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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Matt Kemp gets tossed for arguing
    Matt Kemp was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called strike.

    Advice: Kemp had a very productive night before his ejection, finishing with two hits and a stolen base. Wil Myers will take over in right field with Alexi Amarista moving from shortstop to center field. David Ortiz got suspended for arguing with an umpire last week but we don't expect any further punishment for Kemp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 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
  • David Lough hits walk-off homer to beat BOS
    David Lough's home run off of Koji Uehara in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Orioles a 5-4 win.

    Advice: The Orioles were actually down 4-3 entering the bottom of the tenth inning. The normally reliable Koji Uehara was unable to hold the lead, though, and after a Chris Davis sacrifice fly tied the contest at 4-4, Lough stepped to the plate and delivered his dramatic shot to win it. It was Lough's first home run of the season. Not surprising, given that he hit just four last year. Lough works mostly as a backup outfielder and a late-game defensive substitution. Walk-off home runs are just a bonus. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Desmond Jennings exits with sore knee
    Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with left knee soreness.

    Advice: Kevin Kiermaier took over for Jennings in center field to begin the eighth inning. Jennings went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting. He's day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Shane Victorino (hamstring) heads to the DL
    Red Sox placed OF Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: Another season, another Victorino injury. The 34-year-old spent most of last year on the DL and couldn't make it three weeks into the 2015 campaign before getting hurt again. With Rusney Castillo (shoulder) also injured, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava will fill the void in right field. Fantasy owners won't miss Victorino much, as he was only hitting .143 prior to getting sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Puig (hamstring) not in Dodgers' lineup Sat.
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night.

    Advice: Andre Ethier is starting in right field instead. Puig aggravated his left hamstring on Friday night and is considered day-to-day for now. He missed four games earlier this week with the same hamstring issue. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez not in lineup on Saturday
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .197/.231/.328 with an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 61 at-bats. Drew Stubbs is starting in his place against opposing right-hander Tim Hudson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Michael Saunders hits seventh in Jays debut
    Michael Saunders is starting in right field and hitting seventh in the Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: It's Saunders' first game as a member of the Blue Jays. He draws a dream matchup against Erasmo Ramirez in this outing and should be targeted in all daily leagues where he's available. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Zobrist to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery
    Ben Zobrist is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

    Advice: The typical time frame for recovery is 4-to-6 weeks. The Athletics have enough moving parts and versatility to overcome his absence in the short term. Eric Sogard should see most of the work at second base while Zobrist is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Lorenzo Cain handed two game suspension
    Lorenzo Cain was given a two-game suspension for participating in Thursday's brawl with the White Sox.

    Advice: It's unclear if Cain will appeal his suspension or begin serving immediately. Jarrod Dyson could see additional playing time in Cain's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • A's place Ben Zobrist (knee) on disabled list
    Athletics placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

    Advice: Zobrist had been attempting to play through the injury, but the A's have opted to play it safe and avoid the risk of further injury. There's a chance that he could require arthroscopic knee surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Jay Bruce not in Reds lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .164/.261/.328 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Brennan Boesch is getting the start in his place and batting fifth against opposing right-hander Jake Arrieta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Anthony Gose not in Tigers lineup Saturday
    Anthony Gose is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite the Tigers facing a right-handed pitcher, it will be Rajai Davis starting in center field and hitting atop the lineup instead of Gose. The hot-hitting 24-year-old is slashing .333/.348/.511 with a homer and five RBI in 45 at-bats, though he sports a troublesome 19/1 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • Domonic Brown nearing return to Phillies
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

    Advice: Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:55 am
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Atl
  • Starling Marte goes 1-for-4 in return Friday
    Starling Marte (hand) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Pirates lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on his hand and received a day of rest on Thursday as a precautionary measure. The 26-year-old has been scuffling at the plate in the early going, slashing .226/.276/.547 with a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 59 plate appearances, though he does have five homers and 12 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:30 am
  • Blackmon launches home run in win over SF
    Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the third inning of Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Blackmon finished the game 2-for-5. In addition to the home run, he also hit a single. Blackmon's slashing .269/.342/.478 in April, with two home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored. He continues to have value in mixed leagues thanks to his position in the lineup leading off and his speed, though he was thrown out trying to steal in Friday's contest. In 2014, Blackmon swiped 28 bags in 38 attempts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:33 am
  • Maxwell stays hot with two-run homer vs COL
    Justin Maxwell hit a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Maxwell's been swinging a happy bat as of late. On Tuesday, he tripled and homered, scoring three times. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to slay the Dodgers. And on Friday, he launched a massive, 436-foot home run off of Eddie Butler in the second inning. Over 33 at-bats, Maxwell is now hitting .333/.436/.606. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:15 am
  • Heyward smacks second homer of season
    Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:28 pm
  • Braun goes hit-less in loss to Cardinals
    Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Braun also struck out twice. The former MVP has yet to hit anything other than a single. With 58 at-bats in the books, the small sample size is growing larger day-by-day. Braun's slashing just .241/.279/.293. The extra-base knocks should come eventually, but his days as a middle-of-the-lineup star could be fading. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Josh Harrison goes 2-for-4 in win
    Josh Harrison had two hits, including a two-run double, Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Harrison was thrown out trying to advance on the double, but that's okay. He also had two hits Thursday, so he's upped his average from .196 to .234 the last two days. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:48 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    1:10 pm @Ari
  • Yasiel Puig exits after reinjuring hamstring
    Yasiel Puig is listed as day-to-day after aggravating his left hamstring during Friday's game.

    Advice: While it's a day-to-day situation again, one wonders if the Dodgers might want to stick him on the DL this time in order to get him back at 100 percent next time. He already missed four games with the hamstring earlier in the week. Andre Ethier will probably get the start on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez homers in win over Orioles
    Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramirez went back-to-back with teammate David Ortiz in the fifth inning. He would finish the game 2-for-5. The former Red Sox prospect-turned-Dodger-turned Red Sox player is loving life in Boston right now and is slashing .274/.333/.565 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Yasiel Puig exits game in sixth
    Yasiel Puig exited Friday's game in the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Puig got hit on the left knee in the first and was down for a couple of minutes before staying in. Still, that might not have been the reason for his absence; he seemed to have a different issue with his leg while running to first base in the sixth. Perhaps his hamstring was acting up again. Either way, he'd seem to be day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Swisher collects three hits in rehab game
    Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:14 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Michael Saunders activated from disabled list
    Blue Jays activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:32 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
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) back in action Friday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he hurt his left knee during Sunday's game. Zobrist is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday but should be ready to play the field soon. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:14 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Saunders (knee) expected to be activated Sat.
    Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had been considering bringing him back Friday, but with the Rays sending a lefty (Drew Smyly) to the mound, it made sense to wait another day. Saunders got a late start to the season after having minor knee surgery, but he's an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues with Rogers Centre as his new home. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:57 pm
  • Shane Victorino (hamstring) out on Friday
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Victorino's right hamstring injury felt better than expected Thursday, but he could still very well be out of action all weekend. Daniel Nava is starting in his place in right field. The Red Sox are also giving Xander Bogaerts a breather Friday, with Brock Holt filling in at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:12 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Saunders (knee) to play another rehab game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had left open the possibility that Saunders would be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but they've decided to give him one more rehab game. Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that he expects the outfielder to be activated "I would think in the next day or two." Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:27 am
  • Zobrist still long shot to start on Friday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) indicated after Thursday's game that he's feeling better every day, but he still needs to run the bases pregame and show he can do various other activities before returning to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Zobrist appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday's contest and said that his knee still felt "weird" as he trotted down to first base. While it's encouraging that he's improving by the day, a full return still looks to be a couple of days away. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • 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
  • Maxwell sends Giants home winners in the 10th
    Justin Maxwell sent the Giants home happy with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, then blew the tie game the next inning. Maxwell, starting in right field, finished 2-for-5 with the RBI single. In 35 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .300/.400/.500 with five RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:26 pm
  • Jason Heyward goes 2-for-4 against Nats
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 on Thursday, giving him his first multihit game since he went 3-for-5 on Opening Day.

    Advice: Heyward's .213 average would be less of a problem if he were drawing his typical number of walks, but he's worked just one in his first 61 at-bats. The Cardinals are winning and can stay patient, but at some point, they might decide they'd be better off with Kolten Wong hitting second. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Zobrist (knee) could be available off bench
    A's manager Bob Melvin said that Ben Zobrist (knee) could be available to pinch-hit if he feels good after pre-game activities on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday. He's recovering from cartilage issues. He could make his way back into the lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:16 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Victorino (hamstring) showing improvement
    According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Shane Victorino (hamstring) came into Thursday feeling "better than he anticipated."

    Advice: Victorino was removed from Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He'll sit out Thursday's game against the Rays. Farrell indicated that the team might back of Victorino's workload to some degree as they attempt to guide the outfielder through a healthy campaign. Victorino has played in just 152 games over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Hanley Ramirez getting night off on Thursday
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night versus the Rays.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Hanley. Allen Craig is starting in left field and batting seventh for the Red Sox against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Victorino (hamstring) not in lineup Thursday
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) is not in Boston's starting lineup Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Daniel Nava will play right field and Allen Craig will play left field. Vicotrino was removed from Wednesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. He is considered day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • CarGo getting day of rest on Thursday
    Carlos Gonzalez is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Charlie Blackmon will start in right field and Drew Stubbs will cover center in the matinee versus the Padres. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:21 am
  • Marte (hand) not in Pirates' lineup Thursday
    Starling Marte (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after taking a pitch off his hand. X-rays came back negative, but he'll get a day of rest Thursday while Sean Rodriguez handles left field. Andrew McCutchen is also off Thursday, so Gregory Polanco will start in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:34 am
  • Victorino (hamstring) considered day-to-day
    Shane Victorino (hamstring) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: The outfielder was removed from Wednesday's game after feeling tightness in his right hamstring, but Red Sox manager John Farrell said it's not a huge cause for concern. Victorino was already slated to get a day off Thursday, so he won't return before Friday at the earliest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • X-rays come back negative on Marte's hand
    X-rays on Starling Marte's right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Marte left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on the hand, but it appears he avoided serious injury. The outfielder might have a day or two off but shouldn't require a longer stay on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Marte removed from game after HBP in hand
    Starling Marte was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the hand earlier in the game.

    Advice: Marte was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third inning but stayed in until the bottom of the fifth, when Andrew Lambo hit for him. The Pirates should have more information on Marte's outlook following the game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Victorino leaves with hamstring tightness
    Shane Victorino left Wednesday's game against the Rays due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Victorino likely tweaked the hamstring when he stole second base in the fourth inning. Allen Craig pinch-hit for Victorino an inning later. The Red Sox should provide a better prognosis for injury-prone outfielder after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:40 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Zobrist (knee) set to do baseball activities
    Ben Zobrist (knee) will do baseball activities Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist is ready to take batting practice, do work in the field and run the bases as he returns from cartilage issues in his left knee. If Thursday goes well, a return to the Athletics' lineup could feasibly come as early as Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Zobrist (knee) still not in A's lineup Wed.
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday, and he was expected to miss a few games as he recovers from cartilage issues. An MRI taken of the knee showed no ligament damage, so the hope is that he'll be back in the lineup in a few more days. If not, he may need surgery on the knee to clean up some of the cartilage. Marcus Semien started at shortstop Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Maxwell's productive night leads SFG to a win
    Justin Maxwell walked, tripled, homered, drove in two runs, and scored three times in four plate appearances in a win versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maxwell tripled and scored in the second inning, grounded into a fielder's choice and scored in the fourth, then slugged a two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Pedro Baez. Maxwell, who entered the game with just one extra-base hit in 22 plate appearances, has been used mostly as a pinch-hitter with the occasional start in right field against a left-handed starter. If he continues to hit well, he could force a platoon in left field with Norichika Aoki once Hunter Pence returns and reclaims his spot in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Bruce blasts grand slam in win over Brewers
    Jay Bruce hit a grand slam as the Reds outslugged the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bruce sent a Mike Fiers fastball deep into the night to get the Reds on the board in the third inning. The homer was his third of the season. Bruce also walked and stole a base in the game, giving him two steals on the year. Bruce now has nine RBI to go with a .200/.310/.400 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 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
  • Harrison homers in a 1-for-5 night vs. Cubs
    Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harrison swatted his second home run of the season to tie the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first inning off of Travis Wood. An All-Star last season, Harrison has been slow out of the gate, batting a meager .212/.268/.365 in 56 plate appearances. He doubled 38 times, homered 13 times, and stole 18 bases in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    1:10 pm @Ari
  • Marte clubs fifth home run in a losing effort
    Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run off of Travis Wood in the second inning, then plated another run with an RBI single in the sixth. The multi-talented outfielder has a slugging-heavy .208/.250/.542 slash line with five home runs and 12 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Hanley collects two more hits against Rays
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez had two of the team's seven hits against Rays starter Chris Archer. The stolen base was his first of the season after swiping 14 last year. The shortstop-turned-outfielder has been everything the Red Sox paid for in the early part of the season, batting .269/.328/.558 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 13 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) to use full rehab allotment
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Atl
  • Swisher (knee) begins rehab assignment Fri.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Puig (hamstring) returns to Dodgers' lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: He had played just once over the last week due to a hamstring issue. Puig is sporting a .267/.353/.533 batting line with two homers and four RBI in the early going for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Fri.
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

    Advice: That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (illness) in Tuesday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (illness) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez made an early exit from Monday's Patriots' Day game against the Orioles after just two innings due to dizziness brought on by a cold, but he's feeling a lot better now. He'll bat cleanup against Chris Archer. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Kemp knocks in 4 runs as Padres rout Rockies
    Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Marte's homer too late to help Bucs come back
    Starling Marte hit a ninth-inning solo home run, but it was too late to help the Pirates stage a comeback against the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Marte belted a Zac Rosscup offering to left field in the ninth to make it a 5-2 game, but it was too little, too late for the Pirates. Marte, who finished 1-for-4 on Monday, has been on a power surge lately, homering in three out of his last four games. Other than that, though, he hasn't done much at the dish as he's batting .178/.208/.467. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:58 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
  • Braun slugs homer, but Brewers fall to Reds
    Ryan Braun provided the Brewers their only run with a ninth-inning solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-0, so Braun's solo homer -- his first of the season -- off of Burke Badenhop barely made a dent. Braun has been off to a slow start this season, currently slashing .238/.273/.310 in 44 trips to the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sidelined a few more days
    Ben Zobrist (knee) will be sidelined for at least a couple more days after being given a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist has dealt with some cartilage issues in his left knee for a while, and they flared up on him Sunday, forcing him from the game. The good news is that he had an MRI and it didn't reveal any ligament issues. The bad news is that it's possible he could require surgery if the cortisone shot doesn't help. It would just be of the cleanup variety, but an operation would obviously sideline Zobrist for at least a few weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:04 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Swisher (knees) close to rehab assignment
    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:46 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sitting out on Monday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist had to depart Sunday's contest with soreness in his left knee. The A's are considering him day-to-day at the moment. Eric Sogard is at second base Monday in Zobrist's place. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:46 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • 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
  • Hanley Ramirez (cold) expects to play Tues.
    Hanley Ramirez (illness) expects to play Tuesday in Boston's series-opener versus the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez was removed from Monday's Patriots' Day game against the Orioles after just two innings due to dizziness brought on by a cold. It was a wet, nasty morning and early afternoon at Boston's Fenway Park. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:03 pm
  • Gose out third straight game Monday night
    Anthony Gose is out of the Tigers' starting lineup for a third straight game Monday.

    Advice: Gose is batting .393 with a 1.036 OPS in 28 at-bats this season, but the Tigers prefer to use Rajai Davis in center field against left-handers and they're facing their third straight southpaw (CC Sabathia) on Monday night. This looks like a strict platoon for now, which obviously hurts both players from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez exits Monday due to illness
    Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game due to illness.

    Advice: There's a flu bug going around some MLB clubhouses and Hanley apparent caught it. He grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and was then replaced in the top of the third by Allen Craig. Ramirez, who already has five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games with Boston, can be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:53 am
  • Hanley removed Monday with apparent injury
    Hanley Ramirez was pulled from Monday's game against the Orioles with an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's not clear what happened. Hanley grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and took the field in the top of the second, but Allen Craig was in left field to open the top of the third. There should be an update soon from the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:38 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zobrist day-to-day with left knee soreness
    Ben Zobrist is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with soreness in his left knee.

    Advice: Zobrist could get a day off to rest it on Monday, but shouldn't experience any type of extended absence from the Athletics lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 1:33 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Dodgers hope Puig (hamstring) can play Tues.
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will be ready to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig returned to action Saturday after missing a few days with a hamstring issue, but he's sitting out Sunday with more soreness. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but we'll have to wait and see how he feels after the off day. Andre Ethier will see more playing time while Puig is out. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:07 am
  • Yasiel Puig not in Sunday's lineup
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig went 2-for-3 at the plate in his return to action Saturday after missing the previous four days with hamstring soreness. It's not clear at this point if he had a setback or if the Dodgers are just easing him back into things. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday, while Justin Turner is at third base instead of Juan Uribe, Scott Van Skyle is in left field rather than Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis is catching over Yasmani Grandal. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 9:47 am
  • 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
  • Shane Victorino (ribs) returns to lineup Sun.
    Shane Victorino (ribs) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Victorino sat out Saturday with sore ribs after running into the wall Friday, but he says he's fine. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .125/.300/.125 in the early going this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 8:08 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Yasiel Puig reaches three times in return
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Puig played the entire game in right field tonight after missing the previous four days with hamstring soreness. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 10:23 pm
  • Jennings continues to struggle in loss to NYY
    Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:32 pm
  • Braun leads off with pair of singles
    In his first career start leading off, Ryan Braun hit two singles against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun finished the game 2-for-3. While the singles are nice, they marked a continuation of an odd start for Braun. After smacking 30 doubles and 19 home runs last season, Braun has yet to notch his first extra-base hit of the 2015 season. The power should come eventually, but it should be remembered that the former MVP underwent experimental thumb surgery in October. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:07 pm
  • Marte's five RBI fuel Bucs' win over Brewers
    Starling Marte hit his third home run of the season while driving in five runs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte almost single-handedly sent Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse to the showers. In the first inning, the outfielder hit a two-run single to center. Then, in the fifth, he launched a three-run shot to left. If this wasn't enough, he also chipped in a stolen base just for fun. This was his second home run in as many days (and his second steal in as many days, to boot). All of this came after an icy start to the season. Even with the recent pyrotechnics, he's still hitting just .189/.225/.459 on the year. Marte was a .291 hitter last year. Don't worry too much about the early struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:04 pm
  • 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 Kemp blasts two-run homer vs. Cubs
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The first-inning blast off Kyle Hendricks was his first home run of the season. Kemp was very productive during the second half last year and he has largely picked up from where he left off with an impressive .340/.358/.540 batting line over his first 12 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:37 pm
  • Heyward connects for solo HR vs. Reds
    Jason Heyward connected for a solo homer Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season and his only hit in four at-bats on Saturday. Hitting .227 through 10 games, Heyward is off to a slow start with his new team, but this isn't something out of the ordinary. He came into Saturday's action with a .729 OPS between March and April for his career. Things should get better as the calendar flips to May and beyond. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 2:58 pm
  • Yasiel Puig back in Dodgers' lineup Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Puig missed three games while nursing a hamstring injury. Fortunately it wasn't serious enough to land him on the DL. Puig has been boom or bust this year, jacking two homers but also striking out seven times. Carl Crawford will head to the bench with Puig back in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 2:39 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
  • Ryan Braun hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is serving as the Brewers leadoff hitter for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun has struggled in the early going, slashing just .226/.250/.226, so perhaps the move was made to try to get him going. With Carlos Gomez sidelined, the Brewers are in desperate need of a spark atop their lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:48 pm
  • Victorino (ribs) scratched from BoSox lineup
    Shane Victorino was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Saturday due to sore ribs.

    Advice: Victorino smashed into the outfield wall on Friday trying to take a home run away from Caleb Joseph, which caused the injury. He should be able to return to active duty in a day or two. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:27 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • 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
  • Charlie Blackmon hits first homer
    Charlie Blackmon took Clayton Kershaw deep on Friday for his first homer of the season.

    Advice: That's the kind of thing that will help keep him in the lineup against left-handers. Blackmon spent most of last April hitting over .400, but he's been quieter this month, batting .263 with six runs scored, four RBI and one steal in 38 at-bats. He'll have value in mixed leagues for as long as the Rockies continue leading him off. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 10:48 pm
  • Starling Marte goes deep to power Pirates
    Starling Marte blasted his second home run of the season on Friday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte connected on his two-run blast off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, pushing the Pirates advantage to 6-2. He filled up all areas of the box score on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, two RBI and his first stolen base of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 7:13 pm
  • Yasiel Puig remains out of Dodgers lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his hamstring during Monday's contest and still hasn't felt good enough to return to the lineup yet. He worked out on the field prior to Friday's game and should be cleared to return at some point over the weekend. Andre Ethier is once again starting in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 3:59 pm
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 7:10 am
  • Brown (heel) to continue rehab stint Friday
    Domonic Brown (heel) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Brown, who began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles, went 4-for-14 (.286) with a home run over five games with High-A Clearwater. It's unclear how many games he'll play in Triple-A before being activated. The Phillies have been relying on a combination of Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore in right field during his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 2:25 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Atl
  • Lorenzo Cain stays hot in loss to Twins
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Another big day for Cain. He clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning and later had an RBI double during the Royals' ninth-inning rally. The 29-year-old now owns a ridiculous .429/.512/.714 batting line across his first nine games this season. Injuries have been an issue for him in his career, but he appears ready to build off his solid 2014 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 1:52 pm
  • Domonic Brown (heel) plays fifth rehab game
    Domonic Brown (heel) played in his fifth rehab game Wednesday with High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Brown will soon jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he should be back in the major leagues by early next week. He is recovering from tendinitis in his left Achilles. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore have been splitting the playing time in right field for the Phillies, and Francoeur even batted cleanup on Wednesday night against the Mets. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 6:39 am
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Atl
  • 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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