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  • Athletics activate and option Joey Wendle
    Athletics activated INF Joey Wendle from the 10-day disabled list; Optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Wendle had been playing at Nashville anyways on a minor league rehab assignment, so he won't have to travel at all. He'll continue to function as organizational depth in the infield. Today, 10:44 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Hou
  • Devon Travis not in Blue Jays lineup Saturday
    Devon Travis is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Rays.

    Advice: The 26-year-old continues to fight it at the plate, hitting a meager .137/.203/.205 with one homer, four RBI and a 15/6 K/BB ratio in his first 79 plate appearances. Darwin Barney is starting in his place at second base and batting eighth against Matt Andriese and the Rays on Saturday. Today, 7:15 am
  • Brad Miller not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Brad Miller is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against tough southpaw Francisco Liriano in this one. Daniel Robertson will start in his place at second base and is batting seventh for the Rays on Saturday. Today, 7:02 am
    Bot 6, 1-4 @Tor
  • Brandon Drury returns to lineup
    Brandon Drury started Friday and went 1-for-4 against the Rockies.

    Advice: Drury didn't play Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a jammed right knee. Yesterday, 11:41 pm
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • Altuve walks, scores run in return to action
    Jose Altuve (head, shoulder) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in his return to action Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Altuve missed back-to-back starts after his collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday night, but he should be good to go moving forward. The dynamic second baseman is batting .305 with two homers, seven RBI, seven steals, and 12 runs scored through 22 games on the young season. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Jorge Polanco goes 0-for-4
    Jorge Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday, dropping his average to .243.

    Advice: Polanco got off to a nice start offensively, but he hasn't kept it up the last couple of weeks and he's now sporting just a .661 OPS. Since he lacks range at shortstop, he has to hit in order to help the Twins. Still, the team won't be quick to bench him, even if it seems Eduardo Escobar might be the superior option. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
    PPD @KC
  • Jedd Gyorko hits fourth homer
    Jeff Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a homer Friday in the victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Remember when Mike Matheny thought Jhonny Peralta was a better option than Gyorko to play third base regularly? That didn't make much sense to us, either. Gyorko has a 1.040 OPS at the moment. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    PPD vs Cin
  • Harrison has three hits, two RBI in win
    Josh Harrison stayed hot Friday against the Marlins by going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.

    Advice: Harrison drove in a run with an infield hit in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The 29-year-old has hit safely in five straight games and eight out of his last nine. He’s batting .329/.407/.457 overall and deserves more attention in mixed leagues at this point. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Ngoepe reaches base five times vs. Fish
    Gift Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with an RBI single, a triple, two walks, and two runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Ngoepe came off the bench and went 1-for-2 with a walk in his major league debut on Wednesday, but he made the start at second base Friday with Josh Harrison filling in for David Freese (hamstring) at the hot corner. He notched his first career RBI with a line-drive single to left in the fourth. As Pirates broadcaster Joe Block noted on Twitter, Ngoepe is the first Pirate since Eddie Moore (1923) to reach base five times in his first MLB start. He’s an amazing story, but we’re not counting on fantasy value here. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Castro slugs game-tying homer
    Starlin Castro slugged a game-tying two-run homer off Brad Brach in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Castro used an Adrian Beltre-like swing on the homer, dropping to one knee as he watched the ball carry into the left field bleachers. The Yankees went on to win the game in the 10th. The 27-year-old went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night and ranks second in the AL with a .361 batting average. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Robinson Cano goes deep in victory on Friday
    Robinson Cano clobbered a two-run homer on Friday, helping to lead the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Cano opened the game's scoring in the fourth inning with a two-run shot off of Carlos Carrasco which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Cano is now hitting .253/.321/.432 with four homers and 17 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Jose Ramirez goes deep in loss to Mariners
    Jose Ramirez belted his sixth home run of the season on Friday, accounting for all of the Tribe's offense in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: His fourth inning shot off of Ariel Miranda pulled the Indians to within a run at 2-1, but that was as close as they would get. Ramirez finished the night 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Cleveland offense this season, hitting .337/.394/.614 with six homers and 19 RBI. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
    1:10 pm vs Sea
  • Brandon Phillips remains out of Braves lineup
    Brandon Phillips (groin) remains out of the Braves starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Phillips was forced to leave Wednesday's game due to a strained left groin but is adamant that he won't require a trip to the disabled list. Braves' skipper Brian Snitker said he hopes to have Phillips back in there on Saturday. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Cozart replaces Peraza as Reds' No. 2 hitter
    Zack Cozart has replaced Jose Peraza as the Reds' No. 2 hitter.

    Advice: Peraza isn't starting on Friday, but when he's back in there Saturday it sounds like he'll probably be at the bottom of the order. Manager Bryan Price stuck with Peraza in the two hole for nearly a month but has decided to move him down after he batted only .227/.261/.261 in his first 92 plate appearances. It hasn't been a total loss for Peraza's fantasy owners since he's stolen six bases, but he's obviously going to see his runs total dip now. Meanwhile, it's good news for the owners of Cozart, who's off to a scorching .393/.493/.689 start. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    PPD @StL
  • Jose Altuve (head, shoulder) back in lineup
    Jose Altuve (head, shoulder) is back in the Astros' lineup.

    Advice: Altuve missed two starts following Tuesday's collision with Teoscar Hernandez, but he had a pinch-hit single Thursday and is back in there at second base and in the No. 3 hole Friday. He's hitting .321/.393/.449 on the season. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • T.J. Rivera getting a start at first base
    T.J. Rivera is starting at first base and batting seventh for the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Jay Bruce is back in right field with Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) on the shelf, as Michael Conforto is handling left. The Mets will get Lucas Duda (elbow) back soon to take over at first base. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Dee Gordon sitting out on Friday
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Derek Dietrich will handle second base, while J.T. Realmuto moves into the leadoff spot. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
    4:10 pm vs Pit
  • Pedroia hitting 6th, Bogaerts leadoff Friday
    Dustin Pedroia is batting sixth for the Red Sox on Friday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's batted sixth. With Pedroia (.242/.311/.258) moving down, Xander Bogaerts (.313/.353/.328) is up in the leadoff spot. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Pete Kozma designated for assignment
    Yankees designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

    Advice: He's no longer needed with Didi Gregorius (shoulder) back from the disabled list. Kozma should clear waivers and stick around in the organization as depth. Yesterday, 11:43 am
    Player Note
    Pete Kozma NYY - 2B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 9-2 vs Bal
  • Jose Altuve (shoulder) has pinch-hit single
    Jose Altuve (shoulder) delivered a pinch-hit single in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Altuve didn't start for the second straight day following Tuesday's collision with Teoscar Hernandez, but he led off the ninth inning with an infield single. He was then caught stealing as the Astros' rally fell short. That he was able to pinch-hit suggests that Altuve should be ready to start Friday. Yesterday, 5:15 am
  • Schimpf swats fifth homer in loss to D'backs
    Ryan Schimpf hit his fifth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf punished a Taijuan Walker offering for the solo blast in the seventh inning. The occasional homer may not be enough to save the 29-year-old, who is hitting just .125/.284/.359 to go with those five homers. Perhaps he'll continue to start for a bad Padres club, but fantasy owners can do better. Thursday, 9:28 pm
  • Castro turns in another multi-hit game
    Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Castro has hits in eight of his last nine games and has multiple hits in four of those games. His .346 batting average is second-best among qualified American League hitters. He's also got four homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored on the year. Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Gonzalez has two hits, homer against Indians
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Gonzalez went through an 0-for-16 stretch before snapping out of it with a 2-for-4 game Wednesday, and he followed it up with his fourth homer of the year and his first since April 9. After that strong first week-plus he appeared to be in line for more playing time, but the emergence of Yuli Gurriel has relegated Gonzalez to a part-time player. He can be left alone in fantasy leagues if he's not getting everyday at-bats, and even then he's best left for AL-only leagues. Thursday, 7:11 pm
    Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • 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. Thursday, 3:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • 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. Thursday, 2:34 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    PPD vs Cin
  • 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. Thursday, 12:12 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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. Thursday, 12:09 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 10:55 am
    Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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." Thursday, 8:15 am
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • 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. Thursday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    Top 7, 2-3 vs NYM
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • 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. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • 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. Wednesday, 5:51 pm
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:42 am
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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. Wednesday, 8:01 am
  • 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
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    Top 7, 2-3 vs NYM
  • 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
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • Jedd Gyorko collects three hits Tuesday
    Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with an RBI single on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gyorko got the scoring going with an RBI single in the first inning, and he later added another single and a double. The veteran infielder has taken hold of the Cardinals' third base job and has also been batting cleanup of late. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    PPD vs Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    PPD vs Cin
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
    Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Devon Travis hits clutch go-ahead home run
    Devon Travis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: The Blue Jays trailed 1-0 entering the eighth inning when they finally broke through for some offense. Russell Martin led off the frame with a walk against Deolis Guerra, which Travis then followed with a two-run home run to give the Jays their first lead of the game. He entered Sunday's action having registered just six hits in his first 55 at-bats. Sunday, 4:10 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
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • 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
  • 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. Saturday, 9:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    PPD vs Cin
  • Ramirez has homer, steal against White Sox
    Jose Ramirez homered and stole a base in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Ramirez hit his fifth homer of the season in the ninth inning. It was his only hit in five at-bats. The steal was his second in three tries this year. The 24-year-old's full complement of abilities have been on display in the early weeks of the season, en route to a .313/.378/.594 line through 17 games. Saturday, 8:49 pm
    1:10 pm vs Sea
  • 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
  • Castro smashes three-run bomb vs Pirates
    Starlin Castro smoked a three-run homer to help lead the Yankees over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: The Yankees were behind 3-0 entering the sixth inning but Castro tied it up with one swing of the bat off Jameson Taillon. He is off to a great start to the 2017 season, now batting .364/.408/.591 with four home runs and 13 RBI. Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Cano goes 3-for-4 with a home run vs A's
    Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a home run and scored twice during a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: He went deep in his first at-bat off Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton and added a pair of singles later in the game. Cano had been struggling lately and his line was down to .229/.308/.371 before today's big game boosted it back up to .257/.329/.432 with three homers and 13 RBI in 82 plate appearances. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • 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
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    Top 7, 2-3 vs NYM
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
  • 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
    5:10 pm vs Col
  • 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
    PPD vs Cin
  • 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
  • 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • 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
  • T.J. Rivera recalled from Triple-A
    Mets recalled INF T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rivera didn't spend 10 days in the minors, but he can return since he's replacing a player going on the disabled list. He's starting at third base Friday and could potentially earn more time there with Jose Reyes struggling mightily. Friday, 1:10 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
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    Top 7, 2-3 vs NYM
  • 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
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    PPD vs Cin
  • Robinson Cano hits RBI single in loss to A's
    Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Cano picked up an RBI single against A's starter Cesar Valdez in the first inning, but was unable to find a hit the rest of the way through. The All-Star second baseman has been slow to start this month and is slashing a mere .242/.324/.394 with two home runs and 12 RBI over 66 at-bats. Thursday, 10:24 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
    PPD vs Cin
  • Castro drills three-run bomb versus White Sox
    Starlin Castro smacked a three-run homer in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: He came to the plate in the fifth inning with two runners aboard and broke the game wide open with the long home run off White Sox rookie Dylan Covey. Castro has been wielding a strong bat in the season's first two weeks of action. He has a .368 batting average with three home runs, eight runs scored and 10 RBI. He drew a walk today and has his on-base percentage up to .410 through 61 plate appearances, which is much better than his .319 career rate. Wednesday, 8:20 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
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Peraza continues slump, goes 0-for-4 Wed.
    Jose Peraza's struggles continued on Wednesday as he went 0-for-4 against Ubaldo Jimenez in a loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: He has just one hit in his last 18 plate appearances and is batting .228/.267/.281 with zero home runs and three RBI through 14 games. To be fair, the Reds only had two hits all night as a team, so we can't beat up Peraza too badly for taking an "oh-fer" in this one. He is in jeopardy of being moved down to the bottom of the batting order if he doesn't get things turned around soon. He has managed to salvage some fantasy value by scoring eight runs and stealing six bases, which ties him with teammate Billy Hamilton for the major league leading total. Peraza is the epitome of a contact hitter. He has only one walk and two strikeouts in 60 plate appearances so far this year. Wednesday, 6:58 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    PPD @StL
  • 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
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    Top 7, 2-3 vs NYM
  • 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
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    PPD vs Cin
  • Jose Ramirez homers again as Indians roll
    Jose Ramirez launched a two-run shot and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez took Phil Hughes over the boards in the third inning, extending the Indians' lead to 5-2 at the time. That was after he had singled and scored in the first inning. Moving over to second base for a while to fill in for Jason Kipnis (shoulder) certainly hasn't impacted Ramirez's offense, as he sports a blistering .365/.417/.654 batting line, four home runs and 15 RBI in his first 14 games. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
    1:10 pm vs Sea
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