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Jose Ramirez whacked two home runs and produced five RBI in Wednesday's 19-4 thrashing of the Reds.

He lasered a two-run bomb against starter Tyler Mahle when the game was still a game in the first inning. He topped that by driving a three-run dinger off reliever Tanner Rainey in the third frame. The 25-year-old third baseman has positioned himself squarely into the race for the MVP award with his brilliant batting display so far this year. He has an amazing .293/.392/.609 slash line with 27 home runs, 65 RBI, 63 runs and 19 stolen bases.
Jul 12 - 12:29 AM

Javier Baez will start at second base and hit leadoff for the National League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.

The full starting lineup for manager Dave Roberts: Javier Baez 2B, Nolan Arenado 3B, Paul Goldschmidt DH, Freddie Freeman 1B, Matt Kemp LF, Bryce Harper CF, Nick Markakis RF, Brandon Crawford SS, Willson Contreras C. Max Scherzer will be first on the mound for the NL.
Jul 16 - 2:17 PM

Mookie Betts will bat leadoff and start in right field Tuesday for the American League All-Star team.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch unveiled this starting lineup at the All-Star press conference on Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C.: Mookie Betts RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Mike Trout CF, J.D. Martinez DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Aaron Judge LF, Manny Machado SS, Jose Abreu 1B, Salvador Perez C. Chris Sale is taking the mound first for the American League.
Jul 16 - 2:14 PM

Max Scherzer has been named as the National League starter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game in D.C.

Jacob deGrom and his MLB-leading 1.68 ERA would have been a fine choice as well, but Scherzer gets the nod with the game being played at Nationals Park, and deGrom will come on right after him. Scherzer, 33, registered a brilliant 2.41 ERA, 0.899 WHIP, and 182/34 K/BB ratio over 134 2/3 innings in the first half for Washington. He'll be opposed by Chris Sale to get things underway on Tuesday.
Jul 16 - 2:10 PM

Chris Sale will start for the American League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

Sale is the first pitcher to start three All-Star Games in a row since Robin Roberts in 1953-1955. The 29-year-old left-hander put up a sensational 2.23 ERA, 0.899 WHIP, and 188/31 K/BB ratio across 129 innings in the first half for Boston. Max Scherzer will take the mound first for the National League squad.
Jul 16 - 2:06 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hit two home runs in a simulated game Monday at the Mets' spring training complex.

He also singled, drew a walk, and played five innings of left field. Cespedes is aiming to come off the disabled list for the Mets' first game after the All-Star break on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and he would seem to be on track to meet that goal. He can DH in that series before returning to the outfield next week. Cespedes has been sidelined since since May 13 due to hip and quad injuries.
Jul 16 - 1:22 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Nationals could revisit a deal for J.T. Realmuto.

The Nationals reportedly attempted to acquire Realmuto this winter, but the Marlins understandably had a higher price tag for the 27-year-old backstop than the other components they sold off before the season started. Realmuto has pushed his value up even more because of his strong 2018 campaign, posting a .902 OPS with 12 homers and 45 RBI while being named an All-Star for the first time. Heyman mentions that the Nationals might even be willing to include Victor Robles to procure his services; a player widely believed to be untouchable because of his offensive and defensive upside. Because Realmuto isn't a free agent until 2021, it wouldn't make sense for the Marlins to give him up without getting a star prospect like Robles back in return.
Jul 16 - 8:49 AM

Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Mariners.

The walk-off homer was the first of Story's career, and he extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the late-game heroics to tie a career long. Story wraps up the first half slashing .292/.353/.557 with 20 homers and 68 RBI. He is second behind Nolan Arenado for the team lead in homers, and tied with the hot corner man for the team lead in RBI. The duo is also tied for sixth in the majors in RBI.
Jul 15 - 10:31 PM

Kenley Jansen registered his 27th save of the season in Sunday's victory against the Angels.

Manager Dave Roberts, a.k.a. Doc, said after the game that while Jansen looked better, he would get four days off. That likely means the skipper will not play Jansen in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Washington. Fantasy owners hope he gets rest and comes back raring to go in the second half. After a slow start, Jansen now has converted 27 of his 30 save chances while posting a 2.33 ERA and a microscopic 0.93 WHIP across 46 1/3 innings over 44 appearances.
Jul 15 - 8:43 PM

Brian Dozier hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday as the Twins beat the Rays 11-7.

The heroic big fly came after the Rays opted to intentionally walk Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario to load the bases. Dozier also hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, driving in five total runs on the day. The veteran second baseman has been hugely productive since the calendar flipped to July and finished the first half with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, five stolen bases, and 60 runs scored in 93 games.
Jul 15 - 6:55 PM

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a two-run walk-off double in a 6-5 victory over the Brewers on Sunday in extra innings.

Bell came to the plate with the Pirates trailing 6-5, but he laced a two-run extra-base hit to score Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran to give Pittsburgh the win over Milwaukee. Bell has swung the bat much better as of late, but his first-half line of .261/.342/.396 with five homers is disappointing after he hit 26 homers in his 2017 campaign.
Jul 15 - 5:47 PM

Lucas Giolito threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday in a 10-1 victory over the Royals.

This marks back-to-back strong starts for Giolito, which is nice to see considering he was pummeled for seven runs in the start before that, and if we're being honest, most of the starts before this as well. He did walk three, but he allowed just two hits, and he struck out six. There's still a chance Giolito has some long-term value for the White Sox, but let's keep in mind that the Royals are atrocious, and Giolito still owns an ERA of 6.18 even with the shutout innings. His next start will come sometime after the All-Star break.
Jul 15 - 5:25 PM




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