Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, double, two RBI, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 loss to the Twins.
The veteran slugger was consistently on the basepaths, and put together his second three-hit day in the last three games. Ortiz also posted his third multi-RBI game over his last five contests, and is slashing .317/.392/.667 over 63 at-bats in July.
Martinez has struggled in July, hitting just .156 (10-for-64) with a slash line of .156/.236/.313 heading into Saturday's game.
VMart has three home runs this month, but two were hit on July 1. In fact, that day was his most recent multi-hit game. Martinez is in the line-up to hit and only hit, but this slump has made him a liability in the clean-up role. Slumps can be expected, but he's well past 30 with a history of serious injuries. There's still gas in the proverbial tank, but right now, you should let him pick up a few splinters on your bench while you wait this out.
Gattis went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, two runs and four RBI Saturday against the Angels.
Gattis got the Astros on the board with a three-run blast in the second inning before launching his 15th homer of the campaign to add some insurance. He's now hit safely in five of his last six games and is slashing .224/.289/.451 on the season.
He was forced to miss one start due a hand contusion, but Gattis will step back in Saturday to face right-hander Jered Weaver. Gattis has failed to hit or get on base at a palatable clip so far this season, but his fantasy value has been salvaged to a significant extent by his power production and return to catcher eligibility.
Rodriguez is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants, Newsday's Steven Marcus reports.
The Yankees will deploy Carlos Beltran at DH and Aaron Hicks in right field, giving Rodriguez the day off against righty Johnny Cueto. He is hitting just .206/.256/.364 on the season and has failed to approach last season's surprising bounce-back campaign.
Vargas is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 25-year-old has hit the ground running since his return to the majors, going 12-for-39 (.308 average) with 10 of those hits going for extra bases. Vargas will head to the bench Friday against a southpaw (Eduardo Rodriguez), as he did Monday the last time the Twins faced a lefty, but it looks like Vargas will be a regular part of the Minnesota lineup against right-handed pitching moving forward.
Dickerson notched his third consecutive multi-hit game Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI against the A's.
After two games at Coors Field in which he relived the glory days, Dickerson was able to keep it going in Oakland's much less hitter-friendly stadium. His average has hovered around .200 much of the year, but the 27-year-old has it up to .241 now, marking its highest point since late April. In fact, in July as a whole, he's hitting .352.
Ortiz went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI against the Twins on Thursday.
Apparently, this guy is 40 years old and about to retire, not a 27-year-old superstar in his prime. You wouldn't know it from the stat line, as Ortiz is carrying a 1.096 OPS -- the highest mark of his career. Every year, he comes too cheap in fantasy drafts, and every year, he pays off the owners who dish out the extra buck to acquire him. Maybe he shouldn't retire so soon.
With A.J. Reed being sent down earlier Thursday without a corresponding move, there was speculation that the Astos were going to promote top prospect Alex Bregman. However, it's Tucker who will be joining the Astros for their weekend series against the Angels. Tucker struggled mightily with the Astros before being sent down in mid-May, slashing .176/.213/.353, but he turned things around a good bit down at Triple-A Fresno by compiling a .306/.354/.519 slash line to go with eight home runs and 14 doubles. He'll add depth to both corner outfield spots and at DH while with the Astros.
Alvarez is out of the lineup Thursday, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina reports.
He'll predictably sit against lefty CC Sabathia, although he is the Orioles' only healthy bench bat Thursday, so he'll likely get a pinch-hit opportunity if one arises. Alvarez has hit eight homers in just 24 games since the start of June, making him a useful option in deeper formats despite the irregular playing time.