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  • Giants to forgo DH, let Bumgarner hit
    The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

    Advice: If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Wade Miley gives up five runs to Pirates
    Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Nate Karns dominates in relief
    In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Starling Marte scores three times
    Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Alcides Escobar delivers from leadoff spot
    Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Edinson Volquez goes 6 2/3 scoreless
    Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless
    Carlos Martinez shut out the Royals for six-plus innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. In his last six starts, he has a 1.06 ERA and one homer allowed. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Martinez tosses six scoreless in no-decision
    Carlos Martinez did not surrender a run in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters in a strong no-decision effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. Martinez dipped his ERA under the 3.00 barrier and is now at 2.83 for the season. His record holds steady at 7-5. His 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings are way down from his 9.22 mark last season, however he is currently beating last year's excellent 3.01 ERA nonetheless. Martinez generates a lot of groundballs, which helps him limit home runs. He has given up only 6 dingers in 95 1/3 innings so far. He draws the Pirates on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes six scoreless for win
    Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Guerra fires eight shutout innings at Dodgers
    Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Villar get three hits to raise AVG to .300
    Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

    Advice: Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Braun finishes with a home run and four RBI
    Ryan Braun hit a two run home run and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI on Wednesday.

    Advice: His other hit was a two-run double. Despite battling some nagging injuries, Braun is having an excellent season. The home run was his 12th of the year to complement his .322 batting average. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Seager collects one of only two Dodger hits
    Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

    Advice: Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) jumps off of DL
    Mariners activated LHP Wade Miley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Miley has been rehabbing from a left shoulder impingement, one that had been nagging him for some time prior to his hitting the disabled list in mid-June. In his 13 pre-injury outings, the 29-year-old southpaw held a 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. There is no real fantasy intrigue here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • A's activate Sean Manaea from 15-day DL
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Starling Marte hits RBI triple in loss to M's
    Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:33 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Mariners moving Nate Karns to the bullpen
    Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:07 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:21 pm
  • Bumgarner turns in quality start but loses
    Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:47 pm
  • Villar has three hits, stolen base vs. Nats
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Villar's breakout season continues, with Saturday's three-hit game counting as his fifth in his last 10 contests. He also leads the league with his 26 stolen bases. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.380/.429 overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:34 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Miley (shoulder) pitches well in rehab game
    Wade Miley (shoulder) tossed four perfect innings Friday in a minor league rehab start with Low-A Everett.

    Advice: Miley struck out seven batters and got stretched out to 55 pitches. He reported no issues with his shoulder. "Pain free. I'm ready to rock and roll," said Miley. "I felt like I probably could have pitched last week, but they wanted to be smart about it. So I took some time off and hopefully it'll pay off in the long run." The southpaw should make his return Wednesday against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:13 am
  • Volquez receives epic beat down from Astros
    Edinson Volquez was pounded into the Stone Age on Friday, yielding 12 runs (11 earned) to the Astros while retiring just three batters.

    Advice: Volquez failed to strike anybody out but walked three and allowed eight hits. The Astros scored nine times off Volquez in the first inning, including a grand slam off the bat of George Springer. Volquez then allowed the first three batters of the second inning to reach base and was pulled from the game. Dillon Gee came on and promptly allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. You could try, but it's very hard to have a worse outing than this one. Volquez saw his ERA jump from 4.12 to 5.15 with the ugly start. He was very good the last two years but you just can't trust him right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Carlos Martinez sharp again
    Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Escobar hits first home run of season
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night.

    Advice: Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Marte (foot) has two hits in return to lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte was limited to pinch hitting duties over the past two days due to a sore foot. He still appeared to be favoring the injury a bit on Friday, but he’s feeling good enough to play right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Ryan Braun not in Friday's lineup
    Ryan Braun is absent from the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun is getting a breather against Max Scherzer, so he probably didn't put up much of a fight. Alex Presley is in left field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Starling Marte (foot) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:40 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) making rehab start
    Wade Miley (shoulder) will make a rehab start with Short-Season Everett on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well Friday, Miley will rejoin the Mariners' rotation next Wednesday against the Pirates. The left-hander has missed almost two weeks of action with a shoulder impingement. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:00 am
  • Starling Marte appears as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte also came off the bench yesterday. He's been unable to start the last two days because of left foot soreness. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Marte (foot) out of Bucs lineup again Thurs.
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was also held out of the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, which is usually a good indication that the injury is not serious. Sean Rodriguez is starting in left field Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Starling Marte (ankle) serves as pinch hitter
    Starling Marte (foot) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. It's clearly nothing too serious, but he may also have to be limited to bench work in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:33 am
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Guerra strikes out eight in beating A's
    Junior Guerra pitched well in Wednesday's win over the A's, yielding two runs on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Guerra struck out eight and walked one on the afternoon. Coco Crisp burned him for a solo homer in the fourth inning and Max Muncy managed an RBI single in the seventh to account for the scoring on his line. Guerra will carry a respectable 3.67 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Starling Marte (ankle) out Wednesday vs. SF
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing pain in his left foot while trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Matt Joyce will play right on Wednesday night against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jonathan Villar out Wednesday against A's
    Jonathan Villar is out of the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop and bat ninth versus A's right-hander Daniel Mengden. Aaron Hill is batting leadoff in the afternoon game at Oakland Coliseum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 am
  • Starling Marte left game with foot discomfort
    Starling Marte departed Tuesday's game against the Giants with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: He dealt with a left ankle injury earlier this month, but it's not clear if this new foot thing is related. Marte pulled up in pain after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Starling Marte departs game with leg injury
    Starling Marte left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Marte came up hurting after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. Marte brought a stellar .333/.374/.502 batting line into the game. It'd be a huge loss for the Pirates if he requires a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Bumgarner goes the distance in loss to Bucs
    Madison Bumgarner allowed a lone run in a complete-game loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: A solo home run by Erik Kratz in the fifth inning was all the scoring either side could manage on the evening. It was one of five hits Bumgarner allowed while striking out eight and walking two. The southpaw is now 8-3 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/28 K/BB ratio over 102 innings of work. Another tasty matchup with the Phillies is on tap for Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
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