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  • Indians had been discussing role change for Plesac
    Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters late Sunday that the team had been discussing Zach Plesac's role prior to his violation of the health and safety protocols on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Plesac left the team hotel and went out with some friends following a terrific outing Saturday afternoon against the White Sox. When that came to light on Sunday, he got sent home to Cleveland in a rental car and will now be quarantined for 72 hours. The Indians don't technically need a fifth starter again until August 22, so Antonetti said they were already considering moving Plesac to the bullpen for a bit or even optioning him to their alternate training site. It's hard to see the option idea happening - he boasts a 1.29 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, and 24/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings (three starts) this season - but the 25-year-old right-hander certainly irked some people in the organization (and around the industry) with his decision to break protocol. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Carlos Santana draws three walks on Sunday
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored in the Indians' win over the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Santana is now up to 23 walks on the season, which is close to a number of overall team totals in this weird pandemic baseball season. He's batting just .188 but boasts a .451 on-base percentage and nine runs. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Eloy Jimenez goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sun.
    Eloy Jimenez finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Jimenez has three home runs and eight RBI in 14 games played this season, but he's batting just .212 with a .673 OPS. Granted, he also started slow last year before catching fire down the stretch. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Giolito strikes out nine in no-decision Sunday
    Lucas Giolito yielded two earned runs across seven innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland would go on to win 5-4 in extra innings. Giolito was a bit up and down in this one, scattering five walks and four hits while striking out nine batters, including all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh. Chicago was up 3-2 when he departed, and the loss ultimately fell to Jimmy Cordero. Giolito is lined up to face the Cardinals next, though their season is currently on pause amid a COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Bieber strikes out eight batters in no-decision
    Shane Bieber allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Bieber struck out eight and mostly looked sharp, but Jose Abreu tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning and James McCann added another solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The 25-year-old right-hander stands 3-0 on the season with a 1.63 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 43/5 K/BB ratio in four starts covering 27 2/3 innings. He'll be looking to move to 4-0 this weekend in Detroit. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Oliver Perez earns save as Indians win in extras
    Oliver Perez earned a save Sunday as the Indians topped the White Sox 5-4 in extra innings.

    Advice: Brad Hand was on the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning when a torrential downpour arrived at Guaranteed Rate field in Chicago and caused a delay. Perez took the bump for the Indians once play restarted and induced a pop-out from Leury Garcia before striking out Yoan Moncada to end the game. It was just the fifth career save for Perez, who has made 675 total appearances at the major league level. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Yordan Alvarez homers in intrasquad game Sunday
    Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) got six plate appearances in an intrasquad game Sunday and recorded a home run, a single, and three walks.

    Advice: Alvarez is now 4-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, and four walks over the last two days at the Astros' alternate training site in Corpus Christi, Texas. There is no public timetable for his 2020 regular season debut, but it should be coming relatively soon -- probably sometime this week. The young slugger was placed on the injured list just before Opening Day after missing all of summer camp for undisclosed reasons. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Luis Perdomo to start for Padres on Tuesday vs. LA
    Luis Perdomo will start for the Padres on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: There was some thought that Luis Patino might get that nod, but he was used in relief Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Perdomo has worked primarily in relief for San Diego over the last two years and owns a 5.40 ERA through three appearances this season. He's not a good fantasy bet versus Los Angeles. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Astros transfer Roberto Osuna (elbow) to 45-day IL
    Astros transferred RHP Roberto Osuna from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Osuna is expected to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at some point soon and will be sidelined until late 2021 or early 2022. He's a non-tender candidate this offseason. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Astros acquire Brooks Raley for PTBNL on Sunday
    Astros acquired LHP Brooks Raley from the Reds for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks through his first four innings of relief in 2020. The 32-year-old owns a career 7.23 ERA in the majors. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Lane Thomas is 17th COVID-19 diagnosis for Cards
    Lane Thomas has tested positive for COVID-19, the Cardinals announced Sunday.

    Advice: That brings the total number of positive cases on the Cardinals to 17 -- seven staff members and 10 players. This week's three-game series between St. Louis and Pittsburgh has already been postponed, and it's unclear whether the Cardinals will be allowed to travel to Detroit for a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday. They haven't played a game since falling to the Twins in Minnesota back on July 29. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    PPD vs Pit
  • Royals option Chance Adams to alternate site
    Royals optioned RHP Chance Adams to their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams did not make an appearance during his short stay on the Royals' active 28-man roster. The 25-year-old reliever holds an ugly 8.18 ERA in 33 career innings at the major league level. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
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  • Dylan Moore goes deep in victory over Rockies
    Dylan Moore smacked his third home run of the season on Sunday as the Mariners dispatched of the Rockies 5-3.

    Advice: Moore gave the Mariners an early lead as he smashed a two-run homer off of German Marquez just two batters into the ballgame. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the afternoon 1-for-3. Moore is off to a nice start for the Mariners this season, slashing a healthy .293/.326/.610 with three homers, six RBI and three swipes. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Dylan Moore Sea - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
    6:05 pm @Tex
  • Kyle Lewis reaches base twice in win over Rockies
    Kyle Lewis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Lewis started the Mariners' three-run rally in the seventh with a leadoff infield single. He would later come around to score on Evan White's sacrifice fly. The 25-year-old has a lot of swing and miss to his game, but so far the good has far more than outweighed the bad as he's slashing .355/.420/.516 with three homers, 11 runs scored, 10 RBI and a stolen base. He should be a fixture in the middle of the Mariners' lineup for the foreseeable future. Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Taylor Williams slams door on Rockies in ninth
    Taylor Williams slammed the door on the Rockies on Sunday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his third save of the season.

    Advice: Williams came on with two men on and two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a run-scoring single to David Dahl, but struck out Daniel Murphy to end the threat. He then stayed on to work a perfect ninth inning that included another pair of strikeouts. Williams has entrenched himself into the Mariners' closer's role and is building job security with each additional outing. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Plesac sent home after violating health protocols
    Zach Plesac was sent home by the Indians and will be quarantined for 72 hours after going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

    Advice: Plesac tossed six scoreless innings against the White Sox on Saturday afternoon and apparently wanted to celebrate the impressive outing, but he did so in violation of team rules and MLB's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Plesac's actions have "upset teammates and club officials," per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and it's unclear whether he'll be given the go-ahead to make his scheduled start next weekend in Detroit. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Still no timetable for Alvarez (undisclosed)
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) only recently resumed hitting and he has no timetable for when the designated hitter will return.

    Advice: “I really don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Baker said. Alvarez was cleared to return to activities over two weeks ago, but obviously the Astros are bringing him along slowly following an absence for undisclosed reasons. Yesterday, 11:02 am
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Yordan Alvarez doubles twice in intersquad game
    Yordan Alvarez doubled twice in three plate appearances during an intersquad game on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has not been able to play this year for undisclosed reasons, and just return to baseball activities on Friday. It's nice to hear that the outfielder is able to get off to a hot start; even in games that mean nothing. It's being reported that Alvarez will need at least two weeks before being ready to return, so it appears that near the end of August is the ETA for the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Saturday, 3:17 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Zach Plesac hurls six scoreless frames in victory
    Zach Plesac impressed with six scoreless innings in the Indians' 7-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday. 

    Advice: Goodness gracious, Cleveland starters. It was another dominant effort from their rotation, with Plesac scattering five hits and striking out seven with one walk. It's the second start in three appearances for the right-hander where he hasn't allowed a start, with a horrific seven-inning, two-run effort sandwiched between. The sarcasm is dripping. Plesac lowers his season ERA to a shiny 1.29 with the effort, and looks like a locked-in fantasy starter right now. He gets a chance to face the Tigers over the weekend. Saturday, 1:57 pm
  • Royals change their mind, recall reliever Adams
    Royals recalled RHP Chance Adams from their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams was just activated from the 10-day injured list and sent out on Friday, but an injury to outfielder Nick Heath in Friday night's game opened a roster spot and prompted the team to tell Adams to come on back. How long he might stay is up in the air -- the team used five pitchers to get through their 3-2 win over the Twins, and may just want to have a healthy arm around for Saturday's game -- but it's not as though the Royals' bullpen is so airtight that he couldn't pitch his way into a regular role if he performs well. Heath went on the injured list in a corresponding move. Saturday, 12:28 pm
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  • Jimenez batting second for White Sox on Saturday
    Eloy Jimenez is starting at designated hitter and batting second for the White Sox against the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be the first start in the No. 2 hole for Jimenez this season. With Tim Anderson sidelined, manager Rick Renteria has been forced to shuffle his lineup at the top, batting Yoan Moncada leadoff ahead of Eloy on Saturday. This is a prime production spot for the 23-year-old, who's hitting .250/.292/.500 with three home runs in 12 games this year. Saturday, 7:55 am
  • Chance Adams activated and optioned
    Royals activated RHP Chance Adams from the 10-day injured list; optioned him to their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams is over the undisclosed ailment he was dealing with but will not join the big club yet. He should get a shot eventually. Friday, 3:02 pm
    Not Active
  • Alvarez (undisclosed) taking BP and running
    Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Yordan Alvarez has begun taking batting practice and running. 

    Advice: On Saturday, Baker stated that Alvarez was maybe 10 days to two weeks away from being ready to join the Astros. On Thursday, Baker said that the "cavalry" -- in this case Alvarez, Jose Urquidy and Aledmys Diaz -- "is a way off." When the slugger is able to return, we know what Alvarez is capable of, but it sounds like that isn't going to be until the middle of the month at the very earliest. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Reds DFA left-hander Brooks Raley on Thurs.
    Reds designated LHP Brooks Raley for assignment.

    Advice: Raley had surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks through four innings of relief this season with Cincinnati. Jose De Leon has been called up in a corresponding roster move. Thursday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Kyle Lewis not in Mariners' starting lineup Thurs.
    Kyle Lewis is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: This would appear to be a routine breather for Lewis, who has batted .385/.439/.577 with three home runs, 10 RBI, one stolen base, and nine runs scored through 13 games this season. He is the current MLB leader in hits with 20. Dee Gordon, Mallex Smith, and Dylan Moore are starting across the outfield on Thursday. Thursday, 10:13 am
  • Lewis reaches three more times against Angels
    Kyle Lewis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Wednesday to help the Mariners to a win over the Angels. 

    Advice: Lewis ripped an RBI single in the fifth to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead. He had another hard-hit single up the middle a couple innings later, and also drew a four-pitch walk. This also makes back-to-back games that the impressive rookie didn't strike out; nice to see after fanning seven times in the previous four games. The .385 average is unsustainable, but Lewis is crushing the ball right now, and there's plenty of reason to believe he's going to remain relevant for fantasy players over these next two months. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Moore homers and doubles in losing effort
    Dylan Moore went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Moore hit his second homer of the season with a shot off of Kenyon Middleton in the seventh. The utility player has performed well in his limited time with the Mariners this year; as seen in his .320 average and .680 slugging percentage. He's a decent DFS play when he is in the lineup against southpaws, but that's about it. Tuesday, 9:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Dylan Moore Sea - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
    6:05 pm @Tex
  • Eloy Jimenez goes 3-for-4, hits third homer
    Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday to lead the White Sox to a 3-2 victory in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Jimenez was slotted ahead of Edwin Encarnacion in the White Sox lineup for the first time tonight. Next on the docket should be putting him into the cleanup spot ahead of Yasmani Grandal. While Luis Robert has gotten most of the attention, Jimenez has looked phenomenal in the early going and seems well on his way to establishing himself as one of the AL's top hitters. Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Lucas Giolito strikes out nine in win
    Lucas Giolito notched his first win after giving up two runs and four hits over six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Brandon Woodruff matched Giolito for six, but the White Sox scored in the top of the seventh to put Giolito in line for the win. Giolito finished with nine strikeouts. His ERA is still suffering from his Opening Day letdown, but he's been excellent his last two times out. Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Bieber gives up first runs, still goes to 3-0
    Shane Bieber yielded two runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight Tuesday in a victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Bieber gave up solo homers to Nick Castellanos in the first and Eugenio Suarez in the fourth, but that was all the Reds could muster. Bieber's ERA jumped all of the way to 0.83 tonight. Also, his FIP is no longer negative; he was at -0.38 there after coming in with a 27/1 K/BB ratio and no homers allowed in 14 innings. Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Report: Tommy John surgery recommended for Osuna
    Mark Berman of FOX 26 hears that the initial diagnosis for Roberto Osuna (elbow) is that he needs Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: This seemed to be what Astros manager Dusty Baker was indicating in a radio interview on Tuesday, but now we know for sure. Osuna will receive a second opinion before making a decision, but either way he's going to be out for an extended period. With this shortened season, it's safe to say he's not going to pitch again this year. And given the timing of potential surgery, it could put his participation in the 2021 season at stake as well. We should have some clarity on his situation in the next couple of days, but for now, Ryan Pressly should see the bulk of the save chances for the Astros. Tuesday, 11:13 am
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Baker says Osuna's elbow 'doesn't look real good'
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said during an appearance on SportsTalk790 on Tuesday that he's not optimistic about the outlook for Roberto Osuna (elbow) moving forward.

    Advice: "Doesn't look real good, actually," explained Baker. "He went and had an MRI yesterday. He's in our prayers and in our thoughts. The reality is it's probably not really good news." Osuna was pulled from an appearance on Saturday before landing on the injured list with right elbow soreness. Tommy John surgery or not, it appears he's facing a lengthy absence. Ryan Pressly will likely be the fill-in closer, though he has had his own elbow issue of late. Blake Taylor would be the darkhorse here. Tuesday, 10:37 am
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Zach Plesac gives up three runs in loss
    Zach Plesac yielded three runs and four hits in seven innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Unfortunately, two of the four hits were homers, and Plesac just didn't have much margin for error while being matched up against Sonny Gray tonight. It's still quite impressive how he's managed to last 15 innings in his first two starts. Monday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyle Lewis goes deep again in loss to Athletics
    Kyle Lewis clobbered his third home run of the season on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Mariners to victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Lewis tagged Yusmeiro Petit for the solo shot in the eighth inning, pulling the Mariners to within one run at 3-2 -- but that would be as close as they would get. Lewis -- who had an exit velocity of 107 mph on his homer -- has been scalding the ball all over the field to begin the 2020 campaign and has hit safely in each of the team's first 10 games this season. With his 1-for-4 effort on Sunday he's slashing .425/.477/.650 with three homers and nine RBI. Aug 2, 3:08 pm
  • Elbow soreness sends Roberto Osuna to injured list
    Astros placed RHP Roberto Osuna on the 10-day injured list with right elbow soreness.

    Advice: Osuna had to be lifted from a save chance Saturday with the injury. The results of his MRI have not been made available yet, so it's difficult to project at this point how much time he might miss. Ryan Pressly just returned from an elbow issue himself but would seem to be the best bet to take Osuna's spot at closer. Aug 2, 12:16 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Roberto Osuna heading for MRI on pitching arm
    Astros' closer Roberto Osuna is heading for an MRI after leaving Saturday's game with discomfort in his right arm.

    Advice: Osuna was pulled from a save chance on Saturday after looking very uncomfortable which prompted a visit from the team trainer. He's heading back to Houston to undergo the exam, so it's likely that he'll be placed on the injured list so the Astros can add a fresh arm to the bullpen mix. While Ryan Pressly has been dealing with his own health issues, he's still the most likely candidate to replace Osuna in the ninth inning if he's going to be sidelined for a significant length of time. Aug 1, 8:30 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Roberto Osuna leaves game with apparent injury
    Roberto Osuna was removed from Saturday's outing against the Angels during a save situation due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Osuna entered the game after the Astros had rallied to take the lead in the top half of the ninth inning -- tasked with protecting a one-run lead. He allowed a leadoff infield single to Luis Rengifo then got Albert Pujols to ground out before calling for the team trainer. There has been no clear explanation yet on what exactly the injury is -- but it's awful news for fantasy owners who invested early draft capital in the elite closer. Given the mounting injury woes in the Astros' bullpen it's difficult to speculate who would even replace Osuna in the ninth inning in the event that he's forced to miss any significant time. Aug 1, 7:23 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Jimenez homers, drives in four in blowout victory
    Eloy Jimenez went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI in a blowout win on Saturday over the Royals. 

    Advice: Jimenez launched a three-run shot off of a completely ineffective Ronald Bolanos in the first inning to make it 4-0 White Sox. The talented outfielder added another RBI in the 10th with a single, and he added another base hit along with a double in the contest. Jimenez did miss some time earlier with a head injury, but when he's been on the field in 2020, he's been exceptional; as seen in his .381/.391/.762 line. The 23-year-old is a solid option now, and you can't help but wonder what he's capable of in the future. Aug 1, 6:54 pm
  • Yordan Alvarez likely two weeks away from return
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Yordan Alvarez is maybe 10 days to two weeks away from being ready to rejoin the Astros.

    Advice: Alvarez was finally cleared to resume baseball activities on Friday after he missed the entirety of Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons. Remember, he slashed a monstrous .313/.412/.655 with 27 homers and 78 RBI over 87 games last season, so he has shown how big of an impact that he can make in a shortened season. Aug 1, 1:37 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Taylor Williams notches second save
    Taylor Williams recorded his second save Friday with a hitless ninth inning against the A's.

    Advice: Williams walked Mark Canha with one out, but he was able to get a couple of flyouts afterwards. We're not sure what it is that made Mariners manager Scott Servais pick Williams as his preferred option in the ninth, but it appears that it will last at least until his first blown save. Jul 31, 9:47 pm
  • Shane Bieber shuts down Twins, fans 13 over eight
    Shane Bieber dominated again Thursday, striking out 13 over eight scoreless innings in a defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: This comes after Bieber struck out 14 Royals his first time out. He's the first pitcher ever to strike out at least 13 batters in his first two starts of the season, and he's allowed just seven hits and one walk in 14 innings to date. He can't keep up this pace for long, but with one of the game's easiest schedules helping him along, he should remain stellar for fantasy purposes. Jul 30, 7:22 pm
  • Kyle Lewis adds three more hits vs. Angels
    Kyle Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in a win over the Angels on Wednesday. 

    Advice: It just continues. Lewis drove in his run on a bases-loaded groundout that would have been an infield hit if not for Anthony Rendon's ability. This is his fourth-straight multi-hit game, and even in a small sample size, you have to be impressed with a slash of .458/.519/.706 in these first six contests. Lewis is going to have regression because of course he is, but this is a legitimate fantasy option for 2020 and beyond. Jul 29, 11:08 pm
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