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  • Justin Turner extends hit streak to 15 games
    Justin Turner belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The homer was Turner's first of the season, but fantasy owners cannot complain too loudly. He is hitting .388 with a .541 slugging percentage. The scruffy hot corner man has hit safely in 15 straight, longest active streak in the majors. He has at least one RBI in each of his past three outings. 39 minutes ago
  • Cody Bellinger blasts pair of homers
    Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, in Saturday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: The rookie was one of three players to hit back-to-back-to-back clouts off of Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, giving the Dodgers a miraculous comeback victory. Bellinger started out just 1-for-10 but he has back-to-back two-hit games, looking more and more comfortable at the plate by the at-bat. Manager Dave Roberts is on record saying Bellinger is headed back to OKC once Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and Joc Pederson (groin) are ready to return. However, Bellinger remains a decent short-term fantasy play until then. 44 minutes ago
  • Andrew Knapp reaches the seats in L.A.
    Andrew Knapp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's road game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Knapp, a California native, was pumped for this start back in the Golden State. He delivered his first Major League homer with a career-high three hits to push his batting average to .304. Knapp won the backup gig behind Cameron Rupp in the spring and he has done nothing to change management's mind. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper NL-only play unless Rupp does down with a long-term injury at some point. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez turning it around?
    Eduardo Nunez finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in Saturday's loss against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez kicked off the season with three straight multi-hit games, but he has just three multi-hit performances over his past 20 outings. He has tailed off tremendously, but perhaps Saturday's outing is a sign he is about to turn things around. Nunez remains useful in deeper NL-only formats, especially as a cheap source of steals. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie is lone bright spot in loss
    Conor Gillaspie finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Padres.

    Advice: Gillaspie accounted for the team's only extra-base hit in a lopsided loss at home. The former Wichita State standout is showing some signs of life at the plate after a terrible start. He remains useful only in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats until this type of production becomes the norm. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Manuel Margot whiffs three times
    Manuel Margot finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: You have to take the good with Margot. He has collected two or more hits in five of his past nine games, and he has 10 multi-hit games overall on the season. However, he has also struck out nine times over the past six outings, including at least once in each game. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Wil Myers launches 3-run homer in blowout
    Wil Myers finished 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's 12-4 victory in San Francisco.

    Advice: Myers has posted a pair of doubles, two homers and six RBI over his past six games. His average has slipped ever so slightly after his blistering start, but his extra-base production remains. He has struck out 16 times over the past eight outings, but he continues to roll up big numbers to make that a non-issue. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Trevor Story cranks another homer Saturday
    Trevor Story belted a solo home run with a walk in Saturday's 7-6 win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Story is hitting just .184 overall on the season, but he is proving last year's power was certainly no fluke. He has five homers with 11 RBI over his past 11 games so start him in all fantasy leagues through thick and thin. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Mark Reynolds comes back to haunt old club
    Mark Reynolds finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Saturday in Arizona.

    Advice: Reynolds raised his average to .311 with his 10th multi-hit game in the month of April. He isn't doing it cheaply, either, as he has belted four homers while piling up 11 RBI over the past eight contests. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Brandon Drury reaches the seats
    Brandon Drury finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-6 loss against the Rockies.

    Advice: Drury has hit safely in five straight outings and eight of his past nine appearances. He appears to be over the jammed right knee which sent him to the bench in the middle of the week. Drury is considered a below-average defender but if he keeps hitting he will remain a fixture in the Arizona lineup. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Martin Maldonado continues to struggle
    Martin Maldonado struck out in all three of his at-bats Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Maldonado's average dipped to .237 and he has now struck out 20 times over 59 at-bats. The Halos might be having some buyer's remorse after dealing Jett Bandy to Milwaukee back in December for Maldonado and minor-league pitcher Drew Gagnon. Bandy has been tearing the ball off the cover in Cream City while Maldonado...not so much. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Danny Espinosa continues to scuffle
    Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Delino DeShields cannot take advantage
    Delino DeShields was hitless in three at-bats with a walk Saturday against the Angel.

    Advice: It was DeShields' first start against a right-handed starter this season and it didn't go well. The outfielder was rewarded with another start after posting a pair of multi-hit games against two southpaws. Until he proves he can hit right-handed pitching his fantasy appeal is rather limited. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Carlos Gomez hits for cycle in Saturday's win
    Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday against the Angels to complete the cycle.

    Advice: It was Gomez's first time hitting for the cycle since May 7, 2008 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. There's something about Saturday that brings out the best in Gomez, as he has collected seven hits over his past two games on a Saturday. He is 13-for-34 (.382) over his past nine games to raise his average from .155 to .239 just since April 19. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Smoak goes 3-for-3 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Justin Smoak went 3-for-3 and drilled a two-run homer in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: His two-run shot off Rays' starter Matt Andriese put the Jays ahead by three and gave them some breathing space in what had been a pitchers' duel up to that point. Smoak has been getting everyday playing time in Toronto this year and has been a pleasant surprise to his fantasy owners. He is batting .271/.308/.521 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 78 plate appearances. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Cody Bellinger reaches three times
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Bellinger needs to quickly make a case to stick around once Joc Pederson comes off the disabled list. The nice game tonight makes him 3-for-13 with three walks in four games. Yesterday, 12:01 am
  • Trevor Story hits fifth homer
    Trevor Story hit his fifth homer Friday in the win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He also struck out three times. Story has 36 strikeouts in the Rockies' 24 games, putting him on pace to finish the year with 243 strikeouts. He won't come in that high, of course, but there's just no way he's going to hit for average while striking out at such a rate. Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Brandon Drury returns to lineup
    Brandon Drury started Friday and went 1-for-4 against the Rockies.

    Advice: Drury didn't play Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a jammed right knee. Friday, 11:41 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • DeShields has two hits, two runs Friday
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday’s loss to the Angels.

    Advice: DeShields was used sparingly over the first couple of weeks of the season despite a strong showing during spring training, but he has reached base in seven out of his 10 plate appearances with five runs scored in two starts this week. The Rangers have to be thinking about giving him more at-bats in left field, which would be a good thing for fantasy owners. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Bellinger to be sent down when players return
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that the plan is to send Cody Bellinger back to Triple-A once Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Of course, Bellinger could force their hand by tearing the cover off the ball during his brief audition in the big leagues. Even if he is sent down, it won't be long before he's a fixture in the Dodgers' lineup on a nightly basis. Friday, 4:41 pm
  • Brandon Drury sitting out with jammed knee
    Brandon Drury (knee) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Drury is sitting after jamming his knee in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill on Wednesday night. Chris Owings will handle second base in his absence with Nick Ahmed manning shortstop. Drury said he feels "good" and expects to be back in the lineup this weekend. Daily Slant: While Drury won't be able to get in on the fun, the D'Backs still setup as the top offense on the night slate. They'll face off with Jered Weaver - who has predictably struggled to start the year, allowing 7 HRs in 23 IP - in hitter friendly Chase Field, setting them up for a big night at the dish. As has been the case over the past few years, Weaver still can't miss bats, and given his inability to keep the ball on the ground, this match-up sets up very poorly. The entire Arizona lineup is in play. Thursday, 3:02 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Cody Bellinger goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Cody Bellinger went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts after being inserted into the leadoff spot in his second big-league start Wednesday.

    Advice: Bellinger isn't leadoff material, but Andrew Toles hasn't been getting the job done of late. Ideally, Bellinger would hit sixth or seventh while he works to establish himself. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • DeShields steals two bases versus Twins Wed.
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-3 with three walks, three runs, one RBI and two stolen bases against the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a dismal month of April for DeShields but he made his fantasy owners happy today -- if they were brave enough (or desperate enough) to put him in their lineups. He is now batting just .238/.360/.238 with no homers, two RBI and four steals on the year. The three runs he scored today were his first of the season in 11 games played. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Brandon Drury day-to-day with jammed knee
    Brandon Drury left Wednesday's game against the Padres with a jammed right knee.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill at first base. Drury singled and walked twice before exiting. After he left, Chris Owings moved from shortstop to second base with Nick Ahmed taking over at shortstop. Drury is day-to-day. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Cody Bellinger to bat leadoff on Wednesday
    Cody Bellinger will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Talk about being thrown into the fire. In just his second MLB game, Bellinger will handle leadoff duties against perennial Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto. The talented 21-year-old earned his first big league hit off Neil Ramirez in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 2-1 victory. SS Corey Seager, 3B Justin Turner, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, C Yasmani Grandal, RF Yasiel Puig, 2B Chase Utley, OF Andrew Toles and P Alex Wood round out the rest of the Dodgers' starting lineup. Wednesday, 4:10 pm
  • Two more hits for Justin Turner
    Justin Turner finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

    Advice: The former CS Fullerton standout has hit safely in 11 straight dating back to April 12. Turner is hitting .345 overall on the season. While he has just one RBI over his past nine games and no extra-base hits over the past four outings, fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. Turner has just seven strikeouts in 71 at-bats while hitting for an extremely high average. Tuesday, 11:51 pm
  • Brandon Drury collects three more hits
    Brandon Drury finished 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Drury raised his average to .300 with the three-hit night, but it wasn't all great. He also struck out twice to give him 13 strikeouts over the past 14 games. He is considered below average defensively so he needs to keep hitting. So far, so good, as he upped his season average to an even .300. As long as he keeps his batting average up he will play regularly and serve as a solid stopgap middle infielder in most NL-only fantasy formats. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Bellinger in left and batting eighth in debut
    Dodgers purchased the contract of OF/1B Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bellinger is starting in left field and batting eighth in his MLB debut Tuesday night against Giants left-hander Ty Blach. The 21-year-old has put up huge offensive numbers at multiple levels of the minor leagues and immediately deserves a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all currently sidelined. Bellinger could carve out a big role if he gets off to a hot start. Tuesday, 4:00 pm
  • Dodgers calling up 1B/OF prospect Bellinger
    Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers are calling up top prospect Cody Bellinger.

    Advice: It's an aggressive promotion for the 21-year-old first baseman and outfielder, who tore up the 2016 Arizona Fall League and was off to a blistering start this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger should get regular playing time in Los Angeles with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all nursing injuries. The kid carries massive offensive potential. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Wil Myers hits three-run homer
    Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in a losing cause Monday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Myers has a hideous 22/2 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats, but it hasn't stopped him from hitting .345 with five homers and 14 RBI. Like some other hitters, he's going for more flyballs than usual, with great success so far. That average should come way down, though. Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Mark Reynolds hits sixth homer
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday in the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Reynolds was pretty quiet for two weeks after his blistering start, but now he has two homers in his last three games. It means the Rockies will likely bring Ian Desmond back from the DL as an outfielder initially, though Reynolds could still be pushed back into a reserve role when David Dahl is ready. Monday, 9:58 pm
  • Trevor Story comes through w/ two-run single
    Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: The Rockies were already leading 4-0 when Story stepped to the plate with two on and one out against Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning. He proceeded to pick up an RBI single, driving Samardzija from the game in the process. It was a brief ray of sunshine in what has otherwise been a miserable start to the season for Story, who is hitting just .154/.257/.400 over 65 at-bats. In that space, he has whiffed 29 times. The power is still there -- he launched a grand slam on Friday for his fourth home run of the season -- but the occasional power connection is just about all he has going for him these days. Apr 23, 3:14 pm
  • Justin Smoak reaches seats in loss
    Justin Smoak finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday's loss against the Angels.

    Advice: The switch hitter has hit safely in three straight while delivering six RBI over the past five outings. He has been starting regularly and is worth using as a corner infielder in most AL-only fantasy formats. Apr 22, 11:29 pm
  • Mark Reynolds drives in four in victory
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run home run and four RBI in Saturday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Reynolds is humming right along to open the season, posting seven multi-hit games so far in the month of April while managing a .339 batting average with a 1.061 OPS. He is also up to five homers with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Reynolds remains a bona fide fantasy starter in all NL-only formats and he is turning heads in deeper mixed leagues again, too. Apr 22, 10:32 pm
  • Gomez breaks through for three hits versus KC
    Carlos Gomez collected three hits in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: The outfielder finished the game 3-for-4, with all three coming as singles. It's not much, but sometimes stringing a few hits together can be the breakthrough a struggling player needs. And Gomez is certainly struggling, hitting .197/.296/.380 even with Saturday's game. Apr 22, 9:12 pm
  • Brandon Drury reaches four times
    Brandon Drury reached four times Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: That'll help his .298 OBP. Drury is likely to be a well below average defensive second baseman, so it's imperative that he hits in order to remain a regular. He'll probably be solid enough with the bat, but we still suspect the Diamondbacks would be better off with Chris Owings at second and either Nick Ahmed or Ketel Marte at short. Apr 21, 10:32 pm
    1:10 pm vs Col
  • Trevor Story hits grand slam in win
    Trevor Story hit a grand slam off Johnny Cueto in the Rockies' 6-5 win over the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Story has eight hits through 17 games: four homers, three doubles and one single. He's already fanned a whopping 26 times, putting him on pace for about 250 if he were to start every game. There's just no way he's going to hit for average unless he can cut back on the strike threes. Apr 21, 9:47 pm
  • Justin Turner (hand) back in Dodgers' lineup
    Justin Turner (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Turner didn't play Wednesday after being hit on the hand by a pitch Tuesday. He's at third base and batting third against Taijuan Walker and the Diamondbacks. Apr 21, 3:04 pm
  • DeShields delivers as Rangers walk off in 13
    Delino DeShields came through with a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning to help the Rangers top the Royals 1-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: After Joey Gallo's out-out double set the stage, DeShields lined a Travis Wood offering over the third baseman's head and down the left field line for the game-winning hit. It was his only hit in four at-bats and just his second hit all season. There was talk of the 24-year-old possibly having a large role with the Rangers coming out of camp, but he's been buried by manager Jeff Banister and hasn't helped his case with his poor hitting when given an opportunity. Sometimes something like a walk-off hit can be a catalyst for a slumping hitter. Perhaps Thursday's walk-off single will do just that for DeShields. Apr 20, 9:58 pm
  • Wil Myers swats solo home run in victory
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Myers connected for a long solo home run off Patrick Corbin with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was his fourth of the month. After posting a breakout 2016 season, Myers is off to a brilliant start in 2017, working to a .373/.387/.686 triple-slash with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored over 67 at-bats. Apr 20, 8:55 pm
  • Two more homers for Bellinger
    Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger hit two more homers on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: That gives Bellinger five homers in his 13 games this year. He's hitting .360/.439/.749, and he's stolen four bases. That'll work. He's also struck out 16 times in 13 games, but that's nitpicking. The offensive potential here is immense, and it should show up in Los Angeles at some point -- especially if these kind of numbers keep going. Apr 20, 10:01 am
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