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Denzel Rice Headshot

Rice's fourth-quarter interception led to the winning score in Houston's win over New England in preseason Week 2.

Rice got some extra snaps because Robert Nelson (hamstring) was idle and made the kind of play that leaves an impression on coaches. Whether that turns into a roster spot is uncertain. That Rice was playing the fourth quarter of a preseason game indicates something about his chances of sticking with the Texans.
6:46 am (EST)
Hunter Strickland (R) Headshot

Strickland gave up three runs on six hits while striking out two in a disastrous inning Sunday against the Phillies.

None of the six hits against Strickland went for extra bases, but the end result was still ugly, and the 28-year-old's ERA jumped by more than half a run from 2.28 to 2.79 as a result. He had been dancing around poor control (4.8 BB/9) and too many baserunners (1.55 WHIP) all season, so the righty was due for an ERA correction. Still, Strickland remains the Giants' primary setup man for now.
6:16 am (EST)
Curtis Granderson (L) Headshot

Granderson led off and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Tigers.

Granderson's first hit in Dodger blue fittingly left the ballpark, giving him an even 20 homers on the year. The 36-year-old batted leadoff Sunday with Chris Taylor receiving a routine day off, but he should see most of his at-bats in the middle of the order. Despite his paltry .226 batting average, Granderson should see an uptick in RBI opportunities now that he's a part of a more potent lineup.
6:02 am (EST)
Andrelton Simmons (R) Headshot

Simmons went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 5-4 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

With 13 homers on the year, Simmons may be able to surpass the career-high 17 he hit in 2013. While that season appeared to be an anomaly, the 27-year-old has put together a well-rounded campaign in 2017 with a .292 batting average, 62 runs, 57 RBI and 17 steals to go along with his solid contribution in the power department.
5:50 am (EST)
Nick Pivetta (R) Headshot

Pivetta will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Pivetta was optioned to the minors after his last start only because the Phillies wanted to add another bench bat. He'll be back as the 26th man Tuesday, so Pivetta will head back to the minors after the game, but he's expected to return to the majors when his turn in the rotation comes up again.
5:46 am (EST)
Kole Calhoun (L) Headshot

Calhoun went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

The homer was Calhoun's third over his last four contests, and he now boasts a .327/.429/.538 triple-slash through 16 games in August. Although the 29-year-old hasn't been as consistent as expected this season, this hot streak has him back on the fantasy radar in most formats.
5:42 am (EST)
Cameron Maybin (R) Headshot

Maybin (knee) came off the bench and delivered an RBI single along with a stolen base in Sunday's 5-4 win over Baltimore.

The oft-injured outfielder had missed the Angels' last three games with stiffness in his right knee, but he was apparently healthy enough to make a brief appearance in this one. The fact that Maybin entered the game and attempted a stolen base bodes well for his chances of returning to the starting lineup Monday against the Rangers.
5:36 am (EST)
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