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Tim Anderson (R) Headshot

Anderson was not in the starting lineup for a second consecutive day Sunday as manager Rick Renteria wanted to give the struggling young shortstop a "little mental break," Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Renteria sat down with Anderson at length prior to Sunday's game and said the shortstop is "in as good a place as he can be right now." Anderson is currently in a 12-for-61 (.197) skid that dropped his average to .243. It sounds like Anderson will be back in the lineup Monday when the White Sox tangle with their cross-town rivals, the Cubs.
8:45 am (EST)
Tyler Clippard (R) Headshot

Clippard allowed a walk-off double to the only batter he faced in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Kansas City.

Clippard, newly minted as the White Sox's closer after the team traded David Robertson to the Yankees, made his second appearance for his new team and for the second time, he was on the mound for a Kansas City walk-off victory. He was the loser Friday night when he gave up two hits, a walk and hit a batter, then left a pitch up in the zone for Brandon Moss to plate the game-winning run Sunday.
8:30 am (EST)
Didi Gregorius (L) Headshot

Gregorius went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

The shortstop has been on a tear in his last six games, as he's gone 12-for-22 with three homers in that stretch to raise his batting average back over .300. The 27-year-old is on track to best most of his career-highs and figures to remain a fixture around the middle of a potent Yankees lineup going forward.
8:18 am (EST)
Collin McHugh (R) Headshot

McHugh implemented a slider to his repertoire when he resumed throwing after being shut down with an elbow injury, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McHugh incorporated the slider to use against right-handed hitters, a complement to the cutter he will throw against lefties. The right-hander threw 20 sliders during his season debut Saturday against Baltimore and induced five swing-and-misses with it. "It was pretty effective at times (Saturday), so hopefully we can continue to refine it moving forward and it can be a weapon for us," he said.
8:14 am (EST)
Marwin González (B) Headshot

Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Sunday's 9-7 loss to the Orioles.

Gonzalez extended his on-base streak to 27 games dating back to June 14. Just nine times out of 80 games this season has Gonzalez not reached base safely with a handful of those games coming when he entered late and didn't get a full complement of at-bats. His .401 on-base percentage and 10.8% walk rate are career highs.
7:50 am (EST)
Cory Gearrin (R) Headshot

Gearrin danced around a pair of baserunners while striking out two batters over an inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

Gearrin's scoreless outing lowered his season ERA to 2.30 despite his FIP sitting north of 4.00 for the majority of the season. His mediocre 1.6 K/BB ratio is the biggest red flag, but it's possible that Gearrin can keep his ERA low due to his groundball tendencies (1.9 GB/FB ratio) coupled with a stellar defensive infield behind him in San Francisco. Either way, the 31-year-old doesn't provide enough in the important categories for fantasy relievers (strikeouts, saves and holds) to warrant much consideration.
4:49 am (EST)
Kenley Jansen (R) Headshot

Jansen gave up three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings Sunday against Atlanta, failing to convert a save for the first time in 25 attempts this season.

The Dodger closer allowed two Braves to get on base before falling victim to a three-run homer off the bat of Matt Adams that sent the game into extras. The fact that this was Jansen's first blown save of the year just goes to show how dominant he's been all season. Even after Sunday's blowup, the 29-year-old still owns a sparkling 1.49 ERA with an unreal 62:2 K:BB over 42.1 innings.
4:37 am (EST)
Cody Bellinger (L) Headshot

Bellinger went 1-for-4 with his 27th home run of the season in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Bellinger has been able to avoid the Home Run Derby hangover that fellow young phenom Aaron Judge has suffered to begin the second half. The 22-year-old is batting .333 (11-for-33) with two homers and six RBI in nine games since returning from the All-Star break and continues to provide tremendous value for those who stashed him earlier in the season.
4:29 am (EST)
Matt Carpenter (L) Headshot

Carpenter departed Sunday's loss to the Cubs in the second inning because of cramping in his right quadriceps, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter isn't sure whether it was related to dehydration, an unorthodox slide in the first inning or something altogether different, but he doesn't expect to to miss Monday's series opener against the visiting Rockies. As such, owners should feel fairly confident rolling with him per usual unless news breaks suggesting otherwise.
3:03 am (EST)
Paul DeJong (R) Headshot

DeJong, who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, is staking a claim to the everyday shortstop job previously held by Aledmys Diaz, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "The way he's going about it defensively, it's hard to see him being anywhere else right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "And you mix in the offense and what he's capable of doing, that really puts him as a pretty special shortstop."

Last season, Diaz was the rookie that swooped in and displaced veteran Jhonny Peralta during the latter's absence in the early going of the campaign. Through his impressive play and Diaz's own struggles, DeJong may have already done the same. Factoring in Sunday's production, the rookie's season line stands at .284/.299/.574, and his 25 extra-base hits in 46 games heading into the contest had already tied him for first in that category in franchise history with Albert Pujols. DeJong's 15 extra-base hits in July are tops in the National League as well, and he's also been an asset defensively, posting a plus-5 in Defensive Runs Saved. With Diaz continuing to scuffle at the plate with Triple-A Memphis, it appears increasingly likely that DeJong's major-league audition will continue through the balance of 2017.
1:28 am (EST)
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