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  • Joc Pederson sitting against Francisco Liriano
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's no coincidence that the left-handed-hitting Pederson is getting the afternoon off with Francisco Liriano on the mound for Pittsburgh. Pederson also sat Saturday against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will bat third and play center field. Pederson is still having contact issues (.236 AVG, 66 strikeouts) but his power numbers have been impressive (13 HR, .480 slugging percentage). Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
  • 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 Today, 7:07 am
  • D.J. LeMahieu (knee) headed for MRI Monday
    D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: He came out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. LeMaheiu landed awkwardly on his knee after diving for a single by Paul Goldschmidt. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Daniel Descalso replaced LeMahieu at second base and will probably start there during his absence. LeMahieu's .327 average is tied for third-best in the National League. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:51 am
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  • Gonzalez benched for second straight game
    Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
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    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Corey Dickerson nursing sore left thumb
    Corey Dickerson (thumb) missed Sunday's game with a sore left thumb.

    Advice: Dickerson won't be in the lineup Monday against Boston but he's hoping to return on Tuesday. The 27-year-old has struggled in his first year away from Coors Field, hitting just .209 with 13 HR and 34 RBI. Evan Longoria filled in as the DH Sunday against Baltimore. The Rays have sunk to the bottom of the AL East by losing 11 straight. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:58 am
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  • Souza (hip) to take batting practice Monday
    Steven Souza (hip) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: Souza has been limited to hitting in a cage so far but he'll be on the field for Monday's BP session at Tropicana Field. He should be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Souza received a cortisone shot for a strained hip about a week and a half ago. He'll be back before the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:53 am
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  • Tired Xander Bogaerts struggling on defense
    Red Sox manager John Farrell says Xander Bogaerts is tired and "needs a day."

    Advice: Bogaerts' bat hasn't slowed down yet—his batting average is second in the American League behind Jose Altuve—but his defense has deteriorated over the past week with three errors in his last four games. Xander hasn't sat since April 23 and is due for a breather. Sitting Wednesday against the Rays is the most likely scenario with the Red Sox off on Thursday. That would give Xander a couple days to catch his breath. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:48 am
  • McCutchen a trade candidate this offseason?
    According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

    Advice: The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' big-league debut in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:36 am
  • Trevor Story diagnosed with bruised finger
    Trevor Story was diagnosed with a bruised right middle finger after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning on Sunday.

    Advice: Thankfully for the Rockies and fantasy owners alike, X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day heading into next week. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:01 am
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  • Freese plates three as Pirates beat Kershaw
    David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Justin Turner stays hot in loss to Pirates
    Justin Turner continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

    Advice: Turner accounted for all of the Dodgers offense in this one, smacking a two-run homer off of Chad Kuhl in the third inning and adding on an RBI double in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .250/.332/.437 with 11 homers and 37 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • McCutchen tossed for arguing strike call
    Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

    Advice: McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Trevor Story heading for X-rays on his hand
    Trevor Story is heading for X-rays on his hand after being drilled by a pitch leading off the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Story was drilled leading off the ninth inning, then came around to score the game-winning run on Mark Reynolds' walk-off blast. The Rockies are hopeful that his hand isn't broken, but it remains a very real possibility at this time. Expect an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:21 pm
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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 Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Prado provides cushion with late RBI hit
    Martin Prado went 1-for-5 with a three-run double in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: The Marlins held a scant 3-1 advantage entering the eighth inning, but Prado provided them a killer breather when he unloaded for a bases-clearing double to bump the advantage to 6-1. That effectively ended the game. The 32-year-old third baseman is slashing .312/.359/.404 with 15 doubles, two homers and 26 RBI over 282 at-bats. Outside of a dependable average, Prado's fantasy value is limited. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Napoli crushes two-run homer in rout
    Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Napoli's homer came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning. The Indians cranked a whopping four dingers in that frame. With the bomb in the books, the veteran slugger is hitting .235/.308/.466 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 264 at-bats. He has done fine work this season, particularly in comparison to the injury-plagued 2014 and 2015 campaigns on his ledger. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • A's, Josh Reddick to revisit extension talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Josh Reddick plan to revisit contract extension talks before the trade deadline.

    Advice: The two sides were unable to work something out previously, as the A's wanted to give Reddick a three-year deal and the outfielder was seeking four years. If a long-term deal isn't worked out, there's a good chance the A's will trade Reddick next month. Rosenthal does note that the club is prepared to hang on to Reddick and give him a qualifying offer over the winter if it comes to that. Reddick is making $6.575 million this season in his final year before free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 am
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  • Matt Wieters getting a day off Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Francisco Pena is catching Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Trevor Plouffe (groin) back in Twins' lineup
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) is back in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Plouffe missed a couple games with a mild groin strain. He's at first base Sunday, as the Twins are using Joe Mauer in the designated hitter spot and again benching Byung-ho Park. Byron Buxton and Kurt Suzuki are also getting breathers, as Danny Santana and Juan Centeno are in center field and at catcher, respectively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Jett Bandy has made four straight starts
    Jett Bandy started his fourth straight game at catcher for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels like Carlos Perez's defense, but Bandy is more interesting with the bat. The 26-year-old has hit .310/.311/.500 with two homers over his first 47 major league plate appearances and has batted .286/.339/.452 with 13 dingers at Triple-A since the beginning of last season. Given the current state of the catcher position in fantasy, Bandy could potentially carve out some deep league value if he keeps getting regular playing time. The problem is that Geovany Soto (knee) is due back soon, so regular at-bats might be hard to come by. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Cliff Pennington (hamstring) runs the bases
    Cliff Pennington (hamstring) ran the bases on Saturday.

    Advice: Pennington is nearing a rehab assignment. The veteran infielder has missed a good chunk of the season with a pair of hamstring injuries. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
    Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Jon Jay (wrist) held out again Sunday
    Jon Jay (wrist) remained out of the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jay hasn't played since being hit on the right wrist with a pitch a week ago. Travis Jankowski is again in center field and the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
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  • Matt Kemp sitting out on Sunday
    Matt Kemp is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Alexi Amarista is getting a start in right field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Valbuena (back) 3-for-4 in return to action
    Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:16 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:15 pm
    Player Note
    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,OF
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  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • LeMahieu, Rox pound out 11 runs vs. D'backs
    DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Rockies pounded the Diamondbacks 11-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: LeMahieu had one of the team's three home runs on the day, his fifth homer of the year. The second baseman has been terrific in his last six games, going 13-for-28 with four RBI and five runs scored. The good stretch is a microcosm of what has been a stellar first half for the 27-year-old, who's batting .328/.392/.500 with 46 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:42 pm
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  • McCutchen crushes two home runs on Saturday
    Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then trumped that with a three-run bomb in the sixth to carry the Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The two home runs give McCutchen 12 for the season. He has been a major disappointment for his fantasy owners so far this year but he gave them a big treat today. McCutchen played poorly in the early part of last season before coming on strong in the second half, perhaps today is an indication he will repeat that cycle this year. He is now batting .243 with 41 runs, 32 RBI and only two steals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Pederson not in Saturday's lineup
    Joc Pederson is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will start in center field while Scott Van Slyke will play left. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Twins hopeful Plouffe (groin) will play Sun.
    The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:54 am
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) out again Saturday
    Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Jay hasn't played since he was hit in the wrist area with a pitch last Sunday and a stint on the disabled list remains a possibility. Travis Jankowski will start in center field again and bat leadoff Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:34 am
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  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Plouffe (groin) could take swings in cage Sat
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) could take some swings in the cage on Saturday.

    Advice: Plouffe was held out of the lineup Friday after suffering a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he's feeling some improvement. The Twins are optimistic he'll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it depends on how he responds in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Dickerson homers in loss to Orioles
    Corey Dickerson homered as part of a 2-for-4 night with two RBI on Friday.

    Advice: His home run in the first inning was his 13th of the year. Dickerson has struggled mightily since being traded from the Rockies to the Rays. He has a very unlucky .225 BABIP so perhaps better days are ahead for the 27-year-old outfielder. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 pm
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  • Luis Valbuena exits game with back tightness
    Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:02 pm
  • Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) out again Friday
    Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) is out of the Padres' lineup again Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Jay was hit by a pitch last Sunday and is still dealing with some swelling. He will see a hand specialist upon returning to San Diego next week and the Padres haven't ruled out a potential stint on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:09 pm
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  • Trevor Plouffe (groin) sitting out Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe tweaked his right groin on Thursday. The feeling is that it's a minor ailment, but he could need a few days of rest. Eduardo Nunez had slid over to third base and Eduardo Escobar will get a start at shortstop Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:57 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts wins game for Boston
    Xander Bogaerts singled in Mookie Betts in the bottom of the 10th to give the Red Sox an 8-7 win over the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Bogaerts' second hit of the game, and it made a winner out of Craig Kimbrel, who came up big for a Red Sox team that badly needed it today. With the win, the Red Sox avoided what would have been the White Sox's first four-game sweep at Fenway since 1927. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:11 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe diagnosed with a groin strain
    Trevor Plouffe has been diagnosed with a mild right groin strain.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered the injury while trying to leg out a grounder in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday versus the Phillies. He's listed as day-to-day, but the third baseman might have to sit out all weekend to give the strain ample time to heal. Eduardo Nunez took over at the hot corner Thursday, with Eduardo Escobar drawing the start at short. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Jon Jay (forearm) out again Thursday vs. CIN
    Jon Jay (forearm) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Jay hasn't appeared in a game for the Padres since suffering a bruised right forearm last Sunday. He's still considered day-to-day. Travis Jankowski will bat leadoff and start in center field Thursday versus the Reds. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:29 pm
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  • Andrew McCutchen getting the day off Thurs.
    Andrew McCutchen is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco will start in center field and Matt Joyce will start in right. Sean Rodriguez is in left for Starling Marte, who has a foot injury. This is just a routine day of maintenance for McCutchen. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:24 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
  • Trevor Plouffe goes 3-for-4, doubles
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a double and a couple of runs scored Wednesday in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Twins have to make a decision soon on what to do with Miguel Sano, and their ideal solution should be to put Sano back at third and trade Plouffe. Plouffe, though, doesn't have the same kind of trade value he did in the offseason, and the Twins like him too much to want to sell low. It'd help a lot if he could get hot, and he has gone 5-for-9 with three RBI the last two days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 3-for-5, knocks in three
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI against the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: The double might have been a homer, but a fan interfered with it from atop the Green Monster and it was ruled a double after replays were inconclusive. Bogaerts is having such a strong season that a three-hit game merely raises his average from .347 to .351. He's collected 104 hits, seven more than anyone else in either league. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Kemp gets two hits and two RBI on Wed
    Matt Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Padres' loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kemp hits much better versus left-handed pitchers, but today he did some damage against a righty. He delivered RBI-singles in the first and fifth innings to account for all the Padres' runs tonight. Kemp is no longer the superstar he once was, but he still hits for power. His 51 RBI rank in the top 10 in the majors. After playing his entire career in pitchers' parks there is a chance he could be traded to a better place for hitters if the Padres become sellers later this summer. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Plouffe has two-run triple in win over Phils
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The triple was the first of 2016 for Plouffe, who had four last season. The runs batted in were Plouffe's first in almost a week, giving him 22 RBI in 51 games this year. The 30-year-old is hitting .244/.267/.373 on the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Matt Kemp collects four hits as Padres win
    Matt Kemp went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and two RBI on Tuesday, leading the Padres to a 10-7 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Kemp got the scoring started in a wild ballgame with an RBI single in the first inning. He also provided the final punch for the Padres with a run-scoring knock in the ninth. With his four-hit attack, Kemp is now hitting .265/.281/.481 with 15 homers and 49 RBI on the season, though he has yet to even attempt a stolen base. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 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
  • David Freese homers and plates three in loss
    David Freese homered and drove home three runs on Tuesday as the Pirates were clobbered by the Giants.

    Advice: Freese belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning and added an RBI double in the ninth, both long after the outcome of the game had already been decided. He has been a terrific signing for the Pirates this season, slashing .295/.373/.455 with six homers and 27 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Napoli has two hits, stolen base against Rays
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The steal was the third of the year for the speedster, who hasn't stolen more than three in a season since 2011. Napoli is batting just .237 with a .309 on-base percentage, but he's found ways to contribute on a regular basis in his first year with the Tribe. The 34-year-old has 15 home runs on the year, and his 49 RBI are sixth-most among American Leaguers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Jon Jay sitting Tuesday with bruised forearm
    Jon Jay is out of the Padres' lineup Tuesday after bruising his right forearm Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be reevaluated on Wednesday, per Padres manager Andy Green. Jay has been a nice little surprise for San Diego this season, slashing .296/.345/.407 with an NL-leading 24 doubles in 68 games. He'll make for a nice trade chip next month if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:46 pm
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  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Reddick (thumb) begins rehab assignment
    Josh Reddick (thumb) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Reddick was tentatively scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Sunday, but it ultimately got pushed back to Monday. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said over the weekend that club projects him to return for the first game of the Giants series on June 27. Reddick has been sidelined for over a month with a fractured left thumb. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:13 am
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    7:15 pm @SF
     
  • Justin Turner hits 10th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer against the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Turner has raised his OPS a full hundred points, from .668 to .768, while collecting five homers over the last week. It's hard to imagine he's still unowned in any mixed leagues now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:13 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,OF
    4:05 pm @NYY
     
  • Pennington (hamstring) not close to return
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Cliff Pennington (hamstring) is still "a ways away."

    Advice: Scioscia said that Pennington is just beginning some "very low level" baseball activity, so a return isn't imminent. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since the end of May after aggravating a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:57 pm
    Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Steven Souza (hip) gets cortisone shot
    Steven Souza (hip) underwent an MRI and received a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Souza, who landed on the disabled list last week with a left hip strain, visited a specialist in Nashville on Monday. As of now, the Rays are hopeful that he'll be able to return during their upcoming homestand from June 27-July 7. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
     
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • Wieters scores three, drives in four vs. Jays
    Matt Wieters finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in the Orioles' 11-6 defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

    Advice: Talk about filling up the box score. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the fourth inning, an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another RBI single in the seventh. His day finished in shame with a pop-out in the eighth. Wieters had been struggling offensively over the last few weeks, but he's currently sitting on a respectable .763 OPS with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 48 games. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 2:20 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. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 6:24 am
  • Pederson homers, gets three hits at leadoff
    Joc Pederson led off for the first time this season and got three hits, including his 12th home run as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 10-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Pederson finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base. The good game boosted his batting average up to a still-subpar .238 on the season. Pederson strikes out a lot and hits the ball in the air frequently, so his owners should not expect a good batting average from him any time soon. He is an odd fit as a leadoff hitter due to his .316 OBP and prodigious power. Right now Pederson is a second-division fantasy outfielder, but he has the potential to be a star if he can hone his natural talent into sharpened skills. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 12:08 am
  • A-Gon raps three hits on Saturday
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored a run on Saturday in his first strong game in a week.

    Advice: Gonzalez got off to a good start in April but has cooled down of late. Prior to today he had a poor .500 OPS in June. All of his stats this season are well below his career norms. The 34-year-old is likely to heat up eventually but it might be time for the aging slugger's owners to start preparing a replacement plan. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 11:55 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Turner fills the scoresheet vs Brewers
    Justin Turner went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored, one walk and a stolen base on Saturday.

    Advice: The home run was of the three-run variety and was Turner's ninth of the season. That follows the two longballs he hit the night before. The stolen base was his first. Turner is batting .248 and has 28 runs and 30 RBI in 236 at-bats. Those are not the kind of numbers that will lead your fantasy team to the championship, but he can be useful as a backup or spot starter, especially if he has multi-position eligibility in your format. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 11:24 pm
  • Bogaerts hits ninth homer against Mariners
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: He just keeps hitting. The 23-year-old is now hitting .359 this month with three homers and 16 RBI. Overall, he's still the AL leader in batting with a .352 average while placing fourth in the league in runs (54) and ninth in RBI (46). And he's just getting started. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 4:15 pm
  • Pederson batting leadoff on Saturday
    Joc Pederson is batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Saturday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: This will be Pederson's first start at leadoff in 2016. He hit leadoff 69 times last season. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 3:05 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for Plouffe. Eduardo Escobar wI'll start in his place and bat seventh against Michael Pineda and the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 7:56 am
  • Jon Jay goes 3-for-5, doubles twice
    Jon Jay finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Jay is first in the NL and third in the majors with 24 doubles. He might be a nice little trade piece for the Padres next month, especially since there never seem to be enough leadoff hitters to go around. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 11:21 pm
    Day-to-Day
     
  • Justin Turner homers twice for Dodgers
    Justin Turner went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers Friday to lead the Dodgers past the Brewers 3-2.

    Advice: Turner drove in all three runs, homering in the first and eighth innings and then singling in Will Venable to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. It seems as though he's putting things together now after a miserable first two months -- he also homered Tuesday and he's hit in five straight -- so he'd be worth a try in any mixed leagues in which he was dropped. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 11:17 pm
  • Josh Reddick to begin rehab assignment Sunday
    Josh Reddick (thumb) is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Reddick has been taking swings off of a tee without any issues this week. He has been on the shelf since May 19 with a fractured left thumb. Before landing on the shelf, he was raking to the tune of .322/.394/.466 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 146 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 3:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
     
  • Matt Wieters not in lineup Friday
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather after catching three games in a row. Francisco Pena is behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 12:35 pm
  • Cubs bring up catcher Willson Contreras
    Cubs recalled C Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Contreras will serve as the third catcher for now behind Miguel Montero and David Ross, and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune has reported that the youngster's stay could be a short one. However, the 24-year-old is one of the top catching prospects in the game and has hit .350/.439/.591 with nine home runs at Iowa this season, so we can't rule out him eventually earning a bigger role if Montero continues to struggle at the dish. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 9:26 am
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