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  • Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs
    MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

    Advice: Stunning late-night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until after the All-Star break. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Espinosa hitless in loss to Phillies
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Holt not in Thursday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Young will make the start in left field despite right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. Holt is batting just .188/.293/.229 over his last 14 games. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • White Sox recall Carlos Sanchez from AAA
    White Sox recalled INF Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Sanchez is a .229/.268/.321 career hitter in 524 major league plate appearances. He's not fantasy-relevant. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Anthony Rendon getting day off Thursday
    Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start. Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Brewers put Scooter Gennett (oblique) on DL
    Brewers placed 2B Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

    Advice: Gennett suffered the injury during batting practice Tuesday on a cold evening at Wrigley Field. He could be out for a month. It's an especially tough blow because the second baseman was off to a great start this season, sporting an .877 OPS and four home runs in 18 games. Yadiel Rivera, Colin Walsh, and Hernan Perez will fill in at second base. Yesterday, 7:59 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
  • Kolten Wong (flu) reaches as pinch-hitter
    Kolten Wong (flu) reached on a pinch-hit infield single Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Maybe that will help him get off the schneid. Wong, out since Monday with flu-like symptoms, is still batting just .220/.293/.220 in 18 games this year for St. Louis. Jedd Gyorko started at second base Wednesday in Arizona and went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Wong should return to the lineup Thursday night. Yesterday, 4:48 am
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Jose Altuve homers, doubles twice in win
    Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

    Advice: Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats. Yesterday, 12:11 am
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Wednesday, 10:22 pm
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Walker clobbers ninth homer, Mets beat Reds
    Neil Walker enjoyed a big night at the plate in Wednesday's win over the Reds, clobbering his ninth homer of the year and getting on base three times.

    Advice: Walker now has nine homers in 83 plate appearances. He only had seven homers in the entire first half a year ago with Pittsburg. It's perhaps worth noting that Walker had actually been quite bad at Citi Field, hitting just .226/.226/.323 in his first eight home games. It's nice to see the power show up at his home ballpark for the second time this homestand, as he was better on the road in 2015, too. The Mets' second baseman now has a .300/.325/.638 slash line with 12 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Extended spring AB's coming for Travis
    Devon Travis (shoulder) will take at-bats during an extended spring game on Friday.

    Advice: Travis has been participating in batting practice as he rehabs from a November shoulder surgery. Friday's showing in extended spring training is a further step toward a potential late-May return to the bigs. Last season, the 25-year-old second baseman hit .304/.361/.498 with eight homers, 18 doubles and 35 RBI across 217 at-bats. Wednesday, 2:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Phillips (finger, shin) down again Wednesday
    Brandon Phillips (finger, shin) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Ivan DeJesus Jr. will start at second base and bat second against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey. Phillips has bruises on his left hand and shin. He remains day-to-day. Wednesday, 11:40 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Lowrie (calf) drives in run versus Tigers
    Jed Lowrie (calf) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Lowrie missed a game this past weekend with a sore calf, but it was clearly nothing serious. The second baseman has 11 RBI in 20 games this season and he batted cleanup for Oakland on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Wednesday, 6:03 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Cano crushes grand slam to finish with 6 RBI
    Robinson Cano was a monster in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hitting a grand slam and finishing with six RBI.

    Advice: Cano's first two RBI came in relatively modest fashion, as the star second baseman notched a two-run single off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning. He would do considerably more damage in the seventh. In that frame, Cano stepped up with the bases juice and connected for a grand slam against Astros reliever Michael Feliz. He ended the contest 2-for-4. He has yet to click into one of his traditional hitting grooves and owns a .238 batting average, but the power has been there in spades this season. Cano is slugging .538 and has whacked seven homers for the month of April. He is up to 21 RBI after Tuesday's huge showing. Tuesday, 11:42 pm
  • Jose Altuve walks twice in depressing loss
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Russell's two-run triple propels Cubs to win
    Addison Russell hit a two-run triple that helped the Cubs edge the Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning, Russell roped a Carlos Torres pitch to right-center to break a 1-1 tie. He turned on the jets to make it to third standing up for his first triple of the season. After the 2-for-4 night, the 22-year-old is batting .234/.342/.375 with two homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored at the bottom of the Cubs' lineup. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Kipnis connects for second homer of season
    Jason Kipnis hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Kipnis got the Indians on the board early, taking Twins starter Ricky Nolasco out to right for a solo homer. The home run was his first in almost two weeks and just his second overall. A modest six-game hitting streak has helped the 29-year-old raise his numbers in recent days, and he's hitting .282/.329/.423 with two homers, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and three steals to date. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Dozier scores game-winning run against Tribe
    Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, including the game-winner, Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: After Danny Santana was caught stealing second base with Dozier at the plate in the ninth inning, the 28-year-old doubled to put himself in scoring position. He came around to score on a Miguel Sano single, giving the Twins the victory. Dozier has picked it up a bit after a slow start, raising his line to .220/.304/.390 with three homers, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and two steals in 20 games on the year. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Solarte (hamstring) running on treadmill
    Yangervis Solarte (hamstring) has begun running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

    Advice: It's a nice first step for the San Diego third baseman, who's been on the 15-day disabled list since April 10 with a right hamstring strain. Solarte is already eligible for activation, but it's going to be probably another two weeks before he is back to playing in games for the Padres. He'll likely require a minor league rehab assignment. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Spangenberg (quad) running on treadmill
    Cory Spangenberg (quad) has begun running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

    Advice: Spangenberg landed on the disabled list on April 20 with a left quad strain. It seems to be on the minor side of the severity scale, but the second baseman is still probably two weeks away from returning to action for the Padres. Jemile Weeks has been the primary fill-in at second base in San Diego. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Ivan DeJesus Jr. homers in loss to Mets
    Ivan DeJesus Jr. ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Making a spot start in place of the injured Brandon Phillips (finger, shin), DeJesus lifted a Bartolo Colon offering over the left field wall in the fourth inning. It gave the Reds a 3-0 lead at the time, but they were outscored 4-0 the rest of the way. Tuesday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Iván De Jesús Jr. Cin - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Forsythe doubles twice, scores vs. Orioles
    Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Forsythe continued playing catalyst atop the Rays' lineup, registering his fourth multi-hit game in his last eight contests. The second baseman is now hitting .306/.383/.556 with three homers, eight RBI and 13 runs scored. It appears as though last year's breakout was a legitimate one. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Scooter Gennett scratched with tight oblique
    Scooter Gennett was scratched from the Brewers' lineup Tuesday due to right oblique tightness.

    Advice: The change happened just before first pitch at Wrigley Field, after Gennett's oblique tightened up during batting practice. The second baseman is considered day-to-day for now, but oblique injuries will sometimes linger. Gennett has produced an .877 OPS with four home runs in 18 games this season. Yadiel Rivera is starting at second on Tuesday night against the Cubs. Tuesday, 6:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
  • Gennett late scratch from the Brewers lineup
    Scooter Gennett was scratched from the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: No reason has been given yet for the sudden absence. There should be an update from the Brewers either during the game (8:05 p.m. ET first pitch) or after. Tuesday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
  • Wong (flu) won't start Tuesday vs. D'Backs
    Kolten Wong (flu) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wong came down with flu-like symptoms over the weekend. He did enter Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning, but the second baseman struck out in his one at-bat and made an error in the field before exiting. Jedd Gyorko will start at second and bat seventh Tuesday against Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller. Wong, 25, has a brutal .485 OPS in 17 games this season. Tuesday, 2:48 pm
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Brandon Phillips (finger) sitting against Mets
    Brandon Phillips (finger, shin) is not in the Reds' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Phillips is beat up after taking a pitch off his left finger Monday and fouling a ball off his left shin. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will take over at second base and bat seventh against right-hander Bartolo Colon. Consider Phillips day-to-day. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Kolten Wong dealing with the flu
    Kolten Wong is battling the flu.

    Advice: Wong wasn't in the starting lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks but he entered in the sixth inning, striking out and committing an error at second base before leaving an inning later. He's obviously not 100 percent. Jedd Gyorko started in his place Monday and would probably do the same Tuesday if Wong is still under the weather. Tuesday, 10:16 am
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Darwin Barney to serve as emergency catcher
    With Russell Martin still out with neck stiffness, Darwin Barney will serve as the Blue Jays' emergency catcher.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will have to make a roster move if the injury lingers, but for now, they're sticking with Josh Thole at catcher. Barney has never played catcher in a major league game. Josh Donaldson has made 10 big league appearances at catcher but manager John Gibbons said he wouldn't risk putting his best player behind the plate. Tuesday, 6:52 am
  • Orioles thin at second base without Flaherty
    After optioning Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk, Jonathan Schoop is now the only second baseman on the Orioles' roster.

    Advice: The Orioles can recall Flaherty in nine days, but in the meantime, an injury to Schoop would create serious depth issues at second base. Jimmy Paredes (wrist) has experience at second, but he won't be an option for a few days after beginning a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie. In the event of a Schoop injury, J.J. Hardy would likely shift to second base with Manny Machado handling shortstop. Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez would be candidates to fill in for Machado at third base. Tuesday, 5:21 am
  • Neil Walker swats go-ahead homer vs. Reds
    Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: The Reds tied the game in the top of the seventh inning before Walker took JC Ramirez deep in the bottom of the frame. The 30-year-old is now up to eight home runs on the year, so he’s already halfway to his total from all of last season. He’s also just one home run away from tying the Mets’ club record for home runs in April. Monday, 8:00 pm
  • X-rays negative on Brandon Phillips' finger
    X-rays came back negative on Brandon Phillips' left finger.

    Advice: Phillips was forced to exit Monday's game against the Mets after he was hit in the left hand by a Noah Syndergaard, but fortunately there was no structural damage. Consider him day-to-day. Monday, 5:56 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Brandon Phillips exits game after HBP on hand
    Brandon Phillips exited Monday's game against the Mets in the fourth inning after he was hit in the hand by a pitch.

    Advice: It was a painful at-bat for Phillips, who fouled two pitches off his foot before being hit in the hand by a Noah Syndergaard fastball. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. replaced him in the game. The Reds should pass along an update soon. Monday, 5:23 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Pedroia collects three hits as Red Sox win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-7 with a double, triple and run scored as the Red Sox topped the Astros 7-5 on Sunday night in Houston.

    Advice: The diminutive second sacker has been on fire at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .321/.361/.449 with one homer and six RBI. He still hasn't swiped a base though, despite his preseason proclamation that he would be running more in 2016. Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays hot with a 3-for-5
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Sunday, 5:18 pm
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Dozier's three-run homer can't lift the Twins
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 6-5, 16-inning loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: In a right and just world, Dozier would have been trumpeted as a hero for his three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg with one out in the eighth inning. As is, it turned into something of a footnote after the game stretched into extra innings. Through his first 73 at-bats, the versatile second baseman is slashing a paltry .192/.289/.356 with three homers, seven RBI and a pair of steals. It has been a trying month for the 5-14 Twins, but Dozier's numbers figure to be up there with the best at his position when all is said and done. Sunday, 4:49 pm
  • Gordon steals two bags, scores twice in SF
    Dee Gordon finished 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored Sunday in the Marlins' 5-4 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: In the third inning, Gordon singled, stole second and third base, and then scored on a Christian Yelich groundout. In the fifth, he singled, made it to third base on a Marcell Ozuna base hit, and then raced home on another Yelich grounder. Some of the peripherals have been underwhelming, but the speedy second baseman boasts six stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 17 games this season. Sunday, 4:30 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Jed Lowrie nursing calf soreness
    Jed Lowrie is dealing with some soreness in his calf.

    Advice: Lowrie is sitting out Sunday, although he was due for a day off, anyway. He could be back in there on Monday. Sunday, 8:16 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Jed Lowrie getting a day off Sunday
    Jed Lowrie is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off for Lowrie. Tyler Ladendorf is at second base in his place. The A's also have Mark Canha in the designated hitter spot Sunday. Sunday, 7:32 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Altuve paces Houston with three hits Saturday
    Jose Altuve bashed three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: That bumps his average up to a healthy .314. Altuve has been a lot more patient this year, swinging on a little more than 41 percent of pitches compared to his career rate of 49.2. He's on pace to draw 81 free passes this year, which is more than double his career-high of 40. In addition to his hitting prowess, Altuve leads the majors with seven steals this year. Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the first time this year. Carpenter had a tough night Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third error of the season. Jedd Gyorko will fill in at third base and bat seventh. Kolten Wong is hitting leadoff in place of Carpenter. Saturday, 1:44 pm
  • Barney goes deep in loss to Oakland
    Darwin Barney got a rare start and belted a solo homer against the Athletics on Friday, ultimately going 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

    Advice: Barney actually opened the scoring for the Blue Jays in the third inning and was their most consistent offensive producer all night. Even though he won't have too many big nights at the dish, the 30-year-old will surprise folks with a homer from time to time. He's now hitting .294/.400/.471 in very limited playing time. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Forsythe doubles twice vs Yankees in loss
    Logan Forsythe went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: It’s crazy to think that Forsythe was an established low-.200s hitter with minimal power just two years ago. He’s now proven himself to be a quality, well-rounded hitter. His two-hit night on Friday raised his batting average to .298, and he now has eight extra-base hits with an impressive .375 on-base percentage. For those who thought last year was a fluke, Forsythe is coming out strong in 2016 to argue otherwise. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz not in lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench. Friday, 2:46 pm
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Logan Forsythe scores three times in victory
    Logan Forsythe went 3-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored as the Rays beat the Red Sox 12-8 on Thursday.

    Advice: Forsythe's OBP climbed from .304 to .355 with his five times on base today. That's what the Rays wanted from him in the leadoff spot after he spent most of last year batting in the middle of the order. Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes 3-for-6, homers
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-6 and hit his first homer Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: The third hit was the 1,500th of his career. At 32, he's quite a long shot to reach 3,000 in his career. Still, he won't need to get all of the there to be Cooperstown worthy. He will need to stay relatively healthy into his mid-30s. Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Robinson Cano hits huge homer to lead Seattle
    Robinson Cano's third hit of the day was a three-run homer in the top of the 10th, leading the Mariners to a 10-7 win over the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: Cano drove in four runs in all, and he also walked. He already has six homers this season. Last year, he didn't hit his sixth until his 81st game of the year on July 7. In 2014, he hit his sixth homer in his 79th game on June 30. Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Dee Gordon out of Marlins' lineup Thursday
    Dee Gordon is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at second base and hit sixth versus Washington right-hander Max Scherzer. Giancarlo Stanton is also getting a day off for the matinee game. Thursday, 7:06 am
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Brock Holt appears at shortstop
    Brock Holt made his season debut at shortstop after replacing an injured Xander Bogaerts in Wednesday's game.

    Advice: If this gives Holt shortstop eligibility in your league, he just got a whole lot more valuable. Unfortunately, it'll probably be quite a while before he gets five-game eligibility at shortstop, especially with Bogaerts expected back in a day or two. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Padres place Spangenberg (quad) on the DL
    Padres placed 2B Cory Spangenberg on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain.

    Advice: Spangenberg was pulled from Tuesday's contest with the Pirates after complaining of quad discomfort. He could miss upwards of a month if it's a severe strain, but we should have a more clear picture of his rehab timeline in the coming days. Alexi Amarista is the primary candidate to start for Spangenberg until his quad has sufficiently recovered. Wednesday, 2:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Brock Holt back in LF on Wednesday night
    Brock Holt is starting in left field and batting seventh on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It's his first time in the starting lineup in three days, mostly because the opposition was throwing left-handed starters. Holt has hit .267/.405/.533 over his first 30 at-bats this season for Boston. Wednesday, 12:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Cubs' Russell getting day off Wednesday
    Addison Russell is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Javier Baez will handle shortstop and hit eighth against Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. It's just a day of rest for Russell, who's batting .222/.321/.311. Wednesday, 7:59 am
  • Spangenberg diagnosed with left quad strain
    Cory Spangenberg was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with a left quad strain.

    Advice: That type of injury can sometimes cost a player a full month of action. Spangenberg had a single and a walk before exiting on Tuesday, lifting his season slash line to .229/.302/.354. Alexi Amarista took over at second base and might have to be the Padres' primary starter there for the next few weeks. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Jed Lowrie notches four hits for A's
    Jed Lowrie went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: The second baseman singled in the tying run in the sixth inning and scored the winning run on a Mark Canha single in the 11th. Lowrie entered the game with just two hits in his last 13 at-bats, but he pushed his average from .227 up to .286 with the four-hit night. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Phillips has four-hit night against Rockies
    Brandon Phillips went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and a run scored in the Reds' 4-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: It could have been an even bigger night for the second baseman if Joey Votto hadn't been 0-for-4 in front of him. Still, it was a good showing for the 34-year-old Phillips, who has shown this season that he's got some life left in his bat yet. Phillips is batting .333/.367/.511 with a homer, six RBI, seven runs scored and two steals in 12 games this year. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Walker hits two of Mets' six homers Tuesday
    Neil Walker led a barrage of home runs for the Mets on Tuesday, slugging a pair of solo bombs in a win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Brett Oberholtzer was the victim both times, as Walker took him deep in the sixth and seventh innings. The Mets scored 11 times on the night and all 11 tallies came via the longball. Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson also hit one over the boards for New York. Walker has yet to draw a walk this season but has six homers and has driven in 11. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Devon Travis (shoulder) set for more live BP
    Devon Travis (shoulder) will take another round of on-field batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: His live BP session went well on Monday and the second baseman did some light fielding drills on Tuesday. Travis is just beginning to ease into heavier workouts after missing all of spring training following November shoulder surgery. He could be ready to join the Blue Jays' active roster by the end of May. Tuesday, 5:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Gennett drives in go-ahead run vs. Twins
    Scooter Gennett drove in the go-ahead run as the Brewers topped the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Milwaukee allowed Minnesota to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Yadiel Rivera hit a double-turned-triple with one out in the top of the ninth and Gennett followed with an RBI single to recapture the lead. Gennett cooled considerably after a scorching start, but he's currently rocking a .943 OPS over 14 games. When he's batting second, he carries significant fantasy value. Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
  • Holt not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: This is his third straight day out of the lineup, but it's not completely unexpected Tuesday with southpaw Drew Smyly on the hill. Chris Young will start in left field and bat seventh. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Diaz not in Tuesday's lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will make his Cardinals' debut at shortstop and bat eighth. Diaz has put up some impressive numbers since his call-up, but he could lose some more starts if he doesn't improve his shaky defense. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Diaz commits fourth error Monday
    Aledmys Diaz committed his fourth error in 13 games on Monday.

    Advice: Diaz played a ground ball off his chest and then made an errant throw to first base, which opened the door for a three-run seventh inning for the Cubs. The 25-year-old has been a pleasant surprise at the plate, batting .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, six doubles, and one triple through 11 games, but it's fair to wonder if he'll lose playing time if the defensive miscues continue. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't willing to go there yet. "You have to take the good with the bad, and he's been extremely good," said Matheny. "So we're just going to have to continue to work and improve on the consistency. That comes with time and experience, and it comes with confidence. He needs to see what we see -- the fact that he's an even better defender than what he's shown. He's going to keep figuring it out. He's also done a lot of things for us that we didn't anticipate he would do." Tuesday, 9:32 am
    5:15 pm vs Was
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