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Cameron Rupp out on Wednesday for Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp is not in Wednesday's lineup as his team travels to take on the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Rupp got the start yesterday, but he'll move over in favor of Andrew Knapp. Knapp will bat eighth against Felix Hernandez this afternoon.

Rupp is slashing just .208/.306/.352 in 183 plate appearances this season. Our models expect a .236 average and 6 homers from him rest of the way.

Phillies' Andrew Knapp starting at catcher on Wednesday

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp is in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

After receiving an off day on Tuesday, Knapp will re-enter the lineup and hit eighth on Wednesday against Seattle's Felix Hernandez. This sends Cameron Rupp back to the Philadelphia bench.

With his Phillies coming into today with the lowest implied run total (3.5), don't expect too much from Knapp. Despite a price of just $2,300, we project the backstop for 6.9 FanDuel points on this afternoon's slate.

White Sox' Carlos Rodon activated to start on Wednesday

Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.

What It Means:

Rodon has been rehabbing a biceps injury, and this will be his first big league start of 2017. He struggled to the tune of a 9.22 ERA and 4.20 xFIP in his 3 Triple-A rehab starts.

numberFire's models don't expect much from Rodon in his debut tonight, projecting him for only 24.3 FanDuel points, not offering much value with his $7,400 price-tag.

Cubs' Miguel Montero designated for assignment

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has been designated for assignment.

What It Means:

The move comes a day after Montero all but blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases to the Washington Nationals. The Cubs will call up Victor Caratini in a corresponding move, and Willson Contreras will see even more time behind the plate. As for Montero, he will almost certainly be picked up from waivers, as his bat could be valuable to an AL ball club.

Montero has 4 home runs, 8 RBI and a .352 wOBA in 112 plate appearances in 2017. Prior to the move, we projected him for 3 dingers and 14 RBI the rest of the season.

Tigers' Justin Verlander expected to be on the trade block

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is expected to land on trade block in the near future, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

The Tigers have plans to reduce their payroll, and with the 34-year-old Verlander set to make $56 million over the next two seasons, it's not a surprise that they'll look to move him.

Verlander has opened 2017 with a 4.47 ERA and 4.71 SIERA -- his worst since his 2005 rookie season -- and (not accounting for a potential trade) numberFire's models project him for a 4.02 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in 99 innings pitched over the remainder of the season.

Marlins' A.J. Ramos, David Phelps are trade targets

Multiple teams are targeting Miami Marlins relievers A.J. Ramos and David Phelps, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.

What It Means:

Even after dealing Adeiny Hechavarria earlier this week, the Marlins are still looking to clear cap space. Bother relief pitchers are under team control until 2018, but they could warrant more money in arbitration. If Miami agrees to trade both players, Kyle Barraclough could be in line to close.

The Marlins rank 12th in our power rankings as a team and 14th in FIP (4.00) as a bullpen staff.

Alex Len gets qualifying offer from Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns have extended a qualifying offer to center Alex Len.

What It Means:

Len is now a restricted free agent, but after an inconsistent and underwhelming start to his NBA career, it will be interesting to see which teams are willing to offer Len a long-term deal. The former 5th overall pick is only 24 years-old, but with Tyson Chandler still owning two more years on his contract, and young Alan Williams also a restricted free agent, the Suns will have to think long and hard about matching an offer on Len this summer.

Len averaged 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over 20.3 minutes per game. He posted a career-best .553 true shooting percentage last year and his nERD of -0.6 ranked him 259th among all players.

Source: Real GM

Rays' Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh, takes a no-decision

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb ended up taking a no-decision after a strong showing against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Cobb allowed only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4, and he didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning of this one. He has gone 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 4.72 in 16 games in 2017.

numberFire's models project Cobb to go 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over the remainder of the season.

Ian Desmond continues to raise average as Rockies lose in extras

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond racked up three singles and a walk in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

In six plate appearances, Desmond reached base safely four times on Tuesday. He continues to work his way back to full strength after suffering a fractured hand earlier this season.

Desmond owns a .282/.312/.392 slash on the year, but those numbers are at .292/.330/.406 for the month of June. Our projections like the 31-year-old to hit for a .270 average with 6 home runs over the remainder of the 2017 season.

Nationals' Max Scherzer punches out six in win over the Cubs

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out six as the Nats scored a 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Scherzer allowed only two hits, one run and no walks in the win, which brings him to 9-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 2.74 SIERA on the season.

numberFIre's models project Scherzer to go 9-4 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 25.1% strikeout rate over the remainder of the season.

Kevin Gausman doesn't allow a run as Orioles defeat Toronto

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman kept the scoreboard spotless while scattering four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

It was an encouraging performance for what has been an otherwise dreadful season for the 26-year-old right-hander, but he always seems to have Toronto's number. He's now 4-7 in 17 starts this year with a 6.07 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 16.6 strikeout percentage across 86 innings. He'll take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in his next trip to the mound.

numberFire's models project Gausman to record a 5.25 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 17.4 strikeout percentage while going 5-6 through 91 innings over the rest of the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks call up shortstop Ketel Marte

The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled minor league shortstop Ketel Marte, per FanRag Sports' Robert Murray.

What It Means:

Marte will serve as Nick Ahmed's replacement as he heads to the disabled list with a fractured hand. Along with him, Chris Owings will be forced to play more short if and when Marte is out of the Arizona lineup.

Marte had stints with the Mariners in 2015 and 2016, but the 23-year-old has most recently played for the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. There, he has totaled 6 home runs, 41 RBI with a .398 wOBA in 334 plate appearances.

Mets can't put a timetable on Michael Conforto's (hand) return

New York Mets manager Terry Collins admitted after Tuesday's game that they "don’t know how long it will be" before outfielder Michael Conforto (hand) returns to the lineup.

What It Means:

Conforto managed to avoid a fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, but the pain remained so severe on Tuesday that he was unable to even grip a bat. Perhaps he'll be better on Wednesday, but Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce will handle things in the Mets' outfield for as long as Conforto is out.

Without accounting for any missed time, numberFire's models currently project Conforto to hit 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 256 plate appearances over the remainder of the season while recording a .253 batting average.

Yunel Escobar tallies multiple hits as the Angels fall to the Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels shorstop Yunel Escobar picked up a pair of singles on Tuesday as the Angels fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

The performance gives Escobar multiple hits in each of his last 4 games, as well as in 6 of his last 7. He's slashing .287/.336/.418 with a .326 wOBA on the year.

numberFire's models project Escobar to bat .293 and add 34 runs and 26 RBI in 298 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Yankees call up prospect Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees have promoted third base prospect Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.

What It Means:

No corresponding move has been announced yet, but this could be a result of Matt Holliday's recent troubles with an allergy-related illness. If that's the case, expect Andujar, the Yankees' ninth-ranked prospect, to take some hacks at DH. He might spell third baseman Chase Headley as well.

In 301 plate appearances spread across Double-A and Triple-A ball, Andujar has 8 home runs, 54 RBI and a .312 average in 2017.

Reds' Adam Duvall goes yard in Tuesday's victory

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Duvall launched a home run in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

That makes 17 dingers on the season for Duvall, including 3 in the month of June. He's slashing .281/.326/.548 with a .362 wOBA on the year, and has also added 41 runs and 52 RBI.

numberFire's models project Duvall to bat .258 and add another 15 home runs, 43 runs scored and 47 RBI in 305 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Braves' Freddie Freeman (wrist) looking to return July 9th

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) hopes to return in time for a July 9th matchup with the Washington Nationals, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

What It Means:

Freeman suffered a fractured wrist back on May 17th and was expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks. But, if he makes it back by July 9th he would have beaten his original timetable by nearly three weeks. Freeman is expected to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

Prior to injuring his wrist, Freeman had tallied 14 homers, 25 RBI and a ridiculous .476 wOBA through 37 games. Upon his return, we expect him to finish the year with 10 more dingers and 31 RBI.

Yasmany Tomas (groin) begins game action for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas (groin) began a rehab assignment with the club's Arizona League team on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

It's unclear how many rehab games Tomas will need before he's activated but expect him to be back in the next week or so. The 26-year-old outfielder has been on the shelf since June 3.

Tomas is hitting .241/.294/.464 with a .319 wOBA through 180 plate appearances in 2017. He has 8 home runs and 39 RBI while striking out at a career-high 27.8 percent rate.

Nationals' Trea Turner swipes four bags Tuesday night

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner stole four bases in the Nationals 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

In five at-bats, Turner reached safely twice last night. He proceeded to steal second and third on both occasions. He made a fool of Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero, the latter of which threw his pitcher under the bus after the game.

Turner now leads the majors with 32 stolen bases on the year. Our algorithms like him to swipe 17 more bags over the remainder of the season, as Turner continues to improve and refine his superstar game.

Robert Gsellman leaves Mets' game early with hamstring issue

New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Gsellman suffered the injury while running out a grounder in the fourth inning during a 6-3 road loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. He'll most likely require a stint on the disabled list. The sophomore right-hander allowed three runs on five hits over five innings with four strikeouts and no walks before his night was cut short.

For the season, Gsellman remains 5-5 while twirling a 6.16 ERA (4.53 xFIP), 1.62 WHIP and 16.1 strikeout percentage across 76 innings (14 starts).

Mariners' Drew Smyly (elbow) experiences setback

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Drew Smyly (elbow) has experienced a setback, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre confirmed Tuesday.

What It Means:

This explains why Smyly was scratched from a second simulated game that was scheduled for Wednesday. He's been out all season with a strained flexor bundle in his pitching elbow. There's currently no timetable for the left-hander's return.

The Mariners stand at 40-40 on the season and currently check in at 14th in numberFire's MLB Team Power Rankings.

Rockies' Tyler Anderson to have procedure done on knee

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

What It Means:

The Rockies decided to put Anderson under the knife after two trips to the disabled list limited him to just two starts -- and only 3 1/3 innings -- this month. He's only expected to spend around four weeks on the shelf, so look for the 27-year-old left-hander to be back in the rotation by the beginning of August.

Anderson has struggled to a 6.11 ERA this season, but that's accompanied by a more acceptable 4.03 xFIP and 4.23 SIERA. He owns a 1.55 WHIP and 22.4 strikeout percentage while going 3-5 across 63 1/3 innings (12 starts).

Rockies' Jon Gray (foot) will start Friday in Arizona

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (foot) will rejoin the rotation on Friday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Gray has been out since mid-April with a stress fracture in his foot, but after three rehab appearances, the 25-year-old is good to go. He posted a 1.35 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings pitched during his rehab appearances.

Our models project Gray for a 4.38 ERA with 1.42 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings pitched the rest of the season.

Twins-Red Sox game in another rain delay

The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins game is in a rain delay after two innings.

What It Means:

The game was initially delayed nearly an hour because of rain, but after completing just two innings, the game is on hold once again. With a second band of rain moving through the area, it is questionable if the two teams will be able to finish the game.

Boston was up 2-0 when the game was put on hold for the second time.

Source: NESN

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig has sore knee, hamstring

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is dealing with a sore knee in addition to a nagging hamstring injury.

What It Means:

Puig is not in Tuesday's lineup as he continues to deal with minor injuries. Consider him day-to-day until we receiver further note from the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Trayce Thompson will man left field for tonight's game.

Puig has 14 home runs and a .338 wOBA on the season. His 0.45 nERD ranks seventh among all L.A. position players.

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