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  • HOU Starting Pitcher #56
    Ronel Blanco told reporters late Tuesday that he plans to appeal his automatic 10-game suspension.
    Blanco was ejected by third base umpire Laz Diaz during Tuesday’s start against the Athletics, and his glove was confiscated, following a foreign substance check at the outset of the fourth inning. Astros manager Joe Espada told reporters afterwards that Blanco had a mixture of rosin and sweat on his glove hand, which is illegal under league rules. The 30-year-old righty has denied using an illegal substance, but is still facing an automatic 10-game suspension under league rules, which he plans to appeal. There should be a resolution on the matter at some point later this week.
  • CIN Relief Pitcher #43
    Alexis Díaz pitches a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 2-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday.
    Díaz walked one and struck out one and then induced a game-ending double play. The save was his eighth of the season in what has been a tough year for Diaz. The 27-year-old has a 6.62 ERA and has blown two saves. The good news is that he’s not allowing lots of hard contact, but the bad news is that his command has wavered, leading to an increased walk rate and a huge reduction in his swinging strike rate. If the Reds had another good option at the back end of games, Díaz might be in a bit more jeopardy of losing his job.
  • MIL Right Fielder #22
    Christian Yelich delivered a go-ahead two-run triple in the eighth inning on Tuesday, lifting the Brewers to a 7-5 win over the Marlins.
  • MIL Relief Pitcher #29
    Trevor Megill fired a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday against the Marlins to record his seventh save of the season.
    Megill got the call to protect a two-run lead in the final frame and needed just 14 pitches (11 strikes) to slam the door. It was a much-needed bounce-back after suffering his first blown save of the season during Monday’s series opener at loan Depot park. The 30-year-old righty has converted seven of his eight save chances so far filling in for an injured Devin Williams.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #54
    Robert Gasser was charged with five runs (four earned) over six innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Marlins.
    On the heels of a pair of impressive outings to open his big-league career, Gasser turned in one of the more bizarre pitching lines of the season as he managed to allow five runs, despite not allowing a home run or walking a batter. He also didn’t record a strikeout. Weird. We’re not totally sure what to make of it, but we’d bank on the strikeouts coming back when he squares off against the Cubs on Monday in his next outing.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #28
    Trevor Rogers gave up four runs over 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Brewers.
    Simply put, Rogers wasn’t at his best in this one, giving up six hits and four walks, while only notching four strikeouts, and failed to complete four frames. He’ll face off agains the Padres on Monday in his next outing.
  • CIN Shortstop #44
    Elly De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over the Padres on Tuesday.
    The double accounted for the only RBI of the game, but it wasn’t particularly well hit at just 86 mph off the bat. It was just one of those nights where neither offense seemed to get anything going. The bigger news for De La Cruz was that he didn’t strike out on Tuesday after going 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts in the final three games of the Dodgers’ series.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #44
    Joe Musgrove allowed two runs (zero earned) on three hits in three innings in a loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
    The Padres said this start was just about getting Musgrove on the mound against live hitters after missing time with a triceps injury. The veteran’s velocity was in line with his season-long numbers, which is good in his first start off the IL, and he posted an impressive 35 percent whiff rate and 27 percent CSW in his three innings. Overall, it was a solid first effort back but things just get tougher this weekend against the Yankees.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher #41
    Andrew Abbott threw seven shutout innings in a win over the Padres on Tuesday, allowing just four hits.
    Abbott struck out two and walked one. He now has a 2.68 ERA on the year, but he continues to struggle to miss bats. He’s struck out 43 hitters in 57 innings this year and has a swinging strike rate under eight percent. Tonight, he had eight whiffs on 45 swings with a 23 percent CSW. You can keep running Abbott out there in fantasy while he’s pitching well, but he seems like a prime sell-high candidate right now and a really risky start against the Dodgers this weekend.
  • PIT Catcher #6
    Yasmani Grandal was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Giants with left groin discomfort.
    Let’s check in on Henry Davis, folks. Grandal could wind up hitting the injured list in the coming days, if the issue winds up being serious. There should be an update on his status at some point prior to Wednesday’s contest.
  • CLE Relief Pitcher #48
    Emmanuel Clase pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save in the Guardians’ 7-6 win over the Mets on Tuesday.
    Clase allowed one hit and didn’t register a strikeout, but he got the job done for his league-leading 15th save. With a 0.36 ERA to go along with it, anybody who used an early-round draft pick on Clase is feeling pretty good about that decision right now.