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  • Ramirez still on track to start Monday
    Erasmo Ramirez will start against the Rangers on Monday despite saving Sunday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: Well, that doesn't happen very often. The Rays were forced to use Ramirez in the 15th inning on Sunday, but he only threw 12 pitches and is confident he'll be ready to bounce back. "My arm feels good," said Ramirez. "I'm glad the inning was quick. I executed every pitch, and that gave me the chance to not just feel it that much. I told (manager Kevin) Cash my arm feels good just in case you want to continue with the plans. I want to start for sure." 20 minutes ago
  • Taillon strikes out six in first rehab start
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) struck out six batters over three scoreless innings Sunday in his first rehab start with Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: Taillon underwent surgery earlier this month to treat testicular cancer, but he was able to quickly return to game action. He was very sharp in his first rehab start, allowing just one hit and one walk while throwing 29 out of 47 pitches for strikes. Taillon should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' soon, but manager Clint Hurdle doesn't want to rush him. "We don't have expectations, and we want to take it slow with him so he doesn't feel any unneeded urgency," said Hurdle. "He needs to get right when he's right ... this is uncharted territory." 52 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • Matz spins five perfect frames in rehab start
    Steven Matz (elbow) spun five perfect innings Sunday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Matz fanned eight and walked none while throwing 50 out of 73 pitches for strikes. It was a very encouraging performance as he works his way back from a flexor strain which has kept him sidelined all season. The southpaw could be cleared to join the Mets' rotation as soon as this weekend against the Pirates at home. Today, 5:32 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Adam Lind plates two in loss to Padres
    Adam Lind went 1-for-3 and plated two runs on Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Lind plated his club's first run on a fielder's choice in the first inning. He then delivered an RBI double in the fifth. He has been impressive in limited action this season, slashing .340/.400/.604 with three homers and 16 RBI. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Longoria snaps tie with solo homer in 15th
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-6 with a go-ahead solo home run in the 15th inning of Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Way back in the ninth inning, Longoria hit a key RBI double to keep the Rays alive. He did more than keep them alive in the top of the 15th, reaching for an outside pitch and pulling it into the seats in left-center to give the Rays a 7-6 lead. Logan Morrison would follow with a solo homer of his own for a little breathing room and the Rays would go on to win by an 8-6 final. Longoria entered action on Sunday having picked up just two hits in his last 14 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Dickerson picks up RBI single in 14th vs. MIN
    Corey Dickerson went 4-for-8 with an RBI single in Sunday's 15-inning win over the Twins.

    Advice: With runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the 14th inning, Dickerson lined a bullet single up the middle to send Michael Martinez around third. Byron Buxton's throw home was on line but low, hitting the mound and preventing a play at the plate as the Rays took a 6-5 lead. While Dickerson played momentary hero, the Twins would come back to tie it in the bottom of the frame to send the game to the 15th inning. Dickerson is now slashing a hearty .337/.380/.608 with 12 homers and 24 RBI over the course of 49 games played. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • George Springer launches two-run homer in win
    George Springer went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Springer came through with a two-run home run off Alec Asher as part of a six-run second inning by the Astros. He has now gone yard in back-to-back contests to give him 11 long balls on the year, this after hitting just three in his past 31 games prior to this weekend's series against the Orioles. Pair those 11 dingers with 28 RBI and a .243/.322/.464 triple-slash. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Ramos works scoreless innings vs. Angels
    A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation on Sunday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Miami was up 9-2 when Ramos got called in to work the top of the ninth inning, and he closed out the victory using just 10 pitches. Ramos issued a one-out walk to Danny Espinosa but retired the other three batters he faced. The closer looks to be settled back in now after a recent rough patch. He is 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season on an 18-30 team. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Khris Davis launches 15th home run in loss
    Khris Davis launched his 15th home run of the season Sunday in the A's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning off Yankees reliever Chad Green. Davis also reached on an error in the sixth inning and drew a walk, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in the afternoon loss in New York. The big slugger is on pace for 50 home runs and 102 RBI. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Ben Zobrist (wrist) hoping to return Monday
    Ben Zobrist (wrist) hopes to be back in the Cubs' lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist tweaked his left wrist during an at-bat Friday and is out of the lineup Sunday for the second straight day. The Cubs are going with Javier Baez at second base and in the leadoff spot and an outfield of Ian Happ, Albert Almora and Jason Heyward. Yesterday, 11:28 am
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Joc Pederson still having concussion symptoms
    Joc Pederson is still experiencing mild concussion symptoms.

    Advice: Any level of concussion symptoms are obviously not good, and it doesn't sound like Pederson is poised to resume baseball activities soon. Consider him out indefinitely. Yesterday, 11:15 am
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Avilan (triceps) to resume throwing Tuesday
    Luis Avilan (triceps) will resume a throwing program Tuesday.

    Advice: He expects to be sidelined longer than the minimum 10 days, however. Avilan was placed on the disabled list Thursday. Yesterday, 10:51 am
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Avisail Garcia sitting out on Sunday
    Avisail Garcia is absent from the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather after starting both games of Saturday's doubleheader. Willy Garcia is in right field. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Mark Melancon nails down 10th save
    Mark Melancon needed just four pitches to record two outs in Saturday's appearance against the Braves, nailing down his 10th save.

    Advice: Melancon is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities in the month of May, allowing just one earned run across 4 2/3 innings. He hasn't show any ill effects from the elbow injury which landed him on the 10-day disabled list to kick off the month of May. Overall he has walked just one batter while recording 12 strikeouts across 14 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 12:31 am
  • Miguel Montero makes most of opportunity
    Miguel Montero had one of the team's three hits in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: It wasn't all good, as he did strike out once. When Willson Contreras needs a rest the Cubs do not lose anything by using the veteran Montero behind the dish. He has hit safely in each of his past three appearances and is slashing .328/.362/.500 across 64 at-bats. Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • George Springer smacks 10th home run
    George Springer finished 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Springer fired out of the chute with seven home runs through his first 14 games, but he has managed just three clouts over the past 31 outings dating back to April 18. The outfielder has posted back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time this season, raising his average from .231 to .242. Perhaps he is finally turning the corner after a dismal past several weeks. Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Taillon (cancer) to make rehab start Sunday
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Sunday.

    Advice: Taillen underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this month but resumed throwing last week and has already progressed to a minor league rehab assignment. It shouldn't be long until he's back in the Pirates' starting rotation. Taillon was having a great year before his cancer diagnosis, spinning a 3.31 ERA over six starts for the Bucs. Saturday, 4:21 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • Update: Ben Zobrist dealing with sore wrist
    Updating an earlier report, Ben Zobrist is out with a sore wrist.

    Advice: Zobrist said he felt "something" in his first at-bat on Friday night. Rookie Ian Happ is spelling him at second base Saturday against the Dodgers but Zobrist should be available off the bench. Consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 3:09 pm
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Ben Zobrist not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Ben Zobrist is absent from the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Ian Happ is getting another start at second base while Jon Jay is starting in center field with Jason Heyward in right. The 36-year-old Zobrist is hitting .261/.352/.458 with six homers and 18 RBI on the season. Saturday, 12:17 pm
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Avisail Garcia plates three to lead White Sox
    Avisail Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI as the White Sox topped the Tigers in their series-opener in Chicago on Friday.

    Advice: Garcia got the White Sox on the board, delivering a bases-clearing three-run double in the third inning. He's in the midst of an outstanding season, slashing a robust .341/.385/.576 with eight homers and 37 RBI. Friday, 11:55 pm
  • Ramos converts fifth save of season
    A.J. Ramos needed just one pitch to covert his fifth save of the season Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kyle Barraclough began the ninth inning with a five-run lead, but he gave up two runs before Marlins manager Don Mattingly brought in Ramos to face Mike Trout with one on and two out. He got Trout to fly out deep to center field to end the ballgame. Ramos was coming off a couple of shaky appearances in non-save situations, but he has converted all five of his save chances this season. Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Dodgers place Luis Avilan on 10-day DL
    Dodgers placed LHP Luis Avilan on the 10-day disabled list with left triceps soreness.

    Advice: His roster spot will be absorbed by left-hander Adam Liberatore. Avilan leads the Dodgers with six holds but sports a lethargic 1.53 WHIP over 15 innings of work. He's the 20th Dodger to be placed on the DL this year. Thursday, 6:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Joc Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL
    Dodgers placed Joc Pederson on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Pederson injured himself in a scary collision with Yasiel Puig on Wednesday night and will need some time to recover. The concussion is severe enough that Pederson has been advised not to use any electronics including watching television or using his cell phone. Brett Eibner, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor are all candidates to fill in at center field during his absence. This is Pederson's second DL stint of the season. Thursday, 3:37 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Ben Zobrist hits sixth homer in Cubs' win
    Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer as the Cubs topped the Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist is 13-for-28 with three homers during his current eight-game hitting streak. He's raised his OPS from .686 to .822 over the stretch. Thursday, 2:43 pm
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Taillon (cancer) throws 35-pitch pen session
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Taillon called it "more competitive" than his first 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. The young right-hander is recovering from surgery for testicular cancer and seems to be making swift progress, though the Pirates have yet to map out a timetable for his return to the active roster. It's not worth speculating. Thursday, 7:47 am
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • Ramirez allows two runs in six innings in win
    Erasmo Ramirez earned a win by tossing six innings while allowing two runs against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started off in shaky fashion by allowing a two-run shot to Albert Pujols in the first inning. That was the only real difficulty he faced all evening. He surrendered just four base hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He owns a 3-0 record with a 3.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. This was his second start since replacing Blake Snell in the rotation. He made 11 appearances in relief previously. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Dodgers monitoring Pederson for concussion
    The Dodgers are monitoring Joc Pederson for a possible concussion.

    Advice: Pederson is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday and would be available only in an emergency. He is nursing a sore neck and head after colliding with Yasiel Puig on Tuesday. If he shows no lingering signs of a concussion over the next 24 hours, he could potentially return to the lineup for Thursday evening's contest against the Cardinals. Wednesday, 4:30 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Joc Pederson (neck) sits against Cardinals
    Joc Pederson (neck) is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pederson was involved in a nasty outfield collision with Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, with both players crumpling to the ground after running into each other chasing a fly ball. While Puig is in the lineup and hitting eighth on Wednesday, Pederson will rest, as he is still experiencing soreness in his neck. Chris Taylor is manning center in his place. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Khris Davis cranks two-run homer in win
    Khris Davis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Davis smacked a two-run home run off Edinson Volquez with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was his 14th of the season, putting him one behind Yankees phenom Aaron Judge (15) for the MLB lead. Davis' power output is marvelous. His .220 batting average less so. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Avisail Garcia (flu) back in lineup Wednesday
    Avisail Garcia (flu) is back in the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in Arizona.

    Advice: He'll start in right field and bat fifth against Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado after missing Tuesday's game with a mild case of the flu. Garcia boasts a .971 OPS with eight home runs and 34 RBI over 43 games this season for Chicago. Wednesday, 10:40 am
  • Pederson suffered neck strain in OF collision
    Joc Pederson was diagnosed with a neck strain following Tuesday night's outfield collision with Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Pederson also suffered some minor cuts on his forehead when he stumbled head-first into the right-center field wall, but he cleared MLB's concussion protocol and is expected to avoid the disabled list. That's excellent news given the violence of the collision. Pederson and Puig were both laughing in the clubhouse after the Dodgers' 13th-inning walkoff win over the Cardinals. Wednesday, 6:03 am
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Pederson leaves game after outfield collision
    Joc Pederson left Tuesday's game in the Cardinals after an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Pederson took an elbow to the face from Puig before crashing head-first into the outfield wall. Both players were running full-speed on a liner to right-center that Puig actually managed to haul in. Pederson laid sprawled on the ground in obvious pain for a couple of minutes before eventually walking off slowly alongside team trainers. Enrique Hernandez took over in center field. Tuesday, 10:06 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Avisail Garcia out Tuesday night due to flu
    Avisail Garcia is out of the White Sox starting lineup Tuesday due to the flu.

    Advice: It could be a multi-day absence for Garcia, who's off to a tremendous start in 2017. Willy Garcia is starting in right field and batting seventh Tuesday night against Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Avisail Garcia scratched from ChiSox lineup
    Avisail Garcia has been scratched from the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: No word yet on the reason for the sudden change. Willy Garcia is now starting in right field and batting seventh versus Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin. Tuesday, 2:36 pm
  • Taillon (cancer) throws 25 pitches off mound
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) threw 25 pitches off a mound Tuesday.

    Advice: Taillon has made encouraging progress from his May 8 surgery for suspected testicular cancer, though Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk cautioned Tuesday that this is still very much a day-to-day situation. There's no real timetable for Taillon's return to the active major league roster. Tuesday, 1:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • Melancon earns ninth save Monday vs. Cubs
    Mark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season Monday in the Giants' 6-4 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Melancon gave up a two-out single to Javier Baez but fanned Ian Happ to seal the victory for San Francisco. The veteran closer is 3-for-3 in save opportunities since coming off the disabled list May 17. He has a 2.63 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 total innings this year. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Longoria serving as DH on Monday
    Evan Longoria will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: It's a way to give him somewhat of a breather. Daniel Robertson will start at third base on Monday while Michael Martinez will play second base. Steven Souza is on the bench for Monday's contest. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • Matz (elbow) could be promoted soon
    According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets are open to activating Steven Matz (elbow) after Tuesday's start with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Matz, who is working his way back from a flexor strain, allowed one run on two hits and two walks over three innings in his first rehab start at High-A St. Lucie last Thursday. Ideally he would get at least two more starts in the minors, but the state of the Mets' rotation could have them move up the timeline. Either way, Matz should be stashed away in most fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:04 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Khris Davis whiffs twice in loss to Red Sox
    Khris Davis went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Nothing doing here for Davis, who had homered in two of the first three games in the four-game weekend set. Overall, he is slashing .218/.303/.494 with 13 homers and 25 RBI across 156 at-bats. The power is fantastic, though his bat comes with its fair share of holes on the average front. May 21, 4:40 pm
  • Pederson cranks solo home run in win over MIA
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Pederson took Vance Worley deep for a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning. After swatting 26 and 25 long balls in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Pederson has struggled with the power stroke this season. Sunday's homer was just his second of the year and he currently owns a cringe-worthy .324 slugging percentage. May 21, 4:30 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Ben Zobrist socks solo home run in victory
    Ben Zobrist went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Zobrist has largely struggled this season, entering this contest holding a .244/.342/.402 triple-slash. He came through with homer No. 4 on the year in the first inning on Sunday, leading off with a solo shot against Chase Anderson. That was his first dinger since April 29. May 21, 3:04 pm
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Matz (elbow) to make two more rehab starts
    Steven Matz (elbow) is slated to make two more rehab starts.

    Advice: Matz surrendered two hits and one run over three innings last Thursday in his first rehab start for High-A St. Lucie. He threw 53 pitches in the outing, so the left-hander obviously needs to be stretched out a bit more. Working his way back from a flexor strain, Matz could rejoin the Mets' rotation by the first weekend of June. May 21, 10:56 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Avisail Garcia tallies six RBI on Saturday
    Avisail Garcia finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in Saturday's 16-1 win in Seattle.

    Advice: Garcia has been on fire lately, posting four multi-hit games over his past five outings. He is 11-for-23 (.478) with four doubles, a triple, two homers and nine RBI across the past five games to raise his average from .336 to .357 just since May 15. May 20, 11:43 pm
  • Mark Melancon secures eighth save
    Mark Melancon allowed one earned run and two hits in a 22-pitch 13th inning for his eighth save of the season in Saturday's game in St. Louis.

    Advice: Melancon has back-to-back saves in St. Louis since coming off the 10-day disabled list. He has allowed seven hits over his past four innings over four appearances but he remains a solid fantasy option all most formats. May 20, 10:06 pm
  • Dickerson swats two home runs against Yankees
    Corey Dickerson went deep twice, drove in four runs and scored three times to lead his club to a 9-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: He led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot, and followed that up with a three-run blast in the fourth frame. Both homers came off Masahiro Tanaka. He also drew a walk in the ballgame. Dickerson is having a breakout season at the plate, rocking a .343 batting average with 11 home runs, 29 runs scored and 22 RBI through 42 games. May 20, 6:18 pm
  • Longoria goes 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sat.
    Evan Longoria drilled a solo home run on a 2-for-4 day at the plate in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: His third inning blast was one of three longballs the Rays hit off Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka on the day. Longoria now has a .254 batting average with six home runs and 21 RBI. May 20, 6:10 pm
  • Davis goes 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Khris Davis went 2-for-5 and drilled a two-run homer in a win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Davis' tater off Ben Taylor was one of three the Athletics hit in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. He has struggled to hit for average this season but has hit for power in spades. He is batting .224/.310/.507 with 13 longballs, 22 runs and 25 RBI. He hit 42 homers last year and is well on his way to repeating that feat in 2017. May 20, 5:30 pm
  • Zobrist hitting leadoff for Cubs on Saturday
    Ben Zobrist is hitting out of the leadoff spot for the Cubs on Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon loves to shake things up, and a move to the top of the order could be just the thing to get Zobrist going. Kyle Schwarber, who has spent the entire season in the leadoff role, is batting second on Saturday. May 20, 8:29 am
    1:40 pm @SD
  • Mark Melancon notches first save since return
    Making his first appearance since coming off the DL, Mark Melancon threw a scoreless ninth Friday for his seventh save.

    Advice: Melancon gave up a hit, but he started a double play afterwards and threw just nine pitches in his inning. Since he was so efficient, the Giants will probably use him Saturday if they have another save chance. May 19, 11:00 pm
  • Longoria plates go-ahead run vs. Yankees
    Evan Longoria went 4-for-5 and delivered a go-ahead RBI single in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: He had three singles and a double on the night. The Yankees tied things up when Matt Holliday slugged a two-run homer in the top of the eighth, but Longoria put the Rays in front for good in the bottom of the frame. These sorts of nights have been few and far between for Longoria so far this season. Even after his four-hit game on Friday, he’s batting just .249/.312/.408 with five home runs and 20 RBI through 42 games. May 19, 8:13 pm
  • Ramirez gives up two runs vs. Yankees
    Making his first start since replacing Blake Snell in the Rays’ rotation, Erasmo Ramirez yielded two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: He didn’t factor into the decision. Ramirez gave up six hits while walking one and striking out five. He threw 65 pitches before being pulled and should be ready for a bigger workload next time out. The Rays have some options, but Ramirez will carry some appeal in deeper fantasy formats as long as he holds a rotation spot. May 19, 8:12 pm
  • Jameson Taillon (cancer) has more blood tests
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) still has more blood tests remaining.

    Advice: Taillon underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer on May 8, which was confirmed by the pathology report. The results of his future blood tests will determine his rehab schedule moving forward. He's already resumed playing catch. May 19, 12:22 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Ari
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