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  • Lindor has double, homer in loss to Royals
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Lindor took Royals starter Jason Vargas deep as the second batter the southpaw faced, his 11th homer of the season. He also attempted to start a rally in the ninth inning with a two-out double, but he was stranded on second base to end the game. Lindor quietly has a 12-game hitting streak going, leaving him with a .283/.346/.545 line, 11 homers, 24 RBI and 33 runs scored overall. 49 minutes ago
  • Herrera punches out two on way to 11th save
    Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a scoreless inning of work Saturday, earning his 11th save against the Indians.

    Advice: Herrera struck out Bradley Zimmer and then had to face the top of the Indians' order, allowing a two-out double to Francisco Lindor before getting Michael Brantley to ground out to end it. A mid-May slump appears to be in Herrera's rear-view mirror, as he's now struck out five over three scoreless appearances since that vulnerable stretch. Altogether, the 27-year-old has a 3.86 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings of work. 57 minutes ago
  • Pence (hamstring) close to rehab assignment
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Pence resumed running earlier this week and is looking healthier by the day as he recovers from a left hamstring strain. If all goes well, he should join the Giants during their seven-game road trip, which begins next Friday. The veteran carries an underwhelming .243/.289/.338 slash line over 136 at-bats this season. Today, 4:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Joseph gets two key hits in win over Reds
    Tommy Joseph hit a solo home run and delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: His single to center field scored Aaron Altherr with the winning run in dramatic fashion. He homered off veteran Bronson Arroyo earlier in the game. Joseph was brutally bad in the month of April but has turned his season around of late. For the season he is batting .255/.313/.476 with eight home runs and 24 RBI. That slash line is very close to the .257/.308/.505 line he yielded in his promising rookie campaign a year ago. Today, 4:39 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • 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. Today, 4:21 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-4 vs NYM
  • Adam Jones out with hip and ankle injuries
    Updating an earlier report, Adam Jones is out with a left ankle injury and a sore hip.

    Advice: Jones was given the day off Saturday against the Astros and will be reevaluated on Sunday. The hip issue is nothing new as Jones missed a game with a similar injury earlier this month. His absence spells more bad news for an Orioles team in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Today, 3:15 pm
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
  • Dozier goes 1-for-3 with two-run homer Sat.
    Brian Dozier hit a two-run bomb in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: His longball off reliever Tommy Hunter broke open a tie game in the eighth inning and his club would hold on to win the game. Dozier went 1-for-3 and walked twice in the contest. He has a .255 batting average with seven homers, 22 runs, 19 RBI and seven steals. He has been caught stealing five times. He will need to pick up the pace if he wants to come anywhere close to the 42 dingers he hit last year. Today, 3:12 pm
  • 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. Today, 3:09 pm
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Odorizzi allows two runs in 5 2/3 innings Sat
    Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs on seven hits and took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: The first run scored on a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and the second run scored on an Eddie Rosario solo shot in the fourth frame. Odorizzi burned through a lot of pitches while walking four and fanning four, and had to be lifted from the game after throwing 118 pitches. He has a cool 3.14 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 14 walks in 48 2/3 innings spread over nine starts. Today, 2:56 pm
  • Iwakuma said bullpen session went 'OK'
    Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the DL earlier this month. Iwakuma didn't seem too happy with his results on Saturday, claiming it "wasn't the best bullpen." When asked how his shoulder felt, Iwakuma said, "I feel OK. I would like to move forward. Hopefully it will get better." Obviously Iwakuma is in the very early stages of his recovery and still has a long way to go. There's no timetable for his return. Today, 2:27 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 6-0 @Bos
  • Darvish tosses quality start but loses game
    Yu Darvish allowed three runs in six innings and took a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: One big blow cost him the game. A three-run home run by Jose Bautista in the fifth inning accounted for the Blue Jays' entire scoring output in the contest and that was more than enough to seal the victory. Darvish surrendered five base hits and three walks while fanning four. His record falls to 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA through 11 starts. He has 72 strikeouts and 30 walks in 69 2/3 innings. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Gary Sanchez scores twice in win on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez drew a pair of walks and scored twice as the Yankees topped the Athletics on Saturday afternoon in New York.

    Advice: Sanchez walked in the first inning and scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro. He then walked and rode home on Matt Holliday's two-run blast in the sixth inning. Sanchez finished the day 0-for-2 and is now hitting .256/.358/.415 with four homers and 11 RBI on the year. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Adam Jones gets a day off on Saturday
    Adam Jones is not in the Orioles' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off for the 31-year-old outfielder. He's hitting .258/.302/.411 with eight homers and 21 RBI in 45 games this season. Joey Rickard is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the O's on Saturday. Today, 12:39 pm
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
  • 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. Today, 12:17 pm
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Astros activate Dallas Keuchel from 10-day DL
    Astros activated LHP Dallas Keuchel from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll jump right back into the rotation on Saturday against the Orioles. The left-hander has been outstanding this season, posting a 7-0 record, 1.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP with a 54/14 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings. Today, 11:56 am
  • Cardinals designate Socolovich for assignment
    Cardinals designated RHP Miguel Socolovich for assignment.

    Advice: The right-hander has struggled mightily out of the Cardinals' bullpen this season, registering an 8.68 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. Given how well he pitched the previous two seasons, he could attract interest on waivers. Today, 11:30 am
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  • Rangers place A.J. Griffin on 10-day DL
    Rangers placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 10-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain.

    Advice: Griffin suffered the injury during Friday's disaster of a start against the Blue Jays. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, look for him to miss at least two starts though. Today, 11:02 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Tor
  • Miguel Sano not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Miguel Sano is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays.

    Advice: Sano is in a bit of a funk at the plate, as he's 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games, so skipper Paul Molitor is giving him a day off to clear his head. Ehire Adrianza is starting at shortstop for the Twins while Eduardo Escobar draws the start at third base. Today, 7:50 am
    W, 5-3 vs TB
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:55 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Mike Pelfrey fans seven in win over Tigers
    Mike Pelfrey punched out a season-high seven batters over five innings in Friday's victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. He had struck out just 11 batters through 29 2/3 innings on the season entering play on Friday, so the strikeout explosion came out of nowhere. With this fine effort, he now owns a respectable 4.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season. He still isn't a recommended fantasy option for Wednesday's start against the Red Sox. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Jim Johnson bounces back for 10th save
    Jim Johnson struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning in Friday's win in San Francisco.

    Advice: Johnson secured his 10th save of the season, rebounding from a blown save in his last appearance on Tuesday. He has allowed just three earned runs over his past 12 innings dating back to April 27. Despite an ugly 3.48 ERA for a closer he is a valuable fantasy option. When Atlanta wins they are generally going to be close games needing Johnson to finish it off. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Addison Russell's terrible May continues
    Addison Russell finished hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout on Friday at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: Russell's average continues to plummet, down to just .211. He has collected just nine hits in 64 at-bats since flipping the calendar to May, and his average has slipped from .291 to .211 since April 25. After posting 21 homers and 95 RBI last season with 49 total extra-base hits, he has taken a major step backward in 2017. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Miguel Sano fans four times
    Miguel Sano struck out all four times he was up Friday and is 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games.

    Advice: Well, it's not like Sano was really going to hit .300 this year. He's down to .292 now, and his OPS is under 1.000 for the first time in a month. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
    W, 5-3 vs TB
  • Jean Segura goes 3-for-4 in loss
    Jean Segura had three of the Mariners' six hits in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He had their only extra-base hit, a double off Eduardo Rodriguez, and a stolen base. He's batting .346 to date. The only disappointment is that he's just 6-for-11 in steals. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    L, 6-0 @Bos
  • Perez has two hits, RBI single in loss
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Perez made the start in left field and batted third with Ryan Braun (calf) back on the disabled list. The 26-year-old was a valuable piece in fantasy leagues last year and is batting .274/.314/.479 with five home runs, 19 RBI, two steals, and 20 runs scored through 42 games this season. He’s in a great situation in this lineup, so he’s worth considering in mixed fantasy leagues as long as the playing time is there. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Straily gives up three runs in win over LAA
    Dan Straily yielded three runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-5 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Straily was pulled after giving up a two-run homer to Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning. He struck out six and walked a pair for his second straight victory and now sits at 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 54/24 K/BB ratio in 54 innings across 10 starts. He has an appealing matchup against the Phillies up next. Yesterday, 9:07 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. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Yelich (hip) has three doubles in return
    Christian Yelich (hip) went 3-for-3 with three doubles, a walk, and two runs scored in his return to action Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Yelich didn’t play Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with right hip flexor tightness, but he should be good to go moving forward. This was his first multi-hit game since May 12. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Herrera notches 10th save of season
    Kelvin Herrera converted his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Herrera notched one strikeout in the frame and worked around a two-out single. The 27-year-old recently hit a bit of a rough patch, but he has bounced back with consecutive scoreless appearances. He’s 10-for-12 in save chances this year to go along with a 4.05 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Griffin leaves start with intercostal strain
    A.J. Griffin was lifted from Friday's start against the Blue Jays due to a left intercostal strain.

    Advice: The good news, is that it isn't the dreaded oblique issue. It sounds as though this could still force Griffin to the disabled list though, or at the very least to miss one start. He has been clobbered in each of his last two outings and isn't a recommended fantasy option anyways. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Tor
  • AJ Griffin leaves start with apparent injury
    A.J. Griffin was forced to leave Friday's start in the second inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: The tram trainer came out and looked at Griffin's side before he was lifted. Before leaving, he did some damage to the ratios of his fantasy owners, serving up a grand slam homer to Devon Travis. Look for an update on his status shortly. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Tor
  • Gary Sanchez not starting Friday's game
    Gary Sanchez is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a regular day of rest. Austin Romine will do the catching. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Christian Yelich (hip) returns lineup Friday
    Christian Yelich (hip) is back in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Yelich hasn't played since exiting Tuesday's game with right hip flexor tightness, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in this one. He's in center field and batting third against Jesse Chavez and the Angels. Yesterday, 11:50 am
  • 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
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Tommy Joseph leads Phillies to win
    Tommy Joseph had a homer in the seventh and a walkoff single in the 11th to give the Phillies a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Aaron Altherr has been the Phillies' best hitter this year, but Joseph has been the best his month; he's hitting .329 with six homer in May. It makes one wonder why he was hitting sixth today behind three hitters with OPSs in the .600s. Thursday, 2:18 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • 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
    Top 8, 3-4 vs NYM
  • Yelich (hip) expects to avoid the 10-day DL
    Christian Yelich (hip) said Wednesday that he expects to avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Yelich exited Tuesday's game with right hip flexor tightness and he is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in Oakland, but the issue is not believed to be serious. Marlins president Michael Hill echoed Yelich's optimism. Consider the center fielder day-to-day. Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • 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
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Yelich (hip) out of Marlins lineup Wednesday
    Christian Yelich (hip) is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: No surprise after he left Tuesday night's game with a right hip flexor injury. Yelich is considered day-to-day for now. Marcell Ozuna is in center field, Tyler Moore is in left field, and Ichiro Suzuki is in right field on Wednesday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum. Giancarlo Stanton is serving as the Marlins' designated hitter and will bat second against A's right-hander Sonny Gray. Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Yelich day-to-day with right hip flexor issue
    Christian Yelich exited Tuesday's game versus the Athletics with a right hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It's unclear when Yelich suffered the injury, and it seems like he was lifted for precautionary reasons. The Marlins are listing him as day-to-day. Yelich had a single and scored a run in five plate appearances Tuesday before departing. Tuesday, 11:10 pm
  • Jim Johnson blows save versus Pirates
    Jim Johnson allowed two runs to pick up his third blown save of the season on Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Johnson was tasked with protecting a one-run lead but coughed it up by giving up three singles and a walk in the top of the ninth inning, which was punctuated by a Jordy Mercer two-RBI single. He was then pulled, and the Braves bailed him out by coming back in the bottom of the frame. Johnson holds an unsightly 3.66 ERA on the season, but it's come along with a nice 20/4 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings. Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Brian Dozier belts solo home run vs. O's
    Brian Dozier smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Dozier smashed a line-drive longball over the left field wall off of Dylan Bundy with two outs in the seventh. It was one of just six hits and two runs on the night for the Twins, but that was enough for Ervin Santana. Dozier has six dingers on the year. Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • 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
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Keuchel (neck) planning to return on Saturday
    Dallas Keuchel (neck) plans to return to the Astros' rotation Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: That's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. "I feel a lot better," Keuchel told reporters Tuesday. "The plan is still the same ... good for Saturday." The ace left-hander was 7-0 with a sensational 1.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 54/14 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings before going down with a pinched nerve in his neck. Tuesday, 3:12 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
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • 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
    Top 8, 3-4 vs NYM
  • Gary Sanchez not in lineup Tuesday
    Gary Sanchez is out of the Yankees' lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the young backstop. Austin Romine will start behind the dish and catch left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
  • Jake Odorizzi strikes out eight Angels
    Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: Odorizzi struck out a season-high eight. Excepting the one-inning start in which he was hurt, Odorizzi has given up a homer all seven times out this year. Still, he has a 3.14 ERA anyway, which is pretty impressive. Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Miguel Sano hits 12th homer in win over O's
    Miguel Sano went 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI as the Twins topped the Orioles 14-7 on Monday.

    Advice: Sano had gone eight straight games without a homer, but even during that stretch, he hit .300 with a .382 OBP. He's been an awesome force since day one this year, and we see no reason to expect that to change. Monday, 8:19 pm
    W, 5-3 vs TB
  • Jim Johnson nets ninth save Monday vs. PIT
    Jim Johnson earned his ninth save of the season Monday in the Braves' 5-2 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: Johnson plunked Adam Frazier with two outs, but he induced a groundout from Josh Harrison to close out the victory for Atlanta. The veteran right-hander holds a sharp 2.84 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 19/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this season for the Braves. Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Adam Jones hits three-run homer
    Adam Jones clobbered a three-run homer off the Twins' Kyle Gibson on Monday.

    Advice: That's three homers in five games for Jones. This one gave him his first multi-RBI game since April 24. Monday, 8:09 pm
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) another week away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that he anticipates Hunter Pence (hamstring) being another week away from returning.

    Advice: Pence did sprints in the outfield and went through agility drills Monday, saying afterward that he's "got to run a little better, but I'm close, very close." The veteran outfielder will go through the same routine Tuesday. It's unclear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before being activated. Monday, 3:11 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) runs sprints Monday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) ran sprints and did agility drills Monday.

    Advice: Pence surely won't be ready for activation when first eligible on Tuesday, but his activities Monday would seem to be a good sign that he's not far off. It's unclear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before returning to the Giants' lineup. Monday, 1:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Yu Darvish fans seven in victory over Tigers
    Yu Darvish wasn't at his best on Sunday, but still managed to earn his fifth victory of the season by limiting the Tigers to two runs on five hits over five innings.

    Advice: Darvish racked up seven strikeouts on the night while walking four. He needed 105 pitches to battle through his five frames, but was able to limit the damage overall and turn in a relatively solid start. Now 5-2 on the season, the right-hander owns a 2.83 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 68/27 K/BB ratio through 63 2/3 innings on the year. He'll take on the Blue Jays his next time out in Toronto on Saturday. Sunday, 8:48 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 3:04 pm
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Miguel Sano drives in three in loss to Royals
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and three total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Sano picked up his first RBI on an infield single in the fifth inning. He would come through once more with a two-run double in the seventh. The 24-year-old third baseman is blossoming into a true star this season and is slashing a lovely .305/.431/.626 with 10 homers and 33 RBI across 131 at-bats. Sunday, 2:42 pm
    W, 5-3 vs TB
  • Dozier comes up with RBI single against KC
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Royals

    Advice: Jake Junis blanked the Twins through the first four innings before Dozier finally broke the spell with an RBI single as part of a two-run fifth inning. The veteran second baseman has yet to go on anything resembling a power tear and is working to an uninspiring .236/.333/.386 triple-slash with five homers and 14 RBI across 35 games played. We would advise fantasy owners to continue to exercise patience -- Dozier has a history of going through icy cold spells, but has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last three seasons, including a career-best 42 in 2016. Sunday, 2:40 pm
  • Adam Jones goes 3-for-4 with a home run
    Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones swatted two singles and a solo shot in the fourth inning, but the rest of the Orioles offense could not produce another run. Jones has been in a nice groove offensively of late and is now slashing .276/.323/.425 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 41 games this season. Sunday, 1:19 pm
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) not running yet
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) has yet to resume running.

    Advice: Pence had been hoping to be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday, but that won't happen. It's unclear when he might be cleared to test out his strained left hamstring with some running. Sunday, 9:48 am
    10-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Atl
  • Tommy Joseph not in Sunday's lineup
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Phillies are also resting Cameron Rupp, as they have Brock Stassi at first base and Andrew Knapp at catcher. Sunday, 7:05 am
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Gary Sanchez sore following foul tip
    Gary Sanchez has a bruised jaw after taking a foul tip on Saturday.

    Advice: Sanchez remained in the game and should be fine, although it's possible he could sit out Sunday as a precaution given that he's dealt with a stiff neck recently, as well. He's hitting .303/.395/.500 with four homers this season. Sunday, 5:57 am
  • Dan Straily sharp in Saturday's victory
    Dan Straily (forearm) was able to make his start Saturday at L.A. Dodgers, allowing three earned runs, four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a win.

    Advice: Straily didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning until Kike Hernandez belted a two-run homer. It was his first victory in seven starts dating back to April 11, his only previous win. He'll look to build a winning streak in his next schedule outing on Friday against the Angels. Sunday, 12:53 am
  • 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. Saturday, 11:43 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • Mike Pelfrey receives plenty of support
    Mike Pelfrey allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks with three strikeouts over six innings in Saturday's 16-1 victory in Seattle.

    Advice: Pelfrey received a month's worth of offensive support at Safeco Field and he turned in his best effort of the season to post his first victory. He chopped nearly one run off his ERA from 5.70 to 4.85 as a result of the quality start. Saturday, 11:35 pm
    W, 3-0 vs Det ; L, 4-3 vs Det
  • A.J. Griffin suffers first loss of 2017
    A.J. Griffin was tagged for nine runs, nine hits and a walk while striking out just three batters over 3 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday in Detroit.

    Advice: The Rangers entered the game 6-0 over Griffin's first six outings of 2017. Griffin's ERA ballooned from 3.15 to 5.02 after the atrocious outing, as he threw just 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes. When he did put it over the plate, it was up in the zone and the Tigers teed off on him for four home runs. He'll look to bounce back against the struggling Blue Jays in Toronto next Friday. Saturday, 8:05 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Tor
  • Johnson tosses clean ninth for a save Sat.
    Jim Johnson pitched a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: He was protecting a three-run lead but one would have been enough. He retired Anthony Rendon, Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor in order to end the game without any drama. The veteran closer has been smooth and efficient this year. He has a 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings of work. He has eight saves for the season and 162 for his career. Saturday, 6:55 pm
  • Sanchez drills homer vs Rays on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 and ripped a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: The homer came off Rays' starter Matt Andriese in the fifth inning. He missed almost a month of action with a strained biceps but he hasn't let the injury affect his production since returning. He is batting .303/.395/.500 with four home runs and 11 RBI on the season. Saturday, 6:03 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. Saturday, 8:29 am
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Astros place Dallas Keuchel on 10-day DL
    Astros placed LHP Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor and he's only expected to miss one start. Keuchel has been one of the most dominant starters in the league to this point of the season, posting a 7-0 record while registering a 1.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 54/14 K/BB ratio across 63 2/3 innings. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • Herrera gives up homer for blown save
    Kelvin Herrera gave up a two-run homer to the Twins’ Kennys Vargas for his second blown save of the season Friday.

    Advice: Trusted to hold a 3-1 lead, Herrera struck out Jorge Polanco swinging to begin the ninth inning before giving up a single to Jason Castro. Kennys Vargas followed with a two-run blast to tie things up. Herrera avoided further damage, but the Twins went on to win the game in the 10th. Job security shouldn’t be an issue here, but Herrera has now been scored upon in each of his last three appearances and owns a 4.50 ERA through 18 appearances on the year. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Johnson notches seventh save of season
    Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: Johnson threw 12 pitches and induced three grounders to set down the side in order. The 33-year-old has pitched well this month and owns a 3.18 ERA and 19/3 K/BB ratio over 17 innings on the year. He’s missing more bats this season and continues to induce grounders at a strong clip. Friday, 9:25 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. Friday, 12:22 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-4 vs NYM
  • Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) plays catch
    Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) played catch Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown since he was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation last week. Iwakuma could be back in the Mariners' rotation by mid-June if all goes well, but obviously he's gone plenty of hoops to jump through. Friday, 7:10 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 6-0 @Bos
  • Marlins fall despite solo homer by Yelich
    Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Yelich uncoiled for a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the third inning. He is working to a pedestrian .273/.327/.409 triple-slash through 154 at-bats, though his counting stats (six homers, 21 RBI, 27 runs scored) are respectable enough. Thursday, 10:42 pm
  • Jean Segura clubs three-run homer vs. CWS
    Jean Segura went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: The Mariners were clinging to a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth when Segura slugged a three-run home run off Dylan Covey to give his squad a little bit of breathing room. His team's bullpen would extinguish that breathing room in the late innings before the M's stumbled back to win on an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Segura is slashing a cool .359/.404/.511 with four homers, 19 RBI and five steals in 30 games played. Thursday, 10:30 pm
    L, 6-0 @Bos
  • Adam Jones hits sixth homer
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The homer was a solo shot, and Jones still hasn't had a multi-RBI game since April 24. It's pretty incredible that the Orioles are 23-16 with Jones, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo all struggling to find their stride and Chris Davis only recently locating his. Thursday, 1:39 pm
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
  • Nats have spoken about Herrera, Robertson
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have "spoken internally" about closers Kelvin Herrera, David Robertson, Alex Colome, Mark Melancon, A.J. Ramos, and Roberto Osuna.

    Advice: They also like Padres setup man Brad Hand. Washington has used five different relievers for saves this season, and none of them have been able to run away with the ninth-inning role. Herrera is arbitration-eligible in 2018 but could be moved this summer as the Royals begin their rebuilding process. Robertson, who was connected to the Nationals over the winter, is due $13 million in 2018 on the final year of his four-year, $46 million deal with the White Sox. Thursday, 10:52 am
  • Zobrist goes 2-for-3 with a run scored Wed.
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a win over the Reds Wednesday.

    Advice: He doubled and scored in the third inning. The aging veteran turns 36 years old next week and has not played up to his normal standards so far in 2017. He has a .235 batting average with three homers and 13 RBI. He has battled back spasms and a neck injury while manager Joe Maddon has given him extra time off to keep him fresh. He is likely to heat up at some point but fantasy owners are unlikely to get the 18 homers, 94 runs and .272 batting average they got from him last year. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Taillon (cancer) cleared to play catch
    Jameson Taillon (cancer) has been cleared to play catch and start light cardio.

    Advice: Taillon underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer on May 8, which was confirmed by the pathology report. There is still no timetable for his return, but at the very least, it is a good sign that he has been given the green light to resume light baseball activities. Trevor Williams will continue to start in his place for the foreseeable future. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-4 vs NYM
  • Ben Zobrist (back) returns to Cubs lineup
    Ben Zobrist (back) is starting Wednesday for the first time since last Friday.

    Advice: Zobrist had been bothered by back spasms. The veteran is starting at second base and batting fifth Wednesday night against Reds right-hander Scott Feldman. Wednesday, 12:12 pm
    Top 8, 0-5 @LAD
  • Adam Jones (hip) goes 3-for-7 in return
    Adam Jones (hip) went 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored in his return to the Orioles' lineup Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Jones also played all 13 innings of the game in center field, helping the Orioles pull off a marathon victory at Detroit's Comerica Park. The center fielder missed Sunday's series finale against the Royals due to minor hip soreness. It was clearly nothing too serious. Wednesday, 5:37 am
    Bot 7, 2-5 @Hou
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