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Rowdy Tellez Toronto Blue Jays

Joins the club. Grand slam. Two single in 20 AB coming into the game.

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Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Dansby Swanson Atlanta Braves

Maybe Franmil is the most surprising of the HR hitters on the PCL's Power Hungry Redux roster ... but personally I'm more surprised by Dansby's 13!  He was kept in PCL at $11 ... a good keep. 

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Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

Don Drooker leads the mixed-league XFL in homers with 172. He has Willy Adames, Starlin Castor, Garrett Cooper and Colin Moran on reserve.

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Franmil Reyes San Diego Padres

Power Hungry Redux leads the PCL with 152 homers.

No, it's not a mixed league.

No, they aren't redundant. Redux is third in RBIs (and third in batting average).

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Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers

When Castellanos cleared the fence yesterday, the Bags became the 11th team in the American Dreams to have at least 100 HR.

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David Dahl Colorado Rockies

Two singles and double against Cole Hamel this afternoon in Coors. No one else seemed to be able to pick up his pitches.

The balls continue to fall in for Dahl at well above a .400 clip.

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Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs

Seven shut out innings against the Rocks in Coors. 93 pitches, 65 for strikes. Almost as many swinging strikes (17) as called strikes (18). His fastball never got over 92.

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David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
Ken Giles Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays have placed Ken Giles on the 10-day IL with elbow inflammation. Look for Joe Biagini to benefit in his absence.

Updated hierarchy: Biagini | Hudson | Gaviglio.

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Brendan Rodgers Colorado Rockies

60+ PAs in, and he's striking out a bunch ... and making weak contact with a low launch angle.  McMahon is looking pretty safe so far.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Bobby Witt Arizona Diamondbacks

His son just signed with the Royals. "I beat my Dad," said Junior, who was the second pick overall. Dad was No. 3.

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Colin Poche Tampa Bay Rays

Doesn't have great velo (92, 93) but, with one out and the bases loaded in a tie game in the 8th, it looked like he'd be able to strike out Laureano with high fastballs.

Threw a 2-2 fastball down the middle. Rays are down by four.

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Manuel Margot San Diego Padres

Having watched Wil Myers play CF ... the Pads might be able to get away with this because their pitching staff is heavily ground ball oriented.  

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

BP's Darius Austin on the outfield glut in San Diego:

... Regardless of whether the Padres should play Hosmer less, they won’t. That’s a chief factor in Naylor’s move to the outfield in the first place. And with the 22-year-old recently being promoted, the Padres now have Myers, Naylor, Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe and Manny Margot for three outfield spots—plus Franchy Cordero on a rehab assignment and Jankowski recently cleared to resume baseball activities after a wrist fracture.

Dickerson’s removal only cleared a minor amount of space on the charts, as one might expect from this crunch. His five percent in left field went to Cordero (10), who rises to just over 25 percent playing time altogether, only good for around 130 plate appearances the rest of the way. The more significant change came about because of what’s going on in center field with Margot.

Margot started the year at 75 percent in center—not a true everyday player, yet still clearly the favored option at the position. As the only genuine center fielder on the team with Jankowski injured, it seemed that he had one of the stronger claims to playing time. That was more or less justified over the first month of the season. Margot started 21-of-30 games in center and appeared in another seven. However, his already-poor batting line cratered even deeper in May, as a sub-.500 OPS did nothing to dissuade San Diego from playing Myers in center field instead. In this latest update, Margot is down to just 25 percent, with Ginny bumping Myers to 60 percent at the position (Jankowski has 10 and Cordero 5).

Margot, already unusable in mixed leagues, becomes unusable virtually anywhere with this kind of playing time. It leaves him with just 99 projected plate appearances the rest of the way, with two homers and three steals and even single-digit RBI (partly thanks to his usual batting position at the bottom of the lineup). He has only started three games in the past two weeks, two of them against left-handed pitching. Margot isn’t even strictly the short-side platoon bat, because Myers is also right-handed. This low projection also allows for the possibility that the Padres simply send Margot down when the crunch really hits, a scenario we’ll come back to...

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Brett Anderson Oakland Athletics

Pen let both runners score. Glad I don't.

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Leaves the game up 2-0 in the seventh against the Rays in Tampa, one out, two on

He's a pleasure to watch if you don't own him, nerve-wracking if you do. I don't.

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Bobby Poyner Boston Red Sox

When he came in to start the fifth last night in Fenway, the team was down 4-3. The score was 6-3 when he got the third out. The score was 9-3 at the end of the sixth, Poyner still pitching. He then navigated a scoreless seventh, sparing the pen in a lost cause.

The Red Sox dropped back to .500, three games under at home.

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Hernan Perez Milwaukee Brewers

Without a doubt, providing a nice little return for whoever grabbed him in the end game.  Will likely never repeat 2016 ... but repeating 2017 is just fine for what was likely a $2 or $3 investment.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Austin Warner St. Louis Cardinals

Austin Warner, LHP, Cardinals. Warner had lots of traffic on the bases, but managed to allow just one earned run for Double-A Springfield. The lefthander allowed six hits and a walk while tying his season high of 10 strikeouts. The Cardinals’ No. 30 prospect has completed at least five innings in each of his last eight starts on the mound.

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