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  • Joe Panik getting a breather Sunday
    Joe Panik is absent from the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Rockies throwing lefty Chris Rusin. Kelby Tomlinson is filling in at second base. Today, 10:48 am
  • Josh Harrison sitting out on Sunday
    Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez at second base. They're also sitting John Jaso against a lefty, as David Freese is at first base. Today, 9:41 am
    Bot 1, 1-0 x @Tex
  • Cardinals intend to keep Aledmys Diaz at SS
    The Cardinals plan to keep Aledmys Diaz at shortstop after Jhonny Peralta's (thumb) return from the disabled list.

    Advice: The common thought had been that Diaz would move around to different infield positions after Peralta returns. But, while Diaz could play some second and third base, it sounds like the Cards intend to leave him at shortstop most days and move Peralta and Matt Carpenter around the diamond instead. Diaz has struggled defensively at shortstop this season but has been much better of late. "I feel like it’s going to create a fresh opportunity for us, but I also feel like given what you’re seeing out of Diaz at his age (25) you really need to see him develop at shortstop," general manager John Mozeliak said. "When you look at what he’s been able to do, seeing him hold that spot for the next five or six years is reasonable to think. We want to keep him developing and also figure out the right combination to win games. We need to have at least one player moving around. We need one of the veterans to say, ‘Hey, I’m willing.’" Today, 9:15 am
  • Aledmys Diaz sitting out on Sunday
    Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply getting a day off. The Cards are also resting Yadier Molina, as they have Greg Garcia at shortstop and Eric Fryer behind the plate. Today, 7:24 am
  • Cliff Pennington activated from disabled list
    Angels activated INF Cliff Pennington from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed the minimum amount of time with a strained hamstring. Pennington will play pretty regularly until Andrelton Simmons (thumb) returns. Today, 5:14 am
    New Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    12:35 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Profar has triple, two runs scored vs. Bucs
    Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: In just his second game back with the Rangers, Profar made his presence felt, hitting a one-out triple and scoring in the seventh inning. He has three hits in nine at-bats since being recalled, and he's expected to fill in at second base -- and atop the Rangers' order -- while Rougned Odor is serving his suspension. If Profar performs well during the audition, he could force Rangers' brass to make a tough decision when Odor returns. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Public enemy: Utley homers twice against Mets
    Continuing his turn as public enemy No. 1 in New York, Chase Utley homered twice and drove in five runs as the Dodgers trounced the Mets 9-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Utley hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. That wasn't even the most excitement that centered around the second baseman, as Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning for throwing near Utley. All the vitriol stems from Utley's take-out slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg last October. All the sideshows have drawn attention away from the fact that Utley is now hitting a healthy .296/.386/.453 in 44 games. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Kendrick flashes pop, speed against Mets
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Kendrick showed off the power and speed that made him a consistent double-digit homers, double-digit steals player at one point in his career. Of course, he's a bit removed from those days -- the home run was his second and the stolen base was his third thus far this season. The 32-year-old has picked it up a bit after a slow start, batting .243/.283/.324 through Saturday's game. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Beckham homers, drives in three Braves in win
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a Braves' 7-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: With a couple runners on in the seventh inning, Beckham took an Edwin Jackson offering out to left-center for his second home run of the year. He also doubled and scored in the contest. Beckham has quietly been very good for the Braves in 27 games this year, batting .317/.417/.488 with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
    2:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Profar leads off on Saturday vs Pirates
    Jurickson Profar will bat in the lead-off role in Saturday's contest against the Pirates.

    Advice: Profar was hitting .284/.356/.426 in Triple-A Round Rock, so it's hardly a stretch to see him succeeding in the lead-off role in the majors. This placement in the lineup illustrates the Rangers' faith (as well as the faith fantasy owners should have) in the 23-year-old, even if his stay in the big leagues is likely to be short. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • DJ LeMahieu not in Rockies lineup on Saturday
    DJ LeMahieu is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Giants.

    Advice: Getting a day off against Madison Bumgarner isn't the worst possible thing in the world for LeMahieu and his fantasy owners alike. Christian Adames will start in his place and bat seventh for the Rockies on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:12 am
    1:10 pm vs ^ SF
  • Cards designate Ruben Tejada for assignment
    Cardinals designated INF Ruben Tejada for assignment.

    Advice: Greg Garcia flashed enough in his brief callup that that Cardinals felt it would be more prudent to keep him on the roster as a reserve infielder instead of Tejada who was hitting just .176/.225/.235 in his 34 at-bats. He should be able to latch on elsewhere with little difficulty. Yesterday, 10:06 am
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada StL - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 1-3 x @Was
  • Cardinals activate Carpenter from paternity
    Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter left the club on Wednesday when his wife went into labor with the couple's first child. He'll return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Angels designate Ryan for assignment
    Angels designated INF Brendan Ryan for assignment.

    Advice: The veteran infielder has been with the club as a reserve infielder, but offers little in the way of offense and isn't a part of the team's future plans. Yesterday, 6:01 am
    Player Note
    Brendan Ryan LAA - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    12:35 pm vs x Hou
  • Yangervis Solarte homers twice in rout
    Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of homers to knock in four runs against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second two-homer game of Solarte's career. The switch-hitter was batting cleanup tonight in his sixth game back from the disabled list. Still, it's probably not enough to make him of use in the typical mixed league. Friday, 10:27 pm
    1:10 pm ^ @Ari
  • Aaron Hill continues power surge against Reds
    Aaron Hill continued his power surge against the Reds on Friday, blasting a pair of home runs in a 9-5 victory.

    Advice: Hill registered the first and only three homer game of his career earlier in the month against this same Reds pitching staff. Hill tagged starter John Lamb for a solo homer that tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning, then replicated the feat in the fifth. Hill also singled in the contest, finishing the night 3-for-4 to raise his season slash up to .271/.340/.443 to go along with six homers and 19 RBI. Friday, 9:52 pm
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill Mil - 2B,3B
    Bot 4, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Cardinals expected to DFA Ruben Tejada
    Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that the Cardinals are expected to designate Ruben Tejada for assignment on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cardinals are forced to make a roster move to reinstate Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list, and it appears as though Tejada is the odd-man out. Tejada is hitting just .176/.225/.235 in 34 at-bats this season. Friday, 8:35 pm
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada StL - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 1-3 x @Was
  • Utley drives in four runs against Mets
    Chase Utley continued to play the role of Mets nemesis on Friday by driving in four of the Dodgers’ five runs.

    Advice: It was Utley’s first game action at Citi Field since he broke Ruben Tejada’s leg on a "slide" into second base during the NLDS in Los Angeles last October. Mets fans let him have it, but it didn’t knock Utley off his game. In addition to drawing two walks, he had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and tied the ballgame up with a dramatic bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets would go on to win the game in the bottom of the frame, but Utley continues to produce at the top of the order for the Dodgers. The 37-year-old is batting .292/.385/.416 over 43 games. Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Pearce homers in loss to Yankees
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: His ninth-inning blast against Kirby Yates was the only offense of the night for the Rays. Pearce has taken advantage of regular playing time this month by slugging seven home runs. He’s now batting .297/.388/.550 overall. His one-year, $4.75 million deal looks like one of the winter’s best bargains. Friday, 7:24 pm
    Player Note
    Steve Pearce TB - 1B,2B,OF
    Top 8, 1-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Jurickson Profar batting leadoff for Rangers
    Rangers recalled INF Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Profar is starting at second base and batting leadoff for the Rangers on Friday and could remain in both places for the next week while Rougned Odor serves his suspension. After missing two seasons with ongoing shoulder issues, Profar has batted .284/.356/.426 with five homers and four steals across 189 plate appearances with Round Rock this season. His stay with the big club could be short, but he's worth owning in fantasy leagues while he's up. Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Diaz swats seventh homer in loss to Nationals
    Aledmys Diaz hit his seventh home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: The home run was Diaz' only hit on the night. The 25-year-old has started to come back down to earth after a torrid start to the year, but he still ranks sixth in the National League in hitting, fifth in runs and seventh in slugging. Diaz owns a .329/.359/.570 line with 25 RBI and 32 runs scored overall. Thursday, 6:59 pm
  • Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Jurickson Profar to fill in for Rougned Odor
    The Rangers will call up Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

    Advice: That's when Rougned Odor will begin serving his seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the face. Profar is a shortstop by trade but will handle second base in Odor's absence. The 23-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013. Profar could boost his trade value with a strong showing over the next week. He's played reasonably well for Round Rock this year, hitting .284 with five homers and four steals. The Rangers haven't announced who will go down in the corresponding roster move. Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Matt Carpenter placed on paternity leave list
    Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter's wife went into labor with the couple's first child ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. He could miss the Cardinals' entire four-game series in Washington, D.C. Greg Garcia was called up Thursday in a corresponding roster move to provide infield depth. Thursday, 9:22 am
  • Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance
    Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
    2:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Carpenter out Wednesday with wife in labor
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday because his wife is about to have a baby.

    Advice: It seemed odd that the Cards would rest their best left-handed hitter against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Now we have a good reason for the absence. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth in the afternoon tilt at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong will take a turn at leadoff. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Matt Carpenter taking the day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth for St. Louis in the afternoon game against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Kolten Wong will fill in at leadoff. Wednesday, 8:53 am
  • Panik not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Panik is not in Monday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Kelby Tomlinson will fill in at second base and bat second against lefty Drew Pomeranz. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Harrison drives in two, swipes seventh base
    Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Pirates' 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Harrison hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second and then stole second base. He hit another RBI single in the third and scored on a line-drive single by pitcher Wilfredo Boscan. Harrison has registered a respectable .308/.337/.410 batting line with 23 RBI, seven steals, and 17 runs scored in 42 games this season. Monday, 1:10 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 x @Tex
  • Joe Panik nets two hits as Giants top Cubs
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a double as the Giants topped the Cubs 1-0 on Sunday night in San Francisco.

    Advice: As a team, the Giants were only able to muster a total of four hits against Kyle Hendricks and company, with Panik the only player with multiple knocks. The two-hit attack raises his season slash to .261/.331/.439 to go with five homers, 19 RBI and three stolen bases. May 22, 7:52 pm
  • Pennington expected back when eligible
    Cliff Pennington (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as Pennington resumed running less than a week after straining his hamstring. He'll be in line for regular at-bats once activated with Andrelton Simmons (thumb) on the shelf. May 22, 11:32 am
    New Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    12:35 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Solarte walks for walk-off in 11-inning win
    Yangervis Solarte ended Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: Yes, the classic walk-off walk. Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao had himself a rough one, walking three after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Meyers to open the bottom of the eleventh. Perhaps a reason for his nervousness around the strike zone: Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended the game with a would-be home run that died on the warning track with one out in the frame. Regardless, Solarte eventually drew the walk to end the game. He probably feels pretty great with this one. He hasn't played since early April, having been done in by a strained hamstring. Last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed .270/.320/.428 with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 63 RBI over 526 at-bats. Those in deeper mixed- or NL-only formats, particularly those in need of infield help, should consider scooping Solarte off waivers if he is not already owned. May 21, 11:13 pm
    1:10 pm ^ @Ari
  • Hill reaches four times, scores twice in loss
    Aaron Hill had a single, three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Hill was a thorn in the side of starter Jacob deGrom and the Mets bullpen all day, reaching base in all four plate appearances. The stolen base was his third of the season in four tries. Hill has enjoyed a small resurgence as a member of the Brewers this season, batting .252/.321/.390 with four homers, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored in 40 games. May 21, 6:55 pm
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill Mil - 2B,3B
    Bot 4, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Yangervis Solarte activated from 15-day DL
    Padres activated 3B Yangervis Solarte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed almost six weeks with a strained hamstring. Solarte isn't starting against the Dodgers on Saturday but he'll be available off the bench. Manager Andy Green said he wants to keep Brett Wallace's bat in the lineup. With Wallace locked in at the hot corner, Solarte might start seeing time at second base. May 21, 5:14 pm
    1:10 pm ^ @Ari
  • Howie Kendrick getting the day off Saturday
    Howie Kendrick is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: The veteran utility man is just getting a breather. Trayce Thompson will grab the start in left field and bat fifth. 2016 has easily been the least productive season of Kendrick's 11-year career. He's hitting a mere .220 with a brutal .248 slugging percentage. Only two of his 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases. May 21, 4:30 pm
  • Diaz drives in two runs in loss to D-Backs
    Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Diaz drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning before reaching on an RBI single in the seventh. The move to the No. 2 spot this week was long overdue and he should have a good chance to stick there if he continues to hit. By the way, he’s not slowing down. He has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games and four of them have been multi-hit games. Diaz is batting .373/.403/.634 overall. The Cardinals can’t possibly sit him when Jhonny Peralta (thumb) comes off the DL. May 20, 9:45 pm
  • Beckham has two hits, RBI vs. Phillies
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham, who made the start out of the No. 2 spot, is now batting .394 (13-for-33) in 10 games since coming off the disabled list. We obviously don’t expect it to last given his track record, so steer clear in mixed formats, but there’s opportunity in this infield right now. May 20, 7:47 pm
    2:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Cliff Pennington (hamstring) resumes running
    Cliff Pennington (hamstring) did some running on Thursday.

    Advice: Pennington is a week removed from a left hamstring strain. "I think he feels a lot more comfortable right now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. It's unclear whether Pennington will require a rehab assignment before being activated, but he's making progress. May 20, 6:39 am
    New Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    12:35 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Kendrick hits two-run single in loss to LAA
    Howie Kendrick went 1-for-2 with a two-run triple in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Kendrick came through with the three-bagger against Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the third inning. It was his first triple of the season. The veteran outfielder/infielder has been hitting for almost no power this season, slashing just .222/.261/.250 over 108 at-bats. He has one double and zero home runs. May 19, 10:40 pm
  • Panik lends average a hand with four hits
    Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a double in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Panik did not score a run or collect an RBI, but four hits are four hits. And he added a steal, too, just to mix things up a little. With the quartet slapped onto his triple-slash, he is now hitting .253/.325/.432 with five homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs scored over 146 at-bats. May 19, 9:49 pm
  • Carpenter's three XBH, six RBI pace Cardinals
    Matt Carpenter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI as the Cardinals outlasted the Rockies 13-7 on Thursday.

    Advice: Carpenter is usually the one scoring the runs atop the Cardinals' lineup, but he made his RBI opportunities count in this one. The third baseman had RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings, giving him 10 doubles on the year, and he put the cherry on top with a three-run homer in the eighth. Carpenter is now hitting .259/.387/.537 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 28 runs scored on the year. May 19, 9:43 pm
  • DJ LeMahieu sitting against Cardinals
    DJ LeMahieu is out of the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: LeMahieu actually has good numbers against tonight's starter Michael Wacha (4-for-10) but he'll get a breather anyway. Daniel Descalso will take over at second base and bat seventh. This will be LeMahieu's third absence of 2016. May 19, 1:13 pm
    1:10 pm vs ^ SF
  • Aledmys Diaz batting second Thursday night
    Aledmys Diaz is batting second for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Finally the hot-hitting shortstop gets a bump up manager Mike Matheny's batting order. Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday and is slashing .376/.403/.648 over his first 134 plate appearances as a major leaguer. Stephen Piscotty is at cleanup for the Cardinals versus Colorado righty Jon Gray. May 19, 12:01 pm
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