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  • Domingo Santana (shoulder) pinch-hits
    Domingo Santana (shoulder) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Santana has been in and out of the lineup this week due to some mild soreness around his right lat. It's unclear whether he'll be ready to start Friday, but he's day-to-day. 54 minutes ago
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Span doubles twice in high-scoring loss
    Denard Span went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Span hit both of his doubles against Rockies starter Chris Rusin. He led off the contest with a two-bagger, then followed that up with one of the RBI species just an inning later. For the season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .259/.354/.357 with one homer, 15 RBI, four steals and 14 runs scored across 110 at-bats. There just hasn't been much oomph in the bat through the first month-plus of the season. Even with his two doubles on Thursday, he still has only six for the 2015 campaign. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Rockies romp as Matt Cain surrenders 8 runs
    Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

    Advice: We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Bradley homers, scores twice vs. White Sox
    Jackie Bradley (finger) went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Bradley hurt a finger during Wednesday's game but tested it out and was able to play Thursday, with good results. The homer, a solo shot, was his second of the season, giving him 14 RBI. He's batting .277/.337/.489 through 27 games. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Eaton reaches four times, steals base
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Eaton had a couple singles to go along with a couple walks, reaching in four of his five plate appearances. The stolen base was his fourth in five tries this year, and he's got 12 runs scored. Eaton is slashing .294/.376/.376 overall. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Owens issues six free passes in short start
    Henry Owens handed out six walks over three innings, allowing two runs, in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Owens yielded just two hits -- one of which was a home run -- but the inefficiency killed him. It wasn't just this start, either, as he now has 13 walks through 12 1/3 innings overall. Things could have been much worse, as he escaped with a 5.11 ERA and 2.11 WHIP through three starts. Assuming Eduardo Rodriguez won't be back by then, Owens could draw another start Tuesday against the Athletics, but he won't be long for the rotation with many more like this. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Norris homers, collects three hits in win
    Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Norris notched a solo home run off Mets reliever Logan Verrett in the sixth inning. He also hit singles and doubles, missing out on the cycle by a triple. Through 90 at-bats, the 27-year-old backstop is hitting just .167/.211/.289 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Thursday's performance was nice enough, but he will have to begin stringing those kinds of games together if he is going to be playable for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Colin Rea tosses three-hit masterpiece
    Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

    Advice: Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Smith has two hits, two RBI against Astros
    Seth Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Smith came up with a big two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Mariners a brief lead. The multi-hit game was his third in the past five games, raising his average to .284 with a .873 OPS in 26 games. His on-base average of .400, buoyed by 14 walks, is fifth-best in the American League. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Chris Devenski even better in second start
    Chris Devenski pitched well in his second start Thursday, holding the Mariners to one run over six innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Devenski struck out six on the evening and left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen -- in a somewhat ironic twist, given that Devenski was part of that bullpen tasked with holding leads just a few weeks ago -- let him down. Even so, he's now put forth two good starts since moving to the rotation. All he has to show for his performance is an 0-1 record, 1.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he'll try to change that Tuesday against the Indians. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Miley earns quality start in no-decision
    Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: Miley allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn't quite the complete-game shutout he tossed his last time out, but Miley still left in line for his third win before the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was another promising turn after a poor month of April. Miley will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • RHP Erik Johnson optioned back to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was called up less than 12 hours ago to start against the Red Sox, but the White Sox won't be starting him again for the time being. Versus Boston, the 26-year-old right-hander surrendered four earned runs over five innings. While he could see future major league time this season, there's little to excite on a fantasy level. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Werth socks two-run homer in loss to Cubs
    Jayson Werth hit his sixth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Werth hit the dong, a two-run shot, in the ninth inning against reliever Travis Wood. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Werth now has three homers in his last six games, going 7-for-22 in that span. He's hitting a less robust .222/.294/.478 on the year. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • La Stella has three-hit night against Nats
    Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Drawing another start, the infielder had a double among his three hits, scoring twice on Ben Zobrist hits. Not only was he in the lineup, the 27-year-old occupied choice real estate batting second between Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant. Cubs manager Joe Maddon seems content to ride the hot hand, and that's La Stella, who's now batting .341/.413/.561 in 16 games. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Heyward (wrist) goes hitless in relief duty
    Jason Heyward (wrist) went 0-for-2 after replacing Dexter Fowler in Thursday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Heyward was originally expected to return to the lineup Friday, but he came in as a sub Thursday after Fowler was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. It was his first game action since Sunday as wrist discomfort held him out in recent days. He should be a starter for Friday's game. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Jackie Bradley (finger) in Thursday's lineup
    Jackie Bradley (finger) is in the Red Sox's starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He was truly a game-time decision as the Red Sox waited until an hour before the game to release their lineup. Bradley tested his finger out in batting practice and will give it a go. He injured his finger Wednesday when Dioner Navarro hit him on a pickoff attempt at third base. Bradley will bat ninth against right-hander Erik Johnson. Hanley Ramirez is also in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with the flu. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Jason Heyward (wrist) aiming to return Friday
    Jason Heyward (wrist) expects to play Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Wrist discomfort has kept Heyward out of the lineup since Sunday. He's expected to partake in Thursday's batting practice and see how he feels afterwards. Heyward has gotten off to a slow start (.211, 0 HR, 13 RBI) but he did the same thing last season before setting career-highs in both batting average (.293) and steals (23). Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    11:20 am vs Was
  • White Sox recall Erik Johnson from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson will start Thursday against the Red Sox in place of veteran left-hander John Danks, who was pushed off Chicago's 40-man roster earlier this week. Johnson holds a rough 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings and probably won't be worth a fantasy stream at any point. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Domingo Santana (lat) sitting again Thursday
    Domingo Santana (lat) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: It's his third absence in Milwaukee's last four games. Santana is battling some mild soreness around his right lat and the Brewers don't want to risk it turning into something more. Alex Presley will get another start in right field Thursday versus the Reds. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Heyward (wrist) out again Thursday vs. Nats
    Jason Heyward (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Heyward is still dealing with discomfort in his right wrist and hasn't played since Sunday, when he went 0-for-5 against the Braves. Kris Bryant is in right field and Tommy La Stella is at third base Thursday in the Cubs' big series opener against the Nationals. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Domingo Santana (shoulder) scratched Wed.
    Domingo Santana was scratched from the Brewers' starting lineup due to lingering shoulder soreness.

    Advice: It's been bothering him all week, though he was able to play on Tuesday. Santana is considered day-to-day for now. Alex Presley will start in right field and Jonathan Villar is now leading off against Anaheim. Wednesday, 8:29 am
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Heyward (wrist) remains out of lineup Wed.
    Jason Heyward (wrist) remains absent from the Cubs' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Heyward has been bothered by right wrist discomfort for a couple of weeks and recently had a bad flareup. He has now missed three straight games. Ben Zobrist is in right field, Tommy La Stella is at second base, Javier Baez is at third base, and Kris Bryant is in left field Wednesday afternoon against Bucs right-hander Juan Nicasio. Wednesday, 6:22 am
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Erik Johnson to start Thursday vs. Red Sox
    Erik Johnson will join the White Sox starting rotation Thursday and face the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's replacing veteran starter John Danks, who was pushed off the 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson owns an ugly 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
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    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Domingo Santana (lat) back in action Tuesday
    Domingo Santana (shoulder) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the angels.

    Advice: Santana was a late scratch from Monday's series opener due to tightness in his right lat. It clearly wasn't anything too serious. He is starting in right field and batting leadoff Tuesday against Nick Tropeano. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Jason Heyward (wrist) out again Tuesday
    Jason Heyward (wrist) is out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The struggling Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist, but hopes to return as soon as Wednesday. Kris Bryant will play right field Tuesday while Jorge Soler will start in left and bat second. Javier Baez will play third base. Tuesday, 11:41 am
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Santana dealing with tightness in lat area
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's game that Domingo Santana developed some tightness in the lat area behind his right shoulder.

    Advice: Santana was a late scratch from Monday's lineup. The Brewers will see how he feels on Tuesday before updating his status. Monday, 8:33 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Domingo Santana (shoulder) scratched Mon.
    Domingo Santana was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Angels with right shoulder tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Alex Presley will start in his place in right field and hit leadoff. Monday, 4:03 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Jason Heyward dealing with a sore right wrist
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Jason Heyward is out of Monday's lineup with a sore right wrist.

    Advice: There's no indication that it's serious, but it provides more context on his struggles. The high-priced outfielder went 0-for-17 on the team's recent homestand and is batting just .211/.317/.256 overall. Monday, 2:28 pm
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Devenski to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Chris Devenski will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Devenski made his first major league start Saturday against the Athletics and gave up two runs over five innings. The Astros made no promises beyond that, but the performance was enough for him to keep a rotation spot over Scott Feldman in the short-term. He's worth keeping around in AL-only leagues for now. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' starting lineup Monday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the $184 million right fielder, who went 0-for-5 on Sunday and is batting .211/.317/.256 over his first 104 plate appearances with the Cubs. Monday, 12:05 pm
    11:20 am vs Was
  • Smith homers in rout over Royals
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning against the Royals in Saturday's 6-0 victory.

    Advice: When shielded from left-handed pitching, Smith is a quality big-league player. He's currently hitting .298/.423/.544 in 71 plate appearances, and Saturday's solo shot was his fourth home run of the year. Guys like Smith are useful plug-and-play options in daily leagues when the matchup is favorable. He perhaps has become viable in weekly leagues, too, as fantasy owners can be confident that manager Scott Servais won't ruin his batting average by allowing him to face many southpaws. In a strict platoon like this, though, he's certainly not a top-50 fantasy outfielder, no matter how pretty the overall slash line may look. Saturday, 10:40 pm
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Saturday, 9:48 pm
  • Bradley perfect at the plate on Saturday
    Jackie Bradley was perfect at the plate in Saturday's rout over the Yankees, going 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: He effectively put away the game with an RBI triple to center field off lefty Chasen Shreve in the sixth inning and then followed it up with a two-RBI triple off Nick Goody in the seventh. The big night raised his slash line to .272/.326/.481 in 89 plate appearances. He's in the midst of a seven-game hit streak and has firm control of the starting role in center field for the Red Sox. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Bruce Bochy not considering rotation shakeup
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not considered shaking up the starting rotation.

    Advice: Aging starters Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61) have both struggled this year but Bochy doesn't see any big changes coming. "I have too much confidence in these two guys," said Bochy. "I don't think there are options that are going to make this staff better." The Giants, who have won every even-year World Series this decade, are off to a disappointing 12-13 start and rank 22nd in the league in starter ERA (4.64). Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Mets embarrass Matt Cain in Saturday's loss
    Matt Cain got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Mets, allowing seven hits and six runs over six innings.

    Advice: He finished with five strikeouts and one walk. Cain couldn’t solve Michael Conforto (3-for-4 with three RBI) and served up a home run to light-hitting Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning. He tried to back the Mets off the plate after a rocky first inning but ended up hitting two batters and allowing two more runs in the second. Not much has gone right for Cain this season. The 31-year-old is now winless in five starts with a brutal 7.00 ERA. He won’t be a fantasy option next time out against the Rockies. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Devenski limits A's to two runs in spot start
    Chris Devenski allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: Making a spot start, the right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He had been stellar coming out of the Astros' pen prior to Saturday's start, owning a 0.66 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 relief innings. He'll return to being a crack member of the Astros bullpen. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Werth's three-run homer crushes Cardinals
    Jayson Werth crushed a three-run homer in the first inning on Saturday, leading the Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Werth also singled and delivered a sacrifice fly in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI. Despite picking it up at the plate in recent days, Werth is still hitting just .211/.293/.437 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Seth Smith hits third homer
    Seth Smith homered for the only run of the game in the Mariners' win over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Smith also walked twice. He's usurped Kyle Seager's position as the No. 2 hitter against righties, and with a .424 OBP to date, he's running away with the spot now. It still doesn't give him much in the way of mixed-league value, though, at least not unless we're talking OBP leagues. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Owens goes six innings in no-decision
    Henry Owens was handed a no-decision Friday after yielding two runs over six innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Below 90 mph for the great majority of the night, Owens gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez), walked three, and also hit a batter. He was fortunate that his line didn’t look much worse. The soft-tossing lefty might get another start or two while the club waits for Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), but he’s not a recommended fantasy option. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Bradley has two-run double vs. Yankees
    Jackie Bradley delivered a two-run double Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: He doubled off Masahiro Tanaka to tie the game in the seventh before David Ortiz put the Red Sox in front with a two-run blast in the eighth. He’s made a habit out of big hits recently, including a go-ahead single on Sunday and a go-ahead solo homer on Monday. While he’s still just batting .244/.294/.397 overall, he has driven in six runs over his last six games. Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Span hits RBI double for lone run of game
    Denard Span's fifth-inning RBI double off James Shields scored the only run in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: That fifth-inning double would be Span's only hit of the contest. He finished 1-for-4. In 78 at-bats, the veteran outfielder is slashing .256/.344/.359 with a homer, 12 RBI and three steals. Remember, Span missed large chunks of time last season due to injury and probably still has some level of rust on them old bones. It wouldn't surprise if he is able to boost his numbers as the season rolls along, assuming he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Chris Devenski to make spot start Saturday
    Chris Devenski will make a spot start for the Astros on Saturday in Oakland.

    Advice: Devenski has registered an impressive 0.66 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season out of the Astros' bullpen, but he probably won't be able to go very deep against the A's and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming option in standard leagues. Tuesday, 5:02 pm
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