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  • Rendon (knee) to begin rehab games Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Rendon played three innings of an extended spring training game Tuesday in Viera, Florida and felt fine. He'll play five innings Wednesday and then should be cleared for minor league action. The star third baseman is now making swift progress in his recovery from a sprained left MCL and is on track to rejoin the Nats around the beginning of May.
    44 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x StL
  • Drew Smyly 'definitely' ready, debut Friday?
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) said Tuesday that he "definitely" feels ready to join the Rays' rotation.

    Advice: Smyly only went 3 2/3 innings in his last rehab start for Double-A Montgomery, but he looked sharp and some of the Rays' beat writers believe he'll be cleared to make his 2015 regular-season debut on Friday night against the Blue Jays. The talented 25-year-old left-hander should be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
    47 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Yelich dropped to fifth in Marlins' lineup
    Christian Yelich has been dropped to fifth in the Marlins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Yelich has batted exclusively out of the No. 2 spot so far, but he's struggled to the tune of a .200/.265/.222 batting line thus far. Martin Prado will hit second Tuesday. We suspect it won't be long before Yelich turns things around.
    52 minutes ago
  • Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Fri.
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

    Advice: That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense.
    57 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Yasmany Tomas starting at 3B on Tuesday
    Yasmany Tomas is starting at third base for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's the first major league start for the $68.5 million Cuban slugger. Tomas had defensive issues at third base in Cactus League play and had only appeared in left field at Triple-A Reno, so this should be interesting. He doesn't carry much fantasy value in his current role on the Diamondbacks' bench. Jake Lamb is sitting out Tuesday but should remain Arizona's regular third baseman.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Beliveau has left shoulder impingement
    Jeff Beliveau was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement following an MRI.

    Advice: Beliveau has been dealing with an arm issue dating back to spring training and was placed on the disabled list over the weekend. He expects to know more about a timetable after seeing the team doctor Wednesday.
    Today, 1:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Travis (rib) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game after he was hit in the side by a pitch. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but he's presumably still dealing with some soreness. Consider him day-to-day. Ryan Goins will fill in at second base.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Cubs option Alcantara to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned INF Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Addison Russell on the active roster. Alcantara has scuffled in limited playing time so far this season, so he's probably better off getting regular at-bats in the minors right now. We should see him again soon.
    Today, 12:48 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Yunel Escobar (groin) back in lineup Tuesday
    Yunel Escobar (groin) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Escobar ended up missing just two games due to a groin strain. He'll bat sixth against right-hander Lance Lynn as the Nationals are slowly getting back to full strength.
    Today, 12:45 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs ^ StL
  • Revere batting second against Marlins
    Ben Revere will bat second against the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Revere has either been in the bottom-third of the order or on the bench for the past week, so this is nice to see for fantasy owners. Other items of note Tuesday are that Carlos Ruiz will bat cleanup while Ryan Howard hits sixth.
    Today, 12:32 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Cabrera not in Tuesday's lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera is batting just .192 (10-for-52) thus far and will take a seat against left-hander Wade Miley. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop while Ryan Brett plays second base. Rene Rivera will serve as the designated hitter.
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Plawecki batting seventh in MLB debut
    Kevin Plawecki will bat seventh in his major league debut Tuesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Travis d'Arnaud (finger) figures to be out for at least a month and Plawecki should get most of the playing time behind the plate during his absence. He's obviously no sure thing to have success right away, but he's known for quality at-bats and making contact. The 24-year-old is a fine target in two-catcher mixed leagues and daily formats.
    Today, 12:16 pm
  • Bogaerts not in Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: He'll get a breather with right-hander Chris Archer on the hill for Tampa Bay. Brock Holt will make the start at shortstop for Boston as he continues to bounce all around the field for Boston in the early going.
    Today, 12:11 pm
  • O'Brien stays hot with homer, double
    Diamondbacks prospect C/OF Peter O’Brien went 3-for-4 with a home run and double on Monday for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The home run and double were his fourth and fifth of the season, respectively, and he also plated two in the game. He’s batting .404/.429/.766 (.429 BABIP) with 14 RBI and nine strikeouts (but no walks) through 49 plate appearances. O’Brien, 24, entered spring training high on Arizona’s depth chart behind the plate, but he was plagued by a case of yips when throwing the ball back to the pitcher and has since moved to the outfield. He’s seen time at both corner outfield positions at Triple-A Reno (more in left field, though) and, unsurprisingly, is already putting up big power numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
    Today, 11:31 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Tex
  • Lucroy (toe) placed on 15-day disabled list
    Brewers placed C Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left big toe.

    Advice: Lucroy suffered the injury when he was hit by a foul tip during Monday's game. It's unclear how much time he'll need to miss, but it's brutal news for the Brewers, who have the worst record in the majors at 2-11 and are also missing Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and Scooter Gennett (hand) to the DL. Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno will handle catching duties during his absence.
    Today, 10:18 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Triple-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is working his way back from a left shoulder strain, did the same thing with Double-A Bowie last Friday. While he's doing some baseball activities, he's not ready to begin a minor league assignment and it's still unclear when he will be.
    Today, 10:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Brewers place Gennett (hand) on 15-day DL
    Brewers placed INF Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: Gennett needed stitches after cutting his hand in the shower on Sunday and will now get some extended rest. Hector Gomez figures to fill in at second base during his absence.
    Today, 10:02 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Juan Francisco signs with Japanese team
    Juan Francisco has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 million. Francisco opted out of his deal with the Rays after failing to make the team out of spring training. The 27-year-old hit 16 homers in 106 games with the Blue Jays last season.
    Today, 9:22 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Cards designate OF Brown for assignment
    Cardinals designated OF Gary Brown for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for right-hander Mitch Harris on the 40-man roster. Brown, 26, was just claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier this month and he could soon be on the move again.
    Today, 8:54 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm x @Was
  • Mets call up Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A
    Mets purchased the contract of C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: With Travis d'Arnaud (finger) injured, Plawecki is being called up to serve as the Mets' primary catcher. Known for his excellent contact ability, the 24-year-old has a .292/.368/.435 batting line in the minors to go along with a 129/98 K/BB ratio. He's worth a try in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Mets place Blevins (arm) on 15-day DL
    Mets placed LHP Jerry Blevins on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a distal radius fracture of his left arm.

    Advice: Blevins will wear a splint on his arm for the next six weeks before being re-evaluated. He'll still need time to rebuild arm strength, so it sounds like he'll miss at least the next two months. The southpaw suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday. It's a tough blow, as he has retired all 15 batters he has faced so far this season.
    Today, 5:40 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Gregerson grabs third save in win vs Mariners
    Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season, closing out the Astros' 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Gregerson brought the tying run to the plate after issuing a two-out walk to Kyle Seager, but he got Seth Smith to strike out swinging to end the ballgame. Gregerson remains unscored upon while converting all three save opportunities with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Graveman needs 73 pitches to get thru 3 IP
    Kendall Graveman was inefficient in a no-decision against the Angels on Monday, throwing 73 pitches while allowing three runs (two earned) in three-plus innings.

    Advice: Graveman issued back-to-back walks to start the fourth inning before he was replaced by Dan Otero. The right-hander allowed four hits in total along with three walks and two strikeouts. Despite a strong spring showing, Graveman has not looked good in two of his three starts thus far. He'll try to improve on his 6.94 ERA in his next start against the Astros at home.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Clippard escapes trouble for his first save
    Tyler Clippard got his first save of the season, but had to escape some ninth-inning trouble to help the Athletics top the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Protecting a three-run lead, Clippard issued a leadoff walk to Erick Aybar, then walked Johnny Giavotella with two outs. He was able to get Kole Calhoun to line out to left field to end the game. It's only the second save of the year for the Athletics as they have massively outscored their opponents in their seven wins. Clippard will continue to get the ball in save opportunities when they present themselves.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Vogt powers A's to win with a 3-run homer
    Stephen Vogt walked and slugged a three-run home run in four at-bats as the Athletics won against the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Vogt put the A's back on top 4-2 with his three-run home run off of Matt Shoemaker in the third inning. The catcher has been terrific to start the year, hitting .366/.435/.780 with four home runs and 12 RBI to begin the season.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Dickerson nursing 'mild' plantar fasciitis
    Corey Dickerson had to leave Monday's game versus the Padres due to what Rockies manager Walt Weiss referred to as "mild" plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

    Advice: That Weiss is calling the ailment mild suggests that they'll try to avoid putting Dickerson on the disabled list for the time being. It's definitely and injury that can be nagging, though, so fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place. Dickerson is batting .286/.314/.510 with two homers and 10 RBI this season. Drew Stubbs would stand to gain the extra playing time while Dickerson is out.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy DL-bound with fractured toe
    Jonathan Lucroy will be placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured toe on his left foot during Monday's game versus the Reds.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Lucroy was struck by a foul tip. It's absolutely brutal news for the Brewers, who are 2-11, have Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and now Lucroy on the DL and might have Scooter Gennett (hand) join them. It's not clear at this point how long Lucroy might be sidelined. Martin Maldonado is now set to see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the Brewers, and Juan Centeno will be promoted to take Lucroy's roster spot.
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Lucroy exits after taking foul tip off foot
    Jonathan Lucroy had to leave Monday's game against the Reds after being hit in the left foot by a foul tip.

    Advice: The Brewers just can't catch a break right now. It's not clear whether Lucroy might be sent for X-rays, as the club is simply calling it a "left foot injury" at the moment. More should be known after the game
    Yesterday, 6:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • DL stint possible for Scooter Gennett (hand)
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that it's possible Scooter Gennett (hand) could need a disabled list stint if his injury lingers.

    Advice: Gennett cut his hand in the shower after Sunday's game and needed stitches. The Brewers figure to give him a few days to see how the hand responds before making a decision. Hector Gomez is filling in at second base Monday and will continue to do so for as long as Gennett is sidelined.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Gennett cuts hand in shower, needs stitches
    Scooter Gennett cut his hand in the shower after Sunday's game and will miss some time.

    Advice: Could things be going any worse for the Brew Crew? Gennett needed stitches for the gash and it's not clear when he might be ready to return to the starting lineup. Hector Gomez is likely to fill in at second base.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Blevins to have splint on forearm for 6 weeks
    Jerry Blevins will have a splint on his fractured left forearm for the next six weeks.

    Advice: Blevins should be able to resume throwing once those six weeks are over, but then he'll need at least another two weeks to rebuild his arm strength. The left-handed reliever suffered a distal radius fracture Sunday when he got struck by a comebacker and can be ruled out until at least mid-June. He had rattled off seven scoreless appearances this season for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Smyly (shoulder) made third rehab start Sun.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in a rehab start for Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: Smyly walked three, but he struck out four and limited the Marlins' Double-A team to one hit. It was the third rehab start for Smyly, who may be asked to make a fourth so that he can get a little more stretched out. The talented 25-year-old left-hander is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation April 29 at Yankee Stadium. He's been sidelined by left shoulder tendinitis.
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Mets to recall catcher Plawecki from AAA
    Kevin Plawecki will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas before the Mets' series-opener Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins has already confirmed that the 24-year-old prospect will serve as the club's primary catcher for as long as Travis d'Arnaud (hand) remains sidelined. Plawecki has a solid offensive skill set and should be able to carve out mixed league value in deeper two-catcher formats over the next few weeks.
    Sunday, 2:01 pm
  • Plawecki to serve as Mets starting catcher
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Kevin Plawecki will serve as the team's starting catcher, assuming he's recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Travis d'Arnaud.

    Advice: It looks as though Collins prefers Anthony Recker in his reserve role and will throw the 24-year-old backstop into the fire to see what he's got. He hit .309/.365/.460 with 11 homers and 64 RBI over 101 games between Double-A Binghampton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014 and could be worth a look in deeper two-catcher formats for as long as d'Arnaud remains sidelined.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Yelich's 0-for-5 day drops average to .200
    Christian Yelich went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich, who signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March, is off to a miserable start. Sunday's performance dropped his average to .200 and he has only one extra-base hit and one stolen base. He has come to the plate only 49 times, which is a small sample size, but it's not the start to the season the Marlins envisioned when they agreed to the pact with Yelich last month. Perhaps some of Yelich's struggles can be explained by a recent bout with back tightness.
    Sunday, 1:08 pm
  • Jerry Blevins suffers fractured left forearm
    X-rays have revealed that Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Blevins suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker Sunday. It's a big blow to the Mets' bullpen that already lost lefty Josh Edgin for the season. A timetable for the reliever isn't known at this point, but obviously he's looking at an extended absence. Blevins is unscored upon in seven appearances this season.
    Sunday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Blevins leaves after being hit with liner
    Jerry Blevins had to exit Sunday's game against the Marlins after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker.

    Advice: Blevins was able to recover and make the play, but he then walked off the field. It's possible the reliever will need X-rays, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 12:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • X-rays confirm no fracture for Travis (rib)
    X-rays confirmed that Devon Travis did not suffer a left rib fracture.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game following a hit by pitch, but he managed to escape with just a bruise. The Blue Jays are considering the second baseman day-to-day.
    Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Devon Travis exits game after HBP in side
    Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
    Sunday, 10:43 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.
    Sunday, 7:45 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs ^ StL
  • 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.
    Saturday, 8:54 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs ^ StL
  • Ben Revere not in Phillies lineup again
    Ben Revere is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Revere is once again on the pine in favor of Darin Ruf who is drawing the start in left field. While Revere is off to a slow start at the dish, it's hard for him to get going with such sporadic playing time. The Phillies handling of him early in the season has been curious to say the least.
    Saturday, 7:48 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Bogaerts has walk-off single vs. Orioles
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

    Advice: Mike Napoli led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk against Brian Matusz before Daniel Nava sacrificed him over to second and Bogaerts cashed him in with a bloop single to right field. It was his first career walk-off hit. Bogaerts, who also had a run scored on the night, now owns a healthy .395/.452/.474 batting line through nine games this season. The Red Sox are 7-3 on the year.
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Stephen Vogt homers twice as Athletics fall
    Stephen Vogt delivered the first multi-homer game of his career in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Vogt followed a solo blast by Ike Davis with one of his own off Jeremy Guthrie in the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He'd later tag Guthrie again in the seventh for another solo shot, once again bringing the A's even at 4-4. He finished the career night 3-for-4 and is now hitting an impressive .353/.421/.735 with eight RBI in his first season as the A's full-time starting catcher.
    Friday, 7:55 pm
  • 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
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs ^ StL
  • Jeff Beliveau (shoulder) goes on DL
    Rays placed LHP Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: He first began dealing with a "dead arm" in spring training and said Friday that it's yet to go away. Riefenhauser has been recalled to replace Beliveau on the roster.
    Friday, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Devon Travis hitting leadoff Friday
    Devon Travis is batting leadoff versus Julio Teheran and the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: He could remain in the spot for a while if Jose Reyes (rib) needs a trip to the disabled list. Travis is off to a .371/.421/.657 start at the plate in his first 38 big league plate appearances.
    Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
    Friday, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Double-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is coming back from a left shoulder strain, took a full round of batting practice Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He hasn't been cleared to play in rehab games yet, but he's getting closer.
    Thursday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Yelich (back) in Marlins' lineup on Thursday
    Christian Yelich (back) has returned to the Marlins' lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich missed two straight games with tightness in his back, but it was never a serious concern. The left fielder will hit second in his return Thursday night.
    Thursday, 12:48 pm
  • Devon Travis goes 3-for-5, homers
    Devon Travis went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis also homered on Opening Day, so this makes two for him. With the Jays scoring in bunches so far, Travis has been good for six runs scored and six RBI in nine games from the bottom of the order. That's allowed him to be useful in mixed leagues so far, but if the runs begin to dry up for the Jays, Travis's value likely will, too.
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Stewart: Tomas called up to be bench bat
    Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Yasmany Tomas was called up to be a bat off the bench.

    Advice: Why the club would sign an unfinished product to a $68.5 million contract, send him to Triple-A for a week and then recall him to get, potentially, one at-bat per game is a worthwhile question, but that seems to be what Stewart is espousing. If he hits well enough, of course, Tomas could force his way into the lineup more often moving forward. For now, though, he's a player to stash in mixed leagues until that time comes.
    Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • D'Backs recall Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled OF Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Tomas had been playing exclusively in right field at Reno and he was off to an underwhelming 4-for-21 (.190/261/.381) start at the plate. It's not clear how the $68.5 million man is going to fit in the Diamondbacks' crowded outfield. The third base experiment is presumably over. He is not in the lineup Wednesday night.
    Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • Ben Revere batting eighth for Phils on Wed.
    Ben Revere is batting eighth for the Phillies again on Wednesday night against the Mets.

    Advice: And center fielder Odubel Herrera will again lead off. Revere is off to a 5-for-32 (.156) start this season and he's drawn just one walk in 34 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 1:29 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) taking full BP
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take a full round of batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. If it goes well, Hardy could begin a rehab assignment later this week at Double-A Bowie. He's tracking towards a late-April return.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Smyly (shoulder) likely to debut on April 29
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is most likely to make his season debut on April 29 at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: The Rays haven't ruled out activating Smyly after his next rehab start when he's slated to throw 75 pitches, but they'll most likely let him stretch out to 100 pitches in another rehab outing after that before having him rejoin the rotation. He tossed three scoreless innings Tuesday in his second rehab start. "No setbacks, so it’s great," Smyly said. "I’m just anxious to get these next couple starts out of the way so I can get back in the big leagues."
    Wednesday, 8:07 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Xander Bogaerts (knee) returns to lineup Wed.
    Xander Bogaerts (knee) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Bogaerts needed an MRI after tweaking his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game, but the test came back clean and he wound up missing just one game. The young infielder sports a nifty .433/.500/.533 batting line in the early going this season.
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Wednesday
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He was expected to miss a second straight game due to a tight back given that the club had a day game after a night game, but's Joe Frisaro thinks Yelich could be held out until Saturday or possibly Friday. Ichiro Suzuki is in left field in Yelich's place again Wednesday. J.T. Realmuto is getting a start Wednesday over Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
    Wednesday, 6:25 am
  • Dickerson triples, scores three runs in a win
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a triple, and three runs scored as the Rockies earned a 4-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dickerson brought in the Rockies' first run with a single in the second inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He singled and scored in the fourth, then led off the ninth inning with a triple and later came around to score an insurance run. Dickerson has been hitting quite well, having hit safely in seven of eight games with a .406 average, six extra-base hits, nine RBI, and eight runs scored in 34 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Graveman rebounds with 5 1/3 shutout innings
    Kendall Graveman shut out the Astros over 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Graveman had a disastrous season debut on Thursday, serving up eight runs to the Rangers. He was much better this time around, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks while striking out three. Graveman doesn't miss bats often, which limits his mixed league appeal. He is slated for a date with the Angels in L.A. next.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Bogaerts' (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Xander Bogaerts' right knee came back negative.

    Advice: He could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. It's obviously great news for the Red Sox and Bogaerts' fantasy owners, as the shortstop has been scorching hot at the plate. He had injured his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game.
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Peter O'Brien to stay in OF for next month
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Tuesday that prospect Peter O'Brien will continue to play the outfield at Triple-A Reno for the next month or so.

    Advice: The plan is to then give him some work at catcher. O'Brien was moved out from behind the plate after having issues during spring training throwing the ball back to the pitcher. It hasn't affected his offense, as he's batting .391/.417/.609 with a home run over his first five games for Reno.
    Tuesday, 5:22 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Tex
  • Vogt (ankle) in A's lineup on Tuesday night
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Astros.

    Advice: Vogt turned his left ankle on Monday night, but he only came away with a bit of swelling. The catcher is batting .348/.423/.609 through seven games this year.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
  • Yelich scratched Tuesday due to tight back
    Christian Yelich has been scratched from the Marlins' lineup Tuesday due to back tightness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Marlins have a day game Wednesday so he could miss at least a couple days. Ichiro Suzuki will start against the Braves in Yelich's place.
    Tuesday, 1:48 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts going for MRI on sore knee
    Xander Bogaerts was sent for an MRI on his right knee.

    Advice: Bogaerts is off to a red-hot start at the plate, so this is unfortunate to hear. The Red Sox should have an update on his status soon. Brock Holt will start in his place at shortstop Tuesday night against the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Revere dropped to eighth in Phils' lineup
    Ben Revere has been dropped to eighth in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Revere is just 4-for-28 (.143) with one walk through seven games, so Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wants to try something different. Here's the full lineup Matt Harvey will face on Tuesday: Odubel Herrera CF, Freddy Galvis SS, Chase Utley 2B, Ryan Howard 1B, Carlos Ruiz C, Cody Asche 3B, Grady Sizemore RF, Revere LF, David Buchanan SP. You might want to find a way to squeeze Harvey into your daily lineup.
    Tuesday, 12:29 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • 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
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs ^ StL
  • Bogaerts out of Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Brock Holt will start at shortstop against Stephen Strasburg. Shane Victorino is also sitting while Daniel Nava gets another start. Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez (foot) is in the lineup after making an early exit on Monday.
    Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) makes second rehab start
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw three scoreless innings Tuesday in a minor league rehab start with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: This was Smyly's second rehab start as he makes his way back from shoulder tendinitis. He allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out four batters and threw 28 out of 40 pitches for strikes. He's expected to make two more rehab starts before joining the Rays, so he's on track to return just before the end of the month.
    Tuesday, 8:15 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Alcantara ends hitless streak with a walk-off
    Arismendy Alcantara's first hit of the season was timely, as his 10th-inning RBI single sent the Cubs to a win over the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Alcantara came into the game 0-for-12 and stepped to the plate in the 10th inning 0-for-4. He was able to send a Burke Badenhop offering into right-center, plating the winning run from third base for the win. Alcantara will serve as a super-utility player for the Cubs this season.
    Monday, 8:35 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Stephen Vogt tweaks ankle Monday
    Stephen Vogt turned his left ankle during Monday's game.

    Advice: He finished the game but was noticeably hobbled. It doesn't sound like a huge deal, but Vogt will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and could wind up missing a game or two. For what it's worth, Vogt says he'll be fine.
    Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Travis plates Jays' only run in loss to Rays
    Devon Travis went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, but the Blue Jays lost to the Rays 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Travis knocked in Kevin Pillar with a two-out single in the fifth inning, accounting for the Jays' only run. The hit was also one of only two on the evening for the Jays. Travis has had decent results so far this season, batting .261 (6-for-23) with a home run and four RBI. As he stole 22 and 16 bases and hit 16 and 10 home runs over the last two seasons in the minors, he could provide some sneaky mixed league value over a full season.
    Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Michael Saunders tests out hamstring
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) will resume his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders will rest on Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, but he tested out the hammy and feels OK. The Blue Jays are hoping he'll be ready for activation at some point during their 10-game homestand.
    Apr 13, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Redon (knee) to start hitting soft toss
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Anthony Rendon (knee) threw from 100 feet on Sunday and will start hitting soft toss.

    Advice: Rendon's recovery from his knee injury, which was suffered in early March on a diving attempt, has gone smoothly to this point. It's possible that he'll be ready to rejoin the Nationals in late April or early May. In the meantime, Yunel Escobar will keep on keepin' on as Rendon's replacement at third.
    Apr 13, 9:53 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x StL
  • Saunders (knee) rebuilding his stamina
    Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday that Michael Saunders (knee) will spend the next few days rebuilding the stamina in his legs.

    Advice: Anthopoulos said "he would hope" that Saunders would be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays during their upcoming 10-game homestand, but that they wouldn't force the issue. He was removed from his minor league rehab game on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring.
    Apr 12, 4:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Anthony Rendon (knee) takes light swings
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that Anthony Rendon (knee) has begun taking light swings in extended spring training.

    Advice: It's a good step in the right direction for Rendon, but it's still unlikely that he's ready to rejoin the Nationals lineup before the end of April. Yunel Escobar will continue to fill in at third base in his absence.
    Apr 12, 2:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x StL
  • Saunders exits rehab game w/ hamstring injury
    Michael Saunders (knee) left a rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Sunday with a tight hamstring.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are calling his removal precautionary, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action. Saunders was hoping to be activated from the disabled list later this week, but that could be in jeopardy now.
    Apr 12, 12:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Three more rehab starts for Smyly (shoulder)
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is slated to make three more rehab starts.

    Advice: The Rays had been holding out hope that he could be back a little sooner, but they've decided to stretch him out to 100 pitches before having him rejoin the big club's rotation. Smyly retired all six hitters he faced in his first rehab start. The left-hander is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis.
    Apr 12, 8:40 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Scooter Gennett benched again Sunday
    Scooter Gennett remained out of the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gennett has now been benched in two straight after being ejected Friday when he slammed his bat down following a check-swing strike three call. He should be back in there on Monday. Hector Gomez is getting a second straight start at second base. Jonathan Lucroy is also sitting, with Martin Maldonado handling the catching duties. Jean Segura has been moved up to the No. 2 spot.
    Apr 12, 8:00 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Hardy could start rehab assignment Thursday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.

    Advice: Hardy has resumed hitting in recent days, and although he's still feeling a bit of pain in his right shoulder, he's still pressing ahead. A return by the end of next week appears to be doable. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera have been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles while Hardy has been sidelined.
    Apr 12, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Saunders (knee) doubles, scores at High-A
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Saturday at High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders also made his first start in left field and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired knee. He should be ready to join the Blue Jays' active roster late next week. Kevin Pillar has been filling in.
    Apr 11, 8:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Gennett not in Brewers lineup on Saturday
    Scooter Gennett is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Hector Gomez is drawing the start in his absence. The 24-year-old is off to a very slow start at the plate, hitting .077 (1-for-13) with a 6/0 K/BB ratio through his first four games. Perhaps a day off to clear his head would do some good.
    Apr 11, 12:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Stephen Vogt not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: As it's an afternoon game after a night game, manager Bob Melvin thought it wise to get his backstop a day of rest. Josh Phegley will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the A's against J.A. Happ and the Mariners.
    Apr 11, 9:42 am
  • Saunders (knee) collects two hits in rehab
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's minor league rehab game with High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders is making a quick recovery from February's knee surgery and as long as he avoids any setbacks over the weekend should be cleared to rejoin the Blue Jays at some point next week.
    Apr 11, 6:55 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Red Sox beat Yankees in 19 innings
    Xander Bogaerts had four hits -- all of them coming in extras -- and scored the go-ahead run in the 19th as the Red Sox edged the Yankees 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: The game took six hours and 49 minutes -- not including a 16-minute delay after the lights went out behind home plate -- making it the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees. By inning, it was the longest game the teams had played since 1967. The Red Sox blew one-run leads in the ninth, 16th and 18th innings before finally prevailing. It was a Mookie Betts sac fly that scored Bogaerts in the 19th. Steven Wright, already having blown two leads, allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 19th, but he got a flyout and a double play to end it.
    Apr 11, 12:00 am
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