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  • Piscotty dealing with forearm tightness
    Stephen Piscotty was not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday due to some tightness in his right forearm.

    Advice: He did, however, hit a two-RBI, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning. It's unclear whether the ailment is something that could keep Piscotty out of the lineup for any more games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:51 am
  • Cards to recall Randal Grichuk from Triple-A
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will recall Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis prior to Sunday's game versus the Pirates.

    Advice: The corresponding move isn't known yet. Grichuk had an eight-game hitting streak going at Memphis and had homered in six of his last 10 contests. He also sported a 29 percent strikeout rate and 4.8 percent walk rate, so the plate discipline the Cards hoped he'd magically find in the minors didn't happen. Manager Mike Matheny noted Saturday that he didn't think it would be wise to recall Grichuk and not play him, so he should be in the lineup fairly regularly. Who sits is the question, as Tommy Pham has been one of the team's best players over the last seven weeks. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:48 am
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  • Dexter Fowler (quad) hitless in return
    Dexter Fowler (quad) went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Fowler missed a couple starts with a tight quad. He went on a streak of four straight games with a homer but has gone 1-for-13 in three games since. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:12 am
  • Steve Pearce (knee) hitless in return
    Steve Pearce (knee) went hitless in three at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Pearce missed a few games with a bruised knee. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning Saturday rather than getting his fourth at-bat, as Kendrys Morales struck out. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:10 am
  • Cory Spangenberg drives in pair of runs
    Cory Spangenberg finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Spangenberg is enjoying his most productive stretch of the season, hitting .339 (20-for-59) with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI in June. He has raised his average from .234 to .271 since June 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:38 am
  • Nicholas Castellanos back in action
    Nicholas Castellanos (back) returned to the lineup Saturday against the Padres, finishing 1-for-4.

    Advice: Castellanos was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a tight back, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury Saturday and was able to go the distance. With Castellanos back in the mix, Dixon Machado was back to a reserve role. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:23 am
  • Yasmani Grandal has another multi-hit game
    Yasmani Grandal finished with a single, double and a run scored across four at-bats in Saturday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: Grandal has hit safely in each of his past five games, and he has three consecutive multi-hit efforts. He is a career .242 hitter, so his .272 mark overall on the season is the biggest surprise of all of his offensive stats to date. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 am
  • DJ LeMahieu handles himself well in loss
    DJ LeMahieu finished with a single and a double across four at-bats in Saturday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: LeMahieu was the only one able to get to Clayton Kershaw, collecting two of Colorado's five hits in the shutout loss. It was his 10th multi-hit game of June, and he is hitting .351 (34-for-97) with 18 RBI since flipping the calendar from May. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 pm
  • Trevor Story whiffs three times in loss
    Trevor Story was hitless across four at-bats with three strikeouts in Saturday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Story had been showing some signs of life at the plate, raising his average from .197 to .234 in 17 games from June 1-20. However, he has just one single in 13 at-bats with eight strikeouts over the past four outings to get himself back into a hole. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Jake Lamb dials long distance in victory
    Jake Lamb finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his 17th of the season, in Saturday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: Lamb hadn't found the seats in each of the past 11 outings, so this homer was very nice for his impatient fantasy owners. He continues to produce at a high rate, posting 21 RBI in April 24 RBI in May and 17 so far in June. Overall he has 35 extra-base hits to please his owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Daniel Descalso finishes with three knocks
    Daniel Descalso posted three singles and two runs scored across four at-bats in Saturday's win against Philadelphia.

    Advice: Descalso has raised his average from .205 to .225 while posting three RBI over the past six games, but he is still best used in the deepest of NL-only fantasy play. He does have some usefulness for his positional versatility from an eligibility perspective. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz continues to pile up hits
    Nelson Cruz posted a single, double and a run scored over four at-bats in Saturday's loss against the Astros.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was the 10th of the month of Cruz, who is hitting .333 (25-for-75) with eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBI across 21 games in June. While he is hitting for high average, he has no homers over his past 17 outings dating back to June 4. That's about the only complaint fantasy owners can have with Cruz. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Brian McCann posts three RBI in victory
    Brian McCann finished 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: McCann continues to be a consistent run producer, posting 13 RBI in April 12 RBI in May and 15 so far in the month of June. He has a .268/.351/.475 slash line, as he continues to be a solid fantasy contributor even in his 12th MLB season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Young contributes RBI double, steal vs. Sox
    Eric Young Jr. had an RBI double, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Young poked a run-scoring double down the right field line in the fourth inning to give the Angels a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The steal was his seventh in nine tries this year, all of which have come since the 32-year-old was promoted in late May to fill in during Mike Trout's absence. While he could be shipped back out when Trout returns, Young has performed admirably for the Halos, batting .289/.379/.461 in 24 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Calhoun collects two more hits against BoSox
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: The month of June has been kind to the 29-year-old, who now has 12 multi-hit performances in 22 games this month. On Saturday, he singled and scored in the first inning before driving in a run with a single in the ninth. A brutal start the year has Calhoun's line at a still-underwhelming .247/.325/.387, but anyone paying attention can see that the outfielder is on the right track these days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Saturday's lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com said Piscotty is "banged up," but it's unclear if he's dealing with a specific injury or just general soreness. In his place, Jose Martinez will draw the start in right field and bat fifth Saturday against Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:51 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Calhoun has two hits, RBI double
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Calhoun has now knocked in six runs over his last six games. It’s been a struggle for him on the whole this season, but he’s hitting .342 over 21 games this month. His season OPS has jumped from .605 to .711 in the process. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Castellanos scratched with back tightness
    Nicholas Castellanos was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday due to back tightness.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor and Castellanos is considered day-to-day. Dixon Machado will start in his place on Friday against Luis Perdomo and the Padres. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:23 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:53 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:22 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:03 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:03 am
  • Grandal getting the night off Thursday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers are stacking their lineup with right-handers against Mets lefty Steven Matz. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate and bat seventh. He's catching for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:28 pm
  • Steve Pearce (knee) sitting Thursday
    Steve Pearce (knee) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Pearce suffered a right knee contusion on Wednesday night, though X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine after a day or two of rest. Dwight Smith Jr. is starting in left field and batting eighth for Toronto on Thursday against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:06 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:43 am
  • Cruz drives in three as M's come from behind
    Nelson Cruz plated three runs Wednesday in the Mariners’ comeback win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Seattle didn’t have its first base-runner until the sixth inning, but that didn’t stop the Mariners from stealing a 7-5 victory. Cruz was a seminal figure in Seattle’s comeback, narrowing the gap to 4-3 with a two-run double in the sixth before giving the Mariners an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh. A recent MRI showed a minor tear in his right calf, but that hasn’t done much to slow Cruz, who leads the American League with 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 pm
  • Grandal slams two homers in win over Mets
    Yasmani Grandal unleashed on the Mets, hammering a pair of home runs Wednesday in the Dodgers’ 8-2 victory.

    Advice: He took Tyler Pill deep for a solo shot in the sixth and made Neil Ramirez his next victim with another solo blast in the eighth. Grandal has had a monster series, gashing the Mets by going 5-for-9 with three homers over his last two games. Wednesday was Grandal’s first multi-homer game since Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Jake Lamb gets busy in win over Rockies
    Jake Lamb notched two hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 rout of the Rockies.

    Advice: MLB’s RBI leader was at it again Wednesday night at Coors Field. Lamb collected the Diamondbacks’ first hit of the night by doubling to lead off the second inning. He doubled again in the fourth, plating David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt as part of a 10-run inning for the D’Backs. Lamb finished the night with three strikeouts but those were easily outweighed by his successes. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season, batting .287 with 16 homers and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Steve Pearce lifted with knee contusion
    Steve Pearce left Wednesday's game against the Rangers due to a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Pearce underwent X-rays, which returned negative. The Blue Jays have deemed him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal picks up three hits
    Yasmani Grandal finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run off of Robert Gsellman of the Mets in the fifth inning on Tuesday.

    Advice: The three-hit game was great news to Grandal's nervous fantasy owners, as he entered play with just nine hits over 54 at-bats (.167) with 21 strikeouts across his first 14 games in the month of June. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:12 am
  • Kole Calhoun hits RBI double in loss to KC
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Calhoun picked up an RBI double off Jason Vargas in the first inning, his eighth double of the season. Overall, the 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .243/.327/.386 with 10 homers and 33 RBI across 267 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:30 pm
  • Trevor Story socks solo homer in win over SFG
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Story connected for a solo shot off Ty Blach in the seventh inning. The tater was his 10th of the season. In addition, the 24-year-old shortstop is hitting .227/.318/.433 and has driven in 28 runs in 57 games. He was one of the more fun stories in baseball last season, but has fallen off from the strong .272/.341/.567 triple-slash he posted in 2016. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Descalso goes 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs
    Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: The 30-year-old veteran walked and scored in the third inning, doubled and was left stranded in the fifth and then delivered an RBI single and scored in the seventh. He has received a fair amount of playing time as a utility infielder for Arizona this year. He is batting .215/.326/.388 with five homers and 21 RBI in 141 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:56 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:01 pm
  • Story goes 2-for-4 with an RBI vs Giants
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and drove in a run against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: His fifth-inning single plated Ian Desmond from third base and provided what would turn out to be the winning run. Story was a breakout sensation last year before suffering a season-ending thumb injury in July. He hasn't come anywhere close to repeating that performance this year. He hit .272/.341/.567 with 27 homers and 72 RBI in 97 games in 2016. He is batting .221/.315/.416 with nine homers and 27 RBI in 56 games in 2017. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Castellanos not in Tigers lineup on Saturday
    Nicholas Castellanos is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Rays.

    Advice: Not a bad day to give Castellanos a breather against tough right-hander Chris Archer. Andrew Romine will start in his place at the hot corner and bat seventh for the Tigers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 am
  • DJ LeMahieu perfect at the dish vs. Giants
    DJ LeMahieu finished 4-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 10-8 win against the Giants while also adding his fourth stolen base of the season.

    Advice: LeMahieu, the 2016 National League batting champion, has eaten up San Francisco pitching to bump his average 20 points over the past two games. He has five multi-hit efforts over his past seven outings and he has two or more hits in seven of his 15 games in the month of June. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:27 am
  • Nicholas Castellanos knocks in four runs
    Nicholas Castellanos tripled, doubled and drove in four runs in the Tigers' 11-4 rout of the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: Castellanos is hitting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI for the month of June. He's still playing lousy defense -- he committed his 13th error tonight -- but the Tigers don't seem likely to give up on him during the season. He should have some mixed-league value the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:53 pm
  • Steve Pearce homers in return
    Steve Pearce homered and walked in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: He took Jose Quintana deep for his fifth homer in 85 at-bats. Ezequiel Carrera has done a great job in left field against right-handers, so Pearce should be limited to starting against lefties until someone gets hurt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:27 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Steve Pearce (calf) in Jays' lineup Friday
    Blue Jays activated OF Steve Pearce from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pearce is starting in left field and batting eighth Friday night against the White Sox after missing a month with a calf strain. The 34-year-old had a weak .205/.256/.373 slash line over his first 27 games this season with Toronto. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:34 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:31 pm
  • LeMahieu picks up four singles vs. Giants
    DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: LeMahieu picked up RBI singles off Matt Moore in the first and third innings. This was his second four-hit performance of the season. The 28-year-old second baseman does not offer much in the way of power -- a mere three home runs in 69 games played -- but has at least done a respectable job on the average front. Thursday's four-hit showing bumped it up to .288 in 274 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:57 pm
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