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  • Brian Dozier goes 2-for-5 as leadoff man
    Moved up to the leadoff spot, Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, a steal and two runs scored in the Twins' 8-5 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: That's more like it. Dozier obviously belongs at or very near the top of the Twins lineup, not in the cleanup spot that he had occupied recently. He raised his average to .215 tonight, and the steal was his first of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Kennys Vargas goes 0-for-5 in victory
    While the rest of the Twins were combining for eight runs, Kennys Vargas went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins would certainly prefer that Vargas start hitting, but they could really improve their outfield defense by sending Vargas to Triple-A and installing Oswaldo Arcia as their DH. It's something they'll have to weigh if Vargas doesn't figure it out over the next week or two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Austin Jackson goes 2-for-5, homers
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Grant Green goes 2-for-3 in season debut
    Making his first start since being called up Friday, Grant Green went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: The Angels were pretty much grooming Green as an outfielder this spring, but he played second tonight. Even in Triple-A, he had played there just once this year. Second base is certainly where his bat plays best and probably the only position at which he has a chance of becoming a regular. The Angels, though, probably won't keep him up for long. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Elvis Andrus goes 2-for-4, steals base
    Elvis Andrus finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Andrus has reached base in five straight, a major accomplishment for a Rangers hitter this year. Unfortunately, he's still batting just .208 overall. Worse, he's drawn one walk in 73 at-bats, an unusual problem for the light-hitting shortstop; if nothing else, he's usually managed a decent walk rate for a guy with so little power. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-4, homers in win
    Filling in for Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a walk to lead the Dodgers to an 11-8 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Ethier was making his first start in six days, but the lack of activity hasn't hurt him so far; he's hit .353 with a couple of homers in 34 at-bats. He'll probably have some value in mixed leagues if Puig lands on the disabled list because of his hamstring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Juan Uribe hits first home run
    Juan Uribe's first homer of the season was a two-run shot off the Padres' Chris Rearick on Saturday.

    Advice: Uribe is being pushed by Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner at third, but he still has his glove working to his advantage, meaning he shouldn't have to match the numbers of the other two in order to remain a regular. And it should probably be acknowledged that he did hit .311/.337/.440 in 386 at-bats last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Justin Upton homers twice for Padres
    Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Tulowitzki hits home run in loss to Giants
    Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run in Saturday's 11-inning loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The home run was Tulowitzki's second of the season and gave him nine RBI. He also added a single to finish the game 2-for-5. While his .303/.309/.530 slash-line is impressive in its own right (though his lack of walks is somewhat odd), owners should be even more pleased that Tulo's showing no ill-effect or discomfort from last year's hip surgery. If he can stay healthy, his bat remains one of the best in the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Holliday hits three run bomb against MIL
    Matt Holliday hit a three-run home run in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Holliday cranked the three-run shot off of Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the seventh inning, extending the Cards' lead to 5-0. The Brewers would mount a mini-rally in the eighth, but would not move closer than the 5-3 final. It was Holliday's first home run of the season and gave him 10 RBI on the year. He's currently slashing .358/.478/.434 and remains one of the most quietly productive hitters in the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Christian Bethancourt remains out of lineup
    Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's unclear if Fredi Gonzalez is simply riding the hot hand in A.J. Pierzynski, or if he has surpassed Bethancourt as the team's primary catcher. Bethancourt has only started one game this week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Brett Lawrie not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Brett Lawrie is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Astros.

    Advice: Max Muncy, who had his contract purchased on Saturday, will be making his major league debut and starting in his place at third base. Expect Lawrie to return to the hot corner on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • James Loney not in Rays lineup Saturday
    James Loney is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's being eased back into action so he will take a seat against opposing southpaw Daniel Norris. Logan Forsythe will start in his place at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Astros top A's 5-4 in 11 innings
    Robbie Grossman delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to help the Astros beat the A's 5-4 on Friday.

    Advice: This one was completely scoreless for nine innings before the Astros and A's both came through with two runs in the 10th. Grossman's single through the left side of the infield in the 11th made him the hero when he could have easily been a goat; he was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from a pitcher in Eric O'Flaherty who had walked the first two guys he faced and whose only out came on a sac bunt. Plus, Jose Altuve was on deck. Grossman, though, found the hole and knocked in both runners, raising his average from .148 to .179. Fortunately, the Astros went on to add one more run from there, because the A's again came back with two runs, leaving them just a bit short. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:09 pm
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 pm
  • Loney homers in return from disabled list
    James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Brian Dozier goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:25 pm
  • Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was off to a fast start in the PCL, slashing .328/.333/.492 with four RBI in his first 13 contests. He'll add versatility and bench depth to the Angels roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki absent from Friday's lineup
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Friday in Tulowitzki's place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:20 pm
  • James Loney returns from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:05 am
  • Brett Lawrie goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brett Lawrie went 0-for-4 with two more strikeouts in the loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: While Josh Donaldson was delivering his fourth homer and sixth double for the Blue Jays. Lawrie thus far has three extra-base hits, four RBI and a 23/2 K/BB ratio in 65 at-bats. The A's might want to give Mark Canha a look at third base if this keeps up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Upton (quadriceps) expected to play Friday
    Justin Upton (quadriceps) is expected to return to the Padres lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton got a day of rest on Thursday as he's nursing a sore left quadriceps, though he was able to appear as a pinch-hitter. The 27-year-old is slashing .288/.328/.525 with three homers and eight RBI through his first 16 games with the Padres. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:43 pm
  • Loney (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    James Loney (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain while taking batting practice before the Rays' second regular-season game. The first baseman will probably be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Christian Bethancourt sitting out Wednesday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's sitting out in favor of A.J. Pierzynski against Dillon Gee and the Mets. It's been surprising to this point that the two have pretty much split the catching duties evenly this season, as Bethancourt has started eight games and Pierzynski six. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Holliday's 4-hit night not enough for Cards
    Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with a walk, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals lost in 10 innings to the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holliday knocked in the Cardinals' only run with a ninth-inning single to tie the game at 1-1. He was stranded all five times he reached base. Holliday has only one extra-base hit in 50 plate appearances (a double), but has otherwise been productive as his .425/.520/.450 triple-slash line indicates. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Loney (oblique) expects weekend return
    James Loney (oblique) expects to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain prior to the second game of the season, but he took batting practice Tuesday without incident. He expects to play one minor league rehab game before returning. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Justin Upton exits in fourth inning
    Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

    Advice: It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) returns to Padres' lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:43 pm
  • Kennys Vargas not in Monday's lineup
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Twins have the light-hitting Eduardo Escobar in the designated hitter spot against righty Edinson Volquez. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:25 pm
  • Holliday (back) returned to Cards lineup Sun.
    Matt Holliday (back) went 1-for-3 in the Cardinals' win over the Reds on Sunday night.

    Advice: Holliday made an early exit from Saturday's game after tweaking a muscle in his back on a hard second-inning swing. It obviously wasn't anything major. Holliday, 35, has at least one base hit in each of the Cardinals' first 11 games this season. He's batting .361 with an .865 OPS. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:02 am
  • James Loney (oblique) set for rehab games
    James Loney (oblique) will play a rehab game or two this week for High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and it sounds like he'll be ready. "It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said of the first DL stint of his career. "It goes by. It's just one of those things." He suffered a strained oblique during batting practice before the Rays' second game of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:45 am
  • Tulowitzki goes hit-less in loss to Dodgers
    Troy Tulowitzki did not record a hit in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Tulo ended the game 0-for-3. He shouldn't hang his head, though, as the Dodgers combined to hold the Rockies to just four hits in the contest. Even with the uneventful day at the park, Tulowitzki's still hitting .326/.340/.543 with one home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored. As always, if Tulowitzki can remain healthy, he will be one of the top offensive producers in baseball. To this point, his hip has not started barking at him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:22 pm
  • Austin Jackson launches first homer in win
    Austin Jackson launched his first home run of the season on Sunday, helping to propel the Mariners to a victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Jackson led off the game by depositing a Ross Detwiler offering into the seats in left-center. He also collected a pair of singles, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. With the three-hit attack, Jackson is now hitting .277/.333/.362 with a homer and two RBI. He has also yet to steal a base after vowing to run more this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:08 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 9:09 am
  • Justin Upton day-to-day due to quad strain
    Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:43 pm
  • Matt Holliday (back) looking good for Sunday
    Matt Holliday (back) is expected to be in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Holliday's back flared up on Saturday afternoon, leading to an early exit. But it's nothing serious and he should be good to go for Sunday night's series finale with the Reds. The veteran slugger is off to a hot start, hitting .364 with a team-high .476 OBP. He'll have a chance to extend his hitting streak to 11 games if he plays Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 2:19 pm
  • Matt Holliday exits with tightness in back
    Matt Holliday was removed from Saturday's game against the Reds in the second inning due to mild tightness in his back.

    Advice: The Cardinals are calling his early exit purely precautionary. It wouldn't be surprising to see the veteran outfielder get a day of rest on Sunday as well, but the team should have an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 11:45 am
  • Bethancourt not in Braves lineup Saturday
    Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game and fourth time in the past six that the Braves have opted to go with A.J. Pierzynski instead of the rookie backstop. Bethancourt should return to the lineup on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:35 am
  • Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Friday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now been benched in three of the last five games in favor of A.J. Pierzynski, who has four hits -- including two homers -- in his first 10 at-bats. Eric Young Jr. is in left field over Jonny Gomes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 11:55 am
  • Vargas launches two-run homer vs. Royals
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: His first home run of the season, it was an absolute laser shot which bounced off the facing of the second deck in the left field seats. The 24-year-old switch-hitter is batting .250/.300/.393 through eight games and has 20-homer potential if the at-bats are there this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 1:53 pm
  • Loney (oblique) could be ready April 22
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that James Loney (oblique) might be ready when eligible.

    Advice: Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7, so the first day he can be activated is April 22. The first baseman is working his way back from a right oblique strain. It was called mild from the jump. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 6:06 am
  • Upton terrorizes former team, Pads top 'Backs
    Justin Upton went 3-for-4 and clubbed a solo homer against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The eighth inning blast off Randall Delgado broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately won the game for the Padres, who brought on fellow former Brave Craig Kimbrel for a quick save in the ninth. Upton went 5-for-11 in the series against the Diamondbacks with a pair of homers. The Padres now embark upon a road trip 6-4, including 5-2 at home. Their stud new acquisition has hit safely in all 10 of those games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:05 pm
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