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  • J.D. Martinez crushes three-run homer in win
    J.D. Martinez crushed a three-run homer in the third inning on Friday, leading the Tigers offensive attack in a 6-2 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Martinez clobbered what looked to be a game-changing three-run homer to left field on the previous pitch, which hooked just foul at the last second. He then took the next Collin McHugh offering deep to right-center field to put the Tigers on top 3-2. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .266/.337/.487 with nine homers and 21 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    32 minutes ago
  • Harper belts 16th home run to power Nationals
    Bryce Harper blasted his 16th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Phillies.

    Advice: Harper victimized Sean O'Sullivan for the solo blast in the second inning, the third time that he's taken the young right-hander deep this season. He is in a class of his own at the plate right now, slashing a ridiculous .336/.475/.750 to go along with his 16 bombs and 39 RBI. While it's only May, he's the clear early favorite for National League MVP honors it what is shaping up to be a breakout season for the 22-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Drew Storen slams door on Phillies in ninth
    Drew Storen worked a scoreless ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage against the Phillies to earn his 13th save of the season.

    Advice: He did allow a pair of hits which put the game, and Max Scherzer's win, in jeopardy, but was able to battle back with a fly ball and a strikeout to end the evening. He has done a terrific job in his transition back to the closer's role, compiling a 0.98 ERA and 23/3 K/BB ratio across 18 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    47 minutes ago
  • Melancon gets two-out save vs. Mets
    Mark Melancon got a two-out save Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Melancon was called on to protect a three-run lead after Gerrit Cole was pulled with two on and one out in the ninth. He retired both of the batters he faced to finish off the win. Melancon's velocity still isn't close to what it was last year, but he's 10-for-11 in save chances and owns a 3.15 ERA over his first 20 appearances. Rotoworld.com
    52 minutes ago
  • Sean O'Sullivan posts quality start in loss
    Sean O'Sullivan delivered a quality start in Friday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering just two runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: O'Sullivan punched out three on the night while walking one. He allowed a solo homer to Bryce Harper in the second inning and an RBI double to Ian Desmond in the sixth, but that was the extent of the damage. The right-hander will carry an impressive 3.54 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Mets in New York and could be worth a look as a streaming option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    53 minutes ago
  • David Hernandez should return next week
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that David Hernandez (elbow) could rejoin the Diamondbacks' bullpen next week.

    Advice: The right-hander is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He has already appeared in two minor league rehab games with High-A Visalia, tossing a pair of scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:59 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 4, 1-1 vs ChC
  • Beachy not yet ready for rehab assignment
    Brandon Beachy (elbow) said Friday that he has yet to be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Beachy indicated that the timetable for his return remains fluid. He will throw at least another pair of simulated games before making the next step in his recovery. He isn't expected to be an option for the Dodgers rotation until around the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:08 pm
     
    60-Day DL
  • Danny Duffy (shoulder) pushed back to Tuesday
    Danny Duffy's (shoulder) next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday.

    Advice: Duffy is dealing with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder, which could at least partly explain his erratic performance of late. It doesn't appear to be something the Royals are overly concerned with since they're merely pushing him back a few days, but anytime the shoulder is involved there's some worry. Edinson Volquez and Yordano Ventura will move up a day but will be on regular rest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 pm
  • Samuel Deduno (back) to throw off mound
    Samuel Deduno (back) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Deduno was sent for an MRI on his ailing back, but it evidently came back clean and he's ready to throw again. He'll be used in long relief once activated. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:15 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 @Det
  • Kyle Blanks placed on DL due to cyst
    Rangers placed 1B/DH Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a pilonidal cyst.

    Advice: Blanks was off to a .322/.365/.542 start with three homers over 15 games for the Rangers, but he's now making yet another trip to the DL. It's not clear how long he'll be out. Jake Smolinski has replace him on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:10 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-9 x @NYY
  • Everth Cabrera activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated INF Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed the minimum amount of time with a bruised left foot. Cabrera will give the O's another option at second base and at shortstop when J.J. Hardy needs a rest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli not in Friday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:20 pm
  • Braves inquired on catcher Jonathan Lucroy
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Braves inquired on Jonathan Lucroy but were told he was not available.

    Advice: The Brewers are going to be sellers prior to the trade deadline, but one guy they appear intent on keeping is Lucroy, who is under team control cheaply through 2017. Heyman adds that the Braves have been "disappointed" by the play of Christian Bethancourt, who is batting just .190/.215/.286 and hasn't been as good as expected defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:54 am
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-0 x @Atl
  • Joe Paterson released by Royals
    Royals released LHP Joe Paterson.

    Advice: Paterson posted a 5.68 ERA over 12 relief appearances at Triple-A Omaha this season. The 29-year-old has spent time in the majors in each of the last four seasons and shouldn't be out of a job long. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 am
     
    Not Active
    Top 9, 5-0 vs StL
  • Jackson (ankle) won't be back this weekend
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma through at least the weekend.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have received a lot of flak for the condition of the artificial turf at Rogers Centre, and the Mariners understandably don't want Jackson to make his return on the sketchy playing surface. The M's will play on artificial turf in Tampa early next week, as well, but Jackson is a good bet to be activated then because the Rays' turf is in better shape. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:44 am
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 x @Tor
  • Cervelli (head) goes 0-for-4 in return Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (head) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in his return Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli was pulled from Tuesday's game after taking a foul tip off his mask, but he ultimately showed no concussion symptoms. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .286/.348/.352 in 31 games this season for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Harper ejected for arguing balls and strikes
    Bryce Harper was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Yankees for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: This one wasn't even a called third strike, as Harper was tossed by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson on a first-pitch strike. The ejection was Harper's second in the past week, as he was tossed from last Wednesday's game for arguing as well. He's super talented, but his attitude can obviously still get him in trouble at times. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:55 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • A-Jax might not rejoin Mariners this weekend
    According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, it's looking "less likely" that Austin Jackson (ankle) will join the Mariners this weekend.

    Advice: Jackson is set to accompany Triple-A Tacoma on their upcoming road trip. He is already eligible to return from the disabled list and has been playing in rehab games since Saturday, but the M's want to make sure he's 100 percent and has his timing right before they activate him. Jackson was batting just .242/.294/.326 in 25 games before spraining his right ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 x @Tor
  • Francisco Cervelli (head) back in action Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (head) is back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He exited Tuesday's game after taking a foul tip off his mask, but he went through a battery of tests and had no concussion symptoms. Cervelli is hitting .297/.355/.366 with nine RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Samuel Deduno (back) undergoes MRI
    Samuel Deduno (back) underwent an MRI Tuesday.

    Advice: Deduno landed on the disabled list Monday with a lower back strain, although the pain is more in his right hip. The Astros are calling the MRI precautionary, but we won't know how long he might be out until the results come back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 am
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 @Det
  • Harper homers again as Nats win in extras
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-inning win against the Yankees.

    Advice: Harper wasted no time getting home run number 15, clubbing a Nathan Eovaldi offering to right-center in the first inning. The 22-year-old has 10 home runs and 23 RBI since May 6. Along with 15 round-trippers overall on the season, he's batting an unfathomably good .336/.474/.737 with 38 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Cervelli exits after taking foul tip off mask
    Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday's game against the Twins after taking a foul tip off his mask.

    Advice: The Pirates are saying his exit was precautionary, so it doesn't sound like there are any concussion concerns. Cervelli might get a day of rest Wednesday, though. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:28 pm
  • Everth Cabrera (foot) could be back Friday
    Everth Cabrera (foot) could be activated from the 15-day disabled list this Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been out since May 7 because of a bone bruise in his left foot. He began a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk this past weekend. J.J. Hardy is back on the Orioles' active roster, so Cabrera will be a utility infielder when he returns. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:38 pm
  • Astros place Samuel Deduno on 15-day DL
    Astros placed RHP Samuel Deduno on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: Deduno has posted an ugly 6.86 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 17/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings this season for Houston. Top pitching prospect Lance McCullers is making his major league debut on Monday night against the A's and could be stick around if the outing goes well. Deduno will likely work in long relief when his health returns. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:08 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 @Det
  • Austin Jackson won't be ready on Tuesday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Sunday that Austin Jackson (ankle) won't be ready to rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's the day that he's first eligible to return from the disabled list. He went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, then 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday while manning center field. While he won't be ready Tuesday, he should return to the Mariners lineup at some point during the week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:01 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 x @Tor
  • Melancon picks up ninth save vs Cubs
    Mark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Cubs, striking out one and allowing a hit in a scoreless inning of work

    Advice: Melancon came on in the ninth inning with the Cubs up 3-0. Jorge Soler reached base on a one-out error and Melancon allowed a subsequent single to put runners on first and second, but he put out his own fire and the Cubbies failed to score. Melancon is 9-for-10 in save chances with a 3.44 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:54 pm
  • O'Sullivan blanks D'backs over six innings
    Sean O'Sullivan got the win after tossing six shutout innings, helping the Phillies defeat the Diamondbacks by a 6-0 score on Sunday.

    Advice: O'Sullivan had only once in his career tossed six shutout innings coming into Sunday afternoon's start. He scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in what was certainly one of the best starts of the journeyman's career. With the effort, the right-hander has a 3.68 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and a 13/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. He's still a very risky play for fantasy purposes. O'Sullivan will take on the Nationals in a road start the next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Danny Duffy could be booted from rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Sunday that Danny Duffy will need to show improvement in order to avoid being removed from the rotation.

    Advice: Yost said that Duffy will "probably" make his next scheduled start, but the left-hander is on thin ice after another poor showing Saturday. He has a 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season and could be replaced by Jason Vargas (elbow) when the latter is ready to return from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:33 am
  • Duffy allows three runs in loss to Yankees
    Danny Duffy surrendered four earned runs over five innings Saturday in the Royals' loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Duffy gave up a run on a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning and then three runs on a Chase Headley homer in the top of the fifth. Duffy walked four and gave up four total hits in his third straight poor outing. He has a rough 2-3 record, 5.87 ERA, and 1.70 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season. A tough matchup with the cross-state Cardinals is next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:22 pm
  • Austin Jackson (ankle) cleared for rehab
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Jackson has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 4 with a right ankle sprain. It appears that the center fielder will be ready for activation when first eligible on May 19. He was batting .242/.294/.326 with two homers and five steals in 25 games before the injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:15 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 x @Tor
  • Bryce Harper goes 3-for-4, homers
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Harper now has 13 homers and 33 RBI in 37 games this season. Last year, he finished with 13 homers and 32 RBI in 100 games. He's also just four shy of last year's total of 38 walks. One could almost consider this a step forward. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:12 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Beachy to throw to hitters over weekend
    Brandon Beachy (elbow) will throw to hitters this weekend for the first time since he underwent his second Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Live batting practice is a good step for Beachy, who has been working on altering his delivery in order to reduce stress on his elbow. Beachy's on track for a rehab assignment in June and a return around the All-Star Break. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:42 pm
     
    60-Day DL
  • Cervelli drives in four runs in wild game
    Francisco Cervelli was 3-for-6 with four RBI in Friday's extra-innings loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: If you saw Cervelli cashing in four RBI at any point this season, get thee to a lottery ticket. He came into the game with four driven in for the entire season and left with the total doubled. Three of those RBI came via a bases clearing double in the sixth inning, but it was Cervelli's game-tying, ninth-inning RBI single off of Hector Rondon with two outs that proved to be one of the most dramatic hits in a game that saw the Cubs blow a 7-1 fifth-inning lead before they ultimately came back to win it in the bottom of the 12th. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:28 pm
  • Lucroy (toe) cleared to catch bullpens
    Jonathan Lucroy (toe) has been cleared to catch bullpen sessions.

    Advice: The next and final step after that will be a clearance to begin running. The Brewers haven't set a firm timetable from Lucroy's return from a fractured left big toe, but he seems to be tracking towards an activation before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:51 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-0 x @Atl
  • J.D. Martinez (back) in Detroit lineup Thurs.
    J.D. Martinez (back) is in the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez made an early exit on Wednesday night after experiencing some tightness in his lower back, but it obviously wasn't a huge deal. He's at DH on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Cervelli not in Pirates' lineup on Thursday
    Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Vance Worley and bat eighth. Cervelli is batting just .270/.330/.337 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:14 am
  • Martinez leaves with lower back tightness
    J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Martinez exited in the sixth inning after feeling tightness in his back. The good news is that the club has labeled him day to day, so he should be back before long. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • J.D. Martinez exits with possible back injury
    J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Twins with a possible back injury.

    Advice: Martinez was seen grabbing his back before going down the dugout tunnel. Rajai Davis pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning. Martinez was 2-for-2 before leaving. The Tigers should provide an update on his injury soon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Bryce Harper ejected Wednesday for arguing
    Bryce Harper was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Harper didn't like a check-swing strike to end an at-bat in the seventh inning and he made his displeasure known. Harper was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in the game before being tossed. The ejection was the fourth of his career and first since July 13, 2013. He was replaced by Michael Taylor in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:15 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Everth Cabrera (foot) set for rehab games
    Everth Cabrera (foot) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Cabrera has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a bruised left foot. An MRI taken last week turned up negative and he should be ready to rejoin the Orioles' active roster as soon as his 15 days are up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:35 pm
  • Jackson (ankle) poised for rehab assignment
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Jackson was given clearance to return to game action after running the bases on Tuesday with no issues. He's expected to only need a couple rehab contests before being activated when first eligible early next week if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:14 am
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 x @Tor
  • Harper blasts NL-best 12th homer in a loss
    Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 12th homer of the season, but the Nationals were easily defeated by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harper ripped a two-run home run off of Rubby De La Rosa in the sixth inning, but it only reduced the Nationals' deficit to 14-4. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a double along with the homer. The 22-year-old has been on a power surge in the month of May, now with seven blasts -- all of them coming in his last six games. He's knocked in a major league-best 31 runs and walked 29 times, also best in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:46 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Blanks collects three hits in loss to Royals
    Kyle Blanks finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Blanks scored a run in the sixth and had an RBI single in the seventh inning, giving him six RBI and nine runs scored through 13 games. The hulking infielder is hitting .314/.364/.549 with three homers this year, and with the Rangers going nowhere he should continue to get at-bats while he's healthy and hitting. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:14 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-9 x @NYY
  • O'Sullivan solid in five innings, but loses
    Sean O'Sullivan gave up three runs in five innings, taking his second loss of the season on Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: All three runs came on Josh Harrison's home run in the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie. He was otherwise solid, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out two. The Phillies aren't looking for anything stellar from the right-hander, so his 5.06 ERA isn't very troubling. Fantasy owners, however, should skip right past his name. O'Sullivan will finish off the Phillies' homestand in a start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday next. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Martinez homers in low-scoring win vs. Twins
    J.D. Martinez provided the Tigers one of their two runs in Tuesday's win against the Twins with a solo home run.

    Advice: Martinez, who went 1-for-4, homered in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The slugger had been slumping but registered hits in his previous two games. That, along with his homer on Tuesday, may be a sign he's out of his slump. His triple-slash line is a mediocre .223/.293/.455 with seven home runs and 16 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • J.D. Martinez moved back into fifth spot
    J.D. Martinez will bat fifth Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez was dropped down to the No. 6 spot for the last five games, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apparently feels like he's close to breaking out of his slump. Yoenis Cespedes is back in the sixth spot Tuesday against Kyle Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
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