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  • Phillies option Domonic Brown to Triple-A
    Phillies activated OF Domonic Brown from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Brown is now recovered from left Achilles tendinitis, but he batted just .189 (10-for-53) with one home run and a .573 OPS over 15 games between High-A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his minor league rehab assignment. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg hinted at the possibility of him staying in Triple-A on Monday, so this decision doesn't come as a big surprise, but it shows how far he's fallen in the organization's eyes. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore will continue to see playing time in the Phillies' outfield for now.
    44 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Conforto could move to Double-A soon
    Marc Carig of New York Newsday hears that Mets prospect outfielder Michael Conforto could be promoted to Double-A Binghamton in early May.

    Advice: That would be about a month ahead of the expected timetable. Conforto, 22, has changed the team's thinking after batting .324/.414/.608 with six home runs and 19 RBI across his first 19 games this season with High-A St. Lucie. Teams are starting to pitch around him, so testing him against more advanced competition is the natural next step.
    49 minutes ago
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Angels not involved with Saltalamacchia
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Angels are not involved in trade talks with the Marlins about Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: The Angels haven't gotten much production out of Chris Iannetta and Drew Butera so far this season, but they don't see Saltalamacchia as an upgrade over what they already have. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment on Monday and the Marlins reportedly expect to trade him. The Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, and Mariners have been mentioned as potential landing spots.
    56 minutes ago
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Matzek (hammy) expected to make next start
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss expects Tyler Matzek (hamstring) to make his next start.

    Advice: Matzek had to leave Monday's start against the Diamondbacks after five innings due to a left hamstring cramp, but the Rockies don't expect it to be a long-term issue. The southpaw owns a 2.70 ERA across his first four starts this season, but he has an underwhelming 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • White Sox/Orioles game postponed Tuesday
    Tuesday's game between the White Sox and Orioles has been postponed due to the ongoing protests in Baltimore.

    Advice: For the second straight day, the Orioles made the decision to cancel the game after consulting with MLB and state and local officials. No makeup date has been announced. The status for the remainder of the games this week is unclear.
    Today, 8:25 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Reds release RHP Marcus Walden
    Reds released RHP Marcus Walden.

    Advice: Walden, 26, was blasted in his lone start with the Reds' Double-A affiliate this season and posted a 5.35 ERA and 61/43 K/BB ratio over 99 1/3 innings in the minors last season between the Blue Jays and Athletics. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere.
    Today, 8:19 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Blue Jays call up INF Diaz from Triple-A
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of INF Jonathan Diaz from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Jose Reyes (rib) on the active roster. Diaz, 30, hit .158 (6-for-38) over 23 games with the Blue Jays last season and will provide some infield depth.
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Mets call up Rafael Montero for Tuesday start
    Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Montero is being called up make a spot start Tuesday against the Marlins, which will enable the other Mets starters to all get an extra day of rest. Dillon Gee is coming off back-to-back solid starts, so it's unlikely that Montero will displace him in the starting rotation even with a strong performance.
    Today, 7:05 am
  • Ellsbury (hip) returns to Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old is batting .284/.384/.351 across 18 games this season.
    Today, 5:50 am
  • Crawford could be dealing with oblique injury
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Monday's game that it "sounds like" Carl Crawford is dealing with an oblique injury.

    Advice: Crawford was forced to leave Monday's game due to what is being termed as tightness in his right side. The Dodgers should know more about his status on Tuesday, but a trip to the disabled list could be a possibility. Andre Ethier is currently filling in for Yasiel Puig, so Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke could see an uptick in playing time.
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Jed Lowrie leaves Astros to have MRI on thumb
    Jed Lowrie will fly to Houston on Tuesday to undergo an MRI on his right thumb.

    Advice: Lowrie hurt the thumb when he slid into home plate in the eighth inning on Monday. It was swollen and sore after the game, but there should more clarity about his status at some point Tuesday. The 31-year-old is off to a strong start at the plate, with a .300/.432/.567 batting line with four home runs and 10 RBI over 18 games.
    Today, 5:12 am
  • Shields fans 12 Astros but takes no-decision
    James Shields got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 9-4 to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Shields was terrific, finishing the night with 12 strikeouts. The Padres scored their first run against him in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie smacked a solo home run. They scored two more in the fifth, helped in part by a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista. Shields limited the Astros to just six hits and a walk. He's sitting with a productive 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Shields will go for his third win of the season in a home start against the Rockies next.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Lowrie homers as Astros take down the Padres
    Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run on Monday to help lead the Astros past the Padres.

    Advice: Lowrie broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run down the right field line off of James Shields. The shortstop hit only six home runs last season, but has four already along with 10 RBI and a .300/.432/.567 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • McHugh takes no-decision in 6 IP vs. Padres
    Collin McHugh notched a quality start -- allowing three runs in six innings -- but took a no-decision in Monday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: McHugh was solid, scattering seven hits while walking none and striking out five. The Padres scored all three of their runs against the right-hander in the fifth inning on a two-run Wil Myers double and a Yangervis Solarte RBI single. McHugh is off to a nice start to the season, owning a 2.92 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll try to improve 4-0 in his next start at home against the Mariners.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Solarte's 3 hits, 2 RBI not enough for Padres
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double, but the Padres fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Solarte singled in the tying run in the fifth inning, making it 3-3 at the time. In the seventh, he tied the game again with a double. Despite an impressive batting line -- .320/.370/.520 -- Monday marked his first multi-hit game since April 13. Solarte could eventually see more consistent playing time at second base if Jedd Gyorko continues to struggle.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Rasmus homers, knocks in three runs in win
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Astros take down the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Rasmus got both of his hits late, singling in a run and scoring in the eighth inning, then slugging a two-run homer in the ninth. Rasmus, who has seen a majority of his plate appearances come against right-handed pitching, is batting .273/.333/.527 with three home runs and seven RBI in 60 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Springer swipes 3 bases, Astros top Padres
    George Springer went 0-for-2 with three walks, three stolen bases, and two runs scored on Monday as the Astros beat the Padres.

    Advice: In the eighth inning, Springer walked, moved to second on another walk, stole third, and came around to score on a throwing error by catcher Derek Norris. In the ninth, Springer walked again, stole second, and scored on a Colby Rasmus home run. Springer hasn't done much with the bat, hitting just .183/.302/.324, but he's 7-for-8 in the stolen base department at least.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Axford picks up his third save vs. D'Backs
    John Axford saw his way out of ninth-inning hot water, converting his third save as the Rockies won 5-4 against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Axford allowed the tying run to reach third base when Paul Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and third with two outs in the ninth inning. Axford was able to get the dangerous Mark Trumbo to ground out to third base to end the game. As regular closer Adam Ottavino hit the disabled list, Axford should be seeing plenty of save chances for the foreseeable future. He's 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a spotless ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in five innings.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Anderson struggles, takes the loss vs Rockies
    Chase Anderson struggled early in a loss against the Rockies, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Morneau slugged a three-run home run in the first inning to put Anderson behind the eight-ball early. Overall, Anderson surrendered eight hits with two walks while striking out four. It was Anderson's worst start of the four he's made to this point. He'll bring a 4.24 ERA and a 20/6 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings into a road start against the Dodgers next.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Matzek earns second win in brief outing
    Tyler Matzek improved to 2-0 after limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs over five innings on Monday.

    Advice: Matzek had to leave after five frames due to a left hamstring cramp. Over his five innings, he worked around five hits and three walks, yielding the only two runs in his fifth and final inning. He struck out three on the evening. The lefty hasn't pitched deep into games, but sports a 2.70 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and a 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. If Matzek's hamstring problem isn't serious, he'll match up with the Padres at Petco Park next.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Dickerson logs 4th multi-hit game in last 5
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI single to help the Rockies eke out a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Dickerson singled in a run in the second inning to push the Rockies' lead to 4-0 at the time. It's the 25-year-old's fourth multi-hit game out of his last five games. Overall, he's batting .338/.384/.632 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Dickerson is battling plantar fasciitis but it hasn't done much to hamper his offense thus far.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Morneau's HR, 3 RBI power Rockies to victory
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run to help the Rockies edge the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Morneau greeted D'Backs starter Chase Anderson rudely with a three-run jack in the first inning. It's only the first baseman's second blast of the season. The defending NL batting champ had been off to a cold start, but three consecutive multi-hit games bumped his batting line up to .297/.338/.438.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Anderson leaves during rough 5th inning vs SF
    Brett Anderson's shaky fifth inning ended his evening, resulting in a no-decision as the Dodgers beat the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Anderson had shut the Giants out over his first four frames, but the Giants hit him around for three runs in the fifth. After Anderson got two quick ground outs, the Giants strung together a walk, two singles, and a double to reduce a four-run deficit to a one-run deficit. Over 4 2/3 innings, Anderson gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three. The lefty has pitched into the sixth inning just once in four starts and has a 5.49 ERA. Anderson toes the slab against the Diamondbacks at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Lincecum takes second loss in 4 IP vs. LAD
    Tim Lincecum got the loss on Monday versus the Dodgers, serving up four runs in four innings of work.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four runs in the third inning, but Lincecum just wasn't sharp in general. He gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. The right-hander still sports a productive 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Lincecum will look for better results in his next start at home against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a loss
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base as the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base in the third inning, but was stranded. He singled and scored the first of the Giants' three runs in the fifth. Aoki hadn't registered a hit since April 22, but still boasts an impressive -- though power-absent -- .309/.391/.383 batting line with six stolen bases on the season.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Jed Lowrie departs game with thumb injury
    Jed Lowrie exited Monday's game against the Padres with a right thumb injury.

    Advice: The injury occurred on a slide into home plate. It's not clear at this point how serious the ailment is, but the Astros should have more on Lowrie's status after the game. It's awful timing, as the red-hot Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer Monday to push his season batting line to .300/.432/.567.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs SF
  • Pederson doubles, homers in a Dodgers win
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run in Monday's win versus the Giants.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in a run with a double to cap off the Dodgers' four-run third inning. He then homered off of George Kontos in the sixth inning, providing an insurance run. The rookie has lived up to expectations thus far, batting .296/.458/.556 with three home runs and nine RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Carl Crawford dealing with tightness in side
    Carl Crawford had to leave Monday's game against the Giants with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: More should be known after the game, but obviously if it's an oblique issue he could wind up on the disabled list. With Yasiel Puig (hamstring) already on the shelf, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke could see time in left field if Crawford is out for a while.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Tyler Matzek dealing with hamstring cramp
    Tyler Matzek had to leave Monday's outing versus the Diamondbacks with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: It's probably the best-case scenario, as a cramp isn't nearly as bad as a strain. Consider Matzek day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Carl Crawford exits with apparent injury
    Carl Crawford left Monday's game against the Giants with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Crawford appeared to be in bit of pain after legging out a triple in the second inning. He initially remained in the game but was eventually pulled after scoring following a single in the third. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Monday's White Sox/Orioles game postponed
    Monday's game between the White Sox and Orioles has been postponed due to the protests in Baltimore.

    Advice: The decision was made after the O's consulted with the Baltimore City Police Department. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Ubaldo Jimenez and Hector Noesi had been slated to start Monday.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Monday that it's possible Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know that he's ready (to face major league pitching)," Sandberg said of Brown, who is hitting just .188/.298/.292 on his rehab assignment. The Phillies must do something with the outfielder, as his rehab clock runs out after Tuesday. It's hard to believe they wouldn't think Brown is a better option than Jeff Francoeur in right field, but it wouldn't be the first time Philly has made an odd decision.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • D'Backs could go after Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
    Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Marlins dump catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Sunday, 1:53 pm
  • Michael Conforto slugs fifth home run of 2015
    Mets prospect Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a home run Saturday for High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Teams are starting to pitch around Conforto (five intentional walks) and for good reason. Saturday's blast was his fifth of the season. The 22-year-old is also hitting for average with five multi-hit efforts in his last 10 outings. MLB ranks Conforto as the fifth-best prospect in New York's minor league system.
    Sunday, 12:53 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Giants/Rockies postponed because to rain
    Sunday's game between the Giants and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced yet. Scheduled starters Tim Lincecum and Tyler Matzek will presumably be pushed back a day.
    Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Corey Dickerson exits in seventh inning
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It's likely a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis Dickerson has battled throughout the year. Drew Stubbs has come on to take his place. Even after going 0-for-3, Dickerson is still hitting .317 with a .635 slugging percentage. If Dickerson misses Sunday's game, it will be his first absence of the season.
    Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Saturday's game early
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 before exiting in the eighth inning. The Yankees are hopeful Ellsbury won't miss any time, but if he does sit out Sunday, expect Chris Young to fill in at center field.
    Saturday, 4:09 pm
  • Justin Morneau not in lineup on Saturday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies tarting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies are giving Morneau plenty of days off early in the season to keep him fresh for the long haul. Daniel Descalso is starting in his place at first base and hitting sixth for the Rockies.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Domonic Brown nearing return to Phillies
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

    Advice: Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Carl Crawford homers, doubles
    Carl Crawford homered and doubled in a winning cause Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has come under a little early fire, in part because Alex Guerrero needs more playing time and could be an alternative in left field. Crawford, though, likely remains the team's best option there against righties. He was off to an ugly start going into this one, though, with a .216 average and just one RBI in 37 at-bats.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Ellsbury launches first homer of season
    Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Mets, finishing the game 2-for-5.

    Advice: Ellsbury smacked the solo home run off of Jacob deGrom in the third inning. It doubled his RBI total. He now has two driven in on the year. Math. Ellsbury has been hitting for average in the early going, but the power's been difficult to come by. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him finally get on the board. He hit 16 bombs with the Yankees in 2014 and while he's probably never going to match the career-best 32 he launched in 2011, a home run total between 13-17 is still well within reach for the speedy centerfielder.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Norichika Aoki finally getting a breather
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia goes on paternity leave
    Marlins placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He figures to miss the weekend series against the Nationals. Salty had already been losing out on a bunch of playing time to J.T. Realmuto of late.
    Friday, 11:59 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Axford shuts down Padres for his second save
    John Axford picked up his second save of the season on Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning, polishing off the Rockies 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Regular closer Adam Ottavino was given the day off due to what he described as "usual pitcher's soreness". Axford worked around a one-out walk of Yonder Alonso by striking out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista. Ottavino has been superb as the Rockies' regular closer, but Axford should be expected to perform reasonably well when presented with the odd save chance. Given how few and far between those opportunities will come, though, he's not worth stashing as long as Ottavino is healthy and getting the job done.
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Dickerson homers as Rockies down Padres
    Corey Dickerson's fifth-inning solo home run proved the difference in Thursday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning blast to right-center off of Tyson Ross. It turned out to be the deciding factor as both teams failed to score the rest of the way. Dickerson homered twice on Wednesday despite dealing with plantar fasciitis. The 25-year-old is hitting .321/.367/.679 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Ellsbury scores both Yankees runs in victory
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base while scoring both Yankee runs in a victory over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Ellsbury walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a balk in the sixth inning to tie the game at one apiece. In the eighth, he doubled, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Brian McCann ground out. Ellsbury has been an on-base machine in the season's first month, as evidenced by his .286/.384/.317 triple-slash line. He's a modest 4-for-7 in the stolen base department, however.
    Thursday, 1:43 pm
  • Morneau not in Rockies' lineup on Thursday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: Wednesday's walkoff hero, Daniel Descalso, will get the start at first base instead. This is just a day of rest for Morneau, who's hitting .231/.259/.327.
    Thursday, 8:56 am
  • John Axford works scoreless inning
    John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his return to the Rockies Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was a quick 10-pitch inning for Axford, with one strikeout mixed in. He could be next in line for saves in Colorado if Adam Ottavino falters, though that's showed no signs of happening.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte hits second homer
    Yangervis Solarte hit his second homer Wednesday off the Rockies' Kyle Kendrick.

    Advice: Solarte needs to play regularly until he cools off, and it's not a bad thing that it's at Jedd Gyorko's expense, considering that Gyorko hasn't hit since 2013. Solarte is batting .343 in 35 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Corey Dickerson homers twice
    Corey Dickerson homered twice and walked from the second spot in the order Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Homers are especially good for a player with a sore foot. We're still nervous about Dickerson's plantar fasciitis, but that the Rockies are letting him play through indicates that it's not bad.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Jimenez allows two home runs, leading to loss
    Ubaldo Jimenez was doomed by a pair of two-run home runs served up in five innings of work in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jimenez allowed two-run home runs in consecutive innings: to Justin Smoak in the fourth, and to Devon Travis in the fifth. The right-hander overall gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out six in the effort. The four runs represent the first four he has allowed this season. He'll carry a 2.30 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings into a home start against the White Sox.
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Rockies activate reliever John Axford
    Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.

    Advice: Axford was away from the club for 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Jameson suffered some nerve damage in his foot but should ultimately be fine.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Dickerson, Arenado return to Rockies' lineup
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nolan Arenado (wrist) has also returned to the lineup. Dickerson sat out Tuesday after leaving Monday's series opener with a mild flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He is batting second and starting in left field Wednesday night versus San Diego right-hander James Shields.
    Wednesday, 2:11 pm
  • Carl Crawford hitless in return to lineup
    Carl Crawford (illness) went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Crawford had been under the weather for a few days. He's struggled so far this season (.242/.265/.303) but will continue to start regularly in left field against right-handers.
    Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a win
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Anderson lasts only 4 innings as Dodgers lose
    Brett Anderson lasted only four innings on Tuesday, giving up four runs in the process, as the Dodgers fell to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson allowed nine hits on the evening. Because he struck out just one hitter, he had to rely on balls in play finding gloves, and they weren't finding them at the frequency needed for a successful night. Seven of the nine hits were mere singles. Anderson will look to lower his 4.80 ERA when he takes on the Padres in San Diego next.
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Lincecum hurls six solid frames as Giants win
    Tim Lincecum allowed just one run over six innings to help lead the Giants past the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lincecum worked around five hits and three walks, relenting just once in the fifth inning when Alex Guerrero plated a run with a double. The right-hander struck out five on the evening as he picked up his first win. It's been a while since Lincecum was an effective starting pitcher, but he has been solid in his first three starts, owning a 2.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and a 14/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lincecum will face the Rockies at Coors Field in his next outing, which may prove to be a troublesome endeavor.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • McHugh goes seven strong to improve to 3-0
    Collin McHugh improved to 3-0 after yielding three runs in seven innings as the Astros defeated the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: McHugh was actually in line for the loss until the Astros stormed for five runs in the top of the eighth inning. The right-hander allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three but mostly had the tough Mariner lineup under control. Along with the three wins, McHugh has a 2.41 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and an 18/4 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He will attempt to pick up his next win in San Diego against the Padres.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Anderson pitches well in no-decision vs. TEX
    Chase Anderson got a no-decision, giving up one run over seven innings to the Rangers, but the Diamondbacks lost 7-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson was terrific, limiting the Rangers to three hits while walking none and striking out five. His offense didn't give him much support and the bullpen started a grease fire once Anderson was out of the game. The 27-year-old right-hander has been solid over his first three outings, sporting a 3.00 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Anderson will compete for his first win of the season when he faces the Rockies at home next.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Matzek battles control in no-decision vs. SD
    Tyler Matzek walked six batters over five decisions in a no-decision as the Rockies lost to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Considering how often walks come back to haunt, Matzek was lucky to allow just the two runs. He also scattered four hits while striking out three. Tuesday's control problems aside, Matzek has had good results, sporting a 2.40 ERA. He'll try to pick up his second win of the season when he takes on the Giants at home next.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) to use full rehab allotment
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Dickerson (foot) out Tuesday versus Padres
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson told reporters that he feels like he could play, but the Rockies are going to play it safe with the 25-year-old outfielder and his plantar fasciitis, which has been bothering him since spring training. Dickerson should return Wednesday along with third baseman Nolan Arenado.
    Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Rasmus homers as Astros top the Mariners
    Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rasmus broke a 2-2 tie with a fifth-inning home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. As usual, he hasn't done much in the average or on-base percentage departments, but has hit for good power. Rasmus has a .200/.273/.500 with two home runs, a double, and a triple in 33 plate appearances.
    Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Dickerson nursing 'mild' plantar fasciitis
    Corey Dickerson had to leave Monday's game versus the Padres due to what Rockies manager Walt Weiss referred to as "mild" plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: That Weiss is calling the ailment mild suggests that they'll try to avoid putting Dickerson on the disabled list for the time being. It's definitely and injury that can be nagging, though, so fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place. Dickerson is batting .286/.314/.510 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. Drew Stubbs would stand to gain the extra playing time while Dickerson is out.
    Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Pederson doubles and homers against Rockies
    Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and a solo home run in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in Scott Van Slyke with his RBI double in the second inning. He then homered in the sixth, going back-to-back with Van Slyke. The modern day Bash Brothers combined to drive in five of the Dodgers' seven runs. Pederson finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. The home run was his second of the season, the two RBI bringing him up to six. Pederson's hitting .289/.438/.553 and is showing none of the troubles that are often seen with 23-year-old hitters. It'll be interesting to watch the youngster's batting line progress as pitchers make their in-season adjustments.
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Aoki doubles and triples against Diamondbacks
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
    Apr 19, 4:49 pm
  • Michael Conforto stays red hot for St. Lucie
    Mets prospect Michael Conforto continued his power binge with another home run Saturday for High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: He has eight RBI in his last four games. St. Lucie has been batting him in the No. 3 spot and for good reason. He's hitting .333 with a slugging percentage that would rival Barry Bonds in his prime. New York drafted Conforto in the first round last year out of Oregon State. So far, the 22-year-old has lived up to his massive billing.
    Apr 19, 2:19 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Crawford (illness) still under the weather
    Carl Crawford (illness) might not be available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: In fact, he might not come to the ballpark at all. Crawford is under the weather and was given IV fluids on Saturday. The Dodgers are off Monday, so they seem likely to just tell the outfielder to get some extra rest before joining them for their road trip beginning Tuesday.
    Apr 19, 11:29 am
  • John Axford moved to restricted list
    Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.

    Advice: It's a paper move, as Axford had already been on the family medical emergency list after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The reliever is eligible to be activated at any time, though it's unclear when it will happen.
    Apr 19, 11:27 am
  • Carl Crawford out sick Saturday vs. Rockies
    Carl Crawford is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will take over in left field. Crawford's fantasy contributions have been minimal this season (.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB) so it's not the end of the world. He could be back for the series finale Sunday.
    Apr 18, 3:22 pm
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games.
    Apr 18, 5:19 am
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