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  • Cashner returns from DL to toss quality start
    Andrew Cashner pitched respectably in his return from the 15-day disabled list, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cashner, who was shelved with a right hamstring strain in early May, struck out one and walked four in his return to the mound. The Giants would score two of their three runs against the 29-year-old right-hander in the sixth inning, with Buster Posey (RBI double) and Brandon Crawford (RBI single) striking to snap a 1-1 tie. Prior to hitting the disabled list, Cashner held a 4.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. Until he can improve on those bloated numbers, he does not make for an appealing fantasy option outside of the deepest of NL-only formats. He will take to the road for a date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber. 22 minutes ago
  • Alvarez connects for third homer vs. Astros
    Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the season Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a solo homer off Astros starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning, his only hit in five at-bats. The blast was his first since May 8. Thought to be a potential fantasy sleeper heading into the season after signing with the Orioles in March, the 29-year-old has instead batted .191/.300/.351 with three homers and 10 RBI in 32 games. 26 minutes ago
  • Valbuena hits two-run home run versus Orioles
    Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Valbuena finished 2-for-4 in the game, with his two-run shot off Chris Tillman in the fifth inning giving the Astros a fleeting lead. The homer was just his third of the season after he broke out with 25 dingers last year. One thing he has carried over is his struggle to hit for average, as the 30-year-old is hitting a measly .207/.294/.347 in 39 games. 29 minutes ago
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • 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. 32 minutes ago
  • Tillman limits Astros to two runs over seven
    Chris Tillman held the Astros to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: Tillman yielded just three hits and three walks, but a Luis Valbuena two-run homer in the fifth inning was enough to saddle Tillman with a no-decision. Still, it was the latest in a string of strong starts from the 28-year-old. Tillman now has seven consecutive quality starts dating back to mid-April, and the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall. Tillman will try to keep the train rolling Sunday at the Indians. 35 minutes ago
  • Fister allows two runs over 5 2/3 innings
    Doug Fister allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The good was that Fister allowed just three hits with three walks. The bad was that two of those hits left the yard. Either way, the right-hander left long before the game was decided in extra innings, leaving his record at 4-3 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through nine starts. Fister is set to next take on the Angels on Sunday. 39 minutes ago
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Cain's four-hit night propels KC past Twins
    Lorenzo Cain finished 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in the Royals' 7-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The stolen base was his sixth, and Cain also has six homers on the season. The 30-year-old has three doubles, a home run and six RBI during a modest six-game hitting streak, and he's now put together four consecutive multi-hit games. The good stretch has his overall line up to .296/.348/.432. 57 minutes ago
  • Arcia has two hits, two runs against Royals
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arcia hit a two-out double and scored a run in the second inning and scored another run in the fourth after being hit by a pitch. Arcia desperately needs a spark, as he was hitting .194/.293/.306 with just two runs scored in the month of May coming into the game. He's one of the Twins' more talented hitters, slump notwithstanding, and seeing as how the team isn't going anywhere it would behoove them to continue to give the 25-year-old at-bats in hopes he can find his swing sooner than later. Today, 9:28 pm
  • Puig departs game with apparent hand injury
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Tuesday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Puig appeared to jam his hand sliding around Howie Kendrick's bat while scoring on a Kendrick shot to first base in the bottom of the sixth inning that Joey Votto couldn't handle. Puig got on base that inning with an RBI single off the right field wall (he stared it down a good while before running). Puig finished the night 1-for-3 with one run scored and one run batted in. Today, 9:25 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
  • 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. Today, 9:23 pm
  • Perez hits seventh homer in win over Twins
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: A night after collecting five hits and falling a homer shy of the cycle, Perez found his homer in the second inning against Twins starter Ervin Santana. The home run was his seventh of the year, giving him 24 RBI with 18 runs scored. The workhorse catcher has appeared in 43 of the team's 45 games thus far, batting .276/.305/.500 overall. Today, 9:18 pm
  • Santana smacked for nine hits, six runs by KC
    Ervin Santana was battered by the Royals for nine hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday.

    Advice: The start was, by almost any measure, his worst of the season to date, dropping his record to 1-3 overall. Through his first seven starts, Santana owned a 3.13 ERA; after Tuesday, it sits at 4.17, with a 1.49 WHIP to boot. The 33-year-old has generally been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Twins, and he'll attempt to get back on track Monday at the Athletics. Today, 9:15 pm
  • Volquez goes 6 2/3 innings for fifth victory
    Edinson Volquez allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The start was reminiscent of most of Volquez' starts in recent weeks -- lots of baserunners, and lots of ground balls to help limit the damage. The win moved him to 5-4 on the year with a 3.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Volquez will next face the White Sox on Sunday. Today, 9:11 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. Today, 9:04 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Gimenez homers off Sale for second of season
    Chris Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gimenez hit a solo homer off Chris Sale in the fourth inning, because you can't predict baseball. The homer was his second of the season after being dealt to the Indians in early May. Appearing in 10 games, the 33-year-old backstop is hitting .231/.259/.462 while spelling Yan Gomes. Today, 8:08 pm
  • Padres activate Cashner for Tuesday return
    Padres activated RHP Andrew Cashner from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cashner will start for the Padres on Tuesday night against the Angels after missing the last three weeks with a strained right hamstring. The right-hander registered an underwhelming 4.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 28/14 K/BB ratio over his first 34 2/3 innings this season. Today, 2:10 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. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Salvador Perez's five-hit night paces Royals
    Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • 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
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Andrew Cashner to start Tuesday vs. Giants
    The Padres will activate Andrew Cashner (hamstring) from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll return against the Giants Tuesday with James Shields following him on Wednesday. A strained hamstring caused Cashner to miss a couple turns in the starting rotation but it was never anything serious. So far, the right-hander has produced an underwhelming 4.93 ERA in 34 2/3 innings for the Friars this season. Saturday, 6:26 pm
  • Cain hits sixth home run against White Sox
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Cain took White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez deep for the solo blast, his sixth homer of the season. Of course, three of those came in one game, so it's not as though he's been tearing the cover off the ball with regularity. The 30-year-old has 22 RBI and 21 runs scored to go with five steals and a .271/.329/.406 line overall. Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Darin Mastroianni is drawing the start in his place in right field and batting seventh for the Twins. Arcia has been really struggling at the plate, slashing .213/.292/.363 with four homers, 12 RBI and a 34/9 K/BB ratio in 89 plate appearances. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • Yasiel Puig hits two-run homer
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig went opposite field off Carlos Villanueva for his fifth homer in 153 at-bats this season. He might not have it figured out completely just yet, but he has to be getting closer to ending his slump. Friday, 11:18 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Santana's eight quality innings aren't enough
    Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits, in a no-decision Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santana kept his team in the game but was matched by the equally effective Marco Estrada, leaving both out of the decision. The right-hander walked two while striking out five, with an Edwin Encarnacion two-run homer in the sixth accounting for all of the Jays' runs against him. Santana has been largely good in seven starts this year, posting a 3.13 ERA, but he's just 1-2 to show for it. The 33-year-old will seek a better result Tuesday against the Royals. Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Edinson Volquez gives up four runs in loss
    Edinson Volquez surrendered four runs in six innings to take a loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Volquez gave up two homers in this one after allowing four in his first eight starts of the year. After a great first three weeks, he's 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his last five starts. Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Doug Fister gives up three runs in win
    Doug Fister pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball for a win Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Fister seems like a poor bet going forward since his velocity hasn't bounced back after last year's plunge and his strikeout rate has continued to decline. He's held his own so far, posting a 4.22 ERA, but there just doesn't seem to be any upside here any longer. Wednesday, 8:53 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Tillman collects win number six against SEA
    Chris Tillman struck out six and allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Just more of the same from Mr. Tillman. He whiffed a batter per inning yet again and tossed his fifth-consecutive quality start, picking up his sixth win of the season. The right-hander would probably like to re-do the 3-1 cookie he threw to Leonys Martin in the top of the third; nonetheless, he continues to impress in his bounce-back campaign. Tillman has a stellar 2.61 ERA with 53 strikeouts in just 51 2/3 innings. The Astros will come to town for his next start. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Yasiel Puig dropped to eighth vs Angels
    Yasiel Puig is hitting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Puig has been scuffling mightily this season and is hitting just .232/.273/.373 with four homers and 14 RBI over 142 at-bats. He has 10 extra-base hits on the year. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
  • 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
  • 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
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Puig not in Monday's lineup
    Yasiel Puig is not in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: Puig went 0-for-3 on Sunday and is batting just .234/.276/.380 over 37 games this season. Trayce Thompson will start in right field and bat seventh against right-hander Matt Shoemaker. May 16, 2:56 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Five RBI by Valbuena not enough vs BOS
    Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five total RBI in Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Valbuena cracked a three-run homer off Red Sox starter Sean O'Sullivan in the second inning. He would add a two-run double in the fifth. Despite all of the offensive pyrotechnics, the Red Sox offensive machine was more than up to the task and saddled the Astros with their 24th loss in 39 games. Valbuena is slashing .208/.306/.340 with two homers, eight doubles and 10 RBI over 106 at-bats. He was never going to hit for average in 2016, but the overall lack of power is somewhat disappointing. May 15, 3:26 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Lorenzo Cain sitting out on Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Jarrod Dyson is handling center field, while Paulo Orlando is in left. May 15, 8:30 am
  • Salvador Perez doubles in loss to Braves
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Not much doing for the Royal offense against Braves starter Michael Foltynewicz. Perez's double was one of just two extra-base hits the defending champs managed to pick up on the evening. The double was Perez's ninth of the season. He is slashing .236/.269/.447 with five homers and 20 RBI over 123 at-bats. The average isn't great, though that should work back toward his .276 career mark over the course of the season. May 14, 7:11 pm
  • Cashner hoping to return when first eligible
    Andrew Cashner (hamstring) believes he'll be ready to come off the disabled list as soon as he's eligible.

    Advice: Cashner threw a side session Friday in hopes of starting Saturday's game against Milwaukee but the Padres played it safe by putting him on the disabled list. He's eligible to come off the DL May 24 versus San Francisco. It probably won't happen on that exact day, but Cashner should be activated later this month. May 14, 6:52 pm
  • Santana limits Indians to one run over six
    Ervin Santana held the Indians to one run over six innings in Saturday's win.

    Advice: Santana was the pitcher in the matchup without a Cy Young Award, but he got the better of Corey Kluber this afternoon. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out five in the outing. The win was his first of the season, improving him to 1-2 through six starts. He'll carry a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into Thursday's matchup with the Blue Jays. May 14, 4:49 pm
  • Springer belts second career grand slam
    George Springer launched a grand slam over the Green Monster Saturday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Springer's only hit of the afternoon. The 26-year-old now has two career grand slams with both coming this season. He's made the most of his first trip to Fenway, going 6-for-15 with eight RBI over his last three games. The Connecticut native still strikes out too much but he's quietly developed into one of the game's better power hitters. Right now he's on pace for 38 HR and 107 RBI. We've waited a long time to see Springer put it all together. In year three, it's finally happening. May 14, 3:19 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-5, homers
    Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer to help the Dodgers beat the Cardinals 8-4 on Friday.

    Advice: Puig had been in an 8-for-54 slump, and he needed this with the press and fans turning on him again. He could still go on a tear at any moment. May 13, 10:31 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ Cin
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