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  • Twins officially promote prospect Miguel Sano
    Twins recalled INF Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Sano will take over as the Twins' regular designated hitter in Thursday's series opener against the Royals. The 22-year-old was sporting a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level and he's a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues for his massive power potential.
    49 minutes ago
  • Buster Posey (head) in Giants' lineup Thurs.
    Buster Posey (head) is starting at first base for the Giants on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask, but he passed a concussion test. He is batting cleanup Thursday against Jose Fernandez, who's making his first start in over 13 months.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Braves recall Manny Banuelos for MLB debut
    Braves recalled LHP Manny Banuelos from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Banuelos will make his major league debut Thursday in the Braves' series finale against the Nationals. The 24-year-old former top prospect has registered a strong 2.29 ERA and 69/38 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings this season for Gwinnett but probably isn't worth the one-time stream in most fantasy leagues. If he gets an extended look, that may change.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Braves option Ryan Kelly to AAA Gwinnett
    Braves optioned RHP Ryan Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly allowed a run on two hits in his one relief appearance with the Braves. He has posted very good numbers this year at Triple-A and should get another look soon.
    Today, 8:22 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Tigers release outfielder Xavier Avery
    Tigers released OF Xavier Avery.

    Advice: Avery exercised a July 1 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Tigers. The 25-year-old outfielder was batting .305/.371/.393 with one homer and 14 stolen bases through 73 games for Triple-A Toledo and should have no trouble latching on with a new organization.
    Today, 8:04 am
    Not Active
    10:08 am vs x Pit
  • Giants backing off closer Santiago Casilla
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will back off Santiago Casilla for a few days due to fatigue.

    Advice: Casilla blew his fourth save of the season on Wednesday night, yielding three runs without retiring batter. His job still seems safe, but look for Bochy to play the matchups with Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo over the next few games should a save opportunity arise. Casilla, 34, has a 3.03 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29 2/3 total innings this season. He's been fine for the most part.
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Roach getting another start for the Cubs
    Donn Roach will take another turn in the Cubs' rotation Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Roach got roughed up in his debut last weekend against the Cardinals, yielding eight hits and four runs over just 3 1/3 innings. He's a poor fantasy bet versus the Fish.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Kris Bryant getting day off Thursday vs. NYM
    Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

    Advice: Bryant struck out in three of his five trips to the plate on Wednesday and will now take a day of mental and physical rest. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting seventh versus Mets righty Jacob deGrom.
    Today, 7:34 am
  • Bourn serving one-game suspension Thursday
    Michael Bourn will serve his one-game suspension Thursday.

    Advice: Bourn was handed the one-game sentence last week for bumping home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during an argument. Michael Brantley is starting in center field and Mike Aviles is in left field Thursday versus the Rays.
    Today, 7:00 am
  • Jose Fernandez activated, starting Thursday
    Marlins activated RHP Jose Fernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Fernandez is ready to rock again, 13 months after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The 22-year-old right-hander showed promising signs on his five-start minor league rehab assignment and needs to be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues for what should be an exciting and productive second half of the 2015 season. Fernandez owns a remarkable 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 257 strikeouts in 224 1/3 career major league innings. He's starting Thursday at home against the Giants.
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Marlins option Jose Urena to Triple-A level
    Marlins optioned RHP Jose Urena to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Urena is giving up his rotation spot to Jose Fernandez, who is due to return from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday. Urena posted a decent 4.04 ERA in 42 1/3 innings. He'll get another look soon.
    Today, 6:51 am
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  • James McCann not in Tigers' lineup Thurs.
    James McCann is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate against the Pirates. It's just a day of rest for McCann.
    Today, 6:35 am
  • Ventura (hand) sharp in rehab start at Omaha
    Yordano Ventura (hand) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura walked three but struck out four and gave up only three hits. It may be enough to convince the Royals that the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to return from the disabled list. He's been on the shelf since June 13 with ulnar neuritis.
    Today, 6:05 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Cooney to make spot start on Thursday
    Tim Cooney will make a spot start for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: It is Jaime Garcia's turn in the rotation, but he has been scratched with cramping in his left groin. Cooney struggled earlier this season in his major league debut against the Phillies and doesn't look like an overly attractive play Thursday versus San Diego.
    Today, 5:55 am
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    4:15 pm vs ^ SD
  • Loney (finger) expected to return on Friday
    James Loney (finger) is expected to return to the Rays' active roster on Friday.

    Advice: Loney has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Tuesday. He broke a bone in his left middle finger back in late May and will wind up missing around five weeks. The first baseman returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line, two homers, and 11 RBI in 30 games.
    Today, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-0 vs x Cle
  • Giants activate Matt Cain for Thursday debut
    Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cain will make his 2015 regular-season debut Thursday in the Giants' series finale against the Marlins after missing three months with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The veteran right-hander pitched pretty well on his minor league rehab tour and is worth owning in most mixed fantasy leagues. Tim Lincecum (forearm) was placed on the disabled list Thursday in a corresponding roster move.
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Tim Lincecum (forearm) placed on 15-day DL
    Giants placed RHP Tim Lincecum on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm contusion.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a bad bruise Saturday in his start against the Rockies. He may be moved to the bullpen once he's back to 100 percent health. Matt Cain (elbow) is taking over the vacant rotation spot.
    Today, 5:41 am
    15-Day DL
  • Doug Fister gives up four runs in loss
    Doug Fister was tagged for four runs in six innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just one bad inning, as Fister allowed two homers and all four runs in the fourth. His velocity was about the same as last time out, which was better than in his return from the DL but not where he was last year. He's probably just a fifth starter in mixed leagues as is.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Jansen notches 13th save in win over D-Backs
    Kenley Jansen allowed a late run but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jansen trotted into the game with his team up 4-2. The two-run cushion turned out to be necessary. After striking out the first batter of the frame, Jansen coughed up a solo homer to David Peralta before recording the last two outs minus any issues. Jansen's allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but owners should look to a 13-for-14 save chance record, 1.53 ERA and stellar 30/1 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings rather than these little blips of trouble on the radar. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the top closers in the game.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Hill socks solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Aaron Hill went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hill connected for his fourth homer of the season when he launched a Brett Anderson offering into the seats in the sixth inning. He also chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to push his overall RBI total for the season to an even 20. Hill is a possible candidate for trade as we enter July, though his .224/.284/.333 slashline makes one wonder what, if anything, the Diamondbacks could get in return for the 33-year-old infielder.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
    6:40 pm vs Col
  • Anderson holds D-Backs to one run in seven IP
    Brett Anderson picked up his fifth win of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks, yielding just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: Anderson scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work. The lone run to dent his line came when he served up a solo homer to Aaron Hill in the sixth inning. Otherwise, Anderson was aces, striking out seven against two walks and improving to 5-4 on the year. This isn't anything new, as he's allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts. Anderson's bugaboo has always been health, but for the time being, he is pitching some of his best baseball of the season. Overall, he holds a 3.00, 1.29 WHIP and 69/26 K/BB ratio over 96 innings. A home date with the Phillies awaits for his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in Astros' win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a HBP, an RBI and two runs scored in the Astros' 6-5 defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve also swiped a pair of bases. He's hit in 10 straight games to push his average back up to .298. That doesn't quite measure up to last year, but though three months, he's given his fantasy owners exactly what they paid for.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Ray surrenders four runs in loss to Dodgers
    Robbie Ray couldn't quite manage a quality start in Wednesday night's loss to the Dodgers, tossing six innings of four-run ball.

    Advice: Ray struck out six and walked two in the contest. Three of the four runs against him scored in the third inning, when he allowed a pair of RBI doubles and an RBI single. With the loss, the 23-year-old southpaw dropped to 2-4 on the season. Despite Wednesday's relatively unimpressive performance against the Dodgers, Ray's pitched well since returning to the Snakes' starting rotation on June 5 and currently holds a 2.55 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Rangers in his next scheduled start.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez gives up four runs to K.C.
    Vincent Velasquez pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Velasquez bounced back nicely from giving up three runs in the first two innings, with the only other run scoring after he exited in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one. While he didn't factor into the decision despite leaving with the lead, he certainly earned another start with the performance.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Edinson Volquez gives up five runs to Astros
    Edinson Volquez yielded five runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Volquez struck out eight and walked just one while aiming for his fifth straight win tonight, but he was undone by a couple of homers. It's the first time all year that he's allowed five earned runs.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Santiago Casilla blows fourth save
    Santiago Casilla took his fourth blown save after giving up three runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Single, single, home run. Casilla's last two blown saves have been ugly, but since they're his only bad outings in two months, his job is plenty safe enough. The real concern is injury: he always seems to be good for one per year.
    Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Posey passes concussion test after exiting
    Buster Posey passed a concussion test after Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Posey left the game after taking a foul ball off his mask. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the catcher felt "off" and didn't want to risk further injury. He'll be re-evaluated again Thursday, but as of now it appears he dodged a huge bullet.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Posey leaves after taking foul ball off mask
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask.

    Advice: Posey stayed in after the incident, but he was removed in the fifth inning. He's being re-evaluated, likely for concussion symptoms, and the club may have a better prognosis after the game. Andrew Susac would be in line for the bulk of the playing time if Posey is forced to miss time.
    Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Buster Posey exits with undisclosed injury
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game against the Marlins with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: There was nothing apparent, but Andrew Susac replaced Posey behind the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. A few inning earlier Posey took a foul ball off his mask. The Giants should provide an update shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:37 pm
  • Twins calling up top prospect Miguel Sano's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up prospect Miguel Sano.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas has already been optioned to Triple-A Rochester to open up a roster spot. Sano, 22, boasts a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level. He's primarily played third base in the minors, but look for the Twins to use him as their everyday designated hitter. Sano has been a consensus top-20 prospect for going on four years and is worth a shot in every mixed fantasy league for his power potential.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Jansen allows a run following his first walk
    Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still snagged his 12th save of the season as the Dodgers pulled out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With two outs, Jansen issued his first walk of the season to his 56th batter. Paul Goldschmidt then punished him for the walk with an RBI double. Jansen bounced back to strike out Yasmany Tomas to end the game. The right-hander is 12-for-13 in save chances this season with a 1.08 ERA and a 28/1 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Posey has double, homer in loss to Marlins
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored against the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Posey hit a solo home run in the third inning before doubling and scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth. The catcher is 11-for-24 (.458) with four doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored during a six-game hitting streak. The hot stretch has his overall line up to .303/.378/.487.
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Bourn has two hits, stolen base against Rays
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bourn was the only player on either team with multiple hits in the game. The steal was his sixth of the year and first since June 4. A brutal month of June has lowered Bourn's average to .228 with a .298 on-base percentage overall.
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Bryant scores lone run in win over Mets
    Kris Bryant went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The run was the only one either team would score in the game. Even after missing the season's first two weeks, Bryant's 40 walks are fifth-most in the National League. The 23-year-old is hitting .275/.381/.466 in his rookie year.
    Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Banuelos expected to make MLB debut Thursday
    The Braves are expected to recall Manny Banuelos from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday to make his major league debut versus the Nationals.

    Advice: He'll be taking Williams Perez's (foot) spot in the rotation. Acquired from the Yankees over the offseason in the David Carpenter deal, Banuelos holds a 2.29 ERA and 69/38 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings for Gwinnett this season. His stay might be short, but he's worth a look in NL-only leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:43 pm
  • Matt Cain (arm) will debut Thursday vs. MIA
    Matt Cain (forearm) will return to the Giants' starting rotation on Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Cain had been lined up to make his 2015 regular-season debut on Friday, but the Giants need him to step up and take Tim Lincecum's spot. Lincecum is headed to the disabled list with a forearm bruise. Cain has been decent on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and is worth a shot in most mixed fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Lincecum (forearm) to be placed on DL Sat.
    Tim Lincecum (forearm) will be placed on the disabled list Thursday.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion in his start Saturday against the Rockies. It's not a serious injury, but the Giants need a spot for Matt Cain anyway.
    Tuesday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Loney (finger) begins rehab stint Tuesday
    James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break.
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-0 vs x Cle
  • Altuve homers, helping the Astros beat KC
    Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.

    Advice: Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:25 pm
  • James Loney (finger) nearing rehab assignment
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that James Loney (finger) could begin a rehab assignment "in the next couple of days."

    Advice: Loney has progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and could be activated prior to the All-Star break. The first baseman sports a .275/.322/.376 batting line with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games this season.
    Monday, 5:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-0 vs x Cle
  • McCann walk-off HR completes Tigers' comeback
    James McCann smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the Tigers' comeback win over the White Sox Sunday.

    Advice: The Tigers were dominated for seven innings by Jeff Samardzija, but they tied things up in the eighth with Victor Martinez's bases-clearing double. McCann, who singled and scored in the eighth, then won it by depositing a Zach Putnam pitch just over the left-field wall. Alex Avila (knee) is due back soon, but McCann will continue to start versus lefties.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Jansen works around leadoff 2B for 11th save
    Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double, but worked around it for his 11th save in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Christian Yelich greeted Jansen with a leadoff double, which allowed the Marlins to bring the potential tying run to the plate on three separate occasions. Jansen struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna consecutively before getting Derek Dietrich to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been utterly dominant since debuting in mid-May, now 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.57 ERA and a 26/0 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Urena suffers tough luck loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Urena pitched well but suffered a loss on Sunday against the Dodgers after giving up a lone run in five innings.

    Advice: Urena had the unenviable task of matching up with Zack Greinke. He relented his only run in the fifth inning on a ground out, which was more than enough run support for Greinke. On the afternoon, Urena gave up four hits and walked four while striking out four. Keeping the theme of fours going, he owns a 4.04 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 19/17 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings. Urena may be edged out of the rotation. If he isn't, he's on schedule to make a Wrigley Field start next weekend.
    Sunday, 1:18 pm
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  • Ryan Kelly called up from Triple-A
    Braves purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly, 27, earned the promotion after holding a 1.15 ERA and 27/12 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
    Sunday, 7:35 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Ventura (hand) to make another rehab start
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura had been slated for just one rehab outing, but the Royals changed their minds after the righty gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over just four innings Friday. "The stuff was OK," manager Ned Yost said. "Ninety-seven miles per hour. Decent curveball. (We need to) just get him back into a good rhythm, just get him back into a good spot. So when he comes up here, he’s ready to go." The decision to hold back Ventura means Joe Blanton will get at least one more start.
    Sunday, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Fernandez strikes out eight in final rehab start
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) allowed six hits and four runs over five innings Saturday in his final rehab start for Double-A Jacksonville.

    Advice: He took the loss but the Marlins have to be encouraged by the eight strikeouts he recorded. The former NL Rookie of the Year is in line to start Thursday's game against the Giants. Fernandez needs to be owned in all formats.
    Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Donn Roach struggles in loss to Cardinals
    Donn Roach got roughed up in his Cubs debut, allowing eight hits and four run in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: He only lasted 3 1/3 innings. With Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) only expected to miss one start), Roach is probably headed back to Triple-A. Saturday marked Roach's first loss in 17 big league appearances.
    Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Posey has two-run double in win over Rockies
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey contributed a two-run double in the third inning, the third time in his last four games that he's driven in multiple runs. In that span, he's 7-for-16 with three doubles, nine RBI and six runs scored. Overall, Posey is hitting .297/.375/.471 with 11 homers, 39 runs scored and 50 RBI.
    Saturday, 4:39 pm
  • Tim Lincecum leaves with forearm contusion
    Tim Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Lincecum was having a pretty rough day even before the injury, surrendering three runs on just 41 pitches. Putting Lincecum on the disabled list would save him the embarrassment of being sent to the bullpen, which is sure to happen once Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) finish their rehab assignments.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Lincecum leaves after getting hit by liner
    Tim Lincecum left Saturday's game against the Rockies after taking a line drive off his right arm.

    Advice: D.J. LeMahieu drilled him right above his pitching elbow. Lincecum allowed four hits, three runs and two walks over 1 2/3 innings before exiting. Yusmeiro Petit entered the game in his place. With Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) slated to rejoin the rotation next week, this may have been Lincecum's last start for a while.
    Saturday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Cubs officially recall Donn Roach
    Cubs recalled RHP Donn Roach from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Roach is getting the start Saturday in place of Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder). The right-hander went 1-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 appearances for the Padres last season. Chicago sent Yoervis Medina to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.
    Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • James Loney (finger) ahead of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that James Loney (finger) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and should return to the Rays before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Loney has been on the shelf since May 25 with a broken left middle finger and was expected to be sidelined until after the Mid-Summer classic. Before hitting the disabled list, he was hitting .275/.322/.376 with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games.
    Saturday, 9:53 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-0 vs x Cle
  • Bourn has hearing to appeal his suspension
    Michael Bourn had his hearing Friday to appeal his one game suspension for bumping home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in Tuesday's game.

    Advice: A decision will be made some time between now and July 10 on whether the ban is upheld. Either way, the Indians are likely to have him serve on a day that he would've had off anyways, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here.
    Saturday, 6:01 am
  • Edinson Volquez holds down A's in victory
    Edinson Volquez held the A's to one run over seven innings in winning Friday.

    Advice: The Royals aren't hitting like they did early in the year... except when Volquez is on the mound. They've averaged 5.8 runs in his last 10 starts and won nine of those games. Volquez actually pitched better while amassing a 2-3 record and a 2.10 ERA in his first five starts. He's 6-1 with a 3.64 ERA since.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Robbie Ray goes six solid innings in loss
    Robbie Ray yielded three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Ray struck out five and walked none. He's the Diamondbacks' best starter right now, but he shouldn't be used in mixed leagues next week, what with his lone start coming against the Dodgers.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Bryant (illness) singles, has sac fly vs. STL
    Kris Bryant (illness) went 1-for-4 with a single and a sacrifice fly in his return to action Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bryant made an early exit from Thursday's game due to flu-like symptoms, but it shouldn't be an issue moving forward. The rookie sensation is batting .277 with 10 home runs and an .850 OPS through his first 64 games in the majors.
    Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Velasquez allows two runs in no-decision
    Vincent Velasquez allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: Tough break for Velasquez, who held the Yankees scoreless over the first six innings and appeared on track for his first major league victory. He got Brian McCann for the first out of the seventh inning, but then allowed back-to-back singles to Carlos Beltran before being pulled. Will Harris then served up a go-ahead three-run homer to Chris Young. Velasquez struck out a pair and walked one in the no-decision. He'll try again to get in the win column next week against the Royals.
    Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Brett Anderson Ks 10 in win over Marlins
    Brett Anderson was sensational against the Marlins on Friday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out a season-high 10 batters.

    Advice: Anderson gave up just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. The southpaw missed bats and kept the ball on the ground, allowing just one fly ball all night long. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts, giving him a 3.13 ERA on the year. Injuries have kept him off the field in recent years, but he's been a great story in the Dodgers' rotation this season.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Donn Roach to start for Cubs Saturday
    Donn Roach will be called up to start on Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) isn't feeling quite ready, so the Cubs need a spot starter. Roach has put up a 2.29 ERA over 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa this season, although he's managed only 33 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Bryant (illness) returns to Cubs' lineup Fri.
    Kris Bryant (illness) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bryan had to make an early exit Thursday while battling the flu, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go Friday. The rookie slugger sports a .278/.383/.474 batting line with 10 homers and 42 RBI across 63 games this season.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with, two doubles, three runs scored and two steals as the Astros' No. 3 hitter on Thursday.

    Advice: The Astros liked Carlos Correa's work in the two hole while Jose Altuve missed time last week with a hamstring injury, so Altuve has been hitting third since returning Monday. It doesn't hurt his fantasy value at all.
    Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Doug Fister fires seven scoreless as Nats win
    Doug Fister was outstanding in Thursday’s victory over the Braves, scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings.

    Advice: Fister walked just one and punched out four on the afternoon. After experiencing reduced velocity in his first start back from the disabled list, the veteran right-hander looked to be in vintage form on Thursday, throwing 113 pitches over his seven frames. He’ll look to replicate this fine outing in a rematch against the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • Posey plates three as Giants win slugfest
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and drove home three runs as the Giants outlasted the Padres in a 13-8 slugfest on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of Posey's three knocks were doubles and he also scored three runs in the contest. He has once again been one of the truly elite offensive performers behind the plate this season, slashing .293/.369/.469 with 11 long balls and 48 RBI.
    Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Urena to start vs. Dodgers on Sunday
    Jose Urena will start against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Urena gave up three runs over five innings in his last turn Tuesday against the Cardinals and owns a 4.34 ERA and 15/13 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings over his first six starts and two relief appearances in the majors. The Marlins' rotation is about to get very crowded, so this could be his last start for a while.
    Thursday, 1:24 pm
    Not Active
  • Bryant departs game with flu-like symptoms
    Kris Bryant left Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers with flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Bryant struck out in his first at-bat and was lifted before the top of the third inning, with Jonathan Herrera taking over at third base, Chris Coghlan moving to second base, Chris Denorfia shifting to left field, and Matt Szczur taking over in center. Bryant can be considered day-to-day. This doesn't sound like a big deal.
    Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Posey's grand slam pushes Giants past Padres
    Buster Posey blasted a grand slam in Wednesday's 6-0 triumph across from San Diego.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4. Posey's grand slam seemed almost preordained after Ian Kennedy slogged through a third inning elongated by a Will Middlebrooks error. Considering Posey's history against Kennedy, it came as no surprise that he capitalized on the moment. Posey is 16-for-40 (.400) lifetime against the right-hander.
    Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • Ventura (hand) to make rehab start Friday
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    Advice: Ventura will throw five innings or 75 pitches, whichever comes first. He'll need at least the one rehab start before returning to the Royals. His next step will likely be determined with how Friday's start goes.
    Wednesday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Tim Lincecum might be bound for bullpen
    Tim Lincecum might be moved to the bullpen when Jake Peavy (back) and Matt Cain (elbow) rejoin the rotation next week.

    Advice: Lincecum got off to a fine start this season but has hit a wall of late, putting up a 7.00 ERA over his last six starts. The Giants currently have Peavy and Cain lined up to replace Lincecum and Tim Hudson (ankle), who could be placed on the disabled list. Lincecum has thrived when used as a reliever in the postseason and that might be the best role for him at this point.
    Wednesday, 7:17 am
    15-Day DL
  • Ventura (hand) ready for rehab assignment
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will either begin a rehab assignment or throw a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't really matter which one he does, as he's slated for five innings and/or 75 pitches either way. Ventura, who is dealing with ulnar neuritis in his right hand, could be ready to rejoin the Royals' rotation next week if Friday's session goes well.
    Wednesday, 6:37 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Jose Urena gives up three runs in no-decision
    Jose Urena allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Urena gave up six hits and three walks, with all three of the Cardinals' runs coming in the fourth inning. The five-inning start snapped a stretch of four straight quality starts for Urena, who now owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He's got another tough test on deck Sunday against the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 7:02 pm
    Not Active
  • Matt Cain (forearm) on track to return July 3
    Matt Cain (forearm) is on track to rejoin the Giants' rotation on July 3.

    Advice: Cain holds a 4.61 ERA but a 15/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings in his first three rehab starts. The veteran right-hander is trying to pitch through a strained flexor tendon and isn't a great bet to make in through the season, but fantasy owners can probably roll with him as long as he's healthy. Go ahead and stash Cain away if he's on your waiver wire.
    Tuesday, 4:53 pm
  • Fernandez (elbow) makes latest rehab start
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) allowed one run over seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab start with High-A Jupiter.

    Advice: Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Fernandez threw a total of 90 pitches and allowed four hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. He now has a 3.20 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings over four rehab outings. The plan calls for him to make his final rehab start on June 27 with Double-A Jacksonville before making his return to the Marlins on July 2 against the Giants.
    Tuesday, 6:27 am
  • Bryant homers twice, powering Cubs to a win
    Kris Bryant had his first multi-homer game, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI as the Cubs topped the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Bryant gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the third inning when he hit a two-run home run off of Clayton Kershaw. He victimized reliever Adam Liberatore in the eighth inning with a solo home run, providing some necessary insurance. The heralded third base prospect has 10 home runs on the year along with 42 RBI and an impressive .282/.384/.485 triple-slash line.
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Yordano Ventura (hand) will need rehab start
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely need at least one rehab start before returning.

    Advice: Ventura hasn't pitched since June 12 because of ulnar neuritis in his right hand. He's eligible to return on Sunday, but it's not clear at this point how far the right-hander is away from a rehab assignment.
    Monday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Jose Altuve (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Jose Altuve (hamstring) is back in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Altuve missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring, but he tested things out and is ready to go. The second baseman has hit an un-Altuve-like .237/.284/.321 since the beginning of May.
    Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Nationals interested in D'Backs infielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are interested in the Diamondbacks' middle infield depth.

    Advice: He doesn't say which player(s) specifically they might be targeting, but Aaron Hill, Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are the options. Hill would probably make the most sense, as the D'Backs have been trying to trade him for a while. The 33-year-old hasn't been very good this season, hitting .236/.301/.338 with three homers.
    Monday, 1:34 pm
    6:40 pm vs Col
  • James Loney (finger) takes grounders
    James Loney (finger) will field ground balls on Monday.

    Advice: He'll also take some dry swings later this week. Loney has missed the last month of action with a broken left middle finger and isn't expected back prior to the All-Star break.
    Monday, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-0 vs x Cle
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