Erik Kratz C KC 7 hours ago
Kratz has elected free agency after being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Kratz will look for a big-league job or at least a team that provides a better opportunity, as the impending return of Ryan Hanigan (hand) meant Kratz would have been fourth on Boston's organizational depth chart. He has 23 homers in 537 career plate appearances, but with a .270/.281/.464 slash line.
Roenis Elias SP SEA 7 hours ago
Elias will make his next start moved back from Wednesday in San Diego to Thursday in Oakland, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Mariners are swapping Elias and Taijuan Walker to avoid tossing two straight lefties against the righty-heavy San Diego lineup. With Seattle not having another off day between Monday and the All-Star break, Elias still lines up for two starts next week, facing the Tigers and Angels at Safeco Field.
Josh Hamilton LF/DH TEX 7 hours ago
Hamilton (hamstring) will likely be activated from the disabled list either Monday or Tuesday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Hamilton made his fourth rehab appearance Sunday, going 0-for-2 with Triple-A Round Rock. He has just three singles in 12 at-bats during the assignment, but he's apparently done enough to prove his health. The Rangers have a four-game series at Camden Yards this week, starting with Monday's favorable matchup against right-hander Bud Norris.
Derek Norris C/DH SD 7 hours ago
Norris had a big day at the dish Sunday against the Diamondbacks, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI.
While his batting average has regressed a bit this season to .246, Norris has already smacked a career-high 11 home runs and is on pace to easily top his bests in RBI and runs scored as well. The 26-year-old has taken quite well to his new surroundings in San Diego and is proving himself to be a worthy fantasy starter.
Manny Banuelos RP ATL 7 hours ago
Banuelos will likely make his major league debut on Thursday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
He is expected to be called up to take the rotation spot of Williams Perez, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a foot contusion on Saturday. Banuelos has completely dominated Triple-A through 15 start, posting a 2.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. The 24-year-old lefty won't miss bats at an above average rate, but he has the potential to prevent runs at the rate of a mid-rotation starter. Run support could be an issue, but the floor is seemingly high enough that he is worth an add in most mid-sized leagues.
Devon Travis 2B TOR 7 hours ago
Travis went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
In his first series back, he went 2-for-10 at the plate with two runs scored. Travis also committed two errors Sunday, but still has a firm grasp on the starting second base role. He is still one of the most powerful second basemen, with the third highest slugging percentage of any second baseman with at least 100 at-bats. As he continues to pile up at-bats, he should get more and more comfortable at the plate.
Maikel Franco 3B PHI 7 hours ago
Franco went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
The rookie has been a revelation since being called up earlier in the year and now has a .304 batting average to go along with 10 home runs and 32 RBI on the season. With little offensive punch in the middle of the Philadelphia lineup, Franco is poised to carry a big offensive load from the three-spot from here on out.
Matt Duffy 2B/3B SF 8 hours ago
Duffy finished a single shy of the cycle Sunday against the Rockies, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a solo home run and three runs scored.
That is now back-to-back games of three hits and a home run for Duffy, who has raised his season OPS to .840. The rookie has been a big surprise for fantasy owners as well as the Giants this season, as he has taken over the starting third base job and continues to bat in the middle of the lineup, maximizing his chances for consistent production.
Nolan Arenado 3B COL 8 hours ago
Arenado's ridiculous week continued Sunday, as he finished 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored against the Giants.
He has now launched eight home runs in his last seven games, totaling 15 RBI and 11 runs scored to boot. The 24-year-old has a 15-game hitting streak as well, and has emerged as one of the top third baseman both in fantasy terms and in real life, as he provides top-notch defense at the hot corner in addition to his stellar offensive production.
Salvador Perez C KC 8 hours ago
Perez went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Athletics.
The 25-year-old was Kansas City's biggest producer on offense and his two-run homer in the eighth inning eventually won the game. Perez's .271 batting average is a shade lower than his career .283 mark, but he already has 12 home runs and is easily on pace to top his previous best of 17.