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  • Jay Bruce hits two homers in victory
    Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers off Jake Peavy to lead the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: One last hurrah for Bruce in a Reds uniform? It was his third two-homer game of the season, the others coming on April 7 and May 18. He's tied with teammate Adam Duvall for fifth place in the NL with 23 homers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez hits 17th homer
    Eugenio Suarez had a two-run homer and a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: It's disappointing that Suarez's OBP has been hanging right around .300 for much of the year, but he's up to 17 homers now. It's too bad those homers have come with just seven doubles and a 100/27 K/BB ratio in 345 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Giants' No. 6 hitter on Monday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy has been shifting hot and cold hands up and down his lineup all year long, and Belt was dropped tonight as a result of his poor July. He won't stay in the sixth spot for long if he's over his slump. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Tyler Saladino delivers game-winner
    Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox edged the Cubs 5-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Saladino is outhitting Brett Lawrie over the last month and is the superior defensive second baseman, so maybe it's time to give him a crack at the starting job. He wouldn't do much for fantasy leaguers if it happens, but as far as the White Sox are concerned, he just needs to be a better player than Lawrie. Right now, Saladino has a .722 OPS in 130 AB, while Lawrie is at .723 in 351 AB. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Javier Baez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Gennett hits one of four Brewers homers
    Scooter Gennett singled and ripped a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gennett got the scoring going with a deep blast to center field in the first inning. It was one of four dingers the Brewers had on the night, as Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins also went deep. Gennett has already tied his career high with nine home runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt picks up three hits Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt picked up three hits in five trips to the plate in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: All three of his base knocks were singles. Goldschmidt was scuffling coming into this one with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but the three-hit night pushes his season line back to .294/.412/.506. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Albert Pujols knocks in four runs in victory
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs Monday to lead the Angels past the Royals 5-2.

    Advice: It helped a bunch that the two guys hitting in front of Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, walked five times tonight. Tonight's game was the first in Pujols' Hall of Fame career in which he knocked in four runs without collecting an extra-base hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Tommy Joseph drives in winning run Monday
    Tommy Joseph singled and doubled in the winning run of Monday's victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Joseph broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning with an RBI double. He was the only player on both teams to notch a multi-hit game and the first baseman now has multiple hits in three of his last five starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Derek Dietrich's slump continues Monday
    Derek Dietrich was hitless in three trips to the plate Monday.

    Advice: The Marlins managed just two singles all night against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies' bullpen. Dietrich now has just four hits over his last 41 at-bats, dropping his average from .307 to .275. It's a bad time for him to be slumping with Dee Gordon due back later this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Adam Jones drives in two, scores winning run
    Adam Jones went 2-for-5 with two RBI and scored the game-winning run in Monday's extra-innings win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Both base knocks were singles, but Jones got the scoring going with an RBI single in the second and tied things up with an RBI groundout in the seventh. He should have been thrown out in the 10th, but Jordan Lyles misfired a ball to home and Nick Hundley couldn't hang on. It's been a rough July for Jones, but he has two multi-hit games in his last three tries. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Nolan Arenado smacks solo home run Monday
    Nolan Arenado launched a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Arenado made an uncharacteristic two fielding errors in the game, but his solo jack in the fourth inning knotted things up at the time. It was his 26th longball of the season, as he now trails teammate Trevor Story by one home run for the National League lead. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Duffy making progress from Achilles injury
    Matt Duffy (Achilles) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Duffy has been out for over a month with a left Achilles strain, but he ran curves Monday and is said to be "over the hump" with his injury. Barring a setback, a return in the early part of August appears within reach. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Panik (concussion) to begin rehab stint Tue.
    Joe Panik (concussion) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Panik had to briefly halt his minor league rehab assignment last week, but he's back on track now and could join the Giants by the end of the week if all goes well. The 25-year-old has been out since June 27 due to concussion symptoms. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • McCann not in Monday's lineup
    Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: McCann joins Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner on the bench against southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Austin Romine will start behind the plate and catch Michael Pineda. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Brandon Belt moved down to sixth in lineup
    Brandon Belt was moved down to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Belt has been the primary No. 3 hitter dating back to mid-June, but he's batting just .185 with zero homers and a .589 OPS this month. Jarrett Parker will get an opportunity to hit third Monday against Anthony DeSclafani. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Domingo Santana (elbow) has 'big' setback
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday that Domingo Santana had a "big setback" with his right elbow.

    Advice: Santana was scratched from a rehab game on Monday after feeling continued soreness in his elbow. He'll be shut down for now, but suddenly his ability contribute at all in the second half is in question. Santana has been sidelined since June 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Cameron Maybin out Monday versus Red Sox
    Cameron Maybin is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup Monday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Andrew Romine will start in center field and bat ninth versus Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz. Maybin was also held out of action Sunday, so there could be an injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Russell Martin (knee) returns to Jays' lineup
    Russell Martin (knee) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday versus the Padres.

    Advice: He will start at catcher and bat sixth after missing the Blue Jays' entire weekend series against the Mariners because of a minor knee injury. Martin is slashing .228/.317/.338 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 81 games this season for Toronto. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Neil Walker out of Mets' lineup again Mon.
    Neil Walker is out of the Mets' lineup Monday for the second consecutive day.

    Advice: Walker is batting .190 with a .544 OPS in 163 plate appearances since the beginning of June. Kelly Johnson will get another start at second base and bat fifth versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
     
  • Altherr (wrist) shifts rehab to Triple-A
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) has shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Alther is batting .353/.511/.471 with one home run and two stolen bases in 11 minor league rehab games between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Clearwater, and Double-A Reading. Out all season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, Altherr should be cleared to join the Phillies' outfield mix by the end of this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:40 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
     
  • Phillies recall Taylor Featherston from AAA
    Phillies recalled INF Taylor Featherston from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Featherston will take over for Andres Blanco, who landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a fractured index finger. Featherston, 26, was batting .264/.320/.446 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI through 87 games this season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Yanks pick up McKinney in Chapman trade
    Yankees acquired OF Billy McKinney, SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford from the Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: McKinney has struggled this season at Double-A Tennessee, batting just .252/.355/.322 with one home run in 88 games, but he was considered a top-100 prospect leading into the 2016 campaign and he's relatively young for the Double-A level at age 21. Chicago acquired McKinney from Oakland two years ago as part of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade. He'll try to get back on the radar in the Yankees' system. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Domingo Santana (elbow) scratched at Low-A
    Domingo Santana (elbow) was scratched from a rehab game Monday at Low-A Wisconsin.

    Advice: Santana is still experiencing tenderness in his right elbow and forearm, which obviously isn't a great sign. He's been on the disabled list since June 10. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • McKinney also headed to Yanks for Chapman
    Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports that outfield prospect Billy McKinney is also involved in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: So now we have McKinney, shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, and right-hander Adam Warren heading to the Yankees along with a fourth unidentified piece. That is a massive haul for New York -- far better than what the Reds received from the Yankees for Chapman this past winter. McKinney has struggled this season at Double-A Tennessee, but he was considered a top-100 prospect leading into 2016 and the 2013 first-rounder is only 21 years old. Chicago landed McKinney from Oakland two years ago in the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Tyler Collins (neck) slugs pinch-hit homer
    Tyler Collins (neck) slugged a pinch-hit solo homer Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Collins' solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Chicago closer David Robertson was part of a three-homer barrage that tied the game at 4-4. But the White Sox rallied in the bottom of the frame to grab the 5-4 walkoff win. Collins had been sidelined for a couple of days due to muscle spasms in his neck. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 am
  • Arcia goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sun.
    Oswaldo Arcia (elbow) finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in the Rays' loss to the A's.

    Advice: Arcia made an early exit from Saturday's game after suffering a mild right elbow strain and may have still been in some discomfort for Sunday afternoon's series finale in Oakland. Arcia, 25, is batting .226/.301/.387 with six homers and 19 RBI in 52 games this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:16 am
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Bruce whacks three-run homer, drives in four
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Joe Panik (concussion) has 'turned a corner'
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that Joe Panik (concussion) has "turned a corner" in his recovery.

    Advice: Panik had a setback with his concussion symptoms just a couple days ago but apparently has made lots of recent progress. He's going to remain out of the lineup while on his rehab assignment for a few more days but has been cleared to resume baseball activities. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:39 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Neil Walker not in Sunday's lineup
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base for Walker. Travis d'Arnaud is also sitting out, as Rene Rivera is doing the catching. Michael Conforto is getting his first career start in center field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:07 am
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
     
  • Domingo Santana (elbow) begins rehab
    Domingo Santana (elbow) began a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Saturday.

    Advice: Santana has been on the shelf since June 10 with right elbow soreness. He's likely to need at least a week or so worth of game action before being activated. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Ari
     
  • Arcia goes 2-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI but the Rays lost on Saturday.

    Advice: He stroked an RBI single in the second inning and added a double later in the game. The part-time player is now batting .230 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 152 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:04 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Bruce blasts three-run bomb as Reds win
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast gave him 20 for the season with 69 RBI. He also doubled tonight. His .859 OPS is a nice gift for his owners after his sub-par 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bruce is highly likely to be traded in the next 10 days, but tonight he remained a key member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia suffers mild elbow strain
    Oswaldo Arcia suffered a mild right elbow strain on Saturday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Arcia was in obvious pain after a hard swing in the top of the seventh inning. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game and is batting .230/.306/.395 for the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Joe Panik (concussion) making progress
    Joe Panik (concussion) was checked by a doctor on Saturday and has been cleared to continue baseball work.

    Advice: He's going to remain out of the lineup at Triple-A for another couple of days, but it sounds as though he is progressing toward a return to the field. Panik has been on the sidelines since late June due to his concussion symptoms. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:39 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Russell Martin (knee) feeling better Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Russell Martin (knee) is feeling much better.

    Advice: Martin sat out Friday's game due to a minor knee injury. He's out again on Saturday, but that's a product of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey being on the hill for the Jays. Look for Martin to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 am
  • Matt Duffy (Achilles) nears rehab games
    Matt Duffy (Achilles) is a week away from beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Duffy's recovery from a strained Achilles has come slowly, but he's finally turned a corner. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll need before being activated, but he would seem to be tracking toward an early August return. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Joe Panik (concussion) experiences setback
    Joe Panik (concussion) didn't play in a scheduled rehab game Thursday because he "didn't feel good," according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

    Advice: Bochy didn't specifically say that it was a setback with Panik's concussion symptoms, but it's safe to say that that's the case. At this point it's unclear when the second baseman will resume his rehab assignment. He's been out of commission since late June. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Many teams interested in outfielder Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nationals are "also on the periphery" of the market for Bruce, saying that "perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest" as the Red. Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays over the winter, but that deal fell through due to a medical issue involving one of the players. Assuming he's traded, the team that acquires Bruce would have a $13 million option on him for next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Russell Martin (knee) to miss a couple days
    Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

    Advice: He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Adam Jones (back) returns to O's lineup
    Adam Jones (back) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones missed Thursday's game with back spasms, but he's in center field and batting leadoff Friday. He's hitting .262/.307/.441 with 17 homers this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:05 pm
  • Dietrich breaks slump with three-hit contest
    Derek Dietrich went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Dietrich had been 8-for-43 in the month of July, and he was mired in a 1-for-24 slump heading into Thursday's game. He's still hitting .289/.378/.418 despite the slump, a nod to his strong first half. With Dee Gordon set to return from suspension in a handful of games, it remains to be seen where the 27-year-old Dietrich will find at-bats as the season continues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Nolan Arenado not in Thursday's lineup
    Nolan Arenado is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the All-Star third baseman. Cristhian Adames will start at third base and bat eighth against Mike Foltynewicz.Daily Slant: Arenado's absence is bad news for the DFS community, although it brightens the outlook for a few of the Rockies bats who find themselves in favorable lineup spots. Daniel Descalso will slide up to the fifth spot in the order, and while he's been thought of as a light-hitting infielder throughout his career, he's enjoying a .394 wOBA at home against RHP this season. Trevor Story slots into the clean-up spot behind Blackmon, LeMahieu and Gonzalez, giving him some added RBI opportunities. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Collins remains out of Tigers' lineup
    Tyler Collins (neck) remains out of the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Collins was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to neck spasms and required a "chiropractic adjustment." Mike Aviles will get another start in the outfield. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Aaron Altherr (wrist) moves rehab to Double-A
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) has moved his rehab assignment to Double-A Reading.

    Advice: He batted .375 with a 1.073 OPS in 32 plate appearances between the Gulf Coast League and High-A Clearwater. On the disabled list all season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, Altherr could be ready to join the Phillies' outfield mix in about a week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:24 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
     
  • Adam Jones (back) not in O's lineup Thursday
    Adam Jones (back) is not in the Orioles' starting lineup Thursday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Jones was lifted in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's loss after experiencing back spasms. It's nothing serious. Julio Borbon will start in center field and hit ninth Thursday afternoon against lefty CC Sabathia. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Panik (head) plays seven innings at AAA
    Joe Panik (head) played seven innings of second base Wednesday night at Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He also doubled and hit three pop-ups, finishing 1-for-4 in Sacramento's defeat of the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate from New Orleans. Panik remains on track to be activated from the concussion disabled list ahead of Friday night's series opener at Yankee Stadium. He has been on the shelf since June 29. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:51 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Adam Jones exits game due to back spasms
    Adam Jones was lifted in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees due to back spasms.

    Advice: This according to MASN's John Russell during postgame proceedings. Jones managed four at-bats before being replaced in center by Julio Borbon in the bottom of the eighth inning. Consider him day-to-day moving forward unless the team indicates otherwise. Jones is already saying that he plans on playing Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Tyler Collins scratched with neck spasms
    Tyler Collins was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Wednesday because of neck spasms.

    Advice: Mike Aviles will draw the start in right field and bat seventh versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Collins is probably going to be labeled as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:49 am
  • Neil Walker getting day off Wednesday
    Neil Walker is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat sixth in the matinee game versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Walker has 16 home runs and 40 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:36 am
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
     
  • Pujols slugs pair of dingers, drives in six
    Albert Pujols went supernova in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Rangers, cranking a pair of three-run homers to finish with six RBI.

    Advice: Pujols began the pyrotechnics display when he launched a three-run home run off Kyle Lohse in the fourth inning. He would repeat the feat just one frame later. The first of those homers brought the Angels back from an early 3-0 deficit, while the latter boosted them to a 7-5 advantage that would not be relinquished. For the season, the aged slugger is slashing .252/.331/.447 with 19 homers and 71 RBI over 349 at-bats. His counting stats remain fantastic even as the average has fallen away with age. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Joseph homers second straight, five of eight
    Tommy Joseph went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Joseph ripped the solo shot off Marlins starter Jose Urena in the fourth inning, his second in two games and his fifth in his last eight contests. Few have been hotter than the 25-year-old this month, as Joseph is now 14-for-33 (.424) with those five home runs in just 12 July games played. The catcher-turned-first baseman appears to be finding his footing at the major league level and could be securing his spot as the Phillies' first baseman of the future in the process. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's loss and is hitting .208 with no homers in 48 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Belt was due to go into a slump at some point, but even with the off month so far, he still has an .886 OPS for the year. He'll likely pull out of it soon enough. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Matt Duffy (heel) said he had best day yet
    Matt Duffy (heel) ran Tuesday and called it his best day since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: He also did some drills. Duffy is working out at the Giants' spring training complex in Arizona and should get going on a minor league rehab assignment before the end of July -- maybe even by early next week. He has been on the disabled list since June 20 because of a left Achilles strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Panik (head) goes 0-for-2 in first rehab game
    Joe Panik (concussion) went 0-for-2 with a walk and played five innings of second base Tuesday in his first rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Panik was supposed to begin his rehab assignment Monday, but that game got rained out. He is still hoping to be activated for Friday's series opener against the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Baez not in Tuesday's lineup
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Tommy La Stella will make the start at third base and bat leadoff. Meanwhile, Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward, and Kris Bryant will handle the outfield from left to right. Miguel Montero is behind the dish and will catch Jake Arrieta, as per usual. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:19 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Tommy Joseph rips home run No. 12
    Tommy Joseph ripped a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Joseph's solo blast off of Jose Fernandez in the seventh inning put the Phillies up 2-0 at the time, but the Phils blew the save in the ninth and eventually lost in extra innings. The first baseman has been an all-or-nothing slugger since his promotion, slugging 12 home runs but also striking out 42 times and sporting a .278 on-base percentage over 160 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Altherr (wrist) moves to High-A on rehab
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) had his minor league rehab assignment transferred to High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Altherr, who is working his way back from left wrist surgery, batted .375 with a homer, a double, six walks, and a 1.190 OPS over 23 plate appearances during his time with the Phillies' rookie league affiliate. His season originally appeared to be at risk, but he appears on track to be a significant contributor down the stretch. He's worth a stash in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:54 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
     
  • Pujols goes deep twice against White Sox
    Albert Pujols slugged two home runs Sunday in the Angels' defeat of the White Sox.

    Advice: Pujols made Jacob Turner look like a batting practice pitcher, launching a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning and another two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth against the White Sox starter. Pujols now has 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 90 games this season, though that high-level counting-stats production has come with an underwhelming .248/.325/.429 overall batting line. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 3:42 pm
  • Panik (concussion) hoping to return Friday
    Joe Panik (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.

    Advice: He's in the clear after passing his concussion test on Friday. Panik hopes to be activated in time for Friday's series opener against the Yankees. The 25-year-old was hitting .256 before his concussion. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 4:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Martin sitting with Dickey on the mound
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: As always, Josh Thole will catch for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Martin went 1-for-5 last night in his first game of the second half. He's only hitting .227 this year and has been a difficult player to trust in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 10:38 am
  • Javier Baez not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has grown into a regular role with the Cubs and is hitting a solid .277/.323/.455 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 235 plate appearances on the season. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the Cubs on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 7:47 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Brandon Belt fans four times
    Brandon Belt opened the second half by striking out four times Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It's the first time the All-Star has done that since 2014. He entered the night with a 67/54 K/BB ratio in 364 plate appearances, a huge improvement on last year's 147/56 mark in 556 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 10:27 pm
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