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  • Lowrie homers as Astros take down the Padres
    Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run on Monday to help lead the Astros past the Padres.

    Advice: Lowrie broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run down the right field line off of James Shields. The shortstop hit only six home runs last season, but has four already along with 10 RBI and a .300/.432/.567 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Solarte's 3 hits, 2 RBI not enough for Padres
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double, but the Padres fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Solarte singled in the tying run in the fifth inning, making it 3-3 at the time. In the seventh, he tied the game again with a double. Despite an impressive batting line -- .320/.370/.520 -- Monday marked his first multi-hit game since April 13. Solarte could eventually see more consistent playing time at second base if Jedd Gyorko continues to struggle.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Rasmus homers, knocks in three runs in win
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Astros take down the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Rasmus got both of his hits late, singling in a run and scoring in the eighth inning, then slugging a two-run homer in the ninth. Rasmus, who has seen a majority of his plate appearances come against right-handed pitching, is batting .273/.333/.527 with three home runs and seven RBI in 60 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Springer swipes 3 bases, Astros top Padres
    George Springer went 0-for-2 with three walks, three stolen bases, and two runs scored on Monday as the Astros beat the Padres.

    Advice: In the eighth inning, Springer walked, moved to second on another walk, stole third, and came around to score on a throwing error by catcher Derek Norris. In the ninth, Springer walked again, stole second, and scored on a Colby Rasmus home run. Springer hasn't done much with the bat, hitting just .183/.302/.324, but he's 7-for-8 in the stolen base department at least.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Dickerson logs 4th multi-hit game in last 5
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI single to help the Rockies eke out a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Dickerson singled in a run in the second inning to push the Rockies' lead to 4-0 at the time. It's the 25-year-old's fourth multi-hit game out of his last five games. Overall, he's batting .338/.384/.632 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Dickerson is battling plantar fasciitis but it hasn't done much to hamper his offense thus far.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Morneau's HR, 3 RBI power Rockies to victory
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run to help the Rockies edge the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Morneau greeted D'Backs starter Chase Anderson rudely with a three-run jack in the first inning. It's only the first baseman's second blast of the season. The defending NL batting champ had been off to a cold start, but three consecutive multi-hit games bumped his batting line up to .297/.338/.438.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a loss
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base as the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base in the third inning, but was stranded. He singled and scored the first of the Giants' three runs in the fifth. Aoki hadn't registered a hit since April 22, but still boasts an impressive -- though power-absent -- .309/.391/.383 batting line with six stolen bases on the season.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Jed Lowrie departs game with thumb injury
    Jed Lowrie exited Monday's game against the Padres with a right thumb injury.

    Advice: The injury occurred on a slide into home plate. It's not clear at this point how serious the ailment is, but the Astros should have more on Lowrie's status after the game. It's awful timing, as the red-hot Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer Monday to push his season batting line to .300/.432/.567.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs SF
  • Pederson doubles, homers in a Dodgers win
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run in Monday's win versus the Giants.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in a run with a double to cap off the Dodgers' four-run third inning. He then homered off of George Kontos in the sixth inning, providing an insurance run. The rookie has lived up to expectations thus far, batting .296/.458/.556 with three home runs and nine RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Carl Crawford dealing with tightness in side
    Carl Crawford had to leave Monday's game against the Giants with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: More should be known after the game, but obviously if it's an oblique issue he could wind up on the disabled list. With Yasiel Puig (hamstring) already on the shelf, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke could see time in left field if Crawford is out for a while.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Blue Jays place Reyes (rib) on disabled list
    Blue Jays placed SS Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked rib.

    Advice: Reyes attempted to play through a small fracture in his left rib cage, but the pain has evidently become too much. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. The Jays have called up Jonathan Diaz and figure to go with Ryan Goins as their primary shortstop while Reyes is on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 8:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Bos
  • Iglesias homers to help Tigers eke out a win
    Jose Iglesias went 3-for-5 with a triple and a solo home run as the Tigers narrowly beat the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Iglesias sent a Tommy Milone offering over the fence in left field in the first inning to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. He also tripled to lead off the seventh inning but was stranded. Though his numbers had been tapering off recently, Iglesias maintains a superb .397/.449/.540 triple-slash line with one home run, three RBI, and five stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Carl Crawford exits with apparent injury
    Carl Crawford left Monday's game against the Giants with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Crawford appeared to be in bit of pain after legging out a triple in the second inning. He initially remained in the game but was eventually pulled after scoring following a single in the third. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Frazier draws three walks, steals two bags
    Todd Frazier went 0-for-1 in Monday's win over the Brewers, drawing three walks, stealing two bases, and scoring three runs.

    Advice: Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson battled his control, responsible for two of Frazier's three walks on the evening. Frazier is now up to three steals on the season while hitting .250/.358/.529 with five home runs, 14 RBI, and 15 runs scored. He enjoyed a 20/20 season in 2014 and could be on his way to a repeat performance this season.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Rios to begin strengthening exercises soon
    Alex Rios (hand) will begin hand-strengthening exercises in 10 days.

    Advice: He was given the timetable after an X-ray on Monday showed continued healing in his fractured left hand. Rios is expected to be sidelined until late May.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Cle
  • Dyson swipes three bags in Royals' victory
    Jarrod Dyson swiped three bases in a 1-for-4 performance as the Royals topped the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Dyson reached base on a fielder's choice in the second inning, then promptly stole both second and third base. He reached again in the seventh inning on a single, then advanced to second base on a ground out before swiping third base. He eventually scored a run. Though those were his first three steals of the season, it's nothing new for Dyson. In 993 career plate appearances entering the game, Dyson was 120-for-140 in stolen bases. He's started two games in a row but Paulo Orlando has seen the lion's share of the playing time since Alex Rios went down with a hand injury, which hampers his fantasy appeal.
    Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Moustakas catalyzes Royals with a 4-hit game
    Mike Moustakas enjoyed a four-hit night in Monday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Moustakas came to the plate five times, singling twice and doubling once. His seventh-inning RBI single provided the Royals an insurance run and sparked what turned out to be a three-run inning. The 26-year-old has posted subpar numbers since entering the league in 2011, but has hit quite well to begin the season. He's batting .342/.419/.526 with three home runs and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Travis homers again, but the Blue Jays lose
    Devon Travis clubbed his sixth home run of the season, but the Blue Jays lost 6-5 to the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Travis finished 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI single along with the home run. The second baseman took Red Sox starter Joe Kelly yard in the third inning, continuing what has been a very impressive first month for the rookie. Along with the six home runs, Travis is hitting .368/.419/.721 with 18 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Freddie Freeman ejected from Monday's game
    Freddie Freeman was ejected from Monday's game versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Freeman tossed his helmet and might have said something to home plate umpire Bill Welke after striking out swinging to end the fifth inning. Welke didn't immediate eject Freeman, but it was Chris Johnson taking Freeman's spot at first base to start the sixth.
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
  • Brandon Belt benched for third straight game
    Brandon Belt is absent from the Giants' lineup for the third straight day Monday.

    Advice: It's bad timing with the club facing three straight left-handers, but it's discouraging that manager Bruce Bochy has no faith in Belt's ability versus southpaws. His career OPS against lefties (.771) is not much lower than it is versus righties (.790), but Bochy is, in effect, platooning Belt with Andrew Susac. Buster Posey is at first base again Monday, while Susac is behind the plate.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Monday that it's possible Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know that he's ready (to face major league pitching)," Sandberg said of Brown, who is hitting just .188/.298/.292 on his rehab assignment. The Phillies must do something with the outfielder, as his rehab clock runs out after Tuesday. It's hard to believe they wouldn't think Brown is a better option than Jeff Francoeur in right field, but it wouldn't be the first time Philly has made an odd decision.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) returns to lineup
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Heyward (hamstring) sitting out on Monday
    Jason Heyward (hamstring) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Heyward revealed that he actually tweaked his left hamstring -- not left groin as previously reported -- on Sunday. The good news is that he expects to go through full workouts Monday and there would seem to be a good chance he'll be back out there Tuesday.. Mark Reynolds is getting a start in right field in Heyward's place Monday.
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Jennings (knee) not in Rays' lineup Monday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again on Monday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday night and has now missed two straight games, but it's not thought to be serious. It's possible he could be available off the bench Monday. Brandon Guyer is in left field for the Rays Monday versus Yankees righty Adam Warren.
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Jarrod Dyson starting in RF for KC on Mon.
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in right field for the Royals on Monday night against the Indians.

    Advice: Dyson will bat ninth, but his speed should attract daily leaguers. The 30-year-old speedster is among the most aggressive base-stealer in the majors, boasting 120 steals in 361 career games (235 starts). Paulo Orlando will be on the bench Monday night.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Bautista (shoulder) will take BP on Monday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

    Advice: He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • Pirela (concussion) begins rehab assignment
    Jose Pirela (concussion) began a rehab assignment Sunday with the High-A Tampa Yankees.

    Advice: Pirela served as Tampa's designated hitter in his rehab debut and went 0-for-4. The 25-year-old catcher had been on the shelf since March 22 with a bad concussion. He'll head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once he's fully healthy and his timing is right.
    Yesterday, 6:11 am
    7-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Rajai Davis not worried about groin tightness
    Rajai Davis said Sunday evening that he doesn't believe his groin injury is serious.

    Advice: Davis had to jog to first base in the ninth inning Sunday after recording his third hit of the game and was then removed. But he expressed optimism about the groin discomfort in the clubhouse afterward. "I don't think it's serious at all," Davis said. "I just think it's sore, tight. I've been running around on it a lot the last couple of days. I guess I wasn't used to that. If I get my body used to it, I think I'll be all right." The 34-year-old is batting .341/.449/.488 with six stolen bases and 11 runs scored in 14 games (10 starts) this season.
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
  • Freeman doubles twice in loss to PHI
    Freddie Freeman hit a pair of doubles in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Freeman finished the contest 2-for-4 with the two doubles and a run scored. He's now hit five doubles on the season. In every area but average, Freeman's been producing in the early going, as he has four home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs scored to go with a .235/.307/.485 batting line. Given that he hit .288 last season and .319 in 2013, that average isn't likely to stay low for long.
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Rajai Davis departs with tight right groin
    Rajai Davis was removed from Sunday's game against the Indians due to tightness in his right groin.

    Advice: Davis pulled up while running to first base on a single in the ninth inning. He appears to have avoided anything significant though and is considered day-to-day.
    Sunday, 1:10 pm
  • Rajai Davis leaves with leg injury
    Rajai Davis exited Sunday's game against the Indians with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Davis had to be pinch-run for after singling in the ninth inning. The Tigers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Jason Heyward (groin) listed as day-to-day
    Jason Heyward is considered day-to-day with a left groin injury.

    Advice: Heyward suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Brewers while chasing down a ball in the outfield. He tested things out with some jogging and looked OK, but the Cardinals decided to be cautious here. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
    Sunday, 12:58 pm
  • Jason Heyward exits game with leg injury
    Jason Heyward left Sunday's game versus the Brewers with an apparent left leg injury.

    Advice: Heyward tweaked something while chasing after a ball in the right-field corner. He tested things out with some jogging and looked OK, but the Cardinals decided to go ahead and pull him just to be safe. The club should have an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Brandon Belt out again on Sunday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's been benched versus a left-hander, as the club is going with Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac at catcher. Brandon Crawford is also sitting out, with Joaquin Arias handling shortstop.
    Sunday, 10:48 am
  • Jose Bautista hopes to return early this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

    Advice: Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
    Sunday, 7:58 am
  • Jose Reyes not in lineup on Sunday
    Jose Reyes is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Reyes hasn't done much at the plate this week while battling a small fracture in his left rib cage, but this just appears to be a day of rest. Ryan Goins is filling in at shortstop, while Devon Travis is in the leadoff spot.
    Sunday, 7:36 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Bos
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) not in lineup Sunday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday.
    Sunday, 7:13 am
  • Corey Dickerson exits in seventh inning
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It's likely a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis Dickerson has battled throughout the year. Drew Stubbs has come on to take his place. Even after going 0-for-3, Dickerson is still hitting .317 with a .635 slugging percentage. If Dickerson misses Sunday's game, it will be his first absence of the season.
    Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Desmond Jennings exits with sore knee
    Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with left knee soreness.

    Advice: Kevin Kiermaier took over for Jennings in center field to begin the eighth inning. Jennings went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting. He's day-to-day.
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Rajai Davis runs wild as Tigers top Indians
    Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 and swiped three bases on Saturday as the Tigers topped the Indians 4-1 at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Davis was the spark plug atop the Tigers lineup, running wild every chance that he got and scoring three of the team's four runs in the ballgame. He's off to another strong start in 2015, slashing .297/.409/.405 with six steals on the season.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Justin Morneau not in lineup on Saturday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies tarting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies are giving Morneau plenty of days off early in the season to keep him fresh for the long haul. Daniel Descalso is starting in his place at first base and hitting sixth for the Rockies.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Domonic Brown nearing return to Phillies
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

    Advice: Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Belt doubles, knocks in run against Rockies
    Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
    Saturday, 12:05 am
  • Heyward smacks second homer of season
    Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season.
    Friday, 11:28 pm
  • Carl Crawford homers, doubles
    Carl Crawford homered and doubled in a winning cause Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has come under a little early fire, in part because Alex Guerrero needs more playing time and could be an alternative in left field. Crawford, though, likely remains the team's best option there against righties. He was off to an ugly start going into this one, though, with a .216 average and just one RBI in 37 at-bats.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Reyes does not record hit in big loss to Rays
    Jose Reyes went 0-for-3 in Friday's blowout loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Reyes, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib, went hit-less against the Rays and has not recorded a hit in his last seven at-bats. Stretching beyond the last few games, he has just one hit since April 21, spanning 15 at-bats. While he has avoided a stay on the disabled list for the time being, it's not a surprise that the speedy shortstop has struggled of late. Reyes is hitting just .250/.268/.308 and has limited fantasy value until he starts getting on base more.
    Friday, 9:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Bos
  • Travis hits solo homer in blowout loss
    Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
    Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Bautista (shoulder) likely back this weekend
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

    Advice: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
    Friday, 1:54 pm
  • Norichika Aoki finally getting a breather
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Jays are still confident that Joey Bats will be able to avoid the disabled list, but he'll miss a third straight contest with a right shoulder strain. Kevin Pillar is in right field Friday, with Steve Tolleson in left.
    Friday, 12:43 pm
  • Jason Heyward goes 2-for-4 against Nats
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 on Thursday, giving him his first multihit game since he went 3-for-5 on Opening Day.

    Advice: Heyward's .213 average would be less of a problem if he were drawing his typical number of walks, but he's worked just one in his first 61 at-bats. The Cardinals are winning and can stay patient, but at some point, they might decide they'd be better off with Kolten Wong hitting second.
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Dickerson homers as Rockies down Padres
    Corey Dickerson's fifth-inning solo home run proved the difference in Thursday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning blast to right-center off of Tyson Ross. It turned out to be the deciding factor as both teams failed to score the rest of the way. Dickerson homered twice on Wednesday despite dealing with plantar fasciitis. The 25-year-old is hitting .321/.367/.679 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Blue Jays not expected to send Bautista to DL
    The Blue Jays most likely won't be placing Jose Bautista (shoulder) on the disabled list.

    Advice: Good signs here. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista "felt much better [on Thursday]." The slugger suffered a right shoulder strain on Tuesday trying to throw out Delmon Young at first base. While he's apparently improving, Bautista is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles. He'll try swinging on Friday and see how the shoulder reacts.
    Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) not in TOR lineup Thurs.
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday evening.

    Advice: Bautista suffered a right shoulder strain Tuesday when he tried to gun Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. The slugger could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if he doesn't show improvement by the weekend. Kevin Pillar is starting in right field and Danny Valencia is in left field Thursday against the Orioles.
    Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Morneau not in Rockies' lineup on Thursday
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: Wednesday's walkoff hero, Daniel Descalso, will get the start at first base instead. This is just a day of rest for Morneau, who's hitting .231/.259/.327.
    Thursday, 8:56 am
  • Jose Iglesias not in Tigers' lineup Thursday
    Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.

    Advice: Sounds like it's just a day of rest. Hernan Perez will start at shortstop in the matinee game.
    Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Yangervis Solarte hits second homer
    Yangervis Solarte hit his second homer Wednesday off the Rockies' Kyle Kendrick.

    Advice: Solarte needs to play regularly until he cools off, and it's not a bad thing that it's at Jedd Gyorko's expense, considering that Gyorko hasn't hit since 2013. Solarte is batting .343 in 35 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Corey Dickerson homers twice
    Corey Dickerson homered twice and walked from the second spot in the order Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Homers are especially good for a player with a sore foot. We're still nervous about Dickerson's plantar fasciitis, but that the Rockies are letting him play through indicates that it's not bad.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Travis powers Jays to win with a 2-run homer
    Devon Travis went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's win versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis, making his first start since Sunday, broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez. The blast proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Travis now has four home runs, 14 RBI, and an outstanding .388/.434/.714 triple-slash line in 53 plate appearances to begin the season.
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Dickerson, Arenado return to Rockies' lineup
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nolan Arenado (wrist) has also returned to the lineup. Dickerson sat out Tuesday after leaving Monday's series opener with a mild flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He is batting second and starting in left field Wednesday night versus San Diego right-hander James Shields.
    Wednesday, 2:11 pm
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) could land on 15-day DL
    Jose Bautista was unable to make warmup throws on Wednesday due to soreness in his right shoulder and could need a trip to the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bautista had been dealing with shoulder soreness for over a week and aggravated it Tuesday when he tried to throw Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. Kevin Pillar is starting Wednesday in Bautista's place. "Joey Bats" slugged his fourth home run of the season in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles but he has an odd .149/.322/.426 overall batting line.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Orlando starting over Dyson again vs. RHP
    Paulo Orlando is starting over Jarrod Dyson again in Wednesday's game versus the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando has now made six straight starts in right field, with four of them coming against right-handers. The assumption had been when Alex Rios (hand) went down that Dyson would serve on the long side of a platoon in right, but it hasn't worked out that way. The speedster has exactly half as many plate appearances (12) as Orlando (24) since Rios' injury.
    Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Jose Bautista not in Wednesday's lineup
    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: We're sure it's a total coincidence that he's sitting one day after getting into it with a few Orioles players. Kevin Pillar is in right field Wednesday in Bautista's place, with Ryan Goins handling left.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Devon Travis (rib) returns to Jays' lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis had missed the previous contest after being hit in the ribs with a pitch on Sunday. The young second baseman is hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Wednesday against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles, making him a viable DFS play.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Carl Crawford hitless in return to lineup
    Carl Crawford (illness) went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Crawford had been under the weather for a few days. He's struggled so far this season (.242/.265/.303) but will continue to start regularly in left field against right-handers.
    Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Aoki singles twice, swipes base in a win
    Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Frazier launches grand slam, Reds score 16
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and three runs scored as the Reds outlasted the Brewers 16-10 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frazier's fourth inning blast was part of a historic night, as the teams tied a record with three grand slams in one game. Frazier walked twice to go along with his two hits, and his three runs scored gives him 11 runs on the year. The 29-year-old has picked up where he left off last year, at least in the power department, as Frazier now has four homers and 13 RBI to go with a .250/.317/.518 line in the team's first 14 games.
    Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Moustakas' three RBI lead Royals past Twins
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Royals came back to edge the Twins 6-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moustakas hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his third of the season, before driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the eighth. He's got just five RBI on the year but has scored 13 runs through 14 games while batting mostly in the No. 2 spot in the Royals' lineup. Carrying over a wonderful 2014 postseason, the third baseman is now hitting .327/.413/.545 on the year.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Bautista homers as the Blue Jays rout Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run -- his only hit in five at-bats -- in Tuesday's trouncing of the Orioles.

    Advice: Bautista added insult to injury with a seventh-inning blast off of Jason Garcia, pushing the Blue Jays' lead to 13-4. He has four home runs, but has had numerous oh-for's and one-for's this season, resulting in a lopsided .149/.322/.426 triple-slash line. Like his struggling teammate Edwin Encarnacion, who homered twice on Tuesday, we don't expect his offensive woes to persist.
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) to use full rehab allotment
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Brandon Belt not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Giants are going with Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac behind the plate with Belt out.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • Dickerson (foot) out Tuesday versus Padres
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Dickerson told reporters that he feels like he could play, but the Rockies are going to play it safe with the 25-year-old outfielder and his plantar fasciitis, which has been bothering him since spring training. Dickerson should return Wednesday along with third baseman Nolan Arenado.
    Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Travis (rib) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game after he was hit in the side by a pitch. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but he's presumably still dealing with some soreness. Consider him day-to-day. Ryan Goins will fill in at second base.
    Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) back in Blue Jays' lineup
    Jose Reyes (rib) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage and will reportedly try to hit exclusively from the right side of the plate for now. There's no telling if things will get worse or whether his production will suffer, so we wouldn't say he's out of the woods yet. Still, he has at least avoided a trip to the disabled list.
    Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Bos
  • Rasmus homers as Astros top the Mariners
    Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rasmus broke a 2-2 tie with a fifth-inning home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. As usual, he hasn't done much in the average or on-base percentage departments, but has hit for good power. Rasmus has a .200/.273/.500 with two home runs, a double, and a triple in 33 plate appearances.
    Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Dickerson nursing 'mild' plantar fasciitis
    Corey Dickerson had to leave Monday's game versus the Padres due to what Rockies manager Walt Weiss referred to as "mild" plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: That Weiss is calling the ailment mild suggests that they'll try to avoid putting Dickerson on the disabled list for the time being. It's definitely and injury that can be nagging, though, so fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place. Dickerson is batting .286/.314/.510 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. Drew Stubbs would stand to gain the extra playing time while Dickerson is out.
    Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Pederson doubles and homers against Rockies
    Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and a solo home run in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Pederson knocked in Scott Van Slyke with his RBI double in the second inning. He then homered in the sixth, going back-to-back with Van Slyke. The modern day Bash Brothers combined to drive in five of the Dodgers' seven runs. Pederson finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. The home run was his second of the season, the two RBI bringing him up to six. Pederson's hitting .289/.438/.553 and is showing none of the troubles that are often seen with 23-year-old hitters. It'll be interesting to watch the youngster's batting line progress as pitchers make their in-season adjustments.
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Aoki doubles and triples against Diamondbacks
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
    Apr 19, 4:49 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) could play on Tuesday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Jose Reyes could return to the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes will be limited to hitting only from the right side of the plate as he's dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage, but it looks as though he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Apr 19, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Bos
  • X-rays confirm no fracture for Travis (rib)
    X-rays confirmed that Devon Travis did not suffer a left rib fracture.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game following a hit by pitch, but he managed to escape with just a bruise. The Blue Jays are considering the second baseman day-to-day.
    Apr 19, 12:02 pm
  • Crawford (illness) still under the weather
    Carl Crawford (illness) might not be available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: In fact, he might not come to the ballpark at all. Crawford is under the weather and was given IV fluids on Saturday. The Dodgers are off Monday, so they seem likely to just tell the outfielder to get some extra rest before joining them for their road trip beginning Tuesday.
    Apr 19, 11:29 am
  • Devon Travis exits game after HBP in side
    Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
    Apr 19, 10:43 am
  • Brandon Belt getting start in LF Sunday
    Brandon Belt is starting Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks in left field.

    Advice: It's his first start at the position since 2012, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is obviously willing to shake things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Buster Posey is starting at first base Sunday, while Andrew Susac is behind the plate.
    Apr 19, 10:06 am
  • Jennings continues to struggle in loss to NYY
    Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
    Apr 18, 8:32 pm
  • Carl Crawford out sick Saturday vs. Rockies
    Carl Crawford is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will take over in left field. Crawford's fantasy contributions have been minimal this season (.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB) so it's not the end of the world. He could be back for the series finale Sunday.
    Apr 18, 3:22 pm
  • Heyward connects for solo HR vs. Reds
    Jason Heyward connected for a solo homer Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season and his only hit in four at-bats on Saturday. Hitting .227 through 10 games, Heyward is off to a slow start with his new team, but this isn't something out of the ordinary. He came into Saturday's action with a .729 OPS between March and April for his career. Things should get better as the calendar flips to May and beyond.
    Apr 18, 2:58 pm
  • Freeman homers again as Braves fall to Jays
    Freddie Freeman homered for the second consecutive game in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman entered with terrific lifetime numbers against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and delivered a two-run bomb off the veteran right-hander in the third inning. Freeman finished the day 2-for-4 and is now hitting .256/.319/.581 with four long balls and eight RBI on the season.
    Apr 18, 1:02 pm
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games.
    Apr 18, 5:19 am
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-3 against D'backs
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-3 as the Giants' No. 6 hitter in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Before Hunter Pence got hurt, the Giants indicated that Belt could open the season batting third. However, that injury rearranged the lineup and Belt has hit fourth twice, fifth four times and now sixth once, going 2-for-26 in the process. His bat will warm up, but his fantasy value has already taken a hit. Hopefully, things will get better for the Giants lineup as a whole once Pence returns.
    Apr 17, 10:34 pm
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