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Jonah Heim Texas Rangers

06.17: Jonah Heim homered, doubled and drove in three runs on Friday night, leading the Rangers to a 7-0 victory over the Tigers. (Heim
smacked a two-run double off of Tigers southpaw Tarik Skubal in the
opening inning to extend the Rangers early lead to 3-0. He then crushed a
solo homer off of him in the fifth to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Heim
finished the day 2-for-4 and is now hitting .250/.306/.462 with eight
long balls and 25 RBI on the season.)

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Kutter Crawford Boston Red Sox

In the ADL, I get zero points if I finish last in wins. So...

06.18: Kutter Crawford will start on Saturday against the Cardinals. (Crawford will take the ball for the suddenly injury-depleted Red Sox' starting
rotation, which is missing both Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Whitlock. The
26-year-old righty fired five scoreless innings last weekend in a spot
start against the Mariners, but this is a tougher matchup, which makes
him a risky streaming option for fantasy managers.)

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Buddy Kennedy Arizona Diamondbacks

Buddy Kennedy up from the depths. Looks like he figured out how to hit the bottom of the baseball in Double-A.

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Brickyard Kennedy Pittsburgh Pirates

Can we dig up Buddy Kennedy from the depths, Alex? The DBacks called him up yesterday. A little pop, good speed (especially at 3B), and knows his way around the strike zone. He's an intriguing option in deeper Mixed and NL-only formats this weekend. 

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Meanwhile over in Queens...

Francisco Lindor was pulled out of the Mets’ clubhouse before Friday’s game for what turned out to be a joyous surprise. 

His wife, Katia, had arranged for Lindor’s mother to fly to New York to watch him play at Citi Field for the Mets for the first time. After they were reunited in the team’s press conference room just before 6 p.m. Field, the $341 million shortstop belted a three-run home run in his first at-bat to send the Mets on their way to a 10-4 win over the Marlins. 

“I was very, very surprised,” Lindor said after the Mets’ 10-4 win over the Marlins. “After my team meeting, I saw my wife and she was very emotional and she said she was going to give me one of the greatest, happiest Father’s Day gifts. 

“It fills my heart. I play the game for my mom and my family. … Just to see her here is a dream and a victory for my whole entire family.” 

Francisco Lindor crushes a three-run homer in the first inning.
Francisco Lindor crushes a three-run homer in the first inning. 
Robert Sabo for the NY POST
Francisco Lindor was emotional after this three-run homer.
Francisco Lindor was emotional after this three-run homer. 
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Lindor’s mother, Maria Serrano. is confined to a wheelchair due to recent health problems stemming from a 2020 head injury. She flew to New York from Florida with one of Lindor’s sisters and her family. Another sister and her family also attended the game after arriving from Puerto Rico. 

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Anthony Rizzo New York Yankees

Aaron Boone refuses to gloat. He leaves that to the New York Post.

TORONTO — It might be time to start figuring out the Yankees’ magic number. 

The Yankees used four homers and an eight-run fifth inning — highlighted by a grand slam from Anthony Rizzo — to win their eighth straight game, this one a 12-3 rout of the Blue Jays on Friday night in front of a near-sellout crowd of 44,688 at Rogers Centre. 

With the win — also their 15th in their past 16 games — the Yankees improved to an MLB-best 48-16 and opened up an 11-game lead on second-place Toronto. They followed up a sweep of the Rays with a convincing victory against the team many considered the favorites in the AL East before the season began. 

The Rays also lost their fourth in a row on Friday, sliding 13 games behind the Yankees, leaving manager Aaron Boone’s team seemingly poised to run away with the division. 

“I know what it is, so I guess I do look at it,’’ Boone said of the team’s lead in the division. “But you don’t want to get too caught up in it in the middle of June. You just want to keep stacking up as many victories as you can.” 

Anthony Rizzo crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Anthony Rizzo crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning. 
Anthony Rizzo drops his bat and looks at the Yankees dugout after his grand slam.
Anthony Rizzo drops his bat and looks at the Yankees dugout after his grand slam. 
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Alex Kirilloff Minnesota Twins

Struck out pinch-hitting for Celestino.

Alex Kirilloff (1B) MIN - Jun. 17

Kirilloff was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul on Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 24-year-old has been in the minors for more than a month and has a 1.415 OPS with nine homers and 25 RBI in his past 17 games, and he'll rejoin the big-league club Friday with Jorge Polanco (back) headed to the injured list. Luis Arraez is likely to see more playing time at the keystone, which should open up opportunities for Kirilloff at first base.

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Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Mookie Betts (OF) LA - Jun. 17

Betts was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland due to a right rib contusion, Juan Toribio of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: It's unclear when Betts suffered the injury, though it could potentially be related to his 2-for-30 slump over his last seven games.

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Jesus Aguilar Miami Marlins

Actually, it's not clear. Have they tested positive?

Jesus Aguilar (1B) MIA - Jun. 17

Aguilar is headed to the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Aguilar and Jesus Sanchez are dealing with "medical issues" that manager Don Mattingly "can't talk about", so the situation is pretty clear. Miami will announce the roster replacements closer to first pitch Friday.

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Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays

Shane Baz (P) TB - Jun. 17

Baz yielded two hits over six scoreless frames in Friday's loss to Baltimore. He struck out seven and did not factor in the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Baz looked much better in his second start of the season, allowing just three baserunners in the clean outing. He threw 48 of 76 pitches for strikes, including 14 whiffs, and struck out the side in his final frame. He's sporting a 5.40 ERA through 8.1 frames after missing the start of the season due to an elbow injury. Baz <gulp> is projected to face the Yankees at home next week.

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Joe Musgrove San Diego Padres

June 17: RHP Joe Musgrove placed on COVID-19 IL

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Alexis Diaz Cincinnati Reds

I know who I would try first.

June 17, 2022

Cincinnati Reds — Tony Santillan was placed on the injured list with a back issue. In his absence, the Reds’ closer committee will comprise Hunter Strickland, Alexis Diaz, and Joel Kuhnel — each of whom has a save this week. In other news, former closer Lucas Sims was placed on the 60-day IL.

Updated hierarchy: *Strickland | Diaz | Kuhnel.
* = closer-by-committee

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Oscar Gonzalez Cleveland Guardians

Here they are.

It's very surprising if it took pitchers this long to start throwing him sliders off the plate. That's normally the first pitch they throw to a rookie when they get to two strikes.

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It wasn't so much the strikeouts as the pitches -- mostly sliders out of the zone and low, some uncomfortably so, or so they seemed to me using MLB's plate box. Oscar had been holding up on those swings, but Colorado found a spot and pathway.

Will be interesting to watch the Dodgers' pitches to Gonzalez this weekend and whether he adjusts. 

I am missing stats for Oscar.

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Triston McKenzie Cleveland Guardians

I did!

I should have mentioned earlier Peter no longer has him in the ADL; I do.

The trade: Mullins for McKenzie and Sewald.

Peter gave me the choice of Sewald and Castillo. Since Sewald got the save the previous day, that's who I picked, and Castillo has gotten all the saves since.

If Sewald continues to be a dud, Triston's going to have to keep on keeping on to keep up with Mullins, who's been on fire.

Peter had the most valuable thing you can have, pitching to spare. I had speed to spare.

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Esteury Ruiz San Diego Padres


06.17: Padres OF prospect Esteury Ruiz went 3-for-3 and stole two bases on Thursday for Triple-A El Paso.  (The sensational season continues. Ruiz has now stolen nine bases in as many games since being promoted to Triple-A, and during that time, he's
slashing .514/.614/.914 with four homers in 35 at-bats. On the year,
Ruiz is now hitting .344/.474/.611 with nine homers and an incredible 46
stolen bases over 58 games combined with his time at Double-A Amarillo.)

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Triston McKenzie Cleveland Guardians

He pitched well, so I hope you forgot.  :)


I understand a lot of fly balls means a relatively low BABIP, but geez.

Gary Cruciani Megary
Aaron Ashby Milwaukee Brewers


06.17: Aaron Ashby told reporters after Thursday's game that he doesn't feel like he'll miss a start after leaving with forearm tightness. (Ashby
left after 4 1/3 innings with the issues, but Brewers manager Craig
Counsell told reporters that it was precautionary, and believed it had
more to do with fatigue than actual injury.)

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Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals


06.17: Yadier Molina is expected to miss multiple weeks with a knee injury. (Molina will be placed on the 10-day injured list before Friday's game against
the Red Sox. The 39-year-old has been battling knee soreness, and the
Cardinals are going to give him a chance to recover while recalling top
prospect Ivan Herrera from Triple-A. Herrera is worth consideration in
redraft leagues; particularly in two-catcher leagues. We'll likely see
Molina back around the All-Star break.)

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Kudos to Michael, who makes his debut 11 years after the Padres made him the 48th overall pick out of high school in Florida. His journey includes 231 minor league games, a detour to the independent leagues, and five stints in Triple-A.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

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