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  • John Axford collects sixth save of the season
    John Axford collected his sixth save of the year Saturday as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 in the second half of a doubleheader at Coors Field.

    Advice: Axford gave up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, but that's all the damage the Giants could muster down two in the ninth. Axford has been pretty steady all season and is now running away with the Rockies' ninth-inning gig. He's obviously a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues, even as the closer on a bad Colorado team.
    Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Petit allows four runs over six innings
    Yusmeiro Petit allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday as the Giants dropped the second half of a doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Petit hadn't gone more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' most-trusted long reliever, so that he was able to make it through six (on just 81 pitches) was a big help to the Giants' pitching staff as a whole. But the Colorado offense got to him for two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to split the doubleheader. Petit will head back to the bullpen now.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Rizzo drives in six as Cubs top Diamondbacks
    Anthony Rizzo finished 2-for-5 with a home run and six RBI in the Cubs' 9-6 defeat of the Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Arizona.

    Advice: Rizzo slugged a go-ahead three-run bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning off Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa and then gave the Cubs the lead for good with a three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the top of the ninth. The six RBI tied his career-high. Rizzo is batting .322/.444/.586 with nine home runs, 29 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 42 games this season. He also has nine stolen bases as a cherry on top for fantasy owners.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa allows four runs to Cubs
    Rubby De La Rosa allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: De La Rosa appeared headed for another good outing before the top of the fifth inning, when he hit Kris Bryant with the bases loaded and then Anthony Rizzo followed with a bases-clearing three-run double. De La Rosa yielded just four hits in all and struck out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander has emerged as a solid mixed-league starter and has a favorable matchup next week in Milwaukee.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Bolsinger holds Padres to one hit over eight
    Mike Bolsinger delivered eight shutout innings Saturday in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Bolsinger was absolutely terrific, yielding only one hit while striking out eight against a plenty-good Padres lineup. He did not walk a batter. The 27-year-old has posted tremendous numbers this season between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, and he's worth a shot in mixed fantasy leagues while the fire is lit. Some regression is probably coming. A road date with the Cardinals is next.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Kennedy allows two runs in loss to Dodgers
    Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Joc Pederson slugged a solo shot off Kennedy in the bottom of the first and then Justin Turner smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Kennedy was otherwise sharp, yielding only six total hits and zero walks while striking out six Los Angeles hitters. The 30-year-old will carry a 2-4 record, 6.11 ERA, and 1.39 WHIP into his next start at home against the Pirates. He's been very inconsistent this season, but better results should be coming.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Pederson slugs 12th homer, Dodgers top Pads
    Joc Pederson slugged his 12th home run of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: It was a first-inning solo shot off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Pederson, 23, boasts a .943 OPS through 42 games this season and he's on pace for 46 homers and 100 runs scored. Just give him the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Davis goes hit-less in six at-bats vs Marlins
    Chris Davis went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in Saturday's 13-inning loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Giving six consecutive at-bats to Chris Davis is just asking for multiple strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Orioles, Davis didn't counteract the four strikeouts with any offensive pyrotechnics. The hit-less game dropped his season batting line to .210/.290/.427. He does have eight home runs and 21 driven in, but he doesn't offer much beyond the power.
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Indians send Brett Hayes to Triple-A
    Indians optioned C Brett Hayes to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: The Indians needed to make room for Yan Gomes, who comes off the disabled list Sunday. Hayes hit .156 with three homers and six RBI in his 14 games for the Tribe.
    Yesterday, 5:06 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs Cin
  • Strasburg shelled for six runs in loss to PHI
    Stephen Strasburg was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings as the Nationals fell to the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Strasburg had a mostly-clean first two innings, but the Phillies tallied four runs in the third and another two in the fourth to drive the struggling right-hander from the game. He now has a 6.50 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings this season. Maybe that shoulder is still barking.
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Posey sitting out first game of doubleheader
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: He'll be back in there behind the plate for the nightcap. Andrew Susac is starting in his place behind the dish and will bat eighth against Jordan Lyles.
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Michael Brantley not in Tribe lineup Saturday
    Michael Brantley is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the All-Star outfielder. Brantley is enjoying another terrific season for the Indians, slashing .319/.397/.511 with four homers and 26 RBI in 35 games. He'll be back in there on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Bud Norris destroyed in rehab start on Friday
    Bud Norris (illness) was absolutely destroyed in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, allowing nine runs on 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander threw just 47 of his 72 pitches for strikes on the day. While he is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 26, the Orioles may choose to extend his rehab assignment after this debacle combined with his early-season struggles.
    Yesterday, 8:29 am
    15-Day DL
  • Joc Pederson hits 11th homer in victory
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 and hit a tiebreaking homer off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning Friday as the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1.

    Advice: That's 11 homers for Pederson, so he's still on pace for right around 40. Of course, he's not going to keep that up, but he's the obvious Rookie of the Year favorite at the moment.
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Porcello gives up seven runs in loss
    Rick Porcello was tagged for seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: It was his shortest outing of the season. Porcello gave up two runs over the first four innings before coming unglued in the fifth, which ended up being a nine-run inning for the Angels. The final run was charged to him after he was pulled from the ballgame. His ERA jumped from 4.26 to 5.07 with the clunker. He'll try to wipe the slate clean with a start against the Twins on the road next week.
    Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Marlins purchase contract of Vin Mazzaro
    Marlins purchased the contract of RHP Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll function as an extra reliever in the Marlins bullpen while they attempt to sort out their rotation in the wake of Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez heading to the disabled list. The 28-year-old owns a 3.15 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 20 innings out of the bullpen at Triple-A New Orleans this year.
    Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit to make spot start Saturday
    Yusmeiro Petit will start the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: That's assuming he isn't needed in relief on Friday. Petit hasn't thrown more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' long reliever, so the club would probably be thrilled to get five frames out of him on Saturday.
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • Posey goes off for 2B, HR, 3 hits vs. Dodgers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 4-0 triumph versus the rival Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey entered the night as a strong play in daily leagues against the left-hander Brett Anderson, and he paid off for those investing handsomely. Interestingly, the homer came against right-hander Yimi Garcia, not Anderson. Posey, on an eight-game hitting streak, is slashing .308/.379/.476.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Posey drives in a run and walks as Giants win
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with an RBI single to left-center off of Carlos Frias. As the Dodgers were shut out, it turned out to be the deciding hit. The catcher is now on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of 16 games so far this month. Posey is batting .295/.369/.439 with six home runs and 19 RBI on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Axford shuts Phils down for his fifth save
    John Axford disposed of the Phillies in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his fifth save as the Rockies eked out a 6-5 victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: Axford got ground outs from Cesar Hernandez and Ben Revere before getting Freddy Galvis to fly out to center to end the game. The lowly Rockies have won only three games dating back to April 28, so Axford has seen few save chances. He's 5-for-5 with a 1.13 ERA and a 7/4 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Norris (illness) to make rehab start May 22
    Bud Norris (illness) will make a minor league rehab start on May 22 at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Norris has been out since May 11 with a case of bronchitis. If his rehab debut goes well, he could be cleared to rejoin the Orioles' rotation immediately after.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
    15-Day DL
  • De La Rosa takes no-decision in 9-inning gem
    Rubby De La Rosa limited the Marlins to two runs over nine innings but got a no-decision as the D'Backs needed 13 innings to dispose of the opposition.

    Advice: De La Rosa was working on a shutout until he hung a breaking ball to J.T. Realmuto in the seventh inning, resulting in a game-tying two-run home run. It was one of only six hits the right-hander allowed while walking none and striking out five. Aside from his mediocre start to open the season, De La Rosa has been rather effective. He currently carries a 4.08 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 47/12 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. His next outing will come at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Norris (bronchitis) lands on disabled list
    Orioles placed RHP Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11, with bronchitis.

    Advice: It's an ailment he's dealt with for the better part of a week and the O's have decided it's best just to shut him down for a while. He'll be eligible for activation on May 26 and could be ready to go at that time.
    Monday, 4:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bud Norris (bronchitis) could land on the DL
    Bud Norris (bronchitis) could be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Norris has been battling a case of bronchitis since last week and has lost some strength to the illness. Tyler Wilson is on the taxi squad for the Orioles and could be officially recalled early this week.
    Monday, 12:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bolsinger pitches six innings of shutout ball
    Mike Bolsinger gave up just three hits over six innings without allowing a run to the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Bolsinger struck out six and walked two in a 1-0 win. He threw 85 pitches during his time on the mound. This was Bolsinger's second start since being called up on May 12 and he should continue to see run in the Dodger rotation as they work their way through some injuries. In 17 1/3 innings this season, Bolsinger's allowed two runs on 13 hits, with a 14/6 K/BB ratio. The numbers have been nice and he's a decent stop-gap option in NL-only leagues, though we'd still caution against putting too much faith in him for mixed league play. Bolsinger will try to keep up his strong run when he takes on the rival Padres at home in his next start.
    May 17, 3:54 pm
  • Brantley strokes RBI double in loss to TEX
    Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Brantley gave the Indians their only run of the contest when he doubled off of Nick Martinez in the fifth inning. He also walked and struck out once--the strikeout was just his seventh of the season. Brantley's been insanely productive thus far and is now hitting .348/.429/.565 with four homers, 22 RBI and 20 runs scored. He's also 6-for-6 on steals.
    May 17, 3:17 pm
  • Rizzo walks twice in loss to Pirates
    Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-2 with two walks in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: The Cubs didn't do much of anything against A.J. Burnett on Sunday, but Rizzo did manage to eke out a few free passes in the loss. With the walks, his OBP peaked up to an eye-popping .470. Rizzo's hitting .344/.470/.603 with eight home runs, 23 RBI and 26 runs scored in what's been an MVP-caliber season to this point.
    May 17, 2:48 pm
  • Porcello goes six-plus as Red Sox top M's
    Rick Porcello held the Mariners to two runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a 4-2 win for the Red Sox.

    Advice: Porcello gave up solo jacks to Brad Miller in the first and fifth innings, but he was otherwise dominant. The right-hander struck out six batters while moving to 4-2 on the year with a 4.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 44/13 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings. He'll try to stay hot next week against the Angels.
    May 16, 9:12 pm
  • Joc Pederson getting the day off Saturday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: As far as we know, it's a routine off day for the young center fielder. Pederson has easily been the Dodgers' most productive outfielder this season, leading the way with 10 HR and 21 RBI. His high strikeout rate is concerning (44 Ks in 111 at-bats) but the 23-year-old should be able to iron that out with more reps. With Pederson sidelined, Enrique Hernandez will grab the start in center field.
    May 16, 2:08 pm
  • Bud Norris (bronchitis) won't go on Sunday
    Bud Norris (bronchitis) won't start Sunday against the Angels.

    Advice: Norris lost some weight from the illness and won't be ready to pitch again until early next week. Chris Tillman, who is dealing with back stiffness, won't be available either. With those two sidelined, the Orioles will likely turn to Mike Wright to pitch Sunday's series finale. The underachieving Norris has only thrown two quality starts in six outings this season.
    May 16, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brantley reaches base five times vs. Rangers
    Michael Brantley went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Brantley also walked twice, so he reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances Friday. The 28-year-old had a minor scare with his back about a month ago, but you wouldn't know it by the numbers he has put up so far this season. He's batting .349/.427/.560 through 28 games and has only struck out five times thus far.
    May 15, 9:40 pm
  • Posey hits two-run homer vs. Reds
    Buster Posey connected for a two-run homer in Friday's 10-2 win over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his sixth home run of the season. Posey has knocked in six runs over the past three games and owns a .286/.364/.444 batting line on the year. He currently has more walks (16) than strikeouts (13). The Giants are set to get Hunter Pence back from the disabled list on Saturday, which should only help Posey.
    May 15, 7:29 pm
  • Possible bronchitis to sideline Bud Norris
    The Orioles believe that Bud Norris has come down with bronchitis.

    Advice: The ailment will keep Norris out for Saturday's scheduled start. Ubaldo Jimenez will go in his place. Norris could toe the rubber on Sunday if he's feeling better, but if the bronchitis still has him feeling low, Chris Tillman might take that start.
    May 15, 6:52 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rizzo homers and drives in two in wild win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 11-10, 12-inning win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his eighth of the season. He also had a pair of singles in the marathon contest, which saw the Cubs blow a 7-1 lead before coming back to win in extras. Rizzo just continues to rake and is now hitting a sterling .341/.468/.611 with eight home runs, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored.
    May 15, 4:53 pm
  • Bud Norris could miss start due to illness
    Bud Norris could be scratched from Saturday's start against the Angels due to illness.

    Advice: He was also under the weather a week ago and has had a recurrence of symptoms. Norris will be checked out later Friday and an update on his status could be available then. The Orioles would push up Ubaldo Jimenez to Saturday and Chris Tillman to Sunday if Norris can't go.
    May 15, 1:40 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Strasburg trying to fix his mechanical issues
    Stephen Strasburg threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday without incident.

    Advice: Strasburg indicated feeling good afterwards and has no lingering soreness in his shoulder. He also pointed out that he believes the issue from Tuesday's disaster against the Diamondbacks was a combination of bad mechanics and poor pitch selection. Fantasy owners may want to take a wait and see approach to make sure he's corrected his issues before putting him back out there.
    May 14, 4:39 pm
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