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  • ChiSox place David Robertson on bereavment
    White Sox placed RHP David Robertson on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson will be away from the club for 3-7 days following a death in the family. Nate Jones has been excellent in a setup role this season for the White Sox and should slide seamlessly into a fill-in closer role. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:13 am
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  • Mancini collects first Triple-A hit Wednesday
    Orioles 1B prospect Trey Mancini slugged three hits Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Mancini recorded his first Triple-A hit on a fourth-inning triple. He added to his haul with a game-tying single in the 10th followed by a double in the 12th. The 24-year-old earned his promotion by hitting .302 with seven homers and 14 RBI in his first 17 games for Double-A Bowie. Mancini's path to the majors is blocked by Chris Davis at first base, but he might still be in line for a September callup depending on how the rest of the year goes. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:54 am
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  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:37 am
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  • Andrew Benintendi clubs first homer of 2016
    Red Sox OF prospect Andrew Benintendi blasted his first home run of 2016 Wednesday in High-A Salem's come-from-behind win over Frederick.

    Advice: He walked and launched a three-run homer as part of a 10-run eighth inning. The 21-year-old has hit safely in 17 of 19 games this season including each of his last 16. He's now second in the Carolina League in both doubles (eight) and slugging percentage (.636). Benintendi won the Golden Spikes Award last year as college baseball's best player. He could make a rapid ascent through the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:57 am
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  • Cubs won't call up C prospect Contreras
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that catching prospect Willson Contreras could make an impact at the major league level in the second half of the season.

    Advice: Maddon was asked about Contreras in the context of Miguel Montero landing on the disabled list Thursday with a back injury. Contreras is batting .375/.419/.446 in 62 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level and he hit .333/.413/.478 in 521 plate appearances last year at Double-A, but there are still concerns about his defense and game management. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will handle catching duties at the major league level until Montero returns. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:25 am
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  • Diamondbacks send Dominic Leone to AAA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Leone allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief during his short stay at the major league level. Arizona will make a corresponding roster move Thursday ahead of its series finale against the visiting Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 am
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  • Jose Urena gets five-out save
    With A.J. Ramos resting, Jose Urena got a five-out save Wednesday against the Dodgers, striking out every batter he faced.

    Advice: Urena opened spring training in the mix for a rotation spot, got auditioned as a setup man at the end of camp, was optioned to Triple-A to work as a starter and was called up to the majors a week ago to pitch in relief. All the role switching probably isn't healthy, but he certainly has some potential in short relief if that's how the Marlins continue to employ him. That doesn't mean he should overtake Ramos, but he could quickly emerge as the fallback. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:26 am
  • Scott Kazmir solid against Marlins
    Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kazmir's hand issues didn't seem to limit him tonight, as he struck out six and walked one in the 113-pitch outing. All seven hits he allowed were singles, many of them grounders sneaking through the infield. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 am
  • Eric Hosmer homers, doubles
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double versus the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer's two were the Royals' only extra-base hits of the night. He's been off to a great start, with a .333 average and three homers among his nine extra-base hits, but since Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain have done a poor job of getting on base, he has just eight RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:14 am
  • Gregory Polanco homers, walks in win
    Gregory Polanco homered and walked as the Pirates edged the Rockies 9-8 in 12 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: Jordy Mercer doubled Polanco in for the go-ahead run in the 12th. Polanco hasn't quite been a top-tier fantasy outfielder with his two homers and two steals so far, but he's batting .329, he has nine doubles and a remarkable 16 walks in 22 games. The Pirates might have three outfielders gunning for spots on the NL All-Star roster this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays scorching hot in Arizona
    Aledmys Diaz had a homer, a walk, and a single in the Cardinals' 11-4 rout of Arizona on Wednesday.

    Advice: Diaz finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and he's now batting .468/.500/.823 with four home runs over his first 66 major league plate appearances. This incredible start from the 25-year-old Cuban shortstop is already in historic territory. Maybe it's time for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to hit him higher than eighth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Wainwright picks up first win of 2016 season
    Adam Wainwright notched his first win of the season on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wainwright finally seemed to have better feel for his off-speed stuff, though Brandon Drury smacked a hanging curve for a two-run shot in the bottom of the second and Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo bomb to deep center in the bottom of the fourth. Waino issued only one walk and struck out five, moving to 1-3 on the year as the Cardinals backed him with 11 runs on 14 hits. He'll try to stay in the groove he found Wednesday in his next start at home against the punchless Phillies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Iglesias collects two hits and steals a base
    Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base on Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Iglesias doesn't get much attention due to his utter lack of power. He continues to show value in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues, though, because he's still hitting for average and stealing a handful of bases. On that point, he now owns a .297/.366/.313 slash line with a pair of steals in 2016. That ain't nothing to write home about, to be sure, but it's a profile that carries fantasy value in the right league. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia collects two homers in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Four games against the Braves was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Pedroia had two homers in a game for the seventh time in his career (oddly enough, four of those have come since the start of 2015). He also drove in five runs for the seventh time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Bud Norris pulled in second inning
    Bud Norris was lifted after giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Since opening the year with a quality start against the Nationals, Norris has given up 19 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. The Braves probably aren't in any position to give up on him just yet, but they are in need of some sort of shakeup and might make a change for change's sake. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kazmir (hand, wrist) plans to start Wednesday
    Scott Kazmir confirmed Tuesday that he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort around his left wrist and thumb since spring training, but he's going to try to keep pitching through it. The left-hander has posted a 6.63 ERA through four starts with Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Robertson notches eighth save of season
    David Robertson wiggled out of trouble Monday against the Blue Jays for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Perhaps the save should go to Troy Tulowitzki. Robertson allowed a double to Jose Bautista with one out before issuing a two-out walk to Tulowitzki. Michael Saunders then followed with a chopper to the right side of the infield which Tulowitzki attempted to shield. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it ended up hitting him to end the ballgame. Robertson is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities to go along with 0.96 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
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  • D-Backs call up RHP Leone
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll take Tyler Wagner's place in Arizona's bullpen. Leone had a 3.86 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:35 pm
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  • Kazmir (wrist, thumb) plans to start Wed.
    Scott Kazmir is still planning to make his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort since spring training in the area between his left wrist and thumb, and he threw on flat ground instead of doing his usual between-starts bullpen session on Sunday. This is a situation worth monitoring. The left-hander owns a rough 6.63 ERA through four appearances with Los Angels. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:01 am
  • Pedroia collects three hits as Red Sox win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-7 with a double, triple and run scored as the Red Sox topped the Astros 7-5 on Sunday night in Houston.

    Advice: The diminutive second sacker has been on fire at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .321/.361/.449 with one homer and six RBI. He still hasn't swiped a base though, despite his preseason proclamation that he would be running more in 2016. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz stays hot with a 3-for-5
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the Cardinals' defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: The solo shot tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win by three. Diaz hit a pinch-hit single on Friday and went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday, so he officially finished 9-for-11 with three RBI in the three-game weekend set at Petco Park. The Cuban shortstop is slashing .480/.509/.860 over his first 53 plate appearances at the major league level. Maybe it's time for him to hit a little higher in the Cardinals' lineup. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Chatwood gives up three in loss to Dodgers
    Tyler Chatwood only went four innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.

    Advice: Chatwood barely kept the dangerous Dodgers at bay all night. He teed up a two-run homer to A.J. Ellis in the second inning, but it could’ve gotten much worse in the third had Joc Pederson not lined out to second base with the bases loaded. The right-hander thrives when he pounds the strike zone and induces a myriad of ground balls. On Friday, he needed 95 pitches to span four innings, and only 52 of those pitches went for strikes. That won’t often end well, especially at Coors Field. Nonetheless, Chatwood has been pretty good this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and a pair of wins in 23 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:39 pm
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  • Kazmir dealing with wrist/thumb discomfort
    Scott Kazmir said he's felt discomfort in the area between his left wrist and thumb since spring training.

    Advice: Kazmir said the injury occurred while batting last month. The left-hander isn't expected to miss any starts, but the injury could explain why he's struggled this year. Kazmir has pitched to a 1-1 record with a disappointing 6.63 ERA over four outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Jose Iglesias not in Tigers lineup Saturday
    Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Indians.

    Advice: Nothing more than a day of rest for the slick-fielding shortstop. Andrew Romine is drawing the start in his place and will bat eighth against Corey Kluber. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:36 am
  • Adam Wainwright gives up three runs in loss
    Adam Wainwright gave up three runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Well, it's a little better, though maybe not so much after considering the opponent. Wainwright did lower his ERA from 8.27 to 7.25, though. He's going to keep improving, so don't sell low. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Kazmir struggles again, gives up four runs
    Scott Kazmir struggled once again, giving up four earned runs in just five innings against the Rockies on Friday, but he ultimately didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: It's been a tough year for the left-hander, and Coors Field was a brutal venue in which to turn things around. The two homers did much of the damage, to be fair, while he struck out three and only issued a single walk. He left the game with a bruised left thumb. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled. Fantasy owners are probably best leaving him on the bench, though, as he has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings and there haven't been too many bright spots. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Norris picks up third loss of season
    Bud Norris needed 88 pitches to limp through four innings against the Mets on Friday, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on a couple of home runs to pick up his third loss of the season.

    Advice: The grand slam from Curtis Granderson did most of the damage; however, Norris was far from sharp the rest of the night. Another long ball from Granderson, which came with two outs in the top of the fourth, ultimately did in the right-hander. He left the game with a 6.75 ERA and has a 5.76 FIP through four starts. With rumors that the Braves could be calling up Aaron Blair in the upcoming week, Norris’s job could be on the chopping block. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz not in lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Diaz has now sat out two of the last three games, as the Cards are going with the more sure-handed Ruben Tejada. St. Louis also has Matt Adams at first base Friday, as Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker are on the bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Polanco doubles twice as PIT racks up 11 runs
    Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 11-1 romp over the Padres.

    Advice: It was a total team effort by the Pirate offense, with Polanco one of four hitters to notch a pair of hits. The two doubles give him six for the young season. He would score in the second inning on a Josh Harrison single and in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk by Sean Rodriguez. That run-scoring walk capped off an eight-run seventh by the Pirates. In 58 at-bats, the 24-year-old Polanco is hitting a strong .302/.433/.453 with eight RBI, 11 runs scored and a pair of steals. He is still looking for his first home run of the 2016 campaign. Last season, he stung nine of them. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes 3-for-6, homers
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-6 and hit his first homer Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: The third hit was the 1,500th of his career. At 32, he's quite a long shot to reach 3,000 in his career. Still, he won't need to get all of the there to be Cooperstown worthy. He will need to stay relatively healthy into his mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Marlins recall Jose Urena from AAA level
    Marlins recalled RHP Jose Urena from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Urena had allowed seven runs on nine hits and six walks in 10 innings this season at the Triple-A level, so the promotion is an odd one. He'll presumably work in a mop-up role for a few days and then head back down. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:53 am
  • Robertson picks up four-out save vs Angels
    David Robertson tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to secure his sixth save of the season in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Robertson was asked to come in with two outs in the eighth inning. The Angels had two runners aboard. He surrendered an RBI single to Rafael Ortega to shave the White Sox lead to 2-1, but prevented further damage. That run would be placed on the pitching line of reliever Nate Jones, rather than Robertson. The ninth inning was less eventful, with only a one-out infield single from Mike Trout causing any sort of stir. Robertson has yet to allow a run of his own this season and is now 6-for-6 in save chances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:41 pm
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  • Diaz not in Tuesday's lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ruben Tejada will make his Cardinals' debut at shortstop and bat eighth. Diaz has put up some impressive numbers since his call-up, but he could lose some more starts if he doesn't improve his shaky defense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Diaz commits fourth error Monday
    Aledmys Diaz committed his fourth error in 13 games on Monday.

    Advice: Diaz played a ground ball off his chest and then made an errant throw to first base, which opened the door for a three-run seventh inning for the Cubs. The 25-year-old has been a pleasant surprise at the plate, batting .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, six doubles, and one triple through 11 games, but it's fair to wonder if he'll lose playing time if the defensive miscues continue. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't willing to go there yet. "You have to take the good with the bad, and he's been extremely good," said Matheny. "So we're just going to have to continue to work and improve on the consistency. That comes with time and experience, and it comes with confidence. He needs to see what we see -- the fact that he's an even better defender than what he's shown. He's going to keep figuring it out. He's also done a lot of things for us that we didn't anticipate he would do." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:32 am
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