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  • Dodgers expected to call up Ian Thomas
    The Dodgers are expected to call up left-hander Ian Thomas on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies. Thomas, who was recently acquired from the Braves in the Juan Uribe deal, has a 3.94 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 16 innings in the majors.
    53 minutes ago
    Not Active
    12:10 pm @Col; 5:40 pm @Col
  • Nicasio to start first game of doubleheader
    Juan Nicasio will start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Nicasio has a solid 1.29 ERA and 28/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings this season, but he hasn't thrown more than 38 pitches in an appearance this season. In other words, look for this to be a bullpen game for the Dodgers.
    56 minutes ago
  • Davis expected to be placed on paternity list
    Rajai Davis is expected to be placed on the paternity leave list Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis has left the team in order to be present for the birth of his second child. He can be away from the team for 24 to 72 hours. Daniel Fields is set to be called up to replace him on the active roster.
    59 minutes ago
  • Mejia set to return to U.S. soon
    Jenrry Mejia is slated to return to the United States in about 10 days to begin a throwing program.

    Advice: Mejia was placed on the disabled list in early April due to right elbow inflammation before being handed an 80-game PED suspension. He'll be eligible to return on July 7 and Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that they'll find a spot for him in their bullpen.
    Today, 5:22 am
    15-Day DL
  • Pineda earns 7th win as Yankees top Mariners
    Michael Pineda improved to 7-2 after limiting the Mariners to two runs in six innings as the Yankees went on to a 7-2 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in Pineda's final inning. He took the mound in the seventh, allowed a single, a triple, and a double before walking Brad Miller and earning a trip to the showers. He had more than enough run support. Pineda allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out nine. He'll bring a 3.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and an 80/17 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings into a home start versus the Angels next.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Hernandez roughed up in loss to the Yankees
    Felix Hernandez lost for only the second time this season after surrendering seven runs in 4 2/3 innings to the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: It wasn't a great outing by any means, but it was manageable until he was taken yard for a grand slam by Mark Teixeira in the fifth inning. Hernandez allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out four. It's a small blip in what has otherwise been a typically great season. Hernandez is 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and a 75/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. He'll try to bounce back over the weekend at home against the Rays.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Rodriguez extends hit streak to 11 games
    Alex Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 1-for-3 with a walk as the Yankees topped the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Rodriguez singled in the fifth inning to keep the streak alive, and came around to score on Mark Teixeira's grand slam. His next home run will be the 666th of his career. He's hitting .282/.372/.541 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI so far this season.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Teixeira's grand slam powers Yanks past SEA
    Mark Teixeira walked and hit a grand slam in four plate appearances Monday, leading the Yankees past the Mariners.

    Advice: Teixeira knocked ace Felix Hernandez out of the game with his fifth-inning grand slam. At the rate he's going, he'll reach 30 home runs in a season for the first time since 2011. He's at 15 now along with 39 RBI and a .241/.358/.566 batting line.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Richards' quality start nets him his 5th win
    Garrett Richards got his fifth win of the season, holding the Rays to three runs in six innings Monday as the Angels earned a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: The three runs came on a Joey Butler RBI single in the third inning and a Nick Franklin two-run home run in the fourth, accounting for two of the six hits Richards yielded on the evening. He also walked three and struck out four. Richards stands with a productive 3.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 47/24 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He'll take on the Yankees in a road start next.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Colome hit around for 5 runs over 6 innings
    Alex Colome lost on Monday against the Angels after giving up five runs in six innings.

    Advice: Colome was hurt by the long ball, as all five runs came on three home runs. The first was a David Freese homer to left field. The second plated three runs via Mike Trout, and the third was a solo blast from Albert Pujols. Colome allowed nine hits in total while walking three and striking out five. Despite a 5.05 ERA, he's been more good than bad on the mound thus far, but he doesn't have any fantasy value. Colome starts next in Seattle against the Mariners.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Franklin hits first homer, but the Rays lose
    Nick Franklin hit his first home run of the season in a losing effort against the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Franklin had gone 2-for-29 in his first 11 games since being activated from the disabled list, so it was nice to see him have some success at the dish. He went 1-for-4 on the night.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Pujols homers twice as Angels down Rays
    Albert Pujols crushed a pair of home runs, going 3-for-5 as the Angels topped the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels plenty of insurance with his homers. His first, in the fifth inning, extended the lead to 5-3. His second, in the eighth inning, made it 7-3. Pujols -- now with five home runs in his last five games -- has 533 round-trippers in his career, leaving him one short of tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time leaderboard. Pujols also has 13 homers on the season along with 26 RBI and a .254/.304/.497 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Melancon earns 14th save with scoreless 9th
    Mark Melancon kept the Giants off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 14th save as the Pirates won 4-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Melancon sandwiched a pair of ground outs with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford in a 12-pitch frame. Though his velocity still isn't where it was last season, it's a couple MPH above his average for April. Melancon has been scored upon just once in his last 17 appearances, and he's perfect in 12 save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Vogelsong's mediocre outing results in loss
    Ryan Vogelsong yielded four runs (three earned) in six innings, taking his first loss since April 29 in Monday's start against the Pirates.

    Advice: Vogelsong was strong over the first four innings, but the Pirates broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth thanks to a Neil Walker two-run double. It was one of five hits the right-hander served up while walking two and striking out five. Vogelsong had a terrific month of May, but still has a subpar 4.26 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 43/22 K/BB ratio over 57 innings. He'll try again for his fifth win in a road start versus the Phillies.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Cole fires seven solid innings to beat Giants
    Gerrit Cole allowed only a pair of unearned runs over seven innings to pick up his eighth win of the season against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Jung Ho Kang's fielding error and a wild pitch contributed to the Giants scoring twice in the first inning. Cole settled down from there, limiting the Giants to five hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine. The 24-year-old has been among baseball's best, now 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a 79/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. Cole will take the hill against the Braves in Atlanta next.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Cashner fans 12, but gives up 11 hits in loss
    Andrew Cashner struck out 12, but allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings to get the loss as the Padres fell 7-0 to the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Cashner's line is one of the weirder ones you'll see this season. He gave up 11 hits and didn't issue a walk along with the 12 punch-outs. The Mets rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to chase Cashner from the game. The right-hander is now 2-8 on the season with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a 72/15 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. Cashner will try to get back in the win column in Cincinnati against the Reds in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Kemp goes 0-for-2, ejected from Padres' loss
    Matt Kemp went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being ejected in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Kemp was ahead in the count 3-1 in the eighth inning, but was ejected mid at-bat by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna. Manager Bud Black was tossed as well. Alexi Amarista came off the bench to pinch-hit and lined out. Kemp has not done much at the plate this season, batting just .246/.282/.329 with one home run and 26 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Tejada stays hot, gets three hits to beat SDP
    Ruben Tejada had three hits and scored twice in five at-bats as the Mets took down the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Tejada now has three multi-hit games out of his last four. He doubled and scored in the first inning, then singled and scored in the fifth. Tejada was recently anointed the club's regular third baseman by manager Terry Collins. He has good job security as long as David Wright is out and he's hitting. Tejada is batting .274/.357/.419 with eight RBI and nine runs scored in 70 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Murphy's 4 hits, 3 RBI contribute to Mets win
    Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI single, and a two-run home run in Monday's victory versus the Padres.

    Advice: Murphy started the scoring early with an RBI single in the first inning. He added a two-run home run in the fifth, starting a four-run rally. Murphy has been up-and-down offensively this year, but is currently hitting .286/.337/.418 with four home runs and 29 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Bradley struggles in 5 IP against the Braves
    Archie Bradley struggled and took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings as the Diamondbacks fell 8-1 to the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: The Braves rallied against Bradley in the second inning, using four singles, a double, and a walk to plate three runs. They scored two more in the fifth inning on a Freddie Freeman home run. Bradley gave up eight hits and walked three while striking out one overall on the evening. The rookie has struggled in four starts after he was hit with a line drive. He's carrying a 5.80 ERA on the year with a 1.63 WHIP and a 23/22 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. Bradley will look for better results his next time out at home against the Mets.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Wood tosses eight superb innings to beat ARI
    Alex Wood earned the win with a terrific outing on Monday against the Diamondbacks, allowing only one run in eight innings.

    Advice: The only run came in on an Ender Inciarte sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Wood scattered seven hits without issuing a walk while striking out four. The lefty is on a hot streak, posting a 1.88 ERA over his last four starts. On the year, he's carrying a 3.19 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 42/18 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. Wood will look to win in his fourth consecutive start when he faces the Pirates at home next.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Simmons aids' Braves win vs. ARI with 3 hits
    Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI single in Monday's win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Simmons knocked in the Braves' third run with a single in the third inning. He doubled and scored on Freddie Freeman's home run in the fifth. Simmons has hit safely in 10 consecutive games, bringing his triple-slash line up to .277/.329/.405 with three home runs and 21 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Freeman homers, knocks in 3 vs. D'Backs
    Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs in a 3-for-5 effort as the Braves defeated the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Freeman pushed the Braves' lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning with a two-run home run. He added an RBI single in the sixth. The first baseman has predictably solid numbers, batting .297/.363/.503 with eight home runs and 29 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Tuffy Gosewisch diagnosed with full ACL tear
    Tuffy Gosewisch has been diagnosed with a full tear of his left ACL.

    Advice: Gosewisch will undergo season-ending surgery soon. It's a real bummer for a 31-year-old who was getting his first shot at a starting job in the big leagues. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the Diamondbacks' new starting catcher.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Kendrick hammered by the Dodgers in a loss
    Kyle Kendrick was hit hard in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday, serving up six runs (five earned) over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Kendrick allowed 10 hits, two of which were home runs, while walking two and striking out one. Both homers came in the second inning via Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins. The Dodgers then put on their first five batters against Kendrick in the sixth on four hits and an error en route to a six-run frame. Kendrick and Coors Field hasn't been a good match, as expected. He has an ugly 6.55 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 32/22 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. Kendrick will face the Marlins at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Freeman hits pinch-hit homer to help comeback
    Freddie Freeman hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Freeman wasn't in the starting lineup, as today served as a rest day, but with the Braves trailing 5-3, he stepped to the plate and drilled a solo homer off Santiago Casilla to draw the team to within 5-4. A three-run triple by Jace Peterson would bring home the 7-5 win. Freeman is slashing a solid .289/.357/.484 this season, with seven homers, 26 RBI and 28 runs scored. While he's hitting a slightly cooler .276/.350/.410 in May, even his slumps don't look too horrible.
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Rodriguez singles twice in loss to Athletics
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Nobody on the Yankees was doing much of anything offensively against Jesse Chavez. The only non-Rodriguez Yankee to record more than one hit in the game was Didi Gregorious. With the two singles, A-Rod is now hitting .281/.369/.545 with 11 homers and 27 RBI. He's playing about as well as a 39-year-old who just took a year off can play.
    Sunday, 3:39 pm
  • Mets to use Tejada as primary third baseman
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that he'll use Ruben Tejada as the team's primary third baseman for the time being.

    Advice: The Mets have been struggling for stability at the position since David Wright went down, and with Tejada swinging a hot stick at the moment he'll get a chance to be in the lineup everyday. He could be worth a look as a middle infield option in NL-only or deeper mixed leagues.
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Tejada's late double sends Mets past Marlins
    Ruben Tejada finished 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Tejada broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI double to left-center. The three-game set against the Marlins, in which he went 5-for-13, rejuvenated Tejada's bat, raising his OPS from .641 to .724. He still doesn't have any fantasy value, however.
    Sunday, 12:58 pm
  • Freddie Freeman getting a breather Sunday
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a breather. Chris Johnson is at first base in Freeman's place.
    Sunday, 11:32 am
  • Albert Pujols tweaked groin on Friday
    Albert Pujols injured his groin in Friday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: That prompted the Angels to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake. Pujols will DH Saturday with Navarro getting the start at first base. Despite his low average (.250), Pujols is still a decent source of power for fantasy owners. He's tied for 11th in the American League with ten home runs this season.
    Saturday, 5:07 pm
  • Tejada clears bases with three-run double
    Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Tejada stepped up against Tom Koehler in the fourth with the bases loaded. He proceeded to unload them, doubling to center to tie the game at 5-5. The Mets wouldn't find much traction moving forward, though, ultimately losing 9-5 to the Marlins. Tejada is hitting .245/.344/.377 with a homer and seven RBI over 53 at-bats this season. He's not a relevant fantasy piece.
    Saturday, 4:32 pm
  • Albert Pujols goes 3-for-4, homers
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with a homer against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Homers in back-to-back games have given Pujols 10 for the year. Incredibly, he still has just 20 RBI, even though he's been hitting behind Mike Trout all season. One imagines he'll come around there, though.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Tuffy Gosewisch likely has ACL tear
    Tuffy Gosewisch revealed Friday that he likely has an ACL tear in his left knee.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll receive at least one more opinion before making a decision on surgery, but it appears his season is likely over. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has taken Gosewisch's spot on the roster and should serve as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher indefinitely.
    Friday, 2:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) placed on DL
    Diamondbacks placed C Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28, with a left ACL injury.

    Advice: Gosewisch injured the knee while trying to beat out an infield single on Wednesday. It's not clear at this point if the ligament will require surgery, but if it does it would obviously knock Gosewisch out for the season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has taken his spot on the roster.
    Friday, 11:00 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Pujols reaches base 3 times, homers in win
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, two walks and two runs scored in a 12-2 victory against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pujols has nine homers -- putting him on a 30-pace clip -- but he isn't doing much else. He has only 19 RBI and has a rough .238/.294/.436 slash line. On a positive note, he's hit safely in six of seven and has four extra-base hits in that stretch.
    Thursday, 10:45 pm
  • Wood beats Dodgers in return to the mound
    Alex Wood permitted just one run and struck out six over seven frames in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and declined to issue a free pass. The stellar showing was good to see after Wood was scratched from his last start on Friday because of a stomach virus. He showed no ill effects here, keeping at bay a dangerous Dodgers lineup in Los Angeles. Wood has a decent 3.50 ERA, but it comes with a terrible 1.50 WHIP and only 38 strikeouts over 54 innings.
    Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Cashner gets back in the win column vs. LAA
    Andrew Cashner yielded three runs on eight hits across seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 victory versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cashner struck out six and walked one. The right-hander is pitching pretty well on the whole this season -- he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 10 starts -- but the win improves his record to a still unsightly 2-7 and the Padres are 2-8 in his starts. Between shoddy defense and an offense that no-shows his outings, Cashner would be forgiven for feeling persecuted. His prognosis will improve as his luck normalizes, as it did tonight (zero errors, five runs of support).
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • SP Richards falters in loss vs. the Padres
    Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.

    Advice: He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts.
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Gosewisch to have MRI on left knee Thursday
    Tuffy Gosewisch will have an MRI taken of his left knee Thursday.

    Advice: Gosewisch left Wednesday's game with a jammed left knee, and the Diamondbacks want to know the extent of the injury before developing a gameplan. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the club could make a decision about a possible disabled list stint by Friday.
    Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Gosewisch dealing with jammed left knee
    Tuffy Gosewisch left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with a jammed left knee.

    Advice: Gosewisch likely jammed the knee stretching to touch first base while trying to beat out a throw in the sixth inning. A jammed knee doesn't sound terribly serious, but the Diamondbacks should give a clearer outlook for the backstop by Thursday. Jordan Pacheco will likely fill in at catcher if Gosewisch is forced to miss time.
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Gosewisch leaves with apparent knee injury
    Tuffy Gosewisch left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent knee injury.

    Advice: Gosewisch appeared to hurt his left knee trying to beat out a throw to first base. He stayed on the ground beyond first base for a while before leaving with a trainer. Jordan Pacheco replaced Gosewisch, who was 0-for-3 in the game, behind the dish.
    Wednesday, 7:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Vogelsong allows 1 ER in 6 IP to earn a win
    Ryan Vogelsong yielded only one run in six innings of work to earn the win in Wednesday's start versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Vogelsong fell behind 1-0 on a fourth-inning RBI single from Elian Herrera but the Giants were able to scratch out enough runs to support him. He allowed six hits, walked none, and struck out five in the effort. Vogelsong has been stellar in five May starts, allowing only four earned runs in 31 2/3 innings. On the year, though, he has a 4.24 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 38/20 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. Vogelsong will try to bring the success into June in his next start at home against the Pirates.
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Dodgers acquire Ian Thomas in Uribe trade
    Dodgers acquired LHP Ian Thomas, INF Alberto Callaspo, LHP Eric Stults, and RHP Juan Jaime from the Braves for 3B Juan Uribe and RHP Chris Withrow.

    Advice: Thomas has posted some intriguing minor league numbers, but he's allowed 11 walks in 16 career major league frames. The 28-year-old lefty reliever will head to the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.
    Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    12:10 pm @Col; 5:40 pm @Col
  • Pineda solid over 6 2/3 innings in win vs. KC
    Michael Pineda pitched well in a win on Wednesday, limiting the Royals to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The only run came in the first inning on a Mike Moustakas solo home run. Pineda allowed only six hits total along with a walk and eight strikeouts. The right-hander moves to 6-2 on the year with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 67/5 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Pineda will face his former team in the Mariners at Safeco Field in his next outing.
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • A-Rod homers, powering the Yanks past KC
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, leading the Yankees past the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run to left field off of Chris Young. The 39-year-old now has 665 home runs in his career and is five RBI shy of 2,000. For the season, Rodriguez is hitting .276/.374/.566 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI.
    Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick solid over 7 1/3 innings
    Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs but lasted 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 6-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Kendrick served up two homers and struck out only one, but he permitted just five hits in total and also issued just one free pass. The outing was his longest of the season in 10 trips to the mound. Kendrick will bring an ugly 6.38 ERA and 31/20 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings into next week's start versus the Dodgers.
    Wednesday, 12:51 pm
  • King Felix tosses a shutout to improve to 8-1
    Felix Hernandez tossed a four-hit shutout against the Rays on Wednesday, improving to 8-1.

    Advice: Hernandez scattered four hits -- all singles -- and a walk while striking out eight to cinch his second shutout of the season. The right-hander has been predictably stellar through 10 starts, sitting on a 1.91 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a 71/15 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings. Hernandez will look for his ninth win in his next start at home against the Yankees.
    Wednesday, 12:33 pm
  • Melancon earns 12th save as Pirates top MIA
    Mark Melancon picked up his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Pirates downed the Marlins 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Melancon saw the tying run step to the plate with two outs as a result of Jung-Ho Kang's fielding error and an Adeiny Hechavarria single, but he got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to end the game. Despite early-season struggles and continued low velocity, Melancon has been getting the job done for the Pirates. He has allowed a run just once in his last 15 appearances and is now 12-for-13 in save chances with a 2.86 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Cole tosses seven solid innings for the win
    Gerrit Cole held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings, earning the win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both runs scored on solo home runs from Justin Bour and Christian Yelich. Cole was in line for the loss until the Pirates rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The right-hander allowed seven hits overall while walking none and striking out seven. Cole has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts and is now 7-2 with a 2.11 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 70/14 K/BB ratio in 64 innings. His next start will come on the road against the Giants.
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Kemp's 10th inning double sends Padres to win
    Matt Kemp hit a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Padres to a victory against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kemp made reliever Joe Smith pay for a single and two walks by clearing the bases with a double to left field. He scored not long after and finished the night 1-for-5. It marks his first multi-RBI game since April 29 as he has hit the skids offensively. Kemp is hitting .255/.291/.348 with only one home run and 25 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Colome allows two runs against Mariners
    Alex Colome gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Things got off to a rocky start for Colome, as four of the first five hitters singled to produce two runs in the top of the first inning. Colome settled down to allow just one more hit and one more walk over the next 4 1/3 innings. He was unable to improve his 3-1 record but he did lower his ERA to 4.55. The right-hander will next take on the Angels on Monday.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Bradley allows six runs in loss to Cardinals
    Archie Bradley allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The right-hander struggled out of the gate, allowing four runs after the first six batters of the game. He allowed two more runs over his next 2 2/3 innings before exiting. Bradley's ERA and WHIP ballooned to 5.28 and 1.53, respectively, and he still hasn't won since being hit in the face by a comebacker on April 28. He'll try to get back in the win column Monday against the Braves.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Teixeira's 4 RBI output leads Yankees past KC
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a two-run double in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Teixeira got the party started early, driving a two-run home run in the first inning off of Jason Vargas. He tacked on a two-run double in the fifth and later scored as the Yankees went up 5-0. Teixeira has shown no signs of slowing down as May nears its end. He's batting .243/.365/.588 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm
  • Pujols delivers a walk-off RBI single vs. SDP
    Albert Pujols hit a broken-bat RBI single to help the Angels walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was trying to clean up Kevin Quackenbush's mess and walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs to face Pujols. Pujols broke his bat, but was strong enough to drive a grounder into left field for the walk-off hit. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. The veteran first baseman is batting a mediocre .228/.280/.420 with eight home runs and 17 RBI.
    Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Simmons hits RBI single in low-scoring win
    Andrelton Simmons went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: At the time Simmons hit his run-scoring single off of Jimmy Nelson in the sixth inning, it made the score 2-0. The Brewers would drive closer with a run in the seventh, but Simmons' RBI would ultimately stand as the barrier between victory and defeat. The RBI was his 18th of the year and Simmons is now hitting .248/.307/.394. He's cooled off a bit since a hot start.
    May 24, 1:48 pm
  • Ruben Tejada to get long look at 3B
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Ruben Tejada will be given multiple starts at third base.

    Advice: Eric Campbell has really struggled at the hot corner, so the Mets will give Tejada a long look at the position. With David Wright (back) looking like he'll be sidelined for a while long, Tejada could settle into the position for a while if he plays well.
    May 24, 7:47 am
  • Ryan Vogelsong shuts down Rockies
    Ryan Vogelsong blanked the Rockies for six innings Friday in what turned out to be an 11-8 Giants victory.

    Advice: It was 3-0 after six innings, but both teams scored eight runs from there. Vogelsong has turned in four straight effective starts after posting a 9.31 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances in April. He's 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA for the year.
    May 22, 10:37 pm
  • Richards wins despite shaky outing
    Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season.
    May 22, 9:16 pm
  • Pujols (hand) homers in return to lineup
    Albert Pujols (hand) went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored in his return to the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, but he thinks he can play through it. The 35-year-old is batting .235/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 16 RBI through 39 games this season.
    May 22, 9:13 pm
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