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  • Joe Kelly on 'thin ice' with Red Sox
    According to Sean McAdam of, Joe Kelly is "clearly on thin ice" with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Kelly was blasted for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins and now owns a 6.24 ERA for the year. The plans calls for him to get one more start to show that he's making progress. If he stumbles, the Red Sox could demote him to Triple-A and call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to take his place in the rotation.
    17 minutes ago
  • Johnny Cueto to undergo MRI on elbow
    Johnny Cueto will undergo an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but his agent Bryce Dixon said the right-hander is optimistic he's only dealing with fatigue. We should have a better idea about his status soon. In the meantime, the Reds and fantasy owners will cross their fingers.
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Dodgers, Braves talking Uribe/Callaspo deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a deal involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo.

    Advice: No specifics yet, but Uribe and a minor leaguer would go to the Braves for Callaspo and three minor leaguers. Rosenthal hears from one source that the deal was close to being completed as of Monday night, which explains why Callaspo was a late-scratch from the Braves' lineup. Callaspo doesn't have much value to the Dodgers, but moving Uribe would officially clear the way for Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner, and Scott Van Slyke to take on more pronounced roles. Uribe, 36, is batting just .247/.287/.309 with one home run and six RBI through 87 plate appearances this season and is making $6.5 million. Because Callaspo signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Braves as a free agent over the winter, he has the ability to veto any trade until June 15.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Forsythe to play first base with Loney out
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that Logan Forsythe will function as the regular first baseman with James Loney (finger) sidelined.

    Advice: This will open things up for Nick Franklin to get more playing time at second base. Rene Rivera, Jacob Elmore, and Tim Beckham could also see some reps at first base, but Forsythe should get most of the playing time. Loney is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Brewers recall RHP Goforth from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Wily Peralta (oblique) on the active roster. Goforth, 26, had a 3.43 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 21 innings this season in Triple-A. He'll pitch in middle relief.
    Today, 5:56 am
  • Cowgill (hand) serves as pinch-runner
    Collin Cowgill (hand) served as a pinch-runner Monday against the Padres and scored the winning run.

    Advice: Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup after he felt pain in his top hand while swinging in batting practice. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup, but that the Angels were willing to use him as a pinch-runner indicates that it might not be long.
    Today, 5:43 am
  • Hamilton has RBI single in return to action
    Billy Hamilton (shoulder, wrist) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Monday.

    Advice: Hamilton sat out Sunday after banging his shoulder and wrist on a slide into second base on Saturday, but one day of rest was enough. It's worth noting that he was moved from eighth to ninth in the order on Monday, which Reds manager Bryan Price is hopeful will allow him to take more advantage of his speed. Look him him to stick there, at least for the short-term.
    Today, 5:40 am
  • McCann (foot) homers in return to lineup
    Brian McCann (foot) blasted a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored twice in Monday's blowout win over the Royals.

    Advice: McCann left Sunday's game with cramping in his right foot and calf, but it was never a major concern. The 31-year-old backstop has driven in seven runs over his last four games and is now batting .235/.299/.404 with five home runs and 28 RBI on the year.
    Today, 5:16 am
  • C.J. Cron optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned 1B/DH C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron's playing time had been dwindling and he's hit just .204/.225/.276 for the season with an ugly 23/2 K/BB ratio. The Halos will make a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's game.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Ross works around 10 hits in a no-decision
    Tyson Ross took a no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 4-3 to the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Ross was fortunate to only allow the three runs as he gave up 10 hits in the outing along with a walk. The Angels also stole three bases off of him and catcher Derek Norris. Ross used seven strikeouts to limit runner advancement. The young right-hander has pitched well, but not at the level that led to an All-Star bid in 2014. He has a 3.84 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, and a 69/30 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. Ross will face the Pirates at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Weaver delivers solid effort over 6 2/3 IP
    Jered Weaver got a no-decision on Monday, holding the Padres to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Weaver was working on a shutout, but allowed the tying run to get into scoring position in the seventh inning before he was pulled. Reliever Jose Alvarez allowed Weaver's runner to score plus two of his own, ruining Weaver's bid for a win. Weaver allowed six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has really turned things around over his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 4.06 with a 1.15 WHIP, and a 35/10 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Weaver will face the Tigers at home next weekend.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Kimbrel allows Angels to walk off in the 9th
    Craig Kimbrel didn't take the loss, but allowed the Angels to walk off winners in the ninth inning on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Quackenbush allowed the Angels to put runners on the corners with one out, prompting manager Bud Black to bring in Kimbrel to put out the fire. Kimbrel struck out Erick Aybar, then intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Kimbrel broke Pujols' bat, but the grounder snuck into left field for a walk-off single. Kimbrel wasn't charged with the run or the loss, but entered the appearance having allowed runs in seven of his previous 11 outings and he carries a miserable 5.63 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 10 innings while going 11-for-12 in save chances.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Pujols delivers a walk-off RBI single vs. SDP
    Albert Pujols hit a broken-bat RBI single to help the Angels walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was trying to clean up Kevin Quackenbush's mess and walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs to face Pujols. Pujols broke his bat, but was strong enough to drive a grounder into left field for the walk-off hit. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. The veteran first baseman is batting a mediocre .228/.280/.420 with eight home runs and 17 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Odorizzi takes another tough-luck loss
    Jake Odorizzi lost his third straight decision despite yielding only two runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Odorizzi has notched quality starts in all five May outings, but has lost his last three because the Rays have provided him a grand total of four runs of support. On Monday, he scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Both runs scored in the first inning, thanks in part to a Tim Beckham fielding error. Odorizzi, sporting a fantastic 2.31 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 53/12 K/BB ratio over 66 1/3 innings, will try to get back in the win column in Baltimore against the Orioles next.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Forsythe provides Rays' only run with a homer
    Logan Forsythe walked and hit a solo home run, providing the Rays' only run in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Forsythe put the Rays on the board with a sixth-inning solo shot to left field off of Roenis Elias. The 28-year-old has done a terrific job, batting .299/.374/.487 with five home runs and 21 RBI. He has played mostly at second base in the absence of Nick Franklin and has value in mixed leagues as long as he's hitting the way he is and getting regular at-bats.
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Stanton homers, but Marlins fall to Pirates
    Giancarlo Stanton was the only source of offense for the Marlins, knocking in both runs in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Stanton gave the Marlins a temporary 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning, then reduced their deficit to 3-2 with a third-inning solo home run to right field off of Charlie Morton. The slugger is hitting .234/.323/.509 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI as May nears its conclusion.
    Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Alvarez homers again as Pirates top Marlins
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's victory against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alvarez provided insurance with a sixth-inning solo homer off of David Phelps, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-2. He has homered in back-to-back starts and has four in his last eight games, giving him nine total on the season along with 21 RBI and a .241/.327/.496 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Smoak homers, knocks in 3 runs in a win
    Justin Smoak walked, hit an RBI single, and slugged a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Blue Jays enjoyed a 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Smoak pushed the Jays' lead to 4-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Hector Noesi. He added on unnecessary insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Smoak hadn't homered since April 24 but still has a decent .246/.343/.426 batting line with three home runs and 11 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Chad Gaudin has carpal tunnel release surgery
    Chad Gaudin could be ready to pitch in a month after undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery.

    Advice: Gaudin has battled nerve issues the past couple years but is hoping that this operation finally puts them to bed. He could potentially get a shot at some point with all the Dodgers' pitching injuries, but they certainly won't be counting on him.
    Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Carlos Santana homers, scores twice
    Carlos Santana belted a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Santana got the Indians on the board in the first inning with a solo blast in what turned out to be an offensive slugfest. He also drew a pair of walks on the day. Santana's numbers have been a tad disappointing to this point, but he still has a .367 on-base percentage and is on pace for 18 homers and 88 RBI.
    Yesterday, 5:12 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Kelly hammered in loss to Twins
    Joe Kelly was crushed for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Kelly came into Monday's outing with back-to-back solid starts, but this was anything but. After giving up a sacrifice fly in the first inning, he allowed six runs in the second before being chased from the game. The big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of Trevor Plouffe. He allowed nine of the 14 batters he faced to reach base and failed to record a strikeout. Kelly now owns an ugly 6.24 ERA through nine starts this season and his time in Boston's rotation could be nearing an end.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) expected to miss just one start
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't expect Johnny Cueto (elbow) to miss any more starts.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from an outing Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but the club doesn't consider the ailment to be serious. He'll throw a bullpen session in a few days and be cleared to rejoin the rotation presumably this weekend against the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Pirates' lineup Monday
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Josh Harrison is starting at third base and Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop against Marlins right-hander David Phelps. Kang will be available off the bench. He's batting .304/.369/.435 in his first 31 major league games.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Josh Bell drills four hits in Sunday's win
    Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell delivered four hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Altoona

    Advice: All of his hits were singles. The 22-year-old is now second in the Eastern League in batting average (.338), fourth in RBI (29), seventh in walks (21) and third in on base percentage (.412). Bell has shown remarkable consistency all season, batting .325 in May after hitting an even more robust .352 in April. He's struck out just 14 times in 151 at-bats. Altoona fans should get to the park soon because Bell won't be in Double-A for much longer.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Doolittle (shoulder) due back from DL Tues.
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Doolittle has spent the first two months of the 2015 regular season rehabbing a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. He allowed five runs in five innings on his rehab assignment, so the A's will likely ease him back into high-leverage situations. The 28-year-old southpaw should eventually take over for Tyler Clippard at closer.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Buster Posey not in Giants' lineup on Monday
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Brewers.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Posey. Andrew Susac will catch Tim Lincecum and bat eighth at Miller Park.
    Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Heyward (hip) returns to Cards' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward (hip) is in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday versus the visiting Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heyward sat out Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City with some lingering tightness in his left hip. He's starting in right field and batting seventh on Memorial Day. Matt Holliday is in left and Peter Bourjos is in center.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • McCann (foot) in Yankees' lineup on Monday
    Brian McCann (foot) is in the Yankees' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Royals.

    Advice: McCann made an early exit from Sunday's game with a foot cramp. It obviously wasn't a serious issue.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Moustakas (clavicle) goes 1-for-4 in return
    Mike Moustakas (clavicle) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Moustakas made an early exit from Saturday's game after taking a bad hop off his collarbone at third base. He only suffered a bruise. The 26-year-old budding star is batting .333/.385/.491 in 40 games this season.
    Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Brian McCann leaves game late with injury
    Brian McCann was removed from Sunday's game against the Rangers in the ninth inning with a cramp in his foot/calf.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted that he was a little concerned about the injury and that the team would know more about it on Monday. Owners in weekly leagues may want to have another option available should it look like the veteran backstop may miss a few games.
    Sunday, 8:42 pm
  • X-Rays come bace negative for Cowgill (hand)
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after he hurt his top hand while swinging in batting practice pregame.

    Advice: He was sent out for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Cowgill has also been battling back tightness in recent days, which many had thought was the reason for his late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He should be considered day-to-day and looks as though he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Collin Cowgill (back) scratched from lineup
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: Cowgill has been battling the ailment for a few days. He's day-to-day. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in the lineup.
    Sunday, 9:28 am
  • Jason Heyward (hip) sitting out again Sunday
    Jason Heyward (hip) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now sat out two straight contests with tightness in his left hip. Heyward is considered day-to-day. Randal Grichuk is getting another start in right field.
    Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench in favor of Sean Rodriguez versus lefty Jon Niese. Alvarez has just one hit in 17 at-bats against left-handers this season.
    Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Billy Hamilton (shoulder, wrist) sitting out
    Billy Hamilton (shoulder, wrist) is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Hamilton banged his shoulder and wrist on a slide into second base Saturday. He stayed in that game and is expected to be fine, but the Reds felt it would be best to give him some rest Sunday. Brennan Boesch is handling center field.
    Sunday, 6:55 am
  • Moustakas exits game with clavicle contusion
    Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with a bruised clavicle.

    Advice: He got hit by a grounder in the top of the fifth inning. Christian Colon entered to play third base. Moustakas went 1-for-2 with a double before exiting.
    Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Hamilton gets hurt, expects to play Sunday
    Billy Hamilton suffered shoulder and wrist injuries Saturday but doesn't expect to miss any games.

    Advice: Hamilton injured himself sliding into second base but never came out of the game. He went 1-for-3 as the Reds dropped their seventh in a row. Hamilton was caught stealing for only the third time Saturday.
    Saturday, 4:58 pm
  • Jason Heyward sitting out with hip tightness
    Jason Heyward (hip) is not in the Cardinals lineup Saturday.

    Advice: He started feeling tightness in his hip late in Friday's 5-0 loss to Kansas City. Manager Mike Matheny said Heyward is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup on Sunday. Randal Grichuk is getting the start in right field.
    Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Sean Doolittle to be re-evaluated on Monday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday.

    Advice: The A's received glowing reports from Doolittle's last rehab outing on Friday, and barring any setbacks it looks as though he will be cleared to rejoin the bullpen at some point next week. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he would probably be used in lower leverage situations his first couple of times out, easing the hard-throwing southpaw back into the closer's role. His return would spell the end of the fantasy value for Tyler Clippard.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Cueto to miss next start with elbow stiffness
    Johnny Cueto will miss his scheduled start on Sunday due to elbow stiffnesss.

    Advice: Cueto believes that it's a minor issue and that he should only miss the one start. Raisel Iglesias will start in his place on Sunday against the Indians. If he indeed misses just the one start, he'll work next Saturday against the Nationals.
    Saturday, 10:51 am
  • Posey sitting out first game of doubleheader
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: He'll be back in there behind the plate for the nightcap. Andrew Susac is starting in his place behind the dish and will bat eighth against Jordan Lyles.
    Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Johnny Cueto has next start pushed back
    Johnny Cueto's scheduled start on Sunday has been pushed back.

    Advice: Raisel Iglesias will start in Cueto's place against the Indians on Sunday. Cueto has been bothered by general stiffness since his last start, but doesn't appear to be a major issue. It's unclear if he'll just be pushed back one day until Monday, or if he'll work later in the week.
    Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop being a day game after a night game. John Ryan Murphy will get the start behind the plate and will hit eighth against Nick Martinez and the Rangers.
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Pujols (hand) homers in return to lineup
    Albert Pujols (hand) went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored in his return to the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, but he thinks he can play through it. The 35-year-old is batting .235/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 16 RBI through 39 games this season.
    Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Kang has RBI, SB in win over Mets
    Jung Ho Kang had an RBI single and a stolen base against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Kang has hit safely in five straight games and owns a .310/.372/.440 batting line with two home runs, 11 RBI, and three stolen bases through 29 games. He has pushed the struggling Jordy Mercer to the bench in recent days and deserves to be owned in more fantasy leagues right now.
    Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Albert Pujols (hand) back in lineup Friday
    Albert Pujols (hand) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, but he wound up missing just the one game. He's batting .231/.288/.413 with seven homers for the Halos this season.
    Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Santana (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Carlos Santana (back) is in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Santana missed the previous four games due to back spasms. The 29-year-old is batting .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games this season.
    Thursday, 2:20 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Albert Pujols (hand) hopes to play Friday
    Albert Pujols (hand) hopes to play Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols was hit in the lower part of his left hand by a pitch on Wednesday. He's still dealing with some swelling and is having some trouble gripping the bat, but already has felt some improvement.
    Thursday, 1:58 pm
  • Heyward goes 0-for-3 in shutout loss vs NYM
    Jason Heyward went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Heyward's one strikeout was actually on the nice side of things, as all five of his teammates hitting above him whiffed at least twice. The 0-for-3 continued a disappointing season for Heyward in his new home, as the outfielder is hitting just .245/.300/.388 with four homers, 12 RBI and 23 runs scored. We hope for an upswing as the season rolls along, though we've tempered our expectations.
    Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • Pujols (hand) not in Angels' lineup Thursday
    Albert Pujols (hand) is not in the Angels' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pujols was hit on the lower part of his left hand Wednesday by a Drew Hutchison pitch. X-rays showed no fractures, but he still has some soreness and bruising. Marc Krauss will start at first base and bat second Thursday in Toronto. Mike Trout will bat third.
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Stanton notches RBI single in loss to ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton got in on the party early, hitting an RBI single off of Archie Bradley in the first inning, but it would be his only hit of the game. The RBI was his 39th of the season. Stanton's additional numbers include 12 homers, 25 runs scored and a .239/.324/.523 slash.
    Thursday, 12:27 pm
  • Ross coughs up 3 runs in loss to the Cubs
    Tyson Ross yielded three runs on four hits across seven innings in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: On a positive note, he struck out eight. On the negative side of things, he walked three. Yes, control continues to be an issue, as Ross leads the National League with 29 walks allowed. He's never had great control, but if he can improve it to his career norms, the ERA and WHIP should also normalize. Ross has a 3.93 ERA this year against a 3.72 career mark, and he has a 1.46 career WHIP versus a 1.34 career rate.
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Posey goes off for 2B, HR, 3 hits vs. Dodgers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 4-0 triumph versus the rival Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey entered the night as a strong play in daily leagues against the left-hander Brett Anderson, and he paid off for those investing handsomely. Interestingly, the homer came against right-hander Yimi Garcia, not Anderson. Posey, on an eight-game hitting streak, is slashing .308/.379/.476.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Pujols 'OK', day to day with hand contusion
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Albert Pujols is "OK" and will be day to day with a bruised hand.

    Advice: Dipoto added that there are no fractures or broken bones in Pujols' left hand or wrist. Pujols may sit out Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, but he should avoid a disabled list stint. He got struck with a Drew Hutchinson pitch on Wednesday night.
    Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Odorizzi tosses six solid frames, but loses
    Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs in six innings, taking a tough-luck loss against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Braves scored their first run with a two-out single in the third inning, then added another in the sixth in a ground out. Odorizzi was solid, but opposing starter Williams Perez and the Braves' bullpen were slightly better. The right-hander allowed four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Now 3-4, Odorizzi will bring a 2.43 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 46/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings into a home start versus the Mariners.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Joe Kelly strikes out seven Rangers
    Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in seven innings and struck out seven against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly still hasn't won since April 11, but he has given himself some job security with two fine outings in a row. He has a 5.13 ERA for the season, though it comes with a 1.31 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Heyward homers to help Cards trample Mets
    Jason Heyward had two hits and a walk in five trips to the plate, including a solo home run as the Cardinals routed the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Heyward swatted a solo home run to right-center in the fourth inning, helping to start a six-run outburst. The 25-year-old outfielder has a meager .250/.306/.396 triple-slash line with four home runs and 12 RBI on the year. The Cardinals are hoping the summer months heat up his bat.
    Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Brian McCann reaches three times
    Brian McCann reached three times and delivered a sac fly Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: McCann walked for just the sixth and seventh times this season. A 1-for-15 slump had dropped his OBP all of the way down to .279.
    Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Pujols undergoing tests on left hand, wrist
    Albert Pujols underwent tests on his left hand and wrist Wednesday night.

    Advice: The first baseman was hit by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the hand and wrist area during Wednesday's game, eventually necessitating his exit. The immediate diagnosis from the Angels was a left hand contusion, but that doesn't appear to be the end of the story. Reports had Pujols leaving the ballpark with a cast on his wrist. The results of Wednesday's tests, and Pujols' prognosis going forward, should be known Thursday.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Weaver wins third straight with 7 IP vs. Jays
    Jered Weaver picked up his third consecutive victory, limiting the Blue Jays to three runs in seven innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: After his May 3 start, Weaver was 0-4 with a 6.29 ERA, but he's cobbled together three consecutive quality outings now. On Wednesday, all three runs scored with two outs in the fourth inning on a double, a single, and another double after Weaver issued back-to-back walks to start the frame. Other than that, he was solid, yielding only four hits in total with three walks and four punch-outs. The right-hander's ERA is down to 4.37 with a 1.16 WHIP and a 28/9 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings. Weaver will try to win his fourth start in a row when he faces the Padres at home to begin a homestand on Monday.
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Pujols diagnosed with left hand contusion
    Albert Pujols has been diagnosed with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: It's a fortunate diagnosis, as it certainly seemed possible something was broken after he was hit by a Drew Hutchison pitch. It sounds like he'll only miss a day or two, but more should be known Thursday.
    Wednesday, 5:42 pm
  • Santana (back) expected to return Thursday
    Carlos Santana (back) is expected to return Thursday.

    Advice: Santana will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday with back spasms, but there has been significant progress. Santana, 29, is batting .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games this season for the Tribe.
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Posey drives in a run and walks as Giants win
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with an RBI single to left-center off of Carlos Frias. As the Dodgers were shut out, it turned out to be the deciding hit. The catcher is now on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of 16 games so far this month. Posey is batting .295/.369/.439 with six home runs and 19 RBI on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Kimbrel escapes with the save after a homer
    Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run but still picked up his 11th save as the Padres escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Staked to a two-run lead, Kimbrel got two quick outs on strikeouts before Chris Coghlan took him out to center field for a solo home run. The flame-throwing right-hander got Mike Baxter to ground out to end the game. Kimbrel has been remarkably hittable this season as he has a 5.74 ERA and has allowed three home runs in 15 2/3 innings. Nevertheless, he's 11-for-12 in save chances with a 23/5 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Moustakas has three hits, two RBI vs. Reds
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Moustakas had two RBI doubles in the affair, giving him 10 doubles and 15 RBI on the year. He's had multi-hit efforts in four of his past nine games, raising his overall line to .331/.388/.497.
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Cueto allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies.
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Stanton's homer not enough as Marlins lose
    Giancarlo Stanton homered again, finishing 1-for-4, but it wasn't enough for the Marlins in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton crushed a two-run home run off of Jeremy Hellickson in the sixth inning, locking the game up at two apiece. But it would prove to be the Marlins' only offense. They are now 0-2 to begin the Dan Jennings era. Stanton, at least, is a bright spot with his 12 home runs, 38 RBI, and .243/.324/.541 batting line.
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Carlos Santana (back) 'a couple of days' away
    Carlos Santana (back) said Tuesday that while he feels better, it could be "a couple of days" before he returns to the lineup.

    Advice: Santana is out of the lineup for the third straight day Tuesday because of back spasms. It sounds like he might not be back in there until the weekend series against the Reds.
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Santana (back) not in Indians' lineup Tuesday
    Carlos Santana (back) is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Santana did not play Sunday and was scratched from the lineup Monday due to back spasms. Consider him day-to-day for now. Brandon Moss is at first base and Nick Swisher is at DH on Tuesday versus Chicago.
    Tuesday, 1:11 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Heyward not in Tuesday's lineup
    Jason Heyward is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against southpaw Jon Niese. Peter Bourjos will start in center field and bat leadoff while Randal Grichuk will start in right field and bat second.
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Carlos Santana scratched with back spasms
    Carlos Santana was scratched from Monday's lineup with back spasms.

    Advice: Santana didn't play Sunday, either, as he revealed that the issue began to crop up on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Brandon Moss, who had been scheduled for a day off, is covering first base in Santana's absence.
    Monday, 2:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Carlos Santana not in lineup Sunday
    Carlos Santana is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Indians have Brandon Moss at first base and Nick Swisher in right field while Santana sits.
    May 17, 9:55 am
    4:10 pm vs Tex
  • Billy Hamilton moved down to No. 8 spot
    Billy Hamilton has been moved down to the No. 8 spot in the Reds' lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Hamilton leads baseball with his 17 stolen bases this season, but his .212/.264/.336 batting line has left a lot to be desired. The red-hot Zack Cozart is hitting leadoff Sunday in Hamilton's place.
    May 17, 7:46 am
  • Stanton blasts mammoth home run in loss
    Giancarlo Stanton blasted a mammoth home run in a losing effort against the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: He blasted an Alex Wood offering over the batter's eye in center field and into the second deck for his 11th bomb. He finished 1-for-5 on the afternoon.
    May 16, 2:27 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cardinals lineup
    Jason Hayward is not in the Cardinals lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: The struggling outfielder will get a day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price. Randall Grichuk will start in his place at hit leadoff for the Cardinals.
    May 16, 8:51 am
  • Heyward homers in loss to Tigers
    Jason Heyward was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: It was his third home run of the season and his first since April 24. Heyward has batted eighth in each of the last two games and might continue to stick near the bottom of the order until he shows more results. Even after Friday's performance, the 25-year-old is batting just .246/.305/.369 over 35 games this season.
    May 15, 10:09 pm
  • Moustakas has four-hit night vs. Yankees
    Mike Moustakas was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Moustakas had a single, two doubles, and a triple. His double in the seventh inning was very close to being a home run, which would have given him the cycle. Still, it was a fantastic night for the 26-year-old, who is batting .333/.392/.496 on the year and has embraced hitting to the opposite field.
    May 15, 9:08 pm
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