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  • Wilson pitches well in loss to Astros
    C.J. Wilson posted a strong start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Up, down, up. That's how Wilson's season has started. He did not allow a run to the Mariners in his first start, then allowed six earned runs against the Royals, then pitched very well against the Astros. In the contest, he struck out eight and allowed just three hits, though he did walk four. The only direct damage on his line came on a solo homer by George Springer in the sixth. The veteran lefty is more liable to allow big innings than he was in his prime, but he still has enough talent left in the arm that starts like Saturday's are not complete aberrations. Wilson will try to break his pattern of good and bad starts when he returns home to pitch against the A's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:38 pm
  • Young's grand slam blows open game vs TB
    Chris Young hit a seventh inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: Young hit the two-out slam off of former closer Grant Balfour in the seventh inning, capping off a seven-run frame. The home run, Young's third of the season, doubled his season RBI total to eight. He's now slashing .276/.344/.690. While those are shiny numbers, Young's fantasy value is capped by the fact that he's only a decent play against left-handed pitching. The last time he had a season with 20 home runs was in 2011. Deeper mixed leagues without weekly locks might consider him, though. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 pm
  • Reddick's home run leads to fireworks vs. KC
    Josh Reddick hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Reddick launched a three-run shot off Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Next batter Brett Lawrie paid the bill, as Ventura plunked him and was ejected. Lawrie's hard slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday set all of this off. Extracurricular activity aside, Reddick finished the game 2-for-4. He had been on the shelf for more than a month as he recovered from an oblique injury. Reddick hit 12 home runs in his 2013 and 2014 campaigns, both of which were shortened by injuries. When healthy, he's a potential 20-plus home run player. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:23 pm
  • Matt Joyce (foot) makes early exit Saturday
    Matt Joyce (foot) departed early from Saturday night's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Joyce made it to the top of the seventh inning, but Efren Navarro was in left field when the bottom of the seventh began. Joyce fouled a ball off his right foot Wednesday and is dealing with some lingering soreness. He should ultimately be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:12 pm
  • Tillman goes five-plus strong in win over Sox
    Chris Tillman hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Orioles topped the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a nice bounceback from his last start, in which he he gave up seven runs -- three earned -- to the Blue Jays and didn't make it out of the third inning. Tillman struck out five Red Sox and walked two on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 10/8 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He will face the Blue Jays on the road next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:39 pm
  • Miguel Montero launches two homers vs. Padres
    Miguel Montero was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, and a walk against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Montero hit a solo homer against Tyson Ross in the sixth inning before launching a two-run shot off Chris Rearick in the very next frame. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career. Montero came into Saturday's action with just two hits over his first 19 at-bats this season. Perhaps this will get him on track. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:38 pm
  • Cozart hits solo homer Saturday vs. Cardinals
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His fifth-inning blast off was his first home run of the season and the only offense the Reds could muster off Carlos Martinez. The 29-year-old has hit safely in seven straight games and is batting .368 (14-for-38) on the young season, but with his poor plate discipline, it's unlikely to last. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:57 pm
  • Moreland (elbow) not in Rangers' lineup Sat.
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday night.

    Advice: But he was able to take pregame batting practice, so that's a good early indication that he will be able to avoid minor elbow surgery. Shin-Soo Choo is serving as the designated hitter for Texas on Saturday against the Mariners and Carlos Peguero is in right field. Moreland can be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki goes deep in loss to Indians
    Kurt Suzuki belted his second home run of the season on Saturday but it wasn't enough for the Twins to overcome the Indians.

    Advice: Suzuki tagged Indians' starter Danny Salazar for a solo blast in the seventh inning, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but that would be as close as the Twins would get. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .214/.313/.429 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:49 pm
  • Dodgers outright David Huff to AAA OKC
    Dodgers sent LHP David Huff outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff was designated for assignment by the Dodgers after allowing four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old southpaw will continue to function as organizational rotation depth for Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:26 pm
     
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    W, 6-3 vs Col
  • Trevor Plouffe not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Eduardo Nunez is getting the start in his place at third base and will bat eighth for the Twins against Danny Salazar and the Indians. Plouffe should return to his place at the hot corner for Sunday's series finale. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Moreland could need minor elbow surgery
    Mitch Moreland could require minor elbow surgery which would sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks.

    Advice: Moreland was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a sore elbow and went for further examination. The Rangers won't make a decision on his status for a few days while they gather additional information, but it's safe to say that Moreland won't return to the lineup any time soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:24 am
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) still six weeks away
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time on Friday but is still at least six weeks away from a potential return to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Garcia's goal is to come back as a starting pitcher, but likened his progress to this point as being at the beginning of spring training. The Cardinals will obviously play things cautiously in his recovery, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on anything out of the left-hander until around midseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs Cin
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kendrick has followed up his surprising Opening Day win (seven scoreless against the Brewers) by giving up 14 runs his last two times out. This would be a bigger problem if anyone out there actually owned him in a fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • J.A. Happ allows two runs in loss
    J.A. Happ yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Happ has given the Mariners consecutive quality starts with no victories to show for it. His next start will come against the Astros, giving him a chance to rack up more strikeouts than the four he's totaled in his first two starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Plouffe launches walk-off HR vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday night.

    Advice: How's that for a slump-buster? Plouffe came into Friday's action hitting .133 and went hitless over his first four at-bats before taking Bryan Shaw deep to leadoff the bottom of the 11th and send the Target Field fans home happy. The 28-year-old hasn't been able to replicate the power production he had in 2012, but he's capable of being a useful corner infielder in deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Pelfrey goes five innings in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Mitch Moreland scratched with sore elbow
    Mitch Moreland was scratched from the Rangers starting lineup on Friday due to a sore elbow.

    Advice: It's likely that he'll head for an MRI to see what's going on, but the Rangers don't believe that it's a major concern just yet. The team should have an update on his status after any exams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Matt Joyce dealing with sore right foot
    Matt Joyce is currently dealing with a sore right foot, which is why he's serving as the team's designated hitter on Friday.

    Advice: Joyce fouled a ball off his foot on Thursday and it's still a bit sore, so manager Mike Scioscia opted to give him a night off defensively. It's a blow to C.J. Cron who gets bumped to the bench to let Joyce serve as the designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Dodgers DFA left-hander David Huff
    Dodgers designated LHP David Huff for assignment.

    Advice: Huff allowed four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old left-hander was never long for a Dodgers uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
     
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    W, 6-3 vs Col
  • Huff allows 4 runs in 4 frames in no-decision
    David Huff took a no-decision on Tuesday, yielding four runs in four innings of work against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners jumped on Huff immediately with back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Robinson Cano hit a two-run blast and Cruz, of course, went solo. Overall, the lefty gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out two. Huff could get another start the next trip through the rotation. If he does, it'll be against the Giants on the road. If he doesn't, Scott Baker is likely to get the nod. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 pm
     
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    W, 6-3 vs Col
  • Dodgers call up David Huff for Tues. start
    Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP David Huff from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night versus the Mariners. He only went three innings in his first appearance this season at Triple-A, so the left-hander figures to be on a pitch count of some sort in his spot start for Los Angeles. He was a poor fantasy bet anyway against the M's. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
     
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    W, 6-3 vs Col
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) throwing off mound
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

    Advice: He threw a bullpen session Sunday and will throw another one Wednesday. Assuming he recovers well, he'll then throw live batting practice on Friday. Garcia had a setback with his pitching shoulder at the end of spring training, but the Cardinals consider it a stamina issue more than anything else, so the goal is for the lefty to get stretched out without tiring. "As you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30-to-40 pitch range," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But when that started to expand, that's when things got a little more difficult for him. … He could certainly be a long man. But I think his goal is still to get back and be a starter, and I think that's how he wants us to push him." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:52 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs Cin
  • David Huff to start Tuesday vs. Mariners
    David Huff will start on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Scott Baker had been considered the favorite to get the start, but the Dodgers have opted for Huff instead. The lefty went just three relief innings in his lone Triple-A appearance this season, so he figures to be on a limited pitch count. The Dodgers will make an official roster move with Huff on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:30 pm
     
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    W, 6-3 vs Col
  • Miguel Montero not in Monday's lineup
    Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: David Ross is catching Jon Lester, which will be the case all season. Montero has just one hit in his first 12 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:14 pm
  • Wilson shelled for seven runs by Royals
    C.J. Wilson was rocked by the Royals on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Wilson shut down the Mariners in his first start, but it was a much different story on Sunday. The Royals scored four runs in the second inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. They did all of this without hitting a home run. Instead, they opted to water-torture Wilson, racking up nine hits. Wilson's a veteran and should be able to rebound from the tough start, but the reality is that at this point in his career, he's going to be more prone to rough outings like this. In 2014, he posted a 4.51 ERA in 175 2/3 innings. That's about who he is as a pitcher these days. The Astros are up next for the lefty. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Tillman hammered by the Jays in Sunday's loss
    Chris Tillman was hit hard by the Blue Jays in Sunday's start, giving up seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Dalton Pompey greeted Tillman rudely with a first-inning two-run home run. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the second, and then the Jays struck for four unearned runs in the third inning thanks to a Travis Snider fielding error. Overall, Tillman allowed six hits and three walks while striking out only one. Tillman will try to rebound in his next start over the weekend in Boston against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:17 pm
  • Reddick (oblique) back from disabled list
    Athletics activated OF Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Reddick got through a couple rehab games with no issues and will be in the lineup on Sunday against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. It's been over a month since the outfielder first injured his oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:32 am
  • Cubs demolish Kyle Kendrick for eight runs
    Kyle Kendrick allowed eight runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a tale of two starts for Kendrick, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Opening Day but looked like a batting practice pitcher on Saturday at Coors Field. Not only did he allow eight hits -- three of which left the park -- but he also walked five. Chris Coghlan and Mike Olt hit back-to-back dingers in the third inning and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth. Outings like this are why Kendrick shouldn't be touched in fantasy. His next start will come against the Dodgers' high-octane offense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Happ goes six-plus in Mariners' win over A's
    J.A. Happ held the A's to two run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Mariners' extra-innings victory.

    Advice: Happ was efficient and effective, needing only 82 pitches to get through his six-plus frames. He walked none and struck out one. The 32-year-old left-hander gets the Rangers at home next week. He's only a fringe option in AL-only fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Pelfrey gives up four runs in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Chris Young belts three-run homer in loss
    Chris Young belted a three-run homer against the Red Sox on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead his team to victory.

    Advice: Young's blast came off Alexi Ogando in the eighth inning with his team already trailing 8-1. It was hit lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. Young is now hitting .222 (2-for-9) on the young season. He's worth a look in deeper mixed league formats when he can be utilized against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Josh Reddick expected to rejoin A's Sunday
    Josh Reddick (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Initially the A's had targeted a Saturday turn, but with the club squaring off against southpaw J.A. Happ, they'll give Reddick an extra day. His return should cut into the playing time of Mark Canha, and perhaps Marcus Semien as Ben Zobrist will be free to be utilized all over the infield. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:18 pm
  • Matt Joyce sitting against a lefty again
    Matt Joyce is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Collin Cowgill is handling left field against left-hander Jason Vargas. The times when Joyce plays versus southpaws figure to be few and far between. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:32 pm
  • Miguel Montero not in Friday's lineup
    Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's sitting in favor of Welington Castillo with the Rockies throwing lefty Tyler Matzek. Between regular rest versus lefties and David Ross being Jon Lester's personal catcher, Montero appears to be in line for less playing time this year than he's had in the past. Also notable is the Cubs going with Matt Szczur in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:11 am
  • Moreland plates three as Rangers pummel A’s
    Mitch Moreland homered and drove home three runs on Thursday as the Rangers pummeled the Athletics to salvage a split in their season-opening four-game series.

    Advice: Moreland contributed a sacrifice fly in the Rangers three-run first inning, then tagged A’s hurler Kendall Graveman for a two-run bomb in the third, increasing their advantage to 5-0. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. While he isn’t likely to hit for a high average, he should be in the Rangers lineup on most days and should be a cheap source of RBI, especially against right-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • Joyce back in Angels' lineup, playing DH
    Matt Joyce is in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Joyce had Tuesday off against a tough lefty but he's back in there a day later, although at designated hitter. Joyce is batting cleanup for the Halos. With Josh Hamilton sidelined Joyce will certainly see the lion's share of playing time, and if he continues to hit in a prime lineup spot he's definitely mixed league worthy when he's starting. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Wilson blanks the Mariners over eight innings
    C.J. Wilson needed only 96 pitches to get through eight shutout innings in a win against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's difficult to start a season any better than Wilson just did. The lefty limited the Mariners to just two hits and a walk while striking out two. Huston Street preserved the win with a scoreless ninth. Wilson will look to repeat the performance in his second start of the season on the road against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:25 pm
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