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  • Aoki flexes muscle with first home run
    Nori Aoki hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Aoki stepped into the batter's box against Jered Weaver to open the bottom of the first inning. He promptly homered. It was Aoki's first tater of the season and the 20th of his career. Aoki's not much of a slugger, clearly, but he's played well in his first month as a Giant, with a .307/.391/.406 line over 101 at-bats. He's also stolen seven bases and scored 12 runs.
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Garcia singles three times in loss to Twins
    Avisail Garcia hit three singles in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Garcia finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored. He was the only White Sox batter to manage more than one hit in the 13-3 loss. The three singles boosted his season slash-line to .342/.381/.430. He's now working on a nine-game hitting streak. During the streak, Garcia is hitting .416. He's starting to show off the potential that led to predictions of a breakout season.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Smith almost hits for cycle against Astros
    Seth Smith singled, doubled and tripled against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Alas, the home run was not to be. Smith finished the contest 3-for-4 and tossed in an outfield assist for good measure. The strong game pushed his batting line to .276/.333/.483, with one home run, eight runs scored and six RBI. These numbers are more or less in-line with his career-slash of .265/.346/.452. A groin injury from earlier in the season no longer seems to be an issue.
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia leaves with right hip injury
    Oswaldo Arcia was removed from Sunday's game against the White Sox due to right hip irritation.

    Advice: It's unclear when he sustained the injury, though it doesn't appear to be a major issue. The Twins should have an update on his status after Sunday's game.
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Josh Bell cranks walkoff homer for Altoona
    Pirates prospect Josh Bell drove in all five runs for Double-A Altoona on Saturday.

    Advice: Three of those runs came on a walk-off home run. The 22-year-old has been scorching hot, hitting .536 with nine RBI over his last six games. Bell's average has jumped from .280 to .372 during that stretch. He's collected nine walks this season with only seven strikeouts. With that kind of plate discipline, Bell should rise quickly through the Pirates' system.
    Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • 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.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Jerry Sands outrighted to Triple-A
    Indians sent OF Jerry Sands outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Sands will provide outfield depth in the minors.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
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  • Buxton smashes three extra-base hits Saturday
    Twins prospect Byron Buxton delivered three hits, including two triples, Saturday in a win for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Buxton is really rounding into form. MLB's top prospect has hit .522 with three RBI during his six-game hitting streak, lifting his average from a pedestrian .190 to a much more respectable .284. The 21-year-old has also been flexing his base-running muscles, stealing five bases over his last six contests. Six of Buxton's ten walks this year have come in the last week.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Tyler Colvin inks minors deal with White Sox
    White Sox signed OF Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Colvin refused a minor league assignment after failing to make the Marlins' Opening Day roster, hoping to net a big league deal elsewhere. That didn't happen and he's now resurfaced in the minors with Chicago. He'll probably need an injury or two to get a shot with the Pale Hose.
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Cash: Joey Butler will play 'a lot'
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that he plans to play the recently promoted Joey Butler "a lot."

    Advice: Butler will play regularly versus lefties while Desmond Jennings (knee) is out but is also expected to see some starts against righties, as well. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth on Sunday. The 29-year-old is worth a flier in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Ryan Rua (foot) to have exam to check healing
    Ryan Rua will undergo a scan on Friday to see how his injured right foot is healing.

    Advice: Rua is working his way back from a broken bone in his heel and severe ankle sprain. The Rangers are hoping he's ready to as soon as late May, although he no longer has a starting job following the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Michael Bourn (neck) back in action Sunday
    Michael Bourn (neck) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bourn had to be scratched Saturday due to a strained neck, but he appears to be fine now. The veteran outfielder sports a disappointing .202/.264/.250 batting line this season.
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Joey Butler called up from Triple-A
    Rays purchased the contract of OF Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He earned the promotion by hitting .317/.404/.488 with two homers and 15 RBI over 22 games for Durham. Butler, 29, could see some starts while Desmond Jennings (knee) is on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Rays place Desmond Jennings (knee) on DL
    Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

    Advice: The club had been hoping Jennings could return to action over the weekend, but he simply hasn't progressed as hoped. The backdated DL move means he'll be eligible to return on May 11, although it's not a given that he'll be ready at that time. Brandon Guyer will continue to see extra playing time while Jennings is out, and Joey Butler could also get a shot.
    Yesterday, 7:24 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) likely headed to DL
    Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Saturday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Jennings had been set to return to the lineup Saturday after missing five games with a sore left knee, but Cash decided to scratch him because he didn't like the way the outfielder looked while running pre-game. "It’s just not progressing the way we want it," Cash said. The Rays can backdate a DL move to April 26, so Jennings would be eligible to return on May 11.
    Yesterday, 5:39 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 5:18 am
  • Jordan Schafer scores run in return to action
    Jordan Schafer walked and scored a run on Saturday in his return to action.

    Advice: It was the only time he reached in four trips to the plate. Schafer had been out of commission for a couple days while battling a mild right MCL sprain, but it appears he'll be fine.
    Yesterday, 5:15 am
  • Desmond Jennings a late scratch Saturday
    Desmond Jennings was scratched Saturday because of left knee soreness.

    Advice: Jennings was originally in the starting lineup but was scratched just before the first pitch. The 28-year-old hasn't suited up for the Rays since April 25. Even before the injury, Jennings wasn't contributing much, hitting .222 with only two RBI. Tim Beckham will DH and bat sixth.
    Saturday, 4:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Michael Bourn scratched from Indians lineup
    Michael Bourn was scratched from the Indians starting lineup on Saturday due to a strained neck.

    Advice: Tyler Holt will replace him in the Tribe's lineup and bat ninth against opposing right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Bourn should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
    Saturday, 12:30 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
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) to return on Sat.
    Desmond Jennings (knee) will return to the Rays' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday due to a sore left knee, but he was examined on Thursday and has apparently made progress. The plan is for Jennings to play the outfield on Saturday and then receive some off days and days in the designated hitter spot after that in hopes that the knee soreness will dissipate.
    Friday, 2:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) out again Friday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jennings had his ailing left knee examined on Thursday. The results of the exam are not yet known, but obviously he's still not feeling well enough to return to action. Brandon Guyer continues to fill in in the meantime.
    Friday, 12:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Desmond Jennings has knee examined
    Desmond Jennings had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. Koco Eaton on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not clear what the findings from the exam were, but the Rays were hopeful that he could be cleared to return to the lineup this weekend. If he doesn't receive clearance, the club could consider placing Jennings on the disabled list. The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday.
    Friday, 7:43 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Jennings (knee) likely to sit out all weekend
    Desmond Jennings (knee) might not return to the Rays' starting lineup until next week.

    Advice: Jennings was held out of a fourth straight game Wednesday with a lingering left knee injury and the Rays probably aren't going to want to test the injury on the turf at Tropicana Field. Their weekend series against the Orioles was originally slated to be played on the natural surface at Camden Yards, but it got moved to Tampa Bay due the unrest in downtown Baltimore. Jennings should avoid the disabled list, but it sounds like he's going to wind up missing a full week of games.
    Thursday, 6:00 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • 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
  • Jordan Schafer dealing with mild MCL sprain
    Jordan Schafer is dealing with a mild right MCL sprain.

    Advice: Schafer suffered the injury while rounding first base during Wednesday's game against the Tigers. The Twins are calling him day-to-day for now, but it would certainly seem like an injury that could send him to the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
  • Jordan Schafer leaves with apparent injury
    Jordan Schafer exited Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Schafer beat out a bunt single in the sixth inning but appeared to tweak something after rounding first base. The Twins should have an update on his status before long.
    Wednesday, 12:38 pm
  • Jerry Sands designated for assignment
    Indians designated OF Jerry Sands for assignment.

    Advice: Sands batted .348/.400/.435 over nine games for the Tribe, but that wasn't enough to stick around. Reliever Ryan Webb took his spot on the roster.
    Wednesday, 10:18 am
    Not Active
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) out again Wednesday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's now missed four straight starts after injuring his left knee on Saturday. There's been no indication to this point that the Rays might be mulling a disabled list move with Jennings, so he should still be considered day-to-day. The club is again going with Brandon Guyer in left field and Kevin Kiermaier in center.
    Wednesday, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • 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
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) out again Tuesday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again Tuesday vs. the Yankees.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday and will now miss his third straight start. He's not expected to go on the disabled list, so continue to consider him day-to-day for now. David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier, and Steven Souza will start in the outfield Tuesday while Tim Beckham will serve as the designated hitter.
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Bell collects four hits
    Pirates prospect 1B Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and runs scored on Monday for Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: The switch-hitting Bell is enjoying a solid start to the season, as the 22-year-old enters Tuesday with a .333/.403/.417 batting line through 15 games. He’s yet to hit a home run, but Bell projects for above-average game power at maturity with the potential for 15-20 home runs. The Pirates have him playing first base full time now, which was bound to happen given his declining athleticism as well as the team’s loaded big league outfield. While moving to first base could help Bell reach the major leagues earlier than expected, it also places additional pressure on him to develop the power commonly associated with the position.
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
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  • 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.
    Monday, 10:16 pm
  • 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
  • Joey Butler on a roll with Triple-A Durham
    Joey Butler has gotten off to a smoking hot start for Triple-A Durham, hitting .377 with 12 RBI in his first 17 games.

    Advice: At 29, we wouldn't really consider Butler a prospect, but that doesn't make his performance any less noteworthy. A Quad-A player for most of his career, Butler was among the Rays' last cuts in spring training. Butler has 14 games of big league experience on his resume and will probably get another chance to contribute at that level later this year.
    Monday, 1:59 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.
    Monday, 12:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Buxton piles on four RBI for Chattanooga
    Twins prospect Byron Buxton drove in a season-high four runs Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Buxton had just three RBI all season prior to Saturday. He's still getting the hang of Double-A, though his raw talent is definitely evident. In 14 games for Chattanooga, the 21-year-old has hit .200 with 15 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. Four of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
    Apr 26, 1:20 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Michael Bourn moved to No. 9 spot in lineup
    Michael Bourn is batting ninth in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.

    Advice: It's the first time not only this season but since June of 2011 that he's batted anywhere other than leadoff. Still, Bourn is hitting an ugly .180/.254/.213 in the early going, so the move doesn't come as a shocker. Jason Kipnis is in the leadoff spot Sunday, while Mike Aviles is getting a start at shortstop over Jose Ramirez.
    Apr 26, 6:52 am
  • 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.
    Apr 24, 1:41 pm
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