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  • Adam Lind homers twice, knocks in six
    Adam Lind went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to help propel the Mariners past the A's 13-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Between his steady track record and the Mariners' fine start, Lind hasn't lost playing time to Dae Ho Lee at first base. He really should consider himself lucky, given that he entered the night with a .216/.246/.319 line. Of course, even if Lee does seem capable, Lind was always the better bet as a starter against righties. He should be solid from here on out. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes seven innings in win
    Hisashi Iwakuma surrendered three runs over seven innings Wednesday versus the A's.

    Advice: Iwakuma beat the A's for the second time this month to run his record to 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. He has an even tastier matchup with a start against the Padres due up next. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Zach Neal gets lit up by Mariners
    Making his first major league start, Zach Neal was pounded for seven runs in four innings by the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Neal is a solid Triple-A pitcher, but that's probably all he is. He's probably going to be sent back to Nashville now. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in victory
    Scott Kazmir held the Reds to one run in six innings and struck out 12 as the Dodgers beat the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It doesn't mean that Kazmir's back, but it's a good sign. The only run to score against him came on a triple (near inside-the-park homer) from Jay Bruce that could have been caught by Joc Pederson. Kazmir went without allowing a homer for the first time in five starts this month. He's 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Dan Straily strikes out 11 Dodgers
    Dan Straily fanned 11 while allowing three runs and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Straily allowed just five batters to reach base safely in his seven innings. Unfortunately, four of those came in the same inning, leading to two runs, and the other was a homer an inning later. Straily has been a very good starter for the Reds to date, but since he's in such a bad situation in Cincinnati, there's no recommending him in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal hits fourth homer
    Yasmani Grandal hit his fourth homer Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Grandal had been in a 2-for-33 slump while dealing with his frequent off days and a recent minor ankle injury. He's been awfully slump-prone throughout his career, partly due to playing through physical issues, but he can also look like an elite catcher at times. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez strikes out three times
    Eugenio Suarez struck out all three times he was up Wednesday in the loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Suarez was doing just fine as the Reds' No. 2 hitter last month, but coincidence or not, he's struggled ever since he was dropped in the order. He'll pick it up again eventually, but he's not in a great situation while hitting sixth or seventh for a bad Reds team. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Torres picks up surprise save in extras
    Carlos Torres got the surprise save by pitching a perfect 13th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Torres breezed through a 1-2-3 inning to secure his first save since 2014. He's been a workhorse for the Brewers' bullpen, as he's already covered 23 1/3 innings and has a respectable 3.47 ERA with 22 strikeouts. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • C.J. Wilson (shoulder) pitches well in High-A
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) threw four-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: Wilson needed just 56 pitches to make it into the top of the fifth inning, when he was yanked after yielding a leadoff single. The veteran left-hander whiffed four batters and issued zero walks. He'll try to replicate those results in his second minor league rehab start next week with an eye on rejoining the Angels' rotation by mid-June. Wilson has been on the disabled list all season with left shoulder trouble. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance
    Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Villar knocks in a pair in win
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves.

    Advice: Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Foltynewicz fans seven in strong outing
    Mike Foltynewicz fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night’s extra-inning loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Although Foltynewicz walked four, he largely overpowered the Brewers with a fastball that sat 96-97 mph in the sixth inning and a slider that regularly threatened 90 mph. That resulted in seven strikeouts. He’s still more of a thrower than a pitcher, so when the Brewers forced him to throw strikes with his breaking ball, he issued a quartet of walks. Still, the right-hander is showing some promise, and the Braves can afford to be patient, as he is just 24 years old, after all. Folty now owns a 3.95 ERA in 27 1/3 innings this year. He’ll next get the Giants at home. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Guerra throws five scoreless in no-decision
    Junior Guerra struck out six and walked four over five scoreless frames against the Braves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Guerra continued to find success with his splitter, and he’s now fanned 17 batters in his last two starts. His command wavered, especially against lefties, but that’s to be expected with the 31-year-old reliever-turned-starter. Guerra has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings for the Brewers and should continue to be a sneaky source of strikeouts, even if he’ll potentially hurt a fantasy squad’s ratios. He’ll next get the Cardinals at Miller Park in a tough matchup. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Cabrera socks two-run homer in loss
    Melky Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: With the White Sox trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, Cabrera made matters slightly more interesting with his two-run home run off reliever Bryan Shaw. Alas, no more runs were to cross the plate and Cabrera's squad fell by a score of 4-3. The veteran outfielder is slashing .294/.362/.417 with nine doubles, three homers and 20 RBI over 180 at-bats. Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • A's recall Zach Neal for Wednesday start
    Athletics recalled RHP Zach Neal from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Neal will start for the A's on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. He has a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but the 27-year-old isn't the most attractive fantasy streaming option versus Seattle. This might just be a spot start. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Bolsinger allows two runs in sixth vs Reds
    Making his second start of the season, Mike Bolsinger allowed two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Bolsinger struck out six and walked one on the evening. Both runs on his line came home courtesy of a two-run home run by Adam Duvall in the fourth inning. The 28-year-old right-hander was optioned to Triple-A following his first start of the season last week and while he pitched just fine in start No. 2, he shouldn't be considered a long-term rotation option for fantasy purposes. Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Villar steals 15th base in win over Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Grandal (ankle) back in Dodgers' lineup Tues.
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Grandal missed a few games after fouling a ball off his right ankle on Saturday. He's starting at catcher and batting eighth Tuesday night against Reds righty Daniel Wright. It will be Winkler's major league debut. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • A's calling up Neal to start Wednesday
    The Athletics will call up right-hander Zach Neal to start Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He'll fill Sonny Gray's spot in the starting rotation. Neal, 27, owns a 2.53 ERA and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over seven starts with Triple-A Nashville. It might just be a spot-start, so most fantasy owners can steer clear. Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Dodgers recall RHP Bolsinger from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger will presumably make the start Tuesday against the Reds. The 28-year-old gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings last Wednesday against the Angels before being sent down to Triple-A. Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Grandal (ankle) served as pinch-hitter
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's marathon win over the Padres.

    Advice: Grandal was held out of the Dodgers' starting lineup after fouling a ball off his right ankle on Saturday. X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day. Monday, 6:14 am
  • Yasmani Grandal (ankle) not in lineup Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Grandal departed Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his right ankle. X-rays came back clean and he's available to pinch-hit. A.J. Ellis is catching Sunday. The Dodgers also have Howie Kendrick at third base for Justin Turner and Trayce Thompson in left field. Sunday, 11:12 am
  • Wilson (shoulder) beginning rehab assignment
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been cleared for rehab contests after getting through a few simulated games with no issues. Wilson was still rehabbing from elbow surgery at the beginning of spring training and then went down with a shoulder injury that's kept him out all season. It's unclear how many rehab appearances he'll require before rejoining the Angels' rotation. Sunday, 8:21 am
    60-Day DL
  • X-rays on Yasmani Grandal's foot are negative
    X-rays on Yasmani Grandal's right foot came back negative.

    Advice: Grandal had to leave Saturday's loss to the Padres after fouling a ball off the foot, but thankfully exams came back clean. "It looks worse than it is," said Grandal. Even with X-rays coming back negative, it wouldn't be a surprise if Grandal sits for a day or two if he's sore. Sunday, 5:10 am
  • Scott Kazmir walks seven in lousy showing
    Scott Kazmir walked seven and gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: One of those walks was intentional, but since he also hit a batter, maybe that evens out. Kazmir hadn't been any good coming in, but it was homers, not walks, that have been the main problem (he had issued 13 -- one intentional -- in 46 innings). Of course, there were homers, too, tonight. He gave up his 11th and 12th of the season to Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt. He's just not a very good pitcher right now. Friday, 11:23 pm
  • Iwakuma goes six innings in win over Reds
    Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 2-4 after giving up three runs over six innings Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: The Mariners were down 3-0 before they rallied against the beleaguered Reds’ bullpen. This made a winner out of Iwakuma, who gave up six hits (including a solo homer by Zack Cozart) and three walks while striking out six batters. His line could have looked worse, but he managed to wiggle out of a couple of rallies. Iwakuma owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through his first nine starts this season and is difficult to trust in mixed fantasy leagues at the moment. He’ll get the A’s next at home. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Straily goes six innings in no-decision
    Dan Straily was handed a no-decision despite six innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Reds’ bullpen strikes again. Straily gave up only an RBI double to Kyle Seager over his six innings of work, but the Mariners rallied in the late innings to pull away with the win. By the way, the Reds’ bullpen now owns a 6.76 ERA for the year. As for Straily, he gave up four hits and three walks while hitting Robinson Cano twice. He has a shiny 2.85 ERA right now, but his control (23 walks in 47 1/3 innings) is a big warning sign. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Beckham has two hits, RBI vs. Phillies
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham, who made the start out of the No. 2 spot, is now batting .394 (13-for-33) in 10 games since coming off the disabled list. We obviously don’t expect it to last given his track record, so steer clear in mixed formats, but there’s opportunity in this infield right now. Friday, 7:47 pm
  • Foltynewicz exits early in loss to Pirates
    Mike Foltynewicz wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over three innings in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Foltynewicz was the victim of some bad luck in the first inning when Starling Marte's two-out bloop single drove in two. Luck had less to do with the Pirates' three third-inning runs, an Andrew McCutchen RBI single followed by a Gregory Polanco two-run homer. Folty didn't walk a batter and struck out just one before being removed. The poor start came after he'd turned in two strong showings his last two times out. The 24-year-old will carry a 1-2 record, 4.15 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Brewers. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Dodgers demote Bolsinger after spot start
    Dodgers optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in his season debut. Apparently, it wasn't enough to keep him in the starting rotation. He'll resurface in Los Angeles at some point this season. Veteran reliever Chin-hui Tsao was called up to take Bolsinger's roster spot. Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Junior Guerra fans 11 in beating Cubs
    Junior Guerra yielded three runs in seven innings and fanned 11 as the Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers are now 4-0 in Guerra's starts, even though he gave up four runs in each of the first two. The 31-year-old journeyman had almost as many strikeouts today as in his first three starts combined (13). He still seems like a weak bet in fantasy leagues, but he's a nice story, regardless. Thursday, 2:07 pm
  • Adam Lind hits three-run homer
    Adam Lind hit a three-run homer off the Orioles' Tyler Wilson in Thursday's victory.

    Advice: The opposite-field shot was aided a bit by the wind or probably would have been caught at the wall. Still, it was good hitting either way and we haven't seen much of that from Lind this year. He's at .224 with three homers and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 107 at-bats. He's fortunate the Mariners have remained patient and haven't given his job to Dae-Ho Lee. Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Mike Bolsinger takes loss in season debut
    Making his season debut, Mike Bolsinger pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Bolsinger was slated to be a part of the Dodgers rotation before suffering a strained oblique in spring training, costing him the first month. The Dodgers activated him tonight even though he probably could have used one or two more rehab starts. He might now be sent down to make them. Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • C.J. Wilson (shoulder) set for more sim work
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) will throw another simulated game before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Wilson had a 40-pitch simulated workout Monday and came out of it feeling fine. The veteran left-hander said Tuesday that he expects to need two minor league rehab starts, pinning his return to the Angels' rotation somewhere around June 3. He's not a worthwhile stash in standard fantasy leagues, unless you're really desperate. Tuesday, 5:27 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Dodgers activate Bolsinger for Wed. start
    Dodgers activated RHP Mike Bolsinger from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bolsinger will make a spot start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the Angels. Out all season with a strained oblique, he yielded two runs over eight rehab innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander could be optioned right back to OKC after the game. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Bolsinger (oblique) to start Wed. vs. Angels
    Mike Bolsinger (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: It will be a spot-start to give the other starters an extra day of rest. Bolsinger, who began the year on the DL with a strained oblique, has posted a 2.25 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings across two minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Tuesday, 5:15 am
  • Wilson (shoulder) throws simulated game
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) threw 40 pitches in a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: It was a big step for Wilson as he makes his way back from left shoulder tendinitis, but it's unclear when he'll be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. "He is not game-ready," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "I think there's a plan of where he wants to be, but it's going to take more workouts before he's going into any game." Wilson still hopes to be ready to join the Angels' rotation around mid-June. Monday, 7:30 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Suarez hits two-run homer vs. Indians
    Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored against the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: After cooling off significantly of late, Suarez has five hits (including two home runs) over his last two games. The 24-year-old is batting .257/.311/.457 with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and four stolen bases over 37 games overall. The batting average was never built to last, but his power should continue to come in handy in mixed leagues. Monday, 6:41 pm
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