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  • Travis Shaw sitting Thursday against D'Backs
    Travis Shaw is not in the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Eric Thames is the only lefty starting against D'Backs southpaw Robbie Ray. Hernan Perez will handle the hot corner and bat cleanup on Thursday night. Shaw has gotten off to an impressive start this year (.282, 9 HR, 34 RBI) but has struck out in eight of his last 11 at-bats. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Nick Castellanos not starting Thursday night
    Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Dixon Machado will fill in at third base and bat eight Thursday against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers. Castellanos has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats and could probably use a night off to clear his head. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Luis Valbuena goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Rays on Thursday, dropping his average to .167.

    Advice: Valbuena did just fine in his first 10 games back from the disabled list, but he's 2-for-35 with no extra-base hits since. The Angels also aren't getting anything from Jefry Marte, so perhaps C.J. Cron will rejoin the team soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:31 pm
  • Beltre plays five innings at extended spring
    Adrian Beltre (calf) played five innings of third base Thursday in his first game at extended spring training.

    Advice: Beltre didn't see a defensive chance, but he did run the bases (at around 50 percent effort) while drawing two walks among his six plate appearances. He also hit into three groundouts and one flyout. Beltre is going to play two more games at the Rangers' spring training complex in Arizona before being reevaluated. If all goes well, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week with an eye on joining the Rangers around early-to-mid June. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Anthony Rendon homers in third straight
    Anthony Rendon homered in a third straight game as part of a 2-for-4 day against the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: Rendon had four homers and a double in the three games against Seattle, a team which seriously considered picking him second overall in the 2011 draft before ultimately choosing pitcher Danny Hultzen. Rendon is batting .347 with nine homers, 27 RBI and an 11/14 K/BB ratio in his last 75 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:49 pm
  • Rio Ruiz goes 3-for-4 for Braves
    Rio Ruiz went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Ruiz is 5-for-9 the last two days, giving him a .320 average in eight games since he was called up when Freddie Freeman went on the DL last week. He should be a better player than Adonis Garcia going forward if the Braves want to give him the chance to keep starting at third base. Garcia, though, seems to be just a few days away, and it remains likely that Ruiz will be sent down when he returns. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Arroyo added to Giants' lineup Thursday
    Christian Arroyo has been added to the Giants' starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: Arroyo was to be benched initially, but he's needed at third base with Eduardo Nunez nursing a tweaked hamstring. Arroyo is going to have to start hitting or he could lose playing time, possibly even his roster spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 am
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) scratched Thurs.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) has been scratched from the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Nunez tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday night and the Giants want to play it safe. It doesn't sound like something that will require a lengthy absence. Christian Arroyo is starting at third base now in the matinee game against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Arroyo out of Giants' lineup on Thursday
    Christian Arroyo is out of the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off, but with Eduardo Nunez in the starting lineup at third base there's some thought that Arroyo could be looking a longer timeout. The 21-year-old is batting .196/.248/.313 with 30 strikeouts through his first 29 major league games. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:06 am
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) playing Thursday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll start at third base and bat sixth versus Cubs right-hander Eddie Butler. Nunez tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday but it was obviously nothing serious. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Escobar (hamstring) to run bases soon
    Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is expected to run the bases this weekend.

    Advice: Escobar has done some straight-line jogging without issue and will ramp up the intensity of his workouts over the next couple of days. The third baseman landed on the 10-day disabled list May 15, retroactive to May 14, with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready for activation sometime in early June. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @TB
     
  • Franco back in Phillies' lineup Thursday
    Maikel Franco is back in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: The young third baseman will hit cleanup after getting benched for two days. He has struggled to the tune of a .221/.281/.377 slash line so far in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 am
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Solarte goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Mets
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead his club to a 6-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His third-inning single to left drove in the game's first run. He laced a two-run double to right center field in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest. Solarte had a hot April but has hit the skids in May. Overall he has a .241 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Flores goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Padres
    Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stroked a base-loaded double to plate three runs in the third inning, then came around to score on a Curtis Granderson single. He also worked a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old Flores now has a .307 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI in 91 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Rio Ruiz goes 2-for-5, doubles
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'd be nice to see Ruiz stick around as the Braves' primary third baseman after Adonis Garcia is ready to return, but we're guessing that won't happen. The Braves will eventually give up on Garcia, but it seems unlikely that they're ready to do so right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Eduardo Nunez tweaks hamstring in loss
    Eduardo Nunez suffered a minor left hamstring tweak in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Nunez did not have to leave the game (he finished 2-for-4) and expects to play on Thursday. He has stolen 12 bases this season, but might not be quite as active on the basepaths over the next few days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Alex Bregman hits third homer
    Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a steal Wednesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Bregman still isn't tearing it up, but he is hitting a respectable .273 with three homers in May after coming in at .250 with no homers in April. Steady improvement seems likely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Rendon cranks three-run bomb vs Mariners
    Anthony Rendon belted a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came to bat with two outs in the first inning with Jayson Werth on third base and Daniel Murphy on second. Rendon drove a Sam Gaviglio offering over the left center field wall for his eighth home run of the season. It was his only hit of the night. This comes after he hit two homers on Tuesday. Rendon struggled badly for the first few weeks of the season but then found his stroke. He now has a .277 batting average with 31 RBI. He has almost as many walks (25) as strikeouts (30) and that has resulted in a strong .378 on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval (knee) goes 2-for-4 in rehab
    Pablo Sandoval (knee, illness) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk during Wednesday's minor league rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: So far, so good for Sandoval, who is expected to take part in another rehab game on Thursday. Everything would appear to be shaping up well on the health front, here, and assuming Sandoval does not suffer a setback, he could potentially rejoin the team next week. He has been on the shelf with a right knee strain since April 24. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Jake Lamb stays hot with two-run homer
    Jake Lamb went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Lamb cranked a two-run home run off Jose Quintana with nobody out in the fifth inning. He has been launching the ball out at a torrid pace this month, having crushed six home runs in his last 10 games alone. The 26-year-old third baseman boasts a .287/.381/.587 triple-slash with 13 homers and 40 RBI through 44 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Sandoval (various) scheduled for back-to-back
    Pablo Sandoval (knee, illness) is expected to play in rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket on both Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Sandoval is set to play seven innings on Wednesday and a full nine innings on Thursday. He has been fighting through illness during his rehab assignment, but looks to be very close to a return to the big league club now that he has been slated for back-to-back minor league rehab showings. The veteran third baseman has not played since April 24 due to a right knee strain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Nick Castellanos to receive two days off
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Nick Castellanos will receive the next two days off as a "reset."

    Advice: Castellanos has been having a rough time at the plate over his last three games, failing to pick up a hit in 11 at-bats while striking out six times in that space. Andrew Romine will be starting at third base in his place against the Astros on Wednesday and is hitting seventh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Garcia (heel) set to start rehab assignment
    Adonis Garcia (heel) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett this weekend.

    Advice: So long as Garcia can survive a few rehab games without setback, he will be activated from the disabled list on Monday or Tuesday. Achilles tendinitis has kept him on the shelf since May 16. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Kendrick (oblique) will need four games
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) will play in a minimum of four games during his minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Kendrick will be moving around from left field, third base and first base during his assignment, which is set to begin on Wednesday. He could be activated next week if he does not experience any setbacks. The veteran has not played since April 15 due to a strained oblique muscle. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs Col
     
  • Danny Valencia (back) returns to M's lineup
    Danny Valencia (wrist) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Valencia had been sidelined since an awkward slide into third base on Friday night against the White Sox. He is starting at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday versus Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 4-2 @Was
     
  • Sandoval (knee, illness) in lineup Wed.
    Pablo Sandoval (knee, illness) is back in the lineup at Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sandoval was held out Tuesday night with a stomach bug. He still needs to play in back-to-back games at Pawtucket before the Red Sox consider activating him from the disabled list. Sandoval has been out since April 24 because of a right knee strain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Javy Baez at leadoff for CHC on Wednesday
    Javier Baez is batting leadoff for the Cubs on Wednesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: A nice reward for his hot May. Baez has slashed .318/.338/.636 with six home runs, 16 RBI, two stolen bases, and 13 runs scored in 19 games since the calendar flipped from April. Ben Zobrist is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday against Giants lefty Matt Moore, as is Willson Contreras. Miguel Montero will catch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 5-1 vs SF
     
  • Franco benched again Wednesday vs. COL
    Maikel Franco remains out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back benchings for the 24-year-old third baseman, who's batting just .221/.281/.377 in 171 plate appearances this season. Andres Blanco is starting at the hot corner and hitting fifth on Wednesday night against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Beltre (calf) clear for extended spring games
    Adrian Beltre (calf) has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games Thursday in Arizona.

    Advice: He'll play three games and then the Rangers' medical staff will reevaluate him on Sunday. A full minor league rehab assignment could follow. Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain. He's currently trending toward an early-June season debut. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:45 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Howie Kendrick (oblique) set for rehab games
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kendrick received clearance to play in minor league games after taking outdoor batting practice on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. He's been out since April 15, so the Phillies will probably have him stay at Triple-A through the weekend to get properly tuned up. Kendrick was batting .333/.395/.487 over his first 43 plate appearances this season with the Phils. The versatile veteran should get something close to everyday playing time when he returns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs Col
     
  • Jose Reyes (ribs) goes 1-for-5 in return Tues
    Jose Reyes (ribs) went 1-for-5 with a run scored in his return to the Mets' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes was scratched from Sunday's series finale against the Angels due to tightness on the left side of his rib cage. It apparently wasn't anything serious. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 am
    Player Note
    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Ryon Healy drives in three runs on Tuesday
    Ryon Healy finished 2-for-5 with his eighth home run of the season and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Healy is slashing .260/.294/.450, as he continues to increase his production. He posted an impressive .305 average with 20 homers, 13 homers and 37 RBI across 269 at-bats last season, so he has a ways to go before getting back to those levels. Still, his power potential makes him an intriguing play in most AL-only fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:09 am
    Player Note
    Ryon Healy Oak - 1B,3B
     
  • Jake Lamb continues to provide souvenirs
    Jake Lamb finished 1-for-4 with his 12th home run and a pair of RBI in Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Lamb blasted five homers with 21 RBI in the month of April and he has cracked seven home runs with 17 RBI through 19 games in May. He posted 29 clouts with 91 RBI in 523 at-bats across 151 games last season and he is proving this year that was no fluke. Over the past two seasons Lamb has emerged as an outstanding power source across the board in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:11 pm
  • 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). Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Joey Gallo hits 14th homer
    Joey Gallo collected his 14th homer and his fifth double Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though he's hitting just .193, Gallo still has the best OPS among Rangers regulars, besting Nomar Mazara by 40 points (.839 to .798). As long as he doesn't falter, he should move to left field once Adrian Beltre comes off the DL. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 pm
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Travis Shaw wears the Golden Sombrero
    Travis Shaw struck out in all four of his plate appearances to wear a Golden Sombrero in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Well, that's one way for your 11-game hitting streak to come to an end. Shaw is on pace for a 133/29 K/BB ratio this season but is also pacing for 32 home runs and 122 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:01 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Jose Ramirez goes 0-for-4 against Reds
    Jose Ramirez's dreadful May continued Tuesday, as he went 0-for-4 against the Reds.

    Advice: Ramirez is just 13-for-67 with no homers this month after hitting .330 with six homers in April. Consider it a correction; he entered tonight with the same .825 OPS that he finished last year with. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:57 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,OF
    PPD vs Cin
     
  • Rendon goes deep twice in Nationals' rout
    Anthony Rendon had two homers, a double and five RBI as the Nationals crushed the Mariners 10-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's not quite three homers and 10 RBI, like he had last month against the Mets, but it does make him the third player this year with multiple two-homer, five-RBI games, joining Jay Bruce and teammate Bryce Harper. Rendon has seven homers and 29 RBI in 42 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Adonis Garcia (heel) could be activated Fri.
    Adonis Garcia (heel) could be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Garcia will likely head out on a short minor league rehab assignment this week. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since May 16 because of Achilles tendinitis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Kendrick (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Kendrick took outdoor batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining an oblique muscle in mid-April. He still has some boxes to check before the Phillies can map out an exact timetable for his return to the active roster. Aaron Altherr has run away with the Phillies' starting left field job over the last month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:16 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs Col
     
  • Valencia (wrist) scratched from M's lineup
    Danny Valencia (wrist) has been scratched from the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Valencia is still working through some wrist discomfort related to an awkward slide into third base on Friday night. Taylor Motter is starting at first base and batting sixth Tuesday night against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:52 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 4-2 @Was
     
  • Sandoval out of AAA lineup due to illness
    Pablo Sandoval (knee) is out of the lineup at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday due to illness.

    Advice: That will delay his return to the Red Sox active roster by a couple of days. Sandoval needs to play back-to-back minor league games before the club considers activating him off the disabled list. He's been out since April 24 because of a right knee strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Beltre (calf) nearing extended spring games
    Adrian Beltre (calf) could begin playing in extended spring training games this weekend.

    Advice: There is a checkup with team doctors scheduled for Thursday. Beltre has been running for a week without issue, though not quite at full intensity. The veteran third baseman still has a number of hurdles to clear and probably isn't going to make his 2017 debut until sometime near early-to-mid June. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:12 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Franco not in Tuesday's lineup
    Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Maybe it's not a bad idea to give him a breather. Franco went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Monday and owns a disappointing .221/.281/.377 batting line through 41 games this season. Andres Blanco will start at third base. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:04 pm
  • Baez not in Tuesday's lineup vs. Giants
    Javier Baez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants.

    Advice: Baez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer on Monday, but he'll take a seat on Monday against right-hander Jhonny Cueto. Ben Zobrist will make the start at second base and bat leadoff while Kyle Schwarber will return to left field and bat second. Ian Happ is starting in center field and will bat fifth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:10 am
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 5-1 vs SF
     
  • Castellanos goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts
    Nick Castellanos finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Tigers' loss to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The third baseman is now batting .225/.302/.391 over 43 games this season. He has just one extra-base hit since May 7. So much for that promising production in early April. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Baez goes 3-for-4 with two-run HR in loss
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist was the only other Cubs batter to register multiple hits in this one. Baez struck his two-run shot off Giants starter Ty Blach in the bottom of the eighth, but the Cubs entered that inning trailing 6-0 and would ultimately fall 6-4. Baez is batting .264/.301/.496 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games this season for the defending World Series champions. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:24 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 5-1 vs SF
     
  • Adonis Garcia (Achilles) does some running
    Adonis Garcia (Achilles) did some running without issues on Monday.

    Advice: The infielder could be ready for activation when first eligible on Friday. Garcia has been out with tendinitis in his Achilles. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:10 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Jake Lamb fans twice as D-Backs fall to SDP
    Jake Lamb went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Lamb was not alone in his struggles on Sunday, as the Diamondbacks finished with just five hits on the afternoon. Only one of those (a Chris Iannetta solo homer) went for extra bases. Sunday's dire results aside, Lamb has been red hot of late, having picked up five multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. He had a stretch earlier this week in which he connected for four home runs in three games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • Travis Shaw hits late window dressing homer
    Travis Shaw went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The Brewers finally got their offense revved up in the ninth inning, scoring five runs in the frame, with Shaw providing a two-run home run. Alas, all of this action merely drew the Brewers to within 13-6 (which would stand as the final score). Through 39 games played, the 27-year-old third baseman has turned in a very strong season, as he is hitting .290/.327/.555 with nine homers and 34 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:59 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Joey Gallo not in Rangers lineup on Sunday
    Joey Gallo is not in the Rangers' starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Tigers.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with southpaw Matt Boyd on the mound. Pete Kozma is starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth for the Rangers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:44 pm
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Danny Valencia undergoing MRI on wrist
    Danny Valencia will undergo an MRI on his ailing wrist.

    Advice: Dan Vogelbach is on the Mariners' taxi squad and will be recalled if Valencia needs to go on the disabled list. The M's should have an update on Valencia later Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:24 am
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 4-2 @Was
     
  • Anthony Rendon sitting out on Sunday
    Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Wilmer Difo is filling in at third base. Matt Wieters is also receiving some rest, as Jose Lobaton is at catcher. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 am
  • Jose Reyes scratched with tight ribcage
    Jose Reyes has been scratched from the Mets' lineup Sunday due to a tight left ribcage.

    Advice: Reyes said he wanted to play and thinks he'll be ready to go Tuesday. Matt Reynolds has replaced Reyes at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:27 am
    Player Note
    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Yangervis Solarte's slide continues
    Yangervis Solarte finished hitless in four at-bats in Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Solarte has had an awful time since flipping the calendar from April to May, collecting just eight hits over 64 at-bats (.125) with three extra-base hits and five RBI across 18 games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:54 am
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Christian Arroyo delivers big hit in victory
    Christian Arroyo broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 13th inning in Saturday's game at St. Louis with a two-run double.

    Advice: It was a big hit for the rookie, but the double was his first extra-base hit in nine outings dating back to May 10. His average remains rather low at .221, but he is showing more of a discerning eye at the plate lately. The rookie has managed just six strikeouts in 40 at-bats after recording 17 punchouts over his first 57 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:10 pm
  • Jose Reyes posts three-hit game
    Jose Reyes finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Reyes reached 2,000 hits for his career in the game. He has shown signs of life at the plate lately, posting three multi-hit games in the past six outings to raise his average from .180 to .203 since May 13. The 33-year-old is slashing .205/.282/.329 which isn't very good, obviously. However, he is trending upward and is still worth using in most NL seasonal leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
    Player Note
    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Nick Castellanos drives in three on Saturday
    Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 9-3 win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Castellanos is starting to show some signs of life after slumping hard over the past couple of weeks. He entered 4-for-32 (.125) with no extra-base hits and an RBI while striking out nine times to drop his average from .254 to .228 since May 9. However, he has hit safely in three in a row and perhaps this game will jump-start his bat. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Ruiz hits two-run bomb off Max Scherzer
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-4 and cranked a two-run homer off Nationals' ace Max Scherzer on Saturday.

    Advice: His second-inning blast jumped the Braves out to an early lead they would never relinquish. Ruiz got the call to the majors on Thursday and the homer was the first of his major league career. He got two hits in a five game cup of coffee last year. Ruiz will turn 23 years old on Monday. He could get regular playing time as the Braves try to compensate for the loss of Freddie Freeman to a broken wrist. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:51 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Danny Valencia dealing with sore hand
    Danny Valencia (hand) is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Valencia injured his hand sliding into third base on Friday night. With Valencia sidelined, Taylor Motter will shift from second base to first with Mike Freeman drawing the start at second. Dan Vogelbach was scratched from Saturday's game at Triple-A Tacoma, which could indicate that he's on his way to Seattle to replace Valencia. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:58 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 4-2 @Was
     
  • Beltre (calf) could begin rehab next weekend
    Adrian Beltre (calf) ran the bases at 50-60 percent on Saturday.

    Advice: Beltre said he feels better than he has in "a long time." He's hoping to begin a rehab assignment next weekend. Beltre has been battling a calf injury since late in spring training. Joey Gallo has been filling in for him at third base. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Jake Lamb homers twice in Arizona's win
    Jake Lamb hit two homers and drove in five runs in the Diamondbacks' 10-1 rout of the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Lamb homered off Jered Weaver in the first and a tired Craig Stammen in the sixth. He has four homers in his last three games, pushing his season total up to 11. He had been in a slump over the second half of April and the first half of May, but that's over now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:23 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez delivers in Giants' win
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the ninth to lead the Giants past the Cardinals 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Nunez isn't known as an RBI guy, but he's driven in eight runs in his last five games after totaling seven in 35 games to open the year (even though he spent most of that time hitting sixth and seventh). He needs to be hitting at his absolute peak in order to help a team as a starting left fielder, but the Giants feel that they don't have any better options at the moment. He'll keep playing regularly and stealing bases at a pretty good clip. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Joey Gallo clobbers two-run homer in victory
    Joey Gallo clobbered a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: Gallo's mammoth two-run shot off of Daniel Norris put the Rangers ahead 5-1 in the sixth inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night and came with a pair of strikeouts. While his power has been extremely impressive with 13 homers and 29 RBI, Gallo is hitting just .188/.304/.514 with a whopping 63 strikeouts in 161 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:29 pm
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Valbuena hitless in Friday's loss to Mets
    Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Valbuena started out hot after coming off the DL, but he's now hitless over his last 17 at-bats. The 31-year-old is locked into regular at-bats against right-handed starters and could supply some useful power in deeper fantasy formats. He posted a .776 OPS (114 OPS+) from 2014-2016. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Franco has two-hit night against Pirates
    Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. Franco has hit safely in six straight games, but this was his first multi-hit games since way back on May 4. The 24-year-old has struggled out of the gate this season, batting just .224 with six home runs and a .672 OPS over 38 games. After being moved to the seventh spot in the order on Thursday, he hit sixth on Friday. He’s going to have to earn his way back to the middle of the lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Javier Baez goes 3-for-3, hits grand slam
    Javier Baez went 3-for-3 with a grand slam, five RBI and a walk as the Cubs topped the Reds 9-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Baez is just 3-for-14 with the bases loaded in his career, but all three of those hits have been slams. He upped his OPS from .694 to .758 in the victory. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:54 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 5-1 vs SF
     
  • Maikel Franco hits two-run homer
    Maikel Franco, batting seventh for the first time this season, hit a two-run homer Thursday in the loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: We get that the Phillies were trying to make a point, but batting Franco behind Andres Blanco and Michael Saunders against a left-hander wasn't likely to help their cause. Franco still project as a useful mixed league third baseman or CI the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Braves recall Rio Ruiz from Gwinnett
    Braves recalled INF Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Ruiz could see regular starts at first base for Atlanta while Freddie Freeman recuperates from a fractured left wrist. Ruiz, 22, was batting .262/.305/.447 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 37 games this season at the Triple-A level. He is doubtful to carry significant mixed-league fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:25 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Franco dropped to seventh in order Thursday
    Maikel Franco has been dropped to seventh in the Phillies' batting order Thursday.

    Advice: It's the lowest he's batted in a lineup since his rookie season in 2014. Franco owns a weak .213/.283/.360 slash line in 36 games this year, though he has tallied five home runs and 26 RBI. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Travis Shaw goes 2-for-4 in return
    Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday in his return to the Brewers' lineup.

    Advice: It was a hustle double dumped into shallow left field, starting the Brewers' ninth-inning rally in the 3-1 win. Shaw had missed two games because a bruised right index finger. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Jake Lamb cranks two-run homer in victory
    Jake Lamb went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 11-inning win over the Mets.

    Advice: Lamb cracked a two-run homer off Matt Harvey with one out in the third inning. The dinger was his ninth of the season and boosted his RBI total to 29. He has now homered in back-to-back games and picked up hits in six of his last 12 at-bats. For the season as a whole, Lamb owns a .283/.375/.524 triple-slash over the course of 38 games played. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:27 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez breaks up shutout with homer
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Giants were looking at a shutout entering the ninth inning, but Nunez's solo home run off Sergio Romo with one out prevented the blanking. The home run was his first of the season. Nonetheless, the home team would go on to lose 6-1. Nunez has been swinging a hot stick of late, having picked up seven hits in his last 20 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Sandoval (knee) to begin assignment Friday
    Pablo Sandoval (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval will start out at designated hitter as he embarks on his rehab assignment. A right knee strain has kept him out of action since April 24, but on his current track, it looks like he could rejoin the Red Sox by the end of May barring setback. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Adrian Beltre (calf) does sprints on Wed.
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that Adrian Beltre (calf) was doing sprints at 75% on the field Wednesday.

    Advice: Beltre was doing some light jogging on Tuesday and revved it up just a little bit on Wednesday. He continues to rehab a right calf strain which has kept him out of action for almost the entirety of the 2017 season. The veteran third baseman probably remains about two or three weeks away from a potential return to action with the big league club. Joey Gallo will continue to see work at the hot corner in the interim. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:32 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Ryan Healy rocks home run No. 7 in victory
    Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Healy connected on a Chase De Jong pitch for a no-doubt two-run shot in the second inning, one which traveled an estimated 443 feet. It was his seventh home run of the campaign. Three of those seven home runs have come in his last 10 games. Not all was golden in this one, though, as Healy committed a costly error in the seventh inning, one which opened the door for the Mariners to tie matters up at 4-4. A five-run ninth inning by the A's would ultimately make that error something of a moot point. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 pm
    Player Note
    Ryon Healy Oak - 1B,3B
     
  • Braves place Adonis Garcia (heel) on DL
    Braves placed 3B Adonis Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with Achilles tendinitis.

    Advice: That explains his absence from Tuesday's early-evening game against the Blue Jays. It's not clear how long Garcia might be sidelined. The third baseman was batting .237/.278/.348 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 34 games this season for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
     
  • Shaw (finger) absent from lineup on Tuesday
    Travis Shaw (finger) is absent from the Brewers' starting lineup again on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shaw injured his right index finger on Sunday, but X-rays turned up negative and he shouldn't be out all that much longer. Eric Sogard will start at third base and bat eighth Tuesday night against the Padres. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Sandoval (knee) could head to minors Friday
    Pablo Sandoval (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval has been working out since early last week with no renewed swelling in his right knee and appears on track to return to the Red Sox before the end of May. The third baseman landed on the disabled list April 24 with a right knee sprain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:26 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Beltre (calf) does light jogging on field
    Adrian Beltre (calf) did some light jogging on the field Tuesday.

    Advice: It was the first time he ran on the field since being shut down with his right calf strain on April 8. He resumed taking batting practice last week, but he'll have to ramp up the intensity of his running before being cleared for game action and that likely keeps him out another 2-3 weeks. Still, it's a step in the right direction for the veteran third baseman. Joey Gallo will continue to fill in at the hot corner for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:45 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Eduardo Nunez knocks in three runs
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a steal against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Not that it seemed likely the Giants would reduce his role anyway, but any chance of Nunez being turned into a utilityman in the near future disappeared with Hunter Pence's injury. Nunez is hitting .261/.287/.324 at the moment. He remains a viable option in mixed leagues because of the steals, but it'd sure be nice if the Giants could do better in left field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:02 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-1 @ChC
     
  • Lamb goes 2-for-3, hits eighth home run
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a homer in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb slugged a game-tying solo shot off Mets starter Zack Wheeler in the bottom of the sixth inning and he scored his second run of the game after drawing an intentional walk in the Diamondbacks' six-run bottom of the eighth. The third baseman is slashing .282/.368/.507 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 37 games this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:54 pm
  • Wilmer Flores slugs pinch-hit homer in loss
    Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the Mets' loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Flores went deep off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the top of the ninth inning, but Arizona held on to win the game 7-3. Flores has three home runs and nine RBI in 23 games this season for New York. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:49 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Travis Shaw (finger) sitting out Monday
    Travis Shaw (finger) is not in the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Shaw exited Sunday's contest with a right index finger injury. X-rays came back negative, but he's obviously not feeling well enough to play. Hernan Perez will handle the hot corner. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:03 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Escobar (hamstring) lands on disabled list
    Angels placed 3B Yunel Escobar on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14, with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Escobar was injured on Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-4 weeks. The Angels will use Luis Valbuena at third base and C.J. Cron at first base while Escobar is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:39 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @TB
     
  • Yunel Escobar (hamstring) to miss 2-4 weeks
    Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring during Saturday's game. Jefry Marte was optioned to Triple-A with C.J. Cron coming off the disabled list Sunday, but he's expected to be promoted right back to the majors and share playing time at third base. Rotoworld.com May 15, 5:53 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @TB
     
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