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  • Matt Shoemaker goes seven scoreless
    Matt Shoemaker blanked the Astros for seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven, in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Shoemaker was supposed to be bumped from the Angels rotation by now. Instead, he's back looking like a legitimate mixed-league SP with his performance of late. It's going to leave the Angels with a very difficult call to make on Jered Weaver. Their current five would seem to be their best five. Rotoworld.com 18 minutes ago
  • Lindor batting .329 in his last 18 games
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the A's.

    Advice: The rookie shortstop had a three-run homer and four RBI in his last game, Wednesday against the Royals. His fireworks weren't as bright tonight, but this was another promising showing by Lindor, who is really heating up. He's hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games to raise his average from .205 to .264. During that stretch, he's gone 25-for-76 (.329) with 11 runs, 13 RBI, four homers and a .358 OBP. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
  • Josh Hamilton homers, knocks in four in win
    Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Rangers edged the Yankees 7-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamilton singled in Leonys Martin to win it against Andrew Miller in the bottom of the ninth. He's now hitting .258 with four homers and 14 RBI in 27 games in his return to Texas. That's nothing special, but it's certainly better than what the team was getting from his spot prior to his reacquisition. Rotoworld.com 23 minutes ago
  • Carrasco makes it 3 straight CG for Tribe SPs
    Carlos Carrasco fired a complete game Thursday against the Athletics, allowing only one run on two hits in a 3-1 triumph.

    Advice: Both hits came in the first inning. The dominant outing wasn't much of a surprise. Against a punchless lineup in a spacious park, Carrasco -- 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his previous four road starts -- did not disappoint. He struck out seven and was never in danger of getting pulled, finishing off Oakland in a tidy 103 pitches. It was the third consecutive complete game thrown by an Indians starter. Carrasco improves to 11-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Rotoworld.com 27 minutes ago
  • CC Sabathia gives up five runs to Rangers
    CC Sabathia gave up five runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Any chance of Sabathia losing his rotation spot probably vanished with Michael Pineda's injury. Still, things aren't getting any better for him. He's allowed five runs in back-to-back outings, pushing his ERA back up to 5.54. Rotoworld.com 28 minutes ago
  • Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park homer
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park homer Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Rua has hit in five straight starts while seeing time against lefties of late. Ideally, he'd almost never start against righties, but with Josh Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland all being counted on, there should always be room him for somewhere versus southpaws. Rotoworld.com 30 minutes ago
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  • Giants agree to deal with Reds for Mike Leake
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to a deal with the Reds for Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Reds will receive a pair of prospects in return, one of them being Keury Meila. The Giants get the rotation help that they so desperately coveted without having to sacrifice their future. It's also a huge win for Mike Leake, who gets to pitch in his home state while moving from one of the top offensive parks in the league to a pitcher's paradise in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
  • Bassitt only gets 1 run support again in loss
    Chris Bassitt gave up three earned runs across seven frames in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Bassitt surrendered six hits and one walk while punching out six. It wasn't an altogether bad outing, but life isn't fair: Bassitt has received five runs of support combined in five starts for Oakland. That helps explain why he's 0-4 despite a 3.10 ERA. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
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  • Mark Teixeira goes 3-for-4, homers twice
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a steal versus the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Teixeira is even hitting for average lately, coming in at .313 in 83 at-bats during July. What's odd about it is that he's striking out more than he did while his average was so low early on. But his BABIP was definitely due for the correction. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
  • Matt Carpenter homers twice, scores four runs
    Moved back into the leadoff spot, Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four runs scored in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it, with a Greg Garcia bases-loaded walk ending the game. Carpenter turned in far and away his best game since April. He hadn't had even three hits since May 22. The Cards will probably keep him in the leadoff spot for now, but that might not be bad news for Kolten Wong; Wong hit third with Matt Holliday out tonight. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
  • Carlos Martinez gives up five runs to Rockies
    Carlos Martinez allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: A surprising off day for Martinez, particularly given that this one was at home in St. Louis. It's the first time since way back on May 9 that he's allowed more than three runs and the first time in 27 career starts that he's allowed 10 hits. Hopefully it was just a blip. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
  • D.J. LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 against Cards
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 on Thursday, raising his average to .325.

    Advice: That's three three-hit games in four days for the NL All-Star. Still, LeMahieu's value is down since the start of the week, since he's now batting lower in the Rockies order following the Jose Reyes acquisition. With Reyes taking over the second spot, LeMahieu hit sixth tonight. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
  • Phillips fills it up: 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB
    Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with two homers, seven RBI and two steals as the Reds smoked the Pirates 15-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: That's about as good of a game for fantasy purposes as you'll see. According to Baseball-Reference's Play Index, he's the first player since Ryan Spilborghs in 2009 with two homers and two steals in a game. He's just the third since at least 1914 with seven RBI and two steals, joining Mickey Mantle in 1962 and Gary Sheffield in 1995. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • David Holmberg beats Pirates in season debut
    Making his 2015 debut, David Holmberg gave the Reds six innings of two-run ball in a win over the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Holmberg had just a 4.40 ERA and a 61/38 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville this season, so it remains to be seen if he's anything more than a stopgap for the Reds while Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb bide their time. A couple more outings like this would better his chances of securing a rotation spot for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
  • A.J. Burnett gives up eight runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 pm
  • Giants in active discussions on Mike Leake
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Reds are in active discussions with the Reds about acquiring right-hander Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Giants have been mentioned as possible suitors for nearly every starting pitcher on the market thus far, they simply haven't had the necessary pieces to land any of the top options. They could have enough to get Leake though, and he would certainly help to add stability to the back of their rotation as they attempt to defend their World Series title. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 pm
  • Reds recall David Holmberg from Triple-A
    Reds recalled LHP David Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Holmberg will start for the Reds on Thursday night against the Marlins. The 24-year-old left-hander has posted some rather underwhelming numbers this season in the minors and shouldn't be considered a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:08 pm
  • Francisco Lindor homers, drives in four runs
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Lindor singled in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly in his second and capped off his day with a three-run homer in the sixth. The shortstop has really turned it up a notch of late, hitting .324 with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 16 games. It was an offensive explosion for the Tribe, as they pounded out 18 hits -- including four home runs -- and 12 runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Mike Leake one of SPs Blue Jays considering
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Leake is one of the starters the Blue Jays are considering.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the Jays' targets are "all at similar talent levels," which suggests that they aren't in the market for an ace if they're considering Leake. Toronto is "looking for the best acquisition cost," Rosenthal adds. Leake certainly didn't hurt his trade value with eight shutout innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • LeMahieu falls homer shy of cycle in Rox win
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in the Rockies' 7-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, coming around to score later in the inning. He fell a homer shy of a cycle, but that's not terribly surprising given that he's hit just 13 homers in 469 career games. Still, the 27-year-old is on fire in July, riding an 18-game hitting streak en route to a .324/.381/.423 overall line. His 56 runs scored are eighth-most in the National League. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Carpenter goes hitless, drops to .252 overall
    Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.

    Advice: The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Leake tosses eight scoreless against Cards
    Mike Leake threw eight shutout innings in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: In what was possibly his last start as a member of the Reds, Leake showed off for potential suitors. The right-hander scattered four hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out three. It was his fourth straight start allowing zero or one run, improving to 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. In the event Leake survives the trade deadline as a member of the Reds, he'll take on the Pirates on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Tigers have Mike Leake on their radar
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers have Reds right-hander Mike Leake on their radar.

    Advice: The Tigers are three games under .500 at 48-51, but they are just 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card and haven't given up on the possibility of contention. Leake would certainly help their rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over 20 starts this season and has been on a roll of late. The impending free agent figures to draw a lot of interest. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Lindor's three-run homer not enough in a loss
    Francisco Lindor slugged a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals, finishing 1-for-5.

    Advice: The Indians had fallen behind 9-1 when Lindor brought them back in the game with a three-run home run off of Joe Blanton in the seventh inning. The 21-year-old has hit safely in six straight games and now owns a .260/.297/.377 batting line with four home runs and 15 RBI since making his major league debut on June 14. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Burnett fans eight, allows five runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Sabathia rocked for five runs in ND vs MIN
    CC Sabathia was smacked around by the Twins in a Saturday no-decision, allowing five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Sabathia's been one of the worst starters in the majors this season, and that trend continued on Saturday, when the Twins lit him up for five runs over 5 2/3 innings. All five runs came home via the long ball, with Aaron Hicks lighting the veteran southpaw up for a two-run shot in the first inning, and fellow old person Torii Hunter crushing a three-run homer off him in the third inning. Despite the struggles, Alex Rodriguez would homer three times and take Sabathia off the hook for the loss. Still, his overall numbers are cringe-worthy, as he now holds a 5.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 94/24 K/BB ratio across 112 1/3 innings. He'll take to the road against the Rangers in his next start as he attempts to save what's turning into a lost season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Carrasco shelled in loss to White Sox
    Carlos Carrasco struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, yielding six runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: Carrasco had issues out of the gate in this one, with five runs scoring in the first inning. Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers all burned him for RBI singles to account for the slew of runs in the frame. He calmed down after the barrage, but his team was unable to claw their way out from the early deficit. Overall, he struck out five and walked two over his four innings of work. Carrasco has shown an ability to dominate at times, but he's yet to put together a truly consistent stretch this season, as evidenced by his 4.26 ERA. He pairs that ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 133/26 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings and is scheduled to take to the road against the A's in his next start. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Carlos Martinez stellar again, Cards top ATL
    Carlos Martinez hurled eight shutout innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 1-0 blanking of the Braves.

    Advice: Martinez allowed some leadoff hits, but four doubleplay groundballs helped him avoid any major threats. He probably could have gone for the shutout, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lifted him in the bottom of the eighth inning for pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty, who drove in the game's only run. Martinez, 23, has a brilliant 2.34 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings this season. He'll get the Rockies at home next. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:36 pm
  • Bassitt allows two runs over six innings
    Chris Bassitt gave up two earned runs in six innings Saturday as the A's fell to the Giants.

    Advice: Bassitt gave up only five hits, walked none, and struck out four, but the Oakland offense mustered only one run of support. Bassitt should remain in the rotation and looks capable of providing some fantasy value down the stretch. A date with the Indians is next. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:10 pm
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  • Josh Hamilton out of Rangers' lineup Sat.
    Josh Hamilton is not in the Rangers' lineup Saturday.

    Advice: He'll take a day off with the Angels throwing left-hander Hector Santiago. Ryan Rua is starting in left field. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Athletics recall Chris Bassitt from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The right-hander has acclimated himself nicely in three starts with the Athletics, sporting a 2.93 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. He'll try his luck against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 am
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  • Teixeira has three hits, rare steal in loss
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a rare stolen base Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Teixeira has five multi-hit games in his last six and has pulled his batting average up from .239 to .260 on the year. With 26 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .918 OPS, he continues to have a tremendous bounceback season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Blue Jays 'made big push' for Carlos Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays "made a big push" for Carlos Carrasco, but "didn't get it done."

    Advice: This backs up Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports' report from Thursday that the Jays had talked to the Indians about the right-hander. It doesn't look like a trade will happen, though. Carrasco is signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability, so it wouldn't really make sense for Cleveland to trade him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:50 am
  • Matt Carpenter back to hitting second Thurs.
    Matt Carpenter has moved back to the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's makeup game against the visiting Royals.

    Advice: Carpenter, who's been in an ugly slump since early June, spent the last two nights hitting seventh. He obviously carries more fantasy potential as a No. 2 hitter, but it might not be the best spot for him right now. Carpenter was sidelined earlier this season with a case of extreme fatigue and he has looked slow to fastballs over the last couple of months. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Indians willing to listen on Carrasco, others
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are "willing to listen on pitching, particularly Carlos Carrasco."

    Advice: Passan notes that the Indians and Blue Jays have talked and suggests that Carrasco could be a fit for Toronto. Carrasco has taken a step back this season after his tremendous 2014, but he'd still be a tremendous addition for any contender. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 268/53 K/BB ratio over his last 248 1/3 innings. He signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension this spring. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:37 am
  • Teixeira slugs 24th homer to beat the Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira pushed the Yankees' lead to 3-0 in the first inning when he sent a Kevin Gausman offering over the fence in right field for a two-run homer. The first baseman has logged multiple hits in four consecutive games, pushing his batting line up to .256/.361/.557 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI. His next home run, number 25, will be his best in a single season since he hit 39 in 2011. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Lindor smacks homer in first to set tone
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday afternoon's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The home run was Lindor's third of the season. He's hitting a relatively unimpressive .246/.284/.349 across 126 at-bats, but there's possible value to be had here in deeper AL-only formats so long as he continues to hit in the two-hole. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Matt Carpenter batting seventh again on Wed.
    Matt Carpenter is batting seventh for the Cardinals again on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI out of that spot Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-5 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The third baseman has been in an extended offensive slump and continuing to bat him lower in the lineup may help take some pressure off, though it does slightly dent his fantasy potential. Kolten Wong is leading off and Randal Grichuk is hitting second on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:39 pm
  • Leake dominates over eight innings
    Mike Leake tossed a superb game in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Cubs, scattering four hits and yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: Only the possibly-immortal Kyle Schwarber managed to put a dent in Leake's line, as the rookie's RBI single in the third would be the lone run-scoring hit allowed by the pitcher. Leake struck out six without walking a batter and has been on an absolute roll as of late. In his last 21 innings, he's given up just two runs. With the Reds taking on water at 42-50, he's a prime candidate for trade and his 3.78 ERA and 1.18 WHIP are likely to draw some interest from contending teams. He'll try to make it four straight dominant starts when he takes to the road against the Cardinals in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Shoemaker fans 10 over six shutout innings
    Matt Shoemaker dominated the Twins in Tuesday's win, striking out 10 batters in six shutout innings.

    Advice: The right-hander held the Twins to two hits (both singles) and three walks in the effort, what turned out to be one of his best starts of the season. Shoemaker has a mediocre 4.55 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio over 97 innings, but we'd bet on that ERA coming down as the season wanes. He'll take on the Rangers at home next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Carpenter dropped to seventh in Cards' lineup
    Matt Carpenter is hitting seventh for the Cardinals on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is just the second time since the beginning of 2013 that Carpenter has hit so low in the Cardinals' batting order. The third baseman is mired in an extended offensive slump, slashing .176/.315/.228 since June 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Burnett battered, but still leaves with a win
    A.J. Burnett still managed to get the win despite serving up six runs in six innings against the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: The six runs mark a season-high for Burnett and marks only the fourth time he's allowed more than three runs in 19 starts this season. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, including two home runs, while walking one and striking out only two. Burnett still has outstanding numbers, carrying a 2.44 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 102/34 K/BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings. He's tabbed to start at home against the Nationals next. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 8:55 pm
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