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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez gives up four runs in loss
    Gio Gonzalez lost after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: A rare rough outing for Gonzalez this year. In fact, it’s the first time he’s given up four runs since May 19 and just the third time in 20 starts total. He’s now lost four of his last five outings, but that’s a lot more about run support than anything he’s done wrong. The potent Nationals offense just hasn’t been as kind to him as it has to the rest of the team’s starters. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Corey Seager homers in rout
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 with his 15th homer and three RBI as the Dodgers topped the White Sox 9-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday,

    Advice: With the outcome hardly in doubt, the game was called after a quick delay in the eighth. Seager had actually been pulled before the delay in an effort to steal the shortstop a little extra rest. He’s hit in nine straight games and is batting .301 overall. 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. Yesterday, 10:11 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Greinke yields three runs in five innings Wed
    Zack Greinke let in three runs in five innings and had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Reds in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks' ace didn't have his best stuff working for him tonight. He allowed eight base hits and issued three walks while striking out three in the ballgame. He gave up a solo home run to All Star shortstop Zack Cozart in the third inning. Greinke was not able to add to his 11 wins, but at least he didn't add to his four losses either. The former Cy Young Award winner wields a stellar 2.97 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through 19 starts. He has an elite 134/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 121 1/3 innings of work and remains one of the best pitchers in baseball at the age of 33. Yesterday, 9:12 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • White Sox calling up No. 1 prospect Moncada
    Dan Hayes of 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. 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. Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • 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. 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. Sunday, 3:59 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • 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. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Gonzalez blanks Reds into ninth inning Friday
    Gio Gonzalez spun 8 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez was pulled after getting Joey Votto to fly out to begin the ninth inning. The southpaw gave up just four hits on the night (three of them singles) while walking two and striking out six. The strong outing brought his ERA down to 2.66 for the year, which is good enough for third in the NL behind teammate Max Scherzer and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Friday, 8:07 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. 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. 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. 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. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • 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. 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. Thursday, 8:10 am
  • Report: DET could be open to Verlander trade
    Mark Feinsand of 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. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
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