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  • Wright gives up four runs in win over Angels
    Steven Wright surrendered four runs in five-plus innings in a win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Wright blanked the Angels over the first five innings before he loaded the bases in the sixth and gave up a grand slam to C.J. Cron through the raindrops. We’ve now seen on multiple occasions that rain and Wright don't work well together. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out three and saw his ERA increase from 2.18 to 2.42 on the year. He’s now behind Cleveland’s Danny Salazar for the AL ERA lead. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
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  • Kimbrel converts save No. 17 on Friday
    Craig Kimbrel worked around some trouble to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Friday for his 17th save of the season.

    Advice: He escaped by the skin of his teeth. Holding a one-run lead, Kimbrel walked Mike Trout to begin the top of the ninth inning before retiring the next two batters. He was then bailed out when Daniel Nava hit a drive down the right-field line which went into the stands for a ground-rule double and kept Trout at third base. Kimbrel was able to get C.J. Cron to ground out to finish off the victory. The 28-year-old is 17-for-19 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.53 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 32 innings. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Cron slugs grand slam in loss
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-5 with a grand slam in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: His sixth-inning grand slam off Steven Wright was the only offense of the game for the Angels and brought them within one run before a lengthy rain delay. Cron had a chance to tie things up or potentially put the Angels ahead when he came up with two on and two outs in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel, but he grounded out to end the ballgame. The 26-year-old has three multi-hit games in his last four and is batting .268/.324/.429 with seven homers and 37 RBI on the yea Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
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  • Holt (concussion) has two doubles in return
    Brock Holt (concussion) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in his return from the disabled list Friday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Both of his hits were doubles. Holt ended up missing about five weeks with concussion symptoms, but he should see a lot of time in left field now that he’s back in action. He doesn’t offer a lot of upside in fantasy leagues, but his multi-position eligibility can help some rosters. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
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    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Conor Gillaspie goes 3-for-4, triples
    Conor Gillaspie went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double in leading the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: With a .783 OPS in 80 at-bats, Gillaspie has done a really nice job while filling in for Matt Duffy at third base. He shouldn't have much of a role when Duffy returns, however. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:43 pm
  • Welington Castillo homers against Giants
    Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer off Johnny Cueto on Friday.

    Advice: Castillo hit .299 in June, but with just one homer, four RBI and five runs scored, he wasn't of much help to fantasy teams while splitting time with Chris Herrmann. He still figures to win out in that playing time battle in the end. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:37 pm
  • Hammel serves up five home runs in loss
    Jason Hammel was rocked for a career-high 10 runs over four-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Ouch. Hammel surrendered nine hits, including a career-high five home runs. Two of them came in the fifth inning before he was pulled from the ballgame. The disaster outing increased his ERA from 2.58 to 3.45 on the year. He's now winless in his last five starts and has given up nine home runs in that stretch. He’ll try to bounce back next week in a start against the Reds. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:35 pm
  • Nimmo connects for first MLB homer in win
    Brandon Nimmo connected for his first major league homer in a 10-2 win over the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: According to StatCast, Nimmo’s fourth-inning blast traveled 442 feet, which is the longest home run by a Mets player this season. The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 on the night and is batting .280 (7-for-25) through his first six games in the majors. He’s bringing some energy out of the leadoff spot for New York and could be worth a try in deeper mixed leagues for however long he stays there. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:34 pm
  • Loney has three hits, homer in win over Cubs
    James Loney went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored Friday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Loney slugged a solo homer in the second inning before driving in two runs with a double one inning later. He’s now up to four homers in 111 plate appearances this season, equaling his total through 388 plate appearances with the Rays last season. We’re not banking on the power to continue at this pace, so don't get carried away in fantasy leagues, but he has been a pleasant surprise for New York. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:33 pm
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  • Cabrera homers twice in win over Dodgers
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: James Loney and Cabrera went back-to-back with solo shots in the second inning before Cabrera connected for a two-run blast in the fifth inning. This was his first multi-homer game since 2013 as a member of the Indians. The 30-year-old has 10 homers on the year to go along with a .262/.321/.421 batting line. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:33 pm
  • Fernandez plays hero with go-ahead double
    Jose Fernandez played hero Friday by smacking a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run double in the 12th inning as part of a 7-5 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Never doubt the Marlins’ ace. Fernandez was asked to pinch-hit with two on and two out against Casey Kelly and he delivered by ripping a ball into the gap in left-center field. After doing damage with his bat on Friday, Fernandez will try to do his part on the mound Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 pm
  • Ozuna homers, drives in three runs vs. Braves
    Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s extra-inning win over the Braves.

    Advice: Ozuna clubbed a two-run homer off Julio Teheran in the first inning before putting the Marlins ahead with an RBI single in the seventh inning. The 25-year-old is now up to 17 homers and 47 RBI to go along with a .321/.372/.567 batting line. He’s deserving to represent the Marlins in this month’s All-Star Game in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:07 pm
  • Flowers socks solo homer in loss
    Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Flowers tied things up with a solo homer against Marlins closer A.J. Ramos in the ninth inning, but the Braves went on to lose the game in extra. The 30-year-old has three homers in his last nine games and six on the year. He’s batting .258/.344/.421 overall while sharing playing time behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:06 pm
  • Rays option Taylor Motter back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned INF/OF Taylor Motter to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Steven Souza will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, and someone had to be sent out to make room, with Motter being the odd-man out. The utility man should get another shot with the big league club later this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 pm
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  • Ender Inciarte day-to-day with groin injury
    Ender Inciarte was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins due to a minor right groin injury.

    Advice: He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup before the end of the weekend. Fantasy owners should have an alternative option ready though if he isn't in Saturday's lineup. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 pm
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  • Brock Holt activated from disabled list
    Red Sox activated INF/OF Brock Holt from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The Red Sox have said that Holt is still dealing with some symptoms of a concussion, but they apparently think it's something he'll be able to play through. He should get regular time in left field. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:27 am
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    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Flowers has three doubles in win over Marlins
    Tyler Flowers went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Flowers had five doubles in 46 games coming into the contest before nearly doubling -- pun very much intended -- that total in one game. The backstop has split time with A.J. Pierzynski this season while hitting .252/.337/.400 with five home runs and 16 RBI overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Flowers gets run for arguing balls and strikes
    Tyler Flowers was ejected from Thursday's game against the Marlins for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: He went 3-for-4 with three doubles before getting tossed with two outs in the ninth inning. Flowers took exception to a ball called by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. A.J. Pierzynski finished out the game at catcher. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Ender Inciarte not in lineup Thursday
    Ender Inciarte is absent from the Braves' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Chase d'Arnaud is filling in in center field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:09 pm
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  • Loney hits third home run of the season Wed.
    James Loney got only one hit on Wednesday but it was a two-run home run, his third of the season.

    Advice: Loney's 1-for-4 night moves his line to .284/.336/.451 in 102 at-bats since joining the Mets a month ago. Throughout his career he has consistently provided a solid batting average without much in the way of power or counting stats. He is no more than an emergency corner infield option for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Ozuna (wrist) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Marcell Ozuna (wrist) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: Ozuna missed back-to-back games over the weekend with a sore left wrist, but he's back in center field for the series opener against the Tigers. Ichiro Suzuki is playing right field while Giancarlo Stanton will serve as the designated hitter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:16 am
  • Brandon Nimmo notches first two hits
    Brandon Nimmo notched his first two major league hits in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: They weren't exactly screamers, as Nimmo hit a soft liner that fell in right field in his first at-bat and then hit a cue shot to third base in his second at-bat that went for an infield single. But, hey, the youngster will take it. Nimmo is in line to receive regular playing time in left field against righties while Michael Conforto irons out his issues in the minors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:11 pm
  • Tyler Flowers belts homer in loss to Tribe
    Tyler Flowers smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Flowers' blast off of Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning pulled the Braves to within two at the time, but it proved inconsequential after the Tribe's offense extended the lead late. The catcher has five dingers on the season as he shares starts with A.J. Pierzynski. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Holt still dealing with concussion symptoms
    Brock Holt is still dealing with some symptoms from his concussion.

    Advice: Holt began a minor league rehab assignment last week and concussion specialist Micky Collins thinks that he could be able to push through his current symptoms. The Red Sox expect Holt to be activated on Friday if all goes well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:35 pm
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    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Giants' Gillaspie smacks walkoff RBI double
    Conor Gillaspie hit a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Giants beat the Phillies 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.

    Advice: Gillaspie drove in Ramiro Pena, who had slapped a one-out double a couple pitches before. Gillaspie also had a single and he got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, finishing the day 2-for-4 with two big RBI. He will continue to get regular playing time while Matt Duffy recovers from an Achilles strain and is worth consideration in NL-only fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:51 pm
  • Fernandez silences Cubs with 13 strikeouts
    Jose Fernandez was a beast in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Cubs, striking out 13 and allowing one run on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Fernandez hit the strike zone with 71 of his 108 pitches. He did issue three walks on the afternoon, but it was a dazzling performance on the whole. Only a Kris Bryant sacrifice fly in the third inning prevented him from seven shutout frames. The 23-year-old right-hander has now struck out double-digit batters in five of his last 10 starts. Simply put, it has been a joy to watch him this season. Fernandez will carry a 2.28 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 138/30 K/BB ratio (94 2/3 innings) into a road showdown with the hapless Braves next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Hammel relatively on-point against Marlins
    Jason Hammel pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Hammel surrendered an RBI double to Derek Dietrich in the second inning and an RBI ground out to Adeiny Hechavarria in the sixth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. He struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. After a 7-1 start to the season, he has failed to pick up a win in any of his last four outings and has picked up outright losses in three of them. Despite the recent troubles in the win column, Hammel is maintaining a crisp 2.58 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 70/27 K/BB ratio across 87 1/3 innings. A road NLCS rematch against the Mets shows next on his schedule. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:43 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:49 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:03 am
  • Wright coughs up eight runs to the Rangers
    Steven Wright got smacked around for eight runs (only three were earned) on seven hits during his 4 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright didn't pitch as badly as it seems. The Red Sox' defense let him down multiple times. The home run Wright gave up to Ian Desmond today was only the fifth one the knuckleballer has allowed this season, which is a huge reason why he has a league-leading 2.18 ERA after 15 starts. Now 8-5, Wright draws a favorable matchup with the Angels on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:18 pm
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  • Brandon Nimmo won't start Saturday's game
    Brandon Nimmo won't be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: He didn't arrive in Atlanta until late in the afternoon so manager Terry Collins decided to give him a day to get settled. Alejandro De Aza will grab the start in left field and bat seventh against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. Nimmo should be in the lineup to make his major league debut Sunday in the series finale. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • Motter hitless in loss to Orioles
    Taylor Motter went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Motter is now batting .174/.275/.290 on the year. He’s been getting playing time in the outfield recently due to a long list of injuries for the Rays, but Oswaldo Arcia’s arrival should change that. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:27 pm
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  • Mets recall OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A
    Mets recalled OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: With Michael Conforto headed down the minors, Nimmo should see plenty of playing time in the Mets' outfield in the coming days. He could slot in as the primary left fielder against right-handed pitching, but he's also capable of playing center field. The 2011 first-round pick was batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. He's worth a shot in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • Mets calling up prospect OF Brandon Nimmo
    The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo on Saturday.

    Advice: He's set to replace Michael Conforto, who will reportedly be demoted. The Mets' first-round pick from 2011, Nimmo has put himself back on the prospect map this season by batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. Of course, those numbers are in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, so they have to be taken with a grain of salt, but he figures to see plenty of playing time in the Mets' outfielder now that Conforto is headed to the minors. He's more of a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues, but he should be owned in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:06 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Loney slugs three-run HR in win over Braves
    James Loney went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored Friday in an 8-6 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: He also made a heck of a play at first base to end the game. The Mets’ offense has been struggling in a big way, but Loney has done a fine job as the regular first baseman since joining the team at the end of May. He’s now batting .305/.367/.463 with two home runs and eight RBI through 22 games. He’s not a relevant option in mixed fantasy leagues, but the Mets are happy with what he’s providing right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel goes two scoreless for win
    Craig Kimbrel pitched two scoreless innings in a tie game to pick up the win in relief for the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: It was his first win of the year. It's also just the fourth time in 21 career appearances in which he's come into a tie game and his team has ended up winning. It looked like it would go the other way when he loaded the bases with none out in his second inning of work today, but he was able to get a pop out and two strikeouts to end the frame. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:09 pm
  • Brandon Nimmo drives in four runs Wednesday
    Mets OF prospect Brandon Nimmo reached base four times in Wednesday's win for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: He walked, doubled, singled twice and drove in four runs as the 51s outlasted Reno for a 12-10 win. The 2011 first-round pick has enjoyed a breakout year, hitting .329 with five homers, 37 RBI and five steals. He leads the Pacific Coast League with seven triples and is also sixth in one base percentage (.413). It's going to be hard for the Mets to keep Nimmo in the minor leagues if he continues to swing a hot bat. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:22 am
  • Asdrubal homers again, Mets defeat Royals
    Asdrubal Cabrera finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Wednesday in the Mets' 4-3 defeat of the Royals.

    Advice: Cabrera drew a walk and scored a run in the fourth inning and then cranked a two-run shot off Royals starter Danny Duffy in the bottom of the fifth. He also homered on Tuesday night and now has eight home runs for the year to go along with a decent .270/.330/.418 slash line. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:31 pm
  • Cron hits sixth home run in loss to Astros
    C.J. Cron hit his sixth home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cron went deep off Astros starter Collin McHugh in the fourth inning for a solo shot. He's now 8-for-18 with a homer, five RBI and four runs scored in his last four starts. The 26-year-old is batting .265/.315/.422 with 31 RBI and 24 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:43 pm
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  • Jose Fernandez fires seven shutout innings
    Jose Fernandez was brilliant in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Fernandez walked a pair and punched out seven in the contest. He departed with his club leading 2-0 and in line for his 10th victory, but the Marlins bullpen was unable to oblige. The right-hander sports an outstanding 2.36 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 125/27 K/BB ratio over 87 2/3 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Cubs at home on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 pm
  • Gillaspie has monster night to lead Giants
    Conor Gillaspie went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI as the Giants throttled the Pirates 15-4 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gillaspie connected on a two-run homer off Pirates starter Wilfredo Boscan, capping off a seven-run rally in the fourth inning. He added on RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings. The veteran infielder has struggled in his limited action with the Giants, slashing .224/.296/.388 with two homers and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Hammel gives up four runs, two homers vs. STL
    Jason Hammel allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hammel gave up six hits on the night, with two leaving the yard -- a Matt Carpenter solo homer and Matt Holliday two-run shot, both in the third inning. After going 7-1 in his first 11 starts, Hammel is now winless in his last three. He isn't getting pounded, though, and Hammel still owns a 2.55 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday at the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Cabrera hits seventh homer in win over Royals
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: The second batter Royals starter Ian Kennedy faced on the evening, Cabrera hit a hanging curve to the opposite field, just clearing the wall in left-center. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 30-year-old is batting .265/.324/.403 with seven homers, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored in his first season with the Mets. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:19 pm
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