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  • C.J. Cron optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned 1B/DH C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron's playing time had been dwindling and he's hit just .204/.225/.276 for the season with an ugly 23/2 K/BB ratio. The Halos will make a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's game.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Ross works around 10 hits in a no-decision
    Tyson Ross took a no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 4-3 to the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Ross was fortunate to only allow the three runs as he gave up 10 hits in the outing along with a walk. The Angels also stole three bases off of him and catcher Derek Norris. Ross used seven strikeouts to limit runner advancement. The young right-hander has pitched well, but not at the level that led to an All-Star bid in 2014. He has a 3.84 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, and a 69/30 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. Ross will face the Pirates at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Weaver delivers solid effort over 6 2/3 IP
    Jered Weaver got a no-decision on Monday, holding the Padres to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Weaver was working on a shutout, but allowed the tying run to get into scoring position in the seventh inning before he was pulled. Reliever Jose Alvarez allowed Weaver's runner to score plus two of his own, ruining Weaver's bid for a win. Weaver allowed six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has really turned things around over his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 4.06 with a 1.15 WHIP, and a 35/10 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Weaver will face the Tigers at home next weekend.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Kimbrel allows Angels to walk off in the 9th
    Craig Kimbrel didn't take the loss, but allowed the Angels to walk off winners in the ninth inning on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Quackenbush allowed the Angels to put runners on the corners with one out, prompting manager Bud Black to bring in Kimbrel to put out the fire. Kimbrel struck out Erick Aybar, then intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Kimbrel broke Pujols' bat, but the grounder snuck into left field for a walk-off single. Kimbrel wasn't charged with the run or the loss, but entered the appearance having allowed runs in seven of his previous 11 outings and he carries a miserable 5.63 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 10 innings while going 11-for-12 in save chances.
    Yesterday, 9:26 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.
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Stanton homers, but Marlins fall to Pirates
    Giancarlo Stanton was the only source of offense for the Marlins, knocking in both runs in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Stanton gave the Marlins a temporary 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning, then reduced their deficit to 3-2 with a third-inning solo home run to right field off of Charlie Morton. The slugger is hitting .234/.323/.509 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI as May nears its conclusion.
    Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Alvarez homers again as Pirates top Marlins
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's victory against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alvarez provided insurance with a sixth-inning solo homer off of David Phelps, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-2. He has homered in back-to-back starts and has four in his last eight games, giving him nine total on the season along with 21 RBI and a .241/.327/.496 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Smoak homers, knocks in 3 runs in a win
    Justin Smoak walked, hit an RBI single, and slugged a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Blue Jays enjoyed a 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Smoak pushed the Jays' lead to 4-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Hector Noesi. He added on unnecessary insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Smoak hadn't homered since April 24 but still has a decent .246/.343/.426 batting line with three home runs and 11 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Chad Gaudin has carpal tunnel release surgery
    Chad Gaudin could be ready to pitch in a month after undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery.

    Advice: Gaudin has battled nerve issues the past couple years but is hoping that this operation finally puts them to bed. He could potentially get a shot at some point with all the Dodgers' pitching injuries, but they certainly won't be counting on him.
    Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Rays recall Tim Beckham from AAA Durham
    Rays recalled INF Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Beckham was just optioned to the minors last week, but the Rays need him to provide infield depth with first baseman James Loney ruled out indefinitely after suffering a broken finger. Beckham was batting just .224/.266/.459 at the time of his May 22 demotion. He's doubtful to hold mixed-league fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Josh Bell drills four hits in Sunday's win
    Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell delivered four hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Altoona

    Advice: All of his hits were singles. The 22-year-old is now second in the Eastern League in batting average (.338), fourth in RBI (29), seventh in walks (21) and third in on base percentage (.412). Bell has shown remarkable consistency all season, batting .325 in May after hitting an even more robust .352 in April. He's struck out just 14 times in 151 at-bats. Altoona fans should get to the park soon because Bell won't be in Double-A for much longer.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Doolittle (shoulder) due back from DL Tues.
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Doolittle has spent the first two months of the 2015 regular season rehabbing a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. He allowed five runs in five innings on his rehab assignment, so the A's will likely ease him back into high-leverage situations. The 28-year-old southpaw should eventually take over for Tyler Clippard at closer.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Miguel Cabrera dealing with a 'cranky ankle'
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Miguel Cabrera has been dealing with a "cranky ankle."

    Advice: That's part of the reason for his absence Monday, though Ausmus said it's only a minor thing. Cabrera should return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night. Hernan Perez is starting at first base for Detroit in Monday's series opener at Oakland's Coliseum.
    Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • Miguel Cabrera getting day of rest on Monday
    Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the A's.

    Advice: Hernan Perez will start at first base and J.D. Martinez will start at DH in the opener at Coliseum. It's just a day of maintenance for Cabrera, who is batting .344/.446/.613 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 45 games.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Moustakas (clavicle) goes 1-for-4 in return
    Mike Moustakas (clavicle) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Moustakas made an early exit from Saturday's game after taking a bad hop off his collarbone at third base. He only suffered a bruise. The 26-year-old budding star is batting .333/.385/.491 in 40 games this season.
    Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Cabrera rips 11th homer as Tigers fall to HOU
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and hit a solo home run in five at-bats Sunday, but the Tigers lost to the Astros.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, trying to help the Tigers overcome a three-run deficit, but it wasn't enough. As expected, the two-time AL MVP has done nothing but hit this season, carrying a .344/.446/.613 triple-slash line with 11 home runs and 32 RBI.
    Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench in favor of Sean Rodriguez versus lefty Jon Niese. Alvarez has just one hit in 17 at-bats against left-handers this season.
    Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Moustakas exits game with clavicle contusion
    Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with a bruised clavicle.

    Advice: He got hit by a grounder in the top of the fifth inning. Christian Colon entered to play third base. Moustakas went 1-for-2 with a double before exiting.
    Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Sean Doolittle to be re-evaluated on Monday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday.

    Advice: The A's received glowing reports from Doolittle's last rehab outing on Friday, and barring any setbacks it looks as though he will be cleared to rejoin the bullpen at some point next week. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he would probably be used in lower leverage situations his first couple of times out, easing the hard-throwing southpaw back into the closer's role. His return would spell the end of the fantasy value for Tyler Clippard.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • 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.
    Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Rays option Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham
    Rays optioned INF Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The 25-year-old infielder went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season on Friday, but became a roster casualty as the Rays needed a fresh arm in the bullpen. While he has shown flashes, he's hitting just .224/.266/.459 on the year and could benefit from everyday at-bats at Triple-A.
    Friday, 8:47 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.
    Friday, 6:57 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 12:49 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Stanton notches RBI single in loss to ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton got in on the party early, hitting an RBI single off of Archie Bradley in the first inning, but it would be his only hit of the game. The RBI was his 39th of the season. Stanton's additional numbers include 12 homers, 25 runs scored and a .239/.324/.523 slash.
    Thursday, 12:27 pm
  • Ross coughs up 3 runs in loss to the Cubs
    Tyson Ross yielded three runs on four hits across seven innings in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: On a positive note, he struck out eight. On the negative side of things, he walked three. Yes, control continues to be an issue, as Ross leads the National League with 29 walks allowed. He's never had great control, but if he can improve it to his career norms, the ERA and WHIP should also normalize. Ross has a 3.93 ERA this year against a 3.72 career mark, and he has a 1.46 career WHIP versus a 1.34 career rate.
    Wednesday, 10:21 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.
    Wednesday, 8:22 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.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Weaver wins third straight with 7 IP vs. Jays
    Jered Weaver picked up his third consecutive victory, limiting the Blue Jays to three runs in seven innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: After his May 3 start, Weaver was 0-4 with a 6.29 ERA, but he's cobbled together three consecutive quality outings now. On Wednesday, all three runs scored with two outs in the fourth inning on a double, a single, and another double after Weaver issued back-to-back walks to start the frame. Other than that, he was solid, yielding only four hits in total with three walks and four punch-outs. The right-hander's ERA is down to 4.37 with a 1.16 WHIP and a 28/9 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings. Weaver will try to win his fourth start in a row when he faces the Padres at home to begin a homestand on Monday.
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 5:42 pm
  • Kimbrel escapes with the save after a homer
    Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run but still picked up his 11th save as the Padres escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Staked to a two-run lead, Kimbrel got two quick outs on strikeouts before Chris Coghlan took him out to center field for a solo home run. The flame-throwing right-hander got Mike Baxter to ground out to end the game. Kimbrel has been remarkably hittable this season as he has a 5.74 ERA and has allowed three home runs in 15 2/3 innings. Nevertheless, he's 11-for-12 in save chances with a 23/5 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Moustakas has three hits, two RBI vs. Reds
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Moustakas had two RBI doubles in the affair, giving him 10 doubles and 15 RBI on the year. He's had multi-hit efforts in four of his past nine games, raising his overall line to .331/.388/.497.
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Stanton's homer not enough as Marlins lose
    Giancarlo Stanton homered again, finishing 1-for-4, but it wasn't enough for the Marlins in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton crushed a two-run home run off of Jeremy Hellickson in the sixth inning, locking the game up at two apiece. But it would prove to be the Marlins' only offense. They are now 0-2 to begin the Dan Jennings era. Stanton, at least, is a bright spot with his 12 home runs, 38 RBI, and .243/.324/.541 batting line.
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera plates lone run in loss Sunday
    Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, plating the Tigers lone run in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cabrera also drew a walk in the contest. He has been on an absolute tear at the plate in recent weeks and now sports a .333/.436/.601 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. He remains arguably the best right-handed hitter in the game and an offensive force in fantasy leagues.
    May 17, 8:04 pm
  • Tim Beckham blasts fourth homer in loss
    Tim Beckham launched his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: His two-run bomb came off Twins starter Trevor May in the seventh inning. It was his lone hit on the afternoon, finishing 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
    May 16, 3:05 pm
  • Stanton blasts mammoth home run in loss
    Giancarlo Stanton blasted a mammoth home run in a losing effort against the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: He blasted an Alex Wood offering over the batter's eye in center field and into the second deck for his 11th bomb. He finished 1-for-5 on the afternoon.
    May 16, 2:27 pm
  • Cabrera homers in win over Cardinals
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: It was the 399th home run of his career. Strangely, it was also his first home run in a night game this season. Cabrera has back-to-back three-hit games and owns a healthy .338/.442/.592 battling line on the year to go along with nine home runs and 28 RBI. He'll set his sights on career home run No. 400 this weekend.
    May 15, 10:11 pm
  • Moustakas has four-hit night vs. Yankees
    Mike Moustakas was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Moustakas had a single, two doubles, and a triple. His double in the seventh inning was very close to being a home run, which would have given him the cycle. Still, it was a fantastic night for the 26-year-old, who is batting .333/.392/.496 on the year and has embraced hitting to the opposite field.
    May 15, 9:08 pm
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