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  • Hunter Pence returns to action on Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) returned to the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Pence missed nearly a week's worth of starts due to a nagging hamstring injury, but appears to be ready to go now. The 33-year-old is hitting .292/.378/.484 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 161 at-bats on the season. 46 minutes ago
  • Stephen Vogt not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Being an afternoon game after a night game, Vogt will take a seat in favor of Josh Phegley who was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Look for Vogt to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Today, 10:16 am
    1:05 pm vs x Det
  • Cardinals activate Carpenter from paternity
    Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter left the club on Wednesday when his wife went into labor with the couple's first child. He'll return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday. Today, 10:03 am
  • 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. Today, 10:02 am
  • Blue Jays activate Aaron Loup from 15-day DL
    Blue Jays activated LHP Aaron Loup from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loup has looked strong on his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo and is ready to return to a setup role in the Blue Jays bullpen. He has missed the entire season to date due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Today, 8:48 am
  • Blake Swihart not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Blake Swihart is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Swihart has been a fixture in left field since his recall from Triple-A, but he'll get a breather on Saturday. Chris Young will start in his place and bat eighth. Today, 7:20 am
  • Christian Friedrich wins as a starter
    Christian Friedrich blanked the Diamondbacks for seven innings on Friday to win as a starter for the first time since July 2012.

    Advice: Friedrich made 16 starts for the Rockies as a rookie in 2012 and three more in 2014 (he missed all of 2013) before shifting to the pen. The Padres picked him off the scrap heap over the winter and decided to try him again as a starter. Lo and behold, it's worked, with the left-hander amassing a 1.65 ERA in his first three starts. We still don't trust him for fantasy purposes. For one thing, he's walked 10 in 16 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Pat Dean fans eight in win over Mariners
    Pat Dean beat the Mariners by allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out eight on Friday.

    Advice: He walked none. Dean's fastball is well below average, forcing him to be on point with his slider and changeup. He's more than held his own through two major league starts, but we wouldn't recommend him in AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker carries shutout into ninth
    Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the ninth before being charged with two runs in 8 1/3 innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out 11 before giving up singles to two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Cam Bedrosian entered then and allowed both inherited runners to score, ending Shoemaker's scoreless streak that started with 7 1/3 shutout frames against the Orioles on Saturday. Shoemaker still seems risky in mixed leagues, but he should certainly be grabbed in any AL-only leagues in which he's available. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Colin Moran gets first two knocks
    Colin Moran collected his first two major league hits and 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. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Yonder Alonso goes hitless in loss
    Yonder Alonso went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Alonso has picked it up some after a brutal April, but even so, he's still hitting a modest .254/.322/.324 with no homers in May. The A's might run out of patience and give Max Mundy an extended look soon. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Adam Duvall swats 10th homer in loss Friday
    Adam Duvall swatted his 10th home run of the season as the Reds fell to the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.

    Advice: Duvall got the Reds started with a bang, smashing a three-run homer off of Brewers starter Zach Davies in the first inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has taken the club's starting gig in left field and ran with it this season, slashing .261/.293/.556 with 10 long balls and 22 RBI. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Suarez goes five innings in relief
    Albert Suarez allowed three runs over five innings in relief on Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Suarez entered the game in the second inning after Matt Cain left with a hamstring strain. The 26-year-old did fine under the circumstances, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three. He was also credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Suarez is a candidate to fill in if Cain needs a stint on the disabled list, though he’s not on the mixed league radar. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Story drives in two runs vs. Giants
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Story doubled in the fourth to knock in a run before adding an RBI single in the eighth. The 23-year-old has hit out of the No. 2 spot all season, but his recent struggles have pushed him down to the seventh spot in back-to-back games. It’s not a sure thing to continue, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss is going with the contact-oriented DJ LeMahieu out of the No. 2 spot instead. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Cole Hamels hit hard in loss to Pirates
    Cole Hamels was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing five runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Hamels walked two and struck out five in the contest. He was locked into a pitcher's duel with Jonathan Niese heading into the fifth inning, before the Bucs offense erupted for five runs. Even with the rough outing, Hamels still sports a 3.34 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 67/23 K/BB ratio through 62 innings on the year. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Pence (hamstring) could still return Friday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (hamstring) could still return to the Giants lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pence will test out his hamstring in the outfield and on the bases before Friday's game. Even if he doesn't make his way into the lineup, it sounds as though he's close and should return in the next day or two. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) held out again Fri.
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) remained out of the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pence has been limited to a couple pinch-hitting opportunities over the last week due to a sore right hamstring. Jarrett Parker is filling in in right field. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Trevor Story dropped to No. 7 spot in lineup
    Trevor Story was dropped from the second to the seventh spot in the Rockies' lineup in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: DJ LeMahieu moved up to the No. 2 spot. Story has been slumping, although he hit a two-run homer Thursday from his new position in the lineup. It remains to be seen whether the change will stick, although the new alignment makes sense with LeMahieu offering more consistency and better on-base skills. Story obviously would lose a bit of fantasy value if he remains in the bottom-third of the order. "Trevor’s handled everything well," manager Walt Weiss said. "He’s a great kid and he’s having a great year. I told him, ‘This isn’t punishment because you are not doing something you are supposed to be doing. It has nothing to do with that.’ This is just me trying to stir things up a little bit." Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Matt Carpenter placed on paternity leave list
    Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter's wife went into labor with the couple's first child ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. He could miss the Cardinals' entire four-game series in Washington, D.C. Greg Garcia was called up Thursday in a corresponding roster move to provide infield depth. Thursday, 9:22 am
  • Blake Swihart triples twice
    Blake Swihart tripled twice and knocked in two runs versus the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It doesn't look like Brock Holt will return within the next 7-10 days, giving Swihart some more time to establish himself as a long-term left field option for Boston. The team would probably prefer to return him to Triple-A when Holt returns, which would allow him to continue to get his reps in behind the plate, but if he hits, he'll make it a tough decision. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Pence (hamstring) remains out Wednesday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) remains absent from the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Pence has been dealing with right hamstring discomfort since Saturday and told reporters Tuesday that he plans to take it easy and let the muscle fully heal. There's a chance he could return Friday after Thursday's scheduled off day, but it's not guaranteed. Jarrett Parker is starting in left field and Gregor Blanco is in right field Wednesday versus Padres right-hander James Shields. Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Carpenter out Wednesday with wife in labor
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday because his wife is about to have a baby.

    Advice: It seemed odd that the Cards would rest their best left-handed hitter against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Now we have a good reason for the absence. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth in the afternoon tilt at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong will take a turn at leadoff. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Matt Carpenter taking the day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth for St. Louis in the afternoon game against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Kolten Wong will fill in at leadoff. Wednesday, 8:53 am
  • Loup (elbow) throws scoreless inning at AAA
    Aaron Loup (elbow) threw another scoreless inning Tuesday night at Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Loup got roughed up in his rehab debut May 14 at High-A Dunedin, but he's made four scoreless appearances since with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander should be cleared to join Toronto's bullpen this weekend. He's been out all year because of a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Wednesday, 6:06 am
  • Duvall whacks two-run homer in loss to LAD
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Duvall was the entire Reds offense (as it were) in the 8-2 loss, cracking a two-run home run off starter Mike Bolsinger in the fourth inning. The 27-year-old has now homered in two of his last three games and boosted his triple-slash to .259/.294/.548 in the process. For the season, he has smacked nine homers and 12 doubles while driving in 19 runs across 135 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Pence (hamstring) out again Tuesday vs. SD
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out of the Giants' starting lineup again on Tuesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Jarrett Parker will start in left field and bat seventh and Gregor Blanco will start in right field and bat eighth. Pence has been bothered by hamstring discomfort since Saturday, though he did hit a walkoff bloop double on Monday night against the Padres. He remains day-to-day. Tuesday, 3:14 pm
  • Pence (hamstring) has walk-off pop-up 2B
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) delivered a walk-off pop-up RBI double in Monday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: It was a ball that should have been caught, but the Giants will take it. Pence has missed three straight starts with a mild right hamstring strain and didn't feel comfortable taking swings in batting practice Monday, but he's not far off. Tuesday, 5:42 am
  • Stephen Vogt hits fourth homer
    Stephen Vogt had a solo homer and an RBI on an HBP against the Mariners on Monday night.

    Advice: That'll do. The homer off Taijuan Walker in the seventh accounted for the first run of the game for either team, and the HBP in the eighth helped add to Oakland's cushion. Vogt is hitting .252 with four homers this year. Monday, 10:02 pm
    1:05 pm vs x Det
  • Pence diagnosed with mild hamstring strain
    Hunter Pence was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain following an MRI.

    Advice: Pence has missed the last two games, but he's scheduled to take batting practice on Monday and could potentially talk his way into the lineup if he feels good. Either way, it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined for much longer. Monday, 4:11 pm
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) out again Monday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out again Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Pence has now missed three straight games with right hamstring soreness. The Giants continue to call him day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is starting in right field again Monday. Monday, 3:22 pm
  • Loup (elbow) pitches scoreless rehab inning
    Aaron Loup (elbow) pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his rehab debut with Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

    Advice: Loup worked around a double by inducing three groundouts. The left-hander has been out all season due to a flexor strain in his throwing elbow. He should be an option for the Toronto bullpen by the end of this week. Monday, 7:02 am
  • Hunter Pence remains out of Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is once again absent from the Giants starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Pence is dealing with soreness in his right hamstring, which also caused him to miss Saturday's game. He is available off the bench as a pinch-hitter, but manager Bruce Bochy thought it would be best to give him an extra day of rest. Gregor Blanco will once again start in his place in right field with Angel Pagan manning left field. Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Adam Duvall crushes solo homer in loss
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It was just a solo home run, but what a solo home run it was. Duvall absolutely unloaded on a Wade Miley offering in the fourth inning, launching it an estimated 457 feet to left-center. With a .264/.299/.543 triple-slash and eight homers over 129 at-bats, the 27-year-old outfielder is worth a pickup in deeper mixed leagues, particularly for those who need a little power boost. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Cole Hamels strikes out 11 over eight innings
    Cole Hamels limited the Astros to two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings Sunday in the Rangers' 9-2 win.

    Advice: Evan Gattis took Hamels deep in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the left-hander was otherwise sharp. He whiffed eight, yielded only two walks, and scattered five hits across his eight frames. Hamels stands 5-0 with an ace-like 2.83 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this season. A home start against the Pirates is next. Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Trevor Story getting a day off on Sunday
    Trevor Story is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest. Cristhian Adames is filling in at shortstop. Sunday, 7:44 am
  • Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to play Sunday
    Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt was unavailable Saturday after getting hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The catcher sports a .250/.284/.371 batting line with three homers this season. Sunday, 6:39 am
    1:05 pm vs x Det
  • Shoemaker dazzles with 12 strikeouts vs O's
    Matt Shoemaker was brilliant in earning a no-decision in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, fanning 12 over 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Shoemaker scattered three hits and did not walk a batter. Manager Mike Scioscia let him give the eighth inning a crack, but lifted him after a passed-ball strikeout allowed Jonathan Schoop to reach with one out. Alas, Shoemaker will need to put in a few more starts like this if he wants to drag his numbers back to respectability. He still holds a 6.81 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio through eight starts (37 1/3 innings). A home date with the Astros awaits him next time out. Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Pence sitting with sore hamstring Saturday
    Hunter Pence is dealing with a sore right hamstring.

    Advice: That would explain why Gregor Blanco is filling in at right field Saturday against the Cubs. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence will be available to pinch-hit. He should be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. Saturday, 2:15 pm
  • Pat Dean logs quality start against Blue Jays
    Pat Dean logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday, surrendering two runs on three hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: Dean punched out five on the afternoon while walking two. The only blemish on his day came on a two-run blast off the bat of Jose Bautista in the third inning. It's unclear if he'll draw another start for the Twins, or head back to a long relief role in the club's bullpen. Saturday, 1:40 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. Saturday, 11:01 am
  • Stephen Vogt not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Given that it's a day game after a night game and Vogt has been a bit hobbled as of late, it's a good time to give him a rest. Matt McBride will work behind the dish for the A's and bat eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Saturday, 9:29 am
    1:05 pm vs x Det
  • Aaron Loup moves rehab work to Triple-A
    Aaron Loup (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.

    Advice: Loup had been working at High-A Dunedin, so the move to the higher level of competition is a good sign toward an impending return. The southpaw has been sidelined the entire season to date due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Saturday, 9:07 am
  • Christian Friedrich exits start in fourth
    Christian Friedrich lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in his start Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Friedrich is much more likely to help the Padres as a reliever than as a starter, but the team wanted to give him a look in the latter role with its depth getting hammered. A change will come eventually. Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Blake Swihart recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled C/OF Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart has been playing some left field for Pawtucket and should see some time there while Brock Holt (concussion) is sidelined. He batted .278/.391/.278 in six games for the Red Sox last month before being sent down. Friday, 9:39 am
  • Carpenter's three XBH, six RBI pace Cardinals
    Matt Carpenter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI as the Cardinals outlasted the Rockies 13-7 on Thursday.

    Advice: Carpenter is usually the one scoring the runs atop the Cardinals' lineup, but he made his RBI opportunities count in this one. The third baseman had RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings, giving him 10 doubles on the year, and he put the cherry on top with a three-run homer in the eighth. Carpenter is now hitting .259/.387/.537 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 28 runs scored on the year. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Story has homer, three RBI in loss to Cards
    Trevor Story went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Story had a two-run double early in the game before launching a solo homer, his 12th home run of the year, in the seventh inning. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, collecting four doubles, a triple and a home run in that span. People who were waiting for the 23-year-old's production to drop off are still waiting, as he's hitting .287/.344/.622 with those 12 homers, 31 RBI and 26 runs scored on the season. Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Colin Moran earns first major league start
    Colin Moran is starting at third and batting sixth for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: In 125 at-bats for Triple-A Fresno this season, Moran was slashing .288/.331/.416 with three home runs and 22 RBI. He has never hit double-digit home runs at any level of the minors. Those in deeper AL-only formats should feel free to take a speculative flier -- the 23-year-old should see playing time with the Astros -- but fantasy fireworks are probably going to be relatively limited. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
  • Adam Duvall getting night off Wednesday
    Adam Duvall is out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Tyler Holt will start in left field and bat seventh versus Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger. Duvall has seven home runs and 16 RBI in 34 games this season. Wednesday, 10:37 am
  • Athletics rock Hamels for three home runs
    Cole Hamels could not keep the ball in the yard in Tuesday's 8-5 loss to the A's, yielding three home runs and four total runs over 6 2/3 innings in his no-decision.

    Advice: Three home runs allowed are never a good thing for a starting pitcher (great analysis in the history of mankind), but at least Tuesday's trio against Hamels were all of the solo variety. Danny Valencia and Khris Davis clocked dingers in the second inning, with Davis connecting once more off the southpaw ace in the sixth. Hamels will carry a 3.10 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 51/19 K/BB ratio (49 1/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a home date with the Angels. Tuesday, 10:07 pm
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