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Yankees option Clint Frazier to Triple-A on Sunday

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton on Sunday.

What It Means:

Frazier will spend some time in the minors with the Yankees' major league roster stocked with outfield options. Look for the 24-year old to be used as a trading piece at the deadline.

In 191 at-bats this season, Frazier is hitting .283 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI.

Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez clobbers two home runs in Sunday's victory over Houston

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez produced two hits and four RBI in Sunday's 12-0 win over the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

After struggling to hit in May, Hernandez continued his hot streak on Sunday with his third multiple hit performance this month. In 39 June at-bats, the Toronto outfielder is hitting .282 with three home runs and seven RBI.

In four at-bats on Sunday, Hernandez produced 47.4 FanDuel points. He is now averaging 8.1 FanDuel points this season.

Cleveland's Trevor Bauer shuts down the Tigers on Sunday

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer produced eight strikeouts in Sunday's complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

After struggling mightily in May, Bauer turned in his best performance in 2019 with his first complete game and shutout performance this season. Make sure to target Bauer again next week when he faces Detroit at home.

In nine innings on Sunday, Bauer produced 61 FanDuel points against the Tigers. He is now averaging 38.3 FanDuel points this season.

Washington's Matt Adams drives in seven runs on Sunday

Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams produced two hits and seven RBI in Sunday's 15-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Adams continued his hot streak on Sunday with his third home run this weekend. Expect the slugging first baseman to continue seeing playing time against right-handers.

In 124 at-bats this season, Adams is hitting .258 with 9 home runs and 27 RBI.

White Sox's Yoan Moncada pulled from Sunday's game after re-aggravating his back injury

White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada was forced to leave Sunday's game against the New York Yankees in the fifth inning after experiencing upper back tightness.

What It Means:

Moncada was out most of this week with a back injury so today's exit is not a good sign. Expect Jose Rondon to play more at third base if Moncada needs a trip on the Injured List.

In 252 at-bats this season, Moncada is hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI.

Rangers' Hunter Pence (groin) exits Sunday's game in the fifth inning

Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after experiencing right groin tightness.

What It Means:

Pence was pulled in the fifth inning on Sunday after injuring his right groin while running to make a catch. Look for Danny Santana to see more at-bats if Pence's evaluation tomorrow reveals a longer recovery time is needed.

In 194 at-bats this season, Pence is hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI.

Source: John Blake

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel will pitch in Triple-A on Tuesday

Chicago Cubs pitcher Craig Kimbrel will make an appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

What It Means:

After sitting out most of this season, Kimbrel will participate in at least five games before joining the active roster. Look for the veteran to handle closing responsibilities by the end of June.

For the 2019 season, our models project Kimbrel to produce a 3.69 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.

Russell Martin catching for the Dodgers on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin will start and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Martin will start behind the plate tonight with Austin Barnes sitting out.

Our models project Martin for 7.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,100.

Dodgers' David Freese hitting third on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder David Freese will start in Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Freese will start tonight at first base with Matt Beaty sitting out.

Our models project the veteran for 11.1 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,700.

Dodgers' Chris Taylor batting in the fifth spot on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Chris Taylor will start in Sunday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Taylor will start at shortstop tonight with Enrique Hernandez moving to center field and Alex Verdugo resting.

Our models project Taylor for 8.9 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,400.

Matt Beaty not starting in the Dodgers' Sunday lineup against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty will not start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

What It Means:

Beaty will head to the bench tonight with David Freese starting at first base.

In 50 at-bats this season, Beaty is hitting .280 with one home run and nine RBI.

Dodgers' Alex Verdugo receives a breather on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo will not start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

What It Means:

Verdugo will sit tonight with Enrique Hernandez shifting to center field and Chris Taylor starting at shortstop.

In 193 at-bats this season, Verdugo is hitting .301 with 5 home runs and 29 RBI.

Dodgers' Austin Barnes resting on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Barnes will receive the night off with Russell Martin starting behind the plate against the Cubs.

In 133 at-bats this season, Barnes is hitting .211 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI.

Kyle Garlick starting in left field for the Dodgers on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kyle Garlick will start and bat eighth in Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Garlick will join tonight's lineup against the Cubs with Joc Pederson receiving a breather.

Our models project Garlick for 5.5 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,000.

Joc Pederson out of the Dodgers' Sunday lineup against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson will not start in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Pederson will head to the bench tonight with Kyle Garlick starting in left field.

In 192 at-bats this season, Pederson is hitting .234 with 18 home runs and 33 RBI.

Reds' Scooter Gennett (groin) cleared for rehab

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Dayton on Monday.

What It Means:

Gennett has been out all season after suffering a severe groin injury late in spring training, so he will likely require an extended rehab stint. The 29-year-old has been limited to simulated games at the Reds' spring training complex until now.

numberFire's models project Gennett for a .270 batting average with 9 homers, 14 doubles, 38 RBI, and 36 runs scored this season.

Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) placed on Mets' injured list

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the injured list due to a hamstring injury.

What It Means:

"Thor" was placed on the 10-day list Sunday, as he left Saturday's outing against the Cardinals earlier than expected. It's been a rough go-around for the former ace so far this season, and this injury is just another setback.

In 95 innings this season, Syndergaard is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, 93 strikeouts and 24 walks.

Royals' Hunter Dozier (chest) to play rehab games

Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (chest) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.

What It Means:

Dozier will be in Arkansas for a few days before joining his wife Thursday, who is expecting a child later this week. He will then move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Omaha before returning to the Royals. The 27-year-old's breakout campaign has been put on hold since May 30 due to a chest injury.

Dozier was batting .314/.389/.589 with 11 homers, 12 doubles, 33 RBI, and 27 runs scored over 216 plate appearances before landing on the IL.

Angels' Andrelton Simmons (ankle) may return this week

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) could be activated from the injured list this week, per manager Brad Ausmus.

What It Means:

Simmons has missed nearly a month with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain, so the Angels will likely have him get in at least one rehab game before returning.

Simmons was slashing .298/.323/.415 with 3 homers, 13 doubles, 21 RBI, 22 runs scored, and 5 steals across 195 plate appearances this season.

Cubs' David Bote hitting fifth on Sunday

Chicago Cubs third baseman David Bote will start in Sunday's matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Bote will join tonight's lineup with Kris Bryant moving to left field and Kyle Schwarber sitting out.

Our models project Bote for 8.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,800.

Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. batting in the sixth spot on Sunday

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. will start in Sunday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Almora Jr. will start in center field tonight with Jason Heyward shifting to right and Carlos Gonzalez sitting out.

Our models project Almora Jr. for 6.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,400.

Byron Buxton (wrist) still out Sunday for Twins

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (wrist) remained out of the starting lineup Sunday versus the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Buxton was also held out of Saturday's lineup after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist Sunday, but he's available off the bench at least as a potential defensive replacement or pinch runner. Max Kepler is in center field again for the Twins.

Buxton is batting .266/.324/.527 with 9 home runs, 21 doubles, 38 RBI, 40 runs scored, and 10 steals across 227 plate appearances this season.

Cubs' Carlos Gonzalez receives Sunday off

Chicago Cubs outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will not start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Gonzalez will sit tonight with Albert Almora Jr. starting in center field and Jason Heyward shifting to right.

In 132 at-bats this season, Gonzalez is hitting .212 with three home runs and ten RBI.

Willson Contreras returns to the Cubs' lineup on Sunday

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will start and bat fourth in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Contreras will catch tonight with Victor Caratini receiving a breather.

Our models project Contreras for 11.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,200.

Victor Caratini heading to the Cubs' bench on Sunday

Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Caratini will rest tonight with Willson Contreras starting behind the plate.

In 56 at-bats this season, Caratini is hitting .321 with one home run and nine RBI.

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