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  • Jhoulys Chacin strikes out 10 Tigers in win
    Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 in his third career complete game as the Angels beat the Tigers 5-1 on Monday.

    Advice: That as many strikeouts as he had in his first three starts for the Angels combined. Chacin allowed a total of four hits and walked one in what was his best start since he was let go by the Rockies prior to last season. While he's done solid work for the Braves and now the Halos, he's still a poor investment in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Kennedy thrives against the Rays on Monday
    Ian Kennedy surrendered only one unearned run and three hits over six innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Kennedy was in line for the win until Kelvin Herrera blew the lead in the eighth. The Royals then pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame. Despite not allowing any earned runs, Kennedy was a bit shaky in this one. He struck out six batters, but issued five free passes. His wildness led to burning 107 pitches in only six innings. Kennedy will take an excellent 3.03 ERA into his next start Saturday in Cleveland. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Justin Verlander gives it up late
    After taking a shutout into the eighth, Justin Verlander was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: Verlander was cruising until giving up three straight singles to start the eighth. A sac bunt and a miscue on a fielder's choice followed, and the Angels had two runs on the board when Verlander was pulled from the game. They went on to score three more times in the inning, with two of those runs being charged to Verlander. Verlander certainly pitched better than the line indicates. He had allowed just one hit and walked none until the eighth. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • James McCann goes 0-for-3 in loss
    James McCann went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting just .156 in 77 at-bats this season.

    Advice: It's an empty .156, too; he has one extra-base hit and a 24/3 K/BB ratio. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has cooled way down since his big April, so McCann hasn't had to worry about playing time yet. That could change if he keeps hitting like the spawn of Jeff Mathis and Drew Butera. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Andriese posts another solid start
    Matt Andriese tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Andriese’s surprising run rolls on. The 26-year-old righty gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His ERA is now down to a stellar 2.36 for the season after five starts and 34 1/3 innings. Be careful though because his lowly 5.24 K/9 is not the mark of an ace. Expect some rocky outings to boost his ERA upward. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Hosmer's blast leads Royals over Rays
    Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Royals to a 6-2 win over the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: After Lorenzo Cain put the Royals in front with an RBI single, Hosmer took Erasmo Ramirez deep to put the game out of reach. Hosmer also singled and is now hitting a robust .323/.370/.547 with ten home runs on the season. He is on pace to bust his "every other year" cycle of good and bad seasons. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Orlando's bat stays hot
    Paulo Orlando drew the start in right field and delivered two hits on Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: The Royals seem to view Orlando as a backup-level player despite his .759 career OPS. Orlando now has a .382 batting average and may force the Royals to see how he can do as an everyday player even after Alex Gordon returns from the DL. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Justin Nicolino gives up three runs in loss
    Justin Nicolino dropped to 2-3 after giving up three runs in five innings Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Nicolino is just treading water since his addition to the Marlins rotation, amassing a 4.50 ERA and a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. He can probably maintain his current pace with his ability to generate grounders, but his ceiling is awfully limited. Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Brett Gardner goes hitless in loss
    Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 before being pulled for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: With Gardner slumping, manager Joe Girardi felt better about Rob Refsnyder's chances against lefty Aaron Loup in the ninth. Gardner isn't often pulled in those situations, but he's hitting just .163/.28/.184 in 49 at-bats against left-handers this year. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Astros option 3B Moran to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 3B Colin Moran to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Moran batted just .105 (2-for-19) with two RBI and a 6/1 K/BB ratio during his first stint in the majors. Carlos Gomez is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and will take his place on the active roster. Yesterday, 4:24 pm
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    12:40 pm @Ari
  • Christian Bethancourt notches a couple hits
    Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Bethancourt drew the start in the designated hitter spot and batted seventh -- one spot ahead of catcher Derek Norris. He's sporting a sub-.300 on-base percentage, but Bethancourt has out-produced Norris with a .267 average and .500 slugging percentage. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Braun (neck) still not ready to return
    Ryan Braun said Monday that he still lacks full mobility in his neck.

    Advice: Braun has been dealing with stiffness and soreness in his neck of late and will miss his third straight game on Monday. He's feeling some improvement, but will continue getting treatment for now. The Brewers will see how he feels on Tuesday. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Folty pitches six strong as Braves top Giants
    Mike Foltynewicz tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in the Braves' 5-3 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Folty gave up a solo homer to Brandon Belt in the top of the second inning, but his line was otherwise clean in the Memorial Day game at Turner Field. He yielded only three total hits and struck out four, moving to 2-2 on the year with a 3.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. The young righty is a pretty intriguing deep-league option. He gets the Dodgers on the road next. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Devon Travis out of Blue Jays' lineup Mon.
    Devon Travis is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Monday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Darwin Barney will start at second base and bat seventh versus Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova. Travis has batted just .273 with a .591 OPS since returning from the disabled last week, though he has collected three RBI in five games. The dynamic second baseman is a good bet to get it all going soon. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki (head) out of lineup on Monday
    Kurt Suzuki (head) remains absent Monday.

    Advice: Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after taking a hard foul ball off his mask. It sounds like the Twins are just playing it safe here, as manager Paul Molitor hinted Monday morning that Suzuki could come off the bench in the Memorial Day game against the Athletics. Juan Centeno will start at catcher and bat eighth. Yesterday, 10:30 am
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Braun (neck) remains out Monday vs. Cards
    Ryan Braun (neck) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Braun has now missed three straight games with stiffness and soreness in his neck. He's also been battling back and wrist issues. Alex Presley is starting in left field and batting sixth on Monday afternoon with the Cardinals throwing right-hander Carlos Martinez. Yesterday, 8:33 am
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Kurt Suzuki (head) sitting out Sunday
    Kurt Suzuki (head) is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Suzuki left Saturday's game after taking a foul ball to the face mask. He's feeling better Sunday but will sit out as a precaution. Juan Centeno is behind the plate. Sunday, 11:08 am
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • 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. Sunday, 9:35 am
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • 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. Sunday, 8:55 am
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • 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. Sunday, 7:10 am
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Suzuki removed after potential concussion
    Kurt Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after getting a foul ball to the face mask.

    Advice: The Twins are likely concerned that Suzuki suffered a concussion, but further information should come after the game. Juan Centano replaced the 32-year-old catcher, who was hitting .200/.257/.284 in 106 plate appearances. Saturday, 8:36 pm
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • 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. Saturday, 10:09 am
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Brett Gardner not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Rays.

    Advice: Given that the club is squaring off against tough southpaw Matt Moore, manager Joe Girardi figured it would be a good day to give Gardner a breather and keep him fresh. Aaron Hicks is starting in his place and batting second for the Bombers on Saturday. Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Colin Moran gets first two knocks
    Colin Moran collected his first two major league hits and an RBI against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Moran's single in the ninth plated the Astros' only two runs of the game. He's 2-for-16 since being called up 11 days ago. The slow start has already resulted in him playing less than originally expected, but this could help some. Friday, 10:07 pm
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    12:40 pm @Ari
  • Hosmer homers, drives in four vs. White Sox
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a homer and a season-high four RBI in Friday’s 7-5 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Hosmer drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning and slugged a solo homer in the sixth before adding a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh. The 26-year-old has picked up the power production of late and is now batting .307/.359/.520 with nine homers and 27 RBI through 47 games. He has never hit more than 19 home runs in a season before, but he’s in good position to top that this year if he can stay healthy. Friday, 8:55 pm
  • 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
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • 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
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Foltynewicz fans seven in strong outing
    Mike Foltynewicz fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night’s extra-inning loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Although Foltynewicz walked four, he largely overpowered the Brewers with a fastball that sat 96-97 mph in the sixth inning and a slider that regularly threatened 90 mph. That resulted in seven strikeouts. He’s still more of a thrower than a pitcher, so when the Brewers forced him to throw strikes with his breaking ball, he issued a quartet of walks. Still, the right-hander is showing some promise, and the Braves can afford to be patient, as he is just 24 years old, after all. Folty now owns a 3.95 ERA in 27 1/3 innings this year. He’ll next get the Giants at home. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Andriese throws quality outing against MIA
    Matt Andriese allowed three earned runs in six innings, striking out six, in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Andriese had a tough time with the middle of the Marlins’ lineup. They accounted for all of his three runs allowed, all in the third inning, but the 2-5 hitters for the Marlins went 5-for-11 with a pair of doubles. The right-hander still tossed a quality start, but it was far from impressive and a reminder that he’s far from a touted prospect. The 2.63 ERA belies an undercurrent of mediocrity, as he owns a 5.60 K/9 and is being bolstered by an unsustainable .225 BABIP. Buyer beware. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Nicolino strikes out six in win over Rays
    Justin Nicolino managed to strike out six in just 5 2/3 frames, but surrendered three earned runs on eight hits against the Rays on Wednesday night.

    Advice: For a guy who only struck out a half-dozen batters in his previous 29 1/3 innings this year, Wednesday’s six-strikeout performance felt like it was from another world. He pushed his K/BB even at 12/12, which is cause for minor celebration. Nicolino was in line for the win before he served up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison, which chased him from the game with it tied at three-apiece. Nicolino has a 4.37 ERA and is safely left on the waiver wire, aside from NL-only leagues. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Travis could move quickly to the leadoff spot
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested Wednesday evening that Devon Travis (shoulder) could move swiftly to the top spot in the batting order.

    Advice: Travis is hitting eighth Wednesday in his first game since July 28, 2015, but Gibbons told reporters that the dynamic 25-year-old second baseman will slide up quickly if he looks sharp in his first couple of games. Travis hit .304/.361/.498 with eight home runs and three stolen bases in 62 games last season for Toronto, batting leadoff in 22 of his 60 starts. He'd carry huge fantasy potential at the head of a dangerous Jays offense. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Blue Jays activate 2B Devon Travis from DL
    Blue Jays activated 2B Devon Travis from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Travis will make his triumphant return on Wednesday night against the Yankees. It will be his first game since last July 28, when he hit the disabled list for a second time with a left shoulder injury. The injury would eventually require season-ending surgery. Travis batted .304/.361/.498 with eight homers and three steals in 62 games last year for Toronto and he swung the bat well on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment. The 25-year-old second baseman is a must-own. Wednesday, 11:29 am
  • Report: Jays to activate Devon Travis on Wed.
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays will activate Devon Travis (shoulder) on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis went 1-for-5 with an RBI double Tuesday at Triple-A Buffalo in what will go down as his final minor league rehab game. The dynamic second baseman hasn't made a plate appearance for the Blue Jays since last July 28, when his left shoulder began barking for the second time. He would eventually require major surgery, but his rehab from that procedure was relatively smooth. Travis, 25, carries big-time fantasy upside and should be owned in most mixed leagues. Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Devon Travis (shoulder) goes 1-for-5 in rehab
    Devon Travis (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in his ninth minor league rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: That was his fourth double since he began playing in rehab games on May 13 and he's now batting .306/.316/.417 with eight RBI in 38 plate appearances between High-A Dunedin and Buffalo. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons insisted Saturday that Travis, coming off major shoulder surgery, would not be rushed back to the active major league roster. But we will probably see him debut over the weekend if everything continues to go smoothly. Wednesday, 6:03 am
  • Chacin takes loss despite quality start
    Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Chacin didn't pitch poorly, aside from a two-run home run by Nomar Mazara, but his teammates provided him with just one run of support on the evening. The loss was his first in three starts since a trade to the Angels earlier this month. Between the Braves and Angels, Chacin is now 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in eight starts. His task doesn't get any easier Monday against the Tigers. Tuesday, 8:51 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
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Verlander whiffs 10 over eight shutout frames
    Justin Verlander punched out 10 batters across eight shutout innings in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Phils were simply overmatched in this one. Verlander yielded only three hits -- two singles -- on the night while walking a pair. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus elected to pull him rather than let him go for the shutout, as Verlander was sitting at 108 pitches. Verlander has two 10-strikeout games in a row and has allowed just four runs over his last four starts. He'll try to keep it going the next time out against the Angels. Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Ian Kennedy has abbreviated outing Monday
    Ian Kennedy was charged with two runs over 3 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Kennedy gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. He remained in the game after a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning but wasn't in there for long. The right-hander has scuffled a bit the last few times out but still sports a nice 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox over the weekend. Monday, 9:45 pm
  • 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
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • McCann hits first home run in win over Rays
    James McCann went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: McCann attacked a Drew Smyly pitch in the seventh inning for his first home run of the 2016 campaign. That campaign was derailed by a sprained ankle in early April, and he's played just 17 games this year sandwiched around the injury. Jarrod Saltalamacchia did a good job holding down the fort in McCann's absence, but the 25-year-old is the future behind the dish and the Tigers should keep rolling him out there with some consistency going forward. May 21, 5:16 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi is using a matchup against left-hander Sean Manaea to get Gardner a day of rest. Rob Refsnyder is starting in right field and will bat seventh for the Yankees on Saturday. May 21, 11:01 am
  • Blue Jays won't rush Devon Travis back
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted Saturday that the club has no plans to rush Devon Travis back to the active major league roster.

    Advice: When asked if Travis, who is currently rehabbing at Triple-A Buffalo, could rejoin the club in New York, Gibbons responded, "I wouldn't expect that." Travis has been sidelined since the middle of the 2015 season due to multiple shoulder injuries and setbacks, so it's probably in their best interest to take a cautious approach. Barring any further setbacks, a return by next weekend seems plausible. May 21, 9:14 am
  • Orlando paces Royals attack with three hits
    Paulo Orlando had another terrific day at the plate in Friday's 4-1 victory over the White Sox, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

    Advice: Orlando got the Royals on the board with an RBI double in the sixth inning, then came around to score the go-ahead run. He capped off the scoring by plating a valuable insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh. With the three-hit attack he's now hitting a robust .368/.390/.509 with a homer and seven RBI on the year and seems to be playing his way into additional at-bats. May 20, 9:02 pm
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