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  • Tomas collects three hits, D'backs top Braves
    Yasmany Tomas went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Diamondbacks came back to edge the Braves 9-8 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tomas and his teammates found themselves trailing 6-0 by the second inning, but the offense found a way to come all the way back. Tomas played a big part in that, contributing an RBI single in the three-run seventh inning and adding a double and a single in the contest. If he wasn't ready for the majors earlier this season he certainly is now, as the 24-year-old is batting .331/.364/.414 through his first 38 games in the bigs. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
     
    W, 9-8 vs ^ Atl
  • Johnson (oblique) taking BP, doing drills
    Kelly Johnson (oblique) began taking batting practice and doing defensive drills this week.

    Advice: Johnson is working out at the Braves' spring training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There remains no timetable for his return, but that he's doing baseball activities is a good sign. The infielder will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:45 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-8 x @Ari
  • Choo playing with sprained left pinkie finger
    Shin-Soo Choo has been playing with a sprained left pinkie finger.

    Advice: Choo told reporters he injured the pinkie in the team's first day in Cleveland over a week ago, and Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram said the outfielder chose to play through the injury rather than have a pin inserted. He would miss a month if he had the procedure. If the injury happened recently he hasn't shown it, as he hit .295/.356/.533 in May and went 3-for-5 with a homer on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:08 pm
  • Garrett Jones homers again, Yanks top M's
    Garett Jones homered again Wednesday as the Yankees swept a three-game series in Seattle.

    Advice: Jones launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning Tuesday and then went deep to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday. Jones could begin to muscle his way into more playing time, but this small stretch of clutch hitting doesn't suddenly give him relevance in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:07 pm
     
    W, 3-1 ^ @Sea
  • Cuddyer out Wednesday night with stiff neck
    Michael Cuddyer is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday with stiffness in his neck.

    Advice: Darrell Ceciliani will start in left field and and bat sixth Wednesday night against the Padres. Cuddyer is day-to-day for now. It doesn't sound like a major issue. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:50 pm
  • Reds release rehabbing Donald Lutz
    Reds released 1B/OF Donald Lutz.

    Advice: Lutz underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early May. He'll rehab as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:46 pm
     
    Not Active
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Reds place Byrd on DL with fractured wrist
    Reds placed OF Marlon Byrd on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist.

    Advice: Byrd suffered the injury Tuesday when he was struck by a pitch. He's had previous fractures in the same area and the Reds are still trying to figure out how much time he will miss. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker will likely share playing time in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:42 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Red Sox finalize deal for OF Alejandro De Aza
    Red Sox acquired OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Orioles for RHP Joe Gunkel.

    Advice: De Aza was designated for assignment by the O's last week after opening the season with a rough .214/.277/.359 batting line in 30 games. He seems doubtful to get much playing time in the crowded Boston outfield. Baltimore was paying him $5 million this season, which helps explain the "cash considerations" part of this swap. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:37 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs x Min
  • Hanley not in lineup for second game of DH
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox lineup for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Hanley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the first game, but he will be given some rest during the nightcap. Carlos Peguero is starting in left field as the Red Sox try to sweep the twin-billing from the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:07 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs ^ Min
  • Parra goes 4-for-5 in Brewers' loss to Cards
    Gerardo Parra finished 4-for-5 with a home run in the Brewers' loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parra hit a solo shot off John Lackey in the top of the third inning and added three singles, scoring two runs and boosting his season batting line to .282/.311/.451. Parra is going to play regularly while Khris Davis recovers from knee surgery and deserves consideration in deep mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Cubs place Soler (ankle) on the disabled list
    Cubs placed OF Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: Soler suffered the injury Monday while running to first base and hadn't shown enough improvement over the last couple of days to warrant staying active. The 23-year-old Cuban should be ready when his 15-day stint is over. Junior Lake figures to get a nice boost in playing time over the next two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:14 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Marlon Byrd's fracture could be pre-existing
    Marlon Byrd is being examined further to determine whether the fracture in his right wrist is pre-existing.

    Advice: It could alter the amount of time he would miss, although Byrd is almost surely headed to the disabled list regardless. Byrd had to leave Tuesday's game after being hit on the wrist by a pitch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Soler (ankle) back to Chicago for more tests
    Jorge Soler (ankle) has flown back to Chicago to undergo more tests.

    Advice: Soler underwent an MRI on Tuesday but apparently the Cubs want to put him through additional testing. Ad update on his condition is expected later Wednesday. It's possible he'll require a trip to the disabled list for his ankle injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:48 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Denard Span (knee) returns to Nats' lineup
    Denard Span (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Span hadn't played since leaving Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee, but he's feeling ready to give it a go. The outfielder is batting .314/.356/.504 for the Nats this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:36 pm
  • Hunter Pence nursing minor wrist issue
    Hunter Pence is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a minor left wrist injury.

    Advice: You always have to worry a bit when it's a wrist injury, but it seems the Giants are convinced this is a minor issue. The Giants are off Thursday, so they'll shoot for Pence to be back in there Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:55 am
     
    L, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Matt den Dekker optioned to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Den Dekker was up as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader but didn't play. He returns to a .230/.299/.289 line at Syracuse. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:03 am
     
    Not Active
    Top 3, 0-4 vs x Tor
  • Hunter Pence sitting out on Wednesday
    Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off. Justin Maxwell is handling right field with Pence out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:57 am
     
    L, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Starling Marte sitting out on Wednesday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte is just getting a breather, as he's in the midst of a 0-for-20 slump. Jose Tabata is handling left field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:28 am
  • Cameron Maybin (groin) back in Braves' lineup
    Cameron Maybin (groin) is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybin sat out the last two contests with a minor groin injury but is ready to go now. He sports a nice .290/.371/.409 batting line for Atlanta this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:20 am
  • Ryan Braun getting another shot in thumb
    Ryan Braun has flown to Los Angeles in order to receive another cryotherapy shot in his right thumb.

    Advice: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said it's a pre-planned thing rather than Braun having a setback. Obviously, it's something to keep a close eye on, though, with Braun having hit just .194/.242/.226 over his last seven games. It's possible he'll be ready to play by Friday, but Counsell isn't counting on Braun until Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:57 am
     
    L, 7-4 x @StL
  • Ryan Braun sitting out on Wednesday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Gerardo Parra is in right field Wednesday as Braun sits, with Shane Peterson cover left. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:59 am
     
    L, 7-4 x @StL
  • Rosenthal: Red Sox acquire De Aza from O's
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles.

    Advice: There's no word yet on what the Orioles will be getting in return or how much of what's remaining on his $5 million contract they might be picking up. De Aza was designated for assignment by Baltimore last Friday after batting just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games. Boston certainly isn't an ideal landing spot for him given all the other outfield options that they have. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:20 am
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs x Min
  • Jackson reaches base six times in SEA's loss
    Austin Jackson reached base six times, as he was hit by a pitch, drew a walk, had four hits, and stole a base in Tuesday's 11-inning loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Jackson raised his OPS from .599 to .665 with the effort. He scored once, in the third inning on a Nelson Cruz single to tie the game at 1-1. He then gave the Mariners a temporary 2-1 lead in the sixth with an RBI double. Jackson may be starting to heat up as he's on a six-game hitting streak. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Jones homers in the 11th in a Yankees win
    Garrett Jones went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Mariners in 11 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reliever Joe Beimel came in to face Jones with two men aboard in the 11th inning and Jones made him pay, sending the lefty's offering over the fence in right-center with plenty of room to spare. Jones has otherwise not done much in 62 plate appearances for the Yankees, batting .254/.290/.407 with two home runs and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
     
    W, 3-1 ^ @Sea
  • McCutchen flirts with cycle in win vs. Giants
    Andrew McCutchen finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Pirates won against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCutchen is a ball of hot fire right now, as Tuesday's effort marked his sixth multi-hit game in his last 11 contests. He knocked in a run in the third inning with a single and padded the Pirates' lead with an RBI double in the ninth. McCutchen's early-season struggles are in the rear-view mirror now, as he's hitting .292/.379/.497 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. If there is one complaint, it's that he hasn't been very active on the base paths -- he has only three stolen bases in five attempts to date after going 18-for-21 last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Kemp strikes out three times, but Padres win
    Matt Kemp struck out three times in four at-bats Tuesday, but the Padres took down the Mets anyway.

    Advice: Kemp's OPS is now below .600 following the arduous night. He has only two extra-base hits in 99 plate appearances dating back to May 7. His triple-slash line is a poor .242/.277/.322 with one home run and 26 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
     
    6:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Cuddyer's three-hit night not enough for Mets
    Michael Cuddyer logged three hits in four at-bats, but the Mets lost Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Cuddyer knocked in the first of two Mets runs with a single in the first inning. He scored the Mets' other run on a Wilmer Flores single in the sixth. Cuddyer is now on an eight-game hitting streak. He's hitting a respectable .271/.333/.409 with five home runs, 23 RBI, and 25 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Cunningham logs 3 hits, 2 RBI in loss to ARI
    Todd Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, but the Braves dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cunningham capped off a five-run sixth inning with a two-run double, giving the Braves a temporary 6-4 lead. The 26-year-old had been held hitless over 19 plate appearances in his previous six games. He's batting only .277/.333/.362 on the year and doesn't have fantasy relevance at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Pollock's homer sends D'Backs past Braves
    A.J. Pollock gave the Diamondbacks a lead they wouldn't relinquish in the seventh inning with a two-run home run Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Pollock went yard off of Brandon Cunniff to give the Diamondbacks a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning. He went 2-for-5 on the evening, also knocking in a run with a ground out. Pollock continues to do it all for the D'Backs, batting .314/.365/.474 with six home runs, 22 RBI, 34 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
     
    W, 9-8 vs ^ Atl
  • Moss has three-hit night in win over Royals
    Brandon Moss finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Indians edged the Royals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss hit the solo homer off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, his ninth home run of the year. Moss ended up with three of the teams' combined 11 hits in the game. He's been on fire in recent days, collecting eight hits in his last 14 at-bats to raise his overall line to .251/.319/.479. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Brantley delivers game-winning RBI single
    Michael Brantley hit a game-winning RBI single to lead the Indians past the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brantley came through with a rare RBI single off Royals reliever Wade Davis to give the Indians the lead in the eighth inning. He also walked in the game, finishing 1-for-3. Brantley is now hitting .302/.382/.471 with 31 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Pederson homers again in nightcap vs. Rockies
    Joc Pederson homered in a 2-for-5 effort as the Dodgers eked out a win over the Rockies in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Pederson ripped a tape-measure home run in the day game, estimated at 477 feet. The nightcap homer was another long-distance blast, a solo shot in the third inning off of David Hale. He's homered in four consecutive games now, giving him 16 on the season along with 31 RBI. Pederson has exceeded any and all expectations, which were already high to begin with. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Choo homers among three hits in win over Sox
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's lopsided win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Choo hit a solo home run off White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning, his eighth homer of the season. He later added an RBI single to give him 25 RBI on the year. A strong .295/.356/.533 line in May brought Choo's line to .246/.330/.447 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Denard Span (knee) hopes to play Wednesday
    Denard Span (knee) is hoping to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Span hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee. He'll go through drills pre-game on Wednesday before it's decided whether he can give it a go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Marlon Byrd diagnosed with fractured wrist
    Marlon Byrd has been diagnosed with a fractured right wrist.

    Advice: Byrd suffered the break when he was hit by a Sean O'Sullivan offering during Tuesday's game. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but more is expected to be known after he re-evaluated Wednesday. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker figures to handle left field while Byrd is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Jorge Soler undergoing MRI on ailing ankle
    Jorge Soler will undergo an MRI Tuesday on his ailing ankle.

    Advice: The results are expected on Wednesday. Soler hurt the ankle when he landed awkwardly running to first base on Monday night. The Cubs haven't ruled out a potential stint on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Pederson slugs 477-foot home run in loss
    Joc Pederson slugged a 477-foot homer in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader in Colorado.

    Advice: But the Dodgers went on to lose 6-3. Pederson also drew a walk in the game and is now batting .256/.383/.564 with 15 home runs, 29 RBI, and 30 runs scored in 51 games this season. Impressive stuff from the 23-year-old rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Maybin (groin) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Cameron Maybin (groin) remained out of the Braves' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a minor groin ailment and has now missed two straight starts. Consider Maybin day-to-day. Todd Cunningham is filling in in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Soler getting ankle checked out by a doctor
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Jorge Soler is getting his ankle checked out by a doctor.

    Advice: Maddon did not rule out a 15-day disabled list stint for Soler, who landed awkwardly running to first base on Monday night. Soler is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday, with Junior Lake handling right field and batting cleanup. Kris Bryant is playing left field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:34 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Span (knee) out for second game versus Jays
    Denard Span (knee) is not in the lineup for the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Span also sat out the first game. He made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Reds after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right knee and apparently hasn't felt much improvement. But an MRI showed no structural damage, so Span should be able to avoid another disabled list stint. Michael Taylor is playing center field on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Soler out of lineup Tuesday with sore ankle
    Jorge Soler is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins with a sore ankle.

    Advice: No word yet on whether it's a day-to-day situation or something bigger. Junior Lake will start in right field Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kris Bryant will play left field and Jonathan Herrera will start at third. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Span (knee) uncertain for Game 2
    Denard Span (knee) will run on an anti-gravity treadmill before the Nationals decide whether he can play in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Span left Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee and was on the bench for game one of the doubleheader. He's dealing with some swelling, so the Nationals might not push it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Nats call up Matt den Dekker
    Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, effectively giving the Nats some insurance with Denard Span's knee. The 27-year-old den Dekker had a brief stint with the big club earlier this year and was hitting .230/.299/.289 in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
     
    Not Active
    Top 3, 0-4 vs x Tor
  • Matt den Dekker in D.C. on Tuesday
    Matt den Dekker is in Washington, D.C. in case he's needed for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He could be insurance if Denard Span (knee) is unable to play. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in four games with the National earlier this season and owns a .230/.299/.289 batting line with Triple-A Syracuse. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
     
    Not Active
    Top 3, 0-4 vs x Tor
  • Span (knee) out for first gm. of doubleheader
    Denard Span (knee) is out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as he was set to sit out Monday's game before it was postponed due to rain. Span left Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee and Nationals manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that an MRI revealed swelling. He'll continue to get treatment on the knee and could potentially play in the second half of the doubleheader, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place. Michael Taylor will play center field in the first game of the doubleheader. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:48 pm
     
    6:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Pederson belts three-run homer as Dodgers win
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-6, but his one hit was a big one -- a three-run home run, helping the Dodgers beat the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Pederson struck the big blow in the Dodgers' six-run sixth inning, ripping a three-run home run off of Christian Friedrich. He's homered in back-to-back games, something he has already done four times this season. He has 14 four-baggers total along with 27 RBI and a .254/.380/.550 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Cameron Maybin has slight quad/groin injury
    Cameron Maybin was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a might quad/groin injury.

    Advice: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Maybin is available to pinch-hit and he expects the outfielder to return to the lineup Tuesday. Maybin batted .290/.371/.409 with two homers, 17 RBI and five steals in May. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Span (knee) out of Nationals' lineup Monday
    Denard Span (knee) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Span left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right knee. He banged the same knee in a game early last week and could be looking at a multi-day absence. Michael Taylor is starting in center field for Washington on Monday. Yunel Escobar is leading off. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Jorge Soler batting cleanup for Cubs on Mon.
    Jorge Soler is batting cleanup for the Cubs on Monday night against the Marlins.

    Advice: Soler batted sixth on Saturday and Sunday. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a sluggish start this season, but he's capable of getting it going in a hurry. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are batting ahead of him Monday versus Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:47 am
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Denard Span leaves game with sore knee
    Denard Span was removed from the eighth inning of Sunday's game due to soreness in his right knee.

    Advice: Span initially suffered the injury against the Cubs last week and he aggravated it in the sixth inning on Sunday. While it doesn't appear as though it'll sideline the outfielder for long, Span admits that it's something he has to keep an eye on and continue to get treatment for. He should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:53 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears he's just getting a breather. John Mayberry is in left field in Cuddyer's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Marlon Byrd not in Sunday's lineup
    Marlon Byrd is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Skip Schumaker is in left field in Byrd's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:11 am
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Michael Brantley's back still an issue?
    Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Saturday that Michael Brantley's back is still an issue.

    Advice: Brantley first injured his back in spring training and missed four games last month with the ailment. The outfielder contends that the injury is "in the past," but Francona admitted that Brantley is trying to "pick his spots" and not overdo it. Brantley is hitting .205 (9-for-44) since May 18 and it appears his slump could be due in part to his back problem flaring up again. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Ramirez homers in second straight game
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: After failing to hit a home run through his first 22 games this month, Ramirez has now gone deep in back-to-back games. Perhaps his shoulder is finally feeling better. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:14 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs ^ Min
  • Orioles getting interest in Alejandro De Aza
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there's said to be a bit of a market" for Alejandro De Aza.

    Advice: De Aza was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Wednesday after batting .214/.277/.359 over 30 games. He's making $5 million this season, so the O's would likely have to eat some of the contract to move him in a trade. Heyman says that the Angels are not among the clubs interested in De Aza. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:10 am
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs x Min
  • OF McCutchen has another multi-hit effort
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Pirates bested the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: McCutchen has finally woken up from his early-season slumber. He's had multi-hit games in five of his last eight, recording three in three of them. Hitting .188 as recently as May 6, McCutchen has his slash line up to .272/.364/.473. Expect it to keep rising. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Moss goes 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs
    Brandon Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: It was his third homer of the past eight games. Cleveland asked for power when acquiring Moss and that's exactly what they've gotten: He's on pace for 28 homers and 97 RBI. Everything else is still making the transit from California, as Moss sports an underwhelming .227/.300/.447 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez hits first homer of May
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of May against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Ramirez hit 10 homers in April, but this was his first since he hurt his shoulder earlier this month. He also doubled and walked in the game. It all seems like a very good sign for him getting back to being the game's top fantasy shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:16 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs ^ Min
  • Pederson has a pair of singles in loss to ATL
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 on Wednesday as the Dodgers lost to the Braves 3-2.

    Advice: Pederson, 23, went 7-for-13 in the three-game set against Atlanta. He boasts a .945 OPS and is on pace for 42 homers, 81 RBI and 95 runs. The heavy frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year honors has secured leadoff duties for the foreseeable future (and perhaps decade) by posting a .392 OBP with an outstanding walk rate. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Cuddyer homers as Mets sweep the Phillies
    Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Mets complete a sweep of the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cuddyer pushed the Mets' lead to 4-0 in the third inning, ripping a two-run shot off of Sean O'Sullivan. He had also homered in the series opener against the Phillies. The 36-year-old hasn't looked like the hitter who hit over .330 in consecutive years in 2013-14 with the Rockies. He's batting .262/.331/.396 with five home runs and 22 RBI thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Jorge Soler getting a breather Wednesday
    Jorge Soler is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's simply a day off. Junior Lake is getting a start in right field while Soler rests. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:28 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-3 x @Mia
  • Alejandro De Aza designated for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

    Advice: He played really well for the O's last year down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, but they've decided to cut him loose after his slow start in 2015. De Aza, who batted leadoff for Baltimore on Opening Day, has hit just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games this season and was seeing his playing time dwindle. He's making $5 million this season, which means he'll almost surely clear waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:15 am
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs x Min
  • Brandon Moss not in Wednesday's lineup
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off versus a righty for Moss. David Murphy is starting in right field, while Nick Swisher is handling designated hitter duties. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:35 pm
     
    6:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Pence hits solo homer in win over Brewers
    Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence hit the homer off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the first inning to get the Giants on the board. The homer was his second in 11 games this year. After missing the first month and a half with a broken forearm, Pence is now hitting .326/.370/.535 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:30 pm
     
    L, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Tomas drives in three runs in loss to Cards
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Tomas hit a two-run double in the first inning before adding an RBI double in the third. He's now got a 10-game hitting streak that's run his overall line to .349/.384/.443 with 17 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:14 pm
     
    W, 9-8 vs ^ Atl
  • Byrd scores both Reds runs in walk-off win
    Marlon Byrd scored the game-winning run and had both of the Reds' runs in their 2-1, walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Byrd singled and scored in the second inning before leading off the bottom of the ninth with a walk. He was sacrificed into scoring position and Skip Schumaker's RBI double plated Byrd as the winning run. Byrd's rate stats leave something to be desired, but he's still got 10 homers, 25 RBI and 20 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Jackson (hamstring) back in M's lineup
    Austin Jackson (hamstring) will start in center field and bat leadoff Tuesday against the Rays in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson has been sidelined since May 3 with a sprained right ankle. He returns to a .242/.294/.326 batting line over 25 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Austin Jackson activated from disabled list
    Mariners activated OF Austin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson batted only .263/.333/.289 over nine rehab games for Tacoma, but he's feeling healthy and that's really all the Mariners care about. The veteran outfielder had been sidelined since early May with a sprained right ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Austin Jackson (ankle) to return this week
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that the club will make a decision on when Austin Jackson (ankle) will be activated "sometime this week."

    Advice: The Mariners will end a string of six straight games on artificial turf on Wednesday, so the team could decide to just activate Jackson at the beginning of an 11-game homestand on Thursday. He's been out since early May with a sprained right ankle. "I'm told he's moving pretty good, so we'll see," McClendon said. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 4:17 pm
  • Pence has two-run double in comeback win
    Hunter Pence was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 comeback win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence also drew a walk and stole a base. He put the exclamation point on a seven-run sixth inning with his two-run double. He's batting .342 (13-for-38) with nine RBI in 10 games since coming off the DL earlier this month. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 2:51 pm
     
    L, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Braun launches two-run homer vs. Giants
    Ryan Braun stayed hot Monday by launching a two-run homer and drawing a walk against the Giants.

    Advice: His home run traveled at an estimated distance of 474 feet, making it the fourth-longest in the history of Miller Park. Braun struggled in the early going, but he's hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI over his last 26 games. Fantasy owners who were patient or bought low are reaping the rewards. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 2:47 pm
     
    L, 7-4 x @StL
  • Ramirez has first RBI this month
    Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Believe it or not, it was his first RBI this month. Ramirez is batting just .234 (15-for-64) with three doubles and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 16 games since returning from his shoulder injury. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 2:29 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs ^ Min
  • Span hits leadoff homer against Cubs
    Denard Span smacked a leadoff homer Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was the fourth leadoff homer of his career. He already has four home runs through 27 games this season after amassing five all of last year. His career-high is eight, back in 2009. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 2:08 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza goes hitless against Astros
    Alejandro De Aza went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the Orioles order on Monday.

    Advice: De Aza is just 8-for-42 in May (.190), bringing his overall average down to .216. He's already lost some playing time against right-handers, and it looks like he's in position to lose more to David Lough and Travis Snider. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 1:35 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs x Min
  • Austin Jackson (ankle) plays eighth rehab gm.
    Austin Jackson (ankle) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his eighth rehab game Sunday with Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: And he went 3-for-5 with a walk on Saturday. Jackson should return from the disabled list early this week, perhaps as soon as Monday. The 28-year-old center fielder has been out since May 3 with a right ankle sprain. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 6:12 am
  • Hanley (hand) goes 1-for-4 in win Sunday
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) went 1-for-4 with a run scored Sunday as the Red Sox defeated the Angels.

    Advice: Hanley had to be removed from Friday's loss to the Angels after taking a pitch off his left hand, but he went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win and also played a role Sunday. The 31-year-old left fielder is hitting .263/.313/.480 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI, and 24 runs scored through his first 40 games with Boston. Rotoworld.com
    May 25, 5:45 am
     
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Min; Bot 2, 0-2 vs ^ Min
  • Marte hits three-run homer to help down Mets
    Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Marte launched his bomb off of Erik Goeddel in the sixth inning. It was the young outfielder's ninth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 30. This is just a continuation of what's been a stellar year for Marte, who's hitting .278/.326/.513. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 1:36 pm
  • Byrd homers but Reds lose to the Indians
    Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Byrd drilled a Trevor Bauer offering to left-center, putting the Reds on the board for the first time. He appeared to be figuring things out, but slumped over the last week, going 2-for-24 between May 15-22. Byrd has a mediocre .203/.275/.434 triple-slash line with nine home runs and 24 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 1:29 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 x @Phi
  • Ryan Braun getting a breather Sunday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like a routine day of rest for the red-hot slugger. Gerardo Parra is in right field Sunday in Braun's place. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 7:08 am
     
    L, 7-4 x @StL
  • Pederson slugs 12th homer, Dodgers top Pads
    Joc Pederson slugged his 12th home run of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: It was a first-inning solo shot off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Pederson, 23, boasts a .943 OPS through 42 games this season and he's on pace for 46 homers and 100 runs scored. Just give him the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 9:24 pm
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