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  • Markakis enjoys four-hit night versus Red Sox
    Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Markakis had a two-run single in the second inning before notching another RBI single two innings later. Playing for the Braves, Markakis has gone largely unnoticed this season, but all the veteran has done is bat .305/.412/.439 with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and nine runs scored. He's likely to be one of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. 55 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 7:55 pm
    W, 10-2 vs ^ CWS
  • Danks does his Danks thing, allows six runs
    John Danks continued to struggle in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday, allowing nine hits and six runs over five innings.

    Advice: Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo went deep off the lefty, who also walked two while striking out four. Danks is now responsible for four of the White Sox' seven losses this season. After Thursday, Danks owns a 7.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, and he's struck out 16 while walking 11 in 22 1/3 innings to date. He'll look to get in the win column Wednesday against the Red Sox. Today, 7:40 pm
  • Gose slugs two-run homer in win over A's
    Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, and two runs scored in Thursday’s 7-3 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast off Chris Bassitt was his second home run of the season. This was his first multi-hit game since April 13. The speedy 25-year-old is batting just .193/.258/.316 through 18 games and has yet to steal a base. His playing time will likely be in some jeopardy once Cameron Maybin is finally healthy enough to make his season debut. Today, 5:20 pm
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Oak
  • Sanchez wild in win over Athletics
    Anibal Sanchez was wild in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite walking seven batters.

    Advice: The seven walks were the most allowed by Sanchez since September 28, 2009. He also gave up three hits, so he was on the edge of disaster at times, but he minimized the damage by striking out nine batters. The 32-year-old has been really shaky in the early going, posting a 6.08 ERA through five starts. While the strikeouts were nice to see, an outing like this one doesn’t really inspire confidence for fantasy owners. Today, 5:19 pm
  • Holt not in Thursday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Young will make the start in left field despite right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. Holt is batting just .188/.293/.229 over his last 14 games. Today, 1:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-3 vs x Atl
  • Anthony Rendon getting day off Thursday
    Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start. Today, 9:12 am
    L, 3-0 vs x Phi
  • Braves outright Daniel Burawa to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Daniel Burawa outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Burawa is now off Atlanta's 40-man roster. The 27-year-old right-hander had a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 major league innings last season between the Yankees and Braves. Today, 8:59 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-3 @Bos
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to throw four rehab frames
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has posted a 1.80 ERA through two rehab starts, yielding four hits and no walks in five innings. The right-hander could become an option for the A's rotation in early-to-mid May if everything continues to go smoothly. He made just four appearances last season for the Marlins before coming down with shoulder problems that eventually required major surgery. Oakland took a smart one-year, $4.25 million gamble on the 26-year-old Alvarez this winter. Today, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Jared Hughes (lat) roughed up in AAA game
    Jared Hughes (lat) allowed three runs on five hits over two innings Wednesday in a rough minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hughes also got hammered on Sunday with Triple-A Indy and will probably be asked to make at least one more appearance on the farm before activation. The right-hander has been out since the end of spring training because of a left lat strain. He owns a sharp 2.12 ERA in 131 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 campaign. Today, 5:02 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
  • Andrelton Simmons hits first homer
    Andrelton Simmons hit his first homer of the year Wednesday in the Angels' 4-2 defeat of the Royals.

    Advice: It's a start. Simmons should be hitting ninth in the AL lineup, but the Angels have so little talent in the bottom half of their order that they've taken to hitting him sixth. He's batting .241/.259/.325 with five RBI and six runs scored through 83 at-bats. He has as many GIDPs as RBI. Today, 12:19 am
  • Hisashi Iwakuma drops to 0-3
    Hisashi Iwakuma fell to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out seven, but he couldn't contain Jose Altuve, who had a homer and two doubles off him. He did pretty well against everyone else. After five starts, Iwakuma has a 4.65 ERA, but his 25/9 K/BB ratio is solid. It's not time to give up on him in mixed leagues just yet. Today, 12:07 am
  • Corbin allows seven runs in loss to Cardinals
    Patrick Corbin gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Diamondbacks fell to the Cardinals.

    Advice: And all of those runs were earned. Corbin got into trouble right out of the gate, yielding a run on a hit and a walk in the top of the first inning. He settled in for a little while after that, but the Cardinals pounced for another run in the fifth before going off for five runs in the sixth. Corbin, sitting on a 4.88 season ERA, will try to get back on the right track in his next start at Marlins Park. That place is a little more friendly than Chase Field. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • J.D. Martinez homers, drives in four vs. A's
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning.

    Advice: Martinez is no longer a feel-good story. He's one of the most-feared hitters in the American League. The 28-year-old is hitting .293/.360/.467 and has very few flaws in his offensive game. He handles both righties and lefties, has a 9.3 percent walk rate, and hits for both average and power. It's crazy to think he only hit 24 homers in three years with the Astros. He hit 38 last year alone. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Verlander pitches quality start in win
    Justin Verlander tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Athletics, surrendering three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

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

    Advice: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the next stretch of Alvarez's rehab will be determined within the next few days. He has been throwing issue-free bullpen sessions and simulated games. The 26-year-old right-hander made just four starts last year before shoulder woes eventually led to surgery in July. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Hughes (lat) set for rehab appearance
    Jared Hughes (lat) is scheduled to pitch two innings Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hughes had to be scratched from a scheduled rehab outing last week due to flu-like symptoms, but he's feeling better now. If all goes smoothly from here, the right-hander could be cleared to join the Pirates' bullpen early next week. He has been out since the end of spring training because of a left lat strain. Monday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
  • Markakis notches three singles in loss
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Markakis worked an RBI single off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning. It would bring home one of just two runs scored by the Braves on the afternoon. With the three hits, Markakis is now slashing a respectable .303/.410/.439 across 66 at-bats. Sunday, 2:08 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez annihilated in loss to Indians
    Anibal Sanchez was annihilated in Saturday's loss to the Indians, getting torched for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Indians jumped on him for three runs in the first then chased him with another four in the third, highlight by a three-run homer off the bat of Yan Gomes. Now 2-2 on the season, Sanchez will look to improve upon his troublesome 7.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP when he takes the hill against the Athletics at home on Thursday. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes eight in no-decision
    Moved up to pitch in Felix Hernandez's slot, Hisashi Iwakuma held the Angels to two runs in eight innings on Friday.

    Advice: The runs came on solo homers from Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron. The Angels couldn't get anything else going, even though Iwakuma struck out just three on the night. Unfortunately, the performance still wasn't good enough to get Iwakuma his first win, though the Mariners did prevail in extra innings. Iwakuma is 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA and an 18/7 K/BB ratio after four starts. Friday, 10:43 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. Friday, 9:13 pm
    W, 10-2 vs ^ CWS
  • Verlander punches out 10 in loss to Indians
    Justin Verlander punched out 10 Indians on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames.

    Advice: Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana leading off the ballgame and another to Marlon Byrd in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the contest. Aside from the two long balls though, Verlander looked to be in vintage form in this one, which is an encouraging sign moving forward. He'll carry a 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics. Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Anthony Gose getting a breather on Friday
    Anthony Gose is absent from the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gose isn't known to be dealing with an injury, but this is the second straight game he's been benched in favor of Tyler Collins. He has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats, so it appears he's just getting some time off to regroup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also sitting out, as Bobby Wilson is behind the dish. Friday, 12:38 pm
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Oak
  • 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. Thursday, 8:30 pm
    W, 10-2 vs ^ CWS
  • Alvarez (shoulder) moves rehab to Nashville
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will move his rehab to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Advice: Alvarez is nearing a return from shoulder surgery. The right-hander scattered three hits and one run over three innings in his first rehab appearance Wednesday for High-A Stockton. He's expected to throw around 45 pitches on Monday. Thursday, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Brock Holt appears at shortstop
    Brock Holt made his season debut at shortstop after replacing an injured Xander Bogaerts in Wednesday's game.

    Advice: If this gives Holt shortstop eligibility in your league, he just got a whole lot more valuable. Unfortunately, it'll probably be quite a while before he gets five-game eligibility at shortstop, especially with Bogaerts expected back in a day or two. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-3 vs x Atl
  • Machado gets on base four times in victory
    Manny Machado went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Machado kicked off the first inning with a no-out double that scored Joey Rickard. The Orioles learned their lesson and were careful with him late in the game, though. They intentionally walked him in the eighth inning, and they functionally did the same thing in the bottom of the 10th with two outs and a base open at first. It shows that Machado has become one of the most feared hitters in the majors. He's hitting .306/.382/.490, and opposing teams could continue to pitch around him until Adam Jones shakes out of his early-season funk. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    W, 10-2 vs ^ CWS
  • Brock Holt back in LF on Wednesday night
    Brock Holt is starting in left field and batting seventh on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It's his first time in the starting lineup in three days, mostly because the opposition was throwing left-handed starters. Holt has hit .267/.405/.533 over his first 30 at-bats this season for Boston. Wednesday, 12:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-3 vs x Atl
  • Andrelton Simmons batting second vs. CWS
    Andrelton Simmons will bat second for the Angels on Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Advice: Simmons has a 12-game hitting streak, though they've mostly been 1-for-4s. He'll try to bring some spark Wednesday to a struggling Angels offense, but it's a tall task with the Pale Hose throwing ace lefty Chris Sale. Wednesday, 8:43 am
  • Jared Hughes (lat) scratched from rehab
    Jared Hughes (lat) won't begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be recovered from the bug by the end of the week. Hughes landed on the 15-day disabled list just before Opening Day with a left lat strain. He's likely to be ready for activation late next week. Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
  • Henderson Alvarez set for rehab assignment
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez has made it through multiple bullpen sessions and simulated games without issue. He could become an option for the A's rotation in mid-to-late May and is an intriguing name for deep mixed fantasy leaguers. The right-hander was limited to four starts last season because of a shoulder problem that eventually required surgery, but he registered a 2.65 ERA across 187 innings for the Marlins in 2014. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Holt not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brock Holt is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: This is his third straight day out of the lineup, but it's not completely unexpected Tuesday with southpaw Drew Smyly on the hill. Chris Young will start in left field and bat seventh. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-3 vs x Atl
  • Hughes (lat) to begin rehab stint Wed.
    Jared Hughes (lat) will begin his minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hughes was originally expected to make his first appearance on Tuesday, but it was pushed back a day due to a bout with the flu. The plan calls for him to pitch on back-to-back days, so he's not far off from joining the Pirates. The 30-year-old was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to a left (non-throwing) lat strain. Tuesday, 8:21 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
  • Andrelton Simmons goes 3-for-4 for Angels
    Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored as the Angels' No. 6 hitter on Monday.

    Advice: Simmons entered the night batting .234/.234/.277 in 47 at-bats, but he moved up a spot in the lineup tonight because C.J. Cron had been even worse. He had as many runs+RBI tonight as he did in his first 12 starts combined. Of course, he's not really in there for his bat (and in a better lineup, he'd be hitting ninth). Monday, 9:16 pm
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