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  • Hamilton to begin rehab assignment next week
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock next week.

    Advice: It had been reported previously that he'd begin the assignment later this week, but the Rangers are pushing it back a few days. Hamilton has played in extended spring training games the last couple days and is expected back before the end of May.
    37 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Moreland (elbow) plays catch, hits off tee
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) played catch from 75 feet and took 25 swings off a tee on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's hoping to hit in the batting cage on Wednesday or Thursday. Making his way back from minor left elbow surgery, Moreland is expected back before the end of the month.
    39 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Randal Grichuk (back) takes batting practice
    Randal Grichuk (back) took batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list last month with a lower back strain. Grichuk will begin playing in extended spring training games on Friday. It's possible he could skip a rehab assignment, but either way he appears to be tracking towards a return sometime next week.
    44 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Pence (forearm) nearing rehab assignment
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Hunter Pence (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment within the next week.

    Advice: Bochy was impressed with how Pence looked during hitting drills Tuesday. "His BP today got better as it went," Bochy said. "He started on a tee, then worked off a machine. They got it cranked up pretty good." Pence will continue taking batting practice through Friday and could be cleared for a rehab assignment after that.
    52 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs SD
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) yet to run the bases
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) has yet to resume running the bases.

    Advice: Puig did some running in the outfield two days in a row over the weekend, but he's evidently not yet been cleared to run the bases yet and won't begin a rehab assignment until that happens. It had been looking like Puig had a good shot to return on May 10 when first eligible, but that's looking less likely now.
    Today, 8:27 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Chase Headley sat out with back issue
    Chase Headley wasn't in Tuesday's lineup due to a sore back.

    Advice: The Yankees think maybe he's a little sore after diving on Toronto's artificial turf Monday. There's no concern, though, as Headley is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Jose Pirela (concussion) to be activated Wed.
    Jose Pirela (concussion) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pirela has been over his concussion issues for a while, but the Yankees wanted to get him a good number of rehab at-bats (33). He's expected to take Gregorio Petit's roster spot.
    Today, 6:54 am
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Mark Teixeira dealing with lat issue
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed Tuesday that Mark Teixeira's absence from Monday's lineup was due to a minor left lat muscle issue.

    Advice: It's something that's been bothering Teixeira for a few days. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday, though, and belted his 10th home run of the season. As long as the ailment doesn't get worse, it appears Teixeira will continue to play through it. "You deal with bumps and bruises all year," Teixeira said Tuesday. "Joe thought it was a good day for me to take off (Monday) and let it rest. It feels a little better today. The day off helped."
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Adam Eaton returns to action Tuesday
    Adam Eaton doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton missed the previous three contests while battling the flu. He's hitting a disappointing .195/.241/.268 this season.
    Today, 6:27 am
  • Stewart confirms Salty on Diamondbacks' radar
    Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed that the club has interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: "He's a player that we're going to talk a little bit more in-depth about," Stewart said Tuesday. "I have to see what our scouts are saying and talk to our internal guys, and if it makes sense then we'll make the next step." Saltalamacchia, who was officially released by the Marlins on Tuesday, makes a lot of sense as an upgrade over Tuffy Gosewisch. The D'Backs can get him cheaply now that his old $21 million contract is off the books. They're not the only squad that's interested, however, as Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says "a few teams" are in the mix. The Royals, Indians and Mariners have also been connected to Salty.
    Today, 6:25 am
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    10:05 am x @Was
  • Johnny Monell called up from Triple-A
    Mets purchased the contract of C Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Mets plan to carry three catchers for the time being, as Monell will serve mainly as a lefty bat off the bench. He's batting .397/.455/.638 with four homers at Las Vegas this season.
    Today, 5:32 am
  • Royals activate Holland from disabled list
    Royals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain but threw a simulated game over the weekend and is ready to go. He'll slide back into his closer's role, pushing Wade Davis to the eighth inning.
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Carpenter's three-run jack spurs comeback win
    Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI in all as the Cardinals came back to defeat the Cubs 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals trailed 4-1 when Carpenter stepped to the dish with two runners on in the fifth inning, but he pulled an inside pitch into the right field bleachers for his fifth homer of the year. Carpenter later added an RBI sacrifice fly. The superlatives have all been used to describe Carpenter's 2015 season to date, as he's now hitting .346/.412/.644 with 20 RBI and 23 runs scored to go with his five dingers.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Paxton tosses 7 solid innings in no-decision
    James Paxton held the Angels to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision as the Mariners were handed a 5-4 walk-off loss by the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paxton was quite strong, unarguably pitching his best game of the season. His only mistake occurred in the first inning when Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run home run. Overall, the lefty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Paxton mostly sat around 93 MPH with his fastball, but maxed out at 97 MPH. He lowered his ERA to 5.08 and sports a 1.34 WHIP with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. The Padres await him in a home start next.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Richards pitches well in no-decision vs. SEA
    Garrett Richards pitched well, giving up only one run in seven innings, but took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Richards left the game in line for the win, but the bullpen could not secure it for him. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. The Mariners plated their only run against him in the second inning when Mike Zunino hit a single to center field. Richards now has a 2.52 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He has gotten better and better since making his 2015 debut on April 19. He'll look to keep it going in Sunday's home start against the first-place Astros.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Morrison reaches base four times in a loss
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with a walk and a pair of doubles, but the Mariners lost in walk-off fashion to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison doubled and scored in the second inning, doubled and was stranded in the fourth, then singled and scored in the eighth. It was yet another productive night at the plate for the first baseman, who has started to heat up. He's on a seven-game hitting streak and has bolstered his triple-slash line to a more respectable .247/.300/.430 with four home runs and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Pujols hits 5th homer as Angels top Mariners
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels an early 2-0 lead when he drove a James Paxton offering to left-center in the first inning. It's the 525th homer of Pujols' career. He's 18th on the all-time home run leaderboard, nine shy of tying Jimmie Foxx at 534. The first baseman is batting .239/.314/.435 with five home runs and 12 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Hendricks allows four runs in no-decision
    Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs in five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hendricks was given a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the right-hander gave up a double, hit a batter and allowed a Matt Carpenter three-run homer to tie the score. Hendricks gave up six hits and walked two on the night. It's been a frustrating start to the season for Hendricks, who is still looking for his first win. He'll keep searching Sunday against the Brewers.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in a Giants win
    Brandon Crawford reached base all four times he came to the plate, helping the Giants seal a 6-0 win against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford singled twice, doubled, and walked on the evening. He scored after walking in the second, and scored again in the third following an RBI single. Crawford is now batting a highly productive .262/.374/.512 with five home runs and 15 RBI, emerging as one of the Giants' key contributors through the season's first month and change.
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Panik provides Giants insurance with a homer
    Joe Panik went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Giants emerge victorious over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Panik belted a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning off of Andrew Cashner, pushing the Giants' lead to 6-0, the score by which they would eventually win. It's the second long ball of the season for Panik, who has driven in nine runs and is hitting .292/.350/.438. Panik is hitting nearly as well as he did last year in terms of average and has shown more power, which the Giants are certainly happy to see.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Turner homers, has four RBI as Dodgers roll
    Justin Turner finished 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner had a couple singles to go along with a three-run homer in the win. The dinger was his fourth of the year, and all four have come in his last six games. Finding playing time has been difficult on a loaded Dodgers club, but Turner has batted .333/.375/.689 in 45 at-bats thus far.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Vogelsong tosses 7 scoreless to beat Padres
    Ryan Vogelsong delivered seven scoreless innings to earn a win versus the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogelsong had not performed well in two relief appearances and three starts coming into Tuesday's outing, but he managed to shut down the Padres, claiming ownership of baseball's best offense. The right-hander held them to three hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out four. The sterling performance lowers his ERA to 6.84 and his WHIP to 1.67 with a 21/13 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings. Vogelsong will look for a repeat performance in a home start against the Marlins next.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Chavez stifles Twins over 7 1/3 to earn win
    Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Clippard gets five outs to earn third save
    Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Butler has two hits, RBI in win over Twins
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Teixeira blasts 10th homer to help Yanks win
    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run to help lead the Yankees past the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Teixeira pushed the Yankees' lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning when he drove a Marco Estrada offering over the fence in right-center. The first baseman hasn't hit more than 24 home runs in a season since 2011 and capped out at 22 last season, but he's already up to 10 this year. Along with that, he's hitting .205/.324/.602 with 22 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Holland (pectoral) to be activated Wednesday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: The initial plan called for Holland to be activated Tuesday, but the Royals will give their closer one extra day of rest before throwing him back into the fire. Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain. He'll push Wade Davis back into a setup role.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Marlins release catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Marlins released C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The Marlins expressed optimism for finding a trade partner after they designated Saltalamacchia for assignment last week, but nothing has materialized. This means that the Marlins will be responsible for the remainder of his three-year, $21 million contract and he'll be free to sign with another club at the major league minimum. He should have no shortage of suitors as a free agent. The Royals, Rays, and Diamondbacks are among the teams who have been mentioned as possibilities.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
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    10:05 am x @Was
  • Carpenter hitless in his return to lineup
    Matt Carpenter (lightheadedness) went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter left Sunday's game after seven innings due to lightheadedness, but it's not a long-term concern. The 29-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .347/.412/.624 with four home runs and 16 RBI.
    Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Pence (forearm) to take BP through Friday
    Hunter Pence (forearm) is scheduled to take batting practice through Friday.

    Advice: He'll have had a week's worth of batting practice under his belt by then. Assuming everything goes well, the Giants should then schedule a rehab assignment for Pence. He's tracking towards a mid-May return.
    Monday, 4:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs SD
  • Mets calling up Johnny Monell
    The Mets are expected to promote Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point who he'll replace on the roster, as neither Kevin Plawecki nor Anthony Recker are dealing with any known injuries. Monell is batting .397/.455/.638 with four homers at Las Vegas this season.
    Monday, 1:47 pm
  • Mark Teixeira sitting out Monday
    Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Garrett Jones is at first base in Teixeira's place.
    Monday, 1:31 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) hitless in four ABs
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went hitless in four at-bats Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Hamilton hit three grounders to first base and then struck out in his fourth and final plate appearance of the afternoon. He played three innings in left field. The veteran slugger is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week and should join the Rangers' active roster by the end of May.
    Monday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Matt Carpenter departs with lightheadedness
    Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Pirates due to lightheadedness.

    Advice: Before departing, Carpenter blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Cardinals on top 1-0. It sounds as though his exit was purely precautionary and that the star third baseman should be cleared to rejoin the Cardinals lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs. Sunday was the first relatively steamy day of the season in St. Louis.
    Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Puig (hamstring) running again on Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will perform running drills for the second straight day on Sunday.

    Advice: It's certainly a great sign. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that he expected Puig to begin a rehab assignment soon, and it's looking like he'll be activated when first eligible on May 10 as long as he can avoid a setback. Puig sports a .279/.380/.465 batting line with a pair of homers over 11 games for Los Angeles this season.
    Sunday, 10:47 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Hamilton set for rehab assignment this week
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

    Advice: Hamilton's surgically-repaired shoulder is no longer an issue, but he's being worked back into playing shape. He's been training at the Rangers' spring training complex and faced live pitching Saturday for the first time. The big club expects Hamilton to join them towards the end of the month.
    Sunday, 9:09 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Billy Butler not in Sunday's lineup
    Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place.
    Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Adam Eaton (illness) still out Sunday
    Adam Eaton (illness) remained out of the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now poised to miss the entire three-game set in Minnesota. Eaton should be ready to go after Monday's off day. J.B. Shuck is in center field again Sunday in Eaton's place.
    Sunday, 8:33 am
  • Holland (pectoral) expected to return Tuesday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holland got through a simulated game on Saturday with no issues. As long as he bounces back OK, he'll resume his closing duties on Tuesday, pushing Wade Davis back to a setup role. "I felt really good," Holland said. "It was exciting. I was able to execute most of my pitches. With that layoff, without really getting off the mound and facing hitters, it was very encouraging."
    Sunday, 7:59 am
  • Turner homers, scores three runs vs. D'Backs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
    Saturday, 10:16 pm
  • Pujols slugs fourth homer in loss to Giants
    Albert Pujols slugged his fourth home run of the season Saturday in the Angels' loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The seventh-inning shot off Tim Hudson was Albert's only hit of the game. He sat out Thursday and Friday with a left hamstring injury but told reporters late Saturday that it's no longer bothering him. The 35-year-old is batting just .210/.289/.395 on the young season, but he should be good for 25-plus dingers if he can stay mostly healthy.
    Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Josh Hamilton to play three innings Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will play three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Hamilton isn't ready to play the field yet, so he'll only bat. The former Angel underwent shoulder surgery during spring training and is slated to return in late May. In the meantime, Jake Smolinski and Carlos Peguero will fill in at left field. Hamilton has been in decline for years but a return to Texas may rejuvenate his fantasy value. 84 of his 192 career home runs have come at Globe Life Park.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Pujols returns to Angels lineup on Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's slotted in his regular third slot in the Angels lineup and will play first base. Before he sustained the injury, the veteran slugger was hitting just .208/.291/.364 with three homers and nine RBI in 21 games.
    Saturday, 11:12 am
  • Several teams in the mix for Saltalamacchia
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Royals, Rays and Diamondbacks are each believed to be in the mix for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: The veteran backstop was designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier in the week and the team is looking to trade him before he becomes a free agent. Each of the three teams mentioned would view Saltalamacchia as a backup.
    Saturday, 10:02 am
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    10:05 am x @Was
  • Adam Eaton remains out of White Sox lineup
    Adam Eaton remains out of the White Sox lineup on Saturday due to illness.

    Advice: Eaton was given a night off on Friday as he was feeling under the weather and doesn't appear to have improved overnight. J.B. Shuck is starting in his place in center field and will bat leadoff against Ricky Nolasco and the Twins.
    Saturday, 8:35 am
  • Morrison homers and triples vs. Astros
    Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and his first triple since the 2013 season with the Marlins. Morrison has pulled his batting average up from .149 to .213 over the past three games. It's not much, but it's progress.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Hunter Pence (forearm) takes batting practice
    Hunter Pence (forearm) took batting practice without issue on Friday.

    Advice: Pence had originally been slated to start facing live pitching on Saturday, but has been progressing faster than expected. He'll repeat the process on Saturday and Sunday before he's re-evaluated. If everything checks out, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment next week.
    Friday, 5:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs SD
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) to begin rehab soon
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Friday that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) would begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: The fact that he's going to be ready for rehab games so quickly is a great indication that he'll only require a minimum stint on the disabled list for his hamstring injury. Andre Ethier will continue to fill in for the time being, though it looks like Puig will be returning right around May 10.
    Friday, 4:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Holland (pectoral) to throw sim game Saturday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before returning, but either way Holland appears to be nearing activation. The closer is eligible to return on Sunday after missing the last couple weeks with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.
    Friday, 2:43 pm
  • Adam Eaton not in Friday's lineup
    Adam Eaton is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Eaton had an awful April, batting just .192/.241/.256 over 19 contests. J.B. Shuck is in center field, while Micah Johnson is in the leadoff spot.
    Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Rangers hope Hamilton is ready by late May
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this week that the club hopes Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will be ready for activation in late May.

    Advice: Previous timetables had Hamilton possibly returning as soon as mid-May, but it appears the goal is to get him back late this month. Hamilton is recovered from shoulder surgery, but he's essentially in spring training mode right now and needs to work himself back into game shape. Rangers outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said Wednesday that he's pleased with how Hamilton has looked in workouts. "I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," Murphy said. "I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more. That is good."
    Friday, 8:00 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • James Paxton solid for seven innings
    James Paxton surrendered two runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Scott Feldman matched him, so Paxton remains winless through five starts. Still, this was the best outing -- and the best velocity -- he's had so far, and it was badly needed with his rotation spot potentially in jeopardy. He still has some potential for mixed-league value, and he probably needs to be picked up in any 12- or 14-team leagues in which he's gotten dropped.
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) hopes to play this weekend
    Albert Pujols said Thursday that his left hamstring was feeling better and that he's hopeful of playing Saturday or Sunday in San Francisco.

    Advice: The Angels are likely to take things cautiously with their veteran slugger, so while he could appear as a pinch-hitter over the weekend, it would be surprising to see him return to the lineup so quickly.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Garrett Richards fans five in win over A's
    Garrett Richards picked up his second victory of the season on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits over six-plus strong innings against the Athletics.

    Advice: Richards racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon, though he did issue three free passes. The only run charged to him on the day rode home on a Mark Canha two-run homer after Richards departed in the seventh inning. He's been good through his first three starts, posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 18 innings. He'll look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the Mariners at home on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Jesse Chavez hit hard in loss to Angels
    Jesse Chavez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Angels on Thursday afternoon, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Chavez punched out five on the day while walking three. He seemed to tire a bit as the game wore on, with most of the damage against him coming in a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with the rough outing, Chavez sports a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to get in the win column for the first time when he does battle against the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles again, scores three
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with another double and three runs scored Thursday in the Cardinals' win over the Phillies.

    Advice: One of the hottest hitters in baseball through the first month, Carpenter boasts a .372/.438/.651 batting line with a whopping 13 doubles and 21 runs scored in 21 games this season. He should continue to provide high-level fantasy value all year near the top of a potent Cardinals lineup. He's on pace for 100 doubles.
    Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • Albert Pujols says left hamstring feels 'OK'
    Albert Pujols told reporters Thursday morning that his left hamstring feels "OK."

    Advice: But he is not in the Angels' lineup Thursday afternoon in Oakland and he probably won't get any starts during the team's weekend series in San Francisco, where there will be no option to DH him. Pujols pulled up lame on a base hit in the sixth inning Wednesday night and had to limp off the field, but he believes it was just a hamstring cramp.
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Pirela (concussion) shifts rehab to Triple-A
    Jose Pirela (concussion) has shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He's 1-for-14 in four rehab games between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, but the Yankees aren't going to be too worried about those results. Pirala should join the big league roster as a utility infielder by early next week. The 25-year-old suffered a concussion on March 22 when he knocked into a wall at spring training.
    Thursday, 9:07 am
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Pujols (hamstring) expected to avoid the DL
    Albert Pujols is expected to avoid the disabled list after leaving Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Pujols is set to miss at least a couple of games, though. C.J. Cron will start at first base unless the Angels decide to call up Efren Navarro. Collin Cowgill and Grant Green could get some extra at-bats. Pujols tweaked his hamstring Wednesday night on a sixth-inning single.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Vogelsong torched, rotation gig in jeopardy
    Ryan Vogelsong was punted around for six runs over three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was ugly. On the bright side, as it were, it could have been uglier. Vogelsong gave up three homers in the first inning and another in the third. Fortunately for him, only one runner was on base total as the four balls sailed over the wall. We can't imagine Vogelsong is long for the Giants' rotation and you should expect an upcoming announcement which banishes him to the bullpen. Vogelsong, you'll recall, was booted from the rotation after his first start of the season. Injuries to Matt Cain and Jake Peavy gave him another shot, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy can only tolerate rolling out a pitching machine for so long. Vogelsong is now 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA and 2.02 WHIP.
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Pujols exits with potential hamstring injury
    Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a potential left hamstring injury.

    Advice: Pujols singled in the sixth inning but clutched his hamstring as he jogged to first base. The 35-year-old left the game but was moving fairly well, lending hope to the idea that it's a mostly precautionary measure. The Angels should give an update shortly.
    Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Logan Morrison goes 4-for-5, doubles
    Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even a four-hit game could merely raise his average to .194. Still, it's a start. It's the first time in 20 games this year that he's come up with multiple hits.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Hendricks limits Bucs to 2 runs but gets loss
    Kyle Hendricks limited the Pirates to two runs over five innings on Wednesday, but was handed a loss.

    Advice: A fourth-inning RBI single by Jung Ho Kang and a fifth-inning bases-loaded walk to Starling Marte accounted for the two runs the right-hander allowed. Overall, he gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out six. Hendricks, who finished with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts last season, hasn't been too effective over his first four starts to the 2015 season. Wednesday's outing lowered his ERA to 5.23 and he carries a 1.21 WHIP and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings as well. Hendricks will look for better results in his next start, when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Report: Dodgers talked Hamilton before trade
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the Dodgers were involved in talks with the Angels for Josh Hamilton before he was traded to the Rangers.

    Advice: Every scenario still had Hamilton ending up in Texas, Heyman said, but the Dodgers wanted to get involved in hopes of trading cash for prospects. The Dodgers, obviously, have no use for Hamilton, so there's no reason to think they're in the market for an outfielder despite the report.
    Wednesday, 6:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Pence (forearm) could be close to taking BP
    Hunter Pence (forearm) could be a few days away from taking batting practice.

    Advice: Pence "had his best day" of rehab Wednesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Batting practice is a big step for the outfielder in his return from a fractured forearm. He'll still need a rehab stint, but Pence could be back with the Giants by the middle of May if things continue to go well.
    Wednesday, 5:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs SD
  • Rangers place Moreland (elbow) on the DL
    Rangers placed 1B Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

    Advice: Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to remove loose bodies from his left elbow and is expected to miss around three weeks. He tried to play through the discomfort, but it wasn't working. Kyle Blanks has been called up from Triple-A and should see a good amount of playing time at DH for the Rangers through the middle of May.
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Royals considering pursuit of Saltalamacchia
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about pursuing Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: McCullough notes that the talks are "very preliminary" at this point. It appears that the Marlins will be able to trade Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment, but some of the interested clubs are looking at him only as a backup. In addition to the Royals, the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Indians and Red Sox also appear to have interest. Miami would obviously have to eat the majority of what remains on Salty's three-year, $21 million contract to make a deal happen.
    Wednesday, 5:54 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am x @Was
  • Moreland to have elbow surgery; out 2-3 weeks
    Mitch Moreland will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove loose bodies from his left elbow.

    Advice: Moreland first began having elbow issues 10 days ago and tried unsuccessfully to play through the ailment. He'll be on the shelf for 2-3 weeks. Kyle Blanks will replace Moreland on the roster and stands to see plenty of time in the designated hitter spot.
    Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Jose Pirela (concussion) could return Wed.
    Jose Pirela (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: Pirela has appeared in two rehab games. The Yankees sent Gregorio Petit down Tuesday to make room for spot starter Chase Whitley. It's likely that they'll then replace Whitley with Pirela, who would serve in a utility role.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Mitch Moreland could undergo elbow surgery
    Mitch Moreland could undergo surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow.

    Advice: Moreland first began having elbow issues 10 days ago. He tried to play through it, but it locked up on him again Tuesday, forcing him to see team physician Dr. Keith Meister. "I tried to fight through it this first time," Moreland said. "It’s locked up again so I don’t know if there’s something we can do, move it around, get it dislodged or find a better spot. I don’t know what the deal is until I see the doctor." Moreland is unable to extend his arm and says the elbow is "pretty painful all the time." It's not clear how long an operation would sideline him, but it would be an arthroscopic procedure.
    Tuesday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Randal Grichuk (back) plays catch Tuesday
    Randal Grichuk (back) played catch Tuesday for the first time since being placed on the DL.

    Advice: Grichuk also hit off a tee for a second day in a row. He's not going to be ready when eligible on May 2, but it shouldn't be long for the 23-year-old outfielder. He's been out since April 18 with a back strain.
    Tuesday, 1:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Holland (pectoral) may return early next week
    Greg Holland threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list on April 18 with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said after the workout that he thinks Holland could be ready by early next week. Wade Davis has been filling in at closer for Kansas City and has been fantastic, but the job is Holland's. He had converted four saves in four opportunities without allowing a run before suffering the pectoral injury.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
  • M's having discussions about Saltalamacchia
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment on Monday, so the Marlins have 10 days to find a trade. Otherwise, he'll hit free agency and can sign at the major league minimum. The Mariners are currently relying on a combination of Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, so Salty could at least make sense as a backup option. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly considering the possibility.
    Tuesday, 11:13 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am x @Was
  • Angels not involved with Saltalamacchia
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Angels are not involved in trade talks with the Marlins about Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: The Angels haven't gotten much production out of Chris Iannetta and Drew Butera so far this season, but they don't see Saltalamacchia as an upgrade over what they already have. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment on Monday and the Marlins reportedly expect to trade him. The Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, and Mariners have been mentioned as potential landing spots.
    Tuesday, 10:22 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am x @Was
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Pence (forearm) a week away from taking BP
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Hunter Pence (forearm) is about a week away from taking batting practice.

    Advice: Bochy conceded that it was an educated guess on his part, but it offers a rough timeline. Pence's recovery from a fractured forearm is coming alone a little more slowly than expected, as the Giants had hoped he'd be ready to go at the beginning of May. It's now looking like the best-case scenario for his return will be mid-May.
    Monday, 5:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs SD
  • D'Backs could go after Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
    Monday, 2:37 pm
    Not Active
    10:05 am x @Was
  • Rangers, Angels finalize Josh Hamilton trade
    Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Angels for cash considerations.

    Advice: The deal was officially announced by the Angels' Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Anaheim is expected to eat $68 million of the $80 million still owed to Hamilton from his original five-year, $125 million agreement with the club. He'll get a fresh restart in Texas after a falling out with the Angels brought on by his offseason alcohol and cocaine relapse. Hamilton is expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery in mid- to late-May and carries considerably more fantasy value with the Rangers than he would have with the Halos.
    Monday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Marlins dump catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there.
    Monday, 12:22 pm
    Not Active
    10:05 am x @Was
  • Josh Hamilton spotted at Globe Life Park
    Josh Hamilton has been spotted at the Rangers' Globe Life Park.

    Advice: Which presumably means the trade sending him from Anaheim to Texas has been completed and will be formally announced on Monday afternoon. The Angels are reportedly going to eat $68 million of the $80 million owed to Hamilton. His deal will also now reportedly carry an opt-out clause for after the 2016 season. Hamilton is due back from shoulder surgery in mid-May. It's a pretty great deal for Texas if the 33-year-old outfielder can stay on the straight and narrow.
    Monday, 11:54 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Pirela (concussion) begins rehab assignment
    Jose Pirela (concussion) began a rehab assignment Sunday with the High-A Tampa Yankees.

    Advice: Pirela served as Tampa's designated hitter in his rehab debut and went 0-for-4. The 25-year-old catcher had been on the shelf since March 22 with a bad concussion. He'll head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once he's fully healthy and his timing is right.
    Apr 27, 6:11 am
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Hamilton deal expected to be finalized Monday
    Alden Gonzalez of reports that the trade sending Josh Hamilton to the Rangers is still expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: There had been rumblings that the two sides would clear all hurdles and get it done on Sunday afternoon, but it looks as though that was optimistic. The Angels are said to be willing to eat up to $68 million remaining on Hamilton's deal, and the beleaguered outfielder is expected to receive an opt-out clause in the contract following the 2016 season.
    Apr 26, 8:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Hamilton trade could be finalized Sunday's T.R. Sullivan reports that the trade of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers could be finalized as soon as Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the deal could be announced Sunday evening. The Angels are reportedly willing to eat $68 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's contract in order to get something done. Hamilton will sacrifice $6 million of guaranteed money and will receive an opt-out clause in his deal after the 2016 season.
    Apr 26, 11:46 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Puig (hamstring) put on 15-day disabled list
    Dodgers placed OF Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Puig initially injured the hamstring nearly two weeks ago and just hasn't been able to get over the hump. The Dodgers think he could be ready in 4-5 days, but they've decided to finally play it safe and go ahead and make the DL move. Puig should be ready to go when his 15 days are up. Andre Ethier will see the lion's share of at-bats in right field while Puig is on the shelf.
    Apr 26, 11:15 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) hits in batting cage
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) hit in the batting cage on Sunday.

    Advice: It would seem to be a good sign that he's going to avoid the disabled list for now. Puig has missed two straight contests and six games overall across the last two weeks with a left hamstring injury.
    Apr 26, 10:54 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Jesse Chavez moving into A's rotation
    Jesse Chavez will take Kendall Graveman's spot in the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: It was the presumed move after Graveman was sent down Sunday. Chavez was mostly very good as a starter for the A's last season (3.44 ERA) and allowed just one run and one hit over six frames in a spot start last week. He should be owned in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.
    Apr 26, 10:20 am
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's missed after aggravating his left hamstring on Friday and sixth contest he's missed overall. The Dodgers could wind up placing Puig on the disabled list, although they've yet to announce such a move. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday. The club is also going with Alex Guerrero at third base and Justin Turner at second.
    Apr 26, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Holland (pectoral) cleared to resume throwing
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with a Grade 1 right pectoral strain. Holland is eligible to be activated from the disabled list in a week, though it's possible he'll need a little more time than that. Wade Davis will continue to serve as the Royals' closer in the meantime.
    Apr 26, 8:53 am
  • James Paxton strikes out seven Twins
    James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
    Apr 25, 10:01 pm
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