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  • Drew hits solo homer against Rays
    Stephen Drew clubbed a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Drew has just five hits (and a lowly .167 batting average so far this season), but three of them are home runs. At least he's making them count. The 32-year-old had just three home runs in 155 plate appearances after joining the Yankees last season.
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Espinosa launches solo homer vs. Phils
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season. There was a lot of talk about Espinosa giving up switch-hitting, but he has seen really good results from the left side of the plate in the early going. He has been seeing an uptick in playing time after Dan Uggla's slow start and that should continue, especially if Yunel Escobar needs to miss some time.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Herrera has two hits, run scored in loss
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Herrera tripled in the third inning and came around to score on a ground out from Freddy Galvis. He has now batted leadoff in four straight games, as Ben Revere is apparently being phased out of the role. We don't expect Herrera to be relevant in mixed leagues, but he should have value in NL-only formats as long as he continues to be at the top of the lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Phillies in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Escobar appeared to come up lame while running out a ground ball in his final at-bat and did not take his place in the field defensively. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Wilmer Flores hits first home run
    Wilmer Flores hit his first homer, a three-run shot off the Marlins' Jarred Cosart, in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Flores certainly hasn't been helpful with the glove, so it's imperative that he starts hitting. He's batting .173 after tonight.
    Thursday, 7:28 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Tim Beckham delivers second pinch-hit homer
    Tim Beckham delivered his second pinch-hit homer of the year Thursday off the Jays' Aaron Loup.

    Advice: A former No. 1 overall pick probably shouldn't aspire to be Manny Mota, but Beckham sure has done nice work off the bench so far, with the two homers and a triple in five at-bats as a pinch-hitter. The Rays might start giving him more time at second base to show what he can do.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Double-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is coming back from a left shoulder strain, took a full round of batting practice Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He hasn't been cleared to play in rehab games yet, but he's getting closer.
    Thursday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @Bos
  • Blue Jays recall Ryan Goins from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled INF Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Goins can play all around the infield defensively, but he's a .213/.231/.300 career hitter in 314 major league plate appearances. Goins is not fantasy relevant.
    Thursday, 11:47 am
    Player Note
    Ryan Goins Tor - 2B,SS
    10:07 am vs Atl
  • Story collects three extra-base hits
    Rockies prospect SS/2B Trevor Story went 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles on Wednesday for Double-A New Britain.

    Advice: He also walked twice and scored three times in the game. Story, 22, struggled last season after a promotion to Double-A, batting just .200/.302/.380 in 56 games. However, he’s certainly off to a hot start this year in the Eastern League, with a .458 batting average, five extra-base hits and six RBI through seven games. Story still has some serious approach and swing-and-miss issues, but his athleticism, power and ability to play both middle-infield positions could get him to the major leagues by the end of the season.
    Thursday, 11:06 am
    Not Active
    6:10 pm @LAD
  • J.P. Crawford (oblique) nearing game action
    Phillies top shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford (oblique) is expected to begin playing in games for High-A Clearwater around the first week of May.

    Advice: Crawford suffered an oblique strain near the end of spring training and is being eased back into baseball activities. The 20-year-old was rated the No. 14 prospect in the game this winter by Baseball America after batting .285/.375/.406 with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 123 games last season between two different levels of Single-A.
    Thursday, 9:29 am
    Not Active
  • Yankees very interested in 2B Jose Peraza
    According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees have informed the Braves that they're highly interested in second base prospect Jose Peraza.

    Advice: King says the Yankees' pursuit of Peraza "could be a strong sign they don’t believe Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela are long-term solutions at second base." Peraza, 20, batted .339/.364/.441 with 60 stolen bases in 110 games last season between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. He opened the 2015 campaign at Triple-A Gwinnett. Any club would want a young talent like this.
    Thursday, 6:33 am
    Not Active
  • Franklin (oblique) won't play games this week
    Nick Franklin (oblique) won't be ready to begin playing in minor league games this week.

    Advice: Franklin hasn't suffered a significant physical setback, but the Rays have decided to slow his rehab schedule a bit. He still has a shot of joining Tampa Bay's active roster by the end of the month. The 24-year-old was supposed to open the 2015 regular season as the Rays' starting second baseman.
    Thursday, 6:19 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Jed Lowrie homers, doubles in win
    Jed Lowrie homered, doubled, drove in three runs and walked Wednesday against the A's.

    Advice: Lowrie just likes punishing his old teams, apparently. Playing for Oakland, he hit .369/.432/.538 with two homers against the Astros last year. Incredibly, the homer off Drew Pomeranz tonight was his third in just six at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Between 2013 and 2014, he had two homers in 345 at-bats versus southpaws.
    Wednesday, 8:45 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Herrera's three extra-base hits no use to PHI
    Odubel Herrera doubled twice and tripled in five at-bats, but the Phillies lost to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Herrera was batting just 4-for-23 with one extra-base hit entering the contest with the Mets, but handled lefty Jon Niese just fine. Herrera has the potential to hit for a high average and rack up the stolen bases, but isn't likely to provide much at all in the power department.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) taking full BP
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take a full round of batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. If it goes well, Hardy could begin a rehab assignment later this week at Double-A Bowie. He's tracking towards a late-April return.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @Bos
  • Corey Seager ripping AA pitching to shreds
    Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is hitting an impossible .583 for Double-A Tulsa this season.

    Advice: Take away a hitless outing on April 10 and that average stretches to .700. Seager hit .345 for Double-A Chattanooga last season and has nothing left to prove at this level. The 20-year-old's promotion to Triple-A is imminent. With lifelong platoon Justin Turner and the ancient Jimmy Rollins taking turns at shortstop, it shouldn't be long until Corey joins his older brother Kyle in the major leagues.
    Wednesday, 12:02 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm vs Col
  • Hechavarria has big day in Marlins' victory
    Adeiny Hechavarria celebrated his 26th birthday with a big day at the plate Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Braves.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the third, ripped a two-run shot in the fifth, singled again in the seventh and then hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The three-hit day propelled Hechavarria average from .167 to .242 in one fell swoop. Michael Morse also had a longball for the Marlins, who have now won two straight after a 1-6 start.
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Escobar batting leadoff for Nats on Tuesday
    Yunel Escobar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rookie outfielder Michael Taylor has been handling leadoff duties, but he has struggled to make contact, so he has been bumped down to ninth in the order. Jayson Werth will hit second Tuesday against Justin Masterson while Clint Robinson will serve as the designated hitter.
    Tuesday, 11:19 am
  • Seager goes 4-for-4
    Dodgers prospect SS Corey Seager went 4-for-4 on Monday for Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: Seager has now collected 11 hits in his first 20 at-bats, good for a .550 batting average, and he has multiple hits in four of five games. The 20-year-old was one of the top hitters in the minor leagues last season, batting .349/.402/.602 with 20 home runs, 50 doubles and 97 RBI in 526 plate appearances between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. There’s no obvious place on the Dodgers’ infield for Seager, but given his tremendous hitting ability and overall feel for the game, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he still received a call-up late in the season.
    Tuesday, 9:03 am
    Not Active
    6:10 pm vs Col
  • Drew's grand slam leads Yanks past the O's
    Stephen Drew pinch-hit and clubbed a grand slam to help the Yankees edge the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Drew pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and lifted a Tommy Hunter offering over the fence in right-center to put the Yankees back on top 6-4. Drew entered the game batting just 3-for-20 but he homered in Sunday's rout of the Red Sox, so he has two round-trippers in the early going.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Jed Lowrie getting a day off Monday
    Jed Lowrie is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop in Lowrie's place. Colby Rasmus is also sitting out against lefty Scott Kazmir, with Robbie Grossman covering left field.
    Monday, 1:32 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Danny Espinosa resumes switch-hitting
    Danny Espinosa has resumed switch-hitting.

    Advice: Espinosa batted exclusively from the right side during spring training, but he hit lefty late during Saturday's game. It's possible he'll hit some right-handed against righties if he feels comfortable versus that particular pitcher. "It’s a mutual decision," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We want him to be free of mind when he gets out there. He hit a lot right-handed in spring, so he’s got experience doing that so if he gets a match-up that he feels comfortable with, righty-righty, he can do that."
    Sunday, 7:29 am
  • Hardy could start rehab assignment Thursday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.

    Advice: Hardy has resumed hitting in recent days, and although he's still feeling a bit of pain in his right shoulder, he's still pressing ahead. A return by the end of next week appears to be doable. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera have been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles while Hardy has been sidelined.
    Sunday, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @Bos
  • Odubel Herrera's walk-off double downs Nats
    Odubel Herrera hit a walk-off RBI double in Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera's double off of Tanner Roark scored Carlos Ruiz and capped off a late comeback by the home team. The Phillies were down 2-0 in the eighth before mounting the rally to set things up for Herrera's heroics. An injured foot suffered on Opening Day had kept him out of the Phillies' lineup for a few games, but Herrera was able to play all 10 innings without issue on Saturday.
    Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Tim Beckham notches first homer, first steal
    Tim Beckham slugged his first major league home run in Saturday's defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Beckham also stole his first base. The former No. 1 overall pick is generally regarded as a draft bust -- and the label is fair -- but he could have value to the Rays this season as a utility infielder.
    Saturday, 3:48 pm
  • Flores hitless in loss to Braves
    Wilmer Flores went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Not a good night for Flores, who also committed two fielding errors and had a lot of trouble throwing the ball. He's 2-for-14 (.143) with three strikeouts and no walks across his first four games this season and won't be able to justify his place in the lineup if he can't hit. We could see more of Ruben Tejada in the coming days.
    Friday, 9:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Franklin nearing extended spring action
    Nick Franklin (oblique) is expected to play in extended spring training games soon.

    Advice: It's not clear how many extended spring games he'll need before beginning a rehab assignment. Franklin should have a shot to be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month.
    Friday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Odubel Herrera (foot) held out again
    Odubel Herrera (foot) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Herrera hasn't started a game since fouling a ball off his foot Opening Day. He was able to pinch-hit Thursday, suggesting that he should be back in the lineup soon. Ben Revere is handling center field again Friday, with Grady Sizemore in left and Jeff Francoeur in right. The Phils are also sitting Ryan Howard against left Gio Gonzalez, as Darin Ruf is filling in at first base.
    Friday, 11:39 am
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could hit off a tee
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could hit off a tee on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy took dry swings with a fungo bat Thursday and will do it again Friday. He admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in his right shoulder when he let go of the bat with his top hand, but the shortstop is still hoping to begin a rehab assignment next week. Hardy shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated.
    Friday, 7:26 am
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @Bos
  • Odubel Herrera appears as pinch-hitter
    Odubel Herrera was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and drew a walk.

    Advice: Herrera, the Phillies' primary center fielder, hasn't started the last two games after fouling a pitch off his foot on Monday. Maybe he'll be in there tomorrow.
    Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Lowrie homers to break up no-hitter
    Jed Lowrie launched a solo homer with one out in the ninth inning against the Indians on Thursday to break up a combined no-hit bid.

    Advice: It turned out to be the only hit of the day for the Astros, who at least got to get out of there with their pride intact. Lowrie returned to Houston this offseason after batting .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI over 136 games with the Athletics in 2014. He could be relevant as a middle infielder in fantasy leagues if he can remain healthy.
    Thursday, 3:07 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Odubel Herrera not in lineup Wednesday
    Odubel Herrera is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After starting in center field and batting second on Opening Day, the Rule 5 pick is riding the pine in the second game. Herrera went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Monday. Ben Revere is playing center field Wednesday, while Darin Ruf is in left field.
    Wednesday, 12:06 pm
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