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  • Daniel Murphy homers, knocks in three
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored as the Nationals crushed the Rockies 16-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nationals have scored 42 runs the last three days, with Murphy knocking in 11 of those. He's tied with teammate Bryce Harper for the major league lead with 25 RBI. It helps that he's hitting behind Bryce Harper. Today, 3:55 pm
  • Brandon Drury sitting out with jammed knee
    Brandon Drury (knee) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Drury is sitting after jamming his knee in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill on Wednesday night. Chris Owings will handle second base in his absence with Nick Ahmed manning shortstop. Drury said he feels "good" and expects to be back in the lineup this weekend. Daily Slant: While Drury won't be able to get in on the fun, the D'Backs still setup as the top offense on the night slate. They'll face off with Jered Weaver - who has predictably struggled to start the year, allowing 7 HRs in 23 IP - in hitter friendly Chase Field, setting them up for a big night at the dish. As has been the case over the past few years, Weaver still can't miss bats, and given his inability to keep the ball on the ground, this match-up sets up very poorly. The entire Arizona lineup is in play. Today, 3:02 pm
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs SD
  • Carpenter hits walkoff grand slam vs. Toronto
    Matt Carpenter slugged a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday as the Cardinals roared back to beat the Blue Jays 8-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Carpenter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then ended the game with his four-run blast in the 11th, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk and five RBI in the afternoon victory. Randal Grichuk sent the game to extras with a game-tying two-run blast off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Carpenter, 31, is slashing .250/.373/.417 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games this season. Today, 2:34 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • Neil Walker goes 3-for-4 against Braves
    Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Walker's average had tumbled back down to .197 after a hitless game last night. This puts him back up to .227. The Mets are going to need more from him, especially against left-handers, with Yoenis Cespedes out. Today, 1:21 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Atl
  • Pedroia (knee, ankle) returns to lineup Thurs
    Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: It'll be his first start since he injured his knee and ankle last Friday on a controversial takeout slide by Manny Machado. Pedroia is starting at second base and batting leadoff versus Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Today, 12:12 pm
  • Altuve (head) remains out Thursday vs. CLE
    Jose Altuve (head) is sitting out again Thursday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Altuve was also given the day off Wednesday following his nasty collision with Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday night. The star second baseman has been cleared of a concussion but is experiencing some lingering shoulder soreness. Marwin Gonzalez will draw the start at second on Thursday versus the Tribe. Today, 12:09 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Red Sox claim Chase d'Arnaud from ATL
    Red Sox claimed INF Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Braves.

    Advice: He was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday. The 30-year-old infielder holds a weak .231/.288/.312 career batting line at the major league level. Today, 10:55 am
    New Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    L, 3-0 vs NYY
  • Two more hits for Urias
    Padres prospect Luis Urias went 2-for-4 for Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite being just a teenager, Urias is now hitting .352/.425/.606 in the Texas League. He has one of the best potential hit tools in baseball, and as you can see from those numbers, he's applying it. It's still up for debate where Urias will play defensively, but it'll be on the infield, and he'll rack up the hits at whatever position he's playing. He can hit, is what we're saying. Today, 10:28 am
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 1-1 @Ari
  • Phillips (groin) doesn't anticipate DL stint
    Brandon Phillips (groin) said Thursday morning that he doesn't anticipate needing a 10-day disabled list stint.

    Advice: Phillips made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mets after suffering a strained left groin, but it's thought to be relatively minor. The veteran second baseman told reporters he's aiming to play this weekend in Milwaukee, even if trainers have to wrap him "like a Chipotle burrito." Today, 8:15 am
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Cesar Hernandez getting the day off Thursday
    Cesar Hernandez is getting the day off Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Andres Blanco will fill in at second base and Daniel Nava will take a turn at leadoff in the Phillies' series finale versus Miami. Hernandez has put up an impressive .321/.360/.536 batting line with four home runs and three stolen bases in 19 games this season. Today, 7:43 am
  • Ryan Schimpf's homer leads Padres
    Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run homer off Fernando Rodney in the top of the ninth to help the Padres top the Diamondbacks 8-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The homer came in Schimpf's second at-bat after he was inserted in a double switch. Schimpf's brutal start in the average department is getting Cory Spangenberg a look at third base right now, but it'd be for the best if Schimpf could reclaim the job. Right now, he's hitting just .115, but he does have four homers and 15 walks in 61 at-bats. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Trea Turner homers, doubles in win
    Trea Turner finished 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored Wednesday in the Nationals' 11-4 drubbing of the Rockies.

    Advice: It seems that Turner is taking to the second spot in the Nationals' order just fine; maybe Dusty Baker should leave him there. Turner was a triple away from his second straight cycle tonight. He's 11-for-24 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI since coming off the disabled list. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Odor goes 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run
    Rougned Odor went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a big win over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He even added a rare walk. He got caught stealing in the third inning. The 23-year-old has struggled out of the gate again this year just like he did last year. Even after tonight's game he is batting just .200/.253/.365 with three homers and 11 RBI. This might be a good time to target Odor in trade talks. He had a .271 batting average with 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 steals a year ago and is still younger than many top prospects. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:44 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. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs SD
  • Beckham smokes two solo homers vs O's
    Tim Beckham went 3-for-5 and drilled two solo home runs but the Rays still lost to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: He homered in the third and again in the fifth to draw the Rays within a run, but they ultimately fell in extra innings. Beckham has been serving as the starting shortstop since the season began in the absence of the injured Matt Duffy. Beckham has hit well enough that there could be a position battle when Duffy returns to action. Beckham is hitting .280/.299/.493 with four homers, 10 runs scored and eight RBI in 78 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Segura goes 3-for-6 with two runs, two RBI
    Jean Segura went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI in a lopsided win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Segura has played two games since coming off the disabled list and has gone 3-for-6 in both of them. His hamstring must be fully healed. Tonight he had an RBI-single in the second inning and an RBI-double in the seventh. Overall he is batting .364/.391/.523 with two homers, 10 runs and eight RBI in 44 at-bats. He has chipped in three steals to boot. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Phillips' groin injury not considered serious
    Braves manager Brian Snitker doesn't think Brandon Phillips' groin injury is serious.

    Advice: Phillips strained his groin sliding into a second base on a failed stolen base attempt in the first inning Wednesday against the Mets. He left the game an inning later. Snitner is hoping Phillips will be available to pinch-hit on Thursday night and expects him back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Milwaukee. Jace Peterson subbed in for Phillips at second base on Wednesday and will likely draw the start there on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Adam Frazier had PRP injection on Monday
    Adam Frazier (hamstring) received a platelet rich plasma injection on Monday.

    Advice: That was the day he was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Frazier has already shown improvement and will be reevaluated on Friday. The Pirates could certainly use him as they scramble to replace Starling Marte, who is serving an 80-game suspension for PEDs. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Brandon Phillips day-to-day with groin injury
    Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game against the Mets with a strained left groin.

    Advice: He singled in his only at-bat before Jace Peterson replaced him at second base to begin the bottom half of the second inning. The Braves are calling him day-to-day, though strained groins often lead to stints on the disabled list. Phillips is off to an outstanding start, batting .352 with two homers, nine RBI and five steals through his first 19 games. Yesterday, 5:51 pm
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Giants call up Kelby Tomlinson from AAA
    Giants recalled INF Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The Giants needed an infielder with Brandon Crawford on bereavement leave and also nursing a groin injury. Tomlinson holds a .299 career average in the major leagues but has hit just .220 through 59 at-bats for Sacramento this season. He'll see time at shortstop and third base. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Pirates recall Gift Ngoepe from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled INF Gift Ngoepe from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Ngoepe is the first African-born player to make it to the major league level. The 27-year-old was batting just .241/.308/.379 in 66 plate appearances this season at Triple-A and holds no fantasy relevance. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Altuve (head) out of Astros lineup Wednesday
    Jose Altuve (head) is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Altuve took a blow to the head Tuesday when he collided with teammate Teoscar Hernandez in shallow right field, but the star second baseman was quickly cleared of a concussion. He'll take a day of rest anyway Wednesday versus the Indians, with Marwin Gonzalez covering second base. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Pedroia (knee, ankle) sits again Wednesday
    Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pedroia hasn't played since injuring his knee and ankle last Friday on a hard slide by Manny Machado. The rainy forecast at Fenway Park played a role in his continued absence Wednesday, though the veteran second baseman also still has some lingering soreness. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Zobrist getting the night off Wednesday
    Ben Zobrist is getting the night off Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Jason Heyward is in right field, Jon Jay is in center, and Javier Baez is at second base in the evening matchup versus Pittsburgh right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Yesterday, 11:15 am
  • Pirates promoting South African Gift Ngoepe
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Pirates are promoting minor league infielder Gift Ngoepe.

    Advice: He'll be the first-ever African-born player to reach the major league level. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, but the Bucs are desperate for infield depth with David Freese nursing a sore hamstring. Ngoepe probably won't be up for long and is not fantasy-relevant. Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • DJ LeMahieu posts three-hit game
    DJ LeMahieu finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: LeMahieu has collected two or more hits in nine of his past 15 games, raising his average to .295. He isn't posting many RBI near the top of the Colorado lineup, but he is piling up the hits and getting on base. The reigning National League batting champ continues to be a viable fantasy option in all formats. Tuesday, 11:08 pm
    L, 16-5 vs Was
  • Daniel Murphy ties career best with five RBI
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a triple in Tuesday's game at Colorado while tying a career high with five RBI.

    Advice: Murphy has driven in nine runs over his past three outings while raising his average to .325 and his OPS to .898. He's just getting started with two more games to play in the rarefied air at Coors Field in Denver. Murphy will be a popular play in DFS while running hot, too. Tuesday, 10:46 pm
  • Trea Turner hits for cycle, drives in seven
    Trea Turner hit for the cycle in Tuesday's game at Colorado, finishing with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI.

    Advice: The seven RBI are tied for second-most in a single game in franchise history, and it was the first cycle for a Washington player since Cristian Guzman accomplished the feat Aug. 28, 2008. The former standout at North Carolina State has hit safely in each of his past four starts since returning from the 10-day disabled list. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Yangervis Solarte posts three-hit night
    Yangervis Solarte finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's loss at Arizona.

    Advice: The Venezuelan switch-hitter has hit safely in six straight, including a pair of three-hit games to open the current series in Arizona. Solarte continues to start regularly and he has a penchant for collecting hits in bunches. He is trending up right now and worth a look as a nice mid-tier DFS value while running hot. Tuesday, 10:33 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. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs SD
  • Hernan Perez goes 3-for-3, homers
    Hernan Perez went 3-for-3 with a homer, a triple and a walk Tuesday as the Brewers whooped the Reds 9-1.

    Advice: Orlando Arcia has shown nothing in the way of development since entering the majors, but the Brewers would be sacrificing some defense by putting Perez at shortstop, as they did tonight. Maybe they should do it anyway, at least for now. Perez is hitting .261/.346/.609 in his 46 at-bats. Arcia is at .209/.232/.299 in 67 at-bats. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,OF
  • Jonathan Villar knocks in four runs
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 and knocked in four runs Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Villar is batting just .189 and has already struck out 33 times, but he's managed 14 RBI from the leadoff spot, giving him just as many as Ryan Braun has collected batting third. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Ian Kinsler scores four times in win
    Ian Kinsler went 4-for-5 with a double and four runs scored as the Tigers clobbered the Mariners 19-9 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kinsler upped his average from .217 to .262 tonight. That's nothing special, but his OBP is sitting at .400, thanks to 14 walks in 18 games. That's a huge improvement from recent years; he walked an average of 39 times per season from 2014-16. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Sea
  • Jean Segura goes 3-for-6, homers
    Jean Segura went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI in his first game back from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: Segura was right back in the leadoff spot tonight. Taylor Motter played great in his absence, but Segura isn't being threatened; Motter can get his playing time at other positions. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Jose Altuve (head) expects to play on Wed.
    Jose Altuve (head) said he expects to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve was removed from Tuesday's game against the Indians after taking a blow to the head in an ugly outfield collision with Teoscar Hernandez, but he has already been cleared of a concussion. "Most likely -- I think we still have to wait until tomorrow, but I have a good chance to play tomorrow," the star second baseman told reporters late Tuesday. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Altuve cleared of concussion after collision
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said a concussion has been ruled out for Jose Altuve.

    Advice: Altuve left Tuesday's game against the Indians after taking a blow to the head in a shallow-outfield collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez, but the star second baseman checked out fine and can be called day-to-day. Hernandez took the brunt of the hit, appearing to suffer a serious left knee injury. Tuesday, 6:18 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Altuve and Hernandez removed after collision
    Jose Altuve was removed from Tuesday's game after a collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez.

    Advice: The two collided while trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning. Hernandez took the brunt of it and had to be carted off the field with a serious-looking leg injury. Altuve was able to walk off under his own power, but it looked like he took a blow to the head. There should be status updates on both within the hour. Tuesday, 5:26 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Schimpf out of Padres' lineup Tuesday
    Ryan Schimpf is out of the Padres' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Ryan Spangenberg is at third base and batting second with Yangervis Solarte starting at second base and hitting cleanup. Schimpf is just 6-for-59 (.102) this season, though he has slugged three home runs. Tuesday, 2:58 pm
  • Matt Carpenter suspended for bumping ump
    Matt Carpenter was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for bumping into an umpire on Sunday.

    Advice: Carpenter made contact with the home plate ump Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee after getting ejected for arguing a called third strike. He was set to bat second for St. Louis on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, but the 31-year-old first baseman has decided not to appeal the ruling. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • Pedroia (knee, ankle) aiming to return Wed.
    Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) said he expects to return to the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Pedroia hasn't played since injuring his knee and ankle on a controversial slide by Manny Machado on Friday, but the veteran second baseman had a clean exam Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital and told reporters Tuesday that he's feeling looser. Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees was rained out. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Braves designate d'Arnaud for assignment
    Braves designated INF Chase d'Arnaud for assignment.

    Advice: He gets the boot to make room for Lane Adams on the active roster. D'Arnaud has been used sparingly in the early part of the season and batted just .245/.317/.335 over 262 plate appearances last season. He could potentially pass through waivers, though his versatility could draw some interest from other clubs. Tuesday, 12:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    L, 3-0 vs NYY
  • M's activate Jean Segura (hamstring) from DL
    Mariners activated SS Jean Segura from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Segura went 1-for-11 with a walk over three rehab games with Double-A Arkansas, but the most important thing is that he didn't have any issues with his hamstring. Taylor Motter did a great job filling in at shortstop and should bounce around multiple spots now that Segura has returned. Tuesday, 11:20 am
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Hernan Perez drives in four runs against Reds
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs Monday in the Brewers' defeat of the Reds.

    Advice: Perez belted a three-run homer in the Brewers' four-run first inning against Reds starter Amir Garrett before adding an RBI double off Garrett in the bottom of the third. Consistent playing time has been an issue for Perez in his new super-utility role with the Brewers, though maybe this big power showing Monday will earn him more starts this week. Monday, 8:37 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,OF
  • Adam Frazier (hamstring) placed on DL
    Pirates placed INF/OF Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: It's unclear when Frazier suffered the injury, but he'll now be out of commission at least for the rest of the month. It leaves the Pirates thin in the outfield after they lost Starling Marte last week. Jose Osuna and John Jaso will see some starts for now, but the club figures to get some help from outside the organization. Monday, 4:00 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Pedroia (knee, ankle) considered day-to-day
    Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is considered day-to-day after being examined Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Advice: Good news for the Red Sox. Pedroia was spiked in the leg by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Friday and came down with soreness in his left knee and ankle, but it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined much longer. Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Adam Frazier not in Monday's lineup
    Adam Frazier is not in Monday's lineup versus the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with southpaw Brett Anderson on the hill for Chicago. Jose Osuna will make the start in right field while Jordy Mercer will hit leadoff. Monday, 11:26 am
    10-Day DL
  • Neil Walker leaves the yard in loss to Nats
    Neil Walker clubbed his second home run of the season as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Sunday night.

    Advice: Walker's two-run shot off of Max Scherzer in the third inning pulled the Mets to within a run at 4-3, but that was as close as they would get in the ballgame. Walker finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .206/.295/.338 with eight RBI on the season. Sunday, 7:55 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Atl
  • Daniel Murphy grand slam powers Nationals
    Daniel Murphy belted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Mets and a three-game sweep of the weekend series.

    Advice: A hit-batsmen, an infield single and a sharp single loaded the bases in the first inning and Murphy unloaded them by taking Zack Wheeler over the wall in right-center on a 1-0 pitch. It was his only hit in four at-bats on Sunday but proved to be the difference. He's now hitting .324/.359/.541 with three homers and 14 RBI on the season. Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte picks up RBI single vs. MIA
    Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Solarte hit an RBI single off Tom Koehler in the first inning, but was unable to come up with another hit for the duration of the contest. After hitting a respectable .286/.341/.467 in 2016, the 29-year-old second baseman is off to a .243/.325/.386 start through the first 70 at-bats of the current season. Sunday, 5:45 pm
  • Altuve goes 3-for-5 with homer against Rays
    Jose Altuve finished 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored Sunday in the Astros' 6-4 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Altuve slugged a solo homer off the Rays starter Matt Andriese in the top of the fifth inning and scored an important run after a single in the top of the 10th as Houston came back from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to win the game in extras. Altuve is slashing .324/.393/.459 with two home runs, seven RBI, seven stolen bases, and 11 runs scored in 19 games this season. Sunday, 2:00 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Cesar Hernandez slugs fourth home run
    Cesar Hernandez slugged his fourth home run of the season Sunday in the Phillies' win over the Braves.

    Advice: It was a go-ahead two-run shot in the Phillies' four-run eighth inning. Odubel Herrera also homered in the frame. Hernandez finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and is now slashing .338/.376/.563 through 80 at-bats this season. Sunday, 1:29 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia (knee/ankle) to undergo MRI
    Dustin Pedroia will undergo an MRI on his left knee and ankle on Monday in Boston.

    Advice: The swelling and soreness in Pedroia's knee and ankle hasn't gone down as expected, so the Red Sox have decided to send him for additional testing. Pedroia was injured on Friday when he was spiked by the Orioles' Manny Machado on a play at second base. Sunday, 8:19 am
  • Dustin Pedroia (knee) held out again Sunday
    Dustin Pedroia (knee) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sitting out a second straight game after getting spiked in the leg on Friday on a play at second base. The Red Sox are off Monday and are likely shooting for Pedroia to return Tuesday. Marco Hernandez is handling second base again Sunday, while Xander Bogaerts is again in the leadoff spot. Boston also has Christian Vazquez at catcher. Sunday, 7:45 am
  • Brandon Phillips batting second on Sunday
    Brandon Phillips is batting second for the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Phillips had hit fifth or sixth in every game this season, but he's earned a move up in the order after a .333/.371/.500 start with a couple homers. The struggling Dansby Swanson is batting eighth for the third straight game. The Braves also have Jace Peterson at third base over Adonis Garcia on Sunday and Kurt Suzuki over Tyler Flowers at catcher. Sunday, 7:40 am
    W, 7-5 @NYM
  • Ben Zobrist (back) returns to Cubs' lineup
    Ben Zobrist (back) is back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Zobrist missed a couple games with a sore back, but he'll play second base and bat cleanup Sunday. Willson Contreras is sitting out even after going 3-for-4 with a grand slam Saturday, as Miguel Montero will do the catching. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Ryan Schimpf continues to scuffle
    Ryan Schimpf was hitless over five at-bats with three strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimpf's average tumbled to a season-low .109 and he has struck out seven times over his past 13 at-bats while whiffing 22 times in 55 at-bats. The middle infielder swatted 20 homers with 42 extra-base hits over 89 games last season, but he also struggled with a dismal .217 average with 105 strikeouts over 276 at-bats. Schimpf's poor average and strikeout totals are certainly not a surprise. Saturday, 11:20 pm
  • Beckham goes 3-for-4 with an RBI Saturday
    Tim Beckham went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: He tripled in the third but was left stranded. He singled and scored in the fifth. He stroked an RBI single in the sixth and came around to score on a Peter Bourjos single. Beckham is getting everyday playing time while Matt Duffy recuperates from injury. He is batting .254/.267/.407 with two home runs, eight runs scored and five RBI in 61 plate appearances. Saturday, 6:39 pm
  • Altuve slaps solo home run vs Rays Sat.
    Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: He took Blake Snell deep in the fourth inning for his first homer of the season. He will have to pick up the pace if he hopes to match his career high of 24 longballs he hit last season. Altuve is batting .304/.380/.406 with nine runs scored, six RBI and seven stolen bases through 18 games. Saturday, 6:33 pm
    L, 4-3 @Cle
  • Frazier goes 2-for-4 with an RBI vs Yankees
    Adam Frazier went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Starling Marte's 80-game suspension might provide Frazier with the opportunity he needs to make himself a nice fantasy commodity. He is batting .306/.370/.449 with one home run and five RBI in 49 at-bats. He is the obvious choice to replace Marte in the Pirates' starting lineup. His numbers this year are no fluke as he hit .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances in the majors last year as a rookie and hit .320 or better in three of his four minor league seasons. Saturday, 6:03 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Turner goes 2-for-5 with an RBI vs Mets
    Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: He stroked a fifth-inning double to plate Adam Eaton, then scored on a single by Ryan Zimmerman. This was his first start since being activated off the disabled list on Friday. Turner was off to a slow start in six games before the hamstring injury. Today's good game boosted his slash line up to .208/.240/.292 with zero homers and two RBI. He has three stolen bases as well. Saturday, 5:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Dustin Pedroia not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Pedroia left Friday's game against the Orioles after he was spiked by Manny Machado in a controversial play at second base. It doesn't sound as through he's going to require a trip to the disabled list, but he'll sit out on Saturday as a precaution. Saturday, 12:16 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
  • Adam Frazier batting leadoff on Saturday
    Adam Frazier is batting out of the leadoff spot in the Pirates' lineup against Michael Pineda and the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks as though Frazier is going to be the primary option out of that spot against right-handed pitching while Jordy Mercer gets top billing against southpaws. Frazier is hitting .289/.347/.444 with a homer and four RBI and could be relevant in mixed leagues while Starling Marte is suspended. Saturday, 9:01 am
    10-Day DL
  • Ben Zobrist (back) remains out of Cubs lineup
    Ben Zobrist (back) remains out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Zobrist also sat out Friday's contest and has been bothered by a sore back in recent days. Javier Baez is once again starting at second base and will bat seventh for the Cubs against Cody Reed and the Reds. Saturday, 6:38 am
  • 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
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs SD
  • Odor hitless Friday against Royals
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Odor started the season with a bang, slugging three homers over his first four games, but he has been very quiet ever since. The 23-year-old hasn’t had a multi-hit game since April 7 and is batting just .194/.239/388 overall. Patience isn’t his thing, but his strikeout rate is lower this year than it was last year. Look for him to turn things on here soon. Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Jean Segura goes hitless in first rehab game
    Jean Segura (hamstring) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Arkansas on Friday.

    Advice: Segura served as the designated hitter in this one and is scheduled to play shortstop for them on Saturday. If all goes well, he could then be cleared to rejoin the Mariners. Expect him in the M's lineup on Tuesday. Friday, 8:34 pm
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Dustin Pedroia leaves with apparent injury
    Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game against the Orioles after he was spiked in the calf by a sliding Manny Machado.

    Advice: It appeared to be a late slide by Machado, which Red Sox' third base coach Brian Butterfield took extreme exception to and got himself tossed from the ballgame. Look for an update on Pedroia's status after the game. Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Hernandez has three hits to lead Phillies
    Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored, leading the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Hernandez singled and scored in the third inning, and again in the seventh which would stand as the difference in the contest. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting a robust .324/.368/.535 with three homers, eight RBI and three stolen bases on the season. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Nationals activate SS Trea Turner from DL
    Nationals activated SS Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Turner played in a couple extended spring training games to test out his right hamstring and had no issues, clearing the way for his activation. He is not in Friday's lineup, however, as Wilmer Difo is at shortstop. Turner batted .158/.158/.211 with three steals over his first five games before going on the DL. Friday, 12:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Ben Zobrist getting a breather on Friday
    Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a regular day off. The Cubs have Javier Baez at second base, Jason Heyward in right field and Albert Almora in center. Friday, 11:08 am
  • Cards could use Matt Carpenter some at 3B
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday of playing Matt Carpenter at third base that "we're not ruling that out as an option."

    Advice: Jhonny Peralta is on the disabled list with an upper respiratory issue, leaving some at-bats to be had at the hot corner. Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia figure to see most of the time there, but using Carpenter at third base on occasion and putting Matt Adams or Jose Martinez at first is also an option. The Cards have said previously that they wanted to leave Carpenter at first base this season, but obviously his versatility offers them additional possibilities. Friday, 8:45 am
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • Walker bops three-run homer aginst Phillies
    Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Walker connected on an Aaron Nola pitch in the third inning for the three-run dong, his first in 2017. After a strong spring, he's hitting just .228/.318/.333. With the abundance of good middle infielders these days, fantasy owners don't have to wait for Walker to break out of it. Thursday, 8:53 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Atl
  • Daniel Murphy was available to pinch-hit
    Daniel Murphy (leg) was available to pinch-hit on Thursday.

    Advice: Murphy was scratched from the lineup with a right leg injury but was ready if the Nats needed him. He should be back for Friday's series opener against the Mets, his former team. Thursday, 7:29 pm
  • Jean Segura to begin rehab assignment Friday
    Jean Segura (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Arkansas on Friday.

    Advice: He'll DH on Friday before moving to shortstop later this weekend. Segura is targeting Tuesday for his return to Seattle. The 27-year-old was hitting .313 before a strained right hamstring sent him to the disabled list on April 11. Thursday, 4:48 pm
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) scratched Thursday
    Daniel Murphy was scratched from Thursday's game against the Braves because of tightness in his right leg.

    Advice: Grant Green, who was already in the lineup at shortstop, will move to second base with Wilmer Difo filling in at shortstop. Manager Dusty Baker said he could tell Murphy didn't look right swinging the bat on Wednesday night. The Nats are hoping to have Murphy back for Friday's series opener against the Mets. Thursday, 2:48 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia goes hitless in loss
    Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 in the shutout loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pedroia's power came back nicely last year, but he's collected just one extra-base hit in 55 at-bats so far this year. On the plus side, his exit velocity is slightly above the major league average and he's not striking out much at all (seven times in 14 games). Most likely, he'll be just fine. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Turner (hamstring) working in extended spring
    Trea Turner (hamstring) stole a base in extended spring training play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Turner has been experiencing no discomfort as he has ramped up his rehab efforts. He will be heading out on a short minor league rehab assignment in the very near future and could be activated from the disabled list by the end of month. The young shortstop initially strained his right hamstring on April 8, during the first weekend of the season. Wednesday, 6:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Segura (hamstring) to be activated Tuesday
    Jean Segura (hamstring) is on track to be activated next Tuesday.

    Advice: Segura will play several rehab games with Double-A Arkansas before joining the Mariners for the start of a Tuesday-Thursday series in Detroit. The shortstop landed on the 10-day disabled list April 11 because of a strained right hamstring. Taylor Motter has been filling in at short for Seattle and is expected to be kept around as a utilityman. Wednesday, 10:50 am
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Matt Carpenter (finger) returns to STL lineup
    Matt Carpenter (finger) is starting at first base Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates.

    Advice: Carpenter missed a couple of games after suffering a laceration on a finger on his right hand Sunday while trying to field a groundball. Jose Martinez is in left field for St. Louis on Wednesday, with Randal Grichuk and Matt Adams both sitting. Carpenter will bat third versus Gerrit Cole. Wednesday, 8:07 am
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • Neil Walker goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Neil Walker went 0-for-4 and committed an error in the loss to the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: We were skeptical about Walker coming off back surgery, but he looked strong and impressed everyone this spring. Unfortunately, he's at .220 with no homers in 50 at-bats during the regular season. He'll turn it around, but most mixed leaguers should be able to do better. Tuesday, 9:32 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Atl
  • Tim Beckham hits two-run homer
    Tim Beckham went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday in the win over the Tigers.

    Advice: The homer tripled Beckham's RBI count from one to three. He has a 17/1 K/BB ratio to go along with his .227 average in 44 at-bats. The Rays will be a lot better off once Matt Duffy gets back. Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Segura (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Jean Segura (hamstring) has been cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: He'll play in a couple of minor league games, likely with High-A Modesto, before returning to the Mariners this weekend in Oakland. Segura has been on the disabled list since April 11 because of a strained right hamstring. Taylor Motter will continue to serve as Seattle's primary shortstop until probably Friday. Tuesday, 3:52 pm
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Trea Turner (hamstring) won't return on Wed.
    Trea Turner (hamstring) will head out on a short minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Nationals.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, but the Nationals want to give the 23-year-old shortstop a few tune-up games in the minors before bringing him back. Turner has been out since April 8 with a right hamstring strain. Wilmer Difo is filling in at shortstop for Washington. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Matt Carpenter (finger) remains out Tuesday
    Matt Carpenter (finger) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carpenter suffered a laceration and some swelling to a finger on his right hand Sunday while trying to field a groundball. Jose Martinez will take another turn at first base and bat sixth Tuesday versus the Pirates. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • Turner (hamstring) tests hamstring
    Trea Turner (hamstring) tested his hamstring by running the bases on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, but it's possible the Nationals could wait an extra day or two to be on the safe side. Either way, he's not far off. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Pedroia out Tuesday, Bogaerts hitting leadoff
    Dustin Pedroia is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for the veteran. Marco Hernandez will start at second base and bat ninth. Xander Bogaerts will hit leadoff against Marcus Stroman. Tuesday, 12:12 pm
  • Segura (hamstring) on track to return Friday
    Jean Segura (hamstring) remains on track to be activated when he's first eligible on Friday.

    Advice: Segura landed on the disabled list last week with a mild strain of his right hamstring, but fortunately it's not considered serious. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said they haven't decided whether he'll go out on a brief minor league rehab assignment before being activated. Taylor Motter has thrived during Segura's absence, but he'll soon slide into a utility role. Tuesday, 7:24 am
    W, 2-1 @Det
  • Carpenter (finger) status for Tuesday unclear
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Monday's game that he's not sure whether Matt Carpenter (finger) will be ready to play Tuesday.

    Advice: Carpenter was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to swelling in a finger on his right hand that suffered when he was hit with a grounder on Sunday. He'll probably test the finger out pregame Tuesday to see if he can return to the lineup. If Carpenter isn't ready, Jose Martinez could get another start at first base. Apr 17, 7:16 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
  • 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
    Bot 3, 1-1 vs SD
  • Matt Carpenter (finger) scratched from lineup
    Matt Carpenter was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to a lacerated and swollen finger on his right hand.

    Advice: Carpenter was injured Sunday when his finger was nicked by a groundball. He finished that game but obviously isn't at 100 percent yet, although he could be available to pinch-hit Monday. Jose Martinez is at first base. Apr 17, 1:59 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Tor ; W, 6-4 vs Tor
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