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  • Castellanos homers, drives in four in win
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins actually held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning (such things do occur on occasion), at which point Castellanos cracked a three-run home run off starter Ricky Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would provide the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Tigers improved to 14-10. For his part, Castellanos is hitting a cool .361/.371/.590 with four homers, 18 RBI and five doubles over 83 at-bats. He has accumulated eight hits over his last four games, with homers in two of his last three. Today, 3:09 pm
  • Pair of Sano doubles not enough for Twins
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: The two doubles gave Sano six on the season. He has also whacked a trio of home runs. The soon-to-be 23-year-old is working with a .258/.377/.427 triple-slash over his first 89 at-bats. We should have a better idea of how the youngster's season as a whole might unfold once he has a larger sample size under his belt. There is no denying his talent. Today, 3:03 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
  • Lawrie homers in third straight contest
    Brett Lawrie hit a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Orioles, the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep.

    Advice: Lawrie smacked a solo home run off the soon-to-be-demolished Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning. The tater was his fourth of the season. Three of the four dingers came in this weekend's series against the Orioles. In addition to that quartet of blasts, he has driven in 10 runs, scored 15 and hit to a triple-slash of .290/.377/.505. The 26-year-old second baseman has a chance to surpass the career-best 16 homers he launched in 2015. Today, 2:08 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Manny Machado singles twice in lost cause
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Machado was the only Oriole with more than one hit. As a team, they did not record an extra-base knock. The 23-year-old slugger is slashing a stupendous .350/.404/.660 with seven homers, 16 RBI and (already) 10 doubles. Almost half of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases. Today, 2:02 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Longoria homers for second straight game
    Evan Longoria cracked a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Longoria's solo sixth-inning homer would be the only runs the Rays scored against a locked in Marcus Stroman. It was his fifth of the season and his second in as many days. The veteran third baseman also notched a single to finish 2-for-4. Through his first 99 at-bats, he is slashing .242/.272/.455. He should continue to serve as a solid, veteran fantasy option moving forward. Today, 1:02 pm
  • Joey Gallo (groin) goes on DL at Triple-A
    Joey Gallo has been placed on Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list with a strained left groin.

    Advice: Gallo insists that it's a minor strain, as he expects to be back soon. He's hitting .254/.400/.642 with seven homers and 16 RBI for Round Rock this season. Today, 10:29 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-6 vs x LAA
  • Jung Ho Kang to play two of every three games
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that he expects Jung Ho Kang (knee) to initially play two out of every three games upon his activation from the disabled list.

    Advice: That sounds about right. Kang is making his way back from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia and just recently began playing in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment. The Pirates have some infield depth, so there's no need to push Kang too hard too fast. Today, 10:22 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • David Freese not in Sunday's lineup
    David Freese is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Sean Rodriguez is filling in at third base, while Josh Harrison has moved up to the No. 3 spot. Francisco Cervelli is also receiving a breather, as Chris Stewart is catching. Today, 9:06 am
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Kris Bryant (ankle) returns to Cubs' lineup
    Kris Bryant (ankle) is back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bryant didn't play Friday and wasn't in Saturday's lineup before the game was rained out after spraining his right ankle Thursday. He's feeling better now, though, and is in left field and batting third Sunday. The Cubs have Tommy La Stella at third base and Jorge Soler on the bench. Today, 8:40 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring. Today, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Moustakas doubles in loss to the Mariners
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year in Saturday's defeat to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moustakas used to never be a viable starting option against a left-handed pitcher like Wade Miley, but he's really come into his own as a player. He's now hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer against southpaws this year and was the only offensive threat against Miley all night. Overall, the 27-year-old has a .273/.333/.580 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI in 22 games. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Seager goes deep in win over Royals
    Kyle Seager launched fifth home run of the season off Yordano Ventura in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Seager capped off a huge four-run first inning for the Mariners with a three-run blast. He followed it up with a double and a walk later in the game, making it a very productive night overall. The 28-year-old is only hitting .159/.266/.378 on the year but his .129 BABIP is by far the worst in the majors among qualified players. Expect his performance to skyrocket in the coming months, as that batted-ball luck sorts itself out. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Drury launches two-run homer in loss to COL
    Brandon Drury temporarily tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks ultimately lost it in the ninth.

    Advice: Drury is hitting .294/.310/.588 with four homers and 10 RBI, and he has now started seven-consecutive games at four different positions. The top-100 prospect is worth adding in deeper leagues, as he's a sneaky power option with second-base eligibility. It's worth noting, though, that he only has one walk in 71 PA. Patience has never been his forte in the minors, and big-league pitchers have a funny way of exploiting that weakness. His leash won't be too long, either, as the Diamondbacks have plenty of good hitters jockeying for playing time. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Perez homers in loss to Marlins
    Hernan Perez launched a two-out, two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: He made his second appearance of the campaign on Saturday and supplied his club with fleeting hope with his pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning off lefty Craig Breslow. He's only with the big-league club due to an injury to Scooter Gennett (oblique) and isn't currently worth owning in any fantasy format. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    W, 14-5 vs x Mia
  • Lawrie homers, steals base against Orioles
    Brett Lawrie homered, stole a base and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Lawrie hit a solo home run, his third of the season, in the fourth inning before walking to lead off the seventh. He promptly stole second base -- his second steal of the year -- and came around to score on an Austin Jackson RBI single. In his first year with the Sox, Lawrie is hitting .267/.347/.444 with nine RBI and 14 runs scored. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Freese has two more hits, run scored Saturday
    David Freese went 2-for-4 with a run scored Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Freese now has multi-hit games in three of his last six contests. A late signing by the Pirates, the third baseman has been one of the team's best hitters through the month of April, batting .293/.387/.402 with a home run, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Even when Jung Ho Kang returns in a few days, Freese should still find his way into the lineup with regularity as long as he continues to produce. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Chisenhall goes 3-for-4, steals base vs. PHI
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Making his first start after missing two games with a neck strain, Chisenhall enjoyed his best game yet. He doubled among his three hits and stole his first base of the season. Through seven games played, the 27-year-old is batting .227/.227/.364. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Longoria hits fourth homer in win over Jays
    Evan Longoria hit his fourth home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria connected for a solo blast in the sixth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. April hasn't been kind to the 30-year-old, who's hitting .232/.263/.421 in the month. Historically, April has been his best month, so hopefully he bucks the trend and continues to get better as the season goes along. Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • White continues slide with 0-for-3 afternoon
    Tyler White's slump continued Saturday, finishing 0-for-3 in a loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: White came out of the gate like gangbusters, but his ridiculous start has helped mask the fact that he hasn't done much since the second week of the season. In his last 13 games, White is 5-for-47 (.106) with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored with 14 strikeouts. The Cinderella story appears to have come to an unceremonious end. Yesterday, 3:50 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler White Hou - 1B,3B
    W, 2-1 ^ @Oak
  • Maddon not sure if Bryant (ankle) will play Sunday
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon hasn't decided if Kris Bryant (ankle) will play on Sunday.

    Advice: Bryant sprained his ankle Thursday and wasn't in the starting lineup on Friday, though he was on deck to pinch-hit. "I'll debate whether to play him or not," said Maddon. "If we don't start him for sure, he'll be able to come off the bench." Javier Baez filled in at third base Friday and would likely do so the same Sunday if Bryant sits. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Prado has three more hits Friday
    Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Friday, 9:50 pm
    L, 14-5 ^ @Mil
  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:50 pm
    L, 14-5 ^ @Mil
  • Espinosa socks two-run homer vs. Cards
    Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season. Friday, 9:15 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • David Wright won't play for Mets on Saturday
    David Wright is scheduled to receive a day of rest on Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets will continue to give their oft-injured third baseman regular rest this season in an effort to keep him healthy and on the field for the majority of the season. Expect to see Wilmer Flores in the lineup at the hot corner on Saturday. Friday, 7:57 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ SF
  • Harrison launches first homer to lead Bucs
    Josh Harrison launched his first home run of the 2016 season on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds.

    Advice: Harrison's fourth-inning blast off Dan Straily increased the Bucs' early lead to 2-0 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has been outstanding at the plate through the season's first month, slashing .333/.372/.448 with a homer, 14 RBI and four stolen bases. Friday, 7:53 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Brett Lawrie goes deep in loss to Orioles
    Brett Lawrie went deep for the second time this season as the White Sox lost to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: His solo shot off Brad Brach in the seventh inning briefly pulled the White Sox even at 3-3, but wound up being the extent of their scoring. Lawrie finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .264/.340/.414 with two bombs and eight RBI on the season. Friday, 7:23 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Alex Guerrero to play in extended spring game
    Alex Guerrero (knee) is slated to begin playing in extended spring training games next week.

    Advice: Guerrero suffered a bruised knee in spring training and has been very slow to progress. It appears that he's finally making tangible progress toward a return, though there's still no clear estimate for when he may rejoin the big league club. Friday, 6:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs x SD
  • Danny Valencia continues baseball activities
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) ran sprints on Thursday and has continued to hit off of a tee and pitching machine.

    Advice: Valencia is sidelined with a strained left hamstring, but it's looking as though he may only need a minimum stint on the disabled list. Before he was sidelined, Valencia was hitting .294/.345/.353 with two RBI in 14 games. Friday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Kris Bryant (ankle) not in Friday's lineup
    Kris Bryant (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant turned his right ankle on Thursday and underwent a precautionary MRI, but the results confirmed that the sprain is minor. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the third baseman "may miss a couple days," but adds that the Cubs are "not worried" about the injury. Javier Baez is filling in at the hot corner on Friday. Friday, 7:59 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Tyler Saladino nursing some back tightness
    Tyler Saladino has been dealing with some back tightness of late.

    Advice: It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection. Friday, 6:09 am
    W, 7-1 x @Bal
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Friday, 5:45 am
  • Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats. Thursday, 9:16 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Was
  • Machado's grand slam helps O's down White Sox
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBI and three runs scored as the Orioles trounced the White Sox 10-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Machado jumped on a slider from reliever Jake Petricka in the sixth inning to turn a relatively close game into a blowout. The homer was his seventh of the season, tying him for second-most in the American League (including with his teammate Chris Davis). The 23-year-old has 16 RBI and 19 runs scored to go with a .333/.389/.678 line through 21 games. Thursday, 7:55 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Espinosa hitless in loss to Phillies
    Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying. Thursday, 6:25 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Bryant (ankle) to undergo precautionary MRI
    Kris Bryant will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right ankle.

    Advice: Bryant suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning on Thursday. The Cubs appear confident that it's nothing serious, but there should be more clarity on his status soon. Thursday, 3:24 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Kris Bryant exited game after rolling ankle
    Kris Bryant is being evaluated after he rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning.

    Advice: Bryant singled and eventually came around to score in the third inning. He was also hit by a pair of pitches during the game, but his exit wasn't related to this injury. More should be known on his status on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Kris Bryant exits game after two HBPs
    Kris Byrant left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning after being hit by a pair of pitches.

    Advice: Bryant was hit by Taylor Jungmann in the first and fourth innings. He ran the bases after being hit in the fourth inning, but Javier Baez eventually replaced him in left field to begin the fifth inning. The Cubs should pass along an update at some point on Thursday evening. Thursday, 1:11 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • 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. Thursday, 10:14 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs x NYY
  • Brewers add Hernan Perez to MLB roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of INF Hernan Perez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Perez will give the Brewers much-needed infield depth while Scooter Gennett recovers from an oblique strain. He's a .235/.251/.307 career hitter at the MLB level. Thursday, 8:00 am
    W, 14-5 vs x Mia
  • Back-to-back rehab games for Kang (knee)
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is playing in back-to-back games for the second time during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Getting his rehab work in at Triple-A Indianapolis, Kang went 2-for-5 with a home run on Tuesday. He will be back at it on Wednesday. Trainer Tom Tomcyzk said that the 29-year-old is showing "good signs" in his recovery from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia. He could return to the Pirates in early May barring a health setback. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Chisenhall (neck) not in Wednesday lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the Twins.

    Advice: Chisenhall was lifted from Tuesday's game with the Twins in the bottom of the fifth inning after he strained his neck while attempting to make a diving catch. Marlon Byrd takes his place in right field on Wednesday and is batting eighth. We could see Chisenhall back in action when the Indians face the Phillies this weekend. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Kang (knee) goes deep in rehab game at AAA
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) went 2-for-5 with a homer Tuesday in a rehab game at Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He entered the day 1-for-19 on his minor league rehab assignment. Kang has made a relatively smooth recovery from last year's severe left leg injury and should be just about ready to rejoin the Pirates' active roster. The 29-year-old infielder batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games last season. He will be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 6:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Moustakas clubs solo homer in loss to Angels
    Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Moustakas opened the game promisingly enough, burning Angels starter Jered Weaver for a solo home run in the first inning. It would be his only hit on the evening, though, and an ineffective Edinson Volquez would ensure that the four runs scored by the Royals in the contest would fall in vain. Moustakas is hitting a shiny .267/.337/.613 with five doubles, seven homers and 11 RBI over his first 75 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:10 pm
  • Freese gets on the board with first homer
    David Freese hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Freese followed Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the first inning with one of his own. It had to be a bit of a weight lifted off his shoulders after going his first 20 games in a Pirates uniform without a dinger. Despite the power outage, it's been a good first month thus far for the third sacker, who's hitting .278/.374/.392 with six RBI and 13 runs scored. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Chisenhall exits game with strained neck
    Lonnie Chisenhall left Tuesday's game against the Twins with a neck strain.

    Advice: Chisenhall suffered the strain on a diving catch attempt in the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced in right field by Marlon Byrd. He's day-to-day for now. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Sano plays walk-off hero in win over Indians
    Miguel Sano delivered a game-winning, walk-off single as the Twins defeated the Indians 6-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano was hitless in three at-bats when he stepped up to the plate with two on and one out in the ninth. Against Indians closer Cody Allen -- and after an intentional walk to Joe Mauer to get to Sano -- the 22-year-old knocked a single to center to plate the winning run. More known for his prodigious power, Sano is hitting .243/.371/.392 with three homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored in the early going. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
  • Tyler White dropped to sixth spot in order
    Tyler White has been dropped to the sixth spot in the Astros' lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: White opened the season on fire, but the 25-year-old rookie is batting just .083/.171/.278 with 14 strikeouts over his last 41 plate appearances. He should bounce back somewhat from this rut, though White is probably just keeping the seat warm for top first base prospect A.J. Reed. Preston Tucker is batting fifth on Tuesday against the Mariners. Tuesday, 2:56 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler White Hou - 1B,3B
    W, 2-1 ^ @Oak
  • Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee on Monday
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Marlins activate Prado from paternity leave
    Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Prado was excused from the team on Saturday afternoon to welcome a new child. The veteran third baseman returns Tuesday to an impressive .340/.382/.420 batting line. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
    L, 14-5 ^ @Mil
  • Roberts has 'no idea' about Alex Guerrero
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has "no idea" about the status of Alex Guerrero (knee).

    Advice: He hasn't played yet this year after bruising his knee in spring training. The Dodgers are caught between a rock and a hard place with Guerrero, who doesn't fit on the major league roster but can't be sent to the minors without his consent. "He's still in Glendale, I guess rehabbing," said Roberts. "You would think he's getting better." It doesn't sound like the Dodgers are in any rush to activate him. Tuesday, 9:18 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs x SD
  • Kyle Seager hits fourth homer
    Kyle Seager hit his fourth homer of the year Monday off the Astros' Doug Fister.

    Advice: Seager is still hitting just .141, but his slump might be nearing its end. It's not like he's been striking out a ton or struggling to hit for power... he should be just fine. Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Tyler White goes hitless in fourth straight
    Tyler White walked and scored a run on Monday, but he went hitless for a fourth straight game.

    Advice: White is in a 3-for-36 slump that's taken his average from .483 to .262. He still has his five homers and 13 RBI in 65 at-bats, so one need not overreact. However, the jury is still out on whether he's the answer at first base for the Astros. Monday, 10:33 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler White Hou - 1B,3B
    W, 2-1 ^ @Oak
  • Jung Ho Kang (knee) 1-for-15 on rehab
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) is 1-for-15 through five rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He does have four walks. Kang is trying to get his timing right at the plate after missing most of spring training following last year's major leg injury. If he begins to shake off some of the rust this week, his return to the Pirates' active roster should become imminent. Kang, 29, batted .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 126 major league games in 2015. Apr 25, 5:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x Cin
  • Kyle Seager slugs three-run homer vs. Halos
    Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the Mariners' 9-4 defeat of the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: The three-run shot off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker capped off a four-run opening frame for the visiting team. Seager has gotten off to a sluggish start at the plate this season, batting just .134/.227/.299, but he does have three home runs and nine RBI in 17 games. He'll get it all working eventually. Apr 24, 4:10 pm
  • David Wright getting the day off Sunday
    David Wright will get the day off Sunday against Atlanta.

    Advice: The veteran is just getting a breather. Wilmer Flores will fill in at third base. Wright is off to somewhat of a slow start (.254 AVG) but at least he's been relatively healthy, appearing in 14 of the Mets' first 16 games. Apr 23, 8:30 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ SF
  • Wright doubles his pleasure to down Braves
    David Wright went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI as the Mets beat the Braves 8-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, and he's got seven doubles through his first 14 games. He's hitting .254/.362/.475 with two homers, four RBI, nine runs scored and two steals thus far. His health is never a given, but Wright is showing he still has some life in his bat when he can stay on the field. Apr 23, 7:47 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ SF
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the first time this year. Carpenter had a tough night Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third error of the season. Jedd Gyorko will fill in at third base and bat seventh. Kolten Wong is hitting leadoff in place of Carpenter. Apr 23, 1:44 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Was
  • Martin Prado going on paternity leave
    Marlins placed 3B Martin Prado on the paternity list.

    Advice: That might explain why Prado hasn't been in the lineup the last two nights. Left-hander Cody Ege was called up from Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Prado should be back in a few days. Apr 23, 1:19 pm
    L, 14-5 ^ @Mil
  • Tyler White not in Astros lineup Saturday
    Tyler White is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: There's no injury involved, just a day of rest for the hot-hitting White. Marwin Gonzalez will spell him at first base and hit seventh for the Astros against Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox. Apr 23, 10:07 am
    Player Note
    Tyler White Hou - 1B,3B
    W, 2-1 ^ @Oak
  • Miguel Sano starting at third base Saturday
    Miguel Sano is starting at third base for the first time this season on Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Sano has played exclusively in right field thus far in 2016. If he can prove to be passable defensively at third base, it certainly helps the club's flexibility going forward and also does a lot to increase Sano's fantasy value. Apr 23, 8:05 am
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
  • Moustakas homers once, doubles twice in win
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run homer, driving in three runs in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: It's five or six years after it was supposed to have happened, but Moustakas has asserted himself as a quality big-league third baseman at the plate. He's now hitting .290/.343/.661 with six homers, and his strikeout rate (10.4 percent) has dropped for the third-consecutive season. All in all, the 27-year-old has shown that his breakout performance a year ago wasn't all smoke and mirrors and, now, maybe the prodigious is finally arriving. Apr 22, 9:22 pm
  • Machado hits sixth homer of season in loss
    Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in Friday night's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Machado stuffs the box score every night, and if Bryce Harper wasn't putting up obscene numbers in Washington, everyone would be talking about the Orioles' third baseman and how he's perhaps the front-runner for AL MVP. He's now hitting .397/.449/.794 with six homers and 10 RBI. He's decent at baseball. Apr 22, 9:13 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Brett Lawrie plates two in win over Rangers
    Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs on Friday, helping to lead the White Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Lawrie's two-run double in the sixth inning increased the White Sox advantage to 4-0 at the time and would prove to be more than enough support for Jose Quintana. Lawrie also drew a walk in the contest and is now hitting a solid .288/.364/.424 with six RBI on the young season. Apr 22, 8:25 pm
    W, 7-1 ^ @Bal
  • Miguel Sano blasts third homer in loss Friday
    Miguel Sano blasted his third home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Twins to overcome the Nationals.

    Advice: Sano's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Twins to within 8-4, but that would be as close as they'd get. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is now hitting .263/.391/.456 with three long balls and six RBI on the young season. Apr 22, 7:40 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
  • MRI confirms hamstring strain for Valencia
    The Athletics announced Friday that MRI results confirmed the diagnosis of a mild to moderate hamstring strain for Danny Valencia.

    Advice: Valencia was placed on the disabled list on Thursday due to the injury. While it's encouraging news that there isn't a more serious issue at play. Valencia will still be sidelined for the next several weeks. Chris Coghlan will continue to see increased action in his absence. Apr 22, 6:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Friday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Prado isn't known to be hurt, but this is the second time in the last three games he's been benched. Derek Dietrich is starting at third base and J.T. Realmuto is in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Apr 22, 2:54 pm
    L, 14-5 ^ @Mil
  • Lonnie Chisenhall an option in center field
    Lonnie Chisenhall played center field in his final rehab game and could be an option to play there with the Indians.

    Advice: The Indians planned to give Chisenhall a test drive in center field during spring training, but he never got the chance due to injury. He didn't begin playing right field until midseason last year, but he took to the position quickly and manager Terry Francona thinks Chisenhall could handle center. "Looking at Lonnie’s skill-set, he should be able to play center field," Francona said. "And by everybody’s scouting report, he did fine. You just never know. It’s almost like every time you have a backup player on the bench, you want to make sure he can play shortstop. Having another guy that can play center field, whether we pinch hit, it may allow us to pinch hit more often or make a move." Apr 22, 6:25 am
  • Machado's two hits, two RBI extend streak
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Two hits and two RBI is just another day at the office for the third baseman, who is now batting .407/.462/.780 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored on the year. He owns a 14-game hitting streak, having hit safely in every game this season, and he leads the AL in batting average, slugging and OPS. There is surely a pitcher capable of slowing the 23-year-old, he just may not have been born yet. Apr 21, 8:30 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Danny Valencia lands on disabled list
    Athletics placed 3B Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: The A's haven't announced a corresponding roster move, though Tyler Ladendorf wasn't in the lineup Thursday night for Triple-A Nashville, which could be a sign that he's on his way to Oakland. Valencia said he heard something pop during an at-bat Wednesday night. Valencia was quietly excellent last year (.290, 18 HR, 66 RBI) and was off to another strong start before his injury (.294 in 51 at-bats). Chris Coghlan should get most of the work at third base during his absence. Apr 21, 7:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Moustakas hits fifth home run against Tigers
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Moustakas hit the home run, a solo shot, off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning. That seems to be the only way he gets them this year -- all five of his home runs this season have come with the bases empty. Moustakas is hitting .259/.317./569 with six RBI and seven runs scored in total. Apr 21, 7:33 pm
  • Bryant's grand slam, six RBI pace Cubs
    Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBI in the Cubs' 16-0 beatdown of the Reds.

    Advice: Bryant basically doubled his home run and RBI totals with the monster night, as he came in with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 games. His second homer of the night was a grand slam, the third of his career. The great evening raised his batting average 40 points, leaving his line at .273/.333/.500 on the season. Apr 21, 7:29 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Valencia (hamstring) could be headed to the DL
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) could require a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: While Valencia's injury isn't considered serious, Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged that hamstrings often take more than a few days to heal. Beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle believes the A's will call up Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Nashville if Valencia is placed on the disabled list. Apr 21, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-1 vs x Hou
  • Miguel Sano reaches five times in win
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBI and three walks as the Twins cruised past the Brewers 5-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time in Sano's young career that he's reached five times. It probably won't be the last time. Sano is 8-for-18 with two homers in his last five games, raising his average from .143 to .245. Apr 21, 2:17 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
  • Molitor considering moving Sano to third
    Twins manager Paul Molitor hasn't ruled out moving Miguel Sano to third base.

    Advice: The Twins shifted Sano to right field to accommodate DH Byung Ho Park this year, but so far the experiment has been a total flop. Sano has looked out of his element in right field and the added stress of learning a new position might be affecting his bat (.216 AVG in 51 at-bats). Moving Sano to third base with Trevor Plouffe (intercostal strain) sidelined might be a way to clear his head. Sano played third base in the minors and started nine games there in 2015. Apr 21, 12:40 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Det
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