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  • McCutchen absent from Pirates lineup Thurs
    Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Adam Frazier will start in center field and Jose Osuna will start in right field in the Bucs' series finale against the Braves. McCutchen has posted a disappointing .203/.274/.360 batting line in 46 games this season for Pittsburgh. 30 minutes ago
  • Beckham out of Rays' lineup on Thursday
    Tim Beckham is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Angels.

    Advice: Daniel Robertson will start at shortstop and Michael Martinez will handle second base in the Rays' series finale versus Anaheim. Beckham has fallen into a bit of a slump here in late May. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday. 43 minutes ago
    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Rays place Jumbo Diaz on 10-day DL
    Rays placed RHP Jumbo Diaz on the 10-day disabled list with right arm fatigue.

    Advice: Diaz has struggled to a 5.49 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this season out of the Rays' bullpen. The big right-hander could be shelved for a while. 52 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Royals @ Yanks postponed early due to rain
    Thursday's game between the Yankees and Royals has been postponed due to rain in New York.

    Advice: This one got called super early because the forecast calls for stormy conditions throughout the afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to face off against Miguel Almonte in what would have been Almonte's first career major league start. The game will be made up September 25. Today, 6:18 am
  • Cozart drives in winning runs in ninth Wed.
    Zack Cozart ripped a single to left that plated the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning as his club beat the Indians 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came up with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Arismendy Alcantara was on third and Billy Hamilton was on first. Cozart drilled a line drive that bounced right in front of left-fielder Michael Brantley, who blocked the ball in front of him on a dive. Alcantara scored easily from third while Billy Hamilton blazed around from first base on a ball that no other player in baseball could have scored on. Cozart went 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He is having an excellent season, sporting a .340/.420/.563 triple slash with four homers, 26 runs and 23 RBI in 39 games. He has missed a few games here and there with a nagging wrist injury that doesn't seem to have affected his hitting. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Duvall smacks two-run bomb vs Tribe Wed.
    Adam Duvall ripped a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: His blast in the fourth inning accounted for all the runs his team would muster against starter Trevor Bauer, but they added two more against closer Cody Allen to win in the ninth inning. Duvall finished 1-for-4 in the contest and is batting a swell .259/.305/.500 with 10 longballs and 37 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Mike Leake goes eight to beat Dodgers
    Mike Leake limited the Dodgers to one run over eight innings to win Wednesday.

    Advice: Leake brought his ERA back under 2.00 to 1.91 tonight. He's allowed just 47 hits and four homers in 61 1/3 innings. In his first year in St. Louis, he had similar strikeout and walk rates to what he does now, but he gave up 203 hits and 20 homers in 176 2/3 innings. Maybe he remains above average, but he's a definite sell-high candidate. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Santana goes 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He hit a two-run dinger off starter Lisalverto Bonilla in the third inning, then ripped an RBI double in the fifth. As usual for the veteran, Santana sports a low batting average but is solid in all the other measurements. He is slashing .230/.332/.410 with five homers, 25 runs scored and 26 RBI. The first baseman has started five games in the outfield to gain new positional eligibility in some fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Yadier Molina extends hitting streak
    Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

    Advice: Most hitting streaks like this come with averages in the .350-.400 range, but Molina is hitting just .263 during his; he's collected exactly one hit in 11 of the 13 games and, since he hasn't drawn a walk in any of them, he's always getting four or five at-bats. At least he does have three homers during the streak; he had just one in his first 25 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Bauer allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wed.
    Trevor Bauer took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a lead but the bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. The two runs Bauer allowed came on a two-run blast by Adam Duvall. He gave up four hits and two walks while punching out six. This was one of Bauer's best outings of the season and lowers his ERA to 6.30 through nine starts. His nice 59/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings indicates better things could be in store as the season unfolds. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Solarte goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Mets
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead his club to a 6-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His third-inning single to left drove in the game's first run. He laced a two-run double to right center field in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest. Solarte had a hot April but has hit the skids in May. Overall he has a .241 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Hand survives stressful ninth for save Wed.
    Brad Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: All three runs came in the sixth after Williams gave up three straight singles to open the frame and was pulled. The Pirates seem pretty content with mediocrity lately, so Williams, who has given up 13 earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in his four starts, will probably get additional opportunities. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Flores goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Padres
    Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stroked a base-loaded double to plate three runs in the third inning, then came around to score on a Curtis Granderson single. He also worked a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old Flores now has a .307 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI in 91 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Carlos Santana in right field again Tuesday
    Carlos Santana will make another start in right field Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Santana had quite the scare in right field on Monday, but fortunately he's fine. He'll move back to first base on Wednesday when the series shifts to Cleveland. Tuesday, 11:49 am
  • Zack Cozart starts, knocks in two
    Zack Cozart started Monday and went 1-for-4 with two RBI against the Indians.

    Advice: Cozart didn't play Sunday because of lingering soreness in his left wrist. Monday, 8:25 pm
  • Carlos Santana starting in RF on Monday
    Carlos Santana will start in right field Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Santana will be pushed to right field with the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules. This will be Santana's fourth start in right field this season. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Bradley Zimmer is on the bench. Monday, 11:26 am
  • Zack Cozart (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cozart was supposed to be off Sunday regardless, but his left wrist is sore again. Consider him day-to-day. The Reds have Jose Peraza at shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara at second base. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Yangervis Solarte's slide continues
    Yangervis Solarte finished hitless in four at-bats in Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Solarte has had an awful time since flipping the calendar from April to May, collecting just eight hits over 64 at-bats (.125) with three extra-base hits and five RBI across 18 games. Sunday, 1:54 am
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Tanaka gives up six runs in three innings Sat
    Masahiro Tanaka's struggles continued on Saturday as he coughed up six runs in three-plus innings to take a loss to the Rays.

    Advice: He gave up nine hits in the brief outing and three of them left the yard. His biggest nemesis was Corey Dickerson, who launched two home runs. Tanaka walked three and struck out four batters in the loss. This bad start comes on the heels of allowing eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his previous start. He is fortunate to have a winning 5-3 record considering he has a 6.56 ERA through nine starts. He has allowed a whopping 13 home runs in 48 innings. He will try to right the ship against the Royals on Thursday. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • Duvall has two RBI, two runs against Rockies
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Duvall had an RBI single in the Reds' six-run sixth inning, and he also plated a run with a groundout in the seventh. The steal was also his third of the year, after he stole six in 2016. Duvall has just one homer since May 1, but he's found other ways to contribute at the plate, compiling a .259/.306/.500 line overall. Saturday, 5:40 pm
  • Bauer gives up three runs in win over Astros
    Trevor Bauer gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer gave up five hits (including home runs to Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa) and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters. He trailed early before the Indians pulled away in the middle innings. The club’s dominant bullpen made the lead hold up. Bauer has now allowed 10 home runs in 44 2/3 innings this season to go along with a 6.65 ERA. He can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues at this time. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Williams gives up three runs in loss
    Trevor Williams yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates gave Williams an early lead, but he coughed it up in his final frame before being pulled. He gave up four hits and walked a pair while failing to strike out any of the 23 batters he faced. The 25-year-old has allowed 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings in three starts since joining the Pirates’ rotation. He’s not a fantasy option. Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Mike Leake gives up two runs to Red Sox
    Mike Leake wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Leake is still sitting pretty with a 2.03 ERA, but he has given up four homers in his last three starts after going without one in his first five. We all know Leake isn't really a 2.00-ERA kind of guy. His owners should just hope he remains a respectable mixed-league SP the rest of the way. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Cozart goes 3-for-5 with a solo home run
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been one of the biggest surprises in the season's first six weeks and has served as one of the best fantasy shortstops to date. He is batting a very strong .350/.437/.608 with four homers, 24 runs scored, 17 RBI and two steals. He could be on the move this summer as the rebuilding Reds look to cash him in for prospects in a trade with a contender. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • McCutchen gets two RBI, two runs, two steals
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: McCutchen is not exactly setting the fantasy world on fire with his lowly .214 batting average, six homers, 18 runs, 19 RBI and five steals. The former perennial All Star is widely acknowledged to have had a down season in 2016 and things have only gotten worse this year. He will have to crank things up several notches if he is going to be a desirable fantasy hitter again. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes hitless again
    Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals, dropping his season line to .206/.280/.390.

    Advice: Not only that, he was removed in a double-switch after the seventh inning when the Pirates were only trailing by two runs. 'Cutch homered and stole a base in his previous game, but he has just five hits over his last 39 at-bats. Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Cozart (wrist) in Reds' lineup on Tuesday
    Zack Cozart (wrist) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Cozart sat out Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco with a sore left wrist. It's something that has been bothering him off and on for much of the 2017 regular season, but he is starting at shortstop and batting second Tuesday versus Cubs right-hander John Lackey. Tuesday, 1:37 pm
  • Wilmer Flores slugs pinch-hit homer in loss
    Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the Mets' loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Flores went deep off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the top of the ninth inning, but Arizona held on to win the game 7-3. Flores has three home runs and nine RBI in 23 games this season for New York. Monday, 9:49 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
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