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Rick Porcello, SP, DETHot7/27/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLHot7/27/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit one out of the park for the fifth time in his last 11 games Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Holliday has raised his OPS from .740 to .791 since July 8. He's hitting .269 with 10 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs this season.
Roenis Elias, SP, SEA7/27/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run and struck out six over five innings Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Elias' first three starts of July were miserable. He allowed 11 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in the first two and left his last start with a forearm cramp. The Cuban rookie has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 110 Ks in 123 1/3 innings this season.
David Freese, 3B, ANA7/27/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday at Detroit.
Insight: Freese has had a poor season, hitting .245 with six homers and 34 RBI in 277 at-bats. He has a career worst 28.2 percent K rate.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold7/27/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin (knee) will go on the disabled list, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Quentin left Friday's game with knee soreness, which has been a chronic issue for him. He pinch-hit Saturday and was initially in the lineup Sunday, but he was scratched. There's no reason to own him in any leagues.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP7/27/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) is expected to come off the disabled list Monday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Plantar fasciitis has kept Gyorko out since June 4. The 25-year-old will return to a .162 average, five homers, 24 RBI and a .483 OPS after hittting .249 with 23 homers in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/27/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to Oakland to have his neck examined, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. He missed two of the past three games and won't be with the team for the three-game series that begins Monday at Houston.
Josh Harrison, IF/OF, PIT7/27/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh utilityman Josh Harrison went 4-for-6 with a double and a homer Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Harrison was a questionable choice for the NL All-Star team, but there's no denying he's been a valuable utility player for Pittsburgh this season, filling in at second, third and both corner outfield spots. He's picked up 282 at-bats and hit .294 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 13 steals.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COLHot7/27/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado homered for the second straight game and the third time in his last five games Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: Arenado's missed more than five weeks with a broken finger and went 5-for-34 (.147) in his first nine games back in the lineup, but he's started to wake up at the plate. He's gone 12-for-38 (.316) with four doubles and three home runs in his last 10 games.
Mike Minor, SP, ATLCold7/27/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor beat the Padres Sunday, but it wasn't exactly an encouraging start for the left-hander.
Insight: Minor allowed three runs on eight hits (2 HR) in 6 2/3 innings to the light-hitting Padres. The 26-year-old has given up 76 hits (10 HR) and 39 earned runs in his last 49 innings (7.16 ERA, 1.86 WHIP). Minor entered Sunday's start with a 26.5 percent line-drive rate and he now has a 15.2 percent HR/FB. It's safe to cut him in re-draft leagues.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot7/27/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 Sunday and has gone 27-for-72 (.375) in July.
Insight: Ackley hasn't homered since May 11 and has just four homers, 32 RBI, 37 runs and three steals in 315 at-bats this season. While he's mashed this month, he's also driven in just five runs and scored seven in that span.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BALHot7/27/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has posted a 1.82 ERA in July.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed one run on eight hits in six innings Sunday at Seattle, but he took a no decision. He's 5-5 with a 3.77 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 75 Ks in 102 2/3 innings.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA7/27/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Zunino has hit 15 homers this season, but he's batting just .209 with 37 RBI, 36 runs and a .677 OPS. Catcher is a weak fantasy position, but you can probably do better.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot7/27/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in four of the past six games.
Insight: Duda has 18 jacks to go with 56 RBI on the season. He's hitting .259 but has reached base at a .356 clip and slugged .500.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/27/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team hopes to decide Monday or Tuesday when center fielder Angel Pagan (back) will begin a rehab assignment, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14. He hasn't suffered any setbacks and should be back in the first week of August.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/27/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still experiencing symptoms of his concussion, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice on July 19. Every time he's shown improvement it has been followed by a setback.
Doug Fister, SP, WASHot7/27/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister won his fourth straight start and fifth straight decision Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Fister threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He's fanned only 54 batters in 90 1/3 innings, but he's made up for it by going 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE7/27/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has given up four runs on 13 hits and struck out 13 in 12 innings since being recalled on July 22. He held the Royals to three runs, struck out seven and walked none in seven innings Sunday.
Insight: Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he figured things out at the end of June. His upside is immense.
Yan Gomes, C, CLEHot7/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday.
Insight: Gomes has hit .439 with three home runs in his last 12 games. Between Gomes and Carlos Santana, the Indians have two catchers who rank in the top five at the position in home runs.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLEHot7/27/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana went deep twice Sunday, giving him five homers in the past three games.
Insight: Santana has gone 14-for-23 (.609) with six homers and 10 RBI in his last six games and is suddenly batting .232 with 20 home runs, 50 RBI and an .827 OPS. He's raised his average 27 points and his OPS 101 points in that span.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL7/27/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six in seven innings Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Nelson is the Brewers' top prospect. He's been very good in three of his four starts this season but got bombed in the other and holds a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 23 innings. Nelson had a 1.46 ERA and 114 Ks over 111 innings in the hitter-friendly PCL, so he's worth a look in most leagues.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/27/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has won four straight starts and allowed two runs in 27 1/3 innings during that span.
Insight: deGrom held the Brewers scoreless on four hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday. The rookie has a 2.79 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 83 Ks in 87 innings this season. He should be added in all leagues.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/27/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve hit his second home run in seven games Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Altuve went 3-for-4 and leads the majors with 148 hits and a .344 average. He also stole his 42nd base Sunday. Altuve has surprisingly emerged as fantasy's top second baseman this year.
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU7/27/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh (fingernail) allowed four runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: McHugh hadn't pitched since he left his start on July 6 after one of his fingernails ripped off. The right-hander has struck out 102 batters in 88 2/3 innings this season and has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
David Ortiz, DH, BOSHot7/27/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Ortiz was one of the top performers for the fantasy week from July 21-27. He hit .285 with five home runs and 12 RBI in seven games.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC7/27/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was strong again Sunday against the Cardinals (6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB) and is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP after his first three starts in the majors.
Insight: Hendricks had a 3.59 ERA and a 97/23 K/BB over 102 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa this season prior to his call-up earlier this month. He'll likely be in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL7/27/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright fired seven scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits and walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings his last start, but he's gone 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in July. He's posted an ERA south of 2.00 in three of the four months this season.
Roberto Hernandez, SP, PHI7/27/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez beat the Diamondbacks Sunday for his fifth win of the season.
Insight: Hernandez has allowed six runs in 20 2/3 innings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 4.48 to 4.14, but he struck out just five batters in that span and 10 in his last five starts.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI7/27/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 3-for-8 with a homer, two RBI and two walks in two games since he returned to the lineup.
Insight: Howard was benched for three straight games and expressed frustration with manager Ryne Sandberg's decision on Thursday. The past two games, he's played like a man who doesn't want to go back to the bench.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYYHot7/27/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has started eight straight games and hit safely in all of them.
Insight: Cervelli went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season Sunday. He's been seeing a lot of time because Brian McCann has had to play first base with Mark Teixeira out. He'll likely move back to the bench when Teixeira returns Tuesday or Wednesday, though he could be a trade target for catcher-needy teams.
Juan Francisco, 3B, TOR7/27/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco smacked his 16th homer of the season Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Francisco has done his damage in just 223 at-bats this season. The 27-year-old also has 96 strikeouts so he's hitting just .242.
Chase Headley, 3B, NYYHot7/27/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley homered Sunday for the first time with the Yankees.
Insight: Headley has gone 8-for-23 (.348) with two doubles and a homer since the trade from San Diego. He's hitting .330 in July.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/27/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago and he's been out of the lineup in two of the past three days.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/27/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has hit just two homers in July after blasting five in each of the previous two months.
Insight: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Houston. The 23-year-old has hit 16 home runs and driven in 55 runs this season.
Ian Kennedy, SP, SDP 7/27/2014 3:06:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Ian Kennedy will miss his start on Monday due to left oblique soreness, but he won't go on the disabled list yet. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: The injury likely assures that Kennedy will still be with the Padres after the trade deadline, which is good news for fantasy owners. He's been very good for San Diego this year, going 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 143 Ks in 135 1/3 innings.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold7/27/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Quentin left Friday's game with knee soreness, which has been a chronic issue for him. He pinch-hit Saturday and was initially in the lineup Sunday, but he was scratched. There's no reason to own him in any leagues.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/27/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) will begin a rehab assignment Monday, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: If all goes well, Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) will push to return when he is first eligible on Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/27/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLECold7/27/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out Sunday with an illness.
Insight: He sat out Saturday for the same reason but should be back Tuesday after Cleveland's off day on Monday. Chisenhall has predictably fallen off after batting .393 in his first 168 at-bats. Over his last 126 at-bats, he's hit .206 with nine RBI and a .604 OPS.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/27/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) is out again Sunday.
Insight: Gonzalez rolled his ankle before Saturday's game. The 28-year-old has delivered underwhelming production and is on pace to play less than 100 games this season. He's played 135 games or less in each of the past three seasons and never played more than 145.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/27/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez (knee) is back in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Alvarez left with discomfort in his left knee Tuesday and hasn't started since. He's gone 12-for-54 (.222) with two home runs in July.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINCold7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/27/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira (lat) is targeting Tuesday or Wednesday for his return to the lineup, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: New York skipper Joe Girardi is optimistic that Teixeira will avoid the disabled list. The first baseman will miss his seventh straight game Sunday.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/27/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is expected to return from his quad injury on Monday. SOURCE: Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Insight: Gennett (.305, 8 HR, 34 RBI) felt good during running drills Sunday morning, but the Brewers will give him one more day off, his fifth in a row, to rest his strained quad.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/27/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has gone 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI since he returned from a hand injury, but he's 1-for-17 (.059) with five strikeouts in his career against Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: San Francisco acquired Peavy from the Red Sox on Saturday. Ramirez is hitting .278 with 11 homers, 12 steals, 51 RBI and an .840 OPS this season.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/27/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, but he has a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Pence is 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Even with the recent slump, Pence is still batting above .300 for the third straight month.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/27/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios has gone 10-for-46 (.217) in his career against A's starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Rios' string of nine straight seasons with double-digit homers is likely going to come to and end in 2014. He has just four home runs and 16 steals after averaging 22 homers and 32 steals the past two years.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEXCold7/27/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has batted just .167 (5-for-30) over his last seven games.
Insight: Beltre is also just 6-for-29 (.207) with 11 Ks in his career against Athletics starter Scott Kazmir, so look elsewhere for a third baseman Sunday rather than spending the good chunk of change it will require to use Beltre.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL7/27/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario is 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers in his career against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Rosario's numbers (.238, 9 HR, 36 RBI) are well off from last season (.292, 21 HR, 79 RBI) because he's batted just .180 with a .545 OPS on the road. The good news is that Sunday's game is at Coors Field and Volquez will start against Colorado.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/27/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) may return to the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Ryan Sweeney, CF, CHC7/27/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago outfielder Ryan Sweeney has gone 3-for-7 with two homers and five RBI his last two games and he's mashed against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Wainwright is one of the best in the game, but Sweeney is 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles and a homer against him. He's only hitting .224 with a .588 OPS, but is a decent fantasy option Sunday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/27/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out the past five games. He's hitting .247 with nine homers, 39 RBI, 52 runs and seven steals this season.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot7/27/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in more than half his at-bats against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Brantley is 11-for-21 (.524) with two doubles against Chen. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARIHot7/27/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is out of Sunday's lineup against the Phillies with a bruised right hand.
Insight: Hill was hit by a pitch Saturday. It's unfortunate timing, as he's batted .410 (16-for-39) with six doubles and two homers in his last 10 games and has great numbers against Sunday's starter Roberto Hernandez.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILCold7/27/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez is in a 2-for-26 (.077) slump and he'll get a day off. Elian Herrera is starting in his place.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/27/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has homered in the last two games and will face Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ Sunday, which makes him a good fantasy option.
Insight: Beltran is 7-for-20 (.350) with a double and three homers against Happ. Beltran's OPS reached .700 for the first time since June 5 on Saturday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY7/27/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has picked up six hits, including two homers, in 11 at-bats against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Jeter has batted exactly .272 in three of the four months this season and .275 in the other. He has just 13 extra-base hits in 367 at-bats. However, he could be a good and inexpensive option Sunday.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TAM7/26/2014 11:32:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, just off the disabaled list, pitched well for his first start since July 8.
Insight: Hellickson has missed most of the season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year, but his career ERA is 3.69 and it's 1.00 through his first two starts this season.
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX7/26/2014 11:27:00 PM
Description: Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch left Saturday night's game in the sixth inning with a sore left knee.
Insight: Tepesch has yet to show he's fantasy worthy. His record dropped to 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters at this time.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLEHot7/26/2014 11:24:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit two homers Friday and added a third Saturday night giving him 18 on the season.
Insight: Santana has raised his batting average from .205 to .226 with a 11-for-20 streak over the past four games.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS7/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Saturday to give him homers on back-to-back games for the first time since Aug 2012.
Insight: Ramirez has three consective two-hit games to raise his batting average to.285 with 46 RBI and 51 runs scored. He's become a solid fantasy shortstop option.
Chris Sale, SP, CWSHot7/26/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale shut out the Twins for eight innings giving up just five hits and striking out 12.
Insight: He's now 10-1 on the season with a 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 122 strikeouts in 110 innings. That's as good as any pitcher in baseball.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL7/26/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams knocked out a couple of extra base hits and knocked in four runs Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Adams has been solid, particularly since his return from injury and is seeing plenty of playing time with Allen Craig struggling with his swing. He's not hitting as many home runs and many expected, but he's batting .320 with 47 RBI in 88 games.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL7/26/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski made a successful debut with three hits and an RBI.
Insight: With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but its been two seasons since he was a fantasy-worthy starter.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE7/26/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Update: He's a late scratch due to illness.
Insight: Chisenhall has hit .200 in his last 10 games after a fast start, but is still batting .313 this season with an .861 OPS.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/26/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: One reason the Giants traded for Jake Peavy Saturday is their concern for Matt Cain's elbow.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely and possibly may not return this season. That news probably won't kill fantasy owners who haven't gotten much from Cain in 2014.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CINHot7/26/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto was masterful again Saturday, yielding just four harmless hits over seven innings in a 1-0 Reds win over Washington.
Insight: Cueto's ERA is now 2.08 as he notched his 11th victory of the season. He's certainly among the top-three pitchers in the NL.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/26/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez (knee) is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Alvarez has played sparingly since Tuesday, when he left with discomfort in his left knee. Alvarez has gone 12-for-54 (.222) with two home runs in July.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp missed Friday, but is back in his customary leadoff spot for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/26/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez injured an ankle before Saturday afternoon and will not start tonight.
Insight: Gonzalez homered Friday night. He's not hitting anywhere close to preseason expectations (.250, 10 HR, 36 RBI, .748 OPS).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/26/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. Efren Navarro will get the start in left field and has batted .313 in limited action (64 ABs).
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/26/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran blasted a home run against the Blue Jays Saturday.
Insight: Beltran is still hitting just .227 with 12 homers, 34 RBI and a .732 OPS, but has homered in back-to-back games for the first time since mid-April.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/26/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last four games and is out again for Saturday's game.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. He's not much more then a fill-in shortstop for fantasy owners, batting .247 with a .699 OPS, but he has scored 52 runs and knocked in 39 and has been the subject of trade talks.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup. Update: Craig is not in the starting lineup.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/26/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is not in Saturday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Ozuna is just 1-for-15 over the past four games and can probably use the night off. He has hit 15 homers and driven in 54 runs.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/26/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Saturday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino has a six-game hitting streak, but has played the last four games and the Red Sox don't want to overwork him.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/26/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is not in Saturday's starting lineup against the NY Mets.
Insight: Gennett exited Tuesday's game due to tightness in his right quadriceps and hasn't played since. He's batting .305 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs, six steals and an .824 OPS this season.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI7/26/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: It's just a routine day off for the catcher. Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start, but has zero fantasy value.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS7/26/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is execpted to miss 6-8 weeks with a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman had gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. it's his second trip to the disabled list this season.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL7/26/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Machado hasn't played since July 21 due to back trouble. He 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.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA7/26/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off after a night game. Zunino isn't batting for a high average (.202), but has knocked out 14 homers with 36 RBI this season.
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC7/26/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Cubs young relief pitcher Neil Ramirez was send to Iowa of the PCL.
Insight: A bit confusing since the 25-year-old right-hander was pitching excellent baseball. He has not given up an earned run in his last 12 outings. Ramirez is 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA, 0.929 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 28 IP.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL7/26/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Cardinals new catcher A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate on Saturday and bat sixth.
Insight: Pierzynski was cut by the Red Sox earlier this month after hitting .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS. He batted .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. With Yadier Molina (thumb) out, Pierzynski should see most of the starts behind the dish for St. Louis, but he's not an option in standard leagues.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/26/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) may have suffered a setback in his recovery, according to National Post reporter John Lott.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury. The sooner he returns, the better for fantasy owners, but now it may not be next week as expected.
Jake Peavy, SP, BOS7/26/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has reportedly been traded to San Francisco.
Insight: Peavy is just 1-9 this season with a 4.72 ERA and 1.427 WHIP. Perhaps the Giants hope his return to the NL will spark a revival. He has a career record of 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.962 WHIP versus the division rival Dodgers.
Juan Francisco, 3B, TOR7/26/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Just a routine day off. Francisco's hot May (.284, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 1.013 OPS) is a distant memory, but he's been a respectable 3B fantasy option for most of the season.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN7/26/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Washington and Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: He's just 5-for-33 (.151) over the past seven games so perhaps this routine day off will help.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/26/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't been able to produce as he did in 2013, but he's still a .275 hitting shortstop with 11 HR and 50 RBI. Avoid him Saturday.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/26/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hot right now but faces a tough matchup against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Pence has batted .354 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. However, he's just 4-for-41 (.098) against Kershaw.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL7/26/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is 6-for-16 (.375) with a pair of homers against Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Ramirez is having another good season, hitting .275 with 12 homers, 47 RBI and a .763 OPS in 287 at-bats. He's always been a very good RBI man with nine seasons of 90 RBI or more.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/26/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .375 hitter (9-for-24) with three home runs against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game with back spasms, sat out Thursday, but returned Friday night. His favorable matchup along with four homers in the past six games makes him a must start.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAM7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .333 batting average (8-for-24) with two home runs against Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Insight: Joyce is one of four Rays starters (Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist are the others) batting over .333 for their career versus Lackey.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE7/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Chisenhall has hit .200 in his last 10 games after a fast start, but is still batting .313 this season with an .861 OPS.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE7/26/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 10-for-17 with two home runs against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Kipnis hasn't been hitting well over the past two weeks, batting just .171 over the last 10 contests. Kipnis is hitting .247 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 38 runs and a .677 OPS, but he's a good play Saturday.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/26/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORHot7/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Just off a two-homer night, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has another favorable matchup Saturday versus Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista is 7-for-18 (.389) with a pair of home runs against the left-hander. The slugger has reached the 20 home run mark and leads the league with a .412 OBP.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot7/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-7 (.714) against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson
Insight: Ellsbury has had a good week batting .364 over the past six games. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/25/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN7/25/2014 11:29:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: Perez hasn't done much in July, but he's still batting .285 on the year and is one homer away from tying his career high of 13.


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