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  • Ryon Healy (head) expects to return Saturday
    Ryon Healy (head) expects to return to the Athletics' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Healy was removed from Friday's game after a rogue ground ball hopped up and hit him in the head, but he passed all of his concussion tests and anticipates getting right back in the lineup. Still, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him sit for a day just as a precautionary measure. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Moustakas socks solo HR vs. White Sox
    Mike Moustakas socked a solo homer and drew a walk Friday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: After hitting six home runs in the span of eight games from late-June into early-August, he went without a homer in nine straight games before taking James Shields deep on Friday. The 28-year-old is tied for fourth in the AL with 26 homers on the year. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Moncada drives in four runs vs. Royals
    Yoan Moncada drove in four runs in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Get excited, White Sox fans and fantasy owners. Called up after this week’s Todd Frazier trade, Moncada plated a run with a ground out in the second inning before collecting his first hit with Chicago on a bases-clearing triple in the third. Talk about easy speed. Moncada’s penchant for the strikeout will likely cut into his batting average upside in the short-term, but he’s capable of producing across the board in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Arenado homers, drives in two Friday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a loss to the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Arenado singled home a run in the first inning and connected for a solo homer in the sixth. He has knocked in 12 runs over his last four games and ranks tops in the majors with 82 RBI. The star third baseman has a chance to top his career-high of 133 RBI from last season. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Gennett doubles, walks against Marlins
    Scooter Gennett went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: The Reds managed just four hits on the night, with the lone run scoring on a sacrifice fly from Billy Hamilton in the third inning. Gennett started at second base on Friday and should be locked in there if the Reds end up trading All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart this month. Jose Peraza would simply slide over to shortstop. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Dietrich hitless against Reds
    Derek Dietrich went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s win over the Reds.

    Advice: Filling in for the injured Martin Prado (knee) at third base, Dietrich is batting just .239/.316/.374 through 79 games this season. The 28-year-old had an .800 OPS in 218 games between 2015-2016, so he’s capable of being useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Rivera has two hit, two RBI night vs. A's
    T.J. Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Rivera put the Mets ahead for good with a ground ball single to center field in the sixth inning. Thanks to an errant throw by rookie third baseman Matt Chapman, it ended up being a little league home run for Rivera. The 28-year-old is batting .294/.336/.438 through 69 games and has carved out a regular role of late. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    New Player Note
    T.J. Rivera NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Yulieski Gurriel has four hits to lead Astros
    Yulieski Gurriel went 4-for-5 with a homer and a double on Friday, leading the Astros to an 8-7 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Gurriel crushed a two-run homer off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning, increasing the Astros' early advantage to 3-0. He's quietly having an extremely productive season in the middle of the Astros lineup, hitting .300/.327/.497 with 12 homers and 49 RBI. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Colin Moran clubs first career homer in win
    Colin Moran went 2-for-4 and clubbed the first home run of his major league career on Friday as the Astros outlasted the Orioles.

    Advice: The rookie third baseman contributed an RBI triple and came around to score a run in the second inning. He then tagged Richard Bleier for his memorable blast in the eighth and returned to the dugout only to get the silent treatment from his teammates. Not a bad season debut for the 24-year-old. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • No right-handed BP yet for Solarte (oblique)
    Yangervis Solarte (oblique) has yet to resume taking batting practice from the right side of the plate.

    Advice: He's taken right-handed swings in the cage but has yet to progress to BP from that side. It's possible Solarte could begin a rehab assignment by swinging only left-handed. "I personally want to see him free of any kind of issues whatsoever before we start," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Hopefully he checks that box and we’re able to get him out sometime soon." Yesterday, 12:21 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Howie Kendrick activated from disabled list
    Phillies activated INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kendrick played just one rehab game and is feeling well enough to rejoin the big league roster. He's missed the last three-plus weeks with a strained left hamstring. The Phillies will be auditioning Kendrick for a trade before the end of the month. Yesterday, 11:24 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Kris Bryant (finger) could sit all weekend
    Kris Bryant (finger) could miss the entire weekend series against the Cardinals.

    Advice: X-rays on Bryant's left pinkie came back clean after he was injured on a head-first slide Wednesday, but he's not feeling 100 percent. He's been ruled out through Saturday and might sit out Sunday, as well. Javy Baez is at third base Friday, and Tommy La Stella is also a candidate to pick up starts. Yesterday, 8:12 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • Giants hope to finalize Sandoval deal Friday
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants are hoping to finalize a contract with Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

    Advice: Heyman says it's "still the expectation" that Sandoval will sign with the Giants, but he adds that the Royals and other teams have also shown interest. It will be a minor league deal for Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox with $49 million left on his contract after hitting just .237/.286/.360 over parts of three seasons. Yesterday, 6:17 am
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  • Danny Valencia picks up pair of hits vs. NYY
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Mariners collected 10 hits as a team, but managed just one run in the game. This was Valencia's third two-hit performance in his last five games and he is now slashing .273/.332/.435 with 11 homers and 48 RBI for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:42 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Sea - 1B,3B,OF
  • Cory Spangenberg stays hot with another homer
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Spangenberg stepped to the plate with a runner on and one out in the seventh inning against Madison Bumgarner and proceeded to blast a two-run homer to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Padres on their way to victory. He has been working with a hot stick of late, having bopped three home runs in his last five games, including dingers each of his last two contests. For the season as a whole, Spangenberg is hitting to a .266/.306/.409 triple-slash with eight home runs and 28 RBI over the course of 69 games played. Thursday, 10:34 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) collects two hits
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez was out of the lineup on Wednesday due to a pesky hamstring concern, but was back at it on Thursday showing no ill effect. A potential trade candidate before the deadline, the veteran third baseman is hitting .300/.324/.411 with four homers, 27 RBI and 17 steals in 71 games this season. Thursday, 10:33 pm
  • Freddie Freeman hits pair of RBI singles
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeman collected RBI singles in the first and third innings. He missed a chunk of the season recovering from a broken wrist, but has not missed a beat since returning to action at the beginning of July and is now hitting .332/.432/.695 with 17 homers and 37 RBI over the course of 50 games played. Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • Logan Forsythe absent from Dodgers lineup
    Logan Forsythe is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: He's getting a maintenance day. Forsythe has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .188 over 16 at-bats. Chase Utley will fill in at second and bat leadoff against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Thursday, 3:35 pm
  • Flaherty (shoulder) a week away from rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on July 27.

    Advice: Flaherty's recovery from shoulder tendinitis has had plenty of stops and starts but it looks like he'll be game-ready in about a week. The veteran utility man has hit just .233 with no homers over 30 at-bats this season. Thursday, 1:43 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Rangers DFA infielder Pete Kozma
    Rangers designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

    Advice: Kozma was batting .111/.200/.194 in 41 plate appearances with the Rangers. The 29-year-old infielder has just four extra-base hits in his last 188 major league games. Thursday, 12:32 pm
    Player Note
    Pete Kozma Tex - 2B,3B,SS
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