homers, Smyly's season has undeniably taken a 360-degree turn for the better in the second half of the campaign.

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  • Jay Bruce NYM RF
    Mets' Jay Bruce: Out of lineup Saturday
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jay Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    There was no word of a setback with Bruce's calf during Friday's game so it would seem Saturday's absence against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is strictly performance related. Bruce wore the Golden Sombrero on Friday night, striking out in all four plate appearances, and the home crowd didn't hide its displeasure.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
    Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Out of lineup Saturday
    16m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    D'Arnaud hit an RBI double in Friday's win, snapping a streak of seven straight starts without an extra-base hit. The highlights have been few and far between for Travis d'Arnaud all season but he is putting together his best month so far (.283/.328/.400). Rene Rivera will replace him behind the plate Saturday.

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  • Jefry Marte LAA 1B
    Angels' Jefry Marte: Returns to lineup Saturday
    18m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jefry Marte (personal) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    After being away from the team to tend to a personal matter, Marte rejoins the Los Angeles Angels ' lineup and will bat sixth in the order against rookie sensation Michael Fulmer. Marte has slashed .250/.302/.458 with three home runs in 48 August at-bats.

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  • Jonathan Villar MIL SS
    Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Out of lineup Saturday
    20m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jonathan Villar is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

    This looks like a routine day off for Villar, who will be replaced atop the order by Keon Broxton. Villar continues to turn in excellent production for Milwaukee, slashing .296/.384/.429 in August with 12 steals to bring his total to 50 for the season. The 25-year-old has earned a spot in the everyday lineup for 2017 and will likely be a hot commodity in the spring.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
    Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Out of lineup Saturday
    16m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    D'Arnaud hit an RBI double in Friday's win, snapping a streak of seven straight starts without an extra-base hit. The highlights have been few and far between for Travis d'Arnaud all season but he is putting together his best month so far (.283/.328/.400). Rene Rivera will replace him behind the plate Saturday.

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  • Francisco Cervelli PIT C
    Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Not in Saturday's lineup
    30m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Francisco Cervelli is out of the lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

    Eric Fryer will catch for Jameson Taillon as Cervelli gets a well-deserved rest after five consecutive starts. Cervelli is hitting at a .320 clip this month but he's still without a home run for the season, and the absence of power has him currently outside the top-25 at the position in terms of earned fantasy value.

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  • J.T. Realmuto MIA C
    Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Not in Saturday's lineup
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    J.T. Realmuto is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    Realmuto will get a chance to rest his legs after starting seven straight games (four straight since the team's last off day) as Jeff Mathis takes over behind the plate. Realmuto is still sitting with just one home run and two stolen bases since the All-Star break, but he continues to get on base at a useful clip.

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  • Jorge Alfaro PHI C
    Phillies' Jorge Alfaro: Optioned back to Double-A
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jorge Alfaro was optioned to Double-A Reading on Saturday.

    The Philadelphia Phillies brought Alfaro up Friday for some short-term depth behind the plate -- they needed a backup with A.J. Ellis still en route from Los Angeles and Alfaro was already on the 40-man roster. He figures to return sometime in September but Alfaro had hit a rough stretch with Reading and will likely be used sparingly over the final few weeks.

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  • Carlos Ruiz LAD C
    Dodgers' Carlos Ruiz: Out of lineup Saturday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Carlos Ruiz is out of Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.

    After getting a start on Yasmani Grandal's day off Friday, Ruiz is back to the bench, where he will be more often than not down the home stretch. While neither catcher is hitting the cover off the ball, Ruiz's .200 batting average since mid-August won't move him up the depth chart.

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  • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
    Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: In lineup Saturday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yasmani Grandal is in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.

    After a routine day off Friday, Grandal is back in the starting lineup Saturday, sending Carlos Ruiz back to the bench.

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  • Jefry Marte LAA 1B
    Angels' Jefry Marte: Returns to lineup Saturday
    18m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jefry Marte (personal) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    After being away from the team to tend to a personal matter, Marte rejoins the Los Angeles Angels ' lineup and will bat sixth in the order against rookie sensation Michael Fulmer. Marte has slashed .250/.302/.458 with three home runs in 48 August at-bats.

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  • Dae-Ho Lee SEA 1B
    Mariners' Dae-Ho Lee: Recalled by Mariners
    40m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dae-Ho Lee was recalled by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday and will bat seventh in the order against the White Sox, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    Lee rejoins the Mariners to take Tom Wilhelmson's roster spot after the reliever was placed on the DL with a back injury. He'll immediately rejoin the lineup Saturday, batting seventh and playing first base. Lee slashed just .246/.308/.440 with 13 home runs prior to being sent down, but he tore it up at Triple-A to the tune of a .519/.552/.889 slash line in seven games at Tacoma.

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  • Xavier Scruggs MIA 1B
    Marlins' Xavier Scruggs: Out of lineup Saturday
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Xavier Scruggs is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    He will be replaced at first base by Chris Johnson with lefty Clayton Richard due up for San Diego. Outside of a home run in his second game with the Miami Marlins , Scruggs hasn't done a whole lot of note yet, and his window to play regularly will likely close if Justin Bour (ankle) ever makes it back.

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  • Justin Smoak TOR 1B
    Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Drives in five in Friday explosion
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Justin Smoak went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and three-run homer in Friday's 15-8 victory over the Twins.

    The slugging first baseman delivered early and often Friday, beginning with a 407-foot shot in the second that plated Troy Tulowitzki and Melvin Upton, Jr. He followed with run-scoring singles in the third and seventh, making it his highest RBI tally on the season by far. The performance was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal August for Smoak, who's slashed .195/.250/.366 over 41 at-bats.

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  • Mark Teixeira NYY 1B
    Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Has first-inning two-run blast Friday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI overall in Friday's 14-4 victory over the Orioles.

    The veteran slugger has endured a forgettable season, but Friday was a highlight. Teixeira erased an early 1-0 lead with a mammoth 430-foot blast to right center in the first that plated Gary Sanchez, and brought him home again in the second with a run-scoring single. The production brought the veteran's average over the Mendoza Line for the first time since Aug. 12 and extended his modest hitting streak to three games.

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  • Eric Hosmer KC 1B
    Royals' Eric Hosmer: Opens scoring with three-run homer Friday
    3h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.

    The slugging first baseman opened the scoring with a 364-foot shot to left center in the first that drove in Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. Hosmer has now reached safely in 10 straight games, with four multi-hit efforts over that span. His 18 RBI in August also serve as his second-best total in a month during the 2016 campaign.

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  • Dee Gordon MIA 2B
    Marlins' Dee Gordon: Out of lineup again Saturday
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dee Gordon is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    Robert Andino will man second base and lead off against lefty Clayton Richard following his two-hit effort Friday night, as Gordon sits for a second straight game. Gordon did end up coming off the bench and logging three at-bats Friday, finishing 0-for-3, so it doesn't seem as though an injury is in play. Gordon is batting .286 and is 8-for-12 in stolen base attempts in August.

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  • Darwin Barney TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Breaks homer drought Friday
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Darwin Barney 's sixth-inning solo homer in Friday's blowout win over the Twins was his first since back on June 5 versus the Red Sox.

    The second baseman had been mired in a long-ball drought of epic proportions before Friday's round-tripper, which came in a game where Barney also collected a double and scored two runs overall. He's tallied four multi-hit efforts over his last seven games, but is still hitting just .240 over 50 August at-bats.

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  • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Smacks 25th homer in Friday victory
    3h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, two RBI and two runs in Friday's 8-5 victory over the Rockies.

    His 413-foot solo shot in the fifth extended the Washington Nationals ' lead to 4-2 and gave Murphy three homers over the last seven games. The veteran infielder has also hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games. His career season has continued rolling along during a month of August in which he's slashed .325/.396/.588 over 80 at-bats.

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  • Devon Travis TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Not in lineup Saturday
    5h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Devon Travis (hand) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Twins, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

    Travis had missed the last four games with soreness in his hand, but he's back at his usual second base spot Saturday. The righty will bat eighth in the order against Minnesota's Ervin Santana.

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  • Josh Harrison PIT 2B
    Pirates' Josh Harrison: Looking for leadoff answers
    6h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Josh Harrison went 1-for-4 with a walk Friday while batting leadoff for the 18th time in August.

    After a hot start while hitting atop the order, Harrison has managed two hits in his last 20 at-bats. He's not a prototypical leadoff man, but remains Pittsburgh's best choice, according to manager Clint Hurdle. It wouldn't be surprising to see Adam Frazier give Harrison a break in the coming days. For the season, Harrison is batting .269/.298/.375 with four homers and 16 stolen bases.

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  • DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
    Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Back in lineup Saturday
    6h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) is back in the Colorado Rockies ' lineup Saturday against Washington, Jenny Cavnar of ROOT Sports reports.

    LeMahieu missed the last three games with inflammation in his wrist, but he said Friday that the ailment had begun to clear up. The 28-year-old will be back at his usual second base spot Saturday, and he'll bat second in the order behind leadoff man Charlie Blackmon.

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  • David Freese PIT 3B
    Pirates' David Freese: Sitting out Saturday
    2m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    David Freese is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    He has been mired in a slump of late and the frustration boiled over Friday night, as Freese was visibly upset in the dugout after making an out. Manager Clint Hurdle will hit the reset button and give Freese a day to get his head together as Adam Frazier takes over at third base.

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  • Wilmer Flores NYM 3B
    Mets' Wilmer Flores: Sitting Saturday
    12m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Wilmer Flores is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Flores hit a grand slam in Friday's win, his second home run in three games and 14th of the season, but manager Terry Collins will turn back to James Loney at first base with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson due up for Philadelphia.

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  • Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    Mariners' Kyle Seager: Returns to lineup Saturday
    22m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kyle Seager (foot) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

    After missing three straight games to rest his sore foot, Seager will return to the Seattle Mariners lineup Saturday and bat fifth. Seager, who hits just .230 with a .723 OPS against lefties, will be welcomed back to the order in time to face Chicago southpaw Jose Quintana.

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  • Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
    Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Contributes homer, three RBI in Friday blowout
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBI overall and a walk in Friday's 15-8 victory over the Twins.

    Donaldson has now gone deep in consecutive games and has hit the 30-homer mark in consecutive seasons. He's also hit safely in five straight and has four RBI in the last two contests.

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  • Trevor Plouffe MIN 3B
    Twins' Trevor Plouffe: Blasts eighth homer in Friday loss
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, solo homer and a walk in Friday's 15-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

    The veteran slugger opened the scoring with a 409-foot solo shot in the first, before adding a third-inning sacrifice fly that brought home Kurt Suzuki. The round-tripper was Plouffe's first since July 1, the game before he went on an extended DL stint with a rib injury.

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  • Manny Machado BAL 3B
    Orioles' Manny Machado: Blasts pair of homers in Friday loss
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Manny Machado was the lone bright spot in Friday's 14-4 loss to the Yankees, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI.

    He was responsible for the majority of the Baltimore Orioles ' meager production on the night, opening the scoring with a 421-foot solo shot in the first and adding a two-run blast in the sixth. Outside of an 0-for-4 outing against the Nationals on Thursday, Machado has been wielding a hot bat, hitting safely in eight of his last nine, with five homers and 12 RBI over that span.

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  • Jonathan Villar MIL SS
    Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Out of lineup Saturday
    20m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jonathan Villar is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

    This looks like a routine day off for Villar, who will be replaced atop the order by Keon Broxton. Villar continues to turn in excellent production for Milwaukee, slashing .296/.384/.429 in August with 12 steals to bring his total to 50 for the season. The 25-year-old has earned a spot in the everyday lineup for 2017 and will likely be a hot commodity in the spring.

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  • Jose Iglesias DET SS
    Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Returns from disabled list
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jose Iglesias (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    The Detroit Tigers designated Alex Presley for assignment Saturday in order to clear a spot for Iglesias on the active roster. Iglesias' return may not tip the scales much for the Tigers offensively, but having his glove back at shortstop will be a huge boon to their infield defense. Andrew Romine and Erick Aybar stand to see a severe reduction in playing time with Iglesias back in the fold.

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  • Jordy Mercer PIT SS
    Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Drives in four Friday
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordy Mercer went 1-for-4 with his first career grand slam Friday against the Brewers.

    The shortstop is still only hitting .176/.256/.365 in 74 August at-bats, but he's already totaled four homers, a monthly best. Mercer ranks second among NL shortstops with a .986 fielding percentage behind the Phillies' Freddy Galvis (.988). He'll face Jimmy Nelson, against whom he has two hits in 12 career at-bats, on his 30th birthday Saturday.

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  • Tim Anderson CHW SS
    White Sox's Tim Anderson: Racks up three hits in win over Mariners
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs against the Mariners on Thursday.

    He went hitless Wednesday but still has eight base knocks over the last four games, with three of those going for extra bases (two doubles and a triple). The rookie shortstop's shown surprising pop since being called up (seven homers, 16 doubles), but his speed's shown up surprisingly little (six steals in eight tries over 64 games) and he has struggled mightily with his plate discipline (7:78 BB:K). Anderson was always a high-BABIP hitter in the minors but he'll find it hard to sustain his current .376 mark in that category as a major leaguer, so his long-term success will hinge on the improvement of his batting eye.

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  • Matt Duffy TB SS
    Rays' Matt Duffy: Continues hot hitting Thursday
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox, bringing his line to date in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform to .357/.386/.381.

    The recently acquired shortstop, who'd endured a sluggish campaign before his trade deadline move from the Giants, has found new life at the plate in Tampa. Duffy has now raised his average 18 points since his Aug. 12 debut in a Rays uniform, going 15-for-42 over that span. While there hasn't been much impactful contact-- as evidenced by the fact that his Thursday two-bagger was the first extra-base hit of his Rays tenure-- Duffy is certainly making meaningful contributions in an offense that has often been starved for production this season.

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  • Marcus Semien OAK SS
    Athletics' Marcus Semien: Activated from paternity list
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The A's activated Marcus Semien from the paternity list Friday.

    Semien is back with the A's after being away from the team for three days to be with his wife and newborn son. Expect him to resume his role as Oakland's everyday shortstop moving forward.

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  • Jay Bruce NYM RF
    Mets' Jay Bruce: Out of lineup Saturday
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jay Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    There was no word of a setback with Bruce's calf during Friday's game so it would seem Saturday's absence against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is strictly performance related. Bruce wore the Golden Sombrero on Friday night, striking out in all four plate appearances, and the home crowd didn't hide its displeasure.

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  • Jarrod Dyson KC CF
    Royals' Jarrod Dyson: Not in lineup Saturday
    20m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jarrod Dyson is not in the lineup Saturday against Boston, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

    After starting each of the last two games, Dyson will give way to Paulo Orlando in center field Saturday. Orlando will serve as the leadoff man against the Red Sox's David Price.

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  • Gregory Polanco PIT RF
    Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Out of lineup Saturday
    36m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    There has been no word of an injury, so it seems Polanco's absence against a right-hander is due to his recent performance (0-for-10 in his last two games) and poor track record against Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (3-for-18). Polanco did homer twice in a game earlier this week and needs just one more home run to reach 20 for the first time in his professional career. Matt Joyce will man right field.

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  • Nick Franklin TB LF
    Rays' Nick Franklin: Rejoining Rays Saturday after standout rehab start
    38m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Nick Franklin (concussion) has been activated from the seven-day DL and rejoined the Tampa Bay Rays in Houston after a strong performance in a Friday night rehab start for High-A Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The 25-year-old utility man went 3-for-4 for the Stone Crabs in his lone rehab start on Friday night, logging time at both second base and left field. He is not in Saturday's starting lineup, but Franklin will presumably be available for pinch-hit duty at a minimum after his brief stint on the sidelines. Reliever Tyler Sturdevant was optioned back to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.

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  • Andrew McCutchen PIT CF
    Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: In Saturday's lineup
    42m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Andrew McCutchen (ankle) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    An awkward turn around third base Friday provided a bit of a scare, as McCutchen was favoring his left ankle immediately afterward, but he stayed in the game and will not be forced to miss a start. McCutchen is putting together his best month of the season, slashing .300/.424/.486.

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  • Alex Presley DET CF
    Tigers' Alex Presley: Designated for assignment Saturday
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Alex Presley was designated for assignment Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    With Jose Iglesias' return from the DL on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers cleared a spot by designating Presley for assignment. The 31-year-old outfielder hadn't appeared in any of the Tigers' last five games and was hitting a mere .198 at the big league level on the season. He'll now be subject to waivers but he could return to the Tigers organization if he goes unclaimed.

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  • John Lackey CHC SP
    Cubs' John Lackey: Slated for bullpen session
    8m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session in Chicago on Monday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

    The Chicago Cubs are being cautious with the big picture in mind, easing Lackey through his throwing progression after he developed a some shoulder stiffness earlier this month. His move to the DL was described by Muskat as "precautionary more than anything."

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  • Drew Smyly TB SP
    Rays' Drew Smyly: Mows down eight in Friday no-decision
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Drew Smyly didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Astros but recorded eight strikeouts and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six innings.

    The lefty continued his recent stretch of strong pitching, going at least six innings for the seventh straight outing while giving up two earned runs or less for the sixth time over that span. Smyly's eight strikeouts also served as his second-highest total in that category since July 1 and the effort brought nudged his ERA down for the seventh consecutive start. Although his chance at a fourth consecutive victory was lost when closer Alex Colome imploded in the ninth by giving up back-to-back homers, Smyly's season has undeniably taken a 360-degree turn for the better in the second half of the campaign.

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  • Jake Peavy SF SP
    Giants' Jake Peavy: Lands on DL with back strain
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jake Peavy (lower back strain) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday retroactive to Aug. 21.

    Albert Suarez was recalled in a corresponding move and will toe the rubber Saturday opposite Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Peavy has been wholly ineffective in 29 appearances this season, posting a 5.55 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, and he figures to return to the bullpen assuming he makes it back this season. A return timetable was not immediately provided but he will be eligible to return as soon as Sept. 5.

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  • Jose De Leon LAD SP
    Dodgers' Jose De Leon: Will not start Sunday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jose De Leon will not start Sunday against the Cubs, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports.

    He will be passed over in favor of Brock Stewart, whom manager Dave Roberts said gives the team the "best chance to win." De Leon has been trying his best to force the Los Angeles Dodgers ' hand, turning in back-to-back 10-strikeout, zero-walk performances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but the team continues to hold off on adding him to the 40-man. The right-hander could finally come up in September.

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  • Bud Norris LAD SP
    Dodgers' Bud Norris: Holds Cubs in check in Friday start
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Bud Norris allowed two runs with six strikeouts and four walks across five innings in Friday's start versus the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.

    Norris lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start, which led to him being used in the bullpen earlier this week, but he rebounded to hold a potent offense in check Friday. Although he left with a shot at a victory, the bullpen collapsed, ruining his chances, and ultimately lost the game for the club. After Friday's promising outing, Norris will remain in the rotation and will face a more favorable matchup Friday versus the Padres.

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  • Jeff Samardzija SF SP
    Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Seven scoreless innings Friday versus Braves
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jeff Samardzija earned his 11th win of the season with seven scoreless innings Friday versus the Braves, striking out six and walking three in the process.

    Samardzija had been on a roll heading into Friday's cushy matchup, and he kept it rolling with his best outing in recent memory. After struggling mightily throughout the month of July and into August, the right-hander hasa 1.75 ERA over his last four starts and a 19:5 K:BB ratio over his last three. He will face a tough task in his next outing Tuesday versus the Cubs.

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  • Tyler Sturdevant TB RP
    Rays' Tyler Sturdevant: Optioned back to Triple-A Durham
    30m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tyler Sturdevant was optioned back to Triple-A Durham on Saturday following Nick Franklin's return from the DL, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The veteran reliever's third big league stint of 2016 was particularly brief, with Sturdevant firing just two-thirds of an inning on Thursday versus the Red Sox in his only appearance. The 30-year-old has been serviceable in all three tours of duty with the Tampa Bay Rays this season, while generating a 3-2 record and solid 3.03 ERA over 35.2 innings with the Bulls at the Triple-A level.

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  • Pat Venditte SEA RP
    Mariners' Pat Venditte: Recalled by Mariners
    36m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Pat Venditte was recalled by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    With Tom Wilhelmsen landing on the DL with a back injury Saturday, the Mariners were in dire need of bullpen depth. Venditte, the switch pitcher, and Dan Altavilla will join the Mariners' bullpen to provide some fresh arms. In five appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, Venditte fired 8.1 innings of one-run ball while fanning eleven batters.

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  • Tom Wilhelmsen SEA RP
    Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Headed to DL
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tom Wilhelmsen (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    Reports surfaced Friday that Wilhelmson was dealing with a back issue that could warrant a DL stint, and Saturday's announcement confirmed that suspicion. The Seattle Mariners recalled first baseman Dae-Ho Lee from Triple-A Tacoma to fill Wilhelmsen's roster spot. With Wilhelmsen down, the Mariners have an extremely shallow bullpen corps that could need reinforcements in the coming days, however.

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    Giants' Albert Suarez: Recalled, starting Saturday
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and will start Saturday against the Braves.

    With Jake Peavy (back) moved to the DL, Suarez will return for his first major league start since July 3. Suarez has turned in mixed results at both levels this season and his strikeout upside is relatively limited, but he has limited the damage at home, holding opponents to eight runs in 25.1 innings at AT&T Park so far this year (2.84 ERA).

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    Cubs' Mike Montgomery: Allows three runs Friday in start at Dodgers
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mike Montgomery allowed three runs on six hits and four walks Friday versus the Dodgers. He struck out five and did not factor into the decision.

    Montgomery curiously did not give up a run on a hit Friday, as he put men on base in the third, fourth and fifth innings and was scored upon each time via RBI groundout. Montgomery was making a spot start in this one, and he will return to the bullpen, where he has been quite effective, moving forward.

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  • Aroldis Chapman CHC RP
    Cubs' Aroldis Chapman: Strikes out two Friday en route to 30th save
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aroldis Chapman worked around a hit with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless inning to earn his 30th save of the season Friday versus the Dodgers.

    Chapman allowed a weak single to lead off his inning of work, but he was his usual dominant self after and threw 13 of 19 pitches for strikes. He blew a save last Friday in Colorado, but he has rattled off three straight conversions and is now the owner of a 1.80 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.

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    Angels' Albert Pujols: Blasts solo homer in Friday loss
    3h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers.

    The veteran slugger was one of the few to break through against Justin Verlander, who was mostly in vintage form Friday. Pujols took the former Cy Young winner deep in the first with a 388-foot solo shot, his third round-tripper in the last six games. With another prolific tally in August, Pujols now has over half (51) of his 101-RBI total for 2016 since July 2.

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  • David Ortiz BOS DH
    Red Sox's David Ortiz: Returns to lineup Friday
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    David Ortiz is in the lineup Friday night against Kansas City, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

    Ortiz didn't start Thursday, but is back in his usual DH spot for Friday's outing. Ortiz has dominated at the plate recently, having gone .440/.481/.880 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last seven days.

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  • Yulieski Gurriel HOU DH
    Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: In Friday's lineup
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is in the lineup for Friday's matchup against Tampa Bay.

    Gurriel will hit sixth and serve as Houston's DH on Friday night. Since joining the big club, Gurriel has played in three games and gone 1-for-4 with a walk. He'll go up against Drew Smyly and the Rays on Friday night.

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  • Billy Butler OAK DH
    Athletics' Billy Butler: On track to come off disabled list Monday
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Billy Butler (concussion) participated in workouts Friday night, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    As of now, Butler is on track to come off the DL on Monday, the earliest possible date. Butler has dramatically increased his production since the All-Star break, as he's hit .367/.415/.517 since, bringing his line up to .286/.338/.419 for the year.

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  • Victor Martinez DET DH
    Tigers' Victor Martinez: Finishes series in Minnesota with three more hits
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two RBI and scored once in Thursday's win in Minnesota.

    Thursday's effort raised Martinez's career batting average at Target Field to .370 in 46 games. He's 16 for 26 (.615) there this year and has scored seven runs in six games. Martinez finished the three-game series with seven hits, including a home run, four RBI and five runs. The veteran will make one more visit to Minnesota for another three-game set beginning Sep. 20.

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  • Nelson Cruz SEA DH
    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Returns to lineup Thursday
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Nelson Cruz (back) is in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    Cruz was lifted early from Wednesday's contest after experiencing back spasms, but the issue was apparently minor enough that he'll return to the lineup without missing any time. The 36-year-old will DH and bat cleanup against Chicago starter Anthony Ranaudo.

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