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  • Perez comes up with two-run triple vs. Braves
    Hernan Perez had a pinch-hit, two-run triple Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Perez made a two-run game into a four-run game with his triple in the ninth inning, his first three-bagger of the year. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly by Brewers manager Craig Counsell this season but has posted a .291/.339/.509 line with three home runs and five steals in 55 at-bats. Given the current state of the squad, perhaps it's time to give Perez some more run to see what he can do with regular playing time. 34 minutes ago
  • Valbuena homers in third straight against O's
    Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: The home run was his third in as many games, as Valbuena apparently likes batting against Orioles pitching. Thursday's blast came against Kevin Gausman, one of three homers Gausman gave up to Astros hitters on the night. Valbuena's power display has more than doubled his home run total since the start of the series, as the 30-year-old now has five homers and 15 RBI to go with a .220/.303/.402 line. Today, 8:32 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Espinosa's homer leads Nationals past Cards
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks. Today, 7:02 pm
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 2-1 vs ^ StL
  • Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster. Today, 3:19 pm
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    L, 2-1 x @Was
  • Yost confirms Mike Moustakas is out for the year
    Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Mike Moustakas will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

    Advice: Moustakas is getting a second opinion but Yost isn't optimistic. "To lose two All-Stars on one play is kind of tough," said Yost. "But you just deal with it." Moustakas should be ready for the start of spring training next year. With Moustakas done for the season and Alex Gordon sidelined with a broken wrist, Kansas City's bid for a third consecutive AL pennant isn't off to a great start. Today, 3:02 pm
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  • Hector Olivera accepts 82-game suspension
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports MLB has suspended Hector Olivera 82 games for his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last month.

    Advice: Olivera will not appeal the suspension, which was made retroactive to April 30. He'll be eligible for reinstatement on August 1. The Braves put Olivera on administrative leave after he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on April 13. The team tried to trade him after the incident but couldn't find any takers. The 31-year-old has hit .245 with two homers and 13 RBI across 30 big league appearances. Today, 2:38 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x Mil
  • Jung Ho Kang goes 3-for-5 in Pirates' win
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats. Today, 1:43 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Moustakas lands on DL with right ACL tear
    Royals placed 3B Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL tear in his right knee.

    Advice: The move is retroactive to May 23. It's a tough break for Moustakas, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing two weeks with a fractured thumb. Moustakas injured his knee in a collision with Alex Gordon in only his second game back and now faces another extended absence. This injury could be a season-ender. The 27-year-old has hit only .240 this year with seven homers in 27 games. The Royals called up Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding roster move. Today, 1:16 pm
    PPD vs x CWS
  • Chris Johnson knocks in three against Rays
    Chris Johnson had a two-run homer and an RBI single against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: The homer was his second of the year. Johnson is hitting .226 with six RBI in 61 at-bats while primarily starting against left-handers this year. He needs to pick it up to be of use in that role. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Daniel Murphy taking night off vs. Cardinals
    Daniel Murphy is getting the night off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at second base in the Nationals' series opener against the visiting Cardinals. Murphy went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Mets and is batting .394/.426/.617 in 46 games this year. Today, 11:59 am
    W, 2-1 vs x StL
  • Matt Carpenter placed on paternity leave list
    Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Carpenter's wife went into labor with the couple's first child ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. He could miss the Cardinals' entire four-game series in Washington, D.C. Greg Garcia was called up Thursday in a corresponding roster move to provide infield depth. Today, 9:22 am
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  • Eugenio Suarez strikes out three times
    Eugenio Suarez struck out all three times he was up Wednesday in the loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Suarez was doing just fine as the Reds' No. 2 hitter last month, but coincidence or not, he's struggled ever since he was dropped in the order. He'll pick it up again eventually, but he's not in a great situation while hitting sixth or seventh for a bad Reds team. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance
    Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Villar knocks in a pair in win
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves.

    Advice: Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    W, 6-2 ^ @Atl
  • Freese delivers the go-ahead homer in win
    David Freese went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning in Wednesday's 5-4 comeback win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Freese clobbered a hanging two-strike slider from Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, ending the pitcher's night and giving the Pirates a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He has lost some playing time with the return of Jung Ho Kang; however, the 33-year-old is an ideal bench player for a contending club. He's now hitting .277/.365/.394 with 23 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Carpenter out Wednesday with wife in labor
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday because his wife is about to have a baby.

    Advice: It seemed odd that the Cards would rest their best left-handed hitter against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Now we have a good reason for the absence. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth in the afternoon tilt at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong will take a turn at leadoff. Yesterday, 9:57 am
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  • Matt Carpenter taking the day off Wednesday
    Matt Carpenter is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Ruben Tejada is starting at third base and batting eighth for St. Louis in the afternoon game against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Kolten Wong will fill in at leadoff. Yesterday, 8:53 am
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    L, 2-1 x @Was
  • Moustakas to have knee examined Thursday
    Mike Moustakas will have his bruised knee examined by team doctors on Thursday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Moustakas has been held out of the Royals' starting lineup since banging his knee against Alex Gordon on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Gordon took the brunt of that collision -- he's already been placed on the disabled list with a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist -- but Moustakas is now having serious problems too. Per beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan of, the third baseman was able to take swings Wednesday but had issues doing any sort of lateral movement. He could soon join Gordon on the DL. Cheslor Cuthbert is starting at the hot corner Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota. Yesterday, 8:50 am
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  • Moustakas (knee) absent again Wednesday
    Mike Moustakas (knee) remains absent from the Royals' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Moustakas has now missed three straight games with a knee contusion that he suffered Sunday in a collision with Alex Gordon. He's still considered day-to-day. Cheslor Cuthbert will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday against Twins righty Tyler Duffey. Yesterday, 8:16 am
    PPD vs x CWS
  • Cesar Hernandez out of Phillies' lineup Wed.
    Cesar Hernandez is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Hernandez was dropped from the second spot to the seventh spot in the Philadelphia batting order on Tuesday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He's slashing just .248/.301/.301 in 43 games this season. Andres Blanco will start at second base and hit seventh Wednesday versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Turner notches three singles, drives in three
    Justin Turner went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Turner opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. He would later hit a two-run single in the eighth as part of a three-run insurance frame. The 31-year-old outfielder has yet to find any of his 2015 success and is batting a punch-less .242/.335/.356 over 149 at-bats. Last year, he finished the season with a .294/.370/.491 triple-slash. Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Valbuena hits two-run home run versus Orioles
    Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Valbuena finished 2-for-4 in the game, with his two-run shot off Chris Tillman in the fifth inning giving the Astros a fleeting lead. The homer was just his third of the season after he broke out with 25 dingers last year. One thing he has carried over is his struggle to hit for average, as the 30-year-old is hitting a measly .207/.294/.347 in 39 games. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ Bal
  • Villar steals 15th base in win over Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
    W, 6-2 ^ @Atl
  • Moustakas (knee) out again Tuesday vs. MIN
    Mike Moustakas (knee) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Moustakas suffered a knee contusion in his collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday and has now missed two straight games. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base and Whit Merrifield is at second base on Tuesday night against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    PPD vs x CWS
  • Hernandez dropped to seventh Tuesday
    Cesar Hernandez has been dropped to seventh in the order for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Hernandez has mostly batted second recently, but he owns an underwhelming .252/.301/.305 batting line through 42 games. Freddy Galvis will get a chance in the No. 2 spot versus Justin Verlander. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Kang (hand) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kang missed back-to-back starts after leaving Saturday's game with a jammed left hand, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat cleanup against right-hander Shelby Miller. Tuesday, 11:07 am
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Moustakas day-to-day with knee contusion
    Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

    Advice: Moustakas presumably banged up the knee in a collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to the active roster now that Gordon is on the disabled list, but Whit Merrifield is playing third base Monday. Moose should be back in there soon. Monday, 2:34 pm
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  • Mike Moustakas not in Monday's lineup
    Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Moustakas was in the original lineup, so perhaps something is ailing him from Sunday's collision with teammate Alex Gordon. Whit Merrifield will fill in at third base. Monday, 2:11 pm
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  • Kang (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Monday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was held out of the starting lineup again with a jammed left hand, but he is expected back Tuesday and his at-bat Monday served as a positive sign even though it will go down as nothing more than a loud out. He hit the ball to the deep left-center field notch at PNC Park. Monday, 12:27 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Kang (hand) expected to return on Tuesday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Jung Ho Kang (hand) will return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: His jammed left hand will get one more day of rest as the Bucs play a makeup game against the Rockies on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Sean Rodriguez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles. David Freese is at third. Kang injured the hand on a play at home plate Saturday. Monday, 8:12 am
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Kang (hand) not in Pirates' lineup on Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Monday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was able to hit in a batting cage before Sunday's rainout, but he'll take another day of rest in Monday's makeup game. Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop and David Freese is at third base in the afternoon tilt. Monday, 7:14 am
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Jung Ho Kang (hand) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Kang departed Saturday's game after injuring his left hand on a play at home plate, although X-rays came back negative. He'll go through some tests before the Pirates determine whether he'll be available off the bench. Pittsburgh has David Freese at third base and Sean Rodriguez at shortstop, as Jordy Mercer is getting a breather. Sunday, 7:52 am
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Kang's hand X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Jung Ho Kang's injured hand came back negative.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with left hand discomfort after getting thrown out at home plate. Kang wasn't getting any treatment on his hand after the game and seemed optimistic about his status. While we wouldn't expect to see him in the lineup Sunday, it doesn't appear that Kang will miss much time. Saturday, 8:05 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Jung Ho Kang exits with left hand discomfort
    Jung Ho Kang left Saturday's game against the Rockies with left hand discomfort.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on a play at home plate. Kang didn't immediately come out of the game but was eventually replaced by David Freese in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. The Pirates are calling Kang day-to-day. Saturday, 4:37 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Royals activate Mike Moustakas from 15-day DL
    Royals activated 3B Mike Moustakas from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moustakas looked good on his minor league rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin a Royals lineup that has desperately missed his bat. He has been sidelined since early in the month due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Cheslor Cuthbert, who had been filling in for the past few weeks, was optioned back to Triple-A. Look for Moustakas to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 6:12 am
    PPD vs x CWS
  • Beckham has two hits, RBI vs. Phillies
    Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham, who made the start out of the No. 2 spot, is now batting .394 (13-for-33) in 10 games since coming off the disabled list. We obviously don’t expect it to last given his track record, so steer clear in mixed formats, but there’s opportunity in this infield right now. Friday, 7:47 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Freese delivers go-ahead hit vs. Rockies
    David Freese delivered a go-ahead RBI single in Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: After the Rockies tied the game on a solo homer by Nolan Arenado in the top of the sixth inning, Freese singled to center field off Eddie Butler in the bottom of the frame to put the Pirates back on top. The 33-year-old has been a useful contributor so far this season, batting .276/.357/.378 through 37 games. However, he’s only going to see part-time duty now that Jung Ho Kang is back in action. Friday, 7:19 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Friday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off as the Pirates continue to ease him back into things. David Freese is at third base. Friday, 12:09 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Carpenter's three XBH, six RBI pace Cardinals
    Matt Carpenter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI as the Cardinals outlasted the Rockies 13-7 on Thursday.

    Advice: Carpenter is usually the one scoring the runs atop the Cardinals' lineup, but he made his RBI opportunities count in this one. The third baseman had RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings, giving him 10 doubles on the year, and he put the cherry on top with a three-run homer in the eighth. Carpenter is now hitting .259/.387/.537 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 28 runs scored on the year. Thursday, 9:43 pm
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    L, 2-1 x @Was
  • Murphy hits two-run homer against former team
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Murphy has been victimizing everyone else, so it's only fair that he treats his former team the same way. The two-run blast in the first inning was his sixth of the season, giving him 27 RBI. Everybody just expected that he'd cool down eventually -- he's been hot since October, after all -- but Murphy is batting .397/.429/.636 with a little over a week left in May. Fantasy owners should enjoy the ride, however much longer it lasts. Thursday, 8:31 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x StL
  • Kang homers again in loss
    Jung Ho Kang launched his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth that proved to be the Pirates only run against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kang surprised many when he hit 15 home runs a year ago; however, he's proving that he has plenty more juice in the bat this year. The 29-year-old already has five homers in just 10 games back from the disabled list and is hitting .281/.351/.813 with 10 RBI. Given his shortstop eligibility, Kang projects to be massively valuable throughout the rest of the 2016 season. Wednesday, 6:53 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Moustakas (thumb) goes 2-for-4 in rehab gm.
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) went 2-for-4 in his rehab debut Wednesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas will probably play in one more minor league rehab game before returning to the Royals' active roster this Saturday. The third baseman has been sidelined since early May due to a small fracture in his left thumb. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
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  • Moustakas (thumb) beginning rehab games
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) is starting a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Moustakas remains on track to rejoin the Royals on Saturday. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since early May because of a small fracture in his left thumb. He was batting .258/.314/.536 with seven home runs and 13 RBI through 25 games. Wednesday, 8:21 am
    PPD vs x CWS
  • Suarez hits two-run homer vs. Indians
    Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored against the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: After cooling off significantly of late, Suarez has five hits (including two home runs) over his last two games. The 24-year-old is batting .257/.311/.457 with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and four stolen bases over 37 games overall. The batting average was never built to last, but his power should continue to come in handy in mixed leagues. May 16, 6:41 pm
  • Turner not in Dodgers' lineup Monday
    Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Howie Kendrick will start at third base and bat third against right-hander Matt Shoemaker. May 16, 2:58 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (illness) returns as pinch-hitter
    Daniel Murphy (illness) flied out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup because of an illness. He must be feeling better if he was able to pinch-hit. Murphy, who leads the major leagues with a .400 batting average, should be back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against his former team, the Mets. May 16, 7:15 am
    W, 2-1 vs x StL
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