Mike Trout's recovery from a right wrist contusion is lingering longer than expected. He was out of the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Indians and he hasn't played since Wednesday, making it the third consecutive game the All-Star outfielder has missed. Manager Mike Scioscia revealed Saturday that Trout is unable to swing a bat due to the injury. Scioscia insisted Trout hadn't experienced any setback and that Trout's ability to throw has not been affected. He will be reevaluated again on Sunday.
Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi won after allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts over eight shutout innings vs. the Yankees on Saturday. Eovaldi was dominant in his second straight start for his new team, extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 with Boston over a pair of victories. He's been excellent this season despite spending two months on the DL to begin the year, going 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and a 62:9 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. He'll look to keep rolling at the Orioles in his next start on August 10.
Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday vs. the Yankees. Martinez went deep in the fourth inning for the MLB-leading 33rd time this year, giving him 91 RBI (most in the Majors) as well. With a .325 average in the heart of baseball's most prolific offense, Martinez has been an RBI machine this year and an MVP candidate to boot. With so much talent around him and a friendly home environment to hit in, Martinez's fantasy upside has never been higher.
Rays lefty Blake Snell received a no-decision Saturday after allowing one run on three hits (one homer) and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings vs. the White Sox. Snell was solid in his return from a stint on the DL with a shoulder injury, holding Chicago scoreless until Jose Abreu tagged him for a solo shot in the top of the fourth. Snell was on a pitch count in his first start since July 12 and departed after just 59 pitches (34 strikes), but his strong return bodes well for his fantasy performance going forward. He'll take a 2.27 ERA into his next scheduled outing at the Blue Jays on August 10.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against the Rays. Abreu broke through against Blake Snell in the fourth inning for his 19th homer of the year, evening the game at 1-1. He now has 63 RBI on the year to go along with a .267 average. While those numbers are slightly down for him, he could see his performance improve down the stretch now that he's no longer distracted by trade rumors. Despite a weak supporting cast, he continues to be a strong fantasy option in Chicago's lineup, especially in AL-only leagues where the production at first base has been unusually weak this year.
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