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  • Wallace doubles for one of three Padre hits
    Brett Wallace's double was the only extra-base hit the Padres managed in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Tyler Chatwood more or less erased the Padres' bats from the face of the earth. As a team, they managed just three hits -- singles by Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr., plus Wallace's double. It was his third two-bagger of the season. Through his first 32 at-bats, the 29-year-old former top prospect is slashing .219/.390/.406 with one homer and five RBI. He makes for a dicey fantasy play. 31 minutes ago
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Col
  • Murphy goes 4-for-5 as Nats rout the Royals
    Daniel Murphy finished 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Nationals' 13-2 rout of the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy hit a two-run double -- his 10th double of the year -- in the Nationals' six-run first inning, singled and scored in the Nats' four-run third inning, slugged a solo shot in the fourth inning, and then singled again for good measure in the sixth. Murphy has ridden his remarkable 2015 postseason into a fantastic opening month of 2016, now with a .398/.449/.663 batting line, four homers, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 26 games. Today, 2:43 pm
    W, 13-2 ^ @KC
  • Early June the soonest Van Slyke could return
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that early June would be the "best-case scenario" for Scott Van Slyke's return to action from a back injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke has been doing exercises to strengthen his core, but he has yet to resume baseball activity. He hit the disabled list in early April with lower back tightness. The 29-year-old outfielder is a strong option against southpaw pitching when he is healthy. Once he has been cleared for baseball activities, we should have a more concrete idea of his recovery timetable. Today, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Brock Holt sits against Carlos Rodon
    Brock Holt is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the White Sox.

    Advice: Holt will sit against opposing southpaw starter Carlos Rodon. In his place, Chris Young earns a start in left field. Young is hitting sixth. This is nothing new for Holt. He has seen just nine at-bats all season against left-handed pitchers. Today, 1:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm x @CWS
  • Dominic Smith leads Binghamton with four RBI
    Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith matched a career-high with four RBI Tuesday in a win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: The 20-year-old collected his third home run of the season as Binghamton cruised to a 13-2 win over Portland. Smith's last four-RBI game came on May 31, 2015 while playing for High-A St. Lucie. He's hit a ridiculous .349 over his last 11 games after batting just .171 over his first 11 contests. Smith is now second in the Eastern League with 20 RBI. The former first-round pick led the Florida State League with 79 RBI in 2015. Today, 12:05 pm
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    W, 8-0 vs x Atl
  • Bour (finger) out Wednesday versus Arizona
    Justin Bour is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday after dislocating his pinkie Tuesday.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at first base and bat fifth against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. It's not clear how much time Bour might miss. Today, 11:15 am
    4:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Nava (knee) expected to rejoin Angels on Fri.
    Daniel Nava (knee) is expected to rejoin the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: And manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Wednesday that Nava will resume serving as the Angels' primary left fielder, which probably means Rafael Ortega is headed back to Triple-A. Nava has been on the disabled list since April 16 with left patella tendinitis. Today, 10:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 x @Mil
  • Posey getting day off Wednesday vs. Reds
    Buster Posey is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Posey will continue to get regular days off as the Giants look to keep him fresh, especially when they're scheduled to play in the daytime following a night game. Trevor Brown is at catcher and batting seventh on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds. Today, 7:29 am
  • Napoli (neck) drives in two in return Wed.
    Mike Napoli (neck) had a double, a walk, and two RBI in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman had been sidelined for a few days in a row because of some mild stiffness in his neck. It was clearly no big deal. Napoli, 34, is batting .210/.273/.420 with 13 RBI in 21 games this season. Today, 5:54 am
    Top 4, 0-0 vs ^ Det
  • Park connects for seventh homer versus Astros
    Byung-ho Park hit his seventh home run of the season Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Park continues to assault the pitches he makes contact with, driving a Collin McHugh offering off the second-deck facade in right field -- his opposite field -- in the sixth inning. He also had a strikeout for the ninth consecutive game, giving him 25 punchouts in 22 games to date. That's what you get with Park, and the Twins will live with it if he keeps hitting the ball hard when he does connect. He's hitting .250/.318/.605 overall. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Carter blasts two homers in defeat of Angels
    Chris Carter homered twice and had three RBI as the Brewers edged the Angels 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. He's now got nine home runs, third-most in the National League, with 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. The power production comes as a shock to no one; the fact that he's hitting .287/.356/.713 while doing it is the real story. That won't last, but the power should, for what it's worth. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Lucroy stays hot, hits first homer of season
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run homer off Angels starter Nick Tropeano in the fifth inning, his first dinger of the year. He's now put up three straight multi-hit games with a double, triple and a homer in that span. The backstop is hitting .321/.387/.440 in 23 games. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Buster Posey notches three hits Tuesday
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's victory over the Reds.

    Advice: All three of his hits were doubles. The Giants tallied 10 hits on the night and finally scratched across the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. Posey has picked up seven hits over his last three games and has pushed his average from .264 to .315 over his last five contests. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Pearce goes 2-for-4, homers against Dodgers
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Drawing a start against lefty Scott Kazmir, Pearce connected for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's been deployed sparingly this year, playing mostly against southpaws -- he's a career .263/.345/.475 hitter against pitchers of that orientation -- and has been serviceable in that role. After Tuesday's game, the 33-year-old is hitting .283/.365/.435 with two home runs in 46 at-bats. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ LAD
  • Avila (hamstring) close to rehab assignment
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Alex Avila (hamstring) is close to rehab games.

    Advice: Avila has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 24 because of a right hamstring. It sounds like the catcher could be ready for activation early next week. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Santana batting leadoff versus Tigers
    Carlos Santana is back in the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Santana recently batted leadoff in five out of six games, but he was used out of the cleanup spot during the club's interleague series with the Phillies over the weekend. Jose Ramirez is batting eighth and playing third base Tuesday while Jason Kipnis is batting second. Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Daniel Nava to begin rehab assignment Monday
    Daniel Nava (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday.

    Advice: Nava is only expected to need a couple of games to get his timing back before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Angels. His return could force Rafael Ortega back to Triple-A. Sunday, 7:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 x @Mil
  • Carter flashes power with a pair of homers
    Chris Carter was locked in during Sunday's 14-5 obliteration of the Marlins, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, three RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: Not only did Carter homer twice, he also hit his 10th double of the season. The streaky slugger went yard with a two-run shot in the third inning and followed that up with a solo dinger just an inning later. After being non-tendered by the Astros over the winter, Carter is slashing a silly .278/.355/.671 with seven homers and 18 RBI for the Brew Crew. Fantasy owners should luxuriate in this hot stretch, because winter is coming. It always does with Carter. Sunday, 3:30 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Scott Van Slyke (back) likely out until June
    Scott Van Slyke (back) is not expected to return before June.

    Advice: Van Slyke has been out for three weeks with a lower back injury and still hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities. The 29-year-old has been a weapon for the Dodgers against left-handed pitching the last few seasons, so his absence for what looks like will be at least a couple months is notable. Sunday, 12:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Mike Napoli (neck) remains out of lineup
    Mike Napoli (neck) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests with a stiff neck. Napoli should be fine in a day or two. Carlos Santana is filling in at first base. The Indians are also resting Michael Brantley and Juan Uribe on Sunday, as Rajai Davis is in left field and Jose Ramirez is at third base. Sunday, 9:20 am
    Top 4, 0-0 vs ^ Det
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Martin Maldonado is doing the catching. Sunday, 7:38 am
    L, 7-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Nava close to beginning rehab assignment
    Daniel Nava (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: It's good timing for the Angels with Craig Gentry battling back stiffness. Nava has sat out the last two weeks with left knee tendinitis but has been working out in Arizona and should begin a rehab assignment any day now. He was hitting .286 before the injury. Saturday, 5:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 x @Mil
  • Mike Napoli out with a stiff neck Saturday
    Mike Napoli (neck) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's out with a stiff neck. Napoli has already slugged four homers this year but he also has 33 strikeouts in only 78 at-bats. Carlos Santana will make his fourth start at first base. Saturday, 2:34 pm
    Top 4, 0-0 vs ^ Det
  • Byung-ho Park clubs sixth home run in loss
    Byung-ho Park clubbed his sixth home run of the season on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Tigers.

    Advice: Park's fourth inning blast off of Jordan Zimmermann wound up being the club's only offense in the contest. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .227/.288/.561 with a team-leading six homers and eight RBI on the year. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Bour homers twice, knocks in five vs. MIL
    Justin Bour had a monster night Friday against the Brewers, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI.

    Advice: Bour slugged a three-run homer in the first inning before adding an RBI double in the third inning and a solo homer in the sixth. This was his second career multi-homer again. The 27-year-old entered the day with one home run through his first 70 plate appearances. Perhaps this will finally get him going. Friday, 9:52 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Byung-ho Park goes hitless in loss to Tigers
    Byung-ho Park had a rough day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Advice: It has been a struggle at the dish in the early going for the Korean import, slashing just .226/.290/.532 with five homers, seven RBI and a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 69 plate appearances. The power appears to be legit, but he'll need to make more consistent contact in order to be a real factor in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Carlos Santana could play RF this weekend
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's considering using Carlos Santana in right field this weekend in Philadelphia with the designated hitter spot not available.

    Advice: Santana is out of the lineup on Friday, but he could give right field a shot on Saturday and/or Sunday. The 30-year-old did play the outfield a little bit in the minors but hasn't started a game there since 2008 when he was in A-ball. It could be an adventure. Friday, 2:36 pm
  • Bochy plans to rest Posey more this season
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he plans to rest Buster Posey more this season.

    Advice: "The plan really all year with Buster, probably, is to give him a few more breaks than what I’ve given in the past," Bochy said. Posey set career highs in games played and plate appearances last season, although he started 37 games at first base. He's been at first just twice so far this season and it sounds like he'll see more full days off rather than play first when he's not catching. While Posey's fantasy owners might not like him playing fewer games, it could be good for his production in the long run if it helps keep him fresher. Friday, 9:30 am
  • 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. Thursday, 1:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm x @CWS
  • Posey getting day off Wednesday vs. Padres
    Buster Posey is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. A scheduled off day Thursday allows the Giants to get Posey back-to-back days of rest. He's slashing .264/.325/.417 with three home runs in 19 games this season. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Scott Van Slyke (back) still not cleared
    Scott Van Slyke (back) has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: He's been sidelined with lower back tightness since April 12. Van Slyke has been working to strengthen his core muscles but there's no indication he's close to resuming baseball activities. The Dodgers' outfield has been plagued by injuries all year, though Carl Crawford's return Tuesday should provide a nice boost. Tuesday, 9:11 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Justin Bour goes hitless against Dodgers
    Justin Bour went 0-for-4 against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Bour has just one homer in 59 at-bats to begin the year. He's still not embarrassing himself with a .681 OPS, but it's worth wondering if he'll lose some at-bats to Derek Dietrich after Martin Prado returns from the paternity list. Monday, 10:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) lands on disabled list
    White Sox placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Avila was injured during Saturday's game. Kevan Smith has assumed Avila's roster spot, and Dioner Navarro will handle the bulk of the catching duties. Apr 24, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Martin Maldonado will catch in Lucroy's place. Apr 24, 7:29 am
    L, 7-3 vs ^ LAA
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