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  • Valencia pokes three hits and 11th home run
    Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Athletics over the Angels 7-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Valencia has quietly put up a fantastic .333/.381/.552 slash line with 11 home runs in 201 at-bats. He has played well in limited time in recent years, registering an .888 OPS in 2013 and an .864 OPS last year. So there is good reason to believe the 32-year-old veteran can continue to help fantasy teams all season long. He delivers a nice mix of power and average. The reason he has rarely been an everyday player throughout his career is because he has large platoon splits, being much more deadly versus left-handed pitching. Today, 12:30 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
  • Chacin gets hit hard as he usually does
    Jhoulys Chacin failed to strike out a batter while walking four, leading to four runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Saturday.

    Advice: His record fell to 3-6. Chacin's 5.64 ERA this year is worse than it ever was when he was pitching for the Rockies in Coors Field. Given that his velocity is up this year and his rate stats are close to his career averages, it is probable that Chacin will manifest some improvement as the season progresses. But even then he will remain on the fringe of being rosterable in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Calhoun goes deep for the 10th time this year
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Angels lost to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: The home run was his 10th of the season. He will have to pick up the pace a bit if he hopes to match the 26 home runs he hit last year. His home run power may be down a little but most of his other stats are better this year than last. Calhoun's .292 batting average with 44 runs and 40 RBI make him an underrated fantasy commodity. Yesterday, 11:28 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • 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
  • Griffin gives up two runs in short outing
    A.J. Griffin gave up two runs on four hits and made it through only 4 1/3 innings for a no-decision on Saturday, striking out six and walking one in the Rangers' 10-3 victory over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Griffin came off the disabled list today after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. That is part of the reason he was lifted early in this game, although he had already thrown 91 pitches. He has been very effective through seven starts. Now with a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings, Griffin will square off with the Yankees on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Desmond launches 13th home run on Saturday
    Ian Desmond connected for his 13th homer on Saturday as his resurgent season rolls on.

    Advice: Desmond added a single to finish 2-for-5 on the night. Now sporting a .322/.371/.527 slash line with 53 runs, 49 RBI and 13 stolen bases, Desmond is on pace to set career highs in every category across the board. Following last year's terrible results, he is perhaps the biggest draft day steal of the season thus far. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
    12:05 pm vs Bos
  • Ramirez goes deep for the eight time of year
    Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run as part of a 2-for-4 game in Texas on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Ramirez' eighth of the season. He is batting .270 with 40 runs, 44 RBI and five stolen bases this year. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • A.J. Griffin returns Saturday against Boston
    Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries. Yesterday, 3:42 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A.J. Griffin (shoulder) to start on Saturday
    A.J. Griffin (shoulder) will start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be Griffin's first start since May 7. He has been working his way back from right shoulder soreness in the interim. The 28-year-old held a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over six starts (33 2/3 innings) prior to the injury. With Griffin going Saturday, the Rangers round out their weekend rotation with Nick Martinez on Friday and Martin Perez on Sunday. Wednesday, 8:00 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
  • Struggling Han-Ram dropped to seventh
    Hanley Ramirez has been dropped to seventh in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Ramirez is hitting just .179/.273/.269 in 67 June at-bats. He struck out twice in key spots during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. His move to seventh in the lineup shouldn't be considered a long-term adjustment, more a breather. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • 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
  • Jhoulys Chacin gets wild in loss
    Jhoulys Chacin was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- in two-plus innings by the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Chacin walked five and hit a batter, which simply isn't going to fly for him with the stuff he brings to the mound these days. He can hold his own when he's on, but there's no fantasy value to be had here. Monday, 9:20 pm
  • Ian Desmond hits 11th homer in win
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: The Rangers won despite being outhit 15-9 (and outwalked 2-1). In fact, the Orioles were the first team this year to collect 15 hits and score as few as three runs. Desmond's homer was the Rangers' lone hit to go for extra bases. His .312 average qualifies as one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season. Monday, 9:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
    12:05 pm vs Bos
  • 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
  • Wright goes nine innings against White Sox
    Steven Wright allowed only an unearned run over nine innings of work but didn't factor in the decision Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Wright scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six on the night. On any other night he would have likely had his fourth complete game of the season, but he settled for lowering his ERA to a microscopic 2.01 with a 1.10 WHIP in 14 starts. The knuckleball is a fickle mistress, but it has treated Wright very well thus far this year. He'll attempt to keep the ball dancing Saturday against the Rangers. Monday, 8:26 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. Monday, 6:54 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mets have talked to A's about Danny Valencia
    Justin Tasch and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News report that the Mets talked to the Athletics about Danny Valencia prior to acquiring Kelly Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson almost surely won't be a big needle-mover, so it's doubtful the acquisition of him would prevent the Mets from continuing to seek a bigger upgrade. Valencia would make a lot of sense for the Mets, especially with his ability to play both third and first base. He's making $3.15 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time over the winter. Jun 19, 6:24 am
  • 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
  • HanRam doubles, scores twice against Mariners
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Ramirez was hitting just .176/.283/.275 in the month of June before the two-hit afternoon. He has just one homer and three doubles in that span. After Saturday's game, the 32-year-old is batting .273/.342/.392 overall. Jun 18, 4:11 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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