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  • Rupp has go-ahead double vs. Nationals
    Cameron Rupp delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning as part of a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The bases-loaded hit broke a scoreless tie. It was a catchable ball, but Bryce Harper took a strange route. Fortunately for the Phillies, it dropped in and bounced around the warning track. Rupp has now hit safely in seven straight games and owns a .280/.294/.480 batting line overall. 37 minutes ago
  • Gomez notches seventh save of season
    Jeanmar Gomez tossed a scoreless ninth inning Thursday for his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: Only David Robertson and Kenley Jansen have more saves than Gomez. You know, just like everyone predicted coming into the year. Gomez doesn’t fit the mold of a typical closer, but he hasn’t had any hiccups yet while posting a 1.93 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. 38 minutes ago
  • Rodriguez (knee) makes first rehab start
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who is working his way back from a right patella subluxation, struck out two batters and threw 45 out of 75 pitches for strikes. Coming off the shaky outing, the southpaw still figures to make one or two more starts in the minors before joining the Red Sox. Henry Owens will continue to hold down a rotation spot for now. Today, 5:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 2-5 vs Atl
  • Rios sought 'significant role' with MLB teams
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Alex Rios received offers, but has been seeking a "significant role" with a team.

    Advice: The Royals declined their part of Rios' $12.5 million club option for 2016 after he batted just .255 with four home runs and a .640 OPS over 105 games last season. Not surprisingly, the 35-year-old didn't receive much interest for a prominent role over the winter. At this point, retirement could be the next step. Today, 3:32 pm
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  • Harvey (groin) throws in ext. spring training
    Hunter Harvey (groin) tossed two innings Thursday in extended spring training.

    Advice: Harvey recently had a setback with a groin injury, but the Orioles are now hoping that he'll be able to join a minor league affiliate soon. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects, but he missed all of last season with forearm and elbow issues. Today, 1:44 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 10-2 vs CWS
  • 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
  • Yadiel Rivera starting at 2B on Thursday
    Yadiel Rivera is starting at second base for the Brewers on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Rivera should get regular playing time at second while Scooter Gennett recovers from an oblique strain. The 23-year-old hit well in last year's Arizona Fall League and carried that over into Cactus League play, but he's probably not worth a pickup in standard leagues. Rivera is 5-for-23 (.217/.250/.348) to open the 2016 MLB season. Today, 8:09 am
  • 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
  • Aaron Hicks (shoulder) in as pinch-runner
    Aaron Hicks (shoulder) served as a pinch-runner on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Hicks took over at first base for Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod smacked a one-out single to right off Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, but Brian McCann and Starlin Castro both promptly hit into groundouts. Hicks has been absent from the Yankees' starting lineup for close to a week now due to traumatic bursitis in his left shoulder. He is still considered day-to-day. Today, 4:52 am
  • Jose Altuve homers, doubles twice in win
    Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

    Advice: Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats. Today, 12:11 am
  • Joe Smith to fill in at closer for the Angels
    Joe Smith is expected to fill in at closer for the Angels while Huston Street recovers from an oblique strain.

    Advice: Street suffered the strain during his warmup throws Wednesday and could be sidelined for over a month. Smith was used in the ninth inning Wednesday night against the Royals and converted his first save of the 2016 season with a scoreless frame. The right-hander is an obvious must-add in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Yesterday, 10:22 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 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. Yesterday, 9:21 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
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Gomez perfect in ninth to pick up sixth save
    Jeanmar Gomez breezed through a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Nationals to pick up his sixth save.

    Advice: Gomez had only one career save prior to 2016 and has never posted a full-season ERA under 3.00 in the big leagues; however, he's enjoyed a dream start to the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.08 on Wednesday and now has six saves, which ranks as the seventh-most in the majors. The sustainability of this performance is unclear -- given his history and the fact that he's not really doing anything different -- but he's the clear closer in Philadelphia right now and should be owned in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Hicks (shoulder) available for Yanks vs TEX
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Aaron Hicks (shoulder) will be available to pinch-hit against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hicks hurt his left shoulder on an attempted catch during Friday's game against the Rays. A subsequent MRI revealed traumatic bursitis, which sounds frightening enough. It appears he has avoided a stint on the disabled list for the time being, though. Yesterday, 4:29 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
  • Jose Altuve walks twice in depressing loss
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Jeanmar Gomez nails down fifth save
    Jeanmar Gomez converted his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Gomez made Philly fans a little nervous when a two-out Anthony Rendon single brought up Bryce Harper as the go-ahead run, but he got Harper to ground out to end it. The veteran right-hander isn't a great bet to continue producing as the Phillies' closer, but he's been good so far with a 2.25 ERA and five saves in five chances. Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) to start at AAA
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his first rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: It was supposed to be with High-A Salem, but the Red Sox will have him face some better competition in his rehab debut. Rodriguez landed on the disabled list just before Opening Day after suffering a right patella subluxation at spring training. He should be ready to join the Red Sox rotation in early May and remains a breakout candidate. Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 2-5 vs Atl
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) set for EST game
    Hunter Harvey (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring training.

    Advice: It'll be his first live action since he suffered a setback with his groin in early April. Harvey, 21, will likely report to High-A ball once he's deemed healthy. The former first-round pick owns a shiny 2.87 ERA and 139/39 K/BB ratio in 113 professional innings. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
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    Bot 8, 10-2 vs CWS
  • 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
  • Pedroia collects three hits as Red Sox win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-7 with a double, triple and run scored as the Red Sox topped the Astros 7-5 on Sunday night in Houston.

    Advice: The diminutive second sacker has been on fire at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .321/.361/.449 with one homer and six RBI. He still hasn't swiped a base though, despite his preseason proclamation that he would be running more in 2016. Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays hot with a 3-for-5
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez begins rehab Thursday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Salem on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll then join Triple-A Pawtucket for one final start before he's cleared to rejoin the REd Sox. If all goes well, Rodriguez could be cleared for big league action on May 3. Sunday, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 2-5 vs Atl
  • Altuve paces Houston with three hits Saturday
    Jose Altuve bashed three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: That bumps his average up to a healthy .314. Altuve has been a lot more patient this year, swinging on a little more than 41 percent of pitches compared to his career rate of 49.2. He's on pace to draw 81 free passes this year, which is more than double his career-high of 40. In addition to his hitting prowess, Altuve leads the majors with seven steals this year. Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Hicks (shoulder) could be placed on disabled list
    Aaron Hicks' MRI revealed traumatic bursitis in his left shoulder.

    Advice: He hurt himself diving for a ball in center field Friday against Tampa Bay. Hicks was given a cortisone shot and won't resume baseball activities for at least 4-5 days. He could be headed to the disabled list. Hicks has played phenomenal defense this year but has really struggled at the plate (just two hits in 22 at-bats). Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Aaron Hicks heading for MRI on shoulder
    Aaron Hicks is being sent for an MRI on his injured shoulder.

    Advice: Hicks was forced to leave Friday's game when he injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield. After waking up sore on Saturday, the Yankees want to ensure that there isn't any structural damage. They should have an update on his status later in the day. Saturday, 8:12 am
  • Aaron Hicks leaves with apparent injury
    Aaron Hicks was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rays with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Hicks got up slow after diving for a ball in the outfield and was replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury the following inning. The Yankees should have an update on his status shortly. Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez will need two rehab starts
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will require at least two minor league rehab starts before he's cleared to rejoin the club's rotation.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, that would put his return to the big league club on May 3 at the earliest. The 23-year-old southpaw compiled a 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 98/37 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings with the Red Sox in 2015 and has the potential to be an impact addition upon his return. Friday, 4:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 2-5 vs Atl
  • Aledmys Diaz not in lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench. Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Davis finally puts first homer on the board
    Khris Davis hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: It was a big one, too, as his seventh inning blast gave the A's a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It's been tough sledding for the masher through the season's first few weeks, as he's hit just .180/.226/.260 with 21 strikeouts in 50 at-bats. His new digs surely haven't helped his production, but swinging and missing 29 percent of the time isn't exactly a recipe for success, either. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes 3-for-6, homers
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-6 and hit his first homer Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: The third hit was the 1,500th of his career. At 32, he's quite a long shot to reach 3,000 in his career. Still, he won't need to get all of the there to be Cooperstown worthy. He will need to stay relatively healthy into his mid-30s. Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • 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
  • Khris Davis drives in pair with RBI single
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Davis has been a strikeout machine in the early going and he did add a pair of those to the pileup on Wednesday (he has now struck out 20 times in 46 at-bats), but he also came through with a big insurance single in the eighth inning. In that frame, the 28-year-old outfielder burned Yankees reliever Branden Pinder to boost the Athletic lead to 5-1. That would stand as the final score. While Davis has yet to homer in 2016, he is coming off back-to-back 20-dinger campaigns and figures to lock into his power groove in due time. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Aaron Hicks' poor start continues
    Aaron Hicks' rough start to the season continued Tuesday, as he went 0-for-5 at the plate in an extra-innings loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Hicks hasn't got a ton of chances this season, but you'd think a start against Eric Surkamp would be a prime opportunity to get him on track. It didn't happen, and the outfielder still has just one base knock on the season, a single back on April 6. That the Yanks were only able to score two runs over 11 frames in a game started by Surkamp is obviously not a good look for their offense. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • 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
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nears rehab gms
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is scheduled to throw 75 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday.

    Advice: If that goes well, Rodriguez should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the middle of next week. The young left-hander is headed toward an early-May season debut for the Red Sox. Tuesday, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 2-5 vs Atl
  • 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
  • Diaz not in Tuesday's lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will make his Cardinals' debut at shortstop and bat eighth. Diaz has put up some impressive numbers since his call-up, but he could lose some more starts if he doesn't improve his shaky defense. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Diaz commits fourth error Monday
    Aledmys Diaz committed his fourth error in 13 games on Monday.

    Advice: Diaz played a ground ball off his chest and then made an errant throw to first base, which opened the door for a three-run seventh inning for the Cubs. The 25-year-old has been a pleasant surprise at the plate, batting .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, six doubles, and one triple through 11 games, but it's fair to wonder if he'll lose playing time if the defensive miscues continue. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't willing to go there yet. "You have to take the good with the bad, and he's been extremely good," said Matheny. "So we're just going to have to continue to work and improve on the consistency. That comes with time and experience, and it comes with confidence. He needs to see what we see -- the fact that he's an even better defender than what he's shown. He's going to keep figuring it out. He's also done a lot of things for us that we didn't anticipate he would do." Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • 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
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