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  • Red Sox activate Carson Smith from DL
    Red Sox activated RHP Carson Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Smith, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon, was cleared to join the Red Sox after making it through two minor league rehab games. The 26-year-old was acquired from the Mariners over the winter and is capable of being a dominant set-up man if healthy. Today, 9:20 am
  • Thayer opts out of minors deal with Dodgers
    According to MLB Trade Rumors, Dale Thayer has opted out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Thayer latched on with the Dodgers after spring training and had a 6.75 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks over eight innings. The 35-year-old will look for an opportunity elsewhere. Today, 8:58 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Harris (elbow) cleared to resume throwing
    Mitch Harris (elbow) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

    Advice: Harris got the go-ahead after a checkup with Dr. George Paletta on Monday. The 30-year-old was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with compression syndrome, which is a nerve issue in his right elbow. Today, 8:15 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Phi
  • Brewers recall RHP Guerra from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Junior Guerra from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Guerra will start Tuesday against the Angels. Claimed off waivers from the White Sox last October, the 31-year-old had a 4.63 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts in Triple-A. He made three relief appearances for the White Sox last season, but this will be his first major league start. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from. Today, 5:36 am
  • Valencia (hamstring) begins rehab assignment
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) went 0-for-3 on Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Valencia, out since April 20 with a left hamstring strain, also played seven innings at third base. He's expected to be activated when he's first eligible on Friday. Valencia was batting .294/.345/.353 over 14 games prior to the injury. Today, 5:29 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Jon Gray strikes out 11 Padres
    Jon Gray fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: That's better. Gray's rotation spot could have been in jeopardy with another poor performance tonight, but he was really strong after getting his first out tonight. Unfortunately, he allowed two runs before that occurred (the bottom of the first started with a two singles, a two-run double and a walk). Once he did get that first out, he set down 16 in a row through the sixth inning. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Nate Karns earns win in Oakland
    Nate Karns picked up a win after yielding three runs in six-plus innings Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Karns allowed one run in six innings before giving up a single, a homer and a double to the three batters he faced in the seventh. Fortunately, Vidal Nuno and Nick Vincent combined to strand the baserunner, keeping Karns in line for the win in a 4-3 game. Neither team scored afterwards. Karns is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Kendall Graveman gives up four runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman surrendered four runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Graveman gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth. For some reason, Bob Melvin sent him back out for the seventh anyway (even though four straight lefties were due up), and he was pulled after a one-out double (the runner later came around to score). Graveman is now 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA. He's just an AL-only guy for the moment. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches three times in victory
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Twins option INF Polanco to Triple-A
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Trevor Plouffe's return from the disabled list. Polanco has already had two stints with the Twins this season and should be back again at some point this summer. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Jose Berrios earns first MLB victory
    Jose Berrios earned his first major league victory by allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: The runs both came on solo homers. Berrios walked five and threw just 54 of his 96 pitches for strikes, but his stuff is so good that he'll be able to get away with those kinds of things sometimes. He struck out eight tonight. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Twins' Jose Berrios notches first MLB victory
    Jose Berrios won for the first time in the majors after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Berrios issued five walks to go along with the two homers he allowed, but the homers came with the bases empty. It's still not ideal that he threw just 54 strikes among his 96 pitches, but his stuff is good enough that he'll be able to get away with that kind of thing sometimes. He struck out eight of the 23 batters he faced tonight. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Padres call up Alex Dickerson from Triple-A
    Padres recalled INF/OF Alex Dickerson from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Dickerson was off to a hot start in Triple-A and will provide some depth between the outfield and first base. The 25-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Padres last season. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Cozart (knee) not expected to miss much time
    Zack Cozart (knee) is not expected to miss much time.

    Advice: Cozart gave the Reds a bit of a scare when he was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Pirates with an injury to his surgically-repaired right knee, but he's merely dealing with some tendinitis and should be fine. He could play on Monday, but the Reds are understandably being cautious with him. Consider him day-to-day. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Braves send Jace Peterson to AAA Gwinnett
    Braves optioned INF Jace Peterson to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Peterson was batting .182/.260/.205 in 50 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The former supplemental first-round draft pick has posted good numbers in the minors, but it just hasn't translated. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Zack Cozart (knee) not in Reds lineup Mon.
    Zack Cozart (knee) is out of the Reds' starting lineup on Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cozart left Sunday's series finale against the Pirates after suffering a right knee injury. He walked off the field under his own power, but it's the same knee Cozart had surgery on in 2015 so there's reason for concern. Look for more information from the Reds soon. Ivan DeJesus Jr. is starting at shortstop and batting second Monday versus Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Yesterday, 10:42 am
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Zack Cozart exits with apparent knee injury
    Zack Cozart left Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent right knee injury.

    Advice: Cozart reached on an error to start the top of the eighth inning but then was met by a trainer at second base. He appeared to point to his right knee and then walked off the field. It's the same knee that Cozart had ACL surgery on last season, so it's reasonable to have some concern. The Reds should have more on Cozart's status later Sunday. Sunday, 12:56 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Nori Aoki not in Sunday's lineup
    Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday. Sunday, 10:25 am
  • Junior Guerra to start on Tuesday for Brewers
    The Brewers will recall Junior Guerra on Tuesday to make his first major league start against the Angels.

    Advice: A waiver claim from the White Sox last October, Guerra is a former infielder and reliever who turned 31 in January. He's put up a 4.63 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. The right-hander is a wild card but could potentially be an interesting gamble in deeper leagues. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring. Sunday, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Danny Valencia continues baseball activities
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) ran sprints on Thursday and has continued to hit off of a tee and pitching machine.

    Advice: Valencia is sidelined with a strained left hamstring, but it's looking as though he may only need a minimum stint on the disabled list. Before he was sidelined, Valencia was hitting .294/.345/.353 with two RBI in 14 games. Friday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Jon Gray gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Gray was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray allowed hits to nine of the 21 batters he faced, and he's sporting an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list. He's still one of the best bets among Rockies starters, but if he's not better next time out, there's the chance he could be replaced in the rotation. Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Cozart homers in loss to the Mets
    Zack Cozart homered against the Mets on Wednesday, ultimately going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Cozart mashed a 2-1 slider from Matt Harvey over the left-field wall to leadoff Wednesday night's game. It's been a hot start to the season for the shortstop. He's hitting .397/.388/.603 on the year with two homers and seven doubles. That .411 BABIP is going to come crashing down to earth; however, he's a good bet for double-digit homers if he can stay healthy. That's not something to sneeze at for a shortstop, either. Only 17 of them did that a year ago. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Karns shuts down Astros over seven innings
    Nathan Karns was fantastic in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hurling seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits.

    Advice: Karns wasn't perfect -- he walked three -- but he flummoxed the struggling Astros nonetheless. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out six during his superlative time on the mound. With the shutout under his belt, he now holds a 3.68 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24/12 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 innings (four starts). He makes for a solid rotational arm in AL-only formats. Karns will try to replicate Tuesday's result in a road showdown with the A's next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 11:20 pm
  • Twins recall Jorge Polanco from AAA level
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco went 1-for-6 in a short stay with the Twins earlier this month. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 4:12 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Twins promote Berrios for Wednesday debut
    Twins purchased the contract of RHP Jose Berrios from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Ervin Santana (back) and Kyle Gibson were both placed on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon. Berrios will make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Indians and could stick around a while if things go well. The 21-year-old top prospect had a 1.06 ERA in three starts this season at the Triple-A level. He registered a 2.87 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 175/38 K/BB ratio in 166 1/3 innings last year between Double-A and Triple-A. Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • 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
  • Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee on Monday
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Jose Berrios expected to debut on Wednesday
    Jose Berrios is expected to make his major league debut Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: It appears that Ervin Santana (back) is headed to the disabled list. Santana's scheduled turn was Saturday but that would be too much time between starts for Berrios, who last pitched on Thursday at Triple-A Rochester. The other Twins starters will likely have their starts pushed back a day. Berrios has been a beast at Triple-A this year with a 1.06 ERA over three outings. Now that he's arrived in the major leagues, the 21-year-old top prospect could be here to stay. Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Jorge Polanco recalled from Rochester
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco has done a lot of traveling lately. In the last week, he's been promoted to Minnesota, sent down to Rochester and called back up again. The additions of Polanco and top prospect Jose Berrios suggest Ervin Santana (back) is headed to the disabled list. Tuesday, 11:25 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Top prospect Jose Berrios getting called up
    The Twins are promoting RHP Jose Berrios to the major leagues.

    Advice: It's unclear who the Twins are sending down. It was only a matter of time for Berrios, who has dominated in his three starts for Triple-A Rochester this year (2-0, 1.06 ERA). With the Twins seemingly headed nowhere this season, now is as good a time as any for Berrios to finally get his feet wet in the major leagues. The 21-year-old is No. 16 in's Top 100 prospects. With Ervin Santana still battling a back injury, Berrios could be asked to start in his place Saturday against the Tigers. Tuesday, 10:37 am
  • Cozart drives in two runs versus Mets
    Zack Cozart drove in two runs in Monday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Cozart delivered a sacrifice fly in the third inning before hitting an RBI single in the seventh. The 30-year-old has only drawn one walk this season, so he's not an ideal fit for the leadoff spot, but it hasn't mattered much so far. He's batting .389 (21-for-54) through his first 14 games. Monday, 7:56 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Kendall Graveman roughed up by Tigers
    Kendall Graveman was touched up for six runs over 4 2/3 frames in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Graveman struck out four, but he surrendered 10 hits, with three of them leaving the yard. The young right-hander entered the contest with a 2.04 ERA over his first three outings, so hopefully this was just a small bump in the road. He'll try to bounce back this weekend against the Astros. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Derek Norris sitting out on Sunday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch. Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • Twins option Polanco to make room for Duffey
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins needed to make room for Tyler Duffey, who is slated to start in place of Ervin Santana (back) on Sunday. Polanco doubled and drove in a run during his four-game stint with Minnesota. Apr 23, 2:11 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • 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. Apr 23, 11:14 am
  • Gray whiffs 10 in first start of season.
    Jon Gray finished Friday's start with a mixed performance, as he struck out 10 but he also surrendered a couple of homers and five earned runs against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This was Gray's first start of the 2016 season. He'd missed much of the spring with an abdomen injury, but he managed to strike out 10 batters in just five innings of work on Friday. While that's encouraging, the right-hander still calls Coors Field home, which resulted in a pair of homers and seven hits. That's just the cost of doing business in the high altitude. We'll wait to see how he does away from home before we draw too many conclusions. Apr 22, 9:54 pm
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