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  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Prado has three more hits Friday
    Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Espinosa socks two-run homer vs. Cards
    Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    11:15 am @StL
     
  • David Wright won't play for Mets on Saturday
    David Wright is scheduled to receive a day of rest on Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets will continue to give their oft-injured third baseman regular rest this season in an effort to keep him healthy and on the field for the majority of the season. Expect to see Wilmer Flores in the lineup at the hot corner on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Harrison launches first homer to lead Bucs
    Josh Harrison launched his first home run of the 2016 season on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds.

    Advice: Harrison's fourth-inning blast off Dan Straily increased the Bucs' early lead to 2-0 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has been outstanding at the plate through the season's first month, slashing .333/.372/.448 with a homer, 14 RBI and four stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:53 pm
    4:05 pm vs Cin
     
  • Brett Lawrie goes deep in loss to Orioles
    Brett Lawrie went deep for the second time this season as the White Sox lost to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: His solo shot off Brad Brach in the seventh inning briefly pulled the White Sox even at 3-3, but wound up being the extent of their scoring. Lawrie finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .264/.340/.414 with two bombs and eight RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Alex Guerrero to play in extended spring game
    Alex Guerrero (knee) is slated to begin playing in extended spring training games next week.

    Advice: Guerrero suffered a bruised knee in spring training and has been very slow to progress. It appears that he's finally making tangible progress toward a return, though there's still no clear estimate for when he may rejoin the big league club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Danny Valencia continues baseball activities
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) ran sprints on Thursday and has continued to hit off of a tee and pitching machine.

    Advice: Valencia is sidelined with a strained left hamstring, but it's looking as though he may only need a minimum stint on the disabled list. Before he was sidelined, Valencia was hitting .294/.345/.353 with two RBI in 14 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Kris Bryant (ankle) not in Friday's lineup
    Kris Bryant (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant turned his right ankle on Thursday and underwent a precautionary MRI, but the results confirmed that the sprain is minor. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the third baseman "may miss a couple days," but adds that the Cubs are "not worried" about the injury. Javier Baez is filling in at the hot corner on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 am
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs Atl
     
  • Tyler Saladino nursing some back tightness
    Tyler Saladino has been dealing with some back tightness of late.

    Advice: It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:45 am
  • Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:16 pm
    11:15 am vs Was
     
  • Machado's grand slam helps O's down White Sox
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBI and three runs scored as the Orioles trounced the White Sox 10-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Machado jumped on a slider from reliever Jake Petricka in the sixth inning to turn a relatively close game into a blowout. The homer was his seventh of the season, tying him for second-most in the American League (including with his teammate Chris Davis). The 23-year-old has 16 RBI and 19 runs scored to go with a .333/.389/.678 line through 21 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:55 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Frazier hits sixth home run against Orioles
    Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The homer, his sixth of the season, was also his only hit in four at-bats. His six home runs have buoyed what has otherwise been a fairly pedestrian start to his White Sox career. Frazier is batting .236/.296/.472 with 15 RBI and 11 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:51 pm
  • Espinosa hitless in loss to Phillies
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    11:15 am @StL
     
  • Villar has three hits, three steals in loss
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases, and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Domingo Santana got the day off Thursday, so Villar made his second start of the season out of the leadoff spot. He took advantage of the opportunity, increasing his batting average from .230 to .262 with his big day at the plate. He was also finally active on the base paths. The 24-year-old entered the day just 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:51 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Bryant (ankle) to undergo precautionary MRI
    Kris Bryant will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right ankle.

    Advice: Bryant suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning on Thursday. The Cubs appear confident that it's nothing serious, but there should be more clarity on his status soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs Atl
     
  • Turner not in Thursday's lineup
    Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll get a breather with Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on the hill. Howie Kendrick will start at third base while Carl Crawford plays left field. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Tomas not in Thursday's lineup
    Yasmany Tomas is not in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's getting the night off with Michael Wacha on the hill for St. Louis. Brandon Drury will start in left field. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:59 pm
    5:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Kris Bryant exited game after rolling ankle
    Kris Bryant is being evaluated after he rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning.

    Advice: Bryant singled and eventually came around to score in the third inning. He was also hit by a pair of pitches during the game, but his exit wasn't related to this injury. More should be known on his status on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs Atl
     
  • Holt not in Thursday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Young will make the start in left field despite right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. Holt is batting just .188/.293/.229 over his last 14 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:23 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Kris Bryant exits game after two HBPs
    Kris Byrant left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning after being hit by a pair of pitches.

    Advice: Bryant was hit by Taylor Jungmann in the first and fourth innings. He ran the bases after being hit in the fourth inning, but Javier Baez eventually replaced him in left field to begin the fifth inning. The Cubs should pass along an update at some point on Thursday evening. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:11 pm
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs Atl
     
  • Devers breaks out with four RBI Wednesday
    Red Sox 3B prospect Rafael Devers contributed four RBI Wednesday in a win for High-A Salem.

    Advice: He scored twice, once on a two-run blast in the fourth and again as part of a 10-run fourth inning. Devers has had a tough time adjusting to High-A after dominating at Low-A Greenville last year (.288, 11 HR, 70 RBI). So far he's hitting just .149 with a .299 slugging percentage. He's considered one of the league's very best prospects and should be able to overcome his early struggles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:14 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Anthony Rendon getting day off Thursday
    Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:12 am
  • Brewers add Hernan Perez to MLB roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of INF Hernan Perez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Perez will give the Brewers much-needed infield depth while Scooter Gennett recovers from an oblique strain. He's a .235/.251/.307 career hitter at the MLB level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 am
    4:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Mark Reynolds goes 3-for-5, homers
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Reynolds is up to .321/.417/.540 in 52 at-bats for the season, but Ben Paulsen has been hitting too, so the two will likely continue to platoon at first base for the most part. Offense just isn't the problem in Colorado. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:02 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    5:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Plouffe (intercostal) set for rehab assign.
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
     
  • Chisenhall (neck) not in Wednesday lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the Twins.

    Advice: Chisenhall was lifted from Tuesday's game with the Twins in the bottom of the fifth inning after he strained his neck while attempting to make a diving catch. Marlon Byrd takes his place in right field on Wednesday and is batting eighth. We could see Chisenhall back in action when the Indians face the Phillies this weekend. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:04 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
  • Matt Dominguez earns 1B start for Blue Jays
    Matt Dominguez is playing first base and hitting sixth for Wednesday's showdown with the White Sox.

    Advice: Dominguez was called up on Tuesday to help serve as a right-handed bat in lieu of the suspended Chris Colabello (performance enhancing drugs). He sees a start on Wednesday against left-hander Jose Quintana, though manager John Gibbons indicated that moving forward, Justin Smoak will likely see the bulk of starts at first. Dominguez held a nice .311/.333/.475 triple-slash with 14 RBI through 17 games at Triple-A Buffalo, but as a career .233 hitter in the majors, offers little fantasy upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:34 pm
  • Tomas doubles, homers in loss to Cardinals
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Tomas accounted for two of just five hits the Diamondbacks managed on the evening. His double off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was his seventh two-bagger of the season, while his solo homer off reliever Tyler Lyons was his fifth dinger. He is off to a nice start as April winds to a close, slashing a cool .303/.349/.592 across 76 at-bats. That bat has been downright scalding of late, too, as Tomas has picked up a pair of hits in each of his last three games, with three doubles and two homers in that space. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 pm
    5:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Chisenhall exits game with strained neck
    Lonnie Chisenhall left Tuesday's game against the Twins with a neck strain.

    Advice: Chisenhall suffered the strain on a diving catch attempt in the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced in right field by Marlon Byrd. He's day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
  • Justin Turner (toe) returns to Dodgers lineup
    Justin Turner (toe) is in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner missed a couple of games because of a bruised toe. He is starting at third base and batting third for Los Angeles against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:23 pm
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee on Monday
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Marlins activate Prado from paternity leave
    Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Prado was excused from the team on Saturday afternoon to welcome a new child. The veteran third baseman returns Tuesday to an impressive .340/.382/.420 batting line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • Blue Jays call up Matt Dominguez
    Blue Jays recalled 3B Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Toronto needed a right-handed bat to replace Chris Colabello, who is serving an 80-game PED suspension. Dominguez has been raking in Triple-A with a .311 average and 14 RBI in his first 17 games. Right-hander Drew Hutchison was sent to Buffalo in the corresponding move. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:54 am
  • Roberts has 'no idea' about Alex Guerrero
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has "no idea" about the status of Alex Guerrero (knee).

    Advice: He hasn't played yet this year after bruising his knee in spring training. The Dodgers are caught between a rock and a hard place with Guerrero, who doesn't fit on the major league roster but can't be sent to the minors without his consent. "He's still in Glendale, I guess rehabbing," said Roberts. "You would think he's getting better." It doesn't sound like the Dodgers are in any rush to activate him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:18 am
    15-Day DL
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Blue Jays to call up Matt Dominguez
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays will call up Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

    Advice: Drew Hutchison will be sent down to clear a spot on the active roster. Dominguez will give the Blue Jays a right-bat off their bench following Chris Colabello's PED suspension. The 26-year-old is a .233 hitter in the majors, but he was batting .311/.333/.475 with two home runs through his first 17 games in Triple-A this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Todd Frazier drives in three in comeback win
    Todd Frazier played hero Monday against the Blue Jays by driving in three runs as part of a 7-5 victory.

    Advice: The White Sox trailed 5-1 at one point, but they battled back for five runs in the seventh inning, which was capped by a two-run double by Frazier. He then delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to provide some insurance. The White Sox have the AL’s best record at 14-6, but Frazier hasn’t been at his best for most of it. On the bright side, he’s hitting .375 (9-for-24) over his last seven games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) hopeful of quick return
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is optimistic about returning when he's eligible on May 3.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the disabled list last week with a right intercostal strain, but he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Eduardo Nunez will continue to fill in at third base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
     
  • Justin Turner expected to return on Monday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he expects Justin Turner (toe) to return to the starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Turner sat out Saturday and Sunday with a bruised toe, but is feeling much improved and should be able to return without issue on Monday. Howie Kendrick, who started at the hot corner in his absence, will continue to see time all over the diamond. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:52 pm
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Justin Turner (toe) out again on Sunday
    Justin Turner (toe) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Turner is battling a bruised toe. He's day-to-day. Howie Kendrick is handling third base Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:24 am
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • David Wright getting the day off Sunday
    David Wright will get the day off Sunday against Atlanta.

    Advice: The veteran is just getting a breather. Wilmer Flores will fill in at third base. Wright is off to somewhat of a slow start (.254 AVG) but at least he's been relatively healthy, appearing in 14 of the Mets' first 16 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Wright doubles his pleasure to down Braves
    David Wright went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI as the Mets beat the Braves 8-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, and he's got seven doubles through his first 14 games. He's hitting .254/.362/.475 with two homers, four RBI, nine runs scored and two steals thus far. His health is never a given, but Wright is showing he still has some life in his bat when he can stay on the field. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Frazier hits fifth home run against Rangers
    Todd Frazier hit his fifth home run of the season in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was his only hit in five at-bats. It's been a lot of boom or bust for Frazier to this point, as he has five home runs but just a .200/.263/.443 line. The White Sox pursued him for his power, though, and hitting behind Jose Abreu should provide him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs as the year goes on. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:39 pm
  • Justin Turner out with bruised toe Saturday
    Justin Turner (toe) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Turner had his toe stepped on and bruised it Friday but is available to pinch-hit. Howie Kendrick will start at third base and bat fifth. Turner has gotten off to a slow start this year, hitting just .246 with no homers in 57 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:26 pm
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the first time this year. Carpenter had a tough night Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third error of the season. Jedd Gyorko will fill in at third base and bat seventh. Kolten Wong is hitting leadoff in place of Carpenter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:44 pm
    11:15 am vs Was
     
  • Martin Prado going on paternity leave
    Marlins placed 3B Martin Prado on the paternity list.

    Advice: That might explain why Prado hasn't been in the lineup the last two nights. Left-hander Cody Ege was called up from Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Prado should be back in a few days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Machado hits sixth homer of season in loss
    Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in Friday night's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Machado stuffs the box score every night, and if Bryce Harper wasn't putting up obscene numbers in Washington, everyone would be talking about the Orioles' third baseman and how he's perhaps the front-runner for AL MVP. He's now hitting .397/.449/.794 with six homers and 10 RBI. He's decent at baseball. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:13 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Brett Lawrie plates two in win over Rangers
    Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs on Friday, helping to lead the White Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Lawrie's two-run double in the sixth inning increased the White Sox advantage to 4-0 at the time and would prove to be more than enough support for Jose Quintana. Lawrie also drew a walk in the contest and is now hitting a solid .288/.364/.424 with six RBI on the young season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
  • MRI confirms hamstring strain for Valencia
    The Athletics announced Friday that MRI results confirmed the diagnosis of a mild to moderate hamstring strain for Danny Valencia.

    Advice: Valencia was placed on the disabled list on Thursday due to the injury. While it's encouraging news that there isn't a more serious issue at play. Valencia will still be sidelined for the next several weeks. Chris Coghlan will continue to see increased action in his absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Friday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Prado isn't known to be hurt, but this is the second time in the last three games he's been benched. Derek Dietrich is starting at third base and J.T. Realmuto is in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:54 pm
  • Lonnie Chisenhall an option in center field
    Lonnie Chisenhall played center field in his final rehab game and could be an option to play there with the Indians.

    Advice: The Indians planned to give Chisenhall a test drive in center field during spring training, but he never got the chance due to injury. He didn't begin playing right field until midseason last year, but he took to the position quickly and manager Terry Francona thinks Chisenhall could handle center. "Looking at Lonnie’s skill-set, he should be able to play center field," Francona said. "And by everybody’s scouting report, he did fine. You just never know. It’s almost like every time you have a backup player on the bench, you want to make sure he can play shortstop. Having another guy that can play center field, whether we pinch hit, it may allow us to pinch hit more often or make a move." Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:25 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
  • Machado's two hits, two RBI extend streak
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Two hits and two RBI is just another day at the office for the third baseman, who is now batting .407/.462/.780 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored on the year. He owns a 14-game hitting streak, having hit safely in every game this season, and he leads the AL in batting average, slugging and OPS. There is surely a pitcher capable of slowing the 23-year-old, he just may not have been born yet. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Danny Valencia lands on disabled list
    Athletics placed 3B Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: The A's haven't announced a corresponding roster move, though Tyler Ladendorf wasn't in the lineup Thursday night for Triple-A Nashville, which could be a sign that he's on his way to Oakland. Valencia said he heard something pop during an at-bat Wednesday night. Valencia was quietly excellent last year (.290, 18 HR, 66 RBI) and was off to another strong start before his injury (.294 in 51 at-bats). Chris Coghlan should get most of the work at third base during his absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Bryant's grand slam, six RBI pace Cubs
    Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBI in the Cubs' 16-0 beatdown of the Reds.

    Advice: Bryant basically doubled his home run and RBI totals with the monster night, as he came in with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 games. His second homer of the night was a grand slam, the third of his career. The great evening raised his batting average 40 points, leaving his line at .273/.333/.500 on the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:29 pm
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs Atl
     
  • Valencia (hamstring) could be headed to the DL
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) could require a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: While Valencia's injury isn't considered serious, Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged that hamstrings often take more than a few days to heal. Beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle believes the A's will call up Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Nashville if Valencia is placed on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is also taking a routine day of rest in the matinee game against the Braves. Charlie Culberson will start at third base and bat eighth versus Atlanta right-hander Matt Wisler. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:28 am
    6:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Brock Holt appears at shortstop
    Brock Holt made his season debut at shortstop after replacing an injured Xander Bogaerts in Wednesday's game.

    Advice: If this gives Holt shortstop eligibility in your league, he just got a whole lot more valuable. Unfortunately, it'll probably be quite a while before he gets five-game eligibility at shortstop, especially with Bogaerts expected back in a day or two. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Machado gets on base four times in victory
    Manny Machado went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Machado kicked off the first inning with a no-out double that scored Joey Rickard. The Orioles learned their lesson and were careful with him late in the game, though. They intentionally walked him in the eighth inning, and they functionally did the same thing in the bottom of the 10th with two outs and a base open at first. It shows that Machado has become one of the most feared hitters in the majors. He's hitting .306/.382/.490, and opposing teams could continue to pitch around him until Adam Jones shakes out of his early-season funk. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Dietrich smashes a homer in loss to Nationals
    Derek Dietrich got a rare start on Wednesday against the Nationals and smashed his first homer of the campaign, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

    Advice: Dietrich has only 14 plate appearances halfway through the month of April, so playing time has been hard to come by. He celebrated a rare start with a 411-foot homer off Yusmeiro Petit. The 26-year-old has been a nice option of the bench for Miami, hitting .417/.500/.833 with two doubles and a homer, so perhaps he'll begin cracking the lineup a bit more in the future. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Valencia leaves game due to hamstring strain
    Danny Valencia departed Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Valencia indicated after the game that he first felt discomfort in his hamstring when he popped up after being tagged out at home on a bullet throw by Aaron Hicks in the fourth inning. He was replaced at third base by Chris Coghlan, with designated hitter Jed Lowrie shifting to second. Valencia could be looking at a 15-day disabled list stint. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Brock Holt back in LF on Wednesday night
    Brock Holt is starting in left field and batting seventh on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It's his first time in the starting lineup in three days, mostly because the opposition was throwing left-handed starters. Holt has hit .267/.405/.533 over his first 30 at-bats this season for Boston. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:16 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Prado getting game off Wednesday vs. Nats
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at third base and bat sixth for the Marlins against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. It's just a day off for Prado, who's batting .333/.380/.422 in 50 plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Indians activate Lonnie Chisenhall off the DL
    Indians activated OF Lonnie Chisenhall from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Chisenhall missed the first few weeks of the season with discomfort in his right forearm. He struggled on his minor league rehab assignment, going 2-for-23 in seven games, but the 27-year-old should get regular playing time against right-handed pitching in Cleveland. He is starting in right field and batting seventh Wednesday versus Mariners righty Taijuan Walker. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:06 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
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