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  • Jeff Hoffman Ks six in no-decision
    Jeff Hoffman allowed two earned runs, six hits and three walks with six strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hoffman threw 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes. While he was unable to pick up a win for the third consecutive outing, Hoffman was much better with his first quality start during the span. His next scheduled start is set for Monday against the Reds, and he'll make a second start in the upcoming week at home against the White Sox. It's looking like Hoffman could be quite the two-start sleeper next week. Today, 12:35 am
  • Danny Valencia posts two hits in return
    Danny Valencia (wrist) finished 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Valencia missed the past two games due to a sore right wrist but he showed no ill effects of the injury, playing the entire game while handling duties at first base. It appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup if you normally depend upon him. Today, 12:26 am
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Aaron Altherr belts 13th homer on Tuesday
    Aaron Altherr finished 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two walks in Tuesday's game in Seattle.

    Advice: Altherr has hit safely in nine straight games, going 15-for-40 (.375) with two homers, five RBI and four runs scored. He is slashing .284/.355/.530 overall on the season, making him one of the few Phillies hitters worth using in most fantasy formats. Today, 12:13 am
  • Aaron Nola pitches well, evens record at 5-5
    Aaron Nola allowed two earned runs, five hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings in a win Tuesday at Seattle.

    Advice: Nola threw 67 of his 113 pitches for strikes. He has lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 4.13 with a pair of wins and quality starts over his past two outings. He has really turned up the intensity in June, going 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA over five outings with 11 walks and 35 strikeouts across 33 1/3 innings. Today, 12:02 am
  • Manuel Margot hitless in return to action
    Manuel Margot (calf) was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Margot didn't hit very well during his minor-league rehab assignment and he obviously showed quite a bit of rust in his first game back. It's a good idea for fantasy owners to keep him reserved until he can start to show his pre-injury consistency at the dish. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Sean Newcomb holds down Padres in win
    Sean Newcomb scattered six hits with a walk over six scoreless innings while striking out eight batters in a victory in San Diego on Tuesday.

    Advice: Newcomb threw 68 of his 103 pitches for strikes to earn his first major league victory. He made his debut on June 10 and has been masterful through four starts, posting a minuscule 1.48 ERA. The Braves look like they made a wise trade when they shipped Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for the southpaw. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • David Peralta delivers in Arizona's victory
    David Peralta hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday before the Diamondbacks edged the Cardinals 6-5 in 10 innings.

    Advice: Chris Herrmann won it with a single in the 10th. The Diamondbacks got four of their six runs in the final three innings. Peralta's homer off Seung-Hwan Oh was his eighth of the year. He's still batting a robust .324. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Yunel Escobar posts another multi-hit game
    Yunel Escobar collected a pair of singles over four at-bats in Tuesday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Escobar provided 40 percent of the hits for the Halos, as Kenta Maeda and two relievers pitched the shutout to get back on track after a rare loss in Monday's series opener. He has four consecutive multi-hit performances, and he has at least two hits in six of his past seven outings. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Carlos Martinez strikes out 10 Diamondbacks
    Carlos Martinez surrendered two runs in six innings and struck out 10 in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez has been blessed with an easy schedule this year, which has played a role in his 2.88 ERA. Still, he deserves far better than his current 6-6 record. Tonight's quality start was his 12th in 16 starts this year. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia reaches four times in win
    Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Tuesday in Boston's 9-2 rout of Minnesota.

    Advice: Pedroia has collected multiple hits in eight of his last 14 games, taking his average to .299. The power has been absent this year, limiting his fantasy value, but it might come back some if he could get somewhere close to 100 percent physically for any length of time. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz gets victory after delay
    Drew Pomeranz yielded an unearned run over five innings Tuesday in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: The Red Sox took a chance in bringing Pomeranz back following a lengthy rain delay in the third. It not for the W, Pomeranz probably would have been pulled in the fifth after the first three reached (albeit one on an error and another on an infield single). Still, he got through the frame and improved to 7-4 on the year. He's allowed two runs or fewer in 12 of 15 starts. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Christian Vazquez hits first homer
    Christian Vazquez hit his first homer, walked twice and stole a base Tuesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Vazquez is out-OPSing Sandy Leon .740 to .700 at the moment, and given his strong defense, he really should be getting more playing time. As is, he still has nine fewer plate appearances than Leon. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Mike Fiers charged with four runs in loss
    Mike Fiers was charged with four runs in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Fiers deserved better; he left with the score tied 1-1 and the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth. James Hoyt took over and gave up a grand slam. If Hoyt had gotten that out, Fiers has a 3.66 ERA right now. Instead, he's at 3.98. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Curtis Granderson homers again as Mets lose
    Curtis Granderson launched his 11th homer in a losing effort against the Marlins on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has made it a habit recently of leading off games with solo home runs. It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the night though. Granderson is hitting .234/.326/.464 with 11 homers and 30 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Justin Bour drives in two runs on Tuesday
    Justin Bour went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs on Tuesday as the Marlins topped the Mets.

    Advice: Bour got the Marlins on the board with a two-run single in the first inning. He's in the midst of a breakout season offensively, slashing .293/.365/.572 with 18 homers and 50 RBI. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Valencia (wrist) back in Mariners' lineup
    Danny Valencia (wrist) is back in the Mariners' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Valencia missed a couple games with a sore right wrist. He's at first base and hitting seventh. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Manuel Margot activated from disabled list
    Padres activated OF Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Margot has been sidelined for a little over a month with a strained calf. He went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his rehab assignment, but the rookie outfielder feels healthy and that's really all the Padres care about.Daily Slant: The Padres bats aren't too appealing on a full slate against Sean Newcomb, but starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has viability in his home park. Chacin owns a surprisingly solid 6.4 Hd-Sft% at home to go along with a 55% GB rate and just five HRs allowed in 47 IP. He’s been fortunate from a BABIP perspective, but sets up as a fine mid-range play for those looking to pay a premium for bats. Atlanta owns the 5th lowest team total on the slate. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Margot (calf) expected to be activated Tue.
    Manuel Margot (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: Margot went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his minor league rehab assignment, but the most important thing is that he's over his right calf strain. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined for a little over a month. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Yunel Escobar picks up two-run single in win
    Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and two strikeouts in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Escobar notched a two-run single against Rich Hill in the third inning. He had missed the last two games due to a strained left thumb, but had no issues in his return to the lineup on Monday. The veteran third baseman is 10-for-26 (.385) over his last six games and is slashing a fine-if-unspectacular .283/.333/.417 with five homers and 23 RBI in 59 games played this season. Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Altherr hits triple in extras loss to D-Backs
    Aaron Altherr went 3-for-5 with a triple in Sunday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The triple was Altherr's second of the season. He has picked up six hits in his last 14 at-bats and is slashing a cool .284/.353/.529 with 12 homers and 39 RBI in 65 games this season. Sunday, 5:11 pm
  • Danny Valencia (wrist) out again Sunday
    Danny Valencia (wrist) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight starts with a sore right wrist. Taylor Motter is handling first base again. Sunday, 10:45 am
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Yunel Escobar (thumb) out again on Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (thumb) remained out of the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Escobar is feeling better, but he'll miss a second straight start with a strained left thumb. Kaleb Cowart is at third base. Sunday, 8:12 am
  • Valencia scratched with right wrist soreness
    Updating an earlier report, Danny Valencia was scratched from Saturday's game against the Astros due to a sore right wrist.

    Advice: It's unclear when or how he got hurt. Taylor Motter is filling in at first base. Consider Valencia day-to-day. Saturday, 5:54 pm
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Danny Valencia scratched on Saturday
    Danny Valencia was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: Taylor Motter is now starting at first base and batting eighth. So far there's been no word on why Valencia was scratched. We'll let you know as soon as we find out. Saturday, 5:08 pm
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Escobar scratched with strained thumb
    Yunel Escobar (thumb) was scratched from the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's dealing with a strained left thumb. Cliff Pennington will man third base and bat ninth in Escobar's absence. Escobar is day-to-day. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Justin Bour not in Marlins lineup on Saturday
    Justin Bour is not in the Marlins' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for Bour against tough southpaw Jon Lester. Tyler Moore is starting at first base for the Marlins and will bat seventh on Saturday. Saturday, 9:35 am
  • 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. Friday, 10:50 pm
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Dustin Pedroia a late add to Red Sox' lineup
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) has been added to the Red Sox' lineup.

    Advice: He had been slated to miss a fourth straight start after he was hit in the ribs by a pitch Sunday, but Pedroia apparently talked his way in there. He's at second base and batting second versus Alex Meyer and the Angels. Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remains out of lineup
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Pedroia hasn't played since taking a pitch in the ribs on Sunday. The hope is that he'll be ready to play Saturday. Josh Rutledge continues to fill in at second base. Friday, 12:30 pm
  • Curtis Granderson socks solo homer in loss
    Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Granderson led off the game with a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu. The homer was his ninth of the season. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting .225/.315/.437 in 69 games played. He has gone yard in back-to-back contests. Thursday, 10:49 pm
  • Escobar turns in another multi-hit game
    Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was the third in his last four contests, with two doubles and a triple in that time. He's also scored five runs in his last five games. In total, Escobar is hitting .276/.328/.409 as the team's primary third baseman. Thursday, 9:55 pm
  • Aaron Nola strikes out eight Cards in win
    Aaron Nola pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight in beating the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Nola could be 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA this month if Pete Mackanin hadn't sent him out to face the top of the Diamondbacks lineup for the fourth time in the seventh inning of last Friday's start (he gave up three runs without getting an out, turning a possible win into a loss). The 4.32 season ERA isn't quite what anyone was hoping for on draft day, but he's clearly headed in the right direction. Thursday, 1:16 pm
  • Carlos Martinez gives up three runs in loss
    Carlos Martinez took a loss after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Martinez has been way too good this year to deserve a 6-6 record after 15 starts. Twice he's gotten no-decisions after allowing no runs, once in 7 1/3 innings and once in nine innings, and he's currently sporting a 2.87 ERA even though the Cardinals have hardly played great defense this year. It took two errors to lead to the unearned run he allowed today. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Peralta, Drury sitting Thursday vs. Rockies
    David Peralta is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in right field and bat leadoff versus Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela. It's just a quick breather for Peralta, who tallied four hits in Wednesday night's blowout victory. Brandon Drury is also on the bench Thursday for the Diamondbacks. Thursday, 9:37 am
  • Granderson drives in both Mets run Wednesday
    Curtis Granderson paced the Mets with three hits in Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Granderson greeted the Dodgers by crushing a solo blast off left-hander Rich Hill in the game’s first at-bat. He also singled in the third before capping his night with an RBI double in the ninth inning to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Wednesday was only Granderson’s second three-hit game of 2017. For the season he’s batting just .220 with eight homers, 20 RBI and three steals. Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Newcomb allows one run in six innings Wed.
    Sean Newcomb allowed only one run in six innings but was denied a win when the Giants tied the game in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: He surrendered just three base hits and one walk while fanning three in the premium outing. The one run he allowed came when Brandon Belt laced a triple that scored Hunter Pence in the second inning. This was Newcomb's third major league start. He owns a shiny 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts and seven walks in 18 1/3 innings. He had a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A before his call to the bigs. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Fiers excellent in victory over Athletics
    Mike Fiers yielded three hits and one run over six stellar frames Wednesday in the Astros’ victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked three. Fiers was a little erratic early, hitting a batter and walking two others over his first two innings, but he settled down after that. Oakland’s only run off Fiers came in the seventh inning when Luke Gregerson allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Fiers benefited from strong defense as the Astros were able to turn three double plays. The veteran right-hander is now 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA over his last five starts. Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Jeff Hoffman unravels in ugly loss to Arizona
    Jeff Hoffman took it on the chin in Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, relinquishing eight hits, nine runs and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: He tallied two strikeouts while throwing 45 of his 68 pitches for strikes. Hoffman cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one base-runner during that span. It all went downhill from there as the D’Backs tagged Hoffman for nine runs on seven hits in the fourth inning. He couldn’t finish the frame, allowing six straight batters to reach before finally getting the hook from manager Bud Black. Hoffman took his first loss of the year while watching his ERA skyrocket from 2.25 to 4.29. He’ll try to get back on track Monday against the Giants. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • David Peralta goes ballistic with four hits
    David Peralta rattled off four hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: He reached five times, walking once and scoring on four occasions. All four of his hits were singles. Peralta has had an incredible month so far, batting .390 over 59 June at-bats. His .332 average this year ranks fourth in the National League behind Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Buster Posey. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz holds Royals to two runs
    Drew Pomeranz held the Royals to two runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Royals.

    Advice: Pomeranz left with a two-run lead, but it was blown in the eighth. That makes back-to-back quality starts for him in which he's failed to factor into the decision. Pomeranz has given up one or two runs in seven of his last eight starts and 11 of 14 for the seasons. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Margo (calf) goes 2-for-4 in second rehab gm.
    Manuel Margot (calf) went 2-for-4 with two RBI in his second rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: It looks like the 22-year-old outfielder will be good to rejoin the Padres by the end of this week. Margot has been on the disabled list since May 25 because of a right calf strain. He was batting .259/.305/.389 with four home runs and five stolen bases through 47 games with San Diego. Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Dustin Pedroia (ribs) out again Wednesday
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Josh Rutledge is at second base and Deven Marrero is at third base in the afternoon finale at Kauffman Stadium. Pedroia took a pitch to the ribs on Sunday night and hasn't played since, though X-rays turned up negative and he is expected to avoid the disabled list. Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • David Peralta leaves yard in Tuesday's loss
    David Peralta finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss at Colorado.

    Advice: Peralta has been very productive in the month of June, hitting .358 (19-for-53) with three homers and eight RBI across 16 games. He is on pace to match or exceed his career-high total of 17 homers set back in 2015. Peralta has managed just 20 RBI overall, but he has driven in eight runs over the past 10 outings to pick up the pace in that category. Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remains sidelined Tues.
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Pedroia took a pitch to the ribs on Sunday night and was in serious pain, but X-rays turned up negative and he's considered day-to-day for now. Josh Rutledge will start at second base for Boston on Tuesday night against the Royals. Daily Slant: Pedroia's absence will open up a spot towards the top of the lineup for Chris Young, who will slot second against Matt Strahm. For those looking for near minimum priced hitters to make paying up for Chris Sale more reasonable, Young is well worth considering against LHP. His sample size this season is still small, but Young finished with a .260 ISO and 165 wRC+ against LHP last year, numbers that make his current asking price look like a bargain. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • Justin Bour delivers grand slam in victory
    Justin Bour went 2-for-4 with a grand slam Monday as the Marlins edged the Nationals 8-7.

    Advice: It was Bour's third slam in 21 career at-bats with the bases loaded. He hasn't missed a beat since coming off the disabled list, driving in runs in all four games since returning. He's hit 14 homers in his last 27 games after hitting just four in his first 32. Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Collins says Granderson will be fourth OF
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Curtis Granderson will be the team's fourth outfielder when everyone is healthy.

    Advice: Granderson has batted .270/.380/.516 with six home runs since May 1, but his awful April is weighing him down and Jay Bruce has heated back up in June. With the Mets looking unlikely to contend, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them trade impending free agents Bruce and/or Lucas Duda, so Granderson might have an everyday role again before long. Of course, he's an impending free agent himself and could conceivably be dealt. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia (ribs) sitting out on Monday
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Pedroia was hit in the ribs by a pitch Sunday and said he actually spit up some blood that night. X-rays came back clean and he should ultimately be fine, but he's understandably still sore and is expected to miss a couple games. Josh Rutledge is at second base. Monday, 1:29 pm
  • Pedroia (rib cage) cleared for travel to KC
    Dustin Pedroia (rib cage) was cleared to fly with the Red Sox to Kansas City early Monday morning.

    Advice: Pedroia underwent X-rays at a hospital in Houston after getting hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Sunday night's win over the Astros. That scan apparently turned up negative, and he'll be with the team at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Sunday's game that Pedroia began experiencing swelling and tightness around his lat and lost some range of motion, but this doesn't sound like anything too serious. Consider him day-to-day. Jun 19, 1:44 am
  • 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. Jun 18, 4:14 pm
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Manuel Margot (calf) set for rehab assignment
    Manuel Margot (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

    Advice: Margot has been out since May 25 with a right calf strain, but he's been running for the last week with no issues. It's unclear how many rehab games the young outfielder will require before being activated, but it shouldn't be too many. Jun 18, 10:09 am
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