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  • 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. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Bryant crushes pair of homers in win over MIL
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs and four runs scored in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Bryant singled in his first at-bat, whacked a solo home run off Chase Anderson in his next plate appearance and then cracked yet another solo shot off Anderson the next time he stepped to the dish. The All-Star third baseman is slashing .303/.411/.587 with 10 homers, 22 RBI and four steals across 155 at-bats. That battling line is stronger on all three fronts than the .292/.385/.554 triple-slash he posted when he won the NL MVP last season. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Eric Thames leaves game with leg cramps
    Eric Thames was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to cramping in his legs.

    Advice: Thames has been battling hamstring and calf injuries, which seems consistent with what was acting up here. It still doesn't sound as though he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's the type of nagging injury that could continue to crop up on occasion. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Daniel Vogelbach recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled 1B Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Vogelbach will serve as some insurance at first base with Danny Valencia (wrist) banged up. He's hit just .143/.294/.143 in 17 plate appearances with the big club this season. Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Bird (ankle) to take soft-toss, hit off tee
    Greg Bird (ankle) will take soft-toss and hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: Bird resumed running recently, as well. He'll need a rehab assignment before being activated and is still likely at least a couple weeks away from a return. Yesterday, 9:23 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs KC
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:29 am
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Matt Adams batting fifth in Braves debut
    Matt Adams is starting at first base and batting fifth in his Braves' debut Sunday.

    Advice: Acquired from the Cardinals via trade on Saturday, Adams will be Atlanta's regular first baseman -- at least against righties -- while Freddie Freeman (wrist) is sidelined. The big first baseman is worth a shot in deeper fantasy formats. Yesterday, 7:48 am
    Player Note
    Matt Adams Atl - 1B,OF
    4:35 pm vs Pit
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Justin Smoak continues to smoke ball
    Justin Smoak finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 10th of the season, in Saturday's loss in Baltimore.

    Advice: The former first-round pick of the Rangers in 2008 is on pace for a career high in home runs. He cracked 20 long balls in 2013 with the Mariners, but he is already up to 10 this season and on pace to smash his previous best with 37 clouts. Smoak continues to play every day in Toronto and is a solid fantasy option across the board. Saturday, 11:04 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • 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
    4:10 pm @TB
  • 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
  • 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. Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Braves acquire Matt Adams in two-player swap
    Braves acquired 1B/OF Matt Adams and cash considerations from the Cardinals in exchange for 1B/3B Juan Yepez.

    Advice: This move was a long time coming. With a full outfield and Matt Carpenter entrenched at first base, there was simply no path to playing time for Adams in St. Louis. It's a great move for the Braves, who needed a first baseman with Freddie Freeman (broken wrist) out for the next 10-12 weeks. Adams is already en route to Atlanta and is expected to start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals. The 28-year-old is due $2.8 million this year. Saturday, 3:41 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Adams Atl - 1B,OF
    4:35 pm vs Pit
  • 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
    4:10 pm @TB
  • 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
    4:10 pm @TB
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thames reaches three times in win Friday
    Eric Thames didn't show any signs of rust in his return to the lineup on Friday, going 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks in a win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames also scored a pair of runs on the afternoon. He hadn't started since Sunday due to a bout of strep throat but looks fully recovered and good to go now. He's now hitting .313/.438/.679 with 13 homers and 25 RBI on the season. Friday, 5:07 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
  • 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
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) sitting out Friday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols was pulled from Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring. The Angels don't have the designated hitter spot available against the Mets this weekend, so it's possible Pujols might sit out the entire series. Friday, 12:56 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Eric Thames (illness) back in lineup Friday
    Eric Thames (illness) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Thames has been battling strep throat and also some soreness and tightness in his legs. The red-hot Eric Sogard is in left field and batting leadoff for the Brewers for the third straight game. Friday, 8:27 am
  • 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
  • Eric Thames (strep throat) to start on Friday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Eric Thames (illness) will be back in the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames missed most of Milwaukee's series with strep throat but returned as a pinch-hitter on Thursday. Jesus Aguilar had been subbing for him at first base. Thames boasts an impressive .313/.432/.688 slash line over 128 at-bats this season. Thursday, 6:03 pm
  • Greg Bird (ankle) resumes running Thursday
    Greg Bird (ankle) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: It's another step in the right direction but there's still no timetable for his return. Chris Carter has been manning first base in Bird's absence. Thursday, 5:13 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs KC
  • Eric Thames (illness) returns as pinch-hitter
    Eric Thames (illness) flew out to center field in a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday in the Brewers’ win over the Padres.

    Advice: He pinch-hit for pitcher Zach Davies with two on and nobody out in the seventh inning. Thames didn’t start Thursday’s game due to strep throat but he should be back in there Friday at Wrigley Field. Despite missing a handful of games, Thames is still tied for third in the majors with 13 homers. Thursday, 4:26 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thames (strep) remains out Thursday in SD
    Eric Thames (strep throat) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Thames was able to take batting practice on Wednesday and reportedly hit several bombs, but he'll sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale at Petco Park. Jesus Aguilar is starting at first base and batting third versus Padres right-hander Jarred Cosart. Thursday, 9:50 am
  • 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
  • Pujols exits with hamstring tightness
    Albert Pujols was lifted early from Wednesday's game because of hamstring tightness, according to the Angels.

    Advice: Pujols was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks before being lifted for a pinch-runner, though he was thrown out by about 30 feet when he tried to reach second on a shot to the wall in the fifth. The Angels don't play Thursday, so Pujols probably won't miss any additional time. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Yonder Alonso exits with knee injury
    Yonder Alonso left Wednesday's game with a knee issue after getting his left leg stuck in the ground on a swing.

    Advice: It doesn't seem particularly serious, but he'll be reexamined Thursday. If he can't play, then Mark Canha figures to get the start at first. Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • 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
  • Eric Thames (strep throat) out of lineup
    Eric Thames (strep throat) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Thames came down with a case of strep throat on Tuesday. He has also been dealing with minor soreness and tightness in his legs. Jesus Aguilar will man first base in his place and is hitting third in Wednesday's game. Thames remains day-to-day and should be able to work his way back into the lineup relatively soon. Wednesday, 3:45 pm
  • 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
  • Albert Pujols knocks in three in victory
    Albert Pujols plated three runs, including the game-winner in the 11th, as the Angels edged the White Sox 7-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols' hit should have been a game-ending sac fly in the 11th, but it was ruled a hit after Leury Garcia misplayed it. Pujols previously singled in two runs in the third. Batting behind Mike Trout, he's managed 30 RBI in 39 games this year, even though he's hitting just .238 and slugging .363. Tuesday, 11:29 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Thames sitting Tuesday due to strep throat
    Eric Thames has strep throat.

    Advice: That's the primary reason for his absence from the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres, not his recent leg soreness. Thames might also be held out Wednesday. Jesus Aguilar is filling in at first base at San Diego's Petco Park. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Thames (legs) remains out Tuesday vs. Pads
    Eric Thames (legs) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Thames has been experiencing some tightness and soreness in his legs, though it's not believed to be anything serious. The big slugger remains day-to-day. Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and bat cleanup Tuesday versus San Diego left-hander Clayton Richard. Tuesday, 3:54 pm
  • Daniel Murphy not in Tuesday's lineup vs. PIT
    Daniel Murphy is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day of rest. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat eighth. Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Kris Bryant returns to Cubs' lineup Tuesday
    Kris Bryant (illness) has returned to the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Bryant missed the entire weekend series against the Cardinals due to illness, but he's back to 100 percent now. He's starting in right field Monday against the Reds. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.401/.547 with seven homers and 18 RBI through 34 games this season. Tuesday, 12:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Buster Posey hits seventh homer in win
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Monday as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4.

    Advice: His seventh solo shot, too. Posey is halfway to his 2016 total of 14 homers. He's not yet one-seventh of his way to his 2016 total of 80 RBI, since he hasn't hit with a whole lot of runners on and hasn't done very well when he has gotten those opportunities. He's on fire right now, though. Monday, 11:13 pm
  • Smoak slugs eighth homer Monday vs. ATL
    Justin Smoak hit his eighth home run of the season Monday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Smoak doubled and scored the Jays' first run in the bottom of the second before cranking a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth. He also drew two walks in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. The 30-year-old carries legitimate fantasy appeal as Toronto's everyday first baseman. Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Eric Thames not in Monday's lineup
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Thames is feeling some "tightness and soreness" in his legs, so he'll get some rest. He should be back in there Tuesday. Jesus Aguilar is at first base. Monday, 4:05 pm
  • Albert Pujols returns to Angels' lineup
    Albert Pujols is back in the Angels' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Pujols was away from the Angels on Sunday while tending to a personal matter, but he's back in action Monday. He's in the designated hitter spot and batting third against Mike Pelfrey and the White Sox. Monday, 3:19 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Albert Pujols away tending to personal matter
    Albert Pujols is away from the Angels on Sunday while tending to a personal matter.

    Advice: No further details are available, but it presumably will only be a one-day absence. The Halos have Mike Trout in the designated hitter spot, Cameron Maybin in center field and Ben Revere in left. May 14, 10:23 am
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Kris Bryant (illness) out again on Sunday
    Kris Bryant (illness) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He could be available to pinch-hit, but Bryant will miss a third straight start due to a stomach bug. Tommy La Stella is at third base. May 14, 9:14 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Alonso homers again, his 12th of the year
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Alonso had an RBI single in the fourth inning before swatting the solo homer in the eighth. His 12 dingers are second-most in the AL, and he's third in the league with 29 RBI. Fantasy owners are naturally having a hard time believing the 30-year-old's .302/.388/.689 line is legitimate, but the changes he made to his swing appear to be real and paying off big time at the plate. May 13, 9:23 pm
  • Joseph goes 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI
    Tommy Joseph went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: He delivered an RBI double in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk in the game. Joseph really struggled through the season's first month but has found his stroke of late. He has his line up to .255/.327/.449 with four home runs and 15 RBI. He may have busted his slump just in time because the club had considered cutting his playing time if he didn't pick up the pace. May 13, 8:22 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup on Saturday
    Buster Posey is getting a day off on Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Posey clubbed a walk-off homer in the 17th inning on Friday night to beat the Reds and has earned a day off after catching that marathon contest. Nick Hundley will start behind the dish and bat sixth against Lisalverto Bonilla and the Reds on Saturday. May 13, 11:22 am
  • Posey homers in 17th to end marathon
    Buster Posey homered in the bottom of the 17th inning to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Posey also had a single in the contest. The homer was his sixth of the year, but he still has just nine RBI through 29 games. Of course, that says more about his teammates than it does him. He finished the game with a .999 OPS; no one else on the roster is above .760. May 13, 12:49 am
  • Kris Bryant (ilness) to sit on Saturday also
    Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said after Friday's game that Kris Bryant (illness) will sit out on Saturday as well.

    Advice: Bryant was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to a stomach illness. He could be available off the bench as a pinch hitter and should be able to rejoin the lineup in a couple of days. May 12, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Kris Bryant a late scratch from Cubs lineup
    Kris Bryant was a late scratch from the Cubs' starting lineup on Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Bryant had been scheduled to bat second for the Cubs, yet Jon Jay came up in his place in the top half of the first inning. The Cubs announced shortly afterwards that Bryant is dealing with a stomach illness. He should be considered day-to-day May 12, 5:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    5:05 pm vs SF
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