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  • Cozart drives in winning runs in ninth Wed.
    Zack Cozart ripped a single to left that plated the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning as his club beat the Indians 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came up with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Arismendy Alcantara was on third and Billy Hamilton was on first. Cozart drilled a line drive that bounced right in front of left-fielder Michael Brantley, who blocked the ball in front of him on a dive. Alcantara scored easily from third while Billy Hamilton blazed around from first base on a ball that no other player in baseball could have scored on. Cozart went 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He is having an excellent season, sporting a .340/.420/.563 triple slash with four homers, 26 runs and 23 RBI in 39 games. He has missed a few games here and there with a nagging wrist injury that doesn't seem to have affected his hitting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Duvall smacks two-run bomb vs Tribe Wed.
    Adam Duvall ripped a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: His blast in the fourth inning accounted for all the runs his team would muster against starter Trevor Bauer, but they added two more against closer Cody Allen to win in the ninth inning. Duvall finished 1-for-4 in the contest and is batting a swell .259/.305/.500 with 10 longballs and 37 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Rich Hill walks seven in loss to Cardinals
    Rich Hill walked seven and allowed five runs in four-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Just 40 of Hill's 82 pitches were strikes, which makes one wonder if his finger issues creeped back up. Manager Dave Roberts wasn't willing to comment about that immediately following the game. Most likely, we'll be hearing more about it tomorrow. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
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  • Santana goes 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He hit a two-run dinger off starter Lisalverto Bonilla in the third inning, then ripped an RBI double in the fifth. As usual for the veteran, Santana sports a low batting average but is solid in all the other measurements. He is slashing .230/.332/.410 with five homers, 25 runs scored and 26 RBI. The first baseman has started five games in the outfield to gain new positional eligibility in some fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Yadier Molina extends hitting streak
    Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

    Advice: Most hitting streaks like this come with averages in the .350-.400 range, but Molina is hitting just .263 during his; he's collected exactly one hit in 11 of the 13 games and, since he hasn't drawn a walk in any of them, he's always getting four or five at-bats. At least he does have three homers during the streak; he had just one in his first 25 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Yasiel Puig remained in the starting lineup Wednesday, but went 0-for-3 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Because he's a truck, Puig was able to stay in and finish Tuesday's game after his scary collision with Joc Pederson in right-center. He couldn't have been 100 percent physically tonight, either, but he's doing his best to play while banged up this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Bauer allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wed.
    Trevor Bauer took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a lead but the bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. The two runs Bauer allowed came on a two-run blast by Adam Duvall. He gave up four hits and two walks while punching out six. This was one of Bauer's best outings of the season and lowers his ERA to 6.30 through nine starts. His nice 59/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings indicates better things could be in store as the season unfolds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Solarte goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Mets
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead his club to a 6-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His third-inning single to left drove in the game's first run. He laced a two-run double to right center field in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest. Solarte had a hot April but has hit the skids in May. Overall he has a .241 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Hand survives stressful ninth for save Wed.
    Brand Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: After closer Brandon Maurer pitched a clean eighth inning, Hand was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. He promptly surrendered a single, a walk and another single to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to punch out the next two batters before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to end the game and notch his first save of the season. It is possible this game indicates the Padres have promoted Hand into the closer role to replace Maurer. Today's results were a mixed bag for Hand. He was able to close out the game without allowing a run but pushed everything to the breaking point in the process. Hand has a 1.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings compared to Maurer's 6.50 ERA. Much of that disparity is explained by Maurer's .400 BABIP compared to Hand's .222 BABIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Pirates' Frazier homers, reaches six times
    Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a homer and four walks as the Pirates beat the Braves 12-5 in 10 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: That sure is a nice game. Frazier joins J.D. Martinez as the only players this year with a homer and four walks in a game (Martinez actually had two homers in his). George Springer was the lone player to do it last year. Frazier is now batting .370 in his 92 at-bats. He doesn't have the home run or steal ability to be a major asset in mixed leagues, but he seems poised to remain a fine leadoff man for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Julio Teheran strikes out six Pirates
    Julio Teheran allowed three unearned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

    Advice: Teheran couldn't bail out his defense after Jace Peterson's error with one out in the second, but he was strong over the rest of the outing, giving up just two hits over the other five innings. He lowered his ERA from 5.47 to 4.88. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Conforto goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Michael Conforto continued to rake as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: He delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead that would soon be blown by their pitching staff. Conforto began the season without an everyday starting role but has forced himself into the lineup by batting .341/.437/.712 with 13 homers, 35 runs scored and 32 RBI in 41 games. He hasn't shown any signs of cooling off any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jose Ramirez blows save for Braves
    Given a save chance with Jim Johnson needing the day off, Jose Ramirez gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a save Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Both Johnson and Arodys Vizcaino had worked the last two days and four of the previous five days, so Ramirez got the call. An overturned call gave the Pirates an infield single to open the inning, and they got another single, a walk and a two-run single afterwards to tie the game. Ramirez probably won't get any additional save chances in the near future. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Josh Collmenter gives up seven runs in 10th
    Josh Collmenter was blasted for seven runs in the 10th to take a loss Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Braves decided not to further tax their bullpen tonight, so Collmenter was left in to finish the inning after giving up three homers. He had a 2.00 ERA in nine innings during April, but he's given up 15 earned runs in eight innings since. He's probably in danger of being DFA'd. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Jordy Mercer goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mercer hit the third of back-to-back-to-back homers off Josh Collmenter in the 10th, following David Freese and Jose Osuna. Mercer was hitting just .203/.317/.268 this season before arriving in Atlanta this week. He's gone 7-for-13 with two homers in three games since. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Rio Ruiz goes 2-for-5, doubles
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'd be nice to see Ruiz stick around as the Braves' primary third baseman after Adonis Garcia is ready to return, but we're guessing that won't happen. The Braves will eventually give up on Garcia, but it seems unlikely that they're ready to do so right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Gsellman gives up three runs in six innings
    Robert Gsellman allowed three runs in six innings and did not get a decision against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yangervis Solarte did all the damage, driving in one run in the third inning and two more in the fifth. Gsellman surrendered six hits and one walk while fanning three batters in the quality start. The Mets skipped his last start but gave him another chance today. He 2-3 record remains unchanged to go with a 6.45 ERA in 10 games, including seven starts. He has 33 strikeouts and 15 walks in 44 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers twice in Cubs' win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk as the Cubs edged the Giants 5-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo has four homers in his last four games, taking his OPS from .757 to .846. He's still batting just .238, but that won't last for much longer, either. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Kyle Hendricks goes seven in victory
    Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the first time this year that he's completed seven innings. The velocity is still down, but Hendricks has a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts after coming in at 6.19 in his first three. We'd still be a whole lot more confident about him over the rest of the season if he were throwing a couple mph harder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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