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  • Carpenter hitless in his return to lineup
    Matt Carpenter (lightheadedness) went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter left Sunday's game after seven innings due to lightheadedness, but it's not a long-term concern. The 29-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .347/.412/.624 with four home runs and 16 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    54 minutes ago
  • Crisp (elbow) plays second rehab game
    Coco Crisp (elbow) went 1-for-5 with a double Monday in his second minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: The original plan called for Crisp to rest Tuesday before being reevaluated. He could join the A's later this week. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since right elbow surgery on April 3. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:25 am
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Pagan's RBI single proves enough for Giants
    Angel Pagan's RBI single in the third inning proved to be the only run the Giants would need in Monday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: One run was enough with the way Madison Bumgarner pitched for the Giants. They gave him two. Pagan came to the plate in the third inning with runners on first and second and no outs, serving a Tyson Ross offering to left-center to plate the first run of the game. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games and is now hitting .350/.373/.447 with eight RBI in 110 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Ross solid through seven innings in a loss
    Tyson Ross was solid on Monday in a losing effort against the Giants, yielding two runs in seven innings.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the third, when Ross issued three walks -- the only three he allowed -- to help the Giants take an early lead. Other than that, he held the Giants' bats silent. He gave up seven hits and struck out five. Ross has battled control problems through six starts this season, leaving him 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 42/21 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column over the weekend in a road start against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Bumgarner flirts with no-no in win vs. Padres
    Madison Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter in Monday's win against the Padres, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Justin Upton singled to lead off the seventh inning, ending Bumgarner's attempt at a no-hitter. Yangervis Solarte followed up with a single himself, but Bumgarner saw himself out of the no-out jam with no further damage. They were the only two hits he allowed. He issued only one walk while striking out six. The lefty has put together back-to-back dominant outings, lowering his ERA to 3.03. Bumgarner also owns a 1.06 WHIP with a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins at home next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Hernandez improves to 5-0 with 7 strong IP
    Felix Hernandez was his usual dominant self on Monday, limiting the Angels to one run over seven innings in a win as the Mariners escaped with a 3-2 victory.

    Advice: King Felix allowed his only run in the seventh inning when Matt Joyce hit a solo home run to right-center. It was one of only six hits Angels hitters recorded. Hernandez also walked only one while striking out eight. As expected, Hernandez has dominated the competition to begin the 2015 season, boasting a 1.73 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Hernandez will take the mound at home against the Athletics next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Shoemaker goes toe-to-toe with King Felix
    Matt Shoemaker pitched quite well on Monday, but relented late as he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Shoemaker and opposing starter Felix Hernandez traded goose eggs, bringing a scoreless ballgame into the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz got the scoring started with a solo home run and Logan Morrison followed up with one of his own. Seth Smith added a third solo home run in the eighth, chasing Shoemaker from the game. Shoemaker only allowed four hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 10. Despite the loss, Monday's effort was the best Shoemaker has looked in five starts. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the first-place Astros at home the next time he takes the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Freese homers in attempt to spark a rally
    David Freese homered in the ninth inning in a failed attempt at a comeback in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Freese was 0-for-2 with a walk coming into the at-bat against Fernando Rodney. He drove a Rodney offering over the fence in centerfield to reduce the Angels' deficit to 3-2. The third baseman has five home runs already after hitting 10 total throughout the 2014 season. Freese also has 19 RBI and a mediocre .220/.262/.420 triple-slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Cruz rips 14th homer to lead Mariners to win
    Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Rodney gives up a HR but still gets the save
    Fernando Rodney allowed a solo home run but still managed to close out the Mariners' win over the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Rodney allowed a one-out solo home run to David Freese to bring the score to 3-2. He got Johnny Giavotella to line out, then issued a walk to Matt Joyce. Collin Cowgill pinch-ran, but was caught stealing at second base to end the game. As usual, a Rodney save opportunity provided lots of drama. He's 8-for-9 in save chances this season despite a 5.56 ERA and an 11/7 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Chris Denorfia (hamstring) headed to DL
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Denorfia aggravated the left hamstring injury that he's been dealing with since before Opening Day. "It's very frustrating," he said. "I've never had a recurring muscle injury like this before." Matt Szczur will be recalled to take Denorfia's spot on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Wood shaky, goes 5 IP in a no-decision
    Travis Wood got a no-decision on Monday, allowing six runs in five innings, as the Cubs lost 10-9 to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cubs staked Wood to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Wood immediately gave four back in the bottom half when he served up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. He would settle down until the sixth inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, leading to three runs. He left with no outs in favor of reliever Jason Motte. Overall, Wood gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He'll head into a weekend road start against the Brewers with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 31/8 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Martinez whipped for seven runs in 3 2/3 IP
    Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Maness records second save in win over Cubs
    Seth Maness allowed a run but still managed to grab his second save of the season in Monday's victory versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Maness allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell to cut the Cardinals' lead in half, but he got Dexter Fowler to line out to end the game. As regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three consecutive games to open up the month of May, and blew a save on the 3rd, Maness got a rare save chance. The right-hander, with a 3.27 ERA and a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings, shouldn't see many more save situations the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Russell's 9th-inning homer barely not enough
    Addison Russell clubbed a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it was just barely not enough as the Cubs were beat by the slimmest of margins by the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: The Cubs entered the ninth down 10-8. With two outs, Russell belted a solo home run to left-center off of Seth Maness, but it couldn't spark anything else. Russell has hit safely in nine of 11 games since his promotion, but has a meager .233/.250/.442 triple-slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Chris Denorfia aggravates hamstring injury
    Chris Denorfia exited Monday's game versus the Cardinals after aggravating his left hamstring injury.

    Advice: He pulled up lame while going first to third on a single. Denorfia began the season on the disabled list with the hamstring issue and it's just never fully healed. He could be headed back to the DL. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Coco Crisp goes 1-for-3 in minors rehab game
    Coco Crisp (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a walk in his minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll play with them again on Monday before being re-evaluated and remains on track to rejoin the Athletics at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:25 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Matt Carpenter departs with lightheadedness
    Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Pirates due to lightheadedness.

    Advice: Before departing, Carpenter blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Cardinals on top 1-0. It sounds as though his exit was purely precautionary and that the star third baseman should be cleared to rejoin the Cardinals lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs. Sunday was the first relatively steamy day of the season in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Chris Denorfia makes first start in a while
    Chris Denorfia went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first start since April 23, as Denorfia has been battling a nagging left hamstring injury. He'll see most of his playing time versus lefties. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:18 am
  • Cruz smashes 12th, 13th home runs in loss
    Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

    Advice: Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Angel Pagan leads Giants past Angels
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 with a sac fly in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan is still hitting a robust .352. Questions about his back plagued him this spring, but he's been one of the Giants' best players thus far, hitting .352 in 91 at-bats. Unfortunately, he hasn't done as much for fantasy owners. Even though he's been batting third, he has just eight runs scored and seven RBI in 23 games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Cruz launches his 11th home run of the season
    Nelson Cruz launched his major-league leading 11th home run of the season Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: His ninth-inning blast traveled at an estimated distance of 469 feet. It actually hit the train at Minute Maid Ballpark. Cruz finished the night 2-for-4 and owns a monster .330/.378/.747 batting line. He also leads the majors with 23 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Coco Crisp expected to rejoin A's next week
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he expects Coco Crisp (elbow) to be activated from the disabled list and join the team during their current road trip.

    Advice: The A's are in Texas for three games over the weekend then travel to Minnesota for four games and Seattle for three next week. Crisp is slated to begin his minor league rehab assignment at High-A Stockton on Sunday and should only need a couple of days to get his timing right before he's ready for big league action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:11 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Addison Russell blasts first HR in Cubs' win
    Addison Russell belted a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell struck out in his other two plate appearances, but his drive over the left-center field wall in the third inning represented the only scoring of the game. The young infielder is hitting just .194/.219/.387 in the early going and batting in the No. 9 spot is unappealing for fantasy owners, but the upside obviously remains. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Fernando Rodney unavailable on Thursday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday that he's unlikely to use Fernando Rodney if a save situation arises, as the veteran right-hander has saved three consecutive games.

    Advice: In the event that the M's do have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Thursday, Danny Farquhar would be the most likely candidate to get the ball. Rodney will be back to his regular closing duties on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles again, scores three
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with another double and three runs scored Thursday in the Cardinals' win over the Phillies.

    Advice: One of the hottest hitters in baseball through the first month, Carpenter boasts a .372/.438/.651 batting line with a whopping 13 doubles and 21 runs scored in 21 games this season. He should continue to provide high-level fantasy value all year near the top of a potent Cardinals lineup. He's on pace for 100 doubles. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) able to pinch hit Wed.
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) was able to pinch hit in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He flied out to center in the bottom of the fifth inning and wasn't kept in on defense. The backup outfielder missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still has some lingering discomfort. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • Shoemaker allows 3 runs in no-decision vs A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a no-decision as the Angels beat the A's 6-3.

    Advice: Shoemaker was activated from the bereavement list (to tend to an unspecified personal issue) earlier in the day. He didn't end up missing a start. Shoemaker has been more lucky than good in accruing a 2-1 record. He's surrendered a .301 opponent's batting average in posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four outings. The right-hander gets the Mariners next week. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Felix Hernandez beats Rangers
    Felix Hernandez upped his record to 4-0 after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It wasn't peak Hernandez tonight, but it didn't need to be. He struck out four and threw 114 pitches to get his 20 outs. Factor in the light-hitting opponent and it's probably his worst outing to date, which just illustrates how terrific he is. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Nelson Cruz hits 10th homer
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his 10th homer and a walk Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Cruz is batting .500 with three homers and seven RBI in six games against his old team this year. He's putting up positively ludicrous numbers outside of Safeco, with a .429 average, seven homers and a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. At home, he hasn't been quite as scary, batting .271 with three homers and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 48 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Martinez moves to 3-0 with a win vs. Phillies
    Carlos Martinez limited the Phillies to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 with Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Phillies had a few opportunities to tack on more runs, but their poor fundamentals bailed Martinez out. Ben Revere failed to execute a bunt in the third inning and was caught in a rundown between third base and home in the fifth. Martinez allowed six hits and walked three batters while striking out only three. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Crisp (elbow) to take batting practice Friday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) will take batting practice with High-A Stockton Friday before starting a rehab assignment on Sunday.

    Advice: Crisp hit off a tee and played catch from 105 feet on Wednesday. The outfielder will go on a short rehab assignment with an eye on rejoining the Athletics sometimes during their 10-day road trip that starts May 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:45 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Matt Shoemaker activated from bereavement
    Angels activated RHP Matt Shoemaker from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Oakland. The right-hander holds a 6.46 ERA through three starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Ross takes the loss as Padres fall to Astros
    Tyson Ross got the loss on Tuesday versus the Astros, serving up four runs in five innings.

    Advice: Ross was hurt by center fielder Wil Myers in the first inning, as a deep fly ball hit by Evan Gattis ricocheted off of Myers' glove, then off of his head over the fence in center field for a home run. Ross otherwise wasn't that bad, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out nine. It was good to see him limit the walks, as he entered the start with 16 over his first four starts. The talented right-hander will bring a 4.55 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 37/18 K/BB over 27 2/3 innings ratio into a start against the Giants at AT&T Park. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Bumgarner stymies Dodgers over 8 innings
    Madison Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: The Dodgers pushed across their only run in the fourth inning on a Howie Kendrick ground out. It was that kind of night as Bumgarner was dominant, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Giants and fantasy owners alike are glad to see a return to form as Bumgarner entered the start with a 4.63 ERA over his first four outings. Now with a 3.73 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 26/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings, the lefty looks ahead to a home match-up with the Padres. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Wood strikes out nine Pirates to earn win
    Travis Wood struck out nine while holding the Pirates to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Wood allowed five hits without walking a batter, and Starling Marte's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for all the Pirates' scoring on the night. The southpaw has now had two stellar starts and two so-so ones on the season, resulting in a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP 26/6 K/BB ratio. Wood will next do battle with the Cardinals Monday in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Cruz has three-hit effort, M's best Rangers
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored to help the Mariners edge the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz tripled to lead off the fourth inning -- just his 11th triple in 983 career games -- and scored the Mariners' first run a batter later. He finished a homer shy of the cycle, and the outfielder is now hitting an impressive .329/.376/.734 through 20 games. Some scoffed at the signing, but Cruz has been one of the best hitters in baseball, let alone on the Mariners, through the season's first month. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Rodney earns sixth save with perfect inning
    Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Rodney struck out Carlos Peguero and Adam Rosales before getting Rougned Odor to pop out to end the game. Rodney had some troubles in the middle of April but he's now worked five scoreless innings in succession. The right-hander still owns a 5.79 ERA due to his early struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Coco Crisp hopes to return during road trip
    Coco Crisp (elbow) is hoping to rejoin the Athletics at some point during their May 1-10 road trip.

    Advice: Crisp is coming along quicker than expected from surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow. He'll join High-A Stockton soon in order to take batting practice and then begin a rehab assignment. It's looking like he could be back before the end of next week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Denorfia (hamstring) unavailable on Tuesday
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is unavailable Tuesday.

    Advice: Denorfia missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still isn't quite over it. "Denorfia is still not 100 percent with his leg, so I don't want to push him right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Junior Lake is in left field Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Rodney escapes danger for his 5th save
    Fernando Rodney escaped ninth-inning danger to grab his fifth save as the Mariners earned a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth inning, as they usually are with Rodney, was interesting. He allowed the Rangers to put the tying run on base with two outs following a single and a walk. Robinson Chirinos, however, flied out to center field to end the game. It hasn't been easy, but Rodney has put together five consecutive scoreless outings, but he still sports a poor 6.48 ERA and an 8/6 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings. Rodney is 5-for-6 in save chances. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Coco Crisp (elbow) close to taking BP
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could take batting practice by the end of the week.

    Advice: Crisp is progressing ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow. It's possible he could return around mid-May. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 11:14 am
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Martinez fans eight Brewers in shutout win
    Carlos Martinez struck out eight and did not allow a run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Martinez was, in a word, brilliant. The Brewers managed just four hits off of the 23-year-old, only one of which went for extra bases. The seven innings pitched marked Martinez's longest outing of the year as he improved to 2-0. In 20 innings, the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits. Martinez is facing an innings limit and will have to maintain his health, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP speak for themselves. He'll look to stay on a good roll when he faces the Phillies in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:55 pm
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:14 pm
  • Felix Hernandez notches 10th career shutout
    Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.

    Advice: Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:31 pm
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