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  • Yovani Gallardo gets three-inning save
    Yovani Gallardo picked up his first career save with three scoreless innings Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Gallardo, demoted to the pen earlier this week, made his first relief appearance since making three as a rookie in 2007 and finished off the Mariners' 13-3 win. Obviously, three three-inning blowout saves are the only ones that he's a candidate for. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Danny Valencia goes 4-for-5 in rout
    Danny Valencia went 4-for-5 with two RBI versus the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Valencia's hot streak had fizzled of late, but he's reached base eight times the last two days, raising his OBP from .315 to .333. The Mariners should still be thinking about a first-base upgrade prior to the trade deadline. Valencia isn't bad, but he could be more useful as a part-timer. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Lucas Duda homers, doubles twice
    Lucas Duda homered and doubled twice Friday as the Mets crushed the Giants 11-4.

    Advice: The second double would have been a homer pretty much anywhere other than San Francisco, and it even drew a replay review there, but it was ruled to have bounced off the top of the wall in right-center. Duda now has 13 homers and 13 doubles, which suggests that he should have more than 27 RBI and 20 runs scored this season. However, 10 of those homers have been solo shots, and the Mets haven't had much hitting behind him in the order this year. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Seth Lugo gives up four runs to Giants
    Seth Lugo yielded four runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a win over the Giants.

    Advice: Fortunately for him, Lugo didn't need to be at his best tonight, and he obviously wasn't in giving up seven hits and three walks to an awful Giants lineup that was minus Buster Posey. He has another somewhat advantageous matchup coming up against the Marlins, but he's still a risky play in NL-only leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Torreyes hits walk-off single vs. Rangers
    Ronald Torreyes hit a walk-off RBI single as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday.

    Advice: It was a long night in the Bronx, as the game was delayed one hour and 42 minutes due to rain. The game-winning rally was set up after Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back singles off Matt Bush with one out in the 10th. Bush struck out Chris Carter for the second out, but Torreyes ripped a single to center field which allowed Sanchez to score the winning run. The 24-year-old utility man is batting .293/.315/.366 through 45 games this season. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Ty Blach gives up seven runs to Mets
    Ty Blach was lit up for seven runs and 11 hits in three innings by the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: That's going to be a real Blach mark on his record. The lefty has given up 24 runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last four starts, taking his ERA from 3.24 to 4.86. His rotation spot is probably safe for the moment, but one more bad start should change that. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Ian Desmond goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Desmond had a nice series against the Giants last week, but he's 2-for-20 with no RBI, eight strikeouts and no walks in his last five games. There's no way mixed leaguers can write him off while he has Coors Field on his side, but he's been quite a disappointment thus far. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Luis Perdomo goes six scoreless
    Luis Perdomo blanked the Tigers for six innings Friday to win for the second time this season.

    Advice: Perdomo walked a season-high five, but he gave up just two hits, both of them singles. He's turned in three straight quality starts to lower his ERA from 5.30 to 4.56. There's no mixed-league value here, but he's been solid overall and definitely better than the 2-4 record in 13 starts suggests (he's amassed eight quality starts). Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Merrifield delivers walk-off double
    Whit Merrifield delivered a walk-off two-run double in the Royals’ 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: The Royals were down 4-1 to begin the frame, but they scratched and clawed their way back against Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup before Merrifield doubled to left off Jason Grilli to send the fans home happy. Merrifield finished 2-for-5 on the night and is batting .291/.332/.456 through 55 games on the year. Amazingly, the Royals are now back to .500 at 36-36. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Junis gives up two runs in no-decision
    Jake Junis yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the fourth inning. Troy Tulowitzki drove in the first run with a double before Junis later uncorked a wild pitch for another run. While Junis took the loss, it was an encouraging outing after he was smoked for five runs in 5 1/3 innings last time out. He struck out four and walked a pair and now sits at 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 29 innings through five starts and two relief appearances. The Tigers are up next for him. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg reaches three times in win
    Cory Spangenberg singled, walked twice and stole his fourth base Friday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Spangenberg scored the only run in a 1-0 game. He's performed better since the Padres committed to him and sent Ryan Schimpf down, but his .265/.297/.373 line still isn't very impressive. He has a 49/7 K/BB ratio in 177 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Mark Leiter goes six scoreless in win
    Mark Leiter notched a win in his first major league start by throwing six scoreless innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Leiter came into this one with a 4.74 ERA and a 12/14 K/BB ratio in 19 innings as a reliever. He did a great job tonight, but we're skeptical of his ability to make it through major league lineups three times in a night. Stay away. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Patrick Corbin holds Phillies to one run
    Patrick Corbin took a tough loss after allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Corbin can't really complain about being 6-7, considering that his ERA stands at 4.89. Still, he's been better of late. After giving up 11 homers in a six-start span, Corbin has allowed only one in his last three starts (the previous two of which were wins). Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Bell slugs solo homer vs. Cardinals
    Josh Bell socked a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell got the Pirates on the board first by taking Adam Wainwright deep in the second inning. The 24-year-old is now up to 14 home runs on the year and has quietly had his most productive month of the season. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Martinez slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: His second-inning blast briefly gave the Cardinals the lead. The 28-year-old Martinez has swung the bat well when called upon this season, batting .280 with five home runs and an .821 OPS through 38 games. However, he will be pressed for playing time once Dexter Fowler (quad) feels back to normal. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Mark Leiter recalled from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled RHP Mark Leiter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Leiter will make his first major league start on Friday versus the Diamondbacks. He held a 5.40 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 11/11 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 relief innings earlier this season for the Phils and can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Mark Leiter Jr. expected to start Friday
    Mark Leiter Jr. will travel with the Phillies to Arizona.

    Advice: The Phillies have yet to announce a starter for Friday's series opener against the Diamondbacks but all the signs point to Leiter. He's expected to fill in for Jerad Eickhoff, who was just placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. This would be Leiter's first career start after making 12 relief appearances for the Phillies earlier this year. Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer vs MIL
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Junior Guerra in the sixth inning for his 13th longball of the season. The 24-year-old second-year player has dramatically improved his home run power this season but his batting average is lagging. He is batting .235/.320/.466 with 34 runs and 31 RBI in 72 games. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • M's shifting Yovani Gallardo over to bullpen
    With Mariners pitching prospect Andrew Moore being called up, Yovani Gallardo is moving to the bullpen.

    Advice: Moore will take over Gallardo's spot in the rotation and will make his first start for the M's when they take on the Tigers on Thursday. Gallardo, 31, has struggled to a dreadful 6.30 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 14 starts. Those who had been clinging to the veteran right-hander in chasm-deep AL-only leagues can feel free to part ways. Wednesday, 4:25 pm
  • Lucas Duda sitting out on Monday
    Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He'll be on the bench with the Mets facing lefty Clayton Kershaw. Wilmer Flores is at first base and T.J. Rivera is at third. Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Valencia cracks two-run homer off Yu Darvish
    Danny Valencia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Valencia took Yu Darvish deep for a two-run homer with two outs in the first inning to put an exclamation point on what ended as a four-run frame for the M's. The dinger was his seventh of the season and bumped his RBI total to 37. In addition, the veteran first baseman is working to a .264/.322/.416 triple-slash in 64 games. Sunday, 4:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Ty Blach surrenders three runs in loss to COL
    Ty Blach allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Nice rebound outing for Blach, who was rocked for seven earned runs by the Royals in his last outing. In Sunday's affair, he struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. He held the Rockies off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when Nolan Arrenado burned him for an RBI double. The score would flip from a 2-1 Giants advantage to a 3-2 Rockies lead when Trevor Story and Pat Valaika socked solo homers off the right-hander in the seventh inning. He will try to shake off those critical dingers when he brings a 4.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time out. Sunday, 3:29 pm
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Luis Perdomo allows two runs in six frames
    Luis Perdomo yielded two runs on eight hits over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Perdomo ran into trouble with baserunners on-and-off throughout the first five innings, but he kept the Brewers off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when a pair of solo homers off the bats of Hernan Perez and Manny Pina erased what had been a 1-0 advantage for the road team. The right-hander will carry a disappointing 5.10 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Jake Junis crashes back to Earth in Anaheim
    Jake Junis was roughed up for five earned runs, eight hits and no walks while striking out six batters over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday at L.A. Angels.

    Advice: Junis has struck out six batters in each of his past two outings, but he has been very hittable, too. The rookie has yielded four walks with 22 hits over 16 innings across three June starts. He'll look to bounce back Friday against the Blue Jays in Kauffman Stadium. Saturday, 9:44 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo pounded again in Texas
    Yovani Gallardo allowed five earned runs, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings in a loss in Texas on Saturday.

    Advice: Gallardo's record slipped to 3-7 and his ERA rose to 6.30 from 6.11 as a result of another non-quality start. He has allowed less than three earned runs while going six or more innings just once since May 15. Gallardo, a 17-game winner in Milwaukee in 2011, has devolved into a journeyman pitcher and a fantasy option worth using only in the deepest of AL play. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Lugo yields four runs in loss to Nationals
    Seth Lugo allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Lugo gave up a pair of homers among his seven hits allowed, and he also walked two on the day. The start was less impressive than his season debut his last time out, in which he held the Braves to a lone run over seven innings. Lugo will have another tough test up next, when he and the Mets take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday. Saturday, 5:26 pm
  • Torreyes goes 2-for-4 with a run scored Sat.
    Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-4 and scored a run in a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: He drew another start in the absence of Didi Gregorius and made the most of it. He singled and scored in the second inning and singled again later in the game. Torreyes has a .296 batting average with one homer and 14 RBI in 120 plate appearances. He is a valuable utility infielder for the Yankees but doesn't have much fantasy value. Saturday, 4:49 pm
  • Desmond goes 2-for-3 with a run and a steal
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He singled, stole second base and came home on a Trevor Story knock in the fifth inning. Desmond missed the season's first month and then started off slowly upon returning but has kicked it into high gear of late. His numbers are starting to look more like what his owners were hoping for in his first campaign with the Rockies. He is batting .291/.322/.424 with five homers, 27 runs and 25 RBI in 44 games. He's contributed seven stolen bases as well. Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Ian Desmond finishes with four RBI in win
    Ian Desmond ended up 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Friday's game against San Francisco.

    Advice: Desmond added another RBI on a sacrifice fly, giving him six RBI over the past three games and 15 RBI through 15 games in the month of June. He started out a bit slow after missing the first month of the season with a broken hand, but he is starting to make up for lost time lately. Saturday, 12:31 am
  • Josh Bell homers, plates three in loss Friday
    Josh Bell homered and drove home three runs as the Pirates fell to the Cubs on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bell got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run triple in the sixth. They would hold a 4-3 advantage until the ninth where the Pirates' bullpen imploded. With the two-hit attack, Bell is now hitting .238/.319/.466 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Patrick Corbin fans five in win over Phillies
    Patrick Corbin earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits across six innings against the Phillies.

    Advice: Corbin punched out five on the night and didn't walk a batter. After three scoreless innings to start the game, the Phillies scratched out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and added a pair of unearned runs in the sixth. Now 6-6 on the year, Corbin will look to further improve upon his 5.19 ERA and 1.55 WHIP when he squares off against the Rockies at Coors Field on Thursday. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Desmond cracks solo homer vs Pirates
    Ian Desmond hit a solo home run and scored twice in a win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took starter Chad Kuhl over the wall in the second inning. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the ballgame. Many people expected big things from Desmond in his first season in Colorado but so far that has not come to pass. He missed the first month of the season with a broken hand and has yet to find a groove since then. He has a .280/.316/.398 slash line with four homers and 20 RBI. Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Duda punches three-run homer vs Cubs
    Lucas Duda slugged a three-run homer against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He wasn't in the starting lineup but was called upon when Neil Walker left the game with a leg injury in the fourth inning. Duda went deep off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon in the eighth inning to break open a close game. He also walked in the ballgame. He has a .252 batting average with 12 home runs and 26 RBI. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Ty Blach has off night against the Royals
    Ty Blach was tagged for seven earned runs, 10 hits and a walk while striking out four batters over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Blach was humming along in place of the injured Madison Bumgarner (shoulder, ribs) through June 2, going 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA. However, he has shown some chinks in the armor over his past two outings, going 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA with 19 hits allowed over just 11 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 12:19 am
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Whit Merrifield drives in three runs in win
    Whit Merrifield finished 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday's win at San Francisco.

    Advice: Merrifield has four multi-hit performances over his past nine games. He has had a tremendous five weeks, hitting .340 since May 11 to raise his average from .197 to .285. Overall he is slashing .285/.332/.459, as he continues to shine as the leadoff hitter when called upon by manager Ned Yost. Wednesday, 12:09 am
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