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  • Derek Norris delivers walkoff grand slam
    Derek Norris delivered a walkoff grand slam as the Padres beat the Pirates 6-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Rob Scahill walked the first batter he faced in a 2-2 game, then threw the ball away handling a sac bunt, putting runners on second and third. An intentional walk followed to lead the bases. Scahill almost escaped from there, getting grouders from Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte that both resulted in outs at home. However, Norris ended it with a big blast. It was just his fourth homer, but he has 32 RBI already.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 Padres
    Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even through he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Buster Posey homers, doubles
    Buster Posey drove in three runs with a homer and a double as the Giants topped the Braves 4-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Following a quiet April, Posey has hit .333 with five homers, 17 RBI and 17 runs scored in May. He's also on pace to walk more than he's struck out for the first time in his career (17/20 K/BB).
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Tim Hudson pitches Giants past Braves
    Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run, in a win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: It was the first time Hudson faced the Braves since wrapping up his nine-year stint in Atlanta in 2013 (he did pitch against them once while with the A's). He's struggled to string together consecutive quality starts this season, but he still looks pretty good when he's on. His days as a mixed-league starter seem over, but he should provide value in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Seth Smith hits fifth homer
    Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Seth Smith homered and walked against the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: The Mariners hit Nelson Cruz third tonight with Robinson Cano sitting again, leaving Smith to hit cleanup. Even though it worked, we wouldn't expect Smith to remain there Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hits fourth homer
    Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer Friday in the win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Lawrie is batting .296 in May after coming in at .229 in April. Still, we'd be more encouraged if it didn't come with a 27/3 K/BB ratio. Incidentally, that's identical to his mark from April. He actually has a 44/2 K/BB ratio against righties and a 10/4 K/BB ratio versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Brian McCann homers in fourth straight
    Brian McCann homered in a fourth straight start Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: The incredible thing is that the last two homers have come in road games in Oakland. Prior to Thursday, 25 of his 29 homers as a Yankee had come in the Bronx.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez strikes out nine in loss
    Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Robertson notches 10th save of season
    David Robertson pitched a scoreless 11th inning Friday against the Astros to convert his 10th save of the season.

    Advice: After blowing back-to-back saves earlier this week, Robertson bounced back nicely in this one, working around a two-out single to finish off the victory. The 30-year-old has a 2.49 ERA and 32/3 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings of work this season and is clearly a top-tier closer in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Soto has go-ahead double vs. Astros
    Geovany Soto had a go-ahead two-run double as the White Sox topped the Astros 6-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Soto entered the game after Jose Abreu exited in the eighth inning with a swollen finger and went on to have the big hit in extras. After making the White Sox out of spring training on a minor league deal, the 32-year-old backstop is batting .203/.250/.344 with two home runs and nine RBI in a part-time role this season.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Rodon takes no-decision vs. Astros
    Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: In a battle of rookies, Rodon had the upper hand on this night. The southpaw allowed just one run over the first five innings before a pair of errors allowed two runs to score in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none, which is a nice sign of progress considering that he issued 15 walks over his first three starts. He'll bring a 3.45 ERA into a start against the Rangers on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Beckham has sac fly, home run vs. Astros
    Gordon Beckham had a sacrifice fly and a solo home run Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Beckham, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, tied things up with his solo homer in the eighth and the White Sox eventually won in extras. The 28-year-old has done a nice job in a utility role this season, batting .260 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and a .772 OPS over 37 games.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Ziegler notches third save of season
    Brad Ziegler allowed a run, but managed to hold on for his third save of the season Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead, Ziegler allowed a leadoff double to Gerardo Parra before getting Ryan Braun to ground out. Elian Herrera followed with another ground out to knock in a run, but Ziegler got Aramis Ramirez to fly out to end the ballgame. The sidearmer doesn't miss many bats, so he's not the prototypical closer-type, but he's the best option in Arizona's bullpen right now.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Peralta homers against Brewers on Fri.
    David Peralta went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two walks, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Batting out of the cleanup spot,, Peralta had an RBI double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. The 27-year-old has quietly been very useful in fantasy leagues this season, batting .258 with five home runs, 24 RBI, and an .812 OPS over 44 games.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Rendon plays seven inning in rehab game
    Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) played seven innings in a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.

    Advice: Rendon went 1-for-4 at the plate with a single and three strikeouts. The most important take-away is that he was able to field his position without issue. The 24-year-old continues to work his way back from oblique and knee injuries and is on track to rejoin the Nationals before the end of next week.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • David Robertson probably won't pitch Thursday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said David Robertson probably won't pitch in Thursday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Robertson blew back-to-back saves on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Wednesday's appearance was a two-inning affair. Chicago will play the matchups if a save opportunity arises at some point Thursday at Camden Yards. Robertson still owns a shiny 2.61 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season and is not at all in danger of losing his job as the White Sox closer.
    Thursday, 8:30 am
  • Brad Ziegler blows save in ninth
    Brad Ziegler took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ziegler blew the save immediately, giving up a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward in the ninth. After that came a single, a groundout, an intentional walk, a walk and then what looked like an inning-ending double play ball. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Cardinals since a sliding Peter Bourjos hit catcher Jordan Pacheco's leg as he was making the home-to-first relay, sending the throw into right field. Ziegler should hang on to closing duties for now. It was his first blown save in three tries since he replaced Addison Reed.
    Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Robertson bitten by Donaldson again, but wins
    David Robertson blew the save but vultured a win as the White Sox won 5-3 in 10 innings over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Robertson was victimized by Josh Donaldson on Tuesday as he hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Donaldson bit him again on Wednesday, hitting a game-tying solo home run in the ninth. The White Sox rallied for two runs in the top of the 10th and Robertson tossed a scoreless bottom-half to grab the win. He's 4-1 and 9-for-12 in save chances with a 2.61 ERA and a 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 1:27 pm
  • McCann homers again as Yanks top Royals
    Brian McCann homered and walked twice in four plate appearances on Wednesday as the Yankees topped the Royals.

    Advice: McCann tied the game at one apiece with a second-inning home run off of Chris Young. The catcher has homered in back-to-back games and now has six on the season along with 29 RBI and a .239/.310/.428 triple-slash line.
    Wednesday, 1:04 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hitless in return to action
    Brett Lawrie (back) went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie had missed the last three games with back tightness. The third baseman sports a pedestrian .272/.303/.355 batting line this season.
    Wednesday, 5:15 am
  • Robertson serves up a walk-off 3-run homer
    David Robertson blew his second save on Tuesday, serving up a walk-off three-run home run in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Robertson, who got the final out of the eighth inning, entered the bottom of the ninth protecting a 9-7 lead. He allowed a lead-off single to Josh Thole, followed by a Jose Reyes double to bring up Josh Donaldson. Donaldson clubbed a walk-off three-run home run to right field. Robertson falls to 9-for-11 in save chances with a 2.41 ERA and a 29/2 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Rendon plays three innings in simulated game
    Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) played three innings Tuesday in a simulated game.

    Advice: Rendon even stole third base at one point in the game, which manager Matt Williams took as a sign that he's finally "uninhibited" by his oblique and knee injuries. Rendon should be ready to make his 2015 debut late next week if he's able to avoid further setbacks. The 24-year-old hit .287/.357/.473 with 21 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and 111 runs scored in 153 games last season for Washington.
    Tuesday, 2:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • McCann not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brian McCann is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: McCann homered in his return from a foot/calf cramp on Monday, so he's likely just getting a routine day off. John Ryan Murphy will fill in behind the plate and catch Adam Warren.
    Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • McCann (foot) homers in return to lineup
    Brian McCann (foot) blasted a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored twice in Monday's blowout win over the Royals.

    Advice: McCann left Sunday's game with cramping in his right foot and calf, but it was never a major concern. The 31-year-old backstop has driven in seven runs over his last four games and is now batting .235/.299/.404 with five home runs and 28 RBI on the year.
    Tuesday, 5:16 am
  • Brett Lawrie (back) expected back Tuesday
    Brett Lawrie (back) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie has missed the last three games with back tightness, but he's apparently made improvement. The third baseman is batting .279/.310/.364 with two home runs and 16 RBI this season for the A's.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Brett Lawrie out of A's lineup again Monday
    Brett Lawrie is out of the A's lineup again Monday.

    Advice: Lawrie hasn't played since Friday, and A's manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that the 25-year-old is "a little banged up." Max Muncy will handle the hot corner in Monday's afternoon opener against the Tigers.
    Monday, 10:14 am
  • Buster Posey not in Giants' lineup on Monday
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Brewers.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Posey. Andrew Susac will catch Tim Lincecum and bat eighth at Miller Park.
    Monday, 9:11 am
  • McCann (foot) in Yankees' lineup on Monday
    Brian McCann (foot) is in the Yankees' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Royals.

    Advice: McCann made an early exit from Sunday's game with a foot cramp. It obviously wasn't a serious issue.
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Brian McCann leaves game late with injury
    Brian McCann was removed from Sunday's game against the Rangers in the ninth inning with a cramp in his foot/calf.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted that he was a little concerned about the injury and that the team would know more about it on Monday. Owners in weekly leagues may want to have another option available should it look like the veteran backstop may miss a few games.
    Sunday, 8:42 pm
  • Rendon to play in simulated game on Monday
    Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) is set to begin playing in simulated games on Monday.

    Advice: Rendon went through a workout with team on Sunday, taking batting practice in the cage and fielding ground balls at third base. He'll play either three or four innings on Monday and will progress from there. Barring any setbacks, he's on track to join the Nationals in early June.
    Sunday, 7:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Tim Hudson obliterated in loss at Coors Field
    Tim Hudson was obliterated in a loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering eight runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander also issued a pair of walks while striking out just one. All of the damage except for one run came in the fourth inning, where the Rockies ambushed Hudson to score seven runs, the last two which rode home on a three-run blast by Nolan Arenado after Hudson had departed. Now 2-4 on the season, he'll look to improve upon an unsightly 5.04 ERA and 1.37 WHIP when he takes on the Braves at home on Friday.
    Sunday, 6:23 pm
  • Sanchez hit hard again in a no-decision
    Anibal Sanchez got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Astros as the Tigers lost on Sunday.

    Advice: The Astros stormed for three quick runs against Sanchez in the first inning, with two scoring on an Evan Gattis triple. Sanchez then balked to bring in Gattis. Sanchez settled down from there with four scoreless innings, but in the sixth, Gattis hit a solo home run and rookie Preston Tucker hit a pinch-hit three-run blast. Overall, Sanchez yielded eight hits and walked two while striking out 11. It's the second start in a row he's allowed seven runs. He has an unsightly 6.12 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/17 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Sanchez will vie for better results in a road start against the Angels next.
    Sunday, 1:57 pm
  • Liriano fans twelve as Pirates beat Mets
    Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

    Advice: Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Brett Lawrie expected to sit again Sunday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Brett Lawrie is "a little banged up" and he plans to rest the third baseman for a second straight day Sunday.

    Advice: The skipper wouldn't reveal exactly what Lawrie is dealing with, but whatever it is appears to be minor. He should be back in there on Monday.
    Sunday, 6:42 am
  • Posey sitting out first game of doubleheader
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: He'll be back in there behind the plate for the nightcap. Andrew Susac is starting in his place behind the dish and will bat eighth against Jordan Lyles.
    Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Rendon to play in simulated games next week
    Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) took full batting practice for the first time on Saturday and has been cleared to begin playing in simulated games next week.

    Advice: He'll play in a few simulated games in Viera early in the week before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. At this stage, barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to rejoin the Nationals in early June.
    Saturday, 10:40 am
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Brett Lawrie not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Brett Lawrie is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Max Muncy is getting the call at the hot corner and batting fifth in the A's lineup against opposing right-hander Nathan Karns. Lawrie should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. The 25-year-old is hitting .279/.310/.364 with two homers and 16 RBI in 43 games.
    Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop being a day game after a night game. John Ryan Murphy will get the start behind the plate and will hit eighth against Nick Martinez and the Rangers.
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Carlos Rodon's next start pushed back
    Carlos Rodon's next scheduled start will be pushed back.

    Advice: It's all part of the plan to limit Rodon's innings this season. Hector Noesi will start on Monday against the Blue Jays in the lefty's vacated spot. Rodon should get a start later in the week, although the White Sox haven't revealed the exact day it will happen.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Posey goes off for 2B, HR, 3 hits vs. Dodgers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 4-0 triumph versus the rival Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey entered the night as a strong play in daily leagues against the left-hander Brett Anderson, and he paid off for those investing handsomely. Interestingly, the homer came against right-hander Yimi Garcia, not Anderson. Posey, on an eight-game hitting streak, is slashing .308/.379/.476.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Carlos Rodon walks five against Indians
    Despite walking five, Carlos Rodon limited the Indians to one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon has been effective in two of his three starts, but he's walked 15 over 15 innings in the process. His control won't remain quite that bad, but it's going to remain a problem and prevent him from working deep into games, limiting his fantasy value somewhat.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Peralta knocks in three runs in D'Backs win
    David Peralta singled twice and knocked in three runs over five plate appearances in Wednesday's victory against the Marlins.

    Advice: Peralta knocked in a first-inning run on a ground out, added a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and added more insurance with an RBI single in the ninth. The outfielder maintains a productive .276/.327/.500 batting line with four home runs and 18 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Brian McCann reaches three times
    Brian McCann reached three times and delivered a sac fly Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: McCann walked for just the sixth and seventh times this season. A 1-for-15 slump had dropped his OBP all of the way down to .279.
    Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Rendon hit and took grounders on Wednesday
    Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) hit in a cage and took some grounders with the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rendon was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a sprained MCL in his left knee and he suffered a strained oblique in early May while rehabbing that knee injury. The Nationals will continue to take it slowly with the 24-year-old third baseman. He's eventually going to need a minor league rehab assignment and remains highly doubtful to debut before the end of May.
    Wednesday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Posey drives in a run and walks as Giants win
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with an RBI single to left-center off of Carlos Frias. As the Dodgers were shut out, it turned out to be the deciding hit. The catcher is now on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of 16 games so far this month. Posey is batting .295/.369/.439 with six home runs and 19 RBI on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Hudson tosses 6 1/3 scoreless as Giants win
    Tim Hudson stymied the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Hudson scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The Dodgers did have their opportunities, particularly early, but the right-hander was able to induce ground balls to help himself out of trouble. Hudson has had his share of struggles this season, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA down to 4.01 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at Coors Field against the Rockies in his next outing.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Norris doubles late to send Padres past Cubs
    Derek Norris went 1-for-4 with a tie-breaking two-run double as the Padres beat the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Norris broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning when he brought in two runs with a double to left field off of Pedro Strop. The catcher is batting a productive .288/.317/.475 with three home runs and 25 home runs on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:59 pm
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