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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches three times in victory
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Khris Davis hits two homers against Mariners
    Khris Davis hit his fourth and fifth homers of the year Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The A's brought in Davis for his power, and they've stuck with him during his slow start. He's hitting .234 with a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 94 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Twins option INF Polanco to Triple-A
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Trevor Plouffe's return from the disabled list. Polanco has already had two stints with the Twins this season and should be back again at some point this summer. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
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  • Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from 15-day DL
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Plouffe, out since April 17 with a right intercostal strain, was cleared to return after playing a pair of minor league rehab games. Eduardo Nunez has swung the bat well while filling in at third base, but he's now likely headed back to a bench role. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman doubles twice
    Ryan Zimmerman doubled twice and drove in a run Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: The results haven't been there yet, but Zimmerman ranks among the top five percent of the league in exit velocity, suggesting that things are going to pick up for him. He's at .234/.310/.338 with one homer so far. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Salvador Perez goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 2-for-18 slump that's dropped his average to .241.

    Advice: Perez had a great first three weeks, but has been cold since. He'll probably rebound soon enough, but he needs to build his numbers up during the first half of the season, since he tends to get too worn out to contribute offensively down the stretch. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez hits first homer
    Eduardo Nunez homered, walked and drove in two runs Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: The Twins are getting Trevor Plouffe back, so Nunez is about to lose almost all of his playing time at third base. It'll be interesting to see what the Twins do now, given that he's been one of their most productive players (.371/.415/.441 in 59 AB). He's a big defensive downgrade from Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, and while he has some outfield experience, he's never played center in the majors. Most likely, Nunez will sit most of the time, though he should get the occasional start in left. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Mike Trout hits sixth homer in loss
    Mike Trout finished 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a losing cause Monday against Milwaukee.

    Advice: After something of a slow start, Trout is close to his typical pace now. He's sitting at .313/.396/.563 with six homers and 18 RBI in 26 games. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Ruiz continues hot start with three hits
    Carlos Ruiz's surprising start to the season continued Monday, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ruiz grounded out in his first at-bat but then singled, doubled and singled in his next three trips to the dish. The veteran catcher is second on the depth chart behind Cameron Rupp, but he's earned more time than he was probably supposed to receive with a .341/.413/.634 start to the season. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen homers in loss to Cubs
    Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer and had an RBI groundout in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He drove in the Pirates' lone two runs on the night, as Jason Hammel and the Cubs' bullpen mostly held down the fort. McCutchen is hitting a disappointing .228/.339/.455 on the season and tweaked his troublesome left knee over the weekend, but he has at least smacked six homers. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • David Wright helps Mets power past Braves
    David Wright singled and smacked a solo homer in Monday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: The Mets jumped on Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz for four runs on a trio of home runs in the top of the first inning, with Lucas Duda and Yoenis Cespedes also going deep. Wright had a walk on the night, as well, reaching base three times. Wright has had a decent number of off days as the Mets keep an eye on his back issue, but he's been pretty productive with a .266/.383/.468 batting line and three homers. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) to be activated Tuesday
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Plouffe, who went down with a right intercostal strain in mid-April, went 1-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Fort Myers. He was batting .302 (13-for-43) with two homers and an .868 OPS over 12 games prior to the injury. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Reds call up C Ramon Cabrera
    Reds recalled C Ramon Cabrera from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Devin Mesoraco (shoulder) on the active roster and give the Reds a third catching option alongside Tucker Barnhart and Jordan Pacheco. Cabrera, 26, owns a .287/.352/.381 batting line in the minors. Don't expect him to be fantasy relevant. Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Braves call up Reid Brignac from Gwinnett
    Braves purchased the contract of INF Reid Brignac from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: This will be Brignac's sixth major league team. He's a .219/.266/.310 hitter in 922 plate appearances. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Giants recall Mac Williamson from AAA level
    Giants recalled OF Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Williamson went hitless in a week-long stay with the Giants last month. He is not fantasy-relevant. Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • McCutchen's knee 'felt a little cranky' Sat.
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Andrew McCutchen's left knee "just felt a little cranky" on Saturday.

    Advice: McCutchen is back in the lineup Sunday, so it doesn't appear this is something to worry about at the moment. However, keep in mind that he dealt with a knee issue early last season, as well, so it's certainly an item that needs to be filed away. McCutchen entered play Sunday batting just .226/.339/.441 on the season. Sunday, 12:39 pm
  • Nori Aoki not in Sunday's lineup
    Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday. Sunday, 10:25 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Clint Robinson is filling in at first base for the Nats. Michael Taylor is also getting a breather, as Matt den Dekker is in center field and in the leadoff spot. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • David Wright won't play for Mets on Saturday
    David Wright is scheduled to receive a day of rest on Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets will continue to give their oft-injured third baseman regular rest this season in an effort to keep him healthy and on the field for the majority of the season. Expect to see Wilmer Flores in the lineup at the hot corner on Saturday. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Davis homers and triples in loss to Tigers
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis showed massive power with the Brewers to close the 2015 season, which inspired the Athletics to trade for him this past offseason. One of the biggest concerns has been whether he'll hit for power in Oakland. Despite his big night on the road in Detroit on Wednesday, he's only hitting .154/.214/.192 at Coliseum. It's early, yes, but it has certainly done little to alleviate the concerns that surrounded him coming into the year. Overall, Davis now has a .233 batting average to go with three homers and a 30.8 percent strikeout rate. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Ruiz goes deep in win over the Nationals
    Carlos Ruiz continued his mini power surge, connecting with his third homer of the year in the eighth inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ruiz is 37 years old and doesn't play everyday, but he's taken advantage of the playing time he's been given. After hammering a 3-2 pitch from lefty Sammy Solis over the left-field wall in the eighth inning, prompting some "Chooch!" chants, he is now hitting .294/.368/.588 in 38 plate appearances. The Phillies won't be afraid to give him additional opportunities to start if he continues to swing the bat well. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) set for rehab assign.
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Trout notches two-run single in win over KC
    Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Trout came through his two-run single against Royals starter Edinson Volquez in the second inning. Over the weekend, he fouled a ball off his foot and took time at DH to help nurse the injury, but he was back roaming center on Tuesday. After a relatively sluggish start to the 2016 campaign, the 24-year-old phenom has turned it up of late, with hits in nine of his last 10 games. His numbers figure to be up there with the best of them by the end of the season. Tuesday, 11:17 pm
  • Triple threat: Cutch hits three homers in win
    Andrew McCutchen had a day Tuesday, hitting three home runs with five RBI to lead the Pirates to a 9-4 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Cutch hit solo jobs in the first and second before launching a three-run shot in the sixth. For reference, he had just two home runs and five RBI in his first 19 games before Tuesday's outburst. We played the "What's wrong with Andrew McCutchen?" game last April as well, and all he did was go on to finish fifth in NL MVP voting. Because nothing is wrong with Andrew McCutchen. Not then, not now, not ever. Next question. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Twins recall Jorge Polanco from AAA level
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco went 1-for-6 in a short stay with the Twins earlier this month. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 4:12 pm
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  • Jorge Polanco recalled from Rochester
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco has done a lot of traveling lately. In the last week, he's been promoted to Minnesota, sent down to Rochester and called back up again. The additions of Polanco and top prospect Jose Berrios suggest Ervin Santana (back) is headed to the disabled list. Tuesday, 11:25 am
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  • Plouffe (intercostal) hopeful of quick return
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is optimistic about returning when he's eligible on May 3.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the disabled list last week with a right intercostal strain, but he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Eduardo Nunez will continue to fill in at third base. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen not in Monday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen is not in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's his first off-day of the season. Starling Marte will start in center field while Matt Joyce will play left and bat second. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Trout serving as DH on Monday
    Mike Trout will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Trout fouled a ball off his foot during Saturday's game, so serving as the DH will allow him to get somewhat of a breather. Rafael Ortega will start in center field Monday while Ji-Man Choi will play left. Monday, 3:02 pm
  • Derek Norris sitting out on Sunday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch. Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place. Apr 24, 8:28 am
  • Trout flexes his muscle in win over Mariners
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Saturday's victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Trout has been so good for so long that his quality performances have become rather pedestrian. He's hitting .302/.408/.508 with three homers and 12 walks in 76 plate appearances, and we're all busy drooling over Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Trout is still only 24 years old and, speaking of the Nationals' superstar, hit just one fewer homer than Harper did in 2015. He remains the best player in the game until further notice. Apr 23, 10:16 pm
  • Perez hits fourth home run against Orioles
    Salvador Perez hit his fourth home run of the season Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Perez finished 1-for-4 with the two-run blast in the second inning. He's now got four homers and 13 RBI through 17 games, following up nicely on his career-high 21 dingers a year ago. He's hitting .263/.295/.579 overall. Apr 23, 8:47 pm
  • David Wright getting the day off Sunday
    David Wright will get the day off Sunday against Atlanta.

    Advice: The veteran is just getting a breather. Wilmer Flores will fill in at third base. Wright is off to somewhat of a slow start (.254 AVG) but at least he's been relatively healthy, appearing in 14 of the Mets' first 16 games. Apr 23, 8:30 pm
  • Wright doubles his pleasure to down Braves
    David Wright went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI as the Mets beat the Braves 8-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, and he's got seven doubles through his first 14 games. He's hitting .254/.362/.475 with two homers, four RBI, nine runs scored and two steals thus far. His health is never a given, but Wright is showing he still has some life in his bat when he can stay on the field. Apr 23, 7:47 pm
  • Twins option Polanco to make room for Duffey
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins needed to make room for Tyler Duffey, who is slated to start in place of Ervin Santana (back) on Sunday. Polanco doubled and drove in a run during his four-game stint with Minnesota. Apr 23, 2:11 pm
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  • Ryan Zimmerman plates two to lead Nationals
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Saturday, leading the charge in a 2-0 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Zimmerman delivered a two-run single off Phil Hughes in the first inning, which wound up being the extent of the offense in the ballgame for either squad. He also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely three times to raise his season slash up to .265/.339/.388 with six RBI. Apr 23, 1:29 pm
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