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  • Didi Gregorius not in Yankees lineup Sunday
    Didi Gregorius is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gregorius once again will take a seat against a tough opposing left-hander as manager Joe Girardi opts to play the matchups. Ronald Torreyes will start at shortstop for the Yankees and bat eighth on Sunday. Today, 2:32 pm
  • J.J. Hardy to undergo further tests on Monday
    J.J. Hardy is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on his injured foot on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy left Sunday's game after fouling a ball off of his left foot. O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated that the X-ray showed things, but wasn't specific about the severity of the injury. The club should have an update on his status after Monday's exam, but a trip to the disabled list wouldn't be surprising. Today, 2:05 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Manny Machado singles twice in lost cause
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Machado was the only Oriole with more than one hit. As a team, they did not record an extra-base knock. The 23-year-old slugger is slashing a stupendous .350/.404/.660 with seven homers, 16 RBI and (already) 10 doubles. Almost half of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases. Today, 2:02 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Tulowitzki launches key three-run homer vs TB
    Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion's RBI ground out in the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, but it was Tulowitzki who truly salted the game away. His three-run homer off reliever Alex Colome later in the frame took the edge off what had been a tense pitcher's duel between Marcus Stroman and Jake Odorizzi. While Sunday's three-run dinger was nice, we are still waiting for Tulo to lock into any sort of a consistent groove. His .172/.291/.356 slugging percentage is troubling for obvious reasons, but he makes for a prime buy-low candidate if owners are beginning to grow skittish. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Zack Cozart exits with apparent knee injury
    Zack Cozart left Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent right knee injury.

    Advice: Cozart reached on an error to start the top of the eighth inning but then was met by a trainer at second base. He appeared to point to his right knee and then walked off the field. It's the same knee that Cozart had ACL surgery on last season, so it's reasonable to have some concern. The Reds should have more on Cozart's status later Sunday. Today, 12:56 pm
    W, 6-5 ^ @Pit
  • J.J. Hardy exits after fouling ball off foot
    J.J. Hardy departed Sunday's game against the White Sox after fouling a ball off his left foot.

    Advice: It's unclear whether Hardy will undergo an X-ray or whether his exit was purely precautionary. The Orioles should have an update on their shortstop's status later Sunday. Today, 12:30 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) fields grounders Sun.
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) fielded grounders on Sunday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since having surgery to repair a torn left thumb ligament. The Cardinals have pegged May 21 as the beginning of Peralta's rehab assignment, putting him on pace to return in early June if all goes well. Aledmys Diaz had a fantastic April and should still play regularly somewhere even after Peralta returns if he keeps hitting. However, Peralta figures to be an everyday player, as well, whether it's at shortstop or third base. Today, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Jung Ho Kang to play two of every three games
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that he expects Jung Ho Kang (knee) to initially play two out of every three games upon his activation from the disabled list.

    Advice: That sounds about right. Kang is making his way back from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia and just recently began playing in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment. The Pirates have some infield depth, so there's no need to push Kang too hard too fast. Today, 10:22 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Jean Segura sitting out on Sunday
    Jean Segura is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Phil Gosselin is at second base and in the leadoff spot. Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb are also on the bench, as the D'Backs have Chris Herrmann at catcher and Brandon Drury at third base. Today, 9:36 am
    L, 6-3 vs x Col
  • Report: Reyes decision expected this week
    Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Major League Baseball is likely to announce their suspension of Jose Reyes this week.

    Advice: It's been six months since Reyes was arrested in Maui for alleged domestic abuse. The charge has since been dismissed, but MLB still has the power to suspend Reyes as long as they see fit. The suspension is expected to easily exceed the 30-game ban levied against Aroldis Chapman. Reyes' role for the Rockies is up in the air whenever he is reinstated, as Trevor Story has taken hold of the shortstop job. Today, 8:06 am
    W, 6-3 x @Ari
  • Jimmy Rollins getting a breather Sunday
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just receiving some rest. Carlos Sanchez is filling in at shortstop. Today, 7:54 am
  • Escobar goes scoreless in loss to Mariners
    Alcides Escobar went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The speedy shortstop is mired in a bit of a slump, going 4-for-35 (.114) over his last eight games. Manager Ned Yost continues to pencil him in atop the lineup, though, which is about the only good thing the 29-year-old has going for his fantasy value at the moment. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Story doubles and triples in win over DBacks
    Trevor Story went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple, driving in three runs in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Story has his unsightly warts, but he calls Coors home and hits for enough power to potentially be an upper-crust option at the shortstop position. His two-run triple in the ninth proved to be the go-ahead hit for the Rockies. He's now hitting .261/.324/.696 in 21 games and has a combined 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. Of course, he has those 37 strikeouts in just 102 PA lurking in the background as a potential ball-and-chain. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Ari
  • Hechavarria pounds out four hits vs Brewers
    Adeiny Hechavarria went 4-for-5 against the Brewers on Saturday night with his second homer of the season.

    Advice: He pounced on a grooved two-strike fastball from Chase Anderson in the second inning, and although he reached base three more times, that home run marked his only run and RBI of the night. His big night ended a dreadful 3-for-29 stretch in his previous nine games. The 27-year-old shortstop is now hitting .222/.256/.347 in 78 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Jimmy Rollins not in lineup on Saturday
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the White Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for the 37-year-old shortstop. Tyler Saladino will once again fill in for him and bat second against Kevin Gausman and the Orioles on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Peralta expected to begin rehab on May 21st
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that he expects Jhonny Peralta (thumb) to begin a minor league rehab assignment around May 21.

    Advice: With that timetable in mind, Mozeliak noted that Peralta would likely need about a week's worth of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cardinals. Barring any setbacks, he could be looking at a return to the big league roster during the first week of June. Yesterday, 10:13 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Was
  • Red Sox recall Marco Hernandez from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled INF Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 23-year-old infielder appeared in one game with the Red Sox earlier this month, going 1-for-2 plus a walk in his three plate appearances. He provides depth on the bench for the Red Sox, but isn't expected to play enough to generate any type of fantasy value. Yesterday, 5:58 am
    W, 8-7 vs x NYY
  • Trevor Story hits 10th homer versus Arizona
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Story took over sole possession of the major league lead in homers with his fifth-inning blast off Robbie Ray... for about a minute and a half. Then Nolan Arenado hit his 10th homer, going back-to-back with Story. With the homer tonight, Story has five homers in four games at Chase Field, to go along with four in 11 games at Coors (and one in three games at Great American). Friday, 10:18 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Ari
  • Espinosa socks two-run homer vs. Cards
    Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season. Friday, 9:15 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Machado's grand slam helps O's down White Sox
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBI and three runs scored as the Orioles trounced the White Sox 10-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Machado jumped on a slider from reliever Jake Petricka in the sixth inning to turn a relatively close game into a blowout. The homer was his seventh of the season, tying him for second-most in the American League (including with his teammate Chris Davis). The 23-year-old has 16 RBI and 19 runs scored to go with a .333/.389/.678 line through 21 games. Thursday, 7:55 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Espinosa hitless in loss to Phillies
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying. Thursday, 6:25 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Trevor Story not in Rockies' lineup Thursday
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Story slugged his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday night, but he also tallied his 32nd, 33rd, and 34th strikeout as part of a 1-for-6 showing. Christian Adames will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday afternoon against Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio. Thursday, 9:58 am
    W, 6-3 ^ @Ari
  • Cozart homers in loss to the Mets
    Zack Cozart homered against the Mets on Wednesday, ultimately going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Cozart mashed a 2-1 slider from Matt Harvey over the left-field wall to leadoff Wednesday night's game. It's been a hot start to the season for the shortstop. He's hitting .397/.388/.603 on the year with two homers and seven doubles. That .411 BABIP is going to come crashing down to earth; however, he's a good bet for double-digit homers if he can stay healthy. That's not something to sneeze at for a shortstop, either. Only 17 of them did that a year ago. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
    W, 6-5 ^ @Pit
  • Back-to-back rehab games for Kang (knee)
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is playing in back-to-back games for the second time during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Getting his rehab work in at Triple-A Indianapolis, Kang went 2-for-5 with a home run on Tuesday. He will be back at it on Wednesday. Trainer Tom Tomcyzk said that the 29-year-old is showing "good signs" in his recovery from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia. He could return to the Pirates in early May barring a health setback. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Gregorius out of lineup for Wednesday
    Didi Gregorius is not in the Yankee lineup for Wednesday's showdown with the Rangers.

    Advice: Gregorius sits against Rangers southpaw Martin Perez. No injury here, just a match-up play by manager Joe Girardi. Ronald Torreyes fills in for Gregorius and is batting ninth. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Kang (knee) goes deep in rehab game at AAA
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) went 2-for-5 with a homer Tuesday in a rehab game at Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He entered the day 1-for-19 on his minor league rehab assignment. Kang has made a relatively smooth recovery from last year's severe left leg injury and should be just about ready to rejoin the Pirates' active roster. The 29-year-old infielder batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games last season. He will be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 6:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Trevor Story gets first game off against Bucs
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's the first day off this season for the 23-year-old Colorado shortstop. Story got off to a ridiculous start in 2016, but he is currently in a 2-for-22 rut. He also leads the major leagues in strikeouts with 31. Christian Adames will get the nod in his place Tuesday. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Ari
  • Jean Segura homers to lead Diamondbacks
    Jean Segura went 4-for-6 and hit his fourth homer Monday as the Diamondbacks topped the Cardinals 12-7.

    Advice: Segura's homer was a three-run shot off Kevin Siegrist in the sixth. Segura has four homers in 91 at-bats this year after hitting six in 560 at-bats last season and five in 513 at-bats in 2014. He was playing in a better home run park then, too. He leads the NL with 32 hits this season. Monday, 11:03 pm
    L, 6-3 vs x Col
  • Cozart drives in two runs versus Mets
    Zack Cozart drove in two runs in Monday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Cozart delivered a sacrifice fly in the third inning before hitting an RBI single in the seventh. The 30-year-old has only drawn one walk this season, so he's not an ideal fit for the leadoff spot, but it hasn't mattered much so far. He's batting .389 (21-for-54) through his first 14 games. Apr 25, 7:56 pm
    W, 6-5 ^ @Pit
  • Jung Ho Kang (knee) 1-for-15 on rehab
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is 1-for-15 through five rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He does have four walks. Kang is trying to get his timing right at the plate after missing most of spring training following last year's major leg injury. If he begins to shake off some of the rust this week, his return to the Pirates' active roster should become imminent. Kang, 29, batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games in 2015. Apr 25, 5:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Adeiny Hechavarria absent from lineup
    Adeiny Hechavarria is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Miguel Rojas is filing in at shortstop. Apr 24, 10:05 am
  • Jimmy Rollins sitting out on Sunday
    Jimmy Rollins is absent from the White Sox' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Rollins has received many days off this month as the White Sox do their best to keep the 37-year-old healthy. Tyler Saladino is filling in at shortstop and in the No. 2 spot in the batting order. Apr 24, 8:10 am
  • Tulo smashes pair of homers in win Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki smashed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, helping to lead the Blue Jays to a 9-3 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: It's the 12th multi-home run game of Tulowitzki's career. He tagged A's starter Chris Bassitt for the first blast in the sixth inning, increasing the Jays' lead to 6-2, then added another solo shot off Liam Hendriks in the seventh. Tulowitzki also singled, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 to raise his season slash up to .188/.293/.391 to go along with four homers and 10 RBI. Apr 23, 1:06 pm
  • Machado hits sixth homer of season in loss
    Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in Friday night's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Machado stuffs the box score every night, and if Bryce Harper wasn't putting up obscene numbers in Washington, everyone would be talking about the Orioles' third baseman and how he's perhaps the front-runner for AL MVP. He's now hitting .397/.449/.794 with six homers and 10 RBI. He's decent at baseball. Apr 22, 9:13 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Cozart homers in loss to the Cubs
    Zack Cozart managed the Reds' only run on Friday night against the Cubs, connecting with a solo homer to lead-off the sixth inning.

    Advice: Cozart had been swinging the bat well to start the season, but Friday's homer marked his first of the campaign. He's hitting .378/.375/.556 and sits atop the Reds' batting order on most nights. Fantasy owners can take a shot on Cozart if they're desperate at the shortstop position -- after all, he did hit nine homers in just 214 PA a year ago -- but he's never hit over .260 in a full season and is now on the wrong side of 30 years old. It's hard to project too much growth at this point. Apr 22, 8:18 pm
    W, 6-5 ^ @Pit
  • Jimmy Rollins sitting out on Friday
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Tyler Saladino is handling shortstop. The White Sox also have Jerry Sands in the designated hitter spot over Avisail Garcia. Apr 22, 2:43 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki getting a breather Friday
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Tulo has had a little hip soreness lately, but this is mostly just getting him some routine rest. Ryan Goins is playing shortstop and Darwin Barney is at second base. Michael Saunders is also off Friday, with Ezequiel Carrera covering left field. Apr 22, 1:45 pm
  • Jose Reyes decision could come next week
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Major League Baseball "appears to be in the final stages" regarding the impending suspension of Jose Reyes.

    Advice: Heyman does note that it's possible the decision could be delayed into the following week. Not surprisingly, the report also adds that Reyes "is expected to receive a significant ban" for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence incident even though charges were dropped. The suspension could be significantly more than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman got. Apr 22, 1:32 pm
    W, 6-3 x @Ari
  • Machado's two hits, two RBI extend streak
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Two hits and two RBI is just another day at the office for the third baseman, who is now batting .407/.462/.780 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored on the year. He owns a 14-game hitting streak, having hit safely in every game this season, and he leads the AL in batting average, slugging and OPS. There is surely a pitcher capable of slowing the 23-year-old, he just may not have been born yet. Apr 21, 8:30 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Escobar has RBI, steal, run against Tigers
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Escobar's steal was one of four for the Royals on the night as they ran wild on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey. The stolen base was his fourth of the season. The shortstop is batting .254/.271/.328 with five RBI and just four runs scored, but with the Royals continuing to win, he'll inexplicably stay atop their lineup for the foreseeable future. Apr 21, 8:03 pm
  • Jean Segura has three hits in Arizona's win
    Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI as the Diamondbacks beat the Giants 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Segura had cooled off some after a big first week, but he had two three-hit games in the series against the Giants and he's still hitting .338 overall. He'll probably remain useful in mixed leagues for as long as he remains in the leadoff spot for the Diamondbacks. Apr 21, 4:11 pm
    L, 6-3 vs x Col
  • Didi Gregorius benched for poor base-running
    Didi Gregorius is not in the Yankees lineup Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He'll take a seat after getting criticized by manager Joe Girardi for a base-running blunder in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's loss. With Gregorius on the pine, Ronald Torreyes will get the nod at shortstop. He's batting ninth. Apr 21, 1:05 pm
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