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  • Diamondbacks promote Banda for Saturday start
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Anthony Banda from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw will make his big league debut on Saturday against the Nationals. While he's talented, he owns a troublesome 5.08 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 93/43 K/BB ratio across 101 innings at Triple-A Reno. He should be avoided for his debut against a hard-hitting Nationals' squad. 58 minutes ago
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  • Carson Kelly doubles in two in 2017 debut
    Carson Kelly delivered a two-run double Friday in the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Making an emergency start following his promotion after Yadier Molina (ankle) was a late scratch, Kelly nearly had his first big league homer and grand slam as part of the Cards' nine-run eighth inning when he doubled off the wall. It was his only hit of the day in five trips to the plate, although he had a deep flyout in his final at-bat. Kelly could potentially get another start Saturday if Molina is still not feeling great and he'll surely wind up playing more than previous backup Eric Fryer did. However, it's hard to see him producing fantasy value unless Yadi suffers an injury that requires a disabled list stint. Today, 5:18 am
  • Carlos Asuaje knocks in three
    Carlos Asuaje went 4-for-7 with three RBI against the Giants in Friday's 11-inning game.

    Advice: Asuaje was a disappointment in Triple-A this year, posting a .741 OPS while playing in an extremely friendly hitting environment at El Paso. He's done quite a bit better in the majors thus far, coming in at .830 in 84 at-bats. If it keeps up, he should continue to start at second after Yangervis Solarte returns, with Solarte returning to his old position. Unfortunately, his lack of power and stolen base ability still leaves him with little fantasy upside. Today, 12:09 am
  • Hunter Pence goes 3-for-4, knocks in two
    Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI before being removed from Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Pence was replaced in a double-switch, but he still had his best game of the month. In fact, his double tonight was his first since June 22. Today, 12:06 am
  • 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
  • Zack Godley gives up four runs to Nationals
    Although he struck out 10, Zack Godley surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Godley also struck out nine while giving up seven runs last time out against the Braves. He's missing plenty of bats, but he's not spreading the hits around of late and his ERA is up to 3.32 as a result. He's still a decent play with a rematch versus the Braves next up. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up three homers
    Max Scherzer gave up five runs and three homers in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Incredibly, Scherzer gave up homers to the first three batters he faced tonight. He went on to allow one more run in the first and another in the second before getting it together and finishing the outing strong. It's just the second time this year that he's allowed five runs, the other coming April 28 against the Mets. He gave up as many homers to those first three batters as he had in his previous nine starts combined. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was absolutely awesome for 30 games this year, hitting .435/.475/.907. In the 56 games since, he's been a below average regular, coming in at .259/.307/.406. It's past time that he get dropped behind Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon in the Nationals' lineup. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Merrifield has walk-off sac fly
    Whit Merrifield delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as part of Friday’s 7-6 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: The game-winner was set up after Tyler Clippard walked Jorge Bonifacio to load the bases. Merrifield drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double. He also swiped a base, which gives him 16 steals overall. Locked in as the Royals’ primary leadoff hitter, the 28-year-old is a useful and versatile option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Kennedy hit hard against White Sox
    Ian Kennedy was tagged for six runs (five earned) over four innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: It was his shortest outing since May 31. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple from Yoan Moncada in the third inning. Kennedy came into Friday’s outing with four straight starts of at least six innings and three earned runs or fewer allowed. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Tigers on the road. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Shields gives up six runs vs. Royals
    James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Gordon drives in three runs vs. White Sox
    Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a walk, three RBI, and a run scored Friday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Gordon got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the second inning and later tied things up with a two-run double in the fifth. After going without a multi-hit game in 15 straight games, he has now done so in consecutive games. The 33-year-old has a disappointing .203/.295/.307 batting line. 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
  • McCutchen knocks in three over Rockies
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two walks, and three runs scored in Friday’s blowout 13-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: McCutchen delivered with RBI singles in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. This was his first multi-hit game since July 7. The red-hot Pirates have won six straight games and now sit two games back in the NL Central and 6 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Williams gives up five runs in win over COL
    Trevor Williams walked away with the win after allowing five runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Williams got lots of help from his offense, but he settled down for the most part after giving up three runs in the first inning. This was the first time he had allowed more than three earned runs in a start since June 10, though it’s not unexpected in a Coors Field start. The 25-year-old owns a 4.74 ERA through 14 starts and six relief appearances on the year and lines up for a start against the Giants on the road next week. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Hoffman rocked in loss to Pirates
    Jeff Hoffman was rocked for seven runs over three-plus innings in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Hoffman was in trouble throughout. He was pulled after the first three batters reached to begin the fourth inning. The rookie right-hander gave up nine hits while walking four. He now has a 7.79 ERA at home this season compared to a 2.45 on the road. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • White Sox acquire Mark Lowe from Mariners
    White Sox acquired RHPs Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from the Mariners for cash considerations.

    Advice: Lowe was a disaster for the Tigers in 2016 and hasn't been any better in the minor leagues this season where he owns a 6.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 39 frames at Triple-A Tacoma. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the White Sox. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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  • Bailey gives up two runs in loss
    Homer Bailey yielded two runs over six innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Bailey held the Marlins off the board after giving up two runs in the first inning. He fanned three and walked a pair in the loss. It was a step in the right direction after Bailey was hammered for eight runs in four innings last time out against the Nationals. The oft-injured 31-year-old has an 8.56 ERA through six starts and will need to show more consistency before being deployed in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Urena gives up one run in win over Reds
    Jose Urena held the Reds to just one run over six-plus frames as part of a 3-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The lone run scored on a sacrifice fly. Urena went back out for the seventh inning, but he was pulled after the first two batters reached base. He fanned four and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 8-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 65/35 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season. He gets the Rangers next on the road. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Mahtook collects two hits as Tigers beat KC
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored as the Tigers topped the Royals on Friday evening.

    Advice: Mahtook is getting a chance to play everyday, even against right-handed pitching, since the club dealt J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks. He has been terrific overall this season, slashing .289/.309/.478 with six homers, 21 RBI and a stolen base. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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