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  • Anibal strikes out seven in loss
    Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings of work in Wednesday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Sanchez pitched better than his scoreline otherwise suggested, which is something we haven’t often gotten to say this year. Aside from a rocky fourth inning, he held the Indians in check aside from that, continuing to cut down batters via the strikeout. He’s whiffing more than a batter per inning (9.90 K/9), despite the overall struggles. The 32-year-old has been plagued by walks and homers. He has 19 walks and 5 home runs allowed in just six starts. Sanchez now owns a 6.00 ERA and isn’t worth rostering in leagues until he can show a semblance of command over a stretch of games. The strikeouts alone won't cut it. Today, 5:37 pm
  • Sean Manea takes no-decision vs SEA
    Sea Manaea turned in a mixed-bag start to earn a no-decision in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Making his second start in the bigs, Manaea struck out six and walked one. All four runs on his line scored in the fifth inning, with Nelson Cruz's mammoth two-run homer to center serving as the loudest hit. The 24-year-old southpaw has allowed four runs in each of his first two outings, but should continue to see starts with Chris Bassitt (elbow) on the disabled list. A road date with the Red Sox appears next on Manaea's schedule. Today, 3:49 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Sea
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) not in lineup Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Garcia is dealing with a tweaked hamstring suffered on Friday against the Orioles. After several days of rest, he had been hoping for a return to the lineup on Wednesday. The White Sox play the Red Sox again on Thursday and Garcia could conceivably crack the lineup for that one if the team feels comfortable with his health. Today, 1:44 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • Nicasio allows four runs in loss to the Cubs
    Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The three unearned runs came in the third inning, when Andrew McCutchen couldn't corral a hot shot to center field by Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with a three-run shot. It's possible that error on McCutchen gets changed to a hit for Rizzo. Nicasio, a popular fantasy sleeper this spring, stands 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings with the Bucs. He gave up eight hits and walked three on Wednesday. A road start against the Reds is next. Today, 1:12 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Herrera impresses with two homers Tuesday
    Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera slugged two homers Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: He plated five of the team's season-high 15 runs. Herrera, who had never homered twice in a game before Tuesday, needed a double to complete the cycle. The 22-year-old has five multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. Over that span, he's raised his average from .231 to .288. Herrera made 31 appearances for the Mets last year, hitting .211 with three homers and six RBI. Today, 12:36 pm
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    W, 8-0 vs x Atl
  • Steven Moya stays hot with two homers Tuesday
    Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya had another productive game Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Toledo, leading the Mud Hens with four hits including two homers.

    Advice: It's our second Moya blurb in as many days, which should tell you he's pretty locked in right now. He plated five runs Tuesday while finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Moya has reached base eight times in his last nine plate appearances with five extra-base hits over that span. The hot streak has brought his average up to .313. Last year Moya hit just .243 in 540 minor league at-bats Today, 11:24 am
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    L, 4-0 x @Cle
  • Dodgers suspend Arruebarrena for the season
    Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler announced Wednesday that Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season "for repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract."

    Advice: This is the same thing the Dodgers tried to do last May, but a grievance was filed and the suspension was reduced to 30 days. It might be best if these two parties simply go their separate ways, though the Dodgers still owe Arruebarrena around $17.5 million. The 26-year-old infielder was signed out of Cuba in 2013 and has been a major disappointment both off and on the field. He was slashing .182/.224/.400 with four home runs and 21 strikeouts in 17 games this season at Double-A Tulsa. Today, 10:04 am
    L, 8-5 x @TB
  • Markakis (family emergency) out Wednesday
    Nick Markakis is out of the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday due to a family emergency.

    Advice: Markakis has been excused from the club to travel back to his home in Maryland, though he's expected to return for the Braves' weekend series against the Diamondbacks. Atlanta has a scheduled day off Thursday. Today, 8:07 am
    L, 8-0 x @NYM
  • Greene (finger) resumed throwing Tuesday
    Shane Greene (blister) resumed throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: "Everything felt really good," Greene said of the blister on his right middle finger. "The issue is just letting it heal. So we'll see how it responds tomorrow and go from there." The right-hander hopes to be activated off the 15-day disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday. Michael Fulmer will take at least one more turn in the Tigers' rotation. Today, 6:26 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Cle
  • Young removed before getting through five
    Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.

    Advice: Young's final line doesn't look awful, but he served up two home runs and got into a bases loaded jam in the fifth when Royals manager Ned Yost finally pulled the plug. It was the third time in six starts that Young has failed to get out of the fifth inning, and he's gone six innings or more just once. He's got a 5.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP heading into Monday's start at the Yankees. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Butler starts strong before dropping 3-0 lead
    Eddie Butler could not maintain his consistency in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, surrendering five runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Rockies handed Butler a 3-0 lead after two innings and he initially ran with it, not allowing a baserunner through 3 2/3 innings. Any hope of a headline night was squashed when he surrendered back-to-back home runs to Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace in the fourth inning. Two more runs would come home in the sixth inning to knock Butler out of commission for good, with one more scoring on his line after he had left the contest. The 25-year-old right-hander was called up in late April to take the rotation slot of Jorge De La Rosa (groin). His results over 16 starts in 2015 were less than encouraging and the former top prospect makes for a dicey fantasy option outside of deep NL-only formats. A showdown with the Giants in San Francisco awaits him next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Seager busts game open with three-run homer
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a three run home run in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the A's.

    Advice: The Mariners already held a 5-1 lead when Seager strolled to the plate to face reliever Marc Rzepczynski with two runners on and nobody out in the eighth inning. He essentially put it out of reach with one swing of the bat, clocking a three-run home run to send the Oakland faithful home in a dour mood. Through his first 94 at-bats, Seager is slashing just .181/.274/.436 with five doubles, six homers and 17 RBI. The sky might be brightening, though, as Seager has notched three doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his last four games. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Santana hits first homer of 2016 vs. Astros
    Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Leading off the game, Santana took Astros starter Collin McHugh deep to get the Twins on the board. It also got him on the board, as the homer was his first in 12 games this season. It was also his first since his breakout 2014 season. A hamstring injury sidelined him early, but the 25-year-old is batting .283/.298/.391 with the homer and four steals and may once again be a cheap source of speed if he continues to find his way into the lineup regularly. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • McHugh allows four runs but earns third win
    Collin McHugh allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings but earned the win Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: McHugh allowed two home runs in the fairly pedestrian start, but he was blessed with enough run support to win his third of the year. On the plus side, he did strike out six in the outing. There hasn't been a whole lot to like about the 28-year-old this year despite his 3-3 record, as it comes with a 6.59 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. The Astros aren't exactly flush with better options at the moment, though, so he'll take the hill again Sunday against the Mariners. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Ortega has two hits, two runs scored Tuesday
    Rafael Ortega went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ortega contributed an RBI single in the third inning, later coming around to score on a Mike Trout single. A low-key signing by the Angels this past winter, the 24-year-old is now hitting .304/.360/.304 in 13 games. More importantly, he continues to bat second ahead of Trout, a great place to be for guys who like to score runs. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) aims to play Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is aiming to return to the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring last Friday night and will take another day of rest Tuesday against the Red Sox. Jerry Sands is starting at DH and batting seventh. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • Steven Moya slugs his way to three hits
    Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya delivered three hits Monday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Moya also walked and scored two runs. 13 of Moya's 26 hits this year have gone for extra bases including five home runs. The 24-year-old is hitting .286 for the season, well above his .250 career average. Moya's strikeout rate has also improved. He's struck out in 22 percent of his at-bats this year compared to 32.4 last season. Moya hit .182 in nine games for the Tigers in 2015. Yesterday, 11:52 am
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    L, 4-0 x @Cle
  • Garcia (hamstring) won't be ready by Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not expected to be ready to play by Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring on Friday and is sitting out his second straight game Sunday. It appears he won't be ready after Monday's off day, either, although there hasn't been talk of a disabled list stint yet. Jerry Sands will handle the designated hitter duties while Garcia is out. Sunday, 9:17 am
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • Seager goes deep in win over Royals
    Kyle Seager launched fifth home run of the season off Yordano Ventura in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Seager capped off a huge four-run first inning for the Mariners with a three-run blast. He followed it up with a double and a walk later in the game, making it a very productive night overall. The 28-year-old is only hitting .159/.266/.378 on the year but his .129 BABIP is by far the worst in the majors among qualified players. Expect his performance to skyrocket in the coming months, as that batted-ball luck sorts itself out. Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Garcia could be sidelined through weekend
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Sunday either. The White Sox are off on Monday, which means the earliest we'd see him is Tuesday. Garcia tweaked his hamstring in Friday night's loss. "It’s a little tight," said manager Robin Ventura. "I don’t think it’s a DL situation there but he definitely did something going down the line there." Jerry Sands will DH and bat seventh Saturday with Garcia sidelined. Saturday, 3:39 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • Sean Manaea allows four runs in debut
    Sean Manaea yielded four runs in five-plus innings against the Astros in his major league debut Friday.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Manaea hit a batter, walked one and gave up an RBI single to open the sixth. He was lifted, and both inherited runners came around to score off Sean Doolittle. Manaea is expected to remain in the rotation, and he remains an intriguing option in mixed leagues. He'll get the Mariners on Wednesday. Friday, 10:42 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Sea
  • Juan Nicasio fans eight Reds in dominant win
    Juan Nicasio was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Reds, punching out eight over seven shutout innings of baseball.

    Advice: Nicasio surrendered just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. Through five starts he certainly looks to be another successful reclamation project for Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage, as Nicasio has compiled a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/12 K/BB ratio across 27 innings. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's start against the Cubs. Friday, 7:50 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Avi Garcia suffers hamstring injury on Friday
    Avisail Garcia tweaked his hamstring during the final out of Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He collected an RBI triple in Friday's game before suffering the injury. Friday, 7:10 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • A's promote Sean Manaea for Friday's debut
    Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Sean Manaea from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Manaea will make his major league debut on Friday against the Astros. Acquired from the Royals last season in the Ben Zobrist deal, Manaea has put up a 1.50 ERA and 21/4 K/BB over 18 innings this season at Nashville. He should get a chance to stick around for good if he pitches well, particularly with Chris Bassitt (elbow) going on the disabled list. Friday, 1:48 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Sea
  • Shane Greene (blister) placed on DL
    Tigers placed RHP Shane Greene on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a middle finger blister.

    Advice: The blister didn't heal fast enough for Greene to make his scheduled start this weekend, so the Tigers are playing it safe. He should be back soon. Michael Fulmer is taking Greene's rotation spot. Friday, 11:40 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Cle
  • Markakis enjoys four-hit night versus Red Sox
    Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Markakis had a two-run single in the second inning before notching another RBI single two innings later. Playing for the Braves, Markakis has gone largely unnoticed this season, but all the veteran has done is bat .305/.412/.439 with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and nine runs scored. He's likely to be one of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. Thursday, 8:10 pm
    L, 8-0 x @NYM
  • Sanchez wild in win over Athletics
    Anibal Sanchez was wild in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite walking seven batters.

    Advice: The seven walks were the most allowed by Sanchez since September 28, 2009. He also gave up three hits, so he was on the edge of disaster at times, but he minimized the damage by striking out nine batters. The 32-year-old has been really shaky in the early going, posting a 6.08 ERA through five starts. While the strikeouts were nice to see, an outing like this one doesn’t really inspire confidence for fantasy owners. Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Chris Young gives up three runs in loss
    Chris Young gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals to fall to 1-4 on the season.

    Advice: Young gave up two homers, accounting for the three runs. He was strong his previous time out against the Orioles, but that's still his only quality start in five tries this year. His rotation spot might be tenuous. Thursday, 12:16 am
  • Shane Greene (finger) to be placed on the DL's Chris Lott reports that Shane Greene (finger) will be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Greene was pulled after three innings in his last start due to a blister issue on his right middle finger and on Monday manager Brad Ausmus indicated that Greene was uncertain for his next start. It is apparently worse than just uncertain, as it appears the 27-year-old right-hander will need at least another week to heal. Top pitching prospect Michael Fulmer is expected to be called up to start against the Twins on Friday. While the team hasn't yet committed to more than one start, Fulmer should be considered rosterable in mixed leagues on a speculative basis. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Cle
  • Rockies recall Butler with De La Rosa on DL
    Rockies recalled RHP Eddie Butler from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Butler will take the rotation spot of Jorge De La Rosa, who was shuffled to the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain on Wednesday. In 16 starts for the Rockies last season, the 25-year-old Butler held a tough 5.90 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 44/42 K/BB ratio across 79 1/3 innings. Those in deep NL-only leagues might want to keep an eye on the former top prospect to see how he performs, but given his bloated numbers from last season, there is no immediate need to rush to the waiver wire to procure his services. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • A's calling up Sean Manaea for Friday debut
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Athletics are calling up pitching prospect Sean Manaea to start Friday night against the Astros.

    Advice: Manaea, acquired from the Royals last year in the Ben Zobrist deal, boasts a 1.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 21/4 K/BB in 18 innings (three starts) this season at Triple-A Nashville. He warrants a pickup in mixed fantasy leagues, even if the stay is not an extended one. The young lefty will be making his major league debut. Wednesday, 9:55 am
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Sea
  • Santana has three hits in second game back
    Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Santana got the start in center field and batted leadoff. It wasn't all good -- he was caught stealing in the ninth inning of a tie game, but was bailed out by his teammates -- but it's hard to complain too much after he missed the past two weeks with a strained right hamstring. With Byron Buxton at Triple-A, Santana should see more starts in center, and possibly more atop the lineup as well, in the weeks ahead. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Avisail Garcia smacks third homer on Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia hit a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored three times in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Garcia got the scoring going with a dinger in the third inning and wrapped up the scoring with a sac fly in the ninth. It was his third longball of the season, although he's hitting only .186/.269/.373 this month. The White Sox had little trouble against R.A. Dickey and the Jays' bullpen, piling up 15 hits -- including three homers -- and 10 runs. Tuesday, 6:54 pm
    L, 5-2 vs x Bos
  • Kyle Seager hits fourth homer
    Kyle Seager hit his fourth homer of the year Monday off the Astros' Doug Fister.

    Advice: Seager is still hitting just .141, but his slump might be nearing its end. It's not like he's been striking out a ton or struggling to hit for power... he should be just fine. Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Greene (finger) questionable for next start
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Shane Greene (finger) is still up in the air for his next start.

    Advice: Greene was forced to exit Sunday's start against the Indians due to a blister on his right middle finger. Matt Boyd, Buck Farmer, and Michael Fulmer are among the options to fill in if he isn't ready by Friday's game against the Twins. Apr 25, 3:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Cle
  • Twins activate OF Danny Santana from the DL
    Twins activated OF Danny Santana from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Santana missed two weeks with a strained right hamstring. He will return Monday to a semi-regular role in the Minnesota outfield with Byron Buxton getting sent to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding roster move. Santana has some fantasy appeal as a base-stealer, but we wouldn't expect much consistency in any statistical department from the 25-year-old. Apr 25, 12:25 pm
  • Kyle Seager slugs three-run homer vs. Halos
    Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the Mariners' 9-4 defeat of the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: The three-run shot off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker capped off a four-run opening frame for the visiting team. Seager has gotten off to a sluggish start at the plate this season, batting just .134/.227/.299, but he does have three home runs and nine RBI in 17 games. He'll get it all working eventually. Apr 24, 4:10 pm
  • Markakis notches three singles in loss
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Markakis worked an RBI single off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning. It would bring home one of just two runs scored by the Braves on the afternoon. With the three hits, Markakis is now slashing a respectable .303/.410/.439 across 66 at-bats. Apr 24, 2:08 pm
    L, 8-0 x @NYM
  • Shane Greene departs outing with blister
    Shane Greene left Sunday's start against the Indians with a blister on his right middle finger.

    Advice: Greene issued a leadoff walk to Francisco Lindor in the top of the fourth inning before being visited by a trainer and eventually walking off. The righty wound up being charged with one run over three-plus frames. It's unclear at this point whether the blister might prevent Greene from making his next start. Apr 24, 11:13 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Cle
  • Nicasio picks up second loss of season
    Juan Nicasio issued four walks and three hits in five innings, yet he managed to strand five baserunners and only give up two runs in Saturday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nicasio blew everyone away with a phenomenal spring training, but the regular-season results haven’t been awe-inspiring. Despite the healthy number of strikeouts, his walk rate rose to 4.95 BB/9 after Saturday night’s performance. He has a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings of work and could be one of the prime candidates to move to the bullpen when the Pirates ultimately promote Tyler Glasnow and/or Jameson Taillon this summer. Just another cautionary tale when it comes to trusting spring-training numbers, it seems. Apr 23, 9:03 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
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