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  • Carl Crawford (ankle) goes 1-for-5 in return
    Carl Crawford (ankle) returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday's contest after jamming his ankle on Tuesday, but the injury appears to have been very minor. The veteran outfielder is off to a bit of a slow start in 2015, slashing .258/.281/.323 with one RBI and zero stolen bases in his first nine games.
    55 minutes ago
  • Charlie Blackmon hits first homer
    Charlie Blackmon took Clayton Kershaw deep on Friday for his first homer of the season.

    Advice: That's the kind of thing that will help keep him in the lineup against left-handers. Blackmon spent most of last April hitting over .400, but he's been quieter this month, batting .263 with six runs scored, four RBI and one steal in 38 at-bats. He'll have value in mixed leagues for as long as the Rockies continue leading him off.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • A.J. Pollock goes 4-for-5 in victory
    A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with a double, a walk and a steal versus the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock has picked a good time to get hot. He's the Diamondbacks' best outfielder, but he was still vulnerable to losing playing time because of Ender Inciarte's hot start. Pollock, who homered Thursday, is now batting .333 with five walks, six RBI and nine runs scored in 39 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Cuddyer has two hits, go-ahead RBI
    Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Cuddyer poked an opposite-field RBI single in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 36-year-old has been striking out an uncharacteristically high rate, but he's batting .317/.378/.488 through 11 games. He's going to produce as long as he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Stanton goes deep in second straight game
    Giancarlo Stanton launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Marlins. Stanton failed to homer in his first nine games this season, but he has now gone deep on back-to-back days. He likely would have led the majors in homers if his 2014 didn't come to a premature end and it's easy to imagine him at the top of the leaderboard this season.
    Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Starling Marte goes deep to power Pirates
    Starling Marte blasted his second home run of the season on Friday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte connected on his two-run blast off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, pushing the Pirates advantage to 6-2. He filled up all areas of the box score on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, two RBI and his first stolen base of the season.
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Harper clubs three-run homer vs. Phillies
    Bryce Harper clubbed a three-run homer in a win over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Harper also walked twice and scored two runs. The 22-year-old now has three homers on the year, the last two of which have come against Sean O'Sullivan. Harper has been striking out a lot in the early going, but he's capable of a monster breakout if he can stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Herrera has two hits, run scored in loss
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Herrera tripled in the third inning and came around to score on a ground out from Freddy Galvis. He has now batted leadoff in four straight games, as Ben Revere is apparently being phased out of the role. We don't expect Herrera to be relevant in mixed leagues, but he should have value in NL-only formats as long as he continues to be at the top of the lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Gerardo Parra plates two in loss to Pirates
    Gerardo Parra went 1-for-2 and drove home a pair of runs in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Parra plated the Brewers first run with a ground ball in the second inning, then doubled home Khris Davis in the sixth. He is getting a chance to serve as the Brewers everyday center fielder with Carlos Gomez on the disabled list, and appears to be making the most of his opportunity early on.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Yasiel Puig remains out of Dodgers lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his hamstring during Monday's contest and still hasn't felt good enough to return to the lineup yet. He worked out on the field prior to Friday's game and should be cleared to return at some point over the weekend. Andre Ethier is once again starting in his place.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • Carlos Gomez could be out for 2-to-3 weeks
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that while it's still too early to tell definitively, Carlos Gomez (hamstring) could return in two-to-three weeks.

    Advice: Gomez is dealing with a strained right hamstring, and it seems like he'll require more than just a minimum stint on the disabled list. Gerardo Parra will function as the team's primary center fielder in his absence and is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Myers drills go-ahead homer in win over Cubs
    Wil Myers had a pair of singles and contributed a go-ahead, three-run home run in Friday's comeback win over the Cubs.

    Advice: There was a bit of controversy, as Myers appeared to be struck out looking on a pitch by Brian Schlitter in the seventh inning. It was called a ball by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook, though, and Myers prompted belted the next pitch over the center field wall. Manager Joe Maddon then let Holbrook hear it and was tossed. Myers is now hitting .333/.348/.511 in the early going for the Padres and has multiple hits in five out of his last six starts.
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Chris Denorfia (hamstring) activated from DL
    Cubs activated OF Chris Denorfia from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Denorfia picked up one hit in three at-bats during a brief rehab assignment. He'll receive plenty of playing time versus left-handers.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Gomez (hamstring) placed on disabled list
    Brewers placed OF Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: Gomez has been given a cortisone shot and will be re-evaluated next week before the Brewers determine whether he might be out longer than 15 days. They'll make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's game, with Jason Rogers, Shane Peterson and Elian Herrera the most likely candidates for a promotion. Gerardo Parra will take over as the Brewers' center fielder while Gomez is out. Jean Segura moved up to replace Gomez in the leadoff spot Thursday, although Scooter Gennett is also a candidate to see time there if he starts swinging the bat better.
    Yesterday, 6:04 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Pollock homers in D'Backs 12-inning victory
    A.J. Pollock smacked a solo homer in Thursday's 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Giants.

    Advice: Pollock slapped a Santiago Casilla slider down the left field line in the tenth inning, a hooking line drive that banged off the foul pole for his first round-tripper of the campaign. Arizona's bullpen blew its second save in two innings in the bottom half of the frame, but the team held on to win in 12, taking the series opener and improving to 5-5. Pollock finished 2-for-6, adding a double. He's off to a .265/.359/.412 start.
    Thursday, 11:52 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits first homer
    Giancarlo Stanton found the power stroke Thursday, delivering a homer and a double against the Mets.

    Advice: Stanton was without a homer in nine games this season, but he's now homered in four straight games against the Mets. He also drew a walk tonight.
    Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Michael Taylor homers against Phillies
    Michael Taylor homered and walked from the eighth spot in the Nationals' order Thursday.

    Advice: The walk was intentional. Taylor's stint as the Nationals' center fielder, originally expected to extend into May, is just about to end with Denard Span making such a quick return after surgery. What will be interesting to see is whether the Nationals keep him around as a part-time player or send him down to play regularly in Triple-A. Either way, he's due to cease being useful in mixed leagues next week.
    Thursday, 6:37 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) heading to DL
    Brewers assistant general manager Gordon Ash said Thursday that Carlos Gomez (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: The All-Star outfielder is dealing with a small tear in his right hamstring and it's unclear at the moment how long he will be sidelined. He also received a cortisone shot on Thursday. Gerardo Parra will see time in center field in his absence.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) out Thurs. in STL
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: No surprise after Gomez felt a pull in his right hamstring Wednesday night. If he suffered a strain, a trip to the disabled list is probably inevitable. He's headed back to Milwaukee for an examination by team doctors. Gerardo Parra is starting in center field on Thursday afternoon against Cardinals right-hander John Lackey and could be asked to play there regularly over the next couple of weeks. Jean Segura is leading off.
    Thursday, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Carlos Gomez nursing right hamstring injury
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Gomez said he felt a pull in the hamstring and let up while running down the first base line in the ninth inning. He's already been ruled out for Thursday's matinee, and the Brewers will know more about his availability going forward depending on how he feels Thursday.
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Carlos Gomez exits with lower-body injury
    Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Sprinting to beat out a double play in the ninth inning, Gomez pulled up as he raced down the line. He beat the relay throw, but left with a trainer shortly after. It was certainly not a great tradeoff for Gomez or the Brewers. The club should update his status soon.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Herrera's three extra-base hits no use to PHI
    Odubel Herrera doubled twice and tripled in five at-bats, but the Phillies lost to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Herrera was batting just 4-for-23 with one extra-base hit entering the contest with the Mets, but handled lefty Jon Niese just fine. Herrera has the potential to hit for a high average and rack up the stolen bases, but isn't likely to provide much at all in the power department.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Crawford out Wednesday after jamming foot
    Carl Crawford is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to a stiff ankle.

    Advice: Crawford jammed his foot in Tuesday's game, but he told reporters he's available off the bench Wednesday. Scott Van Slyke started in left field for the Dodgers Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out again Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is out of the Dodgers' lineup again on Wednesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Andre Ethier will draw another start in right field. Puig tweaked his left hamstring on Monday night and is apparently still experiencing some discomfort. The Dodgers have a scheduled off day Thursday before kicking off a weekend set Friday against the Rockies. Puig should be ready to rock for that series-opener.
    Wednesday, 2:08 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer back in Mets' lineup
    Michael Cuddyer (hand) is back in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean and he's back out there the next day. The Mets have made a couple changes to their lineup with David Wright (hamstring) out. Eric Campbell is at third base, while Travis d'Arnaud moves up to the No. 2 spot. Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop over Wilmer Flores.
    Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Stanton has monster game, Marlins top Braves
    Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a slump in a big way Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Marlins' 8-2 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Stanton reached base five times, walking twice to go along with two singles and a double. Stanton had an RBI single in the first and third innings before swatting a two-run double in the eighth. He had been hitless in his previous 12 at-bats before the big game. Stanton is too good to be kept under wraps for too long, so perhaps this is the start of a torrid stretch for the 25-year-old.
    Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Taylor triples, knocks in three runs vs. BOS
    Michael Taylor went 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and three runs batted in but the Nationals fell to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Taylor knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the second, then tripled in a pair of runs to polish off the Nationals' six-run fifth inning. At times, Taylor has looked lost -- he struck out seven times in 12 at-bats in the three-game series against the Phillies -- but he's had a few bright spots already as well. He can certainly provide mixed league value throughout the season.
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • X-ray's on Cuddyer's hand come back negative
    X-rays on Michael Cuddyer's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for the Mets. Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game after being struck by a pitch, but he only has a contusion. Consider the veteran outfielder day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 5:24 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer departs after HBP on hand
    Michael Cuddyer exited Tuesday's game versus the Phillies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

    Advice: It was a pretty quick decision to pull him, which is probably not a good sign. Teammate Wilmer Flores was hit in the hand by a pitch in the same inning but remained in the game. Cuddyer will be sent for X-rays, at which point an update on his status will be available.
    Tuesday, 4:54 pm
  • Puig (hamstring) expected to play Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is likely to be back in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his left hamstring while making a catch during Monday's game and is sitting out Tuesday. He finished Monday's contest, though, and Mattingly said the outfielder tried to talk his way into the lineup, so it's obviously a minor injury. Andre Ethier is in right field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 4:25 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his hamstring while making a catch during Monday's game. He finished the contest but looked noticeably hobbled, so manager Don Mattingly will play it safe and rest him. Consider the outfielder day-to-day. Andre Ethier is handling right field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:25 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.
    Tuesday, 2:33 pm
  • Marte not in Tuesday's lineup
    Starling Marte is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte is just 3-for-26 (.115) with 14 strikeouts across seven games, so a day off to clear his head is probably a good idea. Gregory Polanco will slide over to left field while Corey Hart will make the start in right.
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (leg) might sit out Tuesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he's "not sure" Yasiel Puig will play Tuesday after the outfielder suffered an apparent leg injury Monday.

    Advice: Puig looked to tweak something while making a catch. He finished the game, but Mattingly admitted that the outfielder was "hobbling quite a little bit." Puig figures to try to talk his way into the lineup, especially after a 3-for-5 night that included a home run, but the Dodgers have plenty of capable outfielders and might choose to play it safe.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Stanton has 3rd straight 0-for-4 performance
    Giancarlo Stanton, for the third consecutive game, finished 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Stanton is not starting off the 2015 season in good shape, as he's hitting just .130 (3-for-23) with no home runs. Seven games is quite a small sample, however, so we're not worried yet. The good news is he's at least drawing walks, with five of them in 29 plate appearances.
    Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Carlos Gomez notches a pair of hits
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He singled in the fifth and doubled in a run and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the seventh. Gomez was the lone Brewer to record a multi-hit game, and the squeaked by with a victory despite committing two errors and getting out-hit.
    Monday, 4:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Starling Marte goes 0-for-4
    Starling Marte went 0-for-4 and struck out two more times Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte has fanned 14 times already, collecting just three hits and one walk in the process. He was also a strikeout machine early last year (37 in 105 AB during April), but he was still hitting reasonably well then. It's too early to overreact to his struggles now, but the Pirates might opt to drop him in the lineup until he figures it out.
    Monday, 1:42 pm
  • Pollock drives in three with double vs LAD
    A.J. Pollock hit a three-run double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pollock hit the ninth inning double off reliever Chris Hatcher before finishing the day 1-for-5. This follows a 3-for-3 game on Saturday. Pollock's acting as the Diamondbacks leadoff hitter. He slashed .302/.353/.498 in 2014 and is off to a nice start in 2015.
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • Harper slugs a solo home run in win vs. Phils
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-5 with a solo home run as the Nationals topped the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Harper drove a Sean O'Sullivan offering to the opposite field for a solo home run in the first inning, his second round-tripper of the season. He entered the afternoon leading the league with nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances, but was able to at least put the ball in play on each of the four outs he made.
    Sunday, 2:00 pm
  • Cuddyer belts first home run of the season
    Michael Cuddyer walked and hit a two-run home run in five plate appearances in Sunday's victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Cuddyer gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead with a first-inning two-run shot off of Alex Wood. The 2013 NL batting champ entered Sunday's action batting .200 with nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. If Cuddyer is anything, though, he's consistent. The move away from Coors Field won't help his numbers but can still be counted on for a batting average around .280 and 15-20 home runs if he can stay healthy.
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Wil Myers getting a breather Sunday
    Wil Myers is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris are also getting a day off, as the Padres are going with Will Venable in center field, Yangervis Solarte at second base and Wil Nieves at catcher.
    Sunday, 10:53 am
  • Chris Denorfia (hamstring) ready for rehab
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Myrtle Beach on Sunday.

    Advice: He should only need a game or two before being activated, so the Cubs should have Denorfia soon. The veteran outfielder will play regularly against left-handed pitching.
    Sunday, 6:48 am
  • A.J. Pollock reaches four times
    A.J. Pollock went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Pollock should be a fine mixed-league outfielder this year while serving as the Diamondbacks' regular leadoff man. He doesn't have an extra-base hit yet, but those will come and he has scored four runs already.
    Saturday, 11:27 pm
  • Odubel Herrera's walk-off double downs Nats
    Odubel Herrera hit a walk-off RBI double in Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera's double off of Tanner Roark scored Carlos Ruiz and capped off a late comeback by the home team. The Phillies were down 2-0 in the eighth before mounting the rally to set things up for Herrera's heroics. An injured foot suffered on Opening Day had kept him out of the Phillies' lineup for a few games, but Herrera was able to play all 10 innings without issue on Saturday.
    Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Stanton goes 0-for-4 with two Ks in loss
    Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Miami only managed two total hits in the game, so it wasn't just Stanton who struggled. The 25-year-old slugger is 3-for-15 (.200) with zero home runs through five games this season, but it's obviously way too early to panic. He's drawn five walks and currently sports an impressive .429 on-base percentage.
    Saturday, 3:45 pm
  • Puig out of Dodgers' lineup on Saturday night
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the 24-year-old Cuban, who is 2-for-17 (.118) with six strikeouts to open the 2015 season. Andre Ethier gets the nod in right field.
    Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Wil Myers comes through in 1-0 win
    Wil Myers doubled in Clint Barmes in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Padres past the Giants 1-0 on Friday.

    Advice: The Giants left Jeremy Affeldt in to face Myers after a walk of pinch-hitter Clint Barmes, and it didn't work out, with Myers supplying the only run of the game. He also singled earlier in the contest. He's 5-for-24 through five games as a Padre. He's taking the leadoff role to heart, with three steal attempts already. He was successful on the first two against the Dodgers, but he was throwm out tonight.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Marte homers, knocks in two runs vs. MIL
    Starling Marte homered and knocked in two runs in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte gave the Pirates some extra insurance with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth. The 26-year-old is batting fifth for the Pirates this season, which could cut into his runs scored and stolen bases, but he's in good position to surpass his career-high of 56 RBI from last season.
    Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Stanton drives in three runs Friday vs. Rays
    Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Stanton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base. He had a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning before adding an RBI single in the eighth. The 25-year-old hasn't homered yet, but he's batting .273 with a .529 on-base percentage through four games.
    Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Taylor clubs leadoff homer vs. Phillies
    Michael Taylor clubbed a leadoff homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Nationals. Filling in as the starting center fielder and leadoff man while Denard Span makes his way back from core muscle surgery, Taylor is 5-for-17 (.294) across his first four games this season. He's relevant in deeper mixed leagues right now.
    Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Odubel Herrera (foot) held out again
    Odubel Herrera (foot) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Herrera hasn't started a game since fouling a ball off his foot Opening Day. He was able to pinch-hit Thursday, suggesting that he should be back in the lineup soon. Ben Revere is handling center field again Friday, with Grady Sizemore in left and Jeff Francoeur in right. The Phils are also sitting Ryan Howard against left Gio Gonzalez, as Darin Ruf is filling in at first base.
    Friday, 11:39 am
  • Blackmon, Morneau not in lineup Friday
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Neither is Justin Morneau, as manager Walt Weiss is going with Drew Stubbs in center field and Wilin Rosario at first base against left-hander Travis Wood. Expect this to be the standard setup when the Rockies are facing a southpaw.
    Friday, 9:00 am
  • Odubel Herrera appears as pinch-hitter
    Odubel Herrera was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and drew a walk.

    Advice: Herrera, the Phillies' primary center fielder, hasn't started the last two games after fouling a pitch off his foot on Monday. Maybe he'll be in there tomorrow.
    Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Harper goes 0-for-4 with 3 Ks in loss to Mets
    Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday in the Nationals' loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Matt Harvey made Harper look silly all afternoon, getting him to chase high heat and flail at balls in the dirt. Harper had a strong first couple of games to open the 2015 season and should be able to get back on a roll this weekend against the Phillies.
    Thursday, 1:07 pm
  • Taylor goes 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. Mets
    Michael Taylor finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Nationals' loss to the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor struck out swinging in his first two at-bats against Matt Harvey, but he singled in the fifth inning off the Mets ace and then smacked a two-round double off Buddy Carlyle in the seventh. Taylor has been batting leadoff for the Nationals and will continue to hold significant fantasy value until Denard Span returns from abdominal surgery.
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Odubel Herrera not in lineup Wednesday
    Odubel Herrera is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After starting in center field and batting second on Opening Day, the Rule 5 pick is riding the pine in the second game. Herrera went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Monday. Ben Revere is playing center field Wednesday, while Darin Ruf is in left field.
    Wednesday, 12:06 pm
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