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  • Howell (shoulder) on rehab assignment
    J.P. Howell (shoulder) struck out three in a scoreless frame Sunday on his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Howell, who landed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder soreness, has now thrown a pair of scoreless outings on his rehab stint. The southpaw appears on the verge of rejoining the Jays' bullpen. 31 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    7:07 pm @LAA
  • Cespedes says he'll be ready for Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's game that Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) told him he'll be ready for Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes sat out the entire weekend series against the Nationals due to a sore left hamstring, but he was available as a pinch-hitter for Sunday's game and was in the on-deck circle before the final out. It's not a sure thing he'll be ready for Tuesday, as the Mets will have him go through a pre-game workout before making a final decision. Still, he's sorely missed at the moment, as the Mets have dropped eight out of their last nine. 56 minutes ago
  • Michael Conforto swats leadoff homer Sunday
    Michael Conforto swatted a leadoff homer off Max Scherzer on Sunday but it wasn't enough to lead the Mets to victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Conforto actually had Scherer's number the entire evening, adding a pair of singles to finish the night 3-for-4. At this point, given the injuries that the Mets have endured, it has to be impossible for manager Terry Collins to keep Conforto out of the lineup. With the three-hit effort he's now hitting .361/.432/.722 with four homers and eight RBI. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Stanton picks up three singles against Padres
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Stanton has been in the zone of late, having collected multiple hits in three of his last four games. Two of those three multi-hit showings were of the three-hit variety. In that same four-game space, Stanton has slugged four home runs. All of this scalding work has helped to boost his batting line to .300/.367/.614 to pair with seven home runs and 15 RBI across an even 70 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Nationals place Strasburg on paternity leave
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Strasburg will leave to be with his wife Rachel for the birth of the couple's second child. He's scheduled to start against the Rockies in Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely he'll have that start pushed back until the weekend. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Freeland shuts down Giants over seven frames
    Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Freeland scattered six hits and walked only one on the afternoon. The lack of runners on base -- plus only three strikeouts recorded -- allowed for a very low pitch count, as he exited after seven innings having thrown a mere 93 pitches (57 strikes). Through four starts, the 23-year-old southpaw is pitching to a 3.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Outside of a six-run blowup against the Padres on April 12, Freeland has surrendered just two runs combined in his other three starts (17 innings). A road showdown with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Orlando Arcia finishes 0-for-3 vs. STL
    Orlando Arcia finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday in the Brewers' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Arcia is batting just .210/.234/.306 in 18 games to open the 2017 season. He's a nice young player, but it could take years for the offense to catch up with his excellent defense. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Kimbrel earns seventh save Sunday vs. O's
    Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Kimbrel was called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Joe Kelly gave up a run on three hits and promptly induced a pop-out from Manny Machado to end it. Kimbrel has a stellar 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 17/2 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this season. He is 7-for-8 in save opportunities. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Chris Heston recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.18 ERA in his first three starts for Tacoma. He'll work in long relief in Seattle. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Lucroy's slow start and Robinson Chirinos' hot start has resulted in more days off than expected for the All-Star catcher in the early going. Mike Napoli is also resting Sunday, as Ryan Rua is at first base. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Zack Cozart scratched with sore wrist
    Zack Cozart was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It's the same issue that cost him a couple games earlier this month. Jose Peraza has moved over to shortstop, Scooter Gennett will move from left field to second base and Patrick Kivlehan enters the lineup in left. Yesterday, 8:54 am
    4:40 pm @Mil
  • Michael Saunders not in Sunday's lineup
    Michael Saunders is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Daniel Nava will play left field while Aaron Altherr slides over to right. The Phillies also have Brock Stassi at first base over Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp at catcher over Cameron Rupp. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Aaron Blair optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair was only up for a couple days and didn't appear in a game. He'll return to Gwinnett's rotation. Yesterday, 7:32 am
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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. Saturday, 11:51 pm
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    7:07 pm vs Tor
  • 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. Saturday, 11:03 pm
  • Tomas homers twice as D'backs rout Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas homered twice and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks administered an 11-5 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Tomas hit a pair of solo dongs off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, first in the first inning and later in the fifth. The homers gave Tomas four on the season, with 13 RBI to go with them. He's followed up a breakout 2016 season by hitting .295/.328/.607 through the season's first few weeks of action. Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Cespedes (hamstring) unlikely for Sunday
    Speaking after Saturday’s loss to the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn’t expect Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to play in Sunday’s series finale.

    Advice: Cespedes spent most of Saturday’s game getting worked on in the trainer’s room and didn’t feel healthy enough to pinch-hit when Collins called on him in the seventh inning. With New York playing a night game in potentially cold weather, there’s little chance of Cespedes seeing the field on Sunday. He’s day-to-day. Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Cespedes (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes remains out of the Mets' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes continues to battle a sore left hamstring and isn't available for a prime matchup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Michael Conforto is drawing another start for the Mets and is batting second on Saturday. Saturday, 9:26 am
  • Conforto homers in loss to Nationals
    Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Friday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Conforto led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer. He had a chance to play hero with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, but he grounded out to second base and the Mets eventually lost the game in extras. Still, it was another good night at the plate for the 24-year-old. He’s batting .345/.417/.690 with three homers through 14 games and continues to gain momentum in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Friday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Lucroy caught all 13 innings of Thursday's game, so he'll get some rest. Robinson Chirinos will do the catching. Elvis Andrus is also sitting out, as Jurickson Profar is filling in at shortstop. Friday, 1:23 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) sitting out Fri.
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: But he hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet, which is obviously encouraging. Cespedes said he felt a "shock" in his left hamstring on Thursday and he'll be held out of action for a few days. The Mets have an outfield of Michael Conforto in left, Juan Lagares in center and Curtis Granderson in right Friday. Friday, 1:13 pm
  • Cespedes (hamstring) expects to miss 2-3 days
    Yoenis Cespedes doesn't think his hamstring injury is serious and only expects to miss 2-3 days.

    Advice: He confirmed the injury was not a cramp as previously reported. Cespedes said he felt a "shock" in his hamstring but has had similar injuries and doesn't think this one is as bad. More will be known after Cespedes goes for an MRI on Friday morning. Cespedes suffered the injury while running to second base in Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia. Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Strasburg fans 10 as Nationals edge Braves
    Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 while allowing two runs over seven innings, and the Nationals edged out the Braves 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Strasburg gave up six hits -- five of them singles -- and walked two in the victory, his second of 2017. He's been remarkably consistent in each of his four starts, going seven innings in each while allowing two earned runs in three of the four, yielding three runs in the other. Still, Thursday was his best turn to date, leaving him with a 2.89 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 29/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings of work. The right-hander will have a test Tuesday when the Nats visit the Rockies in Colorado. Thursday, 8:15 pm
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  • Cespedes to undergo (hamstring) MRI Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Friday morning.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins said he's "concerned" about Cespedes, who was hobbling around the clubhouse with a heavily wrapped leg after Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia. The Mets originally called the injury a cramp, but now it's looking like it could be something more serious. The last thing the slumping Mets need right now is another injury, especially one to their best hitter. Thursday, 8:03 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes leaves with hamstring cramp
    Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Phillies with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: Cespedes pulled up lame running from first to second on a Jay Bruce groundout in the fifth inning. He hobbled off the field and went straight to the clubhouse. Cespedes didn't come out for the sixth inning with Juan Lagares entering the game at center field and Michael Conforto moving from center to left. Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a single and walk before exiting. Consider him day-to-day. Thursday, 6:12 pm
  • Michael Saunders scratched with illness
    Michael Saunders has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Mets because of an illness.

    Advice: Aaron Altherr will take over in right field and bat fifth against Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. Saunders hasn't done much in the early going, hitting just .271 with no homers and six RBI over 48 at-bats. Consider him day-to-day. Thursday, 3:04 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel blows save, gets win
    Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff homer to blow a save Thursday, but he ended up with a win after pitching two scoreless innings against Toronto.

    Advice: Kimbrel caught a bad break right off the bat, when his first curve to Kendrys Morales wasn't called a strike despite catching plenty of the plate. He grooved the next pitch, a fastball, and Morales hit it out to center, tying the game at 1-1. Kimbrel was dominant after that, striking out five of the remaining six batters he faced. He looks much sharper than he did during the latter portion of last season. Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Braves recall Aaron Blair from Gwinnett
    Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair will give the Braves' over-worked bullpen a fresh arm. The 24-year-old right-hander was sporting a 5.79 ERA through three starts this season with Gwinnett, after registering a 7.59 ERA over his first 15 major league starts in 2016. Thursday, 12:21 pm
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  • Saunders goes 2-for-3 with an RBI vs Mets
    Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: His RBI single in the eighth inning knotted the score at 3-3 but the Mets retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Saunders has yet to deliver much of an impact in his first season in Philadelphia. He owns a pedestrian .271/.314/.354 slash line with zero homers and six RBI through 50 at-bats. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • 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
  • Lucroy getting day off Wednesday vs. OAK
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Wednesday in Oakland.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos gets the start at catcher and will bat eighth versus Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn. Lucroy is slashing just .190/.227/.262 in the early going this season. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Tuesday. Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Kyle Freeland lifted in fifth
    Kyle Freeland was lifted after walking four and allowed one run in five-plus innings Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeland wasn't sharp, but the Dodgers just can't seem to get anything going against lefties. Just 45 of Freeland's 87 pitches were strikes. He gave up four hits, too, but all were singles. Freeland has a 4.91 ERA after three starts. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas hits three-run homer
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Tomas isn't close to being an above average regular for Arizona, but he should be a fantasy asset all year long. He's hitting .286 with seven extra-base hits through 49 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Orlando Arcia slugs first home run
    Orlando Arcia smacked his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Arcia took Brett Anderson deep with a solo shot in the fourth inning for his only hit of the game. The young shortstop has some offensive upside, but it's not a surprise that he's struggling so far with a .196/.229/.304 batting line. If he provides fantasy value in 2017, it will likely be with his wheels. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Howell (shoulder) nearing rehab appearances
    J.P. Howell (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Howell was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 9, retroactive to April 8, after complaining of soreness in his left shoulder. He allowed two earned runs on two walks and two hits in his second appearance of the 2017 regular season, ballooning his ERA to 54.00. Tuesday, 2:15 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:07 pm @LAA
  • Conforto starting in CF, batting leadoff Tue.
    Michael Conforto will start in center field and bat leadoff Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson is on the bench. Conforto is 6-for-17 (.353) with two homers, one double, and two walks through his first 11 games this season. Granderson is off to a very slow start, so Conforto has a chance to earn more playing time if he continues to produce. Tuesday, 12:14 pm
  • Kimbrel dominates again as Red Sox beat Rays
    Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out Corey Dickerson swinging before getting Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria looking. He needed 15 pitches to get through the frame. This wraps up a dominant series against the Rays for Kimbrel, who has pitched in three straight games. Look for him to get the day off Tuesday. Monday, 11:18 am
  • Kimbrel earns fifth save, Red Sox beat Rays
    Craig Kimbrel nailed down his fifth save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Rays 7-5.

    Advice: Kimbrel picked up two strikeouts in an easy 10-pitch frame to seal the victory for Boston. The right-hander is rocking a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with nine strikeouts in six innings this season. Apr 16, 3:15 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes hitless in his return
    Yoenis Cespedes (illness) was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's game in Miami.

    Advice: While Cespedes is hitless over his past two games, fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. The Cuban slugger already has nine extra-base hits (three doubles, six homers) with 10 RBI through his first 12 outings while cruising along with a 1.148 OPS. Apr 15, 8:27 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
  • Craig Kimbrel runs saves streak to 23
    Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Rays.

    Advice: Kimbrel’s command has abandoned him at times this year, but he was downright dominant on Saturday. He punched out Rickie Weeks and Shane Peterson before Logna Morrison grounded out to end the game. Kimbrel has now converted 23 saves in a row, the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Zach Britton. He’s also strung together 20 straight saves at Fenway Park, the second-longest streak in team history behind Tom Gordon. Kimbrel remains a top-shelf fantasy option in all formats. Apr 15, 6:10 pm
  • Cozart goes 2-for-3 with a walk vs Brewers
    Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tripled to center in the second inning to drive in a run. Cozart leads the major leagues with his .485 batting average and 1.356 OPS. He has a hit in all nine games he has played this year. The veteran is also one of the best defensive shortstops in the majors and may make a nice trade chip for the rebuilding Reds. They are in first place right now but that seems unlikely to last long. Apr 15, 2:56 pm
    4:40 pm @Mil
  • Yoenis Cespedes returns to lineup Saturday
    Yoenis Cespedes (flu) has returned to the Mets' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cespedes sat out Friday's game due to flu-like symptoms but is right back in there against Adam Conley and the Marlins on Saturday. He has homered five times in his last three games and enters play on Saturday as one of the hottest hitters in the league in a juicy matchup against a weak southpaw. Make sure he's in your lineups. Apr 15, 12:48 pm
  • Strasburg punches out eight in no-decision
    Stephen Strasburg punched out eight batters over seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg pitched well enough to win in this one, but the Nationals' offense wasn't able to provide much support. He scattered just five hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames. Tommy Joseph tagged him for a solo shot in the second inning and Cesar Hernandez delivered an RBI single in the fifth, completing the damage against him. He'll carry a 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19/5 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Braves in Atlanta. Apr 14, 4:32 pm
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  • Yoenis Cespedes gets night off
    Yoenis Cespedes is getting Friday off after playing through flu-like symptoms Thursday.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll be available off the bench if needed. Michael Conforto is starting in his place.Daily Slant: While Cespedes' absence isn't good news for the Mets as a whole, it doesn't mean the team isn't still a strong target. The long game last night may take a toll on some of these guys, but Michael Conforto shouldn't be one of them after entering the game in the 8th inning. Volquez has already allowed 2 HRs to LHs this year, while Conforto owns a career .361 wOBA and .248 ISO against RHP. Conforto is also very affordable across the industry. Apr 14, 2:14 pm
  • Cozart runs hitting streak to eight games
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-3 in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Cozart has now hit safely in all eight games in which he's played, batting .481/.516/.704 with two doubles and two triples. It seems as though he does something like this every year, starting hot amid questions of whether it can last. It hasn't yet. Perhaps the Reds can parlay his good start into a trade that frees up time for Dilson Herrera at second base, with Jose Peraza sliding over to short. Apr 14, 5:15 am
    4:40 pm @Mil
  • Arcia doubles hit total with three-hit night
    Orlando Arcia found his stroke Thursday night, going 3-for-4 with a run scored in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Arcia was just 3-for-22 in his first seven games, with just one extra-base hit to date. There will be plenty of ups and downs as the 22-year-old acclimates to the majors, but he should be a mainstay at short for the Brewers for years to come. In the meantime, they'll live with his pedestrian offense and above-average defense. Apr 14, 5:14 am
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