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  • Gregory Polanco scratched with tight groin
    Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's lineup with tightness in his left groin.

    Advice: It's not clear when Polanco suffered the injury. He'll receive treatment and be re-evaluated during the game and an update on his status will likely be available later Monday. Andrew Lambo took his place in right field.
    Today, 4:04 pm
  • Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Monday that it's possible Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know that he's ready (to face major league pitching)," Sandberg said of Brown, who is hitting just .188/.298/.292 on his rehab assignment. The Phillies must do something with the outfielder, as his rehab clock runs out after Tuesday. It's hard to believe they wouldn't think Brown is a better option than Jeff Francoeur in right field, but it wouldn't be the first time Philly has made an odd decision.
    Today, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) returns to lineup
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Joey Butler on a roll with Triple-A Durham
    Joey Butler has gotten off to a smoking hot start for Triple-A Durham, hitting .377 with 12 RBI in his first 17 games.

    Advice: At 29, we wouldn't really consider Butler a prospect, but that doesn't make his performance any less noteworthy. A Quad-A player for most of his career, Butler was among the Rays' last cuts in spring training. Butler has 14 games of big league experience on his resume and will probably get another chance to contribute at that level later this year.
    Today, 1:59 pm
    Not Active
    Top 6, 0-1 x @NYY
  • Junior Lake recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled OF Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Lake was batting .289/.340/.333 in the early going at Iowa. He'll give the Cubbies a backup option at all three outfield spots.
    Today, 1:57 pm
  • L.J. Hoes recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled OF L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Hoes was off to a sizzling .418/.458/.618 start at Fresno. He'll back up at all three outfield positions for the Astros.
    Today, 1:55 pm
  • Ryan Braun not sitting due to injury
    Ryan Braun said that he's not absent from Monday's lineup due to injury.

    Advice: Braun missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed physical issue, but he insists that him not being in there on Monday is a manager's decision. "We won yesterday, guys played well so run with it," Braun said." Wins are the most important thing. Both (Jordan) Schafer and Gerardo (Parra) played well," said Braun. Braun is batting just .230/.277/.279 with one homer in the early going this season.
    Today, 1:51 pm
  • Heyward (hamstring) sitting out on Monday
    Jason Heyward (hamstring) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Heyward revealed that he actually tweaked his left hamstring -- not left groin as previously reported -- on Sunday. The good news is that he expects to go through full workouts Monday and there would seem to be a good chance he'll be back out there Tuesday.. Mark Reynolds is getting a start in right field in Heyward's place Monday.
    Today, 1:49 pm
  • Austin Jackson sitting out on Monday
    Austin Jackson is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Logan Morrison is also on the bench for the M's, as Justin Ruggiano is in center field and Willie Bloomquist is at first base.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Braun sits again Mon. with undisclosed injury
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' lineup again Monday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Braun requested the day off Sunday due to a physical issue not related to his surgically-repaired right thumb and has now missed two straight starts. He's dealt with a rib cage ailment this month but it's unclear at the moment if that's what's bothering him again. The Brewers should provide more on his status later Monday. Gerardo Parra is in right field again in Braun's place.
    Today, 1:08 pm
  • Swisher (knee) still on rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knees) will travel to Rochester with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

    Advice: The plan calls for Swisher get consecutive days in the outfield by the weekend and then possibly join the Indians early next week. The veteran outfielder is making his way back from surgery on both of his knees. He's probably not going to be a great fantasy asset when healthy.
    Today, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 7, 2-6 vs x KC
  • Jennings (knee) not in Rays' lineup Monday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again on Monday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday night and has now missed two straight games, but it's not thought to be serious. It's possible he could be available off the bench Monday. Brandon Guyer is in left field for the Rays Monday versus Yankees righty Adam Warren.
    Today, 12:50 pm
  • Rangers, Angels finalize Josh Hamilton trade
    Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Angels for cash considerations.

    Advice: The deal was officially announced by the Angels' Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Anaheim is expected to eat $68 million of the $80 million still owed to Hamilton from his original five-year, $125 million agreement with the club. He'll get a fresh restart in Texas after a falling out with the Angels brought on by his offseason alcohol and cocaine relapse. Hamilton is expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery in mid- to late-May and carries considerably more fantasy value with the Rangers than he would have with the Halos.
    Today, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Delmon Young batting third for O's on Monday
    Delmon Young is batting third for the Orioles on Monday night versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Young gets the boost after a massive weekend showing versus Boston. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI in Sunday's 18-7 rout of the Red Sox. Adam Jones will bat cleanup behind Young on Monday against Chicago right-hander Hector Noesi.
    Today, 11:58 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Josh Hamilton spotted at Globe Life Park
    Josh Hamilton has been spotted at the Rangers' Globe Life Park.

    Advice: Which presumably means the trade sending him from Anaheim to Texas has been completed and will be formally announced on Monday afternoon. The Angels are reportedly going to eat $68 million of the $80 million owed to Hamilton. His deal will also now reportedly carry an opt-out clause for after the 2016 season. Hamilton is due back from shoulder surgery in mid-May. It's a pretty great deal for Texas if the 33-year-old outfielder can stay on the straight and narrow.
    Today, 11:54 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Jarrod Dyson starting in RF for KC on Mon.
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in right field for the Royals on Monday night against the Indians.

    Advice: Dyson will bat ninth, but his speed should attract daily leaguers. The 30-year-old speedster is among the most aggressive base-stealer in the majors, boasting 120 steals in 361 career games (235 starts). Paulo Orlando will be on the bench Monday night.
    Today, 11:49 am
  • Domingo Santana belts pair of homers in win
    Astros prospect Domingo Santana cracked three hits Sunday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: All three of his hits went for extra bases as Santana tormented Reno with two homers and a double. Santana's four RBI represent a new season-high. Houston's third-ranked prospect on still strikes out too much (23 Ks in 52 at-bats), but it's easy to look past that when Santana is hitting a robust .308 with a .673 slugging percentage. He should get another chance in the big leagues later this year.
    Today, 11:43 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm x @SD
  • Brandon Moss not in Indians' lineup Monday
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Ryan Raburn will be at DH and Jerry Sands will play left field with Kansas City throwing left-hander Jason Vargas. Moss is available off the bench for the Tribe.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • L.J. Hoes to join the Astros on Monday
    L.J. Hoes will be called up on Monday.

    Advice: And right-hander Asher Wojciechowski will be sent to Triple-A Fresno to open up a 25-man roster spot. Houston wants an extra position player for its three-game series in San Diego, a National League city. Hoes will probably be shipped back to Fresno on Thursday.
    Today, 11:09 am
  • Bautista (shoulder) will take BP on Monday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

    Advice: He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
    Today, 9:42 am
  • CarGo says he's ready to emerge out of slump
    Carlos Gonzalez believes he's nearly ready to bust out of his early-season offensive slump.

    Advice: Gonzalez is batting just .197/.229/.364 in 17 games this season, but he went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Saturday and slugged his first home run since April 8 on Sunday. "I'm trying to use the whole field," CarGo said Sunday evening. "When I am doing well, I can hit to left with power and line drives into the gap. When I see that coming off my bat, I know that something good is coming."
    Today, 7:28 am
  • Rajai Davis not worried about groin tightness
    Rajai Davis said Sunday evening that he doesn't believe his groin injury is serious.

    Advice: Davis had to jog to first base in the ninth inning Sunday after recording his third hit of the game and was then removed. But he expressed optimism about the groin discomfort in the clubhouse afterward. "I don't think it's serious at all," Davis said. "I just think it's sore, tight. I've been running around on it a lot the last couple of days. I guess I wasn't used to that. If I get my body used to it, I think I'll be all right." The 34-year-old is batting .341/.449/.488 with six stolen bases and 11 runs scored in 14 games (10 starts) this season.
    Today, 5:52 am
  • Marisnick homers, scores three times Sun.
    Jake Marisnick (quad) went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, two stolen bases, and three runs scored in his return to the Astros' lineup Sunday against the A's.

    Advice: Marisnick sat out Friday and Saturday due to soreness in his right quad, but he returned with a vengeance on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The 24-year-old center fielder is now batting .364/.408/.591 with two home runs and six stolen bases in 15 games this season. Hopefully he'll start moving up the Astros' batting order. Marisnick has hit ninth in all 15 of his starts so far.
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Hamilton deal expected to be finalized Monday
    Alden Gonzalez of reports that the trade sending Josh Hamilton to the Rangers is still expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: There had been rumblings that the two sides would clear all hurdles and get it done on Sunday afternoon, but it looks as though that was optimistic. The Angels are said to be willing to eat up to $68 million remaining on Hamilton's deal, and the beleaguered outfielder is expected to receive an opt-out clause in the contract following the 2016 season.
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Curtis Granderson swats first homer in loss
    Curtis Granderson led off Sunday night's loss against the Yankees by swatting his first home run of the season off Nathan Eovaldi.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. While he's only hitting .222 on the season, he now boasts a .364 on-base percentage and has done a nice job as a table setter atop the Mets lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Trout blasts two-run homer in loss to TEX
    Mike Trout hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Trout smashed the long-ball off of Anthony Bass. It was his fourth homer of the season and his first since April 17. He finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBI and two walks. After a nuclear start to the season, Trout's "cooled off" to a .318/.432/.545 line. There's no reason to expect his usual brilliance to legitimately fade any time soon.
    Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Young knocks in five runs in huge Orioles win
    Delmon Young drove in five of the 18 runs the Orioles scored in Sunday's 18-7 romp over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Toss a dart at a name in the Oriole lineup from Sunday and you'll likely come up with a few RBI. Young led the crew with five, but he was far from alone, as Chris Davis, Steve Pearce, and Jimmy Paredes each had three. Where to begin? We'll just roll through some of the highlights. Young had RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, then hit a two-run double in the seventh. He entered the game with just two RBI on the season and left with seven. Davis supplied a two-run double in the third and a solo homer in the sixth. Paredes chipped in his first triple of the season. It was simply an offensive supernova. Guys like Young and Pearce aren't suddenly going to turn into RBI machines, but for one game, everybody in the middle of the Oriole lineup was locked in.
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Rajai Davis departs with tight right groin
    Rajai Davis was removed from Sunday's game against the Indians due to tightness in his right groin.

    Advice: Davis pulled up while running to first base on a single in the ninth inning. He appears to have avoided anything significant though and is considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Brandon Guyer drives in four for Rays
    Brandon Guyer made the most of a spot start Sunday, homering and driving in four runs in a win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Starting in place of the injured Desmond Jennings (knee), Guyer took Mark Buehrle deep in the first inning, hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and singled in another run in the sixth. Guyer plays pretty regularly versus lefties but could see some more time against righties if Jennings' injury lingers.
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Rajai Davis leaves with leg injury
    Rajai Davis exited Sunday's game against the Indians with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Davis had to be pinch-run for after singling in the ninth inning. The Tigers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Jason Heyward (groin) listed as day-to-day
    Jason Heyward is considered day-to-day with a left groin injury.

    Advice: Heyward suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Brewers while chasing down a ball in the outfield. He tested things out with some jogging and looked OK, but the Cardinals decided to be cautious here. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Jason Heyward exits game with leg injury
    Jason Heyward left Sunday's game versus the Brewers with an apparent left leg injury.

    Advice: Heyward tweaked something while chasing after a ball in the right-field corner. He tested things out with some jogging and looked OK, but the Cardinals decided to go ahead and pull him just to be safe. The club should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Hamilton trade could be finalized Sunday's T.R. Sullivan reports that the trade of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers could be finalized as soon as Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the deal could be announced Sunday evening. The Angels are reportedly willing to eat $68 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's contract in order to get something done. Hamilton will sacrifice $6 million of guaranteed money and will receive an opt-out clause in his deal after the 2016 season.
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Ryan Braun absent from Sunday's lineup
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest for the struggling slugger. Aramis Ramirez is also getting a breather, as Gerardo Parra is in right field and Hector Gomez is at third base.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Jose Bautista hopes to return early this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

    Advice: Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) not in lineup Sunday
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Marisnick (quad) likely to sit again Sunday
    Jake Marisnick (quad) is expected to sit out again on Sunday.

    Advice: Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his right quad area. He was able to do some running prior to Saturday's game with no issues, but the Astros are expected to rest him one more day. "Jake, we’ll well monitor him day to day," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He’s available but I’m going to try not to use him unless I have to. He’s bouncing around fine. I’m hopeful for (Sunday), but if it’s not (Sunday) and he needs another day we’re going to still be cautious with him."
    Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Austin Jackson goes 2-for-5, homers
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results.
    Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Grant Green goes 2-for-3 in season debut
    Making his first start since being called up Friday, Grant Green went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: The Angels were pretty much grooming Green as an outfielder this spring, but he played second tonight. Even in Triple-A, he had played there just once this year. Second base is certainly where his bat plays best and probably the only position at which he has a chance of becoming a regular. The Angels, though, probably won't keep him up for long.
    Saturday, 9:48 pm
  • Justin Upton homers twice for Padres
    Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10.
    Saturday, 9:32 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • 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.
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Saturday's game early
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 before exiting in the eighth inning. The Yankees are hopeful Ellsbury won't miss any time, but if he does sit out Sunday, expect Chris Young to fill in at center field.
    Saturday, 4:09 pm
  • Rajai Davis runs wild as Tigers top Indians
    Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 and swiped three bases on Saturday as the Tigers topped the Indians 4-1 at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Davis was the spark plug atop the Tigers lineup, running wild every chance that he got and scoring three of the team's four runs in the ballgame. He's off to another strong start in 2015, slashing .297/.409/.405 with six steals on the season.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez not in lineup on Saturday
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .197/.231/.328 with an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 61 at-bats. Drew Stubbs is starting in his place against opposing right-hander Tim Hudson.
    Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Josh Hamilton willing to sacrifice $6 million
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Josh Hamilton is willing to sacrifice $6 million of guaranteed money in the proposed deal to the Rangers.

    Advice: With the Angels reportedly willing to take on up to $68 million of the $80 million remaining on his deal, that could put the Rangers expense at only $7 million. Hamilton is also expected to receive an opt-out clause in his deal after the 2016 season
    Saturday, 10:40 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • 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.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Heyward smacks second homer of season
    Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season.
    Friday, 11:28 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Swisher collects three hits in rehab game
    Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return.
    Friday, 9:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 7, 2-6 vs x KC
  • Ellsbury launches first homer of season
    Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Mets, finishing the game 2-for-5.

    Advice: Ellsbury smacked the solo home run off of Jacob deGrom in the third inning. It doubled his RBI total. He now has two driven in on the year. Math. Ellsbury has been hitting for average in the early going, but the power's been difficult to come by. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him finally get on the board. He hit 16 bombs with the Yankees in 2014 and while he's probably never going to match the career-best 32 he launched in 2011, a home run total between 13-17 is still well within reach for the speedy centerfielder.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Brandon Moss plates seven in blowout win
    Brandon Moss blasted a pair of homers and drove home seven runs on Friday, powering the Indians in a 13-1 thrashing of the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.

    Advice: Moss got the scoring started with a two-run double off Shane Greene in the first inning. He then clubbed a three-run shot off Alex Wilson in the fifth and for good measure added a two-run bomb off Al Albuquerque in the ninth. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .214/.327/.524 with three long balls and nine RBI on the season.
    Friday, 7:26 pm
  • Angels will not receive player from Rangers
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels would not receive a player in return in the rumored Josh Hamilton deal, it would strictly be for cash considerations.

    Advice: It looks like it will be a move strictly to get Hamilton out of Los Angeles and back in Texas where he flourished in the past. The Rangers are expected to pay less than $15 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's deal through the 2017 season. Rosenthal cautions that there are still several hurdles to clear and the talks could still fall apart, it isn't yet a done deal.
    Friday, 5:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Marisnick scratched with leg discomfort
    Jake Marisnick was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday due to right leg discomfort.

    Advice: Marisnick will also sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The young outfielder felt something while running the bases in Wednesday's contest. Robbie Grossman is getting the start in his place on Friday and batting ninth against the Athletics.
    Friday, 5:21 pm
  • Angels to pick up most of Hamilton's salary
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers would only be on the hook for $15 million of the $80 million remaining on Josh Hamilton's contract through the 2017 season.

    Advice: The more news comes out, it certainly seems like it's nearly a done deal that Hamilton will be returning to the Rangers. What remains unclear, is what the Angels will be receiving in return.
    Friday, 4:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Rangers close to acquiring Josh Hamilton
    TR Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring Josh Hamilton from the Angels.

    Advice: A return to the Rangers is one destination that seems to make sense, though Sullivan notes that there remains a lot of work to be done before a trade is officially announced, which may not happen until Monday. Reports from and Ken Rosenthal first noted that the Angels and Hamilton were close to parting ways. The Halos will surely have to pick up a large portion of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.
    Friday, 3:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was off to a fast start in the PCL, slashing .328/.333/.492 with four RBI in his first 13 contests. He'll add versatility and bench depth to the Angels roster.
    Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Angels 'close to parting' with Josh Hamilton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are "close to parting" with Josh Hamilton.

    Advice: It confirms a report from It's unclear at this point how the relationship will be dissolved, but the two sides have been discussing various scenarios to resolve the dispute, including a trade. Hamilton still has $83 million remaining on his contract, and the Angels will surely have to end up eating a lot of that. The outfielder is working his way back from shoulder surgery and isn't going to be ready to play for a while, regardless of where he ends up.
    Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 7, 2-6 vs x KC
  • Bautista (shoulder) likely back this weekend
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

    Advice: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
    Friday, 1:54 pm
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Jays are still confident that Joey Bats will be able to avoid the disabled list, but he'll miss a third straight contest with a right shoulder strain. Kevin Pillar is in right field Friday, with Steve Tolleson in left.
    Friday, 12:43 pm
  • Upton (quadriceps) expected to play Friday
    Justin Upton (quadriceps) is expected to return to the Padres lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton got a day of rest on Thursday as he's nursing a sore left quadriceps, though he was able to appear as a pinch-hitter. The 27-year-old is slashing .288/.328/.525 with three homers and eight RBI through his first 16 games with the Padres.
    Thursday, 5:43 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Jason Heyward goes 2-for-4 against Nats
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 on Thursday, giving him his first multihit game since he went 3-for-5 on Opening Day.

    Advice: Heyward's .213 average would be less of a problem if he were drawing his typical number of walks, but he's worked just one in his first 61 at-bats. The Cardinals are winning and can stay patient, but at some point, they might decide they'd be better off with Kolten Wong hitting second.
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Ellsbury scores both Yankees runs in victory
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base while scoring both Yankee runs in a victory over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Ellsbury walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a balk in the sixth inning to tie the game at one apiece. In the eighth, he doubled, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Brian McCann ground out. Ellsbury has been an on-base machine in the season's first month, as evidenced by his .286/.384/.317 triple-slash line. He's a modest 4-for-7 in the stolen base department, however.
    Thursday, 1:43 pm
  • Blue Jays not expected to send Bautista to DL
    The Blue Jays most likely won't be placing Jose Bautista (shoulder) on the disabled list.

    Advice: Good signs here. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista "felt much better [on Thursday]." The slugger suffered a right shoulder strain on Tuesday trying to throw out Delmon Young at first base. While he's apparently improving, Bautista is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles. He'll try swinging on Friday and see how the shoulder reacts.
    Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Polanco's 3-hit day sends Pirates past Cubs
    Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI single, and an RBI double to help the Pirates take down the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Polanco doubled in a run in the sixth inning, sparking a three-run rally to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh, Polanco singled in what turned out to be the game-deciding run. Back-to-back productive games move the 23-year-old's triple-slash line to .300/.323/.450.
    Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) not in TOR lineup Thurs.
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday evening.

    Advice: Bautista suffered a right shoulder strain Tuesday when he tried to gun Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. The slugger could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if he doesn't show improvement by the weekend. Kevin Pillar is starting in right field and Danny Valencia is in left field Thursday against the Orioles.
    Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • CarGo getting day of rest on Thursday
    Carlos Gonzalez is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Charlie Blackmon will start in right field and Drew Stubbs will cover center in the matinee versus the Padres.
    Thursday, 9:21 am
  • Trout held without a hit in loss to A's
    Mike Trout went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout's hitting just .222 over his last five games, with just four hits in his last 18 at-bats. This is about as bad as it gets for the reigning AL MVP. Even with the recent scuffles, he's still slashing .333/.413/.556 with three home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs scored. He'll get back to destroying the universe soon enough.
    Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Polanco's homer the deciding factor in a win
    Gregory Polanco's solo home run was the deciding factor as the Pirates topped the Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Polanco clubbed a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the Pirates' lead to 4-1 at the time. The bullpen would leak later in the game, though, so the home run proved important. Polanco, who finished 2-for-4 with a double along with the homer, had been rather quiet at the plate prior to Wednesday's game. He's batting .268/.293/.411 with just the one home run and four RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Joey Bats (shoulder) could land on 15-day DL
    Jose Bautista was unable to make warmup throws on Wednesday due to soreness in his right shoulder and could need a trip to the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bautista had been dealing with shoulder soreness for over a week and aggravated it Tuesday when he tried to throw Delmon Young out at first base from his position in right field. Kevin Pillar is starting Wednesday in Bautista's place. "Joey Bats" slugged his fourth home run of the season in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles but he has an odd .149/.322/.426 overall batting line.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Orlando starting over Dyson again vs. RHP
    Paulo Orlando is starting over Jarrod Dyson again in Wednesday's game versus the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando has now made six straight starts in right field, with four of them coming against right-handers. The assumption had been when Alex Rios (hand) went down that Dyson would serve on the long side of a platoon in right, but it hasn't worked out that way. The speedster has exactly half as many plate appearances (12) as Orlando (24) since Rios' injury.
    Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Jose Bautista not in Wednesday's lineup
    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: We're sure it's a total coincidence that he's sitting one day after getting into it with a few Orioles players. Kevin Pillar is in right field Wednesday in Bautista's place, with Ryan Goins handling left.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Domingo Santana rips four hits for Fresno
    Astros prospect Domingo Santana starred with four hits Tuesday for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Santana entered the game hitting just .242 so it's not like he's been crushing it all year. Santana went hitless in 17 at-bats during a short stint with Houston in 2014. The 22-year-old may see more action at the big league level this year, but right now he's probably better off in Fresno.
    Wednesday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm x @SD
  • Curtis Granderson gets a breather Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather with the Braves throwing lefty Eric Stults. John Mayberry has taken Granderson's position both in right field and in the leadoff spot. Daniel Murphy is also on the bench versus the southpaw, with Ruben Tejada handling second base.
    Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Bautista homers as the Blue Jays rout Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run -- his only hit in five at-bats -- in Tuesday's trouncing of the Orioles.

    Advice: Bautista added insult to injury with a seventh-inning blast off of Jason Garcia, pushing the Blue Jays' lead to 13-4. He has four home runs, but has had numerous oh-for's and one-for's this season, resulting in a lopsided .149/.322/.426 triple-slash line. Like his struggling teammate Edwin Encarnacion, who homered twice on Tuesday, we don't expect his offensive woes to persist.
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Granderson has 4 RBI, Mets win ninth straight
    Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with four RBI as the Mets rattled off a ninth straight win Tuesday, besting the Braves 7-1.

    Advice: Granderson delivered the big blow in the Mets' four-run fifth inning, plating two with a bases-loaded single. He singled in a run in the sixth inning and had an RBI double in the eighth as well. Hits have been hard to come by but Granderson has found ways to contribute atop the Mets' lineup, scoring eight runs while compiling a .196/.362/.217 line. His power disappearance is certainly concerning, though.
    Tuesday, 6:58 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
    Bot 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Hamilton to go to extended spring this week
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will report to extended spring training this week.

    Advice: Hamilton will remain there for 2-3 weeks before then beginning an official rehab assignment. The Angels have mapped out a plan that will have the outfielder back with them in June, although it's not a given that he'll be with the club at that point. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that the two sides are discussing various scenarios to resolve their dispute following Hamilton's recent drug relapse.
    Tuesday, 4:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, Delay vs x Sea
  • Swisher (knee) begins rehab assignment Fri.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club.
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 7, 2-6 vs x KC
  • Justin Upton exits in fourth inning
    Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

    Advice: It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game.
    Monday, 7:47 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • 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
  • Swisher (knees) close to rehab assignment
    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible.
    Apr 20, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 7, 2-6 vs x KC
  • Justin Upton (quad) returns to Padres' lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season.
    Apr 20, 2:43 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Austin Jackson launches first homer in win
    Austin Jackson launched his first home run of the season on Sunday, helping to propel the Mariners to a victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Jackson led off the game by depositing a Ross Detwiler offering into the seats in left-center. He also collected a pair of singles, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. With the three-hit attack, Jackson is now hitting .277/.333/.362 with a homer and two RBI. He has also yet to steal a base after vowing to run more this season.
    Apr 19, 5:08 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop.
    Apr 19, 9:09 am
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Jake Marisnick not in lineup Sunday
    Jake Marisnick is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marisnick is one of the few regulars for the club who's hitting (.333/.344/.533), but he'll take a seat in this one. Colby Rasmus is covering center field, with Robbie Grossman handling left.
    Apr 19, 8:37 am
  • Trout records rare silent game against Astros
    Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: This a day after Trout pounded two home runs and knocked in five. The fickle nature of baseball in action. In Saturday's case, Dallas Keuchel was able to handle the reigning MVP. Even with the quiet game, Trout's still hitting .400/.457/.675 and is as good as today's game gets.
    Apr 18, 8:53 pm
  • 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.
    Apr 18, 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.
    Apr 18, 7:07 pm
  • Justin Upton day-to-day due to quad strain
    Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
    Apr 18, 3:43 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ Hou
  • Heyward connects for solo HR vs. Reds
    Jason Heyward connected for a solo homer Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season and his only hit in four at-bats on Saturday. Hitting .227 through 10 games, Heyward is off to a slow start with his new team, but this isn't something out of the ordinary. He came into Saturday's action with a .729 OPS between March and April for his career. Things should get better as the calendar flips to May and beyond.
    Apr 18, 2:58 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.
    Apr 18, 12:48 pm
  • Moss hits solo homer against Twins
    Brandon Moss launched a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was his first home run of the season. Moss came into Friday's action with just two hits in his first 20 at-bats. He's capable of posting big power numbers when healthy, so perhaps this will get him going.
    Apr 17, 9:55 pm
  • Trout becomes youngest player to 100/100
    Mike Trout blasted his way into the record books on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBI as the Angels dispatched of the Astros 6-3.

    Advice: With his sixth inning blast off Roberto Hernandez, Trout became the youngest player in baseball history to accumulate 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, accomplishing the feat at 23 years and 253 days old, 56 days younger than the previous record-setter Alex Rodriguez. For good measure, he added a three-run bomb off Chad Qualls in the eighth inning to lead the Halos to victory. Already the game's best all-around player, it's scary to think how much better Trout will become.
    Apr 17, 8:55 pm
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