Athletics prospect Addison Russell hes started to heat up at High-A Stockton, going 15-for-34 (.441) with seven doubles and 12 runs scored over his last eight games.
Russell, the 11th overall selection in last June's draft, is hitting .249/.332/.467 with seven homers, 28 RBI and seven stolen bases through 55 games. While he boasts impressive raw power, he's still developing as a hitter and has already whiffed 67 times against 27 walks. He's still a few years away from contributing at the major league level.
Justin Masterson held the Royals to two runs over 6 1/3 frames in Wednesday's 6-3 victory.
Masterson struck out eight but wasn't overly sharp, as he allowed nine hits and walked a pair. Just one of the hits went for extra bases, though. Masterson now has nine victories and will bring a nice 3.48 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into next week's start in Baltimore.
Luis Mendoza yielded four runs on four hits and three walks over just five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
Things turned sour in a hurry for Mendoza, who held the Tribe hitless through the first four frames. Michael Brantley took him deep to lead off the fifth, and Mendoza allowed the first five batters to reach in the sixth before getting yanked. Mendoza has mostly pitched well of late but still sports a 4.30 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the season. He'll get the Braves at home next.
Michael Brantley had a pair of solo homers and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
Brantley's solo shot to lead off the fifth was the Tribe's first hit of the game, and his solo blast in the eighth extended their lead to 6-2. The outfielder entered the night hitting just .173/.241/.192 with one extra-base hit in June, so it was a much-needed breakout.
Alex Gordon went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
Gordon has really scuffled in June, batting just .154 over 17 games. He still sports a .288/.344/.416 batting line with six homers and 36 RBI, so fantasy owners can't complain too much.
Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a home run, leading the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over the Yankees in the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader in New York.
Puig was 2-for-5 in the early game but the Dodgers lost 6-4. The young Cuban phenom is batting .474/.500/.789 with five home runs, two stolen bases, 11 runs scored and 11 RBI over his first 59 plate appearances in the major leagues. He is already a fantasy monster.
Chris Capuano tossed six shutout innings on Wednesday evening as the Dodgers won the second half of a doubleheader against the Yankees.
It was his first start since suffering a lat strain in late May and he looked excellent, yielding only three total hits. Capuano struck out four and did not give up a walk, throwing 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes. Still, he has a 4.62 ERA and 1.36 WHIP on the season and is not always a reliable streaming option in mixed leagues. The left-hander will get the Giants at home next time out.
Phil Hughes was shelled for five earned runs over six innings as the Yankees dropped the second half of a doubleheader on Wednesday night against the Dodgers.
It was another underwhelming outing for the 26-year-old right-hander. Hughes did not issue a walk and struck out three, but he surrendered a total of 10 hits and got no support from the Yankees offense. He will carry a 3-6 record and 5.09 ERA into his next start at home against a dangerous Rangers team.