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  • Riley Greene Homers Twice, Drives In Career-High Six Runs On Saturday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene went 4-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI, and one walk in Saturday's 13-5 win over the Houston Astros. He blasted a solo shot in the first inning off Spencer Arrighetti to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The 23-year-old later crushed a three-run blast off Arrighetti again in the second inning to put Detroit up 7-0. He drove in a career-high six RBI in Saturday's victory. Greene has been on fire in June, hitting .321 (17-for-53) with four home runs and 14 RBI over 13 games. Overall, Greene is slashing .256/.348/.488 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 48 runs, and three stolen bases over 69 games in 2024. Fantasy managers should continue to roll with Greene in all league formats while he's wielding a hot bat.

    Jun 15 · Source via Detroit Tigers Riley Greene
  • Colt Keith Homers, Collects Four Hits On Saturday

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    Detroit Tigers infielder Colt Keith went 4-for-6 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's 13-5 win over the Houston Astros. Keith blasted a solo shot off Astros reliever Tayler Scott in the ninth inning for his third home run of the season. The 22-year-old is starting to heat up at the plate and is on a three-game hitting streak while recording back-to-back multi-hit efforts. Keith is slashing .235/.284/.315 with three home runs, 20 RBI, 18 runs, and three stolen bases over 61 games in 2024. Fantasy managers searching for a streamer can use Keith while he is swinging a hot bat.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Colt Keith
  • DJ Herz Racks Up 13 Strikeouts In Saturday's Win Over Miami

    Washington Nationals left-hander DJ Herz (1-1) allowed one hit and no walks while striking out 13 over six scoreless innings to earn the win in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins. The lefty tossed 84 pitches, landing 57 for strikes. Herz recorded 21 swinging strikes. He cruised to his first major league victory and was perfect except for surrendering a single to Marlins third baseman Jake Burger. Herz became the second pitcher in MLB history to rack up 13 strikeouts and no walks in the first three career starts. The other was retired Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Herz owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings in 2024. The southpaw will look to build on Saturday's impressive performance in his next start in Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals DJ Herz
  • Anthony Santander Homers Twice On Saturday

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBI in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He took Phillies starter Taijuan Walker deep in the fourth inning for his first homer of the game. The 29-year-old later blasted a two-run shot off Jose Ruiz to increase Baltimore's lead. Santander has been on a power surge in June and has homered eight times during the month. He is slashing .231/.307/.498 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI, and 38 runs over 66 games in 2024. Santander hits in the heart of the order in one of the most potent lineups in baseball, and fantasy managers should continue to roll with him in all league formats.

    Jun 15 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Anthony Santander
  • Merrill Kelly Expected To Be Out Through The All-Star Break

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is expected to be held out through the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks are being cautious with Kelly and will not rush him through his rehab process. The 35-year-old has been sidelined due to a right shoulder strain since late April. He has to throw beyond 75 feet. Kelly owned a 2.19 ERA, 0.93 ERA, and a 21: 6 K: BB across 24 2/3 innings before landing on the injured list. The veteran right-hander won't be back on the mound until mid-July at the earliest. Fantasy managers with an IL spot should continue to stash Kelly in all leagues.

    Jun 15 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Josh Smith Dealing With Lower-Body Soreness

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    Texas Rangers infielder Josh Smith (lower body) missed his second straight game due to lower-body soreness/tightness. The 26-year-old is considered day-to-day. His next chance to return will be Sunday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners. Smith has filled in admirably at the hot corner with Josh Jung (wrist) on the injured list. He is slashing .294/.382/.436 with four home runs, 24 RBI, 33 runs, and four stolen bases over 242 plate appearances in 2024. Ezequiel Duran drew the start at third base instead of Smith for both games. Duran is slashing .264/.304/.338 with two home runs, 13 RBI, 11 runs, and a stolen base over 50 games in 2024.

    Jun 15 · Source via Texas Rangers Josh Smith
  • Joe Musgrove Could Resume Throwing Soon

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) is getting closer to picking up a ball and resuming throwing, per Padres manager Mike Shildt. An MRI revealed that Musgrove's right elbow showed a bone spur and bruise. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and a cortisone injection in his right elbow. The 31-year-old dealt with a similar injury in May and was placed on the injured list on June 1. Musgrove owned a 5.66 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and a 44 15 K: BB across 49 1/3 innings before landing on the injured list. Shildt would not offer specifics on a timeline, but Musgrove most likely will return after the All-Star break.

    Jun 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Salvador Perez Could Return On Sunday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) has a knee sprain and inflammation but could return to the lineup for the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Perez exited Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with discomfort in his right knee. He underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a minor sprain and inflammation. The 34-year-old is undergoing treatment and could return to the lineup Sunday or Tuesday against the Oakland A's. The veteran backstop is considered day-to-day. Perez is slashing .297/.375/.490 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI, and 27 runs across 280 plate appearances in 2024. Austin Nola and MJ Melendez will handle catcher duties for the Royals until Perez returns to action.

    Jun 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto Exits Saturday's Start Early With Tricep Tightness

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto (triceps) exited Saturday's start against the Kansas City Royals early with tricep tightness. His last pitch was 92.9 mph, the slowest on Saturday, and he was removed from the game after just two scoreless frames. The 25-year-old allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over two innings before exiting. Michael Grove replaced him in the third inning. Yamamoto is considered day-to-day and will undergo further evaluation once the game is completed. He has been fantastic this season, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts over 74 innings in 2024.

    Jun 15 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • Henry Davis Placed On The 7-Day Concussion IL

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher/outfielder Henry Davis (concussion) on the 7-day concussion injured list on Saturday. Jason Delay was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Davis exited Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies early with concussion-like symptoms. The 24-year-old was recently called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 4, slashing .118/.211/.353 with a home run and 11 strikeouts over six games. Yasmani Grandal and Delay will handle catcher duties for the Pirates while Davis is sidelined. Neither is a fantasy option outside of deep league or two-catcher formats.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis
  • Michael Harris II Diagnosed With A Grade 2 Hamstring Strain

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II (hamstring) has a Grade 2 left hamstring strain, and there isn't a timetable for his return. "Those things are all different, and it takes a long time to get where they can torque it," said Braves manager Brian Snitker. The 23-year-old exited Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays early with a hamstring injury. He underwent an MRI, which revealed that he had a Grade 2 hamstring strain. He was slashing .250/.295/.358 with five home runs, 20 RBI, 30 runs, and eight stolen bases over 278 plate appearances before landing on the injured list. Harris will likely require more than the 10-day minimum and could be out for a while. Ramon Laureano was called up to take Harris' place in the outfield and should see an uptick in at-bats with all the injuries to Atlanta's outfield.

    Jun 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Marlins Select Kent Emanuel

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    The Marlins announced earlier this afternoon that they've selected the contract of left-hander Kent Emanuel. Right-hander Shaun Anderson was optioned in a corresponding move. Emmanuel will take the 40-man roster spot of right-hander Burch Smith, who was designated for assignment yesterday. The 32-year-old Emanuel was a third-round pick by the Astros back in 2013 and...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Kent Emanuel Shaun Anderson Burch Smith
  • Orioles Outright Corbin Martin To Triple-A

    The Orioles have outrighted Corbin Martin off the 40-man roster and assigned the right-hander to Triple-A Norfolk.  It wasn't known that Martin had been designated for assignment, but he'll now head to Triple-A since he doesn't have the requirements (i.e. service time or a past outright) to reject an outright assignment in favor of free...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Baltimore Orioles Corbin Martin
  • Angels Place Adam Cimber On 15-Day IL, Select Jose Marte, Release Ehire Adrianza

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    The Angels made a trio of roster moves this afternoon, including the placement of right-hander Adam Cimber on the 15-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation.  Right-hander Jose Marte's contract was selected from Triple-A to take Cimber's spot on the active roster, and infielder Ehire Adrianza was released to create space on the 40-man....

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Ehire Adrianza Adam Cimber Jose Marte
  • Kris Bryant Reveals He Has An Internal Oblique Strain

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    Colorado Rockies first baseman Kris Bryant (rib) revealed to the Rockies today that on top of his left-rib contusion he also has an internal oblique strain and has no idea when he will be able to return. The news of the internal oblique strain left the Rockies "extremely frustrated" according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Bryant has continually battled injuries in his tenure with the Rockies, only being able to suit up for 37% of the Rockies' 393 games played since signing his 7-year, $182 million contract in 2022. With no timetable for his return, and Bryant already hitting for a less than pedestrian 64 OPS+ on the season, fantasy managers should drop Bryant immediately. Look for Elehuris Montero and Michael Toglia to continue receiving additional playing time at first base (Montero) and in the outfield (Toglia).

    Jun 15 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Jesse Winker Exits Game Early With Apparent Injury, Will Have MRI On Knee

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker exited Saturday's 4-0 victory against the Miami Marlins early with an apparent injury and will be having an MRI on his right knee on Saturday night. Winker was pinch-hit for by Luis Garcia Jr. in the bottom of the third inning. He was thrown out at second base after rounding too far during an Ildemaro Vargas bloop single in the first inning and it's being speculated that the injury could have occurred here. The 30-year-old stayed in the game but did not make his next at-bat. The lefty was having a solid season, hitting for a 124 OPS+. Should he need to miss much time then fantasy managers should target Ildemaro Vargas and Eddie Rosario to pick up Winker's at-bats.

    Jun 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker Luis Garcia Eddie Rosario Ildemaro Vargas
  • Will Smith Getting A Breather On Saturday, Not In Lineup

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    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith is out of the Dodgers' lineup for Saturday's tilt against Seth Lugo and the Kansas City Royals. This marks Smith's third rest day during June. The slugger has been having a solid June, hitting for a 115 wRC+ during the month. Fantasy managers need not worry about Smith's health as he should be expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday when the Dodgers face off against Royals' starter Brady Singer. Austin Barnes will be starting in Smith's spot on Saturday and will be batting ninth. Though Barnes is hitting for just a 65 OPS+ on the season, he may be a sneaky add in DFS for managers willing to take a risk as he's recorded a hit in each of his last four starts.

    Jun 15 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Will Smith
  • Kodai Senga Throws Bullpen On Saturday, Needs At Least One More

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) threw another bullpen session on Saturday and will need at least one more bullpen before progressing in his rehab and facing hitters, according to Mets manager Carlos Mendoza. Senga said he threw between 30-35 pitches during the bullpen and replicated it as a two-inning start by throwing 15 pitches, sitting down, and then throwing another 15-20 pitches. The need for another bullpen session before facing hitters was already something on the docket for the righty and shouldn't be viewed as a negative step in his recovery. Senga has been shut down since May due to tightness in his triceps and has yet to pitch in 2024. Fantasy managers need to continue to be patient, as it doesn't sound like Senga is close to returning quite yet, and he probably won't return until after the All-Star break.

    Jun 15 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Shota Imanaga Notches Eighth Quality Start, Improves Record To 7-1

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga was dominant yet again after pitching seven innings of one run ball in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Imanaga struck out six along the way and lowered his ERA to 1.89 on the season. This was the lefty's eighth quality start of the season, his second in a row after two major blemishes against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox. Currently in the driver's seat for NL Rookie of the Year, Imanaga continues to outpace his 3.09 xERA and post quality results for the Cubs as they look to stay in the thick of the NL wild card race. Imanaga's next scheduled start will be next Friday as the Cubs host the New York Mets.

    Jun 15 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • Gerrit Cole Feeling Good After Rehab Start, Says He Will "Definitely" Be Back "Soon"

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (elbow) stated on Saturday that he was feeling good the day after his rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, his third rehab start this season, and that he "definitely" will be back "soon." The expectation is that a decision will be made by Sunday if the 2023 AL Cy Young winner will need another rehab start or if he will be added to the Yankees' active roster. Manager Aaron Boone was looking to speak with both Cole and the Yankees' training staff before making a decision. The 33-year-old has been making great progress in his rehab and was dominant on Friday, striking out 10 in just over four innings of work. If Cole is added to the Yankees active roster, they currently do not have a starter named for their Wednesday night game against the Baltimore Orioles, the first possibility for him to return. Should he require another rehab start then the next opening in the Yankees' rotation currently is June 26th against the New York Mets. Fantasy managers should be prepared to have Cole inserted into their lineups in anticipation of him returning this week or next.

    Jun 15 · Source via New York Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Nationals Sign Harold Ramirez To Minor League Contract

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    The Nationals have signed outfielder/designated hitter Harold Ramirez to a minor league deal, the team announced.  Ramirez will report to Triple-A Rochester just a day after he was released by the Rays. Ramirez posted unremarkable numbers over his first three MLB seasons before he was dealt from the Cubs to the Rays in March 2022,...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Harold Ramirez
  • Mitch Haniger Out Of Lineup Saturday Night

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    Mitch Haniger will head to the bench on Saturday night for the Seattle Mariners. Rookie Dominic Canzone will replace him, batting seventh and playing right field. The veteran Haniger is hitting .224 and has six home runs and 30 RBI thus far on the season. Haniger has not hit much in June, with a .250 clip, no home runs, and only six RBI thus far in 40 plate appearances. Expect Haniger back in the lineup for the series finale on Sunday with the Texas Rangers.

    Jun 15 · Source via Seattle Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • Max Scherzer To Start Saturday For AAA Round Rock

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    Veteran ace Max Scherzer will start tonight for the Texas Rangers' AAA Round Rock squad as he works his way back to the major leagues after back surgery this winter. Scherzer is yet to pitch in MLB this season. Expectations seem to be that Scherzer will be back by the end of June. On Monday, Scherzer threw 53 pitches and struck out five while throwing four scoreless innings. He also gave up one run and one walk in the outing. Scherzer was consistently hitting 94-95 with his fastball as he nears a return to the Rangers.

    Jun 15 · Source via Texas Rangers Max Scherzer
  • Jonah Heim To Paternity List On Saturday

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    Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim was moved to the paternity list on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled catcher Sam Huff from AAA Round Rock. Heim is hitting .234 with six home runs and 31 RBI, getting the bulk of the starts behind the plate due to his great defense and handling of the pitching staff. Heim can miss up to three days as his family awaits the birth of their third child. Be sure to get Heim out of your lineup for the next few days.

    Jun 15 · Source via Texas Rangers Jonah Heim
  • Jordan Wicks To 15-Day IL With Right Oblique Strain

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    Chicago Cubs starter Jordan Wicks was placed on the injured list Saturday with a right oblique strain. In a corresponding move, the team recalled veteran righthander Keegan Thompson. Wicks left his start on Friday with the apparent injury after facing only seven batters covering a little more than one inning. It's not immediately known who will take Wicks' spot in the rotation. The Cubs have both veteran Kyle Hendricks and youngster Hayden Wesneski in the bullpen who could step back into the rotation. Wicks has started six games this season, winning one and posting 32 strikeouts in 28 innings with a 4.18 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

    Jun 15 · Source via Chicago Cubs Jordan Wicks
  • Brewers' Abner Uribe To Undergo Knee Surgery

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    Right-hander Abner Uribe was placed on Triple-A Nashville's injured list last week with an unspecified knee problem, and will now undergo surgery to fix a right lateral meniscus tear, Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.  The severity of the injury won't be fully known until doctors begin the operation, and...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Milwaukee Brewers Abner Uribe
  • Devin Williams Could Return After All-Star Break

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy announced to the media today that star closer Devin Williams "remains on track" to be ready to pitch in the major leagues after the All-Star Break. There is no other specific timeline on it. Murphy stated that Williams would be pitching from a mound soon as he takes the next step in his rehabilitation from a back injury that has kept him on the injured list all season. Williams had eight wins, 36 saves with a 1.53 ERA, a .92 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts in 58 innings in 2023. In his absence, Trevor Megill has 11 saves and has locked down the closer role in Milwaukee. The first-place Brewers would welcome Williams back to highest leverage role in their bullpen.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Devin Williams
  • David Hamilton Out Of Lineup Saturday

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    Boston Red Sox shortstop David Hamilton will be on the bench Saturday night. Hamilton is hitting .281 with four home runs, 14 RBI, 22 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases. Rookie Ceddanne Rafaela will get the start instead and hit in the ninth spot. Hamilton has had a solid June, hitting .283 with two homers, five RBI, and five stolen bases in 47 plate appearances. This is likely a day off for the left-handed hitting Hamilton as the Red Sox face lefty Carlos Rodon and the New York Yankees on Saturday night. Look for the speedy shortstop to be back in action Sunday afternoon in the series finale.

    Jun 15 · Source via Boston Red Sox David Hamilton
  • Ben Joyce To Open On Sunday

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    Los Angeles Angels reliever Ben Joyce will open Sunday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants as the club hopes to get two innings out of the right-hander. Joyce has made just four appearances so far this season for the Angels and also pitched in another 18 contests with Double-A Rocket City, tossing a 12.27 ERA in the majors but also a 4.26 ERA in the minors alongside a 2.32 xFIP that suggests he was far better in the minors than his surface ERA indicates. The flame thrower's 2023 season was cut short due to an elbow injury as he posted a 5.40 ERA in 10 outings a season ago with a four-seam fastball that consistently reached triple digits.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Ben Joyce
  • Willson Contreras Targeting Late-June Return

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    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras (forearm) is targeting a late June return to action and is also hoping to begin a rehab assignment around June 18. The veteran backstop suffered a gruesome break of his forearm when he was struck on a swing by Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez on May 7. The fairly swift potential return is excellent news for fantasy managers considering how the injury looked as it appears Contreras is approaching a best-case scenario. The 32-year-old has enjoyed a big season at the plate, hitting .280 with six homers, two stolen bases, and a career-high 14.1% BB%, helping him to a sterling .949 OPS while his 171 wRC+ checks in 71% above the league average.

    Jun 15 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Willson Contreras
  • Harold Ramirez Inks Minors Pact With Nats

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    Outfielder Harold Ramirez has signed a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals and he will report to Triple-A Rochester. The 29-year-old was recently designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays and was released on Friday but it didn't take him long to land with a new club roughly 24 hours later. Ramirez has been a productive hitter in each of the last two seasons with Tampa Bay and enjoyed a career year in 2023 that saw him hit .313 with 12 homers and an .813 OPS across 434 trips to the plate. However, he has taken a major step back in 2024, hitting .268 with just one homer alongside five steals and a .589 OPS across 48 games.

    Jun 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Harold Ramirez
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. On The Bench Versus Lefty Saturday

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the hosting Washington Nationals and left-hander DJ Herz. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a nice season but has indeed been inferior against same-handed pitching. Chisholm is hitting .254 with 10 homers, 13 stolen bases, and a .754 OPS on the season but his OPS against lefties drops to .701 while his walk rate is just 6.3% against lefties versus 9.6% against right-handers. Dane Myers will take over in center field and will hit sixth against Herz and the Nats on Saturday afternoon.

    Jun 15 · Source via Miami Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Adam Cimber Likely To Hit Injured List

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    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Adam Cimber (shoulder) is likely to land on the injured list. The news comes just a day after Cimber was rocked for four earned runs while recording just a single out in an appearance against the San Francisco Giants. The veteran was off to a nice start to the season in his first tour of duty with the Angels but has now allowed nine earned runs over his last five outings and three innings of work. Overall, the 33-year-old side-armer sports a 7.03 ERA across 28 appearances on the season, walking a hefty 13.1% of the hitters he has faced, doubling his career 6.5% BB% in the process.

    Jun 15 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Adam Cimber
  • Michael Conforto Sitting Versus Lefty

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Conforto is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels and left-hander Patrick Sandoval. Conforto did start Friday's series opener against another lefty in Tyler Anderson and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout but will hit the bench to begin Saturday afternoon's contest. It's been a solid season for the veteran who is hitting .242 with eight homers and a .724 OPS across 47 games and is actually hitting .311 with an .852 OPS against left-handed pitching. Austin Slater will spell Conforto in left field and will hit out of the leadoff spot for a second consecutive game on Saturday.

    Jun 15 · Source via San Francisco Giants Michael Conforto
  • Twins-Athletics Game Postponed On Saturday, Will Play Doubleheader On Sunday

    The third game of a four-game set between the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics was postponed on Saturday due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, with the first game starting at 2:10 PM EST and the second game slated for a 7:10 PM EST start time. Joey Estes and Bailey Ober were slated to be Saturday's starters and should be expected to take the mound during one of the games on Sunday. JP Sears and Chris Paddack will likely take the mound in the other game on Sunday. Athletics backstop Tyler Soderstrom is worth considering in DFS on Sunday as he is currently riding an impressive six-game hitting streak with three long balls in the stretch. In addition, Minnesota third baseman Royce Lewis is also carrying a six-game hitting streak with two home runs during the stretch and will be a popular play on Sunday.

    Jun 15 · Source via Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins
  • Jarred Kelenic Hitting Leadoff On Saturday

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic will hit in the leadoff spot for the first time this season. Due to the injuries of Ronald Acuna Jr (knee) and recently Michael Harris II (hamstring), Kelenic may earn a permanent role in the leadoff spot going forward. The former top prospect has begun to find his footing in the batter's box with a .275/.326/.475 slash line since May 29. Overall, in his first season in Atlanta, the former sixth overall pick holds a .259/.305/.401 line with four home runs and one swiped bag. While Kelenic may have disappointed through the early part of the season, he has begun to string together a few solid performances and will now see even more opportunities batting in the top spot of a strong Braves lineup. He has a tough matchup Saturday afternoon against Ryan Pepiot, who carries a stellar 1.01 WHIP.

    Jun 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Kyle Bradish Placed On The 15-Day Injured List

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list on Saturday with a right UCL sprain. Bradish left his start on Friday afternoon with right elbow discomfort and previously missed the opening month of this season with a UCL sprain. As a result, the 27-year-old is expected to be sidelined for longer than the minimum 15-day stint. Baltimore promoted southpaw Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move. Through 39 innings this season, Bradish performed well with a 2.75 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 53 strikeouts. While Bradish remains sidelined, rookie Cade Povich should be expected to remain in the starting rotation making him an excellent waiver wire option this weekend.

    Jun 15 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Kyle Bradish
  • Brandon Marsh Activated From Injured List And Starting On Saturday

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    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday and will start in left field and bat seventh against Grayson Rodriguez and the Baltimore Orioles. Marsh has been sidelined since June 2 with a right hamstring strain. Before the injury, Marsh carried a solid .265/.344/.426 slash line with six long balls and eight swiped bags. He currently holds a stellar 51.8% hard-hit rate and 92.1 mph average exit velocity, which suggests he could be in store for a big summer. Marsh is always worth a look in DFS, batting in the middle of an excellent Phillies lineup. Even though his matchup Saturday afternoon is difficult against Rodriguez, who carries a 7-2 record and 3.27 ERA, Marsh will have several prime RBI opportunities batting behind players like Alec Bohm and Bryce Harper.

    Jun 15 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Brandon Marsh
  • Jared Koenig Serving As Opener On Saturday

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jared Koenig will serve as the opener on Saturday afternoon as the Brewers continue a three-game set against their division rival Cincinnati Reds. Bryse Wilson will follow Koenig in long relief. Koenig enters Saturday with a strong 1.72 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a 6:26 BB:K ratio through 31 innings this season. He has been exceptional since May 17, as he has allowed just six hits and three free passes and has not surrendered a run. The 30-year-old southpaw should be expected to pitch at least two innings and could potentially remain in the game for the third frame if he is doing well. Koenig could be worth a look in DFS this afternoon, but select him with caution as he may only log a couple of innings.

    Jun 15 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Jared Koenig
  • Kevin Kiermaier Returns To Starting Lineup

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    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (knee) is back in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing the past two games with a bruised knee. The 34-year-old has posted a disappointing .200/.248/.317 with two home runs and through 50 games this season. While he is on pace to have the worst batting average of his career, he is still stealing bases at a high rate and already has four swiped bags through the earlier part of the season and is currently ranked in the top 87th percentile among hitters in sprint speed. He will bat in the nine-hole on Saturday afternoon, as he usually does, and will face 37-year-old Carlos Carrasco, who enters this game with a hefty 5.50 ERA and could be a sneaky play in DFS today with this great matchup.

    Jun 15 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Kiermaier
  • Jose Ramirez Goes On Paternity List

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    Cleveland Guardians All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez will miss the rest of the series in Toronto against the Blue Jays this weekend after being placed on the paternity list ahead of the birth of his second child. Outfielder Jonathan Rodriguez has been called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Ramirez's spot on the roster. Fantasy managers will need to take J-Ram out of their lineups for the rest of the weekend, but he should be back for the start of a series on Tuesday against the visiting Seattle Mariners. With Ramirez out on Saturday, Daniel Schneemann is starting at third base and batting seventh. The 31-year-old Ramirez is still one of the better position players in the big leagues. He's currently slashing .269/.330/.534 with an .864 OPS, 18 home runs, 62 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 51 runs scored in 264 at-bats in 2024.

    Jun 15 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Jose Ramirez
  • Davis Schneider Getting A Breather Against Guardians

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    Toronto Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Davis Schneider is out of the starting lineup on Saturday versus the visiting Cleveland Guardians. With Schneider getting a breather, rookie Spencer Horwitz is playing second base and batting leadoff, while rookie Addison Barger will man third base and bat seventh against Guardians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Daulton Varsho is also in left field and is batting fifth. Schneider is hitting only .230 (45-for-196) but has already matched his career-high in home runs with eight that he set in his rookie campaign in 2023, and he's also seen run in the leadoff spot this year with George Springer struggling. The lefty-hitting Horwitz has been hot in his first six games in 2024 for Toronto, going 7-for-19 (.368). He'll be an interesting DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot against Carrasco.

    Jun 15 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Davis Schneider
  • Bo Bichette Out With Calf Soreness

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    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (calf) is dealing with a bit of right-calf soreness, according to manager John Schneider, and is out of the starting lineup on Saturday against the visiting Cleveland Guardians. The Blue Jays will keep an eye on how Bichette feels on Saturday and into Sunday. In addition to now being dinged up, Bichette has hit .204 (10-for-49) with no homers, four doubles, three RBI and 10 strikeouts in 13 games so far in June. Along with most of the Blue Jays hitters, he's disappointed in 2024 to the tune of a .237/.286/.342 slash line in 257 at-bats with only four homers, 28 RBI and four stolen bases. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now. With Bichette resting his calf on Saturday, Isiah Kiner-Falefa is starting at short and batting eighth against Guardians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. He has never faced Carrasco in his career.

    Jun 15 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Michael Busch Getting A Breather Saturday

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch is not in the team's starting lineup on Saturday against the visiting division-rival St. Louis Cardinals. Busch will take a seat in favor of Cody Bellinger, who is playing first base and hitting third in the order. Rookie Pete Crow-Armstrong gets the start in center field and is batting eighth against Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante. The 26-year-old Busch is currently in the midst of a four-game hitting streak and is batting .333 (9-for-27) with no homers, no RBI and two doubles in 11 games since the calendar flipped to June. Still, Busch was much hotter to start his first season in Chicago and hasn't homered since May 28. Busch typically is in the lineup against righties, but Pallante has been much better against lefty hitters.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Pedro Pages Making Another Start

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    St. Louis Cardinals rookie catcher Pedro Pages is making another start behind the plate on Saturday and will bat in the nine-hole against the division-rival Chicago Cubs and left-hander Shota Imanaga at Wrigley Field. Pages hit his first home run in the big leagues on Friday and will get a third straight start as a result. Regular catcher Ivan Herrera is serving as the designated hitter and will bat sixth. The 25-year-old has seen an uptick in playing time of late, but he's gone just 4-for-32 (.125) on the season with the one home run, seven RBI and four runs scored in 16 games played in his first year in the majors. With Willson Contreras (forearm) getting closer to a return from a fractured forearm, Pages is running out of time to impress the Cardinals.

    Jun 15 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Pedro Pages
  • Shea Langeliers, Zack Gelof Sitting Against Twins

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    Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers, second baseman Zack Gelof and outfielder Seth Brown are all getting the day off on Saturday against the hosting Minnesota Twins. Kyle McCann is behind the plate and hitting eighth, Abraham Toro is at second base and batting leadoff, and Daz Cameron is in right field and hitting seventh against Twins right-hander Bailey Ober. Langeliers is hitting just .204 on the year but has been heating up of late and has a useful 13 homers and 35 RBI from the catcher position. Gelof is hitting just .188 in 2024 and went 0-for-6 with three K's in the first two games of the series in Minnesota. Brown is also hitting .188 on the year with five homers and 14 RBI. With Toro moving over to the keystone on Saturday, J.D. Davis will draw into the lineup at third base and will bat sixth for Oakland.

    Jun 15 · Source via Oakland Athletics Zack Gelof Shea Langeliers
  • Justin Verlander Scratched On Saturday

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    Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (undisclosed) has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday versus the visiting Detroit Tigers due to undisclosed reasons. Rookie right-hander Spencer Arrighetti will now make the start in his place. Fantasy managers will want to check back soon for updates on why Verlander isn't making his scheduled start. The 41-year-old veteran hasn't looked great in his two starts in June against the Cardinals and Angels, allowing a combined eight earned runs on 14 hits (three homers) while walking two and striking out only seven. It's possible that he may not be fully, in which case the Astros could consider placing him on the injured list to rest him for a while. In any event, make sure to pull him out of your lineups for Saturday. Arrighetti hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in his last four starts and will have a nice matchup against Detroit.

    Jun 15 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Byron Buxton, Max Kepler Out Saturday

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    Minnesota Twins outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are both out of the lineup on Saturday against the visiting Oakland Athletics. Both Buxton and Kepler are swinging hot bats at the moment, but the Twins will give them a day off in the third game of the series. In his last four starts, Buxton has gone 7-for-15 with a homer, triple, six RBI and four runs scored. Kepler, meanwhile, has gone 4-for-7 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in the first two games of the series. Manuel Margot is starting in center field and is batting eighth, while Trevor Larnach is in right field for the Twins and in the two-hole against A's right-hander Joey Estes. Austin Martin also draws into the lineup in left field and will bat ninth. None of Margot, Larnach or Martin has ever faced Estes in their career.

    Jun 15 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton Max Kepler
  • Alec Bohm Collects Three Hits, Wins It In Extras For Philly

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    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Friday's 5-3 win over the Orioles. The first two hits were singles, but the last was a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning that would prove to be the game-winner. Bohm had been scuffling coming into the contest, having gone 4-for-33 (.121) over his last eight games, but overall is having the best season of his young career so far. The 27-year-old owns a .292-6-54-31-2 line with a .350 wOBA and 127 wRC+ on the season, while striking out at a low rate (13.7%) and leading all of baseball in doubles with 24.

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  • Seranthony Dominguez Notches First Save Friday

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    Philadelphia Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez earned his first save of the season in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Orioles. Dominguez picked this one up in the 11th inning after usual closers Jose Alvarado and Jeff Hoffman had already been used. After starting the season with a 7.71 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over his first 16 appearances, Friday's outing marked the righty's 10th straight scoreless appearance in which he's posted a 0.00 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, and a 2:7 BB:K. Dominguez has been good of late, but don't count on too many more save chances unless something were to happen to Alvarado and Hoffman.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Seranthony Dominguez
  • Anthony Santander Swats Home Run No. 15 Friday

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander went 2-for-5 with his fifteenth home run of the season in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles. The home run was a big one that knotted the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning, and came off of reliever Matt Strahm who hadn't allowed an earned run in 27 consecutive appearances prior to Friday. After hitting .211 over the first couple months of the season, Santander has turned it on in June, hitting .273 with six home runs in 14 games. The switch-hitter now owns a .224-15-38-36-0 line with a .335 wOBA and 121 wRC+.

    Jun 15 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Anthony Santander
  • Ranger Suarez Tosses Ninth Quality Start In No-Decision

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez picked up his ninth quality start of the season in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Orioles. Suarez went six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out six, but did not factor into the decision. The lefty now owns a 10-1 record with an impressive 1.77 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and a 21.8% K-BB% over 14 starts and has the second-best odds for the NL Cy Young Award, behind only teammate Zack Wheeler. His next start lines up with the Padres at home next Wednesday.

    Jun 15 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Jackson Merrill Hits Sixth Home Run Friday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill went 1-for-3 with a home run in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mets. It was his sixth home run of the season and third in his last two games. The former first-round draft pick has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games, a stretch in which he's gone 12-for-34 (.353) with four doubles, three home runs, five RBI, six runs scored, and two stolen bases. The left-handed hitter now has a .280-6-27-29-9 line on the season with a .313 wOBA and 108 wRC+.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • David Festa Strikes Out 10 For The Third Time This Season

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitching prospect David Festa tallied 10 punchouts for the third time this season on Friday. He allowed two runs across five frames with five hits and one free pass. This strong outing brings him to a solid 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 24:81 BB:K ratio through 54 innings in his first extended look at Triple-A ball. He tossed 12 innings at this level at the end of last summer and held a 2.92 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 9:15 BB:K ratio. Festa currently sits at number 100 on MLB.com's prospect ranking list and number five in the Minnesota system. With his strong performance at Triple-A, Festa should reach the majors during the second half of the season and is worth stashing in deeper redraft leagues for the time being.

    Jun 15 · Source via Minnesota Twins David Festa
  • Matt Waldron With Another Quality Start In Loss

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron produced his fourth consecutive quality start in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mets. The knuckleballer went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. It was also the seventh consecutive outing in which he allowed two earned runs or less, a phenomenal stretch in which he's posted a 1.91 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 19.1% K-BB%, and just a single home run allowed over 42 1/3 innings pitched. The righty's season ERA now stands at 3.66 with a 1.18 WHIP and a 23:70 BB:K in 76 1/3 innings (14 starts). Waldron will have a tough test his next time out, taking on the Phillies on the road next Wednesday.

    Jun 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Matt Waldron
  • Caden Dana Continues Stellar June

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitching prospect Caden Dana continued his impressive run in June with another strong performance on Friday. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball with four hits, two walks, and struck out nine. Since June 1, the 2022 draft pick holds a 1.71 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 4:25 BB:K ratio through three starts (21 innings). Dana has looked quite sharp through his first look at Double-A this season with a 2.44 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 21:72 BB:K ratio in 70 frames. MLB Pipeline projects the number two prospect in the Angeles system to reach the majors in 2026 but could push for a debut next summer if he carries this success into Triple-A.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Angels Caden Dana
  • Shane Baz Strikes Out Eight Across Six One-Run Frames

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Shane Baz posted another dominant outing at Triple-A on Friday evening, where tossed six one-run frames with eight punchouts and allowed just four hits and one free pass. Baz carried his momentum from his previous outing, where he struck out 10 batters across five one-run innings on June 8. The 24-year-old has now completed his extensive Tommy John recovery process and one the verge of returning to the major leagues. He has not pitched in Tampa Bay since the 2022 season, where he logged just 27 innings, and should be on his way back to the majors very soon. He is a must-stash candidate in all leagues, as he possesses elite strikeout upside.

    Jun 15 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Shane Baz
  • Joey Loperfido Tallies Three Hits On Friday

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    Houston Astros outfield prospect Joey Loperfido went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in Friday's victory. The 25-year-old recently returned to the minor leagues on June 12 and has already continued his dominance at this level. Through three games, he has tallied five hits with three RBI. Through 37 games at Triple-A this season, the number five ranked prospect in Houston has posted a .276/.365/.577 slash line with 13 long balls, 33 RBI, and nine stolen bases. The Duke product held his own in the majors with a .333/.381/.436 line but struggled to find consistent playing time. However, he has logged 11 starts at first base in Triple-A this season, which could suggest he might become the starting first baseman in Houston, especially after the Astros cut ties with Jose Abreu and now only have Jon Singleton on as their primary first base option. Loperfido should remain stashed in deeper leagues as he should get a more significant opportunity in the majors once he is promoted again.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Joey Loperfido
  • Coby Mayo Launches First Home Run Since Suffering Injury

    Baltimore Orioles third base prospect Coby Mayo (ribs) went 2-for-3 on Thursday evening during his second rehab game with a double and a home run. The 22-year-old has been on the injured list with a fractured rib since May 17 but recently embarked on a rehab assignment on June 13 with High-A Aberdeen. Before the injury, Mayo was on the verge of making his major league debut as he was riding a stellar .291/.359/.605 slash line with 13 long balls, 37 RBI, and three swiped bags. However, he did hold a poor 17:53 BB:K ratio. Once he completes his rehab assignment, the 19th-ranked prospect on MLB.com should be expected to return to Triple-A Norfolk but continue to be on the brink of his major league debut. He should remain stashed in all leagues.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Coby Mayo
  • Rangers Re-Sign Derek Hill To Minor League Deal

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    The Rangers have re-signed outfielder Derek Hill to a minor league contract, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (X link). He'll head back to Triple-A Round Rock after electing free agency earlier in the week. Hill first signed a minor league contract over the offseason and was selected onto the MLB roster at the...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Texas Rangers Derek Hill
  • Orioles' top prospect Holliday (elbow) placed on IL

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    Jackson Holliday, the Baltimore Orioles' top prospect, has been placed on the injured list with right elbow inflammation.

    Jun 15 · ESPN Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Braves, Matt Carasiti Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Braves agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Matt Carasiti, per the team's transaction log at MLB.com. He recently elected free agency when the Rockies designated him for assignment and passed him through outright waivers. Carasiti, 32, allowed 10 runs in 8 2/3 frames out of the Colorado bullpen this season and carries...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Matt Carasiti
  • Raisel Iglesias Collects Save No. 18

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias earned Friday's save in the win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, recording the final out of the ballgame in the ninth inning. Iglesias needed just three pitches to put this one away for the Braves on Friday, gaining his 18th save of the campaign. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander remains as reliable as any stopper in the game in 2024, compiling a 2.10 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while fanning 17 batters, walking just five, and converting 18 of his 20 save opportunities over 25 2/3 innings as Atlanta's top ninth-inning arm. Despite a career-low strikeout rate, Iglesias doesn't make a habit of lending free passes, and his microscopic 1.3% barrel rate against means his four-pitch arsenal is still as effective as ever.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Austin Riley Revives With Homer, Three RBI

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley revived in Friday night's win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, tallying three hits with a home run and three RBI in the victory. After lining an RBI double to left field to push the Braves' lead to 4-1 in the first inning, Riley crushed a two-run homer to left field to extend Atlanta's lead to 7-1 in the second inning. The 27-year-old star slugger has been one of fantasy's biggest busts this year, so hopefully Friday's performance gets him back on track. Riley hadn't gone deep since May 3 before this one, now slashing .230/.296/.357 with four long balls, 11 doubles, and 23 RBI over 213 at-bats. He's a .271 hitter with a .496 slugging percentage for his major-league career, so there's plenty of reason to buy low on Riley before it's too late.

    Jun 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Marcell Ozuna Crushes League-High 19th Homer

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    Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna kept crushing it in Friday night's win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, crushing his league-leading 19th home run of the season with three RBI. Taking Rays right-hander Zack Littell deep during the opening frame, Ozuna hammered a three-run homer to right field to put the Braves ahead 3-1 early on Friday. The 33-year-old Dominican slugger has been stellar in 2024, slashing .321/.396/.610 with 60 RBI, 15 doubles, and 41 runs scored over 249 at-bats for the Braves as Atlanta's primary No. 3 batter. He's shaping up as one of the best picks out of the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this past spring. Well on his way to Arlington later this summer for the third All-Star nod of his career, Ozuna's .663 xSLG on Baseball Savant is somehow better than what he's actually slugging.

    Jun 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Max Kepler Plays Hero Role In Walk-Off Win

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler enjoyed a special night during Friday's extra-inning victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics, walking it off and also smashing his fifth home run of the season. Before hitting a walk-off single to right field to win the game for the Twins 6-5 in 10 innings, Kepler became Target Field's all-time leader in homers by slugging a three-run game-tying shot off Athletics right-hander Mitch Spence to right-center field to draw the game even at 4-4 in the sixth. The 31-year-old righty masher is Minnesota's primary right fielder against left-handed pitching, limiting his overall fantasy appeal with a .263/.326/.433 triple-slash line alongside 27 RBI, 14 doubles, 21 runs scored, and one stolen bag over 51 appearances (171 at-bats) this season. Despite Friday's heroics, Kepler remains more of an AL-only option.

    Jun 15 · Source via Minnesota Twins Max Kepler
  • Salvador Perez Dealing With Knee Discomfort

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) left Friday night's game against the hosting Los Angeles Dodgers with discomfort in his right knee. Before the team removed him from the contest, Perez hammered a three-run home run to left field off Dodgers right-hander Gavin Stone to give the Royals a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning of Friday's loss. He'll be further evaluated ahead of Saturday's showdown in LA, and fantasy managers should deem the veteran slugging backstop day-to-day for now. The 34-year-old Perez has been as good as ever in 2024, slashing a robust .297/.375/.490 with 11 homers, 15 doubles, and 45 RBI covering 249 at-bats (66 games) as KC's everyday cleanup hitter. Freddy Fermin would be worth a look in two-catcher formats if Perez needs to miss more action, batting .294 (35-for-119) over 41 outings this season, and corner outfielder MJ Melendez could also see some work behind the plate in this case.

    Jun 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Matt Bowman Elects Free Agency

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    Reliever Matt Bowman is back on the open market. The Mariners announced this evening that the righty elected free agency after clearing outright waivers. It's the second time in as many weeks for Bowman, who became a free agent on May 31 after being waived by the Diamondbacks. That could set Bowman up to join his...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Matt Bowman
  • Henry Davis Has Concussion-Like Symptoms

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Henry Davis (concussion) was removed from Friday night's game against the hosting Colorado Rockies due to concussion-like symptoms. Davis is currently being examined by Pittsburgh's medical staff, and veteran Yasmani Grandal replaced him behind the plate after Davis went 0-for-2 on Friday. The 24-year-old former No. 1 overall just hasn't been able to put it together this season and is watching his stock swiftly decline, slashing a frigid .153/.267/.235 with one home run and five RBI through 102 plate appearances for the Pirates. Consider him day-to-day until more is known ahead of Saturday's clash with Colorado. Grandal would get all the action he could handle as the backstop for any time Davis needs to miss, but the switch-hitter has gone just 14-for-85 (.165) in 27 outings and wouldn't be a viable option in two-catcher leagues.

    Jun 15 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis
  • Alex Verdugo Smacks HR In Return to Boston

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    New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo had a nice homecoming in Boston Friday night where the lefty went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI, and a run scored in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Verdugo smacked a two-run home run in his first at-bat in his return to Fenway and followed that with an RBI double in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the ninth inning. Verdugo has been scorching hot over the last week with four multi-hit games with a .355 batting average while driving in seven runs. Verdugo has been excellent hitting cleanup for the Yankees this season and will look to continue his hot June against the Red Sox the rest of this weekend with the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves heading to New York next week.

    Jun 15 · Source via New York Yankees Alex Verdugo
  • Kyle Bradish Nursing Elbow Issue

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish (elbow) said his elbow was bothering him after the fifth inning of Friday's game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Brandon Hyde said Baltimore will have Bradish undergo further tests to determine what the problem is. Considering Bradish missed the first month of the year with a UCL sprain during spring training, it's not exactly what the O's or fantasy managers want to be hearing. With five strong innings on Friday against the Phillies, the 27-year-old right-hander sports a 2.75 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 53 punchouts and 15 walks through 39 1/3 innings in 2024. Bradish is tentatively slated to start next Friday's matchup against the Houston Astros, though his test results would need to come back clean for that to happen.

    Jun 15 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Kyle Bradish
  • Yu Darvish Could Return Next Week

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish (groin) threw 60 pitches in the bullpen on Friday afternoon ahead of the series opener against the hosting New York Mets, simulating three innings of work. Darvish said earlier in the afternoon that he felt the simulation would be a sufficient ramp-up for him to be ready to have his next step be starting a game, and that return from a strained left groin will likely come during the team's upcoming homestand that begins with Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He'll throw a regular between-starts bullpen session before then, and it sounds like Darvish may not need a minor-league rehab assignment before rejoining San Diego's rotation perhaps as early as late next week. The 37-year-old five-time All-Star right-hander owns a solid 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 53:15 K:BB through 56 1/3 innings for the Padres this year, and he should be stashed in all fantasy leagues.

    Jun 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Shaun Anderson Implodes for Seven Runs in Marlins Debut

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    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Shaun Anderson (0-1) imploded Friday night, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in two innings pitched with no walks while recording just one strikeout in an 8-1 loss against the Washington Nationals. The debut was one to forget for the 29-year-old journeyman, who had started this season with the Rangers in the bullpen before being traded to the Marlins for cash a couple of weeks ago. Anderson may not get another turn in the rotation after this outing, though, despite Edward Cabrera (shoulder), Ryan Weathers (finger), and Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) being out. Anderson had excellent numbers in Triple-A Jacksonville for the Marlins with a 2.51 ERA, but the right-hander should remain a mainstay on your league's waiver wire for the foreseeable future.

    Jun 15 · Source via Miami Marlins Shaun Anderson
  • Hunter Brown Dominates Tigers in Win Friday

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown (3-5) dominated on the mound Friday night, earning the win after hurling seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts, no walks, and five hits in a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. It's safe to say Brown is red-hot after having a lackluster first month and a half of the season. He's now logged five straight quality starts dating back to May 22 after only having one total quality start in his first nine outings. Brown's ERA has lowered to 5.00 on the season, but he still has a long way to go to get his ERA back to a respectable level. Look for Brown to get that ERA to continue to trend in the right direction when he faces the Chicago White Sox in his next projected matchup.

    Jun 14 · Source via Houston Astros Hunter Brown
  • Zack Littell Lasts Two Innings, Records Loss Friday

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Zack Littell (2-5) was chased early Friday night after allowing a season-high six runs in two innings on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts in a 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The two innings are also a season-low for the right-hander whose ERA now sits at 4.24 after tonight's rough start. The beat-up came after he had logged three straight quality starts one against Oakland and two against Baltimore. Littell is only rostered in 35% of fantasy leagues and is currently a streamer at best due to his lack of wins and average strikeout numbers. It is noteworthy the righty hasn't surpassed three strikeouts in a game in three consecutive starts. Despite that Littell remains an intriguing streaming option next week with a projected matchup with the Minnesota Twins on the books.

    Jun 14 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Zack Littell
  • Chris Sale Records Ninth Win and Quality Start Friday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale (9-2) picked up his ninth win Friday night, going seven innings while allowing two runs on five hits plus two walks and seven strikeouts in a 7-3 victory versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The only blemishes on the night came from allowing the first three batters to reach in the first and allowing two doubles in the seventh. Other than those instances, the sidewinding lefty was perfect on the evening. That's back-to-back quality starts for Sale after getting lit up by the Oakland Athletics back on June 1. Going for his third quality start in a row will be a tall task for the lefty, though, as the Braves head to New York for a faceoff with the Bronx Bombers.

    Jun 14 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chris Sale
  • Pirates Designate Niko Goodrum For Assignment

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    The Pirates announced they've selected left-hander Josh Fleming onto the MLB roster while placing reliever Hunter Stratton on the 15-day injured list due to a triceps strain. To open a spot on the 40-man roster for Fleming, Pittsburgh designated Niko Goodrum for assignment. The Pirates also announced that reliever Ben Heller accepted an assignment back to Triple-A...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Niko Goodrum Josh Fleming Ben Heller Hunter Stratton
  • Angels Reinstate, Option Sam Bachman

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    The Angels announced that right-hander Sam Bachman has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Double-A Rocket City. The 40-man roster already had a vacancy with infielder Niko Goodrum being claimed off waivers by the Pirates earlier this week, but the roster is now full with this move. Bachman, 24, underwent arthroscopic...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Sam Bachman
  • Michael Harris II Headed To Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves will place outfielder Michael Harris II (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list and have him undergo an MRI exam on Saturday. Harris tweaked his left hamstring running from first to third in the first inning after singling in his first at-bat in Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays and left the game with a trainer. It's bad news for the Braves and fantasy managers, who should expect the 23-year-old to miss more than the required 10 days on the IL. Atlanta's outfield has been decimated by injuries of late, with Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) already out for the season. With Harris now down, both J.P. Martinez and Brian Anderson are in line for more playing time in the outfield. Harris came into Friday's game hitting .247 (64-for-259) with five homers, 20 RBI and eight steals. He deserves to be stashed in all fantasy leagues.

    Jun 14 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Chris Martin To Start Rehab Assignment Saturday

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    Boston Red Sox right-handed reliever Chris Martin (anxiety) threw a bullpen session on Thursday and will go on a minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Worcester. Martin is eligible to return on Monday and has been out since last month while dealing with anxiety. The 38-year-old veteran should return to the big-league bullpen next week, but the Red Sox would be wise to ease him back into high-leverage situations in relief initially. Martin went 4-1 with a miniscule 1.05 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, three saves, 46 strikeouts and only eight walks in 55 relief appearances in Boston last year but had struggled to a 4.22 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings this year before taking time away, although he had struck out 24 and walked only two in 21 appearances out of the bullpen.

    Jun 14 · Source via Closers Boston Red Sox Chris Martin
  • Joey Gallo Will Be Out For A While

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    Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo's (hamstring) MRI exam showed a significant hamstring strain, and he'll be on the injured list for a while. Gallo landed on the injured list on Wednesday and is now unlikely to return to the team until some point in the second half of the season. For the foreseeable future with the 30-year-old left-handed slugger sidelined, Joey Meneses should continue to see most of the playing time at first base in D.C. Even in deeper fantasy leagues, we wouldn't blame managers for dumping the declining Gallo, who is currently hitting a measly .164/.285/.321 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 17 runs scored in 46 games. The two-time All-Star still has plenty of pop, but he just swings and misses way too much.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Brandon Williamson Won't Have Surgery

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Brandon Williamson (shoulder) is going with the non-surgical route for his left shoulder, according to manager David Bell and will get injections instead and not throw for at least three weeks. While it's good news for Williamson now, it doesn't guarantee that he won't eventually need surgery on his shoulder if he continues to have issues once he resumes throwing in around a month. The 26-year-old southpaw has a lesion on his left shoulder and has yet to throw a pitch for the Reds in 2024. Williamson and the Reds are holding out hope that he can return later this year, but fantasy managers in single-year leagues shouldn't be quite as optimistic. The former second-rounder by the Seattle Mariners in 2019 out of TCU made his big-league debut last year for Cincy and went 5-5 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 98 K's and 39 walks in 23 starts.

    Jun 14 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Brandon Williamson
  • Gerrit Cole Dominant Again In Latest Rehab Start

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    New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (elbow) looked dominant yet again in his latest minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, punching out 10 and walking none while allowing just one unearned run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Cole threw 46 of his 70 pitches for strikes and is likely to be reinstated from the 60-day injured list to make his 2024 debut for the Yankees next time out. Last year's American League Cy Young winner was shut down in spring training with a right-elbow injury. Although Cole has yet to pitch in the first half of the season, he was able to avoid season-ending surgery and should return to the Yankees' starting rotation this month. Despite missing extended time, he looks to be in midseason form and should be thrown into starting fantasy lineups right away.

    Jun 14 · Source via New York Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • The Guardians' Bullpen Has Been Transformative

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    Coming into 2024, the expectations for the Guardians were modest. They finished 76-86 last year and didn't do much in the offseason. They made a few small trades, and their largest free agent signing was giving catcher Austin Hedges $4MM to be a glove-first backup to Bo Naylor. Many in the baseball world expected the...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Cleveland Guardians Emmanuel Clase Cade Smith Scott Barlow
  • Kevin Gausman Pedestrian In Start On Friday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman had a subpar start by his standards on Friday night as Toronto lost 3-1 to the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night. Gausman was credited with the loss as he pitched into the sixth inning, giving up eight hits, three earned runs and striking out six. Though only giving up three earned runs, Gausman's ERA increased slightly to 4.08 on the season. The Blue Jays right-hander has had an up-and-down season with a lot of strong streaks marred with a few bad outings sprinkled in between. Though the 33-year-old has only had two outings of more than three earned runs since May, he is due for some negative regression with a 5.14 xERA. Fantasy managers and DFS players need to exercise caution when starting the right-hander, especially against teams that are not prone to strikeouts.

    Jun 14 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Will Brennan Smacks Homer and Double In Friday's Win

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    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Will Brennan hit a solo shot and smacked a double for Cleveland in the Guardians 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The homer was Brennan's sixth on the season as he improved his OPS to .683 on the season. The 26-year-old has improved slightly from his 2023 season and continues to get a solid amount of playing time for the Guardians as they set the pace in the AL Central. Though his season-long wOBA is a bit uninspiring at .287, his .296 xwOBA points to a small amount of positive regression coming for Brennan, which would get him near league-average results. Fantasy managers looking to take a chance on an outfielder may want to consider stashing Brennan while seeing if he can break out later in 2024.

    Jun 14 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Will Brennan
  • Lane Thomas Blasts Three-Run Homer, Has Multi-Hit Game On Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas smacked his fifth homer of the season on Friday in the Nationals 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins. Thomas hit his three-run homer in the bottom of the third off Marlins starter Shaun Anderson. Thomas added another single to finish two-for-five on the day with two hits, three RBI and a run scored. The 28-year-old started the season slow but has come back strong after battling knee issues for most of May. He has hit for an .800 OPS since he was reinstated, giving him a season-long .654 OPS. Expect the righty to hit more like he has since his return instead of what he showed at the beginning of the season. Fantasy managers that happen to see Thomas on their waiver wire should snag him up immediately.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • CJ Abrams Collects Three Hits In Blowout Win On Friday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams had a big day at the plate on Friday, collecting three hits and two RBI while scoring a run in the Nationals 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins. This marks Abrams' third three-hit game of the season and improves his hitting streak to eight games. The Nationals lefty also hit his 14th double of the season in the bottom of the first off Marlins starter Shaun Anderson. Abrams continues to have a fantastic 2024 and is also due for some positive regression with a .329 wOBA and a .347 xwOBA. He will face two more lefties over the weekend, Trevor Rogers and Jesus Luzardo, Abrams has limited at-bats against the Marlins' lefties but is hitting lefties for a .932 OPS this season. DFS managers may want to consider targeting Abrams over the weekend.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • MacKenzie Gore Racks Up Double-Digits Strikeouts On Friday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore struck out 10 batters in seven innings while allowing just one earned run in the Washington Nationals 8-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday. Gore now has struck out 10 batters in two of his last four starts. The lefty improved his ERA to 3.24 and is now 6-5 on the season. He's made a big jump in 2024 from his prior two seasons, a great sign for Nationals fans. His K% has increased while his BB% has decreased, making him a much more dominant pitcher. The lefty's next scheduled start will be Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, one of the better hitting teams against lefties in the majors.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals MacKenzie Gore
  • Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, Orioles Among Teams Interested In Tanner Scott

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    Marlins closer Tanner Scott has already been drawing trade interest for several weeks, and Jon Heyman of the New York Post lists the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies and Orioles as just some of the many teams showing interest in the hard-throwing lefty. Will Sammon and Katie Woo of The Athletic suggested this morning that Scott could...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Miami Marlins Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies Tanner Scott
  • Kyle Gibson Throws Seven Shutout Innings, Picks Up Win On Friday

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was dominant on Friday going seven deep, striking out six and allowing only two hits in the Cardinals 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Gibson picked up the win and improved to 5-2 on the season while lowering his ERA to 3.44 with a 1.20 WHIP. Gibson had been roughed up by Cubs hitters in the past so Friday's start was a great sight to see for Cardinals fans. It was also the third quality start in the last four games for the 36-year-old vet. Though on a hot streak, fantasy managers should proceed with caution if considering picking up Gibson as his 3.44 ERA comes along with a 5.07 xERA, so negative regression may be coming for the right-hander soon. His next chance to stave off regression will be Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

    Jun 14 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Gibson
  • Thomas White Sharp Through First Look At High-A

    Miami Marlins starting pitching prospect Thomas White was promoted to High-A on May 28 and has looked quite sharp through his first taste of the new level. Through two starts (eight innings), the 19-year-old southpaw posted a 2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 4:14 BB:K ratio. Through 34 innings at Single-A this season, the 2023 draft pick held a 3.18 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and a 17:44 BB:K ratio. MLB Pipeline ranks White as the third overall prospect in the Miami system and projects him to reach the majors in 2027. While he is several seasons away from the big leagues, dynasty managers should continue to monitor him as he could become a must-stash as he progresses through the minor leagues.

    Jun 14 · Source via Prospects Miami Marlins Thomas White
  • Chase Dollander Strikes Out Eight Across Seven Frames

    Colorado Rockies starting pitching prospect Chase Dollander tossed seven innings of one-run ball (0 earned) with five hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Dollander has looked quite strong in his past three starts, with a 2.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and a 6:19 BB:K ratio. Through his first 51 innings of minor league ball, the former ninth overall pick in the 2023 Draft has held a 2.65 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. It is promising to see the young right-hander start his career in High-A and perform very well. Dynasty managers should continue to pay close attention to the Tennessee product as he could develop into one of the best pitching prospects in the minors.

    Jun 14 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Chase Dollander
  • Cole Young Riding Five-Game Hit Streak

    Seattle Mariners shortstop prospect Cole Young extended his hitting streak to five games on Thursday evening. Since June 1, the top prospect in Seattle has only gone hitless twice in his past 12 games. During this stretch he has posted an impressive .364/.431/.455 slash line with a 6:10 BB:K ratio. The number 26 ranked prospect on MLB.com has looked quite comfortable throughout his Double-A debut this season with an overall .286/.370/.423 line with six long balls, 27 RBI, 11 swiped bags, and a 28:39 BB:K ratio in 53 games. The 20-year-old should be expected to make his major league debut sometime next summer but could be worth stashing if available in your keeper and dynasty league later this summer as he is showcasing elite upside.

    Jun 14 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Cole Young
  • Oneil Cruz Scratched With Ankle Soreness

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) was scratched from Friday's starting lineup against the hosting Colorado Rockies at Coors Field due to left-ankle soreness. Cruz injured his ankle on Thursday. Jared Triolo will take over duties at shortstop for the Bucs and will hit eighth against Rockies right-hander Ryan Feltner. It will be Triolo's first career start at the 6. Cruz's injury doesn't sound very serious, so fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day and check back to see if he's able to return to the starting lineup for the second game of the series on Saturday. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound shortstop packs a bunch with one of the fastest swings in baseball and currently has nine home runs, 28 RBI, five steals and 28 runs scored while hitting .248 (58-for-234) in 62 games in 2024. Cruz is a must-start in most fantasy leagues when he's on the field.

    Jun 14 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Kyle Tucker Won't Be Ready By Saturday

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    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (leg) will not be ready to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday and has yet to do any baseball activities on the field. Tucker fouled a ball off his leg early last week and was placed on the IL as more of a precaution, but it's a bit concerning that the 27-year-old left-handed slugger hasn't resume any baseball activities yet. At this point, it would be a surprise if he's able for the series this weekend at all against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Fantasy managers must remain patient and keep Tucker stashed in all leagues, as he's one of the most productive hitters in all of baseball when he's healthy. Until he's able to return, Chas McCormick and Trey Cabbage should continue to split playing time in right field in Houston, with McCormick starting against lefties and Cabbage against right-handed pitchers.

    Jun 14 · Source via Houston Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Luisangel Acuna Turning The Corner At Triple-A

    New York Mets shortstop prospect Luisangel Acuna has posted four multi-hit performances in his past five games and is beginning to turn the corner at Triple-A. After struggling through March and April, the number 77 overall ranked prospect on MLB.com is beginning to showcase his elite potential. Since June 1, Acuna has been riding a solid .273/.333/.341 slash line. The number-five-ranked prospect in Queens should make his major league debut later this summer. He should be rostered in all dynasty formats as he showcased elite contact and speed through his time in the minors and could become a must-stash player in redraft leagues in the second half of the summer.

    Jun 14 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Giants Acquire Logan Porter From Royals

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    The Royals announced via their player development account on X that they have traded catcher Logan Porter to the Giants for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Porter was not on the Royals' 40-man roster and won't need to be added to that of the Giants. Porter, now 28, has a small...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals San Francisco Giants Logan Porter
  • Jake Eder Turns In Best Outing At Double-A

    Chicago White Sox starting pitching prospect Jake Eder turned in his best start at Double-A on Thursday, where he tallied 10 punchouts across six innings of one-run ball. He allowed three hits and two free passes. This was a nice bounce-back performance, as he allowed five runs across 3 2/3 innings in his previous start. Overall on the season, he holds a 4.26 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and a 26:75 BB:K in 61 1/3 innings. Eder has remained at this level for the past two summers and could be due for a Triple-A promotion if he continues to pitch well. The southpaw could become an interesting stash candidate in dynasty leagues if he joins Triple-A Charlotte later this summer.

    Jun 14 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Jake Eder
  • Jordan Romano Throws From 90 Feet On Friday

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) threw from 90 feet on Friday before the team's contest against the visiting Cleveland Guardians. Romano is getting stretched out after landing on the 15-day injured list with right-elbow inflammation. It's been an injury-plagued year to this point for Romano, as he's already been on the injured list two separate times. And when he's been healthy, he hasn't been in All-Star form like he was in 2023, going 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA (6.15 FIP), a 1.46 WHIP, eight saves, four walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Romano should return to closer duties in Toronto when he comes off the injured list after recording 95 combined saves the previous three seasons. But in the meantime, Yimi Garcia should see most of Toronto's save opportunities. Keep Romano stashed in all fantasy formats.

    Jun 14 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
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