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Emmanuel Rivera Kansas City Royals

Emmanuel Rivera up from the depths.

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Nice find!

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Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres

Left game today after reinjuring shoulder diving for ball :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob

I was wandering through the Triple-A stats and one Emmanuel Rivera caught my attention. He has never shown that much power until this year, but he's currently tied for third in home runs (11) and tied for first in RBI (34) in the Triple-A East. He also happens to be a member of the Royals and currently Kelvin Gutierrez is slumping and sporting a 25/2 K/BB ratio on the year. In deeper formats I think the 24-year-old could be worthy of a $1 FAAB investment this week.  

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Jarren Duran Boston Red Sox

Jen McCaffrey looking inside her mailbag at The Athletic:

If Jarren Duran is already with the Sox in late July, does that mean Team USA loses him for the Olympics? I kinda don’t love that trade-off… from a pure entertainment standpoint I was looking forward to him and Triston Casas playing for gold. Thoughts? — Neil Stolzenbach via email 

It does. Players on active major-league rosters are not eligible for the Olympics, so if the Red Sox bring him up before then, he’ll miss out. Obviously, the Red Sox’s needs supersede that of the U.S. Olympic team, but I do wonder if the Red Sox aren’t in a crunch and needing a bat, if they’ll just wait until August to promote Duran. In the Olympic qualifiers earlier this month, he went 7-for-19, hitting .368 with a .933 OPS in four USA victories. I think Duran is coming up this season, it’s just a question of when.

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Tyler Duffey Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins — Taylor Rogers took the 8th inning and Hansel Robles got the 9th in a tie game. This left the save opportunity to Tyler Duffey when the Twins took the lead in the 10th. This is pretty much how you would expect the twins to use their pitchers in a tie game. 

Hierarchy remains: *Robles | Rogers | Duffey.
* = closer-by-committee

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Dominic Leone San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants – The Giants committee keeps spinning, with Tyler Rogers taking the 8th inning and Jake McGee getting the 9th. McGee converted for his 14th save on the year. This is the second time this week that Rogers has pitched the 8th ahead of McGee, and in his other appearance, he picked up the clear save himself. It seems like McGee has edged ahead of Rogers in the committee, but they are both likely candidates for saves on any given night. In other news, Dominic Leone pitched a clean 7th inning ahead of them for his 3rd hold of the year and has only given up 1 run in June. That is enough to jump into second in line for the Giants.

Updated hierarchy: *McGee | Rogers | Leone.
* = closer-by-committee

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Josh Staumont Kansas City Royals

June 19, 2021

Kansas City Royals — After the Royals had the day off on Thursday, they used Scott Barlow in the 8th and then turned to Greg Holland for the 9th inning on Friday. Holland converted the save for his 4th of the year. This save comes right after he gave up 3 runs and took the loss pitching in the 7th inning on Wednesday, so to see him get this save chance, especially with a rested Josh Staumont, was surprising. Staumont has yet to pitch with a lead since returning from the IL, mostly because the Royals have lost 10 of their last 12, but he’s had a small dip in velocity since the injury as well. Based on last night’s usage, we will shift Holland back to the top of the committee, but Staumont isn’t worth dropping just yet.

Updated hierarchy: *Holland | Staumont | Barlow.
* = closer-by-committee

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Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves

Mike Soroka (P) ATL - Jun. 18

Soroka is still wearing a protective boot following a second procedure on his Achilles tendon in late May, but he has resumed throwing exercises and the tendon itself is fully healed, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The issue that caused him to undergo a second exploratory surgery turned out to be his body rejecting the sutures from the first procedure and didn't directly involve the Achilles tendon itself, which explains why Atlanta has become more optimistic about Soroka's chances of pitching this season.

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Cody Poteet Miami Marlins

Cody Poteet (P) MIA - Jun. 18

Poteet (knee) allowed two runs on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts across 3.2 innings versus the Cubs on Friday. He did not factor in the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Poteet missed two weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee. He lacked command Friday, throwing just 46 of his 80 pitches for strikes. The four walks also matched a season high. Both runs against the right-hander came on solo home runs by Joc Pederson.

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Justin Dunn Seattle Mariners

Justin Dunn (P) SEA - Jun. 18

Dunn (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Dunn left his Thursday start after two innings due to soreness in his right shoulder. Per Corey Brock of The Athletic, Dunn is waiting on the results of an MRI he took earlier Friday, so the severity of the issue should become clearer in the near future. The right-hander spent just over the minimum 10 days on the IL earlier this month due to shoulder inflammation. The club is expected to go back to a five-man rotation for the time being.

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Matt Boyd Detroit Tigers

Matthew Boyd (P) DET - Jun. 18

Boyd (triceps) is dealing with muscular tendinitis and won't return before the All-Star break, Evan Woodbery of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Boyd was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Although several doctors seem to have ruled out structural damage, the team will give the southpaw extended time to recover to make sure he's fully healthy when he returns. Matt Manning and Wily Peralta could remain in the rotation while Boyd and Spencer Turnbull (forearm) are sidelined.

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Ronald Bolanos Kansas City Royals

Ronald Bolanos (P) KC - Jun. 18

Bolanos (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bolanos hit the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right flexor strain. The issue is evidently serious enough to keep him out for at least two months, ruling him out until mid-August. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the Royals to select Anthony Swarzak's contract.

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Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

Kenley Jansen (P) LA - Jun. 18

Jansen pitched a perfect inning to notch the save in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran closer didn't fan any batters in the outing, but he threw 10 of 13 pitches for strikes and had little trouble setting down all three hitters he faced. Since blowing a save due to an unearned run against the Cubs on May 5, Jansen has held opponents scoreless in 15 of 16 appearances and has gone a perfect 12-for-12 in save opportunities.

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Adam Duvall Miami Marlins

Adam Duvall (OF) MIA - Jun. 18

Duvall went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, six RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 10-2 win over the Cubs.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The outfielder has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games (12-for-39), but Friday's was by far the best performance in that span. Duvall slugged a grand slam off Zach Davies in the third inning and added a two-run blast in the seventh off reliever Dan Winkler. Duvall's recent surge has lifted his season slash line to .215/.264/.449 with 14 homers, 48 RBI, 26 runs scored and four stolen bases across 231 plate appearances.

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Jorge Alfaro Miami Marlins

Jorge Alfaro (C) MIA - Jun. 18

Alfaro went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Friday's 10-2 win over the Cubs.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Friday was Alfaro's fourth multi-hit effort in 15 games in June. The catcher started the season cold before a hamstring injury cost him a month. Since returning May 25, he's hitting .310 (18-for-58) with two home runs, six RBI, seven runs scored a pair of stolen bases.

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Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Two bombs last night after pitching six innings for the win the day before.

Stathead Spotlight: Shohei Ohtani

Japanese-born players with 20-HR seasons

Shohei Ohtani202121LAA
Shohei Ohtani201822LAA
Hideki Matsui201021LAA
Hideki Matsui200928NYY
Hideki Matsui200725NYY
Hideki Matsui200523NYY
Hideki Matsui200431NYY

See the list at's Batting Season Finder

HR Derby Update

The aforementioned Shohei Ohtani was announced yesterday as a participant in this year's Home Run Derby. Coinciding with that, Baseball Reference has added HR Derby Winner bling to the top of player pages. Ken Griffey Jr. is one example you can check out.

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Tony Kemp Oakland Athletics

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Tony Kemp (OAK)

Pitcher: Wandy Peralta (NYY)

Situation: Top 6th, 2 out, 2-2 count, Runners On 1st and 3rd

Score:  NYY 3, OAK 2

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
3 runs scored on the play, and OAK's win probability increased 41% points, to 75%
OAK went on to win the game, 5-3

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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Yesterday's Second Biggest Play

Batter: Yordan Alvarez (HOU)

Pitcher: Garrett Crochet (CHW)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 0-1 count, Runner On 1st

Score:  HOU 1, CHW 1

Double to RF (Line Drive to RF Line)
1 run scored on the play
HOU went from a 64% win probability to a walkoff 2-1 win

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Caleb Smith Arizona Diamondbacks

It was Caleb's misfortune to be matched up against the guy on top.

Adam DuvallCedric MullinsWil MyersTrevor BauerErick Fedde

Yesterday's Top Performers


Trevor Bauer* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 76 GmSc

Erick Fedde* (WSN): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K, 75 GmSc

Max Fried (ATL): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 73 GmSc

Carlos Rodon (CHW): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 72 GmSc

Caleb Smith (ARI): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 71 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at

* - pictured above

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