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3 years agoAs they could all be on the verge of being named starters to next week’s All-Star game, the stars of Chicago’s infield once again showed up to play. Addison Russell remained the club’s hottest hitter, picking up his third consecutive two-hit game. Today, the hits were home runs, as he drove in three RBI and continued his recent string of productive games. Kris Bryant, meanwhile, returned from his injury last night and promptly smashed a home run to left. He leads the majors with 25 long balls. Anthony Rizzo would also record a hit and score a run, completing the trifecta.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoComing off two consecutive losses, including a season-worst in Miami, veteran right-hander John Lackey was solid over the weekend against the Mets. Unfortunately for him, his followup start today was disastrous. Lackey lost his fifth game of the year this afternoon against the Reds, a team who beat him in April as well. The 37-year-old was tagged for six runs on six hits and five walks in six innings, striking out four but walking away a loser. His season ERA, which was at 2.78 prior to his last three starts, is now at 3.50. Lackey’s next start will likely come immediately after the All-Star break.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoThe Twins will give the ball to Tommy Milone once again for a start on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Milone is likely pitching for his job, as he has failed to get out of the fourth inning in his two starts for the Twins since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Milone has a 6.23 ERA in 30.1 innings as a starter in Minnesota this season, and has completed the fifth inning just once in seven starts. Oakland presents a tough challenge, as the Athletics have several regulars who are known to smash left-handed pitching. Milone should be avoided in all fantasy formats.--Michael VanHoose - RotoBaller
3 years agoAt long last, Jose Reyes will be making his return to Queens, as he’ll start at third base and hit leadoff tonight for the Mets against the Miami Marlins. Reyes played in 11 games for the Mets’ minor league system, going hitless in two games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, while picking up seven hits in 29 plate appearances for Binghamton. In other news, second baseman Neil Walker will get the night off against the left-handed pitcher, with Wilmer Flores getting the nod instead. Flores is coming off a six-hit, four-RBI performance on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years ago23-year-old Tyrell Jenkins, who is ranked as Atlanta’s seventh top prospect, will make his first major league start tomorrow. Replacing Julio Teheran, Jenkins will face off against Jeremy Hellickson and the Philadelphia Phillies. Jenkins, a native of Texas, has gone 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. This season he’s made four appearances in relief for Atlanta, giving up six runs in nine innings of work. Three of those four appearances came against the Marlins, while his most damaging appearance came against the Cleveland Indians.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter getting recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs days ago, infielder Will Middlebrooks will get a start at third base tonight as the Brewers take on the Washington Nationals. The 27-year-old was hitting .282 with 10 home runs with Colorado Springs. After a couple of strong stints for the Red Sox four and three years ago, Middlebrooks has fallen off, ultimately winding up in the minors. Tonight will be his 2016 season debut, taking over for Aaron Hill.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoJuan Uribe will take the day off, allowing Lonnie Chisenhall to move from the outfield to third base. Abraham Almonte has played in both games since his return from suspension and has gone hitless so far. He will sit today while Tyler Naquin re-enters the lineup. Chisenhall will bat sixth, while Naquin bats eighth against Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers. Sanchez has been bad this season with a 6.05 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Start your Tribe players in this one.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoMike Trout will take a rare day off tonight, allowing Daniel Nava to enter the lineup to face Jake Odorizzi and the Rays. Shane Robinson will move over to center field, while Nava handles left field. Nava is hitting only .225/.287/.300 on the year mainly facing right-handed pitching. His .222 average in June doesn’t inspire much hope either. Trout will re-enter the lineup tomorrow. Odorizzi threw six innings against the Angels earlier this season, allowing two earned while striking out four in a Rays win.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoRussell Martin will take a rest day today, allowing Josh Thole to play catcher and bat ninth against Chris Young and the Royals. Martin’s bat finally came alive in June, when he hit .262/.398/.446 with three HRs and 15 RBI. So far in July he hasn’t let up, hitting .278/.381/.444 over 18 at-bats. The same cannot be said for Josh Thole. He hit .111/.226/.111 during June, and is only hitting .127/.225/.169 on the season. Martin should re-enter the lineup tomorrow. On the season, Young holds a 6.24 ERA. Roll with your Blue Jays in this one.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoComing off a 12-5 Independence Day blowout loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway, the Texas Rangers will regroup for another game tonight without a couple of starters. First baseman Mitch Moreland and outfielder Nomar Mazara will sit out, as per usual when the club faces a left-handed pitcher. Today, that pitcher is David Price, but there could be more to the story for Mitch Moreland, who’s also been dealing with a tight calf muscle.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoWith Wade Davis headed to the DL until after the All Star Break, Joakim Soria or Kelvin Herrera is expected to get the nod from manager New Yost. On the surface, Herrera's outstanding numbers (1.40 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 49/7 K/BB ratio) should certainly win him the job, but Yost is famously committed to veterans with experience, so Soria could also get the job. Fantasy owners should spring for the better pitcher though, so Herrera is the recommended add.--Billy Stonick - RotoBaller
3 years agoExactly a week after landing on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, 27-year-old closer Alex Colome has been activated by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dominican native has posted a 1.76 ERA in 29 appearances, successfully converting 19 of 19 save opportunities. In other news, right-hander Alex Cobb will make his first rehab start tomorrow for the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 28-year-old hasn’t seen action in two MLB seasons following Tommy John surgery and continued setbacks.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter another solid day at the plate, Derek Norris finished in pain behind it. Norris was hit on his elbow by the follow-through on Brandon Drury's swing and left the game for X-rays. Although no damage was found, he will likely sit out tonight's game, leaving Christian Bethancourt to start. Bethancourt has had a decent season in limited action (.267/4/13 in 90 AB) but does not possess enough offensive upside to be a starter on fantasy rosters. Meanwhile in Triple-A, Austin Hedges is hitting .560 with five HR and 14 RBI over the past week. He will likely appear on the Padres roster after the break.--Pierre Camus - RotoBaller
3 years agoRyan Hanigan has been activated from the disabled list today by the Red Sox. He has been out since June fourth dealing with a bulging disc in his neck. Christian Vazquez has been sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hanigan and Sandy Leon will split time behind the plate moving forward. Hanigan has only hit .186/.250/.229 this season with the Red Sox, and only hit .200/.323/.240 during his eight game rehab stint in Pawtucket. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoSan Diego second baseman Cory Spangenberg is making strides as he recovers from the quad injury that has cost him two full months. Out since late April, Spangenberg ran yesterday at the Padres facility in Arizona and is said to be at 65 percent. After he went down, the Padres turned to Jemile Weeks and eventually Ryan Schimpf to take over the position, but neither has been able to duplicate what Spangenberg did in April. The move to Arizona is a strong indicator that the 25-year-old’s rehab could be headed into a new gear.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller