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  • Shane Victorino (ribs) returns to lineup Sun.
    Shane Victorino (ribs) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Victorino sat out Saturday with sore ribs after running into the wall Friday, but he says he's fine. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .125/.300/.125 in the early going this season.
    41 minutes ago
  • Francisco Cervelli getting some rest Sunday
    Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a breather. Chris Stewart is behind the plate Sunday in Cervelli's place.
    Today, 7:46 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.
    Today, 7:45 am
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Chase Utley getting a day off Sunday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Cesar Hernandez is playing second base Sunday in Utley's place, while Cody Asche has assumed the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Michael Taylor optioned to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Taylor filled in admirably in center field while Denard Span was on the disabled list, batting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals. Span is back now, though, and the Nats prefer to let Taylor to continue to play every day in the minors. He'll need another injury to occur before he gets another shot.
    Today, 7:21 am
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Chris Capuano (quad) to throw live BP
    Chris Capuano (quad) will throw a 45-pitch live batting practice session on Sunday.

    Advice: It's not clear what the plan is for Capuano after that, but he might be ready to begin a rehab assignment. The left-hander could challenge Adam Warren for the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation once he's deemed ready.
    Today, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
  • Colt Hynes optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned LHP Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Hynes struggled in his five appearances with the big club, posting a 6.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. He's replaced in the bullpen by Jeff Francis.
    Today, 6:47 am
    Not Active
    10:07 am vs Atl
  • 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.
    Today, 6:31 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Mike Olt (wrist) needs 3-4 weeks of rest
    Mike Olt (wrist) said Saturday that he expects to need 3-4 weeks of rest before beginning rehab work.

    Advice: Olt is sporting a cast after suffering a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Considering that it might be a month before he's allowed to begin rehabbing the wrist, it sounds like the chances are good that he'll be out until June. With Kris Bryant now up, Olt no longer has a clear path to playing time.
    Today, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • D.J. LeMahieru hits first homer
    D.J. LeMahieu's first homer was a two-run shot off Zack Greinke on Saturday.

    Advice: The typically light-hitting LeMahieu is batting .463 over his first 41 at-bats of 2015. It hasn't moved him up in the Rockies order, so he's still irrelevant outside of NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Rougned Odor goes hitless in loss
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .158.

    Advice: Odor's .158 average hardly stands out among Rangers regulars, so he's not in any danger of losing playing time. The team's offense certainly isn't great, but it can't be this bad, and Odor still projects as a contributor in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Chris Heston earns win over Arizona
    Chris Heston held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Heston has a 0.87 ERA in three starts in place of Matt Cain in the Diamondbacks rotation. We still wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues -- his stuff isn't all that impressive -- but he's certainly worth playing in NL-only leagues for however long he's in the Giants rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa gives up three earned runs
    Rubby De La Rosa yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Giants.

    Advice: De La Rosa probably pitched better tonight that he did in either of his two wins to open the season, but the run support wasn't as much in abundance. He's given up four homers through 18 innings, and until he stops doing serving up the long ball, he's not going to be an option in NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Victorino (ribs) scratched from BoSox lineup
    Shane Victorino was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Saturday due to sore ribs.

    Advice: Victorino smashed into the outfield wall on Friday trying to take a home run away from Caleb Joseph, which caused the injury. He should be able to return to active duty in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 12:27 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.
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • 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
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Mike Olt (wrist) placed on disabled list
    Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

    Advice: Olt initially hurt the wrist last Saturday, but he was allowed to take a few at-bats after that because initial tests didn't reveal the hairline fracture. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but with Kris Bryant up now, Olt doesn't have a path to playing time.
    Friday, 7:51 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Mike Olt heading to disabed list for Cubs
    According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Mike Olt (wrist) will be placed on the disabled list to create room on the big league roster for Kris Bryant.

    Advice: It was only a matter of time before Bryant staked his claim to the hot corner in Chicago, and would've happened even if Olt hadn't suffered the wrist injury. He can safely be cut in NL-only formats.
    Thursday, 6:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Michael Taylor homers against Phillies
    Michael Taylor homered and walked from the eighth spot in the Nationals' order Thursday.

    Advice: The walk was intentional. Taylor's stint as the Nationals' center fielder, originally expected to extend into May, is just about to end with Denard Span making such a quick return after surgery. What will be interesting to see is whether the Nationals keep him around as a part-time player or send him down to play regularly in Triple-A. Either way, he's due to cease being useful in mixed leagues next week.
    Thursday, 6:37 pm
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup on Wednesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Olt was able to enter Tuesday's game as a late sub, but he is still apparently battling some lingering discomfort in his right wrist. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting ninth.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Mike Olt pinch-hits in Tuesday's game
    Mike Olt (wrist) appeared as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Olt flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, stayed in the game for defense and then struck out to end the game in the ninth. He hadn't played since Saturday after being hit in the wrist by a pitch, but he'll be fine.
    Wednesday, 5:17 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Odor does a little of everything against LAA
    Rougned Odor filled the box score Tuesday, collecting an RBI double, stealing a base and scoring a run in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Promoted to the leadoff spot Tuesday, Odor responded by acting like a leadoff man. He led off the game with a walk, stole second base -- his first steal of the season -- and scored on a Mitch Moreland single. He then hit an RBI double in the second inning. It's been a slow start for Odor and the Rangers offense, but the 21-year-old is only getting better and should put up some helpful numbers if he can stick atop the lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Utley's two-homer night not enough for Phils
    Chase Utley went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and a stolen base but the Phillies dropped Tuesday's game to the Mets.

    Advice: Utley laced a Matt Harvey offering down the right field line for a solo home run in the first inning, knocked in a run with a single in the third, and hit another solo home run in the eighth off of Sean Gilmartin. He was also hit by a pitch in what was a contentious game between the two NL East rivals. Utley had been ice cold entering the night, batting .091 in 22 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Taylor triples, knocks in three runs vs. BOS
    Michael Taylor went 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and three runs batted in but the Nationals fell to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Taylor knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the second, then tripled in a pair of runs to polish off the Nationals' six-run fifth inning. At times, Taylor has looked lost -- he struck out seven times in 12 at-bats in the three-game series against the Phillies -- but he's had a few bright spots already as well. He can certainly provide mixed league value throughout the season.
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Odor batting leadoff for Rangers on Tuesday
    Rougned Odor is batting leadoff for the Rangers on Tuesday night against the Angels.

    Advice: Leonys Martin has been bumped down to the eighth spot. Odor owns a weak .299 on-base percentage in 122 career major league games, but he's only 21 years old and has shown a little bit of early improvement in that department this season. He obviously carries more fantasy potential at the top of the Texas lineup.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup again Tuesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Jonathan Herrera is playing third base and batting ninth. Olt was able to go through a pregame workout Tuesday at Wrigley Field but he still has some discomfort in his right wrist, which was struck by a pitch on Saturday night in Colorado.
    Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • 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
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • De La Rosa improves to 2-0 against Padres
    Rubby De La Rosa earned his second win, yielding three runs in six innings as the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 8-4 on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. The Padres struck for one run in each of the second, third, and fifth innings, but De La Rosa was mostly in control. He won on Tuesday despite struggling, so he's now 2-0 to start the season. If he wants to improve to 3-0, he can do so over the weekend at AT&T Park against the Giants.
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Heston takes loss against Rockies
    Chris Heston yielded two runs (one earned) in seven innings in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Heston earned his first major league win last week against the Diamondbacks and he was plenty effective in this one, allowing seven hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. While the 27-year-old took the loss, the Giants have to be thrilled with what they have seen from him so far. He lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks this weekend at home.
    Monday, 5:32 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
  • Mike Olt (wrist) scratched from lineup
    Mike Olt (wrist) was scratched from Monday's lineup.

    Advice: It sounds like Olt's right wrist was still a bit sore in pre-game workouts, so the Cubs will give him another day. Jonathan Herrera has taken his spot at third base.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Mike Olt (wrist) returns to lineup Monday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is back in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Olt didn't start Sunday after being hit by a pitch in the wrist Saturday, although he was able to pinch-hit. He has just two hits in his first 13 at-bats this season, although one of them was a homer.
    Monday, 2:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Chase Utley goes hitless in loss
    After getting Sunday off, Chase Utley went 0-for-3 with an error in his return to the lineup on Monday.

    Advice: He actually had two misplays at second base. Utley finished the spring in very strong fashion, but he's just 2-for-22 with no extra-base hits to start the regular season. The cold start likely had a lot to do with the early day off Sunday.
    Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Mike Olt (wrist) sitting out Sunday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: X-rays on Olt's right wrist came back negative after he was hit by a pitch, but he's likely still sore. He might not have been in the lineup against a righty, anyway. Jonathan Herrera is handling third base.
    Apr 12, 9:55 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Chase Utley getting a day off
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Neither is Carlos Ruiz, as the Phillies are going with Carlos Hernandez at second base and Cameron Rupp at catcher. Max Scherzer should face little resistance Sunday.
    Apr 12, 7:47 am
  • X-rays turn up negative on Olt's right wrist
    X-rays taken Saturday on Mike Olt's right wrist showed no fracture of any kind.

    Advice: Olt has some swelling in the wrist and will probably sit out of Sunday's series finale in Colorado, but he should be fine by early next week. Arismendy Alcantara took over at third base on Saturday night and could draw the start there on Sunday afternoon. Kris Bryant is due to arrive in the majors on April 17.
    Apr 11, 8:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • 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
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • 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
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Victorino remains out of Red Sox lineup
    Shane Victorino is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Victorino didn't start on Friday either, but entered as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning and wound up playing nine innings and went 0-for-4 at the dish. Allen Craig will draw the start in right field on Saturday.
    Apr 11, 8:41 am
  • Taylor clubs leadoff homer vs. Phillies
    Michael Taylor clubbed a leadoff homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Nationals. Filling in as the starting center fielder and leadoff man while Denard Span makes his way back from core muscle surgery, Taylor is 5-for-17 (.294) across his first four games this season. He's relevant in deeper mixed leagues right now.
    Apr 10, 7:06 pm
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 as Rockies top Cubs
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 and drove home a run on Friday as the Rockies topped the Cubs 5-1 to improve to 4-0 on the young season.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single. He would later single and ride home on a Troy Tulowitzki two-run double in the fifth. While he doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed, he's an interesting middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues when skimming his home games.
    Apr 10, 5:05 pm
  • Shane Victorino sitting out again Friday
    Shane Victorino is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Victorino went 2-for-5 with an RBI single Thursday but has now sat out two of the team's four games in favor of Daniel Nava. Ryan Hanigan is also sitting out, as Sandy Leon is catching Wade Miley.
    Apr 10, 12:37 pm
  • Chris Taylor (wrist) takes batting practice
    Chris Taylor (wrist) was a full participant in batting practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The 24-year-old shortstop seemed to be on his way to winning the team's starting shortstop gig in Cactus League play before the broken wrist derailed him. He's making quick progress in his recovery though and hopes to be cleared for game action by the end of the weekend.
    Apr 9, 5:02 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Tex
  • Taylor goes 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. Mets
    Michael Taylor finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Nationals' loss to the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor struck out swinging in his first two at-bats against Matt Harvey, but he singled in the fifth inning off the Mets ace and then smacked a two-round double off Buddy Carlyle in the seventh. Taylor has been batting leadoff for the Nationals and will continue to hold significant fantasy value until Denard Span returns from abdominal surgery.
    Apr 9, 1:04 pm
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs x Phi
  • Brandon Crawford batting fifth on Thursday
    Brandon Crawford is batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford has a .385 batting average and a 1.000 OPS through the Giants' first three games, so he's getting a bump in the lineup from manager Bruce Bochy. Crawford hit seventh in each of those first three games.
    Apr 9, 12:28 pm
  • Heston tosses sharp game in Cain's absence
    Chris Heston allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heston was making a spot start in place of Matt Cain, who is rehabbing an arm injury. The 26-year-old struck out five and walked two while picking up the win. It was a nice outing considering the circumstances, and he'll get another turn in the Giants' rotation next Monday -- San Francisco's home opener against the Rockies. Heston pitched to a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts last season.
    Apr 8, 10:04 pm
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