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  • 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. Today, 2:18 pm
    W, 2-1 vs Col
  • Nick Castellanos not starting Thursday night
    Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Dixon Machado will fill in at third base and bat eight Thursday against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers. Castellanos has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats and could probably use a night off to clear his head. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Anthony Rendon homers in third straight
    Anthony Rendon homered in a third straight game as part of a 2-for-4 day against the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: Rendon had four homers and a double in the three games against Seattle, a team which seriously considered picking him second overall in the 2011 draft before ultimately choosing pitcher Danny Hultzen. Rendon is batting .347 with nine homers, 27 RBI and an 11/14 K/BB ratio in his last 75 at-bats. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Correa in Astros' lineup Thursday vs. Tigers
    Carlos Correa is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa was given a couple days off with a minor illness. He is starting at shortstop and batting cleanup on Thursday night against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander. Today, 12:38 pm
  • LeMahieu out of Rockies' lineup on Thursday
    DJ LeMahieu is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest. Alexi Amarista will start at second base and bat seventh for the Rockies against Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez. Today, 8:10 am
  • 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. Today, 7:47 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 9-4 @Atl
  • Boxberger (lat, forearm) set for live BP
    Brad Boxberger (lat, forearm) is scheduled to throw live batting practice next Monday and Thursday at the Rays' spring training complex.

    Advice: Wilson Ramos (knee) will catch with Brad Miller (abdomen) and Matt Duffy (heel) taking live swings. Boxberger has been on the disabled list all season because of a lat issue and a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, but it sounds like the setup man could be ready to rock sometime in early-to-mid June. Today, 7:04 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs LAA
  • Braves DFA right-hander Josh Collmenter
    Braves designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment.

    Advice: Collmenter allowed seven runs on six hits, including three homers, in the 10th inning of Wednesday night's loss to the Pirates. That historically bad outing ballooned his season ERA from 5.63 to 9.00. Matt Wisler is taking his spot in the Braves' bullpen Thursday. Today, 6:38 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Bauer allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wed.
    Trevor Bauer took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a lead but the bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. The two runs Bauer allowed came on a two-run blast by Adam Duvall. He gave up four hits and two walks while punching out six. This was one of Bauer's best outings of the season and lowers his ERA to 6.30 through nine starts. His nice 59/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings indicates better things could be in store as the season unfolds. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    PPD vs Cin
  • Myers goes 2-for-5 with two RBI vs Mets
    Wil Myers went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His seventh-inning single plated Chase d'Arnaud and Matt Szczur to tie the game at 5-5. Myers also doubled in the game. He is batting .275/.319/.529 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 48 games. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Hand survives stressful ninth for save Wed.
    Brad Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: After closer Brandon Maurer pitched a clean eighth inning, Hand was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. He promptly surrendered a single, a walk and another single to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to punch out the next two batters before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to end the game and notch his first save of the season. It is possible this game indicates the Padres have promoted Hand into the closer role to replace Maurer. Today's results were a mixed bag for Hand. He was able to close out the game without allowing a run but pushed everything to the breaking point in the process. Hand has a 1.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings compared to Maurer's 6.50 ERA. Much of that disparity is explained by Maurer's .400 BABIP compared to Hand's .222 BABIP. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Josh Collmenter gives up seven runs in 10th
    Josh Collmenter was blasted for seven runs in the 10th to take a loss Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Braves decided not to further tax their bullpen tonight, so Collmenter was left in to finish the inning after giving up three homers. He had a 2.00 ERA in nine innings during April, but he's given up 15 earned runs in eight innings since. He's probably in danger of being DFA'd. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
  • Jordy Mercer goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mercer hit the third of back-to-back-to-back homers off Josh Collmenter in the 10th, following David Freese and Jose Osuna. Mercer was hitting just .203/.317/.268 this season before arriving in Atlanta this week. He's gone 7-for-13 with two homers in three games since. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Chatwood allows one hit in seven innings
    Tyler Chatwood allowed just one base hit and struck out eight batters in seven shutout innings to beat the Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning when catcher Andrew Knapp singled. Chatwood walked four batters and picked one of them off base. He threw 112 pitches and had to be pulled after seven innings. His record improves to 4-6 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face the Mariners and Padres in a two-start week coming up next. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers twice in Cubs' win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk as the Cubs edged the Giants 5-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo has four homers in his last four games, taking his OPS from .757 to .846. He's still batting just .238, but that won't last for much longer, either. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Rendon cranks three-run bomb vs Mariners
    Anthony Rendon belted a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came to bat with two outs in the first inning with Jayson Werth on third base and Daniel Murphy on second. Rendon drove a Sam Gaviglio offering over the left center field wall for his eighth home run of the season. It was his only hit of the night. This comes after he hit two homers on Tuesday. Rendon struggled badly for the first few weeks of the season but then found his stroke. He now has a .277 batting average with 31 RBI. He has almost as many walks (25) as strikeouts (30) and that has resulted in a strong .378 on-base percentage. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Nick Castellanos to receive two days off
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Nick Castellanos will receive the next two days off as a "reset."

    Advice: Castellanos has been having a rough time at the plate over his last three games, failing to pick up a hit in 11 at-bats while striking out six times in that space. Andrew Romine will be starting at third base in his place against the Astros on Wednesday and is hitting seventh. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Carlos Correa remains out on Wednesday
    Carlos Correa is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa also sat on Tuesday, as manager A.J. Hinch is giving him a few days off to clear his head. He had been 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in his last two games. He is also dealing with a little bit of a stomach bug. Marwin Gonzalez draws the start at shortstop in his place and is hitting second. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Mercer swats solo home run, drives in three
    Jordy Mercer mashed a solo homer and drove in three runs Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Mercer took R.A. Dickey over the boards in the sixth inning and has now reached base in five of nine career plate appearances versus the knuckleballer. He then put the Pirates ahead in the top of the ninth following a long rain delay, but Pittsburgh coughed up the lead in the bottom of the frame. Mercer is sporting an unappetizing .215/.323/.299 batting line on the season. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo knocks two-run homer
    Anthony Rizzo smashed a two-run homer Tuesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Rizzo had one of three dingers off of Johnny Cueto, with his being the only that wasn't a solo shot. His .224/.363/.424 batting line to this point has certainly been a disappointment, but Rizzo now has nine homers and 26 RBI on the year, with two of those homers coming over his last three contests. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Rendon goes deep twice in Nationals' rout
    Anthony Rendon had two homers, a double and five RBI as the Nationals crushed the Mariners 10-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's not quite three homers and 10 RBI, like he had last month against the Mets, but it does make him the third player this year with multiple two-homer, five-RBI games, joining Jay Bruce and teammate Bryce Harper. Rendon has seven homers and 29 RBI in 42 games. Tuesday, 6:56 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
    W, 9-4 @Atl
  • Correa out of Astros lineup on Tuesday night
    Carlos Correa is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts over his last two games. Marwin Gonzalez will play shortstop and bat fifth Tuesday versus Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Evan Gattis is also on the bench Tuesday for Houston. Daily Slant: Correa's absence makes the Astros a slightly less appealing team target, but they still hold plenty of upside against Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander hasn't had success against hitters from either side of the plate - he's allowing a .396 wOBA to LHs and a .389 mark to RHs, with a HR/9 rate over 2.00 against hitters from both sides. His GB% sits under 30% and he's been getting absolutely crushed by lefties to start the year with an absurdly high 39.4 Hd-Sft% (20.0 Hd-Sft% vs. RHs). Add in the fact that Zimmermann simply can't miss bats (14.0 K%) and you have a very nice recipe for under-owned upside with the Astros. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Castellanos goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts
    Nick Castellanos finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Tigers' loss to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The third baseman is now batting .225/.302/.391 over 43 games this season. He has just one extra-base hit since May 7. So much for that promising production in early April. Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves game with hand discomfort
    Jordy Mercer was removed from Monday's game against the Braves due to discomfort in his right hand.

    Advice: Mercer is considered day-to-day. He sustained the injury when he was hit in the hand by a groundball. Look for him to return to the Pirates' lineup in a day or two. Monday, 7:26 pm
  • LeMahieu goes 4-for-5 with homer, two RBI
    DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Rockies' defeat of the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: LeMahieu hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the third inning and a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. The second baseman is batting .299/.371/.397 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 45 games this season. Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Anthony Rendon sitting out on Sunday
    Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Wilmer Difo is filling in at third base. Matt Wieters is also receiving some rest, as Jose Lobaton is at catcher. Sunday, 8:45 am
  • 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, 2-1 vs Col
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Nick Castellanos drives in three on Saturday
    Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 9-3 win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Castellanos is starting to show some signs of life after slumping hard over the past couple of weeks. He entered 4-for-32 (.125) with no extra-base hits and an RBI while striking out nine times to drop his average from .254 to .228 since May 9. However, he has hit safely in three in a row and perhaps this game will jump-start his bat. Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Bauer gives up three runs in win over Astros
    Trevor Bauer gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer gave up five hits (including home runs to Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa) and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters. He trailed early before the Indians pulled away in the middle innings. The club’s dominant bullpen made the lead hold up. Bauer has now allowed 10 home runs in 44 2/3 innings this season to go along with a 6.65 ERA. He can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues at this time. Friday, 8:51 pm
    PPD vs Cin
  • Correa slugs solo homer against Indians
    Carlos Correa socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Correa’s red-hot May continues. He’s now batting .383 (23-for-60) with four home runs, 16 RBI, and 17 runs scored through 16 games this month. The 22-year-old has yet to steal a base this season, but he has still been one of the most valuable fantasy shortstops so far this season. Friday, 8:49 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
    W, 9-4 @Atl
  • Chatwood walks five in five innings of work
    Tyler Chatwood allowed just two runs but walked five and gave up five hits over five innings in a loss to the Twins in Thursday's nightcap.

    Advice: Chatwood did well to limit the Twins' scoring, but his 105 pitches over five innings forced his exit after five. It's not an uncommon theme for the right-hander -- he's failed to get through the sixth inning in five of his nine starts this year. Much of that has been due to ineffectiveness, and after Thursday Chatwood owns a 5.09 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 53 innings overall. The 27-year-old will take on the Phillies next. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • 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
    W, 9-4 @Atl
  • Carlos Correa out of HOU lineup Wednesday
    Carlos Correa is absent from the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Marwin Gonzalez will handle shortstop and bat sixth versus Miami right-hander Jose Urena. It's just some routine rest for Correa, who went 2-for-4 an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday night's rout of the Fish. Wednesday, 6:38 am
  • Anthony Rizzo hits seventh homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo hadn't homered since April 29 or had a multihit game since April 27. His batting average, which peaked at .299 on April 22, was at .213 coming into this one tonight. Still, the numbers should be there in the end. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
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