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  • Player Notes
    Lawrence Butler Wed Jul 24 7:20am ET

    Oakland A's outfielder Lawrence Butler had a big game in his team's 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Butler went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a homer, a walk, two runs, and two RBI to help power his team to the win. The 24-year-old outfielder is putting together a solid season, hitting .253 with 10 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 26 runs, 32 RBI, and six steals across 194 at-bats. Butler has been red-hot of late, batting .536 with four homers over his past seven contests. He remains a must-start in fantasy until his bat cools off.

    From RotoBaller

    Jeremy Pena Wed Jul 24 7:20am ET

    Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena had a big game in his team's 8-2 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday. Pena went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo homer, and a steal in the losing effort. The 26-year-old infielder has been swinging a hot bat for the Astros of late, batting .385 with two homers over his past seven contests. Overall, Pena is hitting .282 with 17 doubles, nine homers, 49 runs, 44 RBI, and 12 steals across 380 at-bats. His blend of power and speed makes him a solid fantasy shortstop in deeper leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Brent Rooker Wed Jul 24 7:10am ET

    Oakland A's DH Brent Rooker continued his power surge in an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Rooker went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk to help power Oakland to the win over their division rivals. The 29-year-old kicked off the scoring in the game, launching a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to put the A's up 2-0. Rooker is now hitting .291 with 23 homers, 48 runs, 69 RBI, and six steals across 320 at-bats. He has been white-hot at the plate of late, batting .400 with five homers and 13 RBI over his past seven games. Rooker is a must-start in fantasy until he cools down.

    From RotoBaller

    Tyler Fitzgerald Wed Jul 24 7:00am ET

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald continued his homer streak in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI but it wasn't enough as the Giants lost to their division rivals. On the bright side, the rookie infielder set a Giants rookie record, becoming the first San Francisco rookie to homer in five straight games. The last Giants player overall to homer in five straight games was Barry Bonds back in 2004. Fitzgerald is now hitting .322 with six homers, 18 runs, 13 RBI, and seven stolen bases across 90 at-bats this year. If Fitzgerald is able to homer in a sixth consecutive game, it would set a new MLB record. He will look to accomplish the feat on Wednesday against Dodgers starter Tyler Glasnow.

    From RotoBaller

    Jeff McNeil Wed Jul 24 7:00am ET

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil had a big game in his team's 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday. McNeil went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, two RBI, and a walk to help power the Mets to the win over their crosstown rivals. The veteran infielder's homer came in the sixth inning and broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Mets a lead that they would not give back. McNeil is now hitting .225 with nine homers, 40 runs, 32 RBI, and five steals over 311 at-bats this season. He has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .364 with four homers and 11 RBI over his past seven games. McNeil is worth a spot in fantasy starting lineups while he is on a hot streak.

    From RotoBaller

    Jameson Taillon Wed Jul 24 7:00am ET

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Jameson Taillon pitched well but took the loss in a 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Taillon tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits, walking three, and striking out three but saw his record drop to 7-5 on the season. The veteran hurler has been solid for the Cubs this season, posting a 2.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts over 100 1/3 innings of work. While he isn't a major source of strikeouts, Taillon is a strong mid-rotation fantasy starting pitcher thanks to his low ERA and WHIP. He will look for his eighth win next time he takes the mound, which will be Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.

    From RotoBaller

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Wed Jul 24 6:40am ET

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was one of the few bright spots in his team's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Guerrero went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his 17th of the season, in the contest. The veteran infielder launched a solo shot in the sixth inning, a blast that traveled 424 feet with an exit velocity of 112 MPH to cut the Tampa lead to 3-1. Guerrero is putting together another elite fantasy season, hitting .293 with 17 homers, 50 runs, 60 RBI, and two steals across 386 at-bats. With his name popping up in trade rumors, Guerrero has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .370 with four homers and seven RBI over his past seven contests.

    From RotoBaller

    Brandon Lowe Wed Jul 24 6:40am ET

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in his team's 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Lowe launched his two-run shot off Toronto starter Jose Berrios in the fifth inning to push Tampa's lead to 3-0. The veteran infielder is now hitting .239 with 11 homers, 27 runs, 30 RBI, and one steal across 176 at-bats. While his batting average isn't great, Lowe continues to provide solid fantasy power numbers from second base, making him a decent reserve option in most leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Emmanuel Clase Wed Jul 24 6:30am ET

    Cleveland Guardians right-hander Emmanuel Clase tossed a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Clase did not allow any baserunners while needing just nine pitches to pick up the save. The All-Star closer has now converted 30 of his 33 save chances in what has been another dominant season. Overall, he has a 4-1 record, 0.78 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts over 46 1/3 innings of work in what is shaping up as his best season yet. Clase remains an elite fantasy closer in all formats.

    From RotoBaller

    Christian Yelich Wed Jul 24 1:10am ET

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (back) left Tuesday's 1-0 win over the division-rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field early with back tightness, according to the team. Yelich went 0-for-1 with two walks in the contest before departing and was replaced as the designated hitter by first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The 32-year-old veteran left-handed-hitting outfielder has a long history with back injuries, so this definitely isn't what the Brewers or fantasy managers want to see. He was already on the injured list once this year with a lower-back strain. Don't expect to see Yelich in the lineup on Wednesday, and fantasy managers should prepare for another potential trip to the IL. If Yelich misses extended time with his latest back issue, look for both Blake Perkins and Jake Bauers to potentially see more opportunities as Milwaukee's DH.

    From RotoBaller

    Lance Lynn Wed Jul 24 1:00am ET

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn hit a career milestone in his Tuesday start in a 2-1 win over the Pirates. Lynn pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Those strikeouts brought the 37-year-old's career total to exactly 2,000 over his 13-season career. The veteran has gotten improved results after an unusually poor 2023 season and is now 5-4 with a 4.17 ERA, an 8.35 K/9 rate, and a 3.55 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 101 1/3 IP. He may not provide as much fantasy value as he did earlier in his career, but Lynn still offers a useful floor when he is on. His next matchup will be a decent one against a scuffling Rangers lineup.

    From RotoBaller

    Colin Rea Wed Jul 24 1:00am ET

    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Colin Rea turned in a great start in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Cubs. Rea pitched five innings, allowing four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. The 34-year-old has pitched well both in a traditional starter's role and as a bulk reliever, going 9-3 with a 3.60 ERA, a 6.87 K/9 rate, and a 2.70 BB/9 rate in 20 appearances (17 starts) and 110 IP. While his results have been respectable, Rea has allowed a lot of hard contact, so fantasy managers should be wary of potential regression in the second half. Until then, he and fantasy managers will look to take advantage of a middling Braves matchup in his next scheduled start.

    From RotoBaller

    Cooper Criswell Wed Jul 24 12:50am ET

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Cooper Criswell rose to the occasion in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, improving his record to 4-4. Criswell pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The 28-year-old has spent time with both the Red Sox and Triple-A Worcester this season and has put up respectable big-league numbers, compiling a 3.60 ERA, a 7.48 K/9 rate, and a 2.22 BB/9 rate in 13 starts and 65 IP with the Red Sox. Should he remain in the rotation, his next start would likely be a favorable matchup against the Mariners. This would make him a decent streaming option in deeper leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Tyler O'Neill Wed Jul 24 12:40am ET

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill continued his strong offensive second half in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies. O'Neill went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a two-run HR, and a strikeout. The 29-year-old snuck a first-inning Ty Blach changeup over the center-field wall to score two and then demolished a third-inning Blach offering onto the left-field concourse. O'Neill has put together a solid season overall, slashing .267/.356/.535 with 20 HR, 54 runs scored, 38 RBI, and three stolen bases in 312 plate appearances. He has been particularly hot in July, slashing .317/.386/.556 with four HR and 10 RBI in 15 games.

    From RotoBaller

    Zack Wheeler Wed Jul 24 12:30am ET

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Twins. Wheeler pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense couldn't provide support until the ninth inning, leaving him with a no-decision. The 34-year-old is now 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA, a 9.68 K/9 rate, and a 2.69 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 123 2/3 IP. Fantasy managers will be pleased to see Wheeler bounce back from a relatively pedestrian 2023 season. His next scheduled start will be a tough matchup against the Yankees, but he has proven to be matchup-proof for some time.

    From RotoBaller

    Simeon Woods Richardson Wed Jul 24 12:30am ET

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson continued his strong rookie season in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Phillies. Woods Richardson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense was held in check by a strong start from Zach Wheeler, leaving him without a chance at a win. The 23-year-old is now 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA, a 7.77 K/9 rate, and a 2.56 BB/9 rate in 17 starts and 88 IP. His next start will be a middling one at the Mets, but he should draw two starts in that week, making him a worthy fantasy start.

    From RotoBaller

    Ryan Helsley Wed Jul 24 12:20am ET

    St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley converted his 33rd save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Pirates. Helsley came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by one and locked things down by striking out the side. The 30-year-old has been one of baseball's and fantasy's top closers this season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.25 ERA, a 10.84 K/9 rate, and a 3.68 BB/9 rate. He currently has the most saves in baseball and should continue to provide top fantasy value in the second half, especially if the Cardinals continue to play well.

    From RotoBaller

    Paul Skenes Wed Jul 24 12:10am ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes turned in another gem but came away with a loss in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Skenes pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including a solo home run) and no walks with eight strikeouts. The 22-year-old All-Star rookie has been a fantasy sensation this season, going 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA, an 11.69 K/9 rate, and a 1.57 BB/9 rate in 12 starts (10 quality starts) and 74 2/3 IP. He hasn't accumulated as many starts as other pitchers but has been one of fantasy's best on a start-per-start basis. He will look to continue his elite production in his next start, which will be a decent matchup at the Astros.

    From RotoBaller

    Tarik Skubal Tue Jul 23 11:20pm ET

    Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal, one of the front-runners in the American League Cy Young race, has become the latest name trending in trade rumors, and according to sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are interested in him. It's unclear where talks stand, but if the Tigers decide to make Skubal available, other teams are expected to enter the mix. Skubal is 11-3 with an AL-low 2.34 ERA in 123 innings and 23 starts. The 27-year-old southpaw is earning $2.65 million in 2024 and is arbitration-eligible for two more years, leaving him under club control through 2026. The more likely scenario is the Tigers trading right-hander Jack Flaherty, an impending free agent this winter. The Dodgers have a big need for starting pitching in the second half as they prepare for a deep postseason run, so it wouldn't surprise anyone if they paid a hefty price for Skubal or Chicago White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet.

    From RotoBaller

  • MLB SCOREBOARD - Tue Jul 23FULL
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    BAL391
    MIA6100
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    CLE5111
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    STL240
    PIT170
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    SD492
    WSH050
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    NYM381
    NYY251
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    TB440
    TOR260
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    CINMartinez R (3-5)
    ATLSale L (13-3)
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    PHI360
    MIN032
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    CWS251
    TEX360
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    MIL170
    CHC070
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    ARI680
    KC271
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    BOS6111
    COL060
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    LAA540
    SEA132
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    HOU290
    OAK8130
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    SF251
    LAD591
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