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  • 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
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  • Tyler Skaggs posts first win of 2017
    Tyler Skaggs allowed just two earned runs while scattering seven hits and two walks over seven innings to earn his first win Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Skaggs struck out four batters in the 100-pitch quality start, throwing 63 of his pitches for strikes. He has back-to-back quality starts while striking out 13 batters over his past 14 frames. If he is able to cobble together a win streak with another quality start or two he might be worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy play. He is slated to face the Athletics at the Big A on Thursday in another favorable matchup. Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to look lost
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hitless in four at-bats with two more strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Salty is hitless in each of his past 13 at-bats, striking out 12 times in 18 at-bats overall since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo back in early April. The veteran struggled with a .171 average with 104 strikeouts over 246 at-bats with the Tigers last season and he appears to have picked up right where he left off. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Justin Smoak reaches seats in loss
    Justin Smoak finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday's loss against the Angels.

    Advice: The switch hitter has hit safely in three straight while delivering six RBI over the past five outings. He has been starting regularly and is worth using as a corner infielder in most AL-only fantasy formats. Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Jered Weaver coughs up two more homers
    Jered Weaver allowed two solo home runs with four hits and a walk over six innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Weaver has allowed seven homers in four starts (23 innings), including at least two long balls in three of the outings. He is eating up innings, posting three straight quality starts, but he is still only worth a look in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues because of his high homer totals and low strikeout numbers. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton belts two HRs in win
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Saturday's extra-innings win in San Diego.

    Advice: Stanton swatted a two-run shot off Miguel Diaz to send the home crowd at Petco Park home with frowns. The slugger is in a groove right now, belting four homers with six RBI over his past three outings while delivering at least one souvenir in each of the contests. Stanton is locked in and making his fantasy owners very happy after a bit of a slow start. Yesterday, 11:03 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
  • Matt Moore roughed up at Coors Field
    Matt Moore allowed six earned runs, nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings in a loss Saturday at Colorado.

    Advice: The southpaw is struggling out of the gate, failing to last longer than 5 2/3 innings in three of his four outings. Walks have been an issue, as he has yielded six free passes over 23 innings and he had a problem keeping the ball in the yard Saturday. He has served up five homers over his past 17 2/3 innings. As such he is only worth a look in NL-only play right now. He faces another uphill battle when the Dodgers visit on Thursday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon finds the seats again
    Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-4 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's victory against the Giants.

    Advice: Blackmon has hit safely in seven straight outings and he has homered in each of the past two, and three of the past five. While his average sits at a mediocre .254, his power numbers have been good enough to make him a useful option in most fantasy formats. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Lynn fans seven, holds Brewers to one run
    Lance Lynn struck out seven while limiting the Brewers to one run over six innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win Saturday.

    Advice: Lynn gave up just three hits and walked two, sticking around just long enough to get the win. It was his second in as many starts, and the right-hander has allowed just one run in those two starts. Through four starts overall, Lynn is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio. He'll next take on the Reds on Friday. Yesterday, 10:26 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
  • Gyorko has RBI triple, run against Brewers
    Jedd Gyorko had an RBI triple and a run scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Both actually came on the same play, as Gyorko laced a triple into the right field corner that Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana had trouble digging out. Gyorko then hustled home when the throw got away from the infielders. With the Cardinals struggling for offense and the 28-year-old hitting .310/.396/.643 with three homers in 14 games, Gyorko should be an everyday player for the Birds for the foreseeable future and can be treated as such in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    11:10 am @Mil
  • Napoli launches third homer against Royals
    Mike Napoli hit his third home run of the season in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Napoli smacked an Ian Kennedy offering over the board for a solo homer in the second inning. It ended up being his only hit in four at-bats on the night. That's been a theme for Napoli thus far in his Rangers reunion tour, as he's hitting just .162/.250/.324 through 18 games. He's still batting cleanup for the club, and assuming this is a slump he will break out of sooner than later, the 35-year-old has huge fantasy upside in that lineup and that ballpark. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Matt Bush earns win after scoreless inning
    Matt Bush earned the win against the Royals after pitching a scoreless inning Saturday.

    Advice: Bush hasn't had a chance to save a game since being tapped as the team's favorite for the closer gig, but he's been used like the team's best reliever and has pitched like it as well. Such was the case Saturday when, in a tied game, manager Jeff Banister went to Bush to face the heart of the Royals order. Bush was rewarded for his work when the Rangers walked it off in the bottom of the frame. The 31-year-old has done nothing to change the idea that he'll get first crack at a save opportunity, posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, so if he's still available in your league, fix that. Yesterday, 9:21 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
  • Gyorko has two hits Friday vs. Brewers
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a run scored Friday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. Gyorko, who hit cleanup, led off the fourth inning with an infield single before coming home on a double off the bat of Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals ended up plating four runs in the frame. With Jhonny Peralta (illness) sidelined, Gyorko should share time at third base in the coming days. His power should put him on the radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 10:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    11:10 am @Mil
  • Charlie Blackmon hits fourth homer
    Charlie Blackmon hit his fourth homer Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Johnny Cueto. Blackmon is batting just .239 with a .292 OBP, but he has 11 RBI from the leadoff spot in 17 games. Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Gyorko homers among three XBH versus Brewers
    Jedd Gyorko had a big game Thursday, finishing 3-for-3 with two doubles, a homer and two runs scored in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: The same day incumbent Jhonny Peralta hit the disabled list, Gyorko got the start at third base and made the most of it. The homer was his third of the year, giving him five RBI and six runs scored. Peralta was struggling even before the DL trip and Gyorko, coming off a year in which he hit 30 homers, is batting .294/.385/.647 in 12 games. It might be time to jump on him if he's available in your league. Thursday, 9:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    11:10 am @Mil
  • Stanton socks home run in 3-for-3 showing
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Stanton crushed a Felix Hernandez offering an estimated 445 feet to lead off the third inning. The dinger was his fourth of the season. In addition, the slugger is slashing .268/.354/.500 and has driven in nine runs over the course of 56 at-bats. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Justin Smoak smokes second home run
    Justin Smoak had an RBI double and a solo home run on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Both knocks came off of Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Smoak has heated up over the last few days with two longballs, a double and a triple over his last four games. He'll continue to be mixed in at first base for the Blue Jays. Tuesday, 8:23 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
  • Jered Weaver takes no-decision vs. Braves
    Jered Weaver yielded three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Atlanta won the game on a walkoff RBI single by Dansby Swanson in the bottom of the ninth. Weaver was good but not great, striking out three and issuing zero walks but surrendering seven hits. Freddie Freeman popped him for a two-run homer to right-center in the bottom of the third. Weaver will carry a 4.24 ERA into his next start at home against the Marlins. Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Lynn works seven scoreless, Cards top Bucs
    Lance Lynn fired seven scoreless innings Monday in the Cardinals' 2-1 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: It was a badly needed showing of dominance and efficiency for the struggling Cardinals. Lynn yielded just three hits and one walk while fanning five, delivering 63 of his 95 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old right-hander looks poised for a strong first season coming off Tommy John surgery, now with a 3.12 ERA and 1.10 WHIP through three starts covering 17 1/3 innings. A road matchup against the Brewers is next. Monday, 6:36 pm
  • Bush will get first shot to close for Rangers
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that Matt Bush will get the first chance to close with Sam Dyson (hand) going on the disabled list.

    Advice: Banister did note that Bush wouldn't get every save opportunity, so Jeremy Jeffress also figures to be in the mix. The Rangers will need to be careful with Bush after his recent shoulder issues, so he won't be overworked. Still, the 31-year-old is a shutdown reliever and could easily run away with the job if he's able to stay healthy. Pick him up in a hurry if he happens to still be available in your league. Monday, 4:44 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
  • Charlie Blackmon homers in win over Giants
    Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Blackmon's bat has been hot of late, as he has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games including three multi-hit efforts. On Sunday, he teed off on a Jeff Samardzija pitch to lead off the game, whacking it an estimated 415 feet to boost the Rockies to an early 1-0 lead. They would add to Blackmon's contribution courtesy of a two-run double by Nolan Arenado later in the frame. Blackmon is hitting .232/.283/.446 with three homers and nine RBI through the first 14 games of the season. Apr 16, 4:07 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
  • Skaggs goes seven scoreless in no-decision
    Tyler Skaggs worked seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts Sunday in a no-decision versus the Royals.

    Advice: Skaggs deserved a victory in this one, but the Anaheim offense was held scoreless by Ian Kennedy and Kelvin Herrera. Skaggs yielded just four hits, all singles, while issuing two walks. He'll bring an 0-1 record, 5.19 ERA, and 1.38 WHIP into his next scheduled start at home versus the Blue Jays. Apr 16, 2:46 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton does some yard work
    Giancarlo Stanton swatted a solo home run for his only hit in four at-bats Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Stanton's homer off reliever Fernando Salas proved to be the game winner. He has swatted all three of his homers with six of his season's eight RBI over the past four games. He'll look to stay hot against Matt Harvey on Sunday. However, the Mets pitcher has gotten the best of Stanton in their brief dealings, striking out Stanton eight times in 15 at-bats with just two singles allowed. Apr 15, 8:12 pm
  • Moore knocked around by Rockies in loss
    Matt Moore gave up 10 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Moore also walked three in the outing, so he was actually somewhat fortunate to allow only the five runs. He also struck out five. The 27-year-old now has one stellar start and two forgettable ones on the year, leaving him with a 4.26 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through three starts. His life doesn't get any easier next weekend, when the Giants visit these same Rockies in Colorado. Apr 15, 6:32 pm
  • 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
  • Smoak crushes first homer in loss to Orioles
    Justin Smoak crushed his first home run of the year in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Smoak committed some lefty on lefty crime with his fourth-inning solo shot off of O's starter Wade Miley. He also had an RBI single in the second inning, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. With his two-hit attack, Smoak is now hitting .250/.276/.429 with three RBI on the young season. Apr 14, 7:30 pm
  • Rangers' Bush a possibility for the weekend
    The Rangers are hoping to have Matt Bush back this weekend after he missed the past three days with a shoulder issue.

    Advice: According to the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson, Bush is playing catch right now. He's not expected to pitch tonight, but he's questionable for Saturday and Sunday. If the shoulder issue proves to be a false alarm, then Bush could be a candidate for saves next week. Apr 14, 2:36 pm
  • Mike Napoli hits second homer
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Napoli is still hitting just .194 through 31 at-bats. The Rangers want him to be their cleanup man, but they'll likely eventually decide they have better options in that spot and drop Napoli down to sixth. Apr 12, 10:25 pm
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