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  • Eric Stults part of Braves/Dodgers trade
    In addition to Alberto Callaspo, the Dodgers will acquire Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime from the Braves in the trade that sends Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow to Atlanta.

    Advice: The deal just needs to be approved by the commissioner's office before it's finalized, which should occur at some point on Wednesday. Stults gives the Dodgers a bit more rotation depth while they deal with injuries, but it's a trade that, as a whole, doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense for L.A.
    Today, 5:29 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) draws IBB as PH
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
    Today, 5:13 am
  • Kemp's 10th inning double sends Padres to win
    Matt Kemp hit a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Padres to a victory against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kemp made reliever Joe Smith pay for a single and two walks by clearing the bases with a double to left field. He scored not long after and finished the night 1-for-5. It marks his first multi-RBI game since April 29 as he has hit the skids offensively. Kemp is hitting .255/.291/.348 with only one home run and 25 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Soria closes out Tigers' narrow win vs. A's
    Joakim Soria held the Athletics scoreless in the ninth inning, earning his 14th save as the Tigers held on to win 1-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria allowed a two-out double to Sam Fuld, but got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game. It was the first time Soria had pitched since blowing the save against the Astros on May 21. He's 14-for-15 in save chances thus far with a 1.33 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Pelfrey goes seven solid innings to top BoSox
    Mike Pelfrey allowed just one run over seven innings of work Tuesday, helping the Twins to squeak by the Red Sox 2-1.

    Advice: Pelfrey allowed a second inning RBI single by Mike Napoli, but he was otherwise stellar in the outing. The right-hander yielded just five hits and a walk in total, striking out four. The win ran his record to 4-1, and Pelfrey owns a 2.77 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through nine starts. He'll have a shot at duplicating his success when the two clubs square off again Monday at Fenway Park.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Napoli has RBI single in loss against Twins
    Mike Napoli had an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Napoli's RBI single in the second inning was the only run the Red Sox could push across against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey. The run batted in was Napoli's 22nd on the season and his 11th in his last eight games. He's raised his average from .162 to .214 in that stretch, batting .429 (12-for-28) in those eight games.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Dozier doubles, scores in win over Red Sox
    Brian Dozier had a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dozier led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and scored the first run of the game later in the inning. He finished 1-for-4. His 36 runs scored are second-most in the American League, and the second baseman is hitting .251/.330/.503 on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Gonzalez crosses 1,000 RBI mark for career
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Dodgers enjoyed an easy win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez's fifth-inning two-run home run off of Julio Teheran marked his 10th long ball of the season and his 1,000th and 1,001st RBI's of his 12-year-career. The first baseman owns a stellar .344/.421/.638 batting line with 35 RBI on the season as well.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Perkins gets four outs to earn 17th save
    Glen Perkins was asked to get four outs Tuesday, earning his 17th save against the Red Sox.

    Advice: With two on and two outs in the eighth, Perkins was brought in to face Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval hit an infield single to load the bases, but Perkins got Hanley Ramirez to fly out to end the threat. He then worked a perfect ninth to earn the save. Perkins leads the league with his 17 saves, and he owns a 1.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 21/2 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Pence hits solo homer in win over Brewers
    Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence hit the homer off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the first inning to get the Giants on the board. The homer was his second in 11 games this year. After missing the first month and a half with a broken forearm, Pence is now hitting .326/.370/.535 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Casilla strikes out two to lock up 13th save
    Santiago Casilla allowed two hits but struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla gave up a couple singles to bring the tying run to the plate in Carlos Gomez, but the right-hander got Gomez to fly out to end the threat. Casilla still hasn't allowed a run since April 25, owning a 1.37 ERA. He's got 13 saves, third-most in the National League.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Garza gives up five runs in loss to Giants
    Matt Garza allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garza allowed two home runs among his eight hits, giving up runs in three of his five innings of work. He also walked three, but on the bright side, he struck out seven in the start. Garza is still winless in May, and the loss dropped him to 2-7 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Garza will look to start off June on the right foot when he takes on the Cardinals on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Fielder hits three-run homer in Rangers' win
    Prince Fielder stayed red hot Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with a three-run homer as the Rangers edged the Indians 4-3.

    Advice: Fielder is in the midst of an otherworldly stretch, as he's now had five straight multi-hit games -- including four consecutive games with three hits -- and collected five home runs, 15 RBI and nine runs scored in that span. Fielder leads the league in batting average (.371) and RBI (38), and he's among the league leaders in a number of other categories. It's been quite a comeback year for the 31-year-old.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Raburn homers, scores twice against Rangers
    Ryan Raburn went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Raburn continues to start in the middle of the Indians lineup against lefties, and he rewarded his manager's faith on Tuesday. Raburn blasted a solo homer in the first inning off Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez, his second home run of the season. Raburn is batting .309/.368/.544 in a platoon role with the Tribe.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Tolleson pitches shutout frame for fifth save
    Shawn Tolleson threw a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his fifth save of the season against the Indians.

    Advice: Tolleson hit Carlos Santana but was otherwise flawless in the outing. He's now a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities since taking over as the Rangers' closer. The right-hander has a 2.82 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 22 1/3 innings this year.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Cabrera (groin) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit Sunday with a mild groin strain and will now miss his second straight game. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson nails down another save
    Shawn Tolleson needed just eight pitches to retire the Indians in order and record a save in Monday's victory.

    Advice: Tolleson struck out Brandon Moss to lead off the frame and then got a lineout and a groundout to preserve the two-run win. The righty has struck out six while allowing just three baserunners and no runs in converting all four of his save chances since taking over the closer role. With a ridiculous 30/4 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings, Tolleson looks like a good bet to keep the gig for a while.
    Monday, 5:23 pm
  • Pence has two-run double in comeback win
    Hunter Pence was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 comeback win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence also drew a walk and stole a base. He put the exclamation point on a seven-run sixth inning with his two-run double. He's batting .342 (13-for-38) with nine RBI in 10 games since coming off the DL earlier this month.
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) aims to return Tues.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety.
    Monday, 1:01 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) sitting out Monday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced from Sunday's series finale against the A's with a mild groin strain. He's considered day-to-day. Tim Beckham is at shortstop on Monday.
    Monday, 11:51 am
  • Fielder goes 3-for-5 with two RBI in victory
    Prince Fielder had another nice night at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

    Advice: He is absolutely killing it at the plate lately, raising his slash line to .358/.412/.551 with Sunday's three-hit attack. Fielder now has 32 RBI to go along with his eight home runs.
    Sunday, 8:39 pm
  • Tolleson locks down third save of the week
    Shawn Tolleson struck out all three hitters that he faced on Sunday, preserving a three-run lead against the Yankees to earn his third save of the week.

    Advice: It looks as though he's running away with the closer's job in Texas as Tolleson has converted each of his first three chances with ease. The right-hander now boasts a 3.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings on the season. He needs to be scooped up in any mixed leagues where he may still be available.
    Sunday, 8:36 pm
  • Cabrera leaves with mild groin strain Sunday
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.

    Advice: Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • Dozier downs White Sox with two homers
    Brian Dozier hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in Sunday's 8-1 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Dozier's been on a tear this month and the hot bat wasn't cooling on Sunday. He hit a solo shot off Jose Quintana in the first, then smashed a three-run bomb off Scott Carroll in the seventh to finish 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. With the recent stretch of offensive goodness, Dozier's hitting .253/.335/.506 with nine homers, 24 RBI and three steals.
    Sunday, 2:35 pm
  • Napoli stays hot with homer and four RBI
    Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish 2-for-3 with four RBI in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Napoli had been as cold as the dark side of the moon for most of the season, but over the last two games he has been as hot as a moon that has flown out of orbit and just hit the sun. After a solo homer on Friday and two homers on Saturday, Napoli followed up with another huge game. He smashed a two-run homer off of Hector Santiago in the second inning, then hit a deep double to score two in the eighth to finish with four RBI and two runs scored. After slugging under .300 a week ago, he's dragged his slash-line up to .203/.304/.420 and has now hit eight home runs and driven in 21. Get him in your lineups immediately if you were waiting.
    Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Napoli cracks two homers in win over Angels
    Mike Napoli hit two long homers and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Napoli absolutely owned Angels starter C.J. Wilson on Saturday, smacking a laser of a solo homer in the second inning, then uncorking a two-run moonshot in the sixth that completely cleared the Green Monster. The Red Sox are dying for some kind of offensive production and it would be a welcome sign if Napoli could find a groove. He's hitting a disappointing .193/.292/.385 with seven homers, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored over 135 at-bats.
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Glen Perkins picks up MLB-leading 16th save
    Glen Perkins picked up his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Twins' 4-3 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Perkins allowed a two-out single to Alexei Ramirez and then walked J.B. Shuck, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Flowers. The 32-year-old left-hander has a fantastic 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 21/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season, and he leads all major league closers in saves. Minnesota is off to a surprising 24-18 start.
    Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Prince Fielder homers again in rout of Yanks
    Prince Fielder homered again and plated three runs on Saturday, leading the Rangers in a 15-4 rout over the Yankees.

    Advice: Fielder finished the afternoon 3-for-4 plus a walk, with three runs scored and the aforementioned three RBI. His two-run blast came off Branden Pinder in the seventh inning, increasing the Rangers lead to 15-1 at the time. He has been on fire at the dish in recent weeks and is now slashing a monster .351/.407/.544 with eight long balls and 30 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Eric Stults obliterated in spot start Friday
    Eric Stults was obliterated in a spot start against the Brewers on Friday, allowing seven runs on three hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw also issued five walks while striking out five. The Brewers got a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run blast by Ryan Braun, then added on seven in the fourth to break the game open and chase Stults. He was merely getting an opportunity with Alex Wood under the weather on Friday and will head back to the bullpen where he'll continue to function in a long relief role.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Fielder homers twice as Rangers top Yankees
    Prince Fielder blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four runs on Friday as the Rangers outlasted the Yankees 10-9 in a wild game in New York.

    Advice: The Rangers broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the third inning, with Fielder's three-run blast off starter Michael Pineda serving as the big blow. He tacked on a solo shot off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning which would end up looming large. He's having a terrific season in the middle of the Rangers lineup, batting .341/.397/.521 with seven homers and 27 RBI.
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in loss
    Matt Garza was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Garza was left in to give up 10 runs last time out. Tonight, he allowed one run through six innings, then got charged with three runs as part of the Braves' seven-run seventh inning. It seems like Craig Counsell doesn't have a very good read on him yet. Garza's ERA has ballooned from 4.04 to 5.71 as a result of the outings.
    Thursday, 7:24 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson records second save
    Shawn Tolleson earned a save for the second straight day with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Rangers were prepared to bring Tolleson into a 3-1 game in bottom of the ninth, but they also had Neftali Feliz warming up in case they scored a couple of runs in the top of the inning. Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double tonight, striking out the last two batters he faced. Consider him the Rangers' closer until he blows one. That said, he might get Friday off now, potentially putting Feliz in line for a save chance.
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates two to lead Giants
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Thursday, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pence delivered an RBI single off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to increase the Giants advantage to 2-0. He'd later add another RBI knock in the eighth to increase their lead. He doesn't look like he's missed a beat since returning from the disabled list, going 6-for-20 (.300) with a homer and four RBI in his first five games.
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Soria surrenders solo homer to blow save
    Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

    Advice: Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera not in Rays' lineup Thurs.
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Athletics.

    Advice: Nick Franklin will get his first start at shortstop this season. Cabrera is just getting a day of rest.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Perkins closes out the Pirates in the 13th
    Glen Perkins kept the Pirates off the board in the 13th inning for his 15th save, securing the Twins' 4-3 victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was not without stress, as Perkins allowed a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen, uncorked a wild pitch, and issued a two-out walk to Jung-Ho Kang. Perkins, however, struck out Pedro Alvarez to end the game. The lefty is 15-for-15 in save chances with a 1.40 ERA and a 19/1 K/BB ratio on the season.
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Pelfrey tosses 6 innings of 1-run ball vs PIT
    Mike Pelfrey allowed only one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates as the Twins pulled out a 13-inning victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: The only damage came in the first inning when Starling Marte doubled in Neil Walker. Pelfrey gave up a mere five hits on the evening while walking none and striking out five. An afterthought in the Twins' initial rotation plans, the right-hander has pitched remarkably well over eight starts, sporting a 3.00 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 22/15 K/BB ratio over 45 innings. The mediocre K/BB ratio makes us apprehensive to trust Pelfrey over the long haul. He'll take on the Red Sox at home next.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson notches first save
    Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Tolleson didn't exactly lock it down. He gave up a one-out double to Mookie Betts in a one-run game, which was followed by a well-hit flyout from Dustin Pedroia, an intentional walk of David Ortiz and a sharp one-hopper from Hanley Ramirez hit right at the second baseman. It was Tolleson's first career save in his 123rd career relief appearance. He should remain the favorite for saves until Neftali Feliz convinces the Rangers he's ready for another shot.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Casilla wriggles out of a jam for 10th save
    Santiago Casilla put the tying run on base but escaped with his 10th save as the Giants won 2-0 versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla took the hill with a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning and quickly got two outs. But Juan Uribe singled and Joc Pederson walked to put the tying run on base. Casilla was able to get Jimmy Rollins to ground out to first base to end the game. He moves to 10-for-12 in save chances with a 1.65 ERA and a 15/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Napoli launches fourth home run vs. Rangers
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Napoli hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning before delivering an RBI single in the fifth. The occasional long ball has been about all Napoli has been good for this year -- he's hitting just .174/.275/.314 through 34 games.
    Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Dozier hits 7th homer in a win vs. Pirates
    Brian Dozier walked and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Twins beat the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dozier belted a Francisco Liriano offering to the opposite field, staking the Twins to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The second baseman has hit home runs in three out of his last four games and five total in the month of May. Dozier is batting .264/.349/.500 overall with 20 RBI and three stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Cabrera lifts second home run in win over ATL
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a solo shot off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. Cabrera was given a prime opportunity early in the season, batting third for 23 games for manager Kevin Cash, but he failed to capitalize and has now been moved lower in the order. The infielder is batting just .214 with his two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games.
    Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Santiago Casilla records immaculate inning
    Santiago Casilla threw an immaculate inning to earn his ninth save Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: In other words, he struck out the side on nine pitches. No wasted effort. Casilla boasts a 1.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 14/5 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 frames this season.
    May 18, 6:39 am
  • Eric Stults moved to Braves' bullpen
    Eric Stults has been demoted to the Braves' bullpen.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander put up a 5.36 ERA over seven starts. He'll now be utilized in a long relief role. Williams Perez will take over Stults' rotation spot.
    May 17, 8:20 am
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