Tyler Austin1B/RF NYY 34 minutes ago
Austin went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in Monday's loss to the Royals.
Austin has seen his playing time dwindle as his performance has dipped, but he was able to break out of a 1-for-21 slump with the two-hit performance. Mark Teixeira still replaced him as a pinch hitter late in the contest and figures to be the starting option at first base most games, but Austin can continue to work himself back into the mix with better nights at the plate like Monday's.
Nelson CruzLF/RF/DH SEA 2 hours ago
Manager Scott Servais hinted that Cruz (undisclosed) may not be in Tuesday's lineup against Texas, The Seattle Times reports.
Cruz showed signs of discomfort during Monday's game against the Rangers, but afterward he merely said that every player is batting some form of injury at this point in the season. Though he may be held out of Tuesday's lineup, there's been nothing to suggest the slugger is in danger of requiring a prolonged absence. The Mariners could be a bit more cautious toward the end of the season, if they fall out of the playoff race.
Travis Shaw1B/3B BOS 5 hours ago
Shaw went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in Boston's 9-4 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. This was just his third multi-hit performance in the last 40 games.
It's no secret to fantasy owners of Shaw that he's been slumping since June. Entering Monday's game, Shaw was hitting .197/.272/.351 in the previous 69 games. He told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that he's made some recent adjustments mentally. "It felt like I was trying to do too much there," he said. "You get in a little slump and feel like you've got to get a hit every single time you come up to the plate. The last couple days, I've felt pretty relaxed and not trying to do too much." His playing time going forward, and possibly his presence on the postseason roster should Boston qualify for the playoffs, is dependent on his escape from his three-month slump.
Clay BuchholzP BOS 5 hours ago
Buchholz allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one inning in Boston's 9-4 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.
While it was a low-leverage situation -- Boston was leading 9-3 when Buchholz emerged from the bullpen -- it was the second straight appearance in which he's pitched the eighth inning. Boston manager John Farrell is trying to shore up the bridge to closer Craig KImbrel and Buchholz is the latest reliever. The manager doesn't have a reliable set up guy at this time -- Junichi Tazawa and Matt Barnes have blown up, Brad Ziegler's splits against left-handed batters aren't pretty, and Koji Uehara is working his way back from a pectoral injury. His performance Monday -- he loaded the bases with no outs before getting out of it relatively unharmed -- was not a good sign, but the right-hander has pitched very well in the month of August (2.57 ERA).
Odubel HerreraLF/CF PHI 6 hours ago
Manager Pete Mackanin said Herrera will remain in center field for the remainder of the season, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
A few weeks ago Mackanin said Herrera could be shifted to a corner outfield spot in September, but those plans have changed. Mackanin said the Phillies want to keep Herrera's mind "as uncluttered as possible right now," while trying to get him back on track offensively. He has hit just .251/.307/.390 since July 1 after hitting .303/.393/.428 over the first three months of the season.
Sam Travis1B BOS 6 hours ago
Travis (knee) was at Fenway Park before Monday's game to get checked out by team doctors, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
Travis, who is recovering from knee surgery to repair an ACL tear, will likely begin 2017 at Triple-A Pawtucket, but given the current roster, there's an opportunity he'll be Boston's first baseman at some point next season.
Sam DysonRP TEX 7 hours ago
Dyson picked up his 30th save with a scoreless ninth in Monday's win over the Mariners.
Since July, Dyson is a solid 14-for-16 in save opportunities with a 2.61 ERA despite a horrible 1.50 WHIP and a mediocre 16:9 K:BB. His relative inability to miss bats compared to the typical modern closer means he's likely to make things interesting on a regular basis down the stretch. Dyson is one of the league's most extreme groundballers, though, with a 62.8 percent groundball rate, and when his sinker is working, he's tough to handle.
Yu DarvishSP TEX 7 hours ago
Darvish (5-3) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a win Monday over the Mariners.
Darvish hasn't failed to throw a quality start in his last eight outings, an eight-start span in which he owns a brilliant 62:11 K:BB. He induced 16 swinging strikes over 110 pitches in Monday's start as he had the Mariners off balance all night long. His ERA sits at 3.01 as his only problem this year has been a mild propensity for the home run ball (nine allowed in 12 starts, a 1.1 HR/9).
Carlos BeltranRF/DH TEX 7 hours ago
Beltran homered, scored twice, and drove in a pair in a 3-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Mariners.
Beltran looks like he's back on track, as he's a robust 5-for-9 over his past two games after Monday's explosive performance. He still owns a brutal .244/.277/.400 batting line since coming to Texas from the Yankees, but at least the power has been there -- Beltran has eight extra-base hits out of his 22 total hits, including three home runs.
Hisashi IwakumaSP SEA 8 hours ago
Iwakuma (14-10) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over just three innings in a loss Monday to the Rangers.
Iwakuma has given up one home run and at least three earned runs in each of his last four starts, and he hasn't struck out more than three batters in any of those outings. His ERA has jumped to 4.01 has a result of this cold streak. As things stand, Iwakuma is in line for his first season with an ERA over 4.00 since coming over to the United States in 2012. He has allowed 24 home runs in 27 starts, and his next home run allowed will tie his career high from 2013 (in 33 starts and 219.2 innings).