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  • Howie Kendrick LF | PHI

    Phillies' Howie Kendrick: Will come off DL Monday

    Kendrick (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Manager Pete Mackanin said he will bring Kendrick along slowly to make sure he is healthy. The veteran has been sidelined since mid April with an oblique strain. Kendrick will likely see most of his action in left field and third base. If he hits, he'll find himself in the lineup more often than not as Mackanin is searching for offense on his struggling squad.

  • Giants' Gorkys Hernandez: Gets start in left Sunday

    Hernandez started in the left field and went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Braves.

    The veteran outfielder got a rare start in left field due to his success -- albeit in a small sample size -- against R.A. Dickey (2-for-7 with a home run). The move paid off, as Hernandez delivered two hits and produced two runs for a struggling Giants offense. Despite injuries opening up playing time in the outfield, the 29-year-old is unlikely to see a regular role due to his paltry ,173 batting average.

  • Johnny Cueto SP | SF

    Giants' Johnny Cueto: Bounces back Sunday

    Cueto (5-4) turned in a quality start Sunday, firing six innings of one-run ball while striking out eight in a win over the Braves.

    It was a nice bounceback performance from the 31-year-old after he gave up nine runs over his last two outings. Cueto was dealing with blisters on his throwing hand in his last start, but he was able to pitch through the minor ailment with little resistance Sunday. The veteran still owns a sub-par -- by his standards -- 4.37 ERA, but a 3.54 xFIP indicates that there are better days ahead for the Giants' interim ace.

  • Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Collects two hits in start Sunday

    Barnes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    The veteran catcher received his lone start of the week in place of Yasmani Grandal and delivered at the plate. Barnes has been effective as a backup, slashing .264/.381/.528 in 63 plate appearances.

  • Dodgers' Franklin Gutierrez: Leaves game with illness Sunday

    Gutierrez left Sunday's game in the first inning with an illness, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

    The illness is being reported as the same gastrointestinal/autoimmune problems that caused the veteran slugger to miss the entire 2014 season. While an official timetable hasn't been released yet, it sounds like Gutierrez could be sidelined for a while.

  • Cody Bellinger LF | LAD

    Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Homers off lefty Sunday

    Bellinger's lone hit in four at-bats was a three-run home run off of Jon Lester in Sunday's 9-4 win over the Cubs.

    The rookie's 10th homer of the season was also his third off of a southpaw. Bellinger has actually experienced a little more success against lefties this season (.300/.364/.600 in 33 plate appearances) compared to right-handers (.263/.341/.575 in 91 plate appearances). This all but ensures that the 21-year-old will not fall into a platoon anytime soon. Bellinger continues to be one of the more pleasant fantasy surprises of the 2017 season.

  • Sergio Romo RP | LAD

    Dodgers' Sergio Romo: Being used situationally

    Romo retired both of the Cubs batters he faced for his sixth hold of the season Sunday.

    After the game manager Dave Roberts mentioned that he views Romo as "matchup guy." His usage this season tells the story, as eight of his 20 appearances have been less than an inning. The 34-year-old was expected to compete for the Dodgers' setup role when he signed this offseason, but if he is going to be used primarily as a right-handed specialist (ROOGY?), then higher-leverage situations -- along with the majority of hold opportunities -- should go to Pedro Baez and Josh Fields.

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Roughed up Sunday

    Kershaw was hit around by the Cubs on Sunday, giving up four runs on 11 hits (three home runs) over 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out six in a game where the Dodgers would eventually prevail 9-4.

    The Dodgers' ace didn't have his best stuff in this one, failing to escape the fifth inning for the first time this season. Surprisingly, this was the second time that the southpaw surrendered three homers in the same outing, with the other instance coming against the Rockies on April 8. Even with Sunday's poor performance, Kershaw still owns a 2.37 ERA, which is a testament to how dominant he has been this season. Expect the 29-year-old to bounce back in his next start against the Brewers on Friday.

  • Andrew Knapp C | PHI

    Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Paces offense in loss to Reds

    Knapp went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Reds.

    It was Knapp's third homer of the season and first since last Tuesday. The 25-year-old is more of a utility bench bat, backing up Cameron Rupp behind the dish and Tommy Joseph at first base, so he's unlikely to see consistent at-bats for the Phils unless an injury opens up more time.

  • Scott Feldman SP | CIN

    Reds' Scott Feldman: Evens record with win over Phils

    Feldman (4-4) allowed four runs on eight hits (one home run) while walking none and striking out four over five innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.

    Feldman wasn't anything special in this one, and he was bailed out by Cincy's offense as they smacked five long balls to support him. The 34-year-old veteran has a very mediocre 7.5 K/9 and has surrendered seven home runs in his 11 starts. He's more of a matchup-based streaming option in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, and he has an intriguing matchup with Atlanta his next time on the bump.