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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.