San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday's game early with a strained left hamstring suffered while playing first base, and an MRI is pending. Sandoval, who doubled in a run in his only at-bat, missed time earlier this season with a broken hand and likely will end up back on the disabled list. Brandon Belt replaced Sandoval Tuesday, but his fantasy star has faded with a .229 batting average and little power.
Chicago Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm threw eight innings of one-run ball in Pittsburgh Tuesday, and he continues to both pitch exceptionally well and be ignored by most fantasy owners. Maholm has won five consecutive starts, posting a 0.96 ERA in that span, with a good strikeout rate. At this point, Maholm is worth adding in all formats.
Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris launched a long, two-run home run in Toronto Tuesday, but overall the rookie has been a disappointment at the plate. Norris, hitting .188 in 64 at-bats, recently endured an 0-for-30 slump. He's not yet worthy for those in multi-catcher formats, but AL-only owners should take a chance on the power.
New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey allowed five runs (four earned) to the Washington Nationals Tuesday, and his dream season continues to unravel. Dickey entered the day second among all pitchers on the ESPN Player Rater, but the knuckleballer has a 6.49 ERA in July. Keep him owned, but if you can still sell high for someone safer, certainly consider it.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Jean Segura was hitless in three at-bats in his big league debut Tuesday, with a pair of strikeouts. Segura, 22, was hitting .294 with 33 stolen bases at Double-A Arkansas, and he's expected to fill in for injured Erick Aybar. If Segura hits, he stays, but there's no guarantee of that. Add him for the steals potential, but be prepared for him to head back to the minors soon.
Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz tossed seven innings of one-run ball at Texas Tuesday, and he continues to thrive after a brutal April. He finally has his season ERA on the good side of 5.00; when May ended, his ERA was 7.19. Buchholz's ERA in his past seven starts is 2.45. So why is he owned in barely more than half of ESPN's standard leagues? Go get him.