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  • Diaz blasts three-run home run on Saturday
    Aledmys Diaz blasted a three-run shot for his 10th homer of the season on Saturday, finishing the day 1-for-4 with a walk.

    Advice: Diaz is hitting .306/.365/.500 with 48 runs and 39 RBI. Those are great numbers for a shortstop who was available very late in drafts this spring. He got an opportunity to play when Jhonny Peralta got hurt and he made the most of it, keeping the gig when Peralta returned. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
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  • Hellickson pitches well in win over Giants
    Jeremy Hellickson surrendered only two runs (one earned) in six innings to help the Phillies beat the Giants 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up five hits and one walk while punching out three hitters. The strong start improved his ERA to 4.23 with a 1.23 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 93 2/3 innings spread across 16 starts. His next game will be an interleague start versus the Royals on Friday. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
  • Bumgarner turns in quality start but loses
    Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com 45 minutes ago
  • Gomez snares 20th save with perfect inning
    Jeanmar Gomez slammed the door on the Giants with a perfect ninth inning to notch his 20th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: Gomez does not post elite stats but he has gotten the job done all season. Only five closers have more saves than Gomez this year. He has a 3.09 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
  • Panik hits two singles and scores a run
    Joe Panik was the only Giants batter with multiple hits on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.

    Advice: Panik raised his batting average to .259 with the two singles. He has scored 45 runs to provide his owners with good value in that category, but he doesn't do enough in the other categories to make himself worthy of starting for a good fantasy team. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:28 pm
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  • Griffin gives up two runs in short outing
    A.J. Griffin gave up two runs on four hits and made it through only 4 1/3 innings for a no-decision on Saturday, striking out six and walking one in the Rangers' 10-3 victory over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Griffin came off the disabled list today after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. That is part of the reason he was lifted early in this game, although he had already thrown 91 pitches. He has been very effective through seven starts. Now with a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings, Griffin will square off with the Yankees on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:21 pm
  • Wright coughs up eight runs to the Rangers
    Steven Wright got smacked around for eight runs (only three were earned) on seven hits during his 4 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright didn't pitch as badly as it seems. The Red Sox' defense let him down multiple times. The home run Wright gave up to Ian Desmond today was only the fifth one the knuckleballer has allowed this season, which is a huge reason why he has a league-leading 2.18 ERA after 15 starts. Now 8-5, Wright draws a favorable matchup with the Angels on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 pm
  • Desmond launches 13th home run on Saturday
    Ian Desmond connected for his 13th homer on Saturday as his resurgent season rolls on.

    Advice: Desmond added a single to finish 2-for-5 on the night. Now sporting a .322/.371/.527 slash line with 53 runs, 49 RBI and 13 stolen bases, Desmond is on pace to set career highs in every category across the board. Following last year's terrible results, he is perhaps the biggest draft day steal of the season thus far. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:02 pm
  • de la Cruz could take Blair's rotation spot
    Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 pm
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  • Danny Farquhar sent down after doubleheader
    Rays optioned RHP Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar appeared in the second game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader on Saturday, allowing a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the eighth inning. He'll continue to bounce back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 pm
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  • Carter hits three-run blast in win over Nats
    Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Brewers edged the Nationals 6-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Carter's three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning got the scoring started. It was his 19th homer of the season -- third-most in the National League -- giving him 47 RBI and 36 runs scored. The 29-year-old is batting .229/.305/.508 in 72 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 pm
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  • Garza gives up four runs to earn first win
    Matt Garza gave up four runs over six innings in a win over the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't a great, or even very good, start for the right-hander -- he gave up seven hits and walked three on the afternoon -- but it was enough to get him his first win of the season. Garza has been left for dead in recent years, but he has a respectable 2.81 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list on June 15. The 32-year-old will take on the Cardinals on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 pm
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  • A.J. Griffin returns Saturday against Boston
    Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:42 pm
  • Rays call up RHP Farquhar from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar will be the 26th man in Saturday's doubleheader with the Orioles. The 29-year-old has allowed two runs with a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings with the Rays this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
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  • Adam Lind's homer propels Mariners
    Adam Lind delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Lind's 11th homer of the year came off Trevor Rosenthal. He has five homers in his last 11 games, though he's recorded just two other hits in that span. His average has actually tumbled from .259 to .234 during the month of June. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 pm
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  • Joe Panik knocks in three with triple
    Joe Panik had a three-run triple against the Pirates in Thursday's win.

    Advice: The ball to right-center really should have been cut off, but Gregory Polanco was playing him to pull in center and Matt Joyce wasn't nearly quick enough to get there from right. It was Panik's fifth triple of the year, and he's up to 36 RBI. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:19 pm
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  • Panik's RBI double leads Giants to victory
    Joe Panik only had one hit on Wednesday, but it was a big one as he smacked a two-run double to lift the Giants over the Pirates 7-6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik finished 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. His key hit came in the sixth inning off Pirates' reliever Jared Hughes. Panik drove a double to left to score Ramiro Pena and Jarrett Parker, turning a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. Panik hasn't hit nearly as well as he did last year. His .259/.322/.409 slash line is essentially league-average across the board. That is not nearly as pretty as his .312/.378/.455 line from last year. While his rate stats may be down his counting stats are up. His seven homers are one behind his career high and he is on pace to blow past last year's totals in runs, RBI and steals as well. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:55 pm
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  • A.J. Griffin (shoulder) to start on Saturday
    A.J. Griffin (shoulder) will start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be Griffin's first start since May 7. He has been working his way back from right shoulder soreness in the interim. The 28-year-old held a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over six starts (33 2/3 innings) prior to the injury. With Griffin going Saturday, the Rangers round out their weekend rotation with Nick Martinez on Friday and Martin Perez on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz goes 3-for-4 with HR vs. Cubs
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday in the Cardinals' 7-2 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Diaz singled off Jake Arrieta in the first and fifth before cranking a two-run shot off Carl Edwards Jr. in the sixth. The 25-year-old shortstop has met some natural regression, but he still boasts an impressive .310/.362/.496 overall batting line with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 67 total games this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:45 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Chris Carter notches RBI single in loss
    Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Carter hit an RBI single off A's starter Sonny Gray in the sixth inning. It gave the Brewers a short-lived 2-1 lead which would be erased in the bottom of the frame. Outside of the single, the all-or-nothing slugger struck out three times. For the season, Carter is slashing .225/.297/.502 with 18 homers and 44 RBI across 249 at-bats. That fantastic power output comes with 91 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:54 pm
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  • Ian Desmond hits 11th homer in win
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: The Rangers won despite being outhit 15-9 (and outwalked 2-1). In fact, the Orioles were the first team this year to collect 15 hits and score as few as three runs. Desmond's homer was the Rangers' lone hit to go for extra bases. His .312 average qualifies as one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:07 pm
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  • Lind homers among three hits against Tigers
    Adam Lind went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Lind hit the home run off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning. He's now got four homers in his last eight games and 10 overall. It's been largely feast or famine -- he's batting just .243/.277/.441 on the year -- and Lind regaining his power stroke could bode well for the 32-year-old's immediate future. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:05 pm
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  • Wright goes nine innings against White Sox
    Steven Wright allowed only an unearned run over nine innings of work but didn't factor in the decision Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Wright scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six on the night. On any other night he would have likely had his fourth complete game of the season, but he settled for lowering his ERA to a microscopic 2.01 with a 1.10 WHIP in 14 starts. The knuckleball is a fickle mistress, but it has treated Wright very well thus far this year. He'll attempt to keep the ball dancing Saturday against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:26 pm
  • Bumgarner goes the distance in loss to Bucs
    Madison Bumgarner allowed a lone run in a complete-game loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: A solo home run by Erik Kratz in the fifth inning was all the scoring either side could manage on the evening. It was one of five hits Bumgarner allowed while striking out eight and walking two. The southpaw is now 8-3 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/28 K/BB ratio over 102 innings of work. Another tasty matchup with the Phillies is on tap for Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Hellickson allows three in first in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three earned runs over seven innings Monday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: All three of those runs crossed the plate in the top of the first inning, with Phil Gosselin roping an RBI single and Jake Lamb blasting a two-run homer. Hellickson settled in from there, finishing with six strikeouts against zero walks, but he received only one run of support from the Philadelphia offense. He'll take a 4-6 record and 4.41 ERA into his next start on the road against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:59 pm
  • Garza fires six shutout innings vs. Dodgers
    Matt Garza was terrific in a no-decision on Sunday, firing six shutout innings against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Garza scattered five hits and struck out two without walking a batter in the contest. He left with his team ahead 1-0 and in line for the victory, but the Brewers bullpen was unable to protect his lead. He has shown the ability to be a quality mixed league pitcher in the past, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could be a useful fantasy commodity once again. He'll take on the Nationals his next time out on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:55 pm
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  • Mets have had trade talks with Brewers
    Justin Tasch and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News report that the Mets have talked to the Brewers "about a few players."

    Advice: Chris Carter is surely available via trade and would make sense for the Mets with Lucas Duda (back) out indefinitely. He's making $2.5 million in 2016 in a year where he's hit 18 homers and is under team control through 2018. The Brewers are also expected to shop Jonathan Lucroy and he could be a possibility for the Mets, especially if they're not confident Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:29 am
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  • Panik's three-run blast wins it for Giants
    Joe Panik hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to lead the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: With two outs and two on in a tie game, Panik ripped an Alex Colome pitch to right field for the game-winning blast. He had driven in a run earlier in the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving him four RBI on the night. The second baseman hasn't quite enjoyed the same success as he did in his All-Star season a year ago, but he's still hitting a respectable .263/.327/.421 with seven homers, 30 RBI and 39 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:24 pm
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  • Lind hits ninth home run in loss to Red Sox
    Adam Lind hit his ninth home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Lind took Red Sox starter Rick Porcello deep in the second inning, his only hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. After a promising month of May, Lind has struggled in June and is slowly losing some at-bats to Dae-Ho Lee, who has acquitted himself very well in his first year in MLB. Lind, meanwhile, does have three homers in his last five starts. He's hitting .235/.271/.418 on the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:41 pm
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  • HanRam doubles, scores twice against Mariners
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Ramirez was hitting just .176/.283/.275 in the month of June before the two-hit afternoon. He has just one homer and three doubles in that span. After Saturday's game, the 32-year-old is batting .273/.342/.392 overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Hellickson struggles in loss to Jays on Wed.
    Jeremy Hellickson lasted six innings but allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks while taking a loss against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: His ERA inches up to 4.46 as his record falls to 4-5 on the season. Hellickson's 8.37 K/9 is the best of his career but it has not transformed him into a quality fantasy pitcher. He makes for a decent matchup play or streamer during two-start weeks in mixed leagues, but that's about it. The right-hander is on tap for two starts next week, first at home against the Diamondbacks on Monday then at the Twins next Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Steven Wright goes 7 1/3 innings in win
    Steven Wright pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in defeating the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gausman was charged with a run after exiting in the eighth, taking away his American League ERA lead. He's at 2.22 now, putting him just behind Danny Salazar at 2.19. Tonight's start was the sixth of the year in which he's pitched into the eighth inning, saving the Boston bullpen. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez hits three-run homer
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Wednesday in the win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramirez has been a weak link of late, hitting .181 with just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in his last 23 games. It didn't seem like it was an injury playing a role in his struggles, so he always figured to turn it around. Maybe it started tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Bumgarner strikes out eight in gem of a win
    Madison Bumgarner was his typically brilliant self in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Brewers, surrendering two runs on four hits while striking out eight over eight innings.

    Advice: Jonathan Lucroy burned Mad-Bum for a solo home run in the fifth inning and Hernan Perez worked an RBI single in the sixth to account for the scoring on the ace southpaw's line. He has been nothing short of dominant this season. To wit, prior to Tuesday's start, he had not allowed more than one run in an outing since May 6. Through 94 innings, Bumgarner holds a 1.91 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 107/26 K/BB ratio. He will look to slice and dice the Pirates in a road start next time out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Matt Garza tosses four innings in DL return
    Making his first start of the season, Matt Garza allowed one run on eight hits over four innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Garza has had to sit out the first two-and-a-half months of the season while recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in his final spring start. On Tuesday, the veteran right-hander struck out five and walked one, with only a Brandon Crawford RBI single in the third inning denting the scoreboard during his four innings of work. He threw 87 pitches (54 for strikes), but should be able to improve on his efficiency as he re-acclimates to major league play. While he was roughed up to the tune of a 5.63 ERA in 2015, he had a long track record of success prior to last year's unfortunate result and those in deeper NL-only formats with roster space to spare lose nothing on a speculative flier. Just don't expect miracles. A road date with the Dodgers awaits him next time out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:41 pm
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