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  • Taylor notches three hits in win over STL
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Taylor's third hit of the evening, an RBI double to the center field gap, increased the Dodgers' lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That would stand as the final score. He also made a nice diving catch in center field on a sinking liner. This was his third three-hit showing in his last 10 games. Over the course of 93 at-bats, the 26-year-old is slashing a cool .344/.445/.581 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jedd Gyorko picks up two-run double in loss
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko notched a two-run double against Kenta Maeda in the first inning, his ninth two-bagger of the season. The hit bumped his RBI total to an even 20. For the season as a whole, the 28-year-old third baseman is slashing .336/.384/.579. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Aledmys Diaz hits double against Dodgers
    Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Diaz's double off Kenta Maeda was his 11th of the season. He has been on a two-bagger tear of late, having doubled five times in his last four games. The 26-year-old shortstop is working to a .261/.296/.409 triple-slash with five homers, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored in 42 games played. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Maeda surrenders three in victorious return
    Making his first start since May 10, Kenta Maeda surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda was sidelined for two weeks by hamstring tightness and he looked shaky out of the gate in his return on Thursday, surrendering a two-run double to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to Yadier Molina. However, he would settle in as the game progressed, even chipping in with a go-ahead two-run single to help his own cause in the fourth inning. Maeda finished his outing having struck out four, walked two and thrown 78 pitches (49 for strikes). The Dodgers figure to allow him a longer leash with the pitch count when he takes on these same Cardinals on the road next Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Upton has three hits, homer in loss to Astros
    Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base in a loss to the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Upton is the kind of player who can frustrate fantasy owners with an 0-for-16 stretch and then do something like he did Thursday that makes him totally worth owning. Such is life with the 29-year-old, who is hitting .242/.351/.477 with nine homers, 23 RBI, 27 runs scored and four stolen bases on the year. It's been a rough month of May for Upton, but perhaps he can use Thursday's game as a springboard to brighter days ahead. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Gonzalez launches 11th homer against Tigers
    Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: We keep waiting for Gonzalez to fall off, and he keeps defying everyone. On Thursday, he teed off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, lifting a two-run shot over the right field wall for his only hit in three at-bats. To illustrate how out-of-character this is, Gonzalez's career high for homers is 13, set in 141 games last year. He's now at 11 dingers through 40 games this season. His durability will keep him on the field most days, and if he keeps hitting .282/.380/.627 he'll be in the lineup for a long, long time. Until he stops hitting, he's a fantasy asset for his position eligibility as much as his bat. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm vs Bal
  • Fiers gives up 10 hits, four runs to Tigers
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Fiers' ineffectiveness was shaping up to be the story of the game before Justin Verlander imploded, letting Fiers off the hook both anecdotally and on the scorecard. Even so, it was another disappointing turn in a season full of mostly disappointing turns for the 31-year-old, who now owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through nine starts. It's hard to imagine the Astros can't do better. Until they decide to, though, Fiers will presumably stay in the rotation, with a favorable matchup against the Twins on deck for Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Verlander falls apart in fourth versus Astros
    Justin Verlander cruised until a disastrous fourth inning, and he finishing having allowed six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Verlander breezed through three scoreless frames before the Astros brought the lumber in the fourth. In that inning, he allowed a pair of two-run homers and yielded another solo jack, giving up five runs before it was all said and done. It was the second time in 10 starts this year that he's given up three homers. After a resurgent 2016 season, the 34-year-old hasn't shown that same dominance in 2017, owning a 4.87 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the year. Verlander will try to get things straightened out next week against the Royals. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Andrus connects for homer in loss to Red Sox
    Elvis Andrus hit his sixth home run of the year in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: The solo shot was Andrus' only hit in four at-bats, as the Rangers struggled mightily against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz. The shortstop set a career high with eight homers in 2016, but he's already got six this year roughly one-third of the way through. The steadily consistent 28-year-old also has seven steals and a .270/.313/.427 line in 47 games to date. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Kimbrel turns in rare four-strikeout inning
    Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat Thursday, striking out four batters in an inning of work against the Rangers.

    Advice: Kimbrel worked through the heart of the Rangers' order, getting Nomar Mazara to strike out swinging -- and then watching as Mazara took first base anyway on a wild pitch -- before fanning Jonathan Lucroy, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli to end it. As though Kimbrel needed the stat boost, he's now struck out 40 batters in 20 2/3 innings of work on the year. Thursday's outing wasn't a save chance, but the 28-year-old has 12 of those to date, along with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the year. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Martinez allows four runs in loss to Red Sox
    Nick Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Perhaps no stat line better encapsulates Nick Martinez: not very good, but not awful, either. His 4.69 ERA through seven starts tells a similar story. At least he's reliable -- in all seven of those starts, he's gone at least five innings but no more than seven. Martinez will carry a 1-3 record into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Tigers call up John Hicks from AAA Toledo
    Tigers recalled C/1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The Tigers needed a backup catcher with James McCann (hand) headed to the disabled list. Hicks and Alex Avila will share catching duties during McCann's absence. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • James McCann (hand) placed on 10-day DL
    Tigers placed C James McCann on the 10-day disabled list with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann needed five stitches in his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Thursday against Houston. His roster spot will be absorbed by John Hicks. Alex Avila will see most of the action behind the plate during McCann's absence with Hicks making an appearance here and there. McCann shouldn't miss much longer than the 10 minimum 10 days. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Pomeranz whiffs season-high 11 vs. Rangers
    Drew Pomeranz had it all working Thursday, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers.

    Advice: It was a good sign for Sox fans when the southpaw struck out the first two batters he faced and ended up punching out five of the first seven hitters he saw. He allowed just four hits, including a solo homer to Elvis Andrus, and walked one over his six innings. Efficiency has been his enemy this season -- only three times in nine starts has he gotten through six innings, and he's yet to record an out in the seventh -- but the Sox will take Thursday's performance every time. Pomeranz will try to carry on that good momentum, and continue to work on his 4.70 ERA, against the White Sox on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Tigers to call up C/OF John Hicks on Friday
    John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports John Hicks will be called up from Triple-A Toledo for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Teams are allowed to carry an extra player for doubleheaders but the Tigers are already bringing up Buck Farmer to start Game 1. That means a roster move must be coming. James McCann left Thursday night's game with a hand laceration and could be headed to the disabled list. This will be Hicks' third stint with the Tigers this year. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • James McCann exits with left hand laceration
    James McCann left Thursday's game against the Astros with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann's hand was bleeding badly after he got hit by a pitch from Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. Alex Avila pinch-ran for him and also replaced McCann behind the plate. He went 0-for-1 before exiting. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Kenta Maeda activated for Thursday's start
    Dodgers activated RHP Kenta Maeda from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll be on the mound Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda landed on the DL with hamstring tightness earlier this month but only missed a couple turns in the rotation. Though his ERA sits at a relatively uninspiring 5.03, Maeda had been on a roll before his injury with two wins and a 2.21 ERA over his previous three starts. Joc Pederson (concussion) was placed on the disabled list to make room for him. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Maeda (hamstring) to start Thursday night
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will start for the Dodgers on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda allowed three runs -- one earned -- over four innings in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. He was on a nice roll before landing on the disabled list May 11 with a hamstring injury and attributed it to a change in approach. "I think I was relying too much on my four-seamer, throwing it hard and not focusing enough on getting hitters out quickly," Maeda told the Orange County Register on Wednesday night. "I think, looking back, I’m now relying on moving the ball more and making sure I’m more efficient. … I’ve come to realize I am not a power pitcher." Yesterday, 10:32 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. Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Justin Upton goes hitless again
    Justin Upton went hitless in a fourth straight start Wednesday and is now hitting just .229.

    Advice: Upton's OPS fell below .800 tonight. He ended April at .968, but he's hitting just .160 with three homers, five RBI and 31 strikeouts in 75 at-bats this month. The Tigers need him to rediscover his stroke soon. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Chris Taylor could see starts in outfield
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Chris Taylor could soon see starts in the outfield.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe (toe) just returned from the disabled list, crowding the situations at second and third base. Roberts wants to continue finding regular starts for Taylor, who's slashing .333/.446/.583 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 29 games. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • John Hicks optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned C/1B John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Hicks was up for the weekend while Victor Martinez was on paternity leave. He's hit .423/.444/.654 in seven games with the big club this season. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Justin Upton getting a breather Monday
    Justin Upton is not in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Mikie Mahtook will cover left field in Upton's place. Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Diaz goes 2-for-3 with three runs scored
    Aledmys Diaz finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored Sunday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: It was just the seventh walk in 173 plate appearances this season for Diaz, who's sporting a disappointing .261/.289/.400 batting line. We've seen more good than bad from him lately, though. Sunday, 3:28 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
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Justin Verlander cools off the Rangers
    Justin Verlander allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over seven innings in a win Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Verlander outclassed A.J. Griffin to snap the 10-game winning streak of the Rangers while throwing 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes. The Tigers ace improved to 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts in the month of May. He has walked 25 batters in just 55 1/3 innings, including 12 in 26 innings in May. However, the Tigers offense has helped him with 25 runs of support in his four May outings to mask those free passes. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Pomeranz gives up two runs in four frames Sat
    Drew Pomeranz gave up two runs -- one earned -- in four innings and took a no-decision against the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the second inning when Pomeranz issued two walks followed by two infield singles. The game was tied when Pomeranz departed, but the Red Sox bullpen gave up five runs in the next inning. He was relieved early in his last start with triceps tightness but that does not appear to be the reason he was limited to only four innings today. He threw 97 pitches in today's contest and simply wasn't efficient enough with his pitches to go deeper into the game. He will take a 4.97 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a start against the Mariners on Friday. Saturday, 4:56 pm
  • Fiers pitches well but taks loss versus Tribe
    Mike Fiers allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Saturday but took the loss against the Indians.

    Advice: Fiers scattered six hits, including a solo homer, over his six innings, walking one while striking out three. Alas, the Astros failed to score against Indians starter Mike Clevinger and company, saddling Fiers with the undeserving loss. He's struggled through the majority of his eight starts this year, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through Saturday. Perhaps he can use the good outing as a springboard. We'll find out when he faces the Tigers on Thursday. Saturday, 4:32 pm
  • Tigers recall John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo
    Tigers recalled 1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: With Miguel Cabrera banged up and Victor Martinez away on paternity leave, Hicks will add an extra bat for the Tigers. He hit .423 with seven RBI in his seven games with the big league club this season. Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Chris Taylor hits fifth homer
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double versus the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't missed Logan Forsythe at all with Taylor sporting an OPS in the neighborhood of 1.000 for weeks now. The Dodgers will be able to keep playing him regularly until Justin Turner returns. Friday, 11:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nick Martinez beats Tigers to earn first win
    Nick Martinez picked up his first victory of the 2017 season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to one unearned run on four hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out four on the night. With this strong effort added to his resume, he now sports a more respectable 4.33 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 35 1/3 innings on the season. He still isn't a recommended streaming option for Thursday's matchup against the Red Sox in Boston. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Justin Upton scores twice in loss to Rangers
    Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored as the Tigers fell to the Rangers on Friday night in Detroit.

    Advice: Upton also drew a walk in the contest. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the middle of the Tigers' lineup this season, slashing .250/.368/.500 with eight homers and 20 RBI. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Kenta Maeda expected to return on Thursday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) is expected to return to the Dodgers' rotation on Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: That's provided that everything goes smoothly with his minor league rehab start with High-A Ranco Cucamonga on Friday. Maeda has been dealing with a minor hamstring issue and should be safe to activate as soon as he returns. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Maeda (hamstring) to make rehab start Friday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will pitch four innings in Friday's rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: He's expected to throw about 60 pitches. If all goes well, Maeda will return to the Dodgers' rotation next Wednesday or Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda had been on a roll before his injury, winning two of his last three starts with a 2.21 ERA. With Maeda on the comeback trail, Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5, 4.99 ERA) could be in danger of losing his rotation spot. Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Chris Taylor socks solo home run vs. SFG
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor knotted up the score at 1-1 with his solo home run off Ty Blach in the sixth inning. The dinger was his fourth of the season and gave him 14 RBI. He is working to a crisp .329/.444/.557 triple-slash in 71 at-bats since being called up on April 19. Tuesday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Craig Kimbrel has another dominant save
    Craig Kimbrel breezed through a save chance on eight pitches on Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Kimbrel protecting a three-run lead with how he's throwing this season is about as money in the bank as it gets, and he disposed of the Cardinals quickly with a couple flyouts and a strikeout. He's given up just two runs this season and holds an absurd 34/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 frames. Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Pomeranz (triceps) expects to start vs. A's
    Drew Pomeranz (triceps) said Tuesday that he expects to take his next turn in the Red Sox rotation.

    Advice: Pomeranz was removed his last start Sunday against the Rays with tightness in his left triceps, but he played catch Monday without issue and will throw his normal between-starts bullpen session on Wednesday. He's lined up to face the Athletics in Oakland this weekend. Tuesday, 2:33 pm
  • Chris Taylor goes 3-for-4 in loss
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor's surge came to an end a week ago, and he had been 4-for-26 with no RBI and nine strikeouts in his previous six games. He's more likely to be a solid offensive utilityman than a quality regular going forward. Monday, 10:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
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