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  • Howard comes up clutch with go-ahead RBI walk
    Ryan Howard snapped a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Howard finished the game 0-for-3, but did manage two walks. His second free pass of the evening would be the key one, as he drew it against Brad Ziegler with the bases loaded to push the Phillies to a 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth inning. They would win by that final score. Veteran slugger Howard is hitting just .151/.211/.349 this season and lost his starting job to Tommy Joseph earlier this month. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Chris Davis hits solo homer, double in win
    Chris Davis went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Davis struck for a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. That was just a throat-clearing for the rest of the frame, as the Orioles would score six more times before the Padres managed to extricate themselves from the mess. Over his last five games, Davis has driven in 10 runs. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .247/.359/.517 with 19 homers and 52 RBI across 271 at-bats. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,RF
  • Myers connects for three-run homer in loss
    Wil Myers went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, a steal and three walks in Tuesday's 11-7 loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Myers launched his three-run homer in the seventh inning. He has been nothing short of phenomenal in the month of June, swatting 11 homers and driving 31 runs this month alone. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .284/.343/.530 with 18 homers, 53 RBI and 11 steals across 296 at-bats. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Pujols RBI single provides lone Angels run
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Pujols notched a third-inning RBI single against Scott Feldman. The Angels would not score another run in the game. The veteran's triple-slash of .244/.317/.412 leaves much to be desired, but Pujols does have a respectable 14 homers and 49 RBI despite his other offensive shortcomings. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Gonzalez has three-hit night against Brewers
    Adrian Gonzalez went a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The three-hit game was much needed for the 34-year-old, who hadn't had a multi-hit game in his previous eight contests. The run batted in was also rare, giving A-Gonz just seven RBI this month. The 34-year-old has had a relatively disappointing season all around to date, batting .272/.347/.382 with six homers, 34 RBI and 26 runs scored. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Carpenter hits 14th homer, Cards top Royals
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Cardinals top the Royals 8-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carpenter took Royals starter Yordano Ventura deep in the fifth inning for a solo shot, his 14th of the year. The dinger vaulted Carpenter to the top of the slugging percentage leaderboard in the National League, a distinction few would guess belongs to the 30-year-old. It's been that kind of year for Carpenter, whose 54 runs scored are second-most in the NL and who also leads the league with a 1.012 OPS. Carpenter is hitting .300/.420/.592 with 49 RBI overall. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    5:15 pm vs KC
  • Carpenter hits 14th homer, Cards top Royals
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Cardinals top the Royals 8-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carpenter took Royals starter Yordano Ventura deep in the fifth inning for a solo shot, his 14th of the year. The dinger vaulted Carpenter to the top of the slugging percentage leaderboard in the National League, a distinction few would guess belongs to the 30-year-old. It's been that kind of year for Carpenter, whose 54 runs scored are second-most in the NL and who also leads the league with a 1.012 OPS. Carpenter is hitting .300/.420/.592 with 49 RBI overall. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    5:15 pm vs KC
  • Hosmer collects two more hits against Cards
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hosmer now has three multi-hit games in his last four starts and has doubled in three straight. It's been a quiet month by his standards -- he's got two home runs while hitting "just" .272 -- but Hosmer is as steady as they come at first base. The 26-year-old is batting .311/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI and 43 runs scored on the year. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Adams has two hits, RBI in return to lineup
    Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Shaw homers, drives in five in win over Rays
    Travis Shaw went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Shaw hit a solo home run in the second inning, his eighth homer of the season, added a two-run double in the seventh and a two-RBI single in the ninth to extend the Sox' lead. The home run was the first in a month for Shaw, who has fallen hard off his early-season pace. His numbers have been buoyed by that great start, as Shaw is still batting .273/.338/.455 with 44 RBI and 39 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Ramirez reaches five times in win over Rays
    Hanley Ramirez reached base five times Tuesday, collecting an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez had a couple of singles, including an RBI single in the seventh inning, to go along with three walks on the evening. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, scoring seven runs and driving in six in that stretch. The modest hitting streak has Ramirez' line up to .276/.348/.413 with 45 RBI and 42 runs scored. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Derek Norris not in Padres lineup on Tuesday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: He'll take a seat in the first game of a brief two-game series against the O's. Christian Bethancourt will suit up behind the plate and bat sixth against Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Athletics option INF Max Muncy to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned INF Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The 25-year-old utility man became the odd-man out with Josh Reddick returning on Tuesday. He hit a respectable .257/.366/.314 with a pair of RBI in just 41 plate appearances during his time with the big league club. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy Oak - 1B,3B,RF
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs SF
  • Justin Turner (hamstring) absent from lineup
    Justin Turner (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner was removed from Monday night's game due to a hamstring cramp and is likely sitting out again as a precautionary measure. Chris Taylor is starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Duda two weeks away from baseball activities
    Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Tuesday that Lucas Duda (back) is still at least two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.

    Advice: That makes a return in July look a lot more questionable for the hobbled slugger. Duda has been sidelined since May 21 due to a stress fracture in his back. Expect to see more James Loney at first base for the Mets over the next month. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup on Tuesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against tough opposing southpaw Cole Hamels. Austin Romine will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Bombers on Tuesday. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Brian McCann NYY - C,1B
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Moreland not in Tuesday's lineup
    Mitch Moreland is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.

    Advice: As promised, Jurickson Profar is making the start at first base. Prince Fielder will serve as the designated hitter. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Napoli not in Tuesday's lineup
    Mike Napoli is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Braves.

    Advice: He'll take a spot with the DH spot unavailable under National League rules. Carlos Santana is starting at first base and batting leadoff. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Brewers recall Jake Elmore from Triple-A
    Brewers purchased the contract of INF/OF Jake Elmore from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: The Brewers designated Alex Presley for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Elmore was hitting .320 with an .808 OPS over 57 games in Triple-A this season, but he's a .215/.277/.288 hitter in the majors. He'll provide some versatility off the bench. Yesterday, 11:24 am
    New Player Note
    Jake Elmore Mil - 1B,2B,3B
    5:10 pm vs LAD
  • Report: Goldschmidt changes agents
    Paul Goldschmidt is now represented by Excel Sports Management.

    Advice: Goldschmidt left ISE Baseball, which was formerly called Relativity Sports. The 28-year-old is signed to a team-friendly deal through 2018 with an affordable club option for 2019, so his contract status isn't an immediate concern. Yesterday, 7:30 am
  • Smoak (knee) fouled out as pinch-hitter
    Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup. Yesterday, 6:06 am
    12:10 pm @Col
  • Mark Teixeira homers in loss to Rangers
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Teixeira's dinger off of Luke Jackson in the seventh inning looked like it would prove to be the winning run, but the Rangers came back with four runs in the top of the ninth in the rain-delayed marathon. The Yankees' first baseman has gone deep in two of three games since returning from the disabled list. Monday, 11:46 pm
  • A.J. Reed goes 0-for-5 against Angels
    A.J. Reed's early struggles continued Monday, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Angels.

    Advice: Reed is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks through three games. One wonders if the Astros might give him a little breather on Tuesday in order to regroup. Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Tommy Joseph strikes out four times
    Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion homers twice in Coors
    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 20th and 21st homers of the year Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: 11 of those homers have come in June. He's driven in 29 runs and scored 25 in 23 games this month. They don't come much hotter than Encarnacion is right now. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Shaw not in Monday's lineup
    Travis Shaw is not in Monday's lineup versus the Rays.

    Advice: He's just getting a day of rest. Marco Hernandez will start in his place at third base and bat ninth against rookie lefty Blake Snell. Monday, 2:45 pm
  • Turner exits game with hamstring cramp
    Justin Turner was removed from Monday's game against the Pirates due to a hamstring cramp.

    Advice: His exit was precautionary, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now. Monday, 1:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Turner exits game with possible injury
    Justin Turner exited Monday's game against the Pirates in the ninth inning with a possible injury.

    Advice: Turner appeared to have some cramping in his leg before exiting. The Dodgers should provide an update after the game. Monday, 1:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Gonzalez benched for second straight game
    Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas. Monday, 6:16 am
  • Justin Turner stays hot in loss to Pirates
    Justin Turner continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

    Advice: Turner accounted for all of the Dodgers offense in this one, smacking a two-run homer off of Chad Kuhl in the third inning and adding on an RBI double in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .250/.332/.437 with 11 homers and 37 RBI. Sunday, 7:52 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Goldschmidt plates four in loss to Rockies
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 and drove home four runs on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt blasted a two-run triple in the fourth inning that increased the D'Backs advantage to 5-1. He later added a two-run single in the sixth that gave them a 7-6 lead, though they would fail to score the remainder of the ballgame. He has certainly picked up the pace offensively after a slow start and is now slashing .301/.436/.522 with 14 homers, 51 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Sunday, 4:51 pm
  • Carpenter bombs two as Cardinals top Mariners
    Matt Carpenter blasted a pair of bombs at Safeco Field on Sunday, helping to power the Cardinals to an 11-6 victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals socked six dingers in the contest. Carpenter's first solo shot came in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 6-3. He then capped off the game's scoring with another solo blast off Vidal Nuno in the ninth. Carpenter also tripled in the contest, finishing the day 3-for-6 with three runs scored. He's having another outstanding season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .300/.419/.585 with 13 long balls and 47 RBI. Sunday, 4:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    5:15 pm vs KC
  • Chris Davis rocks grand slam in O's victory
    Chris Davis connected for a first-inning grand slam in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis launched his granny off of Rays starter Drew Smyly in the first inning. He would later add a single to finish 2-for-4. The slugger is working to a .240/.355/.498 triple-slash with 18 homers and an even 50 RBI over 267 at-bats. It will take a nice second-half power push to reach the 47 dingers he hit in 2015. Sunday, 2:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,RF
  • Napoli crushes two-run homer in rout
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Napoli's homer came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning. The Indians cranked a whopping four dingers in that frame. With the bomb in the books, the veteran slugger is hitting .235/.308/.466 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 264 at-bats. He has done fine work this season, particularly in comparison to the injury-plagued 2014 and 2015 campaigns on his ledger. Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Myers fails to notch hit in shutout defeat
    Wil Myers went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Padres -- as a team -- managed just five singles in the shutout loss. With the 0-for-4 under his belt, Myers is hitting .283/.337/.522 with 17 homers, 50 RBI and 10 steals over 293 at-bats. The 10 steals are already the most he has recorded in a season. Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Teixeira socks first homer since DL return
    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins

    Advice: Teixeira was just activated off the disabled list on Saturday after missing close to a month due to a cartilage tear in his right knee. His solo homer off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the eighth inning provided the only Yankees run of the afternoon. Prior to the injury, the veteran slugger was slashing just .180/.271/.263. Fantasy owners should feel free to utilize him as normal moving forward, though it might be best to keep him on the bench until he starts to find something of an offensive groove. Sunday, 12:42 pm
  • Ramirez goes deep for the eight time of year
    Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run as part of a 2-for-4 game in Texas on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Ramirez' eighth of the season. He is batting .270 with 40 runs, 44 RBI and five stolen bases this year. Saturday, 10:02 pm
  • Reed still looking for first major league hit
    A.J. Reed did not get a hit in his major league debut on Saturday, but he did walk twice, score twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

    Advice: The highly anticipated prospect went 0-for-2 but still managed to deliver solid fantasy value to his eager owners. The 23-year-old hit 34 home runs in the minors last year and had 11 homers in 59 Triple-A games so far this year. Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Saturday, 5:09 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game
    Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Man on fire: Encarnacion rips three more hits
    Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.

    Advice: In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter. Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • A.J. Reed batting sixth in MLB debut Saturday
    A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

    Advice: He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third. Saturday, 10:19 am
    12:10 pm @Col
  • Astros call up top prospect 1B A.J. Reed
    Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Yankees activate Mark Teixeira from 15-day DL
    Yankees activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Teixeira has been sidelined since June 3 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, but he'll make his return Saturday and bat sixth against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. The veteran slugger went 1-for-9 during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will return to a disappointing .180/.271/.263 batting line. Rob Refsnyder played well during his absence, but he's headed back to the bench for now. Saturday, 7:13 am
  • Shaw (shin) singles in return to lineup
    Travis Shaw (shin) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Shaw was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a right shin contusion. He should be good to go moving forward. Saturday, 5:27 am
  • Myers homers, drives in five in win over Reds
    Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night versus the Reds.

    Advice: The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Astros to call up 1B A.J. Reed on Saturday
    The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

    Advice: The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Report: A.J. Reed being called up by Astros
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

    Advice: This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Albert Pujols returns to Angels' starting lineup
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is back in the Angels' lineup Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He's back after sitting out two games with a sore hamstring. Pujols will serve as the DH and hit cleanup against Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman. The 36-year-old will continue to receive regular maintenance days throughout the year to combat his growing list of injuries. Thursday, 3:25 pm
  • Tommy Joseph scratched Thursday with cold
    Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins. Thursday, 9:16 am
  • Travis Shaw (shin) out Thursday vs. Chicago
    Travis Shaw (shin) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Shaw left Wednesday's game with a right shin contusion and was still feeling some discomfort on Thursday morning, but it's not anything overly serious and he should be available to pinch-hit. Marco Hernandez is starting at third base and hitting ninth against White Sox batting practice pitcher James Shields. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Travis Shaw forced out with shin contusion
    Travis Shaw left Wednesday's game against the White Sox with a right shin contusion.

    Advice: Shaw initially suffered the contusion after he fouled a ball off his right foot on Tuesday. While he started at third base on Wednesday, he was replaced in the field by Deven Marrero to start the fourth inning. Consider him day-to-day moving forward. The Red Sox and White Sox will play on Thursday morning and it wouldn't be a surprise if Shaw is rested for that one. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Goldschmidt doubles in loss to Blue Jays
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: While the Diamondbacks did manage eight hits as a team, Goldschmidt was their only player to turn in a multi-hit game. The star first baseman has been his typically stupendous self since a bit of a slow start to the season and is now slashing .290/.427/.514 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and nine steals across 255 at-bats. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Struggling Han-Ram dropped to seventh
    Hanley Ramirez has been dropped to seventh in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Ramirez is hitting just .179/.273/.269 in 67 June at-bats. He struck out twice in key spots during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. His move to seventh in the lineup shouldn't be considered a long-term adjustment, more a breather. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring, ankle) sits out again Wed.
    Albert Pujols (hamstring, ankle) is out again Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Pujols tweaked his left hamstring Sunday in Oakland and is also still dealing with some ankle discomfort from three weeks ago. But he should avoid the disabled list. Mike Trout is at DH and C.J. Cron is starting at first base on Wednesday afternoon in Houston. Wednesday, 8:35 am
  • Teixeira (knee) feels good after rehab debut
    Mark Teixeira (knee) felt good after his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, but those results are not all that important. "It’s really all about the health," he said. "There’s really nothing else that you can really simulate playing in a full game, and that’s what I have to get to." The veteran first baseman is hoping to be activated from the disabled list this Saturday. He was diagnosed with a cartilage tear in his right knee in early June. Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Carpenter hits 11th home run in win over Cubs
    Matt Carpenter hit his 11th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter took Jason Hammel deep in the third inning for the solo job. After a slow start to the year, the 30-year-old has gotten better in each of the first three months, batting .385 in the month of June. The good run has his overall line up to .297/.417/.559 with 43 RBI and 46 runs scored. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    5:15 pm vs KC
  • Travis Shaw scores lone run in loss to ChiSox
    Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the Red Sox lone run in Tuesday's loss to Chris Sale and the White Sox.

    Advice: Shaw singled leading off the third inning, advanced on a base hit by Sandy Leon and took third on a fly ball, setting the stage for him to score on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts. He has cooled a bit after his blistering start to the season, but is still hitting a respectable .272/.342/.451 with seven bombs and 37 RBI. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Napoli has two hits, stolen base against Rays
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The steal was the third of the year for the speedster, who hasn't stolen more than three in a season since 2011. Napoli is batting just .237 with a .309 on-base percentage, but he's found ways to contribute on a regular basis in his first year with the Tribe. The 34-year-old has 15 home runs on the year, and his 49 RBI are sixth-most among American Leaguers. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Pujols (ankle, hamstring) out Tuesday night
    Albert Pujols is out of the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday due to hamstring and ankle issues.

    Advice: Pujols rolled his left ankle three weeks ago in Pittsburgh and tweaked his left hamstring on Sunday in Oakland. "That's what happens when you get old," Pujols said Tuesday. "It seems like every time I'm feeling good, something creeps up." C.J. Cron is at first base and Jefry Marte is serving as the Angels' DH on Tuesday night against the Astros. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • A.J. Reed belts 10th homer in Monday's victory
    Astros 1B prospect A.J. Reed homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .343 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Reed has generated plenty of buzz in his two-plus years in the minors but he still has some work to do before he earns his long-awaited promotion to the big leagues. The 2014 second-round pick has hit just .257 this year after batting .340 with 34 HR and 127 RBI in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi last season. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Justin Turner hits 10th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer against the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Turner has raised his OPS a full hundred points, from .668 to .768, while collecting five homers over the last week. It's hard to imagine he's still unowned in any mixed leagues now. Monday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Reed not close to being called up
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that a promotion for first base prospect A.J. Reed is not imminent.

    Advice: Reed has bounced back after a slow start to the season at Triple-A, but the Astros want to see more before considering a promotion. They are also happy with what the production from the corner infield spots at the major league level in recent days. "He's making improvements and he's taking better at-bats and that's really all we're looking for is consistency of at-bats," said Luhnow. "Defensively, he's going to be fine. We're also looking for an opportunity. Right now, Marwin and Valbuena are both playing well. We want to give Danny Worth an extended look, so these three guys will be sharing the corners. If anybody went down, certainly A.J. Reed would be at or close to the top of the list for guys to come up." Reed, 23, is batting .256/.343/.483 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 55 games this season at Triple-A. Monday, 6:07 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting the day off Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt is getting the day off Monday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Phil Gosselin will start at first base and bat second versus Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. It's just routine rest for Goldschmidt, who's been on fire offensively. He is batting .379/.460/.667 over his last 101 plate appearances. Monday, 7:41 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Martin Maldonado will do the catching. Jun 19, 10:29 am
  • Teixeira (knee) hopes to be activated Sat.
    Mark Teixeira (knee) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and will play three games for them before returning to the big club if all goes well. Teixeira has a cartilage tear in his right knee but will attempt to play through it rather than have surgery. Jun 19, 10:11 am
  • A-Gon raps three hits on Saturday
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored a run on Saturday in his first strong game in a week.

    Advice: Gonzalez got off to a good start in April but has cooled down of late. Prior to today he had a poor .500 OPS in June. All of his stats this season are well below his career norms. The 34-year-old is likely to heat up eventually but it might be time for the aging slugger's owners to start preparing a replacement plan. Jun 18, 11:55 pm
  • Turner fills the scoresheet vs Brewers
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored, one walk and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: The home run was of the three-run variety and was Turner's ninth of the season. That follows the two longballs he hit the night before. The stolen base was his first. Turner is batting .248 and has 28 runs and 30 RBI in 236 at-bats. Those are not the kind of numbers that will lead your fantasy team to the championship, but he can be useful as a backup or spot starter, especially if he has multi-position eligibility in your format. Jun 18, 11:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,3B
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Myers goes 3-for-4 with a home run Saturday
    Wil Myers cranked his 16th home run as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Padres' 7-3 come-from-behind victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: In addition to the first-inning homer, Myers had a key double in the Padres' six-run eighth inning rally. The young outfielder is finally healthy this year and it shows. He now rocks a .291/.333/.537 line with 16 longballs, 45 runs, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases. He is a strong contributor in all five fantasy scoring categories. Jun 18, 11:01 pm
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