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  • Derek Dietrich homers again at Coors Field
    Derek Dietrich had a big game Sunday in Colorado, finishing 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.

    Advice: Dietrich will wish the Marlins could stay in the rarefied air of Denver a little longer, as he had a homer in each of the three games against the Rockies. He wrapped up the three-game set going 8-for-13 with two doubles, three homers and four RBI. The Fish return home to open a three-game set with the Diamondbacks on Monday night. He is hitting just .277 with four homers and 14 RBI across 119 at-bats at Marlins Park, while posting a .322 average with seven homers and 15 RBI over 143 road at-bats. Today, 6:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-5 @Col
  • Evan Gattis comes through in a pinch
    Evan Gattis swatted a solo home run in a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday against Kansas City.

    Advice: Gattis got loose against Royals reliever Heath Fillmyer in the bottom of the eighth, coming on as the designated hitter late to give Jose Altuve a couple of innings to rest. He has swatted eight homers with 25 RBI in 21 games in the month of June. He'll look to keep things going as the Blue Jays start their visit on Monday evening. Today, 6:15 pm
  • Murphy blasts ninth homer in win over Pirates
    John Ryan Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

    Advice: Murphy's homer is the ninth of the year, and it was the last run scored in this one despite coming in the second inning. The backstop won't ever hit for a high average, but he does have some power seen in his .508 slugging percentage. He could -- and probably should -- get more playing time as the season progresses. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Kevin Plawecki homers, drives in four
    Kevin Plawecki clubbed a three-run home run and added an RBI double Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Plawecki took former teammate Erik Goeddel deep with one out in the eighth inning to knot up the game 7-7 before the Mets eventually fell in extras. The longball was the first of the season for the catcher. Plawecki hasn't been playing a ton with Devin Mesoraco performing so well since his arrival. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Grossman scores, drives in run in win
    Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a double while scoring and driving in a run in a win over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Grossman's double gives him 10 on the season, and the RBI was number 20 on the year. It's been a disappointing season for the outfielder, who is still just hitting .232/.313/.346 on the season. His fantasy appeal is limited to a cheap stream against left-handed pitchers. Today, 2:01 pm
  • Rosario has pair of hits in win over Rangers
    Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Rosario came across to score a run on an RBI single from Robbie Grossman to give the outfielder 54 on the season. He also has his average up to .320 to go along with those runs, and the 26-year-old burgeoning star has an OPS on the year of .938 along with 17 homers over 73 games. Today, 1:58 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Ramirez continues strong run with three hits
    Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer in a victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer gives Ramirez 23 on the season. He also walked, and his OPS is up to an outstanding 1.018. Any thoughts that Ramirez was a one-year wonder should be put to the side now, as this is a year and a half of being one of the best hitters in baseball right now. He's also 12-for-14 in steals to go along with his .296/.402/.616 line over 75 games, so he's helping you in every facet of the game. Today, 1:24 pm
    W, 12-2 vs Det
  • Almora has three hits, homer in loss to Reds
    Albert Almore went 3-for-5 with a homer in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Almora hit his third homer of the year on Sunday, with this one being a solo shot off of Jackson Stephens. The three hits raise Almora's average to .323, and his .445 slugging percentage shows he's hitting the ball with authority in 2018. Add in his strong defense, and Almora isn't giving up his starting job in center -- at least not in the short term. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Mike Zunino's slump continues Sunday
    Mike Zunino struck out in all three of his plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He wasn't the only one, as Chris Sale piled up 13 whiffs against the Mariners. That said, Zunino has really been fighting it at the plate lately with just one hit over his last six games. He's kept his fantasy value afloat with 11 home runs but is batting just .194/.256/.417 overall. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Winker's three-run homer helps Reds top Cubs
    Jesse Winker hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to help the Reds to an 8-6 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer came off a completely ineffective Pedro Strop, and it's the fifth homer on the 2018 season for Winker. The left-handed hitting outfielder has seen his share of ups-and-downs, but that's to be expected from a player in his first full MLB season. His .263 average and .381 slugging percentage leave a lot to be desired, but the .378 on-base percentage speak to his offensive potential. Don't be surprised if Winker is much better in the second-half of the year. Today, 1:04 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ChC
  • Austin Hedges activated from disabled list
    Padres activated C Austin Hedges from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hedges has been out since early May with a sore right elbow. He's struggled at the plate this season but his power makes him relevant in two-catcher formats. Today, 10:40 am
  • Noah Syndergaard (finger) throws off mound
    Noah Syndergaard (finger) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Everything went well. Syndergaard will throw another bullpen session Tuesday before then throwing a live batting practice session Friday. "Thor" has missed a month of action with a finger injury and presumably will require multiple rehab starts before rejoining the Mets' rotation. Today, 8:12 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs LAD
  • Mookie Betts (illness) returns to lineup
    Mookie Betts (illness) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Betts was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of illness, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in this one. He's in right field and batting leadoff. Today, 8:08 am
    W, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Kris Bryant sits out again with sore shoulder
    Kris Bryant is missing a second straight start Sunday because of a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: The Cubs believe at this time that the ailment is minor, so Bryant should return sometime during the early-week series against the Dodgers unless he has a setback. Ian Happ is at third base Sunday. Today, 7:38 am
    L, 8-6 @Cin
  • Phillip Ervin optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Ervin was only up for a few days during his most recent stint with the big club. He's no longer needed with Scott Schebler back from the bereavement list. Today, 6:24 am
    Not Active
    W, 8-6 vs ChC
  • Eddie Rosario goes deep in loss to Rangers
    Eddie Rosario crushed a two-run homer on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Rosario opened the scoring in the ballgame with a two-run blast off of Yovani Gallardo in the first inning. That would be the only time that the Twins would lead, as the Rangers answered back for six runs in the second. Rosario also added a two-run double in the ninth, finishing the day 2-for-5 with four RBI. He's now hitting .317 with 17 homers and 50 RBI. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Dietrich swats solo tater in win over Rockies
    Derek Dietrich went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during a win over the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: That makes homers on back-to-back days for the hot-hitting outfielder. The 28-year-old is having the best season of his career and is on pace to set career highs pretty much across the board. He has a .292 batting average with 10 home runs, 27 RBI and 35 runs scored in 72 games. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-5 @Col
  • Mookie Betts scrached from lineup
    Mookie Betts was scratched Saturday because of an illness.

    Advice: Betts was originally in the lineup as a DH, but shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin has replaced him in the leadoff spot, with Eduardo Nunez DHing and J.D. Martinez shifting to right. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Kris Bryant not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Reds.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place at the hot corner and batting leadoff against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds. Yesterday, 8:58 am
    L, 8-6 @Cin
  • Derek Dietrich belts his ninth home run
    Derek Dietrich went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Friday's 11-3 loss at Colorado.

    Advice: Dietrich has turned up the intensity at the plate in the month of June, going 24-for-66 (.364) with five doubles, three home runs and seven RBI to raise his average from .266 to .291 since flipping the calendar from May. He has nine multi-hit games for the Marlins in June, setting the table rather nicely for manager Don Mattingly. Friday, 11:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-5 @Col
  • Rosario (shoulder) back in Twins' lineup Fri.
    Eddie Rosario (shoulder) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Friday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat second versus left-hander Mike Minor after missing Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox due to minor soreness in his right shoulder. Rosario is slashing .320/.359/.579 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI, six stolen bases, and 52 runs scored in 70 games this season. Friday, 1:39 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Winker's grand slam propels Reds past Cubs
    Jesse Winker hit a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning to help the Reds beat the Cubs 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Reds rallied with two outs, pushing across a run with a bases loaded walk, but the Cubs still held a 2-1 lead when Winker stepped in against southpaw Randy Rosario. That changed with one swing, as Winker yanked an inside pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam that ended up being the difference in the game. The homer was the fourth of the year for Winker, who has 23 RBI and 24 runs scored. The 24-year-old is hitting .256/.367/.365 on the year. Thursday, 8:58 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ChC
  • Rosario (shoulder) expects to return Friday
    Eddie Rosario (shoulder) expects to play Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Rosario was scratched for Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox due to a sore shoulder but believes it will only be a one-game absence. "I'll play tomorrow," he confirmed. "100 percent." Rosario has had a breakout year for the Twins, leading the team in hits (89), batting average (.320) and home runs (16). Thursday, 2:04 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Mookie Betts goes 3-for-6, homers
    Mookie Betts went 3-for-6 and delivered his 19th homer Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Betts has five hits the last two days after totaling five in his first seven games back from the disabled list, so it seems safe to say he's regained his stroke. He has had multiple hits in 24 of his 57 games this year. Thursday, 1:29 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Reds recall Phillip Ervin from Louisville
    Reds recalled OF Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Ervin batted just .211/.318/.237 with zero homers and one steal during a four-week stay with the Reds earlier this season. He will probably be sent back down when Scott Schebler comes off the bereavement list. Thursday, 12:11 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-6 vs ChC
  • Eddie Rosario scratched with sore shoulder
    Eddie Rosario was scratched from the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday due to right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: It's considered a minor issue, and Rosario might be back in there for Friday night's series opener against the Rangers. Ryan LaMarre will start in center field and bat eighth Thursday versus Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello, with Robbie Grossman in left field and hitting fifth. Max Kepler is in right. Thursday, 8:43 am
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Betts goes 2-for-4 in loss to Twins on Wed.
    Mookie Betts singled twice in four chances as his team lost to the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: His two hits represented half of Boston's total for the game against Lance Lynn and crew. Betts has been unstoppable at the plate this year, rocking a .340/.424/.688 slash line with 18 home runs, 38 RBI and 55 runs scored despite missing two weeks with an abdominal strain earlier this month. He also has 14 stolen bases. He has almost as many walks (29) as strikeouts (32). Wednesday, 9:12 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Syndergaard (finger) throws from 120 feet
    Noah Syndergaard threw from 120 feet prior to Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Syndergaard made the throws with tape on his right index finger. He's expected to throw a bullpen session -- without the tape -- over the weekend after taking Thursday off as a rest day. Syndergaard should be ready to join the New York rotation sometime near the beginning of July. Wednesday, 3:08 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs LAD
  • Jose Ramirez slugs 22nd homer in win Wed.
    Jose Ramirez slammed his 22nd homer Wednesday in the Indians’ win over Chicago.

    Advice: Ramirez got Cleveland on the board with a three-run bomb in the first inning. He also walked and stole a base in the fifth before scoring on Yonder Alonso’s RBI double. Ramirez was intentionally walked in the sixth and scored later in the frame on a wild pitch by Bruce Rondon. The 25-year-old now ranks second in the AL in homers (22), fourth in RBI (50), fourth in slugging (.611) and fourth in OPS (1.002). He’s right there with Mike Trout and Mookie Betts in the AL MVP race. Wednesday, 2:06 pm
    W, 12-2 vs Det
  • Syndergaard (finger) nearing mound workout
    Noah Syndergaard (finger) is expected to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: It will be his first mound workout since he suffered a setback with the strained ligament in his right index finger on June 7. Syndergaard resumed playing catch earlier this week and has not had any issues thus far, but there won't be a timetable for his return to the Mets' rotation until he clears a couple more hurdles. The 25-year-old was originally placed on the disabled list back on May 26. Wednesday, 11:15 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs LAD
  • Grossman (illness) hits triple in return Tues
    Robbie Grossman (illness) hit a two-run triple in his return to the Twins' starting lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Grossman exited Sunday's series finale against the Indians after getting overheated, but he looked cool and hydrated while racing around the bases in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Target Field. It was only the second triple of his career. The 28-year-old is slashing .234/.320/.333 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 58 games this season for Minnesota. Wednesday, 5:43 am
  • Albert Almora singles in game-winner
    Albert Almora hit a walk-off single in the Cubs' 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Kris Bryant led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a triple into the right-field corner. After the Dodgers elected to intentionally walk Javier Baez, Almora then punched a single through the right side. He also had a double earlier in the game and is now sporting a healthy .325/.371/.442 batting line. Almora has taken a nice step forward offensively this season, but his ceiling is limited in fantasy leagues because he doesn't hit for much power or steal bases. Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Kris Bryant hitting leadoff Monday vs Dodgers
    Kris Bryant will hit leadoff Monday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It will be his third start out of the leadoff spot this season, all three of them coming in the past two weeks. Ben Zobrist hit leadoff on Sunday, but he's in the No. 3 spot Monday. Monday, 1:13 pm
    L, 8-6 @Cin
  • Hedges (elbow) homers in rehab game
    Austin Hedges (elbow) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday in a rehab game with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: It was his first game with El Paso after appearing in four games with High-A Lake Elsinore. Hedges had to be pulled off a rehab stint late last month with renewed discomfort in his elbow, but he hasn't had any issues this time around. He initially landed on the disabled list on May 1, but his return appears to be imminent. Monday, 5:50 am
  • Albert Almora has two hits in loss to Cards
    Albert Almora went 2-for-4 as the Cubs were shut out by the Cardinals on Sunday night in St. Louis.

    Advice: Both of Almora's hits in the game were singles. In fact, as a team the Cubs tallied just four total hits, all of which were singles. The speedy center fielder is enjoying a terrific season at the dish, slashing .325/.372/.440 with a pair of homers and 19 RBI in 219 plate appearances. Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Robbie Grossman leaves with heat illness
    Robbie Grossman was lifted from Sunday's game against the Indians due to heat illness.

    Advice: It was around 90 degrees in Cleveland and it appears Grossman got a little overheated. He should be fine in a day or two. Sunday, 12:26 pm
  • Noah Syndergaard (finger) 'feeling better'
    Noah Syndergaard (finger) has yet to resume a throwing program but is "feeling better every day," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday.

    Advice: "We’re just waiting for that last little bit to clear up so we can start that progression we talked about," Callaway added. Syndergaard is dealing with a strained ligament in his right index finger and hasn't made a start in over three weeks. He's obviously still got a ways to go, but things appear to be trending in a positive direction. Sunday, 11:00 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 8-7 vs LAD
  • Rosario homers, doubles, scores four runs
    Eddie Rosario went 4-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, an RBI single, a stolen base and four runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Magisterial all-around game for Rosario, who was in the middle of several rallies over the course of the afternoon. He capped off his day's work with a solo home run in the eighth inning. He's been scalding the ball of late, having homered in each of his last two games and doubling in each of his last four. Zooming out to look at his season as a whole, the 26-year-old outfielder owns a sharp .323/.362/.586 triple-slash with 16 home runs, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and six steals across 266 at-bats. Saturday, 4:31 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Jose Ramirez socks solo home run vs. Twins
    Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez went yard for a solo shot off Fernando Romero with one out in the first inning, just one batter after Francisco Lindor cracked a leadoff dinger to open the frame. It would more or less all be downhill for the Indians from that point forward, as they managed just one run for the rest of the game. For his part, Ramirez is slashing .292/.384/.614 with 21 home runs and 47 RBI in 68 games played. He's homered in two of his last three games and has now hit safely in nine consecutive contests. Saturday, 4:19 pm
    W, 12-2 vs Det
  • Zunino's homer help's M's beat Red Sox
    Mike Zunino hit a solo homer to help the Mariners beat the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: The homer brought the Mariners to within one run, coming off of Heath Hembree in the seventh inning. It gives the backstop 11 blasts on the year, and ups his slugging percentage to .453. He still owns just a .211 average and .270 on-base percentage, but there's no questioning the fact that Zunino has some of the best power at the catching position. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • Bryant snaps homerless streak, drives in four
    Kris Bryant snapped his homerless streak while driving in four runs as the Cubs walloped the Cardinals 13-5 on Friday.

    Advice: His third-inning blast against Michael Wacha — a two-run shot — was his first since May 14. It snapped a 107 at-bat homerless streak, the longest of his career. It was never really in doubt that a big night was just around the corner. Look for the home runs to start coming in bunches soon enough. Friday, 10:06 pm
    L, 8-6 @Cin
  • Gattis grand slam propels Astros past Royals
    Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in a 6-3 victory over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Gattis has been a run-producing machine as of late. The grand slam gives him 14 homers on the season, and it gives him an impressive 14 RBI over his last four games. After struggling to begin the year, Gattis now has a respectable .250/.309/.515 line over 60 games that is even more impressive when you consider that he was hitting in the low .200s in the middle of May. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Rosario stays hot against Indians
    Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double, and two runs scored Friday versus the Indians.

    Advice: He set the tone in the first inning, taking Corey Kluber deep in what ended up being a rare off-night for the Cy Young Award winner. As for Rosario, he continues to be locked in at the plate. He’s hitting .357 with 12 homers, 32 RBI, and 34 runs scored over 42 games since the start of May. Friday, 7:38 pm
    W, 2-0 vs Tex
  • Hedges (elbow) catches seven innings at LE
    Austin Hedges (elbow) caught seven innings, singled, doubled, and hit a sacrifice fly Thursday in a rehab game at High-A Lake Elsinore.

    Advice: All of those hits came against Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill, who was making a rehab start. Hedges is now 4-for-8 through three games with Lake Elsinore and should move his rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso this weekend, with an eye on returning to the Padres' active roster sometime next week. The 25-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since May 1 with tendinitis in his right elbow. Friday, 5:34 am
  • Jose Ramirez clubs 20th homer in win Thursday
    Jose Ramirez clubbed his 20th home run of the season as the Indians triumphed over the White Sox 5-2 on Thursday afternoon in Chicago.

    Advice: Ramirez blasted his go-ahead two-run homer off of Chris Volstad in the seventh inning, giving the Tribe a 4-2 lead. It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He is doing his best to prove that his breakout 2017 campaign was no fluke, slashing a monstrous .292/.384/.611 with the aforementioned 20 long balls, 46 RBI and eight stolen bases. Thursday, 3:54 pm
    W, 12-2 vs Det
  • Evan Gattis whacks two more homers in win
    Evan Gattis finished 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBI and a walk across three at-bats on Wednesday at Oakland.

    Advice: Gattis connected for a three-run shot off of Emilio Pagan in the second inning, while belting a solo homer off of Danny Coulombe in the seventh. He has three homers and 10 RBI over the past two games, and nine home runs with 34 RBI across the past 26 outings dating back to May 11. He has raised his average from .196 to .246 during the span, too. Gattis in on fire and fantasy owners are enjoying the productive ride. Wednesday, 10:37 pm
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