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  • Paxton tosses 7 solid innings in no-decision
    James Paxton held the Angels to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision as the Mariners were handed a 5-4 walk-off loss by the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paxton was quite strong, unarguably pitching his best game of the season. His only mistake occurred in the first inning when Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run home run. Overall, the lefty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Paxton mostly sat around 93 MPH with his fastball, but maxed out at 97 MPH. He lowered his ERA to 5.08 and sports a 1.34 WHIP with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. The Padres await him in a home start next.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • 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
  • Hendricks allows four runs in no-decision
    Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs in five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hendricks was given a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the right-hander gave up a double, hit a batter and allowed a Matt Carpenter three-run homer to tie the score. Hendricks gave up six hits and walked two on the night. It's been a frustrating start to the season for Hendricks, who is still looking for his first win. He'll keep searching Sunday against the Brewers.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Tyler Lyons has mixed results in spot start
    Tyler Lyons was a mixed bag in a spot start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- while striking out seven over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lyons was mostly good until the fifth inning, when the Cubs got to him for three of the four runs against. In all he gave up six hits and walked two, throwing 96 pitches. The Cardinals still have a need for a fifth starter in Adam Wainwright's absence and Lyons showed well enough that he could get another start in five days. That spot, regardless of who makes the start, will come up Sunday at the Pirates.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in a Giants win
    Brandon Crawford reached base all four times he came to the plate, helping the Giants seal a 6-0 win against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford singled twice, doubled, and walked on the evening. He scored after walking in the second, and scored again in the third following an RBI single. Crawford is now batting a highly productive .262/.374/.512 with five home runs and 15 RBI, emerging as one of the Giants' key contributors through the season's first month and change.
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Panik provides Giants insurance with a homer
    Joe Panik went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Giants emerge victorious over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Panik belted a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning off of Andrew Cashner, pushing the Giants' lead to 6-0, the score by which they would eventually win. It's the second long ball of the season for Panik, who has driven in nine runs and is hitting .292/.350/.438. Panik is hitting nearly as well as he did last year in terms of average and has shown more power, which the Giants are certainly happy to see.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Turner homers, has four RBI as Dodgers roll
    Justin Turner finished 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner had a couple singles to go along with a three-run homer in the win. The dinger was his fourth of the year, and all four have come in his last six games. Finding playing time has been difficult on a loaded Dodgers club, but Turner has batted .333/.375/.689 in 45 at-bats thus far.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Vogelsong tosses 7 scoreless to beat Padres
    Ryan Vogelsong delivered seven scoreless innings to earn a win versus the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogelsong had not performed well in two relief appearances and three starts coming into Tuesday's outing, but he managed to shut down the Padres, claiming ownership of baseball's best offense. The right-hander held them to three hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out four. The sterling performance lowers his ERA to 6.84 and his WHIP to 1.67 with a 21/13 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings. Vogelsong will look for a repeat performance in a home start against the Marlins next.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Ramirez has RBI double in loss to Dodgers
    Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez was the only Brewers player able to do much of anything, as he had two of the team's three hits against Zack Greinke and company. He scored the first run of the game before delivering the RBI double in the eighth. There hasn't been much to celebrate thus far for the 36-year-old, as he's hitting just .235/.262/.407 through 23 games.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Garza gets quality start in loss to Dodgers
    Matt Garza allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Garza kept the Dodgers off the board until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner hit a three-run homer that ended up being the difference in the game. Garza gave up four hits and walked three on the night, striking out five. The right-hander fell to 2-4 with the loss. He'll look to improve on his 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP against the Cubs on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Chavez stifles Twins over 7 1/3 to earn win
    Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Butler has two hits, RBI in win over Twins
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Vargas turns in quality start against Indians
    Jason Vargas allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vargas was incredibly efficient, giving up just two hits and walking two in the win. He needed just 82 pitches to get through six but Royals manager Ned Yost chose to remove him and turn to his stellar bullpen to finish the deed. The start was the second in which Vargas has allowed two runs and his second straight win, moving him to 3-1 overall. He draws a tough assignment next, taking on the Tigers on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Billingsley struggles in return to the mound
    Chad Billingsley, making his first major league start since April 15, 2013, struggled in a loss to the Braves, allowing six runs (five earned) in five innings of work on Tuesday.

    Advice: The struggles aren't unexpected given Billingsley's long road back to the majors following multiple elbow issues. The Braves scored twice in the first inning on Freddie Freeman's two-run home run and four times in the fourth following Cody Asche's fielding error and a three-run Kelly Johnson home run. Overall, Billingsley surrendered eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll try again in start number two next week at home against the Pirates. We don't recommend giving him room on your fantasy roster.
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Johnson (elbow) felt tightness in triceps
    Josh Johnson (elbow) reported that he had felt tightness in his triceps after throwing a simulated game a week ago.

    Advice: Johnson said that the tightness he felt after his simulated game on April 28 has abated, at least. He plans on playing catch later this week. It's a setback for the oft-injured pitcher, who will need to show that he's healthy before the Padres move forward with his rehab.
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Phillies activate Chad Billingsley from DL
    Phillies activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Billingsley will get the start against the Braves on Tuesday after a long road of injury rehab. This will be his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2013. He additionally underwent flexor tendon surgery in June of 2014. In four rehab starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Billingsley posted a 1-1 record and a 4.74 ERA. He's not a great fantasy play, though it will be interesting to see how effectively he'll pitch after the long layoff.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Cards recall LHP Lyons from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Tim Cooney got the first opportunity as a fill-in option for Adam Wainwright (Achilles) last week, but now it's Lyons' turn, as he'll start Tuesday night against the Cubs. The 27-year-old had a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over his first 21 2/3 innings with Memphis this season and should be relevant in NL-only leagues for now. Marco Gonzales figures to be a candidate to join the rotation later this month.
    Yesterday, 10:45 am
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Ramirez homers and drives in three vs CHC
    Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ramirez smacked the home run off of Jason Hammel in the second inning. He also played hero in the contest, hitting a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help the 7-18 Brewers to the 5-3 victory. Ramirez had missed the last few games with a hamstring injury, but he looked fine on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3. On April 21, Ramirez was hitting just .149/.149/.191, but he's raised that to a less awful .233/.263/.411 over the last 10 games.
    Sunday, 4:10 pm
  • Tyler Lyons to start for Cards on Tuesday
    Tyler Lyons will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Tim Cooney flopped in his chance at the No. 5 starter spot last week, so now Lyons will get a chance. The southpaw was off to a great start at Memphis, posting a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. He could receive 2-3 starts while Marco Gonzales (pectoral) works his way back.
    Sunday, 10:03 am
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Billy Butler not in Sunday's lineup
    Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place.
    Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) returns to lineup
    Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramirez missed a couple games with a sore hamstring, but he's ready to roll now. The third baseman has struggled overall this season but has been heating up of late, sporting a .375/.423/.708 batting line with a couple homers over his last eight games.
    Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Turner homers, scores three runs vs. D'Backs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
    Saturday, 10:16 pm
  • Phillies will debut Chad Billingsley on Tues.
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Tuesday will be his first start in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2013. Billingsley suffered another injury while rehabbing, resulting in flexor tendon surgery this past June. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia this winter after playing his first eight seasons with the Dodgers. Billingsley went 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA in four rehab starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and probably won't be a great fantasy bet on a bad Phillies team.
    Saturday, 1:39 pm
  • Aramis Ramirez expects to return on Sunday
    Aramis Ramirez expects to return to the Brewers lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is getting another day off on Saturday due to general soreness and fatigue. The oft-injured slugger is hitting just .214/.236/.357 with two homers and seven RBI in 20 games this season.
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • 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
  • Billingsley likely to return next weekend
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) is likely to be activated from the disabled list next weekend against the Mets.

    Advice: Billingsley made what is expected to be his final rehab start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, allowing two unearned runs with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He could be ready to pitch again as soon as Tuesday, but it sounds like the Phillies would prefer holding him back until they return from their road trip. Severino Gonzalez will get another start on Sunday before making way for Billingsley.
    Friday, 6:51 am
  • James Paxton solid for seven innings
    James Paxton surrendered two runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Scott Feldman matched him, so Paxton remains winless through five starts. Still, this was the best outing -- and the best velocity -- he's had so far, and it was badly needed with his rotation spot potentially in jeopardy. He still has some potential for mixed-league value, and he probably needs to be picked up in any 12- or 14-team leagues in which he's gotten dropped.
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Jesse Chavez hit hard in loss to Angels
    Jesse Chavez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Angels on Thursday afternoon, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Chavez punched out five on the day while walking three. He seemed to tire a bit as the game wore on, with most of the damage against him coming in a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with the rough outing, Chavez sports a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to get in the win column for the first time when he does battle against the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Billingsley (elbow) goes 5 2/3 in rehab start
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) allowed two unearned runs and struck out six over 5 2/3 innings Thursday morning in a rehab start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Billingsley walked just one Durham batter and got his pitch count up to 99. It was a big step in the right direction for the veteran right-hander, who had struggled in his previous three rehab outings. He could be cleared to join the Phillies' rotation next week, though we'd probably avoid him for fantasy purposes. Billingsley hasn't appeared in a game at the major league level since April 2013.
    Thursday, 9:31 am
  • Billingsley (elbow) making fourth rehab start
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) is making his fourth minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Billingsley has allowed 10 earned runs in 13 1/3 rehab innings so far, but the Phillies are pretty desperate for starting pitching and could activate him next week if Thursday's outing goes smoothly. The veteran right-hander seems doubtful to carry fantasy value this season. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 2013 due to elbow issues.
    Thursday, 6:11 am
  • Vogelsong torched, rotation gig in jeopardy
    Ryan Vogelsong was punted around for six runs over three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was ugly. On the bright side, as it were, it could have been uglier. Vogelsong gave up three homers in the first inning and another in the third. Fortunately for him, only one runner was on base total as the four balls sailed over the wall. We can't imagine Vogelsong is long for the Giants' rotation and you should expect an upcoming announcement which banishes him to the bullpen. Vogelsong, you'll recall, was booted from the rotation after his first start of the season. Injuries to Matt Cain and Jake Peavy gave him another shot, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy can only tolerate rolling out a pitching machine for so long. Vogelsong is now 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA and 2.02 WHIP.
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • 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
  • Hendricks limits Bucs to 2 runs but gets loss
    Kyle Hendricks limited the Pirates to two runs over five innings on Wednesday, but was handed a loss.

    Advice: A fourth-inning RBI single by Jung Ho Kang and a fifth-inning bases-loaded walk to Starling Marte accounted for the two runs the right-hander allowed. Overall, he gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out six. Hendricks, who finished with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts last season, hasn't been too effective over his first four starts to the 2015 season. Wednesday's outing lowered his ERA to 5.23 and he carries a 1.21 WHIP and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings as well. Hendricks will look for better results in his next start, when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Matt Garza solid in win over Reds
    Matt Garza had his best start of the season Wednesday, holding the Reds to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in an 8-3 victory.

    Advice: Garza served up solo home runs to Todd Frazier and Tucker Barnhart, but he yielded just five hits and two walks while striking out four. It's the right-hander's second straight quality start, but he still sports an ugly 19/13 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Dodgers at home the next time out.
    Wednesday, 12:54 pm
  • Josh Johnson (elbow) throws simulated game
    Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: "This shows that I'm getting pretty close," Johnson said. Johnson will now head to extended spring training for another simulated game on Monday. The Padres are then expected to decide where to send him for a rehab assignment. He'll almost surely use all of his allotted 30 days, putting him on track for a return in early June.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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.
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Vargas walks five but winds up with a win
    Jason Vargas picked up his second win of the season on Monday, limiting the Indians to two runs over five innings.

    Advice: Vargas walked five and only struck out one batter, but was able to limit the damage the Indians could do, allowing only three hits. Both runs came in the lefty's final frame, as Mike Aviles took him out to left field for a two-run home run. It was an odd outing as walks aren't normally an issue for Vargas and hits usually are. He'll bring a 5.95 ERA, a 1.77 WHIP, and a 9/8 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings into a weekend start at home against the Tigers.
    Monday, 7:01 pm
  • Jesse Chavez moving into A's rotation
    Jesse Chavez will take Kendall Graveman's spot in the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: It was the presumed move after Graveman was sent down Sunday. Chavez was mostly very good as a starter for the A's last season (3.44 ERA) and allowed just one run and one hit over six frames in a spot start last week. He should be owned in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.
    Apr 26, 10:20 am
  • James Paxton strikes out seven Twins
    James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
    Apr 25, 10:01 pm
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