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Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM 7/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (illness) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Granderson also sat out Tuesday due to an illness. He's gone 1-for-12 with seven Ks over his last three games and is batting .250 with three homers and a .757 OPS in July.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA 7/23/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez made a strong bid to keep the fifth spot in the rotation with 10 Ks over seven innings (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings over his last five starts, but he's walked 18 batters during that span. Taijuan Walker, who will start Wednesday, is also an option for the No. 5 spot. However, James Paxton is expected to return in early August so both Walker and Ramirez could be out of luck.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/23/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over seven innings Tuesday at Seattle.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, striking out 79 batters in 80 2/3 innings and recording a 3.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The rookie is still available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/23/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/23/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is expected to go on the disabled list, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman has gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. He already missed six weeks this season with a fractured thumb.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/23/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has gone 2-for-17 since the All-Star break, but he has a good matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp is 4-for-12 (.333) against Houston's Brad Peacock, and all four hits went for extra bases (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR).
Chris Davis, 1B, BALCold7/23/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 6-for-31 (.194) with zero home runs against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Since June 7, Davis has batted .148 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and a .573 OPS with just three multi-hit efforts in 38 games. He shouldn't be used Wednesday.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALCold7/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has struck out 20 times in 66 career at-bats against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: He's batted .227 with two homers and a .641 OPS against Weaver. Cruz also has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with one extra-base hit and 10 Ks in his last 10 games, so avoid him Wednesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/23/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman is 1-for-24 (.042) over his last six games, hasn't homered since June 27 and has a .130 average (3-for-23) against Wednesday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot7/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has batted .395 with 10 RBI over his last 11 games and he has a .455 career average against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward is 10-for-22 with two doubles and a triple against the Miami right-hander. He could be a good option Wednesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/23/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia doesn't have good numbers against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia is 2-for-15 (.133) against Dickey. He's also batting .150 (6-for-40) with one extra-base hit over his last 10 games and has collected just three extra-base hits and zero home runs in his last 27 contests.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI7/23/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado owns a .419 career average (13-for-31) with one homer and zero strikeouts against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: The two were frequent opponents when both played in the NL East. With a .272 average, four homers, 36 RBI, 40 runs and two steals in 375 at-bats, Prado hasn't been a good fantasy option this season, but he's a decent option Wednesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/23/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has shown signs of life the past few games (4-for-12, 1 HR), but he has a poor matchup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is hitting .247 with a .661 OPS against lefties this season and is 3-for-15 (.200) with eight strikeouts lifetime against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL7/23/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is just 4-for-30 (.133) in his career against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Ramirez is having another good season, hitting .284 with 12 homers, 46 RBI and a .788 OPS in 275 at-bats, but he's not a good option Wednesday.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS7/23/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn went deep for the 15th time this season Tuesday, but he doesn't have good numbers against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Dunn (.227) is 6-for-32 (.188) with 14 Ks against Shields, Wednesday's scheduled starter.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS 7/23/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has batted .417 in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ramirez has gone 20-for-48 (.417) with a double, a triple and two home runs against Shields. Give him a try Wednesday.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE7/23/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 6-for-11 with three triples in his career against Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak.
Insight: Swarzak is making his first start since 2012 Wednesday afternoon against the Indians. Kipnis has had a disappointing season, batting .254 with five home runs, 30 RBI, 38 runs and a .698 OPS, but he's a good play Wednesday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PITHot7/22/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker homered for the fourth time in his last 10 games Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Walker is now one home run away from tying his career high of 16. He's batting .286 with 48 RBI, 46 runs and an .831 OPS in 325 at-bats this season. Among second basemen, only Brian Dozier has more home runs.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT 7/22/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and three runs Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Polanco entered the game in a 3-for-35 (.086) slump, but fantasy owners shouldn't give up on the talented prospect.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez hadn't homered since July 1 and has hit just three in his last 53 games, but he still has 15 homers, 65 RBI, 49 runs and a .763 OPS on the year.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC7/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks blanked the Padres over seven innings Tuesday night to pick up his first career win.
Insight: Hendricks had a 3.59 ERA and a 97/23 K/BB over 102 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa this season. He has a shot to remain in the Cubs rotation for the rest of the season.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit five home runs in four games since the All-Star break.
Insight: Rizzo has gone off for eight homers in July and leads the NL with 25 on the year. He's rebounded from a .233 average, 23 home runs and a .742 OPS last year to hit .283 with a .924 OPS this season. His 67 runs rank second among first basemen.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara wnt 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Darwin Barney was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so Alcantara have a starting spot for the remainder of 2014. He batted .307 with 46 extra-base hits (10 HR) and 21 steals in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa before his call-up and has hit .282 with two home runs, seven RBI and three steals in 39 at-bats so far.
Manny Machado, 3B, BALHot7/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Machado has batted .333 with seven doubles, six homers, 12 RBI, 11 runs and a .931 OPS over his last 29 games after hitting .218 with a .595 OPS in his first 37. He has 10 homers in 258 at-bats after hitting just 14 in 667 at-bats last season. Consider him day-to-day.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot7/22/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has batted .347 in July.
Insight: Yelich (.278, .784 OPS) went 2-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Tuesday at Atlanta. He's scored 56 runs in 81 games this season.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot7/22/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has collected multiple hits in six of his last eight games.
Insight: Heyward went 2-for-4 with three RBI Tuesday against the Marlins. He's batting .258 with nine home runs, 42 RBI, 49 runs, 11 steals and a .726 OPS on the year.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot7/22/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton launched his 18th homer of the season Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Upton has gone 20-for-57 (.351) with seven doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.
Mike Minor, SP, ATLCold7/22/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was roughed up again Tuesday against the Marlins. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in three innings.
Insight: Over his last eight starts, Minor has allowed 68 hits (8 HR), 14 walks and 36 earned runs in 42 1/3 innings (7.65 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). The 26-year-old was excellent last season, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but nothing's gone right in 2014. He began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and has gone 3-6 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS7/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went deep for the second straight game Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Drew has gone 8-for-21 (.381) over his last six games after starting out the season 11-for-86 (.128).
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/22/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz homered for the third time in his last two games Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has belted 23 homers and driven in 69 runs to make up for a disappointing .253 average and 39 runs this season.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot7/22/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and a steal Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Reyes has batted .346 with seven doubles, a triple, three homers, 12 RBI, 15 runs and four steals over his last 23 games.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR7/22/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro homered in his second straight game Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Navarro has seven blasts to go with 41 RBI and a .265 average this season. He's been a decent AL-only backstop.
Roenis Elias, SP, SEA 7/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias' forearm "checked out fine," according to manager Lloyd McClendon. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Elias (8-8, 4.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) left Monday's start after 90 pitches due to cramping. The 25-year-old rookie is listed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett exited Tuesday's game due to tightness in his right quadriceps, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Gennett sat out Sunday's game for the same reason, though he was able to pinch hit. He's batting .305 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs, six steals and an .824 OPS this season.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/22/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game with discomfort in his left knee, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Alvarez has gone 12-for-53 (.226) with two home runs in July and is batting .239 with 27 extra-base hits in 383 plate appearances (.070 XBH%) this season. He had a .098 XBH% last season.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/22/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett allowed three homers and four runs in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) was making his first start since July 6. He's attempting to pitch through a torn labrum and two cysts in his left hip.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) is out again Tuesday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/22/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: If that goes well, Jimenez will be cleared for a rehab assignment. He rolled his ankle stepping out of a car earlier this month.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/22/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and will miss his third straight game Tuesday, but he tested his ankle prior to Tuesday's game and says he felt good.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/22/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Mariners plan to recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Seattle pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez one day each, so they need a spot starter Wednesday and Walker was on schedule to start Wednesday for Triple-A. If he pitches well, the prospect could remain in the rotation ahead of Erasmo Ramirez, who will start Tuesday in the fifth rotation spot. However, James Paxton (lat) is nearing his return and could take that spot.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/22/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. SOURCE: Patrick Saunders, Denver Post
Insight: The Rockies have been calling Tulowitzki's injury a quad cramp since he suffered it on Saturday while trying to beat out a hit. Injuries have been the main issue for Tulowitzki in his career -- he averaged just 110 games over the previous four seasons. Josh Rutledge will see regular playing time until Tulo returns.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/22/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara has hit .286 with four doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI, three steals and seven runs in eight games since his promotion.
Insight: Darwin Barney was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so Alcantara will be Chicago's starting second baseman for the remainder of 2014. He batted .307 with 46 extra-base hits (10 HR) and 21 steals in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa before his call-up.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE7/22/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has been called up to start Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Salazar entered this season with a lot of buzz but posted a 5.53 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP while allowing eight homers in 40 2/3 innings. He's recorded a 4.02 ERA and a 67/28 K/BB in 53 2/3 innings since his demotion to Triple-A, and he's been very good since he returned from a triceps strain on June 15 (3.07 ERA, 52/20 K/BB in 41 IP).
Aaron Sanchez, RP, TOR7/22/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays have called up top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez, but he'll pitch out of the bullpen.
Insight: Sanchez has posted a 3.95 ERA in 100 1/3 innings in the minors this season. The right-hander has walked 191 batters in 356 1/3 minor league innings, including 57 this season. He can be ignored in re-draft leagues.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/22/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. Mike Aviles is starting in his place Tuesday against the Twins.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Aybar (.282, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the last three games. He's nine RBI away from tying his career high of 59.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/22/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game and he will miss his third straight game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners, especially for games at Coors Field. Replacement Josh Rutledge has gone 3-for-8 with a homer and two RBI in the past two games.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/22/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is out of the lineup Tuesday due to back stiffness, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: The injury is considered minor. Abreu is available to pinch-hit Tuesday and is expected back Wednesday. The first baseman has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK7/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He's batting just .229 with four homers and 24 RBI.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN7/22/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He's just 1-for-11 over the past three games so perhaps this routine day off will help.
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley has been traded to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Headley hasn't ever reached the levels he posted in 2012, but he'll be an upgrade at 3B for the Yankees. The change in venue from Petco Park to Yankees Stadium will should help Headley's numbers. He's not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: X-rays were negative, but Ramirez is still feeling the pain of a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. Both he and Hanley Ramirez will sit this one out, taking a huge piece of the Los Angeles offense with them. Puig is batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA7/22/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Mike Minor and the Braves.
Insight: That's his reward for producing the game-winning two-run single Monday night, he doesn't have to face a left-hander. He's batting .164 against southpaws this season.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/22/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the lineup Tuesday night with Brock Holt manning center field.
Insight: Victorino (.255, 1 HR, 10 RBI) played a couple of games over the weekend in his return from the disabled list, but sat out Monday's game.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/22/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and didn't play much over the weekend, but returned Monday. This could just be a rountine day off
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDP7/22/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Yangervis Solarte has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Insight: Solarte went 40-for-119 (.336) with 10 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 16/17 K/BB in his first 34 games this season, but he went 23-for-123 (.187) with two homers and seven RBI since then. In pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Solarte will have no fantasy value.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/22/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The 5-foot-5 Altuve leads the AL in hits (135), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.336).
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL7/22/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is just 1-for-13 with five strikeouts against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Stubbs has enjoyed his first season in the light Colorado air, batting .299 with 10 HR and a career-high .837 OPS, but this is not a matchup fantasy owners will like.
James Loney, 1B, TAM7/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is one of the rare hitters with a history of success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Loney is a career .462 hitter (12-for-26) with a 1.154 OPS against Wainwright. He's a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but isn't an everyday fantasy option.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/22/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis is a sweet 7-for-15 (.467) with three home runs versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Davis hasn't done much in July, batting .229 with two homers, but this matchup is too good to pass up. Davis got Monday night off, so should be rested and ready to produce.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS7/22/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is not a high-average hitter nor very good against left-handers, but he's a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with a pair of long balls versus Royals southpaw Bruce Chen.
Insight: Dunn has hit .223 with 14 homers, 39 RBI this season, but just .152 with one home run against left-handers, This matchup goes against everything we know about Dunn.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC7/22/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Cubs backup second baseman Darwin Barney isn't getting regular playing time these days, but could get a rare start Tuesday in a favorable matchup.
Insight: Arismendy Alcantara has been starting most of the time at second base. Barney is a career 6-for-12 with five extra-base hits versus Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/22/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has four career home runs in 19 at-bats against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.
Insight: The slugger has mashed left-handers this season batting .373 with a 1.190 OPS. Stanton hasn't been hitting much of anything of late, however, .154 over the past two weeks, but Minor is still likely to pitch around him in any key situation.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 6-for-36 with a lone double over his last nine games and hitless in the past three contests.
Insight: The "Laser Show" hasn't done much over the first half of the season and fantasy owners are likely growing concerned. Contrary to his career numbers, Pedroia has been better on the road than in Fenway this season.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/22/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is just 1-for-9 this season after missing the first three months due to back problems, but has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Scutaro is a career .483 hitter (14-for-29) against the Phillies right-hander.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a second X-ray on his left hand and passed the test.
Insight: We'd like to see him back on the field Tuesday, but the oft-injured shortstop might miss a little more time.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) had a second x-ray on his hand and it too came back negative.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. He's batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals. The Dodgers need him back, with Hanley Ramirez also sidelined, and we expect him back on the field soon, possibly Tuesday.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX7/22/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees after leaving Monday's game due to a groin injury.
Insight: Soto has spent almost all of this season on the DL with a knee injury.
Jake Smolinski, LF, TEX7/22/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a bruised left foot.
Insight: The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A, but is batting .389 through his first 11 games. The injury bug continues to plague the Rangers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit his eighth home run of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ellsbury went 2-for-4 and is hitting .291 with a .777 OPS on the year. He has batted .331 at Yankee Stadium compared to .263 on the road.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL7/21/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out 11 batters and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran has been outstanding all season, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he's struck out 9.06 batters per nine innings over his last 15 starts after fanning 5.44 in April.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence has batted .352 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. With 12 home runs, 37 RBI and nine steals, he's nowhere close to matching last year's 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals, but he's batting .303 and has scored 71 runs.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/21/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 12 hits and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Monday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: It was Lee's first start in more than two months. The results won't do much to help his trade value. Lee will have one more start before the trade deadline.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS7/21/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 with a victory over the Pirates Monday.
Insight: Ryu allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five over seven innings. He's given up seven hits and two runs over 13 innings in two starts since he was bombed for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 on July 8 at Detroit.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and one RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez is still driving in runs, but he's homered twice in his last 52 games and is batting .256 with a .754 OPS on the year.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS7/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Drew has picked up seven hits in his last 17 at-bats to lift his batting average to .175 on the season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went deep twice and drove in four runs Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz' .251 average and .839 OPS are below expectations, but he's on pace for 36 homers and 111 RBI.
John Lackey, SP, BOS7/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (11-6) permitted just two hits and one run over seven innings Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Lackey's ERA climbed from 2.96 to 3.84 after he allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings from June 23 to July 5, but he's lowered it back to 3.66 after two straight quality starts.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/21/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cabrera went 0-for-1 before leaving the game and is batting .247 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and seven steals this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/21/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN7/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still roughly five weeks away from returning. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN and SiriusXM
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list and batted .250 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 23 games after returning before going back on it on July 8.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/21/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw a bullpen session Monday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before going on the DL. Wilson says he'll probably need a rehab assignment, so he likely won't be back before early August.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA7/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to start Thursday against the Astros, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Alvarez took a comebacker off the left shin Saturday and had to exit his start. He's gone 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 75 Ks in 122 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy owners might want to sell high; because his K/9 is just 5.5 and he doesn't get a lot of run support from the Marlins, his value relies heavily on his ERA.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN7/21/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Perez missed Sunday's game with minor groin soreness. He'll DH Monday and Billy Butler will start at first in place of Eric Hosmer (hand contusion).
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/21/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been scratched from Monday's lineup.
Insight: Hosmer is dealing with a hand contusion, according to Andy McCullough of the KC Star. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Bud Norris, SP, BAL7/21/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Bud Norris has been recalled from Double-A Bowie.
Insight: Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was sent down during the All-Star break so he could get another start after returning from the DL on July 9. He'll start Monday against the Angels.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/21/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has gone 8-for-65 (.123) over his last 18 games, so the Reds will give him a break.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/21/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have pushed starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day and may recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Mets. Walker is scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma, so he would make sense for a call-up.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/21/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: The Giants have placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely. This is his third trip to the DL this season.
Tommy Milone, SP, OAK 7/21/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the team to trade him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are not eager to move him because he may be needed as a replacement later this season. Milone has an ERA of 2.96 at O.co Coliseum and 4.52 on the road in his career, so a trade could hurt his fantasy value depending on where he lands.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL7/21/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program in two weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha had an MRI and CT scan Monday and GM John Mozeliak said the results were positive. He's been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Cano sat out Sunday due to hamstring tightness. He's batted .414 in July and .335 this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck strain, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) hasn't played since July 13 due to the All-Star break, so he's eligible to return on July 29.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and will miss his third straight game Monday. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is not in the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game and will miss his second straight game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners, especially for games at Coors Field.
Adam Lind, DH, TOR7/21/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind (foot) is scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto..
Insight: Lind initially said he would miss 6-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, but a second opinion was more optimistic and it appears the second one was closer to fact. He could be back in early August.


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