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Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a home run as the Pirates fell to the Brewers Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Marte continues to produce on multiple levels as the season continues. While he hasn't been hitting for average lately (.196 in the past 15 games), he has continued to swipe bags and hit homers. He's been an elite outfielder this season and has a shot at a 20 home run, 30 steal season batting .280.

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Corey Dickerson went 1-for-4 with a single in the Pirates loss to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Dickerson keeps collecting hits and clings to a .302 average on the season. While he started the season with a hot bat, his production has slipped as the season goes on. He's only hit .200 over the past seven games and hasn't homered since May 4th. He's only been a small help in average over the month of June.

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Jose Osuna went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna was recalled from the minors on Monday back to the big league club. He was called off the bench to pinch-hit in Tuesday's game but failed to get on base. He's a bench bat and not fantasy viable unless playing time opens up.

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Jameson Taillon went five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven batters as the Pirates lost on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Taillon has now gone five straight starts giving up three earned runs or less and has allowed eight runs in 25 innings during the month of June. Overall, he is now 4-6 this season with a 4.03 ERA.

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Major League Baseball has fined Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove $1,000 for intentionally hitting Chris Owings with a pitch in last Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He will not be suspended, and Musgrove told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he does not plan to appeal the fine. (Source: Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove is not going to be suspended, and he was probably only fined by Major League Baseball because he admitted after the game that he hit Chris Owings on purpose in retaliation for teammate Josh Harrison being plunked earlier in the game. More importantly, Musgrove is coming off a start in which he allowed six runs to the Cincinnati Reds, and he faces those same Diamondbacks in his next start.

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Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the seventh inning of Monday’s victory over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Mercer provided the only run support for the Pirates but it was enough for the win behind Williams seven shutout innings. Mercer has not stood out in any category this season, but his bat has come alive in the past few games. He’s hitting more consistently and holds a .381 average with a home run in his last seven games. He’s riding a bit of a hot streak now, but he barely provides double digit power and has only ended one season with more than a .256 average. He’s not a valuable contributor for fantasy at this time.

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Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a couple singles and a walk in the Pirates victory on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Cervelli reached base in all three at-bats and scored the Pirates only run on Monday. Cervelli has had a bit of a rough stretch lately, getting banged up and hit by a pitch on multiple occasions. He’s only hit .188 with a home run over the last seven games, but is having a career year based on the strength of the first part of his season. If he can just have a little time to recuperate he should continue to hit for a solid average and give a little power, being a good value at catcher.

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Felipe Vazquez pitched one inning, allowing a hit and striking out two batters as the Pirates defeated the Brewers on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez now has a 2.83 ERA in six June appearances with 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. If he can continue to pitch the way he has been, Vazquez will have tremendous fantasy value as he continues to be the closer in Pittsburgh.

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Trevor Williams went seven innings, allowing zero earned runs on one hit while striking out seven batters as the Pirates won 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was terrific on Monday with his third outing this season allowing zero earned runs. He is now 6-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 15 starts.

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Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, and his ninth home run of the season on Sunday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco is having a terrible season overall, though he hit the ball hard consistently over the last few games. There's plenty of potential with Polanco as we've seen over the years, but he remains only a borderline option in mixed leagues at this point, given his sub-par performance throughout the year.

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Colin Moran went 1-for-4 with a home run against the Reds on Sunday as the Pirates fell by two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Moran has now gone back to back nights with home runs. He’s managed to put together a good season so far, hitting for a .273 average with seven home runs after the last two nights. He’s shown great plate discipline this season and seems to project out to a .275 average with 15-20 home runs. He’s a solid option for deeper leagues with decent team support.

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Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with a single against the Reds on Sunday as the Pirates were defeated.

Fantasy Impact: Harrison hit a ground ball that found it’s way into centerfield for an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh against the Reds. He has put together a good season as far as contact goes, hitting .294 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He has never topped 16 home runs or 19 stolen bases, but he’s a lock to hit for average and has double digit steal and home run potential with multi-position eligibility.

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Josh Bell went 1-for-4 with a single on Sunday against the Reds as the Pirates fell.

Fantasy Impact: Bell collected a hit in the loss on Sunday and struck out once. He’s only hitting .245 with four home runs on the season in a disappointing campaign. Bell flashed average potential his rookie campaign, power in his sophomore season, but unfortunately has not been able to replicate either results. He’s maintaining his plate discipline but other than that his power and contact skills have not manifested themselves this season.

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Ivan Nova quality in win

Sun, Jun 17th 10:05am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Ivan Nova allowed one run on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings in Saturday's win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Nova has essentially turned in three quality starts over his last four outings (one appearance only lasted 5 2/3 so didn't qualify). He's won consecutive starts and is now 4-5 with an ERA and WHIP of 4.42 and 1.32 this season.

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David Freese was called upon to pinch-hit on Saturday against the Reds and singled in a run.

Fantasy Impact: Freese pinch-hit in the bottom of the sixth and came up with a ground ball single that scored Josh Bell and put the Pirates ahead by three. He’s been used more often as a bench bat lately, but still occasionally has been getting spot starts. He’s hitting . 262 with four home runs after a recent hot stretch in his past seven games. Without regular playing time, he is not worth the roster spot in your league.

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Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a single and a double against the Reds on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Meadows has slowed his roll after a scorching hot streak when he was called up. He hasn’t fallen off completely though and is still hitting .333 with five home runs and three stolen bases in 25 games. His last seven games he has only hit .259 with no home runs, so it looks like he has hit an adjustment period. His future will depend on if he can break out of his slump and show he can hit again for power and average. He is still getting starts in the rotating outfield the Pirates have in place, so he is worth rostering.

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Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Saturday as the Pirates defeated the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is having a great season as a backup catcher for the Pirates. Cervelli has been a little banged up and Elias has done a great job of stepping in. In 34 games he is hitting .304 with five home runs, so he has shown a good hit tool and power in his bat. Cervelli is till the Pirates primary backstop, but Diaz could have value if that was to change and he got more playing time.

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Chad Kuhl went six innings, allowing two total runs on six hits while striking out six batters as the Pirates defeated the Reds 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: Kuhl has been pitching really well in his past five starts, giving up three earned runs or less in each outing and is now 5-4 this season with a 3.76 ERA. Moving forward, he is worth a roster spot with the recent success he has had.

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Jung-Ho Kang was reinstated from the restricted list and joined the Pirates Triple-A Indianapolis club. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kang has been away from the majors for almost two years after his DUI incident. He was also unable to secure a work visa which slowed his progress. The Pirates would like him up at the major league level as soon as he can be productive, so no doubt this time in the minors is to help him get back to form and conditioned for major league pitching.

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Nick Kingham allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Kingham delivered a quality start despite taking the loss against the Cubs. He's lost three of his last four appearances after a strong start, though two of those starts were quality and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of the appearances. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 3.82 and 0.99 with 35 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings this season.

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