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  • Jose Bautista won't play OF this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) won't return to playing the outfield until at least next week.

    Advice: Bautista won't start throwing until later this week as he tries to manage a sore right shoulder. The good news is that he'll keep playing, remaining in the designated hitter spot.
    41 minutes ago
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Matt Adams not in Monday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sitting in favor of Mark Reynolds with a lefty (Travis Wood) on the mound. Adams is hitting .309/.337/.469 with three homers this season.
    45 minutes ago
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • Brian McCann getting a breather Monday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. John Ryan Murphy is at catcher in McCann's place.
    47 minutes ago
  • Mark Teixeira sitting out Monday
    Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Garrett Jones is at first base in Teixeira's place.
    48 minutes ago
  • Morse out of Marlins' lineup on Monday night
    Michael Morse is out of the Marlins' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Nationals.

    Advice: Justin Bour is starting at first base and hitting fifth versus Nats right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Morse is batting just .193/.253/.284 on the young season.
    Today, 12:38 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies' lineup Monday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Monday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Darin Ruf is at first base and batting cleanup versus Atlanta lefty Alex Wood. Howard, who's batting .193/.247/.410 in 23 games, will be available off the bench.
    Today, 12:07 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be activated Tuesday
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Nick Swisher (knees) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: Tyler Holt will be optioned to Triple-A Columbus to open a spot on the Indians' 25-man roster. Swisher missed all of April while rehabbing from dual knee surgeries. He batted just .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games last season for the Indians and the 34-year-old seems doubtful to carry significant value this summer in standard fantasy leagues.
    Today, 11:38 am
    15-Day DL
  • Cardinals sign Dan Johnson to minors deal
    Cardinals signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Johnson was released by the Reds in late April after managing just two hits in 40 plate appearances at Triple-A Louisville. The 35-year-old first baseman hasn't been an effective major leaguer since 2007.
    Today, 9:02 am
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  • Mike Napoli launches three-run homer in loss
    Mike Napoli launched a three-run homer in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night.

    Advice: His towering drive off Esmil Rogers capped a three-run Red Sox uprising in the sixth inning, pulling them to within three at 8-5, though that would be as close as the score would get. Napoli finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. He has been in quite the funk offensively through the first month-plus of the season, hitting .167/.278/.295 with two homers and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Twins considering hitting Joe Mauer leadoff
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Twins have had internal discussions about hitting Joe Mauer leadoff.

    Advice: With his ability to get on base and work a walk, combined with the disappearance of his power in recent years, the idea makes sense. He's off to a nice start hitting out of the three-hole though, slashing .302/.382/.396 with no homers and 13 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Dodgers acquire Andy Wilkins from Blue Jays
    Dodgers acquired 1B Andy Wilkins from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

    Advice: Wilkins was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier in the week. The 26-year-old slugger will provide organizational depth for the Dodgers. To create room on the 40-man roster, Scott Baker was designated for assignment.
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs x NYY
  • Yasmani Grandal blasts walkoff homer in 13th
    Yasmani Grandal blasted a walkoff home run leading off the 13th inning on Sunday, propelling the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Grandal entered the game as a pinch-hitter when he drew a walk for A.J. Ellis in the tenth inning. His only official at-bat in the contest was his game-winning blast off Evan Marshall in the 13th inning. He's now hitting .230/.356/.377 with two homers and three RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Vogt homers twice, drives in four vs Rangers
    Stephen Vogt hit home runs in back-to-back innings against the Rangers on Sunday, finishing the game with four RBI.

    Advice: Vogt hit a solo home run off of Yovani Gallardo in the sixth inning, then topped himself the next inning, slugging a three-run shot off Alex Claudio. He finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and two walks. The big game gives Vogt six home runs for the season and 20 RBI. He's hitting a sterling .356/.455/.671 in his first season as the A's full-time catcher.
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Rizzo triples in run against Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo tripled and drove in a run during Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo, he of the four career triples, got his season quota out of the way when he drove in Dexter Fowler with a ball to deep center in the fifth inning. The Cubs might not yet be rolling over the NL Central as some pundits thought they would, but that's no fault of Rizzo, who is currently hitting .321/.471/.513. That OBP is like the reflection in Narcissus' pool. You can get lost in its beauty if you stare at it for long enough.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Cabrera launches sixth home run vs KC
    Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Move along, nothing to see here. In addition to the two-run homer, Cabrera also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. He's hitting .366/.459/.624 with six homers, 19 RBI and 13 runs scored this season. The numbers speak for themselves. Cabrera remains a perennial MVP candidate and one of the best hitters in the game.
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Loney homers but Rays fall to the Orioles
    James Loney walked and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Loney's second-inning solo home run came against Wei-Yin Chen and was the only scoring either side would do through the first four innings. The first baseman, who battled an oblique injury in April, has two home runs, six RBI, and is hitting .286/.342/.514 in 38 plate appearances thus far.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Johnson blasts fifth homer to help Braves win
    Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

    Advice: Johnson, playing at third base in this contest, pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Johnny Cueto. He had been seeing starts in left field more recently. The utilityman has been a surprising source of offense for the Braves as he has five home runs with 13 RBI, and is batting .250/.297/.533.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Steve Pearce exits game with illness
    Steve Pearce had to leave Sunday's game against the Rays with a stomach illness.

    Advice: He was hitless in two at-bats before exiting. Pearce should be fine following Monday's off day.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Justin Morneau getting a breather Sunday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a routine day off. Daniel Descalso is at first base while Morneau sits.
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
  • Yasmani Grandal sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's merely a day of rest for Grandal. A.J. Ellis is catching Brett Anderson.
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Ryan Rua (foot) to have exam to check healing
    Ryan Rua will undergo a scan on Friday to see how his injured right foot is healing.

    Advice: Rua is working his way back from a broken bone in his heel and severe ankle sprain. The Rangers are hoping he's ready to as soon as late May, although he no longer has a starting job following the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
    Player Note
    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Billy Butler not in Sunday's lineup
    Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place.
    Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Francisco Cervelli sitting out Sunday
    Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather as many catchers do on Sunday. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
    Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Blanks picks up four hits, drives in three
    Kyle Blanks went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Talk about making an immediate impact. This was just Blanks' third game of the season after being called up in the wake of Mitch Mooreland's elbow injury. Against the A's, the big first baseman hit almost everything thrown his way, with a home run, a double and a pair of singles. Blanks now has home runs in back-to-back games and should be seriously considered in deeper mixed leagues until Mooreland returns. With Triple-A Round Rock, he was hitting .327/.419/.635.
    Saturday, 10:35 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Hou
  • Pujols slugs fourth homer in loss to Giants
    Albert Pujols slugged his fourth home run of the season Saturday in the Angels' loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The seventh-inning shot off Tim Hudson was Albert's only hit of the game. He sat out Thursday and Friday with a left hamstring injury but told reporters late Saturday that it's no longer bothering him. The 35-year-old is batting just .210/.289/.395 on the young season, but he should be good for 25-plus dingers if he can stay mostly healthy.
    Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Pujols returns to Angels lineup on Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's slotted in his regular third slot in the Angels lineup and will play first base. Before he sustained the injury, the veteran slugger was hitting just .208/.291/.364 with three homers and nine RBI in 21 games.
    Saturday, 11:12 am
  • Michael Morse not in Marlins lineup Saturday
    Michael Morse is not in the Marlins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Morse has struggled mightily at the plate through the first month of the season, hitting a paltry .202/.264/.298 with two homers, eight RBI and a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. Jeff Baker is starting in his place and batting fifth against left-hander Cole Hamels.
    Saturday, 9:14 am
  • Matt Adams not in Cardinals lineup Saturday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Pirates.

    Advice: With left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound, Adams will take a seat in favor of Mark Reynolds. The 26-year-old slugger should be back at first base for Sunday's series finale.
    Saturday, 8:41 am
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • Jays designate Andy Wilkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old slugger was claimed off waivers from the White Sox at the end of spring training. He was off to a slow start at Triple-A Buffalo, hitting .264/.353/.319 with no homers and nine RBI in his first 21 games. There's a chance he could attract interest elsewhere.
    Saturday, 6:32 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs x NYY
  • Adams has walk-off single against Pirates
    Matt Adams had a walk-off RBI single in Friday's 2-1 win over the Pirates in 10 innings.

    Advice: Rob Scahill retired the first two batters he faced in the 10th, but then Jon Jay singled and Matt Carpenter doubled. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to intentionally walk Matt Holliday to load the bases, but Adams delivered an opposite-field single to end it. The 26-year-old has really turned things on over the past few days, with nine hits in his last 18 at-bats to go along with one home run and seven RBI.
    Friday, 10:04 pm
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • Morrison homers and triples vs. Astros
    Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and his first triple since the 2013 season with the Marlins. Morrison has pulled his batting average up from .149 to .213 over the past three games. It's not much, but it's progress.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Kelly Johnson's two-run homer powers Braves
    Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Steve Pearce getting a start at second base
    Steve Pearce is starting at second base in Friday's game versus the Rays.

    Advice: Pearce has never played an inning at the position in the minors or majors. Jimmy Paredes has plenty of experience at second base but is bizarrely in the designated hitter spot Friday instead of Pearce. Pearce has been a big disappointment with the bat this season, hitting just .196/.288/.314 over his first 15 games.
    Friday, 12:38 pm
  • Joe Mauer goes 3-for-5 in win
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with two RBI for a second straight game Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Mauer went homerless in April, but he does finish the money with a .318 average and 13 RBI in 22 games. It's just too bad the guys behind him have played so poorly; he's scored a total of seven runs despite a near-.400 OBP.
    Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) hopes to play this weekend
    Albert Pujols said Thursday that his left hamstring was feeling better and that he's hopeful of playing Saturday or Sunday in San Francisco.

    Advice: The Angels are likely to take things cautiously with their veteran slugger, so while he could appear as a pinch-hitter over the weekend, it would be surprising to see him return to the lineup so quickly.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Matt Adams homers, drives in three vs. Phils
    Matt Adams finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Thursday's 9-3 rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Adams singled in the first inning, slugged a two-run bomb in the third inning, and then whacked an RBI single that scored Matt Holliday in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adams went 8-for-13 with six RBI in the Cardinals' four-game series against the Phillies and now carries a .304/.338/.493 slash line with 14 RBI through 20 total games this season. "Big Mayo" should continue to pound righties all year.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • Vogt not in OAK lineup Thursday vs. Angels
    Stephen Vogt is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Angels.

    Advice: Josh Phegley will start behind the plate and bat ninth against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards. Vogt has a tremendous .348/.421/.606 slash line in 76 plate appearances this season, but he'll get the day off.
    Thursday, 10:17 am
  • Albert Pujols says left hamstring feels 'OK'
    Albert Pujols told reporters Thursday morning that his left hamstring feels "OK."

    Advice: But he is not in the Angels' lineup Thursday afternoon in Oakland and he probably won't get any starts during the team's weekend series in San Francisco, where there will be no option to DH him. Pujols pulled up lame on a base hit in the sixth inning Wednesday night and had to limp off the field, but he believes it was just a hamstring cramp.
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Ryan Howard batting cleanup on Thursday
    Ryan Howard is batting cleanup for the Phillies on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It's his first time in that spot in two weeks. Howard slugged a solo home run -- his fifth home run of the season -- Wednesday against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez. St. Louis is throwing lefty Tim Cooney on Thursday.
    Thursday, 7:48 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) expected to avoid the DL
    Albert Pujols is expected to avoid the disabled list after leaving Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Pujols is set to miss at least a couple of games, though. C.J. Cron will start at first base unless the Angels decide to call up Efren Navarro. Collin Cowgill and Grant Green could get some extra at-bats. Pujols tweaked his hamstring Wednesday night on a sixth-inning single.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Pujols exits with potential hamstring injury
    Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a potential left hamstring injury.

    Advice: Pujols singled in the sixth inning but clutched his hamstring as he jogged to first base. The 35-year-old left the game but was moving fairly well, lending hope to the idea that it's a mostly precautionary measure. The Angels should give an update shortly.
    Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Logan Morrison goes 4-for-5, doubles
    Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even a four-hit game could merely raise his average to .194. Still, it's a start. It's the first time in 20 games this year that he's come up with multiple hits.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Howard belts 4th homer in a loss to Cardinals
    Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Howard ripped a Carlos Martinez offering to right field for a solo home run in the fourth inning, tying the game at one apiece at the time. The first baseman has started to find his power stroke, homering in three out of his last five ballgames. Still, his batting line isn't impressive in the least at .191/.247/.412.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Loney hits go-ahead RBI single to beat Yanks
    James Loney smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the 13th inning Wednesday as the Rays topped the Yankees 3-2.

    Advice: Loney also singled and scored a run in the top of the fourth inning. He missed a large chunk of April with a right oblique strain, but the 30-year-old first baseman has been tremendously productive when healthy, boasting a .333/.385/.542 slash line in 24 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers twice in win over Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Tigers' 10-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Minnesota's Target Field.

    Advice: What an amazing hitter. Cabrera slugged an RBI double in the top of the fourth inning that scored Ian Kinsler, a 432-foot solo bomb to deep left-center in the top of the sixth, and then a 418-foot two-run shot to deep center in the top of the eighth. He's batting .370/.453/.630 with five home runs, six doubles, and 17 RBI in 22 games this season for the Tigers, who are off to a 15-7 start.
    Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Cervelli not in Pirates' lineup Wednesday
    Francisco Cervelli is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli.
    Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Rangers add Kyle Blanks from AAA level
    Rangers purchased the contract of 1B Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Blanks was batting .327/.419/.635 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 16 games this season for Round Rock. The big-bodied 28-year-old figures to get a large share of the playing time at DH while Mitch Moreland (elbow) is sidelined and is worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 1:28 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Hou
  • Mike Napoli back in Red Sox' lineup
    Mike Napoli (illness) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Napoli missed the last two contests because he was under the weather. He's batting just .169/.280/.262 in the early going this season.
    Wednesday, 11:27 am
  • Adams has three of team's 15 hits, Cards roll
    Matt Adams went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored as the Cardinals topped the Phillies 11-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams and the Cardinals jumped on Phillies rookie starter Severino Gonzalez from the beginning, with Adams delivering an RBI single in the first inning. He added a sacrifice fly RBI later in the game. Adams has taken deserved heat in recent days for his ineffectiveness against lefties, but the big man is still hitting righties to the tune of .271/.314/.417 this year. Adams is batting .267/.308/.400 overall.
    Tuesday, 9:33 pm
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • Kyle Blanks to be called up Wednesday
    Kyle Blanks will be called up by the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll replace Mitch Moreland (elbow) on the roster. Blanks has been crushing the ball at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .327/.419/.635 with three homers and 11 RBI. He should see plenty of playing time in the designated hitter spot while Moreland is out and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:33 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Hou
  • Bautista swats a solo home run in Jays' win
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Blue Jays win on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bautista contributed a sacrifice fly to the Jays' five-run third inning, then helped kickstart a three-run fourth with an RBI single. In the eighth inning, he belted a solo home run off of Craig Breslow. Bautista returned to the lineup on Monday after battling a shoulder issue and went hitless, so it was good to see him swing well on Tuesday. He's batting .167/.333/.463 with five home runs and 13 RBI as the month of April nears its end.
    Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • McCann doubles twice with 3 RBI in a win
    Brian McCann doubled twice and knocked in three runs to lead the Yankees past the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann added an insurance run in the first inning with a double, then brought in two more with a fifth-inning double. He finished 2-for-4 on the evening. It's McCann's fourth multi-hit game out of his last six starts, which has brought his triple-slash line up to a respectable .266/.310/.453 with 12 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Napoli (illness) out another couple of days
    Mike Napoli (illness) is expected to miss another couple of days.

    Advice: Napoli's illness is apparently contagious and will keep him out of the lineup for a second straight day Tuesday. Have a backup plan in mind in fantasy leagues this week.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Napoli (illness) out of lineup again Tuesday
    Mike Napoli (illness) is out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox for the second straight day Tuesday.

    Advice: Napoli is sick and apparently needs another day to rest. Daniel Nava will make the start at first base while Brock Holt will get another start, this time in right field.
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
  • 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.
    Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Rizzo sends Cubs to a win with 2-run double
    Anthony Rizzo knocked in a pair of runs with a single and a double, helping the Cubs take down the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo served a Vance Worley offering into center field to score the Cubs' first run of the game. He also singled in a run in the fifth and walked, finishing 2-for-3. Rizzo has been an offensive machine thus far, batting .344/.494/.508 with two home runs and nine RBI.
    Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Johnson hammers Nats with 3 hits, 3 RBI
    Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • McCann homers, leads Yankees past the Rays
    Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Yankees edge the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: McCann slugged a round-tripper off of Brandon Gomes in the sixth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. It proved to be the deciding run. McCann has been rather quiet offensively, as he's hitting just .250/.299/.417 with two home runs and nine RBI following Monday's game. 21 of the 25 home runs he has hit since signing with the Yankees have come at home, taking advantage of the short porch in right field.
    Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) returns to lineup
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
    Apr 27, 2:06 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Swisher (knee) still on rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knees) will travel to Rochester with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

    Advice: The plan calls for Swisher get consecutive days in the outfield by the weekend and then possibly join the Indians early next week. The veteran outfielder is making his way back from surgery on both of his knees. He's probably not going to be a great fantasy asset when healthy.
    Apr 27, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Napoli not in Red Sox lineup Monday night
    Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday against the Blue Jays due to illness.

    Advice: Napoli slugged his first home run of the season Saturday night at Camden Yards, but he followed that up with an 0-for-5 and two strikeouts in Sunday's series finale. The 33-year-old is batting just .169 with a .542 OPS in 18 games this season. Daniel Nava is at first base and Brock Holt is in right field Monday versus Toronto.
    Apr 27, 11:16 am
  • Bautista (shoulder) will take BP on Monday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

    Advice: He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
    Apr 27, 9:42 am
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Mauer's triple wins game in extra-innings
    Joe Mauer tripled to drive in two runs in the eleventh inning, helping the Twins to a 4-2 win.

    Advice: Mauer hit the big triple off of Tyler Olson. In addition to the extra-inning heroics, he also smacked an RBI double in the third inning. He would finish the game 3-for-5 with a walk and three RBI. The Twins star now has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats and is slashing .299/.392/.373. Mauer's lack of power remains a concern (he has yet to hit a home run and hit just four last season), but he's clearly seeing the ball well as the calendar nears May. Hopefully Sunday's game is a sign of things to come.
    Apr 26, 5:49 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera drives in three versus Indians
    Miguel Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers topped the Indians 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Miggy singled in the first inning, singled and scored in the third inning, jacked a two-run shot in the sixth inning, and then plated James McCann with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Cabrera is off to a tremendous start in 2015, batting .377/.463/.580 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 19 games.
    Apr 26, 1:35 pm
  • Jose Bautista hopes to return early this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

    Advice: Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
    Apr 26, 7:58 am
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Napoli's big game not enough to lift Red Sox
    Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The home run was Napoli's first of the season and doubled his RBI total to four. He also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. Even with the big effort, his season-slash still sits at a paltry .183/.300/.283. Owners should exercise patience with Napoli. His tendency to whiff can lead to prolonged slumps, but so long as he remains healthy, he'll probably be good for 20+ home runs and a fair number of RBI in a stacked Red Sox lineup.
    Apr 25, 7:30 pm
  • Howard mashes two-run homer in loss to ATL
    Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: The dinger was Howard's second of the season. He hit the two-run shot off of Braves starter Shelby Miller in the fourth inning and put the Phillies out to a 2-0 lead, but that home run would represent the only runs the 6-12 Phillies scored in the 5-2 loss. Howard's now hitting just .189/.246/.358, with two home runs and six RBI and has shown little evidence that his bat might suddenly regain its glory of yore. If we're stretching for signs of life, he does have two home runs in his last four games.
    Apr 25, 6:52 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.
    Apr 25, 12:38 pm
  • Matt Adams not in Cardinals lineup Saturday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the young slugger. Mark Reynolds is drawing the start in his place at first base and will hit fifth against Wily Peralta and the Brewers.
    Apr 25, 12:16 pm
    5:15 pm vs x ChC
  • James Loney not in Rays lineup Saturday
    James Loney is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's being eased back into action so he will take a seat against opposing southpaw Daniel Norris. Logan Forsythe will start in his place at first base.
    Apr 25, 11:13 am
  • Reds release veteran Dan Johnson from minors
    Reds released 1B Dan Johnson.

    Advice: The 35-year-old failed to earn a spot on the Astros Opening Day bench, then hit .069 (2-for-29) in his nine games at Triple-A Louisville. It's unclear if he'll explore opportunities elsewhere or decide to hang up his spikes.
    Apr 25, 6:47 am
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  • Loney homers in return from disabled list
    James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
    Apr 24, 10:01 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits first homer
    Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

    Advice: Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
    Apr 24, 9:27 pm
  • Swisher collects three hits in rehab game
    Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return.
    Apr 24, 9:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Texieira homers twice and drives in four
    Mark Teixeira hit a pair of two-run homers off of Jacob deGrom in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Teixeira hit his home runs in the first and third innings before quieting. He finished the contest 2-for-4 with four RBI. The veteran first baseman has shown fantastic power through the first three weeks, with seven home runs and 17 driven in. As good as he's been with the power-stick, he's been just as mediocre in his average, thus leading to a crescendo of a slash-line: .218/.333/.673. The average is never coming back, but if he stays healthy, he could be in for his best home run season since hitting 24 back in 2012. Of course, the "if" on the health aspect in the equation is a big "if."
    Apr 24, 8:41 pm
  • Rizzo has three hits, homer to pace Cubs
    Anthony Rizzo filled up the box score in Friday's 7-3 extra-inning victory over the Reds, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI.

    Advice: Rizzo also drew a walk, scored a pair of runs and swiped his fourth base of the season. His two-run shot off Mike Leake got the Cubs on the board in the fourth inning. He's off to a terrific start at the dish this season, slashing .345/.493/.509 with two long balls and seven RBI.
    Apr 24, 8:06 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees.
    Apr 24, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bautista (shoulder) likely back this weekend
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

    Advice: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
    Apr 24, 1:54 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Jays are still confident that Joey Bats will be able to avoid the disabled list, but he'll miss a third straight contest with a right shoulder strain. Kevin Pillar is in right field Friday, with Steve Tolleson in left.
    Apr 24, 12:43 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ NYY
  • James Loney returns from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move.
    Apr 24, 5:05 am
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