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  • Neil Walker not in Mets lineup on Friday
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets starting lineup against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Walker has been swinging a hot bat as of late, but manager Terry Collins opted to give him a breather for Friday's series opener. The 30-year-old is hitting .276/.315/.543 with nine homers and 19 RBI through his first 27 games as a Met. Today, 4:26 pm
  • Brian Dozier nursing minor hamstring injury
    Brian Dozier is sitting out Friday due to right hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Dozier injured himself while exiting the batter's box on Wednesday. He said he could have played Friday, but the decision was made to give him an extra day of rest. Dozier expects to be back in there Saturday. Eduardo Nunez is at second base Friday. Today, 2:38 pm
    Top 2, 0-2 x @CWS
  • Ben Zobrist rips two homers in Cubs' win
    Ben Zobrist smacked a solo homer and a three-run blast in Friday's victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: He took Max Scherzer out to right field in the third and again in the fifth. Zobrist also drew a pair of walks, reaching base in all four trips to the plate. The 34-year-old has gone deep four times in his last three games and is now sporting a nifty .277/.398/.489 batting line. Today, 2:23 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Was
  • Daniel Murphy goes 4-for-4 on Friday
    Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He got lucky on one of the hits, as Murphy hit a chopper that bounced off the first base bag and went over Anthony Rizzo's head. Still, he's been one of the best hitters in the game so far this season with a .406/.452/.660 batting line. The .406 average is tops in baseball. Today, 2:17 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @ChC
  • Brian Dozier sitting out on Friday
    Brian Dozier is absent from the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off. Eduardo Nunez is handling second base and batting second for Minnesota. Today, 2:08 pm
    Top 2, 0-2 x @CWS
  • Royals to scale back Infante's playing time
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that he might start playing Omar Infante just 3-5 days per week.

    Advice: Infante has had some issues defensively this season, but Yost insists it's just about keeping the veteran second baseman fresh. Christian Colon will be in line for more playing time. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Juan Uribe absent from Friday's lineup
    Juan Uribe is not in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He and Jose Ramirez have been sharing time at third base pretty evenly, and Ramirez is at the hot corner Friday. Uribe is hitting only .224/.333/.328 so far this season. Today, 12:18 pm
    Top 5, 5-0 vs x KC
  • Kolten Wong not in Friday's lineup
    Kolten Wong is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Wong has sat against most lefties this season and is on the bench in this one with the Pirates throwing southpaw Francisco Liriano. Jedd Gyorko is at second base. Today, 11:47 am
  • Pedroia homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Red Sox topped the White Sox 7-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the third time in his last eight games that Pedroia racked up three hits. The second baseman is sixth in the American League with 20 runs scored, and his .322 batting average is ninth-best in the league. He's hitting .322/.364/.496 with four homers and 14 RBI, but he's stopped running altogether after being a double-digit stolen base threat earlier in his career. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cano's three-run double is trouble for Astros
    Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Altuve goes 4-for-4, homers in loss to M's
    Jose Altuve had a huge night Thursday, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Altuve might miss Friday's game due to a sore back, because he's carrying the Astros' offense these days. The 25-year-old led off the home half of the first inning with his ninth home run of the year and his second in as many days. Through 29 games, Altuve leads the league in homers (9), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.104) and is second in runs scored (27). This could be a truly special year for the diminutive second baseman. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • La Stella has three-hit night against Nats
    Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Drawing another start, the infielder had a double among his three hits, scoring twice on Ben Zobrist hits. Not only was he in the lineup, the 27-year-old occupied choice real estate batting second between Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant. Cubs manager Joe Maddon seems content to ride the hot hand, and that's La Stella, who's now batting .341/.413/.561 in 16 games. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Was
  • Zobrist homers, drives in four against Nats
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning before blasting a two-run homer in the eighth. The homer was his second in as many games and his third of the season. After a bit of a slow start, the 34-year-old is batting .261/.377/.413 with 20 RBI and 17 runs scored. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Was
  • Phillips homers in second straight game
    Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: It was the second consecutive game with a homer for Phillips, who also doubled in the contest. The Reds don't have a lot of incentive to win games this year, but Phillips has asserted his place in the lineup -- after they tried to trade him over the winter -- by hitting three homers with 11 RBI and 13 runs scored in 25 games. The second baseman is hitting .293/.323/.478 overall. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Descalso (hand) DHing in extended spring training
    Daniel Descalso (hand) served as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

    Advice: He contributed three hits including a pair of doubles. The plan is for Descalso to play five innings at second base on Friday. The 29-year-old is coming back from a fractured left hand he suffered in spring training. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Dietrich stays hot, has two hits vs. D'backs
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: Dietrich opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second inning. He's been drawing more starts as his hot hitting has continued, making his sixth start at second base on Thursday. He'll continue to find his way into the lineup while he's batting .319/.429/.596 overall. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
    Top 5, 4-4 vs ^ Phi
  • Joe Panik (groin) plans to return Friday
    Joe Panik (groin) plans to play on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't seen the field since April 29. Panik did some running on Thursday and is also scheduled to take batting practice. He'll be available to pinch-hit later tonight. Kelby Tomlinson has been filling in for Panik at second base. Yesterday, 5:50 pm
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Cardinals plan to start both Peralta and Diaz
    Fox Sports' Jon Morosi expects the Cardinals to "find creative ways" to keep Aledmys Diaz in the lineup when Jhonny Peralta returns from his thumb injury.

    Advice: Peralta should return early next month. Diaz has gotten off to an impossibly hot start, hitting .381 with a .679 slugging percentage through 26 games. Peralta was no slouch last year either, batting .275 with 17 HR and 71 RBI. Morosi said the Cardinals are open to using Peralta at both third and first base, which would allow Diaz to stay put at shortstop. Diaz is able to play any infield position, so manager Mike Matheny shouldn't have to rack his brain too hard to have both players in the lineup most days. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Paredes (wrist) struggling in rehab assignment
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wants to see Jimmy Paredes (wrist) hit more during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Paredes has hit a dismal .192 (5-for-26) with nine strikeouts since beginning his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on April 26. The 27-year-old clearly has some rust to shake off. The Orioles are allowed to continue his rehab assignment until May 15. After that, he'll either be recalled or optioned to the minors. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs x Oak
  • Segura (hip) returns to Diamondbacks lineup
    Jean Segura is back in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Thursday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Segura missed a few games with a minor hip issue. He's batting leadoff and starting at second base in his return to action Thursday night against Miami left-hander Adam Conley. Segura, 26, boasts a .339/.368/.527 batting line with four home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games this season for the Snakes. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
    Bot 3, 3-0 ^ @Atl
  • Aledmys Diaz getting day of rest on Thursday
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Diaz finally got to hit higher than seventh on Wednesday night, serving as the Cardinals' leadoff man in a 5-4 victory, but he'll take a day of rest Thursday versus Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Ruben Tejada is playing shortstop and batting eighth. Yesterday, 8:15 am
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Segura (hip) smacks pinch-hit single
    Jean Segura (hip) had a pinch-hit single Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Segura was out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup because of a hip issue. Clearly it's pretty minor. The rejuvenated middle infielder is batting .339/.368/.527 with four homers and 15 RBI in 26 games this season. Yesterday, 5:42 am
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
    Bot 3, 3-0 ^ @Atl
  • Jose Altuve hits eighth home run
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's eight homers in 106 at-bats for Altuve. In 2014, he had seven homers in 660 at-bats. He currently has five more extra-base hits (21) than he does strikeouts (16). Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Murphy goes 4-for-5 as Nats rout the Royals
    Daniel Murphy finished 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Nationals' 13-2 rout of the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy hit a two-run double -- his 10th double of the year -- in the Nationals' six-run first inning, singled and scored in the Nats' four-run third inning, slugged a solo shot in the fourth inning, and then singled again for good measure in the sixth. Murphy has ridden his remarkable 2015 postseason into a fantastic opening month of 2016, now with a .398/.449/.663 batting line, four homers, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 26 games. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @ChC
  • Brock Holt sits against Carlos Rodon
    Brock Holt is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the White Sox.

    Advice: Holt will sit against opposing southpaw starter Carlos Rodon. In his place, Chris Young earns a start in left field. Young is hitting sixth. This is nothing new for Holt. He has seen just nine at-bats all season against left-handed pitchers. Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 4, 2-2 ^ @NYY
  • Segura (hip) out again Wednesday vs. Marlins
    Jean Segura (hip) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Segura also sat out Sunday and Tuesday with a nagging hip issue. It's thought to be minor. Phil Gosselin will start at second base and bat leadoff for Arizona on Wednesday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Wednesday, 12:51 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
    Bot 3, 3-0 ^ @Atl
  • Herrera impresses with two homers Tuesday
    Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera slugged two homers Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: He plated five of the team's season-high 15 runs. Herrera, who had never homered twice in a game before Tuesday, needed a double to complete the cycle. The 22-year-old has five multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. Over that span, he's raised his average from .231 to .288. Herrera made 31 appearances for the Mets last year, hitting .211 with three homers and six RBI. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
    Not Active
    7:40 pm x @SD
  • Matt Carpenter getting day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will start at third base and Aledmys Diaz will serve as the Cardinals' leadoff man. Carpenter is sitting on a .235/.372/.418 slash line in 27 games. Wednesday, 11:52 am
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Aledmys Diaz batting leadoff on Wednesday
    Aledmys Diaz is batting leadoff for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: It will be his first time hitting anywhere higher than seventh in the St. Louis lineup. Diaz boasts an incredible .388/.424/.700 slash line with five home runs and 14 RBI over his first 25 major league games. Wednesday, 11:51 am
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Moncada plates four runs in Tuesday's rout
    Red Sox 2B prospect Yoan Moncada belted his first career grand slam Tuesday in a win for High-A Salem.

    Advice: He scored three times as Salem rolled to a 15-3 win over Carolina. Moncada went 1-for-3 with a walk in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. The 20-year-old continues to devour minor league pitching. He's hitting .329 this year with a .934 OPS. He leads the Carolina League in steals (18) and is second in walks with 19. Moncada is widely considered Boston's top prospect. Wednesday, 11:10 am
    Not Active
    Bot 4, 2-2 x @NYY
  • LeMahieu getting day off Wednesday vs. SD
    DJ LeMahieu is out of the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu has leveled off somewhat after his scorching start to the 2016 season and will take a day of mental and physical rest on Wednesday with the Rockies wrapping up a series in San Diego. Cristhian Adames is starting at second base and batting ninth in the matinee game versus Padres right-hander Cesar Vargas. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Joe Panik (groin) probably out until Saturday
    Joe Panik (groin) is doubtful to play until Saturday.

    Advice: Panik is out of the Giants' starting lineup for the fifth straight game Wednesday against the Reds, though he was able to do some jogging and agility drills on Tuesday. If the second baseman doesn't make it back this weekend, the Giants will have to consider a disabled list stint (retroactive to April 30). Kelby Tomlinson is starting at second on Wednesday. Wednesday, 8:43 am
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Matt Duffy on Giants' bench Wednesday
    Matt Duffy is on the bench Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Conor Gillaspie will start at third base and bat sixth versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Duffy holds a disappointing .241/.291/.352 batting line on the season. Wednesday, 7:32 am
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Panik (groin) remains sidelined Wednesday
    Joe Panik (groin) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelby Tomlinson will start at second base and bat eighth against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This will be the fifth straight absence for Panik, but he was able to do some treadmill jogging and agility drills on Tuesday afternoon. A return should be very close. Wednesday, 7:27 am
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Rendon gets on the board with first '16 homer
    Anthony Rendon hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Rendon, the second batter of the game, took Royals starter Chris Young deep to start the scoring. It was a much-needed blast for the 25-year-old, who hasn't hit with much authority this season after missing most of 2015 with various injuries. Rendon has just two RBI to go with his one homer and he's hitting a rather pedestrian .240/.307/.317 despite batting high in one of the league's better lineups. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @ChC
  • Panik (groin) jogged, did agility drills Tues
    Joe Panik (groin) added treadmill jogging and agility drills to his workout Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a strong signal that he's close to returning to the Giants' starting lineup, and Panik could even pinch-hit on Tuesday night. The second baseman has been out since last Friday because of a minor groin injury. Tuesday, 3:50 pm
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Jean Segura out Tues. because of hip issue
    Jean Segura is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Tuesday due to a hip issue.

    Advice: It's not considered serious and Segura is hoping to return Wednesday. Phil Gosselin is at second base and Nick Ahmed is at shortstop Tuesday versus the Marlins. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
    Bot 3, 3-0 ^ @Atl
  • Wong hits one of five Cards homers Monday
    Kolten Wong finally notched his first extra-base hit of the season Monday, smacking a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Wong looked awful in striking out in his first two plate appearances, but he scorched the ball on a lineout to center field in his third at-bat and then went deep in his fourth trip to the dish. He's got an ugly .233/.304/.283 batting line on the season, but perhaps this will get Wong going. Monday, 8:39 pm
  • Panik (groin) could pinch-hit Monday
    Joe Panik (groin) could be available to pinch-hit Monday.

    Advice: Panik is out of the lineup for the third straight game Monday with a minor groin injury. He could return as soon as Wednesday. Monday, 3:14 pm
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Phillips (finger) goes 0-for-4 on Sunday
    Brandon Phillips (finger) went 0-for-4 with a walk on Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Phillips missed some time last week with bruises on his left hand and shin, but he was pretty much a full-go for the Reds' weekend set in Pittsburgh. The veteran second baseman is hitting .273/.313/.403 in 77 at-bats this season for a rebuilding Cincinnati team. Monday, 5:40 am
  • Joe Panik (groin) won't be ready on Monday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that Joe Panik (groin) won't be ready to return to the Giants lineup until Tuesday at the earliest.

    Advice: Panik suffered a groin injury during the ninth inning of Friday's game and sat out the remainder of the weekend. It sounds as though he'll need at least one more day before he's ready to give it a go, but it doesn't appear as a trip to the disabled list will be necessary. The Giants will make a roster move on Monday to get an extra hitter in the mix with Panik and Angel Pagan both nursing minor injuries. Sunday, 1:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Jean Segura sitting out on Sunday
    Jean Segura is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Phil Gosselin is at second base and in the leadoff spot. Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb are also on the bench, as the D'Backs have Chris Herrmann at catcher and Brandon Drury at third base. Sunday, 9:36 am
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
    Bot 3, 3-0 ^ @Atl
  • Joe Panik (groin) held out again on Sunday
    Joe Panik (groin) remained out of the GI ants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Panik is battling a groin injury and will sit out a second straight contest. Kelby Tomlinson is holding down second base again. Sunday, 7:59 am
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Joe Panik (groin) is available to pinch hit
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted Saturday that Joe Panik (groin) is likely to sit out the remainder of the weekend, though he is available to pinch hit.

    Advice: Panik suffered a minor groin injury during the final inning of Friday's game. Kelby Tomlinson is starting in his place on Saturday and is expected to fill in again on Sunday. Saturday, 11:37 am
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Panik (groin) not in Giants starting lineup
    Joe Panik (groin) is not in the Giants starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Panik suffered a minor groin injury during the ninth inning of Friday's game and will be held out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. Kelby Tomlinson will start in his place and bat eight against opposing right-hander Jacob deGrom. Saturday, 9:36 am
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Aledmys Diaz not in Cardinals starting lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Nationals.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will start in his place and bat seventh against opposing right-hander Joe Ross. Diaz, who is hitting a ridiculous .420/.452/.739 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday. Saturday, 8:24 am
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:50 pm
    Top 5, 4-4 vs ^ Phi
  • Joe Panik suffers minor groin injury Friday
    Joe Panik suffered a minor groin injury while running out of the batter's box in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: While it doesn't sound like anything serious, Panik indicated he will wait and see how he feels in the morning before determining his availability for Saturday's game against the Mets. The Giants may opt to simply play things safe and rest him on Saturday. Friday, 8:18 pm
    7:15 pm vs ^ Col
  • Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats. Thursday, 9:16 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Holt not in Thursday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Young will make the start in left field despite right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. Holt is batting just .188/.293/.229 over his last 14 games. Thursday, 1:23 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 4, 2-2 ^ @NYY
  • Anthony Rendon getting day off Thursday
    Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start. Thursday, 9:12 am
    L, 8-6 ^ @ChC
  • Kolten Wong (flu) reaches as pinch-hitter
    Kolten Wong (flu) reached on a pinch-hit infield single Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Maybe that will help him get off the schneid. Wong, out since Monday with flu-like symptoms, is still batting just .220/.293/.220 in 18 games this year for St. Louis. Jedd Gyorko started at second base Wednesday in Arizona and went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Wong should return to the lineup Thursday night. Thursday, 4:48 am
  • Jose Altuve homers, doubles twice in win
    Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

    Advice: Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats. Thursday, 12:11 am
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Wednesday, 10:22 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ Pit
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Walker clobbers ninth homer, Mets beat Reds
    Neil Walker enjoyed a big night at the plate in Wednesday's win over the Reds, clobbering his ninth homer of the year and getting on base three times.

    Advice: Walker now has nine homers in 83 plate appearances. He only had seven homers in the entire first half a year ago with Pittsburg. It's perhaps worth noting that Walker had actually been quite bad at Citi Field, hitting just .226/.226/.323 in his first eight home games. It's nice to see the power show up at his home ballpark for the second time this homestand, as he was better on the road in 2015, too. The Mets' second baseman now has a .300/.325/.638 slash line with 12 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Phillips (finger, shin) down again Wednesday
    Brandon Phillips (finger, shin) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Ivan DeJesus Jr. will start at second base and bat second against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey. Phillips has bruises on his left hand and shin. He remains day-to-day. Wednesday, 11:40 am
  • Cano crushes grand slam to finish with 6 RBI
    Robinson Cano was a monster in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hitting a grand slam and finishing with six RBI.

    Advice: Cano's first two RBI came in relatively modest fashion, as the star second baseman notched a two-run single off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning. He would do considerably more damage in the seventh. In that frame, Cano stepped up with the bases juice and connected for a grand slam against Astros reliever Michael Feliz. He ended the contest 2-for-4. He has yet to click into one of his traditional hitting grooves and owns a .238 batting average, but the power has been there in spades this season. Cano is slugging .538 and has whacked seven homers for the month of April. He is up to 21 RBI after Tuesday's huge showing. Tuesday, 11:42 pm
  • Jose Altuve walks twice in depressing loss
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Dozier scores game-winning run against Tribe
    Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, including the game-winner, Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: After Danny Santana was caught stealing second base with Dozier at the plate in the ninth inning, the 28-year-old doubled to put himself in scoring position. He came around to score on a Miguel Sano single, giving the Twins the victory. Dozier has picked it up a bit after a slow start, raising his line to .220/.304/.390 with three homers, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and two steals in 20 games on the year. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
    Top 2, 0-2 x @CWS
  • Wong (flu) won't start Tuesday vs. D'Backs
    Kolten Wong (flu) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wong came down with flu-like symptoms over the weekend. He did enter Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning, but the second baseman struck out in his one at-bat and made an error in the field before exiting. Jedd Gyorko will start at second and bat seventh Tuesday against Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller. Wong, 25, has a brutal .485 OPS in 17 games this season. Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Brandon Phillips (finger) sitting against Mets
    Brandon Phillips (finger, shin) is not in the Reds' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Phillips is beat up after taking a pitch off his left finger Monday and fouling a ball off his left shin. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will take over at second base and bat seventh against right-hander Bartolo Colon. Consider Phillips day-to-day. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • Kolten Wong dealing with the flu
    Kolten Wong is battling the flu.

    Advice: Wong wasn't in the starting lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks but he entered in the sixth inning, striking out and committing an error at second base before leaving an inning later. He's obviously not 100 percent. Jedd Gyorko started in his place Monday and would probably do the same Tuesday if Wong is still under the weather. Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Jean Segura homers to lead Diamondbacks
    Jean Segura went 4-for-6 and hit his fourth homer Monday as the Diamondbacks topped the Cardinals 12-7.

    Advice: Segura's homer was a three-run shot off Kevin Siegrist in the sixth. Segura has four homers in 91 at-bats this year after hitting six in 560 at-bats last season and five in 513 at-bats in 2014. He was playing in a better home run park then, too. He leads the NL with 32 hits this season. Monday, 11:03 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
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