Joey Votto 1B CIN moments ago
Votto went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.
Votto took catcher Chris Gimenez deep in the eighth inning to put the Reds up 11-2. While the opposing pitcher wasn't daunting, Votto now has eight home runs on the season and two in his past five games. Despite having only those two homers to this point in June, he entered Saturday's game slugging .516 for the month, a notable increase from his early season performance.
Anthony DeSclafani SP CIN 45 minutes ago
DeSclafani (3-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three across 6.1 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Cubs.
DeSclafani managed his longest outing of the season -- in terms of both number of pitches and outs recorded -- against the dangerous Cubs lineup. However, he wasn't especially deceptive as he generated only three strikeouts and allowed two home runs. The long ball has emerged as a concern as he has now allowed five home runs in 22 innings pitched. However, he is trending in the correct direction as he has seen improved results in each of his starts since coming off the disabled list on June 5.
DTDArodys Vizcaíno RP ATL 51 minutes ago
Vizcaino tested his shoulder Saturday and still had some soreness, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Braves are hoping that a cortisone shot -- which was administered Thursday -- will take effect and allow Vizcaino to be ready for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. With Vizcaino unavailable Friday, manager Brian Snitker turned to Dan Winkler in the ninth inning, and Winkler failed to convert the save chance. Lefty A.J. Minter has come on strong after a shaky start to the season and could factor into the ninth if Vizcaino is forced to miss additional time.
Robinson Chirinos C TEX 52 minutes ago
Chirinos went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, two runs and three RBI in Saturday's win against the White Sox.
Chirinos had a bases-loaded walk as part of a six-run Rangers' second inning. He added a two-run homer in the third inning off Matt Magill. The homer was Chirinos' ninth of the year, enough to make him a relevant catcher in deep leagues despite a .197 batting average.
Adrián Béltre 3B/DH TEX 56 minutes ago
Beltre went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's win over the Twins.
The homer was just Beltre's fourth of the season, a somewhat disappointing return. He's homered once every 48 plate appearances this season, nearly half as often as his career rate of once every 25 plate appearances. The veteran is still doing damage with the bat, though, with a solid .314/.365/.456 line despite the drop in homers.
Eddie Rosario OF MIN 1 hour ago
Rosario went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Rosario opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning off Yovani Gallardo. He knocked in the final two runs of the game with a two-run double off Keone Kela in the ninth. The outfielder is following up his breakout 2017 campaign with an even better one this season, hitting an impressive .317/.355/.582 with 17 homers.
Keone Kela RP TEX 1 hour ago
Kela grabbed his 18th save of the year by shutting the door on the Twins on Saturday. He recorded the final two outs of the game with a pair of strikeouts while allowing one hit and one walk.
Kela entered with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth in a five-run game, tasked with cleaning up Matt Moore's mess. He allowed two inherited runners to score after giving up a double to Eddie Rosario but eventually got the job done. His ERA now stands at 3.67 in 27 innings, with a solid 33:11 K:BB.
Tim Anderson SS CWS 1 hour ago
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a steal, two runs and three RBI in Saturday's loss to Oakland.
The homer, a three-run shot off Daniel Mengden in the first inning, was Anderson's 13th of the season, while the steal was his 15th of the year. He's on pace for 28 homers and 32 steals, giving him an outside shot at a 30-30 season if he can keep the pace up. Production in those categories has been enough to make Anderson a fairly valuable shortstop despite a relatively low .239 batting average.
Matt Olson 1B/RF OAK 1 hour ago
Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and a pair of runs in Saturday's win against the White Sox.
Olson gave the Athletics a one-run lead with a sixth-inning shot off Chris Volstad, his 17th homer of the season. The homers have been enough to make Olson a valuable fantasy asset despite a mediocre .241 batting average.
Stephen Piscotty RF OAK 1 hour ago1 Comment
Piscotty went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's victory over the White Sox.
The homer, Piscotty's sixth of the season, was a one-out shot off Dylan Covey. The outfielder is now hitting .311 with three homers in the month of June, though a slow start means his season line still sits at a mediocre .249/.318/.395.