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  • Tony Cingrani to be used in setup role
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Tony Cingrani's "time has come" and that he'll be used in more high-leverage situations.

    Advice: Aside from Aroldis Chapman, Cingrani owns the best arm in the Reds bullpen, so it's no surprise to see him ascend to a setup role. He makes for a nice target as a handcuff for Chapman owners who have the roster space available. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Reds release veteran Dan Johnson from minors
    Reds released 1B Dan Johnson.

    Advice: The 35-year-old failed to earn a spot on the Astros Opening Day bench, then hit .069 (2-for-29) in his nine games at Triple-A Louisville. It's unclear if he'll explore opportunities elsewhere or decide to hang up his spikes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 am
     
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Scott Baker to start for Dodgers on Sunday
    Scott Baker will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: With a tough schedule coming up where the team plays on 17 consecutive days, the Dodgers want to give their regular starters an extra day of rest while they have the chance. The 33-year-old came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out. He could be worth a look as a streaming option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:59 am
     
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • Domonic Brown nearing return to Phillies
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

    Advice: Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:55 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Maxwell stays hot with two-run homer vs COL
    Justin Maxwell hit a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Maxwell's been swinging a happy bat as of late. On Tuesday, he tripled and homered, scoring three times. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to slay the Dodgers. And on Friday, he launched a massive, 436-foot home run off of Eddie Butler in the second inning. Over 33 at-bats, Maxwell is now hitting .333/.436/.606. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:15 am
  • Butler picks up win despite four runs allowed
    Eddie Butler improved to 2-1 on Friday, though he did allow four runs on nine hits over six innings.

    Advice: It wasn't a great outing for the 24-year-old Butler, but Chris Heston was slightly worse and the Rockies managed to come away with a 6-4 win. Butler struck out three and walked two in the contest. The Giants scored runs on a two-run homer by Justin Maxwell in the second, an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the third and an RBI double by Brandon Belt in the fifth. Butler currently holds a 3.27 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP across 22 innings. If you're willing to dance on the edge of a WHIP knife, the pitcher does have some upside. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a road outing next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Astros top A's 5-4 in 11 innings
    Robbie Grossman delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to help the Astros beat the A's 5-4 on Friday.

    Advice: This one was completely scoreless for nine innings before the Astros and A's both came through with two runs in the 10th. Grossman's single through the left side of the infield in the 11th made him the hero when he could have easily been a goat; he was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from a pitcher in Eric O'Flaherty who had walked the first two guys he faced and whose only out came on a sac bunt. Plus, Jose Altuve was on deck. Grossman, though, found the hole and knocked in both runners, raising his average from .148 to .179. Fortunately, the Astros went on to add one more run from there, because the A's again came back with two runs, leaving them just a bit short. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Garza tosses quality start in loss to Cards
    Matt Garza lasted six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Garza surrendered solo home runs to Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta, plus an RBI ground-out to Yadier Molina. He struck out six and walked two in the contest. While Garza held the Cardinals in check for the most part, the Brewer offense was unable to muster much of anything against Carlos Martinez and Garza was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Garza's been bad in the early going, posting a 5.16 ERA and a hide-the-children WHIP of 1.72 over 22 2/3 innings. Next up, a date with the Dodgers. That could end up being a very, very bad date. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Carl Crawford homers, doubles
    Carl Crawford homered and doubled in a winning cause Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has come under a little early fire, in part because Alex Guerrero needs more playing time and could be an alternative in left field. Crawford, though, likely remains the team's best option there against righties. He was off to an ugly start going into this one, though, with a .216 average and just one RBI in 37 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Wandy Rodriguez holds Angels to one run
    Wandy Rodriguez yielded one run in five innings Friday against the Angels in his Rangers debut.

    Advice: Rodriguez struck out five, but he also walked three, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. It was still a mildly encouraging outing, but given that he's working for a bad team in a tough park for pitchers, he doesn't seem like a good bet in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with a double Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: With Josh Hamilton departing, this sure would be a good time for Cron to step up his game. He's currently batting .209 with one homer and just two walks in 43 at-bats. The Angels want Cron to be their DH and Matt Joyce to be their primary left fielder going forward, but they might need to end up replacing one of the two before the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Loney homers in return from disabled list
    James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits first homer
    Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

    Advice: Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Swisher collects three hits in rehab game
    Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am x @Det
  • Rangers purchase contract of Rodriguez
    Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Wandy Rodriguez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez will make his Rangers debut with a start against the Angels on Friday. The 36-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates in 2014. Though he looked strong in spring training, he's unlikely to make an impact in mixed leagues, especially pitching half of his games in Arlington. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am x @Det
  • James Loney returns from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 am
  • Maxwell sends Giants home winners in the 10th
    Justin Maxwell sent the Giants home happy with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, then blew the tie game the next inning. Maxwell, starting in right field, finished 2-for-5 with the RBI single. In 35 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .300/.400/.500 with five RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:26 pm
  • Loney (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    James Loney (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain while taking batting practice before the Rays' second regular-season game. The first baseman will probably be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Wandy Rodriguez to start for Rangers Friday
    Wandy Rodriguez will start for the Rangers against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was released by the Braves in early April and the Rangers signed him to a minor league contract a few days later. Rodriguez has struck out 10 over seven innings in two starts thus far. He'll have to be added to the team's 40-man roster prior to the start. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:07 pm
  • Carl Crawford hitless in return to lineup
    Carl Crawford (illness) went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Crawford had been under the weather for a few days. He's struggled so far this season (.242/.265/.303) but will continue to start regularly in left field against right-handers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Maxwell's productive night leads SFG to a win
    Justin Maxwell walked, tripled, homered, drove in two runs, and scored three times in four plate appearances in a win versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maxwell tripled and scored in the second inning, grounded into a fielder's choice and scored in the fourth, then slugged a two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Pedro Baez. Maxwell, who entered the game with just one extra-base hit in 22 plate appearances, has been used mostly as a pinch-hitter with the occasional start in right field against a left-handed starter. If he continues to hit well, he could force a platoon in left field with Norichika Aoki once Hunter Pence returns and reclaims his spot in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) to use full rehab allotment
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Swisher (knee) begins rehab assignment Fri.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am x @Det
  • Loney (oblique) expects weekend return
    James Loney (oblique) expects to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain prior to the second game of the season, but he took batting practice Tuesday without incident. He expects to play one minor league rehab game before returning. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Swisher (knees) close to rehab assignment
    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:46 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am x @Det
  • Scott Baker nearly perfect for Oklahoma City
    Scott Baker lost a perfect game in the seventh inning Monday in a start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Addison Russell broke it up with a two-out single. Baker held on for the shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.06 in the process. With the Dodgers in need of a starter, Baker could get the call Saturday against San Diego. David Huff got first dibs at the No. 5 spot but was quickly sent down to Triple-A after a tough outing on April 14. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:36 pm
     
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • James Loney (oblique) set for rehab games
    James Loney (oblique) will play a rehab game or two this week for High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and it sounds like he'll be ready. "It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said of the first DL stint of his career. "It goes by. It's just one of those things." He suffered a strained oblique during batting practice before the Rays' second game of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:45 am
  • Butler allows two runs in five innings
    Eddie Butler pitched five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on six hits.

    Advice: He struck out four and walked one in the contest. Scott Van Slyke and Joc Pederson burned him with RBI doubles in the second inning. It was another in a line of OK, but unspectacular starts for Butler, who has yet to last six innings (but also has yet to allow more than two runs in a start). It's difficult to see much on the fantasy front here, at least in the short term. Long term, Butler is just 24 years old and has shown that he can hang with major league hitters, which isn't nothing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:58 pm
  • Garza shelled for five runs in loss to Bucs
    Matt Garza was shelled for five earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Garza looked shaky from the start, allowing Josh Harrison to score on a wild pitch in the first inning before yielding a first-inning RBI single to Andrew McCutchen. Garza gave up seven total hits and walked three, watching his WHIP jump up to 1.80. He also has a rough 5.40 ERA. A date with the Cardinals is next. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Crawford (illness) still under the weather
    Carl Crawford (illness) might not be available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: In fact, he might not come to the ballpark at all. Crawford is under the weather and was given IV fluids on Saturday. The Dodgers are off Monday, so they seem likely to just tell the outfielder to get some extra rest before joining them for their road trip beginning Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:29 am
  • Carl Crawford out sick Saturday vs. Rockies
    Carl Crawford is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will take over in left field. Crawford's fantasy contributions have been minimal this season (.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB) so it's not the end of the world. He could be back for the series finale Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:22 pm
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:19 am
  • Brown (heel) to continue rehab stint Friday
    Domonic Brown (heel) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Brown, who began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles, went 4-for-14 (.286) with a home run over five games with High-A Clearwater. It's unclear how many games he'll play in Triple-A before being activated. The Phillies have been relying on a combination of Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore in right field during his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Domonic Brown (heel) plays fifth rehab game
    Domonic Brown (heel) played in his fifth rehab game Wednesday with High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Brown will soon jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he should be back in the major leagues by early next week. He is recovering from tendinitis in his left Achilles. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore have been splitting the playing time in right field for the Phillies, and Francoeur even batted cleanup on Wednesday night against the Mets. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:39 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Loney (oblique) could be ready April 22
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that James Loney (oblique) might be ready when eligible.

    Advice: Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7, so the first day he can be activated is April 22. The first baseman is working his way back from a right oblique strain. It was called mild from the jump. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • Crawford out Wednesday after jamming foot
    Carl Crawford is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to a stiff ankle.

    Advice: Crawford jammed his foot in Tuesday's game, but he told reporters he's available off the bench Wednesday. Scott Van Slyke started in left field for the Dodgers Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • C.J. Cron not in Wednesday's lineup
    C.J. Cron is not in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Albert Pujols is in the designated hitter spot, but the Halos decided to put Efren Navarro at first base instead of Cron. Collin Cowgill is getting another start in right field with Kole Calhoun (calf) still out as expected. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
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