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Kipnis falls HR short of cycle in Indians win 06-22-2013
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 and was a home run shy of the cycle in the Indians' 8-7 victory over the Twins on Saturday. Kipnis had a few shots at the feat but couldn't make it happen. Still, the second baseman collected his 16th double and third triple of the season while driving in two. Kipnis is hitting .379 in June and .275/.351/.474 overall.
Pestano shaky in earning third save vs. Twins 06-22-2013
Vinnie Pestano P NYY
Vinnie Pestano allowed two runs but picked up his third save of the season on Saturday. Pestano didn't inspire a ton of confidence, as he allowed a leadoff double to Justin Morneau and later gave up a solo home run to Chris Parmelee, but he got Josh Willingham to strike out with the tying run on first to end the game. It's not as though the Indians are rife with better options currently, but Pestano's high-wire act may wear out its welcome soon.
Bourn has 3 RBI in Indians' win over Twins 06-22-2013
Michael Bourn CF BAL
Michael Bourn went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Indians beat the Twins on Saturday. Bourn didn't record an extra-base hit but still got the job done, raising his RBI count to 14. He also walked and scored a run in the game, and his average is back up to .303.
Parmelee launches two homers in loss to Tribe 06-22-2013
Chris Parmelee 1B NYY
Chris Parmelee went 3-for-5 with two home runs, but the Twins lost to the Indians on Saturday. The homers gave Parmelee seven on the season, and he also doubled in the game. Despite the power surge, he's hitting just .232/.308/.389 in 64 games this year.
Kluber struggles but earns win against Twins 06-22-2013
Corey Kluber P CLE
Corey Kluber allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings but got the win against the Twins on Saturday. It was a subpar start by Kluber's standards, as he had allowed just one run in his previous 16 innings heading into Saturday. The right-hander gave up eight hits, including two home runs, while striking out four. He'll take a 3.68 ERA into his start against the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday.
Walters shelled, exits early in loss to Tribe 06-22-2013
P.J. Walters P KC
P.J. Walters lasted just 1/3 of an inning, surrendering six runs in a loss to the Indians on Saturday. Walters was done in by wildness on Saturday, as he walked five Indians batters and hit another. The one hit he did give up was a two-run double to Jason Kipnis. The right-hander now owns a 4.88 ERA and 1.76 WHIP this year, and it'll be interesting to see how long the Twins roll with him going forward.
Martin Perez guides Rangers past Cardinals 06-22-2013
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Saturday in a 4-2 Rangers win. Perez was 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Round Rock before his promotion Saturday to the major leagues and he kept the good times rolling against a first-place St. Louis team. The young left-hander issued just one walk and scattered five hits while striking out three. He's worth a look in mixed leagues.
Cruz hits 19th homer as Cards beat Rangers 06-22-2013
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a home run Saturday in the Rangers' defeat of the Cardinals. Cruz was 2-for-5 with a go-ahead single in the Rangers' win Friday in the series-opener. He has 19 home runs and 55 RBI in 72 games played this season.
Morales leaves with left shoulder discomfort 06-22-2013
Franklin Morales P TOR
Franklin Morales left Saturday's game against the Tigers with left shoulder discomfort.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
He'll have his shoulder checked out on Sunday, so we'll know more about the extent of the injury then. A stint on the disabled list could be in Morales' future.
Kevin Siegrist throws another scoreless frame 06-22-2013
Kevin Siegrist P STL
Kevin Siegrist tossed another scoreless frame Saturday in the Cardinals' loss to the Rangers. Siegrist has a 0.00 ERA, 0.46 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over his first 8 2/3 major league innings, and he has yielded only two total hits. The 23-year-old left-hander looks like a keeper for the St. Louis bullpen.
Shelby Miller coughs up four runs, Cards lose 06-22-2013
Shelby Miller P ARZ
Shelby Miller surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Cardinals lost to the Rangers on Saturday. Miller gave up a season-high eight hits and two of them were two-run homers. He did strike out five Rangers batters against just one walk, though, and now has a 101/20 K/BB ratio, 2.35 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 92 innings total this season. The 22-year-old right-hander will try for better next week in Oakland.
Greinke goes eight, Dodgers beat Padres 6-1 06-22-2013
Zack Greinke P ARZ
Zack Greinke allowed one run over eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Padres 6-1 on Saturday. Greinke was dominant in his first start against the Padres since the brawl on April 11, striking out eight while allowing just four hits and a walk. The right-hander move to 4-2 with the win, lowering his ERA to 3.79 in the process. His next start will come Thursday against the Phillies.
Gonzalez homers in Dodgers' win over Padres 06-22-2013
Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with his ninth homer of the season against the Padres on Saturday. The homer came in the sixth inning and was the Dodgers' first hit of the game off Padres starter Edinson Volquez. Despite the relatively low home run count, Gonzalez has 46 RBI to go with the nine bombs this year.
V-Mart homers as Tigers defeat Red Sox 06-22-2013
Victor Martinez DH DET
Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI as the Tigers beat the Red Sox on Saturday. Boston scored two runs in the top of the first inning off Max Scherzer but the Tigers countered in the bottom half of that frame with a V-Mart grand slam. Martinez then added an RBI double in the fifth. This might be the start of something good.
Volquez loses sixth in strange fashion vs. LA 06-22-2013
Edinson Volquez P MIA
Edinson Volquez allowed five runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings in taking the loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Volquez's line was one of the more unique you'll see, as he walked seven batters, struck out seven and allowed just two hits. He now has an unsightly 5.67 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through 16 starts. His next outing offers only slightly more refuge, as he gets the upstart Marlins in Miami on Friday.
Scherzer reaches 11-0 after seven good frames 06-22-2013
Max Scherzer P WAS
Max Scherzer held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings Saturday to earn his 11th win. Scherzer is now 11-0 with a 3.05 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 122/24 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings this season. He has rapidly transformed into one of the best pitchers in baseball and should be able to maintain his current level of dominance next week against the Rays.
Allen Webster allows five runs in loss to DET 06-22-2013
Allen Webster P PIT
Allen Webster yielded five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Saturday as the Red Sox lost to the Tigers. Webster generated a ton of swings and misses, but when the Tigers hitters made contact the ball went far. The 23-year-old righty has an 11.25 ERA in 12 total innings this season and will not be fantasy-relevant anytime soon.
Ramirez hits third homer, Dodgers top Padres 06-22-2013
Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
Hanley Ramirez hit his third home run of the season in the Dodgers' win over the Padres on Saturday. The hit was Ramirez's only of the night in four at-bats, but it went a long way. The shortstop is hitting .367/.407/.653 in his 18 games thus far this season.
Zach Lutz recalled by Mets as Duda hits DL 06-22-2013
Zach Lutz 1B NYM
Mets recalled 1B Zach Lutz from Triple-A Las Vegas. Lutz was recalled in place of Lucas Duda, who is dealing with a left intercostal strain. Lutz has played first base, third base and both corner outfield spots with Las Vegas this year, batting .286/.372/.481. He'll likely be utilized in a utility role with the Mets.
Lucas Duda to DL with left intercostal strain 06-22-2013
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Mets placed OF Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain. An MRI Saturday revealed the strain. Despite the thought that a hot Ike Davis would be recalled in his place, the Mets decided to let the first baseman see some more time at Triple-A. The team recalled third baseman Zach Lutz from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Duda's place.
Reyes has two hits, stolen base in rehab game 06-22-2013
Jose Reyes 3B NYM
Jose Reyes (ankle) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.

John Lott on Twitter
Reyes also played all nine innings at shortstop. And maybe most importantly, after the game he said, "I feel like me." That's good news, as it seems like he's nearing a return to the Blue Jays. Barring a setback, he should be back in Toronto next week.
Chapman blows third save of season vs. AZ 06-22-2013
Aroldis Chapman P NYY
Aroldis Chapman blew his third save of the season Saturday in the Reds' loss to the Diamondbacks. Chapman was as bad as he's ever been, yielding a leadoff infield single, two walks and then a walkoff RBI base hit to Jason Kubel. The flame-throwing left-hander still has a cool 2.53 season ERA and should be able to get back on track in his next appearance.
Bell allows another homer, blows third save 06-22-2013
Heath Bell P WAS
Heath Bell blew his third save of the season Saturday against the Reds. The Diamondbacks rallied to win it in the bottom of the ninth inning to rescue the struggling right-hander. Bell has allowed a home run in each of his last five relief appearances and seems doubtful to be trusted with another save opportunity anytime soon. David Hernandez is a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues.
Ike Davis not an option to replace Lucas Duda 06-22-2013
Ike Davis 1B NYY
Ike Davis is not an option to be recalled if the Mets need to place Lucas Duda on the disabled list, according to
Davis was hitting .333/.480/.744 with four homers through 11 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, but the Mets would like him to get some more at-bats before recalling him. With the improvement he's shown at Triple-A thus far, it seems likely he'll be back with the club at some point this season, though.
Corbin goes eight strong vs. Reds, Snakes win 06-22-2013
Patrick Corbin P ARZ
Patrick Corbin held the Reds to one run over eight innings Saturday in a no-decision. It was a terrific outing against a dangerous Cincinnati offense. Corbin allowed only three hits and struck out five, and he would have moved to 10-0 had Heath Bell not blown the save in the top of the ninth. The Reds rallied against Aroldis Chapman to win it in the bottom half of that frame. Corbin will take a 9-0 record, 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP into his next start against the Braves at Atlanta's Turner Field.
Leake goes eight innings but Reds lose late 06-22-2013
Mike Leake P STL
Mike Leake allowed just two runs over eight innings but the Reds fell to the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Chapman blew his third save of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning. Leake was great again, yielding only four hits over his eight frames. The highly underrated right-hander has a 2.61 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 96 2/3 innings (15 starts) this season, and will try to stay hot next time out against the Rangers.
Bruce homers twice but Reds lose to Snakes 06-22-2013
Jay Bruce RF NYM
Jay Bruce homered twice in the Reds' loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Arizona. Bruce has homered 10 times since June 3 and continues to rapidly makeup for his slow start to the 2013 season. He's currently on pace for 38 home runs and 115 RBI.
Franklin Morales leaves with apparent injury 06-22-2013
Franklin Morales P TOR
Franklin Morales left Saturday's game against the Tigers with an undisclosed injury.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Morales threw 2 1/3 innings before leaving, with his last pitch coming on an Omar Infante two-run homer. The left-hander spent time on the disabled list earlier this year with back and pectoral injuries, and it's unclear whether it was one of those or a different injury that forced him from the game.
Chad Gaudin (elbow) still not able to throw 06-22-2013
Chad Gaudin P LAD
Chad Gaudin (elbow) wasn't able to play catch on Saturday and may be doubtful for his next start.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
Gaudin is still dealing with a bruise as a consequence of getting hit by a comebacker in his last start. The big test will be Sunday when he's scheduled to throw a bullpen. If he's unable to, the Giants will almost certainly need to find another option to make Gaudin's Tuesday start.
Zito goes seven strong as Giants beat Marlins 06-22-2013
Barry Zito P OAK
Barry Zito tossed seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Marlins. It took 11 innings for the defending World Series champions to wrap up the victory. Zito was excellent over the first seven frames, scattering one double and five singles while racking up five strikeouts. He'll carry a 4.40 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into his next scheduled start against the Rockies (at Coors Field).
Turner pitches well yet again in no-decision 06-22-2013
Jacob Turner P CWS
Jacob Turner held the Giants to one run over seven innings Saturday in a no-decision. Miami's offense could only muster one run, denying Turner his fourth career major league victory and his second of the season. The promising 22-year-old owns a 1.97 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 20/11 K/BB ratio in 32 innings since his late-May promotion. He will try to keep it rolling next week when he faces the Padres at home.
Frandsen hits walkoff HR, Phils beat Mets 06-22-2013
Kevin Frandsen LF SF
Kevin Frandsen hit a walkoff solo home run in the Phillies' win over the Mets on Saturday evening. Jonathan Papelbon coughed up two runs in the top of the ninth inning to blow the Phillies' one-run lead, but Frandsen made everything better with one swing in the bottom of that frame. It was his third home run of the season and the RBI pushed his season total to 11.
Howard homers twice in Phils' win over Mets 06-22-2013
Ryan Howard 1B PHI
Ryan Howard finished 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI as the Phillies beat the Mets 8-7 on Saturday. Howard hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth and another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. He had a .734 OPS on June 14 and it's now .828.
Papelbon blows save but Phillies beat Mets 06-22-2013
Jonathan Papelbon P WAS
Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the season on Saturday evening against the Mets. With his defense offering little help, Papelbon yielded two runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning. But then Kevin Frandsen hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of that frame, giving Papelbon the win. The right-hander is not in danger of losing his job.
Gee hammered as Mets fall late to Phillies 06-22-2013
Dillon Gee P KC
Dillon Gee surrendered six runs -- five earned -- over five innings Saturday against the Phillies. Gee escaped with a no-decision, as Philly couldn't put the victory away until the bottom of the ninth inning. Gee acknowledged earlier this month that he's been dealing with elbow tendinitis all year and he did not look like a guy with all his bullets on Saturday. He has a 4.82 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 15 starts this season.
Veras gets 15th save, Astros defeat Cubs 06-22-2013
Jose Veras P ATL
Jose Veras tallied his 15th save of the season Saturday as the Astros beat the Cubs 4-3. Veras retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. He's done well with the few save chances that he's received this season and should remain a decent fantasy option at closer.
Schierholtz homers in Cubs' loss to Houston 06-22-2013
Nate Schierholtz RF TEX
Nate Schierholtz hit his 10th home run of the season Saturday in the Cubs' loss to the Astros. It has been another dismal year for the Northsiders, but Schierholtz is looking like a pretty nice catch. He has a .289/.341/.557 batting line in 62 games played and may be worth a roster spot in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Jackson placed on minors DL with calf strain 06-22-2013
Brett Jackson CF SF
Triple-A Iowa outfielder Brett Jackson was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Tommy Birch on Twitter
Jackson has struggled at the Triple-A level this season, batting just .223/.300/.367 with 77 strikeouts in 215 at-bats. The 24-year-old was once considered a top prospect, but his future is going to remain murky if he doesn't start hitting better at some point.
K-Rod earns 300th save as Brewers top Braves 06-22-2013
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
Francisco Rodriguez earned his 300th career save Saturday in the Brewers' 2-0 defeat of the Braves. K-Rod gave up a one-out single in the top of the ninth inning to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons but was able to work out of the jam. He's now the 25th member of the 300-save club, though he's expected to be stripped of the Brewers' ninth-inning role for Jim Henderson now that the milestone has been met. So it's bittersweet.
Stewart reinstated by Cubs after suspension 06-22-2013
Ian Stewart 3B WAS
The Cubs reinstated Ian Stewart from his 10-day suspension on Saturday.

Tommy Birch on Twitter
Stewart had been suspended for violating the "loyalty clause" in his contract, speaking out in frustration about being in the minors on Twitter. He certainly didn't do himself any favors with the outburst, so it's safe to assume he won't be recalled by the club any time soon.
Hand goes four-plus scoreless, Brewers win 06-22-2013
Donovan Hand P CIN
Donovan Hand threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the Brewers' win over the Braves on Saturday. It was an impressive spot start from the young right-hander, who had been used strictly as a reliever in both the minors and majors this year. Hand yielded only two hits and a walk, fanning three. He could get another try in the Milwaukee starting rotation soon.
Hudson yields two runs, Braves lose to MIL 06-22-2013
Tim Hudson P SF
Tim Hudson allowed two runs in six innings as the Braves lost to the Brewers on Saturday. It was not exactly a crisp outing for the veteran right-hander, who yielded seven hits and four walks. He also got no support from the Atlanta offense, falling to 4-7 on the year. Hudson will try to bounce back in his next scheduled start at home against the Diamondbacks.
Clevenger needs more rehab before return 06-22-2013
Steve Clevenger C SEA
Steve Clevenger (oblique) completed his rehab stint but felt some tightness in his left side and will require additional time before being activated.

Paul Sullivan on Twitter
Clevenger is eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list but will continue to rehab at Triple-A Iowa for a while longer. The Cubs aren't missing him, so he'll be given as much time as needed before returning.
Thames designated for assigment by Mariners 06-22-2013
Eric Thames 1B MLW
Mariners designated OF Eric Thames for assignment. Thames was removed from Seattle's 40-man roster to make room for the return of Franklin Gutierrez. Thames has a lifetime .250/.296/.431 line in the majors and was hitting .295 with seven homers at Triple-A Tacoma this year. He'll likely catch on somewhere else soon.
Pettibone departs start with tight lower back 06-22-2013
Jonathan Pettibone P PHI
Jonathan Pettibone was pulled from his start Saturday against the Mets with lower back tightness.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Pettibone allowed just one run over six innings before his departure. He'll be questionable for his next start.
Michael Morse disabled with right quad injury 06-22-2013
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Mariners placed OF Michael Morse on the 15-day disabled list. Morse has been dealing with a right quad injury that's kept him from starting since Wednesday. Franklin Gutierrez was activated in a corresponding move. Morse is hitting .251/.313/.454 with 11 home runs this season.
Mariners activate Franklin Gutierrez from DL 06-22-2013
Franklin Gutierrez RF SEA
Mariners activated OF Franklin Gutierrez from the 60-day disabled list. Gutierrez hasn't played since April 22 with a strained hamstring. The oft-injured outfielder was hitting .258/.286/.537 before the injury. He was in the lineup on Saturday, batting sixth.
Dodgers release Ramon Hernandez 06-22-2013
Ramon Hernandez C KC
Dodgers released C Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week with a .208/.291/.438 batting line. Veteran catchers are always in demand, so this likely isn't the last we've heard from the 37-year-old.
Keppinger has three hits against Royals 06-22-2013
Jeff Keppinger 3B CWS
Jeff Keppinger went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Royals. All three hits were singles. The walk was just his fifth in 227 plate appearances this season. The struggling Keppinger has been pushed into a part-time role since the return of Gordon Beckham, but the .282 career hitter is obviously capable of much better.
Quintana gives up two runs in no-decision 06-22-2013
Jose Quintana P CWS
Jose Quintana gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Saturday. The Royals had a chance for more, but Matt Lindstrom was able to induce a double play after he replaced Quintana with one out and runners at first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning. Quintana gave up five hits and one walk while striking out four. The southpaw has a 3.83 ERA through 15 starts this season and has been an underrated contributor in mixed leagues. He lines up for a start against the Indians next week.
Davis goes seven innings in no-decision 06-22-2013
Wade Davis P CHC
Wade Davis yielded two runs over seven innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox. Davis allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out six. His only mistake was a two-spot in the fourth inning. Davis has now allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts, lowering his ERA from 6.16 to 4.96 in the process. Still, he's not worth trusting in mixed fantasy leagues, even against the Twins next week on the road.
Moustakas has two hits, RBI in loss 06-22-2013
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Saturday in a loss to the White Sox. With his third straight multi-hit game, Moustakas' batting average is over .200 for the first time since May 12. There has been plenty of speculation about the Royals sending him down to the minors -- and they had an opportunity when Jarrod Dyson was activated from the disabled list on Saturday -- but it appears he'll get some more time to turn things around.
Ogando to throw bullpen session on Sunday 06-22-2013
Alexi Ogando P ATL
Alexi Ogando is scheduled to test his injured right shoulder Sunday with a bullpen session.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
Ogando has been playing long toss for the past week with no issues. If all continues to goes well, he could be ready to rejoin the Rangers around early-to-mid July.
Jon Jay not in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday 06-22-2013
Jon Jay CF CHC
Jon Jay is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Rangers.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Shane Robinson will start in center field against Texas lefty Martin Perez. Jay is batting just .183/.274/.202 since May 22. "Oscar Taveras Watch" is in effect.
Clay Buchholz (trapezius) won't return Tues. 06-22-2013
Clay Buchholz P PHI
Clay Buchholz (trapezius) will not return Tuesday.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
Buchholz is still being bothered by discomfort in his neck and shoulder and was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday. The 28-year-old right-hander could need another two weeks of rest and rehab. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since June 8.
Wells snaps funk, rallies Yankees past Rays 06-22-2013
Vernon Wells LF NYY
Vernon Wells delivered a pinch-hit, three-run double to lead the Yankees to a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday. Wells entered Saturday's contest in a miserable 9-for-87 funk, but he drove one to the right-center field wall off Jake McGee in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Yankees head. It was ruled as a ground-rule double due to fan interference, but the umpires allowed all three runs to score because it was determined that David Adams would have scored from first base. Zoilo Almonte had another fine day at the dish Saturday, so one big hit might not get Wells back into the lineup Sunday against right-hander Chris Archer.
Sabathia gives up five runs, gets win 06-22-2013
CC Sabathia P NYY
CC Sabathia was touched up for five runs over seven innings Saturday in a win over the Rays. It wasn't pretty, but Sabathia (and fantasy owners) will take it. All five runs scored via the home run ball, as Sabathia allowed a solo shot to Evan Longoria in the second inning and a grand slam in the sixth inning. The big lefty struck out two and walked two (one intentional) in the win. He'll bring a 4.09 ERA into a tough matchup against the Orioles on the road next weekend.
Colome gives up three unearned runs vs. Yanks 06-22-2013
Alex Colome P TB
Alex Colome surrendered three unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Saturday. Colome gave up five hits and five walks, so he exhausted his pitch count pretty early. Things could have been much worse, but Colome worked out of a jam in the third inning and Alex Torres snuffed out a potential rally when he entered the game in the fifth. It's unclear whether Colome will get another turn in the rotation.
Wil Myers hits grand slam for first MLB homer 06-22-2013
Wil Myers 1B SD
Wil Myers connected for a grand slam against CC Sabathia for his first major league home run Saturday. It was an opposite-field shot to right-center field which bounced off the top of the wall and nearly ended up in Brett Gardner's glove. Myers went 3-for-4 on the day and is now hitting .280 (7-for-25) with six RBI since being called up from the minors. Strikeouts were an issue for him in the minors, so we aren't expecting a high batting average, but his power potential makes him worth a flier in most fantasy leagues.
Nick Masset (shoulder) throws bullpen session 06-22-2013
Nick Masset P WAS
Nick Masset (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon at Arizona's Chase Field.
Masset hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2011 season because of shoulder issues. He had surgery last September and is still in the early stages of his rehab. There is no timetable for the right-hander's return.
David Price to make second rehab start Wed. 06-22-2013
David Price P BOS
David Price (triceps) will make his second rehab start on Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Price allowed one run on two hits over 2 2/3 innings in his rehab debut with the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday. He is likely to make a total of three rehab starts, which sets him up for an early-July return.
Clay Buchholz unlikely to return on Tuesday 06-22-2013
Clay Buchholz P PHI
Clay Buchholz was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to lingering trapezius tightness.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
Buchholz played catch on flat ground instead and did not feel great. He is highly unlikely to return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Rockies, which was the original plan. The 28-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a game since June 8.
Capuano to start on short rest Sunday vs. SD 06-22-2013
Chris Capuano P MLW
Chris Capuano will start Sunday against the Padres.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
He will be going on short rest. Capuano threw six shutout innings Wednesday night against the Yankees but owns an underwhelming 4.62 season ERA and should go on being ignored in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Padres recall Brad Boxberger from Triple-A 06-22-2013
Brad Boxberger P TB
Padres recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson. Boxberger has a cool 3.52 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings this season with San Diego. The 25-year-old right-hander will function as a middle reliever.
Padres recall Anthony Bass from AAA level 06-22-2013
Anthony Bass P SEA
Padres recalled RHP Anthony Bass from Triple-A Tucson. Bass had a 4.55 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings of relief earlier this season with the Padres. He will carry no fantasy value in the San Diego bullpen.
Padres option Jaff Decker to AAA Tucson 06-22-2013
Jaff Decker LF TB
Padres optioned OF Jaff Decker to Triple-A Tucson. Decker has made only two plate appearances this year (and for his career) in the major leagues. He will continue to function as organizational depth for San Diego.
Clayton Richard (shoulder) placed on the DL 06-22-2013
Clayton Richard P SD
Padres placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury. Richard made an early exit from his start Friday against the Dodgers after experiencing pain in his left AC joint. The Padres will likely have him visit a specialist.
Alex Avila (forearm) set for rehab assignment 06-22-2013
Alex Avila C DET
Alex Avila (forearm) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Toledo.

Jason Beck on Twitter
Avila is aiming to return from the disabled list on the first day that he's eligible and is currently on track to meet that goal. He suffered an ugly forearm bruise on June 16 when he was hit by a pitch.
Bautista powers Jays to 10th consecutive win 06-22-2013
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista launched a go-ahead two-run homer to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Bautista took Darren O'Day deep in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Jays on top. The veteran slugger has mostly been a non-factor during the team's recent hot stretch, hitting just .129 (4-for-31) over his last eight games, but he stepped up at just the right time on Saturday. The Blue Jays have now won 10 in a row and find themselves over .500 (37-36) for the first time this season.
Wang gives up one run in no-decision 06-22-2013
Chien-Ming Wang P KC
Chien-Ming Wang yielded one run in 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Orioles. Pretty impressive performance against a tough lineup. Wang limited the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) while walking none and striking out a pair. He had his trademark sinker working, as he induced 15 ground balls. The veteran right-hander now owns a 2.61 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings over his first three starts with Toronto. We wouldn't bite in mixed leagues, but he's worth rolling with in AL-only leagues for now.
Miguel Gonzalez gives up three runs in loss 06-22-2013
Miguel Gonzalez P CWS
Miguel Gonzalez yielded three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. Gonzalez was pulled after he gave up a single to Munenori Kawasaki with one out in the eighth inning. Darren O'Day then surrendered a go-ahead two-run homer to Jose Bautista. Gonzalez allowed just three hits and walked three while striking out five. While he took the loss, he has quality starts in each of his last four outings and owns a solid 3.75 ERA on the year. He'll face the Indians next week at home.
Flaherty singles in loss to Blue Jays 06-22-2013
Ryan Flaherty 3B BAL
Ryan Flaherty went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays. One of the least productive hitters in the majors, Flaherty is hitting just .184 with three homers through 50 games this season. Imagine how much scarier the Orioles' offense would be if they even received league-average production at second base. His playing time could come to an end if Brian Roberts (hamstring) can avoid a setback during his rehab assignment.
Rangers recall Martin Perez from Triple-A 06-22-2013
Martin Perez P TEX
Rangers recalled LHP Martin Perez from Triple-A Round Rock. Perez will start Saturday against the Cardinals. He has posted a 1.13 ERA since his demotion last month and is taking Josh Lindblom's spot in the Rangers' rotation.
Rangers option LHP Joseph Ortiz 06-22-2013
Joseph Ortiz P CHC
Rangers optioned LHP Joseph Ortiz to Triple-A Round Rock. The moves clears a spot for Martin Perez on the active roster. Ortiz has a 5.08 ERA in 22 appearances with the Rangers.
Zach Britton to start Monday 06-22-2013
Zach Britton P BAL
Zach Britton is expected to start Monday against the Indians.

Baltimore Sun
The Orioles are leaning towards pitching Freddy Garcia on Sunday, so Britton will make his second start since being called up earlier this week. He allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Tigers in his last outing.
Swisher (shoulder) unable to return Saturday 06-22-2013
Nick Swisher 1B ATL
Nick Swisher (shoulder) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday.

Nick Camino on Twitter
Red Sox officially call up Allen Webster 06-22-2013
Allen Webster P PIT
Red Sox recalled RHP Allen Webster from Triple-A Pawtucket . With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list, Webster will start Saturday against the Tigers. The 23-year-old right has an 11.74 ERA in two starts with the Red Sox and should be avoided outside of deeper AL-only leagues.
Pedro Beato optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket 06-22-2013
Pedro Beato P BAL
Red Sox optioned RHP Pedro Beato to Triple-A Pawtucket. Beato appeared in two games with the Red Sox and will return to a 1.89 ERA over 34 innings in the minors. The move clears a spot for Saturday's starter Allen Webster.
Werth scratched due to flu-like symptoms 06-22-2013
Jayson Werth LF WAS
Jayson Werth was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Amanda Comak on Twitter
Werth is considered day-to-day and should return to the lineup early next week. Roger Bernadina started in right field Saturday and went 0-for-2 with a walk in his absence.
Pagan (hamstring) to seek second opinion 06-22-2013
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan will seek a second opinion after MRI showed a small tear in his right hamstring.

San Jose Mercury News
Pagan, out since May 25, said he felt a "pop" while running out a grounder Thursday in his first rehab game. While no official decision has been made, the setback is likely to require surgery and sideline him for a minimum of six weeks.
Chacin tosses seven scoreless frames in win 06-22-2013
Jhoulys Chacin P SD
Jhoulys Chacin spun seven scoreless frames Saturday in a 7-1 win over the Nationals. It was his first scoreless outing since back on April 19. Chacin scattered five hits (four of them singles) while walking one and striking out three. And while it doesn't matter much for fantasy purposes, he also delivered an RBI single. With wins in three straight starts, Chacin now sits at 6-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 51/25 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings through 14 starts. He'll try to keep the streak going next week when he takes on the Giants at home.
Haren struggles again, ERA jumps to 6.15 06-22-2013
Dan Haren P CHC
Dan Haren was blasted for six runs in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rockies. Ouch. Haren struck out five and walked none, but gave up seven hits, including his league-leading 19th home run of the season. With his ERA now at an eye-popping 6.15 through 15 starts, the struggling right-hander may soon be at risk for losing his rotation spot.
LeMahieu has three hits, HR in win over Nats 06-22-2013
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Nationals. LeMahieu had a solo homer -- his first of the season -- in the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. While the 24-year-old scuffled a bit after taking over the everyday second base job, he now has three straight multi-hit games and has pulled his batting average all the way up to .299 for the year. With his speed, he's worth considering in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Zimmerman has solo homer in loss to Rockies 06-22-2013
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo homer Saturday in a loss to the Rockies. His ninth-inning blast was the only offense of the day for the Nationals. After a red-hot May, Zimmerman has cooled down significantly this month. He entered Saturday's action hitting just .239 with two homers, six RBI, and 23 strikeouts in 71 at-bats in June.
Napoli not in Saturday's lineup 06-22-2013
Mike Napoli 1B TEX
Mike Napoli is not in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Napoli has struggled in his career against Max Scherzer, so it's just a manager's decision. Mike Carp will get the start at first base.
Rockies acquire LHP Hisanori Takahashi 06-22-2013
Hisanori Takahashi P COL
Rockies acquired LHP Hisanori Takahashi from the Cubs for a player to be named later; assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Troy Renck on Twitter
Takahashi, 38, will provide organizational depth in the minors. He appeared in three games with the Cubs earlier this season and has a 1.98 ERA at the Triple-A level.
Betancourt (groin) could return Thursday 06-22-2013
Rafael Betancourt P COL
Rafael Betancourt (groin) could return from the disabled list Thursday.
Betancourt will face live hitting in Boston next week and is hoping to avoid a rehab assignment. The 38-year-old has missed just over three weeks with a right groin injury.
Estrada (hamstring) cleared for rehab start 06-22-2013
Marco Estrada P TOR
Marco Estrada (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Low-A Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
It will be his first time pitching in a game since being placed on the disabled list. The Brewers don't need a fifth starter again until Friday, so Estrada could rejoin the starting rotation next week if he can avoid a setback.
Rodriguez (hip) appears in simulated game 06-22-2013
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
Alex Rodriguez (hip) went 1-for 3 with two walks in a simulated game Friday.

The Journal News
Rodriguez continues to make progress in his recovery from January hip surgery. He remains on track to begin a rehab assignment shortly after the All-Star break
Steve Johnson P SEA
Steve Johnson (oblique) made 25 throws from a distance of 60 feet on Saturday.
Johnson has been shut down the last two weeks, so it's a step in the right direction. Assuming he avoids setbacks, he could rejoin the Orioles in the early part of July.
Report: Mets could recall Ike Davis 06-22-2013
Ike Davis 1B NYY
The Mets are expected to recall Ike Davis if Lucas Duda requires a trip to the disabled list.

ESPN New York
Davis has homered in consecutive games with Tripe-A Las Vegas and is hitting .333 with a .480 on-base percentage since his demotion. With Duda sidelined, he would make regular starts at first base if he gets the call.
Drabek (elbow) begins rehab assignment 06-22-2013
Kyle Drabek P ARZ
Kyle Drabek (elbow) will make his first rehab start Saturday with High-A Dunedin.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Drabek is 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery and figures to require a lengthy rehab assignment. He remains on track to return from the 60-day disabled at some point after the All-Star break.
Torres (knee) held out of Saturday's lineup 06-22-2013
Andres Torres LF SF
Andres Torres (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
Torres suffered a bruised knee Friday and is listed as day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is starting in left field Saturday against the Marlins.
Brandon Crawford returns to Giants' lineup 06-22-2013
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford (fingers) returned to the Giants' lineup Saturday.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
Crawford missed three games due to sprained fingers on his right hand. The injury no longer appears to be a concern at this point.
Duda scheduled for MRI on left side 06-22-2013
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Lucas Duda will undergo an MRI on his left side Saturday.

Marc Carig on Twitter
The MRI will determine the extent of the damage, but it's very possible that Duda is dealing with an oblique injury. If he needs to be placed on the disabled list, Ike Davis will likely be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cardinals recall RHP Michael Blazek 06-22-2013
Michael Blazek P MLW
Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis. Blazek, 24, will provide bullpen depth. He has a 2.81 ERA over eight appearances at the Triple-A level.
Cardinals option Tyler Lyons to Triple-A 06-22-2013
Tyler Lyons P STL
Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Lyons to Triple-A Memphis. Lyons didn't make it out of the second inning against the Rangers on Friday, and had a 5.51 ERA in six starts. Michael Blazek has been called up to replace him on the active roster.
Byrdak (shoulder) begins rehab assignment 06-22-2013
Tim Byrdak P NYM
Tim Byrdak (shoulder) made his first rehab appearance with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Friday.

ESPN New York
He threw a scoreless inning and didn't allow any hits in his first game action since 2012. Byrdak is working his way back from left shoulder surgery and could rejoin the Mets' bullpen around the All-Star break.
Gordon Beckham held out of Saturday's lineup 06-22-2013
Gordon Beckham 2B SF
Gordon Beckham is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.

Mark Gonzales on Twitter
It's the first time that he hasn't be in the starting lineup since returning from the DL earlier this month. Beckham has been playing through post-surgery soreness in his left hand and will be given some time off as a precautionary measure.
Middlebrooks could be optioned to Triple-A 06-22-2013
Will Middlebrooks 3B MLW
The Providence Journal suggests Will Middlebrooks could be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to get back on track.

Providence Journal
Middlebrooks is batting just .192/.228/.389 in 39 plate appearances since being activated from the DL, but the Red Sox don't have any imminent plans to demote him to the minors. "I don't know that we have a date marked on the calendar or that if certain things change we've got to make a change with that," manager John Farrell said. "We haven't even approached that."
Brandon Gomes (lat) close to rehab assignment 06-22-2013
Brandon Gomes P CHC
Brandon Gomes (lat) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday.

Tampa Bay Times
Gomes has been on the disabled list since early May with a right lat strain. The Rays will send him on a 7-10 day rehab assignment before he's cleared to return to the bullpen.
Jayson Werth LF WAS
Jayson Werth has been scratched from Saturday's lineup.

Adam Comak on Twitter
Michael Martinez DFA'd by Phillies 06-22-2013
Michael Martinez 3B CLE
Phillies designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment. Martinez was optioned Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, but the move clears a spot for J.C. Ramirez on the 40-man roster. The 30-year-old utilityman should go through waivers unclaimed and remain in the organization.
Mike Adams (biceps) placed on 15-day DL 06-22-2013
Mike Adams P LAD
Phillies placed RHP Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with biceps tendinitis. Adams hasn't pitched since Wednesday and the injury has affected him for the last two weeks. J.C. Ramirez has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace him on the active roster.
Royals activate Jarrod Dyson from DL 06-22-2013
Jarrod Dyson LF SEA
Royals activated OF Jarrod Dyson from the 15-day disabled list.
Royals option 2B Chris Getz to Triple-A 06-22-2013
Chris Getz 2B TOR
Royals optioned 2B Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha. Getz struggled in 47 games with the Royals this season, batting .214/.276/.286 as a part-time starter. The move leaves just Miguel Tejada and Billy Butler as the only backup infielders on Kansas City's roster.
Harper could begin rehab stint Wednesday 06-22-2013
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Bryce Harper (knee) won't begin a rehab assignment until Wednesday at the earliest.

Amanda Comak on Twitter
Harper was on track to begin a rehab stint Tuesday, but said that it was probably overly optimistic and wants to make sure he is as close to 100 percent when he returns. The Washington Times reports Harper is expected to play in 6-7 rehab games before rejoining to the Nationals.
Rays officially call up Alex Colome 06-22-2013
Alex Colome P TB
Rays recalled RHP Alex Colome from Triple-A Durham.
Bernadina returns to starting lineup 06-22-2013
Roger Bernadina CF COL
Roger Bernadina is in the Nationals' lineup Saturday.

Amanda Comak on Twitter
Bernadina hasn't started since Tuesday due to an infection in his left eye, but has appeared as a defensive replacement over the last two games. He's starting in left field and batting seventh Saturday against the Rockies.
Granderson (finger) to begin light workouts 06-22-2013
Curtis Granderson CF NYM
Curtis Granderson (finger) is expected to resume baseball activities next week.

New York Post
Granderson had the pin removed from his fractured left pinkie finger Thursday and has been cleared to start light workouts at the Yankees' spring training complex. There's still no official timetable for his return, but Granderson is not expected to be available until after the All-Star break.
Hamilton wearing brace on right wrist 06-22-2013
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
Josh Hamilton had a brace on his right wrist after Friday's game.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Hamilton also had a cortisone shot and is expected to remain sidelined until Tuesday. He has been dealing with a tendinitis-like condition in his wrist over the last 10 days. The Angels haven't given any indication that the injury will require a stint on the disabled list.
Torres day-to-day with bruised knee 06-22-2013
Andres Torres LF SF
Andres Torres left Friday's game against the Marlins with a right knee injury.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Torres is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee. X-rays were negative, so it's possible he won't miss any time and return to the lineup Saturday.
Royals expected to option Chris Getz 06-22-2013
Chris Getz 2B TOR
The Royals are expected to option Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.

Rob White on Twitter
With Jarrod Dyson set to return from the DL, Getz will be demoted over David Lough. The Royals have yet to confirm the report, but Elliot Johnson is expected to take over as the regular second baseman. Jeff Francoeur's roster spot remains safe for now.
Pagan (hamstring) likely to need surgery 06-22-2013
Angel Pagan LF SF
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that surgery is "no question" an option after Angel Pagan (hamstring) was carted off the field in his first rehab appearance Thursday with High-A San Jose.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
A decision will likely come in the next few days. If Pagan undergoes surgery, he would be sidelined for a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
Quentin (shoulder) expected back Saturday 06-22-2013
Carlos Quentin LF ATL
Carlos Quentin (shoulder) is expected to return to the Padres' lineup Saturday.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Quentin has missed the last seven games with left shoulder soreness, but managed to avoid the DL. He was batting .261/.367/.471 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 50 games prior to the injury.
Clayton Richard (shoulder) headed to DL 06-22-2013
Clayton Richard P SD
Clayton Richard (shoulder) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Richard was removed his start Friday after just two pitches with pain in his left AC joint. The injury is to the same shoulder he had surgery on in 2011. Burch Smith, Tyson Ross, and Robbie Erlin are candidates to replace him in the starting rotation.
Cishek escapes the Giants, earns 12th save 06-22-2013
Steve Cishek P SEA
Steve Cishek danced from danger Friday against the Giants, earning his 12th save. Even with a 6-3 lead, Cishek had the game in doubt by putting runners on second and third with two outs and Buster Posey batting. Cishek fell behind 3-0, but eventually coaxed Posey into a ground out to end the contest. The right-hander had just three saves in April and two in May, but has tallied seven since June 8. Such is the fickle nature of being a closer, especially when pitching for a team as bad as Miami.
Nolasco allows three runs on nine hits in ND 06-22-2013
Ricky Nolasco P LAA
Ricky Nolasco didn't show up with his best stuff Friday in San Francisco, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks. The 30-year-old struck out only one in the no-decision. Though he's just 4-7, the right-hander has put up an encouraging 3.68 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this season. In addition, Nolasco seems likely to be moved before the trade deadline, which should lead to more victories.
Morrison goes 2-for-5 with a homer and triple 06-22-2013
Logan Morrison 1B TB
Logan Morrison went 2-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 6-3 win against the Giants. LoMo batted only .182/.262/.291 with two homers and 10 RBI over 15 games on a rehab assignment, but he's proved the health of his surgically-repaired knee by raking to the tune of a .333/.379/.593 slash line over eight games since his activation. He should be active in all NL-only leagues and on mixed leaguer's radars. Morrison's home run Friday was his first of the season.
Lincecum strikes out eight in no-decision 06-22-2013
Tim Lincecum P LAA
Tim Lincecum allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings in his start Friday night against the Marlins. He struck out eight in the no-decision. Lincecum entered June with a 5.12 ERA, but he's straightened out some of his issues this month, allowing just eight earned runs in 24 2/3 innings over four starts to lower his earned run average to 4.52. He'll take his 4-7 record into a date with the Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw next week.
Goldschmidt smacks two homers in blowout win 06-22-2013
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ
Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 and smashed two home runs in a victory against the Reds on Friday. He collected three RBI. The 25-year-old is batting .306 with 19 home runs (second in the NL), 65 RBI (first) and 49 runs (sixth). In his last four games, Goldschmidt has four round-trippers and six RBI.
Kubel goes 4-for-5 with a 2B, RBI and 3 runs 06-22-2013
Jason Kubel LF MIN
Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 11-5 victory against the Reds. Kubel is enjoying a great month; he has only gone hit-less in two June starts. He began this month with a .237 batting average and now sits at .273, more in line with his career number. Kubel has four homers and 22 RBI over 139 at-bats.
Votto goes 3-for-4 with a double and a homer 06-22-2013
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in the Reds' loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday. Votto was given his first off day of the season one week ago (although he was called on to pinch hit), and he's been absolutely raking since. The first baseman had a slow start to June, but is 12-for-25 (.480) with a pair of homers over his last six games. He's now batting .330 to go with 13 homers, 37 RBI and 54 runs.
Cueto loses first game of the season Friday 06-22-2013
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto was slapped with his first loss of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks, who rocked him for seven runs over 4 1/3 innings. Cueto (4-1, 3.21 ERA) was roughed up for 11 hits, including two homers. He struck out three and walked one. Cueto spent the minimum 15 days on the DL with a strained lat earlier this month, an injury he's dealt with a few times this season. He was fine in his first start back, allowing just one run over six innings Sunday against the Brewers, but clearly didn't have anything close to his best stuff on Friday. It's unclear at this point if an injury flared up this evening, or if Cueto just had an off night.
Cole earns his third win in as many attempts 06-22-2013
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Gerrit Cole earned his third win in three starts by confounding the Dodgers on Friday night. Cole was close to perfect in tossing six shutout innings before he ran out of gas in the seventh, allowing two runs, including a solo homer to Albert Pujols. He struck out five -- after whiffing just three in his first two starts -- walked one, and scattered four hits over 6 1/3 innings in total. Cole routinely lit up the radar gun with an upper-90s fastball with life. The rookie, 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA and 8/1 K/BB rate over 18 1/3 innings, should be active in all mixed leagues.
Grilli bounces back, earns 26th save of year 06-22-2013
Jason Grilli P TOR
Jason Grilli bounced back from his first blown save of the year by hurling a perfect ninth inning against the Angels on Saturday. He struck out two in earning his Major League-leading 26th save (tied with Jim Johnson). The 36-year-old right-hander owns a gaudy 1.07 ERA and 0.74 WHIP to go with a 56/7 K/BB rate over 36 games. Grilli, 36, who entered this season with just seven career saves, is on the short list for fantasy baseball's breakout star of 2013.
Mercer goes 3-for-4 with HR, SB and two RBI 06-22-2013
Jordy Mercer SS PIT
Jordy Mercer went 3-for-4 with a homer, a stolen base, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's victory against the Angels. One day after going 0-for-5 against the Reds, Mercer was dropped to the nine hole. In response, he tormented Los Angeles, picking up his first RBI since May 29 and his first homer since May 11. With an attractive .290/.339/.495 slash line and four homers and three stolen bases in 107 at-bats, Pittsburgh's starting shortstop has planted himself firmly on mixed league radars.
Weaver coughs up four runs in six innings 06-22-2013
Jered Weaver P LAA
Jered Weaver coughed up four runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates. He struck out three and walked none. It's been a forgettable season for the right-hander, who missed seven weeks with a fractured left elbow and is 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA while healthy. His situation won't get any easier next week when he's slated to start in Detroit against the vaunted Tiger offense.
Denorfia goes 2-for-2 with a walk, HR, 2 RBI 06-22-2013
Chris Denorfia RF CHC
Chris Denorfia went 2-for-2 with a walk, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's victory over the Dodgers. All five of him homers this year have come off southpaws, including this evening's bomb off of Clayton Kershaw. Cameron Maybin's injuries have meant increased playing time for Denorfia, who has posted a .278/.336/.392 slash line with five homers and seven steals over 227 at-bats on the year.
Street earns his 15th save of the year Friday 06-22-2013
Huston Street P LAA
Huston Street earned his 15th save of the year Friday as the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-2. Of more importance, the veteran tossed his first 1-2-3 inning in more than a month, and just his fifth on the year. Street has blown only one opportunity and owns a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 26 appearances.
Kershaw allows 4 runs on 7 hits over 6 frames 06-22-2013
Clayton Kershaw P LAD
Clayton Kershaw was charged with his fifth loss of the season after giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings Friday against the Padres. He struck out seven and walked one. In his first start since expressing disapproval with the Dodgers over media leaks during their contract extension talks, the left-hander suffered one his worst outings of the season. Kershaw has been dynamite this season, but the Dodgers haven't afforded him much run support, which is why he is only 5-5 despite a 2.06 ERA.
Cruz has go-ahead single in win vs. Cards 06-22-2013
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run single in Friday's 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Cruz hit a chopper up the middle off Trevor Rosenthal in the top of the ninth inning to bring home both Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. He actually drove in three runs on the night, as he had another RBI single earlier in the ballgame. With a .268/.330/.517 batting line to go along with 18 home runs, 53 RBI and five stolen bases in 71 games, the 32-year-old outfielder is enjoying a fantastic contract year.
Holland goes seven innings in no-decision 06-22-2013
Derek Holland P CWS
Derek Holland allowed four runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cardinals. Holland gave up a three-spot in the first inning and allowed one more on a passed ball in the second inning, but he settled down nicely from there, retiring the final 12 batters he faced. He struck out four and walked three in the no-decision. The southpaw will bring a 3.43 ERA into a start against the Yankees next week at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Tyler Lyons struggles Friday against Rangers 06-22-2013
Tyler Lyons P STL
Tyler Lyons struggled Friday against the Rangers, giving up four runs over just 1 2/3 innings. Lyons allowed six out of the 11 batters he faced to reach base, as he gave up three hits and three walks. With a 5.51 ERA through six starts, the Cardinals will likely explore other options for the rotation moving forward. Joe Kelly tossed five innings in relief of Lyons on Friday and is an obvious candidate to replace him, although the Cardinals could maneuver their rotation next week thanks to two scheduled off-days.
Allen Craig has two-run double in loss 06-22-2013
Allen Craig RF BOS
Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Friday's loss to the Rangers. Craig continues to be an RBI machine as the Cardinals' primary cleanup hitter. "Wrench" has driven in 18 runs in 17 games this month and is currently tied with Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez for third in the National League with 57 RBI. It would be nice to see a bit more power, though he has all six of his home runs over his last 44 games.
Cespedes tallies third multi-HR game of June 06-22-2013
Yoenis Cespedes LF NYM
Yoenis Cespedes launched two homers and collected four RBI in Friday's win over the Mariners. Cespedes, who has been suffering with left hamstring tightness, manned left field for the first time in over a week. The young Cuban outfielder had been scuffling, accruing just one RBI since June 6 prior to this evening. His home runs are coming in bunches in June, as Friday marked his third two-homer contest of the month.
Colon allows three runs over seven innings 06-22-2013
Bartolo Colon P ATL
Bartolo Colon allowed three runs on seven hits over eight innings Friday as the A's beat the Mariners 6-3. He struck out four and walked two. Outside of the third inning, in which Nick Franklin spanked a three-run homer, Colon silenced the Mariners. Colon has pitched at least six innings and not allowed more than three runs in every start since May 9. The ageless righty improves to 10-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
Franklin hits a three-run homer off Colon 06-22-2013
Nick Franklin 1B TB
Nick Franklin hit a three-run homer off Bartolo Colon in Friday's game against the A's. Franklin finished 1-for-4. It was the rookie's first home run at Safeco Field and his fourth overall. The round-tripper, which came in the third inning, accounted for all of Seattle's offense in a 6-3 setback. Franklin has offered everything Seattle could have hoped for and more, rendering Dustin Ackley an afterthought. Franklin is batting an impressive .277/.362/.494 through 83 at-bats.
Iwakuma labors against the A's once again 06-22-2013
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma labored against the A's for a second consecutive start Friday, allowing four runs on six hits over seven innings in defeat. He struck out six and walked none. Iwakuma was surprisingly done in by the long ball, allowing three, the same amount he'd surrendered between May 20 and yesterday. Although Iwakuma has given up eight runs over his last two starts, both against the A's, we aren't worried about him. The Japanese import is 7-3 with a 2.26 ERA.
Peralta tosses seven scoreless innings in win 06-22-2013
Wily Peralta P MLW
Wily Peralta held the Braves in check Friday night, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings as part of a 2-0 victory. Both hits were singles. Peralta walked four and struck out four in the victory. This was his first scoreless outing this season and just the second time he had completed seven innings. With an underwhelming 5.59 ERA and 49/36 K/BB ratio over 87 innings this season, we wouldn't get too carried away in fantasy leagues.
Henderson notches first save since return 06-22-2013
Jim Henderson P NYM
Jim Henderson tossed a scoreless inning Friday against the Braves for his first save since coming off the disabled list. Henderson made things interesting by issuing two walks, but didn't give up a hit and struck out Dan Uggla swinging to end it. Francisco Rodriguez is currently sitting on 299 career saves and the Brewers appear determined to get him to the 300 plateau at some point, but he pitched the eighth inning in Friday's win. Either way, Henderson is the pitcher to own in this bullpen.
Teheran allows two runs in tough luck loss 06-22-2013
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Brewers. Teheran didn't pitch all that poorly, as he allowed eight hits and no walks while striking out five, but he just didn't get any run support. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 out of his last 11 starts and owns an impressive 3.32 ERA and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 89 1/3 frames this season.
Segura has three hits, HR in win over Braves 06-22-2013
Jean Segura SS SEA
Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday in a win over the Braves. Segura was hitting .260 (19-for-73) this month coming into Friday's action, so he has come back down to Earth a bit lately. But that was probably inevitable, anyway. With a .330 batting average to go along with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 22 stolen bases and 41 runs scored in 70 games, Segura continues to prove himself as one of the best bargains in fantasy leagues this season.
Justin Upton hitting .205 this month 06-22-2013
Justin Upton LF DET
Justin Upton went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Brewers. Upton is hitting just .205 this month and has seen his batting average drop down to a season-low .240. After starting the season with 17 extra base hits (12 home runs and five doubles) through 23 games, the 25-year-old outfielder has eight of them (three home runs, one triple and four doubles) over his last 49 contests.