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  • Palka homers in win over Athletics
    Daniel Palka went 1-for-4 with a homer in a win over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was a solo blast off of Paul Blackburn in the sixth inning. It gives the rookie outfielder seven on the season, and it ups his slugging percentage on the season to .455. Unfortunately, his lack of patience and loads of swing-and-miss make his .242/.286 average and on-base percentage a tough sell in fantasy formats. Today, 2:30 pm
  • Cody Bellinger goes deep twice on Sunday
    Cody Bellinger swatted a pair of solo home runs Sunday against the Mets.

    Advice: Bellinger's first bomb of the game came off of Tim Peterson in the fourth inning and his second was off of Anthony Swarzak in the eighth. It was one of seven dingers on the day for the Dodgers, as Enrique Hernandez also went deep twice and Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner each left the yard once. Turner's blast in the 11th inning won it for the Dodgers. Today, 2:10 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
  • 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
  • Mitch Moreland cranks two-run homer
    Mitch Moreland popped a two-run home run Sunday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Moreland's blast off of Marco Gonzales in the sixth inning finished off the scoring for the Red Sox. The Boston first baseman was slumping earlier this month but has heated back up, going 12-for-27 at the dish over his last seven contests. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Votto reaches four times in comeback victory
    Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in a comeback victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Votto's double gave the Reds the go-ahead run, and it's the 16th two-bagger of the year for the former MVP. He also walked, and his on-base percentage on the season rises to .433 with his four times on base against Chicago. You'd love to see more power, but it's tough to complain about a .305/.433/.457 line for Votto over 76 games. Today, 1:07 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
  • Jesmuel Valentin goes on paternity leave
    Phillies placed INF Jesmuel Valentin on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He'll be away for 1-3 games. Dylan Cozens has been activated from the DL to take Valentin's roster spot. Today, 12:33 pm
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  • 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
  • 'Decent likelihood' of '18 debut for Tucker
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in an interview on Astros Radio on Sunday that there's a "decent likelihood" outfield prospect Kyle Tucker will make his major league debut this summer.

    Advice: It's not exactly groundbreaking stuff, as Luhnow is hardly committing to anything here. Still, Tucker is certainly looking worthy of a look-see by the big club with a .314/.382/.509 batting line, 10 home runs, 57 RBI and 13 stolen bases with Triple-A Fresno. He's been on fire in June with an absurd .415/.451/.634 batting line and has played all three outfield spots for Fresno this season. One of the top prospects in the game, Tucker is a worthy stash in redrafts even if it might be a while before we see him. Today, 11:35 am
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  • Chris Young (hamstring) returns to action
    Chris Young (hamstring) is back in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Young had been unavailable for a few days because of a hamstring injury. He's in center field and batting ninth against Sam Gaviglio and the Blue Jays, as Mike Trout is in the designated hitter spot Today, 10:16 am
  • Tyler Saladino (ankle) nears rehab assignment
    Tyler Saladino (ankle) is making "very good progress" and is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday.

    Advice: Saladino has been out since late May with a sprained left ankle. "He is taking big steps every day now, so we’re closing in on looking at setting a date for sending him out to rehab," Counsell said. Today, 9:58 am
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  • 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
  • Lorenzo Cain (groin) not in Sunday's lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (groin) is not in the Brewers' lineup SUnday.

    Advice: Cain has been banged up lately, exiting Thursday's game with a hamstring injury and Saturday's game with groin tightness. He's considered day-to-day for now. Christian Yelich will play center field and Hernan Perez is getting a start in right. Today, 9:00 am
  • Kris Bryant sits out again with sore shoulder
    Kris Bryant is missing a second straight start Sunday because of a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: The Cubs believe at this time that the ailment is minor, so Bryant should return sometime during the early-week series against the Dodgers unless he has a setback. Ian Happ is at third base Sunday. Today, 7:38 am
  • Greg Bird not in Sunday's lineup
    Greg Bird is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Bird has just one hit over his last six games, so it's probably a good time for a breather. Neil Walker will handle first base. Today, 7:16 am
  • 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
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