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  • Howard hits 3-run HR in a loss to the Dodgers
    Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Howard lifted a three-run home run off of Eric Surkamp in the third inning to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead, but it didn't hold. It's his first home run since June 19. Howard has shown occasional power throughout the year but hasn't been useful otherwise, carrying a .218/.265/.435 triple-slash line with 14 home runs and 41 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Grandal hits three-run home run to beat Phils
    Yasmani Grandal clubbed a three-run home run and walked in five plate appearances, helping the Dodgers outslug the Phillies in Monday's win.

    Advice: Grandal, named to the 2015 National League All-Star roster on Monday, hit a game-tying three-run home run to right-center in the fifth inning against Sean O'Sullivan. The backstop has homered three times and knocked in eight runs in his last six games. As a result, he is now hitting .271/.384/.507 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:32 pm
  • Gonzalez homers as Dodgers top the Phillies
    Adrian Gonzalez homered and walked in five plate appearances on Monday as the Dodgers topped the Phillies.

    Advice: Gonzalez made it a 2-0 game with a solo home run off of Sean O'Sullivan in the first inning. It's his third home run in five July games, giving him 16 on the season with 51 RBI and a .291/.368/.526 batting line. It was announced on Monday that Gonzalez made the National League's 2015 All-Star Game roster as a reserve. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Morrison hits 3-run homer in loss to Tigers
    Logan Morrison went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run as the Mariners dropped Monday's contest against the Tigers.

    Advice: Morrison's three-run blast off of Alfredo Simon in the fifth inning gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead, but it didn't last long. The first baseman has been subpar at the dish this year considering his position, as he is hitting .236/.308/.392 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Martinez homers, scores three runs in a win
    Victor Martinez homered and scored three runs in a 4-for-5 effort in Monday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Martinez hit the first of back-to-back home runs with J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning, a solo home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, Martinez is batting .338 (24-for-71). Overall, he's hitting .264/.332/.363 with three home runs and 27 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Johnson homers, knocks in 3 to top Brewers
    Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Braves fend off the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: Johnson started the scoring with a two-run blast to right-field off of Kyle Lohse in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the second inning to make it a 4-1 game. The 33-year-old has cooled off considerably since being activated from the disabled list a month ago, but is still hitting a respectable .272/.315/.437 with seven home runs and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Gonzalez homers in three-hit effort vs. Tribe
    Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gonzalez knocked in the fourth and final run in the first inning against Carlos Carrasco. He added a solo home run in the seventh inning against reliever Jeff Manship. Gonzalez hasn't been much to write home about at the plate this year, hitting .256/.280/.422 with six home runs and 20 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
     
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    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Alvarez singles as Pirates walk off vs. Pads
    Pedro Alvarez delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Pirates eke out a win against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: In a 1-1 game, Alvarez stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth against Brandon Maurer. He hit a single to right-center to plate the winning run, finishing 1-for-4. Alvarez has been solid this season, hitting almost exclusively against right-handed pitching. He owns a .242/.313/.450 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 37 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Colabello smacks 8th homer in loss to CHW
    Chris Colabello went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Colabello broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a solo home run to left-center off of Chris Sale. He has homered in back-to-back games and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, batting .335/.373/.518 with eight home runs and 32 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Willie Bloomquist released by Mariners
    Mariners released INF/OF Willie Bloomquist.

    Advice: Bloomquist cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and the M's have officially cut him loose. It's possible the 37-year-old will call it quits after 14 major league seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
     
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    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Albert Pujols starting ASG in Cabrera's place
    Albert Pujols will start at first base for the American League in next week's All-Star Game in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera (calf).

    Advice: And deservedly so in what has been a big bounce-back season for the future Hall of Famer. The rest of AL reserves will be Brock Holt, Jose Iglesias, Jason Kipnis, Manny Machado, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin, Stephen Vogt, Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, J.D. Martinez and Prince Fielder. Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier, Brett Gardner and Mike Moustakas are the Final Vote candidates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Lucas Duda sitting out on Monday
    Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a day off for the slumping Duda, who is hitting just .170/.282/.250 since the beginning of June. Michael Cuddyer is at first base, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis covering left field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (hand) in lineup on Monday
    Adrian Gonzalez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Gonzalez had to exit Sunday's game after being hit on the right hand by a pitch, but he escaped with merely a bruise. The first baseman sports a .291/.366/.518 batting line with 15 homers and 50 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a breather Monday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Martin Maldonado is behind the plate while Lucroy rests. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Ishikawa takes Harrison's place on roster
    Travis Ishikawa will take Josh Harrison's (thumb) place on the Pirates' active 25-man roster.

    Advice: The Pirates acquired Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants on Sunday. It didn't take them long to place him on the active roster. In 34 games at Triple-A this season, he hit .271/.342/.421 with four homers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Tigers claim Krauss from Rays
    Tigers claimed 1B Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: Krauss was DFA'ed on July 4 after being optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week. He struck out seven times in 10 at-bats in (very) limited duty for the Rays. Kraus is just a .192 hitter for his career at the big league level over the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
     
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Pujols swats 25th home run in rout of Rangers
    Albert Pujols blasted his 25th home run of the season on Sunday as the Angels routed the Rangers 12-6 in Arlington.

    Advice: Pujols finished the night 2-for-5. He had an RBI single as part of a three-run uprising in the first inning, then tagged Colby Lewis for a solo shot in the fourth to put the Halos up 8-1. He's having a terrific first half, slashing .265/.337/.557 with 25 bombs and 53 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:20 pm
  • Gonzalez diagnosed with right hand contusion
    Adrian Gonzalez was diagnosed with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez appears to have avoided any significant injuries after being drilled by Steven Matz on Sunday. He should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez leaves after hit by pitch
    Adrian Gonzalez was removed from Sunday's contest against the Mets after being hit by a pitch on his hand.

    Advice: Gonzalez remained in the game until his next at-bat, where Alex Guerrero pinch-hit for him. He's likely headed for precautionary X-rays to rule out any structural damage and the Dodgers should have an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:31 pm
  • Howard hitless, but knocks in the winning run
    Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Pirates claim Travis Ishikawa off waivers
    Pirates claimed 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Ishikawa was actually the Pirates' Opening Day first baseman last season but didn't last with the club for long. The veteran has spent almost all of 2015 at Triple-A, batting .271/.342/.421 with four homers over 34 games. He'll give the Pirates a backup option at first base and the corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:59 am
  • Yasmani Grandal sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. A.J. Ellis will catch while Grandal comes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Gonzalez smacks solo homer to help lead win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez took Mets starter Matt Harvey deep for his 15th homer of the year in the fifth inning and with the RBI, Gonzalez has now batted in an even 50 for the season. His season-long triple-slash looks solid at .293/.367/.514, but it should be noted that after a molten hot April, he's posted progressively lower numbers each of the last two months. In June, he hit just .248/.320/.381. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Chris Colabello goes deep in loss to Tigers
    Chris Colabello went 2-for-4 and blasted his seventh home run of the season in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Colabello continues to hammer the baseball, slashing an outstanding .335/.374/.505 with seven long balls and 31 RBI. He continues to be worth utilizing in mixed leagues until he cools off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Victor Martinez not an option at first base
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Victor Martinez is not considered an option to play first base in the wake of the Miguel Cabrera injury.

    Advice: The Tigers are left scrambling at first base after losing their best hitter for the next six weeks, but Ausmus said he was concerned about trusting Martinez there for an extended period of time. It sounds as though they'll roll with a combination of Alex Avila, Andrew Romine and Jefry Marte for the time being. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:45 am
  • Rays designate Marc Krauss for assignment
    Rays designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment.

    Advice: The first baseman was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week after going just 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in his limited time with the Rays. There's a chance that he could attract some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:00 am
     
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Victor Martinez collects three hits in win
    Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored on Friday as the Tigers topped the Blue Jays 8-6.

    Advice: Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, his bat has certainly perked up, hitting .321 (18-for-56) with a homer and 10 RBI. With Miguel Cabrera leaving Friday's game with a calf injury, Martinez could be required to shoulder a large load in the Tigers' offense in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Travis Ishikawa designated for assignment
    Giants designated 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa for assignment.

    Advice: It's the second time since late May that he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Ishikawa, who is hitless in just six at-bats for the Giants this season, will likely declare free agency if he clears waivers and is outrighted. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:42 am
  • Duda fans twice as hitting struggles continue
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Duda's played absolutely horrifically over the last month. While he's launched 10 homers and driven in 33, nine of those homers and 25 of those RBI were compiled during April and May. June was an unqualified disaster for the slugger, who hit just .187/.312/.264 over 91 at-bats. He's too good a hitter to remain in that trough forever, but there are few current signs that a hot streak is around the corner. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Mariners DFA veteran Willie Bloomquist
    Mariners designated 2B Willie Bloomquist for assignment.

    Advice: The 37-year-old has hit just .159 this season with two runs and one extra-base hit. Chris Taylor was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the active roster. If Bloomquist decides to hang up his cleats, he'll finish his career with 778 hits in 1,055 big league appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:31 am
     
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    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Lucas Duda goes 0-for-5, K's four times
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duda is hitting .177 with one homer in 26 games since the beginning of June. The Mets badly need him to recapture his April and May form if they're going to have any sort of offense at all. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Marc Krauss sent to Triple-A Durham by Rays
    Rays optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Krauss was 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in four games with the Rays since being acquired from the Angels on June 25. He was optioned to make room for Matt Moore on the active roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Marc Krauss strikes out twice
    Marc Krauss struck out in both of his at-bats Wednesday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Incredibly, it's the second time in four games for the Rays that Krauss, a left-handed hitter, has been replaced by a right-handed pinch-hitter against a right-handed pitcher. Which makes one wonder why the Rays are playing him at first base or why they bothered acquiring him in the first place. He's 1-for-10 so far for the team. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Grandal gets rest against D'backs Wednesday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grandal, a switch-hitter who hits significantly better from the left side, will sit this one out against southpaw Robbie Ray. A.J. Ellis will catch Brett Anderson for the Dodgers in Grandal's place. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • A-Gonz out of Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: With lefty Robbie Ray on the hill, Gonzalez and a few of the other left-handed hitting Dodgers are getting a rest. Scott Van Slyke started in his place at first base Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a breather Wednesday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Martin Maldonado is behind the plate in Lucroy's place. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Grandal plates four as Dodgers beat DBacks
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 10-inning win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Grandal opened the scoring with a two-run home run off of Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning. He added necessary insurance in the 10th inning with a two-run double to make it a 6-3 game. Grandal has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season along with 31 RBI and a .269/.380/.497 triple-slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Pujols rips 24th home run as Angels edge NYY
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Angels edge the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols tied the game at 1-1 when he ripped a solo home run to straightaway center field off of Ivan Nova. He has 24 on the season and seems like a good bet to cross the 40-homer threshold by season's end, which would be the first time he will have done that since 2010. Pujols has also knocked in 49 runs while batting .265/.332/.558. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Lucroy's four-hit night sparks Brewers to win
    Jonathan Lucroy tallied four hits in five at-bats, scoring twice and knocking in two runs to help the Brewers take down the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. He singled and scored in the first and third innings, then hit run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth innings. The catcher missed about a month and a half of the season due to a broken toe and has only been able to muster a .235/.284/.302 batting line with one home run and 14 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:42 pm
  • Logan Morrison flies out as pinch-hitter
    Logan Morrison came off the bench Sunday to fly out as a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Morrison didn't start against the Angels because of a sore back. It seems like he'll still be safe to use this week. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 28, 4:48 pm
  • Gonzalez provides 3 hits, RBI in a win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in Sunday's win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez added some insurance in a low-scoring affair, doubling in the seventh inning to make it a 2-0 ballgame. While no one realistically expected him to maintain a 1.000 OPS over the course of the season, his June swoon has caused his OPS to drop 137 points since the beginning of the month. He's still batting a very productive .297/.371/.518 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 28, 1:16 pm
  • Logan Morrison sitting out with sore back
    Logan Morrison is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday due to a sore back.

    Advice: He's been battling the back ailment for a bit. Morrison is expected to return to action on Tuesday following Monday's off day. Willie Bloomquist is at first base Sunday while LoMo rests. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 28, 10:14 am
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench versus lefty Alex Wood. Sean Rodriguez is handling first base in Alvarez's place. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 28, 9:59 am
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest against tough southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Maikel Franco is getting the start at first base while Andres Blanco covers the hot corner. Look for Howard to return on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 9:26 am
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