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    • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Goes hitless in season debut
      1h ago

      Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut for the Chicago White Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Moncada, who batted sixth in the order, also grounded out to second base and flied out to center field. His arrival in Chicago generated a lot of buzz, with 5.000 walk-up tickets sold for the game, but the White Sox will let him acclimate to the majors at a measured pace. Eventually, we expect to see Moncada, who has been a leadoff hitter in the minor leagues, move up in the order.

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    • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
      White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Knocked around by Dodgers
      1h ago

      Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Rodon, who was making his fourth start of the season, was tagged for four home runs by the Dodgers over his 3.2 innings. With Jose Quintana shipped cross town to the Cubs, Rodon is being groomed to be the Chicago White Sox 's ace but obviously the long layoff due to a biceps injury is not leading to ace-like results. He'll continue to take the ball every fifth day and there will be better days ahead, but fantasy owners must realize, in addition to the long layoff, the left-hander is pitching for a team with the worst record in the American League and an offense that won't steal many games for him. Rodon will next take the bump Tuesday against the Cubs on the north side of town.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Scores lone run Wednesday
      2h ago

      Alex Bregman went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly after he stole third base, giving him 13 runs scored over the past 12 games. With just eight home runs and 28 RBI this season -- including a current 19-game homer-less stretch with just two RBI -- he hasn't provided a whole lot of value for fantasy owners in the power categories typically associated with corner infielders, but Bregman is enjoying his finest month of the season, posting a .939 OPS in 14 July games.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Filling in at short
      2h ago

      Marwin Gonzalez started at shortstop in place of the injured Carlos Correa (thumb) on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in Houston's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Gonzalez has started at shortstop in the two games the Houston Astros have played without Correa. He should receive the bulk of the starts at shortstop while Correa is sidelined, which is expected to extend until September. Fantasy owners will not have to worry about if and where the super-utility player will be in the lineup for the next six weeks.

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    • Daniel Nava PHI LF
      Phillies' Daniel Nava: Four hits Wednesday
      3h ago

      Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a walk in a 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

      Nava could see a short-term increase in playing time with Aaron Altherr (hamstring) sidelined. However, Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could be back from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, which will impact Nava's at-bats. The Philadelphia Phillies are likely to play Kendrick fairly regularly in the outfield for the remainder of the month in order to showcase him for a trade. Nava is also a trade candidate thanks to his solid performance in a part-time role this season.

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    • Tyler Jay MIN P
      Twins' Tyler Jay: Will try to pitch again this season
      5h ago

      Tyler Jay (shoulder) does not need season-ending thoracic outlet surgery and will attempt to pitch again this season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Jay has been out since early June due to a shoulder impingement. The 2015 first-round draft pick moved to the bullpen earlier this season due to the team's concerns he couldn't stay healthy as a starter. His role change and injury concerns continue to dim his prospect status.

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    • Francisco Cervelli PIT C
      Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: On base all four times Wednesday
      7h ago

      Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-3 -- all singles -- with a walk and an RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday.

      He's really been rolling lately, racking up 14 hits in 33 at-bats (.424) over the last nine games -- Cervelli's longest streak of starts in the 2017 campaign. This is about as good as it gets for the veteran backstop, whose modest pop and inconsistent ways at the plate make him a fantasy option almost exclusively in NL-only and two-catcher leagues.

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    • Ryan Hanigan COL C
      Rockies' Ryan Hanigan: Drives in two runs
      11h ago

      Ryan Hanigan went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs during Wednesday's win over San Diego.

      The backstop has been playing semi-regularly since being recalled to the majors June 30, but this was his first multi-hit showing. In fact, Hanigan went just 3-for-20 through his previous six starts. Still, calling Coors Field home is a nice fantasy bonus, so Hanigan has some appeal in cavernous setups.

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    • Russell Martin TOR C
      Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Receives day off Wednesday
      16h ago

      Russell Martin is out of the lineup Wednesday against Boston, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Martin started the past two games behind the plate, including Tuesday's 15-inning affair, so naturally he will get the day off for Wednesday's contest. In his place, Miguel Montero sets up behind the plate while batting eighth.

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    • Welington Castillo BAL C
      Orioles' Welington Castillo: Takes seat Wednesday
      16h ago

      Welington Castillo is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

      It's presumably a routine off day for Castillo following a stretch of three starts in as many days, during which he recorded four hits in 11 at-bats. Caleb Joseph will step in behind the plate, catching for Baltimore Orioles starter Kevin Gausman.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Hits bench Wednesday
      16h ago

      Yasmani Grandal is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

      Grandal has just three hits in the past seven games, so he'll head to the bench for another night off. Austin Barnes will log another start behind the dish to replace him in the lineup.

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    • Devin Mesoraco CIN C
      Reds' Devin Mesoraco: Returns from DL
      17h ago

      Devin Mesoraco (lat) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

      This turned out to be a much shorter DL stint than we've come to expect from the embattled backstop, as it lasted just two weeks. Despite the activation, Mesoraco will not be in the lineup Wednesday night, although the expectation is that he'll assume regular catching duties soon. Tucker Barnhart will likely assume catching duties when the Cincinnati Reds opt to rest Mesoraco.

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    • Trey Mancini BAL 1B
      Orioles' Trey Mancini: Drives home three in rout of Rangers
      7h ago

      Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run in a 10-2 drubbing of the Rangers on Wednesday.

      He drove in all three with his bases-loaded triple, which capped off the scoring for Baltimore. A solid hitter throughout his career in the minors, Mancini has exploded onto the scene in his first MLB campaign, propping up many a fantasy team that was lucky enough to snag him off the waiver wire. He's now tallied 50 RBI to go with 15 homers and a shiny .309 batting average -- numbers that play in all formats.

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    • Mike Ford NYY 1B
      Yankees' Mike Ford: Returns to action Tuesday
      11h ago

      Mike Ford (hamstring) was activated off the 7-day DL on Tuesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      Ford was dealing with a bout of hamstring tightness, but the ailment ended up costing him fewer than two weeks. The 25-year-old has hit well in limited playing time at Triple-A, slashing .320/.433/.660 in 13 games. Given the big league club's struggles at first base this year, Ford could eventually be considered for a call up now that he's healthy.

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    • Luis Valbuena LAA 1B
      Angels' Luis Valbuena: Sits against southpaw
      14h ago

      Luis Valbuena is not in the lineup Wednesday against Washington, The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

      Valbuena will get the day off while left-hander Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nats. C.J. Cron takes his place at first base, while batting fourth in the order.

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    • Dominic Ficociello DET 1B
      Tigers' Domonic Ficociello: Heads to Triple-A
      17h ago

      Dominic Ficociello was called up to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, Tom Reisenweber of the Erie Times-News reports.

      Ficociello had spent the first 89 games of the season with Double-A Erie this year, hitting .308/.378/.448 with seven home runs and 39 RBI. The shortstop worked his way through the Double-A level since the middle of the 2015 season, and is ready to test his skills at Toledo. Ficociello is able to play myriad positions defensively, and will look to make it to the Detroit Tigers by the end of next season.

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    • Josh Bell PIT 1B
      Pirates' Josh Bell: Hits bench Wednesday
      17h ago

      Bell, Josh is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

      Bell is beginning to find his stroke at the plate in July, as he holds a .288/.362/.519 in the month. Nonetheless, he'll head the bench for his first night off since July 4. Jose Osuna will man first base in his place.

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    • Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
      Braves' Freddie Freeman: Exits game with illness
      18h ago

      Freddie Freeman was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with flu-like symptoms.

      Freeman went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before he was replaced at first base by Matt Adams, though it seems he simply wasn't feeling well enough to keep playing. Consider the slugger day-to-day going forward and look for Johan Camargo to fill in as the third baseman if he's forced to miss extended time. The team would certainly miss Freeman's bat, as he owns a .304/.347/.587 slash line since returning from the disabled list.

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    • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Goes hitless in season debut
      1h ago

      Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut for the Chicago White Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Moncada, who batted sixth in the order, also grounded out to second base and flied out to center field. His arrival in Chicago generated a lot of buzz, with 5.000 walk-up tickets sold for the game, but the White Sox will let him acclimate to the majors at a measured pace. Eventually, we expect to see Moncada, who has been a leadoff hitter in the minor leagues, move up in the order.

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    • Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
      Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Lifts average to .300, drives in three
      7h ago

      Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run against the Rangers on Wednesday.

      The big day brought his average up to an even .300 thanks to a hot stretch that's now a month-plus in length. Over his last 28 games, Schoop has hit seven homers and driven in 24 runs to go with a .339 batting average. That's got to be frustrating for fantasy owners who cut ties with the 25-year-old second baseman in late May, when he was scuffling along quietly with six homers and a .270 average through his first 45 games.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Drives in three Wednesday
      8h ago

      Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays.

      The 33-year-old continues his huge July, and Pedroia is now hitting .368 (25-for-68) on the month with three homers, two steals and 20 RBI in 16 games.

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    • Javier Baez CHC 2B
      Cubs' Javier Baez: Belts homer no. 12 Wednesday
      14h ago

      Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win against the Braves.

      The young utility man continues to swing a hot bat, as Wednesday's clout marked his second homer in as many days and he now holds a .928 OPS over the past 14 games. With Kris Bryant (finger) day-to-day for the time being, Baez seems to be in line to continue getting regular at-bats, although given how hot he's been as of late, it's hard to believe he won't be a staple in the lineup even when Bryant is back in action.

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    • Nick Franklin LAA 2B
      Angels' Nick Franklin: Out of lineup Wednesday
      14h ago

      Nick Franklin will get the day off for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

      Franklin receives a breather after starting six of the past seven games, going 1-for-13 at the plate during that span. In his place, Cliff Pennington will man the keystone while batting eighth in the order.

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    • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Batting sixth in team debut
      16h ago

      Yoan Moncada will start at second base and bat sixth in his Chicago White Sox debut Wednesday against the Dodgers.

      With the trade of Todd Frazier (along with relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle) to the Yankees on Tuesday, the White Sox officially christened their rebuild, so the team's focus will turn to giving young players more extended opportunities at the big-league level throughout the second half. Moncada, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte late Tuesday to assume Frazier's roster spot, is the avatar for the organization's youth movement, and is expected to settle into an everyday role at the keystone the rest of the way. Moncada struggled to make contact in his first taste of the big leagues last September while he was a member of the Red Sox, but with another year of experience under his belt, he should provide a greater impact this time around. He was batting .282 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases over 361 plate appearances at Charlotte prior to his promotion.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Scores lone run Wednesday
      2h ago

      Alex Bregman went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly after he stole third base, giving him 13 runs scored over the past 12 games. With just eight home runs and 28 RBI this season -- including a current 19-game homer-less stretch with just two RBI -- he hasn't provided a whole lot of value for fantasy owners in the power categories typically associated with corner infielders, but Bregman is enjoying his finest month of the season, posting a .939 OPS in 14 July games.

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    • Cory Spangenberg SD 3B
      Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Hits three-run shot in loss
      11h ago

      Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run during Wednesday's loss to Colorado.

      The third baseman is 7-for-19 following the All-Star break with two homers, six RBI and six runs, and Spangenberg is also receiving consistent playing time. However, his .262/.302/.395 slash line leaves a lot to be desired, especially the slugging percentage. It's probably best to leave him to deep leagues at this stage of the game.

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    • Nolan Arenado COL 3B
      Rockies' Nolan Arenado: Blasts three homers
      12h ago

      Nolan Arenado went 5-for-6 with three home runs, seven RBI and four runs during Wednesday's win over San Diego.

      It's always nice when a week's worth of counting stats are packed into a single game, and Arenado now has six homers, 17 RBI and 11 runs through his past eight contests. By his standards, it was a slow start to 2017, but he's now leading the National League in RBI (80) and could easily be the best fantasy hitter from here out.

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    • Evan Longoria TB 3B
      Rays' Evan Longoria: Hits 25th double in loss
      13h ago

      Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored during Wednesday's loss to Oakland.

      The veteran has put together an encouraging stretch at the dish dating back to mid-June with a .317 batting average, six homers, 26 RBI and 21 runs through his past 32 games. For the year, Longoria still boasts a mediocre .773 OPS and projects to finish well short of last season's counting stats.

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    • Darwin Barney TOR 3B
      Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Picks up third consecutive start
      15h ago

      Darwin Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      It's the third straight start at second base for Barney, but all have coincided with the Red Sox bringing southpaw starters to the mound. With that in mind, he still looks to be stuck on the short side of a platoon at the position with Ryan Goins.

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    • Ryder Jones SF 3B
      Giants' Ryder Jones: Out couple days following HBP
      16h ago

      Jones, Ryder was hit by a pitch on the right wrist Tuesday night in a game for Triple-A Sacramento, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Thankfully this is the opposite wrist that caused him to spend much of July on the disabled list. Nonetheless, the San Francisco Giants expect Jones to return to the River Cats' lineup in a couple days. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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    • Aledmys Diaz STL SS
      Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Continues working with hitting coach in Triple-A
      8h ago

      Aledmys Diaz (personal), who is slashing .217/.229/.348 through 11 games with Triple-A Memphis, continues to work closely with Redbirds hitting coach Mark Budaska, Alaina Getzenberg of MLB.com reports.

      Much like teammate Randal Grichuk, Diaz was unexpectedly sent to Memphis earlier in the season, although the latter's serviceable .260/.293/.396 line made his demotion even more surprising. At the time, the Cuban shortstop was struggling with pitch selection and dealing with thumb and ankle ailments, which certainly may have played a part in his struggles. Budaska, who also worked with Grichuk during his Redbirds tenure in late May and early June, has been focusing on helping Diaz improve his plate discipline and pitch recognition. While his numbers thus far haven't exactly validated the amount of work the two have put in, Diaz did post a pair of multi-hit efforts over his most recent three games before leaving the team until this coming Friday to tend to a personal matter.

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    • Brandon Crawford SF SS
      Giants' Brandon Crawford: Trying to pull out of nosedive
      8h ago

      Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run against Cleveland on Wednesday.

      It's been a rough patch for the San Francisco Giants ' shortstop lately -- over his prior 23 games, he managed just a .156/.196/.267 line, although he did somehow manage to accumulate 15 RBI in that time. Even assuming some positive regression from his uncharacteristically low .261 BABIP, there's not a whole lot of fantasy upside here other than in that RBI category, in which Crawford has been surprisingly productive for years.

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    • Ehire Adrianza MIN SS
      Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Doubles in third start in four games
      8h ago

      Ehire Adrianza went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Yankees.

      This marked Adrianza's third start in four days at shortstop. Wednesday's hitting display also bumped his average up to a strong .309 mark. He doesn't possess much power and he hits in an inopportune spot in the lineup much of the time, but if he continues to hit like this, he may force his way into the lineup more often than not, giving him a semblance of value in deeper leagues thanks to his good eye at the plate and his ability to swipe a bag from time to time.

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    • Ronald Torreyes NYY SS
      Yankees' Ronald Torreyes: Likely heading into reserve role
      8h ago

      Ronald Torreyes went 0-for-2 Wednesday against the Twins before being lifted for pinch-hitter Todd Frazier in the seventh inning.

      Torreyes had been surprisingly decent as an everyday infielder while Starlin Castro was on the shelf, but with him back in action and Frazier now joining the fray, it seems that Torreyes will have very few opportunities to start anymore. Wednesday's performance brought the 24-year-old's batting average down to .283, and although that would normally warrant a spot in the lineup, the lack of power upside will limit him to a bench role while Frazier takes over at third base and Chase Headley moves into a first base platoon.

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    • Zack Cozart CIN SS
      Reds' Zack Cozart: Swats 11th homer Wednesday
      8h ago

      Zack Cozart went 4-for-6 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

      For the second straight game he needed just a triple to hit for the cycle, and Cozart nearly played hero in the 11th inning Wednesday, launching a deep drive into right-center with Billy Hamilton on first base that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, keeping Hamilton at third until Adan Duvall could bring him home for the winning run. Prior to Tuesday, Cozart hadn't gone yard since June 4, but the 31-year-old now has 11 homers on the season and is still well on pace to top last year's career high of 16.

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    • Asdrubal Cabrera NYM SS
      Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Tallies three hits against Redbirds
      8h ago

      Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

      Multi-hit games haven't exactly been raining down for the New York Mets ' reluctant second baseman, as he'd managed such a feat only once in his prior 11 contests -- a span in which he hit a brutal .132. Obviously, the Mets have yet to honor the trade request that followed his position change from shortstop to the keystone, but with the deadline approaching, his days in the Big Apple could be numbered.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Filling in at short
      2h ago

      Marwin Gonzalez started at shortstop in place of the injured Carlos Correa (thumb) on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in Houston's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Gonzalez has started at shortstop in the two games the Houston Astros have played without Correa. He should receive the bulk of the starts at shortstop while Correa is sidelined, which is expected to extend until September. Fantasy owners will not have to worry about if and where the super-utility player will be in the lineup for the next six weeks.

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    • Daniel Nava PHI LF
      Phillies' Daniel Nava: Four hits Wednesday
      3h ago

      Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a walk in a 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

      Nava could see a short-term increase in playing time with Aaron Altherr (hamstring) sidelined. However, Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could be back from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, which will impact Nava's at-bats. The Philadelphia Phillies are likely to play Kendrick fairly regularly in the outfield for the remainder of the month in order to showcase him for a trade. Nava is also a trade candidate thanks to his solid performance in a part-time role this season.

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    • Byron Buxton MIN CF
      Twins' Byron Buxton: Could return Tuesday
      5h ago

      Byron Buxton (groin) has been rehabbing at Target Field and could be activated from the DL when eligible on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

      It doesn't sound like Buxton will go on a rehab assignment and will just be activated from the DL. Zack Granite will continue to get starts in center field while Buxton is out.

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    • Adam Jones BAL CF
      Orioles' Adam Jones: Homers, scores three times out of leadoff spot
      7h ago

      Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with a leadoff homer, a second RBI and three runs scored against the Rangers on Wednesday.

      Once the O's cleanup hitter, he now bats leadoff, and Jones set the tone by opening the bottom of the first with a homer off Texas lefty Martin Perez -- the veteran's 16th bomb of the season. Fantasy owners who picked him up on draft day have gotten pretty much exactly what they bargained for, as Jones is on pace to nearly precisely match his numbers from 2016 in nearly every category. He's hitting .266/.309/.435 after posting a .265/.310/.436 batting line last season, and his homer, RBI and run paces are pretty much right in line as well.

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    • Mitch Haniger SEA RF
      Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Hoping to return Thursday
      7h ago

      Mitch Haniger (finger), who missed his fourth straight game Wednesday, is hoping to return for the start of a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

      The plan had originally been to have Haniger return Wednesday, as he'd been able to take batting practice and hit in the cage. However, the outfielder was still having trouble getting enough grip on the ball to be able to make accurate throws from the outfield, leading manager Scott Servais to hold him back yet again. Haniger has notably struggled since returning from an extended disabled list stint due a strained oblique, hitting just .206 over the 28 games he's subsequently participated in.

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    • Tyler O'Neill SEA LF
      Mariners' Tyler O'Neill: Could be trade candidate
      7h ago

      Tyler O'Neill is a potential trade candidate if the Seattle Mariners attempt to bolster their pitching staff prior to the July 31 trade deadline, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

      The slugging outfielder, who returned from a hamstring injury on July 13 and is hitting .330 with 11 homers and 25 RBI over his last 25 games, could be on the move despite his continued improvement throughout the season. The Mariners have a relative dearth of upper-level prospects, so O'Neill would represent one of the few appealing pieces at the Triple-A level that they'd consider parting with. While the 22-year-old brings plenty of power upside, the emergence of Ben Gamel, Guillermo Heredia and Mitch Haniger has apparently made the idea of parting with O'Neill a bit more palatable to the organization, provided they can get enough pitching value in return.

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    • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
      White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Knocked around by Dodgers
      1h ago

      Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Rodon, who was making his fourth start of the season, was tagged for four home runs by the Dodgers over his 3.2 innings. With Jose Quintana shipped cross town to the Cubs, Rodon is being groomed to be the Chicago White Sox 's ace but obviously the long layoff due to a biceps injury is not leading to ace-like results. He'll continue to take the ball every fifth day and there will be better days ahead, but fantasy owners must realize, in addition to the long layoff, the left-hander is pitching for a team with the worst record in the American League and an offense that won't steal many games for him. Rodon will next take the bump Tuesday against the Cubs on the north side of town.

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    • Hector Santiago MIN SP
      Twins' Hector Santiago: Throws bullpen session
      5h ago

      Hector Santiago (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday. He'll throw another bullpen session Friday and then pitch in a simulated game before heading out on a rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

      It sounds like Santiago could return in early August. However, it's not clear he's guaranteed a spot in the rotation given his struggles this season (5.63 ERA).

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    • Jharel Cotton OAK SP
      Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Mixed bag in Wednesday rehab outing
      7h ago

      Jharel Cotton (finger) struck out six but allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in Triple-A Nashville's win over Iowa on Wednesday.

      It was decided on Sunday that Cotton would make tonight's start before being activated, and considering the results, the hope likely is that he shook off whatever rust he had during what was a fairly rocky outing. The right-hander did miss quite a few bats during his relatively brief time on the mound but also pitched to plenty of contact. Despite the less than favorable results, Cotton is likely to rejoin the Oakland starting rotation and make a start early next week.

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    • Kendall Graveman OAK SP
      Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Knocked around in first rehab outing
      7h ago

      Kendall Graveman (shoulder) gave up four earned runs on five hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batsmen over 2.1 innings in Triple-A Nashville's win over Iowa on Wednesday. He struck out one.

      Graveman threw a total of 46 pitches but endured his share of struggles, although only one of the five hits he surrendered went for extra bases. His control was certainly an issue, but it's understandable that the 26-year-old was far from sharp after last having taken the mound May 20. He's due for multiple rehab outings before a return to the big-league club is contemplated.

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    • Martin Perez TEX SP
      Rangers' Martin Perez: Unimpressive in loss to Baltimore
      7h ago

      Martin Perez (5-7) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and a walk while striking out three over six-plus innings in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to Baltimore.

      Things got a lot uglier after he left, but Perez made them plenty ugly on his own, digging an early hole and then unraveling entirely (thanks in part to bad defense) after coming out to start the seventh inning. Of course, starts like this from the 26-year-old lefty should be no surprise, as he's earned a reputation for striking out too few batters, walking too many, and relying on his groundballing ways to make up for that. Perez's formula clearly isn't working very well, as his 4.63 ERA and 1.62 WHIP will attest.

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    • Kevin Gausman BAL SP
      Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Not challenged much in win over Rangers
      7h ago

      Kevin Gausman (6-7) struck out eight Rangers while allowing just a single run on four hits and two walks over six innings in a 10-2 victory Wednesday.

      Starts like this one have certainly been the exception rather than the rule for the flame-throwing 26-year-old in 2017, and he needed a positive outing badly with manager Buck Showalter recently having floated the possibility of a demotion to the minors. Gausman has been truly horrendous this season, as that 6.11 ERA and 1.75 WHIP loudly advertise, and it'll take more than one good game for him to get back in the circle of trust for fantasy owners. Fortunately, his next start will come Monday against the Rays, whom he shut out over seven innings with nine strikeouts in his first start of July.

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    • Matt Bush TEX RP
      Rangers' Matt Bush: Annihilated in seventh-inning appearance
      7h ago

      Matthew Bush was rocked for five runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk while recording strikeouts for both his outs in Wednesday's loss to Texas.

      Called upon in the seventh inning as starter Martin Perez was unraveling, the Texas Rangers ' former closer undid all the good will he'd built up over six consecutive scoreless outings by letting the game turn into a laugher. It's not likely that Bush will get another save chance in the near future with Alex Claudio having taken over the ninth-inning role, meaning fantasy owners can feel free to cut ties if there's a compelling alternative (like Claudio, for instance) on the waiver wire.

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    • Corey Knebel MIL RP
      Brewers' Corey Knebel: Blows save, ends record-setting whiff streak
      7h ago

      Corey Knebel suffered his fifth blown save of the season Wednesday, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning against the Pirates.

      The Brew Crew went on to lose in extras, so at least he wasn't on the hook for that. However, Knebel also failed to strike out a batter for the first time this season, ending his streak at 45 consecutive games with a whiff -- an all-time MLB record for a single season. In truth, he's actually been on a bit of skid recently, walking 10 batters and giving up five runs in his last 7.2 innings, but this is most likely just a rough patch that Knebel will get past soon enough.

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    • Alex Reyes STL RP
      Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Begins throwing program Wednesday
      7h ago

      Alex Reyes (elbow) announced he's begun his throwing program on his personal Instagram account Wednesday.

      The promising right-hander is five months removed from Tommy John surgery, so Wednesday's development is certainly an encouraging sign and keeps him on track to potentially throw off a mound by September or October. Reyes is considered the organization's top pitching prospect and has compiled a 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .220 BAA and 449:170 K:BB over 334.1 minor-league innings.

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    • Sam Dyson SF RP
      Giants' Sam Dyson: Closes out Indians
      8h ago

      Sam Dyson worked around a hit, a walk and a hit batsman while recording a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Indians, netting his fifth save in the process.

      He teetered on the brink of disaster by loading the bases with two outs, but Dyson was able to get Jose Ramirez on a flyout to end the ballgame. The veteran reliever has had a boatload more success in San Francisco than he did with the Rangers earlier this year, and with Mark Melancon's return still not imminent, it appears Dyson will continue holding down the ninth-inning role for a little while yet.

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    • Addison Reed NYM RP
      Mets' Addison Reed: Gets four outs for 16th save
      8h ago

      Addison Reed worked around a hit while pitching 1.1 innings and striking out a pair of Cardinals for his 16th save Wednesday.

      The New York Mets don't quite get Reed the quantity of save opportunities his fantasy owners might like, but he's been quite efficient with them. Reed's last blown save came back on May 27, so he's now racked up 10 straight successful conversions, giving up just two runs with a 19:2 K:BB in 19.1 innings during that span. Pinpoint control has been his calling card, as Reed has issued only five walks in 43 appearances this season.

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    • Cesar Valdez TOR RP
      Blue Jays' Cesar Valdez: Outstanding in long relief Wednesday
      8h ago

      Cesar Miguel Valdez allowed just one hit while striking out five over four scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.

      Called in when Aaron Sanchez left the game after four innings due to another blister, Valdez dominated Boston's hitters and kept the Jays within striking distance, although the team's offense wouldn't take advantage. With Sanchez likely to miss at least one start, Valdez -- who has a 3.15 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 71.1 innings at Triple-A this year -- may have staked a claim to taking his spot in the rotation after this performance.

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    • Rickie Weeks TB DH
      Rays' Rickie Weeks: Hits safely in first rehab outing
      8h ago

      Rickie Weeks (shoulder, hand) went 1-for-3 with a run and two strikeouts for Triple-A Durham against Indianapolis on Wednesday.

      It was the first game of what will likely be a one-week rehab for Weeks, who played first base and hit second. The veteran was sidelined for over a month, but a week's worth of at-bats should be sufficient to help him shake the majority of the rust off.

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    • Hanley Ramirez BOS DH
      Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Out of Wednesday's lineup
      16h ago

      Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

      Ramirez was the hero of Tuesday's contest, winning the game for Boston with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the 15th inning. He did play first base instead of DH during the victory, which has normally signaled an off day for the 33-year-old the following day. That trend continues as Ramirez hits the bench for Wednesday's game, as Chris Young takes over the designated hitting duties.

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      Indians' Edwin Encarnacion: Receives breather Wednesday
      19h ago

      Edwin Encarnacion is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in San Francisco.

      Encarnacion started at first base during the first two games of this series, but will retreat to the bench as Carlos Santana draws the start for the afternoon finale. With no DH available, Santana has been out the past two games, and now Encarnacion will take his turn following a 1-for-3 day at the plate during Tuesday's loss.

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    • Ryon Healy OAK DH
      Athletics' Ryon Healy: Not in Wednesday's lineup
      19h ago

      Ryon Healy is out of the lineup Wednesday against Tampa Bay.

      Healy will receive a day off following five straight starts to begin the second half of the season. In that span, Healy has gone just 1-for-17 at the plate, striking out four times over the past two contests. While he gets Wednesday's series finale off, Khris Davis will takeover as DH in his stead.

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    • Matt Holliday NYY DH
      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Out of lineup Wednesday
      20h ago

      Matt Holliday is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

      Holliday will get the day off after playing six games during the past five days. The DH is replaced by Gary Sanchez for the series finale, while Austin Romine draws the start behind the plate. Since coming back from the DL (illness), Holliday is just 3-for-28 at the plate with 11 strikeouts.

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      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Out of lineup Wednesday
      20h ago

      Matt Holliday is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

      Holliday will get the day off after playing six games during the past five days. The DH is replaced by Gary Sanchez for the series finale, while Austin Romine draws the start behind the plate. Since coming back from the DL (illness), Holliday is just 3-for-28 at the plate with 11 strikeouts.

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