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  • Yonder Alonso hits walkoff homer for A's
    Yonder Alonso hit a three-run homer off Pat Neshek in the bottom of the ninth to give the A's a 7-4 win over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: The Astros took a 4-2 lead in the sixth in this one, only to give up two runs in the eighth and Alonso's three-run bomb in the ninth. It was Alonso's first homer of the year, and it doubled his season RBI total. He entered the night with a .154/.203/.185 line in 65 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Evan Gattis hits first homer
    Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 and popped his first homer of the year Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Gattis needs to get it going if he wants to play against righties, and this is a nice first step for him, though the homer came off a lefty. Gattis is hitting .256 with four doubles and a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 43 at-bats since coming off the DL. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Carl Crawford goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 1-for-11 with a walk since coming off the disabled list.

    Advice: Crawford could have used a hot start upon returning in order to secure the starting gig that was initially expected to be his while Andre Ethier was out. Dave Roberts figures to keep mixing and matching for now and occasionally using Howie Kendrick in left to make room for Chase Utley at second. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs to Rockies
    Robbie Ray was tagged for five runs and four homers in four-plus innings by the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: It could have been worse, considering that Ray gave up two walks and three more hits in addition to the four homers. Ray hadn't allowed a single homer through four starts this year and he gave up just nine in 127 2/3 innings last season, so tonight was certainly something of a fluke. Still, he's more of a streamer/spot-starter in mixed leagues than an every-week option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Felix Hernandez goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win
    Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.

    Advice: Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kris Medlen allows one run in loss
    Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Ramos notches one-out save against MIL
    A.J. Ramos escaped trouble on Friday against the Brewers for his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: It looked like the Marlins wouldn’t need Ramos at all, as they held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth while trying to finish off a no-hitter. However, Jose Urena ended up surrendering three runs before Ramos got the call. After walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana to load the bases, Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar swinging to finally put the game to bed. The 29-year-old has walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings this season, but he also has 13 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Bour homers twice, knocks in five vs. MIL
    Justin Bour had a monster night Friday against the Brewers, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI.

    Advice: Bour slugged a three-run homer in the first inning before adding an RBI double in the third inning and a solo homer in the sixth. This was his second career multi-homer again. The 27-year-old entered the day with one home run through his first 70 plate appearances. Perhaps this will finally get him going. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Prado has three more hits Friday
    Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Strasburg strikes out nine in win over Cards
    Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out nine in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg gave up both runs in the first inning, but really settled down from there. He walked just one batter and notched seven strikeouts in the span of eight batters at one point. After finishing last season strong, the impending free agent is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio in 36 innings through his first five starts this season. He’ll attempt to keep it going next week against the Royals on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Papelbon notches eighth save of season
    Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Leake gives up five runs in loss
    Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Adams homers, knocks in three runs vs. Nats
    Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Adams did most of the heavy lifting for the Cardinals’ offense on Friday, with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run blast in the eighth inning. Despite his best efforts, St. Louis ended up falling one run short. Adams has mostly struggled in sporadic playing time this season, batting .238/.289/.429 over 22 games. He’s no longer on the radar in mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Taylor hits leadoff homer Friday vs. Cards
    Michael Taylor hit a leadoff homer off Mike Leake on Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was his third home run of the season and his second leadoff shot. The blast ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for Washington. Taylor has struggled to take advantage of an opportunity in center field with Ben Revere sidelined, batting just .195/.232/.338 over 19 games. Revere just began a minor league rehab assignment and should be back with the Nationals in a few days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Taylor, Rendon out of Nationals lineup Thurs.
    Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Matt den Dekker will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Phillies righty Aaron Nola. Taylor is slashing just .192/.231/.301 in 18 games this season and is in danger of losing significant playing time with Ben Revere (oblique) getting closer and closer to activation. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Thursday, with Stephen Drew filling in at third base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 am
  • Michael Taylor gets two hits, stolen base
    Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: He also added a walk, as Taylor reached base three times for the second game in a row. It's baby steps, though, as he's still hitting an ugly .203/.243/.319 with a 25/4 K/BB ratio. Ben Revere (oblique) is nearing a rehab assignment and will push Taylor back to the bench when he returns. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Dodgers activate Carl Crawford (back) off DL
    Dodgers activated OF Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He is starting in left field and batting seventh on Tuesday night against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Crawford missed a little over two weeks with a lower back injury. He'll carry some DFS intrigue on days when he bats higher in the Los Angeles lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Marlins activate Prado from paternity leave
    Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Prado was excused from the team on Saturday afternoon to welcome a new child. The veteran third baseman returns Tuesday to an impressive .340/.382/.420 batting line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • Justin Bour goes hitless against Dodgers
    Justin Bour went 0-for-4 against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Bour has just one homer in 59 at-bats to begin the year. He's still not embarrassing himself with a .681 OPS, but it's worth wondering if he'll lose some at-bats to Derek Dietrich after Martin Prado returns from the paternity list. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:15 pm
  • Carl Crawford (back) to be activated Tuesday
    Carl Crawford (back) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford has been sidelined since April 8 with lower back soreness. He should see starts against right-handers upon his return, but the Dodgers have plenty of moving parts. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:38 pm
  • Blue Jays, Cardinals could talk trade?
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi suspects the Blue Jays and Cardinals could become trade partners.

    Advice: Toronto lost first baseman Chris Colabello to a PED suspension on Friday and the Cardinals have two first basemen in Matt Adams and Brandon Moss. Adams has struggled this season and had a rough 2015, but he does carry more years of control than Moss and he'd probably do well in a place where he could get starts at DH. Moss, a free agent this winter, has four home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:57 am
  • Robbie Ray hit hard in no-decision on Sunday
    Robbie Ray was hit hard in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering five runs (four earned) on eight hits over three-plus innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, Ray did manage to rack up five strikeouts while walking just two on the afternoon. He cruised through the first two innings unscathed before allowing three runs in the third and another pair before he was chased in the fourth. Ray will carry a 3.38 ERA and troublesome 1.59 WHIP into Friday's start against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Leake allows five runs in no-decision
    Mike Leake allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Padres.

    Advice: Another iffy outing from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has surrendered at least four runs in each of his first four starts with St. Louis. He gave up seven hits Sunday and walked two, and he probably would have fallen to 0-3 on the year but the Cardinals managed a late comeback at Petco Park. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals this offseason, will try to settle in next time out against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • Strasburg whiffs 10 in no-decision vs. Twins
    Despite 10 strikeouts, Stephen Strasburg was undone by one mistake in a no-decision against the Twins in Sunday's 6-5, 16-inning marathon win, serving up a three-run home run to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning.

    Advice: Strasburg looked like a world-beater for most of his time on the mound Sunday, scattering seven hits while striking out 10. He did not walk a batter. Alas, even the best laid plans of mice and men oft fall apart. Such was the case for the ace in the eighth inning, when Brian Dozier launched a three-run homer to boost the Twins to a 4-1 lead. The Nats would score two runs in the bottom of the frame to set the stage for a dramatic pinch-hit solo homer by Bryce Harper in the ninth inning. They would ultimately win 6-5 in the 16th inning, with Strasburg long out of the picture for a decision. Through four starts, Strasburg holds a 2.17 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. In what figures to be a fun series, Strasburg will take to the road to face the Cardinals in his next start. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Ramos earns his third save of the season
    A.J. Ramos nailed down his third save of the season Sunday in the Marlins' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Ramos struck out Matt Duffy and Buster Posey before yielding a two-out single to Hunter Pence. Trevor Brown then grounded out to second base to end it. Ramos has allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings to open the season and he is 3-for-3 in save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:32 pm
  • Carl Crawford (back) to be activated Monday
    Carl Crawford (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Crawford will complete a rehab assignment Sunday after recovering from a lower back injury. He should see plenty of playing time in left field against right-handers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:16 am
  • Hernandez throws quality start in loss to LAA
    Felix Hernandez got little run support and took a tough-luck loss on Saturday against the Angels, throwing a quality start and striking out four over seven innings.

    Advice: Hernandez can't seem to buy any run support from his offense, suffering his second loss of the season despite throwing seven innings and only allowing three runs. He has lost a couple ticks on his fastball yet again this year, but he's still cruising along with a 1.80 ERA. His increased walk rate has inflated his FIP (4.07). The right-hander is still striking out a batter per inning, though, so it's not a huge worry at the moment. The biggest concern is that he only has one win to show for quality starts in three of his four outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:10 pm
  • Medlen ambushed by Orioles for seven runs
    Kris Medlen allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: Medlen actually got through a fairly harmless first inning without incident, making the subsequent innings all the more surprising. He allowed runs in each of the next three, with two of the seven scoring after he'd been removed in the fourth. Medlen walked three while striking out two in the abbreviated start. It was his first clunker in three starts, raising his ERA to 6.00, and he'll look to get back on the horse Friday at the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Crawford rehabbing in Rancho Cucamonga
    Carl Crawford's rehab assignment will shift to High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

    Advice: It should be his last stop before the Dodgers activate him on Monday. Crawford has gone 3-for-8 with two RBI in his first two rehab appearances. He's been out with a lower back injury since April 8. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Felix Hernandez (illness) to start on Saturday
    Felix Hernandez will start Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Hernandez was scheduled to pitch the series opener on Friday but was scratched because of an illness. Fortunately for Seattle, his start was only delayed one day. King Felix has displayed his usual brand of dominance this year (1.00 ERA, 10.0 K/9), though the Mariners haven't given him much run support (two runs per game in his three starts). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:32 pm
  • Martin Prado going on paternity leave
    Marlins placed 3B Martin Prado on the paternity list.

    Advice: That might explain why Prado hasn't been in the lineup the last two nights. Left-hander Cody Ege was called up from Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Prado should be back in a few days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Michael Taylor not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for Taylor who has been struggling mightily at the plate in the early going. Chris Heisey will start in his place and bat leadoff for the Nats against Phil Hughes and the Twins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Evan Gattis goes hitless again in loss Friday
    Evan Gattis continued to struggle at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Advice: With the tough night, Gattis is now hitting a troublesome .167/.200/.208 with zero RBI through his first 25 plate appearances. His bat is bound to get going at some point, but until he's back in the swing of things fantasy owners should leave the White Bear firmly planted on the bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:28 pm
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Friday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Prado isn't known to be hurt, but this is the second time in the last three games he's been benched. Derek Dietrich is starting at third base and J.T. Realmuto is in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:54 pm
  • Felix Hernandez scratched due to illness
    Felix Hernandez has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Angels due to illness.

    Advice: Hisashi Iwakuma will take the ball instead on regular rest. The Mariners are surely hoping that King Felix will be ready to go on Saturday, allowing him to simply flip-flop spots with Iwakuma. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:50 pm
  • Carl Crawford (back) to be activated Monday
    Carl Crawford (back) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He had been slated to return Sunday, but a travel issue cost him a day of rehab at-bats. Crawford was hitless in four plate appearances Thursday in his first rehab contest. He'll see regular starts in left field against righties once he returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 am
  • Taylor will be back in leadoff spot Friday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Michael Taylor will be back in the leadoff spot Friday.

    Advice: Taylor is batting seventh in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins. "It's a day off from being leadoff, but not a day off from playing," said Baker. The young outfielder hit an opposite-field homer on Wednesday night, but he also struck out three times and is slashing just .185/.211/.333 in 57 total plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 am
  • Papelbon saves game number six of the year
    Jonathan Papelbon bounced back on Wednesday from a blown save, working around a two-out single to lock down his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Papelbon gave up a two-out single to Christian Yelich in the ninth inning, which breathed momentary life into Marlins fans as Giancarlo Stanton stepped to the plate as the tying run. Papelbon benefited from a questionable called third strike to retire Stanton and secure the save. The veteran closer should have a long leash this year and is a good bet to save 30-plus games for the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Taylor hits second homer of year in win
    Michael Taylor connected with an opposite-field home run against the Marlins on Wednesday, his second of the young campaign.

    Advice: Taylor showed the good and the bad on Wednesday evening. He clobbered a solo homer in the fifth inning, but he also struck out three times. Although the power potential is nice, it's becoming more difficult for manager Dusty Baker to keep Taylor in the lead-off role. The 25-year-old is hitting .185/.211/.333 on the year. One can only imagine that the Nationals are hoping Ben Revere recovers from his oblique injury in a hurry. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Dietrich smashes a homer in loss to Nationals
    Derek Dietrich got a rare start on Wednesday against the Nationals and smashed his first homer of the campaign, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

    Advice: Dietrich has only 14 plate appearances halfway through the month of April, so playing time has been hard to come by. He celebrated a rare start with a 411-foot homer off Yusmeiro Petit. The 26-year-old has been a nice option of the bench for Miami, hitting .417/.500/.833 with two doubles and a homer, so perhaps he'll begin cracking the lineup a bit more in the future. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Prado getting game off Wednesday vs. Nats
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at third base and bat sixth for the Marlins against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. It's just a day off for Prado, who's batting .333/.380/.422 in 50 plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Robbie Ray shuts down Giants over six innings
    Robbie Ray was fantastic in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Giants, firing six innings of scoreless ball while striking out eight.

    Advice: Ray scattered five hits over his six innings of work, with two walks on the side. We have seen flashes from the southpaw at times earlier this season -- in his last start, he tossed six shutout innings against the Dodgers before faltering slightly in the seventh -- but this was his best overall outing through three starts. He has yet to surrender more than two runs in an outing. If the 24-year-old can keep the walks down on a consistent basis, he could be primed for a breakout campaign. Ray will play host to the Pirates next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:27 pm
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