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  • Twins option Byung-ho Park to Triple-A
    Twins optioned DH Byung-ho Park to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The writing had been on the wall, as Park was really struggling and receiving less and less playing time. He's batted just .191/.275/.409 on the season and only .123/.208/.236 over his last 30 games. He'll hope to iron out his issues at Rochester and earn another opportunity. 42 minutes ago
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    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Brian McCann dealing with knee tendinitis
    Brian McCann admitted Thursday that tendinitis in his left knee is something he's dealt with "on and off for a while."

    Advice: McCann felt his knee "flare up" in the third inning of Wednesday's game, but he stayed in and wound up homering twice. He was also in the lineup the next day for a day game after a night game. The ailment doesn't appear to be anything to be overly concerned about at this point. "I may not be flying around the bases, but I’ll be alright," said McCann. "It hasn’t flared up all year. It comes and goes. It flared up pretty bad in that long inning (Wednesday). It doesn’t restrict you from doing anything." Today, 7:34 am
  • Justin Smoak (knee) returns to lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games. Today, 5:43 am
  • Posey whacks three-run homer in victory
    Buster Posey went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's.

    Advice: Posey slugged a three-run homer to center off A's starter Dillon Overton in the third inning. The stalwart backstop has notched multiple hits in three of the last five games. On the whole, he is slashing .288/.349/.464 with 18 doubles, nine homers and 39 RBI across 267 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Alonso styles two-run homer in loss to Giants
    Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Alonso's two-run homer in the seventh inning drew the A's to within 8-4 and gave them a fighting chance in the late innings, but their bullpen foiled any legitimate comeback attempt by allowing the Giants to score four times in the top of the ninth. For his part, Alonso is slashing .250/.308/.342 with three homers and 22 RBI across 240 at-bats. While he has now homered in back-to-back contests, Alonso offers no real fantasy value. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Hyun Soo Kim homers, drives in two in loss
    Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Kim cracked a solo home run off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to lead off the seventh inning. One inning later, he notched an RBI single. The 28-year-old rookie has been used as a part-time piece this season and is hitting a crisp .344/.433/.484 with eight doubles, three homers and 11 RBI across 122 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Bour stays hot, mashes 15th homer vs. Braves
    Justin Bour hit a three-run home run, his 15th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Bour's three-run poke in the second inning was his only hit in three at-bats in the game. The homer was also his sixth in June, giving him 20 RBI and 14 runs scored with a .317 average in the month. Often overlooked, the 28-year-old is now hitting .269/.347/.534 with 15 home runs, 46 RBI and 30 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Freeman has fourth triple in win over Marlins
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: The run-scoring triple in the third inning was surprisingly Freeman's fourth triple of the season, tying a single-season high he set in 2014. It was also his second triple in his last three games, oddly. Freeman's bat has remained one of the only constant bright spots for the Braves this year, as the first baseman is batting .285/.370/.502 with 13 homers, 29 RBI and 37 runs scored through 78 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Forsythe enjoys three-hit night versus Tigers
    Logan Forsythe went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Forsythe's RBI single in the eighth inning stretched the Rays' lead to 7-2, a lead they surely thought would stand up with three outs to get. It wouldn't, of course, but that's not to take anything away from Forsythe's night, as he's now 12-for-26 (.461) with four doubles, a home run, four RBI and five runs scored in his last six games. The blazing hot week has his overall line up to .308/.372/.503. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Espinosa has two homers, seven RBI in rout
    Danny Espinosa led the charge with two home runs and seven RBI as the Nationals routed the Reds 13-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa made his two hits count, cranking a grand slam off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning before launching a three-run blast a frame later. It was a strong finish to what was an impressive month for the 29-year-old, as he closes June with nine homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored in the month. Espinosa is doing everything he can to keep Trea Turner in the minors for another day. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    3:05 pm vs Cin
  • Votto hits 14th home run in loss to Nationals
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with his 14th home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: After a slow start to the year, Votto capped a strong month of June with the homer, his fifth of the month. He also scored 19 runs with 10 RBI this month while batting .318. Votto is still hitting .249/.378/.454 overall, but his June numbers more closely resemble what we expect from the 32-year-old going forward. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Zimmerman has three RBI, three runs scored
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Zimmerman got on the board with a three-run home run in the first inning, his 11th home run of the season. The big night helped salvage what was a pretty bad month for the 31-year-old, who is hitting just .227/.287/.412 on the year. Perhaps a good end to June will bode well for Zimmerman's July prospects. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Morales' three XBH lead Royals past Cardinals
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to help the Royals down the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Morales had an RBI double in the sixth inning before belting a solo dinger in the eighth. The home run was his 11th of the year, giving him 39 RBI and 30 runs scored. Morales now has a six-game hitting streak during which he's a ridiculous 16-for-24 (.667). All six games have been of the multi-hit variety. The scorching-hot stretch has his overall line up to .262/.324/.437. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty (foot) not in Cards lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (foot) is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Piscotty bruised his left foot while attempting to make a diving catch during Wednesday's game, so he'll sit out on Thursday as a precautionary measure. Brandon Moss will start in right field with Kolten Wong manning center. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins' lineup Thursday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off. Byung-Ho Park is on the bench again, as well. The Twins are going with Trevor Plouffe at first base, Eduardo Nunez at third, Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter spot and Danny Santana in left field. Yesterday, 8:39 am
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Stephen Piscotty nursing foot injury
    Stephen Piscotty might not play Thursday due to a bruised left foot.

    Advice: Piscotty banged his left foot while making an attempt at a diving catch Wednesday. He remained in the game but didn't look totally comfortable. X-rays ruled out any fractures, though, and he should be considered day-to-day. "Double-swelling going on there," he said. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Sean Rodriguez knocks in four runs
    Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Wednesday, 10:33 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Matt Adams goes 0-for-6 in loss
    Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense. Wednesday, 10:08 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Piscotty hits extra-inning home run vs Royals
    Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • McCann hits two bombs to lead Yanks to win
    Brian McCann hit two home runs against the Rangers on Wednesday, including a ninth-inning three-run bomb to tie a game the Yankees later won 9-7.

    Advice: Two batters later Didi Gregorius hit a walkoff homer. The home runs gave McCann 12 for the season. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and four RBI. The great game boosted McCann's batting line to .229/.333/.439 with 32 runs and 34 RBI in 63 games. He no longer hits for a high batting average like he did for several years in Atlanta, but he hits for enough power to be one of the better fantasy catchers to own. Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Murphy goes deep twice as Nats beat Mets
    Daniel Murphy swatted two home runs against his former team the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: That gives him 14 longballs for the season, which already matches his career high set last year. He is no longer flirting with a .400 batting average but his .352/.394/.590 slash line with 44 runs and 50 RBI makes him a roto stud nonetheless. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    3:05 pm vs Cin
  • Hanley Ramirez (side) hoping to play Friday
    Hanley Ramirez (side) hopes to play on Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez tweaked his side when he took a massive hack with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of Wednesday's showdown with the Rays. As the slugger explained it, "Side got really tight. I talked to John [Farrell] and we’re just trying to prevent something big. He told me that we’re not going to put your season on the line. Take care of that and be ready to go Friday." His readiness for game action should become more clear following the Red Sox off day on Thursday. Wednesday, 7:01 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Brett Wallace hits three-run homer
    Brett Wallace hit a three-run homer Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Wallace has lost much of his playing time lately; the start today was just his third in the last two weeks. He hasn't been utilized at first base at all with Wil Myers healthy and playing well, and his bat isn't good enough to make up for his defense at third. Wednesday, 4:31 pm
    7:40 pm vs NYY
  • Justin Turner (hamstring) returns to action
    Justin Turner (hamstring) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Turner was pulled from Monday's showdown with the Pirates due to a hamstring cramp and sat out Tuesday's contest. As expected, this was something of a precautionary move. In Wednesday's return to the lineup, Turner is slated to hit third. Wednesday, 3:33 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Santana not in Wednesday's lineup
    Carlos Santana is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: The Indians don't have the luxury of the designated hitter under National League rules, so Santana will sit. Mike Napoli, who sat on Tuesday, will start at first base as the Indians go for their 12th straight victory. Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with side injury
    Hanley Ramirez is considered day-to-day with an injury to his right side.

    Advice: Ramirez tweaked something on a swing in the sixth inning on Wednesday against the Rays and was eventually pulled from the game. Hopefully it's not an oblique injury, but at least the Red Sox have an off day on Thursday. We should know more on Friday. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Hanley Ramirez exits with apparent injury
    Hanley Ramirez exited Wednesday's game against the Rays in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Ramirez appeared to tweak his back on a swing in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game initially, but was replaced on defense in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Red Sox should provide an update after the game. Wednesday, 11:47 am
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Bour not in Wednesday's lineup
    Justin Bour is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Tigers.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Daniel Norris on the hill for Detroit. Chris Johnson will start at first base and bat sixth. Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Morrison not in Wednesday's lineup
    Logan Morrison is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander David Price. Taylor Motter will play first base while Brandon Guyer will play left field and bat fifth. Wednesday, 6:43 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 5:36 am
  • Chris Davis hits solo homer, double in win
    Chris Davis went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Davis struck for a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. That was just a throat-clearing for the rest of the frame, as the Orioles would score six more times before the Padres managed to extricate themselves from the mess. Over his last five games, Davis has driven in 10 runs. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .247/.359/.517 with 19 homers and 52 RBI across 271 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:17 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • 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. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Adams has two hits, RBI in return to lineup
    Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Ramirez reaches five times in win over Rays
    Hanley Ramirez reached base five times Tuesday, collecting an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays.

    Advice: Ramirez had a couple of singles, including an RBI single in the seventh inning, to go along with three walks on the evening. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, scoring seven runs and driving in six in that stretch. The modest hitting streak has Ramirez' line up to .276/.348/.413 with 45 RBI and 42 runs scored. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Justin Turner (hamstring) absent from lineup
    Justin Turner (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner was removed from Monday night's game due to a hamstring cramp and is likely sitting out again as a precautionary measure. Chris Taylor is starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup on Tuesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against tough opposing southpaw Cole Hamels. Austin Romine will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Bombers on Tuesday. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 6:06 am
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-4 on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Joey Votto homers twice in loss to Cubs
    Joey Votto hit a pair of homers, drove in three and scored three runs in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The Reds probably weren't counting on scoring eight runs on a night when Jake Arrieta started, but it still wasn't enough as they lost a slugfest. Votto got off to a slow start this season but has been red-hot over the last month, batting .314 with seven home runs and 15 RBI across his last 28 games. Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Turner exits game with hamstring cramp
    Justin Turner was removed from Monday's game against the Pirates due to a hamstring cramp.

    Advice: His exit was precautionary, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now. Monday, 1:35 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Turner exits game with possible injury
    Justin Turner exited Monday's game against the Pirates in the ninth inning with a possible injury.

    Advice: Turner appeared to have some cramping in his leg before exiting. The Dodgers should provide an update after the game. Monday, 1:07 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Justin Turner stays hot in loss to Pirates
    Justin Turner continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

    Advice: Turner accounted for all of the Dodgers offense in this one, smacking a two-run homer off of Chad Kuhl in the third inning and adding on an RBI double in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .250/.332/.437 with 11 homers and 37 RBI. Sunday, 7:52 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Chris Davis rocks grand slam in O's victory
    Chris Davis connected for a first-inning grand slam in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis launched his granny off of Rays starter Drew Smyly in the first inning. He would later add a single to finish 2-for-4. The slugger is working to a .240/.355/.498 triple-slash with 18 homers and an even 50 RBI over 267 at-bats. It will take a nice second-half power push to reach the 47 dingers he hit in 2015. Sunday, 2:35 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is absent from the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's one of a few Nationals regulars getting a day off, as Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa are also on the bench. The Nats have Clint Robinson at first base, Jose Lobaton at catcher and Stephen Drew at shortstop. Sunday, 8:25 am
  • 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. Saturday, 10:02 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Zimmerman has RBI, two runs against Brewers
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Zimmerman had a sacrifice fly RBI in the seventh inning and scored following a single and a walk in two other innings. The 31-year-old has 33 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a disappointing .230/.288/.410 line through 64 games. Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • Bour homers in third straight to topple Cubs
    Justin Bour homered in his third straight game, racking up three RBI, as the Marlins outlasted the Cubs 9-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bour is as hot as the day is long, as he's now got four homers in his last six games and is hitting .339 with five homers, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in the month of June. His home run Saturday was a two-run job, and he also added an RBI double. Bour has 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 27 runs scored with a .273/.342/.535 line on the year. Saturday, 5:59 pm
  • Santana hits 16th home run in win over Tigers
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Batting leadoff, Santana rudely welcomed Anibal Sanchez back to the Tigers' rotation with a solo blast, his 16th of the year. Seven of those have come this month, and the 30-year-old now has 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in June. Santana is hitting .235/.336/.467 overall. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game
    Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day. Saturday, 3:30 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • 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
  • Mauer to serve as DH on Saturday
    Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base. Saturday, 7:20 am
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Bour smashed grand slam but Marlins lose
    Justin Bour swatted a grand slam in the first inning but that was all the Marlins could muster in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Bour's slam tied the game at 4-4 in the first inning but only one more run was scored the rest of the game. The big fly was the 13th of the season for Bour, who sports a .268/.339/.515 line on the season. Those rate stats look good but he doesn't have the counting stats to match. His 26 runs and 40 RBI with no steals are not what his owners need from their first baseman. Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Friday, 7:28 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Posey not in Friday's lineup vs. Phillies
    Buster Posey is not in Friday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: It's just a normal day of rest. Trevor Brown will start behind the plate and catch Jake Peavy. Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Joey Votto (flu) returns to Reds' lineup Fri.
    Joey Votto (flu) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Votto was under the weather for a few days, but he pinch-hit Thursday and is back in there Friday. He's batting second and playing first base against Colin Rea and the Padres. Friday, 10:48 am
  • Byung-ho Park could be optioned to Triple-A
    La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Byung-ho Park could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester when Miguel Sano (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Sano is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday before likely being activated next week. Park is 2-for-28 over his last eight games to drop his season line to .200/.283/.429, and he's been benched fairly often this month. What could save Park is if Trevor Plouffe (groin) needs a DL stint, although the initial indication is that it's more of a day-to-day injury. "I haven’t changed my opinion on the fact that I think his signing is going to, over time, prove to be a valid one," Molitor said of Park. "I think how he was able to start originally maybe raised a lot of people’s expectations on how fast his transition was going to be. It’s just been more where we’re kind of back to how we thought it might be." Friday, 5:44 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Votto (flu) could be available off the bench
    Joey Votto (flu) could be available for Thursday night's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Votto is still battling the flu but was seen taking ground balls at first base before the game. There's a good chance we'll see Votto as a pinch-hitter later tonight. Votto got off to a sluggish start this year but has rebounded by hitting .338 this month with two homers and six RBI. Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Byung-ho Park goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Byung-ho Park went 0-for-3 with a sac fly Thursday, lowering his June average to .153.

    Advice: The Twins had the option of keeping Oswaldo Arcia and sending down Byung-ho Park last week, but they said they didn't even consider it. Park is batting just .200 for the year now. He does have 12 homers, but with 73 strikeouts in 205 at-bats, he's not helping right now. Thursday, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Votto (flu) remains absent Thursday vs. Pads
    Joey Votto (flu) remains absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: This must be a nasty flu bug, as Votto hasn't appeared in a game for the Reds since last Sunday. Adam Duvall will start at first base and Jose Peraza will play left field on Thursday night versus San Diego. Thursday, 12:31 pm
  • Santana goes deuces wild on Wednesday
    Carlos Santana stayed hot as he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Santana is a drain on the batting average category but is solid everywhere else. He now has a .231/.333/.455 line with 15 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. That would look good if he still had catcher eligibility but is not so hot for a designated hitter. Wednesday, 7:05 pm
  • Morrison manages Rays' only extra-base hit
    Logan Morrison managed the Rays' only extra-base hit of the evening Wednesday, finishing 1-for-3 with a double.

    Advice: The Rays got only three hits all night as they were shut down by Trevor Bauer of the Indians. Morrison has bounced back from an unbelievably terrible month of April to garner some fantasy consideration in deep leagues. The former elite Marlins prospect is now 28 years old and unlikely to ever reach the potential he once had. Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Joey Votto out again Wednesday due to flu
    Joey Votto (flu) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Votto came down with a stomach bug on Tuesday. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday night against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. Wednesday, 12:44 pm
  • Joey Votto out of Reds' lineup on Tuesday
    Joey Votto is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday due to a stomach bug.

    Advice: Adam Duvall will start at first base and bat fifth versus Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis. Votto might also have to sit out Wednesday's finale in Texas. Tuesday, 12:55 pm
  • Justin Turner hits 10th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer against the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Turner has raised his OPS a full hundred points, from .668 to .768, while collecting five homers over the last week. It's hard to imagine he's still unowned in any mixed leagues now. Monday, 10:13 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
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