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  • Carl Crawford dealing with tightness in side
    Carl Crawford had to leave Monday's game against the Giants with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: More should be known after the game, but obviously if it's an oblique issue he could wind up on the disabled list. With Yasiel Puig (hamstring) already on the shelf, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke could see time in left field if Crawford is out for a while.
    Today, 9:19 pm
  • Carl Crawford exits with apparent injury
    Carl Crawford left Monday's game against the Giants with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Crawford appeared to be in bit of pain after legging out a triple in the second inning. He initially remained in the game but was eventually pulled after scoring following a single in the third. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Today, 8:20 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (groin) considered day-to-day
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Monday's game that Gregory Polanco (groin) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Hurdle revealed that Polanco suffered the injury over the weekend in Arizona while running the bases. It appears to be a minor issue, but expect the Pirates to be careful here and give Polanco at least another day or two of rest. Andrew Lambo went hitless in four at-bats Monday as Polanco's replacement in right field.
    Today, 8:01 pm
  • Bruce clubs fourth homer as Reds top MIL
    Jay Bruce walked three times and smacked a two-run home run Monday in a win against the Brewers.

    Advice: Bruce was joined by teammate Todd Frazier in the three-walk club against the Brewers on Monday. His home run, number four on the season, came in the second inning against Jimmy Nelson which started a four-run rally. Despite the long ball, Bruce has mostly done little at the plate this season, currently hitting .175/.293/.381 with four home runs and 12 RBI.
    Today, 7:55 pm
    W, 9-6 vs ^ Mil
  • Rios to begin strengthening exercises soon
    Alex Rios (hand) will begin hand-strengthening exercises in 10 days.

    Advice: He was given the timetable after an X-ray on Monday showed continued healing in his fractured left hand. Rios is expected to be sidelined until late May.
    Today, 7:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-2 x @Cle
  • Dyson swipes three bags in Royals' victory
    Jarrod Dyson swiped three bases in a 1-for-4 performance as the Royals topped the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Dyson reached base on a fielder's choice in the second inning, then promptly stole both second and third base. He reached again in the seventh inning on a single, then advanced to second base on a ground out before swiping third base. He eventually scored a run. Though those were his first three steals of the season, it's nothing new for Dyson. In 993 career plate appearances entering the game, Dyson was 120-for-140 in stolen bases. He's started two games in a row but Paulo Orlando has seen the lion's share of the playing time since Alex Rios went down with a hand injury, which hampers his fantasy appeal.
    Today, 6:58 pm
  • Aviles homers, walks twice as Indians lose
    Mike Aviles provided the Indians their only two runs with a home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Aviles hit a two-run home run off of Jason Vargas in the fifth inning to knot the game at 2-2. He finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks along with the round-tripper. Aviles is batting .257/.366/.457 with two home runs and three RBI on the season but has come to the plate only 41 times. Despite his multi-position eligibility, Aviles doesn't have much fantasy value with his irregular playing time.
    Today, 6:53 pm
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 6-2 vs ^ KC
  • Betts sends Red Sox home with walk-off single
    Mookie Betts delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single to left-center on Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The score was knotted up at five apiece entering the bottom of the ninth. Betts, who was 2-for-3 with a double prior to his final at-bat, stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and one out against Miguel Castro. Betts sent a 1-0 offering into left-center to bring home the game-winning run. It was a rare offensive outburst for the prospect, as he still carries a meager .218/.303/.333 triple-slash line with two home runs and 10 RBI on the season.
    Today, 6:36 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Tor
  • Gregory Polanco scratched with tight groin
    Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's lineup with tightness in his left groin.

    Advice: It's not clear when Polanco suffered the injury. He'll receive treatment and be re-evaluated during the game and an update on his status will likely be available later Monday. Andrew Lambo took his place in right field.
    Today, 4:04 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Monday that it's possible Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know that he's ready (to face major league pitching)," Sandberg said of Brown, who is hitting just .188/.298/.292 on his rehab assignment. The Phillies must do something with the outfielder, as his rehab clock runs out after Tuesday. It's hard to believe they wouldn't think Brown is a better option than Jeff Francoeur in right field, but it wouldn't be the first time Philly has made an odd decision.
    Today, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @StL
  • Joey Butler on a roll with Triple-A Durham
    Joey Butler has gotten off to a smoking hot start for Triple-A Durham, hitting .377 with 12 RBI in his first 17 games.

    Advice: At 29, we wouldn't really consider Butler a prospect, but that doesn't make his performance any less noteworthy. A Quad-A player for most of his career, Butler was among the Rays' last cuts in spring training. Butler has 14 games of big league experience on his resume and will probably get another chance to contribute at that level later this year.
    Today, 1:59 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 x @NYY
  • Junior Lake recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled OF Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Lake was batting .289/.340/.333 in the early going at Iowa. He'll give the Cubbies a backup option at all three outfield spots.
    Today, 1:57 pm
    W, 4-0 vs x Pit
  • Swisher (knee) still on rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knees) will travel to Rochester with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

    Advice: The plan calls for Swisher get consecutive days in the outfield by the weekend and then possibly join the Indians early next week. The veteran outfielder is making his way back from surgery on both of his knees. He's probably not going to be a great fantasy asset when healthy.
    Today, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Jennings (knee) not in Rays' lineup Monday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again on Monday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday night and has now missed two straight games, but it's not thought to be serious. It's possible he could be available off the bench Monday. Brandon Guyer is in left field for the Rays Monday versus Yankees righty Adam Warren.
    Today, 12:50 pm
  • Delmon Young batting third for O's on Monday
    Delmon Young is batting third for the Orioles on Monday night versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Young gets the boost after a massive weekend showing versus Boston. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI in Sunday's 18-7 rout of the Red Sox. Adam Jones will bat cleanup behind Young on Monday against Chicago right-hander Hector Noesi.
    Today, 11:58 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Jarrod Dyson starting in RF for KC on Mon.
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in right field for the Royals on Monday night against the Indians.

    Advice: Dyson will bat ninth, but his speed should attract daily leaguers. The 30-year-old speedster is among the most aggressive base-stealer in the majors, boasting 120 steals in 361 career games (235 starts). Paulo Orlando will be on the bench Monday night.
    Today, 11:49 am
  • Domingo Santana belts pair of homers in win
    Astros prospect Domingo Santana cracked three hits Sunday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: All three of his hits went for extra bases as Santana tormented Reno with two homers and a double. Santana's four RBI represent a new season-high. Houston's third-ranked prospect on still strikes out too much (23 Ks in 52 at-bats), but it's easy to look past that when Santana is hitting a robust .308 with a .673 slugging percentage. He should get another chance in the big leagues later this year.
    Today, 11:43 am
    Not Active
    Top 9, 9-4 x @SD
  • Brandon Moss not in Indians' lineup Monday
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Ryan Raburn will be at DH and Jerry Sands will play left field with Kansas City throwing left-hander Jason Vargas. Moss is available off the bench for the Tribe.
    Today, 11:28 am
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Young knocks in five runs in huge Orioles win
    Delmon Young drove in five of the 18 runs the Orioles scored in Sunday's 18-7 romp over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Toss a dart at a name in the Oriole lineup from Sunday and you'll likely come up with a few RBI. Young led the crew with five, but he was far from alone, as Chris Davis, Steve Pearce, and Jimmy Paredes each had three. Where to begin? We'll just roll through some of the highlights. Young had RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, then hit a two-run double in the seventh. He entered the game with just two RBI on the season and left with seven. Davis supplied a two-run double in the third and a solo homer in the sixth. Paredes chipped in his first triple of the season. It was simply an offensive supernova. Guys like Young and Pearce aren't suddenly going to turn into RBI machines, but for one game, everybody in the middle of the Oriole lineup was locked in.
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) not in lineup Sunday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Jay Bruce sitting out on Sunday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He had been slated to sit before Saturday's game was rained out and remains out of the lineup the next day. Brennan Boesch is in right field Sunday in Bruce's place.
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
    W, 9-6 vs ^ Mil
  • 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.
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • 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.
    Saturday, 7:06 am
    W, 9-6 vs ^ Mil
  • 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.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @StL
  • Carl Crawford homers, doubles
    Carl Crawford homered and doubled in a winning cause Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has come under a little early fire, in part because Alex Guerrero needs more playing time and could be an alternative in left field. Crawford, though, likely remains the team's best option there against righties. He was off to an ugly start going into this one, though, with a .216 average and just one RBI in 37 at-bats.
    Friday, 10:34 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.
    Friday, 9:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Brandon Moss plates seven in blowout win
    Brandon Moss blasted a pair of homers and drove home seven runs on Friday, powering the Indians in a 13-1 thrashing of the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.

    Advice: Moss got the scoring started with a two-run double off Shane Greene in the first inning. He then clubbed a three-run shot off Alex Wilson in the fifth and for good measure added a two-run bomb off Al Albuquerque in the ninth. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .214/.327/.524 with three long balls and nine RBI on the season.
    Friday, 7:26 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • 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.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Polanco's 3-hit day sends Pirates past Cubs
    Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI single, and an RBI double to help the Pirates take down the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Polanco doubled in a run in the sixth inning, sparking a three-run rally to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh, Polanco singled in what turned out to be the game-deciding run. Back-to-back productive games move the 23-year-old's triple-slash line to .300/.323/.450.
    Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Polanco's homer the deciding factor in a win
    Gregory Polanco's solo home run was the deciding factor as the Pirates topped the Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Polanco clubbed a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the Pirates' lead to 4-1 at the time. The bullpen would leak later in the game, though, so the home run proved important. Polanco, who finished 2-for-4 with a double along with the homer, had been rather quiet at the plate prior to Wednesday's game. He's batting .268/.293/.411 with just the one home run and four RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Orlando starting over Dyson again vs. RHP
    Paulo Orlando is starting over Jarrod Dyson again in Wednesday's game versus the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando has now made six straight starts in right field, with four of them coming against right-handers. The assumption had been when Alex Rios (hand) went down that Dyson would serve on the long side of a platoon in right, but it hasn't worked out that way. The speedster has exactly half as many plate appearances (12) as Orlando (24) since Rios' injury.
    Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Domingo Santana rips four hits for Fresno
    Astros prospect Domingo Santana starred with four hits Tuesday for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Santana entered the game hitting just .242 so it's not like he's been crushing it all year. Santana went hitless in 17 at-bats during a short stint with Houston in 2014. The 22-year-old may see more action at the big league level this year, but right now he's probably better off in Fresno.
    Wednesday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    Top 9, 9-4 x @SD
  • Carl Crawford hitless in return to lineup
    Carl Crawford (illness) went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Crawford had been under the weather for a few days. He's struggled so far this season (.242/.265/.303) but will continue to start regularly in left field against right-handers.
    Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
    W, 9-6 vs ^ Mil
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 x @StL
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • 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.
    Apr 20, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Betts scores twice as Red Sox beat Orioles
    Mookie Betts singled, stole a base, and scored two runs Monday as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-1 in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

    Advice: Betts set the tone for the afternoon in the first inning when he singled to right field, swiped second base, advanced to third on a throwing error by Orioles catcher Ryan Lavarnway, and flew home on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly. Betts then reached on a Wei-Yin Chen fielding error in the third inning and again came around to score. He's batting just .196/.250/.353 in 12 games this season, but the 22-year-old center fielder has immense raw talent and fantasy upside.
    Apr 20, 12:35 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Tor
  • Crawford (illness) still under the weather
    Carl Crawford (illness) might not be available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: In fact, he might not come to the ballpark at all. Crawford is under the weather and was given IV fluids on Saturday. The Dodgers are off Monday, so they seem likely to just tell the outfielder to get some extra rest before joining them for their road trip beginning Tuesday.
    Apr 19, 11:29 am
  • 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.
    Apr 18, 8:32 pm
  • Carl Crawford out sick Saturday vs. Rockies
    Carl Crawford is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will take over in left field. Crawford's fantasy contributions have been minimal this season (.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB) so it's not the end of the world. He could be back for the series finale Sunday.
    Apr 18, 3:22 pm
  • Mookie Betts not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Mookie Betts is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Just a routine day off for the budding young superstar who went hitless in Friday's game against the O's. Brock Holt is drawing the start in his place in center field and will hit leadoff for the Red Sox on Saturday.
    Apr 18, 9:48 am
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Tor
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games.
    Apr 18, 5:19 am
  • Moss hits solo homer against Twins
    Brandon Moss launched a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Moss came into Friday's action with just two hits in his first 20 at-bats. He's capable of posting big power numbers when healthy, so perhaps this will get him going.
    Apr 17, 9:55 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x KC
  • Betts takes 0-fer against Orioles
    Mookie Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The 0-fer snapped a six-game hitting streak. Through nine games, Betts is batting just .209 with a .271 on-base percentage. That's not what fantasy owners were hoping for, but we wouldn't worry too much about the slow start just yet. The upside and tools are obvious.
    Apr 17, 8:03 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Tor
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