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  • Andrew Lambo (foot) placed on DL
    Pirates placed OF Andrew Lambo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 4, with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: It's unclear how long Lambo has been dealing with the ailment or how long he'll be sidelined. Steve Lombardozzi has replaced him on the roster.
    25 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Pagan (finger) returns to Giants' lineup
    Angel Pagan (finger) is back in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Pagan suffered a laceration on his left middle finger when he slid into second base on Monday, but he's back in there after one day of rest. The outfielder sports a nifty .350/.373/.447 batting line this season.
    Today, 10:27 am
  • Hamilton to begin rehab assignment next week
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock next week.

    Advice: It had been reported previously that he'd begin the assignment later this week, but the Rangers are pushing it back a few days. Hamilton has played in extended spring training games the last couple days and is expected back before the end of May.
    Today, 9:02 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Randal Grichuk (back) takes batting practice
    Randal Grichuk (back) took batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list last month with a lower back strain. Grichuk will begin playing in extended spring training games on Friday. It's possible he could skip a rehab assignment, but either way he appears to be tracking towards a return sometime next week.
    Today, 8:55 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Pence (forearm) nearing rehab assignment
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Hunter Pence (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment within the next week.

    Advice: Bochy was impressed with how Pence looked during hitting drills Tuesday. "His BP today got better as it went," Bochy said. "He started on a tee, then worked off a machine. They got it cranked up pretty good." Pence will continue taking batting practice through Friday and could be cleared for a rehab assignment after that.
    Today, 8:47 am
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs x SD
  • Werth has 'cranky' shoulder; will return Fri.
    Jayson Werth is out of the lineup for the second straight day Wednesday due to what Nationals manager Matt Williams referred to as a "cranky" right shoulder.

    Advice: Williams and the Nats are viewing it as part of the normal recovery process after Werth's offseason shoulder surgery. The good news is that the outfielder will be available off the bench Wednesday and return to the lineup Friday. The bad news, of course, is that he's hitting just .176/.247/.203 and has an achy shoulder.
    Today, 8:41 am
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) yet to run the bases
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) has yet to resume running the bases.

    Advice: Puig did some running in the outfield two days in a row over the weekend, but he's evidently not yet been cleared to run the bases yet and won't begin a rehab assignment until that happens. It had been looking like Puig had a good shot to return on May 10 when first eligible, but that's looking less likely now.
    Today, 8:27 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Hanley (shoulder) a 'couple days' away?
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) "is said to be feeling better" and hopes to return to the lineup "in a couple days."

    Advice: Ramirez avoided a serious left shoulder injury when he slammed into a side wall on Monday and has made nice progress since then. The Red Sox will obviously be careful with him, but it sounds like there's a chance he could return to action before the end of the week. Ramirez is batting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs this season.
    Today, 8:09 am
  • Michael Morse benched again on Wednesday
    Michael Morse is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's now been benched for three straight games and four out of the last five contests. Morse isn't injured, but he's hitting just .193/.253/.284 and Justin Bour has seven hits in 14 at-bats since his promotion. Bour is at first base again on Wednesday.
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Jayson Werth getting another day off
    Jayson Werth is absent from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his second day off in a row, but Werth isn't injured. Rather, the Nats are just giving the struggling outfielder an extended break. Michael Taylor is in left field Wednesday.
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Adam Eaton returns to action Tuesday
    Adam Eaton doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton missed the previous three contests while battling the flu. He's hitting a disappointing .195/.241/.268 this season.
    Today, 6:27 am
  • Hanley (shoulder) could miss at least a week
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Tuesday that the team might give Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) a week to improve before deciding whether to place him on the disabled list.

    Advice: "You know, if you look back to what we’ve done with other situations where it’s not been a DL, you get to that midpoint, that seventh day, hopefully we would have much more clear information before the seven days arrives," Farrell said. "That’s usually been our marker when to put a guy on the DL or not." Ramirez had increased range of motion with his left shoulder on Tuesday, and an MRI showed no structural damage. Still, he's undoubtedly sore and the Red Sox might wind up shutting him down for a couple weeks.
    Today, 6:17 am
  • Cesar Puello moved to 60-day DL
    Mets transferred OF Cesar Puello from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Johnny Monell. Puello remains sidelined with a stress fracture in his back.
    Today, 5:36 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Morrison reaches base four times in a loss
    Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with a walk and a pair of doubles, but the Mariners lost in walk-off fashion to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison doubled and scored in the second inning, doubled and was stranded in the fourth, then singled and scored in the eighth. It was yet another productive night at the plate for the first baseman, who has started to heat up. He's on a seven-game hitting streak and has bolstered his triple-slash line to a more respectable .247/.300/.430 with four home runs and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Twins place Nunez on the disabled list
    Twins placed INF Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Nunez tweaked the oblique over the weekend and tested it out during batting practice on Tuesday, to no avail. Doug Bernier's being called up to take his place on the roster. Working in a bench utility role, Nunez has only seen 22 at-bats this season, but he's made the most of them, racking up nine hits. He hit .250/.271/.382 in 201 at-bats during the 2014 campaign. There's no immediate timetable for his return.
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Peguero smashes first homer in win over HOU
    Carlos Peguero hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Peguero hit the two-run shot off Astros starter Scott Feldman in the first inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats. Peguero's power has always been his calling card but just hitting for average has been the struggle. This year is no different, as he's now batting .184/.367/.368 through 19 games.
    Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Harper held hitless as Nats fall to Marlins
    Bryce Harper was held hitless with two strikeouts in four at-bats as the Nationals suffered a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: After finishing the month of April strong, Harper has slumped in five May games, recording just one hit (a single) in 21 plate appearances. Though he has been drawing plenty of walks all season, his triple-slash line is otherwise disappointing at .245/.405/.457.
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Brantley stays hot, swats second home run
    Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Brantley's two-run homer off Royals starter Jason Vargas came in the first inning. He also walked in the game. Brantley is red hot to start the year, batting .351/.415/.541 with two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games. He's added three stolen bases and 11 runs scored to boot, proving that last season's breakout was only the beginning.
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Gordon reaches three times, scores twice Tue.
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gordon had a couple singles and a walk, scoring twice on extra-base hits from Eric Hosmer. After a frigid start at the dish, Gordon is now hitting .284/.396/.457 with 12 runs scored and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Ellsbury logs 3 hits, 2 SB as Yankees win
    Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and stole two bases in five at-bats as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ellsbury singled and scored on an Alex Rodriguez double in the first inning, then singled and scored on Mark Teixeira's home run in the fifth. The pair of stolen bases moves him up to 11 on the season in 15 attempts. Ellsbury boasts a productive .358/.433/.415 triple-slash line with 21 runs scored.
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Marte hits his 7th homer as the Pirates lose
    Starling Marte gave the Pirates their only run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds with a second-inning solo home run.

    Advice: Marte reduced his team's deficit to 2-1 with the round-tripper off of Michael Lorenzen. He's now up to seven on the season along with 18 RBI, four stolen bases, and a .264/.320/.527 triple-slash line. Marte is more than halfway to matching his career-high mark in home runs at 13, set last season.
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Johnson homers, picks up 1,000th career hit
    Kelly Johnson hit a three-run home run, then singled for his 1,000th career hit as the Braves beat the Phillies 9-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He drilled a three-run home run off of Chad Billingsley in the fourth inning to put the Braves up 6-0. In the sixth, he singled to right-center off of Elvis Araujo to earn his 1,000th career hit. Johnson's return to Atlanta has been a good one, as he's hitting .266/.319/.578 with six home runs and 17 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:59 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Pagan out of lineup with finger injury
    Angel Pagan has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a laceration on his left middle finger.

    Advice: Pagan injured the finger sliding into second base on Monday, cracking the nail of the finger after his hand was stepped on. Justin Maxwell will get the right field start, with Gregor Blanco moving to center. Pagan is considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Cubs place Chris Denorfia on disabled list
    Cubs placed OF Chris Denorfia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Denorfia suffered the injury while running the bases in Monday's loss to the Cardinals. The 34-year-old outfielder will likely be out for at least the next three weeks.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Saunders (knee) out again Tuesday night
    Michael Saunders (knee) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired knee on Monday and the Jays intend to rest him until at least Friday. The 28-year-old left fielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS since his debut.
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • MRI turns up clean on Hanley's left shoulder
    An MRI came up clean on Hanley Ramirez's shoulder.

    Advice: Ramirez was lifted from Monday's game against the Rays after banging his left shoulder against the left field wall at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. He showed improved range of motion on Tuesday and is hoping to avoid the disabled list, but he'll be out for at least a handful of games. The 31-year-old slugger had racked up 10 home runs and 22 RBI through just 92 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Steve Pearce out Tuesday with stomach virus
    Steve Pearce is out Tuesday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: The illness drove him from Sunday's series finale against the Rays and he's still apparently dealing with some symptoms. Pearce will aim to return on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Werth out of lineup against Marlins
    Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Just your typical off-day here for Werth. The outfielder underwent shoulder surgery in January and the Nationals make sure to spell him from time to time. Werth is hitting just .176/.247/.203 in 74 at-bats this season. Michael Taylor will get the start in his place.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Craig starting in left field for Red Sox
    Allen Craig is in the starting lineup and playing left field in Tuesday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Craig homered on Friday, but he's been largely ineffective in his bench role for the Red Sox. This season, he's hitting just .146/.222/.220 in 41 at-bats. His years of hitting in the .300's for the Cardinals feel like they occurred in another lifetime.
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single proves enough for Giants
    Angel Pagan's RBI single in the third inning proved to be the only run the Giants would need in Monday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: One run was enough with the way Madison Bumgarner pitched for the Giants. They gave him two. Pagan came to the plate in the third inning with runners on first and second and no outs, serving a Tyson Ross offering to left-center to plate the first run of the game. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games and is now hitting .350/.373/.447 with eight RBI in 110 plate appearances.
    Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Cruz rips 14th homer to lead Mariners to win
    Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796.
    Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Chris Denorfia (hamstring) headed to DL
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Denorfia aggravated the left hamstring injury that he's been dealing with since before Opening Day. "It's very frustrating," he said. "I've never had a recurring muscle injury like this before." Matt Szczur will be recalled to take Denorfia's spot on the roster.
    Monday, 9:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Red Sox hope Hanley (shoulder) can avoid DL
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Monday's game that Hanley Ramirez's left shoulder injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation.

    Advice: Farrell referred to Ramirez, who has been diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain following a collision with the side wall, as day-to-day. It's certainly possible that Hanley could still wind up going on the disabled list, but Farrell's words are encouraging. Ramirez has had surgery on the shoulder twice before.
    Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Chris Denorfia aggravates hamstring injury
    Chris Denorfia exited Monday's game versus the Cardinals after aggravating his left hamstring injury.

    Advice: He pulled up lame while going first to third on a single. Denorfia began the season on the disabled list with the hamstring issue and it's just never fully healed. He could be headed back to the DL.
    Monday, 6:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Ramirez diagnosed with sprained shoulder
    Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain.

    Advice: The Red Sox aren't providing anything more at the moment, but they should have another update on Ramirez's status after Monday's game. Hanley was injured when he crashed into the side wall while trying to chase down a flyball. It seems likely that he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's too soon to speculate about the seriousness of the ailment at the moment.
    Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Pence (forearm) to take BP through Friday
    Hunter Pence (forearm) is scheduled to take batting practice through Friday.

    Advice: He'll have had a week's worth of batting practice under his belt by then. Assuming everything goes well, the Giants should then schedule a rehab assignment for Pence. He's tracking towards a mid-May return.
    Monday, 4:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs x SD
  • Hanley leaves game with arm/shoulder injury
    Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game versus the Rays in the first inning with an apparent left arm/shoulder injury.

    Advice: Ramirez crashed into the side wall while trying to chase down a flyball. He immediately clutched his left arm after banging his shoulder pretty hard. Worth noting is that Ramirez has had his left shoulder surgically-repaired twice before. It certainly looked like something that could keep the slugger out for a while, but we should know more later Monday. Ramirez is off to a .283/.340/.609 start this season and trails only Nelson Cruz with his 10 homers.
    Monday, 4:18 pm
  • Michael Saunders has fluid drained from knee
    Michael Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee on Monday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays don't seem to be overly worried about it, as while Saunders is not starting, he's available off the bench. The outfielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS in his first eight games back from the disabled list.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Morse out of Marlins' lineup on Monday night
    Michael Morse is out of the Marlins' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Nationals.

    Advice: Justin Bour is starting at first base and hitting fifth versus Nats right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Morse is batting just .193/.253/.284 on the young season.
    Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) hitless in four ABs
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went hitless in four at-bats Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Hamilton hit three grounders to first base and then struck out in his fourth and final plate appearance of the afternoon. He played three innings in left field. The veteran slugger is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week and should join the Rangers' active roster by the end of May.
    Monday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Saunders not in Blue Jays' lineup Monday
    Michael Saunders is out of Toronto's lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Saunders, who's batting .222 with a .566 OPS in his first eight games back from knee surgery. Danny Valencia is in left field and batting seventh for the Blue Jays on Monday night against Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley.
    Monday, 12:32 pm
  • Ellsbury reaches six times as Yankees win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in all six of his plate appearances as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Sunday night.

    Advice: All four of Ellsbury's hits on the evening were singles, and he also scored a pair of runs in the contest. He's off to a terrific start at the plate in 2015, slashing .351/.432/.402 with a homer, three RBI and nine stolen bases.
    Sunday, 9:03 pm
  • Gordon singles, scores a run against Tigers
    Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: As a team, the Royals managed just six hits against Anibal Sanchez and company. Typically a middle-of-the-order bat, Gordon was hitting leadoff on Sunday with normal leadoff man Alcides Escobar currently nursing an injury. Gordon's hitting .269/.380/.449 with three home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored, though he's recorded just one hit in his last 12 at-bats.
    Sunday, 3:43 pm
  • Johnson blasts fifth homer to help Braves win
    Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

    Advice: Johnson, playing at third base in this contest, pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Johnny Cueto. He had been seeing starts in left field more recently. The utilityman has been a surprising source of offense for the Braves as he has five home runs with 13 RBI, and is batting .250/.297/.533.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Steve Pearce exits game with illness
    Steve Pearce had to leave Sunday's game against the Rays with a stomach illness.

    Advice: He was hitless in two at-bats before exiting. Pearce should be fine following Monday's off day.
    Sunday, 12:25 pm
  • Puig (hamstring) running again on Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will perform running drills for the second straight day on Sunday.

    Advice: It's certainly a great sign. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that he expected Puig to begin a rehab assignment soon, and it's looking like he'll be activated when first eligible on May 10 as long as he can avoid a setback. Puig sports a .279/.380/.465 batting line with a pair of homers over 11 games for Los Angeles this season.
    Sunday, 10:47 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Hamilton set for rehab assignment this week
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

    Advice: Hamilton's surgically-repaired shoulder is no longer an issue, but he's being worked back into playing shape. He's been training at the Rangers' spring training complex and faced live pitching Saturday for the first time. The big club expects Hamilton to join them towards the end of the month.
    Sunday, 9:09 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Adam Eaton (illness) still out Sunday
    Adam Eaton (illness) remained out of the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now poised to miss the entire three-game set in Minnesota. Eaton should be ready to go after Monday's off day. J.B. Shuck is in center field again Sunday in Eaton's place.
    Sunday, 8:33 am
  • Chris Denorfia makes first start in a while
    Chris Denorfia went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first start since April 23, as Denorfia has been battling a nagging left hamstring injury. He'll see most of his playing time versus lefties.
    Sunday, 5:18 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Cruz smashes 12th, 13th home runs in loss
    Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

    Advice: Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14.
    Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Josh Hamilton to play three innings Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will play three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Hamilton isn't ready to play the field yet, so he'll only bat. The former Angel underwent shoulder surgery during spring training and is slated to return in late May. In the meantime, Jake Smolinski and Carlos Peguero will fill in at left field. Hamilton has been in decline for years but a return to Texas may rejuvenate his fantasy value. 84 of his 192 career home runs have come at Globe Life Park.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Michael Morse not in Marlins lineup Saturday
    Michael Morse is not in the Marlins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Morse has struggled mightily at the plate through the first month of the season, hitting a paltry .202/.264/.298 with two homers, eight RBI and a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. Jeff Baker is starting in his place and batting fifth against left-hander Cole Hamels.
    Saturday, 9:14 am
  • Adam Eaton remains out of White Sox lineup
    Adam Eaton remains out of the White Sox lineup on Saturday due to illness.

    Advice: Eaton was given a night off on Friday as he was feeling under the weather and doesn't appear to have improved overnight. J.B. Shuck is starting in his place in center field and will bat leadoff against Ricky Nolasco and the Twins.
    Saturday, 8:35 am
  • Angel Pagan leads Giants past Angels
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 with a sac fly in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan is still hitting a robust .352. Questions about his back plagued him this spring, but he's been one of the Giants' best players thus far, hitting .352 in 91 at-bats. Unfortunately, he hasn't done as much for fantasy owners. Even though he's been batting third, he has just eight runs scored and seven RBI in 23 games.
    Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Morrison homers and triples vs. Astros
    Logan Morrison was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and his first triple since the 2013 season with the Marlins. Morrison has pulled his batting average up from .149 to .213 over the past three games. It's not much, but it's progress.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Cruz launches his 11th home run of the season
    Nelson Cruz launched his major-league leading 11th home run of the season Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: His ninth-inning blast traveled at an estimated distance of 469 feet. It actually hit the train at Minute Maid Ballpark. Cruz finished the night 2-for-4 and owns a monster .330/.378/.747 batting line. He also leads the majors with 23 RBI.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Craig hits first home run of season
    Allen Craig launched a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Craig came into Friday's action hitting just .118 (4-for-34) with no extra-base hits and had yet to play right field in Fenway Park this season, but Red Sox manager John Farrell took a shot and it paid off. He's had a tough transition as a bench player and will likely only continue to see part-time at-bats.
    Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Kelly Johnson's two-run homer powers Braves
    Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Brantley smacks go-ahead homer vs. Jays
    Michael Brantley was 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Brantley's two-run shot off Mark Buehrle in the fifth inning put the Indians ahead for good. The 27-year-old missed a few days last month with a back issue, but you wouldn't know it by how he's swinging the bat lately. He's hitting a cool .344/.382/500 through 16 games.
    Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Saunders hitless in loss to Indians
    Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Saunders, who got a late start on the season after knee surgery and a hamstring issue, is now just 2-for-20 (.100) with nine strikeouts since coming off the disabled list. Despite the early struggles, the 28-year-old is in a great position to be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Hunter Pence (forearm) takes batting practice
    Hunter Pence (forearm) took batting practice without issue on Friday.

    Advice: Pence had originally been slated to start facing live pitching on Saturday, but has been progressing faster than expected. He'll repeat the process on Saturday and Sunday before he's re-evaluated. If everything checks out, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment next week.
    Friday, 5:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs x SD
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) to begin rehab soon
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Friday that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) would begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: The fact that he's going to be ready for rehab games so quickly is a great indication that he'll only require a minimum stint on the disabled list for his hamstring injury. Andre Ethier will continue to fill in for the time being, though it looks like Puig will be returning right around May 10.
    Friday, 4:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Adam Eaton not in Friday's lineup
    Adam Eaton is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Eaton had an awful April, batting just .192/.241/.256 over 19 contests. J.B. Shuck is in center field, while Micah Johnson is in the leadoff spot.
    Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Steve Pearce getting a start at second base
    Steve Pearce is starting at second base in Friday's game versus the Rays.

    Advice: Pearce has never played an inning at the position in the minors or majors. Jimmy Paredes has plenty of experience at second base but is bizarrely in the designated hitter spot Friday instead of Pearce. Pearce has been a big disappointment with the bat this season, hitting just .196/.288/.314 over his first 15 games.
    Friday, 12:38 pm
  • Royals want to keep Alex Gordon long-term
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals "plan to try to do what they can to keep Alex Gordon long-term."

    Advice: Gordon, 31, has a $13.25 million player option for 2016 that he's expected to decline and then seek a long-term contract. The Royals' resources are relatively limited, but it sounds like they might be willing to pony up to keep Gordon around for a while longer. The four-time Gold Glover is batting .303/.425/.500 with three homers and 13 RBI this season.
    Friday, 8:39 am
  • Rangers hope Hamilton is ready by late May
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this week that the club hopes Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will be ready for activation in late May.

    Advice: Previous timetables had Hamilton possibly returning as soon as mid-May, but it appears the goal is to get him back late this month. Hamilton is recovered from shoulder surgery, but he's essentially in spring training mode right now and needs to work himself back into game shape. Rangers outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said Wednesday that he's pleased with how Hamilton has looked in workouts. "I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," Murphy said. "I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more. That is good."
    Friday, 8:00 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Alex Gordon reaches three times
    Batting leadoff with Alcides Escobar out, Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: When manager Ned Yost surprised everyone by announcing Mike Moustakas as his No. 2 hitter at the end of the spring, part of his reasoning is that he though Gordon was more comfortable hitting in the middle of the lineup. Unfortunately, but the middle of the lineup, he means the sixth spot, which is no good for his fantasy value. Gordon did great leading off tonight, but it's probably right back to the lower-middle with him once Escobar returns.
    Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Bryce Harper doubles twice in victory
    Bryce Harper doubled twice and drove in three runs Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Harper also walked for the 22nd time in 23 games. Last year, he walked a total of 38 times in 100 games. His strikeout rate is higher than usual, too, but there's no complaining about the .440 OBP, especially when it comes with 15 RBI in 76 at-bats.
    Thursday, 7:35 pm
  • Saunders out of Thursday's lineup
    Michael Saunders is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Indians.

    Advice: He'll sit against left-hander T.J. House. Danny Valencia, Dalton Pompey, and Kevin Pillar will start in the outfield while Jose Bautista serves as the designated hitter.
    Thursday, 1:31 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) able to pinch hit Wed.
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) was able to pinch hit in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He flied out to center in the bottom of the fifth inning and wasn't kept in on defense. The backup outfielder missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still has some lingering discomfort. Consider him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 5:32 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Logan Morrison goes 4-for-5, doubles
    Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even a four-hit game could merely raise his average to .194. Still, it's a start. It's the first time in 20 games this year that he's come up with multiple hits.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Nelson Cruz hits 10th homer
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his 10th homer and a walk Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Cruz is batting .500 with three homers and seven RBI in six games against his old team this year. He's putting up positively ludicrous numbers outside of Safeco, with a .429 average, seven homers and a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. At home, he hasn't been quite as scary, batting .271 with three homers and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 48 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez hits 10th homer
    Hanley Ramirez's 10th homer was a two-run shot off R.A. Dickey on Wednesday night.

    Advice: 10 homers in April is very impressive, but even more so this year, with the season not starting until April 7. Ramirez's homers have come in 82 at-bats. Last year, he hit a total of 13 homers in 449 at-bats for the Dodgers.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Report: Dodgers talked Hamilton before trade
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the Dodgers were involved in talks with the Angels for Josh Hamilton before he was traded to the Rangers.

    Advice: Every scenario still had Hamilton ending up in Texas, Heyman said, but the Dodgers wanted to get involved in hopes of trading cash for prospects. The Dodgers, obviously, have no use for Hamilton, so there's no reason to think they're in the market for an outfielder despite the report.
    Wednesday, 6:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Pence (forearm) could be close to taking BP
    Hunter Pence (forearm) could be a few days away from taking batting practice.

    Advice: Pence "had his best day" of rehab Wednesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Batting practice is a big step for the outfielder in his return from a fractured forearm. He'll still need a rehab stint, but Pence could be back with the Giants by the middle of May if things continue to go well.
    Wednesday, 5:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs x SD
  • Marte hits sixth homer in loss to Cubs
    Starling Marte finished 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte's two-run shot in the fourth inning was all the scoring the Pirates would muster against Cubs starter Travis Wood. The blast gave him six on the year to go with 15 RBI and 12 runs scored. The power has been a pleasant surprise, as Marte has never hit more than 13 homers in a season. He seems poised to top that mark with ease in 2015.
    Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Cruz has three-hit effort, M's best Rangers
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored to help the Mariners edge the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz tripled to lead off the fourth inning -- just his 11th triple in 983 career games -- and scored the Mariners' first run a batter later. He finished a homer shy of the cycle, and the outfielder is now hitting an impressive .329/.376/.734 through 20 games. Some scoffed at the signing, but Cruz has been one of the best hitters in baseball, let alone on the Mariners, through the season's first month.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Ramirez homers but Red Sox fall to Blue Jays
    Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run in an offense-packed loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez went 2-for-5 on the night. His two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth off of Aaron Loup brought the Red Sox back in the game, down 10-8 at the time, but it was too late by that point. Though it's been an adventure for him in left field defensively, he's gotten the job done at the plate, having hit nine home runs with 20 RBI and a .295/.345/.641 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Ellsbury's 3 hits push Yankees past Rays
    Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and stole a pair of bases in four plate appearances in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury's impact was felt immediately, as he singled in the first inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out. He also stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the seventh, but was stranded. Ellsbury has only three extra-base hits on the season, but has stolen seven bases, scored 16 runs, and hit .308/.400/.372.
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Gordon walks twice, homers in a Royals win
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, an RBI single, and a solo home run on Tuesday as the Royals topped the Indians.

    Advice: Gordon put the Royals on the board in the second inning with a solo home run off of Trevor Bauer. He added an RBI single in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Gordon seems to have found his stride after a slow start to the season, having notched multi-hit games in four of his last five starts. He's batting .293/.423/.500 with three home runs and 11 RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) unavailable on Tuesday
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is unavailable Tuesday.

    Advice: Denorfia missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still isn't quite over it. "Denorfia is still not 100 percent with his leg, so I don't want to push him right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Junior Lake is in left field Tuesday night.
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Randal Grichuk (back) plays catch Tuesday
    Randal Grichuk (back) played catch Tuesday for the first time since being placed on the DL.

    Advice: Grichuk also hit off a tee for a second day in a row. He's not going to be ready when eligible on May 2, but it shouldn't be long for the 23-year-old outfielder. He's been out since April 18 with a back strain.
    Tuesday, 1:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Ellsbury (hip) returns to Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old is batting .284/.384/.351 across 18 games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:50 am
  • Johnson hammers Nats with 3 hits, 3 RBI
    Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Pence (forearm) a week away from taking BP
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Hunter Pence (forearm) is about a week away from taking batting practice.

    Advice: Bochy conceded that it was an educated guess on his part, but it offers a rough timeline. Pence's recovery from a fractured forearm is coming alone a little more slowly than expected, as the Giants had hoped he'd be ready to go at the beginning of May. It's now looking like the best-case scenario for his return will be mid-May.
    Monday, 5:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:45 pm vs x SD
  • Rangers, Angels finalize Josh Hamilton trade
    Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Angels for cash considerations.

    Advice: The deal was officially announced by the Angels' Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Anaheim is expected to eat $68 million of the $80 million still owed to Hamilton from his original five-year, $125 million agreement with the club. He'll get a fresh restart in Texas after a falling out with the Angels brought on by his offseason alcohol and cocaine relapse. Hamilton is expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery in mid- to late-May and carries considerably more fantasy value with the Rangers than he would have with the Halos.
    Monday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Josh Hamilton spotted at Globe Life Park
    Josh Hamilton has been spotted at the Rangers' Globe Life Park.

    Advice: Which presumably means the trade sending him from Anaheim to Texas has been completed and will be formally announced on Monday afternoon. The Angels are reportedly going to eat $68 million of the $80 million owed to Hamilton. His deal will also now reportedly carry an opt-out clause for after the 2016 season. Hamilton is due back from shoulder surgery in mid-May. It's a pretty great deal for Texas if the 33-year-old outfielder can stay on the straight and narrow.
    Monday, 11:54 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Hamilton deal expected to be finalized Monday
    Alden Gonzalez of reports that the trade sending Josh Hamilton to the Rangers is still expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: There had been rumblings that the two sides would clear all hurdles and get it done on Sunday afternoon, but it looks as though that was optimistic. The Angels are said to be willing to eat up to $68 million remaining on Hamilton's deal, and the beleaguered outfielder is expected to receive an opt-out clause in the contract following the 2016 season.
    Apr 26, 8:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Hanley homers twice and drives in four vs BAL
    Hanley Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs in an 18-7 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Hanley's onslaught didn't come until the game was well out of reach. He hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth to draw the team to within 18-7. Close but not quite on the comeback. Han-Ram now has eight home runs and 17 RBI, with a terrifying slash of .300/.359/.643. Some guys crumble under the pressure of playing for the Red Sox, some guys don't. Ramirez is clearly of the later species and is making his club look very smart for signing him to the big off-season deal.
    Apr 26, 2:21 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Apr 26, 1:53 pm
  • Hamilton trade could be finalized Sunday's T.R. Sullivan reports that the trade of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers could be finalized as soon as Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the deal could be announced Sunday evening. The Angels are reportedly willing to eat $68 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's contract in order to get something done. Hamilton will sacrifice $6 million of guaranteed money and will receive an opt-out clause in his deal after the 2016 season.
    Apr 26, 11:46 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Puig (hamstring) put on 15-day disabled list
    Dodgers placed OF Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Puig initially injured the hamstring nearly two weeks ago and just hasn't been able to get over the hump. The Dodgers think he could be ready in 4-5 days, but they've decided to finally play it safe and go ahead and make the DL move. Puig should be ready to go when his 15 days are up. Andre Ethier will see the lion's share of at-bats in right field while Puig is on the shelf.
    Apr 26, 11:15 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) hits in batting cage
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) hit in the batting cage on Sunday.

    Advice: It would seem to be a good sign that he's going to avoid the disabled list for now. Puig has missed two straight contests and six games overall across the last two weeks with a left hamstring injury.
    Apr 26, 10:54 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's missed after aggravating his left hamstring on Friday and sixth contest he's missed overall. The Dodgers could wind up placing Puig on the disabled list, although they've yet to announce such a move. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday. The club is also going with Alex Guerrero at third base and Justin Turner at second.
    Apr 26, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
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