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  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Thames is in the midst of a 3-for-34 tailspin at the plate, so he'll get a day off against lefty Patrick Corbin. Jesus Aguilar is at first base. The Brewers also have Jonathan Villar down in the No. 7 spot and Keon Broxton hitting leadoff. Today, 9:22 am
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Daniel Murphy (illness) remains out of lineup
    Daniel Murphy (illness) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Murphy hasn't played since Thursday due to a stomach bug. He'll be back in there soon. Wilmer Difo is handling second base again. Today, 9:09 am
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a rare day off for the slugger. Yasmany Tomas is also sitting out, as the D'Backs have Daniel Descalso at first base and Chris Herrmann in left field. Today, 8:42 am
  • Albert Pujols not in Sunday's lineup
    Albert Pujols is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols was in the lineup at first base the last two days with the designated hitter spot not available in Miami, but he's battled some hamstring tightness lately so it's not a bad idea to give him a little rest. Jefry Marte is at first base Sunday. Today, 7:31 am
  • Yonder Alonso (wrist) returns to A's lineup
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) is back in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he took a pitch off his right wrist Tuesday. Alonso is at first base and batting fifth against Michael Pineda and the Yankees. Today, 7:29 am
  • Ian Desmond collects two more hits in loss
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 in Saturday's loss against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Desmond extended his hitting streak to five games and he has hit safely in 13 of the past 15 outings. He missed most of the first month due to a hand injury, but he is back and hitting for a respectable .284 average. Desmond has lacked a bit of the power displayed last season in Texas, but you can expect it to return over time, especially in the rarefied air in Denver. Yesterday, 11:50 pm
    Bot 4, 4-0 vs StL
  • John Jaso provides late heroics in win
    John Jaso finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's win against the Mets.

    Advice: Jaso came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and delivered an RBI single to force extra innings. He also singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to send the Steel City crowd home happy. Jaso has picked up the pace with six hits over his past 15 at-bats, raising his average from .176 to .210 just since May 21. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
    5:08 pm vs NYM
  • Jay Bruce belts his 12th home run
    Jay Bruce finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bruce appears to be over the back issue which forced him out of the lineup mid-week. He has hit safely in five straight games, his longest streak since a season-high seven-game run from April 8-14. Bruce has driven in six runs over the past six games and continues to produce despite a rough May average. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Lucas Duda totals six bases on Saturday
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's game at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Duda has come alive with three straight multi-hit games, and four over his past five outings, raising his average from .206 to .267 just since May 21. He has four doubles, two homers and eight RBI over the past five outings, too, making up for lost time. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Chase Utley turns back clock on Saturday
    Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Utley has pieced together a modest three-game hitting streak and he has driven in at least one run (five total RBI) during the span. The veteran second baseman has driven in 12 runs over his past 15 games to re-emerge as a useful fantasy option in most NL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    Top 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • Another hitless game for Cody Bellinger
    Cody Bellinger was 0-for-1 with three walks in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Bellinger has hit a bit of a wall, going 8-for-41 (.195) with just two doubles, two homers and six RBI over the past 12 games to drop his average from .319 to .273 just since May 14. The rookie was putting up ridiculous numbers and he was due to cool off eventually. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Moreland stays hot with two hits Saturday
    Mitch Moreland chipped in with two hits Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Moreland singled in the sixth and later scored on a two-run blast by Jackie Bradley Jr. He also gave the Red Sox a lift with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Moreland’s first year in Boston has been full of peaks and valleys but he’s been on the upswing recently with 13 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.371). He also ranks third in the majors with 16 doubles this year. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Romine goes 2-for-4 with a walk vs White Sox
    Andrew Romine went 2-for-4 and worked a walk during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Advice: His two singles represented half the hits his club could manage in the ballgame, so it is no surprise they failed to score. The veteran utility man has played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Tigers this year. He has a .228 batting average with two home runs, 18 runs scored and 11 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Andrew Romine Det - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 6, 0-7 @CWS
  • Daniel Murphyvout of lineup due to illness
    Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: That explains his absence from the lineup the last two days and is much more encouraging than hearing he's dealing with an injury. Wilmer Difo continues fill in at second base in his absence. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Wil Myers not in Padres lineup on Saturday
    Wil Myers is not in the Padres' starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.

    Advice: An already weak Padres lineup looks even worse without Myers in there. Look for him to be back in there on Sunday. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    Top 4, 3-2 @Was
  • Daniel Murphy remains out of Nationals lineup
    Daniel Murphy is once again out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Acting manager Chris Speier indicated nothing was wrong physically on Friday, but it's a troubling sign that he's sitting out a second straight game. Wilmer Difo is starting in his place again and batting eighth for the Nationals on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:17 am
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Alonso could be available off bench Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) will take batting practice prior to Saturday's game and could be available as a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Alonso remains out of the A's starting lineup but is getting closer to a return. He has been sidelined since being hit by a pitch during Tuesday's game. Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Mark Reynolds homers, knocks in three
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Reynolds sat out a couple of games in favor of Gerardo Parra earlier this week, even though he has about 300 points of OPS on Parra. He's already starting to fade some and he should continue to decline from here, but he's still a better bet than Parra going forward. Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Duda doubles twice, knocks in a pair vs. PIT
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, and a run scored Friday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Duda now has three multi-hit games in his last four. He walked three times in the one game where he didn’t have at least two hits, so he has been an on-base machine recently. The 31-year-old quietly owns a .926 OPS with five homers and 14 RBI through 26 games. He deserves more attention in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) in Friday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols has dealt with a tight hamstring lately so there was a question of whether he'd be ready to play Friday with the designated hitter spot not available in Miami. He's at first base, though, and batting fourth. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Alonso is still sore after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch Tuesday, but he did hit off a tee and will attempt to throw an do defensive work pregame on Friday. He's played just one game over the last week due to a sore knee and now sore wrist. The A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Mark Canha in the designated hitter spot. Daily Slant: This will surely surprise some people, but the Athletics actually lead all of baseball in ISO against RHP this season. While Alonso is one of the biggest reasons why, his absence still doesn't take them out of play as a sneaky against-the-grain stack. They have one of the lower team totals on the board, but Masahiro Tanaka has been all over the map lately and packaging a few of the A's bats together makes it easier to pay up for Max Scherzer. Friday, 12:55 pm
  • Murphy, Zimmerman get days off for Nats
    Daniel Murphy is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ryan Zimmerman is also getting a day off. The Nats are going with Wilmer Difo at second base and Adam Lind at first. Friday, 12:05 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Pujols' (hamstring) weekend status uncertain
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Albert Pujols (hamstring) that the club will "wait and see where he is" before determining his status for this weekend.

    Advice: The Halos won't have the designated hitter spot available this weekend in Miami, so Pujols will have to be used at first base if he plays. He's dealt with a hamstring injury for a little over a week and still isn't at 100 percent, although he played Monday through Wednesday and homered in his last game. Pujols seems like a good bet to start at least a couple games this weekend. Friday, 8:20 am
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Thursday, 10:23 pm
    Top 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • Thames' hitless night drops him below .300
    Eric Thames went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday against the Diamondbacks, dropping his season average to .294.

    Advice: Plenty of guys would kill for a .294 average; that's not the shame. The problem is, he was hitting .333 on May 10. Since that time, Thames has gone 3-for-26 without an extra-base hit. The good news is he's still walking plenty to offset his propensity for striking out, but the shine has worn off a bit after he hit 11 homers in the season's first month. Like that hot stretch, this cold snap isn't his baseline, but the reality is somewhere in between. Thursday, 8:50 pm
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Duda homers, drives in two against Padres
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Duda was the only Mets hitter capable of doing much of anything against rookie starter Dinelson Lamet and company, homering off the right-hander in the second inning and adding an RBI single in the eighth. The home run was his fifth of the season. Overall, the first baseman is hitting .244/.392/.500 in 25 games. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Mark Reynolds goes hitless against Phillies
    Mark Reynolds, who was out of the lineup the last two games, went 0-for-4 before being removed from Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: No injuries were reported for Reynolds, but the Rockies used Gerardo Parra over him in back-to-back games before returning him to the lineup today. Reynolds is without an extra-base hit in his last 10 games, though he's still driven in eight runs with nine hits during that span. His OPS, which was as high as 1.092 on May 10, is down to .948 now. Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Bruce (back) returns to Mets' lineup Thurs.
    Jay Bruce (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce sat out Wednesday after making an early exit Tuesday with stiffness in his back. It clearly wasn't anything serious. The veteran outfielder is hitting .250/.331/.513 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 41 games this season. Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Albert Pujols out of Angels' lineup Thursday
    Albert Pujols is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols launched career home run No. 597 on Wednesday night, but he'll rest his legs in the Angels' series finale at Tropicana Field. Mike Trout will take a turn at DH and bat second with Cameron Maybin leading off and starting in center field. Thursday, 6:59 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    Top 4, 3-2 @Was
  • Pujols muscles two-run homer vs Rays
    Albert Pujols whacked a two-run bomb in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit the home run off Erasmo Ramirez with Mike Trout aboard in the first inning. It was his only hit on the night but he did chip in with a walk as well. Pujols owns a .244 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBI. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Jay Bruce (back) out again Wednesday
    Jay Bruce (back) is absent from the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce made an early exit Tuesday night after experiencing stiffness in his back. He told reporters Wednesday that it's nothing serious. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
  • Alonso (wrist) not in A's lineup on Wednesday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) is out of the Athletics' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alonso suffered a bruised right wrist Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. X-rays turned up negative and he will probably be available off the bench for the A's in their series finale versus the Fish. Ryon Healy is starting at first base and Khris Davis is serving as Oakland's designated hitter on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:17 am
  • Thames (legs) steals base in return Tuesday
    Eric Thames (legs) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Thames has been bothered lately by soreness in both of his legs, but it's something he plans to continue playing through. The 30-year-old slugger is batting .309/.437/.662 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI, two stolen bases, and 39 runs scored in 40 games this season for Milwaukee. Wednesday, 5:37 am
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • X-rays on Yonder Alonso's wrist are negative
    X-rays on Yonder Alonso's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Alonso was lifted from Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he's managed to escape with just a bruise. He'll probably still be sore for a bit, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit out a game or two. Alonso just returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing time with a knee injury. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Alonso pulled from game after HBP on wrist
    Yonder Alonso was removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins after getting hit in the right wrist by a pitch.

    Advice: Alonso stayed in to run, but Mark Canha replaced him at first base to open the top of the seventh inning. Alonso homered in the bottom of the second -- his 13th home run of the year -- before leaving after the HBP in the bottom of the sixth. He had just missed a handful of games with a knee sprain. The first baseman is probably headed for X-rays. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Lucas Duda knocks in three for Mets
    Lucas Duda finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Duda had been just 4-for-26 with no RBI in nine games since returning from the disabled list. Maybe this one will get him started. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Jay Bruce exits game due to back tightness
    Jay Bruce left Tuesday's game against the Padres due to back tightness.

    Advice: Bruce was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Juan Lagares. It's probably going to be a day-to-day thing. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) back in Oakland lineup
    Yonder Alonso (knee) is back in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Alonso will start at first base and bat fifth against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena after missing close to a week with a bruised left knee. Hopefully the 30-year-old slugger can pick up where he left off. He boasts a .991 OPS (173 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 29 RBI through 38 games this season with the A's. Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Reynolds getting the night off Tuesday
    Mark Reynolds is getting the night off Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Ian Desmond will start at first base and bat fifth versus Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin. Gerardo Parra is in left field and batting sixth. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • Goldschmidt slugs 11th home run on Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt finished 2-for-4 with a home run in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt singled and scored on Daniel Descalso's three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning before popping Miguel Gonzalez for a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The star first baseman is batting .315/.448/.580 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 38 runs scored in 46 games this season for Arizona. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Ian Desmond not in Monday's lineup
    Ian Desmond is not in the Rockies' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Gerardo Parra is in left field and Mark Reynolds is at first base. Monday, 1:19 pm
    Bot 4, 4-0 vs StL
  • Pujols (hamstring) back in Monday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels' lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols sat out the entire weekend series against the Mets while dealing with a minor hamstring strain. He's back in the DH spot on Monday while Jefry Marte is starting at first base. Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Moreland homers in third consecutive game
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Moreland connected for a two-run home run off Andrew Triggs in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season and his third in as many days. He has driven in five runs in that three-game space and now owns a .250/.352/.454 triple-slash over the course of 152 at-bats. Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Daniel Murphy powers Nationals past Braves
    Daniel Murphy blasted his ninth home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Murphy got the scoring started in the ballgame, taking Braves' starter Jaime Garcia deep for a solo shot in the second inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's enjoying another terrific season offensively, slashing .327/.387/.576 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Sunday, 1:36 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Eric Thames leaves game with leg cramps
    Eric Thames was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to cramping in his legs.

    Advice: Thames has been battling hamstring and calf injuries, which seems consistent with what was acting up here. It still doesn't sound as though he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's the type of nagging injury that could continue to crop up on occasion. Sunday, 1:29 pm
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) held out again Sunday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alonso hasn't played since Wednesday due to a bruised left knee. He's available off the bench, though, and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Oakland has Ryon Healy at first base, Jed Lowrie in the designated hitter spot and Chad Pinder at second Sunday. Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remained out of the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols hasn't played since exiting Wednesday's game with a right hamstring. It's possible he'll be available to pinch-hit. Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Cody Bellinger continues to roll along
    Cody Bellinger finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Bellinger has homers in back-to-back games and at least one RBI in four straight outings. The rookie is showing no signs of slowing down and will continue to play every day with several injuries to Dodger Blue regulars. Bellinger has emerged as a must-start fantasy option across all formats. Sunday, 1:13 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) unavailable Saturday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Albert Pujols (hamstring) was unavailable Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols went through batting practice before the game in hopes of pinch-hitting but Scioscia wanted to give him another day. His status is up in the air for Sunday's series finale. With no DH available in the National League, we're guessing Pujols will be a spectator again. Saturday, 8:49 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) could pinch-hit Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) will take batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Pujols isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets but he could be available to pinch-hit if his BP session goes well. The veteran slugger has been nursing a strained hamstring over the past few days. Pujols is only hitting .247 for the year but leads the Angels with 32 RBI. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remains out of the Angels starting lineup for Saturday's game against Zack Wheeler and the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols is battling through a minor hamstring strain and is still expected to avoid the disabled list. Jefry Marte is starting in his place at first base and batting sixth for the Halos on Saturday. Saturday, 12:45 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) sits again on Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remains out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin said Friday that Alonso could be held out until Tuesday and it's looking more and more like that will be the case. Ryon Healy is getting another start in his place at first base while Chad Pinder functions as the designated hitter. Saturday, 10:11 am
  • Cody Bellinger hits eighth homer
    Cody Bellinger hit his eighth homer Friday off the Marlins' A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: The Dodgers were up 5-0 at the time, so maybe Ramos wasn't trying his absolute hardest in this one. Still, he's not an easy guy to homer off of. Bellinger's eighth homer came in his 23rd career game. He's still right at an RBI per game. Friday, 11:39 pm
  • Murphy homers in second straight game
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy has homered in back-to-back games. The 32-year-old has calmed down since his monster April, but he’s still batting .325/.387/.567 with eight homers and 32 RBI through 39 games overall. Friday, 9:24 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Mark Reynolds plates three in lopsided win
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 and drove in three run on Friday in a lopsided victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Reynolds got the Rockies on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and added a two-run single to cap off the damage in the ninth. The veteran first baseman has been a godsend for the Rockies this year, slashing a robust .329/.407/.610 with 12 homers and 38 RBI. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Thames reaches three times in win Friday
    Eric Thames didn't show any signs of rust in his return to the lineup on Friday, going 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks in a win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames also scored a pair of runs on the afternoon. He hadn't started since Sunday due to a bout of strep throat but looks fully recovered and good to go now. He's now hitting .313/.438/.679 with 13 homers and 25 RBI on the season. Friday, 5:07 pm
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Athletics could rest Alonso through weekend
    Athletics' manager Bob Melvin hinted Friday that the club could rest Yonder Alonso (knee) through the team's off-day on Monday.

    Advice: Melvin didn't rule out him returning before then either though. Ryon Healy will continue to fill in for him at first base while he's sidelined. Friday, 4:43 pm
  • Eric Thames (illness) back in lineup Friday
    Eric Thames (illness) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Thames has been battling strep throat and also some soreness and tightness in his legs. The red-hot Eric Sogard is in left field and batting leadoff for the Brewers for the third straight game. Friday, 8:27 am
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Mitch Moreland hits solo home run vs. A's
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Moreland temporarily knotted up the score at 3-3 with his solo home run off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning, but the A's would come right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to take a lead that would not be relinquished. Moreland is now slashing .254/.361/.430 with three homers and 17 RBI across 142 at-bats. Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    Top 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • Eric Thames (strep throat) to start on Friday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Eric Thames (illness) will be back in the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames missed most of Milwaukee's series with strep throat but returned as a pinch-hitter on Thursday. Jesus Aguilar had been subbing for him at first base. Thames boasts an impressive .313/.432/.688 slash line over 128 at-bats this season. Thursday, 6:03 pm
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Eric Thames (illness) returns as pinch-hitter
    Eric Thames (illness) flew out to center field in a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday in the Brewers’ win over the Padres.

    Advice: He pinch-hit for pitcher Zach Davies with two on and nobody out in the seventh inning. Thames didn’t start Thursday’s game due to strep throat but he should be back in there Friday at Wrigley Field. Despite missing a handful of games, Thames is still tied for third in the majors with 13 homers. Thursday, 4:26 pm
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
  • Mark Reynolds not starting second game of DH
    Mark Reynolds is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday for the second game of their doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: Reynolds served as the DH in the first game of the double dip, going 1-for-2 with a single and two walks in the Rockies' 5-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez will DH the nightcap with Ian Desmond manning first base. Reynolds sports a masterful .319 average with 12 homers and a team-leading 35 RBI this year. Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Daniel Murphy slugs his seventh home run
    Daniel Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season Thursday in the Nationals' loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was a second-inning solo shot off Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow. Murphy also singled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He's batting .320/.385/.542 with 31 RBI in 38 games. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 vs SD
  • Thames (strep) remains out Thursday in SD
    Eric Thames (strep throat) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Thames was able to take batting practice on Wednesday and reportedly hit several bombs, but he'll sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale at Petco Park. Jesus Aguilar is starting at first base and batting third versus Padres right-hander Jarred Cosart. Thursday, 9:50 am
    Bot 6, 7-1 vs Ari
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