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Carson Smith (R) Headshot

Smith (elbow, shoulder) threw a second bullpen session Sunday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Smith is currently in the midst of his second attempt to prepare for a rehabilitation assignment following Tommy John elbow surgery. His first attempt ended in June with shoulder inflammation. Smith has one more bullpen session to go, followed by a session facing live hitters. Those are the last steps before heading out on a rehab assignment.
7:10 am (EST)
Matt Davidson (R) Headshot

Davidson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cubs.

Davidson caught all of a Koji Uehara splitter and deposited it 476 feet away on Waveland Avenue, the sixth-longest home run in the majors this season. It was the 19th home run of the season for the 26-year-old third baseman, but just the second one he's hit in the past 22 games. It's safe to assume he'll be a regular in the lineup for the rest of the season after the White Sox traded Todd Frazier to the Yankees.
6:57 am (EST)
Yoan Moncada (B) Headshot

Moncada was moved up to second in the order Monday partly due to the good plate approach he's exhibited over his first four games, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Moncada's been getting deep into counts and laying off balls outside the strike zone for the most part, although that approach has not produced the desired results yet. He's just 2-for-18 with five strikeouts, including four whiffs in Monday's win over the Cubs, but manager Rick Renteria envisions the rookie batting anywhere from first to sixth.
6:35 am (EST)
Adam Engel (R) Headshot

Engel went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cubs.

Engel has been prominent in the offense the last two games with a three-run double Sunday while Monday's homer was the game-deciding hit. As we continue to wait for Leury Garcia to return from a lingering hand injury, Engel has been getting most of the starts in center field. His current two-game run, however, is an outlier. For the season, the 25-year-old Engel is batting .238/.310/.371 with three homers and nine RBI over 34 games.
6:23 am (EST)
José Altuve (R) Headshot

Altuve went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in Monday's 13-4 win over the Phillies.

This was the second consecutive four-hit game for Altuve, who is making a run at the American League MVP award that appeared to be Aaron Judge's after the first half of the season. He improved his AL-leading batting average to .365, and Altuve's batting a ridiculous .528 during a 16-game hitting streak.
6:10 am (EST)
Joe Musgrove (R) Headshot

Musgrove (5-8) allowed two hits and struck out three over three scoreless relief innings in Monday's 13-4 win over the Phillies.

A two-hour rain delay ended starter Brad Peacock's night after just three innings, so Musgrove, in his new role out of the bullpen, got the Astros through innings four through six. During those three innings, Houston scored seven times, making it a comfortable win. This will be Musgrove's role going forward.
5:49 am (EST)
Howie Kendrick (R) Headshot

Kendrick is expected to start Tuesday night, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Kendrick was out of the lineup Monday, but did enter as a pinch hitter. Manager Pete Mackanin said the team is being cautious with Kendrick, who just came off the disabled list last Friday after recovering from a hamstring strain. The Phillies hope to trade Kendrick before next week's deadline.
5:48 am (EST)
Carter Capps (R) Headshot

Capps (ankle) has pitched well since returning from the minor league disabled list July 14, firing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in four appearances.

Capps has come along slowly this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has been pitching well lately and could find himself back in the majors soon, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Padres traded away their closer Brandon Maurer on Monday and they may not be done making moves prior to next week's trade deadline. If and when Capps returns to the majors, he could find himself in the mix for closing duties right off the bat, something fantasy owners hunting for saves should keep an eye on.
2:51 am (EST)
Phil Maton (R) Headshot

Maton was one of several names mentioned to take over as closer for the Padres following Monday's trade of Brandon Maurer, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 24-year-old has experienced modest success in the majors (3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.0 K/BB), so it is not shocking that manager Andy Green is considering him as a potential replacement in the ninth. That said, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates have been more dominant in larger sample sizes this season, so Maton figures to be the underdog in the competition for saves. If Hand is dealt at the deadline -- as he is rumored to be -- then the rookie reliever would see an increased chance to take over as the Friars' closer down the stretch.
2:41 am (EST)
Kirby Yates (R) Headshot

Yates was one of several names mentioned by manager Andy Green as a potential replacement for the recently-traded Brandon Maurer, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Brad Hand figures to be the logical choice to fill in as the Padres' closer, but considering his high potential to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline, Yates could find himself closing games in the near future. The 30-year-old has been dominant in San Diego this season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 13.6 K/9 in 32.1 innings. Fantasy owners speculating potential closers should take a look at the hard-throwing righty.
2:33 am (EST)
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