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  • Villar keeps producing, Brewers best Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Brewers take out the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: If he's not doing it with his legs, he's doing it with his stick, as evidenced by Thursday's solo dinger. The homer was his second of the season to give him 16 RBI, and he's got 21 runs scored through Thursday's game. More importantly, Villar has 15 steals to lead the National League, and his .295/.392/.416 line is all gravy as well. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Flowers hits two-run homer in loss to Brewers
    Tyler Flowers hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Flowers, batting cleanup, got the Braves on the board early with the two-run jack off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. The backstop has split time with A.J. Pierzynski this season but has been representative when in the lineup, hitting .269/.360/.372 with two homers and 10 RBI in 25 games. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Perez comes up with two-run triple vs. Braves
    Hernan Perez had a pinch-hit, two-run triple Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Perez made a two-run game into a four-run game with his triple in the ninth inning, his first three-bagger of the year. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly by Brewers manager Craig Counsell this season but has posted a .291/.339/.509 line with three home runs and five steals in 55 at-bats. Given the current state of the squad, perhaps it's time to give Perez some more run to see what he can do with regular playing time. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Braun connects for ninth homer against Braves
    Ryan Braun hit his ninth home run of the year in Thursday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Braun belted a solo shot off Braves starter Matt Wisler in the fifth inning. He continues to produce when on the field, owning a .361/.427/.599 line with 30 RBI and 23 runs scored in 39 games. Staying between the white lines has been the tricky part, but his back seems to be feeling better and he should be ridden hard by fantasy owners while in the lineup. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Wisler earns quality start in loss to Brewers
    Matt Wisler turned in a quality start Thursday against the Brewers, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss.

    Advice: Wisler struck out seven while walking two, but it was a two-run single by opposing starter Wily Peralta and a solo home run by Ryan Braun that saddled him with the loss. Despite the outcome, the quality start was Wisler's fifth in a row, and he's now struck out seven in each of his last three outings. The 23-year-old will carry a respectable 3.08 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Giants. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Peralta holds Braves to two runs in victory
    Wily Peralta held the Braves to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: In what has been typical Peralta fashion this year, even in victory he wasn't overly impressive, allowing seven hits and walking two on the night. The Braves' offense is underwhelming enough to make it work, though, earning the right-hander his third win of the year. Peralta owns a 6.62 ERA and 1.90 WHIP through 10 starts and isn't showing many signs of improvement. The Cardinals offense gets the next shot at the 27-year-old when the teams meet up Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Ryan Braun leaves after rain delay
    Ryan Braun left Thursday's game against the Braves for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: He never came back after a one-hour, 19-minute rain delay in the seventh inning. It doesn't look like Braun is injured but after missing time with back and wrist injuries earlier this month, the Brewers weren't taking any chances. Braun went 1-for-3 with a solo home run before exiting. Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced him in left field. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Solo homers doom Leake in loss to Nationals
    Mike Leake allowed two solo home runs over seven innings Thursday, taking the loss against the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, with solo home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa doing the only damage. Unfortunately for Leake, it was enough, sending him to his first loss in the month of May. It was still another quality start for the right-hander, who has now rattled off four in a row after a poor start to the year. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers. Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Ross goes seven strong in win over Cardinals
    Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Yost says Chris Young close to being activated
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Chris Young (forearm) looked "fantastic" in Thursday's simulated game.

    Advice: Young was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm earlier this month but has made a quick recovery and should return to the Royals' rotation in relatively short order. The right-hander pitched surprisingly well during Kansas City's postseason run last year but has struggled to a 6.88 ERA over seven starts in 2016. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Morales out with sprained middle finger
    Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

    Advice: Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Yost confirms Mike Moustakas is out for the year
    Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Mike Moustakas will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

    Advice: Moustakas is getting a second opinion but Yost isn't optimistic. "To lose two All-Stars on one play is kind of tough," said Yost. "But you just deal with it." Moustakas should be ready for the start of spring training next year. With Moustakas done for the season and Alex Gordon sidelined with a broken wrist, Kansas City's bid for a third consecutive AL pennant isn't off to a great start. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Braves recall Withrow from Triple-A Gwinnett
    Braves recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll be taking Casey Kelly's spot on the active roster. Withrow has been lights out in the minors, allowing just one unearned run over 8 1/3 innings for Gwinnett. He produced a respectable 3.86 ERA over 10 appearances for the Braves earlier this year. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Moustakas lands on DL with right ACL tear
    Royals placed 3B Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL tear in his right knee.

    Advice: The move is retroactive to May 23. It's a tough break for Moustakas, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing two weeks with a fractured thumb. Moustakas injured his knee in a collision with Alex Gordon in only his second game back and now faces another extended absence. This injury could be a season-ender. The 27-year-old has hit only .240 this year with seven homers in 27 games. The Royals called up Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding roster move. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Angels sign Erik Kratz to minors contract
    Angels signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and subsequently released. The veteran catcher is a .210/.261/.381 career hitter at the big league level. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Christian Yelich (back) remains out Thursday
    Christian Yelich (back) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: This will be the fifth game in a row that Yelich has missed with what the Marlins originally labeled back spasms. It's probably something a little more serious than that. Derek Dietrich is starting in left field in a very patchwork lineup for the Fish on Thursday afternoon against the Rays. Yesterday, 7:52 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Dan Straily strikes out 11 Dodgers
    Dan Straily fanned 11 while allowing three runs and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Straily allowed just five batters to reach base safely in his seven innings. Unfortunately, four of those came in the same inning, leading to two runs, and the other was a homer an inning later. Straily has been a very good starter for the Reds to date, but since he's in such a bad situation in Cincinnati, there's no recommending him in mixed leagues. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Villar knocks in a pair in win
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves.

    Advice: Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Yelich (back) remains sidelined Wednesday
    Christian Yelich (back) remains out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Yelich has now missed four straight games with what's being called "back spasms." Cole Gillespie will start in left field and bat eighth against Matt Andriese. Wednesday, 11:41 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Moustakas to have knee examined Thursday
    Mike Moustakas will have his bruised knee examined by team doctors on Thursday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Moustakas has been held out of the Royals' starting lineup since banging his knee against Alex Gordon on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Gordon took the brunt of that collision -- he's already been placed on the disabled list with a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist -- but Moustakas is now having serious problems too. Per beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan of, the third baseman was able to take swings Wednesday but had issues doing any sort of lateral movement. He could soon join Gordon on the DL. Cheslor Cuthbert is starting at the hot corner Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota. Wednesday, 8:50 am
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Moustakas (knee) absent again Wednesday
    Mike Moustakas (knee) remains absent from the Royals' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Moustakas has now missed three straight games with a knee contusion that he suffered Sunday in a collision with Alex Gordon. He's still considered day-to-day. Cheslor Cuthbert will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday against Twins righty Tyler Duffey. Wednesday, 8:16 am
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Braun hits eighth homer, Brewers edge Braves
    Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run of the season as the Brewers edged the Braves 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Braun took Julio Teheran deep in the fourth inning for a solo bomb, one of just three hits on the night against the Braves starter. It was his first home run since returning to the lineup after missing nearly a week with a sore back. When he's been in the lineup, Braun has been an offensive beast, batting .357/.419/.579 with eight homers, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Villar steals 15th base in win over Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Chris Young (forearm) throws 35-pitch pen
    Chris Young (forearm) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Young said it went well, and that he's planning for a simulated appearance Thursday or Friday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 12 with a forearm strain and he had a brutal 6.88 ERA over his first seven starts. He shouldn't be owned in standard fantasy formats. Tuesday, 3:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Moustakas (knee) out again Tuesday vs. MIN
    Mike Moustakas (knee) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Moustakas suffered a knee contusion in his collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday and has now missed two straight games. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base and Whit Merrifield is at second base on Tuesday night against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Astros release catcher Erik Kratz
    Astros released C Erik Kratz.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The veteran catcher owns a .210/.261/.381 career batting line in MLB. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Tuesday
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Yelich has missed three straight starts with back spasms. He was announced as a pinch-hitter Monday, but Cole Gillespie ultimately took the at-bat. He remains day-to-day. The hot-hitting Ichiro Suzuki will continue to play left field. He's batting leadoff Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Tuesday, 7:13 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Moustakas day-to-day with knee contusion
    Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

    Advice: Moustakas presumably banged up the knee in a collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to the active roster now that Gordon is on the disabled list, but Whit Merrifield is playing third base Monday. Moose should be back in there soon. Monday, 2:34 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Mike Moustakas not in Monday's lineup
    Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Moustakas was in the original lineup, so perhaps something is ailing him from Sunday's collision with teammate Alex Gordon. Whit Merrifield will fill in at third base. Monday, 2:11 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Yelich (back) out of Miami lineup again Mon.
    Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again on Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in left field and bat leadoff versus Rays left-hander Matt Moore. J.T. Realmuto is batting third in the series opener at Marlins Park. Monday, 12:18 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Kendrys Morales not in Sunday's lineup
    Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher. Sunday, 9:46 am
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Sunday
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Yelich was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to back spasms and apparently still isn't ready to play. Ichiro Suzuki will again handle left field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is doing the catching. Sunday, 7:46 am
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Ryan Braun (back) returns to Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore back, but he took batting practice Saturday and is back in there for this one. He's hitting .364/.429/.576 with seven homers for the Brew Crew this season. Chris Carter is sitting out on Sunday, as the Brewers have Ramon Flores at first base. Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Joe Ross falls just short of quality start vs
    Joe Ross was unable to obtain a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Ross struck out seven and walked two, with the Marlins scoring against him via an RBI single by Martin Prado in the fifth inning and a two-run home run by Justin Bour in the sixth inning. Through his first eight starts (46 2/3 innings), he has pitched to a strong 2.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37/15 K/BB ratio. Ross will play host to the Cardinals next time he takes the mound. Saturday, 7:31 pm
  • Leake shuts out D'backs over seven innings
    Mike Leake stayed on a roll Saturday, twirling seven shutout innings in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Leake gave up just four hits without walking a batter, inducing 14 groundouts on the day. It's the third consecutive strong start from the right-hander after a bumpy beginning to his Cardinals career. Leake is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts, leaving him at an even 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall. He'll try to make it four in a row Thursday at the Nationals. Saturday, 4:05 pm
  • Christian Yelich sidelined with back spasms
    Christian Yelich (back) was scratched from Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: He's dealing with back spasms. Ichiro Suzuki will grab the start at left field and hit leadoff. Though the injury doesn't appear to be serious, losing Yelich for any amount of time is a blow to fantasy owners. The 24-year-old is having the best year of his career, hitting .320 with a spectacular .420 OBP. Until we hear more, consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 2:57 pm
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Ryan Braun hopes to return to lineup Sunday
    Ryan Braun (back) was able to take batting practice without issue on Saturday and hopes to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.

    Advice: The outfielder, who hasn't played since Tuesday, indicated Saturday that he was finally feeling much better. When he has been on the field, he has been a force this season, slashing .364/.429/.576 with seven homers, 28 RBI and two stolen bases. Unfortunately, back injuries can tend to linger and could be a recurring issue throughout the season. Saturday, 11:57 am
  • Ryan Braun remains out of Brewers lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) is once again absent from the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun continues to be plagued by lower back stiffness. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Alex Presley and Ramon Flores will patrol the outfield for the Brewers on Saturday against Jacob deGrom and the Mets. Saturday, 10:13 am
  • Royals activate Mike Moustakas from 15-day DL
    Royals activated 3B Mike Moustakas from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moustakas looked good on his minor league rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin a Royals lineup that has desperately missed his bat. He has been sidelined since early in the month due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Cheslor Cuthbert, who had been filling in for the past few weeks, was optioned back to Triple-A. Look for Moustakas to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 6:12 am
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Straily goes six innings in no-decision
    Dan Straily was handed a no-decision despite six innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Reds’ bullpen strikes again. Straily gave up only an RBI double to Kyle Seager over his six innings of work, but the Mariners rallied in the late innings to pull away with the win. By the way, the Reds’ bullpen now owns a 6.76 ERA for the year. As for Straily, he gave up four hits and three walks while hitting Robinson Cano twice. He has a shiny 2.85 ERA right now, but his control (23 walks in 47 1/3 innings) is a big warning sign. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Wisler gives up just one run vs. Phillies
    Matt Wisler yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings of work Friday in a 7-1 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Wisler continues to be a bright spot for the last-place Braves early on. The young right-hander gave up just five hits and walked a pair. The lone run scored on a ground out by Ryan Howard in the first inning. He has now struck out seven batters in back-to-back starts and owns a 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 39/13 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings so far this season. This was just his second win and the lack of run support will likely continue to be an issue for him. Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Peralta gives up three runs in loss
    Wily Peralta surrendered three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Peralta held the Mets to just one run over the first five innings before giving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Michael Conforto in the sixth. He struck out six and walked a pair in the loss and now sits at 2-5 with a 6.99 ERA on the year. He figures to stick in the rotation for now, but fantasy owners should obviously stay far away at this point. Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Ryan Braun (back) remains out of lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't played since Tuesday due to nagging lower-back stiffness. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that manager Craig Counsell indicated Thursday that Braun might not play all weekend. The Brewers are using an outfield of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Keon Broxton and Alex Presley against Steven Matz and the Mets. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Braun (back) out again Thursday versus Cubs
    Ryan Braun (back) is out of the Brewers' starting lineup again on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Braun remains day-to-day with nagging stiffness in his lower back. He's also been bothered recently by right wrist soreness. Alex Presley is starting in left field and batting second Thursday versus the Cubs. Thursday, 8:08 am
  • Flowers homers in win over the Pirates
    Tyler Flowers went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Flowers jumped on a grooved first-pitch fastball from Francisco Liriano in the sixth inning, taking it to deep straight-away center at PNC Park. He later doubled in the eighth. Due to his sparse playing time, his three-hit night raised his slash line to a reasonable .277/.347/.338. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry about him, of course, but it was nice to see the 30-year-old find some success at the dish. Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Braun (back) out of Brewer lineup for Wed.
    Ryan Braun (lower back stiffness) is not in the Brewers' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: Braun has been beset by nagging injuries of late. A wrist injury forced him to miss several games earlier this month. Now, his back is flaring up on him. Alex Presley earns the left field start in his place and is batting seventh. Consider Braun day-to-day moving forward. Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Moustakas (thumb) goes 2-for-4 in rehab gm.
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) went 2-for-4 in his rehab debut Wednesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas will probably play in one more minor league rehab game before returning to the Royals' active roster this Saturday. The third baseman has been sidelined since early May due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Moustakas (thumb) beginning rehab games
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) is starting a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas remains on track to rejoin the Royals on Saturday. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since early May because of a small fracture in his left thumb. He was batting .258/.314/.536 with seven home runs and 13 RBI through 25 games. Wednesday, 8:21 am
    5:15 pm vs CWS
  • Wily Peralta won't lose his rotation spot
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that Wily Peralta will not be losing his rotation spot.

    Advice: Not this turn, anyway. Peralta was lit up for six runs over just 4 2/3 innings Sunday by the light-hitting Padres and he holds a brutal 7.30 ERA and 1.99 WHIP through eight starts this season. If the Brewers had a better option, they'd have probably tried it already. Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Braun (wrist) back in Brewers' lineup Tuesday
    Ryan Braun (wrist) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Braun missed a couple of games with soreness in his right wrist. X-rays came up negative and he reiterated to reporters Sunday that he feels fine. The veteran outfielder has an impressive 1.020 OPS through 34 games this season for the rebuilding Brewers. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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