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  • Yankees recall Tyler Austin from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled 1B Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Chris Carter on the active roster, who was designated for assignment after Friday's game. Austin wsa hitting .300/.366/.560 with four homers and 21 RBI in 27 games at Triple-A. He should see regular playing time at first base and is worth a look as a corner infield option in deeper mixed leagues. 57 minutes ago
  • 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
  • Ty Blach gives up seven runs to Mets
    Ty Blach was lit up for seven runs and 11 hits in three innings by the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: That's going to be a real Blach mark on his record. The lefty has given up 24 runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last four starts, taking his ERA from 3.24 to 4.86. His rotation spot is probably safe for the moment, but one more bad start should change that. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Tanaka sharp in no-decision vs. Rangers
    Masahiro Tanaka fired eight scoreless frames in a no-decision against the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Tanaka was on point, allowing just three hits while striking out nine and walking a pair. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 out of the 27 batters he faced. It was his longest outing since his shutout against the Red Sox back on April 27. Fantasy owners will probably want to see back-to-back strong outings before trusting Tanaka again, but an effort like this one shows why folks should keep the faith. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Gallo hitless in loss to Yankees
    Joey Gallo finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallo had a big day at the plate on Wednesday, but he’s 0-for-8 with six strikeouts since. The 23-year-old slugger is hitting just .155 (9-for-58) with three home runs and 24 strikeouts this month. He still leads the Rangers with 19 home runs, but his batting average is down to .194 on the 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
  • Yankees to promote 1B Austin
    The Yankees announced they they'll call up Tyler Austin prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Austin, who missed the first six weeks with a fractured foot, was hitting .300/.366/.560 with four homers (including three in the last four games) and 32 strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He doesn't project as a long-term regular, but then the Yankees have gotten better-than-expected results from their position prospects recently. He'll be the regular first baseman for now, so those in deeper mixed leagues could give him a shot. The team might still get Greg Bird back after the break, and it's also possible that first base will be addressed in a trade next month. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Yankees DFA Carter, turn to Austin at 1B
    Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: So much for the 2016 NL home run champ. Carter hit just .204 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats, but the Yankees probably would have stuck with him longer if not for his poor defense at first base. Now they'll go to Tyler Austin, a player with a similar profile but one who has been red-hot in the minors. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
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    10:05 am vs Tex
  • Kyle Freeland gives up five runs in loss
    Kyle Freeland gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeland's last two road starts haven't gone particularly well, as he's given up five runs on each. At Coors Field, he's managed to turn in five straight quality starts and given up a total of two runs in the last two. He has another road start coming up, but since it's against the Giants, he seems to be a safe play. Yesterday, 10:20 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
  • Junis gives up two runs in no-decision
    Jake Junis yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the fourth inning. Troy Tulowitzki drove in the first run with a double before Junis later uncorked a wild pitch for another run. While Junis took the loss, it was an encouraging outing after he was smoked for five runs in 5 1/3 innings last time out. He struck out four and walked a pair and now sits at 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 29 innings through five starts and two relief appearances. The Tigers are up next for him. Yesterday, 10:03 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
  • Taillon goes six innings in no-decision
    Jameson Taillon was handed a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of Jose Martinez. Taillon struck out seven and walked a pair in the no-decision. The 25-year-old has now had two really good starts and one shaky one since returning from surgery for testicular cancer. He’s made for an amazing story. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Rivero notches win against Cardinals
    Felipe Rivero notched the win Friday against the Cardinals after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

    Advice: Rivero was brought on in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth after Juan Nicasio walked Jedd Gyorko and gave up a single to Jose Martinez. The southpaw retired back-to-back batters to snuff out the threat before working around a walk in the ninth to finish off the victory. He’s the pitcher to own in this bullpen in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Wainwright goes seven innings in no-decision
    Adam Wainwright yielded two runs (one earned) in seven innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: It was nice to see coming off perhaps the worst start of his career. Wainwright held the Pirates to just two hits — including a solo homer to Josh Bell — and two walks while striking out five. It was his longest outing since May 27. He’ll try to build off this performance in a tough matchup against the Diamondbacks on the road next week. Yesterday, 9:28 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
  • Austin homers for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
    Yankees prospect Tyler Austin homered on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: It's the third homer of the season for Austin. Since being activated from the 60-day disabled list, he's hit .305/.378/.552. Keep in mind that at one point this was one of the best bats in the New York system, and it looks like he's as healthy as he's been in quite some time. The Yankees could give him a shot in the next couple of weeks if he keeps swinging the stick like this, and the talent suggests that's possible. Thursday, 10:26 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
  • Gallo goes 3-for-4 with a bomb vs Blue Jays
    Joey Gallo went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gallo is known for his prodigious power but his home run today was actually of the inside-the-park variety. He hit the ball the opposite way and the left fielder crashed into the wall trying to catch it. Gallo circled the bases and glided home without a throw before the shortstop could run out and retrieve the ball. He also doubled twice in the ballgame. The multi-hit night enabled him to boost his batting average above the Mendoza line. He is batting .201/.298/.522 with 19 home runs and 39 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Yankees sticking with Chris Carter at first
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Chris Carter is "still the best alternative" at first base.

    Advice: With Greg Bird still down with an ankle injury and looking a ways off from his return, Carter has seen the bulk of at-bats at first for the Yankees this season. Unfortunately. The sometime-slugger is hitting just .201/.287/.384 and has struck out in 66 of 159 at-bats. Cashman said that first base prospect Tyler Austin is "not ready yet." Looks like the Chris Carter Experience will continue until further notice. Wednesday, 2:17 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Joey Gallo strikes out thrice in loss to M's
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gallo will do that from time to time. He is hitting .194/.291/.502 with 18 homers and 38 RBI on the season, but while the production remains on the power front overall, he has largely struggled this month. Sunday, 4:04 pm
  • Ty Blach surrenders three runs in loss to COL
    Ty Blach allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Nice rebound outing for Blach, who was rocked for seven earned runs by the Royals in his last outing. In Sunday's affair, he struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. He held the Rockies off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when Nolan Arrenado burned him for an RBI double. The score would flip from a 2-1 Giants advantage to a 3-2 Rockies lead when Trevor Story and Pat Valaika socked solo homers off the right-hander in the seventh inning. He will try to shake off those critical dingers when he brings a 4.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time out. Sunday, 3:29 pm
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Jameson Taillon hit hard in loss to Cubs
    Jameson Taillon was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing four runs on eight hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked out and struck out four on the afternoon. Willson Contreras inflicted most of the damage against him, with an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run double in the third. Now 3-2 on the season, Taillon will carry a 3.38 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into Friday's start against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Sunday, 1:40 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
  • Felipe Rivero nails down third save vs. Cubs
    Felipe Rivero worked around a walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the Cubs for his third save of the season.

    Advice: Rivero threw 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.72. He and Juan Nicasio will split the closer duties going forward, at least for the time being. So far, so good for the left-handed Rivero. Sunday, 12:56 am
  • Jake Junis crashes back to Earth in Anaheim
    Jake Junis was roughed up for five earned runs, eight hits and no walks while striking out six batters over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday at L.A. Angels.

    Advice: Junis has struck out six batters in each of his past two outings, but he has been very hittable, too. The rookie has yielded four walks with 22 hits over 16 innings across three June starts. He'll look to bounce back Friday against the Blue Jays in Kauffman Stadium. Saturday, 9:44 pm
  • 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
  • Wainwright demolished in loss to Orioles
    Adam Wainwright couldn't escape the second inning of Saturday's start, allowing nine runs over 1 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Waino gave up a pair of solo homers in the first inning before the wheels really fell off in the second. In total, he gave up three homers as part of seven hits allowed, also walking one and recording one strikeout. The 35-year-old was terrific for a stretch in late May, but June has been a mixed bag. Overall, he's 7-5 with a 5.75 ERA and 1.64 WHIP across 14 starts. He'll try to improve on those numbers Friday against the division-rival Pirates. Saturday, 5:47 pm
  • 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
  • Tanaka coughs up five runs in four frames Sat
    Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in four innings but gave up five runs and was charged with a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up solo homers to Matt Joyce once and Ryon Healy twice. All told he gave up eight hits and one walk but it was the bombs that did him in again. He has allowed a whopping 21 longballs in his 14 starts this year. He allowed 22 homers in 31 starts a year ago. Tanaka falls to 5-7 with a 6.34 ERA. He has a nice 76/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 2/3 innings, which indicates he will resume his ace-like ways if he can cure this nasty case of gopheritis. Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • Freeland holds Giants to one run through six
    Kyle Freeland yielded just one run in six solid frames to earn a 5-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He wasn't dominant but he got the job done without much drama at Coors Field. He allowed eight hits total -- seven singles and one double. He whiffed three batters and issued two free passes. The 24-year-old rookie has not been phased by the high-altitude hitters' paradise yet. He improves to 8-4 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 14 starts. He survives by keeping the ball on the ground and out of the bleachers. He has 50 strikeouts and 32 walks in 81 2/3 innings. Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ty Blach has off night against the Royals
    Ty Blach was tagged for seven earned runs, 10 hits and a walk while striking out four batters over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Blach was humming along in place of the injured Madison Bumgarner (shoulder, ribs) through June 2, going 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA. However, he has shown some chinks in the armor over his past two outings, going 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA with 19 hits allowed over just 11 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 12:19 am
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Joey Gallo goes 0-for-4 against Astros
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-4 on Tuesday to drop his average back under the Mendoza Line.

    Advice: Gallo is 5-for-32 with one homer in nine games this month, and the Rangers have hit him eighth the last two days. He still has an .808 OPS and there's no reason for the Rangers to bench him right now, but his margin for error is quite a bit smaller with Adrian Beltre back. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
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