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  • Justin Smoak (knee) returns to lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games. 53 minutes ago
  • Posey whacks three-run homer in victory
    Buster Posey went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's.

    Advice: Posey slugged a three-run homer to center off A's starter Dillon Overton in the third inning. The stalwart backstop has notched multiple hits in three of the last five games. On the whole, he is slashing .288/.349/.464 with 18 doubles, nine homers and 39 RBI across 267 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Alonso styles two-run homer in loss to Giants
    Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Alonso's two-run homer in the seventh inning drew the A's to within 8-4 and gave them a fighting chance in the late innings, but their bullpen foiled any legitimate comeback attempt by allowing the Giants to score four times in the top of the ninth. For his part, Alonso is slashing .250/.308/.342 with three homers and 22 RBI across 240 at-bats. While he has now homered in back-to-back contests, Alonso offers no real fantasy value. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Hyun Soo Kim homers, drives in two in loss
    Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Kim cracked a solo home run off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to lead off the seventh inning. One inning later, he notched an RBI single. The 28-year-old rookie has been used as a part-time piece this season and is hitting a crisp .344/.433/.484 with eight doubles, three homers and 11 RBI across 122 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Bour stays hot, mashes 15th homer vs. Braves
    Justin Bour hit a three-run home run, his 15th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Bour's three-run poke in the second inning was his only hit in three at-bats in the game. The homer was also his sixth in June, giving him 20 RBI and 14 runs scored with a .317 average in the month. Often overlooked, the 28-year-old is now hitting .269/.347/.534 with 15 home runs, 46 RBI and 30 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Freeman has fourth triple in win over Marlins
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: The run-scoring triple in the third inning was surprisingly Freeman's fourth triple of the season, tying a single-season high he set in 2014. It was also his second triple in his last three games, oddly. Freeman's bat has remained one of the only constant bright spots for the Braves this year, as the first baseman is batting .285/.370/.502 with 13 homers, 29 RBI and 37 runs scored through 78 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Forsythe enjoys three-hit night versus Tigers
    Logan Forsythe went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Forsythe's RBI single in the eighth inning stretched the Rays' lead to 7-2, a lead they surely thought would stand up with three outs to get. It wouldn't, of course, but that's not to take anything away from Forsythe's night, as he's now 12-for-26 (.461) with four doubles, a home run, four RBI and five runs scored in his last six games. The blazing hot week has his overall line up to .308/.372/.503. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Espinosa has two homers, seven RBI in rout
    Danny Espinosa led the charge with two home runs and seven RBI as the Nationals routed the Reds 13-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa made his two hits count, cranking a grand slam off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning before launching a three-run blast a frame later. It was a strong finish to what was an impressive month for the 29-year-old, as he closes June with nine homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored in the month. Espinosa is doing everything he can to keep Trea Turner in the minors for another day. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    3:05 pm vs Cin
  • Votto hits 14th home run in loss to Nationals
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with his 14th home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: After a slow start to the year, Votto capped a strong month of June with the homer, his fifth of the month. He also scored 19 runs with 10 RBI this month while batting .318. Votto is still hitting .249/.378/.454 overall, but his June numbers more closely resemble what we expect from the 32-year-old going forward. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Zimmerman has three RBI, three runs scored
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Zimmerman got on the board with a three-run home run in the first inning, his 11th home run of the season. The big night helped salvage what was a pretty bad month for the 31-year-old, who is hitting just .227/.287/.412 on the year. Perhaps a good end to June will bode well for Zimmerman's July prospects. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Morales' three XBH lead Royals past Cardinals
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to help the Royals down the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Morales had an RBI double in the sixth inning before belting a solo dinger in the eighth. The home run was his 11th of the year, giving him 39 RBI and 30 runs scored. Morales now has a six-game hitting streak during which he's a ridiculous 16-for-24 (.667). All six games have been of the multi-hit variety. The scorching-hot stretch has his overall line up to .262/.324/.437. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty (foot) not in Cards lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (foot) is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Piscotty bruised his left foot while attempting to make a diving catch during Wednesday's game, so he'll sit out on Thursday as a precautionary measure. Brandon Moss will start in right field with Kolten Wong manning center. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty nursing foot injury
    Stephen Piscotty might not play Thursday due to a bruised left foot.

    Advice: Piscotty banged his left foot while making an attempt at a diving catch Wednesday. He remained in the game but didn't look totally comfortable. X-rays ruled out any fractures, though, and he should be considered day-to-day. "Double-swelling going on there," he said. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Sean Rodriguez knocks in four runs
    Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Wednesday, 10:33 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Matt Adams goes 0-for-6 in loss
    Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense. Wednesday, 10:08 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Piscotty hits extra-inning home run vs Royals
    Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Bour not in Wednesday's lineup
    Justin Bour is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Tigers.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Daniel Norris on the hill for Detroit. Chris Johnson will start at first base and bat sixth. Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Smoak (knee) appears as defensive replacement
    Justin Smoak (knee) served as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Smoak has been held out of the starting lineup since last Wednesday due to knee soreness. He appeared as a pinch hitter on Monday and played defense on Tuesday, so it sounds like he's getting close. Wednesday, 5:36 am
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Adams has two hits, RBI in return to lineup
    Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Smoak (knee) fouled out as pinch-hitter
    Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup. Tuesday, 6:06 am
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-4 on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Joey Votto homers twice in loss to Cubs
    Joey Votto hit a pair of homers, drove in three and scored three runs in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The Reds probably weren't counting on scoring eight runs on a night when Jake Arrieta started, but it still wasn't enough as they lost a slugfest. Votto got off to a slow start this season but has been red-hot over the last month, batting .314 with seven home runs and 15 RBI across his last 28 games. Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is absent from the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's one of a few Nationals regulars getting a day off, as Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa are also on the bench. The Nats have Clint Robinson at first base, Jose Lobaton at catcher and Stephen Drew at shortstop. Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Zimmerman has RBI, two runs against Brewers
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Zimmerman had a sacrifice fly RBI in the seventh inning and scored following a single and a walk in two other innings. The 31-year-old has 33 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a disappointing .230/.288/.410 line through 64 games. Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • Bour homers in third straight to topple Cubs
    Justin Bour homered in his third straight game, racking up three RBI, as the Marlins outlasted the Cubs 9-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bour is as hot as the day is long, as he's now got four homers in his last six games and is hitting .339 with five homers, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in the month of June. His home run Saturday was a two-run job, and he also added an RBI double. Bour has 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 27 runs scored with a .273/.342/.535 line on the year. Saturday, 5:59 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game
    Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day. Saturday, 3:30 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third. Saturday, 10:19 am
  • Bour smashed grand slam but Marlins lose
    Justin Bour swatted a grand slam in the first inning but that was all the Marlins could muster in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Bour's slam tied the game at 4-4 in the first inning but only one more run was scored the rest of the game. The big fly was the 13th of the season for Bour, who sports a .268/.339/.515 line on the season. Those rate stats look good but he doesn't have the counting stats to match. His 26 runs and 40 RBI with no steals are not what his owners need from their first baseman. Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Friday, 7:28 pm
    5:15 pm vs Mil
  • Posey not in Friday's lineup vs. Phillies
    Buster Posey is not in Friday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: It's just a normal day of rest. Trevor Brown will start behind the plate and catch Jake Peavy. Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Joey Votto (flu) returns to Reds' lineup Fri.
    Joey Votto (flu) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Votto was under the weather for a few days, but he pinch-hit Thursday and is back in there Friday. He's batting second and playing first base against Colin Rea and the Padres. Friday, 10:48 am
  • Votto (flu) could be available off the bench
    Joey Votto (flu) could be available for Thursday night's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Votto is still battling the flu but was seen taking ground balls at first base before the game. There's a good chance we'll see Votto as a pinch-hitter later tonight. Votto got off to a sluggish start this year but has rebounded by hitting .338 this month with two homers and six RBI. Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Votto (flu) remains absent Thursday vs. Pads
    Joey Votto (flu) remains absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: This must be a nasty flu bug, as Votto hasn't appeared in a game for the Reds since last Sunday. Adam Duvall will start at first base and Jose Peraza will play left field on Thursday night versus San Diego. Thursday, 12:31 pm
  • Joey Votto out again Wednesday due to flu
    Joey Votto (flu) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Votto came down with a stomach bug on Tuesday. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday night against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. Wednesday, 12:44 pm
  • Joey Votto out of Reds' lineup on Tuesday
    Joey Votto is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday due to a stomach bug.

    Advice: Adam Duvall will start at first base and bat fifth versus Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis. Votto might also have to sit out Wednesday's finale in Texas. Tuesday, 12:55 pm
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