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  • Reddick's home run leads to fireworks vs. KC
    Josh Reddick hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Reddick launched a three-run shot off Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Next batter Brett Lawrie paid the bill, as Ventura plunked him and was ejected. Lawrie's hard slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday set all of this off. Extracurricular activity aside, Reddick finished the game 2-for-4. He had been on the shelf for more than a month as he recovered from an oblique injury. Reddick hit 12 home runs in his 2013 and 2014 campaigns, both of which were shortened by injuries. When healthy, he's a potential 20-plus home run player.
    Today, 7:23 pm
  • Colin Cowgill gets booted for arguing
    Collin Cowgill was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh inning Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: Cowgill went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before the ejection. With Cowgill gone, Efren Navarro will finish out the game in left field.
    Today, 6:15 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Hou
  • Matt Joyce (foot) makes early exit Saturday
    Matt Joyce (foot) departed early from Saturday night's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Joyce made it to the top of the seventh inning, but Efren Navarro was in left field when the bottom of the seventh began. Joyce fouled a ball off his right foot Wednesday and is dealing with some lingering soreness. He should ultimately be fine.
    Today, 6:12 pm
    L, 4-0 x @Hou
  • Royals option Reymond Fuentes to Omaha
    Royals optioned OF Reymond Fuentes to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Fuentes was only in the majors for two games. The 24-year-old is no more than organizational outfield depth.
    Today, 2:31 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-0 vs x Oak
  • Cardinals recall Dean Anna from AAA level
    Cardinals recalled INF Dean Anna from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Anna failed to make the Cardinals' roster out of spring training after a rough showing in Grapefruit League play, but he is needed now for the bench with Randal Grichuk (back) heading to the disabled list. Anna can play all around the diamond defensively. He carries no fantasy relevance in a utility role.
    Today, 2:19 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Cardinals place Randal Grichuk on 15-day DL
    Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: It sounds like the backup outfielder should be ready to return as soon as he's eligible. Grichuk, 23, is 2-for-10 with a home run and two RBI on the season.
    Today, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Moreland (elbow) not in Rangers' lineup Sat.
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday night.

    Advice: But he was able to take pregame batting practice, so that's a good early indication that he will be able to avoid minor elbow surgery. Shin-Soo Choo is serving as the designated hitter for Texas on Saturday against the Mariners and Carlos Peguero is in right field. Moreland can be considered day-to-day.
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Perez has three hits, homer to lead Indians
    Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run on Saturday, powering the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: Perez took Twins starter Phil Hughes deep in the third inning to get the Indians on the board. He's being counted on to pick up the slack offensively with Yan Gomes sidelined and has responded by hitting .300/.318/.600. He's worth a look in two-catcher leagues for as long as he remains the starter.
    Today, 1:52 pm
  • Victorino (ribs) scratched from BoSox lineup
    Shane Victorino was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Saturday due to sore ribs.

    Advice: Victorino smashed into the outfield wall on Friday trying to take a home run away from Caleb Joseph, which caused the injury. He should be able to return to active duty in a day or two.
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Pirates optioned Jeff Decker to Triple-A
    Pirates recalled OF Jaff Decker from his minor league rehab assignment, optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Decker had a chance to compete for a reserve outfielder role with the Pirates during the spring, but a left calf strain put an end to that dream. He should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 campaign.
    Today, 11:40 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-2 vs x Mil
  • Orioles activate Jimmy Paredes from DL
    Orioles activated INF Jimmy Paredes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paredes is taking the place of Jonathan Schoop on the active roster who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a knee injury. He'll function in a utility role for the O's.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Yunel Escobar (groin) to undergo MRI
    Yunel Escobar (groin) will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar said that he felt okay on Saturday and remains optimistic that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but the Nationals want to make sure before making a determination.
    Today, 8:54 am
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Bethancourt not in Braves lineup Saturday
    Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game and fourth time in the past six that the Braves have opted to go with A.J. Pierzynski instead of the rookie backstop. Bethancourt should return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Today, 7:35 am
  • Moreland could need minor elbow surgery
    Mitch Moreland could require minor elbow surgery which would sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks.

    Advice: Moreland was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a sore elbow and went for further examination. The Rangers won't make a decision on his status for a few days while they gather additional information, but it's safe to say that Moreland won't return to the lineup any time soon.
    Today, 6:24 am
  • Jake Lamb reaches four times
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two walks Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Lamb did lose an at-bat to Yasmany Tomas tonight, but that's only because the rout was on. He won't be losing any starts to the Cuban defector, not with the way he's performed the first two weeks. He's 11-for-25 with nine RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos homers, doubles
    Robinson Chirinos homered and doubled to lead the Rangers offense in Friday's win.

    Advice: Chirinos is 4-for-8 with two homers in his last two starts after opening the season 1-for-13. He figures to have a tough time staying healthy while catching regularly for the Rangers, but until he gets hurt, he should be a decent second catcher in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Phillies in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Escobar appeared to come up lame while running out a ground ball in his final at-bat and did not take his place in the field defensively. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Mitch Moreland scratched with sore elbow
    Mitch Moreland was scratched from the Rangers starting lineup on Friday due to a sore elbow.

    Advice: It's likely that he'll head for an MRI to see what's going on, but the Rangers don't believe that it's a major concern just yet. The team should have an update on his status after any exams.
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Matt Joyce dealing with sore right foot
    Matt Joyce is currently dealing with a sore right foot, which is why he's serving as the team's designated hitter on Friday.

    Advice: Joyce fouled a ball off his foot on Thursday and it's still a bit sore, so manager Mike Scioscia opted to give him a night off defensively. It's a blow to C.J. Cron who gets bumped to the bench to let Joyce serve as the designated hitter.
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
    L, 4-0 x @Hou
  • Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Friday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now been benched in three of the last five games in favor of A.J. Pierzynski, who has four hits -- including two homers -- in his first 10 at-bats. Eric Young Jr. is in left field over Jonny Gomes.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Reymond Fuentes recalled from Triple-A
    Royals recalled OF Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: He's replacing Terrance Gore on the roster. Fuentes, 24, was off to a .444/.524/.500 start at Omaha at could see a bit of playing time while Alex Rios (hand) is sidelined.
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-0 vs x Oak
  • Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint Friday
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Paredes, who began the season on the DL with a lower back strain, will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday before moving to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. The Orioles have a bit of a roster crunch at the moment, so they could keep him on his rehab stint for close to the maximum of 20 days.
    Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Chirinos homers, drives in five to top Angels
    Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a three-run double to help the Rangers beat the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chirinos hadn't knocked in more than three runs in a game since 2011. He doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Jose Alvarez in the sixth. Chirinos had been 1-for-16 entering the night, so Tuesday's performance will certainly help spruce up his stats. Over a larger sample size, Chirinos isn't likely to provide any value in the average or on-base percentage departments, but will almost certainly provide cheap power in two-catcher formats.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Chirinos knocks in 5 runs in win vs. Angels
    Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a three-run double to help the Rangers beat the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chirinos hadn't knocked in more than three runs in a game since 2011. He doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Jose Alvarez in the sixth. Chirinos had been 1-for-16 entering the night, so Tuesday's performance will certainly help spruce up his stats. Over a larger sample size, Chirinos isn't likely to provide any value in the average or on-base percentage departments, but will almost certainly provide cheap power in two-catcher formats.
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Paredes (back) plays seven innings at EST
    Jimmy Paredes (back) played seven innings at extended spring training on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paredes will play in another extended spring game Wednesday. He should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week and figures to be an option for the Orioles' active roster late next week. He was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a lower back strain.
    Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Escobar batting leadoff for Nats on Tuesday
    Yunel Escobar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rookie outfielder Michael Taylor has been handling leadoff duties, but he has struggled to make contact, so he has been bumped down to ninth in the order. Jayson Werth will hit second Tuesday against Justin Masterson while Clint Robinson will serve as the designated hitter.
    Tuesday, 11:19 am
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Lamb reaches base three times in a win
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the Diamondbacks topped the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb has done nothing but hit to start the season, now carrying a .400 average in 15 at-bats. He has split time at third base with Aaron Hill, sitting against left-handed pitching. That will likely be the case until the D'Backs are able to find a trade partner for Hill.
    Monday, 10:42 pm
  • Cowgill homers as Angels defeat the Rangers
    Collin Cowgill went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Cowgill hit the first of two two-run home runs against Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning, as he was matched later in the inning by David Freese. Cowgill's blast tied the game at 3-3. Cowgill, now batting .231, doesn't have any fantasy appeal outside of AL-only leagues.
    Monday, 8:46 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Hou
  • Reddick (oblique) back from disabled list
    Athletics activated OF Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Reddick got through a couple rehab games with no issues and will be in the lineup on Sunday against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. It's been over a month since the outfielder first injured his oblique.
    Sunday, 8:32 am
  • Christian Bethancourt sitting out Sunday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: A.J. Pierzynski will catch Alex Wood. Bethancourt has three hits in his first 15 at-bats this season.
    Sunday, 7:44 am
  • Jimmy Paredes (back) ready for games
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will play in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since he suffered a lower back strain. Paredes will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if things go well Monday, so it sounds like he could be activated relatively soon.
    Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Victorino remains out of Red Sox lineup
    Shane Victorino is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Victorino didn't start on Friday either, but entered as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning and wound up playing nine innings and went 0-for-4 at the dish. Allen Craig will draw the start in right field on Saturday.
    Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Grichuk smacks two-run homer vs. Reds
    Randal Grichuk socked a two-run homer in a loss to the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Jon Jay got the start in center field for the first two games of the season, but Grichuk got the call Friday. The 23-year-old posted good power numbers in the minors and had a .400 slugging percentage as a rookie last season, but he might not play enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs x Cin
  • Josh Reddick expected to rejoin A's Sunday
    Josh Reddick (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Initially the A's had targeted a Saturday turn, but with the club squaring off against southpaw J.A. Happ, they'll give Reddick an extra day. His return should cut into the playing time of Mark Canha, and perhaps Marcus Semien as Ben Zobrist will be free to be utilized all over the infield.
    Friday, 6:18 pm
  • Matt Joyce sitting against a lefty again
    Matt Joyce is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Collin Cowgill is handling left field against left-hander Jason Vargas. The times when Joyce plays versus southpaws figure to be few and far between.
    Friday, 1:32 pm
    L, 4-0 x @Hou
  • Jake Lamb taking a seat on Friday
    Jake Lamb is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's sitting against a lefty (Brett Anderson) again in favor of Aaron Hill in what figures to be the normal arrangement, at least until Hill is traded. Ender Inciarte is also starting in left over David Peralta versus the southpaw.
    Friday, 1:30 pm
  • Shane Victorino sitting out again Friday
    Shane Victorino is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Victorino went 2-for-5 with an RBI single Thursday but has now sat out two of the team's four games in favor of Daniel Nava. Ryan Hanigan is also sitting out, as Sandy Leon is catching Wade Miley.
    Friday, 12:37 pm
  • Jaff Decker (calf) begins rehab assignment
    Jaff Decker (calf) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

    Advice: Decker went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first game. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll play, but the outfielder could be optioned to Triple-A once he's deemed ready.
    Friday, 5:41 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-2 vs x Mil
  • Moreland plates three as Rangers pummel A’s
    Mitch Moreland homered and drove home three runs on Thursday as the Rangers pummeled the Athletics to salvage a split in their season-opening four-game series.

    Advice: Moreland contributed a sacrifice fly in the Rangers three-run first inning, then tagged A’s hurler Kendall Graveman for a two-run bomb in the third, increasing their advantage to 5-0. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. While he isn’t likely to hit for a high average, he should be in the Rangers lineup on most days and should be a cheap source of RBI, especially against right-handed pitching.
    Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • Joyce back in Angels' lineup, playing DH
    Matt Joyce is in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Joyce had Tuesday off against a tough lefty but he's back in there a day later, although at designated hitter. Joyce is batting cleanup for the Halos. With Josh Hamilton sidelined Joyce will certainly see the lion's share of playing time, and if he continues to hit in a prime lineup spot he's definitely mixed league worthy when he's starting.
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
    L, 4-0 x @Hou
  • Jake Lamb plates four more, up to seven RBI
    Jake Lamb went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Diamondbacks edged out the Giants for a win on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Lamb knocked in a run with a groundout in the second inning, then hit a go-ahead three-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth which put the D'Backs up 7-4 at the time. Lamb had three RBI on Opening Day, so he now has a total of seven RBI through his first two games. The 24-year-old carries legitimate high-level fantasy potential this season after batting .327/.407/.566 last summer between Double-A and Triple-A. Yasmany Tomas doesn't seem to be a threat to Lamb at third base.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
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