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Jake Lamb (B3, AZ)

Jake Lamb went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run in Wednesday's 16-5 triumph over the Rockies.


Lamb collected both of his RBI on his second two-bagger of the night in the Diamondbacks' 10-run fourth inning. The pair of extra-base knocks brings Lamb's hitting streak up to seven games, propping his season average up to .287. Lamb did strike out three times Wednesday, however, and has benefited from a .347 BABIP to offset a 25.5 percent strikeout rate, so it's fair to be skeptical of him sustaining that average all season long.

Chris Iannetta (C, AZ)

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 16-5 romp over the Rockies.


Iannetta (and the rest of the Diamondbacks lineup for that matter) looked quite comfortable at Coors Field, the place he called home for his first six big-league seasons. The two extra-base hits were his first since he erupted for a home run and two doubles as a part of a seven-RBI performance back on June 8, and also put an end to his 1-for-10 skid at the dish in between those contests. Though the Diamondbacks' power-packed offense will occasionally allow Iannetta to post gaudy run and/or RBI totals, his standing in a three-headed timeshare at catcher will continue to inhibit his opportunities to produce.

Tyler Flowers (C, Atl)

Tyler Flowers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.


While the veteran catcher has only six homers on the year, he's enjoying a bit of a power surge at the moment, going yard in three of his last six starts. Flowers' current .325/.427/.478 slash line is even better than the .299/.378/.411 line he managed after the All-Star break last season, and with Kurt Suzuki around to give him regular rest, don't assume Flowers is doomed to wilt over the summer.

Matt Adams (B1, Atl)

Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.


It's his third homer in the last five games and 12th of the season, as Adams continues to produce big numbers for the Braves. His hot streak has even attracted the notice of Freddie Freeman (wrist), who's making noises about playing third base once he returns from the DL in order to keep Adams' bat in the lineup, but the more likely scenario remains Freeman reclaiming the team's first base job and Adams heading to the bench, or perhaps an outfield corner if Atlanta deals one of its veteran outfielders before the trade deadline.

Ernesto Frieri covered three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two.


Frieri, the owner of 73 career saves, has been deployed as a one-inning reliever for most of his eight big-league seasons, but he looked great while working in long relief Wednesday after starter Tyson Ross was lit up for seven runs over three innings. The key to the right-hander's success was pinpoint control, with 31 of his 45 pitches going for strikes. Frieri's walk- and homer-happy tendencies have caused trouble for him in the past, but so long as he shows an ability to avoid those issues in subsequent appearances, he could gradually slide into higher-leverage work out of the bullpen.

Curtis Granderson (O, NYM)

Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.


With Michael Conforto getting the night off, Granderson slotted back into center field and in the leadoff spot and produced his eighth homer of the year. He now carries a .295/.436/.614 slash line through 18 games in June but barring another injury in the Mets' starting outfield, the 36-year-old will find regular playing time tough to come by moving forward.

Delino DeShields (O, Tex)

DeShields went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two RBI in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.


DeShields' path to an everyday role is blocked these days with the Rangers' regular position players all at full strength, but because he's been quite productive lately, manager Jeff Banister should still find room for him in the lineup a few times a week. Carlos Gomez was rested Wednesday to open up a starting spot for DeShields, who delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to briefly give the Rangers hope of scoring a comeback win. He also stole a base for the fifth time in seven starts and now has an excellent 17-for-20 (85 percent) success rate on the season.

Dexter Fowler (O, StL)

Dexter Fowler (quad) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.


Fowler was lifted from Wednesday's matchup due to quad tightness, and it looks like the ailment will hold him out of the series finale as well. Tommy Pham, who is coming off a two-homer game, appears in line to take over in center field.

Luis Cessa will remain in the rotation with CC Sabathia on the DL, John Healy of the New York Daily News reports.


Cessa already made one start last time through the rotation, allowing four runs over four innings against Oakland, and is slated to take the mound again Saturday against the Rangers. With Sabathia projected to miss over six weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, there was a possibility the Yankees would look for a more long-term fix in the rotation, but it now appears as though the spot is Cessa's to lose for the duration of Sabathia's injury.

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will go through fielding drills off the mound Friday, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports.


Rodriguez will throw a 30-pitch live batting practice session Saturday with the hope he can begin a rehabilitation assignment after that. Manager John Farrell is "hopeful" the left-hander will need only one minor-league game before he's activated.

Edubray Ramos was tagged with his sixth loss of the season Wednesday after allowing two runs on a walk and one hit in one-third of an inning.


Ramos has had a tough month of June, allowing nine runs on 10 hits over 7.2 innings while striking out 10 and walking seven. Walks have been a major issue all season, as evidenced by his 6.0 BB/9, which is more than double his ratio from last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see Ramos sent back to the minors for a stint to try to get him back on track given his struggles.

Alex Bregman (B3, Hou)

Alex Bregman has seen the highest percentage of sliders of any player this season, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.


All young hitters go through a period of adjustment, as opponents develop a book on them. Bregman is trying to be more patient and drive balls to the right-center field gap. Returns on his adjustments have been on display during the current series in Oakland. The 23-year-old third baseman is 5-for-9 with four doubles and three walks, improving his seasonal line to .256/.338/.415 over 267 plate appearances.

Hector Neris allowed a solo home run to Tommy Pham and blew his third save of the season in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Cardinals.


This was Neris' second blown save in his last three games. His ratios are solid overall, but he's not quite as dominant as last season when he had an 11.4 K/9. Manager Pete Mackanin could consider going with Pat Neshek to close given Neris' struggles of late.

Luis Torrens started in place of the injured Austin Hedges (thigh) on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a win over the Cubs.


The Rule 5 draft pick was pushed into action and delivered just his second RBI in 69 plate appearances. Hedges wasn't expected to be held out long after leaving Tuesday's contest with an injury, but the club opted to give their starting catcher an extra day of rest with an off day scheduled Thursday. While he is expected to return to action Friday against the Tigers, Torrens could earn another start if Hedges isn't fully healed.

Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.


After receiving a day off Sunday following an 0-for-13 slump, Pirela has gotten back on track with a home run and two steals over three consecutive starts. The 27-year-old is displaying the same power/speed combo that earned him a promotion from Triple-A El Paso on June 6. While a .417 BABIP seems unsustainable, a mixed bag of results over his 11 minor-league seasons make the utility man a tough player to project going forward. What we do know is that Pirela is producing at the plate and has a regular spot atop San Diego's lineup, giving him fantasy value until he proves otherwise.

Luis Perdomo will be moved up a spot in the rotation to pitch against the Tigers on Friday instead of Saturday, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.


The move was likely made to line up Dinelson Lamet for extra rest once the All-Star break hits. The swap doesn't change the opponent for either pitcher, so Perdomo's owners should simply adjust their rotations accordingly.

Dinelson Lamet will swap spots in the rotation with Luis Perdomo, pushing his next start back to Saturday against the Tigers, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.


There is no official word on why the change was made, but Cassavell speculates that it was to align the rotation so that the rookie receives extra rest over the All-Star break. Lamet has struggled through five starts (7.50 ERA), but he has flashed upside with 37 punchouts over 24.0 innings.

Domingo Santana (O, Mil)

Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Pirates.


His seventh-inning blast off Daniel Hudson, Santana's 12th homer of the year, proved to be the game-winner. The 24-year-old hadn't left the yard in 12 games, while Wednesday's performance was his first game with multiple RBI since late May. Santana's already set new career highs in HR (12), RBI (38) and runs (39) while being on pace for personal bests in all three slash categories (.268/.360/.469), but he may just be scratching the surface of his potential.

Corey Knebel gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to collect his 11th save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Pirates.


He's now converted seven straight save chances, posting a 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB in 9.2 innings over nine appearances since his last blown save. Knebel had just two career saves coming into 2017, but he's quickly establishing himself as one of the better ninth-inning options in the National League.

Junior Guerra gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks over six innings Wednesday but didn't factor into the decision in a 4-3 win over the Pirates. He struck out six.


The right-hander has walked at least three batters in six straight starts, and while Guerra's 3.11 ERA on the season is superficially reassuring, his 23:22 K:BB in 34.2 innings over that six-game stretch is a glaring warning sign that some regression could be coming. He'll next take the mound Tuesday in Cincinnati.