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  • Casilla preserves Bumgarner gem for 8th save
    Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save as the Giants enjoyed a 2-0 win over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Casilla worked around a one-out Brandon Belt fielding error, which allowed Justin Upton to reach safely and bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Yangervis Solarte, then got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to right field to end the game. Casilla is 8-for-10 in save situations thus far with a 2.13 ERA and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single proves enough for Giants
    Angel Pagan's RBI single in the third inning proved to be the only run the Giants would need in Monday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: One run was enough with the way Madison Bumgarner pitched for the Giants. They gave him two. Pagan came to the plate in the third inning with runners on first and second and no outs, serving a Tyson Ross offering to left-center to plate the first run of the game. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games and is now hitting .350/.373/.447 with eight RBI in 110 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Ross solid through seven innings in a loss
    Tyson Ross was solid on Monday in a losing effort against the Giants, yielding two runs in seven innings.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the third, when Ross issued three walks -- the only three he allowed -- to help the Giants take an early lead. Other than that, he held the Giants' bats silent. He gave up seven hits and struck out five. Ross has battled control problems through six starts this season, leaving him 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 42/21 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column over the weekend in a road start against the Diamondbacks.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Bumgarner flirts with no-no in win vs. Padres
    Madison Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter in Monday's win against the Padres, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Justin Upton singled to lead off the seventh inning, ending Bumgarner's attempt at a no-hitter. Yangervis Solarte followed up with a single himself, but Bumgarner saw himself out of the no-out jam with no further damage. They were the only two hits he allowed. He issued only one walk while striking out six. The lefty has put together back-to-back dominant outings, lowering his ERA to 3.03. Bumgarner also owns a 1.06 WHIP with a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins at home next.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Hernandez improves to 5-0 with 7 strong IP
    Felix Hernandez was his usual dominant self on Monday, limiting the Angels to one run over seven innings in a win as the Mariners escaped with a 3-2 victory.

    Advice: King Felix allowed his only run in the seventh inning when Matt Joyce hit a solo home run to right-center. It was one of only six hits Angels hitters recorded. Hernandez also walked only one while striking out eight. As expected, Hernandez has dominated the competition to begin the 2015 season, boasting a 1.73 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Hernandez will take the mound at home against the Athletics next.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Shoemaker goes toe-to-toe with King Felix
    Matt Shoemaker pitched quite well on Monday, but relented late as he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Shoemaker and opposing starter Felix Hernandez traded goose eggs, bringing a scoreless ballgame into the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz got the scoring started with a solo home run and Logan Morrison followed up with one of his own. Seth Smith added a third solo home run in the eighth, chasing Shoemaker from the game. Shoemaker only allowed four hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 10. Despite the loss, Monday's effort was the best Shoemaker has looked in five starts. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the first-place Astros at home the next time he takes the mound.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Freese homers in attempt to spark a rally
    David Freese homered in the ninth inning in a failed attempt at a comeback in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Freese was 0-for-2 with a walk coming into the at-bat against Fernando Rodney. He drove a Rodney offering over the fence in centerfield to reduce the Angels' deficit to 3-2. The third baseman has five home runs already after hitting 10 total throughout the 2014 season. Freese also has 19 RBI and a mediocre .220/.262/.420 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Cruz rips 14th homer to lead Mariners to win
    Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Rodney gives up a HR but still gets the save
    Fernando Rodney allowed a solo home run but still managed to close out the Mariners' win over the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Rodney allowed a one-out solo home run to David Freese to bring the score to 3-2. He got Johnny Giavotella to line out, then issued a walk to Matt Joyce. Collin Cowgill pinch-ran, but was caught stealing at second base to end the game. As usual, a Rodney save opportunity provided lots of drama. He's 8-for-9 in save chances this season despite a 5.56 ERA and an 11/7 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Chris Denorfia (hamstring) headed to DL
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Denorfia aggravated the left hamstring injury that he's been dealing with since before Opening Day. "It's very frustrating," he said. "I've never had a recurring muscle injury like this before." Matt Szczur will be recalled to take Denorfia's spot on the roster.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Wood shaky, goes 5 IP in a no-decision
    Travis Wood got a no-decision on Monday, allowing six runs in five innings, as the Cubs lost 10-9 to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cubs staked Wood to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Wood immediately gave four back in the bottom half when he served up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. He would settle down until the sixth inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, leading to three runs. He left with no outs in favor of reliever Jason Motte. Overall, Wood gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He'll head into a weekend road start against the Brewers with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 31/8 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Martinez whipped for seven runs in 3 2/3 IP
    Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Maness records second save in win over Cubs
    Seth Maness allowed a run but still managed to grab his second save of the season in Monday's victory versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Maness allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell to cut the Cardinals' lead in half, but he got Dexter Fowler to line out to end the game. As regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three consecutive games to open up the month of May, and blew a save on the 3rd, Maness got a rare save chance. The right-hander, with a 3.27 ERA and a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings, shouldn't see many more save situations the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Chris Denorfia aggravates hamstring injury
    Chris Denorfia exited Monday's game versus the Cardinals after aggravating his left hamstring injury.

    Advice: He pulled up lame while going first to third on a single. Denorfia began the season on the disabled list with the hamstring issue and it's just never fully healed. He could be headed back to the DL.
    Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Ellsbury reaches six times as Yankees win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in all six of his plate appearances as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Sunday night.

    Advice: All four of Ellsbury's hits on the evening were singles, and he also scored a pair of runs in the contest. He's off to a terrific start at the plate in 2015, slashing .351/.432/.402 with a homer, three RBI and nine stolen bases.
    Sunday, 9:03 pm
  • Chris Denorfia makes first start in a while
    Chris Denorfia went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first start since April 23, as Denorfia has been battling a nagging left hamstring injury. He'll see most of his playing time versus lefties.
    Sunday, 5:18 am
  • Cruz smashes 12th, 13th home runs in loss
    Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

    Advice: Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14.
    Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Angel Pagan leads Giants past Angels
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 with a sac fly in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan is still hitting a robust .352. Questions about his back plagued him this spring, but he's been one of the Giants' best players thus far, hitting .352 in 91 at-bats. Unfortunately, he hasn't done as much for fantasy owners. Even though he's been batting third, he has just eight runs scored and seven RBI in 23 games.
    Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Cruz launches his 11th home run of the season
    Nelson Cruz launched his major-league leading 11th home run of the season Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: His ninth-inning blast traveled at an estimated distance of 469 feet. It actually hit the train at Minute Maid Ballpark. Cruz finished the night 2-for-4 and owns a monster .330/.378/.747 batting line. He also leads the majors with 23 RBI.
    Friday, 9:01 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
  • Fernando Rodney unavailable on Thursday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday that he's unlikely to use Fernando Rodney if a save situation arises, as the veteran right-hander has saved three consecutive games.

    Advice: In the event that the M's do have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Thursday, Danny Farquhar would be the most likely candidate to get the ball. Rodney will be back to his regular closing duties on Friday.
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) able to pinch hit Wed.
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) was able to pinch hit in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He flied out to center in the bottom of the fifth inning and wasn't kept in on defense. The backup outfielder missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still has some lingering discomfort. Consider him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • Shoemaker allows 3 runs in no-decision vs A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a no-decision as the Angels beat the A's 6-3.

    Advice: Shoemaker was activated from the bereavement list (to tend to an unspecified personal issue) earlier in the day. He didn't end up missing a start. Shoemaker has been more lucky than good in accruing a 2-1 record. He's surrendered a .301 opponent's batting average in posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four outings. The right-hander gets the Mariners next week.
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Felix Hernandez beats Rangers
    Felix Hernandez upped his record to 4-0 after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It wasn't peak Hernandez tonight, but it didn't need to be. He struck out four and threw 114 pitches to get his 20 outs. Factor in the light-hitting opponent and it's probably his worst outing to date, which just illustrates how terrific he is.
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Nelson Cruz hits 10th homer
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his 10th homer and a walk Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Cruz is batting .500 with three homers and seven RBI in six games against his old team this year. He's putting up positively ludicrous numbers outside of Safeco, with a .429 average, seven homers and a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. At home, he hasn't been quite as scary, batting .271 with three homers and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 48 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Martinez moves to 3-0 with a win vs. Phillies
    Carlos Martinez limited the Phillies to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 with Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Phillies had a few opportunities to tack on more runs, but their poor fundamentals bailed Martinez out. Ben Revere failed to execute a bunt in the third inning and was caught in a rundown between third base and home in the fifth. Martinez allowed six hits and walked three batters while striking out only three.
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker activated from bereavement
    Angels activated RHP Matt Shoemaker from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Oakland. The right-hander holds a 6.46 ERA through three starts this season.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Ross takes the loss as Padres fall to Astros
    Tyson Ross got the loss on Tuesday versus the Astros, serving up four runs in five innings.

    Advice: Ross was hurt by center fielder Wil Myers in the first inning, as a deep fly ball hit by Evan Gattis ricocheted off of Myers' glove, then off of his head over the fence in center field for a home run. Ross otherwise wasn't that bad, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out nine. It was good to see him limit the walks, as he entered the start with 16 over his first four starts. The talented right-hander will bring a 4.55 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 37/18 K/BB over 27 2/3 innings ratio into a start against the Giants at AT&T Park.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Casilla uses 10 pitches to pick up 6th save
    Santiago Casilla needed only 10 pitches to mow down the Dodgers for his sixth save of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla got Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke to ground out before striking out pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez to end the contest, preserving a one-run lead. Casilla is 6-for-7 in save opportunities with a 2.79 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Bumgarner stymies Dodgers over 8 innings
    Madison Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: The Dodgers pushed across their only run in the fourth inning on a Howie Kendrick ground out. It was that kind of night as Bumgarner was dominant, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Giants and fantasy owners alike are glad to see a return to form as Bumgarner entered the start with a 4.63 ERA over his first four outings. Now with a 3.73 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 26/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings, the lefty looks ahead to a home match-up with the Padres.
    Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Wood strikes out nine Pirates to earn win
    Travis Wood struck out nine while holding the Pirates to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Wood allowed five hits without walking a batter, and Starling Marte's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for all the Pirates' scoring on the night. The southpaw has now had two stellar starts and two so-so ones on the season, resulting in a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP 26/6 K/BB ratio. Wood will next do battle with the Cardinals Monday in St. Louis.
    Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Cruz has three-hit effort, M's best Rangers
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored to help the Mariners edge the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz tripled to lead off the fourth inning -- just his 11th triple in 983 career games -- and scored the Mariners' first run a batter later. He finished a homer shy of the cycle, and the outfielder is now hitting an impressive .329/.376/.734 through 20 games. Some scoffed at the signing, but Cruz has been one of the best hitters in baseball, let alone on the Mariners, through the season's first month.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Rodney earns sixth save with perfect inning
    Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Rodney struck out Carlos Peguero and Adam Rosales before getting Rougned Odor to pop out to end the game. Rodney had some troubles in the middle of April but he's now worked five scoreless innings in succession. The right-hander still owns a 5.79 ERA due to his early struggles.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Ellsbury's 3 hits push Yankees past Rays
    Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and stole a pair of bases in four plate appearances in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury's impact was felt immediately, as he singled in the first inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out. He also stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the seventh, but was stranded. Ellsbury has only three extra-base hits on the season, but has stolen seven bases, scored 16 runs, and hit .308/.400/.372.
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) unavailable on Tuesday
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is unavailable Tuesday.

    Advice: Denorfia missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still isn't quite over it. "Denorfia is still not 100 percent with his leg, so I don't want to push him right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Junior Lake is in left field Tuesday night.
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Ellsbury (hip) returns to Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old is batting .284/.384/.351 across 18 games this season.
    Tuesday, 5:50 am
  • Rodney escapes danger for his 5th save
    Fernando Rodney escaped ninth-inning danger to grab his fifth save as the Mariners earned a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth inning, as they usually are with Rodney, was interesting. He allowed the Rangers to put the tying run on base with two outs following a single and a walk. Robinson Chirinos, however, flied out to center field to end the game. It hasn't been easy, but Rodney has put together five consecutive scoreless outings, but he still sports a poor 6.48 ERA and an 8/6 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings. Rodney is 5-for-6 in save chances.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.

    Advice: Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
    Apr 26, 1:53 pm
  • Casilla blows save in win over Rockies
    Santiago Casilla blew the save on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

    Advice: Casilla entered the game with one out and the Giants clinging to a one-run lead. After allowing singles to Nick Hundley and D.J. LaMahieu, Casilla induced a grounder from Drew Stubbs to score a run. The Giants would ultimately win the game on a Joe Panik bunt. Casilla had been a perfect 5-for-5 on saves coming into the game. The rough outing bumped his ERA up to 3.12, but he remains a serviceable, if unspectacular, ninth-inning option.
    Apr 25, 9:15 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Saturday's game early
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Saturday's game with hip tightness.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 before exiting in the eighth inning. The Yankees are hopeful Ellsbury won't miss any time, but if he does sit out Sunday, expect Chris Young to fill in at center field.
    Apr 25, 4:09 pm
  • Martinez fans eight Brewers in shutout win
    Carlos Martinez struck out eight and did not allow a run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Martinez was, in a word, brilliant. The Brewers managed just four hits off of the 23-year-old, only one of which went for extra bases. The seven innings pitched marked Martinez's longest outing of the year as he improved to 2-0. In 20 innings, the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits. Martinez is facing an innings limit and will have to maintain his health, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP speak for themselves. He'll look to stay on a good roll when he faces the Phillies in his next start.
    Apr 24, 10:55 pm
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues.
    Apr 24, 10:14 pm
  • Felix Hernandez notches 10th career shutout
    Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.

    Advice: Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year.
    Apr 24, 9:31 pm
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