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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Michael Conforto goes 3-for-5
    Michael Conforto went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Conforto, who has had some problems with a stiff back, didn't play Wednesday before the off day Thursday. He needs to hit to ensure his presence in the lineup now that Yoenis Cespedes is back. The Mets would be crazy to sit him with any regularity, but they are the Mets. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Gardner hits game-tying homer
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a game-tying solo homer and a stolen base Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gardner took Rangers closer Matt Bush deep with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees went on to win the game in 10 innings. Gardner is already up to 14 home runs on the year, which doubles his total from all of last year. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes goes 3-for-5, homers
    Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: One does wonder if Cespedes will be in and out of the Mets' lineup for the duration of the season, but he's been about as productive as ever when able to play this season, hitting .321 with nine homers, nine doubles and a 1.043 OPS in 106 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Brandon Belt homers again versus Mets
    Brandon Belt hit his third homer in four games Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Belt hit cleanup tonight after spending the last week in the bottom half of the order. His slump now seemingly over, he should go back to being a fixture in the top half of the lineup. While he hasn't performed as hoped with his .783 OPS this year, he's still the Giants' second-best hitter. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Yasiel Puig hits 14th homer
    Yasiel Puig homered and walked after replacing an injured Corey Seager in Friday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see Puig being held out of the lineup against a lefty tonight, even though he's been far more effective against righties this year. Once he got his chance, he showed why he should have been in there all along. The homer off starter Kyle Freeland was his first versus a lefty in 2017 and 14th overall. He's quietly on pace for a 30-homer season. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Ian Desmond goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Desmond had a nice series against the Giants last week, but he's 2-for-20 with no RBI, eight strikeouts and no walks in his last five games. There's no way mixed leaguers can write him off while he has Coors Field on his side, but he's been quite a disappointment thus far. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Merrifield delivers walk-off double
    Whit Merrifield delivered a walk-off two-run double in the Royals’ 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: The Royals were down 4-1 to begin the frame, but they scratched and clawed their way back against Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup before Merrifield doubled to left off Jason Grilli to send the fans home happy. Merrifield finished 2-for-5 on the night and is batting .291/.332/.456 through 55 games on the year. Amazingly, the Royals are now back to .500 at 36-36. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Cory Spangenberg reaches three times in win
    Cory Spangenberg singled, walked twice and stole his fourth base Friday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Spangenberg scored the only run in a 1-0 game. He's performed better since the Padres committed to him and sent Ryan Schimpf down, but his .265/.297/.373 line still isn't very impressive. He has a 49/7 K/BB ratio in 177 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Pillar hitless against Royals on Friday
    Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Pillar was bumped from the leadoff spot to sixth in the order on Thursday, but he batted seventh in this one. He’s better than what he’s shown this month, but he’s not nearly as interesting in fantasy leagues if he sticks in the bottom-third of the order. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Wil Myers plays second base
    Wil Myers was used at second base for one batter, ala Anthony Rizzo, in Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Like Rizzo has been several times this season, Myers moved to second base in a bunt situation and then moved back to first afterwards. It counts as a position change, and it's the first time he's played second base in his career. He could get eventually get eligibility in five-game leagues if manager Andy Green likes how it worked out tonight. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Howie Kendrick doubles off bench
    Howie Kendrick was able to come off the bench Friday and doubled in his only at-bat against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't start because of hamstring tightness. It sounds like he'll be in there Satursday. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Jaso slugs go-ahead homer vs. Cardinals
    John Jaso slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, Jaso took Seung-Hwan Oh deep with two outs in the top of the ninth. Felipe Rivero tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to finish off the wild win. Jaso is now hitting .234/.319/.421 with five homers and 19 RBI through 62 games. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Bell slugs solo homer vs. Cardinals
    Josh Bell socked a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell got the Pirates on the board first by taking Adam Wainwright deep in the second inning. The 24-year-old is now up to 14 home runs on the year and has quietly had his most productive month of the season. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Martinez slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: His second-inning blast briefly gave the Cardinals the lead. The 28-year-old Martinez has swung the bat well when called upon this season, batting .280 with five home runs and an .821 OPS through 38 games. However, he will be pressed for playing time once Dexter Fowler (quad) feels back to normal. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Joyce socks solo homer vs. White Sox
    Matt Joyce socked a solo homer against the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: It was his only hit in five at-bats on the night. Joyce was a major disappointment through the first two months of the season, but he’s hitting .306 (19-for-62) with four homers and 10 RBI through 19 games this month. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Trey Mancini plates two in loss to Rays
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Orioles were crushed by the Rays on Friday night.

    Advice: Mancini got the O's on the board with a run-scoring single in the second inning, then capped off their scoring with an RBI double in the sixth. He has been a tremendous bright spot in the middle of the O's lineup this season, slashing a robust .317/.358/.564 with 12 homers and 40 RBI. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton powers Marlins past Cubs
    Giancarlo Stanton clubbed his 19th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Marlins to a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Stanton tagged Cubs' starter John Lackey for the mammoth solo shot in the third inning, providing all of the offense that Jose Urena and company would need in this one. Stanton also doubled and walked in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3. He's enjoying a terrific season offensively, slashing .280/.360/.552 with 19 homers, 48 RBI and one stolen base. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Howie Kendrick scratched with tight hamstring
    Howie Kendrick was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Friday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The veteran utilityman is considered day-to-day. Andres Blanco is starting at second base for the Phillies against Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL
    Giants placed INF Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: Nunez had been trying to play through the injury and avoid the disabled list, but has missed six of the last seven games. Conor Gillaspie was activated from the disabled list and will start at third base in his place until Nunez is ready to return. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Fowler (quad) not in Cards' lineup after all
    Dexter Fowler (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Fowler was initially out of the lineup, then in the lineup and now out of the lineup again. For what it's worth, he expects to return to action Saturday. Tommy Pham is in center field and Jose Martinez is in left. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Dexter Fowler (quad) back in Cards' lineup
    Dexter Fowler (quad) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Fowler was not in the team's initial lineup but evidently was cleared to return after being checked out. He missed one game with a quad cramp. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Dexter Fowler (quad) sitting out again Friday
    Dexter Fowler (quad) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed two straight starts after exiting Wednesday's game with a left quad cramp. Fowler had been scheduled to be examined further Friday and the anticipation was that he'd at least be available to pinch-hit. Tommy Pham is in center field and Jose Martinez is in left. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Rays place OF Colby Rasmus (hip) on DL
    Rays placed OF Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with left hip tendinitis.

    Advice: It's the same hip Rasmus had surgery on last October, which isn't terribly encouraging. However, Rasmus said that he expects to return when first eligible on June 29. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Bal
  • Olney: Mets tell teams they're ready to sell
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Mets are telling teams they're "open for business now."

    Advice: The Mets are sitting 12 games behind the Nationals in the National League East and are 14.5 games out of a Wild Card Spot, so it appears they're realistic about their chances of making the postseason. Olney lists Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdurbal Cabrera among the pieces that the Mets are willing to sell off. Of that group, only Cabrera is potentially under contract for next season, as the club has an $8.25 million option on him. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Willson Contreras sitting out on Friday
    Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Miguel Montero will do the catching. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Fowler (quad) expected to be available Friday
    Dexter Fowler (quad) is expected to be available Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he's a given to start, but it appears he'll at least be available off the bench. Fowler left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to cramping in his left quad. He'll go through another round of exams Friday to determine the cause and severity of the ailment, but it looks to be a minor thing. Yesterday, 7:03 am
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Ben Gamel hits two-run double in win over DET
    Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Gamel got the Mariners on the board with a two-run double off Daniel Norris in the second inning. That double kept alive a hitting streak which now stands at 14 games. Beyond that hitting streak, Gamel has picked up knocks in 23 of his last 24 contests. He is slashing .352/.411/.487 with three homers and 24 RBI in 52 games played for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:17 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Jackson's three RBI propel Indians past O's
    Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in the Indians' 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson swatted an RBI triple and scored a run in the second inning, and he tacked on a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third. The 30-year-old has come on strong in recent days, going 8-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a homer in his last five games. He's still a situational player but he's being used well by the Tribe, hitting .301/.382/.516 in 34 games this year. Thursday, 9:10 pm
    1:10 pm vs Min
  • Nunez absent for sixth time in seven games
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) remained out of the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: It will be his sixth absence in the last seven games. Kelby Tomlinson will fill in at third base and bat leadoff Thursday against Braves lefty Jaime Garcia. Nunez is expected to test out his hamstring on Friday. If he's still not right, the Giants will likely place him on the disabled list. If Nunez does land on the DL, Conor Gillaspie would likely be called up to take his place. Thursday, 1:27 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Brandon Belt getting the night off Thursday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: The left-handed Belt will take a seat against Braves southpaw Jaime Garcia. Buster Posey will man first base with Nick Hundley starting behind the plate. Belt has hit just .193 against lefties this season.Daily Slant: If you aren't a fan of Luis Severino tonight, pitching options are thin, but Jaime Garcia may actually offer solid value against the Braves. The Giants have been one of the weakest offenses in baseball against left-handed pitching; they rank 27th in wRC+ (79), 29th in wOBA (.288) and dead last in ISO (.117), which makes them a team worth targeting despite a relatively low K% (19.2%). Garcia himself owns a respectable 22.5 K% at home with a solid 3.39 FIP and 3.24 xFIP. Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Fowler (quad) out of Cardinals' lineup Thurs.
    Dexter Fowler (quad) is out of the Cardinals' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Fowler departed Wednesday night's comeback win over the Phillies after experiencing tightness in his left quad in the top of the 10th inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Tommy Pham will start in center field for the Cardinals in Thursday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park. Thursday, 6:43 am
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Joyce (back) goes 0-for-4 in return Wed.
    Matt Joyce (back) went 0-for-4 in his return to the A's lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Joyce was held out of action Tuesday due to a minor back injury, but he played all nine innings of Wednesday's loss to Houston. The veteran outfielder is slashing .227/.329/.407 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 62 games this season for Oakland. Thursday, 5:03 am
  • Yasiel Puig socks 13th homer in win over Mets
    Yasiel Puig rocked his 13th homer of the year in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

    Advice: He admired the heck out of it too, taking an incredible 32 seconds to tour the bases. Puig’s three-run shot off Tyler Pill put Los Angeles up 5-1 in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old still isn’t hitting for a high average (.247) but he’s rediscovered his power stroke by slugging four homers over his last eight games. Wednesday, 11:04 pm
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer vs MIL
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Junior Guerra in the sixth inning for his 13th longball of the season. The 24-year-old second-year player has dramatically improved his home run power this season but his batting average is lagging. He is batting .235/.320/.466 with 34 runs and 31 RBI in 72 games. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Mancini goes 3-for-4 with a run scored Wed.
    Trey Mancini went 3-for-4 and scored a run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. He scored his team's only run of the ballgame when Jonathan Schoop doubled him home in the ninth inning. The 25-year-old rookie is having a breakout season at the plate, batting .314/.357/.567 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 210 plate appearances. Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-5 with a run and a steal
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also walked in the ballgame. The 33-year-old veteran infielder-outfielder is now batting .350/.409/.475 with two homers and 12 RBI in 132 plate appearances. He missed six weeks with an oblique injury but it hasn't affected his performance since returning to action. He will be an interesting piece on the trade market this summer. The fact he can play all over the field adds to his value. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Dexter Fowler exits with hamstring tightness
    Dexter Fowler left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: Fowler came up tight in the quad near the end of Wednesday's 10-inning win over the Phillies. He will be reevaluated on Thursday and should be considered day-to-day moving forward unless the Cardinals indicate otherwise. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Michael Conforto sitting against Dodgers
    Michael Conforto is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Presumably this is simply a normal day off for Conforto, who was dealing with a stiff back last week. There has been no indication that this rest day is related to the prior injury. Curtis Granderson will lead off and man center in his place on Wednesday. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Nunez MRI reveals hamstring inflammation
    An MRI on Eduardo Nunez's injured hamstring revealed inflammation.

    Advice: Nunez recently missed three games due to hamstring tightness, an injury which he reaggravated on Monday against the Braves. The Giants will look to gauge his health on Friday, when he tests the hamstring out on the field, after which they will decide whether or not a stint on the 10-day disabled list is in order. Wednesday, 3:12 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Stanton hits go-ahead RBI single vs. Nats
    Giancarlo Stanton stroked a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Marlins rallied to beat the Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miami went hitless against Max Scherzer for the first seven innings of the game, but A.J. Ellis reached on an infield single with one out in the bottom of the eighth and pinch-runner Jose Urena would come around to score on a wild pitch that followed an Adam Lind error and a Dee Gordon HBP. Stanton then put the Fish ahead for good with a liner into left field. The 27-year-old slugger has managed to stay clear of the disabled list in 2017 and boasts a .276/.356/.540 batting line with 18 home runs and 47 RBI. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Colby Rasmus day-to-day with hip soreness
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Colby Rasmus has "a little bit of a sore hip."

    Advice: That explains his absence from the Rays' last two games, and why he's sitting again Wednesday with the Reds starting a right-hander. Rasmus has posted an impressive .896 OPS with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 37 games this season for Tampa Bay. He's considered day-to-day. Wednesday, 7:28 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Bal
  • Ben Gamel's outstanding June continues
    Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a double, solo home run, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win against Detroit.

    Advice: Gamel has hit safely in 12 straight games, and he is hitting a robust .416 (32-for-77) to raise his average from .307 to .351. The homer was his first since May 9, and the extra-base hit was his first over the past six outings. Wednesday, 1:21 am
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Wil Myers draws three walks in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 0-for-1 and drew three walks as the Padres were shut out by the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: As a club the Padres tallied just five hits on the night and it seemed as though the Cubs' hurlers were simply pitching around Myers for most of the night. He's slashing .260/.330/.480 with 14 homers, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Brett Gardner goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brett Gardner finished 0-for-4 against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gardner had an awesome May, but he's come crashing down pretty good with a .231/.282/.359 line in 78 at-bats this month. He'll still be worth using in mixed leagues for as long as he's playing regularly and batting leadoff, but he could lose at-bats once Jacoby Ellsbury comes back. Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Howie Kendrick reaches four times
    Howie Kendrick had three of the Phillies' seven hits and one of their two walks Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Phillies should turn a profit on Kendrick next month after picking him up from the Dodgers for basically nothing over the winter. He's hit .342 in 76 at-bats since coming off the disabled list and .339 in 115 at-bats overall. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Brandon Belt homers as Giants top Braves
    Brandon Belt launched his 12th home run of the season as the Giants topped the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt's solo shot off of Jason Motte added a valuable insurance run in the ninth inning. He finished night 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. It has been a very disappointing season for Belt who is hitting just .223/.337/.418 with 12 long balls and 29 RBI. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Joyce (back) out of A's lineup Tuesday night
    Matt Joyce is out of the Athletics' starting lineup Tuesday due to a minor back injury.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said he's hopeful it's just a day-to-day thing. Chad Pinder is starting in right field and batting second Tuesday night against the Astros. Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez to undergo MRI on hamstring
    Eduardo Nunez is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his troublesome hamstring.

    Advice: Nunez just missed three games with hamstring tightness and he aggravated the injury in his return to action Monday night against the Braves. It sounds like he could be headed for the 10-day disabled list. Look for an update Wednesday. Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits 18th homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 and hit his 18th homer Monday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Stanton isn't even the high Marlins outfielder in the NL All-Star balloting, that because of Marcell Ozuna's strong first half to date. Hopefully, one of the two gets to start alongside Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon. Right now, Jason Heyward is in that position. Monday, 9:20 pm
  • Willson Contreras homers again as Cubs win
    Willson Contreras belted his sixth home run of the year as the Cubs topped the Padres 3-2 on Monday night in Chicago.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Clayton Richard tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .254/.319/.423 with six homers and 32 RBI. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Austin Jackson knocks in three runs
    Austin Jackson doubled twice, knocked in three runs and walked Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Another nice game from the player the A's should have signed to be their starting center fielder. Jackson, who is mostly starting against lefties for the Indians, has a .296 average and a .900 OPS in 81 at-bats. Since he has the limited role and he's not a basestealer these days, his AL-only value remains fairly limited. Monday, 8:29 pm
    1:10 pm vs Min
  • Yasiel Puig sitting out on Monday
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe is also getting a day off. The Dodgers have Enrique Hernandez in right field and Chase Utley at second base and in the leadoff spot. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) in lineup Monday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the Giants' starting lineup Monday versus the Braves.

    Advice: He'll start at third base and hit second against veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey after missing three games with a tight hamstring. Nunez is batting .300 with 17 stolen bases in 63 games this season for San Francisco. Monday, 1:05 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Eduardo Nunez absent for third straight game
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) missed his third consecutive game Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He hasn't seen the field since leaving Thursday's game with hamstring tightness. The Giants have maintained that Nunez is day-to-day, but a DL stint could be in order if he doesn't turn a corner in the next few days. Utility man Aaron Hill has been filling in at third base. Sunday, 5:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • 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. Sunday, 4:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Mancini stays hot with triple, 12th home run
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 and slugged his 12th home run of the season Sunday in the Orioles' defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Mancini went deep off Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn in the bottom of the second and he tripled and scored his second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. The 25-year-old rookie began the year in a platoon role, starting primarily against left-handed pitchers, but he has muscled his way into everyday playing time and deserves to be owned and active in most standard fantasy leagues. Mancini boasts a .310/.352/.576 overall slash line with 38 RBI. Sunday, 2:14 pm
  • Wil Myers picks up pair of singles in loss
    Wil Myers went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Nothing doing for Myers and the Padres' offense, who managed just six hits and one run on the afternoon. The first baseman is hitting .265/.326/.489 with 14 homers, 37 RBI and nine steals in 68 games this season. Sunday, 2:03 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Willson Contreras plates three in win Sunday
    Willson Contreras went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI on Sunday as the Cubs routed the Pirates.

    Advice: Contreras delivered a run-scoring double that got the Cubs on the board in the first inning then added on a two-run double off of Jameson Taillon in the third. With the three-hit attack, he's slashing .254/.320/.411 with five homers and 31 RBI for the season. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Conforto hits pair of RBI singles in win
    Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in the Mets' win over the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Conforto swatted RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the sixth. The 24-year-old outfielder boasts a .289/.410/.569 batting line with 38 RBI through 62 games this season. Sunday, 1:14 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes getting a breather Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Mets have eased Cespedes back into things after he returned from the disabled list. Curtis Granderson is in left field. Sunday, 8:00 am
  • Austin Jackson reaches base four times
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs scored in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has picked up the pace in June, raising his average from .255 to .286. However, Saturday's home run marked his first extra-base hit since June 4, and his first round-tripper dating back to May 29. Sunday, 12:21 am
    1:10 pm vs Min
  • Puig homers twice in Dodgers' rout of Reds
    Yasiel Puig homered twice, driving in three runs in the Dodgers' 10-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Puig hit a couple of solo shots, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to extend the Dodgers' lead. The dongs were his 11th and 12th of the year and matched his homer output since May 19. He's been picking it up in recent days, using four multi-hit games in the past seven days to raise his line to .247/.319/.445. Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Kendrick goes 2-for-5 vs Diamondbacks Sat.
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and neither affected the score but it was another solid day at the plate for the 33-year-old veteran. He spent six weeks on the shelf with an oblique injury but he has picked up right where he left off with the bat. He can play all over the field and has played first base, second base and outfield for the Phillies this year. He is batting .321/.379/.462 with two homers and 12 RBI in 116 plate appearances. Saturday, 6:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Dexter Fowler homers in third straight game
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: The game was the third in a row in which the outfielder has gone yard, this time a three-run shot in the sixth inning. It's a microcosm of what has been a very good month for Fowler so far, as he's now hitting .315 (17-for-54) with five homers, 14 RBI and nine runs scored in June. He's also well on his way to a career high in homers -- he's got 12 on the year, just five shy of his personal best set in 2015. After a slow start, the 31-year-old is now hitting .249/.337/.484 overall. Saturday, 6:01 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Cespedes has huge afternoon in losing effort
    Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mets actually had more hits than the Nats, 12 to 11, thanks in large part to Cespedes' second four-hit game of the year. It was just his 26th game overall, as he's been hampered by hamstring, quad and heel injuries in recent weeks. When on the field, he's been terrific, hitting .322/.400/.667 with eight homers, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. Saturday, 5:34 pm
  • Joyce goes 3-for-3 with a solo homer Sat.
    Matt Joyce went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a pair of walks in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He reached base in all five of his trips to the plate. He went deep off starter Masahiro Tanaka leading off the bottom of the first inning. The hot game gives a nice boost to what has been a disappointing season for the platoon outfielder. He is batting .224/.329/.404 with eight homers and 28 RBI in 216 plate appearances. Saturday, 5:06 pm
  • Desmond goes 2-for-3 with a run and a steal
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He singled, stole second base and came home on a Trevor Story knock in the fifth inning. Desmond missed the season's first month and then started off slowly upon returning but has kicked it into high gear of late. His numbers are starting to look more like what his owners were hoping for in his first campaign with the Rockies. He is batting .291/.322/.424 with five homers, 27 runs and 25 RBI in 44 games. He's contributed seven stolen bases as well. Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Brandon Belt not in Giants lineup on Saturday
    Brandon Belt is absent from the Giants' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Giants' manager Bruce Bochy is using a matchup against left-hander Kyle Freeland to give Belt, Brandon Crawford and Denard Span a breather. Buster Posey is starting in his place at first base and batting cleanup for the Giants. Saturday, 10:01 am
  • Ian Desmond finishes with four RBI in win
    Ian Desmond ended up 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Friday's game against San Francisco.

    Advice: Desmond added another RBI on a sacrifice fly, giving him six RBI over the past three games and 15 RBI through 15 games in the month of June. He started out a bit slow after missing the first month of the season with a broken hand, but he is starting to make up for lost time lately. Saturday, 12:31 am
  • Josh Bell homers, plates three in loss Friday
    Josh Bell homered and drove home three runs as the Pirates fell to the Cubs on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bell got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run triple in the sixth. They would hold a 4-3 advantage until the ninth where the Pirates' bullpen imploded. With the two-hit attack, Bell is now hitting .238/.319/.466 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Contreras leads the way in comeback victory
    Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 and drove home three runs on Friday as the Cubs used a six-run rally in the ninth inning to defeat the Pirates 9-5.

    Advice: The Cubs entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3, but got things turned around in a hurry. Jason Heyward led off the inning with a double off of Juan Nicasio and Contreras followed with a double of his own to tie the game. The Cubs would pile on five more runs before it was all said and done, sending the Pirates' faithful home miserable. Contreras also delivered a two-run double in the first inning that had given the Cubs an early 3-0 lead. He's hitting .246/.315/.397 with five homers and 28 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Dexter Fowler crushes 11th homer in rout
    Dexter Fowler crushed his 11th home run of the season as the Cardinals routed the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.

    Advice: Fowler and teammate Matt Carpenter went back-to-back off of O's reliever Gabriel Ynoa in the sixth inning. He also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. He's now hitting .245/.336/.473 with 10 long balls and 30 RBI on the season. Friday, 7:16 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) sitting Friday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Friday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Nunez left Thursday's series opener at Coors Field after experiencing hamstring tightness while legging out an infield single in the top of the seventh inning, but he is expected to avoid the disabled list. Aaron Hill is starting at third base and batting seventh Friday versus Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela. Friday, 2:43 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Conforto (back) returns to Mets lineup Friday
    Michael Conforto (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Friday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: He is starting in center field and batting leadoff versus Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Conforto missed a handful of games with a stiff back. Friday, 12:18 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) should avoid DL
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) should avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Nunez left Thursday's game against the Rockies after feeling tightness in his hamstring while legging out an infield single in the top of the seventh inning, but a strain has apparently been ruled out. Consider him day-to-day. Friday, 3:43 am
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Joyce (chin) goes 1-for-3 in return Thursday
    Matt Joyce (chin) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Joyce did not start the game, but he pinch-hit for Adam Rosales in the bottom of the seventh and took over in right field in the top of the eighth. He drove in a run with a groundout to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth and struck out before Khris Davis' walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the 10th. The veteran outfielder was removed from Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins after suffering a laceration under his chin. It required three stitches, but Joyce is good to go moving forward. Friday, 3:09 am
  • Conforto (back) entered game Thursday night
    Michael Conforto (back) entered Thursday night's game against the Cubs in the seventh inning.

    Advice: Conforto was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game, but he was called into duty after Juan Lagares fractured his left thumb and Conforto said afterward that his back felt "great." He should start Friday with the Nationals throwing right-hander Max Scherzer. Lagares is going to be out a while. Friday, 2:52 am
  • Fowler has two hits, homer against Brewers
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Fowler went down and golfed a Zach Davies offering into the Cardinals bullpen in the third inning, his 10th homer of the year. After struggling through much of the first two months, Fowler is hitting .283 (13-for-46) with three homers in June. He's hitting .240/.329/.456 in 61 games overall. Thursday, 10:31 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Rasmus has three-hit night in loss to Tigers
    Colby Rasmus finished 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Rasmus had three of the Rays' nine hits on the evening but couldn't plate a run or score one of his own in the contest. During a seven-game hitting streak, the outfielder is 11-for-22 with two doubles and two homers. With the good stretch, Rasmus has his overall line up to .292/.331/.602 in 35 games. Thursday, 9:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Bal
  • Eduardo Nunez exits with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Nunez left Thursday's game against the Rockies with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Nunez pulled up after legging out an infield single in the seventh inning. He called for a trainer and was immediately replaced on the base paths by Gorkys Hernandez. Outfielder Austin Slater took over for Nunez at third base the following inning. Nunez has gotten off to a superb start this year, hitting an even .300 with four homers, 25 RBI and 17 steals. The Giants are calling him day-to-day. Thursday, 8:29 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Ben Gamel goes 2-for-4 against Twins
    Ben Gamel delivered his fifth straight multihit game Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Impressive. The longest such streak for any player this year is six games, which has been done five times. Overall, Gamel has hit in 16 of his last 17 games, pushing his average back up to .345. He hasn't homered since May 9 and he has just one steal on the year, so he still hasn't been particularly useful for fantasy purposes. That doesn't figure to change as his average decline. Thursday, 1:44 pm
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Cespedes (heel) returns Thursday vs. Nats
    Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is back in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes didn't start Wednesday due to a sore heel but returned as a pinch-hitter and singled to right field. The plan is for Cespedes to start the next three games before getting a scheduled day off on Sunday. After that, he'll be employed as the everyday left fielder. Cespedes has gone 6-for-12 at the plate since coming off the disabled list. Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Conforto (back) remains out Thursday night
    Michael Conforto (back) remains out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: Conforto was able to appear as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night, but he's not quite ready to play the field yet. Yoenis Cespedes is in left, Juan Lagares is in center, and Jay Bruce is in right versus the Nationals. Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Conforto (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Michael Conforto (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Conforto has been held out of the Mets' starting lineup all week due to a stiff back, though it's clearly not an overly serious issue. He might also sit Thursday night against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Thursday, 5:41 am
  • Mancini goes 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs
    Trey Mancini went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk in the contest. He is batting a stellar .299/.346/.539 with 10 homers and 34 RBI in 167 at-bats. The 25-year-old rookie has seen his playing time steadily increase as the season rolls along. He deserves more attention in mixed fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Desmond cracks solo homer vs Pirates
    Ian Desmond hit a solo home run and scored twice in a win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took starter Chad Kuhl over the wall in the second inning. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the ballgame. Many people expected big things from Desmond in his first season in Colorado but so far that has not come to pass. He missed the first month of the season with a broken hand and has yet to find a groove since then. He has a .280/.316/.398 slash line with four homers and 20 RBI. Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez hits RBI single in loss to KC
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a double in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Nunez's double was the only extra-base hit the Giants picked up on the afternoon. He also notched an RBI single in the ninth inning, though that only served as cosmetic effect in the 7-2 defeat. Overall, the veteran third baseman is slashing .301/.326/.419 with four homers and 25 RBI through 62 games played. He has turned in five multi-hit performances in his last 10 games. Wednesday, 4:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Puig suspended one game for flipping bird
    Yasiel Puig has been suspended for one game after flipping off some Indians fans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig flipped a pair of dirty birds to a group of heckling fans after homering in Tuesday's win at Progressive Field. He is appealing that suspension and will be able to play until his appeal is heard. Major League Baseball is doubtful to lift the one-game sentence. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Matt Joyce (chin) needed three stitches
    Matt Joyce's laceration under his chin suffered in Wednesday's game against the Marlins required three stitches.

    Advice: "I'm ready to play tomorrow if they ask," said a game Joyce. He suffered the chin laceration after colliding with Yonder Alonso while trying to bring in a high pop-up in the second inning of Wednesday's game. It sounds like this injury will not keep him out for long barring concussion symptoms. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Cespedes (heel) out of Mets lineup Wednesday
    Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is not in the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Curtis Granderson is in left field, Juan Lagares is in center field, and Jay Bruce is in right field with the Cubs throwing left-hander Mike Montgomery. Cespedes must still be feeling the effects of his left heel tendinitis. He was pulled early from Tuesday night's blowout loss. Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Joyce leaves game with chin laceration
    Matt Joyce left Wednesday's game against the Marlins with a laceration under his chin.

    Advice: Joyce crashed into teammate Yonder Alonso on a high pop-up in the bottom of the second inning and he was replaced by Rajai Davis in the third. It doesn't sound like something that will keep Joyce out for long, unless of course he begins showing concussion-like symptoms. Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • Whit Merrifield drives in three runs in win
    Whit Merrifield finished 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday's win at San Francisco.

    Advice: Merrifield has four multi-hit performances over his past nine games. He has had a tremendous five weeks, hitting .340 since May 11 to raise his average from .197 to .285. Overall he is slashing .285/.332/.459, as he continues to shine as the leadoff hitter when called upon by manager Ned Yost. Wednesday, 12:09 am
  • Wil Myers shows off wheels in Tuesday's win
    Wil Myers collected a single and double with an RBI and two stolen bases in Tuesday's win against Cincinnati.

    Advice: Myers struggled to wrap up May and kick off the month of June. However, the veteran slugger is showing signs of heating up again, going 6-for-19 (.316) with a double, three runs scored and two RBI over the past five outings. He is capable of so much more, but it's a start and he is trending in the right direction again. Tuesday, 11:53 pm
    7:10 pm vs Det
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