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  • Napoli rocks two-run homer in loss to O's
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Napoli unloaded for a two-run home run off Chris Tillman in the fourth inning. The tater was his 10th of the season. In addition to the 10 long balls, he has driven in 35 runs while hitting to a .233/.305/.471 triple-slash across 172 at-bats. So long as the veteran slugger can stay healthy, the power and RBI production should be there all season. 36 minutes ago
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Bal
  • Yunel Escobar leaves game with wrist injury
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Sunday's game against the Astros with an apparent wrist injury.

    Advice: Escobar sustained the injury diving for a ground ball. The Angels have been decimated by injuries throughout the season, and it would be another big blow if they lose their leadoff hitter for any significant amount of time. Expect an update on his status shortly. Today, 1:16 pm
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Longoria hits RBI single for only Rays run
    Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Longoria came through with an RBI single against Nathan Eovaldi in the third inning. It would provide the Rays' only run of the game. The veteran third baseman is hitting .254/.301/.461 with nine homers and 25 RBI across 193 at-bats. Today, 1:05 pm
  • Odorizzi allows one hit in loss to Yankees
    Jake Odorizzi surrendered a two-run home run to Starlin Castro in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees, the only hit he allowed over seven innings.

    Advice: Tough loss for Odorizzi, who was almost perfect on the afternoon. Almost. Entering the seventh inning, the 26-year-old right-hander had not allowed a baserunner. He walked Brett Gardner with one out in the frame, though, and Castro promptly followed that up with a two-run home run. Through his first 11 starts (61 2/3 innings), Odorizzi owns a 3.36 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 51/17 K/BB ratio. A home start against the Twins shows next on his schedule. Today, 12:58 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) suffers setback
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) felt sore after his last rehab start and is "backing off his planned assignments."

    Advice: It's unclear how big of a setback it could be, but obviously it's not a good development. Ryu tossed four scoreless innings in his last rehab outing and had been scheduled to start on Monday. The Dodgers could have more on the left-hander's status later Sunday. Today, 12:54 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:00 pm @NYM
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) to be activated Tuesday
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Gomez will play his fifth and likely final rehab game on Sunday. He's 5-for-17 with one homer in his first four contests as he works his way back from a bruised left rib cage. "I think he's feeling a lot better, which is the number one priority," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Gomez. "Getting production out of him is the second phase of this." Today, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Christian Bergman (oblique) resumes throwing
    Christian Bergman (oblique) threw on flat ground Sunday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown since being placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Bergman is likely still a couple weeks away from a return. Today, 12:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 1-5 vs SF
  • Glen Perkins (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Glen Perkins (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: Perkins had to be shut down for a week after feeling stiffness in his pitching shoulder. He will throw off a mound later this week, assuming all goes well. Perkins has been on the shelf since mid-April and obviously still has numerous hurdles to clear before rejoining the Twins' bullpen. Today, 12:03 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Street (oblique) could be activated Monday
    Huston Street (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Street made it through an appearance in extended spring training on Saturday with no issues. He could skip a rehab assignment and join the Angels on Monday, although the club hasn't ruled out having him pitch in a minor league game. Joe Smith will return to a setup role when Street is ready. Today, 11:12 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Joe Panik getting a breather Sunday
    Joe Panik is absent from the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Rockies throwing lefty Chris Rusin. Kelby Tomlinson is filling in at second base. Today, 10:48 am
  • Leonel Campos recalled from Triple-A
    Padres recalled RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Campos has posted a 19.29 ERA over two appearances in his multiple stints with the big club this season. He'll be used in middle relief. Today, 10:44 am
  • Christian Yelich (back) returns to lineup
    Christian Yelich (back) is back in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It will be his first start in over a week, as he's been battling back spasms. Yelich is in left field and hitting third against Julio Teheran and the Braves. Today, 10:36 am
  • 'Nothing imminent' on Shields/White Sox trade
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres "are fielding calls from a lot of teams" on James Shields but "nothing appears imminent" regarding a trade.

    Advice: Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday that the Padres were discussing a Shields trade with the White Sox and there was "significant momentum" in getting something done. While Heyman appears to be pumping the brakes a bit, it does look like something is cooking with the veteran right-hander. Shields has posted a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings this season. He's in the second season of a four-year, $75 million contract and the Padres would likely have to eat some of that money in order to move him. Today, 10:20 am
  • Carlos Correa getting a day off on Sunday
    Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Correa has just four hits over his last 37 at-bats, so he'll get a day off to regroup. Marwin Gonzalez is at shortstop Sunday. The Astros also have Evan Gattis at catcher in place of Jason Castro. Today, 10:14 am
  • Eugenio Suarez sitting out on Sunday
    Eugenio Suarez is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's receiving a day off. Adam Duvall is getting a start at third base in Suarez's place, while Tyler Holt is handling left field. Zack Cozart is sitting out, as well, as Ivan De Jesus Jr. is at shortstop. Today, 9:52 am
  • Ryan Braun dealing with neck stiffness
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup for the second straight day Sunday due to neck stiffness/soreness.

    Advice: Add another injury to the list. Braun has also battled back and wrist injuries this season and has played just six out of the last 14 games. He's been outstanding when healthy, batting .351/.424/.583 with nine home runs. Braun's name keeps popping up in trade rumors, but his inability to stay on the field could hurt his market. Today, 9:35 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • J.J. Hardy (foot) has boot removed
    J.J. Hardy had the boot on his left foot removed and he will undergo a CT scan.

    Advice: A recent X-ray showed significant healing with Hardy's foot, but he's remained sore. Depends on what the CT scan shows, it sounds like he could resume baseball activities soon. Today, 9:26 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 x @Cle
  • Archie Bradley recalled for Sunday start
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Archie Bradley from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He will start on Sunday against the Padres in place of Shelby Miller (finger). Bradley holds a 6.26 ERA over 10 starts at the major league level, but he's put up a 1.99 ERA with 47 strikeouts over 40 2/3 frames at Reno this season. With Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) also on the shelf, Bradley could stick in the rotation for a while if he pitches well. He's worth a look in deeper formats. Today, 9:19 am
  • Kendrys Morales (finger) returns to lineup
    Kendrys Morales (finger) is back in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morales hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sprained right finger, but he took batting practice Sunday without any issues. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth against Chris Sale and the White Sox. Today, 9:04 am
  • Ryan Braun (back) sitting out again Sunday
    Ryan Braun (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight games and eight out of the last 14 contests with a variety of ailments. His back has been the most recent reason for his absence, so that's presumably why he's sitting again Sunday. Braun has been a beast this season when healthy, hitting .351/.424/.583 with nine home runs, but he's had some trouble staying on the field. Alex Presley is in left field Sunday. Today, 8:55 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Peter Moylan optioned to Triple-A
    Royals optioned RHP Peter Moylan to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Moylan holds a 2.45 ERA on the season but had been scored upon in two out of his last three appearances. He'll surely get another shot at some point. Today, 8:32 am
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    Top 9, 5-4 vs CWS
  • Ryan Howard not starting against RHP
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's noteworthy because the Phils are facing a right-hander (John Lackey). Howard is batting only .154/.219/.346 and could start losing more and more playing time to Tommy Joseph. Philly also has Andres Blanco at second base over Cesar Hernandez. Today, 8:19 am
  • Lincecum's Angels debut slated for June 12
    Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports that Tim Lincecum is expected to make his debut with the Angels on June 12.

    Advice: Lincecum threw approximately 75 pitches in an extended spring training game on Saturday and his next appearance will be with Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. He'll make one additional start for Salt Lake on June 7 before joining the Halos' rotation. "Everything felt pretty good," Lincecum said of his appearance in extended spring. "What I asked for and what the Angels are giving me is just time to move along at my own pace and figure out things that I need to." Today, 7:40 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Braun is 'hot name out there' on trade market
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a National League scout that Ryan Braun is "the hot name out there" on the trade market.

    Advice: Braun is in the first year of a five-year, $105 million extension, but that no longer looks a deal-killer given that he's batting .351/.424/.583 with nine home runs this season. The scout told Cafardo that he thought the Astros, Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, Mets, Giants, and White Sox were potential landing spots for Braun. Today, 7:10 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Workman (elbow) pitching in extended spring
    Brandon Workman (elbow) has been making appearances in extended spring training games.

    Advice: Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Workman will remain in extended spring until short-season Lowell opens their season on June 17. He could be an option for the Red Sox' bullpen at some point in the second half. Today, 6:32 am
    60-Day DL
  • Christian Yelich (back) pinch-hits
    Christian Yelich (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Yelich hasn't started in over a week due to back spasms, although he has made a couple pinch-hitting appearances. It's possible he'll be back in the lineup Sunday. Today, 5:27 am
  • Hughes roughed up a bit in win
    Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: It could’ve been worse. The Mariners had the bases loaded four different times against Hughes, but hitters went 0-for-4 with a double play in those situations. That helped the right-hander limit the damage, despite the 12 baserunners. He now has a 5.74 ERA with only 30 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings and will next get the Rays at home. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Weaver allows four runs in loss to Astros
    Jered Weaver allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Weaver matched Astros starter Dallas Keuchel through five innings, each pitcher allowing two runs, but a Jason Castro two-run home run in the sixth inning broke the tie and sealed Weaver's fate. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked three on the evening. Weaver's record fell to 4-4 with the loss, and he owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.51 WHIP through 10 starts. An interleague matchup with the Pirates is on tap for Friday. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Longoria has homer, four RBI in win over NYY
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as the Rays beat the Yankees 9-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria connected on a Michael Pineda pitch for a two-run shot in the second inning. The homer was his ninth of the season, giving him 24 RBI and 26 runs scored. The 30-year-old is slashing .254/.302/.466 overall. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • White Sox showing interest in Shields
    The White Sox and Padres are reportedly engaged in trade talks surrounding James Shields.

    Advice: According to sources, these talks have "energy" and could lead to the right-hander moving to the Midwest to help the White Sox's starting rotation. Shields knows the AL Central well, pitching for the Royals in 2013 and 2014, but has seen his stuff decline the past two years. His 3.06 ERA is likely attractive to the White Sox; however, his velocity is down and his 3.88 FIP suggests he's more of a mid-rotation starter than an impact arm at this point in his career. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Ryan Braun not in Brewers lineup on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Braun has battled a variety of ailments already this season, so giving him a breather to keep him fresh isn't a terrible idea, especially after he looked especially spry on Friday night with a pair of stolen bases. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he misses a juicy matchup against Alfredo Simon. Yesterday, 10:09 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Christian Yelich still out of Marlins lineup
    Christian Yelich (back) remains out of the Marlins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Yelich has been sidelined for the past week with back spasms, but did appear as a pinch hitter on Friday night. He's inching closer to a return. Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Napoli clubs ninth home run in loss on Friday
    Mike Napoli clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Indians past the visiting Orioles.

    Advice: Napoli tagged O's starter Mike Wright with a solo shot in the fourth inning, pulling the Tribe to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .232/.304/.463 with nine long balls and 31 RBI on the season. Friday, 8:12 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Bal
  • Archie Bradley to start for D'Backs on Sunday
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Archie Bradley will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start in place of the injured Shelby Miller on Sunday.

    Advice: Bradley has been outstanding at Triple-A this year, but has again struggled in his spot starts with the big league club. While the talent is there, he makes for a risky fantasy proposition until he shows the ability to get major league hitters out on a consistent basis. Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Christian Yelich (back) takes BP
    Christian Yelich (back) took batting practice on the field Friday.

    Advice: He remains out of the lineup, but it does appear some progress is being made. Yelich returning to action sometime over the weekend would appear to be realistic. Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Christian Yelich (back) remains out of lineup
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed six games with back spasms. Yelich has some history with back issues, although it doesn't appear at this point the disabled list is being considered. Cole Gillespie will start in left field again. Friday, 11:59 am
  • Braun connects for ninth homer against Braves
    Ryan Braun hit his ninth home run of the year in Thursday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Braun belted a solo shot off Braves starter Matt Wisler in the fifth inning. He continues to produce when on the field, owning a .361/.427/.599 line with 30 RBI and 23 runs scored in 39 games. Staying between the white lines has been the tricky part, but his back seems to be feeling better and he should be ridden hard by fantasy owners while in the lineup. Thursday, 9:07 pm
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Ryan Braun leaves after rain delay
    Ryan Braun left Thursday's game against the Braves for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: He never came back after a one-hour, 19-minute rain delay in the seventh inning. It doesn't look like Braun is injured but after missing time with back and wrist injuries earlier this month, the Brewers weren't taking any chances. Braun went 1-for-3 with a solo home run before exiting. Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced him in left field. Thursday, 8:03 pm
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Archie Bradley to replace Shelby Miller?
    Archie Bradley did not make his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Zack Godley got the start in his place. It looks like Bradley will make his next start in the major leagues. There's a good chance this has something to do with Shelby Miller, who has struggled all year while dealing with finger discomfort. Miller was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Padres. Bradley has dominated in the minors this year with five wins and a 1.99 ERA. He hasn't been as successful in the majors, collecting a 7.84 ERA in two spot starts for the Diamondbacks. Thursday, 6:32 pm
  • Morales out with sprained middle finger
    Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

    Advice: Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good. Thursday, 3:07 pm
  • Christian Yelich (back) remains out Thursday
    Christian Yelich (back) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: This will be the fifth game in a row that Yelich has missed with what the Marlins originally labeled back spasms. It's probably something a little more serious than that. Derek Dietrich is starting in left field in a very patchwork lineup for the Fish on Thursday afternoon against the Rays. Thursday, 7:52 am
  • Eugenio Suarez strikes out three times
    Eugenio Suarez struck out all three times he was up Wednesday in the loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Suarez was doing just fine as the Reds' No. 2 hitter last month, but coincidence or not, he's struggled ever since he was dropped in the order. He'll pick it up again eventually, but he's not in a great situation while hitting sixth or seventh for a bad Reds team. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) hits homer at Double-A
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) hit a solo home run in a rehab game Wednesday night with Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: It was his first home run at any level of baseball since the calendar turned to 2016. Gomez ultimately finished the night 1-for-4 and is now 1-for-8 through two rehab games. The center fielder was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS in 34 games for Houston when he landed on the disabled list May 16 with a bruised left rib cage. He'll be back in the majors next week. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • J.J. Hardy (foot) still feeling soreness
    J.J. Hardy continues to feel soreness in his fractured left foot.

    Advice: Hardy underwent an X-ray last week, one which showed that his foot was healing up nicely. Manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that the veteran shortstop is still not to the point where he is ready to take part in any weight-bearing exercises, though. Hardy will head to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota to prepare for rehab work on Friday. He could return around mid-June if the soreness dissipates soon. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 x @Cle
  • Shields allows two runs in no-decision
    James Shields pitched respectably in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Shields struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. RBI singles by Kelby Tomlinson and Matt Duffy in the second and sixth innings, respectively, accounted for the scoring on the veteran right-hander's line. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio (64 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Mariners. Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) throws four scoreless in AAA
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) threw four scoreless innings Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: It was the third rehab start for Ryu, who remains on track for a mid-June season debut. The left-hander struck out three, walked none, and scattered four hits over his four shutout frames. He induced a ton of groundballs, which is usually a positive sign that his stuff is working. Ryu and his 3.17 career major league ERA are worth stashing in all mixed fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:00 pm @NYM
  • Yelich (back) remains sidelined Wednesday
    Christian Yelich (back) remains out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Yelich has now missed four straight games with what's being called "back spasms." Cole Gillespie will start in left field and bat eighth against Matt Andriese. Wednesday, 11:41 am
  • Twins transfer Perkins to the 60-day DL
    Twins transferred LHP Glen Perkins from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Perkins remains out indefinitely with ongoing discomfort in his strained left shoulder. This move clears a 40-man roster spot for lefty reliever Buddy Boshers. Wednesday, 8:11 am
    60-Day DL
  • Correa delivers as Astros walk it off vs. O's
    Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Astros a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Correa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before delivering the game-winning hit in the 13th. He's been streaky in his first full season in the majors, striking out in a surprising 25.1 percent of his plate appearances while also hitting seven homers with eight steals on the year. It all adds up to a .250/.343/.409 line that should be more attractive by season's end. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Napoli hits rare triple, has two RBI Tuesday
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, a stolen base and a run scored against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli, not the fleetest of foot, ripped one into the gap in the third inning, and he still required Austin Jackson to flat out miss the ball, Melky Cabrera to kick it around and Tyler Saladino to drop the relay just to make it safely into third base. He was obviously feeling pretty good about himself, because Napoli then proceeded to steal his first base of the season in the ninth inning. He's better known for his run production, which he's done well this season, mashing eight homers with 30 RBI and 26 runs scored in 40 games. Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Bal
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) goes 0-for-3 in rehab
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in his minor league rehab debut with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Gomez, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 with a bruised left rib cage, should be ready to for activation when first eligible next week. He was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS over his first 34 games this season for Houston, but the dynamic 30-year-old center fielder seems like a pretty good buy-low target in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Braun hits eighth homer, Brewers edge Braves
    Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run of the season as the Brewers edged the Braves 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Braun took Julio Teheran deep in the fourth inning for a solo bomb, one of just three hits on the night against the Braves starter. It was his first home run since returning to the lineup after missing nearly a week with a sore back. When he's been in the lineup, Braun has been an offensive beast, batting .357/.419/.579 with eight homers, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Odorizzi fires five scoreless frames in win
    Jake Odorizzi tossed five scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Odorizzi gave up just two hits, but walked three and struck out seven, so he needed 107 pitches to get through five innings. After going winless through his first eight turns, Odorizzi has now won back-to-back starts. He’ll bring a 3.46 ERA into a matchup against the Yankees on Sunday. Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (rib cage) ready for rehab stint
    Carlos Gomez (rib cage) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Gomez landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a bruised left rib cage. He's not eligible to return until the beginning of June, but getting a bunch of at-bats in the minors isn't the worst idea for him. He's batting just .182 with a .486 OPS in 34 games this season. Tuesday, 12:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Tuesday
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Yelich has missed three straight starts with back spasms. He was announced as a pinch-hitter Monday, but Cole Gillespie ultimately took the at-bat. He remains day-to-day. The hot-hitting Ichiro Suzuki will continue to play left field. He's batting leadoff Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • Napoli homers, drives in two runs Monday
    Mike Napoli socked a solo homer, drew a walk, and knocked in two runs Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Giancarlo Stanton’s struggles have been getting most of the attention recently, but Napoli was 0-for-19 with 11 strikeouts over his previous four games. The 34-year-old is now up to eight home runs and 28 RBI on the year, though he’s batting just .222 with a .292 on-base percentage. At the pace he’s whiffing, we don’t see the batting average going up. Monday, 5:48 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Bal
  • Panik not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Panik is not in Monday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Kelby Tomlinson will fill in at second base and bat second against lefty Drew Pomeranz. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Lincecum throws simulated game
    Tim Lincecum threw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Lincecum will throw one more before getting into game action with Triple-A Salt Lake. He's expected to make at least two starts in the minors before joining the Angels, which puts him on track for around mid-June. Monday, 3:02 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Street (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Huston Street (oblique) will head to extended spring training on Friday.

    Advice: Street, who is working his way back from a left oblique strain, should move on to a minor league rehab assignment from there. Barring any setbacks, he should return to the ninth inning for the Angels right around the end of the month. Monday, 3:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Yelich (back) out of Miami lineup again Mon.
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again on Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in left field and bat leadoff versus Rays left-hander Matt Moore. J.T. Realmuto is batting third in the series opener at Marlins Park. May 23, 12:18 pm
  • Joe Panik nets two hits as Giants top Cubs
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a double as the Giants topped the Cubs 1-0 on Sunday night in San Francisco.

    Advice: As a team, the Giants were only able to muster a total of four hits against Kyle Hendricks and company, with Panik the only player with multiple knocks. The two-hit attack raises his season slash to .261/.331/.439 to go with five homers, 19 RBI and three stolen bases. May 22, 7:52 pm
  • Jered Weaver fans six in victory over Orioles
    Jered Weaver delivered a strong performance in Sunday's victory over the Orioles, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven frames.

    Advice: Weaver punched out six in the ballgame and walked only one. He kept the O's off the board until his final inning of work where Jonathan Schoop belted a two-run homer. Knowing that his fastball is among the worst in the game, Weaver threw primarily breaking balls the entire game on Sunday and the strategy paid off for him. It'll be interesting to see if he does the same on Saturday against the Astros. May 22, 5:26 pm
  • Hughes allows three runs over six in loss
    Phil Hughes allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Toronto scored all three of those runs in the top of the first, on solo homers by Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson and an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki. Hughes did settle in after that, but he got very little help from the Minnesota offense in falling to 1-7 on the year. A road start against the Mariners is next. May 22, 1:48 pm
  • Bradley racks up 9 Ks in Saturday's win
    Diamondbacks RHP prospect Archie Bradley fanned nine over eight scoreless innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He held Omaha to three hits while throwing 68 of his 108 pitches for strikes. Bradley has done a marvelous job for Reno this year, limiting opponents to a .191 average with 47 strikeouts in 136 at-bats. He's tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with five wins and is also second in ERA (1.99). The 23-year-old has been called up to the Diamondbacks twice this year, though neither start was particularly memorable (7.84 ERA over 10 1/3 innings). May 22, 11:58 am
  • Tim Lincecum to report to Triple-A soon
    Tim Lincecum is expected to join Triple-A Salt Lake's rotation around the end of May.

    Advice: Linececum is still throwing at extended spring training for now. He'll make at least two starts for Salt Lake before joining the Angels' rotation, putting him in line to return to the majors in mid-June if all goes well. May 22, 11:14 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Kendrys Morales not in Sunday's lineup
    Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher. May 22, 9:46 am
  • Glen Perkins (shoulder) suffers setback
    Glen Perkins felt stiffness in his left shoulder while long-tossing last week and his scheduled bullpen session for Monday has been pushed back.

    Advice: The closer noted that the soreness has moved from the back to the front of his left shoulder. He'll shut things down for a week. Perkins has missed most of the season with a strained left shoulder and had resumed throwing on flat ground a little over a week ago. May 22, 8:26 am
    60-Day DL
  • Huston Street (oblique) to throw sim game
    Huston Street (oblique) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Street is coming along nicely in his rehab from a strained oblique. It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment, but a return before the end of the month looks doable. May 22, 8:17 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Sunday
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Yelich was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to back spasms and apparently still isn't ready to play. Ichiro Suzuki will again handle left field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is doing the catching. May 22, 7:46 am
  • Ryan Braun (back) returns to Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore back, but he took batting practice Saturday and is back in there for this one. He's hitting .364/.429/.576 with seven homers for the Brew Crew this season. Chris Carter is sitting out on Sunday, as the Brewers have Ramon Flores at first base. May 22, 7:42 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Ryan Howard expected to sit Sunday
    Ryan Howard is expected to be on the bench Sunday against right-hander Casey Kelly.

    Advice: Phillies manager Pete Mackanin plans to stick with Howard against righties for now despite his .161/.233/.381 batting line, but he'll give him a day off Sunday. If Howard's struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Phils eventually give Tommy Joseph everyday at-bats at first base. "I might give Joseph a start [Sunday] just to clear Howie's head just a little bit," Mackanin said. "Then when we go to Detroit, we have the DH, so both of them can play, and we will go from there." May 22, 6:43 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu to start for OKC on Wednesday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) will make his next rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: It's a step up for Ryu, who has made his last two starts for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander will need a few more outings to build up his pitch count before he joins the Dodgers. Ryu is still on track for a mid-June return. May 21, 6:51 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:00 pm @NYM
  • Longoria hits eighth home run versus Tigers
    Evan Longoria hit his eighth home run of the season in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria's solo homer in the sixth inning was the only offense the Rays could muster against Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. It was his second homer during a nine-game hitting streak during which he's 13-for-38 (.342) with five doubles and nine runs scored. The veteran third baseman is hitting .258/.303/.485 in 40 games this year. May 21, 5:23 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) could begin rehab soon
    Carlos Gomez (rib cage) worked out at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.

    Advice: He expects to do the same on Sunday. If that goes well, Gomez would likely begin a week-long rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi. The two-time All-Star has struggled mightily this year, hitting just .182 with 46 strikeouts in 121 at-bats. May 21, 2:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Ryan Braun hopes to return to lineup Sunday
    Ryan Braun (back) was able to take batting practice without issue on Saturday and hopes to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.

    Advice: The outfielder, who hasn't played since Tuesday, indicated Saturday that he was finally feeling much better. When he has been on the field, he has been a force this season, slashing .364/.429/.576 with seven homers, 28 RBI and two stolen bases. Unfortunately, back injuries can tend to linger and could be a recurring issue throughout the season. May 21, 11:57 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Ryan Braun remains out of Brewers lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) is once again absent from the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun continues to be plagued by lower back stiffness. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Alex Presley and Ramon Flores will patrol the outfield for the Brewers on Saturday against Jacob deGrom and the Mets. May 21, 10:13 am
    Top 9, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Lincecum likely to need 20-30 days in minors
    Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday that he expects Tim Lincecum to need 20-30 days in the minors before joining the major league rotation.

    Advice: That puts him in line to make his Angels' debut around the middle of June. Lincecum's one-year contract with the Angels became official on Friday, and Eppler says the veteran right-hander has "earned" the right to tell the club when he's ready to start a major league game. May 20, 2:10 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Christian Bergman (oblique) lands on DL
    Rockies placed RHP Christian Bergman on the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bergman tweaked his oblique during a relief appearance Thursday. He'll likely miss a handful of weeks. May 20, 1:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 1-5 vs SF
  • Gomez (ribs) could resume activities soon
    The Astros are hopeful that Carlos Gomez (rib cage) will be ready to resume baseball activities early next week.

    Advice: "We're shooting for maybe next week sometime," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "I'm going to talk to him today and I'll probably meet up with him over the weekend in Houston and we'll develop a plan, but we're hopeful to get him back into baseball activities by early next week." While Gomez appears close to resuming baseball activities, it might be a while before he is activated. The Astros could use most, if not all, of the allotted 20 days on a rehab assignment for Gomez to work on his swing after a really rough start to the season. May 20, 6:31 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 5, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Panik lends average a hand with four hits
    Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a double in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Panik did not score a run or collect an RBI, but four hits are four hits. And he added a steal, too, just to mix things up a little. With the quartet slapped onto his triple-slash, he is now hitting .253/.325/.432 with five homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs scored over 146 at-bats. May 19, 9:49 pm
  • Shields not quite good enough in loss to SF
    James Shields fell to 2-6 in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Shields has pitched better than that dismal 2-6 record. On Thursday, the Giants knocked him for solitary runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Alas, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was just a touch better. For the season, the artist formerly known as Big Game James holds a 3.07 ERA, 1.33 ERA and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings (nine starts). There is no shame in owning him in most formats. He will have another crack at the Giants next time he toes the rubber. May 19, 9:23 pm
  • Bergman suffers strained oblique Thursday
    Christian Bergman suffered a strained oblique Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Thursday was Bergman's first appearance since May 10. He allowed two hits and one run in 2/3 of an inning before giving way to right-hander Justin Miller. Oblique strains usually take a while to recover from. Bergman will probably head for more testing but a DL stint seems inevitable at this point. May 19, 8:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 1-5 vs SF
  • Tim Lincecum passes Angels physical
    Angels signed RHP Tim Lincecum to a one-year, $2.5 million contract; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The deal was completed after Lincecum passed his physical on Thursday. His salary is prorated, so his actual earnings will be closer to $2 million. The contract also comes with $1.7 million in incentives. Lincecum is well past his prime but the Angels are desperate for pitching with Garrett Richards (elbow), Andrew Heaney (elbow) and C.J. Wilson (shoulder) all battling injuries. The two-time Cy Young winner will likely build up his pitch count in the minor leagues before joining the Angels' rotation. May 19, 5:40 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • Mike Napoli not in Thursday's starting lineup
    Mike Napoli is not in the Indians' lineup Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's Napoli's first day off since May 1. He's swung a hot bat recently, raising his average from .225 to .241 over his last nine games. Carlos Santana will fill in at first base and hit cleanup on Thursday night. May 19, 1:27 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Bal
  • Tim Lincecum taking Angels physical Thurs.
    Tim Lincecum is taking his physical with the Angels on Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: If he passes, his major league contract with the Halos will become official. Lincecum agreed to the framework of a deal on Monday afternoon and could join the Angels' rotation sometime next month if everything goes smoothly from here. He is coming off major hip surgery, so this physical isn't necessarily a sure thing. Lincecum, 31, posted a 4.13 ERA and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. May 19, 1:00 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 1-3 vs Hou
  • X-ray shows healing in J.J. Hardy's left foot
    A follow-up X-ray on J.J. Hardy's fractured left foot showed significant healing.

    Advice: The fracture is almost fully healed, Hardy told reporters Thursday. He'll head to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida on Friday to begin ramping up his workouts toward full baseball activities. Then comes a minor league rehab assignment. The original timetable from May 2 had Hardy missing 6-8 weeks, and that still probably holds. May 19, 8:17 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 x @Cle
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