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  • Hunter Renfroe RF | BOS

    Red Sox's Hunter Renfroe: Smashes 16th homer

    Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

    Renfroe brought Boston to within one run with his 427-foot blast to center in the fourth but failed to do anything else of note at the dish. This is 29-year-old's third straight game with an extra-base hit, though he's just 3-for-20 over his last six games.

  • Matt Olson 1B | OAK

    Athletics' Matt Olson: Blasts three-run homer

    Olson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Angels.

    Olson cranked his 28th home run Sunday off Reid Detmers in the third inning to give Oakland a 3-2 lead. He has slowed down over his last 10 games, batting just .176. However, he has eight long balls in the month of July. On the season, the 27-year-old is slashing .280/.373/.580 with a team-leading 28 homers, 70 RBI and 69 runs in 428 plate appearances.

  • Nick Pivetta SP | BOS

    Red Sox's Nick Pivetta: Another abbreviated outing

    Pivetta (8-5) lost Sunday's 3-2 game at the hands of the Rays, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

    Pivetta was rolling to open the game, retiring the first eight Rays he faced, but walked Mike Zunino and surrendered a Brandon Lowe two-run homer immediately after to fall behind for good. He allowed two more hits and a run in the fifth before being removed with 76 pitches. The 28-year-old has now failed to reach five innings in three of his last four starts, permitting at least three runs in all four. He lines up to face Toronto next weekend.

  • Brandon Lowe 2B | TB

    Rays' Brandon Lowe: Smacks homer No. 23

    Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 3-2 triumph over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Batting first, Lowe got the Rays on the board with his third-inning shot to right off Boston starter Nick Pivetta. Though the second baseman is hitting for a low .224 average, a career high 12.9 percent walk rate demonstrates strides toward being a more balanced hitter and he leads Tampa Bay with 23 home runs.

  • Tigers' Jeimer Candelario: Records two hits Sunday

    Candelario went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Candelario has played well recently, as he's riding a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .393 during that span. For the season, the infielder is batting .276. Candelario should remain locked in as one of Detroit's top offensive options, though he hasn't delivered great counting stats this year with just seven home runs and 36 RBI across 98 games.

  • Matt Wisler RP | TB

    Rays' Matt Wisler: Notches first save

    Wisler saved Sunday's 3-2 victory over Boston, allowing two hits with one strikeout in the ninth inning.

    After retiring the first two Red Sox in the ninth, Wisler allowed two singles but induced a J.D. Martinez flyout to end the game and secure his third career save. It's worth noting that manager Kevin Cash turned to Wisler, and not Andrew Kittredge, for Tampa Bay's first save following incumbent closer Diego Castillo's shipment to Seattle, though Kittredge pitched Saturday and recorded the win. Cash has been known to use a committee approach to finish games and Wisler's deployment Sunday proves he's a member of that group at the very least.

  • Adbert Alzolay SP | CHC

    Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Gets no-decision Sunday

    Alzolay allowed four runs across five innings and did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Nationals. He gave up seven hits and four walks while striking out four.

    Alzolay managed to avoid his 12th loss of the season but continued a run of mediocre starts, as he hasn't earned a win since June 2. Over his last nine outings, he has a 1.51 WHIP and has allowed exactly three or four earned runs eight times. The 26-year-old isn't getting shelled but hasn't dominated hitters in a while, either. Alzolay will carry a 4.85 ERA into his next scheduled start Saturday against the crosstown White Sox.

  • Rays' Shane McClanahan: Holds Boston to one run

    McClanahan (5-4) won Sunday's 3-2 contest against the Red Sox, allowing one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

    McClanahan limited a potent Boston lineup to a single run and really only encountered trouble in the fourth inning, when Hunter Renfroe homered, and he was able to work out of a two-on one-out jam. The successful outing marks consecutive quality starts for the rookie left-hander, and McClanahan went six innings while allowing one run or less for only the second time in 16 starts.

  • Rafael Ortega CF | CHC

    Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Hits three home runs

    Ortega went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

    Ortega had himself a career day, as he drove in all of the Cubs' runs in the 6-5 defeat. The outfielder has emerged with a regular role, and with Chicago trading away Kris Bryant and Jake Marisnick before the deadline, Ortega should have an even firmer grip on playing time. He has six home runs and a .918 OPS through 50 games and is worth fantasy attention while he plays at a high level as a starter.

  • Jake Lamb LF | CHW

    White Sox's Jake Lamb: Unlikely for early week return

    Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that he doesn't expect Lamb (quadriceps) to return from the 10-day injured list for the White Sox's three-game series with the Royals that begins Tuesday, Scott Merkin of reports.

    Look for the White Sox to extend Lamb's minor-league rehab assignment through the end of the week before re-evaluating the 30-year-old for a return to the active roster. Lamb has already been on assignment at Triple-A Charlotte and has posted an .805 OPS over that span, but the White Sox don't look to be in any rush to activate him. With Luis Robert (hip) on a similar timeline to return from the IL and with Eloy Jimenez, Andrew Vaughn, Brian Goodwin, Gavin Sheets, Adam Engel and Leury Garcia already on hand in the outfield, the White Sox may not have room for Lamb as another bench bat.

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