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

    Advice: If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Jameson Taillon defeats Mariners
    Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Wade Miley gives up five runs to Pirates
    Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez knocks in four runs
    Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
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  • Starling Marte scores three times
    Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

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

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

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

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. In his last six starts, he has a 1.06 ERA and one homer allowed. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Jonathan Broxton gives up run to Royals
    Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Matt Adams goes 0-for-6 in loss
    Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Piscotty hits extra-inning home run vs Royals
    Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes six scoreless for win
    Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up seven runs in loss
    Jake Peavy was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: Peavy had gone six straight starts without a homer before giving up two tonight to two guys who had combined for two all year (Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso both had one apiece coming into the game). The Giants won't worry overly much about one bad outing on the heels of a nice month-plus, but this is why we still don't trust him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Guerra fires eight shutout innings at Dodgers
    Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

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

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

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

    Advice: Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
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