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  • Joc Pederson launches go-ahead solo homer
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-2 with a go-ahead solo home run in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Pederson came on as a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh inning and made immediate impact. And we mean immediate. Pederson jumped on Paul Sewald's first pitch of the frame for a monster solo shot, blasting it an estimated 433 feet to center to snap a 3-3 tie. The homer was Pederson's fifth of the season and boosted his RBI total to 17. While the outfielder is still hitting just .226/.355/.401 overall, he has shown signs of consistency of late, having picked up hits in eight of his last nine games. He has six extra-base hits in that space. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Curtis Granderson socks solo homer in loss
    Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Granderson led off the game with a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu. The homer was his ninth of the season. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting .225/.315/.437 in 69 games played. He has gone yard in back-to-back contests. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud whacks solo homer against LAD
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: D'Arnaud cranked a solo homer off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fourth inning. He is now working on a little five-game hitting streak. Despite showing a nice bit of pop in the bat this season -- eight homers in 129 at-bats -- d'Arnaud is hitting just .226 overall. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Markakis' homer, four-hit night propel Braves
    Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to help the Braves hold on for a 12-11 win over the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Markakis took Giants starter Matt Cain deep in the first inning for a two-run blast, just his third of the season. It kicked off the scoring in a game that would see 23 runs scored on 31 hits. Markakis himself picked up three more singles along the way, raising his line to .296/.374/.394 on the year. The 33-year-old has 41 RBI and 37 runs scored in 72 games as the Braves' primary right fielder. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Posey cranks three XBH in loss to Braves
    Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Adams' first homer is big one in win over SF
    Lane Adams hit a three-run home run, the first homer of his career, in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: What appeared to be insurance runs in the fifth inning turned out to be an important jack as the Braves needed every one of their 12 runs to hold on for the win. Adams was never really a power hitter in the minors but did run into 73 in his nine seasons in the minors, so there could be some more power there now that he's got the first one out of the way. Even if he does, the 27-year-old is a situational journeyman who will stay that way on a team full of better offensive options. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Panik has three RBI, three runs versus Braves
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a loss to the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: The homer was his fifth of the year, three of which have come since June 8. That's a theme with the second baseman -- after a strong April and an abysmal May, Panik is now hitting .371 in June with the three homers, nine RBI and nine runs scored. The hot stretch has his line up to a much more palatable .275/.338/.414 overall. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Cano cracks two-run shot, grand slam vs. DET
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a grand slam and six total RBI in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Entering action on Thursday, Cano had not homered since June 6. He put that dry spell to bed in high style, connecting first for a two-run home run off Daniel Norris in the second inning. He proceeded to top himself with a just-got-enough-of-it grand slam to center in the seventh to give the M's an insurmountable 9-3 lead. For the season, the veteran second baseman boasts a .284/.343/.482 triple-slash, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 257 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Ben Gamel hits two-run double in win over DET
    Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Gamel got the Mariners on the board with a two-run double off Daniel Norris in the second inning. That double kept alive a hitting streak which now stands at 14 games. Beyond that hitting streak, Gamel has picked up knocks in 23 of his last 24 contests. He is slashing .352/.411/.487 with three homers and 24 RBI in 52 games played for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera clubs two-run homer in defeat
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: After Robinson Cano cracked a grand slam to give the Mariners a 9-3 lead through seven innings, the Tigers at least tried to make a game of it. Cabrera pulled them to within four with his two-run homer in the eighth and they would score one more of the frame to draw to within a manageable 9-6 deficit. However, they would draw no closer. Cabrera has now gone deep in three of his last eight games. On the macro level, he is hitting to a .271/.370/.450 triple-slash with eight homers and 34 RBI across 218 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Ian Kinsler launches solo homer vs. Mariners
    Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two total RBI and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Kinsler gave Mariners rookie starter Andrew Moore his first sting of the major league home run ball, cracking a solo shot off the right-hander in the third inning. The veteran second baseman has now homered in three consecutive games and has hit safely in nine of his last 10. In that 10-game space, seven of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases. Overall, Kinsler is hitting .254/.343/.420 with eight homers, 19 RBI and six steals in 57 games. A hamstring injury cost him about two weeks earlier this season, hence the slightly depressed number of games played. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Maybin leads way with homer, steal vs. Yanks
    Cameron Maybin hit a leadoff homer, stole a base and scored three runs as the Angels doubled up the Yankees 10-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Maybin had just the one hit, his sixth homer of the year off Yankees starter Luis Severino to open the contest, but he also walked twice like a good leadoff man is wont to do. Also like a good leadoff man, the 30-year-old now has 46 runs scored on the year, ninth-most in the American League. His 22 stolen bases are best in the AL. It's just been an all-around good year for Maybin, who's hitting .277/.387/.442 after Thursday. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Judge hits league-leading 25th homer in loss
    Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run and scored two runs in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Judge did his part to help the cause, depositing a Jesse Chavez offering into the monument area beyond the center field wall in the second inning. The homer was his MLB-best 25th of the year, giving him 57 RBI and 63 runs scored. The 25-year-old shows no signs of cooling off as we approach the All-Star break, hitting .331/.439/.702 with a week to go in June. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Brandon Phillips forced out with groin injury
    Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Giants with left groin tightness.

    Advice: Phillips has been deemed day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Friday to determine the exact severity of the injury. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Escobar turns in another multi-hit game
    Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was the third in his last four contests, with two doubles and a triple in that time. He's also scored five runs in his last five games. In total, Escobar is hitting .276/.328/.409 as the team's primary third baseman. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Kemp leaves early with tight left hamstring
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

    Advice: Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Pennington scores three times from 9 spot
    Cliff Pennington went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pennington got the start at second base and made the most of it, also walking in the game to reach in all four of his plate appearances. Thursday was the first game this year in which he's scored multiple runs in a game. Through 41 games, the 33-year-old is hitting .253/.333/.299 while playing three different infield spots for the Halos. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Kemp leaves early with undisclosed injury
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Danny Santana pinch-ran for Kemp after his fifth-inning single. Kemp has battled hamstring issues off and on all season and looked gimpy chasing down a fly ball early in Thursday night's game. He was replaced in left field by Lane Adams, who ended up hitting a three-run homer off Bryan Morris as part of an eight-run fifth inning. Until the Braves provide an update, consider Kemp day-to-day. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Jackson's three RBI propel Indians past O's
    Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in the Indians' 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson swatted an RBI triple and scored a run in the second inning, and he tacked on a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third. The 30-year-old has come on strong in recent days, going 8-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a homer in his last five games. He's still a situational player but he's being used well by the Tribe, hitting .301/.382/.516 in 34 games this year. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Smith hits eighth homer in loss to Indians
    Seth Smith hit his eighth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It looked like it might be the Orioles' night after Smith led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot off Indians starter Mike Clevinger, but that was the last time the O's would lead in the game. Smith finished 1-for-4 with the homer, his eighth of the season. In his first season in Baltimore, the 34-year-old is hitting a productive .272/.347/.473 while batting primarily leadoff for the Birds. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Ramirez walks, triples, scores twice in win
    Jose Ramirez had a walk, a triple and two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and incredibly, Thursday's was the first in which Ramirez had just one hit. He's a ridiculous 24-for-46 in that span with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, seven RBI, 14 runs scored and a steal, to boot. The 24-year-old is following up his breakout 2016 campaign by hitting .321/.376/.560 in the encore. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Chad Pinder paces A's with two hits Thursday
    Chad Pinder collected two hits Thursday in Oakland’s loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Pinder ended David Paulino’s afternoon with an RBI double in the sixth and also singled in the fourth inning. Contact issues have dogged Pinder all year but he’s still managed nine homers and 10 doubles to go with a .497 slugging percentage. He’s started games at four different positions this year including second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Braves recall Jace Peterson from AAA Gwinett
    Braves recalled INF/OF Jace Peterson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Peterson is back after spending about three weeks in the minors. The light-hitting 27-year-old will fill a utility role for the Braves. Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Peralta, Drury sitting Thursday vs. Rockies
    David Peralta is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in right field and bat leadoff versus Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela. It's just a quick breather for Peralta, who tallied four hits in Wednesday night's blowout victory. Brandon Drury is also on the bench Thursday for the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Steve Pearce (knee) sitting Thursday
    Steve Pearce (knee) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Pearce suffered a right knee contusion on Wednesday night, though X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine after a day or two of rest. Dwight Smith Jr. is starting in left field and batting eighth for Toronto on Thursday against the Rangers. Yesterday, 8:06 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Cano puts Seattle ahead with clutch double
    Robinson Cano ripped a go-ahead double Wednesday in the Mariners’ dramatic win over the Tigers.

    Advice: With two outs in the seventh and runners on first and second, Cano broke a 4-4 tie by shooting a double into the gap in right center field. Jean Segura and Ben Gamel scored to give Seattle a 6-4 lead. The clutch double was Cano’s only hit of the night. The 34-year-old owns a .281 average with 11 homers and 42 RBI this season. Wednesday, 11:56 pm
  • Kemp swats walk-off, two-run bomb vs. SF
    Matt Kemp hit a game-ending two-run homer to beat the Giants 5-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts when he got a fifth chance in the bottom of the 11th inning of a tie game. He lifted a ball the opposite way that just barely scraped over the right field wall for the walk-off. Kemp is no longer the MVP-caliber 30/30 threat he was a few years ago but he is having a good fantasy season. He is rocking a .320 batting average with 12 home runs, 30 runs and 35 RBI. He has yet to steal a base successfully and only had one last year. Wednesday, 11:15 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Granderson drives in both Mets run Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson paced the Mets with three hits in Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Granderson greeted the Dodgers by crushing a solo blast off left-hander Rich Hill in the game’s first at-bat. He also singled in the third before capping his night with an RBI double in the ninth inning to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Wednesday was only Granderson’s second three-hit game of 2017. For the season he’s batting just .220 with eight homers, 20 RBI and three steals. Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • David Peralta goes ballistic with four hits
    David Peralta rattled off four hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: He reached five times, walking once and scoring on four occasions. All four of his hits were singles. Peralta has had an incredible month so far, batting .390 over 59 June at-bats. His .332 average this year ranks fourth in the National League behind Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Buster Posey. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Mancini goes 3-for-4 with a run scored Wed.
    Trey Mancini went 3-for-4 and scored a run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. He scored his team's only run of the ballgame when Jonathan Schoop doubled him home in the ninth inning. The 25-year-old rookie is having a breakout season at the plate, batting .314/.357/.567 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 210 plate appearances. Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Steve Pearce lifted with knee contusion
    Steve Pearce left Wednesday's game against the Rangers due to a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Pearce underwent X-rays, which returned negative. The Blue Jays have deemed him day-to-day. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Ian Kinsler finds seats at Safeco Field
    Ian Kinsler finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's game in Seattle.

    Advice: Kinsler has been back to his normal hitting self since being activated from the 10-day disabled list two weeks ago. He has hit safely in 10 of his past 12 outings while hitting .300 (15-for-50) with four doubles, two homers and four RBI. Wednesday, 1:34 am
  • Ben Gamel's outstanding June continues
    Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a double, solo home run, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win against Detroit.

    Advice: Gamel has hit safely in 12 straight games, and he is hitting a robust .416 (32-for-77) to raise his average from .307 to .351. The homer was his first since May 9, and the extra-base hit was his first over the past six outings. Wednesday, 1:21 am
  • Chad Pinder reaches the seats Tuesday
    Chad Pinder belted a solo home run in five at-bats Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Pinder has tailed off in June, hitting just .181 (13-for-72) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI with six runs scored while striking out 22 times. He has struggled at times to make contact, but he has a place in Oakland due to his pop and defensive versatility. Tuesday, 11:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • David Peralta leaves yard in Tuesday's loss
    David Peralta finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss at Colorado.

    Advice: Peralta has been very productive in the month of June, hitting .358 (19-for-53) with three homers and eight RBI across 16 games. He is on pace to match or exceed his career-high total of 17 homers set back in 2015. Peralta has managed just 20 RBI overall, but he has driven in eight runs over the past 10 outings to pick up the pace in that category. Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Cameron Maybin homers, doubles in win
    Cameron Maybin went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double as the Angels topped the Yankees 8-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybin has five homers, 14 doubles and 21 steals in 201 at-bats for the Angels. He was just as effective of a hitter for the Tigers last year (thanks to a .315 average), but he totaled just four homers, 13 doubles and 15 steals in 349 at-bats then. He's already done enough that this qualifies as his second best season from a fantasy perspective, and it could top his 40-steal 2011 campaign with the Padres. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Aaron Judge hits 24th home run
    Aaron Judge hit homer No. 24 versus the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Judge's strikeout rate has been on the way up this month, but his BABIP has kept pace, allowing him to keep his average in the .330s. He's leading the AL in homers, runs, RBI, walks, OBP and slugging. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Ian Kinsler reaches base three times
    Ian Kinsler finished 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI in Monday's loss in Seattle.

    Advice: Kinsler's modest seven-game hitting streak was snapped on Sunday against the Rays, but he didn't waste any time getting back on track. The most promising stat of the night was his two walks, as he entered the game with just three free passes over his past 23 outings. Monday, 11:50 pm
  • Austin Jackson knocks in three runs
    Austin Jackson doubled twice, knocked in three runs and walked Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Another nice game from the player the A's should have signed to be their starting center fielder. Jackson, who is mostly starting against lefties for the Indians, has a .296 average and a .900 OPS in 81 at-bats. Since he has the limited role and he's not a basestealer these days, his AL-only value remains fairly limited. Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Collins says Granderson will be fourth OF
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Curtis Granderson will be the team's fourth outfielder when everyone is healthy.

    Advice: Granderson has batted .270/.380/.516 with six home runs since May 1, but his awful April is weighing him down and Jay Bruce has heated back up in June. With the Mets looking unlikely to contend, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them trade impending free agents Bruce and/or Lucas Duda, so Granderson might have an everyday role again before long. Of course, he's an impending free agent himself and could conceivably be dealt. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Chad Pinder hits two-run double against NYY
    Chad Pinder went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pinder rocked a game-tying two-run double off Luis Cessa in the third inning. The two-bagger was his ninth of the season. For the campaign as a whole, the 25-year-old shortstop is slashing .236/.288/.496 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 42 games. Sunday, 5:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Jose Ramirez doubles twice in over Twins
    Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion (two homers, five RBI) accounted for six of the team's 11 hits. For his part, Ramirez's fine work on Sunday continued quite the trend. He has now picked up multiple hits in each of his last six games. He has doubled in each of those games, to boot. All of this action has helped him work out to a beefy .313/.369/.546 triple-slash over 249 at-bats. Sunday, 2:45 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Mancini stays hot with triple, 12th home run
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 and slugged his 12th home run of the season Sunday in the Orioles' defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Mancini went deep off Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn in the bottom of the second and he tripled and scored his second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. The 25-year-old rookie began the year in a platoon role, starting primarily against left-handed pitchers, but he has muscled his way into everyday playing time and deserves to be owned and active in most standard fantasy leagues. Mancini boasts a .310/.352/.576 overall slash line with 38 RBI. Sunday, 2:14 pm
  • Seth Smith homers, scores three times
    Seth Smith went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored Sunday in the Orioles' 8-5 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

    Advice: Smith just missed a handful of games dude to a stiff back, but the 34-year-old outfielder looked plenty loose on Sunday afternoon. He homered off Lance Lynn in the bottom of the first, singled to lead off the bottom of the third, and then doubled in the bottom of the sixth. Smith is now slashing .271/.352/.471 with seven home runs, 15 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 48 games this season. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Phillips walks it off for Braves again Sunday
    Brandon Phillips hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Phillips also hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday as part of a 3-for-6 night. He finished 1-for-3 with two walks on Sunday afternoon. The veteran second baseman has a surprising .306/.351/.431 batting line in 61 games this season for Atlanta and will probably be a popular name ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Sunday, 1:45 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) back in Braves' lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is back in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday. Kemp is in left field and batting cleanup against Jose Urena and the Marlins. Sunday, 7:31 am
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Austin Jackson reaches base four times
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs scored in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has picked up the pace in June, raising his average from .255 to .286. However, Saturday's home run marked his first extra-base hit since June 4, and his first round-tripper dating back to May 29. Sunday, 12:21 am
  • Cameron Maybin thriving in leadoff spot
    Cameron Maybin finished Saturday's game against the Royals with a double, solo home run and two runs scored over four at-bats.

    Advice: Maybin has hit safely in eight straight games. The veteran is hitting .388 (31-for-80) with three home runs since being moved to the leadoff spot by manager Mike Scioscia. Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Phillips caps comeback with walk-off single
    Brandon Phillips' third hit of the day Saturday was a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Braves a come-from-behind, 8-7 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Phillips had a double among his three hits and scored two runs on the afternoon, but it was his frozen rope back up the middle against Marlins closer A.J. Ramos that sent the fans home happy. The 35-year-old has had a heck of a few days, recording three games of three or more hits in his last four contests. That hot stretch has Phillips' overall line at .306/.346/.432 with four homers, 22 RBI, 32 runs scored and seven steals in 60 games played. Saturday, 7:58 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Miggy swats solo home run in loss to Rays
    Miguel Cabrera punched a solo home run during Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: He took Chris Archer over the wall in the sixth inning. It was his only hit of the night in four chances. Cabrera is not having one of his classic MVP-caliber seasons to this point as he has battled some nagging injuries including a bad back currently. He has been heating up of late though and has his line up to .280/.378/.460 with seven homers and 32 RBI. Don't be surprised if an epic hot streak kicks off sooner rather than later. Saturday, 5:25 pm
  • Panik goes 3-for-5 vs Rockies Saturday
    Joe Panik went 3-for-5 in Saturday's lopsided loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and none of them helped put any runs on the scoreboard. Panik has been a steady presence near the top of the Giants' batting order all season even though his stats don't make fantasy owners drool. He is batting .274/.341/.412 with four homers, 25 runs, 20 RBI and two steals in 255 plate appearances. Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Jose Ramirez stays hot with 2 HRs Saturday
    Jose Ramirez went berserk on Saturday, clubbing a pair of homers in the Indians’ win over the Twins.

    Advice: He also doubled as part of a three-hit afternoon while driving in four of Cleveland’s nine runs. Ramirez has hit a ridiculous .611 over his last four games while raising his season average from .279 to .304. Saturday was the 24-year-old's second multi-homer game of the season. Saturday, 3:32 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Chad Pinder scratched from As lineup Saturday
    Chad Pinder was scratched from the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: No word given yet as to the reason for the late scratch. Adam Rosales will start in his place at shortstop and bat second for the A's against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Saturday, 11:51 am
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp did indicate that he's feeling better though and will be available off of the bench on Saturday. Look for him to return to the Braves' lineup on Sunday. Saturday, 10:20 am
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Buster Posey (ankle) returns to lineup
    Buster Posey (ankle) returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's getting the call at first base, rather than catcher, in this one to take a bit of the stress off of his injured ankle. The Giants' will need his bat too, as four of their regulars are sitting this one out. Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Buster Posey (ankle) appears as pinch hitter
    Buster Posey (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter during Friday's game against the Rockies, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.

    Advice: The hard-hitting backstop left Thursday's game after tweaking his left ankle while crushing a home run. The injury is minor though and won't require a trip to the disabled list. He's expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 5:30 am
  • Aaron Judge belts 23rd homer in loss
    Aaron Judge posted a triple, three-run home run, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's loss at Oakland.

    Advice: Judge is showing no signs of slowing down, posting six homers with 15 RBI through 15 games in the month of June. He has swatted a major league-leading 23 homers, as he continues to roll up impressive numbers. His longest homer drought of the season is just six games, that's how productive he has been. Saturday, 1:24 am
  • Cliff Pennington swats first homer of season
    Cliff Pennington belted a solo home run in three at-bats against the Royals.

    Advice: Pennington connected for a solo homer off of good friend Ian Kennedy to provide the only offense for the Halos. There haven't been many highlights for Pennington since May 12, as he entered play with just seven hits (all singles) over the past 43 at-bats, dropping his average from .275 to .222 since May 13. Saturday, 1:07 am
  • Joe Panik totals five bases in Friday's loss
    Joe Panik finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a solo home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 10-8 loss in Colorado.

    Advice: Panik has been on fire lately, going 10-for-20 (.500) with three doubles, two homers and four RBI across the past five games. Overall for the month of June he is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with five doubles, two homers and six RBI to raise his average from .242 to .267. Saturday, 12:14 am
  • Jose Ramirez posts three RBI in Friday's win
    Jose Ramirez ended up posting a pair of doubles, a single and two runs scored across four at-bats in Friday's 8-1 victory in Minnesota.

    Advice: Ramirez has been scalding hot over the past few games, collecting four doubles, a home run and two singles over his past 13 at-bat while coming across to score five times. He is 25-for-65 (.385) with nine doubles, two homers, five RBI and 16 runs scored across the past 17 games to raise his average from .265 to .298 just since May 27. Friday, 11:43 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Joc Pederson hits third homer
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and a walk versus the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: That's nice to see. Pederson was struggling before suffering a concussion and landing on the disabled list, and it was hard to tell what to expect from him upon his return this week. So, it's encouraging that he has four hits, three of them for extra bases, is four games. Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Steve Pearce homers in return
    Steve Pearce homered and walked in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: He took Jose Quintana deep for his fifth homer in 85 at-bats. Ezequiel Carrera has done a great job in left field against right-handers, so Pearce should be limited to starting against lefties until someone gets hurt. Friday, 8:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Peralta has three hits in win over Phillies
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored as the Diamondbacks topped the Phillies in Friday's series-opener in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Peralta singled in the seventh inning, advanced to third on a single by Paul Goldschmidt and scored the go-ahead run on a Jake Lamb sacrifice fly which would prove to be the difference in the ballgame. He's swinging an extremely hot bat at the moment and is slashing a robust .321/.368/.484 with six homers, 19 RBI and five stolen bases on the season. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Buster Posey (ankle) plans to return Saturday
    Buster Posey (ankle) said he could be available off the bench Friday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey left Thursday's loss after tweaking his left ankle while hitting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but it's nothing serious. "I'm really happy with the way I feel," the star catcher said Friday, adding that he plans to return to the Giants' starting lineup Saturday. Friday, 2:41 pm
  • Seth Smith (back) returns to Orioles' lineup
    Seth Smith (back) is starting in right field and batting leadoff for the Orioles on Friday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Smith had been sidelined since Monday because of a stiff back. The veteran outfielder is slashing .264/.344/.444 with six home runs and 14 RBI in 45 games this season for Baltimore. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Steve Pearce (calf) in Jays' lineup Friday
    Blue Jays activated OF Steve Pearce from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pearce is starting in left field and batting eighth Friday night against the White Sox after missing a month with a calf strain. The 34-year-old had a weak .205/.256/.373 slash line over his first 27 games this season with Toronto. Friday, 12:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) out Friday vs. Marlins
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' starting lineup Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kemp made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing left hamstring tightness. The veteran outfielder remains day-to-day. Friday, 12:20 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Buster Posey says left ankle issue is minor
    Buster Posey (ankle) said late Thursday that he's optimistic he won't miss much time.

    Advice: Posey left Thursday's 10-9 loss to the Rockies after tweaking his left ankle while belting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but he told reporters after the game that he was already feeling much better. Giants trainers believe it was a scar-tissue breakup, which can sometimes be painful. This doesn't sound like a disabled list situation, though Posey may get multiple days off this weekend. Nick Hundley took over behind the plate Thursday in Colorado. Friday, 3:40 am
  • Yunel Escobar notches RBI single in loss
    Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Escobar came up with an RBI single in the sixth inning to give the Angels their second run of the game. They wouldn't score again in the 7-2 defeat. For the season as a whole, he is now hitting .275/.330/.406 with five homers and 19 RBI in 207 at-bats. A strained hamstring cost him about three weeks of the season. Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Cabrera walks off Rays with two-run homer
    Miguel Cabrera hit a walk-off, two-run homer to lead the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera took a Tommy Hunter pitch the other way, with his blast barely clearing the outfield wall for the walk-off winner. He also doubled and scored another run in the game, finishing 2-for-5. He's got multiple hits in each of his last four games, swatting four doubles and Thursday's homer in those four games. Overall, the 34-year-old is hitting .280/.378/.446 with six homers and 31 RBI, and he seems to be heating up with the late spring weather. Though he did admit after the game that he's been playing through a back injury. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Kinsler steals base, scores twice versus Rays
    Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch, singled, stole a base and scored twice in Thursday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Kinsler manufactured a run in the first inning, getting hit by an Alex Cobb offering and stealing second base before motoring around to score on a Victor Martinez RBI single. The steal was his third in five tries this year. The 34-year-old has begun to pick it up at the plate in recent days, scoring at least one run in seven of his last eight games while raising his line to .250/.338/.367. Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera playing through back injury
    Miguel Cabrera admitted after Thursday's game against the Rays that his back has been bothering him for "quite some time."

    Advice: Cabrera hasn't looked like himself this year and now we have a better idea why. In addition to his back woes, Miggy has also battled through oblique and groin injuries. For now, it looks like Cabrera will tough it out and continue to play hurt. He beat the Rays with a walk-off two-run homer on Thursday while tying Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski for 37th on the all-time home run list. Even at far less than 100 percent, Cabrera is still better than most of the league. Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Posey and Nunez both leave with injuries
    Buster Posey left Thursday's game against the Rockies with a sore ankle.

    Advice: Posey limped back to the clubhouse after drilling a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He never returned and was soon replaced by Nick Hundley behind the dish. Posey had an eventful night, committing two errors while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Eduardo Nunez got hurt in the same inning, leaving with hamstring tightness. Both players are considered day-to-day. Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Ben Gamel goes 2-for-4 against Twins
    Ben Gamel delivered his fifth straight multihit game Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Impressive. The longest such streak for any player this year is six games, which has been done five times. Overall, Gamel has hit in 16 of his last 17 games, pushing his average back up to .345. He hasn't homered since May 9 and he has just one steal on the year, so he still hasn't been particularly useful for fantasy purposes. That doesn't figure to change as his average decline. Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • O's Seth Smith (stiff back) may need DL stint
    Seth Smith remains out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday because of a stiff back.

    Advice: If there's no improvement by the weekend, the O's might put Smith on the 10-day disabled list. The veteran outfielder hasn't played since Monday. "It’s more mid-back than lower back," manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday. "He’s had some just general lack of range-of-motion." Thursday, 9:44 am
  • Panik (thumb) goes 2-for-4 in return Wed.
    Joe Panik (thumb) went 2-for-4 in his return to the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik missed nearly a full week with a sprained left thumb, but he managed to avoid the disabled list and should be fine moving forward. The second baseman is batting .259/.329/.382 in 59 games this season for San Francisco. Thursday, 5:38 am
  • Mancini goes 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs
    Trey Mancini went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk in the contest. He is batting a stellar .299/.346/.539 with 10 homers and 34 RBI in 167 at-bats. The 25-year-old rookie has seen his playing time steadily increase as the season rolls along. He deserves more attention in mixed fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 and roped a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off reliever Josh Fields was his ninth of the season to go with his .283/.341/.482 triple slash and 28 RBI. He has scored 33 runs and swiped six bases as well. This is his fifth year in the major leagues and he is still just 24 years old. Wednesday, 9:31 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Granderson goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer
    Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run and scored three times during a 9-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He swatted the tater off Cubs relief ace Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and scored each time he reached base in the ballgame. Granderson has remained semi-productive despite his lowly .215 batting average. He has seven homers, 28 runs, 23 RBI and three stolen bases in 62 games. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Miggy goes 2-for-4 vs Diamondbacks Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 against the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He stroked a single and a double but neither one factored into the scoring. The veteran superstar has yet to catch fire this season while battling a nagging oblique injury. He is batting .277/.377/.426 with five home runs and 29 RBI. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Phillips doubles twice in four-hit showing
    Brandon Phillips went 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in Wednesday's 13-2 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Phillips got this party started for the Braves with an RBI double off Tanner Roark in the first inning. He would later pick up a two-run double in the seventh inning. By that point, the game was a laugher, as the hit made the score 12-2. For the season as a whole, Phillips is hitting .306/.348/.434 with four homers and 21 RBI over the course of 58 games played. In his last three contests, the veteran second baseman has picked up eight hits in 16 at-bats. Wednesday, 5:02 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Matt Kemp exits with left hamstring tightness
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's win over the Nationals due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Kemp came up hobbled after sliding into third base in the third inning of Wednesday's win. His exit appears to be mostly of a precautionary nature. He will have a natural off day on Thursday and could potentially play in Friday's road showdown with the Marlins assuming the tightness subsides. Wednesday, 4:53 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Matt Kemp forced out with apparent leg injury
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Nationals due to an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Kemp grabbed for his left hamstring after sliding into third base in the top of the third inning. He was subsequently replaced in the field by Danny Santana in the bottom of the frame. The Braves should pass along an update as to the exact nature of his injury later on Wednesday. Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    4:35 pm vs Mil
  • Pearce (calf) goes 1-for-4 in AAA rehab game
    Steve Pearce (calf) went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday night with Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: It was the first hit in 19 rehab at-bats for Pearce, but probably the most important development from the evening was that he was able to play eight innings defensively in left field. Pearce, out since May 15 due to a calf strain, is on track to return to the Blue Jays' active roster this weekend -- possibly as soon as Friday. Wednesday, 5:48 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Buster Posey raises average to .352
    Buster Posey collected a single, double and a run scored across three at-bats in Tuesday's loss against Kansas City.

    Advice: After a brief cold spell near the end of May, Posey is doing what he does best. He has collected 20 hits over his past 49 at-bats (.408) to improve his already solid .333 average back up to a robust .352. He continues to pile up the hits, collecting hits in 12 of his past 13 outings. Wednesday, 12:29 am
  • David Peralta hits game-winning homer Tuesday
    David Peralta blasted a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning on Tuesday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory over the Tigers in Detroit.

    Advice: The D'Backs took an early 6-0 lead in the ballgame, but the Tigers battled back with six runs in the sixth inning to even the score. Peralta launched the first pitch he saw from Justin Wilson in the ninth inning into the bullpen in left field for the game-changing blast. He finished the night 3-for-5 and is hitting an impressive .319/.369/.478 with six bombs and 18 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Panik (thumb) expected back on Wednesday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Joe Panik (thumb) will return to the starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik hasn't appeared in a game since last Thursday due to a sprained left thumb, but he's made good progress on the side. Aaron Hill is at second base for the Giants on Tuesday night against the Royals. Tuesday, 4:47 pm
  • Panik (thumb) remains out Tuesday night
    Joe Panik (thumb) remains out of the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Panik had been aiming to return for Tuesday night's game against the Royals, but his sprained left thumb still isn't fully healed. Aaron Hill is starting at second base and batting seventh versus Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Pearce (calf) expected back this weekend
    Steve Pearce (calf) is expected to return to the Blue Jays this weekend.

    Advice: Pearce moved his rehab assignment Tuesday from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo. The 34-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 15 because of a right calf strain. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Joc Pederson activated from disabled list
    Dodgers activated OF Joc Pederson from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Pederson's concussion issues are behind him and he hit a couple homers in three rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. With Cody Bellinger moving back in to first base to cover for Adrian Gonzalez (back), Chris Taylor should slide over to left field and allow Pederson to re-take his spot in center. Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Aaron Judge homers to lead Yankees
    Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and three runs scored as the Yankees topped the Angels 5-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Judge's homer off Bud Norris put the Yankees back on top in the eighth after the Angels tied the game in the seventh. It was his fourth homer in three days and 22nd overall. Monday, 11:07 pm
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