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  • Kontos throws 30-pitch bullpen without issue
    George Kontos (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without issue on Sunday.

    Advice: It's the second time over the weekend that the right-hander has been able to throw without any problems. He should be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Giants bullpen in early May. Today, 6:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-1 @NYM
  • Shelby Miller struggles again in loss Sunday
    Shelby Miller struggled yet again in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering three runs on four hits in only 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Miller also issued four walks while striking out three. He cruised through the first three innings unscathed, but seemed to lose his release point in the fourth and everything came unglued. He has been comically bad through his first six starts with the Diamondbacks, compiling an 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 19/19 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings. He'll look to start turning his season around when he takes on his former club in Atlanta on Saturday. Today, 5:01 pm
  • Peralta earns win despite 13 hits allowed
    Despite allowing five runs on 13 hits over 5 2/3 innings, Wily Peralta somehow picked up a win against the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Peralta should send a fruit basket and some sort of sympathy card to Marlins starter Tom Koehler, as the latter actually managed to pitch worse (allowing eight runs into the third) and gave Peralta a shot at a cheap victory. Neither pitcher struck out a batter. Victory is victory, of course. A victory for fantasy owners would be to bench the talented-but-struggling Peralta until he shows signs of righting the ship. At the moment, he holds a 7.50 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 18/13 K/BB ratio across 30 innings. A road start against the Reds shows next on his schedule. Today, 3:21 pm
  • Nolasco scarred for five runs in ND vs DET
    Ricky Nolasco struggled in earning a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: By all rights, Nolasco probably should have been in line for the loss, but Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey proved equally ineffective. The result? Both men took no-decisions. For his part, Nolasco fanned four without walking a batter. The 33-year-old right-hander will take a 4.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 28/3 K/BB ratio (33 1/3 innings) into his next outing, a road start against the White Sox. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Jeff Locke can't find decision in extras loss
    Jeff Locke earned a no-decision in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds, hurling seven innings of three-run ball.

    Advice: Locke struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits over his seven innings of work. All three runs on his line scored in the sixth inning. The solid outing helped push his once bloated ERA down to a still overweight 4.73. Much of that weight came in an eight-run debacle against the Padres two starts ago. There isn't much fantasy upside here, but Locke will try to keep slimming that earned run mark when he tangos with the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out. Today, 2:32 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Lawrie homers in third straight contest
    Brett Lawrie hit a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Orioles, the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep.

    Advice: Lawrie smacked a solo home run off the soon-to-be-demolished Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning. The tater was his fourth of the season. Three of the four dingers came in this weekend's series against the Orioles. In addition to that quartet of blasts, he has driven in 10 runs, scored 15 and hit to a triple-slash of .290/.377/.505. The 26-year-old second baseman has a chance to surpass the career-best 16 homers he launched in 2015. Today, 2:08 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Angel Pagan diagnosed with hamstring strain
    Angel Pagan is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mets with a mild hamstring strain.

    Advice: He's expected to miss at least the next 2-to-3 days. Pagan suffered the injury while trying to stretch a single into a double during the seventh inning of Sunday's contest. Look for Gregor Blanco to see additional playing time in his absence. Today, 1:50 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @NYM
  • Alvarez next rehab start Thursday at Triple-A
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start on Thursday at Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Alvarez spun four shutout innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out four. He's expected to be stretched out to around 75 pitches or five innings in that outing. After that, he may only need one more start before he's deemed ready to rejoin the A's rotation. Today, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs Hou
  • Tulowitzki launches key three-run homer vs TB
    Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion's RBI ground out in the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, but it was Tulowitzki who truly salted the game away. His three-run homer off reliever Alex Colome later in the frame took the edge off what had been a tense pitcher's duel between Marcus Stroman and Jake Odorizzi. While Sunday's three-run dinger was nice, we are still waiting for Tulo to lock into any sort of a consistent groove. His .172/.291/.356 slugging percentage is troubling for obvious reasons, but he makes for a prime buy-low candidate if owners are beginning to grow skittish. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Angel Pagan exits with apparent injury
    Angel Pagan left Sunday's game against the Mets with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Pagan was thrown out while trying to stretch his single into a double in the top of the seventh inning and was replaced by Gregor Blanco in left field to start the bottom of the frame. The Giants should have an update on his status shortly. Today, 12:43 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @NYM
  • Mike Napoli (neck) remains out of lineup
    Mike Napoli (neck) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests with a stiff neck. Napoli should be fine in a day or two. Carlos Santana is filling in at first base. The Indians are also resting Michael Brantley and Juan Uribe on Sunday, as Rajai Davis is in left field and Jose Ramirez is at third base. Today, 9:20 am
    L, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Lamb (back) went eight in last rehab start
    John Lamb (back) allowed two runs over eight innings in his last rehab start with Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Lamb hadn't gone more than three frames and was blasted for 12 runs in his first two rehab starts, so his last outing was quite a step up. He's slated to make his fourth rehab start for Louisville on Monday, although with Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) now injured and Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) having a setback, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Lamb rejoin the Reds' rotation for his next outing instead. Today, 6:25 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Brach, Givens could get shot to close for O's
    Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brad Brach and/or Mychal Givens could be given a shot to close for the Orioles if Zach Britton (ankle) is out for a while.

    Advice: Britton exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the extent of the ailment is determined. The obvious option to replace him in the ninth inning would be Darren O'Day, although it's possible manager Buck Showalter could keep O'Day in his setup role and elevate Brach or Givens. Both Brach (1.26 ERA, 15/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) and Givens (3.00 ERA, 21/7 K/BB ratio over 12 innings) have been excellent this season, although it's possible Brad would have the edge out of the two given Givens' issues against left-handed batters. Brach also has more experience closing games in the minors. Both relievers are worth stashing in deeper leagues. Today, 6:06 am
  • Escobar goes scoreless in loss to Mariners
    Alcides Escobar went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The speedy shortstop is mired in a bit of a slump, going 4-for-35 (.114) over his last eight games. Manager Ned Yost continues to pencil him in atop the lineup, though, which is about the only good thing the 29-year-old has going for his fantasy value at the moment. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    L, 4-1 vs KC
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Lawrie homers, steals base against Orioles
    Brett Lawrie homered, stole a base and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Lawrie hit a solo home run, his third of the season, in the fourth inning before walking to lead off the seventh. He promptly stole second base -- his second steal of the year -- and came around to score on an Austin Jackson RBI single. In his first year with the Sox, Lawrie is hitting .267/.347/.444 with nine RBI and 14 runs scored. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Mike Napoli out with a stiff neck Saturday
    Mike Napoli (neck) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's out with a stiff neck. Napoli has already slugged four homers this year but he also has 33 strikeouts in only 78 at-bats. Carlos Santana will make his fourth start at first base. Yesterday, 2:34 pm
    L, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Pagan launches solo homer vs. Mets
    Angel Pagan launched a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: His seventh-inning blast off Jerry Blevins was the only offense of the game for the Giants. Pagan finished with a career-low .635 OPS last season while playing through a nagging knee injury, but he’s batting .321/.370/.476 through his first 24 games this season as the Giants’ primary No. 9 hitter. Friday, 7:33 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @NYM
  • Brett Lawrie goes deep in loss to Orioles
    Brett Lawrie went deep for the second time this season as the White Sox lost to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: His solo shot off Brad Brach in the seventh inning briefly pulled the White Sox even at 3-3, but wound up being the extent of their scoring. Lawrie finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .264/.340/.414 with two bombs and eight RBI on the season. Friday, 7:23 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • George Kontos (elbow) throws off mound
    George Kontos (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain. Kontos should be ready for a rehab assignment before long. Friday, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-1 @NYM
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to throw four rehab frames
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has posted a 1.80 ERA through two rehab starts, yielding four hits and no walks in five innings. The right-hander could become an option for the A's rotation in early-to-mid May if everything continues to go smoothly. He made just four appearances last season for the Marlins before coming down with shoulder problems that eventually required major surgery. Oakland took a smart one-year, $4.25 million gamble on the 26-year-old Alvarez this winter. Thursday, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs Hou
  • Alvarez (shoulder) throws off flat ground
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw off flat ground on Wednesday.

    Advice: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the next stretch of Alvarez's rehab will be determined within the next few days. He has been throwing issue-free bullpen sessions and simulated games. The 26-year-old right-hander made just four starts last year before shoulder woes eventually led to surgery in July. Wednesday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs Hou
  • Cards crunch Shelby Miller for five runs
    Shelby Miller proved ineffective in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Cardinals, yielding five runs on five hits over five innings.

    Advice: While Miller did strike out six, he also walked four. He managed to hold the Cards at bay through the first four innings before his kingdom came crashing down in the fifth. In that frame, five runs crossed the plate, the last three coming on a home run by Brandon Moss. Miller was dealing with hand issues coming into Tuesday's contest, but no word at this juncture whether that played any role in his uneven evening. His next scheduled start comes at home against the Rockies. Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Nolasco fans nine, allows four runs vs. Tribe
    Ricky Nolasco struck out nine while allowing four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: Nolasco left in line for his second win, but de facto closer Kevin Jepsen suffered his third blown save to stick Nolasco with a no-decision. The 33-year-old has quietly been pretty good this season, posting a 3.25 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 24/3 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. This is certainly what the Twins had in mind when they signed him before the 2014 season. He'll look to keep rolling Monday at the Astros. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Angel Pagan goes 3-for-4 in victory
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Pagan is hitting .356 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored and seven walks, with much of that production coming from the ninth spot in the order. He's been a great surprise so far after his awful 2015 and injury-plagued 2013 and 2014 campaigns. Monday, 11:10 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @NYM
  • Jeff Locke goes six scoreless at Coors Field
    Jeff Locke held the Rockies off the scoreboard for six innings in Monday's 6-1 victory.

    Advice: In one of the most improbably good outings of the young season, Locke surrendered just five hits, walked two and recorded eight strikeouts. He entered the outing with a 7.24 ERA over his first three starts. Locke has an easier matchup against the Reds this weekend, but we wouldn't trust him. Apr 25, 9:25 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Kontos (elbow) throws on back-to-back days
    George Kontos (elbow) has played catch on back-to-back days.

    Advice: Kontos landed on the disabled list last week a right flexor strain. While he's beginning to ramp things up, Giants manager Bruce Bochy estimates that he's still a couple of weeks away from returning. Apr 25, 5:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-1 @NYM
  • Colin Rea allows three runs vs. Cardinals
    Colin Rea gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea walked Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter to open the game and would yield two earned runs in the opening frame. In the top of the fourth, he served up a triple to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Leake. Rea will carry a 5.06 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the Dodgers. Apr 24, 5:04 pm
  • Miley pitches into eighth, nets first win
    Wade Miley gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but picked up his first win of the 2016 season on Sunday afternoon against the Angels.

    Advice: Miley was spotted a big 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning, then gave three of those runs right back in the bottom of the first on an Albert Pujols two-run homer and a Geovany Soto run-scoring double. The left-hander did settle in from there and managed to pitch into the bottom of the eighth inning, when Yunel Escobar launched a one-out solo shot. Miley will take a 7.04 ERA into his next start at home against the Royals. Apr 24, 3:56 pm
    L, 4-1 vs KC
  • Peralta relatively effective in win over PHI
    Wily Peralta pitched decently in Sunday's win over the Phillies, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Peralta struck out five and (in a nice change of pace) did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He allowed an RBI single to opposing starter Jerad Eickhoff in the first inning, a Maikel Franco RBI single in the second inning and a pair of RBI doubles to Cameron Rupp and Cesar Hernandez in the sixth to account for the scoring on his line. Peralta will carry a distressing 7.40 ERA, 1.81 WHIP and 18/12 K/BB ratio (over 24 1/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a home date with the Marlins. Apr 24, 2:26 pm
  • Shelby Miller on track to start Tuesday's game
    Shelby Miller will make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Miller has had his last two outings cut short because of hand issues. However, manager Chip Hale was encouraged by his bullpen session on Saturday and said the right-hander will be ready to go for Tuesday. Miller's hand issues stem from a tendency to scrape the pitcher's mound on his followthrough. Apr 23, 3:06 pm
  • Tulo smashes pair of homers in win Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki smashed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, helping to lead the Blue Jays to a 9-3 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: It's the 12th multi-home run game of Tulowitzki's career. He tagged A's starter Chris Bassitt for the first blast in the sixth inning, increasing the Jays' lead to 6-2, then added another solo shot off Liam Hendriks in the seventh. Tulowitzki also singled, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 to raise his season slash up to .188/.293/.391 to go along with four homers and 10 RBI. Apr 23, 1:06 pm
  • Brett Lawrie plates two in win over Rangers
    Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs on Friday, helping to lead the White Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Lawrie's two-run double in the sixth inning increased the White Sox advantage to 4-0 at the time and would prove to be more than enough support for Jose Quintana. Lawrie also drew a walk in the contest and is now hitting a solid .288/.364/.424 with six RBI on the young season. Apr 22, 8:25 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Troy Tulowitzki getting a breather Friday
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Tulo has had a little hip soreness lately, but this is mostly just getting him some routine rest. Ryan Goins is playing shortstop and Darwin Barney is at second base. Michael Saunders is also off Friday, with Ezequiel Carrera covering left field. Apr 22, 1:45 pm
  • Escobar has RBI, steal, run against Tigers
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Escobar's steal was one of four for the Royals on the night as they ran wild on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey. The stolen base was his fourth of the season. The shortstop is batting .254/.271/.328 with five RBI and just four runs scored, but with the Royals continuing to win, he'll inexplicably stay atop their lineup for the foreseeable future. Apr 21, 8:03 pm
  • Shelby Miller says his hand is fine
    Shelby Miller said his hand didn't bother him in Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: It was another strange outing for Miller, who was replaced by Tyler Wagner after throwing 55 pitches over two-plus innings. His previous start was cut short after scraping his hand on the mound. Miller said he didn't scrape his hand this time out (though video shows otherwise) but admitted his mechanics were off. The right-hander plans to watch video of his outing and make adjustments. The Diamondbacks gave up a ton of prospects for Miller this winter but so far he's winless with a miserable 8.59 ERA over four appearances. Apr 21, 5:31 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) moves rehab to Nashville
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will move his rehab to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Advice: Alvarez is nearing a return from shoulder surgery. The right-hander scattered three hits and one run over three innings in his first rehab appearance Wednesday for High-A Stockton. He's expected to throw around 45 pitches on Monday. Apr 21, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs Hou
  • Ricky Nolasco records first victory
    Ricky Nolasco picked up his first win of the season by limiting the Brewers to one run in 6 1/3 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out seven and walked one. The Twins would have had Nolasco open the season in the pen had Tyler Duffey pitched better this spring, but they're happy with the way things have worked out; Nolasco has a 2.67 ERA after three starts. Apr 21, 2:14 pm
  • Jeff Locke roughed up by Padres
    Jeff Locke was blasted for eight runs in three-plus innings by the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pirates wanted length out of Locke tonight, so they sent him back out for the fourth even though he had already given up seven runs. A homer and a walk later, he was finally removed. The outing took his ERA from 1.97 to 7.24. He has a 7/13 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings. Apr 20, 10:23 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
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