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James Pazos (L) Headshot

Pazos, who has a 10.13 ERA over 5.1 innings across eight July appearances, is being encouraged to use his slider more often by pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Scott Servais, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports. ""Pazos is a stuff guy," Servais said. "He's not a command pitch-maker. He's going to have some up-and-down to his game. But the slider - they don't hit it. They hit less than .100 against it."

After being acquired from the Yankees last November via trade, Pazos started his Mariners career off in fine fashion with a 2.01 ERA and .188 BAA over his first 30 appearances. However, he began derailing on June 25 against Houston when he surrendered four runs in the ninth, and his ERA has jumped from 2.01 to 3.99 beginning with that outing. Both coaches and Pazos himself believe that more consistent use of his slider will set up his mid-to-upper-90s fastball perfectly, a pitch that hitters have been teeing off lately due to his use of it at nearly the full expense of his breaking stuff.
1:18 am (EST)
Brad Hand (L) Headshot

Hand struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season during Thursday's win over the Mets.

Now locked into the closer role for San Diego with Brandon Maurer out of the picture, Hand has tremendous fantasy upside moving forward. He owns an elite 2.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 for the campaign, and the 27-year-old lefty has now converted three consecutive save opportunities.
1:03 am (EST)
Chris Flexen (R) Headshot

Flexen (0-1) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and four walks while striking out two batters through just three innings during Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Flexen threw just 69 pitches and was clearly a little overmatched Thursday. However, in the 23-year-old righty's defense, he had made just seven starts above the High-A level. Even with a sterling 1.66 ERA and 9.3 K/9 over seven outings with Double-A Binghamton, he probably shouldn't have been expected to show well in his debut at the highest level. A return to the minors is likely.
12:57 am (EST)
Luis Perdomo (R) Headshot

Perdomo (5-5) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three batters through 6.2 innings during Thursday's win over the Mets.

With a 4.76 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 7.0 K/9, Perdomo's fantasy value is extremely low. In the right matchups, he could be utilized as a streamer or low-priced flier in daily contests, but his seasonal ownership should probably be limited to cavernous seasonal. Perdomo projects to face the Twins at Petco Park in his next start.
12:51 am (EST)
Jay Bruce (L) Headshot

Bruce went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI during Thursday's loss to San Diego.

This was Bruce's sixth bomb in July and 26th or the campaign. He's up to 70 RBI with a .262/.325/.521 slash line and is closing in on career-best marks in a number of statistical columns. There are probably still plenty of fantasy circles where the 30-year-old outfielder is undervalued, too.
12:47 am (EST)
Dusty Coleman (R) Headshot

Coleman went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run during Thursday's win over the Mets.

This was the first homer of Coleman's career, and the 30-year-old infielder has only made 14 plate appearances in the majors, so his fantasy value is extremely limited. Coleman could see a few spot starts moving forward, but he's not a legitimate virtual option in the majority of settings at this stage of the game.
12:41 am (EST)
Manny Margot (R) Headshot

Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and three RBI during Thursday's win over the Mets.

Margot entered Thursday's game with a .299/.337/.425 slash line, two homers, six RBI, five stolen bases and 10 runs through 21 games since returning from injury. Additionally, he's now hit a long fly in consecutive games. His cross-category profile is extremely valuable in rotisserie settings, but just note that the 22-year-old outfielder projects to provide more speed than power over the long haul.
12:37 am (EST)
Jaime Schultz (R) Headshot

Schultz (groin) moved his rehab from High-A Charlotte to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Schultz gave up three earned runs on seven hits over eight innings in his six appearances with the Stone Crabs while also racking up an 11:2 K:BB. He likely would only need a a handful of outings with the Bulls before being deemed ready for activation, although it remains to be seen if there would be any room for him on a big-league bullpen that just added Dan Jennings from the White Sox.
12:34 am (EST)
Aaron Judge (R) Headshot

Judge chipped a tooth during the Yankees' walkoff celebration but will be available to play Friday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

The slugger was hit by an errant batting helmet during the Yankees' celebration of a Brett Gardner walkoff home run over the Rays, but the injury is not expected to force Judge to miss any time. Judge went 1-for-5 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup Thursday. Barring a change in Judge's status, he figures to draw into his usual No.3 spot in the lineup against Austin Pruitt and the Rays.
12:30 am (EST)
Luke Weaver (R) Headshot

Weaver (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters through five innings during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

This wasn't an ideal matchup for the 24-year-old righty, and aside from allowing a grand slam, Weaver avoided trouble through five frames. He's showcased his high-end upside with Triple-A Memphis this season (1.96 ERA and 9.4 K/9 through 13 starts), and Weaver's long-term fantasy value is high. However, he's likely to return to the minors once Adam Wainwright returns from his back injury. Weaver could resurface with the Cardinals again this year, so he's worth monitoring in most settings.
12:28 am (EST)
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