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J.C. Ramírez (R) Headshot

Ramirez gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings Saturday, picking up the win against the Red Sox.

He outpitched David Price in this one to record his ninth win of the season. Ramirez had been in a bit of a rut, logging a 5.40 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over his last six starts (31.2 innings), so it would have been understandable if a good percentage of his owners left him on the bench for this game. The Angels may take advantage of Monday's off day in order to go with a four-man rotation in the short term, which would result in Ramirez starting Thursday in Cleveland.
12:36 am (EST)
Ryan Flaherty (L) Headshot

Flaherty (shoulder) said he can do everything in terms of baseball activity, and is now just trying to build up his arm strength, The Associated Press reports.

Flaherty is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday, and doesn't expect to need much time before being ready to rejoin the O's. Although he's logged an at-bat in just 11 games this season -- and been injured since May 19 -- Flaherty says he might be ready to return three games after his rehab assignment begins.
12:36 am (EST)
David Price (L) Headshot

Price gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings Saturday against the Angels.

He needed 102 pitches (68 strikes) to get through five frames, ending his brilliant run of five straight quality starts, during which he posted a 1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 34 strikeouts over 33 innings. Even after Saturday's blowup, his ERA still sits at 3.82, which is respectable, given that he had some rust to knock off when he initially came off the disabled list in late May. His next start will come Friday at home against the Royals.
12:31 am (EST)
Darren O'Day (R) Headshot

O'Day (1-3) was charged with his second blown save while taking the loss Saturday after allowing a three-run homer and collecting just two outs (both via strikeout) against Houston.

Clinging to a one-run lead with one out in the top of the sixth inning, O'Day relieved starter Chris Tillman and immediately surrendered back-to-back singles. He froze Alex Bregman on a called third strike, but then served up the deciding long ball to pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez. O'Day seemed to be making strides in the week's leading up to the All-Star Break, but has been beat up early in the second half. After allowing five runs over his last 2.2 innings, the right-hander now owns a 4.81 ERA, his highest mark since May 8.
12:28 am (EST)
Travis d'Arnaud (R) Headshot

D'Arnaud went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run during Saturday's win over the Athletics.

The backstop hasn't moved the fantasy needle outside of deep fantasy settings, and his .241/.302/.449 slash line isn't overly encouraging. Still, nine home runs, 31 RBI and 24 runs through just 205 plate appearances is serviceable production from the catcher position. D'Arnaud also offers modest upside moving forward.
12:26 am (EST)
Rich Hill (L) Headshot

Hill, who struck out eight over 6.1 innings Saturday against the Braves to pick up his seventh win of the season, revealed after the game that he is dealing with a respiratory ailment, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Considering he was dominant against the Braves, despite battling an illness, and is not in line to pitch until next Friday or Saturday against the Giants, it doesn't seem likely that Hill will miss a start. Nonetheless, it is worth keeping an eye on his status in advance of weekly lineups locking next week.
12:25 am (EST)
Michael Brantley (L) Headshot

Brantley went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Saturday's walk-off win over the Blue Jays.

Brantley's 19th double of the season helped push his batting average back to .300, a mark it's been at or above for 14 of his last 18 contests. The outfielder's production has dipped recently, though, as he's hitting .267 in eight games since the All-Star break. On the other hand, Brantley has picked up his activity on the bases, stealing three bags during that stretch after swiping eight in his previous 66 contests.
12:18 am (EST)
Wilmer Flores (R) Headshot

Flores went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Saturday's win over Oakland.

With the Mets healthy, Flores has reverted back to a part-time role. It's a huge fantasy blow. It's unfortunate because he's been solid when in the lineup and sports a serviceable .284/.312/.473 slash line. Without more consistent playing time, Flores' upside is capped, and he's best left to deep settings.
12:15 am (EST)
Chris Taylor (R) Headshot

Taylor came off the bench Saturday to go 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple and three RBI against the Braves.

Taylor is now slashing .310/.382/.538 with 12 home runs in 277 at-bats this season. While the Dodgers likely intended for him to simply be a quality bench bat entering the season, he has staked his claim to an everyday role, and is now 16-for-28 with two home runs, three triples and three doubles over his last eight games.
12:14 am (EST)
Lance Lynn (R) Headshot

Lynn and general manager John Mozeliak met Saturday to discuss the team's trade deadline plans, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Given that he's an impending free agent and owns a solid 8-6 record and 3.30 ERA, Lynn makes for the prototypical trade candidate at the deadline. The 30-year-old right-hander has dispelled concerns about any lingering effects of from his 2016 Tommy John surgery and has maintained the same average low-90s velocity on his fastball that he'd possessed before the injury. Despite the strong season, the Cardinals have not had any discussions with him about a contract extension, much to Lynn's chagrin. If the plan is indeed to let him walk, the team would likely be wise to find a suitor before the July 31 trade deadline, considering they'd only receive draft pick compensation if he departs in free agency.
12:14 am (EST)
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