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  • Masterson allows three runs in seven innings
    Just Masterson surrendered three runs in seven innings in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: This was one of Masterson's stronger starts of the season, though he did not come away with a decision. Jimmy Paredes had his number in the contest, hitting an RBI double and a solo home run, but Masterson was mostly able to limit the non-Paredes damage. Saturday's outing marked the first time that Masterson's pitched seven innings this season. He currently holds a lackluster 5.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings pitched, but both of his last two starts have been solid and he's looked healthy thus far, which probably matters more than the early numbers. Masterson has a home date with the rival Yankees next time he takes the mound.
    32 minutes ago
  • Desmond Jennings exits with sore knee
    Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with left knee soreness.

    Advice: Kevin Kiermaier took over for Jennings in center field to begin the eighth inning. Jennings went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting. He's day-to-day.
    Today, 6:06 pm
  • Stanton homers, scores three times vs. Nats
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's 8-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Stanton singled in the first inning, doubled and scored in the fourth inning, walked and scored in the sixth inning, and then slugged a no-doubt homer to left-center off Nats reliever Rafael Martin in the eighth. He now boasts a .946 OPS with five home runs and 16 RBI through 18 games this season.
    Today, 3:57 pm
  • Pads activate Ian Kennedy for Saturday start
    Padres activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kennedy missed his first few turns through the rotation because of a strained hamstring. He opted for extended spring training instead of a minor league rehab assignment and will make his 2015 debut on Saturday night against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old workhorse led San Diego in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts last season. Lefty reliever Frank Garces was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in the corresponding roster move.
    Today, 1:53 pm
  • Matt Wieters to catch 4-5 innings on Monday
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 4-5 innings in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: Wieters was behind the plate Friday as well. The 28-year-old is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. In addition to being one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, Wieters is an above average power hitter when healthy. Caleb Joseph will return to backup duty when Wieters returns sometime in May. Unless he signs an extension, Wieters will hit free agency this winter.
    Today, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs x Bos
  • Soria works perfect ninth to earn sixth save
    Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth innong on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Soria struck out one in his inning of work. He has been mighty impressive thus far for the Tigers, posting a 1.17 ERA, 0.26 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB mark through his first 7 2/3 innings of work. Locked into his role for the remainder of the season, Soria should remain among the elite ranks at closer so long as he remains healthy.
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Alfredo Simon beats Indians, improves to 4-0
    Alfredo Simon won his fourth consecutive start on Saturday, allowing just one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Indians.

    Advice: Simon punched out three and walked a pair on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Michael Brantley in the third inning. He has been quite the find for the Tigers thus far, registering a 1.65 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday.
    Today, 1:14 pm
  • Michael Saunders hits seventh in Jays debut
    Michael Saunders is starting in right field and hitting seventh in the Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: It's Saunders' first game as a member of the Blue Jays. He draws a dream matchup against Erasmo Ramirez in this outing and should be targeted in all daily leagues where he's available.
    Today, 12:06 pm
  • Max Scherzer had bullpen pushed back
    Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

    Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
    Today, 11:30 am
  • Chris Sale suspended for five games
    Chris Sale was given a five-game suspension for his role in Thursday's altercation with the Royals.

    Advice: It will only cause the White Sox to push his next start back one day, provided he doesn't appeal.
    Today, 10:16 am
  • Jeff Samardzija gets five game suspension
    Jeff Samardzija was handed a five-game suspension for his participation in Thursday's brawl with the Royals.

    Advice: As a starting pitcher, this won't affect his fantasy value much, he will simply have a start pushed back an extra day.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Lorenzo Cain handed two game suspension
    Lorenzo Cain was given a two-game suspension for participating in Thursday's brawl with the White Sox.

    Advice: It's unclear if Cain will appeal his suspension or begin serving immediately. Jarrod Dyson could see additional playing time in Cain's absence.
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Jay Bruce not in Reds lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .164/.261/.328 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Brennan Boesch is getting the start in his place and batting fifth against opposing right-hander Jake Arrieta.
    Today, 7:06 am
    PPD vs ChC
  • Max Scherzer expected to make his next start
    Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
    Today, 6:40 am
  • Domonic Brown nearing return to Phillies
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

    Advice: Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday.
    Today, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-2 vs x Atl
  • McGee (elbow) to throw bullpen on Saturday
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: McGee had his minor league rehab assignment pushed back after he experienced general soreness after an appearance in extended spring training last week. If all goes well, he should begin that rehab assignment at some point during the week, with a return to the Rays bullpen not long after.
    Today, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs Tor
  • Maxwell stays hot with two-run homer vs COL
    Justin Maxwell hit a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Maxwell's been swinging a happy bat as of late. On Tuesday, he tripled and homered, scoring three times. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to slay the Dodgers. And on Friday, he launched a massive, 436-foot home run off of Eddie Butler in the second inning. Over 33 at-bats, Maxwell is now hitting .333/.436/.606.
    Today, 12:15 am
  • Belt doubles, knocks in run against Rockies
    Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
    Today, 12:05 am
  • Braun goes hit-less in loss to Cardinals
    Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Braun also struck out twice. The former MVP has yet to hit anything other than a single. With 58 at-bats in the books, the small sample size is growing larger day-by-day. Braun's slashing just .241/.279/.293. The extra-base knocks should come eventually, but his days as a middle-of-the-lineup star could be fading.
    Yesterday, 11:20 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ StL
  • Luke Gregerson blows first save
    Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

    Advice: Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Beckham cranks third homer of season
    Tim Beckham hit his third home run of the season when he went yard against Jeff Francis in the seventh inning of Friday's romp over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Beckham's been a pinch-hit wizard, with both of his other homers this season coming off the bench. While Beckham did pinch-hit for David DeJesus against the Blue Jays on Friday, the home run came in his second at-bat. He finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. A former No. 1 overall pick, his strong bench bat would probably be fun to own just for the sake of awesomeness. Over 36 AB's, he's hitting .278/.325/.583. It's not quite enough at-bats to say he's a must-add, but if he's floating on the waiver wire, keep an eye on him.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Tor
  • Mark Melancon notches fourth save
    Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth in a three-run game for his fourth save against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Melancon will remain quite shaky while dealing with diminished velocity, but the Pirates don't want to make a switch unless they have to. He's helped the cause with easy saves the last two days.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits first homer
    Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

    Advice: Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Davis' late solo home run not enough for O's
    Chris Davis hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Davis' solo homer off of Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning drew the Orioles to within 7-5, but they were unable to muster another run off the Red Sox bullpen. The home run was his third of the season, the RBI his eighth. He would finish 1-for-3 with two runs scored, plus a walk and a strikeout. Davis has now struck out 27 times in 16 games. He'll crank a fair number of home runs, but given his propensity to whiff, his average figures to remain in the low-.200's.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Bos
  • Gonzalez surrenders four runs in loss to BOS
    Miguel Gonzalez allowed four runs on eight hits without factoring into the decision in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gonzalez cruised through the first four innings, but a three-run homer by David Ortiz and a solo shot by Hanley Ramirez in the fifth inning put a bit of a damper on what had been a decent start. Despite the hiccups, he managed to last six innings. Gonzalez struck out just two and walked one in the outing. He now holds a 3.42 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 23 2/3 innings and will take on the White Sox at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Michael Saunders activated from disabled list
    Blue Jays activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Stanton finishes game hit-less in four AB's
    Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Stanton came into the game on a power tear, with four home runs in his last seven games, but Jordan Zimmerman and company shut the slugger down on Friday. Stanton is slashing .226/.342/.484 and has hit four home runs with 14 RBI and nine runs scored through the first three weeks of the 2015 season. He remains one of the top offensive threats in the game and the low average figures to rise as the weather warms.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Saunders (knee) expected to be activated Sat.
    Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had been considering bringing him back Friday, but with the Rays sending a lefty (Drew Smyly) to the mound, it made sense to wait another day. Saunders got a late start to the season after having minor knee surgery, but he's an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues with Rogers Centre as his new home.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Saunders (knee) to play another rehab game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had left open the possibility that Saunders would be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but they've decided to give him one more rehab game. Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that he expects the outfielder to be activated "I would think in the next day or two."
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Max Scherzer jammed hit thumb Thursday
    Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Chris Sale gives up two runs, gets run
    Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings before getting ejected from Thursday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Sale did some jawing with Ned Yost on the field after Yordano Ventura and Adam Eaton touched off the brawl in the seventh tonight. Before that, it looked like Sale might stay in another inning, even though he was at 99 pitches. Both runs came in a very sloppy first, but he was just fine after that.
    Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • Chris Davis fans four times against Jays
    Chris Davis took home the Golden Sombrero after striking out all four times he was up Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This makes a whopping 26 strikeouts in 15 games for Davis, a significant increase on his always prolific rate. He does have a reasonable .232 average anyway, but he won't maintain that striking out at this pace.
    Thursday, 7:01 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Bos
  • Maxwell sends Giants home winners in the 10th
    Justin Maxwell sent the Giants home happy with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, then blew the tie game the next inning. Maxwell, starting in right field, finished 2-for-5 with the RBI single. In 35 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .300/.400/.500 with five RBI.
    Thursday, 4:26 pm
  • Scherzer solid over seven but takes a loss
    Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

    Advice: Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up two runs in loss
    Max Scherzer took a loss to the Cardinals after surrendering two runs in seven innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer isn't only lacking run support, but his defense hasn't helped him much either through four starts. He has a 1.26 ERA, but just a 1-2 record to show for it. He's fanned 29, walked just four and allowed no homers in 28 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Stanton laces fourth homer in win vs. Phils
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a win versus the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton ripped a Justin De Fratus offering over the fence in left field at Citizens Bank Park to put the cherry on a four-run sixth inning for the Marlins. Stanton now has four home runs, all of them occurring within his last seven games. On the season, he's hitting .241/.362/.517 with 14 RBI.
    Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Melancon bounces back for his third save
    Mark Melancon retired the Cubs in order to pick up his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Melancon's velocity was still low, but the Cubs were ineffective nevertheless. The right-hander got a flyout, strikeout and then ground out to end it. Melancon got a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday, a day after melting down in the ninth inning. However, fantasy owners will want to continue monitoring Melancon's velocity and the bullpen situation in Pittsburgh as the calendar turns to May.
    Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return Saturday
    Padres manager Bud Black announced Thursday that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return to the Padres' starting rotation Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Kennedy suffered a left hamstring strain in his first start of the 2015 season, but he only wound up missing two turns. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out 207 batters in 201 innings last season alongside a 3.63 ERA and is pitching for a big contract in his walk year. Odrisamer Despaigne is headed back to the bullpen.
    Thursday, 10:03 am
  • Kennedy (hamstring) throws side session Wed.
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) threw a side session Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy said the session went well. The right-hander continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain suffered in his first start of the season. Kennedy will likely be activated and start Saturday against the Dodgers.
    Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Samardzija goes six scoreless to beat Indians
    Jeff Samardzija hurled six scoreless innings as the White Sox blanked the Indians 6-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Samardzija yielded only one extra-base hit -- a sixth-inning Brandon Moss double -- to earn his first victory as a member of the White Sox. He struck out three and walked two. The 30-year-old right-hander will carry a 1-1 record, 3.33 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Orioles.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Pirates sticking with Mark Melancon at closer
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he's sticking with Mark Melancon at closer.

    Advice: Melancon blew a save in brutal fashion Tuesday night against the Cubs, yielding three runs in the top of the ninth inning with diminished velocity on his cutter. He has surrendered six runs in 6 1/3 innings this season and will be given the night off Wednesday. It might be smart to stash Tony Watson in fantasy leagues, though the Bucs would likely try a committee first if they do eventually abandon Melancon.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Wieters (elbow) to catch in extended spring
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 2-3 innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's been allowed to throw at 100 percent effort since he was shut down last month with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles figure to slowly build up Wieters in game action, so it's not clear when he'll be ready for an official rehab assignment. He had been hoping for a return on May 1, but that's looking unlikely at this point.
    Wednesday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs x Bos
  • Maxwell's productive night leads SFG to a win
    Justin Maxwell walked, tripled, homered, drove in two runs, and scored three times in four plate appearances in a win versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maxwell tripled and scored in the second inning, grounded into a fielder's choice and scored in the fourth, then slugged a two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Pedro Baez. Maxwell, who entered the game with just one extra-base hit in 22 plate appearances, has been used mostly as a pinch-hitter with the occasional start in right field against a left-handed starter. If he continues to hit well, he could force a platoon in left field with Norichika Aoki once Hunter Pence returns and reclaims his spot in right field.
    Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Bruce blasts grand slam in win over Brewers
    Jay Bruce hit a grand slam as the Reds outslugged the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bruce sent a Mike Fiers fastball deep into the night to get the Reds on the board in the third inning. The homer was his third of the season. Bruce also walked and stole a base in the game, giving him two steals on the year. Bruce now has nine RBI to go with a .200/.310/.400 slash line.
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
    PPD vs ChC
  • Melancon blows two-run lead as Pirates lose
    Mark Melancon blew the save in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, serving up three runs in an inning of work.

    Advice: Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported continued lower velocity for Melancon. His cutter sat in the high 80's after averaging close to 92 MPH last season. The right-hander loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning before Starlin Castro plated two with a single to tie the game, and Welington Castillo put the Cubs on top with a ground out. The Pirates, obviously, have to be concerned about Melancon's velocity and may have to consider making a change if his struggles persist. He has allowed six runs with a 4/3 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings so far.
    Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Stanton hits another homer, but Marlins lose
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton hit a monster home run -- measured at 450 feet -- to right-center field at Citizens Bank Park in the fourth inning off of Jerome Williams. After a slow start to the season, Stanton has started to heat up, homering in three out of his last five games. He carries a .260/.373/.520 triple-slash line with 12 RBI.
    Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) to use full rehab allotment
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-2 vs x Atl
  • Brandon Belt not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Giants are going with Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac behind the plate with Belt out.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Fri.
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

    Advice: That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense.
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Jake McGee has rehab assigment delayed
    Jake McGee (elbow) said Tuesday that his minor league rehab assignment has been delayed after his body felt sore after an extended spring training appearance last week.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Triple-A Durham on Monday, but it's now a day-to-day type of situation. The good news is that he says his elbow feels fine, but he might not be ready by the start of May as some fantasy owners were hoping.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs Tor
  • Gregerson grabs third save in win vs Mariners
    Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season, closing out the Astros' 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Gregerson brought the tying run to the plate after issuing a two-out walk to Kyle Seager, but he got Seth Smith to strike out swinging to end the ballgame. Gregerson remains unscored upon while converting all three save opportunities with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
    Monday, 10:46 pm
  • Ausmus won't commit to closer yet
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
    Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Kennedy 'looked good' in extended spring game
    Padres manager Bud Black said that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) "looked good" during an 81-pitch appearance in an extended spring training game Monday.

    Advice: "He looked good, [threw] all his pitches," Black said. "He had a few strikeouts. They nicked him for a couple runs, but overall he's throwing the ball good, no issues with the hamstring." Black wouldn't officially confirm that Kennedy was slated to rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers when first eligible, but all signs point to it happening. Odrisamer Despaigne will head back to the bullpen.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Braun slugs homer, but Brewers fall to Reds
    Ryan Braun provided the Brewers their only run with a ninth-inning solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-0, so Braun's solo homer -- his first of the season -- off of Burke Badenhop barely made a dent. Braun has been off to a slow start this season, currently slashing .238/.273/.310 in 44 trips to the dish.
    Monday, 6:47 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ StL
  • Alfredo Simon pitches a gem as the Tigers win
    Alfredo Simon limited the Yankees to one run over seven innings as the Tigers went on to a 2-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Simon made one mistake on Monday evening, resulting in a Mark Teixeira solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander was in line for the loss until the Tigers rallied for two runs in the seventh. Simon gave up seven hits in total, issued no walks, and struck out seven. He's had back-to-back sterling outings, having shut out the Pirates over eight innings previously, and will take a 3-0 record with a 1.74 ERA into his next start against the Indians at home.
    Monday, 6:41 pm
  • Soria sets down the Yankees for fifth save
    Joakim Soria retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, recording his fifth save on Monday.

    Advice: Soria got Brett Gardner to ground out, followed by fly outs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The right-hander, filling in for Joe Nathan in the closer's role, is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 6:33 pm
  • Masterson goes five strong in win over O's
    Justin Masterson tossed five innings of one-run ball Monday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

    Advice: Masterson held the O's to three hits and three walks while striking out five. The control is still a bit iffy for the 30-year-old right-hander, but he's 2-0 and his ERA fell Monday from 7.59 to 5.74. He'll try to remain undefeated in his next start on the road against this same Orioles team. Masterson looks healthier than he did in the second half last season with the Cardinals.
    Monday, 12:17 pm
  • Jake McGee (elbow) set for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to join Triple-A Durham on Monday for a rehab assignment.

    Advice: McGee has already pitched in a few extended spring training games without issue. He expects to make several appearances for Durham before joining the Rays' bullpen around May 1. The left-handed closer is on his way back from December elbow surgery. He saved 19 games last season alongside a 1.89 ERA and should promptly steal ninth-inning duties back from Brad Boxberger.
    Monday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs Tor
  • Brandon Belt getting start in LF Sunday
    Brandon Belt is starting Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks in left field.

    Advice: It's his first start at the position since 2012, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is obviously willing to shake things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Buster Posey is starting at first base Sunday, while Andrew Susac is behind the plate.
    Sunday, 10:06 am
  • Jennings continues to struggle in loss to NYY
    Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
    Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Braun leads off with pair of singles
    In his first career start leading off, Ryan Braun hit two singles against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun finished the game 2-for-3. While the singles are nice, they marked a continuation of an odd start for Braun. After smacking 30 doubles and 19 home runs last season, Braun has yet to notch his first extra-base hit of the 2015 season. The power should come eventually, but it should be remembered that the former MVP underwent experimental thumb surgery in October.
    Saturday, 7:07 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ StL
  • 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.
    Saturday, 4:42 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Bos
  • Chris Sale fans six in victory over Tigers
    Chris Sale racked up six strikeouts in six innings of work in a victory over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Staked to a gigantic lead, Sale was on cruise control for most of the afternoon, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over his six frames. He did surrender one home run, a solo shot to J.D. Martinez. Sale now boasts a 2.25 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 12 innings in his first two starts. He'll look to continue that dominance on Thursday when he does battle against the Royals.
    Saturday, 1:21 pm
  • Ryan Braun hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Ryan Braun is serving as the Brewers leadoff hitter for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Braun has struggled in the early going, slashing just .226/.250/.226, so perhaps the move was made to try to get him going. With Carlos Gomez sidelined, the Brewers are in desperate need of a spark atop their lineup.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ StL
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-3 against D'backs
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-3 as the Giants' No. 6 hitter in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Before Hunter Pence got hurt, the Giants indicated that Belt could open the season batting third. However, that injury rearranged the lineup and Belt has hit fourth twice, fifth four times and now sixth once, going 2-for-26 in the process. His bat will warm up, but his fantasy value has already taken a hit. Hopefully, things will get better for the Giants lineup as a whole once Pence returns.
    Friday, 10:34 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.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Max Scherzer dominates in win over Phillies
    Max Scherzer dominated the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run over eight innings in a 7-2 victory.

    Advice: Scherzer cruised for the most part, giving up just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run scored on a ground out from Freddy Galvis in the third. The high-priced right-hander has been as advertised thus far, putting up a 0.83 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across his first three starts with the Nationals. He's a no-doubt fantasy ace.
    Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Mark Melancon secures first save of 2015
    Mark Melancon picked up his first save of the 2015 season, needing just two pitches to record the final out against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates began the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Antonio Bastardo got himself into a jam before Melancon was called in to put out the fire. He's been shaky in the early going, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over his first 4 1/3 innings.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija terrific in no-decision
    Jeff Samardzija was superb but settled for a no-decision Friday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He was tagged for a long solo shot in the fourth inning by Yoenis Cespedes, but that's all the Tigers were able to muster off of the White Sox' right-hander. Samardzija struck out eight batters on the day, walked just one and yielded eight hits. It's his best start so far in three tries in a Pale Hose uniform. Samardzija gets the Indians next.
    Friday, 1:57 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) to appear in ext. spring
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will throw 75-90 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after getting through a bullpen session Friday with no issues. That the Padres have decided to give him an extended spring training start rather than send him on an official rehab assignment should be irrelevant. Kennedy will be eligible for activation five days after Monday's appearance and should be penciled in to rejoin the rotation on April 25 versus the Dodgers.
    Friday, 9:13 am
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
    Friday, 7:10 am
  • 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
  • Tim Beckham delivers second pinch-hit homer
    Tim Beckham delivered his second pinch-hit homer of the year Thursday off the Jays' Aaron Loup.

    Advice: A former No. 1 overall pick probably shouldn't aspire to be Manny Mota, but Beckham sure has done nice work off the bench so far, with the two homers and a triple in five at-bats as a pinch-hitter. The Rays might start giving him more time at second base to show what he can do.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Tor
  • McGee (elbow) throws in ext. spring game
    Jake McGee (elbow) threw an inning Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said that McGee felt good. It's unclear what the next step will be, but he could soon be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. If all goes well, he figures to join the Rays' bullpen in late April or early May. McGee is currently working his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery.
    Thursday, 2:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs Tor
  • Brown (heel) to continue rehab stint Friday
    Domonic Brown (heel) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Brown, who began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles, went 4-for-14 (.286) with a home run over five games with High-A Clearwater. It's unclear how many games he'll play in Triple-A before being activated. The Phillies have been relying on a combination of Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore in right field during his absence.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-2 vs x Atl
  • Lorenzo Cain stays hot in loss to Twins
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Another big day for Cain. He clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning and later had an RBI double during the Royals' ninth-inning rally. The 29-year-old now owns a ridiculous .429/.512/.714 batting line across his first nine games this season. Injuries have been an issue for him in his career, but he appears ready to build off his solid 2014 campaign.
    Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Domonic Brown (heel) plays fifth rehab game
    Domonic Brown (heel) played in his fifth rehab game Wednesday with High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Brown will soon jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he should be back in the major leagues by early next week. He is recovering from tendinitis in his left Achilles. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore have been splitting the playing time in right field for the Phillies, and Francoeur even batted cleanup on Wednesday night against the Mets.
    Thursday, 6:39 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-2 vs x Atl
  • Jake McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab games
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: It's another big step for the rehabbing left-hander, who figures to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in late April or early May. McGee, who saved 19 games in 2014 alongside a sparkling 1.89 ERA, is on his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery. Brad Boxberger has been the primary closer for Tampa Bay in his absence.
    Thursday, 6:16 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs Tor
  • Soria shuts down Bucs for his fourth save
    Joakim Soria had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his fourth save as the Tigers won against the Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Soria got Corey Hart to ground out, Josh Harrison to fly out, and Gregory Polanco to strike out to end the ballgame. The Tigers haven't missed Joe Nathan much, as Soria is now 4-for-4 in save chances. If Soria continues to pitch well, he could make a case for continuing to close even after Nathan is healthy enough to return.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Simon dominates Pirates over eight innings
    Alfredo Simon improved to 2-0 with eight shutout innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pirates put a lot of balls in play, striking out only twice against Simon, but they didn't hit anything hard. Simon yielded only two hits, both singles, and issued no walks. The right-hander broke out last season with a 3.44 ERA for the Reds in a return to the starting rotation, but many saw it as a fluke. If he can put together more starts like Wednesday's, he'll prove a lot of people wrong. The Yankees will be waiting for him in Detroit in his next start.
    Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) throws bullpen session
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy hit the disabled list after suffering a hamstring strain in his 2015 debut. He'll throw another bullpen session Friday, after which he will go on a rehab assignment. It sounds as though he won't miss much more than the minimum, a good sign for Kennedy owners.
    Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Pirates will be eyeing Melancon's velocity
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that while he's not concerned, he will be keeping an eye on Mark Melancon's velocity.

    Advice: Melancon is averaging just 88.7 mph with his fastball so far this season, which is a notable drop from the 91.6 mph he averaged last year. Pitchers sometimes take a little while before their velocity returns, and obviously that's what the Pirates are hoping will occur here. "We’re going watch and we’re going to communicate," Hurdle said. "Concern is not a word that I’m going to use. Disappointed is not a word I’m going to use."
    Wednesday, 6:59 am
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