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  • Webster can't escape 4th in a no-decision
    Allen Webster took a no-decision, giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings, but the Diamondbacks still managed to pull out a 10-6 win against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Webster allowed three solo home runs in the fourth inning, proving to be his undoing. Two were back-to-back shots by Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal. The third was a tape-measure shot by Joc Pederson. Following that, Webster issued a walk and a single before getting yanked. All told, he gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out three. In four starts, Webster has a 7.11 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP and a 12/14 K/BB ratio over 19 innings. He's due to start at home against the Rockies next.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Ahmed homers, swipes base in win vs. LAD
    Nick Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Monday's win against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Ahmed clubbed a two-run home run to left-center off of Joel Peralta in the fifth inning to put the Diamondbacks on the board. The 25-year-old has struggled as the Diamondbacks' regular shortstop, batting .233/.303/.348 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and four stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Tomas homers as D'Backs top the Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas homered and walked in five trips to the plate Monday as the Diamondbacks took down the Dodgers.

    Advice: Tomas lined a two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning off of Yimi Garcia. It barely made it over the fence and was reviewed for fan interference, but was ultimately upheld. The power hasn't quite been there as often as the D'Backs would have liked, but Tomas has otherwise done a fine job at the plate in his first year in the majors, batting .314/.357/.440 with four home runs and 29 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Pederson clubs 20th homer, but Dodgers lose
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run but the Dodgers were outslugged by the Diamondbacks in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Pederson hit a tape-measure blast to right-center in the fourth inning off of Allan Webster, one of three solo shots the Dodgers hit in the frame. The rookie is up to 20 home runs on the season along with 38 RBI and a .241/.384/.529 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Street shows Yankees the door for 22nd save
    Huston Street slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning for his 22nd save as the Angels completed a 4-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Street got Garrett Jones and Brian McCann to fly out for two quick outs, but Didi Gregorius singled to keep hope alive. The ever-dangerous Brett Gardner hit a fly out to end the game. Street is 22-for-25 picking up saves this year with a 2.20 ERA and a 33/9 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Wilson, backed by strong defense, beats NYY
    C.J. Wilson limited the Yankees to one run in six innings to pick up the win on Monday.

    Advice: Wilson scattered five hits and a three walks while striking out five. A lot of credit has to go to center fielder Mike Trout, though, as he made a handful of outstanding catches to save Wilson's hide. The lefty lowered his ERA to 3.78 with the effort and has a 1.19 WHIP with an 89/32 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. He'll face the Rangers in Texas next.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Sabathia pitches into the 8th, loses to Halos
    CC Sabathia yielded four runs in 7 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: It was a reasonably solid effort, but the Yankees weren't able to back him with nearly enough run support. Sabathia gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five. Two of the runs came on solo home runs. The lefty holds a disappointing 5.59 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP and an 83/18 K/BB ratio in 95 innings. He'll look to rebound in a home start against the Rays next.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Gardner's three-hit game goes for naught
    Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with two doubles, but the Yankees couldn't capitalize in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gardner, leading off, wasn't able to be brought home by the Yankees' #2, 3, and 4 hitters, who combined to go 1-for-9. He's on a seven-game hitting streak now and has logged multiple hits in eight of his last 11 games. Gardner is having a monster season with a .305/.377/.502 batting line with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Cron's homer does the job in win vs. Yankees
    C.J. Cron went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, helping the Angels edge the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Cron, recently recalled from Triple-A, drilled his second big league home run of the season in the seventh inning off of CC Sabathia to pad the Angels' lead to 4-1. He hasn't hit much in the majors this season, but has crushed Triple-A competition in two short stints.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Trout's power, speed, defense leads to a win
    Mike Trout did it all to help the Angels beat the Yankees on Monday, homering, stealing a base, and playing stellar defense.

    Advice: Trout broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run off of CC Sabathia. He also stole his first base since May 22, though it didn't lead to a run. On the defensive side of things, he made a handful of terrific catches in support of starter C.J. Wilson. Trout, likely to start in center field for the AL All-Star team, is batting .300/.390/.583 with 20 home runs, 43 RBI, and nine stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Graveman dazzles with seven shutout innings
    Kendall Graveman silenced the Rockies with seven shutout innings, helping the Athletics to a 7-1 win on Monday.

    Advice: Graveman scattered five hits and three walks while striking out three. All five hits were singles. The right-hander has been terrific since returning from the minor leagues in late May. Over his last eight starts, Graveman has a 20.1 ERA in 53 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going over the weekend with a home start against the Mariners.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Hale bit by the home run bug in loss to A's
    David Hale gave up five runs in seven innings, taking the loss on Monday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Home runs were his undoing, giving up a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning and then a solo shot in the fourth. He gave up nine hits overall, issuing no walks but striking out only two batters. Hale has an ugly 5.95 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 32/7 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings. The right-hander is ticketed for a road start against the Diamondbacks next.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Blackmon the Rockies' only source of offense
    Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies their only run with a homer in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Blackmon finished 1-for-5, drilling a solo shot in the eighth inning to put the Rockies on the board. He's posting similar numbers as last season, batting .275/.349/.446 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI, but he's really turned things up in the stolen base department. Blackmon has stolen 21 bases already in less than half a season compared to 28 last year.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Reddick homers in a win against the Rockies
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Athletics easily defeated the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Reddick gave the Athletics a quick 2-0 lead when he popped a two-run home run to right-center off of David Hale in the first inning. It's his 11th of the year but his first in two and a half weeks. Reddick has also knocked in 48 runs while hitting .287/.347/.474.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Butler fills up the box score as A's beat COL
    Billy Butler had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Monday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: Butler singled and scored in the first inning, clubbed a solo home run in the fourth, knocked in a run with a double in the eighth and later scored on Brett Lawrie's triple. Aside from a four-hit night on June 17, Butler hadn't done anything at the plate, batting a miserable .179 (10-for-56) since June 5. Overall, he's hitting .254/.315/.366 with six home runs and 34 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • C.J. Cron recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled 1B/DH C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron is batting just .204/.237/.269 in his time with the big club this season. He'll see some time versus left-handers.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon not in Sunday's lineup
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Giants throwing lefty Madison Bumgarner. Brandon Barnes is covering center field with Blackmon out.
    Sunday, 10:35 am
  • Gardner has three hits, three runs scored
    Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gardner had a single and two doubles in the winning effort. The outfielder is now hitting a ridiculous .343 (34-for-99) with 27 runs scored in the month of June. The great stretch has raised his overall line to .300/.371/.494 with an American League-best 58 runs scored.
    Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • Billy Butler goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Royals and is hitting .197 with one homer and six RBI in 66 at-bats during June.

    Advice: If Butler were on a one-year deal instead of a three-year pact, he'd be a real candidate for a benching. As is, the A's will likely stick with him and hope for the best. He's been a liability thus far.
    Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Mike Trout goes 3-for-4, homers
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The two guys hitting ahead of Trout in the order went 0-for-8, so he never did hit with a man on base. He's up to 19 homers now, but he has just 42 RBI, all because the Angels aren't getting many hitters on base for him (he's actually hitting .381 in 42 at-bats with RISP).
    Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Gardner has two hits vs. Astros
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with a double Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Gardner's hot hitting continues. He's batting .486 (18-for-37) over his last eight games. His batting average has jumped 32 points to .294 during that time.
    Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Reddick's 3 RBI day leads A's past Rangers
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in as the Athletics defeated the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Reddick brought in the game-tying run in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-3, then added insurance with a two-run single in the seventh to make it 6-3. He entered the day batting a meager .162 (6-for-37) in his last eight games, but he still has a productive .292/.353/.478 batting line with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
    Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Thursday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is not in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: He's just getting the day off. Chris Young will start in center field and bat leadoff while Jose Pirela will start in left field.
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Nick Ahmed at leadoff for D'Backs on Thurs.
    Nick Ahmed is batting leadoff for the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's his first time at the top spot in the Diamondbacks' lineup. Ahmed has hit .234/.310/.339 with four home runs and three stolen bases in 64 games this season.
    Thursday, 9:21 am
  • Pederson getting day off Thursday vs. Cubs
    Joc Pederson is getting a day of rest in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs.

    Advice: Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and bat leadoff against Chicago left-hander Jon Lester.
    Thursday, 8:44 am
  • Yasmany Tomas goes 4-for-5 in victory
    Yasmany Tomas had a career-high four hits in five at-bats Wednesday as the Diamondbacks came back to beat the Rockies 8-7.

    Advice: Tomas singled in a run as part of the three-run rally in the ninth. He also had a double earlier in the game. Just when it looked like his average was finally starting to tumble some, he's back up to .328 now. That's even though he's sporting a 43/9 K/BB ratio in 189 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Allen Webster gives up five runs to Rockies
    Allen Webster surrendered five runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: It will be interesting to see how patient the Diamondbacks are with Webster. He pitched well in his first start after his surprising callup, but this makes two bad outings in a row, leaving him with a 6.46 ERA. If he's not better next time out, the Diamondbacks could pull Josh Collmenter, Randall Delgado or Daniel Hudson out of the pen to replace him.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Kendall Graveman goes seven strong in win
    Kendall Graveman pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the fourth straight outing in which Graveman has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs. However, it's the first of the bunch that's resulted in a win. He's 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts since being recalled in May.
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Tomas (illness) back in D'Backs lineup Wed.
    Yasmany Tomas (illness) is back in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Wednesday night in Denver.

    Advice: Tomas had to be scratched from Arizona's lineup Tuesday due to altitude sickness. He's obviously better-acclimated now. The 24-year-old Cuban has hit .315/.351/.429 with three home runs and 25 RBI through his first 53 games at the major league level.
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • C.J. Wilson struggles versus Astros
    C.J. Wilson was roughed up by the Astros on Tuesday, surrendering seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: A rare off night for Wilson this season. Not only were the seven earned runs a season high, but he had pitched at least five innings in each of his previous 14 starts. He dropped to 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA.
    Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Sabathia victimized for six runs by Phillies
    CC Sabathia was roughed up by the Phillies on Tuesday, allowing six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Sabathia was lucky that his counterpart, Sean O'Sullivan, was arguably even less effective or it would have been a worse result for the lefty. Sabathia allowed two homers among his eight hits, also walking two on the night. The poor showing leaves him with a 5.65 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 15 starts. It doesn't get much easier for him Sunday when the Yankees travel to take on a suddenly potent Astros offense in Houston.
    Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas scratched due to illness
    Yasmany Tomas was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: Tomas is having a little trouble with altitude sickness in Denver. It's a bummer for Tomas' fantasy owners, as they were surely looking forward to a matchup against Kyle Kendrick at Coors Field. Danny Dorn has taken his spot in right field.
    Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Gardner's 4 hit, 3 RBI not enough for Yankees
    Brett Gardner went 4-for-4 with a walk, a three-run home run, and two runs scored as the Yankees dropped Monday's slugfest to the Phillies.

    Advice: Gardner crushed a Kevin Correia offering in the fourth inning for a three-run home run, bringing the Yankees back into the game at an 8-5 deficit. He's logged multiple hits in four of his last five games, bringing his triple-slash line up to .290/.361/.472 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Pederson homers, but Dodgers fall to the Cubs
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Dodgers weren't able to surpass the Cubs in Monday's game.

    Advice: Pederson ripped a solo home run to center field at Wrigley Field against Jason Motte, bringing the Dodgers to within two runs, but it was ultimately too little, too late. Pederson has homered twice in his last three games after ending a 14-game homerless drought. He has 19 on the year along with 36 RBI and a .252/.393/.551 batting line.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas (elbow) returns to lineup
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Tomas didn't start Saturday after leaving Friday's game following a hit by pitch. He was able to pinch-hit, though, and will be fine.
    Jun 21, 11:06 am
  • Yasmany Tomas appears as pinch-hitter
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) flied out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Tomas didn't start after being lifted from Friday's game following a hit by pitch on the elbow. He'll be fine, though, and figures to return to the lineup Sunday.
    Jun 21, 5:49 am
  • Pederson crushes 449-foot homer in loss
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Pederson also walked twice in the contest, hence the relative lack of at-bats. He acted as the front end of back-to-back home runs when he launched a 449-foot solo shot off Giants starter Tim Hudson in the first inning. Justin Turner would also homer to complete the end of that equation. Pederson is hitting .251/.391/.542 with 18 homers, 34 RBI and 37 runs scored in his first full major league season. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of that slash line is the difference between his average and on-base percentage--a clear sign of patience despite the fact that he's only 23 years old.
    Jun 20, 7:27 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas available off the bench Sat.
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) is out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: Chip Hale said Tomas could be available to pinch-hit. Danny Dorn will play right field and bat fifth. From the looks of it, Tomas should be back in the lineup on Sunday.
    Jun 20, 5:16 pm
  • Blackmon homers, drives in three vs. Brewers
    Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 5-1 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon also had a big night Friday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, a walk, and a stolen base. He hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning Saturday and added an RBI single in the seventh. Blackmon is now batting .271/.343/.442 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and 38 home runs in 67 games this season.
    Jun 20, 3:50 pm
  • Ahmed has RBI single in win
    Nick Ahmed went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: His single capped a three-run third inning for Arizona, which ended up being the difference in the ballgame. The 25-year-old Ahmed is batting just .231/.310/.324 with three home runs, 14 RBI, and three stolen base over 61 games this season, but he's a plus-defender at shortstop.
    Jun 20, 11:57 am
  • Billy Butler not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: The A's will roll with Ike Davis at first base and Stephen Vogt as the designated hitter. The 29-year-old is hitting .256/.311/.357 with five homers and 32 RBI in his first year in Oakland.
    Jun 20, 9:32 am
  • Tomas diagnosed with left elbow contusion
    Yasmany Tomas has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch during Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: He was removed from the game and sent for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Expect Tomas to return to the D'Backs lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Jun 20, 5:20 am
  • Blackmon has two hits, RBI in loss
    Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, a walk, and a stolen base Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Many were predicting Blackmon to take a step back this season and while his struggles against lefties has pulled down his batting average, he's still providing a lot of value as Colorado's leadoff man. The 28-year-old has eight home runs, 23 RBI, 16 steals and 37 runs scored through 66 games.
    Jun 19, 9:49 pm
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