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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 has 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)
Zack Godley (R) Headshot

Godley (4-4) pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts during Thursday's win over St. Louis.

Godley allowed 10 earned runs through 11.2 innings over his previous two starts and just salvaged his fantasy value with 19 strikeouts. As a result, Thursday's gem was a welcomed return to form. The 27-year-old righty is in the midst of a breakout campaign with a 3.06 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. His 3.03 FIP suggests everything he's doing on the mound is sustainable, and Godley's seasonal and keeper/dynasty stocks are both pointing straight up. He projects to make his next start against the Cubs -- his former club -- at Wrigley Field.
12:22 am (EST)
J.D. Martínez (R) Headshot

Martinez went 1-for-4 with a grand slam during Thursday's win over St. Louis.

Arizona and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with Martinez's recent outburst with the Diamondbacks. He's now hit four homers and drove in 11 run through his past four games, and there's no reason to doubt him continuing his year-long offensive binge. Chase Field is a great hitting environment, and batting behind Paul Goldschmidt -- and his .439 on-base percentage -- is a cushy fantasy setup.
12:15 am (EST)
Stephen Piscotty (R) Headshot

Piscotty (groin) went 0-for-3 in Low-A Peoria's 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids on Thursday.

Piscotty's rehab assignment kicked off Thursday after a couple of setbacks earlier in the month. The outfielder could well put in time at multiple levels in the minors before being activated, with his overall outlook likely to get clearer over the next couple of outings.
12:15 am (EST)
Brett Gardner (L) Headshot

Gardner went 2-for-5 with a walk-off home run during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.

Not only was it a dramatic homer, it also set a career-high mark at 18 for the veteran. Gardner is posting another solid cross-category campaign with 46 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 66 runs and a .261/.353/.465 slash line to go along with his 18 bombs. Hitting atop the New York lineup is also a great setup to continue moving the fantasy needle.
12:02 am (EST)
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