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  • Sean Murphy getting day off Thursday vs. TEX
    Sean Murphy is not in the Athletics' starting lineup on Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: This looks to be a routine breather for Murphy, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer on Wednesday night and has really caught fire here in June. Aramis Garcia is behind the plate on Thursday afternoon. 50 minutes ago
  • Salvy Perez (head) at DH for Royals on Thursday
    Salvador Perez (head) will DH for the Royals on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.

    Advice: Perez made an early exit from Wednesday night's game after taking a foul ball hard off his mask, but he passed through concussion protocol and is batting third for Kansas City in Thursday's matinee. The veteran catcher boasts an .852 OPS with 18 home runs and 47 RBI through 72 games played this season. Today, 7:47 am
  • Urshela (shin) not in Yankees' lineup on Thursday
    Gio Urshela (shin) is not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Urshela also sat out Wednesday after getting hit in the shin by a pitch on Tuesday night. He remains day-to-day with a contusion. DJ LeMahieu will cover third base and bat leadoff in Thursday's matinee against the Royals and right-hander Brad Keller. Rougned Odor is at second base and hitting sixth. Today, 7:24 am
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Gleyber Torres not in Yankees' lineup on Thurs.
    Gleyber Torres is not in the Yankees' starting lineup Thursday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Torres got it going a bit earlier this month but is now 2-for-35 (.057) with 15 strikeouts over his last 10 games. Tyler Wade will draw the start at shortstop and bat ninth in the matinee tilt against Kansas City. Today, 7:18 am
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Rays RHP prospect Johnson hurls five scoreless
    Rays RHP prospect Seth Johnson allowed a run over five innings with eight strikeouts Wednesday for Low-A Charleston.

    Advice: Johnson scattered three hits in the effort for the RiverDogs, and he issued one walk. The 22-year-old has pitched well in his first taste of full-season action with a 2.32 ERA over 31 innings with a 39/16 K/BB ratio. Drafted with the 40th pick of the 2019 draft out of Campbell University, Johnson is a former shortstop who has taken well to pitching; showing two plus pitches in his fastball and slider along with a usable curve and an improving change. The command is still a work-in-progress, but that’s to be expected considering his “newness” to pitching. Johnson isn’t a fast-track arm, but assuming he continues to improve, he could be a starter someday. Today, 6:33 am
  • Jackson has three-double day for 66ers
    Angels INF prospect Jeremiah Jackson went 3-for-5 with three doubles on Wednesday for Low-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: Jackson also scored a pair of runs. The 57th pick of the 2018 draft has doubled 13 times already in 38 games for the 66ers, and that goes along with eight homers and a .514 slugging percentage. Those numbers are accompanied by a .247 average and .317 on-base percentage, so it hasn’t been all good for the 21-year-old. Still, Jackson is a prospect dynasty managers should keep an eye on; he’s a shortstop who has plus power potential and can also steal bases with well above-average speed. There’s work to be done, but Jackson could be a regular for the Angels before the end of 2023. Today, 6:29 am
  • Burger swats ninth homer of Triple-A season
    White Sox INF prospect Jake Burger went 4-for-5 with a homer and a double on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Burger has his ninth homer of the Triple-A season. The four-hit day has him hitting .295/.338/.582 for the Knights in 146 at-bats. This is one of the better stories in baseball, as Burger is playing in games for the first time since 2017 when he ruptured his Achilles twice and also suffered a heel injury while rehabbing. The former first-round pick has easy plus power from the right side, and while his approach at the plate leaves a lot to be desired, he makes enough hard contact to project a decent average, as well. It’s worth pointing out that Burger played second base for  Charlotte -- his normal position is third -- and it’s very possible we see him getting a chance to play for Chicago before the summer is over. He’s worth keeping an eye on in redraft leagues. Today, 6:22 am
  • Espino hurls five scoreless for Low-A Lynchburg
    Indians RHP prospect Daniel Espino struck out eight batters over five scoreless frames for Low-A Lynchburg on Wednesday.

    Advice: Espino, 20, allowed just one hit, and he walked three to go along with the eight punchouts. Drafted with the 24th pick of the 2019 draft, Espino has been outstanding in his eight starts for the Hillcats; registering a 2.10 ERA and 48/17 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 frames. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander has a fastball that has been clocked in the triple digits, but he also has a plus cutter/slider and an above-average curve, as well. Add in a solid change, and there’s no doubt Espino has the stuff to start. There are questions about the command, however, but Cleveland has one of the best player-development systems in baseball. He could pitch at or near the top of a rotation someday, but it’s fair to say there’s quite a bit of volatility in Espino’s profile. Today, 6:13 am
  • Edwards picks up pair of hits, steals base in AA
    Rays INF prospect Xavier Edwards went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base on Wednesday for Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: Edwards also drew a walk, but did get caught stealing once. The speedy infielder got off to a late start on the year because of an injury, but in his dozen games, he’s hitting .326 with a pair of thefts and a .436 on-base percentage in his 46 at-bats with the Biscuits. Acquired from the Padres in the deal for Tommy Pham, Edwards has a great chance to hit for average and steal bases, but there’s very little power in his game, so fantasy managers will need to be cognizant that he may only add a handful of homers in a regular season. He’s capable of playing all over the infield, and could even be a helper in the outfield if Tampa Bay chose to deploy him that way. Edwards is a flawed prospect, but his ability to help -- and help is an understatement -- in two categories make him well worth rostering in keeper formats. Today, 6:11 am
  • Greene throws five scoreless in second AAA start
    Reds RHP Hunter Greene threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts on Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Greene allowed just two hits in the outing, but did walk three. The right-hander was making his second start at the Triple-A level, and this one was better than the four-inning, four-homer (all solo, to be fair) effort he had last week. In both outings, he showed off his elite fastball and a breaking-ball that makes any hitter sitting heater look foolish. Greene will likely make a few more starts in Triple-A, but more results like this will support a promotion to the Reds before 2021 comes to an end. The potential here competes with -- if not beats -- every pitching prospect in the sport. Today, 6:06 am
  • Brewers OF prospect Mitchell homers for Wisconsin
    Brewers OF prospect Garrett Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday for High-A Wisconsin.

    Advice: It’s the second homer for Mitchell in his 75 at-bats with the Timber Rattlers. While he hasn’t hit for a ton of power thus far, the 22-year-old has impressed in other categories as seen in a .321/.493/.518 line along with seven steals in eight attempts. The 20th pick of last year’s draft should see a promotion to Double-A before the end of the year, and it’s not hard to see him hitting at the top of the lineup by the time 2022 ends. Fantasy managers in dynasty leagues need to roster Mitchell right now, if they can. Today, 6:01 am
  • Betts (illness) was unavailable Wednesday vs. SD
    Mookie Betts (illness) was unavailable Wednesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Betts did report to Petco Park at one point, but only to get IV fluids, and then he traveled back to Los Angeles ahead of his teammates. He's been battling a stomach bug over the last 48 hours and should probably be considered questionable for Thursday night's series opener against the visiting Cubs. Today, 5:37 am
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Melancon locks down 23rd save against Dodgers
    Mark Melancon allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save against the Dodgers on Wednesday. 

    Advice: After the Padres took a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, Melancon was summoned to protect a two-run lead in the ninth. In the only way this game could go, things ended in dramatic fashion. Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Will Smith before getting Austin Barnes to fly out to center field. A wild pitch put Smith at second, and Gavin Lux drew a walk to bring the winning run to the plate. Albert Pujols came in as the pinch-hitter and hit a hard line drive to Manny Machado at third base. Machado made an excellent play, snagging the ball and throwing to second for force out to end the game on a double-play. It was the 23rd save of the season for the 36-year-old right-hander. Melancon carries a 1.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over 33 innings. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Max Muncy doubles twice against Padres on Wed.
    Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: After going 0-for-4 on Tuesday, Muncy got his first hits since he was activated from the injured list. He led off the fourth inning with a double off of Joe Musgrove and scored on a base hit by Will Smith. With two outs in the eighth, Muncy doubled once more off of Emilio Pagan and came around to score on a single by Justin Turner to tie the game. The 30-year-old first baseman is having a stellar season at the dish with a .266/.421/.533 triple-slash with 14 homers, 42 runs scored, and 33 RBI over 252 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jake Cronenworth continues power surge vs Dodgers
    Jake Cronenworth went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and two runs scored in a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cronenworth continued his power binge with a home run off of Trevor Bauer in the first inning to put the Padres on the board. It was the third consecutive game in which Cronenworth left the yard, and he has five homers over his last eight games. He later hit a 110.8 mile per hour double off of Blake Treinen to lead off the eighth inning and scored on a bases loaded walk. The 27-year-old second baseman is having an excellent season, posting a .284/.351/.468 triple-slash with 11 homers, 30 RBI, and three stolen bases over 319 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Sean Murphy homers and doubles versus Rangers
    Sean Murphy went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double against the Rangers on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Murphy hit a 105.3 mile per hour double off of Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning. He must have been seeing Foltynewicz well on Wednesday, as he blasted a 108.5 mile per hour homer off of him to start the seventh inning and score the first run for the A's. The home run was Murphy's tenth on the year. The 26-year-old backstop has hit four of his ten homers over his last nine games. On the season, he's slashing .227/.333/.448 with the ten home runs and 39 RBI over 237 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Mookie Betts out of Dodgers lineup on Wednesday
    Mookie Betts (illness) is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Betts was removed from Tuesday night's game due to illness and looks to need an additional day off to rest. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that the star outfielder is dealing with stomach flu symptoms. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Roberts hopeful Betts (illness) can go Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's hopeful Mookie Betts (illness) can play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Betts was battling a bit of a stomach bug before and during Tuesday night's game against the Padres, which prompted his removal in the sixth inning, but this illness doesn't seem to be a serious concern. It's a night game again Wednesday between the two division rivals, so Betts will have some time for rest and treatment. Tuesday, 10:54 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jake Cronenworth homers, Padres edge Dodgers
    Jake Cronenworth crushed a two-run homer on Tuesday, leading the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cronenworth set the tone early with a two-run shot to right-center field -- his off legendary southpaw Clayton Kershaw in the opening frame. The 27-year-old second baseman has gone deep four times in his last seven games and became the first left-handed batter to take Kershaw deep this season. Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Mark Melancon hangs on for MLB-leading 22nd save
    Mark Melancon gave up a solo homer in the ninth inning on Tuesday, but managed to protect a two-run lead against the Dodgers to record his major league-leading 22nd save of the season.

    Advice: Melancon served up a solo shot to Austin Barnes with one out in the frame, but managed to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard over the remainder of the inning to end the contest. The 36-year-old veteran righty owns a 1.97 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 28/12 K/BB ratio over 32 innings this season. Tuesday, 10:31 pm
  • Mookie Betts (illness) makes early exit on Tuesday
    Mookie Betts was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Padres, likely due to illness.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters before the game that Betts was dealing with a bit of a stomach bug, but the star outfielder talked his way into the lineup anyway and gutted it out until the bottom of the sixth. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Chris Taylor moved out to center field with Gavin Lux entering at shortstop. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Torres strikes out four times in loss
    Gleyber Torres struck out four times and walked once Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Torres had his average up to .279 on June 10, but he's since gone into a 2-for-33 slump that's dropped him back down to .248. His OPS is sitting at .654. It's getting more difficult to remember that he hit 38 homers as a 22-year-old in 144 games in 2019. He's hit six homers in 105 games since. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Dodgers activate Max Muncy (oblique) off the IL
    Dodgers activated INF Max Muncy from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Muncy is ready to rock for Tuesday night's game against the division-rival Padres after missing exactly 10 days because of a right oblique strain. The 30-year-old was sporting an excellent .947 OPS with 14 home runs, 33 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 60 games played for Los Angeles before going down with that injury. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Betts blasts solo shot, but Dodgers fall to Padres
    Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a loss to the Padres on Monday. 

    Advice: Betts put the Dodgers on the board with a solo homer off of Yu Darvish, and that was one of only two hits that Los Angeles would pick up off the right-hander on the evening. The former MVP has shown off some power over the last dozen games with four roundtrippers and six extra-base hits, but he's hitting just .227 in that timeframe. The hits should start falling for Betts on a more consistent basis very soon. Monday, 10:50 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Max Muncy (oblique) to return on Tuesday
    Max Muncy (oblique) will be activated from the injured list Tuesday.

    Advice: Muncy came through a simulated game with no issues, so he'll skip a rehab assignment and return in the middle of the Dodgers' series against the Padres. It will have been a minimum stay on the IL for the infielder. Monday, 4:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Mark Melancon stifles Reds, collects 21st save
    Mark Melancon hurled a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a one-run lead against the Reds to net his major league-leading 21st save of the season.

    Advice: Melancon issued a two-out walk to Jonathan India, but managed to retire slugger Jesse Winker on a harmless pop up to end the low-scoring contest. The 36-year-old veteran has reeled off a pair of scoreless appearances on the heels of an ugly blown save on Thursday evening in the series opener. He's compiled a microscopic 1.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 27/12 K/BB ratio over 31 innings this season. Sunday, 4:38 pm
  • Mookie Betts gets afternoon off against D-Backs
    Mookie Betts is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Diamondbacks. 

    Advice: It appears to just be a day off for the star outfielder. Steven Souza gets the start in right with Chris Taylor in center and AJ Pollock in left. Betts is having a substandard season, but still has provided plenty of fantasy relevance with an .822 OPS, eight homers and six steals over 60 games. Sunday, 10:38 am
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Mark Melancon rebounds to close out Reds Saturday
    Mark Melancon rebounded nicely from his disastrous outing on Thursday, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a two-run victory against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Melancon nabbed his league-leading 20th save in the process. After striking out Tucker Barnhart to begin the inning, the right-hander allowed a one-out single to Jonathan India. No need to worry though, as he was quickly erased on a game-ending double play off the bat of Jesse Winker. The 36-year-old hurler now sports a 1.80 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 26/11 K/BB ratio across 30 innings on the season. Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Jake Cronenworth goes deep in victory over Reds
    Jake Cronenworth blasted his eighth home run of the season on Saturday, helping to power the Padres to victory over the Reds in San Diego.

    Advice: Cronenworth got the Padres on the board in the third inning, turning around a Vladimir Gutierrez fastball for a two-run blast. The ball was smoked with an exit velocity of 108.8 and traveled 385 feet. He also walked and scored a run on Manny Machado's three-run double in the fourth inning. With his 1-for-4 evening, Cronenworth is now hitting .276/.343/.429 with eight homers, 24 RBI and three stolen bases on the season. Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Muncy (oblique) takes at-bats in simulated game
    Max Muncy (oblique) took six at-bats in a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: The game took place in Camelback Ranch in Arizona, and he was joined by fellow Dodger Cody Bellinger in the contest. Muncy has been on the disabled list since June 12 with his right oblique strain, but it's being viewed as a short-term injury, and it seems like there's a good chance the slugger is back with the Dodgers early next week. Saturday, 4:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Gio Urshela clubs solo homer in win over Athletics
    Gio Urshela went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead solo homer on Saturday in the Yankees' victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Urshela was involved in a bizarre-looking double play in the second inning when a piece of his shattered bat came up and hit him in the eye. He managed to stay in the contest and wound up delivered a go-ahead solo shot off lefty reliever Jesús Luzardo in the bottom of the eighth inning. The 29-year-old infielder has gone deep three times over his last eight games. Saturday, 1:30 pm
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Royals' Perez hits 18th home run
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 and homered versus the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Perez has been on fire in June, hitting .328/.371/.724 with seven homers for a Royals team that really isn't scoring much otherwise. He has 18 homers this year, putting him two-thirds of the way to his career high of 27. Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Gleyber Torres (back) is in Friday's lineup
    Gleyber Torres (back) is in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Torres was pulled from Thursday's game with back tightness, but it's apparently not bad enough to keep him from making any starts. He's at shortstop and batting third against James Kaprielian and the A's. Friday, 12:56 pm
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Mark Melancon gives up four runs in blown save
    Mark Melancon was charged with four runs and recorded only two outs in the ninth inning on Thursday in an ugly blown save against the Reds.

    Advice: Melancon was called upon to face the middle of the Reds' lineup and immediately got into trouble by giving up a leadoff single to Joey Votto. A one-out double from Tucker Barnhart, followed by an RBI ground out by ensuing batter Kyle Farmer, cut the lead in half, before pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson delivered a game-tying RBI single to center field. He also surrendered a go-ahead two-run homer to Jonathan India before being lifted from the contest. It was his third blown save of the season. Despite the rocky outing, the 36-year-old righty remains one of the more reliable stoppers in the National League, collecting 19 saves over 28 appearances so far this season. Thursday, 9:13 pm
  • Urshela homers, doubles in Yankees' victory
    Gio Urshela went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored Thursday as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep.

    Advice: Urshela briefly had a second homer, but the ball was correctly ruled foul on a replay review. It was Urshela's first three-hit game since he had four hits on April 11 against the Rays. His offensive numbers this year are well down from the last two seasons, but he's still been perfectly solid and his defense has remains strong. Thursday, 8:35 pm
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Gleyber Torres leaves game with back stiffness
    Gleyber Torres left Thursday's game with lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Torres will be reevaluated tomorrow according to the Yankees. The 24-year-old shortstop should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Thursday, 6:10 pm
    10:05 am vs KC
  • Mookie Betts blasts go-ahead homer vs. Phillies
    Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI on Tuesday, leading the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Betts launched a tiebreaking solo shot to left-center field -- his eighth round-tripper of the season -- off lefty reliever Ranger Suárez in the seventh inning. He also plated a key insurance run with an RBI single against righty Archie Bradley in the eighth inning. The 28-year-old fantasy superstar owns a solid .258/.371/.462 triple-slash line with 40 runs scored, eight home runs, 25 RBI and six steals across 267 plate appearances this season. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Murphy homers and walks as Athletics beat Angels
    Sean Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored on Tuesday in a victory over the Angels. 

    Advice: Murphy has homered in back-to-back games, and the backstops solo shot gave the Athletics some cushion in the eighth inning; making it 6-3. He's up to eight homers on the year, and his OPS improves to .742. Expect those numbers to continue to climb as we get deeper into the year. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Murphy homers, reaches four times against Angels
    Sean Murphy went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer on Monday in an 8-5 win for the Athletics over the Angels. 

    Advice: Murphy was also hit twice. The homer was the seventh on the season for the sophomore backstop, and it was a two-run shot off a once again ineffective Dylan Bundy in the second inning. Murphy is still hitting just .217 on the year, but the 26-year-old should be better over these final 95-plus games in that category while providing above-average pop from a premium position. Monday, 10:06 pm
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