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Detroit Tigers 2B Isaac Paredes was recalled from Class AAA Toledo Saturday, June 19.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien had a terrific day at the plate on Saturday, crushing two home runs in the team's 10-7 comeback win over the Orioles. He got the offense on the board with a leadoff bomb in the first, and then followed that up with another solo shot in the eighth for his 18th dinger of the campaign. Semien finished the day going 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBI to push his season-long totals to 50 R and 42 RBI as the everyday leadoff man. The 30-year-old is putting together an outstanding season for the Jays and managers should expect more of the same the rest of the way.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah had trouble keeping the ball in the park on Saturday as he allowed four home runs to the Orioles over 3 1/3 innings. He started off the game on a high note by striking out the side in order in the first frame, but went on to serve up five total runs on the four round-trippers before getting pulled after 69 pitches in the fourth. The only hits Manoah allowed left the yard as he walked one batter and finished with six punchouts on the afternoon. The subpar outing gives the right-hander a 4.18 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through five starts, but he's punching out over a batter per inning with 27 K in 23 2/3 IP. Growing pains are inevitable for young hurlers, so managers shouldn't think twice about starting him versus the Orioles again next weekend.
Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (groin) said he was 'all good' after a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, June 19, and plans to start Tuesday, June 22.
San Diego Padres RHP Pierce Johnson (triceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list with right triceps inflammation Saturday, June 19, retroactive to June 18.
San Diego Padres LHP Daniel Camarena was recalled from Class AAA El Paso Saturday, June 19.
Detroit Tigers 2B Niko Goodrum (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left finger tendon injury Saturday, June 19.
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr, kept his MVP-type season going on Saturday by clobbering his league-leading 23rd homer of the season in the club's 10-7 win over the Orioles. His solo shot in the first came off starter Dean Kremer, but the 22-year-old's biggest hit of the day came in the ninth when he hit a bases-loaded double to right field that cashed in two runners to tie the game. Guerrero finished the afternoon going 2-for-5 to up his average to .337 with 59 RBI as his Triple Crown watch continues. Managers should feel ecstatic about the return of his draft-day cost as the only thing holding him back from being the top fantasy player is his stolen base total.
Cincinnati Reds INF Mike Moustakas (heel) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, June 19.
Cincinnati Reds LHP Josh Osich's contract was selected from Class AAA Louisville Saturday, June 19.
Cincinnati Reds RHP Ashton Goudeau was optioned to Class AAA Louisville Saturday, June 19.
New York Mets LHP Joey Lucchesi (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Saturday, June 19.
Seattle Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder) will not throw for at least two weeks after being diagnosed with a right shoulder strain, manager Scott Servais said Saturday, June 19.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Texas Rangers. Cruz absolutely demolished a 1-0 Kolby Allard cutter, sending it 436 feet into the outfield seats at 111.3 MPH. He now has three hits and three RBI in the series against the Rangers. The veteran slugger now has a .299/.372/.559 slash line with 15 homers, 37 RBI, and 32 runs scored. Cruz looks as good as ever and is one of the better DFS plays in fantasy baseball right now.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Randy Dobnak rebounded nicely in Saturday's start against the Texas Rangers. Dobnak allowed 14 combined runs in his last two appearances but pitched five solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits against Texas. The 26-year-old righty induced 10 ground balls thanks to his sinker, which he threw nearly half the time Saturday. Dobnak still owns a 7.83 ERA despite the effort and could find himself relegated to the bullpen when Michael Pineda (forearm) returns.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers worked a fairly easy ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season in Saturday's win over the Texas Rangers. Rogers picked up a strikeout, allowed a single, then fanned another batter and got a quick out to end the inning. The southpaw lowered his ERA to 2.73 along with an outstanding 41:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is still working in tandem with Hansel Robles as the closer, though he has picked up three of the last five save chances, with Tyler Duffey picking up one.
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier collected a pair of doubles in Saturday's win over the Oakland Athletics. Frazier came around to score on one of his two-baggers, then also scored after drawing a walk. The 26-year-old hadn't made a start in the outfield since June 13, as Miguel Andujar had overtaken him for the starting left field job. Frazier has been shaky this season, though more efforts such as these would earn him more of an even timeshare with Andujar in the outfield. He can be ignored in season-long formats for now, though he might be worth monitoring if he gets hot.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez belted his 11th home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Oakland Athletics. Sanchez got every bit of the home run ball, as it traveled 416 feet at 108.8 MPH. The slugging backstop has now gone yard five times in the last 10 games, putting his season OPS at .800. Sanchez ranks eighth among catchers in expected slugging percentage and wOBA while maintaining the plate discipline improvements he made earlier this season. He remains one of the better power sources at the catcher position in fantasy baseball.
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's victory over the Oakland Athletics. Urshela got the Yankees on the board with an RBI single in the fourth, then belted a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning. He now has three extra-base hits and four RBI in his last three games, as he continues to rake in June. Urshela will face lefty Sean Manaea on Sunday. He owns a slightly better batting average and OPS against southpaws this season.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola had his shortest start this year on Saturday as he allowed a season-high six earned runs in a no-decision at San Francisco. The first five runs the Giants scored all happened with two outs in back-to-back innings as it was a frustrating afternoon for Nola and his fantasy managers. As bad as he's been at times, Nola's upside makes him a must-start option in fantasy. His 27.6 percent strikeout rate and 41 percent ground-ball rate are both strong numbers and should lead to more good starts than bad starts moving forward. Hopefully, Nola can shake this start off and rebound in a good matchup with the Mets next week.
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