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  • Power surge continues for Paul Goldschmidt
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a pair of walks in Tuesday's 5-4 road loss against the Angels.

    Advice: Goldschmidt enjoyed his brief stay in Anaheim, and probably wishes it was longer. He belted two homers and four RBI in the short interleague road series, giving him a season-high nine home runs and 20 RBI in 18 games in the month of June. After hitting just .144 in the month of May he is rolling to the tune of a .423 (30-for-71) average in June. He's back, and it's further evidence why you never bench a player of his caliber when healthy. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Ian Desmond continues to trend upward
    Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-8 victory against the Mets.

    Advice: Desmond entered the month of June with a dismal .196 batting average, but he is working on that area. He is 16-for-58 (.276) with six home runs and 14 RBI in 17 games in June to raise his average to .214. Desmond still has a ways to go before fantasy owners are 100 percent totally confident with his average, but his power production makes the low average sting a little less. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Garrett Cooper (wrist) moving rehab to AAA
    Garrett Cooper (wrist) will move his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cooper just played back-to-back games at High-A Jupiter, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He's expected to alternate between first base, left field, and right field when he returns to the Marlins' active roster, possibly before the end of this month. The 27-year-old has been on the disabled list since April 2 due to a partial tear of the tendon sheath in his right wrist. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    60-Day DL
  • C.J. Cron homers against Tigers
    C.J. Cron homered off Detroit's Justin Verlander on Tuesday for his first hit since June 10.

    Advice: Incredibly, Cron doesn't have a hit that's not a homer since way back on June 1. Fortunately, he does have four homers in 15 games since, but his average has tumbled from .271 to .237 in the span. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Joey Votto hits grand slam for Reds
    Joey Votto hit a grand slam and walked twice versus the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The slam off Matt Boyd was just his third in 112 career plate appearances with the bases loaded. He has just seven homers and 36 RBI through 71 games this year after finishing with 36 homers and 100 RBI last year. Of course, he's still as good of a bet as anyone to lead the NL in OBP. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Aguilar drives in all three Brewers runs
    Jesus Aguilar drove in all three Brewers runs with a two-run homer and RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The Brew Crew didn't score after the third inning, but Freddy Peralta and the bullpen made it hold up. Aguilar has three home runs and eight RBI over his last four games as he tries to hold off Eric Thames for playing time at first base. Thames started in right field in this one and went hitless. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Matt Carpenter has big night in Cardinals win
    Matt Carpenter drilled a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Carpenter was hitless in his first three plate appearances, but he then tied the game up with a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning before taking rookie flamethrower Seranthony Dominguez deep on an 0-2 count with two outs in the ninth to break a tie. He's homered four times over his last five games and now has 12 longballs on the season. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Jace Peterson homers in second straight
    Jace Peterson homered Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Peterson took Jefry Rodriguez deep with a two-run shot in the second inning to get the scoring going for the O's. It was his second home run in as many games after he failed to go deep a single time in his first 38 contests. Ultimately, if Peterson is going to provide any fantasy value at all in deep leagues, it's going to be with his wheels. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Jace Peterson Bal - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Marwin Gonzalez ejected for arguing strike
    Marwin Gonzalez was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Gonzalez took issue with a called third strike in the top of the fifth inning and got run by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg, finishing the night 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Tony Kemp took Gonzalez's place in the field. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Pearce (oblique) hits three-run HR at AAA
    Steve Pearce (oblique) hit a three-run homer in his third rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Pearce also played five innings in left field, after starting at DH in his first two minor league rehab games. He is 4-for-8 on the farm and would seem to be on track to return to the Blue Jays' active roster by this weekend. The 35-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 3 because of an oblique strain. Yesterday, 6:15 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Dominic Smith starting in LF on Tuesday
    Dominic Smith is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Mets' outfield depth took another hit on Tuesday with Jay Bruce (hip) landing on the disabled list, so they'll have to try something a little different. This will be the first major league start in the outfield for Smith, though he has played some left and right field this season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Chris Davis won't return to lineup on Wed.
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that there is no timetable for Chris Davis' return to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Davis hasn't appeared in a game since last Monday as he continues to work through changes to his swing. Showalter would only say that Davis will not return on Wednesday. The 32-year-old first baseman is batting just .150 with a .454 OPS and 86 strikeouts in 57 games this season for Baltimore. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Mets place OF Jay Bruce (hip) on 10-day DL
    Mets placed OF Jay Bruce on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 18, with a hip injury.

    Advice: Bruce had missed four of the Mets' last five games due to back and hip issues, and he'll now be sidelined for at least the next nine days. The 31-year-old outfielder has batted just .212/.292/.321 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 236 plate appearances this season for New York. He's in the first year of a three-year, $39 million free agent deal. Yesterday, 1:54 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Matt Adams on DL due to fractured left finger
    Nationals placed 1B Matt Adams on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger.

    Advice: Adams was struck on the hand while attempting to bunt on Friday, and it took a couple of days for the Nats to discover the small fracture. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined. The left-handed-hitting first baseman boasts a .275/.351/.575 batting line with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 57 games this season with Washington. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Naylor has three hits in Double-A Monday
    Padres 1B prospect Josh Naylor went 3-for-5 on Monday for Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: Naylor's calling-card is his power from the left side, but he can hit for average too thanks to his smooth swing and ability to recognize spin. The three hits up his average to .308 on the season, and he also has 10 homers for good measure. The biggest question mark is how Naylor fits with the Padres with Eric Hosmer the everyday first baseman for the next several years. He could be a trade candidate as the Padres get closer to contention in the coming seasons. Yesterday, 11:10 am
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  • Sandoval homers, but Giants lose to Marlins
    Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in a loss to the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Sandoval took Caleb Smith deep in the second inning, and the homer gives him six on the season. He continues a strong reclamation season for the Giants, and he's now slashing .271/.340/.457 in his 58 games with San Francisco in 2018. Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Rojas drives in winning run in comeback win
    Miguel Rojas drove in three runs while going 2-for-4 in a 5-4 victory over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Rojas had the biggest hit of the game, finishing a two-run comeback against the Giants with a knock against Hunter Strickland to score Cameron Maybin and give the Marlins the lead, and ultimately, the victory. The three runs batted in give him 27 on the season, and he's now slashing .235/.301/.350 over 71 games. Monday, 10:05 pm
    Player Note
    Miguel Rojas Mia - 1B,3B,SS
  • Chase Utley expected to return in a few days
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Chase Utley (thumb) will return from the disabled list within the next couple of days.

    Advice: The 39-year-old was hitting just .216/.302/.324 with one homer and 14 RBI in 126 plate appearances before he was sidelined with a left thumb sprain at the end of May. His days of fantasy relevancy have passed him by. Monday, 3:30 pm
    Player Note
    Chase Utley LAD - 1B,2B
    10-Day DL
  • Cards option Voit to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: He'll head back down to the minors with Jose Martinez back from paternity leave. Voit went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and one walk over the weekend. Monday, 12:10 pm
    Not Active
  • Jose Martinez activated from paternity list
    Cardinals activated 1B Jose Martinez from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Luke Voit was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move. Martinez missed the weekend series against the Cubs to be present for his daughter's birth in Venezuela. Monday, 12:08 pm
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