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  • Rhys Hoskins connects for three-run homer
    Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Hoskins smashed a three-run home run off Ty Blach in the third inning. The 24-year-old outfielder made his major league debut on August 10 and has jumped out of the gate with four home runs in his first 10 games in the bigs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Denard Span races for inside-the-park homer
    Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a solo inside-the-park home run and three total RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Span scooted his way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the first inning and collected a two-run single just one frame later. No further RBI damage after that point for the veteran outfielder. For the campaign as a whole, Span is hitting a modest .275/.326/.431 with nine homers, 32 RBI and eight steals over the course of 96 games played. He no longer holds any fantasy value, but has been a dependable enough contributor during this trying season by the Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Ty Blach slammed for six runs by Phillies
    Ty Blach coughed up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Blach struck out three and walked two in the dreadful outing. Three of the six runs on his line scored courtesy of a three-run home run off the bat of Rhys Hoskins in the third inning. He has been hit hard in his last two outings, having surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits over 11 1/3 innings in those starts. He will try for better times when he carries his 4.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into a road date with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
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  • Rougned Odor slugs pair of homers in win
    Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five total RBI in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Odor connected for a three-run home run off Derek Holland to put a cap on a six-run third inning by the Rangers and added to his stat-line with a solo home run just one frame later. Despite his spotlight moments on Saturday, his season as a whole has been somewhat underwhelming. Odor is hitting a hum-drum .223/.262/.426 with 26 homers, 58 RBI and 12 steals in 122 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Abreu comes up short of cycle in loss to TEX
    Jose Abreu went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, a triple and three runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Abreu did everything in his power to keep the White Sox in this one, but he was only able to do so much given that his team surrendered 17 runs. As consistent a hitter as there is in the game, Abreu is slashing a sturdy .301/.351/.534 with 24 homers and 75 RBI across 119 games played. The first baseman has homered in three of his last four games and picked up multiple hits in six of his last seven games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Kevan Smith doubles twice in blowout defeat
    Kevan Smith went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Smith opened the game's scoring with a two-run double off Martin Perez in the first inning. In 63 games this season, the 29-year-old backstop is hitting .284/.312/.392 with three homers, 23 RBI and 12 doubles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Martin Perez coughs up six runs against CWS
    Martin Perez surrendered six runs on seven hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Perez surrendered five runs in the first inning, but the Rangers offense would back him up with a bevy of runs in the middle innings in what ended as a 17-7 win for the boys from Arlington. Up next on the docket for Perez as he tries for slightly smoother results, a road start against the Angels. He will carry a 5.26 ERA and 1.57 WHIP into that affair. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte cracks two-run homer in win
    Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Solarte struck for a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg in the first inning. The 30-year-old infielder owns a .268/.342/.427 triple-slash with 13 homers and 47 RBI across 90 games played. His tater on Saturday was his first since August 8. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Spangenberg picks up pair of hits in victory
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-3 in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Spangenberg collected a pair of singles in what was a quiet offensive game by both teams. The third baseman owns a .278/.331/.434 triple-slash with 12 homers and 43 RBI over the course of 334 at-bats. He has posted five multi-hit showings in his last eight games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Betances earns ninth save Saturday vs. Boston
    Dellin Betances worked a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Betances struck out two while throwing nine of his 14 pitches for strikes. Sandy Leon reached after Gary Sanchez let strike three roll to the backstop but Sanchez redeemed himself later by gunning down Brock Holt, who came in to pinch-run for Leon, at second base. Betances should handle most of New York's ninth-inning chances going forward, at least until Aroldis Chapman is ready to reclaim the closer role. David Robertson, who saved a game against the Mets earlier this week, worked the eighth inning on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Adrian Sanchez hits RBI double against Padres
    Adrian Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Sanchez provided the Nationals their only run of the game with his RBI double off Travis Wood in the fifth inning. The 27-year-old infielder is hitting .279/.295/.372 with four doubles through his first 43 major league at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Stephenson bests Braves for first win of '17
    Robert Stephenson allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Stephenson gave up a solo homer in the third inning but not much else, giving up just three hits and walking three in his five innings of work. It was just the second win of his big league career and his first this year in 18 appearances. Just four of those have been starts, and the 24-year-old owns an ugly 6.13 ERA and 1.72 WHIP even after Saturday's outing. The big right-hander will have a shot at making it a winning streak Friday when he faces off against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Teheran allows five runs in loss against Reds
    Julio Teheran allowed five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Teheran pitched pretty well through three innings, allowing just one run while striking out five, but things unraveled in the fourth. He finished with eight hits allowed and three walks issued, but seven strikeouts. The 26-year-old has shown flashes of some prior form -- he went seven scoreless his last time out -- but hasn't been able to do it with any consistency, sprinkling those starts in with clunkers and mediocre outings all season long. He'll carry a 5.02 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a Friday matchup with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Bauer tosses 6 1/3 scoreless to down Royals
    Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Indians blanked the Royals 5-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bauer bent, yielding seven hits and walking two, but he never broke, keeping the Royals at bay in critical at-bats. It's the continuation of what's been a really good second half for the 26-year-old, who's 5-1 since the break and who's registered five quality starts in his last six outings. Bauer is now 12-8 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 149/48 K/BB ratio over 134 innings in total. He's got a tall order ahead of him Thursday when the Red Sox are in town. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman comes up hit-less in defeat
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Zimmerman was far from alone in his offensive utility, as the Nationals finished with just three hits. Slight stumble aside, the veteran slugger has ripped off a gorgeous campaign to date. He owns a .310/.360/.590 triple-slash with 29 homers and 86 RBI across 111 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Abreu goes 2-for-5 with a run scored Friday
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 and scored a run in a win over the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and he rode home on a Nick Delmonico home run in the sixth inning. The veteran first baseman is batting .295/.346/.521 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 118 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:06 pm
  • Abreu homers, drives in three against Rangers
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Abreu delivered a two-run single in the third inning and tacked on a solo blast in the ninth to pull the Sox within a run. The homer was his second in as many games and his fourth in his last five, giving him 23 homers, 75 RBI and 67 runs scored on the year. The 30-year-old is hitting a robust .294/.346/.522 in 117 games for the rebuilding Sox. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:29 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman snaps tie with late home run
    Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: The two clubs were tied at 1-1 with two outs in the eighth when Zimmerman stepped to the plate and unloaded for a no-doubt solo blast off Kirby Yates to give the Nats the late lead. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is hitting a gaudy .310/.360/.593 with 29 homers and 86 RBI in 109 games played. He has homered in back-to-back contests and has launched three long balls in his last four games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Betances gets another save call, answers bell
    Dellin Betances worked a flawless ninth inning Thursday against the Mets to earn his eighth save.

    Advice: Betances surely didn't think he'd be needed in a game that was 7-1 entering the ninth, but a meltdown by Bryan Mitchell forced the right-hander into the contest to protect what was suddenly a two-run lead with no outs. Betances did so and with little trouble, needing just 11 pitches to end the threat. He's now got a 2.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 79/33 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work this year, proving to be a more-than-capable closer in the instance of injury or ineffectiveness of Aroldis Chapman. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephenson returning to Reds' rotation Sat.
    Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman hits 28th home run in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman hit his 28th home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. Zimmerman also singled and drew a walk in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:14 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg posts career-high four RBI
    Cory Spangenberg finished with a double, a solo home run, two runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.

    Advice: The RBI total was a single-game career high. Spangenberg is enjoying quite the week. He has hit safely in seven straight, including multi-hit efforts in each of his past four outings. He has also homered in a career-high three straight, posting four homers and eight RBI during the impressive stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:40 am
  • Rhys Hoskins dials long distance in San Diego
    Rhys Hoskins belted a two-run home run in Tuesday's game in San Diego, his only hit across four at-bats.

    Advice: Hoskins, a Sacramento native, has enjoyed his first two major league games in his home state of California. He has belted three homers with four RBI in his first two career road games while posting at least one RBI in three straight outings. His power potential makes him a useful mixed-league option down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:23 am
  • Denard Span homers, scores three times
    Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, a steal and three runs scored as the Giants topped the Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Span doesn't do it often, but he filled up the box score tonight; it's the sixth time in 10 big-league seasons that he's homered and stolen a base in the same game. The Giants would be happy to trade Span this month if anyone wanted an outfielder, but given his troubles defensively in center, it seems unlikely that anyone is going to take him on. He's been decent offensively in hitting .272/.322/.430 this year, but that's still not what anyone is looking for from a left fielder and that's probably what he should be going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg goes 3-for-3, homers
    Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk, a steal and three runs scored as the Padres topped the Phillies 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Spangenberg belongs in a utility role, but the Padres have been treating him as their everyday third baseman these last two months. He is hitting pretty well, with three homers the last two days taking his OPS from .715 to .760, but his defense is mediocre and his 90/24 K/BB ratio in 346 plate appearances wouldn't seem to bode well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:25 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins hits first two homers
    Rhys Hoskins hit his first two major league homers Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Hoskins hit one off Travis Wood in the fourth and another off Craig Stammen in the seventh. The monkey would seem to be off his back now after he went 1-for-13 in his first four big-league games. He projects as a useful mixed-leaguer the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:17 pm
  • Julio Teheran goes seven scoreless in Coors
    Julio Teheran pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in a no-decision versus the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: There was no run support to be had tonight, so Teheran remained winless in six starts since the All-Star break. He entered this one having allowed 16 runs over 14 2/3 innings in his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Odor goes 3-for-4 with two steals vs. Tigers
    Rougned Odor went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored in the Rangers' win over the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Odor was a menace to the Tigers all night and he filled the box score with useful fantasy numbers in the process. The 23-year-old second baseman has batted just .219/.256/.418 in 117 games this season, but he's sitting on 24 home runs, 53 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 62 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Martin Perez holds Tigers to two runs
    Martin Perez held the Tigers to two runs over six innings Monday for his seventh win of 2017.

    Advice: Justin Upton popped Perez for a two-run homer in the top of the first inning, but the 26-year-old left-hander settled in nicely from there and got six runs of support from the Detroit offense. He struck out two and walked one. Perez will bring a 7-10 record, 5.08 ERA, and 1.56 WHIP into his next start at home against the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Betances earns seventh save on Monday
    Dellin Betances earned his seventh save of the season on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Aroldis Chapman was given the night off after blowing a save in ugly fashion on Sunday against the rival Red Sox. Betances is back to his old dominant self after running into some issues around mid-season, but he's not going to unseat Chapman from the primary ninth-inning role. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Blach surrenders six runs in loss to Marlins
    Ty Blach surrendered six earned runs over six innings Monday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Blach looked outmatched right out of the gate in this one, with Giancarlo Stanton slugging his 43rd home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning. Miami tallied nine total hits against Blach and also drew three walks. The 26-year-old left-hander will bring a 4.37 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:58 pm
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  • Bauer strikes out 11 in win over Red Sox
    Trevor Bauer struck out 11 batters over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bauer gave up three home runs -- two of them to Rafael Devers -- but they were all solo shots and he was backed by seven runs from the Indians offense. Bauer is now 4-0 over his last five starts, with 39 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He also boasts a 2.41 ERA in that span. The 26-year-old right-hander will look to keep rolling in his next scheduled outing on the road against the Royals. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:27 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes deep in victory Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman belted his 27th home run of the season as the Nationals topped the Giants in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Zimmerman swatted a go-ahead solo homer off of Matt Moore in the sixth inning, but the Giants roared back to tie the game the next half inning. Zimmerman finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing a robust .310/.358/.585 with 27 homers and 83 RBI in his resurgent season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg clocks two homers in loss
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Spangenberg gave the Padres an early 1-0 lead with his solo homer off Kenta Maeda in the first inning. He would strike again for a two-run shot in the sixth. The third baseman has picked up four extra-base hits in his last four games. For the campaign as a whole, Spangenberg is slashing .271/.324/.414 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI over the course of 90 games played. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins gets first major league hit
    Rhys Hoskins picked up his first big-league hit Sunday, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

    Advice: The RBI came on a groundout in the first. He went on pick up a clean single in the fifth. Hoskins' start today was his first at first base since he was called up Thursday. He played left field his previous three games. Most likely, he'll play a lot more first base in September after Aaron Altherr returns. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Reds activate Robert Stephenson from DL
    Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:46 am
  • Zimmerman goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI
    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in a run against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He did his damage early, slapping an RBI double and then scoring on a Daniel Murphy knock in the first inning. The first baseman also walked in the game. He is having perhaps the best season of his 13-year career and is on pace to break his career highs in home runs, RBI and batting average. He is slashing .310/.359/.583 with 26 home runs and 82 RBI in 104 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Abreu goes deep twice in loss to Royals
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 and walloped two solo home runs but his team still lost to the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Both longballs came against starter Ian Kennedy, giving the Cuban slugger 21 for the season. He provides a nice combination of power and batting average that is getting rarer in today's game. He is slashing .290/.343/.513 with 70 RBI and 65 runs scored in 113 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Rhys Hoskins whiffs twice in loss to Mets
    Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a losing effort against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hoskins did draw a walk in the contest and came around to score a run. He's now 0-for-6 with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in his first two games at the big league level. He has intriguing power potential, but first must prove that he can make consistent contact at the big league level. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Hoskins in left, hitting seventh in MLB debut
    Rhys Hoskins is starting in left field and batting seventh Thursday in his MLB debut against the Mets.

    Advice: Hoskins has primarily played first base since the Phillies made him a fifth-round pick in 2014, but Tommy Joseph holds a claim on that position and so Hoskins will be broken in as a corner outfielder at the major league level. The 24-year-old was slashing .284/.385/.581 with 29 home runs and 91 RBI through 115 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has the goods to make an immediate offensive impact. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Hoskins leaves Triple-A with a bang
    Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: With Hoskins headed to Philadelphia on Thursday, this was likely his last game in Triple-A. It was a heck of a way to leave. With plus power and at least an average hit tool, he has a chance to be successful immediately. Don't be surprised if there are some growing pains, but be patient -- he's a smart hitter who should make the necessary adjustments. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Phils calling up young slugger Rhys Hoskins
    MLB.com's Todd Zolecki confirms that the Phillies will call up prospect Rhys Hoskins on Thursday.

    Advice: Hoskins has been a force this year in the International League, slashing .284/.385/.581 with 29 home runs and 91 RBI across 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's made three starts in left field over the last week and figures to split time between there and first base with Philadelphia. The powerful 24-year-old is worth scooping up in most standard mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:15 am
  • Stephenson (shoulder) due back on Sunday
    Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is expected to return to the Reds' rotation Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. Stephenson suffered a bruised right shoulder while attempting a diving catch in his last start August 2 against the Pirates. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:34 am
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