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Gio González (L) Headshot

Gonzalez (7-2) allowed one run on two hits and five walks across six innings in Monday's loss to the Cubs. He struck out eight.

Although he struggled a bit with his command, Gonzalez pitched effectively and was only scored upon via a leadoff home run from Wilson Contreras. The lefty labored through six frames with 113 pitches, but the offense failed to plate a run until their comeback attempt fell short in the ninth, sending him into the loss column for just the second time in 2017. Gonzalez's outing also continued a recent trend of elevated strikeout totals, which pushed his K/9 up to 10.4 over his last 26 innings. He also owns a sharp 2.84 ERA for the season and will look to continue his strong form Saturday against the Cardinals.
11:40 pm (EST)
Adrián Béltre (R) Headshot

Beltre went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double during Monday's loss to Cleveland.

The veteran has settled right back into the heart of the Texas lineup and made an immediate impact. Beltre owns a .294/.367/.529 slash line with four homers, 21 RBI and 11 runs through just 98 plate appearances. He projects to remain a rock-solid option at the hot concern moving forward.
11:38 pm (EST)
Antonio Senzatela (R) Headshot

Senzatela will work out of the bullpen going forward in an effort to lessen his workload, the Denver Post reports.

Senzatela has been struggling of late, too. Since May 31, he has allowed an 8.54 ERA and eight home runs over five starts. But this is also his first campaign above the Double-A level, and his career high in starts is 26 with an innings high of 154. He's already well past halfway to both those marks, so it makes sense that the Rockies want to slow things down a bit. Jon Gray will take his place in the rotation. Senzatela will likely start again at some point, but for now, his work will come in multiple-inning bursts in relief.
11:37 pm (EST)
Eddie Butler (R) Headshot

Butler (4-2) tossed five scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Nationals, allowing four hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Butler pitched to contact extremely effectively in this one, scattering four singles across five frames as the potent Nats offense struggled to square balls up. He could've gone even deeper into the game considering he was removed after just 64 pitches, but the bullpen preserved the victory for him despite a shaky ninth inning. Butler seems unlikely to go deep into games even if he does continue starting, but a stretch of nine innings in which he has allowed just one earned runs over his last two outings has lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.71. He appears set to stick in the rotation for the time being and will take his next turn Saturday against the Reds.
11:31 pm (EST)
Mikhail Grigorenko Headshot

Grigorenko wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Avalanche and thus is set to become an unrestricted free agent Saturday, The Denver Post reports.

Things haven't exactly gone swimmingly in Grigorenko's first two seasons in Denver, but he was at least able to top the 20-point plateau both times (50 points combined in 149 contests) for one of the league's worst teams. Given his pedigree as the 12th overall pick in 2012 and youth, the 23-year-old Russian will likely have several organizations interested in his services come July 1.
11:16 pm (EST)
Keyvius Sampson (R) Headshot

Sampson signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Sampson had fallen out of the rotation for Arizona's Triple-A squad by June as he posted a brutal 6.75 ERA and 2.01 WHIP over 42.2 innings. As a free agent, he chose to return to his home state to sign with Miami, but given his struggles this year, a return to the majors seems unlikely.
10:56 pm (EST)
Chris Gimenez (R) Headshot

Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Monday's loss to Boston.

Gimenez also homered Sunday, so the backstop might be kick-starting a hot stretch. While his fantasy value is limited because he doesn't play regularly, Gimenez's .334 wOBA and .767 OPS are decent marks for a catcher.
10:51 pm (EST)
Brett Connolly Headshot

Connolly agreed to a two-year deal with the Capitals on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The contract is worth $1.5 million annually.

Connolly is another in a long line of first-round draft picks (2010) that has failed to fulfill expectations at the NHL level, though he's coming off a career-high 15 goals in his first season in D.C. He accomplished that feat while averaging a mere 10:41 of ice time, suggesting increased growth in his game is possible with an expanded role.
10:45 pm (EST)
Mitch Moreland (L) Headshot

Moreland went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI during Monday's win over the Twins.

Moreland has now homered in three straight games, and he's up to a .275/.363/.490 slash line with 12 bombs, 41 RBI and 39 runs. Those numbers move the fantasy needle in most settings, and Moreland offers a respectable floor because of his consistent at-bats hitting in the heart of Boston's capable lineup.
10:45 pm (EST)
Chris Sale (L) Headshot

Sale (10-3) allowed just a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters through 6.1 innings during Monday's win over the Twins.

The lefty is posting another high-end fantasy campaign with a 2.77 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 12.3 K/9. He's a rare matchup-proof option and is building a strong Cy Young case. Sale projects to make his next start at Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays.
10:41 pm (EST)
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