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  • 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
  • Report: Cubs to promote top prospect Russell
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs plan to call up infield prospect Addison Russell.

    Advice: Russell has played just five games at second base, but the Cubs have apparently seen enough that they think he's ready to help at the position in the majors. It certainly wouldn't be hard for him to represent an upgrade, as journeyman Jonathan Herrera has been seeing most of the playing time there of late. Russell is just 21, but he's a career .301/.377/.520 hitter so far in the minors and the consensus among scouts is that his bat his major league-ready. He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Cozart hits 3-run homer to power Reds to win
    Zack Cozart went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run on Monday in a win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Cozart lifted a three-run home run to left field off of Wily Peralta in the sixth inning, bumping the Reds' lead up to 4-0. Cozart, who finished with a .568 OPS last season, has been hot at the plate to begin the season, batting .326/.367/.522 with two home runs and five RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sidelined a few more days
    Ben Zobrist (knee) will be sidelined for at least a couple more days after being given a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist has dealt with some cartilage issues in his left knee for a while, and they flared up on him Sunday, forcing him from the game. The good news is that he had an MRI and it didn't reveal any ligament issues. The bad news is that it's possible he could require surgery if the cortisone shot doesn't help. It would just be of the cleanup variety, but an operation would obviously sideline Zobrist for at least a few weeks.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Addison Russell playing some 2B at Triple-A
    Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell has started at second base in his last five games for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: It's big news, obviously, since that's the position Russell probably has the best chance to crack at the major league level at the moment. "Being a little bit more proactive regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here," manager Joe Maddon said Monday. Russell is hitting .297/.308/.432 with one homer in the early going for Iowa and could potentially challenge for a promotion before long.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) sitting out on Monday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist had to depart Sunday's contest with soreness in his left knee. The A's are considering him day-to-day at the moment. Eric Sogard is at second base Monday in Zobrist's place.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Hanley Ramirez (cold) expects to play Tues.
    Hanley Ramirez (illness) expects to play Tuesday in Boston's series-opener versus the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez was removed from Monday's Patriots' Day game against the Orioles after just two innings due to dizziness brought on by a cold. It was a wet, nasty morning and early afternoon at Boston's Fenway Park.
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Alcides Escobar (knee) back in lineup Mon.
    Alcides Escobar (knee) is back in the Royals' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Twins.

    Advice: The 28-year-old shortstop sat out Saturday and Sunday after suffering a strained knee Friday night on a hard takeout slide by Brett Lawrie. Escobar is leading off and playing shortstop for Kansas City on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. He has gone 14-for-43 (.326) at the plate so far in 2015.
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Mercer (ribs) out Monday, Kang starting at SS
    Jordy Mercer (ribs) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer got struck in the ribs by a Matt Garza pitch on Sunday afternoon. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and some swelling. Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop and bat eighth against Jake Arrieta.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Royals hope Escobar returns Monday or Tues.
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals hope Alcides Escobar (knee) can return Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar has been on the shelf since suffering a strained knee on a Brett Lawrie takeout slide Friday night in Kansas City. That incident set off a weekend full of drama between the A's and Royals. Christian Colon has been filling in at shortstop for the defending American League champs, who are off to an impressive 9-3 start. They open a three-game set against the Twins on Monday night.
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Hanley Ramirez exits Monday due to illness
    Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game due to illness.

    Advice: There's a flu bug going around some MLB clubhouses and Hanley apparent caught it. He grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and was then replaced in the top of the third by Allen Craig. Ramirez, who already has five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games with Boston, can be considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 8:53 am
  • Hanley removed Monday with apparent injury
    Hanley Ramirez was pulled from Monday's game against the Orioles with an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's not clear what happened. Hanley grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning and took the field in the top of the second, but Allen Craig was in left field to open the top of the third. There should be an update soon from the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Tulowitzki goes hit-less in loss to Dodgers
    Troy Tulowitzki did not record a hit in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Tulo ended the game 0-for-3. He shouldn't hang his head, though, as the Dodgers combined to hold the Rockies to just four hits in the contest. Even with the uneventful day at the park, Tulowitzki's still hitting .326/.340/.543 with one home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored. As always, if Tulowitzki can remain healthy, he will be one of the top offensive producers in baseball. To this point, his hip has not started barking at him.
    Sunday, 5:22 pm
  • Francisco Lindor hits his first homer of 2015
    Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor blasted his first homer Saturday for Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: It was a solo shot to left field. Lindor hasn't shown us much with the bat, hitting only .212 in his first 33 at-bats. Power is never going to be his strong suit but if Lindor can get that average up, he should get called up to the big leagues.
    Sunday, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Jordy Mercer avoids fracture in ribs
    Jordy Mercer is listed as day-to-day after X-rays revealed no fractures in his ribs.

    Advice: Mercer was hit by a Matt Garza pitch during Sunday's game against the Brewers. He's sore and could get a day of rest on Monday as a precautionary measure, but the shortstop won't require a trip to the disabled list. Jung Ho Kang replaced him on Sunday and would start in his place if he does miss any time.
    Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Zobrist day-to-day with left knee soreness
    Ben Zobrist is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with soreness in his left knee.

    Advice: Zobrist could get a day off to rest it on Monday, but shouldn't experience any type of extended absence from the Athletics lineup.
    Sunday, 1:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Daniel Robertson launches first AA homer
    Rays prospect Daniel Robertson belted his first home run of the season Saturday for Double-A Montgomery

    Advice: The homer was part of a 3-for-5 effort. Robertson came over from Oakland in the Ben Zobrist trade this winter. He's's 65th-ranked prospect and No. 2 in the Rays' system. Robertson could join Tampa in September when the rosters expand but it's more likely he makes his debut in 2016.
    Sunday, 1:23 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Jose Reyes (rib) could play on Tuesday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Jose Reyes could return to the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes will be limited to hitting only from the right side of the plate as he's dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage, but it looks as though he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 1:15 pm
  • Tejada plates 3 runs as Mets escape Marlins
    Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 with a three-run double as the Mets escaped with a win over the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Tejada struck the big blow in the Mets' seven-run fourth inning, clearing the bases with a double to chase Tom Koehler from the game. It was only Tejada's third start of the season. He'll still mostly be relegated to the bench despite the recent injury to third baseman David Wright.
    Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • Ben Zobrist exits game with apparent injury
    Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Zobrist didn't suffer any obvious injury but had to be removed while playing defense in the fifth inning. He's dealt with a heel issue recently, so that could be the culprit. Expect more information on his status soon.
    Sunday, 12:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Jordy Mercer leaves game after HBP
    Jordy Mercer exited Sunday's game versus the Brewers after being hit in the chest area by a pitch.

    Advice: He was plunked by a Matt Garza offering while squaring around to bunt. Mercer was down on his knees for a while in pain before eventually walking off. He's likely to be sent for X-rays. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for him and would be in line to fill in at shortstop should Mercer need to miss some time.
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
  • Brad Miller getting the day off Sunday
    Brad Miller is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Willie Bloomquist is taking Miller's spot at shortstop Sunday, while Mike Zunino is getting a breather behind the plate in favor of Jesus Sucre.
    Sunday, 10:11 am
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Danny Santana not in Sunday's lineup
    Danny Santana is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Eduardo Escobar is at shortstop Sunday in Santana's place, while Brian Dozier has moved up to the leadoff spot.
    Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Alcides Escobar (knee) out again on Sunday
    Alcides Escobar (knee) remained out of the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Royals are hoping to avoid placing Escobar on the disabled list after he suffered a mild left knee strain on Friday, but it's possible he'll need a few more days. Christian Colon is again filling in at shortstop. Salvador Perez is also out of the lineup Sunday, as he's receiving his first day of rest this season. Erik Kratz is behind the dish.
    Sunday, 7:49 am
  • 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
  • Taylor activated, then optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners activated SS Chris Taylor from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Taylor has already played seven rehab games after successfully rehabbing from surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist. Brad Miller is penciled in as the Mariners' starting shortstop for now, but he's off to just a .229/.282/.429 start and might have to pick it up if he wants to avoid being replaced by Taylor at some point.
    Sunday, 6:31 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Brad Miller triples, steals base in win
    Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: He was picked off second base after the steal, so it wasn't all good. Still, it was a positive development. Now that Chris Taylor is healthy again, Miller could face competition at shortstop in two or three weeks. However, if he gets hot, the job should be his for good.
    Saturday, 10:15 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Brandon Crawford hits third homer
    Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer off the Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa on Saturday.

    Advice: Crawford is still batting just .163, which is why he's found himself hitting eighth of late. However, he has three homers and seven RBI anyway.
    Saturday, 10:05 pm
  • Starlin Castro has walk-off single in extras
    Starlin Castro had a walk-off RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Padres in 11 innings on Saturday.

    Advice: After Craig Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter David Ross to load the bases with one out in the 11th, Castro pulled a pitch into left field to win it for Chicago. He finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. The 25-year-old has just two extra-base hits (including one home run) so far, but he's hitting .317 (13-for-41) over 10 games.
    Saturday, 3:44 pm
  • Cozart hits solo homer Saturday vs. Cardinals
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His fifth-inning blast off was his first home run of the season and the only offense the Reds could muster off Carlos Martinez. The 29-year-old has hit safely in seven straight games and is batting .368 (14-for-38) on the young season, but with his poor plate discipline, it's unlikely to last.
    Saturday, 2:57 pm
  • Royals recall Orlando Calixte from Triple-A
    Royals recalled INF Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Calixte gives the Royals some needed shortstop depth while Alcides Escobar recovers from a knee injury. Calixte, 23, is a .242/.299/.370 career hitter in the minors.
    Saturday, 2:33 pm
  • Cardinals recall Dean Anna from AAA level
    Cardinals recalled INF Dean Anna from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Anna failed to make the Cardinals' roster out of spring training after a rough showing in Grapefruit League play, but he is needed now for the bench with Randal Grichuk (back) heading to the disabled list. Anna can play all around the diamond defensively. He carries no fantasy relevance in a utility role.
    Saturday, 2:19 pm
  • Herrera fills up boxscore in win vs. Nats
    Odubel Herrera was 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera also drew a walk, so he reached base in four out of his five plate appearances. The Rule 5 pick has impressed in the early going, posting a .308/.372/.513 batting line across 12 games, including five straight starts out of the leadoff spot. The Phillies' lineup is terrible, but he's going to have some value in deeper formats with his speed.
    Saturday, 1:44 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • 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
  • Desmond has three hits in loss to Phils
    Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Desmond now has six hits in his last nine at-bats and has pulled his batting average up from .211 to .298. While he's swinging a hot bat right now, he continues to struggle miserably in the field. He committed his eighth error of the season Saturday and had another misplay on a potential double play ball.
    Saturday, 1:42 pm
  • Alcides Escobar (knee) not starting Saturday
    Alcides Escobar (knee) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar strained his knee Friday when Oakland's Brett Lawrie took him out with a hard slide at second base. Christian Colon will fill in at shortstop. Escobar was off to a good start before the injury, hitting .326 with seven runs and five RBI. Consider him day-to-day.
    Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • 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
  • Zobrist goes hitless in return to lineup
    Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games.
    Saturday, 5:13 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Drew hits solo homer against Rays
    Stephen Drew clubbed a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Drew has just five hits (and a lowly .167 batting average so far this season), but three of them are home runs. At least he's making them count. The 32-year-old had just three home runs in 155 plate appearances after joining the Yankees last season.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
    4:08 pm @Det
  • Escobar out with knee injury after hard slide
    Alcides Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Athletics with a mild left knee strain after being taken out by a hard slide at second base by Brett Lawrie.

    Advice: The play led to a benches-clearing altercation between the two clubs, as Lawrie slid quite a bit past the base on a ball that the Royals weren't going to be able to turn over for a double play. Luckily, he was able to avoid significant injury and the Royals are listing him as day-to-day.
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Desmond has three hits against Phillies
    Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two runs scored Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Desmond has eight hits in 16 at-bats over the past four games, so he's starting to come around with the bat. As for the glove, not so good. He committed his seventh error of the season on Friday.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Herrera has two hits, run scored in loss
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Herrera tripled in the third inning and came around to score on a ground out from Freddy Galvis. He has now batted leadoff in four straight games, as Ben Revere is apparently being phased out of the role. We don't expect Herrera to be relevant in mixed leagues, but he should have value in NL-only formats as long as he continues to be at the top of the lineup.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Espinosa launches solo homer vs. Phils
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season. There was a lot of talk about Espinosa giving up switch-hitting, but he has seen really good results from the left side of the plate in the early going. He has been seeing an uptick in playing time after Dan Uggla's slow start and that should continue, especially if Yunel Escobar needs to miss some time.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • 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
  • Jose Reyes (rib) ruled out through weekend
    Jose Reyes (rib) will not play this weekend.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will wait until after Monday's off day to see if Reyes is feeling well enough to play through a small fracture in his left rib cage. If he's still in pain Tuesday, they'll place him on the disabled list. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
    Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Jose Reyes dealing with fracture in rib cage
    An MRI has revealed that Jose Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage.

    Advice: The Blue Jays haven't ruled out him being able to play through it, as manager John Gibbons said the club should know later Friday whether a trip to the disabled list will be required. Reyes had been dealing with the ailment for a bit before being removed from Thursday's game when it became too painful. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
    Friday, 8:28 am
  • Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The veteran infielder is expected to take the next couple of days off, but is hopeful that he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though how quickly his oblique responds to treatment may determine that. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop in his absence.
    Thursday, 7:40 pm
  • Jose Reyes leaves game with rib injury
    Jose Reyes was removed from Thursday's game against the Rays in the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.

    Advice: Reyes has been batting an oblique issue for awhile, and this could be a recurrence of that, as opposed to a new injury. He was slated for a day of rest on Saturday, and that could be extended now that he's dealing with this ailment. The Jays should have an update on his status after the game.
    Thursday, 4:35 pm
  • Reyes to get the day off Saturday
    Jose Reyes is slated to get the day off Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are resting him for a day game after a night game on turf, which Gregor Chisholm of writes could become a regular thing. Keep this in mind as the season moves along. Steve Tolleson will start at shortstop on Saturday while Ryan Goins will be a late-inning defensive replacement.
    Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Herrera's three extra-base hits no use to PHI
    Odubel Herrera doubled twice and tripled in five at-bats, but the Phillies lost to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Herrera was batting just 4-for-23 with one extra-base hit entering the contest with the Mets, but handled lefty Jon Niese just fine. Herrera has the potential to hit for a high average and rack up the stolen bases, but isn't likely to provide much at all in the power department.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Ben Zobrist out Wednesday with sore heel
    Ben Zobrist is nursing a sore heel.

    Advice: That's the primary reason for his absence Wednesday night against the Astros. Zobrist is expected to return to the lineup Friday after Thursday's off day.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Desmond cranks first homer, Nats top Sox
    Ian Desmond cranked his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Nationals' defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a third-inning solo shot off Red Sox starter Wade Miley that opened a six-run frame for the visiting Nats. Desmond is off to a somewhat sluggish start in his contract year, batting just .206/.270/.382 in 34 at-bats after Wednesday's 1-for-4 performance.
    Wednesday, 1:54 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez slugs two-run homer Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez slugged a two-run homer in Boston's loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a fifth-inning shot off Gio Gonzalez that sailed over the Green Monster. Hanley had no other hits on the afternoon but he's off to a very promising start with his new team, boasting a .923 OPS, four home runs, and nine RBI in eight games. Now if only he could pitch.
    Wednesday, 1:51 pm
  • Ben Zobrist not in lineup Wednesday
    Ben Zobrist is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Eric Sogard is at second base in Zobrist's place.
    Wednesday, 12:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • 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
  • Hanley (foot) in Tuesday's lineup vs. Nats
    Hanley Ramirez (foot) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Good to hear. Ramirez left Monday's game after fouling a ball of his right foot, but a CT scan came back negative. The full lineup for Boston vs. Stephen Strasburg: Mookie Betts CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Ramirez LF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava RF, Ryan Hanigan C, Brock Holt SS.
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
  • 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
  • Drew's grand slam leads Yanks past the O's
    Stephen Drew pinch-hit and clubbed a grand slam to help the Yankees edge the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Drew pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and lifted a Tommy Hunter offering over the fence in right-center to put the Yankees back on top 6-4. Drew entered the game batting just 3-for-20 but he homered in Sunday's rout of the Red Sox, so he has two round-trippers in the early going.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
    4:08 pm @Det
  • Tulo has RBI single in win over Giants
    Troy Tulowitzki had an RBI single in Monday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: The Rockies got some insurance in the seventh inning on an error from Chris Heston on a play at home plate, but Tulo's fourth-inning single was all they needed. He finished 1-for-4 on the day and is batting .370 (10-for-27) with six doubles and five RBI through seven games. Who knows how long he'll stay healthy, but he appears back to 100 percent after hip surgery.
    Monday, 5:30 pm
  • Crawford hitless again Monday
    Brandon Crawford went 0-for-2 with a walk Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Crawford hit safely in the first three games of the season and has seen some at-bats out of the No. 5 spot of late, but he's now hitless over his last five games. The 28-year-old is better served to be in the bottom-third of the order (like he was on Monday), but the Giants are pretty banged up right now.
    Monday, 5:29 pm
  • Escobar has two hits and two RBI in win
    Alcides Escobar had two hits, two RBI, and a run scored in a win over the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Escobar has hit safely in all seven games this season and is batting .367 (11-for-30) with five RBI and seven runs scored. The 28-year-old has just 21 home runs in 831 major league games, so he's not going to provide much power, but he has averaged 28 stolen bases over the past four seasons and should score plenty of runs at the top of this lineup.
    Monday, 4:29 pm
  • Hanley (foot) expected to play on Tuesday
    Hanley Ramirez is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday after a CT scan on his right foot came back negative.

    Advice: The Red Sox ordered the test as a precaution following Ramirez having to leave Monday's game after fouling a ball off the foot, but he's fine. The outfielder sports a .296/.375/.630 batting line in the early going for Boston.
    Monday, 4:01 pm
  • Hanley exits game after fouling ball off foot
    Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game against the Nationals after fouling a ball off his right foot.

    Advice: Ramirez initially stayed in the game and drew a walk, but he was then lifted for a pinch-runner. His removal seemed precautionary given the Red Sox' big lead late in the game, although he was limping noticeably. The club should update Ramirez's status later Monday.
    Monday, 3:06 pm
  • 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
  • Addison Russell bashes first Triple-A homer
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell connected on a two-run homer Sunday in a win over Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The third-inning blast was Russell's first Triple-A home run. He went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, bumping his season average up to a robust .389. Russell's path to the major leagues is currently being blocked by Starlin Castro, but if Russell keeps this up, the Cubs will have to find a spot for him. For what it's worth, Russell is considered a better defensive player than Castro.
    Monday, 11:42 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Hanley Ramirez goes deep as Red Sox fall
    Hanley Ramirez blasted his third home run of the young season, but it wasn't close to being enough to overcome the Yankees in New York.

    Advice: Ramirez got the Red Sox on the board with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning then belted his solo shot off Masahiro Tanaka in the fifth. He's off to a tremendous start to his Red Sox career, hitting .320/.333/.680 with three homers and seven RBI. As long as he remains on the field, he'll be one of the top all-around fantasy performers in the league this season.
    Apr 12, 8:33 pm
  • Santana doubles in loss to White Sox
    Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: After starting the season 0-for-12, Santana now has four hits in his last eight at-bats. His third inning RBI double off of Sox starter Chris Sale would be the only run the team managed off the lefty ace. Santana hit .319/.353/.472 in 2014. The average was buoyed by a .405 BABIP, but even if he's unable to maintain the lofty slash-line, he remains a solid fantasy option.
    Apr 12, 2:23 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki not in Sunday's lineup
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off after playing in the Rockies' first five games. Daniel Descalso is handling shortstop in Tulo's place. Nick Hundley is also receiving a breather, with Michael McKenry starting at catcher.
    Apr 12, 10:28 am
  • Danny Espinosa resumes switch-hitting
    Danny Espinosa has resumed switch-hitting.

    Advice: Espinosa batted exclusively from the right side during spring training, but he hit lefty late during Saturday's game. It's possible he'll hit some right-handed against righties if he feels comfortable versus that particular pitcher. "It’s a mutual decision," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We want him to be free of mind when he gets out there. He hit a lot right-handed in spring, so he’s got experience doing that so if he gets a match-up that he feels comfortable with, righty-righty, he can do that."
    Apr 12, 7:29 am
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Castro rakes homer, Cubs out-punch Rockies
    Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Cubs' 9-5 defeat of the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Castro hit a solo homer off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick in the fifth inning and rounded out his batting line with two singles. In addition to the woodwork, he was caught stealing once. After swiping 20-plus bags in 2011 and 2012, he has not recorded more than nine steals in either of the last two seasons. This is a relatively minor quibble, though, as he continues to provide value at the dish. Castro's trying to build off a career-best 2014 in which he hit .292/.339/.438.
    Apr 11, 9:35 pm
  • Odubel Herrera's walk-off double downs Nats
    Odubel Herrera hit a walk-off RBI double in Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Herrera's double off of Tanner Roark scored Carlos Ruiz and capped off a late comeback by the home team. The Phillies were down 2-0 in the eighth before mounting the rally to set things up for Herrera's heroics. An injured foot suffered on Opening Day had kept him out of the Phillies' lineup for a few games, but Herrera was able to play all 10 innings without issue on Saturday.
    Apr 11, 8:23 pm
    Player Note
    Odubel Herrera Phi - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Brad Miller hits go-ahead RBI double for M's
    Brad Miller hit a go-ahead RBI double to push the Mariners past the A's 5-4 in extra innings Saturday.

    Advice: Miller's 11th-inning double off A's reliever Fernando Abad finally iced the victory for the Mariners in a very back-and-forth game. He's batting .333/.375/.600 in five games this season and will need to continue playing well to hold off Chris Taylor (wrist) for the Mariners' starting shortstop gig.
    Apr 11, 5:01 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Chris Taylor (wrist) set for rehab assignment
    Chris Taylor (wrist) is scheduled to play five innings Saturday at Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Taylor had surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist on March 13. His minor league rehab assignment will likely be a lengthy one given how much Cactus League action he missed. Brad Miller will continue to hold down the starting shortstop gig in Seattle for now.
    Apr 11, 3:36 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Santana has two hits in loss to White Sox
    Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Santana had an RBI single in a four-run second inning, but the Twins were held off the board the rest of the way. The 24-year-old came into Saturday's action hitless across his first 12 at-bats this season, so this was nice to see. He's unlikely to duplicate the .319 batting average he had last season, as he benefitted from a .405 BABIP, but his speed and placement at the top of the Twins' lineup should continue to keep him relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.
    Apr 11, 2:35 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The entire Red Sox starting outfield is getting the afternoon off after drudging through 19 innings on Saturday. Daniel Nava is taking his place in left field and batting seventh for the Red Sox.
    Apr 11, 8:39 am
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