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  • Yonder Alonso hits walkoff homer for A's
    Yonder Alonso hit a three-run homer off Pat Neshek in the bottom of the ninth to give the A's a 7-4 win over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: The Astros took a 4-2 lead in the sixth in this one, only to give up two runs in the eighth and Alonso's three-run bomb in the ninth. It was Alonso's first homer of the year, and it doubled his season RBI total. He entered the night with a .154/.203/.185 line in 65 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Sean Manaea allows four runs in debut
    Sean Manaea yielded four runs in five-plus innings against the Astros in his major league debut Friday.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Manaea hit a batter, walked one and gave up an RBI single to open the sixth. He was lifted, and both inherited runners came around to score off Sean Doolittle. Manaea is expected to remain in the rotation, and he remains an intriguing option in mixed leagues. He'll get the Mariners on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in seven innings
    Mike Fiers pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Evan Gattis hits first homer
    Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 and popped his first homer of the year Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Gattis needs to get it going if he wants to play against righties, and this is a nice first step for him, though the homer came off a lefty. Gattis is hitting .256 with four doubles and a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 43 at-bats since coming off the DL. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Alex Wood strikes out nine Padres
    Alex Wood struck out nine while allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wood brought his ERA down from 6.00 to 4.82 tonight. It surely helped some that he was facing the Padres, but he was due for an outing like this anyway. His velocity is better than it was last year, and his curve remains a fine weapon. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Chris Hatcher gives up three runs
    Chris Hatcher gave up a three-run homer in a tie game to take a loss Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Yimi Garcia or Pedro Baez should have entered the season as the Dodgers' No. 2 reliever, but Dave Roberts has favored Hatcher since day one. That'll probably begin to change now, as Hatcher has given up three homers and walked eight while allowing 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, Garcia is on the DL, but Baez is available and Adam Liberatore is making a case for an enhanced role. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Carl Crawford goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 1-for-11 with a walk since coming off the disabled list.

    Advice: Crawford could have used a hot start upon returning in order to secure the starting gig that was initially expected to be his while Andre Ethier was out. Dave Roberts figures to keep mixing and matching for now and occasionally using Howie Kendrick in left to make room for Chase Utley at second. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Tyler Chatwood goes 6 1/3 scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's not saying a whole lot, but Chatwood certainly looks like the Rockies' ace from here; he's keeping the ball on the ground and he's amassed a 20/7 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings. It's been good for a 3-2 record and a 2.73 ERA to date. We're guessing he'll continue to be an above average starter, but with Coors weighing him down, he's a streaming option in mixed leagues at best. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 10th homer versus Arizona
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Story took over sole possession of the major league lead in homers with his fifth-inning blast off Robbie Ray... for about a minute and a half. Then Nolan Arenado hit his 10th homer, going back-to-back with Story. With the homer tonight, Story has five homers in four games at Chase Field, to go along with four in 11 games at Coors (and one in three games at Great American). Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Nick Hundley homers, doubles
    Nick Hundley homered, doubled and drove in three runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hundley hasn't missed a beat since returning from a concussion last weekend. He's hitting .278 with five extra-base hits and seven walks in 36 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Felix Hernandez goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win
    Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.

    Advice: Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kris Medlen allows one run in loss
    Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Conley tosses 7 2/3 no-hit IP vs. Brewers
    Adam Conley fired 7 2/3 no-hit innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly made the bold call to pull Conley after 116 pitches. Jonathan Lucroy eventually broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single off Jose Urena in the bottom of the ninth. While Conley didn’t get a chance to finish off the no-hitter, it was still a very encouraging outing. The southpaw walked four and struck out seven while inducing 14 swinging strikes. While he’s been a bit up and down in the early part of the season, he continues to show why he deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues. Conley lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks at home next week. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Ramos notches one-out save against MIL
    A.J. Ramos escaped trouble on Friday against the Brewers for his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: It looked like the Marlins wouldn’t need Ramos at all, as they held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth while trying to finish off a no-hitter. However, Jose Urena ended up surrendering three runs before Ramos got the call. After walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana to load the bases, Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar swinging to finally put the game to bed. The 29-year-old has walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings this season, but he also has 13 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Davies gives up four runs in loss
    Zach Davies was touched up for four runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Davies dug himself an early hole by giving up a three-run bomb to Justin Bour in the first inning. While the 23-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over six starts as a rookie last season, his secondary numbers indicated that he was walking a fine line. He has dropped all three of his starts this season and owns an ugly 8.78 ERA. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Dietrich hitless Friday against Brewers
    Derek Dietrich made the start at second base Friday against the Brewers and finished 0-for-3.

    Advice: With Dee Gordon serving his 80-game PED suspension, Dietrich will see an uptick in playing time. The Marlins could end up playing him at third base and Martin Prado at second, but they didn’t change their alignment on Friday. Dietrich had 10 homers with an .802 OPS last season and is batting .290/.389/.548 through 17 games this season, so he deserves to be on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Papelbon notches eighth save of season
    Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Leake gives up five runs in loss
    Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Espinosa socks two-run homer vs. Cards
    Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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