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  • Descalso slugs three-run homer in victory
    Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer in the Diamondbacks' win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Descalso opened the game's scoring with his three-run blast off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth inning. He also drew a walk in the victory but is still batting just .194/.333/.388 over 37 games this year. The utilityman carries no fantasy relevance. Today, 9:21 pm
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    Daniel Descalso Ari - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Panik goes 3-for-4 with HR and two doubles
    Joe Panik went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Giants' defeat of the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Panik scored the first run of the night with his solo shot off Cubs starter John Lackey in the top of the first inning, and he plated the Giants' second run with an RBI double off Lackey in the top of the second. Panik also reached on a hit-by-pitch in the fourth and he doubled again in the top of the sixth. The second baseman lifted his season OPS from .641 to .698 with the offensive outburst. Today, 8:30 pm
  • Baez goes 3-for-4 with two-run HR in loss
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist was the only other Cubs batter to register multiple hits in this one. Baez struck his two-run shot off Giants starter Ty Blach in the bottom of the eighth, but the Cubs entered that inning trailing 6-0 and would ultimately fall 6-4. Baez is batting .264/.301/.496 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games this season for the defending World Series champions. Today, 8:24 pm
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    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Jason Kipnis hits fourth homer
    Jason Kipnis hit his fourth homer to give the Indians their only run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Kipnis has hit in eight straight since the Indians inserted him into the leadoff spot, going 13-for-35 with four homers during the stretch. Oddly, he has 10 RBI and just five runs scored to date as a leadoff man. Today, 8:23 pm
  • Jorge Polanco goes 4-for-5 in win
    Jorge Polanco went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI against the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Even though he's been really good at avoiding the strikeout, Polanco's season has been pretty meh so far, as he's hitting .268 with just two homers in 137 at-bats. Still, his defense at shortstop has been better than expected, especially considering that Twins gave up on him at that position going into last year. Today, 8:11 pm
  • Alexi Amarista goes 3-for-4 in win
    Alexi Amarista finished 3-for-4 in Monday's rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Everything went wrong for the Rockies this spring, but they've had pretty great fortune since Opening Day. That's particularly apparent in Amarista's .975 OPS. He came in at .600, .544 and .567 for the Padres the previous three years. Today, 7:46 pm
  • Cesar Hernandez goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Cesar Hernandez went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Pete Mackanin has been doing a lot of lineup rearranging lately, but one thing he hasn't tried is taking Hernandez out of the leadoff spot. Hernandez has cooled off after a strong April, but he still seems like the right choice at the top now, even if he has hit .193 in his last 15 games. Today, 7:44 pm
  • Espinosa not in Monday's lineup
    Danny Espinosa is not in Monday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: Nolan Fontana will get the nod at second base in his major league debut. Espinosa went 1-for-3 with two walks on Sunday, but he's batting just .152/.242/.280 through 42 games this season. Today, 12:24 pm
  • Urias keeps hitting
    Padres prospect Luis Urias picked up three more hits on Sunday for Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: Could this be the best Urias? Probably not, but Luis is slowly becoming one of the best infield prospects in baseball. He's now hitting .344 for the Missions, and he's doing it as a teenager. If he can stay at shortstop he's a perennial All-Star, but no matter where he plays, he's relevant because he can really, really hit. Today, 11:35 am
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  • Padres calling up Carlos Asuaje
    The Padres are calling up infielder-outfielder Carlos Asuaje, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: The Padres haven't confirmed. Asuaje, a product of the Craig Kimbrel trade, appeared in seven games with the Padres last season and was batting .222/.335/.319 with one homer and 20 RBI over 39 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. The 25-year-old has mostly played second base in the minors, but he also has experience between third base and left field. Today, 11:10 am
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  • Big day for Kingery
    Phillies prospect Scott Kingery went 4-for-5 with two homers on Sunday for Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Kingery also scored four times. A 2015 second-round selection, Kingery has been sensational in the Eastern League in 2017, and now owns a 1.018 OPS. He also is a plus runner, and he's capable of stealing 20-plus bases a season. Add in his ability to play a quality second base, and you have yourself a fine middle-infield fantasy prospect. He should get a chance to play in Triple-A soon. Today, 10:54 am
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  • Calhoun homers
    Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun homered on Sunday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: After not homering in the first two weeks of the season, Calhoun now has nine. He's also done this while only striking out 17 times this season, which speaks to his power and his hand-eye coordination. There are serious defensive concerns here, but Calhoun can really hit, and the Dodgers would do well to find somewhere for him to play. Today, 10:34 am
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  • Ryan Schimpf connects for solo home run
    Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf socked a solo homer off Zack Godley to lead off the fifth inning. The dinger was his 10th of the season. Despite respectable enough counting stats (the 10 homers, 20 RBI), the 29-year-old third baseman is hitting just .165/.303/.417 this season. Yesterday, 5:14 pm
  • Dozier comes up with RBI single against KC
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Royals

    Advice: Jake Junis blanked the Twins through the first four innings before Dozier finally broke the spell with an RBI single as part of a two-run fifth inning. The veteran second baseman has yet to go on anything resembling a power tear and is working to an uninspiring .236/.333/.386 triple-slash with five homers and 14 RBI across 35 games played. We would advise fantasy owners to continue to exercise patience -- Dozier has a history of going through icy cold spells, but has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last three seasons, including a career-best 42 in 2016. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • LeMahieu goes 4-for-5 with homer, two RBI
    DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Rockies' defeat of the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: LeMahieu hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the third inning and a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. The second baseman is batting .299/.371/.397 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 45 games this season. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Padres claim Chase d'Arnaud off waivers
    Padres claimed INF/OF Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Red Sox.

    Advice: D'Arnaud was designated for assignment a few days ago. He'll be a utility player in San Diego. Yesterday, 11:26 am
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    Chase d'Arnaud SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Johan Camargo optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned INF Johan Camargo to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He's clearing out to make room for new acquisition Matt Adams. Camargo had two hits in 11 at-bats in his brief stint with the big club. Yesterday, 8:33 am
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  • Kolten Wong (elbow) sitting out Sunday
    Kolten Wong (elbow) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Wong tweaked his left (non-throwing) elbow on a swing Saturday. He's day-to-day. Greg Garcia is filling in at second base. The Cards are also giving Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty days off, as Jhonny Peralta is at third base and Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk are occupying the corner outfield spots. Yesterday, 8:13 am
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    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,OF
  • Cory Spangenberg records multi-hit game
    Cory Spangenberg finished 2-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Spangenberg is 7-for-24 (.292) over his past six games to raise his average from .246 to .259 since May 15. That's good, but he has no extra-base hits and just one RBI during the span so his fantasy appeal is rather limited. Yesterday, 1:49 am
  • J.T. Riddle turns in huge night at the plate
    J.T. Riddle finished with three hits, including a home run, while driving in four runs in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: It wasn't all great as Riddle was caught trying to steal home. The young shortstop from the University of Kentucky has hit safely in four straight outings and he has a pair of three-hit games over the past six games dating back to May 15. He continues to fill in rather admirably for Adeiny Hechavarria (oblique). Yesterday, 12:57 am
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    JT Riddle Mia - 2B,SS
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