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  • Jose Ramirez homers twice for Tribe
    After entering play with one homer on the year, Jose Ramirez went deep in both ends of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: He had a two-run homer in the first game and a solo shot in the second. Ramirez has been a terrific surprise this year, hitting .293 with a .782 OPS in significantly more playing time than he was expected to receive. He went into 2016 with a .239 average and a .644 OPS in 564 major league at-bats. He'll continue to play pretty regularly between left field and third base for as long as he continues to hit. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • David Wright homers as Mets down Nats
    David Wright smacked a three-run homer in Monday's victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Things started to fall apart for Nats starter Gio Gonzalez in the third inning, and it began with Wright's three-run blast. It was the third baseman's first longball since May seventh and his fifth on the season. Wright has been getting more off days this month as his back acts up and remains a health risk going forward. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Lawrie has two-run homer vs. Indians
    Brett Lawrie filled up the box score in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Indians by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.

    Advice: His fifth-inning blast against Mike Clevinger was a no-doubter, as it traveled an estimated 417 feet. Lawrie has had a quiet may, but he’s up to six homers, 19 RBI, and three steals through 44 games. With a hitter-friendly stadium as the backdrop, he’s capable of being a useful middle infield option in mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Todd Frazier socks 14th homer vs. Indians
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks, and two runs scored in Monday's 7-6 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Frazier’s first-inning blast off Mike Clevinger traveled 418 feet. While the 30-year-old is batting just .236, he leads the American League with 14 home runs and is tied for third with 34 RBI. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Rangers designate Kivlehan for assignment
    Rangers designated INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Jared Hoying on the 40-man roster. Kivlehan, who was acquired from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the Leonys Martin deal, was batting just .184/.252/.262 through 36 games with Triple-A Round Rock. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
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  • Rangers call up prospect slugger Joey Gallo
    Rangers recalled INF/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo missed three weeks with a strained groin, but he went 5-for-16 with a homer and four RBI in four games since returning to action. Interestingly, he made a start at first base on Sunday, which could be an option with Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder struggling. He hasn't played the outfield at all this season, but the Rangers figure to give him some looks there with Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs now both on the disabled list. Assuming the playing time is there, the young slugger is worth a flier in most fantasy formats. Expect plenty of strikeouts, but the power potential is huge. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Moustakas day-to-day with knee contusion
    Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

    Advice: Moustakas presumably banged up the knee in a collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to the active roster now that Gordon is on the disabled list, but Whit Merrifield is playing third base Monday. Moose should be back in there soon. Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Royals call up INF Cheslor Cuthbert
    Royals recalled INF Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Cuthbert was just sent down when Mike Moustakas was activated from the 15-day DL, but he's back to replace the injured Alex Gordon (wrist) on the active roster. The 23-year-old is batting .255/.269/.373 with a homer in 52 plate appearances with the big club this season. He'll serve as a backup infielder this time around. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Harrison drives in two, swipes seventh base
    Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Pirates' 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Harrison hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second and then stole second base. He hit another RBI single in the third and scored on a line-drive single by pitcher Wilfredo Boscan. Harrison has registered a respectable .308/.337/.410 batting line with 23 RBI, seven steals, and 17 runs scored in 42 games this season. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Mets call up Ty Kelly from AAA Las Vegas
    Mets purchased the contract of INF/OF Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Kelly was slashing .391/.478/.548 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 35 games this season at the Triple-A level. He is able to play all around the diamond defensively and will offer the Mets flexibility while first baseman Lucas Duda recovers from a back injury. But there's probably not much fantasy upside here. Eric Campbell is starting at first base on Monday night against the Nationals. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
  • Kang (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Monday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was held out of the starting lineup again with a jammed left hand, but he is expected back Tuesday and his at-bat Monday served as a positive sign even though it will go down as nothing more than a loud out. He hit the ball to the deep left-center field notch at PNC Park. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Twins activate Eduardo Escobar from the DL
    Twins activated SS Eduardo Escobar from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Escobar missed 16 days with a strained left groin. He returns Monday to a .237/.275/.289 batting line. Yesterday, 10:04 am
    New Player Note
    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Alex Guerrero (knee) hitless so far at AA
    Alex Guerrero (knee) went 0-for-4 as the DH at Double-A Tulsa on Sunday.

    Advice: Guerrero is hitless in 20 at-bats since moving his rehab assignment from High-A Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa last Tuesday and he's slashing .152/.188/.239 in 46 rehab at-bats overall. It's not clear how the Dodgers are going to handle this situation. Guerrero isn't producing in the minors, doesn't really fit on the active major league roster, and yet can't be optioned. They have another week to decide. Yesterday, 6:12 am
    15-Day DL
  • Daniel Castro singles twice in shutout
    Daniel Castro went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves did not have an extra-base hit on the afternoon and managed just six singles for the game. Two of those came courtesy of Castro. The 23-year-old second baseman has done almost nothing with his 94 at-bats this season, slashing just .213/.245/.223 with a double and four RBI in that space. Avoid avoid avoid in all fantasy formats. Sunday, 3:04 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Castro Atl - 2B,3B,SS
  • Rendon doubles, triples, drives in three
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rendon notched an RBI double in the third inning, then waited until late to push home two more runs via a two-run triple in the ninth to help put the 8-2 victory to rest. The 25-year-old third baseman has notched multiple hits in three of his last four games. For the season, he is slashing .259/.351/.365 with two homers, 13 RBI, 30 runs scored and five steals over 170 at-bats. Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Pennington expected back when eligible
    Cliff Pennington (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as Pennington resumed running less than a week after straining his hamstring. He'll be in line for regular at-bats once activated with Andrelton Simmons (thumb) on the shelf. Sunday, 11:32 am
    Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    15-Day DL
  • Jake Lamb not in Sunday's lineup
    Jake Lamb is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Cardinals throwing southpaw Jaime Garcia. Brandon Drury is at third base, while Michael Bourn is in right field and Chris Owings center. Sunday, 8:40 am
  • Miguel Sano getting a day off Sunday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Twins have Robbie Grossman in left field and Oswaldo Arcia in right. Sunday, 8:14 am
    Player Note
    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,OF
  • Solarte walks for walk-off in 11-inning win
    Yangervis Solarte ended Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: Yes, the classic walk-off walk. Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao had himself a rough one, walking three after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Meyers to open the bottom of the eleventh. Perhaps a reason for his nervousness around the strike zone: Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended the game with a would-be home run that died on the warning track with one out in the frame. Regardless, Solarte eventually drew the walk to end the game. He probably feels pretty great with this one. He hasn't played since early April, having been done in by a strained hamstring. Last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed .270/.320/.428 with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 63 RBI over 526 at-bats. Those in deeper mixed- or NL-only formats, particularly those in need of infield help, should consider scooping Solarte off waivers if he is not already owned. Saturday, 11:13 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez beats Jays with three-run shot
    Eduardo Nunez blasted a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Saturday, capping off a five-run inning that propelled the Twins to a 5-3 victory over J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Twins offense had been held in check all afternoon until the five-run explosion in the eighth. Nunez also doubled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He's now hitting a cool .331/.367/.492 with three long balls and 17 RBI on the season. Saturday, 1:57 pm
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