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  • Nick Williams sparks three-run frame w/ homer
    Nick Williams went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Williams socked a solo home run off Jeff Samardzija to lead off what ended as a three-run sixth for the Phillies. The dinger was his sixth of the season and bumped his RBI tally to 25. The 23-year-old outfielder has collected at least one hit in eight of his last 10 games and is slashing .298/.348/.507 through his first 148 major league at-bats. Rotoworld.com 17 minutes ago
  • Galvis doubles, triples in loss to Giants
    Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Galvis struck out in his other two at-bats. For the campaign as a whole, the 27-year-old shortstop is slashing .258/.308/.413 with 11 homers, 39 RBI and 10 steals in 119 games. Rotoworld.com 18 minutes ago
  • Jeff Samardzija falls short of quality start
    Jeff Samardzija surrendered four runs on eight hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Samardzija struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up a pair of solo home runs, too, with Cameron Rupp and Nick Williams taking him deep in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Up next on the docket for the veteran right-hander, a home start against the Brewers. Samardzija will carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into that one. Rotoworld.com 19 minutes ago
  • Aaron Nola knocked for five runs vs. Giants
    Aaron Nola surrendered five runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Nola struck out three and walked three in the outing. The Giants burned him for two runs in the third inning via RBI singles by Hunter Pence and Buster Posey, then three more in the fifth via a two-run double by Jarrett Parker and an RBI single from Brandon Crawford. Prior to Thursday's start, Nola had not surrendered more than two runs in an outing since June 16. He will try to get back into the groove when he brings a 3.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 128/38 K/BB ratio (124 1/3 innings) into a home date with the Marlins next time he takes to the mound. Rotoworld.com 20 minutes ago
  • Sanchez's homer, five RBI too much for Mets
    Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and added a two-run single later, collecting five RBI in the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Sanchez took Mets starter Steven Matz deep in the first inning for the three-run jack, his 22nd of the year and his fourth in his last six games. He tacked on a two-RBI single in the fourth, running his RBI total to 64 this year. The 24-year-old was mired in a slump in late July and early August, but that's a thing of the past. Sanchez is slashing .277/.352/.526 overall. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Granderson delivers grand slam against Yanks
    Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Mets fans had little to cheer about on this night, and most nights, but Granderson gave the remaining fans a treat when he cleared the wall in the ninth inning to cut the Yankees' lead to two. That would remain the difference, making the dong little more than a footnote of an otherwise forgettable game for the Queens club. Granderson also walked twice in the contest. The 36-year-old is hitting .228/.334/.481 with 19 homers, 52 RBI and 58 runs scored this season. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
  • Gardner has two runs, two RBI against Mets
    Brett Gardner had a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Gardner delivered a two-run double as part of a four-run frame for the Yanks. He's now got 75 runs scored on the year, seventh-most in the American League. The 33-year-old is batting .248/.341/.430 with 19 homers, 51 RBI, those 75 runs and 15 stolen bases on the year. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • 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 54 minutes ago
  • Matz struggles again in loss to Yankees
    Steven Matz allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Matz was in a 3-0 hole after four batters, and while he managed to hold the Yanks at bay in the second and third innings, they struck again for four more runs in the fourth. Matz gave up a homer among his seven hits allowed, also walking two while striking out four. The loss was the sixth in a row for the 26-year-old, who hasn't won since June 28. Matz will carry a 2-7 record and 6.08 ERA into Tuesday's matchup with a dangerous Diamondbacks team. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
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  • Severino fans nine in win over crosstown Mets
    Luis Severino struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run, in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Severino walked three while allowing just four hits, dominating the hapless Mets for most of the night. It was a great showing after he got knocked around by the Red Sox his last time out. The 23-year-old, who had to fight for a rotation spot in spring training, has been one of the season's breakout stars, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 175/41 K/BB ratio while going 10-5 through 24 starts. He'll look to keep his fantastic season going Wednesday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 pm
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  • Merritt lasts 3 2/3 innings in spot start
    Ryan Merritt allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in a spot start Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Merritt needed 61 pitches to get 11 outs, and even in the nightcap of a doubleheader manager Terry Francona didn't hesitate to give him the hook. In three appearances, the 25-year-old has a decent 3.12 ERA but less impressive 1.73 WHIP. Merritt will likely find his way back to the minors soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 pm
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  • Jon Lester (lat) headed for a check-up
    Jon Lester (lat) is headed to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

    Advice: This comes after Lester exited Thursday's start with lat tightness. The left-hander was blown up for nine runs in that start and didn't throw with his usual velocity. The Cubs aren't expected to update Lester's status until Friday at the earliest, though it's a near certainty that he'll be placed on the disabled list. Mike Montgomery, who logged 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen on Thursday, is an obvious candidate to replace Lester in the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:24 pm
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  • Byron Buxton hits seventh homer
    Byron Buxton homered, walked and scored twice in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: Buxton is hitting .319 with two homers, nine RBI and four steals in 15 games since coming off the disabled list. Maybe it's time for the Twins to try elevating him in the lineup. Paul Molitor got himself burnt by opening the year with Buxton in the third spot, but Buxton has been a solid OBP guy since late April and he's very good when he's on base. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:29 pm
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  • Jon Lester diagnosed with left lat tightness
    Jon Lester departed his start Thursday against the Reds due to left lat tightness.

    Advice: Lester called for a trainer after throwing 40 pitches in a brutal second inning that saw the Reds post nine runs -- seven of which were charged to the veteran southpaw. Lester might not be able to take his next turn in the Cubs' rotation and could even require a disabled list stint. He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:47 pm
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  • Lester leaves during nine-run second inning
    Jon Lester left with a trainer in the second inning of his start Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Lester had allowed a whopping eight runs -- seven earned -- on one walk and seven hits in the top of the second when he signaled toward the dugout. He didn't appear seriously hurt, but look for a status update sometime this afternoon on the veteran left-hander. Cincinnati wound up scoring nine total runs in the frame. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:05 pm
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  • Yankees recall 1B Tyler Austin from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled 1B Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Austin fractured his left foot in February and then promptly strained his hamstring when the Yankees promoted in late June, but the 25-year-old first baseman had been hitting the ball well at Triple-A over the last couple of weeks and has earned another callup before the expansion of MLB rosters in September. That said, it's not clear how much he's going to play in New York. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:59 am
  • Twins promote Kohl Stewart to Triple-A
    Twins pitching prospect Kohl Stewart has been promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The former No. 4 overall pick had an underwhelming 4.01 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 52/42 K/BB ratio in 74 innings (15 starts) at the Double-A level. Stewart hasn't cracked a top-100 ranking since the spring of 2015, but the Twins will continue to bring him along through their minor league system. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:58 am
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  • Indians recall Ryan Merritt for spot start
    Indians recalled LHP Ryan Merritt from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Merritt will make a spot start for the Indians in the second game of Thursday's day-night doubleheader at Minnesota's Target Field. The left-hander allowed seven hits and three runs over just four innings in his only other start at the MLB level this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:51 am
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  • Ryan Merritt to start Game 2 of doubleheader
    Ryan Merritt will be called up as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll go against Twins right-hander Aaron Slegers in the nightcap. Mike Clevinger is being skipped in the rotation, though he'll be available out of the bullpen on Thursday. This will be Merritt's second start of the year after scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over four innings in a no-decision on June 17. That start was also against Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 pm
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  • Freddy Galvis doubles in shutout loss
    Freddy Galvis doubled Wednesday in the Phillies’ 3-0 loss to San Diego.

    Advice: The sixth-inning double was his only hit of the afternoon. It was also one of just three Phillies hits against Clayton Richard, who went the distance for his third career shutout. The 27-year-old has hit safely in five of his last six games, batting .280 (7-for-25) during that span. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Brett Gardner out Wednesday against Mets
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: It's a routine day off for the 33-year-old. The Yankees will go with an outfield of Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge Wednesday versus right-hander Robert Gsellman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Gary Sanchez homers again in Yankees' win
    Gary Sanchez continued to swing a hot bat Tuesday, slugging a solo homer and adding a single and a sac fly in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: Sanchez's bomb off of Jacob deGrom was a no-doubter over the left-field wall and put the Yankees up 4-0 at the time. His sac fly in the eighth inning wound up being the winning run. The young catcher has now homered four times over his last seven contests and has piled up 11 hits during a seven-game hitting streak. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Gary Sanchez hits 20th homer of season
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the Yankees' defeat of the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Sanchez singled in the second inning, hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, and launched a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. He now has 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 84 games this season, to go along with a cool .861 OPS. Despite the defensive issues, it's been a promising sophomore campaign for the 24-year-old catcher. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Granderson slugs 18th home run on Monday
    Curtis Granderson hit his 18th home run of the season Monday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Granderson belted a solo shot off Yankees starter Luis Cessa in the top of the third inning, and Yoenis Cespedes repeated the act moments later. Granderson has been steadily productive since early May and Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Monday evening that waiver-trade interest in the 36-year-old outfielder "has picked up lately." We may see a move. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 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
  • Interest in Curtis Granderson 'has picked up'
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that interest in Curtis Granderson "has picked up lately."

    Advice: Marc Carig of Newsday reported Sunday that Granderson was drawing "little interest" on the trade market, but Puma is hearing that the tide is turning. It certainly make sense given that the veteran outfielder is batting .267/.386/.563 with 16 homers since May 1. He can help a contender, whether it's as a full- or part-timer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:51 pm
  • Granderson to DH Monday vs. Yankees
    Curtis Granderson will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Playing under American League rules will allow Juan Lagares to make a start in center field. Michael Conforto will slide over to right field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:42 pm
  • Report: Granderson drawing little interest
    Marc Carig of Newsday writes that Curtis Granderson "continues to generate little interest" on the trade market.

    Advice: It doesn't make much sense, as Granderson has quietly been one of the league's best hitters after getting off to a slow start. He owns a 147 wRC+ dating back to May 1, which ranks higher than the likes of Andrew McCutchen, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, and Freddie Freeman among many other impressive names. The 36-year-old has cleared revocable waivers, so he can be traded to any team. There's still a chance that a contender will come to their senses and get a deal done this month. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:29 am
  • Curtis Granderson homers, knocks in three
    Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI in leading the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: We maintain that Granderson was the better acquisition for a contender than Jay Bruce, but there's still time to see if that will play out; he's cleared waivers and the Mets still could move him for a prospect and salary relief. Granderson is hitting .284/.409/.597 in 201 at-bats since May 15. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Samardzija allows three runs in six innings
    Jeff Samardzija gave up three runs in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six batters, surrendered nine base hits and issued one walk in the quality start. He let in two runs in the first inning and didn't give up another one until the sixth. He wasn't very efficient as it took him 120 pitches to get through six frames. The veteran right-hander falls to 7-12 on the season with a 4.74 ERA in 24 starts. He has an excellent 160/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 155 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:24 pm
  • Jon Lester knocked around in desert
    Jon Lester allowed four runs - three earned - with seven hits and two walks over six innings in a loss at Arizona on Saturday.

    Advice: Lester salvaged the line with nine strikeouts, but he wasn't close to his best. He also uncorked a wild pitch while checking in with a game score of just 51. The veteran southpaw is now 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA across three starts in August. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next scheduled turn Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Reds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:02 pm
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  • Nola wins, fanning eight over seven strong
    Aaron Nola struck out eight batters and allowed one run in seven innings to beat the Mets 3-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered only two hits and two walks in the effortless win. One of those hits was a solo shot by outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Nola improves to 9-7 with a studly 3.02 ERA and 1.15 WHIP after 19 starts. His results are backed up by a strong 125/35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 119 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Galvis goes 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI Sat
    Freddy Galvis went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: He punched an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his squad ahead to stay. He walked and scored an insurance run on a Tommy Joseph sacrifice fly in the eighth. Galvis has a .257 batting average with 11 home runs and 49 RBI. He has stolen 10 bases in 12 attempts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Matz allows two runs in 5 2/3 in loss Sat.
    Steven Matz took a loss to the Phillies on Saturday despite allowing just two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: He made it through four innings without allowing any hits or runs, but then surrendered four singles and let in two runs in the fifth. It was an encouraging outing for the beleaguered left-hander, who is now 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA in 12 starts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:28 pm
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  • Buxton goes 2-for-4 with a home run Sat.
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He drilled a solo home run off starter Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth inning, then plated another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Buxton was once heralded as the top overall prospect in the game but has struggled mightily in the majors the last three season. He is still just 23 years old and loaded with talent so maybe he will break through eventually. He has a sorry .230/.300/.324 slash line with six homers and 21 RBI in 96 games. He has salvaged some fantasy value by stealing 19 bases in 20 tries. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 pm
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  • Red Sox hang 10 runs on Severino Saturday
    Luis Severino imploded on Saturday, yielding eight hits and 10 runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: The 10 runs were a season-worst for Severino, who finished the afternoon with four strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Benintendi was Severino’s kryptonite on Saturday, taking him deep for a pair of three-run homers. New York’s porous defense didn’t help matters with Todd Frazier and Didi Gregorius both committing costly errors. The loss snapped Severino’s six-start unbeaten streak. The 23-year-old will take a 3.32 ERA into his next outing Thursday against the Mets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:25 pm
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  • Sanchez takes Pomeranz deep on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez clubbed his 19th homer as part of a two-hit effort Saturday in the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sanchez staked the Yankees to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning by drilling a two-run shot off Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz. The opposite-field blast traveled an estimated 364 feet. Sanchez also chipped in with a fifth-inning double, though he was stranded at second base. The 24-year-old has been widely criticized for his poor play behind the plate but fantasy owners won’t lose sleep over it as long as he keeps hitting. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Yankees activate and option Tyler Austin
    Yankees activated 1B Tyler Austin from the 10-day disabled list, optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Austin had been on the shelf since suffering a right hamstring strain in late June. He'll be back with the big league club once rosters expand in September. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:11 am
  • Granderson hits one of four Mets HRs in win
    Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Granderson poured a little salt in the wound with his two-run bomb in the ninth inning of an eight-run game, but that's how it goes sometimes. The homer was the third in the last seven games for the 36-year-old, who now has 16 on the season. Through 105 games, Granderson is batting .225/.332/.459. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Byron Buxton scores twice, drives in two
    Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Buxton came through with RBI singles in the second and third innings. This was his fourth three-hit showing in 94 games played this season. For the campaign as a whole, the speedy outfielder owns a meager .226/.299/.313 triple-slash with five homers, 19 RBI and 19 steals. While the former top prospect has yet to blossom in the bigs, he is still just 23 years old. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:46 pm
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