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  • Blackmon notches single, double in win
    Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Blackmon missed a large chunk of April with a toe injury, but since his return to the lineup at the end of the month, he already has three two-hit games. Wednesday's double was his third of the season. While he is slashing a middling .240/.321/.400 through his first 50 at-bats, those numbers figure to rise as he re-acclimates to regular playing time. Last season, he hit .287/.347/.40 while cracking 17 homers, driving in 58 runs and swiping 43 bases. 45 minutes ago
  • Early June the soonest Van Slyke could return
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that early June would be the "best-case scenario" for Scott Van Slyke's return to action from a back injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke has been doing exercises to strengthen his core, but he has yet to resume baseball activity. He hit the disabled list in early April with lower back tightness. The 29-year-old outfielder is a strong option against southpaw pitching when he is healthy. Once he has been cleared for baseball activities, we should have a more concrete idea of his recovery timetable. Today, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bryce Harper slugs 10th home run of 2016
    Bryce Harper slugged his 10th home run of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals.

    Advice: Harper opened the game's scoring in the top of the first inning with an RBI single to center field, kicking off a six-run frame for the visiting Nats. The 2015 National League MVP then went deep off Dillon Gee for a solo shot in the top of the fifth inning. He's sporting a 1.021 OPS on the season, even after wading through a mini slump last week. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) not in lineup Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Garcia is dealing with a tweaked hamstring suffered on Friday against the Orioles. After several days of rest, he had been hoping for a return to the lineup on Wednesday. The White Sox play the Red Sox again on Thursday and Garcia could conceivably crack the lineup for that one if the team feels comfortable with his health. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Brock Holt sits against Carlos Rodon
    Brock Holt is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the White Sox.

    Advice: Holt will sit against opposing southpaw starter Carlos Rodon. In his place, Chris Young earns a start in left field. Young is hitting sixth. This is nothing new for Holt. He has seen just nine at-bats all season against left-handed pitchers. Today, 1:35 pm
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    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Braves extend Olivera's administrative leave
    Hector Olivera's administrative leave has been extended.

    Advice: Oliera was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after a woman called 911 on April 13 outside the Braves' team hotel in Arlington, Virginia alleging that she had been attacked by the 31-year-old Cuban outfielder. The investigation by the Arlington Police Department is still underway. Major League Baseball is also running an investigation of its own under the league's new domestic violence policy. This could take a while to sort out. Today, 11:39 am
  • Steven Moya stays hot with two homers Tuesday
    Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya had another productive game Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Toledo, leading the Mud Hens with four hits including two homers.

    Advice: It's our second Moya blurb in as many days, which should tell you he's pretty locked in right now. He plated five runs Tuesday while finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Moya has reached base eight times in his last nine plate appearances with five extra-base hits over that span. The hot streak has brought his average up to .313. Last year Moya hit just .243 in 540 minor league at-bats Today, 11:24 am
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  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 9:31 am
    15-Day DL
  • Domingo Santana (shoulder) scratched Wed.
    Domingo Santana was scratched from the Brewers' starting lineup due to lingering shoulder soreness.

    Advice: It's been bothering him all week, though he was able to play on Tuesday. Santana is considered day-to-day for now. Alex Presley will start in right field and Jonathan Villar is now leading off against Anaheim. Today, 8:29 am
  • Ryan Braun returns to Brewers starting lineup
    Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Angels.

    Advice: Braun was given the day off Tuesday due to some routine soreness. He will start in left field and bat third Wednesday versus Angels left-hander Hector Santiago. Braun, 32, is slashing .372/.443/.605 this season. Today, 8:05 am
  • Tommy Pham (oblique) set for rehab games
    Tommy Pham (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Pham is finally ready for live action again after missing a full month with a strained left oblique. He should rejoin the Cardinals as an active backup outfielder early next week. The 28-year-old has a cool .809 OPS in 176 career major league plate appearances and he can play all three outfield spots. Today, 7:40 am
    15-Day DL
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) to sit out Wednesday
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) will sit out Wednesday.

    Advice: Hamilton was pulled from Tuesday night's game against the Giants after reaggravating his left thumb, which he originally jammed April 15 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Consider the speedster day-to-day. Tyler Holt is starting in center field and batting second Wednesday versus San Francisco right-hander Jake Peavy. Today, 6:50 am
  • Heyward (wrist) remains out of lineup Wed.
    Jason Heyward (wrist) remains absent from the Cubs' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Heyward has been bothered by right wrist discomfort for a couple of weeks and recently had a bad flareup. He has now missed three straight games. Ben Zobrist is in right field, Tommy La Stella is at second base, Javier Baez is at third base, and Kris Bryant is in left field Wednesday afternoon against Bucs right-hander Juan Nicasio. Today, 6:22 am
  • Napoli (neck) drives in two in return Wed.
    Mike Napoli (neck) had a double, a walk, and two RBI in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman had been sidelined for a few days in a row because of some mild stiffness in his neck. It was clearly no big deal. Napoli, 34, is batting .210/.273/.420 with 13 RBI in 21 games this season. Today, 5:54 am
  • Kemp's solo homer sparks Padre offense
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The poor, poor Rockies would probably prefer Kemp just be traded over to the American League. He has made a career of demolishing the boys from the Rocky Mountains. To wit, Tuesday's fourth-inning home run off Eddie Butler was the 40th of his career against Colorado pitching. He has also hit 40 doubles against the team and holds a monumental .314/.372/.617 triple-slash across 564 career at-bats in match-ups with the Rockies. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the veteran outfielder is hitting .301/.318/.612 with eight homers and 22 RBI. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Cain delivers walk-off single against Nats
    Lorenzo Cain hit a walk-off RBI single to complete the Royals' 7-6, comeback win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: It will go down in the scorebook as a single, but Cain tattooed a Jonathan Papelbon pitch to center that was just out of the reach of a sprawling Michael Taylor, plating Mike Moustakas and ending what was a three-run inning for the defending champs. Cain finished 2-for-5 in the game. After seeing his average dip to .200 a little over a week ago, Cain is 9-for-26 (.346) during a six-game hitting streak. It has his overall line up to .240/.305/.302. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Billy Burns singles twice in loss to Mariners
    Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Burns scored the A's first run, coming home on a Jed Lowrie single in the sixth inning. Incidentally, Lowrie and Burns were the only two Athletic batters to finish the game with multiple hits. Outside of that small whirlpool of action (and a late Khris Davis homer), nothing doing for the home team against Hisashi Iwakuma and company. For the season as a whole, Burns is slashing .264/.302/.341 with three doubles, two triples and eight steals. He brings an obvious speed element to the table, if relatively little else. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Gomez has two doubles, run scored vs. Twins
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three games with rib cage soreness, and he showed no ill effects in swatting the pair of doubles. It's not the kind of extra-base pop we'd like to see -- he's still without a homer in 2016 -- but it's a step in the right direction. He's been hitting a bit better of late and is batting .229/.256/.313 overall. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Santana hits first homer of 2016 vs. Astros
    Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Leading off the game, Santana took Astros starter Collin McHugh deep to get the Twins on the board. It also got him on the board, as the homer was his first in 12 games this season. It was also his first since his breakout 2014 season. A hamstring injury sidelined him early, but the 25-year-old is batting .283/.298/.391 with the homer and four steals and may once again be a cheap source of speed if he continues to find his way into the lineup regularly. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
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