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  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to look lost
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hitless in four at-bats with two more strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Salty is hitless in each of his past 13 at-bats, striking out 12 times in 18 at-bats overall since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo back in early April. The veteran struggled with a .171 average with 104 strikeouts over 246 at-bats with the Tigers last season and he appears to have picked up right where he left off. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Justin Smoak reaches seats in loss
    Justin Smoak finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday's loss against the Angels.

    Advice: The switch hitter has hit safely in three straight while delivering six RBI over the past five outings. He has been starting regularly and is worth using as a corner infielder in most AL-only fantasy formats. Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Brandon Belt delivers pair of doubles
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and RBI in Saturday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Belt picked up just seven hits over his first 38 at-bats (.184) through 10 games. He has picked up the pace, however, hitting safely in seven straight to lift his average to .254 while posting four extra-base hits over the past five contests. He remains a reliable and safe fantasy option across most formats. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Mark Reynolds drives in four in victory
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run home run and four RBI in Saturday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Reynolds is humming right along to open the season, posting seven multi-hit games so far in the month of April while managing a .339 batting average with a 1.061 OPS. He is also up to five homers with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Reynolds remains a bona fide fantasy starter in all NL-only formats and he is turning heads in deeper mixed leagues again, too. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Gyorko has RBI triple, run against Brewers
    Jedd Gyorko had an RBI triple and a run scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Both actually came on the same play, as Gyorko laced a triple into the right field corner that Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana had trouble digging out. Gyorko then hustled home when the throw got away from the infielders. With the Cardinals struggling for offense and the 28-year-old hitting .310/.396/.643 with three homers in 14 games, Gyorko should be an everyday player for the Birds for the foreseeable future and can be treated as such in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Napoli launches third homer against Royals
    Mike Napoli hit his third home run of the season in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Napoli smacked an Ian Kennedy offering over the board for a solo homer in the second inning. It ended up being his only hit in four at-bats on the night. That's been a theme for Napoli thus far in his Rangers reunion tour, as he's hitting just .162/.250/.324 through 18 games. He's still batting cleanup for the club, and assuming this is a slump he will break out of sooner than later, the 35-year-old has huge fantasy upside in that lineup and that ballpark. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Howie Kendrick expected to miss 2-3 weeks
    Phillies GM Matt Klentak expects to be without Howie Kendrick (oblique) for 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: Kendrick was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 oblique strain earlier this week. Aaron Altherr will continue to hold down the fort in left field, though the Phillies added some depth Saturday by acquiring utility man Ty Kelly in a trade with Toronto. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
  • Encarnacion hits third homer in win over Sox
    Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Encarnacion connected on a Mike Pelfrey pitch in the first inning for the two-run shot. The homer was his third this year, giving him seven RBI and seven runs scored. He's off to a slow start to his Indians career, batting .222/.355/.381, but the slugger's numbers should look just fine before long. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Beckham goes 3-for-4 with an RBI Saturday
    Tim Beckham went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: He tripled in the third but was left stranded. He singled and scored in the fifth. He stroked an RBI single in the sixth and came around to score on a Peter Bourjos single. Beckham is getting everyday playing time while Matt Duffy recuperates from injury. He is batting .254/.267/.407 with two home runs, eight runs scored and five RBI in 61 plate appearances. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Healy drills two-run homer vs Mariners Sat.
    Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 and stroked a two-run homer in a 4-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: He smoked an Ariel Miranda offering over the wall with a runner aboard in the first inning. He got off to a slow start but has seemed to turn things around lately. He owns a .266 batting average with three home runs and nine RBI. He hit .305/.337/.524 with 13 homers in 72 games last year. Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Tigers hoping to have Cabrera back in 10 days
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is hoping Miguel Cabrera (groin) will return from the disabled list as soon as his 10 days are up.

    Advice: "We're hopeful that 10 days will be enough," he said. Cabrera left Friday’s game with something between a Grade 1 and Grade 2 hamstring strain. It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Tigers with Cabrera and JaCoby Jones both getting hurt, but it doesn’t sound like Cabrera’s injury will keep him out for long. The former Triple Crown winner has hit .268 this year with three homers and nine RBI. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Adrian Gonzalez getting a breather Saturday
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Dodgers figured this would be a good day to sit him with Robbie Ray throwing for Arizona. Gonzalez is hitless in 11 at-bats with two strikeouts against Ray in his career. Scott Van Slyke will make a rare start at first on Saturday. He's batting fifth. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Rizzo blasts another three-run homer in win
    Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer on Saturday as the Cubs clobbered the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Rizzo belted a three-run homer in his final at-bat on Friday which tied the game in the ninth inning and he replicated the feat off of Reds starter Cody Reed in the first inning on Saturday. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk with three runs scored and three RBI. Rizzo is now hitting .299/.420/.507 with three homers and nine RBI on the year. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Joey Votto smashes three-run homer in loss
    Joey Votto smashed a three-run homer in the first inning on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs had struck for three runs in the top half of the first inning and the Reds answered right back, with Votto's three-run shot evening the score before an out had been recorded. Votto also had an RBI single and an RBI double in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with five RBI. He's now hitting .239/.333/.567 with six homers and 14 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Tigers recall John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo
    Tigers recalled C John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Hicks had been summoned from Triple-A in case Cabrera needed to go on the disabled list and is expected to start at first base against the Twins on Saturday. Hicks has been primarily a catcher during his time in the minor leagues, playing a total of 14 games at first base in his minor league career. Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer is taking a seat with left-hander Matt Boyd on the hill for the Tigers. The 34-year-old is off to a slow start at the plate, hitting just .207/.258/.224 with no homers and six RBI in his first 15 games. Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Albert Pujols knocks in three
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-7 with a double and three RBI in Friday's 13-inning game against the Jays.

    Advice: Unfortunately, he couldn't come through with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 13th, producing an ugly strikeout against Joe Biagini. Pujols still raised his average from .177 to .203 tonight. Yesterday, 12:54 am
  • C.J. Cron goes 0-for-6
    C.J. Cron went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: After sitting him consistently the first two weeks, Mike Scioscia has given Cron a chance to play regularly this week, and Cron, thus far, has done nothing with it. We still say Cron is the team's best option at first base, but with his OPS down to .474, he might resume losing playing time to Jefry Marte. Yesterday, 12:50 am
  • Yonder Alonso hits third homer
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Alonso didn't hit his third homer last year until June 30, his 76th game of the season. His exit velocity so far this year isn't particularly impressive, but he's doing a far better job of getting the ball in the air that usual. His strikeout rate is up, too, but it's a good trade off for him. We wouldn't expect greatness, but 15-20 homers is a possibility if he keeps his launch angle up. Friday, 10:17 pm
  • Frazier (flu) hitless in return Friday
    Todd Frazier (flu) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to action Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier had missed eight out of the last 10 games due to flu-like symptoms. It has been a rough start to the year for the veteran third baseman. He’s hitting .100 (3-for-30) through nine games and will probably need some extra time to shake the rust and get his strength back. Friday, 9:15 pm
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