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  • Francisco Cervelli sitting out Sunday
    Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather as many catchers do on Sunday. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
    Today, 8:17 am
  • Blanks picks up four hits, drives in three
    Kyle Blanks went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Talk about making an immediate impact. This was just Blanks' third game of the season after being called up in the wake of Mitch Mooreland's elbow injury. Against the A's, the big first baseman hit almost everything thrown his way, with a home run, a double and a pair of singles. Blanks now has home runs in back-to-back games and should be seriously considered in deeper mixed leagues until Mooreland returns. With Triple-A Round Rock, he was hitting .327/.419/.635.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Forsythe doubles and singles in loss to O's
    Logan Forsythe doubled and singled in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Forsythe's two hits represented half of the Rays' team total. The double was his sixth of the season. Seeing extended at-bats as regular starter Nick Franklin recovers from an oblique injury, Forsythe has driven in 10 runs with two homers and eight scored. He's slashing a more-than-respectable .286/.368/.468 over 77 at-bats. As long as Franklin is out, Forsythe should have decent value in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Michael Morse not in Marlins lineup Saturday
    Michael Morse is not in the Marlins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Morse has struggled mightily at the plate through the first month of the season, hitting a paltry .202/.264/.298 with two homers, eight RBI and a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. Jeff Baker is starting in his place and batting fifth against left-hander Cole Hamels.
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
    10:10 am vs ^ Phi
  • Jays designate Andy Wilkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old slugger was claimed off waivers from the White Sox at the end of spring training. He was off to a slow start at Triple-A Buffalo, hitting .264/.353/.319 with no homers and nine RBI in his first 21 games. There's a chance he could attract interest elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am x @Cle
  • Morrison homers and triples vs. Astros
    Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and his first triple since the 2013 season with the Marlins. Morrison has pulled his batting average up from .149 to .213 over the past three games. It's not much, but it's progress.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
    11:10 am ^ @Hou
  • Craig hits first home run of season
    Allen Craig launched a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Craig came into Friday's action hitting just .118 (4-for-34) with no extra-base hits and had yet to play right field in Fenway Park this season, but Red Sox manager John Farrell took a shot and it paid off. He's had a tough transition as a bench player and will likely only continue to see part-time at-bats.
    Friday, 8:06 pm
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,LF,RF
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Kelly Johnson's two-run homer powers Braves
    Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,LF
    10:35 am vs ^ Cin
  • Jason Rogers notches a couple hits
    Jason Rogers singled and doubled in four at-bats in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He singled off of ace Jon Lester in his first at-bat and then doubled to the gap off of tough closer Hector Rondon in the ninth. Rogers could be playing his way into a platoon with Adam Lind, as he has picked up seven hits in 17 at-bats since being called up a couple weeks ago.
    Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Steve Pearce getting a start at second base
    Steve Pearce is starting at second base in Friday's game versus the Rays.

    Advice: Pearce has never played an inning at the position in the minors or majors. Jimmy Paredes has plenty of experience at second base but is bizarrely in the designated hitter spot Friday instead of Pearce. Pearce has been a big disappointment with the bat this season, hitting just .196/.288/.314 over his first 15 games.
    Friday, 12:38 pm
    10:35 am vs ^ TB
  • Donald Lutz undergoes Tommy John surgery
    Donald Lutz has undergone Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: It's certainly the smaller of the Reds' two Tommy John surgery announcements from Friday, but losing Lutz for the season does hurt the club's corner infield depth a bit. The 26-year-old has hit just .211/.239/.284 over 113 plate appearances the last two seasons with the big club.
    Friday, 11:42 am
    Player Note
    Donald Lutz Cin - 1B,OF
    Not Active
    10:35 am x @Atl
  • Ryan Howard batting cleanup on Thursday
    Ryan Howard is batting cleanup for the Phillies on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It's his first time in that spot in two weeks. Howard slugged a solo home run -- his fifth home run of the season -- Wednesday against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez. St. Louis is throwing lefty Tim Cooney on Thursday.
    Thursday, 7:48 am
    10:10 am ^ @Mia
  • Logan Morrison goes 4-for-5, doubles
    Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even a four-hit game could merely raise his average to .194. Still, it's a start. It's the first time in 20 games this year that he's come up with multiple hits.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
    11:10 am ^ @Hou
  • Howard belts 4th homer in a loss to Cardinals
    Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Howard ripped a Carlos Martinez offering to right field for a solo home run in the fourth inning, tying the game at one apiece at the time. The first baseman has started to find his power stroke, homering in three out of his last five ballgames. Still, his batting line isn't impressive in the least at .191/.247/.412.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
    10:10 am ^ @Mia
  • Freiman (back) could start rehab next week
    Nate Freiman (back) could start a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Freiman had four at-bats and played first base in extended spring training Wednesday as he works back from a lumbar muscle strain. Assuming the rehab goes well, Freiman should be back with the A's in mid-May.
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm x @Tex
  • Loney hits go-ahead RBI single to beat Yanks
    James Loney smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the 13th inning Wednesday as the Rays topped the Yankees 3-2.

    Advice: Loney also singled and scored a run in the top of the fourth inning. He missed a large chunk of April with a right oblique strain, but the 30-year-old first baseman has been tremendously productive when healthy, boasting a .333/.385/.542 slash line in 24 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Cervelli not in Pirates' lineup Wednesday
    Francisco Cervelli is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli.
    Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Rangers add Kyle Blanks from AAA level
    Rangers purchased the contract of 1B Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Blanks was batting .327/.419/.635 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 16 games this season for Round Rock. The big-bodied 28-year-old figures to get a large share of the playing time at DH while Mitch Moreland (elbow) is sidelined and is worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Rangers place Moreland (elbow) on the DL
    Rangers placed 1B Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

    Advice: Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to remove loose bodies from his left elbow and is expected to miss around three weeks. He tried to play through the discomfort, but it wasn't working. Kyle Blanks has been called up from Triple-A and should see a good amount of playing time at DH for the Rangers through the middle of May.
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs x Oak
  • Kyle Blanks to be called up Wednesday
    Kyle Blanks will be called up by the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll replace Mitch Moreland (elbow) on the roster. Blanks has been crushing the ball at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .327/.419/.635 with three homers and 11 RBI. He should see plenty of playing time in the designated hitter spot while Moreland is out and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Moreland to have elbow surgery; out 2-3 weeks
    Mitch Moreland will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove loose bodies from his left elbow.

    Advice: Moreland first began having elbow issues 10 days ago and tried unsuccessfully to play through the ailment. He'll be on the shelf for 2-3 weeks. Kyle Blanks will replace Moreland on the roster and stands to see plenty of time in the designated hitter spot.
    Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs x Oak
  • Mitch Moreland could undergo elbow surgery
    Mitch Moreland could undergo surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow.

    Advice: Moreland first began having elbow issues 10 days ago. He tried to play through it, but it locked up on him again Tuesday, forcing him to see team physician Dr. Keith Meister. "I tried to fight through it this first time," Moreland said. "It’s locked up again so I don’t know if there’s something we can do, move it around, get it dislodged or find a better spot. I don’t know what the deal is until I see the doctor." Moreland is unable to extend his arm and says the elbow is "pretty painful all the time." It's not clear how long an operation would sideline him, but it would be an arthroscopic procedure.
    Tuesday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs x Oak
  • Johnson hammers Nats with 3 hits, 3 RBI
    Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,LF
    10:35 am vs ^ Cin
  • Howard mashes two-run homer in loss to ATL
    Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: The dinger was Howard's second of the season. He hit the two-run shot off of Braves starter Shelby Miller in the fourth inning and put the Phillies out to a 2-0 lead, but that home run would represent the only runs the 6-12 Phillies scored in the 5-2 loss. Howard's now hitting just .189/.246/.358, with two home runs and six RBI and has shown little evidence that his bat might suddenly regain its glory of yore. If we're stretching for signs of life, he does have two home runs in his last four games.
    Apr 25, 6:52 pm
    10:10 am ^ @Mia
  • James Loney not in Rays lineup Saturday
    James Loney is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's being eased back into action so he will take a seat against opposing southpaw Daniel Norris. Logan Forsythe will start in his place at first base.
    Apr 25, 11:13 am
  • Loney homers in return from disabled list
    James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
    Apr 24, 10:01 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits first homer
    Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

    Advice: Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
    Apr 24, 9:27 pm
    11:10 am ^ @Hou
  • Moreland returns to Rangers lineup on Friday
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) has returned to the Rangers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Moreland has been battling elbow discomfort in recent weeks, but is finally ready to return to the lineup. He's batting second and starting at first base while Prince Fielder serves as the team's designated hitter.
    Apr 24, 4:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs x Oak
  • James Loney returns from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move.
    Apr 24, 5:05 am
  • Loney (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    James Loney (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain while taking batting practice before the Rays' second regular-season game. The first baseman will probably be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend.
    Apr 23, 8:41 am
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