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  • Stanton reaches six times, homers in loss
    Giancarlo Stanton went 5-for-5 with a homer and two doubles in a loss to the Rays in extras on Sunday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk, so we saw the slugger on base six times in the extra-inning loss. Stanton's blast was a big one, as it was a solo shot that tied the game at 6-6 in the eighth inning off of Vidal Nuno. He now has 19 homers on the season, and the two doubles give him 15, respectively. It's not the MVP season we saw in 2017, but Stanton now has his OPS up to .852 over 74 games, and there's reason to believe that number will continue to go up as the year progresses. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Canha blasts homer in loss to White Sox
    Mark Canha went 1-for-2 with a homer and a walk in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Canha took Carlos Rodon deep to give him 10 on the season, and he drove in another run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. He came into Sunday with a .303/.338/632 line against southpaws, and that line went up after today. He's reportedly seen trade talk, so don't be surprised if we see the outfielder in another uniform in the coming weeks. Today, 2:33 pm
  • Peralta's homer helps Diamondbacks win
    David Peralta went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Sunday in a 3-0 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: There wasn't much offense to be found in this one, but Peralta gave the Diamondbacks all the runs they'd need with a two-run shot off of Trevor Williams in the first inning. It's the 15th homer of the season, and his line on the year now sits at .278/.341/.509. He doesn't get the attention of some of the other outfielders in the National League, but there haven't been many better in 2018 than Peralta. Today, 2:10 pm
  • Hernandez hits two of Dodgers’ seven HR
    Enrique Hernandez popped two of the Dodgers’ seven home runs in Sunday’s extra-innings win over the Mets.

    Advice: Hernandez went deep off of Jerry Blevins to lead off the game and Max Muncy followed with a dinger of his own. He then homered off of Chris Beck in the sixth inning and also added a third run scored after singling in the eighth. Hernandez now has a career-high 12 longballs this season over 69 games after he went deep 11 times across 140 contests last year. Today, 2:06 pm
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    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Rosario has pair of hits in win over Rangers
    Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Rosario came across to score a run on an RBI single from Robbie Grossman to give the outfielder 54 on the season. He also has his average up to .320 to go along with those runs, and the 26-year-old burgeoning star has an OPS on the year of .938 along with 17 homers over 73 games. Today, 1:58 pm
  • Trumbo has pinch-hit two-run homer in loss
    Mark Trumbo hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer is the eighth of the season, and it came off of Brandon McCarthy with two outs in the fifth inning. Trumbo was forced to sit because of soreness in his knee, but he was still able to make an impact with his power. He's now hitting .268/.324/.484 on the season to go along with the eight homers and 22 RBI over 40 appearances for the Orioles in 2018. Today, 1:47 pm
  • Davis scores two runs, steals base in win
    Rajai Davis went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen bases on Sunday in a win over the Tigers.

    Advice: The steal gives Davis 16 on the season on, and he's been thrown out just three times in his 19 attempts. His other numbers leave a lot to be desired (.242/.296/.290, one homer in 52 games), but if you're looking for steals and can take the hit in the average and slugging, you know where to find them. Today, 1:28 pm
  • Winker's three-run homer helps Reds top Cubs
    Jesse Winker hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to help the Reds to an 8-6 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer came off a completely ineffective Pedro Strop, and it's the fifth homer on the 2018 season for Winker. The left-handed hitting outfielder has seen his share of ups-and-downs, but that's to be expected from a player in his first full MLB season. His .263 average and .381 slugging percentage leave a lot to be desired, but the .378 on-base percentage speak to his offensive potential. Don't be surprised if Winker is much better in the second-half of the year. Today, 1:04 pm
  • X-rays on Brandon Nimmo's hand are clean
    X-rays on Brandon Nimmo's right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Nimmo had to exit Sunday's game after being plunked by three pitches (although only two of them officially counted), but he managed to escape with merely a bruised right pinkie. Consider him day-to-day. Today, 12:13 pm
  • Travis Jankowski scratched with sore quad
    Travis Jankowski was scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with a sore quad.

    Advice: Jankowski is available off the bench, so it appears the move was precautionary. Matt Szczur has replaced him in the lineup. Today, 11:50 am
  • Carlos Gonzalez not in lineup Sunday
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Noel Cuevas will handle right field with the Marlins throwing lefty Caleb Smith. The Rockies also have Tom Murphy catching again. Today, 9:31 am
  • Tommy Pham (illness) held out of action
    Tommy Pham is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday due to the flu.

    Advice: Pham has evidently been under the weather for a few days, which could at least partly explain four straight hitless contests that included a golden sombrero Saturday. Harrison Bader will cover center field. Today, 9:04 am
  • Gregory Polanco benched again Sunday
    Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup again Sunday.

    Advice: Polanco has been benched in three straight and four of the last five games, as Austin Meadows has been the preferred option in right field of late. He's hitting just .215/.325/.421 this season and it's getting harder to justify a roster spot for him in mixed leagues. Today, 8:44 am
  • Chris Taylor (hamstring) held out Sunday
    Chris Taylor (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now missed three straight starts with a tight left hamstring. Taylor did come off the bench to deliver a two-run double Saturday, so odds are he won't miss many (if any) more starts. Enrique Hernandez is at shortstop for the third day in a row. Today, 8:33 am
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,SS,OF
  • Joey Gallo (hamstring) in Sunday's lineup
    Joey Gallo (hamstring) is in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gallo departed Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring, but it's evidently an issue he's been managing all season and it won't cost him a start. He's in the designated hitter spot and batting sixth against Jose Berrios and the Twins. Today, 8:21 am
    New Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 1B,3B,OF
  • Ryan Braun (finger) back in Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (finger) is back in the brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Braun didn't start the previous five games after undergoing cryotherapy on his right thumb, although he did come off the bench Saturday. He's in left field and batting third versus Luke Weaver and the Cardinals. Today, 8:16 am
  • Mookie Betts (illness) returns to lineup
    Mookie Betts (illness) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Betts was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of illness, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in this one. He's in right field and batting leadoff. Today, 8:08 am
  • Phillip Ervin optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Ervin was only up for a few days during his most recent stint with the big club. He's no longer needed with Scott Schebler back from the bereavement list. Today, 6:24 am
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  • Scott Schebler returns from bereavement list
    Reds activated OF Scott Schebler from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Schebler has been away since Wednesday. Philip Ervin was optioned in a corresponding move. Today, 6:23 am
  • Steve Pearce hits three-run homer
    Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer off Justin Anderson in the top of the ninth to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Pearce pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson with a lefty on the mound in the seventh and flied out. The Jays would have rather had Granderson back out there against the righty in the ninth, but Pearce came through, hitting his fourth homer in 72 at-bats this season. There's a case for giving him more playing time, but that will be difficult as long as Kendrys Morales remains on the roster. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
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