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  • Braun back in Thursday's lineup vs. Pirates
    Ryan Braun is back in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun was given the afternoon off on Wednesday, but he'll bat third Thursday against right-hander Edinson Volquez. Look for him to continue to get occasional rest for his thumb.
    55 minutes ago
    4:05 pm @   Pit
  • Michael Brantley knocks in four
    Michael Brantley had a two-run homer and a two-run single Thursday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Brantley isn't any sort of prototypical middle-of-the-order guy, but manager Terry Francona has used him exclusively in the fifth and sixth spots so far and he's been good for 14 RBI in 15 games, even though they guys ahead of him aren't really clicking yet. He should remain a nice mixed-league outfielder all season long.
    56 minutes ago
  • Gose recalled as 26th man for doubleheader
    Blue Jays recalled OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Gose will serve as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins. He's starting in center field in the nightcap while Colby Rasmus will DH and Jose Bautista plays right field.
    Today, 1:49 pm
    L, 7-0; 4:10 pm @   Min,  Min
  • Aaron Hicks hitting .170 on season
    Twins' No. 8 hitter Aaron Hicks went 0-for-4 in Thursday's win, dropping his average to .170.

    Advice: Hicks has walked nine times in 47 at-bats, but he's not making any sort of case to move into the leadoff spot yet. Maybe that will come later. As is, he's just fighting to stay in the lineup.
    Today, 1:24 pm
    W, 7-0; 4:10 pm vs   Tor,  Tor
  • Revere pushes Phillies past Braves
    Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI single in a 1-0 win over the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Revere was hitless over his last 12 at-bats coming into Thursday's action. His RBI single off Alex Wood in the bottom of the eighth inning was the only offense the Phillies would need. The 25-year-old speedster is hitting .288 (15-for-52) through 14 games and is 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
    Today, 12:54 pm
    W, 1-0 vs   Atl
  • Upton singles in loss to Phillies
    B.J. Upton singled in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves managed just four hits on the day. Upton has struggled to get anything going in the early part of the season, hitting just .190/.242/.293 with three extra-base hits (one home run) and an 18/4 K/BB ratio through 62 plate appearances. If the struggles out of the No. 2 spot continue, look for Andrelton Simmons to move up in the order.
    Today, 12:48 pm
    L, 1-0 @   Phi
  • CarGo not in Rockies' lineup on Thursday
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the star outfielder. Corey Dickerson will bat third versus San Diego.
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Harper (quad) back in Nationals lineup Thurs.
    Bryce Harper (quad) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Harper sat out Wednesday with tightness in his left quad. It obviously wasn't a serious issue. He'll hit second and playing left field against Adam Wainwright.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 12:06 pm
  • Puig batting third for first time on Thursday
    Yasiel Puig is batting third for the first time in his major league career Thursday vs. the Giants.

    Advice: The Dodgers are sitting multiple regulars in Thursday's series-finale with San Francisco, so Puig gets to move into prime RBI territory. The 23-year-old is batting .250/.340/.409 in 12 games played this season.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Brewers recall Elian Herrera from AAA level
    Brewers recalled UTIL Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Herrera will provide depth for the Milwaukee bench while Lyle Overbay is away on paternity leave. Herrera is a .251/.336/.328 career hitter in the major leagues.
    Today, 8:54 am
  • Brett Jackson (oblique) placed on AAA DL
    Brett Jackson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa with a right oblique strain.

    Advice: The recovery timetable for an oblique strain is usually 3-5 weeks. Jackson was batting just .121/.194/.273 through 36 plate appearances this season for Iowa. The 25-year-old former top prospect is quickly falling off the radar.
    Today, 8:10 am
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  • Evan Gattis not in Braves lineup on Thursday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Braves' starting lineup for Thursday's series-finale against the Phillies.

    Advice: Gerald Laird is starting behind the plate. Gattis, who's batting .375 with a 1.135 OPS and four home runs in 10 games this season, is simply getting a day of rest.
    Today, 7:09 am
    L, 1-0 @   Phi
  • Mets OF prospect Puello with slow start
    Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello is hitting .261/.306/.304 through 14 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Puello was hitting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles and 16 homers in 91 games last year at Double-A Binghamton when his season ended due to a PED suspension, so his poor slash line in a great ballpark for hitters (Las Vegas) is troubling. He only has two extra-base hits, both doubles. The extended layoff could be causing his slow return to form.
    Today, 6:18 am
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  • Crisp draws walk, steals base as pinch-hitter
    Coco Crisp drew a walk and stole a base as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night against the Angels.

    Advice: Crisp was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game because of lingering tightness in his hamstring. The A's are off Thursday, so he should be ready to return to his starting center field role on Friday.
    Today, 5:46 am
  • KC's Lorenzo Cain diagnosed with groin strain
    Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday night's game against the Astros with a Grade 1 groin strain.

    Advice: That's the least severe type of strain, but Cain could still be looking at an extended absence. The 28-year-old outfielder was off to a decent start this season, boasting a .333 batting average and two steals in 12 games. Jarrod Dyson figures to get a boost in playing time and may be worth an add in fantasy leagues for his speed.
    Today, 5:38 am
  • Granderson (ribs) retired on groundout Wed.
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) was retired on a groundout in a pinch-hitting appearance on Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson is still dealing with minor aches and bruising in his rib cage, forearm, and knee from a collision with the outfield wall at Arizona's Chase Field on Monday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday.
    Today, 2:17 am
  • Coco Crisp returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
    Today, 2:17 am
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. doubles in 14th
    Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a two-run double off Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th to lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: The floundering Red Sox caught quite a break when the White Sox ran out of pitchers, forcing them to turn to an infield. After two two-out walks from Garcia, Bradley delivered the big hit, just Boston's third after the first inning of the contest. He finished the game 1-for-6 with a walk.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Marc Krauss hits first home run
    Marc Krauss went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Since George Springer wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Astros could call him up today and not have him be eligible for free agency until after 2020. Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, is on the 40-man and thus would still be eligible for free agency after 2019 if he were called up immediately. Singleton's timetable can be pushed back a year starting next week, and unless Krauss can come up with a few more big hits before then, he might be in danger of losing his spot.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs   KC
  • George Springer reaches twice in debut
    George Springer went 1-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing in his major league debut Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Springer's hit was a little tapper that he beat out. He also scored one of the Astros' four runs tonight.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • L.J. Hoes goes 0-for-5
    L.J. Hoes went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hoes is fortunate Robbie Grossman got off to a poor start or he'd have been the one sent to the minors or at least given a reduced role to make room for George Springer. As is, he's still battling Alex Presley for starts and he's only guaranteed to be in there against lefties.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
    5:10 pm vs   KC
  • Emilio Bonifacio goes 0-for-8
    Emilio Bonifacio finished Wednesday's doubleheader 0-for-8 against the Yankees.

    Advice: The fun times are over; Bonifacio has gone 1-for-21 in his last five games to drop his average from .500 to .339. Still, it says a lot about how hot he was early on that he can have a 1-for-21 stretch and still be hitting .339. He still rates as the Cubs' best leadoff option at the moment, and we'd expect him to remain in the lineup most of the time.
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Almonte has two hits, swipes bag as M's win
    Abraham Almonte went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base as the Mariners lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Almonte knocked in a run with a single in the top of the second to put the Mariners up 2-0 at the time. He hasn't done much at the top of the Mariners' lineup, though, batting only .237 through Wednesday's action.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Gattis notches four hits in win over Phillies
    Evan Gattis was all the offense the Braves needed, going 4-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Gattis knocked in the only run of the game when he hit a wall-scraping home run to left field off of Cliff Lee in the fourth inning. He also singled three times, bringing his average up to .378. Gattis now has six hits and three home runs in his last two games, both against the Phillies.
    Yesterday, 6:37 pm
    L, 1-0 @   Phi
  • Crisp (hamstring) out for third straight game
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' lineup for a third straight game Wednesday.

    Advice: Like in Tuesday's game, Crisp will be available as a pinch-hitter. With a day off Thursday, A's manager Bob Melvin just wanted to maximize Crisp's rest to get the hamstring fully healed. Expect him back in the lineup on Friday.
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Giants option OF Perez to Triple-A Fresno
    Giants optioned OF Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Perez was optioned to make room for Jeremy Affeldt. Perez was hitless in eight at-bats with the Giants before the demotion.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
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    Top 7, 0-2 vs x LAD
  • Harper scratched due to left quad tightness
    Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: The Nationals say he's been dealing with tightness in the quad since Friday. It was bad enough that he was removed from Monday's game, so it's not an situation that should be taken too lightly. At this point he seems to be day-to-day, but the team may give him more rest over the next few days to get his legs right.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Harper (quad) a late scratch on Wednesday
    Bryce Harper (quad) was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Harper was originally in the lineup batting third, but he was removed from the lineup about an hour before first pitch. There's no indication what the reason is but he left Monday's game with quad tightness, so its likely connected to that. He was replaced in left field by Tyler Moore.
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • George Springer batting second in MLB debut
    George Springer is batting second in his major league debut on Wednesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Houston will throw the ultra-talented young outfielder right into the fire. Springer was batting .353/.459/.647 with three home runs in 13 games this year at Triple-A Oklahoma City and is a must-have in all standard fantasy leagues. The 24-year-old compiled a .959 OPS, 65 homers, 85 steals, and 207 RBI in 284 minor league games.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Wil Myers' struggles continue Wednesday
    Wil Myers went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Myers was back up in the No. 2 spot in the batting order after being moved down for a few games, but it didn't help him snap out of his funk. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year had three hits on Opening Day but is batting just .171/.244/.195 since and has yet to hit a homer.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Granderson (ribs) expected back Saturday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that he expects Curtis Granderson (ribs) back in the lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's missing a second straight start Wednesday and evidently will sit out Friday, as well, following Thursday's off day. The offseason signee will return to a .170/.291/.319 batting line with one homer and four RBI on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Granderson (ribs) out of lineup Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson banged his ribs, forearm and knee when he collided with the wall during Monday's game. He's now missed two straight starts, but with the off day Thursday he has a shot to be back in there Friday. Andrew Brown is handling right field Wednesday. Travis d'Arnaud is also getting a day off Wednesday, with Anthony Recker filling in at catcher.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Astros make George Springer call-up official
    Astros purchased the contract of OF George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: News broke late Tuesday night that Springer was getting a promotion, and now the move is official. The top prospect has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City this season after batting .303/.411/.600 with 37 longballs and 45 steals last year. He'll play every day -- likely in right field -- and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Ryan Braun not in lineup Wednesday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Braun has taken some ugly swings so far in the series against the Cardinals, as it appears his thumb might be bothering him again. Logan Schafer is getting the start in right field against Joe Kelly.
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
    4:05 pm @   Pit
  • Coco Crisp pinch-hits in Tuesday's game
    Coco Crisp flew out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Crisp has missed the last two starts with a hamstring issue, but it's a good sign that he felt well enough to pinch-hit. It's possible he'll be back in there Wednesday, though the A's could wait until after Thursday's off day.
    Yesterday, 2:45 am
  • Astros to promote top prospect Springer
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will promote top prospect George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: The report has been confirmed by various other outlets. Springer earned the promotion after a 3-for-4 effort Tuesday that included a grand slam. The young outfielder has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City. He figures to take over right field for the Astros and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats. Robbie Grossman has been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Springer.
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Curtis Granderson could pinch-hit Tuesday
    Curtis Granderson (ribs) could be available to pinch-hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Granderson had to exit Monday's game after colliding with the outfield wall, but he's feeling much better a day later. There had been some thought that he might need a DL stint, but obviously that won't be the case.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) out again Tuesday
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: The A's thought Crisp would need just one day of rest for his hamstring issue, but he's apparently not feeling good enough to give it a go. Craig Gentry will receive another start in center field.
    Tuesday, 3:18 pm
  • Bryce Harper (quad) in Nats' lineup Tuesday
    Bryce Harper (quad) is in the Nationals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Harper left Monday's game with quad tightness, but the Nationals had a big lead at the time and were just being cautious. He's hitting second Tuesday vs. Miami.
    Tuesday, 12:39 pm
  • Revere (rib) back in Phillies' lineup Tuesday
    Ben Revere (rib) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Revere has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since Friday due to a sore rib, but he's ready to go. It's safe to put him back in your fantasy lineup, but be sure to watch the weather forecast in Philadelphia.
    Tuesday, 11:46 am
    W, 1-0 vs   Atl
  • Astros OF prospect Springer hits second homer
    Astros outfield prospect George Springer launched his second home run of the season as part of a 2-for-3 day.

    Advice: Springer has eight hits (including two home runs and a triple) and four walks as part of a .421/.522/.842 over his past five games. He also has three stolen bases and five strikeouts. Once the Super 2 deadline passes in June, expect to see him patrolling center field in Minute Maid Park.
    Tuesday, 6:03 am
  • X-rays negative on Mets' Curtis Granderson
    X-rays on Curtis Granderson (rib cage, forearm, knee) came back negative.

    Advice: Granderson crashed into the right field while during the first inning of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. He stayed in the game initially, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him out of concern about his rib cage. He's considered day-to-day, but was in quite a bit of pain after the game. Expect him to miss a couple of days at the very least.
    Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Mets' Curtis Granderson going for X-rays
    Curtis Granderson will undergo X-rays after leaving Monday's game with rib cage, forearm, and knee contusions.

    Advice: Granderson slammed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball in the first inning Monday. He actually stayed in the game for five more innings, but the Mets eventually decided to pull him. We'll know more about his status after tests are completed.
    Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Granderson exits with possible wrist injury
    Curtis Granderson left Monday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent left wrist injury.

    Advice: Granderson jammed the wrist in the outfield wall while chasing down a Miguel Montero double in the first inning. He stayed in the game for a while and even delivered an RBI single before eventually exiting. The Mets should provide an update on his status after the game.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Evan Gattis hits two homers in victory
    Evan Gattis hit his second and third homers of the year Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: We're skeptical about Gattis's ability to hit for average, but there's no doubting his power; he's up to 24 homers in 386 at-bats since he debuted last year. Plus, he is hitting .303 in the early going this season, so enjoy it while it lasts.
    Monday, 8:23 pm
    L, 1-0 @   Phi
  • Bryce Harper exits game with quad tightness
    Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness.

    Advice: It's not viewed as a serious ailment, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead. Manager Matt Williams said that Harper could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
    Monday, 7:25 pm
  • Ben Revere (rib) still out Monday
    Ben Revere (rib) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Revere has missed four straight starts with an injured rib, though he has entered as a pinch-hitter in the last three contests. The Phillies are also content with keeping Tony Gwynn Jr.'s hot bat in the lineup. Gwynn is again in center field and leading off for the Phils. Revere remains day-to-day.
    Monday, 3:32 pm
    W, 1-0 vs   Atl
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) out of Monday's lineup
    Coco Crisp (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a minor issue, but the A's are being proactive. Crisp will take batting practice prior to Monday's game and should be ready to go Tuesday. Oakland is going with Craig Gentry in center field on Monday against Hector Santiago and the Angels.
    Monday, 3:25 pm
  • Brantley hits first homer in Sunday's loss
    Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley hit his first homer of the season off Jose Quintana in the fourth inning. He also scored the game-tying run off White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom in the ninth inning before the Tribe eventually lost in the bottom of the inning. He's followed up a scorching spring training with a good start to 2014, batting .292/.370/.417 through 13 games.
    Sunday, 5:45 pm
  • Crisp has two hits, stolen base in win Sunday
    Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Crisp had two singles on the afternoon, and he's batting .304 through the team's first 12 games. He's also stolen three bases without being caught after stealing 21 last season.
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
  • Crisp (hamstring) unlikely to play on Monday
    Coco Crisp is dealing with a minor hamstring issue and will receive Monday off as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin had planned on resting Crisp against a left-hander on Monday anyways, so it doesn't appear to be a huge deal. Look for him to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
    Sunday, 4:28 pm
  • Pagan has two hits, two RBI against Rockies
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Giants' win over the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Pagan's two-run single in the fifth inning gave the Giants a lead. He's is on fire to start the season, as he's batting .412 with 10 RBI from the leadoff spot. After an injury-marked 2013 season, he looks healthy and ready for another strong season.
    Sunday, 4:16 pm
  • Ben Revere (rib) remains out of lineup Sunday
    Ben Revere (rib) remained out of the Phillies' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Revere has now missed all three starts for the weekend series against the Marlins after he injured a rib while making a diving catch Wednesday. There's been no indication to this point that it's more than a day-to-day injury. Tony Gwynn Jr. is getting another start in center field Sunday. Carlos Ruiz is also sitting out Sunday, with Wil Nieves filling in behind the plate.
    Sunday, 7:03 am
    W, 1-0 vs   Atl
  • Cain has RBI double against Twins
    Lorenzo Cain had an RBI double Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was the only offense the Royals could muster against Ricky Nolasco and Michael Tonkin. Cain has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but he's capable of doing enough in all categories to help fantasy owners.
    Saturday, 2:03 pm
  • Crisp (wrist) back in A's lineup on Saturday
    Coco Crisp (wrist) is back in the A's lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Crisp was able to make a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday and had no lingering discomfort in his left wrist the morning after. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field against the Mariners' Erasmo Ramirez.
    Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Ben Revere remains out of lineup on Saturday
    Ben Revere is not in the Phillies starting lineup for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

    Advice: Tony Gwynn Jr. is once again starting in his spot and leading off for the Phillies. It remains unclear if there is an underlying injury, or if the two day rest has anything to do with Revere fanning three times in Thursday's game.
    Saturday, 11:41 am
    W, 1-0 vs   Atl
  • Emilio Bonifacio not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Emilio Bonifacio is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The speedy utilityman has gotten off to a sizzling start, slashing .435/.480/.500 with a league-high seven stolen bases in his first 10 games. Junior Lake will hit leadoff for the Cubs against Adam Wainwright on Saturday.
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Wil Myers not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Wil Myers is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for the 23-year-old outfielder who has struggled to the tune of .231/.286/.282 with no homers and four RBI in his first 10 games. Matt Joyce will draw the start in right field with Kevin Kiermaier making his first career start in center field.
    Saturday, 7:11 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Coco Crisp fans as pinch-hitter
    Coco Crisp (wrist) appeared as a pinch-hitter Friday and struck out to end the game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Crisp fanned on three pitches against Fernando Rodney. Whether he'll be in the starting lineup for Saturday's game is uncertain.
    Friday, 10:30 pm