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The Detroit Tigers who are near the bottom of their division have reached out to teams to see what kind of offers they can get for David Price. (Source: Jayson Stark on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The market for top-end pitching is now a two man show with Price joining Cole Hamels on the block. The 29-year-old southpaw has an ERA of 2.53 this season and will be highly sought after with multiple teams looking to bolster their rotation for a playoff push. It's too early to know where he'll land, but some potential locations that have been rumored are the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays.

Category: Rumors


Jayson Werth returned to the lineup Tuesday to go 1-for-4 from the plate in a 4-1 loss to the Marlins. He was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday morning.

Fantasy Impact: Werth returned after a 61-game absence as he was recovering from two small fractures in his left wrist. He was hit by a pitch on May 15th and has been on the disabled list ever since. Werth's offense will be a welcomed sight for the Nationals that have slumped in scoring runs (13th in the NL in the month of July).

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


J.T. Realmuto continues to roll along with the dog days of summer, finishing Tuesday night's game 1-for-4 with and RBI and run scored. In his last three games, Realmuto has four hits, including a triple and home run.

Fantasy Impact: Realmuto has been worth 1.2 fWAR in 2015, good for seventh in the National League for catchers, and higher than that of AJ Pierzynski, Miguel Montero and Jonathan Lucroy. He's hitting .259 with six home runs and 29 RBI while playing quality defense behind the plate for Miami.


The Braves 1B is facing Baltimore's Chris Tillman and is in a position to have a great game. Freeman is batting a .391 wOBA with a 152 wRC+ against righties. (Source: Fangraph.com)

Fantasy Impact: With the game being played in hitter friendly Camden Yards this could set Freeman up to have a monster game. Freeman will have at least three chances to hit against Tillman, unless he gets pulled early, and with him batting 3rd in the line-up he will have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs.


Ross Detwiler tagged by Orioles

Wed, Jul 29th 1:07pm EDT
By Roy Widrig

ATL

In only one inning versus the Orioles on Tuesday night, Ross Detwiler surrendered four hits and two runs (one earned).

Fantasy Impact: Ross Detwiler is much more suited to be a starter than a reliever, and until teams figure that out, he may continue to struggle out of the bullpen. With the depth Atlanta currently has in starting pitchers, do not look for Detwiler to excel in their uniform.


After striking out 11 in his last start against the Dodgers, Julio Teheran gave up five runs in four innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Teheran has been wildly inconsistent in 2015, and at this point cannot be taken seriously in any format. While the upside of an 11 K gave versus the Dodgers is nice to dream upon, these starts are rare for Teheran who has been mostly terrible this season.


Jace Peterson's RBI single in the 8th inning pulled the Braves within 4 runs of the Orioles but that would be the end of the Braves scoring for the night. The seven runs the Orioles put up would prove to be too much for them to overcome.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves do have hitters and are capable of scoring points but until they put it all together fantasy players will have to choose wisely when picking players from this team.

Category: Game Recaps


Ken Giles pitches a scoreless inning again Toronto on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Giles is flying without a net now at closer which causes his fantasy value to skyrocket. He holds a 1.81 ERA this season and needs to be owned.

Category: Game Recaps


Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his eighth win of the year Tuesday night as the Orioles beat the braves 7-3. Despite giving up two runs in the first innings, Jimenez bounced back and pitched until the eighth inning. He recorded three strikeouts and allowed four hits with only two earned runs in seven innings. Jimenez is now 8-6 on the year with a 3.73 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: This was a nice bounce back performance for Jimenez and his fantasy owners after giving up seven runs his last outing. Ubaldo has really succeeded at home in Camden Yards this year. He is holding oppponents to a .207 average with a 2.13 ERA and six wins with only one loss. Jimenez still remains a solid fantasy play but a risky DFS pick because of his limited upside.

Category: Game Recaps


Clayton Kershaw may be scratched from today's start due to a sore hip/glute. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No official word has been made and a decision should be forthcoming later today. It doesn't sound like a serious injury, as the Twitter chatter has Kershaw possibly pitching later this week.

Category: Injury Updates


Troy Tulowitzki will make his debut Wednesday after being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the early hours Tuesday, in a deal that sent Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies. RHP LaTroy Hawkins was also included in the trade.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners worried about the Coors home/away splits for Troy should not be too worried, as not only is Tulo a .276 hitter away from Coors Field, but he is also moving to the hitter friendly confines of the Rogers Centre. Troy will also be inserted into the MLB's best offensive lineup, so a rise in his peripheral numbers could be expected.


Matt Latos traded to the Dodgers

Wed, Jul 29th 11:43am EDT
By Stan Son

LAD

Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Dodgers have acquired Matt Latos and Mike Morse from the Marlins in exchange for prospects. (Source: Gordon Wittenmeyer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Latos has pitched well since returning from injury. Going to Los Angeles should elevate his fantasy value, as the Dodgers boast a good offense and defense.

Category: Transactions


With Nick Hagadone being moved to the 60-day DL and Jesus Aguilar optioned back to Triple-A, the Indians purchased the contract of LHP Michael Roth.

Fantasy Impact: 25 year old Michael Roth has a 7-6 record in 19 starts with two complete games for Triple-A Columbus. He has pitched 114 innings with a 4.16 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Despite primarily being used as a starter, it is expected that Roth will work in relief in the big-leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Joe Mauer not producing

Wed, Jul 29th 11:11am EDT
By Norbert Lazar

MIN

Mauer went 1-for-4 and scored a run in the Twins Tuesday night loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: More likely than not, owners picked up Mauer for his expected contributions to batting average. While Mauer is doing well in this category, batting .321 in the month of July, his contributions to home runs and RBI are almost non-existent. In fact, Mauer has driven in just two runs in his last 18 games (none in his last eight). Mauer is owned in nearly 50% of all leagues, so a good amount of owners clearly find value in keeping him on their roster. However, there are a number of first baseman available on the waiver wire that are hitting close to, or better than, Mauer’s average and contribute far more in scoring. Owners looking for more production at the first base spot should explore these other possibilities.

Category: Game Recaps


The Angels have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Rays on Tuesday. In return, the Rays are receiving minor-league pitcher Eduar Lopez. The right-hander made eight starts with the Angels' rookie league team this season. He went 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 33 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: The Angels have successfully re-tooled their outfield, acquiring DeJesus, David Murphy and Shane Victorino in less than 24 hours. DeJesus has had a solid year so far in 2015, batting .259 with a .323 on-base percentage.

Category: Transactions


Stephen Piscotty filled in for Matt Holliday (rest) on Tuesday night and did a decent job of making up for his absence. Piscotty finished the game 1-of-2 with a single and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: It's a very small sample size for Piscotty (.333 average, two RBI, two runs), but overall he has been pretty good. The St. Louis Cardinals have played Piscotty all over the place (two starts at 1B, four in LF and one in RF) so they are looking for ways to keep him in the lineup. Right now, Piscotty is only worth a roster spot in deeper leagues, until he starts to heat up at the plate.

Category: Game Recaps


The Reds managed just seven hits on Tuesday, but defeated the Cardinals by the score of 4-0. Joey Votto provided the bulk of the offense, going 3-for-3 with a walk, home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Votto is now batting .311 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Votto has been on fire over the last 17 games, hitting .489 with six doubles, five home runs and an OPS of .860. With 19 home runs, 60 RBI, 70 walks and 55 runs scored, Votto has shaken off last year's struggles and again is one of the top fantasy first basemen in the league.

Category: Game Recaps


In Garcia's return from the DL, he tossed six innings of solid ball while giving up three earned runs (five strikeouts) and four hits.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately, Garcia settled for the loss, but overall it was a successful return. Joey Votto was the only batter to really hurt Garcia on Tuesday (3-for-3, two runs, three RBI and a homerun). But besides Votto, fantasy owners should be encouraged by this start from Garcia, he makes for a fine mid-tier pitcher moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pirates got an 11-hit attack in an 8-7 come from behind win over the Twins on Tuesday. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5, but had a key double and knocked in three runs. Polanco is now batting .243 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco hasn't had a stellar season at the plate, but has hit safely in nine of the last ten games, with seven doubles, a home run and seven RBI during that span. He could be a decent acquisition in deeper NL only leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in the 2-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo are the only first basemen with more steals than Carlos Santana. Santana now has seven steals, the same as Ian Kinsler, Carlos Gomez and Alcides Escobar. Carlos Santana has good numbers against Wednesday's starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with two home runs and a .440 AVG in 25 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps