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  • Kendrick flashes pop, speed against Mets
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Kendrick showed off the power and speed that made him a consistent double-digit homers, double-digit steals player at one point in his career. Of course, he's a bit removed from those days -- the home run was his second and the stolen base was his third thus far this season. The 32-year-old has picked it up a bit after a slow start, batting .243/.283/.324 through Saturday's game. Today, 8:00 pm
    W, 9-1 ^ @NYM
  • Longoria has homer, four RBI in win over NYY
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as the Rays beat the Yankees 9-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria connected on a Michael Pineda pitch for a two-run shot in the second inning. The homer was his ninth of the season, giving him 24 RBI and 26 runs scored. The 30-year-old is slashing .254/.302/.466 overall. Today, 4:48 pm
  • Beckham homers, drives in three Braves in win
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a Braves' 7-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: With a couple runners on in the seventh inning, Beckham took an Edwin Jackson offering out to left-center for his second home run of the year. He also doubled and scored in the contest. Beckham has quietly been very good for the Braves in 27 games this year, batting .317/.417/.488 with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. Today, 4:33 pm
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Wright's neck injury causing Mets concern
    David Wright (neck) is out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, as the Mets have "a little concern" about the injury.

    Advice: Not much information is known about the neck injury and Ty Kelly will get the start in his place. With any bump or bruise with Wright, it's an immediate concern that it will become a nagging issue or that he will eventually land on the DL. The 33-year-old is only hitting .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs in 164 plate appearances this year. Today, 4:33 pm
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Valencia, Athletics hang 12 runs on Tigers
    Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored as the Athletics pounded the Tigers 12-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Valencia hit a solo home run off Matt Boyd, his seventh homer of the season, and the A's were able to hang nine runs on the Tigers' awful bullpen. The three-hit game raised Valencia's season line to .311/.341/.521. Designated for assignment by the Blue Jays less than a year ago, the 31-year-old has proven to be one heck of a pickup for the A's. Today, 4:15 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Det
  • Rangers option Joey Gallo back to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned INF/OF Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo was with the club for just a couple of days as an extra bat, and he saw just one at-bat during his stay. He'll head back to Round Rock where he'll undoubtedly crush Triple-A pitching until he is needed once more. Today, 12:41 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Chase d'Arnaud scratched from Braves lineup
    Chase d'Arnaud was scratched from the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no injury involved, but d'Arnaud was involved in a minor car accident on the way to the ballpark on Saturday and the club decided to give him a day off after the ordeal. He should return to the lineup on Sunday. Today, 10:45 am
  • Cards designate Ruben Tejada for assignment
    Cardinals designated INF Ruben Tejada for assignment.

    Advice: Greg Garcia flashed enough in his brief callup that that Cardinals felt it would be more prudent to keep him on the roster as a reserve infielder instead of Tejada who was hitting just .176/.225/.235 in his 34 at-bats. He should be able to latch on elsewhere with little difficulty. Today, 10:06 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 x @Was
  • Cardinals activate Carpenter from paternity
    Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter left the club on Wednesday when his wife went into labor with the couple's first child. He'll return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday. Today, 10:03 am
  • Angela to designate Ryan for assignment
    Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels plan to designate Brendan Ryan for assignment on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran infielder has been with the club as a reserve infielder, but offers little in the way of offense and isn't a part of the team's future plans. Today, 6:01 am
    New Player Note
    Brendan Ryan LAA - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 4-2 vs x Hou
  • Yangervis Solarte homers twice in rout
    Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of homers to knock in four runs against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second two-homer game of Solarte's career. The switch-hitter was batting cleanup tonight in his sixth game back from the disabled list. Still, it's probably not enough to make him of use in the typical mixed league. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    L, 8-7 ^ @Ari
  • Colin Moran gets first two knocks
    Colin Moran collected his first two major league hits and an RBI against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Moran's single in the ninth plated the Astros' only two runs of the game. He's 2-for-16 since being called up 11 days ago. The slow start has already resulted in him playing less than originally expected, but this could help some. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    W, 4-2 ^ @LAA
  • Nick Castellanos hits 10th homer
    Nick Castellanos hit his 10th homer of the year as part of a 2-for-4 game against the A's on Friday.

    Advice: Castellanos is already two-thirds of the way to his 2015 home run total in barely thirty percent as many plate appearances. As poor as his plate discipline in, it's still hard to see him maintaining this kind of production all year. He's been stellar so far, though. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Aaron Hill continues power surge against Reds
    Aaron Hill continued his power surge against the Reds on Friday, blasting a pair of home runs in a 9-5 victory.

    Advice: Hill registered the first and only three homer game of his career earlier in the month against this same Reds pitching staff. Hill tagged starter John Lamb for a solo homer that tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning, then replicated the feat in the fifth. Hill also singled in the contest, finishing the night 3-for-4 to raise his season slash up to .271/.340/.443 to go along with six homers and 19 RBI. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill Mil - 2B,3B
    L, 7-6 vs ^ Cin
  • Arenado has RBI double vs. Giants
    Nolan Arenado had an RBI double Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Arenado entered Friday’s action hitting just .178 (8-for-45) over his last 12 games. Hopefully getting back to Coors Field will get him rolling again. Despite the recent struggles, he’s still tied for the NL lead with 36 RBI. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
    L, 10-5 vs ^ SF
  • Kang homers, plates three in rout of Rangers
    Jung Ho Kang homered and drove home three runs on Friday as the Pirates routed the Rangers 9-1 in Texas.

    Advice: Kang clobbered a three-run homer that capped off a five-run uprising in the fifth inning. It was one of four home runs that the Pirates would hit in the contest, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco each leaving the yard as well. Kang finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .308/.367/.731 with six homers and 17 RBI in his first 60 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Adrian Beltre goes deep in loss to Pirates
    Adrian Beltre clubbed his eighth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Beltre also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. His solo shot of Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning accounted for the Rangers' lone run in the ballgame. With the two-hit attack, Beltre is now hitting .269/.317/.462 with eight homers and 32 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Pit
  • Cardinals expected to DFA Ruben Tejada
    Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that the Cardinals are expected to designate Ruben Tejada for assignment on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cardinals are forced to make a roster move to reinstate Matt Carpenter from the paternity leave list, and it appears as though Tejada is the odd-man out. Tejada is hitting just .176/.225/.235 in 34 at-bats this season. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 x @Was
  • Donaldson clubs two homers to beat Red Sox
    Josh Donaldson blasted a pair of homers and drove in five runs on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 7-5 victory over the visiting Red Sox.

    Advice: Donaldson got the scoring started in the first inning, swatting a solo homer off of Red Sox starter Joe Kelly. He gave them the lead again with an RBI double in the third inning and again in the fourth with an RBI single. After the Red Sox had tied the score at 5-5 in the top half of the eighth, Donaldson answered with an opposite-field two-run shot off of Koji Uehara to put the game away. He finished the night 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and five RBI and is now hitting .257/.353/.540 with 13 homers and 29 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    W, 10-9 vs ^ Bos
  • Espinosa homers in second straight game
    Danny Espinosa socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Espinosa has now homered in back-to-back games. It’s nice to see him finally pick things up, but it’s likely just a matter of time before top prospect Trea Turner takes over at shortstop. Even with the power over the past two days, Espinosa is batting just .203/.299/.320 over 48 games. Fortunately, he has provided value with his defense. Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 9-4 vs ^ StL
  • Rendon has two hits, SB vs. Cards on Friday
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rendon now has six multi-hit games in his last 10. He has pulled his batting average up from .229 to .262 along the way. After stealing only one base over 80 games during his injury-plagued 20145, he’s already up to six stolen bases this year. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
    L, 9-4 vs x StL
  • Adonis Garcia recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled 3B/OF Adonis Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Garcia was optioned earlier this month after a slow start but got his act together at Gwinnett, batting .356/.413/.616 with four homers over 80 plate appearances. He figures to see time both at third base and left field. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Flores (hamstring) won't be activated Friday
    Wilmer Flores (hamstring) will not be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: The Mets have decided to extend Flores' rehab assignment a bit longer, but he could still conceivably return sometime over the weekend. Flores is slated to take over at first base for the Mets with Lucas Duda (back) on the shelf. Yesterday, 11:08 am
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Braves designate Reid Brignac for assignment
    Braves designated INF Reid Brignac for assignment.

    Advice: Brignac had his contract purchased earlier this month but has batted just .207/.207/.276 across 29 plate appearances. Adonis Garcia has replaced him on the roster. Yesterday, 10:37 am
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs x Mia
  • Villar keeps producing, Brewers best Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Brewers take out the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: If he's not doing it with his legs, he's doing it with his stick, as evidenced by Thursday's solo dinger. The homer was his second of the season to give him 16 RBI, and he's got 21 runs scored through Thursday's game. More importantly, Villar has 15 steals to lead the National League, and his .295/.392/.416 line is all gravy as well. Thursday, 9:16 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ Cin
  • Perez comes up with two-run triple vs. Braves
    Hernan Perez had a pinch-hit, two-run triple Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Perez made a two-run game into a four-run game with his triple in the ninth inning, his first three-bagger of the year. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly by Brewers manager Craig Counsell this season but has posted a .291/.339/.509 line with three home runs and five steals in 55 at-bats. Given the current state of the squad, perhaps it's time to give Perez some more run to see what he can do with regular playing time. Thursday, 9:10 pm
    L, 7-6 vs x Cin
  • Espinosa's homer leads Nationals past Cards
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks. Thursday, 7:02 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 9-4 vs ^ StL
  • Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang goes 3-for-5 in Pirates' win
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats. Thursday, 1:43 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Matt Carpenter placed on paternity leave list
    Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter's wife went into labor with the couple's first child ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. He could miss the Cardinals' entire four-game series in Washington, D.C. Greg Garcia was called up Thursday in a corresponding roster move to provide infield depth. Thursday, 9:22 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ Cin
  • Carpenter out Wednesday with wife in labor
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday because his wife is about to have a baby.

    Advice: It seemed odd that the Cards would rest their best left-handed hitter against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Now we have a good reason for the absence. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth in the afternoon tilt at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong will take a turn at leadoff. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Matt Carpenter taking the day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth for St. Louis in the afternoon game against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Kolten Wong will fill in at leadoff. Wednesday, 8:53 am
  • 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
    L, 7-6 vs ^ Cin
  • Flores (hamstring) goes 2-for-3 on rehab
    Wilmer Flores (hamstring) went 2-for-3 in his rehab debut Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: He also played seven innings at first base without issue. Flores is on track to return from the disabled list when first eligible this Friday night against the Dodgers and he could see a good amount of starts at first base with Lucas Duda (back) sidelined. Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • David Wright out of Mets' lineup on Tuesday
    David Wright is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: Ty Kelly will start at third base and bat eighth versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg. It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran Wright. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Kang (hand) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kang missed back-to-back starts after leaving Saturday's game with a jammed left hand, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat cleanup against right-hander Shelby Miller. Tuesday, 11:07 am
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • David Wright homers as Mets down Nats
    David Wright smacked a three-run homer in Monday's victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Things started to fall apart for Nats starter Gio Gonzalez in the third inning, and it began with Wright's three-run blast. It was the third baseman's first longball since May seventh and his fifth on the season. Wright has been getting more off days this month as his back acts up and remains a health risk going forward. Monday, 8:30 pm
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Rangers call up prospect slugger Joey Gallo
    Rangers recalled INF/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo missed three weeks with a strained groin, but he went 5-for-16 with a homer and four RBI in four games since returning to action. Interestingly, he made a start at first base on Sunday, which could be an option with Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder struggling. He hasn't played the outfield at all this season, but the Rangers figure to give him some looks there with Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs now both on the disabled list. Assuming the playing time is there, the young slugger is worth a flier in most fantasy formats. Expect plenty of strikeouts, but the power potential is huge. Monday, 4:18 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Kang (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Monday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was held out of the starting lineup again with a jammed left hand, but he is expected back Tuesday and his at-bat Monday served as a positive sign even though it will go down as nothing more than a loud out. He hit the ball to the deep left-center field notch at PNC Park. Monday, 12:27 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Kang (hand) expected to return on Tuesday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Jung Ho Kang (hand) will return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: His jammed left hand will get one more day of rest as the Bucs play a makeup game against the Rockies on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Sean Rodriguez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles. David Freese is at third. Kang injured the hand on a play at home plate Saturday. Monday, 8:12 am
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Kang (hand) not in Pirates' lineup on Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Monday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was able to hit in a batting cage before Sunday's rainout, but he'll take another day of rest in Monday's makeup game. Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop and David Freese is at third base in the afternoon tilt. Monday, 7:14 am
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Rendon doubles, triples, drives in three
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rendon notched an RBI double in the third inning, then waited until late to push home two more runs via a two-run triple in the ninth to help put the 8-2 victory to rest. The 25-year-old third baseman has notched multiple hits in three of his last four games. For the season, he is slashing .259/.351/.365 with two homers, 13 RBI, 30 runs scored and five steals over 170 at-bats. Sunday, 1:47 pm
    L, 9-4 vs x StL
  • Jung Ho Kang (hand) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Kang departed Saturday's game after injuring his left hand on a play at home plate, although X-rays came back negative. He'll go through some tests before the Pirates determine whether he'll be available off the bench. Pittsburgh has David Freese at third base and Sean Rodriguez at shortstop, as Jordy Mercer is getting a breather. Sunday, 7:52 am
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Solarte walks for walk-off in 11-inning win
    Yangervis Solarte ended Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: Yes, the classic walk-off walk. Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao had himself a rough one, walking three after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Meyers to open the bottom of the eleventh. Perhaps a reason for his nervousness around the strike zone: Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended the game with a would-be home run that died on the warning track with one out in the frame. Regardless, Solarte eventually drew the walk to end the game. He probably feels pretty great with this one. He hasn't played since early April, having been done in by a strained hamstring. Last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed .270/.320/.428 with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 63 RBI over 526 at-bats. Those in deeper mixed- or NL-only formats, particularly those in need of infield help, should consider scooping Solarte off waivers if he is not already owned. Saturday, 11:13 pm
    L, 8-7 ^ @Ari
  • Kang's hand X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Jung Ho Kang's injured hand came back negative.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with left hand discomfort after getting thrown out at home plate. Kang wasn't getting any treatment on his hand after the game and seemed optimistic about his status. While we wouldn't expect to see him in the lineup Sunday, it doesn't appear that Kang will miss much time. Saturday, 8:05 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Hill reaches four times, scores twice in loss
    Aaron Hill had a single, three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Hill was a thorn in the side of starter Jacob deGrom and the Mets bullpen all day, reaching base in all four plate appearances. The stolen base was his third of the season in four tries. Hill has enjoyed a small resurgence as a member of the Brewers this season, batting .252/.321/.390 with four homers, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored in 40 games. Saturday, 6:55 pm
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill Mil - 2B,3B
    L, 7-6 vs ^ Cin
  • Longoria hits eighth home run versus Tigers
    Evan Longoria hit his eighth home run of the season in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria's solo homer in the sixth inning was the only offense the Rays could muster against Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. It was his second homer during a nine-game hitting streak during which he's 13-for-38 (.342) with five doubles and nine runs scored. The veteran third baseman is hitting .258/.303/.485 in 40 games this year. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte activated from 15-day DL
    Padres activated 3B Yangervis Solarte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed almost six weeks with a strained hamstring. Solarte isn't starting against the Dodgers on Saturday but he'll be available off the bench. Manager Andy Green said he wants to keep Brett Wallace's bat in the lineup. With Wallace locked in at the hot corner, Solarte might start seeing time at second base. Saturday, 5:14 pm
    L, 8-7 ^ @Ari
  • Jung Ho Kang exits with left hand discomfort
    Jung Ho Kang left Saturday's game against the Rockies with left hand discomfort.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on a play at home plate. Kang didn't immediately come out of the game but was eventually replaced by David Freese in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. The Pirates are calling Kang day-to-day. Saturday, 4:37 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Howie Kendrick getting the day off Saturday
    Howie Kendrick is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: The veteran utility man is just getting a breather. Trayce Thompson will grab the start in left field and bat fifth. 2016 has easily been the least productive season of Kendrick's 11-year career. He's hitting a mere .220 with a brutal .248 slugging percentage. Only two of his 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases. Saturday, 4:30 pm
    W, 9-1 ^ @NYM
  • Josh Donaldson ejected from game Saturday
    Josh Donaldson was ejected during the first inning of Saturday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: Donaldson grounded out to shortstop and apparently said something to home plate umpire Toby Basner about the strike zone that he didn't appreciate. He'll catch the rest of this one from the clubhouse. Saturday, 11:16 am
    W, 10-9 vs ^ Bos
  • Wilmer Flores to begin rehab on Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores is expected to be activated from the disabled list as soon as he's eligible on Friday. He'll get a few games under his belt in the minor leagues to get his timing back before a return to a utility role with the Mets. Saturday, 10:23 am
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Slump buster? Donaldson homers vs. Twins
    Josh Donaldson busted out of his slumber with a two-run homer against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: It was one of four home runs for the Blue Jays on the night. Donaldson came into Friday’s action batting just .182/.299/.258 this month. His two-run blast gave him his first home run and RBI since May 1, which is hard to believe. But we checked twice. Friday, 8:47 pm
    W, 10-9 vs ^ Bos
  • 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
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Arenado slugs 14th homer in loss to Pirates
    Nolan Arenado socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the night for Colorado. Arenado reached base in all four plate appearances, as he also had two singles and a walk. He’s tied for the major league lead with 14 homers and also has a stellar .314/.391/.635 batting line to go along with 34 RBI. He’s been everything fantasy owners were hoping for when they selected him in the first round this spring. And maybe even more. Friday, 7:16 pm
    L, 10-5 vs ^ SF
  • David Wright sitting out on Friday
    David Wright is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Wright played the last two days after missing two games with renewed discomfort in his back. Manager Terry Collins said that the third baseman is just getting a night off in this one, though. Eric Campbell is at third base. Friday, 12:15 pm
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Friday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off as the Pirates continue to ease him back into things. David Freese is at third base. Friday, 12:09 pm
    L, 5-2 x @Tex
  • Kendrick hits two-run single in loss to LAA
    Howie Kendrick went 1-for-2 with a two-run triple in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Kendrick came through with the three-bagger against Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the third inning. It was his first triple of the season. The veteran outfielder/infielder has been hitting for almost no power this season, slashing just .222/.261/.250 over 108 at-bats. He has one double and zero home runs. Thursday, 10:40 pm
    W, 9-1 ^ @NYM
  • Carpenter's three XBH, six RBI pace Cardinals
    Matt Carpenter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI as the Cardinals outlasted the Rockies 13-7 on Thursday.

    Advice: Carpenter is usually the one scoring the runs atop the Cardinals' lineup, but he made his RBI opportunities count in this one. The third baseman had RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings, giving him 10 doubles on the year, and he put the cherry on top with a three-run homer in the eighth. Carpenter is now hitting .259/.387/.537 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 28 runs scored on the year. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Rendon enjoys three-hit night against Mets
    Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored against the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Rendon ripped a bases-loaded double in the third inning to plate two, part of a seven-run frame for the visitors. After a pedestrian April and a slow start to May, the third baseman is 13-for-32 (.406) in his last nine games. It leaves his overall line at .250/.337/.338 and climbing. Thursday, 8:35 pm
    L, 9-4 vs x StL
  • Joey Gallo returns from groin injury Thursday
    Joey Gallo was activated from Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list on Thursday.

    Advice: Gallo missed three weeks with a strained groin. The 22-year-old has always had a low contact rate but his power is off the charts. He got his feet wet with 36 games in Texas last season and should get another shot with the big club later this year. Thursday, 7:06 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs x Pit
  • Rendon drives in two as Nats rout Mets
    Anthony Rendon finished 2-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday night's rout of the Mets.

    Advice: A badly-needed offensive outburst from Rendon, who entered the day with a .229/.314/.314 batting line. He drew two walks and hit two singles -- one of which scored both Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper for two runs in the top of the fifth. Rendon is now batting .237/.328/.321. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
    L, 9-4 vs x StL
  • d'Arnaud gets on base three times in win
    Chase d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: The 29-year-old infielder has found some success with the Braves, since being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month. He's hitting .320/.393/.480 and stole his first base of the season. He remains an uninteresting utility bat for the Braves for now, but could become useful in NL-only leagues if he swipes a few more bags this month. Wednesday, 7:05 pm
  • Solarte (hamstring) to begin rehab assignment
    Yangervis Solarte (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.

    Advice: Solarte suffered a strained hamstring just a week into the season and has been on the shelf ever since. His rehab has been progressing, though, and he began playing in extended spring training games on May 14. Next up, the rehab assignment. Solarte could be activated as early as this weekend. If that doesn't come to pass, he will almost certainly be activated next week barring a medical setback. Wednesday, 4:54 pm
    L, 8-7 ^ @Ari
  • Colin Moran earns first major league start
    Colin Moran is starting at third and batting sixth for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: In 125 at-bats for Triple-A Fresno this season, Moran was slashing .288/.331/.416 with three home runs and 22 RBI. He has never hit double-digit home runs at any level of the minors. Those in deeper AL-only formats should feel free to take a speculative flier -- the 23-year-old should see playing time with the Astros -- but fantasy fireworks are probably going to be relatively limited. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    W, 4-2 ^ @LAA
  • David Wright (back) returns to lineup on Wed.
    David Wright (back) is in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: A good sign after he was held out Tuesday due to renewed discomfort in his back. This is probably going to be a day-to-day thing all summer for the veteran third baseman. He'll start at the hot corner and bat third Wednesday versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    L, 9-1 vs x LAD
  • Josh Donaldson out of Blue Jays' lineup Wed.
    Josh Donaldson is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Jimmy Paredes will start at third base and bat sixth against Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi. It's just a day of rest for Donaldson, who managed to avoid a suspension when punishments were handed down Wednesday following Sunday's benches-clearing brawl with the Rangers. Jose Bautista is batting second on Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:38 pm
    W, 10-9 vs ^ Bos
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