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  • Erick Aybar (hamstring) considered day-to-day
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia considers Erick Aybar (hamstring) day-to-day and doesn't think he'll require a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Aybar was lifted from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring. He actually tried to talk his way into staying in, so it doesn't appear to be too serious. Scioscia said the club will be careful, though, so he figures to be out a few days. "He's as important as anyone on our team," the skipper said. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:20 am
  • Kang parks a homer as Bucs rout the Padres
    Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer as the Pirates topped the Padres 11-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-5. Now riding a 10-game hitting streak, Kang is making it mighty difficult for Jordy Mercer to make an argument to regain at-bats. It's still early yet, but Kang's game has transitioned surprisingly smoothly stateside. He's hitting .308/.371/.462 with three steals, three homers and 17 RBI in 104 at-bats. Kang deserves to be owned in more leagues than he currently is. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Pujols reaches base 3 times, homers in win
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, two walks and two runs scored in a 12-2 victory against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pujols has nine homers -- putting him on a 30-pace clip -- but he isn't doing much else. He has only 19 RBI and has a rough .238/.294/.436 slash line. On a positive note, he's hit safely in six of seven and has four extra-base hits in that stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Iannetta smacks grand slam as LAA punks DET
    Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Thursday in a 12-2 stomping of the Tigers.

    Advice: With the game already out of hand, Detroit stretched Tom Gorzelanny beyond his LOOGY capabilities and his ERA will suffer for it for some time. Not that Iannetta much cares. His slash line was a hideous .123/.217/.137 as recently as 11 days ago, but Carlos Perez's emergence has jolted him awake. Iannetta has 12 RBI in his past 10 games and three homers and three doubles across his last eight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • OF Aoki has fifth straight multi-hit effort
    Nori Aoki finished 2-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Aoki has five straight multi-hit games and a six-game hit streak overall. With the way he's hitting, the Giants won't be able to pull him out of the lineup or the leadoff slot. Aoki is slashing .326/.398/.418 with 11 steals, the latter good for fourth in the NL. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Belt homers in 7-0 victory versus the Braves
    Brandon Belt's sixth home run of the season helped the Giants beat the Braves 7-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, adding a double. The seventh inning round-tripper, on a 1-2 count against Shelby Miller, gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. San Francisco broke open the game in the next frame. Belt is now slashing .305/.375/.536. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Burns Notice: Billy smacks another homer
    Billy Burns finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Billy Burns is apparently the new Rickey Henderson. He's hit two homers in the past five games (and also smacked a double). How surprising is that? Well, Mr. Burns hit a grand total of two homers in 1,796 minor league at-bats. He slugged .357 on the farm, but has found this major league stuff pretty easy with a .417 mark (and a .302 average). It won't continue, but who are we to rain on Billy Burns' parade? Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 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
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Aybar pulled with tightness in left hamstring
    Erick Aybar was pulled from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: It's unclear if it's a day-to-day type of ailment, or if Aybar may require a stint on the disabled list. It may depend on how the shortstop is feeling on Friday. If he is forced to see an extended absence, the Angels may be forced to recall Josh Rutledge from Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Erick Aybar leaves game with hamstring injury
    Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Aybar was hustling down the first base line while attempting to beat out a bunt single in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Taylor Featherston, who could see additional playing time if Aybar requires any sort of extended absence. The Angels should have an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Crisp (neck) to miss at least another month
    Coco Crisp (neck) is scheduled to undergo an epidural on Monday and will be sidelined at least a month afterward.

    Advice: The hope remains that he will be able to avoid surgery, though it continues to look unlikely that he will be fantasy relevant this season. Billy Burns will continue to benefit in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Angels designate Marc Krauss for assignment
    Angels designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment.

    Advice: Krauss hit just .143/.211/.286 during his brief time with the Angels before he was sent down in favor or Kirk Nieuwenhuis. He could attract some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
     
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Green starting at first base Thursday
    Grant Green will start at first base Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Albert Pujols will serve as the designated hitter and Matt Joyce will start in left field. The newly-acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis is on the bench. This will be Green's first career start at first base, though he has made three previous appearances at the position. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Red Sox place Nava (thumb) on 15-day DL
    Red Sox placed OF Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a sprained left thumb.

    Advice: It was obvious that something would have to give with Carlos Peguero joining the team, so putting Nava on the disabled list enables the Red Sox to keep him in the organization rather than expose him to waivers. The 32-year-old is batting just .159/.250/.190 through 27 games this season and the thumb injury has apparently been bothering him for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • DeShields Jr. starting in CF on Thursday
    Delino DeShields Jr. is starting in center field and leading off Thursday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Leonys Martin is on the bench with the Red Sox throwing left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. DeShields should continue to start over Martin against southpaws, with Martin handling center against most righties. Interesting note: DeShields made his major league debut at second base late in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Indians. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Angels option Marc Krauss to AAA level
    Angels optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Krauss had a couple of timely hits in his two-week stay with the Halos, but he ultimately posted a disappointing .143/.211/.286 overall batting line. This move clears a roster spot for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:51 am
     
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • 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
  • Delino DeShields appears at second base
    Delino DeShields Jr. made his major league debut at second base late in Wednesday's blowout loss.

    Advice: Manager Jeff Banister said earlier this week that there weren't any immediate plans to give DeShields starts at second base. He played the position regularly from 2011-2013 in the minors, but he proved much better defensively in the outfield. Of course, there's now fewer at-bats for him there with Josh Hamilton off the DL. He'll likely get most of his starts versus lefties unless he shows he's a realistic option at second. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:09 pm
  • 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
  • Belt hits fifth homer, Giants down Brewers
    Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run of the season to help the Giants best the Brewers 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt hit the solo shot off Corey Knebel in the seventh inning. The homer was the fourth in the first baseman's last 10 games. Belt is hitting .301/.375/.510 with 20 RBI and 22 runs scored this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • DeShields not in Tuesday's lineup
    Delino DeShields Jr. is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: DeShields made the start in center field on Monday, but Leonys Martin is back in there against right-hander Danny Salazar. We still think Martin will end up getting most of the playing time in center field, which will hurt DeShields as long as Josh Hamilton can stay healthy. Of course, that's far from a guarantee. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:00 pm
  • Pujols delivers a walk-off RBI single vs. SDP
    Albert Pujols hit a broken-bat RBI single to help the Angels walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was trying to clean up Kevin Quackenbush's mess and walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs to face Pujols. Pujols broke his bat, but was strong enough to drive a grounder into left field for the walk-off hit. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. The veteran first baseman is batting a mediocre .228/.280/.420 with eight home runs and 17 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Aoki has four hits, HR, vs. Brewers
    Nori Aoki had a huge day against the Brewers on Monday, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Advice: Aoki filled up the box score against his former team, hitting a solo homer in the third inning -- his second home run of the season -- and an RBI single in the sixth along the way. He's done a nice job as San Francisco's leadoff man, batting .312 with a .391 on-base percentage over 44 games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:50 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Pirates' lineup Monday
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Josh Harrison is starting at third base and Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop against Marlins right-hander David Phelps. Kang will be available off the bench. He's batting .304/.369/.435 in his first 31 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:34 pm
  • Belt delivers RBI double in loss on Sunday
    Brandon Belt went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in a losing effort against the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: The Giants had been shut out heading into the ninth inning, where they finally broke through against Chad Bettis to score a pair of runs. Belt has been a monster on the road in recent weeks and is now slashing .311/.384/.511 with 19 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:25 pm
  • Burns homers, scores 3 runs in an A's win
    Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Burns led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of Erasmo Ramirez, serving as his first career long ball. He also singled twice and stole a base en route to scoring two more runs. The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of the Athletics' lineup, batting .309/.356/.395 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Aybar doubles and scores twice in loss to BOS
    Eric Aybar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Aybar's double in the eighth inning was his seventh of the season. A hot May has helped boost Aybar's numbers and he's now hitting .274/.320/.335 with a homer, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Athletics place Coco Crisp (neck) on DL
    Athletics placed OF Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with compressed discs in his neck.

    Advice: There are no immediate plans for the off-injured outfielder to undergo surgery, but also no clear timetable for his return. At this stage, fantasy owners may be wise to cut bait and free up a roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 am
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-5, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer Friday at Coors Field.

    Advice: It's the fourth time in eight days that Belt has had three hits and homer. He's hitting .375 in May after coming in at .235 with no homers in April. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Joc Pederson hits 11th homer in victory
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 and hit a tiebreaking homer off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning Friday as the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1.

    Advice: That's 11 homers for Pederson, so he's still on pace for right around 40. Of course, he's not going to keep that up, but he's the obvious Rookie of the Year favorite at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Iannetta smacks three-run homer vs. BoSox
    Chris Iannetta connected for a three-run homer and drew two walks in Friday's blowout win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a nine-run fifth inning for the Angels. Iannetta got off to a miserable start this season, but he has shown signs of life in recent days by going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Pujols (hand) homers in return to lineup
    Albert Pujols (hand) went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored in his return to the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, but he thinks he can play through it. The 35-year-old is batting .235/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 16 RBI through 39 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Moss homers, knocks in three vs. Reds
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in a win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Moss blasted a solo homer in the third inning and added a two-run double one inning later. The 31-year-old has three home runs and 13 RBI through 18 games this month, but he continues to have issues making contact. He's batting just .233 through 33 games this season while striking out 27 percent of the time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:47 pm
  • Kang has RBI, SB in win over Mets
    Jung Ho Kang had an RBI single and a stolen base against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Kang has hit safely in five straight games and owns a .310/.372/.440 batting line with two home runs, 11 RBI, and three stolen bases through 29 games. He has pushed the struggling Jordy Mercer to the bench in recent days and deserves to be owned in more fantasy leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Coco Crisp (neck) won't have surgery
    Coco Crisp will not undergo surgery to repair his nagging neck injury.

    Advice: Crisp revealed via social media on Thursday that he received "disheartening news" about his neck after seeing a doctor, but the plan is to treat the ailment with rest and rehab. The alternative would be a potentially career-ending operation, so it's no surprise they chose the former route. The A's haven't decided yet whether to place Crisp on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:11 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Albert Pujols (hand) back in lineup Friday
    Albert Pujols (hand) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, but he wound up missing just the one game. He's batting .231/.288/.413 with seven homers for the Halos this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Coco Crisp gets bad news about neck injury
    Coco Crisp said via Snapchat on Thursday that he got "disheartening news" about his neck injury, but would not elaborate.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder underwent an MRI on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with a doctor in Dallas on Friday. The Athletics should provide an update on his status then, but a trip to the disabled list certainly appears to be in order. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:04 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Belt(wrist) says he's fine after hit by pitch
    Brandon Belt (wrist) indicated that he was fine after being hit by a pitch during Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt was drilled by a Clayton Kershaw offering and admitted that it caused him to have flashbacks to last year's wrist injury, but he insists that he's perfectly fine. He has finally started to show signs of life offensively this past week, so as long as he's in the lineup on Friday fantasy owners should continue rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • Crisp (neck) to see doctor Friday
    Coco Crisp (neck) will get an MRI on Thursday and is scheduled to see a doctor in Dallas on Friday.

    Advice: It was originally reported that he would see a specialist on Thursday, but there was a scheduling conflict. Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck issue that is similar to the problem he dealt with in 2014. It's possible he'll need another stint on the DL. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:15 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Albert Pujols (hand) hopes to play Friday
    Albert Pujols (hand) hopes to play Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols was hit in the lower part of his left hand by a pitch on Wednesday. He's still dealing with some swelling and is having some trouble gripping the bat, but already has felt some improvement. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:58 pm
  • Pujols (hand) not in Angels' lineup Thursday
    Albert Pujols (hand) is not in the Angels' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pujols was hit on the lower part of his left hand Wednesday by a Drew Hutchison pitch. X-rays showed no fractures, but he still has some soreness and bruising. Marc Krauss will start at first base and bat second Thursday in Toronto. Mike Trout will bat third. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Pujols 'OK', day to day with hand contusion
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Albert Pujols is "OK" and will be day to day with a bruised hand.

    Advice: Dipoto added that there are no fractures or broken bones in Pujols' left hand or wrist. Pujols may sit out Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, but he should avoid a disabled list stint. He got struck with a Drew Hutchinson pitch on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • McCutchen homers, but Pirates fall in 13th
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, but the Pirates fell in 13 innings to the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: McCutchen knotted the game up at 3-3 with an eighth-inning opposite-field home run off of Blaine Boyer. It's number five on the year for the outfielder, who has started to look much better at the plate. He's batting .238/.333/.399 with 23 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Pujols undergoing tests on left hand, wrist
    Albert Pujols underwent tests on his left hand and wrist Wednesday night.

    Advice: The first baseman was hit by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the hand and wrist area during Wednesday's game, eventually necessitating his exit. The immediate diagnosis from the Angels was a left hand contusion, but that doesn't appear to be the end of the story. Reports had Pujols leaving the ballpark with a cast on his wrist. The results of Wednesday's tests, and Pujols' prognosis going forward, should be known Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Krauss doubles, sends Angels to a victory
    Mark Krauss helped the Angels take a late lead and an eventual win with a two-run double on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: First baseman Albert Pujols had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, so Krauss replaced him at first base. He turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead when he hit a seventh-inning double to plate two runs off of Steve Delabar. Krauss had been 1-for-13 since his promotion on May 12. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
     
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Pujols diagnosed with left hand contusion
    Albert Pujols has been diagnosed with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: It's a fortunate diagnosis, as it certainly seemed possible something was broken after he was hit by a Drew Hutchison pitch. It sounds like he'll only miss a day or two, but more should be known Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:42 pm
  • Crisp to visit a neck specialist on Thursday
    Coco Crisp will visit a neck specialist in the Dallas area on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Crisp was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Astros with a neck injury and did not play Wednesday. It's similar to the neck problem that bothered him in 2014. The veteran outfielder could be headed to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Coco Crisp (neck) sitting out Wednesday
    Coco Crisp (neck) is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Crisp exited Tuesday's game with a neck issue that manager Bob Melvin admitted was similar to the nagging neck ailment the outfielder battled last season. He's considered day-to-day. Craig Gentry is in left field Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:17 am
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Moss blasts sixth homer in win over White Sox
    Brandon Moss hit his sixth home run of the season in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss took reliever Zach Putnam deep in the eighth inning. The homer was the first baseman's first since May 6. He's got six homers and 24 RBI through 35 games thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Crisp's neck injury similar to last year's
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that the neck injury Coco Crisp suffered Tuesday is similar to the one he dealt with last season.

    Advice: Well, that's not encouraging. Crisp never was placed on the disabled list last season, but he was limited to just 126 games in 2014 while battling the neck ailment off and on. Melvin said that the outfielder is considered day-to-day. Crisp is off to a 2-for-45 start at the plate this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Coco Crisp leaves game with neck tightness
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Astros with neck tightness.

    Advice: It's unclear how serious the ailment might be, but with Crisp's history of neck issues there has to be some concern. The A's should have an update on his status after Tuesday's game concludes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:33 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
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