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Colby Lewis (strained lat) moved to 15-day DL 06-25-2016
Colby Lewis P TEX
Rangers placed RHP Colby Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.
A.J. Griffin (shoulder) was activated in the corresponding roster move. Lewis is expected to miss about two months after his MRI revealed a Grade 2 lat strain. He was off to a good start before the injury with a 6-1 record through 15 starts. Lewis isn't worth stashing in mixed leagues.
A.J. Griffin returns Saturday against Boston 06-25-2016
A.J. Griffin P TEX
Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.

John Blake on Twitter
He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries.
Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation 06-25-2016
Chi Chi Gonzalez P TEX
Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

John Blake on Twitter
Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game 06-25-2016
Matt Adams 1B STL
Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day.
R.A. Dickey sluggish in Saturday's win 06-25-2016
R.A. Dickey P TOR
R.A. Dickey got lit up for five runs (four earned) and six hits Saturday against the White Sox but squeaked by with his fifth win of the season. It's always a roll of the dice with Dickey and he didn't have his best stuff Saturday against the White Sox. Fortunately his teammates bailed him out with 10 runs including eight off overmatched starter Miguel Gonzalez. On the bright side, Dickey fanned seven hitters and only surrendered one walk. The former Cy Young winner will make his next turn in the rotation Thursday against Cleveland.
Man on fire: Encarnacion rips three more hits 06-25-2016
Edwin Encarnacion DH TOR
Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI. In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter.
Gonzalez ripped to shreds in loss to Blue Jays 06-25-2016
Miguel Gonzalez P CWS
Miguel Gonzalez imploded Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings. This one was pretty much doomed from the start. Toronto strung together three runs in the first inning and kept the slugfest going with two more in the second and another three in the fourth. Gonzalez was lifted after throwing just 81 pitches, finishing the afternoon with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. The right-hander has done nothing to instill confidence this year, winning just one of his 10 starts with a 5.17 ERA. He could be pitching for his rotation spot when he takes the hill Friday against Houston.
Lawrie homers twice as White Sox fall short 06-25-2016
Brett Lawrie 2B CWS
Brett Lawrie hammered a pair of home runs Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays. The Pale Hose matched a team record with seven home runs on Saturday, though all of them were solo shots. Lawrie legged an inside-the-parker in the second inning before taking R.A. Dickey deep again in the fourth. He added an RBI single in the sixth for good measure. The 26-year-old is now on pace for 20 home runs, which would best the 16 he belted last season. Unfortunately he's hitting just .241 with 88 strikeouts in 278 at-bats.
Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday 06-25-2016
Sean Manaea P OAK
Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts.
Henderson Alvarez moved to 60-day DL 06-25-2016
Henderson Alvarez P OAK
Athletics transferred RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

Joe Stiglich on Twitter
It's just a formality as Alvarez has already missed more than 60 days. Alvarez recently suffered another setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's still without a timetable.
A's option Surkamp to make room for Overton 06-25-2016
Eric Surkamp P OAK
Athletics optioned LHP Eric Surkamp to Triple-A Nashville.

Joe Stiglich on Twitter
The A's needed to clear a roster spot for Dillon Overton, who is set to make his major league debut on Saturday. With Surkamp back in the minors, Sean Manaea (elbow) should return to the A's rotation Wednesday against San Francisco. Surkamp is winless in nine starts this season with a disastrous 6.98 ERA.
Cervelli (hand) does some drill work on Saturday 06-25-2016
Francisco Cervelli C PIT
Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.

Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter
He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh.
Brandon Nimmo won't start Saturday's game 06-25-2016
Brandon Nimmo CF NYM
Brandon Nimmo won't be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Braves.
He didn't arrive in Atlanta until late in the afternoon so manager Terry Collins decided to give him a day to get settled. Alejandro De Aza will grab the start in left field and bat seventh against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. Nimmo should be in the lineup to make his major league debut Sunday in the series finale.
Gavin Floyd exits with shoulder tightness 06-25-2016
Gavin Floyd P TOR
Gavin Floyd left Saturday's game against the White Sox with right shoulder tightness.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
That's his throwing shoulder, in case you were wondering. Floyd faced just two batters before exiting in the sixth inning. The 33-year-old has had a so-so year out of the Blue Jays' pen, pitching to a 4.06 ERA over 31 innings of work. Given his long history of injuries, it wouldn't be a shock to see Floyd land on the disabled list.
Bartolo Colon (thumb) all set for Sunday 06-25-2016
Bartolo Colon P NYM's Anthony DiComo confirmed Bartolo Colon (thumb) will start Sunday's game against the Braves.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
Colon left his last start early after taking a comebacker off his right thumb, but his status for Sunday was never in much doubt. The 43-year-old left the team briefly to attend his son's graduation in New Jersey but joined the team in Atlanta on Saturday. With Zack Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery stalled, Colon's spot in the Mets' rotation should be safe for another month or two.
Reyes to hit leadoff for Mets 06-25-2016
Jose Reyes SS COL
Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Jose Reyes will take over as the team's leadoff man when he arrives from the minors.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
Curtis Granderson has been the primary leadoff man over the past two seasons, but he'll be moved to the middle of the order. Reyes is expected to see time at third base in the minors and potentially even the outfield in order to prepare him for a super utility role. The expectation is that he could be with the big club in 7-10 days. Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to remain the primary shortstop, but the Mets are hopeful that Reyes' speed will bring a new dimension to their lineup. By the way, David Wright still leads the Mets with three steals.
Guyer beginning rehab assignment Saturday 06-25-2016
Brandon Guyer LF TB
Brandon Guyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

Josh Vitale on Twitter
Guyer will serve as the DH on Saturday. He was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a strained hamstring. The Rays' outfield is pretty banged up right now with injuries to Steven Souza (hip), Mikie Mahtook (hand) and Kevin Kiermaier (hand), so it will be a welcome sight when Guyer returns sometime next week.
Liriano (face) still working to make it back 06-25-2016
Rymer Liriano CF MLW
Rymer Liriano (face) is still working toward getting back on the field.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
It's unclear when it will happen, but a return in the second half is a possibility. Liriano has been out all season after suffering multiple facial fractures when he was hit by a pitch on March 20.
Gausman holds Rays scoreless over 7 2/3 IP 06-25-2016
Kevin Gausman P BAL
Kevin Gausman fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday as the Orioles defeated the Rays 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It was his first win in 13 starts this season. Gausman was brilliant, giving up just four hits (all of them singles) while walking none and striking out seven. It was just the second time he had completed seven innings in a start this season. He had allowed 10 runs over his last two starts, so the gem was nice to see. We know the talent is there, but consistency continues to be an issue. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.93 ERA into a start against the Mariners next Friday on the road.
Andriese allows two runs in spot start 06-25-2016
Matt Andriese P TB
Matt Andriese allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Orioles. Both runs scored in the second inning. Andriese allowed five hits and walked a pair while striking out five. This was merely a spot-start because of Saturday's doubleheader, so look for him to move back to the bullpen from here.
Schoop has two hits, double in win 06-25-2016
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Rays. Schoop is now batting .483 (14-for-29) with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI, and 12 runs scored over his last seven games. He has pulled his batting average up from .264 to .287 in the process.
Alvarez delivers two-run single vs. Rays 06-25-2016
Pedro Alvarez DH BAL
Pedro Alvarez had a two-run single as the Orioles won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Rays. Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on the afternoon. After a miserable start to the season, the 29-year-old has turned things around by batting .315 (17-for-54) with six homers and 15 RBI this month. The batting average won't last, but he's in a great spot for his power to shine.
Motter hitless in loss to Orioles 06-25-2016
Taylor Motter RF TB
Taylor Motter went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday versus the Orioles. Motter is now batting .174/.275/.290 on the year. He's been getting playing time in the outfield recently due to a long list of injuries for the Rays, but Oswaldo Arcia's arrival should change that.
Romero gets hit by eighth-inning line drive 06-25-2016
Enny Romero P TB
Enny Romero took a line drive off his left hand Saturday against the Orioles.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Manny Machado nearly drilled him in the head with a screaming line drive with two outs in the eighth inning. Instead, Romero got his hand up just in time and deflected it off his left palm. It was the last at-bat of the game for the Orioles and it's doubtful Romero would have returned for another inning had there been one. Fortunately, his X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day.
Jose Abreu (leg) back in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu (leg) returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the the Blue Jays.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Abreu sat out Friday's game due to leg fatigue, but it's not a major concern. After a slow start to the season, the slugger is batting .333 with five homers and 20 RBI this month.
Chapman converts 15th save of season 06-25-2016
Aroldis Chapman P NYY
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to finish off a 2-1 victory over the Twins for his 15th save of the season. Chapman gave up a two-out single to Joe Mauer before striking out Brian Dozier swinging to end it. The fireballing-lefty has struck out at least one batter in 20 of his 21 appearances this season and owns a 2.70 ERA and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He's now 15-for-16 in save chances.
Pineda solid in no-decision vs. Twins 06-25-2016
Michael Pineda P NYY
Michael Pineda limited the Twins to one run over six innings Saturday as part of a no-decision. While Pineda didn't get the win, it was arguably his best start of the year. He allowed just two hits while walking one and striking out eight. The only run scored on a solo homer from Brian Dozier in the second inning. Pineda has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, so he's slowly earning back the trust of fantasy owners. His ERA has improved from 6.92 to 5.51 during that time. He'll face the Rangers next week.
Santana tosses five innings of one-run ball 06-25-2016
Ervin Santana P MIN
Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees. Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He'll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home.
Beltran has two hits, RBI in win over Twins 06-25-2016
Carlos Beltran RF NYY
Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Twins on Saturday. Beltran tied things up with an RBI single in the fifth inning before Starlin Castro put the Yankees ahead on a fielder's choice in the eighth. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in four straight games and six out of his last seven as his resurgent campaign continues. He's batting .290/.328/.573 with 19 home runs and 53 RBI through 70 games this season.
Dozier socks solo homer in loss 06-25-2016
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier socked a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. His second-inning blast off Michael Pineda was the only offense of the day for the Twins. Dozier got off to a miserable start at the plate this season, but he's batting .337 with 14 extra-base hits (including four homers), 13 RBI, and three steals over 23 games this month. We don't expect the batting average to last, but he's safe to use again in standard fantasy leagues.
Pederson not in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Joc Pederson CF LAD
Joc Pederson is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.

Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
He'll take a seat against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will start in center field while Scott Van Slyke will play left.
Dodgers recall INF Taylor from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Chris Taylor SS LAD
Dodgers recalled INF Chris Taylor from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Taylor was just acquired from the Mariners last weekend in exchange for right-hander Zach Lee. The 25-year-old is a .240/.296/.296 hitter in the majors and will serve as a backup infield.
Dodgers designate Tepesch for assignment 06-25-2016
Nick Tepesch P LAD
Dodgers designated RHP Nick Tepesch for assignment. Not surprising after Tepesch gave up five runs over four innings on Friday against the Pirates. The recently-acquired Chris Taylor will take his place on the active roster.
Gregory Polanco (leg) not in lineup Saturday 06-25-2016
Gregory Polanco RF PIT
Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out of the starting lineup Saturday versus the Dodgers.

Rob Biertempfel on Twitter
Polanco is dealing with some discomfort in his left leg and apparently needs at least another day. Matt Joyce is getting another start in right field.
Mets recall OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Brandon Nimmo CF NYM
Mets recalled OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas. With Michael Conforto headed down the minors, Nimmo should see plenty of playing time in the Mets' outfield in the coming days. He could slot in as the primary left fielder against right-handed pitching, but he's also capable of playing center field. The 2011 first-round pick was batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. He's worth a shot in deeper fantasy leagues.
Mets option OF Michael Conforto to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Michael Conforto LF NYM
Mets optioned OF Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. The move is now official. Conforto has struggled miserably over the past two months while also dealing with a wrist injury. Just getting into a lower-pressure environment and getting a chance to reset could be the best thing for him. He should be back soon if he swings the bat well.
Kelly could start for Braves next week 06-25-2016
Casey Kelly P ATL
Casey Kelly could take Aaron Blair's spot in the Braves' rotation next Wednesday against the Indians.

Kevin McAlpin on Twitter
Blair was demoted after an ugly start Friday against the Mets. Kelly, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month, owns a 5.79 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over one start and seven relief appearances with the Braves this season.
Medlen (shoulder) moving up to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Kris Medlen P KC
Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

Kansas City Royals on Twitter
Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July.
Royals option OF Eibner to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Brett Eibner LF KC
Royals optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Omaha. The move clears a spot for Alex Gordon's return from the disabled list. Eibner is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with a homer and five doubles over 11 games with the Royals this season. He should get another chance at some point this summer.
Royals activate Alex Gordon from 15-day DL 06-25-2016
Alex Gordon LF KC
Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list. Gordon has been sidelined since May 23 due to a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand, but he was cleared to return after batting .364 (8-for-22) with a homer, a double, and five walks over six minor league rehab games. He'll return to a .211/.319/.331 batting line over 42 games.
Braves recall LHP Marksberry from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Matt Marksberry P ATL
Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett. He'll take Aaron Blair's spot on the active roster. Marksberry made one appearance with the Braves back in April and owns a 2.84 ERA and 25/14 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A.
Braves option RHP Blair to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Aaron Blair P ATL
Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett. Blair gets the boot after being hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Mets. He now owns a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts in the majors. Blair still offers promise for the long-term, but he has some work to do.
Mets officially sign infielder Jose Reyes 06-25-2016
Jose Reyes SS COL
Mets signed INF Jose Reyes to a minor league contract. Reyes became a free agent at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and it didn't take him long to officially reunite with the Mets. The plan calls for him to report to Class A Brooklyn on Sunday, where he's expected to play multiple positions before eventually joining the Mets in a utility role. The 33-year-old owns a .709 OPS since the start of 2014 and is coming off a suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife, but the Mets are willing to take a chance on him to add some athleticism to their roster. "As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family," Reyes said in a statement. "I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been in ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward. I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York."
Rockies call up Flande from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Yohan Flande P COL
Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Albuquerque. Flande, 30, owns a 4.25 ERA and 27/14 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings over one start and 17 relief appearances this season in Triple-A. He'll provide some bullpen depth after Friday's marathon.
Rockies option Castro to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Miguel Castro P COL
Rockies optioned RHP Miguel Castro to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Rockies needed a fresh arm after their bullpen was taxed heavily on Friday. Castro should be back soon.
Red Sox call up RHP Cuevas from Triple-A 06-25-2016
William Cuevas P BOS
Red Sox recalled RHP William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket. Cuevas made one appearance for the Red Sox back in April and owns a 3.30 ERA and 48/29 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings across 12 start in Triple-A. The 25-year-old will operate in middle relief.
Red Sox opton INF Marrero to minors 06-25-2016
Deven Marrero SS BOS
Red Sox optioned INF Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have added William Cuevas to their bullpen for Saturday's game. Marrero went 1-for-7 with three strikeouts during his brief stay in the majors.
D-Backs call up RHP Bracho from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Silvino Bracho P ARZ
Diamondbacks recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. He'll replace Zack Godley in Arizona's bullpen. Bracho has allowed six runs (five earned) with a 3/5 K/BB ratio over six innings in the majors this season.
Jake Lamb not in Saturday's lineup vs. COL 06-25-2016
Jake Lamb 3B ARZ
Jake Lamb is not in Saturday's lineup versus the Rockies.

Arizona Diamondbacks on Twitter
He'll sit against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Brandon Drury will start at third base and bat seventh.
Papelbon (intercostal) throws bullpen session 06-25-2016
Jonathan Papelbon P WAS
Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good.

Pete Kerzel on Twitter
The Nationals haven't made an official decision, but Papelbon could begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac as soon as Monday. He appears on track to return in early July. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Justin Smoak 1B TOR
Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third.
Mets calling up prospect OF Brandon Nimmo 06-25-2016
Brandon Nimmo CF NYM
The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo on Saturday.

Marc Carig on Twitter
He's set to replace Michael Conforto, who will reportedly be demoted. The Mets' first-round pick from 2011, Nimmo has put himself back on the prospect map this season by batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. Of course, those numbers are in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, so they have to be taken with a grain of salt, but he figures to see plenty of playing time in the Mets' oufielder now that Conforto is headed to the minors. He's more of a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues, but he should be owned in NL-only formats.
Report: Mets demoting OF Michael Conforto 06-25-2016
Michael Conforto LF NYM
Anthony DiComo of reports that the Mets are demoting outfielder Michael Conforto.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo take his place on the roster. Conforto hit .365 in April, but he's hitting just .148/.217/.303 in 44 games since and has also dealt with a wrist injury. The Mets still have very high hopes for him, but he'll try to get back on track in the minors.
Gomes (back) in Indians' lineup Saturday 06-25-2016
Yan Gomes C CLE
Yan Gomes (back) is in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Gomes was held out of the lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained. He should be good to go moving forward.
Werth back in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Jayson Werth LF WAS
Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Werth got the day off Friday, but he's back in left field on Saturday. He's batting second against right-hander Matt Garza. Ben Revere will start in center field while Michael Taylor will be on the bench.
Twins hopeful Plouffe (groin) will play Sun. 06-25-2016
Trevor Plouffe 3B MIN
The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

Phil Miller on Twitter
Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Morneau (elbow) takes BP on field 06-25-2016
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half.
Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday 06-25-2016
Willson Contreras C CHC
Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County.
Zobrist (ankle) not in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Ben Zobrist 2B CHC
Ben Zobrist is not in Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
Zobrist suffered a bruised left ankle when he was hit by a pitch on Friday. Consider him day-to-day. Javy Baez will start at second base and bat fifth against Paul Clemens.
Montero (knee) back in Cubs' lineup Saturday 06-25-2016
Miguel Montero C CHC
Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Rizzo (back) returns to Cubs' lineup Saturday 06-25-2016
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
Rizzo sat out back-to-back games due to back stiffness. It has been a lingering issue, but hopefully the time off did him some good.
Ozuna not in Saturday's lineup 06-25-2016
Marcell Ozuna CF MIA
Marcell Ozuna is not in Saturday's lineup versus the Cubs.

Joe Frisaro on Twitter
He'll take a seat against right-hander John Lackey. Ichiro Suzuki will make the start in center field and bat leadoff as he continues his chase toward 3,000 MLB hits. He's currently 17 away.
Arcia expected to be in lineup Sat. night 06-25-2016
Oswaldo Arcia LF TB
Oswaldo Arcia is expected to be in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
The Rays are going with Jaff Decker, Taylor Motter, and Corey Dickerson in their outfield and Brad Miller out of the DH spot in the first game. Arcia hasn't played since June 14, so the Rays didn't want him to play both games of the doubleheader. The 25-year-old should split time between right field and the DH spot with his new team.
Furbush (shoulder) throwing bullpen sessions 06-25-2016
Charlie Furbush P SEA
Charlie Furbush (shoulder) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions.
Furbush hasn't pitched in a major league game since July 2015 due to shoulder issues, but he's finally making some progress. It's unclear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment, but he'll likely a bunch of appearances before being a legitimate consideration to rejoin the Mariners.
King Felix (calf) showing improvement 06-25-2016
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.
"He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break.
Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) out again Saturday 06-25-2016
Jon Jay CF SD
Jon Jay (wrist, forearm) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

Jeff Sanders on Twitter
Jay hasn't played since he was hit in the wrist area with a pitch last Sunday and a stint on the disabled list remains a possibility. Travis Jankowski will start in center field again and bat leadoff Saturday.
Jose Reyes-to-Mets expected Saturday 06-25-2016
Jose Reyes SS COL
Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets are expected to officially sign Jose Reyes on Saturday afternoon.

Marc Carig on Twitter
Multiple reporters are saying the same, as a reunion is basically seen as a foregone conclusion at this point. Reyes won't officially become a free agent until 1 p.m. ET, but Mets manager Terry Collins was already talking Friday about how the team plans to use him. The Mets would only be responsible for paying the veteran infielder a prorated portion of the major league minimum. Reyes was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after completing a suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife.
Sampson needs season-ending surgery 06-25-2016
Adrian Sampson P SEA
Adrian Sampson will require season-ending surgery to reattach the flexor bundle in his right elbow.
Sampson suffered the injury during warmup pitches before what was supposed to be his second major league start on Thursday. The surgery won't require as lengthy as a rehab process as Tommy John surgery, which he previously had in high school, but he won't be an option for the Mariners again until 2017.
Yanks designate Ike Davis for assignment 06-25-2016
Ike Davis 1B NYY
Yankees designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment. The move clears a spot for Mark Teixeira's return from the disabled list. Davis went 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI during his brief stint with the Yankees. He told reporters that he'll consider staying with the organization if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Miley (shoulder) pitches well in rehab game 06-25-2016
Wade Miley P SEA
Wade Miley (shoulder) tossed four perfect innings Friday in a minor league rehab start with Low-A Everett.
Miley struck out seven batters and got stretched out to 55 pitches. He reported no issues with his shoulder. "Pain free. I'm ready to rock and roll," said Miley. "I felt like I probably could have pitched last week, but they wanted to be smart about it. So I took some time off and hopefully it'll pay off in the long run." The southpaw should make his return Wednesday against the Pirates.
Miller to serve as designated hitter Sat. 06-25-2016
Brad Miller SS TB
Brad Miller will serve as the designated hitter in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Orioles.

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Corey Dickerson was the DH on Friday, but he's starting in left field Saturday. Tim Beckham will make the start at shortstop.
Jennings out for first game of doubleheader 06-25-2016
Desmond Jennings LF TB
Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

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Jaff Decker will make the start in center field instead. Taylor Motter will play right field and Corey Dickerson is in left.
Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader 06-25-2016
Matt Wieters C BAL
Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

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No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game.
Plouffe (groin) could take swings in cage Sat 06-25-2016
Trevor Plouffe 3B MIN
Trevor Plouffe (groin) could take some swings in the cage on Saturday.

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Plouffe was held out of the lineup Friday after suffering a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he's feeling some improvement. The Twins are optimistic he'll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it depends on how he responds in the next couple of days.
Decker to start in center field Sat. 06-25-2016
Jaff Decker LF TB
Jaff Decker will start in center field in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

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Meanwhile, Desmond Jennings is on the bench. Decker has played both corner outfield spots since joining the Rays earlier this month, but this will be his first start in center field. Taylor Motter is making the start in right field Saturday while Corey Dickerson is in left. The newly-acquired Oswaldo Arcia isn't in the lineup, but he could be for Game Two. He figures to see time between DH and right field.
Rays call up RHP Farquhar from Triple-A 06-25-2016
Danny Farquhar P TB
Rays recalled RHP Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham. Farquhar will be the 26th man in Saturday's doubleheader with the Orioles. The 29-year-old has allowed two runs with a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings with the Rays this season.
Orioles call up LHP T.J. McFarland 06-25-2016
T.J. McFarland P BAL
Orioles recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk. He'll serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays. McFarland owns a 5.14 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings with the Orioles this season.
Mauer to serve as DH on Saturday 06-25-2016
Joe Mauer 1B MIN
Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

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The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base.
Yankees activate Mark Teixeira from 15-day DL 06-25-2016
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Yankees activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list. The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Teixeira has been sidelined since June 3 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, but he'll make his return Saturday and bat sixth against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. The veteran slugger went 1-for-9 during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will return to a disappointing .180/.271/.263 batting line. Rob Refsynder played well during his absence, but he's headed back to the bench for now.
Cain (hamstring) throws bullpen session 06-25-2016
Matt Cain P SF
Matt Cain (hamstring) threw about 20 pitches off the bullpen mound on Friday.
Cain will do the same thing on Sunday before the Giants determine the next step. If the club wants to play it safe, he could throw on the side or pitch batting practice, but he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. There should be more clarity on his status soon. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since June 13 with a strained right hamstring.
Tomlinson (thumb) not close to returning 06-25-2016
Kelby Tomlinson 2B SF
Kelby Tomlinson (thumb) is about a week to 10 days away from a minor league rehab assignment.
Tomlinson landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a sprained left thumb and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he still needs time for recovery and strengthening before ramping up baseball activity. His return now appears likely to fall around the All-Star break.
Rays option Geltz to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Steve Geltz P TB
Rays optioned RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham. The move clears a spot for newly-acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia. Geltz gave up his 10th homer of the season on Friday against the Indians and owns an ugly 6.75 ERA over 20 innings on the year.
Matheny declines to commit to Rosenthal 06-25-2016
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny declined to commit to Trevor Rosenthal as his closer after he gave up a walk-off three-run homer in Friday's loss to the Mariners.
Rosenthal didn't retire any of the three batters he faced Friday and gave up a walk-off homer to Adam Lind. It was his third rough appearance in his last five and he now owns a 5.63 ERA and 2.03 WHIP for the year. Matheny has stood behind his closer until now, but he's clearly at the end of his rope. "Yeah, I don't know," said Matheny when asked how the team moves forward with Rosenthal in the ninth inning. "I don't know the answer right now." Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh are both worth stashing in fantasy leagues.
Romo (elbow) not ready to join Giants 06-25-2016
Sergio Romo P SF
Sergio Romo (elbow) could make his next minor league rehab appearance on Saturday or Sunday.
There was some talk of Romo rejoining the Giants this weekend, but he gave up two runs on three hits over one-third of an inning during his most recent rehab appearance on Thursday. The Giants want to see better results before bringing him back. Romo has been sidelined since April 10 with a strained flexor tendon.
Cespedes says ankle is fine despite scare 06-25-2016
Yoenis Cespedes CF NYM
Yoenis Cespedes said after Friday's game that his left ankle is fine.
Cespedes, who returned from a mild left wrist sprain on Friday, turned his left ankle on the first base bag when he was picked off in the seventh inning. He was on the ground for a moment in obvious pain before walking off the field with a trainer, but he went back out to play his position in the bottom of the inning and managed to finish the game. "It bothered me a little once I twisted it at first base, but I'm OK," Cespedes said through an interpreter.
Matz downplays issue with elbow 06-25-2016
Steven Matz P NYM
Steven Matz downplayed any issue with his elbow after Friday's start against the Braves.

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Matz, who has been dealing with some elbow tightness of late, held the Braves scoreless over the first four innings Friday before giving up six runs on eight hits in the fifth while showing a dip in velocity. Cameras showed him rubbing his elbow in the dugout before going out for the inning, but the young southpaw said his elbow wasn't a factor in his unraveling. "Not really. No. It's been tight, but it's fine," said Matz. "I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings." Matz had just two swinging strikes in his 78 pitches on Friday.
Perez activated from paternity leave 06-25-2016
Hernan Perez 3B MLW
Brewers activated INF Hernan Perez from the paternity leave list. The move was made on Friday. Perez had been away from the team since Tuesday.
Shaw (shin) singles in return to lineup 06-25-2016
Travis Shaw 3B BOS
Travis Shaw (shin) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the lineup Friday against the Rangers. Shaw was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a right shin contusion. He should be good to go moving forward.
Carrera (Achillies) returns to lineup Friday 06-25-2016
Ezequiel Carrera LF TOR
Ezequiel Carrera (Achillies) went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout in his return to the lineup Friday versus the White Sox. Carrera sat out Wednesday's game because of a sore Achilles, but he was back in the leadoff spot Friday night. He should continue to see plenty of playing time with Jose Bautista (toe) sidelined.
Diamondbacks option Godley to Triple-A 06-25-2016
Zack Godley P ARZ
Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks intend to add a fresh arm to their bullpen on Saturday. Godley allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work on Friday and owns a 4.35 ERA in five appearances with Arizona this season.
Jake Peavy goes seven innings in victory 06-25-2016
Jake Peavy P SF
Jake Peavy improved to 4-6 after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Phillies. Since falling to 1-5 with an 8.21 ERA on May 20, Peavy is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts. It's not enough to make him a quality pickup in mixed leagues again, but the Giants will certainly take it.
Angel Pagan goes 3-for-4, knocks in two 06-25-2016
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a steal versus the Phillies on Friday. Pagan is hitting .297 with a homer and nine RBI in nine games since coming off the disabled list. He'll continue to get as much playing time as his body can handle while Hunter Pence is sidelined.
Khris Davis hits three-run homer in win 06-25-2016
Khris Davis LF OAK
Khris Davis went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer as the Athletics topped the Angels 7-4 on Friday. Ddavis has 18 homers and 49 RBI this season, so he's defensively doing something right. Of course, he also has a 71/8 K/BB ratio, which, combined with a .243 average and just eight doubles, leaves him with a .781 OPS that's far more solid than spectacular. He might be trade bait again this summer.
Ryan Madson notches 14th save 06-25-2016
Ryan Madson P OAK
After setting up for Sean Doolittle on Thursday, Ryan Madson picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth against the Angels on Friday. Madson also pitched a scoreless inning Thursday before Doolittle gave up two runs in nearly blowing the lead. Tonight's save was just Madson's second of June, but that's less because of usage and more because the A's are struggling. He remains the primary closer.
Jered Weaver gets pulled in fifth 06-25-2016
Jered Weaver P LAA
Jered Weaver was lifted after allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the A's. Weaver hurled a shutout of the A's last weekend. This time, Oakland was ready for his 82-mph fastball, and he failed to last five innings for the third time this year. There's still not any fantasy potential here.
Springer rocks Royals with grand slam Friday 06-25-2016
George Springer RF HOU
George Springer blasted a grand slam as part of a three hit day, leading the Astros to a 13-4 victory over the Royals on Friday. Springer led off the game with a triple and followed it up with the grand slam the same inning. He finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, five RBI and two runs scored. Springer has been a near-elite fantasy force with 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, 46 RBI, six steals and a .266 batting average.
Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-5, homers 06-25-2016
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Angels. Vogt is hitting .286 with two homers, a triple and five doubles in 56 at-bats this month. Unfortunately, all that has been good for is just four RBI and five runs scored. That's what playing for the A's gets you.
Dallas Keuchel P HOU
Dallas Keuchel earned a win by hurling 6 1/3 innings of four-run baseball on Friday in Kansas City. Keuchel struck out only two batters and also walked two. He gave up 11 hits, two of which escaped the yard. It was not a very encouraging outing for his bedraggled fantasy owners. The win improves his record to 4-9 with a 5.35 ERA. That is not at all what his owners paid for in drafts this Spring. His 3.44 xFIP hints at better things on the horizon.
Yasmany Tomas homers twice in win 06-25-2016
Yasmany Tomas LF ARZ
Yasmany Tomas drove in four runs with a pair of homers to held the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 10-9 on Friday. The Diamondbacks won despite being just the second team in history to use nine pitchers in a nine-inning game that took place prior to the Sept. 1 roster expansion. Tomas finally came up big with multiple men on base; he had never homered and rarely gotten a hit of any kind with two or three bases occupied. The first homer tonight was a three-run shot, and he tied up the game in the ninth with a solo blast. The Diamondbacks went on to take their 10-9 lead when Michael Bourn drove in Jean Segura.
Archie Bradley allows one run in five 06-25-2016
Archie Bradley P ARZ
Archie Bradley yielded one run in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Rockies. Bradley walked four and threw 94 pitches, so he didn't have any real chance of going deeper. The Diamondbacks went on to use eight relievers to get through the next four innings, yet they won 10-9 anyway. Bradley has a 3.53 ERA in six starts since rejoining the Diamondbacks a month ago, but since he still doesn't have the walks under control, he's not an every-week option in mixed leagues.
Volquez receives epic beat down from Astros 06-25-2016
Edinson Volquez P KC
Edinson Volquez was pounded into the Stone Age on Friday, yielding 12 runs to the Astros in one inning pitched. One of the runs was unearned. He failed to strike anybody out but walked three. He allowed eight hits. The Astros scored nine times off Volquez in the first inning, including a grand slam off the bat of George Springer. Volquez then allowed the first three batters of the second inning to reach base and was pulled from the game. Dillon Gee came on and promptly allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. Volquez saw his ERA soar to 5.15 with a 1.46 WHIP. He was very good the last two years but you just can't trust him right now.
Carlos Estevez blows save for Rockies 06-25-2016
Carlos Estevez P COL
Carlos Estevez blew a save after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Diamondbacks. Technically, it's Estevez's third blown save, though it's his first in six chances since he replaced the injured Jake McGee in the closer's role. It's just the second time in 11 appearances in June in which he's allowed a run. He should remain the primary option there until McGee returns.
Jake Lamb goes 3-for-4, drives in three 06-25-2016
Jake Lamb 3B ARZ
Jake Lamb had three hits, three RBI and three errors Friday against the Rockies. At least the bat mostly made up for the glove. Lamb tripled and doubled in the contest. He's sitting against a lot of left-handers, but he's currently sporting a .943 OPS, making him one of the NL's top hitters to date.
Rasmus goes 4-for-5 with a home run on Friday 06-25-2016
Colby Rasmus LF HOU
Colby Rasmus filled the box score by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored on Friday. Rasmus played like an MVP for the first three weeks of the season but had been awful ever since. Tonight he cheered his owners up immensely. Rasmus has been very streaky throughout his career, so perhaps this game is the start of something good. He now has a .245 batting average with ten home runs, 26 runs, 39 RBI and four steals.
Adam Lind's homer propels Mariners 06-25-2016
Adam Lind 1B SEA
Adam Lind delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Lind's 11th homer of the year came off Trevor Rosenthal. He has five homers in his last 11 games, though he's recorded just two other hits in that span. His average has actually tumbled from .259 to .234 during the month of June.
Wade LeBlanc goes six scoreless 06-25-2016
Wade LeBlanc P SEA
Wade LeBlanc shut out the Cardinals for six innings Friday in his return to the majors. LeBlanc, who spent last year pitching in Japan, was just acquired by the Mariners from the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He'll probably get a chance to make additional starts after the strong outing tonight, but he's not to be touched in AL-only leagues.
Carlos Martinez sharp again 06-25-2016
Carlos Martinez P STL
Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday. Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02.
Alcides Escobar SS KC
Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night. Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity.
Trevor Rosenthal gives up three-run homer 06-25-2016
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Trevor Rosenthal gave up a three-run homer without retiring a batter to take a blown save and a loss Friday against the Mariners. It's still just Rosenthal's third blown save, but his job is very much in jeopardy again. After inheriting a 3-1 lead tonight, he gave up a double, a walk and a homer to open the ninth. It's the walks, not so much the hits, that have been his problem this season, but tonight's wasn't bad; Dae-Ho Lee just put together a strong at-bat against him. Still, the Cardinals seemed to be pretty much out of patience with him, and this could be the straw that broke their backs. If so, Kevin Siegrist could be the favorite for saves, with Seung-Hwan Oh continuing to work in the eighth.
Kyle Seager reaches four times 06-25-2016
Kyle Seager 3B SEA
Kyle Seager reached base all four times he was up Friday, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks. It's not easy keeping up with little brother Corey, but Kyle is doing the best he can; his OPS is up to .853 after a really poor start.
Rodon pitches well in no-decision vs Toronto 06-25-2016
Carlos Rodon P CWS
Carlos Rodon struck out eight batters and gave up only two runs but was pulled one out short of a quality start and had to settle for a no-decision as the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday. He gave up two walks and six hits, none of which left the yard. Home runs have been a problem for Rodon this year but not tonight. His ERA improves to 4.09 with an 82/29 K/BB in 81 1/3 innings. He has a good matchup versus the Twins in his next start on Thursday.
Sanchez is quality vs White Sox on Friday 06-25-2016
Aaron Sanchez P TOR
Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday. He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs.
Robertson evades trouble for 19th save 06-25-2016
David Robertson P CWS
David Robertson collected his 19th save despite loading the bases with Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Friday. Robertson induced a fly-out to right from Devon Travis before walking Darwin Barney. Ezequiel Carrera and Josh Donaldson both got cheap singles to load the bases. Robertson then fanned Edwin Encarnacion and got Michael Saunders to pop out to end the game. Robertson has walked too many batters to be dominant this year but has still been very effective, blowing only two saves. He remains locked in as the White Sox closer.
Melky homers on three-hit night 06-25-2016
Melky Cabrera LF CWS
Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 and hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday in a win over the Blue Jays. Cabrera is not an exciting player to own but has provided solid fantasy value throughout his career. He is now batting .296 with 35 runs and 38 RBI to go along with the eight home runs. His .820 OPS is his best since 2012 with the Giants -- the year he got busted for PEDs.
Price gets pounded for six runs on Friday 06-25-2016
David Price P BOS
David Price was hammered by the Rangers for six earned runs on 12 base hits in only 2 1/3 innings on Friday and was lucky to escape with a no-decision when the Red Sox came back late to win the game. Price's ERA took a beating and is now back up to 4.68 in 102 innings. Considering he gave up so many hits in such a short time Price could have given up even more runs, but only two of the twelve hits went for extra bases and he didn't add to his misery by walking anyone. Price was terrible early in the season but had been pitching very effectively for a long time. This was his first clunker since a May 7th game against the Yankees. He should be one of the better pitchers in the league moving forward.
Mets expected to sign Reyes as soon as Sat. 06-25-2016
Jose Reyes SS COL
Anthony DiComo of hears from multiple major league sources that the Mets expect to sign Jose Reyes as soon as Saturday afternoon.
Reyes was placed on release waivers on Thursday after the Rockies failed to find a trade for him and he'll officially become a free agent at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Mets were originally seen as an unlikely landing spot, but a reunion has quickly picked up steam over the past few days. The Mets would only be responsible for a prorated portion of the major league minimum, so they are willing to take a chance on him even though he isn't the player he once was and recently served a suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife. The expectation is that Reyes would be sent to the minors to get some at-bats while also working at third base. He would likely function in a super-utility role in his return to the Mets.
Martinez gives up four runs in six innings 06-25-2016
Nick Martinez P TEX
Nick Martinez was charged with four runs in six innings and took a no-decision versus the Red Sox on Friday. Martinez gave up six hits, two of which landed on the far side of the outfield wall. Making his second start of the year, he struck out only two batters while walking three. He has a 5.54 ERA and is striking out only 3.46 batters per nine innings. Martinez is nothing more than a replacement-level pitcher who is only in the majors because the Rangers' rotation has been devastated by injury. He is best avoided in fantasy unless you play in a very deep AL-only league.
Betts slugs last-ditch homer as Sox win 06-25-2016
Mookie Betts RF BOS
Mookie Betts hit a game-tying, two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lead the Red Sox to a wild 8-7 victory over the Rangers on Friday. Trailing by two and down to their last out, Betts smacked a Matt Bush pitch over the center-field wall to tie the game. Later in the inning Dustin Pedroia scored on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run. Betts finished 2-for-5 on the night. He is leading the majors with 65 runs scored.
Choo homers as Rangers lose to Red Sox 06-25-2016
Shin-Soo Choo RF TEX
Shin-Soo Choo smacked his third home run of the season in a losing cause on Friday. He finished the game 2-for-5 with one strikeout. Choo has missed all but 16 games this year to injury and has only recently returned to form. Today's game lifted his OPS from .760 to .840 in one day. Choo is especially valuable in on-base percentage leagues.
Upton's mammoth game leads Pads over Reds 06-25-2016
Melvin Upton LF SD
Melvin Upton crushed two home runs to lead the Padres to a 13-4 whipping of the Reds on Friday. He finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored two runs. He now has 11 home runs on the season. Upton was one of the worst hitters in the league his two years in Atlanta but has been pretty good since moving to San Diego last year. His owners could benefit from a 20 homer, 30 steal season from Upton if he continues his current pace. He has stolen 16 bases this year and has stolen 40 or more three times in his career -- most recently in 2010 however.