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  • Ryan Vogelsong shuts down Rockies
    Ryan Vogelsong blanked the Rockies for six innings Friday in what turned out to be an 11-8 Giants victory.

    Advice: It was 3-0 after six innings, but both teams scored eight runs from there. Vogelsong has turned in four straight effective starts after posting a 9.31 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances in April. He's 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA for the year.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Pujols (hand) homers in return to lineup
    Albert Pujols (hand) went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored in his return to the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, but he thinks he can play through it. The 35-year-old is batting .235/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 16 RBI through 39 games this season.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Victor Martinez (knee) beginning rehab
    Victor Martinez will begin rehabbing his ailing left knee on Friday.

    Advice: The Tigers put V-Mart on the disabled list earlier this week after he had another setback with his surgically-repaired knee. The Tigers haven't set a timetable for his return, but they'll proceed cautiously.
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Cubs considering adding Rafael Soriano
    Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs are considering adding Rafael Soriano to upgrade their bullpen.

    Advice: The 35-year-old right-hander is still looking for work after posting a 3.19 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio while saving 32 games for the Nationals in 2014. He worked with Cubs manager Joe Maddon while the two were in Tampa Bay together, and he could be a nice addition in the late innings for the Cubs, provided the two sides are able to hammer out a deal.
    Thursday, 7:56 pm
    Not Active
  • R.A. Dickey earns complete-game victory
    R.A. Dickey went the distance for the first time this year Thursday as the Blue Jays beat the Angels 8-4.

    Advice: Dickey allowed a two-run homer in the ninth, so this one didn't do as much for his ERA as it might have. Still, it was a fine outing. He allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out seven. He's now 2-5 with a 5.49 ERA and will get the White Sox next.
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
  • Cuddyer manages three hits in win over STL
    Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-3 in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: All three of Cuddyer's hits went for singles. He also recorded a walk in the contest. The veteran outfielder is hitting a pedestrian .253/.319/.363 this season.
    Thursday, 1:03 pm
  • Jimmy Rollins not in Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: It's a day of rest for the veteran shortstop, who's batting just .192/.274/.336 in 38 games this season. Enrique Hernandez will fill in at short and bat second Thursday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
    Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Jason Marquis can't make it through fourth
    Jason Marquis was pulled after giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Marquis has a 6.91 ERA, but who could have possibly seen that coming? The Reds have to be close to moving on. If they don't want both Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen in the rotation, then they could go back to old friend Dylan Axelrod.
    Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Brandon Phillips goes 3-for-5, doubles
    Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's because he was batting second, and everyone the Reds have had bat second this year has experienced incredible success, for some reason. Of course, since no one else hits besides the No. 2 hitter, the Reds scored just that one run tonight. Phillips is batting .314. Incredibly, he's stolen five bases this month after stealing none in April, two in 121 games last year and five in 151 games in 2013.
    Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Grilli shuts down Rays to grab his 12th save
    Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Colon hammered by Cardinals over 4 1/3 IP
    Bartolo Colon was hit hard by the Cardinals in Wednesday's loss, serving up nine runs (eight earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Colon issued a walk to Matt Carpenter in the fourth inning, which is only notable because it's only the second walk he had allowed on the season and his first since his Opening Day start. He finished having issued two free passes while allowing 11 hits (including two home runs) and striking out four. Colon now has a poor 4.85 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and a 46/3 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings. He'll try to bounce back at home versus the Phillies in his next start.
    Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Kyle Lohse turns in quality start
    Kyle Lohse pitched six innings and allowed two runs Wednesday in a solid outing against the Tigers.

    Advice: Lohse has a perfectly reasonable 3.55 ERA in his last six starts after getting absolutely blitzed in his first three (10.34 ERA). He has a two-start week in San Francisco and Arizona next week, making him a nice streaming option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Hamilton to remain on rehab through weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock through Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers had left open the possibility that Hamilton would join them for this weekend's series against the Yankees, but it's looking like his season debut will come on Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton has fared well at the plate on his rehab assignment so far, batting .387/.424/.516 with four doubles over nine games between Double- and Triple-A.
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
  • Hudson tosses 6 1/3 scoreless as Giants win
    Tim Hudson stymied the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Hudson scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The Dodgers did have their opportunities, particularly early, but the right-hander was able to induce ground balls to help himself out of trouble. Hudson has had his share of struggles this season, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA down to 4.01 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at Coors Field against the Rockies in his next outing.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Teixeira clubs 12th homer but Yankees lose
    Mark Teixeira walked twice and went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Teixeira padded the Yankees' lead to 6-2 with a fifth-inning blast to left field off of lefty Gio Gonzalez. He hasn't shown nearly as much power against left-handed pitching as against right-handers this season. The first baseman is sitting on 12 home runs with 30 RBI and a .258/.380/.602 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Papi stays hot, homers in second straight
    David Ortiz continued his hot hitting Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Breaking out of a cold snap, Ortiz is 6-for-12 with two home runs in his past three games. On Tuesday, the designated hitter had an RBI single in the first inning before hitting a solo homer in the fifth. He's batting just .244/.331/.427 with six homers, but Ortiz is still a great hitter and appears to have turned a corner recently.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Ramirez helps Brewers go back-to-back-to-back
    Aramis Ramirez hit the third of back-to-back-to-back home runs as the Brewers beat the Tigers in Tuesday's match-up.

    Advice: Ryan Braun hit a three-run jack off of Anibal Sanchez and was immediately followed with a solo blast from Adam Lind. Ramirez made it three in a row when he took Sanchez out to deep left field. It's homer number five on the year for the veteran, who has now homered in consecutive games. The power is starting to show itself, but Ramirez is hitting an otherwise mediocre .245/.279/.453 with 14 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • A-Rod not in Tuesday's lineup
    Alex Rodriguez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: It's not too surprising, as the Yankees can't use the DH under National League rules. It's just a two-game series, so Rodriguez should return to the staring lineup Friday against the Rangers.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Rafael Furcal announces his retirement
    Rafael Furcal has announced his retirement.

    Advice: The 37-year-old Furcal latched on with the Royals on a minor league deal in the spring, but apparently decided to shut things down after suffering another hamstring injury. The three-time All-Star will wrap up his career with a .281/.346/.402 lifetime batting line to go along with 1,817 hits.
    Tuesday, 12:00 pm
    Not Active
  • Nationals place Werth (wrist) on 15-day DL
    Nationals placed OF Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a left wrist contusion.

    Advice: Werth suffered the injury when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch on Friday. No fracture or ligament damage was found in an MRI, but he'll require some extended rest. This is Werth's second stint on the disabled list this season, as he got a late start on the year after shoulder surgery. Michael Taylor figures to fill in during his absence.
    Tuesday, 10:38 am
    15-Day DL
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