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    • Chris Iannetta ARI C
      Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Provides two-run double in return to lineup
      28m ago

      Chris Iannetta went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      Iannetta's two-run double in the sixth inning was certainly nice, but he narrowly missed out on a bigger night after the Cardinals' Tommy Pham robbed the catcher of another extra-base knock in the second inning with a slick catch against the center-field wall. The Arizona Diamondbacks had used either Chris Herrmann or Jeff Mathis behind the plate in each of the previous three contests, but it still appears Iannetta is Option 1A in the team's three-headed catching timeshare.

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    • Daniel Descalso ARI LF
      Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso: Contributes another multi-hit effort
      33m ago

      Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      It's the fourth straight contest that Descalso has produced at least four hits. While Descalso lacks the power most teams prefer from an outfield spot, so long as he remains reasonably productive at the dish, he should hold down the fort as the Arizona Diamondbacks ' primary left fielder until Yasmany Tomas (groin) is cleared to return from the disabled list.

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    • Jake Lamb ARI 3B
      Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Pounds out three hits Tuesday
      35m ago

      Jake Lamb went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      Lamb's power production has waned during June, but since he's maintained a .400 on-base percentage for the month, there's been little reason for fantasy owners to get too worked up. The third baseman is still on pace to surpass last season's career-high 29 home runs and has upped his batting average nearly 40 points from 2016.

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    • David Peralta ARI RF
      Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Sends game to extras with solo shot
      44m ago

      David Peralta went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      With the Arizona Diamondbacks trailing 5-4 entering the ninth inning, Peralta kept his team alive with a leadoff shot off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh to tie the game. It was the fourth home run in what's been an impressive June for the outfielder, who is hitting .355/.405/.579 with 21 runs and 12 RBI on the month.

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    • Gregor Blanco ARI CF
      Diamondbacks' Gregor Blanco: Stuck in 0-for-15 slump
      1h ago

      Gregor Blanco went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      Blanco has filled in capably for the most part as the Arizona Diamondbacks ' primary center fielder and leadoff hitter while A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) has been sidelined since mid-May, but the luster is beginning to wear off. With another hitless showing Tuesday, Blanco has now gone 0-for-15 in his last three starts. Blanco's struggles have allowed Rey Fuentes to take on a larger load in the center-field timeshare of late, but with Pollock having resumed his rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Tuesday and likely only a few days away from returning from the 10-day disabled list, both Blanco and Fuentes will soon see most of their fantasy appeal diminish.

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    • Michael Brantley CLE LF
      Indians' Michael Brantley: Ready to provide consistency in battered outfield
      1h ago

      Michael Brantley (ankle) went 1-for-4 Tuesday against the Rangers in his first game back from his time on the disabled list.

      Brantley has been out since June 15 due to stints on both the paternity list and disabled list, but was able to hit a single in his return to action anyway. The left fielder's return will provide consistency for Cleveland's outfield, which just recently saw Brandon Guyer (wrist) return from injury while both Abraham Almonte (biceps) and Austin Jackson (quad) remain out.

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    • Miguel Montero CHC C
      Cubs' Miguel Montero: Designated for assignment
      1h ago

      Miguel Montero was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

      Coming on the heels of his critical comments about Jake Arrieta's ability to hold runners on base after the Nationals stole seven bases off him in Tuesday's contest, Montero finds himself designated for assignment by the organization just a day later. The veteran had performed well at the plate for the Cubs in his role as the second catcher, hitting .286/.366/.439 during 112 plate appearances, but had thrown out just 1-of-31 runners on the basepaths. In Montero's stead, the Cubs promoted Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa prior to Wednesday's contest.

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    • Victor Caratini CHC C
      Cubs' Victor Caratini: Will join Cubs
      1h ago

      Caratini, Victor has been called up by the team Wednesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

      The 23-year-old has been tearing it up with Triple-A Iowa this season, hitting .343/.384/.539 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 68 games. Caratini has steadily progressed each year, going from Single-A ball to the Chicago Cubs in just over two years. While he has a promising bat, particularly for a catching prospect, Caratini's defense is well behind starter Willson Contreras. To clear room on the roster, the team designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment prior to Wednesday's game against the Nationals. Moving forward, Caratini will serve as Contreras' backup behind the plate.

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    • Robinson Chirinos TEX C
      Rangers' Robinson Chirinos: Slugs another homer Tuesday
      1h ago

      Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Indians.

      It was the 11th home run of the season for Chirinos, who has homered in just under 10 percent of his plate appearances. Although Chirinos has showcased above-average power from the catcher spot in the past, his 28.2 percent HR/FB rate is more than 12 points better than his career mark, suggesting that his current home-run pace probably won't be sustained over the full season. Nonetheless, he remains a quality option in two-catcher leagues, despite being behind Jonathan Lucroy on the depth chart.

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    • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
      Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Launches ninth homer Tuesday
      13h ago

      D'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

      It's his first multi-hit performance since June 12, but despite a .232 (16-for-69) batting average on the month Travis d'Arnaud has been supplying some power, hitting four homers in June to give him nine on the year.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Heads to bench Tuesday
      19h ago

      Yasmani Grandal is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Grandal will head to the bench for a breather after starting three consecutive games for the Los Angeles Dodgers . Austin Barnes will draw his third start in the last six contests in his stead.

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    • Martin Maldonado LAA C
      Angels' Martin Maldonado: Pops eighth homer Monday
      19h ago

      Martin Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

      Monday's home run came four games after Maldonado's two-homer game against the Yankees. He has already matched his career high in long balls in just 66 games, good for a .431 slugging percentage. The 30-year-old began the season as an afterthought in fantasy circles, but his production warrants consideration in deep two-catcher formats.

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    • Mike Napoli TEX 1B
      Rangers' Mike Napoli: Strikes out three times Tuesday
      4h ago

      Mike Napoli struck out in all three of his at-bats in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Indians.

      It was a whiff-happy night for the Texas Rangers , as Napoli was one of four players on the team who struck out three times. Aside from Joey Gallo -- who has compensated for his swing-and-miss ways by leading the team in home runs -- no Rangers regular has been more strikeout-prone this season than Napoli, who sports a career-worst 33.7 percent K-rate. The lack of consistent contact coupled with a .224 BABIP -- also a career worst -- has sunk Napoli's batting average to .191 on the season. Though Napoli has supplied 14 home runs, power isn't as scarce of a commodity around baseball these days, so the veteran first baseman may not be an ideal lineup option in shallower formats until he shows some dramatic improvement in his contact hitting.

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    • Jose Abreu CHW 1B
      White Sox's Jose Abreu: Mobbed by teammates
      5h ago

      Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with three RBI, including a two-run, walk-off single in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Yankees.

      Abreu delivered the game-winning knock off New York reliever Dellin Betances with two outs to snap Chicago's four-game losing streak. Lately, delivering with runners in scoring position has been the rule more than the exception for Abreu, who's plated 21 runners over the last 21 games.

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    • Mark Reynolds COL 1B
      Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Smacks 19th homer
      9h ago

      Mark Reynolds went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

      The homer was Reynolds' sixth on the road this season (third on the road this month). He has 19 long balls in total to go with 60 RBI (third most in the National League), as he continues to post ridiculous numbers at home. It seems like regression is inevitable given his track record, but Reynolds' home park and the lineup around him should continue to buoy his fantasy floor.

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    • Danny Valencia SEA 1B
      Mariners' Danny Valencia: Notches two hits in return to lineup
      11h ago

      Danny Valencia (wrist) went 2-for-4 with a double and a single in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

      Valencia missed a couple of games over the weekend with a sore wrist, but he was back in action for Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies following Monday's scheduled day off. The 32-year-old now has nine hits over his last three starts, and is batting .325 (27-for-83) with a .937 OPS in 23 games this month.

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    • Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
      Braves' Freddie Freeman: Aiming for July 1 rehab assignment
      18h ago

      Freddie Freeman (wrist) will participate in on-field batting practice Wednesday and Thursday with hopes of beginning his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

      Freeman is entering the final stages of his extended rehab program after being placed on the disabled list May 18 with a fractured left wrist. If he is indeed able to begin his minor-league assignment Saturday, then the slugging corner infielder could be on track to rejoin the Atlanta Braves prior to the All-Star break that begins July 10.

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    • Tyler Austin NYY 1B
      Yankees' Tyler Austin: Dealing with sore hamstring
      18h ago

      Tyler Austin is dealing with a sore right hamstring and is serving as the designated hitter Tuesday against the White Sox, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.

      Austin started the past three games at first base but will slot into the DH spot Tuesday to take some of the stress off of his sore hamstring. The fact that he's able to run the bases suggests that the injury is minor, but it's worth monitoring to see if he's able to return to the field in the coming days. Austin Romine is manning first base in the meantime.

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    • Josh Harrison PIT 2B
      Pirates' Josh Harrison: Strong 2017 shows no signs of slowing
      1h ago

      Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a walk Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

      His ninth-inning double helped Pittsburgh erase a two-run, ninth-inning deficit. Harrison's .374 OPS is 50 points above his career average (.324). He needs one walk to match his career high (22) and he leads the NL with 16 HBPs. Harrison continues to play exclusively at second base in June, but that figures to change when Starling Marte returns in mid-July, pushing current left fielder Adam Frazier into a part-time role which could include second base on occasion.

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    • Jed Lowrie OAK 2B
      Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Doubles in return to starting lineup
      1h ago

      Jed Lowrie (knee) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a win over Houston on Tuesday.

      Lowrie, who was held out of the starting lineup the previous two games, was able to do some damage against his old team in his return. It was the second baseman's 25th double of the season and brought his slugging percentage to .478, his best mark since he slugged .526 with Boston in 2010.

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    • DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
      Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Removed early with groin cramp Tuesday
      13h ago

      DJ LeMahieu exited Tuesday's game against the Giants early with a right groin cramp.

      LeMahieu was 0-for-2 at the plate before having to be removed from the game with the cramp. The Colorado Rockies have an off-day Thursday, so the team is hopeful that their second baseman can take a few days off and not require a trip to the disabled list. He's day-to-day for now.

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    • Kolten Wong STL 2B
      Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Still experiencing some arm pain
      14h ago

      Kolten Wong (triceps) has been able to take full-strength swings and make throws during his recovery but is still feeling some pain in his arm, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      With some lingering discomfort in his right arm, Wong may not be deemed ready to begin his rehab assignment during the middle of this week as originally expected. The 26-year-old explained that the team wants him to be "pain free, even when resting" before he returns to any kind of game action.

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    • Juan Perez CIN 2B
      Reds' Juan Perez: Struggling after DL stint
      17h ago

      Juan Perez is 1-for-14 at the plate since returning from the disabled list Saturday.

      Perez was on the disabled list for roughly the past two months but was able to return to live action Saturday. The young infielder has struggled in his past three contests, with six strikeouts and just one hit, but will look to improve on those numbers as he gets back into the swing of things moving forward.

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    • Tyler Saladino CHW 2B
      White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Eyeing rehab assignment
      19h ago

      Tyler Saladino (back) is easing into full baseball activities and expects a rehab assignment to begin shortly, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      The infielder received some injections in his ailing back which seem to have helped quell the pain, and he seems to be back on track from a recovery standpoint. Saladino has been out since late May after experiencing back spasms and could find himself fighting for playing time off the bench upon his return to action.

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    • Johan Camargo ATL 3B
      Braves' Johan Camargo: Drives in two Tuesday
      2h ago

      Johan Camargo went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

      He's now slashing an impressive .353/.378/.500 over his last 10 games with seven RBI and six runs. If the Atlanta Braves follow through on their plan to try Freddie Freeman at third base when he comes off the DL, Camargo could get bumped to the bench or even back to Triple-A Gwinnett, but at the moment he's doing everything he can to convince the club to leave him at the hot corner.

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    • Miguel Andujar NYY 3B
      Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Bound for big leagues
      3h ago

      The New York Yankees are expected to recall Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Craig Mish of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio reports.

      After Tyler Wade received the call to the big leagues Tuesday, It appears the Yankees will bring aboard their second infield prospect in as many days, as Andujar could assume the 25-man roster spot of Matt Holliday, who has been battling an allergic reaction recently. Though the Yankees haven't received much production this season from third basemen Chase Headley and Ronald Torreyes, Headley has delivered two three-hit performances in his last three contests, so his hold on the starting job seems secure at the moment. As a result, Andujar, who has hit .312/.342/.494 with seven home runs at Triple-A this season, may only serve as bench depth in his first tour of the majors.

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    • Ty Kelly PHI 3B
      Phillies' Ty Kelly: Poor offensive showing in limited playing time
      3h ago

      Ty Kelly is hitting .190 with six doubles and 11 strikeouts this season.

      Philadelphia's utility man hasn't been of much use with the bat this season as he struggles to get his average above the Mendoza Line. His versatility on defense makes him viable to play almost anywhere on the field, but the lack of offensive production has been what's kept him from seeing his number called on more consistent occasions.

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    • Matt Chapman OAK 3B
      Athletics' Matt Chapman: Cleared to resume baseball activities Friday
      5h ago

      Matt Chapman (knee) will be back on the field Friday for a full array of baseball activities, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      Chapman was released from the hospital this past Sunday after receiving a four-day regimen of antibiotic treatment for a left knee infection. The latest development is certainly a positive one, but there is still a possibility that the rookie will need a short minor-league rehab stint before being activated from the disabled list.

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    • Maikel Franco PHI 3B
      Phillies' Maikel Franco: Hits 10th homer in win over Seattle
      10h ago

      Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

      It was Franco's 10th home run of the season and third in his last nine games. Franco hasn't exactly been raking this month following talk of a possible demotion in late May, but his 8:5 BB:K over his last 15 games is encouraging.

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    • Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
      Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Swats game-winning homer Tuesday
      15h ago

      Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a game-winning solo home run off Cody Allen in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Cleveland.

      The seemingly ageless Beltre has now homered in three straight games, giving him five in 24 contests since rejoining the Texas Rangers lineup at the end of May and 450 in his illustrious career. If he can keep it up, his current .935 OPS would also be his best since 2004.

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    • Cleuluis Rondon CHW SS
      Cleuluis Rondon: Released by White Sox
      18m ago

      Cleuluis Rondon has been released by the White Sox.

      Rondon was acquired by the organization as part of the Jake Peavy deal back in 2013, but has been relatively unimpressive over the past few seasons, never advancing past the Triple-A level. After hitting just .212 in 117 games with High-A Winston-Salem last year, the 23-year-old shortstop is slashing .205/.246/.238 over 122 at-bats for Double-A Birmingham this season, prompting the White Sox to cut him loose.

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    • Ehire Adrianza MIN SS
      Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Beginning rehab assignment Thursday
      2h ago

      Ehire Adrianza (abdomen) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Minnesota Twins ' manager Paul Molitor said the team would like Adrianza to play a total of three rehab games before being activated from the DL on Monday, so it's shaping up to be a busy weekend for the young infielder. The switch hitter has been out since June 22 with the injury, but recent evaluations revealed nothing of concern. Adrianza is slashing .259/.323/.333 this season while working out of a limited reserve role and missed an early portion of the season due to a right oblique strain.

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    • Trea Turner WAS SS
      Nationals' Trea Turner: Swipes four bags Tuesday
      2h ago

      Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and four stolen bases in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

      Little more than a week after setting a new franchise record with four steals in a game, Turner does it again. The 23-year-old now has 11 swipes in his last 15 games, pushing him to the top of the MLB leaderboard with 32 on the year -- one more than Billy Hamilton.

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    • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Diagnosed with small fracture
      3h ago

      Manager Torey Lovullo said Nick Ahmed has a small fracture in his right hand, but will undergo further tests.

      Ahmed left Tuesday's game after he was hit by a pitch, and subsequent evaluations confirmed the difficult scenario. A trip to the disabled list appears to be on the horizon for the backup shortstop, meaning Daniel Descalso will assume that duty behind regular starter Chris Owings. Expect Ahmed to return sometime after the All-Star break, depending on what trainers deem to be the best course of recovery.

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    • Jean Segura SEA SS
      Mariners' Jean Segura: Hits fifth homer in Tuesday's loss
      10h ago

      Jean Segura went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

      The home run was Segura's first since May 18, and just his fourth extra-base hit since that date (19 games). Segura, who is 7-for-13 on stolen-base attempts this season, has not attempted a steal since returning from an ankle injury last week.

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    • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Exits after being hit by pitch
      13h ago

      Nick Ahmed exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals early after being hit by a pitch in the wrist/forearm area, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.

      Ahmed was 0-for-3 at the plate before being removed from the game in the bottom of the eighth inning after being pelted by a 99 MPH fastball from Trevor Rosenthal. Ahmed will likely undergo testing Wednesday, at which point we'll receive word on the severity of his injury.

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    • Daniel Descalso ARI LF
      Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso: Contributes another multi-hit effort
      33m ago

      Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      It's the fourth straight contest that Descalso has produced at least four hits. While Descalso lacks the power most teams prefer from an outfield spot, so long as he remains reasonably productive at the dish, he should hold down the fort as the Arizona Diamondbacks ' primary left fielder until Yasmany Tomas (groin) is cleared to return from the disabled list.

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    • David Peralta ARI RF
      Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Sends game to extras with solo shot
      44m ago

      David Peralta went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      With the Arizona Diamondbacks trailing 5-4 entering the ninth inning, Peralta kept his team alive with a leadoff shot off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh to tie the game. It was the fourth home run in what's been an impressive June for the outfielder, who is hitting .355/.405/.579 with 21 runs and 12 RBI on the month.

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    • Gregor Blanco ARI CF
      Diamondbacks' Gregor Blanco: Stuck in 0-for-15 slump
      1h ago

      Gregor Blanco went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings.

      Blanco has filled in capably for the most part as the Arizona Diamondbacks ' primary center fielder and leadoff hitter while A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) has been sidelined since mid-May, but the luster is beginning to wear off. With another hitless showing Tuesday, Blanco has now gone 0-for-15 in his last three starts. Blanco's struggles have allowed Rey Fuentes to take on a larger load in the center-field timeshare of late, but with Pollock having resumed his rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Tuesday and likely only a few days away from returning from the 10-day disabled list, both Blanco and Fuentes will soon see most of their fantasy appeal diminish.

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    • Michael Brantley CLE LF
      Indians' Michael Brantley: Ready to provide consistency in battered outfield
      1h ago

      Michael Brantley (ankle) went 1-for-4 Tuesday against the Rangers in his first game back from his time on the disabled list.

      Brantley has been out since June 15 due to stints on both the paternity list and disabled list, but was able to hit a single in his return to action anyway. The left fielder's return will provide consistency for Cleveland's outfield, which just recently saw Brandon Guyer (wrist) return from injury while both Abraham Almonte (biceps) and Austin Jackson (quad) remain out.

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    • Adam Frazier PIT LF
      Pirates' Adam Frazier: Ready for June to end
      1h ago

      Adam Frazier went hitless in five at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.

      He's hitting .204/.263/.278 in his last 118 plate appearances with no homers and three stolen bases. Frazier is in jeopardy of losing his table-setter slot while batting leadoff with his month-long slump. Starling Marte (suspension) will also likely cut into his playing time in mid-July when he returns from an 80-game steroid suspension. At that point, Frazier may be reduced to a utility player, depending on the team's injury situation.

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    • Manuel Margot SD CF
      Padres' Manuel Margot: Strikes out twice in return to action
      1h ago

      Manuel Margot (calf) was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return Tuesday against Atlanta.

      It was the first game back for the San Diego Padres ' center fielder, who had been out since May 24 with a calf strain. Margot will slide back into the leadoff spot, where he's hitting .250/.297/.383. He is also 5-for-10 this year on stolen base attempts.

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    • Nick Martinez TEX SP
      Rangers' Nick Martinez: Could be moved back to bullpen this week
      1h ago

      Manager Jeff Banister said that either Nick Martinez or Austin Bibens-Dirkx would start Friday against the White Sox, with the other pitcher heading to the bullpen, William Kosileski of MLB.com reports.

      With Cole Hamels (oblique) returning from the disabled list earlier this week and Andrew Cashner (oblique) in line to do the same Thursday, the Texas Rangers will have to drop a starter from the rotation. Given that Bibens-Dirkx has delivered a pair of seven-inning, one-run outings in his last three starts, he looks like the heavy favorite to get the Friday nod over Martinez, who has turned in a 4.79 ERA over his 11 starts this season. Assuming that's indeed the case, look for Martinez to be available as the Rangers' designated long man out of the bullpen for the team's remaining five games this week.

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    • Logan Allen SD SP
      Padres' Logan Allen: Promoted to High-A
      2h ago

      Logan Allen , 20, was promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-3 southpaw posted a 2.11 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 85:26 K:BB in 68.1 innings (30.1 percent strikeout rate) for Low-A Fort Wayne, so the promotion was well earned. He may not be able to match the realistic frontline upside of Lake Elsinore teammates Anderson Espinoza or Cal Quantrill, but Allen has a chance to one day pitch in the middle of a big-league rotation.

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    • Drew Pomeranz BOS SP
      Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz: Pitches through rain delay
      5h ago

      Drew Pomeranz (7-4) allowed one run (none earned) on four hits while striking out seven over five innings in Tuesday's 9-2 win over Minnesota.

      A nice effort from Pomeranz, who came back out to pitch following a 75-minute rain delay during the second inning. For a pitcher that's been criticized by various members of the area's media for his toughness, Pomeranz showed moxie Tuesday by pitching three innings after the delay and saving Boston's bullpen. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last seven starts. He's next scheduled to start Sunday on the road in Toronto.

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    • Charlie Morton HOU SP
      Astros' Charlie Morton: Makes second rehab start
      7h ago

      Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two over four innings in his second rehabilitation start at Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

      Morton got up to 47 pitches (29 strikes) in his second rehab start and will require at least one more rehab start before returning to the Houston Astros ' rotation. The Astros are targeting a return before the All-Star break. He's been surprisingly effective in 2017, reinventing himself as a high-strikeout pitcher. His 10.1 K/9 this season is a career high, besting his previous high of 7.2.

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    • Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP
      Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff: Will throw bullpen session Wednesday
      8h ago

      Jerad Eickhoff (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

      Eickhoff is missing his start Wednesday as he recovers from an upper back strain. The Philadelphia Phillies will decide on the next step for the righty after he throws his bullpen session. He may be able to skip a rehab start and return to the rotation on July 4.

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    • Matt Cain SF SP
      Giants' Matt Cain: Goes six in no-decision
      9h ago

      Matt Cain gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

      This is about as good as it gets for the modern-day version of Cain. He has five quality starts in 16 turns this year, and just three since the end of April. Cain has managed more than three strikeouts just once in his last 11 starts, and home runs are a mounting concern. He's a high-risk, low-reward fantasy option.

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    • Paul Sewald NYM RP
      Mets' Paul Sewald: Scoreless relief outing Tuesday
      2h ago

      Paul Sewald provided three innings of scoreless relief in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins, giving up two hits and striking out three.

      The 27-year-old rookie has been a little too prone to blowups to be a reliable fantasy asset, but Sewald's 39:9 K:BB in 32.1 innings is strong and his 3.01 FIP and 3.68 xFIP suggest his 4.45 ERA is due to more than a little bad luck. Expect him to continue working in low-leverage situations moving forward.

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    • Seung-Hwan Oh STL RP
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      Seung-Hwan Oh was charged with his third blown save of the season Tuesday. He gave up two hits, including a home run, in one inning against Arizona.

      David Peralta, the first batter Oh faced, went yard and the Diamondbacks went on to plate the winning run the following inning. While it was just his third blown save in 19 attempts this season, Oh has been shaky lately even when he's ultimately pulled through, allowing seven runs over his last eight appearances. Fortunately for Oh and his job security, Trevor Rosenthal has struggled to a greater extent throughout June, posting a 6.97 ERA for the month.

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      Neil Ramirez failed to record an out Tuesday against the Marlins, allowing a hit and a walk to lead off the seventh inning before watching both runners come around to score and getting charged with the loss.

      The 28-year-old right-hander has been a disaster since joining the New York Mets in mid-May, posting a 6.46 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 19:15 K:BB in 15.1 innings. Ramirez has already bounced through three organizations this season, and it may not be long before he's looking for a fourth.

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      Angels' Huston Street: Pitches in seventh inning Tuesday
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      Huston Street tossed a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

      Pitching in the seventh with a four-run deficit, Street retired Trayce Thompson, Mike Freeman and Chase Utley on total of nine pitches. He has now turned in back-to-back perfect frames since returning from lat and triceps issues, but Street's role is unsettled, as is the case with the entire Los Angeles Angels bullpen. Perhaps the 33-year-old will work into the save mix eventually, but Blake Parker (who recorded the last save for the Angels), Cam Bedrosian, David Hernandez and Kenyan Middleton are all factors at the back end, and Bud Norris (knee) is inching closer to a return.

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      Mariners' Edwin Diaz: Manager critical after sloppy outing
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      Edwin Diaz was charged with four unearned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning against the Phillies on Tuesday.

      While the runs go as unearned, it was Diaz's own throwing error that extended the inning. Manager Scott Servais did not hide his displeasure with Diaz's performance in what was a non-save situation, telling the Tacoma News Tribune, "[Diaz] had not been out there in five days. But he's got to realize, I've got to get him in the game. We've got to try to keep him sharp. You've got to have your edge with you." The 23-year-old Diaz has been good in save situations, converting five straight opportunities since his temporary demotion in mid-May.

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      Rays' Adam Kolarek: Called up by Rays
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      Adam Kolarek was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays following Tuesday's game, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The 28-year-old earns his first big league promotion following an impressive start to the season with Triple-A Durham. Kolarek owns a 1.36 ERA and a .217 BAA over 31 relief appearances this season, becoming well-known for his ability to induce ground balls from hitters (7.25 GO/AO). He takes the place of the struggling Jose Alvarado and will most likely be used in low-leverage situations out of the bullpen.

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      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Could undergo further evaluation
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      Matt Holliday (illness) could be sent back to New York for further evaluation if he's not able to return to the lineup Wednesday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

      Holliday already went through some testing after missing his third straight game with an allergic reaction, and though everything came back fine, the 37-year-old reported that he still didn't feel ready to return to game action. It sounds as though it's still a day-to-day situation, but if Holliday continues to not feel any better the door could open for a brief DL stint.

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      Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Strikeout woes continue Tuesday
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      Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Indians.

      That's back-to-back three-strikeout games for Choo, who had only struck out three times in a contest just once before this season. Since he's batting just .192 and has struck out in 42.4 percent of his plate appearances while starting each of the last seven games, Choo seems like a good candidate to receive a day off in the near future.

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      Athletics' Ryon Healy: Slugs go-ahead grand slam Tuesday
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      Ryon Healy went 1-for-4 with a grand slam during Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Astros.

      The A's and Astros were locked in a 1-1 tie through five innings before Healy blew the game open with his sixth inning grand slam off reliever James Hoyt. The 25-year-old has now driven in 25 RBI during the month of June and is proving to be a reliable run-producing fantasy asset at the hot corner this season.

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      Angels' Albert Pujols: Gets day off Tuesday
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      Albert Pujols is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.

      The Los Angeles Angels are without a DH for the second straight game, giving Pujols a chance to get a rest day following his start at first base Monday. The 37-year-old has played in every game this month, despite posting an batting average of .208 during that stretch, so expect him back in the No. 3 hole when the team returns home Wednesday.

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      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Not in lineup Tuesday
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      Matt Holliday (illness) is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

      It will be the third straight game Holliday doesn't start after the 37-year-old was held out of Sunday's contest due to an allergic reaction. Initial blood work has come back alright, according to Pete Caldera of The Record, but a trip to the DL may follow if the issue doesn't resolve itself in the next couple days.

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      Astros' Carlos Beltran: Out of lineup Tuesday
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      Carlos Beltran is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the A's.

      As has become a common theme this season, Beltran is getting a routine day off following a stretch of starting four straight games. The 40-year-old is still providing a source of offense at the plate, smashing four home runs this month, but his .239 average leaves something to be desired. Evan Gattis will take over as the DH.

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