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  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Tuesday
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Yelich has missed three straight starts with back spasms. He was announced as a pinch-hitter Monday, but Cole Gillespie ultimately took the at-bat. He remains day-to-day. The hot-hitting Ichiro Suzuki will continue to play left field. He's batting leadoff Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Today, 7:13 am
    9:10 am vs x TB
  • Belisle (calf) makes rehab appearance
    Matt Belisle (calf) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: Belisle, who is working his way back from a right calf strain, gave up one hit and struck out one. He should be back in the Nationals' bullpen in a few days. The veteran right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances prior to hitting the DL. Today, 5:53 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Peralta (thumb) doubles in rehab game
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Monday in his third minor league rehab game with Class A Peoria.

    Advice: Peralta, who is working his way back from thumb surgery, also played six innings at shortstop. He has seen time between shortstop and third base during his minor league rehab assignment, as the Cardinals are preparing to mix and match in their infield when he returns from the disabled list. He appears on track to be activated in early June. Today, 5:37 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Clint Barmes decides to retire from MLB
    Clint Barmes told Jessica Kleinschmidt of FanDuel that he has decided to retire from baseball.

    Advice: Barmes made the decision in the middle of a recent game with Triple-A Omaha and was given his release by the Royals on Monday. "Coming back I think I decided I would give Triple-A a little time to help make my decision easier for me as far as having no regrets when I do make that decision," said Barmes. "At this point I can honestly say I can look back and know I don’t have any regrets." Barmes produced a .245/.294/.379 career batting line over 13 seasons to go along with 89 homers and 415 RBI. Today, 5:31 am
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • Johnny Cueto goes nine to beat Padres
    Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hit shutout Monday against the Padres to improve to 7-1 on the season.

    Advice: There's no telling whether his elbow will hold up for the long haul, but Cueto is an elite hurler again following that rough spell in Kansas City. Evading the home run ball has always been his strongest suit, and now that he's in a pitcher's park, rather than hitter friendly Cincinnati, he's doing better than ever, serving up just two long balls in 75 2/3 innings to date this year. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Wil Myers struggling in May
    Wil Myers went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting .218 with a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 87 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Myers had a great April, but nothing has gone right for him this month and he'll probably hit lower in the Padres order until he gets it turned around. He still has some mixed-league value, but he's very benchable right now. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Taijuan Walker allows one earned run in loss
    Taijuan Walker was charged with five runs -- one earned -- in 7 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It'd probably be for the best if unearned runs were simply abolished from our precious statistics, but then every once in a while, you get a situation in which a pitcher is charged with a bunch of runs that he had very little hand in. That was the case with Walker tonight. It took two Chris Taylor errors to open the door for a four-run eighth inning, and with runners on second and third with one out, manager Scott Servais had Walker intentionally walk the light-hitting Billy Burns before pulling him. All three baserunners later came around to score against the pen. Walker deserved much better, but at least the festivities didn't hurt his ERA. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Stephen Vogt hits fourth homer
    Stephen Vogt had a solo homer and an RBI on an HBP against the Mariners on Monday night.

    Advice: That'll do. The homer off Taijuan Walker in the seventh accounted for the first run of the game for either team, and the HBP in the eighth helped add to Oakland's cushion. Vogt is hitting .252 with four homers this year. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Kershaw throws two-hitter for third shutout
    Clayton Kershaw's third shutout of the month was a two-hitter Monday in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Three shutouts in a year is really impressive these days. Kershaw has that many this month alone. Only two other teams in baseball have as many complete games this year (the Giants and White Sox) as Kershaw has shutouts this month. Overall, Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and if anything, that underestimates how well he's pitched. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan takes hard-luck loss
    Brandon Finnegan went the distance in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing one run in eight innings.

    Advice: At least the Reds won't go the whole year without a complete game now. They had two last year, both from guys who were later traded (Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake). Finnegan was really effective tonight, but he struck out just two and walked four. He can't be owned in mixed leagues right now. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Ricky Nolasco pounded for six runs
    Ricky Nolasco was blasted for six runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: About the only positive thing you can say for Nolasco is that at least he was so bad that he got pulled before the rain delay hit. He yielded eight hits and two walks on the night in the horrendous showing. Nolasco's ERA is at a season-high 5.54, and he hasn't notched a quality start in over a month. He'll face the Mariners this weekend. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Joe Mauer homers as part of three-hit night
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The longball came in the first inning off of Ian Kennedy and was Mauer's third of the season. The power has still been lacking for Mauer, and he's cooled off in May after a nice April. However, he's still been productive overall with a .380 on-base percentage. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Cody Anderson strikes out nine in victory
    Cody Anderson fanned nine while allowing one run over seven innings to beat the White Sox in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Anderson had a 7.99 ERA in six starts and a relief appearance before being recalled to make the start tonight. He's expected to stick around and start against the Orioles this weekend, and while he'll be too risky to use then, he still could have some AL-only value this year. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
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    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Jose Ramirez homers twice for Tribe
    After entering play with one homer on the year, Jose Ramirez went deep in both ends of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: He had a two-run homer in the first game and a solo shot in the second. Ramirez has been a terrific surprise this year, hitting .293 with a .782 OPS in significantly more playing time than he was expected to receive. He went into 2016 with a .239 average and a .644 OPS in 564 major league at-bats. He'll continue to play pretty regularly between left field and third base for as long as he continues to hit. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • John Lackey takes no-decision against Cards
    John Lackey struck out nine while allowing three runs over seven frames to take a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Lackey out-pitched Adam Wainwright, notching nine strikeouts while walking just one and allowing four hits. However, one of the hits was a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning. Lackey boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 frames on the season, as the 37-year-old looks like he has plenty left in the tank. He'll face the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Royals release INF Clint Barmes
    Royals released INF Clint Barmes.

    Advice: Barmes exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract. The 37-year-old was batting just .204/.255/.306 over 29 games in Triple-A, but he's hoping to find a better opportunity elsewhere. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Yelich (back) out of Miami lineup again Mon.
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again on Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in left field and bat leadoff versus Rays left-hander Matt Moore. J.T. Realmuto is batting third in the series opener at Marlins Park. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    9:10 am vs x TB
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Sunday
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Yelich was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to back spasms and apparently still isn't ready to play. Ichiro Suzuki will again handle left field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is doing the catching. Sunday, 7:46 am
    9:10 am vs x TB
  • Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to play Sunday
    Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt was unavailable Saturday after getting hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The catcher sports a .250/.284/.371 batting line with three homers this season. Sunday, 6:39 am
  • Matt Belisle (calf) to begin rehab on Monday
    Matt Belisle (calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: He's working his way back from a strained right calf. The 35-year-old was pitching well before he got hurt. He carries a 1.50 ERA across seven appearances this season. Saturday, 7:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Christian Yelich sidelined with back spasms
    Christian Yelich (back) was scratched from Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: He's dealing with back spasms. Ichiro Suzuki will grab the start at left field and hit leadoff. Though the injury doesn't appear to be serious, losing Yelich for any amount of time is a blow to fantasy owners. The 24-year-old is having the best year of his career, hitting .320 with a spectacular .420 OBP. Until we hear more, consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 2:57 pm
    9:10 am vs x TB
  • Cody Anderson will start for Indians Monday
    Cody Anderson will be recalled to pitch the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for the twin bill. He owns a horrifying 7.99 ERA through his first 32 2/3 innings thus far and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option. Saturday, 11:19 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Stephen Vogt not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Given that it's a day game after a night game and Vogt has been a bit hobbled as of late, it's a good time to give him a rest. Matt McBride will work behind the dish for the A's and bat eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Saturday, 9:29 am
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Manager Paul Molitor is opting to give Mauer a breather against opposing southpaw J.A. Happ. The 33-year-old is hitting .265/.377/.361 with two homers and 11 RBI through his first 41 games. Saturday, 8:24 am
  • Peralta (thumb) to begin rehab assignment Friday
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday.

    Advice: The Cardinals must have liked what they saw from Peralta at Wednesday's batting practice. At one time, it looked like Peralta might be out until the All-Star break but now it appears he's on track to return in early June. Peralta will play shortstop and third base during his rehab assignment. We'd expect him to regain the starting shortstop job upon his return with Aledmys Diaz shifting into a utility role. Thursday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Lackey only allows one run in no-decision
    John Lackey only allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, but ultimately settled for a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning affair with the Brewers.

    Advice: Lackey didn’t experience too much trouble in Wednesday’s start, but catcher David Ross helped immensely by catching a pair of potential base stealers and picking off Jonathan Lucroy at second base. On the mound, the right-hander now has four-consecutive quality starts and has only allowed six earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched. Lackey owns a 3.31 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Johnny Cueto goes the distance in win vs. SD
    Johnny Cueto went the distance for the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run and four hits in a victory over the Padres.

    Advice: After a rough go of it during the regular season for the Royals following last year's trade, Cueto is back pitching now like he did as a Red; he's 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA after nine starts. The complete game was his second of the year and 14th ever. A juicy rematch with the Padres is next. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Finnegan strikes out six in no-decision
    Brandon Finnegan allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none, in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It was nice to see Finnegan fan six on Wednesday because he had only struck out nine batters in his previous 15 innings and hadn’t struck out more than five in a game since his debut on April 6. The lefty hasn’t been able to quiet the fears that he’s a long-term reliever. He has walked too many and has proven too home-run prone; however, the 23-year-old southpaw has a decent swinging-strike rate that could translate to more strikeouts as the year progresses. He has a 4.44 ERA on the year and is next scheduled to face the Dodgers in a tough road match-up. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Walker takes the loss in Wednesday's start
    Taijuan Walker got tagged for four runs (three earned) on five hits, two of those being homers, on Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: It’s been a tough stretch for Walker, who impressed in April and appeared in the midst of a breakout. In his last three starts, though, he’s allowed 11 runs (eight earned) and five home runs in just 12 2/3 innings. It conjures memories of last year’s disappointing performance, when he served up a whopping 25 homers in 29 starts and posted a 4.56 ERA. Still, it’s too early to panic. The 23-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA with a 8.65 K/9. He’ll look to get back on track against the Athletics next week. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) takes batting practice
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) took batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was the first time Peralta had taken part in batting practice since he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in early March. GM John Mozeliak has indicated that the veteran shortstop could begin a rehab assignment this week. Wednesday, 2:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nolasco allows four runs in loss to Tigers
    Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs -- two earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Nolasco struck out six and only issued only walk, but the dangerous Detroit offense pounded him for nine hits. Nolasco will carry a 1-2 record and 4.74 ERA into his next start at home against the Royals. The right-hander holds a cool 43/9 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings, but we wouldn't trust him in a standard mixed fantasy league. Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Kershaw continues roll with 11 strikeouts
    Clayton Kershaw recorded his sixth consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw continued to showcase beautiful pinpoint control. This was the fifth time in nine starts in which he did not walk a batter. Those other four starts saw him walking just one in each. On Tuesday, the lone run to score against him came courtesy of an RBI single by Shane Robinson in the second inning. That was one of four hits allowed over his eight innings of work. Kershaw now holds a 1.67 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 88/4 K/BB ratio across 69 innings. The Padres will have the displeasure of hosting him in his next scheduled start. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Joe Mauer homers in loss to Tigers
    Joe Mauer ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: It was one of two solo blasts that the Twins had -- Miguel Sano had the other -- and they put the club in a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. That's when the Tigers erupted for seven runs. Mauer has slumped this month after a big April but is still sporting a nice .274/.389/.378 batting line. Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Myers (forearm) batting leadoff on Tuesday
    Wil Myers (forearm) is batting leadoff for the Padres on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Myers left Saturday's game against the Brewers with cramping in his left calf and had to be scratched Sunday due to left forearm tightness, but they were both apparently minor injuries. The 25-year-old has seven home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games this season, though consistency remains a big issue. Tuesday, 5:09 pm
  • Indians option RHP Anderson to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Anderson was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings on Monday against the Reds and now owns a 7.99 ERA for the year. He has allowed 10 homers in just 32 2/3 innings, which isn't going to get it done. He'll try to earn his way back in the minors. Tuesday, 10:35 am
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    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Anderson gives up six runs vs. Reds
    Cody Anderson was chased after giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Anderson allowed nine hits, including two home runs. He has now served up 10 home runs in just 32 2/3 innings this season and owns an ugly 7.99 ERA on the year. It’s hard to imagine him keeping a rotation spot for much longer. Monday, 6:43 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Vogt (thumb) out of Monday's lineup
    Stephen Vogt (thumb) is out of Monday's lineup against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt took a pitch off his left thumb when he tried to stop a wild pitch on Sunday. X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day. Josh Phegley (knee) is out again Monday, so Matt McBride is starting behind the plate. Monday, 2:41 pm
  • Stephen Vogt (thumb) considered day-to-day
    Stephen Vogt is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his thumb came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: He received a pitch behind the plate that caught him in the left thumb, but the pain wasn't enough for him to come out of the game Sunday. If anything, he may see a day of rest as a precaution, but it shouldn't necessitate a trip to the disabled list. May 15, 2:15 pm
  • Myers (forearm) scratched from Padres' lineup
    Wil Myers has been scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with left forearm tightness.

    Advice: Myers left Saturday's game with a calf cramp but passed mobility tests during pregame Sunday and was initially in the lineup. However, it appears he's now dealing with a forearm issue. Consider him day-to-day for now. Brett Wallace has slid from third to first base, Adam Rosales will move from second to third base and Jose Pirela enters the lineup at second. May 15, 11:21 am
  • Matt Belisle (calf) throws bullpen session
    Matt Belisle (calf) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: "It went great," Belisle said. "It was totally normal. I felt really good. I threw all of my pitches. I had a hitter stand in. It was great." Belisle will begin a rehab assignment soon and should rejoin the Nationals' bullpen before the end of the month. May 15, 10:24 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Peralta (thumb) nearing rehab assignment
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on KMOX 1120 AM in St. Louis on Sunday that Jhonny Peralta (thumb) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

    Advice: Mozeliak expects Peralta to be cleared for full baseball activities this week and the shortstop might be ready for rehab games, as well. The veteran infielder is look at a late May/early June return. He is expected to regain his shortstop job upon his return, which means Aledmys Diaz will likely shift over to second base and/or be used at multiple infield positions. May 15, 9:49 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Wil Myers (calf) back in Sunday's lineup
    Wil Myers (calf) is in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Myers departed Saturday's contest with a left calf cramp, but he made a quick recovery. He's at first base and batting second against Zach Davies and the Brewers. Travis Jankowski is in center field and in the leadoff spot for Jon Jay. May 15, 9:06 am
  • Wil Myers (calf) thinks he'll play Sunday
    Wil Myers said after leaving Saturday's game with a left calf cramp that he expects to be ready to play Sunday.

    Advice: "Running down the line, I felt it catch just a little bit, nothing crazy," said Myers. The first baseman added that it "was just one of those precautionary moves." While it's good news that Myers should be fine, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Padres hold him out of action for a day or two just in case. May 15, 6:44 am
  • Myers leaves Saturday's game with leg injury
    Wil Myers left Saturday's game against the Brewers with a leg injury.

    Advice: Jon Jay pinch-ran for Myers in the ninth inning after reaching on a fielder's choice. Derek Norris replaced Myers at first base the following inning. Myers was having a good night before the injury, collecting two hits including his seventh home run of the season. He's likely headed for X-rays. James Loney, who is hitting .336 for Triple-A El Paso, would be a candidate to fill in at first base if Myers lands on the disabled list. May 14, 8:32 pm
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) likely to stay at shortstop
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects Jhonny Peralta (thumb) to only play shortstop during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: He's tentatively expected to begin a rehab assignment next week. Aledmys Diaz has swung a hot bat since taking over at shortstop and it's going to be hard to take him out of the lineup. Peralta has played third base in the past (203 career starts) but that's not an option Matheny is currently considering. Diaz may end up playing all over the infield when Peralta returns from thumb surgery next month. May 14, 6:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nolasco gives up four runs vs. Indians
    Ricky Nolasco yielded four runs in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: Nolasco gave up four hits (including two home runs) and a season-high three walks while striking out three batters. He had the lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but gave up a single and two walks before Marlon Byrd tied the game with a sacrifice fly. The veteran right-hander now owns a 4.87 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings through seven starts. He has a date with the Tigers on tap for next week. May 13, 9:27 pm
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