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  • Cain's four-hit night propels KC past Twins
    Lorenzo Cain finished 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in the Royals' 7-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The stolen base was his sixth, and Cain also has six homers on the season. The 30-year-old has three doubles, a home run and six RBI during a modest six-game hitting streak, and he's now put together four consecutive multi-hit games. The good stretch has his overall line up to .296/.348/.432. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
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  • Arcia has two hits, two runs against Royals
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arcia hit a two-out double and scored a run in the second inning and scored another run in the fourth after being hit by a pitch. Arcia desperately needs a spark, as he was hitting .194/.293/.306 with just two runs scored in the month of May coming into the game. He's one of the Twins' more talented hitters, slump notwithstanding, and seeing as how the team isn't going anywhere it would behoove them to continue to give the 25-year-old at-bats in hopes he can find his swing sooner than later. Rotoworld.com 51 minutes ago
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  • Puig departs game with apparent hand injury
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Tuesday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Puig appeared to jam his hand sliding around Howie Kendrick's bat while scoring on a Kendrick shot to first base in the bottom of the sixth inning that Joey Votto couldn't handle. Puig got on base that inning with an RBI single off the right field wall (he stared it down a good while before running). Puig finished the night 1-for-3 with one run scored and one run batted in. Rotoworld.com 54 minutes ago
    Day-to-Day
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
     
  • Merrifield bats second, doubles twice in win
    Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Merrifield started at second base and batted second in the game, the second straight game he's hit in the No. 2 hole. And he's responded, going 4-for-10 with three doubles and three runs scored in those two games. The 27-year-old has started games at second, third and in left field since having his contract purchased last week, batting .333 in five games. He doesn't have much mixed league appeal, but his versatility and the fact that Royals manager Ned Yost seems to like him -- this is the same guy that continues to bat Alcides Escobar leadoff -- gives him some AL-only value if he keeps hitting in prime spots in the lineup with some regularity. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
  • Perez hits seventh homer in win over Twins
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: A night after collecting five hits and falling a homer shy of the cycle, Perez found his homer in the second inning against Twins starter Ervin Santana. The home run was his seventh of the year, giving him 24 RBI with 18 runs scored. The workhorse catcher has appeared in 43 of the team's 45 games thus far, batting .276/.305/.500 overall. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:18 pm
  • Mazara's homer, two runs scored lead Rangers
    Nomar Mazara finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Rangers topped the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mazara hit a two-run home run off Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the sixth inning, and he also singled and scored in the fourth. The homer was the third in six games for the outfielder, giving him seven on the season. The 21-year-old is hitting .317/.364/.483 in 38 games after starting the year at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 pm
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  • Desmond turns in another multi-hit game
    Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: The dual threat now has nine steals and six home runs on the season. And after hitting .229/.312/.373 in April, Desmond is batting .340 with 12 multi-hit games this month. The strong stretch has his overall line up to a healthy .287/.342/.466 with 26 RBI and 33 runs scored, good for eighth-best in the American League. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 pm
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  • Polanco homers, drives in five versus D'Backs
    Gregory Polanco had a big night Tuesday, homering and driving in five runs in a blowout win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Polanco was all too happy to keep adding to Shelby Miller's misery, smacking a three-run shot off the right-hander in the first inning. The dynamic outfielder then added a two-RBI double in the sixth and a single in the seventh to cap off his night. Polanco has been arguably the Pirates' best player so far this season and one of the better players in the National League, sporting a .307/.395/.546 batting line with six homers and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 pm
    W, 6-2 ^ @CWS
     
  • Gimenez homers off Sale for second of season
    Chris Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gimenez hit a solo homer off Chris Sale in the fourth inning, because you can't predict baseball. The homer was his second of the season after being dealt to the Indians in early May. Appearing in 10 games, the 33-year-old backstop is hitting .231/.259/.462 while spelling Yan Gomes. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 pm
  • Smith rips RBI triple in loss to Brewers
    Mallex Smith hit an RBI triple in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith pulled a Jimmy Nelson pitch into the right field corner in the fifth inning, and his speed was on display as he easily made it into third base without a throw. His speed was less impressive in the seventh inning, when, after a walk, he was caught stealing second base, the sixth time he's been caught in 12 attempts this season. The growing pains have certainly been there, as he's hitting .248/.292/.438 in his first year with the big club, but his three homers and six steals hint at the 23-year-old's potential. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 pm
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  • Cameron Maybin nets two more hits
    Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Maybin got moved up to the leadoff spot with Ian Kinsler scratched and he kept hitting, singling and scoring in the first and sixth innings. The center fielder will surely move back down in the order when Kinsler is ready, but with the way he's going he can help fantasy owners no matter where he hits. Maybin has 16 base knocks in his first 28 at-bats of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:49 pm
  • Max Kepler (groin) placed on the AAA DL
    Max Kepler has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester with a left groin strain.

    Advice: That injury typically requires at least three weeks of recovery time, unless it's a very minor strain. Kepler is hitting .275/.361/.451 in 119 plate appearances this season with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate. He hit .167/.286/.333 with five strikeouts in 14 plate appearances last month for the major league club. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:07 pm
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  • Giants put Pagan (hamstring) on 15-day DL
    Giants placed OF Angel Pagan on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Pagan strained the same hamstring in early May and wound up spending two weeks on the Giants' active roster as an inactive player. This time the club has decided to go ahead and put him on the disabled list. Jarrett Parker was called up from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-2 vs x SD
     
  • Moustakas (knee) out again Tuesday vs. MIN
    Mike Moustakas (knee) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Moustakas suffered a knee contusion in his collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday and has now missed two straight games. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base and Whit Merrifield is at second base on Tuesday night against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 7-4 x @Min
     
  • Park out of Twins' lineup on Tuesday night
    Byung-ho Park is out of the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Park is in a 1-for-21 rut and will take a day of mental and physical rest with the Royals throwing right-hander Edinson Volquez. Miguel Sano will DH and Oswaldo Arcia will start in right field versus Kansas City. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:23 pm
  • White Sox cut ties with Travis Ishikawa
    White Sox released 1B Travis Ishikawa.

    Advice: Ishikawa was batting .201/.277/.344 through 175 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Charlotte. The 32-year-old will try to latch on with a new organization. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:19 pm
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  • Odor (suspension) in Rangers' lineup Tuesday
    Rougned Odor is batting leadoff in the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday versus Anaheim.

    Advice: Odor had an appeal hearing for his eight-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon, but the Rangers aren't expecting a ruling to come down before the start of Tuesday night's game against the visiting Angels. The second baseman was issued the suspension (and a fine) for his role in last Sunday's brawl with the Blue Jays. Odor got a clean shot to the face of Jose Bautista after Bautista slid hard into him at the second base bag. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:16 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
     
  • Morrison gets on base four times vs. MIA
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It took long enough, but Morrison continues to heat up at the plate. He’s 12-for-23 (.522) over his last eight games and has improved his batting average from .119 to .206 along the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:37 pm
  • Stanton socks 12th homer against Rays
    Giancarlo Stanton socked a solo homer Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It was his 12th home run of the season and his first since May 15. Stanton has been a complete mess at the plate recently while piling up strikeouts at an alarming pace, but his power potential is unmatched. Fantasy owners need to be patient. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:36 pm
  • D.J. Peterson goes off for three hits Monday
    Mariners 3B prospect D.J. Peterson finished a triple shy of the cycle Monday in a win for Double-A Jackson.

    Advice: He's hit .500 with four RBI during his four-game hitting streak. Peterson has upped his average from .213 to .242 over that span. The 24-year-old smacked 31 homers in 2014 but came crashing back to Earth with only seven in 2015. The former first-round pick is a .269 career hitter in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 pm
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  • Cervelli not in Tuesday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's a routine day of maintenance. Chris Stewart will start behind the dish and catch Francisco Liriano. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:06 am
  • Dickerson stretches hitting streak to 21
    Padres OF prospect Alex Dickerson delivered a three-run homer in a pinch-hitting appearance Monday in a win for Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The home run extended Dickerson's hitting streak to 21 games. That's the second-longest streak in the minors this year behind Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi, who produced a 23-game streak from April 11-May 6. The 25-year collected two hits in 10 at-bats during a two-week stay in San Diego earlier this year. Since returning to Triple-A on May 14, Dickerson has hit a remarkable .571 with four homers and 14 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:55 am
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  • JaCoby Jones blasts first home run of 2016
    Tigers IF/OF prospect JaCoby Jones slammed his first home run of the 2016 season Monday in a win for Double-A Erie.

    Advice: In addition to his solo shot off Reading left-hander Tom Windle, Jones also contributed an RBI single as part of a four-run seventh inning. Jones has gotten off to a strong start with four multi-hit games in his first six contests. Through 26 at-bats, his slugging percentage sits at an impressive .577. The 24-year-old served a 50-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy earlier this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:30 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
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  • Angel Pagan to undergo MRI on hamstring
    Angel Pagan will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pagan aggravated the hamstring during Monday's game against the Padres. He managed to avoid the disabled list the first time around, but the Giants could be forced to make a move to add another outfielder to the mix. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
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  • Angel Pagan leaves game with apparent injury
    Angel Pagan left Monday's game after eight innings with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Pagan left after grounding out to end the eighth inning. He didn't appear comfortable running, which suggests that he could be dealing with a hamstring issue again. Brandon Belt replaced him in left field while Conor Gillespie took over at first base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-2 vs x SD
     
  • Salvador Perez's five-hit night paces Royals
    Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
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  • Moustakas day-to-day with knee contusion
    Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

    Advice: Moustakas presumably banged up the knee in a collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to the active roster now that Gordon is on the disabled list, but Whit Merrifield is playing third base Monday. Moose should be back in there soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:34 pm
    Day-to-Day
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  • Mike Moustakas not in Monday's lineup
    Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Moustakas was in the original lineup, so perhaps something is ailing him from Sunday's collision with teammate Alex Gordon. Whit Merrifield will fill in at third base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Day-to-Day
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  • Rougned Odor's appeal to be heard on Tuesday
    Rougned Odor is scheduled to have his appeal hearing on his eight-game suspension on Tuesday.

    Advice: John McHale, the Executive Vice President of MLB will hear the appeal and make the final ruling. Regardless of whether or not the suspension gets lessened, Odor is expected to begin serving his punishment on Friday. That means fantasy owners will need to have an alternative option lined up for next weekend. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:37 pm
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  • Mazara slugs his sixth home run vs. HOU
    Nomar Mazara slugged his sixth home run of the season Sunday in the Rangers' win over the Astros.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the seventh inning off Astros reliever Pat Neshek. Mazara also hit an RBI single in the third inning, finishing the afternoon victory 2-for-4 with three RBI. The 21-year-old outfielder has an incredibly complete skillset for such a young age. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:06 pm
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  • Logan Morrison rips two-run homer in loss
    Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Morrison tied proceedings up at 2-2 in the second inning when he clocked a two-run homer off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He has two homers and six RBI over his last five games, but his triple-slash of .176/.282/.255 over 102 at-bats tells the fantasy tale, here. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:01 pm
  • Rougned Odor not in Sunday's lineup
    Rougned Odor is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Odor has had trouble in his career against Dallas Keuchel, so he'll get a breather for this one. Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland are also sitting against the southpaw, as the Rangers are going with Hanser Alberto at second base, Drew Stubbs in right field and Ryan Rua at first base. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:13 am
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  • Pagan (hamstring) expected to return Sunday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Angel Pagan (hamstring) to start Sunday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pagan got the day off Saturday after feeling renewed soreness in his hamstring. Obviously it wasn't a major setback as Pagan was available to pinch-hit and should start Sunday's series finale. Hunter Pence also sat out Saturday's game with hamstring soreness. His status for Sunday is up in the air. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Maybin has three more hits, homer vs. Rays
    Cameron Maybin went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: If there's somebody that can get Maybin out this year, he doesn't pitch for the Twins or Rays. Maybin is now 11-for-17 -- a .647 average -- since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. The home run was his first of the year, and, oh yeah, he's also stolen four bases in his first five games. If there was some question about Maybin's place in the Tigers' lineup prior to his activation, there isn't anymore. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Cain hits sixth home run against White Sox
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Cain took White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez deep for the solo blast, his sixth homer of the season. Of course, three of those came in one game, so it's not as though he's been tearing the cover off the ball with regularity. The 30-year-old has 22 RBI and 21 runs scored to go with five steals and a .271/.329/.406 line overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:20 pm
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  • Angel Pagan out with sore hamstring Saturday
    Angel Pagan (hamstring) is not in the Giants' starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pagan missed time with a strained hamstring earlier this month and it looks like it's still bothering him. With Pagan sidelined, Kelby Tomlinson will make his first career start in left field on Saturday. Pagan should be available to pinch-hit and could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:19 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Oswaldo Arcia not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Darin Mastroianni is drawing the start in his place in right field and batting seventh for the Twins. Arcia has been really struggling at the plate, slashing .213/.292/.363 with four homers, 12 RBI and a 34/9 K/BB ratio in 89 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:27 am
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  • Royals activate Mike Moustakas from 15-day DL
    Royals activated 3B Mike Moustakas from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moustakas looked good on his minor league rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin a Royals lineup that has desperately missed his bat. He has been sidelined since early in the month due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Cheslor Cuthbert, who had been filling in for the past few weeks, was optioned back to Triple-A. Look for Moustakas to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:12 am
    Day-to-Day
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  • Yasiel Puig hits two-run homer
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig went opposite field off Carlos Villanueva for his fifth homer in 153 at-bats this season. He might not have it figured out completely just yet, but he has to be getting closer to ending his slump. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:18 pm
    Day-to-Day
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  • Byung-ho Park sitting out on Friday
    Byung-ho Park is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a routine day off. Brian Dozer is in the designated hitter spot, while Jorge Polanco is handling second base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Polanco triples, homers as Bucs down Braves
    Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a triple and a two-run home run in the Pirates' 8-2 win over the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Polanco hit the two-run dinger off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the second inning before leading off the fifth with his second triple of the year. It's been a heck of a coming out party for the 24-year-old through the season's first few months, as Polanco is batting .308/.405/.548 with five homers, 22 RBI, 30 runs scored and five steals to date. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:25 pm
  • Mike Napoli not in Thursday's starting lineup
    Mike Napoli is not in the Indians' lineup Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's Napoli's first day off since May 1. He's swung a hot bat recently, raising his average from .225 to .241 over his last nine games. Carlos Santana will fill in at first base and hit cleanup on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:27 pm
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  • Cervelli getting day off Thursday vs. ATL
    Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Jeff Locke and bat eighth versus Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli, who went 0-for-4 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Morrison collects three hits, including homer
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's not a good sign when Morrison enjoyed a three-hit night with a homer, yet he's still only hitting .170/.257/.223 on the year. The 28-year-old isn't doing enough at the plate to inspire confidence in fantasy owners or his own manager. It's getting to the point that Morrison is hitting to save his big-league job, as Richie Shaffer is biding his time down in Triple-A Durham and projects to be the better option going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Yasiel Puig dropped to eighth vs Angels
    Yasiel Puig is hitting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Puig has been scuffling mightily this season and is hitting just .232/.273/.373 with four homers and 14 RBI over 142 at-bats. He has 10 extra-base hits on the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:57 pm
    Day-to-Day
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  • Royals bring OF Merrifield up to majors
    Royals purchased the contract of OF Whit Merrifield from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The Royals selected Merrifield in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. He has yet to accumulate any at-bats at the major league level and for his minor league career the 27-year-old outfielder owns a triple-slash of .274/.344/.399. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Stanton ends rough series with an 0-for-4
    Giancarlo Stanton struck out four times in the Marlins' loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The last whiff against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez ended the game. Stanton had trouble all series against Philly pitching, going 0-for-10 with nine strikeouts. He did draw two walks in the three-game set. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:48 pm
  • Moustakas (thumb) goes 2-for-4 in rehab gm.
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) went 2-for-4 in his rehab debut Wednesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas will probably play in one more minor league rehab game before returning to the Royals' active roster this Saturday. The third baseman has been sidelined since early May due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:01 pm
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  • Nomar Mazara sits versus Rich Hill on Wed.
    Nomar Mazara is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Drew Stubbs will get the nod in right field versus Athletics left-hander Rich Hill. Mazara, a left-handed hitter, has registered a .307/.357/.449 batting line over his first 33 games at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 am
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  • Moustakas (thumb) beginning rehab games
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) is starting a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas remains on track to rejoin the Royals on Saturday. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since early May because of a small fracture in his left thumb. He was batting .258/.314/.536 with seven home runs and 13 RBI through 25 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 am
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    W, 7-4 x @Min
     
  • Polanco doubles three times in Pirates' win
    Gregory Polanco doubled three times and had an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: The Pirates managed 21 hits and 12 runs on Tuesday without the benefit of a home run. Polanco's 15 two-baggers this season lead the National League and trail only Jose Altuve and David Ortiz in all of baseball. He's sporting a .307/.409/.518 batting line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Mallex Smith homers twice in losing effort
    Mallex Smith slugged a pair of two-run homers in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: A guy who's certainly known more for his speed than his power, Smith took Juan Nicasio deep in the third inning and Arquimedes Caminero over the boards in the seventh. It could very well wind up being the lone multi-homer game of Smith's career, unless he manages a couple inside-the-parkers. However, he does have three dingers now to go along with six steals. The young speedster is batting only .247/.290/.441, but he's playing regularly and should keep giving fantasy owners some steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
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  • Moustakas (thumb) could return on Saturday
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) is on track to return to the Royals' active roster on Saturday.

    Advice: Moustakas took batting practice with his Royals teammates on Monday and drew a positive review from manager Ned Yost. He could head out on a short rehab assignment this week with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since early May with a small fracture in his left thumb. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 7-4 x @Min
     
  • Report: Rougned Odor suspended eight games
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that MLB has suspended Rougned Odor for eight games for his actions during Sunday's brawl with the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's right around where most expected the suspension would fall. Odor plans to appeal, so he can continue to play until his case is heard. MLB is expected to announce multiple suspensions and punishments on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:56 am
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
     
  • Odor likely to get suspension around 8 games
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears that Rougned Odor is likely to get a suspension around eight games.

    Advice: That's right around where most have speculated, but MLB is expected to make an official announcement on Tuesday. Odor, who punched Jose Baustista in the jaw on Sunday, will have the ability to appeal the suspension. Additional suspensions are also expected. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 am
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  • Pirates, Cervelli agree to 3-year extension
    Pirates signed C Francisco Cervelli to a three-year, $31 million contract extension.

    Advice: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that he'll make $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018, and $11.5 million in 2019. Cervelli has been excellent since coming over from the Yankees prior to the 2014 season, putting up a .291/.373/.384 batting line over 163 games with Pittsburgh while also proving valuable behind the plate. The 30-year-old was previously on track to become a free agent after this season, but he's now locked up through 2019. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Suspensions coming Tuesday for TEX/TOR brawl
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that MLB will announce "multiple" suspensions Tuesday for Sunday's brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rougned Odor is expected to receive the lengthiest suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the jaw, but he won't be the only one. Josh Donaldson, Matt Bush, Kevin Pillar, Jesse Chavez, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons are among those who could also receive fines and suspensions. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 am
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  • Rougned Odor in Monday's lineup vs. A's
    Rougned Odor is in Monday's lineup versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Odor will be suspended for socking Jose Bautista in the face on Sunday, but MLB hasn't announced the punishment yet. Expect some word early this week. Rotoworld.com May 16, 4:01 pm
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  • Puig not in Monday's lineup
    Yasiel Puig is not in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: Puig went 0-for-3 on Sunday and is batting just .234/.276/.380 over 37 games this season. Trayce Thompson will start in right field and bat seventh against right-hander Matt Shoemaker. Rotoworld.com May 16, 2:56 pm
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  • Byung-ho Park batting cleanup Monday
    Byung-ho Park is batting cleanup Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Park batted cleanup Sunday with Trevor Plouffe out of the lineup and he'll remain there against right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Plouffe will slide down to the No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com May 16, 1:39 pm
  • Ian Desmond plates four to beat Blue Jays
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and drove home four runs on Sunday, leading the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in a wild game that included two bench-clearing altercations and countless ejections.

    Advice: Desmond delivered an RBI double in the third inning to open the scoring for the Rangers. He then provided the game's biggest blow, tagging Jesse Chavez with a three-run homer in the seventh that gave the Rangers the lead. He's now hitting .264/.333/.457 with five homers and 23 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com May 15, 4:40 pm
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  • Odor ejected after clocking Bautista in jaw
    Rougned Odor was ejected from Sunday's game against the Blue Jays after landing a massive right hook to the jaw of Jose Bautista during a benches-clearing brawl.

    Advice: After a hard slide from Bautista into second base, Odor wasted no time clocking Bautista which started the altercation. He'll almost certainly face a suspension which could be lengthy, so fantasy owners should prepare to have an alternative option on hand. Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Jesse Chavez were among the others ejected during the brawls. Rotoworld.com May 15, 4:08 pm
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  • Tigers activate Cameron Maybin from DL
    Tigers activated OF Cameron Maybin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Maybin has missed the first month and a half of the season due to wrist and shoulder injuries but is ready to finally help out the big league club. It'll be interesting to see how playing time shakes out, with Steven Moya also on the big league roster and Justin Upton seeing time in center field over the weekend. Rotoworld.com May 15, 3:10 pm
  • Stanton swats solo homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Stanton burned Nationals starter Joe Ross for a solo homer in the sixth inning. Bomb No. 11 pushed his RBI total up to 25. In addition to the strong power and ribbie work, the baseball-destroying robot is slashing .238/.349/.540 over 126 at-bats. His career high for home runs is 37 (2012, 2014) and he could well challenge that mark as this season unfolds. Rotoworld.com May 15, 2:08 pm
  • Mike Moustakas (thumb) takes soft toss
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) took some soft-toss in a batting cage on Sunday.

    Advice: He's progressed beyond dry swings and it might not be too long before he's cleared for batting practice, depending on how his left thumb responds. Moustakas could be a couple weeks away from a return if all goes well. Rotoworld.com May 15, 9:21 am
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    W, 7-4 x @Min
     
  • Lorenzo Cain sitting out on Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Jarrod Dyson is handling center field, while Paulo Orlando is in left. Rotoworld.com May 15, 8:30 am
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  • Maybin (shoulder) likely to be activated Mon.
    Cameron Maybin (wrist, shoulder) is likely to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Maybin made his third straight start in center field Saturday for Triple-A Toledo and also hit a home run Friday. It appears he's over the shoulder injury that had been mostly limiting him to designated hitter duties. Anthony Gose has struggled to the point that the Tigers have been trying Justin Upton out in center field, so Maybin figures to see the bulk of the starts in center once he's activated. Rotoworld.com May 15, 6:30 am
  • Salvador Perez doubles in loss to Braves
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Not much doing for the Royal offense against Braves starter Michael Foltynewicz. Perez's double was one of just two extra-base hits the defending champs managed to pick up on the evening. The double was Perez's ninth of the season. He is slashing .236/.269/.447 with five homers and 20 RBI over 123 at-bats. The average isn't great, though that should work back toward his .276 career mark over the course of the season. Rotoworld.com May 14, 7:11 pm
  • Padres option Alex Dickerson to AAA level
    Padres optioned INF/OF Alex Dickerson to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Dickerson was 2-for-10 in his two-week stay at the MLB level. He'll get another shot eventually. Rotoworld.com May 14, 12:23 pm
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  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-5, homers
    Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer to help the Dodgers beat the Cardinals 8-4 on Friday.

    Advice: Puig had been in an 8-for-54 slump, and he needed this with the press and fans turning on him again. He could still go on a tear at any moment. Rotoworld.com May 13, 10:31 pm
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    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
     
  • Park launches two homers Friday vs. Indians
    Byung-ho Park socked a pair of home runs in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Park connected for a solo shot off Josh Tomlin in the second inning before adding a two-run blast one inning later. It was the first multi-homer game of his brief MLB career. The 29-year-old has had issues making contact at times, so he’s hitting .245, but he has nine home runs and a .906 OPS. He’s been a bright spot in a miserable start to the season for the Twins. Rotoworld.com May 13, 9:26 pm
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