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  • Kemp's solo homer sparks Padre offense
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The poor, poor Rockies would probably prefer Kemp just be traded over to the American League. He has made a career of demolishing the boys from the Rocky Mountains. To wit, Tuesday's fourth-inning home run off Eddie Butler was the 40th of his career against Colorado pitching. He has also hit 40 doubles against the team and holds a monumental .314/.372/.617 triple-slash across 564 career at-bats in match-ups with the Rockies. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the veteran outfielder is hitting .301/.318/.612 with eight homers and 22 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Cain delivers walk-off single against Nats
    Lorenzo Cain hit a walk-off RBI single to complete the Royals' 7-6, comeback win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: It will go down in the scorebook as a single, but Cain tattooed a Jonathan Papelbon pitch to center that was just out of the reach of a sprawling Michael Taylor, plating Mike Moustakas and ending what was a three-run inning for the defending champs. Cain finished 2-for-5 in the game. After seeing his average dip to .200 a little over a week ago, Cain is 9-for-26 (.346) during a six-game hitting streak. It has his overall line up to .240/.305/.302. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Papelbon melts down in ninth against Royals
    Jonathan Papelbon went off the rails Tuesday, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Called on to protect a two-run lead, Papelbon instead allowed two quick singles to start the inning. One out later, Mike Moustakas tied the game with a two-run single, and two batters later -- after a line out and, you guessed it, a single -- Lorenzo Cain ended Papelbon's nightmare with a walk-off single as well. The blown save was Pap's second of the season, leaving his ERA at 4.50 with a 1.42 WHIP through 13 appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Rendon gets on the board with first '16 homer
    Anthony Rendon hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Rendon, the second batter of the game, took Royals starter Chris Young deep to start the scoring. It was a much-needed blast for the 25-year-old, who hasn't hit with much authority this season after missing most of 2015 with various injuries. Rendon has just two RBI to go with his one homer and he's hitting a rather pedestrian .240/.307/.317 despite batting high in one of the league's better lineups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Young removed before getting through five
    Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.

    Advice: Young's final line doesn't look awful, but he served up two home runs and got into a bases loaded jam in the fifth when Royals manager Ned Yost finally pulled the plug. It was the third time in six starts that Young has failed to get out of the fifth inning, and he's gone six innings or more just once. He's got a 5.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP heading into Monday's start at the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Cashner rings up quality start vs Rockies
    Andrew Cashner managed a quality start in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, yielding three runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Cashner was not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, but he persevered long enough for the Padre bats to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. All three of those runs scored in the first two innings (two in the first, one in the second). For the evening as a whole, the 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked three. He will carry a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio (27 innings) into his next outing, a home date with the Mets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Butler starts strong before dropping 3-0 lead
    Eddie Butler could not maintain his consistency in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, surrendering five runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Rockies handed Butler a 3-0 lead after two innings and he initially ran with it, not allowing a baserunner through 3 2/3 innings. Any hope of a headline night was squashed when he surrendered back-to-back home runs to Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace in the fourth inning. Two more runs would come home in the sixth inning to knock Butler out of commission for good, with one more scoring on his line after he had left the contest. The 25-year-old right-hander was called up in late April to take the rotation slot of Jorge De La Rosa (groin). His results over 16 starts in 2015 were less than encouraging and the former top prospect makes for a dicey fantasy option outside of deep NL-only formats. A showdown with the Giants in San Francisco awaits him next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Billy Burns singles twice in loss to Mariners
    Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Burns scored the A's first run, coming home on a Jed Lowrie single in the sixth inning. Incidentally, Lowrie and Burns were the only two Athletic batters to finish the game with multiple hits. Outside of that small whirlpool of action (and a late Khris Davis homer), nothing doing for the home team against Hisashi Iwakuma and company. For the season as a whole, Burns is slashing .264/.302/.341 with three doubles, two triples and eight steals. He brings an obvious speed element to the table, if relatively little else. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • M's knock Sonny Gray for 11 hits, seven runs
    Sonny Gray struggled in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Mariners, yielding seven runs on 11 hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Gray was coming off a two-inning debacle against the Tigers (the shortest start of his career). While he managed to pitch into the eighth in Tuesday's tango with the Mariners, the end result was still unsettling. Four of the seven runs on Gray's line came after he trotted out to start the eighth inning. He would not record an out in the frame. It is understandable if fantasy owners are unnerved by his slow start (4.84 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 32/16 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings), but patience is a virtue. Gray will try to turn the statistical ship around at Fenway when he does battle with the Red Sox in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Springer's home run leads Astros past Twins
    George Springer hit a two-run home run and scored twice as the Astros topped the Twins 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Springer's two-run shot in the fourth inning was his second homer in as many games, giving him six in all. He's got 14 RBI and 16 runs scored to go with those six dingers. There are some highs and lows that come with the 26-year-old's offensive game, but he's hitting .274/.347/.500 through 27 games, a line the Astros will certainly take over a full season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Gregerson works easy ninth to close out Twins
    Luke Gregerson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to earn his sixth save.

    Advice: Gregerson got a strikeout and two groundouts, needing 12 pitches to put away the Twins. He has yet to blow a save in six chances, owning a 1.64 ERA, 0.64 WHIP with eight strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Santana hits first homer of 2016 vs. Astros
    Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Leading off the game, Santana took Astros starter Collin McHugh deep to get the Twins on the board. It also got him on the board, as the homer was his first in 12 games this season. It was also his first since his breakout 2014 season. A hamstring injury sidelined him early, but the 25-year-old is batting .283/.298/.391 with the homer and four steals and may once again be a cheap source of speed if he continues to find his way into the lineup regularly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Carter blasts two homers in defeat of Angels
    Chris Carter homered twice and had three RBI as the Brewers edged the Angels 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. He's now got nine home runs, third-most in the National League, with 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. The power production comes as a shock to no one; the fact that he's hitting .287/.356/.713 while doing it is the real story. That won't last, but the power should, for what it's worth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Jeffress cuts through Angels for seventh save
    Jeremy Jeffress worked a perfect ninth inning against the Angels to earn his seventh save Tuesday.

    Advice: Jeffress took out the bottom of the Angels' lineup to preserve the one-run victory. The right-hander is a perfect seven-for-seven in save opportunities this year, owning a 3.09 ERA through 12 appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Tropeano battered for five runs by Brewers
    Nick Tropeano was knocked around for five runs, including three home runs, over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Tropeano saw firsthand what happens when the ball accidentally hits Chris Carter's bat, as Carter victimized the right-hander for two of his three homers allowed on the evening. In all, Tropeano gave up five hits and walked five. It was the first time he'd allowed more than two runs in a start this year, raising his ERA to a still-respectable 3.42. He'll try to get back on track Tuesday against the Cardinals in an interleague tilt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Carter flashes power with a pair of homers
    Chris Carter was locked in during Sunday's 14-5 obliteration of the Marlins, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, three RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: Not only did Carter homer twice, he also hit his 10th double of the season. The streaky slugger went yard with a two-run shot in the third inning and followed that up with a solo dinger just an inning later. After being non-tendered by the Astros over the winter, Carter is slashing a silly .278/.355/.671 with seven homers and 18 RBI for the Brew Crew. Fantasy owners should luxuriate in this hot stretch, because winter is coming. It always does with Carter. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:30 pm
  • Burns smacks two-run single against Astros
    Billy Burns hit a two-run single in the second inning to lead the A's past the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: The A's managed just five hits, but his single with the bases loaded ended up being enough for the home side. Burns has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games to raise his line to .278/.321/.367. He's also doing his stolen base thing, racking up seven steals through the month of April. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Matt Kemp hits three-run homer in win
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth to help the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-1 on Friday.

    Advice: It has to be particularly sweet for him when Kemp leads the Padres past his former team. His tiebreaking homer came off Chris Hatcher tonight, and the Padres went on to add an insurance run in the ninth. Kemp has seven homers and 18 RBI in 22 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Papelbon notches eighth save of season
    Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Burns steals two bases in loss to Tigers
    Billy Burns went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, and two stolen bases Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: After drawing a walk in the third inning, Burns stole second and third base before eventually being brought home on a single by Josh Reddick. The speedster lost some playing time to Coco Crisp in the early part of the season, but he has been in the lineup pretty regularly of late. Burns has shown an elite contact rate so far, striking out just five times in 18 games, but it has led to a modest .268/.316/.366 batting line and just one RBI. On the bright side, he has six steals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Anthony Rendon getting day off Thursday
    Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:12 am
  • Chris Young gives up three runs in loss
    Chris Young gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals to fall to 1-4 on the season.

    Advice: Young gave up two homers, accounting for the three runs. He was strong his previous time out against the Orioles, but that's still his only quality start in five tries this year. His rotation spot might be tenuous. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:16 am
  • Gray only lasts two innings in loss to DET
    Sonny Gray was lifted after just two ineffective innings on Wednesday against the Tigers, getting torched for four runs on two hits and four walks.

    Advice: Wednesday night marked the shortest start of Gray’s career. He couldn’t command the strike zone and saw most of the damage come when he surrendered a two-out, three-run homer to J.D. Martinez -- and he followed that up with a walk to Miguel Cabrera, just for good measure. The Athletics went to the bullpen to begin the third inning, likely concerned about Gray needing 65 stressful pitches to get as far as he did. This should prove to be nothing more than a speed bump in a successful season, though. The right-hander has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball over the past couple of years. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Cashner cashed for six runs in loss to Giants
    Andrew Cashner pitched poorly in Wednesday's 13-9 loss to the Giants, surrendering six runs (three earned) on four hits over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Cashner struck out just two while walking four in what was generally a sloppy start to watch. The Giants wasted little time in putting up runs on Cashner's line, turning in a three-spot in the first inning and another three-spot in the third. The latter would knock Cashner out of the contest. With a 4.94 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio across five starts (21 innings), he's made for an inconsistent fantasy option. The 29-year-old right-hander will play host to the Rockies in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Rockies recall Butler with De La Rosa on DL
    Rockies recalled RHP Eddie Butler from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Butler will take the rotation spot of Jorge De La Rosa, who was shuffled to the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain on Wednesday. In 16 starts for the Rockies last season, the 25-year-old Butler held a tough 5.90 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 44/42 K/BB ratio across 79 1/3 innings. Those in deep NL-only leagues might want to keep an eye on the former top prospect to see how he performs, but given his bloated numbers from last season, there is no immediate need to rush to the waiver wire to procure his services. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Santana has three hits in second game back
    Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Santana got the start in center field and batted leadoff. It wasn't all good -- he was caught stealing in the ninth inning of a tie game, but was bailed out by his teammates -- but it's hard to complain too much after he missed the past two weeks with a strained right hamstring. With Byron Buxton at Triple-A, Santana should see more starts in center, and possibly more atop the lineup as well, in the weeks ahead. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Twins activate OF Danny Santana from the DL
    Twins activated OF Danny Santana from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Santana missed two weeks with a strained right hamstring. He will return Monday to a semi-regular role in the Minnesota outfield with Byron Buxton getting sent to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding roster move. Santana has some fantasy appeal as a base-stealer, but we wouldn't expect much consistency in any statistical department from the 25-year-old. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:25 pm
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