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  • Michael Saunders activated from disabled list
    Blue Jays activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues.
    Today, 7:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • Brandon Moss plates seven in blowout win
    Brandon Moss blasted a pair of homers and drove home seven runs on Friday, powering the Indians in a 13-1 thrashing of the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.

    Advice: Moss got the scoring started with a two-run double off Shane Greene in the first inning. He then clubbed a three-run shot off Alex Wilson in the fifth and for good measure added a two-run bomb off Al Albuquerque in the ninth. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .214/.327/.524 with three long balls and nine RBI on the season.
    Today, 7:26 pm
    W, 13-1 ^ @Det
  • Harper drives in both runs in loss to Marlins
    Bryce Harper supplied both of Washington's runs in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Harper hit a sacrifice fly off Mat Latos in the first inning and an RBI single off Latos in the sixth. He finished the game 2-for-2, plus a walk. Harper's hitting .286/.438/.518 to start the season. He's also smacked four home runs, driven in eight and scored 11. It's been a great open to the 2015 campaign for the 22-year-old and if he stays healthy, we could be seeing career-high numbers by the end of the year.
    Today, 7:19 pm
  • Stanton finishes game hit-less in four AB's
    Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Stanton came into the game on a power tear, with four home runs in his last seven games, but Jordan Zimmerman and company shut the slugger down on Friday. Stanton is slashing .226/.342/.484 and has hit four home runs with 14 RBI and nine runs scored through the first three weeks of the 2015 season. He remains one of the top offensive threats in the game and the low average figures to rise as the weather warms.
    Today, 7:12 pm
  • Marisnick scratched with leg discomfort
    Jake Marisnick was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday due to right leg discomfort.

    Advice: Marisnick will also sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The young outfielder felt something while running the bases in Wednesday's contest. Robbie Grossman is getting the start in his place on Friday and batting ninth against the Athletics.
    Today, 5:21 pm
  • Grichuk may not be ready when first eligible
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Randal Grichuk (back) may not be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible on May 2.

    Advice: Matheny noted that the injured outfielder has been making slow progress to this point. It sounds like a return closer to mid-May is more likely for Grichuk.
    Today, 4:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 x @Mil
  • 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Saunders (knee) expected to be activated Sat.
    Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had been considering bringing him back Friday, but with the Rays sending a lefty (Drew Smyly) to the mound, it made sense to wait another day. Saunders got a late start to the season after having minor knee surgery, but he's an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues with Rogers Centre as his new home.
    Today, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • 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.
    Today, 1:54 pm
  • Norichika Aoki finally getting a breather
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 12:43 pm
  • Shane Victorino (hamstring) out on Friday
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Victorino's right hamstring injury felt better than expected Thursday, but he could still very well be out of action all weekend. Daniel Nava is starting in his place in right field. The Red Sox are also giving Xander Bogaerts a breather Friday, with Brock Holt filling in at shortstop.
    Today, 12:12 pm
  • Steven Souza not in Rays' lineup Friday
    Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Souza dealt with a forearm cramp this week, but this is just a routine day of rest. Kevin Kiermaier is in right field Friday, with Brandon Guyer in left and Desmond Jennings in center.
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Saunders (knee) to play another rehab game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had left open the possibility that Saunders would be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but they've decided to give him one more rehab game. Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that he expects the outfielder to be activated "I would think in the next day or two."
    Today, 9:27 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Matt Joyce goes hitless for Halos
    Matt Joyce went hitless in a fifth straight start on Thursday, dropping his average to .143.

    Advice: Joyce still doesn't have a homer as an Angel, and his previously strong walk rate also hasn't been in evidence (2 BB in 49 AB). The Angels don't have anyone to replace him at the moment, so they'll remain patient. Still, it's starting to get ugly.
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
    Bot 7, 1-2 vs x Tex
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
    W, 3-0 ^ @Mil
  • 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Victorino (hamstring) showing improvement
    According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Shane Victorino (hamstring) came into Thursday feeling "better than he anticipated."

    Advice: Victorino was removed from Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He'll sit out Thursday's game against the Rays. Farrell indicated that the team might back of Victorino's workload to some degree as they attempt to guide the outfielder through a healthy campaign. Victorino has played in just 152 games over the last two seasons.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Blue Jays not expected to send Bautista to DL
    The Blue Jays most likely won't be placing Jose Bautista (shoulder) on the disabled list.

    Advice: Good signs here. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista "felt much better [on Thursday]." The slugger suffered a right shoulder strain on Tuesday trying to throw out Delmon Young at first base. While he's apparently improving, Bautista is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles. He'll try swinging on Friday and see how the shoulder reacts.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Stanton laces fourth homer in win vs. Phils
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a win versus the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton ripped a Justin De Fratus offering over the fence in left field at Citizens Bank Park to put the cherry on a four-run sixth inning for the Marlins. Stanton now has four home runs, all of them occurring within his last seven games. On the season, he's hitting .241/.362/.517 with 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • 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
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) not in TOR lineup Thurs.
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday evening.

    Advice: Bautista suffered a right shoulder strain Tuesday when he tried to gun Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. The slugger could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if he doesn't show improvement by the weekend. Kevin Pillar is starting in right field and Danny Valencia is in left field Thursday against the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 12:39 pm
  • Souza (forearm) in Rays' lineup on Thursday
    Steven Souza (forearm) is in the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Souza made an early departure from Wednesday's game with a right forearm cramp. It was obviously no big deal. He'll bat second against Boston's Clay Buchholz.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Victorino (hamstring) not in lineup Thursday
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) is not in Boston's starting lineup Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Daniel Nava will play right field and Allen Craig will play left field. Vicotrino was removed from Wednesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. He is considered day-to-day for now.
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Dodgers designate Chris Heisey for assignment
    Dodgers designated OF Chris Heisey for assignment.

    Advice: Heisey was only in the majors for one day to give Joc Pederson a breather in center field. The 30-year-old is likely to clear waivers given his $2.16 million salary, so expect him to remain in the Dodgers' organization.
    Yesterday, 9:06 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-0 x @SD
  • Victorino (hamstring) considered day-to-day
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: The outfielder was removed from Wednesday's game after feeling tightness in his right hamstring, but Red Sox manager John Farrell said it's not a huge cause for concern. Victorino was already slated to get a day off Thursday, so he won't return before Friday at the earliest.
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Souza leaves game with right forearm cramp
    Steven Souza left Wednesday's game against the Red Sox with a right forearm cramp.

    Advice: That's actually close to a best-case scenario after it appeared he'd sustained a hand injury. Souza might be sore on Thursday but he shouldn't miss much time, if any, as a result of the cramp.
    Wednesday, 6:32 pm
  • Victorino leaves with hamstring tightness
    Shane Victorino left Wednesday's game against the Rays due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Victorino likely tweaked the hamstring when he stole second base in the fourth inning. Allen Craig pinch-hit for Victorino an inning later. The Red Sox should provide a better prognosis for injury-prone outfielder after the game.
    Wednesday, 5:40 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
    Top 9, 0-0 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) could land on 15-day DL
    Jose Bautista was unable to make warmup throws on Wednesday due to soreness in his right shoulder and could need a trip to the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bautista had been dealing with shoulder soreness for over a week and aggravated it Tuesday when he tried to throw Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. Kevin Pillar is starting Wednesday in Bautista's place. "Joey Bats" slugged his fourth home run of the season in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles but he has an odd .149/.322/.426 overall batting line.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Dodgers recall Chris Heisey from AAA OKC
    Dodgers recalled OF Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Heisey will start in center field Wednesday night against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, giving Joc Pederson a day of rest. Heisey probably won't be up in the majors for very long given the crowd in the Los Angeles outfield. He is not fantasy relevant.
    Wednesday, 1:05 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-0 x @SD
  • Jose Bautista not in Wednesday's lineup
    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: We're sure it's a total coincidence that he's sitting one day after getting into it with a few Orioles players. Kevin Pillar is in right field Wednesday in Bautista's place, with Ryan Goins handling left.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a win
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Bautista homers as the Blue Jays rout Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run -- his only hit in five at-bats -- in Tuesday's trouncing of the Orioles.

    Advice: Bautista added insult to injury with a seventh-inning blast off of Jason Garcia, pushing the Blue Jays' lead to 13-4. He has four home runs, but has had numerous oh-for's and one-for's this season, resulting in a lopsided .149/.322/.426 triple-slash line. Like his struggling teammate Edwin Encarnacion, who homered twice on Tuesday, we don't expect his offensive woes to persist.
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Stanton hits another homer, but Marlins lose
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton hit a monster home run -- measured at 450 feet -- to right-center field at Citizens Bank Park in the fourth inning off of Jerome Williams. After a slow start to the season, Stanton has started to heat up, homering in three out of his last five games. He carries a .260/.373/.520 triple-slash line with 12 RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • Chris Heisey to be recalled Wednesday
    Chris Heisey will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's already in the Dodgers' clubhouse Tuesday but revealed that he won't officially be promoted until Wednesday. It's not clear at this point whose roster spot Heisey will take.
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-0 x @SD
  • Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Fri.
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

    Advice: That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense.
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • 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
    Top 9, 0-0 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Joyce (foot) goes 0-for-4 in return Sunday
    Matt Joyce (foot) finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Joyce made an early exit from Saturday's game as a precautionary measure. He's been bothered by some soreness and bruising since fouling a ball off his right foot last Wednesday. It's no big deal.
    Monday, 6:51 am
    Bot 7, 1-2 vs x Tex
  • Aoki doubles and triples against Diamondbacks
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
    Sunday, 4:49 pm
  • Souza's 3 hits, 3 RBI not enough for the Rays
    Steven Souza had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and an RBI double, but the Rays fell to the Yankees 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Souza gave the Rays a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run off of Michael Pineda. He helped bring the Rays back within two runs with a fifth-inning double off of Pineda, but it ultimately wasn't enough to avoid a series sweep. Souza is off to a good start, batting .289 with three home runs, 10 RBI, and four stolen bases.
    Sunday, 1:59 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
    Top 9, 0-0 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Jake Marisnick not in lineup Sunday
    Jake Marisnick is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marisnick is one of the few regulars for the club who's hitting (.333/.344/.533), but he'll take a seat in this one. Colby Rasmus is covering center field, with Robbie Grossman handling left.
    Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Shane Victorino (ribs) returns to lineup Sun.
    Shane Victorino (ribs) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Victorino sat out Saturday with sore ribs after running into the wall Friday, but he says he's fine. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .125/.300/.125 in the early going this season.
    Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Matt Joyce (foot) makes early exit Saturday
    Matt Joyce (foot) departed early from Saturday night's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Joyce made it to the top of the seventh inning, but Efren Navarro was in left field when the bottom of the seventh began. Joyce fouled a ball off his right foot Wednesday and is dealing with some lingering soreness. He should ultimately be fine.
    Saturday, 6:12 pm
    Bot 7, 1-2 vs x Tex
  • 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
    W, 3-0 ^ @Mil
  • Cardinals place Randal Grichuk on 15-day DL
    Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: It sounds like the backup outfielder should be ready to return as soon as he's eligible. Grichuk, 23, is 2-for-10 with a home run and two RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 x @Mil
  • Harper homers again in loss to Phillies
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk against the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a long blast to straight-away center field which traveled 461 feet. Harper has now gone deep in back-to-back games and is batting .279/.404/.581 with four home runs and seven RBI on the year. If he can stay healthy, look out.
    Saturday, 1:43 pm
  • Victorino (ribs) scratched from BoSox lineup
    Shane Victorino was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Saturday due to sore ribs.

    Advice: Victorino smashed into the outfield wall on Friday trying to take a home run away from Caleb Joseph, which caused the injury. He should be able to return to active duty in a day or two.
    Saturday, 12:27 pm
  • 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
    Top 9, 0-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Moss hits solo homer against Twins
    Brandon Moss launched a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Moss came into Friday's action with just two hits in his first 20 at-bats. He's capable of posting big power numbers when healthy, so perhaps this will get him going.
    Friday, 9:55 pm
    W, 13-1 ^ @Det
  • Stanton goes deep in second straight game
    Giancarlo Stanton launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Marlins. Stanton failed to homer in his first nine games this season, but he has now gone deep on back-to-back days. He likely would have led the majors in homers if his 2014 didn't come to a premature end and it's easy to imagine him at the top of the leaderboard this season.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Harper clubs three-run homer vs. Phillies
    Bryce Harper clubbed a three-run homer in a win over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Harper also walked twice and scored two runs. The 22-year-old now has three homers on the year, the last two of which have come against Sean O'Sullivan. Harper has been striking out a lot in the early going, but he's capable of a monster breakout if he can stay healthy.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Matt Joyce dealing with sore right foot
    Matt Joyce is currently dealing with a sore right foot, which is why he's serving as the team's designated hitter on Friday.

    Advice: Joyce fouled a ball off his foot on Thursday and it's still a bit sore, so manager Mike Scioscia opted to give him a night off defensively. It's a blow to C.J. Cron who gets bumped to the bench to let Joyce serve as the designated hitter.
    Friday, 3:16 pm
    Bot 7, 1-2 vs x Tex
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
    Friday, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits first homer
    Giancarlo Stanton found the power stroke Thursday, delivering a homer and a double against the Mets.

    Advice: Stanton was without a homer in nine games this season, but he's now homered in four straight games against the Mets. He also drew a walk tonight.
    Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • 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
  • Steven Souza homers, knocks in three
    Steven Souza had another excellent game Wednesday, delivering a homer and a two-run double against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Souza struggled all spring and the first week of the season, but now he's gone 5-for-10 with two homers the last two days. He's not going to hit for average while striking out so much, but he could collect 20 homers and 20 steals as a rookie.
    Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Brandon Moss sitting out on Wednesday
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's on the bench against left-hander John Danks, with Jerry Sands handling right field and Ryan Raburn filling the designated hitter spot. Michael Brantley (back), as expected, is also out again, as Mike Aviles is in left field.
    Wednesday, 7:01 am
    W, 13-1 ^ @Det
  • Souza's big night powers Rays past Jays
    Steven Souza had a terrific night in a win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base.

    Advice: Souza hit a mammoth home run to center field in the first inning. In the eighth, he singled, stole second and advanced to third on Russell Martin's throwing error, then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Tuesday marked Souza's first multi-hit game of the season, as he entered the game hitting just .158.
    Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • Stanton has monster game, Marlins top Braves
    Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a slump in a big way Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Marlins' 8-2 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Stanton reached base five times, walking twice to go along with two singles and a double. Stanton had an RBI single in the first and third innings before swatting a two-run double in the eighth. He had been hitless in his previous 12 at-bats before the big game. Stanton is too good to be kept under wraps for too long, so perhaps this is the start of a torrid stretch for the 25-year-old.
    Tuesday, 7:17 pm
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