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  • Shields fans 12 Astros but takes no-decision
    James Shields got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 9-4 to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Shields was terrific, finishing the night with 12 strikeouts. The Padres scored their first run against him in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie smacked a solo home run. They scored two more in the fifth, helped in part by a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista. Shields limited the Astros to just six hits and a walk. He's sitting with a productive 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Shields will go for his third win of the season in a home start against the Rockies next.
    55 minutes ago
  • Lowrie homers as Astros take down the Padres
    Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run on Monday to help lead the Astros past the Padres.

    Advice: Lowrie broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run down the right field line off of James Shields. The shortstop hit only six home runs last season, but has four already along with 10 RBI and a .300/.432/.567 triple-slash line.
    57 minutes ago
  • McHugh takes no-decision in 6 IP vs. Padres
    Collin McHugh notched a quality start -- allowing three runs in six innings -- but took a no-decision in Monday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: McHugh was solid, scattering seven hits while walking none and striking out five. The Padres scored all three of their runs against the right-hander in the fifth inning on a two-run Wil Myers double and a Yangervis Solarte RBI single. McHugh is off to a nice start to the season, owning a 2.92 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll try to improve 4-0 in his next start at home against the Mariners.
    Today, 10:50 pm
  • Solarte's 3 hits, 2 RBI not enough for Padres
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double, but the Padres fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Solarte singled in the tying run in the fifth inning, making it 3-3 at the time. In the seventh, he tied the game again with a double. Despite an impressive batting line -- .320/.370/.520 -- Monday marked his first multi-hit game since April 13. Solarte could eventually see more consistent playing time at second base if Jedd Gyorko continues to struggle.
    Today, 10:47 pm
  • Springer swipes 3 bases, Astros top Padres
    George Springer went 0-for-2 with three walks, three stolen bases, and two runs scored on Monday as the Astros beat the Padres.

    Advice: In the eighth inning, Springer walked, moved to second on another walk, stole third, and came around to score on a throwing error by catcher Derek Norris. In the ninth, Springer walked again, stole second, and scored on a Colby Rasmus home run. Springer hasn't done much with the bat, hitting just .183/.302/.324, but he's 7-for-8 in the stolen base department at least.
    Today, 10:40 pm
  • Axford picks up his third save vs. D'Backs
    John Axford saw his way out of ninth-inning hot water, converting his third save as the Rockies won 5-4 against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Axford allowed the tying run to reach third base when Paul Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and third with two outs in the ninth inning. Axford was able to get the dangerous Mark Trumbo to ground out to third base to end the game. As regular closer Adam Ottavino hit the disabled list, Axford should be seeing plenty of save chances for the foreseeable future. He's 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a spotless ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in five innings.
    Today, 10:34 pm
  • Anderson struggles, takes the loss vs Rockies
    Chase Anderson struggled early in a loss against the Rockies, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Morneau slugged a three-run home run in the first inning to put Anderson behind the eight-ball early. Overall, Anderson surrendered eight hits with two walks while striking out four. It was Anderson's worst start of the four he's made to this point. He'll bring a 4.24 ERA and a 20/6 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings into a road start against the Dodgers next.
    Today, 10:31 pm
  • Matzek earns second win in brief outing
    Tyler Matzek improved to 2-0 after limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs over five innings on Monday.

    Advice: Matzek had to leave after five frames due to a left hamstring cramp. Over his five innings, he worked around five hits and three walks, yielding the only two runs in his fifth and final inning. He struck out three on the evening. The lefty hasn't pitched deep into games, but sports a 2.70 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and a 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. If Matzek's hamstring problem isn't serious, he'll match up with the Padres at Petco Park next.
    Today, 10:28 pm
  • Dickerson logs 4th multi-hit game in last 5
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI single to help the Rockies eke out a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Dickerson singled in a run in the second inning to push the Rockies' lead to 4-0 at the time. It's the 25-year-old's fourth multi-hit game out of his last five games. Overall, he's batting .338/.384/.632 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Dickerson is battling plantar fasciitis but it hasn't done much to hamper his offense thus far.
    Today, 10:26 pm
  • Morneau's HR, 3 RBI power Rockies to victory
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run to help the Rockies edge the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Morneau greeted D'Backs starter Chase Anderson rudely with a three-run jack in the first inning. It's only the first baseman's second blast of the season. The defending NL batting champ had been off to a cold start, but three consecutive multi-hit games bumped his batting line up to .297/.338/.438.
    Today, 10:23 pm
  • Lincecum takes second loss in 4 IP vs. LAD
    Tim Lincecum got the loss on Monday versus the Dodgers, serving up four runs in four innings of work.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four runs in the third inning, but Lincecum just wasn't sharp in general. He gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. The right-hander still sports a productive 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Lincecum will look for better results in his next start at home against the Angels.
    Today, 10:18 pm
    L, 8-3 ^ @LAD
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a loss
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base as the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base in the third inning, but was stranded. He singled and scored the first of the Giants' three runs in the fifth. Aoki hadn't registered a hit since April 22, but still boasts an impressive -- though power-absent -- .309/.391/.383 batting line with six stolen bases on the season.
    Today, 10:16 pm
  • Jed Lowrie departs game with thumb injury
    Jed Lowrie exited Monday's game against the Padres with a right thumb injury.

    Advice: The injury occurred on a slide into home plate. It's not clear at this point how serious the ailment is, but the Astros should have more on Lowrie's status after the game. It's awful timing, as the red-hot Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer Monday to push his season batting line to .300/.432/.567.
    Today, 10:15 pm
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Today, 10:14 pm
    W, 8-3 vs x SF
  • Pederson doubles, homers in a Dodgers win
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run in Monday's win versus the Giants.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in a run with a double to cap off the Dodgers' four-run third inning. He then homered off of George Kontos in the sixth inning, providing an insurance run. The rookie has lived up to expectations thus far, batting .296/.458/.556 with three home runs and nine RBI.
    Today, 10:10 pm
  • Carl Crawford dealing with tightness in side
    Carl Crawford had to leave Monday's game against the Giants with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: More should be known after the game, but obviously if it's an oblique issue he could wind up on the disabled list. With Yasiel Puig (hamstring) already on the shelf, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke could see time in left field if Crawford is out for a while.
    Today, 9:19 pm
  • Tyler Matzek dealing with hamstring cramp
    Tyler Matzek had to leave Monday's outing versus the Diamondbacks with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: It's probably the best-case scenario, as a cramp isn't nearly as bad as a strain. Consider Matzek day-to-day.
    Today, 9:04 pm
  • Carl Crawford exits with apparent injury
    Carl Crawford left Monday's game against the Giants with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Crawford appeared to be in bit of pain after legging out a triple in the second inning. He initially remained in the game but was eventually pulled after scoring following a single in the third. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Today, 8:20 pm
  • Giants/Rockies postponed because to rain
    Sunday's game between the Giants and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced yet. Scheduled starters Tim Lincecum and Tyler Matzek will presumably be pushed back a day.
    Yesterday, 10:52 am
    L, 8-3 ^ @LAD
  • Corey Dickerson exits in seventh inning
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It's likely a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis Dickerson has battled throughout the year. Drew Stubbs has come on to take his place. Even after going 0-for-3, Dickerson is still hitting .317 with a .635 slugging percentage. If Dickerson misses Sunday's game, it will be his first absence of the season.
    Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Justin Morneau not in lineup on Saturday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies tarting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies are giving Morneau plenty of days off early in the season to keep him fresh for the long haul. Daniel Descalso is starting in his place at first base and hitting sixth for the Rockies.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Carl Crawford homers, doubles
    Carl Crawford homered and doubled in a winning cause Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has come under a little early fire, in part because Alex Guerrero needs more playing time and could be an alternative in left field. Crawford, though, likely remains the team's best option there against righties. He was off to an ugly start going into this one, though, with a .216 average and just one RBI in 37 at-bats.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Norichika Aoki finally getting a breather
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Axford shuts down Padres for his second save
    John Axford picked up his second save of the season on Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning, polishing off the Rockies 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Regular closer Adam Ottavino was given the day off due to what he described as "usual pitcher's soreness". Axford worked around a one-out walk of Yonder Alonso by striking out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista. Ottavino has been superb as the Rockies' regular closer, but Axford should be expected to perform reasonably well when presented with the odd save chance. Given how few and far between those opportunities will come, though, he's not worth stashing as long as Ottavino is healthy and getting the job done.
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Dickerson homers as Rockies down Padres
    Corey Dickerson's fifth-inning solo home run proved the difference in Thursday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning blast to right-center off of Tyson Ross. It turned out to be the deciding factor as both teams failed to score the rest of the way. Dickerson homered twice on Wednesday despite dealing with plantar fasciitis. The 25-year-old is hitting .321/.367/.679 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Morneau not in Rockies' lineup on Thursday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: Wednesday's walkoff hero, Daniel Descalso, will get the start at first base instead. This is just a day of rest for Morneau, who's hitting .231/.259/.327.
    Thursday, 8:56 am
  • John Axford works scoreless inning
    John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his return to the Rockies Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was a quick 10-pitch inning for Axford, with one strikeout mixed in. He could be next in line for saves in Colorado if Adam Ottavino falters, though that's showed no signs of happening.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte hits second homer
    Yangervis Solarte hit his second homer Wednesday off the Rockies' Kyle Kendrick.

    Advice: Solarte needs to play regularly until he cools off, and it's not a bad thing that it's at Jedd Gyorko's expense, considering that Gyorko hasn't hit since 2013. Solarte is batting .343 in 35 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Corey Dickerson homers twice
    Corey Dickerson homered twice and walked from the second spot in the order Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Homers are especially good for a player with a sore foot. We're still nervous about Dickerson's plantar fasciitis, but that the Rockies are letting him play through indicates that it's not bad.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Rockies activate reliever John Axford
    Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.

    Advice: Axford was away from the club for 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Jameson suffered some nerve damage in his foot but should ultimately be fine.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Dickerson, Arenado return to Rockies' lineup
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nolan Arenado (wrist) has also returned to the lineup. Dickerson sat out Tuesday after leaving Monday's series opener with a mild flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He is batting second and starting in left field Wednesday night versus San Diego right-hander James Shields.
    Wednesday, 2:11 pm
  • Carl Crawford hitless in return to lineup
    Carl Crawford (illness) went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Crawford had been under the weather for a few days. He's struggled so far this season (.242/.265/.303) but will continue to start regularly in left field against right-handers.
    Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a win
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Lincecum hurls six solid frames as Giants win
    Tim Lincecum allowed just one run over six innings to help lead the Giants past the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lincecum worked around five hits and three walks, relenting just once in the fifth inning when Alex Guerrero plated a run with a double. The right-hander struck out five on the evening as he picked up his first win. It's been a while since Lincecum was an effective starting pitcher, but he has been solid in his first three starts, owning a 2.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and a 14/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lincecum will face the Rockies at Coors Field in his next outing, which may prove to be a troublesome endeavor.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
    L, 8-3 ^ @LAD
  • McHugh goes seven strong to improve to 3-0
    Collin McHugh improved to 3-0 after yielding three runs in seven innings as the Astros defeated the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: McHugh was actually in line for the loss until the Astros stormed for five runs in the top of the eighth inning. The right-hander allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three but mostly had the tough Mariner lineup under control. Along with the three wins, McHugh has a 2.41 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and an 18/4 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He will attempt to pick up his next win in San Diego against the Padres.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Anderson pitches well in no-decision vs. TEX
    Chase Anderson got a no-decision, giving up one run over seven innings to the Rangers, but the Diamondbacks lost 7-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson was terrific, limiting the Rangers to three hits while walking none and striking out five. His offense didn't give him much support and the bullpen started a grease fire once Anderson was out of the game. The 27-year-old right-hander has been solid over his first three outings, sporting a 3.00 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Anderson will compete for his first win of the season when he faces the Rockies at home next.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Matzek battles control in no-decision vs. SD
    Tyler Matzek walked six batters over five decisions in a no-decision as the Rockies lost to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Considering how often walks come back to haunt, Matzek was lucky to allow just the two runs. He also scattered four hits while striking out three. Tuesday's control problems aside, Matzek has had good results, sporting a 2.40 ERA. He'll try to pick up his second win of the season when he takes on the Giants at home next.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Dickerson (foot) out Tuesday versus Padres
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson told reporters that he feels like he could play, but the Rockies are going to play it safe with the 25-year-old outfielder and his plantar fasciitis, which has been bothering him since spring training. Dickerson should return Wednesday along with third baseman Nolan Arenado.
    Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Dickerson nursing 'mild' plantar fasciitis
    Corey Dickerson had to leave Monday's game versus the Padres due to what Rockies manager Walt Weiss referred to as "mild" plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: That Weiss is calling the ailment mild suggests that they'll try to avoid putting Dickerson on the disabled list for the time being. It's definitely and injury that can be nagging, though, so fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place. Dickerson is batting .286/.314/.510 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. Drew Stubbs would stand to gain the extra playing time while Dickerson is out.
    Apr 20, 9:45 pm
  • Pederson doubles and homers against Rockies
    Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and a solo home run in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in Scott Van Slyke with his RBI double in the second inning. He then homered in the sixth, going back-to-back with Van Slyke. The modern day Bash Brothers combined to drive in five of the Dodgers' seven runs. Pederson finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. The home run was his second of the season, the two RBI bringing him up to six. Pederson's hitting .289/.438/.553 and is showing none of the troubles that are often seen with 23-year-old hitters. It'll be interesting to watch the youngster's batting line progress as pitchers make their in-season adjustments.
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Aoki doubles and triples against Diamondbacks
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
    Apr 19, 4:49 pm
  • Crawford (illness) still under the weather
    Carl Crawford (illness) might not be available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: In fact, he might not come to the ballpark at all. Crawford is under the weather and was given IV fluids on Saturday. The Dodgers are off Monday, so they seem likely to just tell the outfielder to get some extra rest before joining them for their road trip beginning Tuesday.
    Apr 19, 11:29 am
  • John Axford moved to restricted list
    Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.

    Advice: It's a paper move, as Axford had already been on the family medical emergency list after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The reliever is eligible to be activated at any time, though it's unclear when it will happen.
    Apr 19, 11:27 am
  • Carl Crawford out sick Saturday vs. Rockies
    Carl Crawford is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will take over in left field. Crawford's fantasy contributions have been minimal this season (.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB) so it's not the end of the world. He could be back for the series finale Sunday.
    Apr 18, 3:22 pm
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games.
    Apr 18, 5:19 am
  • James Shields moves to 2-0 with victory
    James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings to pick up a win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Shields ruined Kris Bryant Day by striking out the wunderkind swinging all three times they faced. He punched out a total of nine on the day, giving up five hits while walking a pair. Shields and Padres were down 4-2 when the righty was pinch-hit for, but Wil Myers saved the day with a three-run blast. The right-hander will carry a 2.84 ERA into a tough matchup in Colorado next week.
    Apr 17, 2:46 pm
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