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  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from 15-day DL
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Plouffe, out since April 17 with a right intercostal strain, was cleared to return after playing a pair of minor league rehab games. Eduardo Nunez has swung the bat well while filling in at third base, but he's now likely headed back to a bench role. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman doubles twice
    Ryan Zimmerman doubled twice and drove in a run Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: The results haven't been there yet, but Zimmerman ranks among the top five percent of the league in exit velocity, suggesting that things are going to pick up for him. He's at .234/.310/.338 with one homer so far. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Matt Adams goes deep in win over Phillies
    Matt Adams singled, ripped a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Monday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Adams had one of five longballs on the night for the Cardinals, as he joined Kolten Wong, Aledmys Diaz, Randal Grichuk and Adam Wainwright in going deep. He's homered twice in his last four games and is suddenly sporting a nice .280/.345/.500 batting line after his mini hot streak. Adams will continue to fight for playing time at first base with Brandon Moss. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Votto homers in loss to Giants on Monday
    Joey Votto launched a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Votto took former teammate Johnny Cueto deep in the middle of a six-run third inning for the Reds before the club watched their horrid bullpen inevitably cough up the lead. It was the first baseman's lone hit on the night in four trips to the plate, but he'll take it given his struggles so far this season. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Lucas Duda smacks fifth home run
    Lucas Duda slugged his fifth home run of the season in Monday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Duda's solo blast in the first inning followed David Wright's solo shot and Yoenis Cespedes' two-run blast. He also had a walk on the night. Duda has just a .256 average and .300 on-base percentage so far, but he's provided power with a .476 slugging percentage and five bombs. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) to be activated Tuesday
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Plouffe, who went down with a right intercostal strain in mid-April, went 1-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Fort Myers. He was batting .302 (13-for-43) with two homers and an .868 OPS over 12 games prior to the injury. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty expected to join O's on Tues.
    Ryan Flaherty is expected to return to the Orioles' active roster on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flaherty was just optioned to Norfolk a week ago, but the O's need him again to provide infield depth while J.J. Hardy recovers from a fracture in his foot. Paul Janish will also be worked into the mix once he returns from the Triple-A paternity leave list. Manny Machado could be the everyday guy at short. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Eric Hosmer goes deep as Royals top Mariners
    Eric Hosmer smashed his fourth home run of the season on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.

    Advice: Hosmer's blast off Vidal Nuno capped off the game's scoring in the eighth inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the day 2-for-4. He has been mighty impressive through the first month of the 2016 campaign, slashing .333/.374/.538 with four long balls and nine RBI. Sunday, 5:27 pm
  • Carter flashes power with a pair of homers
    Chris Carter was locked in during Sunday's 14-5 obliteration of the Marlins, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, three RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: Not only did Carter homer twice, he also hit his 10th double of the season. The streaky slugger went yard with a two-run shot in the third inning and followed that up with a solo dinger just an inning later. After being non-tendered by the Astros over the winter, Carter is slashing a silly .278/.355/.671 with seven homers and 18 RBI for the Brew Crew. Fantasy owners should luxuriate in this hot stretch, because winter is coming. It always does with Carter. Sunday, 3:30 pm
  • John Jaso plays almost-hero versus Reds
    John Jaso hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Jaso's solo homer off reliever Ross Ohlendorf came with two outs in the ninth inning and tied the proceedings at 5-all. Alas for the Pirate faithful, that would be the last run to score for the home team. Jaso has now homered in two straight games -- his first two homers of the season, at that. While he is slashing a tidy .306/.375/.471 across 85 at-bats, there is little in his history that would indicate that such a batting line will hold up over the course of the season. Sunday, 2:39 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup on Sunday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He'll take a seat in favor of Austin Romine, who will bat nine for the Bombers on Sunday night. McCann is off to a solid start at the plate this season, slashing .262/.351/.415 with three homers and seven RBI in his first 19 games. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Mike Napoli (neck) remains out of lineup
    Mike Napoli (neck) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests with a stiff neck. Napoli should be fine in a day or two. Carlos Santana is filling in at first base. The Indians are also resting Michael Brantley and Juan Uribe on Sunday, as Rajai Davis is in left field and Jose Ramirez is at third base. Sunday, 9:20 am
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
    3:10 pm vs Det
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Clint Robinson is filling in at first base for the Nats. Michael Taylor is also getting a breather, as Matt den Dekker is in center field and in the leadoff spot. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Martin Maldonado is doing the catching. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Justin Smoak not in Sunday's lineup
    Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Jays have Edwin Encarnacion at first base, Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Smoak hit just .189/.375/.216 in April. Sunday, 7:04 am
  • Moreland homers in win over the Angels
    Mitch Moreland capped off a six-run third inning with a three-run blast in Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Moreland got a 90-mph cookie up in the zone from Matt Shoemaker, who had absolutely nothing left in the tank by the time the Rangers' first baseman stepped into the box. He's now hitting .257/.313/.459 with three homers and 11 RBI in 80 plate appearances. That's almost identical to his career numbers, too, so don't expect too much more from the 30-year-old slugger this year. Saturday, 9:02 pm
  • Jaso hits first homer of season versus Reds
    John Jaso hit his first home run of the season Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Jaso attacked the first pitch of the game from Reds starter Alfredo Simon, ripping it out to right center to give the Bucs an early lead. It may have been his first home run of the year, but Jaso has been a catalyst atop the Pirates' lineup from the outset. The first baseman is hitting .316/.389/.456 with seven RBI and 10 runs scored through Saturday's game. Saturday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Mike Napoli out with a stiff neck Saturday
    Mike Napoli (neck) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's out with a stiff neck. Napoli has already slugged four homers this year but he also has 33 strikeouts in only 78 at-bats. Carlos Santana will make his fourth start at first base. Saturday, 2:34 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
    3:10 pm vs Det
  • Adams homers, knocks in three runs vs. Nats
    Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Adams did most of the heavy lifting for the Cardinals’ offense on Friday, with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run blast in the eighth inning. Despite his best efforts, St. Louis ended up falling one run short. Adams has mostly struggled in sporadic playing time this season, batting .238/.289/.429 over 22 games. He’s no longer on the radar in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Eric Hosmer homers, doubles
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double versus the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer's two were the Royals' only extra-base hits of the night. He's been off to a great start, with a .333 average and three homers among his nine extra-base hits, but since Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain have done a poor job of getting on base, he has just eight RBI. Thursday, 12:14 am
  • Plouffe (intercostal) set for rehab assign.
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Moreland has two hits, two RBI against Yanks
    Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Moreland pitched in a two-run single in the Rangers' five-run third inning against Yankees starter Luis Severino. The output matched Moreland's production from the previous five games, as he'd been 2-for-16 without an RBI or a run scored over that span. The 30-year-old is hitting .239/.301/.418 overall. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) hopeful of quick return
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is optimistic about returning when he's eligible on May 3.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the disabled list last week with a right intercostal strain, but he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Eduardo Nunez will continue to fill in at third base. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • O's option INF Flaherty to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned INF Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Kevin Gausman to make his season debut Monday. The Orioles will go short-handed on their bench for the time being. Monday, 3:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • McCann not in Monday's lineup
    Brian McCann is not in Monday's lineup against the Rangers.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Austin Romine will catch Nathan Eovaldi and bat ninth. Monday, 1:33 pm
  • Blue Jays, Cardinals could talk trade?
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi suspects the Blue Jays and Cardinals could become trade partners.

    Advice: Toronto lost first baseman Chris Colabello to a PED suspension on Friday and the Cardinals have two first basemen in Matt Adams and Brandon Moss. Adams has struggled this season and had a rough 2015, but he does carry more years of control than Moss and he'd probably do well in a place where he could get starts at DH. Moss, a free agent this winter, has four home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games. Apr 25, 7:57 am
  • Votto manages one of three Red hits
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a single in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: As a team, the Reds had just three singles. One by Votto, one by Eugenio Suarez and one by Tucker Barnhart. And that, as they say, is all she wrote. The 32-year-old Votto has struggled through the first three weeks of the 2016 season and is hitting just .206/.295/.309 with two homers and nine RBI across 68 at-bats. His is a dependable bat, though, and there is no tangible reason owners should worry over a garden variety slump. Apr 24, 1:29 pm
  • Derek Norris sitting out on Sunday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch. Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • John Jaso getting a day off Sunday
    John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's receiving a day off with the Diamondbacks throwing southpaw Robbie Ray. Jason Rogers is filling in for Jaso at first base. The Pirates are also resting Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison, as Chris Stewart is doing the catching and Sean Rodriguez is at second base. Apr 24, 10:11 am
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Martin Maldonado will catch in Lucroy's place. Apr 24, 7:29 am
  • Votto hits second home run in win over Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Votto was in an uncharacteristic 1-for-20 slump heading into the game, and while two hits don't change everything, it certainly puts Votto owners a little more at ease. The multi-hit game was his first since April 11, and the homer was just his second of the season, illustrating how poorly things have gone for the 32-year-old so far. Votto is one of the best hitters in today's game, though, so there's little reason for concern yet. Apr 23, 8:06 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman plates two to lead Nationals
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Saturday, leading the charge in a 2-0 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Zimmerman delivered a two-run single off Phil Hughes in the first inning, which wound up being the extent of the offense in the ballgame for either squad. He also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely three times to raise his season slash up to .265/.339/.388 with six RBI. Apr 23, 1:29 pm
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