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Ben Gamel (O, Sea)

Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 with an RBI infield single in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees.


Gamel was a thorn in the side of his former squad throughout the weekend series, and Sunday's single served to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The rookie has compiled five extra-base hits (three doubles, two home runs) during that stretch, which has helped lead to six of his eight RBI in July. While his overall .237 average for the month has plenty of room for improvement, Gamel retains an impressive .320/.371/.458 line for the season.

Taylor Motter (S, Sea)

Taylor Motter was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.


Motter made a start at first base over the weekend with Danny Valencia (wrist) sidelined, but he'll now head down to Tacoma in an attempt to get back on track at the plate. The 27-year-old hit just .206 in June and has earned only eight at-bats during the month of July. For the season, Motter is batting .204 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. A corresponding move is expected to be made later Monday.

Emilio Pagan fired three scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees, allowing two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.


Pagan has been lights-out in his current Mariners stint, allowing just one earned run over 10.1 innings across four appearances. Sunday's effort was his second three-inning, two-hit scoreless outing versus the Yankees in the weekend series, which served to lower his ERA from 3.60 to 2.57. The 26-year-old right-hander has undoubtedly earned the confidence of manager Scott Servais, which could certainly lead to a robust workload for the balance of the campaign.

Chad Bettis (illness) threw 62 pitches (38 strikes) in Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque, completing 2.2 innings of three-run ball while allowing six hits, issuing two free passes and fanning four batters.


The stat lines during Bettis' rehab assignment haven't been great, but the pitch count is more important at this point, and the right-hander was able to increase his workload once again. The expectation is that Bettis will make another rehab start with the Isotopes on Friday and throw roughly 80 pitches. After that, the Rockies will consider adding him to the major-league rotation.

Joey Gallo (B3, Tex)

Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays.


It was the first multi-hit effort for Gallo since June 21, ending a 5-for-40 (.125 average) skid at the dish. Gallo's high strikeout rate will make him a perpetual sinkhole in the batting-average category, but his on-base skills and game-changing power should continue to lock him into an everyday role, at least against right-handed pitching. Gallo has been limited to playing first base for all of July while he's nursed a sore hamstring, but his activity on the basepaths Sunday suggests he could be ready to try his hand at third base or outfield in the near future.

James Pazos (2-3) allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks over one-third of an inning in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees.


Asked to preserve a 4-3 lead entering the sixth, Pazos came up considerably short. The southpaw was done in by an RBI single from Brett Gardner and a two-run double by Clint Frazier, leading to Pazos being charged with his third blown save of the season as well. The 26-year-old lefty has surrendered six runs (five earned) over the two innings encompassing his last four outings, which qualifies as his most difficult stretch of the season. As a left-hander, Pazos figures to continue seeing plenty of work despite the recent struggles, and his impressive strikeout upside (44 whiffs in 37.1 innings) still affords him some fantasy relevance in AL-only and deep formats.

Rougned Odor (B2, Tex)

Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays.


Odor was the central figure in the Rangers' come-from-behind victory, as he followed up his solo blast in the second inning with a two-run job in the eighth inning to tie the score. Despite underwhelming fantasy owners this season, Odor still ranks tied for second among all second baseman in baseball with 19 long balls following his sixth career multi-homer game. The breakthrough performance Sunday also ended a rough start to the second half for Odor, who had gone 4-for-34 at the dish over the preceding nine contests.

Tyler Lyons fired a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, recording a strikeout.


The 29-year-old southpaw has strung together four consecutive scoreless efforts after giving up an earned run apiece in back-to-back appearances shortly before the All-Star break. Lyons has lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.81 over the aforementioned stretch and continues to serve as a solid source of strikeouts (30:10 K:BB over 28.1 innings) for fantasy owners.

Tony Barnette tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays, giving up one hit and striking out four batters.


After starter Tyson Ross couldn't escape the fourth inning, Barnette entered the contest with two outs and the bases loaded and was able to extinguish the Rays threat by inducing a flyout from Evan Longoria. Barnette was then able to keep the Rays off the board for the next two innings, which proved vital as the Rangers mounted a comeback. Despite his strong performance Sunday, Barnette still seems destined to make most of his appearances in lower-leverage situations while he maintains a 5.87 ERA on the season.

Seung Hwan Oh fired a scoreless seventh inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, recording two strikeouts.


Manager Mike Matheny appears to be progressively building Oh's confidence back up after some recent struggles, as Sunday's appearance marked his third straight low-leverage appearance. Oh has been steadier in those settings, allowing one unearned run on three hits over three innings. It remains to be seen if and when the 35-year-old will return to a definitive ninth-inning role, as Matheny could opt to continue playing matchups and the hot hand in terms of his closer.

Brad Boxberger (2-2) allowed three earned runs on two home runs in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers. He also issued a walk and recorded two strikeouts.


Boxberger has gone backwards over his last two appearances after a strong start, and Sunday's result was particularly crushing. Asked to preserve a 5-3 lead in the eighth, the right-handed reliever allowed a game-tying two-run shot to Rougned Odor and a go-ahead solo blast to the very next batter, Carlos Gomez. The outing resulted in Boxberger's first blown save opportunity of the season and also served to raise his ERA from 1.42 to 4.91. Despite the recent pair of stumbles, Boxberger's performance over his first six appearances (six scoreless innings) and past body of work provide plenty of reason for optimism moving forward.

Erasmo Ramirez pitched a scoreless fifth inning in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout.


With starter Jake Odorizzi lasting only four innings, this looked like a prototypical long-relief opportunity for Ramirez. However, manager Kevin Cash opted to limit the 27-year-old to just one inning, as Ramirez has worked four frames (without allowing a hit or a walk) over the previous five days. With the exception of a five-run stumble against the Cubs on July 5, the right-hander has thrived since returning to the bullpen.

Adam Kolarek was credited with his first hold in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers after working around a hit in two-thirds of an inning.


Kolarek has been serviceable thus far in what is his first exposure to the majors, and he's now logged his first big-league victory and hold in the last three outings. The 28-year-old southpaw represents a valued left-handed relief option for manager Kevin Cash, especially while Xavier Cedeno (forearm) remains on the mend.

Tommy Hunter earned his ninth hold in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers, firing 1.1 scoreless innings while recording two strikeouts.


Hunter got four outs on an efficient 17 pitches, 11 of which he threw for strikes. The 31-year-old hasn't been scored upon since June 20, a 12-appearance stretch in which he's also racked up five holds and a save. The right-hander's 1.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 36 strikeouts and frequent usage (34 appearances) make him a viable option in AL-only and deeper formats that count holds.

Adeiny Hechavarria (S, TB)

Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.


The 28-year-old slumped throughout the first seven games of July, but he's picked it up at the plate since that point. Factoring in Sunday's production, Hechavarria has hit safely in six of his last seven contests, a stretch that includes three multi-hit efforts. Hechavarria is mainly valued for his glove, so his serviceable offensive contributions (.273/.287/.341) are a welcome bonus.

Mallex Smith (O, TB)

Mallex Smith went 2-for-4 with two-run double, a stolen base and a run in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.


The speedy outfielder operated out of the eight hole and contributed his second and third RBI over the last three games with his fourth-inning double. Smith has cooled off some in July after hitting .319 in June, but he's still slashing a solid .291/.359/.391 on the season – a line partly comprised of nine extra-base hits (five doubles, two triples, two homers).

Melky Cabrera (O, ChW)

Melky Cabrera (foot) will man left field and occupy the leadoff spot in Monday's game against the Cubs, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.


Cabrera was pulled early in Sunday's series finale with the Royals shortly after fouling a ball off his foot during a third-inning at-bat, but it looks like his removal was only precautionary. He was diagnosed with only a foot contusion, and the fact that he's back in the outfield a day later suggests the White Sox aren't overly concerned with his mobility. Cabrera looks like a safe play in weekly leagues for those who have been depending on him.

Yoan Moncada (B2, Charlotte)

Yoan Moncada will start at second base and bat second Monday against the Cubs, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.


Manager Rick Renteria had deployed Moncada as the No. 6 hitter in his first four games with the White Sox, with the rookie going 1-for-13 at the plate. Moncada's performance thus far hasn't warranted a move toward the top of the order, but perhaps settling in between two of the strongest bats in the White Sox's lineup, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu, will help spark his production.

Felix Pena was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Pena spent only two days with the big-league club after being recalled Saturday, and he'll now head back to Iowa in order to free up a spot on the 25-man roster for Monday's starter, Kyle Hendricks. In 17 appearances at Triple-A this season, Pena holds a 6.94 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks across 23.1 innings.

Ian Happ (O, ChC)

Ian Happ is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.


Happ is batting an underwhelming .233/.281/.300 since the All-Star break, so he'll hit the bench for the second time in three days as manager Joe Maddon deploys Jon Jay in center field. The wealth of options the Cubs have at their disposal means that Happ will have to hit well in order to guarantee himself an everyday role and avoid losing out on starts to the likes of Jay, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez.