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  • Sanchez stymies Rockies over eight innings
    Aaron Sanchez was fantastic in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Rockies, firing eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Sanchez scattered six hits while walking two over his eight innings of work. While he didn't have the strikeout working -- he fanned just three on the afternoon -- he proved lethally efficient and threw just 106 pitches during his extended time on the mound. The 23-year-old right-hander will carry a 3.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 96/34 K/BB ratio (105 1/3 innings) into a home date with the Royals next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:41 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:33 pm
  • Kike Hernandez heading to DL with rib injury
    Dodgers placed OF Kike Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with left rib cage inflammation.

    Advice: This one comes a bit out of left field, as there was little indication that Hernandez was dealing with any sort of a significant injury. Manager Dave Roberts shed a little light on the unexpected move to the disabled list, telling reporters that Hernandez has been fighting discomfort for the past two weeks. A timetable for his return should be solidified in the coming days. Prior to the disabled list trip, Hernandez owned an uninspiring .189/.280/.346 triple-slash across 143 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:04 pm
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  • A's activate Sean Manaea from 15-day DL
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:49 pm
  • Daniel Norris fans eight in win over Marlins
    Daniel Norris pitched relatively well in Wednesday's win over the Marlins, striking out eight and allowing two runs over five innings.

    Advice: Norris did allow eight hits, but mostly managed to keep the scoreboard clean. Both runs on his line came home in the second inning, when Adeiny Hechavarria notched an RBI triple and Ichiro came through with an RBI single. This was Norris' second consecutive start and in that space, he has allowed five runs on 14 hits over 10 innings. It remains to be seen whether the Tigers toss him another start, but the 23-year-old southpaw did nothing to diminish his chances on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:31 pm
  • Hendricks allows two runs in victory
    Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 9-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the fourth inning, including a solo homer from Adam Duvall. Hendricks threw a career-high 117 pitches in the victory while striking out five and walking a pair. And while this doesn't matter to fantasy owners, he also dropped down a nice squeeze bunt to score a run. The 26-year-old now sits at 6-6 with a 2.76 ERA. He’ll face the Reds again next time out, but this time at home in Chicago. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:13 pm
  • Duvall slugs NL-leading 22nd home run
    Adam Duvall his his National League-leading 22nd homer Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a solo shot against Kyle Hendricks in the fourth inning. Duvall finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a rare walk. He’s hitting .254 with a .291 on-base percentage, but the power has made him one of the biggest surprises in fantasy leagues during the first half of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 pm
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  • Russell slugs solo homer vs. Reds
    Addison Russell slugged a solo homer against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Russell finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with a walk. With a .236/.331/.388 batting line, the 22-year-old hasn’t taken the leap forward many fantasy owners were hoping for this season, but he’s up to eight homers and 41 RBI through 72 games. He’s obviously in a great spot to continue to amass fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 pm
  • Report: Mat Latos signs minors deal with Nats
    Mat Latos told Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM that he has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals, pending a physical.

    Advice: Latos was cut loose by the White Sox earlier this month after posting a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts. The veteran right-hander will serve as rotation depth with his new team. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:49 pm
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  • Rangers transfer Stubbs to 60-day DL
    Rangers transferred OF Drew Stubbs from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Eric Surkamp on the 40-man roster. Stubbs has been sidelined for a little over a month with a left toe sprain. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:16 pm
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  • Joseph (groin) nearing return to O's
    Caleb Joseph (groin) could be cleared to join the Orioles after a rehab game Wednesday with High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Joseph began a rehab assignment two weeks ago and returned to the plate on Monday. If all goes well, he'll rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:25 am
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  • Saunders not in Wednesday's lineup
    Michael Saunders is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Ezequiel Carrera will play left field and bat leadoff. Junior Lake will play right. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:51 am
  • Ahmed not in Wednesday's lineup
    Nick Ahmed is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Zach Eflin. Jean Segura will start at shortstop while Phil Gosselin will play second base. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 am
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  • Urias likely to get another start
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Wednesday's game that it's likely Julio Urias will get another start.

    Advice: The original plan called for Urias to be sent down to the minors or perhaps the bullpen by now, but the current state of the Dodgers' rotation has the club reconsidering things. The 19-year-old lefty earned his first major league victory Tuesday after allowing two runs over six innings against the Brewers. He threw 100 pitches, which is more than he's ever thrown as a professional. Urias is now up to 74 innings between the majors and minors this season. He has never thrown more than 87 2/3 innings in a season before. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Foltynewicz (elbow) could start Thursday
    Michael Foltynewicz (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list to start Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Foltynewicz, who is working his way back from a sore elbow, allowed one hit over five scoreless innings and struck out five in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett last Saturday. The Braves originally planned to give him another rehab start on Thursday, but the plan could change following Aaron Blair's demotion and John Gant's oblique injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:56 am
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  • Souza (hip) hits, runs bases Tuesday
    Steven Souza (hip) hit and ran the bases Tuesday.

    Advice: Souza said Monday that he was hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week, but he hasn't been cleared yet. It's possible he'll take batting practice against rehabbing right-handers Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley on Thursday. We should know more on his status after that. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:09 am
  • Phils' Williams benched for not hustling
    Phillies prospect outfielder Nick Williams was benched Tuesday for not hustling.

    Advice: Williams was previously benched for two games earlier this month for not running hard on a pop-up. Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage said the continued discipline is about "teaching him how to play the game right." It's unclear if he'll return to the lineup Wednesday. Williams, who was acquired in the Cole Hamels deal last year, is batting .285/.329/.460 with seven homers, 36 RBI, and five steals over 67 games this season in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:28 am
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  • Richard (blister) makes rehab appearance
    Clayton Richard (blister) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Tuesday in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: It was his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with a blister last week. It's unclear when he'll rejoin the Cubs. The southpaw has an ugly 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
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    W, 9-2 @Cin
     
  • Polanco (leg) has two hits in return
    Gregory Polanco (leg) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored Tuesday against the Mariners in his return to action.

    Advice: Polanco was held out of the starting lineup for the past three games due to left leg discomfort, but he felt well enough to DH on Tuesday. Look for him to return to the field soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:31 am
  • Jake Lamb crunches homer, triple in loss
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Lamb's seventh-inning solo homer off David Hernandez boosted the Diamondbacks to a 3-2 advantage. They held that until the ninth inning, but the Phillies would come back with two runs in that frame to overcome the deficit. For the season, Lamb is slashing a strong .286/.366/.584 with 18 doubles, 16 homers and 52 RBI over 255 at-bats. The 25-year-old third baseman is plenty deserving of All-Star consideration. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 pm
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  • Niese proves ineffective in loss to M's
    Jon Niese failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Niese surrendered a pair of solitary runs in the third and fourth innings before coughing up a three-spot in the fifth. He struck out just two (against two walks) on the evening. The 29-year-old southpaw will carry a difficult 5.07 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Urias gets first MLB victory against Brewers
    Julio Urias earned his first major league win Tuesday, limiting the Brewers to two runs over six innings as the Dodgers held on to win 6-5.

    Advice: Urias gave up just two hits but walked six while striking out six as well. The 19-year-old has gotten progressively better over his seven starts, having allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five outings. He's now got a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 41/15 K/BB ratio over 33 innings in the bigs. He'll try to make it a winning streak Sunday against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Giolito pitches well in rain-shortened debut
    Lucas Giolito had to leave his major league debut early after a rain delay but held the Mets scoreless over four innings Tuesday in a 5-0 victory.

    Advice: It's a shame, as Giolito had allowed just one hit (a bloop single) and had been efficient through four frames, throwing only 45 pitches. He issued two walks and recorded one strikeout, sitting around 95 mph while featuring a hammer curveball. The Nationals didn't promise Giolito anything beyond tonight's outing, but he's surely going to get the ball this weekend again against the Reds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Gregory Polanco returns to Pirates lineup
    Gregory Polanco (leg) has returned to the Pirates starting lineup for Tuesday night's showdown against the Mariners.

    Advice: He'll serve as the club's designated hitter and will bat second against Hisashi Iwakuma and the M's. Polanco did not start the past three games while battling discomfort in his left leg. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Russell not in Tuesday's lineup
    Addison Russell is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Javier Baez will start at shortstop and bat sixth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Nats call up Giolito for MLB debut vs. Mets
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito from Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Giolito will skip Triple-A and make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets. The Nationals haven't committed to him beyond this start, but he has the talent and ability to run away with the opportunity. Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and a power curveball, the 21-year-old had a 3.17 ERA and 72/34 K/BB ratio in 71 innings over 14 starts this season in Double-A. His control can be an issue at times, but he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:08 am
  • Polanco (leg) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Gregory Polanco (leg) struck out as a pinch-hitter Monday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco has been held out of the starting lineup for the past three games while battling left leg discomfort. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Souza (hip) nearing rehab assignment
    Steven Souza (hip) is optimistic he'll be able to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Souza reported feeling good after hitting in the cage in each of the past two days. He was also scheduled to do some running Monday for the first time since his hip injury earlier this month. Barring a setback, he should rejoin the Rays before the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:49 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:35 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:07 pm
  • Top prospect Lucas Giolito to debut Tuesday
    Nationals RHP prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker said "he's ready for the task." We think so too. Baseball's consensus No. 1 prospect has pitched to a steady 3.17 ERA over 14 starts for Double-A Harrisburg this year while mixing in 100 mph heat and a devastating power curve. The 21-year-old will take Stephen Strasburg's spot in the starting rotation. If he's as good as advertised, Giolito could be in the majors for good. Make sure to scoop Giolito up in your league if he's still available. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (leg) not starting Monday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't been in the lineup the past three days while battling left leg discomfort, though he did strike out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday night. Utility man Sean Rodriguez is getting the nod in right field. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir. Polanco remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:46 am
  • Souza (hip) to take batting practice Monday
    Steven Souza (hip) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: Souza has been limited to hitting in a cage so far but he'll be on the field for Monday's BP session at Tropicana Field. He should be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Souza received a cortisone shot for a strained hip about a week and a half ago. He'll be back before the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:53 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:52 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:35 pm
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  • Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out on Sunday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) is once again not in the Pirates starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco has been dealing with discomfort in his left leg which forced him to miss all three games of their weekend set against the Dodgers. It doesn't sound as though it's anything that will necessitate a trip to the disabled list, so expect him to rejoin the starting lineup early next week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:42 pm
  • Clayton Richard (blister) resumes throwing
    Clayton Richard (blister) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: The blister on his left middle finger is no longer an issue and he's ready to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. Richard should be ready to return when his 15 days are up early next month. He's posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:01 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:59 pm
  • Russell hits three-run homer against Marlins
    Addison Russell hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Russell's seventh of the year, giving him 40 RBI and 29 runs scored. The second-year shortstop is batting .245/.338/.392 in 68 games this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:35 pm
  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (leg) not in lineup Saturday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out of the starting lineup Saturday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco is dealing with some discomfort in his left leg and apparently needs at least another day. Matt Joyce is getting another start in right field. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:37 pm
  • Jake Lamb not in Saturday's lineup vs. COL
    Jake Lamb is not in Saturday's lineup versus the Rockies.

    Advice: He'll sit against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Brandon Drury will start at third base and bat seventh. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:34 am
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  • Jake Lamb goes 3-for-4, drives in three
    Jake Lamb had three hits, three RBI and three errors Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: At least the bat mostly made up for the glove. Lamb tripled and doubled in the contest. He's sitting against a lot of left-handers, but he's currently sporting a .943 OPS, making him one of the NL's top hitters to date. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:35 pm
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  • Sanchez is quality vs White Sox on Friday
    Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday.

    Advice: He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Hendricks takes no-decision vs. Marlins
    Kyle Hendricks took a no-decision despite giving up only one base hit against the Marlins on Friday, allowing four runs (none earned) in five innings with five strikeouts and four walks.

    Advice: The only hit Hendricks allowed was a grand slam by Justin Bour in the first inning, but those runs were all unearned due to an error by Addison Russell. Hendricks uncharacteristically struggled with his control, walking four and burning 105 pitches in only five innings. Hendricks will take his 2.76 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into his next start on Wednesday in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Ahmed (hip) not in Friday's lineup
    Nick Ahmed (hip) is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup again Friday.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that Ahmed is dealing with "hip issues," but he's expected to return on Saturday. Jean Segura will play shortstop while Phil Gosselin will start at second base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:36 pm
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  • Gregory Polanco sitting out with sore leg
    Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday due to left leg discomfort.

    Advice: The Pirates got Starling Marte (foot) back in the lineup Friday but now will be without Polanco. It's unclear how Polanco was injured, but it appears to be a day-to-day situation. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in right field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:10 pm
  • Jake Lamb launches two-run dinger in victory
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Oddly, while the Diamondbacks racked up 15 hits on the evening, they had just two of the extra-base species. Both came in the third inning, with Socrates Brito and Lamb each socking two-run home runs. For his part, Lamb has now homered four times in his last 10 games. He's hit to a strong .279/.360/.563 triple-slash with 17 doubles, 15 homers and 47 RBI over 240 at-bats. A trip to the All-Star Game is by no means a guarantee, but his numbers make him worthy of consideration at the very least. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:45 pm
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  • Duvall smashes 21st homer in loss to Padres
    Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Duvall smacked a Christian Friedrich pitch to right field for the two-run shot, his 21st homer of the year to lead the National League. He's also fifth in the league in runs batted in, as he now has 51 RBI in 68 games. Duvall is slugging .600 and should be making the first All-Star appearance of his career in a couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:59 pm
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  • Daniel Norris gives up three runs to Mariners
    Daniel Norris surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: All three runs came on solo homers; Nelson Cruz hit one in the fourth and Chris Iannetta and Leonys Martin went back-to-back in the fifth. On the plus side, Norris struck out five and walked none. If he can stay away from the walks, he should be a solid starter for the Tigers. However, it's unclear whether he'll get to stay in the rotation now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:14 pm
  • Foltynewicz (elbow) to begin rehab this weekend
    Michael Foltynewicz (elbow) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

    Advice: Foltynewicz is expected to throw about five innings on Saturday. He'll likely need two rehab starts before he's ready to return to the Braves' rotation. If the rehab assignment goes as planned, Foltynewicz should be able to make two starts before the All-Star break. The right-hander carried a 3.51 ERA in six starts before going down with a sore elbow earlier this month. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:55 pm
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  • Jon Niese gives up five runs to Giants
    Jon Niese was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Giants in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: About the only good thing one can say about Niese's season is that he's gone at least five innings in all 15 of his starts. He has a 4.93 ERA, and he's given up 18 homers in 87 2/3 innings. Two years ago, he surrendered 17 homers in 187 2/3 innings for the Mets. His career high for homers allowed is 22, but he's set to blow past that. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:22 pm
  • Joseph (groin) set to play catcher in rehab
    Caleb Joseph (groin) is expected to begin catching in games at High-A Frederick on Monday.

    Advice: He went 4-for-5 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI as the DH at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. It was a doubleheader. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. He could be ready to return late next week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:48 am
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  • Julio Urias strikes out six Nationals
    Julio Urias surrendered two runs in five innings and struck out six Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Urias gave up two runs in the second, but he handled the Nationals nicely from there in the 94-pitch outing. He's slated to make one more start next week before the Dodgers remove him from the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Polanco delivers a home run among three hits
    Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 and hit his 10th bomb of the season Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Polanco took Jeff Samardzija deep in the second inning for a three-run blast. The three RBI give him 42 on the season. After two sub-par years the 24-year-old had lost much of his prospect luster, but he has been one of the biggest breakout hitters of the 2016 campaign thus far. He is now batting .301 with a .906 OPS. Polanco also helps his owners with his feet. He stole 27 bases last year and is sitting on nine steals so far this year, although he has been caught five times. The 10 home runs is already a career high. He is a big kid and is more likely to be a power hitter than a speedster as he matures. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Daniel Norris to start Thursday vs. Seattle
    Daniel Norris will be called up to start Thursday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Norris struck out eight batters over seven scoreless innings in his last start at Triple-A Tacoma, but his overall numbers this year aren't great and he makes for a risky fantasy streamer versus Seattle. Anibal Sanchez will start Saturday against the Indians and Mike Pelfrey has been pushed to Tuesday against Miami. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Urias scheduled for at least two more starts
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Julio Urias will get at least one more start after Wednesday.

    Advice: Urias is on the verge of shifting to the bullpen to calm his workload, but he'll start Wednesday versus the Nationals and probably next Tuesday against the Brewers before making that move. The 19-year-old left-hander has been getting better with every outing and should be a weapon in relief down the stretch. He shut out the Brewers over five innings last Friday, striking out eight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Cubs place Clayton Richard on the DL
    Cubs placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a blister.

    Advice: Richard has a rough 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season out of the Cubs' bullpen. Maybe some time off and a rehab assignment will do him good. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 9-2 @Cin
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Addison Russell goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Addison Russell went 0-for-4 on Monday and is batting .170 in 53 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Russell is leading the NL All-Star balloting at shortstop, but it doesn't seem warranted at this point. His OPS peaked at .822 on May 14, but it stands at .688 right now. He's in no danger of losing his job, but he could be rested more frequently until his slump concludes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Urias still on track to start Wednesday
    Julio Urias remains on track to start Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Urias is coming off a brilliant outing against the Brewers on Friday in which he struck out eight batters over five innings. The Dodgers remain committed to limiting his workload, so his time in the rotation could be coming to a close soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:47 pm
  • Steven Souza (hip) gets cortisone shot
    Steven Souza (hip) underwent an MRI and received a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Souza, who landed on the disabled list last week with a left hip strain, visited a specialist in Nashville on Monday. As of now, the Rays are hopeful that he'll be able to return during their upcoming homestand from June 27-July 7. Rotoworld.com Jun 20, 2:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs x Bos
     
  • Jake Lamb slugs 14th home run of the year
    Jake Lamb slugged his 14th home run of the season Monday in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the first inning off Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson. Lamb had a massive four-game series in Philadelphia, going 9-for-17 with two homers and five RBI. He has a stellar .932 OPS and 45 RBI in 68 total games this year. Rotoworld.com Jun 20, 1:03 pm
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  • Kyle Hendricks fans career-high 12 in victory
    Kyle Hendricks was in dominant form in Sunday night's victory over the Pirates, punching out a career-high 12 batters over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Hendricks allowed seven hits on the evening and didn't issue a free pass. The lone blemish on his night was a solo shot off the bat of Josh Harrison in the fourth inning. He has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 2.82 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 73/19 K/BB ratio over 79 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Marlins in Miami on Friday. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Kike Hernandez leaves the yard as Dodgers win
    Kike Hernandez belted a game-tying pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth inning on Sunday, helping to lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: The Dodgers offense had been held completely at bay through the first seven frames until Hernandez unloaded on a Will Smith offering, carrying the wall in left field to tie the game. They scratched out a run in the ninth to walk it off on a Yasmani Grandal walk. While he still crushes left-handed pitching, Hernandez is hitting a meager .197/.269/.361 on the season with five homers and 12 RBI. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 6:57 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Jake Lamb stays hot with double and triple
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-5 with two RBI in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 defeat of the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Lamb drove in Paul Goldschmidt with an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning and then plated Goldy again with an RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth. He also went 2-for-4 with a home run on Saturday and 3-for-4 on Friday. The third baseman is enjoying a breakout season at age 25, now with a .917 OPS and 43 RBI in 67 games. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 1:42 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 10:29 am
  • Turner fills the scoresheet vs Brewers
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored, one walk and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: The home run was of the three-run variety and was Turner's ninth of the season. That follows the two longballs he hit the night before. The stolen base was his first. Turner is batting .248 and has 28 runs and 30 RBI in 236 at-bats. Those are not the kind of numbers that will lead your fantasy team to the championship, but he can be useful as a backup or spot starter, especially if he has multi-position eligibility in your format. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 11:24 pm
  • Niese gives up three dingers in loss to Cubs
    Jon Niese allowed four runs on six hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Niese gave up solo shots to Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross, giving him 17 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. He also walked four in the game, another issue that has plagued him for much of the year. The southpaw dropped to 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the loss, and he'll next take on the Giants on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 9:13 pm
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