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  • Shipley tosses six shutout innings Saturday
    Braden Shipley shut out the Dodgers for six innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

    Advice: He fanned four batters, walked one and allowed five hits. He was making his second career start and this one went much better than the first. He improved his ERA from 10.13 to 4.76 tonight. Shipley is filling in for injured starter Zack Greinke. He didn't strike out many batters in the minor leagues and is probably not going to be a reliable fantasy starter this year even if he does remain in the Diamondbacks' rotation. The former 1st round pick is more enticing in dynasty leagues as he does have the potential to become a mid-range starter eventually. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Kazmir roughed up for four runs in 6 2/3
    Scott Kazmir was charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings despite fanning seven batters in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up eight hits but didn't walk anyone. He falls to 9-4 with a 4.41 ERA. He has an excellent 124/39 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings so perhaps his ERA will improve over the last two months. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Barrett gives up a run but snags a save
    Jake Barrett gave up a home run in the ninth inning but closed out the Dodgers for his third save of the season.

    Advice: He was called upon with two runners aboard with two outs in the eighth inning and successfully stranded them to protect a three run lead. He gave up a harmless homer to Joc Pederson in the ninth. Barrett might see more save chances due to the struggles of Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson. Barrett has a 2.79 ERA on the season as a rookie. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Pederson swats long home run on Saturday
    Joc Pederson swatted a long home run in the ninth inning on Saturday, but it was too little, too late as the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Pederson has an .802 OPS but it comes with an unpleasant .239 batting average. He has 15 home runs in 84 games. He is best known for his mammoth power, but he hit for high averages in the minor leagues. At 24 years old he still has the potential to develop into an all-around fantasy producer. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Santiago yields two runs in five innings Sat.
    Hector Santiago led the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Red Sox by tossing five innings of two run baseball on Saturday.

    Advice: He struggled badly with his control, walking six batters, but limited Boston to four hits. He fanned six. The two runs he allowed came in the first inning but he settled down after that. Santiago now sports a 10-4 record with a 4.25 ERA. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Pomeranz coughs up five runs in 5 1/3 frames
    Drew Pomeranz was smacked around for five runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered six hits and walked two while fanning four. His record falls under the .500 mark at 8-9. It was the second time he has been bombed in his three starts since being traded to the Red Sox. He has 130 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings with a 3.09 ERA. He remains a strong fantasy option moving forward. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Betts drills his 21st homer but Red Sox lose
    Mookie Betts hit a solo homer for his only hit of the night on Saturday.

    Advice: The longball was Betts' 21st of the season. He has been a fantasy monster this year, batting .303 with 81 runs, 68 RBI and 17 stolen bases at the age of 23. He has already passed last year's 18 home runs and still has two months to play. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Joel de la Cruz to start Sunday vs. Phillies
    Joel de la Cruz will start Sunday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves are still piecing together their rotation after trading Lucas Harrell to the Rangers last week. Cruz is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in his two starts for the Braves this year. This will just be a spot start as Aaron Blair is expected to join the rotation sometime next week. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Rupp's three hits lead the way for Phillies
    Cameron Rupp went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and two runs scored as the Phillies downed the Braves 9-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Rupp came through with an RBI single in the second inning to get the scoring started. It was a much-needed evening for the 27-year-old, who had just three hits in his previous 25 at-bats coming into the game. Rupp is putting together a good offensive season behind the dish, batting .273/.327/.470 with 10 homers and 30 RBI overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Peterson collects three hits in loss to Phils
    Jace Peterson went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Peterson had two singles and a double while batting leadoff in the game. The three hits raised his season average to .270 with a .748 OPS. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Marksberry dealing with inflamed rotator cuff
    Matt Marksberry is dealing with rotator cuff inflammation.

    Advice: Marksberry didn't look right pitching against the Phillies on Saturday night. He left after giving up two hits in 2 /3 of an inning. Marksberry will be reevaluated on Sunday. The 25-year-old could be headed for a stint on the disabled list. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    10:35 am vs Phi
  • Rosales hits walk-off home run vs Reds on Sat
    Adam Rosales led off the home half of the 10th inning with a walk-off home run on Saturday to beat the Reds.

    Advice: It was his eighth homer of the season in only 146 at-bats. The 33-year-old journeyman is batting only .212 this year, primarily as a pinch-hitter who starts once a week or so. His playing time might receive a slight boost as the Padres sell off players at the trade deadline. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    1:40 pm vs Cin
  • Amarista goes 3-for-4 with an RBI and SB
    Alexi Amarista went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. He is batting .269/.324/.290 with zero homers and seven stolen bases in 46 games. He has been optioned and recalled multiple times this year. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    1:40 pm vs Cin
  • Votto gets two more hits on Saturday
    Joey Votto continued to rack up hits, adding two more singles in four trips to the plate on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto has his line up to .284/.418/.493 after a very slow start to the season. He is fourth in the majors in on-base percentage and is likely to be first by season's end. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Polanco hits 14th home run against Brewers
    Gregory Polanco hit his 14th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: The home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, came off lefty reliever Will Smith, his third homer of the year against a southpaw. Polanco hit some rough patches in June and July, but he's shown signs of a resurgence in recent games. After Saturday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .287/.360/.499 on the year. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Braves recall lefty Matt Marksberry
    Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Marksberry allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work with the Braves back in June. He will function as a lefty specialist in his return to the majors. Thursday, 12:44 pm
    10:35 am vs Phi
  • Gregory Polanco out of Bucs' lineup on Wed.
    Gregory Polanco is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Polanco went 4-for-5 and slugged his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night against Seattle, but Sean Rodriguez will start in right field and bat seventh Wednesday versus Mariners lefty James Paxton. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Padres recall Alexi Amarista from Triple-A
    Padres recalled INF/OF Alexi Amarista from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Amarista will fill in for Yangervis Solarte, who was placed on the family leave list in a corresponding move. Amarista, 27, has hit .239/.299/.261 in 98 plate appearances this year at the major league level. Wednesday, 7:10 am
    1:40 pm vs Cin
  • Gregory Polanco goes 4-for-5, homers
    Gregory Polanco went 4-for-5 and hit his 13th homer Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Polanco has been a thoroughly mediocre hitter since the beginning of June, but we'd like to think he still has a nice run in him prior to season's end. A big game against Felix Hernandez would be a nice way to start to turn it around. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Braden Shipley struggles in MLB debut
    Braden Shipley's major league debut didn't go well, as he allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Shipley served up a homer to the second batter he faced -- Scooter Gennett -- and wound up allowing three longballs on the night. He also walked four batters and gave up eight hits overall. It was a forgettable major league debut, but Shipley should get another shot this weekend against the Dodgers. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Hector Santiago picks up ninth win
    Hector Santiago yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Royals.

    Advice: The Angels will probably get decent offers for Santiago, who has pitched well after a June swoon and now stands at 9-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season. It just remains to be seen whether Arte Moreno will be content to tank the rest of the season away. Injuries have killed the Angels' pitching depth, so if they trade Santiago and/or Matt Shoemaker, they stand to be one of the league's worst teams down the stretch. Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz pitches well in loss
    Drew Pomeranz pitched well but took a loss Monday, holding the Tigers to two runs over six frames while striking out seven.

    Advice: Pomeranz was in the midst of a gem before Jose Iglesias took him over the Green Monster with a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He gave up just four hits and walk two on the night to go along with his seven punchouts. It was obviously a major step forward after Pomeranz was knocked around in his first outing for Boston. He'll get the Angels over the weekend. Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Marlins have inquired about Angels' Santiago
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins have inquired on Angels' starters, including left-hander Hector Santiago.

    Advice: The Marlins have also presumably asked about Matt Shoemaker, who has been on a heck of a roll over the past two months. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Monday that the Angels are listening to offers on Santiago, who is under team control for one more season. The southpaw has a 4.32 ERA and 96/47 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings this season. The Marlins are known to be in the market for starting pitching, especially with Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) going down. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Rupp (head) returns to Phillies' lineup Mon.
    Cameron Rupp (head) has returned to the Phillies' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Rupp was hit in the head by a pitch on Saturday, but he passed MLB's concussion protocol and has been cleared to return. He'll bat fifth and catch Jeremy Hellickson. Monday, 1:52 pm
  • D-Backs call up prospect Braden Shipley
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Shipley will make his major league debut Monday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old posted a 3.70 ERA and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings over 19 starts this season in Triple-A. It's unclear if he'll keep a rotation spot once Zack Greinke (oblique) is ready to return.Daily Slant: Shipley was the 15th overall pick back in the 2013 draft, but hasn't been great at the AAA level with just a 15.5 K% in 119.1 IP on the season. While the Brewers do strike out a ton against RHP (26.3 K%), they are in a nice spot tonight with one of the highest team totals on the slate. All of the bats in the top six of the order are squarely in play, and stacking up any combination of them is a fine GPP move. Monday, 1:14 pm
  • Betts (knee) returns to Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Mookie Betts (knee) has returned to the Red Sox lineup Monday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Betts sat out Saturday and Sunday after leaving Friday's game with minor soreness in his right knee. He is starting in right field and batting leadoff Monday night against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander. Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Halos reportedly listening on Hector Santiago
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Angels are listening on starting pitcher Hector Santiago.

    Advice: And several clubs have already inquired, per Crasnick's sources. Santiago is sporting a career-worst 4.32 ERA in 110 1/3 innings this season, but the 28-year-old left-hander managed a sharp 3.55 ERA in 532 2/3 innings between 2011 and 2015. He is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time in 2017. Monday, 11:05 am
  • Scott Kazmir gives up three in win on Sunday
    Scott Kazmir earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kazmir struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Dodgers offense staked him to nine runs in the first two innings, so all Kazmir had to do was throw strikes and make sure the Cardinals didn't mount a major rally against him. Tommy Pham provided the big blow against him with a two-run blast in the second. He'll bring a 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks. Jul 24, 9:01 pm
  • Mookie Betts (knee) out again on Sunday
    Mookie Betts (knee) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight starts after departing Friday's contest with a sore right knee. The good news is Betts is expected to be available off the bench and is hoping to be back in the lineup Monday. Brock Holt is in right field and Bryce Brentz is in left Sunday. Jul 24, 8:33 am
  • Votto goes 2-for-3 with a stolen base on Sat.
    Joey Votto stayed hot on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: Votto got off to a very slow start this season, but has been back to his usual stellar self for a good while now. For the season he is slashing .275/.410/.484 and that line is likely to continue its steady climb down the stretch. He has 17 home runs, 58 runs, 50 RBI and seven stolen bases. Jul 23, 8:07 pm
  • Braden Shipley to make MLB debut Monday
    Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley will be called up to make his major league debut Monday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Shipley will be filling in for Zack Greinke, who remains sidelined with an oblique injury. The former first-round draft pick (15th overall in 2013) has registered a 3.70 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A Reno. It's not clear whether he'll get another turn after Monday. Jul 23, 4:15 pm
  • Cameron Rupp showing no concussion signs
    Cameron Rupp is showing no concussion symptoms.

    Advice: That's great news. Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a 91 mph fastball from Tyler Glasnow off the side of his batting helmet. The 27-year-old catcher entered the day with an impressive .810 OPS and 10 home runs in 62 games. Jul 23, 2:50 pm
  • Cameron Rupp leaves after HBP to helmet
    Cameron Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his helmet.

    Advice: The 91 mph fastball from Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow caught Rupp right in the ear hole. He'll probably be put through MLB's concussion protocol. Look for an update Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rupp was 0-for-1 in the game, after going 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI on Friday night. Jul 23, 2:15 pm
  • Mookie Betts (knee) absent from BoSox lineup
    Mookie Betts (knee) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Betts was removed from Friday's game due to what has been termed as minor soreness in his right knee, and Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to be safe and give him an extra day to rest. Expect to see him back atop the lineup for Sunday's series finale. Jul 23, 12:27 pm
  • Jace Peterson hits fifth homer
    Jace Peterson hit his fifth homer Friday against the Rockies' Jason Motte.

    Advice: Peterson lost his job early this year and was sent down for a time, but he's been one of the Braves' best players this year, amassing a .743 OPS in 171 at-bats. Of course, with just 17 RBI, 23 runs scored and one steal in his 57 games, he still hasn't been able to do much for fantasy leaguers. That doesn't seem likely to change. Jul 22, 9:08 pm
  • Votto blasts three-run homer to beat D'Backs
    Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer in the first inning on Friday, propelling the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Votto victimized Archie Bradley after Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart had reached to open the game. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks and scored two runs. Votto continues to be a force in the middle of the Reds lineup, hitting .271/.406/.483 with 17 homers and 50 RBI. Jul 22, 8:33 pm
  • Rupp homers, drives in three vs. Pirates
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a single in the sixth inning before adding a two-run homer for some insurance in the ninth. Expectations were modest coming into the year, but the 27-year-old quietly has 10 homers with an .810 OPS through 62 games. He’s gaining momentum in mixed fantasy leagues. Jul 22, 6:53 pm
  • Betts forced to leave game with knee soreness
    Mookie Betts was forced to leave Friday's game against the Twins due to right knee soreness.

    Advice: Betts started the game off with a bang, belting a leadoff home run for the second consecutive night. It's unclear when exactly he sustained the injury, though it doesn't sound serious. Betts is listed as day-to-day. Jul 22, 6:43 pm
  • Betts hits leadoff homer in win over Twins
    Mookie Betts finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Betts jumped on the first pitch he saw from Twins starter Tyler Duffey, leading off the game with a shot over the Green Monster. He added an RBI double in the Red Sox' four-run eighth inning. Betts now ranks among the league leaders in runs scored and runs batted in from the leadoff spot, a testament to the kind of year he's having. The five-tool beast is now hitting .306/.345/.527 with 19 homers, 62 RBI, 78 runs scored and 16 stolen bases on the season. Jul 21, 7:09 pm
  • Padres optioned INF/OF Amarista to AAA
    Padres optioned INF/OF Alexi Amarista to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Amarista was sent out with Brett Wallace returning from the paternity leave list. The 27-year-old is batting .239/.299/.261 in 98 plate appearances at the major league level this year. Jul 21, 1:07 pm
    1:40 pm vs Cin
  • Santiago lasts five innings, beats Rangers
    Hector Santiago lasted just five innings against the Rangers on Wednesday, but still ended up with a victory after allowing three runs on five hits.

    Advice: Santiago walked three and struck out three on the evening, laboring through 100 pitches in his five frames. The Rangers scratched out a pair of runs against him in the third inning, then added in the fourth on a solo homer by Mitch Moreland. Now 8-4 on the season, Santiago will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Royals in Kansas City. Jul 20, 10:04 pm
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