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  • Carpenter's three-run jack spurs comeback win
    Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI in all as the Cardinals came back to defeat the Cubs 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals trailed 4-1 when Carpenter stepped to the dish with two runners on in the fifth inning, but he pulled an inside pitch into the right field bleachers for his fifth homer of the year. Carpenter later added an RBI sacrifice fly. The superlatives have all been used to describe Carpenter's 2015 season to date, as he's now hitting .346/.412/.644 with 20 RBI and 23 runs scored to go with his five dingers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Paxton tosses 7 solid innings in no-decision
    James Paxton held the Angels to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision as the Mariners were handed a 5-4 walk-off loss by the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paxton was quite strong, unarguably pitching his best game of the season. His only mistake occurred in the first inning when Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run home run. Overall, the lefty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Paxton mostly sat around 93 MPH with his fastball, but maxed out at 97 MPH. He lowered his ERA to 5.08 and sports a 1.34 WHIP with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. The Padres await him in a home start next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Rizzo enjoys three-hit night against Cards
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rizzo had a double to go along with two singles. He also walked in the game, reaching in four of his five plate appearances. The first baseman has been a monster offensively through the season's first month-plus, batting .333/.473/.552 with four homers, 12 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases to boot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Rosenthal earns ninth save in win over Cubs
    Trevor Rosenthal earned his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Rosenthal got a couple quick ground ball outs before Starlin Castro singled to add some intrigue. Rosenthal got Junior Lake swinging, though, to end any potential threat. It was a nice rebound for Rosenthal after he sustained his first blown save of the season his last time out. The right-hander owns a strong 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Richards pitches well in no-decision vs. SEA
    Garrett Richards pitched well, giving up only one run in seven innings, but took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Richards left the game in line for the win, but the bullpen could not secure it for him. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. The Mariners plated their only run against him in the second inning when Mike Zunino hit a single to center field. Richards now has a 2.52 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He has gotten better and better since making his 2015 debut on April 19. He'll look to keep it going in Sunday's home start against the first-place Astros. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Russell doubles twice in loss to Cardinals
    Addison Russell went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Russell hit a couple balls hard, barely missing a home run off Tyler Lyons in the Cubs' three-run fifth inning. He's got a modest eight-game hitting streak going, raising his line to .261/.292/.500. The 21-year-old is ultra-talented and shouldn't toil at the bottom of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's lineup card for long. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Morrison reaches base four times in a loss
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with a walk and a pair of doubles, but the Mariners lost in walk-off fashion to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison doubled and scored in the second inning, doubled and was stranded in the fourth, then singled and scored in the eighth. It was yet another productive night at the plate for the first baseman, who has started to heat up. He's on a seven-game hitting streak and has bolstered his triple-slash line to a more respectable .247/.300/.430 with four home runs and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Wong turns in third straight multi-hit game
    Kolten Wong delivered another multi-hit game Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Wong doubled and scored in the fifth, singled and scored in the sixth and beat out an infield hit for an RBI single in the seventh. He's got eight hits in his last 12 at-bats as he's turned in three straight multi-hit outings. The hit binge has his overall line up to .323/.363/.462. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Pujols hits 5th homer as Angels top Mariners
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels an early 2-0 lead when he drove a James Paxton offering to left-center in the first inning. It's the 525th homer of Pujols' career. He's 18th on the all-time home run leaderboard, nine shy of tying Jimmie Foxx at 534. The first baseman is batting .239/.314/.435 with five home runs and 12 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Carlos Perez hits walk-off HR in MLB debut
    Carlos Perez made his major league debut on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a walk-off solo home run to help the Angels outlast the Mariners.

    Advice: Perez became the first player to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat for the Marlins on June 20, 2003. Perez had been tearing it up at Triple-A Salt Lake prior to his promotion on Monday, batting .361/.418/.556. With the Angels really hurting for production out of the catching position, it wouldn't be shocking to see them ride him while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Hendricks allows four runs in no-decision
    Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs in five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hendricks was given a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the right-hander gave up a double, hit a batter and allowed a Matt Carpenter three-run homer to tie the score. Hendricks gave up six hits and walked two on the night. It's been a frustrating start to the season for Hendricks, who is still looking for his first win. He'll keep searching Sunday against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Tyler Lyons has mixed results in spot start
    Tyler Lyons was a mixed bag in a spot start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- while striking out seven over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lyons was mostly good until the fifth inning, when the Cubs got to him for three of the four runs against. In all he gave up six hits and walked two, throwing 96 pitches. The Cardinals still have a need for a fifth starter in Adam Wainwright's absence and Lyons showed well enough that he could get another start in five days. That spot, regardless of who makes the start, will come up Sunday at the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in a Giants win
    Brandon Crawford reached base all four times he came to the plate, helping the Giants seal a 6-0 win against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford singled twice, doubled, and walked on the evening. He scored after walking in the second, and scored again in the third following an RBI single. Crawford is now batting a highly productive .262/.374/.512 with five home runs and 15 RBI, emerging as one of the Giants' key contributors through the season's first month and change. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Panik provides Giants insurance with a homer
    Joe Panik went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Giants emerge victorious over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Panik belted a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning off of Andrew Cashner, pushing the Giants' lead to 6-0, the score by which they would eventually win. It's the second long ball of the season for Panik, who has driven in nine runs and is hitting .292/.350/.438. Panik is hitting nearly as well as he did last year in terms of average and has shown more power, which the Giants are certainly happy to see. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Cashner falls to 1-5, allows six runs to SFG
    Andrew Cashner suffered his fifth loss of the season after yielding six runs (four earned) in six innings against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Six of the seven hits Cashner allowed were singles, but he walked three and was hurt by a pair of errors in the third inning as well. He struck out three in the outing. Interestingly, the right-hander has allowed 23 runs on the season, but only 13 of them are earned runs. He has a 3.16 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 39/11 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Cashner will close out a road series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Turner homers, has four RBI as Dodgers roll
    Justin Turner finished 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner had a couple singles to go along with a three-run homer in the win. The dinger was his fourth of the year, and all four have come in his last six games. Finding playing time has been difficult on a loaded Dodgers club, but Turner has batted .333/.375/.689 in 45 at-bats thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Vogelsong tosses 7 scoreless to beat Padres
    Ryan Vogelsong delivered seven scoreless innings to earn a win versus the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogelsong had not performed well in two relief appearances and three starts coming into Tuesday's outing, but he managed to shut down the Padres, claiming ownership of baseball's best offense. The right-hander held them to three hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out four. The sterling performance lowers his ERA to 6.84 and his WHIP to 1.67 with a 21/13 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings. Vogelsong will look for a repeat performance in a home start against the Marlins next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Ramirez has RBI double in loss to Dodgers
    Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez was the only Brewers player able to do much of anything, as he had two of the team's three hits against Zack Greinke and company. He scored the first run of the game before delivering the RBI double in the eighth. There hasn't been much to celebrate thus far for the 36-year-old, as he's hitting just .235/.262/.407 through 23 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Gonzalez blasts league-leading ninth homer
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez took advantage of Neal Cotts' bad outing, swatting his league-leading ninth homer in the seventh inning. He also walked twice in the game. His 22 RBI and 23 runs scored are both second-most in the National League, and his .361 batting average is third-best through 26 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Rollins hits third homer in win over Brewers
    Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rollins made his one hit count, taking Neal Cotts out for his third homer of the season. Hits have been scarce for the veteran, as he's batting just .168/.254/.317 through 26 games. Still, he's got 11 RBI and 12 runs scored in a potent Dodgers offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Garza gets quality start in loss to Dodgers
    Matt Garza allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Garza kept the Dodgers off the board until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner hit a three-run homer that ended up being the difference in the game. Garza gave up four hits and walked three on the night, striking out five. The right-hander fell to 2-4 with the loss. He'll look to improve on his 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP against the Cubs on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Greinke punches out seven in win over Brewers
    Zack Greinke struck out seven while allowing only an unearned run over 7 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Greinke gave up just two hits, both singles, in the dominant outing. The Brewers' only run against him came on a Joc Pederson error. Greinke moved to 5-0 with the win and he's turned in six straight quality starts to begin the year. He'll take a 1.56 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 34/9 K/BB ratio into Sunday's start at the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Chavez stifles Twins over 7 1/3 to earn win
    Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Clippard gets five outs to earn third save
    Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Butler has two hits, RBI in win over Twins
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Cards recall LHP Lyons from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Tim Cooney got the first opportunity as a fill-in option for Adam Wainwright (Achilles) last week, but now it's Lyons' turn, as he'll start Tuesday night against the Cubs. The 27-year-old had a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over his first 21 2/3 innings with Memphis this season and should be relevant in NL-only leagues for now. Marco Gonzales figures to be a candidate to join the rotation later this month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 am
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Carpenter hitless in his return to lineup
    Matt Carpenter (lightheadedness) went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter left Sunday's game after seven innings due to lightheadedness, but it's not a long-term concern. The 29-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .347/.412/.624 with four home runs and 16 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Russell's 9th-inning homer barely not enough
    Addison Russell clubbed a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it was just barely not enough as the Cubs were beat by the slimmest of margins by the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: The Cubs entered the ninth down 10-8. With two outs, Russell belted a solo home run to left-center off of Seth Maness, but it couldn't spark anything else. Russell has hit safely in nine of 11 games since his promotion, but has a meager .233/.250/.442 triple-slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Rizzo homers, steals base but Cubs lose
    Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run and stole a base in a 1-for-5 effort as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo homered off of Carlos Martinez in the second inning, extending the Cubs' lead to 6-4 at the time. He reached on an error in the sixth, plating an additional run, and stole second but was stranded. As expected, the first baseman has delivered a ton of fantasy value, batting .313/.458/.530 with four home runs, 12 RBI, and seven stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Carlos Perez recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled C Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Perez was off to a blazing start at the plate at Salt Lake, batting .361/.418/.556 with a couple homers. He'll be Chris Iannetta's backup, but with Iannetta really struggling we could see Perez receive a decent numbers of starts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Rizzo triples in run against Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo tripled and drove in a run during Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo, he of the four career triples, got his season quota out of the way when he drove in Dexter Fowler with a ball to deep center in the fifth inning. The Cubs might not yet be rolling over the NL Central as some pundits thought they would, but that's no fault of Rizzo, who is currently hitting .321/.471/.513. That OBP is like the reflection in Narcissus' pool. You can get lost in its beauty if you stare at it for long enough. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:20 pm
  • Ramirez homers and drives in three vs CHC
    Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ramirez smacked the home run off of Jason Hammel in the second inning. He also played hero in the contest, hitting a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help the 7-18 Brewers to the 5-3 victory. Ramirez had missed the last few games with a hamstring injury, but he looked fine on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3. On April 21, Ramirez was hitting just .149/.149/.191, but he's raised that to a less awful .233/.263/.411 over the last 10 games. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:10 pm
  • Wong's walkoff HR leads Cardinals to sweep
    Kolten Wong cranked a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cardinals defeated the visiting Pirates 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Wong didn't start the game, but he finished 3-for-4 after entering as part of a double-switch in the top of the eighth inning. And his heroic blast to right field in the 14th secured a three-game sweep for the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball at 18-6. Wong, 24, is batting .294/.340/.435 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 24 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Rosenthal blows first save but Cardinals win
    Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Sunday in the Cardinals' 14-inning win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rosenthal entered in the top of the ninth inning with the Cardinals leading 1-0 and promptly gave up a game-tying solo blast to Jung Ho Kang. It was the Korean shortstop's first major league homer. Rosenthal kept the damage at one run and the Cardinals won it in the bottom of the 14th. He still owns an impressive 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer all summer on another good St. Louis team. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Matt Carpenter departs with lightheadedness
    Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Pirates due to lightheadedness.

    Advice: Before departing, Carpenter blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Cardinals on top 1-0. It sounds as though his exit was purely precautionary and that the star third baseman should be cleared to rejoin the Cardinals lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs. Sunday was the first relatively steamy day of the season in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Tyler Lyons to start for Cards on Tuesday
    Tyler Lyons will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Tim Cooney flopped in his chance at the No. 5 starter spot last week, so now Lyons will get a chance. The southpaw was off to a great start at Memphis, posting a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. He could receive 2-3 starts while Marco Gonzales (pectoral) works his way back. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:03 am
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Billy Butler not in Sunday's lineup
    Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Kolten Wong sitting out on Sunday
    Kolten Wong is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Wong suffered a minor wrist injury on Saturday, but he stayed the game so this just looks like a day off. Pete Kozma is at second base Sunday in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:36 am
  • Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) returns to lineup
    Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramirez missed a couple games with a sore hamstring, but he's ready to roll now. The third baseman has struggled overall this season but has been heating up of late, sporting a .375/.423/.708 batting line with a couple homers over his last eight games. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Turner homers, scores three runs vs. D'Backs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:16 pm
  • Pujols slugs fourth homer in loss to Giants
    Albert Pujols slugged his fourth home run of the season Saturday in the Angels' loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The seventh-inning shot off Tim Hudson was Albert's only hit of the game. He sat out Thursday and Friday with a left hamstring injury but told reporters late Saturday that it's no longer bothering him. The 35-year-old is batting just .210/.289/.395 on the young season, but he should be good for 25-plus dingers if he can stay mostly healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Jimmy Rollins not in Dodgers' lineup Sat.
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's a day of mental and physical rest for the veteran shortstop, who's batting just .179/.278/.321 in 22 games this year. Enrique Hernandez is starting at short and Joc Pederson is leading off for Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Pujols returns to Angels lineup on Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's slotted in his regular third slot in the Angels lineup and will play first base. Before he sustained the injury, the veteran slugger was hitting just .208/.291/.364 with three homers and nine RBI in 21 games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:12 am
  • Aramis Ramirez expects to return on Sunday
    Aramis Ramirez expects to return to the Brewers lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is getting another day off on Saturday due to general soreness and fatigue. The oft-injured slugger is hitting just .214/.236/.357 with two homers and seven RBI in 20 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Morrison homers and triples vs. Astros
    Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and his first triple since the 2013 season with the Marlins. Morrison has pulled his batting average up from .149 to .213 over the past three games. It's not much, but it's progress. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Addison Russell blasts first HR in Cubs' win
    Addison Russell belted a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell struck out in his other two plate appearances, but his drive over the left-center field wall in the third inning represented the only scoring of the game. The young infielder is hitting just .194/.219/.387 in the early going and batting in the No. 9 spot is unappealing for fantasy owners, but the upside obviously remains. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:35 pm
  • James Paxton solid for seven innings
    James Paxton surrendered two runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Scott Feldman matched him, so Paxton remains winless through five starts. Still, this was the best outing -- and the best velocity -- he's had so far, and it was badly needed with his rotation spot potentially in jeopardy. He still has some potential for mixed-league value, and he probably needs to be picked up in any 12- or 14-team leagues in which he's gotten dropped. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) hopes to play this weekend
    Albert Pujols said Thursday that his left hamstring was feeling better and that he's hopeful of playing Saturday or Sunday in San Francisco.

    Advice: The Angels are likely to take things cautiously with their veteran slugger, so while he could appear as a pinch-hitter over the weekend, it would be surprising to see him return to the lineup so quickly. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Garrett Richards fans five in win over A's
    Garrett Richards picked up his second victory of the season on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits over six-plus strong innings against the Athletics.

    Advice: Richards racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon, though he did issue three free passes. The only run charged to him on the day rode home on a Mark Canha two-run homer after Richards departed in the seventh inning. He's been good through his first three starts, posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 18 innings. He'll look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the Mariners at home on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Jesse Chavez hit hard in loss to Angels
    Jesse Chavez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Angels on Thursday afternoon, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Chavez punched out five on the day while walking three. He seemed to tire a bit as the game wore on, with most of the damage against him coming in a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with the rough outing, Chavez sports a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to get in the win column for the first time when he does battle against the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles again, scores three
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with another double and three runs scored Thursday in the Cardinals' win over the Phillies.

    Advice: One of the hottest hitters in baseball through the first month, Carpenter boasts a .372/.438/.651 batting line with a whopping 13 doubles and 21 runs scored in 21 games this season. He should continue to provide high-level fantasy value all year near the top of a potent Cardinals lineup. He's on pace for 100 doubles. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • Albert Pujols says left hamstring feels 'OK'
    Albert Pujols told reporters Thursday morning that his left hamstring feels "OK."

    Advice: But he is not in the Angels' lineup Thursday afternoon in Oakland and he probably won't get any starts during the team's weekend series in San Francisco, where there will be no option to DH him. Pujols pulled up lame on a base hit in the sixth inning Wednesday night and had to limp off the field, but he believes it was just a hamstring cramp. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) expected to avoid the DL
    Albert Pujols is expected to avoid the disabled list after leaving Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Pujols is set to miss at least a couple of games, though. C.J. Cron will start at first base unless the Angels decide to call up Efren Navarro. Collin Cowgill and Grant Green could get some extra at-bats. Pujols tweaked his hamstring Wednesday night on a sixth-inning single. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Greinke improves to 4-0, beats the Giants
    Zack Greinke improved to 4-0 by allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked two. To put Greinke's 2015 start in context, consider this: Wednesday was his worst outing of the year. He's won four straight outings and would have won all five turns this year had Chris Hatcher not imploded in Greinke's 2015 debut against the Padres earlier this month. The right-hander will go for 5-0 in Milwaukee next week. He'll bring a 1.93 ERA with him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Vogelsong torched, rotation gig in jeopardy
    Ryan Vogelsong was punted around for six runs over three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was ugly. On the bright side, as it were, it could have been uglier. Vogelsong gave up three homers in the first inning and another in the third. Fortunately for him, only one runner was on base total as the four balls sailed over the wall. We can't imagine Vogelsong is long for the Giants' rotation and you should expect an upcoming announcement which banishes him to the bullpen. Vogelsong, you'll recall, was booted from the rotation after his first start of the season. Injuries to Matt Cain and Jake Peavy gave him another shot, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy can only tolerate rolling out a pitching machine for so long. Vogelsong is now 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA and 2.02 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Pujols exits with potential hamstring injury
    Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a potential left hamstring injury.

    Advice: Pujols singled in the sixth inning but clutched his hamstring as he jogged to first base. The 35-year-old left the game but was moving fairly well, lending hope to the idea that it's a mostly precautionary measure. The Angels should give an update shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Logan Morrison goes 4-for-5, doubles
    Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even a four-hit game could merely raise his average to .194. Still, it's a start. It's the first time in 20 games this year that he's come up with multiple hits. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Hendricks limits Bucs to 2 runs but gets loss
    Kyle Hendricks limited the Pirates to two runs over five innings on Wednesday, but was handed a loss.

    Advice: A fourth-inning RBI single by Jung Ho Kang and a fifth-inning bases-loaded walk to Starling Marte accounted for the two runs the right-hander allowed. Overall, he gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out six. Hendricks, who finished with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts last season, hasn't been too effective over his first four starts to the 2015 season. Wednesday's outing lowered his ERA to 5.23 and he carries a 1.21 WHIP and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings as well. Hendricks will look for better results in his next start, when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Rosenthal escapes trouble for his 8th save
    Trevor Rosenthal got out of a ninth-inning jam for his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's victory versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Rosenthal was tasked with protecting a three-run lead against the light-hitting Phillies. After getting two quick outs, he allowed a single to pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore and a walk to Ben Revere to bring up the tying run in the form of Odubel Herrera. Rosenthal powered a fastball by Herrera to close out the contest. The right-hander moves to 8-for-8 in save chances with a 0.93 ERA and a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Cashner punches out 10 in loss to Astros
    Andrew Cashner struck out 10 over seven innings but allowed three runs -- two earned -- in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: For the second straight day a Padres pitcher enjoyed a strong strikeout total against a free-swinging Astros club but ended up with the loss. For Cashner, he allowed six hits and walked one but was simply outpitched by Dallas Keuchel. It was still a largely positive start for the right-hander, who fell to 1-4 but owns a 2.61 ERA and 36/8 K/BB ratio through five starts. Cashner will look to get in the win column Tuesday at the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:18 pm
  • Matt Garza solid in win over Reds
    Matt Garza had his best start of the season Wednesday, holding the Reds to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in an 8-3 victory.

    Advice: Garza served up solo home runs to Todd Frazier and Tucker Barnhart, but he yielded just five hits and two walks while striking out four. It's the right-hander's second straight quality start, but he still sports an ugly 19/13 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Dodgers at home the next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:54 pm
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Rizzo sends Cubs to a win with 2-run double
    Anthony Rizzo knocked in a pair of runs with a single and a double, helping the Cubs take down the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo served a Vance Worley offering into center field to score the Cubs' first run of the game. He also singled in a run in the fifth and walked, finishing 2-for-3. Rizzo has been an offensive machine thus far, batting .344/.494/.508 with two home runs and nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Jesse Chavez moving into A's rotation
    Jesse Chavez will take Kendall Graveman's spot in the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: It was the presumed move after Graveman was sent down Sunday. Chavez was mostly very good as a starter for the A's last season (3.44 ERA) and allowed just one run and one hit over six frames in a spot start last week. He should be owned in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 10:20 am
  • James Paxton strikes out seven Twins
    James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:01 pm
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