MMA DFS Playbook: UFC Fight Night 112 Cover Image
MMA DFS Playbook: UFC Fight Night 112
TJ Scott
Franklin Barreto (R) Headshot

Barreto went 2-for-5 with a single and a two-run home run Saturday in his major-league debut.

Despite running on fumes -- he admitted that he didn't sleep after learning of his callup -- Barreto muscled a home run off James Shields in his first career start. The 21-year-old packs a real punch despite standing just 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, as evidenced by his eight homers with Triple-A Nashville prior to his promotion. Barreto figures to see starts at second base and short while several of the A's veteran infielders are on the mend.
6:16 pm (EST)
Mike Zunino (R) Headshot

Zunino is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

While the slugging catcher has posted a .348/.397/.803 batting line with nine home runs and 29 RBI in June, his 37.0 percent strikeout rate suggests his batting average over that span will likely be unsustainable. However, Zunino continues to display the power form that made him an attractive backstop as he rose through the minor league ranks and that shouldn't disappear. He'll yield Saturday's start to Carlos Ruiz, but should rejoin the lineup Sunday.
6:09 pm (EST)
Yunel Escobar (R) Headshot

Escobar has been scratched from Saturday's starting lineup, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Cliff Pennington enters the lineup at third base, while Andrelton Simmons moved up to the cleanup spot. A reason for Escobar's scratch was not immediately provided. He spent a few weeks on the DL with a hamstring injury earlier this season.
6:05 pm (EST)
Yairo Munoz (R) Headshot

Munoz was promoted to the Athletics' Triple-A Nashville affiliate on Saturday.

Munoz struggled to adjust to the pitching at Double-A last season, finishing the campaign with just a .240/.286/.367 batting line over 102 games. That has changed in his second season at the level, as the 22-year-old has slashed .316/.348/.532 with six home runs and 12 stolen bases over 47 contests, all the while maintaining a reasonable strikeout rate. He will attempt to keep things rolling at Triple-A
6:03 pm (EST)
Cory Spangenberg (L) Headshot

Spangenberg reached base three times Friday, going 1-for-1 with a pair of walks, a stolen base and a run scored in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Since taking over as the Padres' regular third baseman June 9, Spangenberg has provided a .333 (15-for-45) batting average to go along with three home runs and a steal. The 26-year-old's positional versatility gives him value in deeper formats.
5:59 pm (EST)
Tyler Skaggs (L) Headshot

Skaggs (oblique) is scheduled to pitch in an Arizona League game Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

Skaggs has been rehabbing in Arizona for a couple of weeks and appears to be on the cusp of his first live action of 2017. While he still has a ways to go in his rehab before potentially rejoining the rotation, Saturday marks a step in the right direction. A more concrete timetable for his return should be established as he progresses further into the process.
5:54 pm (EST)
Silvino Bracho (R) Headshot

Bracho was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday.

He will return for what is already his fifth stint with the big club this season, replacing Jeremy Hazelbaker on the active roster. Bracho has struggled with the Diamondbacks this year, but he figures to continue getting chances when the team is in need of a fresh arm.
5:50 pm (EST)
Jordan Jankowski (R) Headshot

Jankowski will be promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Jankowski didn't fare well during his first taste of the majors, allowing six runs over 3.1 innings. He's had mixed results at Fresno, but will provide the Astros with some depth out of the bullpen temporarily. However, his stay with the big club may not last beyond Brad Peacock's paternity leave.
5:33 pm (EST)
Kyle Larson Headshot

Larson won the pole for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 95.295 mph.

The No. 42 Chevrolet has been fast all weekend, and that theme continued in Saturday's pole qualifying session. Larson edged teammate, Jamie McMurray, to claim the top starting spot for Sunday's race at the California road course. It was his third pole of the season, and Larson will be a top contender to win the Toyota Save Mart 350.
5:31 pm (EST)
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