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  • Brian Dozier goes 2-for-5 as leadoff man
    Moved up to the leadoff spot, Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, a steal and two runs scored in the Twins' 8-5 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: That's more like it. Dozier obviously belongs at or very near the top of the Twins lineup, not in the cleanup spot that he had occupied recently. He raised his average to .215 tonight, and the steal was his first of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • James Paxton strikes out seven Twins
    James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Kennys Vargas goes 0-for-5 in victory
    While the rest of the Twins were combining for eight runs, Kennys Vargas went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins would certainly prefer that Vargas start hitting, but they could really improve their outfield defense by sending Vargas to Triple-A and installing Oswaldo Arcia as their DH. It's something they'll have to weigh if Vargas doesn't figure it out over the next week or two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Austin Jackson goes 2-for-5, homers
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • C.J. Wilson strong for 5 2/3 in Angels' win
    C.J. Wilson pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Angels' 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, Wilson needed one more out in order put himself in position for the victory; the Angels were down 1-0 when he left, but then scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. Wilson has pitched well in three of his four starts, albeit not against the toughest of competition. We want to see more strikeouts before we consider recommending him in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Grant Green goes 2-for-3 in season debut
    Making his first start since being called up Friday, Grant Green went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: The Angels were pretty much grooming Green as an outfielder this spring, but he played second tonight. Even in Triple-A, he had played there just once this year. Second base is certainly where his bat plays best and probably the only position at which he has a chance of becoming a regular. The Angels, though, probably won't keep him up for long. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Elvis Andrus goes 2-for-4, steals base
    Elvis Andrus finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Andrus has reached base in five straight, a major accomplishment for a Rangers hitter this year. Unfortunately, he's still batting just .208 overall. Worse, he's drawn one walk in 73 at-bats, an unusual problem for the light-hitting shortstop; if nothing else, he's usually managed a decent walk rate for a guy with so little power. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-4, homers in win
    Filling in for Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a walk to lead the Dodgers to an 11-8 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Ethier was making his first start in six days, but the lack of activity hasn't hurt him so far; he's hit .353 with a couple of homers in 34 at-bats. He'll probably have some value in mixed leagues if Puig lands on the disabled list because of his hamstring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Ian Kennedy torched for eight runs
    Ian Kennedy was blasted for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Dodgers in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

    Advice: Kennedy, who didn't make a rehab start during his brief time on the DL, gave up three homers in a start for the first time since Aug. 16, 2013. Expect a better showing next week in a home start against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Juan Uribe hits first home run
    Juan Uribe's first homer of the season was a two-run shot off the Padres' Chris Rearick on Saturday.

    Advice: Uribe is being pushed by Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner at third, but he still has his glove working to his advantage, meaning he shouldn't have to match the numbers of the other two in order to remain a regular. And it should probably be acknowledged that he did hit .311/.337/.440 in 386 at-bats last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Justin Upton homers twice for Padres
    Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Tulowitzki hits home run in loss to Giants
    Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run in Saturday's 11-inning loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The home run was Tulowitzki's second of the season and gave him nine RBI. He also added a single to finish the game 2-for-5. While his .303/.309/.530 slash-line is impressive in its own right (though his lack of walks is somewhat odd), owners should be even more pleased that Tulo's showing no ill-effect or discomfort from last year's hip surgery. If he can stay healthy, his bat remains one of the best in the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • De La Rosa fans seven in second start
    Jorge De La Rosa struck out seven Giants on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed most of April with a groin injury. His first start, on April 20th against the Padres, was a nine-run disaster, but the pitcher showed improvement on Saturday. De La Rosa put up respectable numbers for the Rockies last season, posting a 4.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 184 1/3 innings. He'll try to give up fewer than nine runs when he faces the Padres again in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Hudson allows three runs in seven innings
    Tim Hudson pitched a nice game against the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits across seven innings.

    Advice: Hudson would not factor in the decision, as the Giants blew a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning to deprive their starter of a win. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki touched Hudson up for a pair of solo home runs, but there's no shame in that. The veteran right-hander now holds a 3.91 ERA and a 13/7 K/BB ratio. Five of those walks came in one game against the Padres. Hudson will take on the Angels in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Pads activate Ian Kennedy for Saturday start
    Padres activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kennedy missed his first few turns through the rotation because of a strained hamstring. He opted for extended spring training instead of a minor league rehab assignment and will make his 2015 debut on Saturday night against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old workhorse led San Diego in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts last season. Lefty reliever Frank Garces was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in the corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Brian Dozier goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:25 pm
  • Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was off to a fast start in the PCL, slashing .328/.333/.492 with four RBI in his first 13 contests. He'll add versatility and bench depth to the Angels roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki absent from Friday's lineup
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Friday in Tulowitzki's place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:20 pm
  • Upton (quadriceps) expected to play Friday
    Justin Upton (quadriceps) is expected to return to the Padres lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton got a day of rest on Thursday as he's nursing a sore left quadriceps, though he was able to appear as a pinch-hitter. The 27-year-old is slashing .288/.328/.525 with three homers and eight RBI through his first 16 games with the Padres. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:43 pm
  • Wilson not concerned by elbow injury
    C.J. Wilson (elbow) indicated that he was not concerned by the elbow stiffness he's currently feeling.

    Advice: Wilson's being pushed back from Thursday's intended start with elbow stiffness. Nick Tropeano will start in his place on Thursday. Wilson is slated to go on Saturday, now. Manager Mike Scioscia said that the injury wasn't considered serious and that he's just giving Wilson a few extra days of rest. We'll see if anything more comes from this, but with both manager and pitcher unconcerned, it appears to be relatively minor. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:11 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return Saturday
    Padres manager Bud Black announced Thursday that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will return to the Padres' starting rotation Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Kennedy suffered a left hamstring strain in his first start of the 2015 season, but he only wound up missing two turns. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out 207 batters in 201 innings last season alongside a 3.63 ERA and is pitching for a big contract in his walk year. Odrisamer Despaigne is headed back to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:03 am
  • Wilson pushed back due to elbow stiffness
    C.J. Wilson's next start was pushed back to Saturday because of elbow stiffness.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it's nothing too serious, the team just wanted to give him a few extra days of rest. Nick Tropeano will start Thursday and Garrett Richards will start on normal rest Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) throws side session Wed.
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) threw a side session Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy said the session went well. The right-hander continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain suffered in his first start of the season. Kennedy will likely be activated and start Saturday against the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Casilla gets the final out for his fifth save
    Santiago Casilla recorded the final out of the Giants' 6-2 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday, picking up his fifth save.

    Advice: Jean Machi started the inning with the Giants ahead by five runs, but the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs, forcing manager Bruce Bochy to bring in his closer. Casilla uncorked a wild pitch to allow the Giants to score a run and move everybody else up a base, but Justin Turner grounded out to second base to end the game. Casilla is a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances with a 3.00 ERA and a 5/2 K/BB ratio in six innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • De La Rosa hammered in return to the mound
    Jorge De La Rosa's season debut didn't go well, as the lefty was hammered for nine runs (seven earned) in two innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed the first two weeks of the season with a groin injury. The Padres had no issues squaring him up, as the lefty yielded nine hits and a walk while striking out three. The nine runs were split up with five in the first inning and four in the second. De La Rosa will try to bounce back in his next start at home against the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Justin Upton exits in fourth inning
    Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

    Advice: It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Kennedy 'looked good' in extended spring game
    Padres manager Bud Black said that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) "looked good" during an 81-pitch appearance in an extended spring training game Monday.

    Advice: "He looked good, [threw] all his pitches," Black said. "He had a few strikeouts. They nicked him for a couple runs, but overall he's throwing the ball good, no issues with the hamstring." Black wouldn't officially confirm that Kennedy was slated to rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers when first eligible, but all signs point to it happening. Odrisamer Despaigne will head back to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Jorge De La Rosa activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated LHP Jorge De La Rosa from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll make his season debut on Monday against the Padres after getting a late start to the season due to a groin ailment. De La Rosa has fared pretty well in his career at Coors Field (3.98 ERA), but he's a risky play in this one against a good Padres lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:48 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) returns to Padres' lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:43 pm
  • Kennys Vargas not in Monday's lineup
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Twins have the light-hitting Eduardo Escobar in the designated hitter spot against righty Edinson Volquez. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:25 pm
  • De La Rosa (groin) to debut Monday vs. SD
    Jorge De La Rosa (groin) will make his 2015 season debut on Monday night versus the Padres.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a groin injury that bothered him throughout spring training. The 34-year-old left-hander pitched pretty well in a pair of minor league rehab starts, but he's not a great fantasy bet against a good Padres offense Monday at Coors Field. De La Rosa posted a 4.10 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 139/67 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings last season for Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:14 am
  • Tulowitzki goes hit-less in loss to Dodgers
    Troy Tulowitzki did not record a hit in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Tulo ended the game 0-for-3. He shouldn't hang his head, though, as the Dodgers combined to hold the Rockies to just four hits in the contest. Even with the uneventful day at the park, Tulowitzki's still hitting .326/.340/.543 with one home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored. As always, if Tulowitzki can remain healthy, he will be one of the top offensive producers in baseball. To this point, his hip has not started barking at him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:22 pm
  • Austin Jackson launches first homer in win
    Austin Jackson launched his first home run of the season on Sunday, helping to propel the Mariners to a victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Jackson led off the game by depositing a Ross Detwiler offering into the seats in left-center. He also collected a pair of singles, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. With the three-hit attack, Jackson is now hitting .277/.333/.362 with a homer and two RBI. He has also yet to steal a base after vowing to run more this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:08 pm
  • Paxton struggles with velocity on Sunday
    James Paxton struggled against the Rangers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over just 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Paxton struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the brief appearance. His velocity was noticeably down in this start and he could be going through a dead arm period that most starters experience in spring training. Until he can right the ship though, he's best kept out of fantasy lineups. He'll carry a 5.40 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:05 pm
  • Snakes rough-up Tim Hudson early
    Tim Hudson allowed five runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Paul Goldschmidt touched Hudson up for a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was the third inning where Hudson really lost things. After allowing a single and walking two batters, Hudson hit catcher Jordan Pacheco to score a run. Chris Owings promptly followed that up with a two-run single to put the Giants down 5-1. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Hudson's a veteran pitcher and the tough outing shouldn't be more than a bump in the road. Even with the wild day, he still holds a 3.93 ERA. He'll try to put things back on track when he rolls into Denver to face the Rockies in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:23 pm
  • Justin Upton (quad) not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 9:09 am
  • Wilson pitches well in loss to Astros
    C.J. Wilson posted a strong start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Up, down, up. That's how Wilson's season has started. He did not allow a run to the Mariners in his first start, then allowed six earned runs against the Royals, then pitched very well against the Astros. In the contest, he struck out eight and allowed just three hits, though he did walk four. The only direct damage on his line came on a solo homer by George Springer in the sixth. The veteran lefty is more liable to allow big innings than he was in his prime, but he still has enough talent left in the arm that starts like Saturday's are not complete aberrations. Wilson will try to break his pattern of good and bad starts when he returns home to pitch against the A's. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:38 pm
  • Justin Upton day-to-day due to quad strain
    Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:43 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) to appear in ext. spring
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will throw 75-90 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after getting through a bullpen session Friday with no issues. That the Padres have decided to give him an extended spring training start rather than send him on an official rehab assignment should be irrelevant. Kennedy will be eligible for activation five days after Monday's appearance and should be penciled in to rejoin the rotation on April 25 versus the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 9:13 am
  • Vargas launches two-run homer vs. Royals
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: His first home run of the season, it was an absolute laser shot which bounced off the facing of the second deck in the left field seats. The 24-year-old switch-hitter is batting .250/.300/.393 through eight games and has 20-homer potential if the at-bats are there this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 1:53 pm
  • Upton terrorizes former team, Pads top 'Backs
    Justin Upton went 3-for-4 and clubbed a solo homer against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The eighth inning blast off Randall Delgado broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately won the game for the Padres, who brought on fellow former Brave Craig Kimbrel for a quick save in the ninth. Upton went 5-for-11 in the series against the Diamondbacks with a pair of homers. The Padres now embark upon a road trip 6-4, including 5-2 at home. Their stud new acquisition has hit safely in all 10 of those games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:05 pm
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