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  • Altuve collects three hits in win over Angels
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.

    Advice: Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
    Today, 4:08 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Infante day-to-day with strained left groin
    Omar Infante was diagnosed with a strained left groin and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Infante sustained the injury during Sunday's game against the Athletics. The oft-injured infielder will probably be rested for a couple of days before rejoining the Royals lineup.
    Today, 1:58 pm
  • Carlos Sanchez making case for promotion
    Carlos Sanchez has been unstoppable since his demotion, hitting .485 in seven games for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He leads all Triple-A players in hitting. The White Sox have a tough infield to crack with Jose Abreu at first, Micah Johnson at second, Alexei Ramirez at short and Conor Gillaspie at third base. Until a spot opens up, Sanchez is better off in the minors where he can see regular at-bats.
    Today, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-1 x @Det
  • Zobrist day-to-day with left knee soreness
    Ben Zobrist is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with soreness in his left knee.

    Advice: Zobrist could get a day off to rest it on Monday, but shouldn't experience any type of extended absence from the Athletics lineup.
    Today, 1:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-2 ^ @KC
  • Ben Zobrist exits game with apparent injury
    Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Zobrist didn't suffer any obvious injury but had to be removed while playing defense in the fifth inning. He's dealt with a heel issue recently, so that could be the culprit. Expect more information on his status soon.
    Today, 12:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-2 ^ @KC
  • Omar Infante leaves game with leg injury
    Omar Infante left Sunday's game versus the Athletics with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Infante was spotted wincing in the fifth inning as he pulled into second base with a double. The Royals could be without both of their middle infielders for a bit with Alcides Escobar (knee) also sidelined. Expect an update on Infante shortly.
    Today, 12:55 pm
  • X-rays confirm no fracture for Travis (rib)
    X-rays confirmed that Devon Travis did not suffer a left rib fracture.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game following a hit by pitch, but he managed to escape with just a bruise. The Blue Jays are considering the second baseman day-to-day.
    Today, 12:02 pm
    L, 5-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Devon Travis exits game after HBP in side
    Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
    Today, 10:43 am
    L, 5-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Brad Miller getting the day off Sunday
    Brad Miller is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Willie Bloomquist is taking Miller's spot at shortstop Sunday, while Mike Zunino is getting a breather behind the plate in favor of Jesus Sucre.
    Today, 10:11 am
    W, 11-10 vs x Tex
  • Dustin Pedroia getting some rest Sunday
    Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Brock Holt is handling second base in Pedroia's place and is also hitting leadoff, pushing Mookie Betts to the two-spot. Ryan Hanigan is on the bench Sunday, as well, with Sandy Leon catching Rick Porcello.
    Today, 7:38 am
  • Chase Utley getting a day off Sunday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Cesar Hernandez is playing second base Sunday in Utley's place, while Cody Asche has assumed the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • D.J. LeMahieru hits first homer
    D.J. LeMahieu's first homer was a two-run shot off Zack Greinke on Saturday.

    Advice: The typically light-hitting LeMahieu is batting .463 over his first 41 at-bats of 2015. It hasn't moved him up in the Rockies order, so he's still irrelevant outside of NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Brad Miller triples, steals base in win
    Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: He was picked off second base after the steal, so it wasn't all good. Still, it was a positive development. Now that Chris Taylor is healthy again, Miller could face competition at shortstop in two or three weeks. However, if he gets hot, the job should be his for good.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    W, 11-10 vs x Tex
  • Rougned Odor goes hitless in loss
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .158.

    Advice: Odor's .158 average hardly stands out among Rangers regulars, so he's not in any danger of losing playing time. The team's offense certainly isn't great, but it can't be this bad, and Odor still projects as a contributor in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Joe Panik goes 3-for-5 against Arizona
    Joe Panik went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Panik had a dreadful spring and a poor first week and a half, but he's come alive with eight hits in the first three games of the series against Arizona. That's raised his average from .176 to .286.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    L, 5-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Gordon finishes perfect 5-for-5 in loss
    Dee Gordon hit a double and four singles in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Despite a late comeback attempt, Gordon and his teammates were unable to secure the win. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Marlins and is now hitting .400/.415/.520. Gordon's also been caught stealing four times in just 12 games, though he runs so often that this isn't a huge surprise. He was thrown out 19 times last season, against 64 swipes. Gordon won't supply much power, but he'll give you the speed and runs in spades, plus a nice average.
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • Herrera fills up boxscore in win vs. Nats
    Odubel Herrera was 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera also drew a walk, so he reached base in four out of his five plate appearances. The Rule 5 pick has impressed in the early going, posting a .308/.372/.513 batting line across 12 games, including five straight starts out of the leadoff spot. The Phillies' lineup is terrible, but he's going to have some value in deeper formats with his speed.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
  • Orioles place Jonathan Schoop (knee) on DL
    Orioles placed INF Jonathan Schoop on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee.

    Advice: Schoop also has a sprained MCL. He sustained the injury in Friday's game from a hard slide by Pablo Sandoval at second base. The O's are encouraged that there was no damage to his ACL and are optimistic that he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera should both see regular playing time in Baltimore's middle infield for now.
    Yesterday, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Mookie Betts not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Mookie Betts is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Just a routine day off for the budding young superstar who went hitless in Friday's game against the O's. Brock Holt is drawing the start in his place in center field and will hit leadoff for the Red Sox on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:48 am
    L, 8-3 vs ^ Bal
  • Kolten Wong not in Cardinals lineup Saturday
    Kolten Wong is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for Wong who should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. Pete Kozma will make his first start of the season in his place and will bat eighth against opposing right-hander Homer Bailey.
    Yesterday, 8:43 am
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Zobrist goes hitless in return to lineup
    Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games.
    Yesterday, 5:13 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-2 ^ @KC
  • Howie Kendrick hits first home run
    Howie Kendrick had a two-run homer and an RBI double against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Kendrick is a top-10 fantasy second baseman as a middle-of-the-order bat for the Dodgers. He's hitting .342 right now, and he's up to eight RBI in 10 games.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
    W, 7-0 vs ^ Col
  • Drew hits solo homer against Rays
    Stephen Drew clubbed a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Drew has just five hits (and a lowly .167 batting average so far this season), but three of them are home runs. At least he's making them count. The 32-year-old had just three home runs in 155 plate appearances after joining the Yankees last season.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
    W, 5-3 ^ @TB
  • Betts takes 0-fer against Orioles
    Mookie Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The 0-fer snapped a six-game hitting streak. Through nine games, Betts is batting just .209 with a .271 on-base percentage. That's not what fantasy owners were hoping for, but we wouldn't worry too much about the slow start just yet. The upside and tools are obvious.
    Friday, 8:03 pm
    L, 8-3 vs ^ Bal
  • Murphy has RBI double against Marlins
    Daniel Murphy had an RBI double in a win over the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the night for Murphy, who is now batting just .162 (6-for-37) through 11 games. Remember that he missed a large chunk of spring training with a hamstring injury, so it might take him a little while to get into the swing of things. Things should get a lot better soon.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Mia
  • Herrera has two hits, run scored in loss
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Herrera tripled in the third inning and came around to score on a ground out from Freddy Galvis. He has now batted leadoff in four straight games, as Ben Revere is apparently being phased out of the role. We don't expect Herrera to be relevant in mixed leagues, but he should have value in NL-only formats as long as he continues to be at the top of the lineup.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
  • Espinosa launches solo homer vs. Phils
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season. There was a lot of talk about Espinosa giving up switch-hitting, but he has seen really good results from the left side of the plate in the early going. He has been seeing an uptick in playing time after Dan Uggla's slow start and that should continue, especially if Yunel Escobar needs to miss some time.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Ryan Brett recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled 2B Ryan Brett from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He'll provide some infield depth for the Rays. Brett, 23, batted .303/.346/.448 with eight homers and 27 steals at Double-A last season.
    Friday, 12:59 pm
    L, 5-3 vs x NYY
  • Devon Travis hitting leadoff Friday
    Devon Travis is batting leadoff versus Julio Teheran and the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: He could remain in the spot for a while if Jose Reyes (rib) needs a trip to the disabled list. Travis is off to a .371/.421/.657 start at the plate in his first 38 big league plate appearances.
    Friday, 12:07 pm
    L, 5-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Neil Walker getting a breather Friday
    Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a routine day of rest. Sean Rodriguez is getting a start at second base in Walker's place.
    Friday, 11:59 am
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Micah Johnson not in Friday's lineup
    Micah Johnson is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second time in the last three games that Emilio Bonifacio has gotten the call at second base over Johnson, but it's not a surprise to see him benched against lefty David Price. Conor Gillaspie is also sitting in favor of Gordon Beckham with a southpaw on the mound, and the Sox are going with Geovany Soto over Tyler Flowers at catcher.
    Friday, 6:55 am
    L, 9-1 ^ @Det
  • Mets recall INF Danny Muno from Triple-A
    Mets recalled INF Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Muno will function as additional infield depth while David Wright is stationed on the disabled list. The Mets have yet to announce a corresponding move, but it's expected that a relief pitcher will be sent down.
    Thursday, 8:08 pm
    W, 7-6 vs x Mia
  • Martin Prado hits first homer
    Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a homer Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: The Marlins moved Prado into the cleanup spot earlier this week, less because he was outplaying Michael Morse and more just so manager Mike Redmond could make it look like he was doing something. Prado did make it work tonight, though. The homer was his first, and he now has two RBI in 35 at-bats.
    Thursday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • Devon Travis goes 3-for-5, homers
    Devon Travis went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis also homered on Opening Day, so this makes two for him. With the Jays scoring in bunches so far, Travis has been good for six runs scored and six RBI in nine games from the bottom of the order. That's allowed him to be useful in mixed leagues so far, but if the runs begin to dry up for the Jays, Travis's value likely will, too.
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    L, 5-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Jonathan Schoop homers, draws rare walk
    Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5.

    Advice: The walk was just his first, but that still puts him ahead of last year's pace (13 in 455 at-bats). The homer, on the other hand, was his third already. Schoop is a legitimate threat to lead all second basemen in homers this year. It still might not give him much mixed-league value, since his average will be problematic and he's a zero in steals, but it's hard not to like the pop.
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Herrera's three extra-base hits no use to PHI
    Odubel Herrera doubled twice and tripled in five at-bats, but the Phillies lost to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Herrera was batting just 4-for-23 with one extra-base hit entering the contest with the Mets, but handled lefty Jon Niese just fine. Herrera has the potential to hit for a high average and rack up the stolen bases, but isn't likely to provide much at all in the power department.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
  • Ben Zobrist out Wednesday with sore heel
    Ben Zobrist is nursing a sore heel.

    Advice: That's the primary reason for his absence Wednesday night against the Astros. Zobrist is expected to return to the lineup Friday after Thursday's off day.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-2 ^ @KC
  • Ben Zobrist not in lineup Wednesday
    Ben Zobrist is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Eric Sogard is at second base in Zobrist's place.
    Wednesday, 12:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-2 ^ @KC
  • Kendrick delivers a walk-off two-run single
    Howie Kendrick sent the Dodgers home winners against the Mariners on Tuesday with a walk-off two-run single to right field.

    Advice: Protecting a one-run lead, Mariners closer Fernando Rodney loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. He didn't seem to want any part of Adrian Gonzalez, walking him on five pitches ahead of Kendrick. Kendrick then lined a Rodney offering to right field, bringing in the tying run easily and the winning run ahead of an Andre Ethier throw home. Kendrick is now batting .344 on the season.
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
    W, 7-0 vs ^ Col
  • Odor does a little of everything against LAA
    Rougned Odor filled the box score Tuesday, collecting an RBI double, stealing a base and scoring a run in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Promoted to the leadoff spot Tuesday, Odor responded by acting like a leadoff man. He led off the game with a walk, stole second base -- his first steal of the season -- and scored on a Mitch Moreland single. He then hit an RBI double in the second inning. It's been a slow start for Odor and the Rangers offense, but the 21-year-old is only getting better and should put up some helpful numbers if he can stick atop the lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Murphy's homer makes the difference in win
    Daniel Murphy walked twice and hit a solo home run in five trips to the plate as the Mets downed the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Murphy added what seemed at the time to be an insignificant insurance run with his seventh-inning solo homer against Dustin McGowan. It pushed the Mets' lead to three runs, but they wound up winning by only one. Murphy was hitting just .136 entering the game but has registered an extra-base hit in his last two games. Fantasy owners and the Mets, for sure, are hoping it's the start of a hot streak.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Mia
  • Utley's two-homer night not enough for Phils
    Chase Utley went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and a stolen base but the Phillies dropped Tuesday's game to the Mets.

    Advice: Utley laced a Matt Harvey offering down the right field line for a solo home run in the first inning, knocked in a run with a single in the third, and hit another solo home run in the eighth off of Sean Gilmartin. He was also hit by a pitch in what was a contentious game between the two NL East rivals. Utley had been ice cold entering the night, batting .091 in 22 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Gordon has two steals, scores twice vs. ATL
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Gordon also drove in a run in the win. Gordon now has six stolen bases in seven attempts on the year. He has also scored seven runs in eight games, and the infielder is now hitting .364/.389/.485 with his new club.
    Tuesday, 7:13 pm
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • Pedroia swats third homer in win over Nats
    Dustin Pedroia walked, singled twice, and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances in Tuesday's victory against the Nationals.

    Advice: Pedroia had cooled off considerably since his two-homer performance on Opening Day, but was able to lace his third home run of the season down the left field line and over the Green Monster off of Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning. Along with the trio of round-trippers, Pedroia is batting .278 with six RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Odor batting leadoff for Rangers on Tuesday
    Rougned Odor is batting leadoff for the Rangers on Tuesday night against the Angels.

    Advice: Leonys Martin has been bumped down to the eighth spot. Odor owns a weak .299 on-base percentage in 122 career major league games, but he's only 21 years old and has shown a little bit of early improvement in that department this season. He obviously carries more fantasy potential at the top of the Texas lineup.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
  • Johnson not in Tuesday's lineup
    Micah Johnson is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: Johnson is just 3-for-16 (.188) with four strikeouts and no walks thus far, so the young speedster will get a breather. Emilio Bonifacio will make his first start of the season and bat ninth against Carlos Carrasco.
    Tuesday, 11:40 am
    L, 9-1 ^ @Det
  • Schoop (quad) has RBI single in return
    Jonathan Schoop (quad) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Schoop was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad, but it doesn't appear to be a major concern. The 23-year-old is batting .278/.316/.667 with two homers and six RBI through six games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Altuve's moonshot not enough for the Astros
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Astros were trounced by the Athletics on Monday.

    Advice: Altuve swatted a solo home run that went over the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, but it was a drop in the proverbial bucket as the Astros lost by seven runs. Altuve, the AL batting champion last season, was hitting just .192 entering the game but has now hit safely in four consecutive games.
    Monday, 8:12 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Drew's grand slam leads Yanks past the O's
    Stephen Drew pinch-hit and clubbed a grand slam to help the Yankees edge the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Drew pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and lifted a Tommy Hunter offering over the fence in right-center to put the Yankees back on top 6-4. Drew entered the game batting just 3-for-20 but he homered in Sunday's rout of the Red Sox, so he has two round-trippers in the early going.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
    W, 5-3 ^ @TB
  • Travis plates Jays' only run in loss to Rays
    Devon Travis went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, but the Blue Jays lost to the Rays 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Travis knocked in Kevin Pillar with a two-out single in the fifth inning, accounting for the Jays' only run. The hit was also one of only two on the evening for the Jays. Travis has had decent results so far this season, batting .261 (6-for-23) with a home run and four RBI. As he stole 22 and 16 bases and hit 16 and 10 home runs over the last two seasons in the minors, he could provide some sneaky mixed league value over a full season.
    Monday, 7:13 pm
    L, 5-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Betts homers, drives in four in Red Sox' rout
    Mookie Betts belted a three-run homer and drove in four runs in the Red Sox' blowout win over the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: He also added a pair of stolen bases on one play, swiping second base in the first inning and continuing on to third when no one was able to cover due to a shift. Betts cooled off the last few games after going deep on Opening Day, but he filled up the box score in this one. The youngster's home runs this season have come off of Cole Hamels and Jordan Zimmermann. David Ortiz also had a longball for the Red Sox.
    Apr 13, 3:59 pm
    L, 8-3 vs ^ Bal
  • Chase Utley goes hitless in loss
    After getting Sunday off, Chase Utley went 0-for-3 with an error in his return to the lineup on Monday.

    Advice: He actually had two misplays at second base. Utley finished the spring in very strong fashion, but he's just 2-for-22 with no extra-base hits to start the regular season. The cold start likely had a lot to do with the early day off Sunday.
    Apr 13, 1:22 pm
  • Gordon finishes a homer short of the cycle
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI triple in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Gordon knocked in a run with a fifth-inning triple, then singled and scored in the eighth inning. The speedy second baseman is off to a great start, batting .346 (9-for-26) with three stolen bases. He led the National League last season with 64 stolen bases and 12 triples. Gordon is one of several candidates to lead the league in runs scored as well this season.
    Apr 12, 1:40 pm
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • Jonathan Schoop scratched with sore quad
    Jonathan Schoop was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad.

    Advice: He's available off the bench and considered day-to-day. Ryan Flaherty is filling in for Schoop at second base.
    Apr 12, 9:02 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Chase Utley getting a day off
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Neither is Carlos Ruiz, as the Phillies are going with Carlos Hernandez at second base and Cameron Rupp at catcher. Max Scherzer should face little resistance Sunday.
    Apr 12, 7:47 am
  • Daniel Murphy sitting out on Sunday
    Daniel Murphy is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting the day off against tough lefty Alex Wood. Ruben Tejada is handling second base in Murphy's absence. Travis d'Arnaud and Curtis Granderson are also receiving a breather, with Anthony Recker slated to catch Jacob deGrom and John Mayberry handling right field.
    Apr 12, 7:34 am
    W, 7-6 vs ^ Mia
  • Danny Espinosa resumes switch-hitting
    Danny Espinosa has resumed switch-hitting.

    Advice: Espinosa batted exclusively from the right side during spring training, but he hit lefty late during Saturday's game. It's possible he'll hit some right-handed against righties if he feels comfortable versus that particular pitcher. "It’s a mutual decision," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We want him to be free of mind when he gets out there. He hit a lot right-handed in spring, so he’s got experience doing that so if he gets a match-up that he feels comfortable with, righty-righty, he can do that."
    Apr 12, 7:29 am
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Martin Prado not in Sunday's lineup
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a breather. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also sitting out, as the Marlins are going with Don Kelly at third base and Jeff Mathis behind the plate against Nate Karns and the Rays.
    Apr 12, 6:24 am
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • Odubel Herrera's walk-off double downs Nats
    Odubel Herrera hit a walk-off RBI double in Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera's double off of Tanner Roark scored Carlos Ruiz and capped off a late comeback by the home team. The Phillies were down 2-0 in the eighth before mounting the rally to set things up for Herrera's heroics. An injured foot suffered on Opening Day had kept him out of the Phillies' lineup for a few games, but Herrera was able to play all 10 innings without issue on Saturday.
    Apr 11, 8:23 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
  • Brad Miller hits go-ahead RBI double for M's
    Brad Miller hit a go-ahead RBI double to push the Mariners past the A's 5-4 in extra innings Saturday.

    Advice: Miller's 11th-inning double off A's reliever Fernando Abad finally iced the victory for the Mariners in a very back-and-forth game. He's batting .333/.375/.600 in five games this season and will need to continue playing well to hold off Chris Taylor (wrist) for the Mariners' starting shortstop gig.
    Apr 11, 5:01 pm
    W, 11-10 vs x Tex
  • White Sox option Carlos Sanchez to AAA
    White Sox optioned 2B Carlos Sanchez to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Micah Johnson has clearly emerged as the starting second baseman in Chicago. Sanchez, 22, is much better off getting regular playing time down on the farm.
    Apr 11, 2:24 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-1 x @Det
  • Mookie Betts not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Mookie Betts is not in the Red Sox lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Yankees.

    Advice: Betts is one of a slew of Red Sox getting the day off after a marathon 19-inning affair against the Yankees on Friday. Brock Holt is getting the start in center field and hitting leadoff for the Red Sox.
    Apr 11, 8:37 am
    L, 8-3 vs ^ Bal
  • Walker has three hits Friday vs. Brewers
    Neil Walker was 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Two of his three hits were doubles. The switch-hitting Walker put up 23 home runs and 76 RBI last season while batting .271/.342/.467 across 137 games and should continue to put up solid numbers if he sticks as Pittsburgh's cleanup man.
    Apr 10, 8:51 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Gordon fills up box score vs. Rays
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-5 with a walk, two stolen bases, and four runs scored on Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Gordon had two singles and a double in the extra-inning victory. We're not sure he'll be able to duplicate the .289/.326/.378 batting line he had during his breakout year in 2014, but his speed is a legitimate weapon and he should score a ton of runs as long as he's at the top of this lineup.
    Apr 10, 8:07 pm
    L, 7-6 ^ @NYM
  • LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 as Rockies top Cubs
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 and drove home a run on Friday as the Rockies topped the Cubs 5-1 to improve to 4-0 on the young season.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single. He would later single and ride home on a Troy Tulowitzki two-run double in the fifth. While he doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed, he's an interesting middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues when skimming his home games.
    Apr 10, 5:05 pm
  • Odubel Herrera (foot) held out again
    Odubel Herrera (foot) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Herrera hasn't started a game since fouling a ball off his foot Opening Day. He was able to pinch-hit Thursday, suggesting that he should be back in the lineup soon. Ben Revere is handling center field again Friday, with Grady Sizemore in left and Jeff Francoeur in right. The Phils are also sitting Ryan Howard against left Gio Gonzalez, as Darin Ruf is filling in at first base.
    Apr 10, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
  • Micah Johnson starting at 2B vs. LHP
    Micah Johnson is starting at second base and batting ninth in Friday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: It's notable because the Twins are throwing southpaw Tommy Milone and the left-handed Johnson is still in there. Carlos Sanchez started on Wednesday against lefty Danny Duffy and got a pair of hits, but it seems that he and Johnson will not form a strict platoon. It's good news for the speedy Johnson.
    Apr 10, 9:18 am
    L, 9-1 ^ @Det
  • Odubel Herrera appears as pinch-hitter
    Odubel Herrera was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and drew a walk.

    Advice: Herrera, the Phillies' primary center fielder, hasn't started the last two games after fouling a pitch off his foot on Monday. Maybe he'll be in there tomorrow.
    Apr 9, 7:31 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 4-1 ^ @Was
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