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  • Rasmus homers as Astros top the Mariners
    Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rasmus broke a 2-2 tie with a fifth-inning home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. As usual, he hasn't done much in the average or on-base percentage departments, but has hit for good power. Rasmus has a .200/.273/.500 with two home runs, a double, and a triple in 33 plate appearances.
    Today, 10:39 pm
  • Valbuena powers Astros with a pair of homers
    Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs and lifted a sacrifice fly to help the Astros beat the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Valbuena hit his first homer in the first inning off of Hisashi Iwakuma and his second in the eighth inning against Danny Farquhar. Valbuena, pushed out of the picture with the Cubs by the impending arrival of Kris Bryant, has been a nice find for the Astros. He has five home runs, seven RBI, and a .244/.304/.634 slash line in 46 plate appearances.
    Today, 10:37 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Sea
  • 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.
    Today, 10:12 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Vogt powers A's to win with a 3-run homer
    Stephen Vogt walked and slugged a three-run home run in four at-bats as the Athletics won against the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Vogt put the A's back on top 4-2 with his three-run home run off of Matt Shoemaker in the third inning. The catcher has been terrific to start the year, hitting .366/.435/.780 with four home runs and 12 RBI to begin the season.
    Today, 10:06 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Dickerson nursing 'mild' plantar fasciitis
    Corey Dickerson had to leave Monday's game versus the Padres due to what Rockies manager Walt Weiss referred to as "mild" plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: That Weiss is calling the ailment mild suggests that they'll try to avoid putting Dickerson on the disabled list for the time being. It's definitely and injury that can be nagging, though, so fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place. Dickerson is batting .286/.314/.510 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. Drew Stubbs would stand to gain the extra playing time while Dickerson is out.
    Today, 9:45 pm
  • Alonso plates three runs in rout of Rockies
    Yonder Alonso plated three runs in a 2-for-4 effort as the Padres ran roughshod over the Rockies 14-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso singled in two runs in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the second. The first baseman entered the season as one of the weaker-hitting players at his position but has been on fire in his first 52 plate appearances, carrying a .364/.453/.477 triple-slash line with one home run and seven RBI.
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Report: Cubs to promote top prospect Russell
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs plan to call up infield prospect Addison Russell.

    Advice: Russell has played just five games at second base, but the Cubs have apparently seen enough that they think he's ready to help at the position in the majors. It certainly wouldn't be hard for him to represent an upgrade, as journeyman Jonathan Herrera has been seeing most of the playing time there of late. Russell is just 21, but he's a career .301/.377/.520 hitter so far in the minors and the consensus among scouts is that his bat his major league-ready. He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
    Today, 9:05 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 x @Pit
  • Norris doubles twice, scores 3 times in win
    Derek Norris doubled twice and singled in five at-bats in Monday's trampling of the Rockies.

    Advice: Norris scored all three times he was on base and even knocked in a run with a double in the fifth inning. Most of the offense Norris has shown so far has been in the form of singles, but he still boasts a productive .314/.340/.412 triple-slash line in 51 plate appearances.
    Today, 9:03 pm
  • Kemp knocks in 4 runs as Padres rout Rockies
    Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season.
    Today, 9:00 pm
  • Morales plates two runs to help Royals win
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored as the Royals defeated the Twins 7-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Morales doubled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie, then knocked in another run with a single in the eighth to make it 5-1 at the time. Morales had a dreary 2014 season but has come out of the gates swinging to start this season, having hit two home runs, knocked in nine runs, and compiled a .358/.424/.566 triple-slash line. Morales has hit safely in 12 of 13 games so far.
    Today, 8:18 pm
  • Justin Upton exits in fourth inning
    Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

    Advice: It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game.
    Today, 7:47 pm
  • Braun slugs homer, but Brewers fall to Reds
    Ryan Braun provided the Brewers their only run with a ninth-inning solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-0, so Braun's solo homer -- his first of the season -- off of Burke Badenhop barely made a dent. Braun has been off to a slow start this season, currently slashing .238/.273/.310 in 44 trips to the dish.
    Today, 6:47 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Addison Russell playing some 2B at Triple-A
    Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell has started at second base in his last five games for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: It's big news, obviously, since that's the position Russell probably has the best chance to crack at the major league level at the moment. "Being a little bit more proactive regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here," manager Joe Maddon said Monday. Russell is hitting .297/.308/.432 with one homer in the early going for Iowa and could potentially challenge for a promotion before long.
    Today, 3:00 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 x @Pit
  • Justin Upton (quad) returns to Padres' lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season.
    Today, 2:43 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 2:02 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) hits, throws Monday
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) did some hitting and throwing on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't run any yet, which will obviously be the biggest test. Gomez has reported improvement with his strained right hamstring, but he's still likely to be sidelined for at least another couple weeks.
    Today, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Mercer (ribs) out Monday, Kang starting at SS
    Jordy Mercer (ribs) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer got struck in the ribs by a Matt Garza pitch on Sunday afternoon. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and some swelling. Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop and bat eighth against Jake Arrieta.
    Today, 12:25 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Jordy Mercer avoids fracture in ribs
    Jordy Mercer is listed as day-to-day after X-rays revealed no fractures in his ribs.

    Advice: Mercer was hit by a Matt Garza pitch during Sunday's game against the Brewers. He's sore and could get a day of rest on Monday as a precautionary measure, but the shortstop won't require a trip to the disabled list. Jung Ho Kang replaced him on Sunday and would start in his place if he does miss any time.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves game after HBP
    Jordy Mercer exited Sunday's game versus the Brewers after being hit in the chest area by a pitch.

    Advice: He was plunked by a Matt Garza offering while squaring around to bunt. Mercer was down on his knees for a while in pain before eventually walking off. He's likely to be sent for X-rays. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for him and would be in line to fill in at shortstop should Mercer need to miss some time.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Justin Upton (quad) not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Braun leads off with pair of singles
    In his first career start leading off, Ryan Braun hit two singles against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun finished the game 2-for-3. While the singles are nice, they marked a continuation of an odd start for Braun. After smacking 30 doubles and 19 home runs last season, Braun has yet to notch his first extra-base hit of the 2015 season. The power should come eventually, but it should be remembered that the former MVP underwent experimental thumb surgery in October.
    Saturday, 7:07 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Justin Upton day-to-day due to quad strain
    Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
    Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Matt Kemp blasts two-run homer vs. Cubs
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The first-inning blast off Kyle Hendricks was his first home run of the season. Kemp was very productive during the second half last year and he has largely picked up from where he left off with an impressive .340/.358/.540 batting line over his first 12 games this season.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Ryan Braun hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is serving as the Brewers leadoff hitter for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun has struggled in the early going, slashing just .226/.250/.226, so perhaps the move was made to try to get him going. With Carlos Gomez sidelined, the Brewers are in desperate need of a spark atop their lineup.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Derek Norris not in Padres lineup Saturday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest for Norris being a day game after a night game, but it's also noteworthy that it will be the second straight time that Will Nieves has caught for Tyson Ross. Expect to see Norris back in there on Sunday.
    Saturday, 8:34 am
  • Stephen Vogt homers twice as Athletics fall
    Stephen Vogt delivered the first multi-homer game of his career in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Vogt followed a solo blast by Ike Davis with one of his own off Jeremy Guthrie in the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He'd later tag Guthrie again in the seventh for another solo shot, once again bringing the A's even at 4-4. He finished the career night 3-for-4 and is now hitting an impressive .353/.421/.735 with eight RBI in his first season as the A's full-time starting catcher.
    Friday, 7:55 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Carlos Gomez could be out for 2-to-3 weeks
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that while it's still too early to tell definitively, Carlos Gomez (hamstring) could return in two-to-three weeks.

    Advice: Gomez is dealing with a strained right hamstring, and it seems like he'll require more than just a minimum stint on the disabled list. Gerardo Parra will function as the team's primary center fielder in his absence and is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
    Friday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Gomez (hamstring) placed on disabled list
    Brewers placed OF Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: Gomez has been given a cortisone shot and will be re-evaluated next week before the Brewers determine whether he might be out longer than 15 days. They'll make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's game, with Jason Rogers, Shane Peterson and Elian Herrera the most likely candidates for a promotion. Gerardo Parra will take over as the Brewers' center fielder while Gomez is out. Jean Segura moved up to replace Gomez in the leadoff spot Thursday, although Scooter Gennett is also a candidate to see time there if he starts swinging the bat better.
    Friday, 6:04 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) heading to DL
    Brewers assistant general manager Gordon Ash said Thursday that Carlos Gomez (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: The All-Star outfielder is dealing with a small tear in his right hamstring and it's unclear at the moment how long he will be sidelined. He also received a cortisone shot on Thursday. Gerardo Parra will see time in center field in his absence.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) out Thurs. in STL
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: No surprise after Gomez felt a pull in his right hamstring Wednesday night. If he suffered a strain, a trip to the disabled list is probably inevitable. He's headed back to Milwaukee for an examination by team doctors. Gerardo Parra is starting in center field on Thursday afternoon against Cardinals right-hander John Lackey and could be asked to play there regularly over the next couple of weeks. Jean Segura is leading off.
    Thursday, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Upton terrorizes former team, Pads top 'Backs
    Justin Upton went 3-for-4 and clubbed a solo homer against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The eighth inning blast off Randall Delgado broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately won the game for the Padres, who brought on fellow former Brave Craig Kimbrel for a quick save in the ninth. Upton went 5-for-11 in the series against the Diamondbacks with a pair of homers. The Padres now embark upon a road trip 6-4, including 5-2 at home. Their stud new acquisition has hit safely in all 10 of those games.
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Carlos Gomez nursing right hamstring injury
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Gomez said he felt a pull in the hamstring and let up while running down the first base line in the ninth inning. He's already been ruled out for Thursday's matinee, and the Brewers will know more about his availability going forward depending on how he feels Thursday.
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Carlos Gomez exits with lower-body injury
    Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Sprinting to beat out a double play in the ninth inning, Gomez pulled up as he raced down the line. He beat the relay throw, but left with a trainer shortly after. It was certainly not a great tradeoff for Gomez or the Brewers. The club should update his status soon.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Dickerson triples, scores three runs in a win
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a triple, and three runs scored as the Rockies earned a 4-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dickerson brought in the Rockies' first run with a single in the second inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He singled and scored in the fourth, then led off the ninth inning with a triple and later came around to score an insurance run. Dickerson has been hitting quite well, having hit safely in seven of eight games with a .406 average, six extra-base hits, nine RBI, and eight runs scored in 34 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Upton homers as Padres take down the D'Backs
    Justin Upton walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances as the Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 5-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Upton added some more insurance with his solo home run off of Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning, pushing the Padres' lead to 4-1 at the time. The slugger has hit safely in all nine games to start the season and is now batting .303 with two home runs and six RBI.
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Vogt (ankle) in A's lineup on Tuesday night
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Astros.

    Advice: Vogt turned his left ankle on Monday night, but he only came away with a bit of swelling. The catcher is batting .348/.423/.609 through seven games this year.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Alonso homers in a losing effort vs. D'Backs
    Yonder Alonso homered in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso went 1-for-4 on the evening and his second-inning solo home run off of Rubby De La Rosa barely made a dent as the D'Backs were leading 4-0 at the time. Alonso has cooled off since back-to-back three-hit games in games two and three of the regular season, but is still batting a cool .360 (9-for-25).
    Apr 13, 10:34 pm
  • Stephen Vogt tweaks ankle Monday
    Stephen Vogt turned his left ankle during Monday's game.

    Advice: He finished the game but was noticeably hobbled. It doesn't sound like a huge deal, but Vogt will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and could wind up missing a game or two. For what it's worth, Vogt says he'll be fine.
    Apr 13, 8:27 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Semien hits one of Athletics' three homers
    Marcus Semien singled and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in Monday's 8-1 victory versus the Astros.

    Advice: Semien pushed the Athletics' lead to 5-1 at the time with a fifth-inning solo homer off of Scott Feldman, one of the Athletics' three home runs on Monday night. The young shortstop is batting .323 (10-for-31) to start the season.
    Apr 13, 8:19 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Carlos Gomez notches a pair of hits
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He singled in the fifth and doubled in a run and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the seventh. Gomez was the lone Brewer to record a multi-hit game, and the squeaked by with a victory despite committing two errors and getting out-hit.
    Apr 13, 4:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Cin
  • Morales homers in win over Twins on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Monday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: The Royals, now 7-0, are the only undefeated team remaining in MLB. Morales is coming off an awful 2014 season, but he's batting .414 (12-for-29) with two homers, three doubles, and five RBI across his first seven games with Kansas City. He has multi-hit games in four straight.
    Apr 13, 4:30 pm
  • Addison Russell bashes first Triple-A homer
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell connected on a two-run homer Sunday in a win over Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The third-inning blast was Russell's first Triple-A home run. He went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, bumping his season average up to a robust .389. Russell's path to the major leagues is currently being blocked by Starlin Castro, but if Russell keeps this up, the Cubs will have to find a spot for him. For what it's worth, Russell is considered a better defensive player than Castro.
    Apr 13, 11:42 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 x @Pit
  • Matt Kemp goes 4-for-5 against Giants
    Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a two doubles versus the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp is still looking for his first homer for the Padres, but he's off to a nice start otherwise, with a .346/.393/.462 line and four RBI in six games. Thus far, Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks are tied for the Padres team lead with one homer.
    Apr 11, 11:44 pm
  • Stephen Vogt not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: As it's an afternoon game after a night game, manager Bob Melvin thought it wise to get his backstop a day of rest. Josh Phegley will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the A's against J.A. Happ and the Mariners.
    Apr 11, 9:42 am
    W, 6-3 ^ @LAA
  • Kendrys Morales hits first home run
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer as part of the Royals' 4-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: The $17 million contract Morales got over the winter was largely panned, just because it seemed to offer a lot more downside than upside. That still might be the case, but Morales had a solid spring and he's 5-for-16 with three extra-base hits, three walks and three RBI through four regular-season games.
    Apr 10, 10:55 pm
  • Braun (rib cage) singles in return to lineup
    Ryan Braun (rib cage) went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun had a pinch-hit single on Wednesday, but this was his first time back in the lineup since tweaking his rib cage on Monday. The Brewers will likely continue to monitor him, but it looks like he's good to go.
    Apr 10, 9:35 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Ryan Braun (rib cage) back in Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (rib cage) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun hasn't started a game since tweaking his rib cage on Monday, although he did have a pinch-hit single Wednesday. There's always a chance he could aggravate the injury, but Braun needs to be in daily fantasy lineups against left-hander Jeff Locke.
    Apr 10, 12:18 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Valbuena, Rasmus not in Friday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Colby Rasmus is also sitting versus southpaw Derek Holland, as manager A.J. Hinch is going with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field. Also notable is that the struggling Evan Gattis has been moved down from fourth to fifth in the order despite his big career numbers against lefties and that Jed Lowrie is hitting third.
    Apr 10, 9:27 am
    W, 7-5 ^ @Sea
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