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  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs in loss
    Robbie Ray allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks need Ray to step it up with Shelby Miller and Rubby De La Rosa absent, but here he is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA. Quite a bit more was expected from him going into the season. He's still fine to own in NL-only leagues, but he's not really even a streaming option in mixed leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Derek Norris hits fifth homer in victory
    Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and two walks against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: The Padres need more from Norris, not just so that they can win some games, but also because they want him to drive up his trade value in advance of the deadline. He's hit .224 with four homers in May after finishing April with a .156 average and one homer. Yesterday, 10:25 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. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker carries shutout into ninth
    Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the ninth before being charged with two runs in 8 1/3 innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out 11 before giving up singles to two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Cam Bedrosian entered then and allowed both inherited runners to score, ending Shoemaker's scoreless streak that started with 7 1/3 shutout frames against the Orioles on Saturday. Shoemaker still seems risky in mixed leagues, but he should certainly be grabbed in any AL-only leagues in which he's available. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Chris Devenski goes 4 1/3 scoreless in relief
    Chris Devenski pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings after Mike Fiers' early exit Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: The 59-pitch outing was his second in relief since he was bumped from the Astros rotation last week. He would be the obvious choice to step in now if the team decided to demote Fiers. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Sean Manaea gives up three runs in loss
    Sean Manaea yielded three runs in six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: If only just barely, it was still Manaea's second quality start in six tries since he was called up at the end of April. His rotation spot seems rather secure, even if his performance hasn't justified it yet. He'll face the Twins at home next time out. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Nick Castellanos hits 10th homer
    Nick Castellanos hit his 10th homer of the year as part of a 2-for-4 game against the A's on Friday.

    Advice: Castellanos is already two-thirds of the way to his 2015 home run total in barely thirty percent as many plate appearances. As poor as his plate discipline in, it's still hard to see him maintaining this kind of production all year. He's been stellar so far, though. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Zach Davies knocked around again on Friday
    Zach Davies was knocked around again on Friday, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: Fortunately for Davies, the Brewers provided a boatload of run support for him and he still came away with a victory. The right-hander struck out four and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon a troublesome 6.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP when he does battle against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • John Lamb demolished in loss to Brewers
    John Lamb was demolished in Friday's loss to the Brewers, getting shelled for six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Lamb walked three and struck out three on the evening. The Brewers scratched out single runs in the first and third innings, then broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Lamb has been brutal in his limited time in the rotation, registering a 6.85 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 14/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings over five starts. It doesn't get any easier for the young southpaw either, as he'll travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Chatwood spins gem vs. Giants at Coors Field
    Tyler Chatwood allowed just an unearned run over seven innings in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Giants.

    Advice: And at Coors Field, to boot. Chatwood allowed just four hits and walked none while striking out three batters. He’s the first Rockies pitcher to throw seven innings or more with zero earned runs and zero walks at Coors Field since Juan Nicasio did it on July 15, 2011. Yep, it has been a while. Chatwood entered Friday’s action with a 6.65 ERA in four starts at home this season, so we wouldn’t say that he has turned a new leaf here. While the peripherals aren’t overly impressive, he has managed a 2.69 ERA through 10 starts overall. He remains a decent matchup play, though this start won’t change the fact that he’s best utilized on the road. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Suarez goes five innings in relief
    Albert Suarez allowed three runs over five innings in relief on Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Suarez entered the game in the second inning after Matt Cain left with a hamstring strain. The 26-year-old did fine under the circumstances, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three. He was also credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Suarez is a candidate to fill in if Cain needs a stint on the disabled list, though he’s not on the mixed league radar. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • McGee notches one-out save vs. Giants
    Jake McGee notched a one-out save Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: McGee was called upon after Miguel Castro gave up a two-out RBI single to Gregor Blanco to bring the Giants to within three runs. He only faced one batter and got pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson to pop out to third base to end it. Fantasy owners will happily take the save. The 29-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in nine straight appearances and owns a 3.38 ERA with 14 saves in 16 chances. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Kang homers, plates three in rout of Rangers
    Jung Ho Kang homered and drove home three runs on Friday as the Pirates routed the Rangers 9-1 in Texas.

    Advice: Kang clobbered a three-run homer that capped off a five-run uprising in the fifth inning. It was one of four home runs that the Pirates would hit in the contest, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco each leaving the yard as well. Kang finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .308/.367/.731 with six homers and 17 RBI in his first 60 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Story drives in two runs vs. Giants
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Story doubled in the fourth to knock in a run before adding an RBI single in the eighth. The 23-year-old has hit out of the No. 2 spot all season, but his recent struggles have pushed him down to the seventh spot in back-to-back games. It’s not a sure thing to continue, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss is going with the contact-oriented DJ LeMahieu out of the No. 2 spot instead. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Trevor Story dropped to No. 7 spot in lineup
    Trevor Story was dropped from the second to the seventh spot in the Rockies' lineup in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: DJ LeMahieu moved up to the No. 2 spot. Story has been slumping, although he hit a two-run homer Thursday from his new position in the lineup. It remains to be seen whether the change will stick, although the new alignment makes sense with LeMahieu offering more consistency and better on-base skills. Story obviously would lose a bit of fantasy value if he remains in the bottom-third of the order. "Trevor’s handled everything well," manager Walt Weiss said. "He’s a great kid and he’s having a great year. I told him, ‘This isn’t punishment because you are not doing something you are supposed to be doing. It has nothing to do with that.’ This is just me trying to stir things up a little bit." Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Jung Ho Kang goes 3-for-5 in Pirates' win
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats. Thursday, 1:43 pm
  • Kang (hand) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kang missed back-to-back starts after leaving Saturday's game with a jammed left hand, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat cleanup against right-hander Shelby Miller. Tuesday, 11:07 am
  • 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
  • Kang (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Monday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was held out of the starting lineup again with a jammed left hand, but he is expected back Tuesday and his at-bat Monday served as a positive sign even though it will go down as nothing more than a loud out. He hit the ball to the deep left-center field notch at PNC Park. Monday, 12:27 pm
  • Kang (hand) expected to return on Tuesday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Jung Ho Kang (hand) will return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: His jammed left hand will get one more day of rest as the Bucs play a makeup game against the Rockies on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Sean Rodriguez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles. David Freese is at third. Kang injured the hand on a play at home plate Saturday. Monday, 8:12 am
  • Kang (hand) not in Pirates' lineup on Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Monday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was able to hit in a batting cage before Sunday's rainout, but he'll take another day of rest in Monday's makeup game. Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop and David Freese is at third base in the afternoon tilt. Monday, 7:14 am
  • Jung Ho Kang (hand) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Kang departed Saturday's game after injuring his left hand on a play at home plate, although X-rays came back negative. He'll go through some tests before the Pirates determine whether he'll be available off the bench. Pittsburgh has David Freese at third base and Sean Rodriguez at shortstop, as Jordy Mercer is getting a breather. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • Trevor Story getting a day off on Sunday
    Trevor Story is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest. Cristhian Adames is filling in at shortstop. Sunday, 7:44 am
  • 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. Saturday, 11:13 pm
  • Shoemaker dazzles with 12 strikeouts vs O's
    Matt Shoemaker was brilliant in earning a no-decision in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, fanning 12 over 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Shoemaker scattered three hits and did not walk a batter. Manager Mike Scioscia let him give the eighth inning a crack, but lifted him after a passed-ball strikeout allowed Jonathan Schoop to reach with one out. Alas, Shoemaker will need to put in a few more starts like this if he wants to drag his numbers back to respectability. He still holds a 6.81 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio through eight starts (37 1/3 innings). A home date with the Astros awaits him next time out. Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Kang's hand X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Jung Ho Kang's injured hand came back negative.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with left hand discomfort after getting thrown out at home plate. Kang wasn't getting any treatment on his hand after the game and seemed optimistic about his status. While we wouldn't expect to see him in the lineup Sunday, it doesn't appear that Kang will miss much time. Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Chatwood holds Bucs to one run in no-decision
    Tyler Chatwood limited the Pirates to one run over six innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Chatwood allowed six hits and walked two, but he was matched by counterpart Jon Niese, who also allowed one run during his tenure. Chatwood has quietly put together a very good 2016 thus far, posting a 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through nine starts. He's one of the reasons the Rockies are in second place in the NL West. Speaking of the NL West, Chatwood will take on the division-rival Giants on Friday. Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Zach Davies yields four runs in no-decision
    Zach Davies allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Davies gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson, and the last batter he faced, Yoenis Cespedes. In between he gave up three more hits and walked two while striking out five. He owns a 5.75 ERA through seven starts, and he'll next take the hill Friday against the Reds. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 5:14 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang exits with left hand discomfort
    Jung Ho Kang left Saturday's game against the Rockies with left hand discomfort.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on a play at home plate. Kang didn't immediately come out of the game but was eventually replaced by David Freese in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. The Pirates are calling Kang day-to-day. Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Lamb guts out quality start against Mariners
    John Lamb allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a gutsy performance from the left-hander, who didn't have his best stuff but managed to turn in a quality start anyway. The M's did all their damage on homers, with Leonys Martin taking Lamb deep in the second inning before Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run bomb in the fourth. Lamb walked three while striking out three on the afternoon. The strikeout potential he flashed last season hasn't showed itself yet this year, as he has just an 11/9 K/BB ratio over four starts to go with a 5.40 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He may still be working his way into form after December back surgery sidelined him through April, but Lamb will need to show progress Friday at the Brewers to remain on the NL-only radar. Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Ray lasts just five innings in loss to Cards
    Robbie Ray allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His final line doesn't look that bad -- Ray gave up just three hits but walked four while striking out five -- but he was terribly inefficient, needing 102 pitches to get through five innings. It was still, by most accounts, a step in the right direction, leaving him with a 4.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 52/24 K/BB ratio through 47 1/3 innings this year. Ray will look to get back in the win column, and to pitch deeper into the game, Friday against the Padres. Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Manaea gives up five runs in loss to Yankees
    Sean Manaea took a step backward Saturday, giving up five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Manaea showed progress in earning his first MLB victory against the Rangers his last time out, but the Yankees got to him four times in the fourth inning and added another in the seventh to stick him with his second loss of the year. His earned run average actually went down with the loss, dropping from 7.91 to 7.62, an illustration of how much he struggled upon being promoted. The A's aren't going anywhere fast, so they can afford to let Manaea learn at the big league level if they so desire. That next lesson should come Friday against the Tigers. Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 8:24 am
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Friday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off as the Pirates continue to ease him back into things. David Freese is at third base. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Story has homer, three RBI in loss to Cards
    Trevor Story went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Story had a two-run double early in the game before launching a solo homer, his 12th home run of the year, in the seventh inning. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, collecting four doubles, a triple and a home run in that span. People who were waiting for the 23-year-old's production to drop off are still waiting, as he's hitting .287/.344/.622 with those 12 homers, 31 RBI and 26 runs scored on the season. Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Devenski moving back to Astros' bullpen
    Chris Devenski is moving back to the Astros' bullpen.

    Advice: Houston was rolling with a six-man rotation for a bit, but Devenski will now return to the long relief role that he occupied at the opening of the 2016 season. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a cool 3.24 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio over his first 33 1/3 innings (four starts, six relief appearances) with the Astros. He'll be thrown right back into the rotation mix if there's an injury. Thursday, 8:55 am
  • Solarte (hamstring) to begin rehab assignment
    Yangervis Solarte (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.

    Advice: Solarte suffered a strained hamstring just a week into the season and has been on the shelf ever since. His rehab has been progressing, though, and he began playing in extended spring training games on May 14. Next up, the rehab assignment. Solarte could be activated as early as this weekend. If that doesn't come to pass, he will almost certainly be activated next week barring a medical setback. Wednesday, 4:54 pm
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