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  • Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs
    MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

    Advice: Stunning late night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until well into the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
  • Stanton smashes solo home run late in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
  • Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
  • Maeda pitches into seventh in loss to Marlins
    Kenta Maeda wasn't at his sharpest in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Maeda struck out five and walked one in the contest. The Marlins would topple him with a three-run seventh inning. In his first major league season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a strong 1.41 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 28/6 K/BB ratio across 32 innings (five starts). He will take to the road to tango with the Rays in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 pm
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  • Fernandez fans eight Dodgers in victory
    Jose Fernandez pitched a respectable game in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Along with the eight strikeouts, Fernandez walked three while scattering five hits. The two runs on his line both came home to roost in the first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal and an RBI infield single by Yasiel Puig. Fernandez settled in after that frame. The flamethrower has produced a mixed-bag season through five starts, pitching to a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/14 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. He will play host to the Diamondbacks in his next start. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 pm
  • 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 Today, 9:16 pm
  • Hermann clocks two-run homer in win over STL
    Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 pm
  • Wacha surrenders three runs over 7 IP vs ARI
    Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:11 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa fans 10 in shutout win
    Rubby De La Rosa was clutch in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, striking out 10 over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just two hits on the evening. He walked two and exited having thrown a tidy 94 pitches (65 strikes). It was a sparkling outing any way you cut it. Through four starts (seven appearances), the 27-year-old right-hander holds a 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio. A road date with the Marlins shows next on his schedule as he tries to build on Thursday's fantastic start. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Markakis enjoys four-hit night versus Red Sox
    Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Markakis had a two-run single in the second inning before notching another RBI single two innings later. Playing for the Braves, Markakis has gone largely unnoticed this season, but all the veteran has done is bat .305/.412/.439 with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and nine runs scored. He's likely to be one of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:10 pm
  • 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 Today, 7:55 pm
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  • Gose slugs two-run homer in win over A's
    Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, and two runs scored in Thursday’s 7-3 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast off Chris Bassitt was his second home run of the season. This was his first multi-hit game since April 13. The speedy 25-year-old is batting just .193/.258/.316 through 18 games and has yet to steal a base. His playing time will likely be in some jeopardy once Cameron Maybin is finally healthy enough to make his season debut. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:20 pm
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  • Sanchez wild in win over Athletics
    Anibal Sanchez was wild in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite walking seven batters.

    Advice: The seven walks were the most allowed by Sanchez since September 28, 2009. He also gave up three hits, so he was on the edge of disaster at times, but he minimized the damage by striking out nine batters. The 32-year-old has been really shaky in the early going, posting a 6.08 ERA through five starts. While the strikeouts were nice to see, an outing like this one doesn’t really inspire confidence for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:19 pm
  • 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 Today, 9:12 am
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  • Corbin allows seven runs in loss to Cardinals
    Patrick Corbin gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Diamondbacks fell to the Cardinals.

    Advice: And all of those runs were earned. Corbin got into trouble right out of the gate, yielding a run on a hit and a walk in the top of the first inning. He settled in for a little while after that, but the Cardinals pounced for another run in the fifth before going off for five runs in the sixth. Corbin, sitting on a 4.88 season ERA, will try to get back on the right track in his next start at Marlins Park. That place is a little more friendly than Chase Field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Stanton stings Kershaw for three-run homer
    Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run off Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday's 6-3 win.

    Advice: Back-to-back RBI singles by Martin Prado and Christian Yelich had already brought home two runs against Kershaw when Stanton stepped to the plate with one out in the sixth inning. He did what sluggers do, turning a small inning into a big one and connecting for a three-run home run to center that traveled an estimated 425 feet. Yowza. Stanton's Marlins are treading water at 8-11, but that is through no fault of his own. He is slashing .246/.338/.536 with six homers and 16 RBI across 69 at-bats. With Tuesday's homer, he has now gone yard in three consecutive games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits fifth homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton homered, doubled and walked in the Marlins' 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Stanton has yet to get hot, but he has five homers in 17 games anyway. No one else on the Marlins has more than two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Gordon steals two bags, scores twice in SF
    Dee Gordon finished 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored Sunday in the Marlins' 5-4 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: In the third inning, Gordon singled, stole second and third base, and then scored on a Christian Yelich groundout. In the fifth, he singled, made it to third base on a Marcell Ozuna base hit, and then raced home on another Yelich grounder. Some of the peripherals have been underwhelming, but the speedy second baseman boasts six stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 17 games this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:30 pm
  • Markakis notches three singles in loss
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Markakis worked an RBI single off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning. It would bring home one of just two runs scored by the Braves on the afternoon. With the three hits, Markakis is now slashing a respectable .303/.410/.439 across 66 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:08 pm
  • Fernandez gets knocked around in loss to SF
    Jose Fernandez got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Giants, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings of work.

    Advice: Fernandez still has the dynamic fastball and power breaking ball, but his command has been uncharacteristically poor in 2016. He now has a walk rate of 4.37 BB/9 despite a career walk rate of just 2.74 BB/9 -- which would be understandable coming off Tommy John surgery if he didn’t walk just 14 batters in 64 2/3 innings in his return to the mound. To put that in perspective, he’s already walked 11 batters in 22 2/3 innings in 2016. With a 4.37 ERA, he’ll look to get back on track on the road versus the Dodgers on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:30 pm
  • Wacha tosses quality start for second win
    Michael Wacha couldn’t strike anyone out, but still cobbled together a quality start with just two earned runs over six innings against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Wacha’s strikeout rate dropped to 7.59 K/9 in 2015, which was a concern because it illustrated a downward trend that extended back to his debut season 2013. That has seemingly continued this season. After not whiffing a single batter on Saturday, his strikeout rate now sits at 6.04 K/9. The right-hander still made it work against the Padres, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and four walks, but there are some red flags surrounding his attractive 2.82 ERA. He has a tough matchup looming on the road against the Diamondbacks next Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Herrmann doubles, homers in loss
    Chris Herrmann went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk, driving in four runs in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Herrmann had one hit in 21 plate appearances prior to this outburst. He's now hitting .130/.200/.348 on the young season, which actually mirrors his .146/.214/.272 rather closely from a year ago with the Twins. He's not fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • De La Rosa throws six strong, picks up win
    Rubby De La Rosa tossed six strong innings against the Pirates on Saturday night, striking out six and allowing just one run to pick up his second win of the year.

    Advice: De La Rosa’s box score looked clean aside from the solo homer by Sean Rodriguez, but he did squirm out of a dangerous situation in the first. With runners at second and third with one out, he struck out Starling Marte and got Francisco Cervelli to harmlessly ground out to keep the game tied at zero. No Pirates hitter advanced past first base on the right-hander the rest of the night. He remains a shaky play in fantasy, due to his propensity to get blasted on any given night, but he’ll occasionally twirl a gem and remind fantasy owners what he could be. De La Rosa has a 5.94 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Maeda briefly flirts with no-hitter in win
    Kenta Maeda had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but ultimately settled for 6 1/3 shutout innings and his third win on Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Considering Maeda’s surprising start to the season, many fantasy owners wanted to see how he’d handle a volatile pitching environment like Coors Field. He didn’t disappoint. The right-hander struck out eight and only allowed three hits, all of which came with one out in the sixth. Perhaps the most impressive part of his outing came when he retired Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra with the bases loaded to preserve the shutout. Maeda now has a 0.36 ERA and looks to be a bargain for the Dodgers. He’ll next face the Marlins at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:37 pm
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  • 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
  • Anibal Sanchez annihilated in loss to Indians
    Anibal Sanchez was annihilated in Saturday's loss to the Indians, getting torched for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Indians jumped on him for three runs in the first then chased him with another four in the third, highlight by a three-run homer off the bat of Yan Gomes. Now 2-2 on the season, Sanchez will look to improve upon his troublesome 7.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP when he takes the hill against the Athletics at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:08 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
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  • Anthony Gose getting a breather on Friday
    Anthony Gose is absent from the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gose isn't known to be dealing with an injury, but this is the second straight game he's been benched in favor of Tyler Collins. He has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats, so it appears he's just getting some time off to regroup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also sitting out, as Bobby Wilson is behind the dish. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:38 pm
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  • 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
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  • Yasmani Grandal delivers go-ahead hit
    Yasmani Grandal doubled in Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 10th to push the Dodgers past the Braves 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was pitching, so Grandal didn't start. He pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis in the eighth and walked, then delivered the double in the 10th. Grandal is 7-for-16 with no strikeouts and seven walks since coming off the disabled list on April 12. Even though he's far from an everyday catcher right now, he's becoming worth playing in one-catcher mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Dee Gordon out of Marlins' lineup Thursday
    Dee Gordon is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at second base and hit sixth versus Washington right-hander Max Scherzer. Giancarlo Stanton is also getting a day off for the matinee game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:06 am
  • Stanton, Gordon off Thursday vs. Nationals
    Giancarlo Stanton is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and hit leadoff and Marcell Ozuna will bat cleanup as the Marlins close out a series against the visiting Nationals. Dee Gordon is also out, with Derek Dietrich filling in at second base. Max Scherzer is on the bump for Washington. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Grandal gets on base four times in win
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in Wednesday night's victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Grandal got a late start to the season, but has kicked things off with a scorching hot .400/.571/.600 slash line. He actually has six walks and zero strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. The Dodgers have said that they expect Grandal and A.J. Ellis to split playing time, due to the former's injury concerns, but one figures manager Dave Roberts will pencil in Grandal as often as possible, as he's the better offensive option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • 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
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  • Rubby De La Rosa works in relief again
    Needed in relief again, Rubby De La Rosa picked up a win after throwing a scoreless 10th Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: De La Rosa would have started today, except he was needed out of the pen in Saturday's game against the Padres. As a result, he was pushed back and Archie Bradley started in his place. It wasn't expected that De La Rosa would work in relief again, but he was available when the game went to extras. He still figures to slot back into the rotation later this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:03 am
  • Jose Fernandez whiffs nine, shuts down Nats
    Jose Fernandez recorded nine strikeouts over six frames of one-run ball on Monday in a 6-1 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Fernandez issued four free passes, which pushed his pitch count up and led to his removal after six innings. However, he yielded just three hits and the Nats were only able to push one run across the board. Fernandez hasn't been efficient this season, as Monday's outing was the longest of his three so far. But, he's also struck out 27 over 16 2/3 innings. He'll get the Giants the next time out. Rotoworld.com Apr 18, 7:24 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton slugs third homer Monday
    Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. Stanton's longball in the fifth inning off of Tanner Roark was to right-center field and would not have gone out last season before the Marlins moved the fences in. The slugger is batting just .238 in the early going this season but has 10 RBI to go along with three homers. Rotoworld.com Apr 18, 7:16 pm
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