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  • Chi Chi Gonzalez struggles in no-decision
    Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He needed 87 pitches to cover the five innings, striking out just two batters. Gonzalez was up for a start with the Rangers dealing with multiple injuries to their rotation. He could get another shot this weekend in Minnesota but can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Sam Dyson nails down 16th save
    Sam Dyson converted his 16th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Rangers plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning after a rain delay of three hours and 35 minutes, resulting in Dyson netting a save around 2:45 am. He's nailed down 16-of-17 save chances this season. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker goes six scoreless
    Matt Shoemaker was denied a win after throwing six scoreless innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Par for the course for Shoemaker of late. He left with a 2-0 lead, but Mike Morin and Deolis Guerra combined to blow that in the seventh. Shoemaker finishes June 0-3 despite a 2.14 ERA and a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over six starts. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • A.J. Reed goes 0-for-5 against Angels
    A.J. Reed's early struggles continued Monday, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Angels.

    Advice: Reed is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks through three games. One wonders if the Astros might give him a little breather on Tuesday in order to regroup. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Mike Trout homers, doubles twice
    Mike Trout homered and doubled twice in a losing cause Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Trout had all three of the Angels' extra-base hits. He's 6-for-9 with two homers in two games after being moved up to the second spot in the lineup on Sunday and 13-for-22 with three homers in his last five games. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • MArcus Semien hits 15th home run
    Marcus Semien delivered a three-run homer and an RBI double against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Semien is up to 15 homers this year. Unfortunately, he hasn't been overly helpful elsewhere, and even with the homers, he has a modest 33 runs scored and 39 RBI while often hitting low in the order. If he can bring his average up some and convince the A's to hit him second or third, he'd have quite a bit more fantasy value. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez excels in return from DL
    Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

    Advice: It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Peter Bourjos goes 3-for-5 in win
    Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 and scored twice against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: One of the Phillies' corner outfielders finally got hot, and Bourjos has assumed the second spot in the order as a result of his recent success. That doesn't make him a strong pickup in shallow mixed leagues, but he might eke out some value in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Tommy Joseph strikes out four times
    Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Rickie Weeks Jr. goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Rickie Weeks Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks are giving Weeks some additional playing time after his recent success versus lefties, but he didn't capitalize tonight. He'll probably return to the bench tomorrow, with either Peter O'Brien or Brandon Drury starting in left field. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez hits 17th homer for Rockies
    Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk to lead the Rockies to a 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: In the 31 days since May 27, Carlos Gonzalez has 11 homers, 10 doubles and 31 RBI. It's the kind of run that figures to put him on the NL All-Star team for the first time since 2013 and the third time in his career. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray pitched seven innings and allowed four runs Monday in a win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray was allowed to start on four days' rest tonight despite complaining of fatigue and a heavy arm last time out. He was plenty effective, too, striking out eight and walking none. He's lasted seven innings in six of his 13 starts. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Syndergaard indeed pitching through bone spur
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that despite Noah Syndergaard's denial, he is indeed pitching with a bone spur in his elbow.

    Advice: Syndergaard denied reports after Monday's game, but Mike Puma of the New York Post adds that it's at the pitcher's "insistence" that the club doesn't acknowledge the bone spur. The cat is out of the bag now, though the severity of the bone spur isn't known and it's possible he'll be able to pitch through it, as many pitchers do. The question is how effective he'll be. Syndergaard showed his normal velocity Monday against the Nationals, but he struggled with his control while giving up a season-high five runs over three innings. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion homers twice in Coors
    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 20th and 21st homers of the year Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: 11 of those homers have come in June. He's driven in 29 runs and scored 25 in 23 games this month. They don't come much hotter than Encarnacion is right now. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes eight strong versus Cards
    Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.

    Advice: Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Noah Syndergaard struggles in loss to Nats
    Noah Syndergaard was touched up for five runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: He yielded seven hits and walked three. The night could have been even worse, as Syndergaard managed to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning before the Nats eventually got to him in the third. Thor has now had an ordinary outing followed by a bad one, which is troubling with reports saying he's pitching through a bone spur. Worth noting, though, is that his velocity was fine Monday, as he hit 100 mph multiple times. Syndergaard gets the Cubs this weekend. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Syndergaard denies he has bone spur in elbow
    Noah Syndergaard denied that he has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Syndergaard also pitching through bone spur
    Noah Syndergaard is also pitching through a bone spur in his throwing elbow, per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Rangers call up RHP Rodriguez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez was called up to make his major-league season debut Monday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old had a 5.04 ERA across 14 starts in Triple-A this season and isn't a recommended fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Phillies activate Vincent Velasquez from DL
    Phillies activated RHP Vincent Velasquez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Phillies rotation on Monday against the Diamondbacks. Prior to being shut down for two weeks due to a right biceps strain, Velasquez posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will likely want to roll the dice on his first start back, as he's on tap for two starts next week. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 5:13 am
  • Trout has three hits, home run
    Mike Trout finished Saturday's game 3-for-5 and hit his 15th home run of the season.

    Advice: Trout now has 50 RBI and 50 runs scored. He has the lowest strikeout rate of his career and now has 47 walks to go with his 60 strikeouts. He has 154 career home runs and is only 24 years old. His .308/.408/.540 slash line is very close to his career average. Saturday, 11:38 pm
  • Reed still looking for first major league hit
    A.J. Reed did not get a hit in his major league debut on Saturday, but he did walk twice, score twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

    Advice: The highly anticipated prospect went 0-for-2 but still managed to deliver solid fantasy value to his eager owners. The 23-year-old hit 34 home runs in the minors last year and had 11 homers in 59 Triple-A games so far this year. Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Velasquez discussed innings limit with Boras
    Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.

    Advice: Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Man on fire: Encarnacion rips three more hits
    Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.

    Advice: In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter. Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • A.J. Reed batting sixth in MLB debut Saturday
    A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

    Advice: He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Astros call up top prospect 1B A.J. Reed
    Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Astros to call up 1B A.J. Reed on Saturday
    The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

    Advice: The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Report: A.J. Reed being called up by Astros
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

    Advice: This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) cleared for Monday start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) has been cleared to start Monday versus the Blue Jays after getting through a 14-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: Gray had to be pulled from his last start because of shoulder fatigue, but it's apparently no big deal. He'll face a stiff test in going up against the tough Toronto offense at Coors Field. Friday, 2:48 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
  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Semien's three-run homer leads A's over LAA
    Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Semien was starter Kendall Graveman's best friend on Thursday, mashing a three-run homer in the second inning to jump the A's to a 3-0 advantage. He has six RBI over his last three games. With 13 home runs on the season, he is now just two away from matching the career-best 15 he socked in 2015. Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) expects to make next start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) plans to make his next start Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray left Wednesday's outing with a tired shoulder but doesn't see it as a long-term issue. "I passed all the strength tests," said Gray. "My shoulder’s just a little bit fatigued, but I think I will be back out there." Even if Gray does pitch Monday, he won't be a recommended fantasy play against a tough Blue Jays lineup at Coors Field. Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Syndergaard (elbow) cleared to start vs. Nats
    Noah Syndergaard (elbow) has been cleared to take his next turn Monday in Washington, D.C.

    Advice: Syndergaard made an early exit from his start Wednesday against the Royals after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right elbow, but an MRI came back clean and he was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. Syndergaard also had some elbow troubles last month, but tests taken then also turned up negative. The ace right-hander looks like a safe start in all fantasy formats Monday versus the rival Nationals. Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Tommy Joseph scratched Thursday with cold
    Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins. Thursday, 9:16 am
  • MRI shows no damage in Syndergaard elbow
    No structural damage was found in the MRI of Noah Syndergaard's right elbow.

    Advice: "Thor" exited Wednesday's start against the Royals after six innings and Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged after the game that Syndergaard right elbow had flared up. But the big right-hander got the all-clear after a meeting with Dr. David Altchek. Syndergaard has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and should soon be cleared to resume his normal work, though he could still be held out of Monday's start as a precautionary measure. He also had tests run on his elbow last month. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Syndergaard, Cespedes could avoid trips to DL
    The New York Post's Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff report that the Mets are hopeful that Noah Syndergaard (elbow) and Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) will avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Syndergaard's elbow "flared up" (per manager Terry Collins) on him after he tossed six innings of three-run ball against the Royals on Wednesday, while Cespedes came down with left wrist discomfort in the fifth inning. Both players subsequently traveled to the hospital. At least for now, it looks like they might have escaped missing any significant amount of time, but elbows and wrists are fickle. Fantasy owners should stay tuned until the Mets offer official word one way or another. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Shoemaker pitches into eighth in loss
    Matt Shoemaker allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker was dominating until the bottom of the sixth, when Jose Altuve slugged a solo home run. Marwin Gonzalez then tripled home George Springer in the bottom of the eighth and scored the Astros' third run on a Carlos Correa groundout. Shoemaker gave up eight total hits while also walking two. He'll try for better next week against these same Astros. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Jon Gray experiences heavy arm in loss to NYY
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that Jon Gray was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Yankees due to fatigue and a heavy arm.

    Advice: Gray allowed four runs over four innings in Wednesday's loss. This doesn't sound like a serious injury, but the 24-year-old right-hander's status for his next scheduled start against the Blue Jays has not yet been determined. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Syndergaard visiting doctor for elbow issue
    Noah Syndergaard will visit Dr. David Altchek after experiencing more elbow discomfort on Wednesday.

    Advice: Syndergaard tossed six innings of three-run ball in Wednesday's win over the Royals, but his elbow began to bother him near the end of the start -- hence why he was only able to toss six innings. The young ace is flying back to New York while the Mets head to Atlanta for a four-game weekend set. Syndergaard also had tests run on his elbow last month, but they showed nothing abnormal. Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • Syndergaard earns eighth win versus KC
    Noah Syndergaard allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a win over the Royals.

    Advice: Syndergaard was working on a little bit of extra rest, but he looked sharp until the Royals' two-run fifth inning. Kansas City would add one more run in the sixth, but New York wound up winning this edition of the 2015 World Series rematch 4-3. Syndergaard struck out four and walked none. He'll carry an 8-2 record and 2.08 ERA into his next start on the road against the Nationals. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Duffy yields three earned in no-decision
    Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Semien drives in three as A's drop Brewers
    Marcus Semien went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and three total RBI in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Semien's RBI single in the sixth inning tied the game at 2-2. He would come up again an inning later, this time with the A's holding a 3-2 lead. Semien added to that with a two-run triple. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .238/.305/.430 with 12 homers, 31 RBI and five steals over 70 games played. Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Trout has RBI single, stolen base vs. Astros
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout also hit his second triple of the season in the loss. The stolen base was his 10th of the season, ensuring his fifth consecutive season with double-digit homers and steals. The 24-year-old is batting .301/.404/.537 with 14 homers, 48 RBI and 47 runs scored on the season. Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • A.J. Reed belts 10th homer in Monday's victory
    Astros 1B prospect A.J. Reed homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .343 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Reed has generated plenty of buzz in his two-plus years in the minors but he still has some work to do before he earns his long-awaited promotion to the big leagues. The 2014 second-round pick has hit just .257 this year after batting .340 with 34 HR and 127 RBI in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi last season. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Syndergaard pushed back to Wednesday
    Noah Syndergaard will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: It's a last-minute change for the Mets, as Syndergaard was previously scheduled to pitch Tuesday night in the World Series rematch. Now Bartolo Colon will move up a day to start in his place. The move appears to be strategic, as it lines up Syndergaard to start against the Nationals next Monday. Tuesday, 11:11 am
  • Reed not close to being called up
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that a promotion for first base prospect A.J. Reed is not imminent.

    Advice: Reed has bounced back after a slow start to the season at Triple-A, but the Astros want to see more before considering a promotion. They are also happy with what the production from the corner infield spots at the major league level in recent days. "He's making improvements and he's taking better at-bats and that's really all we're looking for is consistency of at-bats," said Luhnow. "Defensively, he's going to be fine. We're also looking for an opportunity. Right now, Marwin and Valbuena are both playing well. We want to give Danny Worth an extended look, so these three guys will be sharing the corners. If anybody went down, certainly A.J. Reed would be at or close to the top of the list for guys to come up." Reed, 23, is batting .256/.343/.483 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 55 games this season at Triple-A. Monday, 6:07 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Dyson earns 11th save, Rangers sweep STL
    Sam Dyson earned his 11th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 5-4 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Greg Garcia to open the bottom of the ninth inning and then issued a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter, but Aledmys Diaz hit into an easy groundout to end it and give the visiting Rangers a three-game sweep. Dyson now has a 2.04 ERA on the season and he hasn't blown a save opportunity since officially taking over as the Rangers' closer in mid-May. Jun 19, 2:38 pm
  • 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
  • Trout homers, drives in three in win over A's
    Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: Trout hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before adding a two-run double in the sixth. The home run was his 14th of the season, and Trout has 47 RBI and 47 runs scored. Both rank inside the top 10 in the American League, and his .302/.409/.540 line is nothing to sneeze at, either. Jun 18, 7:00 pm
  • Tommy Joseph not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday. Jun 18, 9:04 am
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up two runs to A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out seven and walked one, which qualifies as his worst K/BB ratio in his last six starts. He has a 1.88 ERA and a 55/2 K/BB ratio in those six outings, but the Angels offense has been so bad that the team has won just two of those games (and only one of those was credited to Shoemaker). Jun 17, 10:59 pm
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