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  • James Shields wins for first time in 2016
    James Shields picked up his first win of the year after allowing one run in six innings Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Shields gave up nine hits, but once Nick Hundley's RBI double in the fourth went for extra bases. He walked two and struck out five. Shields has a solid 3.23 ERA after five starts, though he still doesn't look like a great bet in mixed leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out 11 Padres
    Jon Gray fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: That's better. Gray's rotation spot could have been in jeopardy with another poor performance tonight, but he was really strong after getting his first out tonight. Unfortunately, he allowed two runs before that occurred (the bottom of the first started with a two singles, a two-run double and a walk). Once he did get that first out, he set down 16 in a row through the sixth inning. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Nate Karns earns win in Oakland
    Nate Karns picked up a win after yielding three runs in six-plus innings Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Karns allowed one run in six innings before giving up a single, a homer and a double to the three batters he faced in the seventh. Fortunately, Vidal Nuno and Nick Vincent combined to strand the baserunner, keeping Karns in line for the win in a 4-3 game. Neither team scored afterwards. Karns is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Kendall Graveman gives up four runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman surrendered four runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Graveman gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth. For some reason, Bob Melvin sent him back out for the seventh anyway (even though four straight lefties were due up), and he was pulled after a one-out double (the runner later came around to score). Graveman is now 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA. He's just an AL-only guy for the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches three times in victory
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Khris Davis hits two homers against Mariners
    Khris Davis hit his fourth and fifth homers of the year Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The A's brought in Davis for his power, and they've stuck with him during his slow start. He's hitting .234 with a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 94 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Twins option INF Polanco to Triple-A
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Trevor Plouffe's return from the disabled list. Polanco has already had two stints with the Twins this season and should be back again at some point this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
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  • Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from 15-day DL
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Plouffe, out since April 17 with a right intercostal strain, was cleared to return after playing a pair of minor league rehab games. Eduardo Nunez has swung the bat well while filling in at third base, but he's now likely headed back to a bench role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez goes six scoreless in victory
    Gio Gonzalez allowed four hits over six innings as the Nationals blanked the Royals 2-0 on Monday.

    Advice: Gonzalez struck out just one, but the struggling Royals offense couldn't put together hits against him. Gonzalez has a 1.15 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through five starts. We're not buying those numbers, but he does figure to continue to pitch better than he did last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman doubles twice
    Ryan Zimmerman doubled twice and drove in a run Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: The results haven't been there yet, but Zimmerman ranks among the top five percent of the league in exit velocity, suggesting that things are going to pick up for him. He's at .234/.310/.338 with one homer so far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Salvador Perez goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 2-for-18 slump that's dropped his average to .241.

    Advice: Perez had a great first three weeks, but has been cold since. He'll probably rebound soon enough, but he needs to build his numbers up during the first half of the season, since he tends to get too worn out to contribute offensively down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Jose Berrios earns first MLB victory
    Jose Berrios earned his first major league victory by allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: The runs both came on solo homers. Berrios walked five and threw just 54 of his 96 pitches for strikes, but his stuff is so good that he'll be able to get away with those kinds of things sometimes. He struck out eight tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Twins' Jose Berrios notches first MLB victory
    Jose Berrios won for the first time in the majors after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Berrios issued five walks to go along with the two homers he allowed, but the homers came with the bases empty. It's still not ideal that he threw just 54 strikes among his 96 pitches, but his stuff is good enough that he'll be able to get away with that kind of thing sometimes. He struck out eight of the 23 batters he faced tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Dallas Kuechel gives up five runs in loss
    Dallas Keuchel dropped to 2-4 after giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Keuchel's velocity remains down significantly, and he's walked 18 batters in 37 innings. Those two factors would seem to suggest he's dealing with an injury of some sort, but he hasn't admitted to anything. On the plus side, he's still getting grounders and swings and misses. He's not nearly hopeless yet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Johnny Cueto roughed up by former team
    Johnny Cueto was lit up by his former team for six runs over five innings but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Cueto cruised through the first two frames but was then ambushed for six runs in the third, giving up six hits and a couple walks along the way. The righty pitched well other than the one very bad inning and finished the night with eight strikeouts. He's whiffed 41 over 42 1/3 frames on the year. Cueto faces the Rockies at home this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) to be activated Tuesday
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Plouffe, who went down with a right intercostal strain in mid-April, went 1-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Fort Myers. He was batting .302 (13-for-43) with two homers and an .868 OPS over 12 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Nori Aoki not in Sunday's lineup
    Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:25 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Clint Robinson is filling in at first base for the Nats. Michael Taylor is also getting a breather, as Matt den Dekker is in center field and in the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Jon Gray gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Gray was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray allowed hits to nine of the 21 batters he faced, and he's sporting an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list. He's still one of the best bets among Rockies starters, but if he's not better next time out, there's the chance he could be replaced in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Davis homers and triples in loss to Tigers
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis showed massive power with the Brewers to close the 2015 season, which inspired the Athletics to trade for him this past offseason. One of the biggest concerns has been whether he'll hit for power in Oakland. Despite his big night on the road in Detroit on Wednesday, he's only hitting .154/.214/.192 at O.co Coliseum. It's early, yes, but it has certainly done little to alleviate the concerns that surrounded him coming into the year. Overall, Davis now has a .233 batting average to go with three homers and a 30.8 percent strikeout rate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Gio takes the tough-luck loss on Wednesday
    Gio Gonzalez threw the ball well once again, allowing just two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: A couple of lead-off singles in the sixth and seventh innings came back to haunt Gonzalez, but he continued his rock-solid start to the campaign. He has a 1.42 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings. If it weren’t for some disappointing run support, resulting in just one win, it’s conceivable that the lefty could currently be a top-10 fantasy starter. He certainly has some regressing to do, but his .341 BABIP a year ago made us forget how dependable he’s been since the beginning of 2010. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) set for rehab assign.
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Keuchel scuffles through six innings in loss
    Dallas Keuchel failed to rev in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering five runs on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Keuchel punched out five and walked two on the evening. He kept the Mariners off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single. That would have been survivable. A four-run fifth by the M's, less survivable. With the loss, Keuchel falls to 2-3. He has allowed 11 runs in his last 12 innings and will try to right the ship in a home start against the Twins in his next outing. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:27 pm
  • Karns shuts down Astros over seven innings
    Nathan Karns was fantastic in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hurling seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits.

    Advice: Karns wasn't perfect -- he walked three -- but he flummoxed the struggling Astros nonetheless. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out six during his superlative time on the mound. With the shutout under his belt, he now holds a 3.68 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24/12 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 innings (four starts). He makes for a solid rotational arm in AL-only formats. Karns will try to replicate Tuesday's result in a road showdown with the A's next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:20 pm
  • Johnny Cueto fans 11 in shutout of Padres
    Johnny Cueto posted his best start of the season in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Padres, striking out 11 on his way to pitching a complete game shutout.

    Advice: Cueto scattered seven hits while walking one. The 11 strikeouts were a season-high for the Giants' prized free agent acquisition and with the win he improved to 4-1. Any concerns that his somewhat lackluster pitching with Royals after the trade deadline last season might carry over to 2016 have been largely squashed. Cueto now holds a 2.65 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 33/5 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings. Up next on his docket is a road date with the familiar Reds. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Shields swallows loss despite strong game
    James Shields took the tough luck loss in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: In just about any other match-up, Shields' effort would have been more than enough for a win. Unfortunately, he was facing off with Johnny Cueto, who one-upped him by tossing a complete game shutout. The only run to score in the game came when Denard Span hit an RBI double off Shields in the fifth. The veteran might hold an 0-4 record, but he has pitched to a respectable 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 21/13 K/BB ratio across 33 innings. He will attempt to scoop up his first victory when he tangos with the Rockies in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 pm
  • Twins recall Jorge Polanco from AAA level
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco went 1-for-6 in a short stay with the Twins earlier this month. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:12 pm
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  • Twins promote Berrios for Wednesday debut
    Twins purchased the contract of RHP Jose Berrios from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Ervin Santana (back) and Kyle Gibson were both placed on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon. Berrios will make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Indians and could stick around a while if things go well. The 21-year-old top prospect had a 1.06 ERA in three starts this season at the Triple-A level. He registered a 2.87 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 175/38 K/BB ratio in 166 1/3 innings last year between Double-A and Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Jose Berrios expected to debut on Wednesday
    Jose Berrios is expected to make his major league debut Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: It appears that Ervin Santana (back) is headed to the disabled list. Santana's scheduled turn was Saturday but that would be too much time between starts for Berrios, who last pitched on Thursday at Triple-A Rochester. The other Twins starters will likely have their starts pushed back a day. Berrios has been a beast at Triple-A this year with a 1.06 ERA over three outings. Now that he's arrived in the major leagues, the 21-year-old top prospect could be here to stay. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Jorge Polanco recalled from Rochester
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Polanco has done a lot of traveling lately. In the last week, he's been promoted to Minnesota, sent down to Rochester and called back up again. The additions of Polanco and top prospect Jose Berrios suggest Ervin Santana (back) is headed to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:25 am
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  • Top prospect Jose Berrios getting called up
    The Twins are promoting RHP Jose Berrios to the major leagues.

    Advice: It's unclear who the Twins are sending down. It was only a matter of time for Berrios, who has dominated in his three starts for Triple-A Rochester this year (2-0, 1.06 ERA). With the Twins seemingly headed nowhere this season, now is as good a time as any for Berrios to finally get his feet wet in the major leagues. The 21-year-old is No. 16 in MLB.com's Top 100 prospects. With Ervin Santana still battling a back injury, Berrios could be asked to start in his place Saturday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:37 am
  • Kendall Graveman roughed up by Tigers
    Kendall Graveman was touched up for six runs over 4 2/3 frames in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Graveman struck out four, but he surrendered 10 hits, with three of them leaving the yard. The young right-hander entered the contest with a 2.04 ERA over his first three outings, so hopefully this was just a small bump in the road. He'll try to bounce back this weekend against the Astros. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) hopeful of quick return
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is optimistic about returning when he's eligible on May 3.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the disabled list last week with a right intercostal strain, but he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Eduardo Nunez will continue to fill in at third base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Derek Norris sitting out on Sunday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:28 am
  • Perez hits fourth home run against Orioles
    Salvador Perez hit his fourth home run of the season Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Perez finished 1-for-4 with the two-run blast in the second inning. He's now got four homers and 13 RBI through 17 games, following up nicely on his career-high 21 dingers a year ago. He's hitting .263/.295/.579 overall. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:47 pm
  • Twins option Polanco to make room for Duffey
    Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins needed to make room for Tyler Duffey, who is slated to start in place of Ervin Santana (back) on Sunday. Polanco doubled and drove in a run during his four-game stint with Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:11 pm
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  • Ryan Zimmerman plates two to lead Nationals
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Saturday, leading the charge in a 2-0 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Zimmerman delivered a two-run single off Phil Hughes in the first inning, which wound up being the extent of the offense in the ballgame for either squad. He also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely three times to raise his season slash up to .265/.339/.388 with six RBI. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:29 pm
  • Gray whiffs 10 in first start of season.
    Jon Gray finished Friday's start with a mixed performance, as he struck out 10 but he also surrendered a couple of homers and five earned runs against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This was Gray's first start of the 2016 season. He'd missed much of the spring with an abdomen injury, but he managed to strike out 10 batters in just five innings of work on Friday. While that's encouraging, the right-hander still calls Coors Field home, which resulted in a pair of homers and seven hits. That's just the cost of doing business in the high altitude. We'll wait to see how he does away from home before we draw too many conclusions. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:54 pm
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