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Craig Kimbrel (knee) is expected to join the Red Sox in Seattle and be activated from the disabled list on Monday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Kimbrel recorded just one out while facing three batters in a rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, but the Red Sox simply needed to see him make it through the game without a setback before deciding to add him back to the major league roster.

Fantasy Impact: It is almost a certainty that Kimbrel will be activated on Monday. And he will slide right back into the closer's role for Boston. For those fantasy owners in weekly leagues, it should be safe to get Kimbrel in your lineup for the week.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Baez went 0-for-4 but it was his ground-ball with Fowler at third that allowed Fowler to reach home. Fowler was initially called out but it was overturned on review.

Fantasy Impact: With the injuries that the Cubs have had, Baez has been starting frequently. He has responded with 11 HR and 38 RBI. Baez is playing great defense and as long as that continues, it is reasonable to expect that Maddon will find ways to get him chances.

Category: Game Recaps


Fowler went 0-for-3 but drew a walk and then came around to score the only run the Cubs would score Saturday. He was initially called out but the decision was reversed on review.

Fantasy Impact: Fowler was a key member of the Cubs' early exceptional winning pace. His stats are not impressive but you must take into account how much time he missed. The Cubs and Fowler's fantasy owners should be thrilled to have him back.

Category: Game Recaps


Jean Segura hit his ninth home run of the season to lead off the game and added a run-scoring double in his next at-bat, contributing to a 4-2 win in Los Angeles Saturday. Segura's 2-for-4 day comes the day after an 0-for-5 broke a 10-game hitting streak.

Fantasy Impact: Segura's .526 slugging percentage in July has brought his OPS to .815 for 2016. Unlike his breakout 2013 season with Milwaukee, Segura has been performing more consistently this season and has found a home with the Diamondbacks.

Category: Game Recaps


Top prospect Braden Shipley earned the win in his second career start, pitching six scoreless innings in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shipley allowed five hits and a walk and struck out six. This performance was a vast improvement from his debut in Milwaukee (5.1 IP, 6 ER) when he allowed three home runs.

Fantasy Impact: If you picked up Shipley for his debut and didn't drop him after that disaster, you were rewarded for your faith. Coming into the season, Shipley was in the top 20 of most MLB Prospect lists and is widely considered the top prospect for the Diamondbacks. In dynasty leagues, he is probably unavailable, but this performance showed what he is capable of. There will be ups and downs this season as there are with any rookie pitcher, but the talent is definitely there.

Category: Game Recaps


Buster Posey goes 2-for-4 with one run and one walk in the Giants victory over the Nats.

Fantasy Impact: Even though any fantasy player would take a .284 average with 12 home runs and 47 RBI at this point in the season, these are not typical Posey numbers. Last season he had 19 home runs and batted .318 with 95 RBI. Is this an off year, or something we should be concerned about in a decline for the overused catcher.

Category: Game Recaps


Angel Pagan hit-less in five at-bats, but does collect one RBI in the Giants 5-3 victory over the Nats

Fantasy Impact: Angel Pagan has had a turnaround season thus far batting .284 with six home runs and 34 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


Hunter Pence was activated Saturday and slotted immediately into the 5-hole for the struggling Giants offense. He went 1-for-3 with a double and score one run and also walked once.

Fantasy Impact: Pence should be picked up if he's still on the waiver wire in your league. After missing two months due to a severe hamstring injury, the outfielder is back and can provide a boost in multiple categories. He's a career .284 hitter and has averaged 20.1 home runs. He also had double-digit steals in the 2013 & 2014 seasons.

Category: Game Recaps


Tim Beckham went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored on Saturday against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: After notching only 17 hits in 95 at-bats (.178) between April and June, Beckham has turned things around in July. He's currently 12-for-27 (.444) this month, and has hit two of his five home runs, six of his 13 RBI, and scored seven of his 17 runs on the season. He doesn't play enough to warrant an add in any format, but keeper/dynasty owners should keep an eye on the former number one pick.

Category: Game Recaps


Curt Casali had one hit in his three at-bats against the Yankees on Saturday, a two-run home run in the third inning off of Nathan Eovaldi.

Fantasy Impact: The home run is Casali's seventh of the season, but only his second since June. In fact, he's only accrued five hits in the month of July, and has started less than half the games since the Rays brought up Luke Maile. He's irrelevant for fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


The Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians are in agreement on Lucroy. He still must approve trade. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This deal would have huge implications for both real and fantasy baseball. Lucroy is a consistent .300 hitter and in an already dangerous lineup, the Indians are just going to get better. Lucroy's numbers might take a slight hit considering he is playing outside of Milwaukee, a known hitters park, but with that lineup around him, Lucroy should have more RBI opportunities.

Category: Transactions


His start was delayed a couple of days due to a minor lat strain but Teheran showed little effect except for a relatively early exit after five innings. He allowed five hits and three runs (all earned) while walking one and striking out four. With the loss, Teheran's record fell to 3-9 on the year while the Braves fell to 36-68. He will face the Cardinals and Jaime Garcia next in St. Louis on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Teheran said after the game that he had no problems with his back tonight so he should be back to his old self soon enough. He has had a good season so far even though wins remain elusive. He has rewarded owners in other categories though and should continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Category: Game Recaps


Cesar Hernandez entered Saturday's game against the Braves having drawn only 27 walks for the season. He showed increased patience in the Phillies 9-5 win, drawing three walks and going 1-for-3 with a run scored. Hernandez is now batting a healthy .289 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez is finishing off an excellent month of July in which he's batting .337 with 11 walks. He's been more productive on the bases, increasing his stolen base total to 10. His on-base percentage is now .346 and has a .720 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


The Phillies made the most of nine hits in a 9-5 win over the Braves on Saturday. Ryan Howard got the start at first base in place of Tommy Joseph and went 1-for-5 with a run scored. Howard's lone hit was his sixth double and he's batting an anemic .168 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard will likely be back on the bench on Sunday and is starting only a couple times per week these days. He still can supply occasional power, as his 14 home runs in 226 indicates. However, his other numbers are very poor and is not getting enough playing time to have significant fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with a solo-home run in the Rays 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Miller's blast came in the first inning off of Nathan Eovaldi, and was one of three round-trippers the Rays hit on the night. While he hasn't been a great source of stolen bases (four) or batting average (.253) Miller has jumped into the top-10 among shortstops in home runs. With the position as a whole adding a ton of depth this season, Miller should continue to fly under the radar the rest of this season, and going into 2017 drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


The Phillies improved to 48-58 with a 9-5 win over the Braves on Saturday. Freddy Galvis got in on the attack, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Galvis has 39 RBI this season and is batting .231.

Fantasy Impact: Galvis was just 2-for-18 over the previous five games and is batting .239 for the month. He's on pace to hit 14 home runs and while his batting average and on-base percentage are low, Galvis is a decent power option at shortstop in deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Kemp has been traded to the Braves and will receive Hector Olivera in return. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The two teams dumped bad contracts on one another, but for fantasy owners, Kemp now joins the worst team in baseball. Petco Park may have been bad for HRs and Runs, but Turner field is even worse when it comes to the long ball. Kemps value takes small hit with even less chances to drive in runs now.

Category: Transactions


The Phillies were outhit by the Braves on Saturday, 14 to nine, yet won the game by the score of 9-5. Cameron Rupp had a big night, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Rupp raised his batting average to .273 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rupp was just 1-for-13 over the previous five games. He's batting .246 with three home runs this month. While his on-base percentage is a relatively mediocre .327, Rupp carries a solid .797 OPS. He could get the day off tomorrow in favor of Carlos Ruiz, but will still see about 70 percent of the starts behind the plate.

Category: Game Recaps


Drew Smyly picked up his third win of the season on Saturday night, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He also struck out six and walked one. This was his second consecutive quality start.

Fantasy Impact: Smyly has likely been dropped in most leagues by now. However, given his recent success, he may be a deeper waiver addition, especially if he is dealt at the trading deadline.

Category: Game Recaps


Alex Colome picks up 24th save

Sat, Jul 30th 11:15pm EDT
By Kerry Thomas

TB

Alex Colome struck out the side in the ninth inning on Saturday night and picked up his 24th save of the season against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: With the Rays playing better, Colome has had more save opportunities lately including three this week. This raises his fantasy stock a bit to a solid second closer in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps