The Rangers will call up Nick Martinez to start Tuesday against the Athletics.
It was assumed after Martinez was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Sunday, but it's now official. He'll essentially take Kyle Lohse's spot in the rotation. Martinez has posted an ugly 6.45 ERA over four starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but he has had better results since being sent down to the minors earlier this month. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option.
Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Tigers.
Leon's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth pulled the Red Sox to within two runs, but the Tigers then escaped the jam. He will undoubtedly go into a tailspin at the plate at some point, but Leon has somehow managed a .400/.442/.650 batting line through 80 at-bats.
Michael Pineda held the Astros to one run in seven innings and struck out eight in a victory on Monday.
After stumbling in his first two starts of the month, Pineda has bounced back to allow one run in 13 innings his last two times out. He's sporting an outstanding 135/31 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings for the year.
Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save Monday with a scoreless ninth against the Astros.
Barring a trade, Miller will finish out the year as the Yankees' closer, making him a top-10 fantasy reliever. He has a 1.42 ERA this season.
Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Yankees on Monday.
The Bombers didn't exactly tee off on Keuchel, but they did enough to beat him for the first time since 2014. Including last year's wild card game, Keuchel has a 1.38 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees.
Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 with a walk Monday in the loss to the Yankees.
Valbuena reached base safely four times in four plate appearances. The rest of the Astros did so four times in 31 plate appearances in the 2-1 loss. That's why Valbuena won't be losing his starting job to Alex Bergman or Yuleski Gurriel this month. He'll sit against a lot of lefties, but he'll be in there at first base or DH against righties.
Jeremy Hellickson improved his trade stock by holding the Marlins to one hit over six shutout frames in Monday's 4-0 victory.
Hellickson recorded just one strikeout, but he also permitted only one hit and one walk. He had thrown just 70 pitches through six innings, but the Phillies elected to pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh when they had a scoring opportunity. Hellickson will go into the trade deadline having yielded just one run over 14 frames. If he's not dealt by then, he'll get the Braves this weekend.
Jarred Cosart held the Phillies off the scoreboard over five frames but took a no-decision Monday.
Cosart held the Phils to just three hits and one walk, but he racked up a high pitch count (92) as he often does, leading to him being pulled after just five innings. With the Marlins almost surely slated to acquire a starter or two this week, Cosart could be sent back to Triple-A. If he gets another start, it will come this weekend versus the Cardinals.