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  • 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. 35 minutes ago
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • Todd Frazier hits second homer in victory
    Todd Frazier went 1-for-5 with his second homer of the season as the White Sox toppled the Tigers in their series-opener on Friday night in Detroit.

    Advice: Frazier got the White Sox on the board with a solo shot to lead off the second inning against Matt Boyd. He reached on an error in the eighth inning and came around to score another run. Frazier has had a rough go of it at the plate in the first month of the season, hitting .167/.248/.370 with two homers and eight RBI. 36 minutes ago
  • Zimmerman hits two more homers Friday
    Ryan Zimmerman’s resurgence continued on Friday, as he socked two homers and drove in three runs against the Mets.

    Advice: Zimmerman connected for a solo homer off Jacob deGrom in the second inning before adding a two-run blast off Addison Reed in the eighth. He’s now second in the majors with 10 homers and owns a monster .392/.442/.861 batting line. It has been a remarkable turnaround for the 32-year-old, who wasn’t drafted in most fantasy leagues this spring. 55 minutes ago
  • Logan Morrison powers Rays past Blue Jays
    Logan Morrison blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Rays to a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Rays entered the eighth inning trailing 3-1 before their bats awoke. Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria each swatted solo homers to tie the game before Morrison crushed a Dominic Leone offering over the center field wall for the go-ahead blast. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .243/.341/.473 with five long balls and 14 RBI on the season. Today, 7:27 pm
  • 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. Today, 4:41 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Padres.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Nick Hundley is starting behind the plate while Mike Morse draws a start at first base and is hitting cleanup for the Giants on Friday. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Eric Thames (hamstring) in Brewers' lineup
    Eric Thames (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Thames departed Wednesday's game with some left hamstring tightness, but it was a precautionary exit and he's ready to go. He's at first base and batting second against Bartolo Colon and the Braves. Today, 2:20 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (groin) runs, takes BP Friday
    Miguel Cabrera (groin) ran and took batting practice Friday.

    Advice: Barring a setback, Cabrera should be good to go on Tuesday when he's first eligible. It's just the second time in his career that the slugger has been on the disabled list. Today, 1:47 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Park (hamstring) plays in extended spring
    ByungHo Park (hamstring) played five innings in an extended spring training game Friday.

    Advice: He should rejoin Triple-A Rochester before long. With Robbie Grossman (.286/.437/.411) and Kennys Vargas (.308/.400/.538) faring well, Park figures to remain at Rochester a while. Today, 1:24 pm
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  • Jose Abreu (hip/groin) not in Friday's lineup
    Jose Abreu (hip/groin) is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Abreu had said he planned to play Friday after leaving Wednesday's game with a right hip flexor/groin issue, but the White Sox have decided to give him another day. Matt Davidson is at first base, Tyler Saladino is in the leadoff spot and Yolmer Sanchez is at second base. Today, 1:03 pm
  • Blue Jays DFA veteran C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Blue Jays designated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia was off to as bad of a start as you could imagine, going 1-for-25 with 16 strikeouts while failing to throw out a single baserunner in nine attempts. He'll get a minor league deal somewhere, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old has hit an ugly .159/.267/.317 since the beginning of last season. Luke Maile will now back up Russell Martin. Today, 12:40 pm
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  • David Freese (hamstring) sitting out again
    David Freese (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Freese still felt something in his right hamstring while taking swings in the cage Friday. He hasn't played since Monday. The disabled list will be in play if Freese doesn't improve in a hurry, but the Pirates are still listing him as day-to-day for now and he'll try to field some grounders pre-game Friday. They have Josh Harrison at third base and Gift Ngoepe at second Friday. Today, 12:26 pm
  • Lucas Duda (elbow) beginning rehab assignment
    Lucas Duda (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Duda is eligible for activation on Sunday and could be ready at that time after recovering from a hyperextended left elbow. The Mets need him with Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) headed to the disabled list. Today, 11:39 am
    10-Day DL
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) to return Tuesday
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Valbuena took a scheduled day off at High-A Inland Empire on Thursday but will resume his rehab assignment Friday. The infielder has gone 3-for-11 at the plate so far and should serve as the Angels' regular first baseman against right-handers once he's activated. Today, 9:44 am
    10-Day DL
  • Adrian Gonzalez still has forearm tendinitis
    The tendinitis in Adrian Gonzalez's right forearm has remained an issue during the first month of the season.

    Advice: Gonzalez showed up to spring training with the issue and was shut down for two weeks in hopes that it would dissipate. It improved enough for him to participate in the World Baseball Classic, but clearly the ailment is still nagging him. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted that the fact that Gonzalez has never been on the disabled list in his career is a "factor" in why the club hasn't considered placing him on the DL to this point. The team eventually could reconsider if Gonzalez (.250/.341/.319) doesn't improve, but Roberts said Thursday that he thinks Gonzalez's injury is "getting better" and the first baseman is "getting more extension with that lead arm." The club has Cody Bellinger as an option at first base should Gonzalez ultimately wind up on the DL. Today, 9:01 am
  • Adams turns in three-hit, two-RBI nightcap
    Matt Adams went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Getting the start at first base in the nightcap, Adams made the most of it, swatting an RBI double in the first inning before adding a run-scoring single in the third. Adams' place on the team has been in question recently with his inability to play anywhere else on the diamond, and his .242/.324/.303 line hasn't commanded playing time. Unless he starts hitting or gets traded somewhere where he's playing every day, he's an afterthought for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Homer for Hoskins
    Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley

    Advice: It's Hoskins' fifth homer of the year. After a breakout 2016 season, he's doubling down on that year by hitting .344/.437/.656 in the International League. With plus power and an improving feel for hitting, Hoskins has a legitimate chance to be an everyday player at first. Yesterday, 10:19 am
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  • Yonder Alonso hits fourth homer
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: We can't guarantee that Alonso is going to remain an effective offensive player, but we can pencil him in for double-digit homers for the first time in his career. His overhauled approach is leading to many more flyballs and many more strikeouts. So far, it's gotten him a .926 OPS. Wednesday, 11:28 pm
  • Rua hits grand slam versus Twins Wed.
    Ryan Rua bashed a grand slam home run in Wednesday's thrashing of the Twins.

    Advice: Rua went 2-for-5 in the game and essentially put the cows out to pasture when he deposited a Matt Belisle offering over the wall with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. The Rangers put eight dents in the scoreboard in that frame. It was Rua's first longball of the season. He was recently promoted to a starting role in left field despite batting just .176/.222/.265 in 36 plate appearances. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,OF
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a home run vs Cubs
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: He took Cubs ace Jon Lester deep to center field with the bases empty in the sixth inning to provide what ultimately proved to be the winning run. It was his third homer of the season to go with his .237 batting average and six RBI. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
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