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  • Neil Walker leaves the yard in loss to Nats
    Neil Walker clubbed his second home run of the season as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Sunday night.

    Advice: Walker's two-run shot off of Max Scherzer in the third inning pulled the Mets to within a run at 4-3, but that was as close as they would get in the ballgame. Walker finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .206/.295/.338 with eight RBI on the season. Today, 7:55 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Was
  • Michael Conforto swats leadoff homer Sunday
    Michael Conforto swatted a leadoff homer off Max Scherzer on Sunday but it wasn't enough to lead the Mets to victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Conforto actually had Scherer's number the entire evening, adding a pair of singles to finish the night 3-for-4. At this point, given the injuries that the Mets have endured, it has to be impossible for manager Terry Collins to keep Conforto out of the lineup. With the three-hit effort he's now hitting .361/.432/.722 with four homers and eight RBI. Today, 7:55 pm
  • Ian Desmond could see time in outfield
    Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Sunday that Ian Desmond (hand) could see some playing time in the outfield when he returns.

    Advice: Desmond was signed to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter with the expectation that he'd start at first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well to begin the season, the Rockies may want to keep his bat in the lineup. Regardless of where he plays, fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting Desmond's return which appears to be on track for early May. Today, 6:55 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 8-0 vs SF
  • Hunter Renfroe comes up with two-run homer
    Hunter Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Renfroe connected for a two-run shot off Tom Koehler with nobody out in the fourth inning. The dinger was his fourth of the season and bumped his RBI total to eight. In addition, Renfroe is working to a .250/.269/.434 triple-slash over 76 at-bats. Today, 5:49 pm
  • Freeland shuts down Giants over seven frames
    Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Freeland scattered six hits and walked only one on the afternoon. The lack of runners on base -- plus only three strikeouts recorded -- allowed for a very low pitch count, as he exited after seven innings having thrown a mere 93 pitches (57 strikes). Through four starts, the 23-year-old southpaw is pitching to a 3.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Outside of a six-run blowup against the Padres on April 12, Freeland has surrendered just two runs combined in his other three starts (17 innings). A road showdown with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule. Today, 3:01 pm
  • Kimbrel earns seventh save Sunday vs. O's
    Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Kimbrel was called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Joe Kelly gave up a run on three hits and promptly induced a pop-out from Manny Machado to end it. Kimbrel has a stellar 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 17/2 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this season. He is 7-for-8 in save opportunities. Today, 2:22 pm
  • Chris Heston recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.18 ERA in his first three starts for Tacoma. He'll work in long relief in Seattle. Today, 10:22 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Lucroy's slow start and Robinson Chirinos' hot start has resulted in more days off than expected for the All-Star catcher in the early going. Mike Napoli is also resting Sunday, as Ryan Rua is at first base. Today, 9:24 am
  • Zack Cozart scratched with sore wrist
    Zack Cozart was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It's the same issue that cost him a couple games earlier this month. Jose Peraza has moved over to shortstop, Scooter Gennett will move from left field to second base and Patrick Kivlehan enters the lineup in left. Today, 8:54 am
    W, 7-5 vs ChC
  • Michael Saunders not in Sunday's lineup
    Michael Saunders is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Daniel Nava will play left field while Aaron Altherr slides over to right. The Phillies also have Brock Stassi at first base over Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp at catcher over Cameron Rupp. Today, 7:49 am
  • Aaron Blair optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair was only up for a couple days and didn't appear in a game. He'll return to Gwinnett's rotation. Today, 7:32 am
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    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Josh Bell not in Sunday's lineup
    Josh Bell is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bell has been heating up at the plate lately, but he'll be on the bench for this one. David Freese has shifted over to first base, with Josh Harrison handling third and Phil Gosselin second. The Pirates also have Chris Stewart catching over Francisco Cervelli. Today, 7:31 am
    W, 2-1 vs NYY
  • John Axford (shoulder) close to throwing
    John Axford (shoulder) said Saturday that he expects to resume throwing in a few days.

    Advice: Axford said he felt some soreness while making sock throws Wednesday, but he thinks that was mainly because he found it to be "really awkward." "We’re just being a little cautious," he said. "Next time I throw it will just be regular throwing on the field, coming up soon. The way things have progressed, it’s been positive, no issues." Axford isn't expected back for the A's until late May. Today, 7:09 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 11-1 vs Sea
  • Bud Norris nails down first save
    Bud Norris allowed a single in a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Norris needed just six pitches in the tidy effort, throwing five for strikes, filling in rather admirably for the injured Cam Bedrosian (groin). If Norris continues to serve in the closer's role with Bedrosian on the shelf he would have some nice short-term fantasy appeal in AL-only play. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
    L, 6-2 vs Tor
  • Tomas homers twice as D'backs rout Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas homered twice and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks administered an 11-5 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Tomas hit a pair of solo dongs off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, first in the first inning and later in the fifth. The homers gave Tomas four on the season, with 13 RBI to go with them. He's followed up a breakout 2016 season by hitting .295/.328/.607 through the season's first few weeks of action. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Conforto homers in loss to Nationals
    Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Friday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Conforto led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer. He had a chance to play hero with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, but he grounded out to second base and the Mets eventually lost the game in extras. Still, it was another good night at the plate for the 24-year-old. He’s batting .345/.417/.690 with three homers through 14 games and continues to gain momentum in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Bell slugs two-run homer in win
    Josh Bell slugged a two-run homer in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Bell’s second-inning blast gave the Pirates an early 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia. The Yankees chipped away in the middle innings, but the Pirates added some valuable insurance in the seventh. With homers in back-to-back games, Bell is beginning to show some signs of life. The 24-year-old is hitting just .213/.275/.383 through 16 games. Friday, 7:41 pm
    W, 2-1 vs NYY
  • Ian Desmond (hand) taking BP this weekend
    Ian Desmond (hand) will begin taking batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: Desmond has begun hitting off a tee and will progress to soft toss and then batting practice over the next few days. He's already been going through full infield drills. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but sometime perhaps late next week seems like a reasonable goal. Friday, 2:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 8-0 vs SF
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Friday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Lucroy caught all 13 innings of Thursday's game, so he'll get some rest. Robinson Chirinos will do the catching. Elvis Andrus is also sitting out, as Jurickson Profar is filling in at shortstop. Friday, 1:23 pm
  • Ian Desmond (hand) hitting ball off a tee
    Ian Desmond (hand) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: Desmond is steadily upping his baseball activities, although he's not ready to take batting practice yet. "He’s getting pretty much full work in the field. So he’s taking groundballs and receiving throws from infielders," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "They were worried about the stress of a thrown ball, with velocity, going into his glove hand. But it’s fine. No problem." Black said last month that he expected Desmond to be activated from the disabled list by the end of April, but it's looking like he may fall a little behind that timetable. However, it shouldn't take much longer than that. Friday, 8:00 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 8-0 vs SF
  • Walker bops three-run homer aginst Phillies
    Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Walker connected on an Aaron Nola pitch in the third inning for the three-run dong, his first in 2017. After a strong spring, he's hitting just .228/.318/.333. With the abundance of good middle infielders these days, fantasy owners don't have to wait for Walker to break out of it. Thursday, 8:53 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Was
  • Michael Saunders scratched with illness
    Michael Saunders has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Mets because of an illness.

    Advice: Aaron Altherr will take over in right field and bat fifth against Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. Saunders hasn't done much in the early going, hitting just .271 with no homers and six RBI over 48 at-bats. Consider him day-to-day. Thursday, 3:04 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel blows save, gets win
    Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff homer to blow a save Thursday, but he ended up with a win after pitching two scoreless innings against Toronto.

    Advice: Kimbrel caught a bad break right off the bat, when his first curve to Kendrys Morales wasn't called a strike despite catching plenty of the plate. He grooved the next pitch, a fastball, and Morales hit it out to center, tying the game at 1-1. Kimbrel was dominant after that, striking out five of the remaining six batters he faced. He looks much sharper than he did during the latter portion of last season. Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Braves recall Aaron Blair from Gwinnett
    Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair will give the Braves' over-worked bullpen a fresh arm. The 24-year-old right-hander was sporting a 5.79 ERA through three starts this season with Gwinnett, after registering a 7.59 ERA over his first 15 major league starts in 2016. Thursday, 12:21 pm
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    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Saunders goes 2-for-3 with an RBI vs Mets
    Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: His RBI single in the eighth inning knotted the score at 3-3 but the Mets retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Saunders has yet to deliver much of an impact in his first season in Philadelphia. He owns a pedestrian .271/.314/.354 slash line with zero homers and six RBI through 50 at-bats. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Josh Bell slugs first homer versus Cardinals
    Josh Bell slugged his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Pirates' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell jumped Michael Wacha for a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning, but that's all the scoring the Pittsburgh offense could generate in the afternoon defeat. Bell is batting just .205/.271/.318 in 15 games this season, though he's looked a little better lately. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
    W, 2-1 vs NYY
  • Lucroy getting day off Wednesday vs. OAK
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Wednesday in Oakland.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos gets the start at catcher and will bat eighth versus Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn. Lucroy is slashing just .190/.227/.262 in the early going this season. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Tuesday. Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Kyle Freeland lifted in fifth
    Kyle Freeland was lifted after walking four and allowed one run in five-plus innings Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeland wasn't sharp, but the Dodgers just can't seem to get anything going against lefties. Just 45 of Freeland's 87 pitches were strikes. He gave up four hits, too, but all were singles. Freeland has a 4.91 ERA after three starts. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas hits three-run homer
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Tomas isn't close to being an above average regular for Arizona, but he should be a fantasy asset all year long. He's hitting .286 with seven extra-base hits through 49 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Neil Walker goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Neil Walker went 0-for-4 and committed an error in the loss to the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: We were skeptical about Walker coming off back surgery, but he looked strong and impressed everyone this spring. Unfortunately, he's at .220 with no homers in 50 at-bats during the regular season. He'll turn it around, but most mixed leaguers should be able to do better. Tuesday, 9:32 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Was
  • Conforto starting in CF, batting leadoff Tue.
    Michael Conforto will start in center field and bat leadoff Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson is on the bench. Conforto is 6-for-17 (.353) with two homers, one double, and two walks through his first 11 games this season. Granderson is off to a very slow start, so Conforto has a chance to earn more playing time if he continues to produce. Tuesday, 12:14 pm
  • Kimbrel dominates again as Red Sox beat Rays
    Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out Corey Dickerson swinging before getting Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria looking. He needed 15 pitches to get through the frame. This wraps up a dominant series against the Rays for Kimbrel, who has pitched in three straight games. Look for him to get the day off Tuesday. Apr 17, 11:18 am
  • Kimbrel earns fifth save, Red Sox beat Rays
    Craig Kimbrel nailed down his fifth save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Rays 7-5.

    Advice: Kimbrel picked up two strikeouts in an easy 10-pitch frame to seal the victory for Boston. The right-hander is rocking a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with nine strikeouts in six innings this season. Apr 16, 3:15 pm
  • Renfroe bops third homer in loss to Braves
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Renfroe made contact with an R.A. Dickey offering in the second inning, driving it out for his third homer of the season. Through 12 games, Renfroe has been mostly as advertised -- good power with almost zero plate discipline (he's got nine strikeouts to no walks) that will likely lead to a pedestrian batting average as well (Renfroe is hitting .250 after Saturday's game). Not great, but he's holding his own thus far. Apr 15, 9:41 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel runs saves streak to 23
    Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Rays.

    Advice: Kimbrel’s command has abandoned him at times this year, but he was downright dominant on Saturday. He punched out Rickie Weeks and Shane Peterson before Logna Morrison grounded out to end the game. Kimbrel has now converted 23 saves in a row, the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Zach Britton. He’s also strung together 20 straight saves at Fenway Park, the second-longest streak in team history behind Tom Gordon. Kimbrel remains a top-shelf fantasy option in all formats. Apr 15, 6:10 pm
  • Cozart goes 2-for-3 with a walk vs Brewers
    Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tripled to center in the second inning to drive in a run. Cozart leads the major leagues with his .485 batting average and 1.356 OPS. He has a hit in all nine games he has played this year. The veteran is also one of the best defensive shortstops in the majors and may make a nice trade chip for the rebuilding Reds. They are in first place right now but that seems unlikely to last long. Apr 15, 2:56 pm
    W, 7-5 vs ChC
  • Josh Bell not in Friday's lineup
    Josh Bell is absent from the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: John Jaso, who is still looking for his first hit this season, is starting at first base. Bell is off to a disappointing 4-for-28 start. Apr 14, 8:09 am
    W, 2-1 vs NYY
  • Desmond (hand) fields grounders Thursday
    Ian Desmond (hand) took infield practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Desmond broke his left hand in a Cactus League game on March 12 and underwent surgery four days later. He’s resumed baseball activities and is now able to play catch and take ground balls at first base. Manager Bud Black is hoping he’ll advance to batting practice next week. Beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post said it "remains possible" that Desmond could return by the end of April. Mark Reynolds has done a nice job in his place, hitting .313 with four homers and 10 RBI through 11 games. Apr 14, 6:06 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 8-0 vs SF
  • Cozart runs hitting streak to eight games
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-3 in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Cozart has now hit safely in all eight games in which he's played, batting .481/.516/.704 with two doubles and two triples. It seems as though he does something like this every year, starting hot amid questions of whether it can last. It hasn't yet. Perhaps the Reds can parlay his good start into a trade that frees up time for Dilson Herrera at second base, with Jose Peraza sliding over to short. Apr 14, 5:15 am
    W, 7-5 vs ChC
  • Lucroy getting the day off Thursday vs. LAA
    Jonathan Lucroy is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos will start at catcher for the Rangers and bat eighth versus Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco. It's just a routine day of rest for Lucroy. Apr 13, 9:43 am
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