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  • Marcell Ozuna (wrist) out again on Sunday
    Marcell Ozuna (wrist) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ozuna has been out of the lineup for two straight days due to a sore left wrist that's been bothering him for about a week. The Marlins anticipate him returning to action on Tuesday after Monday's off day. Ichiro Suzuki is getting another start in center field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is behind the plate. 37 minutes ago
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Alex Rodriguez getting a breather Sunday
    Alex Rodriguez is absent from the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Carlos Beltran is in the designated hitter spot and Aaron Hicks is in right field. Today, 7:17 am
  • Cliff Pennington (hamstring) runs the bases
    Cliff Pennington (hamstring) ran the bases on Saturday.

    Advice: Pennington is nearing a rehab assignment. The veteran infielder has missed a good chunk of the season with a pair of hamstring injuries. Today, 7:11 am
    New Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
  • Clayton Richard (blister) resumes throwing
    Clayton Richard (blister) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: The blister on his left middle finger is no longer an issue and he's ready to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. Richard should be ready to return when his 15 days are up early next month. He's posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season. Today, 6:01 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am @Mia
  • Red Sox could option Christian Vazquez
    The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

    Advice: Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon. Today, 5:54 am
  • Valbuena (back) 3-for-4 in return to action
    Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on. Today, 5:16 am
  • CarGo (wrist) doubles twice in return
    Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) doubled twice in five trips to the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: CarGo left Thursday's game and sat out Friday with a minor wrist ailment, but he appears to be good to go. He's sporting a .314/.358/.551 batting line this season. Today, 5:13 am
  • Overton wins in major league debut
    Dillon Overton earned the first win of his career during an Athletics victory over the Angels, yielding three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: He didn't quite reach the threshold for a quality start in his major league debut, coming one out shy of the six innings required. Overton struck out three batters and walked two. All three of the runs he allowed came on solo homers from Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. The lefty Overton did not post enticing strikeout totals in the minors but he could have some moderate success in Oakland. Today, 12:22 am
  • Crisp scores four times and nets three hits
    Coco Crisp finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored on Saturday.

    Advice: Crisp is rapidly approaching the end of his 15 year career and is not having a good season, but he is still capable of filling the stat sheet on the rare occasions when he is fully healthy. Today he reached base four times and his teammates drove him home each time. Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Karns fortunate to get a win over the Cards
    Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle. Yesterday, 11:21 pm
  • Leake takes a loss in Seattle on Saturday
    Mike Leake lasted only 3 1/3 innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in an interleague loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: Leake registered only one strikeout to go with two walks. All nine hits he allowed were singles but the Mariners bunched them together to good effect. He falls to 5-5 with a 4.25 ERA. Throughout his career Leake has been a consistent, reliable, league-average pitcher in terms of ERA (career 3.89 ERA) with a low strikeout rate (6.05 K/9 career). That has good value in deep fantasy leagues but leaves his owners looking for a better option in standard mixed leagues. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Diaz blasts three-run home run on Saturday
    Aledmys Diaz blasted a three-run shot for his 10th homer of the season on Saturday, finishing the day 1-for-4 with a walk.

    Advice: Diaz is hitting .306/.365/.500 with 48 runs and 39 RBI. Those are great numbers for a shortstop who was available very late in drafts this spring. He got an opportunity to play when Jhonny Peralta got hurt and he made the most of it, keeping the gig when Peralta returned. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Hellickson pitches well in win over Giants
    Jeremy Hellickson surrendered only two runs (one earned) in six innings to help the Phillies beat the Giants 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up five hits and one walk while punching out three hitters. The strong start improved his ERA to 4.23 with a 1.23 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 93 2/3 innings spread across 16 starts. His next game will be an interleague start versus the Royals on Friday. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Panik hits two singles and scores a run
    Joe Panik was the only Giants batter with multiple hits on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.

    Advice: Panik raised his batting average to .259 with the two singles. He has scored 45 runs to provide his owners with good value in that category, but he doesn't do enough in the other categories to make himself worthy of starting for a good fantasy team. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Overton called up for MLB debut Saturday
    Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Overton wasn't on the 40-man roster so the A's transferred Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him. The left-hander will make his big-league debut Saturday against the Angels. Overton won his last seven starts for Nashville before his promotion, recording a dominant 1.40 ERA over that span. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Ozuna not in Saturday's lineup
    Marcell Ozuna is not in Saturday's lineup versus the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander John Lackey. Ichiro Suzuki will make the start in center field and bat leadoff as he continues his chase toward 3,000 MLB hits. He's currently 17 away. Yesterday, 9:06 am
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • A-Rod has RBI single in win over Twins
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: The win got the Yankees back to .500 for the year. This was just A-Rod's second multi-hit game since June 8. This has actually been his most productive month of the season, though that isn’t saying much. He has three homers in 23 games since returning from the disabled list to go along with an ugly 31/2 K/BB ratio. Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Luis Valbuena exits game with back tightness
    Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Friday, 7:02 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) sitting out on Friday
    Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: CarGo tweaked his right wrist on a swing Thursday and had to be lifted from the game. It looks like a minor thing at this point, but he could need a few days off. Ryan Raburn is in right field. Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez nursing minor wrist injury
    Carlos Gonzalez suffered a right wrist injury in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: CarGo struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and was then removed in a double switch in the ninth. Rockies team doctor Tom Noonan looked at Gonzalez after the game and believes the injury is minor, but the outfielder will be re-evaluated on Friday. "I sprained it a little bit, and it’s sore," Gonzalez said Thursday. "We will see how it feels tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s anything major." Friday, 8:46 am
  • Dillon Overton to make MLB debut Saturday
    Athletics pitching prospect Dillon Overton will be called up to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: The A's have decided to move Eric Surkamp up a day to Friday and give Overton the ball Saturday. The 24-year-old threw 7 1/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Nashville in his last start and holds a 1.40 ERA over his last seven outings, so it's not a surprise that Oakland has decided to give him a shot. Overton's ceiling is limited, but it's possible he could carve out some deep-league value. Friday, 7:52 am
  • Ozuna hits 16th home run in win over Cubs
    Marcell Ozuna hit his 16th home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ozuna took Cubs starter Jon Lester deep for a solo shot in the sixth inning. The 25-year-old now has four homers in his last five games as he continues his breakout year. Ozuna is now batting .322/.373/.578 with 44 RBI and 46 runs scored on the year. Thursday, 7:02 pm
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Dillon Overton a candidate to start Saturday
    Athletics LHP prospect Dillon Overton is a candidate to start Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: The A's have yet to announce a starter for Friday night's game. One possibility would be to move Eric Surkamp up a day with Overton getting the ball on Saturday. Jesse Hahn and Zach Neal are also being considered. Overton has had a phenomenal year for Triple-A Nashville, going 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA over 14 outings. He's won seven straight with a brilliant 1.40 ERA during that span. If he gets the call, the 24-year-old would be making his major league debut on Saturday. Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Joe Panik knocks in three with triple
    Joe Panik had a three-run triple against the Pirates in Thursday's win.

    Advice: The ball to right-center really should have been cut off, but Gregory Polanco was playing him to pull in center and Matt Joyce wasn't nearly quick enough to get there from right. It was Panik's fifth triple of the year, and he's up to 36 RBI. Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Panik's RBI double leads Giants to victory
    Joe Panik only had one hit on Wednesday, but it was a big one as he smacked a two-run double to lift the Giants over the Pirates 7-6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik finished 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. His key hit came in the sixth inning off Pirates' reliever Jared Hughes. Panik drove a double to left to score Ramiro Pena and Jarrett Parker, turning a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. Panik hasn't hit nearly as well as he did last year. His .259/.322/.409 slash line is essentially league-average across the board. That is not nearly as pretty as his .312/.378/.455 line from last year. While his rate stats may be down his counting stats are up. His seven homers are one behind his career high and he is on pace to blow past last year's totals in runs, RBI and steals as well. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Coco Crisp doubles, homers in loss to Brewers
    Coco Crisp went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Crisp slashed a solo homer off Brewers starter Junior Guerra in the fourth inning. It was the veteran outfielder's sixth of the season. He also managed a double in the game, his 14th such hit of that variety. Despite Wednesday's nice efforts, Crisp is still slashing just .227/.284/.394 over 216 at-bats. He does not make for a legitimate fantasy option. Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Aledmys Diaz goes 3-for-4 with HR vs. Cubs
    Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday in the Cardinals' 7-2 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Diaz singled off Jake Arrieta in the first and fifth before cranking a two-run shot off Carl Edwards Jr. in the sixth. The 25-year-old shortstop has met some natural regression, but he still boasts an impressive .310/.362/.496 overall batting line with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 67 total games this season. Wednesday, 2:45 pm
  • Cubs place Clayton Richard on the DL
    Cubs placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a blister.

    Advice: Richard has a rough 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season out of the Cubs' bullpen. Maybe some time off and a rehab assignment will do him good. Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am @Mia
  • Ozuna not in Tuesday's lineup
    Marcell Ozuna is out of the Marlins' lineup Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Ozuna had a two-homer night Monday against the Rockies, but he'll be on the bench in Tuesday's series opener. Ichiro Suzuki is starting in center field and batting leadoff against Bud Norris. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Dillon Overton logs seventh straight victory
    Athletics LHP prospect Dillon Overton spanned 7 1/3 shutout innings Monday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He finished with six strikeouts and only one walk in the longest start of his career. The victory was Overton's seventh in a row. He's logged an impressive 1.40 ERA over that stretch with 38 strikeouts and 15 free passes. The left-hander is third in the Pacific Coast League in innings pitched (83 2/3) and fifth in strikeouts (72) this year. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Karns allows five runs over five vs. Tigers
    Nate Karns allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Karns struck out six while walking three, and he served up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera among his seven hits allowed. He's given up just seven home runs in 14 starts this year, a step forward after allowing 19 dingers last season. The right-hander is still winless in the month of June and is 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP overall. He'll square off with the Cardinals in an interleague tilt Saturday. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Vazquez has two hits, RBI against White Sox
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Ozuna's two-homer game not enough for Marlins
    Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with two home runs in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ozuna enjoyed his matchup with Rockies starter De La Rosa, taking the lefty deep in the first and fourth innings, both times for solo shots. The homers gave him 15 jacks on the year to go with a .322/.374/.567 line. That .322 batting average is third-best in the National League. Monday, 8:10 pm
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Pennington (hamstring) not close to return
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Cliff Pennington (hamstring) is still "a ways away."

    Advice: Scioscia said that Pennington is just beginning some "very low level" baseball activity, so a return isn't imminent. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since the end of May after aggravating a left hamstring strain. Monday, 5:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
  • Hellickson allows three in first in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three earned runs over seven innings Monday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: All three of those runs crossed the plate in the top of the first inning, with Phil Gosselin roping an RBI single and Jake Lamb blasting a two-run homer. Hellickson settled in from there, finishing with six strikeouts against zero walks, but he received only one run of support from the Philadelphia offense. He'll take a 4-6 record and 4.41 ERA into his next start on the road against the Giants. Monday, 12:59 pm
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Leake surrenders three runs in no-decision
    Mike Leake surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Rangers.

    Advice: St. Louis' bullpen blew another lead as the Cardinals dropped the entire three-game set against the visiting Rangers. Leake went without a walk for his third straight outing, but he did allow eight hits -- two of which were homers. The right-hander will carry a 4.00 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mariners. Jun 19, 2:32 pm
  • Ozuna styles three-run home run in victory
    Marcell Ozuna clocked a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Ozuna rocked a three-run homer in the sixth inning to snap a scoreless tie. Those would be the only runs to score in the game, for either team. In addition to the big home run, he also picked up a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. This season, the 25-year-old outfielder is slashing .319/.372/.545 with 13 homers and 41 RBI. Just about any way you slice it, Ozuna is posting a stellar offensive season. Jun 19, 2:22 pm
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • Carlos Gonzalez hits lost cause double
    Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez's double -- No. 14 on the season -- stood as the Rockies' only extra-base hit in the 3-0 loss. This season, the slugger is slashing a superlative .313/.357/.556 with 15 homers and 37 RBI in 259 at-bats. Jun 19, 2:17 pm
  • Panik's three-run blast wins it for Giants
    Joe Panik hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to lead the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: With two outs and two on in a tie game, Panik ripped an Alex Colome pitch to right field for the game-winning blast. He had driven in a run earlier in the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving him four RBI on the night. The second baseman hasn't quite enjoyed the same success as he did in his All-Star season a year ago, but he's still hitting a respectable .263/.327/.421 with seven homers, 30 RBI and 39 runs scored on the year. Jun 18, 8:24 pm
  • A-Rod collects two hits, run against Twins
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: After a good start to the month, the veteran had gone cold in the past week before his multi-hit game Thursday. The singles are nice, but since returning on May 26 from his hamstring injury A-Rod has just four extra-base hits. The 40-year-old is hitting .217/.264/.406 with seven homers and 21 RBI on the year. Jun 16, 9:41 pm
  • Karns pitches well in no-decision vs Rays
    Nate Karns took a no-decision against his former team the Rays on Wednesday after striking out eight batters in five innings, allowing two runs on two walks and four hits.

    Advice: Karns has fanned a batter per inning in his career, but his high walk rate has held him back. This year Karns sits on a 5-2 record with a 4.06 ERA and inflated 1.42 WHIP. He lines up for two starts next week, facing the Tigers and Cardinals. Jun 15, 9:47 pm
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