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  • Owings' two-homer night leads Diamondbacks
    Chris Owings did it all Thursday, homering twice and stealing a base to help the Diamondbacks down the Padres 6-2.

    Advice: Owings hit a pair of solo jacks off batting practice fastba-- er, Padres starter Jered Weaver, popping one in the third inning before doing it again an inning later. He's now among the league leaders in RBI (19) and stolen bases (6), a testament to the kind of all-around month the 25-year-old is having. Owings is batting .325/.365/.550 with four homers and 12 runs to boot. Add him where you can. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Tomas has double, homer in win over Padres
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run homer in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Tomas hit the two-run shot off Padres starter Jered Weaver in the fourth inning before knocking the RBI double in the sixth. The homer was his fifth of the season, giving Tomas 18 RBI and 12 runs scored in 21 games. The bat-first left fielder is hitting .308/.337/.615 overall. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Fowler homers, Cards sweep doubleheader
    Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored as the Cardinals swept Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

    Advice: The Cardinals put up runs in each of the first four innings, with Fowler's homer off Jays starter Casey Lawrence coming in the second. The homer was his third of the year and gives his 15 runs scored in 21 games. He went 5-for-9 on the day and seven hits in his last 14 at-bats with three extra-base hits, suggesting he may be breaking out of an early season slump that has his line at .224/.295/.388 through 21 games. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Hicks keeps hitting, scores two more runs
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's now scored 10 runs in his last nine games and has 11 runs scored in 14 games this year. There isn't much he's done wrong at the dish this year, batting .324/.458/.703 with four homers, nine RBI and two stolen bases. The 27-year-old has been a disappointment for most of his MLB career but Yankees manager Joe Girardi may be figuring out how to best use him. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Brock Holt to DH for Pawtucket on Friday
    Updating an earlier report, Brock Holt (vertigo) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

    Advice: He'll serve as the DH. Holt seems to be over his bout with vertigo and should be back with the Red Sox as soon as his 10 days are up. The 28-year-old has just two hits in 15 at-bats this year and doesn't carry any fantasy value. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Red Sox option Steve Selsky to Pawtucket
    Red Sox optioned OF Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The Red Sox needed to clear a roster spot for Chase d'Arnaud, who was claimed off waivers from Atlanta. Selsky played sparingly during his month-long stint with the Red Sox, appearing mostly as a pinch-hitter. He went 1-for-9 with five strikeouts during that span. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Gonzalez has two hits, homer against Indians
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Gonzalez went through an 0-for-16 stretch before snapping out of it with a 2-for-4 game Wednesday, and he followed it up with his fourth homer of the year and his first since April 9. After that strong first week-plus he appeared to be in line for more playing time, but the emergence of Yuli Gurriel has relegated Gonzalez to a part-time player. He can be left alone in fantasy leagues if he's not getting everyday at-bats, and even then he's best left for AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Jankowski (foot) may have hairline fracture
    Travis Jankowski may have a hairline fracture in his injured foot.

    Advice: Jankowski was placed on the DL with a bruised right foot earlier this week. Even if Jankowski does have a hairline fracture, it won't alter his rehab plans. He'll be in a walking boot for at least another week and remains out indefinitely. Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Andrew Toles delivers for Dodgers
    Andrew Toles' single knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Dodgers topped the Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers went on to score three more times in the frame, with the last of the runs coming on a bases-loaded walk. Toles' hit came in his second at-bat after he came off the bench. He's been dropped from the leadoff spot and is losing playing time with his average down to .207. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Span said MRI showed 'nothing alarming'
    Denard Span (shoulder) said his MRI showed "nothing alarming."

    Advice: Team doctors will convene with a radiologist on Friday just to make sure they see the same thing. Span is now hoping to be back within a couple of weeks. In the mean time, Gorkys Hernandez will continue to split reps with Drew Stubbs in center field. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Bryce Harper hits three-run homer
    Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer and walked Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Harper and Daniel Murphy remain tied for the major league lead in RBI after both knocking in three runs today. Harper does have about 400 points of OPS on Murphy, though, thanks to his .418 average and 20 walks. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Adam Eaton homers, reaches four times
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a homer, two walks and three runs scored Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: This would seem to settle it: there's no way manager Dusty Baker can take Eaton out of the leadoff spot right now, no matter his previous plans. Eaton first, with Trea Turner batting second, is the Nationals' best option, even if it cuts down on Turner's steal attempts. Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Tyler Collins goes 3-for-3 in loss
    Tyler Collins was the Tigers' offense on Thursday, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk against the Mariners.

    Advice: Unfortunately, he was also called on to play defense, which didn't go so well. He botched what should have been a routine catch for the right fielder in the sixth inning, leading to the Mariners' first run. He also made an ill-advised throw in the ninth that allowed a potential insurance run to get to second base. Collins has been on a nice roll with the bat lately, and to be fair, he belongs in an outfield corner, not in center. Apart from Collins, the Tigers mustered just one hit and one walk today. Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Holt to begin rehab assignment this weekend
    Brock Holt (vertigo) will begin a rehab assignment in the next day or two.

    Advice: Holt landed on the DL with vertigo earlier this week but has made a quick recovery and should be back as soon as his 10 days are up. When healthy, Holt will fill a utility role for Boston. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) headed for MRI
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will go for an MRI on Friday.

    Advice: This MRI will be "more detailed" than the one Cespedes underwent last week. Cespedes strained his left hamstring running the bases on Thursday and manager Terry Collins said he could be out "a while." The Mets have dropped six straight and now sit in last place in the NL East. Losing their best hitter for an extended stretch probably won't help matters. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Giants outright Chris Marrero to Triple-A
    Giants sent 1B/OF Chris Marrero outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Marrero cracked the Giants' major league roster out of camp after a big showing in the Cactus League, but he went on to slash just .132/.171/.211 over 41 major league plate appearances. The 28-year-old passed through waivers unclaimed. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Mariners outright Leonys Martin to AAA
    Mariners sent OF Leonys Martin outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Martin was designated for assignment by Seattle earlier this week after batting .111/.172/.130 over his first 58 plate appearances. The 29-year-old outfielder passed through waivers unclaimed primarily because he's making a $4.85 million salary in 2017. He should get another shot with the Mariners at some point this summer. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Span sent for more tests on right shoulder
    Denard Span has been sent for more tests on his sprained right shoulder.

    Advice: And manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged Thursday that Span is going to need more than 10 days on the disabled list. Gorkys Hernandez and Drew Stubbs are splitting time in center field for San Francisco. Yesterday, 11:48 am
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Cespedes diagnosed with a pulled hamstring
    Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a pulled left hamstring.

    Advice: That's more commonly known as a hamstring strain, and it's going to send Cespedes to the disabled list for at least a couple of weeks. He had been dealing with left hamstring discomfort for the last several days and tweaked the muscle Thursday while legging out a double off Braves starter R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the fourth inning. Juan Lagares replaced Cespedes in the Mets' outfield on Thursday. Michael Conforto should now have an everyday role in New York. Yesterday, 11:36 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Ian Desmond (hand) set for EST games
    Ian Desmond (hand) is due to begin playing in extended spring training games Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: He'll play multiple positions in those games and on his subsequent minor league rehab assignment. Desmond needed surgery to repair a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand back in early March, after signing a five-year, $70 million free agent contract with the Rockies in December. He should be activated sometime in early-to-mid May. Yesterday, 11:33 am
    10-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Cespedes leaves game with hamstring injury
    Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Braves with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Cespedes pulled up lame while legging out a double off Braves starter R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to be helped down the dugout steps. He's been dealing with hamstring discomfort for the past week and is now probably looking at a lengthy stay on the disabled list. More bad news for the Mets. Yesterday, 11:25 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Red Sox claim Chase d'Arnaud from ATL
    Red Sox claimed INF Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Braves.

    Advice: He was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday. The 30-year-old infielder holds a weak .231/.288/.312 career batting line at the major league level. Yesterday, 10:55 am
    New Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Rays activate, option OF Mallex Smith
    Rays activated OF Mallex Smith from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Smith is recovered from his mid-April hamstring strain, but with Colby Rasmus due back soon the 23-year-old outfielder is no longer a fit for the major league roster. Smith was batting .273/.360/.318 in 25 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • JD Martinez (foot) took live BP on Wednesday
    J.D. Martinez (foot) took live batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The next step for Martinez will be playing in extended spring training games at the Tigers' facility in Lakeland, Florida. He began running last week and has reported no lingering discomfort around his once-sprained Lisfranc ligament. The 29-year-old slugger is on course to make his 2017 debut sometime in early May. Yesterday, 7:53 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Nimmo (hamstring) plays first rehab game
    Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) had a double, two RBI, and three runs scored Wednesday in his first rehab game with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Nimmo strained his right hamstring back in early March while playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic and then reaggravated the injury when he returned to Mets camp. But it looks like he's recovered now. The former first-round pick is likely to be stationed at Triple-A Las Vegas when the Mets activate him off the major league disabled list. Yesterday, 6:43 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Trea Turner homers, doubles in win
    Trea Turner finished 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored Wednesday in the Nationals' 11-4 drubbing of the Rockies.

    Advice: It seems that Turner is taking to the second spot in the Nationals' order just fine; maybe Dusty Baker should leave him there. Turner was a triple away from his second straight cycle tonight. He's 11-for-24 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI since coming off the disabled list. Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Bryce Harper goes 4-for-4
    Bryce Harper had a 4-for-4 game Wednesday, raising his average to .432.

    Advice: Harper is playing some of the best ball of his career, leading to an Eric Thames-like 1.372 OPS through 74 at-bats. He's scored 26 runs and driven in 22 in 21 games. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Sano goes 3-for-4 in loss to Rangers
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano now owns a nice .286 batting average after hitting .236 last year. He has also doubled his walk rate, leading to a stellar .432 on-base percentage. He has five home runs, 14 runs scored and 16 RBI through 88 plate appearances. Still 23 years old (his birthday is in two weeks), the former elite prospect has made some adjustments and seems to be maturing as an all-around hitter. Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a home run vs Cubs
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: He took Cubs ace Jon Lester deep to center field with the bases empty in the sixth inning to provide what ultimately proved to be the winning run. It was his third homer of the season to go with his .237 batting average and six RBI. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Smith goes 2-for-5 with a walk to lead O's
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run and an RBI in an 11-inning, 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the key to two of the most important plays of the game. He came to the plate in the second inning with a runner on first. Smith singled to center field and ended up running all the way around the bases when the Rays made two errant throws on the play. In the 11th and decisive inning, Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in walk-off fashion. The veteran outfielder is batting .263/.378/.526 with two homers and four RBI while platooning in right field and hitting lead-off versus right-handed starting pitchers. Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Denard Span (shoulder) lands on disabled list
    Giants placed OF Denard Span on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder.

    Advice: He hasn't played since crashing into the outfield wall on Saturday and obviously the Giants felt he needed a few more days. Span's stint on the disabled list will likely be a short one. Drew Stubbs and Gorkys Hernandez will share time in center field during his absence. Wednesday, 3:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Holt close to beginning rehab assignment
    Brock Holt (vertigo) feels "much better" and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next few days.

    Advice: Holt has been battling vertigo for the past week but his symptoms have mostly gone away. The 28-year-old has started two games in left field and one at third base this year. Wednesday, 1:43 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Mallex Smith (hamstring) begins rehab gms
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a triple in his first minor league rehab game Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Smith has been on the disabled list since April 14 with a strained right hamstring. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suspects the 23-year-old outfielder will be optioned to Triple-A Durham once he returns to full strength. He was batting .273/.360/.318 through 25 plate appearances with the Rays. Wednesday, 9:22 am
  • Bryce Harper racks up two more hits
    Bryce Harper finished 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win at Colorado.

    Advice: Harper posted his ninth multi-hit game in April, and sixth outing with two or more hits over the past nine contests, lifting his average back to .400. He has also driven in 21 runs through 20 games. He was not bothered by his first day off of the season on Monday, as he continues to display MVP form early on. Tuesday, 10:53 pm
  • Trea Turner hits for cycle, drives in seven
    Trea Turner hit for the cycle in Tuesday's game at Colorado, finishing with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI.

    Advice: The seven RBI are tied for second-most in a single game in franchise history, and it was the first cycle for a Washington player since Cristian Guzman accomplished the feat Aug. 28, 2008. The former standout at North Carolina State has hit safely in each of his past four starts since returning from the 10-day disabled list. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Miguel Sano hits fifth homer
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Remember three weeks ago when Paul Molitor thought Byron Buxton would be a better hitter than Sano this year? Sano is at .258/.417/.591 with five homers and 16 RBI right now. No one else on the Twins has more than two homers or 11 RBI. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Chris Owings drives in three more runs
    Chris Owings stayed hot in Tuesday's game against the Padres, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and three RBI.

    Advice: Owings had a single in eight at-bats in two games in San Diego earlier in the month, but something about Padres pitching agrees with him back in Arizona. He has two singles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI in the first two games of this mid-week set against San Diego. He'll look to keep it rolling against RHP Trevor Cahill on Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:06 pm
  • Tyler Collins knocks in three runs
    Tyler Collins finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and a walk in Tuesday's rout.

    Advice: Collins had just two RBI in 48 at-bats coming into this one, and he's still sporting just a .631 OPS at the moment. He has some AL-only value while starting against right-handers, but the sooner the Tigers can supplant him, the better. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Denard Span (shoulder) returning Thursday?
    Denard Span (shoulder) could return to the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Span banged his right shoulder Saturday when he crashed into the outfield wall, but it's nothing overly serious. He's hitting .200/.245/.280 on the young season. Tuesday, 4:55 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • J.D. Martinez (foot) ran again Monday
    J.D. Martinez (foot) ran outside Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida.

    Advice: "Best he's felt," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday. Martinez was cleared for running last Friday but turned up the intensity in his workout Monday and experienced no lingering discomfort around his Lisfranc sprain. The 29-year-old slugger is on track to join the Tigers' active roster in early May, after a minor league rehab assignment. Tuesday, 1:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Braves designate d'Arnaud for assignment
    Braves designated INF Chase d'Arnaud for assignment.

    Advice: He gets the boot to make room for Lane Adams on the active roster. D'Arnaud has been used sparingly in the early part of the season and batted just .245/.317/.335 over 262 plate appearances last season. He could potentially pass through waivers, though his versatility could draw some interest from other clubs. Tuesday, 12:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) returns to lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) has returned to the Mets' lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Cespedes was forced to miss the entire weekend series against the Nationals while nursing left hamstring soreness, but he's back in there as promised Tuesday. Of course, there's rain in the forecast and the game might not be played. Tuesday, 12:11 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Chris Owings hits grand slam
    Chris Owings went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Owings also stole a base, his fifth in five attempts this year. He should be a breakthrough fantasy performer this year. Monday, 11:05 pm
  • Andrew Toles goes 0-for-4
    Andrew Toles went 0-for-4 as the Dodgers' leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Toles has three homers from the leadoff spot, but he's hitting just .220 with a .278 OBP in 50 at-bats. He'll probably log more time low in the order when Logan Forsythe returns. Monday, 10:51 pm
  • Denard Span (shoulder) out 2-4 more days
    Denard Span (shoulder) is expected to be out of action for 2-4 more days.

    Advice: Span injured his right shoulder on Saturday when he crashed into the outfield wall, and he's sat out the next two contests. It sounds like he'll need a few more additional days of rest, but the Giants are optimistic he can avoid a stint on the disabled list. Drew Stubbs is in center field Monday. Monday, 4:58 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Denard Span (shoulder) out again Monday
    Denard Span (shoulder) remained out of the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's missed with a right shoulder injury. The Giants have Drew Stubbs in center field and Hunter Pence in the leadoff spot as part of a remade lineup. It's the first time since 2014 that Pence has hit leadoff. Monday, 4:14 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Travis Jankowski (foot) placed on DL
    Padres placed OF Travis Jankowski on the 10-day disabled list with a right foot bone bruise.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point how much time Jankowski might miss. The speedy outfielder has been one of the worst regulars in baseball this season with a .160/.263/.180 batting line. Jabari Blash has replaced him on the roster and should be the new regular left fielder. Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Chris Marrero designated for assignment
    Giants designated 1B/OF Chris Marrero for assignment.

    Advice: Marrero earned an Opening Day roster spot with a big spring, but he failed miserably in his chances in left field, hitting just .132/.171/.211 over 41 plate appearances. He could clear waivers and stick around in the organization. Monday, 3:44 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Miguel Sano to appeal one-game suspension
    Major League Baseball has suspended Miguel Sano one game for his involvement in an altercation during Saturday's game versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a Matt Boyd pitch that went behind him and then gave a hard shove to James McCann after the catcher intervened. The Twins' third baseman is in Monday's lineup and will continue to play until his appeal is heard. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Desmond (hand) takes batting practice Monday
    Ian Desmond (hand) took batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's taken BP on the field since he suffered a fracture in his left hand in mid-March. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but it should be just right around the corner. A return in early May is looking likely. Monday, 2:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Bryce Harper getting a day off on Monday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's Harper's first day off of the season, as he had started each of the team's first 18 games. The timing is unfortunate for his fantasy owners given that the day off comes at Coors Field. Adam Eaton will slide over to right field and Michael Taylor will get a start in center. The Nationals also have Jose Lobaton at catcher over Matt Wieters. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Smith (hamstring) plays in ext. spring game
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) played in extended spring training on Monday.

    Advice: Smith landed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a right hamstring strain. It's unclear when he'll be cleared for an official minor league rehab assignment. The Rays could keep him at Triple-A once he's back to full health. Monday, 12:46 pm
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) has returned to the Orioles' lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since last Tuesday due to a right hamstring strain. He'll bat leadoff in his return Monday against Rays ace Chris Archer. Monday, 11:54 am
  • Cespedes says he'll be ready for Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's game that Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) told him he'll be ready for Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes sat out the entire weekend series against the Nationals due to a sore left hamstring, but he was available as a pinch-hitter for Sunday's game and was in the on-deck circle before the final out. It's not a sure thing he'll be ready for Tuesday, as the Mets will have him go through a pre-game workout before making a final decision. Still, he's sorely missed at the moment, as the Mets have dropped eight out of their last nine. Monday, 5:36 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Ian Desmond could see time in outfield
    Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Sunday that Ian Desmond (hand) could see some playing time in the outfield when he returns.

    Advice: Desmond was signed to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter with the expectation that he'd start at first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well to begin the season, the Rockies may want to keep his bat in the lineup. Regardless of where he plays, fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting Desmond's return which appears to be on track for early May. Sunday, 6:55 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Leonys Martin designated for assignment
    Mariners designated OF Leonys Martin for assignment.

    Advice: Martin was off to a brutal .111/.172/.130 start this season, but it's a surprise that the Mariners are cutting him loose given his plus defense and ability to steal bases and offer a little pop when he's right. He could clear waivers given his $4.85 million salary, but Martin won't be out of a job long. The Tigers are an obvious fit. Jarrod Dyson will slide over to handle center field now, with the Mariners likely going with a combination of Guillermo Heredia, Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia in left. Sunday, 10:11 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Denard Span's (shoulder) X-rays are negative
    X-rays on Denard Span's right shoulder came back negative.

    Advice: Span injured the shoulder when he collided with the outfield wall on Saturday. While it appears he's avoided a serious injury, he's sitting out Sunday and could potentially miss more time. Gorkys Hernandez is in center field in his place. Sunday, 10:00 am
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Late April/early May for J.D. Martinez (foot)
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that J.D. Martinez (foot) is on track to be activated from the disabled list in late April or early May.

    Advice: Martinez ran outside on Friday at 40-60 percent effort and his ailing right foot felt better than expected the day after. He'll do more running Monday and doesn't appear to be far off from a rehab assignment. Martinez is making his way back from a sprained Lisfranc ligament. Sunday, 8:45 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Dexter Fowler (heel) back in Cards' lineup
    Dexter Fowler (heel) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Fowler was pulled from Friday's game and sat out Saturday with a bruised heel, but he's returned to the leadoff spot Sunday. The Cards are resting Yadier Molina, as Eric Fryer will catch Mike Leake. Sunday, 7:58 am
  • Josh Bell not in Sunday's lineup
    Josh Bell is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bell has been heating up at the plate lately, but he'll be on the bench for this one. David Freese has shifted over to first base, with Josh Harrison handling third and Phil Gosselin second. The Pirates also have Chris Stewart catching over Francisco Cervelli. Sunday, 7:31 am
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Tomas homers twice as D'backs rout Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas homered twice and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks administered an 11-5 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Tomas hit a pair of solo dongs off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, first in the first inning and later in the fifth. The homers gave Tomas four on the season, with 13 RBI to go with them. He's followed up a breakout 2016 season by hitting .295/.328/.607 through the season's first few weeks of action. Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Denard Span (shoulder) headed for X-rays
    Updating an earlier report, Denard Span suffered a minor shoulder sprain in Saturday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: He's going for X-rays. Span made a nice catch to rob Charlie Blackmon of extra bases during the third inning but banged his shoulder against the outfield wall. Manager Bruce Bochy is hoping the injury is minor but has already announced that Span won't play on Sunday. Gorkys Hernandez should man center field in his absence. Saturday, 8:38 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Span forced to leave with shoulder injury
    Denard Span left Saturday's game against the Rockies with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Span made a terrific running catch to rob Charlie Blackmon of extra bases in the third inning but jammed his shoulder on the outfield wall. After he left, Gorkys Hernandez moved from right field to center, Eduardo Nunez shifted from third base to right field and Conor Gillaspie entered the game at third base. Span grounded out in his only at-bat of the night. He's already the second Giants outfielder to hurt himself on a play at the wall this season and it's only April. Saturday, 7:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Eaton goes 2-for-4 with a run scored Sat.
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Nationals' big offseason acquisition has lived up to expectations in the season's first three weeks, batting .292/.390/.431 with one home run, seven RBI and three stolen bases. He has done a great job of setting the table and has scored 15 runs in 17 games. Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • Turner goes 2-for-5 with an RBI vs Mets
    Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: He stroked a fifth-inning double to plate Adam Eaton, then scored on a single by Ryan Zimmerman. This was his first start since being activated off the disabled list on Friday. Turner was off to a slow start in six games before the hamstring injury. Today's good game boosted his slash line up to .208/.240/.292 with zero homers and two RBI. He has three stolen bases as well. Saturday, 5:48 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Cespedes (hamstring) unlikely for Sunday
    Speaking after Saturday’s loss to the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn’t expect Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to play in Sunday’s series finale.

    Advice: Cespedes spent most of Saturday’s game getting worked on in the trainer’s room and didn’t feel healthy enough to pinch-hit when Collins called on him in the seventh inning. With New York playing a night game in potentially cold weather, there’s little chance of Cespedes seeing the field on Sunday. He’s day-to-day. Saturday, 5:39 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) available to pinch-hit
    Seth Smith (hamstring) could be available to pinch-hit on Saturday.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since straining his hamstring on Tuesday. He was able to run a bit on Friday and should be back in the lineup within a day or two. Mark Trumbo will draw another start in right field Saturday against Boston. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Sano ejected as benches clear in Minnesota
    Miguel Sano was ejected from Saturday's game against the Tigers following an altercation with James McCann.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a pitch thrown behind him in the fifth inning and shoved McCann when he blocked his path to pitcher Matt Boyd. The benches cleared and Sano and Boyd were both ejected. Sano went 1-for-2 on the afternoon. Joe Mauer replaced him at first base after the ejection. Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Cespedes (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes remains out of the Mets' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes continues to battle a sore left hamstring and isn't available for a prime matchup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Michael Conforto is drawing another start for the Mets and is batting second on Saturday. Saturday, 9:26 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Harper hits seventh homer as Nats top Mets
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs scored, and a walk as the Nationals topped the Mets 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Harper got the Nationals on the board with a two-run blast off Matt Harvey in the first inning. He later scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning after reaching on a double against Josh Smoker and Trea Turner drew a bases-loaded walk against Jeurys Familia. Harper has been on an absolute tear to begin the year, hitting .407/.521/.864 with seven homers and 20 RBI through 16 games. He’s back in MVP form. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Bell slugs two-run homer in win
    Josh Bell slugged a two-run homer in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Bell’s second-inning blast gave the Pirates an early 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia. The Yankees chipped away in the middle innings, but the Pirates added some valuable insurance in the seventh. With homers in back-to-back games, Bell is beginning to show some signs of life. The 24-year-old is hitting just .213/.275/.383 through 16 games. Friday, 7:41 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ian Desmond (hand) taking BP this weekend
    Ian Desmond (hand) will begin taking batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: Desmond has begun hitting off a tee and will progress to soft toss and then batting practice over the next few days. He's already been going through full infield drills. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but sometime perhaps late next week seems like a reasonable goal. Friday, 2:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Seth Smith tests out hamstring
    Seth Smith tested out his right hamstring with some running Friday.

    Advice: Smith is feeling a little better, but he could still wind up on the disabled list depending on how Friday's running goes. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Trey Mancini is in the designated hitter spot Friday. Friday, 1:34 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) sitting out Fri.
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: But he hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet, which is obviously encouraging. Cespedes said he felt a "shock" in his left hamstring on Thursday and he'll be held out of action for a few days. The Mets have an outfield of Michael Conforto in left, Juan Lagares in center and Curtis Granderson in right Friday. Friday, 1:13 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Brock Holt goes on DL with vertigo
    Red Sox placed INF/OF Brock Holt on the 10-day disabled list with vertigo.

    Advice: Holt hasn't played much this season, picking up just two hits in 15 at-bats. It's unclear how long he'll be out. Friday, 12:54 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nationals activate SS Trea Turner from DL
    Nationals activated SS Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Turner played in a couple extended spring training games to test out his right hamstring and had no issues, clearing the way for his activation. He is not in Friday's lineup, however, as Wilmer Difo is at shortstop. Turner batted .158/.158/.211 with three steals over his first five games before going on the DL. Friday, 12:38 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Ian Desmond (hand) hitting ball off a tee
    Ian Desmond (hand) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: Desmond is steadily upping his baseball activities, although he's not ready to take batting practice yet. "He’s getting pretty much full work in the field. So he’s taking groundballs and receiving throws from infielders," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "They were worried about the stress of a thrown ball, with velocity, going into his glove hand. But it’s fine. No problem." Black said last month that he expected Desmond to be activated from the disabled list by the end of April, but it's looking like he may fall a little behind that timetable. However, it shouldn't take much longer than that. Friday, 8:00 am
    10-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Cespedes (hamstring) expects to miss 2-3 days
    Yoenis Cespedes doesn't think his hamstring injury is serious and only expects to miss 2-3 days.

    Advice: He confirmed the injury was not a cramp as previously reported. Cespedes said he felt a "shock" in his hamstring but has had similar injuries and doesn't think this one is as bad. More will be known after Cespedes goes for an MRI on Friday morning. Cespedes suffered the injury while running to second base in Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia. Thursday, 8:23 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Cespedes to undergo (hamstring) MRI Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Friday morning.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins said he's "concerned" about Cespedes, who was hobbling around the clubhouse with a heavily wrapped leg after Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia. The Mets originally called the injury a cramp, but now it's looking like it could be something more serious. The last thing the slumping Mets need right now is another injury, especially one to their best hitter. Thursday, 8:03 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • DL a possibility for Seth Smith (hamstring)
    Seth Smith's hamstring has not improved since Tuesday.

    Advice: If he feels the same on Friday, the Orioles could place him on the disabled list. Baltimore's outfield is shorthanded right now with Smith hurting and Joey Rickard still working his way back from a sprained middle finger. Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo could see more time in the outfield if Smith lands on the DL. Thursday, 4:10 pm
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) sits again Thursday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) remains out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Hyun Soo Kim will take a turn at leadoff and play left field, with Mark Trumbo in right and the hot-hitting Trey Mancini on the bench. Smith suffered a right hamstring strain Tuesday against the Reds and could eventually wind up on the 10-day disabled list. He's day-to-day for now. Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Harper hits solo home run and a grand slam
    Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in a 14-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He smoked a long solo home run in the first inning and topped that with an even longer shot for the grand slam in the second inning. He later added a double, a single and a walk for good measure. All told he drove in five runs and scored three. He is off to an epic start to the season, batting .404/.516/.846 with six home runs, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • J.D. Martinez (foot) takes batting practice
    J.D. Martinez (foot) took batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: While Martinez has been cleared to swing the bat, he has not yet been cleared to either run or participate in outfield drills. His timetable for return remains somewhat murky, as it is still unclear just when he might be healthy enough to embark on a minor league rehab assignment. General manager Al Avila said last week that Martinez is "not too far away from coming back." The 29-year-old outfielder is on the recovery trail from a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. Lisfranc injuries sometimes have a tendency to linger, so this will be one to watch even after Martinez rejoins the team. Wednesday, 6:11 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Turner (hamstring) working in extended spring
    Trea Turner (hamstring) stole a base in extended spring training play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Turner has been experiencing no discomfort as he has ramped up his rehab efforts. He will be heading out on a short minor league rehab assignment in the very near future and could be activated from the disabled list by the end of month. The young shortstop initially strained his right hamstring on April 8, during the first weekend of the season. Wednesday, 6:04 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Fowler goes 3-for-4 with two HRs vs. Pirates
    Dexter Fowler slugged his first two home runs of the season Wednesday in the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Fowler tagged Pirates starter Gerrit Cole for solo shots in the third and fifth before reaching on an infield single in the bottom of the seventh. He finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. St. Louis' new leadoff man is starting to come alive here in mid-April. Wednesday, 1:34 pm
  • Josh Bell slugs first homer versus Cardinals
    Josh Bell slugged his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Pirates' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell jumped Michael Wacha for a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning, but that's all the scoring the Pittsburgh offense could generate in the afternoon defeat. Bell is batting just .205/.271/.318 in 15 games this season, though he's looked a little better lately. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Mallex Smith (hamstring) takes BP session
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) took part in batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith started running on Monday. He is in recovery mode from a strained right hamstring suffered this past Thursday. While the 23-year-old outfielder is closing in on a return, that might not happen at the major league level. The Rays could well opt to shuttle him down to Triple-A Durham once he is healthy. Smith managed one extra-base hit in 25 plate appearances prior to going down injured. Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Mallex Smith (hamstring) resumes running
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) began jogging Monday and increased the intensity of his running Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith is working his way back from a right hamstring strain and could be ready by early next week, though the Rays might opt to send the 23-year-old outfielder to Triple-A Durham when they activate him off the major league disabled list. Smith had one extra-base hit in 25 plate appearances to open the 2017 regular season. Wednesday, 6:56 am
  • Yasmany Tomas hits three-run homer
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Tomas isn't close to being an above average regular for Arizona, but he should be a fantasy asset all year long. He's hitting .286 with seven extra-base hits through 49 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Miguel Sano rips fourth homer on Tuesday
    Miguel Sano clubbed a solo homer on Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: It was an ugly night for Sano otherwise, as he struck out three times in four hitless plate appearances. However, his fantasy owners will obviously take any night that includes a homer. The slugger is sporting a .245 average but a .245/.393/.612 line overall with four dingers and 13 RBI. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Dexter Fowler reaches twice, scores
    Dexter Fowler tripled and scored a run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Fowler nearly had his first Cardinals' home run and RBI, as he led off the bottom of the first inning with a drive off the right field wall. The ball ricocheted off of Adam Frazier's leg, resulting in an easy three-bagger. Fowler also drew a walk. Much like the rest of the Cards' offense, Fowler has struggled in the early going with a .143/.226/.196 batting line. Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Bryce Harper reaches three times Tuesday
    Bryce Harper doubled twice and drew a walk on Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper tried a delayed steal in the fourth inning that didn't work, which helped to thwart what could have been a rally for the Nats. However, reaching base three times and scoring a run isn't bad. He's hitting .354/.475/.688. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Seth Smith leaves game with hamstring strain
    Seth Smith left Tuesday's game against the Reds with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: That could mean a trip to the new 10-day disabled list. Smith was 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Trey Mancini. The 34-year-old outfielder also dealt with hamstring problems this spring but was off to a good start offensively for the O's. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Trea Turner (hamstring) won't return on Wed.
    Trea Turner (hamstring) will head out on a short minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Nationals.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, but the Nationals want to give the 23-year-old shortstop a few tune-up games in the minors before bringing him back. Turner has been out since April 8 with a right hamstring strain. Wilmer Difo is filling in at shortstop for Washington. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Turner (hamstring) tests hamstring
    Trea Turner (hamstring) tested his hamstring by running the bases on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, but it's possible the Nationals could wait an extra day or two to be on the safe side. Either way, he's not far off. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs NYM
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