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Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC7/24/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Edwin Jackson left in the sixth inning of Thursday's game with a cramp in his right hand.
Insight: Jackson wasn't pitching that well anyway, having given up seven hits and five earned runs when the trainer made a visit. He has no fantasy value the way he's throwing this season (5-10, 5.61 ERA, 1.56 WHIP entering today's game).
Phil Hughes, SP, MINCold7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.
Insight: Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYY7/24/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is not in Thursday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Pearce is not swinging the bat well right now, hitting just .192 over the past eight games, but still has good season-long numbers - , batting .306 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in just 206 at-bats.
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.
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA7/24/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Just called up Mariners C/1B Jesus Montero will start at DH and bat sixth Thursday night versus Baltimore and Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Once an elite prospect, Montero has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners at the big league level. He may only get a one-game tryout with Kendrys Morales expected to arrive Friday.
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).
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/24/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: It's been called back spasms, according to Alex Speier at WEEI.com. Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/24/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHIHot7/24/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: For the second consecutive outing and third in the last four, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has yielded just one earned run.
Insight: Having thrown 116 pitches and leading 2-1 heading into the ninth inning the Phillies replaced Hamels with Jonathan Papelbon who finished the game 1-2-3. Hamels evened his record at 5-5. Other teams have asked about Hamels availability but he's not likely to be moved.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot7/24/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with three doublesand two RBI in Thursday's 8-0 drubbing of the Red Sox.
Insight: Cabrera had his fourth three-hit game in the last six contests to raise his average to .311 to go along with 52 RBI and 61 runs scored.
Marcus Stroman, RP, TORHot7/24/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman shut down the Rangers Saturday and did the same to the Boston Red Sox Thursday.
Insight: Stroman went seven strong innings giving up just one hit and zero runs. In 10 starts since he joined the rotation, Stroman has given up two runs or less eight times.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/24/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY7/24/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: CC Sabathia had knee surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.
Insight: Sabathia had experienced renewed swelling in his knee when he tried to return earlier this month. The left-hander's first four years with New York were excellent, as he went 74-29 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and one World Series title. However, he's recorded a 17-17 record, a 4.87 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in the last two seasons.
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI7/24/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Ruiz (.261, 2 HR, 14 RBI) is just back from a stint on the disabled list (concussion), but this is a routine day off after a night game.
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.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh due to a sore left hand.
Insight: Gonzalez missed the Wednesday night game due to the injury. He's not hitting anywhere close to preseason expectations (.250, 9 HR, 34 RBI, .739 OPS).
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/24/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb, according to Oakland beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
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.
Moises Sierra, CF, CWS7/24/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: White Sox outfielder Moises Sierra is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Sierra doesn't play every day, so fantasy owners will need to check the starting lineup before considering him, but he is batting .333 over the past two weeks and has a favorable matchup.
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.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/24/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is 4-for-8 with two home runs versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Ozuna has hit 15 homers and driven in 54 runs, but he's not swinging a good bat at the moment (6-for-last-34) and may not be ready to take advantage of this matchup.
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).
Evan Gattis, C, ATL7/24/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is just 1-for-7 since his return from the disabled list, but has a favorable matchup Thursday.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He's 5-for-7 (.714) versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez. Gattis has a .286 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .884 OPS this season.
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.
Buster Posey, C, SFG7/24/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career 7-for-11 (.636) with five extra-base hits and a 1.909 OPS versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: The 27-year-old Posey's numbers are down a bit this season, but he's still an top-tier fantasy catcher batting .284 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI.
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.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/24/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, back in the lineup after missing time with an ankle injury, is just 1-for-16 (.063) versus Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box and missed three games. He's lacking power this season, batting .303, but his four home runs has to be annoying fantasy owners.
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.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM7/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb struck out 10 batters and walked none over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Cobb has won his last four decisions, but this was his best start since June 18.
Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX7/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz could find himself in the closer role again after Joakim Soria was traded to the Tigers Wednesday night.
Insight: Feliz has allowed five hits and three runs in 10 1/3 innings since he was recalled from the minors. Neal Cotts (3.35 ERA, 50 Ks in 43 IP) is the other guy who may get a shot.
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.
Joakim Soria, RP, DETHot7/23/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Tigers closer Joe Nathan has a 5.89 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and five blown saves this season. It's unclear if Soria will take the closer job from him, but that would make sense. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and a 42/4 K/BB in 33 1/3 innings. Thompson and Knebel are both top-five prospects in Detroit's system, so this would be a steep price to give up if the Tigers plan to use Soria in the eighth inning.
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).
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot7/23/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and an RBI Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Yelich is 27-for-75 (.360) in July, but just three of his hits went for extra bases. He's batting .282 with 27 extra-base hits (8 HR) in 330 at-bats this season.
Ervin Santana, SP, ATL7/23/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
Insight: Santana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) has a career-high chase rate and a career-low contact rate, which have resulted in his best K/9 since 2008 (7.81). He's allowed just 0.66 HR/9 after giving up at least 0.93 HR/9 in every season in his career.
Dan Haren, SP, LOSCold7/23/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren's miserable July continued Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Haren gave up five runs in five innings. He's allowed 20 runs on 28 hits (5 HR) in 19 innings this month and now has a 4.49 ERA. He entered the month with a 3.57 ERA.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT7/23/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in his last 12 innings to lower his ERA from 4.72 to 4.18.
Insight: Liriano has the lowest contact rate in baseball (minimum 80 innings) this season, but he's struggled with walks (4.79 BB/9).
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/23/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) walked in a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he hasn't been in the starting lineup in four straight games.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/23/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for the first time since July 2 Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Bautista has hit just four home runs since May 31 (40 games). He had 14 homers in his first 56 games this season.
David Ortiz, DH, BOSHot7/23/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit one out of the park for the fourth time in his last three games Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but the Red Sox lost two of them. Ortiz now has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .253 with 40 runs.
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.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET 7/23/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET7/23/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Davis has raised his average from .274 to .301 since July 6. He has six home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 25 steals in 269 at-bats this season.
Austin Jackson, CF, DETHot7/23/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R)
Insight: That makes six straight and nine in his past 10 games. Jackson has batted .382 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, nine RBI and 17 runs in his past 18 games.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET 7/23/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Insight: Sanchez has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season, but he's fanned just 81 batters in 107 innings. His 6.81 K/9 is down from 9.99 last season and 7.91 for his career.
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.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/23/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits in five innings Wednesday against the Mets, but he walked six batters and hit Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch.
Insight: Walker allowed two runs and struck out five in the loss. The prospect was demoted back to Triple-A after the game. With James Paxton expected back in early August and Erasmo Ramirez coming off a great start, it may be a while until Walker gets another chance with the Mariners. This will likely go down as a lost season for the 21-year-old, who missed the first two and a half months with shoulder inflammation.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM 7/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings Wednesday and ended up allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 in a win over the Mariners.
Insight: Colon is 9-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in his first season with the Mets. He may be moved to a contender before the trade deadline.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot7/23/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has raised his average to its highest point since June 5 with a 21-for-55 (.381) stretch over his last 13 games.
Insight: Span went 4-for-5 Wednesday to reach .282 on the year. All four hits were singles, as were 18 of his last 21 hits.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot7/23/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson has batted .407 with three doubles and a homer in his last eight games.
Insight: Dickerson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, a walk and two runs Wednesday and is still chugging along at .336 with a .997 OPS in 229 at-bats this season.
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.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COLHot7/23/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 batters over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. He's won five straight decisions and has recorded a 1.78 ERA in July after putting up a 7.11 ERA in June.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANHot7/23/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has reached base 21 times (15 H, 6 BB) in his last nine starts.
Insight: Gordon went 3-for-3 with a walk Wednesday against the White Sox and is hitting .280 with a .794 OPS this season. However, he hasn't homered since June 21.
Jose Quintana, SP, CWSHot7/23/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed one run on seven hits Wednesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Quintana hasn't won since June 29 despite recording a 2.02 ERA in his last four starts. He's 5-7 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 118 Ks in 131 1/3 innings this season.
James Shields, SP, KANHot7/23/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has recorded a 2.02 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 28/3 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings over his last four starts.
Insight: Shields lasted seven innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven in a no decision Wednesday at Chicago. He's back on track after getting roughed up in eight starts from May 24 to July 1 (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).
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.
Mike Leake, SP, CINCold7/23/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake has given up four runs in each of his last three starts.
Insight: Leake has allowed 48 hits and 17 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings this month. He's 7-9 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL7/23/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Kyle Lohse held the Reds to one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his 11th game of the season.
Insight: Lohse has turned into a very good starter on the back end of his career after recording a 4.79 ERA in his first 10 seasons. In his last four years, the 35-year-old has gone 52-25 with a 3.17 ERA, including 11-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this year.
Danny Santana, OF/SS, MIN 7/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-3 with a triple Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: The Twins dropped Santana to ninth in the order Wednesday, but he should be back up to leadoff soon. He's hitting .325 with two homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs and six steals in 154 at-bats.
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.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and missed the last three games. He's hitting third and playing right field Wednesday.
Allen Craig, RF, STLCold7/23/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Oscar Taveras is starting in right field. Craig was a .312 hitter with an .863 OPS over the previous three seasons, but he's hit just .242 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .648 OPS in 388 plate appearances this year. In his last 15 games, Craig's gone 7-for-51 (.137) with 12 Ks.
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.
Shelby Miller, SP, STLCold7/23/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will start Saturday against the Cubs, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals have decided to move Carlos Martinez back to the bullpen and will replace him with Miller, who was moved to the bullpen for rest on July 18. Miller has gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/23/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
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.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/23/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he'll miss his fourth straight game Wednesday.
Cameron Maybin, CF, SDP7/23/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for amphetamines, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Maybin has tested positive for amphetamines twice. A first positive test results in additional follow-up testing but no suspension. "I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, attention deficit disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a therapeutic use exemption (TUE),'' Maybin said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWSCold7/23/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.
Insight: Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup. He's gone 5-for-45 (.111) with 16 Ks over his last 11 games. His absence allowed Moises Sierra to get a start Wednesday.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/23/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) will be placed on the disabled list, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and is out of the lineup Wednesday for the fourth time in the past five games.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM 7/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (illness) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Granderson also sat out Tuesday due to an illness. He's gone 1-for-12 with seven Ks over his last three games and is batting .250 with three homers and a .757 OPS in July.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA 7/23/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez made a strong bid to keep the fifth spot in the rotation with 10 Ks over seven innings (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings over his last five starts, but he's walked 18 batters during that span. Taijuan Walker, who will start Wednesday, is also an option for the No. 5 spot. However, James Paxton is expected to return in early August so both Walker and Ramirez could be out of luck.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/23/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over seven innings Tuesday at Seattle.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, striking out 79 batters in 80 2/3 innings and recording a 3.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The rookie is still available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/23/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/23/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is expected to go on the disabled list, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman has gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. He already missed six weeks this season with a fractured thumb.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/23/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has gone 2-for-17 since the All-Star break, but he has a good matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp is 4-for-12 (.333) against Houston's Brad Peacock, and all four hits went for extra bases (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR).
Chris Davis, 1B, BALCold7/23/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 6-for-31 (.194) with zero home runs against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Since June 7, Davis has batted .148 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and a .573 OPS with just three multi-hit efforts in 38 games. He shouldn't be used Wednesday.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALCold7/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has struck out 20 times in 66 career at-bats against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: He's batted .227 with two homers and a .641 OPS against Weaver. Cruz also has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with one extra-base hit and 10 Ks in his last 10 games, so avoid him Wednesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/23/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman is 1-for-24 (.042) over his last six games, hasn't homered since June 27 and has a .130 average (3-for-23) against Wednesday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot7/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has batted .395 with 10 RBI over his last 11 games and he has a .455 career average against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward is 10-for-22 with two doubles and a triple against the Miami right-hander. He could be a good option Wednesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/23/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia doesn't have good numbers against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia is 2-for-15 (.133) against Dickey. He's also batting .150 (6-for-40) with one extra-base hit over his last 10 games and has collected just three extra-base hits and zero home runs in his last 27 contests.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI7/23/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado owns a .419 career average (13-for-31) with one homer and zero strikeouts against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: The two were frequent opponents when both played in the NL East. With a .272 average, four homers, 36 RBI, 40 runs and two steals in 375 at-bats, Prado hasn't been a good fantasy option this season, but he's a decent option Wednesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/23/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has shown signs of life the past few games (4-for-12, 1 HR), but he has a poor matchup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is hitting .247 with a .661 OPS against lefties this season and is 3-for-15 (.200) with eight strikeouts lifetime against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL7/23/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is just 4-for-30 (.133) in his career against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Ramirez is having another good season, hitting .284 with 12 homers, 46 RBI and a .788 OPS in 275 at-bats, but he's not a good option Wednesday.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS7/23/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn went deep for the 15th time this season Tuesday, but he doesn't have good numbers against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Dunn (.227) is 6-for-32 (.188) with 14 Ks against Shields, Wednesday's scheduled starter.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS 7/23/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has batted .417 in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ramirez has gone 20-for-48 (.417) with a double, a triple and two home runs against Shields. Give him a try Wednesday.