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  • Taylor notches three hits in win over STL
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Taylor's third hit of the evening, an RBI double to the center field gap, increased the Dodgers' lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That would stand as the final score. He also made a nice diving catch in center field on a sinking liner. This was his third three-hit showing in his last 10 games. Over the course of 93 at-bats, the 26-year-old is slashing a cool .344/.445/.581 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jedd Gyorko picks up two-run double in loss
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko notched a two-run double against Kenta Maeda in the first inning, his ninth two-bagger of the season. The hit bumped his RBI total to an even 20. For the season as a whole, the 28-year-old third baseman is slashing .336/.384/.579. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Aledmys Diaz hits double against Dodgers
    Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Diaz's double off Kenta Maeda was his 11th of the season. He has been on a two-bagger tear of late, having doubled five times in his last four games. The 26-year-old shortstop is working to a .261/.296/.409 triple-slash with five homers, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored in 42 games played. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Correa homers among three hits against Tigers
    Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa got the mini comeback started when he took Tigers starter Justin Verlander deep for a two-run bomb in the fourth inning. The homer was his seventh in 42 games this year. The 22-year-old isn't running, having yet to steal a base this year, but he's hitting .288/.370/.481 with 26 RBI and 29 runs scored in the middle of a good Astros lineup. Even if the steals don't come, Correa is on his way to another fine season at the dish. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Upton has three hits, homer in loss to Astros
    Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base in a loss to the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Upton is the kind of player who can frustrate fantasy owners with an 0-for-16 stretch and then do something like he did Thursday that makes him totally worth owning. Such is life with the 29-year-old, who is hitting .242/.351/.477 with nine homers, 23 RBI, 27 runs scored and four stolen bases on the year. It's been a rough month of May for Upton, but perhaps he can use Thursday's game as a springboard to brighter days ahead. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Gonzalez launches 11th homer against Tigers
    Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: We keep waiting for Gonzalez to fall off, and he keeps defying everyone. On Thursday, he teed off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, lifting a two-run shot over the right field wall for his only hit in three at-bats. To illustrate how out-of-character this is, Gonzalez's career high for homers is 13, set in 141 games last year. He's now at 11 dingers through 40 games this season. His durability will keep him on the field most days, and if he keeps hitting .282/.380/.627 he'll be in the lineup for a long, long time. Until he stops hitting, he's a fantasy asset for his position eligibility as much as his bat. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
    5:10 pm vs Bal
  • Martinez homers, scores twice versus Astros
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Martinez now has seven homers in 12 games since coming off the disabled list. Concerns about his Lisfranc sprain possibly affecting his on-field performance have effectively been put to bed. Martinez is also showing commendable patience, walking 13 times as compared to 11 strikeouts this far. In those 12 games, the 29-year-old is hitting .378/.540/.973 overall. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Finally: Bogaerts hits first homer in Sox win
    Xander Bogaerts got his long-awaited first home run of the 2017 season Thursday, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 6-2 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Bogaerts got hold of a Nick Martinez offering in the third inning, lining it just over the top of the Green Monster to get him on the board. It's hard to believe he hadn't lucked into one before this, especially after he hit a career-best 21 dingers in 2016. It's a big one, but that's really the only knock against the 24-year-old this year, as he's been a terrific offensive performer by basically any other metric. Bogaerts is hitting .335/.398/.470 with eight steals, 17 RBI and 29 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Andrus connects for homer in loss to Red Sox
    Elvis Andrus hit his sixth home run of the year in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: The solo shot was Andrus' only hit in four at-bats, as the Rangers struggled mightily against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz. The shortstop set a career high with eight homers in 2016, but he's already got six this year roughly one-third of the way through. The steadily consistent 28-year-old also has seven steals and a .270/.313/.427 line in 47 games to date. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Marrero blasts first homer of 2017 in win
    Deven Marrero hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Marrero gave the Red Sox a little insurance with his eighth-inning blast, his first in 17 games this year and just his second as a major leaguer. His first came back in 2015. Marrero isn't known for his offense, batting .178/.229/.289 this year. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • James McCann (hand) placed on 10-day DL
    Tigers placed C James McCann on the 10-day disabled list with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann needed five stitches in his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Thursday against Houston. His roster spot will be absorbed by John Hicks. Alex Avila will see most of the action behind the plate during McCann's absence with Hicks making an appearance here and there. McCann shouldn't miss much longer than the 10 minimum 10 days. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Owings powers up for sixth homer of 2017
    Chris Owings hit his sxith home run of the season in a win over the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: The homer was Owings' sixth of the year but his first in almost a month, last homering on May 3. Forty-six games into the season, he's now tied his career high for dingers. The 25-year-old dual threat also has nine steals on the year, and Owings is batting a healthy .320/.352/.491 in what sure seems to be shaping up as his breakout year. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Owings Ari - SS,CF,RF
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Renfroe turns in another multi-hit game
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Renfroe is having a strong four-game stretch, going 8-for-16 with four doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored in that span. It was a much-needed stretch for the 25-year-old, who was hitting just .205 at the outset of the four games. Renfroe is batting .232/.288/.446 with nine homers through 48 games overall. Yesterday, 7:56 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. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • James McCann exits with left hand laceration
    James McCann left Thursday's game against the Astros with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann's hand was bleeding badly after he got hit by a pitch from Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. Alex Avila pinch-ran for him and also replaced McCann behind the plate. He went 0-for-1 before exiting. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Nunez (hamstring) hopes to play Friday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is hoping to return Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: He was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a left hamstring injury but received treatment throughout the game and thinks he'll be good to go on Friday. Nunez has played all over the diamond this year but has seen most of his action in left field recently. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Joc Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL
    Dodgers placed Joc Pederson on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Pederson injured himself in a scary collision with Yasiel Puig on Wednesday night and will need some time to recover. The concussion is severe enough that Pederson has been advised not to use any electronics including watching television or using his cell phone. Brett Eibner, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor are all candidates to fill in at center field during his absence. This is Pederson's second DL stint of the season. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Ben Zobrist hits sixth homer in Cubs' win
    Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer as the Cubs topped the Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist is 13-for-28 with three homers during his current eight-game hitting streak. He's raised his OPS from .686 to .822 over the stretch. Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist ChC - 2B,LF,RF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Chisenhall lands on 7-day concussion DL
    Indians placed OF Lonnie Chisenhall on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: The move was made retroactive to May 23. Chisenhall hadn't played since Monday while dealing with what manager Terry Francona described as a "lower-grade" concussion. Francona added that Chisenhall has complained of feeling "groggy." We're still waiting on the corresponding roster move. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    7-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Nelson Cruz homers to lift Mariners
    Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to help propel the Mariners past the Nationals 4-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cruz has been tearing it up since a lousy first week of the season, and he's taken over the AL lead with 40 RBI this year. The homer was his 12th, so he's right on pace for what would be a fourth straight 40-homer season. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Maybin exits game with right knee soreness
    Cameron Maybin left Thursday's game against the Rays with soreness in his right knee.

    Advice: Maybin was 1-for-3 before getting replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hopefully it's nothing too serious because he's been in a terrific groove offensively over the last 10 days. Ben Revere took over in center field. Mike Trout started the game at DH. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Correa in Astros' lineup Thursday vs. Tigers
    Carlos Correa is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa was given a couple days off with a minor illness. He is starting at shortstop and batting cleanup on Thursday night against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Rio Ruiz goes 3-for-4 for Braves
    Rio Ruiz went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Ruiz is 5-for-9 the last two days, giving him a .320 average in eight games since he was called up when Freddie Freeman went on the DL last week. He should be a better player than Adonis Garcia going forward if the Braves want to give him the chance to keep starting at third base. Garcia, though, seems to be just a few days away, and it remains likely that Ruiz will be sent down when he returns. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Hoskins keeps hitting
    Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: One of those hits was a homer -- his 13th of the season -- and Hoskins also doubled and scored four runs. Not a bad afternoon. He's been one of the best performers in minor-league baseball, and with the Phillies way out of contention, you have to think they'll give him a chance to play sooner or later. It should be sooner. Yesterday, 9:59 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) scratched Thurs.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) has been scratched from the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Nunez tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday night and the Giants want to play it safe. It doesn't sound like something that will require a lengthy absence. Christian Arroyo is starting at third base now in the matinee game against the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:13 am
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) playing Thursday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll start at third base and bat sixth versus Cubs right-hander Eddie Butler. Nunez tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday but it was obviously nothing serious. Yesterday, 9:01 am
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,RF
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Rio Ruiz goes 2-for-5, doubles
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'd be nice to see Ruiz stick around as the Braves' primary third baseman after Adonis Garcia is ready to return, but we're guessing that won't happen. The Braves will eventually give up on Garcia, but it seems unlikely that they're ready to do so right now. Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez tweaks hamstring in loss
    Eduardo Nunez suffered a minor left hamstring tweak in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Nunez did not have to leave the game (he finished 2-for-4) and expects to play on Thursday. He has stolen 12 bases this season, but might not be quite as active on the basepaths over the next few days. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Justin Upton goes hitless again
    Justin Upton went hitless in a fourth straight start Wednesday and is now hitting just .229.

    Advice: Upton's OPS fell below .800 tonight. He ended April at .968, but he's hitting just .160 with three homers, five RBI and 31 strikeouts in 75 at-bats this month. The Tigers need him to rediscover his stroke soon. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Dodgers monitoring Pederson for concussion
    The Dodgers are monitoring Joc Pederson for a possible concussion.

    Advice: Pederson is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday and would be available only in an emergency. He is nursing a sore neck and head after colliding with Yasiel Puig on Tuesday. If he shows no lingering signs of a concussion over the next 24 hours, he could potentially return to the lineup for Thursday evening's contest against the Cardinals. Wednesday, 4:30 pm
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Joc Pederson (neck) sits against Cardinals
    Joc Pederson (neck) is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pederson was involved in a nasty outfield collision with Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, with both players crumpling to the ground after running into each other chasing a fly ball. While Puig is in the lineup and hitting eighth on Wednesday, Pederson will rest, as he is still experiencing soreness in his neck. Chris Taylor is manning center in his place. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Chisenhall (head) not in lineup Wednesday
    Lonnie Chisenhall is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds due to what the team has termed a "possible head injury."

    Advice: With Chisenhall sitting, Daniel Robertson draws the start in right field. Just how long Chisenhall might be out of action is not yet known, but this could just be a precautionary sidelining. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
    7-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • J.D. Martinez not in lineup against Astros
    J.D. Martinez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: No injury to report, here, just a regular day off. He will be available to pinch-hit in the contest. Tyler Collins draws the start in right field in his place and will hit eighth. Daniel Morris will be taking the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday, to be opposed by Charlie Morton. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Carlos Correa remains out on Wednesday
    Carlos Correa is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa also sat on Tuesday, as manager A.J. Hinch is giving him a few days off to clear his head. He had been 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in his last two games. He is also dealing with a little bit of a stomach bug. Marwin Gonzalez draws the start at shortstop in his place and is hitting second. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Cruz to draw start in right field Thursday
    Nelson Cruz will play right field in Thursday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cruz is sitting out Wednesday's contest, though he will be available to pinch-hit in that game. When the slugger starts in right field on Thursday, it will be just his second game at a position other than designated hitter this season. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Nelson Cruz out of SEA lineup at Nats Park
    Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday at Nationals Park.

    Advice: There is no DH available, so Cruz will operate as a bench weapon for manager Scott Servais. Ben Gamel is starting in right field and batting fifth versus Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Pederson suffered neck strain in OF collision
    Joc Pederson was diagnosed with a neck strain following Tuesday night's outfield collision with Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Pederson also suffered some minor cuts on his forehead when he stumbled head-first into the right-center field wall, but he cleared MLB's concussion protocol and is expected to avoid the disabled list. That's excellent news given the violence of the collision. Pederson and Puig were both laughing in the clubhouse after the Dodgers' 13th-inning walkoff win over the Cardinals. Wednesday, 6:03 am
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Pederson leaves game after outfield collision
    Joc Pederson left Tuesday's game in the Cardinals after an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Pederson took an elbow to the face from Puig before crashing head-first into the outfield wall. Both players were running full-speed on a liner to right-center that Puig actually managed to haul in. Pederson laid sprawled on the ground in obvious pain for a couple of minutes before eventually walking off slowly alongside team trainers. Enrique Hernandez took over in center field. Tuesday, 10:06 pm
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Xander Bogaerts scores four times in victory
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored in the Red Sox's 11-6 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Incredibly, Bogaerts still doesn't have a homer this season after hitting 21 last year. What he does have is a .329 average, giving him an .840 OPS even though he's never left the yard. Still, homers would help him out a bunch in the other fantasy categories, particularly in RBI; he's driven in just 15 runs in 40 games this year after coming in at 89 in 157 games in 2016. Tuesday, 8:20 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. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Chris Taylor could see starts in outfield
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Chris Taylor could soon see starts in the outfield.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe (toe) just returned from the disabled list, crowding the situations at second and third base. Roberts wants to continue finding regular starts for Taylor, who's slashing .333/.446/.583 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 29 games. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Correa out of Astros lineup on Tuesday night
    Carlos Correa is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Correa is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts over his last two games. Marwin Gonzalez will play shortstop and bat fifth Tuesday versus Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Evan Gattis is also on the bench Tuesday for Houston. Daily Slant: Correa's absence makes the Astros a slightly less appealing team target, but they still hold plenty of upside against Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander hasn't had success against hitters from either side of the plate - he's allowing a .396 wOBA to LHs and a .389 mark to RHs, with a HR/9 rate over 2.00 against hitters from both sides. His GB% sits under 30% and he's been getting absolutely crushed by lefties to start the year with an absurdly high 39.4 Hd-Sft% (20.0 Hd-Sft% vs. RHs). Add in the fact that Zimmermann simply can't miss bats (14.0 K%) and you have a very nice recipe for under-owned upside with the Astros. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Chisenhall not in Tuesday's lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander Amir Garrett. Bradley Zimmer is also on the bench with Carlos Santana playing right field under National League rules. Daniel Robertson is starting in center field. Tuesday, 11:47 am
    7-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Cameron Maybin homers, reaches four times
    Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and a steal to lead the Angels past the Rays 3-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Maybin is 10-for-11 in steals this year. For that reason, he has mixed-league value as long as he continues to play regularly and hit somewhere near the top of the order for the Angels. Monday, 8:46 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • 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. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Justin Upton getting a breather Monday
    Justin Upton is not in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Mikie Mahtook will cover left field in Upton's place. Monday, 2:18 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Nelson Cruz to play outfield in Washington
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Sunday that Nelson Cruz will play the outfield during two of the team's three games in Washington this week.

    Advice: While the M's won't have the benefit of a designated hitter, they'll still be able to keep their biggest power bat in the middle of the lineup. Fantasy owners should plan to be without him for only one of those three contests, and even then he should appear as a pinch hitter. Sunday, 5:34 pm
  • Hunter Renfroe doubles on three-hit afternoon
    Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The double was Renfroe's eighth of the season. In addition, the 25-year-old outfielder is slashing .218/.275/.412 with eight homers and 19 RBI over the course of 45 games played. His almost complete lack of contact (Sunday's three-hit showing aside) puts a real cap on his fantasy upside, though the power output has been there. Sunday, 5:10 pm
  • Pederson cranks solo home run in win over MIA
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Pederson took Vance Worley deep for a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning. After swatting 26 and 25 long balls in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Pederson has struggled with the power stroke this season. Sunday's homer was just his second of the year and he currently owns a cringe-worthy .324 slugging percentage. Sunday, 4:30 pm
    7-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nelson Cruz mashes solo home run in defeat
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Cruz's solo home run off Derek Holland in the seventh inning put the Mariners on the board, but it mattered little in the end, as it merely drew the M's to within 8-1. The veteran slugger boasts a .301/.383/.564 triple-slash and has bopped 11 homers while driving in 37 runs with Memorial Day just around the corner. Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Diaz goes 2-for-3 with three runs scored
    Aledmys Diaz finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored Sunday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: It was just the seventh walk in 173 plate appearances this season for Diaz, who's sporting a disappointing .261/.289/.400 batting line. We've seen more good than bad from him lately, though. Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Ben Zobrist socks solo home run in victory
    Ben Zobrist went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Zobrist has largely struggled this season, entering this contest holding a .244/.342/.402 triple-slash. He came through with homer No. 4 on the year in the first inning on Sunday, leading off with a solo shot against Chase Anderson. That was his first dinger since April 29. Sunday, 3:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist ChC - 2B,LF,RF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Cameron Maybin excels at top of lineup
    Cameron Maybin finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and an RBI in Saturday's game at N.Y. Mets.

    Advice: Maybin has done well at the top of manager Mike Scioscia's lineup lately. He is 9-for-16 with four runs scored, three RBI and four walks while posting just one strikeout over the past four outings. Maybin has always had plenty of talent, but he has had trouble staying healthy. As long as he is on the field he is a solid option in AL-only fantasy play and most deeper mixed formats. Saturday, 9:03 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ruiz hits two-run bomb off Max Scherzer
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-4 and cranked a two-run homer off Nationals' ace Max Scherzer on Saturday.

    Advice: His second-inning blast jumped the Braves out to an early lead they would never relinquish. Ruiz got the call to the majors on Thursday and the homer was the first of his major league career. He got two hits in a five game cup of coffee last year. Ruiz will turn 23 years old on Monday. He could get regular playing time as the Braves try to compensate for the loss of Freddie Freeman to a broken wrist. Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Chisenhall homers, scores twice vs. Astros
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Chisenhall was responsible for most of the offense on the afternoon, scoring two of the three runs in the game. He homered for the second game in a row, and he's now got four dingers in his last six games. A shoulder injury cost the 28-year-old the first two weeks of the season, but he's hitting a healthy .279/.340/.581 with six homers, 22 RBI and 14 runs scored in 31 games since. Saturday, 4:36 pm
    7-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • 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. Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Zobrist hitting leadoff for Cubs on Saturday
    Ben Zobrist is hitting out of the leadoff spot for the Cubs on Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon loves to shake things up, and a move to the top of the order could be just the thing to get Zobrist going. Kyle Schwarber, who has spent the entire season in the leadoff role, is batting second on Saturday. Saturday, 8:29 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist ChC - 2B,LF,RF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Chris Taylor hits fifth homer
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double versus the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't missed Logan Forsythe at all with Taylor sporting an OPS in the neighborhood of 1.000 for weeks now. The Dodgers will be able to keep playing him regularly until Justin Turner returns. Friday, 11:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Eduardo Nunez delivers in Giants' win
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the ninth to lead the Giants past the Cardinals 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Nunez isn't known as an RBI guy, but he's driven in eight runs in his last five games after totaling seven in 35 games to open the year (even though he spent most of that time hitting sixth and seventh). He needs to be hitting at his absolute peak in order to help a team as a starting left fielder, but the Giants feel that they don't have any better options at the moment. He'll keep playing regularly and stealing bases at a pretty good clip. Friday, 11:05 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Chisenhall homers, drives in two runs in win
    Lonnie Chisenhall homered and plated two runs in the Indians’ 5-3 victory over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Chisenhall connected for a solo homer off Charlie Morton in the sixth inning before providing an insurance run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The 28-year-old has three homers in his last five games and quietly owns an .882 OPS through 30 games on the year. Friday, 8:51 pm
    7-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Correa slugs solo homer against Indians
    Carlos Correa socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Correa’s red-hot May continues. He’s now batting .383 (23-for-60) with four home runs, 16 RBI, and 17 runs scored through 16 games this month. The 22-year-old has yet to steal a base this season, but he has still been one of the most valuable fantasy shortstops so far this season. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Justin Upton scores twice in loss to Rangers
    Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored as the Tigers fell to the Rangers on Friday night in Detroit.

    Advice: Upton also drew a walk in the contest. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the middle of the Tigers' lineup this season, slashing .250/.368/.500 with eight homers and 20 RBI. Friday, 8:19 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • 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. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Hunter Renfroe clubs eighth homer on Thursday
    Hunter Renfroe checked in with his eighth home run of the year Thursday in the Padres’ 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: He slugged a solo shot off Zach Davies for the game’s first run. The home run was Renfroe’s only hit of the afternoon. Almost half of Renfroe’s hits this year have gone for extra bases but it’s hard to justify using him in fantasy while he’s batting just .214. He’s gone deep in three of his last five games, so perhaps Renfroe is beginning to figure it out offensively. Thursday, 4:24 pm
  • J.D. Martinez hits fifth homer in win
    J.D. Martinez hit his fifth homer and walked three times Thursday as the Tigers edged the Orioles 6-5.

    Advice: Not only does Martinez have five homers in six games since coming off the disabled list, but he's walked a remarkable nine times. He's sporting a .680 OBP, which is just about as impressive as his 1.438 slugging percentage. Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Braves recall Rio Ruiz from Gwinnett
    Braves recalled INF Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Ruiz could see regular starts at first base for Atlanta while Freddie Freeman recuperates from a fractured left wrist. Ruiz, 22, was batting .262/.305/.447 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 37 games this season at the Triple-A level. He is doubtful to carry significant mixed-league fantasy value. Thursday, 12:25 pm
  • Zobrist goes 2-for-3 with a run scored Wed.
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a win over the Reds Wednesday.

    Advice: He doubled and scored in the third inning. The aging veteran turns 36 years old next week and has not played up to his normal standards so far in 2017. He has a .235 batting average with three homers and 13 RBI. He has battled back spasms and a neck injury while manager Joe Maddon has given him extra time off to keep him fresh. He is likely to heat up at some point but fantasy owners are unlikely to get the 18 homers, 94 runs and .272 batting average they got from him last year. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist ChC - 2B,LF,RF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Eduardo Nunez breaks up shutout with homer
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Giants were looking at a shutout entering the ninth inning, but Nunez's solo home run off Sergio Romo with one out prevented the blanking. The home run was his first of the season. Nonetheless, the home team would go on to lose 6-1. Nunez has been swinging a hot stick of late, having picked up seven hits in his last 20 at-bats. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Ben Zobrist (back) returns to Cubs lineup
    Ben Zobrist (back) is starting Wednesday for the first time since last Friday.

    Advice: Zobrist had been bothered by back spasms. The veteran is starting at second base and batting fifth Wednesday night against Reds right-hander Scott Feldman. Wednesday, 12:12 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist ChC - 2B,LF,RF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Carlos Correa out of HOU lineup Wednesday
    Carlos Correa is absent from the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Marwin Gonzalez will handle shortstop and bat sixth versus Miami right-hander Jose Urena. It's just some routine rest for Correa, who went 2-for-4 an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday night's rout of the Fish. Wednesday, 6:38 am
  • Cameron Maybin goes 5-for-6
    Cameron Maybin went 5-for-6 with three doubles and two RBI from the leadoff spot Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The last double, a popup just over the shortstop's head that the left fielder fell down on, was particularly cheap, but Maybin was due for some luck after entering the night with a .180 average. He's 9-for-9 in steals this year, so he's worth a try in mixed leagues now that he's going to be leading off in Yunel Escobar's place. Tuesday, 11:20 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Nelson Cruz socks solo home run vs. A's
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: With two outs in the first inning, Cruz rocked a solo home run off Andrew Triggs to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. The veteran slugger will turn 37 years old on July 1, but has shown no signs of slowing down in the face of Father Time and owns a .326/.415/.601 batting line with 10 home runs and 34 RBI across 138 at-bats this season. Tuesday, 10:40 pm
  • Chris Taylor socks solo home run vs. SFG
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor knotted up the score at 1-1 with his solo home run off Ty Blach in the sixth inning. The dinger was his fourth of the season and gave him 14 RBI. He is working to a crisp .329/.444/.557 triple-slash in 71 at-bats since being called up on April 19. Tuesday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • JD Martinez HRs twice, drives in five in loss
    J.D. Martinez homered twice and drew four walks in the Tigers' 13-inning loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez hit a solo shot in the bottom of the third and a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, finishing 2-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored. The 29-year-old slugger is 6-for-12 (.500) with a ridiculous 2.147 OPS in four games since being activated from the disabled list May 12. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Hunter Renfroe walks it off for Padres
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to propel the Padres over the Brewers 6-5 on Monday.

    Advice: Renfroe had four RBI in all, making this his best game of the year. He's batting just .217, but he's starting to work some walks now (nine in May after just two in April). Things are looking up. Monday, 11:38 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez knocks in three runs
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a steal against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Not that it seemed likely the Giants would reduce his role anyway, but any chance of Nunez being turned into a utilityman in the near future disappeared with Hunter Pence's injury. Nunez is hitting .261/.287/.324 at the moment. He remains a viable option in mixed leagues because of the steals, but it'd sure be nice if the Giants could do better in left field. Monday, 11:02 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Chris Taylor goes 3-for-4 in loss
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor's surge came to an end a week ago, and he had been 4-for-26 with no RBI and nine strikeouts in his previous six games. He's more likely to be a solid offensive utilityman than a quality regular going forward. Monday, 10:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
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