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  • Benintendi scores two runs in Sunday's win
    Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in Sunday's victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Benintendi singled in the first inning and rode home on Hanley Ramirez's home run. He also singled and came around to score during the four-run rally in the eighth. He has been as advertised through the first month of the season, slashing an impressive .333/.392/.478 with three homers, 14 RBI and two stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Kris Bryant crushes homer in loss to Red Sox
    Kris Bryant crushed his fourth home run of the season as the Cubs fell to the Red Sox on Sunday night in Boston.

    Advice: Bryant's fifth-inning blast was the only damage off of Red Sox' starter Eduardo Rodriguez in this one. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .289/.391/.515 with four homers and 14 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Daniel Descalso slugs walk-off homer in 13th
    Daniel Descalso slugged a walk-off home run in the 13th inning on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 2-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: In a well-pitched and hotly-contested ballgame, the Diamondbacks finally broke through off of Jordan Lyles in the 13th inning. Brandon Drury got things started with an infield single before Descalso crushed the game-winner over the wall in right-center. He finished the afternoon 3-for-6 and is now hitting .178/.275/.333 with two long balls and eight RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Daniel Descalso Ari - 1B,2B,SS,LF
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Pollock collects two hits as Diamondbacks win
    A.J. Pollock didn't start on Sunday but went 2-for-2 with a double off the bench in an extra-inning victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock nearly ended the game in the 12th inning when he crushed a ball over 420 feet to center field that went for a double. He has had an outstanding first month of the season, slashing .324/.366/.486 with two homers, eight RBI and 10 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:33 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Charlie Blackmon goes 0-for-6 in loss Sunday
    Charlie Blackmon had a rough day at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, going 0-for-6 with a pair of strikeouts.

    Advice: Blackmon left six stranded in this one as the Rockies were shut out through 13 innings of play. He wasn't alone in the 0-for-6 club, as Nolan Arenado experienced a similar fate on Sunday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:30 pm
  • Wil Myers sinks Giants with three-run blast
    Wil Myers blasted a three-run homer in the 12th inning on Sunday, propelling the Padres to a 5-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco.

    Advice: The Padres had been shut down for the majority of the afternoon by Giants' starter Ty Blach, but they broke through and tied the game with a two-run shot by Hector Sanchez off of Mark Melancon in the ninth. That set the stage for Myers to deliver in the 12th. He had been 0-for-5 on the day before crushing a George Kontos offering into the seats in left field. Myers is off to another impressive start at the dish, slashing .310/.325/.593 with seven homers, 20 RBI and two stolen bases through the first month of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:41 pm
    W, 5-2 @SF
     
  • Calhoun homers in Angels' win over Texas
    Kole Calhoun finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in the Angels' win over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Calhoun hit a game-tying solo shot off Rangers starter Martin Perez in the top of the third inning and then scored after reaching on a fielder's choice in the top of the fifth. The 29-year-old outfielder had a big weekend in Arlington, Texas and looks ready to begin producing high-level fantasy numbers after a sluggish start to the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:09 pm
  • Cain slugs first homer Sunday vs. Twins
    Lorenzo Cain slugged his first home run of the season Sunday versus the Twins.

    Advice: The solo shot off Phil Hughes gave Cain his fifth RBI of the season. He's off to a sluggish start in the power department, but the 31-year-old impending free agent does have six stolen bases and a .385 OBP. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:35 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Min
     
  • Justin Upton hits fifth homer in victory
    Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two runs scored in the Tigers' 7-3 defeat of the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Upton has led the way for the Tigers thus far, hitting .290/.402/.565 with five homers. He'd have more than 15 RBI if he weren't hitting behind Victor Martinez. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:49 pm
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Marwin Gonzalez slugs fifth home run
    Marwin Gonzalez slugged his fifth home run of the season Sunday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: It was a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that put the game out of reach for Oakland. Gonzalez has hit well over the last week, but the 28-year-old does not currently have an everyday role and can go on being ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Ryan Braun thinks he will avoid disabled list
    Ryan Braun (trapezius) said Sunday that he thinks he will be able to avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder explained, "It’s a couple things in my arm. In all likelihood it’ll be more than a day but hopefully not too long." It sounds as though fantasy owners may want to have a contingency plan in place for the first half of the week if possible. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Bryce Harper hits ninth homer
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a homer, two walks and four runs scored Sunday against the Mets.

    Advice: The homer was off catcher Kevin Plawecki, but it counts in the starts. Harper has now scored 32 runs in 25 games. He led the NL with 118 in 153 games two years ago, and he's blowing away that pace right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:22 pm
  • Jay Bruce homers against Mets
    Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Well, it seems safe to say now that the Mets were right not to give away Bruce in the offseason. There's been plenty of room for Michael Conforto in the outfield anyway, and if they do end up falling out of contention, they should be able to get more for Bruce in July than they would have over the winter. He has a .954 OPS. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:16 pm
    L, 23-5 @Was
     
  • Avisail Garcia (groin) could play on Monday
    White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that Avisail Garcia's removal from Sunday's game was precautionary and that the outfielder could return on Monday.

    Advice: Garcia had been bothered by minor groin tightness on Saturday and felt it again on Sunday so Renteria went the safe route and pulled him from the game. It sounds as though the injury is very minor and he should return to the lineup early in the week. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:00 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Michael Brantley hits fifth homer
    Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer Sunday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Indians are overjoyed by what they've gotten from Brantley so far. His exit velocity doesn't back up current 30-homer pace, but he doesn't need to hit 30 homers to be an awfully valuable player. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:57 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Kevin Kiermaker went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday, dropping his average to .210.

    Advice: Kiermaier won't be losing any playing time, of course, but it's questionable whether he should be batting second regularly for the Rays. His OBP is down to .296, and he's fanned 32 times in 26 games. If Kiermaier is dropped in the order, he'd likely cease being worth holding on to in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:35 pm
  • Braun leaves game with trapezius tightness
    Ryan Braun was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Braves due to tightness in his right trapezius muscle.

    Advice: Braun always seems to be banged up and has battled minor injuries throughout his career, with 2017 being no exception. It sounds as though it's the type of injury that will be day-to-day, but look for an update on his status from the Brewers after Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:29 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Avisail Garcia leaves game with tight groin
    Avisail Garcia departed Sunday's game in Detroit with left groin tightness.

    Advice: Garcia first felt tightness during Saturday's game but played through it. However, it came back Sunday and this time it was enough to force him from the game. The White Sox should offer an update on the hot-hitting outfielder after the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:14 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Jurickson Profar likely to be sent down
    Jurickson Profar is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock once waiver claim Pete Kozma reports to the Rangers.

    Advice: Profar is hitting .135 without an extra-base hit so far this season and isn't playing much at this point, so the Rangers might as well give him regular playing time in the minors. The former top prospect is a career .229/.309/.328 hitter over 199 games in the majors. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:48 am
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
     
  • Bellinger to be optioned when Joc returns
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reiterated Sunday that Cody Bellinger will be optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City when Joc Pederson (groin) returns.

    Advice: Pederson is slated to be back on Friday. Bellinger slugged two homers Saturday and has a .400 on-base percentage in the early going, but the Dodgers want to give him more seasoning in the minors. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:43 am
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Ian Desmond activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated INF/OF Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Desmond looked so good during at-bats in extended spring training that he's making a return a little earlier than expected. He's starting in left field Sunday and will see plenty of playing time there with Mark Reynolds hitting so well as the first baseman. David Dahl (rib) is due back before long, so manager Bud Black will have some difficult decisions. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:14 am
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Joc Pederson (groin) on track for Fri. return
    Joc Pederson (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday or Thursday

    Advice: Pederson ran the bases Sunday, clearing the way for his return to game action. He'll be activated on Friday if all goes well. The Dodgers still plan to send Cody Bellinger back to the minors once Pederson returns. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:06 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • A.J. Pollock getting a day off Sunday
    A.J. Pollock is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Yasmany Tomas and Chris Owings are also sitting out, as the D'Backs have Jeremy Hazelbaker in center field and in the leadoff spot, Daniel Descalso in left field and Nick Ahmed at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Jake Marisnick (concussion) on track for Mon.
    Jake Marisnick (concussion) is on track for activation on Monday.

    Advice: Marisnick is slated to play a second rehab game with Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday. Assuming he gets out of it with no issues, he'll be activated Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Martinez (foot) was sore after taking at-bats
    J.D. Martinez (foot) was sore after taking nine at-bats in extended spring training Friday.

    Advice: It's not unexpected after a long layoff, but it did result in Martinez receiving treatment Saturday and Sunday rather than getting in more at-bats. He could return to extended spring action on Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Adam Eaton (knee) likely to miss 6-9 months
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that the typical timetable for someone with Adam Eaton's (knee) injuries is 6-9 months.

    Advice: More will be known after Eaton has surgery, but 6-9 months is the rough expectation right now. Rizzo noted that Eaton had a full thickness tear of his left ACL as well as a meniscus tear and high ankle sprain. The Nationals haven't officially ruled him out for the rest of the season, but that undoubtedly will happen after Eaton goes under the knife. Rizzo added that the club is confident it can fill the center field void internally. It will start with Michael Taylor, but Rafael Bautista also looms as an option. It seems unlikely that top prospect Victor Robles would be pushed to the majors this season given that he's only in High-A and won't turn 20 until next month. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Jacoby Ellsbury sitting out on Sunday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Orioles throwing southpaw Wade Miley, as Aaron Hicks is in center field. Chris Carter is at first base and Kyle Higashioka is getting a start at catcher. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • Avisail Garcia played through groin tightness
    Avisail Garcia admitted to playing through some tightness in his upper left leg/groin area on Saturday.

    Advice: The cold weather in Detroit didn't help, but Garcia made it through the full game. The outfielder said he would be treated with stretching and ice and it doesn't sound like anything that will force him to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:17 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Cody Bellinger blasts pair of homers
    Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, in Saturday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: The rookie was one of three players to hit back-to-back-to-back clouts off of Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, giving the Dodgers a miraculous comeback victory. Bellinger started out just 1-for-10 but he has back-to-back two-hit games, looking more and more comfortable at the plate by the at-bat. Manager Dave Roberts is on record saying Bellinger is headed back to OKC once Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and Joc Pederson (groin) are ready to return. However, Bellinger remains a decent short-term fantasy play until then. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Wil Myers launches 3-run homer in blowout
    Wil Myers finished 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's 12-4 victory in San Francisco.

    Advice: Myers has posted a pair of doubles, two homers and six RBI over his past six games. His average has slipped ever so slightly after his blistering start, but his extra-base production remains. He has struck out 16 times over the past eight outings, but he continues to roll up big numbers to make that a non-issue. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    W, 5-2 @SF
     
  • Carlos Gomez hits for cycle in Saturday's win
    Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday against the Angels to complete the cycle.

    Advice: It was Gomez's first time hitting for the cycle since May 7, 2008 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. There's something about Saturday that brings out the best in Gomez, as he has collected seven hits over his past two games on a Saturday. He is 13-for-34 (.382) over his past nine games to raise his average from .155 to .239 just since April 19. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
     
  • Braun ejected for arguing balls and strikes
    Ryan Braun was ejected from Saturday's game against the Braves for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Braun was hitless in three at-bats on the night, and when he was punched out in the bottom of the seventh he let home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott hear his displeasure. Nick Franklin took over for Braun in left field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Desmond to be activated, start Sunday?
    Ian Desmond "seems poised" to make his Rockies debut in left field Sunday, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

    Advice: Harding also said Desmond is "in line" to get the start against Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin, despite no official word from the club. Desmond has been hitting the cover off the ball in extended spring, and Rockies manager Bud Black said he and Desmond would talk Saturday before any decision was made. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since March 12 with a fractured left hand. His fantasy upside is huge in a strong Rockies lineup and playing half his games at Coors Field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Adam Eaton tears ACL, out for rest of season
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that OF Adam Eaton has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: He was injured while beating out an infield single against the Mets on Friday night. He had to be helped off the field at the time but the severity of the injury was unknown until now. This is a major blow to the Nationals' chances of winning the National League East division. They acquired him from the White Sox over the winter by trading two elite pitching prospects, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Recovery from a torn ACL can take a year, meaning he could be questionable for the start of next season. Michael Taylor will likely replace Eaton in the starting lineup moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:53 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Ian Desmond looks good in extended spring
    Ian Desmond (hand) performed well in an extended spring training game on Saturday, collecting four doubles in his seven at-bats.

    Advice: Desmond played seven innings in the field, five at first base and two in left field. Barring any setbacks, there's a chance that he could be ready to rejoin the Rockies before the end of next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:44 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Nationals place Eaton on DL with knee strain
    Nationals placed OF Adam Eaton on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee strain.

    Advice: The Nationals have yet to reveal the severity of the injury or the results of Saturday's MRI exam, but it looks like Eaton could be sidelined for awhile. Rafael Bautista has been summoned from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Cody Bellinger reaches three times
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Bellinger needs to quickly make a case to stick around once Joc Pederson comes off the disabled list. The nice game tonight makes him 3-for-13 with three walks in four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:01 am
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • A.J. Pollock steals two bases
    A.J. Pollock went 1-for-3 with a walk and two steals against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: The Diamondnacks are running like mad, and Pollock already has nine steals in 11 attempts. At this rate, he's not going to have to be a great hitter to finish the year as a top-10 outfielders. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:42 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Ellsbury hits grand slam, knocks in five
    Jacoby Ellsbury slugged a grand slam and knocked in five runs Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Ellsbury was a key part of the Yankees’ amazing comeback, as he took Vidal Nuno deep for a grand slam in the seventh inning before plating another run on a fielder’s choice in the ninth. The 33-year-old has started the season strong, hitting .295/.345/.436 with three homers, nine RBI, six steals, and 13 runs scored through 21 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Adam Eaton leaves game with leg injury
    Adam Eaton was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets in the night inning due to an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Eaton hustled to beat out an infield single in the ninth inning but immediately collapsed after reaching the first base bag and had to be carried off of the field. He appeared to roll his left ankle on the base as he ran through. He'll undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury. Michael Taylor could see increased action in the outfield if Eaton is forced to miss any significant time with this injury. Look for an update on his status from the Nationals on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Avisail Garcia goes 3-for-5 with homer in win
    Avisail Garcia continued to feast on Tigers' pitching on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a homer in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: Garcia and teammate Todd Frazier hit back-to-back solo homers off of Matt Boyd leading off the second inning to get the White Sox on the board. He added an RBI single in the third inning that plated Tim Anderson. Garcia is locked in at the plate and his now hitting a robust .388/.430/.638 with five homers and 19 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Bryant slugs solo homer in loss
    Kris Bryant slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bryant got the Cubs on the board first with a long home run over the Green Monster in the first inning, but the Red Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. The defending NL MVP Award winner only has three home runs so far, but he has hit safely in nine straight and it won't be long before he starts launching the ball over the fence in bunches. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Bellinger to be sent down when players return
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that the plan is to send Cody Bellinger back to Triple-A once Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Of course, Bellinger could force their hand by tearing the cover off the ball during his brief audition in the big leagues. Even if he is sent down, it won't be long before he's a fixture in the Dodgers' lineup on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:41 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Joc Pederson (groin) could return on Friday
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Joc Pederson (groin) could return from the disabled list as early as next Friday.

    Advice: While that date isn't set in stone, Pederson is making nice progress in his recovery from a strained groin. Cody Bellinger will have at least another week to audition for a full-time gig in the big leagues while Pederson is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:30 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Desmond (hand) homers in extended spring
    Ian Desmond (hand) homered in his first plate appearance in extended spring training on Friday.

    Advice: Desmond got seven at-bats and played seven innings overall, splitting time between left field (five innings) and first base (two innings). With Mark Reynolds hitting so well, Desmond is expected to see playing time in left field in addition to first base after he's activated. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:15 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Michael Brantley getting a day off Friday
    Michael Brantley is not in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off. Lonnie Chisenhall is also sitting out, as the Indians are going with an outfield of Brandon Guyer, Austin Jackson and Abraham Almonte. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Gonzalez has two hits, homer against Indians
    Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Gonzalez went through an 0-for-16 stretch before snapping out of it with a 2-for-4 game Wednesday, and he followed it up with his fourth homer of the year and his first since April 9. After that strong first week-plus he appeared to be in line for more playing time, but the emergence of Yuli Gurriel has relegated Gonzalez to a part-time player. He can be left alone in fantasy leagues if he's not getting everyday at-bats, and even then he's best left for AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Bryce Harper hits three-run homer
    Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer and walked Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Harper and Daniel Murphy remain tied for the major league lead in RBI after both knocking in three runs today. Harper does have about 400 points of OPS on Murphy, though, thanks to his .418 average and 20 walks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:48 pm
  • Adam Eaton homers, reaches four times
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a homer, two walks and three runs scored Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: This would seem to settle it: there's no way manager Dusty Baker can take Eaton out of the leadoff spot right now, no matter his previous plans. Eaton first, with Trea Turner batting second, is the Nationals' best option, even if it cuts down on Turner's steal attempts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:46 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Ian Desmond (hand) set for EST games
    Ian Desmond (hand) is due to begin playing in extended spring training games Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: He'll play multiple positions in those games and on his subsequent minor league rehab assignment. Desmond needed surgery to repair a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand back in early March, after signing a five-year, $70 million free agent contract with the Rockies in December. He should be activated sometime in early-to-mid May. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:33 am
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • JD Martinez (foot) took live BP on Wednesday
    J.D. Martinez (foot) took live batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The next step for Martinez will be playing in extended spring training games at the Tigers' facility in Lakeland, Florida. He began running last week and has reported no lingering discomfort around his once-sprained Lisfranc ligament. The 29-year-old slugger is on course to make his 2017 debut sometime in early May. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Cody Bellinger goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Cody Bellinger went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts after being inserted into the leadoff spot in his second big-league start Wednesday.

    Advice: Bellinger isn't leadoff material, but Andrew Toles hasn't been getting the job done of late. Ideally, Bellinger would hit sixth or seventh while he works to establish himself. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:11 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Bryce Harper goes 4-for-4
    Bryce Harper had a 4-for-4 game Wednesday, raising his average to .432.

    Advice: Harper is playing some of the best ball of his career, leading to an Eric Thames-like 1.372 OPS through 74 at-bats. He's scored 26 runs and driven in 22 in 21 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Bryant goes 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as the Cubs fell to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also added a walk. He doubled in a run in the fourth inning and was driven in by his partner in crime Anthony Rizzo two times in the contest. Tonight's strong game boosted his batting average to .282 with two homers, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. Last year's NL MVP is off to a slow start by his standards but should pick it up as the season rolls along. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Bruce goes 2-for-2 with two walks vs Braves
    Jay Bruce netted two base hits and two walks in his four plate appearances against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and he didn't factor into the scoring but he continued his hot month of April nonetheless. All the angst about Bruce amongst Mets fans over the winter seems unfounded as he has been one of the better hitters in the National League so far. Bruce is batting .292/.386/.569 with six homers, 13 runs scored and 14 RBI in 70 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:48 pm
    L, 23-5 @Was
     
  • Cody Bellinger to bat leadoff on Wednesday
    Cody Bellinger will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Talk about being thrown into the fire. In just his second MLB game, Bellinger will handle leadoff duties against perennial Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto. The talented 21-year-old earned his first big league hit off Neil Ramirez in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 2-1 victory. SS Corey Seager, 3B Justin Turner, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, C Yasmani Grandal, RF Yasiel Puig, 2B Chase Utley, OF Andrew Toles and P Alex Wood round out the rest of the Dodgers' starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:10 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Braun (foot) goes 0-for-4 in win over Reds
    Ryan Braun (foot) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's rout of the Reds.

    Advice: Braun was lifted from Monday's series opener versus Cincinnati after fouling a few balls off his foot, but he only suffered some mild bruises. Even after Tuesday night's 0-for-4, the veteran outfielder is slashing .282/.378/.592 through 20 games this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:44 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Kole Calhoun provides extra-innings heroics
    Kole Calhoun managed just one hit in five at-bats Tuesday against the Athletics but that one hit was the game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning.

    Advice: Calhoun started off on fire, but he is just 5-for-41 (.122) over the past 11 outings to drop his average to just .215 on the season. Perhaps the game-winning knock will give him a little more confidence and get him going again. The RBI was just his second since April 8. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:22 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon belts seventh homer
    Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

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

    Advice: Harper posted his ninth multi-hit game in April, and sixth outing with two or more hits over the past nine contests, lifting his average back to .400. He has also driven in 21 runs through 20 games. He was not bothered by his first day off of the season on Monday, as he continues to display MVP form early on. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:53 pm
  • A.J. Pollock sets the table nicely in victory
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-3 win against the Padres.

    Advice: Pollock also swiped a pair of bases to give him six thefts on the season, including five over the past seven outings. He has recorded six multi-hit games over his past eight outings dating back to April 17, raising his average from .196 to .302 in a big hurry. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:09 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Kris Bryant reaches twice, steals base
    Kris Bryant singled, drew a walk and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The Cubs' offense didn't show up in this one, but Bryant still managed to carve out a solid little day for his fantasy owners. Bryant's stolen base total fell to eight after he had 13 his rookie season, but he's now already on a too-early-to-talk-about pace of 32 steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Brantley extends hit streak with home run
    Michael Brantley homered for the second straight day in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Brantley took Dallas Keuchel deep to right field to lead off the ninth inning, which extended his hitting streak to nine games. He's hit all four of his longballs over that stretch and has multiple hits in five of those contests. Brantley has exceeded everyone's expectations in the early going. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Pederson (groin) reports feeling better Tues.
    Joc Pederson (groin) reported feeling better on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some thought that Cody Bellinger's promotion was an indication that Pederson has a serious groin strain, but it sounds like he'll miss the usual 2-3 weeks. Enrique Hernandez drew another start in center field on Tuesday night against the Giants, with Bellinger making his MLB debut in left field. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Bellinger in left and batting eighth in debut
    Dodgers purchased the contract of OF/1B Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bellinger is starting in left field and batting eighth in his MLB debut Tuesday night against Giants left-hander Ty Blach. The 21-year-old has put up huge offensive numbers at multiple levels of the minor leagues and immediately deserves a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all currently sidelined. Bellinger could carve out a big role if he gets off to a hot start. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:00 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Astros place Marisnick (head) on the DL
    Astros placed OF Jake Marisnick on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Marisnick took early batting practice and ran in the outfield ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Indians, but he apparently exhibited some post-concussion symptoms. He slammed hard into the outfield wall after making a catch on Sunday against the Rays. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • J.D. Martinez (foot) ran again Monday
    J.D. Martinez (foot) ran outside Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida.

    Advice: "Best he's felt," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday. Martinez was cleared for running last Friday but turned up the intensity in his workout Monday and experienced no lingering discomfort around his Lisfranc sprain. The 29-year-old slugger is on track to join the Tigers' active roster in early May, after a minor league rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Dodgers calling up 1B/OF prospect Bellinger
    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are calling up top prospect Cody Bellinger.

    Advice: It's an aggressive promotion for the 21-year-old first baseman and outfielder, who tore up the 2016 Arizona Fall League and was off to a blistering start this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger should get regular playing time in Los Angeles with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all nursing injuries. The kid carries massive offensive potential. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:07 pm
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Marisnick (head) takes early BP Tuesday
    Jake Marisnick (head) took early batting practice and ran in the outfield on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com notes that Astros manager A.J. Hinch watched during Marisnick's batting practice session. The outfielder left Sunday's game with concussion-like symptoms and could still be a possibility for the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:02 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Marisnick going through concussion tests
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Jake Marisnick is going through concussion protocol.

    Advice: Marisnick left Sunday's game with concussion symptoms after colliding into the outfield wall while making a catch. According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, Teoscar Hernandez would be added to the active roster if Marisnick is headed to the DL. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:39 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Kiermaier (illness) hitless in return
    Kevin Kiermaier (illness) went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Kiermaier was limited to bench duties on Sunday after leaving early on Friday and Saturday due to illness, but he's starting to feel closer to normal now. The 27-year-old is batting .260/.345/.364 with one homer and four steals through 21 games to begin the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • Wil Myers hits three-run homer
    Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in a losing cause Monday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Myers has a hideous 22/2 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats, but it hasn't stopped him from hitting .345 with five homers and 14 RBI. Like some other hitters, he's going for more flyballs than usual, with great success so far. That average should come way down, though. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 11:02 pm
    W, 5-2 @SF
     
  • Profar goes 0-for-2 in loss to Twins
    Jurickson Profar finished 0-for-2 in the Rangers' loss to the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Profar is now batting just .135 with zero extra-base hits in 46 plate appearances this season. The former top prospect is a non-factor in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:52 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
     
  • Ryan Braun leaves game with bruised foot
    Ryan Braun exited Monday's game against the Reds with a bruised foot.

    Advice: It had seemed like Braun might just be getting some rest after the Brewers had built up a big lead, but apparently he was sore after fouling a couple balls off his foot. He had X-rays, which came back negative. Braun is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:26 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Bryant goes 3-for-4 with two walks vs. Bucs
    Kris Bryant finished 3-for-4 with two walks Monday in the Cubs' rout of the Pirates.

    Advice: Bryant struck out in his first at-bat against Pirates starter Chad Kuhl, but the reigning National League MVP reached in each of his next five plate appearances. He doubled and scored in the Cubs' five-run second inning and his RBI single in the top of the sixth put Chicago up 12-1. In one night, Bryant lifted his season OPS from .717 to .782. He's ready to explode. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 7:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Joc Pederson (groin) lands on 10-day DL
    Dodgers placed OF Joc Pederson on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

    Advice: Pederson hurt himself during Sunday's game in Arizona while lunging for first base in an attempt to beat out a grounder. It's unclear at this point how long he's expected to be sidelined. Enrique Hernandez is in center field Monday and will see more starts there with Pederson out, but the Dodgers figure to mix and match with a few players. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 5:03 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Joc Pederson (groin) not in Monday's lineup
    Joc Pederson (groin) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It was expected after he hurt his right groin on Sunday. The good news is that Pederson hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet, so it appears he's day-to-day at this point. Enrique Hernandez is starting in center field. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 4:09 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Desmond (hand) takes batting practice Monday
    Ian Desmond (hand) took batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's taken BP on the field since he suffered a fracture in his left hand in mid-March. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but it should be just right around the corner. A return in early May is looking likely. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 2:18 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Bryce Harper getting a day off on Monday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's Harper's first day off of the season, as he had started each of the team's first 18 games. The timing is unfortunate for his fantasy owners given that the day off comes at Coors Field. Adam Eaton will slide over to right field and Michael Taylor will get a start in center. The Nationals also have Jose Lobaton at catcher over Matt Wieters. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 2:12 pm
  • Ian Desmond could see time in outfield
    Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Sunday that Ian Desmond (hand) could see some playing time in the outfield when he returns.

    Advice: Desmond was signed to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter with the expectation that he'd start at first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well to begin the season, the Rockies may want to keep his bat in the lineup. Regardless of where he plays, fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting Desmond's return which appears to be on track for early May. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:55 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Joc Pederson to be re-evaluated on Monday
    Joc Pederson (groin) will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Pederson was lifted from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after injuring his groin while lunging for first base in an attempt to beat out a grounder in the sixth inning. It doesn't sound as though the injury is too serious, but he'll get checked out on Monday before the club makes a determination on his availability. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Joc Pederson leaves game with tight groin
    Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness.

    Advice: It's unclear when exactly the outfielder sustained the injury or how much time he may stand to miss. Kike Hernandez replaced him in center field on Sunday and would stand to see additional playing time if Pederson is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Benintendi racks up 5 hits, Red Sox top O's
    Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Benintendi became the youngest Red Sox player to register five hits in a game since Tony Conigliaro back in April 1967. The 22-year-old outfielder is batting .347/.415/.444 with one home run, 11 RBI, two stolen bases, and 10 runs scored through 18 games this season. He has 56 hits in 52 career major league games. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:19 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury goes deep in loss to Pirates
    Jacoby Ellsbury crushed his second home run of the season, accounting for all of the Yankees' offense in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Ellsbury's solo shot in the seventh inning came off of Pirates' starter and former teammate Ivan Nova. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's off to a resurgent start, slashing a healthy .348/.394/.470 with two homers, four RBI and six stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:28 pm
  • Marisnick pulled with concussion symptoms
    Jake Marisnick was lifted from Sunday's game versus the Rays after experiencing concussion symptoms.

    Advice: Marisnick slammed hard into the outfield wall after making a catch. He initially stayed in but apparently wasn't feeling quite right. The Astros are calling his removal precautionary, but certainly when concussion symptoms are involved there's a possibility that he'll be out a while. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 11:51 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • A.J. Pollock not in Sunday's lineup
    A.J. Pollock is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Chris Owings and Yasmany Tomas are also getting breathers, as the D'Backs have Jeremy Hazelbaker in center field, Nick Ahmed at shortstop and Daniel Descalso in left field. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:55 am
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Late April/early May for J.D. Martinez (foot)
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that J.D. Martinez (foot) is on track to be activated from the disabled list in late April or early May.

    Advice: Martinez ran outside on Friday at 40-60 percent effort and his ailing right foot felt better than expected the day after. He'll do more running Monday and doesn't appear to be far off from a rehab assignment. Martinez is making his way back from a sprained Lisfranc ligament. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:45 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Kevin Kiermaier sitting out on Sunday
    Kevin Kiermaier is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Steven Souza is starting in center field, while Shane Peterson is getting the call in right. The Rays also have Jesus Sucre at catcher over Derek Norris. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:47 am
  • Charlie Blackmon finds the seats again
    Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-4 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's victory against the Giants.

    Advice: Blackmon has hit safely in seven straight outings and he has homered in each of the past two, and three of the past five. While his average sits at a mediocre .254, his power numbers have been good enough to make him a useful option in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 10:34 pm
  • Gomez breaks through for three hits versus KC
    Carlos Gomez collected three hits in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: The outfielder finished the game 3-for-4, with all three coming as singles. It's not much, but sometimes stringing a few hits together can be the breakthrough a struggling player needs. And Gomez is certainly struggling, hitting .197/.296/.380 even with Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:12 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 vs LAA
     
  • Brantley stuffs stat sheet in win over Sox
    Michael Brantley did a bit of everything Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Brantley was already having a good night before he took Sox reliever Michael Ynoa deep for the two-run blast in the seventh inning. The homer and steal were both his third of the season, respectively. It's probably still too early to declare him past the shoulder issues that kept him out for nearly all of 2016, but with an eight-game hitting streak the 29-year-old is now batting .310/.385/.517 through 15 games this year. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 8:29 pm
  • Eaton goes 2-for-4 with a run scored Sat.
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Nationals' big offseason acquisition has lived up to expectations in the season's first three weeks, batting .292/.390/.431 with one home run, seven RBI and three stolen bases. He has done a great job of setting the table and has scored 15 runs in 17 games. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 5:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 23-5 vs NYM
     
  • Upton drills solo home run vs Twins Sat.
    Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored against the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the second inning and lifted a solo shot in the third. Upton missed time this week due to a bruised forearm but didn't seem bothered by it today. The streaky outfielder has hit well in the early going, batting .272/.385/.545 with three longballs, nine runs scored and eight driven in. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 5:42 pm
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Benintendi not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Andrew Benintendi is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Orioles.

    Advice: This is just a routine day of rest for Benintendi who had started every game to this point in the season. Chris Young is starting in his place against left-hander Jayson Aquino. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 12:21 pm
  • A.J. Pollock homers in Arizona's win
    A.J. Pollock went 3-for-6 with a homer and a double in the Diamondbacks' 13-5 takedown of the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Arizona was trailing 5-4 before busting out for nine runs in the bottom of the eighth and decimating the Dodgers bullpen's sparking ERA for all-time. Pollock's homer came much earlier, leading off the bottom of the first off Alex Wood. It was his first homer since Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:44 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Joc Pederson goes 2-for-4
    Batting leadoff for the first time this season, Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday.

    Advice: Pederson had scored just three runs in 15 games while mostly batting at the bottom of the lineup. He hasn't done much since his Opening Day grand slam against the Padres, but we still believe in him. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Braun homers Friday vs. Cardinals
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was his third homer in his last five games and his sixth overall. With four multi-hit games in his last six, he’s now batting .304/.409/.661 through 16 games. He has also swiped four bases. The strikeouts have been up in the early going, but fantasy owners can’t complain. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:21 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 4-3 vs Atl
     
  • Charlie Blackmon hits fourth homer
    Charlie Blackmon hit his fourth homer Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Johnny Cueto. Blackmon is batting just .239 with a .292 OBP, but he has 11 RBI from the leadoff spot in 17 games. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 9:42 pm
  • Bryant hits go-ahead sacrifice fly
    Kris Bryant delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Cubs defeated the Reds 6-5 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Albert Almora set the stage for the winning run after reaching on a one-out single against Robert Stephenson. He went first to third on a single from Kyle Schwarber before Bryant flied out to left field to bring him home. Bryant finished 1-for-5 on the night and is hitting just .227/.325/.394 with two homers and 10 RBI through 16 games so far, but things should only get better from here for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 8:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Harper hits seventh homer as Nats top Mets
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs scored, and a walk as the Nationals topped the Mets 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Harper got the Nationals on the board with a two-run blast off Matt Harvey in the first inning. He later scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning after reaching on a double against Josh Smoker and Trea Turner drew a bases-loaded walk against Jeurys Familia. Harper has been on an absolute tear to begin the year, hitting .407/.521/.864 with seven homers and 20 RBI through 16 games. He’s back in MVP form. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 8:27 pm
  • Ellsbury has three hits, two steals in loss
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, a walk, and a run scored in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: All three of his hits were singles. Ellsbury is already up to six steals on the season to go along with a solid .333/.387/.421 batting line. The 33-year-old was originally in line to be the Yankees’ regular No. 5 hitter, but he has bounced around the lineup since Gary Sanchez went down. He hit cleanup on Friday for the fifth time in his last seven games. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 7:40 pm
  • Joc Pederson hitting leadoff on Friday
    Joc Pederson is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: It's the first time this season that Pederson has hit leadoff. With Logan Forsythe (toe) on the shelf, he could see more at-bats at the top of the order. Perhaps it will get Pederson (.205/.319/.308) jump-started. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 3:01 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Ian Desmond (hand) taking BP this weekend
    Ian Desmond (hand) will begin taking batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: Desmond has begun hitting off a tee and will progress to soft toss and then batting practice over the next few days. He's already been going through full infield drills. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but sometime perhaps late next week seems like a reasonable goal. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 2:51 pm
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Ian Desmond (hand) hitting ball off a tee
    Ian Desmond (hand) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: Desmond is steadily upping his baseball activities, although he's not ready to take batting practice yet. "He’s getting pretty much full work in the field. So he’s taking groundballs and receiving throws from infielders," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "They were worried about the stress of a thrown ball, with velocity, going into his glove hand. But it’s fine. No problem." Black said last month that he expected Desmond to be activated from the disabled list by the end of April, but it's looking like he may fall a little behind that timetable. However, it shouldn't take much longer than that. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 8:00 am
    L, 2-0 @Ari
     
  • Extension talks with 3B Bryant 'got nowhere'
    SI.com's Tom Verducci reports that the Cubs tried extending several of their young players over the winter, including Kris Bryant, but every one of the efforts "got nowhere."

    Advice: Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, told Verducci that he and Cubs president Theo Epstein "were on the same page" when it comes to Bryant's fit with the team, but Verducci adds that the two sides "made no traction on value." The third baseman will have his first of four arbitration years next winter, as he's not slated for free agency until after the 2021 season. Bryant's teammates Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber are also in line to hit free agency at the same time. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 5:46 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,LF,RF
    L, 6-2 @Bos
     
  • Cain has single, walk, stolen base Thursday
    Lorenzo Cain had a hit, a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: That was about as exciting as a Royals offensive performance got on Thursday, as the club collected just four hits and didn't score a run in 13 innings of baseball. The steal was Cain's sixth of the year, best in the American League. After an injury-marked 2016 season, Cain has looked perfectly healthy en route to a .340/.462/.396 line to start 2017. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:53 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Min
     
  • Wil Myers swats solo home run in victory
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Myers connected for a long solo home run off Patrick Corbin with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was his fourth of the month. After posting a breakout 2016 season, Myers is off to a brilliant start in 2017, working to a .373/.387/.686 triple-slash with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored over 67 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 8:55 pm
    W, 5-2 @SF
     
  • Upton (forearm) swung off a tee Thursday
    Justin Upton (forearm) swung off a tee on Thursday but still felt sore.

    Advice: Upton has sat out the last two games after bruising his forearm Tuesday in a collision with Rays shortstop Tim Beckham. It sounds like he'll need at least a few more days. If the injury lingers, it's possible we could see Upton land on the disabled list. Andrew Romine has been filling in at left field. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:31 pm
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • Jake Marisnick hits second homer
    Getting a rare start against a right-handed pitcher, Jake Marisnick hit his second homer Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: Marisnick has mostly been a defensive replacement thus far, but he's done well with his limited opportunities, going 5-for-16 with two homers and four walks. We don't expect him to keep it up, but he could get starts over Nori Aoki until he cools off. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:02 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-2 vs Oak
     
  • Two more homers for Bellinger
    Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger hit two more homers on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: That gives Bellinger five homers in his 13 games this year. He's hitting .360/.439/.749, and he's stolen four bases. That'll work. He's also struck out 16 times in 13 games, but that's nitpicking. The offensive potential here is immense, and it should show up in Los Angeles at some point -- especially if these kind of numbers keep going. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 10:01 am
    W, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Justin Upton (forearm) remains out Thursday
    Justin Upton (forearm) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Upton tested his bruised right forearm during pregame batting practice and apparently didn't fell well enough to give it a go. He's been sidelined since a collision with the Rays' Tim Beckham on Tuesday. Andrew Romine is in left field and Nick Castellanos is batting cleanup Thursday versus Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 8:47 am
    W, 7-3 vs CWS
     
  • A.J. Pollock reaches three times
    A.J. Pollock was responsible for two of Arizona's four hits and its only walk in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Pollock also swiped his third base. The Diamondbacks have been aggressive on the basepaths thus far, which should help Pollock's value. He's already tried five steals, while both Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings have gone 4-for-4. Even David Peralta is 2-for-3 Rotoworld.com Apr 19, 10:41 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Col
     
  • Harper hits solo home run and a grand slam
    Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in a 14-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He smoked a long solo home run in the first inning and topped that with an even longer shot for the grand slam in the second inning. He later added a double, a single and a walk for good measure. All told he drove in five runs and scored three. He is off to an epic start to the season, batting .404/.516/.846 with six home runs, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. Rotoworld.com Apr 19, 10:11 pm
  • Kiermaier scores four times, nets three hits
    Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored four runs in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: He scored all four times he reached base, including the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. Kiermaier has yet to display the blend of power and speed he has shown glimpses of in the past. He has a .274 batting average with zero homers, 12 runs scored, one RBI and four stolen bases through 71 plate appearances. He hit 12 homers and stole 21 bases in just 105 games last year and could easily surpass those stats if he can stay healthy for the whole season. Rotoworld.com Apr 19, 9:31 pm
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