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  • Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B
    Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Homers twice in win
    3m ago

    Tellez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 3 RBI in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    Tellez swatted his first and second home runs as a Brewer on Saturday, and picked up an additional RBI on a fielder's choice. Since arriving in Milwaukee from Toronto, Tellez is hitting .350. While the sample size is small (just 20 at-bats), the slugger should continue to get the odd start and opportunities off the bench as a left-handed hitter in the National League.

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR SP
    Blue Jays' Hyun Jin Ryu: Pulled early in no-decision
    7m ago

    Ryu allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four across 4.1 innings in the win over the Mets on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.

    Ryu managed to get through the first four innings without allowing a run despite the Mets threatening to score multiple times. However, he was pulled with one out in the fifth frame after surrendering five straight hits. It was just the third start that he failed to pitch at least five innings. The 34-year-old has a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 110 innings. His next start is scheduled for Thursday in Boston.

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  • Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
    Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Shuts down Boston
    12m ago

    Chapman allowed one hit and one walk but struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Chapman was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting by surrendering a walk and double with two outs but managed to strike out Enrique Hernandez to earn his 18th save of the season. Though he struggled mightily in a three-appearance stretch in late June and into July, Chapman has now allowed only one earned run across his last six innings of work. He's also locked in each of the Yankees last two saves and appears to have a clear handle on the closer role once again.

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  • Corbin Burnes MIL SP
    Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Strikes out six in win
    14m ago

    Burnes (6-4) allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts through six innings in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    Burnes was perfect his first time through the order in a dominant outing. While his six strikeouts may be just half of the clean dozen that he registered last time out against the Reds, Chicago was thoroughly perplexed by his nasty cutter. Burnes, who takes pride in his all-world ability to find the zone, won't be pleased about walking in a run in the fifth inning. However, the two free passes he issued Saturday are the most he's allowed in a game since June 25.

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  • Jameson Taillon NYY SP
    Yankees' Jameson Taillon: Works through early struggles
    21m ago

    Taillon (6-4) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Taillon allowed one run to cross the plate in each of his first three innings, though only one was earned. However, he fought through the early issues to complete seven innings for the second time in his last four starts. In that span, he's allowed only four earned runs across 25.1 frames while also punching out 20 and walking eight. Overall, Taillon has a 4.36 ERA with 93 strikeouts across 95 innings.

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  • Tyrone Taylor MIL LF
    Brewers' Tyrone Taylor: Homers in back-to-back games
    26m ago

    Taylor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    After hitting his first career grand slam Friday, Taylor kept the good times rolling with another homer on Saturday. The 27-year-old has been red hot since the All-Star break, batting .389 with two home runs and seven RBI. While the outfielder has been used as a pinch hitter for many of his plate appearances this season, his current run of form might require the Brewers to reconsider his role.

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  • Daulton Varsho ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho: Another homer
    1h ago

    Varsho went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Varsho delivered a two-run home run in the fifth inning and has now homered in three consecutive starts. After managing only three extra-base hits and no homers across his first 80 at-bats of the campaign, Varsho has five extra-base hits in his last 21 at-bats. Overall, he now has four home runs while hitting .200/.306/.362 with 16 runs scored and 15 RBI across 121 plate appearances.

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  • Willson Contreras CHC C
    Cubs' Willson Contreras: Smacks 15th homer
    2h ago

    Contreras went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Contreras delivered a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, his 15th long ball of the campaign. He was also ejected from the game arguing a call against Jason Heyward, though it was in the bottom of the ninth inning so did not cost him any plate appearances. Contreras has been on a modest power surge of late, delivering two home runs and two doubles across his last six starts. For the season, he is hitting.239/.350/.433 across 346 plate appearances.

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  • Elias Diaz COL C
    Rockies' Elias Diaz: Not starting Saturday
    4h ago

    Diaz will be on the bench Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Diaz has become the Rockies' primary catcher despite a .210/.278/.381 slash line, though he's justified the role over his last 16 games, homering six times while posting a 1.071 OPS. Dom Nunez will start behind the plate Saturday.

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  • Sean Murphy OAK C
    Athletics' Sean Murphy: Heads to bench
    5h ago

    Murphy will sit Saturday against Seattle.

    Murphy hits the bench for the first time in a week. Aramis Garcia will take over behind the plate in his absence.

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  • Will Smith LAD C
    Dodgers' Will Smith: Resting Saturday
    5h ago

    Smith will sit Saturday against the Rockies.

    Smith gets a rest after starting three straight games behind the plate. Austin Barnes takes over in his absence.

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  • Chad Wallach MIA C
    Marlins' Chad Wallach: DFA'd Saturday
    7h ago

    The Marlins designated Wallach for assignment on Saturday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

    The catcher was recalled before Friday's game and struck out in his only plate appearance. Wallach has appeared in 23 total games for the Marlins this season, hitting .200 with six RBI and 32 strikeouts. He was DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Brian Anderson, whom the team activated from the 60-day injured list Saturday.

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  • Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B
    Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Homers twice in win
    3m ago

    Tellez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 3 RBI in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    Tellez swatted his first and second home runs as a Brewer on Saturday, and picked up an additional RBI on a fielder's choice. Since arriving in Milwaukee from Toronto, Tellez is hitting .350. While the sample size is small (just 20 at-bats), the slugger should continue to get the odd start and opportunities off the bench as a left-handed hitter in the National League.

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  • Luke Voit NYY 1B
    Yankees' Luke Voit: Could return in early August
    1h ago

    Voit (knee) is doing "significantly better," per Yankees manager Aaron Boone, and could return to the active roster during the first week of August, MLB.com reports.

    The first baseman last played July 16 and has been out since that date while dealing with a bone bruise and inflammation in his left knee. He was able to resume baseball activities earlier this week and appears to be closing in on a return. Injuries have limited Voit to 29 games this season, during which he has slashed .241/.328/.370 with three homers and 11 RBI over 122 plate appearances.

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  • Chris Gittens NYY 1B
    Yankees' Chris Gittens: Getting X-rays on ankle
    4h ago

    Gittens underwent X-rays on Saturday after stepping on a bat and rolling his ankle, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

    Gittens had only just returned to the lineup after missing a few days with a minor Achilles injury. Whether or not he'll need to miss more time remains to be seen.

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  • Eric Hosmer SD 1B
    Padres' Eric Hosmer: Sits against another lefty
    7h ago

    Hosmer will be on the bench against lefty Braxton Garrett and the Marlins on Saturday.

    Hosmer has begun to see his playing time reduced, as he's now been on the bench against each of the last three lefties the Padres have faced. It's hard to say he deserves to start every day, as his .266/.329/.381 slash line simply isn't good enough for a first baseman. Jurickson Profar, who's hitting just .236/.338/.315 himself, will start at that position Saturday.

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  • Yandy Diaz TB 1B
    Rays' Yandy Diaz: Takes seat Saturday
    9h ago

    Diaz is on the bench for Saturday's game against Cleveland, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    Diaz has gone 7-for-20 with two home runs and four RBI in seven games since the All-Star break, although the bulk of that production came during Thursday's four-hit effort. Ji-Man Choi will start at first base and bat second with the right-handed J.C. Mejia on the mound for Cleveland.

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  • John Nogowski PIT 1B
    Pirates' John Nogowski: Cooling off at plate
    10h ago

    Nogowski went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 6-4 win over the Giants.

    After an 18-for-37 start with Pittsburgh, the 28-year-old has two hits in his last 12 at-bats. He could see playing time in the outfield when first baseman Colin Moran (wrist) returns, but he'll have to continue hitting. With no track record in the major leagues, Nogowski's numbers over the next week will have a big influence on his opportunity when Moran comes back.

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  • Andy Young ARI 2B
    Diamondbacks' Andrew Young: Tallies sixth homer
    44m ago

    Young hit a two-run pinch-hit home run Saturday against the Cubs.

    Young entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and delivered a home run to give the Diamondbacks insurance on their lead. He now has six homers on the season but has served nearly exclusively as a pinch-hitter during his time in the majors. In 58 plate appearances, Young has maintained a .224/.345/.653 line but is also striking out at 46.6 percent rate.

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  • Kolten Wong MIL 2B
    Brewers' Kolten Wong: Homers in win
    1h ago

    Wong went 1-for-4 with a leadoff home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    Wong wasted no time in getting things started Saturday, taking Carlos Rodon's very first offering over the wall in right field. Since returning from his calf injury after the All-Star break, the second baseman has hit safely in every game that he's played.

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  • Brendan Rodgers COL 2B
    Rockies' Brendan Rodgers: Remains sidelined
    4h ago

    Rodgers (undisclosed) remains on the bench for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

    Rodgers was scratched for undisclosed reasons Friday and did not appear off the bench. He'll miss another start Saturday, with Garrett Hampson getting the nod at second base.

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  • Donovan Solano SF 2B
    Giants' Donovan Solano: Day off Saturday
    6h ago

    Solano will sit Saturday against the Pirates, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Solano sits after starting 11 straight games at second base, a stretch in which he hit .279/.340/.302. Wilmer Flores slides to his usual spot Saturday, with Jason Vosler starting at third base.

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  • Luis Arraez MIN 2B
    Twins' Luis Arraez: Lands on injured list
    7h ago

    Arraez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee strain Saturday, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    Arraez was slated to miss a fourth consecutive game due to his knee injury Saturday, and he'll now have additional time to recover on the injured list. It's not yet clear whether he'll spend more than the minimum of 10 days on the shelf, but Jake Cave (back) was reinstated from the 60-day IL as part of a corresponding move.

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  • Pat Valaika BAL 2B
    Orioles' Pat Valaika: Added to Saturday's lineup
    7h ago

    Valaika is batting ninth and playing second base Saturday against the Nationals, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Valaika was initially omitted from Saturday's lineup, but he will play now that lefty Jon Lester is starting for Washington.

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  • Asdrubal Cabrera ARI 3B
    Diamondbacks' Asdrubal Cabrera: Drives in two in return
    1h ago

    Cabrera went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two doubles Saturday against the Cubs.

    Cabrera was activated from the injured list Saturday, but he was not in starting lineup. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and remained in the contest as the third baseman. That was plenty of time for him to bolster the Diamondbacks' lead, as he delivered a two-run double in his first plate appearance. Despite being out of the lineup Saturday, Cabrera could be in line for plenty of plate appearances while both Ketel Marte (hamstring) and Josh Rojas (finger) remain on the injured list. Through 225 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .247/.338/.402 with five home runs, 26 runs scored and 30 RBI.

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  • Austin Riley ATL 3B
    Braves' Austin Riley: Socks two-run shot in rout
    2h ago

    Riley went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, an additional run scored and a walk in Saturday's win over Atlanta.

    Riley snapped a six-game homer drought with a two-run shot in the eighth inning when the game was already decided, but the noteworthy thing about the long ball is that he blasted that rocket off shortstop Ronald Torreyes, who pitched the eighth when the game was all but over. It was Riley's 16th long ball of the campaign and has gone yard three times already this month.

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  • Brandon Drury NYM 3B
    Mets' Brandon Drury: Recalled by Mets
    6h ago

    Drury was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

    Drury spent just over a month with the minor-league club, and he slashed .303/.375/.545 with five home runs, nine doubles, 21 RBI and 16 runs during that time. The 28-year-old should serve as a reserve infielder.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Unlikely to return during road trip
    8h ago

    Bregman (quadriceps) is unlikely to return during the Astros' upcoming road trip, with runs from July 26 through Aug. 4, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Bregman hasn't played since mid-June while dealing with a strained left quadriceps. The given timeline means he's still nearly two weeks away from returning to the active roster. He may need a small handful of rehab games before he's cleared to return given the length of his absence.

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  • Brock Holt TEX 3B
    Rangers' Brock Holt: Sits against southpaw
    8h ago

    Holt will sit against lefty Framber Valdez and the Astros on Saturday.

    Holt has made just two starts against southpaws this season, so it's no surprise to see him hit the bench here. As usual, Charlie Culberson starts at the hot corner in his absence.

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  • Brian Anderson MIA 3B
    Marlins' Brian Anderson: Activated from IL
    8h ago

    Anderson (shoulder) will be reinstated from the 60-day injured list before Saturday's game against the Padres, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    The third baseman, having been sidelined since May 24 with a dislocated left shoulder, returns to the Marlins on his first day of eligibility. Before the injury, Anderson hit .250 with three home runs, 11 RBI and 12 walks in 36 games. The Marlins have yet to announce whom they're removing from the 40-man roster to clear a space for Anderson.

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  • Brandon Crawford SF SS
    Giants' Brandon Crawford: Resumes baseball activities
    5h ago

    Crawford (oblique) resumes baseball activities Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Crawford hit the injured list Monday after an MRI revealed a mild oblique strain. He was originally given a return timeline of 10-to-14 days, and the fact that he's working out again within a week of being shut down seemingly backs that up.

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  • Zack Short DET SS
    Tigers' Zack Short: Not in Saturday's lineup
    9h ago

    Short isn't starting Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Short will get a breather after he went 2-for-14 with two home runs, three RBI and two strikeouts across the last four games. Harold Castro will shift to shortstop while Willi Castro takes over at second base.

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  • Taylor Walls TB SS
    Rays' Taylor Walls: Optioned to minors
    10h ago

    The Rays optioned Walls to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    The rookie has contributed little offensively of late, going 1-for-15 with a pair of walks since the All-Star break. With a bullpen game Saturday, Tampa Bay needed additional pitching depth, getting it by recalling Sean Poppen in a corresponding move. It's unclear whether Walls will be recalled following Saturday's contest, or if he'll remain in Durham for the time being to get more consistent playing time and continue developing.

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  • Corey Seager LAD SS
    Dodgers' Corey Seager: Still no date set for return
    11h ago

    Seager (hand) has been swinging and moving around, but manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that he has no update on when the shortstop may be activated or whether he'll go on a rehab assignment, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    There were whispers early this week that Seager could rejoin the Dodgers as soon as Wednesday, but that proved to be an inaccurate estimate. Seager continues to take part in baseball activities and doesn't appear to have suffered a setback, so it's unclear why his return date remains a mystery. The 2020 World Series MVP still seems likely to return to game action soon, but it's uncertain whether he'll jump right back into fold with the Dodgers or head out on a rehab assignment first.

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  • Trevor Story COL SS
    Rockies' Trevor Story: Homers in win
    15h ago

    Story went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's and 9-6 win over the Dodgers.

    Story came alive in the sixth with a solo blast to left field to make it a 4-2 ballgame. The game would end up going to extras and he led off the top of the 10th with an RBI single and later scored on Charlie Blackmon's two-run homer. Story hadn't hit a home run since the beginning of July and now sits at 12 for the year. He's slashing .245/.317/.432 with 32 extra-base hits, 45 RBI, 45 runs scored, 31:83 BB:K and is one of the top base stealers in the league with 17.

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  • Tim Anderson CHW SS
    White Sox's Tim Anderson: Ejected Friday
    15h ago

    Anderson was ejected from Friday's 7-1 loss to the Brewers.

    Anderson and the rest of the White Sox were vocal about umpire John Libka's strike zone all night. Manager Tony La Russa was given the heave-ho in the bottom of the seventh inning followed by Anderson a half-inning later. Danny Mendick replaced Anderson at shortstop.

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  • Tyrone Taylor MIL LF
    Brewers' Tyrone Taylor: Homers in back-to-back games
    26m ago

    Taylor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    After hitting his first career grand slam Friday, Taylor kept the good times rolling with another homer on Saturday. The 27-year-old has been red hot since the All-Star break, batting .389 with two home runs and seven RBI. While the outfielder has been used as a pinch hitter for many of his plate appearances this season, his current run of form might require the Brewers to reconsider his role.

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  • Mookie Betts LAD RF
    Dodgers' Mookie Betts: Receives cortisone shot
    5h ago

    Betts (hip) will sit as expected Saturday against the Rockies as he waits for the cortisone shot he received recently to have an effect, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    The Dodgers may wish that they placed Betts on the injured list several days ago, as he hasn't played since Monday and isn't expected to play again until the Dodgers head to San Francisco on Tuesday. He still isn't being placed on the injured list, however, with the team seemingly optimistic that the cortisone shot will have the desired effect. That aligns with recent comments from manager Dave Roberts, who noted that Betts' main issue at the moment is pain tolerance.

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  • Seth Brown OAK RF
    Athletics' Seth Brown: Remains on bench
    5h ago

    Brown will sit Saturday against the Mariners.

    Brown has now been on the bench for six of Oakland's last nine games. Three of his off days have come against lefties, against whom he's started just once all season, but the other three have come against righties like Saturday's starter Logan Gilbert. Mark Canha slides to right field in his absence, with Tony Kemp starting in left.

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  • Luke Raley LAD RF
    Dodgers' Luke Raley: Recalled and starting
    5h ago

    Raley was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday and will bat eighth and play left field against the Rockies.

    Raley gives the Dodgers an extra option in the outfield with Cody Bellinger (hamstring) and Mookie Betts (hip) both temporarily unavailable. He's shown very little in 56 trips to the plate at the big-league level this season, however, hitting just .180/.268/.260. Darien Nunez was optioned in a corresponding move.

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  • Cody Bellinger LAD CF
    Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Tests hamstring on field
    6h ago

    Bellinger (hamstring) took flyballs in center field prior to Saturday's game against the Rockies, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Bellinger isn't in the lineup for Saturday's contest and may not be available off the bench, but he reportedly has a good shot to return to the lineup Sunday. The fact that he took part in baseball activities just one day after leaving Friday's game with hamstring tightness suggests that he has a good chance of doing so.

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  • Shed Long SEA LF
    Mariners' Shed Long: Heads to bench
    6h ago

    Long will sit Saturday against Oakland.

    Long had been the left fielder against the last seven righties the Mariners faced, but he'll hit the bench here against right-hander Chris Bassitt. Long hasn't made much of a case for regular at-bats thus far this season, striking out 30.3 percent of the time while hitting .180/.241/.360. Jake Bauers will start in left field in his absence.

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR SP
    Blue Jays' Hyun Jin Ryu: Pulled early in no-decision
    7m ago

    Ryu allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four across 4.1 innings in the win over the Mets on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.

    Ryu managed to get through the first four innings without allowing a run despite the Mets threatening to score multiple times. However, he was pulled with one out in the fifth frame after surrendering five straight hits. It was just the third start that he failed to pitch at least five innings. The 34-year-old has a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 110 innings. His next start is scheduled for Thursday in Boston.

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  • Corbin Burnes MIL SP
    Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Strikes out six in win
    14m ago

    Burnes (6-4) allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts through six innings in Saturday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

    Burnes was perfect his first time through the order in a dominant outing. While his six strikeouts may be just half of the clean dozen that he registered last time out against the Reds, Chicago was thoroughly perplexed by his nasty cutter. Burnes, who takes pride in his all-world ability to find the zone, won't be pleased about walking in a run in the fifth inning. However, the two free passes he issued Saturday are the most he's allowed in a game since June 25.

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  • Jameson Taillon NYY SP
    Yankees' Jameson Taillon: Works through early struggles
    21m ago

    Taillon (6-4) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Taillon allowed one run to cross the plate in each of his first three innings, though only one was earned. However, he fought through the early issues to complete seven innings for the second time in his last four starts. In that span, he's allowed only four earned runs across 25.1 frames while also punching out 20 and walking eight. Overall, Taillon has a 4.36 ERA with 93 strikeouts across 95 innings.

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  • Merrill Kelly ARI SP
    Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Earns seventh win
    29m ago

    Kelly (7-7) allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Saturday against the Cubs.

    Kelly reached a turning point in his outing when he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning having allowed only one earned run. From there, he allowed a lead off home run to Willson Contreras in the fourth frame but then went on to retire nine of the last 10 batters he faced. Kelly has now earned five wins in his last seven starts, and in that span he's maintained a 2.62 ERA across 44.2 innings.

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  • Luis Severino NYY SP
    Yankees' Luis Severino: Hurls 38 pitches in two sim innings
    31m ago

    Severino (elbow) tossed two simulated innings and totaled 38 pitches at Fenway Park on Saturday, per MLB.com.

    Severino appears to be closing in on a minor-league rehab assignment, though it's not yet clear whether the Yankees will ask him to toss another simulated game first. Once he does start pitching in games, the Yankees plan to have him build up to five or six innings before they consider bringing him back up to the big-league roster.

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  • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
    White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Strikes out five in loss
    1h ago

    Rodon (8-4) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts through four innings, taking the loss in a 6-1 defeat to the Brewers on Saturday.

    Saturday night was a battle for Rodon from start to finish. After allowing home runs to Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor in the first two innings, he took a comebacker off the inside of his right wrist and walked in a run with the bases loaded in the fourth. After needing 79 pitches to scrape through four innings, Tony La Russa had seen enough. This clunker from Rodon comes on the back of one of his best starts of the season, in which he pitched seven innings of shutout ball and struck out 10 against the Astros. While the southpaw had shown no signs of slowing down prior to Saturday night, it might be time to talk about his workload. After throwing 34.2 innings in 2019 and only 7.2 innings in 2020, Rodon is approaching the 100-inning mark already in 2021. He has thrown more than 90 pitches in 15 of his 17 starts and more than 100 in eight. Rodon's next start should provide some more insight as to how he is feeling at this point in the season.

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  • Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
    Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Shuts down Boston
    12m ago

    Chapman allowed one hit and one walk but struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Chapman was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting by surrendering a walk and double with two outs but managed to strike out Enrique Hernandez to earn his 18th save of the season. Though he struggled mightily in a three-appearance stretch in late June and into July, Chapman has now allowed only one earned run across his last six innings of work. He's also locked in each of the Yankees last two saves and appears to have a clear handle on the closer role once again.

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  • Michael King NYY RP
    Yankees' Michael King: Not yet close to returning
    44m ago

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday that King (finger) remains "a ways away" from returning from the injured list, Max Goodman of SI.com reports.

    King suffered a right middle finger contusion during weight training in early July. X-rays came back negative, per MLB.com, but the right-hander has been unable to play catch or do any throwing while he recovers. As such, he'll need some time to ramp up completely once the finger heals enough to allow him to pitch again.

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  • Taylor Hearn TEX RP
    Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Will draw start Sunday
    1h ago

    Hearn will start Sunday against the Astros, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Hearn will draw his second start of the season, though it's not likely he will work deep into the game. While he regularly throws multiple innings out of the bullpen, Hearn has not completed more than two frames since April 12. Mike Foltynewicz is available out of the bullpen and could also chip in several innings if needed, according to Landry .

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  • Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
    Angels' Raisel Iglesias: Notches 21st save
    1h ago

    Iglesias secured his 21st save of the season Saturday night, allowing a hit and striking out one in a 2-1 win over the Twins.

    Iglesias was brought in with two outs in the ninth and a man on second to put Patrick Sandoval's one-hit gem to bed. He made Angels fans' hearts skip a beat when his very first offering was stroked into the outfield for an RBI double, but recovered to lock down the Halos' victory with a strikeout of Miguel Sano to end the game. After taking a blown save and a loss the night previous against the Twins, the right-hander got his revenge as the Angels conclude their road trip.

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  • Josh Tomlin ATL RP
    Braves' Josh Tomlin: Earns win in relief
    2h ago

    Tomlin (4-0) earned the win in relief Saturday against Philadelphia despite giving up one run on three hits while striking out one across 1.2 innings.

    Tomlin entered the pitch in the fifth inning after Drew Smyly left the game with left knee pain, and while he was unable to toss a scoreless inning, he did enough to record his fourth win of the campaign. The veteran has made just four appearances this month but hasn't looked sharp, allowing runs in three of those outings. He has given up eight runs while posting a 4:0 K:BB through five innings in that span.

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    Cubs' Alec Mills: Solid outing against Diamondbacks
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    Mills allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one across five innings Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He did not factor into the decision.

    Mills was reliant on inducing soft contact and solid defense behind him to turn in the solid effort. That was largely effective, as the only runs he allowed came on a two-run home run by Daulton Varsho in the fifth inning. While Mills hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his traditional starts this season, he's also failed to complete more than 5.2 innings on any occasion. Overall, he has a 4.55 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 20 walks across 57.1 frames.

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    Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Doubles twice in win
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    Ohtani went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Twins.

    After getting Friday off amidst a 4-for-24 post-All-Star break slump, Ohtani broke out with a pair of doubles Saturday. Both were hit sharply, and the designated hitter looked fluid as he legged them out. Nobody was asked to do more during All-Star Weekend than Ohtani, so it makes sense that the 27-year-old would be a little fatigued returning from Denver. The day off might have been just what he needed to get back on track.

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    Rays' Nelson Cruz: Homers in Rays debut
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    Cruz went 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk and an additional run scored in Friday's win over Cleveland.

    Cruz started his tenure with Tampa Bay by sending one of Zach Plesac's offerings in the third inning over the right field fence -- it was his first long ball with the Rays and his 20th of the season. The veteran will operate as Tampa Bay's main designated hitter and will continue to deliver value across all formats as long as he keeps mashing as he has all season long. He shows no signs of slowing down despite being 41 years old.

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    Royals' Ryan O'Hearn: Hits go-ahead homer
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    O'Hearn went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Friday's 5-3 win over Detroit.

    The 27-year-old broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast off Detroit starter Wily Peralta. While O'Hearn's .220 batting average is nothing special, he's supplied eight home runs, 18 RBI and 16 runs scored across 138 plate appearances in a limited role this season. He figures to draw into the lineup mostly as the designated hitter or in right field.

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    Athletics' Mitch Moreland: Sits against southpaw
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    Moreland isn't starting Friday's game against the Mariners, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Moreland will retreat to the bench with left-hander Yusei Kikuchi starting for the Mariners on Friday. Jed Lowrie will serve as the designated hitter while Jacob Wilson takes over at second base.

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    Athletics' Mitch Moreland: On base three times in win
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    Moreland went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.

    Moreland extended his on-base streak to five games with Thursday's effort, one which finally pushed his season OBP over the .300 mark (.303). The veteran has been solid at the plate since shortly before an early July injured-list stint, hitting .308 (8-for-26) with four doubles, two home runs, four RBI, five walks and three runs across his last 11 games dating back to June 26.

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    Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Sits amid slump
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    Ohtani is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Including days he's pitched, Ohtani has been in the lineup for each of the past 30 games, and he'll receive the day off Friday while mired in a 4-for-24 slump since the All-Star break. He's especially struggled over the past two contests with six strikeouts, so it's not a bad idea to provide him a day to reset. Justin Upton will serve as the designated hitter in his place while Juan Lagares starts in left field.

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