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  • Gardner homers, plates three to lead Yankees
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, powering the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Gardner also scored a pair of runs and swiped two bases in the impressive evening. His three-run shot off Craig Breslow in the sixth inning put the Bombers ahead 8-0 at the time and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Gardner has been very impressive in the early going, slashing .320/.400/.453 with two homers, 13 RBI and eight swipes.
    Today, 9:04 pm
  • Ellsbury reaches six times as Yankees win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in all six of his plate appearances as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Sunday night.

    Advice: All four of Ellsbury's hits on the evening were singles, and he also scored a pair of runs in the contest. He's off to a terrific start at the plate in 2015, slashing .351/.432/.402 with a homer, three RBI and nine stolen bases.
    Today, 9:03 pm
  • Mike Napoli launches three-run homer in loss
    Mike Napoli launched a three-run homer in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night.

    Advice: His towering drive off Esmil Rogers capped a three-run Red Sox uprising in the sixth inning, pulling them to within three at 8-5, though that would be as close as the score would get. Napoli finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. He has been in quite the funk offensively through the first month-plus of the season, hitting .167/.278/.295 with two homers and seven RBI.
    Today, 9:02 pm
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Dodgers acquire Andy Wilkins from Blue Jays
    Dodgers acquired 1B Andy Wilkins from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

    Advice: Wilkins was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier in the week. The 26-year-old slugger will provide organizational depth for the Dodgers. To create room on the 40-man roster, Scott Baker was designated for assignment.
    Today, 7:17 pm
    Not Active
    L, 10-7 x @Cle
  • Dozier triples on his way to four-hit game
    Brian Dozier tripled and singled three times against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Dozier finished the game 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. The triple was his first of the 2015 campaign. It's been a bit of a slow start for the second baseman, who posted a 20/20 season last year, but we'll see if this game gets him going. Overall, he's hitting .240/.318/.385 with two home runs, 11 RBI, 18 runs scored and two steals.
    Today, 3:27 pm
  • Gattis homers twice, drives in four vs M's
    Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Gattis put up huge numbers against the Mariners, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit a three-run shot off J.A. Happ in the first inning to jump the Astros out to a 3-0 lead, then hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to put them ahead 7-6. That would hold as the final score. Gattis has now homered in three straight games, a hot streak that's come seemingly from nowhere. Prior to the start of the team's home series with the Mariners, Gattis was hitting just .174/.208/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI. He exits with a line of .198/.225/.442, six home runs and 17 RBI. Not a bad little series.
    Today, 2:41 pm
  • Buxton smashes three extra-base hits Saturday
    Twins prospect Byron Buxton delivered three hits, including two triples, Saturday in a win for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Buxton is really rounding into form. MLB's top prospect has hit .522 with three RBI during his six-game hitting streak, lifting his average from a pedestrian .190 to a much more respectable .284. The 21-year-old has also been flexing his base-running muscles, stealing five bases over his last six contests. Six of Buxton's ten walks this year have come in the last week.
    Today, 12:51 pm
    Not Active
    W, 13-3 vs x CWS
  • X-rays on Zack Cozart's finger are negative
    X-rays on Zack Cozart's right index finger came back negative.

    Advice: He's left with merely a bruise after hurting the finger while attempting to field a ground ball on Sunday. Consider Cozart day-to-day.
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Zack Cozart leaves game with finger injury
    Zack Cozart exited Sunday's game versus the Braves with a finger injury.

    Advice: Cozart was hurt while attempting to field a ground ball. Replays showed that he appeared to be bleeding and may have cracked a fingernail. The Reds should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Today, 11:57 am
  • Red Sox claim Luis Jimenez off waivers
    Red Sox claimed INF Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Brewers.

    Advice: Jimenez has hit just .218/.255/.269 over parts of three big league seasons, but he offers versatility and was a .299/.335/.509 hitter in the minors. He gives the Red Sox some infield depth.
    Today, 11:45 am
  • Tyler Colvin inks minors deal with White Sox
    White Sox signed OF Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Colvin refused a minor league assignment after failing to make the Marlins' Opening Day roster, hoping to net a big league deal elsewhere. That didn't happen and he's now resurfaced in the minors with Chicago. He'll probably need an injury or two to get a shot with the Pale Hose.
    Today, 10:56 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-2 vs x Phi
  • Ryan Rua (foot) to have exam to check healing
    Ryan Rua will undergo a scan on Friday to see how his injured right foot is healing.

    Advice: Rua is working his way back from a broken bone in his heel and severe ankle sprain. The Rangers are hoping he's ready to as soon as late May, although he no longer has a starting job following the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
    Today, 9:12 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs x Oak
  • Hardy (shoulder) could be activated this week
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday.

    Advice: He'll play three games for the Baysox and then will likely be activated from the disabled list on Friday if all goes well. Hardy has been out all season with a left shoulder strain but has made progress recently after being given a cortisone injection.
    Today, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Wilson Ramos not in lineup Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Jose Lobaton is at catcher Sunday in Ramos' place.
    Today, 8:14 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera getting a day of rest
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Tim Beckham is handling shortstop in Cabrera's place.
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Altuve flexes muscles with three-run homer
    Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer off of Taijuan Walker in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The home run was Altuve's third of the season. You don't see that too often with the star second baseman, who hit just seven last season, but he has shown that he's got a bit of pop in the bat. Altuve finished the contest 1-for-4, snapping his streak of nine straight multi-hit games. Had he finished with one more hit, he would have set the franchise record. As is, the homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games in-a-row. He's now slashing a sizzling .371/.412/.524.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Sea
  • Cozart smacks fifth home run of season
    Zach Cozart homered and singled twice against the Braves on Saturday, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: Cozart hit the two-run homer in the ninth inning, providing a little cushion for the Reds in what had been a three-run game. Coming off a .221/.268/.300 season, Cozart's offensive numbers to start the 2015 season are surprising, to say the least. He's slashing .308/.340/.538, with five home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored over 91 at-bats. Enjoy the offensive spoils while they last.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Hardy (shoulder) takes live batting practice
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) took live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He also took soft toss throws from hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. If Hardy feels up to it, he'll begin a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Bowie. Hardy slipped offensively last season (.263, 9 HR in 529 at-bats) but was excellent in the field, winning his third Gold Glove. Everth Cabrera has filled in at shortstop during his absence.
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Brewers designate Luis Jimenez for assignment
    Brewers designated INF Luis Jimenez for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old has appeared in 15 games for the Brewers this season, but has logged just 15 at-bats, netting one hit in the process (.067) while striking out six times. He owns a career .299/.335/.509 line in the minor leagues, so there's a chance that other teams could be willing to take a flier on him as infield depth.
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Jays designate Andy Wilkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old slugger was claimed off waivers from the White Sox at the end of spring training. He was off to a slow start at Triple-A Buffalo, hitting .264/.353/.319 with no homers and nine RBI in his first 21 games. There's a chance he could attract interest elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-7 x @Cle
  • Altuve notches ninth straight multi-hit game
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with a run scored Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Another day, another multi-hit game. That makes nine straight, which ties a club record. Altuve is batting .468 during his 10-game hitting streak and .376 for the year.
    Friday, 9:02 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Sea
  • Hardy (shoulder) could begin rehab on Monday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy will be cleared for the rehab assignment if he can get through batting practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday without any issues. The shortstop is expected to need 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, putting him in line for a return sometime next week if all goes well.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Jose Altuve delivers game-winner
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as the Astros edged the Mariners 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The game-ender would have been his second double of the game under other circumstances. After a modest start, he's racked up eight straight multihit games, raising his average all of the way to .367. He's also swiped nine bases, putting him a tad above last year's pace (56 steals in 158 games).
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Sea
  • Brian Dozier homers, knocks in four
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI as the Twins smoked the White Sox 12-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Dozier is hitting .250 with two homers, two doubles, seven RBI and four walks in six games since moving up to the leadoff spot. It's where he belongs, at least either there or in the two hole.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Mike Napoli back in Red Sox' lineup
    Mike Napoli (illness) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Napoli missed the last two contests because he was under the weather. He's batting just .169/.280/.262 in the early going this season.
    Wednesday, 11:27 am
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Evan Gattis not in Wednesday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gattis homered in Tuesday's game, but he's now sat out two of the three contests in San Diego with the designated hitter spot not available. Jason Castro is also getting a day off, as Hank Conger is catching Dallas Keuchel.
    Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Hardy (shoulder) hopes to begin rehab soon
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take dry swings and hit off a tee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hardy will travel with the Orioles to Tampa this weekend and hopes to begin a rehab assignment early next week. He's expected to need 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, putting him in line for a return sometime next week if all goes well.
    Wednesday, 8:29 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Brett Gardner getting a day off Wednesday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather against lefty Drew Smyly. Fellow left-handed swingers Brian McCann and Stephen Drew are also sitting, as the Yanks are going with Chris Young in left field, John Ryan Murphy at catcher and Gregorio Petit at second base.
    Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Altuve's 4-hit night leads Astros past Padres
    Jose Altuve went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a stolen base to help the Astros run roughshod over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Altuve is on a seven-game hitting streak, the most recent six of which have been of the multi-hit variety. He's picked up right where he left off last year, when he led the league in average and stolen bases. The second baseman is batting .348/.389/.472 and is tied for the American League lead in steals with teammate George Springer at eight.
    Tuesday, 10:35 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Sea
  • Ellsbury's 3 hits push Yankees past Rays
    Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and stole a pair of bases in four plate appearances in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury's impact was felt immediately, as he singled in the first inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out. He also stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the seventh, but was stranded. Ellsbury has only three extra-base hits on the season, but has stolen seven bases, scored 16 runs, and hit .308/.400/.372.
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Dozier not in Twins' lineup on Tuesday
    Brian Dozier is not in the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Eduardo Escobar is at second base and Danny Santana is back in the leadoff spot for the Twins, who are taking on Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez.
    Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Napoli (illness) out another couple of days
    Mike Napoli (illness) is expected to miss another couple of days.

    Advice: Napoli's illness is apparently contagious and will keep him out of the lineup for a second straight day Tuesday. Have a backup plan in mind in fantasy leagues this week.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Ramos not in Tuesday's lineup
    Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Julio Teheran. Jose Lobaton will catch rookie A.J. Cole and bat sixth.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Napoli (illness) out of lineup again Tuesday
    Mike Napoli (illness) is out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox for the second straight day Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli is sick and apparently needs another day to rest. Daniel Nava will make the start at first base while Brock Holt will get another start, this time in right field.
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Ellsbury (hip) returns to Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old is batting .284/.384/.351 across 18 games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:50 am
  • Evan Gattis getting a breather Monday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: The Astros don't have the designated hitter available in San Diego, so Gattis finds himself on the bench. He's hitting just .156/.194/.250 this season but does have two straight multi-hit games.
    Apr 27, 4:15 pm
  • Napoli not in Red Sox lineup Monday night
    Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday against the Blue Jays due to illness.

    Advice: Napoli slugged his first home run of the season Saturday night at Camden Yards, but he followed that up with an 0-for-5 and two strikeouts in Sunday's series finale. The 33-year-old is batting just .169 with a .542 OPS in 18 games this season. Daniel Nava is at first base and Brock Holt is in right field Monday versus Toronto.
    Apr 27, 11:16 am
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Apr 26, 1:53 pm
  • Buxton piles on four RBI for Chattanooga
    Twins prospect Byron Buxton drove in a season-high four runs Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Buxton had just three RBI all season prior to Saturday. He's still getting the hang of Double-A, though his raw talent is definitely evident. In 14 games for Chattanooga, the 21-year-old has hit .200 with 15 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. Four of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
    Apr 26, 1:20 pm
    Not Active
    W, 13-3 vs x CWS
  • Hardy (shoulder) needs 3-4 rehab games
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will need at least 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: He'll rest until Wednesday after being given a cortisone injection in his ailing left shoulder Saturday, so that means Hardy won't be activated until next weekend in a best-case scenario. Everth Cabrera will continue to fill in at shortstop for the Orioles.
    Apr 26, 9:09 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Brian Dozier goes 2-for-5 as leadoff man
    Moved up to the leadoff spot, Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, a steal and two runs scored in the Twins' 8-5 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: That's more like it. Dozier obviously belongs at or very near the top of the Twins lineup, not in the cleanup spot that he had occupied recently. He raised his average to .215 tonight, and the steal was his first of the year.
    Apr 25, 10:02 pm
  • J.J. Hardy receives a shoulder injection
    J.J. Hardy was given a shoulder injection on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll rest up for a few days before testing his shoulder again on Wednesday. Hardy was originally expected to be back at the end of the month, but that's no longer an option. We won't know how close Hardy is until he begins a rehab assignment. Everth Cabrera has been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles.
    Apr 25, 7:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs x TB
  • Napoli's big game not enough to lift Red Sox
    Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The home run was Napoli's first of the season and doubled his RBI total to four. He also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. Even with the big effort, his season-slash still sits at a paltry .183/.300/.283. Owners should exercise patience with Napoli. His tendency to whiff can lead to prolonged slumps, but so long as he remains healthy, he'll probably be good for 20+ home runs and a fair number of RBI in a stacked Red Sox lineup.
    Apr 25, 7:30 pm
    L, 8-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Altuve slugs three-run shot, Astros beat A's
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Saturday in the Astros' 9-3 rout of the A's.

    Advice: Altuve hit his three-run shot off A's starter Kendall Graveman in the top of the second inning. He also singled in the top of the first but was caught stealing second base. The diminutive 24-year-old is batting .315/.367/.425 with two home runs and five steals in 17 games this season for the Astros, who are off to a 10-7 start.
    Apr 25, 4:30 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Sea
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Saturday's game early
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 before exiting in the eighth inning. The Yankees are hopeful Ellsbury won't miss any time, but if he does sit out Sunday, expect Chris Young to fill in at center field.
    Apr 25, 4:09 pm
  • Evan Gattis not in Astros lineup Saturday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off for Gattis, which is somewhat odd timing after his two-hit effort on Friday night. Expect him to return on Sunday.
    Apr 25, 10:48 am
  • Brian Dozier goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot.
    Apr 24, 9:25 pm
  • Ellsbury launches first homer of season
    Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Mets, finishing the game 2-for-5.

    Advice: Ellsbury smacked the solo home run off of Jacob deGrom in the third inning. It doubled his RBI total. He now has two driven in on the year. Math. Ellsbury has been hitting for average in the early going, but the power's been difficult to come by. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him finally get on the board. He hit 16 bombs with the Yankees in 2014 and while he's probably never going to match the career-best 32 he launched in 2011, a home run total between 13-17 is still well within reach for the speedy centerfielder.
    Apr 24, 8:31 pm
  • Ellsbury scores both Yankees runs in victory
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base while scoring both Yankee runs in a victory over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Ellsbury walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a balk in the sixth inning to tie the game at one apiece. In the eighth, he doubled, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Brian McCann ground out. Ellsbury has been an on-base machine in the season's first month, as evidenced by his .286/.384/.317 triple-slash line. He's a modest 4-for-7 in the stolen base department, however.
    Apr 23, 1:43 pm
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