Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: The oft-injured outfielder hurt his shoulder running into the wall Friday night and will head back to the bench. He's batting .254 with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 61 runs scored, but he's been in and out of the lineup in the second half due to inuries. Sam Fuld will leadoff and Craig Gentry will cover center field.
Description: The Padres have recalled Jesse Hahn from Double-A.
Insight: Hahn was near his innings limit so they sent him to the minors for a while. He's thrown 110 1/3 innings between the minors and majors and has gone 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 65 Ks in 70 innings with the Padres.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers lineup Saturday.
Insight: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly gave Puig Friday off to try and give him a breather. Puig is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Andre Ethier played center field on Friday and returns to the bench on Saturday.
Description: The Rangers have activated pitcher Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Holland has missed the first five months of the season after undergoing knee sugery. He will return to the starting rotation on Tuesday against the Royals, but he did not pitch well in his rehab assignment, so we wouldn't insert him in your rotation right away.
Description: Tigers ace Max Scherzer hit a speed bump in his otherwise great season, giving up five earned runs in six and 2/3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against the White Sox. He did, however, strikeout 11 and walk none.
Insight: Scherzer allowed two home runs, one to Adam Dunn and another to Tyler Flowers. Scherzer is now 15-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI-single in the third inning on Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Abreu is 6-for-7 in the series against the Tigers so far this weekend. He also extended his hitting streak to 10 games. During that span, Abreu is hitting .528 with five extra-base hits, and nine RBI.
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Jeter could not take advantage of a friendly matchup against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Jeter came into the matchup hitting .500 (7-for-14) against the 24-year-old. The Yankee captain is hitting .207 with four extra-base hits, including one home run, and a poor .622 OPS in 25 games this month. The debate of whether he should continue to bat second in the lineup will rage on at least another day.
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just a two-run home run in the top of the first against the Blue Jays and received the loss on Saturday.
Insight: Pineda went on to pitch six innings, strike out three and walk none. Jose Bautista hit the two-run homer. Pineda has posted a 2.31 ERA and 15/1 K/BB ratio in four starts since returning from the disabled list.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, striking out nine and walking two against the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: The victory was Hutchison's first since August 6, but he did pitch well in his last start, earning a no-decision. In his last 13 innings, the 24-year-old has allowed just one run, struck out 16 and walked four.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game to lift Toronto to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Insight: Bautista's two-run shot accounted for the only runs in the game. He went 1-for-3 in the game and has moved into sole possession of sixth place on the American League home run list with 28. Bautista is also hitting .284 with 82 RBI and a .917 OPS.
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected to sit out the entire weekend series with the Cardinals according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, and he has not returned. Hopefully, he can play on Monday. Chris Valaika looks to be the Cubs starting first baseman until then.
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Insight: This is not a surprise. Even if Molina was not a day removed from being activated from the DL, he would not be catching both games of a doubleheader. Molina plans to catch the second game and is available to pinch hit in the first. The catcher went 0-for-3 on Friday in his first action since July 9.
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for the third game in a row.
Insight: Alvarez left Tuesday's game with a sprain between two toes in his left foot and has not returned to the field since then. The Pirates have won both games with Alvarez in the lineup, but he did have three home runs in a three game span last week, so Pittsburgh would like to get him back soon.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .222 (6-for-27) against Astros pitcher Scott Feldman.
Insight: Beltre has six hits in his last 16 at-bats, but for some reason, he does not see the ball well off Feldman. Despite the terrible season overall in Texas, Beltre is having another tremendous season, batting .327 with 17 home runs, 26 doubles, 68 RBI and 68 runs.
Description: Tigers reliever Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday according to MLive.com.
Insight: It's a good sign, but in terms of fantasy value, he has very little for the remainder of the season. He still is a few weeks away from returning and even then, Soria still is the setup man to closer Joe Nathan.
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings against the A's Friday, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three, as the Angels won, 4-0.
Insight: Weaver outdueled Jon Lester, who pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. Believe it or not, this is Weaver's first start this year in which he did not yield a run. Better late than never. He is 15-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Ellsbury was limping around in the clubhouse on Friday night after injuring his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth. The Yankees have off on Monday, so it's possible manager Joe Giradi will be extremely cautious and sit him on Sunday as well, so Ellsbury gets three straight days of rest.
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) with a home run, three doubles and six RBI against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Jones is struggling this month, batting .197 with two doubles and four RBI. He is also only hitting .225 with three home runs and eight RBI since the All-Star break. So if you are going to start him, today would probably be the day.
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hitting .348 (8-for-23) in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Bourn had his five-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, going 0-for-5. Even with the 0-for-5, Bourn is hitting .333 in the last week with three extra-base hits. On the season, he is batting .268 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 332 at-bats.
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .250 hitter (4-for-16) with a home run against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: McCutchen looked frustrated on Friday night, popping up a couple times with runners on base. The MVP did register a bloop single to go 1-for-4. It's pretty clear that McCutchen is still not completely healthy with his ribs, but he is in the lineup, and he should be in yours too.
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .520 (13-for-25) hitter with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez comes into the game with a seven-game winning streak. During that stretch, the designated hitter is batting .394 with three extra-base hits, six RBI and nine runs. He should be already but put Martinez in your lineup.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is a career .130 hitter (7-for-54) against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ramirez went 0-for-5 against Verlander and Detroit relief pitching on Friday and has another tough matchup on Saturday. We would stay away from this matchup even though Ramirez is having a solid season, batting .283 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI.
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is a career 7-for-14 against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison.
Insight: The experts have debated whether manager Joe Giardi should lower Jeter in the batting order, but as of now he is still hitting second and will continue to get opportunities. Jeter is hitting .264 with 18 extra base hits, 36 RBI and a measly .627 OPS this season.
Description: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Sunday according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: He will play in the Gulf Coast League finals on Sunday and make his way to the postseason series at either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. Eventually, he is expected to join the Red Sox in September.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner took a no-decision on Friday against the Dodgers in his second start since being activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Cashner looked much stronger in this second start than in his first off the DL. He went six innings, yielded one run on six hits, struck out eight and walked none. In 87 and 1/3 innings this year, Cashner has a 2.37 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Description: Despite his career struggles against Padres starter Andrew Cashner, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 on Friday night.
Insight: Ramirez came into the game 1-for-14 versus Cashner. The shortstop tied the game with a third-inning RBI double off the Padre starter and then tied the game at two with a solo home run off reliever Dale Thayer in the eighth. Ramirez came into the game just 1-for-12 since returning from the disabled list, so perhaps he has broken out of his funk.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 5-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored in San Francisco's big victory over Milwaukee, 13-2.
Insight: Posey snapped his seven-game hitting streak on Thursday, going 0-for-4, but responded with five hits on Friday. In his last nine games, Posey is batting .500 (20-for-40) with five home runs, three doubles, a triple, 13 RBI and 11 runs. The catcher has raised his season totals to .297, 18 home runs, 71 RBI and .823 OPS.
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk, on Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Rendon has been sensational for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out). He finished a triple short of the cycle on Friday. Rendon had one RBI on his solo home run in the first inning and scored twice. He is hitting .282 with 18 home runs, 33 doubles, 71 RBI, 97 runs and a .812 OPS this year.
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta recorded three RBI in three plate appearances on Friday against the A's.
Insight: Ianetta broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot off Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run during the sixth. In 257 at-bats this year, Ianetta is hitting .257 with six home runs and 37 RBI.
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run on nine hits over seven innings in a victory on Friday over the White Sox.
Insight: This is quite promising as Verlander looked like his old self on Friday. The only run he yielded was on an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly in the first inning. Overall, Verlander has still been very disappointing this year (12-11, 4.68 ERA, 1.45 WHIP), but he proved Friday he still has the potential to be dominant in any start.
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts hit a grand slam to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 8-4, on Friday.
Insight: Betts' first career grand slam pretty much put the game out of reach as the home run increased the Boston lead to 8-0 in the second inning. The Red Sox prospect finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .253 with three home runs and seven RBI in 79 at-bats this year.
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Braves on Friday.
Insight: Ozuna has cooled off since four straight multi-hit games, which included three straight contests with a home run, last week, but he was feeling it on Friday. The outfielder is one of the most streaky hitters around, so this has almost become expected. He has seven multi-hit games this month but is hitting .227.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run on Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: The big night gives Upton a new career-high for RBI in a season. The left fielder has 91 with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a home run in the victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: The home run was Ellsbury's 14th on the season and fourth in the last week. The center fielder is hitting .313 in August, including .455 in his last 11 games. Ellsbury also has 14 RBI, 12 runs and nine stolen bases this month.
Description: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 in his major league debut.
Insight: Herrera had a rough first game in the big leagues. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out in his second at-bat. Herrera did manage to line out in his final at-bat, but then the rookie committed an error in the ninth. He should remain in the starting lineup though with manager Terry Collins annoucing that All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy could miss the rest of the season.
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-3 with a grand slam on Friday. He also scored twice and walked.
Insight: Davis has struggled, to say the least, as he is hitting just .189 in 407 at-bats, but he can still produce massive home runs on occasion. The long ball was his 24th of the season and he has 67 RBI as well.
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata was 2-for-4 on Friday and drove in the game-winning RBI in the eighth as the Pirates beat the Reds, 2-1.
Insight: The Pirates called up Tabata this week. On Friday, he record his first major league hit since June 18, playing for the injured Travis Snider. He will continue to fill in for Snider, who is ailing with a hamstring injury.
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and two steals in the Reds loss on Friday.
Insight: With the two steals Friday, Hamilton now has 53 on the season, which is second only to Dee Gordon. Hamilton is also hitting .268 with 38 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, and 70 runs in 489 at-bats this year.
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison hit a game-tying triple in the bottom of the eighth and eventually scored the winning run in the next at-bat against the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Harrison played out of his mind on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and run. He also showcased the leather bailing the Pirates out of a few jams in the field. In the last four games, Harrison is hitting .412 with two doubles, a triple and home run. The new everyday Pirate third baseman is batting .308 with 49 extra-base hits, 45 RBI, 62 runs, and 17 steals this year.
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez pitched seven and 2/3 innings on Friday, allowing one run on three hits, striking out six and walking three. Volquez earned a no-decision.
Insight: Volquez pitched six hitless innings to start Friday. He did not get the win because Pittsburgh scored its two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the 31-year-old continues to pitch well. Volquez is 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Description: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start moved back from Saturday to Monday according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: McClendon apparently wants Young to have a few extra days rest before his next start. Young has had a tremdenous year but struggled in his last start allowing three runs in three and 2/3 innings. Roenis Elias will start in Young's place on Saturday. Young is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA this year.
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful simulated game on Friday, using all of his pitches effectively according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: The Brewers have hoped all along that Garza could rejoin the pitching rotation without needing a minor league rehab assignment, and this is certainly a good sign. With Mike Fiers pitching very well, it's anticipated that Garza's return will bump Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen.
Description: An MRI exam this week showed Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring is continuing to progress well according to Dan Kolko of MASN.
Insight: Zimmerman still has yet to swing a bat or begin running, so it is still unclear whether he will be back before the end of the regular season. Zimmerman is hitting .282 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 195 at-bats this year.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy will more than likely ride out Petit's hot streak by keeping him in the starting rotation. If he pitches well in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, then we expect him to keep Tim Lincecum's spot in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce left Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning with a right abdominal strain.
Insight: Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and is still expected to return the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Running the bases was the last hurdle Uribe had to overcome before returning. The third baseman has been taking batting practice all week with no issues. Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role.
Description: Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero will not return this season as Seattle is shutting him down for the remainder of 2014.
Insight: Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton reports the club wants to address Montero's non-baseball issues the rest of the year. On Thursday, Montero attempted to contront a team scout in the crowd of a Class-A Everett game for poking fun at his lack of hustle. Allegedly, the scout sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for Montero. The DH is extremely talented and only 24, but Seattle will not promote him back to the big leagues until he learns to control his temper.
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Insight: Lowrie is expected to play in Triple-A over the weekend and if all goes well, rejoin the big league club on Tuesday when rosters expand. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side" while fielding ground balls on Wednesday.
Insight: Cincinnati does not look ready to shut Votto down completely, but with the Reds playoffs chances dwindling, it looks less likely that he will make a comeback this season. Do not count on him for your fantasy playoff run.
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.
Insight: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports there is no scheduled doctor appointment, so it appears to be a minor setback. Tanaka has said the pain is more in his forearm than in his elbow. It is looking less and less likely that Tanaka will make a fantasy impact again this season.
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is again not in the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Alvarez left Tuesday's game with a sprain between two toes in his left foot and has not returned to the field since then. Alvarez is still day-to-day, but Ike Davis has been swinging a hot bat, so manager Clint Hurdle might ride out Davis' hot streak at first base anyway.
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury and is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Snider tweaked something after beating out a bunt single in the third inning. Jose Tabata will start in right field. Tabata is batting .283, but without much power as his .645 OPS will attest.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig is hitting .301/.388/.495 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 71 runs this year. He's hitless in his last three games (0-for-14) and this unfavorable matchup doesn't figure to help those numbers.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson homered and doubled in the series opener with the Angels Thursday night. His batting average is down almost 50 points from last season, but he's providing power (26 HR) for the A's and fantasy owners.
Description: In a matchup of All-Stars, Oakland left-hander Jon Lester has gotten the best of Angels center fielder Mike Trout.
Insight: Trout is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in their matchups. Trout is just starting to break out of a slump, going 6-for-12 over the past three games. Hopefully, Lester won't slow the progress, but Trout isn't a great option Friday.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has homered two times and is 4-for-9 against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Abreu is putting together a MVP-type season with 33 HR, 97 RBI a .312 batting average and a league-leading .969 OPS. Verlander is heading in the opposite direction having given up four earned runs in each of his last two games and is 11-11 on the season with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Stanton has to be considered for MVP as he leads the NL with 33 homers, 97 RBI, walks (87), OBP (.403), SLG (.558), OPS (.961) and total bases 273. Having said all that this isn't a great matchup for the slugger.
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Insight: McCann is just one of four hitters on the Yankees roster with career batting averages over .420 against Buehrle (min 10 at-bats). The other three are Brett Gardner, Stephen Drew and Ichiro Suzuki.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .368 hitter with four extra-base hits versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista's batting average is down since the All-Star break, but he's still leadling the league in OBP and his .890 OPS should keep fantasy owners happy. He's just 2-for-19 this week, but both hits were home runs.