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Jake Smolinski, LF, TEXHot7/10/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski doubled home two runs in the first inning Thursday night giving him six hits in his last seven at-bats.
Insight: The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A so we can't expect his production at this level to be a long-term.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN7/10/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter.
Insight: It's never good when a speed guy injuries a leg, but the fact he was used on as a pinch hitter is a good sign.. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY7/10/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner wa out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain on Wednesday and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Gardner was checked for a hernia, but a doctor ruled it out. The left fielder has been one of New York's top players in 2014, batting .287 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 15 steals.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/10/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran suffered two small facial fractures in a Wednesday afternoon batting practice incident, but may not need a disabled list stint.
Insight: Beltran hopes to be back in a couple of days, though there is a concern if he also suffered a concussion.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK7/10/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Thursday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's batting .291 with seven homers, 31 RBI, 47 runs and 16 steals this season. Often injured, this appears to be a routine day off.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/10/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (back) is back in the lineup for Thursday's finale with Philadelphia.
Insight: Braun (.291, 11 HR, 49 RBI) has been out of the starting lineup three of the past four games with a back injury. He's always hit Phillies pitching well (.396, 17 HR, 40 RBI, 1.174 OPS in 187 at-bats).
Ben Revere, CF, PHI7/10/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup. Tony Gwynn Jr. will get the start.
Insight: Revere (.290, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 40 runs) has 26 steals to place him among the leaders. No injury that we know of, just a routine day off.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COL7/10/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is questionable for Friday's game against Minnesota due to a sore left wrist.
Insight: Dickerson has been dealing with a hamstring issue and now this. He's hitting .327 with 11 homers, 34 RBI, 37 runs, six steals and a .981 OPS.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN7/10/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Just a day of rest. Bruce had homered in three consecutive games until Wednesday's game. The Reds Thursday lineup looks like a Triple-A roster due to rest and injuries.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE7/10/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) is on a 3-4 week timetable for his return.
Insight: Bourn with a running issue makes him a non-factor for fantasy owners for a while even when he returns to the lineup. He's batting .267 with 3 HR, 21 RBI, 37 runs and seven steals.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN7/10/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's never good when a speed guy injuries a leg, but hopefully he'll only miss a couple of days. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month. The Reds keep losing key players. Joey Votto went on the DL this week and Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game as well with a sprained left thumb.
Chris Denorfia, RF, SDP7/10/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Chris Denorfia is one of the few hitters who has been successful against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Denorfia (.257, 1 HR, 15 RBI) doesn't get many plays by fantasy owners, but he's a career .310 hitter (9-for-29) with three home runs against Kershaw. Denorfia has hit just 36 home runs in nine seasons.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot7/10/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is a .333 hitter with a pair of home runs against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Martinez has become one of the Tigers best hitters, batting .329 with 12 HR, 38 RBI and a 1.005 OPS in 51 games. He's one of four likely starters who are hitting at least .300 against Guthrie.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN7/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just 2-for-17 with nine strikeouts versus Detroit starter Drew Smyly.
Insight: Gordon went for an MRI on a sprained right wrist Wednesday so combined with this poor matchup should have him sitting again Thursday.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL7/10/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is having an All-Star season, but he's never been able to do anything with Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Cruz is leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases, but is 0-for-10 against Gonzalez and Gonzalez is pitching as well as anyone in baseball right now. Gio has gone three straight starts without yielding a run.
Justin Ruggiano, RF, CHC7/10/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano is batting .407 this week, but does not have a favorable matchup against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: The career .256 hitter is as hot as he's every been, but Ruggiano is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in his meetings with Bailey. Look elsewhere.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN7/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sprained right wrist. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC Star
Insight: Gordon is going for an MRI. He hurt himself sliding against the Indians and said he currently cannot swing the bat.
Jayson Werth, RF, WASHot7/9/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth homered for the third time this month Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Werth also had a double and a walk Wednesday and is hitting .440 with nine extra-base hits over 25 at-bats in July. He batted just .259 with 10 extra-base hits (2 HR) over 51 games from May 2 to June 30.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINHot7/9/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: The Reds keep losing key players. Joey Votto went on the DL this week and Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game as well with a sprained left thumb. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month. His main weapon is his speed, so a hamstring injury could be troublesome.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/9/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte was placed on the bereavement list on Wednesday. SOURCE: Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Marte will be out for at least the next three days, including Wednesday, due to the death of his mother-in-law.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot7/9/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun went yard for the 10th time this season Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Since May 29, Calhoun has batted .353 with nine doubles, seven homers, 18 RBI and 32 runs in 34 games (27 starts). He's a must-add in all leagues.
Drew Stubbs, CF, COLHot7/9/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs has homered in three of the past five games.
Insight: Stubbs has a 29.3 percent K rate so he's unlikely to keep his batting average at .294. However, he has nine homers, 11 steals and 37 runs so he has some fantasy value.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL7/9/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon has gone 4-for-8 with a double and two homers over the last two games.
Insight: Blackmon started out hitting .352 with nine homers, 29 RBI, 34 runs, eight steals and a .998 OPS in his first 38 games, but he predictably tailed off. He hit .239 with three homers in 50 games from May 13 to July 7. He still has excellent numbers on the year, a great home ballpark and a favorable lineup spot as Colorado's leadoff hitter.
Seth Smith, RF, SDPHot7/9/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: San Diego outfielder Seth Smith has gone 8-for-22 with three doubles, two homers and four walks in July.
Insight: Smith ended June in a 0-for-17 slump and his average fell to .273. He's back up to .281 with 10 homers, 27 RBI and an .892 OPS.
Joc Pederson, OF, LOS7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson has returned to the lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Pederson has been out since June 24 with a separated right shoulder. He has hit .319 with 17 homers, 20 steals and a 1.005 OPS for Albuquerque this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/9/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (knee) was in Wednesday's lineup after sitting out the past two games, but he was scratched after being hit below the eye by a ball. SOURCE: Meredith Marakovits, YES Network
Insight: While taking batting practice, Beltran hit a ball off the bottom of the screen and it bounced back and hit him. The injury just about sums up the day the Yankees have had -- Masahiro Tanaka was also placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness and Brett Gardner was scratched with an abdominal strain. Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and he's been dealing with swelling in his right knee. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY7/9/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner was checked for a hernia, but a doctor ruled it out. The left fielder has been one of New York's top players in 2014, batting .287 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 15 steals.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot7/9/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen has collected just four hits while fanning 10 times in 26 at-bats (.154) against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: McCutchen should be in all standard league lineups, but daily league players should spend their budget elsewhere Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL 7/9/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-21 (.381) with a homer and six walks against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward went 3-for-4 Tuesday but has gone just 10-for-57 (.175) with two extra-base hits in his last 17 games and is hitting .247 with a .705 OPS on the year. He should only be used when the matchup is perfect, and Wednesday is one of those occasions.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYMHot7/9/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson had a .141 average, a .470 OPS and one homer in his first 26 games this season, but he's batted .278 with 11 doubles, a triple, 13 homers, 35 RBI, 40 walks, 35 runs and a .915 OPS in his last 61 games.
Insight: Granderson has homered in back-to-back games and four of his last eight. His OPS for the season is up to .782. Granderson has only 11 hits in 46 career at-bats (.239) against Braves starter Ervin Santana, but that includes two doubles and five home runs. He'll face Santana Wednesday.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORCold7/9/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has rocked Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the past.
Insight: Bautista is 8-for-18 (.444) with a double and a homer against Wilson, who will start against the Blue Jays Wednesday. Bautista has gone 7-for-41 (.171) since June 19, but he's a must-start against Wilson.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS7/9/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has gone hitless in 18 career at-bats against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Kemp (.275, 8 HR, 34 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form. He's followed up a 0-for-16 stretch with seven hits in his last nine at-bats, but he shouldn't be used Wednesday against Scherzer.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KANHot7/8/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk a steal and two runs Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Cain is batting .322 with 11 steals this season, though he has very little power and has benefited from a .397 BABIP.
Torii Hunter, RF, DETHot7/8/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has gone 13-for-24 (.542) with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Hunter batted .185 over his previous 119 at-bats before the past six games, but he's back on track.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot7/8/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Martinez has hit safely in all seven games this month and is batting .331 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and a 1.017 OPS in just 169 at-bats this season.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot7/8/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley had his fifth straight multi-hit game and his 14th homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brantley is now hitting .328 with 14 homers, 60 RBI, 59 runs, 10 steals and a .920 OPS. The 27-year-old is one of this year's breakout fantasy stars and he'll represent the AL in the All-Star game next week.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK7/8/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) could begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He'll be back following the All-Star break but shouldn't be on any fantasy teams.
Ryan Braun, RF, MILHot7/8/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he doesn't expect Ryan Braun (back) to miss many more games, if any.
Insight: Braun (.291, 11 HR, 49 RBI) has been out of the starting lineup three of the past four games with a back injury.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINHot7/8/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double and two steals Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton has batted .330 with 11 doubles, a triple, three homers, 21 RBI, 17 runs and 14 steals over his last 27 games.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINHot7/8/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce has gone 4-for-12 with three homers, seven RBI and five runs in his last three games after going 0-for-21 from June 29 to July 5. This is nothing new for Bruce, who may be the streakiest hitter in the league.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/8/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team has had to pull Shane Victorino away from his rehab assignment again due to "increased symptoms" in his back.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. Farrell said the earliest Victorino will resume his assignment is Thursday. He's played just 21 games this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/8/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup again Tuesday with swelling in his right knee.
Insight: Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and now he has a knee injury to worry about. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Ryan Braun, RF, MILHot7/8/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun is a career .474 hitter with two home runs against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Update: Braun is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Braun has always "owned" Phillies pitching. He's a career .396 hitter with 17 homers and a 1.174 OPS against Philadelphia, but perhaps the back is acting up again.
Ryan Braun, RF, MILHot7/8/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun is a career .474 hitter with two home runs against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Braun has always "owned" Phillies pitching. He's a career .396 hitter with 17 homers and a 1.174 OPS against Philadelphia.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALHot7/8/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .381 hitter *8-for-21) versus Nationals starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Cruz is making the most of his opportunity in Baltimore, leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases. The slugger took Stephen Strasburg out the opposite way Monday night and the wind will be blowing out to right on Tuesday night. He's a must start.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/8/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has struck out in half his 14 at-bats versus Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Werth has hit just .143 against Norris. The right fielder's offensive game hasn't matched last year (.318, 25 HR, 49 extra base hits, .931 OPS). He's hitting for a lower average and less power. This matchup should be avoided.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN 7/7/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce homered for the second straight game Monday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce started at first base with Joey Votto sidelined. He's one of the streakiest hitters in the league and could be streaking in the right direction now after going 0-for-21 from June 29 to July 5.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN7/7/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton drove in four runs Monday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton had one RBI on a single in the fifth inning and cleared the bases with a triple in the eighth. The 23-year-old has proven there's more to his game than just speed since the start of June.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALHot7/7/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has gone 11-for-16 with three doubles, two homers and five RBI in his last three games.
Insight: He was 3-for-5 with a home run Monday at Washington and once again leads the majors with 28 longballs and 73 RBI.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANCold7/7/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Gordon (.269, 9 HR, 44 RBI) had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats (.075). His inclusion on the 2014 AL All-Star team is as much about his defense as it is his hitting. According to FanGraphs, he leads baseball with a UZR of 23.9.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARI7/7/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo (foot) is expected to return immediately after the All-Star break, according to Steve Gilbert of mlb.com.
Insight: Trumbo has been sidelined since April 22 due to a stress fracture in his foot. He was hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI before he got hurt.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/7/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun (back) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Braun left Saturday's game with lower back spasms and didn't play Sunday. The 30-year-old has had a solid season (.288, 11 HR, 49 RBI, .847 OPS) but has been below the level he played at his first six seasons.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup Monday with swelling in his right knee, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and now he has a knee injury to worry about. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYY7/7/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is the odd man out with the Orioles on the road in a National League city.
Insight: Slumping Chris Davis will start at first base and Nelson Cruz in the outfield leaving Pearce to a pinch hit role. Pearce is having an excellent season, batting .326 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in just 172 at-bats.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT7/7/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is not in Monday's starting lineup, it will be Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison in the outfield tonight.
Insight: After an 11-game hitting streak to start his career, he's batted just .204 over the past 14 games.
Justin Ruggiano, RF, CHCHot7/7/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano is 16-for-35 (.457) over the past two weeks.
Insight: Ruggiano has been particularly good away from Wrigley Field this season, batting .328 with a .955 OPS on the road. The Cubs are in Cincinnati tonight.
Chris Dickerson, LF, CLE7/7/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson get the start in left field Monday night for the Indians.
Insight: Dickerson hit well at Triple-A Indianapolis, batting .309 with an .886 OPS, but his last major league experience in Baltimore not very good (.238, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .666 OPS).
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/7/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will start at first base Monday night.
Insight: With Votto sidelined, Bruce could gain 1B eligibility. Bruce has got to be the streakiest hitter in the big leagues. When he's hot you have to start him every day, but when he's cold it doesn't matter whether its a good matchup or bad. Bruce has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is struggling to find his swing, batting just .147 over the past four weeks and faces a pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma that has had his number.
Insight: Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/7/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 1-for-12 (.073) against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Bautista leads the league in on-base percentage (.419). He's also batting .296 with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs and a .941 OPS this season. With all that he should be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot7/7/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .382 hitter with seven extra-base hits and a 1.082 OPS versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Add that McCutchen is 11-for-22 with two doubles, two triples and one home run in his last five games. It's hard to imagine him much hotter as he enters this favorable matchup.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/7/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is a career 11-for-21 (.524) against Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton.
Insight: Craig's impressive season of a year ago is a distant dream as he's batting just .249 with seven homers and 43 RBI. Perhaps this matchup can get him going
Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC7/7/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz is 9-for-19 (.474) against Cincinnati Reds tight-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: After an impressive 21 homer season a year ago, Schierholtz has struggled, batting just .212 with five homers and 31 RBI in 77 games, but has a favorable matchup Monday.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot7/6/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a triple and home run against the Phillies on Sunday.
Insight: McCutchen is now 11-for-22 with two doubles, two triples and one home run in his last five games. It's hard to imagine him much hotter.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/6/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with home run and two RBI Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: With Chase Utley in a slump, Byrd is the only Phillies hitter doing anything (.266, 18 HR, 52 RBI). He might bring value in a traded deadline deal.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN7/6/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce ended a six-game hitless streak with a home run in the eighth inning.
Insight: Bruce has got to be the streakiest hitter in the big leagues. When he's hot you have to start him every day, but when he's cold it doesn't matter whether its a good matchup or bad.
Alfonso Soriano, RF, NYY7/6/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Soriano was batting .221 with six homers and 23 RBI which simply wasn't enough production for a guy with an $18 million salary.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/6/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has a .340 lifetime average against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco (16-for-47).
Insight: Beltran hasn't been close to what the Yankees expected him to be this season, but he's a good enough hitter to turn things around quickly. Though he's struck out 11 times against Nolasco, he also has a home and 16 hits against him, so there's a chance he has a productive afternoon.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN7/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been dreadful against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in 12 career at-bats (.083 average, one hit, five strikeouts)
Insight: Willingham's average has dropped 82 points since June 11 (.311 to .229) and he's not a good bet to turn things around this afternoon against Kuroda as his lifetime numbers against him are poor and he's hitting righties worse than lefties this year, too.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN7/6/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 15-for-44 with two home runs and nine RBI against Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Bruce, like Brandon Phillips, has great numbers against Gallardo and has been struggling of late, so perhaps he's due for a big afternoon. Three of his 15 hits against the Milwaukee righty have been doubles and he's also walked four times and stolen two bases against him.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL7/6/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) with a pair of home runs versus Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Gomez is batting .303 with 13 homers, 45 RBI, 52 runs, 14 steals and a .880 OPS. He's a must start.
Ryan Ludwick, LF, CIN7/6/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't played much of late, but has a favorable matchup against Gallardo. He's a career .375 hitter (12-for-32) with three home runs in their matchups.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL7/6/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 41 RBI this season.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE7/6/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn left Saturday night's game with a left hamstring injury and not unexpectedly is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Bourn with a running issue makes him a non-factor for fantasy owners. He could miss a few games.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/6/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun left the game in the second inning of Saturday's contest against the Cincinntai due to lower back spasms and is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: No surprise here. Braun just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Friday night. He's batting .289 with 11 HR and 49 RBI. Not exactly up to his previous standards, but not horrible. Logan Schafer (.176) is in right field Sunday in Braun's place, but he has no fantasy value.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN7/6/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon will not be in Sunday's starting lineup against Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Gordon in an unfavorable matchup. He is just 4-for-22 (.182) against Kluber, so this is a well-timed day of rest.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL7/5/2014 11:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz had five hits in the nightcap, just missing the cycle.
Insight: Cruz hit home run No. 27 to tie White Sox 1B Jose Abreu for the league lead in that category.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE7/5/2014 11:33:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn left Saturday night's game with a left hamstring injury.
Insight: Not before Bourn homered and scored a pair of runs. Bourne could miss a few games.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot7/5/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez continued his hot hitting Saturday with his 11th homer of the season.
Insight: That's 11 homers in just 156 at-bats. He's also batting .325 with 37 RBI and has turned out to be great protection in the lineup for Victor Martinez.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot7/5/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a steal Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: McCutchen was 8-for-14 in his last three games and added a home run on Saturday, just his secong homer since June 15.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL7/5/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday came out of Saturday's game with a bruised knee.
Insight: It's thought to be minor. Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .266 with five homers and 40 RBI this season.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/5/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig posted his first multi-RBI game in two weeks.
Insight: Craig's batting average is down 60 points from last season and he's unlikely to reach his 2013 total of 97 RBI either. June's .597 OPS is why he doesn't play everyday, but he did hit home run No. 7 on Saturday.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/5/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun left the game in the second inning of Saturday's contest against the Cincinntai due to lower back spasms.
Insight: Braun just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Friday night. He's batting .289 with 11 HR and 49 RBI. Not exactly up to his previous standards, but not horrible.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/5/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis (shoulder) has missed the past few games due to the injury, but fantasy owners are hoping he'll return on Saturday because of the extremely favorable matchup. Update: Davis is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Davis (.260, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 49 runs) is 6-for-13 with three home runs against Reds starter Homer Bailey. Davis suffered a left shoulder strain diving into second base during Tuesday's game.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY7/5/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner will get a routine day off on Saturday.
Insight: Gardner has already tied his career high in home runs as he's putting together a solid season - .287, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 52 runs, 15 SB, .794 OPS.
Scott Van Slyke, RF, LOS7/5/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke is hitless in 12 at-bats against Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: Van Slyke is hitting the ball well this season (.268, 8 HR, 15 RBI in 112 at-bats, but this matchup should be avoided.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS7/5/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp sat Friday night, but should be back in the lineup on Saturday due to an extremely favorable matchup.
Insight: Kemp is 15-for-33 (.455) with three homers and 12 RBI against Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/5/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 8-for-19 (.421) with two homers against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: Bruce's recent hot streak is a thing of the past as he's hitless over the past five games. At times like this his hot/cold streak usually outweighs the matchup. Look elsewhere for outfield help.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL7/5/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with three home runs against Boston left-hander Jon Lester in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Insight: Cruz has hit 26 home runs, one behind Jose Abreu. He's also driven in 68 runs and scored 50.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot7/4/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley broke up Yordano Ventura's shutout bid with a solo homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Royals.
Insight: Brantley went 2-for-4 Friday and is hitting .314 with 13 homers, 55 RBI, 57 runs, 10 steals, a 30/29 K/BB and an .891 OPS. There's nothing to dislike about Brantley.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN7/4/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Hamilton has surprisingly hit five home runs to go with his 35 steals and 41 runs. He's been one of the most valuable hitters in fantasy since the start of June.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI7/4/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have activated Domonic Brown from the paternity leave list.
Insight: Brown pinch hit in the ninth inning and grounded out to end the game. He missed the past two games.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWSHot7/4/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo went 4-for-4 and homered for the fourth time in his last seven games Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Viciedo (.252, 10 HR, 30 RBI, .725 OPS) has put up a similar average and OPS to the past two seasons and is on pace for 19 home runs and 56 RBI.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot7/4/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a steal Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: McCutchen has hit just one homer in his last 17 games after belting seven in the first 13 games of June, but he's still contributing in other ways. The 2013 NL MVP is batting .323 with 12 homers, 51 RBI, 45 runs, 13 steals and a .961 OPS this season.
Jayson Werth, RF, WASHot7/4/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth continued his hot start to the month with a double, a homer and a walk Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June, but he's gone 6-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and three walks in the first three games of July.
Justin Ruggiano, RF, CHCHot7/4/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano has gone 7-for-14 with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI in the first three games of July.
Insight: Ruggiano entered the month with a .240 average and a .718 OPS on the season, but he's up to .271 with an .817 OPS after the last three games.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/4/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis (shoulder) was expected to return Friday, but he's out again, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Davis (.260, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 49 runs) suffered a left shoulder strain diving into second base during Tuesday's game. He'll miss his third straight game.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS7/4/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day of rest for the outfielder. Kemp had a solid June, batting .317 with a .900 OPS, but is hitless in the first three games in July.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKHot7/4/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is back in the lineup Friday against Toronto.
Insight: He has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts).
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL7/4/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is a disappointing 3-for-21 (.143) with nine strikeouts against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: The Rockies outfielder has hit left-handers well this season, at a .366 clip, but Kershaw is no ordinary left-hander.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLCold7/4/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Heyward has been scuffling of late, batting just .111 over his last 12 games. Avoid this matchup.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL7/4/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with three home runs against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Cruz is tied with Jose Abreu for first in the majors with 26 home runs. He's also driven in 68 runs and scored 50. Update: Game was postponed due to hurrican Arthur.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/4/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis (shoulder) is expected back in the lineup Friday, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Davis (.260, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 49 runs) suffered a left shoulder strain diving into second base during Tuesday's game. He's missed the past two games.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold7/4/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was out of Thursday's lineup sue to a right wrist injury suffered in Wednesday's game and is questionable for Friday's game against Oakland
Insight: Rasmus is also in a 3-for-28 (.107) slide. He's hitting .224 with 12 homers and a .756 OPS on the year.
Seth Smith, RF, SDP7/4/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: San Diego outfielder Seth Smith may be the Padres best hitter this season, but he's never been able to do anything with Matt Cain's offerings.
Insight: Smith is a career .094 hitter (3-for-32) against Cain. He's batting .282 this season with nine homers, 25 RBI and an .890 OPS in 238 at-bats.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS7/4/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has never gotten a hit off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in seven tries.
Insight: He missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb and is 3-for-11 (.273) since returning to the lineup, but this appears to be an unfavorable matchup.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/3/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Thursday at Minnesota.
Insight: Beltran has gone 7-for-20 with a double and two home runs in his last five games, but he's still hitting just .222 with a .693 OPS this year.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET7/3/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Hunter has gone 5-for-8 with five RBI in his last two games after batting .185 over his previous 119 at-bats.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold7/3/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: A wrist injury will keep Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus out of Thursday's lineup, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Rasmus is also in a 3-for-28 (.107) slide. He's hitting .224 with 12 homers and a .756 OPS on the year.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI7/3/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown (paternity leave) is not in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Brown also sat out Wednesday after being placed on the paternity leave list. He has hit .225 with five homers, 39 RBI and a .600 OPS this season after making the All-Star team a year ago.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKHot7/3/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has limited Crisp to two hits in 22 career at-bats (.091), so the A's will give him a day off Thursday. He has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts).
Allen Craig, RF, STLCold7/3/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants. Oscar Taveras is starting in right field.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, he hasn't homered since May 29 and he is two for his last 18. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/3/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig hasn't homered since May 29, is two for his last 18 and has a poor matchup Thursday against the Giants.
Insight: Craig is 3-for-16 (.188) lifetime against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner. The 29-year-old hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted just .252 with six homers, 40 RBI and a .663 OPS this year.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKHot7/3/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts), but he's struggled against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Dickey has limited Crisp to two hits in 22 career at-bats (.091). While he's been red hot, he should be avoided if possible on Thursday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM7/3/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is 1-for-12 with five Ks in his career against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Jennings' numbers -- .241, seven homers, 21 RBI, 41 runs, 12 steals -- put him on a similar pace as the last two seasons. He should be avoided Thursday against Scherzer.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET7/3/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday and he'll face Erik Bedard of the Rays Thursday.
Insight: Hunter has batted .208 in his last 43 games, but he's 9-for-28 (.321) with two doubles and two homers against Bedard.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL 7/3/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has scratched out just two hits in 14 at-bats against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Holliday has been the model of consistency for the past five years, but he's hitting just .267 with five homers this season. He shouldn't be started Thursday against Bumgarner.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI7/2/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown missed Wednesday's game due to paternity leave.
Insight: It's unknown if he'll be back in time for Thursday's game. Brown has hit .225 with five homers, 39 RBI and a .600 OPS this season after making the All-Star team a year ago.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT7/2/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Pirates highly touted outfielder Gregory Polanco has lived up to expectations so far. Through 85 at-bats, he's hitting .306 with three homers, 12 RBI, 17 runs, 12 walks and four steals.
Insight: Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/2/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has gone 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer, two walks, five RBI and three runs in his first two games of July.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June and is hitting .272 with seven homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and a .748 OPS this year. Werth hit .318 with 25 home runs last season but his line-drive rate and HR/FB have both declined by a significant margin.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/2/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will have an epidural on his back, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and is out indefinitely after suffering a setback Monday.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot7/2/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will get a night off Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Calhoun has hit .351 with five homers, 15 RBI, 26 runs and a .996 OPS over his last 27 games. The Angels will give him a break with left-hander John Danks on the mound for Chicago.
Austin Jackson, CF, DET7/2/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson snapped a 0-for-15 slump with three hits Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Jackson has hit .205 over his last 45 games and is batting .245 with three homers, 23 RBI, 36 runs and eight steals this season. He can be avoided in most leagues.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET7/2/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter had his first multi-hit game since June 14 Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Hunter went 3-for-4 with three RBI. The veteran missed seven games with a hamstring injury from June 17-24 and has batted .208 in his last 43 games.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKHot7/2/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp batted .346 with three homers, 13 RBI and a .969 OPS in June and he's batting .292 with seven home runs, 29 RBI, 46 runs, 13 steals and an .840 OPS following Wednesday's game.
Insight: Crisp went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Wednesday at Detroit.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYHot7/2/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner tied a career high with his eighth homer of the year Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gardner needed 539 at-bats to get to eight last season; he's done it in 309 this year and is hitting .288 with 50 runs, 15 steals and a .793 OPS.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/2/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Bautista didn't start for seven straight games due to a hamstring injury, but he returned to the lineup Tuesday and has immediately started hitting again. He's batting .304 with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs and a .970 OPS this season.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/2/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (finger) will take batting practice Thursday, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez had surgery on June 10 to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger and was given a timetable of five weeks. He appears to be slightly ahead of schedule.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA7/2/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with a double and a homer against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Hamilton went 3-for-6 with a homer and three walks during Tuesday's doubleheader against Chicago. He's also hitting .421 with a 1.095 OPS in 38 at-bats against lefties this season and will get Danks Wednesday.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KAN 7/2/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has racked up seven hits in 12 at-bats against Twins starter Kevin Correia, good for a .583 average.
Insight: Cain has gone 0-for-9 his last two games after going 19-for-48 (.396) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI from June 16-29, but he's still hitting .309 with three homers, 35 RBI, seven steals and a .776 OPS this season.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/2/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham usually hits lefties well, but he's batted .105 with seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Willingham has a career .856 OPS against left-handers, but he's never been able to solve Vargas. The outfielder also has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats, so he's someone to avoid Wednesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/2/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cespedes missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. He has 38 extra-base hits (14 HR) in 337 plate appearances this season (11.3 XBH%), a dramatic improvement over last season, when he had 51 in 574 (8.9 XBH%).
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/2/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis (shoulder) is expected back in the lineup Friday, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Davis suffered a left shoulder strain diving into second base during Tuesday's game. He's out for the second straight game Wednesday and the Brewers have off tomorrow.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYMHot7/1/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has homered in back-to-back games after going 0-for-17 from June 26-29.
Insight: Granderson batted .300 with five homers, 13 RBI, 19 walks, four steals and a .933 OPS in June despite the cold streak toward the end and now has 12 homers, 38 RBI, 38 runs and a .764 OPS to go with his .234 average.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/1/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is hitting just .269 with six homers, 38 RBI and a .735 OPS, even after Tuesday's big game.
Insight: Werth went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, two runs and three RBI Tuesday against the Rockies. He had a 26 percent line-drive rate and an 18 percent HR/FB last year, but he's regressed to 18.4 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, in 2014.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL7/1/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit just .215 in June, but he had four home runs in his last 12 games of the month and hit another one Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz is tied with Jose Abreu, who also homered Tuesday, for first in the majors with 26 home runs. He's also driven in 67 runs and scored 49. However, we couldn't expect him to hit .300 all season with a strikeout rate above 20 percent and a line-drive rate below 16.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYYHot7/1/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce homered again Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: The 31-year-old hit two round-trippers Monday night and now has a .327 average, 10 homers, 27 RBI and a .988 OPS in 150 at-bats. He's been batting second in front of the Adam Jones-Nelson Cruz-Chris Davis trio so he's been getting a lot of pitches to hit and he hasn't been missing them. Pearce has been a platoon player at best in his career because of his inability to hit righties, but he's batting over .300 with five home runs against them this season.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA7/1/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton hit his first home run since June 3 Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Hamilton homered in his first game back from the disabled list on June 3 after missing seven weeks due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, but he didn't do much for the rest of the month. He's still hitting .318 with four homers, 20 RBI and an .870 OPS in 129 at-bats this season.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot7/1/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: Martinez isn't slowing down. Including 17 games for Triple-A Toledo, Martinez has batted .314 with 20 home runs and 56 RBI in 61 games this season. With the Tigers, he's hit .317 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and a .982 OPS.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/1/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) could resume his rehab assignment next week.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury. He's played just 21 games this season.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS7/1/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (ankle) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford hasn't played since May 27 due to an ankle sprain. He was hitting .267 with four homers, 18 RBI, 21 runs and nine steals prior to his injury.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARI7/1/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo (foot) is roughly 10-14 days away from returning, according to Steve Gilbert of mlb.com.
Insight: Trumbo has been sidelined since April 22 due to a stress fracture in his foot. He was hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI before he got hurt.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/1/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan suffered a setback with his lower-back injury while running Monday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan was eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday, but he could now be out an extended period of time. He has a bulging disc and will see a specialist in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/1/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is still on the disabled list.
Insight: Pagan was eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday, but he's not ready to return from his back strain.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted to get as many lefties in the lineup as possible against James Shields, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, so Willingham will take a seat. The outfielder has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/1/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis has been diagnosed with a left shoulder strain, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Davis suffered the injury diving into second base during Tuesday's game. He's day-to-day.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL 7/1/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: It appears to be just a rest day for the Rockies leadoff hitter. Blackmon batted .316 with six doubles, one homer and three steals over his last 17 games of June after getting off to a 5-for-35 (.143) start during the month.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot7/1/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Dickerson sat out Monday as a precaution after dealing with a hamstring cramp the day before. He's hitting .343 with 10 homers, 33 RBI, 34 runs, five steals and a 1.026 OPS.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/1/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's dealing with a hamstring issue hurt in Monday night's game. Cespedes has 38 extra-base hits (14 HR) in 308 at-bats this year, a dramatic improvement over last season's 51 in 529.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/1/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis left Tuesday's game with an apparent shoulder injury.
Insight: Davis is batting just .259, but with power - 14 HR and a .794 OPS. Hopefully this isn't too serious, but we will know more after the game.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU7/1/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 27.
Insight: Fowler hasn't been anything special this season, hitting just .270 with six homers and 24 RBI in 77 games, though he's played better at home than on the road and can be a viable option in Minute Maid Park (.290 BA, .858 OPS at home).
Domingo Santana, RF, HOU7/1/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: The Houston Astros have brought up another big-time prospect in outfielder Domingo Santana.
Insight: Santana batted .304 with 13 HR and 52 RBI at Triple-A Oklahoma City. power won't be a problem but his weakness is the strikeout - he had 99 in 319 at-bats.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/1/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday.
Insight: His fantasy owners can smile again. Bautista (.304, 15 HR, 49 RBI) had not played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on June 22, until his pinch-hit appearance Sunday night. Now he's ready to play, so make sure he's been installed in all lineups.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL7/1/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez (neck) has had the past two days to rest and is in tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gomez suffered a neck strain in a collision with Ryan Braun on Saturday and sat out Sunday's game. He is batting .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Mike Trout, CF, ANAHot7/1/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is 4-for-8 (.444) with a 1.250 OPS versus White Sox starter Hector Noesi.
Insight: Trout (.307, 17 HR, 56 RBI) is hitting with more power this season. Add in a wind blowing out to left at 15 mph and you have a must-start candidate.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL7/1/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez (neck) has had the past two days to rest and should be ready to go on Tuesday.
Insight: Gomez suffered a neck strain in a collision with Ryan Braun on Saturday and sat out Sunday's game. He is batting .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Cody Ross, LF, ARI7/1/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Arizona outfielder Cody Ross is questionable for Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh with a bruised hip.
Insight: Ross (.216, 1 HR, 8 RBI) has hit so poorly that he's been reduced to a platoon role. Ignore him and look elsewhere for outfield help.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot6/30/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Oakland OF/C Stephen Vogt raised his average to .343 with three hits Monday at Detroit.
Insight: Vogt was in the everyday lineup often in June due to Josh Reddick's injury. Reddick went back on the disabled list Sunday and Kyle Blanks is also on it, so Vogt should continue to start. He has catcher eligibility and could be a good option in AL-only or two-catcher leagues.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET6/30/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis hit a walk-off grand slam off Athletics closer Sean Doolittle Monday night to end a poor month on a high note.
Insight: Davis has been very good against lefties throughout his career and this year has been no different. Overall, he's batting .276 with six homers, 27 RBI, 31 runs and 22 steals.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot6/30/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Jones batted .348 with six doubles, nine home runs, 20 RBI and 19 runs in the month of June.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYYHot6/30/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce went 2-for-5 with two homer and four RBI Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: The 31-year-old journeyman has put together his best season in 2014, hitting .327 with nine homers, 25 RBI and a .977 OPS in 147 at-bats. The O's have been using him in the No. 2 hole in front of Nelson Cruz.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL6/30/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (finger) hit off a tee Monday, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
Insight: "Now that he can swing a bat, his rehab will go rather quickly," Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said. Gonzalez had surgery three weeks ago to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger and was given a timetable of five weeks. He could be slightly ahead of schedule.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK6/30/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick's MRI revealed no structural damage in his right knee, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending his right knee on May 31 and he was placed back on it after straining the same knee Saturday.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot6/30/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is not in the lineup Monday due to a hamstring injury, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: The move to keep him out is precautionary after Dickerson had a hamstring cramp Sunday. He's hitting .343 with 10 homers, 33 RBI, 34 runs, five steals and a 1.026 OPS and the Rockies cannot afford to lose him with Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer already on the DL.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold6/30/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin is back in the lineup Monday after missing a couple of games due to left shoulder soreness.
Insight: Quentin is batting .089 (5-for-56) in June and .176 with three homers in 85 at-bats this season.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK6/30/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game.
Insight: It appeared to simply be a day of rest for the oft-injured outfielder. He's batting .287 with a solid .827 OPS and 13 stolen bases after a hot June (.342 BA, .966 OPS).
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS6/30/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been activated and will start in left field and bat sixth Monday night against Colorado.
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Ryan Zimmerman will move back to third base with Anthony Rendon shifting to second base.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/30/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista pinch hit in Sunday's game and is expected to return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Bautista (.304, 15 HR, 49 RBI) had not played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on June 22, until his pinch-hit appearance Sunday night. Get ready to put him back in all lineups.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL6/30/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton should be avoided on Monday night in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .278 with 16 HR and 46 RBI, but he's hitless in 12 tries against Mets starter Zack Wheeler with five strikeouts.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET6/30/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is 9-for-18 (.500) with five extra-base hits and a 1.444 OPS against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Davis (.273, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 21 SB) has been solid in a part-time role and should get a strating assignment on Monday.
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL6/30/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs had a very nice week, batting .438 with two homers in six games, but has an unfavorable matchup on Monday night.
Insight: The Rockies outfielder is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann. With Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer sidelined Colorado may have to start Stubbs, but you shouldn't.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY6/30/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a stunning 7-for-10 against Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ellsbury's batting average has been steadily moving up over the past four weeks as he's batted .312 with an .800 OPS and today's matchup should continue the trend.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL6/30/2014 1:59:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is expected to be recalled to the big club in time for Tuesday's game with San Francisco.
Insight: Taveras (.189, 1 HR, 2 RBI) didn't do much after an debut home run, but has too much talent not to succeed. Struggling Allen Craig is expected to lose playing time with this promotion of Taveras.
Andre Ethier, OF, LOS6/29/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier hit his first homer since May 27 Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Ethier was once a 30-homer bat and had at least 20 four times. However, he has four homers this season to go with a .248 average and a .666 OPS. He's not a fantasy option, even in NL-only formats.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KANHot6/29/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain's four hits Sunday brought his average up to .322.
Insight: Cain has gone 19-for-48 (.396) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI over his last 12 games. He's benefited from a .392 BABIP, so look for his average to drop below .300 eventually.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot6/29/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has gone 28-for-81 (.346) with six doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and 20 runs in June.
Insight: Calhoun entered the month with a .227 average, three homers, six RBI and 16 runs. After going 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Sunday at Kansas City, the Angels leadoff hitter is batting .284 with seven home runs, 19 RBI, 36 runs and an .822 OPS in 169 at-bats this season.
Ryan Braun, RF, MILHot6/29/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a double and his first homer since June 14 Sunday against hte Rockies.
Insight: Braun has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI in his last nine games.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF, TAMHot6/29/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Kiermaier has homered in back-to-back games and hit .306 with six homers, 12 RBI, 11 runs and a .934 OPS in his first 108 at-bats this season. He's worth a look if you're in need of power, but his average won't stay above .300.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAM6/29/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce had as many hits Sunday as he had in his previous nine games combined.
Insight: Joyce (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI, .784 OPS) went 5-for-6 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three runs Sunday at Baltimore. He had just one home run in his previous 65 games.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI6/29/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two solo homers Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Byrd has hit eight homers this month and 15 on the year to go with a .268 average, 48 RBI and an .806 OPS. Byrd hit a career-high 24 homers with 88 RBI, a .291 average and an .847 OPS last year and he's ahead of where he was on this date a year ago (.259, 12 HR, 40 RBI, .803 OPS).
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA6/29/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna left Saturday's game against Oakland due to cramping in right hamstring and didn't start Sunday, but he had a pinch-hit solo home run.
Insight: Ozuna has hit 14 homers and driven in 47 runs in 291 at-bats this season, putting the 23-year-old on pace for 28 homers and 93 RBI.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT6/29/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen was not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: McCutchen was just getting a day off after playing 45 in a row. he's batting .314 with 12 HR, 48 RBI, 44 runs and 12 steals ... a complete fantasy player if there every was one.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL6/29/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez (neck) passed a concussion test, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com, but is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gomez suffered a neck strain in a collision with Ryan Braun on Saturday. He has dealt with a few minor injuries this season, but he's avoided the disabled list and is batting .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT6/29/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte didn't start Saturday, but he did get into the game as a pinch hitter and will get the start on Sunday.
Insight: Marte (.259, 5 HR, 27 RBI) injured his head and finger in a collision at second base earlier this week.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIA6/29/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich (back) has been activated from the disabled list and will bat leadoff on Sunday.
Insight: The outfielder provides a combination of speed and power, but not quite at the level we need to be fantasy worthy. That should come down the road.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TOR6/29/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera is not in Sunday's starting lineup against left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Cabrera has batted .300 with 11 homers and 42 RBI this season, but is just a .261 hitter against southpaws in 2014 so he'll sit for Darin Mastroianni.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINHot6/29/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and has a favorable matchup on Sunday making him a must-start candidate.
Insight: Bruce is 3-for-7 with a home run against Tim Hudson, but more importantly is hitting .440 over his last six games and batting .323 over the past four weeks. Never abandon Bruce while he's hitting like this.
Ryan Braun, RF, MILHot6/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun is a career .727 hitter (8-for-11) with two home runs against Colorado starter Jorge De la Rosa.
Insight: Braun hasn't homered since June 14, but at least he's contributing for fantasy owners, batting .313 with 10 RBI over the past two weeks (11 games).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA6/29/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is 9-for-28 (.321) with four home runs and a 1.228 OPS versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Hamilton hasn't homered in the past two weeks and has just one this month, but that could change that in this favorable matchup.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM6/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has just 44 homers on his resume in three and a half seasons, but four have been off of Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Jennings hasn't become the fantasy star it appeared he would be when he hit 10 homers and stole 20 bases in 247 at-bats as a rookie. With a .235 average, seven homers, 21 RBI, 38 runs and 12 steals, Jennings is on pace to put up similar numbers to the past two years, but he could be a viable option on Sunday against one of his favorite pitchers.
Adam Jones, CF, BALCold6/29/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: O's center fielder Adam Jones and the heart of the Baltimore lineup don't have good numbers against Sunday's starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: The combined batting average from Jones (3-for-16), Chris Davis (2-for-11), Nick Markakis (2-for-10), Nelson Cruz (1-for-9) and Manny Machado (0-for-13) is .136 with zero home runs and two RBI.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK6/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Sunday's starting lineup against Miami.
Insight: It appears to simply be a day of rest for the oft-injured outfielder. He's batting .287 with a solid .827 OPS and 13 stolen bases after a hot June (.342 BA, .966 OPS).
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/29/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: We finally have a timetable for Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista's return to the lineup.
Insight: Bautista (.305, 15 HR, 49 RBI) hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain last Sunday, but hopes to return on Tuesday, July 1.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK6/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left Saturday's game with a right knee strain and is expected to be placed on the disabled list, according to A's beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Reddick just spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending the same knee on May 31. It could end up being another "lost season" for Reddick.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU6/29/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler has missed the first two games in the series with Detroit and is questionable again on Sunday.
Insight: He's dealing with back stiffness. Fowler hasn't been anything special this season, hitting just .270 with six homers and 24 RBI in 77 games, though he's played better at home than on the road and can be a viable option in Minute Maid Park (.290 BA, .858 OPS at home).
Starling Marte, LF, PIT6/29/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte didn't start Saturday, but he did get into the game as a pinch hitter.
Insight: Marte (.259, 5 HR, 27 RBI) injured his head and finger in a collision at second base earlier this week. He's obviously close.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL6/29/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez (neck) passed a concussion test, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com, but he'll be questionable for Sunday's game with Colorado.
Insight: Gomez suffered a neck strain in a collision with Ryan Braun on Saturday. He has dealt with a few minor injuries this season, but he's avoided the disabled list and is batting .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA6/29/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna left Saturday's game against Oakland due to cramping in right hamstring
Insight: On the year, he's batting .262 with 13 homers, 46 RBI, 39 runs and a .750 OPS making him a viable fantasy outfielder. Call him day-to-day.
Cody Ross, LF, ARI6/29/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Arizona outfielder Cody Ross left Saturday's game against San Diego with a bruised hip and is questionable for Sunday.
Insight: Ross (.216, 1 HR, 8 RBI) has done nothing fantasy worthy in 2014, so this shouldn't change any fantasy lineups.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG6/28/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is hoping to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan has been dealing with a back strain since the middle of the month and was finally placed on the disabled list on June 25, but he's eligible to return for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals because the move was backdated to June 15.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL6/28/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez (neck) passed a concussion test, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Gomez suffered a neck strain in a collision with Ryan Braun on Saturday. He has dealt with a few minor injuries this season, but he's avoided the disabled list and hit .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL6/28/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun has picked up 12 hits and eight RBI in his last 36 at-bats (.333)
Insight: Braun hasn't homered since June 14, but at least he's contributing for fantasy owners. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs Saturday against the Rockies.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF, TAMHot6/28/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Kiermaier has batted .301 with five homers and a .911 OPS in his first 103 career at-bats, but his average won't stay that high. He's struck out in 21.2 percent of his plate appearances and batted .347 on balls in play despite hitting line drives at a 12 percent rate.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM6/28/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: Jennings hasn't become the fantasy star it appeared he would be when he hit 10 homers and stole 20 bases in 247 at-bats as a rookie. With a .235 average, seven homers, 21 RBI, 38 runs and 12 steals, Jennings is on pace to put up similar numbers to the past two years.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL 6/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 8-for-23 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI during a six-game hitting streak.
Insight: Upton went 4-for-33 (.121) from June 11 to June 21 and dealt with some dizziness due to sinus pressure from June 18-20, but he's back on track.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWS6/28/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo went deep for the second straight game Saturday at Toronto.
Insight: Viciedo hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning and also had a single. The 25-year-old has batted just .169 in June and .202 since the start of May.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL6/28/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game with a neck strain, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Gomez has dealt with a few minor injuries this season, but he's avoided the disabled list and has hit .310 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals and a .900 OPS.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK6/28/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left Saturday's game with a right knee strain, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Reddick just spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending the same knee on May 31. He went 5-for-11 in four games since being activated but may have to go back on the DL.
Austin Jackson, CF, DET6/28/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is not in the lineup Satday against Houston.
Insight: Torii Hunter is back from a hamstring injury and the team wants to keep hot-hitting J.D. Martinez (.313, 9 HR, 32 RBI) in the lineup and get Rajai Davis some work. jackson is the odd-man out today.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS6/28/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: No injury, just giving the 35-year-old the afternoon off and he's likely to be in the nightcap lineup. He's been a bit disappointing this season batting .268 with six homers, 34 RBI and five steals.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/28/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista will miss his sixth straight game Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Bautista (.305, 15 HR, 49 RBI) hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain last Sunday.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINHot6/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and has a favorable matchup on Saturday making him a must-start candidate.
Insight: Bruce is 6-for-13 against the struggling Matt Cain, hitting .440 over his last six games and batting .315 over the past four weeks.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL6/28/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun had the game-winner on Friday night, but has an unfavorable matchup for Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Braun is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts versus Jhoulys Chacin. Braun's .821 OPS is solid, but the lowest he's posted in eight seasons. Avoid him Saturday.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI6/28/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 6-for-33 (.182) with 10 strikeouts against Braves right-hander Ervin Santana.
Insight: The 36-year-old putting together some nice power numbers (13 HR, 34 extra-base hits), but this is another unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX6/28/2014 12:49:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Rios has struggled the past two weeks (.154) after a fast start to the season. His home run total is lagging well behind last season, but his overall numbers are still solid (.305, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 34 runs, 13 SB, .778 OPS)
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK6/27/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Josh Reddick led the A's with three hits Friday night against Miami.
Insight: Friday was Reddick's fourth three-hit game of the season. He's gone 4-for-10 since making his return from the disabled list earlier this week.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL6/27/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: O's center fielder Adam Jones blasted four hits in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He went 0-for-4 in the opener. Jones (.302, 14 HR, 47 RBI) has had a great month, hitting .343 in 102 June at bats. Don't be surprised if he gets invited to next month's All-Star Game in Minnesota.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot6/27/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere ripped three hits in Friday's loss to Atlanta.
Insight: That gives him six hits in his last two games. Revere (.282, 1 HR, 9 RBI) also picked up a stolen base, giving him 22 for the season. That's third-most in the National League behind Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon.
Brandon Guyer, LF, TAM6/27/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder Brandon Buyer went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader with Baltimore.
Insight: That brings his average to .300 for the season. Guyer has seen regular at bats during Wil Myers' absence (out with a broken wrist).
Andre Ethier, OF, LOSCold6/27/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier is taking the night off Friday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with a swollen knee. Tonight's lineup will feature Scott Van Slyke (.271, 6 HR, 11 RBI) in center field with Yasiel Puig (.309, 11 HR, 45 RBI) in right and Matt Kemp (.267, 8 HR, 29 RBI) in left.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold6/27/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin will miss Friday's game with a shoulder injury. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: The two-time All-Star has gone hitless in his last ten at bats and now we know why. Seth Smith (.290, 8 HR, 24 RBI) will take over in left field.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU6/27/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler will sit out Friday against Detroit. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He's dealing with back stiffness. Fowler hasn't been anything special this season, hitting just .270 with six homers and 24 RBI in 77 games. Alex Presley (.232, 3 HR, 8 RBI) will get the nod at center field.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT6/27/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte won't be available Friday against New York. SOURCE: Pirates.com
Insight: Marte (.260, 5 HR, 27 RBI) injured his head and finger in a collision at second base earlier this week. Travis Snider (.239, 4 HR, 14 RBI) is getting another start in left field.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/27/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista will miss his fifth straight game Friday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Barry Davis, Sportsnet
Insight: Bautista (.305, 15 HR, 49 RBI) hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on Sunday. He could be available to pinch hit.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINHot6/27/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and at this time you should ignore the bad matchup and play him anyway.
Insight: Bruce is just 1-for-12 against Madison Bumgarner, but he's also hitting .417 this week, on a seven-game extra-base hitting streak and batting .307 over the past four weeks.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI6/27/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: The 36-year-old putting together some nice power numbers (13 HR, 34 extra-base hits), but this is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT6/26/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Gregory Polanco drove in four of Pittsburgh's five runs Thursday in a win against the Mets.
Insight: He plated three of those runs with one swing in the fifth inning. Polanco has played well in his first month in the bigs, collecting a .338 average in 68 at bats.
Junior Lake, CF, CHC6/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Chicago outfielder Junior Lake exited Thursday's game after running into the center field fence. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: Nate Schierholtz (.201, 3 HR, 27 RBI) replaced him before he got to see an at bat. Lake (.239, 9 HR, 25 RBI) appeared to injure his leg but we should know more on his status after the game.
Juan Lagares, CF, NYM6/26/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: New York center fielder Juan Lagares has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He missed three weeks with a strained intercostal muscle. Lagares is a decent hitter for average (.297 this season) but doesn't provide much power (one homer in 158 at bats).
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS6/26/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Adam Eaton's leg cramped up, forcing him to leave Thursday's game against Toronto. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: It doesn't sound like anything too serious. Eaton (.283, 1 HR, 22 RBI) went 0-for-1 before exiting, which means his hitting streak will end at 12 games.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS6/26/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper could be back in the big leagues as early as Monday. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. So far Harper (.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI) has gone 3-for-4 in his first two rehab games.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS6/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday night off.
Insight: Werth hasn't done anything exciting this season, but he's still batting .271 with six homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs scored and five steals. We're just used to a batting average over .300 and 20-plus home runs and he's not producing at that level.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/26/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista will miss his fourth straight game Thursday against the White Sox. SOURCE: John Lott, National Post
Insight: Bautista (.305, 15 HR, 49 RBI) hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on Sunday. He could be available to pinch hit.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI6/26/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown (.217, 5 HR, 37 RBI) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: An All-Star last season, Brown has done almost nothing in 2014 with an OPS that hasn't surpassed .643 in any month. John Mayberry Jr. will get the start in left field and also has a low batting average (.229), but does have a respectable .798 OPS.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT6/26/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (head) was not in the lineup Wednesday afternoon, but is questionable for Thursday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Marte took a knee to the head and jammed his right middle finger on a stolen base attempt Tuesday night. He's batting .260 with five homers, 27 RBI, 37 runs and 18 steals.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR6/26/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (hamstring) has missed three straight days and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Bautista suffered a mild hamstring strain on Sunday and while manager John Gibbons said he might pinch hit fantasy owners will likely have to wait for his full-time return.
Tyler Colvin, RF, SFG6/26/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Tyler Colvin isn't an everyday player, but if he's in the lineup against Reds right-hander Mike Leake you should start him.
Insight: Colvin is 7-for-19 (.368) with four of the seven hits being home runs against Leake. The wind is blowing out to center at AT&T Park.


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