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  • Russell's 9th-inning homer barely not enough
    Addison Russell clubbed a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it was just barely not enough as the Cubs were beat by the slimmest of margins by the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: The Cubs entered the ninth down 10-8. With two outs, Russell belted a solo home run to left-center off of Seth Maness, but it couldn't spark anything else. Russell has hit safely in nine of 11 games since his promotion, but has a meager .233/.250/.442 triple-slash line with two home runs and seven RBI.
    Today, 9:00 pm
  • Altuve walks, doubles, steals base in a loss
    Jose Altuve walked, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, but the Astros were defeated by the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: In the first inning, Altuve walked, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on an Evan Gattis sacrifice fly. He doubled and was stranded in the third inning. Altuve is 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts on the season while batting .360/.410/.514 with 16 runs scored and 19 RBI. He's showing his 2014 breakout was no fluke.
    Today, 8:12 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Hector Gomez triples, homers in Brewers' win
    Hector Gomez went 2-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run Monday in a victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gomez tripled and scored the Brewers' first run in the sixth inning, then hit a solo home run in the eighth off of Clayton Kershaw in what became a three-run inning. Gomez got the start at shortstop as Jean Segura was hit in the helmet on Sunday. Gomez is batting .250/.286/.450 in 44 plate appearances.
    Today, 7:18 pm
  • Anthony Rendon shut down with oblique strain
    Anthony Rendon (knee) will be shut down indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Rendon, who has been out all year with a left MCL sprain and now a strained oblique. The Nationals aren't sure how serious the oblique strain is at this point but hope to know more after the infielder is examined further on Tuesday. It's probably a safe bet that we won't see Rendon this month.
    Today, 7:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Chris Owings sitting out on Monday
    Chris Owings is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Aaron Hill is at second base in Owings' place.
    Today, 1:59 pm
    PPD x @Col
  • Rendon flying to DC to have side examined
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) has flown back to Washington, D.C. to have his injured left side examined.

    Advice: Rendon has been dealing with an oblique issue for a week now while on a rehab assignment with his knee injury. More should be known shortly about how long this will set him back, but it certainly possible that he won't be returning to the Nationals anytime soon. Rendon had been hoping to be activated by now.
    Today, 1:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Rougned Odor sitting out on Monday
    Rougned Odor is not in the Rangers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks like a routine day off. Adam Rosales is at second base in Odor's place.
    Today, 1:39 pm
  • Eddie Rosario recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled OF Eddie Rosario from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's taking Oswaldo Arcia's (hip) spot on the roster and should see ample playing time. A former top-100 prospect, Rosario has really struggled the last two seasons since returning from a PED suspension, hitting just .242/.280/.379 this year at Rochester.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera dropped to seventh Mon.
    Asdrubal Cabrera has been dropped to the seventh spot in the Rays' batting order Monday.

    Advice: Cabrera had been hitting third for the Rays, but he's in a bad slump so manager Kevin Cash will try something different. James Loney is batting third on Monday night.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Rendon (knee, side) out again Monday at AA
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is not in the lineup at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

    Advice: He has now missed three straight games at Harrisburg with oblique discomfort. Rendon had been aiming to return from his late-spring knee sprain before the end of April, but he can now be ruled out for another week at least. If it's an oblique strain that he's dealing with -- as opposed to just discomfort -- Rendon might not debut until mid-to-late May.
    Today, 12:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) already playing catch
    Ben Zobrist (knee) has begun playing catch.

    Advice: Zobrist is already itching to get back, though he's not expected to be fully ready until sometime in early-to-mid June. He rode a stationary bike for 20 minutes the day after his April 28 arthroscopic knee surgery.
    Today, 10:01 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Min
  • Franklin (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    Nick Franklin (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Franklin had been aiming to join the Rays' roster by mid-April, but the left oblique strain he suffered at the end of spring training turned out to be rather serious. He should be starting games at second base for Tampa Bay by next week and the talented 24-year-old carries some fringe fantasy potential in deeper mixed leagues.
    Today, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 x @Bos
  • Kipnis homers in 4-hit effort versus the Jays
    Jason Kipnis recorded four hits -- including a double and a home run -- in five at-bats to help the Indians hold off the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: Kipnis knocked in a pair of runs and scored three runs as well, contributing to the Indians' 10-run afternoon. His home run, the third of the season, broke a scoreless tie in the third inning. Kipnis now has three consecutive multi-hit games and has homered in three out of his last five games. The surge has brought his triple-slash line up to .273/.327/.404.
    Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Travis swats a grand slam in loss to Indians
    Devon Travis blasted a grand slam, but it wasn't enough for the Blue Jays as they fell to the Indians on Sunday.

    Advice: Travis, who finished 1-for-5, put the exclamation mark on the Jays' six-run fourth inning with a grand slam off of Trevor Bauer, temporarily putting his team on top 6-2. The rookie second baseman has done nothing but hit, as he's the proud owner of a .318/.394/.625 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 23 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    W, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Carlos Sanchez drives in seven runs Saturday
    White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez has gone 9-for-9 over his last two games for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Saturday's outing included two homers and seven RBI. Sanchez has hit safely in 17 of 19 games this season and reached base in all but one. Sanchez still swings and misses too much (20 Ks in 86 at-bats this year), but other than that, it's hard to find fault with anything he's done this season. If Sanchez keeps this up, it's going to be hard for the White Sox to keep him in Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • Asdrubal Cabrera getting a day of rest
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Tim Beckham is handling shortstop in Cabrera's place.
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Dee Gordon getting day off Sunday
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Donovan Solano is filling in for Gordon at second base on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
    L, 6-4 ^ @Was
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Sunday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off even after a big showing Saturday that included a homer and four RBI. Reid Brignac is filling in at third base in Prado's place.
    Yesterday, 7:37 am
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    L, 6-4 ^ @Was
  • Franklin (oblique) set for rehab assignment
    Nick Franklin (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: The Rays haven't decided which affiliate he'll be assigned to yet, and it's also unclear how many rehab games Franklin is expected to require. The infielder figures to be tracking towards a mid-May return and is expected to take over at second base even though Logan Forsythe and Tim Beckham have been pretty productive.
    Yesterday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 x @Bos
  • Altuve flexes muscles with three-run homer
    Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer off of Taijuan Walker in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The home run was Altuve's third of the season. You don't see that too often with the star second baseman, who hit just seven last season, but he has shown that he's got a bit of pop in the bat. Altuve finished the contest 1-for-4, snapping his streak of nine straight multi-hit games. Had he finished with one more hit, he would have set the franchise record. As is, the homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games in-a-row. He's now slashing a sizzling .371/.412/.524.
    Saturday, 9:31 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Prado drives in four as Marlins beat Phillies
    Martin Prado finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Prado reached on an error in the first inning, slugged a three-run shot in the second inning, drew a walk in the fourth inning, and then cranked an RBI double in the sixth. He has a decent .733 OPS with two home runs, 14 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 24 games this season. If he keeps hitting near the top of the Marlins' batting order -- he hit second on Saturday -- the 31-year-old third baseman should continue to provide a good amount of fantasy value.
    Saturday, 4:05 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    L, 6-4 ^ @Was
  • Rendon (knee, side) scratched at Harrisburg
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) was a late scratch from the Double-A Harrisburg lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Rendon was penciled in at second base, but he's apparently still dealing with some soreness in his side. The 24-year-old infielder has been on the shelf at Harrisburg since Tuesday. He was placed on the disabled list prior to MLB's Opening Day with a left knee sprain and is now probably at least a week away from debuting.
    Saturday, 2:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Rendon (knee, side) back on rehab Saturday
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is back in the lineup for Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday night.

    Advice: Rendon took a bit of time off from rehabbing his left knee after coming down with some soreness in his side. It wasn't anything major. He should be ready to make his 2015 regular-season debut by the end of next week, giving the 10-14 Nationals a much-needed boost.
    Saturday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Chris Owings goes 0-for-4
    Chris Owings went 0-for-4 as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 hitter Friday night.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks knew they were carrying two offensive zeroes in Tuffy Gosewisch and Nick Ahmed; they can hardly afford for Owings to be a third. However, here he is with a .215 average and a 24/2 K/BB ratio through 79 at-bats. He needs to improve quickly or risk losing his job to Aaron Hill.
    Friday, 11:26 pm
    PPD x @Col
  • Altuve notches ninth straight multi-hit game
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with a run scored Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Another day, another multi-hit game. That makes nine straight, which ties a club record. Altuve is batting .468 during his 10-game hitting streak and .376 for the year.
    Friday, 9:02 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Kipnis homers Friday against Blue Jays
    Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: After failing to homer in 67 straight games dating back to last July, Kipnis has now gone deep in two out of the last three games. That has to feel good for those fantasy owners who were banking on a bounceback. Kipnis batted leadoff Friday for the sixth straight game.
    Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Addison Russell blasts first HR in Cubs' win
    Addison Russell belted a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell struck out in his other two plate appearances, but his drive over the left-center field wall in the third inning represented the only scoring of the game. The young infielder is hitting just .194/.219/.387 in the early going and batting in the No. 9 spot is unappealing for fantasy owners, but the upside obviously remains.
    Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Devon Travis not in there on Friday
    Devon Travis is not in the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest. Ryan Goins is at second base Friday in Travis' place, while Josh Donaldson is getting his first ever start in the leadoff spot.
    Friday, 1:06 pm
    W, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Franklin (oblique) could begin rehab Monday
    Nick Franklin (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Franklin appears to have finally turned a corner with his strained left oblique. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll require, but he would seem to be at least a couple weeks away from being activated.
    Friday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 x @Bos
  • Jose Altuve delivers game-winner
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as the Astros edged the Mariners 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The game-ender would have been his second double of the game under other circumstances. After a modest start, he's racked up eight straight multihit games, raising his average all of the way to .367. He's also swiped nine bases, putting him a tad above last year's pace (56 steals in 158 games).
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Rendon (side) could reesume rehab stint Fri.
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) went through a full workout Thursday and could resume his minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: This is assuming that he continues to feel good. Rendon has been working his way back from a left knee sprain, but recently had to put his rehab assignment on hold due to some tightness on his side. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like a long-term concern.
    Thursday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Rougned Odor goes 0-for-4
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-4 as the Rangers' No. 2 hitter in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Odor has mostly hit in the bottom third of the order, but he's made three starts hitting first or second and gone 1-for-11 with a walk. He'd be a better bet in fantasy leagues if he could claim the two hole for himself, but that .147 average isn't getting it done.
    Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Jason Kipnis hits three-run homer
    Jason Kipnis had a three-run homer, an RBI groundout and a walk Wednesday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Finally some power from Kipnis. Not only was it his first homer, but he had just two extra-base hits in 78 at-bats entering the night. With four RBI, he doubled his season total.
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) already working out
    Ben Zobrist (knee) rode a bike for 20 minutes Wednesday after Tuesday knee surgery.

    Advice: Zobrist was already walking around and able to do a bit just one day after surgery, but he's still expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Zobrist has expressed hope he can be back before the end of May.
    Wednesday, 5:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Min
  • Rendon sitting out rehab game again
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is not in Double-A Harrisburg's lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rendon is dealing with some tightness in his side. He's now sat out four straight days and it's not clear when he'll be ready to return to action. Rendon had been slated to be activated from the disabled list this weekend, but obviously that's in jeopardy now.
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Altuve's 4-hit night leads Astros past Padres
    Jose Altuve went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a stolen base to help the Astros run roughshod over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Altuve is on a seven-game hitting streak, the most recent six of which have been of the multi-hit variety. He's picked up right where he left off last year, when he led the league in average and stolen bases. The second baseman is batting .348/.389/.472 and is tied for the American League lead in steals with teammate George Springer at eight.
    Tuesday, 10:35 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Gordon has two-hit night in win over Mets
    Dee Gordon finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Gordon singled and scored the first run of the game in the Marlins' three-run sixth inning, and he also collected his fifth double of the game. The speedy second baseman raised his line to an impressive .400/.415/.478 through 21 games, with eight steals and 11 runs scored. Gordon has been doing his part, and with some more production behind him in the lineup that run total should creep higher in subsequent months if he keeps getting on base.
    Tuesday, 7:24 pm
    L, 6-4 ^ @Was
  • Rendon scratched from rehab with sore side
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) was scratched from a rehab game Tuesday at Double-A Harrisburg due to tightness in his side.

    Advice: The good news is his knee is fine. But it's pretty apparent that Rendon won't be ready to join the Nationals' active roster on Thursday, as had been the hope. He's been out all season with a left MCL sprain.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Rendon (knee) not ready to resume rehab stint
    Anthony Rendon (knee) is not in Tuesday's lineup with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Rendon was scratched from a rehab game Monday because he had trouble getting loose with his knee. That he's sitting again Tuesday isn't a good sign. The Nationals were originally hoping that he would be able to make his season debut as soon as Thursday against the Mets, but that obviously won't happen at this point.
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Travis homers again, but the Blue Jays lose
    Devon Travis clubbed his sixth home run of the season, but the Blue Jays lost 6-5 to the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Travis finished 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI single along with the home run. The second baseman took Red Sox starter Joe Kelly yard in the third inning, continuing what has been a very impressive first month for the rookie. Along with the six home runs, Travis is hitting .368/.419/.721 with 18 RBI.
    Apr 27, 6:47 pm
    W, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Rendon (knee) scratched due to fatigue
    Anthony Rendon (knee) was scratched from a rehab game at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday due to fatigue.

    Advice: This is after he already had a scheduled day of rest on Sunday. It doesn't appear to anything to be alarmed about at this point, though, so we should still expect Rendon back with the Nationals by this weekend. He'll play both second and third base with the big club.
    Apr 27, 3:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-4 vs x Mia
  • Nick Franklin (oblique) near rehab assignment
    Nick Franklin (oblique) expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.

    Advice: Franklin seemed to be trending toward minor league games early last week, but the Rays slowed his rehab as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was poised to open the 2015 season as Tampa Bay's starting second baseman before suffering an oblique strain at the end of spring training. He should be ready to rock in early May and may carry some value in deep fantasy leagues.
    Apr 27, 7:39 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 x @Bos
  • Altuve slugs three-run shot, Astros beat A's
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Saturday in the Astros' 9-3 rout of the A's.

    Advice: Altuve hit his three-run shot off A's starter Kendall Graveman in the top of the second inning. He also singled in the top of the first but was caught stealing second base. The diminutive 24-year-old is batting .315/.367/.425 with two home runs and five steals in 17 games this season for the Astros, who are off to a 10-7 start.
    Apr 25, 4:30 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Zobrist to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery
    Ben Zobrist is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

    Advice: The typical time frame for recovery is 4-to-6 weeks. The Athletics have enough moving parts and versatility to overcome his absence in the short term. Eric Sogard should see most of the work at second base while Zobrist is on the shelf.
    Apr 25, 10:56 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Min
  • A's place Ben Zobrist (knee) on disabled list
    Athletics placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

    Advice: Zobrist had been attempting to play through the injury, but the A's have opted to play it safe and avoid the risk of further injury. There's a chance that he could require arthroscopic knee surgery.
    Apr 25, 9:17 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Min
  • Travis hits solo homer in blowout loss
    Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
    Apr 24, 9:45 pm
    W, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Gordon notches three hits and a steal in win
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Gordon hit the RBI single off of Jordan Zimmerman in the fifth inning. He also flashed his reckless side, as he was thrown out at second on the same play. Gordon giveth and he taketh away in that fashion. Later in the game, he recorded his eighth steal of the season. In Gordon's first year with the Marlins, he is slashing a lovely .370/.382/.452. If we're going to quibble with the great start, Gordon's walked just twice in 73 at-bats, meaning that his OBP is largely dependent on his bat.
    Apr 24, 7:37 pm
    L, 6-4 ^ @Was
  • Ben Zobrist (knee) back in action Friday
    Ben Zobrist (knee) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he hurt his left knee during Sunday's game. Zobrist is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday but should be ready to play the field soon.
    Apr 24, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Min
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