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  • Julio Teheran gives up three runs in win
    Julio Teheran survived three solo homers in allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Andrelton Simmons, Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena took him deep, but Teheran had six runs to work with tonight. He earned his fourth win to even up his record. His ERA sits at 4.82. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Albert Pujols hits seventh homer
    Albert Pujols hit a solo homer Monday in a losing cause against the Braves.

    Advice: Pujols isn't a great hitter any longer, but he's had great RBI numbers hitting behind Mike Trout. That ends now, for the next six weeks at least. He might not be of any use in mixed leagues while Trout is out. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Steven Souza scores four times in win
    Steven Souza went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored in the Rays' 10-8 win over the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: If it was the hand and wrist injuries that cause Souza's slump during the first three weeks of May, he seems to be over them now; he's 11-for-23 with three homers and four walks in his last six games. He's back looking like a mixed-league asset again now. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez struggles against Rangers
    Starting against the Rangers after pitching in relief Sunday, Erasmo Ramirez gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Ramirez shouldn't have been asked to make this start after saving Sunday's game against the Tigers. He ended up allowing three runs in the first, and his ERA increased from 2.92 to 3.66. Ramirez should remain in the rotation for now and pitch this weekend. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Jose De Leon gets win in shaky relief outing
    Jose De Leon was credited with a win in his Rays debut after allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: De Leon gave the Rays the innings they wanted after they called him this afternoon. They weren't all that impressive, though, as he allowed four hits, including a Shin-Soo Choo homer, and three walks. He'll probably head back to Triple-A now. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Martin Perez gives up five runs
    Martin Perez gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Rays.

    Advice: Perez doesn't win any games by himself, but he usually doesn't lose them either; this is the first time all season he's given up as many as five runs. His ERA increased from 3.77 to 4.19. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Evan Longoria homers, knocks in four
    Evan Longoria homered and knocked in four Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Longoria could use some more singles, but at least he does have eight homers to go along with 13 doubles. He's not a top-10 fantasy third baseman at the moment. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo homers, knocks in three
    Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and a walk against the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Choo's homer was his seventh. It's be nice if he were more effective on the basepaths, but with his OBP up in the .370 range, he should be the Rangers' regular leadoff hitter at this point. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Joey Gallo hits 16th homer in loss
    Joey Gallo homered, doubled and walked Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Gallo remained one homer behind the major league leader after Aaron Judge also went deep today. The Rangers used him at first base tonight. He'll also do some DHing while the Rangers get him ready to play left field now that Adrian Beltre is back at third base. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera reaches four times in win
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two walks as the Tigers topped the Royals 10-7 on Monday.

    Advice: It's Cabrera's first three-RBI game since April 14. He's hitting .342 with eight RBI and 10 walks in 11 games since bottoming out at .238/.319/.396 on May 14. He's at .266/.374/.417 now. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez blows second save
    Francisco Rodriguez gave up two runs in the seventh inning Monday to take a blown save against the Royals.

    Advice: Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying homer off him. Rodriguez did end up with the win after the Tigers came through in the top of the eighth tonight. Still, he didn't help his cause. Justin Wilson ended up notching his fourth save with a hitless ninth. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Jason Hammel gets pulled in fifth
    Jason Hammel lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The Royals need Hammel to come alive with Danny Duffy down, but it showed no signs of happening tonight. He walked four, and his ERA increased to 6.18. Still, the Royals probably can't take him out of the rotation now. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Joakim Soria takes second loss
    Joakim Soria took his fourth blown save and second loss after giving up four runs Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Soria entered with a 7-6 lead in the eighth and didn't retire any of the five batters he faced. It caused his ERA to double from 1.59 to 3.18. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • J.D. Martinez hits eighth homer
    J.D. Martinez clubbed his eighth homer Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: It was a three-run shot off Mike Minor. Martinez's eight homers have come in 17 games since he returned from the disabled list. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Whit Merrifield misses cycle by a single
    Whit Merrifield homered, tripled and doubled against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Merrifield had a chance to go for the cycle, but he flied out in his final at-bat in the seventh and the Royals couldn't get back to him in the ninth. That's because Merrifield was hitting seventh, even though he's been one of the Royals' best hitters. After tonight, his .828 OPS is the best on the squad, and he has 135 points of OBP on leadoff man Alcides Escobar (.341 to .206). Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Rays calling up RHP prospect Jose De Leon
    Rays recalled RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: This confirms a report from ESPN's Buster Olney. De Leon is expected to provide some bullpen depth behind Erasmo Ramirez for Monday's game against the Rangers. He's obviously a name to keep an eye on, but it's unclear if he'll stick around for long. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Ramirez to start Sunday vs. Twins
    Erasmo Ramirez is still expected to start Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Jose De Leon was scratched from his start in Triple-A on Monday and is reportedly on his way to the majors, but it sounds like he could just give the Rays some insurance out of the bullpen. Ramirez threw 12 pitches in relief and notched the save on Sunday against the Twins. Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Jose De Leon called up to majors?
    According to Buster Olney of ESPN, "it appears Jose De Leon is on his way to the big leagues."

    Advice: The Rays have yet to make an official announcement. Erasmo Ramirez was expected to make his scheduled start on Monday despite pitching in relief on Sunday, so perhaps something has changed. De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in the Logan Forsythe deal, has a 2.16 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings through his first two starts in Triple-A this year. He got a late start on the season due to a flexor tendon issue. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Ramirez still on track to start Monday
    Erasmo Ramirez will start against the Rangers on Monday despite saving Sunday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: Well, that doesn't happen very often. The Rays were forced to use Ramirez in the 15th inning on Sunday, but he only threw 12 pitches and is confident he'll be ready to bounce back. "My arm feels good," said Ramirez. "I'm glad the inning was quick. I executed every pitch, and that gave me the chance to not just feel it that much. I told (manager Kevin) Cash my arm feels good just in case you want to continue with the plans. I want to start for sure." Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Longoria snaps tie with solo homer in 15th
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-6 with a go-ahead solo home run in the 15th inning of Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Way back in the ninth inning, Longoria hit a key RBI double to keep the Rays alive. He did more than keep them alive in the top of the 15th, reaching for an outside pitch and pulling it into the seats in left-center to give the Rays a 7-6 lead. Logan Morrison would follow with a solo homer of his own for a little breathing room and the Rays would go on to win by an 8-6 final. Longoria entered action on Sunday having picked up just two hits in his last 14 at-bats. Sunday, 5:49 pm
  • Souza hits game-tying RBI single in ninth
    Steven Souza went 3-for-7 with a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning of Sunday's 15-inning win over the Twins.

    Advice: After Evan Longoria drew the Rays to within 5-4 with a ninth-inning RBI double, Souza hit a single to right off Brandon Kintzler with two outs to bring Longo to the plate. Jason Castro made a nice attempt at the swipe tag to force a replay review, but after five minutes or thereabouts, it was confirmed that Longoria was safe. The score would remain knotted at 5-5 until the 14th inning, when both teams scored solitary runs. The Rays would hit two solo homers in the next inning to finally put the Twins away by an 8-6 final score. Sunday, 5:46 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera collects RBI single in loss
    Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: The White Sox did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Alex Avila picked up a single. Cabrera would come through later in the inning with an RBI knock to put the Tigers on the board. The game itself was not in doubt, as even with that hit, Detroit still trailed 7-1. Cabrera has yet to get on any sort of a prolonged hot streak and is slashing a relatively unremarkable .257/.361/.412 with five homers and 19 RBI for the season as a whole. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Albert Pujols not in Sunday's lineup
    Albert Pujols is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols was in the lineup at first base the last two days with the designated hitter spot not available in Miami, but he's battled some hamstring tightness lately so it's not a bad idea to give him a little rest. Jefry Marte is at first base Sunday. Sunday, 7:31 am
  • Choo leads off game with solo home run
    Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a solo home run that produced his club's only run of the contest in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: He provided a spark at the top of the lineup but his teammates didn't do anything to help him out. The homer was Choo's only hit of the game. He is batting .255/.364/.396 with five longballs and 21 RBI in 177 plate appearances. Saturday, 1:39 pm
  • J.D. Martinez not in Tigers lineup for Game 1
    J.D. Martinez is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: He'll surely be back in there for the nightcap. JaCoby Jones is starting in his place in right field and batting eighth against Tyler Danish on Saturday afternoon. Saturday, 9:14 am
  • Albert Pujols (hamstring) in Friday's lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pujols has dealt with a tight hamstring lately so there was a question of whether he'd be ready to play Friday with the designated hitter spot not available in Miami. He's at first base, though, and batting fourth. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Cabrera, Kinsler sitting out first game of DH
    Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers' lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Ian Kinsler isn't starting, either, as the Tigers have Alex Avila at first base, Andrew Romine at second base, John Hicks catching and Jose Iglesias in the leadoff spot. Both Cabrera and Kinsler figure to be back in there for the nightcap. Friday, 11:11 am
  • Pujols' (hamstring) weekend status uncertain
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Albert Pujols (hamstring) that the club will "wait and see where he is" before determining his status for this weekend.

    Advice: The Halos won't have the designated hitter spot available this weekend in Miami, so Pujols will have to be used at first base if he plays. He's dealt with a hamstring injury for a little over a week and still isn't at 100 percent, although he played Monday through Wednesday and homered in his last game. Pujols seems like a good bet to start at least a couple games this weekend. Friday, 8:20 am
  • Martinez homers, scores twice versus Astros
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Martinez now has seven homers in 12 games since coming off the disabled list. Concerns about his Lisfranc sprain possibly affecting his on-field performance have effectively been put to bed. Martinez is also showing commendable patience, walking 13 times as compared to 11 strikeouts this far. In those 12 games, the 29-year-old is hitting .378/.540/.973 overall. Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Choo out of Rangers lineup vs. Pomeranz
    Shin-Soo Choo is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rougned Odor will take a turn at DH with the Red Sox starting left-hander Drew Pomeranz. Pete Kozma is at second base. Choo has a .695 career OPS versus lefties and an .893 career OPS against right-handers. Thursday, 12:03 pm
  • Albert Pujols out of Angels' lineup Thursday
    Albert Pujols is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: Pujols launched career home run No. 597 on Wednesday night, but he'll rest his legs in the Angels' series finale at Tropicana Field. Mike Trout will take a turn at DH and bat second with Cameron Maybin leading off and starting in center field. Thursday, 6:59 am
  • Julio Teheran strikes out six Pirates
    Julio Teheran allowed three unearned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

    Advice: Teheran couldn't bail out his defense after Jace Peterson's error with one out in the second, but he was strong over the rest of the outing, giving up just two hits over the other five innings. He lowered his ERA from 5.47 to 4.88. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Hammel loses game despite quality start Wed.
    Jason Hammel took a loss to the Yankees despite turning in a quality start on Wednesday.

    Advice: He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of work but his teammates failed to give him any run support. He issued two walks and struck out seven batters in the ballgame. Didi Gregorius' solo home run in the third inning started the scoring. The Yankees added single runs charged to Hammel in the sixth and seventh frames. He has a dismal 1-6 record and 6.20 ERA after nine starts. He won 15 games for the Cubs last year. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Souza Jr. smokes a pair of dingers vs Angels
    Steven Souza drove in three runs with a pair of homers in a 5-2 victory over the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit a two-run jack in the second inning and teamed up with Colby Rasmus to hit back-to-back solo shots in the seventh frame. Both longballs were served up by starter Ricky Nolasco. Souza has turned himself into a useful fantasy outfielder this year by batting .255/.365/.458 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 182 plate appearances. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Ramirez allows two runs in six innings in win
    Erasmo Ramirez earned a win by tossing six innings while allowing two runs against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started off in shaky fashion by allowing a two-run shot to Albert Pujols in the first inning. That was the only real difficulty he faced all evening. He surrendered just four base hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He owns a 3-0 record with a 3.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. This was his second start since replacing Blake Snell in the rotation. He made 11 appearances in relief previously. Wednesday, 7:48 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. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • J.D. Martinez not in lineup against Astros
    J.D. Martinez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: No injury to report, here, just a regular day off. He will be available to pinch-hit in the contest. Tyler Collins draws the start in right field in his place and will hit eighth. Daniel Morris will be taking the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday, to be opposed by Charlie Morton. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Joey Gallo hits 14th homer
    Joey Gallo collected his 14th homer and his fifth double Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though he's hitting just .193, Gallo still has the best OPS among Rangers regulars, besting Nomar Mazara by 40 points (.839 to .798). As long as he doesn't falter, he should move to left field once Adrian Beltre comes off the DL. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Whit Merrifield singles, homers Tuesday
    Whit Merrifield singled and hit a solo homer Tuesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Merrified had one of four longballs that the Royals hit in the seventh and eighth innings, with his coming off of Jonathan Holder. It was his fifth homer already over just 105 at-bats, and he's now riding a modest nine-game hitting streak. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Longoria serving as DH on Monday
    Evan Longoria will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: It's a way to give him somewhat of a breather. Daniel Robertson will start at third base on Monday while Michael Martinez will play second base. Steven Souza is on the bench for Monday's contest. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • 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
  • Miguel Cabrera has three hits in loss Sunday
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers fell to the Rangers in Sunday's series finale at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Cabrera's RBI single off of Yu Darvish pulled the Tigers even at 2-2 in the second inning, but that would be the extent of their offense. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .265/.352/.442 with five homers and 18 RBI on the season. May 21, 8:47 pm
  • Joey Gallo not in Rangers lineup on Sunday
    Joey Gallo is not in the Rangers' starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Tigers.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with southpaw Matt Boyd on the mound. Pete Kozma is starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth for the Rangers on Sunday. May 21, 1:44 pm
  • 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. May 21, 8:29 am
  • 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. May 20, 8:49 pm
  • Longoria goes 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sat.
    Evan Longoria drilled a solo home run on a 2-for-4 day at the plate in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: His third inning blast was one of three longballs the Rays hit off Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka on the day. Longoria now has a .254 batting average with six home runs and 21 RBI. May 20, 6:10 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. May 20, 2:34 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (oblique) returns to lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (oblique) returned to the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that Cabrera would be in the lineup on Saturday. The slugger hasn't played since Tuesday due to a Grade 1 oblique strain. He's serving as the designated hitter while Alex Avila starts at first base. May 20, 12:43 pm
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