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  • Chi Chi Gonzalez struggles in no-decision
    Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He needed 87 pitches to cover the five innings, striking out just two batters. Gonzalez was up for a start with the Rangers dealing with multiple injuries to their rotation. He could get another shot this weekend in Minnesota but can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Ivan Nova goes five versus Rangers
    Ivan Nova was charged with four runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He yielded six hits and walked three, settling for a no-decision in the rain-lengthened game. Nova has given up at least four runs in six out of his last seven starts and might not be long for the rotation. He's slated to face the Padres this weekend. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Matt Shoemaker goes six scoreless
    Matt Shoemaker was denied a win after throwing six scoreless innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Par for the course for Shoemaker of late. He left with a 2-0 lead, but Mike Morin and Deolis Guerra combined to blow that in the seventh. Shoemaker finishes June 0-3 despite a 2.14 ERA and a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over six starts. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • A.J. Reed goes 0-for-5 against Angels
    A.J. Reed's early struggles continued Monday, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Angels.

    Advice: Reed is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks through three games. One wonders if the Astros might give him a little breather on Tuesday in order to regroup. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Daniel Mengden beats Giants for first victory
    Daniel Mengden surrendered two runs in 7 2/3 innings Monday to beat the Giants for his first career victory.

    Advice: Mengden lost each of his first three starts, though given his 3.00 ERA, it was hardly deserved. He was threatening a shutout tonight because the Giants got to him for a run in the eighth. The A's decided to take no chances afterwards and lifted him from an 8-1 game. An inherited runner came around to score off Fernando Rodriguez. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Peter Bourjos goes 3-for-5 in win
    Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 and scored twice against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: One of the Phillies' corner outfielders finally got hot, and Bourjos has assumed the second spot in the order as a result of his recent success. That doesn't make him a strong pickup in shallow mixed leagues, but he might eke out some value in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Tommy Joseph strikes out four times
    Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Rickie Weeks Jr. goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Rickie Weeks Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks are giving Weeks some additional playing time after his recent success versus lefties, but he didn't capitalize tonight. He'll probably return to the bench tomorrow, with either Peter O'Brien or Brandon Drury starting in left field. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray pitched seven innings and allowed four runs Monday in a win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray was allowed to start on four days' rest tonight despite complaining of fatigue and a heavy arm last time out. He was plenty effective, too, striking out eight and walking none. He's lasted seven innings in six of his 13 starts. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Drew Storen gives up four runs to Rockies
    Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes eight strong versus Cards
    Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.

    Advice: Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Blake Snell picks up ugly win Monday
    Blake Snell didn't pitch well Monday against the Red Sox but was credited with a win, anyway, yielding four runs over 5 1/3 frames in a 13-7 victory.

    Advice: Only one of the eight hits Snell surrendered went for extra bases, but he also issued four free passes. The young left-hander was given his first major league win with the Rays' offense going off against Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox' bullpen. Snell holds a 3.54 ERA over his first four big league starts but has walked 11 over 20 1/3 frames and has a 1.77 WHIP. He'll try to bounce back against Detroit over the weekend. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Ben Revere picks up four hits, three steals
    Ben Revere went 4-for-5 with an RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases in Monday's victory over the Mets.

    Advice: It was a good time for Revere to have a big night with Trea Turner making his professional debut in center field at Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. The speedster had three of the Nationals' six steals on the night, as teams are continuing to run wild on Noah Syndergaard. Revere was officially put on notice with the Turner news, so he'll need to keep it going. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Rangers call up RHP Rodriguez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez was called up to make his major-league season debut Monday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old had a 5.04 ERA across 14 starts in Triple-A this season and isn't a recommended fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Yanks outright Davis to Triple-A
    Yankees sent 1B Ike Davis outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Davis passed through waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. He has expressed a willingness to stick around as depth in the minors, but it's unclear if he's made an official decision. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Braves designate Alexi Ogando for assignment
    Braves designated RHP Alexi Ogando for assignment.

    Advice: Ogando got off to a decent start this year but unraveled in June with a 6.52 ERA in 12 appearances. The Braves promoted Mauricio Cabrera from Double-A Mississippi in the corresponding roster move. Ogando will likely report to Triple-A Gwinnett if he clears waivers. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Reed still looking for first major league hit
    A.J. Reed did not get a hit in his major league debut on Saturday, but he did walk twice, score twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

    Advice: The highly anticipated prospect went 0-for-2 but still managed to deliver solid fantasy value to his eager owners. The 23-year-old hit 34 home runs in the minors last year and had 11 homers in 59 Triple-A games so far this year. Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • A.J. Reed batting sixth in MLB debut Saturday
    A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

    Advice: He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Yanks designate Ike Davis for assignment
    Yankees designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Mark Teixeira's return from the disabled list. Davis went 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI during his brief stint with the Yankees. He told reporters that he'll consider staying with the organization if he passes through waivers unclaimed. Saturday, 8:17 am
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    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Astros call up top prospect 1B A.J. Reed
    Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Astros to call up 1B A.J. Reed on Saturday
    The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

    Advice: The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Report: A.J. Reed being called up by Astros
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

    Advice: This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) cleared for Monday start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) has been cleared to start Monday versus the Blue Jays after getting through a 14-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: Gray had to be pulled from his last start because of shoulder fatigue, but it's apparently no big deal. He'll face a stiff test in going up against the tough Toronto offense at Coors Field. Friday, 2:48 pm
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) expects to make next start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) plans to make his next start Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray left Wednesday's outing with a tired shoulder but doesn't see it as a long-term issue. "I passed all the strength tests," said Gray. "My shoulder’s just a little bit fatigued, but I think I will be back out there." Even if Gray does pitch Monday, he won't be a recommended fantasy play against a tough Blue Jays lineup at Coors Field. Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Tommy Joseph scratched Thursday with cold
    Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins. Thursday, 9:16 am
  • Mengden tosses quality start against Brewers
    Daniel Mengden turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Mengden has now made three major league starts. He has seen his strikeout totals rise in each one, topping out with nine strikeouts on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-hander holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings. Despite this nice work, Mengden's record sits at 0-3. He will try to shore up win No. 1 in a road start against the Giants next time out. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Shoemaker pitches into eighth in loss
    Matt Shoemaker allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker was dominating until the bottom of the sixth, when Jose Altuve slugged a solo home run. Marwin Gonzalez then tripled home George Springer in the bottom of the eighth and scored the Astros' third run on a Carlos Correa groundout. Shoemaker gave up eight total hits while also walking two. He'll try for better next week against these same Astros. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Jon Gray experiences heavy arm in loss to NYY
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that Jon Gray was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Yankees due to fatigue and a heavy arm.

    Advice: Gray allowed four runs over four innings in Wednesday's loss. This doesn't sound like a serious injury, but the 24-year-old right-hander's status for his next scheduled start against the Blue Jays has not yet been determined. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Duffy yields three earned in no-decision
    Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Ivan Nova hit hard in loss to Rockies Tuesday
    Ivan Nova was hit hard in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his four innings.

    Advice: Nova walked two and struck out one in the ballgame. Charlie Blackmon was his nemesis, blasting a pair of solo homers against him in this one. Nova has struggled for most of the season, compiling a troublesome 5.18 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 64 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track on Monday against the Rangers. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Snell turns in quality start against Indians
    Blake Snell registered a quality start Tuesday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Snell bounced back from a tough outing his last time out to throw a competitive game, giving up seven hits and walking three but limiting the damage. Unfortunately for Snell, Indians starter Corey Kluber threw a complete-game shutout, so the young lefty never really stood a chance. There will plenty of highs, and a few lows as well, as the 23-year-old navigates his first year in the majors. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • A.J. Reed belts 10th homer in Monday's victory
    Astros 1B prospect A.J. Reed homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .343 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Reed has generated plenty of buzz in his two-plus years in the minors but he still has some work to do before he earns his long-awaited promotion to the big leagues. The 2014 second-round pick has hit just .257 this year after batting .340 with 34 HR and 127 RBI in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi last season. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Reed not close to being called up
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that a promotion for first base prospect A.J. Reed is not imminent.

    Advice: Reed has bounced back after a slow start to the season at Triple-A, but the Astros want to see more before considering a promotion. They are also happy with what the production from the corner infield spots at the major league level in recent days. "He's making improvements and he's taking better at-bats and that's really all we're looking for is consistency of at-bats," said Luhnow. "Defensively, he's going to be fine. We're also looking for an opportunity. Right now, Marwin and Valbuena are both playing well. We want to give Danny Worth an extended look, so these three guys will be sharing the corners. If anybody went down, certainly A.J. Reed would be at or close to the top of the list for guys to come up." Reed, 23, is batting .256/.343/.483 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 55 games this season at Triple-A. Monday, 6:07 pm
  • Revere not in Monday's lineup
    Ben Revere is not in Monday's lineup versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Revere is sitting for the second straight day, this time against ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw while Michael Taylor is getting another start in center field. It appears that Dusty Baker is moving toward a straight platoon. While Revere still figures to get the bulk of the starts, he could be on the bench again with southpaws Scott Kazmir and Julio Urias lined up for Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday, 3:56 pm
  • Ben Revere sitting out on Sunday
    Ben Revere is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's receiving a routine day off. Michael Taylor is in center field and hitting leadoff. Wilson Ramos is also getting a breather, as Jose Lobaton is doing the catching. Jun 19, 11:18 am
  • Revere gets two hits and steals a base
    Ben Revere went 2-for-5 and stole his seventh base of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: Revere is having a miserable season as the Nationals' leadoff hitter. Even with the rare good game his line sits at an inept .213/.264/.280 with one home run, 19 runs, 12 RBI and seven steals. His track record indicates he will improve as the season unfolds if Nationals' manager Dusty Baker keeps running him out there every day. Jun 18, 10:35 pm
  • Tommy Joseph not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday. Jun 18, 9:04 am
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up two runs to A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out seven and walked one, which qualifies as his worst K/BB ratio in his last six starts. He has a 1.88 ERA and a 55/2 K/BB ratio in those six outings, but the Angels offense has been so bad that the team has won just two of those games (and only one of those was credited to Shoemaker). Jun 17, 10:59 pm
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