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  • Anthony Rizzo goes 3-for-4, hits big homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Hector Rondon records 14th save
    Hector Rondon recorded his second save in two days Thursday with a perfect ninth against the Brewers.

    Advice: It looks like the closing gig is Rondon's again, which begs the question of why he was ever lifted from the spot in the first place. He could be a top-10 closer the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jimmy Nelson goes seven scoreless
    Jimmy Nelson pitched seven shutout innings for the second straight start Thursday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: This one was better than last week's, in which he allowed five hits and struck out five. Tonight, he allowed just two hits and struck out eight. It's certainly encouraging for the Brewers that Nelson is in the midst of a second-half surge, but we're still not sure he has a lot to offer mixed leaguers, especially with runs and wins becoming tougher to come by. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Eddie Rosario homers, triples, doubles
    Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, knocked in three runs and scored three runs Thursday as the Twins beat the Mariners 9-5.

    Advice: Rosario was hitting .272/.296/.396 a week ago. Eight extra-base hits in five games have changed that in a hurry, pushing him up to .294/.316/.462. One would think his lack of plate discipline will catch up to him at some point, but even if that happens, his defense in left field will help him stay in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • J.A. Happ gives up seven runs in loss
    J.A. Happ was lifted after giving up seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Happ should be pretty much done as a starter after this. It's just too bad Vidal Nuno can't replace him right now, since he's not stretched out at all. Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA, and the Mariners have lost 10 of his last 11 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes 3-for-4 with a homer
    Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk from the two hole Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins never would have asked for this much from Hicks, but they're getting it. He's had multiple hits in five straight games, raising his average from .259 to .299. If the Twins keeps batting him second, he might even offer some mixed-league value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Austin Jackson homers against Twins
    Austin Jackson homered, doubled and walked versus the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson has been quite the bust offensively in his Mariners career, but at least he's had a bit to offer fantasy leaguers these last two months (.267 average, four homers, five steals) than he did previously. It's just not quite enough to give him mixed-league value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Scott Kazmir goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win
    Scott Kazmir tossed 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Kazmir ended up allowing just two runs -- one earned -- in 34 innings for the July, though with just two wins, it might not be enough to get him Pitcher of the Month honors. His overall ERA is all of the way down to 2.10. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Santana goes deep, Indians topple the A's
    Carlos Santana blasted his 12th home run of the year Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBI. Santana's two-run blast off Chris Bassitt in the top of the first inning gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, Oakland scratched one across off Carlos Carrasco. For the next eight innings, the teams proceeded to drop zeroes. Santana is riding a modest six-game hit streak and is now slashing .227/.360/.400. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:36 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • 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 minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall in return. The Giants get the rotation help that they so desperately coveted without having to sacrifice their entire 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 Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • John Axford blows his fifth save
    John Axford took his fifth blown save after giving up two runs and three walks in the ninth Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Rockies would probably be ready to make LaTroy Hawkins their closer right now if they didn't just trade him. As is, maybe they'll give Axford a little more rope. Rafael Betancourt has a 4.88 ERA that's worse than Axford's mark, so he isn't really making a case for the job. Tommy Kahnle is the sleeper here, even though he has a 1.48 WHIP to go along with his 2.96 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Rondon picks up 13th save of the season
    Hector Rondon notched picked up his 13th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rondon walked one but struck out two of the four batters he faced in a mostly clean ninth frame. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday evening that Rondon could reclaim closer duties at some point, and it looks like we may already be headed in that direction. Maddon had been using a ninth-inning committee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:04 pm
  • Rizzo hits two-run shot in win vs. Rockies
    Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:02 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Hector Rondon could get another shot to close
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Tuesday that Hector Rondon could get another shot in the closer role.

    Advice: "Of course he could, and I anticipate he will at some point," Maddon said. "I think (Pedro) Strop has that kind of stuff, too. Strop and Rondon are two physically gifted, stuff-wise, closers. We have to get to the point where they are mentally able to deal with that role on a nightly basis. And the big thing is not after they've done well. How do you deal with it after you've not done so well." It's somewhat encouraging for Rendon owners, although Maddon certainly didn't commit to using him in the ninth inning. Jason Motte seems likely to be pulled off the role for now, but we could just see Maddon play the matchups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:28 am
  • Hicks drives in three runs in loss to Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Rather than one big hit, Hicks drove in runs in three different innings in the loss. That included an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Since being activated from the disabled list on July 3, Hicks is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Still just 25, Hicks may finally be delivering on some of the promise he showed as a prospect. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • 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
  • Axford blows save, allows walk-off 2-run HR
    John Axford blew the save in Monday's loss to the Cubs, serving up a walk-off two-run home run to Kris Bryant with two outs in the ninth inning.

    Advice: The Rockies had stormed for four runs against Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead, but Axford couldn't hold it. He allowed a one-out single to Dexter Fowler, then Bryant hit a walk-off two-run home run to left-center with two outs. It's his fourth blown save of the season and his third in his last four appearances. He has allowed runs in each of those four outings. Axford is 16-for-20 in save chances overall with a 3.90 ERA and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • 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
  • Happ doesn't make it out of second inning
    J.A. Happ didn't make it out of the second inning Saturday in the Mariners' loss to Toronto.

    Advice: Happ walked four and was officially charged with three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The veteran left-hander owns an ugly 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 78/31 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 total frames this year for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:46 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
  • 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
  • Jimmy Nelson shuts down Diamondbacks
    Jimmy Nelson shut out the Diamondbacks for seven innings to win Friday.

    Advice: Nelson allowed five hits, walked three and struck out five. Patrick Corbin seemed to have the more dominant outing for the other club, but since he gave up a homer to Ryan Braun, he came out on the losing end. Nelson has won five of his last six starts, loweing his ERA from 4.64 to 3.97 in the process. He's still not exactly excelling -- he's given up at least three earned runs in five of eight starts -- but he's been solid enough. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Axford blows save Friday vs. Reds
    John Axford blew a save Friday after giving up a solo homer to Joey Votto.

    Advice: Axford has now allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings over his last three appearances, which includes two blown saves. And two wins, by the way. The 32-year-old has looked like a potential trade chip for Colorado, but his recent performances could turn teams away. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 pm
  • 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
  • Kazmir hurls seven scoreless in Astros debut
    Scott Kazmir hurled seven scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and a walk as he defeated the Royals in his Astros debut.

    Advice: Kazmir punched out three on the evening. Through one start at least, the veteran southpaw has proven to be everything that the Astros had hoped for when he was acquired from the Athletics. He has been outstanding through 19 starts on the season, compiling a 2.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104/36 K/BB ratio across 116 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Angels on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 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
  • Kazmir to make Astros' debut Friday
    Scott Kazmir will make his Astros' debut Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Kazmir was acquired from the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden. The Houston native owns a 2.38 ERA over 18 starts this season and should form a potent 1-2 punch with Dallas Keuchel atop the Astros' rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:07 pm
  • 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
  • Astros, Athletics finalize Scott Kazmir trade
    Astros acquired LHP Scott Kazmir from the Athletics for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Daniel Mengden.

    Advice: Kazmir enters the Astros rotation after delivering a 2.38 ERA, 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings for Oakland. His fantasy stock may take a little hit in the move to a more power-friendly park, but it's a terrific baseball move for Houston. Nottingham and Mengden weren't necessarily considered top prospects before the 2015 season, though they've both been showing positive signs of development in the lower levels of the minor leagues. More rebuilding pieces for the constantly-rebuilding A's. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Astros acquire lefty Scott Kazmir from OAK
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have acquired starter Scott Kazmir from the A's.

    Advice: Kazmir was due to start for Oakland in Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays, but he'll board a plane to Houston instead. The 31-year-old left-hander took a shutout into the ninth inning in his last turn in the A's rotation and he boasts a stellar 2.38 ERA 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio through 109 2/3 total innings this season. It's a big boost for the Astros, who have fallen behind the red-hot Angels in the American League West standings. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:12 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
  • Rizzo can't manage hit in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo was far from the only Cub to struggle in the contest, as the team compiled just five total hits. He had a chance to do a little cosmetic damage in the ninth inning, when he stepped to the plate with two runners on and his team down 9-1, but he flew out. These things happen. Rizzo's hitting .285/.400/.510 with 16 homers and 51 RBI this season. He's recorded just three hits in 25 at-bats coming out of the break, but we're confident in saying that the current slump will likely come to an end soon enough. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:41 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
  • Axford blows save but Rockies walk off to win
    John Axford blew the save but got the win as the Rockies walked off 8-7 winners versus the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Axford issued a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, then watched Adrian Beltre double him home with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. The right-hander was happy to see Ben Paulsen drive home the walk-off run in the bottom half of the inning. Axford has otherwise been reliable in the ninth inning for the Rockies this season, brandishing a 2.60 ERA with a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings while converting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities. The floundering Rockies could trade Axford in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on where he would end up, Axford's value could be helped or hurt, so he's someone to watch closely in the next week and a half. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:35 pm
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