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  • Marcus Semien goes 2-for-5, homers
    Making his first start in the leadoff spot, Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: With Sam Fuld on the bench, it's the first time this year that Semien has batted higher than eighth. He'll probably return to the bottom of the order on Saturday, but it's possible he could get a long look in the two hole if he continues hitting. He has six hits in his last three games, raising his average to .279.
    52 minutes ago
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Beckham cranks third homer of season
    Tim Beckham hit his third home run of the season when he went yard against Jeff Francis in the seventh inning of Friday's romp over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Beckham's been a pinch-hit wizard, with both of his other homers this season coming off the bench. While Beckham did pinch-hit for David DeJesus against the Blue Jays on Friday, the home run came in his second at-bat. He finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. A former No. 1 overall pick, his strong bench bat would probably be fun to own just for the sake of awesomeness. Over 36 AB's, he's hitting .278/.325/.583. It's not quite enough at-bats to say he's a must-add, but if he's floating on the waiver wire, keep an eye on him.
    Today, 10:13 pm
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Josh Harrison goes 2-for-4 in win
    Josh Harrison had two hits, including a two-run double, Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Harrison was thrown out trying to advance on the double, but that's okay. He also had two hits Thursday, so he's upped his average from .196 to .234 the last two days.
    Today, 9:48 pm
    W, 4-1 ^ @Ari
  • Travis hits solo homer in blowout loss
    Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
    Today, 9:45 pm
  • Brian Dozier goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot.
    Today, 9:25 pm
  • Gordon notches three hits and a steal in win
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Gordon hit the RBI single off of Jordan Zimmerman in the fifth inning. He also flashed his reckless side, as he was thrown out at second on the same play. Gordon giveth and he taketh away in that fashion. Later in the game, he recorded his eighth steal of the season. In Gordon's first year with the Marlins, he is slashing a lovely .370/.382/.452. If we're going to quibble with the great start, Gordon's walked just twice in 73 at-bats, meaning that his OBP is largely dependent on his bat.
    Today, 7:37 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Jays designate Steve Tolleson for assignment
    Blue Jays designated INF Steve Tolleson for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hit just .200/.250/.400 with five strikeouts in his 16 plate appearances with the Jays. With his versatility, there's a chance that Tolleson could attract interest on waivers, otherwise he'll continue to provide organizational infield depth for the Jays.
    Today, 7:30 pm
  • Uggla continues to struggle in loss to MIA
    Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: As is his wont, Uggla also struck out twice in the contest. This brings his batting line to a cringe-inducing .118/.189/.176 over 34 at-bats. It's difficult to believe that the hitter we're seeing now had six seasons with 25 or more home runs. Those days are long, long gone. Once Anthony Rendon returns from a knee injury, Uggla's at-bats figure to drop off a cliff. That's assuming the Nationals keep him on the active roster, which at this point, is not a given.
    Today, 7:28 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Mia
  • Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was off to a fast start in the PCL, slashing .328/.333/.492 with four RBI in his first 13 contests. He'll add versatility and bench depth to the Angels roster.
    Today, 3:00 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x Tex
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) back in action Friday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he hurt his left knee during Sunday's game. Zobrist is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday but should be ready to play the field soon.
    Today, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Omar Infante returns to Royals' lineup Fri.
    Omar Infante (groin) is back in the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Infante hadn't played since straining his left groin on Sunday. The veteran infielder is sporting an ugly .250/.244/.350 batting line in the early going this season.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) placed on disabled list
    Orioles placed INF Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a strained right groin.

    Advice: Flaherty thinks he'll be ready to play in a week or so, but Baltimore couldn't afford to wait. With J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and Jonathan Schoop (knee) also out, the O's will roll with Everth Cabrera at shortstop and Jimmy Paredes and Rey Navarro at second base for a while.
    Today, 11:46 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Zobrist still long shot to start on Friday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) indicated after Thursday's game that he's feeling better every day, but he still needs to run the bases pregame and show he can do various other activities before returning to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Zobrist appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday's contest and said that his knee still felt "weird" as he trotted down to first base. While it's encouraging that he's improving by the day, a full return still looks to be a couple of days away.
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Brett Lawrie goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brett Lawrie went 0-for-4 with two more strikeouts in the loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: While Josh Donaldson was delivering his fourth homer and sixth double for the Blue Jays. Lawrie thus far has three extra-base hits, four RBI and a 23/2 K/BB ratio in 65 at-bats. The A's might want to give Mark Canha a look at third base if this keeps up.
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Orioles waiting on Schoop's swelling
    The Orioles are waiting for the swelling in Jonathan Schoop's knee to subside.

    Advice: Schoop was fitted with a brace on Tuesday. The infielder is recovering from a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee. Once the swelling's completely gone, the Orioles should be able to re-evaluate him and set up a more concrete timetable for his recovery.
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Flaherty dealing with tweak to groin
    Ryan Flaherty suffered a groin injury while running from first to second on Wednesday.

    Advice: He apparently suffered it on the very last play of the game. Flaherty indicated that he didn't believe this was a DL-worthy injury. If he is able to avoid the DL, he'll still likely miss at least a few games this weekend.
    Yesterday, 2:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Zobrist (knee) could be available off bench
    A's manager Bob Melvin said that Ben Zobrist (knee) could be available to pinch-hit if he feels good after pre-game activities on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday. He's recovering from cartilage issues. He could make his way back into the lineup on Friday.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Murphy's 4 RBI send Mets to 11th straight win
    Daniel Murphy knocked in four runs as the Mets earned their 11th consecutive win Thursday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy went 2-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon. He unloaded the bases with a double in the first inning to put the Mets up 3-0, then added an RBI single in the seventh, padding the Mets' lead to 6-3. It was a rare positive day at the dish for Murphy, who has struggled to begin the season. He's hitting .170/.250/.283 overall with one home run and five RBI.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @NYY
  • Prado plates four runs as Marlins rout Phils
    Martin Prado drove in four runs and collected three hits in five at-bats on Thursday as the Marlins made easy work of the Phillies.

    Advice: Prado singled in a pair of runs to finish off a four-run fourth inning. In the sixth inning, he doubled in another two runs in what was another four-run frame. The performance leaves Prado batting a solid .300/.328/.400 with one home run and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Javier Baez to report to EST on Thursday
    Javier Baez (family) will report to extended spring training in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Baez has been away from the Cubs' Triple-A team since the sudden death of his sister on April 9. He will get in some work at the Cubs' spring training complex and then report back to Triple-A Iowa.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
    Not Active
    W, 7-3 x @Cin
  • Utley, Ruiz, Howard out of lineup Thursday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard are also getting the day off. Utley, 36, is batting just .120/.161/.240 in 56 plate appearances this season. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base Thursday versus the Marlins.
    Yesterday, 7:20 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Atl
  • Panik plays hero with walk-off sacrifice fly
    Joe Panik hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Panik hit the sacrifice fly off of J.P. Howell with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. The Dodgers played five men in the infield, hoping for a Panik grounder that could get them out of the inning, but he hit the ball in the air and sent the Giants home with the win. The game was as good as a late April game can be, with Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw matching each other almost pitch-for-pitch, a dramatic pinch-hit home run by Alex Guerrero to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh and Panik's ultimate nail in the coffin to end the contest. Game-winner aside, Panik's been hitting well of late and has seen his slash-line rise to .281/.328/.368 thanks to a recent hot streak.
    Wednesday, 11:46 pm
    L, 6-4 ^ @Col
  • Owings homers and triples in victory over TEX
    Chris Owings hit a solo home run and an RBI triple in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Both the home run and triple were his first of the season. He hit the solo dinger off of Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo in the fourth inning and followed it up with an eighth inning three-bagger to deep center off Logan Verrett. Owings finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. The 23-year-old needed a game like Wednesday's, as he had just nine hits in 46 at-bats coming into the contest. Owings has struggled early, but he remains a hitter with a nice blend of power and speed. Like most youngsters, he'll see his ups and downs.
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Pit
  • Wilmer Flores hits third homer in win
    Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to lead the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three straight multihit games have elevated Flores' average from .182 to .272, and he also seems to have overcome his early error binge. Of course, that still doesn't make him a good defensive shortstop, but the Mets knew that going in and still committed to him.
    Wednesday, 7:36 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @NYY
  • Travis powers Jays to win with a 2-run homer
    Devon Travis went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's win versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis, making his first start since Sunday, broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez. The blast proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Travis now has four home runs, 14 RBI, and an outstanding .388/.434/.714 triple-slash line in 53 plate appearances to begin the season.
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Zobrist (knee) set to do baseball activities
    Ben Zobrist (knee) will do baseball activities Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist is ready to take batting practice, do work in the field and run the bases as he returns from cartilage issues in his left knee. If Thursday goes well, a return to the Athletics' lineup could feasibly come as early as Friday.
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Zobrist (knee) still not in A's lineup Wed.
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday, and he was expected to miss a few games as he recovers from cartilage issues. An MRI taken of the knee showed no ligament damage, so the hope is that he'll be back in the lineup in a few more days. If not, he may need surgery on the knee to clean up some of the cartilage. Marcus Semien started at shortstop Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Rendon (knee) set for rehab assignment Fri.
    Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Rendon played three innings of an extended spring training game Tuesday and then five innings Wednesday, experiencing no discomfort in his knee. The young star third baseman should be ready to join the Nationals at some point in early May, after logging 25-30 rehab at-bats. He's been out all season because of a sprained left MCL.
    Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 x @Mia
  • Devon Travis (rib) returns to Jays' lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis had missed the previous contest after being hit in the ribs with a pitch on Sunday. The young second baseman is hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Wednesday against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles, making him a viable DFS play.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Infante (groin) aiming to return this weekend
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Tuesday that the club hopes to have Omar Infante (groin) back in the lineup by this weekend.

    Advice: Infante himself is hoping to play Wednesday, but Yost thinks he'll need a couple more days. The veteran infielder fielded grounders Tuesday for the first time since straining his groin on Sunday. Christian Colon will continue to fill in at second base until Infante is ready.
    Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Brendan Ryan (calf) takes grounders, BP
    Brendan Ryan (calf) took batting practice and fielded grounders on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ryan is working his way back from a Grade 2 right calf strain. The Yankees haven't revealed a timetable for his return, but it appears he's starting to make some progress. Gregorio Petit is currently filling in as the team's utility infielder.
    Wednesday, 6:33 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-1 vs x NYM
  • Baez 'getting close' to reporting to AAA
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Javier Baez is "getting close" to reporting to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baez has yet to play this season because he's been on bereavement leave following the death of his younger sister. The young infielder is facing an uphill battle for playing time with the big club now following the promotion of Addison Russell.
    Wednesday, 6:05 am
    Not Active
    W, 7-3 x @Cin
  • Jonathan Schoop (knee) fitted with brace
    Jonathan Schoop (knee) was fitted with a brace on Tuesday.

    Advice: It means the swelling in his knee is finally going down. Schoop is dealing with a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee and is looking at an extended absence.
    Wednesday, 5:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Giavotella slugs three-run homer as Halos win
    Johnny Giavotella cranked a three-run home run as the Angels skated to victory on Tuesday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Giavotella, who went 2-for-3 with a walk on the evening, put the Angels up 3-0 with a second-inning blast off of Drew Pomeranz. He added an RBI single to kickstart a six-run sixth inning. The 27-year-old is getting a chance to prove himself with regular work at second base for the Halos and is off to a good start, batting .317/.383/.439 with one home run and seven RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Altuve's 3-run double leads Astros to a win
    Jose Altuve cleared the bases and untied the game with a double in the eighth inning, helping the Astros beat the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Astros entered the eighth inning down 3-1 but fought back to tie it and load the bases ahead of Altuve. Facing Danny Farquhar, Altuve doubled to left field to clear the bases and put the Astros up 6-3. The second baseman then stole third base but was stranded. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. Altuve sports a .288/.333/.373 triple-slash line with seven RBI and five stolen bases on the season.
    Tuesday, 10:14 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Oak
  • Harrison homers in a 1-for-5 night vs. Cubs
    Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harrison swatted his second home run of the season to tie the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first inning off of Travis Wood. An All-Star last season, Harrison has been slow out of the gate, batting a meager .212/.268/.365 in 56 plate appearances. He doubled 38 times, homered 13 times, and stole 18 bases in 2014.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
    W, 4-1 ^ @Ari
  • Rendon (knee) to begin rehab games Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Rendon played three innings of an extended spring training game Tuesday in Viera, Florida and felt fine. He'll play five innings Wednesday and then should be cleared for minor league action. The star third baseman is now making swift progress in his recovery from a sprained left MCL and is on track to rejoin the Nats around the beginning of May.
    Tuesday, 1:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 x @Mia
  • Travis (rib) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game after he was hit in the side by a pitch. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but he's presumably still dealing with some soreness. Consider him day-to-day. Ryan Goins will fill in at second base.
    Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Semien homers as Athletics beat the Angels
    Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Monday in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Semien went yard off of Matt Shoemaker in the fourth inning to boost the Athletics' lead to 5-3. The shortstop had been in a bit of a funk, going just 2-for-17 in his previous five games entering Monday.
    Monday, 10:12 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sidelined a few more days
    Ben Zobrist (knee) will be sidelined for at least a couple more days after being given a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist has dealt with some cartilage issues in his left knee for a while, and they flared up on him Sunday, forcing him from the game. The good news is that he had an MRI and it didn't reveal any ligament issues. The bad news is that it's possible he could require surgery if the cortisone shot doesn't help. It would just be of the cleanup variety, but an operation would obviously sideline Zobrist for at least a few weeks.
    Monday, 4:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sitting out on Monday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist had to depart Sunday's contest with soreness in his left knee. The A's are considering him day-to-day at the moment. Eric Sogard is at second base Monday in Zobrist's place.
    Monday, 2:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Infante (groin) could be available Tuesday
    Omar Infante (groin) could be available off the bench in an emergency as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Infante strained his left groin on Sunday, but it's evidently a minor strain and the Royals don't think he'll require a stint on the disabled list. Christian Colon is filling in at second base Monday.
    Monday, 2:02 pm
  • Altuve collects three hits in win over Angels
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.

    Advice: Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Oak
  • Infante day-to-day with strained left groin
    Omar Infante was diagnosed with a strained left groin and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Infante sustained the injury during Sunday's game against the Athletics. The oft-injured infielder will probably be rested for a couple of days before rejoining the Royals lineup.
    Sunday, 1:58 pm
  • Zobrist day-to-day with left knee soreness
    Ben Zobrist is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with soreness in his left knee.

    Advice: Zobrist could get a day off to rest it on Monday, but shouldn't experience any type of extended absence from the Athletics lineup.
    Sunday, 1:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Ben Zobrist exits game with apparent injury
    Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Zobrist didn't suffer any obvious injury but had to be removed while playing defense in the fifth inning. He's dealt with a heel issue recently, so that could be the culprit. Expect more information on his status soon.
    Sunday, 12:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Omar Infante leaves game with leg injury
    Omar Infante left Sunday's game versus the Athletics with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Infante was spotted wincing in the fifth inning as he pulled into second base with a double. The Royals could be without both of their middle infielders for a bit with Alcides Escobar (knee) also sidelined. Expect an update on Infante shortly.
    Sunday, 12:55 pm
  • X-rays confirm no fracture for Travis (rib)
    X-rays confirmed that Devon Travis did not suffer a left rib fracture.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game following a hit by pitch, but he managed to escape with just a bruise. The Blue Jays are considering the second baseman day-to-day.
    Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Devon Travis exits game after HBP in side
    Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
    Sunday, 10:43 am
  • Chase Utley getting a day off Sunday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Cesar Hernandez is playing second base Sunday in Utley's place, while Cody Asche has assumed the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
    Sunday, 7:27 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Atl
  • Joe Panik goes 3-for-5 against Arizona
    Joe Panik went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Panik had a dreadful spring and a poor first week and a half, but he's come alive with eight hits in the first three games of the series against Arizona. That's raised his average from .176 to .286.
    Saturday, 10:10 pm
    L, 6-4 ^ @Col
  • Gordon finishes perfect 5-for-5 in loss
    Dee Gordon hit a double and four singles in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Despite a late comeback attempt, Gordon and his teammates were unable to secure the win. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Marlins and is now hitting .400/.415/.520. Gordon's also been caught stealing four times in just 12 games, though he runs so often that this isn't a huge surprise. He was thrown out 19 times last season, against 64 swipes. Gordon won't supply much power, but he'll give you the speed and runs in spades, plus a nice average.
    Saturday, 7:43 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Orioles place Jonathan Schoop (knee) on DL
    Orioles placed INF Jonathan Schoop on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee.

    Advice: Schoop also has a sprained MCL. He sustained the injury in Friday's game from a hard slide by Pablo Sandoval at second base. The O's are encouraged that there was no damage to his ACL and are optimistic that he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera should both see regular playing time in Baltimore's middle infield for now.
    Saturday, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Zobrist goes hitless in return to lineup
    Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games.
    Saturday, 5:13 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Murphy has RBI double against Marlins
    Daniel Murphy had an RBI double in a win over the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the night for Murphy, who is now batting just .162 (6-for-37) through 11 games. Remember that he missed a large chunk of spring training with a hamstring injury, so it might take him a little while to get into the swing of things. Things should get a lot better soon.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @NYY
  • Devon Travis hitting leadoff Friday
    Devon Travis is batting leadoff versus Julio Teheran and the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: He could remain in the spot for a while if Jose Reyes (rib) needs a trip to the disabled list. Travis is off to a .371/.421/.657 start at the plate in his first 38 big league plate appearances.
    Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Wilmer Flores hits first home run
    Wilmer Flores hit his first homer, a three-run shot off the Marlins' Jarred Cosart, in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Flores certainly hasn't been helpful with the glove, so it's imperative that he starts hitting. He's batting .173 after tonight.
    Thursday, 7:28 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @NYY
  • Martin Prado hits first homer
    Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a homer Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: The Marlins moved Prado into the cleanup spot earlier this week, less because he was outplaying Michael Morse and more just so manager Mike Redmond could make it look like he was doing something. Prado did make it work tonight, though. The homer was his first, and he now has two RBI in 35 at-bats.
    Thursday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Tim Beckham delivers second pinch-hit homer
    Tim Beckham delivered his second pinch-hit homer of the year Thursday off the Jays' Aaron Loup.

    Advice: A former No. 1 overall pick probably shouldn't aspire to be Manny Mota, but Beckham sure has done nice work off the bench so far, with the two homers and a triple in five at-bats as a pinch-hitter. The Rays might start giving him more time at second base to show what he can do.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Devon Travis goes 3-for-5, homers
    Devon Travis went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis also homered on Opening Day, so this makes two for him. With the Jays scoring in bunches so far, Travis has been good for six runs scored and six RBI in nine games from the bottom of the order. That's allowed him to be useful in mixed leagues so far, but if the runs begin to dry up for the Jays, Travis's value likely will, too.
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop homers, draws rare walk
    Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5.

    Advice: The walk was just his first, but that still puts him ahead of last year's pace (13 in 455 at-bats). The homer, on the other hand, was his third already. Schoop is a legitimate threat to lead all second basemen in homers this year. It still might not give him much mixed-league value, since his average will be problematic and he's a zero in steals, but it's hard not to like the pop.
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
  • Giavotella scores two, drives in two in rout
    Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Angels' rout of the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giavotella's two-run single in the top of the second inning opened the floodgates for the Angels, who scored a total of six runs in that frame and 10 total runs on the day. The 27-year-old had a really good showing this spring in the Cactus League and is now firmly establishing himself as Anaheim's starting second baseman.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Murphy's homer makes the difference in win
    Daniel Murphy walked twice and hit a solo home run in five trips to the plate as the Mets downed the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Murphy added what seemed at the time to be an insignificant insurance run with his seventh-inning solo homer against Dustin McGowan. It pushed the Mets' lead to three runs, but they wound up winning by only one. Murphy was hitting just .136 entering the game but has registered an extra-base hit in his last two games. Fantasy owners and the Mets, for sure, are hoping it's the start of a hot streak.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @NYY
  • Utley's two-homer night not enough for Phils
    Chase Utley went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and a stolen base but the Phillies dropped Tuesday's game to the Mets.

    Advice: Utley laced a Matt Harvey offering down the right field line for a solo home run in the first inning, knocked in a run with a single in the third, and hit another solo home run in the eighth off of Sean Gilmartin. He was also hit by a pitch in what was a contentious game between the two NL East rivals. Utley had been ice cold entering the night, batting .091 in 22 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 7:37 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Atl
  • Gordon has two steals, scores twice vs. ATL
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Gordon also drove in a run in the win. Gordon now has six stolen bases in seven attempts on the year. He has also scored seven runs in eight games, and the infielder is now hitting .364/.389/.485 with his new club.
    Tuesday, 7:13 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Schoop (quad) has RBI single in return
    Jonathan Schoop (quad) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Schoop was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad, but it doesn't appear to be a major concern. The 23-year-old is batting .278/.316/.667 with two homers and six RBI through six games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs x Bos
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