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  • Martinez (hand) not in Diamondbacks' lineup
    J.D. Martinez (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Martinez got hit by a pitch Wednesday in his second-ever at-bat with Arizona and suffered a left hand contusion. X-rays turned up negative, so he should be good to go in a day or two. Chris Herrmann is in right field and Daniel Descalso is in left on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
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  • Diamondbacks recall Matt Koch from Reno
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Matt Koch from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Koch has surrendered 16 earned runs in 17 innings this season at the Triple-A level, and seven runs in 11 innings at High-A. He won't be up in the majors for long. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
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  • Taijuan Walker placed on paternity leave list
    Diamondbacks placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Patrick Corbin is starting in Walker's place on Thursday afternoon against the Reds. The right-hander should be back with the Diamondbacks sometime this weekend. Rotoworld.com 34 minutes ago
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  • Bogaerts (hand) back in lineup vs. Blue Jays
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts missed a couple of games with a small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth on Thursday afternoon versus Toronto left-hander Francisco Liriano. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Cozart out of Reds' lineup on Thursday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run in Wednesday night's win over Arizona, but Jose Peraza will get the start at shortstop in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Scooter Gennett is at second base. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
  • Thames getting day off Thursday vs. Bucs
    Eric Thames is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and bat third against Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. This looks to be a routine breather for Thames, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Wednesday night's extra-innings loss at PNC Park. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
  • Braun (calf, wrist) out Thursday vs. Pirates
    Ryan Braun (calf, wrist) remains out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: It's the second straight absence for Braun, who's battling some calf and wrist soreness. These aren't new ailments. Hernan Perez will start in left field and bat fifth versus Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:51 am
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  • Molina, Gyorko, Piscotty sitting Thursday
    Yadier Molina is on the bench Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty are also absent from the Cardinals' getaway day starting lineup. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Mets right-hander Seth Lugo. Greg Garcia is at third base and Magneuris Sierra is in right field. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 am
  • Taijuan Walker (family) scratched from start
    Taijuan Walker has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Reds due to a family emergency.

    Advice: Patrick Corbin will take the mound instead in the early-afternoon series finale at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. There's no further information available about Walker's status. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
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  • Clevenger close to deal with indy ball team
    Steve Clevenger is close to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Advice: Clevenger has been mostly out of baseball since the Mariners suspended him in September 2016 after a series of racially insensitive tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman batted just .221/.303/.309 in 76 plate appearances last summer for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
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  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) pinch-hit Wed.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) hit a pinch-hit single Wednesday in the Giants' win over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez was held out of the starting lineup due to hamstring tightness, though that was mostly a precautionary move as the 30-year-old third baseman is one of the Giants' more attractive trade chips. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox. If he's healthy, Nunez is almost certain to be dealt before the July 31 deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:41 am
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  • Cozart goes 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI
    Zack Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in an extra-inning, 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started things off with an RBI single in the first inning and busted a solo home run in the third frame off starter Zack Greinke. The veteran shortstop has always been a wizard in the field but this is the first season he has excelled at the dish. He was the National League starter at shortstop in his first All Star game last week. He is a free agent at the end of this season and is a prime candidate to be traded before the end of the month. He is batting .321/.400/.566 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 45 runs scored in 70 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Lorenzen pitches two extra innings for win
    Michael Lorenzen pitched two shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and was credited with the win for his efforts.

    Advice: He worked the 10th and 11th innings and did not allow a hit. He notched two strikeouts and issued one base-on-balls. The former starter has seen his stuff improve after being moved to the bullpen. He is now 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He's generated 45 strikeouts and 22 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Hamilton goes 3-for-6 with a stolen base Wed.
    Billy Hamilton went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He reached base on an infield single in the first inning, stole second and scored on a Zack Cozart single. He singled again in the third inning and was caught trying to steal another base right before a Cozart home run. He singled yet again in the bottom of the 11th and ended up scoring the winning run on an Adam Duvall single to right. Hamilton has been hot of late, boosting his line to .253/.304/.335 with two home runs and 23 RBI. He has scored 59 runs and leads the majors with 40 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Adleman allows three runs in six innings Wed.
    Tim Adleman struck out seven batters while allowing three runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He surrendered seven base hits without issuing a walk in the quality start. The 29-year-old second-year player has been a serviceable innings-eater for the Reds' devastated starting rotation this year. He has a 5-7 record with a 4.96 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 17 starts and one relief appearance. He lines up for starts against the Indians and Marlins next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Alex Meyer shuts down Nationals in win
    Alex Meyer allowed just one hit in seven innings versus the team that drafted him as the Angels beat the Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Meyer was the Nationals’ first-round pick in 2011 before being traded to the Twins for Denard Span a year and a half later. He went on to reach the majors with Minnesota, but the Angels picked him up along with Ricky Nolasco in a four-player deal at last year’s trade deadline. This makes three of his last five outings in which Meyer has allowed no runs. Unfortunately, he’s given up five runs in the other two in that span. Consistency isn’t likely to come soon, but the Angels have to be pleased with his progress overall; he’s a very respectable 4-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Mike Trout homers in second straight
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 and homered in a second straight game Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Trout’s power seems all of the way back after a month and a half absence due to a torn thumb ligament. He’s collected a hit in all five games since being activated Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • C.J. Cron homers in rare start
    C.J. Cron finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer versus the Nationals in Wednesday’s win.

    Advice: Cron was making his first start in 12 days and just his second since being recalled from the minors. Still, he has homered in two of his six at-bats since the All-Star break. The Angels could do a lot worse than to stick him at first base and just leave him alone for a spell. He was one of their best hitters each of the previous two seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Carlos Rodon gives up four homers in loss
    Carlos Rodon was tagged for five runs and four homers in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon's bad start in Coors last time out wasn't all that big of a deal, but four homers in 3 2/3 innings in Chicago is awfully disappointing. He had given up one homer in 16 2/3 innings over his first three starts. Unfortunately, Rodon's tough schedule continues with the Cubs and Indians up next week. He should have some mixed-league value in the end, but one shouldn't want him starting against all of these contenders. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Peralta goes 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He cracked an RBI double in the third inning and topped that by smoking a solo home run off starter Tim Adleman in the fifth. The veteran outfielder owns a .318 batting average with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 82 games. He's scored 52 runs and stolen six bases in seven attempts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez homers twice in win
    Enrique Hernandez delivered a pair of solo homers Wednesday in the rout of the White Sox.

    Advice: Hernandez has 10 homers in 194 at-bats this year after hitting seven in 202 at-bats in 2015 and seven in 216 at-bats last season. He's still batting just .216, and he doesn't deserve any sort of expanded role against righties. He makes for a nice bench player, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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  • Yoan Moncada goes 0-for-2 in debut
    Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his White Sox debut Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Moncada hit sixth tonight. Ideally, he'll be much closer to the top of the order by season's end, but sixth seems appropriate for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Brandon Moss homers in Royals' win
    Brandon Moss homered in the third and delivered a game-tying double in the ninth as the Royals edged the Tigers 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Tigers scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead, only to lose the game in the bottom of the inning after Moss knocked in Alcides Escobar and scored on Alex Gordon's sac fly. It might be the best game that Moss has had in 3 1/2 months as a Royal. He hadn't had a multi-RBI game since May 21. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Jason Hammel pitches into seventh
    Jason Hammel yielded one run in 6 1/3 innings versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hammel wasn't involved in the decision in this one, but the Royals won one of his starts for the first time since June 19. He's been pitching well for the most part; he's lowered his ERA from 6.18 at the end of May to 4.81 now by allowing three runs or fewer in eight of nine outings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Kelvin Herrera left game because of illness
    The Royals said after Wednesday's blown save that Kelvin Herrera was still dealing with an illness.

    Advice: Herrera gave up a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook in the top of the ninth inning before being lifted from the game. It seemed the Royals made the wrong call by pitching him after he was running a high fever on Tuesday, but they won anyway on a walkoff. Herrera should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • Cole allows one run, fans 10 in seven frames
    Gerrit Cole punched out 10 batters while allowing one run in seven innings as his club defeated the Brewers 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't get the win but he certainly deserved one. The big right-hander gave up a run in the first inning, then marched through six scoreless frames before being relieved after tossing 103 pitches. He surrendered six hits and didn't walk a batter in the sterling effort. It was the third strong start in a row for Cole after he struggled through the month of June. His record holds at 7-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. He has 108 strikeouts and 27 walks in 120 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Kelvin Herrera exits with trainer in ninth
    Kelvin Herrera was lifted from his ninth-inning appearance in Wednesday's appearance against the Tigers due to a possible injury.

    Advice: Herrera left with the trainer, but not before surrendering a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook to blow the save in the ninth. Whether his exit is due to an injury or something illness-related (Herrera was battling a fever on Tuesday) is unclear at this juncture. He will be reevaluated on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez exits with left hand contusion
    J.D. Martinez was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Reds with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: Martinez got hit on the left hand by a pitch while attempting to check his swing during his second at-bat of the game -- and his second at-bat in a Diamondbacks uniform. X-rays came back negative. Martinez is considered day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez forced out after HBP on hand
    J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

    Advice: Something of an inauspicious debut for Martinez, who just joined the Diamondbacks after being traded over from the Tigers on Tuesday evening. He departed Wednesday upon getting plunked with a 91 mph fastball while attempting to check his swing in his second at-bat of the game. The Diamondbacks should pass along an update on his status later on Wednesday evening. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 pm
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  • Angels bring up Alex Meyer for start
    Angels recalled RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Meyer will draw the start against the Nationals on Wednesday now that he has been called up. He had been pitching to a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 68/41 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 frames prior to a scheduling demotion on July 4. Opposing Meyer on the mound for the Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Ryan Braun (calf) not in lineup vs. Pirates
    Ryan Braun (calf) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun is fighting through some calf and wrist soreness, hence why the Brewers are giving him the day off. There is no new injury concern -- the team is simply trying to toss him a day off here and there to keep him fresh. Eric Thames will patrol left field in his place and is hitting second. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
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  • Xander Bogaerts (hand) not in lineup vs. TOR
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts has been deemed day-to-day with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He sat on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. Deven Marrero is manning short in his place against the Jays and is hitting ninth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • J.D. Martinez bats fifth in debut for Arizona
    J.D. Martinez will start in right field and hit fifth Wednesday in his Diamondbacks debut.

    Advice: Jake Lamb is batting third and Paul Goldschmidt is at cleanup versus Reds right-hander Tim Adleman. Martinez was acquired from the Tigers on Tuesday night for minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.Daily Slant: Martinez's debut as a D'Back comes at a good time, as he'll face off with Tim Adleman, who has allowed a 1.70 HR/9 rate to RH bats this season with a 38.2 hard%. Arizona is arguably the most appealing offensive target on the main slate - they rank inside the top ten in wRC+ (8th) and ISO (9th) against RHP on the season. Jake Lamb is right up there as a top overall play at the 3B spot, while Paul Goldschmidt is the clear-cut top bat on the slate regardless of position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:14 pm
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  • Moncada batting sixth in White Sox debut
    White Sox recalled 2B Yoan Moncada from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Moncada is starting at second base and batting sixth Wednesday in his White Sox debut against the Dodgers and right-hander Kenta Maeda. The 22-year-old Moncada, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in the sport, was slashing .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 80 games this season at the Triple-A level. He's immediately playable in most standard mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez out with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Nunez is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Nunez is an important trade chip for the Giants, so they'll play this one safe. The 30-year-old third baseman has dealt with hamstring problems throughout this season, and throughout the latter part of his eight-year MLB career. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday morning that Nunez is drawing serious interest from the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 am
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  • Red Sox 'have their eye on' Eduardo Nunez
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox "have their eye on" Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

    Advice: Boston was known to be in talks for Todd Frazier before the White Sox shipped him to the rival Yankees late Tuesday night as part of a seven-player swap. Nunez is a decent pivot, though he doesn't hit for as much power as Frazier and has always carried durability issues. The 30-year-old impending free agent is batting .295/.319/.407 with four home runs and 17 stolen bases in 69 games this season for San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 am
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  • Mike Trout belts homer in Tuesday's loss
    Mike Trout launched a solo home run off of veteran Edwin Jackson in Tuesday's loss against the Nationals.

    Advice: The homer was his first in four games since coming off the disabled list. He was still outshined by Bryce Harper, who finished a double short of the cycle in Washington's victory. Fantasy owners are glad to see Trout back to full health and doing what he does best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 am
  • Eduardo Nunez records game-winning hit
    Eduardo Nunez posted a walk-off single in the 10th inning Tuesday, propelling the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez collected two hits over five at-bats, starting a new streak after his eight-game run was ended in Monday's interleague series opener. While he doesn't provide a lot of pop, Nunez has posted 19 doubles with 26 RBI and 17 stolen bases across 275 at-bats to make himself a useful middle infielder option in plenty of fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:24 am
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  • Cozart provides only spark for Reds in loss
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a first-inning solo dinger off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, and two runs scored; the rest of his Reds teammates went 3-for-27 with a pair of extra-base hits, including no homers, and zero runs scored. It was another day at the office for the 31-year-old, who's now hitting .313/.395/.548 overall. Cozart is sure to remain a name floated in trade rumors in the coming weeks, even if the Reds don't end up dealing him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Peralta puts together three-hit night Tuesday
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Possibly galvanized by the news that the Diamondbacks had acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez earlier in the evening, Peralta showed that he deserves a spot in the D'backs outfield as well with a strong showing. The 29-year-old contributed an RBI double in the club's six-run fifth inning, tacking on a pair of singles as well. The presence of Martinez, A.J. Pollock and the injured Yasmany Tomas makes for a crowded D'backs outfield, but Peralta is hitting .313/.364/.468 in 81 games and shouldn't be negatively affected much, if at all, by the team's big-ticket acquisition Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:48 pm
  • Bogaerts diagnosed with sprain in right hand
    Xander Bogaerts has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, though he did appear as a pinch-runner in the 15-inning affair. The shortstop is considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts appears as pinch-runner
    Xander Bogaerts, who didn't start because of a sore hand, appeared as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's 15-inning game versus Toronto.

    Advice: Bogaerts entered the game in the 11th, though he didn't stay in for defense afterwards. It's unclear whether he'll start Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • White Sox calling up No. 1 prospect Moncada
    Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the White Sox are calling up top prospect Yoan Moncada.

    Advice: Moncada will be in a White Sox uniform for Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers and he should get the start at third base. Chicago cleared that position Tuesday in a seven-player trade with the Yankees that included Todd Frazier. Moncada, the top-ranked minor league talent in baseball, was hitting .285/.381/.452 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases through 79 games this season at Triple-A Charlotte. He's capable of providing immediate value in standard mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Alex Meyer to start Wednesday vs. Nats
    Alex Meyer will be called up to start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Meyer was optioned to the minors on July 4 after registering a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 68/41 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander is not a recommended fantasy streamer versus the first place team in the National League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • D'Backs, Tigers announce J.D. Martinez deal
    Diamondbacks acquired OF J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.

    Advice: The deal was first reported by Jon Morosi of MLB.com and promptly confirmed by Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports. Martinez was slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games this season for Detroit and should flourish in the power-friendly confines of Arizona's Chase Field. The impending free agent perfectly fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, and the package of prospects heading to Detroit is quite underwhelming. This trade looks like a big win for the Snakes, even if Martinez turns out to be a two-and-a-half month rental. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
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  • Report: Diamondbacks acquire J.D. Martinez
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that J.D. Martinez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB.com was first to report that a deal might be close. Martinez missed the opening month of the 2017 regular season due to a Lisfranc sprain, but the 29-year-old slugger has batted .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games since debuting on May 12. He fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, though it's probably going to be a rental situation as Martinez is set to become a free agent this winter. Detroit will get infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King in return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez (back) in Tigers lineup Tuesday
    J.D. Martinez (back) is in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Martinez made an early exit from Monday's series opener at Kansas City after experiencing tightness in his lower back, but he will start in right field and bat fifth Tuesday versus left-hander Travis Wood.Daily Slant: Despite the Tigers being arguably the best offense in baseball against LHP, they don't figure to be one of the top two or three most popular stacks on tonight's slate. Detroit ranks 1st in ISO (.219), 2nd in wRC+ (120) and actually rank 1st in Hard% by a large margin - they lead the league with a 41.6% mark, with the next closest team (Milwaukee) coming in at 35.2%. All of the RH bats are in play up and down the Detroit lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:52 pm
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  • Bogaerts scratched Tuesday with sore hand
    Xander Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox lineup Tuesday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts took a pitch off the hand July 6 at Tampa Bay and has been dealing with discomfort ever since. Boston is hopeful it's just a day-to-day situation, but an MRI is scheduled. Deven Marrero will start at shortstop and bat eighth on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts moved down to No. 6 spot
    Xander Bogaerts has been moved down to the No. 6 spot in the Red Sox' order Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's the first time since May 5 that he's hit lower than third. Bogaerts is hitting just .154/.244/.231 so far in July. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 on Monday and is just 6-for-39 with two runs scored in July.

    Advice: Bogaerts wasn't great in June, either, and his average has declined from .339 on May 30 to .296 now. He could probably use more time off than he's gotten, something that was clearly the case last year, too. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:40 pm
  • J.D. Martinez exits with lower back tightness
    J.D. Martinez was lifted from Monday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Tigers are saying he was pulled as a precaution, so it's probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Martinez drew a walk in one of his three plate appearances before exiting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
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  • Hamilton not in Monday's lineup
    Billy Hamilton is not in Monday's lineup versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the speedster. Scott Schebler will start in center field while Scooter Gennett will play right. Jose Peraza is hitting leadoff against Stephen Strasburg. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:51 am
  • C.J. Cron cracks go-ahead homer in eighth
    C.J. Cron connected for a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Cron has struggled for most of the season -- he was even optioned down to Triple-A for two weeks near the end of June -- but came up clutch as a pinch-hitter on Sunday. The first baseman launched a two-run homer off Adam Kolarek with one out in the eighth inning. It barely got out to right, but distance mattered not to the score. These heroics aside, Cron is still hitting just .220/.271/.333 in 123 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:59 pm
  • Bogaerts sits out nightcap against Yankees
    Xander Bogaerts is not in the Red Sox' lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be nothing more than a breather for Bogaerts. Tzu-Wei Lin is starting in his place at shortstop and batting ninth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jesus Aguilar is getting the call at first base. Thames has reached base twice in both games since the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:07 am
  • Rockies showing interest in J.D. Martinez
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rockies are interested in J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: Morosi also reported Saturday that the Diamondbacks have interest in the outfielder, and he noted that Martinez could have extra value in the National League West since the division is packed with left-handed starters. Martinez is an impending free agent and a shoo-in to be dealt before the end of the month. He's hit .306/.384/.622 with 15 homers over 55 games with the Tigers this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:46 am
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  • Mike Trout posts two-hit game in loss
    Mike Trout finished with a pair of singles and a walk over three at-bats in Saturday's home loss against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Trout has hit safely in each of his two games since returning from a six-week absence due to a thumb injury, looking like his old self once again. While the Angels are 0-2 since his return, fantasy owners don't care much about the team's overall performance as long as he is hitting and providing points. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:34 am
  • Hamilton has three hits, steal against Nats
    Billy Hamilton went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamilton had a double off Nationals ace Max Scherzer among his three hits. The steal was his 39th of the year, best in the league. He's still not the prototypical leadoff hitter -- even with Saturday's good showing, Hamilton is batting .247/.300/.327 overall -- but fantasy owners could care less. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • J.D. Martinez homers, drives in five vs TOR
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: His third-inning single plated two runs, and he topped that with a three-run bomb in the eighth. He has an elite .306/.384/.622 slash line with 15 home runs and 37 RBI despite spending a month on the disabled list early in the year. He stands a good chance of being traded before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:36 pm
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  • Braun (calf) slugs grand slam in win over PHI
    Ryan Braun (calf) slugged a grand slam in the Brewers’ 9-6 victory over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: It was the big blow in an eight-run second inning against Nick Pivetta. Braun now has six career grand slams, the most in Brewers history. The 33-year-old sat out the final game before the All-Star break after aggravating his left calf injury, but the extended break apparently did the trick for him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:13 pm
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  • Mike Trout goes 1-for-5 in return
    Mike Trout had a single in five at-bats Friday against the Rays in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: He also swiped his 11th base, showing he isn't going to be afraid to run after injured his thumb on a head-first slide. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Walker gives up two runs in no-decision
    Taijuan Walker gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Walker held the Braves to one run over his first five innings of work before Freddie Freeman slugged a solo homer in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none in the no-decision and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five out of six starts since coming off the disabled list. He’ll bring a 3.61 ERA into a start against the Reds next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:48 pm
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  • Jason Hammel gives up three runs to Rangers
    Jason Hammel yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Hammel has followed up his strong June by giving up 12 earned runs over 17 innings so far this month. Not only is he 4-8 this season, but the Royals are actually 4-14 in his starts. They're 40-30 the rest of the time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Adleman gives up five runs in loss
    Tim Adleman took the loss after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Adelman gave up seven hits, including a pair of home runs to Bryce Harper. He’s now allowed 21 home runs in just 88 1/3 innings this season, which just isn’t going to play in most fantasy leagues. He’ll bring a 4.99 ERA into a tough matchup against the Diamondbacks next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Cozart hitless in loss to Nationals
    Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: The All-Star shortstop is 8-for-32 (.250) with two doubles, one triple, and two RBI since coming off the disabled list at the end of June. The impending free agent is open to an extension with the Reds, but he’s a logical trade chip this month. If he’s moved, Jose Peraza would likely take over at shortstop, with Scooter Gennett covering second base duties. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Verlander suffers seventh loss against Jays
    Justin Verlander was handed his seventh loss of the season on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander fanned five and walked three on the night. After holding the Jays off the board through the first four frames, they broke through for a pair in the fifth inning including a solo homer from Steve Pearce. Verlander now sports a 4.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 103/54 K/BB ratio over 110 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Royals his next time out in Kansas City on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Gerrit Cole pitches well in no-decision
    Gerrit Cole pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits across six frames.

    Advice: The right-hander fanned four on the night and didn't walk a batter. He gave up a two-run blast to Jedd Gyorko in the first inning, then settled in beautifully, keeping the Cardinals at bay for the remainder of his night. The highly-inconsistent right-hander will look to further improve upon his 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP when he takes on the Brewers at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Angels activate Mike Trout from disabled list
    Angels activated OF Mike Trout from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Angels' lineup for the first game out of the All-Star break on Friday against the Rays. Before suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb, Trout was hitting a robust .337/.461/.742 with 16 homers, 36 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:45 pm
  • Giants activate Eduardo Nunez from 10-day DL
    Giants activated INF Eduardo Nunez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nunez had been sidelined for a couple of weeks due to a strained hamstring. Prior to landing on the shelf, he was slashing .299/.323/.413 with four homers, 25 RBI and 17 swipes in 254 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:20 pm
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  • Ryan Braun (calf) back in Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (calf) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun re-injured his left calf last Saturday but made enough improvement over the All-Star break that he's ready to give it a go. He's in left field and batting third against Nick Pivetta and the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:45 pm
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  • Nunez (hamstring) still on track for Friday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to return Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez has had a few starts and stops in his recovery from a strained hamstring but should be ready to go for Friday night's series opener. After serving as the DH on Wednesday, Nunez is slated to play six innings at third base in his second rehab outing Thursday for High-A San Jose. He'll resume an everyday role at third base upon his return. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
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  • Yoan Moncada won't be promoted Friday
    Yoan Moncada will not be promoted to the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: The White Sox made a stir Thursday when Moncada was activated on the team's transaction log, though it was simply a clerical error. Moncada was away from the team while attending the Futures Game in Miami over the weekend but has since been activated by Triple-A Charlotte. Fantasy owners will have to wait a little bit longer for Moncada to make his White Sox debut. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • Verlander is not drawing much trade interest
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Justin Verlander "isn’t drawing much, if any, trade interest now."

    Advice: Heyman cites a combination of factors for the lack of meaningful trade discussions: Verlander's struggles this season (4.73 ERA in 18 starts), the money that is owed to him (over $60 million through 2019), and the Tigers' lofty asking price. J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson, and Alex Avila are far more likely to be dealt by the Detroit front office ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:10 am
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) DHing in rehab game
    In a late lineup change, Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is starting at designated hitter, rather than third base, in Wednesday's minor league rehab game with High-A San Jose.

    Advice: The Giants have not yet offered a reason for the position switch in the rehab game, but the obvious concern, here, would be that Nunez is not yet ready to play the field. He previously had his rehab stalled due to renewed discomfort at the beginning of July. If there has been another setback, the team should pass along word. Nunez was expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:53 pm
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  • Nunez (hamstring) set to begin rehab games
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) will play in minor league rehab games with High-A San Jose on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Should Nunez make it through these two games without issue, he is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. He might have been able to return earlier, but those hopes were scuttled after he suffered a slight setback with his left hamstring during the initial rehab assignment at the beginning of July. Nunez has been out of action for the past three weeks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
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  • Report: DET could be open to Verlander trade
    Mark Feinsand of MLB.com hears that the Tigers "could be talked into moving" Justin Verlander.

    Advice: Feinsand is reporting that while the Tigers are not actively looking to trade Verlander right now, a move by the deadline should not be ruled out. The veteran right-hander has largely struggled this season, posting a 4.73 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 98/51 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings (18 starts). Those 51 walks are just six fewer than the total number he issued in 227 2/3 frames last season. Verlander has a no-trade clause in his contract and has almost $70 million remaining on his current deal (which runs through 2019), so there would be some sticking points to work through if the Tigers reach the point where they are willing to trade their longtime ace. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Yadier Molina hit solo homer in NL's loss
    Yadier Molina hit a solo homer and drew a walk but the National League fell to the American League in Tuesday night's 2017 MLB All-Star Game.

    Advice: Molina went deep off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the National League bats couldn't manage another run and the AL wound up winning 2-1 in extras thanks to a go-ahead homer by Robinson Cano in the top of the 10th. Yadi caught the final five innings of the game, with Buster Posey handling the first five. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Nunez was backed off his rehab assignment for a few days after feeling discomfort in his ailing left hamstring, but he'll return to game action for High-A San Jose on Wednesday. He's been on the shelf for the last three weeks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:14 pm
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    7:15 pm vs SD
     
  • Trout (thumb) completes rehab assignment
    Mike Trout (thumb) hit a triple, drew three walks, and scored three runs Sunday in his final minor league rehab game with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: He sounds ready. Trout, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on May 28, went 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, a triple, and four walks through four rehab games. The plan calls for him to rejoin the Angels for the start of the second half on Friday. Despite the cause of his injury, Trout doesn't plan to stop sliding head-first. Rotoworld.com Jul 10, 5:45 am
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