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  • Carlos Santana playing through groin injury
    Carlos Santana is nursing a sore left groin.

    Advice: Santana revealed after Wednesday's game that he had the injury as he sat in his locker with his left thigh wrapped. He played third base on Thursday, though he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In a 1-for-27 funk at the plate and now dealing with an injury, it's probably a good time for Santana to get a day or two off.
    Today, 7:40 am
    4:05 pm vs   Tor
  • Beltran could sit out Friday after fall
    Carlos Beltran could sit out on Friday after flipping over a short fence in foul territory during Thursday's game.

    Advice: Beltran was in a dead sprint after a ball and tumbled over a fence at Tropicana Field. He popped right back up and finished the game in spite of a sore left shoulder and right wrist. Beltran should be fine over the long haul, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Yankees manager Joe Girardi gives the soon-to-be 37-year-old a breather Friday.
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Chase Headley picks up pinch-hit single
    Chase Headley delivered a pinch-hit single in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Headley has missed two straight starts with a right biceps strain, but him being able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he'll be back in the lineup soon. The third baseman is batting just .176/.222/.275 in the early going.
    Today, 1:10 am
  • Brandon Crawford flies out as pinch-hitter
    Brandon Crawford flied out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Crawford has missed two straight starts with a tight right hamstring, but it's a good sign that he was able to enter Thursday's game late. He's aiming to return to the lineup Friday.
    Today, 1:10 am
  • Xander Bogaerts hits first homer
    Xander Bogaerts hit his first homer of the year to give the Red Sox their lone run in seven innings against Chris Sale on Thursday.

    Advice: Bogaerts doesn't yet have consistent major league power at age 21, but he does show glimpses and it's only a matter of time until he's a 20- or 25-homer guy. For this year, expect more modest numbers. That he's worth owning in mixed leagues anyway owes much to Fenway and the surrounding members of Boston's lineup (even if the group is off to a slow start).
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    4:10 pm vs   Bal
  • Jarrod Dyson goes on bereavement list
    Royals placed OF Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Dyson is permitted to be away from the club for 3-7 games. It's bad timing, given that he was in line for more playing time with Lorenzo Cain (groin) out. Justin Maxwell figures to handle center field for the Royals for now. They'll make a corresponding move prior to Friday's game.
    Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs   Min
  • Andrew McCutchen hits first homer
    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the year Thursday in the rout of the Brewers.

    Advice: McCutchen's first-inning homer put the Pirates on the board against Yovani Gallardo. The homer came in his 57th at-bat of the season. Of course, McCutchen got off to a little bit of a slow start last year, too, and he bounced back in decent fashion.
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Scooter Gennett goes 2-for-3
    Scooter Gennett had a couple of hits Thursday to raise his average to .308.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Jean Segura is hitting .228 with one walk and three caught stealings (versus three successes) from the two hole. If that continues, maybe Gennett will get a look up there. Such a move would also give the Brewers a left-handed hitter to break up all of the righties at the top and middle of the lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Nate McLouth goes hitless again Thursday
    Nate McLouth went 0-for-3 at the plate in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: McLouth is handling center field while Denard Span (concussion) is out, but he's not taking advantage of the opportunity. He has just one hit in 14 at-bats since taking over for Span and is now hitting an ugly .087/.250/.130 with no RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
    4:05 pm vs   StL
  • Pablo Sandoval could be moved down in order
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Thursday that he could drop Pablo Sandoval down in the batting order to "try to take some pressure off him."

    Advice: Sandoval went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, dropping his season line down to an ugly .175/.268/.302. Kung Fu Panda has batted third in all but one game this season, and he hit fourth in that one. Michael Morse and Brandon Belt are both off to nice starts and are candidates to move up in the order if Sandoval is moved down.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo goes deep in Rangers' win
    Shin-Soo Choo ripped his first homer as a Ranger in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Choo's solo blast off of Erasmo Ramirez in the second inning extended the Rangers' lead to 4-0 at the time, and the outfielder later added an infield single in his final at-bat of the day. Though he has just the one dinger and four RBI so far, Choo is sporting a nice .293/.417/.414 batting line.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Cano launches first Mariners homer in loss
    Robinson Cano belted his first homer as a Mariner Thursday -- a three-run shot -- in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: It was Cano's only hit in five trips to the plate, but it was a big one as it began a six-run rally in the third inning to give the M's a short-lived lead. Cano has driven in eight runs in his first 15 games with Seattle but has just three extra-base hits and is sporting a rather pedestrian .271/.333/.356 batting line.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Ian Kinsler homers in Tigers' victory
    Ian Kinsler had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a stolen base in the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: Kinsler's steal was followed immediately by a caught stealing on an attempt to take third. That won't bother his fantasy owners, though. Kinsler is batting .327 with a couple of early homers and three steals. His four RBI today matched his total from his first 11 games combined.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
    4:08 pm vs   LAA
  • Carlos Santana goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts versus the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana isn't hitting, but this is the first day strikeouts have been the problem; he had eight in 14 games coming in. The Indians might try dropping him in the lineup until he gets going, though that's not really Terry Francona's style. He'll surely start hitting eventually.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
    4:05 pm vs   Tor
  • Gose recalled as 26th man for doubleheader
    Blue Jays recalled OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Gose will serve as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins. He's starting in center field in the nightcap while Colby Rasmus will DH and Jose Bautista plays right field.
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @   Cle
  • Jose Abreu getting the day off Thursday
    Jose Abreu will get the day off Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Abreu is currently in a 1-for-20 stretch, so it's not a bad time to give him a breather. Paul Konerko will make the start at first base.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    5:05 pm @   Tex
  • Ryan Goins goes hitless in loss
    Ryan Goins went 0-for-3 as the Blue Jays' No. 9 hitter on Thursday and is 5-for-36 with 10 strikeouts this season.

    Advice: Goins is in there for his glove, but he can't be this inept with the bat and still be an adequate regular. If not for Maicer Izturis's injury, he likely would have been in line to lose a lot of playing time following Jose Reyes's return tomorrow. As is, he'll likely remain the primary second baseman, though he will get some competition from Munenori Kawasaki.
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    4:05 pm @   Cle
  • Upton singles in loss to Phillies
    B.J. Upton singled in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves managed just four hits on the day. Upton has struggled to get anything going in the early part of the season, hitting just .190/.242/.293 with three extra-base hits (one home run) and an 18/4 K/BB ratio through 62 plate appearances. If the struggles out of the No. 2 spot continue, look for Andrelton Simmons to move up in the order.
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
    4:10 pm @   NYM
  • Brandon Crawford (hamstring) out Thursday
    Brandon Crawford (hamstring) is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Crawford also missed Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, but he was able to take grounders on Thursday afternoon and is aiming to return Friday.
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Headley (biceps) out of lineup again Thursday
    Chase Headley (biceps) is out of the Padres' starting lineup again on Thursday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Headley is considered day-to-day with a right biceps strain. Alexi Amarista is playing third base.
    Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (hand) hopes to start Friday
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) is hoping to start Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez was held out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Thursday after taking a pitch off his left hand on Wednesday night. X-rays were taken and turned up negative. Justin Turner is playing shortstop Thursday.
    Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Kipnis ejected from Thursday's game vs. DET
    Jason Kipnis was ejected from Thursday's game against the Tigers after a third-inning swinging strikeout.

    Advice: Kipnis was angry about a low-in-the-zone called strike earlier in the at-bat. He fanned with the bases loaded and also grounded into a doubleplay in the first inning. Mike Aviles came on to play second base. It was the first ejection of Kipnis' major league career.
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
    4:05 pm vs   Tor
  • Hanley Ramirez (hand) not in lineup Thursday
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Ramirez left Wednesday's game after being hit on the left hand by a 90 mph fastball from Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. X-rays came back negative and he's listed as day-to-day. Justin Turner will start at shortstop.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Cubs 2B prospect Alcantara with three hits
    Cubs prospect 2B Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple Wednesday at Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Alcantara is hitting .289/.306/.467 with six doubles, a triple, and three stolen bases in his first 13 games in Triple-A. He has not walked enough in the first two weeks and strikes out more than is preferable for a leadoff hitter, but he has the talent to hit .300 in the major leagues while stealing 20-plus bases and hitting 30-plus doubles. With Darwin Barney hitting .120/.290/.120 at the major league level, it looks like Alcantara could get promoted in early June once the "Super Two" deadline has passed.
    Yesterday, 9:04 am
    Not Active
    11:20 am vs   Cin
  • Hart in RF for first time with SEA Thursday
    Corey Hart is playing right field for the first time with the Mariners Thursday afternoon vs. the Rangers.

    Advice: Hart missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing dual knee surgeries, so he has been limited to DH duties in his 10 starts so far with Seattle. The 32-year-old has displayed good power in the early going, boasting three home runs in 43 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
    4:10 pm @   Mia
  • Mets OF prospect Puello with slow start
    Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello is hitting .261/.306/.304 through 14 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Puello was hitting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles and 16 homers in 91 games last year at Double-A Binghamton when his season ended due to a PED suspension, so his poor slash line in a great ballpark for hitters (Las Vegas) is troubling. He only has two extra-base hits, both doubles. The extended layoff could be causing his slow return to form.
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs   Atl
  • Granderson (ribs) retired on groundout Wed.
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) was retired on a groundout in a pinch-hitting appearance on Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson is still dealing with minor aches and bruising in his rib cage, forearm, and knee from a collision with the outfield wall at Arizona's Chase Field on Monday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday.
    Yesterday, 2:17 am
  • SS Ramirez's hand X-rays come back negative
    After leaving Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a hand injury, Hanley Ramirez's X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: Los Angeles collectively held its breath after Han-Ram was hit by a 90 mph Ryan Vogelsong fastball on the top of his left hand. The star shortstop spiked his helmet and jumped around in agony before exiting, with Justin Turner taking his spot. Consider Ramirez day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Jose Abreu goes hitless for 14 innings
    Jose Abreu went 0-for-6 and grounded into a double play in the 14-inning loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Since hitting his third and fourth homers Thursday, Abreu has gone 1-for-20 in his last five games, though he does have four walks in that span. It shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a run-of-the-mill mini-slump.
    Wednesday, 10:36 pm
    5:05 pm @   Tex
  • Gordon goes 3-for-4 with triple in loss to SF
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

    Advice: It already seems insane that Justin Turner started on Opening Day. The 25-year-old Gordon continues to whack the ball around, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last six. He's slashing .404/.453/.553 with 10 steals. That average is good for third in the National League, while he leads the league in swipes.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
    Player Note
    Dee Gordon LAD - 2B,SS
    7:10 pm vs   Ari
  • Marc Krauss hits first home run
    Marc Krauss went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Since George Springer wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Astros could call him up today and not have him be eligible for free agency until after 2020. Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, is on the 40-man and thus would still be eligible for free agency after 2019 if he were called up immediately. Singleton's timetable can be pushed back a year starting next week, and unless Krauss can come up with a few more big hits before then, he might be in danger of losing his spot.
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
    Player Note
    Marc Krauss Hou - 1B,OF
    7:05 pm @   Oak
  • Crawford out Wednesday with tight hamstring
    Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' starting lineup for Wednesday's game due to a tight right hamstring.

    Advice: Crawford downplayed the injury, saying he could have played if needed. As it is, he'll be available off the bench for manager Bruce Bochy and hopes to be back in the lineup Thursday. Joaquin Arias started at shortstop in his place Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Headley (biceps) not in Padres' lineup Wed.
    Chase Headley is not in the Padres' lineup Wednesday due to a right biceps strain.

    Advice: It's being called a mild strain, and the third baseman is day-to-day. It's unclear when he sustained the injury. First baseman Yonder Alonso was taking ground balls at third during batting practice before Wednesday's game, so he may see some time at the hot corner in a pinch if Headley misses any more time.
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Beltran hits fourth homer as Yanks top Cubs
    Carlos Beltran hit his fourth home run as the Yankees beat the Cubs in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Beltran hit his solo shot in the bottom of the first inning and then drew a walk in the bottom of the third. He's batting .313 with a 1.025 OPS so far in pinstripes.
    Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Granderson (ribs) expected back Saturday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that he expects Curtis Granderson (ribs) back in the lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's missing a second straight start Wednesday and evidently will sit out Friday, as well, following Thursday's off day. The offseason signee will return to a .170/.291/.319 batting line with one homer and four RBI on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Granderson (ribs) out of lineup Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson banged his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's now missed two straight starts, but with the off day Thursday he has a shot to be back in there Friday. Andrew Brown is handling right field Wednesday. Travis d'Arnaud is also getting a day off Wednesday, with Anthony Recker filling in at catcher.
    Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Curtis Granderson could pinch-hit Tuesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) could be available to pinch-hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Granderson had to exit Monday's game after colliding with the outfield wall, but he's feeling much better a day later. There had been some thought that he might need a DL stint, but obviously that won't be the case.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • McLouth (knee) starting in CF on Tuesday
    Nate McLouth (knee) will start in center field and bat seventh Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: McLouth has missed the last two games with left knee soreness, but he's feeling a lot better. He should see significant playing time until Denard Span (concussion) is ready to return.
    Tuesday, 12:41 pm
    4:05 pm vs   StL
  • Padres offered 3-yr, $33-39M deal to Headley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres offered a three-year extension to Chase Headley during the offseason that was worth somewhere between $33-39 million.

    Advice: The offer was made after the two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $10.525 million deal, so the extension would have begun in 2015. All told, he would have been guaranteed somewhere between $43.525 million and $49.525 million through 2017. Headley is said to be looking for a bigger deal and should have a pretty good chance to get it if he has a bounceback year. The 29-year-old is due to hit free agency this offseason.
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • X-rays negative on Mets' Curtis Granderson
    X-rays on Curtis Granderson (rib cage, forearm, knee) came back negative.

    Advice: Granderson crashed into the right field while during the first inning of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. He stayed in the game initially, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him out of concern about his rib cage. He's considered day-to-day, but was in quite a bit of pain after the game. Expect him to miss a couple of days at the very least.
    Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Mets' Curtis Granderson going for X-rays
    Curtis Granderson will undergo X-rays after leaving Monday's game with rib cage, forearm, and knee contusions.

    Advice: Granderson slammed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball in the first inning Monday. He actually stayed in the game for five more innings, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him. We'll know more about his status after tests are completed.
    Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Granderson exits with possible wrist injury
    Curtis Granderson left Monday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent left wrist injury.

    Advice: Granderson jammed the wrist in the outfield wall while chasing down a Miguel Montero double in the first inning. He stayed in the game for a while and even delivered an RBI single before eventually exiting. The Mets should provide an update on his status after the game.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • McLouth (knee) available off bench Monday
    Nate McLouth (knee) is available off the bench Monday.

    Advice: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left knee soreness and Nationals manager Matt Williams would like to stay away from using him on Monday if possible. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Monday, 2:19 pm
    4:05 pm vs   StL
  • McCutchen nets RBI in Pirates' loss to MIL
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: McCutchen departed Friday's series-opener against Milwaukee with discomfort in his left ankle, but he returned to action Saturday and should be fine going forward.
    Monday, 11:38 am
  • Beltran has three hits, powers Yanks to win
    Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4, including a two-run homer, powering the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Beltran got the Yankees on the scoreboard with a fence shaving two-run homer off Felix Doubront in the second inning. He's looked good in pinstripes this season, slashing .311/.347/.622 with three homers and eight RBI in his first 12 games. Provided he can stay healthy, he should be in line for a very productive season.
    Sunday, 8:18 pm
  • Gordon steals four bases vs. Diamondbacks
    Dee Gordon went 1-for-3 with four stolen bases in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He also walked twice and scored a run in the game. Gordon leads the National League with nine stolen bases, and Sunday he victimized Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch four times in the win. The second baseman is now batting .400/.457/.525 on the young season.
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
    Player Note
    Dee Gordon LAD - 2B,SS
    7:10 pm vs   Ari
  • Crawford splashes down for walk-off home run
    Brandon Crawford hit one into McCovey Cove in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Giants a 5-4, walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Crawford picked a good time for his first home run of the season and his first splash down of his career. He'd delivered an RBI on a sacrifice fly earlier in the contest, giving him two RBI on the day. The shortstop is mostly glove but has become a better offensive player in recent years, and he's hitting .308 in early action this year.
    Sunday, 4:25 pm
  • Nate McLouth scratched from Sunday's lineup
    Nate McLouth was scratched from the Nationals lineup on Sunday due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: Nationals manager Matt Williams said that McLouth could have played, but that he didn't want to push him. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.
    Sunday, 1:46 pm
    4:05 pm vs   StL
  • Gennett steals first base of 2014 vs. Pirates
    Scooter Gennett went 1-for-4 with a stolen base against the Pirates on Sunday.

    Advice: The second baseman stole his first base of the season in the win after stealing just two in 69 games last year. After a battle with Rickie Weeks for the starting job in spring, Gennett has been the better of the two out of the gate and will likely get the lion's share of the at-bats at the keystone going forward.
    Sunday, 1:46 pm