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  • Hamels yields three runs in 6 2/3 frames Wed.
    Cole Hamels allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He uncharacteristically struck out just one batter while walking three and giving up seven base hits. One of those hits was a two-run tater by designated hitter Eduardo Escobar. Hamels moves to 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA through five starts. Despite his early success his strikeout rate has dropped considerably and now barely exceeds his walk rate. He has 15 strikeouts and 12 walks in 32 2/3 innings. 22 minutes ago
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Sano goes 3-for-4 in loss to Rangers
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano now owns a nice .286 batting average after hitting .236 last year. He has also doubled his walk rate, leading to a stellar .432 on-base percentage. He has five home runs, 14 runs scored and 16 RBI through 88 plate appearances. Still 23 years old (his birthday is in two weeks), the former elite prospect has made some adjustments and seems to be maturing as an all-around hitter. 28 minutes ago
    L, 14-3 @Tex
  • Santiago gives up two runs in five innings
    Hector Santiago pitched fairly well for five innings against the Rangers, allowing two runs on six hits in a game his team eventually lost.

    Advice: He pitched well enough to win and left the game with a lead, but the Twins' bullpen utterly collapsed and the Rangers won in a landslide. Santiago was unscored upon through four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth, which was his final inning of work. He issued four walks and struck out six batters, both of which led to an elevated pitch count and an early exit. His record holds at 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. 34 minutes ago
  • Harrison hits lead-off home run, scores twice
    Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He led off the first inning with a home run off Jon Lester. In the second inning he walked and scored on an Andrew McCutchen double. Harrison owns a .308 batting average with two homers, seven runs, four RBI and two steals in 20 games. 42 minutes ago
    W, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a home run vs Cubs
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: He took Cubs ace Jon Lester deep to center field with the bases empty in the sixth inning to provide what ultimately proved to be the winning run. It was his third homer of the season to go with his .237 batting average and six RBI. 49 minutes ago
    W, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Glasnow struggles again but escapes loss
    Tyler Glasnow's struggles continued as he gave up three runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was pulled after allowing six hits and four walks on 89 pitches, only 46 of which were strikes. He loaded the bases in the second inning and ended up hitting a batter to gift the Cubs a run. Glasnow now has a 7.98 ERA with 13 walks in 14 2/3 innings through his first four starts. On the bright side his 17 strikeouts clearly show his potential if he can develop some control. His high ERA and inability to go deep into his starts might soon force the Pirates to replace him in their rotation. 54 minutes ago
  • Bryant goes 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as the Cubs fell to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also added a walk. He doubled in a run in the fourth inning and was driven in by his partner in crime Anthony Rizzo two times in the contest. Tonight's strong game boosted his batting average to .282 with two homers, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. Last year's NL MVP is off to a slow start by his standards but should pick it up as the season rolls along. Today, 9:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 @Pit
  • Rizzo homers, drives in four in loss Wed.
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He drove in the first run the hard way -- by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He singled to center in the fourth inning to plate Kris Bryant, then drove in Bryant again by homering to right in the eighth. Rizzo is slashing .277/.400/.518 with five homers and 15 RBI. Today, 9:20 pm
  • Lester allows five runs, suffers first loss
    Jon Lester coughed up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: His night started by allowing a solo homer to leadoff batter Josh Harrison in the first inning. He surrendered five runs in the first two innings, then settled down to throw three scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Josh Bell in the sixth. Lester allowed 10 hits and two walks in total while striking out five. He has yet to win a game after five starts. He will take his 3.68 ERA into a home matchup with the Phillies on Tuesday. Today, 9:15 pm
  • Brandon Drury day-to-day with jammed knee
    Brandon Drury left Wednesday's game against the Padres with a jammed right knee.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill at first base. Drury singled and walked twice before exiting. After he left, Chris Owings moved from shortstop to second base with Nick Ahmed taking over at shortstop. Drury is day-to-day. Today, 9:09 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Smith goes 2-for-5 with a walk to lead O's
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run and an RBI in an 11-inning, 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the key to two of the most important plays of the game. He came to the plate in the second inning with a runner on first. Smith singled to center field and ended up running all the way around the bases when the Rays made two errant throws on the play. In the 11th and decisive inning, Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in walk-off fashion. The veteran outfielder is batting .263/.378/.526 with two homers and four RBI while platooning in right field and hitting lead-off versus right-handed starting pitchers. Today, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Sean Manaea exits with shoulder tightness
    Sean Manaea left Wednesday's start against the Angels with left shoulder tightness.

    Advice: Manaea's fastball usually sits in the 93-95 mph range, but Wednesday he topped out at 90 mph while mostly throwing in the mid to high 80s. It was clear Manaea didn't have it tonight and he was eventually pulled after allowing four hits and three earned runs in only two innings of work. We'll let you know as soon as the A's update his status. Today, 9:02 pm
    Bot 8, 5-8 @LAA
  • Santiago to be placed on bereavement leave
    Hector Santiago is expected to be placed on the bereavement list following his start Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: He's leaving the team so he can attend his grandmother's funeral. The Twins will announce a corresponding move on Thursday. Santiago should be able to make his next turn in the starting rotation. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Feliz works scoreless inning versus Reds
    Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Milwaukee was ahead 9-4 when Feliz entered the game in the top of the ninth, and he sealed that as the final score with quick three outs. The right-hander blew his first save of the season in brutal fashion last week against the Cubs, but he looks to be back on track now. Today, 1:36 pm
  • Brandon Drury collects three more hits
    Brandon Drury finished 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's victory against the Padres.

    Advice: Drury raised his average to .300 with the three-hit night, but it wasn't all great. He also struck out twice to give him 13 strikeouts over the past 14 games. He is considered below average defensively so he needs to keep hitting. So far, so good, as he upped his season average to an even .300. As long as he keeps his batting average up he will play regularly and serve as a solid stopgap middle infielder in most NL-only fantasy formats. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Miguel Sano hits fifth homer
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Remember three weeks ago when Paul Molitor thought Byron Buxton would be a better hitter than Sano this year? Sano is at .258/.417/.591 with five homers and 16 RBI right now. No one else on the Twins has more than two homers or 11 RBI. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    L, 14-3 @Tex
  • Chris Owings drives in three more runs
    Chris Owings stayed hot in Tuesday's game against the Padres, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and three RBI.

    Advice: Owings had a single in eight at-bats in two games in San Diego earlier in the month, but something about Padres pitching agrees with him back in Arizona. He has two singles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI in the first two games of this mid-week set against San Diego. He'll look to keep it rolling against RHP Trevor Cahill on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Joey Gallo homers against Twins
    Joey Gallo gave the Rangers their only run with a homer off the Twins' Ervin Santana in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: Gallo is going to force the Rangers to put him in left field after Adrian Beltre returns. He's up to seven homers now, giving him as many as any two other Rangers combined. His .945 OPS puts him 200 points higher than any of the team's other regulars. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Kris Bryant reaches twice, steals base
    Kris Bryant singled, drew a walk and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The Cubs' offense didn't show up in this one, but Bryant still managed to carve out a solid little day for his fantasy owners. Bryant's stolen base total fell to eight after he had 13 his rookie season, but he's now already on a too-early-to-talk-about pace of 32 steals. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 @Pit
  • Chris Owings hits grand slam
    Chris Owings went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Owings also stole a base, his fifth in five attempts this year. He should be a breakthrough fantasy performer this year. Monday, 11:05 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Bryant goes 3-for-4 with two walks vs. Bucs
    Kris Bryant finished 3-for-4 with two walks Monday in the Cubs' rout of the Pirates.

    Advice: Bryant struck out in his first at-bat against Pirates starter Chad Kuhl, but the reigning National League MVP reached in each of his next five plate appearances. He doubled and scored in the Cubs' five-run second inning and his RBI single in the top of the sixth put Chicago up 12-1. In one night, Bryant lifted his season OPS from .717 to .782. He's ready to explode. Monday, 7:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 @Pit
  • Miguel Sano to appeal one-game suspension
    Major League Baseball has suspended Miguel Sano one game for his involvement in an altercation during Saturday's game versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a Matt Boyd pitch that went behind him and then gave a hard shove to James McCann after the catcher intervened. The Twins' third baseman is in Monday's lineup and will continue to play until his appeal is heard. Monday, 2:47 pm
    L, 14-3 @Tex
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) has returned to the Orioles' lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since last Tuesday due to a right hamstring strain. He'll bat leadoff in his return Monday against Rays ace Chris Archer. Monday, 11:54 am
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Joey Gallo socks solo home run in victory
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Gallo's solo homer off Scott Alexander in the sixth inning was his sixth of the season and bumped his RBI total to 14. He has now whacked four homers in his last five games. That tremendous power upside comes with a .213 average and a propensity to strike out, but if Gallo can figure out how to put the bat on the ball more consistently, look out. Sunday, 3:39 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Rizzo slugs two-run shot in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Rizzo took Bronson Arroyo deep in the top of the fourth inning but the Cubs weren't able to overcome a rough start by John Lackey. Rizzo has homered in three straight games, tallying a total of eight RBI during that short stretch. Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 7:31 am
    W, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) available to pinch-hit
    Seth Smith (hamstring) could be available to pinch-hit on Saturday.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since straining his hamstring on Tuesday. He was able to run a bit on Friday and should be back in the lineup within a day or two. Mark Trumbo will draw another start in right field Saturday against Boston. Saturday, 2:56 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Sano ejected as benches clear in Minnesota
    Miguel Sano was ejected from Saturday's game against the Tigers following an altercation with James McCann.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a pitch thrown behind him in the fifth inning and shoved McCann when he blocked his path to pitcher Matt Boyd. The benches cleared and Sano and Boyd were both ejected. Sano went 1-for-2 on the afternoon. Joe Mauer replaced him at first base after the ejection. Saturday, 1:55 pm
    L, 14-3 @Tex
  • Rizzo blasts another three-run homer in win
    Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer on Saturday as the Cubs clobbered the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Rizzo belted a three-run homer in his final at-bat on Friday which tied the game in the ninth inning and he replicated the feat off of Reds starter Cody Reed in the first inning on Saturday. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk with three runs scored and three RBI. Rizzo is now hitting .299/.420/.507 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Josh Harrison not in Pirates lineup Saturday
    Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a regular day off for the veteran second baseman. Adam Frazier will slide over to second base to fill in for Harrison while John Jaso draws a start in right field. Saturday, 9:09 am
    W, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Brandon Drury reaches four times
    Brandon Drury reached four times Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: That'll help his .298 OBP. Drury is likely to be a well below average defensive second baseman, so it's imperative that he hits in order to remain a regular. He'll probably be solid enough with the bat, but we still suspect the Diamondbacks would be better off with Chris Owings at second and either Nick Ahmed or Ketel Marte at short. Friday, 10:32 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Sean Manaea strikes out six in win
    Sean Manaea limited the Mariners to one run over six innings and struck out six in a victory Friday.

    Advice: It's Manaea's first win in four starts this year. He's up to 12 walks in 22 1/3 innings, which isn't exactly ideal. However, he's struck out 26. He'll get the Angels next time out. Friday, 10:23 pm
    Bot 8, 5-8 @LAA
  • Hamels goes eight strong in win over Royals
    Cole Hamels spun eight innings of one-run ball in Friday’s 6-2 victory over the Royals.

    Advice: It was his first win of the season. Hamels was in control throughout, limiting the Royals to just three hits while walking two and hitting a batter. The only run scored when Lorenzo Cain doubled in the first inning. Hamels owns an impressive 2.77 ERA through his first four starts, though he hasn’t topped five strikeouts in any of them. He had just three strikeouts on Friday. The veteran southpaw gets the Twins next at home. Friday, 9:49 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Gallo has first career multi-homer game
    Joey Gallo clubbed a pair of long home runs and knocked in three runs in a win over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first career multi-homer game. Gallo broke a tie with a two-run rocket off Nathan Karns in the second inning. The ball traveled an estimated 462 feet to right field and actually hit a popcorn stand on the concourse in right field. All patrons must stay alert when he’s at the plate. His second homer, a solo shot in the fifth inning off Karns, was a moonshot to the second deck in right-center field. The 23-year-old is still striking out in bunches — he has 23 strikeouts in just 56 at-bats — but he leads the Rangers with five home runs. Friday, 9:48 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Bryant hits go-ahead sacrifice fly
    Kris Bryant delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Cubs defeated the Reds 6-5 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Albert Almora set the stage for the winning run after reaching on a one-out single against Robert Stephenson. He went first to third on a single from Kyle Schwarber before Bryant flied out to left field to bring him home. Bryant finished 1-for-5 on the night and is hitting just .227/.325/.394 with two homers and 10 RBI through 16 games so far, but things should only get better from here for fantasy owners. Friday, 8:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 @Pit
  • Lester gives up five runs to Reds
    Jon Lester was tagged for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Lester held the Reds off the board until he unraveled in the fourth inning. The southpaw allowed nine hits on the night (including a solo homer to Adam Duvall) while walking two and striking out four. Lester had allowed just two runs through his first three starts combined, so he was due for a clunker. He’ll try to rebound next time out against the Pirates on the road. Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Rizzo launches game-tying homer vs. Reds
    Anthony Rizzo launched a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cubs were down to their final out before Rizzo took Michael Lorenzen deep to tie things up. They eventually won the game in the 11th. Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a walk on the night. He has hit safely in 10 straight games and owns a .286/.408/.444 batting line with two homers and six RBI through 16 games on the young season. Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Hector Santiago fans six in win over Tigers
    Hector Santiago struck out six over 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball in Friday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw allowed seven hits and one walk in the ballgame. The Tigers scored a pair in the third inning and added a solo homer in the sixth by James McCann, but that was the extent of the damage against him. Now 2-1 on the season, Santiago will carry a stellar 2.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP Wednesday's showdown against the Rangers in Texas. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Glasnow takes no-decision vs. Yankees
    Tyler Glasnow yielded three runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The final two runs were unearned after an error by Josh Harrison. While Glasnow failed to make it out of the fifth inning, he walked just two batters while striking out five. He still owns an ugly 7.94 ERA through three starts, but he has shown improved control since his disastrous season debut. He’ll try again for his first win of the season in a tough matchup against the Cubs next week. Friday, 7:41 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, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Seth Smith tests out hamstring
    Seth Smith tested out his right hamstring with some running Friday.

    Advice: Smith is feeling a little better, but he could still wind up on the disabled list depending on how Friday's running goes. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Trey Mancini is in the designated hitter spot Friday. Friday, 1:34 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Extension talks with 3B Bryant 'got nowhere''s Tom Verducci reports that the Cubs tried extending several of their young players over the winter, including Kris Bryant, but every one of the efforts "got nowhere."

    Advice: Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, told Verducci that he and Cubs president Theo Epstein "were on the same page" when it comes to Bryant's fit with the team, but Verducci adds that the two sides "made no traction on value." The third baseman will have his first of four arbitration years next winter, as he's not slated for free agency until after the 2021 season. Bryant's teammates Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber are also in line to hit free agency at the same time. Friday, 5:46 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-5 @Pit
  • Gallo scores only run in win over Royals
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's extra-innings win over the Royals.

    Advice: Gallo hit a one-out double off of Travis Wood in the 13th inning, and he raced home to score the winning run on Delino DeShields' walk-off single a batter later. He also struck out twice in the game -- he's now struck out 22 times in 53 at-bats -- and is hitting just .189/.295/.453 after Thursday's 1-for-5 night. He hits balls hard when he makes contact, but it's the contact that has eluded the 23-year-old for much of his major league career to this point. Thursday, 9:51 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • DL a possibility for Seth Smith (hamstring)
    Seth Smith's hamstring has not improved since Tuesday.

    Advice: If he feels the same on Friday, the Orioles could place him on the disabled list. Baltimore's outfield is shorthanded right now with Smith hurting and Joey Rickard still working his way back from a sprained middle finger. Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo could see more time in the outfield if Smith lands on the DL. Thursday, 4:10 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) sits again Thursday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) remains out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Hyun Soo Kim will take a turn at leadoff and play left field, with Mark Trumbo in right and the hot-hitting Trey Mancini on the bench. Smith suffered a right hamstring strain Tuesday against the Reds and could eventually wind up on the 10-day disabled list. He's day-to-day for now. Thursday, 12:05 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Feliz blows first save as Brewers fall to CHC
    Neftali Feliz blew his first save of the season Wednesday in the Brewers' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Feliz got the Brewers out of a big jam in the bottom of the eighth with a strikeout of Javier Baez, but he issued a one-out walk to Jon Jay in the ninth and Addison Russell followed singles by Miguel Montero and Kris Bryant with a walkoff three-run blast. Feliz was charged with four total runs and watched his season ERA jump from 1.59 to 6.75. Wednesday, 3:54 pm
  • Gallo socks solo home run in loss to A's
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Gallo burned Jesse Hahn for a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning. That would be the only run the Rangers scored in the 9-1 defeat. Six of Gallo's nine hits to date have gone for extra bases (two doubles, one triple, three home runs), but the all-or-nothing slugger is hitting just .188 in 48 at-bats. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • 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, 6-5 vs ChC
  • Miguel Sano rips fourth homer on Tuesday
    Miguel Sano clubbed a solo homer on Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: It was an ugly night for Sano otherwise, as he struck out three times in four hitless plate appearances. However, his fantasy owners will obviously take any night that includes a homer. The slugger is sporting a .245 average but a .245/.393/.612 line overall with four dingers and 13 RBI. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
    L, 14-3 @Tex
  • Seth Smith leaves game with hamstring strain
    Seth Smith left Tuesday's game against the Reds with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: That could mean a trip to the new 10-day disabled list. Smith was 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Trey Mancini. The 34-year-old outfielder also dealt with hamstring problems this spring but was off to a good start offensively for the O's. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Feliz earns fifth save, Brewers defeat Cubs
    Neftali Feliz notched his fifth save of the season Monday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Feliz gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay and followed with a walk of Willson Contreras, but he induced a double play from Albert Almora and struck out Kyle Schwarber to protect the Brewers' three-run lead with a scoreless ninth inning. Feliz is 5-for-5 in save chances this season with a shiny 1.59 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. Apr 17, 8:17 pm
  • Rizzo singles, draws walk, steals base
    Anthony Rizzo singled, drew a walk, and stole his second base of the season Monday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: But the top of the Cubs' lineup was mostly held quiet by the Milwaukee pitching staff. Rizzo, who finished the night 1-for-3, is batting .280 with an .800 OPS through 13 regular-season games. Apr 17, 8:12 pm
  • Brandon Drury not in Monday's lineup
    Brandon Drury is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Daniel Descalso will handle second base. Apr 17, 3:58 pm
    L, 8-5 vs SD
  • Cole Hamels roughed up for four runs by M's
    Cole Hamels surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings in posting a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: The bulk of the damage on Hamels' line came when Mitch Haniger whacked a three-run home run off him in the third inning. He will carry a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 11/7 K/BB ratio (18 innings) into a home start against the Royals as he tries for cleaner results next time out. Apr 16, 5:01 pm
    W, 14-3 vs Min
  • Santiago mystifies Chi-Sox over seven innings
    Hector Santiago turned in a gem in Sunday's no-decision against the White Sox, tossing seven innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Santiago scattered six hits, struck out six and walked none on the afternoon. Of those six hits, only one went for extra bases. The 29-year-old southpaw threw an economical 95 pitches (69 strikes) in the stellar effort. Through his first three starts (covering 18 1/3 innings), Santiago holds a strong 1.47 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio. He will face off with the Tigers at home next time out as he looks to keep up the early trend. Apr 16, 4:33 pm
  • Jon Lester blanks Pirates over seven innings
    Jon Lester took a no-decision despite tossing seven innings of scoreless ball in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Lester scattered three hits and walked two on the afternoon, finishing up his outing having thrown 103 pitches (67 for strikes). The strikeouts may not have been there (he fanned three), but otherwise this was a masterful early showing. Alas, the win was not to be, as Koji Uehara could not hold a 1-0 lead after taking over for Lester to start the eighth. Veteran southpaw Lester holds a career ERA of 3.73 for the month of April -- his worst for any month -- but is off to a smooth start for the 2017 season, having allowed two runs on 14 hits over 18 innings through his first three starts. He will try to keep the good vibes going in a road date with the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Apr 16, 2:28 pm
  • Neftali Feliz slams door on Reds on Sunday
    Neftali Feliz slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a perfect inning to protect a one-run advantage.

    Advice: Feliz struck out two in his inning of work. He has now converted four saves on the season and owns an impressive 1.93 ERA and 0.43 WHIP. His job security is growing by the day and he's looking like he could be a tremendous value that was had in the later rounds of mixed league drafts. Apr 16, 1:26 pm
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