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  • Curtis Granderson returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
    Today, 2:17 am
  • Coco Crisp returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
    Today, 2:17 am
  • Milone allows two runs in ND against Angels
    Tommy Milone surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Wednesday's no-decision versus the Angels.

    Advice: Milone isn't going to blow anybody away, so there are going to be starts like tonight that could go one way or the other based on a whole bevy of circumstances. This evening, walking a pair and striking out only one didn't come back to bite him in a big way because he mostly avoided hard contact (six hits; four singles and two doubles). Milone has coughed up 16 hits over his first two starts, a frequency which must come down ASAP with the Rangers coming to town on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. doubles in 14th
    Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a two-run double off Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th to lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: The floundering Red Sox caught quite a break when the White Sox ran out of pitchers, forcing them to turn to an infield. After two two-out walks from Garcia, Bradley delivered the big hit, just Boston's third after the first inning of the contest. He finished the game 1-for-6 with a walk.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Chris Capuano earns win in relief
    Chris Capuano pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a relief victory Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Capuano has been a revelation in relief for the Red Sox, throwing nine scoreless innings in the team's first 15 games. Given his injury history, we'll see if he can keep it up. He has to be in line for a couple of days off after the long outing tonight.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
    5:10 pm @   CWS
  • SS Ramirez's hand X-rays come back negative
    After leaving Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a hand injury, Hanley Ramirez's X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: Los Angeles collectively held its breath after Han-Ram was hit by a 90 mph Ryan Vogelsong fastball on the top of his left hand. The star shortstop spiked his helmet and jumped around in agony before exiting, with Justin Turner taking his spot. Consider Ramirez day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • White Sox infielder Leury Garcia takes loss
    With the White Sox out of pitchers, Leury Garcia took a loss in the 14th inning Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rather than extend Daniel Webb past three innings, the White Sox went to Garcia in a tie game. He actually got two quick outs, but he then walked two and gave up a two-run double to Jackie Bradley Jr.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Gordon goes 3-for-4 with triple in loss to SF
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

    Advice: It already seems insane that Justin Turner started on Opening Day. The 25-year-old Gordon continues to whack the ball around, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last six. He's slashing .404/.453/.553 with 10 steals. That average is good for third in the National League, while he leads the league in swipes.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    12:45 pm @   SF
  • Maholm works six quality innings in ND vs. SF
    Paul Maholm surrendered only one run on five hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: He whiffed two and walked three in his best start since August 28. The left-hander entered this game with an 8.10 ERA, but that was mostly because he got bombed by the Giants in his only other start of the year back on April 5. His rotation spot is safe until Clayton Kershaw comes back. Maholm will toe the Chavez Ravine rubber with his shiny new 4.97 ERA against Philadelphia next week.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • RP Street denies Rockies for fifth save
    Huston Street locked down his fifth save of 2014 by striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Colorado.

    Advice: Street, tied with Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead in saves, earned saves in both of San Diego's wins against his former team as the Padres took two of three. He's 5-for-5 in save conversions to go with a 6/1 K/BB rate, 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. If the signing of Joaquin Benoit was meant to send a message, it appears as though Street received it.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer
    Justin Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI in a loss to the Friars on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morneau has clearly enjoyed his escape from Target Field to Coors, though he did his damage tonight at renowned hitter-killer Petco Park. At least in the early going, he looks like a different hitter: The veteran first sacker is slashing .354/.396/.542 with two homers and five RBI over 48 at-bats. He's had a lot of singles drop in, so the power will have to rise to compensate. It's worth noting that he hasn't hit 20 homers since 2009.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Mike Moustakas homers in 11th
    Mike Moustakas homered in the top of the 11th in the Royals' 6-4 defeat of the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: The struggling Moustakas sat against a lefty and watched Danny Valencia homer in his place, but he got his chance after replacing Justin Maxwell and hit a solo shot to give the Royals the lead in extras. The Royals really should platoon Moustakas going forward, but manager Ned Yost has refused to consider it up to this point. The homer tonight was Moustakas' first, and it gave him just his second RBI in 42 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Dallas Keuchel holds Royals to two runs
    Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Keuchel left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. We like Keuchel, but pitching for such a weak team will limit his fantasy upside this season, probably leaving him without any value in shallow mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    5:10 pm vs   KC
  • De La Rosa logs quality start in third loss
    Jorge De La Rosa hurled his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: The left-hander whiffed four and walked one. As implied above, this was by far De La Rosa's best start of the season, as he logged only 4 1/3 frames in each one of his first three outings. He's 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA, but look beneath the surface and you see a 1.42 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio that suggest things haven't been as quite as bad as they appear. De La Rosa and the Rockies host San Francisco on Monday.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • L.J. Hoes goes 0-for-5
    L.J. Hoes went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hoes is fortunate Robbie Grossman got off to a poor start or he'd have been the one sent to the minors or at least given a reduced role to make room for George Springer. As is, he's still battling Alex Presley for starts and he's only guaranteed to be in there against lefties.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
    5:10 pm vs   KC
  • Crisp (hamstring) out for third straight game
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' lineup for a third straight game Wednesday.

    Advice: Like in Tuesday's game, Crisp will be available as a pinch-hitter. With a day off Thursday, A's manager Bob Melvin just wanted to maximize Crisp's rest to get the hamstring fully healed. Expect him back in the lineup on Friday.
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Granderson (ribs) expected back Saturday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that he expects Curtis Granderson (ribs) back in the lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's missing a second straight start Wednesday and evidently will sit out Friday, as well, following Thursday's off day. The offseason signee will return to a .170/.291/.319 batting line with one homer and four RBI on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Granderson (ribs) out of lineup Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson banged his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's now missed two straight starts, but with the off day Thursday he has a shot to be back in there Friday. Andrew Brown is handling right field Wednesday. Travis d'Arnaud is also getting a day off Wednesday, with Anthony Recker filling in at catcher.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Coco Crisp pinch-hits in Tuesday's game
    Coco Crisp flew out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Crisp has missed the last two starts with a hamstring issue, but it's a good sign that he felt well enough to pinch-hit. It's possible he'll be back in there Wednesday, though the A's could wait until after Thursday's off day.
    Yesterday, 2:45 am
  • Curtis Granderson could pinch-hit Tuesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) could be available to pinch-hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Granderson had to exit Monday's game after colliding with the outfield wall, but he's feeling much better a day later. There had been some thought that he might need a DL stint, but obviously that won't be the case.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) out again Tuesday
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: The A's thought Crisp would need just one day of rest for his hamstring issue, but he's apparently not feeling good enough to give it a go. Craig Gentry will receive another start in center field.
    Tuesday, 3:18 pm
  • X-rays negative on Mets' Curtis Granderson
    X-rays on Curtis Granderson (rib cage, forearm, knee) came back negative.

    Advice: Granderson crashed into the right field while during the first inning of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. He stayed in the game initially, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him out of concern about his rib cage. He's considered day-to-day, but was in quite a bit of pain after the game. Expect him to miss a couple of days at the very least.
    Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Street earns 4th save of year, beats Rockies
    Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by hurling a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday.

    Advice: He struck out a batter and still only needed 10 pitches to shut off the lights against his former team. Halfway through the season's first month, Street has been one of the game's best fantasy closers. He's now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances, posting a 4/1 K/BB rate. Three of those four saves have been of the one-run-lead variety, which San Diego seems to specialize in producing.
    Monday, 11:05 pm
  • Mets' Curtis Granderson going for X-rays
    Curtis Granderson will undergo X-rays after leaving Monday's game with rib cage, forearm, and knee contusions.

    Advice: Granderson slammed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball in the first inning Monday. He actually stayed in the game for five more innings, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him. We'll know more about his status after tests are completed.
    Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Granderson exits with possible wrist injury
    Curtis Granderson left Monday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent left wrist injury.

    Advice: Granderson jammed the wrist in the outfield wall while chasing down a Miguel Montero double in the first inning. He stayed in the game for a while and even delivered an RBI single before eventually exiting. The Mets should provide an update on his status after the game.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) out of Monday's lineup
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a minor issue, but the A's are being proactive. Crisp will take batting practice prior to Monday's game and should be ready to go Tuesday. Oakland is going with Craig Gentry in center field on Monday against Hector Santiago and the Angels.
    Monday, 3:25 pm
  • Gordon steals four bases vs. Diamondbacks
    Dee Gordon went 1-for-3 with four stolen bases in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He also walked twice and scored a run in the game. Gordon leads the National League with nine stolen bases, and Sunday he victimized Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch four times in the win. The second baseman is now batting .400/.457/.525 on the young season.
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
    12:45 pm @   SF
  • Crisp has two hits, stolen base in win Sunday
    Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Crisp had two singles on the afternoon, and he's batting .304 through the team's first 12 games. He's also stolen three bases without being caught after stealing 21 last season.
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
  • Crisp (hamstring) unlikely to play on Monday
    Coco Crisp is dealing with a minor hamstring issue and will receive Monday off as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin had planned on resting Crisp against a left-hander on Monday anyways, so it doesn't appear to be a huge deal. Look for him to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
    Sunday, 4:28 pm
  • Morneau blasts first homer of 2014 on Sunday
    Justin Morneau hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Morneau launched the solo shot off Giants starter Tim Hudson in the seventh inning. It was his only hit of the game, but the veteran first baseman is still batting .325 in his first season with the Rockies. The 32-year-old hit 17 homers last season and still has some pop left in his bat.
    Sunday, 4:06 pm
  • Crisp (wrist) back in A's lineup on Saturday
    Coco Crisp (wrist) is back in the A's lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Crisp was able to make a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday and had no lingering discomfort in his left wrist the morning after. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field against the Mariners' Erasmo Ramirez.
    Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Jorge De La Rosa gives up six runs in loss
    Jorge De La Rosa was pounded for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Giants in Friday's loss.

    Advice: At least he's consistent: De La Rosa has been lifted with one out in the fifth in each of his three starts to date. He has a 9.69 ERA after three starts, though at least his component stats don't really back it up (12 hits allowed, seven walks and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings). Of course, his component stats didn't see him give up a grand slam to a pitcher tonight.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Tommy Milone gets no help in loss
    Making his first start of the year, Tommy Milone was charged with five runs -- three earned -- in five-plus innings Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Poor Tommy has no luck at all. He led the AL in having batters reach on errors with 11 last year, despite being bounced in and out of the rotation a couple of times. His initial 2014 start tonight featured no fewer than five misplays from A's fielders, including three in the first and two in the fourth. The ones in the fourth were both termed errors, meaning those runs were unearned. The three in the first weren't (one came on a clean hit, the other two were ruled a bunt single and an infield single). If Milone hadn't had to get the four extra outs in the first four innings, then Mike Zunino's homer, which knocked him out of the game in the sixth, probably wouldn't have come until the seventh had it come at all.
    Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Coco Crisp fans as pinch-hitter
    Coco Crisp (wrist) appeared as a pinch-hitter Friday and struck out to end the game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Crisp fanned on three pitches against Fernando Rodney. Whether he'll be in the starting lineup for Saturday's game is uncertain.
    Friday, 10:30 pm