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  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Thames is in the midst of a 3-for-34 tailspin at the plate, so he'll get a day off against lefty Patrick Corbin. Jesus Aguilar is at first base. The Brewers also have Jonathan Villar down in the No. 7 spot and Keon Broxton hitting leadoff. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 am
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • Daniel Murphy (illness) remains out of lineup
    Daniel Murphy (illness) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Murphy hasn't played since Thursday due to a stomach bug. He'll be back in there soon. Wilmer Difo is handling second base again. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 am
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  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a rare day off for the slugger. Yasmany Tomas is also sitting out, as the D'Backs have Daniel Descalso at first base and Chris Herrmann in left field. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:42 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
  • Yonder Alonso (wrist) returns to A's lineup
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) is back in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he took a pitch off his right wrist Tuesday. Alonso is at first base and batting fifth against Michael Pineda and the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
  • Ian Desmond collects two more hits in loss
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 in Saturday's loss against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Desmond extended his hitting streak to five games and he has hit safely in 13 of the past 15 outings. He missed most of the first month due to a hand injury, but he is back and hitting for a respectable .284 average. Desmond has lacked a bit of the power displayed last season in Texas, but you can expect it to return over time, especially in the rarefied air in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - 1B,LF,CF
    12:10 pm vs StL
     
  • John Jaso provides late heroics in win
    John Jaso finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's win against the Mets.

    Advice: Jaso came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and delivered an RBI single to force extra innings. He also singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to send the Steel City crowd home happy. Jaso has picked up the pace with six hits over his past 15 at-bats, raising his average from .176 to .210 just since May 21. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 pm
    5:08 pm vs NYM
     
  • Jay Bruce belts his 12th home run
    Jay Bruce finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bruce appears to be over the back issue which forced him out of the lineup mid-week. He has hit safely in five straight games, his longest streak since a season-high seven-game run from April 8-14. Bruce has driven in six runs over the past six games and continues to produce despite a rough May average. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Lucas Duda totals six bases on Saturday
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's game at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Duda has come alive with three straight multi-hit games, and four over his past five outings, raising his average from .206 to .267 just since May 21. He has four doubles, two homers and eight RBI over the past five outings, too, making up for lost time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Chase Utley turns back clock on Saturday
    Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Utley has pieced together a modest three-game hitting streak and he has driven in at least one run (five total RBI) during the span. The veteran second baseman has driven in 12 runs over his past 15 games to re-emerge as a useful fantasy option in most NL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 pm
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  • Another hitless game for Cody Bellinger
    Cody Bellinger was 0-for-1 with three walks in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Bellinger has hit a bit of a wall, going 8-for-41 (.195) with just two doubles, two homers and six RBI over the past 12 games to drop his average from .319 to .273 just since May 14. The rookie was putting up ridiculous numbers and he was due to cool off eventually. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • V-Mart connects for fourth homer against Sox
    Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of walks in Saturday's nightcap against the White Sox.

    Advice: Amazingly, V-Mart walked five times over the course of the two games in Saturday's doubleheader. He also connected for the solo homer in the ninth inning, his fourth of the year. It's not flashy, but the 38-year-old is having a decent year at the plate thus far, hitting .264/.350/.384 in 44 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Hicks drills solo home run versus White Sox
    John Hicks smacked a solo home run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox.

    Advice: His shot was the only run the Tigers got against starter Derek Holland, but they added three more against the bullpen to pull out a split in the doubleheader. Hicks was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday to serve as the backup catcher while James McCann is on the disabled list. He is batting .371/.389/.629 with two homers and nine RBI in 36 plate appearances in the majors this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Slumping Posey getting the night off Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Posey is mired in a 3-for-23 slump so manager Bruce Bochy will give him a night to clear his head. Nick Hundley is behind the plate and batting seventh Saturday against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Despite his recent struggles, Posey still carries the NL's fifth-highest batting average at .338. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:17 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
     
  • Hanley Ramirez clubs two hits Saturday
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: He reached in three of four plate appearances, singling twice and taking first on a hit-by-pitch. Ramirez also contributed his first steal of the season. Hanley has caught fire over his last seven games, hitting .391 during that stretch while improving his average from .250 to .273. He’ll look to stay hot Sunday as the Red Sox go for their seventh straight win. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Moreland stays hot with two hits Saturday
    Mitch Moreland chipped in with two hits Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Moreland singled in the sixth and later scored on a two-run blast by Jackie Bradley Jr. He also gave the Red Sox a lift with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Moreland’s first year in Boston has been full of peaks and valleys but he’s been on the upswing recently with 13 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.371). He also ranks third in the majors with 16 doubles this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Todd Frazier sitting for Saturday's nightcap
    Todd Frazier is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Advice: Frazier went 0-for-4 in the opener, dropping his season average to a dismal .184. Matt Davidson will man third base and bat fifth against Tigers starter Buck Farmer in the nightcap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Romine goes 2-for-4 with a walk vs White Sox
    Andrew Romine went 2-for-4 and worked a walk during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Advice: His two singles represented half the hits his club could manage in the ballgame, so it is no surprise they failed to score. The veteran utility man has played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Tigers this year. He has a .228 batting average with two home runs, 18 runs scored and 11 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Andrew Romine Det - 1B,2B,3B,SS,CF
    Top 4, Delay @CWS
     
  • Eric Hosmer tossed for arguing check swing
    Eric Hosmer was ejected from Saturday's game against the Indians for arguing a check swing.

    Advice: Hosmer struck out on a check swing with the bases loaded in the first inning and gave home plate umpire Bill Welke a piece of his mind. Manager Ned Yost was also tossed after coming to Hosmer's defense. The ejection was the second of Hosmer's career. Cheslor Cuthbert is now in at first base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Daniel Murphyvout of lineup due to illness
    Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: That explains his absence from the lineup the last two days and is much more encouraging than hearing he's dealing with an injury. Wilmer Difo continues fill in at second base in his absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 pm
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    Top 1, 0-0 vs SD
     
  • Wil Myers not in Padres lineup on Saturday
    Wil Myers is not in the Padres' starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.

    Advice: An already weak Padres lineup looks even worse without Myers in there. Look for him to be back in there on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Daniel Murphy remains out of Nationals lineup
    Daniel Murphy is once again out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Acting manager Chris Speier indicated nothing was wrong physically on Friday, but it's a troubling sign that he's sitting out a second straight game. Wilmer Difo is starting in his place again and batting eighth for the Nationals on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 am
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    Top 1, 0-0 vs SD
     
  • Alonso could be available off bench Saturday
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) will take batting practice prior to Saturday's game and could be available as a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Alonso remains out of the A's starting lineup but is getting closer to a return. He has been sidelined since being hit by a pitch during Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Rangers lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Robinson Chirinos is starting in his place and batting cleanup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Alex Avila blasts sixth homer in loss Friday
    Alex Avila blasted his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.

    Advice: Avila's solo shot off of Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning pulled the Tigers to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Avila has been a monster at the plate this season, slashing .354/.475/.659 with six homers and 20 RBI. With James McCann on the disabled list, he'll continue to see regular run behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:48 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Avila Det - C,1B
    Top 4, Delay @CWS
     
  • Adrian Gonzalez finally belts first home run
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run off of Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in Friday's victory.

    Advice: Gonzalez only had four home runs at this point last season and he ended up with 18 homers and 90 RBI, so he isn't that far behind last year's production. He heats up as the weather gets warmer and he still possesses the ability to post clouts and RBI in bunches. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Mark Reynolds homers, knocks in three
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Reynolds sat out a couple of games in favor of Gerardo Parra earlier this week, even though he has about 300 points of OPS on Parra. He's already starting to fade some and he should continue to decline from here, but he's still a better bet than Parra going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 pm
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  • Logan Morrison hits two-run homer
    Logan Morrison had a two-run homer and a walk against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Morrison got off to a strong start for once, so he's even playing against southpaws at the moment and he homered off one in Hector Santiago tonight. He has eight homers and 20 RBI in 23 games this month. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Duda doubles twice, knocks in a pair vs. PIT
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, and a run scored Friday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Duda now has three multi-hit games in his last four. He walked three times in the one game where he didn’t have at least two hits, so he has been an on-base machine recently. The 31-year-old quietly owns a .926 OPS with five homers and 14 RBI through 26 games. He deserves more attention in mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Yonder Alonso (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Yonder Alonso (wrist) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Alonso is still sore after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch Tuesday, but he did hit off a tee and will attempt to throw an do defensive work pregame on Friday. He's played just one game over the last week due to a sore knee and now sore wrist. The A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Mark Canha in the designated hitter spot. Daily Slant: This will surely surprise some people, but the Athletics actually lead all of baseball in ISO against RHP this season. While Alonso is one of the biggest reasons why, his absence still doesn't take them out of play as a sneaky against-the-grain stack. They have one of the lower team totals on the board, but Masahiro Tanaka has been all over the map lately and packaging a few of the A's bats together makes it easier to pay up for Max Scherzer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:55 pm
  • Murphy, Zimmerman get days off for Nats
    Daniel Murphy is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ryan Zimmerman is also getting a day off. The Nats are going with Wilmer Difo at second base and Adam Lind at first. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:05 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 am
  • Hanley Ramirez taking grounders at 1B again
    Hanley Ramirez has resumed taking ground balls at first base in pre-game workouts again.

    Advice: Ramirez had a setback with his nagging right shoulder issue earlier this month when he started a game at first base in an interleague series, but he's ready to test things out again. However, there's no timetable for when he might play first in a game and the Red Sox now have another right-handed hitting option at the position in Sam Travis, so they won't rush Ramirez. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:17 am
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:23 pm
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  • Tigers call up John Hicks from AAA Toledo
    Tigers recalled C/1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The Tigers needed a backup catcher with James McCann (hand) headed to the disabled list. Hicks and Alex Avila will share catching duties during McCann's absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 pm
  • Thames' hitless night drops him below .300
    Eric Thames went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday against the Diamondbacks, dropping his season average to .294.

    Advice: Plenty of guys would kill for a .294 average; that's not the shame. The problem is, he was hitting .333 on May 10. Since that time, Thames has gone 3-for-26 without an extra-base hit. The good news is he's still walking plenty to offset his propensity for striking out, but the shine has worn off a bit after he hit 11 homers in the season's first month. Like that hot stretch, this cold snap isn't his baseline, but the reality is somewhere in between. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • Duda homers, drives in two against Padres
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Duda was the only Mets hitter capable of doing much of anything against rookie starter Dinelson Lamet and company, homering off the right-hander in the second inning and adding an RBI single in the eighth. The home run was his fifth of the season. Overall, the first baseman is hitting .244/.392/.500 in 25 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Tigers to call up C/OF John Hicks on Friday
    John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports John Hicks will be called up from Triple-A Toledo for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Teams are allowed to carry an extra player for doubleheaders but the Tigers are already bringing up Buck Farmer to start Game 1. That means a roster move must be coming. James McCann left Thursday night's game with a hand laceration and could be headed to the disabled list. This will be Hicks' third stint with the Tigers this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:00 pm
  • Mark Reynolds goes hitless against Phillies
    Mark Reynolds, who was out of the lineup the last two games, went 0-for-4 before being removed from Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: No injuries were reported for Reynolds, but the Rockies used Gerardo Parra over him in back-to-back games before returning him to the lineup today. Reynolds is without an extra-base hit in his last 10 games, though he's still driven in eight runs with nine hits during that span. His OPS, which was as high as 1.092 on May 10, is down to .948 now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:59 pm
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  • Bruce (back) returns to Mets' lineup Thurs.
    Jay Bruce (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce sat out Wednesday after making an early exit Tuesday with stiffness in his back. It clearly wasn't anything serious. The veteran outfielder is hitting .250/.331/.513 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 41 games this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:58 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:59 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:53 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:36 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:34 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:17 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:37 am
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 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). Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Lucas Duda knocks in three for Mets
    Lucas Duda finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Duda had been just 4-for-26 with no RBI in nine games since returning from the disabled list. Maybe this one will get him started. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:39 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Reynolds getting the night off Tuesday
    Mark Reynolds is getting the night off Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Ian Desmond will start at first base and bat fifth versus Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin. Gerardo Parra is in left field and batting sixth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:57 pm
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  • Goldschmidt slugs 11th home run on Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt finished 2-for-4 with a home run in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt singled and scored on Daniel Descalso's three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning before popping Miguel Gonzalez for a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The star first baseman is batting .315/.448/.580 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 38 runs scored in 46 games this season for Arizona. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • John Hicks optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned C/1B John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Hicks was up for the weekend while Victor Martinez was on paternity leave. He's hit .423/.444/.654 in seven games with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Victor Martinez back from paternity leave
    Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: V-Mart was away for a few days following the birth of his third child. He's in the DH spot and batting cleanup Monday against Brad Peacock and the Astros. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:23 pm
  • Ian Desmond not in Monday's lineup
    Ian Desmond is not in the Rockies' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Gerardo Parra is in left field and Mark Reynolds is at first base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - 1B,LF,CF
    12:10 pm vs StL
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy plates two in win on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Rangers topped the Tigers on Sunday night in Detroit.

    Advice: Lucroy got the Rangers on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, then he capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the ninth. His bat has started to heat up after his move to the cleanup spot in the lineup, and he's now hitting .277/.320/.412 with three long balls and 12 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:51 pm
  • Moreland homers in third consecutive game
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Moreland connected for a two-run home run off Andrew Triggs in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season and his third in as many days. He has driven in five runs in that three-game space and now owns a .250/.352/.454 triple-slash over the course of 152 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Han-Ram picks up three hits, drives in two
    Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Ramirez hit a two-run double as part of a five-run ninth inning which helped the Red Sox pull away for an easy 12-3 win. In 35 games played this season, the slugger is slashing .273/.350/.445 with six homers and 20 RBI. He scalded the A's with five hits over his final eight at-bats on Saturday and Sunday, with a home run and a double among that bushel of knocks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:50 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez notches two-run double
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez handed Brandon McCarthy an early 2-0 lead with his two-run double off Vance Worley in the first inning. He later picked up a single and another double to finish with three hits on the afternoon. Since being activated from the disabled list on May 18 after missing the bulk of the month due to back and elbow injuries, the veteran first baseman has picked up four hits over 12 at-bats. He is still searching for his first home run. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Daniel Murphy powers Nationals past Braves
    Daniel Murphy blasted his ninth home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Murphy got the scoring started in the ballgame, taking Braves' starter Jaime Garcia deep for a solo shot in the second inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's enjoying another terrific season offensively, slashing .327/.387/.576 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:36 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Buster Posey getting a day off Sunday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather after Saturday's extra-innings game. Nick Hundley will do the catching. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:50 am
    1:05 pm vs Atl
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Cody Bellinger continues to roll along
    Cody Bellinger finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Bellinger has homers in back-to-back games and at least one RBI in four straight outings. The rookie is showing no signs of slowing down and will continue to play every day with several injuries to Dodger Blue regulars. Bellinger has emerged as a must-start fantasy option across all formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:13 am
    1:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:49 pm
  • Alex Avila pushes average to .382
    Alex Avila finished 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Avila continues to scorch at the plate, driving in nine runs across 10 games in the month of May. He continues to hit for high average and he is slashing an amazing .382/.488/.706 overall on the season. Avila has a .243 career average and .751 OPS, so this type of production isn't likely to be sustainable. Avila is a great sell-high candidate in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:28 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Avila Det - C,1B
    Top 4, Delay @CWS
     
  • Jonathan Lucroy reaches the seats
    Jonathan Lucroy belted a solo home run in four trips to the plate Saturday in Detroit.

    Advice: Lucroy has hit safely in a season-high eight straight games, as he continues to tear it up in the month of May. He is hitting a robust .353 (18-for-51) with four doubles, two homers, six RBI and a .926 OPS while striking out just two times. Lucroy also has an RBI in four consecutive outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Sean Manaea deep in the second inning to give his club a brief lead. Ramirez has yet to catch fire this season and has sort of been plodding along. He has a .258 batting average with six homers and 18 RBI in 138 plate appearances. He will have to pick up the pace if he hopes to match the .286 batting average with 30 homers and 111 RBI he put up last year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:12 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:11 am
  • Tigers recall John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo
    Tigers recalled 1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: With Miguel Cabrera banged up and Victor Martinez away on paternity leave, Hicks will add an extra bat for the Tigers. He hit .423 with seven RBI in his seven games with the big league club this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Cody Bellinger hits eighth homer
    Cody Bellinger hit his eighth homer Friday off the Marlins' A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: The Dodgers were up 5-0 at the time, so maybe Ramos wasn't trying his absolute hardest in this one. Still, he's not an easy guy to homer off of. Bellinger's eighth homer came in his 23rd career game. He's still right at an RBI per game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:39 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Murphy homers in second straight game
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy has homered in back-to-back games. The 32-year-old has calmed down since his monster April, but he’s still batting .325/.387/.567 with eight homers and 32 RBI through 39 games overall. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 1, 0-0 vs SD
     
  • Morrison plates two runs against Yankees
    Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Friday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Morrison had an RBI double in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The 29-year-old is striking out in bunches this season, but he’s off to a tremendous start anyway. He’s sitting on 11 home runs and a .866 OPS with 29 RBI through 41 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Mark Reynolds plates three in lopsided win
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 and drove in three run on Friday in a lopsided victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Reynolds got the Rockies on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and added a two-run single to cap off the damage in the ninth. The veteran first baseman has been a godsend for the Rockies this year, slashing a robust .329/.407/.610 with 12 homers and 38 RBI. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 pm
    12:10 pm vs StL
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:43 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:27 am
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • Mitch Moreland hits solo home run vs. A's
    Mitch Moreland went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Moreland temporarily knotted up the score at 3-3 with his solo home run off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning, but the A's would come right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to take a lead that would not be relinquished. Moreland is now slashing .254/.361/.430 with three homers and 17 RBI across 142 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:49 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • Mark Reynolds not starting second game of DH
    Mark Reynolds is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday for the second game of their doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: Reynolds served as the DH in the first game of the double dip, going 1-for-2 with a single and two walks in the Rockies' 5-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez will DH the nightcap with Ian Desmond manning first base. Reynolds sports a masterful .319 average with 12 homers and a team-leading 35 RBI this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:51 pm
    12:10 pm vs StL
     
  • Victor Martinez placed on paternity leave
    Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Right-hander Buck Farmer was called up from Triple-A Toledo in the corresponding move. Martinez will be away from the team while he welcomes his third child. He'll be back in a few days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:49 pm
  • Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez from DL
    Dodgers activated 1B Adrian Gonzalez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gonzalez went 2-for-6 during a two-game rehab stint with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He's ready to resume his role as the Dodgers' everyday first baseman after missing two weeks with an elbow issue. Hot-hitting rookie Cody Bellinger helped out at first during Gonzalez's absence but now he'll spend most of his time in left field. Gonzalez was only hitting .255 before his injury and has yet to homer in 94 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:18 pm
  • Daniel Murphy slugs his seventh home run
    Daniel Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season Thursday in the Nationals' loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was a second-inning solo shot off Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow. Murphy also singled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He's batting .320/.385/.542 with 31 RBI in 38 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:03 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 1, 0-0 vs SD
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:50 am
    New Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,LF,RF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs Ari
     
  • Lucroy, Napoli not in TEX lineup on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest. Robinson Chirinos will start at catcher and bat cleanup Thursday afternoon against Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta. Mike Napoli is also on the bench Thursday, with Ryan Rua filling in at first base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:22 am
  • V-Mart headed to paternity leave list
    Victor Martinez will be placed on the paternity leave list following Thursday's game.

    Advice: He will be excused from the club for a couple of days to welcome his third child. Martinez is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup Thursday afternoon against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez goes 3-for-4 in rehab game
    Adrian Gonzalez (elbow, back) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in his second minor league rehab game Wednesday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman declared himself healthy after his first rehab game Tuesday, and it sounds like he could be cleared to return to the Dodgers' active roster within the next couple of days. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on May 5 due to lingering soreness in his back and right elbow. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:23 am
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