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  • Zobrist goes hitless in return to lineup
    Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:13 am
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Sandoval reaches twice in return to lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (foot) went 1-for-2 and drew a walk in his return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval had been sidelined since leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left foot after being drilled by a pitch. He's off to a terrific start to his Red Sox career, hitting .316/.409/.316 in the early going. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:08 am
  • Gardner appears as pinch runner on Friday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) appeared as a pinch runner in Friday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: He has been nursing a bone bruise in his right wrist and is expected to return to the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday. He certainly did his job on Friday after pinch-running for Carlos Beltran, Gardner swiped second base and scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:06 am
  • Clayton Kershaw fans 12 in victory
    Clayton Kershaw is on the board with his first win after surrendering three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw struck out 12 and lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. He still wasn't at his absolute best, but he's going to be just fine. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kendrick has followed up his surprising Opening Day win (seven scoreless against the Brewers) by giving up 14 runs his last two times out. This would be a bigger problem if anyone out there actually owned him in a fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez goes 3-for-4, doubles twice
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored versus the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Even though the homer binge ended quickly, Gonzalez is still batting a robust .550 through 40 at-bats. He has six doubles in his last five games, and he's already scored 13 runs in 10 games despite still running like he's Adrian Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Howie Kendrick hits first home run
    Howie Kendrick had a two-run homer and an RBI double against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Kendrick is a top-10 fantasy second baseman as a middle-of-the-order bat for the Dodgers. He's hitting .342 right now, and he's up to eight RBI in 10 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon hits first homer
    Charlie Blackmon took Clayton Kershaw deep on Friday for his first homer of the season.

    Advice: That's the kind of thing that will help keep him in the lineup against left-handers. Blackmon spent most of last April hitting over .400, but he's been quieter this month, batting .263 with six runs scored, four RBI and one steal in 38 at-bats. He'll have value in mixed leagues for as long as the Rockies continue leading him off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up four runs to Arizona
    Jake Peavy yielded four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's worth wondering if the Giants would have allowed Peavy to pitch Sunday if they hadn't already lost Matt Cain to the DL. He hasn't been effective either time out while trying to manage his troublesome back, and he still might need a DL stint. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • A.J. Pollock goes 4-for-5 in victory
    A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with a double, a walk and a steal versus the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock has picked a good time to get hot. He's the Diamondbacks' best outfielder, but he was still vulnerable to losing playing time because of Ender Inciarte's hot start. Pollock, who homered Thursday, is now batting .333 with five walks, six RBI and nine runs scored in 39 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo goes six scoreless in win
    Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings Friday for the win as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1.

    Advice: Gallardo has won back-to-back starts since his Opening Day debacle, bringing his ERA down to 3.45 in the process. It does come with a 1.66 WHIP, though. He's strictly an AL-only guy at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Neftali Feliz picks up save against Mariners
    Neftali Feliz earned his second save in as many chances Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Feliz hasn't really inspired much confidence since the spring, but he's always owned the Mariners. This makes 27 scoreless innings against the team in one start and 21 relief appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • J.A. Happ allows two runs in loss
    J.A. Happ yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Happ has given the Mariners consecutive quality starts with no victories to show for it. His next start will come against the Astros, giving him a chance to rack up more strikeouts than the four he's totaled in his first two starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Mike Zunino goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss and is still without an RBI this season.

    Advice: Zunino had a great spring, but it certainly hasn't carried over, as he's started the season 4-for-33 with a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 10 games. The power numbers will be there in the end, but it's not a given that he'll improve much on last year's .199 average. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Pelfrey goes five innings in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Kluber gives up two runs in no-decision
    Corey Kluber took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over eight innings against the Twins.

    Advice: Kluber had a perfect game until giving up a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia in the bottom of the sixth inning. He ended up allowing two runs in the frame, which cost him a chance at a win. Still, it was a very solid outing, as he gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner is still looking for his first win, but he has a 2.49 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio through 21 2/3 innings. This is no one-year wonder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Brantley (back) notches two hits in return
    Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Moss hits solo homer against Twins
    Brandon Moss launched a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Moss came into Friday's action with just two hits in his first 20 at-bats. He's capable of posting big power numbers when healthy, so perhaps this will get him going. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Cueto strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Michael Wacha holds Reds to one run in win
    Michael Wacha fired seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Wacha surrendered a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning, but held the Reds off the board the rest of the way. He allowed just five hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts. The Cardinals put him in line for the win with a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Wacha has won each of his first two starts this season and owns a 1.35 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings. He has major upside if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Siegrist notches first save of career
    Kevin Siegrist was credited with the first save of his career after tossing two scoreless innings Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals won by five runs, but they had a three-run lead when Siegrist entered the game in the eighth inning, so he was eligible for the save. The southpaw struck out three in his two innings of work while allowing one hit, one walk, and hitting a batter. Saves are going to be few and far between for him, but he's capable of being a valuable piece in this bullpen if he can avoid the injuries he dealt with last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Molina has bases clearing double in win
    Yadier Molina had a bases-clearing double in a win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Molina played hero in the bottom of the seventh by ripping a Johnny Cueto pitch into the left field corner to plate three runs and put the Cardinals ahead for good. The 32-year-old backstop got off to a slow start, but he has has shown some signs of life over the past few days. He's now batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .361 on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Carpenter has two doubles, two runs scored
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After reaching on a double in the first inning, Carpenter leaped over Brayan Pena to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt Holliday. He now has five straight multi-hit games and back-to-back two-double games. He has also scored at least one run in five straight. Stay hot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Votto homers in loss to Cardinals
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: His first-inning blast was the only offense of the ballgame for the Reds, who have lost five out of their last six games. The loss aside, Votto continues to be a bright spot in the early going. He's batting .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI through 10 games and appears to be 100 percent after an injury-plagued 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Gardner (wrist) expects to return on Saturday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) expects to return to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: There's an outside shot that he could even talk his way into Friday's lineup, as Gardner is taking full batting practice. But, it sounds like manager Joe Girardi wants to give him one more day before throwing him back out there Saturday. Chris Young will handle left field in Gardner's place Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Brett Gardner (wrist) still sitting out Fri.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gardner is nursing a bone bruise in his right wrist. The Yankees had been hoping he was feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, but obviously that's not the case. Chris Young will handle left field in Gardner's place Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Pollock homers in D'Backs 12-inning victory
    A.J. Pollock smacked a solo homer in Thursday's 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Giants.

    Advice: Pollock slapped a Santiago Casilla slider down the left field line in the tenth inning, a hooking line drive that banged off the foul pole for his first round-tripper of the campaign. Arizona's bullpen blew its second save in two innings in the bottom half of the frame, but the team held on to win in 12, taking the series opener and improving to 5-5. Pollock finished 2-for-6, adding a double. He's off to a .265/.359/.412 start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:52 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles twice in Cards' win
    Matt Carpenter doubled twice and drove in one run Thursday as the Cardinals beat the Brewers.

    Advice: Carpenter now has five extra-base hits in eight games this season and he's sporting a .364/.432/.576 slash line through 37 plate appearances. The 29-year-old third baseman doesn't drive many balls out of the yard, but he's a great source of doubles and runs at the top of the Cardinals' lineup. Carpenter is also currently leading St. Louis hitters with seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • MRI confirms bruised wrist for Brett Gardner
    An MRI taken Thursday on Brett Gardner's right wrist confirmed that he has a bone bruise.

    Advice: But there's no structural damage, so he should still be on track to rejoin the Yankees' starting lineup this weekend. Gardner got hit in the wrist by a pitch in the first inning of Monday's game against the Orioles. Chris Young has been filling in. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:57 am
  • Mike Zunino battling some left wrist soreness
    Mike Zunino has some left wrist soreness.

    Advice: The 24-year-old catcher jammed the wrist Tuesday while applying a tag on Carl Crawford, but he was able to start Wednesday against the Dodgers. It was Zunino's eighth start of the season. Seattle has played nine games. "It’s fine," Zunino said Wednesday night. "It was one of those freak things." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:48 am
  • Molina singles three times in win vs. Brewers
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's win against the Brewers.

    Advice: Molina has been a bit sluggish to start the season, entering Wednesday's contest 3-for-21 (.143). He knocked the Cardinals' third run in with a single to left field against Wily Peralta. Molina, 32, wasn't quite the force at the plate he used to be, finishing the 2014 season with a .282 average and seven home runs. It's quite tough for catchers to be consistently elite, especially at Molina's age. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Ben Zobrist out Wednesday with sore heel
    Ben Zobrist is nursing a sore heel.

    Advice: That's the primary reason for his absence Wednesday night against the Astros. Zobrist is expected to return to the lineup Friday after Thursday's off day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Gardner (wrist) out of NYY lineup again Wed.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Chris Young will start in left field against the Orioles. X-rays taken Monday on Gardner's right wrist came back negative, but he still has some soreness and probably won't return to action until the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Ben Zobrist not in lineup Wednesday
    Ben Zobrist is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Eric Sogard is at second base in Zobrist's place. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:24 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Sandoval (foot) not in Wednesday's lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (foot) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Tests on Sandoval's bruised left foot came back negative, but it's not a surprise to see him sitting with Boston having a day game. He's day-to-day. Brock Holt is filling in at third base Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:36 am
  • Brandon Moss sitting out on Wednesday
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's on the bench against left-hander John Danks, with Jerry Sands handling right field and Ryan Raburn filling the designated hitter spot. Michael Brantley (back), as expected, is also out again, as Mike Aviles is in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Kendrick delivers a walk-off two-run single
    Howie Kendrick sent the Dodgers home winners against the Mariners on Tuesday with a walk-off two-run single to right field.

    Advice: Protecting a one-run lead, Mariners closer Fernando Rodney loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. He didn't seem to want any part of Adrian Gonzalez, walking him on five pitches ahead of Kendrick. Kendrick then lined a Rodney offering to right field, bringing in the tying run easily and the winning run ahead of an Andre Ethier throw home. Kendrick is now batting .344 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Votto collects two hits, RBI in win over Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Votto had an RBI single in the fourth inning to get the scoring started, and he doubled an inning later. Votto now has nine RBI and is hitting .375 on the young season. He's hit safely in seven of the Reds' eight games thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Gardner (wrist) hopes to swing bat Wednesday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) hoping to try and swing a bat on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays on Gardner's right wrist came back negative, but the outfielder admitted Tuesday that he is still "pretty sore." The Yankees don't expect him to return to the lineup until at least Friday, and it sounds like it might take a bit longer than that. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval diagnosed with bruised foot
    Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with a bruised left foot.

    Advice: Sandoval was hit by a pitch in the foot Tuesday, but tests performed at Fenway Park didn't show any structural damage. Consider the third baseman day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:36 pm
  • Gardner (wrist) unlikely to start before Fri.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Friday.

    Advice: It's possible he could be available off the bench before then. Gardner had to leave Monday's game after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean. "He's just sore," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I've got to see what his availability is for me tonight, whether it's pinch-running and playing defense. I don't think he'll be able to hit, but we'll see." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval exits after being hit on foot
    Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday's game against the Nationals after being hit on the left foot by a pitch.

    Advice: Sandoval took a Stephen Strasburg curveball to the foot in the third inning. He stayed in the game for a while, but the foot must have stiffened up on him because he exited in the sixth. The Red Sox should have more on Sandoval's status later Tuesday. Hanley Ramirez moved in from left field to take Sandoval's spot at third base. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Indians hope Brantley (back) can play Friday
    The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Brantley (back) has been examined extensively
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

    Advice: Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Brett Gardner (wrist) out of lineup Tuesday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Gardner was hit in the right wrist with a pitch Monday, but X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day right now. Chris Young will start in his place. Here's the full lineup against the Orioles: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Chase Headley 3B, Carlos Beltran RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Brian McCann C, Garrett Jones DH, Young LF, Stephen Drew 2B, Didi Gregorius SS. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Brantley (back) not in Indians lineup Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Gardner (wrist) hopes to not miss much time
    Brett Gardner (wrist) said after Monday's game that he hopes to not miss much time.

    Advice: Gardner was hit in the right wrist with a pitch in the first inning and was eventually lifted for a pinch-hitter (Stephen Drew, who hit a go-ahead grand slam) in the seventh. X-rays came back negative, but there should be more clarity on his status Tuesday. "It's kind of wait and see, just a day-to-day thing," said Gardner. "I'm just glad that the X-rays look good. We've got a wrap on there for tonight, keep the swelling down, and hopefully I feel good tomorrow." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:42 pm
  • X-rays on Brett Gardner's wrist are negative
    X-rays on Brett Gardner's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Gardner was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning Monday and eventually taken out in the seventh. He managed to avoid breaking any bones, though, and can probably safely be called day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Brantley (back) to take BP on Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game against the Tigers. He did not play on Saturday or Sunday. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't going to push the outfielder back into the lineup until he is at 100%. With a lefty (John Danks) on the mound on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, a return against the Twins this weekend seems most likely. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
  • Peavy inconsistent in first start of season
    Jake Peavy (back) allowed four runs over four innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Four runs, four innings, four hits against. And on either side of the Connect Four game, three walks and five strikeouts. All four runs came via one swing of the bat, as Will Nieves took Peavy deep for a grand slam in the fourth inning. Peavy had been somewhat questionable coming into the start of the season, as he's been dealing with discomfort in the lower back. Assuming he didn't re-aggravate the injury against the Padres, he'll try to pitch a little deeper into the game when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Pollock drives in three with double vs LAD
    A.J. Pollock hit a three-run double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pollock hit the ninth inning double off reliever Chris Hatcher before finishing the day 1-for-5. This follows a 3-for-3 game on Saturday. Pollock's acting as the Diamondbacks leadoff hitter. He slashed .302/.353/.498 in 2014 and is off to a nice start in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • Michael Brantley (back) not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game and has now sat out two straight days. The Indians are off Monday, so he'll get three days of rest and hope to be back out there Tuesday. Brantley reported improvement with his back Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Clayton Kershaw gives up six runs in loss
    Clayton Kershaw struggled through 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's not very often that Kershaw struggles in back-to-back starts, but here he is with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP after outings against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Maybe he was a little off tonight because he's dreading his root canal Monday. There aren't any major concerns as of yet. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:30 pm
  • A.J. Pollock reaches four times
    A.J. Pollock went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Pollock should be a fine mixed-league outfielder this year while serving as the Diamondbacks' regular leadoff man. He doesn't have an extra-base hit yet, but those will come and he has scored four runs already. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:27 pm
  • Cubs demolish Kyle Kendrick for eight runs
    Kyle Kendrick allowed eight runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a tale of two starts for Kendrick, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Opening Day but looked like a batting practice pitcher on Saturday at Coors Field. Not only did he allow eight hits -- three of which left the park -- but he also walked five. Chris Coghlan and Mike Olt hit back-to-back dingers in the third inning and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth. Outings like this are why Kendrick shouldn't be touched in fantasy. His next start will come against the Dodgers' high-octane offense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Gallardo strikes out seven Astros in win
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gallardo struck out seven and walked one. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run off the right-hander in the third inning, the only run-scoring hit Gallardo allowed. The other run on his line came courtesy of reliever Jon Edwards, who allowed an inherited runner to score on a bases-loaded walk. Gallardo's an innings eater, with 192 1/3 pitched last season, but the offseason acquisition has yet to make it through six innings in either of his first two starts for Texas. He'll try to get back to his bullpen-saving ways when he faces off with the Mariners in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Kluber fans 10 batters, Tribe fall to Tigers
    Corey Kluber yielded two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Indians' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Kluber served up a leadoff homer to Anthony Gose in the top of the first inning and Victor Martinez punched in a run on a doubleplay groundout in that same frame. Kluber settled in nicely from there, striking out 10 batters against just one walk in what turned out to be a no-decision. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner boasts a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 17/3 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings this season. A road start against the Twins is next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Happ goes six-plus in Mariners' win over A's
    J.A. Happ held the A's to two run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Mariners' extra-innings victory.

    Advice: Happ was efficient and effective, needing only 82 pitches to get through his six-plus frames. He walked none and struck out one. The 32-year-old left-hander gets the Rangers at home next week. He's only a fringe option in AL-only fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Pelfrey gives up four runs in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Michael Wacha earns first victory of 2015
    Michael Wacha earned a victory in his 2015 season debut on Saturday, limiting the Reds to one run on five hits over his 6 1/3 frames.

    Advice: Wacha struck out a pair and walked one on the day, throwing just 76 pitches before manager Mike Matheny turned it over to the Cardinals bullpen. The only blemish on his day was a solo home run off the bat of Todd Frazier in the first inning. He'll look to replicate this effort in a rematch against Johnny Cueto and the Reds at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:56 pm
  • Cueto pitches well in loss to Cardinals
    Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Brantley had pain in back Friday, out on Sat.
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Michael Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Francona admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Brantley on Friday. The outfielder is resting on Saturday and could get the day off on Sunday as well. A trip to the disabled list remains a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Michael Brantley not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness. Manager Terry Francona is opting to play things cautiously with him, and getting an extra day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price isn't a terrible idea. Expect him to return on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:59 am
  • Votto hits a pair of two-run homers vs. Cards
    Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers, a walk, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Votto is sure doing a heck of a job to silence his critics in the early going. He's now batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI across his first four games this season. If healthy, he's capable of having a monster year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Johnny Cueto looking for $200 million deal?
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

    Advice: Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:30 pm
  • Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's back in left field and in his familiar No. 3 spot in the batting order against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Brantley missed the last two games with lower back stiffness, an ailment that bothered him for much of spring training, as well. He's obviously feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, though. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Blackmon, Morneau not in lineup Friday
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Neither is Justin Morneau, as manager Walt Weiss is going with Drew Stubbs in center field and Wilin Rosario at first base against left-hander Travis Wood. Expect this to be the standard setup when the Rockies are facing a southpaw. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 am
  • Votto slugs two-run homer, Reds beat Bucs
    Joey Votto slugged a two-run homer in the Reds' defeat of the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Votto's sixth-inning bomb off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett traveled 450 feet. He didn't reach base in any of his other three plate appearances, but the 31-year-old first baseman is still hitting .357 with a .929 OPS through three games this season. He's a tremendous bounceback candidate in 2015 after appearing in only 62 games in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Gonzalez launches three solo home runs
    Adrian Gonzalez hit three solo home runs in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez finished a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI. He had a chance to tie the major league record for home runs in a game when he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, but instead settled for a measly RBI single. The veteran first baseman also scored three runs. This was his third straight game with a home run and he now has five on the year. Gonzalez has hit the ground running and it's not inconceivable that he could top the 27 long balls he hit last season, though he's most likely not going to finish with the 270 home runs he's currently on pace for. Most likely. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
  • Votto delivers an 11th-inning walk-off single
    Joey Votto knocked in the game-winning run with an 11th-inning single on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Votto had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single to make it 4-4, then added another RBI single in the 11th to walk the Reds off 5-4 winners. Votto finished 2-for-6 on the evening. Votto has four hits -- all singles -- in 10 at-bats to start the season, a nice start after missing a good chunk of the 2014 season with a quad injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Jake Peavy (back) on track to start Sunday
    Jake Peavy (back) is on track to start for the Giants Sunday.

    Advice: There was some question as to whether Peavy would be ready to go after he was sidelined by lower back discomfort, but he threw a bullpen Wednesday and came out of it alright. It appears he'll avoid a disabled list stint for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kershaw (mouth) having root canal Monday
    Clayton Kershaw (mouth) will have a root canal Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw is getting a tooth fixed after taking a liner off the jaw during spring training. The procedure shouldn't affect his pitching schedule. Kershaw will still take the hill Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Peavy (back) feels better, DL trip undecided
    Jake Peavy (back) said he felt much better Wednesday and was going to throw a bullpen session before making a decision about the disabled list.

    Advice: Peavy was throwing the bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, so a decision either way on the disabled list should be known before Thursday. The right-hander was previously slated to pitch Sunday, but the Giants have since indicated that game's starter is TBD. More will be known after Peavy's throwing session. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Jake Peavy (back) likely headed for the DL
    Jake Peavy is expected to be placed on the disabled list after feeling more discomfort in his back during a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: His back just isn't loosening up for him. Peavy said he still wants to pitch Sunday, but all indications are that a DL stint is in order. It's yet another injury blow for the Giants, who now could go with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston in the rotation for a while with both Peavy and Matt Cain (forearm) out. Yusmeiro Petit is also an option, but manager Bruce Bochy has indicated a preference to keep him in long relief. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:31 am
  • Gonzalez's three hits not enough for Dodgers
    Adrian Gonzalez had another great night at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez tied the game in the sixth with an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a Howie Kendrick single. He then hit a game-tying solo home run off of Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the eighth. Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run on Opening Day as well, so he's off to a terrific start to the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:20 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Feliz enjoys an easy ninth for his first save
    Neftali Feliz set the Athletics down in order in the ninth inning as the Rangers defeated the Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Feliz got Ben Zobrist to ground out, Billy Butler to line out, and Brett Lawrie to strike out for his first save of 2015. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had committed a two-out error on an Ike Davis grounder to extend the inning, but it didn't bother Feliz. Feliz was strong after joining the Rangers' bullpen late last season, recording a 1.99 ERA with 13 saves and a 21/11 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 pm
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