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  • Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs
    MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

    Advice: Stunning late-night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until after the All-Star break. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Stanton smashes solo home run late in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Hermann clocks two-run homer in win over STL
    Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Markakis enjoys four-hit night versus Red Sox
    Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Markakis had a two-run single in the second inning before notching another RBI single two innings later. Playing for the Braves, Markakis has gone largely unnoticed this season, but all the veteran has done is bat .305/.412/.439 with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and nine runs scored. He's likely to be one of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Freeman registers yet another multi-hit game
    Freddie Freeman stayed hot Thursday, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: After an ugly start, Freeman has quietly improved at the plate in recent days. In his last six games, the first baseman is 10-for-23 (.434) with two doubles and two RBI. He's still not hitting the ball over the boards -- he has just two homers on the year -- but the power will come as he continues to get more comfortable at the dish. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Frazier hits sixth home run against Orioles
    Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The homer, his sixth of the season, was also his only hit in four at-bats. His six home runs have buoyed what has otherwise been a fairly pedestrian start to his White Sox career. Frazier is batting .236/.296/.472 with 15 RBI and 11 runs scored on the year. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • AJ comes through with first RBI in 10 games
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: It was just his third double of the season, and the first run batted in for Jones since April 16. As evidenced by those numbers, it's been a rough go for the 30-year-old out of the gate, as he's hitting just .217/.277/.317 overall. His offense trended down in 2015, but he should still be better than this going forward. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Espinosa hitless in loss to Phillies
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Turner not in Thursday's lineup
    Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll get a breather with Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on the hill. Howie Kendrick will start at third base while Carl Crawford plays left field. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Castillo out of Thursday's lineup vs. Cards
    Welington Castillo is out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Chris Herrmann will start behind the dish and catch Rubby De La Rosa. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Trumbo could play first base this weekend
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Mark Trumbo could play some first base during the team's series against the White Sox this weekend.

    Advice: Trumbo has made the bulk of his starts this season in right field, though he has also seen time at DH and left field. He has actually started more games at first base than any other position during his career, but Chris Davis has been the primary option there so far this season. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Miguel Montero undergoes MRI for back issue
    Miguel Montero underwent an MRI for his back.

    Advice: Montero has already been placed on the disabled list after experiencing a flareup of the chronic bulging disk issue that has bothered him since 2013. It sounds like this could be an extended absence. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will share time behind the plate, with prospect Willson Contreras waiting in the wings for a mid-summer callup. Yesterday, 10:06 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Cubs add Tim Federowicz for C depth
    Cubs purchased the contract of C Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Federowicz will give the Cubs depth at catcher while Miguel Montero recovers from a back injury. Federowicz could see a good amount of starts over the next two weeks, but he is a .194/.247/.300 career major league hitter. Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Miguel Montero (back) placed on 15-day DL
    Cubs placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a back injury.

    Advice: Montero came down with back stiffness earlier this week and hasn't made much improvement, but the Cubs will hope he only needs two weeks of rest. David Ross is starting behind the plate on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers and Tim Federowicz has been called up from the minors to handle some of the load behind the plate. Yesterday, 9:06 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Montero (back) out again Thursday vs. MIL
    Miguel Montero (back) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.

    Advice: Montero's stiff back will get one more day of rest as the Cubs stick with the same lineup from Wednesday's rainout. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth against Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann. Yesterday, 7:28 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to play Friday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his right wrist, but X-rays turned up negative. This might be a good excuse to get the ultra-active 30-year-old center fielder some physical and mental rest. He's batting just .197/.228/.250 through 21 games this season. Preston Tucker entered to play left field on Wednesday with Colby Rasmus shifting to center. Yesterday, 5:20 am
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:48 am
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Eric Hosmer homers, doubles
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double versus the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer's two were the Royals' only extra-base hits of the night. He's been off to a great start, with a .333 average and three homers among his nine extra-base hits, but since Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain have done a poor job of getting on base, he has just eight RBI. Yesterday, 12:14 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. Yesterday, 12:11 am
  • Adam Lind hits first homer
    Adam Lind went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Lind has started hitting ahead of Kyle Seager in the order, not because he's off to a good start but because Seager is in the worst slump of his life. Even after tonight, Lind has just three extra-base hits, three RBI and one walk to go along with his adequate .259 average in 58 at-bats. Yesterday, 12:05 am
    7:10 pm vs KC
  • Mark Reynolds goes 3-for-5, homers
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Reynolds is up to .321/.417/.540 in 52 at-bats for the season, but Ben Paulsen has been hitting too, so the two will likely continue to platoon at first base for the most part. Offense just isn't the problem in Colorado. Wednesday, 11:02 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • X-rays turn up clean on wrist of Carlos Gomez
    X-rays turned up negative on Carlos Gomez's right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his wrist, but he only suffered a bruise. Consider him day-to-day. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Iglesias collects two hits and steals a base
    Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base on Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Iglesias doesn't get much attention due to his utter lack of power. He continues to show value in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues, though, because he's still hitting for average and stealing a handful of bases. On that point, he now owns a .297/.366/.313 slash line with a pair of steals in 2016. That ain't nothing to write home about, to be sure, but it's a profile that carries fantasy value in the right league. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • J.D. Martinez homers, drives in four vs. A's
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning.

    Advice: Martinez is no longer a feel-good story. He's one of the most-feared hitters in the American League. The 28-year-old is hitting .293/.360/.467 and has very few flaws in his offensive game. He handles both righties and lefties, has a 9.3 percent walk rate, and hits for both average and power. It's crazy to think he only hit 24 homers in three years with the Astros. He hit 38 last year alone. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • 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
  • Gomez exits after being hit on wrist by pitch
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez was plunked by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the top of the fourth inning. He was subsequently replaced by pinch-runner Preston Tucker. The Astros should issue an update as to Gomez's status on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Miguel Montero (back) sits again Wednesday
    Miguel Montero (back) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Montero was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Tuesday after coming down with some back stiffness and he'll get another night off Wednesday with cold conditions in the forecast at Wrigley Field. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth versus the Brewers. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • 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
  • Stanton stings Kershaw for three-run homer
    Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run off Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday's 6-3 win.

    Advice: Back-to-back RBI singles by Martin Prado and Christian Yelich had already brought home two runs against Kershaw when Stanton stepped to the plate with one out in the sixth inning. He did what sluggers do, turning a small inning into a big one and connecting for a three-run home run to center that traveled an estimated 425 feet. Yowza. Stanton's Marlins are treading water at 8-11, but that is through no fault of his own. He is slashing .246/.338/.536 with six homers and 16 RBI across 69 at-bats. With Tuesday's homer, he has now gone yard in three consecutive games. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Trumbo delivers Orioles' lone RBI in loss
    Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: The run batted in gave Trumbo 17 RBI on the season, third-most in the American League. The two-hit game also extended his hitting streak to 11 games. In all, the 30-year-old has hit safely in 17 of 19 games to compile a .373/.405/.613 line on the year. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Justin Turner (toe) returns to Dodgers lineup
    Justin Turner (toe) is in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner missed a couple of games because of a bruised toe. He is starting at third base and batting third for Los Angeles against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • 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
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Miguel Montero out Tuesday due to stiff back
    Miguel Montero is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday because of a stiff back.

    Advice: Montero is considered day-to-day. David Ross will start at catcher against the visiting Brewers. Tuesday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • 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
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits fifth homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton homered, doubled and walked in the Marlins' 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Stanton has yet to get hot, but he has five homers in 17 games anyway. No one else on the Marlins has more than two. Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Todd Frazier drives in three in comeback win
    Todd Frazier played hero Monday against the Blue Jays by driving in three runs as part of a 7-5 victory.

    Advice: The White Sox trailed 5-1 at one point, but they battled back for five runs in the seventh inning, which was capped by a two-run double by Frazier. He then delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to provide some insurance. The White Sox have the AL’s best record at 14-6, but Frazier hasn’t been at his best for most of it. On the bright side, he’s hitting .375 (9-for-24) over his last seven games. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Freddie Freeman dropped to sixth Monday
    Freddie Freeman has been dropped to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's his first start out of the sixth spot since August 15, 2012. Freeman showed some signs of life by going 2-for-4 with an RBI double on Saturday, but he's batting just .177/.311/.258 through his first 18 games this season. Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Pedroia collects three hits as Red Sox win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-7 with a double, triple and run scored as the Red Sox topped the Astros 7-5 on Sunday night in Houston.

    Advice: The diminutive second sacker has been on fire at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .321/.361/.449 with one homer and six RBI. He still hasn't swiped a base though, despite his preseason proclamation that he would be running more in 2016. Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Gordon steals two bags, scores twice in SF
    Dee Gordon finished 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored Sunday in the Marlins' 5-4 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: In the third inning, Gordon singled, stole second and third base, and then scored on a Christian Yelich groundout. In the fifth, he singled, made it to third base on a Marcell Ozuna base hit, and then raced home on another Yelich grounder. Some of the peripherals have been underwhelming, but the speedy second baseman boasts six stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 17 games this season. Sunday, 4:30 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Markakis notches three singles in loss
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Markakis worked an RBI single off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning. It would bring home one of just two runs scored by the Braves on the afternoon. With the three hits, Markakis is now slashing a respectable .303/.410/.439 across 66 at-bats. Sunday, 2:08 pm
  • Justin Turner expected to return on Monday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he expects Justin Turner (toe) to return to the starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Turner sat out Saturday and Sunday with a bruised toe, but is feeling much improved and should be able to return without issue on Monday. Howie Kendrick, who started at the hot corner in his absence, will continue to see time all over the diamond. Sunday, 1:52 pm
  • Justin Turner (toe) out again on Sunday
    Justin Turner (toe) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Turner is battling a bruised toe. He's day-to-day. Howie Kendrick is handling third base Sunday. Sunday, 10:24 am
  • Herrmann doubles, homers in loss
    Chris Herrmann went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk, driving in four runs in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Herrmann had one hit in 21 plate appearances prior to this outburst. He's now hitting .130/.200/.348 on the young season, which actually mirrors his .146/.214/.272 rather closely from a year ago with the Twins. He's not fantasy relevant. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Trumbo racks up four RBI in win over Royals
    Mark Trumbo went 3-for-5 with four RBI in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Trumbo had an RBI single in the third inning and added a two-run single an inning later. He also doubled in the game. The outfielder is riding an eight-game hitting streak -- a rare accomplishment for Trumbo, who isn't known for his contact ability -- that has him up to second in the American League with a .381 batting average. He has five home runs and 15 RBI as well, a couple things for which he's better known. Saturday, 8:45 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Jones reaches three times in win over Royals
    Adam Jones reached base three times, scoring two runs, in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: OK, so three walks isn't exactly the most fantasy-friendly way to get on base, but he made it count by crossing home plate twice in the win. Owners will take what they can get from Jones, who was plagued by an oblique injury that may have contributed to his slow start at the dish. The 30-year-old is batting just .200/.289/.325 with one homer, five RBI and five runs scored through Saturday's game. Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Freeman has RBI double in loss to Mets
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The double was Freeman's first extra-base hit in a week, and he still hasn't homered since the season opener. He has been hitting better of late, going 9-for-33 (.272) in his last eight games. Freeman is too good of a hitter to be held down for long, so hopefully these recent developments are signs of better days ahead. Saturday, 7:40 pm
  • Altuve paces Houston with three hits Saturday
    Jose Altuve bashed three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: That bumps his average up to a healthy .314. Altuve has been a lot more patient this year, swinging on a little more than 41 percent of pitches compared to his career rate of 49.2. He's on pace to draw 81 free passes this year, which is more than double his career-high of 40. In addition to his hitting prowess, Altuve leads the majors with seven steals this year. Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Frazier hits fifth home run against Rangers
    Todd Frazier hit his fifth home run of the season in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was his only hit in five at-bats. It's been a lot of boom or bust for Frazier to this point, as he has five home runs but just a .200/.263/.443 line. The White Sox pursued him for his power, though, and hitting behind Jose Abreu should provide him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs as the year goes on. Saturday, 4:39 pm
  • Justin Turner out with bruised toe Saturday
    Justin Turner (toe) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Turner had his toe stepped on and bruised it Friday but is available to pinch-hit. Howie Kendrick will start at third base and bat fifth. Turner has gotten off to a slow start this year, hitting just .246 with no homers in 57 at-bats. Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the first time this year. Carpenter had a tough night Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third error of the season. Jedd Gyorko will fill in at third base and bat seventh. Kolten Wong is hitting leadoff in place of Carpenter. Saturday, 1:44 pm
  • Jose Iglesias not in Tigers lineup Saturday
    Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Indians.

    Advice: Nothing more than a day of rest for the slick-fielding shortstop. Andrew Romine is drawing the start in his place and will bat eighth against Corey Kluber. Saturday, 6:36 am
  • Welington Castillo homers twice
    Welington Castillo hit a pair of solo homers in a losing cause Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The great news is that Castillo already has five homers this season. The less great news is that he has just six runs scored and seven RBI to show for it. Still, those who drafted him can't complain. Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes 3-for-6, homers
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-6 and hit his first homer Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: The third hit was the 1,500th of his career. At 32, he's quite a long shot to reach 3,000 in his career. Still, he won't need to get all of the there to be Cooperstown worthy. He will need to stay relatively healthy into his mid-30s. Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal delivers go-ahead hit
    Yasmani Grandal doubled in Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 10th to push the Dodgers past the Braves 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was pitching, so Grandal didn't start. He pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis in the eighth and walked, then delivered the double in the 10th. Grandal is 7-for-16 with no strikeouts and seven walks since coming off the disabled list on April 12. Even though he's far from an everyday catcher right now, he's becoming worth playing in one-catcher mixed leagues. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Welington Castillo out of lineup Thursday
    Welington Castillo will get a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Chris Herrmann is starting at catcher and batting eighth against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Castillo has hit .213 with a .283 on-base percentage so far this season, though he does have three home runs in 12 games. Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Dee Gordon out of Marlins' lineup Thursday
    Dee Gordon is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at second base and hit sixth versus Washington right-hander Max Scherzer. Giancarlo Stanton is also getting a day off for the matinee game. Thursday, 7:06 am
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Stanton, Gordon off Thursday vs. Nationals
    Giancarlo Stanton is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and hit leadoff and Marcell Ozuna will bat cleanup as the Marlins close out a series against the visiting Nationals. Dee Gordon is also out, with Derek Dietrich filling in at second base. Max Scherzer is on the bump for Washington. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is also taking a routine day of rest in the matinee game against the Braves. Charlie Culberson will start at third base and bat eighth versus Atlanta right-hander Matt Wisler. Thursday, 6:28 am
  • Grandal gets on base four times in win
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in Wednesday night's victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Grandal got a late start to the season, but has kicked things off with a scorching hot .400/.571/.600 slash line. He actually has six walks and zero strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. The Dodgers have said that they expect Grandal and A.J. Ellis to split playing time, due to the former's injury concerns, but one figures manager Dave Roberts will pencil in Grandal as often as possible, as he's the better offensive option. Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Adam Jones (virus) back in O's lineup Wed.
    Adam Jones (stomach) is in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Jays made a seventh-inning exit on Tuesday night because of a stomach virus. It clearly wasn't a big deal. He'll start in center field and bat third with Toronto throwing veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Wednesday, 12:11 pm
  • Frazier homers, scores two runs vs. Angels
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Frazier hit a solo shot, his third homer of the season, off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker in the second inning. It's been a rough go of it for Frazier in the first few weeks of his White Sox tenure, as the third baseman is hitting just .182/.237/.382 with 15 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. His power is still prodigious, though, and he'll connect on his fair share even if strikes out a ton, too. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Reynolds hits first homer as member of Rox
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Reynolds doubled and scored in the second inning before launching a JJ Hoover pitch over the boards for a two-run shot in the ninth. The homer was his first of the season. Reynolds has gotten some run at first base ahead of Ben Paulsen, starting 10 games to date. His .281/.361/.500 line surely helps, and it will likely mean more starts at the position going forward for those in NL-only leagues. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Adam Jones left game due to stomach virus
    Adam Jones left Tuesday's game with a stomach virus.

    Advice: The good news is it had nothing to do with the oblique. Jones managed a single Tuesday before exiting, but he is batting just .222 with a .593 OPS in 27 total at-bats this season. He figures to get a few days of physical and mental rest. Nolan Reimold entered Tuesday's game in left field, with Joey Rickard taking over in right. Tuesday, 6:08 pm
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