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  • JaCoby Jones (lip) ready for batting practice
    JaCoby Jones (lip) is hoping to take batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 22 after needing nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip -- the result of a beaning by Twins pitcher Justin Haley. The young Tigers outfielder should be ready to embark on a short minor league rehab assignment this weekend and could return to Detroit's active roster when first eligible next Tuesday. Today, 6:42 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Buster Posey collects two more hits
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI in Tuesday's loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Posey has hit safely in each of his seven games since returning from a concussion, although he has managed just one run scored and just one RBI. Nick Hundley made another start behind the dish Tuesday, although Posey did fill in at catcher in the later innings. Whether Posey is at first base or back behind the plate, as long as he is starting he is an obvious worthwhile fantasy option. Today, 12:05 am
  • Drew Stubbs looks rather rusty in loss
    Drew Stubbs was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stubbs is hitless in six at-bats since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. He is filling in for Denard Span (shoulder), but the veteran looks a bit rusty and overmatched at the dish in his first helping against big-league pitching this season. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Two more hits for Justin Turner
    Justin Turner finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

    Advice: The former CS Fullerton standout has hit safely in 11 straight dating back to April 12. Turner is hitting .345 overall on the season. While he has just one RBI over his past nine games and no extra-base hits over the past four outings, fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. Turner has just seven strikeouts in 71 at-bats while hitting for an extremely high average. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • DJ LeMahieu posts three-hit game
    DJ LeMahieu finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: LeMahieu has collected two or more hits in nine of his past 15 games, raising his average to .295. He isn't posting many RBI near the top of the Colorado lineup, but he is piling up the hits and getting on base. The reigning National League batting champ continues to be a viable fantasy option in all formats. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon belts seventh homer
    Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Blackmon is on a serious offensive roll, posting at least two RBI for the fifth consecutive outing. The outfielder has hit safely in 10 straight games, and 15 of the past 16 contests. He is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with five homers and 15 RBI during his impressive 10-game run. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Bryce Harper racks up two more hits
    Bryce Harper finished 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win at Colorado.

    Advice: Harper posted his ninth multi-hit game in April, and sixth outing with two or more hits over the past nine contests, lifting his average back to .400. He has also driven in 21 runs through 20 games. He was not bothered by his first day off of the season on Monday, as he continues to display MVP form early on. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Joe Ross knocked around in Denver
    Joe Ross allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Colorado on Tuesday.

    Advice: Offensive support wasn't the problem for Ross, as the offense provided plenty of runs. He couldn't limit the damage and make it through five innings to qualify for the victory. It certainly happens at Coors Field. He'll look to bounce back in his next scheduled start back at Nationals Park on Sunday against the Mets. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • X-rays negative on Chacin's left foot
    X-rays turned up negative on Jhoulys Chacin's left foot.

    Advice: Chacin underwent tests after fouling a ball off the foot on Monday. He's expected to take his next turn in the Padres' rotation and will try to bounce back from Monday night's seven-run drubbing versus the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Clayton Richard hammered in the desert
    Clayton Richard allowed six earned runs, eight hits and three walks while recording just two punchouts over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday in Arizona.

    Advice: Richard turned in a quality start last time out against the Diamondbacks, but they obviously made the right adjustments at home in the second meeting. He'll look to bounce back in San Francisco on Sunday opposite Ty Blach. He took his first loss of the season against the Giants at Petco Park, allowing five runs - four earned - over six innings on April 9. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Danny Duffy gives up six runs to White Sox
    Danny Duffy was roughed up by the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Duffy's velocity is down a bit and his strikeout rate has followed, though he's actually getting more swings and misses than ever. He was due for the ERA correction after coming into this one at 1.32 in four starts. He's at 2.81 now. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Todd Frazier knocks in three runs
    Todd Frazier doubled twice, knocked in three runs and walked Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Frazier is still batting just .156, but he'll come around. It didn't help that he was battling the flu for over a week. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Ervin Santana pitches Twins past Rangers
    Ervin Santana pitched seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: While he hasn't amassed a 0.77 ERA by accident, Santana has had an awfully favorable schedule so far. Of course, we probably won't look back at a start against the Rangers in Texas as favorable in a couple of months, but it's a lineup of guys hitting under .250 with one OPS better than .750 right now. Santana has somehow allowed just 13 hits in 35 innings. His 26/10 K/BB ratio isn't as impressive, but it's still plenty solid. He'll get the A's next time out. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Andrew Cashner walks six Twins
    Andrew Cashner yielded two runs and walked six in four-plus innings Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Cashner allowed 11 men to reach base while getting 12 outs, yet somehow the only ones to score were the two who hit solo homers. After three starts, Cashner has a 2.93 ERA... with an 8/13 K/BB ratio and a 1.70 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings. He's not trustworthy at all. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Nomar Mazara goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Nomar Mazara went 0-for-4 Tuesday in the loss to the Twins and is in a 2-for-31 slump.

    Advice: Mazara supplied much of the Rangers' offense over the first two weeks of the season, but he's hit quite a skid these last eight games. His playing time isn't in jeopardy, but he should find himself dropped from the third spot in the order. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt lights it at up dish
    Paul Goldschmidt finished 4-for-4 with a double, solo home run, walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against San Diego.

    Advice: Goldschmidt started the season slow by his standards, posting just six RBI over his first 17 games. Over the past week he has made up for lost time, driving in nine runs over his past five games with at least two RBI in four of the outings. He's back hammering divisional foes, raising his season OPS to .981 in the process. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Diamondbacks option Silvino Brach to AAA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Brach allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 1 1/3 innings of relief with the Diamondbacks, though he did look sharp in a scoreless appearance Tuesday. The 24-year-old right-hander will be back up eventually. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Zach Davies goes five scoreless in win
    Zach Davies shut out the Reds for five innings to earn a victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked one. Davies figured to be the Brewers' steadiest starter this year, but he's struggled mightily, coming into tonight's affair with an 8.24 ERA in four starts. Hopefully, he's back on track now and will return to being an asset in NL-only leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Tommy Milone credited with save
    Tommy Milone notched his second career save while allowing one run over three innings Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers wisely let him finish up the 9-1 game tonight, allowing them to save their short relievers for Wednesday. Milone, who made three starts earlier this month, was returned to the pen with Matt Garza coming back from the DL. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Eric Thames slugs 11th homer in rout of Reds
    Eric Thames delivered his 11th homer Tuesday off the Reds' Robert Stephenson.

    Advice: Eight of those homers have come versus Cincinnati pitching. Thames also worked his 14th walk in 20 games tonight before telling reporters after the game that he's got "plenty of urine and blood" to go around for MLB's drug testers. He has been tested three times since spring training, including a blood and urine test Tuesday. The guy is for real. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
    10:40 am vs Cin
  • Chris Heston gives up five runs in relief
    Chris Heston gave up five runs in two innings Tuesday after relieving Felix Hernandez.

    Advice: Heston could have been a candidate to step into the rotation in place of the ailing Hernandez with a better outing tonight, but he gave up two homers and seven hits in all, failing to do much to save the Mariners pen in the process. He'll probably be sent back down. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • De Leon (forearm) now throwing live BP
    Jose De Leon (forearm) has begun throwing live batting practice at extended spring training.

    Advice: If he can avoid setbacks for the next week or two, the Rays should be ready to station him at Triple-A Durham. De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in January for second baseman Logan Forsythe, projects to debut for Tampa Bay sometime in late-May or early-June if his health cooperates. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 111 strikeouts over 86 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before making his first climb to the MLB level. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • James McCann hits fifth homer
    James McCann went 2-for-5 and clubbed his fifth homer Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: McCann has just eight hits in 45 at-bats, but five of them have left the yard. Somewhat encouraging is his 10/9 K/BB ratio to date. Still, we don't expect that he'll end up hitting for much of an average. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin getting X-rays on left foot
    Jhoulys Chacin has been sent for X-rays of his left foot.

    Advice: Chacin fouled a ball off the foot on Monday night against the Diamondbacks and showed up Tuesday with some swelling. The right-hander yielded seven earned runs over six innings in the loss to Arizona. Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Jhouyls Chacin gives up seven runs
    Jhoulys Chacin was tagged for seven runs in six innings by the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Taking one for the team, Chavez was sent back out for the sixth even after giving up a grand slam in the fifth that made the score 6-0 Diamondbacks. By start this year, Chacin has allowed nine, zero, four, zero and now seven runs. He's "due" for one of his good starts Sunday against the Giants, though that's mostly because the Giants aren't hitting. Monday, 11:08 pm
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Thames slugs two more homers versus Reds
    Eric Thames hit two more homers and drew two more walks Monday in the Brewers' 11-7 defeat of the Reds.

    Advice: Thames was mostly held in check over the weekend in St. Louis, but he got back to his Barry Bonds-like ways on Monday night. The big slugger hit a solo homer off Reds left-hander Amir Garrett in the first inning and then tagged Garrett again for a two-run shot in the second. He finished out his final three plate appearances with two walks. Thames has batted .373/.481/.910 with 10 home runs and 13 walks in 19 games this season. He's already matched the Brewers' franchise record for most home runs in April, with five games to go. Monday, 8:43 pm
    10:40 am vs Cin
  • Giants call up veteran OF Drew Stubbs
    Giants purchased the contract of OF Drew Stubbs from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He'll provide outfield depth with Denard Span (shoulder) banged up. Stubbs is a career .272/.348/.444 hitter versus left-handed pitching. Monday, 3:47 pm
  • Silvino Bracho recalled from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Bracho hadn't allowed an earned run and boasted a 12/1 K/BB ratio in his first 6 2/3 relief innings for Reno. He'll work in the middle of games. Monday, 2:34 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Paul Goldschmidt not starting Monday's game
    Paul Goldschmidt is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's Goldschmidt's first day off of the season. The D'Backs are going with Chris Herrmann in his place at first base. Daily Slant: Despite Goldy being out, the D'Backs are still a very appealing team target against Jhoulys Chacin. In 2016, Chacin was able to record over a K per inning pitched against RHBs, striking out 76 in 71.2 IP while allowing just five home runs. On the flip side, Chacin does not fare well against lefties - he allowed a 35.0% hard contact rate last year while struggling to miss bats, posting a weak 13.6 K%. In a limited 2017 sample, Chacin has allowed a .373 wOBA to LHs with a 35.1% hard contact rate. Jake Lamb and David Peralta are elite targets across the board. Monday, 2:22 pm
  • Bryce Harper getting a day off on Monday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's Harper's first day off of the season, as he had started each of the team's first 18 games. The timing is unfortunate for his fantasy owners given that the day off comes at Coors Field. Adam Eaton will slide over to right field and Michael Taylor will get a start in center. The Nationals also have Jose Lobaton at catcher over Matt Wieters. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Goldschmidt rocks two-run home run in defeat
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Goldschmidt whacked a two-run home run off Brandon McCarthy in the first inning to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead, but they would not score again in the contest. The dinger was his third of the young season. In addition, Goldy is slashing .257/.409/.457 in 70 at-bats. That average should start to normalize as the season progresses -- he has never finished with an average lower than .286 in a season in which he has received at least 500 at-bats. Sunday, 4:35 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. Sunday, 10:22 am
  • JaCoby Jones (lip) to have another CT scan
    JaCoby Jones (lip) will undergo another CT scan when the Tigers return home Monday.

    Advice: Everything came back clean on an initial CT scan when Jones was hit in the mouth with a pitch Saturday, but the Tigers obviously want to be safe here. Jones required nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip. Sunday, 8:29 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Saturday, 10:34 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
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Lip laceration sends JaCoby Jones to DL
    Tigers placed OF JaCoby Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a lip laceration.

    Advice: Jones needed nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip and went to the hospital for a CT scan after getting hit in the mouth Saturday against the Twins. Luckily all of his teeth are in tact. Andrew Romine replaced Jones in center field on Saturday and could see extended time there during his absence. Saturday, 5:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • JaCoby Jones leaves after getting hit in face
    JaCoby Jones was removed from Saturday's game against the Twins after being hit by a pitch in the face during the third inning.

    Advice: Jones tried to turn out of the way, but the pitch caught him flush in the face. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but there was noticeable blood in the area of his nose and mouth. Expect an update on his status from the Tigers shortly. Saturday, 12:32 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • 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
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • 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
  • Frazier (flu) hitless in return Friday
    Todd Frazier (flu) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to action Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier had missed eight out of the last 10 games due to flu-like symptoms. It has been a rough start to the year for the veteran third baseman. He’s hitting .100 (3-for-30) through nine games and will probably need some extra time to shake the rust and get his strength back. Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Harper hits seventh homer as Nats top Mets
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs scored, and a walk as the Nationals topped the Mets 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Harper got the Nationals on the board with a two-run blast off Matt Harvey in the first inning. He later scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning after reaching on a double against Josh Smoker and Trea Turner drew a bases-loaded walk against Jeurys Familia. Harper has been on an absolute tear to begin the year, hitting .407/.521/.864 with seven homers and 20 RBI through 16 games. He’s back in MVP form. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • James McCann swats fourth homer on Friday
    James McCann swatted his fourth home run of the year as the Tigers fell to the Twins in Minnesota on Friday.

    Advice: McCann, who mashes the ball against left-handed pitching, took Hector Santiago deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning that increased the Tigers' advantage to 3-0 at the time. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .162/.295/.486 with four homers and six RBI on the season. He has just six total hits on the year, with four of them leaving the yard. Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Justin Turner (hand) back in Dodgers' lineup
    Justin Turner (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Turner didn't play Wednesday after being hit on the hand by a pitch Tuesday. He's at third base and batting third against Taijuan Walker and the Diamondbacks. Friday, 3:04 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
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Duffy twirls 7 1/3 scoreless against Rangers
    Danny Duffy tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings Thursday against the Rangers, taking a no-decision in the extra-innings loss.

    Advice: Duffy did everything he could, holding the Rangers to just four hits and three walks while striking out five, but neither team's offense could get much going on this night. Even so, it was another impressive outing from the 28-year-old, who now owns a 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 22/10 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings of work this year. Duffy should turn in another strong game Tuesday when the Royals visit the White Sox. Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Cashner fires six shutout innings vs. Royals
    Andrew Cashner threw six scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Cashner allowed just three hits, and his four walks didn't come back to hurt him. It was a strong turn after he allowed three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in his 2017 debut. He's long been an intriguing talent with underwhelming results, and pitching in Arlington isn't expected to be a huge positive for his numbers. A date with the Twins on Tuesday could be another attractive matchup, though. Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • After two-game break, Thames homers again
    Eric Thames went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: After taking a two-game hiatus from hitting dingers, Thames found his power stroke again for his league-leading eighth homer. The 30-year-old also leads the league with 20 runs and a bonkers .415/.500/.981 line. With each passing day, the doubt about whether Thames' start is for real dissipates. Thursday, 9:21 pm
    10:40 am vs Cin
  • Davies allows four runs in win over Cardinals
    Zach Davies allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: It wasn't Davies' sharpest outing, but Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez struggled as well, opening the door for Davies to get his first win of the year. The right-hander also walked two while striking out five. The 2017 season hasn't been kind to Davies, who is just 1-2 with an 8.24 ERA, 1.98 WHIP and .345 batting average against through four starts, but the upstart Brewers aren't expected to make much noise this year and should be willing to give the 24-year-old all the time he needs to get it straightened out. He'll try to do just that Tuesday against the equally surprising Reds. Thursday, 9:07 pm
  • Clayton Richard handcuffs Diamondbacks
    Clayton Richard tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Richard danced through fire in this one, allowing nine hits yet just the one run while pitching into the seventh inning. He fanned eight without walking a batter. The lone run to score on his watch came when Nick Ahmed struck for an RBI single in the second inning. Otherwise, goose eggs for Richard, who will carry a 3.04 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a road rematch with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound. Thursday, 8:37 pm
  • Ervin Santana solid for six innings
    Ervin Santana didn't factor into the decision Thursday after holding the Indians to one run and four hits in six innings.

    Advice: Santana wasn't very efficient in this one, throwing 114 pitches in his six innings. Still, he was quite successful once again, this time while facing a significantly tougher opponent than he did his first three times out (he previously drew the Royals and the White Sox twice). He's allowed just two runs over 28 innings in his four starts. Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • JaCoby Jones goes 0-for-3 in loss
    JaCoby Jones went 0-for-3 and struck out twice Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Jones is hitting just .167 now, and he's struck out in 16 of his 40 plate appearances. With the outfield struggled, the Tigers could consider making a move. Unfortunately, Alex Presley and Steven Moya are both off to dreadful starts at Triple-A Toledo, leaving them with few alternatives. Thursday, 1:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Jhoulys Chacin goes eight scoreless in win
    Jhoulys Chacin shut out the Diamondbacks for eight innings to earn a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Chacin allowed just three hits in improving to 2-2. He's gone without allowing a run twice in four starts, yet he's given up 13 runs his other two times out. That's why he's only an option in NL-only leagues. He's set to face Arizona again next time out. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Harper hits solo home run and a grand slam
    Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in a 14-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He smoked a long solo home run in the first inning and topped that with an even longer shot for the grand slam in the second inning. He later added a double, a single and a walk for good measure. All told he drove in five runs and scored three. He is off to an epic start to the season, batting .404/.516/.846 with six home runs, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Ross yields three runs in seven innings Wed.
    Joe Ross was quality in a win over the Braves on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

    Advice: He walked just one, punched out seven batters and rode his team's offensive outburst to an easy victory. He gave up two runs in the first inning and one in the third before settling down to throw four more scoreless innings. This was Ross' first major league action of the season. He began the year at Triple-A, where he made two starts with a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Justin Turner (hand) not in lineup vs. COL
    Justin Turner (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kike Hernandez is manning third in Turner's place and hitting leadoff. Turner was hit by a Kyle Freeland pitch on Tuesday. While he is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest, he will be available to pinch hit. Expect him to return to the lineup in the next few days barring an unexpected setback. Wednesday, 4:35 pm
  • Nationals recall Joe Ross for start
    Nationals recalled RHP Joe Ross from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Ross, 23, will be starting against the Braves on Wednesday evening. With a 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio across 181 2/3 innings for his major league career, he holds fantasy relevance in standard mixed-league formats. In a more focused sample size, Ross pitched to a 3.43 ERA while posting a 93/29 K/BB ratio across 105 innings (19 starts) during the 2016 season. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Milone goes five strong in no-decision Wed.
    Tommy Milone limited the Cubs to one run on three hits over five innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Milone gave up a solo home run to Albert Almora in the bottom of the second inning but was otherwise excellent, striking out five batters and walking none following a 55-minute rain delay. He was robbed of a victory when Brewers closer Neftali Feliz blew his first save in the bottom of the ninth. Milone is now 2-0 on the season, though he's sporting a 5.63 ERA in 16 innings. He'll get the Reds at home next. Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Todd Frazier (flu) sitting again Wednesday
    Todd Frazier (flu) is out of the White Sox starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frazier has battled a nasty flu bug since last Tuesday. Yolmer Sanchez will start at third base and bat seventh on Wednesday night against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Justin Turner hit on hand
    Justin Turner had X-rays on his hand after Tuesday's game that came back negative.

    Advice: Turner was hit on the finger by a Kyle Freeland pitch, but he remained in and finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI. Consider him probable for Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Buster Posey goes 3-for-5 in first game back
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 as a designated hitter Tuesday in his first game back from a concussion.

    Advice: It's unclear whether Posey will catch Wednesday, but since the Royals are playing in K.C. and have the DH available, he should be in the lineup either way. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Bryce Harper reaches three times Tuesday
    Bryce Harper doubled twice and drew a walk on Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper tried a delayed steal in the fourth inning that didn't work, which helped to thwart what could have been a rally for the Nats. However, reaching base three times and scoring a run isn't bad. He's hitting .354/.475/.688. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Trea Turner (hamstring) won't return on Wed.
    Trea Turner (hamstring) will head out on a short minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Nationals.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, but the Nationals want to give the 23-year-old shortstop a few tune-up games in the minors before bringing him back. Turner has been out since April 8 with a right hamstring strain. Wilmer Difo is filling in at shortstop for Washington. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Joe Ross to join Nats rotation Wednewsday
    Joe Ross has officially been named the Nationals' starter for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: It was assumed that would be the decision after Ross tossed seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts last Thursday for Triple-A Syracuse. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 162/50 K/BB ratio over 181 2/3 career innings at the major league level and makes for a fine back-end starter in standard mixed fantasy leagues. Daily Slant: Ross should be one of the more intriguing value plays at the SP spot on Wednesday. He was dominant against RH bats in 2016, posting a .265 wOBA allowed with a healthy 23.6% K-rate, but he did have some issues with LH bats (31.6 LD%, 4.67 xFIP). The Braves are actually 7th in wOBA against RHP this season, but especially with Matt Kemp out, they just don't possess much pop outside of Freddie Freeman. Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Posey (concussion) at DH and batting fourth
    Giants activated C Buster Posey from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Posey is starting at DH and batting fourth Tuesday night against the Royals after missing a week of action with a mild concussion. Nick Hundley could continue to see regular starts behind the plate while the Giants easy Posey back in. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Todd Frazier (flu) out again Tuesday night
    Todd Frazier (flu) remains sidelined for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: It will be his third straight game out of the lineup, as he just can't seem to shake the flu. Yolmer Sanchez will start at third base Tuesday while Matt Davidson plays first base. Jose Abreu will serve as the DH. Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • Turner (hamstring) tests hamstring
    Trea Turner (hamstring) tested his hamstring by running the bases on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, but it's possible the Nationals could wait an extra day or two to be on the safe side. Either way, he's not far off. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Nomar Mazara knocks in three
    Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a walk and a stolen base Monday against the A's.

    Advice: The steal was his first in 158 games as a major leaguer. He's probably not going to contribute many more of those, but he's off to a scorching start, with a .352 average, four homers and 16 RBI in 13 games. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Eric Thames goes deep in fifth straight game
    Eric Thames homered in a fifth straight game Monday as the Brewers took down the Cubs 6-3.

    Advice: Thames doubled and scored in the first, hit a solo homer to lead off the third, and then singled and scored his third run of the game in the eighth. The 30-year-old first baseman looks like one of the best signings of the offseason so far, with a .405 batting average, 1.479 OPS, seven home runs, 12 RBI, and 15 runs scored through 12 regular-season games. Thames batted .349/.451/.721 over his three seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. Monday, 8:27 pm
    10:40 am vs Cin
  • Brandon Drury not in Monday's lineup
    Brandon Drury is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Daniel Descalso will handle second base. Monday, 3:58 pm
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Todd Frazier (illness) out again Monday
    Todd Frazier (illness) is out of the starting lineup again Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Frazier will miss a second straight game after feeling a recurrence of flu-like symptoms during Saturday's game. Matt Davidson will get another start at third base. Monday, 11:45 am
  • Joe Ross could start Wednesday vs. Braves
    Joe Ross could start Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Nationals are hinting at the possibility, as Max Scherzer is lined up to start the series opener and Stephen Strasburg will start Thursday, but Wednesday is listed as TBA. Ross was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse to begin the year because the Nationals needed their fifth starter just once in the first couple of weeks. Ross was hit hard in his first start with Syracuse, but he tossed six innings of one-run ball on Thursday. The 23-year-old posted a 3.43 ERA and 93/29 K/BB ratio in 105 innings over 19 starts last season. It's time to pick him up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped. Apr 17, 7:12 am
  • Goldschmidt picks up RBI single in victory
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: With the Diamondbacks holding a tight 2-1 advantage, Goldschmidt came through with an insurance run via an RBI single in the seventh inning. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .277/.393/.468 with two homers, six RBI and three steals in 47 at-bats through the first two weeks of the season. Apr 16, 5:41 pm
  • Justin Turner singles twice in loss to ARI
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner was dealing with a minor quad injury early in the week, but he has played in each of the last four games and looks to be past that health concern. With his two hits on Sunday, the veteran third baseman is now hitting a sharp .372/.449/.535 with five RBI and five runs scored over the course of his first 43 at-bats. That triple-slash is a strong one, though Turner is still searching for his first home run of the young campaign. He swatted 27 of them a year ago. Apr 16, 5:33 pm
  • Nomar Mazara's solo home run falls in vain
    Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Mazara's solo home run off Edwin Diaz in the top of the ninth snapped a 6-6 tie and looked like it would send the Rangers on their way to a victory, but they were unable to maintain that advantage in a nightmare bottom of the ninth which saw the Mariners score twice to come away with a walk-off win. For his part, the 21-year-old Mazara is off to a rollicking start to the season, slashing .340/.377/.620 with four homers and 13 RBI over the course of an even 50 at-bats. Apr 16, 5:06 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
  • Harper homers twice, including walkoff bomb
    Bryce Harper hit two home runs, including a three-run walkoff blast in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Nationals topped the Phillies 6-4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Harper hit a two-run shot off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff in the bottom of the third inning and a glorious three-run bomb to dead center off Phillies closer Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the ninth. The 24-year-old superstar is batting .333/.455/.644 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 12 regular-season games. He's chasing his second National League MVP Award. Apr 16, 2:28 pm
  • Eric Thames homers in fourth straight game
    Eric Thames homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Thames has bashed five home runs in the four-game span. His solo shot off of right-hander Tim Adleman in the seventh inning increased the Brewers advantage to 4-2 in this one. He finished the day 1-for-4 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. If there were any questions about the ability of his numbers in Korea to translate stateside, the early results are a resounding yes. He's now slashing .368/.455/.921 with six homers and 11 RBI on the season. Apr 16, 1:30 pm
    10:40 am vs Cin
  • Todd Frazier (flu) out of lineup again Sunday
    Todd Frazier (illness) is out of the White Sox starting lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Frazier is still trying to get right after battling a nasty flu bug. Matt Davidson will start at third base for the White Sox on Sunday afternoon against the Twins. Apr 16, 10:17 am
  • Trea Turner tests out hamstring on Sunday
    Trea Turner tested out his ailing right hamstring with some sprints in the outfield on Sunday.

    Advice: It comes after the shortstop took batting practice on the field earlier in the weekend. Turner is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, and there's a chance he'll be ready to go then or shortly after. Apr 16, 8:07 am
    New Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,SS,OF
    5:40 pm @Col
  • James McCann sitting out on Sunday
    James McCann is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alex Avila is getting a second start in the series versus the Indians after homering on Friday. The Tigers are also going with Andrew Romine over JaCoby Jones in center field for a second straight contest. Apr 16, 6:49 am
  • Andrew Cashner gets no help from offense
    Andrew Cashner allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits with three walks over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday in Seattle.

    Advice: Cashner wasn't terribly efficient in his first appearance of the season, but he limited the damage and gave his team a chance. However, his defense let him down a bit with an Elvis Andrus throwing error in the bottom of the sixth, and the offense did nothing to support him with a good egg against James Paxton. Apr 15, 10:29 pm
  • Richard allows four runs in loss to Braves
    Clayton Richard allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Richard gave up a pair of homers for his second straight start, and the nine hits almost matched his total from his first two starts. After firing eight shutout innings in his debut, Richard is now 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.30 WHIP overall. In case it needs to be said, Richard is not a fantasy asset. A matchup with the Diamondbacks looms on Thursday. Apr 15, 9:23 pm
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