The second half of the Major League Baseball season is now underway as we get ready for a big set of Sunday afternoon games.  This is the last day of Week 15 and before taking a look ahead at your fantasy baseball lineups for today we first need to look back at the top MLB news and headlines from yesterday’s slate of games. Highlights include Madison Bumgarner going back in time for a night, Mookie Betts’ 200th career home run, the Braves making their move on the Mets, and a career day by Brady Singer. Do not forget to check out our updated July Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings before setting your lineups this week plus the latest MLB Injury Report, Fantasy Baseball Player Spotlight Series, and players trending up and down in the Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch. Before we start our day let’s take a look back at the top performances from yesterday...

Mookie Betts Hits HR #200


The Dodgers won their seventh straight game yesterday to go 33 games over .500 and it is the stars that are now piloting the ship. Mookie Betts hit his 200th career home run in the win over the Giants when he went back-to-back with Trea Turner in the third inning. Freddie Freeman also joined in the fun when he hit a blast in the seventh inning to extend his hit streak to 11 games.

Madison Bumgarner Goes Back in Time


Madison Bumgarner went eight full innings and struck out nine batters last night for the first time in five years. This was vintage 2014 San Francisco Giants MadBum as he showed command with his curve and cutter which generated 14 whiffs and a 32% CSW on 98 pitches against the Nationals. His next matchup will be against the red hot Atlanta Braves on the road.

The Braves Are Making Their Move


Hey Mets, don’t look now but the Braves are coming. Kyle Wright put up another strong outing to pick up his 12th win of the year and Austin Riley had three hits, including his 28th home run in their 7-2 victory. The Braves have now won 35 of their last 46 games to make up 10 games on the Mets in the NL East and now are only a half-game out of first place. Riley extended his hitting streak to 15 games, which is the longest active streak in MLB.

What A Night For Brady Singer    



When Brady Singer returned to Kansas City from his demotion to Triple-A back in May he came packing. He arrived with a new and improved changeup, and it was on full display last night when the Rays put out a lineup that included eight left-handed batters.

Singer had probably his best start as a Royal as he struck out a career-high 12 batters and held the Rays hitless until a bunt single in the fifth inning. It ended up being a six-inning, three-hit outing for Singer who threw the changeup pitch after pitch to the lefty-heavy Rays.

Max Meyer Exits After 10 Pitches


Max Meyer, the Marlins 2020 first-round pick and #3 overall, lasted all of 10 pitches in his second Major League start. According to the Miami Herald, Meyer said he felt the elbow discomfort on his first pitch to Ke’Bryan with two outs in the first inning and knew immediately that his night was over. He walked Hayes on four pitches and then signaled toward the dugout. This is not good news for Meyer and the marlins organization.

Evan Longoria Likely to IL


Giants third baseman Evan Longoria left last night’s game against the Dodgers early after tweaking his hamstring. Manager Gabe Kepler said that Longo was likely going on the injured list for the third time this season. The former Tampa Rays star has struggled with injuries over the last couple of seasons and is currently only slashing .243/.331/.459 with a .790 OPS over 49 games.

Rafael Devers Placed On 10-Day IL


The Red Sox lost more than just their pride in the 28-5 beating that they took on Friday night. Rafael Devers was placed on the 10-day IL yesterday morning after feeling discomfort in his hamstring during an at-bat on Friday night. Devers is having a monster season with a .324/.379/.602 slash and 22 HR and 55 RBI. Red Sox manager Joey Cora stated that he hoped to have Devers back for the series against AL-West leading Houston that begins August 1st.

Adam Duvall Sprains Wrist


The Braves pulled outfielder Adam Duvall from last night’s game with the Angels after he complained of wrist soreness. The official diagnosis is a sore wrist for the slugger, and he will now be taking a trip to the 10-day Injured List. Mike Ford, who is now on his third MLB team this season, will be taking Duvall’s spot on the roster. Ford was slashing .238/.396/.381 in Triple-A Gwinnett.

Hall Of Fame Induction Day

Even as a lifelong Yankees fan I must give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to Big Papi David Ortiz as he gets inducted to the Hall of Fame today. He broke our hearts on many nights, but a first-year ballot selection was well deserved. Now if the Veterans Committee could smarten up and add Donnie Baseball life will be complete. 


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