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  • Cabrera socks two-run homer in loss
    Melky Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: With the White Sox trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, Cabrera made matters slightly more interesting with his two-run home run off reliever Bryan Shaw. Alas, no more runs were to cross the plate and Cabrera's squad fell by a score of 4-3. The veteran outfielder is slashing .294/.362/.417 with nine doubles, three homers and 20 RBI over 180 at-bats. Today, 2:33 pm
  • Zimmer blasts three hits in Tuesday's win
    Indians OF prospect Bradley Zimmer ripped three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.

    Advice: He finished a double shy of the cycle while matching a season-high with four RBI. The former first-round pick has shown a nice blend of speed and power this year. He's tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 17 steals and is also fourth in RBI with 33. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a low batting average (.247) and huge strikeout totals (54 punch-outs in 150 at-bats). Zimmer has an intriguing skill set but he's not polished enough for the big leagues yet. Today, 12:23 pm
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    W, 4-3 x @CWS
  • Jonny Gomes retires from baseball at age 35
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Jonny Gomes has decided to retire from baseball.

    Advice: Gomes left the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on May 11 "by mutual consent" after batting just .169/.280/.246 with 22 strikeouts in 75 plate appearances. The 35-year-old outfielder finishes his playing career with 835 major league hits and 162 major league homers. He played for the Rays, Reds, Nationals, Athletics, Red Sox, Braves, and Royals during his 13-year career, earning World Series rings with Boston and Kansas City. Today, 12:21 pm
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    L, 7-5 x @Min
  • Roman Quinn cranks four hits in Tuesday's win
    Phillies OF prospect Roman Quinn matched a career-high with four hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Reading.

    Advice: He also reached base on a walk while scoring four of Reading's 11 runs in a come-from-behind win over Erie. All four hits were singles. Quinn has swung a hot bat recently, hitting .393 with 12 runs scored during his seven-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old now ranks second in the Eastern League in steals (21) behind Harrisburg outfielder Rafael Bautista. Today, 10:44 am
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    W, 8-5 x @Det
  • Twins place Darin Mastroianni on the DL
    Twins placed OF Darin Mastroianni on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: An oblique strain will typically require 3-4 weeks of recovery for a position player. Mastro is hitless in 11 plate appearances this season at the major league level. Today, 8:10 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-5 vs x KC
  • Asche (oblique) homers in rehab game
    Cody Asche (oblique) went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Tuesday night at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Asche had been held hitless since moving his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Clearwater to Reading on Sunday. The third baseman turned corner outfielder has been on the disabled list this entire season because of a Grade 1 strain of his right oblique. He should be cleared to rejoin the Phillies on June 1, when his 20-day rehab window will officially close, but there's no reason to have him rostered in a standard mixed fantasy league. Today, 6:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 x @Det
  • Duvall whacks two-run homer in loss to LAD
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Duvall was the entire Reds offense (as it were) in the 8-2 loss, cracking a two-run home run off starter Mike Bolsinger in the fourth inning. The 27-year-old has now homered in two of his last three games and boosted his triple-slash to .259/.294/.548 in the process. For the season, he has smacked nine homers and 12 doubles while driving in 19 runs across 135 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Jon Jay smacks solo homer in loss to SFG
    Jon Jay went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Jay stroked a solo home run against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning. It would be one of just two runs the Padres managed to scratch out on the evening. With a .267/.330/.372 triple-slash over 172 at-bats, the 31-year-old outfielder can be safely ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Arcia has two hits, two runs against Royals
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arcia hit a two-out double and scored a run in the second inning and scored another run in the fourth after being hit by a pitch. Arcia desperately needs a spark, as he was hitting .194/.293/.306 with just two runs scored in the month of May coming into the game. He's one of the Twins' more talented hitters, slump notwithstanding, and seeing as how the team isn't going anywhere it would behoove them to continue to give the 25-year-old at-bats in hopes he can find his swing sooner than later. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Merrifield bats second, doubles twice in win
    Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Merrifield started at second base and batted second in the game, the second straight game he's hit in the No. 2 hole. And he's responded, going 4-for-10 with three doubles and three runs scored in those two games. The 27-year-old has started games at second, third and in left field since having his contract purchased last week, batting .333 in five games. He doesn't have much mixed league appeal, but his versatility and the fact that Royals manager Ned Yost seems to like him -- this is the same guy that continues to bat Alcides Escobar leadoff -- gives him some AL-only value if he keeps hitting in prime spots in the lineup with some regularity. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Alex Guerrero (knee) collects first AA hit
    Alex Guerrero (knee) notched his first hit at the Double-A level on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Guerrero is now 1-for-24 since moving his rehab assignment from High-A Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa. There's no rush from the Dodgers to fit him on the active major league roster, but it will have to happen by next Monday. He can't be optioned. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Cin
  • Smith rips RBI triple in loss to Brewers
    Mallex Smith hit an RBI triple in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith pulled a Jimmy Nelson pitch into the right field corner in the fifth inning, and his speed was on display as he easily made it into third base without a throw. His speed was less impressive in the seventh inning, when, after a walk, he was caught stealing second base, the sixth time he's been caught in 12 attempts this season. The growing pains have certainly been there, as he's hitting .248/.292/.438 in his first year with the big club, but his three homers and six steals hint at the 23-year-old's potential. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Carlos Beltran socks 10th home run Tuesday
    Carlos Beltran launched a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: R.A. Dickey left a knuckleball up in the fourth inning, and Beltran clubbed it into the right field seats. It was the veteran's 10th dinger of the season and fifth over his last 15 games. Beltran has collected 10 hits and 10 RBI over his last five contests. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Report: Beltran can block deals to 15 teams
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Carlos Beltran can block trades to 15 teams under his limited no-trade clause.

    Advice: There's nothing to indicate that the Yankees will be sellers -- the club has played a bit better of late -- but a trade could be a possibility if they end up falling out of the race. The Indians, Nationals, Royals, Cardinals, Rays, Tigers and Dodgers are among the teams Beltran can be traded to without his permission. Beltran, 39, is batting .274 with nine home runs and an .822 OPS over 43 games this season. He's due to become a free agent after the season. Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Dickerson stretches hitting streak to 21
    Padres OF prospect Alex Dickerson delivered a three-run homer in a pinch-hitting appearance Monday in a win for Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The home run extended Dickerson's hitting streak to 21 games. That's the second-longest streak in the minors this year behind Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi, who produced a 23-game streak from April 11-May 6. The 25-year collected two hits in 10 at-bats during a two-week stay in San Diego earlier this year. Since returning to Triple-A on May 14, Dickerson has hit a remarkable .571 with four homers and 14 RBI. Yesterday, 10:55 am
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    Top 10, 3-3 x @SF
  • Jose Ramirez homers twice for Tribe
    After entering play with one homer on the year, Jose Ramirez went deep in both ends of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: He had a two-run homer in the first game and a solo shot in the second. Ramirez has been a terrific surprise this year, hitting .293 with a .782 OPS in significantly more playing time than he was expected to receive. He went into 2016 with a .239 average and a .644 OPS in 564 major league at-bats. He'll continue to play pretty regularly between left field and third base for as long as he continues to hit. Monday, 9:16 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 4-3 ^ @CWS
  • Alex Guerrero (knee) hitless so far at AA
    Alex Guerrero (knee) went 0-for-4 as the DH at Double-A Tulsa on Sunday.

    Advice: Guerrero is hitless in 20 at-bats since moving his rehab assignment from High-A Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa last Tuesday and he's slashing .152/.188/.239 in 46 rehab at-bats overall. It's not clear how the Dodgers are going to handle this situation. Guerrero isn't producing in the minors, doesn't really fit on the active major league roster, and yet can't be optioned. They have another week to decide. Monday, 6:12 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Cin
  • Adam Duvall crushes solo homer in loss
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It was just a solo home run, but what a solo home run it was. Duvall absolutely unloaded on a Wade Miley offering in the fourth inning, launching it an estimated 457 feet to left-center. With a .264/.299/.543 triple-slash and eight homers over 129 at-bats, the 27-year-old outfielder is worth a pickup in deeper mixed leagues, particularly for those who need a little power boost. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Darin Mastroianni is drawing the start in his place in right field and batting seventh for the Twins. Arcia has been really struggling at the plate, slashing .213/.292/.363 with four homers, 12 RBI and a 34/9 K/BB ratio in 89 plate appearances. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • Carlos Beltran doubles three times
    Carlos Beltran doubled three times and knocked in three runs versus the A's in Friday's win.

    Advice: It's just the fourth time in his career that he's doubled three times in a game, the others coming in 1999, 2006 and 2008. Beltran is batting .273 with five homers and eight doubles in 19 games this month after a modest April. The surge won't last forever, but he's still a threat at age 39. Friday, 11:00 pm
  • Jon Jay (shoulder) gets two hits in return
    Jon Jay (shoulder) doubled and singled in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Jay didn't start a game for nearly a week due to a sore shoulder. It's not expected to be a long-term issue for him. Friday, 5:04 am
  • Beltran homers, doubles, and drives in three
    Carlos Beltran went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and an RBI double in Thursday's 4-1 win over the A's.

    Advice: Beltran saved the Yankees' bacon, as they squandered chance after chance and base-runner after base-runner with shoddy mistakes -- one inning saw Chase Headley picked off from first and Didi Gregorius thrown out on a late attempt for a double. But a few well-timed hits are all you need in this life. Beltran went to work with an RBI double against Kendall Graveman in the third inning. He would later uncoil for a two-run home run in the ninth inning to break the tension on what had been a one-run game. For the season, Beltran is hitting .250/.279/.493 with nine home runs and 22 RBI over 144 at-bats. Thursday, 10:17 pm
  • Jon Jay (shoulder) expected back Thursday
    Padres manager Andy Green said he expects Jon Jay (shoulder) to return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Jay has been sidelined since last Friday because of a jammed shoulder, though he did make an appearance as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night. He grounded out to second base in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it still served as a positive sign. Jay, the Padres' primary center fielder, is slashing .278/.338/.368 in 38 games this season. Thursday, 6:11 am
  • Royals bring OF Merrifield up to majors
    Royals purchased the contract of OF Whit Merrifield from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The Royals selected Merrifield in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. He has yet to accumulate any at-bats at the major league level and for his minor league career the 27-year-old outfielder owns a triple-slash of .274/.344/.399. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Adam Duvall getting night off Wednesday
    Adam Duvall is out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Tyler Holt will start in left field and bat seventh versus Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger. Duvall has seven home runs and 16 RBI in 34 games this season. Wednesday, 10:37 am
  • Mallex Smith homers twice in losing effort
    Mallex Smith slugged a pair of two-run homers in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: A guy who's certainly known more for his speed than his power, Smith took Juan Nicasio deep in the third inning and Arquimedes Caminero over the boards in the seventh. It could very well wind up being the lone multi-homer game of Smith's career, unless he manages a couple inside-the-parkers. However, he does have three dingers now to go along with six steals. The young speedster is batting only .247/.290/.441, but he's playing regularly and should keep giving fantasy owners some steals. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Jon Jay is day-to-day with a sore shoulder
    Jon Jay is day-to-day with a sore shoulder.

    Advice: Jay jammed the shoulder on Friday night and hasn't felt much progress, but the Padres are hoping this doesn't have to be a disabled list situation. Travis Jankowski started in center field and hit leadoff in the Padres' final two games in Milwaukee. Wil Myers will get the nod at leadoff in Tuesday night's series opener against the Giants and Madison Bumgarner. Tuesday, 4:24 pm
  • Guerrero (knee) to move up to Double-A on Tue
    Alex Guerrero (knee) will have his minor league rehab assignment transferred to Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday.

    Advice: Guerrero, who has been out since the spring with a left knee injury, batted .269 (7-for-26) with one home run and one double over six games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers are expected to keep him on a rehab assignment for the full 21 days. The club attempted to trade him over the winter and there's no clear fit for him on the active roster. Guerrero is under contract for $5 million this season and $7 million in 2017. He can't be optioned to the minors without his approval and can opt for free agency after any season in which he's traded. It's a tough spot. Tuesday, 6:00 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Cin
  • Duvall socks solo homer vs. Indians
    Adam Duvall socked a solo homer in Monday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Duvall now has seven home runs on the year, including five this month. The 27-year-old is still striking out a lot, but his pop can help in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 6:40 pm
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