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  • Valbuena powers Astros with a pair of homers
    Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs and lifted a sacrifice fly to help the Astros beat the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Valbuena hit his first homer in the first inning off of Hisashi Iwakuma and his second in the eighth inning against Danny Farquhar. Valbuena, pushed out of the picture with the Cubs by the impending arrival of Kris Bryant, has been a nice find for the Astros. He has five home runs, seven RBI, and a .244/.304/.634 slash line in 46 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Semien homers as Athletics beat the Angels
    Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Monday in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Semien went yard off of Matt Shoemaker in the fourth inning to boost the Athletics' lead to 5-3. The shortstop had been in a bit of a funk, going just 2-for-17 in his previous five games entering Monday.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Bryant records 3 hits, 3 RBI as the Cubs win
    Kris Bryant knocked in three runs and walked to help lead the Cubs to a win over the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Bryant finished 3-for-4 on the evening. He tied the game at one apiece with a fifth-inning RBI single. In the seventh, he brought in a pair of runs with a double and came around to score on two Pirate errors. Bryant has yet to sate fans' appetite for power with a home run, but has looked comfortable at the plate following his 0-for-4 performance in his major league debut.
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Nolan Arenado scratched with sore wrist
    Nolan Arenado was scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how Arenado injured the wrist or how serious the setback might be. The Rockies should provide an update on the third baseman shortly. Rafael Ynoa took Arenado's spot at the hot corner.
    Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • Machado goes 0-for-3 in O's loss to Red Sox
    Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Orioles' loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Machado is just 7-for-45 this season and owns a troubling .156/.231/.244 overall slash line. He showed some signs of life late last week, but that has not carried over. The 22-year-old third baseman appeared in just 82 games in 2014 because of knee injuries.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Maikel Franco enjoying a nine-game hit streak
    Phillies prospect Maikel Franco has hit .415 during his nine-game hitting streak for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Franco extended the streak with a 2-for-5 effort on Sunday. He leads the International League with eight doubles and also has the most total bases with 30. The 22-year-old corner infielder is making a strong case for a promotion. Franco hit .179 in 16 games for the Phillies last season.
    Yesterday, 11:56 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Paredes at DH and batting second on Mon.
    Jimmy Paredes is at DH and batting second for the Orioles on Monday morning against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Paredes is 5-for-10 with four runs scored in two games since being activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He's a nice value play in daily fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Sandoval not in Red Sox lineup on Monday
    Pablo Sandoval is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday morning against the Orioles.

    Advice: Sandoval battled a left foot bruise late last week, so he'll be on the bench rather than in the starting lineup for Boston's annual Patriots' Day game. The 28-year-old third baseman is hitting .289/.385/.311 with zero homers and four RBI through 11 games with his new club. Brock Holt is starting at the hot corner Monday and batting seventh.
    Yesterday, 6:07 am
  • Carpenter belts leadoff homer to pace Cards
    Matt Carpenter started Sunday night's 2-1 victory over the Reds off with a bang, launching a Mike Leake offering over the wall in center field.

    Advice: The blast was his second of the season, and was the only scoring that the Cardinals would do until Kolten Wong's game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 and has been a force atop the Cardinals lineup this season, slashing a robust .400/.449/.689 with two long balls and 10 RBI.
    Sunday, 7:16 pm
  • Bryant hits double in loss to Padres.
    Kris Bryant recorded a double in Sunday's contest against the Padres.

    Advice: He hit the double off of Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fifth inning and went on to finish the game 1-for-3 with a strikeout. In addition to the extra-base knock, he also reached base on a HBP. Bryant wrapped up his first major league series 3-for-10 with an RBI and three walks. This is just the start of what should be a great career, though owners should hang in there when Bryant sees inevitable struggles.
    Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • Santana smacks solo home run in loss to MIN
    Carlos Santana hit a solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: J.R. Graham served up the solo shot, but at that point, the Twins were already up 7-1 and Santana's dinger barely put a dent in the final score. For the season, Santana has two home runs and seven RBI. He's hitting .244/.354/.415 over 41 at-bats to start the 2015 campaign.
    Sunday, 2:12 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Rodriguez doubles, walks twice in a win
    Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored to help the Yankees take down the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Rodriguez's hot start to the 2015 season continues. Sunday's performance leaves him with a terrific .316/.447/.711 slash line. He has four home runs, 11 RBI, and 10 runs scored to go along with it. Rodriguez remains two home runs shy of tying Willie Mays with 660 career home runs, fourth-most in baseball history.
    Sunday, 1:57 pm
  • Zimmerman knocks in two runs in Nats' win
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's 4-1 win against the Phillies.

    Advice: Zimmerman capped the Nationals' three-run fifth inning with an RBI double off of David Buchanan. Zimmerman padded the Nats' lead to 4-0 with a seventh-inning RBI single against Dustin McGowan. Despite batting .250 over his last five games, Zimmerman is on a five-game RBI streak. On the season, he's hitting a meager .184 with 11 RBI.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Zimmerman Was - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Jake Lamb sitting out versus righty
    Jake Lamb is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench in favor of Aaron Hill even with the D'Backs facing a righty (Tim Hudson). Lamb is hitting a blistering .414/.514/.690 with one homer and nine RBI this season. Tuffy Gosewisch is also sitting out, with Jordan Pacheco getting a start behind the plate.
    Sunday, 10:20 am
    6:40 pm vs Tex
  • MRI on Escobar's groin shows inflammation
    An MRI on Yunel Escobar's groin showed only inflammation.

    Advice: Escobar was injured on Friday when he tweaked his groin while running out a ground ball. He'll avoid the disabled list for now, as the hope is that he can work out Sunday and return to the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Danny Espinosa is at third base Sunday.
    Sunday, 7:45 am
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Aramis Ramirez getting a day off Sunday
    Aramis Ramirez is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for Ramirez, who is off to a brutal .140/.140/.186 start at the plate. Luis Jimenez is at third base Sunday in his place.
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Mike Olt (wrist) needs 3-4 weeks of rest
    Mike Olt (wrist) said Saturday that he expects to need 3-4 weeks of rest before beginning rehab work.

    Advice: Olt is sporting a cast after suffering a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Considering that it might be a month before he's allowed to begin rehabbing the wrist, it sounds like the chances are good that he'll be out until June. With Kris Bryant now up, Olt no longer has a clear path to playing time.
    Sunday, 5:59 am
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • 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
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Bryant gets first hit, reaches base 5 times
    Kris Bryant got his first major league hit Saturday against the Padres and reached base five times.

    Advice: Bryant finished the day 2-for-3 with three walks. His first hit was a bloop single in the bottom of the fifth inning which brought home a run. He also had an infield single in the 11th. After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his highly-anticipated major league debut on Friday, this performance was nice to see. Fantasy owners are banking on lots of power from Bryant, but ups and downs are to be expected.
    Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Carpenter keeps on hitting in win over Reds
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run double Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: There might not be a hotter hitter than Carpenter right now. He now has six straight multi-hit games and has more doubles (seven) than Albert Pujols, Victor Martinez, Jose Bautista, and Yasiel Puig have hits, just to name a few. He's hitting .390 so far.
    Saturday, 2:58 pm
  • Galvis knocks in two runs in win
    Freddy Galvis went 2-for-5 with two RBI on Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Galvis had a pair of RBI singles in the victory. The 25-year-old probably wouldn't be hitting second for any other team, but he's made starts from there in seven out of the last eight games. He's hitting .317 (13-for-41) with a .378 on-base percentage so far, so don't look for Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg to change it.
    Saturday, 1:43 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Josh Donaldson blasts walkoff home run
    Josh Donaldson blasted a walk off home run leading off the tenth inning on Saturday, propelling the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Donaldson belted his first two homers of the season on Friday and carried that power surge right over through Saturday's contest. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4 and also scored a pair of runs, and is now hitting an impressive .340/.396/.596 with 10 RBI on the year.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Orioles activate Jimmy Paredes from DL
    Orioles activated INF Jimmy Paredes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paredes is taking the place of Jonathan Schoop on the active roster who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a knee injury. He'll function in a utility role for the O's.
    Saturday, 10:14 am
  • Orioles place Jonathan Schoop (knee) on DL
    Orioles placed INF Jonathan Schoop on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee.

    Advice: Schoop also has a sprained MCL. He sustained the injury in Friday's game from a hard slide by Pablo Sandoval at second base. The O's are encouraged that there was no damage to his ACL and are optimistic that he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera should both see regular playing time in Baltimore's middle infield for now.
    Saturday, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Yunel Escobar (groin) to undergo MRI
    Yunel Escobar (groin) will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar said that he felt okay on Saturday and remains optimistic that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but the Nationals want to make sure before making a determination.
    Saturday, 8:54 am
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Trevor Plouffe not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Eduardo Nunez is getting the start in his place at third base and will bat eighth for the Twins against Danny Salazar and the Indians. Plouffe should return to his place at the hot corner for Sunday's series finale.
    Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Castellanos not in Tigers lineup on Saturday
    Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the White Sox.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the young third baseman. Hernan Perez is getting the start in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth for the Tigers against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
    Saturday, 7:22 am
  • 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.
    Saturday, 5:08 am
  • Jake Lamb reaches four times
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two walks Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Lamb did lose an at-bat to Yasmany Tomas tonight, but that's only because the rout was on. He won't be losing any starts to the Cuban defector, not with the way he's performed the first two weeks. He's 11-for-25 with nine RBI.
    Friday, 10:35 pm
    6:40 pm vs Tex
  • Plouffe launches walk-off HR vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday night.

    Advice: How's that for a slump-buster? Plouffe came into Friday's action hitting .133 and went hitless over his first four at-bats before taking Bryan Shaw deep to leadoff the bottom of the 11th and send the Target Field fans home happy. The 28-year-old hasn't been able to replicate the power production he had in 2012, but he's capable of being a useful corner infielder in deeper mixed leagues.
    Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Carpenter has two doubles, two runs scored
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After reaching on a double in the first inning, Carpenter leaped over Brayan Pena to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt Holliday. He now has five straight multi-hit games and back-to-back two-double games. He has also scored at least one run in five straight. Stay hot.
    Friday, 9:23 pm
  • A-Rod hits two HR, has go-ahead RBI in win
    Alex Rodriguez had a monster night in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rays, slugging two home runs and hitting a go-ahead RBI single.

    Advice: He's still got it. Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the second inning before adding a two-run blast in the sixth. He then put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning with a line drive single to center field. This was the 61st multi-homer game of his career and his first since May 23, 2012. He's now up to 658 home runs for his career, which puts him two away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. After missing a year due to a PED suspension, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 with four home runs and 11 RBI through 10 games.
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Bogaerts has walk-off single vs. Orioles
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

    Advice: Mike Napoli led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk against Brian Matusz before Daniel Nava sacrificed him over to second and Bogaerts cashed him in with a bloop single to right field. It was his first career walk-off hit. Bogaerts, who also had a run scored on the night, now owns a healthy .395/.452/.474 batting line through nine games this season. The Red Sox are 7-3 on the year.
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Donaldson blasts two homers in loss to Braves
    Josh Donaldson blasted his first two home runs as a member of the Blue Jays in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Both of Donaldson's bombs came courtesy of Braves starter Julio Teheran, a two-run job in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth. In all, the Jays launched five home runs on Friday, with Russell Martin knocking two over the wall as well and Devon Travis chipping in a solo homer. Donaldson is off to a strong start with his new squad, hitting .302/.354/.512 with nine RBI.
    Friday, 7:30 pm
  • Murphy has RBI double against Marlins
    Daniel Murphy had an RBI double in a win over the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the night for Murphy, who is now batting just .162 (6-for-37) through 11 games. Remember that he missed a large chunk of spring training with a hamstring injury, so it might take him a little while to get into the swing of things. Things should get a lot better soon.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Phillies in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Escobar appeared to come up lame while running out a ground ball in his final at-bat and did not take his place in the field defensively. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
    Friday, 5:19 pm
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Casey McGehee returns to Giants lineup
    Casey McGehee (knee) is in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: McGehee drew a walk as a pinch hitter in Thursday's contest after being sidelined since Sunday. Fantasy owners can safely plug him into weekend lineups, though there's still a chance he'll be rested on Sunday as the Giants ease him back into action.
    Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Bryant goes 0-for-4, K's three times in debut
    Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut Friday.

    Advice: James Shields overwhelmed Bryant with changeups to get the youngster to go down swinging in each of his first three at-bats and Dale Thayer got him to ground out in his fourth plate appearance. Obviously it wasn't the best debut, although Bryant did make a couple nice plays in the field. Ultimately, Bryant figures to provide plenty of power for fantasy owners right away, but don't be surprised if he strikes out a bunch and doesn't hit for a great average.
    Friday, 2:30 pm
  • Mike Olt (wrist) placed on disabled list
    Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

    Advice: Olt initially hurt the wrist last Saturday, but he was allowed to take a few at-bats after that because initial tests didn't reveal the hairline fracture. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but with Kris Bryant up now, Olt doesn't have a path to playing time.
    Friday, 7:51 am
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Kris Bryant hitting cleanup in MLB debut
    Cubs purchased the contract of 3B Kris Bryant from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Bryant is starting at third base and hitting in the cleanup spot in his major league debut Friday. The stud prospect was kept in the minors long enough so that the team could secure an extra year of control, with Bryant batting .321/.364/.679 with three homers and 10 RBI in his first seven contests at Iowa. Viewed by many as the top prospect in the game, Bryant has the potential to be a fantasy monster right out of the gate. Jorge Soler is hitting second and Anthony Rizzo third ahead of Bryant. The Cubs are going with Jonathan Herrera at second base and Welington Castillo at catcher Friday.
    Friday, 7:46 am
  • Casey McGehee draws walk as pinch-hitter
    Casey McGehee (knee) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He was then promptly removed for pinch-runner Tim Lincecum. Although McGehee clearly isn't at 100 percent yet as he battles a bone bruise in his left knee, the expectation is that he'll return to the lineup at some point this weekend.
    Friday, 6:58 am
  • Mike Olt heading to disabed list for Cubs
    According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Mike Olt (wrist) will be placed on the disabled list to create room on the big league roster for Kris Bryant.

    Advice: It was only a matter of time before Bryant staked his claim to the hot corner in Chicago, and would've happened even if Olt hadn't suffered the wrist injury. He can safely be cut in NL-only formats.
    Thursday, 6:45 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Cubs calling up 3B Kris Bryant on Friday
    Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant will be called up by the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: April 17 was the scheduled day that fans had targeted, knowing that's all it took for the Cubs to gain an extra year of team control for the budding superstar. Bryant put on a show in his final game at Triple-A Iowa, blasting a three-run homer. He's likely to be immediately slotted in as the team's everyday third baseman and his power makes him mixed league relevant from day one.
    Thursday, 6:39 pm
  • McGehee remains out of Giants lineup
    Casey McGehee (knee) remains out of the Giants starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is once again available to pinch hit, but isn't quite ready to man his position defensively. He should return over the weekend.
    Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint Friday
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Paredes, who began the season on the DL with a lower back strain, will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday before moving to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. The Orioles have a bit of a roster crunch at the moment, so they could keep him on his rehab stint for close to the maximum of 20 days.
    Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles twice in Cards' win
    Matt Carpenter doubled twice and drove in one run Thursday as the Cardinals beat the Brewers.

    Advice: Carpenter now has five extra-base hits in eight games this season and he's sporting a .364/.432/.576 slash line through 37 plate appearances. The 29-year-old third baseman doesn't drive many balls out of the yard, but he's a great source of doubles and runs at the top of the Cardinals' lineup. Carpenter is also currently leading St. Louis hitters with seven RBI.
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Aramis Ramirez goes 0-for-4 in loss to STL
    Aramis Ramirez finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Brewers' loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: The entire Milwaukee lineup struggled in the matinee at Busch Stadium. Ramirez is off to an especially bad start this year, hitting just .171 with a .400 OPS in nine games played. The 36-year-old announced last month that this will likely be his final season.
    Thursday, 1:43 pm
  • 3B Arenado belts third homer of the season
    Nolan Arenado spanked a three-run homer in Wednesday's victory over the Giants.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4, with the three-run bomb -- courtesy of a sluggish Tim Lincecum slider -- the difference in a 4-2 win. Arenado and his offensive mates are apparently trying to revive the Blake Street Bomber moniker of Rockies' past. The young third baseman is slashing .324/.395/.735 and the Rockies are off to a 7-2 start, including a stunning 6-0 on the road, fresh off a sweep in San Francisco of the defending champs. Can the Rockies keep it up? Doubtful. Can Arenado? A monster season isn't out of the question.
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Josh Donaldson goes 3-for-5, knocks in three
    Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 12-7 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Donaldson had his nice game tonight as a No. 2 hitter. That was supposed to be Russell Martin's spot, but the Jays have already soured on him there. It fell to Dalton Pompey next. Donaldson is probably the best option of all, though, and it'd help his fantasy value if manager John Gibbons settles on him.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop homers, draws rare walk
    Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5.

    Advice: The walk was just his first, but that still puts him ahead of last year's pace (13 in 455 at-bats). The homer, on the other hand, was his third already. Schoop is a legitimate threat to lead all second basemen in homers this year. It still might not give him much mixed-league value, since his average will be problematic and he's a zero in steals, but it's hard not to like the pop.
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Manny Machado hits first homer
    Manny Machado hit his first homer and walked Wednesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: After opening the season 0-for-15, Machado has gone 5-for-15 with a couple of extra-base hits in his last four games. He's hit sixth seven times and second twice so far. Obviously, the second spot would be better for his fantasy value, but he needs to outproduce Steve Pearce in order to reclaim his old place.
    Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez hits second homer
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who didn't play Tuesday, belted his second homer tonight off Bud Norris. He leads the Yankees with seven RBI through nine games, and he's now just four homers shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • McGehee (knee) available as pinch hitter
    Casey McGehee (knee) is available as to pinch hit Wednesday.

    Advice: McGehee has been out of the lineup since Sunday, but he appears close to returning. The third baseman was doing pregame drills and told reporters he could start as soon as Thursday. It's good news considering the bone bruise in his left knee could have been much worse.
    Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • McGehee (knee) sitting out again Wednesday
    Casey McGehee (knee) is out of the Giants' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Matt Duffy will start at third base and bat second against the Rockies. Joe Panik has been bumped all the way down to eighth. McGehee suffered a bone bruise in his left knee Saturday in San Diego, but he's been able to do pregame activities over the past couple of days and he should be close to returning to action.
    Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup on Wednesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Olt was able to enter Tuesday's game as a late sub, but he is still apparently battling some lingering discomfort in his right wrist. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting ninth.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • 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
  • Xander Bogaerts (knee) returns to lineup Wed.
    Xander Bogaerts (knee) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Bogaerts needed an MRI after tweaking his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game, but the test came back clean and he wound up missing just one game. The young infielder sports a nifty .433/.500/.533 batting line in the early going this season.
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Mike Olt pinch-hits in Tuesday's game
    Mike Olt (wrist) appeared as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Olt flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, stayed in the game for defense and then struck out to end the game in the ninth. He hadn't played since Saturday after being hit in the wrist by a pitch, but he'll be fine.
    Wednesday, 5:17 am
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Murphy's homer makes the difference in win
    Daniel Murphy walked twice and hit a solo home run in five trips to the plate as the Mets downed the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Murphy added what seemed at the time to be an insignificant insurance run with his seventh-inning solo homer against Dustin McGowan. It pushed the Mets' lead to three runs, but they wound up winning by only one. Murphy was hitting just .136 entering the game but has registered an extra-base hit in his last two games. Fantasy owners and the Mets, for sure, are hoping it's the start of a hot streak.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Bogaerts' (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Xander Bogaerts' right knee came back negative.

    Advice: He could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. It's obviously great news for the Red Sox and Bogaerts' fantasy owners, as the shortstop has been scorching hot at the plate. He had injured his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game.
    Tuesday, 6:48 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
  • 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
  • McGehee (knee) swings, throws Tuesday
    Casey McGehee (knee) did some swinging and throwing on Tuesday.

    Advice: McGehee, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee, noted that he's feeling much better. He has not, however, been told by the trainers when he might be cleared to return to the lineup. McGehee is missing his third straight game on Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup again Tuesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Jonathan Herrera is playing third base and batting ninth. Olt was able to go through a pregame workout Tuesday at Wrigley Field but he still has some discomfort in his right wrist, which was struck by a pitch on Saturday night in Colorado.
    Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Paredes (back) plays seven innings at EST
    Jimmy Paredes (back) played seven innings at extended spring training on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paredes will play in another extended spring game Wednesday. He should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week and figures to be an option for the Orioles' active roster late next week. He was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a lower back strain.
    Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez not in lineup Tuesday vs. BAL
    Alex Rodriguez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for A-Rod, who is batting .250/.357/.458 with one home run, two doubles, and six RBI through seven games. Garrett Jones will fill in at designated hitter.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts going for MRI on sore knee
    Xander Bogaerts was sent for an MRI on his right knee.

    Advice: Bogaerts is off to a red-hot start at the plate, so this is unfortunate to hear. The Red Sox should have an update on his status soon. Brock Holt will start in his place at shortstop Tuesday night against the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Escobar batting leadoff for Nats on Tuesday
    Yunel Escobar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rookie outfielder Michael Taylor has been handling leadoff duties, but he has struggled to make contact, so he has been bumped down to ninth in the order. Jayson Werth will hit second Tuesday against Justin Masterson while Clint Robinson will serve as the designated hitter.
    Tuesday, 11:19 am
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Bogaerts out of Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Brock Holt will start at shortstop against Stephen Strasburg. Shane Victorino is also sitting while Daniel Nava gets another start. Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez (foot) is in the lineup after making an early exit on Monday.
    Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Schoop (quad) has RBI single in return
    Jonathan Schoop (quad) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Schoop was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad, but it doesn't appear to be a major concern. The 23-year-old is batting .278/.316/.667 with two homers and six RBI through six games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Lamb reaches base three times in a win
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the Diamondbacks topped the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb has done nothing but hit to start the season, now carrying a .400 average in 15 at-bats. He has split time at third base with Aaron Hill, sitting against left-handed pitching. That will likely be the case until the D'Backs are able to find a trade partner for Hill.
    Monday, 10:42 pm
    6:40 pm vs Tex
  • Semien hits one of Athletics' three homers
    Marcus Semien singled and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in Monday's 8-1 victory versus the Astros.

    Advice: Semien pushed the Athletics' lead to 5-1 at the time with a fifth-inning solo homer off of Scott Feldman, one of the Athletics' three home runs on Monday night. The young shortstop is batting .323 (10-for-31) to start the season.
    Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman launches solo blast
    Ryan Zimmerman ripped a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Zimmerman's solo shot to center field in the eighth inning was one of few highlights for the Nationals in this one. It was Zim's second longball of the season, though he's batting just .154/.267/.385 overall so far. Danny Espinosa also had a solo homer for the Nats on Monday.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Zimmerman Was - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Mike Olt (wrist) scratched from lineup
    Mike Olt (wrist) was scratched from Monday's lineup.

    Advice: It sounds like Olt's right wrist was still a bit sore in pre-game workouts, so the Cubs will give him another day. Jonathan Herrera has taken his spot at third base.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Mike Olt (wrist) returns to lineup Monday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is back in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Olt didn't start Sunday after being hit by a pitch in the wrist Saturday, although he was able to pinch-hit. He has just two hits in his first 13 at-bats this season, although one of them was a homer.
    Monday, 2:46 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Freddy Galvis goes 3-for-3
    Freddy Galvis had a three-hit game as the Phillies were shutout by the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Galvis was hitting eighth for the fourth time today. He's also hit second on three occasions, including a couple of games where Odubel Herrera was nursing an injury last week. Eighth is almost certainly where he belongs, but he'll probably bat second more frequently if he can stay hot for a little bit. He's hitting .400 through his first 25 at-bats.
    Monday, 1:20 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Maikel Franco flexes muscles in 16-inning win
    Phillies prospect Maikel Franco went 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles Sunday in a win over Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The game went 16 innings, which would explain Franco's high at-bat total. The 22-year-old had just two hits in his first three games prior to Sunday's win. Franco has a chance to be a fixture in Philadelphia, though with Ryan Howard and Cody Asche occupying the two corner infield spots, that opportunity may not come until later this year.
    Monday, 1:15 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Kris Bryant continues to crush it at Triple-A
    Cubs prospect Kris Bryant launched his second home run of the season Sunday in Triple-A Iowa's 7-2 win over Memphis.

    Advice: Bryant entered the year as the game's best prospect and has done nothing to disprove that over his first four games. Dating back to last season, Bryant has now corked 45 home runs in his last 508 minor league at-bats. Bryant's big league debut is imminent, which means it's time to add him in all fantasy formats. Mike Olt's days at third base could be numbered.
    Monday, 12:10 pm
  • Alex Rodriguez plates four as Yankees roll
    Alex Rodriguez reached base three times and drove home four runs on Sunday, helping to lead the Yankees in a rout over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rodriguez drilled a bases-clearing three-run double off Clay Buchholz as part of a seven-run uprising in the first inning, putting the game basically out of reach. The veteran slugger finished the night 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and also scored a run. He has been mighty impressive in the early going, slashing .300/.417/.550 with a homer and six RBI.
    Apr 12, 8:38 pm
  • McGehee (knee) diagnosed with bone bruise
    Casey McGehee has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee.

    Advice: It's the best-case scenario, as the feeling had been that he likely suffered a strain. McGehee, who revealed that he actually first hurt the knee on Opening Day, has been given a cortisone shot and hopes to return after a few days of rest and rehab. Matt Duffy is handling third base for the Giants on Sunday.
    Apr 12, 11:35 am
  • Mike Olt (wrist) sitting out Sunday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: X-rays on Olt's right wrist came back negative after he was hit by a pitch, but he's likely still sore. He might not have been in the lineup against a righty, anyway. Jonathan Herrera is handling third base.
    Apr 12, 9:55 am
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Jonathan Schoop scratched with sore quad
    Jonathan Schoop was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad.

    Advice: He's available off the bench and considered day-to-day. Ryan Flaherty is filling in for Schoop at second base.
    Apr 12, 9:02 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Daniel Murphy sitting out on Sunday
    Daniel Murphy is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting the day off against tough lefty Alex Wood. Ruben Tejada is handling second base in Murphy's absence. Travis d'Arnaud and Curtis Granderson are also receiving a breather, with Anthony Recker slated to catch Jacob deGrom and John Mayberry handling right field.
    Apr 12, 7:34 am
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Jimmy Paredes (back) ready for games
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will play in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since he suffered a lower back strain. Paredes will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if things go well Monday, so it sounds like he could be activated relatively soon.
    Apr 12, 6:31 am
  • Arenado smacks two-run home run against Cubs
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Arenado hit the tater off Jason Hammel in the second inning. It was his second home run on the early season and bodes well for the youngster, who finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He's off to a 9-for-20 start in 2015. Still just 24 years old, Arenado could be in for a big season. Last year, he hit 18 home runs and collected 61 RBI in just 111 games.
    Apr 11, 9:21 pm
  • X-rays turn up negative on Olt's right wrist
    X-rays taken Saturday on Mike Olt's right wrist showed no fracture of any kind.

    Advice: Olt has some swelling in the wrist and will probably sit out of Sunday's series finale in Colorado, but he should be fine by early next week. Arismendy Alcantara took over at third base on Saturday night and could draw the start there on Sunday afternoon. Kris Bryant is due to arrive in the majors on April 17.
    Apr 11, 8:57 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Josh Donaldson continues to struggle early
    Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: After a smoldering spring in which he hit .327 with six home runs and 12 RBI, Donald's slipped into a cold spell to start the regular season. He's currently hitting .222/.286/.278 and has picked up just four hits in 18 at-bats. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic at such an early stage, though. Donaldson's one of the best hitters in the game and will be posting monster numbers in a potent Toronto offense by the end of the season.
    Apr 11, 7:26 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.
    Apr 11, 7:20 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • McGehee departs game with left knee strain
    Casey McGehee has been diagnosed with a left knee strain.

    Advice: McGehee suffered the injury Saturday while breaking out of the batter's box on a flyout to center field in the top of the first inning. It sounds like he may need a trip to the 15-day disabled list, though a full reevaluation of the injury is coming Sunday morning. Joaquin Arias took over at third base on Saturday in San Diego.
    Apr 11, 6:21 pm
  • McGehee exits game with an apparent injury
    Casey McGehee was lifted from Saturday's game against the Padres with an apparent injury.

    Advice: McGehee doubled over in pain after a flyout to center field in the top of the first inning. It was hard to tell what happened, though there should be some sort of diagnosis from the Giants within the hour. Joaquin Arias entered the game to play third base.
    Apr 11, 6:05 pm
  • A-Rod making big league debut at first base
    Alex Rodriguez will make his big league debut at first base on Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: A-Rod is also slotted in the cleanup spot in the Bombers lineup. Joe Girardi is getting creative with his lineup after Friday's marathon 19-inning loss. Here's how the rest of the squad shakes out: Brett Gardner LF, Chris Young CF, Carlos Beltran DH, Rodriguez 1B, Chase Headley 3B, Garrett Jones RF, J.R. Murphy C, Didi Gregorius SS, Gregorio Petit 2B.
    Apr 11, 7:32 am
  • Red Sox beat Yankees in 19 innings
    Xander Bogaerts had four hits -- all of them coming in extras -- and scored the go-ahead run in the 19th as the Red Sox edged the Yankees 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: The game took six hours and 49 minutes -- not including a 16-minute delay after the lights went out behind home plate -- making it the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees. By inning, it was the longest game the teams had played since 1967. The Red Sox blew one-run leads in the ninth, 16th and 18th innings before finally prevailing. It was a Mookie Betts sac fly that scored Bogaerts in the 19th. Steven Wright, already having blown two leads, allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 19th, but he got a flyout and a double play to end it.
    Apr 11, 12:00 am
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