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  • Alex Rodriguez blasts 659th home run in win
    Alex Rodriguez inched one step closer to tying Willie Mays, blasting his 659th career home run in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: His solo shot came courtesy of Mets starter Jon Niese and got the Yankees on the board in the first inning. He would also add an RBI double, finishing the night 2-for-4. The 39-year-old has been awfully impressive thus far in 2015, slashing .267/.405/.583 with five homers and 13 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Eovaldi hit hard by Mets in no-decision
    Nathan Eovaldi was hit hard in a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the night without issuing a free pass, but couldn't get himself out of a jam in the fifth inning to earn a potential victory. While he owns an impressive 20/5 K/BB ratio through 21 2/3 innings on the season, Eovaldi will carry a 4.15 and worrisome 1.66 WHIP into Sunday's matchup against the Red Sox in Boston.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Santiago pitches into sixth, allows two runs
    Hector Santiago surrendered two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Santiago hit Rougned Odor with the bases loaded to force in a run in the second inning, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Mitch Mooreland in the third. Those would be the only runs the Rangers would manage off Santiago. Impressive in its way, that he held them to just two runs, as Santiago walked six batters in the contest. It could have been much, much worse. It should be noted that Santiago had just six walks total coming into the game. His control isn't perfect, but it's not nearly as bad as it looked on Sunday. The southpaw now holds a 2.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP and has a road date with the defending champion Giants in his next start.
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • K-Rod earns third save as Brewers top Cards
    Francisco Rodriguez notched his third save of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rodriguez delivered a perfect ninth inning, getting Kolten Wong to ground out and Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz to fly out on just 10 total pitches. It was career save No. 351 for K-Rod, whose fantasy stock should rise rapidly as the Brewers work out of their early-season rut.
    Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Miley surrenders six runs in limited innings
    Wade Miley was absolutely pulverized by the Orioles on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) in just 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: All six of the earned runs came in a monster third inning for Baltimore, as Miley slowly and methodically melted down. After a pair of singles and a walk, he lost the strike zone against Adam Jones and forced in a run. The Orioles then proceeded to hit two RBI singles and an RBI double and Miley was pulled from the game. By the end of the inning, the score was 7-0 Orioles (they would go on to score 18 runs for the game). Miley has now allowed 13 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings and the 28-year-old lefty probably would do best to avoid looking at the stat sheet any time soon, as he currently holds an 8.62 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over just 15 2/3 innings. He'll have to do better than that when he faces the rival Yankees in his next start.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Scherzer (thumb) not likely to pitch Tuesday
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that Max Scherzer (thumb) is unlikely to pitch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Scherzer was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to his thumb still being swollen. The Nationals don't believe that he will miss multiple starts or require a stint on the disabled list. Tanner Roark is the most logical candidate to start in his place and makes for a decent streaming option against the Braves in Atlanta.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Carrasco hammered for five earned in loss
    Carlos Carrasco was hammered for five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Sunday as the Indians fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Carrasco had to be pulled from his last start after just 60 pitches due to general body tightness and he looked off from the jump on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, yielding two runs in the first inning, one run in the third inning, and two more in the fifth. Carrasco was struck in the face by a Melky Cabrera comebacker two weeks ago. Maybe he's dealing with some lingering effects, both mental and physical. The right-hander faces the Blue Jays at home next.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Gio allows six earned, Nats drop 5th straight
    Gio Gonzalez gave up six earned runs in five innings Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez struck out eight and walked just one, but Miami's offense pounded him for 10 hits -- including three triples. Gio now has a rough 1-2 record, 5.01 ERA, and 1.71 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings this season and the Nationals have lost five straight games. Gonzalez will try to get on the right track next weekend against the Phillies.
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
  • Coco Crisp (elbow) close to taking BP
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could take batting practice by the end of the week.

    Advice: Crisp is progressing ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow. It's possible he could return around mid-May.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
    15-Day DL
  • Report: Lackey had incentives added to deal
    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and John Lackey agreed in spring training to an incentives package that could push the pitcher's total earnings in 2015 past $2 million.

    Advice: Strauss adds that "neither Lackey, the club, MLB nor the players union has announced the amendment," which is based around the number of appearances the right-hander makes. Lackey base salary this season is just $507,500 due to a contract stipulation he agreed to with the Red Sox which kicked in when he had Tommy John surgery. The Cards were under no obligation to sweeten his deal, but doing so modestly to keep the veteran more motivated is probably a wise move.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
    5:15 pm vs ^ Phi
  • Ryan Cook recalled from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Ryan Cook from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Cook failed to crack the Opening Day roster following a poor Cactus League showing, but he bounced back with five scoreless appearances at Nashville. The A's will use him in middle relief.
    Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Ryan Braun absent from Sunday's lineup
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest for the struggling slugger. Aramis Ramirez is also getting a breather, as Gerardo Parra is in right field and Hector Gomez is at third base.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Scherzer (thumb) doesn't throw 'pen session
    Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Jay Bruce sitting out on Sunday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He had been slated to sit before Saturday's game was rained out and remains out of the lineup the next day. Brennan Boesch is in right field Sunday in Bruce's place.
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Ian Kennedy torched for eight runs
    Ian Kennedy was blasted for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Dodgers in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

    Advice: Kennedy, who didn't make a rehab start during his brief time on the DL, gave up three homers in a start for the first time since Aug. 16, 2013. Expect a better showing next week in a home start against the Rockies.
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
  • Justin Upton homers twice for Padres
    Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10.
    Saturday, 9:32 pm
  • Pads activate Ian Kennedy for Saturday start
    Padres activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kennedy missed his first few turns through the rotation because of a strained hamstring. He opted for extended spring training instead of a minor league rehab assignment and will make his 2015 debut on Saturday night against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old workhorse led San Diego in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts last season. Lefty reliever Frank Garces was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in the corresponding roster move.
    Saturday, 1:53 pm
  • Max Scherzer had bullpen pushed back
    Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

    Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Jay Bruce not in Reds lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .164/.261/.328 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Brennan Boesch is getting the start in his place and batting fifth against opposing right-hander Jake Arrieta.
    Saturday, 7:06 am
  • Max Scherzer expected to make his next start
    Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
    Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Braun goes hit-less in loss to Cardinals
    Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Braun also struck out twice. The former MVP has yet to hit anything other than a single. With 58 at-bats in the books, the small sample size is growing larger day-by-day. Braun's slashing just .241/.279/.293. The extra-base knocks should come eventually, but his days as a middle-of-the-lineup star could be fading.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Max Scherzer jammed hit thumb Thursday
    Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
    Friday, 6:49 am
  • Upton (quadriceps) expected to play Friday
    Justin Upton (quadriceps) is expected to return to the Padres lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton got a day of rest on Thursday as he's nursing a sore left quadriceps, though he was able to appear as a pinch-hitter. The 27-year-old is slashing .288/.328/.525 with three homers and eight RBI through his first 16 games with the Padres.
    Thursday, 5:43 pm
  • Scherzer solid over seven but takes a loss
    Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

    Advice: Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up two runs in loss
    Max Scherzer took a loss to the Cardinals after surrendering two runs in seven innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer isn't only lacking run support, but his defense hasn't helped him much either through four starts. He has a 1.26 ERA, but just a 1-2 record to show for it. He's fanned 29, walked just four and allowed no homers in 28 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Crisp (elbow) currently ahead of schedule
    Coco Crisp (elbow) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from spring elbow surgery.

    Advice: Crisp was not expected to start baseball activities until the weekend, but has already begun playing catch and taking dry swings. The veteran underwent surgery on his right elbow on April 3. The middle of May is probably the earliest we'll see Crisp, though that's still somewhat optimistic.
    Thursday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rodriguez notches his second save vs. Reds
    Francisco Rodriguez worked around a two-out double in the ninth inning to grab his second save as the Brewers defeated the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Rodriguez got Skip Schumaker to line out and Billy Hamilton to strike out in what appeared to be a stress-free inning. Zack Cozart kept the Reds' hopes alive with a double, but Rodriguez bounced back and induced a game-ending ground out from Joey Votto. The Brewers have won only three games this season, so save situations have been few and far between for Rodriguez.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return Saturday
    Padres manager Bud Black announced Thursday that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return to the Padres' starting rotation Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Kennedy suffered a left hamstring strain in his first start of the 2015 season, but he only wound up missing two turns. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out 207 batters in 201 innings last season alongside a 3.63 ERA and is pitching for a big contract in his walk year. Odrisamer Despaigne is headed back to the bullpen.
    Thursday, 10:03 am
  • A-Rod, Teixeira not in Yanks' lineup Thurs.
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Tigers.

    Advice: A-Rod is just getting a day off. He's off to an impressive start this season, batting .265/.419/.571 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 15 games played. Carlos Beltran will DH and Garrett Jones is starting at first base in place of Mark Teixeira.
    Thursday, 8:07 am
  • K-Rod takes loss versus Reds
    After entering a tie game, Francisco Rodriguez took a loss Wednesday after giving up a run on a wild pitch in the ninth.

    Advice: K-Rod appeared to hurt his hand covering home plate on the decisive play, but he stayed in to retire Brandon Phillips, and there was no injury report immediately after the game, which suggests that he's OK. It's Rodriguez's second loss on the young season, both of which have come in tie games. Because the Brewers have played so poorly, he's had just one save chance, which he converted. His closing gig should be safe.
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Lackey hurt by Nationals' big third inning
    John Lackey picked up a no-decision on Wednesday, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals.

    Advice: Lackey was hurt by the Nationals' five-run third inning, capped off by a bases-clearing double by Yunel Escobar. Overall, he allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Lackey has had two mediocre starts and one superb start to begin the 2015 season. He'll bring his 4.34 ERA into his next outing at home against the weak-hitting Phillies.
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ Phi
  • Crisp (elbow) plays catch, takes dry swings
    Coco Crisp (elbow) played catch from 60 feet and took dry swings Wednesday.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Crisp felt good during the session. The outfielder underwent right elbow surgery on April 3 and is still weeks away from a return.
    Wednesday, 5:16 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Kennedy (hamstring) throws side session Wed.
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) threw a side session Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy said the session went well. The right-hander continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain suffered in his first start of the season. Kennedy will likely be activated and start Saturday against the Dodgers.
    Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Carrasco pulled early because he was 'tight'
    Indians manager Terry Francona revealed that Carlos Carrasco was pulled from Tuesday's start after just 60 pitches because he was "tight."

    Advice: Tito didn't specify which part of the body was tight, but he also didn't sound concerned at all about the right-hander. "It's a little ambiguous," Francona said. "I might have overreacted." Carrasco should be fine for his next scheduled start, but check back on his status later in the week just to make sure.
    Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Santiago tosses six effective innings for win
    Hector Santiago picked up the win, giving up one run over six innings, as the Angels routed the Athletics 14-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The left-hander got way more run support than he actually needed, as he had little difficulty holding down the Athletics' often-troublesome offense. Santiago allowed only three hits and three walks while striking out eight. He allowed his only home run in the third inning when Billy Butler took him deep. Santiago stands with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 17/6 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. He'll match up against the Rangers at home next.
    Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Bruce blasts grand slam in win over Brewers
    Jay Bruce hit a grand slam as the Reds outslugged the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bruce sent a Mike Fiers fastball deep into the night to get the Reds on the board in the third inning. The homer was his third of the season. Bruce also walked and stole a base in the game, giving him two steals on the year. Bruce now has nine RBI to go with a .200/.310/.400 slash line.
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Carlos Carrasco earns win in return to mound
    Carlos Carrasco struck out eight while allowing one run over five innings in the Indians' 6-2 win over the White Sox Tuesday.

    Advice: Carrasco gave up just four hits without walking a batter on the evening. The lone damage against him was a first inning solo homer by Jose Abreu. With some lingering concerns about his health -- the start was his first since getting hit in the jaw by a comebacker last week -- the Indians limited him to 60 pitches, but he was dominant enough that he could have gone deeper. He should go deeper his next time out, which will come Monday against the Royals.
    Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • Eovaldi's 7 strong innings lead Yanks to win
    Nathan Eovaldi held the Tigers to one run over seven innings to record his first win of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eovaldi scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out four on the evening. The Tigers entered the game boasting one of the American League's top offenses, so holding it to a run is a feat. The only run came in Eovaldi's final inning, when Yoenis Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly. Now with a 3.12 ERA, Eovaldi will look for his second win of the season in his next start at home against the Mets.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Gonzalez takes no-decision in 6 IP vs. Cards
    Gio Gonzalez tossed six shutout innings in a no-decision as the Nationals beat the Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez allowed 12 base runners -- eight on hits, four on walks -- but the Cardinals couldn't bring any of them home against the lefty. Gonzalez struck out four on the evening. Though Tuesday's results are good, Gonzalez's continued issue with walks is concerning. He has walked 10 in 18 1/3 innings to begin the season. He'll try to right his ship in his next start in Miami against the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Miley blanks Rays over 5 2/3 innings in win
    Wade Miley held the Rays scoreless over 5 2/3 innings as the Red Sox shut out the Rays 1-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miley worked around three hits and four walks on the evening, striking out three. It was a nice change from his last start in which he allowed seven runs over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals. The southpaw owns an ugly 6.07 ERA and 1.83 WHIP through three starts. He'll look to carry over Tuesday's success when he faces the Orioles at OPACY Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Justin Upton exits in fourth inning
    Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

    Advice: It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game.
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Kennedy 'looked good' in extended spring game
    Padres manager Bud Black said that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) "looked good" during an 81-pitch appearance in an extended spring training game Monday.

    Advice: "He looked good, [threw] all his pitches," Black said. "He had a few strikeouts. They nicked him for a couple runs, but overall he's throwing the ball good, no issues with the hamstring." Black wouldn't officially confirm that Kennedy was slated to rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers when first eligible, but all signs point to it happening. Odrisamer Despaigne will head back to the bullpen.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Braun slugs homer, but Brewers fall to Reds
    Ryan Braun provided the Brewers their only run with a ninth-inning solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-0, so Braun's solo homer -- his first of the season -- off of Burke Badenhop barely made a dent. Braun has been off to a slow start this season, currently slashing .238/.273/.310 in 44 trips to the dish.
    Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) returns to Padres' lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season.
    Monday, 2:43 pm
  • Rodriguez doubles, walks twice in a win
    Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored to help the Yankees take down the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Rodriguez's hot start to the 2015 season continues. Sunday's performance leaves him with a terrific .316/.447/.711 slash line. He has four home runs, 11 RBI, and 10 runs scored to go along with it. Rodriguez remains two home runs shy of tying Willie Mays with 660 career home runs, fourth-most in baseball history.
    Apr 19, 1:57 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop.
    Apr 19, 9:09 am
  • Carlos Carrasco to start on Tuesday instead
    Carlos Carrasco (jaw) has had his next start pushed back from Monday to Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't had a setback with his bruised jaw, but rather the Indians have just decided to keep Trevor Bauer on regular rest and flip-flop the order of the two. Carrasco, of course, had to leave his last outing after being hit in the side of the face with a comebacker, but he escaped serious injury.
    Apr 19, 8:05 am
  • Braun leads off with pair of singles
    In his first career start leading off, Ryan Braun hit two singles against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun finished the game 2-for-3. While the singles are nice, they marked a continuation of an odd start for Braun. After smacking 30 doubles and 19 home runs last season, Braun has yet to notch his first extra-base hit of the 2015 season. The power should come eventually, but it should be remembered that the former MVP underwent experimental thumb surgery in October.
    Apr 18, 7:07 pm
  • Justin Upton day-to-day due to quad strain
    Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
    Apr 18, 3:43 pm
  • Coco Crisp (elbow surgery) making strides
    A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Coco Crisp (elbow) could begin baseball activity on Monday.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily mean Crisp is close to a return but it's a step in the right direction. Crisp, who underwent right elbow surgery on April 3, was originally given a 6-8 week timetable. He doesn't offer much in the way of average or power but Crisp can tear up the base paths when he's healthy.
    Apr 18, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ryan Braun hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is serving as the Brewers leadoff hitter for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun has struggled in the early going, slashing just .226/.250/.226, so perhaps the move was made to try to get him going. With Carlos Gomez sidelined, the Brewers are in desperate need of a spark atop their lineup.
    Apr 18, 12:48 pm
  • A-Rod hits two HR, has go-ahead RBI in win
    Alex Rodriguez had a monster night in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rays, slugging two home runs and hitting a go-ahead RBI single.

    Advice: He's still got it. Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the second inning before adding a two-run blast in the sixth. He then put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning with a line drive single to center field. This was the 61st multi-homer game of his career and his first since May 23, 2012. He's now up to 658 home runs for his career, which puts him two away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. After missing a year due to a PED suspension, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 with four home runs and 11 RBI through 10 games.
    Apr 17, 8:34 pm
  • Max Scherzer dominates in win over Phillies
    Max Scherzer dominated the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run over eight innings in a 7-2 victory.

    Advice: Scherzer cruised for the most part, giving up just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run scored on a ground out from Freddy Galvis in the third. The high-priced right-hander has been as advertised thus far, putting up a 0.83 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across his first three starts with the Nationals. He's a no-doubt fantasy ace.
    Apr 17, 7:12 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) to appear in ext. spring
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will throw 75-90 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after getting through a bullpen session Friday with no issues. That the Padres have decided to give him an extended spring training start rather than send him on an official rehab assignment should be irrelevant. Kennedy will be eligible for activation five days after Monday's appearance and should be penciled in to rejoin the rotation on April 25 versus the Dodgers.
    Apr 17, 9:13 am
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