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  • Dodgers option Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned C Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He was only with the club for a day as catching depth while the club waited on the arrival of Carlos Ruiz. He should return to the big league club as additional depth when rosters expand for September next week. Rotoworld.com 17 minutes ago
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  • Diamondbacks transfer Peralta to 60-day DL
    Diamondbacks transferred OF David Peralta to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Peralta underwent season-ending wrist surgery two weeks ago, this was merely done as a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Peralta is expected to be fully healthy and ready for spring training next season. Rotoworld.com 19 minutes ago
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  • Chase Utley goes 1-for-5 in return to action
    Chase Utley (foot) returned to the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday, going 1-for-5 with a double in a losing effort against the Cubs.

    Advice: Utley drove home a run and scored a run in the contest. The veteran second baseman sat out Thursday's game due to a troublesome foot that had been bothering him. With his 1-for-5 effort Friday, he's now hitting .258/.328/.398 on the season with 11 homers and 42 RBI in 415 at-bats on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:26 am
  • Zack Cozart collects double as pinch hitter
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) collected a double as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart had missed over a week's worth of games due to his various ailments, but was available off of the bench on Friday and is expected to rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday. The hard-hitting shortstop is slashing .265/.315/.446 with 15 homers and 46 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 am
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  • Bryant homers in 8th, 10th innings in win
    Kris Bryant homered in the eighth and 10th innings to guide the Cubs past the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton in the eighth and added the decisive two-run shot off Adam Liberatore in the 10th. He's taken over the NL lead in homers with 35, and he leads the majors with 107 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Rickie Weeks homers, triples in win
    Rickie Weeks homered and tripled Friday as the Diamondbacks edged the Reds 4-3 in 11 innings.

    Advice: The winning run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th. Weeks collected his ninth homer and his first triple since 2014, when he was still with the Brewers. Someone should pick him up before the deadline next week; he can be of use off the bench against left-handed pitchers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Daniel Hudson takes blown save
    Given the save chance Friday, Daniel Hudson took a blown save after giving up a run against the Reds.

    Advice: At least it was just the one run, which is better than the previous Diamondbacks closers had done of late. Manager Chip Hale indicated that Hudson and Randall Delgado would be his preferred late-inning relievers after Enrique Burgos blew his most recent chance. Delgado pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, so perhaps he'll get the next save chance now. Still, Hudson probably deserves one more chance, since he had been on quite the roll of late. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan fans 12 Diamondbacks
    Brandon Finnegan struck out 12 while allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: This makes five quality starts in six outings for Finnegan, who, despite his recent success, entered the night as the NL leader in homers and walks allowed. He's making it tough on the Reds as they try to decide how to handle him in September. On the one hand, he's doing his best work of the season. On the other, he's thrown 40 more innings than he did last year. It's probably in his best interests to curtail his workload some. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija goes seven scoreless for win
    Jeff Samardzija scattered seven hits over seven innings in the Giants' 7-0 win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Samardzija struck out six and walked three in improving to 11-9 on the season. If he keeps it up, he'll finish with a winning record for the first time in his ifve years as a starter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Angel Pagan hits ninth homer
    Angel Pagan hit his ninth homer Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's the second-highest homer total of his career; he hit 11 in 2010. On the heels of a horrid 2015, Pagan has been a fine regular for the Giants this year. He's batting .296/.350/.440 in 365 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Colome gives up back-to-back HRs vs. Astros
    Alex Colome gave up back-to-back homers to blow a save and take the loss Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was a night to forget for Colome. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Mikie Mahtook slugged a solo homer off Ken Giles, but Colome failed to retire a batter in the bottom of the frame. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Correa to tie things up before Evan Gattis followed that up with a long walk-off homer. This was just Colome’s second blown save in 30 chances this season. He hadn’t allowed a run since July 23, so his job is secure. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Fiers allows three runs in no-decision
    Mike Fiers allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: The first two runs scored on wild pitches. The Astros had the lead when he was pulled in the seventh inning, but Michael Feliz immediately gave up a game-tying RBI double to Corey Dickerson. Fiers walked one and struck out five in the no-decision. He’ll bring a 4.40 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a start against the Athletics next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Correa hits game-tying homer vs. Rays
    Carlos Correa connected for a game-tying solo homer Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: The Rays grabbed the lead with a solo homer from Mikie Mahtook in the top of the ninth inning before Correa led off the bottom of the frame with a home run of his own. Evan Gattis quickly followed with a walk-off homer to give the Astros the win in dramatic fashion. Correa is now up to 19 homers and 88 RBI through 124 games this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Smyly goes six innings in no-decision
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs (two earned) over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Smyly gave up a two-spot in the first inning before Jake Marisnick took him deep in the second inning. He fanned eight and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now gone at least six innings in seven consecutive starts. The southpaw has posted a disappointing 4.80 ERA this season, but he has been pretty solid during the second half. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Mahtook doubles, homers vs. Astros
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo homer against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: After snapping an 0-for-34 slump with an RBI double on Thursday, Mahtook had a nice day at the plate on Friday. He slugged a go-ahead solo homer off Ken Giles in the ninth inning before the Astros staged a dramatic comeback for the victory. Mahtook has been awful in limited playing time with the Rays this season, but he should continue to get plenty of at-bats down the stretch with Desmond Jennings officially out of the mix. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Dickerson has three doubles vs. Astros
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Astros.

    Advice: All three hits were doubles. The third one tied the game in the seventh inning. Dickerson had a solid July, but it has mostly been a rough first season with the Rays. While he has 17 homers, he’s batting just .232 with a .283 on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Mets will skip Jacob deGrom's next start
    Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Friday that the club will skip Jacob deGrom's scheduled start on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been knocked around in each of his last two starts and the Mets believe they have found a mechanical flaw that can be blamed for his struggles. They'll give him a nice extended rest while attempting to fix the issue before he rejoins the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Phelps struggles Friday against Padres
    David Phelps was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: After turning in four straight promising starts since his return to the rotation, Phelps delivered a dud on Friday. He actually held the Padres hitless (with two walks) over the first three innings before things fell apart for him in a 24-pitch fourth inning. It was a disappointing performance for the 29-year-old considering the promising matchup, but he has the Mets and Phillies coming up next. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Ozuna drives in two in win over Padres
    Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Friday’s victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Ozuna got the Marlins on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and later added an RBI single in the seventh inning, which jumpstarted the team’s comeback effort. This was just Ozuna’s second multi-hit game in his last 25 games. It has been a rough month for the 25-year-old, but he has the ability to finish strong. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Cosart goes five innings in no-decision
    Jarred Cosart allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Facing his former team, Cosart gave up five hits and walked a pair while striking out three. He left the game in position for the victory, but the bullpen coughed up the lead in the eighth and the Marlins went on to win the game in the ninth. Cosart has allowed one earned run or fewer in three straight starts, but he’s still in search for his first win this season. Maybe next time. He lines up for a start against the Dodgers next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Leake scratched from start due to shingles
    Mike Leake was scratched from his scheduled start against the Athletics on Saturday due to shingles.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment how much time the right-hander may miss. Rookie right-hander Alex Reyes will start in his place on Saturday and would likely occupy his rotation spot for as long as Leake is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
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  • Francoeur has three hits, scores winning run
    Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Francoeur reached on an infield single to begin the bottom of the ninth inning and eventually came around to score the winning run on Chris Johnson’s ground-rule double. We’re not expecting much fantasy value with the move to Miami, but he’s capable of being a useful piece against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Alex Reyes to start for Cardinals on Saturday
    Alex Reyes will make his first major league start on Saturday in place of Mike Leake who is dealing with shingles.

    Advice: The 21-year-old right-hander has been impressive in his time out of the Cardinals bullpen, posting a 13/4 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 scoreless innings. He's worthy of a look in all formats for as long as he's in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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  • Joe Smith to begin rehab assignment Saturday
    Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has struggled in his limited time with the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over his 3 2/3 innings. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a strained hamstring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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  • Cozart expected to return to lineup Saturday
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is expected to rejoin the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cozart has missed more than a week's worth of action due to knee and heel ailments. He is available off of the bench on Friday and should take his rightful place at shortstop for Saturday's contest against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:13 pm
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  • Mets likely to skip Jacob deGrom's next start
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that there's a good chance the club will skip Jacob deGrom's next start.

    Advice: Collins had previous mentioned the possibility of deGrom's next outing being pushed back, but it appears he'll get even more rest. The righty has been lit up for 13 runs over his last two starts, so a little break would probably do him some good. Sean Gilmartin, Gabriel Ynoa, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero and Seth Lugo on short rest are possibilities to start in deGrom's spot on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Shawn Zarraga called up from Oklahoma City
    Dodgers purchased the contract of C Shawn Zarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers needed a backup catcher after trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. Zarraga has hit .265 across two minor league levels this year with no homers and 14 RBI in 113 at-bats. He won't be in the majors long with Carlos Ruiz also on his way to Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 pm
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  • Utley (foot) sidelined for Thursday's finale
    Chase Utley (foot) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Utley's been bothering him lately so he'll get the night off on Thursday. Charlie Culbertson will handle second base in his stead while hitting ninth against Giants southpaw Matt Moore. Utley, who will soon be reunited with former Phillies backstop Carlos Ruiz, is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:38 pm
  • Collins thinks deGrom looks 'run down'
    The Mets are considering pushing back Jacob deGrom's next start.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins said the right-hander looks "run down." DeGrom seems to have hit a wall over his last two starts, going 0-2 during that stretch with a miserable 12.10 ERA. If Steven Matz (shoulder) returns from the disabled list on Tuesday as expected, the Mets can probably push deGrom back a day. Including the playoffs, deGrom has logged 359 innings since the start of 2015. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • Mikie Mahtook snaps 0-for-34 skid
    Mike Mahtook snapped an 0-for-34 streak with an RBI double against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Mahtook has been as awful in limited action this year (.369 OPS in 109 AB) as he was excellent in limited action last year (.970 OPS in 105 AB). At this point, there's little reason to think he should be in the Rays' plans for 2017. Still, he has five weeks to change that, and he'll continue to get frequent at-bats with Desmond Jennings and Nick Franklin out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Hudson moving into late-inning role with ARI
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

    Advice: Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:14 am
  • Jacob deGrom gives up five runs in loss
    Jacob deGrom surrendered five runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: DeGrom has followed up a couple of awesome months with a pair of ugly starts the last six days. He gave up three homers tonight after allowing a total of 12 in 22 starts coming in. It doesn't seem like his stuff has fallen off suddenly, so let's assume he'll bounce back next time out when he faces the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Marlins announce trade for OF Jeff Francoeur
    Marlins acquired OF Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade.

    Advice: Atlanta received minor league catcher Matthew Foley from the Marlins and infield prospect Dylan Moore from the Rangers, sending international bonus pool slot No. 93 to Texas in return. Miami gave up international bonus slots No. 37 and No. 97 to the Rangers. Got all that? Francoeur was batting just .249/.290/.381 with seven home runs and 33 RBI through 276 plate appearances this season for the Braves, but the Marlins were desperate for outfield help with Giancarlo Stanton (groin) ruled out for the remainder of the year. Francoeur figures to see semi-regular starts against left-handed pitching in Miami. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Francoeur heads to Miami in three-team deal
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Jeff Francoeur is headed to the Marlins as part of a three-team trade.

    Advice: Rangers minor league shortstop Dylan Moore will be sent to the Braves and Texas will get international spending money from both Atlanta and Miami. There are some other elements to the trade. Francoeur passed through revocable waivers earlier this month, making him eligible to be dealt to any team. He is batting just .249/.290/.381 with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 276 plate appearances this season for Atlanta, but the Marlins need a right-handed outfield bat with Giancarlo Stanton (groin) done for 2016. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:14 pm
  • Ozuna (family emergency) in lineup on Wed.
    Marcell Ozuna is in the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Ozuna made an early exit from Tuesday's game because of a private family emergency. He is starting in center field and batting cleanup Wednesday at home versus Kansas City right-hander Dillon Gee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Cozart (knee, heel) remains sidelined Wed.
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out Wednesday.

    Advice: Cozart has now missed a full week due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles. The hot-hitting Jose Peraza will get another start at shortstop versus the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:24 am
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  • Carlos Correa (illness) in Astros lineup Wed.
    Carlos Correa (illness) is in the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Correa made an early exit from Tuesday night's loss with a stomach bug, but he apparently felt refreshed when he showed back up at Pittsburgh's PNC Park on Wednesday morning. He'll start at shortstop and bat cleanup in the afternoon finale versus Gerrit Cole. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • Utley day-to-day with lingering foot issue
    Chase Utley was removed from Tuesday's win over the Giants with a lingering foot issue.

    Advice: Utley didn't actually start the game, but he singled and scored as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and stayed on for defense in the seventh before leaving in the eighth. "He's been maintenancing his foot for about a month," manager Dave Roberts said late Tuesday night. "That's why we had to get him out of the game. He couldn't stay on his feet any longer. Chase will be day to day." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:08 am
  • Correa left game early Tuesday due to illness
    Carlos Correa was lifted from Tuesday's loss to the Pirates due to illness.

    Advice: Correa has been battling a stomach bug and was 0-for-3 when Astros manager A.J. Hinch decided to pull him with his team trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. They went on to lose 7-1. Alex Bregman moved from third base to shortstop and Marwin Gonzalez took over at the hot corner. Correa might have to be held out of Wednesday afternoon's series finale in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Ozuna leaves game due to family emergency
    Marcell Ozuna made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Royals due to a family emergency.

    Advice: Ozuna was 1-for-3 before getting taken out of the lineup in the eighth inning. There aren't any details available yet. Robert Andino entered the game to play left field with Christian Yelich shifting over to center. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:32 pm
  • Pagan (groin) back in Giants lineup Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (groin) is back in the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pagan tweaked his groin while making a catch in the outfield Saturday against the Mets, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll start in left field and bat second on Tuesday night against righty Kenta Maeda. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Weeks (ankle) has pinch-hit single Monday
    Rickie Weeks (ankle) had a pinch-hit single Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: Weeks left Saturday's game with a mild right ankle sprain, but it's not a major concern. The 33-year-old has been useful in part-time duty this season, batting .252 with eight homers and a .796 OPS over 92 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:26 am
  • Cozart (knee, heel) out until Wednesday?
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Zack Cozart (knee, heel) probably won't be ready Tuesday.

    Advice: Cozart is out for a fifth straight game Monday with soreness in his right knee and Achilles and it sounds like he'll get an additional day off healing on Tuesday, but the hope remains that he won't require a trip to the disabled list. Jose Peraza is starting at shortstop for the Reds on Monday versus Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:44 am
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  • Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out Monday
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out of the Reds' starting lineup on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Cozart hasn't appeared in a game since last Wednesday due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles, but he is expected to avoid the disabled list. Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and bat second Monday versus Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:50 am
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  • Jeff Samardzija flirts with no-hitter in loss
    Jeff Samardzija carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday night, but wound up losing to the Mets, surrendering two runs on three hits in seven frames.

    Advice: Samardzija racked up seven strikeouts on the night while walking one. He had allowed just one walk heading into the seventh inning, where Curtis Granderson broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a two-run homer, which proved to be the only offense in the ballgame. Now 10-9 on the season, Samardzija will carry a 4.17 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into Friday's start against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:37 pm
  • Carlos Correa plates two in victory Sunday
    Carlos Correa went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the Astros topped the Orioles 5-3 in a rain-soaked contest on Sunday.

    Advice: Correa's two-run double in the fifth inning increased the Astros advantage to 4-1 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He also swiped his 11th base of the season in the ballgame. With his two-hit day, Correa is now hitting .272/.365/.468 with 18 homers and 86 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Smyly picks up win despite allowing four runs
    Drew Smyly improved to 6-11 in Sunday's win over the Rangers, surrendering four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Smyly was victimized by a pair of home runs in this one, with Delino DeShields notching a two-run shot in the first inning and Drew Stubbs smacking a solo shot in the fifth. The 27-year-old southpaw finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts against one walk. Sunday's outing wasn't a disaster by any means and Smyly has pitched well of late, entering his showdown with the Rangers holding a 2.25 WHIP and 0.94 WHIP over his last five starts. A road date with the Astros shows next on his schedule. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Leake dominates with seven scoreless vs. PHI
    Mike Leake fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Cardinals' rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Leake gave up seven hits but they were all singles. He struck out eight and walked just one. This has been a very up and down first season with St. Louis for Leake, who will carry a 4.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Athletics. He's been good in stretches. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:00 pm
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  • Utley rocks solo home run in win over Reds
    Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Utley burned Anthony DeSclafani for a solo shot in the first inning and picked up an RBI single in the third. While the veteran second baseman is slashing a middling .256/.327/.399 this season, he has picked up six two-hit games in his last 10 contests. Utley can still be safely avoided in most fantasy formats, but his recent hot bat makes him an interesting DFS option. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:57 pm
  • Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) out again Sunday
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) remained out of the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Wednesday due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles. Jose Peraza is again filling in at shortstop and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The Reds are also giving Joey Votto and Scott Schebler a breather Sunday, as Ivan DeJesus Jr. is at first base and Tyler Holt is in right field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 am
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  • Bryant keeps raking with homer, four RBI
    Kris Bryant continued his assault on National League pitching Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: This time, Bryant picked on Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman, who was making his major league debut. Bryant took the rookie deep for a three-run shot in the fifth inning, Bryant's 31st homer of the year. That's best in the league, and the 24-year-old is now hitting .300/.393/.568 with 83 RBI, 98 runs scored and eight steals. A year removed from winning National League Rookie of the Year, Bryant appears to have his sights set higher in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Finnegan carries no-no into seventh, Reds win
    Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for throwing seven shutout innings of work in an 11-1 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Finnegan walked two and struck out eight, with Adrian Gonzalez' leadoff single in the seventh inning scuttling any chances of seeing history. Still, it was a dominant performance from a pitcher who has shown at points that he can be dominant as a major league starter. The win improved Finnegan to 8-9 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 25 starts. The southpaw will look for an encore performance Friday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:23 pm
  • Rickie Weeks leaves with right ankle sprain
    Rickie Weeks left Saturday's game against the Padres with a mild right ankle sprain.

    Advice: Weeks was 0-for-3 when he left in the eighth inning. Michael Bourn entered the game in his place with Mitch Hanigar shifting from center field to left. Until we know more, consider Weeks day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Fiers yields one run in seven frames in win
    Mike Fiers held the Orioles to one run in seven innings while striking out seven as the Astros won 12-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The only run Fiers surrendered came on a Chris Davis solo blast in the fourth inning. He yielded just five hits and issued one free pass in the ballgame. He needed a good outing like this one after getting knocked around in his last two starts. Fiers' record improves to 9-6 with a 4.48 ERA. He has 103 strikeouts and 31 walks in 132 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Phelps fans nine Bucs over six scoreless
    David Phelps struck out nine over six scoreless innings in a 3-1 Marlins victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Phelps yielded just two hits while walking two in the contest, leaving the Pirates offense without an answer for most of the evening. The right-hander has now allowed just three runs in four starts since moving to the rotation in the beginning of August, lowering his season ERA to 2.28. Phelps has always been a slightly intriguing pitcher for his strikeout ability, and he can't be overlooked in deeper mixed leagues given recent results. Phelps will next take on the Padres on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Angel Pagan (groin) could be back Tuesday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hopeful Angel Pagan (groin) will return to the lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: That means Pagan won't be in the lineup on Sunday. Pagan tweaked his groin while hauling in a line drive in the third inning Saturday against the Mets. Gregor Blanco replaced him in left field and will likely get the start there on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Angel Pagan exits with right groin tightness
    Angel Pagan left Saturday's game against the Mets with right groin tightness.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting. Gregor Blanco took over for Pagan in left field at the start of the fourth inning. Until the Giants provide an update, we'll consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Cozart (Achilles) remains out of Reds lineup
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) remains out of the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Jose Peraza was recalled from Triple-A and will start in his place at shortstop, batting second for the Reds. Cozart is still considered day-to-day and isn't yet considered a candidate for the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:53 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Zack Cozart (knee) scratched from lineup
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) has been scratched from the Reds' lineup.

    Advice: Cozart had been set to return after missing a game with soreness in his surgically-repaired and also his Achilles, but apparently he's not quite ready yet. Ivan De Jesus Jr. will handle the shortstop duties again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Zack Cozart (knee) back in lineup Friday
    Zack Cozart (knee) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Cozart has dealt with soreness in his surgically-repaired and also his Achilles, but he's ready to give it a go now. He's at shortstop and batting second against Bud Norris and the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:47 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Giants rock deGrom for eight runs in 5 IP
    Jacob deGrom was shelled in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on 13 hits over five innings.

    Advice: After tossing three scoreless frames, deGrom ran into trouble and then some. He coughed up five runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth before his evening was mercifully ended. The start bumped his ERA from 2.30 to a still-respectable 2.73 mark. DeGrom also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 134/30 K/BB ratio across 22 starts. Thursday's result wasn't particularly appealing, but sometimes you just don't have it. He will try to rebound in a road date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Bryant goes 5-for-5, homers twice in win
    Kris Bryant went 5-for-5 with two homers, a double and five RBI to lead the Cubs past the Brewers 9-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Have yourself a day, Kris. The two homers put him at an even 30 for the season, and his OPS jumped to .956, which is nearly a match for Anthony Rizzo's .961. Those two are in the running for NL MVP honors, assuming that voters don't dismiss both because the Cubs could have won the NL Central without either. Bryant has the WAR edge, by virtue of his fine defense at tougher positions than first base. Rizzo has the RBI edge, largely because he hits behind Bryant. Daniel Murphy has the "I'm clearly the best player on my team, which isn't the Cubs" edge. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:01 pm
  • Zack Cozart dealing with patellar soreness
    Zack Cozart (knee) is not in the Reds' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He's dealing with some patellar tendon soreness in his surgically repaired knee. The Reds don't see it as a serious issue but it might require some rest. Ivan De Jesus will handle the shortstop duties and bat second Thursday against Marlins starter Jose Fernandez.Daily Slant: If Jose Fernandez wasn't the clear cut top option in terms of cash games before, he is after seeing the Reds lineup. He only really needs to avoid the hot-hitting Joey Votto and if he's able to keep Billy Hamilton off the base paths, it should be smooth sailing for the Marlins ace. His 35.7 K% leads the MLB by a fairly wide margin and his 14.9 SwStr% yet another eye-popping indicator of his bat missing abilities. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Rickie Weeks hits two homers
    Rickie Weeks homered twice and knocked in five runs Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Weeks has been a bit player most of the year, but he's getting starts against lefties now and capitalizing. He's batting .247 with eight homers, five of which have come against southpaws. Maybe a contender will want to add him to its bench before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Ozuna cranks 21st homer on Wednesday
    Marcell Ozuna lifted a solo homer as part of a 1-for-4 evening on Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: The outfielder is having a nice bounce-back season after a dreary 2015 that saw him get demoted to Triple-A for a while. He is now batting .281/.337/.493 with 21 longballs, 62 RBI and 62 runs scored. He is on pace to set career highs in all of those stats. The Marlins were rumored to be dangling Ozuna in trade talks over the winter but they were smart to hang on to him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Cubs place Joe Smith on 15-day disabled list
    Cubs placed RHP Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Smith has been a bust so far with the Cubs, yielding three earned runs on four walks and six hits over just 3 2/3 innings of work. He has a 4.14 ERA in 41 1/3 total innings this year. The veteran setup man will likely go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Chicago bullpen. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @LAD
     
  • Samardzija keeps Pirates in check over 6 IP
    Jeff Samardzija proved serviceable in Tuesday's no-decision against the Pirates, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: In a stirring moment of synchronicity, Samardzija and opposing starter Jameson Taillon finished with identical pitching lines. Both gentlemen surrendered three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out five and walking one. The damage on Samardzija's line came in the form of solitary runs allowed in the first, second and sixth innings. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:54 pm
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