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  • Daniel Fields outrighted off 40-man roster
    White Sox sent OF Daniel Fields outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Fields, who the White Sox claimed off waivers back in February, is hitting only .216/.311/.267 at Charlotte this season. Today, 5:12 am
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    5:15 pm @KC
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Springer homers twice as Astros top Orioles
    George Springer hit a pair of solo home runs in the Astros' 4-2 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Springer led off the Astros' half of the first inning with a homer against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, and he connected again in the fifth, also off Gausman. The multi-homer game was his first this season, giving him 11 home runs overall. The 26-year-old is hitting .270/.364/.492 and has been serving as the team's leadoff hitter, ahead of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, in recent days. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Trumbo launches 14th homer in loss to Astros
    Mark Trumbo hit his 14th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Trumbo took Lance McCullers deep in the second inning, the team's only hit against the Astros starter in his five innings of work. Trumbo finished 1-for-4 in the game. His 14 homers are tied for most in the American League, and his 32 RBI are eighth-best. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.328/.553 overall in his first year with the O's. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • CarGo hits two-run homer in win over Red Sox
    Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: CarGo jumped on a Clay Buchholz pitch in the fourth inning for the two-run shot. The homer was his sixth of the season, as he oddly has just 15 RBI but 29 runs scored in 45 games. He's been heating up in his last four games, going 8-for-16 to raise his overall line to .287/.328/.455. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Harper breaks through, connects on 12th homer
    Bryce Harper hit his 12th home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: The homer, a solo blast off Cardinals starter Mike Leake, was his first home run since May 13. After a strong month of April, the 23-year-old has just one double and three home runs this month with a few games left to play. The slump has dropped his line to .245/.426/.545, but he's too talented not to be back on the upswing sooner than later. Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Yankees pull the plug on Slade Heathcott
    Yankees released OF Slade Heathcott.

    Advice: That frees up a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Heathcott hit just .230 in 23 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and wasn't getting the call to New York anytime soon. He'll serve as minor league depth wherever he ends up. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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    4:10 pm @TB
  • Hector Olivera accepts 82-game suspension
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports MLB has suspended Hector Olivera 82 games for his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last month.

    Advice: Olivera will not appeal the suspension, which was made retroactive to April 30. He'll be eligible for reinstatement on August 1. The Braves put Olivera on administrative leave after he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on April 13. The team tried to trade him after the incident but couldn't find any takers. The 31-year-old has hit .245 with two homers and 13 RBI across 30 big league appearances. Yesterday, 2:38 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mia
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting leadoff on Thursday
    Jackie Bradley Jr. will hit leadoff for the Red Sox Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Don't get too excited. Manager John Farrell said he plans to move Bradley down in the order when Mookie Betts returns to the lineup on Friday. JBJ hasn't hit leadoff since his rookie year in 2013. The current AL batting average leader has spent most of the year hitting ninth, which speaks volumes about the Red Sox's lineup. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Royals promote outfielder Brett Eibner
    Royals recalled OF Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Mike Moustakas (knee) was placed on the disabled list in the corresponding move. Eibner earned his promotion by hitting .309 with 10 homers in 41 games for Omaha. The 27-year-old is tied for the PCL lead in both runs (36) and walks (27). He'll make his major league debut as the DH Thursday against the White Sox. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Steven Souza strikes out three times
    Steven Souza struck out all three times he was up before being removed for a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Souza is hitting a respectable .259 with four homers this month, but he's now struck out a whopping 32 times in 22 games. It going to be nearly impossible for him to maintain his current .268 average if he keeps whiffing at this rate. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Matt Holliday not in Cardinals lineup Thurs.
    Matt Holliday is getting the night off Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Moss will play left field and bat fifth as the Cardinals stack left-handed bats against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Holliday is available off the bench. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Grichuk out of Cardinals' lineup on Thursday
    Randal Grichuk is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: Grichuk registered his third straight multi-hit game on Wednesday, homering and singling in a loss to the Cubs, but the Cardinals will go lefty-heavy on Thursday versus Washington righty Joe Ross. Jeremy Hazelbaker is starting in center field and batting leadoff. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Mookie Betts getting rare night off Thursday
    Mookie Betts will take a night off Thursday.

    Advice: It's his first absence in 88 games dating back to last season. Chris Young will start in right field and Blake Swihart is in left field Thursday versus the Rockies. Jackie Bradley is hitting leadoff against Jon Gray. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Bautista (suspension) in Jays' lineup Thurs.
    Jose Bautista (suspension) is in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Bautista had his one-game suspension appeal hearing Thursday morning in New York City, but a ruling probably won't come for another couple days. He is batting leadoff Thursday afternoon against CC Sabathia. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup Thursday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat second with Toronto throwing left-hander J.A. Happ. Ellsbury went 0-for-5 on Wednesday and has a relatively underwhelming .271/.338/.429 batting line for the year. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:52 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Stanton (side) out again Thursday vs. Rays
    Giancarlo Stanton (side) is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Stanton also sat out Wednesday after complaining of soreness in his right side. He has been struggling offensively since a collision with teammate Marcell Ozuna on May 15 in Washington, D.C. All of this seems related. Yesterday, 7:50 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Buxton homers in three-hit night at AAA
    Byron Buxton homered as part of a three-hit night on Wednesday at Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Buxton has 17 hits over his last 10 games at the Triple-A level and is now batting .333/.394/.576 with five home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games since his late-April demotion. The dynamic center field prospect should be back in the majors within the next couple of weeks and seems poised for much better results in what will be his third cup of coffee. Buxton opened the 2016 season with a brutal .156/.208/.289 batting line in 49 plate appearances for Minnesota. Yesterday, 5:56 am
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Leonys Martin (hammy) only out a few days
    Leonys Martin (hamstring) only expects to miss a couple of games.

    Advice: Martin was lifted from Wednesday's defeat of the Athletics after tweaking his left hamstring while running the bases in the bottom of the third inning. "They decided to take me out of the game to be smart," the hot-hitting center fielder said late Wednesday. "But I hope to be back in a few days. We've got a day off tomorrow and we'll see. This is the first time I've had this happen, but it'll be all right." Yesterday, 5:47 am
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Leonys Martin exits due to hamstring tweak
    Leonys Martin left Wednesday's game against the A's with a tweaked left hamstring.

    Advice: Martin was replaced in center field by Shawn O'Malley to start the fourth inning. Prior to leaving with what the Mariners are deeming a minor injury, Martin had continued his recent hot-hitting ways with a third-inning RBI single and a stolen base. Seattle is labeling him day-to-day. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. extends streak to 29 games
    Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and singled Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 29 games.

    Advice: Bradley overtook teammate Xander Bogaerts for the AL batting lead tonight at .350. He's just five games away from matching the longest hitting streak in Red Sox history (34 games by Dom DiMaggio in 1949). Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Gomes tells WEEI's Bradford he isn't retiring
    Jonny Gomes told WEEI's Rob Bradford that he is not retiring.

    Advice: Bradford tweeted that he "just talked to Jonny Gomes," so this about as certain as you're going to get outside of Gomes himself calling a press conference. Earlier in the day, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo had reported that the well-traveled veteran outfielder had decided to retire. Gomes played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan up until May 11, when he left "by mutual consent." He hit just .169/.280/.246 over 75 plate appearances in Nippon Professional Baseball. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
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    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Nomar Mazara socks 491 ft. homer vs. Halos
    Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Mazara socked a solo home run off Angels starter Hector Santiago in the second inning that traveled an estimated 491 feet. That makes it the longest home run hit by any major leaguer in 2016. He would add a two-run single in the sixth to secure his other two RBI on the afternoon. For the season, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.365/.500 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 150 at-bats. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10. Mazara, long considered an intriguing all-around talent, has become an immediate star at the major league level. Wednesday, 3:29 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton feeling right side soreness
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with "a little soreness" on his right side.

    Advice: Stanton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, with Ichiro Suzuki starting in right field and batting leadoff. It is not known if this current bout of soreness for Stanton is related to a mid-May outfield collision with teammate Marcell Ozuna. Unless further word surfaces, the slugger should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Wednesday, 2:29 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Jonny Gomes retires from baseball at age 35
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Jonny Gomes has decided to retire from baseball.

    Advice: Gomes left the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on May 11 "by mutual consent" after batting just .169/.280/.246 with 22 strikeouts in 75 plate appearances. The 35-year-old outfielder finishes his playing career with 835 major league hits and 162 major league homers. He played for the Rays, Reds, Nationals, Athletics, Red Sox, Braves, and Royals during his 13-year career, earning World Series rings with Boston and Kansas City. Wednesday, 12:21 pm
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    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • 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
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Giancarlo Stanton not in Marlins' lineup Wed.
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will play right field and bat leadoff versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Stanton hit his 12th home run of the season on Tuesday night, but he had been in a minor slump since an outfield collision with Marcell Ozuna on May 15 in Washington, D.C. He'll take a day of mental and physical rest. Wednesday, 11:39 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Pence (hamstring) remains out Wednesday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) remains absent from the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Pence has been dealing with right hamstring discomfort since Saturday and told reporters Tuesday that he plans to take it easy and let the muscle fully heal. There's a chance he could return Friday after Thursday's scheduled off day, but it's not guaranteed. Jarrett Parker is starting in left field and Gregor Blanco is in right field Wednesday versus Padres right-hander James Shields. Wednesday, 10:25 am
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Twins place Darin Mastroianni on the DL
    Twins placed OF Darin Mastroianni on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: An oblique strain will typically require 3-4 weeks of recovery for a position player. Mastro is hitless in 11 plate appearances this season at the major league level. Wednesday, 8:10 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Harper getting day off Wednesday vs. Mets
    Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Harper is batting just .133 with a .516 OPS over his last 10 games and will grab a bit of mental and physical rest in the afternoon tilt against the Mets. Chris Heisey is starting in right field and batting seventh for the Nats versus New York lefty Steven Matz. Wednesday, 8:00 am
  • Leonys Martin walks off with two-run homer
    Leonys Martin hit a walk-off two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the A's.

    Advice: Martin had just one hit on the evening, but boy howdy, it was a big one. Down 5-4 with one on and two outs in the ninth inning, the 28-year-old outfielder stood as the Mariners' last line of defense against a probable loss. He would make sure that no defeat came their way, cracking a two-run walk-off dinger to deep right off A's closer Ryan Madson to end the game. Of lesser import, the homer pushed Martin to an eight-game hitting streak. He is slashing .259/.337/.483 with nine homers, 19 RBI and seven steals over 143 at-bats. The nine homers already stand as a career best for Martin. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Springer reaches five times in win over O's
    George Springer was on base five times Tuesday, collecting three hits and drawing two walks in a win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Springer had a double to go with two singles in four official at-bats. The travesty is that he never came around to score, nor did he drive in a run from the leadoff spot. Springer had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, and Tuesday's good showing has his overall line up to .265/.364/.464. Perhaps Tuesday will be the start of another streak. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Merrifield bats second, doubles twice in win
    Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Merrifield started at second base and batted second in the game, the second straight game he's hit in the No. 2 hole. And he's responded, going 4-for-10 with three doubles and three runs scored in those two games. The 27-year-old has started games at second, third and in left field since having his contract purchased last week, batting .333 in five games. He doesn't have much mixed league appeal, but his versatility and the fact that Royals manager Ned Yost seems to like him -- this is the same guy that continues to bat Alcides Escobar leadoff -- gives him some AL-only value if he keeps hitting in prime spots in the lineup with some regularity. Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Mazara's homer, two runs scored lead Rangers
    Nomar Mazara finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Rangers topped the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mazara hit a two-run home run off Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the sixth inning, and he also singled and scored in the fourth. The homer was the third in six games for the outfielder, giving him seven on the season. The 21-year-old is hitting .317/.364/.483 in 38 games after starting the year at Triple-A. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • 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
  • Pence (hamstring) out again Tuesday vs. SD
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out of the Giants' starting lineup again on Tuesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Jarrett Parker will start in left field and bat seventh and Gregor Blanco will start in right field and bat eighth. Pence has been bothered by hamstring discomfort since Saturday, though he did hit a walkoff bloop double on Monday night against the Padres. He remains day-to-day. Tuesday, 3:14 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Jose Bautista's appeal hearing set for Thurs.
    Jose Bautista's appeal of his one-game suspension will be heard this Thursday.

    Advice: Bautista will remain active until that ruling comes down. He was handed the one-game sentence on May 17 for his role in a May 15 on-field melee with the Rangers. "Joey Bats" is at leadoff for Toronto on Tuesday night against Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Springer at leadoff, Altuve hitting second
    George Springer is batting leadoff for the Astros on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Jose Altuve will bat second as manager A.J. Hinch tries to spark a fire. Springer batted leadoff in one game earlier this month, but he's otherwise hit second. The 26-year-old outfielder enters play Tuesday with a .254/.350/.452 batting line in 45 games. Tuesday, 12:49 pm
  • Stanton socks 12th homer against Rays
    Giancarlo Stanton socked a solo homer Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It was his 12th home run of the season and his first since May 15. Stanton has been a complete mess at the plate recently while piling up strikeouts at an alarming pace, but his power potential is unmatched. Fantasy owners need to be patient. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • 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
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Pence (hamstring) has walk-off pop-up 2B
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) delivered a walk-off pop-up RBI double in Monday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: It was a ball that should have been caught, but the Giants will take it. Pence has missed three straight starts with a mild right hamstring strain and didn't feel comfortable taking swings in batting practice Monday, but he's not far off. Tuesday, 5:42 am
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Grichuk's walk-off HR wins it for Cardinals
    Randal Grichuk smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the ninth inning against the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Grichuk's opposite-field shot off of Adam Warren with two outs landed in the Cards' bullpen and sent the fans in St. Louis home happy. He had two of the team's five hits on the night and scored two of their runs. Grichuk has been moved down in the order and is hitting only .228/.307/.419 on the year after the big night, but he's capable of providing big power in spurts if he can get hot. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Pence diagnosed with mild hamstring strain
    Hunter Pence was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain following an MRI.

    Advice: Pence has missed the last two games, but he's scheduled to take batting practice on Monday and could potentially talk his way into the lineup if he feels good. Either way, it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined for much longer. Monday, 4:11 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) out again Monday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out again Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Pence has now missed three straight games with right hamstring soreness. The Giants continue to call him day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is starting in right field again Monday. Monday, 3:22 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • 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. Monday, 12:18 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Buxton returned to lineup at AAA Rochester
    Byron Buxton (back) went 2-for-5 with a walk and two steals in his return to the Triple-A Rochester lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Buxton was held out for a full week with what the Twins were calling back spasms. It seems like it was probably a little more serious than that, but the injury is in the past now. Buxton is batting .315/.370/.500 in 100 plate appearances with Rochester after opening the season with a .156/.208/.289 batting line in 49 plate appearances with the Twins. The top outfield prospect will return to Minnesota soon enough. Monday, 6:32 am
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Ellsbury goes deep as Yankees top Athletics
    Jacoby Ellsbury swatted his second home run of the season as the Yankees topped the Athletics 5-4 in their series finale in Oakland on Sunday.

    Advice: His second inning blast off A's starter Jesse Hahn put the Bombers ahead 2-1. It was the lone hit for Ellsbury in four at-bats, and he was also caught stealing for the first time this season. He has done a nice job as a table-setter atop the Yankees lineup this season, slashing .275/.345/.427 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI. Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Hunter Pence remains out of Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is once again absent from the Giants starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Pence is dealing with soreness in his right hamstring, which also caused him to miss Saturday's game. He is available off the bench as a pinch-hitter, but manager Bruce Bochy thought it would be best to give him an extra day of rest. Gregor Blanco will once again start in his place in right field with Angel Pagan manning left field. Sunday, 3:08 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Bradley Jr. hitting streak moves to 27 games
    Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-3 with a single to extend his hitting streak to 27 games in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Indians.

    Advice: No fireworks for Bradley, but a single works just as well as a home run for the purposes of a hitting streak. He held the universe in suspense until the fifth inning, when he notched a base knock against Indians starter Danny Salazar. Bradley is now hitting a happy .342/.413/.618 with 10 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 33 RBI across 152 at-bats. That triple-slash is for the season. His May slash-line is even more daunting, as he is hitting .426/.506/.794 over 71 at-bats. Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Martin picks up quartet of hits in victory
    Leonys Martin went 4-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: All four of Martin's hits went for singles. He entered Sunday hitting just .231, but exited the win with a slightly less flimsy average of .252. The 28-year-old outfielder isn't a fantasy stud by any stretch of the imagination, but he is in line to rack up double-digit homers and double-digit steals this season. Sunday, 2:19 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Mazara slugs his sixth home run vs. HOU
    Nomar Mazara slugged his sixth home run of the season Sunday in the Rangers' win over the Astros.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the seventh inning off Astros reliever Pat Neshek. Mazara also hit an RBI single in the third inning, finishing the afternoon victory 2-for-4 with three RBI. The 21-year-old outfielder has an incredibly complete skillset for such a young age. Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Matt Holliday sitting out on Sunday
    Matt Holliday is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. The Cards are going with Brandon Moss in left field and Matt Adams at first base Sunday. Sunday, 8:30 am
  • 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. Sunday, 7:46 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • 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. Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Mookie Betts goes deep twice in Saturday's win
    Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in Saturday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He crushed a solo shot over the Green Monster in the fourth inning before going bridge again with a grand slam in the seventh. The Red Sox are hitting almost .300 as a team this season and Betts is sitting on an .822 OPS, with seven hits and three homers over his last three contests. Betts' average has jumped from .256 to .276 over that span. He's tied with teammate Jackie Bradley for third in the American League with 33 RBI. Saturday, 5:05 pm
  • Jackie Bradley extends hit streak to 26
    Jackie Bradley stretched his hitting streak to 26 games in Saturday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: It wasn't anything special. Jason Kipnis nabbed his grounder to second base in the sixth inning but Bradley beat out the throw. The play was upheld on review. Bradley only recorded the one hit but he made a brilliant catch in center field in the seventh on a sinking line drive by Marlon Byrd. He also walked three times with two of those coming intentionally. Bradley leads the American League with a .342 average this season. Nobody saw this coming. Saturday, 4:58 pm
  • Martin connects for third homer in four games
    Leonys Martin hit his eighth home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Martin finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and the solo blast. The homer was his third in his last four games, and he's now hit safely in eight of his last nine to raise his line to .231/.315/.454. His eight home runs tie a career high set in 2013, so his next will set a new single-season mark for the 28-year-old. Saturday, 4:25 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Christian Yelich sidelined with back spasms
    Christian Yelich (back) was scratched from Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: He's dealing with back spasms. Ichiro Suzuki will grab the start at left field and hit leadoff. Though the injury doesn't appear to be serious, losing Yelich for any amount of time is a blow to fantasy owners. The 24-year-old is having the best year of his career, hitting .320 with a spectacular .420 OBP. Until we hear more, consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 2:57 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Pence sitting with sore hamstring Saturday
    Hunter Pence is dealing with a sore right hamstring.

    Advice: That would explain why Gregor Blanco is filling in at right field Saturday against the Cubs. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence will be available to pinch-hit. He should be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. Saturday, 2:15 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Jose Bautista goes deep in loss to Twins
    Jose Bautista blasted a two-run home run on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: Bautista's two-run shot in the third inning gave the Blue Jays an early lead, which looked as though it would hold until the Twins rallied for five runs in the eighth. Bautista, hitting out of the leadoff spot again on Saturday, finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk. He's now hitting .231/.378/.487 with nine homers and 33 RBI on the season. Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Hunter Pence not in Saturday's lineup
    Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. It's only Pence's second absence of the year. Gregor Blanco will handle right field with Kelby Tomlinson making a surprise start in left. Pence is tied for fourth in the NL with 32 RBI. Saturday, 1:31 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • 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. Saturday, 11:57 am
  • 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. Saturday, 10:13 am
  • Carlos Gonzalez absent from Rockies lineup
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: With left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for the Pirates, Walt Weiss figures it's a good day to give his oft-injured outfielder a breather. Lefty-masher Ryan Raburn is starting in his place and will bat fifth for the Rockies on Saturday. Saturday, 9:34 am
  • Bautista slugs three-run homer vs. Twins
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Not bad for a leadoff hitter. His three-run blast off Tyler Duffey was the big blow in a five-run sixth inning. Bautista was in the leadoff spot for the second straight day on Friday and might stick there for a little bit longer as the Jays try to get their offense going again. Friday was a good start on that end. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Souza crushes leadoff homer to spark Rays
    Steven Souza crushed a leadoff home run off Anibal Sanchez on Friday, sparking the Rays' offense in a 7-5 victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: Souza, hitting out of the leadoff spot with Brandon Guyer getting a day off, certainly made the most of the opportunity. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and was also caught stealing. Souza was also drilled by a pitch on his wrist in his final plate appearance, which will be something to monitor as he'll likely head for X-rays. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Bradley Jr. homers to extend hit streak to 25
    Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the second inning of Friday's loss to the Indians, extending his hitting streak to 25 games.

    Advice: He finished the day 1-for-2 and also drew a pair of walks. He has been utterly tremendous thus far, slashing .340/.399/.626 with eight homers, 33 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. He's starting to work his way up the lineup finally as well, hitting seventh in Friday's loss. Friday, 7:26 pm
  • Grichuk (back) available to pinch hit Friday
    Randal Grichuk (back) is available off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Grichuk was held out of the starting lineup due to lower back tightness, but he will be available as a pinch-hitter off the bench. It sounds as though the ailment is minor and Grichuk should be expected to rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday. Friday, 5:05 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Randal Grichuk (back) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Grichuk left Thursday game with lower-back tightness. Manager Mike Matheny said he's not sure if Grichuk will be available off the bench. Jeremy Hazelbaker is in center field Friday. The Cards also have Matt Carpenter at first base and Ruben Tejada at third and Jedd Gyorko at second over Kolten Wong. Friday, 1:37 pm
  • Ryan Braun (back) remains out of lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't played since Tuesday due to nagging lower-back stiffness. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that manager Craig Counsell indicated Thursday that Braun might not play all weekend. The Brewers are using an outfield of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Keon Broxton and Alex Presley against Steven Matz and the Mets. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Harper steals seventh base in win over Mets
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: The steal was Harper's seventh in 10 tries this season, giving him his highest single-season total since he stole 11 in 2013. Consider that it's still only late May and the outfielder could challenge his career-best mark of 18 steals set in his rookie year in 2012. And, oh yeah, he's also one of the best hitters on the planet, too. A cold snap has made him more human as of late, though, dropping his line to .254/.450/.574 on the year. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Randal Grichuk leaves with lower back tightness
    Randal Grichuk left Thursday's game against the Rockies with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Jeremy Hazelbaker replaced him in center field at the start of the fourth inning. Grichuk walked in his only plate appearance. He's been hampered by back issues for over a year and even spent a chunk of last season on the disabled list with a similar injury. Until the Cardinals elaborate on his status, we'll consider Grichuk day-to-day. Thursday, 6:16 pm
  • Byron Buxton (back) expected to return Friday
    Twins GM Terry Ryan expects Byron Buxton (back) to return to Triple-A Rochester's lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since exiting Saturday's game with back spasms. Buxton looked overmatched in the big leagues earlier this year but he's excelled in Triple-A, hitting .301 with a .494 slugging percentage. It won't be long until he gets another shot with the big club. Thursday, 5:27 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Joey Bats hitting leadoff Thursday vs. Twins
    Jose Bautista is batting leadoff Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Well, that's new. The Blue Jays have been in a funk and so has Bautista. The six-time All-Star is hitting just .222 with a .458 slugging percentage. Bautista hasn't hit from the leadoff spot since 2010. Edwin Encarnacion, who usually functions as the No. 4 hitter, will move up to third with Justin Smoak occupying the cleanup spot. The Blue Jays are taking desperate measure to stop their five-game losing streak. Thursday, 2:14 pm
  • Leonys Martin delivers two-run homer
    Leonys Martin went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: That's seven homers in 126 at-bats for Martin. It's as many as he had in 533 at-bats for the Rangers in 2014 and one off his career high of eight in 457 at-bats in 2013. He's hardly hitting well otherwise, with a .214 average and 43 strikeouts, but the power and defense has been enough to make him a solid regular so far. Thursday, 1:11 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Braun (back) out again Thursday versus Cubs
    Ryan Braun (back) is out of the Brewers' starting lineup again on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Braun remains day-to-day with nagging stiffness in his lower back. He's also been bothered recently by right wrist soreness. Alex Presley is starting in left field and batting second Thursday versus the Cubs. Thursday, 8:08 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury reaches five times
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with a double and two walks in the Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: More signs of life. Ellsbury is 12-for-30 with four walks, four steals and nine runs scored this month after finishing April at .235/.278/.341 with five steals. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Hunter Pence homers in Giants' win
    Hunter Pence homered off Drew Pomeranz to supply both Giants runs Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was worth wondering just how much the 33-year-old Pence would rebound after his injury-filled 2015, but he's off to a smashing start, with seven homers and an .885 OPS to date. He's finished with that high of an OPS just once in his career, when he came in at .899 in 108 games as a 24-year-old rookie in 2007. Wednesday, 10:02 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. homers to extend streak
    Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with a homer and an intentional walk as the Red Sox beat the Royals 5-2 to salvage the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Bradley singled off Wade Davis in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 23 in the day game today. Tonight, he didn't leave it in doubt, homering in his first at-bat. His OPS is all of the way up to .997, and he's right there with Jose Altuve and Manny Machado in the running for the AL's best player to date. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Matt Holliday drives in two versus Rockies
    Matt Holliday hit a two-run double in the Cardinals' defeat of the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The double off Chris Rusin in the bottom of the third inning provided the only offense of the night, from either side. Holliday also drew a walk in the victory and is now sporting an .810 OPS with 21 RBI in 39 games this season. He had been stuck in a mini slump. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Martin homers in loss to Orioles
    Leonys Martin went 1-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: It's been a strange one for the 28-year-old center fielder. Fantasy owners have looked to Martin for stolen bases, yet have been rewarded with a half-dozen homers before we're a third of the way through the campaign. He's only hitting .203/.270/.382, though, so it's possible that he finds himself on the bench before too long. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Trumbo goes deep yet again versus Mariners
    Mark Trumbo continued his fine campaign, going 2-for-4 with his 12th homer of the season in Wednesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: It had been a week since Trumbo last cleared the fences, so it felt like the 30-year-old was due for a blast. He's now hitting .304/.356/.595 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI in 160 plate appearances. The batting average should fall -- as he has a .344 BABIP and has never posted a BABIP above .316 in a season -- but fantasy owners hope the power has returned to 2011-2013 levels. Baltimore has been kind to volatile sluggers in the past, after all. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Royals bring OF Merrifield up to majors
    Royals purchased the contract of OF Whit Merrifield from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The Royals selected Merrifield in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. He has yet to accumulate any at-bats at the major league level and for his minor league career the 27-year-old outfielder owns a triple-slash of .274/.344/.399. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Braun (back) out of Brewer lineup for Wed.
    Ryan Braun (lower back stiffness) is not in the Brewers' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: Braun has been beset by nagging injuries of late. A wrist injury forced him to miss several games earlier this month. Now, his back is flaring up on him. Alex Presley earns the left field start in his place and is batting seventh. Consider Braun day-to-day moving forward. Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Stanton ends rough series with an 0-for-4
    Giancarlo Stanton struck out four times in the Marlins' loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The last whiff against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez ended the game. Stanton had trouble all series against Philly pitching, going 0-for-10 with nine strikeouts. He did draw two walks in the three-game set. Wednesday, 12:48 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Nomar Mazara sits versus Rich Hill on Wed.
    Nomar Mazara is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Drew Stubbs will get the nod in right field versus Athletics left-hander Rich Hill. Mazara, a left-handed hitter, has registered a .307/.357/.449 batting line over his first 33 games at the major league level. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • Jose Bautista launches two-run homer
    Jose Bautista smacked a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Bautista appealed a one-game suspension that was handed down earlier in the day and then ripped a two-run shot off Chris Archer in his first at-bat of the night. However, things were all downhill for the Blue Jays after that, as they got outscored 11-0 the rest of the way. Bautista has seven homers and 28 RBI on the season. He'll remain active until his appeal is heard. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Jose Bautista suspended one game for brawl
    Jose Bautista has been suspended one game for his role in Sunday's fight with the Rangers.

    Advice: Bautista got in the face of Rougned Odor after sliding hard and late into the Rangers second baseman in the top of the eighth inning. Odor punched Bautista in the face and that set off a massive benches-clearing scuffle. Joey Bats is appealing the one-game suspension and will start Tuesday night against Rays right-hander Chris Archer. Tuesday, 1:40 pm
  • Braun (wrist) back in Brewers' lineup Tuesday
    Ryan Braun (wrist) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Braun missed a couple of games with soreness in his right wrist. X-rays came up negative and he reiterated to reporters Sunday that he feels fine. The veteran outfielder has an impressive 1.020 OPS through 34 games this season for the rebuilding Brewers. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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