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  • Duda continues home run barrage in victory
    Lucas Duda continued his home run barrage on Sunday, blasting a two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: With the victory, the Mets completed their sweep of the three-game weekend series against the Nationals and pulled even with their division rival for the top spot in the National League East. Duda has been on an absolute tear at the plate in recent days, blasting nine home runs and driving home 12 runs in his last eight ballgames. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .249/.348/.489 with 21 homers and 50 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Granderson blasts 17th homer as Mets sweep
    Curtis Granderson blasted his 17th home run of the season as the Mets completed their three-game sweep of the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Granderson's two-run blast off Jordan Zimmermann got the Mets on the board in the third inning. He would immediately be followed by a solo shot from teammate Daniel Murphy, a single from Yoenis Cespedes and a two-run bomb off the bat of Lucas Duda to provide the extent of the Mets offense. Granderson has quietly had a very strong season atop the Mets lineup, slashing .254/.347/.443 with 17 long balls and 38 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Syndergaard fans nine as Mets sweep Nationals
    Noah Syndergaard delivered another dominant effort in Sunday's win over the Nationals, allowing two runs on seven hits over eight strong innings.

    Advice: He racked up nine strikeouts on the impressive evening without issuing a walk. The only damage against him came on a pair of solo home runs, one by Anthony Rendon in the first inning and the other from Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The 22-year-old now boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 100/20 K/BB ratio over 94 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to continue his dominance on Saturday when he takes on the Rays in Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Canha walks A's off with double in 10th
    Mark Canha hit a walk-off double to propel the A's to a 2-1 win over the Indians on Sunday.

    Advice: Canha had not recorded a hit entering the 10th inning, but his two-out double off of Indians reliever Cody Allen scored Sam Fuld from first to give the A's a low-scoring win. Canha's hitting .229/.292/.381 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 236 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 pm
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  • Nova limits White Sox to one run in win
    Ivan Nova pitched well in Sunday's win over the White Sox, allowing one run on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Nova struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. Only a Melky Cabrera RBI single in the sixth inning prevented him from posting six shutout frames. Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, he holds a 3.10 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 40 2/3 innings. He complained of a fatigued arm after his last start, but that didn't appear to be an issue on Sunday. Assuming the arm's good to go, a home start against the high-powered Blue Jays awaits on the schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Russell hits seventh homer to help fuel Cubs
    Addison Russell went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell took a Kyle Lohse offering for a ride in the second inning to notch his seventh home run of the season. In 299 at-bats this season, he's hitting .237/.303/.368 with 27 RBI and the seven long balls. At 21 years old, Russell is not a finished product yet. Those in keeper formats should just stay the course until he's had more time to develop. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Lamb doubles twice in losing effort
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Lamb doubled home a run against Astros starter Collin McHugh in the second inning. The Diamondbacks wouldn't score again in the game, though, as they fell by a score of 4-1. For the season, the Snakes' third baseman is hitting .279/.340/.425 with three homers and 24 RBI across 179 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Howard stays hot with another multi-hit game
    Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Phillies lost 6-2 to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Howard doubled to lead off the second inning and later scored on Cody Asche's RBI single to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. The first baseman is on an eight-game hitting streak, the most recent three of which have included multiple hits. He has a .241/.292/.464 batting line on the year with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Peterson's 3-run homer downs the Phillies
    Jace Peterson went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, striking the big blow to defeat the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Peterson broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning when he belted an Adam Morgan offering to right field in the fifth inning. His effort helped the Braves avoid a four-game series sweep in Philadelphia. The second baseman isn't normally one for power, as he's batting .245/.322/.343 with 44 RBI and only four home runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
  • Zobrist homers again, but Royals fall to TOR
    Ben Zobrist supplied a two-run home run and walked in four plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Zobrist went yard twice on Saturday, and added another in his fourth game as a Royal. His two-run blast in the eighth inning brought the Royals to within a run at 3-2. Zobrist is batting .272/.355/.480 with nine home runs and 39 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Soria converts his 1st save with the Pirates
    Joakim Soria got the final two outs of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Reds, earning his first save as a member of the Pirates.

    Advice: Soria took the mound after regular closer Mark Melancon was ejected for hitting Tucker Barnhart with a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Soria got Eugenio Suarez to fly out, and Ivan De Jesus, Jr. to ground out to end the game. Soria's save situations should be very few and far between behind Melancon in the final two months. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Phil Klein recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein was just sent down last week but returns with Tanner Scheppers (knee) going on the disabled list. He holds a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Tony Cruz is catching Sunday while Molina rests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Pearce (oblique) hopes to swing bat soon
    Steve Pearce (oblique) hopes to throw and swing a bat this week.

    Advice: Pearce to this point has been limited to rest and treatment since straining his left oblique two weeks ago, but he said he was finally pain-free on Saturday. He might need a couple rehab games but doesn't appear too far off from a return if he can avoid a setback. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 am
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    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
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  • Brandon Belt homers twice in Giants' win
    Brandon Belt hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year Saturday as the Giants beat the Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.

    Advice: Hunter Pence had the go-ahead homer in the 11th before Belt hit his second of the game to provide an insurance run. Remarkably, both homers tonight were off lefties (Brandon Belt and Sam Freeman). He had been homerless in 66 at-bats versus southpaws this year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:29 pm
  • Duda homers twice, supplies go-ahead RBI
    Lucas Duda had a huge impact on Saturday's 3-2 win over the Nationals, hitting a pair of solo home runs and a go-ahead RBI double.

    Advice: The Mets brought Yoenis Cespedes over at the trade deadline to bolster a shoddy offense, but on Saturday, Duda did it all on his own. He launched a solo home run against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the fourth inning, then repeated the feat in the seventh. That second homer tied the game at 2-2. A frame later, he smacked an RBI double off Nationals reliever Matt Thornton to put the Mets up 3-2. This would stand as the final. Duda has produced multi-homer efforts in three of his last seven games to help boost his slash to .246/.347/.481 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Howard rips three hits in Saturday's rout
    Ryan Howard led the Phillies with three hits Saturday in a blowout win over the Braves.

    Advice: Howard contributed an RBI single during the Phillies' four-run fourth inning. The former MVP is hitting a robust .313 since the All-Star break. He leads Philadelphia in home runs (18), RBI (60) and strikeouts (101) this season. Despite winning eight of their last nine, the Phillies remain 14 and a half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Jake Lamb getting the day off Saturday
    Jake Lamb is not in the Diamonbacks' starting lineup Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for Lamb. Aaron Hill will grab the start at third base. Lamb has hit .248 since coming off the disabled list in early June. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Zobrist clubs two homers as Royals top Jays
    Ben Zobrist clubbed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, leading the Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Zobrist got the scoring started with a solo shot off Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning. He then took Mark Lowe deep in the eighth inning, tying the game at 5-5 and igniting a rally that would lead the Royals to victory. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:41 pm
  • Pirates officially acquire RHP Joakim Soria
    Pirates acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Tigers for SS JaCoby Jones.

    Advice: While it's a major hit to the fantasy value for the veteran right-hander, he will bolster an already elite Pirates bullpen that boasts Tony Watson and Jared Hughes in front of closer Mark Melancon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:10 pm
  • Granderson launches three-run homer in loss
    Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Granderson's three-run tater off of Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fifth inning pushed the Met advantage to 4-0. They would ultimately lose 8-7 after blowing a six-run lead. The homer was Granderson's 16th of the season. He also contributed a double in the contest. While he's hitting a somewhat pedestrian .255/.350/.440, he's on track to finish with 20+ home runs for the eighth time in his career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:39 pm
  • Pirates agree to deal for Joakim Soria
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have agreed to a deal with the Tigers for Joakim Soria.

    Advice: James Schmehl of MLive.com first reported the two sides were nearing a deal. It's unclear at the moment what the Tigers will receive in return. Soria will see his fantasy value take a major hit as he's relegated to a setup role behind Mark Melancon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Report: Pirates close to acquiring Soria
    According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the Pirates are close to acquiring Joakim Soria from the Tigers.

    Advice: It's unclear who the Tigers would receive in return. Soria has posted a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season while going 23-for-26 in save chances, but he would likely move into a set-up role for Mark Melancon in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:50 pm
  • Tigers 'working to trade' closer Joakim Soria
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.

    Advice: Soria would make sense for the Blue Jays -- the team the Tigers just traded David Price to -- but it doesn't appear there's anything happening on that front. Soria, 31, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season for Detroit and he is 23-for-26 in save opportunities. As usual, just about every contending club is looking for relief help. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:53 am
  • Lucas Duda hits three homers in losing cause
    Lucas Duda hit three homers to plate all three Mets runs Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Oddly enough, the last player to have three homers to account for all of a team's runs was Duda's old competitor, Ike Davis, on July 8, 2012. The Mets lost that one to the Diamondbacks 6-3. Tonight, they lost 7-3. Duda has six homers in his last four games after hitting three in his previous 46 games. Hopefully, he can stay hot like he did in April. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Rangers option Phil Klein to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Phil Klein to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein owns a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings this season at the major league level. He'll get another shot at some point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:46 pm
  • Joakim Soria nails down 23rd save
    Joakim Soria converted his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Soria plunked Evan Longoria with a pitch with two outs but was able to get Tim Beckham to go down swinging to end it. It's been a nice season for the veteran reliever, as he boasts a 2.85 ERA and has nailed down 23 of 26 save opportunities. Soria could get traded this week if the Tigers decide to sell. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Granderson homers, Mets blank the Padres
    Curtis Granderson had a two-run home run and a single in a 2-for-4 effort as the Mets shut out the Padres 4-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Granderson added insurance when he took reliever Shawn Kelly yard in the eighth inning, doubling the Mets' lead. Though his bat has cooled off a bit in July, the outfielder has turned in a solid year despite carrying a .682 OPS through the end of April. Granderson is batting .253/.346/.431 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI to date. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:49 pm
  • Duda homers as Mets shut out the Padres
    Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Mets to a win on Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Duda staked the Mets to an early 2-0 lead when he drilled a James Shields offering over the fence in center field. Given how masterful Noah Syndergaard was on the mound, it was the only offense the Mets would need. Duda has three home runs in his last three games, giving him 15 on the season with 42 RBI and a .236/.338/.433 batting line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:45 pm
  • Syndergaard throws 8 dominant shutout innings
    Noah Syndergaard fired eight shutout innings -- and was perfect through the first six -- in Tuesday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: Syndergaard lost his bid for a perfect game and a no-hitter when Will Venable led off the seventh inning with a single. It was one of only three hits he allowed on the evening while walking none and striking out nine. The right-hander has, in eight of 14 starts to begin his major league career, limited the opposition to one or zero runs. Syndergaard has an outstanding 2.70 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 91/20 K/BB ratio over 86 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab at home against the Nationals next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Ivan Nova (arm) to make next start
    Ivan Nova (arm) is on track to make his next scheduled start.

    Advice: Nova had to be pulled early from Monday's outing due to some arm fatigue, but it's viewed as part of the recovery from Tommy John surgery. "I'm not hurt," the right-hander said. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Yadier Molina (illness) in Cards lineup Tues.
    Yadier Molina (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Molina made an early exit from Monday's game because he wasn't feeling well. It obviously wasn't anything major. He is batting fifth versus righty Mike Leake. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Royals pick up Ben Zobrist from Athletics
    Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

    Advice: The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Royals to acquire Ben Zobrist from A's
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

    Advice: Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports hears that the Royals will send two pitchers back to Oakland in the deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • A's deep in trade talks regarding Ben Zobrist
    Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

    Advice: After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:53 am
  • Ivan Nova dealing with arm fatigue
    Ivan Nova was pulled after only five innings Monday because he was dealing with "arm fatigue," according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

    Advice: It doesn't appear at this point that it might affect Nova's next scheduled start, but it's something worth noting nonetheless. Nova holds a 3.38 ERA over six starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, although he's struck out only 18 over 34 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:47 pm
  • Yadier Molina passes concussion tests
    Yadier Molina passed concussion tests after leaving Monday's game.

    Advice: Molina looked a little dazed after taking a foul tip and was eventually removed because he was "not feeling well," according to the Cardinals. However, manager Mike Matheny said the catcher was dealing with dehydration more than anything else. Molina should be back in there on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Yadier Molina exits game due to illness
    Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Reds in the fifth inning because he was "not feeling well."

    Advice: It's the vaguest of injury designations. Worth noting is that Molina looked a bit woozy after taking a foul tip to the mask earlier in the game, although he did double and score after that incident. It's possible he just got a little overheated on a hot night in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Pearce (oblique) yet to resume activity
    Steve Pearce (oblique) remains limited to rest and treatment.

    Advice: Pearce is eligible to return from his left oblique strain in a week, but he's not going to be ready at that point. "If you test it and you're wrong, you set yourself back another two weeks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:07 pm
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    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
     
  • Phil Klein recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein has put up an 8.25 ERA in eight appearances -- two starts -- this season. He'll be used in long relief. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:49 pm
  • KC staying locked in on Ben Zobrist market
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

    Advice: Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:27 am
  • Lamb triples in run to help down Brewers
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Lamb hit his triple off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the fourth inning. It was his fourth of the season. He also notched a double off Garza, his seventh. Lamb's hitting a decent .277/.335/.409 with two homers and 20 RBI over 159 at-bats. He missed several months with a foot injury, but has shown his versatility when healthy. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 5:14 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for Molina. Tony Cruz is behind the dish. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 8:55 am
  • Duda homers twice in beatdown rout of LAD
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's 15-2 demolition of the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Mets racked up 21 hits in the big win. Duda might have only had two of those, but both left the ballpark. He did his damage against the Dodgers bullpen, launching a solo shot in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. The two dingers gave him 14 on the year. He's also driven in 40 runs and is slashing .238/.340/.430. All of these numbers are down from a breakout 2014 campaign, though Duda has had his moments this season. Rotoworld.com Jul 25, 7:59 pm
  • Ryan Howard slugs 17th home run of 2015
    Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Phillies' defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Howard went deep to left-center off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta after an Odubel Herrera two-out double and a Maikel Franco two-out walk. The veteran first baseman has tallied 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 89 games this season despite a .223 batting average and .269 OBP. Rotoworld.com Jul 25, 4:03 pm
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