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  • Daniel Murphy grand slam powers Nationals
    Daniel Murphy belted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Mets and a three-game sweep of the weekend series.

    Advice: A hit-batsmen, an infield single and a sharp single loaded the bases in the first inning and Murphy unloaded them by taking Zack Wheeler over the wall in right-center on a 1-0 pitch. It was his only hit in four at-bats on Sunday but proved to be the difference. He's now hitting .324/.359/.541 with three homers and 14 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Max Scherzer fans nine in victory over Mets
    Max Scherzer earned his third victory of the season on Sunday night, limiting the Mets to three runs on five hits over his eight frames.

    Advice: The reigning National League Cy Young award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the night while walking only one. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Michael Conforto swatting a leadoff homer and Neil Walker adding a two-run blast in the third. He was in complete command after that though and retired the final 16 hitters he faced. Scherzer now sports a fantastic 1.98 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33/8 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Mets again his next time out at home on Friday. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Ryan Goins socks two-run home run vs. Angels
    Ryan Goins went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Goins' two-run home run in the ninth inning served as insurance in boosting the Jays to a 6-1 advantage. They would ultimately go on to win 6-2. This was Goins' first homer of the season and supplied his first two RBI in the process. Having received just 20 at-bats to date, there is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Twins option Buddy Boshers back to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester

    Advice: The 28-year-old pitched well against the Tigers on Sunday, hurling 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but because of that he wouldn't be available the next few days. The Twins won't announce a corresponding roster move until Monday. Yesterday, 3:16 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Nick Hundley picks up double in shutout loss
    Nick Hundley went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Hundley has been on something of a two-bagger tear of late. Sunday's double was his seventh of the season and that hit marked his fourth game in a row with such an extra-base knock. He is still looking for his first home run, though, after bopping 10 in each of the last two seasons. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Samardzija dinged for seven runs in defeat
    Jeff Samardzija struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Samardzija had allowed three runs through the first five innings and looked to be in decent shape heading into the sixth, at which point everything collapsed for the veteran right-hander. Gerardo Parra and Trevor Story both picked up RBI hits to drive Samardzija from the game, with Story later coming home against the bullpen to finish off the scoring on his line. This makes three dismal starts in a row for Samardzija, who has surrendered 16 runs in his last 17 1/3 innings. He will carry a 7.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into a home start against the Padres next time he toes the rubber. Until he shows some sign of righting his season, it will be tough to rely on him for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Robertson allows run in non-save situation
    David Robertson got some work in a non-save situation on Sunday and wound up allowing a run on a hit and walk in his inning against the Indians.

    Advice: Most closers struggle in on-save situations, and Robertson has been no exception in his career. Even so, he sports a terrific 1.35 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio through 6 2/3 innings on the season and has converted each of his first four save opportunities. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Danny Salazar struggles in loss to White Sox
    Danny Salazar struggled in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, allowing four runs on seven hits in his five innings of work.

    Advice: On the plus side for fantasy owners, he was able to rack up nine strikeouts on the day while walking three. White Sox jumped on him right out of the gate, pushing three runs across in the opening inning. Salazar now sports a disappointing 4.37 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings on the season. He'll try to get back in the win column on Saturday when he does battle against the Mariners. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Sonny Gray (lat) to make rehab start Thursday
    Sonny Gray (lat) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

    Advice: Gray was terrific in his first outing Saturday at High-A Stockton, allowing only one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings. He threw 47 pitches in that start and will get his pitch count up to 75 Thursday. Assuming everything goes well, Gray will rejoin the A's rotation after that. Yesterday, 11:29 am
    10-Day DL
  • Adam Liberatore recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Liberatore didn't win an Opening Day roster spot despite some nice work for the Dodgers last season, but he's back up after allowing just one run in his first six relief appearances at Oklahoma City. He'll be used as a lefty specialist. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:11 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:00 am
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Tommy Hunter (calf) placed on DL
    Rays placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

    Advice: Hunter suffered the injury while covering first base on Saturday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Yesterday, 7:19 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Buddy Boshers recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist. Yesterday, 6:14 am
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Sonny Gray (lat) dominant in rehab outing
    Sonny Gray (lat) yielded just one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: Gray didn't walk anyone, throwing 34 of his 47 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had been slated for one more rehab outing before being activated, but Saturday's showing was so good that it's possible the A's could go ahead and stick him back into the rotation later this week. Gray is a worthy stash in fantasy leagues where he's still available. Yesterday, 6:03 am
    10-Day DL
  • Kevin Pillar's hit streak up to 10 games
    Kevin Pillar finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Pillar pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .372 (16-for-43) during the impressive stretch, raising his average from .231 to .319 since April 11. Devon Travis struggled in the leadoff role, but Pillar has stepped up since taking over and been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary opening month for the Jays. Saturday, 11:55 pm
  • Matt Moore roughed up at Coors Field
    Matt Moore allowed six earned runs, nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings in a loss Saturday at Colorado.

    Advice: The southpaw is struggling out of the gate, failing to last longer than 5 2/3 innings in three of his four outings. Walks have been an issue, as he has yielded six free passes over 23 innings and he had a problem keeping the ball in the yard Saturday. He has served up five homers over his past 17 2/3 innings. As such he is only worth a look in NL-only play right now. He faces another uphill battle when the Dodgers visit on Thursday afternoon. Saturday, 10:38 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
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • 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
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Tommy Hunter leaves game with calf tightness
    Tommy Hunter left Saturday's game agains the Astros with right calf tightness.

    Advice: He pitched to two batters in the sixth inning before exiting. Hunter was limping in the clubhouse but refused crutches. Consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 7:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Daniel Murphy was available to pinch-hit
    Daniel Murphy (leg) was available to pinch-hit on Thursday.

    Advice: Murphy was scratched from the lineup with a right leg injury but was ready if the Nats needed him. He should be back for Friday's series opener against the Mets, his former team. Thursday, 7:29 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) scratched Thursday
    Daniel Murphy was scratched from Thursday's game against the Braves because of tightness in his right leg.

    Advice: Grant Green, who was already in the lineup at shortstop, will move to second base with Wilmer Difo filling in at shortstop. Manager Dusty Baker said he could tell Murphy didn't look right swinging the bat on Wednesday night. The Nats are hoping to have Murphy back for Friday's series opener against the Mets. Thursday, 2:48 pm
  • Kevin Pillar goes 3-for-4 in win
    Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 and swiped his first two bases of the season Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pillar has been leading off as a result of Devon Travis's struggles, and he has his average up to .345 at the moment. He's likely to disappoint again if he's left in the leadoff spot for too long, but he's certainly worth playing in mixed leagues while occupying the spot. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Max Scherzer goes seven scoreless in Atlanta
    Max Scherzer recorded seven strikeouts across seven shutout frames in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Scherzer walked a season-high three batters, but the only hits he allowed were a Freddie Freeman single in the first inning and a Nick Markakis single in the fourth. Nationals manager Dusty Baker appeared ready to pull Scherzer after the sixth, but Mad Max seemed to talk his way into another frame and he put up a 1-2-3 inning, finishing with 116 pitches. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has put up a 1.37 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 frames. He’ll face the Mets in Queens on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • David Robertson hangs on for second save
    David Robertson walked two batters -- including one with the bases loaded -- but hung on to collect a save against the Yankees.

    Advice: Robertson relieved Miguel Gonzalez with two on and one out in the ninth and a four-run lead. He walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before getting Matt Holliday to go down swinging. Robertson then walked in Starlin Castro to force in a run, although he got a tough break when a check-swing call went against him. Aaron Judge when came up as the go-ahead run but grounded into a fielder's choice. Robertson hasn't been charged with a run yet this season and remains a likely mid-year trade candidate. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Gray (lat) to begin rehab assignment Saturday
    Sonny Gray (lat) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Saturday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Gray was given clearance for a minor league rehab assignment after pitching three good innings Monday in an extended spring training game. He'll throw 45-60 pitches on Saturday and could join the A's rotation after one more outing if everything goes smoothly. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a strained lat. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Sonny Gray (lat) reports feeling strong
    Sonny Gray (lat) reported feeling strong Tuesday after throwing three innings in an extended spring training game Monday in Arizona.

    Advice: "It was a really good day," said Gray, who threw his entire arsenal and had good velocity readings on his fastball. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to join the Oakland rotation around late April or early May. Tuesday, 3:37 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Salazar goes six strong, Indians defeat Twins
    Danny Salazar tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in the Indians' 3-1 defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Salazar wasn't completely dominant, yielding seven hits and walking two, but he struck out seven and notched his first win of the season with Bryan Shaw and Andrew Miller both earning holds and Cody Allen picking up his third save. Salazar has already tallied 27 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings (three starts) this year. He'll carry a 3.57 ERA into his next start on the road against the White Sox. Monday, 8:45 pm
  • Robertson strikes out two in earning save
    David Robertson tossed a scoreless 10th inning with two strikeouts to secure the save in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Robertson came on in the bottom of the 10th trying to secure a 3-1 victory for the White Sox. He did so in smooth enough fashion, striking out Max Kepler and Miguel Sano to record the first two outs and then inducing a Joe Mauer grounder to end the contest. Robertson is now 3-for-3 in save opportunities. He has yet to allow a run in five innings of work and has struck out 10 in that space. Apr 16, 4:48 pm
  • Samardzija proves ineffective against Rockies
    Jeff Samardzija struggled early in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding four runs on eight hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Samardzija's afternoon started off poorly enough, as Charlie Blackmon greeted him with a first inning lead-off home run. Nolan Arenado would compound his misery later in the frame via a two-run double. The Rockies would tack on one more in the second inning before Samardzija finally settled in. He would not allow a run through his final four innings of work and finished up with a sturdy eight strikeouts. The veteran right-hander has now surrendered 13 runs in 19 innings over his first three starts. A potentially troublesome road date with these same Rockies shows next on his schedule. Apr 16, 3:54 pm
  • Pillar homers and doubles in loss to O's
    Kevin Pillar homered and doubled in the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Pillar cranked a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Orioles left-hander Vidal Nuno, but the Jays were down 11-2 before those two runs were put up on the board. It was the first home run of the season for Pillar, who's batting .283/.313/.391 through 12 regular-season games. Apr 16, 2:05 pm
  • Moore knocked around by Rockies in loss
    Matt Moore gave up 10 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Moore also walked three in the outing, so he was actually somewhat fortunate to allow only the five runs. He also struck out five. The 27-year-old now has one stellar start and two forgettable ones on the year, leaving him with a 4.26 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through three starts. His life doesn't get any easier next weekend, when the Giants visit these same Rockies in Colorado. Apr 15, 6:32 pm
  • Robertson notches save against Twins
    David Robertson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Twins for his second save of the season.

    Advice: Robertson struck out two batters and needed just 12 pitches to get through the frame. He has thrown four scoreless innings to begin the year, allowing just one hit and no walks to go along with eight strikeouts. Robertson is one of the more obvious trade chips in the game, so Nate Jones remains the logical name to monitor in this bullpen in fantasy leagues. Apr 14, 9:57 pm
  • Daniel Murphy delivers walk-off winner Friday
    Daniel Murphy delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Friday, propelling the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Bryce Harper led off the 10th inning with a single, setting the stage for Murphy's heroics. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now slashing an astounding .444/.457/.711 with 10 RBI on the young season. Apr 14, 4:38 pm
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