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  • Carlos Correa goes 3-for-5, hits fourth homer
    Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI in the Astros' 16-4 rout of the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Correa was due to bust out with one of these; since hitting two home runs on April 6 he had remained quiet, going 23 straight games without a homer. There was no way American League pitchers were going to keep him down for much longer. He's back up to .276/.388/.469 for the year now. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Mike Fiers gives up four runs to Twins
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Fiers was served a win on a silver platter tonight, what with the Astros scoring six runs in the first two innings and nine through four. Fiers, though, gave up three in the third and one in the fourth and was finally pulled in the fifth with his pitch count up to 95. He's put himself in position to lose his rotation spot following the return of Lance McCullers from the DL. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Phil Hughes gives up six runs in loss
    Phil Hughes was tagged for six runs in two innings by the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hughes is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA. Things don't seem hopeless here -- his 22/8 K/BB ratio and four homers allowed in 32 1/3 innings aren't so bad -- but with Minnesota's defense downgraded and the team simply looking like a trainwreck overall, his fantasy upside seems pretty well shot. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Astros recall Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno
    Astros recalled OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Marisnick saw 10 at-bats in April, but the Astros optioned him to Triple-A at the end of the month after he managed just one hit (and six strikeouts) in his limited action. Still just 25, Marisnick slashed .236/.281/.383 with nine homers, 36 RBI, and 24 steals across 339 at-bats last season at the major league level. He won't see regular playing time, but if he can carve out a niche for himself, he at least makes for a speed option off the bench for fantasy owners in chasm-deep AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Jose Altuve hits eighth home run
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's eight homers in 106 at-bats for Altuve. In 2014, he had seven homers in 660 at-bats. He currently has five more extra-base hits (21) than he does strikeouts (16). Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jason Castro homers, knocks in four
    Jason Castro went 2-for-3 with a homer, four RBI and two walks versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castro was hitting .175/.299/.263 with no homers through Monday's action. Now he has two homers in two days, and he's upped his RBI total from two to seven. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Astros send RHP Michael Felize to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Michael Feliz to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Jake Marisnick will take Feliz's roster spot. The 22-year-old right-hander struggled in his first three appearances, surrendering 10 runs (nine earned) over 7 1/3 innings Feliz actually pitched well in his last appearance, tossing two scoreless innings during Wednesday's romp over the Twins. He figures to earn future appearances this season if he can hold his own in the minors. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • John Ryan Murphy goes 0-for-4
    John Ryan Murphy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday, leaving him 3-for-40 on the season.

    Advice: At least the Twins pitchers had been performing much better with Murphy catching than with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, well, at least until they gave up 16 runs in this one. The Twins might opt to send down Murphy to give him a chance to sort through his offensive struggles in the minors. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Mike Leake gives up four runs to Phillies
    Mike Leake was lifted after allowing four runs in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Leake had a very good spring, but he's opened the regular season by giving up four or five runs in six straight outings. We wouldn't go dropping him in mixed leagues -- he's just in such a good situation in St. Louis -- but it'd be great to see some improvement from him next time out against the Angels. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Jeanmar Gomez takes first blown save
    Jeanmar Gomez took his first blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Gomez retired just one of the six hitters he faced, with one of his two outs coming on a baserunning miscue from pinch-runner Carlos Martinez. Gomez has done excellent work as the Phillies' closer, but the team would be better off if Hector Neris or Andrew Bailey could secure the job, allowing Gomez to return to his old stomping grounds in the middle innings. It might happen before too long. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Stanton rips another homer in win over AZ
    Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 with double, a two-run homer, and a walk in Wednesday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton is killing the baseball these days. He has six homers in his last nine games and, overall, is hitting .258/.374/.596 in 107 plate appearances. The strikeouts will prevent him from competing for a hitting title, but at 6-foot-6 and with 80-grade power, that's not what he's programmed to do. The 26-year-old is meant to crush homers to all parts of the field. He has an outside shot at hitting 50 this year, if he remains healthy. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) still not throwing
    Tyson Ross (shoulder) still has not been cleared for throwing.

    Advice: Ross has been on the disabled list since April 9 with inflammation in his right shoulder and there is no timetable for a possible activation date. "He's still doing his stabilization exercises, feeling good," Padres manager Andy Green said Wednesday. "That process is ongoing until they determine that it's time to pick up a ball and throw." Yesterday, 1:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Nava (knee) expected to rejoin Angels on Fri.
    Daniel Nava (knee) is expected to rejoin the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: And manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Wednesday that Nava will resume serving as the Angels' primary left fielder, which probably means Rafael Ortega is headed back to Triple-A. Nava has been on the disabled list since April 16 with left patella tendinitis. Yesterday, 10:36 am
    15-Day DL
  • Revere (oblique) expected to return Thursday
    Ben Revere (oblique) is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Revere played a full nine innings of center field Tuesday in his fifth minor league rehab game and came out of it feeling fine. He's been on the disabled list since suffering a strained oblique in the Nationals' regular-season opener. Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are probably both looking at a reduction in playing time with Revere returning to starting center field duties. Yesterday, 9:31 am
    15-Day DL
  • Elias Diaz undergoes right elbow surgery
    Elias Diaz underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday on his injured right elbow.

    Advice: That's a fairly minor surgery, considering the alternatives. Diaz, a 25-year-old catcher, will likely be shut down for the next 7-9 weeks. He is already on the 15-day major league disabled list. Yesterday, 8:14 am
    15-Day DL
  • Cozart (knee) returns to Reds' lineup on Wed.
    Zack Cozart (knee) is back in the Reds' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Cozart tweaked his surgically-repaired right knee in Sunday's series finale against the Pirates and was held out of the first two games of this three-game set with the Giants. It sounds like that was all mostly precautionary. The 30-year-old shortstop has an impressive .347/.350/.533 batting line in 19 games this season for Cincinnati. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Moustakas (thumb) ties game as pinch-hitter
    Mike Moustakas (thumb) hit a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run single on Tuesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Moustakas then scored the game-winning run on a Lorenzo Cain walkoff RBI single a few batters later. The third baseman was held out of Kansas City's starting lineup because of a nagging thumb contusion. He may be given another "bench day" on Wednesday. Yesterday, 5:59 am
  • Cashner rings up quality start vs Rockies
    Andrew Cashner managed a quality start in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, yielding three runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Cashner was not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, but he persevered long enough for the Padre bats to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. All three of those runs scored in the first two innings (two in the first, one in the second). For the evening as a whole, the 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked three. He will carry a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio (27 innings) into his next outing, a home date with the Mets. Tuesday, 10:03 pm
  • Park connects for seventh homer versus Astros
    Byung-ho Park hit his seventh home run of the season Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Park continues to assault the pitches he makes contact with, driving a Collin McHugh offering off the second-deck facade in right field -- his opposite field -- in the sixth inning. He also had a strikeout for the ninth consecutive game, giving him 25 punchouts in 22 games to date. That's what you get with Park, and the Twins will live with it if he keeps hitting the ball hard when he does connect. He's hitting .250/.318/.605 overall. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Carter blasts two homers in defeat of Angels
    Chris Carter homered twice and had three RBI as the Brewers edged the Angels 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. He's now got nine home runs, third-most in the National League, with 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. The power production comes as a shock to no one; the fact that he's hitting .287/.356/.713 while doing it is the real story. That won't last, but the power should, for what it's worth. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
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