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  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

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

    Advice: He hit a two-run dinger off starter Lisalverto Bonilla in the third inning, then ripped an RBI double in the fifth. As usual for the veteran, Santana sports a low batting average but is solid in all the other measurements. He is slashing .230/.332/.410 with five homers, 25 runs scored and 26 RBI. The first baseman has started five games in the outfield to gain new positional eligibility in some fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Myers goes 2-for-5 with two RBI vs Mets
    Wil Myers went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His seventh-inning single plated Chase d'Arnaud and Matt Szczur to tie the game at 5-5. Myers also doubled in the game. He is batting .275/.319/.529 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 48 games. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Flores goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Padres
    Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stroked a base-loaded double to plate three runs in the third inning, then came around to score on a Curtis Granderson single. He also worked a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old Flores now has a .307 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI in 91 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Anthony Rizzo homers twice in Cubs' win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk as the Cubs edged the Giants 5-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo has four homers in his last four games, taking his OPS from .757 to .846. He's still batting just .238, but that won't last for much longer, either. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Mike Napoli hits 11th homer
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Napoli is on pace for 40 homers, but he's hitting .198 with a 54/13 K/BB ratio to date, giving him an OPS+ right around 80. Although he's not an asset right now, he'll probably remain a lineup fixture when Adrian Beltre returns. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Pujols muscles two-run homer vs Rays
    Albert Pujols whacked a two-run bomb in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit the home run off Erasmo Ramirez with Mike Trout aboard in the first inning. It was his only hit on the night but he did chip in with a walk as well. Pujols owns a .244 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBI. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Kendrick (oblique) will need four games
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) will play in a minimum of four games during his minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Kendrick will be moving around from left field, third base and first base during his assignment, which is set to begin on Wednesday. He could be activated next week if he does not experience any setbacks. The veteran has not played since April 15 due to a strained oblique muscle. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    10:05 am vs Col
  • Chris Davis launches 10th home run in loss
    Chris Davis launched his 10th home run of the season Wednesday in the Orioles' loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Davis took Twins starter Jose Berrios deep in the bottom of the seventh and so did Jonathan Schoop, but they were both solos shots and Baltimore ultimately fell 4-3. Davis has an .825 OPS and he's currently on pace for 36 home runs. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Jay Bruce (back) out again Wednesday
    Jay Bruce (back) is absent from the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce made an early exit Tuesday night after experiencing stiffness in his back. He told reporters Wednesday that it's nothing serious. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Danny Valencia (back) returns to M's lineup
    Danny Valencia (wrist) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Valencia had been sidelined since an awkward slide into third base on Friday night against the White Sox. He is starting at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday versus Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Alonso (wrist) not in A's lineup on Wednesday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) is out of the Athletics' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alonso suffered a bruised right wrist Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. X-rays turned up negative and he will probably be available off the bench for the A's in their series finale versus the Fish. Ryon Healy is starting at first base and Khris Davis is serving as Oakland's designated hitter on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Howie Kendrick (oblique) set for rehab games
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kendrick received clearance to play in minor league games after taking outdoor batting practice on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. He's been out since April 15, so the Phillies will probably have him stay at Triple-A through the weekend to get properly tuned up. Kendrick was batting .333/.395/.487 over his first 43 plate appearances this season with the Phils. The versatile veteran should get something close to everyday playing time when he returns. Yesterday, 9:32 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    10:05 am vs Col
  • Mauer getting day off Wednesday vs. O's
    Joe Mauer is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth in the matinee game against the Orioles. Mauer went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday and is slashing just .266/.338/.367 in 38 total games this season. Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Thames (legs) steals base in return Tuesday
    Eric Thames (legs) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Thames has been bothered lately by soreness in both of his legs, but it's something he plans to continue playing through. The 30-year-old slugger is batting .309/.437/.662 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI, two stolen bases, and 39 runs scored in 40 games this season for Milwaukee. Yesterday, 5:37 am
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Todd Frazier reaches the seats in Arizona
    Todd Frazier finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's game at Arizona.

    Advice: It was just the fifth homer of the season for Frazier, who has been a bit of a disappointment since coming over from the Reds after the 2015 season. While he belted a career-high 40 homers last year on the south side, he posted a career-worst .225. This season he is hitting a paltry .192, although he is showing signs of life with eight hits over his past 30 hits (.267). Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • X-rays on Yonder Alonso's wrist are negative
    X-rays on Yonder Alonso's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Alonso was lifted from Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he's managed to escape with just a bruise. He'll probably still be sore for a bit, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit out a game or two. Alonso just returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing time with a knee injury. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Alonso pulled from game after HBP on wrist
    Yonder Alonso was removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins after getting hit in the right wrist by a pitch.

    Advice: Alonso stayed in to run, but Mark Canha replaced him at first base to open the top of the seventh inning. Alonso homered in the bottom of the second -- his 13th home run of the year -- before leaving after the HBP in the bottom of the sixth. He had just missed a handful of games with a knee sprain. The first baseman is probably headed for X-rays. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo knocks two-run homer
    Anthony Rizzo smashed a two-run homer Tuesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Rizzo had one of three dingers off of Johnny Cueto, with his being the only that wasn't a solo shot. His .224/.363/.424 batting line to this point has certainly been a disappointment, but Rizzo now has nine homers and 26 RBI on the year, with two of those homers coming over his last three contests. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Jay Bruce exits game due to back tightness
    Jay Bruce left Tuesday's game against the Padres due to back tightness.

    Advice: Bruce was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Juan Lagares. It's probably going to be a day-to-day thing. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) back in Oakland lineup
    Yonder Alonso (knee) is back in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Alonso will start at first base and bat fifth against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena after missing close to a week with a bruised left knee. Hopefully the 30-year-old slugger can pick up where he left off. He boasts a .991 OPS (173 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 29 RBI through 38 games this season with the A's. Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Kendrick (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Howie Kendrick (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Kendrick took outdoor batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining an oblique muscle in mid-April. He still has some boxes to check before the Phillies can map out an exact timetable for his return to the active roster. Aaron Altherr has run away with the Phillies' starting left field job over the last month. Tuesday, 2:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
    10:05 am vs Col
  • Valencia (wrist) scratched from M's lineup
    Danny Valencia (wrist) has been scratched from the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Valencia is still working through some wrist discomfort related to an awkward slide into third base on Friday night. Taylor Motter is starting at first base and batting sixth Tuesday night against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Tuesday, 1:52 pm
  • Carlos Santana in right field again Tuesday
    Carlos Santana will make another start in right field Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Santana had quite the scare in right field on Monday, but fortunately he's fine. He'll move back to first base on Wednesday when the series shifts to Cleveland. Tuesday, 11:49 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) back in Monday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels' lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols sat out the entire weekend series against the Mets while dealing with a minor hamstring strain. He's back in the DH spot on Monday while Jefry Marte is starting at first base. Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Carlos Santana starting in RF on Monday
    Carlos Santana will start in right field Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Santana will be pushed to right field with the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules. This will be Santana's fourth start in right field this season. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Bradley Zimmer is on the bench. Monday, 11:26 am
  • Mike Napoli clobbers 10th homer in win Sunday
    Mike Napoli clobbered his 10th home run of the season on Sunday as the Rangers dispatched the Tigers 5-2.

    Advice: Napoli finished the night 2-for-3 and also drew a pair of walks. His mammoth blast into the camera well in center field in the fifth inning traveled an estimated 452 feet. Even with the strong day at the plate though, Napoli is still hitting just .188/.262/.416 with 10 homers and 23 RBI on the season. Sunday, 8:54 pm
  • Eric Thames leaves game with leg cramps
    Eric Thames was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to cramping in his legs.

    Advice: Thames has been battling hamstring and calf injuries, which seems consistent with what was acting up here. It still doesn't sound as though he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's the type of nagging injury that could continue to crop up on occasion. Sunday, 1:29 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Danny Valencia undergoing MRI on wrist
    Danny Valencia will undergo an MRI on his ailing wrist.

    Advice: Dan Vogelbach is on the Mariners' taxi squad and will be recalled if Valencia needs to go on the disabled list. The M's should have an update on Valencia later Sunday. Sunday, 11:24 am
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) held out again Sunday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alonso hasn't played since Wednesday due to a bruised left knee. He's available off the bench, though, and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Oakland has Ryon Healy at first base, Jed Lowrie in the designated hitter spot and Chad Pinder at second Sunday. Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remained out of the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols hasn't played since exiting Wednesday's game with a right hamstring. It's possible he'll be available to pinch-hit. Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Pujols (hamstring) unavailable Saturday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Albert Pujols (hamstring) was unavailable Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols went through batting practice before the game in hopes of pinch-hitting but Scioscia wanted to give him another day. His status is up in the air for Sunday's series finale. With no DH available in the National League, we're guessing Pujols will be a spectator again. Saturday, 8:49 pm
  • Danny Valencia dealing with sore hand
    Danny Valencia (hand) is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Valencia injured his hand sliding into third base on Friday night. With Valencia sidelined, Taylor Motter will shift from second base to first with Mike Freeman drawing the start at second. Dan Vogelbach was scratched from Saturday's game at Triple-A Tacoma, which could indicate that he's on his way to Seattle to replace Valencia. Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) could pinch-hit Saturday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) will take batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Pujols isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets but he could be available to pinch-hit if his BP session goes well. The veteran slugger has been nursing a strained hamstring over the past few days. Pujols is only hitting .247 for the year but leads the Angels with 32 RBI. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) remains out of the Angels starting lineup for Saturday's game against Zack Wheeler and the Mets.

    Advice: Pujols is battling through a minor hamstring strain and is still expected to avoid the disabled list. Jefry Marte is starting in his place at first base and batting sixth for the Halos on Saturday. Saturday, 12:45 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) sits again on Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (knee) remains out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin said Friday that Alonso could be held out until Tuesday and it's looking more and more like that will be the case. Ryon Healy is getting another start in his place at first base while Chad Pinder functions as the designated hitter. Saturday, 10:11 am
  • Mike Napoli slugs ninth homer in win Friday
    Mike Napoli slugged his ninth home run of the season in Friday's victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: That was the lone bright spot on the night for the veteran first baseman who whiffed in each of his other three plate appearances. It has been a tough go for him at the plate this season, slashing .182/.250/.399 to go along with nine long balls and 22 RBI. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Thames reaches three times in win Friday
    Eric Thames didn't show any signs of rust in his return to the lineup on Friday, going 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks in a win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames also scored a pair of runs on the afternoon. He hadn't started since Sunday due to a bout of strep throat but looks fully recovered and good to go now. He's now hitting .313/.438/.679 with 13 homers and 25 RBI on the season. Friday, 5:07 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Athletics could rest Alonso through weekend
    Athletics' manager Bob Melvin hinted Friday that the club could rest Yonder Alonso (knee) through the team's off-day on Monday.

    Advice: Melvin didn't rule out him returning before then either though. Ryon Healy will continue to fill in for him at first base while he's sidelined. Friday, 4:43 pm
  • MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring is negative
    An MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring came back clean.

    Advice: Pujols had to be lifted from Wednesday's game after his hamstring tightened up on him, but he's avoided a strain it appears. He's not playing Friday but is hoping to return to action on Saturday or Sunday. Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) sitting out Friday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols was pulled from Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring. The Angels don't have the designated hitter spot available against the Mets this weekend, so it's possible Pujols might sit out the entire series. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Eric Thames (illness) back in lineup Friday
    Eric Thames (illness) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Thames has been battling strep throat and also some soreness and tightness in his legs. The red-hot Eric Sogard is in left field and batting leadoff for the Brewers for the third straight game. Friday, 8:27 am
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Eric Thames (strep throat) to start on Friday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Eric Thames (illness) will be back in the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames missed most of Milwaukee's series with strep throat but returned as a pinch-hitter on Thursday. Jesus Aguilar had been subbing for him at first base. Thames boasts an impressive .313/.432/.688 slash line over 128 at-bats this season. Thursday, 6:03 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Eric Thames (illness) returns as pinch-hitter
    Eric Thames (illness) flew out to center field in a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday in the Brewers’ win over the Padres.

    Advice: He pinch-hit for pitcher Zach Davies with two on and nobody out in the seventh inning. Thames didn’t start Thursday’s game due to strep throat but he should be back in there Friday at Wrigley Field. Despite missing a handful of games, Thames is still tied for third in the majors with 13 homers. Thursday, 4:26 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Yonder Alonso (knee) sitting against Boston
    Yonder Alonso (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's getting the night off after banging his knee Wednesday against Seattle. Alonso is still awaiting his MRI results but doesn't expect to miss more than a handful of games. Ryon Healy is filling in at first base and batting fifth Thursday against Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez. Thursday, 3:56 pm
  • Thames (strep) remains out Thursday in SD
    Eric Thames (strep throat) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Thames was able to take batting practice on Wednesday and reportedly hit several bombs, but he'll sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale at Petco Park. Jesus Aguilar is starting at first base and batting third versus Padres right-hander Jarred Cosart. Thursday, 9:50 am
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Pujols exits with hamstring tightness
    Albert Pujols was lifted early from Wednesday's game because of hamstring tightness, according to the Angels.

    Advice: Pujols was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks before being lifted for a pinch-runner, though he was thrown out by about 30 feet when he tried to reach second on a shot to the wall in the fifth. The Angels don't play Thursday, so Pujols probably won't miss any additional time. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Yonder Alonso exits with knee injury
    Yonder Alonso left Wednesday's game with a knee issue after getting his left leg stuck in the ground on a swing.

    Advice: It doesn't seem particularly serious, but he'll be reexamined Thursday. If he can't play, then Mark Canha figures to get the start at first. Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • Eric Thames (strep throat) out of lineup
    Eric Thames (strep throat) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Thames came down with a case of strep throat on Tuesday. He has also been dealing with minor soreness and tightness in his legs. Jesus Aguilar will man first base in his place and is hitting third in Wednesday's game. Thames remains day-to-day and should be able to work his way back into the lineup relatively soon. Wednesday, 3:45 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Albert Pujols knocks in three in victory
    Albert Pujols plated three runs, including the game-winner in the 11th, as the Angels edged the White Sox 7-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols' hit should have been a game-ending sac fly in the 11th, but it was ruled a hit after Leury Garcia misplayed it. Pujols previously singled in two runs in the third. Batting behind Mike Trout, he's managed 30 RBI in 39 games this year, even though he's hitting just .238 and slugging .363. Tuesday, 11:29 pm
  • Chris Davis homers in 12th and 13th vs. DET
    Chris Davis homered in the 12th and 13th innings as the Orioles outlasted the Tigers 13-11 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Davis first made his presence felt with an RBI double in the O's seven-run third inning. He then hit a go-ahead solo shot in the 12th and reclaimed the lead for Baltimore with a two-run blast off former Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the 13th. Davis finished the marathon victory 3-for-5 with four RBI, two walks, and three runs scored. He has four home runs and seven RBI over his last three games. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo hits seventh homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo hadn't homered since April 29 or had a multihit game since April 27. His batting average, which peaked at .299 on April 22, was at .213 coming into this one tonight. Still, the numbers should be there in the end. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Mike Napoli goes 3-for-3, homers
    Mike Napoli finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Napoli is hitting .245 with five homers and 11 RBI in 14 games this month. It comes with a 17/2 K/BB ratio, so it's probably best not to get too excited. He can still be of a little use in mixed leagues, though. Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Thames sitting Tuesday due to strep throat
    Eric Thames has strep throat.

    Advice: That's the primary reason for his absence from the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres, not his recent leg soreness. Thames might also be held out Wednesday. Jesus Aguilar is filling in at first base at San Diego's Petco Park. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Thames (legs) remains out Tuesday vs. Pads
    Eric Thames (legs) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Thames has been experiencing some tightness and soreness in his legs, though it's not believed to be anything serious. The big slugger remains day-to-day. Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and bat cleanup Tuesday versus San Diego left-hander Clayton Richard. Tuesday, 3:54 pm
    5:10 pm vs Ari
  • Wilmer Flores slugs pinch-hit homer in loss
    Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the Mets' loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

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