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- The Snakes rotation this weekend at the Reds lines up like this: Clay Buchholz, Robbie Ray, Zack Godley. They’ll continue their nine-game road trip next week with visits to Texas and San Diego.
- SP Anibal Sanchez worked just two innings yesterday after being hit by a line drive in the left calf. The move sounds precautionary and he should be able to make his next start.
- 2B Jonathan Villar has started all seven games with the Orioles since joining the team last week and has hit in the top third of the lineup in every game. He’s gone 9-for-28 with four runs scored, a homer, and a steal.
Boston Red Sox
- SP Rick Porcello followed his best start of the year last Friday with a total dud yesterday against the Blue Jays, being tagged with seven runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. Porcello’s four-seam fastball was hit for a two-run homer and continues to be a totally unreliable pitch in most of his outings, as he’s now allowed a .472 slugging on it despite throwing it just 18 percent of the time this year.
- 3B Kris Bryant still hasn’t swung a bat since July 23 and is doing light fielding work, making it unlikely he’s back from his shoulder injury anytime before the end of the month.
Chicago White Sox
- OF Eloy Jimenez returned to the lineup for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday after missing multiple games with the flu. He’s dominating Triple-A and could be nearing a call-up to the majors.
- It is beginning to look like the Reds won’t trade SP Matt Harvey during the August waiver period, according to several beat reporters.
- OF Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with an RBI yesterday, but the interesting trend that continued was him walking for sixth time in his last eight starts. Previous to that, Brantley had only walked 26 times in 94 games. That disciplined has helped keep him strong in fantasy production with runs and stolen bases (three and two in that eight-game stretch, respectively, despite his season-long average dipping below .300 for the first time since the second week of April.
- OF Charlie Blackmon went 0-for-4 yesterday; he had picked up two multiple-hit games this week prior to yesterday, but before that he was in a rough patch of 3-for-31 over seven games.
- RP Wade Davis was terrible again yesterday, allowing three earned runs on a single and two homers in just 1/3 of an inning of work.
- SP Jordan Zimmermann gets the home start tonight against the Twins; he’s been much better at home than on the road, with a 3.67 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.
- SP Justin Verlander couldn’t make it to the third inning yesterday after allowing six runs on three homers, two doubles, a triple, and a single. RP Brad Peacock was impressive in relief, though, striking out five in two innings, and he’s made a case to be a speculative pickup in shallow mixed leagues on the off-chance the Astros give him starts with SP Lance McCullers Jr. out.
Kansas City Royals
- There’s not a lot to talk about on an off day for a team this bad, so why not check out the updated Top 30 Prospects list from the Royals Farm Report site?
Los Angeles Angels
- It seems unlikely that OF Mike Trout will be ready to return to the lineup tonight, as there is still no news that he’s actually swung a bat yet. SP Tyler Skaggs should be ready to start tomorrow, though.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- 1B/3B Max Muncy has started to lose playing time due to a 15-day stretch where he’s hit under .150, but yesterday he made the most of a pinch-hit opportunity and hit his first home run since July 25.
- SP Ross Stripling came off the disabled list yesterday and had a quality start at Colorado, allowing only one run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Dodgers were careful with his workload, pulling him after 77 pitches.
- RP Kenley Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and has returned to Los Angeles for testing.
- OF Lewis Brinson is close to resuming live batting practice and should be able to return from a hip injury in late August.
- RP Corey Knebel’s struggles continued yesterday in a ninth inning that he entered with his team up 4-2 and left with his team down 6-4 when all of his inherited runners were accounted for. Knebel failed to get an out and allowed four runs on three walks and a single.
- SS Jorge Polanco hit a three-run home run off Cleveland ace SP Corey Kluber yesterday. It was his first home run since September 2017.
- SP Jose Berrios walked six and allowed four hits and four runs in four innings yesterday. He could be running out of gas, as he’s walked three or more batters in four of his last five starts.
New York Mets
- SP Steven Matz will likely take another attempt at throwing a bullpen session this weekend, which means the earliest he’ll be back in the rotation is next weekend.
New York Yankees
- SP J.A. Happ returned from his bout with hand, foot, and mouth disease to start and earn his 12th win of the year, striking out nine Rangers in six innings of work and allowing just four hits, a walk, and three runs.
- 3B Miguel Andjuar went 2-for-4 yesterday with a homer and two RBIs; he’s off to a good start in August, with three homers already topping the one he hit in July.
- RP Fernando Rodney was acquired from Minnesota, killing his fantasy value in all formats for the rest of the season, as there’s no chance he will supplant star closer RP Blake Treinen without an injury happening.
- SS/3B J.P. Crawford could be activated from the disabled list today after missing more than a month with a fractured left hand. He won’t play much, though, thanks to 3B Maikel Franco’s improvement and 2B/SS/3B Asdrubal Cabrera’s presence.
- 1B Josh Bell has hit the ground running in his first two games back off the disabled list, reaching base three times with three runs scored, a home run, and two RBI.
San Diego Padres
- OF Franmil Reyes has been red hot since hit call back to the majors. He went 3-for-5 yesterday with a double and a home run, and in his four games back with the big club he’s 9-for-15 with three home runs, two doubles, and six runs scored.
San Francisco Giants
- C Nick Hundley sat out last night’s game due to being in the concussion protocol after taking a foul ball off his mask on Wednesday.
- It was interesting to see the Mariners push SP James Paxton to 116 pitches last night over 5 2/3 innings, as he has now passed his career-high in innings pitched with 139 this year; his previous high was 136 last season. Paxton just had a disabled list stint last month and he’s the only Mariners starter capable of giving them a fighting chance to win the wild card game, if they even get there, so workload management will be something for his fantasy owners to watch over the next seven weeks. He finished with four runs allowed on seven hits and three walks, yesterday, striking out five.
- SP Felix Hernandez has been moved to the bullpen, opening a spot in the rotation for Sunday’s game against the Astros.
St. Louis Cardinals
- OF Tyler O’Neill had a successful batting practice session on Wednesday and should be back in the lineup next Tuesday when he’s first eligible to come off the disabled list.
Tampa Bay Rays
- 1B/OF Jake Bauers drove in three runs yesterday with a single and a sacrifice fly in four plate appearances. Bauers has now played about 1/3 of a full season and is looking like a guy who could hit between 24 and 28 homers and drive in between 95 and 105 runs next year. His advanced plate approach makes it unlikely he’ll suffer any sort of sophomore slump in 2019.
- 2B/SS/OF Jurickson Profar hit his 13th home run of the season yesterday, also adding a single in four at-bats.
- OF Willie Calhoun has hits in eight of his last 10 games.
Toronto Blue Jays
- 2B Devon Travis went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI yesterday, hitting out of the number two hole for the sixth straight game. Travis has multi-hit games in four of those six starts at the top part of the lineup, to go along with eight RBI.
- SP Gio Gonzalez recovered yesterday for a win after an awful outing last Sunday. He limited the Braves to a run on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but he only struck out three. In his last 10 starts, Gonzalez has not struck out more than five batters once.