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LoCain playing through a left wrist injury 08-31-2016
Lorenzo Cain RF KC
Lorenzo Cain acknowledged late Tuesday that he has been playing through a left wrist injury.

Sam McDowell on Twitter
It's been an issue for at least two weeks and causes him pain when he tries to swing, but Cain has pledged to continue battling through it. The 30-year-old center fielder has still managed a relatively productive August, even smacking an RBI double (and stealing a base) in Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees.
D'Backs recall Shelby Miller for start vs. SF 08-31-2016
Shelby Miller P ARZ
Diamondbacks recalled RHP Shelby Miller from Triple-A Reno. Miller will return to the Diamondbacks' rotation on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco after spending the last seven weeks in the minor leagues. The right-hander yielded four earned runs on nine hits over just 4 2/3 innings in his final start with Triple-A Reno and returns to a hideous 7.14 major league ERA. He can't be trusted in standard fantasy leagues.
D'Backs option Vicente Campos to Double-A 08-31-2016
Vicente Campos P ARZ
Diamondbacks optioned RHP Vicente Campos to Double-A Mobile. The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Shelby Miller, who will return to the Diamondbacks' rotation on Wednesday afternoon against the Giants. Campos allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings out of the Arizona bullpen. He should get another shot in September.
Teixeira (neck spasms) unavailable Tuesday 08-31-2016
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira was unavailable Tuesday due to neck spasms.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Teixeira told reporters after the game that the painful neck spasms were a good reminder of why he's retiring after the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman is batting just .204/.287/.343 over 94 games in his farewell campaign. Consider him day-to-day.
Jennings 'unable to play' due to knee injury 08-31-2016
Desmond Jennings LF TB
Mike Fiore, the agent for Desmond Jennings, told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Desmond Jennings is currently "unable to play due to his knee injury."

Tampa Bay Times
Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 3 and officially released by the Rays on August 28, before being activated. "If the knee gets strong enough to play then I believe he will have interest from several teams," Fiore said. "So we shall see what the future holds." The 29-year-old outfielder was batting just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with the Rays. He could just wait until the winter to go searching for a new organization.
Segura (stomach) finishes 1-for-5 in return 08-31-2016
Jean Segura SS ARZ
Jean Segura (illness) went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday versus the Giants. He missed Sunday's series finale against the Reds because of a stomach bug. Segura has rejuvenated his fantasy stock in 2016 with a .315/.364/.472 batting line, 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 27 steals, and 80 runs in 124 games.
Myers (stomach) goes 0-for-4 in return Tues. 08-31-2016
Wil Myers 1B SD
Wil Myers (illness) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to action Tuesday. He had been held out a couple days with a stomach virus. Myers is stuck in a dreadful offensive rut, batting just .123/.197/.200 over his last 71 plate appearances. His season OPS has dropped 62 full points in that span, from .862 to .800.
Ellsbury's fourth hit leads Yanks to victory 08-31-2016
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury finished 4-for-6 with two RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, as the Yankees beat out the Royals 5-4 on Tuesday. Ellsbury had an RBI double in the second inning, and his based-loaded single in the 10th gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn't cough up again. The 32-year-old has strung together a few decent games in the past week or so, going 9-for-27 with a homer, five RBI and seven runs scored in his last six contests. He's hitting .267/.328/.373 with six homers, 45 RBI, 57 runs scored and 18 stolen bases overall.
Dyson stuffs the stat sheet against Yankees 08-31-2016
Jarrod Dyson RF KC
Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Yankees. Batting leadoff and playing center field, Dyson notched his fifth triple of the season in the third inning to get the Royals on the board. The stolen base was his fourth in his past three games, giving him 22 steals on the year. The 32-year-old's numbers never recovered from an early-season slump, and in the meantime his starting job was copped by Paulo Orlando. Dyson is hitting .248/.321/.353 on the year.
Welington Castillo hits two-run single in win 08-31-2016
Welington Castillo C ARZ
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Tuesday's win over the Giants. Castillo came through with a two-run single to cap off a four-run fifth inning against Johnny Cueto. The pair of RBI boosted his season total to 56. He is working to a .278/.334/.449 triple-slash across 344 at-bats and has been swinging a molten stick of late, with multi-hit efforts in six of his last 10 games and nine RBI in his last four.
Judge hits third homer in win over Royals 08-31-2016
Aaron Judge RF NYY
Aaron Judge hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Tuesday's win over the Royals. The homer was Judge's only hit in five at-bats, and he struck out twice on the night. That's been a common theme through his first 15 major league games, as Judge now has 24 strikeouts in 51 at-bats. The power is legitimate, but he'll need to make more contact before he's a viable major league starting-caliber outfielder.
Angel Pagan finishes with three hits in loss 08-31-2016
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Pagan was part of a mini-rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. His RBI single off Daniel Hudson with two outs drew the Giants to within 4-3 and gave the home faithful something to hope for, but next batter Buster Posey would ground out to end the game. For the season, Pagan is hitting .294/.348/.438 with nine homers, 44 RBI and 13 steals across 377 at-bats.
Volquez chased early in start against Yankees 08-31-2016
Edinson Volquez P KC
Edinson Volquez allowed nine hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday. Volquez didn't have much of anything going, and the quick hook was the third consecutive start in which Volquez has failed to make it out of the sixth inning. He now owns a 5.01 ERA in 28 starts this year, a disappointing mark after the 33-year-old posted a 3.55 ERA for the Royals last season. Volquez will try to take advantage of a bad Twins team when the two meet on Monday.
Tanaka gives up two runs before rain delay 08-31-2016
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY
Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs over five innings in a rain-shortened start Tuesday against the Royals. Tanaka was at 71 pitches when the rain came, and after the delay he was out of the game. It was a shame, as he'd allowed just four hits without issuing a walk and seemed on his way to another strong outing. The no-decision leaves his record at 11-4, and the right-hander owns a 3.12 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 27 starts this year. A matchup with the division-rival Blue Jays is up next for Tanaka on Monday.
Greinke limits Giants to two runs over six IP 08-31-2016
Zack Greinke P ARZ
Zack Greinke handcuffed the Giants in Tuesday's win, yielding just two runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings. Greinke wasn't mowing them down -- he struck out one on the evening -- but it was an effective outing nonetheless. Brandon Crawford managed a sacrifice fly in the third and Joe Panik an RBI double in the sixth to account for the scoring on Greinke's watch. He will carry a 4.17 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a road date with the Dodgers next time he takes the mound.
Cueto surrenders four runs in uneven outing 08-31-2016
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto was up-and-down in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. Cueto simply could not find the strike zone. He walked four and threw just 52 of his 89 pitches for strikes. All four runs on his line came home in the fifth inning. The veteran ace will look for sharper results when he takes his 2.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 163/38 K/BB ratio (184 1/3 innings) into a potentially trying road showdown with the Cubs next time he toes the rubber.
C.J. Cron crushes pair of homers in victory 08-31-2016
C.J. Cron 1B LAA
C.J. Cron rocked a pair of home runs and finished with three RBI in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Reds. Cron burned Reds starter Tim Adleman twice on Tuesday, mashing a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo tater in the third. He also homered in the series-opener on Monday and has now launched 14 on the season. In addition, the 26-year-old first baseman is slashing .288/.337/.498. He has picked up eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. Five of those have gone for extra bases.
Suarez smashes two-run homer in loss to LAA 08-31-2016
Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Angels. Suarez bopped a two-run home run off Jered Weaver in the seventh inning. That dinger would represent the only scoring for the Reds on the evening. For the season as a whole, Suarez is hitting .248/.316/.429 with 20 homers and 61 RBI over 459 at-bats. Tuesday's home run was his first since August 13.
Weaver pitches into seventh as Halos top Reds 08-31-2016
Jered Weaver P LAA
Jered Weaver turned in a nice performance in Tuesday's win over the Reds, surrendering two runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Weaver struck out five without walking a batter in what was about as clean a start as the veteran right-hander has tossed this season. He kept the Reds off the scoreboard completely until Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. This makes back-to-back respectable outings for Weaver, who holds a rough 5.21 ERA and 1.51 WHIP for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Mariners shows next on his schedule.
Denard Span forced out with a stiff neck 08-31-2016
Denard Span CF SF
Denard Span left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a stiff neck.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Span saw three at-bats before Gorkys Hernandez took over in center for the veteran outfielder midway through the game. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward. The Giants will reevaluate him on Wednesday.
Odor wins wild affair with walk-off homer 08-31-2016
Rougned Odor 2B TEX
Rougned Odor hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the Mariners. Odor finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored, but it was his last hit that loomed the largest. After a leadoff single by Adrian Beltre, Odor drove a low offering from Edwin Diaz to straightaway center to give the Rangers the come-from-behind victory. Odor has 25 homers and 67 RBI this year, and he's hitting .272/.294/.491 overall.
Beltre knocks three hits, homer versus M's 08-31-2016
Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners. Beltre connected with a James Paxton offering in the third inning for a two-run shot, his 24th of the year. His 87 RBI are 10th-most in the American League, and Beltre has also scored 70 runs at the age of 37. The veteran is showing few signs of slowing down despite his advanced age, batting .290/.346/.493 in 126 games this year.
Lucroy registers three-hit night against M's 08-31-2016
Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in a win over the Mariners on Tuesday. Lucroy has now driven in a run in three straight games, and he's the owner of a modest five-game hitting streak during which he's 8-for-15. The good stretch has his average up to .293 as a member of the Rangers, and Lucroy is hitting .298/.362/.506 on the year. He's got 20 homers, 67 RBI and 60 runs scored overall.
Seager has two RBI, stolen base vs. Rangers 08-31-2016
Kyle Seager 3B SEA
Kyle Seager went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. Seager had a two-run single that started a four-run top of the fifth inning, and he promptly stole second base, just his second steal of the year. He's been much more adept at driving in runs, as he's now got 85 RBI to go with 74 runs scored and 24 home runs. The third baseman is batting a healthy .288/.365/.513 in 128 games overall.
Hamels gotten to for six runs versus Mariners 08-31-2016
Cole Hamels P TEX
Cole Hamels allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Mariners. The silver lining, if there is one, is that six of the Mariners' seven hits were singles, and the other was a double, so it's not like he was getting pounded. Of course, he also issued four free passes to go with his seven hits allowed, so Hamels deserves plenty of the blame for the bad outing. That he still owns a 2.91 ERA through 27 starts following Tuesday's outing speaks to the kind of year the 32-year-old is having in Arlington. Hamels will carry a 14-4 record into Monday's rematch with the M's in Seattle.
Julio Teheran superb in win over Padres 08-31-2016
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran notched eight strikeouts while holding the Padres to two runs over seven terrific innings in a 7-3 victory Tuesday. He gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone in what was easily his best of three starts since returning from the disabled list. It was obviously an easy matchup for Teheran, but it should give his fantasy owners confidence down the stretch that he's healthy. He has another juicy matchup this weekend in Philadelphia.
Gyorko hits 24th homer, Cards win in extras 08-31-2016
Jedd Gyorko 2B STL
Jedd Gyorko swatted his 24th home run of the season Tuesday, and the Cardinals edged the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings. Gyorko's homer, a solo job, came in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a fleeting lead. He's now homered in back to back games and four of his last six. The power isn't new -- he hit 23 homers in his rookie season with the Padres in 2013 -- but it is a bit unexpected after Gyorko combined to hit just 26 dingers over his previous two seasons. The 27-year-old has a month left to continue to build on what's already a single-season best for his career.
Edwin Jackson chased after 2 2/3 frames 08-31-2016
Edwin Jackson P SD
Edwin Jackson lasted just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday, yielding five runs in a loss to the Braves. It was ugly from the get-go for Jackson, who permitted seven hits and three walks without recording a strikeout. The veteran right-hander has mixed in a couple nice outings for the Padres, but he's now struggled his last three times out and it's probably time to give someone else a look.
Peralta fans 10 Cardinals over seven innings 08-31-2016
Wily Peralta P MLW
Wily Peralta struck out 10 Cardinals hitters over seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday. Peralta gave up a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko, something every National League starter has sworn to do this year, but he was otherwise stellar in a no-decision. Stellar is also a word that could describe Peralta's performance in general since being recalled in early August. In five starts, the 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The brilliance came basically out of nowhere, and there's no guarantee he'll keep it up -- this is a guy who had a 6.68 ERA in June -- but adventurous owners could do worse than Peralta right now. A start against the Cubs on Monday could shed some light on just how real this renaissance is.
Paxton (fingernail) expects to take next turn 08-31-2016
James Paxton P SEA
James Paxton (finger) expects to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

Greg Johns on Twitter
Paxton tore the nail off his left middle finger in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He pitched two more innings after that but was limited to fastballs and curves. The lefty tore the same nail last September and had to be shut down early, though he really only missed one start. Paxton holds a 3.83 ERA and 82/20 K/BB ratio in 91 2/3 innings this season for Seattle.
Oswaldo Arcia belts first Padres homer 08-31-2016
Oswaldo Arcia RF SD
Oswaldo Arcia smacked his first home run as a Padre in Tuesday's loss to the Braves. Playing in his second game with his new club, Arcia launched a two-run shot off of Julio Teheran in the fourth inning. He also drove in a run with a groundout in the ninth, collecting the Padres' only three RBI on the night. Arcia should start plenty against righties and is worth a shot in NL-only leagues for his power potential.