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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
     
  • Michael Conforto goes 3-for-5
    Michael Conforto went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Conforto, who has had some problems with a stiff back, didn't play Wednesday before the off day Thursday. He needs to hit to ensure his presence in the lineup now that Yoenis Cespedes is back. The Mets would be crazy to sit him with any regularity, but they are the Mets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Gardner hits game-tying homer
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a game-tying solo homer and a stolen base Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gardner took Rangers closer Matt Bush deep with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees went on to win the game in 10 innings. Gardner is already up to 14 home runs on the year, which doubles his total from all of last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes goes 3-for-5, homers
    Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: One does wonder if Cespedes will be in and out of the Mets' lineup for the duration of the season, but he's been about as productive as ever when able to play this season, hitting .321 with nine homers, nine doubles and a 1.043 OPS in 106 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Brandon Belt homers again versus Mets
    Brandon Belt hit his third homer in four games Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Belt hit cleanup tonight after spending the last week in the bottom half of the order. His slump now seemingly over, he should go back to being a fixture in the top half of the lineup. While he hasn't performed as hoped with his .783 OPS this year, he's still the Giants' second-best hitter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Yasiel Puig hits 14th homer
    Yasiel Puig homered and walked after replacing an injured Corey Seager in Friday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see Puig being held out of the lineup against a lefty tonight, even though he's been far more effective against righties this year. Once he got his chance, he showed why he should have been in there all along. The homer off starter Kyle Freeland was his first versus a lefty in 2017 and 14th overall. He's quietly on pace for a 30-homer season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Pillar hitless against Royals on Friday
    Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Pillar was bumped from the leadoff spot to sixth in the order on Thursday, but he batted seventh in this one. He’s better than what he’s shown this month, but he’s not nearly as interesting in fantasy leagues if he sticks in the bottom-third of the order. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Wil Myers plays second base
    Wil Myers was used at second base for one batter, ala Anthony Rizzo, in Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Like Rizzo has been several times this season, Myers moved to second base in a bunt situation and then moved back to first afterwards. It counts as a position change, and it's the first time he's played second base in his career. He could get eventually get eligibility in five-game leagues if manager Andy Green likes how it worked out tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
     
  • Howie Kendrick doubles off bench
    Howie Kendrick was able to come off the bench Friday and doubled in his only at-bat against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't start because of hamstring tightness. It sounds like he'll be in there Satursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Jaso slugs go-ahead homer vs. Cardinals
    John Jaso slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, Jaso took Seung-Hwan Oh deep with two outs in the top of the ninth. Felipe Rivero tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to finish off the wild win. Jaso is now hitting .234/.319/.421 with five homers and 19 RBI through 62 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Howie Kendrick scratched with tight hamstring
    Howie Kendrick was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Friday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The veteran utilityman is considered day-to-day. Andres Blanco is starting at second base for the Phillies against Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Brandon Belt getting the night off Thursday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: The left-handed Belt will take a seat against Braves southpaw Jaime Garcia. Buster Posey will man first base with Nick Hundley starting behind the plate. Belt has hit just .193 against lefties this season.Daily Slant: If you aren't a fan of Luis Severino tonight, pitching options are thin, but Jaime Garcia may actually offer solid value against the Braves. The Giants have been one of the weakest offenses in baseball against left-handed pitching; they rank 27th in wRC+ (79), 29th in wOBA (.288) and dead last in ISO (.117), which makes them a team worth targeting despite a relatively low K% (19.2%). Garcia himself owns a respectable 22.5 K% at home with a solid 3.39 FIP and 3.24 xFIP. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Yasiel Puig socks 13th homer in win over Mets
    Yasiel Puig rocked his 13th homer of the year in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

    Advice: He admired the heck out of it too, taking an incredible 32 seconds to tour the bases. Puig’s three-run shot off Tyler Pill put Los Angeles up 5-1 in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old still isn’t hitting for a high average (.247) but he’s rediscovered his power stroke by slugging four homers over his last eight games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-5 with a run and a steal
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also walked in the ballgame. The 33-year-old veteran infielder-outfielder is now batting .350/.409/.475 with two homers and 12 RBI in 132 plate appearances. He missed six weeks with an oblique injury but it hasn't affected his performance since returning to action. He will be an interesting piece on the trade market this summer. The fact he can play all over the field adds to his value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Michael Conforto sitting against Dodgers
    Michael Conforto is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Presumably this is simply a normal day off for Conforto, who was dealing with a stiff back last week. There has been no indication that this rest day is related to the prior injury. Curtis Granderson will lead off and man center in his place on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Wil Myers draws three walks in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 0-for-1 and drew three walks as the Padres were shut out by the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: As a club the Padres tallied just five hits on the night and it seemed as though the Cubs' hurlers were simply pitching around Myers for most of the night. He's slashing .260/.330/.480 with 14 homers, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
     
  • Brett Gardner goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brett Gardner finished 0-for-4 against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gardner had an awesome May, but he's come crashing down pretty good with a .231/.282/.359 line in 78 at-bats this month. He'll still be worth using in mixed leagues for as long as he's playing regularly and batting leadoff, but he could lose at-bats once Jacoby Ellsbury comes back. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Howie Kendrick reaches four times
    Howie Kendrick had three of the Phillies' seven hits and one of their two walks Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Phillies should turn a profit on Kendrick next month after picking him up from the Dodgers for basically nothing over the winter. He's hit .342 in 76 at-bats since coming off the disabled list and .339 in 115 at-bats overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Brandon Belt homers as Giants top Braves
    Brandon Belt launched his 12th home run of the season as the Giants topped the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt's solo shot off of Jason Motte added a valuable insurance run in the ninth inning. He finished night 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. It has been a very disappointing season for Belt who is hitting just .223/.337/.418 with 12 long balls and 29 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Yasiel Puig sitting out on Monday
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe is also getting a day off. The Dodgers have Enrique Hernandez in right field and Chase Utley at second base and in the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:35 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
     
  • Wil Myers picks up pair of singles in loss
    Wil Myers went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Nothing doing for Myers and the Padres' offense, who managed just six hits and one run on the afternoon. The first baseman is hitting .265/.326/.489 with 14 homers, 37 RBI and nine steals in 68 games this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:03 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
     
  • Conforto hits pair of RBI singles in win
    Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in the Mets' win over the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Conforto swatted RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the sixth. The 24-year-old outfielder boasts a .289/.410/.569 batting line with 38 RBI through 62 games this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:14 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes getting a breather Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Mets have eased Cespedes back into things after he returned from the disabled list. Curtis Granderson is in left field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 am
  • Puig homers twice in Dodgers' rout of Reds
    Yasiel Puig homered twice, driving in three runs in the Dodgers' 10-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Puig hit a couple of solo shots, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to extend the Dodgers' lead. The dongs were his 11th and 12th of the year and matched his homer output since May 19. He's been picking it up in recent days, using four multi-hit games in the past seven days to raise his line to .247/.319/.445. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Kendrick goes 2-for-5 vs Diamondbacks Sat.
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and neither affected the score but it was another solid day at the plate for the 33-year-old veteran. He spent six weeks on the shelf with an oblique injury but he has picked up right where he left off with the bat. He can play all over the field and has played first base, second base and outfield for the Phillies this year. He is batting .321/.379/.462 with two homers and 12 RBI in 116 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:10 pm @Ari
     
  • Cespedes has huge afternoon in losing effort
    Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mets actually had more hits than the Nats, 12 to 11, thanks in large part to Cespedes' second four-hit game of the year. It was just his 26th game overall, as he's been hampered by hamstring, quad and heel injuries in recent weeks. When on the field, he's been terrific, hitting .322/.400/.667 with eight homers, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:34 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Brandon Belt not in Giants lineup on Saturday
    Brandon Belt is absent from the Giants' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Giants' manager Bruce Bochy is using a matchup against left-hander Kyle Freeland to give Belt, Brandon Crawford and Denard Span a breather. Buster Posey is starting in his place at first base and batting cleanup for the Giants. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:01 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Conforto (back) returns to Mets lineup Friday
    Michael Conforto (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Friday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: He is starting in center field and batting leadoff versus Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Conforto missed a handful of games with a stiff back. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:18 pm
  • Conforto (back) entered game Thursday night
    Michael Conforto (back) entered Thursday night's game against the Cubs in the seventh inning.

    Advice: Conforto was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game, but he was called into duty after Juan Lagares fractured his left thumb and Conforto said afterward that his back felt "great." He should start Friday with the Nationals throwing right-hander Max Scherzer. Lagares is going to be out a while. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:52 am
  • Cespedes (heel) returns Thursday vs. Nats
    Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is back in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes didn't start Wednesday due to a sore heel but returned as a pinch-hitter and singled to right field. The plan is for Cespedes to start the next three games before getting a scheduled day off on Sunday. After that, he'll be employed as the everyday left fielder. Cespedes has gone 6-for-12 at the plate since coming off the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Conforto (back) remains out Thursday night
    Michael Conforto (back) remains out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: Conforto was able to appear as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night, but he's not quite ready to play the field yet. Yoenis Cespedes is in left, Juan Lagares is in center, and Jay Bruce is in right versus the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Conforto (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Michael Conforto (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Conforto has been held out of the Mets' starting lineup all week due to a stiff back, though it's clearly not an overly serious issue. He might also sit Thursday night against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:41 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Puig suspended one game for flipping bird
    Yasiel Puig has been suspended for one game after flipping off some Indians fans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig flipped a pair of dirty birds to a group of heckling fans after homering in Tuesday's win at Progressive Field. He is appealing that suspension and will be able to play until his appeal is heard. Major League Baseball is doubtful to lift the one-game sentence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Cespedes (heel) out of Mets lineup Wednesday
    Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is not in the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Curtis Granderson is in left field, Juan Lagares is in center field, and Jay Bruce is in right field with the Cubs throwing left-hander Mike Montgomery. Cespedes must still be feeling the effects of his left heel tendinitis. He was pulled early from Tuesday night's blowout loss. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:09 am
  • Wil Myers shows off wheels in Tuesday's win
    Wil Myers collected a single and double with an RBI and two stolen bases in Tuesday's win against Cincinnati.

    Advice: Myers struggled to wrap up May and kick off the month of June. However, the veteran slugger is showing signs of heating up again, going 6-for-19 (.316) with a double, three runs scored and two RBI over the past five outings. He is capable of so much more, but it's a start and he is trending in the right direction again. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:53 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
     
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