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  • Matt Wisler allows just one hit in victory
    Matt Wisler allowed one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in defeating the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wisler walked five, which is the biggest reason he didn't work very deep into this one. Still, he struck out six and that lone hit against him was a single. With two fine performances in three starts, he's worth sticking with in mixed leagues for now.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • A.J. Pierzynski hits two-run homer
    A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pierzynski hit three homers in his first five games of the season, but he's had just two since. His offensive numbers are still living off that huge April he had, but the Braves committed to him over Christian Bethancourt and don't seem to regret it.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Doug Fister gives up four runs in loss
    Doug Fister was tagged for four runs in six innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just one bad inning, as Fister allowed two homers and all four runs in the fourth. His velocity was about the same as last time out, which was better than in his return from the DL but not where he was last year. He's probably just a fifth starter in mixed leagues as is.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Jansen notches 13th save in win over D-Backs
    Kenley Jansen allowed a late run but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jansen trotted into the game with his team up 4-2. The two-run cushion turned out to be necessary. After striking out the first batter of the frame, Jansen coughed up a solo homer to David Peralta before recording the last two outs minus any issues. Jansen's allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but owners should look to a 13-for-14 save chance record, 1.53 ERA and stellar 30/1 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings rather than these little blips of trouble on the radar. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the top closers in the game.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Hill socks solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Aaron Hill went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hill connected for his fourth homer of the season when he launched a Brett Anderson offering into the seats in the sixth inning. He also chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to push his overall RBI total for the season to an even 20. Hill is a possible candidate for trade as we enter July, though his .224/.284/.333 slashline makes one wonder what, if anything, the Diamondbacks could get in return for the 33-year-old infielder.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
    6:40 pm vs Col
  • Anderson holds D-Backs to one run in seven IP
    Brett Anderson picked up his fifth win of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks, yielding just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: Anderson scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work. The lone run to dent his line came when he served up a solo homer to Aaron Hill in the sixth inning. Otherwise, Anderson was aces, striking out seven against two walks and improving to 5-4 on the year. This isn't anything new, as he's allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts. Anderson's bugaboo has always been health, but for the time being, he is pitching some of his best baseball of the season. Overall, he holds a 3.00, 1.29 WHIP and 69/26 K/BB ratio over 96 innings. A home date with the Phillies awaits for his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in Astros' win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a HBP, an RBI and two runs scored in the Astros' 6-5 defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve also swiped a pair of bases. He's hit in 10 straight games to push his average back up to .298. That doesn't quite measure up to last year, but though three months, he's given his fantasy owners exactly what they paid for.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Ray surrenders four runs in loss to Dodgers
    Robbie Ray couldn't quite manage a quality start in Wednesday night's loss to the Dodgers, tossing six innings of four-run ball.

    Advice: Ray struck out six and walked two in the contest. Three of the four runs against him scored in the third inning, when he allowed a pair of RBI doubles and an RBI single. With the loss, the 23-year-old southpaw dropped to 2-4 on the season. Despite Wednesday's relatively unimpressive performance against the Dodgers, Ray's pitched well since returning to the Snakes' starting rotation on June 5 and currently holds a 2.55 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Rangers in his next scheduled start.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez gives up four runs to K.C.
    Vincent Velasquez pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Velasquez bounced back nicely from giving up three runs in the first two innings, with the only other run scoring after he exited in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one. While he didn't factor into the decision despite leaving with the lead, he certainly earned another start with the performance.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Edinson Volquez gives up five runs to Astros
    Edinson Volquez yielded five runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Volquez struck out eight and walked just one while aiming for his fifth straight win tonight, but he was undone by a couple of homers. It's the first time all year that he's allowed five earned runs.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Marte homers in a four-hit effort to beat DET
    Starling Marte doubled and homered in a 4-for-5 effort as the Pirates trounced the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte's only run and RBI came on his solo home run in the eighth inning, the second of three solo shots in the frame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, but entered the game with a .518 OPS in his previous 10 contests. He still has a productive .285/.333/.471 triple-slash line with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Porcello rocked for seven runs in loss to TOR
    Rick Porcello was hammered for seven earned runs over two innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Porcello yielded five runs in the first inning and two more in the second in another awful outing. The 26-year-old right-hander now has a 6.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over his first 16 starts with the Red Sox. He is not looking anything like a $20 million per year pitcher.
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Mike Morin activated from disabled list
    Angels activated RHP Mike Morin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morin missed the last month with a strained left oblique. He'll return to a setup role.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Francisco Lindor not in Wednesday's lineup
    Francisco Lindor is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Mike Aviles is at second base with Lindor on the bench.
    Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks (ankle) pinch-hits
    Will Middlebrooks (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Middlebrooks was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with an ankle injury that occurred when he stepped on a bat in the on-deck circle. He's expected to avoid the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 5:43 am
  • Jansen allows a run following his first walk
    Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still snagged his 12th save of the season as the Dodgers pulled out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With two outs, Jansen issued his first walk of the season to his 56th batter. Paul Goldschmidt then punished him for the walk with an RBI double. Jansen bounced back to strike out Yasmany Tomas to end the game. The right-hander is 12-for-13 in save chances this season with a 1.08 ERA and a 28/1 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Altuve homers, helping the Astros beat KC
    Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.

    Advice: Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:25 pm
  • Morin (oblique) to return Tues. or Wed.
    Mike Morin (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Morin is done with his rehab assignment, but he pitched on Sunday so the Angels will give him a day or two of rest before activating him. He's missed the last month with a strained left oblique.
    Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Middlebrooks leaves game with apparent injury
    Will Middlebrooks was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Middlebrooks appeared to roll his ankle on a bat in the Diamondbacks on-deck circle while chasing down a foul pop fly. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but will be evaluated by team trainers. The Padres should have an update on his status after the game.
    Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Jansen works around leadoff 2B for 11th save
    Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double, but worked around it for his 11th save in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Christian Yelich greeted Jansen with a leadoff double, which allowed the Marlins to bring the potential tying run to the plate on three separate occasions. Jansen struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna consecutively before getting Derek Dietrich to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been utterly dominant since debuting in mid-May, now 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.57 ERA and a 26/0 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Marte steals home as Pirates down Braves
    Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including a steal of home, in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Marte stole home in the fifth inning, breaking for the plate as the Braves attempted to pick off Pedro Alvarez from first base. He had an RBI single and scored a run in the Bucs' five-run first inning and also scored in the seventh. Marte is hitting .279/.328/.460 on the year with 46 RBI and 41 runs scored. The stolen base was his 15th, sixth-most in the National League this year.
    Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • Edinson Volquez holds down A's in victory
    Edinson Volquez held the A's to one run over seven innings in winning Friday.

    Advice: The Royals aren't hitting like they did early in the year... except when Volquez is on the mound. They've averaged 5.8 runs in his last 10 starts and won nine of those games. Volquez actually pitched better while amassing a 2-3 record and a 2.10 ERA in his first five starts. He's 6-1 with a 3.64 ERA since.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Robbie Ray goes six solid innings in loss
    Robbie Ray yielded three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Ray struck out five and walked none. He's the Diamondbacks' best starter right now, but he shouldn't be used in mixed leagues next week, what with his lone start coming against the Dodgers.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Velasquez allows two runs in no-decision
    Vincent Velasquez allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: Tough break for Velasquez, who held the Yankees scoreless over the first six innings and appeared on track for his first major league victory. He got Brian McCann for the first out of the seventh inning, but then allowed back-to-back singles to Carlos Beltran before being pulled. Will Harris then served up a go-ahead three-run homer to Chris Young. Velasquez struck out a pair and walked one in the no-decision. He'll try again to get in the win column next week against the Royals.
    Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Porcello gives up three runs in no-decision
    Rick Porcello took a no-decision Friday against the Rays after giving up three runs in six innings.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked one. Porcello gave up one run over the first five innings, but the Rays tied things up in the sixth, which extended his winless streak to seven starts. His first season in Boston hasn't gone according to plan, as he owns a 5.54 ERA through 15 starts.
    Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Brett Anderson Ks 10 in win over Marlins
    Brett Anderson was sensational against the Marlins on Friday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out a season-high 10 batters.

    Advice: Anderson gave up just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. The southpaw missed bats and kept the ball on the ground, allowing just one fly ball all night long. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts, giving him a 3.13 ERA on the year. Injuries have kept him off the field in recent years, but he's been a great story in the Dodgers' rotation this season.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with, two doubles, three runs scored and two steals as the Astros' No. 3 hitter on Thursday.

    Advice: The Astros liked Carlos Correa's work in the two hole while Jose Altuve missed time last week with a hamstring injury, so Altuve has been hitting third since returning Monday. It doesn't hurt his fantasy value at all.
    Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Doug Fister fires seven scoreless as Nats win
    Doug Fister was outstanding in Thursday’s victory over the Braves, scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings.

    Advice: Fister walked just one and punched out four on the afternoon. After experiencing reduced velocity in his first start back from the disabled list, the veteran right-hander looked to be in vintage form on Thursday, throwing 113 pitches over his seven frames. He’ll look to replicate this fine outing in a rematch against the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • Matt Wisler struggles in loss to Nationals
    Matt Wisler struggled in his second major league start on Thursday, surrendering six runs (four earned) on nine hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Wisler didn’t walk or strike out a batter in the contest. The Nationals scratched out a run in the first, scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning and broke the game open with a three-run uprising in the third, highlighted by a two-run homer by Ian Desmond. As good as Wisler was in his first outing, inconsistency is certainly the expectation for the 22-year-old hurler. He’ll hope for better results on Wednesday in a rematch against these same Nationals.
    Thursday, 4:13 pm
  • Starling Marte not in Pirates lineup Thursday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Josh Harrison will play right field against Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. Marte should be back in there Friday.
    Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Lindor belts first homer in Indians' victory
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-3 and smacked his first major league home run in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Lindor turned on a Buck Farmer offering in the fifth inning and put it just over the right-field wall for a solo jack. He also had a single and one of his two walks came with the bases loaded, so we'll forgive him for making a big baserunning mistake in the third. Lindor sports a .243/.275/.324 batting line in his first 10 big league games.
    Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Jose Altuve (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Jose Altuve (hamstring) is back in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Altuve missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring, but he tested things out and is ready to go. The second baseman has hit an un-Altuve-like .237/.284/.321 since the beginning of May.
    Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Nationals interested in D'Backs infielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are interested in the Diamondbacks' middle infield depth.

    Advice: He doesn't say which player(s) specifically they might be targeting, but Aaron Hill, Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are the options. Hill would probably make the most sense, as the D'Backs have been trying to trade him for a while. The 33-year-old hasn't been very good this season, hitting .236/.301/.338 with three homers.
    Monday, 1:34 pm
    6:40 pm vs Col
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