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Mon Jul 2218:30Carlos Rodon Looks Impressive On MondayCarlos RodónSPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon put together a masterful performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The southpaw allowed one run on two hits over seven innings of work. Rodon struck out 10 batters along the way as he made easy work of the Rays' lineup. He has put together an up-and-down campaign thus far. Rodon was struggling heavily before this start so hopefully this will help him get back on track.
Source: mlb.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2217:35Rob Refsnyder Back In Red Sox's LineupRob RefsnyderRFRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Rob Refsnyder (shoulder) is back in left field and batting second for Boston in Monday's series opener at Coors Field against the hosting Colorado Rockies and left-hander Austin Gomber. Refsnyder returns to Boston's lineup after he was scratched from Sunday night's contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to shoulder soreness. The 33-year-old veteran outfielder can't be counted on for much power or speed, but he makes plenty of contact and has provided fantasy managers in deeper leagues with a strong average (.299) in 167 at-bats in 2024. He's been great against lefties with a .301/.427/.480 slash line with a .907 OPS and three of his four home runs in 89 plate appearances, too, making him a more attractive DFS sleeper on Monday at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Source: Boston Herald - Gabrielle StarrRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2217:22Eloy Jimenez Retreats To The BenchEloy JiménezDHWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Eloy Jimenez will start Monday's contest against the hosting Texas Rangers on the bench. Gavin Sheets will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth for the White Sox against Rangers right-hander Michael Lorenzen. In just eight career at-bats against Lorenzen, Sheets is hitting .375 with a .944 OPS and an RBI, making him more attractive in DFS contests. Jimenez is being rested more regularly of late and is batting .250 (18-for-72) with no home runs, two doubles, four RBI, seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 22 games (17 starts) since coming off the injured list on June 23. The 27-year-old Dominican outfielder missed substantial time in the first half due to injury and has been a disappointment for the worst team in baseball. Jimenez is sitting on just five home runs, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in his 206 at-bats.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2217:15Royce Lewis To Start Rehab Assignment On TuesdayRoyce LewisSSTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis (groin) said he's been told he will start a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Tuesday. Lewis resumed baseball activities during the All-Star break last week and is now ready for rehab games this week as he works his way back from a groin injury. The oft-injured 25-year-old could be ready to return from the injured list this weekend after missing the last three weeks. If the former first overall pick is somehow available on your league's waiver wire, he must be picked up immediately. Lewis has had a tough time staying on the field early in his big-league career, but when he's been on the diamond, he's been an elite source of power. He'll be returning to a .292/.354/.685 slash line with a 1.039 OPS and 10 home runs in just 89 at-bats.
Source: MLB.com - Do-Hyoung ParkRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2217:10Trevor Larnach Out Against LeftyTrevor LarnachLFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach will rest on Monday against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies with left-hander Ranger Suarez on the mound. In addition to Larnach, Matt Wallner and Edouard Julien will hit the bench. Jair Camargo is serving as the designated hitter and batting seventh, Manuel Margot is in left field and hitting leadoff, and rookie Brooks Lee is manning the keystone and batting sixth against Suarez for the series opener. The lefty-hitting Larnach has faced left-handers only eight times this year, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's not starting on Monday. Against righties, he's hit .247 (48-for-194) with all 10 of his home runs and all but one of his RBI on the year. Margot has hit .289 (26-for-90) against southpaws in 2024 and is more attractive as a DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot, but he's added just three homers and four steals on the season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2216:07Andres Gimenez Sitting Against LeftyAndrés Giménez2BGuardiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez will take a seat on Monday for the series opener against the visiting Detroit Tigers with tough left-hander Tarik Skubal on the mound. In addition to Gimenez, the Guardians are resting infielder Daniel Schneemann, catcher Bo Naylor and outfielder Will Brennan. Tyler Freeman is starting at the keystone and batting seventh, Brayan Rocchio is at short and hitting eighth, Austin Hedges is doing the catching and batting ninth, and Angel Martinez draws into the lineup in center field while hitting in the two-hole against Skubal. Gimenez is hitting .245 (26-for-106) with only one of his five home runs on the season coming against southpaws. Overall in 2024, he's slashing .247/.300/.331 with a below-average .631 OPS, five homers, 45 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 92 games played for Cleveland.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2216:02James Paxton Designated For Assignment By DodgersJames PaxtonSPRed SoxFree Agent
Left-hander James Paxton is being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to sources. In his place, right-hander River Ryan is expected to be added to the 40-man roster in order to make his first big-league start on Monday versus the division-rival San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers don't have the space for the 35-year-old veteran left-hander with both Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) and Tyler Glasnow (back) coming off the injured list this week to rejoin LA's starting rotation. Paxton picked up his eighth win of the season on Sunday versus the Boston Red Sox, but overall he was pretty inconsistent, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with a career-low 16.4% strikeout rate and bloated 12.3% walk rate in 89 1/3 innings over his 18 starts in Hollywood. Paxton is unlikely to stay with the Dodgers if he clears waivers.
Source: FanSided - Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2212:13Jeffrey Springs Goes Three Innings In Latest Rehab StartJeffrey SpringsSPRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs (elbow) made his eighth minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, July 20, allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three over three innings. Springs' outing was cut short after 48 pitches due to a rain delay, but he's on turn to throw five innings in his next rehab start for the Bulls. His longest rehab start came on July 14, when he gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out three over 4 2/3 frames. The Rays are evaluating his readiness on a start-by-start basis after he underwent Tommy John surgery on April 24 of last year. The 31-year-old southpaw should be an option for Tampa's starting rotation in August, barring a setback, and will be in consideration for a roster spot in mixed fantasy leagues after he went 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with a career-high 144 K's and 31 walks in 33 outings (25 starts) in 2022 for the Rays.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2212:05No Update On Yandy DiazYandy Díaz1BRaysFree Agent
It's not clear yet when Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz will rejoin the team after being placed on the restricted list on Sunday due to a personal matter, with manager Kevin Cash saying that the Rays are "taking it day to day." Because of his personal matter, Diaz didn't travel with the team to New York on Thursday for the weekend series in the Bronx to open the second half of the season, and Tampa played short-handed on Friday night. Cash said on Sunday morning that there was "no real update" for Diaz. On Saturday, the Rays recalled infielder Curtis Mead from Triple-A Durham, and he was thrust into the starting lineup immediately against Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes and responded with a career-high-tying three hits. Mead hit .218 with a .545 OPS in his first stint with the Rays in 2024 and was slashing .278/.348/.500 with 10 homers in 59 games for Durham.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2210:00Drew Rasmussen Effective In First Rehab OutingDrew RasmussenSPRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Drew Rasmussen (elbow) pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Durham on Sunday. Rasmussen reportedly touched 99 mph on the radar gun with his fastball in an encouraging appearance. The 21-year-old is working his way back from an internal brace procedure a year ago. He already has a nice big-league track record and could be used as a reliever for the Rays at some point this season before potentially rejoining the starting rotation in 2025.
Source: Aram LeightonRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2209:38Whit Merrifield To Join The BravesWhit Merrifield2BBlue JaysFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves will reportedly sign utility player Whit Merrifield. The veteran, who was recently released by the Philadelphia Phillies, will sign a major league deal with the Braves according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Merrifield hit .199 for the Phillies this year in 53 games, with three homers and 11 RBI to go with 11 stolen bases. The 35-year-old is expected to provide depth for the Braves with starting second baseman Ozzie Albies projected to be out for eight weeks with a left wrist fracture.
Source: Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2203:07Michael King Picks Up Win, Quality Start SundayMichael KingRPYankeesFree Agent
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King (8-6) was the "King of the Hill" Sunday afternoon picking up the win and a quality start after tossing seven one-run innings allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts and one walk in a close 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians. King carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before allowing a bloop single off the bat of Angel Martinez and another single to Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was tossed out at second base after trying to sneak an extra base after a long throw from right field to third base. The lone run allowed then came in on a Josh Naylor ground out. The 29-year-old hurler has been excellent in his last four starts in which he hasn't allowed more than one run in all four starts to some power house teams in the Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners, and Guardians. In the last month and a half he's lowered his ERA from 4.31 to a stellar 3.28 ERA on the season. His next opponent will be no walk in the park either with a matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on the road set for next weekend.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jul 2202:20Aaron Judge Smacks League-Leading 35th Home RunAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 35th home run of the season and pitched in a single in a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon. The home run was of the three-run variety which puts his 2024 total at an absurd 89 RBI sitting here with about two and a half months left of the regular season. After a brutal first month of the season Judge looks like the MVP version of himself that set the American League home run record just two seasons ago. It's only been three games, but he's already off to a hot start in the second half with a 4-for-10 line with one home run and four RBI and three walks. Juan Soto's presence in the lineup has eased the offensive burden on Judge's shoulders this season and he should have no problem running away the American League MVP this season barring any injuries or major slumps.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2121:46Byron Buxton Goes Deep TwiceByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has been hitting everything that comes his way lately. On Sunday, Buxton went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs in the loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Fantasy managers that stuck with Buxton are finally being rewarded for their patience. Buxton is slashing .364/.413/.700 over his last month of games. He has earned himself a slot in the three-hole in the lineup, which might stay that way. Who knows how long it will last, but fantasy managers should continue riding out this hot stretch with Buxton.
Source: mlb.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2121:32Carlos Estevez Notches 18th SaveCarlos EstévezRPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Carlos Estevez was called upon to protect a three-run lead versus the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. The right-hander walked the leadoff hitter but retired the next three batters to record his 18th save of the season. The 31-year-old is having a nice year in what has been a down year for the Halos. There is a good chance that Estevez does get moved at the upcoming trade deadline. That being said, his fantasy value as a closer could be ending. It's unknown whether or not his new team would want him as their primary ninth-inning option. That being said, fantasy managers should hold Estevez until further notice.
Source: mlb.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2121:20Ramon Urias Dealing With Minor InjuryRamón Urías2B/3BOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ramon Urias (neck) was held out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers. It sounds like the plan was for Urias to start but he was scratched due to neck soreness. This shouldn't be the type of issue that holds Urias out of the lineup for too long. O's manager Brandon Hyde said the original plan was to give Gunnar Henderson the day off. However, Hyde needed Henderson to play on Sunday with Urias being unavailable. Fantasy managers will have to check back ahead of their next game to see if Urias is able to return.
Source: Rich DubroffRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2121:09Ty France Placed On WaiversTy France1BMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France has been placed on outright waivers by the organization on Sunday. This comes as a bit of a shock considering France was an All-Star a few years ago. However, the 30-year-old has been slumping at the plate over the last two seasons. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, Seattle would be able to outright him to Triple-A or France can refuse and become a free agent. Despite his recent struggles there should be a contending organization willing to give him a shot. This season, France is slashing .224/.313/.351 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 87 games. The Mariners appear to be committed to Tyler Locklear as their full-time option at first base.
Source: Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2119:46Yordan Alvarez Hits For The CycleYordan AlvarezLF/DHAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez created history at the plate during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The 27-year-old singled in the first inning to start off his incredible day at the plate. Later, Alvarez blasted a 429-foot solo shot off Bryan Woo in the fourth inning. Alvarez smacked an RBI triple in the sixth inning to pull his team within one run. After that, Alvarez slapped a double in right field to finish off his cycle. He becomes the second member of the Astros in the past 10 years to hit for the cycle, joining fellow teammate Jose Altuve.
Source: mlb.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2119:39Junior Caminero Continues Crushing BaseballsJunior CamineroSSRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Junior Caminero has been on a hot streak at the plate lately. The top prospect blasted his fourth home run in his past eight games on Sunday. Caminero currently sits as the No. 3 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. He has been on a tear at the place since returning from injury. The way Caminero is hitting it shouldn't be long before he's tearing the cover off the ball in Tampa Bay. It remains to be seen if the Rays will make Caminero a September call-up. Otherwise, Caminero should be ready to play on the big league roster for the 2025 season.
Source: milb.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Jul 2116:44Michael King Dazzles On SundayMichael KingRPYankeesFree Agent
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King tossed seven innings of one-run ball en route to earning his eighth victory of the campaign. He allowed just two hits and one free pass. He struck out six. King carried a no-hitter into the seventh but allowed a leadoff single to Angel Martinez. Martinez would then score on an RBI groundout, courtesy of Josh Naylor. The 29-year-old has now posted four straight strong outings as he entered Sunday riding a 1.56 ERA and 0.92 WHIP across his past three starts. In his first season as a starter, King has flashed elite upside at times but has had a few growing pains. The right-hander should remain in all lineups going forward and is a high-upside play in DFS.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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