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  • Chris Davis slugs second home run of year
    Chris Davis slugged his second home run of the season Saturday in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a two-run opposite field shot that sailed over the Green Monster. Davis also singled, though he struck out in his three other plate appearances. The 29-year-old is batting .256/.310/.487 with seven RBI and 18 strikeouts in 10 games this season for the O's.
    Today, 4:42 pm
    W, 4-1 ^ @Bos
  • Tillman goes five-plus strong in win over Sox
    Chris Tillman hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Orioles topped the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a nice bounceback from his last start, in which he he gave up seven runs -- three earned -- to the Blue Jays and didn't make it out of the third inning. Tillman struck out five Red Sox and walked two on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 10/8 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He will face the Blue Jays on the road next time out.
    Today, 4:39 pm
  • Denard Span (core) on track to return Sunday
    The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
    Today, 3:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Ross takes no-decision against Cubs
    Tyson Ross took a no-decision Saturday after giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ross held the Cubs scoreless through the first four innings, but he gave up a pair in the fifth inning and allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Miguel Montero in the sixth. The Cubs would eventually win in extras. Ross struck out nine and walked five, so he was at 115 pitches when he was pulled in the sixth. Ross has 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings this season and hasn't had a disaster outing yet, but he has issued 12 walks. The shaky control is worth watching.
    Today, 3:41 pm
  • Zimmermann takes loss against Phillies
    Jordan Zimmermann gave up four runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Zimmermann didn't get any help from his defense, namely from Ian Desmond, but he wasn't particularly sharp either. He gave up four hits and four walks while striking out three batters. It's worth noting that he didn't walk more than three batters in any of his 32 starts last season. After back-to-back uncharacteristic outings, he'll look to bounce back against the Marlins next week.
    Today, 1:46 pm
  • Dodgers outright David Huff to AAA OKC
    Dodgers sent LHP David Huff outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff was designated for assignment by the Dodgers after allowing four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old southpaw will continue to function as organizational rotation depth for Los Angeles.
    Today, 1:26 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Col
  • Alcides Escobar (knee) not starting Saturday
    Alcides Escobar (knee) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar strained his knee Friday when Oakland's Brett Lawrie took him out with a hard slide at second base. Christian Colon will fill in at shortstop. Escobar was off to a good start before the injury, hitting .326 with seven runs and five RBI. Consider him day-to-day.
    Today, 1:20 pm
  • Ben Revere not in Phillies lineup again
    Ben Revere is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Revere is once again on the pine in favor of Darin Ruf who is drawing the start in left field. While Revere is off to a slow start at the dish, it's hard for him to get going with such sporadic playing time. The Phillies handling of him early in the season has been curious to say the least.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) still six weeks away
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time on Friday but is still at least six weeks away from a potential return to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Garcia's goal is to come back as a starting pitcher, but likened his progress to this point as being at the beginning of spring training. The Cardinals will obviously play things cautiously in his recovery, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on anything out of the left-hander until around midseason.
    Today, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs Cin
  • Sandoval reaches twice in return to lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (foot) went 1-for-2 and drew a walk in his return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval had been sidelined since leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left foot after being drilled by a pitch. He's off to a terrific start to his Red Sox career, hitting .316/.409/.316 in the early going.
    Today, 5:08 am
  • Gardner appears as pinch runner on Friday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) appeared as a pinch runner in Friday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: He has been nursing a bone bruise in his right wrist and is expected to return to the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday. He certainly did his job on Friday after pinch-running for Carlos Beltran, Gardner swiped second base and scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez.
    Today, 5:06 am
  • Clayton Kershaw fans 12 in victory
    Clayton Kershaw is on the board with his first win after surrendering three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw struck out 12 and lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. He still wasn't at his absolute best, but he's going to be just fine.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Neftali Feliz picks up save against Mariners
    Neftali Feliz earned his second save in as many chances Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Feliz hasn't really inspired much confidence since the spring, but he's always owned the Mariners. This makes 27 scoreless innings against the team in one start and 21 relief appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Brantley (back) notches two hits in return
    Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Cueto strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Escobar out with knee injury after hard slide
    Alcides Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Athletics with a mild left knee strain after being taken out by a hard slide at second base by Brett Lawrie.

    Advice: The play led to a benches-clearing altercation between the two clubs, as Lawrie slid quite a bit past the base on a ball that the Royals weren't going to be able to turn over for a double play. Luckily, he was able to avoid significant injury and the Royals are listing him as day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Gardner (wrist) expects to return on Saturday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) expects to return to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: There's an outside shot that he could even talk his way into Friday's lineup, as Gardner is taking full batting practice. But, it sounds like manager Joe Girardi wants to give him one more day before throwing him back out there Saturday. Chris Young will handle left field in Gardner's place Friday.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field.
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Brett Gardner (wrist) still sitting out Fri.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gardner is nursing a bone bruise in his right wrist. The Yankees had been hoping he was feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, but obviously that's not the case. Chris Young will handle left field in Gardner's place Friday.
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Span (abdomen) to play another rehab game
    Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play in at least one more minor league rehab game before returning from the disabled list.

    Advice: Span is expected to play at least seven innings in the field at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday. He'll then repeat the process on Friday and if all goes well, manager Matt Williams said that Span would rejoin the Nationals before the end of the weekend.
    Thursday, 6:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • MRI confirms bruised wrist for Brett Gardner
    An MRI taken Thursday on Brett Gardner's right wrist confirmed that he has a bone bruise.

    Advice: But there's no structural damage, so he should still be on track to rejoin the Yankees' starting lineup this weekend. Gardner got hit in the wrist by a pitch in the first inning of Monday's game against the Orioles. Chris Young has been filling in.
    Thursday, 11:57 am
  • Dodgers DFA left-hander David Huff
    Dodgers designated LHP David Huff for assignment.

    Advice: Huff allowed four runs over four innings in a spot start Tuesday night against the Mariners. The 30-year-old left-hander was never long for a Dodgers uniform.
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Col
  • Gardner (wrist) out of NYY lineup again Wed.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Chris Young will start in left field against the Orioles. X-rays taken Monday on Gardner's right wrist came back negative, but he still has some soreness and probably won't return to action until the weekend.
    Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Ben Revere batting eighth for Phils on Wed.
    Ben Revere is batting eighth for the Phillies again on Wednesday night against the Mets.

    Advice: And center fielder Odubel Herrera will again lead off. Revere is off to a 5-for-32 (.156) start this season and he's drawn just one walk in 34 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Span (abdomen) could return this weekend
    The Nationals could consider activating Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list after he plays nine innings at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday.

    Advice: Span is getting the day off Wednesday after going seven innings with no issues at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday in his first rehab contest. If he goes a full nine Thursday and feels fine, the Nats could decide to activate him for the weekend series against the Phillies. Span is making his way back from core muscle surgery.
    Wednesday, 9:08 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Sandoval (foot) not in Wednesday's lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (foot) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Tests on Sandoval's bruised left foot came back negative, but it's not a surprise to see him sitting with Boston having a day game. He's day-to-day. Brock Holt is filling in at third base Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 7:36 am
  • Huff allows 4 runs in 4 frames in no-decision
    David Huff took a no-decision on Tuesday, yielding four runs in four innings of work against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners jumped on Huff immediately with back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Robinson Cano hit a two-run blast and Cruz, of course, went solo. Overall, the lefty gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out two. Huff could get another start the next trip through the rotation. If he does, it'll be against the Giants on the road. If he doesn't, Scott Baker is likely to get the nod.
    Tuesday, 10:59 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Col
  • Gardner (wrist) hopes to swing bat Wednesday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) hoping to try and swing a bat on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays on Gardner's right wrist came back negative, but the outfielder admitted Tuesday that he is still "pretty sore." The Yankees don't expect him to return to the lineup until at least Friday, and it sounds like it might take a bit longer than that.
    Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval diagnosed with bruised foot
    Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with a bruised left foot.

    Advice: Sandoval was hit by a pitch in the foot Tuesday, but tests performed at Fenway Park didn't show any structural damage. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 5:36 pm
  • Gardner (wrist) unlikely to start before Fri.
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Friday.

    Advice: It's possible he could be available off the bench before then. Gardner had to leave Monday's game after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean. "He's just sore," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I've got to see what his availability is for me tonight, whether it's pinch-running and playing defense. I don't think he'll be able to hit, but we'll see."
    Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval exits after being hit on foot
    Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday's game against the Nationals after being hit on the left foot by a pitch.

    Advice: Sandoval took a Stephen Strasburg curveball to the foot in the third inning. He stayed in the game for a while, but the foot must have stiffened up on him because he exited in the sixth. The Red Sox should have more on Sandoval's status later Tuesday. Hanley Ramirez moved in from left field to take Sandoval's spot at third base.
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Indians hope Brantley (back) can play Friday
    The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction."
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Dodgers call up David Huff for Tues. start
    Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP David Huff from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Huff will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night versus the Mariners. He only went three innings in his first appearance this season at Triple-A, so the left-hander figures to be on a pitch count of some sort in his spot start for Los Angeles. He was a poor fantasy bet anyway against the M's.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Col
  • Brantley (back) has been examined extensively
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

    Advice: Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Brett Gardner (wrist) out of lineup Tuesday
    Brett Gardner (wrist) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Gardner was hit in the right wrist with a pitch Monday, but X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day right now. Chris Young will start in his place. Here's the full lineup against the Orioles: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Chase Headley 3B, Carlos Beltran RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Brian McCann C, Garrett Jones DH, Young LF, Stephen Drew 2B, Didi Gregorius SS.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Revere dropped to eighth in Phils' lineup
    Ben Revere has been dropped to eighth in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Revere is just 4-for-28 (.143) with one walk through seven games, so Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wants to try something different. Here's the full lineup Matt Harvey will face on Tuesday: Odubel Herrera CF, Freddy Galvis SS, Chase Utley 2B, Ryan Howard 1B, Carlos Ruiz C, Cody Asche 3B, Grady Sizemore RF, Revere LF, David Buchanan SP. You might want to find a way to squeeze Harvey into your daily lineup.
    Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Brantley (back) not in Indians lineup Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night.
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Span (abdomen) begins rehab stint Tuesday
    Denard Span (abdomen) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Span, who is coming back from core muscle surgery, got the go-ahead after playing seven innings in a simulated game on Monday. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll play, but joining the Nationals next week sounds like a reasonable expectation. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in for now.
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Gardner (wrist) hopes to not miss much time
    Brett Gardner (wrist) said after Monday's game that he hopes to not miss much time.

    Advice: Gardner was hit in the right wrist with a pitch in the first inning and was eventually lifted for a pinch-hitter (Stephen Drew, who hit a go-ahead grand slam) in the seventh. X-rays came back negative, but there should be more clarity on his status Tuesday. "It's kind of wait and see, just a day-to-day thing," said Gardner. "I'm just glad that the X-rays look good. We've got a wrap on there for tonight, keep the swelling down, and hopefully I feel good tomorrow."
    Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • X-rays on Brett Gardner's wrist are negative
    X-rays on Brett Gardner's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Gardner was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning Monday and eventually taken out in the seventh. He managed to avoid breaking any bones, though, and can probably safely be called day-to-day.
    Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Escobar has two hits and two RBI in win
    Alcides Escobar had two hits, two RBI, and a run scored in a win over the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Escobar has hit safely in all seven games this season and is batting .367 (11-for-30) with five RBI and seven runs scored. The 28-year-old has just 21 home runs in 831 major league games, so he's not going to provide much power, but he has averaged 28 stolen bases over the past four seasons and should score plenty of runs at the top of this lineup.
    Monday, 4:29 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann pummeled by Red Sox
    Jordan Zimmermann had a rare clunker Monday, getting blasted for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 2 1/3 frames in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Usually possessing pinpoint command, Zimmermann had zero of it in this one from the get-go, allowing nine hits, walking one and hitting a pair of batters without recording a strikeout. The right-hander looked sharp in his first outing of the season, so we'll just have to chalk this one up to a "one of those days" starts. He'll have a good chance to rebound this weekend versus the Phillies.
    Monday, 4:12 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) throwing off mound
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

    Advice: He threw a bullpen session Sunday and will throw another one Wednesday. Assuming he recovers well, he'll then throw live batting practice on Friday. Garcia had a setback with his pitching shoulder at the end of spring training, but the Cardinals consider it a stamina issue more than anything else, so the goal is for the lefty to get stretched out without tiring. "As you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30-to-40 pitch range," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But when that started to expand, that's when things got a little more difficult for him. … He could certainly be a long man. But I think his goal is still to get back and be a starter, and I think that's how he wants us to push him."
    Monday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs Cin
  • David Huff to start Tuesday vs. Mariners
    David Huff will start on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Scott Baker had been considered the favorite to get the start, but the Dodgers have opted for Huff instead. The lefty went just three relief innings in his lone Triple-A appearance this season, so he figures to be on a limited pitch count. The Dodgers will make an official roster move with Huff on Tuesday.
    Monday, 2:30 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Col
  • Brantley (back) to take BP on Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game against the Tigers. He did not play on Saturday or Sunday. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't going to push the outfielder back into the lineup until he is at 100%. With a lefty (John Danks) on the mound on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, a return against the Twins this weekend seems most likely.
    Monday, 10:10 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to play seven innings
    Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play seven innings in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Span played five innings in extended spring ball on Sunday. He'll ramp up his efforts on Monday and test the injury running. The team hasn't decided when or where he will start his rehab assignment, but the outfielder is on track for a return in late April as he recovers from core muscle surgery.
    Monday, 10:01 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Ross punches out eight Giants in win
    Tyson Ross recorded eight strikeouts over six innings in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: In addition to the eight strikeouts, Ross allowed five hits and three runs. He also walked four, which helps explain how he had already thrown 101 pitches by the end of the sixth inning. Only 58 of those went for strikes. Ross allowed solitary runs in the second, third and sixth innings, but he managed to dodge the big inning. Ross averaged 9 K/9 last season and has the kind of arm that will rack up the strikeouts by the end of the year. He'll try to be more efficient with his pitches when he faces off with the Cubs in his next start.
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Tillman hammered by the Jays in Sunday's loss
    Chris Tillman was hit hard by the Blue Jays in Sunday's start, giving up seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Dalton Pompey greeted Tillman rudely with a first-inning two-run home run. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the second, and then the Jays struck for four unearned runs in the third inning thanks to a Travis Snider fielding error. Overall, Tillman allowed six hits and three walks while striking out only one. Tillman will try to rebound in his next start over the weekend in Boston against the Red Sox.
    Sunday, 2:17 pm
  • Michael Brantley (back) not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game and has now sat out two straight days. The Indians are off Monday, so he'll get three days of rest and hope to be back out there Tuesday. Brantley reported improvement with his back Sunday.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Clayton Kershaw gives up six runs in loss
    Clayton Kershaw struggled through 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's not very often that Kershaw struggles in back-to-back starts, but here he is with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP after outings against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Maybe he was a little off tonight because he's dreading his root canal Monday. There aren't any major concerns as of yet.
    Saturday, 11:30 pm
  • Davis launches solo home run against Jays
    Chris Davis hit his first home run of the season against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Davis smacked the solo shot off Aaron Sanchez in the first inning. He finished the game 2-for-4 with the home run and a single, plus a strikeout. The slugger missed the Orioles' opener serving the final game of a 25-game suspension for amphetamine use, but he looks no worse for the wear. The Orioles are hoping that Davis can bounce back from a 2014 campaign in which he hit just .196/.300/.404.
    Saturday, 7:20 pm
    W, 4-1 ^ @Bos
  • Cueto pitches well in loss to Cardinals
    Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis.
    Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Brantley had pain in back Friday, out on Sat.
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Michael Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Francona admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Brantley on Friday. The outfielder is resting on Saturday and could get the day off on Sunday as well. A trip to the disabled list remains a possibility.
    Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Michael Brantley not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness. Manager Terry Francona is opting to play things cautiously with him, and getting an extra day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price isn't a terrible idea. Expect him to return on Sunday.
    Saturday, 9:59 am
  • Johnny Cueto looking for $200 million deal?
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

    Advice: Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Span (abdomen) nearing rehab assignment
    Denard Span (abdomen) played three innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take batting practice on Saturday and then play five innings in extended spring on Sunday. If all that goes well, Span will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. He's about two weeks away from being activated from the disabled list.
    Friday, 2:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's back in left field and in his familiar No. 3 spot in the batting order against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Brantley missed the last two games with lower back stiffness, an ailment that bothered him for much of spring training, as well. He's obviously feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, though.
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Span (abdomen) ready for minor league games
    Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Friday.

    Advice: Span has taken at-bats in simulated games over the last two days without issue. He told reporters on Opening Day that he expects to join the Nationals' active roster in three weeks, and he appears on track to accomplish that goal. Michael Taylor is filling in at center field for the Nats.
    Thursday, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs x Phi
  • Jordan Zimmermann shuts down Mets
    Jordan Zimmermann beat the Mets by allowing one run over six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The bullpen held on from there in a 2-1 game. Zimmermann allowed five hits, walked none and struck out four in the 91-pitch outing.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Kershaw (mouth) having root canal Monday
    Clayton Kershaw (mouth) will have a root canal Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw is getting a tooth fixed after taking a liner off the jaw during spring training. The procedure shouldn't affect his pitching schedule. Kershaw will still take the hill Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Ross pitches well but takes a no-decision
    Tyson Ross yielded two runs over six innings in a no-decision as the Padres defeated the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross allowed a fair amount of base runners on six hits and three walks, but the Dodgers were only able to plate runs in the sixth, when Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame, and Howie Kendrick followed up with a single. Ross also struck out four on the evening. The talented right-hander will match up against the Giants at home in his next outing.
    Tuesday, 11:18 pm
  • Feliz enjoys an easy ninth for his first save
    Neftali Feliz set the Athletics down in order in the ninth inning as the Rangers defeated the Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Feliz got Ben Zobrist to ground out, Billy Butler to line out, and Brett Lawrie to strike out for his first save of 2015. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had committed a two-out error on an Ike Davis grounder to extend the inning, but it didn't bother Feliz. Feliz was strong after joining the Rangers' bullpen late last season, recording a 1.99 ERA with 13 saves and a 21/11 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 9:47 pm
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