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  • Aguilar belts fourth homer against D'backs
    Jesus Aguilar homered and scored twice in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Augilar went yard against Diamondbacks starter Zack Grienke in the sixth inning for a solo shot, his fourth homer of the year. There was a time when a struggling Aguilar seemed destined for the minors or even possibly a DFA, but he's now hitting .288/.345/.575 through 80 at-bats. He's gotten more playing time in recent weeks with Eric Thames' injury issues, but when Thames is healthy the 26-year-old is relegated to a bench role. Today, 5:06 pm
  • Joseph gets two key hits in win over Reds
    Tommy Joseph hit a solo home run and delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: His single to center field scored Aaron Altherr with the winning run in dramatic fashion. He homered off veteran Bronson Arroyo earlier in the game. Joseph was brutally bad in the month of April but has turned his season around of late. For the season he is batting .255/.313/.476 with eight home runs and 24 RBI. That slash line is very close to the .257/.308/.505 line he yielded in his promising rookie campaign a year ago. Today, 4:39 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Slumping Posey getting the night off Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Posey is mired in a 3-for-23 slump so manager Bruce Bochy will give him a night to clear his head. Nick Hundley is behind the plate and batting seventh Saturday against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Despite his recent struggles, Posey still carries the NL's fifth-highest batting average at .338. Today, 4:17 pm
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Hanley Ramirez clubs two hits Saturday
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: He reached in three of four plate appearances, singling twice and taking first on a hit-by-pitch. Ramirez also contributed his first steal of the season. Hanley has caught fire over his last seven games, hitting .391 during that stretch while improving his average from .250 to .273. He’ll look to stay hot Sunday as the Red Sox go for their seventh straight win. Today, 3:53 pm
  • Moreland stays hot with two hits Saturday
    Mitch Moreland chipped in with two hits Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Moreland singled in the sixth and later scored on a two-run blast by Jackie Bradley Jr. He also gave the Red Sox a lift with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Moreland’s first year in Boston has been full of peaks and valleys but he’s been on the upswing recently with 13 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.371). He also ranks third in the majors with 16 doubles this year. Today, 3:52 pm
  • Todd Frazier sitting for Saturday's nightcap
    Todd Frazier is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Advice: Frazier went 0-for-4 in the opener, dropping his season average to a dismal .184. Matt Davidson will man third base and bat fifth against Tigers starter Buck Farmer in the nightcap. Today, 2:42 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Matt Carpenter absent from Saturday's lineup
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: The slumping Carpenter has hit just .151 over his last eight games (5-for-33). Jedd Gyorko will fill in at first base and bat fifth Saturday against Rockies hurler Kyle Freeland. Today, 2:40 pm
    Top 1, 0-0 @Col
  • Romine goes 2-for-4 with a walk vs White Sox
    Andrew Romine went 2-for-4 and worked a walk during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Advice: His two singles represented half the hits his club could manage in the ballgame, so it is no surprise they failed to score. The veteran utility man has played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Tigers this year. He has a .228 batting average with two home runs, 18 runs scored and 11 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Today, 2:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Andrew Romine Det - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Eric Hosmer tossed for arguing check swing
    Eric Hosmer was ejected from Saturday's game against the Indians for arguing a check swing.

    Advice: Hosmer struck out on a check swing with the bases loaded in the first inning and gave home plate umpire Bill Welke a piece of his mind. Manager Ned Yost was also tossed after coming to Hosmer's defense. The ejection was the second of Hosmer's career. Cheslor Cuthbert is now in at first base. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Holliday blasts two-run homer to lead Yankees
    Matt Holliday blasted a two-run homer on Saturday, powering the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Holliday's two-run shot off of A's starter Jharel Coton broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. He finished the day 1-for-3 and is now hitting .269/.365/.503 with nine long balls and 30 RBI on the season. Today, 1:28 pm
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Daniel Murphyvout of lineup due to illness
    Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: That explains his absence from the lineup the last two days and is much more encouraging than hearing he's dealing with an injury. Wilmer Difo continues fill in at second base in his absence. Today, 12:08 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Wil Myers not in Padres lineup on Saturday
    Wil Myers is not in the Padres' starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.

    Advice: An already weak Padres lineup looks even worse without Myers in there. Look for him to be back in there on Sunday. Today, 12:04 pm
    L, 3-0 @Was
  • Daniel Murphy remains out of Nationals lineup
    Daniel Murphy is once again out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Acting manager Chris Speier indicated nothing was wrong physically on Friday, but it's a troubling sign that he's sitting out a second straight game. Wilmer Difo is starting in his place again and batting eighth for the Nationals on Saturday. Today, 9:17 am
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Alonso could be available off bench Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) will take batting practice prior to Saturday's game and could be available as a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Alonso remains out of the A's starting lineup but is getting closer to a return. He has been sidelined since being hit by a pitch during Tuesday's game. Today, 8:20 am
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Rangers lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Robinson Chirinos is starting in his place and batting cleanup. Today, 7:24 am
  • Alex Avila blasts sixth homer in loss Friday
    Alex Avila blasted his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.

    Advice: Avila's solo shot off of Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning pulled the Tigers to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Avila has been a monster at the plate this season, slashing .354/.475/.659 with six homers and 20 RBI. With James McCann on the disabled list, he'll continue to see regular run behind the plate. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Adrian Gonzalez finally belts first home run
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run off of Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in Friday's victory.

    Advice: Gonzalez only had four home runs at this point last season and he ended up with 18 homers and 90 RBI, so he isn't that far behind last year's production. He heats up as the weather gets warmer and he still possesses the ability to post clouts and RBI in bunches. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Mark Reynolds homers, knocks in three
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Reynolds sat out a couple of games in favor of Gerardo Parra earlier this week, even though he has about 300 points of OPS on Parra. He's already starting to fade some and he should continue to decline from here, but he's still a better bet than Parra going forward. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits two-run homer
    Logan Morrison had a two-run homer and a walk against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Morrison got off to a strong start for once, so he's even playing against southpaws at the moment and he homered off one in Hector Santiago tonight. He has eight homers and 20 RBI in 23 games this month. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Bour slugs three-run homer vs. Angels
    Justin Bour had another big night at the plate Friday, finishing 2-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Angels.

    Advice: Bour extended the Marlins’ lead when he took lefty Jose Alvarez deep in the sixth inning. It’s worth noting that Angels manager Mike Scioscia elected to intentionally walk Marcell Ozuna to pitch to Bour in that situation. Ouch. The 28-year-old now has nine home runs over his last 14 games, including four homers off southpaws. He’s regularly been benched against lefties in the past, so he has the potential to be a lot more interesting in fantasy leagues if he has figured something out here. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
  • Kendrys Morales leaves the yard in win Friday
    Kendrys Morales clobbered his ninth home run of the season on Friday as the Blue Jays outlasted the Rangers.

    Advice: His solo shot in the fifth inning increased the Jays' advantage to 6-3. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .250/.300/.452 with nine homers and 26 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Tex
  • Duda doubles twice, knocks in a pair vs. PIT
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, and a run scored Friday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Duda now has three multi-hit games in his last four. He walked three times in the one game where he didn’t have at least two hits, so he has been an on-base machine recently. The 31-year-old quietly owns a .926 OPS with five homers and 14 RBI through 26 games. He deserves more attention in mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) in Friday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols has dealt with a tight hamstring lately so there was a question of whether he'd be ready to play Friday with the designated hitter spot not available in Miami. He's at first base, though, and batting fourth. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Yonder Alonso (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Alonso is still sore after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch Tuesday, but he did hit off a tee and will attempt to throw an do defensive work pregame on Friday. He's played just one game over the last week due to a sore knee and now sore wrist. The A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Mark Canha in the designated hitter spot. Daily Slant: This will surely surprise some people, but the Athletics actually lead all of baseball in ISO against RHP this season. While Alonso is one of the biggest reasons why, his absence still doesn't take them out of play as a sneaky against-the-grain stack. They have one of the lower team totals on the board, but Masahiro Tanaka has been all over the map lately and packaging a few of the A's bats together makes it easier to pay up for Max Scherzer. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Murphy, Zimmerman get days off for Nats
    Daniel Murphy is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ryan Zimmerman is also getting a day off. The Nats are going with Wilmer Difo at second base and Adam Lind at first. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Cabrera, Kinsler sitting out first game of DH
    Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers' lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Ian Kinsler isn't starting, either, as the Tigers have Alex Avila at first base, Andrew Romine at second base, John Hicks catching and Jose Iglesias in the leadoff spot. Both Cabrera and Kinsler figure to be back in there for the nightcap. Yesterday, 11:11 am
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Pujols' (hamstring) weekend status uncertain
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Albert Pujols (hamstring) that the club will "wait and see where he is" before determining his status for this weekend.

    Advice: The Halos won't have the designated hitter spot available this weekend in Miami, so Pujols will have to be used at first base if he plays. He's dealt with a hamstring injury for a little over a week and still isn't at 100 percent, although he played Monday through Wednesday and homered in his last game. Pujols seems like a good bet to start at least a couple games this weekend. Yesterday, 8:20 am
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Hanley Ramirez taking grounders at 1B again
    Hanley Ramirez has resumed taking ground balls at first base in pre-game workouts again.

    Advice: Ramirez had a setback with his nagging right shoulder issue earlier this month when he started a game at first base in an interleague series, but he's ready to test things out again. However, there's no timetable for when he might play first in a game and the Red Sox now have another right-handed hitting option at the position in Sam Travis, so they won't rush Ramirez. Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Thursday, 10:23 pm
    Player Note
    Chase Utley LAD - 1B,2B
    Top 7, 5-0 vs ChC
  • Tigers call up John Hicks from AAA Toledo
    Tigers recalled C/1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The Tigers needed a backup catcher with James McCann (hand) headed to the disabled list. Hicks and Alex Avila will share catching duties during McCann's absence. Thursday, 9:07 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Duda homers, drives in two against Padres
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Duda was the only Mets hitter capable of doing much of anything against rookie starter Dinelson Lamet and company, homering off the right-hander in the second inning and adding an RBI single in the eighth. The home run was his fifth of the season. Overall, the first baseman is hitting .244/.392/.500 in 25 games. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Tigers to call up C/OF John Hicks on Friday
    John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports John Hicks will be called up from Triple-A Toledo for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Teams are allowed to carry an extra player for doubleheaders but the Tigers are already bringing up Buck Farmer to start Game 1. That means a roster move must be coming. James McCann left Thursday night's game with a hand laceration and could be headed to the disabled list. This will be Hicks' third stint with the Tigers this year. Thursday, 7:00 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Tommy Joseph leads Phillies to win
    Tommy Joseph had a homer in the seventh and a walkoff single in the 11th to give the Phillies a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Aaron Altherr has been the Phillies' best hitter this year, but Joseph has been the best his month; he's hitting .329 with six homer in May. It makes one wonder why he was hitting sixth today behind three hitters with OPSs in the .600s. Thursday, 2:18 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Mark Reynolds goes hitless against Phillies
    Mark Reynolds, who was out of the lineup the last two games, went 0-for-4 before being removed from Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: No injuries were reported for Reynolds, but the Rockies used Gerardo Parra over him in back-to-back games before returning him to the lineup today. Reynolds is without an extra-base hit in his last 10 games, though he's still driven in eight runs with nine hits during that span. His OPS, which was as high as 1.092 on May 10, is down to .948 now. Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Albert Pujols out of Angels' lineup Thursday
    Albert Pujols is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols launched career home run No. 597 on Wednesday night, but he'll rest his legs in the Angels' series finale at Tropicana Field. Mike Trout will take a turn at DH and bat second with Cameron Maybin leading off and starting in center field. Thursday, 6:59 am
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Myers goes 2-for-5 with two RBI vs Mets
    Wil Myers went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His seventh-inning single plated Chase d'Arnaud and Matt Szczur to tie the game at 5-5. Myers also doubled in the game. He is batting .275/.319/.529 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 48 games. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
    L, 3-0 @Was
  • Pujols muscles two-run homer vs Rays
    Albert Pujols whacked a two-run bomb in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit the home run off Erasmo Ramirez with Mike Trout aboard in the first inning. It was his only hit on the night but he did chip in with a walk as well. Pujols owns a .244 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBI. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Alonso (wrist) not in A's lineup on Wednesday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) is out of the Athletics' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alonso suffered a bruised right wrist Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. X-rays turned up negative and he will probably be available off the bench for the A's in their series finale versus the Fish. Ryon Healy is starting at first base and Khris Davis is serving as Oakland's designated hitter on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:17 am
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Justin Bour records four hits in road win
    Justin Bour finished 4-for-5 with a double, solo home run, four runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win in Oakland.

    Advice: Bour has hit safely in a season-high six consecutive games, raising his average to his highest mark of the season at .280. He has also driven in at least one run in five straight outings to make him a must-start in deeper mixed leagues while also serving as a mid-tier value in DFS play. Wednesday, 12:02 am
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
  • Todd Frazier reaches the seats in Arizona
    Todd Frazier finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's game at Arizona.

    Advice: It was just the fifth homer of the season for Frazier, who has been a bit of a disappointment since coming over from the Reds after the 2015 season. While he belted a career-high 40 homers last year on the south side, he posted a career-worst .225. This season he is hitting a paltry .192, although he is showing signs of life with eight hits over his past 30 hits (.267). Tuesday, 10:55 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • X-rays on Yonder Alonso's wrist are negative
    X-rays on Yonder Alonso's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Alonso was lifted from Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he's managed to escape with just a bruise. He'll probably still be sore for a bit, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit out a game or two. Alonso just returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing time with a knee injury. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Alonso pulled from game after HBP on wrist
    Yonder Alonso was removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins after getting hit in the right wrist by a pitch.

    Advice: Alonso stayed in to run, but Mark Canha replaced him at first base to open the top of the seventh inning. Alonso homered in the bottom of the second -- his 13th home run of the year -- before leaving after the HBP in the bottom of the sixth. He had just missed a handful of games with a knee sprain. The first baseman is probably headed for X-rays. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Kendrys Morales goes deep versus Brewers
    Kendrys Morales smacked a two-run homer Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Morales' longball off of Jimmy Nelson in the fifth inning extended the Blue Jays' lead to 4-0 and they wound up hanging on 4-3. While his .244/.295/.433 batting line isn't anything to write home about, Morales has swatted eight home runs and driven in 25 runs. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Tex
  • Lucas Duda knocks in three for Mets
    Lucas Duda finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Duda had been just 4-for-26 with no RBI in nine games since returning from the disabled list. Maybe this one will get him started. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) back in Oakland lineup
    Yonder Alonso (knee) is back in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Alonso will start at first base and bat fifth against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena after missing close to a week with a bruised left knee. Hopefully the 30-year-old slugger can pick up where he left off. He boasts a .991 OPS (173 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 29 RBI through 38 games this season with the A's. Tuesday, 3:26 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Reynolds getting the night off Tuesday
    Mark Reynolds is getting the night off Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Ian Desmond will start at first base and bat fifth versus Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin. Gerardo Parra is in left field and batting sixth. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • John Hicks optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned C/1B John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Hicks was up for the weekend while Victor Martinez was on paternity leave. He's hit .423/.444/.654 in seven games with the big club this season. Monday, 2:24 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Pujols (hamstring) back in Monday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels' lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols sat out the entire weekend series against the Mets while dealing with a minor hamstring strain. He's back in the DH spot on Monday while Jefry Marte is starting at first base. Monday, 12:21 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Jonathan Lucroy plates two in win on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Rangers topped the Tigers on Sunday night in Detroit.

    Advice: Lucroy got the Rangers on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, then he capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the ninth. His bat has started to heat up after his move to the cleanup spot in the lineup, and he's now hitting .277/.320/.412 with three long balls and 12 RBI. Sunday, 8:51 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera has three hits in loss Sunday
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers fell to the Rangers in Sunday's series finale at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Cabrera's RBI single off of Yu Darvish pulled the Tigers even at 2-2 in the second inning, but that would be the extent of their offense. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .265/.352/.442 with five homers and 18 RBI on the season. Sunday, 8:47 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Moreland homers in third consecutive game
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Moreland connected for a two-run home run off Andrew Triggs in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season and his third in as many days. He has driven in five runs in that three-game space and now owns a .250/.352/.454 triple-slash over the course of 152 at-bats. Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Han-Ram picks up three hits, drives in two
    Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Ramirez hit a two-run double as part of a five-run ninth inning which helped the Red Sox pull away for an easy 12-3 win. In 35 games played this season, the slugger is slashing .273/.350/.445 with six homers and 20 RBI. He scalded the A's with five hits over his final eight at-bats on Saturday and Sunday, with a home run and a double among that bushel of knocks. Sunday, 4:50 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez notches two-run double
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez handed Brandon McCarthy an early 2-0 lead with his two-run double off Vance Worley in the first inning. He later picked up a single and another double to finish with three hits on the afternoon. Since being activated from the disabled list on May 18 after missing the bulk of the month due to back and elbow injuries, the veteran first baseman has picked up four hits over 12 at-bats. He is still searching for his first home run. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Justin Bour socks late homer in loss to LAD
    Justin Bour went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bour hit a leadoff home run against Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to draw the Marlins to within 6-3. While that kept matters at least vaguely interesting, Bour's squad was unable to creep any closer, as that score held as the final. The 27-year-old first baseman is as locked in as any hitter in the game right now, having swatted six home runs in his last 10 games. He has cracked 11 homers and driven in 28 runs for the season as a whole. Sunday, 4:27 pm
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
  • Daniel Murphy powers Nationals past Braves
    Daniel Murphy blasted his ninth home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Murphy got the scoring started in the ballgame, taking Braves' starter Jaime Garcia deep for a solo shot in the second inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's enjoying another terrific season offensively, slashing .327/.387/.576 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Sunday, 1:36 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) held out again Sunday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alonso hasn't played since Wednesday due to a bruised left knee. He's available off the bench, though, and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Oakland has Ryon Healy at first base, Jed Lowrie in the designated hitter spot and Chad Pinder at second Sunday. Sunday, 10:45 am
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Buster Posey getting a day off Sunday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather after Saturday's extra-innings game. Nick Hundley will do the catching. Sunday, 8:50 am
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remained out of the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols hasn't played since exiting Wednesday's game with a right hamstring. It's possible he'll be available to pinch-hit. Sunday, 8:29 am
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Tommy Joseph not in Sunday's lineup
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Phillies are also resting Cameron Rupp, as they have Brock Stassi at first base and Andrew Knapp at catcher. Sunday, 7:05 am
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Pujols (hamstring) unavailable Saturday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Albert Pujols (hamstring) was unavailable Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols went through batting practice before the game in hopes of pinch-hitting but Scioscia wanted to give him another day. His status is up in the air for Sunday's series finale. With no DH available in the National League, we're guessing Pujols will be a spectator again. Saturday, 8:49 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Alex Avila pushes average to .382
    Alex Avila finished 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Avila continues to scorch at the plate, driving in nine runs across 10 games in the month of May. He continues to hit for high average and he is slashing an amazing .382/.488/.706 overall on the season. Avila has a .243 career average and .751 OPS, so this type of production isn't likely to be sustainable. Avila is a great sell-high candidate in most fantasy formats. Saturday, 8:28 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Jonathan Lucroy reaches the seats
    Jonathan Lucroy belted a solo home run in four trips to the plate Saturday in Detroit.

    Advice: Lucroy has hit safely in a season-high eight straight games, as he continues to tear it up in the month of May. He is hitting a robust .353 (18-for-51) with four doubles, two homers, six RBI and a .926 OPS while striking out just two times. Lucroy also has an RBI in four consecutive outings. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Sean Manaea deep in the second inning to give his club a brief lead. Ramirez has yet to catch fire this season and has sort of been plodding along. He has a .258 batting average with six homers and 18 RBI in 138 plate appearances. He will have to pick up the pace if he hopes to match the .286 batting average with 30 homers and 111 RBI he put up last year. Saturday, 5:12 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) could pinch-hit Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) will take batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Pujols isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets but he could be available to pinch-hit if his BP session goes well. The veteran slugger has been nursing a strained hamstring over the past few days. Pujols is only hitting .247 for the year but leads the Angels with 32 RBI. Saturday, 2:34 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Pujols (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remains out of the Angels starting lineup for Saturday's game against Zack Wheeler and the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols is battling through a minor hamstring strain and is still expected to avoid the disabled list. Jefry Marte is starting in his place at first base and batting sixth for the Halos on Saturday. Saturday, 12:45 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Miguel Cabrera (oblique) returns to lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (oblique) returned to the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that Cabrera would be in the lineup on Saturday. The slugger hasn't played since Tuesday due to a Grade 1 oblique strain. He's serving as the designated hitter while Alex Avila starts at first base. Saturday, 12:43 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) sits again on Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remains out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin said Friday that Alonso could be held out until Tuesday and it's looking more and more like that will be the case. Ryon Healy is getting another start in his place at first base while Chad Pinder functions as the designated hitter. Saturday, 10:11 am
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Tigers recall John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo
    Tigers recalled 1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: With Miguel Cabrera banged up and Victor Martinez away on paternity leave, Hicks will add an extra bat for the Tigers. He hit .423 with seven RBI in his seven games with the big league club this season. Saturday, 8:57 am
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Murphy homers in second straight game
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy has homered in back-to-back games. The 32-year-old has calmed down since his monster April, but he’s still batting .325/.387/.567 with eight homers and 32 RBI through 39 games overall. Friday, 9:24 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Morrison plates two runs against Yankees
    Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Friday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Morrison had an RBI double in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The 29-year-old is striking out in bunches this season, but he’s off to a tremendous start anyway. He’s sitting on 11 home runs and a .866 OPS with 29 RBI through 41 games. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Holliday slugs two-run homer vs. Rays
    Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double in Friday’s loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Holliday tied things up with a blast off Ryne Stanek in the top of the eighth inning before the Rays pulled away. The veteran slugger has thrived in pinstripes so far this season, batting .273/.373/.521 with eight homers and 27 RBI over 36 games. Friday, 8:10 pm
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Miguel Cabrera expected to play on Saturday
    Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that he expects Miguel Cabrera (oblique) to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Cabrera was able to swing a bat without issue prior to Friday's game and was available to pinch-hit. He hasn't played since Tuesday due to a Grade 1 oblique strain. Friday, 8:10 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Mark Reynolds plates three in lopsided win
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 and drove in three run on Friday in a lopsided victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Reynolds got the Rockies on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and added a two-run single to cap off the damage in the ninth. The veteran first baseman has been a godsend for the Rockies this year, slashing a robust .329/.407/.610 with 12 homers and 38 RBI. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Athletics could rest Alonso through weekend
    Athletics' manager Bob Melvin hinted Friday that the club could rest Yonder Alonso (knee) through the team's off-day on Monday.

    Advice: Melvin didn't rule out him returning before then either though. Ryon Healy will continue to fill in for him at first base while he's sidelined. Friday, 4:43 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring is negative
    An MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring came back clean.

    Advice: Pujols had to be lifted from Wednesday's game after his hamstring tightened up on him, but he's avoided a strain it appears. He's not playing Friday but is hoping to return to action on Saturday or Sunday. Friday, 2:12 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Cabrera (oblique) hoping to take BP Friday
    Miguel Cabrera (oblique) is hoping to take batting practice Friday.

    Advice: If he's able to and he feels alright, Cabrera thinks he might be ready to return to the Tigers' lineup as soon as Saturday. The Tigers' slugger hasn't played since Tuesday because of a Grade 1 oblique strain. Friday, 1:24 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Miguel Cabrera (oblique) still out of lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (oblique) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera has a Grade 1 oblique strain and hasn't played since Tuesday. He could return at some point over the weekend, but it's not a guarantee. Alex Avila is at first base and also batting cleanup Friday. Friday, 12:34 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Mitch Moreland hits solo home run vs. A's
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Moreland temporarily knotted up the score at 3-3 with his solo home run off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning, but the A's would come right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to take a lead that would not be relinquished. Moreland is now slashing .254/.361/.430 with three homers and 17 RBI across 142 at-bats. Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    Player Note
    Chase Utley LAD - 1B,2B
    Top 7, 5-0 vs ChC
  • Justin Bour styles solo homer in loss to LAD
    Justin Bour went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bour clobbered a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu with two outs in the second inning. The dinger was his ninth of the season. He has been on a power tear of late, crushing five home runs in his last eight games while working to a .265/.359/.508 triple-slash for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:43 pm
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
  • Morales, Blue Jays hang nine runs on Braves
    Kendrys Morales finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Blue Jays to a lopsided 9-0 victory over the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Morales doubled among his four hits, but it was a pair of RBI singles -- one in the third inning, one in the fourth -- that plated his two runs driven in. The four hits were as many as the designated hitter had in his previous eight games combined. The 33-year-old is hitting .255/.302/.443 with seven homers and 23 RBI in his first year with the Jays. Thursday, 8:47 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Tex
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) sitting against Boston
    Yonder Alonso (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's getting the night off after banging his knee Wednesday against Seattle. Alonso is still awaiting his MRI results but doesn't expect to miss more than a handful of games. Ryon Healy is filling in at first base and batting fifth Thursday against Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez. Thursday, 3:56 pm
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Mark Reynolds not starting second game of DH
    Mark Reynolds is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday for the second game of their doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: Reynolds served as the DH in the first game of the double dip, going 1-for-2 with a single and two walks in the Rockies' 5-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez will DH the nightcap with Ian Desmond manning first base. Reynolds sports a masterful .319 average with 12 homers and a team-leading 35 RBI this year. Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez from DL
    Dodgers activated 1B Adrian Gonzalez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gonzalez went 2-for-6 during a two-game rehab stint with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He's ready to resume his role as the Dodgers' everyday first baseman after missing two weeks with an elbow issue. Hot-hitting rookie Cody Bellinger helped out at first during Gonzalez's absence but now he'll spend most of his time in left field. Gonzalez was only hitting .255 before his injury and has yet to homer in 94 at-bats this season. Thursday, 1:18 pm
  • Daniel Murphy slugs his seventh home run
    Daniel Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season Thursday in the Nationals' loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was a second-inning solo shot off Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow. Murphy also singled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He's batting .320/.385/.542 with 31 RBI in 38 games. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Lucroy, Napoli not in TEX lineup on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest. Robinson Chirinos will start at catcher and bat cleanup Thursday afternoon against Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta. Mike Napoli is also on the bench Thursday, with Ryan Rua filling in at first base. Thursday, 8:22 am
  • Miguel Cabrera (oblique) not playing Thursday
    Miguel Cabrera (oblique) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera was diagnosed Wednesday with a Grade 1 oblique strain, though Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he expects the slugger to miss only 2-3 days. Andrew Romine is starting at first base and batting eighth Thursday versus Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. Thursday, 7:07 am
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Adrian Gonzalez goes 3-for-4 in rehab game
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow, back) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in his second minor league rehab game Wednesday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman declared himself healthy after his first rehab game Tuesday, and it sounds like he could be cleared to return to the Dodgers' active roster within the next couple of days. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on May 5 due to lingering soreness in his back and right elbow. Thursday, 6:23 am
  • Miguel Cabrera diagnosed with oblique strain
    Miguel Cabrera has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain.

    Advice: Cabrera was a late scratch from the lineup prior to Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Per manager Brad Ausmus, this minor oblique strain is expected to keep the veteran slugger sidelined for the next 2-3 days. If that turns out to be the case, the Tigers dodged a bullet, here. Oblique injuries can often take weeks of rehab to work through. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Murphy goes 1-for-4 with a run vs Pirates
    Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 and scored his club's only run of the game in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He singled to center in the seventh inning, then dashed home on a Brian Goodwin double. Murphy hasn't quite matched his stellar rate stats from last year but has still been one of the better hitters in the league thus far in 2017. He is slashing .315/.382/.523 with six homers, 25 runs scored and 30 RBI. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
    W, 3-0 vs SD
  • Miguel Cabrera scratched with sore left side
    Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles due to a sore left side.

    Advice: Cabrera will undergo further testing and will be reevaluated on Thursday. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Alex Avila is starting at first base in the veteran slugger's place and will hit sixth in Wednesday's game. Wednesday, 4:12 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Miguel Cabrera scratched from lineup late
    Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch from the lineup in advance of Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: The Tigers did not give a reason for Cabrera's late scratch, but if there is an injury, the team should pass along word in the coming hours. This could also be a simple rest day -- Cabrera has largely been struggling at the plate this season. Alex Avila draws the start at first base for Wednesday's game and will hit sixth. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
    L, 3-0 @CWS ; W, 4-3 @CWS
  • Buster Posey singles in loss to Dodgers
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Giants were almost completely punch-less in this one, managing just four hits on the afternoon and only one for extra bases. For his part, Posey is now hitting a cool .378/.452/.588 with seven homers and 11 RBI. He had turned in multi-hit showings in each of his last four games prior to being limited to just the solitary single in Wednesday's contest. Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Kendrys Morales out of the lineup Wednesday
    Kendrys Morales is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: With the game being played down in Atlanta, there is no designated hitter slot for Morales. He will be available to pinch-hit. The Jays will send Joe Biagini to the mound in this one, to be opposed by Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Tex
  • LoMo slugs 11th home run of the season
    Logan Morrison clubbed his 11th home run of the season Wednesday in the Rays' defeat of the Indians.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the third inning off Indians starter Josh Tomlin and it pushed the Rays' lead out to 5-0. They eventually won 7-4. Morrison also drew a walk in the afternoon victory and is now batting .246/.331/.530 in 40 games for Tampa Bay this season. LoMo is currently on pace for 41 home runs and 102 RBI, though the 29-year-old is a poor bet to continue mashing at this kind of clip. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez plays first rehab game
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow, back) went 0-for-2 with two walks in his first rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was actually the first minor league rehab game ever for Gonzalez, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career. "It was fun," he said. "You get to interact with the fans a little more, more of a close-knit stadium. Everybody is right there, so it was fun." The veteran first baseman could return to the Dodgers' active roster before the end of this week. Wednesday, 6:13 am
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