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  • Clayton Kershaw fans 12 in victory
    Clayton Kershaw is on the board with his first win after surrendering three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw struck out 12 and lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. He still wasn't at his absolute best, but he's going to be just fine. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kendrick has followed up his surprising Opening Day win (seven scoreless against the Brewers) by giving up 14 runs his last two times out. This would be a bigger problem if anyone out there actually owned him in a fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon hits first homer
    Charlie Blackmon took Clayton Kershaw deep on Friday for his first homer of the season.

    Advice: That's the kind of thing that will help keep him in the lineup against left-handers. Blackmon spent most of last April hitting over .400, but he's been quieter this month, batting .263 with six runs scored, four RBI and one steal in 38 at-bats. He'll have value in mixed leagues for as long as the Rockies continue leading him off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Josh Collmenter hurls shutout against Giants
    Josh Collmenter pitched his second career shutout and went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: He ended up with almost as many hits as the four he allowed on the night. He struck out just two, but allowing the Giants to put the ball in play hasn't hurt many pitchers of late (Collmenter being one exception, having given up five runs in a loss to the Giants on Opening Day). Collmenter's previous shutout came last May 29 against the Reds. Unless the Diamondbacks decide to rearrange their rotation and pitch him Wednesday against the Rangers, he's due to face the Pirates next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up four runs to Arizona
    Jake Peavy yielded four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's worth wondering if the Giants would have allowed Peavy to pitch Sunday if they hadn't already lost Matt Cain to the DL. He hasn't been effective either time out while trying to manage his troublesome back, and he still might need a DL stint. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • A.J. Pollock goes 4-for-5 in victory
    A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with a double, a walk and a steal versus the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock has picked a good time to get hot. He's the Diamondbacks' best outfielder, but he was still vulnerable to losing playing time because of Ender Inciarte's hot start. Pollock, who homered Thursday, is now batting .333 with five walks, six RBI and nine runs scored in 39 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Jake Lamb reaches four times
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two walks Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Lamb did lose an at-bat to Yasmany Tomas tonight, but that's only because the rout was on. He won't be losing any starts to the Cuban defector, not with the way he's performed the first two weeks. He's 11-for-25 with nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo goes six scoreless in win
    Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings Friday for the win as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1.

    Advice: Gallardo has won back-to-back starts since his Opening Day debacle, bringing his ERA down to 3.45 in the process. It does come with a 1.66 WHIP, though. He's strictly an AL-only guy at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos homers, doubles
    Robinson Chirinos homered and doubled to lead the Rangers offense in Friday's win.

    Advice: Chirinos is 4-for-8 with two homers in his last two starts after opening the season 1-for-13. He figures to have a tough time staying healthy while catching regularly for the Rangers, but until he gets hurt, he should be a decent second catcher in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Mike Zunino goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss and is still without an RBI this season.

    Advice: Zunino had a great spring, but it certainly hasn't carried over, as he's started the season 4-for-33 with a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 10 games. The power numbers will be there in the end, but it's not a given that he'll improve much on last year's .199 average. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Plouffe launches walk-off HR vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday night.

    Advice: How's that for a slump-buster? Plouffe came into Friday's action hitting .133 and went hitless over his first four at-bats before taking Bryan Shaw deep to leadoff the bottom of the 11th and send the Target Field fans home happy. The 28-year-old hasn't been able to replicate the power production he had in 2012, but he's capable of being a useful corner infielder in deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Kluber gives up two runs in no-decision
    Corey Kluber took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over eight innings against the Twins.

    Advice: Kluber had a perfect game until giving up a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia in the bottom of the sixth inning. He ended up allowing two runs in the frame, which cost him a chance at a win. Still, it was a very solid outing, as he gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner is still looking for his first win, but he has a 2.49 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio through 21 2/3 innings. This is no one-year wonder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Brantley (back) notches two hits in return
    Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Carpenter has two doubles, two runs scored
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After reaching on a double in the first inning, Carpenter leaped over Brayan Pena to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt Holliday. He now has five straight multi-hit games and back-to-back two-double games. He has also scored at least one run in five straight. Stay hot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Votto homers in loss to Cardinals
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: His first-inning blast was the only offense of the ballgame for the Reds, who have lost five out of their last six games. The loss aside, Votto continues to be a bright spot in the early going. He's batting .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI through 10 games and appears to be 100 percent after an injury-plagued 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Pollock homers in D'Backs 12-inning victory
    A.J. Pollock smacked a solo homer in Thursday's 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Giants.

    Advice: Pollock slapped a Santiago Casilla slider down the left field line in the tenth inning, a hooking line drive that banged off the foul pole for his first round-tripper of the campaign. Arizona's bullpen blew its second save in two innings in the bottom half of the frame, but the team held on to win in 12, taking the series opener and improving to 5-5. Pollock finished 2-for-6, adding a double. He's off to a .265/.359/.412 start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:52 pm
  • Matt Carpenter doubles twice in Cards' win
    Matt Carpenter doubled twice and drove in one run Thursday as the Cardinals beat the Brewers.

    Advice: Carpenter now has five extra-base hits in eight games this season and he's sporting a .364/.432/.576 slash line through 37 plate appearances. The 29-year-old third baseman doesn't drive many balls out of the yard, but he's a great source of doubles and runs at the top of the Cardinals' lineup. Carpenter is also currently leading St. Louis hitters with seven RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Mike Zunino battling some left wrist soreness
    Mike Zunino has some left wrist soreness.

    Advice: The 24-year-old catcher jammed the wrist Tuesday while applying a tag on Carl Crawford, but he was able to start Wednesday against the Dodgers. It was Zunino's eighth start of the season. Seattle has played nine games. "ItÂ’s fine," Zunino said Wednesday night. "It was one of those freak things." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:48 am
  • Chirinos homers, drives in five to top Angels
    Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a three-run double to help the Rangers beat the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chirinos hadn't knocked in more than three runs in a game since 2011. He doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Jose Alvarez in the sixth. Chirinos had been 1-for-16 entering the night, so Tuesday's performance will certainly help spruce up his stats. Over a larger sample size, Chirinos isn't likely to provide any value in the average or on-base percentage departments, but will almost certainly provide cheap power in two-catcher formats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Votto collects two hits, RBI in win over Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Votto had an RBI single in the fourth inning to get the scoring started, and he doubled an inning later. Votto now has nine RBI and is hitting .375 on the young season. He's hit safely in seven of the Reds' eight games thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Chirinos knocks in 5 runs in win vs. Angels
    Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a three-run double to help the Rangers beat the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chirinos hadn't knocked in more than three runs in a game since 2011. He doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Jose Alvarez in the sixth. Chirinos had been 1-for-16 entering the night, so Tuesday's performance will certainly help spruce up his stats. Over a larger sample size, Chirinos isn't likely to provide any value in the average or on-base percentage departments, but will almost certainly provide cheap power in two-catcher formats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Indians hope Brantley (back) can play Friday
    The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Brantley (back) has been examined extensively
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

    Advice: Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Brantley (back) not in Indians lineup Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Lamb reaches base three times in a win
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the Diamondbacks topped the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb has done nothing but hit to start the season, now carrying a .400 average in 15 at-bats. He has split time at third base with Aaron Hill, sitting against left-handed pitching. That will likely be the case until the D'Backs are able to find a trade partner for Hill. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:42 pm
  • Brantley (back) to take BP on Tuesday
    Michael Brantley (back) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game against the Tigers. He did not play on Saturday or Sunday. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't going to push the outfielder back into the lineup until he is at 100%. With a lefty (John Danks) on the mound on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, a return against the Twins this weekend seems most likely. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
  • Peavy inconsistent in first start of season
    Jake Peavy (back) allowed four runs over four innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Four runs, four innings, four hits against. And on either side of the Connect Four game, three walks and five strikeouts. All four runs came via one swing of the bat, as Will Nieves took Peavy deep for a grand slam in the fourth inning. Peavy had been somewhat questionable coming into the start of the season, as he's been dealing with discomfort in the lower back. Assuming he didn't re-aggravate the injury against the Padres, he'll try to pitch a little deeper into the game when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Pollock drives in three with double vs LAD
    A.J. Pollock hit a three-run double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pollock hit the ninth inning double off reliever Chris Hatcher before finishing the day 1-for-5. This follows a 3-for-3 game on Saturday. Pollock's acting as the Diamondbacks leadoff hitter. He slashed .302/.353/.498 in 2014 and is off to a nice start in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • Dodgers rack up nine hits against Collmenter
    Josh Collmenter allowed nine hits and three earned runs over five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: This marks two straight starts in which Collmenter has failed to make it past the fifth inning. He was pulled despite throwing just 74 pitches. The Dodgers slashed him for solitary runs in the third, fourth and fifth, with Yasiel Puig capping off the scoring on Collmenter's line with a solo home run. While he's struggled early this season, Collmenter has never posted an ERA higher than 3.69. He'll try to move the numbers in that direction when he takes on the defending champion Giants in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • Michael Brantley (back) not in lineup Sunday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game and has now sat out two straight days. The Indians are off Monday, so he'll get three days of rest and hope to be back out there Tuesday. Brantley reported improvement with his back Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Clayton Kershaw gives up six runs in loss
    Clayton Kershaw struggled through 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's not very often that Kershaw struggles in back-to-back starts, but here he is with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP after outings against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Maybe he was a little off tonight because he's dreading his root canal Monday. There aren't any major concerns as of yet. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:30 pm
  • A.J. Pollock reaches four times
    A.J. Pollock went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Pollock should be a fine mixed-league outfielder this year while serving as the Diamondbacks' regular leadoff man. He doesn't have an extra-base hit yet, but those will come and he has scored four runs already. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:27 pm
  • Cubs demolish Kyle Kendrick for eight runs
    Kyle Kendrick allowed eight runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a tale of two starts for Kendrick, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Opening Day but looked like a batting practice pitcher on Saturday at Coors Field. Not only did he allow eight hits -- three of which left the park -- but he also walked five. Chris Coghlan and Mike Olt hit back-to-back dingers in the third inning and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth. Outings like this are why Kendrick shouldn't be touched in fantasy. His next start will come against the Dodgers' high-octane offense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Gallardo strikes out seven Astros in win
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gallardo struck out seven and walked one. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run off the right-hander in the third inning, the only run-scoring hit Gallardo allowed. The other run on his line came courtesy of reliever Jon Edwards, who allowed an inherited runner to score on a bases-loaded walk. Gallardo's an innings eater, with 192 1/3 pitched last season, but the offseason acquisition has yet to make it through six innings in either of his first two starts for Texas. He'll try to get back to his bullpen-saving ways when he faces off with the Mariners in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Kluber fans 10 batters, Tribe fall to Tigers
    Corey Kluber yielded two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Indians' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Kluber served up a leadoff homer to Anthony Gose in the top of the first inning and Victor Martinez punched in a run on a doubleplay groundout in that same frame. Kluber settled in nicely from there, striking out 10 batters against just one walk in what turned out to be a no-decision. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner boasts a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 17/3 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings this season. A road start against the Twins is next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Brantley had pain in back Friday, out on Sat.
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Michael Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Francona admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Brantley on Friday. The outfielder is resting on Saturday and could get the day off on Sunday as well. A trip to the disabled list remains a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Michael Brantley not in lineup on Saturday
    Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness. Manager Terry Francona is opting to play things cautiously with him, and getting an extra day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price isn't a terrible idea. Expect him to return on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:59 am
  • Votto hits a pair of two-run homers vs. Cards
    Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers, a walk, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Votto is sure doing a heck of a job to silence his critics in the early going. He's now batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI across his first four games this season. If healthy, he's capable of having a monster year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Jake Lamb taking a seat on Friday
    Jake Lamb is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's sitting against a lefty (Brett Anderson) again in favor of Aaron Hill in what figures to be the normal arrangement, at least until Hill is traded. Ender Inciarte is also starting in left over David Peralta versus the southpaw. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:30 pm
  • Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's back in left field and in his familiar No. 3 spot in the batting order against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Brantley missed the last two games with lower back stiffness, an ailment that bothered him for much of spring training, as well. He's obviously feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, though. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Blackmon, Morneau not in lineup Friday
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Neither is Justin Morneau, as manager Walt Weiss is going with Drew Stubbs in center field and Wilin Rosario at first base against left-hander Travis Wood. Expect this to be the standard setup when the Rockies are facing a southpaw. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 am
  • Votto slugs two-run homer, Reds beat Bucs
    Joey Votto slugged a two-run homer in the Reds' defeat of the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Votto's sixth-inning bomb off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett traveled 450 feet. He didn't reach base in any of his other three plate appearances, but the 31-year-old first baseman is still hitting .357 with a .929 OPS through three games this season. He's a tremendous bounceback candidate in 2015 after appearing in only 62 games in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Votto delivers an 11th-inning walk-off single
    Joey Votto knocked in the game-winning run with an 11th-inning single on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Votto had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single to make it 4-4, then added another RBI single in the 11th to walk the Reds off 5-4 winners. Votto finished 2-for-6 on the evening. Votto has four hits -- all singles -- in 10 at-bats to start the season, a nice start after missing a good chunk of the 2014 season with a quad injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Jake Peavy (back) on track to start Sunday
    Jake Peavy (back) is on track to start for the Giants Sunday.

    Advice: There was some question as to whether Peavy would be ready to go after he was sidelined by lower back discomfort, but he threw a bullpen Wednesday and came out of it alright. It appears he'll avoid a disabled list stint for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kershaw (mouth) having root canal Monday
    Clayton Kershaw (mouth) will have a root canal Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw is getting a tooth fixed after taking a liner off the jaw during spring training. The procedure shouldn't affect his pitching schedule. Kershaw will still take the hill Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Peavy (back) feels better, DL trip undecided
    Jake Peavy (back) said he felt much better Wednesday and was going to throw a bullpen session before making a decision about the disabled list.

    Advice: Peavy was throwing the bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, so a decision either way on the disabled list should be known before Thursday. The right-hander was previously slated to pitch Sunday, but the Giants have since indicated that game's starter is TBD. More will be known after Peavy's throwing session. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Jake Peavy (back) likely headed for the DL
    Jake Peavy is expected to be placed on the disabled list after feeling more discomfort in his back during a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: His back just isn't loosening up for him. Peavy said he still wants to pitch Sunday, but all indications are that a DL stint is in order. It's yet another injury blow for the Giants, who now could go with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston in the rotation for a while with both Peavy and Matt Cain (forearm) out. Yusmeiro Petit is also an option, but manager Bruce Bochy has indicated a preference to keep him in long relief. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:31 am
  • Jake Lamb plates four more, up to seven RBI
    Jake Lamb went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Diamondbacks edged out the Giants for a win on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Lamb knocked in a run with a groundout in the second inning, then hit a go-ahead three-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth which put the D'Backs up 7-4 at the time. Lamb had three RBI on Opening Day, so he now has a total of seven RBI through his first two games. The 24-year-old carries legitimate high-level fantasy potential this season after batting .327/.407/.566 last summer between Double-A and Triple-A. Yasmany Tomas doesn't seem to be a threat to Lamb at third base. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
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