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  • Chris Capuano earns win in relief
    Chris Capuano pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a relief victory Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Capuano has been a revelation in relief for the Red Sox, throwing nine scoreless innings in the team's first 15 games. Given his injury history, we'll see if he can keep it up. He has to be in line for a couple of days off after the long outing tonight.
    57 minutes ago
    W, 6-4 @   CWS
  • Matt Lindstrom takes third blown save
    Matt Lindstrom was charged with a remarkably cheap blown save after inheriting Maikel Cleto's mess in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cleto, who got the last out in the eighth, was going to get a chance to go for the save in the ninth, but he was pulled from a 3-2 game after walking the first two batters of the inning. Lindstrom came in and retired David Ortiz on a flyball before giving up a soft infield single and a game-tying sac fly. While he did no wrong, it was his third blown save of the young season. Lindstrom preserved the tie from there and pitched a scoreless 10th, so it was a good night for him and a setback for Cleto, who appeared set to get a chance to supplant Lindstrom in the closer's role.
    Today, 10:42 pm
  • RP Romo earns fourth save, strikes out four
    Sergio Romo whiffed a pair while working a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Romo coughed up a run while earning a rocky save on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks. Since then, he's fired six shutout innings and allowed only one hit and one walk. Romo is missing bats and refusing to give away bases again, the recipe that helped him leap into the group of the game's elite closers last year. He owns a 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 9/1 K/BB rate over seven innings.
    Today, 10:41 pm
    W, 2-1 vs   LAD
  • Jose Abreu goes hitless for 14 innings
    Jose Abreu went 0-for-6 and grounded into a double play in the 14-inning loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Since hitting his third and fourth homers Thursday, Abreu has gone 1-for-20 in his last five games, though he does have four walks in that span. It shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a run-of-the-mill mini-slump.
    Today, 10:36 pm
    L, 6-4 vs   Bos
  • Gordon goes 3-for-4 with triple in loss to SF
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

    Advice: It already seems insane that Justin Turner started on Opening Day. The 25-year-old Gordon continues to whack the ball around, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last six. He's slashing .404/.453/.553 with 10 steals. That average is good for third in the National League, while he leads the league in swipes.
    Today, 10:34 pm
    L, 2-1 @   SF
  • SP Vogelsong bounces back with quality start
    Ryan Vogelsong got back on track against the Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up one run over six innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: The 36-year-old right-hander struck out a pair and walked two more. Not much could have been reasonably expected of Vogelsong after he posted an ugly 5.73 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 67/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings last summer, and he pitched even worse over his first two starts this season (8.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a .350 opponent's batting average). Because of those reasons, he's probably going to rest easy tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't be quick to buy, here: Vogelsong has a tough matchup in Colorado on Monday.
    Today, 10:30 pm
  • Maholm works six quality innings in ND vs. SF
    Paul Maholm surrendered only one run on five hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: He whiffed two and walked three in his best start since August 28. The left-hander entered this game with an 8.10 ERA, but that was mostly because he got bombed by the Giants in his only other start of the year back on April 5. His rotation spot is safe until Clayton Kershaw comes back. Maholm will toe the Chavez Ravine rubber with his shiny new 4.97 ERA against Philadelphia next week.
    Today, 10:28 pm
  • RP Street denies Rockies for fifth save
    Huston Street locked down his fifth save of 2014 by striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Colorado.

    Advice: Street, tied with Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead in saves, earned saves in both of San Diego's wins against his former team as the Padres took two of three. He's 5-for-5 in save conversions to go with a 6/1 K/BB rate, 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. If the signing of Joaquin Benoit was meant to send a message, it appears as though Street received it.
    Today, 10:26 pm
  • Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer
    Justin Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI in a loss to the Friars on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morneau has clearly enjoyed his escape from Target Field to Coors, though he did his damage tonight at renowned hitter-killer Petco Park. At least in the early going, he looks like a different hitter: The veteran first sacker is slashing .354/.396/.542 with two homers and five RBI over 48 at-bats. He's had a lot of singles drop in, so the power will have to rise to compensate. It's worth noting that he hasn't hit 20 homers since 2009.
    Today, 10:20 pm
  • Cashner gives up one earned run in victory
    Andrew Cashner kept on rolling Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 frames in a 4-2 win.

    Advice: The right-hander fanned five and walked one. As usual, he forced the Rockies to play his game, pounding 12 ground ball outs into the dirt. Cashner owners will have to come to a decision about the sell-high possibility at some point. On the one hand, he has ace potential and could very well keep pitching like one. On the other, San Diego is going to ask him to pitch like an ace, and one of the things that goes along with that is being worked heavily. Durability has been a concern in the past. We can tell you with confidence how to make certain fantasy decisions, but this one will come down to circumstance (do you have a buyer, and how much is he offering?) and taste (what is your level of belief in Cashner's right arm?). Cashner (2-1, 1.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 27/8 K/BB rate) travels to Milwaukee next week.
    Today, 10:14 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Col
  • Danny Duffy strikes out four in relief
    Danny Duffy struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief to pick up a win against the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duffy probably isn't in the bullpen for good, but he could be an asset in relief for however long the Royals leave him there. He's pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven, since his callup Saturday.
    Today, 10:13 pm
  • Dallas Keuchel holds Royals to two runs
    Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Keuchel left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. We like Keuchel, but pitching for such a weak team will limit his fantasy upside this season, probably leaving him without any value in shallow mixed leagues.
    Today, 10:10 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • De La Rosa logs quality start in third loss
    Jorge De La Rosa hurled his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: The left-hander whiffed four and walked one. As implied above, this was by far De La Rosa's best start of the season, as he logged only 4 1/3 frames in each one of his first three outings. He's 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA, but look beneath the surface and you see a 1.42 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio that suggest things haven't been as quite as bad as they appear. De La Rosa and the Rockies host San Francisco on Monday.
    Today, 10:06 pm
  • Marc Krauss hits first home run
    Marc Krauss went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Since George Springer wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Astros could call him up today and not have him be eligible for free agency until after 2020. Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, is on the 40-man and thus would still be eligible for free agency after 2019 if he were called up immediately. Singleton's timetable can be pushed back a year starting next week, and unless Krauss can come up with a few more big hits before then, he might be in danger of losing his spot.
    Today, 10:02 pm
    L, 6-4 vs   KC
  • George Springer reaches twice in debut
    George Springer went 1-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing in his major league debut Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Springer's hit was a little tapper that he beat out. He also scored one of the Astros' four runs tonight.
    Today, 10:00 pm
  • George Springer batting second in MLB debut
    George Springer is batting second in his major league debut on Wednesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Houston will throw the ultra-talented young outfielder right into the fire. Springer was batting .353/.459/.647 with three home runs in 13 games this year at Triple-A Oklahoma City and is a must-have in all standard fantasy leagues. The 24-year-old compiled a .959 OPS, 65 homers, 85 steals, and 207 RBI in 284 minor league games.
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Astros make George Springer call-up official
    Astros purchased the contract of OF George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: News broke late Tuesday night that Springer was getting a promotion, and now the move is official. The top prospect has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City this season after batting .303/.411/.600 with 37 longballs and 45 steals last year. He'll play every day -- likely in right field -- and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
    Today, 8:12 am
  • Astros to promote top prospect Springer
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will promote top prospect George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: The report has been confirmed by various other outlets. Springer earned the promotion after a 3-for-4 effort Tuesday that included a grand slam. The young outfielder has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City. He figures to take over right field for the Astros and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats. Robbie Grossman has been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Springer.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Matt Lindstrom still the White Sox' closer
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Matt Lindstrom remains the team's closer for the time being.

    Advice: "He's in there right now," said Ventura. "It's always been that way, where you can make a change at any time. It's tough, the job is tough. As of right now, he'd probably be going out there today." Lindstrom blew his second save of the season Sunday and holds a 5.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through his first five appearances. With Ronald Belisario also struggling and Nate Jones (back) on the DL, Daniel Webb or Maikel Cleto might get a shot in the ninth if Ventura eventually decides to make a move.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Astros OF prospect Springer hits second homer
    Astros outfield prospect George Springer launched his second home run of the season as part of a 2-for-3 day.

    Advice: Springer has eight hits (including two home runs and a triple) and four walks as part of a .421/.522/.842 over his past five games. He also has three stolen bases and five strikeouts. Once the Super 2 deadline passes in June, expect to see him patrolling center field in Minute Maid Park.
    Yesterday, 6:03 am
  • Street earns 4th save of year, beats Rockies
    Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by hurling a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday.

    Advice: He struck out a batter and still only needed 10 pitches to shut off the lights against his former team. Halfway through the season's first month, Street has been one of the game's best fantasy closers. He's now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances, posting a 4/1 K/BB rate. Three of those four saves have been of the one-run-lead variety, which San Diego seems to specialize in producing.
    Monday, 11:05 pm
  • Gordon steals four bases vs. Diamondbacks
    Dee Gordon went 1-for-3 with four stolen bases in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He also walked twice and scored a run in the game. Gordon leads the National League with nine stolen bases, and Sunday he victimized Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch four times in the win. The second baseman is now batting .400/.457/.525 on the young season.
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
    L, 2-1 @   SF
  • Lindstrom suffers second blown save Sunday
    Matt Lindstrom blew his second save of the season but took the win Sunday, allowing two unearned runs against the White Sox.

    Advice: Lindstrom wasn't officially charged with an earned run but wasn't particularly strong either, giving up two straight singles following a Jose Abreu error and later letting in another run on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez saved his skin with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but the fact remains -- Lindstrom's hold on the closer position is tenuous at best at this point.
    Sunday, 5:38 pm
  • Morneau blasts first homer of 2014 on Sunday
    Justin Morneau hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Morneau launched the solo shot off Giants starter Tim Hudson in the seventh inning. It was his only hit of the game, but the veteran first baseman is still batting .325 in his first season with the Rockies. The 32-year-old hit 17 homers last season and still has some pop left in his bat.
    Sunday, 4:06 pm
  • Royals recall Danny Duffy to work out of 'pen
    Royals recalled LHP Danny Duffy from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: After losing out in the battle to open the season as the Royals fifth starter, Duffy went down to Triple-A where he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings of work in his lone start. With the ability to work multiple innings, he'll provide depth in the Royals bullpen, and could push for a spot in the rotation should Bruce Chen continue to struggle.
    Saturday, 9:56 am
  • Danny Duffy could be option for Royals 'pen
    The Royals held Danny Duffy out of his scheduled start at Triple-A Omaha on Friday, and could be an option to help out a struggling Royals bullpen.

    Advice: The young southpaw lost out on the fifth starter's battle in spring training to Yordano Ventura, but could be a valuable addition to the Royals bullpen if they decide to go that route. His fantasy value will remain minimal though until he rejoins the rotation.
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Sergio Romo fans side for third save
    Sergio Romo struck out the side Friday for his third save against the Rockies.

    Advice: Romo suffered from stomach cramps Thursday due to an illness, but it didn't seem to hold him back tonight. He's allowed one run in four innings this season.
    Friday, 10:51 pm
    W, 2-1 vs   LAD
  • Jorge De La Rosa gives up six runs in loss
    Jorge De La Rosa was pounded for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Giants in Friday's loss.

    Advice: At least he's consistent: De La Rosa has been lifted with one out in the fifth in each of his three starts to date. He has a 9.69 ERA after three starts, though at least his component stats don't really back it up (12 hits allowed, seven walks and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings). Of course, his component stats didn't see him give up a grand slam to a pitcher tonight.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Andrew Cashner throws one-hit shutout
    Andrew Cashner pitched a one-hitter for his second career shutout and struck out 11 against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: The Padres started Cashner on Opening Day and are treating him like their ace, letting him finish tonight's game even though anyone in the pen could have done the job with the score 6-0. Cashner finished up at 108 pitches, and that's hardly excessive. However, with the way he's pitching, he could finish the first half on 220-inning pace and, given his injury history, it will be interesting to see what happens then. From a talent standpoint, he's quite capable of keeping this up. However, he might be a good sell-high candidate come late May or June.
    Friday, 10:16 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Col
  • Justin Morneau not in lineup Friday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Giants sending lefty Madison Bumgarner to the hill. Michael Cuddyer is playing first base, while Brandon Barnes is in right field.
    Friday, 2:32 pm
  • Springer hits first 2014 home run
    Astros prospect OF George Springer launched his first home run of the season on Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Springer was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and runs and a stolen base in the game. The 24-year-old had gotten off to a good start at Oklahoma City, but was kept in the yard until Thursday's game. Through his first eight contests, Springer is batting .290/.421/.516 with four doubles, two steals and a 10/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Expect the toolsy outfielder to arrive in the major leagues sometime in June when service time is no longer a concern.
    Friday, 11:30 am
  • Sergio Romo had stomach cramps Thursday
    Sergio Romo had stomach cramps brought on by illness during Thursday's game versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Romo was seen in the dugout in obvious distress after pitching a scoreless inning, but it appears to be no big deal. He should be available to pitch Friday if there's a save situation.
    Friday, 5:29 am
    W, 2-1 vs   LAD
  • SP Vogelsong highly shaky in no-decision
    Ryan Vogelsong wasn't impressive on Thursday, giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He gave up a walk and struck out five. Vogelsong exits his first two starts of 2014 with ugly numbers all over: 8.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a .350 opponent's batting average. He should be considered radioactive to mixed league lineups next week against the Dodgers, against whom he surrendered four runs on seven hits over four innings last Friday.
    Thursday, 11:29 pm
  • Jose Abreu hits two homers in White Sox win
    Jose Abreu hit his third and fourth homers of the year to lead the White Sox to a 7-3 win over the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu has been a stud so far, with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI in his first 10 games. He's also struck out just five times. It's going to be quite a competition for All-Star spots at first base in the AL this year, but Abreu is looking like the kind of player who could make a run at a spot.
    Thursday, 9:10 pm
    L, 6-4 vs   Bos