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Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN7/22/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He's just 1-for-11 over the past three games so perhaps this routine day off will help.
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley has been traded to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Headley hasn't ever reached the levels he posted in 2012, but he'll be an upgrade at 3B for the Yankees. The change in venue from Petco Park to Yankees Stadium will should help Headley's numbers. He's not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: X-rays were negative, but Ramirez is still feeling the pain of a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. Both he and Hanley Ramirez will sit this one out, taking a huge piece of the Los Angeles offense with them. Puig is batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA7/22/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Mike Minor and the Braves.
Insight: That's his reward for producing the game-winning two-run single Monday night, he doesn't have to face a left-hander. He's batting .164 against southpaws this season.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/22/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the lineup Tuesday night with Brock Holt manning center field.
Insight: Victorino (.255, 1 HR, 10 RBI) played a couple of games over the weekend in his return from the disabled list, but sat out Monday's game.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/22/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and didn't play much over the weekend, but returned Monday. This could just be a rountine day off
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDP7/22/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Yangervis Solarte has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Insight: Solarte went 40-for-119 (.336) with 10 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 16/17 K/BB in his first 34 games this season, but he went 23-for-123 (.187) with two homers and seven RBI since then. In pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Solarte will have no fantasy value.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/22/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The 5-foot-5 Altuve leads the AL in hits (135), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.336).
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL7/22/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is just 1-for-13 with five strikeouts against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Stubbs has enjoyed his first season in the light Colorado air, batting .299 with 10 HR and a career-high .837 OPS, but this is not a matchup fantasy owners will like.
James Loney, 1B, TAM7/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is one of the rare hitters with a history of success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Loney is a career .462 hitter (12-for-26) with a 1.154 OPS against Wainwright. He's a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but isn't an everyday fantasy option.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/22/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis is a sweet 7-for-15 (.467) with three home runs versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Davis hasn't done much in July, batting .229 with two homers, but this matchup is too good to pass up. Davis got Monday night off, so should be rested and ready to produce.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS7/22/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is not a high-average hitter nor very good against left-handers, but he's a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with a pair of long balls versus Royals southpaw Bruce Chen.
Insight: Dunn has hit .223 with 14 homers, 39 RBI this season, but just .152 with one home run against left-handers, This matchup goes against everything we know about Dunn.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC7/22/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Cubs backup second baseman Darwin Barney isn't getting regular playing time these days, but could get a rare start Tuesday in a favorable matchup.
Insight: Arismendy Alcantara has been starting most of the time at second base. Barney is a career 6-for-12 with five extra-base hits versus Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/22/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has four career home runs in 19 at-bats against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.
Insight: The slugger has mashed left-handers this season batting .373 with a 1.190 OPS. Stanton hasn't been hitting much of anything of late, however, .154 over the past two weeks, but Minor is still likely to pitch around him in any key situation.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 6-for-36 with a lone double over his last nine games and hitless in the past three contests.
Insight: The "Laser Show" hasn't done much over the first half of the season and fantasy owners are likely growing concerned. Contrary to his career numbers, Pedroia has been better on the road than in Fenway this season.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/22/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is just 1-for-9 this season after missing the first three months due to back problems, but has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Scutaro is a career .483 hitter (14-for-29) against the Phillies right-hander.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a second X-ray on his left hand and passed the test.
Insight: We'd like to see him back on the field Tuesday, but the oft-injured shortstop might miss a little more time.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) had a second x-ray on his hand and it too came back negative.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. He's batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals. The Dodgers need him back, with Hanley Ramirez also sidelined, and we expect him back on the field soon, possibly Tuesday.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX7/22/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees after leaving Monday's game due to a groin injury.
Insight: Soto has spent almost all of this season on the DL with a knee injury.
Jake Smolinski, LF, TEX7/22/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a bruised left foot.
Insight: The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A, but is batting .389 through his first 11 games. The injury bug continues to plague the Rangers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit his eighth home run of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ellsbury went 2-for-4 and is hitting .291 with a .777 OPS on the year. He has batted .331 at Yankee Stadium compared to .263 on the road.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL7/21/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out 11 batters and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran has been outstanding all season, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he's struck out 9.06 batters per nine innings over his last 15 starts after fanning 5.44 in April.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence has batted .352 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. With 12 home runs, 37 RBI and nine steals, he's nowhere close to matching last year's 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals, but he's batting .303 and has scored 71 runs.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/21/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 12 hits and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Monday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: It was Lee's first start in more than two months. The results won't do much to help his trade value. Lee will have one more start before the trade deadline.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS7/21/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 with a victory over the Pirates Monday.
Insight: Ryu allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five over seven innings. He's given up seven hits and two runs over 13 innings in two starts since he was bombed for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 on July 8 at Detroit.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and one RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez is still driving in runs, but he's homered twice in his last 52 games and is batting .256 with a .754 OPS on the year.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS7/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Drew has picked up seven hits in his last 17 at-bats to lift his batting average to .175 on the season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS7/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went deep twice and drove in four runs Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz' .251 average and .839 OPS are below expectations, but he's on pace for 36 homers and 111 RBI.
John Lackey, SP, BOS7/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (11-6) permitted just two hits and one run over seven innings Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Lackey's ERA climbed from 2.96 to 3.84 after he allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings from June 23 to July 5, but he's lowered it back to 3.66 after two straight quality starts.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/21/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cabrera went 0-for-1 before leaving the game and is batting .247 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and seven steals this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/21/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN7/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still roughly five weeks away from returning. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN and SiriusXM
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list and batted .250 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 23 games after returning before going back on it on July 8.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/21/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw a bullpen session Monday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before going on the DL. Wilson says he'll probably need a rehab assignment, so he likely won't be back before early August.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA7/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to start Thursday against the Astros, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Alvarez took a comebacker off the left shin Saturday and had to exit his start. He's gone 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 75 Ks in 122 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy owners might want to sell high; because his K/9 is just 5.5 and he doesn't get a lot of run support from the Marlins, his value relies heavily on his ERA.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN7/21/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Perez missed Sunday's game with minor groin soreness. He'll DH Monday and Billy Butler will start at first in place of Eric Hosmer (hand contusion).
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/21/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been scratched from Monday's lineup.
Insight: Hosmer is dealing with a hand contusion, according to Andy McCullough of the KC Star. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Bud Norris, SP, BAL7/21/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Bud Norris has been recalled from Double-A Bowie.
Insight: Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was sent down during the All-Star break so he could get another start after returning from the DL on July 9. He'll start Monday against the Angels.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/21/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has gone 8-for-65 (.123) over his last 18 games, so the Reds will give him a break.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/21/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have pushed starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day and may recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Mets. Walker is scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma, so he would make sense for a call-up.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/21/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: The Giants have placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely. This is his third trip to the DL this season.
Tommy Milone, SP, OAK 7/21/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the team to trade him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are not eager to move him because he may be needed as a replacement later this season. Milone has an ERA of 2.96 at O.co Coliseum and 4.52 on the road in his career, so a trade could hurt his fantasy value depending on where he lands.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL7/21/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program in two weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha had an MRI and CT scan Monday and GM John Mozeliak said the results were positive. He's been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Cano sat out Sunday due to hamstring tightness. He's batted .414 in July and .335 this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck strain, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) hasn't played since July 13 due to the All-Star break, so he's eligible to return on July 29.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and will miss his third straight game Monday. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is not in the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game and will miss his second straight game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners, especially for games at Coors Field.
Adam Lind, DH, TOR7/21/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind (foot) is scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto..
Insight: Lind initially said he would miss 6-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, but a second opinion was more optimistic and it appears the second one was closer to fact. He could be back in early August.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/21/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) is expected to take batting and fielding practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto.
Insight: great news for fantasy owners. The original timetable was 2-4 weeks and he's right at the two week mark today. The Blue Jays slugger has 26 homers and 70 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is expected to miss 3-4 days with a lower lat strain.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) went hitless in the three-game series with Cincinnati and this could be the reason why he struggled.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup. He was hit twice in Sunday night's game, the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball, and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but knowing his past injury history he'll likely miss a few days.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/21/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and will also miss Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Jordany Valdespin, CF, MIA7/21/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Miami IF/OF Jordany Valdespin is expected to get regular time at second base.
Insight: Valdespin, a career .221 hitter, has hits in each of his first two games with the Marlins. He still doesn't offer much to fantasy owners.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PITCold7/21/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 0-for-10 this weekend and will sit on Monday in favor of Michael martinez.
Insight: Fantasy owners shouldn't give up on the talented prospect, but the 11-game hitting streak to start his career is a distant past. His average has dropped to .246 and he'll likely share time the remainder of the way.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/21/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) was out Sunday and was listed as questionable for Monday's game against the LA Dodgers, but he's in the starting lineup batting second and playing in left field.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. He did get into Sunday's game as a pinch hitter (walked) and therefore we knew he was close to returning.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/21/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez will sit Monday night against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: Very understandable as Alvarez is batting just .186 against left-=handers this season. Josh Harrisonn will get the start at the hot corner.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL7/21/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Despite being listed as questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps, Braves left fielder Justin Upton is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/21/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is a career .311 hitter, but just a .100 hitter (2-for-20 with six strikeouts) against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: Braun (.298, 12 HR, 54 RBI) hasn't been able to match the production of his "Biogenesis Years," but he's still been productive this season. This matchup should obviously be avoided.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL7/21/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) with a pair of home runs versus Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Gomez is batting .302 with 14 homers, 49 RBI, 58 runs, 17 steals and a .869 OPS. He's a must start.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS7/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 44 steals and is batting .296 with 53 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/21/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 2-for-15 with four strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Sandoval has been smoking hot for the past two weeks, batting .405 in the past nine games, but doesn't have a favorable matchup.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/21/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a pair of home runs against former teammate Cliff Lee.
Insight: Pence is up to his usual tricks having played in every game this season and batting .299 with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 70 runs and an .824 OPS.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 2-for-13 (.154) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Byrd (19 HR, 55 RBI) has proved that last season power numbers weren't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/21/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) was not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays and is expected to miss Monday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night. He's batting .310 in July.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness, but is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: The second baseman has batted .414 in July. Cano has batted .335 average with 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned by the leg injury except that he may not steal bases for a while.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) was out of the lineup Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the next two. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN7/21/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) was not in the lineup Sunday, but is probable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Perez is dealing with minor groin soreness. He boasted a career .301 batting average heading into the season, but is batting just .282 even after a big month of June.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/21/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer wa out of the lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad, but is probable for Tuesday's game against Oakland.
Insight: The 24-year-old has done everything expected of him with 20 homers and 51 RBI in 295 at-bats. We'd like to see him strike out a bit less (league-leading 114 Ks) and steal a few more bases (5), but all-in-all its been an excellent beginning to hopefully a long career.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/21/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice and left Saturday night's game due to dizziness and didn't play Sunday.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) was out Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. He did get into Sunday's game as a pinch hitter (walked) and therefore may be close to returning.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/21/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against San Francisco.
Insight: Lee has been out since May 18 due to an elbow strain. He was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP prior to his injury. He's likely to get two starts before the trade deadline and could be pitching for a contender by August 1.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM7/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against Seattle.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation. Seattle has lost three of their last four while the Mets have won eight of 11 so Niese may be a viable option Monday.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/21/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is probable for Monday's game against Cincinnati due to tightness in his quadriceps.
Insight: Gennett pinch hit Sunday afternoon, so fantasy owners should expect his return. He's been a huge surprise, batting .308 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs and an .834 OPS in 87 games.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/21/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) was out of the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) has missed three consecutive games to date. Charlie Culberson got another start at first base Sunday.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL7/21/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon was not in the lineup Sunday due to an ankle injury and is questionable for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: Blackmon rolled his ankle during Saturday's game. He was able to finish the 11-inning contest and his X-rays came back negative. Drew Stubbs would be his likely replacement.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL7/21/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps.
Insight: he left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL7/21/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) is expected to return Monday against Miami.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season and should be re-installed into all lineups.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit twice in Sunday night's game the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but he'll likely have another one done and could miss a day.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI7/20/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley struck out 10, walked one and allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings for Double-A Mobile Saturday night.
Insight: It was Bradley's most dominant effort of the year. The right-hander dealt with an elbow injury earlier this season, but he's allowed five runs on 17 hits in 25 1/3 innings since he returned to the Double-A rotation. He could be ready to jump back to Triple-A, where he had a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings before the injury.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLECold7/20/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) allowed two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two over five innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Insight: Masterson could be ready to rejoin the Indians rotation on Friday at Kansas City. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot7/20/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has hit .311 with eight doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 25 runs over his last 43 games.
Insight: Mercer went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Sunday against Colorado. He started off batting .190 with one home run and six RBI in his first 47 games, but he's turned into a competent fantasy shortstop option.
Yan Gomes, C, CLEHot7/20/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes hit his fourth home run of the month Sunday at Detroit.
Insight: Gomes has batted .319 with eight extra-base hits in July to raise his average up to .273 and his OPS to .776 on the year. He ranks in the top five among catchers with 13 home runs.
Chris Carter, DH, HOUHot7/20/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter has batted .306 with six home runs in July.
Insight: Carter also struck out 17 times in 49 at-bats during that span and 104 times in 283 at-bats this season. He's hitting .205 with 19 home runs and 41 RBI.
Alex Wood, SP, ATLHot7/20/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out eight batters and gave up one run on three hits over six innings Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wood (7-7, 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 27 Ks in 31 1/3 innings since he returned from the minors.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot7/20/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has hit .364 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .931 OPS in 118 at-bats this season. He went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a walk Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Vogt, who has catcher eligibility, has been in the starting lineup every day in right field or at first base due to Josh Reddick's knee injury. The A's may find a way to keep his bat in the lineup even when Reddick returns.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/20/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit three home runs since the All-Star break and is tied with Giancarlo Stanton for first in the NL with 23 homers.
Insight: Rizzo had just 23 homers in 606 at-bats last season. He's taken 356 at-bats to reach the mark in 2014 and has hit .281 with 53 RBI, 65 runs and a .907 OPS.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAKHot7/20/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray improved to 4-0 in July Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Gray (11-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a 0.95 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP this month.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, SDPHot7/20/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and ended up allowing one run on two hits in 7 2/3 Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: San Diego is still the only franchise in Major League Baseball without a no-hitter in its history. Despaigne, meanwhile, has defied logic by posting a 1.31 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in his first 34 1/3 innings after recording a 7.61 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for Triple-A El Paso this year. The league should catch up to the 27-year-old Cuban soon.
Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI7/20/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter allowed one run on four hits in seven innings Sunday to improve to 8-5.
Insight: Collmenter has given up one run in four of his last five starts. The right-hander has a 3.64 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP but just 69 Ks in 111 1/3 innings.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 19th of the year, Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Byrd has proved that last season wasn't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATLHot7/20/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run in the past five games Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit just three home runs in his first 90 games this season after putting 12 on the board in 142 games last year.
Mike Trout, CF, ANAHot7/20/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Since he started off May 10-for-62 (.161) with 22 Ks, Angels outfielder Mike Trout has batted .358 with 19 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 46 RBI, 39 runs and five steals in his last 49 games.
Insight: Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs Sunday against the Mariners. He's hitting .313 with 23 home runs, 74 RBI and an AL-leading 1.012 OPS.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot7/20/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun hit another home run Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: That makes eight since June 6 and 11 on the year for Calhoun. The outfielder went 3-for-5 Sunday and has hit .346 in his last 34 games.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/20/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Power is just about the only thing the 5-foot-5 Altuve hasn't provided this season. He's batted .336 with an MLB-leading 135 hits, 30 doubles, two triples, 51 runs and 41 steals, but has just three home runs.


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