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  • Johnny Cueto goes nine to beat Padres
    Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hit shutout Monday against the Padres to improve to 7-1 on the season.

    Advice: There's no telling whether his elbow will hold up for the long haul, but Cueto is an elite hurler again following that rough spell in Kansas City. Evading the home run ball has always been his strongest suit, and now that he's in a pitcher's park, rather than hitter friendly Cincinnati, he's doing better than ever, serving up just two long balls in 75 2/3 innings to date this year. 40 minutes ago
  • Drew Pomeranz goes seven scoreless
    Drew Pomeranz blanked the Giants for seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Pomeranz deserves much better than a 4-4 record for his performance so far. He's sporting a 1.70 ERA in nine starts, with 60 strikeouts in 53 innings. That's pretty good for a guy who was acquired for two players the Padres were thinking of non-tendering and who very nearly didn't make the rotation out of spring training. 44 minutes ago
  • Wil Myers struggling in May
    Wil Myers went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting .218 with a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 87 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Myers had a great April, but nothing has gone right for him this month and he'll probably hit lower in the Padres order until he gets it turned around. He still has some mixed-league value, but he's very benchable right now. 47 minutes ago
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Rich Hill goes eight scoreless in win
    Rich Hill scattered eight hits over eight innings as the A's topped the Mariners 5-0 on Monday.

    Advice: Ryan Madson finished the shutout. Despite all of those curveballs, Hill didn't walk anyone tonight, and every hit he gave up was a single. He's now 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA, and he's really the only thing keeping the A's afloat. 59 minutes ago
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Stephen Vogt hits fourth homer
    Stephen Vogt had a solo homer and an RBI on an HBP against the Mariners on Monday night.

    Advice: That'll do. The homer off Taijuan Walker in the seventh accounted for the first run of the game for either team, and the HBP in the eighth helped add to Oakland's cushion. Vogt is hitting .252 with four homers this year. Today, 10:02 pm
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Kershaw throws two-hitter for third shutout
    Clayton Kershaw's third shutout of the month was a two-hitter Monday in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Three shutouts in a year is really impressive these days. Kershaw has that many this month alone. Only two other teams in baseball have as many complete games this year (the Giants and White Sox) as Kershaw has shutouts this month. Overall, Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and if anything, that underestimates how well he's pitched. Today, 9:49 pm
  • Ian Kennedy has abbreviated outing Monday
    Ian Kennedy was charged with two runs over 3 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Kennedy gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. He remained in the game after a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning but wasn't in there for long. The right-hander has scuffled a bit the last few times out but still sports a nice 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox over the weekend. Today, 9:45 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan takes hard-luck loss
    Brandon Finnegan went the distance in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing one run in eight innings.

    Advice: At least the Reds won't go the whole year without a complete game now. They had two last year, both from guys who were later traded (Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake). Finnegan was really effective tonight, but he struck out just two and walked four. He can't be owned in mixed leagues right now. Today, 9:44 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez goes 0-for-4
    Enrique Hernandez went 0-for-4 against the Reds on Monday, dropping his average to .190.

    Advice: Hernandez has lost some playing time with Carl Crawford back and Trayce Thompson hitting, and he stands to lose more now with his OPS down to .594. The Dodgers value his versatility, but if the slump continues, perhaps he'll be sent down to play regularly in Triple-A for a spell. Today, 9:41 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Salvador Perez's five-hit night paces Royals
    Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch. Today, 9:34 pm
  • Joe Mauer homers as part of three-hit night
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The longball came in the first inning off of Ian Kennedy and was Mauer's third of the season. The power has still been lacking for Mauer, and he's cooled off in May after a nice April. However, he's still been productive overall with a .380 on-base percentage. Today, 9:28 pm
    L, 10-4 vs ^ KC
  • Cody Anderson strikes out nine in victory
    Cody Anderson fanned nine while allowing one run over seven innings to beat the White Sox in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Anderson had a 7.99 ERA in six starts and a relief appearance before being recalled to make the start tonight. He's expected to stick around and start against the Orioles this weekend, and while he'll be too risky to use then, he still could have some AL-only value this year. Today, 9:20 pm
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    L, 7-6 @CWS ; W, 5-1 ^ @CWS
  • Jose Ramirez homers twice for Tribe
    After entering play with one homer on the year, Jose Ramirez went deep in both ends of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: He had a two-run homer in the first game and a solo shot in the second. Ramirez has been a terrific surprise this year, hitting .293 with a .782 OPS in significantly more playing time than he was expected to receive. He went into 2016 with a .239 average and a .644 OPS in 564 major league at-bats. He'll continue to play pretty regularly between left field and third base for as long as he continues to hit. Today, 9:16 pm
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    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 7-6 ^ @CWS ; W, 5-1 ^ @CWS
  • Adam Wainwright notches quality start
    Adam Wainwright was charged with three runs over six innings Monday, netting a no-decision in a 4-3 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs didn't exactly knock Wainwright around the park, as all seven of their hits off the tall right-hander were singles. However, Waino issued three walks and struck out only four, eventually getting off the hook when the Cards' offense rallied late. Wainwright has mostly pitched better of late but is still looking like a borderline play, at best, in mixed leagues right now. He'll have another tough matchup against the Nationals this weekend. Today, 9:06 pm
  • John Lackey takes no-decision against Cards
    John Lackey struck out nine while allowing three runs over seven frames to take a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Lackey out-pitched Adam Wainwright, notching nine strikeouts while walking just one and allowing four hits. However, one of the hits was a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning. Lackey boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 frames on the season, as the 37-year-old looks like he has plenty left in the tank. He'll face the Phillies this weekend. Today, 9:02 pm
  • Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to play Sunday
    Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt was unavailable Saturday after getting hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The catcher sports a .250/.284/.371 batting line with three homers this season. Yesterday, 6:39 am
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Cody Anderson will start for Indians Monday
    Cody Anderson will be recalled to pitch the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for the twin bill. He owns a horrifying 7.99 ERA through his first 32 2/3 innings thus far and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option. Saturday, 11:19 am
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    L, 7-6 @CWS ; W, 5-1 ^ @CWS
  • Stephen Vogt not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Given that it's a day game after a night game and Vogt has been a bit hobbled as of late, it's a good time to give him a rest. Matt McBride will work behind the dish for the A's and bat eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Saturday, 9:29 am
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Manager Paul Molitor is opting to give Mauer a breather against opposing southpaw J.A. Happ. The 33-year-old is hitting .265/.377/.361 with two homers and 11 RBI through his first 41 games. Saturday, 8:24 am
    L, 10-4 vs ^ KC
  • Lackey only allows one run in no-decision
    John Lackey only allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, but ultimately settled for a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning affair with the Brewers.

    Advice: Lackey didn’t experience too much trouble in Wednesday’s start, but catcher David Ross helped immensely by catching a pair of potential base stealers and picking off Jonathan Lucroy at second base. On the mound, the right-hander now has four-consecutive quality starts and has only allowed six earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched. Lackey owns a 3.31 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Johnny Cueto goes the distance in win vs. SD
    Johnny Cueto went the distance for the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run and four hits in a victory over the Padres.

    Advice: After a rough go of it during the regular season for the Royals following last year's trade, Cueto is back pitching now like he did as a Red; he's 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA after nine starts. The complete game was his second of the year and 14th ever. A juicy rematch with the Padres is next. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Finnegan strikes out six in no-decision
    Brandon Finnegan allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none, in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It was nice to see Finnegan fan six on Wednesday because he had only struck out nine batters in his previous 15 innings and hadn’t struck out more than five in a game since his debut on April 6. The lefty hasn’t been able to quiet the fears that he’s a long-term reliever. He has walked too many and has proven too home-run prone; however, the 23-year-old southpaw has a decent swinging-strike rate that could translate to more strikeouts as the year progresses. He has a 4.44 ERA on the year and is next scheduled to face the Dodgers in a tough road match-up. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Wainwright turns in best start of 2016 season
    Adam Wainwright tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 2-0 blanking of the Rockies.

    Advice: It was easily the best start of the season for Wainwright, who scattered six hits and a walk over his 6 2/3 scoreless frames. He ran into some trouble in the top of the first on a Charlie Blackmon triple and another Aledmys Diaz error, but the veteran right-hander was able to work out of it and didn't really have another problem until the seventh. Waino dropped his season ERA nearly a whole run, from 6.80 to 5.92. He's going to need to stay in this groove next week against the rival Cubs. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Hill yields just one run to Rangers over six
    Rich Hill pitched well in Wednesday's win over the Rangers, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings.

    Advice: Hill struck out six against one walk. The only run to score on his watch -- indeed, the only run the Rangers scored in the game -- came when Prince Fielder hit an RBI single in the sixth inning. Otherwise, Hill had matters completely under control. He might be growing long in the tooth at age 36, but he has pitched admirably this season. Through nine starts, he holds a 2.54 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 59/21 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. A road start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Kennedy lasts into sixth while fanning nine
    Ian Kennedy had the strikeout working in Wednesday's no-decision against the Red Sox, whiffing nine batters while allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Kennedy was rocked for seven runs by the Yankees last time out, but he managed to keep the molten hot offense of the Red Sox in check on Wednesday. The 31-year-old right-hander surrendered an RBI single to David Ortiz in the fourth and a solo homer to Chris Young in the fifth to account for the runs on his line. With this outing in the books, he holds a 3.24 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 50/17 K/BB ratio across 50 innings. He will take to the road for a date with the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Kershaw continues roll with 11 strikeouts
    Clayton Kershaw recorded his sixth consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw continued to showcase beautiful pinpoint control. This was the fifth time in nine starts in which he did not walk a batter. Those other four starts saw him walking just one in each. On Tuesday, the lone run to score against him came courtesy of an RBI single by Shane Robinson in the second inning. That was one of four hits allowed over his eight innings of work. Kershaw now holds a 1.67 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 88/4 K/BB ratio across 69 innings. The Padres will have the displeasure of hosting him in his next scheduled start. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Joe Mauer homers in loss to Tigers
    Joe Mauer ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: It was one of two solo blasts that the Twins had -- Miguel Sano had the other -- and they put the club in a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. That's when the Tigers erupted for seven runs. Mauer has slumped this month after a big April but is still sporting a nice .274/.389/.378 batting line. Tuesday, 8:41 pm
    L, 10-4 vs ^ KC
  • Myers (forearm) batting leadoff on Tuesday
    Wil Myers (forearm) is batting leadoff for the Padres on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Myers left Saturday's game against the Brewers with cramping in his left calf and had to be scratched Sunday due to left forearm tightness, but they were both apparently minor injuries. The 25-year-old has seven home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games this season, though consistency remains a big issue. Tuesday, 5:09 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Indians option RHP Anderson to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Anderson was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings on Monday against the Reds and now owns a 7.99 ERA for the year. He has allowed 10 homers in just 32 2/3 innings, which isn't going to get it done. He'll try to earn his way back in the minors. Tuesday, 10:35 am
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    L, 7-6 @CWS ; W, 5-1 ^ @CWS
  • Anderson gives up six runs vs. Reds
    Cody Anderson was chased after giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Anderson allowed nine hits, including two home runs. He has now served up 10 home runs in just 32 2/3 innings this season and owns an ugly 7.99 ERA on the year. It’s hard to imagine him keeping a rotation spot for much longer. May 16, 6:43 pm
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    L, 7-6 @CWS ; W, 5-1 ^ @CWS
  • Vogt (thumb) out of Monday's lineup
    Stephen Vogt (thumb) is out of Monday's lineup against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt took a pitch off his left thumb when he tried to stop a wild pitch on Sunday. X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day. Josh Phegley (knee) is out again Monday, so Matt McBride is starting behind the plate. May 16, 2:41 pm
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Stephen Vogt (thumb) considered day-to-day
    Stephen Vogt is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his thumb came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: He received a pitch behind the plate that caught him in the left thumb, but the pain wasn't enough for him to come out of the game Sunday. If anything, he may see a day of rest as a precaution, but it shouldn't necessitate a trip to the disabled list. May 15, 2:15 pm
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Myers (forearm) scratched from Padres' lineup
    Wil Myers has been scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with left forearm tightness.

    Advice: Myers left Saturday's game with a calf cramp but passed mobility tests during pregame Sunday and was initially in the lineup. However, it appears he's now dealing with a forearm issue. Consider him day-to-day for now. Brett Wallace has slid from third to first base, Adam Rosales will move from second to third base and Jose Pirela enters the lineup at second. May 15, 11:21 am
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Wil Myers (calf) back in Sunday's lineup
    Wil Myers (calf) is in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Myers departed Saturday's contest with a left calf cramp, but he made a quick recovery. He's at first base and batting second against Zach Davies and the Brewers. Travis Jankowski is in center field and in the leadoff spot for Jon Jay. May 15, 9:06 am
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Wil Myers (calf) thinks he'll play Sunday
    Wil Myers said after leaving Saturday's game with a left calf cramp that he expects to be ready to play Sunday.

    Advice: "Running down the line, I felt it catch just a little bit, nothing crazy," said Myers. The first baseman added that it "was just one of those precautionary moves." While it's good news that Myers should be fine, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Padres hold him out of action for a day or two just in case. May 15, 6:44 am
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Myers leaves Saturday's game with leg injury
    Wil Myers left Saturday's game against the Brewers with a leg injury.

    Advice: Jon Jay pinch-ran for Myers in the ninth inning after reaching on a fielder's choice. Derek Norris replaced Myers at first base the following inning. Myers was having a good night before the injury, collecting two hits including his seventh home run of the season. He's likely headed for X-rays. James Loney, who is hitting .336 for Triple-A El Paso, would be a candidate to fill in at first base if Myers lands on the disabled list. May 14, 8:32 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
  • Salvador Perez doubles in loss to Braves
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Not much doing for the Royal offense against Braves starter Michael Foltynewicz. Perez's double was one of just two extra-base hits the defending champs managed to pick up on the evening. The double was Perez's ninth of the season. He is slashing .236/.269/.447 with five homers and 20 RBI over 123 at-bats. The average isn't great, though that should work back toward his .276 career mark over the course of the season. May 14, 7:11 pm
  • Hill gives up three runs in win over Rays
    Rich Hill yielded three runs in six innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Hill gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down from there. He finished with seven strikeouts and four walks. Perhaps most importantly, he made it through six innings and gave a taxed A’s bullpen a bit of a break. The 36-year-old is 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings across eight starts. If he keeps this up, he’ll make for an interesting trade target this summer. May 13, 10:04 pm
    W, 5-0 ^ @Sea
  • Finnegan struggles with control in loss
    Brandon Finnegan struggled with his control in Friday’s loss to the Phillies, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks.

    Advice: Finnegan threw just 43 out of 85 pitches for strikes. All three runs scored in the fourth inning, which was set up by a pair of walks. He now has a 6.39 ERA over his last five starts and has walked 23 batters in 43 innings overall. He’ll need to make some progress with his control to have appeal in mixed fantasy leagues. There’s still work to do here. May 13, 7:36 pm
  • Wainwright digs win from the depths
    Adam Wainwright picked up the win despite a poor performance in Thursday's contest with the Angels, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits over five innings.

    Advice: The Angels struck for two runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and another two in the fifth to account for the scoring on Wainwright's line. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one. That he earned the win on Thursday tells you all you need to know about how Jered Weaver's night went. Over his first eight starts (45 innings), Wainwright holds a tough 6.80 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. The Rockies will come calling next time he toes the rubber. May 12, 11:08 pm
  • Cueto whiffs nine in win over Diamondbacks
    Johnny Cueto had it working in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks, striking out nine and allowing just two runs over eight innings.

    Advice: Cueto scattered eight hits and walked two on the evening. The Diamondbacks dinged him for solitary runs in the first and sixth innings, but he otherwise limited the damage. With the win, he improved to 5-1. In addition to that fine total of victories, Cueto holds a 2.97 ERA, 1.16 WHIP. and 53/10 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings. He will take those numbers on the road for a date with the Padres next week. May 12, 9:57 pm
  • Kershaw fans 13 in complete game shutout
    Clayton Kershaw was almost perfect in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Mets, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits in a complete game shutout.

    Advice: Without a doubt, one of the most well-pitched games of the young season. He struck out every batter in the Mets regular lineup except for Juan Lagares and finished the game having thrown just 109 pitches (73 strikes). The ace southpaw has now struck out double-digit batters in each of his last five starts. With a 1.74 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and just-plain-silly 77/4 K/BB ratio over 62 innings, Kershaw is as good as they come. He will try to keep crushing the world when the Angels come to town. May 12, 9:31 pm
  • Myers steals fourth base of season, scores
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Thursday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The steal was Myers' fourth of the year in five chances and his first since the calendar turned to May. Although he looks the part of a power hitter, speed has always been a part of his game as well, as he's got 20 steals in 271 games in the majors. If he continues on at this rate, he'll easily eclipse his single-season high of six swipes set in an 87-game 2014 season. May 12, 9:29 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @SF
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