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  • Player Notes
    Ben Zobrist Jul 25 12:23pm ET

    Chicago Cubs OFs Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 25, against the Chicago White Sox. 2B/OF Ian Happ and 2B/OF Ben Zobrist will draw starts in left and right field, respectively.

    Jason Heyward Jul 25 12:23pm ET

    Chicago Cubs OFs Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 25, against the Chicago White Sox. 2B/OF Ian Happ and 2B/OF Ben Zobrist will draw starts in left and right field, respectively.

    Kyle Schwarber Jul 25 12:23pm ET

    Chicago Cubs OFs Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 25, against the Chicago White Sox. 2B/OF Ian Happ and 2B/OF Ben Zobrist will draw starts in left and right field, respectively.

    Ian Happ Jul 25 12:23pm ET

    Chicago Cubs OFs Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 25, against the Chicago White Sox. 2B/OF Ian Happ and 2B/OF Ben Zobrist will draw starts in left and right field, respectively.

    Brandon Woodruff Jul 25 12:23pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, July 25 and optioned to Class AAA Colorado Springs.

    Tyler Chatwood Jul 25 12:20pm ET

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (calf) could be moved to the bullpen when he's ready to return from the disabled list, at least in the short term. The right-hander said he felt strong after throwing a 20-pitch simulated game Monday. Chatwood is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but it's unclear if he will at that time. He has pitched to a disappointing 6-11 record with a 4.74 ERA, weak 7.4 K/9 and career-worst 5.1 BB/9. Chatwood is a much better deep league streamer on the road, but all of his minimal fantasy value will vanish if he's moved to the 'pen.

    Victor Martinez Jul 25 12:20pm ET

    As the Detroit Tigers get set to square off with the Kansas City Royals, veteran designated hitter Victor Martinez looks like a strong play against Danny Duffy. V-Mart has seen Duffy 41 times in his career, and has worked his way to a solid 1.036 OPS against him, including three homers and six RBI. Martinez has hit two homers in the past week, so it's a matchup that looks favorable in terms of power production for the switch-hitting slugger.

    Justin Upton Jul 25 12:20pm ET

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton has been hot at the dish over his last seven games, slashing .407/.500/.704 with a home run, 5 RBI, four walks, and three stolen bases across that span. He has a favorable matchup Tuesday as the Tigers take on the Royals and Danny Duffy. Against Duffy, Upton has managed six hits in 14 AB, two of which were homers. His current hot streak and solid career line make him a must-start for today.

    Anthony Swarzak Jul 25 12:20pm ET

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak recorded his first career save over the Cubs on Monday with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. That was despite throwing 39 pitches Friday and 25 Sunday, and he threw another 30 on Monday. Manager Rick Renteria declared new acquisition Tyler Clippard the closer after the team traded previous ninth-inning man David Robertson to the Yankees, but Clippard gave up walk-off hits to the opposition in two of three games over the weekend. "Right now we went with the guy who's been throwing the best," Renteria said. It looks as though Swarzak might be the favorite for the next save chance now, but Clippard could still be mixed in. Either way, Swarzak should be added immediately in deeper leagues for those desperate for saves, but just know that he's also a trade candidate himself as the deadline approaches.

    Justin Verlander Jul 25 12:20pm ET

    With scouts from the Cubs and several others in attendance for Monday night's game, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander tossed a quality start in what may have been his last appearance with the Tigers. Verlander threw seven innings of three-run ball, striking out nine and issuing two walks on the evening. As of right now, Verlander is scheduled to make his next start on July 30th, one day before the non-waiver trade deadline. As the deadline looms, it seems more and more likely that Verlander will be traded. Verlander is having his worst season in several years, but still has quality stuff and a proven track record. His value in a trade will depend somewhat on his new home ballpark, as Comerica is notoriously pitcher-friendly.

    Chris Flexen Jul 25 9:30am ET

    The New York Mets will call up Double-A prospect Chris Flexen to make his MLB debut against the on San Diego Padres on Thursday. In seven starts at Double-A, Flexen has posted a 6-1 record, 1.66 ERA, and 50 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander's fastball touches 96 MPH on the radar gun but generally sits between 91-94 MPH. He had Tommy John surgery in 2015 but has bounced back nicely, starting the 2017 season in Single-A before quickly moving on to Double-A. He draws a fantastic matchup right out of the gate as the Padres have one of the least effective offense in baseball when facing right-handed pitching. Considering the matchup and San Diego's lack of familiarity with Flexen, he can be used as a decent streaming option on Thursday.

    A.J. Pollock Jul 25 9:30am ET

    Arizona outfielder A.J. Pollock went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in the D'Backs win over the Braves on Monday. Pollock has been on fire lately, recording nine extra base hits over his last seven games. The streak has brought his average over .300 for the first time since returning from the disabled list. Pollock remains an upper tier fantasy option despite his injury risk due to his five category contribution.

    J.D. Martinez Jul 25 9:30am ET

    New Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (hand) made his return to the lineup on Monday after being hit in the hand with a pitch in his Arizona debut. He did not disappoint, as he went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. His sixth inning home run cashed in Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, en route to a 10-2 drubbing of the Braves. With his new ballpark and lineup, owners can expect more of the same from Martinez moving forward.

    Justin Bour Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour will hit the disabled list with a right oblique strain. While the injury is bad for fantasy owners, it is even worse for the Marlins, who were hoping that they could move Bour at the trade deadline to help rebuild the team. Bour has an .837 OPS over the last 14 days, but only has one home run over that time span. While Bour has 21 home runs this season, only three have come over the last 30 days, and he has 15 RBI in the last month. Look to the waiver wire to replace Bour, considering Trey Mancini and Josh Bell as the top options.

    Alex Meyer Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Alex Meyer will be placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to July 20. Meyer was recalled to pick against the Nationals on Saturday and surrendered just one hit over seven shutout innings versus the Nationals. Unfortunately, the tall right-hander has a history of shoulder issues, so this obviously is not a good sign. Meyer has continued to struggle with his control this season (42 walks), but he holds a 3.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts over 67 1/3 innings. A high strikeout rate and a good start against Washington led some to consider Meyer, but this shoulder injury should see him go back on waivers.

    Derek Fisher Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Houston Astros outfielder Derek Fisher was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, with James Hoyt sent back down to the minors. Fisher was 5-for-18 with two home runs in his first opportunity with the Astros this season and is hitting .318 with 22 home runs and 66 RBI in 84 games for Triple-A Fresno this season. There is an opportunity for Fisher to play as well, with George Springer nursing a left quad injury, and two matchups in Philadelphia may be nice for the 23-year-old from Lebanon, PA. Norichika Aoki took over for Springer last night, but look for Fisher to start tonight if Springer is not able to play.

    George Springer Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Houston Astros outfielder George Springer left Monday's game with a left quadraceps injury. The Astros have revealed that Springer will not hit the disabled list and manager A.J. Hinch considers Springer day-to-day. The team recalled top prospect Derek Fisher last night and he could be due for more playing time if Springer misses a game or two. Springer is said to just have a cramp, a huge relief for fantasy owners that feared that they would lose the dynamic 27-year-old. He has a 1.210 OPS over the last 30 days and his 27 home runs this season are quickly approaching his career-high of 29 in 2016.

    Jacob deGrom Jul 25 8:00am ET

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in another strong performance on Monday as he held the San Diego Padres to two runs in eight innings of work. deGrom struck out eight and walked two in the outing to improve his record to 12-3 on the season. The 29-year-old right-hander now has a 3.30 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings of work this season. He remains one of fantasy's most consistent pitchers and should remain locked into lineups whenever he's on the mound. He will look to keep rolling against the Seattle Mariners in his next start.

    Bartolo Colon Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon held the Los Angeles Dodgers to three runs in five innings on Monday but had to settle for a no-decision as the Dodgers rallied in the eighth inning to win the game. Colon, making his second start for the Twins, struck out two batters and allowed eight hits. The veteran right-hander now has a 2-9 record, 8.00 ERA, and 47 strikeouts in 15 starts this season. Rumors popped up last week that Colon was considering retirement but those were shot down by several sources. For now, it appears Colon will stick around with the Twins.

    Scooter Gennett Jul 25 8:00am ET

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett stayed red hot at the plate on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Gennett went 1-for-4 with his 18th homer of the season. The 27-year-old has been one of baseball's biggest surprises this season, slashing .313/.362/.602 with 18 homers, 45 runs, 58 RBI, and two stolen bases in 246 at-bats. After serving in a utility role for much of the season, Gennett recently overtook Jose Peraza as the team's starting second baseman. Gennett should be owned in all fantasy leagues going forward as he's in the midst of a career year.

  • MLB SCOREBOARD - Tue Jul 25FULL
    Tue 2:20pm ET
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    CHCLackey (6-9)
    Tue 7:05pm ET
    CINCastillo (1-3)
    NYYMontgomery (6-5)
    Tue 7:05pm ET
    MILDavies (11-4)
    WSHJackson (1-0)
    Tue 7:05pm ET
    HOUMorton (7-4)
    PHIPivetta (3-5)
    Tue 7:07pm ET
    OAKGray (6-4)
    TORValdez (0-0)
    Tue 7:10pm ET
    BALMiley (4-8)
    TBFaria (4-1)
    Tue 7:10pm ET
    LAAChavez (5-10)
    CLEClevinger (5-3)
    Tue 7:10pm ET
    KCDuffy (6-6)
    DETFulmer (10-7)
    Tue 8:05pm ET
    MIAStraily (7-5)
    TEXHamels (4-1)
    Tue 8:15pm ET
    COLGray (3-1)
    STLLynn (8-6)
    Tue 9:40pm ET
    ATLFoltynewicz (8-5)
    ARIWalker (6-4)
    Tue 10:10pm ET
    MINBerrios (9-3)
    LADMaeda (8-4)
    Tue 10:10pm ET
    BOSPomeranz (10-4)
    SEAHernandez (5-4)
    Tue 10:10pm ET
    NYMLugo (4-2)
    SDChacin (9-7)
    Tue 10:15pm ET
    PITTaillon (6-3)
    SFBumgarner (0-4)
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