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  • Rockies option Brandon Barnes to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned OF Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He became the odd-man out with Charlie Blackmon returning from the disabled list. Barnes hit .194/.242/.323 with four RBI in 31 at-bats with the big league club. He should find his way back to Colorado again this season. 59 minutes ago
  • Carlos Gonzalez not in Rockies lineup Friday
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a regular day of rest for Gonzalez against opposing left-hander Robbie Ray. He's off to a nice start at the plate in 2016, slashing .310/.355/.529 with four homers and 12 RBI in 21 games. Today, 3:41 pm
  • Rockies activate Charlie Blackmon from DL
    Rockies activated OF Charlie Blackmon from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Blackmon missed two weeks of action with a toe injury but is back at his regular spot atop the Rockies lineup on Friday. Prior to his injury, Blackmon was hitting just .185/.241/.333 with no homers and three RBI in his first eight games. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Matt Szczur belts grand slam on Friday
    Matt Szczur made his lone plate appearance Friday count, smacking a grand slam in a victory over the Braves.

    Advice: The Cubs had taken a lead on an Anthony Rizzo RBI single just before Szczur, who blew things open with a drive into the Wrigley Field bleachers in left field. Szczur has been a quality extra for the Cubbies this month, hitting .333/.400/.593 across 27 at-bats. Today, 2:55 pm
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  • Sam Fuld (shoulder) moved to 60-day DL
    Athletics transferred OF Sam Fuld from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Sean Manaea. Fuld remains out indefinitely with a strained shoulder. Today, 1:52 pm
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  • Matt McBride optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned 1B/OF/C Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: McBride was only up with the big club for a couple days. He didn't appear in a game. Today, 1:51 pm
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  • Giancarlo Stanton getting a day off Friday
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a day of rest. The Marlins have Ichiro Suzuki in right field and in the leadoff spot in their first game without Dee Gordon. J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria are also getting breathers, as Jeff Mathis is catching and Miguel Rojas is at shortstop. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Delino DeShields not in Friday's lineup
    Delino DeShields is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: DeShields has either been dropped to ninth in the batting order or benched in four out of the last five games, which is not a good development for his fantasy prospect. Ian Desmond is in center field, while Ryan Rua is handling left. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Desmond Jennings sitting out on Friday
    Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jennings is hitless in his last 16 at-bats, so he'll get a breather to regroup. Brandon Guyer is in left field. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) back in lineup Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start in a week due to a bruised thigh, although he had a big pinch-hit homer on Wednesday. Cespedes is batting .300/.373/.683 with six homers and 17 RBI this month. Today, 12:16 pm
  • Marlins call up Cole Gillespie on Friday
    Marlins purchased the contract of OF Cole Gillespie from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Gordon, of course, just got popped with a PED suspension. Gillespie will need to be added to the 40-man roster, but they have an extra spot now because Gordon won't take up a spot during his 80-game suspension. Gillespie is a career .253/.309/.366 hitter over 427 plate appearances at the major league level. Today, 10:43 am
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker insists he oblique is fine
    Jeremy Hazelbaker was checked for a possible oblique injury during Wednesday's game, but he took batting practice Thursday and said he was "good to go."

    Advice: Hazelbaker looked to stretch out his back/oblique after a swing in the eighth inning Wednesday. Although he insists he's fine, it's notable because he was not among the many left-handed bats the Cardinals started Thursday. Keep an eye on this, as it wouldn't be a surprise if Hazelbaker were attempting to hide an injury here given his situation. Today, 9:45 am
  • Andre Ethier (leg) to be re-examined
    Andre Ethier will have his fractured right tibia re-examined on Friday to check the healing progress.

    Advice: Ethier was injured six weeks ago when he fouled a ball off his shin during a spring training game. He's still using crutches to get around and isn't expected back until June. Today, 8:53 am
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  • Maybin (wrists, shoulder) to resume rehab
    Cameron Maybin (wrists, shoulder) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

    Advice: Maybin is working his way back from a hairline fracture in his right wrist and has had two setbacks when he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist and also when he hurt his shoulder on a dive. He's been alternating between playing center field and serving as a designated hitter, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Maybin still isn't totally comfortable when throwing. "The bigger concern is being able to throw," Ausmus said. "He’s gotta play the field." Maybin will DH on Friday. Today, 8:26 am
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  • Mallex Smith sitting out on Friday
    Mallex Smith is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is in center field and batting eighth. Today, 8:20 am
  • Kris Bryant (ankle) not in Friday's lineup
    Kris Bryant (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant turned his right ankle on Thursday and underwent a precautionary MRI, but the results confirmed that the sprain is minor. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the third baseman "may miss a couple days," but adds that the Cubs are "not worried" about the injury. Javier Baez is filling in at the hot corner on Friday. Today, 7:59 am
    W, 6-1 vs x Atl
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Stanton smashes solo home run late in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Mallex Smith jumpstarts Braves offense in win
    Mallex Smith played catalyst from the bottom of the Braves' order Thursday, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Smith actually could have had a bigger night, but his line drive to right field with two on in the second inning bounced over the short Fenway wall, rendering it a ground-rule double and keeping Smith confined to two bases and just one RBI. He also swatted an RBI single in the sixth. It was easily Smith's best game as a member of the Braves, as the speedster is hitting just .188/.278/.292 through 16 games, even with Thursday's outburst. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • AJ comes through with first RBI in 10 games
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: It was just his third double of the season, and the first run batted in for Jones since April 16. As evidenced by those numbers, it's been a rough go for the 30-year-old out of the gate, as he's hitting just .217/.277/.317 overall. His offense trended down in 2015, but he should still be better than this going forward. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Gose slugs two-run homer in win over A's
    Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, and two runs scored in Thursday’s 7-3 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast off Chris Bassitt was his second home run of the season. This was his first multi-hit game since April 13. The speedy 25-year-old is batting just .193/.258/.316 through 18 games and has yet to steal a base. His playing time will likely be in some jeopardy once Cameron Maybin is finally healthy enough to make his season debut. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Bryant (ankle) to undergo precautionary MRI
    Kris Bryant will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right ankle.

    Advice: Bryant suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning on Thursday. The Cubs appear confident that it's nothing serious, but there should be more clarity on his status soon. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    W, 6-1 vs x Atl
  • Ozuna not in Thursday's lineup
    Marcell Ozuna is not in Thursday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Kenta Maeda. Ichiro Suzuki will make the start in center field and bat sixth. That should be a fun matchup. Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Kris Bryant exited game after rolling ankle
    Kris Bryant is being evaluated after he rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning.

    Advice: Bryant singled and eventually came around to score in the third inning. He was also hit by a pair of pitches during the game, but his exit wasn't related to this injury. More should be known on his status on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    W, 6-1 vs x Atl
  • Kris Bryant exits game after two HBPs
    Kris Byrant left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning after being hit by a pair of pitches.

    Advice: Bryant was hit by Taylor Jungmann in the first and fourth innings. He ran the bases after being hit in the fourth inning, but Javier Baez eventually replaced him in left field to begin the fifth inning. The Cubs should pass along an update at some point on Thursday evening. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    W, 6-1 vs x Atl
  • Taylor, Rendon out of Nationals lineup Thurs.
    Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Matt den Dekker will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Phillies righty Aaron Nola. Taylor is slashing just .192/.231/.301 in 18 games this season and is in danger of losing significant playing time with Ben Revere (oblique) getting closer and closer to activation. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Thursday, with Stephen Drew filling in at third base. Yesterday, 9:14 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. Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • Aaron Hicks (shoulder) in as pinch-runner
    Aaron Hicks (shoulder) served as a pinch-runner on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Hicks took over at first base for Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod smacked a one-out single to right off Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, but Brian McCann and Starlin Castro both promptly hit into groundouts. Hicks has been absent from the Yankees' starting lineup for close to a week now due to traumatic bursitis in his left shoulder. He is still considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 4:52 am
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  • Mark Reynolds goes 3-for-5, homers
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Reynolds is up to .321/.417/.540 in 52 at-bats for the season, but Ben Paulsen has been hitting too, so the two will likely continue to platoon at first base for the most part. Offense just isn't the problem in Colorado. Wednesday, 11:02 pm
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  • 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
  • J.D. Martinez homers, drives in four vs. A's
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning.

    Advice: Martinez is no longer a feel-good story. He's one of the most-feared hitters in the American League. The 28-year-old is hitting .293/.360/.467 and has very few flaws in his offensive game. He handles both righties and lefties, has a 9.3 percent walk rate, and hits for both average and power. It's crazy to think he only hit 24 homers in three years with the Astros. He hit 38 last year alone. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • 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
  • Jennings strikes out three times in loss
    Desmond Jennings extended his hitless streak to four games, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Jennings suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2015, so it's understandable that he'd have some rust to shake off. Still, a .194/.267/.269 slash line in 75 plate appearances will be tough to justify in the everyday lineup once May or June rolls around. Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Hicks (shoulder) available for Yanks vs TEX
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Aaron Hicks (shoulder) will be available to pinch-hit against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hicks hurt his left shoulder on an attempted catch during Friday's game against the Rays. A subsequent MRI revealed traumatic bursitis, which sounds frightening enough. It appears he has avoided a stint on the disabled list for the time being, though. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
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  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) expected back Friday
    The Mets expect Yoenis Cespedes (leg) to return to the lineup for this weekend's series with the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes won't play in Wednesday's contest against the Reds and the Mets have an off day on Thursday, making Friday the date to circle on the calendar for his return. A bruise on the right thigh has been bothering the slugger for the last few weeks. He initially suffered the injury while diving for a ball earlier in April. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Yo Cespedes (leg) not in Mets starting lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is out of the Mets' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Cespedes delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer in Tuesday's dramatic win over Cincinnati and looked plenty healthy doing it, but Mets manager Terry Collins will get his $27.5 million outfielder another day of rest. He's been bothered by a nagging bruise on his right thigh for the last few weeks. Michael Conforto is in left field, Juan Lagares is in center field, and Alejandro De Aza is in right field on Wednesday night against Reds right-hander Jon Moscot. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) to play nine innings at High-A
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is scheduled to play nine innings of center field Wednesday with High-A Modesto.

    Advice: Blackmon went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his rehab debut on Tuesday, but the Rockies are more worried about his turf toe than any offensive results and he reported no physical issues during or after the game. Blackmon should be ready to rejoin Colorado's active roster this weekend if his toe continues to hold up. He's been on the shelf since April 13. Wednesday, 9:52 am
  • A's add Matt McBride from AAA Nashville
    Athletics purchased the contract of 1B/OF/C Matt McBride from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: McBride will take a spot on the A's bench. He's been playing some catcher this year for Nashville and can function as a backup at multiple positions for Oakland, but the 30-year-old is a .199/.228/.305 career MLB hitter. Wednesday, 9:28 am
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  • Stanton stings Kershaw for three-run homer
    Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run off Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday's 6-3 win.

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

    Advice: He also added a walk, as Taylor reached base three times for the second game in a row. It's baby steps, though, as he's still hitting an ugly .203/.243/.319 with a 25/4 K/BB ratio. Ben Revere (oblique) is nearing a rehab assignment and will push Taylor back to the bench when he returns. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Cespedes' PH homer lifts Mets over Reds
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) didn't start but still delivered the big blow for the Mets on Tuesday, swatting a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Out of the lineup for a fourth straight game due to a sore right thigh, Cespedes ripped the first Brandon Finnegan offering he saw in the seventh inning to tie things up. The Mets went ahead three batters later after a Curtis Granderson triple and David Wright single. Cespedes is now hitting .300/.373/.683 with six homers and 17 RBI on the year and should be back in the lineup Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (thigh) could be back Wed.
    Mets manager Terry Collins said there's a "good chance" Yoenis Cespedes (leg) will return Wednesday.

    Advice: And he could be available to come off the bench on Tuesday night. Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of a lingering thigh bruise, but it's nothing overly serious. Collins doesn't want to risk anything here in April with his $27.5 million outfielder. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Cespedes (leg) remains sidelined vs. Reds
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is not in the Mets' lineup Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his fourth straight absence. The Mets will again go with Michael Conforto in left with Juan Lagares handling center field. Cespedes reportedly had "a lot" of fluid drained from his right leg on Monday. The Mets are still calling him day-to-day, but if Cespedes doesn't turn a corner soon, he could be placed on the disabled list. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Delino DeShields dropped to ninth Monday
    Delino DeShields was dropped to ninth in the Rangers' batting order Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: DeShields had hit leadoff in his previous 16 games. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he just wanted to stack left-handers against Nathan Eovaldi, though we suspect DeShields' recent 2-for-20 slump may have influenced his decision. Obviously a permanent move to the No. 9 spot would be a big hit to DeShields' already sinking fantasy value. It will be interesting to see where he bats Tuesday against right-hander Luis Severino. Tuesday, 5:54 am
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker homers, doubles off bench
    Jeremy Hazelbaker had a two-run homer and an RBI double after taking over for an injured Matt Holliday in Monday's game.

    Advice: Hazelbaker is now 5-for-11 with three homers, two doubles and seven RBI coming off the bench this year. He's been fine in his starts, too, hitting .268/.304/.512 in those 10 games, but it's as a sub that he's truly shined. It looked like he'd be spending more time on the bench going forward after cooling off some of late, but if Holliday is hobbled (early word is that it was just a cramp), that would change. Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits fifth homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton homered, doubled and walked in the Marlins' 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Stanton has yet to get hot, but he has five homers in 17 games anyway. No one else on the Marlins has more than two. Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Cespedes has fluid drained from leg
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes had "a lot" of fluid drained from his ailing right leg on Monday.

    Advice: Cespedes is out of the lineup for the third straight game Monday due to a nagging bruise on his right thigh. The Mets continue to call him day-to-day for now, but fantasy owners might want to have a backup plan in mind for this week. Monday, 1:08 pm
  • Cespedes (leg) sits again Monday vs. Reds
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is out of the Mets' starting lineup again on Monday versus the Reds.

    Advice: It's his third day off. Cespedes bruised his right leg a few weeks ago while diving into the stands after a foul ball and then aggravated it on a hard slide into second base this past Friday night. He was supposed to have a meeting with team doctors Monday in New York. Alejandro De Aza is in center field and batting seventh against Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias. Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Cameron Maybin MRI shows no structural damage
    Cameron Maybin is expected to resume his minor league rehab assignment in five days after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no structural damage on Sunday.

    Advice: Maybin just can't seem to catch a break. He was days away from a return to the Tigers last Sunday when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch which set him back a few days. He had just resumed his rehab assignment over the weekend when injuring his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield. His return will be pushed back at least a week. Sunday, 2:14 pm
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  • Blackmon (toe) could return next weekend
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) could be activated from the disabled list next weekend.

    Advice: Blackmon took batting practice and went through outfield drills on Saturday in running shoes and will do the same thing on Sunday with cleats on. If that goes well, he should be ready to roll next weekend. The outfielder has been battling a turf toe injury. Sunday, 10:56 am
  • Delino DeShields sitting out on Sunday
    Delino DeShields is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Ian Desmond is playing center field and Ryan Rua is handling left. Sunday, 8:01 am
  • Cameron Maybin to have MRI on shoulder
    Cameron Maybin (wrist) will undergo an MRI on his shoulder after being injured on a dive during a rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybin was hurt while making a diving catch as he helped preserve a no-hitter for Toledo. The outfielder is over his right wrist injury, but he's had a couple setbacks with a hit by pitch on his left wrist and now the shoulder ailment. We'll obviously know more about his status following the exam. Sunday, 7:48 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) to be examined Monday
    Yoenis Cespedes will have his ailing right leg examined by the Mets' doctors on Monday.

    Advice: Cespedes initially hurt his leg while diving for a ball in the stands and then aggravated the injury during a slide on Friday. It's most likely a day-to-day situation, but we'll know more about his status after Monday's exam. Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) held out of lineup Sun.
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) remained out of the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cespedes has sat out two straight games with a bruised upper right leg. He should be fine in a day or two. The Mets again have Michael Conforto in left field and Juan Lagares in center. David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud are also sitting out Sunday, with Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki filling in at third base and catcher, respectively. Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Desmond Jennings sitting out on Sunday
    Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Corey Dickerson is in left field for the Rays, while Logan Forsythe is in the designated hitter spot, Steve Pearce is at second base and Logan Morrison is at first. Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Hazelbaker clobbers pinch-hit homer in win
    Jeremy Hazelbaker didn't start in Saturday's 11-2 win over the Padres, but he entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter and clobbered a three-run shot.

    Advice: Hazelbaker had been the latest "Random Cardinal Who Suddenly Becomes Good." He's now hitting .311/.340/.689 on the year. However, the 28-year-old journeyman had only started two games since April 15, and his home run was his first base hit since April 14. It seems the clock may finally be getting close to striking midnight, even if he was able to sneak in a bit more excitement before the fairytale ends. Saturday, 9:57 pm
  • Jones reaches three times in win over Royals
    Adam Jones reached base three times, scoring two runs, in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: OK, so three walks isn't exactly the most fantasy-friendly way to get on base, but he made it count by crossing home plate twice in the win. Owners will take what they can get from Jones, who was plagued by an oblique injury that may have contributed to his slow start at the dish. The 30-year-old is batting just .200/.289/.325 with one homer, five RBI and five runs scored through Saturday's game. Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Fredi Gonzalez not losing faith in Mallex Smith
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has advocated keeping Mallex Smith in the major leagues until Ender Inciarte is ready to return from his hamstring injury.

    Advice: So far, Smith hasn't had much luck in the big leagues. He's hit just .162 with 15 strikeouts in 37 at-bats while dealing with occasional lapses in center field. "I feel this will be better for him than going down," said Gonzalez. "We have options, but I’ve been one of his biggest supporters and backers for him to stay up here." Smith got the day off on Saturday with Drew Stubbs starting in center field. Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) nearing rehab assignment
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: He's been out with turf toe since April 13. Rockies manager Walt Weiss suggested Blackmon might only need a couple games to get ready. Gerardo Parra and Brandon Barnes have split time in center field during his absence. Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Hicks (shoulder) could be placed on disabled list
    Aaron Hicks' MRI revealed traumatic bursitis in his left shoulder.

    Advice: He hurt himself diving for a ball in center field Friday against Tampa Bay. Hicks was given a cortisone shot and won't resume baseball activities for at least 4-5 days. He could be headed to the disabled list. Hicks has played phenomenal defense this year but has really struggled at the plate (just two hits in 22 at-bats). Saturday, 1:52 pm
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  • Aaron Hicks heading for MRI on shoulder
    Aaron Hicks is being sent for an MRI on his injured shoulder.

    Advice: Hicks was forced to leave Friday's game when he injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield. After waking up sore on Saturday, the Yankees want to ensure that there isn't any structural damage. They should have an update on his status later in the day. Saturday, 8:12 am
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  • Michael Taylor not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for Taylor who has been struggling mightily at the plate in the early going. Chris Heisey will start in his place and bat leadoff for the Nats against Phil Hughes and the Twins on Saturday. Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Maybin to resume rehab assignment Saturday
    Cameron Maybin (wrist) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybin was nearing a return to the Tigers last week before he was hit by a pitch on Sunday which caused a minor setback. He's expected to play 3-5 games on his rehab assignment before being re-evaluated. Saturday, 6:32 am
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  • Aaron Hicks leaves with apparent injury
    Aaron Hicks was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rays with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Hicks got up slow after diving for a ball in the outfield and was replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury the following inning. The Yankees should have an update on his status shortly. Friday, 5:30 pm
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  • Anthony Gose getting a breather on Friday
    Anthony Gose is absent from the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gose isn't known to be dealing with an injury, but this is the second straight game he's been benched in favor of Tyler Collins. He has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats, so it appears he's just getting some time off to regroup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also sitting out, as Bobby Wilson is behind the dish. Friday, 12:38 pm
  • Bryant's grand slam, six RBI pace Cubs
    Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBI in the Cubs' 16-0 beatdown of the Reds.

    Advice: Bryant basically doubled his home run and RBI totals with the monster night, as he came in with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 games. His second homer of the night was a grand slam, the third of his career. The great evening raised his batting average 40 points, leaving his line at .273/.333/.500 on the season. Thursday, 7:29 pm
    W, 6-1 vs x Atl
  • Marcell Ozuna hits three-run homer
    Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer off Max Scherzer in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Ozuna has been hitting sixth for the Marlins since being dropped from the second spot in the order, but he was batting cleanup today with Giancarlo Stnaton resting and he did a nice Stanton impression. It was good timing, too, as Ichiro Suzuki, who'd like to steal playing time away from Ozuna in center, had a nice game hitting leadoff. Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Mallex Smith goes hitless in loss
    Mallex Smith went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Smith can be forgiven for struggling against Clayton Kershaw, but he's now 5-for-34 with 13 strikeouts and four walks since his callup. The Braves would have room to play him and Ender Inciarte together now that Hector Olivera is likely done for a while, but most likely, they'll send Smith back to Triple-A when Inciarte comes off the DL in 7-14 days. Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Taylor will be back in leadoff spot Friday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Michael Taylor will be back in the leadoff spot Friday.

    Advice: Taylor is batting seventh in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins. "It's a day off from being leadoff, but not a day off from playing," said Baker. The young outfielder hit an opposite-field homer on Wednesday night, but he also struck out three times and is slashing just .185/.211/.333 in 57 total plate appearances this season. Thursday, 8:30 am
  • Stanton, Gordon off Thursday vs. Nationals
    Giancarlo Stanton is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and hit leadoff and Marcell Ozuna will bat cleanup as the Marlins close out a series against the visiting Nationals. Dee Gordon is also out, with Derek Dietrich filling in at second base. Max Scherzer is on the bump for Washington. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Taylor hits second homer of year in win
    Michael Taylor connected with an opposite-field home run against the Marlins on Wednesday, his second of the young campaign.

    Advice: Taylor showed the good and the bad on Wednesday evening. He clobbered a solo homer in the fifth inning, but he also struck out three times. Although the power potential is nice, it's becoming more difficult for manager Dusty Baker to keep Taylor in the lead-off role. The 25-year-old is hitting .185/.211/.333 on the year. One can only imagine that the Nationals are hoping Ben Revere recovers from his oblique injury in a hurry. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Adam Jones (virus) back in O's lineup Wed.
    Adam Jones (stomach) is in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Jays made a seventh-inning exit on Tuesday night because of a stomach virus. It clearly wasn't a big deal. He'll start in center field and bat third with Toronto throwing veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Wednesday, 12:11 pm
  • Hazelbaker out of Cardinals' lineup Wed.
    Jeremy Hazelbaker is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hazelbaker got off to an incredible start this season, but he went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. We all knew some regression was coming. Matt Holliday is in left field, Randal Grichuk is in center, and Stephen Piscotty is in right on Wednesday afternoon versus Chicago. Matt Adams will get the start at first base. Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Hazelbaker in 0-for-14 slide back to earth
    Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's game against the Cubs, leaving him hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

    Advice: There was bound to be a learning curve eventually -- surprising as it is, he wasn't going to hit .526 forever -- and it certainly seems as though he's battling it. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny continued to bat him second Tuesday, although that may end as well given the Cardinals' struggles to score runs in the series. If this is the carriage quickly turning back into a pumpkin, it was one of the more fun pumpkins to root for in the first few weeks of the season, at least. Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Aaron Hicks' poor start continues
    Aaron Hicks' rough start to the season continued Tuesday, as he went 0-for-5 at the plate in an extra-innings loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Hicks hasn't got a ton of chances this season, but you'd think a start against Eric Surkamp would be a prime opportunity to get him on track. It didn't happen, and the outfielder still has just one base knock on the season, a single back on April 6. That the Yanks were only able to score two runs over 11 frames in a game started by Surkamp is obviously not a good look for their offense. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
    Bot 2, 1-0 x @Bos
  • Reynolds hits first homer as member of Rox
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

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

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

    Advice: Maybin was forced from a rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Toledo after taking a pitch off his left wrist, but he managed to avoid a serious injury. He's on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm x @Min
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