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  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Today, 10:37 am
    PPD vs ^ Pit
  • Devers breaks out with four RBI Wednesday
    Red Sox 3B prospect Rafael Devers contributed four RBI Wednesday in a win for High-A Salem.

    Advice: He scored twice, once on a two-run blast in the fourth and again as part of a 10-run fourth inning. Devers has had a tough time adjusting to High-A after dominating at Low-A Greenville last year (.288, 11 HR, 70 RBI). So far he's hitting just .149 with a .299 slugging percentage. He's considered one of the league's very best prospects and should be able to overcome his early struggles. Today, 10:14 am
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    4:10 pm vs x Atl
  • Braves outright Daniel Burawa to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Daniel Burawa outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Burawa is now off Atlanta's 40-man roster. The 27-year-old right-hander had a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 major league innings last season between the Yankees and Braves. Today, 8:59 am
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    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Brewers move Matt Garza (lat) to 60-day DL
    Brewers transferred RHP Matt Garza from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Which means he is going to be sidelined until at least early June. Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 5, retroactive to April 2, with a right lat strain. The initial recovery timetable was 4-6 weeks. Today, 8:03 am
    60-Day DL
  • Diamondbacks send Dominic Leone to AAA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Leone allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief during his short stay at the major league level. Arizona will make a corresponding roster move Thursday ahead of its series finale against the visiting Cardinals. Today, 5:23 am
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    6:40 pm vs StL
  • Brayan Pena (knee) nearing full activities
    Brayan Pena (knee) expects to resume most baseball activities next week.

    Advice: Pena is now 23 days removed from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. The initial timetable was a month to six weeks. "Hopefully, next week I can go out there and start running on the field and taking some batting practice," the veteran catcher told Brian Stull's STL Baseball Weekly. "After that, it would be a decision for our training staff to see where we’re going from there." Pena signed a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Cardinals this offseason to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer has been filling in. Today, 5:11 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Elias Diaz (elbow) playing catch in Florida
    Elias Diaz (elbow) threw for a second consecutive day Wednesday at the Pirates' spring training complex.

    Advice: Diaz was placed on the major league disabled list just before Opening Day after coming down with right elbow soreness in mid-March. The 25-year-old catcher will probably continue to be eased along, and he figures to report to Triple-A Indianapolis rather than Pittsburgh once he returns to full health. Today, 5:05 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD x @Col
  • Scott Kazmir solid against Marlins
    Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kazmir's hand issues didn't seem to limit him tonight, as he struck out six and walked one in the 113-pitch outing. All seven hits he allowed were singles, many of them grounders sneaking through the infield. Today, 12:24 am
  • Eric Hosmer homers, doubles
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double versus the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer's two were the Royals' only extra-base hits of the night. He's been off to a great start, with a .333 average and three homers among his nine extra-base hits, but since Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain have done a poor job of getting on base, he has just eight RBI. Today, 12:14 am
  • Jose Altuve homers, doubles twice in win
    Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

    Advice: Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats. Today, 12:11 am
  • Gregory Polanco homers, walks in win
    Gregory Polanco homered and walked as the Pirates edged the Rockies 9-8 in 12 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: Jordy Mercer doubled Polanco in for the go-ahead run in the 12th. Polanco hasn't quite been a top-tier fantasy outfielder with his two homers and two steals so far, but he's batting .329, he has nine doubles and a remarkable 16 walks in 22 games. The Pirates might have three outfielders gunning for spots on the NL All-Star roster this year. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Huston Street going on DL with oblique strain
    Huston Street has been diagnosed with an oblique strain and is headed for the disabled list.

    Advice: Street felt the strain during his warmup throws on Wednesday night against the Royals. Joe Smith handled the ninth inning instead and earned his first save of the 2016 season. Smith is a must-own in all standard formats given that oblique strains will often sideline pitchers for over a month. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Verlander pitches quality start in win
    Justin Verlander tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Athletics, surrendering three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Verlander wasn't overly sharp on Wednesday. He only threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes and narrowly avoided disaster in the third inning, striking out Chris Coghlan and popping up Josh Reddick to escape a one-out, bases-loaded situation. The right-hander also allowed his sixth homer of the year, which has become a legitimate problem. The strikeouts have returned, which is nice, but he's scuffled to a 5.46 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. He'll next take the mound against the Indians on the road. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Jose Altuve walks twice in depressing loss
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Kazmir (hand, wrist) plans to start Wednesday
    Scott Kazmir confirmed Tuesday that he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort around his left wrist and thumb since spring training, but he's going to try to keep pitching through it. The left-hander has posted a 6.63 ERA through four starts with Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter. Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • D-Backs call up RHP Leone
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll take Tyler Wagner's place in Arizona's bullpen. Leone had a 3.86 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings in Triple-A. Monday, 5:35 pm
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    6:40 pm vs StL
  • Kazmir (wrist, thumb) plans to start Wed.
    Scott Kazmir is still planning to make his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort since spring training in the area between his left wrist and thumb, and he threw on flat ground instead of doing his usual between-starts bullpen session on Sunday. This is a situation worth monitoring. The left-hander owns a rough 6.63 ERA through four appearances with Los Angels. Monday, 6:01 am
  • Pedroia collects three hits as Red Sox win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-7 with a double, triple and run scored as the Red Sox topped the Astros 7-5 on Sunday night in Houston.

    Advice: The diminutive second sacker has been on fire at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .321/.361/.449 with one homer and six RBI. He still hasn't swiped a base though, despite his preseason proclamation that he would be running more in 2016. Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays hot with a 3-for-5
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Chatwood gives up three in loss to Dodgers
    Tyler Chatwood only went four innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.

    Advice: Chatwood barely kept the dangerous Dodgers at bay all night. He teed up a two-run homer to A.J. Ellis in the second inning, but it could’ve gotten much worse in the third had Joc Pederson not lined out to second base with the bases loaded. The right-hander thrives when he pounds the strike zone and induces a myriad of ground balls. On Friday, he needed 95 pitches to span four innings, and only 52 of those pitches went for strikes. That won’t often end well, especially at Coors Field. Nonetheless, Chatwood has been pretty good this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and a pair of wins in 23 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:39 pm
    PPD vs ^ Pit
  • Altuve paces Houston with three hits Saturday
    Jose Altuve bashed three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: That bumps his average up to a healthy .314. Altuve has been a lot more patient this year, swinging on a little more than 41 percent of pitches compared to his career rate of 49.2. He's on pace to draw 81 free passes this year, which is more than double his career-high of 40. In addition to his hitting prowess, Altuve leads the majors with seven steals this year. Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Kazmir dealing with wrist/thumb discomfort
    Scott Kazmir said he's felt discomfort in the area between his left wrist and thumb since spring training.

    Advice: Kazmir said the injury occurred while batting last month. The left-hander isn't expected to miss any starts, but the injury could explain why he's struggled this year. Kazmir has pitched to a 1-1 record with a disappointing 6.63 ERA over four outings. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Kazmir struggles again, gives up four runs
    Scott Kazmir struggled once again, giving up four earned runs in just five innings against the Rockies on Friday, but he ultimately didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: It's been a tough year for the left-hander, and Coors Field was a brutal venue in which to turn things around. The two homers did much of the damage, to be fair, while he struck out three and only issued a single walk. He left the game with a bruised left thumb. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled. Fantasy owners are probably best leaving him on the bench, though, as he has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings and there haven't been too many bright spots. Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Verlander punches out 10 in loss to Indians
    Justin Verlander punched out 10 Indians on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames.

    Advice: Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana leading off the ballgame and another to Marlon Byrd in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the contest. Aside from the two long balls though, Verlander looked to be in vintage form in this one, which is an encouraging sign moving forward. He'll carry a 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics. Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz not in lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench. Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Polanco doubles twice as PIT racks up 11 runs
    Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 11-1 romp over the Padres.

    Advice: It was a total team effort by the Pirate offense, with Polanco one of four hitters to notch a pair of hits. The two doubles give him six for the young season. He would score in the second inning on a Josh Harrison single and in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk by Sean Rodriguez. That run-scoring walk capped off an eight-run seventh by the Pirates. In 58 at-bats, the 24-year-old Polanco is hitting a strong .302/.433/.453 with eight RBI, 11 runs scored and a pair of steals. He is still looking for his first home run of the 2016 campaign. Last season, he stung nine of them. Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes 3-for-6, homers
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-6 and hit his first homer Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: The third hit was the 1,500th of his career. At 32, he's quite a long shot to reach 3,000 in his career. Still, he won't need to get all of the there to be Cooperstown worthy. He will need to stay relatively healthy into his mid-30s. Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Diaz not in Tuesday's lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will make his Cardinals' debut at shortstop and bat eighth. Diaz has put up some impressive numbers since his call-up, but he could lose some more starts if he doesn't improve his shaky defense. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Diaz commits fourth error Monday
    Aledmys Diaz committed his fourth error in 13 games on Monday.

    Advice: Diaz played a ground ball off his chest and then made an errant throw to first base, which opened the door for a three-run seventh inning for the Cubs. The 25-year-old has been a pleasant surprise at the plate, batting .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, six doubles, and one triple through 11 games, but it's fair to wonder if he'll lose playing time if the defensive miscues continue. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't willing to go there yet. "You have to take the good with the bad, and he's been extremely good," said Matheny. "So we're just going to have to continue to work and improve on the consistency. That comes with time and experience, and it comes with confidence. He needs to see what we see -- the fact that he's an even better defender than what he's shown. He's going to keep figuring it out. He's also done a lot of things for us that we didn't anticipate he would do." Tuesday, 9:32 am
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