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  • Colby Lewis goes five-plus to beat White Sox
    Colby Lewis hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Rangers past the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Lewis struggled in his first start Monday against the Mariners but cruised through Chicago's lineup Saturday, fanning four batters and issuing only one walk. He's still not a good fantasy bet, but the showing was promising for a Rangers team that needs some rotation stability. Lewis pitches at Safeco Field next.
    Today, 8:40 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Andre Ethier hits three-run homer
    Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer off Mike Bolsinger in the win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Ethier is hitting just .214 in 56 at-bats, but he's driven in 13 runs anyway. That he's sitting against lefties makes him a mediocre play in mixed leagues right now, but he should have more value as the year goes on.
    Today, 8:16 pm
    W, 8-6 vs   Ari
  • Mets expected to make a change at closer
    According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, the Mets are likely to make a change at closer.

    Advice: Valverde surrendered three runs Saturday against the Braves in his latest of a string of rough outings. Mets manager Terry Collins said he would address his players before making an official announcement to the media. Vic Black has been putting up zeroes at Triple-A, but his control is still an issue. The Mets might go with a committee.
    Today, 7:51 pm
  • Henderson Alvarez delivers shutout vs. SEA
    Henderson Alvarez tossed a shutout Saturday in the Marlins' 7-0 stomping of the Mariners.

    Advice: It was the third career shutout for Alvarez, who looked sharp all night and even carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. He surrendered just two hits in all while fanning four batters and issuing zero walks. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to stay hot in his next start on the road against the Mets. Consistency has been an issue for him.
    Today, 6:45 pm
  • Elias allows six runs in loss to the Marlins
    Roenis Elias was shelled for six runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Saturday as the Mariners fell to the Marlins.

    Advice: Elias didn't have much working and wound up yielding eight hits and issuing five walks in his five-plus frames. The 25-year-old left-hander watched his ERA jump from 2.16 to 3.22, and he'll carry a 1-2 record into his next scheduled outing at home against the Rangers. It's one to avoid for fantasy purposes.
    Today, 6:38 pm
  • Bruce Chen beats Twins for first win
    Bruce Chen notched his first win of the year despite allowing four runs over five innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It's strange to write it, but as well as the Twins have been swinging the bats, allowing four runs in five innings isn't bad. Chen missed his previous turn with a tight left glute muscle, so he was making his third start of the year today. He'll pitch in Cleveland next time out.
    Today, 3:01 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Min
  • Salvador Perez slumping as cleanup man
    Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Saturday and is 1-for-12 in three games since moving into the cleanup spot for the Royals.

    Advice: Perez got off to a scorching start, hitting .458 with a 3/8 K/BB ratio in his first eight games. In eight games since, he's 4-for-34 with a 5/0 K/BB ratio. His fantasy value should go up for as long as he lasts as the Royals' cleanup hitter, but he's in danger of being dropped again if he continues to slump.
    Today, 2:55 pm
  • Koji Uehara picks up fourth save
    Koji Uehara issued his first walk since last Aug. 5, but he struck out the other three Orioles he faced for a save Saturday.

    Advice: Uehara went his last 23 regular-season innings, 13 2/3 postseason innings and then six innings this year without walking a batter before throwing ball four to Matt Wieters today. His current 11/1 K/BB ratio this season is actually worse than his mark from last year (101/9) or 2012 (43/3).
    Today, 1:46 pm
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • J.B. Shuck blasts leadoff home run in loss
    J.B. Shuck blasted a leadoff home run off Max Scherzer in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: As terrific of a start to the game as it was, it would be the only run that they would scratch across against Scherzer. Shuck, hitting out of the leadoff spot in the lineup, finished the day 1-for-4 and is hitting a disappointing .189/.211/.351 in the early going.
    Today, 1:27 pm
    L, 5-2 @   Det
  • Cruz has two-run single vs. Nationals
    Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cruz took advantage of a rare start behind the plate, as Yadier Molina got the afternoon off. If all goes according to plan for the Cardinals, Cruz won't see the field that often this year.
    Today, 1:06 pm
    W, 4-3 @   Was
  • Mike Aviles reaches twice in loss to Jays
    Mike Aviles went 1-for-2 and also walked in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: On an afternoon where the Tribe mustered just four total singles against Mark Buehrle and company, Aviles was one of the standout offensive performers. He's seeing quite a bit of action as a super utility player, slashing .270/.317/.378 in 37 at-bats on the season.
    Today, 12:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-0 vs   Tor
  • Corey Kluber hit hard in loss to Blue Jays
    Corey Kluber was hit hard in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Kluber walked three and struck out three on the afternoon. A defensive miscue by Nick Swisher that wasn't ruled an error played a role in the two-run first inning, and was a hole that the Indians could never dig out of. Kluber will now look to improve upon an unsightly 5.40 ERA and 1.71 WHIP when he takes on the Royals at home on Thursday.
    Today, 12:51 pm
    L, 5-0 vs ^ Tor
  • Reds activate LHP Marshall from disabled list
    Reds activated LHP Sean Marshall from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 31-year-old southpaw was deemed good to go after appearing in two games on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. He'll work in a setup capacity in front of interim closer Jonathan Broxton.
    Today, 9:12 am
    Disabled List
    L, 8-4 @   ChC
  • Pirates INF prospect Hanson picks up two hits
    Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a triple on Friday for Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: Hanson is struggling in 2014, hitting just .220/.264/.320 with a double and two triples through his first 12 games. Hanson's prospect status has lost some of its luster after his .309/.381/.528 line for Low-A West Virginia in 2012, but he still appears to be the long-term second baseman for the Pirates.
    Today, 8:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-7 vs   Mil
  • Johan Santana seeing velocity slowly improve
    According to Peter Gammons, Johan Santana has seen his velocity slowly climb and isn't far away from being ready to return to the big leagues.

    Advice: Santana is now up to 85 MPH and continues to make steady progress. He has his sights set on becoming the winningest Venezuelan pitcher of all time, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect much even if he does make his way to the Orioles.
    Today, 5:35 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-2 @   Bos
  • Royals recall Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A
    Royals recalled OF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Paredes is with the club to provide additional depth while Jarrod Dyson is on bereavement leave. He remains irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
    Today, 1:56 am
  • Angel Pagan swipes base in return to action
    Angel Pagan returned to action against the Padres on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.

    Advice: On a night where Tyson Ross was dominant on the hill against them, Pagan was one of the few bright spots for the Giants. He has been dealing with minor knee soreness, but continuing to be aggressive on the bases is a good indication that the injury isn't a major factor.
    Today, 1:56 am
  • Wade Miley holds Dodgers to one run
    Wade Miley surrendered one run in six-plus innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Miley threw 106 pitches through six innings, yet manager Kirk Gibson allowed him to hit with a man on and two outs in the top of the seventh and then sent him back to the mound, even with nothing but right-handers due up. His evening ended just two pitches into the seventh, when Scott Van Slyke took him deep to tie the game at 1. It was some atrocious managing after some very good pitching from Miley.
    Yesterday, 11:42 pm
    L, 8-6 @   LAD
  • Jose Altuve goes 2-for-5 as leadoff man
    Leading off for the first time this season, Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a run scored on Friday.

    Advice: The Astros tried to shake things up a little bit by moving Altuve into Dexter Fowler's spot, batting Fowler second and going with George Springer in the cleanup spot. And they scored three runs, so that's an improvement. Altuve has a little more fantasy value hitting leadoff than he does third or fourth, partly because the Astros' No. 3 and 4 hitters aren't going to hit with many guys on base anyway.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    L, 4-3 @   Oak
  • Blackmon has three hits Friday vs. Phillies
    Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Nice to see after he went 1-for-10 over his previous three games. That qualifies as an extended slump for him. Blackmon is now hitting .426 (26-for-61) with seven extra-base hits, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, and 11 runs scored through 18 games this season. We wouldn't rule out the possibility that he'll remain useful in mixed leagues all season, but there might still be some time to sell high here.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
    W, 3-1 vs   Phi
  • Carlos Ruiz hitless Friday against Rockies
    Carlos Ruiz went 0-for-3 with a run scored Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Ruiz reached base on an error by Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning and scored the only run of the evening for Philadelphia. The 35-year-old backstop owns a healthy .345 on-base percentage through 13 games, but he's hitting just .217 and has yet to drive in a run. Those in two-catcher mixed leagues can likely do better these days.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    L, 3-1 @   Col
  • Vargas tosses seven scoreless innings in win
    Jason Vargas spun seven scoreless frames in 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.

    Advice: Vargas scattered seven hits (all singles) in the victory while walking just one batter and fanning four. The 31-year-old left-hander has been excellent so far this season, going at least seven innings in all four of his starts while allowing two runs or fewer in all of them. We don't expect the 1.24 ERA to last, but the Royals have to be thrilled with the early returns on their offseason investment.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    W, 5-4 vs   Min
  • Nolasco gives up five runs in loss to KC
    Ricky Nolasco was knocked around for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Friday night.

    Advice: Nolasco gave up 11 hits in the loss, including a two-run home run to Mike Moustakas. Signed to a four-year, $49 million contract over the winter, the veteran right-hander has allowed five runs in three out of his first four starts this season. That's not what the Twins had in mind.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
    L, 5-4 @   KC
  • Bedard gives up four runs in no-decision
    Erik Bedard was chased after giving up four runs over 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Bedard was called up last week to pitch out of the bullpen, but the oblique injury to Alex Cobb pushed him into the rotation. He didn't look all that good early on Friday, giving up four runs in the second inning, but he finished fairly strong. Still, the Rays surely would have liked him to work further into the game. The veteran left-hander should stick in the rotation for now, but he's not much of a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    W, 16-1 vs   NYY
  • Loney drives in four runs in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Friday's 11-5 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney knocked in two runs with a double in the fourth inning and later delivered a go-ahead two-run single off Adam Warren in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 29-year-old has hit safely in four out of his last five games, including two multi-hit games, but he's still hitting just .235 on the year. If he can't hit for average, he's pretty much useless in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    W, 16-1 vs   NYY
  • Koji Uehara returned to action on Thursday April 17.
    Yesterday, 1:10 am
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • Koji Uehara returns to mound, earns save
    Koji Uehara earned a save with a scoreless ninth in his return to the mound Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Uehara showed his usual velocity in his return from a sore shoulder, but he did give up a single and miss up with a couple of splitters to a dangerous hitter in Jose Abreu with two outs. Fortunately, Abreu didn't take a cut at either of those before grounding out on a better offering. In all, Uehara threw 13 pitches. The Red Sox will likely be especially careful with him for the next few weeks, so if they have another save situation on Friday, we imagine it will go to Edward Mujica.
    Thursday, 9:11 pm
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • Pagan out Thursday with mild knee soreness
    Angel Pagan is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday because of minor knee soreness.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reports that Pagan is "playable" but that he wanted to practice caution here in mid-April. Pagan should return to action Friday.
    Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Mets skipper sticking with Valverde as closer
    Mets manager Terry Collins said he's sticking with Jose Valverde as his closer.

    Advice: Collins was pressed about his closer situation after Valverde allowed two home runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks. It was the second straight outing in which Valverde served up a homer, and he's allowed five runs over his past two appearances. The 36-year-old may still be the go-to guy for now, but his leash can't be too terribly long at this point.
    Wednesday, 5:10 pm
  • Chen (glute) scratched from Thursday's start
    Bruce Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a tight left glute muscle.

    Advice: Chen said he's been dealing with the tweaked glute for about a week, which might explain the Twins getting to him for six runs in 3 2/3 innings his last time out. James Shields' start was bumped up to Thursday to accommodate, and the hope is that Chen will be ready to start Saturday's game -- a rematch with those Twins -- instead.
    Wednesday, 4:27 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Min
  • Valverde serves up two dingers in relief Wed.
    Jose Valverde allowed two solo home runs in a non-save situation during Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Called on to protect a five-run lead, the closer promptly served up back-to-back jacks to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt before escaping without further damage. The idea that he wasn't sharp because it wasn't a save situation might apply under different circumstances, but Valverde was beat up by the Angels his last time out as well. This carriage might be quickly turning back into a pumpkin.
    Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Uehara comes out of 34-pitch bullpen fine
    Koji Uehara (shoulder) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and came out of it fine.

    Advice: It was the last real hurdle before the right-hander returns to action for the Red Sox. He won't be available for Wednesday's game after throwing so many pitches in the bullpen, but he'll be ready for use for Thursday. It's assumed, then, that he'll also be ready to roll if a save opportunity arises.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • Uehara (shoulder) hopes to be ready Thursday
    Koji Uehara (shoulder) is on track to be available out of the Red Sox' bullpen on Thursday.

    Advice: Uehara long-tossed again Tuesday with greater intensity and is slated to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He should immediately regain his closer duties, but Edward Mujica would be used if save situations came up Tuesday and/or Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • Roenis Elias earns first major league victory
    Roenis Elias picked up his first major league victory by limiting the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings on Monday night.

    Advice: Elias pitched well enough to win his first two starts, but the Mariners scored a total of two runs in those games. They gave Elias seven runs to work with tonight, and he never made them sweat it. Now Elias has a 2.16 ERA after three starts, though that comes with a modest 10/6 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. He's not someone to pick up in mixed leagues.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Colby Lewis loses to Mariners
    Colby Lewis lost in his return to the majors after allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Lewis doesn't have his old stuff back yet after shoulder surgery, so left-handers figure to give him fits. That's a problem against the Mariners lineup. Lewis will get a couple of more starts to prove himself before the Rangers figure out how to fit Matt Harrison into their rotation, with the White Sox next on the docket. He's not an option in AL-only leagues right now.
    Monday, 9:02 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Uehara's (shoulder) MRI comes back clean
    Tests on Koji Uehara's right shoulder have confirmed that he has no structural damage.

    Advice: The Red Sox suspected that the MRI would be clean, as Uehara was able to get through a throwing session Sunday with no issues. He'll rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday in Chicago, though it's not clear whether he'll be available to pitch immediately. Edward Mujica could still see the next save chance or two.
    Monday, 5:16 pm
    W, 4-2 vs   Bal
  • Rangers call up Lewis to start Monday vs. M's
    Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Colby Lewis from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Lewis allowed four runs -- two earned -- over four innings last Sunday in his lone start in Triple-A. The 34-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since surgery in June of 2012 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He's worth a look in AL-only leagues.
    Monday, 1:28 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ CWS