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  • Ervin Santana (back) plays catch on Saturday
    Ervin Santana (back) played catch and worked on his mechanics Saturday.

    Advice: He's expected to follow the same routine Sunday before throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Santana is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday against the White Sox. That might be a tad optimistic but Santana seems to be moving in the right direction. 41 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Det
  • Mike Napoli out with a stiff neck Saturday
    Mike Napoli (neck) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's out with a stiff neck. Napoli has already slugged four homers this year but he also has 33 strikeouts in only 78 at-bats. Carlos Santana will make his fourth start at first base. Today, 2:34 pm
    4:05 pm x @Phi
  • Joe Ross pitches well in win over Cardinals
    Joe Ross pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Cardinals, scattering six hits and two walks over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out four on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning. Ross has been simply outstanding in the early going, compiling a 3-0 record, 0.79 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 14/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend his dominance when he does battle against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday. Today, 2:25 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Joey Rickard getting the day off Saturday
    Joey Rickard is not in the Orioles' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's sitting for the first time this season. Hyun-soo Kim will fill in at left field with Manny Machado taking over the leadoff spot. Rickard should return to the starting lineup on Sunday. He's been in a slump, collecting just five hits in his last 32 at-bats (.156). Today, 2:12 pm
  • Justin Upton's three-run homer leads Tigers
    Justin Upton blasted a three-run home run in the first inning on Saturday, powering the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: Upton tagged Twins hurler Tyler Duffey with the massive blast in the first inning, putting the Twins in an early hole they'd be unable to dig out of. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .221/.242/.326 with two long balls and eight RBI on the season. Today, 2:07 pm
  • Duffey strikes out seven in loss to Tigers
    Tyler Duffey pitched well in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Duffey punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The lone mistake that he made in the ballgame came in the first inning where he served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton. Duffey now boasts a 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He has certainly shown enough to earn another start, which would come on Friday against the White Sox in Chicago. Today, 2:05 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Mesoraco struggling with shoulder stiffness
    Devin Mesoraco is dealing with a stiff left shoulder.

    Advice: That would explain why he's sitting Saturday against Pittsburgh. Mesoraco will be available off the bench tonight and should be back in the starting lineup Sunday or Monday. Hot-hitting Tucker Barnhart will fill in behind the plate. Today, 1:31 pm
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Smith (elbow) expected to return Tuesday
    Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox.

    Advice: He hasn't allowed a run in his two rehab appearances for Double-A Portland. Smith missed about a month with a strained flexor tendon. He should eventually settle in as a setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel. Today, 1:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Diamondbacks designate Hessler for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated LHP Keith Hessler for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler just joined the big league club on Monday, but allowed three runs on five hits over his three innings of work. It's unlikely that he'll generate much interest on waivers and should continue to function as organizational bullpen depth. Today, 12:48 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • Devin Mesoraco remains out of Reds lineup
    Devin Mesoraco remains out of the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds as though Reds manager Bryan Price wanted to give his young backstop a few days off to clear his head after starting the season in a .140/.218/.160 funk with only one RBI. Tucker Barnhart is behind the plate again on Saturday and batting seventh for the Reds against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates. Today, 11:35 am
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Carlos Gomez sits with soreness in rib cage
    Carlos Gomez is dealing with soreness in his left rib cage and is expected to miss a few games.

    Advice: X-rays have already ruled out a fracture, but he's sore enough that he isn't able to give it a full go. Gomez sustained the injury diving for a ball in the outfield during the ninth inning on Friday. Today, 11:20 am
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Giants option Michael Broadway to Triple-A
    Giants optioned RHP Michael Broadway to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander struggled in his four appearances with the big league club, allowing seven runs over his 5 1/3 innings of work (11.81 ERA). He'll continue to provide bullpen depth at the Triple-A level. Today, 10:56 am
  • Pirates option Rob Scahill back to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Scahill became the odd-man out in the Pirates bullpen with Jared Hughes returning from the disabled list on Saturday. Scahill appeared in eight games for the Pirates, compiling a 6.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 5/3 K/BB ratio across six innings. He should get another opportunity with the big league club this summer. Today, 10:48 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Carlos Gomez not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Carlos Gomez is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Gomez returned to action on Friday after missing a game after he was drilled in the wrist by a pitch during Wednesday's contest. It's unclear if his absence on Saturday is due to the wrist or simply because he's hitting .213/.241/.275 on the year. Preston Tucker is starting in left field with Colby Rasmus manning center field defensively. Today, 10:36 am
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Peralta expected to begin rehab on May 21st
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that he expects Jhonny Peralta (thumb) to begin a minor league rehab assignment around May 21.

    Advice: With that timetable in mind, Mozeliak noted that Peralta would likely need about a week's worth of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cardinals. Barring any setbacks, he could be looking at a return to the big league roster during the first week of June. Today, 10:13 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Bonifacio expected to rejon Braves on Monday
    Emilio Bonifacio is expected to rejoin the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: With the rain out on Saturday, the Braves are afforded the luxury of skipping the fifth starter spot in their rotation which could prompt them to return to a 12-man pitching staff and carry Bonifacio in a utility role at least for a few days. Today, 9:21 am
    Not Active
    PPD @ChC
  • Teheran will have start pushed back to Sunday
    Julio Teheran will start for the Braves on Sunday after Saturday's game against the Cubs was postponed due to rain.

    Advice: The Braves have yet to announce what they will do with Monday's scheduled starter as they could Matt Wisler (who was scheduled to pitch Sunday), or stick with Mike Foltynewicz who was expected to be recalled to start on Monday in place of Bud Norris. Today, 8:49 am
  • James McCann expected to return on Tuesday
    James McCann (ankle) is scheduled to play two more minor league rehab games at Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been swinging an extremely hot bat in his absence, but McCann is the club's starting catcher and will return to handle the bulk of the work behind the dish in Detroit. Today, 8:46 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Aledmys Diaz not in Cardinals starting lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Nationals.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will start in his place and bat seventh against opposing right-hander Joe Ross. Diaz, who is hitting a ridiculous .420/.452/.739 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday. Today, 8:24 am
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in seven innings
    Mike Fiers pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Alex Wood strikes out nine Padres
    Alex Wood struck out nine while allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wood brought his ERA down from 6.00 to 4.82 tonight. It surely helped some that he was facing the Padres, but he was due for an outing like this anyway. His velocity is better than it was last year, and his curve remains a fine weapon. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 10th homer versus Arizona
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Story took over sole possession of the major league lead in homers with his fifth-inning blast off Robbie Ray... for about a minute and a half. Then Nolan Arenado hit his 10th homer, going back-to-back with Story. With the homer tonight, Story has five homers in four games at Chase Field, to go along with four in 11 games at Coors (and one in three games at Great American). Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Conley tosses 7 2/3 no-hit IP vs. Brewers
    Adam Conley fired 7 2/3 no-hit innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly made the bold call to pull Conley after 116 pitches. Jonathan Lucroy eventually broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single off Jose Urena in the bottom of the ninth. While Conley didn’t get a chance to finish off the no-hitter, it was still a very encouraging outing. The southpaw walked four and struck out seven while inducing 14 swinging strikes. While he’s been a bit up and down in the early part of the season, he continues to show why he deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues. Conley lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks at home next week. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Ramos notches one-out save against MIL
    A.J. Ramos escaped trouble on Friday against the Brewers for his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: It looked like the Marlins wouldn’t need Ramos at all, as they held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth while trying to finish off a no-hitter. However, Jose Urena ended up surrendering three runs before Ramos got the call. After walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana to load the bases, Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar swinging to finally put the game to bed. The 29-year-old has walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings this season, but he also has 13 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Prado has three more hits Friday
    Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Strasburg strikes out nine in win over Cards
    Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out nine in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg gave up both runs in the first inning, but really settled down from there. He walked just one batter and notched seven strikeouts in the span of eight batters at one point. After finishing last season strong, the impending free agent is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio in 36 innings through his first five starts this season. He’ll attempt to keep it going next week against the Royals on the road. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Ervin Santana (back) to throw Saturday
    Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Det
  • Devin Mesoraco sitting out on Friday
    Devin Mesoraco is absent from the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's been a rough start to the season for Mesoraco, who is hitting only .140/.218/.160 with no homers and one RBI. Tucker Barnhart is behind the plate. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Trevor Story not in Rockies' lineup Thursday
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Story slugged his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday night, but he also tallied his 32nd, 33rd, and 34th strikeout as part of a 1-for-6 showing. Christian Adames will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday afternoon against Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio. Thursday, 9:58 am
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to play Friday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his right wrist, but X-rays turned up negative. This might be a good excuse to get the ultra-active 30-year-old center fielder some physical and mental rest. He's batting just .197/.228/.250 through 21 games this season. Preston Tucker entered to play left field on Wednesday with Colby Rasmus shifting to center. Thursday, 5:20 am
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Wednesday, 10:22 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • X-rays turn up clean on wrist of Carlos Gomez
    X-rays turned up negative on Carlos Gomez's right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his wrist, but he only suffered a bruise. Consider him day-to-day. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Gomez exits after being hit on wrist by pitch
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez was plunked by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the top of the fourth inning. He was subsequently replaced by pinch-runner Preston Tucker. The Astros should issue an update as to Gomez's status on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Rickard goes deep in win over the Rays
    Joey Rickard went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, which proved to be the difference in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Rickard raised a few eyebrows when he won a starting role with a strong spring, but his early performance has justified that decision. He's hitting .286/.303/.417 with two homers and nine runs scored. The 24-year-old is scuffling through a bit of a rough patch, though, as he's only 3-for-25 (.120 AVG) in his last six games. It's unclear how long his leash will be, but it helps that the Orioles don't have anyone pushing him for playing time. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Justin Upton moved to fifth spot in DET order
    Justin Upton has been dropped to the fifth spot in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: J.D. Martinez will bat second as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tries to light a spark. Upton, a $132.75 million offseason signing, has batted just .208/.235/.299 in 19 games for Detroit. He also leads MLB in strikeouts. Wednesday, 12:39 pm
  • McCann (ankle) goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut
    James McCann (ankle) went 0-for-3 with two walks in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: McCann served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter, but he should be catching in a couple days and he could return to the Tigers' active roster this weekend. The 25-year-old has been out since April 12 with a sprained ankle. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Ross (blister) is expected to make next start
    Joe Ross (blister) will take his next turn in the Nationals' rotation on Saturday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Ross had to exit his start last Wednesday after two innings when a blister opened up on his right middle finger and the Nationals scratched him from his turn Tuesday night against the Phillies, but he says the blister has already healed. "It’s feeling good. I think I could throw today," Ross told MASN on Tuesday. "They decided to skip me and give me some more rest. I don’t think they want me to re-aggravate my finger or anything like that." Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Carson Smith could join Red Sox next week
    Carson Smith (elbow) could join the Red Sox next week in Chicago.

    Advice: Smith is scheduled toss a light bullpen session on Thursday before appearing in back-to-back rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket. Assuming that all goes well, he will probably be activated Monday. The dominant 26-year-old setup man can be a huge addition to the Boston bullpen. Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Twins place Santana, Gibson on disabled list
    Twins placed RHP Ervin Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: Santana had to be scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Nationals due to back spasms and hasn't made much progress, though this is believed to be a minor issue. Minnesota also lost starter Kyle Gibson to a shoulder strain on Tuesday. Top starting pitching prospect Jose Berrios will be called up Wednesday to make his major league debut against the Indians. Tuesday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Det
  • Trevor Story gets first game off against Bucs
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's the first day off this season for the 23-year-old Colorado shortstop. Story got off to a ridiculous start in 2016, but he is currently in a 2-for-22 rut. He also leads the major leagues in strikeouts with 31. Christian Adames will get the nod in his place Tuesday. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • Marlins activate Prado from paternity leave
    Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Prado was excused from the team on Saturday afternoon to welcome a new child. The veteran third baseman returns Tuesday to an impressive .340/.382/.420 batting line. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • James McCann (ankle) rehabbing in Toledo
    James McCann (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann is expected to DH on Tuesday but he should be back behind the plate in a few days. The 25-year-old will likely be activated later this week. Jarrod Saltalmacchia has fared reasonably well in his absence, hitting four home runs over his last nine games. Tuesday, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Julio Teheran pitches well in loss
    Julio Teheran didn't deserve it but picked up a loss anyway Monday, tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Teheran's best outing of 2016, as he struck out a season-high eight on the night. The right-hander made one big mistake in the seventh inning and Jackie Bradley made him pay with a solo homer. Teheran will carry a 4.60 ERA into this weekend's start against the Cubs. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Santana (back) not certain for next start
    Ervin Santana (back) is not certain to make his next start.

    Advice: Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that the veteran right-hander was "feeling a lot better" on Monday, but he has yet to test his back by throwing. More should be known in the next couple of days. Monday, 5:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Det
  • D-Backs recall Hessler from Double-A
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Hessler, 27, had a 5.06 ERA and 5/3 K/BB ratio in 5 1/3 innings over his first seven appearances this season in Double-A. He'll operate in middle relief. Monday, 3:22 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • McCann (ankle) could begin rehab stint Tue.
    James McCann (ankle) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann, who is coming back from a Grade 2 sprain of his right ankle, ran the bases again on Monday. Assuming he feels good on Tuesday, he could serve as a DH for the start of a brief minor league rehab assignment. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate until he's ready. Monday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Aledmys Diaz stays hot with a 3-for-5
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Sunday, 5:18 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Alex Wood knocked around at Coors Field
    Alex Wood was knocked around in a no-decision at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering five runs on six hits over his five-plus innings.

    Advice: Wood also issued three walks while punching out five on the afternoon. He actually departed in line for his second victory of the season, though his bullpen was unable to hold on. He'll look to improve upon a troublesome 6.00 ERA and 1.76 WHIP when he takes on the Padres at home on Friday. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Strasburg whiffs 10 in no-decision vs. Twins
    Despite 10 strikeouts, Stephen Strasburg was undone by one mistake in a no-decision against the Twins in Sunday's 6-5, 16-inning marathon win, serving up a three-run home run to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning.

    Advice: Strasburg looked like a world-beater for most of his time on the mound Sunday, scattering seven hits while striking out 10. He did not walk a batter. Alas, even the best laid plans of mice and men oft fall apart. Such was the case for the ace in the eighth inning, when Brian Dozier launched a three-run homer to boost the Twins to a 4-1 lead. The Nats would score two runs in the bottom of the frame to set the stage for a dramatic pinch-hit solo homer by Bryce Harper in the ninth inning. They would ultimately win 6-5 in the 16th inning, with Strasburg long out of the picture for a decision. Through four starts, Strasburg holds a 2.17 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. In what figures to be a fun series, Strasburg will take to the road to face the Cardinals in his next start. Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Ramos earns his third save of the season
    A.J. Ramos nailed down his third save of the season Sunday in the Marlins' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Ramos struck out Matt Duffy and Buster Posey before yielding a two-out single to Hunter Pence. Trevor Brown then grounded out to second base to end it. Ramos has allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings to open the season and he is 3-for-3 in save opportunities. Sunday, 4:32 pm
  • Conley allows four runs in no-decision
    Adam Conley yielded four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: It wasn't the sharpest we've seen Conley, but the Marlins were able to pull out the win and prevent a three-game weekend sweep in San Francisco. Conley gave up seven hits and walked four while striking out two. He'll try to get back on the right track in his next scheduled start on the road against the Brewers. Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Duffey leaves after being hit by comebacker
    Tyler Duffey exited Sunday's start versus the Nationals after being hit in the right shoulder by a comebacker.

    Advice: Matt den Dekker smoked a line drive off of the top of the shoulder of Duffey, who walked off the field after a brief visit by a trainer. He was charged with one run over four-plus frames before departing. The Twins are saying Duffey's removal was precautionary, so he should be fine. He was making a spot start and figures to be sent back to Triple-A Rochester. Sunday, 12:09 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Joe Ross (blister) to have start skipped
    Joe Ross (blister) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ross exited an outing last Wednesday with a blister on his right middle finger, and it's apparently not healed yet. He'll have his turn skipped but will avoid the disabled list for now. Max Scherzer will move up to start on regular rest Tuesday. Sunday, 10:32 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • James McCann (ankle) runs the bases
    James McCann (ankle) ran the bases on Sunday.

    Advice: He also caught a bullpen session on Saturday. McCann won't return from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday, but he'll begin a four-game rehab assignment soon. Sunday, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Tyler Duffey recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Tyler Duffey from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Duffey will make a spot start on Sunday in place of Ervin Santana (back). The young right-hander has put up a 1.72 ERA over his first three starts for Rochester this season. It will just be a spot start, but Duffey has a chance to make a nice impression here in the midst of Tommy Milone's struggles. Sunday, 5:43 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in win over Boston
    Mike Fiers scattered two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Fiers labored at times Saturday but mostly kept the damage to a minimum. He finished with six strikeouts and two walks. He settled down after a chaotic first inning, retiring 15 of 16 hitters before running into another rough patch in the sixth. The Astros have been pretty conservative with Fiers' usage this year, keeping him under 90 pitches in two of his first four outings. His next turn will come Friday against the Athletics. Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Martin Prado going on paternity leave
    Marlins placed 3B Martin Prado on the paternity list.

    Advice: That might explain why Prado hasn't been in the lineup the last two nights. Left-hander Cody Ege was called up from Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Prado should be back in a few days. Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Carson Smith to begin rehab on Tuesday
    Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith has been pitching in extended spring training games without any issues and is nearing a return to the Red Sox bullpen. He should be activated from the disabled list at some point next week barring any setbacks. Saturday, 11:14 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Tyler Duffey to start for Twins on Sunday
    Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start for the Twins against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Ervin Santana who was scratched due to back stiffness. Duffey pitched well in 10 starts for the Twins in 2015, posting a 3.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio across 58 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues. Saturday, 9:30 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Ervin Santana scratched from Sunday's start
    Ervin Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start in his place. Santana isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list and should be ready to make his next scheduled start. Saturday, 9:28 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Det
  • Justin Upton plates lone run in loss Friday
    Justin Upton delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Tigers lone run in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: While the run-scoring double was a welcomed sight, Upton still finished the night 1-for-4 with another pair of strikeouts. He has really struggled at the dish in the early going with his new team, slashing a mere .227/.261/.333 with a league-leading 27 strikeouts in 66 at-bats. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Friday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Prado isn't known to be hurt, but this is the second time in the last three games he's been benched. Derek Dietrich is starting at third base and J.T. Realmuto is in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Friday, 2:54 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz not in lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench. Friday, 2:46 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • James McCann (ankle) resumes activities
    James McCann (ankle) has resumed baseball activities.

    Advice: McCann has caught pitches thrown by a pitching machine, thrown long toss from a squatting position and taken soft toss in the batting cage. He's eligible for activation on Tuesday, but the catcher still has some steps to go through before it's known whether returning that day is possible. "I have to get to the point where I can run," he said. "I haven’t run full speed by any means. I am just slowly getting back into baseball activity." Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that McCann could avoid a rehab assignment if he winds up missing only around 15 days of action. Friday, 6:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Rickard's three hits help O's down Blue Jays
    Joey Rickard went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base to help the Orioles edge the Blue Jays 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Rickard singled, stole second and scored the first run of the game on a Manny Machado single, and Machado's double in the eighth scored plated Rickard for what would be the game-winning run. The stolen base was the first of the year for Rickard, who stole 23 in the minors in 2015. That speed factor would just be an added element to his already attractive game, as the 24-year-old is batting .350/.359/.483 and has settled in atop the Orioles' lineup. Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Carson Smith (elbow) near rehab assignment
    Carson Smith (elbow) made an appearance in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

    Advice: It was only supposed to be a simulated game, but Smith felt good enough to face live competition. "He's advancing pretty good here," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The change to a game versus a sim game was because of how well he's responded to the work so far." Smith could begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week and it's possible he'll be ready to join the Boston bullpen by the end of the month. He was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a flexor strain. Thursday, 11:01 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Teheran allows two runs against Dodgers
    Julio Teheran faltered down the stretch, ultimately leaving after just 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday, and was saddled with two earned runs on six hits after the bullpen served up a homer in the sixth.

    Advice: It was a questionable decision to lift Teheran after allowing a one-out single in the sixth inning. The right-hander had only thrown 75 pitches; however, manager Fredi Gonzalez felt more comfortable with a lefty going up against Dodgers’ slugger Adrian Gonzalez in a close contest. That promptly backfired and left many wondering if Teheran should’ve been left in the game, in what was proving to be his best outing of the year. He walked no one and struck out three, lowering his ERA to 5.64. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Dietrich smashes a homer in loss to Nationals
    Derek Dietrich got a rare start on Wednesday against the Nationals and smashed his first homer of the campaign, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

    Advice: Dietrich has only 14 plate appearances halfway through the month of April, so playing time has been hard to come by. He celebrated a rare start with a 411-foot homer off Yusmeiro Petit. The 26-year-old has been a nice option of the bench for Miami, hitting .417/.500/.833 with two doubles and a homer, so perhaps he'll begin cracking the lineup a bit more in the future. Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Joe Ross removed from start due to blister
    Joe Ross was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Marlins due to a blister.

    Advice: Ross managed two scoreless innings before a blister on his right middle finger brought an early end to his night. During his abbreviated time on the mound, he allowed one hit, walked one and hit a batter. He exited stage left after throwing 33 pitches. Ross' next start was scheduled to come against the Phillies. It remains to be seen if he will be able to make that one. Wednesday, 6:00 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Prado getting game off Wednesday vs. Nats
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at third base and bat sixth for the Marlins against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. It's just a day off for Prado, who's batting .333/.380/.422 in 50 plate appearances this season. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Mesoraco out of Reds' lineup Wednesday
    Devin Mesoraco is out of the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for Mesoraco, who dealt with a sore quad last week. He was limited to 45 at-bats last season because of a hip injury. Tucker Barnhart will start at catcher Wednesday versus the Rockies. Wednesday, 6:46 am
    4:05 pm x @Pit
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