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  • Brandon Belt (ankle) remains out of lineup
    Brandon Belt (ankle) remained out of the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Belt hasn't played since spraining his left ankle on a slide Wednesday. He's considered day-to-day. The Giants have Buster Posey at first base and Trevor Brown at catcher Friday. 58 minutes ago
  • John Jaso getting a breather Friday
    John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Rangers throwing lefty Cole Hamels. Sean Rodriguez is at first base. Today, 1:32 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Friday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second time in five games he's been on the bench even with a righty on the mound. Alvarez has just three hits in his last 24 at-bats and is down to .192/.296/.343 for the season. The Orioles are going with Hyun-soo Kim in left field, Nolan Reimold in right and Mark Trumbo in the designated hitter spot. Today, 1:21 pm
  • David Ortiz getting a day off on Friday
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest. The Red Sox have Hanley Ramirez in the designated hitter spot, Travis Shaw at first base and Marco Hernandez at third base Friday. Today, 12:39 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Matt Adams (back) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Adams departed Thursday's game with mid-back stiffness. The good news is he expects to be available to pinch-hit. Brandon Moss is handling first base Friday. Today, 11:40 am
  • Anthony Rizzo getting a day off on Friday
    Anthony Rizzo is absent from the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Rizzo has just three hits in his last 38 at-bats, so it's probably a good time to get him a breather with a lefty (Adam Morgan) on the mound. Jason Heyward is also receiving a day off, as the Cubs have Kris Bryant at first base, Javier Baez at third base and Matt Szczur in right field. Today, 7:31 am
  • Trumbo launches 14th homer in loss to Astros
    Mark Trumbo hit his 14th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Trumbo took Lance McCullers deep in the second inning, the team's only hit against the Astros starter in his five innings of work. Trumbo finished 1-for-4 in the game. His 14 homers are tied for most in the American League, and his 32 RBI are eighth-best. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.328/.553 overall in his first year with the O's. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Morales out with sprained middle finger
    Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

    Advice: Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Matt Holliday not in Cardinals lineup Thurs.
    Matt Holliday is getting the night off Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Moss will play left field and bat fifth as the Cardinals stack left-handed bats against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Holliday is available off the bench. Yesterday, 12:51 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. Yesterday, 11:59 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) receives cortisone shot
    Mark Teixeira received a cortisone injection for his sore neck on Thursday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss the next three games, including Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Blue Jays. Teixeira began experiencing renewed discomfort in his neck on Wednesday, but an MRI ruled out anything serious. He should back in action Sunday if the cortisone has the intended effect. Yesterday, 11:04 am
  • Forsythe (shoulder) is aiming for June 10-19
    Logan Forsythe (shoulder) took grounders Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a nice first step for the rehabbing second baseman, who's been on the disabled list since May 14 with a fracture in his left shoulder blade. Forsythe told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he's aiming to return during the Rays' next homestand (June 10-19). He was mashing at a .308/.398/.523 clip with four home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games before the injury. Yesterday, 9:11 am
    15-Day DL
  • Lind homers twice, drives in six vs. Oakland
    Adam Lind went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to help propel the Mariners past the A's 13-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Between his steady track record and the Mariners' fine start, Lind hasn't lost playing time to Dae Ho Lee at first base. He really should consider himself lucky, given that he entered the night with a .216/.246/.319 line. Of course, even if Lee does seem capable, Lind was always the better bet as a starter against righties. He should be solid from here on out. Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Canha (hip) undergoes successful surgery
    Mark Canha underwent successful surgery to repair a left hip impingement and labral tear.

    Advice: Canha's surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon. The 27-year-old first baseman was hitting .122/.140/.341 in 16 games prior to hitting the disabled list in early May. He will miss the remainder of the 2016 campaign while he rehabs from Wednesday's procedure. Wednesday, 3:40 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Canha Oak - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
  • Red Sox won't push Brock Holt (head) back
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Brock Holt (concussion) will begin his rehab work with "general conditioning."

    Advice: Per Farrell, Holt underwent a "battery of tests" when he visited concussion specialist Dr. Mickey Collins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The 27-year-old outfielder was actually hoping to be activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday, but the Red Sox are taking no chances here. Somewhat distressing, he initially suffered the head injury on May 10, but it was not diagnosed for another week. Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7-Day DL
  • Shaw (hand) returns to Red Sox lineup Wed.
    Travis Shaw (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Shaw sat out Tuesday with a minor left hand injury. It was probably just soreness. He will start at third base and bat seventh against Colorado righty Chad Bettis. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Travis Shaw Bos - 1B,3B
  • Matt Olson slashes four hits in Tuesday's win
    Athletics 1B prospect Matt Olson contributed a season-high four hits Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Olson is eight for his last 17 at the dish and has raised his average all the way from .157 to .216 over his last 10 games. The 22-year-old really hasn't had a good season. He's already struck out 45 times and is hitting just .172 against left-handers. But with 80 homers and 282 RBI since the start of 2013, it's only a matter of time until Olson turns things around. It might already be happening. Wednesday, 11:21 am
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