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  • Salty to be eased into everyday catching duty
    The Diamondbacks plan to ease Jarrod Saltalamacchia into everyday catcher duties.

    Advice: They need him to serve as their regular catcher following Tuffy Gosewisch's (knee) season-ending injury, but Salty isn't completely familiar with the pitching staff yet. He'll share time behind the dish with Jordan Pacheco for now. "It'll almost be a day-on, day-off thing until we really feel like his legs are underneath them," manager Chip Hale said. Despite him being eased into starting duties, Salty's power makes him a worthy second catcher in mixed leagues.
    58 minutes ago
  • Montgomery takes no-decision in his MLB debut
    Mike Montgomery, making his major league debut, held the Yankees to one run in six innings, leaving with a no-decision as the Mariners lost in 11 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Montgomery looked solid, limiting the Yankees to four hits and two walks while striking out four. The only run came across in the third inning on a Mark Teixeira double. The Mariners may let him start again. If they do, Montgomery would be on track to take on the Rays at home on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Sabathia solid over 5 2/3 in a no-decision
    CC Sabathia limited the Mariners to two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday as the Yankees won in 11 innings.

    Advice: Sabathia allowed nine hits and a pair of walks, but limited the damage with six strikeouts. One run scored in the third inning on a Nelson Cruz single and the other scored in the sixth on an Austin Jackson double. It turned out to be one of Sabathia's stronger outings in what has been a disappointing year. The veteran lefty has a 5.45 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. Sabathia will face the Nationals at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Jones homers in the 11th in a Yankees win
    Garrett Jones went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Mariners in 11 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reliever Joe Beimel came in to face Jones with two men aboard in the 11th inning and Jones made him pay, sending the lefty's offering over the fence in right-center with plenty of room to spare. Jones has otherwise not done much in 62 plate appearances for the Yankees, batting .254/.290/.407 with two home runs and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Melancon keeps rolling, picks up 15th save
    Mark Melancon held the Giants at bay with a scoreless ninth inning, grabbing his 15th save in Tuesday's 7-4 win.

    Advice: Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, but got a pair of ground outs and a pop-up to close out the game with ease. The right-hander continues to get the job done, having now successfully converted 15 of 16 save chances with a 2.52 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Heston can't escape the fourth in loss to PIT
    Chris Heston took his fourth loss of the year on Tuesday, serving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Pirates.

    Advice: Heston allowed a ton of base runners: seven on hits and three on walks. He did strike out six, but it wasn't enough to limit the damage. Heston has been an enigma, looking brilliant at times and looking incredibly hittable at others. He now has a 4.29 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio over 65 innings. Heston will make a road start against the Mets next. He's a decent streaming option for those who can afford the risk.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • McCutchen flirts with cycle in win vs. Giants
    Andrew McCutchen finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Pirates won against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCutchen is a ball of hot fire right now, as Tuesday's effort marked his sixth multi-hit game in his last 11 contests. He knocked in a run in the third inning with a single and padded the Pirates' lead with an RBI double in the ninth. McCutchen's early-season struggles are in the rear-view mirror now, as he's hitting .292/.379/.497 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. If there is one complaint, it's that he hasn't been very active on the base paths -- he has only three stolen bases in five attempts to date after going 18-for-21 last year.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Cuddyer's three-hit night not enough for Mets
    Michael Cuddyer logged three hits in four at-bats, but the Mets lost Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Cuddyer knocked in the first of two Mets runs with a single in the first inning. He scored the Mets' other run on a Wilmer Flores single in the sixth. Cuddyer is now on an eight-game hitting streak. He's hitting a respectable .271/.333/.409 with five home runs, 23 RBI, and 25 runs scored.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Miller uncharacteristically struggles in loss
    Shelby Miller got a no-decision in his worst outing of the season, surrendering four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Diamondbacks as the Braves lost on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller entered the game with the best ERA among starters at 1.48, but the D'Backs didn't much care. The right-hander struggled mightily with control, walking six while giving up six hits and striking out only two. The control problems aren't enough to warrant concern, but fantasy owners should have known Miller wouldn't keep it up all season long. He still has a 1.89 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a 51/24 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. Miller will try to bounce back in a home start versus the Padres.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Cunningham logs 3 hits, 2 RBI in loss to ARI
    Todd Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, but the Braves dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cunningham capped off a five-run sixth inning with a two-run double, giving the Braves a temporary 6-4 lead. The 26-year-old had been held hitless over 19 plate appearances in his previous six games. He's batting only .277/.333/.362 on the year and doesn't have fantasy relevance at the moment.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Pujols ties Jimmie Foxx with 534th homer
    Albert Pujols hit his 534th career home run, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 17th all-time, but the Angels lost to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols finished 1-for-4. His solo home run in the fourth inning off of Chris Archer accounted for the Angels' only run of the evening. Pujols' next target after Foxx is Mickey Mantle at 536, then Mike Schmidt at 548. The veteran has 14 home runs total on the year with 27 RBI and a .254/.303/.508 batting line.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Archer strikes out 15 Angels over 8 innings
    Chris Archer was dominant again in a win on Tuesday, striking out 15 batters and allowing only one run over eight innings against the Angels.

    Advice: There may not be a hotter pitcher going right now than Archer. He struck out 12 in eight shutout frames a week ago against the Mariners and hasn't allowed more than one run in each of his last four starts. He scattered six Angel hits while walking zero in the effort, lowering his ERA to 2.01 with a 0.96 WHIP and a 97/20 K/BB ratio in 76 innings. Archer will get another crack at the Mariners in his next start, which will come in Seattle.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Moss has three-hit night in win over Royals
    Brandon Moss finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Indians edged the Royals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss hit the solo homer off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, his ninth home run of the year. Moss ended up with three of the teams' combined 11 hits in the game. He's been on fire in recent days, collecting eight hits in his last 14 at-bats to raise his overall line to .251/.319/.479.
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Guthrie holds Tribe to one run in no-decision
    Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aside from a Brandon Moss solo home run, Guthrie was nearly perfect on the evening. It was quite a contrast to his last start in which he allowed 11 runs over an inning-plus of work. The right-hander walked one and struck out one over his 5 2/3 innings Tuesday, but his counterpart, Carlos Carrasco, was equally as strong to deny Guthrie of a decision. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Sunday against the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Gonzalez homers, walks as Dodgers beat COL
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run, helping the Dodgers take the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Gonzalez extended the Dodgers' lead to 4-0 with a third-inning two-run home run off of David Hale. The first baseman has done nothing but hit all season long, now standing with a remarkable .332/.411/.610 triple-slash line along with 11 home runs and 38 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Mariners call up Montgomery for MLB debut
    Mariners recalled LHP Mike Montgomery from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Montgomery will make his major league debut Tuesday at home against the Yankees and could be up for an extended period if the outing goes well. The 25-year-old left-hander has lost his top-prospect status, but he's put up a decent 3.74 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings this season at the Triple-A level. There may be some value here for deep mixed-leaguers.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Pujols homers twice as Angels down Rays
    Albert Pujols crushed a pair of home runs, going 3-for-5 as the Angels topped the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels plenty of insurance with his homers. His first, in the fifth inning, extended the lead to 5-3. His second, in the eighth inning, made it 7-3. Pujols -- now with five home runs in his last five games -- has 533 round-trippers in his career, leaving him one short of tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time leaderboard. Pujols also has 13 homers on the season along with 26 RBI and a .254/.304/.497 triple-slash line.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Melancon earns 14th save with scoreless 9th
    Mark Melancon kept the Giants off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 14th save as the Pirates won 4-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Melancon sandwiched a pair of ground outs with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford in a 12-pitch frame. Though his velocity still isn't where it was last season, it's a couple MPH above his average for April. Melancon has been scored upon just once in his last 17 appearances, and he's perfect in 12 save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
    Monday, 10:04 pm
  • Gonzalez doubles twice in a 4-for-4 effort
    Adrian Gonzalez had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a pair of doubles as the Dodgers routed the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: In one night, Gonzalez exceeded the amount of hits he had accrued in his previous five ballgames. Despite reaching base five times, the Dodgers -- who scored 11 runs -- only brought him home once, in the eighth inning. The effort brings Gonzalez's OPS back up over 1.000. He has a .339/.415/.611 triple-slash line with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.
    Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Mike Montgomery to make MLB debut Tuesday
    Mariners pitching prospect Mike Montgomery will be recalled to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: He's taking James Paxton's (finger) spot in the rotation. A former top-50 prospect, Montgomery has seen his star fade dramatically the last couple years but has had a nice season at Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 3.74 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 53 innings. He could stick around for a bit if he pitches well.
    Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears he's just getting a breather. John Mayberry is in left field in Cuddyer's place.
    Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Albert Pujols tweaked groin on Friday
    Albert Pujols injured his groin in Friday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: That prompted the Angels to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake. Pujols will DH Saturday with Navarro getting the start at first base. Despite his low average (.250), Pujols is still a decent source of power for fantasy owners. He's tied for 11th in the American League with ten home runs this season.
    Saturday, 5:07 pm
  • Albert Pujols goes 3-for-4, homers
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with a homer against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Homers in back-to-back games have given Pujols 10 for the year. Incredibly, he still has just 20 RBI, even though he's been hitting behind Mike Trout all season. One imagines he'll come around there, though.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Diamondbacks call up Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia hit two homers in nine games for Reno but batted just .188/.222/.375 overall. However, with Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) going on the disabled list the Snakes needed another body behind the plate. Salty should get the bulk of the starts while Gosewisch is out and his power makes him worth an add in two-catcher leagues.
    Friday, 10:56 am
  • OF McCutchen has another multi-hit effort
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Pirates bested the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: McCutchen has finally woken up from his early-season slumber. He's had multi-hit games in five of his last eight, recording three in three of them. Hitting .188 as recently as May 6, McCutchen has his slash line up to .272/.364/.473. Expect it to keep rising.
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Pujols reaches base 3 times, homers in win
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, two walks and two runs scored in a 12-2 victory against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pujols has nine homers -- putting him on a 30-pace clip -- but he isn't doing much else. He has only 19 RBI and has a rough .238/.294/.436 slash line. On a positive note, he's hit safely in six of seven and has four extra-base hits in that stretch.
    Thursday, 10:45 pm
  • Miller gives up just 1 run, takes loss anyway
    Shelby Miller was slapped with the tough-luck loss on Thursday, yielding just one run over seven innings in a 7-0 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Miller was scarcely in danger. Oh, except for that seventh inning Brandon Belt homer. Chris Heston was dealing across the bump, ensuring that Miller's record would drop to 5-2. The youngster, who struck out one and walked none tonight, has proven to be everything the Braves could have asked for and more, posting a 1.48 ERA and 0.88 WHIP across 10 starts.
    Thursday, 10:27 pm
  • Heston twirls 7 1/3 shutout IP, SF tops ATL
    Chris Heston fired 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out six, in Thursday's 7-0 triumph over the Braves.

    Advice: He scattered four hits and walked one. After giving up five runs or more in three of his last four starts (and four of his past six), tonight's performance was an encouraging sign indeed. Still, it's difficult to get overly excited here: In 10 starts, Heston has been bombed four times and allowed one earned run or fewer in the other six. It adds up to a decent 3.82 ERA, but NL-only owners are playing roulette when they roll him out.
    Thursday, 10:27 pm
  • Sabathia runs out of steam, gives up 5 ER
    C.C. Sabathia struggled again on Thursday, coughing up five runs on eight hits across six innings in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Sabathia actually started out quite well. He'd been spotted a 3-0 lead by the bottom of the fifth when the wheels began to fall off, which perhaps could have been predicted when Billy Burns hit a homer. Sabathia has a solid 51/12 K/BB rate, but it comes with a 2-7 record, 5.67 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Steer clear outside of AL-only formats.
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Moss goes 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs
    Brandon Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: It was his third homer of the past eight games. Cleveland asked for power when acquiring Moss and that's exactly what they've gotten: He's on pace for 28 homers and 97 RBI. Everything else is still making the transit from California, as Moss sports an underwhelming .227/.300/.447 slash line.
    Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • D'Backs to recall Saltalamacchia on Friday
    Steve Gilbert of reports that the Diamondbacks will recall Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Advice: With Tuffy Gosewish dealing with an injury, recalling the veteran backstop seemed the logical conclusions for the Diamondbacks to make. Fantasy owners expecting him to make an impact should note his uninspiring .188/.222/.375 line with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/2 K/BB ratio in nine games at Triple-A Reno.
    Thursday, 6:09 pm
  • Cuddyer homers as Mets sweep the Phillies
    Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Mets complete a sweep of the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cuddyer pushed the Mets' lead to 4-0 in the third inning, ripping a two-run shot off of Sean O'Sullivan. He had also homered in the series opener against the Phillies. The 36-year-old hasn't looked like the hitter who hit over .330 in consecutive years in 2013-14 with the Rockies. He's batting .262/.331/.396 with five home runs and 22 RBI thus far.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Archer fans 12 over 8 IP but gets no-decision
    Chris Archer struck out 12 batters across eight scoreless innings, but took a no-decision as the Rays lost late to the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Archer was out-dueling Felix Hernandez, but closer Brad Boxberger took the hill in the ninth inning despite Archer having thrown only 95 pitches. Archer allowed only two hits and walked zero batters. The right-hander has a terrific 2.12 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and an 82/20 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he faces the Angels on the road in his next outing.
    Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Melancon earns 12th save as Pirates top MIA
    Mark Melancon picked up his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Pirates downed the Marlins 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Melancon saw the tying run step to the plate with two outs as a result of Jung-Ho Kang's fielding error and an Adeiny Hechavarria single, but he got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to end the game. Despite early-season struggles and continued low velocity, Melancon has been getting the job done for the Pirates. He has allowed a run just once in his last 15 appearances and is now 12-for-13 in save chances with a 2.86 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Brandon Moss not in Wednesday's lineup
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off versus a righty for Moss. David Murphy is starting in right field, while Nick Swisher is handling designated hitter duties.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Gonzalez crosses 1,000 RBI mark for career
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Dodgers enjoyed an easy win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez's fifth-inning two-run home run off of Julio Teheran marked his 10th long ball of the season and his 1,000th and 1,001st RBI's of his 12-year-career. The first baseman owns a stellar .344/.421/.638 batting line with 35 RBI on the season as well.
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Pujols delivers a walk-off RBI single vs. SDP
    Albert Pujols hit a broken-bat RBI single to help the Angels walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was trying to clean up Kevin Quackenbush's mess and walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs to face Pujols. Pujols broke his bat, but was strong enough to drive a grounder into left field for the walk-off hit. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. The veteran first baseman is batting a mediocre .228/.280/.420 with eight home runs and 17 RBI.
    Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Guthrie obliterated for 11 runs by Yankees
    Jeremy Guthrie was obliterated for 11 earned runs in one official inning of work Monday by the Yankees.

    Advice: Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner all went deep in the bottom of the first inning and then Stephen Drew's three-run shot with no outs in the second finally drove Guthrie from the game. He entered the afternoon outing with a 4.75 ERA and watched it rise all the way up to 6.70. Guthrie is not a fantasy starter.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
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