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  • Gary Sanchez likely heading to disabled list
    Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday's game that Gary Sanchez is likely heading to the disabled list with a groin strain.

    Advice: Sanchez was forced to leave Sunday's game with the groin injury that he sustained while running to first base in the 10th inning. Just how long he'll be sidelined isn't yet clear, though more will be known presumably after he heads for an MRI on Monday. Austin Romine will handle the bulk of the catching duties in his absence. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Murphy blasts ninth homer in win over Pirates
    John Ryan Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

    Advice: Murphy's homer is the ninth of the year, and it was the last run scored in this one despite coming in the second inning. The backstop won't ever hit for a high average, but he does have some power seen in his .508 slugging percentage. He could -- and probably should -- get more playing time as the season progresses. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Kevin Plawecki homers, drives in four
    Kevin Plawecki clubbed a three-run home run and added an RBI double Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Plawecki took former teammate Erik Goeddel deep with one out in the eighth inning to knot up the game 7-7 before the Mets eventually fell in extras. The longball was the first of the season for the catcher. Plawecki hasn't been playing a ton with Devin Mesoraco performing so well since his arrival. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Mike Zunino's slump continues Sunday
    Mike Zunino struck out in all three of his plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He wasn't the only one, as Chris Sale piled up 13 whiffs against the Mariners. That said, Zunino has really been fighting it at the plate lately with just one hit over his last six games. He's kept his fantasy value afloat with 11 home runs but is batting just .194/.256/.417 overall. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Juan Graterol released by Angels
    Angels released C Juan Graterol.

    Advice: Graterol cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but the Halos decided to cut him loose. He'll look for a minor league pact elsewhere. Today, 11:46 am
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  • Rafael Lopez optioned to Triple-A
    Padres optioned C Rafael Lopez to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lopez has hit .180/.263/.290 with three homers over 34 games with the Pads. He's no longer needed with Austin Hedges back from the DL. Today, 10:41 am
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  • Austin Hedges activated from disabled list
    Padres activated C Austin Hedges from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hedges has been out since early May with a sore right elbow. He's struggled at the plate this season but his power makes him relevant in two-catcher formats. Today, 10:40 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Drew Butera will do the catching. Whit Merrifield is also sitting out, as the Royals have Adalberto Mondesi at second base. Today, 8:35 am
  • Diaz goes 2-for-3 with a run scored vs ARI
    Elias Diaz went 2-for-3 and scored a run during Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He singled and scored on a Jordy Mercer knock in the seventh frame but the game was already out of reach by that point. The Pirates' back-up catcher is slashing a fine .297/.345/.475 with five homers and 15 RBI in 101 at-bats this year. Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Molina clubs two homers, drives in three runs
    Yadier Molina homered twice and drove in three runs in four at-bats to spearhead a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: He popped a solo homer off starter Chase Anderson in the second inning, then gave the Cardinals the lead to stay by taking Jeremy Jeffress deep for a two-run shot in the sixth. The veteran catcher missed a month of action with a traumatic hematoma but has still been able to rank among the league's better fantasy catchers by slashing .276/.323/.506 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 47 games. Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Tucker Barnhart rocks two-run homer in win
    Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Barnhart rocked a two-run home run off Luke Farrell in the first inning, but would be unable to find another hit through to the end of the contest. The long ball was his fifth of the campaign. In addition, the backstop owns a ho-hum .265/.346/.390 batting line across 223 at-bats. He is ownable in two-catcher formats, but otherwise carries no real fantasy intrigue. Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Willson Contreras smacks solo homer in loss
    Willson Contreras went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Contreras smacked a solo home run off Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning. The Cubs would manage just one more run through to the end of the game. For the campaign as a whole, the backstop is slashing .262/.353/.422 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 65 games. Saturday's homer was his first since May 12. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos homers in win Saturday
    Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs on Saturday as the Rangers triumphed over the Twins.

    Advice: Chirinos drew a bases loaded walk in the second inning, then crushed a two-run homer in the third. He's now hitting .197/.312/.393 with nine homers and 25 RBI. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Ellis gets three hits and an RBI vs Giants
    A.J. Ellis went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI during Saturday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: His ninth-inning infield single plated two runs but he was credited with only one RBI due to an error on the play. Ellis is serving as the Padres' primary catcher right now while Austin Hedges spends time on the disabled list recovering from an elbow injury. He has a .337 batting average but just one homer and 10 RBI in 31 games. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Realmuto whacks grand slam against Rockies
    J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 and slugged a grand slam to defeat the Rockies 6-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: He unloaded the bases by taking reliever Bryan Shaw deep in the seventh inning to provide the key blow of the ballgame. Realmuto is one of the top fantasy catchers again this year and is slashing .308/.365/.548 with 10 home runs, 31 RBI and 36 runs in 56 games. Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Angels move Rivera to 60-day DL
    Angels transferred catcher Rene Rivera from the 10- to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rivera underwent knee surgery late last month and was slated to miss 4-6 weeks, suggesting that he didn't really need the 60 days. The Angels, though, wanted to use his 40-man roster spot for a spell, and Jose Briceno has done a nice job as a backup. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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  • John Hicks absent from Tigers lineup Saturday
    John Hicks is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Indians.

    Advice: Hicks has seen the bulk of the action at first base since Miguel Cabrera went down with a season-ending injury, but it'll be Niko Goodrum in there at first base on Saturday against Trevor Bauer and the Tribe. Yesterday, 11:45 am
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  • Tom Murphy posts pair of doubles
    Tom Murphy went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and two RBI on Friday against Miami.

    Advice: The backstop for the Rockies has managed 11 hits across 36 at-bats (.344) with four doubles and six RBI in eight games since his recall from Triple-A Albuquerque on June 12. His offensive production is turning heads and making fantasy owners take notice. Yesterday, 12:01 am
  • Omar Narvaez has three hits to lead ChiSox
    Omar Narvaez went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as the White Sox salvaged the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

    Advice: Narvaez got the White Sox on the board with a go-ahead two-run single in the second inning. He has done a decent job at the dish this season, hitting a respectable .241/.320/.339 with a homer and nine RBI in 127 plate appearances. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Buster Posey comes up with clutch late hit
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Posey didn't have a supernova offensive performance in this one, but his hit was an important one, as it drove in a run in the eighth inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. They had been clinging to a 1-0 advantage since the fifth inning prior to the All Star backstop's clutch knock. Posey is slashing .290/.364/.429 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 61 games this season. It hasn't been a bad year, exactly, more a muted one. His counting production is less than robust. Thursday, 10:03 pm
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