Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, one RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates 5-4 loss to the Cardinals on Monday.
Cutch hit a 454-foot missile today against the Cardinals and showed that even with a rib ailment, he can still produce at an elite level. While he still looks like that rib is bothering him, he is going to continue to try to play through it. He is still producing and owners must start him every time the Buccos play. Dont expect him to steal bases very often the rest of the season. Cutch is a fantasy stud who will be a top pick in drafts next year.ANALYST: Colby Conway
Joffrey Lauvergne practiced in full Thursday.
Lauvergne has missed the last 12 games due to a back injury but was back practicing in full on Thursday. It's a great sign for the second year pro who played well when he was healthy. He started the three games he played so we will wait and see if that's what Denver has in store for him when he returns to the lineup. Analysis: James Grande
Johnny Manziel was demoted because he lied about were he was.
When video surfaced of Manziel out partying, you just knew that head coach Mike Pettine had enough of this far-too scrutinized situation. Manziel has been a veritable nightmare for the coaches and continues to show a complete lack of maturity. Josh McCown will get the start in Week 12 and, barring injury, is likely the full-time starter moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender