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  • Reed Johnson undergoes surgery on left foot
    Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery over the weekend to repair a damaged tendon in his left foot.

    Advice: Johnson was placed on the disabled list last Wednesday after feeling a pop in his left foot while running the bases on a pinch-hit RBI double. It's not clear how long he'll be out, but it probably won't be a short absence. The 38-year-old outfielder was 4-for-18 this season for Washington.
    Today, 8:02 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Gardner homers, plates three to lead Yankees
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, powering the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Gardner also scored a pair of runs and swiped two bases in the impressive evening. His three-run shot off Craig Breslow in the sixth inning put the Bombers ahead 8-0 at the time and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Gardner has been very impressive in the early going, slashing .320/.400/.453 with two homers, 13 RBI and eight swipes.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Ellsbury reaches six times as Yankees win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in all six of his plate appearances as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Sunday night.

    Advice: All four of Ellsbury's hits on the evening were singles, and he also scored a pair of runs in the contest. He's off to a terrific start at the plate in 2015, slashing .351/.432/.402 with a homer, three RBI and nine stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Upton homers, plates three to lead Padres
    Justin Upton swatted his seventh home run of the season and drove home three, powering the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Upton's two-run blast off Kyle Kendrick got the Padres on the board in the first inning and they'd pile on from there. He would later add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's off to a terrific start to his Padres career, slashing .301/.340/.602 with seven long balls and 21 RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Gordon singles, scores a run against Tigers
    Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: As a team, the Royals managed just six hits against Anibal Sanchez and company. Typically a middle-of-the-order bat, Gordon was hitting leadoff on Sunday with normal leadoff man Alcides Escobar currently nursing an injury. Gordon's hitting .269/.380/.449 with three home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored, though he's recorded just one hit in his last 12 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Austin Jackson (ankle) thinks he'll avoid DL
    Austin Jackson (ankle) said Sunday that he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson sprained his right ankle during Sunday's game against the Astros when he stepped on the foot of opposing starter Roberto Hernandez while he was covering first base. While his optimism is encouraging, he's still likely to miss at least a few games early in the week, in which case Justin Ruggiano could see extended action.
    Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Smith almost hits for cycle against Astros
    Seth Smith singled, doubled and tripled against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Alas, the home run was not to be. Smith finished the contest 3-for-4 and tossed in an outfield assist for good measure. The strong game pushed his batting line to .276/.333/.483, with one home run, eight runs scored and six RBI. These numbers are more or less in-line with his career-slash of .265/.346/.452. A groin injury from earlier in the season no longer seems to be an issue.
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Jones' 4-for-4 day helps O's best the Rays
    Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with a game-deciding two-run single in Sunday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: All four of Jones' hits on the afternoon were singles. The stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with the game tied 2-2. He drove a single to center field off of Kevin Jepsen to bring in two runs, which proved to be the game-deciding hit. Jones owns a terrific .402/.438/.667 batting line along with five home runs and 21 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Johnson blasts fifth homer to help Braves win
    Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

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

    Advice: He was hitless in two at-bats before exiting. Pearce should be fine following Monday's off day.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Austin Jackson leaves game with ankle injury
    Austin Jackson left Sunday's game versus the Astros with a right ankle injury.

    Advice: Jackson looked to have rolled the ankle when he stepped on Roberto Hernandez's foot at first base. He needed assistance as he limped off to the clubhouse. It certainly looked like an injury that could require a disabled list stint, but the Mariners should have more on his injury later Sunday.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) back in action Sunday
    Denard Span (abdomen) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Span missed the previous two contests after being lifted from Thursday's game when he felt soreness in the area where he had core muscle surgery. It's doubtful that he's 100 percent, but it appears the outfielder will gut it out.
    Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Michael Bourn (neck) back in action Sunday
    Michael Bourn (neck) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bourn had to be scratched Saturday due to a strained neck, but he appears to be fine now. The veteran outfielder sports a disappointing .202/.264/.250 batting line this season.
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Sunday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off even after a big showing Saturday that included a homer and four RBI. Reid Brignac is filling in at third base in Prado's place.
    Yesterday, 7:37 am
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Chris Denorfia makes first start in a while
    Chris Denorfia went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first start since April 23, as Denorfia has been battling a nagging left hamstring injury. He'll see most of his playing time versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 5:18 am
  • Jordan Schafer scores run in return to action
    Jordan Schafer walked and scored a run on Saturday in his return to action.

    Advice: It was the only time he reached in four trips to the plate. Schafer had been out of commission for a couple days while battling a mild right MCL sprain, but it appears he'll be fine.
    Yesterday, 5:15 am
  • Prado drives in four as Marlins beat Phillies
    Martin Prado finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Prado reached on an error in the first inning, slugged a three-run shot in the second inning, drew a walk in the fourth inning, and then cranked an RBI double in the sixth. He has a decent .733 OPS with two home runs, 14 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 24 games this season. If he keeps hitting near the top of the Marlins' batting order -- he hit second on Saturday -- the 31-year-old third baseman should continue to provide a good amount of fantasy value.
    Saturday, 4:05 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Span (abdomen) expected to return on Sunday
    Denard Span (abdomen) is expected to return to the Nationals' starting lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He left Thursday's game with abdomen soreness and has been out of the lineup the last two days. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Span should be ready to go for Washington's series finale against the Mets. Span underwent core muscle surgery in March so this injury is something to keep an eye on throughout the year. Michael Taylor usually starts at center field when Span is sidelined.
    Saturday, 2:54 pm
  • Michael Bourn scratched from Indians lineup
    Michael Bourn was scratched from the Indians starting lineup on Saturday due to a strained neck.

    Advice: Tyler Holt will replace him in the Tribe's lineup and bat ninth against opposing right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Bourn should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
    Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • Justin Upton goes 3-for-4 with two RBI
    Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two steals and three runs scored Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was his fourth career two-steal game and first in two years. Upton had been in a 1-for-15 slump, dropping his average from .303 to .259. It's back up to .282 now.
    Friday, 11:37 pm
  • Kelly Johnson's two-run homer powers Braves
    Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Denard Span (abdomen) absent from lineup
    Denard Span (abdomen) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Span had to leave Thursday's game against the Mets due to soreness in his abdomen. It's a worrisome injury given that he had dual core muscle surgeries over the offseason, but the Nats are hopeful at this time that he'll be able to return to the lineup sometime over the weekend. Michael Taylor is in center field and in the leadoff spot Friday in Span's place.
    Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Steve Pearce getting a start at second base
    Steve Pearce is starting at second base in Friday's game versus the Rays.

    Advice: Pearce has never played an inning at the position in the minors or majors. Jimmy Paredes has plenty of experience at second base but is bizarrely in the designated hitter spot Friday instead of Pearce. Pearce has been a big disappointment with the bat this season, hitting just .196/.288/.314 over his first 15 games.
    Friday, 12:38 pm
  • Royals want to keep Alex Gordon long-term
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals "plan to try to do what they can to keep Alex Gordon long-term."

    Advice: Gordon, 31, has a $13.25 million player option for 2016 that he's expected to decline and then seek a long-term contract. The Royals' resources are relatively limited, but it sounds like they might be willing to pony up to keep Gordon around for a while longer. The four-time Gold Glover is batting .303/.425/.500 with three homers and 13 RBI this season.
    Friday, 8:39 am
  • Austin Jackson goes 3-for-5 against Astros
    Batting second against the Astros, Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: Jackson attempted three steals in all, matching his total from his first 21 games of the year (he was 2-for-3 then, too). Jackson needs to start stealing more bases to be of any use in mixed leagues. Really, though, the Mariners should be batting him at the bottom of the order and probably would if they had a righty bat to replace him at the top.
    Thursday, 8:44 pm
  • Alex Gordon reaches three times
    Batting leadoff with Alcides Escobar out, Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: When manager Ned Yost surprised everyone by announcing Mike Moustakas as his No. 2 hitter at the end of the spring, part of his reasoning is that he though Gordon was more comfortable hitting in the middle of the lineup. Unfortunately, but the middle of the lineup, he means the sixth spot, which is no good for his fantasy value. Gordon did great leading off tonight, but it's probably right back to the lower-middle with him once Escobar returns.
    Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Denard Span leaves due to soreness in abdomen
    Denard Span was removed from Thursday's game against the Mets due to soreness in his abdomen.

    Advice: Span has been playing a lot since his return from the disabled list which has caused some soreness in the abdomen. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Span will also be rested on Friday as a precautionary measure, though he should be able to return at some point over the weekend.
    Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Denard Span leaves for unknown reason
    Denard Span was removed from Thursday's game against the Mets in the sixth inning for unknown reasons.

    Advice: It's unclear if he suffered some type of injury or aggravation of his core injury that he just returned from. The Nationals should have an update on his status shortly. Michael Taylor replaced him in center field and would see increased playing time in his absence.
    Thursday, 6:21 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) able to pinch hit Wed.
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) was able to pinch hit in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He flied out to center in the bottom of the fifth inning and wasn't kept in on defense. The backup outfielder missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still has some lingering discomfort. Consider him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • Span doubles, homers, drives in three runs
    Denard Span went 2-for-6 with a double and a three-run home run as the Nationals handily defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Span is fresh off of a five-hit night on Tuesday and kept it going on Wednesday. Span doubled and scored in the seventh inning, then clubbed a three-run home run to put the game out of reach in the ninth. A pair of productive nights at the dish have brought his batting line up to .317/.341/.561 along with two home runs and seven RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Jordan Schafer dealing with mild MCL sprain
    Jordan Schafer is dealing with a mild right MCL sprain.

    Advice: Schafer suffered the injury while rounding first base during Wednesday's game against the Tigers. The Twins are calling him day-to-day for now, but it would certainly seem like an injury that could send him to the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
  • Jordan Schafer leaves with apparent injury
    Jordan Schafer exited Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Schafer beat out a bunt single in the sixth inning but appeared to tweak something after rounding first base. The Twins should have an update on his status before long.
    Wednesday, 12:38 pm
  • Reed Johnson (calf) lands on DL
    Nationals placed OF Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain.

    Advice: Johnson injured the calf during an RBI double in Tuesday's game. He's expected to be sidelined for a while.
    Wednesday, 11:15 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Brett Gardner getting a day off Wednesday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather against lefty Drew Smyly. Fellow left-handed swingers Brian McCann and Stephen Drew are also sitting, as the Yanks are going with Chris Young in left field, John Ryan Murphy at catcher and Gregorio Petit at second base.
    Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Upton homers, but Padres lose big to Astros
    Justin Upton slugged his sixth home run of the season as the Padres lost by a substantial margin to the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Upton took Roberto Hernandez yard in the sixth inning, bringing the Padres to within 6-3 at the time. The 27-year-old hasn't skipped a beat with his new team, batting .273/.313/.571 with six home runs and 14 RBI to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Reed Johnson suffers serious foot/leg injury
    Reed Johnson suffered a serious foot/leg injury during Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Johnson was hurt while notching an RBI double in the seventh inning. The specifics of the injury aren't available at this time, but he's expected to be sidelined for a while. He has four hits in 18 at-bats for the Nationals this season.
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Span's five-hit night leads to Nats' comeback
    Denard Span went 5-for-6 with three doubles, a solo home run, and four runs scored to help lead the Nationals past the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: In a night full of unlikely performances, Span's five-hit night is among them as he came in batting .207 in 32 plate appearances following an abdominal injury. Span scored the Nats' first two runs but watched his team fall behind 10-2 after four innings. He doubled and scored in the fifth and hit a solo homer in the sixth, helping the Nationals overcome the Braves and score 13 runs. The outstanding performance pushes Span's triple-slash line to .314/.342/.486.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Ellsbury's 3 hits push Yankees past Rays
    Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and stole a pair of bases in four plate appearances in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury's impact was felt immediately, as he singled in the first inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out. He also stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the seventh, but was stranded. Ellsbury has only three extra-base hits on the season, but has stolen seven bases, scored 16 runs, and hit .308/.400/.372.
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Gordon walks twice, homers in a Royals win
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, an RBI single, and a solo home run on Tuesday as the Royals topped the Indians.

    Advice: Gordon put the Royals on the board in the second inning with a solo home run off of Trevor Bauer. He added an RBI single in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Gordon seems to have found his stride after a slow start to the season, having notched multi-hit games in four of his last five starts. He's batting .293/.423/.500 with three home runs and 11 RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Reed Johnson exits game with injury
    Reed Johnson left Tuesday's game versus the Braves with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Johnson evidently hurt himself while notching an RBI double in the seventh inning. The Nationals should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Denorfia (hamstring) unavailable on Tuesday
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is unavailable Tuesday.

    Advice: Denorfia missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still isn't quite over it. "Denorfia is still not 100 percent with his leg, so I don't want to push him right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Junior Lake is in left field Tuesday night.
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Ellsbury (hip) returns to Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old is batting .284/.384/.351 across 18 games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:50 am
  • Johnson hammers Nats with 3 hits, 3 RBI
    Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Austin Jackson sitting out on Monday
    Austin Jackson is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Logan Morrison is also on the bench for the M's, as Justin Ruggiano is in center field and Willie Bloomquist is at first base.
    Monday, 1:12 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Apr 26, 1:53 pm
  • Michael Bourn moved to No. 9 spot in lineup
    Michael Bourn is batting ninth in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.

    Advice: It's the first time not only this season but since June of 2011 that he's batted anywhere other than leadoff. Still, Bourn is hitting an ugly .180/.254/.213 in the early going, so the move doesn't come as a shocker. Jason Kipnis is in the leadoff spot Sunday, while Mike Aviles is getting a start at shortstop over Jose Ramirez.
    Apr 26, 6:52 am
  • Austin Jackson goes 2-for-5, homers
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results.
    Apr 25, 9:56 pm
  • Justin Upton homers twice for Padres
    Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10.
    Apr 25, 9:32 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Saturday's game early
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 before exiting in the eighth inning. The Yankees are hopeful Ellsbury won't miss any time, but if he does sit out Sunday, expect Chris Young to fill in at center field.
    Apr 25, 4:09 pm
  • Ellsbury launches first homer of season
    Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Mets, finishing the game 2-for-5.

    Advice: Ellsbury smacked the solo home run off of Jacob deGrom in the third inning. It doubled his RBI total. He now has two driven in on the year. Math. Ellsbury has been hitting for average in the early going, but the power's been difficult to come by. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him finally get on the board. He hit 16 bombs with the Yankees in 2014 and while he's probably never going to match the career-best 32 he launched in 2011, a home run total between 13-17 is still well within reach for the speedy centerfielder.
    Apr 24, 8:31 pm
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