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  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) returns from DL
    Athletics activated 3B Danny Valencia from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Valencia spent the minimum amount of time on the DL and homered in one of his two rehab games. He'll return to a .294/.345/.353 batting line with the A's and will resume his role as the starting third baseman. 53 minutes ago
  • Matt den Dekker optioned to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: He's clearing space for the return of Ben Revere (oblique) from the disabled list. Den Dekker has hit .194/.265/.323 over 34 plate appearances with the big club this season. Today, 8:06 am
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  • Terrance Gore optioned to Double-A
    Royals optioned OF Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: A corresponding move will be announced prior to Friday's game. Gore served as a pinch-runner for the first month of the season, picking up two stolen bases but striking out in his lone plate appearance. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Rusin fails to earn win despite 17 runs
    Chris Rusin was ineffective in Thursday's win over the Giants, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Rockies scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 17-3 lead, but despite that monstrous lead, Rusin would immediately run into trouble in the bottom of the frame and was pulled with one out. The Giants would score four runs before the longest fifth inning in the history of mankind (estimated) finally came to a close. Rusin will take a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Garcia connects for fourth homer vs. Red Sox
    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Garcia took Red Sox starter Henry Owens deep for a solo blast in the fourth inning. The homer was Garcia's second in his last five games. He's 10-for-22 with the two homers, five RBI and five run scored during a six-game hitting streak that's run his overall line up to a modest .230/.301/.446. Yesterday, 10:44 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) returns Thursday
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is back in the White Sox's lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He missed four games with a strained hamstring. Garcia will bat seventh and serve as the DH. Jerry Sands, who filled in during Garcia's short absence, will return to the bench. Garcia is only hitting .214 this year with a disappointing .291 on base percentage. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • 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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  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) not in lineup Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Garcia is dealing with a tweaked hamstring suffered on Friday against the Orioles. After several days of rest, he had been hoping for a return to the lineup on Wednesday. The White Sox play the Red Sox again on Thursday and Garcia could conceivably crack the lineup for that one if the team feels comfortable with his health. Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Valencia will play one more rehab game
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) will play one more rehab game with High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he will fly with the A's to Baltimore on Thursday and come off the disabled list Friday when first eligible. Valencia has been on the disabled list since April 20 because of a left hamstring strain, with Chris Coghlan doing most of the filling in at third base. Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) aims to play Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is aiming to return to the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring last Friday night and will take another day of rest Tuesday against the Red Sox. Jerry Sands is starting at DH and batting seventh. Tuesday, 2:02 pm
  • 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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  • Valencia (hamstring) begins rehab assignment
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) went 0-for-3 on Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Valencia, out since April 20 with a left hamstring strain, also played seven innings at third base. He's expected to be activated when he's first eligible on Friday. Valencia was batting .294/.345/.353 over 14 games prior to the injury. Tuesday, 5:29 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Garcia (hamstring) won't be ready by Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not expected to be ready to play by Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring on Friday and is sitting out his second straight game Sunday. It appears he won't be ready after Monday's off day, either, although there hasn't been talk of a disabled list stint yet. Jerry Sands will handle the designated hitter duties while Garcia is out. Sunday, 9:17 am
  • 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. Sunday, 7:21 am
  • 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
  • Rusin goes five scoreless in his first start
    Chris Rusin baffled the Diamondbacks in Saturday's victory, tossing five scoreless innings on just one hit, while striking out six.

    Advice: Rusin was lifted after five innings, as it was only his first start of the year and he’s not yet stretched out, but he was very good in a difficult ballpark. The lefty had a 77.8 percent ground-ball rate and struck out more than a batter per inning. Yeah, he walked three, but getting out of Arizona with only one hit allowed is a job well done -- especially when the other option was trotting Jordan Lyles out for another start. Rusin still isn’t worth picking up in fantasy leagues, even with the strong showing. He has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings and will face the Giants on the road, if he continues to get the ball every fifth day. Saturday, 9:03 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
  • Garcia could be sidelined through weekend
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Sunday either. The White Sox are off on Monday, which means the earliest we'd see him is Tuesday. Garcia tweaked his hamstring in Friday night's loss. "It’s a little tight," said manager Robin Ventura. "I don’t think it’s a DL situation there but he definitely did something going down the line there." Jerry Sands will DH and bat seventh Saturday with Garcia sidelined. Saturday, 3:39 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
  • Avi Garcia suffers hamstring injury on Friday
    Avisail Garcia tweaked his hamstring during the final out of Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He collected an RBI triple in Friday's game before suffering the injury. Friday, 7:10 pm
  • 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
  • Avisail Garcia smacks third homer on Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia hit a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored three times in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Garcia got the scoring going with a dinger in the third inning and wrapped up the scoring with a sac fly in the ninth. It was his third longball of the season, although he's hitting only .186/.269/.373 this month. The White Sox had little trouble against R.A. Dickey and the Jays' bullpen, piling up 15 hits -- including three homers -- and 10 runs. Tuesday, 6:54 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
  • 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
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