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|Lance Lynn beats Cubs for 10th victory||06-20-2013|
|Lance Lynn P STL|
|Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball to beat the Cubs for his 10th win Thursday.||Lynn was lifted for a pinch-hitter after throwing 92 pitches, and Allen Craig delivered a two-run single in his place, giving the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. If there hadn't been runners on, Lynn might have come back out for another inning. Although Lynn is just the third NL pitcher to 10 wins, joining teammate Adam Wainwright and Jordan Zimmerman, who also get their tonight, he's actually behind last year's pace. In 2012, he got his 10th win on June 13.|
|Scott Feldman gives up five runs in loss||06-20-2013|
|Scott Feldman P TOR|
|Scott Feldman surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Cardinals.||Feldman had allowed two runs through five before giving up a homer, a double and a walk in the sixth. The two baserunners he left on came around to score off Hector Rondon. It's the third time in Feldman's last six starts that he's given up five runs. On the other hand, he's allowed a total of five in the other three. He'll get the Brewers in Milwaukee next time out.|
|Matt Holliday goes 2-for-4, homers||06-20-2013|
|Matt Holliday LF NYY|
|Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI versus the Cubs on Thursday.||Holliday snapped an eight-game skid in which he went without an RBI and his OPS fell under .800. He'll probably improve from here the rest of the way, but he doesn't appear to be a top-flight fantasy outfielder any longer.|
|Welington Castillo homers in loss to Cards||06-20-2013|
|Welington Castillo C BAL|
|Welington Castillo went 3-for-4 with his second homer of the year Thursday versus the Cardinals.||That homer gave the Cubs their only run. After a nice April, Castillo entered the night with a .224 average, no homers and six RBI in 116 at-bats since May 1. The Cubs are hoping he's a long-term regular behind the plate, but that's a long way from being determined.|
|David Wright homers to lead Mets to win||06-20-2013|
|David Wright 3B NYM|
|David Wright went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers in the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Braves on Thursday.||It was Wright's second two-homer game of the year and 20th of his career. A full quarter of those 20 have come against Atlanta. His 32 lifetime homers against the Braves are five more than he has against any other team.|
|Dexter Fowler's finger X-rays come back clean||06-20-2013|
|Dexter Fowler CF STL|
An X-rays on Dexter Fowler's right ring figure came back clean.
Thomas Harding on Twitter
|Mike Minor gives up three homers in loss||06-20-2013|
|Mike Minor P KC|
|Mike Minor gave up four runs and three homers in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Mets.||The Braves lost a Minor start for the first time since May 3, also against the Mets. We wouldn't be too concerned about the one homer-prone start. Since all three were solo shots, he managed to minimize the damage and keep the Braves in the game.|
|Chad Gaudin exits after taking liner of arm||06-20-2013|
|Chad Gaudin P LAD|
Chad Gaudin left Thursday's start against the Marlins in the fifth inning after taking a line drive off the pitching arm.
Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
|Gaudin threw a couple pitches after taking the Justin Ruggiano liner and looked to be fine, but the Giants were probably worried it would stiffen up on him. The righty has pitched well while filling in for Ryan Vogelsong, and his loss would hurt a team that already has a lack of depth. An update on his status should be provided after the game.|
|Ted Lilly could thrown bullpen session||06-20-2013|
|Ted Lilly P LAD|
Ted Lilly (neck) could throw a bullpen session sometime over the weekend.
|Lilly received an epidural in his neck over a week ago but is just now getting around to possibly returning to the bump. If he's indeed able to throw off a mound this weekend, though, he should be able to start a rehab assignment shortly after that.|
|Scott Van Slyke to begin rehab assignment||06-20-2013|
|Scott Van Slyke LF LAD|
Scott Van Slyke (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
|Van Slyke should be ready for activation early next week. He's been out since mid-June with left shoulder bursitis.|
|Carl Crawford not close to rehab assignment||06-20-2013|
|Carl Crawford LF LAD|
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Carl Crawford (hamstring) is not close to a rehab assignment.
|Crawford will shift his workouts from Arizona to Los Angeles when the club returns early next week. Mattingly noted that Crawford is behind Matt Kemp, though, and the earliest Kemp could possibly return is next weekend. Obviously we're not going to see him until sometime next month.|
|Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment soon||06-20-2013|
|Matt Kemp LF ATL|
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Matt Kemp (hamstring) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.
|Mattingly cautioned, though, that it's his hope and not something the medical staff has lined out yet. Kemp said he had a "very good day" working out his right hamstring Thursday, but the outfielder still needs to run the bases before being cleared to begin a rehab assignment. If he's able to begin an assignment early next week, he would be in line for a return next weekend.|
|Matt Moore rebounds with win over Yankees||06-20-2013|
|Matt Moore P SF|
|Matt Moore beat the Yankees by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings on Thursday.||Moore didn't bounce all of the way back tonight, but he did enough to win for the first time since he improved to 8-0 on May 19. After three straight ugly losses, it was a nice enough change. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four. All three runs came in the sixth inning.|
|Andy Pettitte gives up five runs in loss||06-20-2013|
|Andy Pettitte P NYY|
|Andy Pettitte surrendered five runs in 6 2/3 innings to take a loss to the Rays on Thursday.||Pettitte typically does his best work with men on, but it didn't happen tonight, as he gave up four runs in four of his seven innings of work. He's turned in just one quality start in four tries since coming off the DL, that coming against lowly Seattle. He's a spot starter at best in shallow mixed leagues right now.|
|Magill, Palmer are options for Sunday||06-20-2013|
|Matt Magill P CIN|
Matthew Magill and Matt Palmer are under consideration to start on Sunday against the Padres.
|The Dodgers need a spot starter after Wednesday's doubleheader. Magill was pulled from Wednesday's start at Triple-A Albuquerque after two innings and is on the 40-man roster, so he's likely the favorite to get the ball. Palmer is also an option, though, despite not being on the 40-man. Neither should be considered for fantasy purposes.|
|Evan Longoria homers twice for Rays||06-20-2013|
|Evan Longoria 3B TB|
|Evan Longoria took Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain deep for his 12th career multihomer game Thursday against the Yankees.||Three of those two-homer games have come against the Yankees. He now has seven homers in June, bringing his season total to 16. He's on pace to eclipse his career high of 33 from 2009. His .307 average would also be a career-best mark.|
|Yunel Escobar homers in Rays' win||06-20-2013|
|Yunel Escobar 3B LAA|
|Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday.||The homer gave him his first runs batted in since June 8. Outside of a nice run in mid-May, Escobar has been quite the liability offensively this year. Still, the Rays are fond enough of his defense that it's unlikely they'll start giving Ben Zobrist more time at short, which would open up starts at second for Kelly Johnson.|
|Jordan Zimmermann notches 10th victory||06-20-2013|
|Jordan Zimmermann P DET|
|Jordan Zimmermann allowed just an unearned run over eight innings and struck out nine Thursday in beating the Rockies.||Coming off one of his worst starts of the year against the Indians, Zimmermann turned in one of his best for his 10th victory. The Nationals are 12-3 when he starts and 24-33 the rest of the time.|
|Roy Oswalt fans 11, loses Rockies debut||06-20-2013|
|Roy Oswalt P COL|
|Roy Oswalt struck out 11 in his Rockies debut Thursday, but he took a loss after giving up four runs in five innings.||Despite all of the strikeouts, the Nationals got to Oswalt for nine hits, one of them a solo homer. It was still a good sign that Oswalt was throwing strikes and missing bats. He'll have a tough assignment against the Red Sox in Fenway next time out.|
|Adam LaRoche goes 3-for-4, triples||06-20-2013|
|Adam LaRoche DH CWS|
|Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against the Rockies on Thursday.||In his 69th try, LaRoche finally has his first three-hit game of the season. The triple is pretty rare for him, too; it was just his 12th in 1,255 career games.|
|Jhonny Peralta hits walkoff home run||06-20-2013|
|Jhonny Peralta SS STL|
|Jhonny Peralta hit a walkoff homer off Andrew Bailey to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.||Bailey didn't even get an out in a 3-2 game in the ninth; he walked Victor Martinez on five pitches and then gave up the bomb to Peralta after getting ahead 0-2. Peralta's homer was his first since June 1, but he had collected eight doubles since that date. His current .329 average is 90 points ahead of where he finished last year.|
|Jose Alvarez solid in spot start for Tigers||06-20-2013|
|Jose Alvarez P LAA|
|Jose Alvarez pitched five innings of two-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.||Alvarez has been excellent making a couple of spot starts in Anibal Sanchez's place. The Tigers might have saved themselves a lot of hassle if they just stuck with him last week and didn't try to rush Sanchez back.|
|Drew Smyly gets victory in relief||06-20-2013|
|Drew Smyly P SEA|
|Drew Smyly struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief for his third victory Thursday.||Bereft of quality alternatives, manager Jim Leyland is threatening to ride Smyly into the ground; his two innings tonight came after he threw three on Monday. Only the Twins' Anthony Swarzak has topped Smyly's total of 43 2/3 innings out of the pen this season. The left-hander is currently on pace to finish right about at the century mark.|
|Jon Niese to have shoulder examined||06-20-2013|
|Jon Niese P NYM|
|Jon Niese will leave Friday to have his left shoulder examined in New York.||Niese left Thursday's outing with what the Mets are only calling "left shoulder discomfort" at this point. "I'm a little concerned, yeah," manager Terry Collins said. Collins added that the club will likely call up a reliever Friday, so Niese seems headed to the DL regardless of what the diagnosis is.|
|John Lackey goes seven strong in no-decision||06-20-2013|
|John Lackey P CHC|
|John Lackey wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings against the Tigers on Thursday.||Lackey was in line for the win when the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth, but Andrew Bailey made that disappear. Despite turning in quality starts four of his last five times out, Lackey has just one win since May 24. Right now, he's 4-5 with a 3.03 ERA. In 2011, he managed to go 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA for Boston.|
|Bailey removed from Red Sox' closer role||06-20-2013|
|Andrew Bailey P LAA|
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Andrew Bailey is no longer the team's closer.
Evan Drellich on Twitter
|Bailey gets the boot after allowing a walk-off home run to Jhonny Peralta on Thursday, which was his second straight blown save and third in his last five tries. He's allowed seven runs over his last five appearances. Junichi Tazawa is likely to get the first crack at the job, but Koji Uehara could be in the mix, as well.|
|J.A. Happ aiming to return around AS break||06-20-2013|
|J.A. Happ P TOR|
J.A. Happ (head, knee) is shooting to rejoin the Blue Jays' rotation around the All-Star break.
|Happ's head doesn't seem to be an issue anymore, but his knee still isn't quite 100 percent. He's throwing off a mound, though, and is coming along nicely. "I was in a brace for several weeks and am now moving, jogging and regaining athleticism," Happ told ESPN. "I began running again three or four days ago, and I'm not quite there yet as far as cutting or turning."|
|Jedd Gyorko (groin) expected back next week||06-20-2013|
|Jedd Gyorko 2B STL|
Padres manager Bud Black indicated that Jedd Gyorko (groin) will return from the disabled list next week.
|Gyorko took some ground balls on the field and hit in the cage Thursday. He is eligible to return next Tuesday, and it's possible he'll be ready at that time. The second baseman could go on a short rehab assignment, but it would likely only last a couple days. "He picked up the activity in San Francisco and picked it up again today," Black said Thursday.|
|Carlos Quentin expected to avoid the DL||06-20-2013|
|Carlos Quentin LF ATL|
Padres manager Bud Black still thinks Carlos Quentin (shoulder) will avoid the disabled list.
|Quentin missed a sixth straight start Thursday with a sore left shoulder, but he's feeling much better. "Carlos is doing better, he's feeling better," Black said. "He's getting closer to hitting in the cage. He feels much better, he's doing fine." It sounds like Quentin will likely return over the weekend.|
|Yonder Alonso hopes to begin activities Mon.||06-20-2013|
|Yonder Alonso 1B OAK|
Yonder Alonso (hand) hopes to be cleared to begin baseball activities on Monday after visiting a hand specialist.
|Alonso was recently able to remove the splint on his right hand, which has a fracture of the metacarpal on his middle finger. He'll undergo a CT scan Monday to see how the bone has healed before hopefully being cleared. "[Training staff] took it off today and they started touching it around where it was hurting," Alonso said Thursday. "[Before] it was probably an eight or nine [out of 10 on the pain scale]. But it's probably down to a three or four. It's made a significant amount of progress in the last week, week and a half."|
|Jon Niese leaves outing with shoulder injury||06-20-2013|
|Jon Niese P NYM|
Jon Niese left Thursday's start against the Braves with left shoulder discomfort.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
|It confirms the earlier speculation. There's no word yet on how serious the injury might be, but Niese dealt with a shoulder issue last month, as well. The Mets had been planning to go with a six-man rotation for a while following Zack Wheeler's arrival, but those plans will surely be scrapped with Niese likely headed to the DL.|
|Mike Carp (hamstring) cleared to play||06-20-2013|
|Mike Carp 1B WAS|
Mike Carp (hamstring) has been cleared to play.
|Carp hasn't started a game since leaving Sunday with right hamstring tightness, but he's feeling much better. He'll make at least one start over the weekend.|
|Curtis Granderson has pin removed from hand||06-20-2013|
|Curtis Granderson CF NYM|
Curtis Granderson had the pin removed from his fractured left pinkie finger Thursday.
Chad Jennings on Twitter
|He'll now be able to start incorporating light workouts. The Yankees haven't provided a firm timetable for Granderson's return, but it's expected to come not long after the All-Star break.|
|Jon Niese exits with apparent shoulder injury||06-20-2013|
|Jon Niese P NYM|
Jon Niese left Thursday's start against the Braves in the fourth inning with an apparent left shoulder injury.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
|Niese missed a start late last month with shoulder discomfort, but he avoided the DL and it seemed as though it wasn't a big deal. Evidently that's not the case, as he winced while delivering a pitch and then motioned towards the shoulder. The Mets should update his status soon, but the disabled list certainly seems likely.|
|Dan Uggla dealing with vision issues||06-20-2013|
|Dan Uggla 2B WAS|
Dan Uggla is dealing with vision issues and could wind up undergoing Lasik surgery.
|Uggla was not in the Braves' lineup Thursday, as he was visiting the eye doctor. "Well, now you have the situation with his eyes," assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher said. "His vision - it's something that's been bothering him for a while and only now is it something he's really taking care of." It's not clear if a potential Lasik operation would be performed in-season or over the winter.|
|Chris Narveson removed from 40-man roster||06-20-2013|
|Chris Narveson P MIA|
|Brewers activated LHP Chris Narveson from the 15-day disabled list, sent him outright to Triple-A Nashville.||Narveson would be in the Brewers' rotation by now if he was pitching better, but he's put up a 7.00 ERA over five rehab starts with Nashville. He still seems likely to get a chance eventually, but he obviously needs to pick it up.|
|Brandon Crawford available off bench||06-20-2013|
|Brandon Crawford SS SF|
Brandon Crawford (fingers) is available off the bench Thursday.
Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
|Crawford is missing a second straight start with sprained index and middle fingers on his right hand, but he's feeling much better. It sounds like he'll probably be back in the lineup on Friday.|
|Angel Pagan could return over the weekend||06-20-2013|
|Angel Pagan LF SF|
Angel Pagan (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list over the weekend.
Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
|Pagan will begin a rehab assignment with High-A San Jose on Thursday and evidently might only need a game or two. He's been sidelined since late May with a right hamstring strain, but a recent platelet-rich plasma injection has done the trick.|
|Pablo Sandoval's rehab moved up||06-20-2013|
|Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS|
Pablo Sandoval's (foot) rehab assignment with High-A San Jose has been moved up from Saturday to Friday.
Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
|Sandoval went through a rigorous workout on Thursday and came out of it well, so he'll get in an extra game with San Jose. He'll be the DH for them on Friday before playing third base on Saturday. Unless he has a setback, he'll be activated from the DL Monday.|
|No timetable for Ike Davis' return to majors||06-20-2013|
|Ike Davis 1B NYY|
Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he's getting good reports on Ike Davis' progress at Triple-A Las Vegas, but there's no timetable for his return to the majors.
|Davis is batting .258/.439/.355 with three doubles and a 10/8 BB/K ratio over nine games. The Mets want him working on, among other things, limiting the hitch in his swing. "When he starts swinging good, that's when he'll be back," Collins said. "I don't have any date. And as I said when we sent him out, I don't think it's going to happen overnight. It's going to be a process of getting comfortable with what he's working on."|
|Jason Bay says hamstring improving||06-20-2013|
|Jason Bay LF SEA|
Jason Bay said Thursday that his tight hamstring feels "10 times better" and he expects to return in a day or two.
Greg Johns on Twitter
|Bay hadn't played since his hammy tightened up on in during Sunday's game. The Mariners don't face a lefty until next Tuesday, so they can afford to use Bay only off the bench for a few more days if they want.|
|Lucas Harrell decent in no-decision Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Lucas Harrell P TEX|
|Lucas Harrell gave up four runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 frames in Thursday's 7-4 extra-innings win over the Brewers.||Harrell permitted five hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out three. He was let down by his defense in the second inning, when errors from Jose Altuve and Justin Maxwell led to three runs. Harrell is still getting plenty of ground balls this season, but his strikeout rate is down and his walk rate up, leading to a disappointing 4.32 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. He'll get the Cardinals at home next week.|
|Chris Withrow optioned to Triple-A||06-20-2013|
|Chris Withrow P ATL|
|Dodgers optioned RHP Chris Withrow to Triple-A Albuquerque.||The Dodgers threw Withrow into some high-leverage situations since his recall last week, but he allowed runs in two of three appearances. The hard-thrower will get another chance later this summer.|
|Ryan Mattheus plays catch Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Ryan Mattheus P CIN|
Ryan Mattheus (hand) played catch on Thursday for about 10 minutes.
Tom Schad on Twitter
|It's the first time he's done so since fracturing his right hand when he punched his locker in frustration. Mattheus should return sometime next month.|
|Yovani Gallardo has tough-luck no-decision||06-20-2013|
|Yovani Gallardo P SEA|
|Yovani Gallardo allowed three unearned runs over seven innings but left with a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Astros.||The right-hander gave up five hits, walked two and struck out six, with the only runs he gave up coming around after a pair of fielder's choices and a Scooter Gennett error. Gallardo hasn't given up an earned run in his last three starts, though he's faced the Marlins and Astros during that stretch. He'll bring an improving 4.09 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into next week's home start versus the Cubs.|
|Carlos Pena launches walk-off homer||06-20-2013|
|Carlos Pena 1B TEX|
|Carlos Pena ripped a three-run, walk-off homer in Thursday's extra-innings win over the Brewers.||Pena was hitless in four at-bats going into the 10th, but he deposited Mike Gonzalez's hanging slider into the upper deck to complete the Astros' come back victory. The veteran first baseman is predictably hitting a low .223, but he's given the 'Stros some pop with eight homers.|
|Matt Tuiasosopo out with rib cage strain||06-20-2013|
|Matt Tuiasosopo LF ATL|
Matt Tuiasosopo was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a rib cage strain.
Tom Gage on Twitter
|The Tigers are calling it mild, so he should be considered day-to-day. Andy Dirks replaced Tuiasosopo in left field.|
|Jonathan Lucroy goes deep Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Jonathan Lucroy C TEX|
|Jonathan Lucroy singled and smashed a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Astros.||Lucroy's bat is really heating up, as he's sporting a .387 batting mark with four longballs and 18 RBI over his last 17 contests. He now has seven homers to go along with 38 ribbies for the season.|
|Elian Herrera recalled from Triple-A||06-20-2013|
|Elian Herrera 2B LAD|
|Dodgers recalled INF/OF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque.||Herrera made a brief appearance with the Dodgers earlier this season, going 1-for-3 in his lone game. He's batted .300/.381/.400 with five homers and 12 steals this year at Triple-A and will back up at numerous positions.|
|Josh Lindblom optioned to Triple-A||06-20-2013|
|Josh Lindblom P PIT|
|Rangers optioned RHP Josh Lindblom to Triple-A Round Rock.||Lindblom didn't pitch that poorly over his three recent starts with the Rangers, but the club has decided to give Martin Perez a shot. The righty will rejoin Round Rock's rotation.|
|Martin Perez coming up to start Saturday||06-20-2013|
|Martin Perez P TEX|
Martin Perez will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
|He's taking Josh Lindblom's spot in the rotation and pushing back Nick Tepesch a day and Yu Darvish two days. Perez has gone 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four starts since his demotion back to Triple-A Round Rock on May 29 and is worth a shot in mixed leagues.|
|Trevor Crowe placed on disabled list||06-20-2013|
|Trevor Crowe RF DET|
|Astros placed OF Trevor Crowe on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.||Crowe suffered the injury on Thursday when he collided into the right field wall in the sixth inning. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be out. Marc Krauss is taking his spot on the roster.|
|Michael Morse not in Thursday's lineup||06-20-2013|
|Michael Morse 1B PIT|
Michael Morse is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday.
Greg Johns on Twitter
|It appears that Morse is unable to play the outfield due to his nagging right quad injury, so he'll be sharing time at first base with Justin Smoak, who is starting Thursday right-hander Tommy Hanson.|
|Carlos Quentin (shoulder) out again Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Carlos Quentin LF ATL|
Carlos Quentin (shoulder) is out of the Padres' lineup again Thursday.
Marty Caswell on Twitter
|He's now missed six straight starts with a sore left shoulder. The Padres have maintained that the outfielder is day-to-day, but obviously the disabled list becomes a real possibility the longer this drags on. Chris Denorfia is starting in left field Thursday.|
|Josh Lindblom labors through five innings||06-20-2013|
|Josh Lindblom P PIT|
|Josh Lindblom labored through five innings Thursday, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in a 4-3 victory over the Athletics.||Lindblom wasn't terribly sharp, but he managed to strand a lot of baserunners before the Rangers finally took the lead late. He holds an uninspiring 5.40 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the season and should be avoided for fantasy purposes next week on the road against the Yankees.|
|Kelly Shoppach released by Mariners||06-20-2013|
|Kelly Shoppach C CLE|
|Mariners released C Kelly Shoppach.||Shoppach had been designated for assignment last week. He was hitting just .196 with three home runs and a .638 OPS in 35 games this season but shouldn't have trouble landing a backup gig somewhere.|
|A.J. Griffin gets no-decision Thursday||06-20-2013|
|A.J. Griffin P TEX|
|A.J. Griffin allowed just two runs but lasted only 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.||Griffin struck out five and gave up only three hits and a walk, but he required 98 pitches to cover the 5 1/3 frames necessitating the early exit. Despite the relatively short outing, it's not a bad showing in what was a tough matchup. He'll bring a solid 3.90 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into next week's start at home against the Reds.|
|Geovany Soto goes deep Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Geovany Soto C LAA|
|Geovany Soto belted a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Athletics.||Soto was giving A.J. Pierzynski a breather during the day game, and he responded by getting the Rangers on the board with a solo shot in the fifth. Pierzynski pinch-hit for him later in the game and singled. Soto has gone deep three times over 76 at-bats this season but is hitting just .197.|
|Jed Lowrie goes 3-for-5 vs. Rangers||06-20-2013|
|Jed Lowrie 2B OAK|
|Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.||Lowrie singled in the first run of the game in the fifth and later scored on an error. Though his home run total of three is disappointing, Lowrie has hit for some power with 20 doubles, and he sports a nice .295/.373/.403 batting line for the season.|
|Chris Carpenter having back evaluated||06-20-2013|
|Chris Carpenter P STL|
Chris Carpenter will undergo an examination on his back.
Derrick Goold on Twitter
|Carpenter felt tightness during a bullpen session Sunday which is currently limiting his ability to throw. His symptoms are related to a previous back condition. It's too soon to say how long he'll be sidelined, but there should be some clarity on his status soon.|
|Brandon Crawford (fingers) out again Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Brandon Crawford SS SF|
Brandon Crawford (fingers) is out of the lineup again Thursday against the Marlins.
San Francisco Chronicle
|Crawford sprained the index and middle fingers on his right hand during Tuesday's game and isn't back to 100 percent. Joaquin Arias will fill in at shortstop again while Nick Noonan gets a chance at third base.|
|Norberto undergoes Tommy John surgery||06-20-2013|
|Jordan Norberto P TB|
Jordan Norberto (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
Susan Slusser on Twitter
|Norberto also had two bone chips removed from his elbow. The southpaw will miss the rest of the season, but hopes to be pitching again by next March.|
|A-Rod (hip) making 'fantastic' progress||06-20-2013|
|Alex Rodriguez DH NYY|
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by one person around the Yankees that Alex Rodriguez is making "excellent" progress from hip surgery.
|Rodriguez faced live pitching Tuesday for the first time since his surgery and supposedly put on "a power display." The Yankees have been reluctant to disclose a timetable publicly, but one source speculated to Heyman that A-Rod could begin a minor league rehab assignment right after the All-Star break. Either way, it appears that he is currently on track to beat Derek Jeter (ankle) back to the majors.|
|Buchholz (neck) could return Tuesday||06-20-2013|
|Clay Buchholz P PHI|
Clay Buchholz (neck) aims to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
|Buchholz was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a strained neck, but he was able to throw Thursday without incident. If all goes well during his bullpen session, he will be activated to start Tuesday against the Rockies. The Red Sox could send him out on a rehab start if they decide that he needs more time.|
|Allen Webster to pitch Saturday for Red Sox||06-20-2013|
|Allen Webster P PIT|
Allen Webster will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Saturday against the Tigers.
Brian MacPherson on Twitter
|Rubby De La Rosa was also under consideration for the spot-start. Webster is an exciting young pitcher, but he makes for a shaky play in fantasy leagues against Detroit.|
|Dexter Fowler (finger) could be placed on DL||06-20-2013|
|Dexter Fowler CF STL|
Dexter Fowler may undergo another MRI to make sure his right ring finger isn't fractured.
Thomas Harding on Twitter
|Fowler attempted to hit in the cage Thursday, but was still dealing with pain. A trip to the disabled list is becoming a strong possibility. Tyler Colvin will continue to take his place in center field and makes for an intriguing flier in deeper mixed leagues.|
|Eric Young, Jr. playing left field Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Eric Young Jr. CF NYY|
Eric Young, Jr. will start in left field and bat leadoff Thursday against the Braves.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
|Young played center field in his Mets' debut on Tuesday, but Juan Lagares will play there Thursday with southpaw Mike Minor on the hill for Atlanta. Mets manager Terry Collins plans to give Young regular playing time in the short-term, so the speedster makes for an intriguing pickup for fantasy owners who need to catch up in the stolen base department.|
|Clayton Mortensen (hip) ready for rehab stint||06-20-2013|
|Clayton Mortensen P KC|
Clayton Mortensen (hip) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.
|Mortensen was placed on the disabled list last week with a right hip impingement and is eligible to return next weekend. The 28-year-old has a 5.34 ERA and 21/16 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season.|
|Avila (forearm) nearing rehab assignment||06-20-2013|
|Alex Avila C DET|
Alex Avila (forearm) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.
Tom Gage on Twitter
|Avila was placed on the disabled list earlier this week due to a deep contusion on his left forearm, but he's already feeling a lot better. He won't be eligible to return until the end of the month, so he'll have an opportunity to work on his swing in the minors for a little while.|
|Dozier hits one of four home runs for Twins||06-20-2013|
|Brian Dozier 2B MIN|
|Brian Dozier cranked a two-run homer in an 8-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday.||It was one of four home runs for the Twins on the day, as Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas, and Eduardo Escobar also went deep against left-hander John Danks. Dozier now has three home runs in his last four games. Don't expect much help in the batting average department, but his modest power-speed combo should continue to have value in AL-only formats.|
|Diamond goes five-plus in win over White Sox||06-20-2013|
|Scott Diamond P TOR|
|Scott Diamond gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the White Sox.||Diamond gave up seven hits (including two homers) while walking one and fanning a pair. While he got the win, he has failed to complete six innings in seven out of his last eight outings. He's not an option outside of deeper AL-only leagues.|
|John Danks hammered in loss to Twins||06-20-2013|
|John Danks P CWS|
|John Danks was tagged for six runs over five innings Thursday in a loss to the Twins.||Ugly. Danks allowed 12 hits on the day, including four home runs. The southpaw has already served up 10 home runs in just 35 innings this season after giving up just 19 in 170 1/3 innings during his last full season in 2011. The loss dropped him to 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA over his first six starts. He has a good chance to get back on track next week against the Mets, but it's tough to trust him in mixed leagues right now.|
|Ramirez has four hits in loss to Twins||06-20-2013|
|Alexei Ramirez SS TB|
|Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Twins.||Ramirez had three singles and a double, and has now hit safely in four straight games and eight out of his last nine. While the 31-year-old shortstop only has one home run through 70 games this season, he has made up for it by stealing 15 bases. That's just five away from last year's total, which was a career-high.|
|Wilson Ramos (hamstring) nearing rehab stint||06-20-2013|
|Wilson Ramos C TB|
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Wilson Ramos (hamstring) should be playing rehab games within 10 days.
Dan Kolko on Twitter
|Ramos had a minor setback earlier this month while running the bases, but a recent MRI came back clean. If he continues to make progress, it's conceivable that he could make it back before the All-Star break. However, given that he has already been on the disabled list twice, the Nationals figure to be extra cautious.|
|Trevor Crowe exits after colliding with wall||06-20-2013|
|Trevor Crowe RF DET|
Trevor Crowe left Thursday's game with an apparent right shoulder injury after he collided into the right field wall in the sixth inning.
|Crowe injured himself while chasing after a Jonathan Lucroy home run. The impact from hitting the wall actually sent his glove flying over the fence and into the stands. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but he has had shoulder issues in the past.|
|Chen (obliuque) throws simulated game||06-20-2013|
|Wei-Yin Chen P MIA|
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a three-inning simulated game in Sarasota on Thursday.
Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
|Chen threw 47 pitches in all. If all goes well in a four-inning simulated game next Monday, he'll return to Baltimore before going out on a rehab assignment. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since May 27 with a right oblique strain.|
|Harper (knee) hitting in cage on Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Bryce Harper RF WAS|
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Bryce Harper (knee) will hit in the batting cage on Thursday.
Adam Kilgore on Twitter
|Harper was cleared to ramp things up during a check-up on Monday and hasn't experienced any setbacks with his knee. It's not clear when he'll be ready to go out on a rehab assignment, but Johnson said that "he's close."|
|Hammel (illness) to start Friday against Jays||06-20-2013|
|Jason Hammel P CHC|
Jason Hammel (illness) will start Friday against the Blue Jays.
Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
|Hammel was scratched from Monday's scheduled start due to illness, but he was cleared to return after making it through a throwing session Thursday. The 30-year-old has a disappointing 5.24 ERA over 14 starts this season and is a shaky play in mixed leagues against the red-hot Blue Jays.|
|White Sox option RHP Heath to Triple-A||06-20-2013|
|Deunte Heath P CWS|
|White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte.||Heath has been knocked around for 10 runs on eight hits and 12 walks over just 7 2/3 innings of work with the White Sox this season. He'll continue to serve as bullpen depth in the minors.|
|Fowler tests finger in batting cage||06-20-2013|
|Dexter Fowler CF STL|
Dexter Fowler tested his right ring finger in the batting cage on Thursday.
Thomas Harding on Twitter
|Fowler was hit in the right ring finger by a pitch last week and continues to have issues. He's hoping to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but that's no given at the moment.|
|Tulo (rib) could do baseball activity Monday||06-20-2013|
|Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR|
Troy Tulowitzki (rib) could do light baseball activity as soon as Monday.
Thomas Harding on Twitter
|Encouraging news for Tulowitzki, who suffered a right rib fracture just one week ago. Still, he's expected to miss around 4-6 weeks, which places his return after the All-Star break.|
|Alvarez homers, has five RBI in win over Reds||06-20-2013|
|Pedro Alvarez DH BAL|
|Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Reds.||Alvarez did all the heavy lifting for the Pirates' offense, as he had an RBI single in the third inning, a solo homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded double in the seventh. While the 26-year-old is hitting just .223, he has 16 home runs and 48 RBI. The Pirates are currently tied with the Reds in the loss column and sit four games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central.|
|Watson notches six-out save vs. Reds||06-20-2013|
|Tony Watson P PIT|
|Tony Watson notched a six-out save in Thursday's win over the Reds.||It was his second career save, both of them coming this season. Watson struck out one and didn't allow a hit or a walk. Jason Grilli was unavailable after pitching the previous two days (including his first blown save on Wednesday), but he should be ready for Friday's series opener against the Angels.|
|Bailey goes six innings in no-decision||06-20-2013|
|Homer Bailey P CIN|
|Homer Bailey yielded two runs in six innings Thursday against the Pirates.||Bailey was very effective for the most part, but Pedro Alvarez touched him up for an RBI single in the third inning and a solo homer in the sixth. He fanned eight and walked none in the no-decision. He'll carry a 3.75 ERA into an interleague matchup against the Athletics next week in Oakland.|
|Cumpton goes five innings in no-decision||06-20-2013|
|Brandon Cumpton P PIT|
|Brandon Cumpton held the Reds to two runs -- one earned -- over five innings of work in a no-decision on Thursday.||Cumpton scattered five hits (including a solo homer by Jay Bruce) against one walk and five strikeouts. It's not clear if he'll get another turn in the rotation, but he has done a nice job as a fill-in option. Keep an eye on his status in NL-only leagues.|
|Jay Bruce homers in loss to Braves||06-20-2013|
|Jay Bruce RF NYM|
|Jay Bruce launched a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.||Bruce had just one home run going into play on May 8, but he has 14 of them since. Only Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Davis have hit more during the same timespan.|
|Leyland hints that Benoit is Detroit's closer||06-20-2013|
|Joaquin Benoit P PHI|
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that he'll lean toward Joaquin Benoit for save opportunities.
Jason Beck on Twitter
|"I'm not naming anybody closer," Leyland told reporters. "I'm just saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him." Benoit has registered a stellar 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 35/9 K/BB ratio across 30 innings this season out of the Detroit bullpen. Valverde, meanwhile, has a 5.59 ERA through 19 1/3 frames. Benoit needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.|
|Rockies DFA right-hander Chris Volstad||06-20-2013|
|Chris Volstad P ATL|
|Rockies designated RHP Chris Volstad for aasignment.||Volstad had a 4.97 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 47 innings this season with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. The tall 26-year-old right-hander should find interest from other teams on waivers.|
|Martin Perez is likely to be called up soon||06-20-2013|
|Martin Perez P TEX|
Martin Perez is expected to be called up soon.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
|Perez has gone 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four starts since his demotion back to Triple-A Round Rock on May 29. The talented 22-year-old lefty will be worth owning in mixed leagues if he is given a rotation spot in Texas.|
|Brian McCann not in Braves' lineup Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Brian McCann C HOU|
Brian McCann is not in the Braves' starting lineup on Thursday evening against the Mets.
Mark Bowman on Twitter
|McCann is simply getting the day off. Gerald Laird will start behind the plate Thursday versus New York.|
|Rockies promote Roy Oswalt for Thurs. debut||06-20-2013|
|Roy Oswalt P COL|
|Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Roy Oswalt from Double-A Tulsa.||Oswalt will make his Rockies debut on Thursday night at Nationals Park. The veteran righty had a cool 2.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings at the Double-A level and is worth a look in mixed leagues.|
|Rockies option Jeff Francis to Triple-A level||06-20-2013|
|Jeff Francis P TOR|
|Rockies optioned LHP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs.||The move cleared a 25-man roster spot (and a rotation spot) for the arrival of veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt. Francis had a 6.58 ERA in 11 starts with the Rox.|
|Stephen Drew getting day off on Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Stephen Drew 2B WAS|
Stephen Drew is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Tigers.
Pete Abraham on Twitter
|It's just a routine day of rest for Drew, who is batting .215/.300/.371 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 59 games. Jose Iglesias will start at shortstop on Thursday night.|
|Tigers recall Jose Alvarez from AAA Toledo||06-20-2013|
|Jose Alvarez P LAA|
|Tigers recalled LHP Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Toledo.||Alvarez will start for the Tigers on Thursday versus the Red Sox. The left-hander looked sharp in a spot start earlier this month against the Indians but is not an attractive fantasy option outside of AL-only leagues.|
|Feliz (elbow) to throw 25-pitch bullpen Fri.||06-20-2013|
|Neftali Feliz P MLW|
Neftali Feliz (elbow) is set to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday in Surprise, Arizona.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
|It will be his second mound workout. Feliz is on his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and aiming to return to the Rangers around mid-August.|
|Hicks (hammy) could begin rehab games Mon.||06-20-2013|
|Aaron Hicks RF NYY|
Aaron Hicks (hamstring) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Monday.
Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
|Hicks has been on the 15-day disabled list for 10 days now with a strained left hamstring. If all goes according to plan, he'll be activated by the end of next week.|
|Jake Peavey works out on a stationary bike||06-20-2013|
|Jake Peavy P SF|
Jake Peavy (rib) spent 30 minutes on a stationary bike on Thursday and reported feeling fine.
|It was his first conditioning workout of any kind since he was placed on the disabled list June 6 with a non-displaced fracture in his rib cage. "A step in the right direction," Peavy said Thursday. "It was fun to be active again after not being able to do anything for two weeks." He is aiming for a mid-July return.|
|Ryan Braun (thumb) could need a full month||06-20-2013|
|Ryan Braun LF MLW|
Ryan Braun may need a full month to heal his thumb.
|Braun was placed on the disabled list June 9 with a nerve issue in his right thumb. He is eligible for activation next Tuesday but isn't close to being ready. The best guess for a return right now would be early July.|
|Heisey (hamstring) expected to return Tuesday||06-20-2013|
|Chris Heisey LF WAS|
Chris Heisey (hamstring) is expected to return from the 15-day disabled list next Tuesday.
|Heisey has been on the shelf since April 27 because of a severe hamstring strain. He was originally expected to return in mid-May but aggravated the hamstring during a rehab game. The 28-year-old will presumably take over in left field, where Derrick Robinson and Xavier Paul had been platooning for Cincinnati.|
|Ayala (anxiety) cleared for rehab assignment||06-20-2013|
|Luis Ayala P BAL|
Luis Ayala has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett.
David O'Brien on Twitter
|Ayala has been on the disabled list since late April due to high blood pressure brought on by anxiety. He's going to take it slowly in the minor leagues but could become a relief option for the Braves by the end of June.|
|Berkman not in Rangers' lineup on Thursday||06-20-2013|
|Lance Berkman 1B TEX|
Lance Berkman is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Athletics.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
|It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran. Robinson Chirinos will start at first base, Ian Kinsler will be the DH and Jurickson Profar will play second base.|
|Pirates recall Duke Welker from AAA Indy||06-20-2013|
|Duke Welker P PIT|
|Pirates recalled RHP Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.||Welker spent three days in the majors earlier this season but did not make an appearance. The right-hander will serve as middle relief depth for the Pirates.|
|Pirates option Alex Presley to Triple-A level||06-20-2013|
|Alex Presley RF DET|
|Pirates optioned OF Alex Presely to Triple-A Indianapolis.||Presley has hit .293 with a .756 OPS in 17 games this season for the Bucs. He'll be up and down all year.|
|Angels sign Lou Montanez to minors contract||06-20-2013|
|Lou Montanez RF PHI|
Angels signed OF Luis Montanez to a minor league contract; assigned him to Double-A Arkansas.
Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
|Montanez hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2011 season. He was batting .313/.359/.478 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 52 games this summer for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.|
|Gindl making MLB debut Thursday vs. HOU||06-20-2013|
|Caleb Gindl RF TOR|
Caleb Gindl will make his first major league start on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.
Mike Vassallo on Twitter
|Gindl was promoted from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday after batting .274/.341/.456 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 64 games in the Pacific Coast League. He will bat ninth and play left field in his MLB debut.|
|Ricky Romero pitches well at AAA Buffalo||06-20-2013|
|Ricky Romero P TOR|
|Ricky Romero allowed just one (unearned) run over seven innings Wednesday at Triple-A Buffalo.||Romero tossed six scoreless innings last time out and has begun to settle down after a rocky first few weeks in the Buffalo rotation. The left-hander will try to work his way back up to the majors at some point this season.|
|Cecil on impressive streak in Toronto bullpen||06-20-2013|
|Brett Cecil P STL|
|Brett Cecil has faced 38 straight batters without allowing a base hit.||The blossoming 26-year-old left-hander has an outstanding 1.46 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 42/10 K/BB ratio through 37 innings of relief this year. Cecil came into the 2013 season with a 4.79 career ERA in the major leagues.|
|Pujols feels better than he did last season||06-20-2013|
|Albert Pujols DH LAA|
Albert Pujols said Wednesday that he feels better at the plate right now than he ever felt last season.
|Pujols is batting .313/.385/.567 with four home runs, five doubles and 13 RBI through 17 games this month. "This is me right here," Pujols told reporters. "I feel right now like my old me, like when I was in St. Louis." The 33-year-old first baseman had a .246/.318/.415 batting line over the first two months of the 2013 season.|
|Moreland (hamstring) expected to return Fri.||06-20-2013|
|Mitch Moreland 1B TEX|
Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list this Friday.
Dallas Morning News
|Moreland went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double in his final rehab game Wednesday at Double-A Frisco. He will work out with his Rangers teammates on Thursday and should return to the starting lineup on Friday night in St. Louis. The first baseman has been sidelined since June 6 because of a right hamstring strain.|
|Utley (oblique) goes 0-for-4 in rehab debut||06-20-2013|
|Chase Utley 2B LAD|
Chase Utley (oblique) went 0-for-4 in his rehab debut Wednesday evening at Double-A Reading.
|"Obviously, I haven't seen live pitching for a month, so my timing was a little off," Utley said after the game. "But overall it went pretty well." He has been out since May 20 because of a right oblique strain. The Phillies are expecting him back this weekend.|
|Norris pulled Wednesday with groin contusion||06-20-2013|
|Derek Norris C WAS|
Derek Norris was removed from Wednesday night's game after taking a foul tip to the groin.
|"He's a tough guy, and to come out of that game means he was struggling," manager Bob Melvin said. "He got hit pretty good. A contusion of a particular area." Norris is considered day-to-day. He'll be fine eventually.|
|Alex Colome to start Saturday against Yanks||06-20-2013|
|Alex Colome P TB|
Alex Colome will make a spot start for the Rays on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees.
Tampa Bay Times
|Colome struck out seven batters and allowed just one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut last month versus the Marlins. He's sure to have a tougher time navigating the Yankees' lineup but still makes for a decent streamer in deep mixed leagues.|
|Alex Cobb has some 'fluid buildup' in his ear||06-20-2013|
|Alex Cobb P TB|
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that Alex Cobb (concussion) has some "fluid buildup" in his ear.
Tampa Bay Times
|Cobb was diagnosed with a mild concussion Saturday after taking an Eric Hosmer line drive off the right side of his head. "He's doing really well, there's not this high level of concern," Maddon said. "It's just a matter of working through the initial impact - which was incredible as you all saw - and being patient with it." There is no timetable for the right-hander's return from the disabled list.|
|Uribe (back) goes 0-for-3 in return to lineup||06-20-2013|
|Juan Uribe 3B CLE|
|Juan Uribe (back) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday.||Uribe hadn't played since Saturday because of a tight back. He's batting .267/.364/.400 in 51 games this year.|
|C.J. Wilson combines on two-hit shutout||06-20-2013|
|C.J. Wilson P LAA|
|C.J. Wilson combined with Scott Downs and Ernesto Frieri on a two-hitter Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Mariners.||Wilson allowed both hits -- singles off the bats of Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales -- before Downs and Frieri finished up with perfect frames. Three of Wilson's six wins this season have come at Seattle's expense, and he's now 14-5 with a 3.55 ERA lifetime against the Mariners.|
|Joe Saunders takes loss in 1-0 game||06-20-2013|
|Joe Saunders P SEA|
|Joe Saunders took a complete-game loss after giving up one run in eight innings against the Angels on Wednesday.||The lone run to score off him did so on a wild pitch. This makes five straight quality starts for Saunders, though he has a 2-2 record to show for it. Overall, he's 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA. Next up for him is a favorable home start against the Pirates.|
|Cruz's three hits lead Rangers over A's 9-4||06-20-2013|
|Nelson Cruz RF SEA|
|Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Rangers beat the A's 9-4 on Wednesday.||The outfielder recorded three singles on the evening, raising his line to .270/.333/.527 in 69 games. The runs batted in gave him 50 on the season to go with 18 home runs. He's having a terrific season in his walk year, and it could lead to a big payday come winter.|
|Michael Saunders continues to slump||06-20-2013|
|Michael Saunders LF PHI|
|Michael Saunders went hitless in Wednesday's loss and is hitting .200 with just one extra-base hit and one RBI this month.||This after he hit .187 in May. Saunders is very fortunate to still have a starting job, and as much as the Mariners want him to succeed, it's quite possible he'll lose it soon.|
|Young homers, has 3 RBI in loss to Rangers||06-20-2013|
|Chris Young LF BOS|
|Chris Young went 2-for-5 with a home run as the A's lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.||Young hit a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, to account for all three RBI. He batted leadoff for just the third time this season with Coco Crisp out, but he'll likely drop lower in the lineup when Crisp returns. Young is hitting just .192/.275/.378 this season.|
|Grimm gets back to winning ways vs. Athletics||06-20-2013|
|Justin Grimm P CHC|
|Justin Grimm allowed three runs over five innings to pick up the win against the A's on Wednesday.||Grimm followed up his longest outing of the year with one of the shorter ones, throwing just 75 pitches over the five innings before being pulled. It was still enough to get him his sixth win, as he held the A's to just three hits and three walks. His next start will come Tuesday against the Yankees in New York.|
|Tommy Milone gets knocked around by Rangers||06-20-2013|
|Tommy Milone P MLW|
|Tommy Milone allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.||Nothing went right for Milone on Wednesday. The left-hander allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out just one on the evening. It was more of a death by papercuts than anything, though, as only one of the eight hits went for extra bases. He'll go again Tuesday against the Reds.|
|Phillips hits walk-off as Reds best Pirates||06-20-2013|
|Brandon Phillips 2B CIN|
|Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning to give the Reds a 2-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.||Phillips has struggled of late, as he's just 12-for-59 (.203) in June, and he was struggling again on Wednesday before the single in the 13th inning. The slump has dropped his average on the season to .272. Maybe Wednesday's heroics will ignite his bat once again.|
|Grilli blows first save as Bucs fall to Reds||06-20-2013|
|Jason Grilli P TOR|
|Jason Grilli blew his first save of the year against the Reds on Wednesday, giving up a game-tying home run to Jay Bruce in the bottom of the ninth inning.||As Meatloaf said, 25 out of 26 ain't bad. The homer was Grilli's first allowed this year as well, and the earned run ballooned his ERA to 0.99. Everyone is entitled to a bad pitch every now and then; Grilli will be just fine.|
|Bruce hits game-tying homer in 9th Wednesday||06-20-2013|
|Jay Bruce RF NYM|
|Jay Bruce hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jason Grilli and the Pirates on Wednesday.||Bruce picked a good time -- if you're a Reds fan, that is -- for his only hit of the night. The solo shot gave him 14 on the year to go with 49 RBI. The outfielder is now hitting .277/.323/.500 after a slow start.|
|Locke stingy in tough no-decision versus Reds||06-20-2013|
|Jeff Locke P MIA|
|Jeff Locke threw seven scoreless innings but was denied a win against the Reds on Wednesday.||Just when it seems Locke couldn't possibly be pitching better, he does. The southpaw kept the Reds off balance all night, giving up just four hits and three walks while striking out three. The only thing keeping him from being 7-1 was Jason Grilli's first blown save of the year. Locke will toe the rubber again on Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.|
|Arroyo stout in no-decision against Pirates||06-20-2013|
|Bronson Arroyo P LAD|
|Bronson Arroyo allowed just one unearned run in seven innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.||Arroyo was the victim of his own fielding blunder, as the unearned run scored on a fielding error he committed in the third inning. Otherwise he was spotless, keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard. He'll carry a 3.04 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the A's.|