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  • Hamels yields three runs in 6 2/3 frames Wed.
    Cole Hamels allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He uncharacteristically struck out just one batter while walking three and giving up seven base hits. One of those hits was a two-run tater by designated hitter Eduardo Escobar. Hamels moves to 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA through five starts. Despite his early success his strikeout rate has dropped considerably and now barely exceeds his walk rate. He has 15 strikeouts and 12 walks in 32 2/3 innings. 28 minutes ago
  • Sano goes 3-for-4 in loss to Rangers
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano now owns a nice .286 batting average after hitting .236 last year. He has also doubled his walk rate, leading to a stellar .432 on-base percentage. He has five home runs, 14 runs scored and 16 RBI through 88 plate appearances. Still 23 years old (his birthday is in two weeks), the former elite prospect has made some adjustments and seems to be maturing as an all-around hitter. 34 minutes ago
  • Santiago gives up two runs in five innings
    Hector Santiago pitched fairly well for five innings against the Rangers, allowing two runs on six hits in a game his team eventually lost.

    Advice: He pitched well enough to win and left the game with a lead, but the Twins' bullpen utterly collapsed and the Rangers won in a landslide. Santiago was unscored upon through four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth, which was his final inning of work. He issued four walks and struck out six batters, both of which led to an elevated pitch count and an early exit. His record holds at 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. 40 minutes ago
  • Harrison hits lead-off home run, scores twice
    Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He led off the first inning with a home run off Jon Lester. In the second inning he walked and scored on an Andrew McCutchen double. Harrison owns a .308 batting average with two homers, seven runs, four RBI and two steals in 20 games. 48 minutes ago
  • 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. 55 minutes ago
  • Glasnow struggles again but escapes loss
    Tyler Glasnow's struggles continued as he gave up three runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was pulled after allowing six hits and four walks on 89 pitches, only 46 of which were strikes. He loaded the bases in the second inning and ended up hitting a batter to gift the Cubs a run. Glasnow now has a 7.98 ERA with 13 walks in 14 2/3 innings through his first four starts. On the bright side his 17 strikeouts clearly show his potential if he can develop some control. His high ERA and inability to go deep into his starts might soon force the Pirates to replace him in their rotation. Today, 9:32 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. Today, 9:26 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • Rizzo homers, drives in four in loss Wed.
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: He drove in the first run the hard way -- by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He singled to center in the fourth inning to plate Kris Bryant, then drove in Bryant again by homering to right in the eighth. Rizzo is slashing .277/.400/.518 with five homers and 15 RBI. Today, 9:20 pm
  • Lester allows five runs, suffers first loss
    Jon Lester coughed up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: His night started by allowing a solo homer to leadoff batter Josh Harrison in the first inning. He surrendered five runs in the first two innings, then settled down to throw three scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Josh Bell in the sixth. Lester allowed 10 hits and two walks in total while striking out five. He has yet to win a game after five starts. He will take his 3.68 ERA into a home matchup with the Phillies on Tuesday. Today, 9:15 pm
  • Brandon Drury day-to-day with jammed knee
    Brandon Drury left Wednesday's game against the Padres with a jammed right knee.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill at first base. Drury singled and walked twice before exiting. After he left, Chris Owings moved from shortstop to second base with Nick Ahmed taking over at shortstop. Drury is day-to-day. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Smith goes 2-for-5 with a walk to lead O's
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run and an RBI in an 11-inning, 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the key to two of the most important plays of the game. He came to the plate in the second inning with a runner on first. Smith singled to center field and ended up running all the way around the bases when the Rays made two errant throws on the play. In the 11th and decisive inning, Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in walk-off fashion. The veteran outfielder is batting .263/.378/.526 with two homers and four RBI while platooning in right field and hitting lead-off versus right-handed starting pitchers. Today, 9:07 pm
  • Sean Manaea exits with shoulder tightness
    Sean Manaea left Wednesday's start against the Angels with left shoulder tightness.

    Advice: Manaea's fastball usually sits in the 93-95 mph range, but Wednesday he topped out at 90 mph while mostly throwing in the mid to high 80s. It was clear Manaea didn't have it tonight and he was eventually pulled after allowing four hits and three earned runs in only two innings of work. We'll let you know as soon as the A's update his status. Today, 9:02 pm
  • Teheran beats Mets on Wednesday
    Julio Teheran limited the Mets to two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings as the Braves won the game 8-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a workman-like outing if not a spectacular one. He needed 106 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings. He walked four, gave up four hits and struck out four while collecting his second win of the season. Both runs he allowed came in on sacrifice flies. He owns a nice 3.38 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 15 walks in 29 1/3 innings. He lines up for two starts against the Mets and Cardinals next week. Today, 8:06 pm
  • Velasquez gets first win with quality start
    Vince Velasquez turned in a quality start and picked up his first win of the season on Wednesday versus the Marlins, working 6 1/3 innings while allowing three runs on six hits

    Advice: One of the hits was a solo homer by Martin Prado in the third inning. He struck out three batters and walked two. This qualifies as the best outing of what has been a rough early season for Velasquez. His ERA improves to 6.33 with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21 1/3 innings. He has given up five home runs in his four starts. He currently lines up for two starts next week, although they are both against first-place teams (Cubs and Nationals). Today, 7:06 pm
  • Britton headed to Double-A Bowie on Friday
    Zach Britton is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

    Advice: That's assuming Britton comes out of Wednesday's side session without issue. The Orioles have been taking their time with Britton, who has spent the last two weeks nursing a strained forearm. Interim closer Brad Brach has yet to allow a run in 10 outings this year, so the Orioles are in good hands either way. Today, 2:44 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Jose Iglesias expected back on Thursday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Jose Iglesias (concussion) will likely be activated from the 7-day disabled list on Thursday.

    Advice: Iglesias took a knee to the head in a game against the Rays last Wednesday but only needed a week to recover. The 27-year-old has hit .267 with one home run and two steals in the early going. Today, 2:20 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Schebler homers twice in loss to Brewers
    Scott Schebler homered twice Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Schebler took Brewers starter Wily Peralta deep in the fourth inning before tagging Peralta again in the sixth. Both were solo shots. The 26-year-old outfielder now has seven home runs and 15 RBI through 21 games this season, though he's sporting a weak .203 batting average and .280 on-base percentage. Today, 1:43 pm
  • De Jong to start for Mariners on Sunday
    Chase De Jong will start for the Mariners on Sunday against the Indians.

    Advice: De Jong is going to be filling in for Felix Hernandez, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation. De Jong has posted decent numbers in the minors but shouldn't be trusted in a spot start against the defending American League champions. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Mike Trout reaches seats in extras
    Mike Trout posted a solo home run in the 10th inning in Tuesday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Trout's blast erased a deficit, forcing an 11th inning. The Halos ended up winning thanks to a Kole Calhoun RBI single, giving manager Mike Scioscia his 1,500th victory as manager in Anaheim. Trout has hit safely in nine straight and 14 of the past 15 contests. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Joe Ross knocked around in Denver
    Joe Ross allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Colorado on Tuesday.

    Advice: Offensive support wasn't the problem for Ross, as the offense provided plenty of runs. He couldn't limit the damage and make it through five innings to qualify for the victory. It certainly happens at Coors Field. He'll look to bounce back in his next scheduled start back at Nationals Park on Sunday against the Mets. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
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