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  • Bogaerts has walk-off single vs. Orioles
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

    Advice: Mike Napoli led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk against Brian Matusz before Daniel Nava sacrificed him over to second and Bogaerts cashed him in with a bloop single to right field. It was his first career walk-off hit. Bogaerts, who also had a run scored on the night, now owns a healthy .395/.452/.474 batting line through nine games this season. The Red Sox are 7-3 on the year. Rotoworld.com
    28 minutes ago
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Jeremy Guthrie gives up four runs on Friday
    Jeremy Guthrie gave up four runs on seven hits over six-plus innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Guthrie struck out a pair without issuing a walk in the ballgame. While he wasn't outstanding, he did enough to keep his team in the ballgame and eventually they were able to pull out a victory, which is all they ask from the innings-eater. He should continue to be avoided in mixed leagues despite Wednesday's juicy matchup against the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
  • Mets' Familia notches another save
    Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Marlins for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Familia struck out two in the inning and worked around a two-out single to lock down the win. Pushed into the closer role after Jenrry Mejia's elbow injury and PED suspension, the 25-year-old appears poised to run away with the opportunity. He's currently tied with Atlanta's Jason Grilli for the major league lead in saves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:29 pm
  • Danny Salazar will remain in Indians rotation
    Indians manager Terry Francona clarified Friday that Danny Salazar will remain in the starting rotation after Saturday's start against the Twins.

    Advice: There had been speculation that it would just be a spot start for the young right-hander, but instead he'll bump Zach McAllister to the Tribe's bullpen. With his high-strikeout ability, he makes a terrific free agent target in mixed leagues where he happens to be available. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:30 pm
     
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  • Jason Hammel takes no-decision Friday.
    Jason Hammel was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 frames in Friday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled in the seventh inning with two runners on and a 4-2 lead before watching Brian Schlitter serve up a three-run dinger to Wil Myers. The right-hander struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and one walk. Hammels boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio through his first 12 1/3 innings, suggesting that his 5.11 ERA is likely to come down in a hurry. He takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:42 pm
  • Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:39 pm
  • Vic Black could return within a week
    Vic Black (shoulder) could rejoin the Mets' bullpen within the next week.

    Advice: Black has already made one rehab appearance. He'll be used in a setup role once activated. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:37 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs Mia
  • Avisail Garcia goes deep in Friday's loss
    Avisail Garcia launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He took David Price deep to the opposite field in the second inning to open the scoring. Garcia is off to a nice start at the plate this season, batting .333/.400/.519, but that was his first home run and just his third RBI. He has big breakout potential from the middle of the White Sox' batting order. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Caleb Thielbar recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled LHP Caleb Thielbar from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He'll give the Twins another left relief option with Brian Duensing (intercostal) out. Thielbar has posted a 2.59 ERA over 103 relief appearances the last two seasons with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:08 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) ruled out through weekend
    Jose Reyes (rib) will not play this weekend.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will wait until after Monday's off day to see if Reyes is feeling well enough to play through a small fracture in his left rib cage. If he's still in pain Tuesday, they'll place him on the disabled list. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:31 pm
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Kyle Skipworth optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He was only up for a few days and didn't see any action. Tucker Barnhart is up in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:25 pm
     
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    L, 6-1 x @StL
  • Neil Walker getting a breather Friday
    Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a routine day of rest. Sean Rodriguez is getting a start at second base in Walker's place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:59 am
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Mil
  • Tony Sanchez optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Chris Stewart is off the DL, so there's no longer a need for Sanchez. He'll represent depth at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:05 am
     
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    W, 6-3 vs x Mil
  • Jose Reyes dealing with fracture in rib cage
    An MRI has revealed that Jose Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage.

    Advice: The Blue Jays haven't ruled out him being able to play through it, as manager John Gibbons said the club should know later Friday whether a trip to the disabled list will be required. Reyes had been dealing with the ailment for a bit before being removed from Thursday's game when it became too painful. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:28 am
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:10 am
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Ender Inciarte to play 'most every day'
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that Ender Inciarte is going to be in the lineup "most every day now."

    Advice: "The way he's played, he's forced his way in there," Hale added. The owner of a .405/.450/.568 batting line with six RBI and two stolen bases, Inciarte has settled into the leadoff spot the last two games, with A.J. Pollock moving down to the two-hole. Hale's commitment for the time being to Inciarte hurts David Peralta the most, as Peralta will now be the fourth outfielder rather than share time in left field. It could also mean a couple fewer starts for Pollock on days when Hale uses Inciarte in center. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:44 am
  • Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The veteran infielder is expected to take the next couple of days off, but is hopeful that he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though how quickly his oblique responds to treatment may determine that. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Jeurys Familia notches fourth save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for a save against the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Familia got Wednesday off after pitching three straight days, but he was right back in the saddle tonight. One wonders if the Mets will risk using him for the fifth time in six days if they generate another save chance tomorrow. They could turn to Jerry Blevins or Carlos Torres instead, since they don't want to burn Familia out in April. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Jose Reyes leaves game with rib injury
    Jose Reyes was removed from Thursday's game against the Rays in the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.

    Advice: Reyes has been batting an oblique issue for awhile, and this could be a recurrence of that, as opposed to a new injury. He was slated for a day of rest on Saturday, and that could be extended now that he's dealing with this ailment. The Jays should have an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Reyes to get the day off Saturday
    Jose Reyes is slated to get the day off Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are resting him for a day game after a night game on turf, which Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes could become a regular thing. Keep this in mind as the season moves along. Steve Tolleson will start at shortstop on Saturday while Ryan Goins will be a late-inning defensive replacement. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Danny Salazar to start Saturday versus Twins
    Danny Salazar will be called up Saturday to start against the Twins at Minnesota's Target Field.

    Advice: Salazar struck out seven batters and allowed only four hits over six scoreless innings in his one start this season for Triple-A Columbus. The 25-year-old right-hander has excellent swing-and-miss stuff and makes for an attractive fantasy streamer against the light-hitting Twins. He could be sent back down after the start if Carlos Carrasco (face) remains on track to return to the rotation Monday. Or maybe Zach McAllister will be left in the bullpen for good if Salazar pitches lights-out. There's a lot to be determined here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:07 pm
     
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  • Familia getting night off on Wednesday
    Jeurys Familia will be unavailable Wednesday.

    Advice: Familia has pitched three days straight, so he's getting the night off Wednesday against the Phillies. Carlos Torres and Jerry Blevins are the most likely fill-in options if a save opportunity arises. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts (knee) returns to lineup Wed.
    Xander Bogaerts (knee) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Bogaerts needed an MRI after tweaking his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game, but the test came back clean and he wound up missing just one game. The young infielder sports a nifty .433/.500/.533 batting line in the early going this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Avisail Garcia getting a breather Wednesday
    Avisail Garcia is not in the White Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Tyler Flowers is also sitting out, as J.B. Shuck is handling right field and Geovany Soto is at catcher. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:41 am
  • Familia allows homer but still gets 3rd save
    Jeurys Familia allowed a solo home run but was still able to record his third save of the season in Tuesday's win versus the Phillies.

    Advice: After Familia got the first out of the inning, Jeff Francoeur crushed a home run to left field to bring the Phillies to within one run. Familia, however, recovered with consecutive strikeouts of Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis to wrap up his third save. Despite the small hiccup, Familia should be reliable in the closer's role while Jenrry Mejia serves his 80-game suspension and Bobby Parnell continues to rehab. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Bogaerts' (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Xander Bogaerts' right knee came back negative.

    Advice: He could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. It's obviously great news for the Red Sox and Bogaerts' fantasy owners, as the shortstop has been scorching hot at the plate. He had injured his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Indians hope Brantley (back) can play Friday
    The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Inciarte out of D'Backs lineup on Tuesday
    Ender Inciarte is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Inciarte went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and four RBI in Monday's victory, but he'll be on the bench Tuesday night against Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne. David Peralta is playing left field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:33 pm
  • Brantley (back) has been examined extensively
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

    Advice: Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Black (shoulder) ready for rehab stint
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Black was sidelined for most of the spring with shoulder tendinitis, but he's feeling better now. He might only need a few appearances before joining the Mets' bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs Mia
  • Xander Bogaerts going for MRI on sore knee
    Xander Bogaerts was sent for an MRI on his right knee.

    Advice: Bogaerts is off to a red-hot start at the plate, so this is unfortunate to hear. The Red Sox should have an update on his status soon. Brock Holt will start in his place at shortstop Tuesday night against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Brantley (back) not in Indians lineup Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Bogaerts out of Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Brock Holt will start at shortstop against Stephen Strasburg. Shane Victorino is also sitting while Daniel Nava gets another start. Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez (foot) is in the lineup after making an early exit on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:06 am
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Inciarte logs three hits, four RBI in a win
    Ender Inciarte led the Diamondbacks to victory on Monday against the Padres, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and four RBI.

    Advice: Inciarte doubled in two runs in a four-run second inning for the D'Backs. He doubled and scored in the seventh, then tripled in another two runs in the eighth inning. Inciarte's hot start could be bad news for A.J. Pollock, as manager Chip Hale will want to keep Inciarte's bat in the lineup, at least for now. The 24-year-old is batting .393 (11-for-28) with six RBI. He has logged multiple hits in four of seven games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Jeurys Familia earns second save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a hitless ninth for his second save Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Familia walked one and threw just six of his 15 pitches for strikes, but that was good enough today. He's 2-for-2 closing out games since Jenrry Mejia went down, and he should be available to close tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Michael Saunders tests out hamstring
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) will resume his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders will rest on Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, but he tested out the hammy and feels OK. The Blue Jays are hoping he'll be ready for activation at some point during their 10-game homestand. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:11 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Reds recall Kyle Skipworth from Double-A
    Reds recalled C Kyle Skipworth from Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Skipworth hit just .216/.292/.407 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in 70 games for the Marlins Triple-A team last season. He's not fantasy relevant and is unlikely to see many at-bats for the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:35 pm
     
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    L, 6-1 x @StL
  • Brantley (back) to take BP on Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game against the Tigers. He did not play on Saturday or Sunday. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't going to push the outfielder back into the lineup until he is at 100%. With a lefty (John Danks) on the mound on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, a return against the Twins this weekend seems most likely. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
  • Saunders (knee) rebuilding his stamina
    Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday that Michael Saunders (knee) will spend the next few days rebuilding the stamina in his legs.

    Advice: Anthopoulos said "he would hope" that Saunders would be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays during their upcoming 10-game homestand, but that they wouldn't force the issue. He was removed from his minor league rehab game on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:24 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Familia sets down Braves for his first save
    Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth inning, earning his first save of the season as the Mets topped the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Familia got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out, Jonny Gomes to strike out, and Phil Gosselin to fly out to preserve the Mets' one-run lead. Familia should get plenty of save opportunities since the injured Jenrry Mejia (elbow) was suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Familia finished with a 2.21 ERA and a 73/32 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings last season and should be able to handle closing duties well. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:16 pm
  • Saunders exits rehab game w/ hamstring injury
    Michael Saunders (knee) left a rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Sunday with a tight hamstring.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are calling his removal precautionary, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action. Saunders was hoping to be activated from the disabled list later this week, but that could be in jeopardy now. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:21 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Michael Brantley (back) not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game and has now sat out two straight days. The Indians are off Monday, so he'll get three days of rest and hope to be back out there Tuesday. Brantley reported improvement with his back Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Jeremy Guthrie allows four runs in win
    Jeremy Guthrie allowed four runs over seven innings in a win over the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Guthrie struggled with the top of the Angels lineup, but a bottom half that included David Freese, Efren Navarro, Drew Butera and Johnny Giavotella wasn't such a challenge. He'll face the A's next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:56 pm
  • Hammel posts quality start to pick up win
    Jason Hammel allowed three runs in six innings against the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Hammel did yield eight hits, but the Chicago offense spotted him plenty of runs and he was able to secure the win. He struck out six and did not issue a walk. The runs on his line came in the form of a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the second and an RBI single by Justin Morneau in the third. Hammel's ability to strike out batters and limit walks allows him to survive starts like Saturday's, where he's giving up hits. He'll face the Padres in his next appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:15 pm
  • Saunders (knee) doubles, scores at High-A
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Saturday at High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders also made his first start in left field and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired knee. He should be ready to join the Blue Jays' active roster late next week. Kevin Pillar has been filling in. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:39 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Brantley had pain in back Friday, out on Sat.
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Michael Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Francona admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Brantley on Friday. The outfielder is resting on Saturday and could get the day off on Sunday as well. A trip to the disabled list remains a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Michael Brantley not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness. Manager Terry Francona is opting to play things cautiously with him, and getting an extra day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price isn't a terrible idea. Expect him to return on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:59 am
  • Saunders (knee) collects two hits in rehab
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's minor league rehab game with High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders is making a quick recovery from February's knee surgery and as long as he avoids any setbacks over the weekend should be cleared to rejoin the Blue Jays at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:55 am
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Red Sox beat Yankees in 19 innings
    Xander Bogaerts had four hits -- all of them coming in extras -- and scored the go-ahead run in the 19th as the Red Sox edged the Yankees 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: The game took six hours and 49 minutes -- not including a 16-minute delay after the lights went out behind home plate -- making it the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees. By inning, it was the longest game the teams had played since 1967. The Red Sox blew one-run leads in the ninth, 16th and 18th innings before finally prevailing. It was a Mookie Betts sac fly that scored Bogaerts in the 19th. Steven Wright, already having blown two leads, allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 19th, but he got a flyout and a double play to end it. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:00 am
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Ender Inciarte delivers for Diamondbacks
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-5 and delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as the Diamondbacks edged the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday.

    Advice: When the Diamondbacks named David Peralta their left fielder and cleanup man against right-handers late in the spring, it was unclear what role would be left for Inciarte. As it turned out, he's Peralta's platoonmate, even though he's a left-handed hitter himself. Inciarte, though, offers terrific defense to make up for what should be pretty mediocre offense against southpaws. He's not going to have much fantasy value at all. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Walker has three hits Friday vs. Brewers
    Neil Walker was 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Two of his three hits were doubles. The switch-hitting Walker put up 23 home runs and 76 RBI last season while batting .271/.342/.467 across 137 games and should continue to put up solid numbers if he sticks as Pittsburgh's cleanup man. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:51 pm
     
    W, 6-3 vs x Mil
  • Jose Reyes picks up three hits Friday
    Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's blowout win over the Orioles.

    Advice: It was an offensive onslaught by the Blue Jays from the beginning, as they plated four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Reyes was one of two players with three hits (Jose Bautista was the other) and four others had two base knocks. The speedy shortstop is 6-for-17 at the dish in the early going. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:07 pm
     
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's back in left field and in his familiar No. 3 spot in the batting order against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Brantley missed the last two games with lower back stiffness, an ailment that bothered him for much of spring training, as well. He's obviously feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, though. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Vic Black (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that Vic Black (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment "within the next two days."

    Advice: Black has been battling shoulder tendinitis for the better part of a month but is ready for game action again. He shouldn't need too many rehab appearances before rejoining the Mets' bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:02 am
     
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs Mia
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 3-for-4 with triple
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a bases-loaded triple and a walk as the Red Sox topped the Phillies 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The triple was a flare down the right-field line that Jeff Francoeur couldn't run down. Except for a couple of impressive shots early in the spring, Bogaerts really hasn't been hitting the ball hard, which is why the Red Sox had him batting eighth behind Ryan Hanigan the last couple of days. The talent is still there, though, and even if it doesn't fully materialize, playing for the Red Sox should ensure that he posts solid run and RBI numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:40 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Monday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Michael Saunders (knee) will not be ready for the team's home opener next Monday.

    Advice: Saunders, who had knee surgery in late February, will DH for a couple of days with High-A Dunedin before getting back in the outfield. While he won't be ready for the home opener, he shouldn't be too far behind. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Brantley (back) again out of Indians' lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Brantley was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game due to lower back stiffness, so the Tribe weren't going to push him into Thursday's matinee. He should be back in action for Friday's series-opener against the Tigers. David Murphy is starting in left field for the Indians in Thursday's series finale in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:21 am
  • Saunders (knee) to begin rehab games Thurs.
    Michael Saunders (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

    Advice: Saunders has already been hitting in minor league games for the past week at the Blue Jays' spring training complex, and now he's been given the go-ahead to run and play defense. The left fielder is on his way back from February knee surgery. He could be ready in about a week. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:45 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs x Atl
  • Collins confirms: Familia will close for Mets
    Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Wednesday that Jeurys Familia will act as the team's primary closer while Jenrry Mejia (elbow) is sidelined.

    Advice: Mejia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with posterior inflammation in his right elbow. Familia has nasty raw stuff and posted an exceptional 2.21 ERA with 73 strikeouts across 77 1/3 innings last season for New York. He needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues while Mejia is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:06 pm
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