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  • Healy (head) has RBI single in return
    Ryon Healy (head) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to action Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Healy was held out of the starting lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Mets after he was hit in the head by a bad-hop grounder during Friday's game, but he was back in there as the DH under AL rules on Monday. He should be good to go moving forward. Rotoworld.com 19 minutes ago
  • Buster Posey drives in pair of runs in loss
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Monday's loss against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: The Giants were drummed 10-3, but as usual Posey was his steady self at the plate. After a slow period at the plate by his standards, Posey has collected six RBI over the past seven outings. He'll look to keep it rolling in Tuesday's game against Jameson Taillon and the Bucs. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:45 am
  • Josh Bell posts three more hits on Monday
    Josh Bell posted a pair of singles, a double, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's game in San Francisco.

    Advice: Bell has managed at least one RBI in each of his four games on the current western road trip, totaling seven. He is also hitting for high average on the trip, going 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:38 am
  • Andrew McCutchen dials long distance at AT&T
    Andrew McCutchen belted a three-run home run off of San Francisco's Matt Cain in the second inning of Monday's game, and he finished with four RBI.

    Advice: McCutchen got off to an awfully slow start this season, but he erupted for a .411 average, six homers and 23 RBI in June and he is showing no signs of slowing in July. He has knocked in 10 runs over his past six outings to give his fantasy owners what they expect. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:35 am
  • Jordy Mercer reaches double digits in HR
    Jordy Mercer finished 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Monday's game in San Francisco.

    Advice: Mercer has managed two homers with five RBI in four games on the western road trip so far. The shortstop has reached double digits in homers for the third time in the past four seasons, and he needs just three more to set a new career high. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:32 am
  • Jose Pirela runs hit streak to 11 games
    Jose Pirela finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday's loss against the Mets.

    Advice: Pirela has hit safely in 11 consecutive outings, hitting .319 (15-for-47) with five doubles, a triple and five RBI during the impressive stretch. He has raised his average from .289 to .298 just since July 9. While he isn't your prototypical leadoff hitter, posting very little in the steals department, he is hitting for a nice average and a little pop. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:16 am
  • Hunter Renfroe posts multi-homer game in loss
    Hunter Renfroe belted a pair of solo home runs in Monday's loss against the Mets.

    Advice: It was Renfroe's third multi-homer game of his career, and the second this season. This might have been his most impressive game of the season, as one of Renfroe's homers was a 462-foot shot that landed on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building at Petco Park in left field. It was the longest homer in the majors in 2017 with an exit velocity of 110 mph. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:12 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera picks up three hits
    Asdrubal Cabrera collected a pair of singles and a double with a walk and a run scored over four at-bats in Monday's win in San Diego.

    Advice: Cabrera has picked up the pace again, posting three multi-hit games over his past six outings to raise his average from .247 to .257 just since July 18. He handled himself with aplomb at the hot corner, as he continues to show his positional versatility, perhaps for prospective buyers at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 am
  • Chris Taylor hitting .525 over past 10 games
    Chris Taylor posted three singles with a run scored and an RBI across four at-bats in Monday's win against the Twins.

    Advice: Taylor has been on a roll lately, posting three consecutive multi-hit games while collecting two or more hits in eight of his past 10 outings. The outfielder is hitting a ridiculous .525 (21-for-40) with three doubles, three triples and two home runs during the run to push his average from .285 to .318 just since July 9. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:52 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Jason Castro turns in multi-hit line
    Jason Castro posted a pair of doubles with an RBI in Monday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Castro continues to see regular playing time despite the fact he is still hitting just .223. However, he is showing some signs of life with multi-hit performances in two of his past three outings. Still, he is nothing more than a No. 2 fantasy option in most AL formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:28 am
  • Eddie Rosario posts another multi-hit game
    Eddie Rosario posted a pair of doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rosario has rolled up two or more hits in three straight games and he is hitting a robust .369 (24-for-65) with 10 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI in the month of July while posting an outstanding .969 OPS. He has increased his average from .276 to .296 since the calendar flipped to July. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:22 am
  • Bartolo Colon holds his own vs. Dodgers
    Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs, eight hits and no walks over five innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision Monday in a road start against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Colon threw 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes, pitching slightly better than his team debut against the Yankees last Tuesday. Still, he is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA over two starts since signing with Minnesota. Since the Twins are in contention, it's hard to see them giving him many more chances until he shows dramatic improvement soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:12 am
  • Jean Segura reaches base three times in win
    Jean Segura finished 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a hit by pitch in Monday's victory against the visiting Red Sox.

    Advice: Segura was clipped on the foot on the HBP but he was fine and able to remain in the game. In fact, the Red Sox didn't feel he was hit by the offering from Eduardo Rodriguez, and they challenged the ruling to no avail. The double was Segura's first hit in four games, snapping 15 at-bats hitless skid. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:43 am
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  • Ben Gamel pushes hit streak to 11 games
    Ben Gamel finished 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in Monday's win against Boston.

    Advice: Gamel has hit safely in 11 straight outings, going 15-for-46 (.326) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBI during the impressive run. Oddly enough the hitting streak hasn't really helped or hurt his fantasy value, as his average is the same .323 as it was when the streak started July 14. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:41 am
  • Jackie Bradley collects pair of hits in loss
    Jackie Bradley finished with a pair of singles across four at-bats in Monday's loss in Seattle.

    Advice: The Red Sox accounted for just four singles against James Paxton and a pair of relievers, so Bradley was the only batter who wasn't being fooled. Perhaps the two hits will get him started again. His average has tailed off from .285 to .268 just since July 5. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 am
  • David Peralta continues to swing hot twig
    David Peralta finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in Monday's win against the Braves.

    Advice: Peralta had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Saturday against the Nationals, but he has picked it right back up with three hits over the past two games with at least one RBI in each outing. The outfielder is hitting a robust .350 (21-for-60) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBI in 16 games in the month of July to raise his average from .314 to .321. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • J.D. Martinez swats first homer for Arizona
    J.D. Martinez (hand) crushed a three-run home run for his only at-bat across five at-bats in Monday's win against the Braves.

    Advice: Martinez returned to the starting lineup after suffering a bruised hand on a hit-by-pitch in his debut last Wednesday. Over his past six games he has driven in 10 runs dating back to his tenure with the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • A.J. Pollock drives in four in Tuesday's win
    A.J. Pollock finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Monday's win against the Braves.

    Advice: Pollock was a bit sluggish for several games after coming off the 10-day disabled list July 2 after battling groin and quadriceps injury. However, he has picked up the pace over the past week and a half, going 14-for-34 (.412) with five doubles, two triples, two homers and six RBI over the past nine outings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez belts first homer of season
    Sean Rodriguez connected for a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning in Monday's game at Arizona.

    Advice: The veteran Rodriguez debuted in mid-July, as he needed time to recover from a severe shoulder injury suffered in a car accident during the offseason. The homer was just his second hit across 15 at-bats, but perhaps it will give the utility man a little confidence going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Danny Santana continues to scuffle
    Danny Santana was hitless over four at-bats in Monday's loss in Arizona.

    Advice: Santana continues to struggle at the plate, posting just two hits over the past 19 at-bats dating back to July 2. He spent time on the 10-day disabled list due to a bacterial infection earlier in the month, and he might be still building up his strength. However, he wasn't hitting all that well before the illness. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • McCann hits 13th homer as Astros roll Phils
    Brian McCann hit his 13th homer of the season on Monday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the top of the second inning, and Alex Bregman followed McCann with a solo shot of his own as the first-place Astros rolled to a big 13-4 victory. McCann, 33, is sporting his best OPS (.778) since 2013, his final year with the Braves and the Astros are 66-33. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • George Springer (quad) expected to avoid DL
    George Springer (quad) is expected to avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: It sounds like the left quad discomfort that forced Springer from Monday's game might have been a cramp more than anything else. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Springer is considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 pm
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  • Bregman goes 3-for-5 with HR in rout
    Alex Bregman finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bregman went back-to-back with Brian McCann in the top of the second inning, prior to a two-hour rain delay, and he kept the line moving as the Astros continued to pour it on late-night at Citizens Bank Park. Bregman, 23, is off to a very promising start in the second half and quickly becoming another high-production piece for the lethal Houston offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Astros roll Phils, Altuve 4-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 R
    Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the Astros' 13-4 thrashing of the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Altuve reached base in all five of his trips to the plate, including a first-inning walk. He also had two doubles and a pair of run-scoring singles. The star second baseman has somehow gotten hotter since the All-Star break, even after a scorching first half. He's slashing .365/.431/.574 for an Astros team that is 33 games over .500. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Nick Williams drives in three in Phils' loss
    Nick Williams hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning of Monday night's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It was one of the only positive moments of the night for the Phils, who lost 13-4 in the rain-delayed snoozer at Citizens Bank Park. Williams also singled in the ninth inning, finishing with 2-for-5 with three RBI. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a terrific start as a major leaguer, now with 18 RBI in 20 games. He's batting .306/.342/.611. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • George Springer leaves game with sore quad
    George Springer departed Monday's game against the Phillies with discomfort in his left quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when Springer suffered the injury or whether it could potentially be more than a day-to-day situation. The Astros will have an update on their star outfielder after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:12 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez (hand) back in lineup Monday
    J.D. Martinez (hand) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he was hit on the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday. Martinez is in right field and batting fifth against R.A. Dickey and the Braves. Daily Slant: Martinez actually has the biggest track record against R.A. Dickey on the Arizona side, as he's faced him 14 times and has racked up a .286 ISO (1 HR) over that span with one strikeout. BvP is a polarizing topic in baseball, but when it comes to knuckeballers the data is a bit more well received. Martinez enters play tonight with an elite 46.6 hard% against RHP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Pirates leaning against trading McCutchen
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are leaning against trading Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as the Pirates are still within spitting distance in the National League Central. While McCutchen should stick around past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Biertempfel hears that the club has given him no indication that they'll pick up his $14.75 million club option for 2018. Given the way he has bounced back at the plate, it's an inevitability, even if he ends up a trade chip over the winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Martinez (hand) appears as pinch-hitter
    J.D. Martinez (hand) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It was his first appearance in a game since being hit in the left hand with a pitch in his first game with the Diamondbacks last Wednesday. It seems like he's trending in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:56 am
  • Kyle Seager slugs pair of doubles in defeat
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Seager whacked his second double of the game off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. He represented the tying run with the Mariners trailing 6-4, but the M's were unable to bring him home to make Chapman truly sweat. While the second baseman continues to underwhelm on the whole -- .256/.326/.433 triple-slash -- he has picked up five doubles in his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Buster Posey hits RBI single in loss to SDP
    Buster Posey went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Posey notched an RBI single against Dinelson Lamet in the first inning for his lone knock of the afternoon. The backstop is putting in another on-the-money season this year, slashing .319/.403/.492 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 87 games played. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:17 pm
  • Altuve goes 4-for-5 with HR, SB in defeat
    Jose Altuve finished 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Astros' loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Altuve hit a game-tying three-run blast in the top of the third inning off O's starter Dylan Bundy and he also added three singles, but Houston ultimately fell 9-7 in the matinee at Camden Yards. The star second baseman is slashing .358/.424/.564 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 68 runs scored in 95 games this year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Nick Williams HRs, plates three vs. Brewers
    Nick Williams hit his fourth major league homer Sunday in the Phillies' 6-3 defeat of Milwaukee.

    Advice: It was a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning off Brewers starter Junior Guerra. Williams then tallied his third RBI of the afternoon on a force attempt in the bottom of the fifth. The talented 23-year-old outfielder has a stellar .309/.347/.603 batting line with 15 RBI over his first 19 games at baseball's highest level. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • J.D. Martinez (hand) out again on Sunday
    J.D. Martinez (hand) remained out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since being hit on the left hand by a pitch in his first game with the D'Backs last Wednesday. The good news is Martinez was slated to take batting practice Sunday and is "trending upward," according to manager Torey Lovullo. It sounds like he should be back in there soon. Daniel Descalso is getting another start. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:30 am
  • George Springer sitting out on Sunday
    George Springer is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for Springer. Carlos Beltran is also getting a breather, as Evan Gattis, Nori Aoki and Jake Marisnick are all receiving starts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:39 am
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  • Ryon Healy (head) out again Sunday
    Ryon Healy (head) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the second straight start he's missed after a bad-hop grounder hit him in the head Friday. Healy did pinch-hit Saturday, though, and he probably would be starting if the A's weren't playing in a National League park without the designated hitter. Expect him to be back in there Monday in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Ben Gamel extends hit streak to nine
    Ben Gamel finished 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gamel pushed his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five runs scored, two homers and four RBI during the solid run. It's rare, but his average has actually slipped two points since his hitting streak started right after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:00 am
  • Chris Taylor comes off bench and shines
    Chris Taylor finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three RBI in Saturday's home victory against Atlanta.

    Advice: Taylor came on as part of a double switch in the seventh inning despite the fact he has been tearing the cover off the ball. Trayce Thompson started and struggled again, so don't look for Taylor's playing time to be curtailed much. Taylor is now hitting .429 (27-for-63) with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 10 RBI across 16 games with a 1.208 OPS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:28 am
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Min
     
  • Josh Bell finds seats in Mile High City
    Josh Bell went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss in Colorado.

    Advice: Bell has enjoyed his stay in Denver thus far, collecting five RBI in the first two games of the series. His average is down after hitting .273 last season across 45 games, but he has shown nice power and speed in his first full campaign in the majors. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:09 am
  • David Peralta cooled off by Washington
    David Peralta was hitless across four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: The goose egg snapped a 10-game hitting streak. He is still hitting a cool .381 (16-for-42) with six runs scored, two homers and six RBI over the past 11 outings. He'll look to start a new streak Sunday, but it won't be easy against fireballer Stephen Strasburg. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:24 pm
  • Brian McCann getting a breather Saturday
    Brian McCann is out of the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's just getting a maintenance day. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday versus O's right-hander Chris Tillman. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera making 1st start at 3B
    Asdrubal Cabrera is starting at third base Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: It will be his first career start at third base and only his second MLB appearance at the hot corner after playing part of one game there as a rookie in 2007. The Mets, who have already moved Cabrera once this season (and he wasn't happy about it), are transitioning Cabrera to third with second baseman Neil Walker expected to come back off the disabled list any day now. Surely the Mets are also hoping Cabrera's versatility will make him more appealing to teams at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Ryon Healy (head) not in lineup on Saturday
    Ryon Healy (head) is not in the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Healy expected to return to action on Saturday, but the A's are playing it safe after he was hit in the head by a ground ball during Friday's game. He hit in the cage before the game and should be available off the bench. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:16 pm
  • Jose Pirela triples, doubles in four-hit game
    Jose Pirela finished 4-for-6 with triple, a double and three RBI on Friday.

    Advice: He also walked in the 11-inning victory. Pirela is batting .296 with 15 doubles and five homers in just 152 at-bats. Plate discipline is an issue, and he's miscast as a leadoff man for the Padres. Still, he's been the team's best hitter since his callup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:12 am
  • Ryon Healy (head) expects to return Saturday
    Ryon Healy (head) expects to return to the Athletics' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Healy was removed from Friday's game after a rogue ground ball hopped up and hit him in the head, but he passed all of his concussion tests and anticipates getting right back in the lineup. Still, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him sit for a day just as a precautionary measure. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:09 pm
  • A.J. Pollock homers, triples in Arizona's win
    A.J. Pollock missed the cycle by a single and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Nationals 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock tripled off Enny Romero in the ninth and came around to score on Brandon Drury's single to right, ending the game. In all, Pollock scored three times tonight. He's batting .279 with two homers and four doubles in 43 at-bats since coming off the disabled list on July 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • McCutchen knocks in three over Rockies
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two walks, and three runs scored in Friday’s blowout 13-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: McCutchen delivered with RBI singles in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. This was his first multi-hit game since July 7. The red-hot Pirates have won six straight games and now sit two games back in the NL Central and 6 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Bell has four-hit, four RBI night vs. Rockies
    Josh Bell went 4-for-6 with four RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was the first four-hit game of his career. Bell had a single, a double, and a triple, so only a home run was missing from a possible cycle. The 24-year-old doesn’t stand out on the surface with his .248 batting average, but he has 17 homers and a respectable .807 OPS through 96 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Mercer connects for two-run homer
    Jordy Mercer launched a two-run homer Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was his only hit in five at-bats on the day, but at least it was a big one. Mercer has nine home runs through 92 games, just three shy of his career-high from 2013. He already has a career-best .758 OPS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Healy departs after taking grounder to face
    Ryon Healy was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets after taking a ground ball to the face.

    Advice: The ball was sharply hit, took a bad hop and appeared to hit him in the left temple area. Healy looked very shaken up afterwards and will head for further examination. Yonder Alonso replaced him in the field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:09 pm
  • Martinez (hand) remains out of D'Backs lineup
    J.D. Martinez (hand) remains out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: While X-rays came back negative and MRI showed no structural damage, the newly-acquired slugger is still a bit sore and will need at least another day before rejoining the lineup. Daniel Descalso is starting in left field against Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:11 pm
  • Indians showing interest in Asdrubal Cabrera
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.

    Advice: It sounds like he could be more of a fallback option if they're not able to work out a trade for a marquee player. Cabrera, of course, began his career with the Indians and would offer them some versatility. The 31-year-old impending free agent has batted .250/.333/.398 with nine homers in 70 games this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 am
  • Hunter Renfroe socks two-run homer vs. Giants
    Hunter Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Renfroe burned Madison Bumgarner for a two-run dinger in the second inning. He was just activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game after resting up for the minimum 10 days with a strained neck. In 86 games this season, the outfielder is slashing .231/.287/.456 with 17 homers and 41 RBI. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera taking balls at third base
    Asdrubal Cabrera has been taking ground balls at third base.

    Advice: A shortstop by trade, Cabera has been filling in for Neil Walker at second base. With Jose Reyes excelling at shortstop and Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, it looks like Cabrera could be headed to the hot corner. Manager Terry Collins also acknowledged that getting Cabrera reps at third base may make him more appealing to teams at the trade deadline. Cabrera has made one just one appearance at third base since debuting in 2007. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Padres activate Hunter Renfroe (neck) from DL
    Padres activated OF Hunter Renfroe from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: To make room for him, the Padres placed Manuel Margot on the paternity leave list. Renfroe missed the minimum 10 days with a strained neck. The 25-year-old has slugged 16 homers this year but carries a sluggish .231 average with 95 strikeouts in 316 at-bats. He's starting in right field and batting fifth Thursday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Daily Slant: For those looking to get adventurous in GPPs, Renfroe possesses some solid power numbers against LHP and Madison Bumgarner is still working his way back from injury. Bumgarner wasn't overly dominant against the Padres in his last start - his first since returning from the DL - and if any rust carries over, one bad pitch to Renfroe could end up in the seats. The Padres outfielder carries an elite .300 ISO and 166 wRC+ against LHP this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • A.J. Pollock getting day off against Reds
    A.J. Pollock is getting the day off Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat eighth, with Daniel Descalso taking a turn at leadoff. It's just a routine day of maintenance for Pollock. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:32 am
  • JD Martinez (hand) out for D'Backs on Thurs.
    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 starting in right field and Daniel Descalso is in left field on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:29 am
  • 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 Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • Cabrera goes 3-for-5 with two runs scored Wed
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He singled three times and reached base another time on a key error by third baseman Jedd Gyorko that led to three unearned runs in the second inning. Cabrera has a .254 batting average with nine longballs and 29 RBI. He has scored 40 runs and stolen three bases. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • 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 Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • 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 Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Buster Posey hits go-ahead two-run double
    Buster Posey connected for a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run double in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Posey initially received the day off on Wednesday, but with the Giants trailing 4-3 and threatening in the eighth inning, manager Bruce Bochy decided to summon his All-Star catcher from off the bench. That move worked out plenty well, with Posey proceeding to pick up a two-run double to flip the score to 5-4, Giants. For the campaign as a whole, Posey is hitting .329/.409/.508 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 295 at-bats. He is as reliable as they come. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Josh Bell not in lineup against Brewers
    Josh Bell is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Bell collided with Eric Thames at first base on Tuesday, but came out of that without lingering health concern. Still, the Pirates will give him a rest day just to make sure everything is on the level. Jose Osuna is starting at first base and hitting fourth in his place. Daily Slant: With Bell out of the lineup, Jose Osuna is now a viable value play across all formats hitting out of the clean-up spot against Zach Davies. While his batted ball profile isn't eye-popping, Osuna does own a healthy .233 ISO against RHP on the season and being slotted around McCutchen and Polanco should provide him with some solid run producing opportunities. Osuna's price tag makes it easier to afford an arm like Jacob deGrom, and the Pirates actually have one of the higher team totals on the main slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:14 pm
  • Bregman goes 2-for-3 in loss to Seattle
    Alex Bregman went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Astros' loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bregman started at third base in this one, with Marwin Gonzalez filling in for Carlos Correa (thumb) at shortstop. Bregman is also expected to get some time at short during Correa's multi-month absence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Gamel hits two-run homer versus Astros
    Ben Gamel hit a two-run homer in the Mariners' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a go-ahead drive off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the top of the fourth inning. Gamel finished 1-for-4 in the afternoon victory at Minute Maid Park. He has a surprising .319/.373/.444 batting line over 72 games this season for Seattle, though the homer Wednesday was just his fifth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:07 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 Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Posey, Pence out of SF lineup Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.

    Advice: Nick Hundley will catch and hit sixth versus Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco with Posey taking a routine breather. Hunter Pence will also get the day off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • 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
  • Chris Taylor goes 4-for-5 in win
    Chris Taylor went 4-for-5 with a double and a steal versus the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: He scored the only run of the game for either team. Taylor is playing well again of late after struggling to hit for average in June; he's batting .408 with a homer, two triples and four doubles in 49 at-bats during July. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Min
     
  • 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
  • Kyle Seager's homer propels Mariners
    Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning to propel the Mariners to a 9-7 win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Both homers came off Tony Sipp, the Astros' seventh pitcher of the game. The Mariners actually used eight, with seven relievers covering 4 1/3 innings in relief of Ariel Miranda. Perhaps Seager is finally going on that tear we've been waiting for. He's homered in three straight games now, giving him 13 homers for the year. He also collected two singles tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Rosario hits two RBI doubles vs. Yankees
    Eddie Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles in the Twins' defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Rosario hit his first RBI double in the bottom of the second inning to put Minnesota on the board and he contributed another RBI double to the Twins' big two-run eighth inning. The 25-year-old outfielder is rocking a decent .289/.326/.463 overall batting line this season, with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, four stolen bases, and 37 runs scored in 85 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Braves activate Santana from 10-day DL
    Braves activated INF Danny Santana from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Santana landed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a bacterial infection. He returns to a .223/.275/.393 batting line over 55 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:29 pm
  • Braves activate INF Rodriguez from DL
    Braves activated INF Sean Rodriguez from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rodriguez has been out all season after injuring his shoulder in an offseason car crash. He was originally expected to miss the entire year, but he managed to make it back just a few days removed from the All-Star break. The 32-year-old should function in a utility role. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Ryon Healy picks up two-run single in win
    Ryon Healy went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Healy got this party started for the A's with a two-run single off Trevor Bauer in the first inning. He has been a reliable run-producer this season, slashing .269/.302/.498 with 19 homers and 54 RBI across 337 at-bats. While Healy had been dealing with a little bout of back spasms before the All-Star break, he looks to be past that injury concern at this juncture. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 4:20 pm
  • Nick Williams launches grand slam in victory
    Nick Williams went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: This was a low-scoring game up until the sixth inning, when Williams connected for the big grand slam off of Tyler Webb to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. This was the 23-year-old rookie's second home run since being called up on June 30. Through the first 11 games of his big league career, Williams has done a nice job, slashing .306/.359/.528 with four extra-base hits. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 2:58 pm
  • Kyle Seager goes deep again in Sunday's win
    Kyle Seager homered for the second consecutive game as the Mariners outlasted the White Sox in extra innings on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

    Advice: Seager tends to hit home runs in bunches, so now is the time to ride him in daily leagues. His solo shot off of Derek Holland got the M's comeback started, cutting their deficit to 5-1. He finished the day 2-for-5 and is hitting .251/.319/.421 with 12 bombs and 49 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 2:47 pm
  • Jose Altuve doubles, steals home in victory
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a double and a steal of home in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Altuve stole home when the ball got away following a strikeout of Josh Reddick in the seventh inning. The diminutive second baseman is putting another all-universe campaign together this season, slashing .349/.418/.553 with 13 homers, 51 RBI, 62 runs scored and 19 steals across 338 at-bats. He has picked up multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 2:04 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera slugs two-run homer
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer Sunday in the Mets' blowout loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: New York was down 9-1 in the game when Cabrera went deep off Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman in the bottom of the fifth. Cabrera finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 1:52 pm
  • Pollock goes 2-for-3 with a steal and a run
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: He led off the game with a single and came around to score on a Chris Owings single to right. Pollock has played in only 45 games this season after missing six weeks with a groin injury. He has a .288 batting average with three home runs, 28 runs, 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He is capable of being one of the best leadoff men in baseball when fully healthy. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 9:03 pm
  • Altuve swats solo dinger in loss to Twins Sat
    Jose Altuve swatted a solo home run during a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He cracked the tater off starter Ervin Santana in the third inning. It was his only hit in four chances in the ballgame. The veteran second baseman has an extremely impressive .348/.419/.558 slash line with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. He leads the major leagues in batting average. He has 63 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 7:58 pm
  • Jason Castro strikes out three times Friday
    Jason Castro (neck) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the Twins lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Castro had been scratched from the finale of the first half due to neck spasms. The 30-year-old backstop is hitting just .219/.311/.363 on the season with six homers and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 5:11 am
  • Buster Posey homers in Giants' win
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk to lead the Giants to a 5-4 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Posey had opened July in a 4-for-26 slump, and another bad game tonight would have dropped his OPS below .900 for the first time since early May. Still, Posey is a tough guy to keep down for long. His .326 average is tops in the NL among those who don't play for the Nationals (Daniel Murphy (.342), Bryce Harper (.327) and Ryan Zimmermann (.327) occupy the top three spots). Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 10:51 pm
  • McCann launches go-ahead home
    Brian McCann launched a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Twins.

    Advice: McCann put the exclamation point on the Astros’ eight-run rally in the second inning. The homer was his 11th of the season and his first since June 16. He’s batting .253/.331/.442 overall. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 10:28 pm
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