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  • Teixeira (neck) lines out versus Rays
    Mark Teixeira (neck) was retired in his one at-bat in Sunday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Teixeira has been held out of the Yankees' starting lineup since last Wednesday with renewed discomfort in his neck, but he was able to take batting practice ahead of Sunday's game and entered at first base in the seventh inning before lining out in the eighth. He might be ready to return to full-time duty on Monday. The veteran first baseman is batting .193/.292/.280 in 43 games this season. Today, 5:35 am
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Adrian Gonzalez plates three to lead Dodgers
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and drove home three runs on Sunday night as the Dodgers defeated the Mets 4-2 in New York.

    Advice: Gonzalez delivered an RBI single off Bartolo Colon in the fifth inning that extended the Dodgers' lead to 2-0. After the Mets had rallied to tie the game in the eighth, he smacked two-run single off of Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the top half of the ninth to propel his club to victory. With his two-hit night, Gonzalez is now hitting .299/.376/.424 with five homers and 26 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Lucroy shows off wheels with RBI triple
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Lucroy drove in three of the five runs the Brewers scored in the game, picking up a sacrifice fly in the first inning, an RBI single in the third and an RBI triple in the seventh. The 29-year-old backstop has now been good for at least a pair of triples in each of his last five seasons. He is hitting a sharp .292/.353/.509 with eight homers and 26 RBI over 171 at-bats as the calendar readies to turn over to June. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Moreland slugs three-run jack versus Pirates
    Mitch Moreland slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 victory against the Pirates.

    Advice: Moreland went deep off Francisco Liriano in the bottom of the fourth inning, not long after Prince Fielder cranked a solo shot. Consistency remains an issue for Moreland -- he's still batting .222/.293/.392 overall -- but the 30-year-old first baseman does have six home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • David Ortiz (foot) listed as day-to-day
    David Ortiz is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his injured foot came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Sunday due to the lingering soreness from getting hit in the foot by a pitch in Saturday's game. It sounds as though he should return to the lineup on Monday. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Loney expected to be activated on Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that he expects James Loney to be activated on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney is expected to see most of his work against right-handed pitching, so he wouldn't have started on Monday anyways against left-hander Jose Quintana. Loney was hitting well for the Padres at Triple-A El Paso, slashing .342/.373/.424 prior to the trade. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Brandon Moss rocks solo homer in loss
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Moss worked over a Stephen Strasburg pitch for a solo home run in the fourth inning. At the time, it gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Nationals would score three times in the bottom of the frame to take the advantage, one which they wouldn't relinquish on their way to a 10-2 win. For the season, Moss is slashing .222/.322/.484 with nine homers and 24 RBI across 126 at-bats. He makes for a nice fantasy power option, but that comes with a decided deficit in terms of average. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Trumbo clears bases with three-run double
    Mark Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a three-run double in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Trumbo jumped the Orioles to an early 3-0 lead when he stepped up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double off Mike Clevinger in the first inning. It would be his only hit on the afternoon. The 30-year-old outfielder boasts a dazzling .293/.341/.581 triple-slash with 15 homers and 37 RBI. He has picked up five RBI over his last three games. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    10:35 am vs Bos
  • Napoli rocks two-run homer in loss to O's
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Napoli unloaded for a two-run home run off Chris Tillman in the fourth inning. The tater was his 10th of the season. In addition to the 10 long balls, he has driven in 35 runs while hitting to a .233/.305/.471 triple-slash across 172 at-bats. So long as the veteran slugger can stay healthy, the power and RBI production should be there all season. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
    3:10 pm vs Tex
  • Dustin Ackley leaves game with shoulder issue
    Dustin Ackley was removed from Sunday's game against the Rays with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Ackley suffered the injury while sliding. He's heading for an MRI and could be looking at a possible stint on the disabled list. Expect an update from the Yankees on his status after learning the MRI results. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Dustin Ackley NYY - 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • David Ortiz (foot) scratched from lineup
    David Ortiz (foot) was a late scratch from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ortiz is a little sore after being hit on the left foot by a pitch Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Hanley Ramirez will now serve as the designated hitter, with Travis Shaw handling first base and Josh Rutledge entering the lineup at third. Yesterday, 9:46 am
    10:35 am @Bal
  • C.J. Cron not in Sunday's lineup
    C.J. Cron is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Kaleb Cowart is at first base and Albert Pujols is in the designated hitter spot Sunday. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Kendrys Morales (finger) returns to lineup
    Kendrys Morales (finger) is back in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morales hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sprained right finger, but he took batting practice Sunday without any issues. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth against Chris Sale and the White Sox. Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) taking batting practice
    Mark Teixeira (neck) will take batting practice Sunday.

    Advice: If it goes well, he could be back in the lineup Monday. Teixeira hasn't played since Tuesday due to neck injury that's bothered him throughout May. Yesterday, 8:37 am
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Ryan Howard not starting against RHP
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's noteworthy because the Phils are facing a right-hander (John Lackey). Howard is batting only .154/.219/.346 and could start losing more and more playing time to Tommy Joseph. Philly also has Andres Blanco at second base over Cesar Hernandez. Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez has been benched in three of the last four games, and all three times the opponent has had a righty on the mound. The O's are going with Mark Trumbo as their designated hitter and Hyun-soo Kim and Nolan Reimold in left and right field, respectively. Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Matt Adams (back) returns to Cards' lineup
    Matt Adams (back) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Adams didn't start the last two games due to a back issue, although he delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double Saturday. He's batting .393/.443/.696 with four homers and 17 RBI this month. Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Hyun-soo Kim makes fourth straight start
    Hyun-soo Kim made his fourth straight start in left field Saturday.

    Advice: Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard has struggled of late, which has finally led to Kim getting an extended look. The 28-year-old has been terrific when given a chance this season, batting .386/.460/.455 across 50 plate appearances. He should continue to see regular at-bats if he keeps producing. "I just think he kind of brings some things we kind of need, some selectivity and kind of slow things down here and there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "First of all, the guy’s going to have to get below .400 before you take him out. I’m not stupid. I don’t care how many at-bats or what kind of hits they are. At some point you go, ‘OK, let’s see.’ Like I told you, nobody really knows who he is or how good he can be." Yesterday, 6:29 am
    10:35 am vs Bos
  • Matt Adams (back) gets pinch-hit double
    Matt Adams (back) knocked a pinch-hit, two-run double in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Adams hasn't started the last couple days due to a minor back issue, but he's fine. He could be in the lineup Sunday. Yesterday, 5:25 am
  • Goldschmidt launches ninth homer in win
    Paul Goldschmidt got on base four times in Saturday’s 8-7 win over the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a pair of walks.

    Advice: It was only Goldschmidt’s ninth home run of the year, which somehow seems relatively small, but he has already driven in 30 runs. He also swiped his sixth bag of the year for good measure. The All-Star first baseman is now hitting .250/.413/.453 and remains one of the elite fantasy players in any mixed format. Saturday, 10:36 pm
    1:10 pm vs Hou
  • Posey's pair of three-run jacks leads Giants
    Buster Posey hit a pair of three-run home runs as the Giants outlasted the Rockies 10-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey took Rockies starter Eddie Butler deep in the first inning before adding a second, three-run blast in the eighth. The two-homer game was his first of 2016, giving him seven bombs and 24 RBI overall. Posey is batting .268/.328/.470 through 45 games. Saturday, 5:34 pm
    Player Note
    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
    10:10 am @Atl
  • Santana leads Tribe to lopsided win over O's
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in an 11-4 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: Batting atop the Indians order, Santana played the part of leadoff hitter, collecting a couple hits and stealing his third base of the season. Without much fanfare, he's now reached base safely in 10 straight games. The 30-year-old is hitting .231/.345/.438 with eight homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • David Ortiz clubs go-ahead homer in ninth
    David Ortiz clubbed a solo home run to give his club the lead in the ninth inning on Saturday, but it would prove to be futile in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Red Sox led the majority of the game, but gave up the lead when the Jays rallied for four runs in the eighth. Papi made sure to right the ship quickly, tagging Gavin Floyd for his 13th homer of the season with one out in the ninth inning. Ortiz also doubled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-5. He is having another outstanding season at the dish, slashing .339/.420/.720 with 13 long balls and 46 RBI. Saturday, 3:29 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Mets acquire James Loney from Padres for cash
    Mets acquired 1B James Loney from the Padres for cash considerations.

    Advice: Loney is expected to platoon at first base with Wilmer Flores. As the strong side of the platoon, he should see enough at-bats to be relevant in NL-only formats, though even at his peak he was never much of a mixed league commodity. He was hitting well at Triple-A El Paso though, slashing .342/.373/.424 with a pair of homers and 28 RBI. Saturday, 11:49 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Mark Teixeira unlikely to return on Sunday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (neck) to return on Sunday.

    Advice: While he won't be ready on Sunday, Teixeira is inching close to a return and could rejoin the Bombers lineup on Monday. He has been sidelined since experiencing renewed discomfort in his neck on Wednesday. Saturday, 11:47 am
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Mets acquire James Loney from Padres
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have acquired James Loney from the Padres.

    Advice: No word yet on the return, but it isn't expected to be much. With Lucas Duda sidelined and a gaping hole offensively at first base, Loney will have the chance to step right in as the club's everyday first baseman. The 32-year-old was hitting .342/.373/.424 with two homers and 28 RBI in 158 at-bats at Triple-A El Paso. Saturday, 11:18 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Brandon Belt returns to lineup on Saturday
    Brandon Belt (ankle) returned to the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Belt sprained his ankle while sliding on Wednesday and sat out Friday's game as a precautionary measure. He's batting fifth against Chris Rusin and the Rockies on Saturday. Saturday, 10:30 am
  • Stephen Vogt not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Being an afternoon game after a night game, Vogt will take a seat in favor of Josh Phegley who was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Look for Vogt to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Saturday, 10:16 am
    1:05 pm vs Min
  • Tommy Joseph not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's inexplicably on the pine while the slumping Ryan Howard starts at first base and hits cleanup. Joseph is hitting .290/.294/.516 with two homers and four RBI in his first 31 at-bats. Saturday, 7:40 am
  • Yangervis Solarte homers twice in rout
    Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of homers to knock in four runs against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second two-homer game of Solarte's career. The switch-hitter was batting cleanup tonight in his sixth game back from the disabled list. Still, it's probably not enough to make him of use in the typical mixed league. Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Joe Mauer hits fourth homer
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Mauer seems to be finding his stroke again after a rough three weeks to open May. He's been a fine player overall this year, with his .281 average, .389 OBP and .401 slugging percentage. Still, with four homers, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI in 46 games, he hasn't been able to do much for his fantasy owners. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Yonder Alonso goes hitless in loss
    Yonder Alonso went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Alonso has picked it up some after a brutal April, but even so, he's still hitting a modest .254/.322/.324 with no homers in May. The A's might run out of patience and give Max Mundy an extended look soon. Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Mark Trumbo blasts 15th home run in victory
    Mark Trumbo blasted his 15th home run of the season on Friday as the Orioles defeated the Indians 6-4 in the first game of their weekend series in Cleveland.

    Advice: Trumbo's two-run shot in the seventh inning provided valuable insurance runs for the O's and would prove to be the difference in the ballgame. Trumbo also singled, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been an absolute force in the middle of the Orioles lineup this season, slashing .284/.335/.568 with 15 homers and 34 RBI. Friday, 8:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    10:35 am vs Bos
  • Napoli clubs ninth home run in loss on Friday
    Mike Napoli clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Indians past the visiting Orioles.

    Advice: Napoli tagged O's starter Mike Wright with a solo shot in the fourth inning, pulling the Tribe to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .232/.304/.463 with nine long balls and 31 RBI on the season. Friday, 8:12 pm
    3:10 pm vs Tex
  • Brandon Belt (ankle) remains out of lineup
    Brandon Belt (ankle) remained out of the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Belt hasn't played since spraining his left ankle on a slide Wednesday. He's considered day-to-day. The Giants have Buster Posey at first base and Trevor Brown at catcher Friday. Friday, 2:10 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Friday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second time in five games he's been on the bench even with a righty on the mound. Alvarez has just three hits in his last 24 at-bats and is down to .192/.296/.343 for the season. The Orioles are going with Hyun-soo Kim in left field, Nolan Reimold in right and Mark Trumbo in the designated hitter spot. Friday, 1:21 pm
  • David Ortiz getting a day off on Friday
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest. The Red Sox have Hanley Ramirez in the designated hitter spot, Travis Shaw at first base and Marco Hernandez at third base Friday. Friday, 12:39 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Matt Adams (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Matt Adams (back) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Adams departed Thursday's game with mid-back stiffness. The good news is he expects to be available to pinch-hit. Brandon Moss is handling first base Friday. Friday, 11:40 am
  • Trumbo launches 14th homer in loss to Astros
    Mark Trumbo hit his 14th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Trumbo took Lance McCullers deep in the second inning, the team's only hit against the Astros starter in his five innings of work. Trumbo finished 1-for-4 in the game. His 14 homers are tied for most in the American League, and his 32 RBI are eighth-best. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.328/.553 overall in his first year with the O's. Thursday, 8:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    10:35 am vs Bos
  • Papi turns in fourth straight multi-RBI game
    David Ortiz continued to rake Thursday, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ortiz was basically the only Red Sox hitter able to get something going against Rockies starter Jon Gray, taking the youngster deep for the two-run jack in the first inning. The home run was his 12th of the season to go with a whopping 45 RBI, most in the AL, and 24 runs scored. He's doubled in five consecutive games, and the good stretch has the 40-year-old's season line up to a ridiculous .337/.420/.706. Thursday, 7:39 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Matt Adams leaves with mid-back stiffness
    Matt Adams left Thursday's game against the Nationals with mid-back stiffness.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting in the fifth inning. Brandon Moss, who began the game in left field, has moved to first base. Randal Grichuk came into play center field with Jeremy Hazelbaker moving from center to left. Adams will be reevaluated on Friday. Consider him day-to-day. Thursday, 6:04 pm
  • Morales out with sprained middle finger
    Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

    Advice: Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good. Thursday, 3:07 pm
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) receives cortisone shot
    Mark Teixeira received a cortisone injection for his sore neck on Thursday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss the next three games, including Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Blue Jays. Teixeira began experiencing renewed discomfort in his neck on Wednesday, but an MRI ruled out anything serious. He should back in action Sunday if the cortisone has the intended effect. Thursday, 11:04 am
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Hyun-Soo Kim reaches four times
    Hyun-soo Kim got a rare start over Joey Rickard on Wednesday and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk against the Astros.

    Advice: Ever since the season start, Kim has looked like the player the Orioles signed him to be. Maybe they should give him a real chance to show what he can do? He's 14-for-32 with three doubles, five walks and just two strikeouts in his very limited action. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
    10:35 am vs Bos
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) will have cortisone shot
    Mark Teixeira is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot for his renewed neck discomfort.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the club is not considering placing Teixeira on the disabled list yet, but he's going to have to miss at least a couple more games while the cortisone takes effect. The veteran first baseman underwent an MRI on Wednesday afternoon, which apparently showed no major structural damage. He has been bothered by neck spasms for much of May. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • X-rays come up clean on Brandon Belt's ankle
    X-rays taken on Brandon Belt's sprained left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Belt suffered the ankle injury on a slide into second base during Wednesday afternoon's win over the Padres. Giants manager Bruce Bochy described the injury as mild and the negative X-rays back that assertion. Belt said that he thinks he might be able to play against the Rockies (at Coors Field) on Friday. Wednesday, 5:00 pm
  • Bruce Bochy calls Belt's ankle injury minor
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt suffered only a "mild" ankle sprain in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Belt injured the ankle while sliding into second base in the eighth inning. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. After the game, Bochy said that it might take a few games for Belt to return to action, but there are no indications that this is any type of serious injury. He could maybe play Friday in Colorado. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Yankees send Mark Teixeira (neck) for MRI
    Mark Teixeira (neck) underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees are still waiting on the results of the MRI. Neck spasms have bothered Teixeira on-and-off throughout the month of May. A stint on the disabled list is in play if the testing results are not to the team's liking. Teixeira is hitting just .195/.294/.282 over 149 at-bats this season. Wednesday, 3:36 pm
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Brandon Belt suffers ankle injury vs. Padres
    Brandon Belt left in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Padres with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Belt appeared to roll his left ankle while sliding into second base in the bottom of the eighth. He was attended to by trainers before walking off the field without a visible limp. The team should provide an official update on his status after the conclusion of the game. It didn't appear too serious, but even a slight sprain could cost Belt a few days. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Teixeira has neck flareup, sitting Wednesday
    Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday with renewed neck discomfort.

    Advice: He has three homers in nine career at-bats against the Blue Jays' starter, Marco Estrada, so it's a big absence. Teixeira is considered day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Buster Posey will get the day off Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: It's just a standard day of rest for Posey. Trevor Brown will get the start at catcher and bat eighth with the Padres throwing right-hander James Shields. Wednesday, 10:22 am
    Player Note
    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
    10:10 am @Atl
  • Alvarez connects for third homer vs. Astros
    Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the season Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a solo homer off Astros starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning, his only hit in five at-bats. The blast was his first since May 8. Thought to be a potential fantasy sleeper heading into the season after signing with the Orioles in March, the 29-year-old has instead batted .191/.300/.351 with three homers and 10 RBI in 32 games. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Napoli hits rare triple, has two RBI Tuesday
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, a stolen base and a run scored against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli, not the fleetest of foot, ripped one into the gap in the third inning, and he still required Austin Jackson to flat out miss the ball, Melky Cabrera to kick it around and Tyler Saladino to drop the relay just to make it safely into third base. He was obviously feeling pretty good about himself, because Napoli then proceeded to steal his first base of the season in the ninth inning. He's better known for his run production, which he's done well this season, mashing eight homers with 30 RBI and 26 runs scored in 40 games. Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    3:10 pm vs Tex
  • David Ortiz notches four more RBI Tuesday
    David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Ortiz plated a pair of runs with a single in the first inning and added two more RBI with a double in the fourth. Big Papi now has 41 RBI on the season, which leads all of baseball, and he's put up a blistering .333/.413/.686 batting line. Have we mentioned that Ortiz is 40 years old? Tuesday, 8:20 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Report: Loney's reps plan to contact Mets
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that James Loney's representatives plan to contact the Mets to gauge interest.

    Advice: Lucas Duda is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his back, so it could be a natural fit. Sherman hears that the Mets at least have "some curiosity" about the possibility. Loney, 32, is batting .333/.368/.417 with two home runs and 23 RBI over 39 games with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He has the ability to opt of his minor league deal if he finds an opportunity in the majors. Tuesday, 8:57 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • 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. Monday, 10:02 pm
    1:05 pm vs Min
  • 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. Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Tommy Joseph homers in Phillies' loss
    Tommy Joseph doubled and ripped a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Joseph's dinger in the sixth inning tied the game before the Tigers went back ahead for good the next inning. Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in the same game, and you've got to wonder how long it will be before the Phillies give Joseph a shot as their everyday first baseman. Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Napoli homers, drives in two runs Monday
    Mike Napoli socked a solo homer, drew a walk, and knocked in two runs Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Giancarlo Stanton’s struggles have been getting most of the attention recently, but Napoli was 0-for-19 with 11 strikeouts over his previous four games. The 34-year-old is now up to eight home runs and 28 RBI on the year, though he’s batting just .222 with a .292 on-base percentage. At the pace he’s whiffing, we don’t see the batting average going up. Monday, 5:48 pm
    3:10 pm vs Tex
  • Lucroy nets RBI single in low-scoring loss
    Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Lucroy gave the Brewers an oh-so-brief 1-0 lead with his RBI single off Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. For the season, the 29-year-old backstop is slashing a hearty .287/.352/.473 with eight doubles, six homers and 17 RBI over 150 at-bats. May 22, 1:25 pm
  • Kendrys Morales not in Sunday's lineup
    Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher. May 22, 9:46 am
  • Ryan Howard expected to sit Sunday
    Ryan Howard is expected to be on the bench Sunday against right-hander Casey Kelly.

    Advice: Phillies manager Pete Mackanin plans to stick with Howard against righties for now despite his .161/.233/.381 batting line, but he'll give him a day off Sunday. If Howard's struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Phils eventually give Tommy Joseph everyday at-bats at first base. "I might give Joseph a start [Sunday] just to clear Howie's head just a little bit," Mackanin said. "Then when we go to Detroit, we have the DH, so both of them can play, and we will go from there." May 22, 6:43 am
  • 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. May 22, 6:39 am
    1:05 pm vs Min
  • Solarte walks for walk-off in 11-inning win
    Yangervis Solarte ended Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: Yes, the classic walk-off walk. Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao had himself a rough one, walking three after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Meyers to open the bottom of the eleventh. Perhaps a reason for his nervousness around the strike zone: Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended the game with a would-be home run that died on the warning track with one out in the frame. Regardless, Solarte eventually drew the walk to end the game. He probably feels pretty great with this one. He hasn't played since early April, having been done in by a strained hamstring. Last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed .270/.320/.428 with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 63 RBI over 526 at-bats. Those in deeper mixed- or NL-only formats, particularly those in need of infield help, should consider scooping Solarte off waivers if he is not already owned. May 21, 11:13 pm
  • Posey punishes Lester with two-run homer
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey boosted the Giants to a 4-1 lead with his third-inning homer against Cubs starter Jon Lester. They would tack on one more run in the frame to take a 5-1 lead. Two late runs by the Cubs were not enough to topple that deficit. For the season, Posey is hitting .274/.327/.438 with nine doubles, five homers and 17 RBI over 146 at-bats. May 21, 7:59 pm
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    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
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  • Yangervis Solarte activated from 15-day DL
    Padres activated 3B Yangervis Solarte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed almost six weeks with a strained hamstring. Solarte isn't starting against the Dodgers on Saturday but he'll be available off the bench. Manager Andy Green said he wants to keep Brett Wallace's bat in the lineup. With Wallace locked in at the hot corner, Solarte might start seeing time at second base. May 21, 5:14 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez returns to the starting lineup
    Adrian Gonzalez is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He missed three games because of back stiffness earlier in the week. Gonzalez returned as a pinch-hitter Friday night, lining out in his only at-bat. He'll bat cleanup Saturday against Padres right-hander Cesar Vargas. May 21, 4:26 pm
  • Adams homers and scores three runs in victory
    Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Adams drew the start at first base with lefty Robbie Ray on the mound, a sign that he's gained the trust of manager Mike Matheny, and he responded with the three-run effort. The homer came after Ray had exited, Adams' fourth dinger of the season. The big first baseman has used a strong month of May to raise his overall line to .291/.344/.477 with 17 RBI and 11 runs scored. May 21, 4:04 pm
  • 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. May 21, 9:29 am
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  • 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. May 21, 8:24 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez appears as pinch-hitter
    Adrian Gonzalez appeared as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Friday's game and lined out.

    Advice: It was Gonzalez's first action since he left Monday's game with back stiffness. He could rejoin the starting lineup before the weekend is over. May 20, 11:16 pm
  • Adams collects four RBI in win over Rockies
    Matt Adams went 2-for-3 with four RBI in Thursday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Adams stepped to the plate with runners in scoring position in both the first and fourth innings, and he came through both times, twice knocking two-run singles as part of a 13-run barrage. The big first baseman continues to punish right-handed pitching as he's now got three homers and 13 RBI against righties as opposed to zero homers and three RBI against southpaws. Adams should continue to be deployed against right-handers, and he owns a .275/.333/.425 line overall. May 19, 9:36 pm
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