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  • McCutchen goes 3-for-5 with three-run bomb
    Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run bomb and finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: The home run gave him 15 for the season to go with his .246 batting average, 56 runs, 42 RBI and three steals. Those stats are far, far below what his owners expected this season. Games like today's have been few and far between for the perennial fantasy stud this season. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
  • Aoki goes 2-for-4 with Mariners' only run
    Nori Aoki smacked two doubles and scored the Mariners' only run of the game on Wednesday.

    Advice: His team managed only three hits all night. The 34-year-old Aoki still gets plenty of playing time but hasn't made much of it this year. He has a .253 batting average with a .659 OPS in 309 plate appearances. He has only one home run, 39 runs and 13 RBI -- making him nearly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Carlos Gomez lifted with hamstring injury
    Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: Gomez was replaced in the field by Jake Marisnick in the top of the third inning. The speedy outfielder did not outwardly look hobbled early in the game, but either the Astros saw something or Gomez himself complained of discomfort. Either way, expect him to be reevaluated on Thursday. A trip to the disabled list is one possible outcome here given the notorious uncertainty surrounding any sort of hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:33 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • Indians possibly eyeing Steve Pearce
    The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Indians are "among several teams" who have asked about Steve Pearce.

    Advice: The Indians have been tied to several players in trade rumors. In addition to Pearce, they have reportedly been looking into Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and Jonathan Lucroy. Pearce, 33, is slashing .313/.386/.530 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. He has notched double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 pm
  • Bruce whacks solo homer as rumors swirl
    Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Trade rumors have been bubbling around Bruce's name of late, with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reporting that the Reds have been pushing dialogues with interested parties as they look to throw in the towel on the 2016 season. For the time being, though, Bruce still plies his trade with the Reds. And he still plies it well. Against the Giants, the slugger rocked a solo home run off Madison Bumgarner to lead off the seventh inning. The bomb snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the difference in the 2-1 final. Bruce's trade value probably can't get much higher at this point. He is slashing a beautiful .271/.323/.572 with 25 homers and 79 RBI across 362 at-bats. The 29-year-old outfielder has launched home runs in five consecutive games and has homered seven times in his last 10 contests. That is how you increase your trade value. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:27 pm
  • Maddon drops struggling Heyward down
    Jason Heyward will hit seventh in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is the first time that Heyward has hit seventh during the 2016 campaign. He has struggled in his first season with the Cubs, slashing just .228/.315/.315 with four homers and 28 RBI over 346 at-bats.Daily Slant: While the Cubs are in a dream spot against Anthony Ranaudo (who has allowed a wOBA of at least .359 to both sides of the plate in his young career), Heyward is maybe the only Cubs bat that isn't worth a strong look. He's been hitting the ball on the ground far too often (nearly a 50% GB rate, which would be a great mark for any pitcher) and owns a negative Hd-Sft% against both right and left handed pitchers. Heyward's 79.5 MPH exit velocity over the past week is his worst mark for any week dating back to mid May. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:35 pm
  • Dickerson goes yard in fourth straight game
    Alex Dickerson homered for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday as the Padres beat the Blue Jays by a score of 8-4 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

    Advice: Dickerson went deep for a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning, becoming the first Padres rookie to homer in four straight games. The 26-year-old outfielder has been on an absolute tear over the last week and he has a clear path to regular playing time down the stretch with Melvin Upton now out of the picture in San Diego. Buy, buy, buy. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:49 pm
  • Stanton slugs 22nd homer of the season
    Giancarlo Stanton slugged his 22nd home run of the season Wednesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning off Phillies starter Zach Eflin. Stanton also managed a single in the 11-1 rout, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. He seems to have survived the Home Run Derby. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (foot) out Wednesday vs. Bucs
    Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • Denard Span just getting day off Wednesday
    Denard Span is just getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Span has battled a cold recently and is a bit worn out, but this is not an injury situation and he should be fine for Thursday's big series opener against the Nationals. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:14 am
  • Hernandez (rib cage) moves rehab to Double-A
    Enrique Hernandez (rib cage) has moved his minor league rehab assignment to Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: He was 3-for-8 with a double and two walks in two games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Hernandez has been on the disabled list since late June because of left rib cage inflammation. He should be ready for activation early next week. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:29 am
    15-Day DL
  • Puig (hamstring) remains absent Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday in St. Louis. But he was able to run the bases Tuesday and could be available off the bench Wednesday versus the Rays. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Padres recall Alexi Amarista from Triple-A
    Padres recalled INF/OF Alexi Amarista from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Amarista will fill in for Yangervis Solarte, who was placed on the family leave list in a corresponding move. Amarista, 27, has hit .239/.299/.261 in 98 plate appearances this year at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:10 am
  • Rangers release OF Justin Ruggiano
    Rangers released OF Justin Ruggiano.

    Advice: Ruggiano was batting .226/.321/.427 with seven home runs over 190 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The 34-year-old outfielder will probably latch on with another organization soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:22 am
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  • Duvall crushes a pair of home runs in defeat
    Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Duvall hit a two-run shot off Matt Cain with one out in the sixth inning for home run No. 1, then followed it up with a solo blast in the eighth for home run No. 2. He was on-deck at the time Jay Bruce whiffed to end the game with a runner on in the top of the ninth. Bruce represented the tying run. These were Duvall's first two home runs since the All-Star break and give him 25 for the season as a whole. He owns a .247/.294/.545 triple-slash over 336 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Brad Miller notches RBI double in loss to LAD
    Brad Miller went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Miller hit a run-scoring double off Joe Blanton in the eighth inning. The Rays would ultimately bring home two runs in the frame, but wouldn't score again as they fell by a score of 3-2. For the season as a whole, Miller has quietly put together a nice campaign, slashing .244/.292/.457 with 15 homers, 37 RBI and four steals over 324 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Reddick homers, drives in three to lead A's
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Athletics past the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reddick hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI single an inning later. It was a nice little showcase for the 29-year-old, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days. His .296/.373/.442 line has certainly increased his value, as have his seven homers, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored and four steals this year. We'll know soon enough whether the big night was his last as a member of the A's. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Gallo shows off oppo power on first home run
    Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: So it begins. Gallo muscled a Sonny Gray pitch to left-center in the fifth inning to get the Rangers on the board. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he struck out in two of the four at-bats. That's a typical Gallo night, as he'll strike out plenty but he hits it plenty far when he makes contact. The power makes him fantasy relevant, but the propensity to swing and miss makes him a high-risk, high-reward player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Braun scores three times in win over D'backs
    Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As he's been all month and most of the year, Braun was an on-base machine Tuesday, and he made the D'backs pay each time he reached. He's now hitting .319 with 16 runs scored this month, but strangely just two RBI. The 32-year-old is also riding an 11-game hitting streak. It all adds up to a .324/.386/.520 line with 14 homers, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 12 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Calhoun has two hits, four RBI in win over KC
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Amazingly, Calhoun did his damage over four different at-bats. The outfielder hit an RBI double in the first inning before collecting an RBI groundout in the fourth, a sacrifice fly RBI in the sixth and another run-scoring groundout in the ninth. They all look the same in the scorebook, as they say, and his four RBI gives him 54 RBI on the year. The 28-year-old is hitting .283/.364/.431 overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
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