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  • Ausmus won't commit to closer yet
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
    46 minutes ago
  • DeSclafani fires 8 shutout innings vs. MIL
    Anthony DeSclafani held the Brewers scoreless over eight innings on Monday as the Reds won 6-1.

    Advice: Though it was against the lowly Brewers, DeSclafani gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out five. DeSclafani was a popular sleeper pick coming into the season and he's already paying dividends. The right-hander owns a 0.86 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. DeSclafani will attempt to remain undefeated in his next start at home versus the Cubs.
    Today, 6:59 pm
  • Votto blasts 5th homer as Reds handle Brewers
    Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Reds topped the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: Votto's two-run home run in the seventh inning off of Wily Peralta padded the Reds' lead to 6-0 at the time. That marks five round-trippers on the season for the first baseman, who missed more than half of the 2014 season with a quad strain. Votto also owns a .375/.492/.771 triple-slash line with 12 RBI, making him by far the Reds' most productive hitter to start the season.
    Today, 6:50 pm
  • Braun slugs homer, but Brewers fall to Reds
    Ryan Braun provided the Brewers their only run with a ninth-inning solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-0, so Braun's solo homer -- his first of the season -- off of Burke Badenhop barely made a dent. Braun has been off to a slow start this season, currently slashing .238/.273/.310 in 44 trips to the dish.
    Today, 6:47 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Alfredo Simon pitches a gem as the Tigers win
    Alfredo Simon limited the Yankees to one run over seven innings as the Tigers went on to a 2-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Simon made one mistake on Monday evening, resulting in a Mark Teixeira solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander was in line for the loss until the Tigers rallied for two runs in the seventh. Simon gave up seven hits in total, issued no walks, and struck out seven. He's had back-to-back sterling outings, having shut out the Pirates over eight innings previously, and will take a 3-0 record with a 1.74 ERA into his next start against the Indians at home.
    Today, 6:41 pm
  • Soria sets down the Yankees for fifth save
    Joakim Soria retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, recording his fifth save on Monday.

    Advice: Soria got Brett Gardner to ground out, followed by fly outs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The right-hander, filling in for Joe Nathan in the closer's role, is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
    Today, 6:33 pm
  • Cespedes knocks in game-winning run vs. NYY
    Yoenis Cespedes knocked in the eventual game-winning run with a seventh-inning single on Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Tigers had just tied the game at 1-1 with J.D. Martinez's RBI single, and Cespedes immediately followed up with a tie-breaking RBI single of his own. It wasn't quite as good as his two-homer, six-RBI performance on Sunday, but the Tigers will take it. The slugger is batting .302 with three home runs and 11 RBI on the season.
    Today, 6:31 pm
  • Jesse Hahn (blister) scratched from start
    Jesse Hahn (blister) has been scratched from his next scheduled start on Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: He'll miss just the one outing, as the A's want to give him some extra rest in order to allow his blister to fully heal. Hahn will rejoin the rotation next week. Jesse Chavez will make a spot start on Thursday in Hahn's place.
    Today, 5:14 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) hits, throws Monday
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) did some hitting and throwing on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't run any yet, which will obviously be the biggest test. Gomez has reported improvement with his strained right hamstring, but he's still likely to be sidelined for at least another couple weeks.
    Today, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Gose out third straight game Monday night
    Anthony Gose is out of the Tigers' starting lineup for a third straight game Monday.

    Advice: Gose is batting .393 with a 1.036 OPS in 28 at-bats this season, but the Tigers prefer to use Rajai Davis in center field against left-handers and they're facing their third straight southpaw (CC Sabathia) on Monday night. This looks like a strict platoon for now, which obviously hurts both players from a fantasy perspective.
    Today, 12:48 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x NYY
  • Machado goes 0-for-3 in O's loss to Red Sox
    Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Orioles' loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Machado is just 7-for-45 this season and owns a troubling .156/.231/.244 overall slash line. He showed some signs of life late last week, but that has not carried over. The 22-year-old third baseman appeared in just 82 games in 2014 because of knee injuries.
    Today, 12:22 pm
  • Billy Hamilton (groin) back for Reds Monday
    Billy Hamilton (groin) is back in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: Hamilton missed Sunday's series finale in St. Louis after tweaking a groin muscle while leaping over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams on Saturday afternoon. The speedster is leading off and playing center field Monday in Milwaukee. He is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts so far in 2015 but carries a rough .195/.267/.293 slash line.
    Today, 12:06 pm
  • Blevins to have splint on forearm for 6 weeks
    Jerry Blevins will have a splint on his fractured left forearm for the next six weeks.

    Advice: Blevins should be able to resume throwing once those six weeks are over, but then he'll need at least another two weeks to rebuild his arm strength. The left-handed reliever suffered a distal radius fracture Sunday when he got struck by a comebacker and can be ruled out until at least mid-June. He had rattled off seven scoreless appearances this season for the Mets.
    Today, 12:00 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Taillon (elbow) nearing minor league games
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday that pitching prospect Jameson Taillon (elbow) will begin pitching in minor league games "sooner than later."

    Advice: "He's continuing to make progress and continuing to check box after box," said the Pirates' skipper. Taillon underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and is being eased along at extended spring training. The 23-year-old right-hander could make his major league debut in the second half of the 2015 season if everything continues to go smoothly.
    Today, 7:37 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs ChC
  • Jake McGee (elbow) set for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to join Triple-A Durham on Monday for a rehab assignment.

    Advice: McGee has already pitched in a few extended spring training games without issue. He expects to make several appearances for Durham before joining the Rays' bullpen around May 1. The left-handed closer is on his way back from December elbow surgery. He saved 19 games last season alongside a 1.89 ERA and should promptly steal ninth-inning duties back from Brad Boxberger.
    Today, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
  • Smyly (shoulder) made third rehab start Sun.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in a rehab start for Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: Smyly walked three, but he struck out four and limited the Marlins' Double-A team to one hit. It was the third rehab start for Smyly, who may be asked to make a fourth so that he can get a little more stretched out. The talented 25-year-old left-hander is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation April 29 at Yankee Stadium. He's been sidelined by left shoulder tendinitis.
    Today, 5:42 am
    15-Day DL
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers twice, drives in six
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped a grand slam and a two-run shot in Sunday's blowout victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Cespedes' slam in the first inning off of Jose Quintana got the scoring going for the Tigers and he took Quintana deep again in the third inning to pad their lead. The slugger entered the weekend without a longball but finishes it with three to go along with 10 RBI and a nice .300/.314/.600 batting line.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Billy Hamilton (groin) not in Sunday's lineup
    Billy Hamilton (groin) is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Hamilton strained his groin during Saturday's game and is listed as day-to-day. Brennan Boesch is taking his spot in center field. Devin Mesoraco (hip), as expected, is also still out, with Tucker Barnhart catching Mike Leake. The Reds are also going with Skip Schumaker in left field over Marlon Byrd.
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Jerry Blevins suffers fractured left forearm
    X-rays have revealed that Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Blevins suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker Sunday. It's a big blow to the Mets' bullpen that already lost lefty Josh Edgin for the season. A timetable for the reliever isn't known at this point, but obviously he's looking at an extended absence. Blevins is unscored upon in seven appearances this season.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Blevins leaves after being hit with liner
    Jerry Blevins had to exit Sunday's game against the Marlins after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker.

    Advice: Blevins was able to recover and make the play, but he then walked off the field. It's possible the reliever will need X-rays, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jesse Hahn (blister) could miss next start
    The Athletics will wait to see how Jesse Hahn (blister) does in his between-starts bullpen session before determining whether he'll be ready for his next outing.

    Advice: Hahn tossed 5 1/3 scoreless frames Saturday before having to leave with a blister issue. He'll ultimately be fine, but it's possible the A's will skip him one time through the rotation in order to allow the blister to fully heal. Jesse Chavez, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings himself in relief of Hahn, would be in line for a spot start.
    Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Hahn pitches well prior to injury exit
    Prior to being pulled with a possible hand injury, Jesse Hahn held the Royals scoreless in 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Hahn left the game with a blister injury. It was a tough blow to the pitcher, as he had only thrown 65 pitches at the time of his exit. To that point, the Royals had only managed three hits. Through three starts, Hahn has allowed four runs over 16 2/3 innings, working out to a 2.12 ERA. If the injury is relatively minor, he's a viable fantasy starter who might still be floating around on some waiver wires.
    Saturday, 7:18 pm
  • Braun leads off with pair of singles
    In his first career start leading off, Ryan Braun hit two singles against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun finished the game 2-for-3. While the singles are nice, they marked a continuation of an odd start for Braun. After smacking 30 doubles and 19 home runs last season, Braun has yet to notch his first extra-base hit of the 2015 season. The power should come eventually, but it should be remembered that the former MVP underwent experimental thumb surgery in October.
    Saturday, 7:07 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Jesse Hahn left game Saturday with a blister
    Jesse Hahn left his start Saturday versus the Royals with a blister on his right hand.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like much, though blisters sometimes cause starting pitchers to miss rotation turns. It's a coin flip whether Hahn will be ready to go Thursday against the Angels. If he isn't ready, expect Jesse Chavez to get the nod. Hahn allowed just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Royals and boasts a 2.12 ERA through three starts this season.
    Saturday, 6:22 pm
  • Jesse Hahn leaves with possible finger injury
    Jesse Hahn left Saturday's start against the Royals in the sixth inning after fielding a comebacker.

    Advice: He was looking at a finger on his throwing hand when he exited. It's a shame because Hahn was having an excellent game, allowing just three hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings. Jesse Chavez came on to take his place. We should know more about Hahn's status after the game. He could be dealing with a blister.
    Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Billy Hamilton day-to-day with groin soreness
    Billy Hamilton is day-to-day with a sore groin.

    Advice: Hamilton tweaked a groin muscle Saturday when he leaped awkwardly over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams after beating out a hard grounder to second base. The young speedster looked to be in a good amount of pain and can probably be ruled out for Sunday night's series finale in St. Louis.
    Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Billy Hamilton departs game with leg injury
    Billy Hamilton left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Hamilton legged out an infield single in the top of the eighth inning but had to leap over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and landed awkwardly. It looked like it might have been a groin strain. There should be an update from the Reds within the hour.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Ryan Braun hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is serving as the Brewers leadoff hitter for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun has struggled in the early going, slashing just .226/.250/.226, so perhaps the move was made to try to get him going. With Carlos Gomez sidelined, the Brewers are in desperate need of a spark atop their lineup.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Votto homers in loss to Cardinals
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: His first-inning blast was the only offense of the ballgame for the Reds, who have lost five out of their last six games. The loss aside, Votto continues to be a bright spot in the early going. He's batting .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI through 10 games and appears to be 100 percent after an injury-plagued 2014.
    Friday, 9:22 pm
  • Carlos Gomez could be out for 2-to-3 weeks
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that while it's still too early to tell definitively, Carlos Gomez (hamstring) could return in two-to-three weeks.

    Advice: Gomez is dealing with a strained right hamstring, and it seems like he'll require more than just a minimum stint on the disabled list. Gerardo Parra will function as the team's primary center fielder in his absence and is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
    Friday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Cespedes belts first homer in Tigers' victory
    Yoenis Cespedes smacked a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Making his first start of the season in the designated hitter spot, Cespedes took Jeff Samardzija deep with a mammoth blast in the fourth inning for his first home run as a Tiger. The former A and Red Sox is off to a fine start in the early going in his first season in Detroit, batting .302/.318/.512 with four RBI.
    Friday, 1:30 pm
  • Gomez (hamstring) placed on disabled list
    Brewers placed OF Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: Gomez has been given a cortisone shot and will be re-evaluated next week before the Brewers determine whether he might be out longer than 15 days. They'll make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's game, with Jason Rogers, Shane Peterson and Elian Herrera the most likely candidates for a promotion. Gerardo Parra will take over as the Brewers' center fielder while Gomez is out. Jean Segura moved up to replace Gomez in the leadoff spot Thursday, although Scooter Gennett is also a candidate to see time there if he starts swinging the bat better.
    Friday, 6:04 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) heading to DL
    Brewers assistant general manager Gordon Ash said Thursday that Carlos Gomez (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: The All-Star outfielder is dealing with a small tear in his right hamstring and it's unclear at the moment how long he will be sidelined. He also received a cortisone shot on Thursday. Gerardo Parra will see time in center field in his absence.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • McGee (elbow) throws in ext. spring game
    Jake McGee (elbow) threw an inning Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said that McGee felt good. It's unclear what the next step will be, but he could soon be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. If all goes well, he figures to join the Rays' bullpen in late April or early May. McGee is currently working his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery.
    Thursday, 2:47 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) out Thurs. in STL
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: No surprise after Gomez felt a pull in his right hamstring Wednesday night. If he suffered a strain, a trip to the disabled list is probably inevitable. He's headed back to Milwaukee for an examination by team doctors. Gerardo Parra is starting in center field on Thursday afternoon against Cardinals right-hander John Lackey and could be asked to play there regularly over the next couple of weeks. Jean Segura is leading off.
    Thursday, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Jake McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab games
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: It's another big step for the rehabbing left-hander, who figures to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in late April or early May. McGee, who saved 19 games in 2014 alongside a sparkling 1.89 ERA, is on his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery. Brad Boxberger has been the primary closer for Tampa Bay in his absence.
    Thursday, 6:16 am
    15-Day DL
  • Carlos Gomez nursing right hamstring injury
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Gomez said he felt a pull in the hamstring and let up while running down the first base line in the ninth inning. He's already been ruled out for Thursday's matinee, and the Brewers will know more about his availability going forward depending on how he feels Thursday.
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Carlos Gomez exits with lower-body injury
    Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Sprinting to beat out a double play in the ninth inning, Gomez pulled up as he raced down the line. He beat the relay throw, but left with a trainer shortly after. It was certainly not a great tradeoff for Gomez or the Brewers. The club should update his status soon.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Manny Machado hits first homer
    Manny Machado hit his first homer and walked Wednesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: After opening the season 0-for-15, Machado has gone 5-for-15 with a couple of extra-base hits in his last four games. He's hit sixth seven times and second twice so far. Obviously, the second spot would be better for his fantasy value, but he needs to outproduce Steve Pearce in order to reclaim his old place.
    Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Soria shuts down Bucs for his fourth save
    Joakim Soria had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his fourth save as the Tigers won against the Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Soria got Corey Hart to ground out, Josh Harrison to fly out, and Gregory Polanco to strike out to end the ballgame. The Tigers haven't missed Joe Nathan much, as Soria is now 4-for-4 in save chances. If Soria continues to pitch well, he could make a case for continuing to close even after Nathan is healthy enough to return.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Simon dominates Pirates over eight innings
    Alfredo Simon improved to 2-0 with eight shutout innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pirates put a lot of balls in play, striking out only twice against Simon, but they didn't hit anything hard. Simon yielded only two hits, both singles, and issued no walks. The right-hander broke out last season with a 3.44 ERA for the Reds in a return to the starting rotation, but many saw it as a fluke. If he can put together more starts like Wednesday's, he'll prove a lot of people wrong. The Yankees will be waiting for him in Detroit in his next start.
    Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) likely to debut on April 29
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is most likely to make his season debut on April 29 at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: The Rays haven't ruled out activating Smyly after his next rehab start when he's slated to throw 75 pitches, but they'll most likely let him stretch out to 100 pitches in another rehab outing after that before having him rejoin the rotation. He tossed three scoreless innings Tuesday in his second rehab start. "No setbacks, so it’s great," Smyly said. "I’m just anxious to get these next couple starts out of the way so I can get back in the big leagues."
    Wednesday, 8:07 am
    15-Day DL
  • DeSclafani tosses seven scoreless in victory
    Anthony DeSclafani threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, as the Reds edged the Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: DeSclafani walked two to go with his two hits allowed, striking out five in the win. He's now turned in two good starts to begin the year, owning a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through 13 innings. The win was his first of the season, and he'll look to add another Monday at the Brewers.
    Tuesday, 8:23 pm
  • Hamilton steals eighth base in win over Cubs
    Billy Hamilton stole his eighth base of the season and scored a run in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hamilton is now a perfect 8-for-8 in steal attempts through seven games. He also scored the first run of the game after the stolen base, finishing 1-for-4. Hamilton is hitting just .250 but has a .344 on-base percentage that has helped him score eight runs in the early going. If he can keep a respectable OBP throughout the year, there's no limit to the damage Hamilton could do on the basepaths.
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Votto collects two hits, RBI in win over Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Votto had an RBI single in the fourth inning to get the scoring started, and he doubled an inning later. Votto now has nine RBI and is hitting .375 on the young season. He's hit safely in seven of the Reds' eight games thus far.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Soria sets the Pirates down in order for save
    Joakim Soria recorded his third save of the season after setting the Pirates down in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria induced two ground outs from Andrew Lambo and Josh Harrison, then got Gregory Polanco to fly out to end the contest. Filling in for the injured Joe Nathan, Soria is 3-for-3 so far in save situations and is likely the better candidate for the role anyway. The Tigers should be just fine with Soria in the ninth inning.
    Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Hamilton (finger) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hamilton missed Monday's game (and a potential matchup with Jon Lester) due to a sore index finger, but he's ready to go. The speedster is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts through six games to go along with a .250/.357/.417 batting line.
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Gose not in Tuesday's lineup vs. Pirates
    Anthony Gose is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: We don't give much credence to the small sample, but Rajai Davis is 4-for-9 with two doubles and a triple against A.J. Burnett in his career, so Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has him leading off and playing center field. Gose might also sit Wednesday with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the hill.
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
    W, 2-1 vs x NYY
  • Smyly (shoulder) makes second rehab start
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw three scoreless innings Tuesday in a minor league rehab start with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: This was Smyly's second rehab start as he makes his way back from shoulder tendinitis. He allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out four batters and threw 28 out of 40 pitches for strikes. He's expected to make two more rehab starts before joining the Rays, so he's on track to return just before the end of the month.
    Tuesday, 8:15 am
    15-Day DL
  • Carlos Gomez notches a pair of hits
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He singled in the fifth and doubled in a run and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the seventh. Gomez was the lone Brewer to record a multi-hit game, and the squeaked by with a victory despite committing two errors and getting out-hit.
    Apr 13, 4:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Billy Hamilton day-to-day with sore finger
    Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Monday due to a sore index finger.

    Advice: He first injured the finger last Friday on a slide into second base. It's unfortunate timing, as Hamilton would've figured to have his way on the basepaths versus Jon Lester (if he was able to get on base, of course). The Reds are just being cautious here, as Hamilton is likely to be back in there Tuesday. Kristopher Negron is playing center field in Hamilton's place. Devin Mesoraco (hip) is also sitting out, with Brayan Pena handling the catching duties.
    Apr 13, 1:28 pm
  • Hahn pitches into sixth, allows four runs
    Jesse Hahn surrendered four runs (one earned) on three hits across 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Sandwiched between a sixth inning sacrifice fly and an RBI single was a big Josh Reddick error that allowed two runs to score. Outside of that sketchy sixth frame, Hahn was fine. He struck out two and walked two. Hahn's a talented pitcher, though his numbers through two starts aren't particularly eye-popping. He won his rotation slot off a strong spring.
    Apr 12, 4:38 pm
  • Soria earns second save as Tigers top Indians
    Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season Sunday in the Tigers' win over the Indians.

    Advice: Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning, fanning one of the three batters he faced with nine of his 12 pitches going for strikes. The right-hander is technically being considered the Tigers' fill-in closer, but he's good enough to run away with the job while Joe Nathan is sidelined. Nathan is suffering from a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow and will probably be out for at least another month.
    Apr 12, 1:39 pm
  • Three more rehab starts for Smyly (shoulder)
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is slated to make three more rehab starts.

    Advice: The Rays had been holding out hope that he could be back a little sooner, but they've decided to stretch him out to 100 pitches before having him rejoin the big club's rotation. Smyly retired all six hitters he faced in his first rehab start. The left-hander is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis.
    Apr 12, 8:40 am
    15-Day DL
  • Braun (rib cage) singles in return to lineup
    Ryan Braun (rib cage) went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun had a pinch-hit single on Wednesday, but this was his first time back in the lineup since tweaking his rib cage on Monday. The Brewers will likely continue to monitor him, but it looks like he's good to go.
    Apr 10, 9:35 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Votto hits a pair of two-run homers vs. Cards
    Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers, a walk, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Votto is sure doing a heck of a job to silence his critics in the early going. He's now batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI across his first four games this season. If healthy, he's capable of having a monster year.
    Apr 10, 7:37 pm
  • Billy Hamilton steals his seventh base
    Billy Hamilton had two walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hamilton went 0-for-2, but he still found ways to get on base and do some damage. He's already up to seven stolen bases on the year. If the speedster can avoid some big slumps and be more patient at the plate, approaching 100 stolen bases isn't out of the realm of possibility for him.
    Apr 10, 7:36 pm
  • Joakim Soria locks down first save on Friday
    Joakim Soria locked down his first save of the season on Friday, cleaning up a jam that he inherited from Joba Chamberlain.

    Advice: The Tigers entered the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Chamberlain allowed a pair of runs putting the tying run on-deck with manager Brad Ausmus opted to go to Soria to clean things up. It sounds as though Joe Nathan will require an extended absence, so this job should belong to Soria for as long as he continues to pitch well.
    Apr 10, 5:14 pm
  • Simon earns victory in Tigers debut on Friday
    Alfredo Simon earned a victory over the Indians in his Tigers debut on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Big Pasta walked a pair and punched out three on the afternoon. He cruised through the first five innings virtually unscathed, but ran into trouble as he seemed to tire in the sixth. He'll look to extend his winning streak when he takes the hill against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
    Apr 10, 5:12 pm
  • Ryan Braun (rib cage) back in Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (rib cage) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't started a game since tweaking his rib cage on Monday, although he did have a pinch-hit single Wednesday. There's always a chance he could aggravate the injury, but Braun needs to be in daily fantasy lineups against left-hander Jeff Locke.
    Apr 10, 12:18 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
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