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Chris Taylor (R) Headshot

Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the White Sox.

Getting the start in left field and hitting at the top of the lineup, Taylor set the tone with a leadoff homer, his 11th blast of the year. If MLB had an equivalent to the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, the 26-year-old would arguably be the favorite to win it right now as he's slashing .307/.381/.521 in 77 games while seeing action at five different positions around the diamond.
8:39 am (EST)
Kiké Hernández (R) Headshot

Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the White Sox.

Both shots came off Carlos Rodon, as Hernandez continues to be a lefty killer this season. Nine of his 10 homers on the year have come against southpaws despite the fact that he's seen fewer plate appearances against them, and his 1.033 OPS versus lefties is close double his .587 figure against righties.
8:36 am (EST)
Kenta Maeda (R) Headshot

Maeda (8-4) allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the White Sox.

The right-hander threw only 83 pitches (54 strikes), but after the Dodgers extended their lead in the top of the six inning, manager Dave Roberts elected not to push Maeda too far. The 29-year-old has put his rough start to the season behind him and now has a 2.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 8.8 K/9 over his last eight outings. He'll next take the mound Tuesday at home against the Twins.
8:31 am (EST)
Xander Bogaerts (R) Headshot

Bogaerts (hand) is expected to be back in the lineup for Thursday's series-finale against the Blue Jays, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Bogaerts had been scratched from Tuesday's game and sat out Wednesday with what's been described as a muscle contusion and a small sprain in his hand.
7:54 am (EST)
Deven Marrero (R) Headshot

Marrero started at shortstop in place of the injured Xander Bogaerts (hand) and went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Toronto.

With two out and two men in scoring position, Marrero delivered a two-run single to plate Boston's first two runs of the game. His .211 batting average isn't much to look at, but Marrero has knocked in 22 runs in 46 at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox are 27-13 in the 40 games he's started.
7:49 am (EST)
Yoan Moncada (B) Headshot

Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut for the White Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

Moncada, who batted sixth in the order, also grounded out to second base and flied out to center field. His arrival in Chicago generated a lot of buzz, with 5.000 walk-up tickets sold for the game, but the White Sox will let him acclimate to the majors at a measured pace. Eventually, we expect to see Moncada, who has been a leadoff hitter in the minor leagues, move up in the order.
7:11 am (EST)
Carlos Rodon (L) Headshot

Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

Rodon, who was making his fourth start of the season, was tagged for four home runs by the Dodgers over his 3.2 innings. With Jose Quintana shipped cross town to the Cubs, Rodon is being groomed to be the White Sox's ace but obviously the long layoff due to a biceps injury is not leading to ace-like results. He'll continue to take the ball every fifth day and there will be better days ahead, but fantasy owners must realize, in addition to the long layoff, the left-hander is pitching for a team with the worst record in the American League and an offense that won't steal many games for him. Rodon will next take the bump Tuesday against the Cubs on the north side of town.
7:03 am (EST)
Alex Bregman (R) Headshot

Bregman went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly after he stole third base, giving him 13 runs scored over the past 12 games. With just eight home runs and 28 RBI this season -- including a current 19-game homer-less stretch with just two RBI -- he hasn't provided a whole lot of value for fantasy owners in the power categories typically associated with corner infielders, but Bregman is enjoying his finest month of the season, posting a .939 OPS in 14 July games.
6:32 am (EST)
Marwin González (B) Headshot

Gonzalez started at shortstop in place of the injured Carlos Correa (thumb) on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in Houston's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

Gonzalez has started at shortstop in the two games the Astros have played without Correa. He should receive the bulk of the starts at shortstop while Correa is sidelined, which is expected to extend until September. Fantasy owners will not have to worry about if and where the super-utility player will be in the lineup for the next six weeks.
6:14 am (EST)
Daniel Nava (B) Headshot

Nava went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a walk in a 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Nava could see a short-term increase in playing time with Aaron Altherr (hamstring) sidelined. However, Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could be back from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, which will impact Nava's at-bats. The Phillies are likely to play Kendrick fairly regularly in the outfield for the remainder of the month in order to showcase him for a trade. Nava is also a trade candidate thanks to his solid performance in a part-time role this season.
5:44 am (EST)
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