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  • Yangervis Solarte picks up RBI single vs. MIA
    Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Solarte hit an RBI single off Tom Koehler in the first inning, but was unable to come up with another hit for the duration of the contest. After hitting a respectable .286/.341/.467 in 2016, the 29-year-old second baseman is off to a .243/.325/.386 start through the first 70 at-bats of the current season. Yesterday, 5:45 pm
  • Ryon Healy notches pair of hits against M's
    Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Healy has been killing the ball of late, as Sunday's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games. He is not just getting by on singles, either, having picked up four extra base hits in this four-game weekend set against the Mariners. Since April 15, the 25-year-old has raised his average from .170 to .279. Yesterday, 5:09 pm
  • Jake Lamb collects three hits in loss to LAD
    Jake Lamb went 3-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The double was Lamb's fourth of the season. He is currently working on a seven-game hitting streak and is slashing a strong .315/.386/.562 with four homers and 18 RBI over the course of 73 at-bats. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
  • Joey Gallo socks solo home run in victory
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Gallo's solo homer off Scott Alexander in the sixth inning was his sixth of the season and bumped his RBI total to 14. He has now whacked four homers in his last five games. That tremendous power upside comes with a .213 average and a propensity to strike out, but if Gallo can figure out how to put the bat on the ball more consistently, look out. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Mike Moustakas hits solo home run vs. TEX
    Mike Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Moustakas cracked a solo home run off Yu Darvish in the second inning to open the game's scoring. He is off to a strong start to the 2017 season, as Sunday's homer was his sixth of the year and boosted his RBI total to nine. In addition, Moustakas is working to a .286/.328/.587 triple-slash across 63 at-bats. On the micro level, Moose has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Kyle Seager scratched Sunday with sore hip
    Kyle Seager was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Sunday with a sore hip.

    Advice: It's something that been bothering him for a few days, although Seager said he'd be available to pinch-hit so it looks like a minor issue. Mike Freeman will fill in at third base. Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Valbuena (hamstring) set for rehab games
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Monday.

    Advice: Working his way back from a right hamstring strain, Valbuena slated to play 5-7 games before being activated from the disabled list. With C.J. Cron struggling, Valbuena should play regularly against righties once he returns. Yesterday, 10:26 am
    10-Day DL
  • Pedro Alvarez OF experiment not going well
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday of Pedro Alvarez trying to play the outfield at Triple-A Norfolk that "it's been a challenge for him."

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Alvarez has never played the outfield in his life and isn't exactly a svelte fellow. He's also hitting just .193/.324/.368 so far at Norfolk, although he has popped three homers. Alvarez can be a useful bat against righties, but it's hard to see a fit for him right now in Baltimore. Yesterday, 8:58 am
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  • JaCoby Jones (lip) to have another CT scan
    JaCoby Jones (lip) will undergo another CT scan when the Tigers return home Monday.

    Advice: Everything came back clean on an initial CT scan when Jones was hit in the mouth with a pitch Saturday, but the Tigers obviously want to be safe here. Jones required nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip. Yesterday, 8:29 am
    10-Day DL
  • Ryan Schimpf continues to scuffle
    Ryan Schimpf was hitless over five at-bats with three strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimpf's average tumbled to a season-low .109 and he has struck out seven times over his past 13 at-bats while whiffing 22 times in 55 at-bats. The middle infielder swatted 20 homers with 42 extra-base hits over 89 games last season, but he also struggled with a dismal .217 average with 105 strikeouts over 276 at-bats. Schimpf's poor average and strikeout totals are certainly not a surprise. Saturday, 11:20 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. Saturday, 9:41 pm
    Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • 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. Saturday, 8:51 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10-Day DL
  • Ramirez has homer, steal against White Sox
    Jose Ramirez homered and stole a base in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Ramirez hit his fifth homer of the season in the ninth inning. It was his only hit in five at-bats. The steal was his second in three tries this year. The 24-year-old's full complement of abilities have been on display in the early weeks of the season, en route to a .313/.378/.594 line through 17 games. Saturday, 8:49 pm
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,OF
  • Longoria goes 2-for-4 with two RBI vs Astros
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He smacked a long double to center field in the fifth inning that plated Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson. His other hit was also a double. He has been productive if not stellar so far this season. He owns a .250 batting average with three homers, nine runs and 12 RBI through 19 games. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez launches two homers in loss
    Eugenio Suarez had a monster day at the plate in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, going 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs.

    Advice: Suarez tagged starter Jake Arrieta for a solo shot in the first inning that gave the Reds an early 4-3 lead. He added another off of Justin Grimm in the eighth that trimmed their deficit to 11-6. Suarez has been mashing in the early going, slashing a robust .367/.441/.733 with five homers and 12 RBI on the season. Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Phillies acquire Ty Kelly from Blue Jays
    Phillies acquired INF/OF Ty Kelly from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

    Advice: Kelly was designated for assignment by the Jays on Friday. Given the injury to Howie Kendrick, Kelly's versatility could be appealing to the Phillies in the short-term and it wouldn't be surprising to see him work his way into a bench role. Saturday, 11:51 am
    Player Note
    Ty Kelly Phi - 3B,OF
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  • Cubs activate and option Tommy La Stella
    Cubs activated INF Tommy La Stella from the bereavement list; optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: La Stella saw just four at-bats in his six games with the Cubs, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He'll get another opportunity in Chicago before long. Saturday, 7:40 am
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  • Angels' Escobar leaves with dizziness
    Yunel Escobar left Friday's game because of dizziness, according to the Angels.

    Advice: Jefry Marte or Cliff Pennington will start at third if Escobar can't play Saturday. Saturday, 12:52 am
  • Brandon Drury reaches four times
    Brandon Drury reached four times Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: That'll help his .298 OBP. Drury is likely to be a well below average defensive second baseman, so it's imperative that he hits in order to remain a regular. He'll probably be solid enough with the bat, but we still suspect the Diamondbacks would be better off with Chris Owings at second and either Nick Ahmed or Ketel Marte at short. Friday, 10:32 pm
    Player Note
    Brandon Drury Ari - 2B,3B,OF
  • 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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