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  • Kennys Vargas recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn't figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the designated hitter spot. 42 minutes ago
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    11:10 am vs Det
  • Bud Norris nails down first save
    Bud Norris allowed a single in a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Norris needed just six pitches in the tidy effort, throwing five for strikes, filling in rather admirably for the injured Cam Bedrosian (groin). If Norris continues to serve in the closer's role with Bedrosian on the shelf he would have some nice short-term fantasy appeal in AL-only play. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
    12:37 pm vs Tor
  • Jose Bautista continues to struggle
    Jose Bautista was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Joey Bats smacked his first homer of the season in Friday's series opener, but it was back to scuffling on Saturday. He has struck out at least once in eight straight outings, whiffing 25 times over 65 at-bats. Bautista's struggles are a major reason while the Blue Jays are in the basement in the American League East while failing to record consecutive wins at any point this season. Yesterday, 11:32 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Tom Koehler looks to slay San Diego again
    Tom Koehler is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against the Padres.

    Advice: Koehler has managed a 3-0 record with a 2.14 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against San Diego. Despite the solid numbers he hasn't done much to warrant fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of NL-only formats. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • David Dahl takes dry swings
    David Dahl (rib) was able to take dry swings, according to manager Bud Black, as he continues to progress toward a return to full baseball activities.

    Advice: Dahl is working his way back and now he just needs to build up his stamina. He is likely to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the big club. Look for him to return to Denver sometime in early May. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs SF
  • Hernandez knocks leadoff homer versus D'backs
    Enrique Hernandez hit a leadoff home run in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: You can't say Hernandez didn't at least try to get the Dodgers off on the right foot, as he took Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray deep to open the game and give his club an early lead. The homer was his second of the year. He'll continue to get at-bats against lefties and has hit atop the team's lineup in recent contests, making him an interesting DFS player when the Dodgers play a southpaw, if nothing else. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Brandon Belt delivers pair of doubles
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and RBI in Saturday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Belt picked up just seven hits over his first 38 at-bats (.184) through 10 games. He has picked up the pace, however, hitting safely in seven straight to lift his average to .254 while posting four extra-base hits over the past five contests. He remains a reliable and safe fantasy option across most formats. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Herrmann connects for first homer of 2017
    Chris Herrmann hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Getting a start behind the dish, Herrmann launched a two-run blast off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the fourth inning. It was his first hit since April 8, a span of 15 at-bats. He'll continue to back up starter Chris Iannetta and find some at-bats at other spots in the field as a super utility type. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Joe Panik belts first homer of 2017
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's loss against the Rockies.

    Advice: Panik has three multi-hit efforts over his past four outings to push his season average to .333. He has seven walks and just seven strikeouts for a solid BB:K ratio while posting a respectable .827 OPS. If the Giants ever consider scooting him up in the order he might be worth a look in some mixed fantasy formats. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Maeda surrenders career-high four homers
    Kenta Maeda allowed six runs on nine hits -- including a career-high four homers -- over five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Maeda was tormented mainly by Yasmany Tomas, who homered twice, but Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann also got in on the action before Maeda exited. The truth is, nothing has really been going well for Maeda this year -- even his one win came in a game he allowed four runs in five innings of work. Maeda will carry an 8.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into Thursday's contest at the Giants, a game that fantasy owners should perhaps avoid until the 29-year-old shows some improvement. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Mark Reynolds drives in four in victory
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run home run and four RBI in Saturday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Reynolds is humming right along to open the season, posting seven multi-hit games so far in the month of April while managing a .339 batting average with a 1.061 OPS. He is also up to five homers with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Reynolds remains a bona fide fantasy starter in all NL-only formats and he is turning heads in deeper mixed leagues again, too. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Oh has stress-free outing to earn fourth save
    Seung Hwan Oh retired the Brewers in order in the ninth Saturday to earn his fourth save.

    Advice: Somewhat unbelievably, Saturday's outing was the first this year in which Oh has faced the minimum. He's begun to round into form in recent days after a sluggish start to the year, as he's now got four saves in his last four tries. Without any better options in the pen at present, there was never any real concern that the 34-year-old would be replaced as the Cards' stopper. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Molina breaks through with three-hit night
    Yadier Molina had three hits, including a double, in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The multi-hit game for Molina was the first since April 10, snapping a 4-for-28 stretch leading into Saturday's game. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have a run or an RBI to show for his efforts. With Saturday's game, the recently-extended 34-year-old is hitting .255/.306/.345 through 16 games for the Cards. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Gomez breaks through for three hits versus KC
    Carlos Gomez collected three hits in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: The outfielder finished the game 3-for-4, with all three coming as singles. It's not much, but sometimes stringing a few hits together can be the breakthrough a struggling player needs. And Gomez is certainly struggling, hitting .197/.296/.380 even with Saturday's game. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • David Dahl (ribs) will begin hitting soon
    The MRI bone scan on the ribs of David Dahl on Friday went "very well" and the outfielder is expected to begin hitting soon.

    Advice: Dahl is expected to begin hitting this weekend in extended spring training. He's going to need quite a few games on a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing back, but looks to be progressing nicely in his recovery from a stress reaction in his rib. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be on track to rejoin the Rockies in early May. Yesterday, 7:50 am
    10-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs SF
  • Bautista's 13th-inning homer propels Jays
    Jose Bautista's first homer of the year was a three-run shot in the top of the 13th, propelling the Blue Jays over the Angels 8-7 on Friday.

    Advice: The Halos came back with two runs of their own, but Joe Biagini stopped them from there. Bautista was in an 0-for-19 slump before collecting an infield single in the ninth inning tonight. He had just one RBI all year before the homer, which also gave him his first multihit game of the season. It's something to build on, hopefully. Yesterday, 1:08 am
  • Oh strong in converting save vs. Brewers
    Seung Hwan Oh converted his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Now that’s what fantasy owners want to see. Oh struck out three batters in the frame and worked around a two-out single. The 34-year-old has been shaky to begin the year, allowing runs in four out of his seven appearances, but this outing was a step in the right direction. Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Joe Panik reaches three times
    Joe Panik went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: It's worth wondering if the Giants would have won tonight if they had either Panik or Eduardo Nunez (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) leading off instead of the struggling Denard Span (1-for-5). Panik is hitting .321/.393/.434 from the bottom of the San Francisco order. He could have some mixed-league value if he's ever moved up. Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Jose Bautista fans four times in loss
    Jose Bautista struck out all four times he was up Thursday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: In his defense, all of those strikeouts came off Chris Sale. Still, they were ugly; three of them ended with weak check-swings from Bautista. We'd like to think he'll turn it around, but it doesn't seem like it'll be a quick fix. He's hitting just .109, and he's struck out 22 times in 15 games. His career high for strikeouts in 116 in 161 games. Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez doubles, triples
    Enrique Hernandez doubled and tripled as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Hernandez has six hits this season, all of them going for extra bases (four doubles, a triple and a homer). The Dodgers will keep getting matched up against a bunch of lefties because of their struggles in that department, making Hernandez a pretty important player for them. He's just a platoon guy, but he has a .958 OPS at the moment. Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Jose Bautista goes 0-for-4 in win
    Jose Bautista stayed ice cold on Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bautista is 6-for-51, leaving him with a .118 average. He's yet to homer, and he's fanned 18 times in 14 games. The 36-year-old can't possibly remain this bad, but there's a good chance that time is catching up with him. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Joe Panik reaches three times in win
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 and singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as the Giants edged the Royals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With a .319/.389/.447 line in 47 at-bats, Panik has been the Giants' second-best hitter to date, and it's time the club considers hitting him leadoff and dropping Denard Span to the bottom of the order. That might seem like an overreaction to 50 plate appearances, but Span just isn't hitting the ball with any authority whatsoever. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Seung Hwan Oh converts shaky save Tuesday
    Seung Hwan Oh was shaky again Tuesday but hung on to record a save versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Oh entered in the top of the ninth to protect a one-run lead and allowed three singles to load the bases with one out, although two of the singles were of the infield variety. He escaped by getting a tapper back to the mound for a force out and then a flyout to end it. Oh was dominant in 2016 but has been anything but in 2017 with an ugly 8.10 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. He should have a pretty decent leash with his closer job, but it's worth noting that Trevor Rosenthal has looked terrific. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
  • Carlos Gomez scores three times
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored Monday against the A's.

    Advice: In moving Elvis Andrus up to the two hole, the Rangers decided to drop Shin-Soo Choo to the bottom third of the order, rather than Gomez. There was a case for either; Choo should have the significantly better OBP going forward, but Gomez is significant more effective when he's on base. Gomez is still hitting just .176 after this one, but he does have three homers and seven walks in 13 games. Monday, 10:41 pm
  • Tom Koehler gives up five runs in loss
    Tom Koehler surrendered five runs in four innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Koehler's already given up five homers in 15 innings, so it seems fortunate that his ERA is a mere 5.40. He has a nice matchup coming up against the Padres in San Diego this weekend, but he's a weak bet going forward. Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Oh allows another run but nets save vs. PIT
    Seung Hwan Oh allowed another run but earned his second save of the season Monday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Oh gave up a one-out single to Josh Bell and a two-out RBI double to Gregory Polanco before getting John Jaso to ground out sharply to seal the 2-1 win. Oh has allowed six earned runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings this season and Trevor Rosenthal is finally looking sharp again, but there doesn't seem to be a closer change on the horizon in St. Louis. Monday, 6:28 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Monday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Molina is a little banged up after taking multiple foul tips recently, but he should be back in there Tuesday. Eric Fryer will catch Lance Lynn on Monday. The Cards also have Greg Garcia at third base over Jhonny Peralta. Monday, 1:25 pm
  • Yadier Molina hits first homer in loss Sunday
    Yadier Molina swatted his first home run of the 2017 campaign in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Yankees' starter Michael Pineda trimmed the Cardinals' deficit to 4-2 in the seventh inning, but that would be as close as they would get. Molina finished the night 1-for-3, raising his season slash to .229/.310/.343 to go with six RBI. Apr 16, 8:26 pm
  • Belt singles, doubles in loss to Rockies
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Belt was the only Giants' player to finish with more than one hit on Sunday. He is working to a .216/.333/.490 triple-slash with three homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored through 51 at-bats. The average might outwardly seem alarming, but Belt has hit .280 and .275 over the past two seasons and he should be able to bring that current mark up as the weather warms. To whit, he has picked up hits in each of his last three games. Apr 16, 4:03 pm
  • Schimpf slugs third home run vs. Braves
    Ryan Schimpf slugged his third home run of the season Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Braves.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the second inning off Braves starter Bartolo Colon -- the only run Colon allowed over his seven strong frames. Schimpf also drew two walks and finished the game with two runs scored. Apr 16, 2:35 pm
  • Kenta Maeda shaky in no-decision
    Kenta Maeda allowed four earned runs, four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over four innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Maeda has allowed three or more runs in each of his three outings while failing to last longer than five innings in any of the assignments. That type of production isn't helping any of his fantasy owners at the moment. He'll get another crack at the Diamondbacks next Friday in Arizona, but he isn't a recommended fantasy play in any formats while he is allowing so many runs. Apr 15, 11:28 pm
  • David Dahl to have rib scanned on April 21
    David Dahl is scheduled to have his injured rib scanned on April 21 to determine if he's cleared for hitting.

    Advice: Dahl has been limited light workouts while he's recovering from a stress reaction in his rib. The Rockies should have a clearer timetable for his recovery after that examination. Apr 15, 11:15 am
    10-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs SF
  • Brandon Belt not in Giants lineup on Saturday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's odd to see Belt get a day off against a weak right-hander, but that's exactly what's going on here. Conor Gillaspie will get the start in his place and bat fifth against Tyler Chatwood on Saturday. Apr 15, 10:57 am
  • Mark Reynolds notches RBI single vs. SFG
    Mark Reynolds went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday’s win over the Giants.

    Advice: Reynolds muscled a Madison Bumgarner pitch into center for an RBI single in the sixth inning. That hit put the Rockies up 3-0. They would ultimately win by a 3-1 final. Veteran first baseman Reynolds has done a nice job filling in for Ian Desmond (hand) and is hitting .306/.375/.722 with four home runs and 11 RBI over the first 11 games of the season. He will continue to hold value in NL-only formats until Desmond returns to action, but with the way he is currently hitting, even mixed-leaguers might want to consider adding him to the bench for the short term. Apr 14, 2:23 am
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