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  • Joey Rickard getting the day off Saturday
    Joey Rickard is not in the Orioles' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

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

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

    Advice: Duffey punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The lone mistake that he made in the ballgame came in the first inning where he served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton. Duffey now boasts a 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He has certainly shown enough to earn another start, which would come on Friday against the White Sox in Chicago. Today, 2:05 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Smith (elbow) expected to return Tuesday
    Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox.

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

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler just joined the big league club on Monday, but allowed three runs on five hits over his three innings of work. It's unlikely that he'll generate much interest on waivers and should continue to function as organizational bullpen depth. Today, 12:48 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • Carlos Gomez sits with soreness in rib cage
    Carlos Gomez is dealing with soreness in his left rib cage and is expected to miss a few games.

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

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

    Advice: Gomez returned to action on Friday after missing a game after he was drilled in the wrist by a pitch during Wednesday's contest. It's unclear if his absence on Saturday is due to the wrist or simply because he's hitting .213/.241/.275 on the year. Preston Tucker is starting in left field with Colby Rasmus manning center field defensively. Today, 10:36 am
    L, 2-0 x @Oak
  • Bonifacio expected to rejon Braves on Monday
    Emilio Bonifacio is expected to rejoin the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: With the rain out on Saturday, the Braves are afforded the luxury of skipping the fifth starter spot in their rotation which could prompt them to return to a 12-man pitching staff and carry Bonifacio in a utility role at least for a few days. Today, 9:21 am
    Not Active
    PPD @ChC
  • James McCann expected to return on Tuesday
    James McCann (ankle) is scheduled to play two more minor league rehab games at Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers on Tuesday.

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

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

    Advice: Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 10th homer versus Arizona
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

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

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

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

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Trevor Story not in Rockies' lineup Thursday
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' lineup Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: McCann served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter, but he should be catching in a couple days and he could return to the Tigers' active roster this weekend. The 25-year-old has been out since April 12 with a sprained ankle. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • Carson Smith could join Red Sox next week
    Carson Smith (elbow) could join the Red Sox next week in Chicago.

    Advice: Smith is scheduled toss a light bullpen session on Thursday before appearing in back-to-back rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket. Assuming that all goes well, he will probably be activated Monday. The dominant 26-year-old setup man can be a huge addition to the Boston bullpen. Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Trevor Story gets first game off against Bucs
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

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

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

    Advice: McCann is expected to DH on Tuesday but he should be back behind the plate in a few days. The 25-year-old will likely be activated later this week. Jarrod Saltalmacchia has fared reasonably well in his absence, hitting four home runs over his last nine games. Tuesday, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @Min
  • D-Backs recall Hessler from Double-A
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Double-A Mobile.

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

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

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Sunday, 5:18 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Ramos earns his third save of the season
    A.J. Ramos nailed down his third save of the season Sunday in the Marlins' defeat of the Giants.

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

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

    Advice: Matt den Dekker smoked a line drive off of the top of the shoulder of Duffey, who walked off the field after a brief visit by a trainer. He was charged with one run over four-plus frames before departing. The Twins are saying Duffey's removal was precautionary, so he should be fine. He was making a spot start and figures to be sent back to Triple-A Rochester. Sunday, 12:09 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • James McCann (ankle) runs the bases
    James McCann (ankle) ran the bases on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: He's taking the place of Ervin Santana who was scratched due to back stiffness. Duffey pitched well in 10 starts for the Twins in 2015, posting a 3.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio across 58 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues. Saturday, 9:30 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Justin Upton plates lone run in loss Friday
    Justin Upton delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Tigers lone run in a loss to the Indians.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: It was only supposed to be a simulated game, but Smith felt good enough to face live competition. "He's advancing pretty good here," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The change to a game versus a sim game was because of how well he's responded to the work so far." Smith could begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week and it's possible he'll be ready to join the Boston bullpen by the end of the month. He was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a flexor strain. Thursday, 11:01 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Prado getting game off Wednesday vs. Nats
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

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