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  • Rio Ruiz collects three hits in Sunday's loss
    Braves 3B prospect Rio Ruiz finished a home run short of the cycle Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He also walked while reaching in all four of his plate appearances. It's been sort of a strange season for Ruiz. He's struck out 26 times in only 87 at-bats including 11 punch-outs in his last seven games. Despite the high number of swings and misses, his .333 average is 100 points higher than what he posted last year in 127 games at Double-A Mississippi. The former fourth-round pick began his career in the Astros organization. Today, 11:17 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Brandon Drury homers again in loss to Rockies
    Brandon Drury homered for the second consecutive game as the Diamondbacks fell to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon in Arizona.

    Advice: His solo shot came off of Rockies starter Chad Bettis. Drury also singled twice, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He has swung a ridiculously hot bat in the first month of the season, slashing .315/.329/.630 with five homers and 11 RBI. With his versatility, he's likely to find his way into the Diamondbacks lineup on a nightly basis and the power he has displayed makes him an interesting mixed league commodity going forward. Yesterday, 5:03 pm
  • Castellanos homers, drives in four in win
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins actually held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning (such things do occur on occasion), at which point Castellanos cracked a three-run home run off starter Ricky Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would provide the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Tigers improved to 14-10. For his part, Castellanos is hitting a cool .361/.371/.590 with four homers, 18 RBI and five doubles over 83 at-bats. He has accumulated eight hits over his last four games, with homers in two of his last three. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Lawrie homers in third straight contest
    Brett Lawrie hit a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Orioles, the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep.

    Advice: Lawrie smacked a solo home run off the soon-to-be-demolished Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning. The tater was his fourth of the season. Three of the four dingers came in this weekend's series against the Orioles. In addition to that quartet of blasts, he has driven in 10 runs, scored 15 and hit to a triple-slash of .290/.377/.505. The 26-year-old second baseman has a chance to surpass the career-best 16 homers he launched in 2015. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Joey Gallo (groin) goes on DL at Triple-A
    Joey Gallo has been placed on Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list with a strained left groin.

    Advice: Gallo insists that it's a minor strain, as he expects to be back soon. He's hitting .254/.400/.642 with seven homers and 16 RBI for Round Rock this season. Yesterday, 10:29 am
    Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 3B,OF
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Jung Ho Kang to play two of every three games
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that he expects Jung Ho Kang (knee) to initially play two out of every three games upon his activation from the disabled list.

    Advice: That sounds about right. Kang is making his way back from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia and just recently began playing in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment. The Pirates have some infield depth, so there's no need to push Kang too hard too fast. Yesterday, 10:22 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • David Freese not in Sunday's lineup
    David Freese is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Sean Rodriguez is filling in at third base, while Josh Harrison has moved up to the No. 3 spot. Francisco Cervelli is also receiving a breather, as Chris Stewart is catching. Yesterday, 9:06 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring. Yesterday, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Drury launches two-run homer in loss to COL
    Brandon Drury temporarily tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks ultimately lost it in the ninth.

    Advice: Drury is hitting .294/.310/.588 with four homers and 10 RBI, and he has now started seven-consecutive games at four different positions. The top-100 prospect is worth adding in deeper leagues, as he's a sneaky power option with second-base eligibility. It's worth noting, though, that he only has one walk in 71 PA. Patience has never been his forte in the minors, and big-league pitchers have a funny way of exploiting that weakness. His leash won't be too long, either, as the Diamondbacks have plenty of good hitters jockeying for playing time. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Perez homers in loss to Marlins
    Hernan Perez launched a two-out, two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: He made his second appearance of the campaign on Saturday and supplied his club with fleeting hope with his pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning off lefty Craig Breslow. He's only with the big-league club due to an injury to Scooter Gennett (oblique) and isn't currently worth owning in any fantasy format. Saturday, 8:35 pm
    4:20 pm vs LAA
  • Lawrie homers, steals base against Orioles
    Brett Lawrie homered, stole a base and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Lawrie hit a solo home run, his third of the season, in the fourth inning before walking to lead off the seventh. He promptly stole second base -- his second steal of the year -- and came around to score on an Austin Jackson RBI single. In his first year with the Sox, Lawrie is hitting .267/.347/.444 with nine RBI and 14 runs scored. Saturday, 8:28 pm
  • Freese has two more hits, run scored Saturday
    David Freese went 2-for-4 with a run scored Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Freese now has multi-hit games in three of his last six contests. A late signing by the Pirates, the third baseman has been one of the team's best hitters through the month of April, batting .293/.387/.402 with a home run, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Even when Jung Ho Kang returns in a few days, Freese should still find his way into the lineup with regularity as long as he continues to produce. Saturday, 7:43 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Chisenhall goes 3-for-4, steals base vs. PHI
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Making his first start after missing two games with a neck strain, Chisenhall enjoyed his best game yet. He doubled among his three hits and stole his first base of the season. Through seven games played, the 27-year-old is batting .227/.227/.364. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 9:15 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @KC
  • 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 6:32 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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. Friday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 5:45 am
  • 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. Thursday, 6:25 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @KC
  • 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. Thursday, 8:00 am
    4:20 pm vs LAA
  • Back-to-back rehab games for Kang (knee)
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is playing in back-to-back games for the second time during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Getting his rehab work in at Triple-A Indianapolis, Kang went 2-for-5 with a home run on Tuesday. He will be back at it on Wednesday. Trainer Tom Tomcyzk said that the 29-year-old is showing "good signs" in his recovery from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia. He could return to the Pirates in early May barring a health setback. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • 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. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Kang (knee) goes deep in rehab game at AAA
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) went 2-for-5 with a homer Tuesday in a rehab game at Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He entered the day 1-for-19 on his minor league rehab assignment. Kang has made a relatively smooth recovery from last year's severe left leg injury and should be just about ready to rejoin the Pirates' active roster. The 29-year-old infielder batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games last season. He will be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 6:54 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • Freese gets on the board with first homer
    David Freese hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Freese followed Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the first inning with one of his own. It had to be a bit of a weight lifted off his shoulders after going his first 20 games in a Pirates uniform without a dinger. Despite the power outage, it's been a good first month thus far for the third sacker, who's hitting .278/.374/.392 with six RBI and 13 runs scored. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ ChC
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 9:18 am
    15-Day DL
  • Jung Ho Kang (knee) 1-for-15 on rehab
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is 1-for-15 through five rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He does have four walks. Kang is trying to get his timing right at the plate after missing most of spring training following last year's major leg injury. If he begins to shake off some of the rust this week, his return to the Pirates' active roster should become imminent. Kang, 29, batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games in 2015. Apr 25, 5:54 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • 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. Apr 23, 1:19 pm
  • 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. Apr 22, 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. Apr 22, 6:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Apr 22, 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." Apr 22, 6:25 am
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