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  • Nunez picks up four hits in win
    Eduardo Nunez continued his dream season in Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Mariners, pounding out four hits, including his fifth homer of the year.

    Advice: Nunez is now hitting .333/.363/.510 in one of the more unexpected performances of the year. He’s bounced around from third base to shortstop to second base defensively, which has helped his playing time remain high. Although his .366 BABIP suggests that his batting average should drop, he has an outside chance to hit double-digit homers and steal 20-plus bases. No shortstop did that in 2015. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Miley gets shelled in four innings
    Wade Miley served up a trio of homers and only lasted four innings against the Twins on Saturday, ultimately getting tagged for five earned runs.

    Advice: It was vintage Miley -- strikeout a ton, walk a couple, and give up the long ball. He struck out six, walked four, and allowed three homers. This is why Miley had a 4.46 ERA with the Red Sox in 2015 and now has a 4.95 ERA with the Mariners. The 29-year-old is what he is at this point and, in terms of fantasy leagues, that’s not a top-75 starter. He’ll look to get back on track against the Padres on the road. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Hughes roughed up a bit in win
    Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: It could’ve been worse. The Mariners had the bases loaded four different times against Hughes, but hitters went 0-for-4 with a double play in those situations. That helped the right-hander limit the damage, despite the 12 baserunners. He now has a 5.74 ERA with only 30 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings and will next get the Rays at home. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Goldschmidt launches ninth homer in win
    Paul Goldschmidt got on base four times in Saturday’s 8-7 win over the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a pair of walks.

    Advice: It was only Goldschmidt’s ninth home run of the year, which somehow seems relatively small, but he has already driven in 30 runs. He also swiped his sixth bag of the year for good measure. The All-Star first baseman is now hitting .250/.413/.453 and remains one of the elite fantasy players in any mixed format. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Vargas gets shelled versus Diamondbacks
    Cesar Vargas got shelled on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, surrendering seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Vargas allowed six hits -- one of them being a two-run shot from Paul Goldschmidt -- and two walks, so it was an all-around miserable outing for the young righty. Considering he had never made a start above Double-A prior to this year, fantasy owners should expect a few blow-up starts as he acclimates to the big leagues, especially given his penchant for the free pass. The ground-ball specialist may be able to carve out a back-end role in San Diego; however, that’s not too interesting in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Greinke gives up four runs in win
    Zack Greinke was responsible for four runs in six innings of work in Saturday’s win over the Padres.

    Advice: Greinke saw his quality start spoiled by a three-run sixth, an inning that featured three doubles and a walk. It marked his fifth start in which he allowed four or more runs. The right-hander had only two of such outings in all of 2015. He now owns a 4.71 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings this year and will next face the Astros in an interleague match-up. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Keuchel goes seven strong in win over Angels
    Dallas Keuchel recovered from a shaky start to limit the Angels to two runs over seven innings in Saturday's 4-2 win.

    Advice: Keuchel gave up back-to-back solo homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning but settled down to put up six zeroes in his final six innings of work. The southpaw gave up just one other hit, didn't walk a batter and struck out five on the night. It ranked among his best starts of the season, improving him to 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through 11 outings. We'll see if Keuchel can use the start as a springboard or if it was an aberration when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Weaver allows four runs in loss to Astros
    Jered Weaver allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Weaver matched Astros starter Dallas Keuchel through five innings, each pitcher allowing two runs, but a Jason Castro two-run home run in the sixth inning broke the tie and sealed Weaver's fate. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked three on the evening. Weaver's record fell to 4-4 with the loss, and he owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.51 WHIP through 10 starts. An interleague matchup with the Pirates is on tap for Friday. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Gregerson retires the side to earn 11th save
    Luke Gregerson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Angels on Saturday to earn his 11th save.

    Advice: Gregerson was given the day off Thursday after having worked each of the previous two days, but rested and ready he jumped right back into the ninth inning Saturday. And he had little trouble with the top of the Angels' lineup, retiring the side in order, culminating with a Mike Trout groundout to end the game. Gregerson owns a 3.18 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 22 appearances to date. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Moore strikes out seven in win over Yankees
    Matt Moore struck out seven while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Moore gave up eight hits and walked three, so he's not quite out of the woods yet, but it was a step in the right direction in what has been a tough year thus far. Moore hadn't struck out seven in a game in more than a month, and the quality start was also his first since April 27. Moore moved to 2-3 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, and he'll try to carry some momentum into Thursday's start at the Twins. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Wright's neck injury causing Mets concern
    David Wright (neck) is out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, as the Mets have "a little concern" about the injury.

    Advice: Not much information is known about the neck injury and Ty Kelly will get the start in his place. With any bump or bruise with Wright, it's an immediate concern that it will become a nagging issue or that he will eventually land on the DL. The 33-year-old is only hitting .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs in 164 plate appearances this year. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
    5:00 pm vs LAD
  • Beckham homers, drives in three Braves in win
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a Braves' 7-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: With a couple runners on in the seventh inning, Beckham took an Edwin Jackson offering out to left-center for his second home run of the year. He also doubled and scored in the contest. Beckham has quietly been very good for the Braves in 27 games this year, batting .317/.417/.488 with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Yordano Ventura knocked around by White Sox
    Yordano Ventura was knocked around again in Saturday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter. To his credit, Ventura was able to settle down after the White Sox had scored six times in the first four innings, and was able to give his club seven innings and save the bullpen. He has been a major disappointment this season, compiling a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings in his first 10 starts. He'll try to right the ship on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Royals option Brian Flynn back to Triple-A
    Royals optioned LHP Brian Flynn to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw continues to shuffle back and forth between the Royals and Triple-A whenever the big league club needs an extra arm. Flynn owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings with the Royals. Yesterday, 8:39 am
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    11:15 am vs CWS
  • Yangervis Solarte homers twice in rout
    Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of homers to knock in four runs against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second two-homer game of Solarte's career. The switch-hitter was batting cleanup tonight in his sixth game back from the disabled list. Still, it's probably not enough to make him of use in the typical mixed league. Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance
    Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • David Wright out of Mets' lineup on Tuesday
    David Wright is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: Ty Kelly will start at third base and bat eighth versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg. It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran Wright. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
    5:00 pm vs LAD
  • David Wright homers as Mets down Nats
    David Wright smacked a three-run homer in Monday's victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Things started to fall apart for Nats starter Gio Gonzalez in the third inning, and it began with Wright's three-run blast. It was the third baseman's first longball since May seventh and his fifth on the season. Wright has been getting more off days this month as his back acts up and remains a health risk going forward. Monday, 8:30 pm
    5:00 pm vs LAD
  • Matt Moore struggles against Marlins
    Matt Moore was touched up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over five frames in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: The Rays gave Moore a couple extra days of rest before this outing, but it didn't help. The left-hander's downward spiral after a promising start continues, and he now is looking at an ERA sitting at a season-high 5.47. Moore probably can't afford many other slip-ups before the Rays consider making a change in their rotation. He'll face the Yankees next. Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Jered Weaver fans six in victory over Orioles
    Jered Weaver delivered a strong performance in Sunday's victory over the Orioles, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven frames.

    Advice: Weaver punched out six in the ballgame and walked only one. He kept the O's off the board until his final inning of work where Jonathan Schoop belted a two-run homer. Knowing that his fastball is among the worst in the game, Weaver threw primarily breaking balls the entire game on Sunday and the strategy paid off for him. It'll be interesting to see if he does the same on Saturday against the Astros. May 22, 5:26 pm
  • Yordano Ventura surrenders three earned
    Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Ventura walked four and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Todd Frazier. The hard-throwing right-hander carries an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings this season, along with a hideous 34/33 K/BB ratio. He gets the White Sox at home next. May 22, 2:18 pm
  • Greinke dominates for eight versus Cardinals
    Zack Greinke held the Cardinals to one run over eight innings Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 victory.

    Advice: That's the second good start in a row for Greinke, whose ERA is finally under 5.00. He gave up only five hits and one walk while striking out seven. The one run against him came on a Brandon Moss solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Greinke, signed to a $206.5 million free agent contract this winter, will try to stay hot in his next turn at home against the Padres. May 22, 2:14 pm
  • Reds ding Miley for four runs in six innings
    Wade Miley couldn't quite manage a quality start in Sunday's win over the Reds, yielding four runs on eight hits over six innings.

    Advice: Miley allowed three runs in the first inning courtesy of a two-run double by Brandon Phillips and a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto. The Reds wouldn't score again until the fourth inning, when Adam Duvall cracked a solo home run. For the season, Miley holds an utterly average 4.50 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across nine starts. A home date with the Twins awaits him next time he toes the rubber. May 22, 2:07 pm
  • Keuchel surrenders seven runs to Rangers
    Dallas Keuchel surrendered seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Yet another brutal outing from the reigning 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner, who now stands 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA through 10 starts this year. He struck out six Sunday and issued only one walk, but the Rangers made a whole lot of hard contact. Keuchel will look to straighten things out in his next start on the road against the Angels. May 22, 1:56 pm
  • Hughes allows three runs over six in loss
    Phil Hughes allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Toronto scored all three of those runs in the top of the first, on solo homers by Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson and an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki. Hughes did settle in after that, but he got very little help from the Minnesota offense in falling to 1-7 on the year. A road start against the Mariners is next. May 22, 1:48 pm
  • Solarte walks for walk-off in 11-inning win
    Yangervis Solarte ended Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: Yes, the classic walk-off walk. Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao had himself a rough one, walking three after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Meyers to open the bottom of the eleventh. Perhaps a reason for his nervousness around the strike zone: Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended the game with a would-be home run that died on the warning track with one out in the frame. Regardless, Solarte eventually drew the walk to end the game. He probably feels pretty great with this one. He hasn't played since early April, having been done in by a strained hamstring. Last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed .270/.320/.428 with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 63 RBI over 526 at-bats. Those in deeper mixed- or NL-only formats, particularly those in need of infield help, should consider scooping Solarte off waivers if he is not already owned. May 21, 11:13 pm
  • Cesar Vargas shines in no-decision vs LAD
    Cesar Vargas was on his game in taking a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday, surrendering two runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Vargas struck out seven and walked one on the evening. Matt Kemp gave him a brief 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, but Vargas would allow a two-run homer to Trayce Thompson half-an-inning later. The Padres would come back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame to prevent Vargas from picking up the loss. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings. The WHIP pops off the stat sheet, but Vargas has survived it, somehow, allowing two or fewer runs in five of his six starts. That sixth start saw him blown up for six runs by the Cubs. He will hit the road for a date with the Diamondbacks next time he takes the ball. May 21, 10:56 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte activated from 15-day DL
    Padres activated 3B Yangervis Solarte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed almost six weeks with a strained hamstring. Solarte isn't starting against the Dodgers on Saturday but he'll be available off the bench. Manager Andy Green said he wants to keep Brett Wallace's bat in the lineup. With Wallace locked in at the hot corner, Solarte might start seeing time at second base. May 21, 5:14 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez beats Jays with three-run shot
    Eduardo Nunez blasted a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Saturday, capping off a five-run inning that propelled the Twins to a 5-3 victory over J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Twins offense had been held in check all afternoon until the five-run explosion in the eighth. Nunez also doubled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He's now hitting a cool .331/.367/.492 with three long balls and 17 RBI on the season. May 21, 1:57 pm
  • Beckham has two hits, RBI vs. Phillies
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham, who made the start out of the No. 2 spot, is now batting .394 (13-for-33) in 10 games since coming off the disabled list. We obviously don’t expect it to last given his track record, so steer clear in mixed formats, but there’s opportunity in this infield right now. May 20, 7:47 pm
  • David Wright sitting out on Friday
    David Wright is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Wright played the last two days after missing two games with renewed discomfort in his back. Manager Terry Collins said that the third baseman is just getting a night off in this one, though. Eric Campbell is at third base. May 20, 12:15 pm
    5:00 pm vs LAD
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