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  • Guyer homers in return from DL
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) returned from the disabled list by going 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI double in Wednesday’s win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Guyer took former teammate David Price deep for a solo shot in the second inning before plating another run with a double in the third. The 30-year-old is now batting .277 with seven homers and an .868 OPS in 41 games this season. He still does most of his damage against southpaws, but he’s capable of providing some value in deeper mixed leagues. 57 minutes ago
  • Bregman blasts two-run shot in Tuesday's ASG
    Astros SS prospect Alex Bregman bopped a two-run homer as part of a two-hit effort Tuesday in the Texas League All-Star Game.

    Advice: It's not a bad way to go out as Bregman is expected to be promoted to Triple-A Fresno later this week. The 22-year-old had nothing left to prove in Double-A, hitting .297 with 14 HR, 46 RBI and five steals in the first half. The Astros' consensus top prospect hasn't missed a beat since joining the organization as the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft. With Carlos Correa entrenched at shortstop, Bregman's best shot to crack the big leagues in 2016 will probably come as a third baseman. Today, 11:39 am
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  • Berrios flirts with no-hitter in Tuesday's win
    Twins RHP prospect Jose Berrios allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Berrios has now gone 15 innings without allowing a run. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh but lost it on a one-out double by Pawtucket third baseman Jantzen Witte. He finished the game with six strikeouts and only two walks. The 22-year-old had a tough time in a four-game stint with the Twins last month (1-1, 10.20 ERA) but he should get another chance later this year. Today, 10:59 am
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  • Benintendi clubs four hits in Tuesday's loss
    Red Sox OF prospect Andrew Benintendi matched a career-high with four hits Tuesday in Double-A Portland's loss to Trenton.

    Advice: He contributed a pair of doubles and two singles. The 21-year-old has found his stroke this month by hitting .316 with three homers and 16 RBI. He's been especially productive over his last five games with 10 hits in that span. Left field has been a revolving door for the Red Sox this season and there's a chance we could see Benintendi in Boston before the year is over. Today, 10:47 am
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  • DJ LeMahieu (knee) out again Wednesday
    DJ LeMahieu (knee) is out of the Rockies' lineup again Wednesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu appeared as a defensive replacement Tuesday and hoped to make it back to the starting lineup Wednesday, but the Rockies apparently don't want to rush things. Daniel Descalso will continue to fill in at second base. Today, 10:13 am
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  • Fulmer starting vs. Rays on Friday
    Michael Fulmer will start Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Fulmer hasn't pitched since last Wednesday when he gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings against the Mariners, so he'll be going a full eight days between starts. The Tigers are trying to keep his workload in check and will continue to look for ways to give him breaks. Fulmer has thrown 79 innings this season between the majors and the minors. He threw 124 2/3 innings (his highest workload as a professional) last year in the minors. Today, 8:33 am
  • Contreras starting at C, batting cleanup Wed.
    Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Contreras has been holding down left field recently, so this will be his first start behind the plate since Friday. The 24-year-old is batting .355/.459/.677 with three homers and nine RBI through 37 plate appearances in the majors. Today, 7:05 am
  • LeMahieu (knee) strikes out in lone at-bat
    DJ LeMahieu (knee) entered Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays as a defensive replacement and struck out in his lone at-bat.

    Advice: LeMahieu suffered a left knee contusion Sunday and has been held out of the starting lineup for the past two games. He's hoping to return Wednesday. Today, 5:41 am
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  • Smoak (knee) appears as defensive replacement
    Justin Smoak (knee) served as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Smoak has been held out of the starting lineup since last Wednesday due to knee soreness. He appeared as a pinch hitter on Monday and played defense on Tuesday, so it sounds like he's getting close. Today, 5:36 am
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  • Giants fall to A's despite Crawford's 5 RBI
    Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with five RBI in Tuesday's 13-11 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Crawford finished a home run shy of the cycle. As for the runs he drove in, the shortstop notched a two-run double in the third and a three-run triple in the sixth. For the season, Crawford is slashing .268/.342/.415 with six homers and 49 RBI over 265 at-bats. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • 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
  • Johnson allows pair of homers in loss
    Erik Johnson wasn't particularly impressive in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles, surrendering four runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Johnson struck out just two on the evening. Three of the four runs on his line came home via a pair of home runs, with Adam Jones jacking a solo shot in the first inning and Hyun-soo Kim cracking a two-run shot in the fifth. Through six starts, the 26-year-old right-hander holds a tough 9.15 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. A road date with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule, but there is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Lincecum allows five runs while fanning seven
    Tim Lincecum struck out seven and yielded five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Lincecum surrendered a three-run homer to Carlos Correa in the first inning, but mostly settled in after that bomb. After striking out just two in each of his first two starts, Lincecum's seven strikeouts on Tuesday stand as his season-high. His off-speed stuff, in particular, looked sharp. The veteran right-hander also walked four and exited the proceedings having thrown 101 pitches (55 strikes). After limiting the A's to one run over six innings in his mid-June season-debut, Lincecum has surrendered nine runs in his last two outings (7 1/3 innings). He will look to keep the fireworks to a minimum in a July 4 road date with the Rays next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:38 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
  • Granderson fighting through calf strain
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Curtis Granderson is dealing with a "small" calf strain.

    Advice: Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals after he had issues getting loose following a rain delay. This calf strain also kept him out of action on Sunday, but doesn't sound like a potential long-term injury. Unless the Mets indicate otherwise, Granderson should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
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  • Javier Baez smacks grand slam Tuesday
    Javier Baez was hitless in his first six trips to the plate but launched a grand slam in his seventh at-bat in the 15th inning of Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Now that's how you turn your night around. Baez lifted a JJ Hoover offering over the center field wall, giving the Cubs some cushion in the extra-inning marathon. The free swinger is hitting just .256/.301/.430 with 40 strikeouts over 172 at-bats, but he's slugged seven homers. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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  • Rays activate Brandon Guyer from 15-day DL
    Rays activated OF Brandon Guyer from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Given the extent of the injuries the Rays have suffered in the outfield, Guyer should see all of the playing time that he can handle. He has been sidelined since June 4 with a hamstring strain. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Granderson pulled after long rain delay
    Curtis Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals when he had difficulty getting loose after a long rain delay.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has logged a lot of innings this season, so manager Terry Collins opted to play things safe when Granderson tightened up. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or two. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
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  • D.J. LeMahieu expects to return on Wednesday
    D.J. LeMahieu (knee) said Tuesday that he's feeling much better and expects to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu was forced to leave Sunday's game with a left knee contusion and sat out on Monday as a precautionary measure. It's likely that Daniel Descalso will fill in again on Tuesday against JA Happ and the Blue Jays. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
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  • Guyer (hamstring) could return from DL Wed.
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Guyer is 0-for-8 over two rehab games with High-A Charlotte. He played left field Monday for the first time since his hamstring injury. The plan calls for him to be evaluated Tuesday to see if he's ready to rejoin the Rays or needs another rehab game. Yesterday, 6:59 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
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  • Crawford not in Monday's lineup
    Brandon Crawford is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

    Advice: There's no word of any injury, so Crawford is presumably getting a day of rest. Ramiro Pena will start at shortstop. Monday, 3:15 pm
  • LeMahieu (knee) absent from Monday's lineup
    DJ LeMahieu (knee) is absent from Monday's lineup versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: LeMahieu exited Sunday's game with a left knee contusion, but fortunately an MRI on Monday came back clean. He's still dealing with some soreness, but hopes to play Tuesday. Daniel Descalso will start in his place at second base and bat sixth Monday. Monday, 2:19 pm
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  • D.J. LeMahieu (knee) headed for MRI Monday
    D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: He came out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. LeMaheiu landed awkwardly on his knee after diving for a single by Paul Goldschmidt. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Daniel Descalso replaced LeMahieu at second base and will probably start there during his absence. LeMahieu's .327 average is tied for third-best in the National League. Monday, 6:51 am
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  • Curtis Granderson sitting out on Sunday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Brandon Nimmo is in right field for his major league debut Sunday, and Kelly Johnson is in left and in the leadoff spot. The Mets are also resting Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud, as Matt Reynolds is at shortstop and Rene Rivera is catching. Sunday, 7:58 am
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  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • LeMahieu, Rox pound out 11 runs vs. D'backs
    DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Rockies pounded the Diamondbacks 11-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: LeMahieu had one of the team's three home runs on the day, his fifth homer of the year. The second baseman has been terrific in his last six games, going 13-for-28 with four RBI and five runs scored. The good stretch is a microcosm of what has been a stellar first half for the 27-year-old, who's batting .328/.392/.500 with 46 runs scored overall. Saturday, 7:42 pm
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  • Guyer beginning rehab assignment Saturday
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Advice: Guyer will serve as the DH on Saturday. He was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a strained hamstring. The Rays' outfield is pretty banged up right now with injuries to Steven Souza (hip), Mikie Mahtook (hand) and Kevin Kiermaier (hand), so it will be a welcome sight when Guyer returns sometime next week. Saturday, 1:42 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
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  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Benintendi wasn't a candidate for promotion
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said that prospect outfielder Andrew Benintendi wasn't a consideration to be called up Friday.

    Advice: Chris Young was placed on the disabled list Friday and the Red Sox called up Bryce Brentz instead. Dombrowski said that they are pleased with Benintendi's defense and baserunning and that it could play in the majors right now, but that he isn't quite ready offensively. The 21-year-old is batting .246/.297/.397 over 32 games since his promotion to Double-A Portland last month, but he has swung the bat much better recently. It might not be long before he forces the issue. Friday, 4:08 pm
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  • Lincecum surrenders four runs vs Athletics
    Tim Lincecum failed to provide much length in Thursday's loss to the A's, surrendering four runs on seven hits over three innings.

    Advice: Lincecum managed six innings of one-run ball in his first start with the Halos, but start No. 2 proved less successful. Three of the four runs on his line scored when the veteran right-hander coughed up a three-run homer to Marcus Semien in the second inning. Lincecum managed just two strikeouts on the evening. Once The Freak puts in a few more starts, the shape of his season will start to become more clear. As is, he offers little fantasy appeal to those outside of very deep AL-only formats. And even then, don't expect miracles. Lincecum will continue to work back into the flow of the season in a home start against the Astros next time out. Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Johnson gets shelled again in loss to Orioles
    Erik Johnson surrendered six earned runs in four innings while giving up nine hits, including two home runs, as his record fell to 0-3 in an inter-league loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: When you come into a game with a 7.66 ERA it is hard to make it even worse, but Johnson did exactly that. He now has a terrible 8.54 ERA and 1.90 WHIP after five starts. He has given up an unbelievable 12 home runs in only 26 1/3 innings. Johnson recently came to the Padres in the James Shields deal. Both Johnson and Shields have been shelled mercilessly since the trade. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Fulmer pitches well in abbreviated outing
    Michael Fulmer held the Mariners to one run but only managed to last 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

    Advice: He allowed three hits and one walk while fanning three. The beat rolls on for the rookie right-hander, who now sits on a 2.40 ERA after 11 starts. If he had lasted a couple more outs in this game he would have gotten credit for his eighth win, but instead his record holds at 7-2. Fulmer was pulled in the fifth inning after he hit back-to-back batters to force in a run. The young budding star will face the Marlins in his next start a week from today. Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Guyer (hamstring) nearing baseball activity
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could begin baseball activities on Friday.

    Advice: Guyer has been sidelined for a little over two weeks with a left hamstring strain, but he has increased his running in recent days and could take some swings against rehabbing right-handers Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley later this week. He appears on track to return in the early part of July. Tuesday, 6:32 am
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Jun 20, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • 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
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