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  • Zack Greinke earns win over Rockies
    Zack Greinke improved to 2-0 after allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Greinke has a 1.83 ERA and an even more impressive 0.71 WHIP after three starts. With the Padres and Giants next on the schedule, he's a definite threat for NL pitcher of the month honors.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Joel Peralta records third save
    Joel Peralta earned save No. 3 in Saturday's victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Peralta pitched a hitless ninth in a 6-3 game in his first appearance in five days. The 39-year-old right-hander had been bothered by a sore neck. With six straight scoreless appearances to begin the season, he looks like the Dodgers' full-time closer in Kenley Jansen's absence.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Yasiel Puig reaches three times in return
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Puig played the entire game in right field tonight after missing the previous four days with hamstring soreness.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • D.J. LeMahieru hits first homer
    D.J. LeMahieu's first homer was a two-run shot off Zack Greinke on Saturday.

    Advice: The typically light-hitting LeMahieu is batting .463 over his first 41 at-bats of 2015. It hasn't moved him up in the Rockies order, so he's still irrelevant outside of NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out 12 in victory
    Felix Hernandez fanned 12 while holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Although Hernandez was still bothered by some tightness in his quad, it didn't show in his performance; he allowed just two hits on the night. It was his 11th career 12-strikeout game and first since he fanned 15 against the Rays last June 8.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Fernando Rodney works perfect ninth
    Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth against the Rangers for his third save Saturday.

    Advice: It was Rodney's first appearance since he took a loss and a blown save on Tuesday. He lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 12.46 with the outing.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Brad Miller triples, steals base in win
    Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: He was picked off second base after the steal, so it wasn't all good. Still, it was a positive development. Now that Chris Taylor is healthy again, Miller could face competition at shortstop in two or three weeks. However, if he gets hot, the job should be his for good.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Rougned Odor goes hitless in loss
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .158.

    Advice: Odor's .158 average hardly stands out among Rangers regulars, so he's not in any danger of losing playing time. The team's offense certainly isn't great, but it can't be this bad, and Odor still projects as a contributor in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Joe Panik goes 3-for-5 against Arizona
    Joe Panik went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Panik had a dreadful spring and a poor first week and a half, but he's come alive with eight hits in the first three games of the series against Arizona. That's raised his average from .176 to .286.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Chris Heston earns win over Arizona
    Chris Heston held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Heston has a 0.87 ERA in three starts in place of Matt Cain in the Diamondbacks rotation. We still wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues -- his stuff isn't all that impressive -- but he's certainly worth playing in NL-only leagues for however long he's in the Giants rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa gives up three earned runs
    Rubby De La Rosa yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Giants.

    Advice: De La Rosa probably pitched better tonight that he did in either of his two wins to open the season, but the run support wasn't as much in abundance. He's given up four homers through 18 innings, and until he stops doing serving up the long ball, he's not going to be an option in NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Brandon Crawford hits third homer
    Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer off the Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa on Saturday.

    Advice: Crawford is still batting just .163, which is why he's found himself hitting eighth of late. However, he has three homers and seven RBI anyway.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • David Peralta hits second homer
    David Peralta hit his second homer Saturday for the Diamondbacks' lone run against the Giants.

    Advice: For as long as Ender Inciarte is hitting, Peralta is the Diamondbacks' fourth-best outfielder; he's weak defensively and he doesn't offer Mark Trumbo's power. Still, he's off to a perfectly fine start himself, with a .267 average, two homers and six RBI in 30 at-bats. Maybe none of the Diamondbacks' four outfielders deserve to play everyday, but certainly none of them deserve to lose at-bats to Yasmany Tomas.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Tillman goes five-plus strong in win over Sox
    Chris Tillman hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Orioles topped the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a nice bounceback from his last start, in which he gave up seven runs -- three earned -- to the Blue Jays and didn't make it out of the third inning. Tillman struck out five Red Sox and walked two on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 10/8 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He will face the Blue Jays on the road next time out.
    Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Yasiel Puig back in Dodgers' lineup Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Puig missed three games while nursing a hamstring injury. Fortunately it wasn't serious enough to land him on the DL. Puig has been boom or bust this year, jacking two homers but also striking out seven times. Carl Crawford will head to the bench with Puig back in the lineup.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Dodgers outright David Huff to AAA OKC
    Dodgers sent LHP David Huff outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff was designated for assignment by the Dodgers after allowing four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old southpaw will continue to function as organizational rotation depth for Los Angeles.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Yasiel Puig remains out of Dodgers lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his hamstring during Monday's contest and still hasn't felt good enough to return to the lineup yet. He worked out on the field prior to Friday's game and should be cleared to return at some point over the weekend. Andre Ethier is once again starting in his place.
    Friday, 3:59 pm
  • M's, McClendon sticking with closer Rodney
    Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said late Tuesday that he is committed to Fernando Rodney at closer.

    Advice: Rodney gave up four runs to the A's in a non-save situation on Saturday and he blew a save Tuesday night against the Dodgers, but the M's won't abandon ship yet. "Here’s the deal," said McClendon. "People fly off the handle and say, `Rodney stinks. We need to change. Get another closer.’ OK, when that doesn’t work out, then what? You want me to go back? Or do you want me to try somebody else? That’s how all hell breaks loose."
    Thursday, 5:43 am
  • Joel Peralta being treated for a stiff neck
    Joel Peralta is being treated for a stiff neck.

    Advice: So he'll presumably be unavailable to pitch in Wednesday night's series finale against the Mariners. That makes Chris Hatcher the best bet for saves.
    Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Felix (quad) will start Sat. against Rangers
    Felix Hernandez (quad) will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Hernandez had to make an early exit from his outing last Sunday against the Athletics due to tightness in his right quad, but it's not a major concern. King Felix is an obvious must-start versus Texas.
    Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Dodgers DFA left-hander David Huff
    Dodgers designated LHP David Huff for assignment.

    Advice: Huff allowed four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old left-hander was never long for a Dodgers uniform.
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out again Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is out of the Dodgers' lineup again on Wednesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will draw another start in right field. Puig tweaked his left hamstring on Monday night and is apparently still experiencing some discomfort. The Dodgers have a scheduled off day Thursday before kicking off a weekend set Friday against the Rockies. Puig should be ready to rock for that series-opener.
    Wednesday, 2:08 pm
  • Huff allows 4 runs in 4 frames in no-decision
    David Huff took a no-decision on Tuesday, yielding four runs in four innings of work against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners jumped on Huff immediately with back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Robinson Cano hit a two-run blast and Cruz, of course, went solo. Overall, the lefty gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out two. Huff could get another start the next trip through the rotation. If he does, it'll be against the Giants on the road. If he doesn't, Scott Baker is likely to get the nod.
    Tuesday, 10:59 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Rodney struggles again, blows his first save
    Fernando Rodney blew the save on Tuesday, serving up a walk-off two-run single to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rodney allowed four runs in a non-save situation against the Athletics on Sunday after notching his first two save opportunities. Against the Dodgers, he allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning. He was helped by a Carl Crawford sharp grounder to third base, as Kyle Seager threw home to induce a run-down. However, he seemed to pitch around Adrian Gonzalez and walked him to load the bases. Howie Kendrick then lined a two-run single to right field to bring in the tying and game-winning runs. It's Rodney's first blown save since July 20 last year. Rodney's hold on the closer's role is secure for now, especially after leading the league with 48 saves in 2014, but he'll be under the microscope after his last two outings.
    Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Odor does a little of everything against LAA
    Rougned Odor filled the box score Tuesday, collecting an RBI double, stealing a base and scoring a run in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Promoted to the leadoff spot Tuesday, Odor responded by acting like a leadoff man. He led off the game with a walk, stole second base -- his first steal of the season -- and scored on a Mitch Moreland single. He then hit an RBI double in the second inning. It's been a slow start for Odor and the Rangers offense, but the 21-year-old is only getting better and should put up some helpful numbers if he can stick atop the lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • King Felix (quad) on track for Saturday start
    Felix Hernandez (quad) is on track to start Saturday against Texas, provided he gets through a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues.

    Advice: King Felix had to exit his last outing with a tight right quad, but the expectation is that he'll be fine. "As we speak right now," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "my plan is to go with Felix (on Saturday). I still want to see his bullpen session."
    Tuesday, 5:47 pm
  • Puig (hamstring) expected to play Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is likely to be back in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his left hamstring while making a catch during Monday's game and is sitting out Tuesday. He finished Monday's contest, though, and Mattingly said the outfielder tried to talk his way into the lineup, so it's obviously a minor injury. Andre Ethier is in right field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 4:25 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his hamstring while making a catch during Monday's game. He finished the contest but looked noticeably hobbled, so manager Don Mattingly will play it safe and rest him. Consider the outfielder day-to-day. Andre Ethier is handling right field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Dodgers call up David Huff for Tues. start
    Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP David Huff from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night versus the Mariners. He only went three innings in his first appearance this season at Triple-A, so the left-hander figures to be on a pitch count of some sort in his spot start for Los Angeles. He was a poor fantasy bet anyway against the M's.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
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    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Odor batting leadoff for Rangers on Tuesday
    Rougned Odor is batting leadoff for the Rangers on Tuesday night against the Angels.

    Advice: Leonys Martin has been bumped down to the eighth spot. Odor owns a weak .299 on-base percentage in 122 career major league games, but he's only 21 years old and has shown a little bit of early improvement in that department this season. He obviously carries more fantasy potential at the top of the Texas lineup.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
  • De La Rosa improves to 2-0 against Padres
    Rubby De La Rosa earned his second win, yielding three runs in six innings as the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 8-4 on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. The Padres struck for one run in each of the second, third, and fifth innings, but De La Rosa was mostly in control. He won on Tuesday despite struggling, so he's now 2-0 to start the season. If he wants to improve to 3-0, he can do so over the weekend at AT&T Park against the Giants.
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (leg) might sit out Tuesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he's "not sure" Yasiel Puig will play Tuesday after the outfielder suffered an apparent leg injury Monday.

    Advice: Puig looked to tweak something while making a catch. He finished the game, but Mattingly admitted that the outfielder was "hobbling quite a little bit." Puig figures to try to talk his way into the lineup, especially after a 3-for-5 night that included a home run, but the Dodgers have plenty of capable outfielders and might choose to play it safe.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Heston takes loss against Rockies
    Chris Heston yielded two runs (one earned) in seven innings in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Heston earned his first major league win last week against the Diamondbacks and he was plenty effective in this one, allowing seven hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. While the 27-year-old took the loss, the Giants have to be thrilled with what they have seen from him so far. He lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks this weekend at home.
    Monday, 5:32 pm
  • Crawford hitless again Monday
    Brandon Crawford went 0-for-2 with a walk Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford hit safely in the first three games of the season and has seen some at-bats out of the No. 5 spot of late, but he's now hitless over his last five games. The 28-year-old is better served to be in the bottom-third of the order (like he was on Monday), but the Giants are pretty banged up right now.
    Monday, 5:29 pm
  • David Huff to start Tuesday vs. Mariners
    David Huff will start on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Scott Baker had been considered the favorite to get the start, but the Dodgers have opted for Huff instead. The lefty went just three relief innings in his lone Triple-A appearance this season, so he figures to be on a limited pitch count. The Dodgers will make an official roster move with Huff on Tuesday.
    Monday, 2:30 pm
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    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Peralta notches second save of season
    Joel Peralta earned his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Peralta needed to record just one out to secure the save. The Dodgers entered the inning up 7-0, but Paco Rodriguez and Chris Hatcher allowed four runs while recording two outs. Peralta entered with a runner on second and got Ender Inciarte to line to center, securing the team win and the personal save. Peralta is acting as a somewhat fill-in at closer as Kenley Jansen works his way back from a foot injury. He should continue to see most of the ninth inning chances until Jansen returns in mid-May.
    Apr 12, 5:22 pm
  • Greinke throws seven shutout versus D'Backs
    Zack Greinke tossed seven scoreless innings of ball with seven strikeouts in a 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Greinke allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter in a crisp, clean outing. The Diamondbacks managed just one extra-base hit off the right-hander. In his first two starts, Greinke has allowed just one run over 13 innings. The 31-year-old is coming off a 203-plus inning, 2.71 ERA, 207/43 K/BB season and looks as sharp as ever. He will try to continue the stellar start in a date with the Rockies next time out.
    Apr 12, 5:07 pm
  • Hernandez relatively effective before injury
    Felix Hernandez allowed eight hits and three earned runs in the five innings he pitched before exiting Sunday's tilt against the A's with tightness in his right quadricep.

    Advice: As of now, King Felix is expected to make his next start. He wasn't exactly dominating before the injury sidelined him, having struck out just one while allowing eight hits through five innings. Uncharacteristically, the A's were able to put three runs on the board in the fourth, as Hernandez yielded RBI hits to Rajai Davis, Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick. The ace punched out 10 on Opening Day, though, so no need to be concerned. When healthy, he remains an elite starting option. Should his quad let him make his next start, he'll pitch against the Rangers.
    Apr 12, 4:39 pm
  • Rodney absolutely melts down against OAK
    Fernando Rodney allowed four runs in the ninth inning of an eventual 8-7 win over the A's on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mariners handed Rodney a 7-3 lead and he then proceeded to undo all of their hard work. Josh Reddick led off the inning with a double. Rodney then walked Marcus Semien before allowing a two-run double to Sam Fuld and an infield single to Mark Canha. After a walk to Ben Zobrist and a run-scoring Billy Butler double-play, the score was 7-6 Mariners with two outs. An Eric Sogard single tied the score at seven. Got all that? In a disturbing quirk of scoring, Rodney picked up the "win" after Nelson Cruz homered in the 10th.
    Apr 12, 4:36 pm
  • Felix Hernandez leaves with tightness in quad
    Felix Hernandez was removed from Sunday's start against the Athletics after just five innings due to tightness in his right quadriceps.

    Advice: The Mariners are calling the exit purely precautionary, and the King is expected to make his next start. It sounds as though he'll be able to take the hill against the Rangers on Saturday, but fantasy owners should monitor his situation to be sure before deploying him next week.
    Apr 12, 3:07 pm
  • Tillman hammered by the Jays in Sunday's loss
    Chris Tillman was hit hard by the Blue Jays in Sunday's start, giving up seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Dalton Pompey greeted Tillman rudely with a first-inning two-run home run. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the second, and then the Jays struck for four unearned runs in the third inning thanks to a Travis Snider fielding error. Overall, Tillman allowed six hits and three walks while striking out only one. Tillman will try to rebound in his next start over the weekend in Boston against the Red Sox.
    Apr 12, 2:17 pm
  • Brad Miller hits go-ahead RBI double for M's
    Brad Miller hit a go-ahead RBI double to push the Mariners past the A's 5-4 in extra innings Saturday.

    Advice: Miller's 11th-inning double off A's reliever Fernando Abad finally iced the victory for the Mariners in a very back-and-forth game. He's batting .333/.375/.600 in five games this season and will need to continue playing well to hold off Chris Taylor (wrist) for the Mariners' starting shortstop gig.
    Apr 11, 5:01 pm
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Rodney picks up second save, M's top A's
    Fernando Rodney picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Mariners' defeat of the A's.

    Advice: Rodney retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 11th inning -- one via strikeout. The veteran right-hander should be a high-level fantasy closer throughout the season on a good Mariners team.
    Apr 11, 4:53 pm
  • Puig out of Dodgers' lineup on Saturday night
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the 24-year-old Cuban, who is 2-for-17 (.118) with six strikeouts to open the 2015 season. Andre Ethier gets the nod in right field.
    Apr 11, 1:20 pm
  • LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 as Rockies top Cubs
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 and drove home a run on Friday as the Rockies topped the Cubs 5-1 to improve to 4-0 on the young season.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single. He would later single and ride home on a Troy Tulowitzki two-run double in the fifth. While he doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed, he's an interesting middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues when skimming his home games.
    Apr 10, 5:05 pm
  • Brandon Crawford batting fifth on Thursday
    Brandon Crawford is batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has a .385 batting average and a 1.000 OPS through the Giants' first three games, so he's getting a bump in the lineup from manager Bruce Bochy. Crawford hit seventh in each of those first three games.
    Apr 9, 12:28 pm
  • Joel Peralta earned first save on Wednesday
    Joel Peralta earned his first save Wednesday night in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Peralta gave up a one-out single to Wil Myers in the top of the ninth inning, but he then got Derek Norris to fly out and Matt Kemp to strike out swinging. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't officially named a fill-in closer for Kenley Jansen (foot), but Peralta looks like the best bet right now. Jansen isn't due back until mid-May, so Peralta needs to be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
    Apr 9, 7:01 am
  • Heston tosses sharp game in Cain's absence
    Chris Heston allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heston was making a spot start in place of Matt Cain, who is rehabbing an arm injury. The 26-year-old struck out five and walked two while picking up the win. It was a nice outing considering the circumstances, and he'll get another turn in the Giants' rotation next Monday -- San Francisco's home opener against the Rockies. Heston pitched to a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts last season.
    Apr 8, 10:04 pm
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