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  • Pedroia homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Red Sox topped the White Sox 7-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the third time in his last eight games that Pedroia racked up three hits. The second baseman is sixth in the American League with 20 runs scored, and his .322 batting average is ninth-best in the league. He's hitting .322/.364/.496 with four homers and 14 RBI, but he's stopped running altogether after being a double-digit stolen base threat earlier in his career. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Rockies romp as Matt Cain surrenders 8 runs
    Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

    Advice: We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Ramirez homers in return to Red Sox lineup
    Hanley Ramirez hit his third home run of the season in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Returning from a one-game absence due to flu-like symptoms, Ramirez made White Sox starter Erik Johnson feel sick with a solo dinger in the third inning. He's now hit safely in nine straight games, including homering in each of his last two. His line sits at .286/.319/.438 with 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases along with his three homers. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Owens issues six free passes in short start
    Henry Owens handed out six walks over three innings, allowing two runs, in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Owens yielded just two hits -- one of which was a home run -- but the inefficiency killed him. It wasn't just this start, either, as he now has 13 walks through 12 1/3 innings overall. Things could have been much worse, as he escaped with a 5.11 ERA and 2.11 WHIP through three starts. Assuming Eduardo Rodriguez won't be back by then, Owens could draw another start Tuesday against the Athletics, but he won't be long for the rotation with many more like this. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Norris homers, collects three hits in win
    Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Norris notched a solo home run off Mets reliever Logan Verrett in the sixth inning. He also hit singles and doubles, missing out on the cycle by a triple. Through 90 at-bats, the 27-year-old backstop is hitting just .167/.211/.289 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Thursday's performance was nice enough, but he will have to begin stringing those kinds of games together if he is going to be playable for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Cespedes home run proves too little, too late
    Yoenis Cespedes launched a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Cespedes was just about the only Met to do much of anything offensively on Thursday. It was his two-out single in the seventh inning that broke up Colin Rea's no-hitter and it was his two-run home run off Brad Hand in the ninth inning that pulled the Mets to within 5-3 and gave them some glimmer of hope. Fernando Rodney drowned out that hope and recorded the final two outs without issue. For the season, Cespedes is hitting a marvelous .299/.358/.678 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 87 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Cano's three-run double is trouble for Astros
    Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Colin Rea tosses three-hit masterpiece
    Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

    Advice: Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Altuve goes 4-for-4, homers in loss to M's
    Jose Altuve had a huge night Thursday, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Altuve might miss Friday's game due to a sore back, because he's carrying the Astros' offense these days. The 25-year-old led off the home half of the first inning with his ninth home run of the year and his second in as many days. Through 29 games, Altuve leads the league in homers (9), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.104) and is second in runs scored (27). This could be a truly special year for the diminutive second baseman. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Cishek works clean ninth to earn ninth save
    Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Astros to earn his ninth save.

    Advice: Cishek did allow a relatively harmless double in a three-run game, but he was otherwise spotless. He is now a perfect nine-for-nine in save chances this season. The right-hander is sporting a 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 14 innings this year. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Chris Devenski even better in second start
    Chris Devenski pitched well in his second start Thursday, holding the Mariners to one run over six innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Devenski struck out six on the evening and left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen -- in a somewhat ironic twist, given that Devenski was part of that bullpen tasked with holding leads just a few weeks ago -- let him down. Even so, he's now put forth two good starts since moving to the rotation. All he has to show for his performance is an 0-1 record, 1.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he'll try to change that Tuesday against the Indians. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Miley earns quality start in no-decision
    Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: Miley allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn't quite the complete-game shutout he tossed his last time out, but Miley still left in line for his third win before the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was another promising turn after a poor month of April. Miley will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • RHP Erik Johnson optioned back to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was called up less than 12 hours ago to start against the Red Sox, but the White Sox won't be starting him again for the time being. Versus Boston, the 26-year-old right-hander surrendered four earned runs over five innings. While he could see future major league time this season, there's little to excite on a fantasy level. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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  • La Stella has three-hit night against Nats
    Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Drawing another start, the infielder had a double among his three hits, scoring twice on Ben Zobrist hits. Not only was he in the lineup, the 27-year-old occupied choice real estate batting second between Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant. Cubs manager Joe Maddon seems content to ride the hot hand, and that's La Stella, who's now batting .341/.413/.561 in 16 games. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Zobrist homers, drives in four against Nats
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning before blasting a two-run homer in the eighth. The homer was his second in as many games and his third of the season. After a bit of a slow start, the 34-year-old is batting .261/.377/.413 with 20 RBI and 17 runs scored. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • White Sox recall Erik Johnson from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson will start Thursday against the Red Sox in place of veteran left-hander John Danks, who was pushed off Chicago's 40-man roster earlier this week. Johnson holds a rough 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings and probably won't be worth a fantasy stream at any point. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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  • Jose Altuve hits eighth home run
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's eight homers in 106 at-bats for Altuve. In 2014, he had seven homers in 660 at-bats. He currently has five more extra-base hits (21) than he does strikeouts (16). Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Illness forces Hanley Ramirez out of lineup
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: With Ramirez being scratched late, Travis Shaw shifts over to first from third. Josh Rutledge is the other domino, here, taking Shaw's place at third base. Shaw is hitting sixth and Rutledge is hitting seventh. Consider Ramirez day-to-day moving forward. The Red Sox do not have an off day on Thursday and could give the slugger another day off if he is still feeling queasy in 24 hours. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • Ramirez blasts second homer against White Sox
    Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: The homer was just his second of the season, giving him 16 RBI. He's got a modest eight-game hitting streak in which he's 11-for-34 (.323). That stretch has helped him run his overall line up to .284/.306/.412. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Erik Johnson to start Thursday vs. Red Sox
    Erik Johnson will join the White Sox starting rotation Thursday and face the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's replacing veteran starter John Danks, who was pushed off the 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson owns an ugly 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
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  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Devenski to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Chris Devenski will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Devenski made his first major league start Saturday against the Athletics and gave up two runs over five innings. The Astros made no promises beyond that, but the performance was enough for him to keep a rotation spot over Scott Feldman in the short-term. He's worth keeping around in AL-only leagues for now. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Saturday, 9:48 pm
  • Bruce Bochy not considering rotation shakeup
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not considered shaking up the starting rotation.

    Advice: Aging starters Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61) have both struggled this year but Bochy doesn't see any big changes coming. "I have too much confidence in these two guys," said Bochy. "I don't think there are options that are going to make this staff better." The Giants, who have won every even-year World Series this decade, are off to a disappointing 12-13 start and rank 22nd in the league in starter ERA (4.64). Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Mets embarrass Matt Cain in Saturday's loss
    Matt Cain got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Mets, allowing seven hits and six runs over six innings.

    Advice: He finished with five strikeouts and one walk. Cain couldn’t solve Michael Conforto (3-for-4 with three RBI) and served up a home run to light-hitting Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning. He tried to back the Mets off the plate after a rocky first inning but ended up hitting two batters and allowing two more runs in the second. Not much has gone right for Cain this season. The 31-year-old is now winless in five starts with a brutal 7.00 ERA. He won’t be a fantasy option next time out against the Rockies. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Devenski limits A's to two runs in spot start
    Chris Devenski allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: Making a spot start, the right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He had been stellar coming out of the Astros' pen prior to Saturday's start, owning a 0.66 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 relief innings. He'll return to being a crack member of the Astros bullpen. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Cespedes has six RBI in 12-run frame vs. SF
    Yoenis Cespedes had a two-run single and a grand slam in the third inning Friday as the Mets thrashed the Giants 13-1.

    Advice: It was his first start in a week and he announced his return to the lineup with authority. His grand slam was the exclamation point on a team record 12-run third inning for New York. The six RBI frame from Cespedes also set a team record. The 30-year-old has homered in four out of his last five games and is batting .313/.380/.719 with seven home runs and 23 RBI overall. Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Owens goes six innings in no-decision
    Henry Owens was handed a no-decision Friday after yielding two runs over six innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Below 90 mph for the great majority of the night, Owens gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez), walked three, and also hit a batter. He was fortunate that his line didn’t look much worse. The soft-tossing lefty might get another start or two while the club waits for Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), but he’s not a recommended fantasy option. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) back in lineup Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start in a week due to a bruised thigh, although he had a big pinch-hit homer on Wednesday. Cespedes is batting .300/.373/.683 with six homers and 17 RBI this month. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Hanley has three hits, two RBI against Braves
    Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Ramirez had an RBI single in the first before cracking a run-scoring double in the third. He's driven in a run in four straight games and six of his last seven, giving him 13 RBI overall. After a disappointing first year in his new digs, the 32-year-old is batting .287/.304/.402 as the Red Sox' primary first baseman this season. Thursday, 8:14 pm
  • Jose Altuve homers, doubles twice in win
    Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

    Advice: Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats. Thursday, 12:11 am
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (leg) expected back Friday
    The Mets expect Yoenis Cespedes (leg) to return to the lineup for this weekend's series with the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes won't play in Wednesday's contest against the Reds and the Mets have an off day on Thursday, making Friday the date to circle on the calendar for his return. A bruise on the right thigh has been bothering the slugger for the last few weeks. He initially suffered the injury while diving for a ball earlier in April. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Yo Cespedes (leg) not in Mets starting lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is out of the Mets' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Cespedes delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer in Tuesday's dramatic win over Cincinnati and looked plenty healthy doing it, but Mets manager Terry Collins will get his $27.5 million outfielder another day of rest. He's been bothered by a nagging bruise on his right thigh for the last few weeks. Michael Conforto is in left field, Juan Lagares is in center field, and Alejandro De Aza is in right field on Wednesday night against Reds right-hander Jon Moscot. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Cano crushes grand slam to finish with 6 RBI
    Robinson Cano was a monster in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hitting a grand slam and finishing with six RBI.

    Advice: Cano's first two RBI came in relatively modest fashion, as the star second baseman notched a two-run single off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning. He would do considerably more damage in the seventh. In that frame, Cano stepped up with the bases juice and connected for a grand slam against Astros reliever Michael Feliz. He ended the contest 2-for-4. He has yet to click into one of his traditional hitting grooves and owns a .238 batting average, but the power has been there in spades this season. Cano is slugging .538 and has whacked seven homers for the month of April. He is up to 21 RBI after Tuesday's huge showing. Tuesday, 11:42 pm
  • Jose Altuve walks twice in depressing loss
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Cespedes' PH homer lifts Mets over Reds
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) didn't start but still delivered the big blow for the Mets on Tuesday, swatting a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Out of the lineup for a fourth straight game due to a sore right thigh, Cespedes ripped the first Brandon Finnegan offering he saw in the seventh inning to tie things up. The Mets went ahead three batters later after a Curtis Granderson triple and David Wright single. Cespedes is now hitting .300/.373/.683 with six homers and 17 RBI on the year and should be back in the lineup Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Chris Devenski to make spot start Saturday
    Chris Devenski will make a spot start for the Astros on Saturday in Oakland.

    Advice: Devenski has registered an impressive 0.66 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season out of the Astros' bullpen, but he probably won't be able to go very deep against the A's and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming option in standard leagues. Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (thigh) could be back Wed.
    Mets manager Terry Collins said there's a "good chance" Yoenis Cespedes (leg) will return Wednesday.

    Advice: And he could be available to come off the bench on Tuesday night. Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of a lingering thigh bruise, but it's nothing overly serious. Collins doesn't want to risk anything here in April with his $27.5 million outfielder. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Cespedes (leg) remains sidelined vs. Reds
    Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is not in the Mets' lineup Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his fourth straight absence. The Mets will again go with Michael Conforto in left with Juan Lagares handling center field. Cespedes reportedly had "a lot" of fluid drained from his right leg on Monday. The Mets are still calling him day-to-day, but if Cespedes doesn't turn a corner soon, he could be placed on the disabled list. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
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