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Brandon Maurer (R) Headshot

Maurer pitched a scoreless ninth inning without allowing a baserunner and striking out two batters to earn his 15th save during Wednesday's win over Atlanta.

Maurer has a firm grasp on the ninth-inning duties for San Diego, but he's been a ratio anchor for fantasy clubs. The 15 saves and 8.9 K/9 are solid, but the closer's 6.32 ERA and 1.24 WHIP are concerning marks. He's also surrendered eight runs through 9.1 innings over 11 June appearances for a 7.71 ERA, so it's not like there have been any recent signs of improvement, either.
8:26 am (EST)
Luis Perdomo (R) Headshot

Perdomo (3-4) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four batters over 5.1 innings during Wednesday's win over Atlanta.

Perdomo has flashed upside this season, and he's been particularly strong against right-handed hitters, limiting them to a .689 OPS and .300 wOBA. However, left-handed batters have posted .892 and .383 marks against him. Until Perdomo can narrow that gap, his fantasy upside is capped. While the 24-year-old righty has already shown progress in his second season in the majors, expectations should probably be kept in check for the remainder of 2017. A daunting road date with Cleveland is on deck for Perdomo.
8:19 am (EST)
Avisail García (R) Headshot

Garcia will undergo an MRI on his sore left knee Thursday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Garcia was removed from Wednesday's loss after tweaking his knee while sliding back into first base on a pick-off attempt in the seventh inning. He crouched down for a bit afterward, appearing to stretch out the knee and was eventually removed in the ninth inning. The outfielder, who appears to be headed to his first All-Star Game nod, has been in a rut of late, going hitless over the last five games to drop his season average to .318.
8:01 am (EST)
Joe Musgrove (R) Headshot

Musgrove will start for Triple-A Fresno on Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This will be Musgrove's first start since he was demoted from the Astros over the last weekend. Musgrove will need to use his time with the Grizzlies to correct himself, but even if he does, there's no guarantee he'll be back in the majors. Dallas Keuchel (neck), Charlie Morton (latissimus) and Collin McHugh (elbow) all are nearing a return to join Lance McCullers in Houston's rotation. Beyond that, Mike Fiers and Brad Peacock each look like they belong there as well. It's time for Musgrove to take care of what he can control and let the situation play itself out.
7:44 am (EST)
Cody Allen (R) Headshot

Allen allowed two runs on three hits (one homer) while striking out two in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

In what was his third straight night of work, Allen surrendered a ninth inning home run for the second game in a row. After an Adrian Beltre homer resulted in his fourth loss of the season Tuesday, Allen conceded a home run to Elvis Andrus on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has now given up three homers in his last four contests after allowing just two round-trippers in his first 27 games. He still sports a 2.90 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 15 saves in 31 innings pitched this season, so he should continue to provide solid fantasy value.
3:41 am (EST)
Didi Gregorius (L) Headshot

Gregorius went 1-for-5 on Wednesday, but he made it count, hitting a two-run homer and scoring twice against the White Sox.

He's now hit safely in five straight, and Gregorius is socking homers at a faster pace than he ever has before. The Yankees' everyday shortstop makes for a strong fantasy asset in most leagues thanks to his well-rounded stat line, which includes a career-best .313 batting average.
2:46 am (EST)
Jedd Gyorko (R) Headshot

Gyorko went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

He's now on a four-game RBI streak, a stretch in which Gyorko has pushed home eight runs despite collecting only four hits. The 28-year-old is in the midst of a big-time breakout campaign, but if his career-high .337 BABIP drops off, it'll take a good chunk of his fantasy value with it. While he's hitting, though, Gyorko merits wide ownership.
2:41 am (EST)
Yu Darvish (R) Headshot

Darvish (6-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk to take the 5-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. He struck out six.

Darvish was tagged for all three runs in the first three innings before settling in to notch his 12th quality start in 17 tries this season. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Darvish said his triceps, which tightened up during his last start, was on the back of his mind early on, but not to the point where it altered his pitches. He said he felt fine after throwing 101 pitches. The 30-year-old, who owns a 3.11 ERA and 115:37 K:BB ratio in 107 innings this season, is lined up for two starts before the All-Star break; Monday against the Red Sox and July 9 against the Angels.
2:38 am (EST)
Adam Wainwright (R) Headshot

Wainwright (8-5) struck out eight Diamondbacks over 6.1 innings Wednesday, giving up just two runs on eight his and a walk in a 4-3 win.

He's now turned in two consecutive sharp outings, offering some hope that Wainwright may be turning the corner after a pair of blowups earlier in June. Waino is still on the margins of fantasy relevance in most formats, but he's been a bit unlucky, plus his track record makes any sign of a hot streak intriguing.
2:35 am (EST)
Zack Godley (R) Headshot

Godley (3-2) suffered a loss Wednesday after allowing three runs on just two hits and three walks over seven innings against the Cardinals. He struck out seven.

This was a sharp outing by Godley, with a semi-disastrous fourth inning serving as its lone blemish. At 27 years old, the long-anticipated righty has found improved velocity as well as great success at the MLB level. Fantasy owners have been only to happy to come along for the ride, and while expectations should be kept in line, Godley's showing all the signs of being a reliable, middle-of-the-line fantasy starter. That makes him a valuable asset in today's ever-more-barren pitching landscape.
2:31 am (EST)
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