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  • Jett Bandy crunches solo homer in loss
    Jett Bandy went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Bandy's second-inning homer off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel temporarily knotted the proceedings at 1-1. They would actually take a 2-1 lead later in the frame, but the red-hot Astros came roaring back with another nine runs before the game's conclusion. The 26-year-old Bandy has seen 49 at-bats since being called up to help fill in for Geovany Soto (knee) in mid-May. He is slashing .265/.283/.429 with two homers and 10 RBI in that space. Soto is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday, meaning that Bandy's days with the big league club are probably nearing their end for the time being, though he could conceivably stick on the roster even after Soto returns. Today, 4:54 pm
  • Soto (knee) set for rehab stint Thursday
    Geovany Soto (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Soto had surgery in mid-May to repair a torn right meniscus and now he's ready to get back into game action. He should return before the All-Star break if all goes well. Today, 12:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-4 vs x Hou
  • Joseph (groin) nearing return to O's
    Caleb Joseph (groin) could be cleared to join the Orioles after a rehab game Wednesday with High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Joseph began a rehab assignment two weeks ago and returned to the plate on Monday. If all goes well, he'll rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. Today, 11:25 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-6 x @SD
  • Martin not in Wednesday's lineup
    Russell Martin is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Not a surprise after how Tuesday's game played out. Josh Thole will start behind the plate and catch Aaron Sanchez. Today, 10:48 am
  • Wieters not in Wednesday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll get some rest with the day game. Francisco Pena will start behind the dish and catch Yovani Gallardo. Today, 10:28 am
  • Jason Castro out of lineup Wednesday
    Jason Castro is out of the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: He'll get some rest with the day game after the night game. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate. Today, 10:26 am
  • Castillo not in Wednesday's lineup
    Welington Castillo is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll sit the day game after the night game. Chris Herrmann will be behind the plate and catch Archie Bradley. Today, 9:55 am
  • Contreras starting at C, batting cleanup Wed.
    Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Contreras has been holding down left field recently, so this will be his first start behind the plate since Friday. The 24-year-old is batting .355/.459/.677 with three homers and nine RBI through 37 plate appearances in the majors. Today, 7:05 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. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Derek Norris not in Padres lineup on Tuesday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: He'll take a seat in the first game of a brief two-game series against the O's. Christian Bethancourt will suit up behind the plate and bat sixth against Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    L, 12-6 vs ^ Bal
  • Salvador Perez not in Royals lineup Tuesday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The hard-working backstop will take a rare day off against right-hander Michael Wacha. Drew Butera will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Royals. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Cubs outright Federowicz to AAA
    Cubs sent C Tim Federowicz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Federowicz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. Assuming he decides to stay with the organization, he'll serve as catching depth in Triple-A. Yesterday, 12:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-2 x @Cin
  • Ross starting behind plate Tuesday
    David Ross will start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: No surprise with Jon Lester on the hill. He also draws the matchup against the lefty John Lamb for Cincinnati. Willson Contreras is getting another start in left field while Matt Szczur is playing center. Yesterday, 11:30 am
    W, 9-2 x @Cin
  • Cards designate Fryer for assignment
    Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Bryan Pena on the active roster. Fryer has played well in sporadic duty with the Cardinals this season, batting .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games. Yesterday, 10:38 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 0-0 vs x KC
  • Cardinals activate Pena from 15-day DL
    Cardinals activated C Brayan Peńa from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pena has been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, but he's finally ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster. Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Peńa (knee) on track to return Tuesday
    Brayan Peńa (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Peńa batted .192 (10-for-52) over 14 games during his minor league rehab assignment and has already rejoined the Cardinals in Kansas City. He's been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Welington Castillo sitting out on Sunday
    Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a normal day of rest for Castillo, who has struggled since the beginning of May. Chris Herrmann is catching Sunday. Sunday, 10:49 am
  • Matt Wieters getting a day off Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Francisco Pena is catching Sunday. Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jett Bandy has made four straight starts
    Jett Bandy started his fourth straight game at catcher for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels like Carlos Perez's defense, but Bandy is more interesting with the bat. The 26-year-old has hit .310/.311/.500 with two homers over his first 47 major league plate appearances and has batted .286/.339/.452 with 13 dingers at Triple-A since the beginning of last season. Given the current state of the catcher position in fantasy, Bandy could potentially carve out some deep league value if he keeps getting regular playing time. The problem is that Geovany Soto (knee) is due back soon, so regular at-bats might be hard to come by. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Saturday, 5:09 pm
    L, 12-6 vs ^ Bal
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Geovany Soto (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Geovany Soto (knee) could begin a rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: It had been previously reported that he might begin one earlier this week. While that obviously didn't happen, Soto as been hitting, running, throwing and catching bullpen sessions and is nearing game action. He should return before the All-Star break if all goes well. Friday, 8:55 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-4 vs x Hou
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
    L, 12-6 vs ^ Bal
  • Ross hits sixth home run in loss to Marlins
    David Ross hit his sixth home run of the season in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross now has six homers in just 38 games this year. He's batting .247/.361/.474 in those games with 23 RBI and 16 runs scored. The 39-year-old will continue to be Jon Lester's personal catcher, but with the arrival of top prospect Willson Contreras and the continued presence of Miguel Montero, Ross' playing time could dwindle as the season wears on. Thursday, 7:31 pm
    W, 9-2 x @Cin
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Joseph (groin) set to play catcher in rehab
    Caleb Joseph (groin) is expected to begin catching in games at High-A Frederick on Monday.

    Advice: He went 4-for-5 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI as the DH at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. It was a doubleheader. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. He could be ready to return late next week. Thursday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-6 x @SD
  • Russell Martin cranks three-run homer vs ARI
    Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Martin struck early, smashing his three-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray in the first inning. He would not find another hit on the afternoon. For the season, the veteran backstop owns a .218/.304/.335 triple-slash with six homers and 28 RBI over 197 at-bats. Martin's season has been a disappointment to date, especially given that he launched a career-high 23 home runs in 2015. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Jun 20, 3:12 pm
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Jun 20, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • Wieters scores three, drives in four vs. Jays
    Matt Wieters finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in the Orioles' 11-6 defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

    Advice: Talk about filling up the box score. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the fourth inning, an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another RBI single in the seventh. His day finished in shame with a pop-out in the eighth. Wieters had been struggling offensively over the last few weeks, but he's currently sitting on a respectable .763 OPS with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 48 games. Jun 19, 2:20 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Martin Maldonado will do the catching. Jun 19, 10:29 am
  • Geovany Soto (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Geovany Soto (knee) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Working his way back from surgery in mid-May to repair a torn right meniscus, Soto will be evaluated Sunday following a workout before possibly being cleared for game action. He shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated. Jun 19, 7:26 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-4 vs x Hou
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