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  • Matt Shoemaker notches first win
    Matt Shoemaker held the A's to two runs over five innings to pick up his first win Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the fourth time in five starts that Shoemaker has allowed exactly two runs, but this is the first time he's been sufficiently supported by the offense and bullpen. He still hasn't had any truly great outings and his one particularly ugly one is still taking a toll on his ERA, leaving him at 4.73. However, he should have mixed-league value going forward. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Bud Norris records third save
    Bud Norris pitched a perfect ninth against the A's for his third save Wednesday.

    Advice: Norris got two strikeouts, both looking, in protecting the three-run lead tonight. He's 3-for-3 in saves since Cam Bedrosian went down. Yesterday, 11:32 pm
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • Cameron Maybin knocks in three
    Cameron Maybin went 3-for-4 with three RBI against the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: A rare sign of life from an Angels left fielder. Maybin had just two RBI in 57 at-bats this season before knocking in three tonight. He's batting .230/.319/.311. Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Alex Wood goes six scoreless
    Alex Wood allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Wood opened the season in the pen, so he was pulled after 77 pitches tonight. It was the right decision from Dave Roberts, but it probably cost the Dodgers the game, as the bullpen gave up runs in n the seventh, eighth and 10th innings. Wood is making a case to stay in the rotation after Rich Hill comes off the disabled list. He'll get one more start next week, presumably again against the Giants, before any decisions are made. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Mike Morse homers in first at-bat
    In his first at-bat of the 2017 season, Michael Morse homered as a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The homer came off Pedro Baez. Morse didn't figure to join the Giants so quickly after injuring his hamstring this spring, but the Giants didn't expect to have so many openings before the end of April. He'll likely be used primarily as a pinch-hitter. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Fernando Rodney gives up five runs
    Fernando Rodney took his first blown save after giving up five runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Erick Aybar's bunt single started a one-out rally, and five more hits came afterwards, including a three-run homer from Ryan Schimpf. The blown save was Rodney's first in seven chances, though it did take his ERA all of the way up to 11.00. Still, the Diamondbacks had to know what they were signing up for here. It should take more than one blown save to cost him his job. If Rodney does continue to struggle, then J.J. Hoover is probably next in line for saves. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Tyler Chatwood gives up five runs in loss
    Tyler Chatwood was tagged for five runs in five innings by the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coming into this season, Chatwood had allowed a homer every 10.6 innings in his career, a strong rate for a guy who has spent a lot of time in Coors. This year, though, he's giving up homers at twice that pace, surrendering seven in 31 1/3 innings. His groundball rate remains strong and his velocity is as good as ever, so hopefully that home run rate is a fluke. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman hits eighth homer
    Ryan Zimmerman stayed hot at Coors Field on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with his eighth homer.

    Advice: In part because of injuries, Zimmerman hasn't hit more than 16 homers in a season since 2013. Right now, it looks like a pretty good bet that he'll get there before the All-Star break. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • DeShields steals two bases versus Twins Wed.
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-3 with three walks, three runs, one RBI and two stolen bases against the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a dismal month of April for DeShields but he made his fantasy owners happy today -- if they were brave enough (or desperate enough) to put him in their lineups. He is now batting just .238/.360/.238 with no homers, two RBI and four steals on the year. The three runs he scored today were his first of the season in 11 games played. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Sano goes 3-for-4 in loss to Rangers
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano now owns a nice .286 batting average after hitting .236 last year. He has also doubled his walk rate, leading to a stellar .432 on-base percentage. He has five home runs, 14 runs scored and 16 RBI through 88 plate appearances. Still 23 years old (his birthday is in two weeks), the former elite prospect has made some adjustments and seems to be maturing as an all-around hitter. Yesterday, 9:58 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. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Rizzo homers, drives in four in loss Wed.
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He drove in the first run the hard way -- by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He singled to center in the fourth inning to plate Kris Bryant, then drove in Bryant again by homering to right in the eighth. Rizzo is slashing .277/.400/.518 with five homers and 15 RBI. Yesterday, 9:20 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. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Smith goes 2-for-5 with a walk to lead O's
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run and an RBI in an 11-inning, 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the key to two of the most important plays of the game. He came to the plate in the second inning with a runner on first. Smith singled to center field and ended up running all the way around the bases when the Rays made two errant throws on the play. In the 11th and decisive inning, Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in walk-off fashion. The veteran outfielder is batting .263/.378/.526 with two homers and four RBI while platooning in right field and hitting lead-off versus right-handed starting pitchers. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Michael Morse called up from Triple-A
    Giants purchased the contract of 1B/OF Michael Morse from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The Giants made a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday, promoting Morse and Kelby Tomlinson while sending Brandon Crawford to the bereavement list and placing Denard Span (shoulder) on the disabled list. The 35-year-old carries a .250 average across 20 minor league at-bats this year. Yesterday, 3:26 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. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Miguel Sano hits fifth homer
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Remember three weeks ago when Paul Molitor thought Byron Buxton would be a better hitter than Sano this year? Sano is at .258/.417/.591 with five homers and 16 RBI right now. No one else on the Twins has more than two homers or 11 RBI. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Bud Norris notches second save
    Bud Norris recorded his second save Monday in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Jays.

    Advice: Norris gave up a single and a walk to start the inning, but he was able to strike out Chris Coghlan and induce a double-play ball from Devon Travis to end the game. Expect him to keep getting save chances until Cam Bedrosian returns. Monday, 10:45 pm
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • Cameron Maybin reaches twice
    Cameron Maybin singled, walked and stole a base against the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: Maybin isn't exactly running away with the left field job, but since Ben Revere has hit even worse, Maybin should continue getting the majority of the playing time. He's sporting a .591 OPS in 54 at-bats, while Revere is at .413 in 31 at-bats. Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Miguel Sano to appeal one-game suspension
    Major League Baseball has suspended Miguel Sano one game for his involvement in an altercation during Saturday's game versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a Matt Boyd pitch that went behind him and then gave a hard shove to James McCann after the catcher intervened. The Twins' third baseman is in Monday's lineup and will continue to play until his appeal is heard. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) has returned to the Orioles' lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since last Tuesday due to a right hamstring strain. He'll bat leadoff in his return Monday against Rays ace Chris Archer. Monday, 11:54 am
  • Zimmerman crushes sixth homer in Nats win
    Ryan Zimmerman crushed his sixth home run of the season as the Nationals bested the Mets on Sunday night in New York.

    Advice: Zimmerman's two-run blast came courtesy of Josh Smoker and increased the Nationals' advantage to 6-3 in the eighth inning. He has been on fire at the plate to start the 2017 campaign, slashing .387/.441/.774 with six long balls and 16 RBI. He should be owned and started in even the shallowest of mixed leagues at this point. Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Rizzo slugs two-run shot in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Rizzo took Bronson Arroyo deep in the top of the fourth inning but the Cubs weren't able to overcome a rough start by John Lackey. Rizzo has homered in three straight games, tallying a total of eight RBI during that short stretch. Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • 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
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) available to pinch-hit
    Seth Smith (hamstring) could be available to pinch-hit on Saturday.

    Advice: Smith hasn't played since straining his hamstring on Tuesday. He was able to run a bit on Friday and should be back in the lineup within a day or two. Mark Trumbo will draw another start in right field Saturday against Boston. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Sano ejected as benches clear in Minnesota
    Miguel Sano was ejected from Saturday's game against the Tigers following an altercation with James McCann.

    Advice: Sano took exception to a pitch thrown behind him in the fifth inning and shoved McCann when he blocked his path to pitcher Matt Boyd. The benches cleared and Sano and Boyd were both ejected. Sano went 1-for-2 on the afternoon. Joe Mauer replaced him at first base after the ejection. Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Rizzo blasts another three-run homer in win
    Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer on Saturday as the Cubs clobbered the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Rizzo belted a three-run homer in his final at-bat on Friday which tied the game in the ninth inning and he replicated the feat off of Reds starter Cody Reed in the first inning on Saturday. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk with three runs scored and three RBI. Rizzo is now hitting .299/.420/.507 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • 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
  • Alex Wood gives up four run in loss
    Filling in for Rich Hill, Alex Wood surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It would have been two runs in five innings had the Dodgers converted a double play in the fifth inning. Wood struck out six on the night. His only walk was an intentional pass to Paul Goldschmidt, which preceded the Jake Lamb two-run single that knocked him from the game. Friday, 10:38 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rizzo launches game-tying homer vs. Reds
    Anthony Rizzo launched a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cubs were down to their final out before Rizzo took Michael Lorenzen deep to tie things up. They eventually won the game in the 11th. Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a walk on the night. He has hit safely in 10 straight games and owns a .286/.408/.444 batting line with two homers and six RBI through 16 games on the young season. Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Seth Smith tests out hamstring
    Seth Smith tested out his right hamstring with some running Friday.

    Advice: Smith is feeling a little better, but he could still wind up on the disabled list depending on how Friday's running goes. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Trey Mancini is in the designated hitter spot Friday. Friday, 1:34 pm
  • DeShields delivers as Rangers walk off in 13
    Delino DeShields came through with a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning to help the Rangers top the Royals 1-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: After Joey Gallo's out-out double set the stage, DeShields lined a Travis Wood offering over the third baseman's head and down the left field line for the game-winning hit. It was his only hit in four at-bats and just his second hit all season. There was talk of the 24-year-old possibly having a large role with the Rangers coming out of camp, but he's been buried by manager Jeff Banister and hasn't helped his case with his poor hitting when given an opportunity. Sometimes something like a walk-off hit can be a catalyst for a slumping hitter. Perhaps Thursday's walk-off single will do just that for DeShields. Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • Zimmerman stays red hot, homers again
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: A day after hitting a grand slam, Zimmerman continued his torment of the Braves with a two-run shot in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference in the game. It's been a heck of a start to the year for the 32-year-old, who's now hitting .389/.431/.778 with five homers, 13 RBI, 10 runs and a stolen base. He sure seems to have found the fountain of youth this winter. Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • DL a possibility for Seth Smith (hamstring)
    Seth Smith's hamstring has not improved since Tuesday.

    Advice: If he feels the same on Friday, the Orioles could place him on the disabled list. Baltimore's outfield is shorthanded right now with Smith hurting and Joey Rickard still working his way back from a sprained middle finger. Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo could see more time in the outfield if Smith lands on the DL. Thursday, 4:10 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up two runs in loss
    Matt Shoemaker pitched well in defeat Thursday, giving up two runs and three hits over seven innings against the Astros.

    Advice: Two of the three hits were solo homers. It's the first time in his four starts that Shoemaker has been involved in a decision. Since he's given up six homers, his ERA stands at 4.98 right now. However, his 1.20 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings are pretty nice. He's well worth holding on to in mixed leagues. Thursday, 3:06 pm
  • Seth Smith (hamstring) sits again Thursday
    Seth Smith (hamstring) remains out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Hyun Soo Kim will take a turn at leadoff and play left field, with Mark Trumbo in right and the hot-hitting Trey Mancini on the bench. Smith suffered a right hamstring strain Tuesday against the Reds and could eventually wind up on the 10-day disabled list. He's day-to-day for now. Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Zimmerman cranks grand slam vs Braves
    Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 and walloped a grand slam to help lead his team to a victory over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: His eighth-inning blast off Ian Krol was the second grand slam of the day for the Nationals. Zimmerman is enjoying a career resurgence in the early going this year, now batting .380/.426/.720 with four home runs and 11 RBI. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Cameron Maybin goes 0-for-4
    Back in the lineup after sitting out a pair of games, Cameron Maybin went 0-for-4 against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been tweaking and tweaking, but he made the decision tonight to go back to his Opening Day lineup, and the offense came through with a decent night in a 5-2 win. Maybin is hitting just .189/.268/.297 in 37 at-bats so far, but Scioscia's preferred alternative, Ben Revere, has been even worse, hitting .185/.214/.259 in in 27 at-bats. The two could continue alternating starts until someone heats up. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Miguel Sano rips fourth homer on Tuesday
    Miguel Sano clubbed a solo homer on Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: It was an ugly night for Sano otherwise, as he struck out three times in four hitless plate appearances. However, his fantasy owners will obviously take any night that includes a homer. The slugger is sporting a .245 average but a .245/.393/.612 line overall with four dingers and 13 RBI. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Seth Smith leaves game with hamstring strain
    Seth Smith left Tuesday's game against the Reds with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: That could mean a trip to the new 10-day disabled list. Smith was 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Trey Mancini. The 34-year-old outfielder also dealt with hamstring problems this spring but was off to a good start offensively for the O's. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Fernando Rodney records fifth save
    Fernando Rodney recorded his fifth save in five tries Monday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: A lineup from Andrew Toles started the inning, but Rodney didn't live dangerously from there; he struck out both Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson to end the game. Rodney has an 8.53 ERA this season, but he's safe until he starts blowing saves. Monday, 10:59 pm
  • Rizzo singles, draws walk, steals base
    Anthony Rizzo singled, drew a walk, and stole his second base of the season Monday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: But the top of the Cubs' lineup was mostly held quiet by the Milwaukee pitching staff. Rizzo, who finished the night 1-for-3, is batting .280 with an .800 OPS through 13 regular-season games. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • 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
  • Wood likely to replace Hill in rotation
    Alex Wood is likely to fill in for Rich Hill (blister) in the Dodgers' starting rotation.

    Advice: Hill is expected to return to the disabled list after the blister on his pitching hand resurfaced on Sunday. Ross Stripling bailed out the bullpen with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and the Dodgers would prefer to keep him in a long relief role. Julio Urias isn't ready yet, so Wood is the obvious alternative here. Hill might need to miss more than the minimum 10 days, so Wood could have some appeal in mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 8:13 am
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