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  • Anthony Gose not in Tigers lineup Saturday
    Anthony Gose is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite the Tigers facing a right-handed pitcher, it will be Rajai Davis starting in center field and hitting atop the lineup instead of Gose. The hot-hitting 24-year-old is slashing .333/.348/.511 with a homer and five RBI in 45 at-bats, though he sports a troublesome 19/1 K/BB ratio.
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Scott Baker to start for Dodgers on Sunday
    Scott Baker will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: With a tough schedule coming up where the team plays on 17 consecutive days, the Dodgers want to give their regular starters an extra day of rest while they have the chance. The 33-year-old came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Today, 5:59 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • 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.
    Today, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Starling Marte goes 1-for-4 in return Friday
    Starling Marte (hand) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Pirates lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on his hand and received a day of rest on Thursday as a precautionary measure. The 26-year-old has been scuffling at the plate in the early going, slashing .226/.276/.547 with a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 59 plate appearances, though he does have five homers and 12 RBI.
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Blackmon launches home run in win over SF
    Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the third inning of Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Blackmon finished the game 2-for-5. In addition to the home run, he also hit a single. Blackmon's slashing .269/.342/.478 in April, with two home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored. He continues to have value in mixed leagues thanks to his position in the lineup leading off and his speed, though he was thrown out trying to steal in Friday's contest. In 2014, Blackmon swiped 28 bags in 38 attempts.
    Today, 12:33 am
  • LeMahieu collects three hits, drives in two
    D.J. LeMahieu hit an RBI single and an RBI double in Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: LeMahieu picked up both of his RBI against Giants starter Chris Heston. He finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single. Despite the hot game, LeMahieu hits seventh in the Rockies lineup and his current .414/.452/.552 slash bears little resemblance to any of his career marks. Outside of NL-only leagues, he's not fantasy relevant.
    Today, 12:23 am
  • Belt doubles, knocks in run against Rockies
    Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
    Today, 12:05 am
  • Butler picks up win despite four runs allowed
    Eddie Butler improved to 2-1 on Friday, though he did allow four runs on nine hits over six innings.

    Advice: It wasn't a great outing for the 24-year-old Butler, but Chris Heston was slightly worse and the Rockies managed to come away with a 6-4 win. Butler struck out three and walked two in the contest. The Giants scored runs on a two-run homer by Justin Maxwell in the second, an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the third and an RBI double by Brandon Belt in the fifth. Butler currently holds a 3.27 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP across 22 innings. If you're willing to dance on the edge of a WHIP knife, the pitcher does have some upside. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a road outing next time he toes the rubber.
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Heyward smacks second homer of season
    Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season.
    Yesterday, 11:28 pm
  • Chad Qualls records second save
    Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

    Advice: Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Andrew Cashner goes seven in loss
    Andrew Cashner pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: At least this loss was less about defense than the previous two; he just didn't get the help offensively. Cashner has a 2.63 ERA through four starts, even though he's allowed 14 runs in 24 innings (half were unearned). He'll face the Astros next.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Garrett Richards strong in victory
    Garrett Richards pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday in defeating the Rangers.

    Advice: Richards allowed just three hits, though that's pretty much what the Rangers average a game anyway. Still, his comeback from last year's knee injury is off to a nice start, and he remains a fine choice in mixed leagues with the A's next on the schedule.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Gerrit Cole overwhelms Diamondbacks in win
    Gerrit Cole upped his record to 3-0 by limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Cole struck out seven and walked two in the gem. He's allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last three starts, and he's struck out 27 batters in 24 2/3 innings for the year.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Nick Ahmed goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Nick Ahmed went 0-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Ahmed is quite the defender, but he's batting .128 with one extra-base hit, one RBI and one run scored through 47 at-bats. He can't remain quite this bad, but he's likely to be the NL's worst offensive regular for however long the Diamondbacks stick with him.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Smyly returns with solid season-debut vs TOR
    Drew Smyly pitched 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Smyly missed most of April with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and the Rays played it cautiously on Friday, pulling him after 79 pitches. Devon Travis touched him up for a solo home run in the fourth inning and Danny Valencia added an RBI single in the same frame, but Smyly didn't allow any damage beyond that. Last season, he boasted a 3.24 ERA and 1.163 WHIP over 153 innings between the Tigers and Rays. It should take a few starts for the 25-year-old to stretch out his arm, but it looks like he's on a good track. He'll continue that process when he heads to Fenway to take on the Red Sox in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez homers in win over Orioles
    Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramirez went back-to-back with teammate David Ortiz in the fifth inning. He would finish the game 2-for-5. The former Red Sox prospect-turned-Dodger-turned Red Sox player is loving life in Boston right now and is slashing .274/.333/.565 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Felix Hernandez notches 10th career shutout
    Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.

    Advice: Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year.
    Yesterday, 9:31 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.
    Yesterday, 9:27 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.
    Yesterday, 9:25 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.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Paredes hits two-run home run off Porcello
    Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Paredes finished the game 1-for-5. The fourth inning home run was his second of the season and gave him four RBI on the year. Paredes was activated off the DL on April 18 and has notched eight hits in 25 at-bats. He makes for a nice value play in daily fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jose Quintana pitches well in no-decision
    Jose Quintana pitched well in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, surrendering two runs on seven hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: Quintana racked up five strikeouts on the evening while issuing just one free pass. It was the best start of the young season for the right-hander who still owns a troublesome 6.55 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 22 innings. He'll look to carry over this strong start when he squares off against the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Danny Duffy doesn't allow earned run Friday
    Danny Duffy delivered a strong outing in Friday's no-decision against the White Sox, allowing just an unearned run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Duffy punched out three and walked one in the contest. The only damage against him came on an RBI ground out by Tyler Flowers in the fourth inning, scoring Alexei Ramirez who had reached on an error. Duffy will bring a 4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 16/7 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's outing against the Indians in Cleveland.
    Yesterday, 9:08 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.
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rays activate Drew Smyly from disabled list
    Rays activated LHP Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The left-hander will make his season debut on Friday against the Blue Jays after missing the first few weeks of the season with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Smyly went just 3 2/3 innings in his last rehab start, so he'll be on a pretty limited pitch count Friday.
    Yesterday, 5:02 am
  • Jason Heyward goes 2-for-4 against Nats
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 on Thursday, giving him his first multihit game since he went 3-for-5 on Opening Day.

    Advice: Heyward's .213 average would be less of a problem if he were drawing his typical number of walks, but he's worked just one in his first 61 at-bats. The Cardinals are winning and can stay patient, but at some point, they might decide they'd be better off with Kolten Wong hitting second.
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez getting night off on Thursday
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night versus the Rays.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Hanley. Allen Craig is starting in left field and batting seventh for the Red Sox against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
    Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Marte (hand) not in Pirates' lineup Thursday
    Starling Marte (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after taking a pitch off his hand. X-rays came back negative, but he'll get a day of rest Thursday while Sean Rodriguez handles left field. Andrew McCutchen is also off Thursday, so Gregory Polanco will start in center field.
    Thursday, 8:34 am
  • X-rays come back negative on Marte's hand
    X-rays on Starling Marte's right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on the hand, but it appears he avoided serious injury. The outfielder might have a day or two off but shouldn't require a longer stay on the sidelines.
    Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Marte removed from game after HBP in hand
    Starling Marte was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the hand earlier in the game.

    Advice: Marte was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third inning but stayed in until the bottom of the fifth, when Andrew Lambo hit for him. The Pirates should have more information on Marte's outlook following the game.
    Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Rays confirm Smyly (shoulder) as Fri. starter
    The Rays have confirmed that Drew Smyly (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list and start on Friday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The writing had been on the wall, but the club has now confirmed it. Smyly will boot either Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez from the rotation, with the pitcher who isn't expected to start Saturday. Smyly threw just 3 2/3 innings in his last rehab start, so he'l be on a pretty limited pitch count Friday.
    Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) expected to start on Friday
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Rays' rotation on Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Rays haven't officially confirmed it yet, but the left-hander is fully expected to take the ball on Friday after making three rehab starts. Smyly was unscored upon in his rehab assignment, but the longest he pitched was 3 2/3 frames so he'll be on a limited pitch count Friday. The Rays will boot either Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez from the rotation to make room for Smyly.
    Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Qualls picks up first save with a clean ninth
    Chad Qualls struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to record his first save as the Astros earned a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Qualls was filling in for regular closer Luke Gregerson, who had pitched on three consecutive days with a total of 41 pitches. Qualls made quick work of the Mariners, striking out Kyle Seager and Justin Ruggiano before getting Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Barring injuries, Qualls shouldn't see save situations with any regularity.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • 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
  • Marte clubs fifth home run in a losing effort
    Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run off of Travis Wood in the second inning, then plated another run with an RBI single in the sixth. The multi-talented outfielder has a slugging-heavy .208/.250/.542 slash line with five home runs and 12 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Hanley collects two more hits against Rays
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez had two of the team's seven hits against Rays starter Chris Archer. The stolen base was his first of the season after swiping 14 last year. The shortstop-turned-outfielder has been everything the Red Sox paid for in the early part of the season, batting .269/.328/.558 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 13 games.
    Tuesday, 7:10 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
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Swisher (knee) begins rehab assignment Fri.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club.
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon Belt not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Giants are going with Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac behind the plate with Belt out.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • Drew Smyly 'definitely' ready, debut Friday?
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) said Tuesday that he "definitely" feels ready to join the Rays' rotation.

    Advice: Smyly only went 3 2/3 innings in his last rehab start for Double-A Montgomery, but he looked sharp and some of the Rays' beat writers believe he'll be cleared to make his 2015 regular-season debut on Friday night against the Blue Jays. The talented 25-year-old left-hander should be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (illness) in Tuesday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (illness) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez made an early exit from Monday's Patriots' Day game against the Orioles after just two innings due to dizziness brought on by a cold, but he's feeling a lot better now. He'll bat cleanup against Chris Archer.
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Marte's homer too late to help Bucs come back
    Starling Marte hit a ninth-inning solo home run, but it was too late to help the Pirates stage a comeback against the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Marte belted a Zac Rosscup offering to left field in the ninth to make it a 5-2 game, but it was too little, too late for the Pirates. Marte, who finished 1-for-4 on Monday, has been on a power surge lately, homering in three out of his last four games. Other than that, though, he hasn't done much at the dish as he's batting .178/.208/.467.
    Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Swisher (knees) close to rehab assignment
    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible.
    Monday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Scott Baker nearly perfect for Oklahoma City
    Scott Baker lost a perfect game in the seventh inning Monday in a start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Addison Russell broke it up with a two-out single. Baker held on for the shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.06 in the process. With the Dodgers in need of a starter, Baker could get the call Saturday against San Diego. David Huff got first dibs at the No. 5 spot but was quickly sent down to Triple-A after a tough outing on April 14.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • Hanley Ramirez (cold) expects to play Tues.
    Hanley Ramirez (illness) expects to play Tuesday in Boston's series-opener versus the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez was removed from Monday's Patriots' Day game against the Orioles after just two innings due to dizziness brought on by a cold. It was a wet, nasty morning and early afternoon at Boston's Fenway Park.
    Monday, 1:03 pm
  • Gose out third straight game Monday night
    Anthony Gose is out of the Tigers' starting lineup for a third straight game Monday.

    Advice: Gose is batting .393 with a 1.036 OPS in 28 at-bats this season, but the Tigers prefer to use Rajai Davis in center field against left-handers and they're facing their third straight southpaw (CC Sabathia) on Monday night. This looks like a strict platoon for now, which obviously hurts both players from a fantasy perspective.
    Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez exits Monday due to illness
    Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game due to illness.

    Advice: There's a flu bug going around some MLB clubhouses and Hanley apparent caught it. He grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and was then replaced in the top of the third by Allen Craig. Ramirez, who already has five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games with Boston, can be considered day-to-day.
    Monday, 8:53 am
  • Hanley removed Monday with apparent injury
    Hanley Ramirez was pulled from Monday's game against the Orioles with an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's not clear what happened. Hanley grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and took the field in the top of the second, but Allen Craig was in left field to open the top of the third. There should be an update soon from the Red Sox.
    Monday, 8:38 am
  • Paredes at DH and batting second on Mon.
    Jimmy Paredes is at DH and batting second for the Orioles on Monday morning against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Paredes is 5-for-10 with four runs scored in two games since being activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He's a nice value play in daily fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 6:31 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) made third rehab start Sun.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in a rehab start for Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: Smyly walked three, but he struck out four and limited the Marlins' Double-A team to one hit. It was the third rehab start for Smyly, who may be asked to make a fourth so that he can get a little more stretched out. The talented 25-year-old left-hander is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation April 29 at Yankee Stadium. He's been sidelined by left shoulder tendinitis.
    Monday, 5:42 am
  • Butler allows two runs in five innings
    Eddie Butler pitched five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on six hits.

    Advice: He struck out four and walked one in the contest. Scott Van Slyke and Joc Pederson burned him with RBI doubles in the second inning. It was another in a line of OK, but unspectacular starts for Butler, who has yet to last six innings (but also has yet to allow more than two runs in a start). It's difficult to see much on the fantasy front here, at least in the short term. Long term, Butler is just 24 years old and has shown that he can hang with major league hitters, which isn't nothing.
    Sunday, 4:58 pm
  • Richards pitches erratically in first start
    Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.

    Advice: Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.
    Sunday, 3:47 pm
  • Duffy lasts five innings in win over A's
    Danny Duffy pitched five innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: While Duffy allowed just four hits and struck out five, he also handed out five free passes. The two runs came courtesy of Ben Zobrist, who hit him up with an RBI single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Duffy's 1.112 WHIP last season would seem to indicate that the walks will come down eventually, though it should be noted that prior to 2014, he had never put up a WHIP lower than 1.35. We don't see him as mixed-league dependable at the moment, but he's a pitcher who could trend in a positive direction over the course of the season. He'll toe the mound against the White Sox next.
    Sunday, 3:15 pm
  • Cashner picks up first win of season
    Andrew Cashner moved to 1-2 in Sunday's win over the Cubs, pitching six innings without allowing an earned run.

    Advice: The Cubs did manage two runs off Cashner in the first inning, but both were unearned. After the early trouble, Cashner settled down and kept the Cubs off the board the rest of the way. He struck out five and walked two while scattering five hits across his six innings. Cashner has a 2.65 ERA through three starts. His next outing will come against the rival Dodgers.
    Sunday, 2:31 pm
  • Cole moves to 2-0 as Pirates sweep Brewers
    Gerrit Cole moved to 2-0 on Sunday after limiting the Brewers to two earned runs over six frames in a 5-2 victory for the host Pirates.

    Advice: Cole had some trouble in the second inning but was otherwise pretty sharp, yielding only five hits and one walk while striking out six. He has a cool 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 17 innings (three starts) this season for the Bucs, who are now back to .500 (6-6) after sweeping their weekend set against the Brewers. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to keep it all working next time out in Arizona.
    Sunday, 1:33 pm
  • Jose Quintana creamed by Tigers Sunday
    Jose Quintana was clobbered for nine runs across four innings of work in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Quintana was one pitch away from getting out of the first inning unscathed, but he left a pitch over the plate and Yoenis Cespedes lined it over the left-field wall for a grand slam. Cespedes got to him again with a two-run shot in the third. The left-hander has now had two clunkers in three starts, but impatient owners need to sit tight. Quintana will rebound and has a decent shot to do so next weekend versus the Royals.
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Brandon Belt getting start in LF Sunday
    Brandon Belt is starting Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks in left field.

    Advice: It's his first start at the position since 2012, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is obviously willing to shake things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Buster Posey is starting at first base Sunday, while Andrew Susac is behind the plate.
    Sunday, 10:06 am
  • Garrett Richards (knee) activated from DL
    Angels activated RHP Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Richards will make his season debut on Sunday in Houston after successfully rehabbing a torn patella tendon in his left knee. The right-hander wasn't great in his lone official rehab start, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings. Still, he's facing an Astros squad that swings and misses a lot, so we wouldn't blame fantasy owners for throwing him out there right away.
    Sunday, 6:15 am
  • D.J. LeMahieru hits first homer
    D.J. LeMahieu's first homer was a two-run shot off Zack Greinke on Saturday.

    Advice: The typically light-hitting LeMahieu is batting .463 over his first 41 at-bats of 2015. It hasn't moved him up in the Rockies order, so he's still irrelevant outside of NL-only leagues.
    Saturday, 10:21 pm
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out 12 in victory
    Felix Hernandez fanned 12 while holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Although Hernandez was still bothered by some tightness in his quad, it didn't show in his performance; he allowed just two hits on the night. It was his 11th career 12-strikeout game and first since he fanned 15 against the Rays last June 8.
    Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Marte's five RBI fuel Bucs' win over Brewers
    Starling Marte hit his third home run of the season while driving in five runs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte almost single-handedly sent Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse to the showers. In the first inning, the outfielder hit a two-run single to center. Then, in the fifth, he launched a three-run shot to left. If this wasn't enough, he also chipped in a stolen base just for fun. This was his second home run in as many days (and his second steal in as many days, to boot). All of this came after an icy start to the season. Even with the recent pyrotechnics, he's still hitting just .189/.225/.459 on the year. Marte was a .291 hitter last year. Don't worry too much about the early struggles.
    Saturday, 7:04 pm
  • Heyward connects for solo HR vs. Reds
    Jason Heyward connected for a solo homer Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season and his only hit in four at-bats on Saturday. Hitting .227 through 10 games, Heyward is off to a slow start with his new team, but this isn't something out of the ordinary. He came into Saturday's action with a .729 OPS between March and April for his career. Things should get better as the calendar flips to May and beyond.
    Saturday, 2:58 pm
  • Garrett Richards to make season debut Sunday
    As expected, Garrett Richards (knee) will start Sunday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Richards tore his left patellar tendon last August. It's a welcome return, as the Angels' rotation entered Saturday with the fifth-highest ERA in the American League. Richards enjoyed a breakout season last year, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts. Expect more of the same in 2015.
    Saturday, 2:13 pm
  • Orioles activate Jimmy Paredes from DL
    Orioles activated INF Jimmy Paredes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paredes is taking the place of Jonathan Schoop on the active roster who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a knee injury. He'll function in a utility role for the O's.
    Saturday, 10:14 am
  • Charlie Blackmon hits first homer
    Charlie Blackmon took Clayton Kershaw deep on Friday for his first homer of the season.

    Advice: That's the kind of thing that will help keep him in the lineup against left-handers. Blackmon spent most of last April hitting over .400, but he's been quieter this month, batting .263 with six runs scored, four RBI and one steal in 38 at-bats. He'll have value in mixed leagues for as long as the Rockies continue leading him off.
    Friday, 10:48 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-3 against D'backs
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-3 as the Giants' No. 6 hitter in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Before Hunter Pence got hurt, the Giants indicated that Belt could open the season batting third. However, that injury rearranged the lineup and Belt has hit fourth twice, fifth four times and now sixth once, going 2-for-26 in the process. His bat will warm up, but his fantasy value has already taken a hit. Hopefully, things will get better for the Giants lineup as a whole once Pence returns.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Starling Marte goes deep to power Pirates
    Starling Marte blasted his second home run of the season on Friday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte connected on his two-run blast off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, pushing the Pirates advantage to 6-2. He filled up all areas of the box score on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, two RBI and his first stolen base of the season.
    Friday, 7:13 pm
  • 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
  • Brown (heel) to continue rehab stint Friday
    Domonic Brown (heel) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Brown, who began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles, went 4-for-14 (.286) with a home run over five games with High-A Clearwater. It's unclear how many games he'll play in Triple-A before being activated. The Phillies have been relying on a combination of Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore in right field during his absence.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint Friday
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Paredes, who began the season on the DL with a lower back strain, will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday before moving to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. The Orioles have a bit of a roster crunch at the moment, so they could keep him on his rehab stint for close to the maximum of 20 days.
    Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Domonic Brown (heel) plays fifth rehab game
    Domonic Brown (heel) played in his fifth rehab game Wednesday with High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Brown will soon jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he should be back in the major leagues by early next week. He is recovering from tendinitis in his left Achilles. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore have been splitting the playing time in right field for the Phillies, and Francoeur even batted cleanup on Wednesday night against the Mets.
    Thursday, 6:39 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Felix (quad) will start Sat. against Rangers
    Felix Hernandez (quad) will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Hernandez had to make an early exit from his outing last Sunday against the Athletics due to tightness in his right quad, but it's not a major concern. King Felix is an obvious must-start versus Texas.
    Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez slugs two-run homer Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez slugged a two-run homer in Boston's loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a fifth-inning shot off Gio Gonzalez that sailed over the Green Monster. Hanley had no other hits on the afternoon but he's off to a very promising start with his new team, boasting a .923 OPS, four home runs, and nine RBI in eight games. Now if only he could pitch.
    Wednesday, 1:51 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) likely to debut on April 29
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is most likely to make his season debut on April 29 at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: The Rays haven't ruled out activating Smyly after his next rehab start when he's slated to throw 75 pitches, but they'll most likely let him stretch out to 100 pitches in another rehab outing after that before having him rejoin the rotation. He tossed three scoreless innings Tuesday in his second rehab start. "No setbacks, so it’s great," Smyly said. "I’m just anxious to get these next couple starts out of the way so I can get back in the big leagues."
    Wednesday, 8:07 am
  • Richards (knee) on track to start Sunday
    Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: That's assuming he feels fine after his rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Salt Lake when he gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings. The Angels want to keep Richards on his normal four days of rest routine, which means Matt Shoemaker would be pushed back to Monday. Richards threw 91 pitches Tuesday, so he doesn't figure to be too limited from a pitch count perspective Sunday.
    Wednesday, 7:57 am
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