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  • Kazmir exited outing with tight left shoulder
    Scott Kazmir left his start Wednesday against the Tigers after experiencing left shoulder tightness.

    Advice: He worked three hitless innings before giving way to reliever Dan Otero. Kazmir had struggled in his last handful of starts, so it's safe to wonder whether this shoulder issue has been a lingering thing. The 31-year-old southpaw has a long, well-chronicled history of arm injuries. He was supposed to be trade bait this season for the struggling Athletics.
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  • Scott Kazmir exits early with apparent injury
    Scott Kazmir was pulled from his start Wednesday against the Tigers with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Kazmir had rattled off three hitless innings to open the game, but Dan Otero took the mound in the top of the fourth for the host A's. There should be an update soon. Kazmir is in a contract year and had been looking like an attractive trade chip this summer for Oakland.
    Today, 1:27 pm
  • Reynolds at first base for Cardinals on Wed.
    Mark Reynolds is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll serve as the Cardinals' regular first baseman while Matt Adams recovers from a right quad strain -- an injury that could take over a month to fully heal. Reynolds is a frustratingly inconsistent hitter, but he still has good power at age 31 and should have mixed-league fantasy value for however long Adams is out.
    Today, 1:04 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ Ari
  • Kyle Kendrick solid over 7 1/3 innings
    Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs but lasted 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 6-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Kendrick served up two homers and struck out only one, but he permitted just five hits in total and also issued just one free pass. The outing was his longest of the season in 10 trips to the mound. Kendrick will bring an ugly 6.38 ERA and 31/20 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings into next week's start versus the Dodgers.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Archer fans 12 over 8 IP but gets no-decision
    Chris Archer struck out 12 batters across eight scoreless innings, but took a no-decision as the Rays lost late to the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Archer was out-dueling Felix Hernandez, but closer Brad Boxberger took the hill in the ninth inning despite Archer having thrown only 95 pitches. Archer allowed only two hits and walked zero batters. The right-hander has a terrific 2.12 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and an 82/20 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he faces the Angels on the road in his next outing.
    Today, 12:36 pm
  • Todd Frazier homers in Reds' loss
    Todd Frazier doubled and belted a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: He also drew a walk, providing much of the offense for the Reds in their afternoon loss to Colorado. The longball was the Frazier's 14th this season, pushing him past Giancarlo Stanton for second place in the NL in homers behind Bryce Harper. Frazier also has 28 RBI.
    Today, 12:31 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Col
  • Lonnie Chisenhall goes 3-for-5, homers
    Lonnie Chisenhall finished 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Chisenhall has been a big disappointment, but there's still plenty of time for him to turn it around. Fortunately for him, the Indians don't have anyone else they want to break in at third base.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza designated for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

    Advice: He played really well for the O's last year down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, but they've decided to cut him loose after his slow start in 2015. De Aza, who batted leadoff for Baltimore on Opening Day, has hit just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games this season and was seeing his playing time dwindle. He's making $5 million this season, which means he'll almost surely clear waivers.
    Today, 11:15 am
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  • Angels pick up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets
    Angels acquired OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week and has now found a new home. He can back up at all three outfield spots for the Halos. The 27-year-old has fared well in the minors but sports just a .230/.302/.374 batting line over parts of four seasons in the majors.
    Today, 10:34 am
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) still out Wednesday
    Jose Iglesias (knee) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's now missed four straight starts with a sore left knee. Iglesias is available to pinch-hit and is able to field balls directly at him but is still having some issues with side-to-side movements. Dixon Machado is filling in at shortstop Wednesday.
    Today, 9:54 am
  • Alex Wilson to make spot start Wednesday
    Alex Wilson will start on Wednesday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Kyle Ryan wasn't able to get to the ballpark in time, forcing Wilson to come in from the bullpen for a spot start. Ryan figures to arrive at some point during the game, so it basically could just wind up being he and Wilson flip-flopping the order in which they pitch.
    Today, 9:51 am
  • Angels acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets
    Adam Rubin of reports that the Angels have acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets in a trade.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week and New York had been working on a deal to move him elsewhere. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says the Mets will receive cash considerations in return. The outfielder is a career .230/.302/.374 hitter over parts of four seasons and can serve as a backup at all three outfield spots.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Kurt Suzuki getting a breather Wednesday
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish in Suzuki's place.
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Soria closes out Tigers' narrow win vs. A's
    Joakim Soria held the Athletics scoreless in the ninth inning, earning his 14th save as the Tigers held on to win 1-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria allowed a two-out double to Sam Fuld, but got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game. It was the first time Soria had pitched since blowing the save against the Astros on May 21. He's 14-for-15 in save chances thus far with a 1.33 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Teheran hit hard, gives up 8 runs to Dodgers
    Julio Teheran was bruised badly by the Dodgers, allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Braves were shut out 8-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Dodgers peppered right field with hits in a six-run fourth inning. Adrian Gonzalez tacked on two more with an opposite-field home run in the fifth. Teheran allowed 10 hits in total with three walks and one strikeout. It appeared the right-hander was figuring things out as three of his previous four May starts had gone well, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA back up to 4.91 with a 1.56 WHIP and a 48/22 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. Teheran will vie for redemption in San Francisco against the Giants.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Pence hits solo homer in win over Brewers
    Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence hit the homer off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the first inning to get the Giants on the board. The homer was his second in 11 games this year. After missing the first month and a half with a broken forearm, Pence is now hitting .326/.370/.535 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Fielder hits three-run homer in Rangers' win
    Prince Fielder stayed red hot Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with a three-run homer as the Rangers edged the Indians 4-3.

    Advice: Fielder is in the midst of an otherworldly stretch, as he's now had five straight multi-hit games -- including four consecutive games with three hits -- and collected five home runs, 15 RBI and nine runs scored in that span. Fielder leads the league in batting average (.371) and RBI (38), and he's among the league leaders in a number of other categories. It's been quite a comeback year for the 31-year-old.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) out again Tuesday night
    Jose Iglesias (knee) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the third straight start he's missed after banging his left knee on Saturday. Iglesias is day-to-day. Andrew Romine is filling in at shortstop.
    Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • Pence has two-run double in comeback win
    Hunter Pence was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 comeback win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence also drew a walk and stole a base. He put the exclamation point on a seven-run sixth inning with his two-run double. He's batting .342 (13-for-38) with nine RBI in 10 games since coming off the DL earlier this month.
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza goes hitless against Astros
    Alejandro De Aza went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the Orioles order on Monday.

    Advice: De Aza is just 8-for-42 in May (.190), bringing his overall average down to .216. He's already lost some playing time against right-handers, and it looks like he's in position to lose more to David Lough and Travis Snider.
    Monday, 1:35 pm
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  • Iglesias (knee) not in Detroit lineup Monday
    Jose Iglesias (knee) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup Monday afternoon in Oakland.

    Advice: Dixon Machado will get the nod at shortstop and bat ninth. Iglesias injured his knee Saturday when he collided with Chris Carter of the Astros. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but he has a bad bruise.
    Monday, 9:36 am
  • Fielder goes 3-for-5 with two RBI in victory
    Prince Fielder had another nice night at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

    Advice: He is absolutely killing it at the plate lately, raising his slash line to .358/.412/.551 with Sunday's three-hit attack. Fielder now has 32 RBI to go along with his eight home runs.
    Sunday, 8:39 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki getting a breather Sunday
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply getting some rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
    Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) has X-rays, MRI
    Jose Iglesias underwent X-rays and an MRI, which confirmed that he is merely dealing with a left knee contusion.

    Advice: Iglesias injured the knee when he collided with the Astros' Chris Carter on Saturday. He's not in Sunday's lineup but isn't expected to miss much time.
    Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jose Iglesias (knee) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Iglesias banged knees with the Astros' Chris Carter on Saturday, forcing him from the game. He only has a bruise but is likely still pretty sore. Andrew Romine is at shortstop in his place.
    Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Jose Iglesias leaves early with bruised knee
    Jose Iglesias is day-to-day after leaving Saturday's game with a left knee contusion.

    Advice: He banged knees with Chris Carter on an infield single back in the third inning. Hernan Perez came in to pinch-run for Iglesias after he singled again in the fifth. Perez and Andrew Romine are candidates to fill in at shortstop if Iglesias misses time.
    Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Prince Fielder homers again in rout of Yanks
    Prince Fielder homered again and plated three runs on Saturday, leading the Rangers in a 15-4 rout over the Yankees.

    Advice: Fielder finished the afternoon 3-for-4 plus a walk, with three runs scored and the aforementioned three RBI. His two-run blast came off Branden Pinder in the seventh inning, increasing the Rangers lead to 15-1 at the time. He has been on fire at the dish in recent weeks and is now slashing a monster .351/.407/.544 with eight long balls and 30 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Kazmir takes loss against Rays
    Scott Kazmir gave up three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: The only damage was a three-run homer by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Kazmir struck out four and walked three in the loss and remains winless over his last seven starts. He'll try to snap the streak in a start against the Tigers next week.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Archer victorious against Athletics
    Chris Archer improved to 5-4 on the year after holding the Athletics to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a solo homer from Stephen Vogt in the fourth inning. Archer gave up six hits and four walks while striking out eight batters, so his pitch count added up quickly. He has now walked four batters in three out of his last five starts, but still owns a quality 2.40 ERA and 70/20 K/BB ratio in 60 innings over 10 starts.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Fielder homers twice as Rangers top Yankees
    Prince Fielder blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four runs on Friday as the Rangers outlasted the Yankees 10-9 in a wild game in New York.

    Advice: The Rangers broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the third inning, with Fielder's three-run blast off starter Michael Pineda serving as the big blow. He tacked on a solo shot off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning which would end up looming large. He's having a terrific season in the middle of the Rangers lineup, batting .341/.397/.521 with seven homers and 27 RBI.
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Frazier has RBI double vs. Indians
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier hasn't homered since May 13, but he's hitting .360 (9-for-25) over his last seven games. With a .258/.351/.556 batting line to go along with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, and six stolen bases, the 29-year-old has been a force at the third base position for fantasy owners.
    Friday, 7:46 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Col
  • Julio Teheran strikes out eight in win
    Julio Teheran held the Brewers to one run and two hits over seven innings in a victory Thursday.

    Advice: Teheran struck out eight, besting his previous season high by two. He's now 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his four home stats this season, compared to 1-1 with a 5.88 ERA in five starts on the road. We wouldn't read too much into it, though.
    Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates two to lead Giants
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Thursday, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pence delivered an RBI single off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to increase the Giants advantage to 2-0. He'd later add another RBI knock in the eighth to increase their lead. He doesn't look like he's missed a beat since returning from the disabled list, going 6-for-20 (.300) with a homer and four RBI in his first five games.
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Soria surrenders solo homer to blow save
    Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

    Advice: Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Iglesias not in Tigers' lineup on Thursday
    Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Iglesias, who has battled some groin issues. Andrew Romine is at shortstop as the Tigers kick off a four-game set with the Astros.
    Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Reynolds homers among three hits in win
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's lopsided win over the Mets.

    Advice: Reynolds got the start at first base against left-hander Jon Niese, knocking two base hits to go with his third homer of the year. He's got 12 RBI and 10 runs scored on the year, batting .267/.337/.442 overall.
    Tuesday, 6:59 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ Ari
  • Mets designate Nieuwenhuis for assignment
    Mets designated OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis had just three hits over his first 38 at-bats this season, so the Mets decided to make a change. Darrell Ceciliani has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to serve as an extra outfielder. The 27-year-old Nieuwenhuis has had real issues making contact in the majors, so there's a chance he'll pass through waivers unclaimed.
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Mets to designate Nieuwenhuis for assignment
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

    Advice: The Mets have yet to make an official announcement, but it's expected news. Nieuwenhuis is just 3-for-38 (.079) with 17 strikeouts over 27 games this season. The Mets are expected to call up outfielder Darrell Ceciliani from Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
  • Kazmir surrenders five runs against White Sox
    Scott Kazmir allowed five runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: This wasn't one of Kazmir's better outings of the season. In a sloppy fifth inning that opened with a Marcus Semien error, Kazmir went on to allow an RBI single to Jose Abreu and walk Gordon Beckham with the bases loaded before surrendering a light two-run single to Alexei Ramirez to bring in the fourth run of the inning and put the A's down 5-3. Kazmir did strike out six in the game, but the bad outweighed the good here. Despite the rough start, he still boasts a 3.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 49/17 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. He'll try to rebound in a road start against the Rays to open next weekend's series.
    May 17, 4:06 pm
  • Kendrick limits Dodgers to one run in 7 IP
    Kyle Kendrick worked his way around five walks to pitch seven innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: The only run against Kendrick--indeed, the only run scored in the game--came on a Yasmani Grandal single to score Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth inning. Kendrick managed to last seven innings despite walking five batters. It helped that he allowed just three hits, which allowed him to work around the walks without incurring much damage. Even with the strong outing, he holds a 6.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and a 26/16 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He should remain off the fantasy radar, but he'll at least attempt to knock that ERA under 6.50 when he faces off with the Giants next weekend.
    May 17, 3:53 pm
  • Archer pitches six innings of one-run ball
    Chris Archer pitched a dominant start on Sunday, holding the Twins to one run over six innings in an 11-3 win.

    Advice: Archer struck out four while scattering four hits and walking one against the Twins. The lone run against him came when Joe Mauer hit an RBI single in the first inning. Having gotten that out of the way early, Archer cruised through the next five innings. He's posted starts like this consistently over the course of the season and currently holds a 2.47 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 62/16 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. An afternoon home start against the A's awaits Archer next weekend.
    May 17, 2:31 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki not in Sunday's lineup
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
    May 17, 8:08 am
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