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Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS7/29/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs, but he's managed to go 11-for-37 (.297) with two home runs since the break.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie has batted .354 with five doubles, a triple and four homers in July.
Insight: Gillaspie went 3-for-5 with one RBI Tuesday at Detroit and is hitting .327 with an .845 OPS on the season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games and raised his average to .299 with three hits Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Abreu went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. He leads the majors in homers and RBI. He's hit safely in 36 of the last 37 games and batted .356 with 12 homers and 32 RBI during that span.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAMHot7/29/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 36-for-106 (.340) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 16 RBI and 20 walks in his last 28 games.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI7/29/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has batted just .208 in July, but he's also hit six homers, driven in 16 runs, scored 18 and stolen five bags.
Insight: That's been the story for Rollins this season. He's hit .239 but has 14 homers, 47 RBI, 55 runs and 19 steals. Rollins went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Tuesday against the Mets.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI7/29/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was his fifth career grand slam. Utley has had a solid season, batting .291 with nine home runs, 54 RBI, 55 runs and a .792 OPS, though his best two months came in April and May.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DETCold7/29/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/29/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could be cleared to play this weekend, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) finally passed a concussion test Monday after dealing with concussion symptoms since July 19. He'll either join the Giants or go on a short rehab assignment this weekend.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDPCold7/29/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera (hamstring) has been activated from the DL.
Insight: Cabrera has had a miserable season, hitting .218 with 16 RBI, 30 runs and just 13 steals. He can be left on the free agent wire.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET7/29/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion.
Insight: Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/29/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Due to the All-Star break, Morneau only had to miss 10 games due to a neck strain, as he was placed on the DL retroactive to July 13. He's batted .312 with 13 homers, 60 RBI and an .846 OPS this season.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLHot7/29/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge is out of the lineup again Tuesday due to an illness.
Insight: He was scratched from Monday's lineup and isn't ready to return. Rutledge has done a good job filling in for Troy Tulowitzki since Tulo suffered a hip flexor strain on July 19. He's gone 13-for-34 (.382) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI since he replaced Tulowitzki in that game.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS7/29/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It will be his second absence in three games and it appears to be a swollen finger. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL7/29/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the LA Angels due to an illness.
Insight: We're still waiting for the 2013 version to show up. Davis is batting .199 with 17 HR and 51 RBI after blasting 53 homers last season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS7/29/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: No injury that we know of, but it will be his second absence in three games. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLHot7/29/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: The Rockies scratched Josh Rutledge from Monday's lineup due to illness and he is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Rutledge has done a good job filling in for Troy Tulowitzki since Tulo suffered a hip flexor strain on July 19. He's gone 13-for-34 (.382) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI since he replaced Tulowitzki in that game.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI7/29/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Arizona shortstop Chris Owings (shoulder injury) was placed on the 15-day disabled list a month ago and there is still no timetable for his return.
Insight: The shortstop batted .317 with 11 extra-base hits (3 HR), 12 RBI, nine runs and one steal in June and .277 with a .771 OPS for the season. Didi Gregorius has started 15 games in July and is hitting .264 for the month with a single home run and six RBI.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI7/29/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill didn't start Monday against the Reds, but did enter the game as a pinch hitter.
Insight: He's batted .400 (16-for-40) with six doubles and two homers in his last 11 games and should be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN7/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to begin taking batting practice Wednesday after taking swings in the cage Monday without incident.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, before the injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-26 (.385) with five home runs versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Though not having a monster season like a year ago, Ramirez is still a top fantasy shortstop batting .281 with 11 HR, 52 RBI, 48 runs, 12 steals and an .842 OPS.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA7/29/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Despite a six-game hitting streak don't be surprised if Jones (.255, 11 HR, 41 RBI) gets the night off, but even if he's in the lineup fantasy owners should stay far away.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI7/29/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .500 hitter (11-for-22) versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rollins remains a decenrt fantasy shortstop despite batting .239, because he has power (13 HR), can knock in runs (46 RBI) and steal bases (19).
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI7/29/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard is just a shell of the player he once was, but he still has 16 home runs this season and a historically favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
David Wright, 3B, NYM7/29/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .329 hitter (24-for-73) with five home runs versus Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board from a .275 batting average to an OPS down 172 points from .904 last season to .732 after 99 games in 2014, but he does like hitting against Hamels.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL7/29/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds has homered four times in his last five games, but should be avoided against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Reynolds is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against Cobb. Reynolds is from the Adam Dunn school of hitting with 18 homers and 99 strikeouts in 290 at-bats.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL7/29/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Hardy averaged 25.6 home run per season over the past three years, but has just four this season in 96 games. On the other hand his .277 batting average is the highest since 2008, but fantasy owners would probably prefer the long balls.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLHot7/28/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: The Rockies scratched Josh Rutledge from Monday's lineup due to illness, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: Rutledge has done a good job filling in for Troy Tulowitzki since Tulo suffered a hip flexor strain on July 19. He's gone 13-for-34 (.382) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI since he replaced Tulowitzki in that game.
Danny Valencia, 3B, TOR7/28/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays have picked up Danny Valencia from the Royals for Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz.
Insight: Valencia has a .282 average and two home runs in 110 at-bats this season. He crushes lefties (.354 this season, .333 career) and will form a platoon with Juan Francisco at third base until Brett Lawrie returns from the DL in August.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MILHot7/28/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds has homered four times in his last five games.
Insight: Reynolds went 1-for-3 with a solo shot Monday at Tampa Bay. He's hitting .210 with 18 dingers, 38 RBI, 39 runs and a .722 OPS in 290 at-bats this season, so he's not a good fantasy option in most leagues.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/28/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt passed a concussion test on Monday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice on July 19 and has suffered multiple setbacks. He could return during the Giants road trip, which begins Aug. 1 and goes until Aug. 10.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/28/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup Monday.
Insight: Alvarez wasn't in the starting lineup for three straight games due to knee discomfort before returning Sunday. He's healthy, but the Giants are starting lefty Madison Bumgarner.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/28/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Gennett (.305, 8 HR, 34 RBI) felt good during running drills Sunday morning, but the Brewers gave him one more day off, his fifth in a row, to rest his strained quad.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARIHot7/28/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is out of Monday's lineup against the Reds.
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.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI7/28/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Monday night's starting lineup versus Bartolo Colon and the Mets.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off for the 35-year-old after playing 10 consecutive games since the All-Star break. He's batting .291 with eight homers, 50 RBI and 54 runs. Reid Brignac will get the start and he's 5-for-12 (.417) against Colon.
Philip Gosselin, 2B, ATL7/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Just called up Phil Gosselin will make his first start at 2B this season against San Diego Monday.
Insight: He was batting .344 with a .866 OPS at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have used Dan Uggla (now in San Francisco), Tommy La Stella, Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky at second base this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS7/28/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 5-for-11 (.455) versus Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche is batting .273, but more importantly has driven in 54 runs in 85 games. He's become the key RBI man for the Nationals.
David Wright, 3B, NYM7/28/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is just 3-for-24 with 11 strikeouts against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board from a .278 batting average to an OPS down 165 points from .904 last season to .739 after 98 games in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KANHot7/25/2014 11:27:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas raised his average to .200 for the first time all season Friday night.
Insight: He went 1-for-4 with a homer, his 13th of the season, against the Indians. Moustakas has batted .268 with nine homers and an OPS north of .830 in his last 36 games after a putrid start to the season.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLEHot7/25/2014 11:24:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit two homers Friday at Kansas City.
Insight: Santana has 17 homers in 333 at-bats this season and he's raised his batting average from .205 to .222 with a 9-for-16 stretch the past three games.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/25/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu became the first player in baseball to reach 30 homers this season Friday night.
Insight: Abreu went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs at Minnesota. He's hit safely in a remarkable 33 of his last 34 games.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS7/25/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs Friday at Minnesota.
Insight: Ramirez hadn't hit one out since June 27 and has largely faded after hitting .329 with seven homers, 36 RBI, 31 runs and 11 steals in his first 57 games. In his last 46 games, he's batted .228 with two home runs, eight RBI, 19 runs and six steals.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARIHot7/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has hit safely in nine straight games.
Insight: Hill has gone 15-for-36 with six doubles, two homers and five RBI during that span. He's reportedly on the trade block, so he's doing a good job to up his value.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM7/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist bounced back from a 0-for-12 stretch with four hits in four at-bats Friday night against the Red Sox.
Insight: Since June 25, Zobrist has gone 31-for-94 (.330) with six doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs in 24 games. His numbers on the season still aren't impressive, but his versatility (2B/SS/OF) gives him extra fantasy value.
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY7/25/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Headley has gone 6-for-14 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs in four games since the Padres traded him to the Yankees, and New York won all four.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL7/25/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Carpenter has homered twice in the last three games after not hitting one since June 28. He's on pace to bat .282 with 37 doubles, 10 homers, 57 RBI, 103 runs and a .768 OPS, down from .318 with 55 doubles, 11 homers, 78 RBI, 126 runs and an .873 OPS last season.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/25/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said Thursday that he hadn't begun to feel any improvement in his concussion symptoms, but manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that first Belt is "making progress." SOURCE: Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Bochy said the same thing Tuesday and Belt began experiencing symptoms again the following day, so he's not out of the woods yet. Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice last Saturday and later exited the game with dizziness. He's without a timetable.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/25/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is back on the disabled list due to a strained lower back.
Insight: Scutaro missed the entire season prior to July 12 while recovering from a chronic back injury and he took just 11 at-bats before going down again. Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu have been called up to split time at second base.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL7/25/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is out again Friday with lower back tightness.
Insight: Machado hasn't played since July 21. 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. He also has 10 homers in 258 at-bats after hitting just 14 in 667 at-bats last season, but this injury may land him on the DL.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/25/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the left wrist by a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal Sunday and sat out the last three games.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/25/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez (knee) is out Friday.
Insight: Alvarez hasn't played since Tuesday, when he left with discomfort in his left knee. 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.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS7/25/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-16 against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 45 steals and is batting .294 with 54 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/25/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is hitless in eight tries versus Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Sandoval has been batting over .300 for the past month, but its not a great matchup Friday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK7/25/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year Thursday and has a favorable matchup Friday against Texas starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Moss is 6-for-12 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI in their matchups. He's a top-10 RBI guy this season to go along with 23 homers. Start him.
Eric Sogard, SS, OAK7/25/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .700 hitter (7-for-10) against Rangers starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: This might be the only time in his career that fantasy owners should pay attention to the career .231 hitter with six home runs on his five-year resume.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOSCold7/25/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is 0-for-10 against Rays ace David Price.
Insight: Drew has done little to excite fantasy owners batting .170 in 34 games and has had no success versus Friday's starter. Stay away.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot7/25/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a lifetime .478 hitter (11-for-23) with six extra-base hits and a .1.393 OPS versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Reyes has been very good this month, batting .337 in 19 July games. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC7/25/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is just 1-for-16 (.063) against St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly.
Insight: For his career, Rizzo has hit 41 point higher against right-handers, but in 2014 he's hit lefties better than righties by 39 points. Rizzo leads the NL in home runs with 25 and is batting .367 over the past two weeks so may be able to overcome this poor matchup.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL7/24/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is out again Thursday with lower back tightness.
Insight: Machado had an anti-inflammatory injection Tuesday and was expected to miss a couple more days. 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. He has 10 homers in 258 at-bats after hitting just 14 in 667 at-bats last season.
Chris Taylor, SS, SEA7/24/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: The Mariners will install just-called-up shortstop Chris Taylor into the starting lineup.
Insight: Taylor was batting .328 at Tacoma with five homers, 37 RBI, 63 runs and 14 steals. He'll bat ninth. The team continues to search for offense.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAKHot7/24/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss' grand slam gave the A's a commanding 8-1 lead against Houston
Insight: It is Moss' third grand slam of the season and 23 homer of the year. His 71 RBI has him solidly in the top-10.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/24/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.
Ehire Adrianza, SS, SFG7/24/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Giants SS/2B Ehire Adrianza injured his right hamstring Thursday, according to beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Adrianza was playing at second base for injured Joe Panik (ankle). If its serious the Giants may need to bring Dan Uggla up.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/24/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last three games and is out again for Thursday's game against Kansas City.
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.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/24/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the NY Mets.
Insight: Gennett exited Tuesday's game due to tightness in his right quadriceps and didn't play Wednesday. He 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.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL7/24/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez. Update - Simmons is not in the lineup.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Joe Panik, 2B, SFG7/24/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik is not in Thursday's starting lineup due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Panik has not proven that he can hit major league pitching, batting just .210 with a .507 OPS therefore this shouldn't change any lineups. Ehire Adrianza will start but he doesn't have any fantasy value either.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/24/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is questionable for Thursday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Gennett exited Tuesday's game due to tightness in his right quadriceps and didn't play Wednesday. He 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.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/24/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/24/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last three games and is questionable for Thursday's game against Kansas City.
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.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY7/24/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter hasn't done much this year (.270, 2 HR, 27 RBI in 89 games) but at least he's been able to stay healthy for his "goodbye tour." It's surprising he's getting Thursday's game off, however, as he's 3-for-5 with two homers versus Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Brendan Ryan will get the start.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/24/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia has just one hit over the past five games (20 AB) so we like him getting a day off. Being a .269 hitter with four homers, 37 RBI and 50 runs is well below expectations for the former AL MVP.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KANHot7/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .389 hitter (7-for-18) versus Cleveland starter Corey Kluber.
Insight: Moustakas has batted .313 for the week as he closes in on the Mendoza Line (.199). He might be an inexpensive play worthy of a one-day shot Thursday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL7/24/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU7/24/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) versus Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: The diminutive Altuve still leads the AL in hits (139), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.337), but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI7/24/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Though reduced to a platoon role, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be in the lineup Thursday afternoon because of a favorable matchup. Unfortunatelty, Darin Ruf is apparently getting the start.
Insight: Howard is a career .328 hitter (22-for-67) with seven home runs versus Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX7/24/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .424 hitter (14-for-33) with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Beltre has struggled a bit over the past two weeks (9 games batting .200) but he's putting together an excellent season batting .326 with 14 HR, 53 RBI and 52 runs.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/23/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt experienced lingering concussion symptoms Wednesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice Saturday and later exited the game with dizziness. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Belt was "making progress," but Baggarly reports that the Giants are "growing more concerned about Belt" after Wednesday's setback.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/23/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) could be back from the DL next week, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com.
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.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman came into Wednesday with one hit in his last 24 at-bats, zero homers since June 27 and three hits in 23 career at-bats against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, so of course he went deep off Eovaldi in the second inning.
Insight: It appears Freeman was "due." He'll try to keep it going Thursday against Henderson Alvarez (6-5, 2.64 ERA).
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/23/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that the first base position "will be a day-to-day thing," according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: The Phillies plan to get Darin Ruf playing time at first base in the coming weeks. "I'm interested to see what he can do," Sandberg said of Ruf. "I know what (Howard) can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward." Howard has batted .141 over his last 21 games and his OPS is down to .682 on the year. He's still owed $60 million over the next three years.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/23/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: It was his first homer of July. Cabrera has batted .315 with 80 RBI and 61 runs this season, but he's on pace for 25 home runs, down from 44 in each of the past two years. It would be his lowest total since he hit 12 in 314 at-bats as a rookie.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLHot7/23/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge has gone 8-for-20 with two doubles, a triple and a homer since Troy Tulowitzki left Saturday's game with a strained hip.
Insight: Tulowitzki was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, opening up the starting job for Rutledge. Rutledge is batting .302 with an .842 OPS in 126 at-bats this season and should be owned in most leagues. Tulo isn't guaranteed to be back when his 15 days are up.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL7/23/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds connected for two home runs Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Reynolds (16 HR, 36 RBI, 36 R) still has solid pop, but not enough to get us to overlook his .207 average.
Manny Machado, 3B, BALHot7/23/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is out again Wednesday with lower back tightness, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Machado had an anti-inflammatory injection Tuesday and could be out at least a couple more days. 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. He has 10 homers in 258 at-bats after hitting just 14 in 667 at-bats last season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/23/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Matt Williams said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's MRI revealed a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain.
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.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/23/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez (knee) is not in the lineup Wednesday. Josh Harrison is starting.
Insight: Alvarez left Tuesday's game with discomfort in his left knee. 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.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/23/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: The Giants are starting tough lefty Madison Bumgarner, so Howard will sit while Darin Ruf starts at first base. Howard has picked up two hits in two straight games but hit .141 with two extra-base hits over his last 78 at-bats.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/23/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announced. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC Star
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand and it's still bothering him.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/23/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is out Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the left wrist by a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal Sunday and will miss his third straight game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/21/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) is expected to take batting and fielding practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto.
Insight: great news for fantasy owners. The original timetable was 2-4 weeks and he's right at the two week mark today. The Blue Jays slugger has 26 homers and 70 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is expected to miss 3-4 days with a lower lat strain.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) went hitless in the three-game series with Cincinnati and this could be the reason why he struggled.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup. He was hit twice in Sunday night's game, the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball, and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but knowing his past injury history he'll likely miss a few days.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/21/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez will sit Monday night against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: Very understandable as Alvarez is batting just .186 against left-=handers this season. Josh Harrisonn will get the start at the hot corner.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS7/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 44 steals and is batting .296 with 53 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/21/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 2-for-15 with four strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Sandoval has been smoking hot for the past two weeks, batting .405 in the past nine games, but doesn't have a favorable matchup.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness, but is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: The second baseman has batted .414 in July. Cano has batted .335 average with 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned by the leg injury except that he may not steal bases for a while.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) was out of the lineup Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the next two. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/21/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice and left Saturday night's game due to dizziness and didn't play Sunday.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/21/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is probable for Monday's game against Cincinnati due to tightness in his quadriceps.
Insight: Gennett pinch hit Sunday afternoon, so fantasy owners should expect his return. He's been a huge surprise, batting .308 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs and an .834 OPS in 87 games.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) was out of the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's 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.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) has missed three consecutive games to date. Charlie Culberson got another start at first base Sunday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit twice in Sunday night's game the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but he'll likely have another one done and could miss a day.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot7/20/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has hit .311 with eight doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 25 runs over his last 43 games.
Insight: Mercer went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Sunday against Colorado. He started off batting .190 with one home run and six RBI in his first 47 games, but he's turned into a competent fantasy shortstop option.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/20/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit three home runs since the All-Star break and is tied with Giancarlo Stanton for first in the NL with 23 homers.
Insight: Rizzo had just 23 homers in 606 at-bats last season. He's taken 356 at-bats to reach the mark in 2014 and has hit .281 with 53 RBI, 65 runs and a .907 OPS.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATLHot7/20/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run in the past five games Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit just three home runs in his first 90 games this season after putting 12 on the board in 142 games last year.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/20/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Power is just about the only thing the 5-foot-5 Altuve hasn't provided this season. He's batted .336 with an MLB-leading 135 hits, 30 doubles, two triples, 51 runs and 41 steals, but has just three home runs.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU7/20/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and four RBI Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Dominguez has been very good against lefties this season (.303, 7 2B, 5 HR) and is now 5-for-8 with three home runs against John Danks.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STLHot7/20/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has batted .361 with five home runs and three steals in July (10 games), but he's out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Wong is getting a day off, though he hardly needs it. The rookie went 4-for-45 (.089) in the 15 games prior to July.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/20/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has raised his average from .233 to .287 since June 30 by batting .418 over his last 15 games.
Insight: Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second in the past four games, and two RBI Sunday against Milwaukee. He's driven in 14 runs in his last 11 games.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira has gone 0-for-12 in his first three games after the All-Star break and 3-for-24 (.125) since his two-homer game on July 9.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) has been unable to overcome the rise of shifts around the league and is hitting a paltry .083 on ground balls this season. He also has just seven doubles and a career-high 19.5 percent K rate, so he's really become a home-run-or-bust player.
Casey McGehee, 3B, MIAHot7/20/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: McGehee has managed to drive in 56 runs despite hitting just two home runs all season. He's batting .322 with a .786 OPS.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT7/20/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had his second straight three-hit game and hit his 14th homer of the year Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: Walker is just two homers away from tying his career high. He's batting .283 with 14 homers, 45 RBI, 43 runs and an .814 OPS, very good numbers for a second baseman.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL7/20/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Starting at shortstop for the Rockies in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Rutledge went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game with a left quad cramp. He's not expected to need a disabled list stint.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/20/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness.
Insight: Cano has made up for his lack of power (7 HR) with a .335 average, 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. He's dealt with the hamstring injury sporadically this season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. The second baseman has batted .414 in July.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/20/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Aybar strained his groin Friday night. He's day-to-day for now.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the midst of a 5-for-47 (.106) skid that has cut his average down by 34 points.
Insight: LaRoche has great numbers against Sunday's starter Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers -- 9-for-28, three doubles, two homers -- but fantasy owners should avoid him until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL 7/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has gone 0-for-12 in his last three games, but he's smashed Kyle Kendrick in the past.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a homer and four walks against the Phillies starter.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TAM7/20/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar owns a .583 average against Minnesota's Kevin Correia.
Insight: Escobar is hitting just .249 with four homers and a .657 OPS in 281 at-bats this season so he won't cost you much Sunday, but he could be a good option against Correia. He's gone 7-for-12 with two doubles against the right-hander.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU 7/20/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez could be a good low-cost fantasy option Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Dominguez has a .295 average and an .800 OPS against lefties this season, compared to a .209 average and a .580 OPS against righties. He's also gone 3-for-5 with two homers against White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX7/20/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has hit .105 in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Andrus has gone 2-for-19 against Buehrle. The veteran lefty is on the mound Sunday, so steer clear of the Rangers shortstop.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/20/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game. Josh Rutledge is starting Sunday.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/19/2014 11:35:00 PM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is off to a quick start in the second half with his second home run in as many nights.
Insight: Goldy is having another fine season batting .314 with 18 HR, 65 RBI though he's normally a better first-half hitter (.943 OPS vs. .857 OPS).
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 11:20:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution after apparently he was hit in the face during batting practice.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/19/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was forced from Saturday's game after pulling up while running out a ground ball.
Insight: Tulowitzki had 21 bombs, 52 RBI and 71 runs to go with a .342 average and a 1.041 OPS heading into the game. Hopefully the injury-prone star won't be out of action for long. Stay tuned for an update.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC7/19/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs Friday night, but doesn't have a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Insight: Rizzo is just 1-for-10 against left-hander Wade Miley and a career .219 against southpaws although he's turned that statistic around this season (.308, 7 HR, 17 RBI in 91 ABs).
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM7/19/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is hitless in 16 at-bats against Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .267 and his OPS from .726 to .766 since July 1 , but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLECold7/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is likely to sit the second game of the doubleheader with Detroit as he's just 3-for-34 (.088) against Game 2 pitcher Max Scherzer.
Insight: Santana hasn't hit right-handers all season (.184) so there is no reason to think he'll start in this unfavorable matchup.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/19/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is just 1-for-10 versus Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: This is certainly an unfavorable matchup which you should probably avoid despite his great season to date. Tulowitzki has 21 bombs, 52 RBI and 71 runs to go with a .342 average and a 1.041 OPS this season. Hopefully his appearance in the Home Run Derby Monday night won't change his swing.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has faced Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza just six times, but has rapped out four hits including two home runs.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .100 over the past two weeks (3-for-30). He started the second half with another 0-for-4.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-7 with a couple of extra-base hits against youngster Joe Kelly.
Insight: Gonzalez is still knocking in runs, but his .251 batting average is 40 points below his career average. Hopefully the four-day break did him good.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETCold7/19/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Kinsler has two five-game hitting streaks this month, but is hitless in the last two games and doesn't have a good matchup here.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/19/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Cabrera is hitting .308 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .899 OPS this season, but has struggled of late batting just .267 with an .817 OPS over the past four weeks. We expect more for him. We could get it on Saturday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY7/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is 6-for-11 (.545) against Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Teixeira has put up 17 homers and 48 RBI this season, but you will have to live with his low batting average (.239).
Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS 7/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Royals.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs. Before that stretch he had a .299 average, five home runs and an .840 OPS on the season.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/18/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run since June 20 Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cabrera hasn't come close to matching his 25-homer, 17-steal 2011 season. He's on pace for 15 home runs and 12 steals this year.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE7/18/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis smashed two home runs and drove in four runs Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Kipnis hadn't hit one out of the park since April 21. He has five home runs in 300 plate appearances this year after blasting 17 in 658 a year ago.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFGHot7/18/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 11-for-25 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: Sandoval batted .173 with two home runs and six RBI over his first 35 games this season, but he's put up a .335 average, 10 home runs and 37 RBI over his last 58.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/18/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett hit his eighth homer of the season Friday at Washington.
Insight: Gennett batted .397 with 15 extra-base hits (4 HR) in June and he's gone 13-for-44 (.295) with five extra-base hits (2 HR) in July. Overall, he's hitting .309 with 34 RBI, 42 runs and five steals.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEXHot7/18/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Beltre has batted .362 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 47 RBI and 43 runs over his last 66 games. He leads the AL with a .337 average.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP7/18/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) has begun his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
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.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/18/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is day-to-day with a stiff neck, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Scutaro sat out the entire season until July 12 due to a chronic back injury. The stiff neck could be related to his back ailment.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA7/18/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 2-for-19 (.105) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in 24 June games. He has hit four in the first two weeks of July and has 20 homers for the season.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC7/18/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Castro (.276, 11 HR, 52 RBI) has bounced back from last season and is putting together another solid season. Just don't use him Friday in an unfavorable matchup.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL7/17/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has returned to the team after flying home to be with his family following the tragic death of his nine-month-old son. SOURCE: Greg Matzek, 620 WTMJ
Insight: Segura will travel with the Brewers on their three-game trip to Washington this weekend but may not play every day yet. Segura was an All-Star in 2013, but he declined in the second half last year and has batted .232 with four homers, 23 RBI and 15 steals in 2014.
Adam Duvall, 3B, SFGHot7/15/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants minor league 1B/3B Adam Duvall leads the PCL in home runs (26) among his 44 extra base hits and 1.012 OPS.
Insight: The 25-yesr-old Duvall won't find a full-time spot with the big club unless Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval are injured, traded or leave via free agency.


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