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  • Ramirez tallies two hits in Sunday's defeat
    Jose Ramirez contributed two hits Sunday in the Indians’ 4-0 loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: He and Lonnie Chisenhall tied for the team-lead with two hits a piece. Ramirez also supplied his eighth steal of the season. He’s hit a ridiculous .376 this month and ranks second in the American League in doubles behind Boston's Mookie Betts. Today, 5:05 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Randall Delgado blanks Phillies over five IP
    Randall Delgado fired off five scoreless innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 11-inning win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Delgado scattered four hits while striking out four and walking one. He finished his afternoon having thrown 75 pitches (43 strikes). The 27-year-old right-hander has gotten the job done this season, pitching to a 3.18 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 22 appearances (five starts). Today, 5:05 pm
    W, 2-1 vs Phi
  • Jason Castro plates three runs Sunday
    Jason Castro drove in three of Minnesota’s four runs Sunday in a win over the Indians.

    Advice: Castro plated Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar on a second-inning double before adding to his tally with another RBI double in the sixth. That was all the offense the Twins needed in a 4-0 victory. Despite Sunday’s explosion, Castro is still hitting a weak .222 over 180 at-bats this year. Today, 5:04 pm
  • Tanner Roark roughed up in loss to Cincinnati
    Tanner Roark took a beating in Sunday’s loss to the Reds, allowing nine hits and six runs over six mediocre innings.

    Advice: He struck out seven while handing out two free passes. Roark got off to a dreadful start, yielding five runs in the first and one more in the second. In the first inning, he allowed Cincinnati’s first four hitters to reach before finally getting his first out on a fielder’s choice by Scott Schebler. Roark eventually settled down, allowing just one hit over his last four innings to preserve the bullpen. The right-hander has regressed badly this year, producing an ugly 5.15 ERA over 16 starts. He’ll hope for a better outing Friday against St. Louis. Today, 4:23 pm
    L, 6-2 vs Cin
  • Chase Headley delivers three hits Sunday
    Chase Headley earned three hits Sunday in the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Headley had an eventful afternoon, providing a double and two singles as the Bombers’ nearly came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit. He was also caught stealing for the second time this year. Headley has had a decent month, batting .308 over 65 June at-bats. That’s well above his season average of .253. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Sonny Gray fans seven in win over White Sox
    Sonny Gray was terrific in Sunday's victory over the White Sox, allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven frames.

    Advice: Gray racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. He gave up a solo homer to Adam Engel in the third inning, then kept the White Sox off the board except for an unearned run that scampered home on a passed ball in the fourth. Now 3-3 on the season, Gray will carry a 4.45 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 65/22 K/BB ratio into Saturday's matchup against the Braves. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Cardinals option Chad Huffman to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned 1B Chad Huffman to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Huffman did a nice job during his time with the Cardinals, slashing .286/.333/.429 in only 14 at-bats. He'll return to Triple-A where he'll see everyday action until he's needed again. Today, 1:33 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-4 vs Pit
  • Allen Cordoba (hand) available off bench
    Allen Cordoba (hand) will be available off the Padres' bench Sunday.

    Advice: They'd like to stay away from him, though, as Cordoba still has swelling after exiting Saturday's game against the Tigers with a left hand contusion. The Padres have an off day Monday. Today, 12:24 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Det
  • Jon Gray (foot) set to return next weekend
    Jon Gray (foot) will rejoin the Rockies' rotation next weekend in Arizona.

    Advice: Manager Bud Black made it official Sunday, although he didn't reveal the exact day Gray would be activated. The big right-hander has been sidelined since mid-April with a stress fracture in his left foot but got through a rehab assignment with no issues. The Rockies will go back to a traditional five-man rotation when Gray returns, but they haven't announced yet who will be moved to the bullpen or the minors. Today, 11:54 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-6 @LAD
  • Stefan Crichton recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Crichton has been up and down between the majors and minors many times this season, ultimately posting an 8.49 ERA over seven relief appearances so far with the big club. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 5:34 am
  • Steve Pearce (knee) hitless in return
    Steve Pearce (knee) went hitless in three at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Pearce missed a few games with a bruised knee. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning Saturday rather than getting his fourth at-bat, as Kendrys Morales struck out. Today, 5:10 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 8-2 @KC
  • Clayton Kershaw rights ship in divisional win
    Clayton Kershaw allowed just three singles, a double and a walk over six scoreless innings while striking out eight Colorado batters in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Kershaw has been winning on a regular basis, but he has also been serving up plenty of long balls lately. Saturday's start was his first outing since May 23 where he did not have one of his pitches leave the year. He'll look to keep it rolling in Saturday's road game in San Diego. Today, 12:00 am
  • Trevor Story whiffs three times in loss
    Trevor Story was hitless across four at-bats with three strikeouts in Saturday's road loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Story had been showing some signs of life at the plate, raising his average from .197 to .234 in 17 games from June 1-20. However, he has just one single in 13 at-bats with eight strikeouts over the past four outings to get himself back into a hole. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Lance McCullers wins in return from DL
    Lance McCullers allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks with eight strikeouts over five innings in a win Saturday in Seattle.

    Advice: McCullers threw 51 of his 76 pitches for strikes in his return after a two-week absence due to a lower back injury. He ran his record to 7-1 while pushing his ERA down to 2.53. He continues to be successful this season because he is keeping the ball in the yard, allowing just one home run over his past 46 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Ramirez stifles Red Sox to earn seventh win
    J.C. Ramirez kept the Red Sox to one run over six innings Saturday, leading the Angels to a 6-3 victory.

    Advice: Ramirez gave up just four hits, one of which was a Mitch Moreland solo home run for the only Sox run against him. He also didn't walk a batter while striking out five. A lot of the shine has worn off the 28-year-old since his surprising start to the season, but he's still 7-5 with a passable 4.38 ERA in 17 appearances. Another tough test is on tap for Thursday, when the Angels travel "across town" to face the Dodgers in an interleague battle. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Allen Cordoba leaves with hand contusion
    Allen Cordoba left Saturday's game against the Tigers with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: He exited after taking a pitch off his left hand in the third inning. Chase d'Arnaud pinch-ran for Cordoba and replaced him at shortstop. Until we hear otherwise, consider Cordoba day-to-day. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    L, 7-5 vs Det
  • Jon Gray throws five innings in final tuneup
    Jon Gray (foot) allowed five hits, one run and four walks over five innings Saturday in his rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He also racked up six strikeouts while throwing 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes. It wasn't the smoothest outing in the world—he had to work his way out of a bases-loaded jam in his final inning—but Gray looked healthy and got his pitch count back to where it needs to be. After missing over two months with a stress fracture in his left foot, Gray is finally ready to rejoin the Rockies' rotation. Look for him to return next week. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-6 @LAD
  • Ramirez cracks solo home run vs Twins Sat.
    Jose Ramirez roped a solo home run and finished the game 1-for-4 versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took starter Kyle Gibson over the wall in right field in the fourth inning. It was his 12th homer of the season. He has a .319 batting average with 48 runs, 35 RBI and seven stolen bases after 72 games. Yesterday, 6:14 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • McCullers activated for Saturday's start
    Astros activated RHP Lance McCullers from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCullers is back after missing a little over two weeks with a lower back injury. He'll draw the start Saturday against the division-rival Mariners. McCullers has been a stud this year, going 6-1 with a 2.58 ERA over 13 starts. Opponents have hit .207 against him during that span with 89 strikeouts in 280 at-bats. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Jose Ramirez getting a breather Friday
    Jose Ramirez is not in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The red-hot infielder is getting a day off. Erik Gonzalez will handle third base. Friday, 2:58 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Ramirez walks, triples, scores twice in win
    Jose Ramirez had a walk, a triple and two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and incredibly, Thursday's was the first in which Ramirez had just one hit. He's a ridiculous 24-for-46 in that span with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, seven RBI, 14 runs scored and a steal, to boot. The 24-year-old is following up his breakout 2016 campaign by hitting .321/.376/.560 in the encore. Thursday, 9:00 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Chase Headley dealing with back spasms
    Chase Headley was unavailable for Thursday's game against the Angels due to back spasms.

    Advice: Manager Joe Girardi isn't sure if he'll be able to play Friday against Texas. Ronald Torreyes handled the hot corner in Headley's absence on Thursday night. It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Yankees, who have lost eight of nine while falling into a first-place tie with the Red Sox in the AL East. Losing Headley wouldn't help matters. Thursday, 8:10 pm
  • Steve Pearce (knee) sitting Thursday
    Steve Pearce (knee) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Pearce suffered a right knee contusion on Wednesday night, though X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine after a day or two of rest. Dwight Smith Jr. is starting in left field and batting eighth for Toronto on Thursday against the Rangers. Thursday, 8:06 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 8-2 @KC
  • Steve Pearce lifted with knee contusion
    Steve Pearce left Wednesday's game against the Rangers due to a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Pearce underwent X-rays, which returned negative. The Blue Jays have deemed him day-to-day. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 8-2 @KC
  • Sonny Gray knocked around by Houston
    Sonny Gray allowed five earned runs, seven hits and four walks over five innings with five strikeouts in a loss against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray is now winless over his past five starts dating back to May 24 against the Marlins. He has struggled with walks so far in June, issuing 11 free passes across 23 1/3 innings over four starts. The good news is Gray has allowed just three homers over his past nine outings, but the bad news is he has given up 24 hits over his past 16 1/3 innings. His next scheduled outing is set for Sunday in Chicago against the White Sox. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • McCullers (back) to return Saturday vs. SEA
    Lance McCullers (back) is expected to return to the Astros' rotation Saturday at Seattle.

    Advice: McCullers made it through a bullpen session Monday without issue and has apparently been cleared to skip a minor league rehab assignment. The 23-year-old right-hander was sporting a 2.58 ERA and 89 strikeouts through 76 2/3 innings when he landed on the disabled list June 9 with a lower back injury. Tuesday, 4:59 pm
  • Jon Gray (foot) set for one more rehab start
    Jon Gray (foot) is scheduled for one more rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: If it goes smoothly enough, he will return to the Rockies' starting rotation next week. Gray threw 74 pitches in his second rehab rehab start Monday night with Albuquerque, allowing five runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings while walking one batter and striking out seven. The 25-year-old right-hander has been out since mid-April with a stress fracture in his left foot. Tuesday, 2:46 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-6 @LAD
  • Clayton Kershaw struggles in home victory
    Clayton Kershaw was charged with six runs, six hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings in a win Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw's ERA rose from a National League-leading 2.23 to 2.61. He was spotted a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and he had it on cruise control, allowing a career-high four homers. Kershaw has had a bit of a problem with the long ball lately, allowing 10 over 31 2/3 innings with at least one in five straight starts. Tuesday, 12:52 am
  • Tanner Roark tagged for six runs
    Tanner Roark was roughed up again Monday, surrendering six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins.

    Advice: Roark allowed seven runs last time out against the Braves, so his ERA has suddenly gone from 3.87 to 4.88 in the course of a week. There hasn't been an injury brought up, so he'll probably get this figured out. He never seemed likely to match his 2016 performance, though. Monday, 9:23 pm
    L, 6-2 vs Cin
  • McCullers (back) likely back this weekend
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that "signs are pointing toward" Lance McCullers (back) rejoining the rotation this weekend in Seattle.

    Advice: McCullers threw a bullpen session Monday and didn't have any issues with his lower back. It appears he will avoid a rehab assignment and go directly back into the Astros' rotation later this week. The 23-year-old boasts a 2.58 ERA and 89/23 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings this season. Monday, 5:36 pm
  • Lance McCullers (back) throws off mound
    Lance McCullers (back) threw a bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: McCullers said he felt normal, so it sounds like his lower back issue is pretty much behind him. The right-hander is already eligible for activation from the disabled list and he seems like a good bet to rejoin the Astros' rotation later this week. Monday, 5:04 pm
  • Gray (foot) set for second rehab start Mon.
    Jon Gray (foot) will make his next rehab start Monday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Gray looked sharp in his 55-pitch rehab debut last Wednesday at High-A Lancaster, striking out five batters over four shutout innings. If he has as much success Monday and extends himself out to 75-80 pitches, the Rockies could very well bring him back this weekend. The 25-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list since the middle of April due to a stress fracture in his left foot. Monday, 7:19 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-6 @LAD
  • J.C. Ramirez flattened for five runs by KC
    J.C. Ramirez yielded five runs on five hits over three-plus innings in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Control proved to be Ramirez's bugaboo in this one, as he walked four and threw just 52 of his 89 pitches for strikes. As for the run-scoring damage on his watch, Ramirez allowed a bases-clearing RBI double to Mike Moustakas in the third inning, then put the first two runners on in the fourth before being relieved of duty. Both of those runners would come home to score courtesy of the bullpen. Ramirez will carry an unimpressive 4.59 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into a road start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Trevor Story socks solo homer in win over SFG
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Story connected for a solo shot off Ty Blach in the seventh inning. The tater was his 10th of the season. In addition, the 24-year-old shortstop is hitting .227/.318/.433 and has driven in 28 runs in 57 games. He was one of the more fun stories in baseball last season, but has fallen off from the strong .272/.341/.567 triple-slash he posted in 2016. Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Jose Ramirez doubles twice in over Twins
    Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion (two homers, five RBI) accounted for six of the team's 11 hits. For his part, Ramirez's fine work on Sunday continued quite the trend. He has now picked up multiple hits in each of his last six games. He has doubled in each of those games, to boot. All of this action has helped him work out to a beefy .313/.369/.546 triple-slash over 249 at-bats. Sunday, 2:45 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Story goes 2-for-4 with an RBI vs Giants
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and drove in a run against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: His fifth-inning single plated Ian Desmond from third base and provided what would turn out to be the winning run. Story was a breakout sensation last year before suffering a season-ending thumb injury in July. He hasn't come anywhere close to repeating that performance this year. He hit .272/.341/.567 with 27 homers and 72 RBI in 97 games in 2016. He is batting .221/.315/.416 with nine homers and 27 RBI in 56 games in 2017. Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Lance McCullers (back) resumes throwing
    Lance McCullers (back) resumed throwing on Saturday.

    Advice: McCullers is on the mend after missing his last start due to back discomfort. He's expected to rejoin the rotation during the Astros' upcoming road trip. It's possible we could see him return as early as Thursday against Oakland. Saturday, 3:58 pm
  • Jose Ramirez stays hot with 2 HRs Saturday
    Jose Ramirez went berserk on Saturday, clubbing a pair of homers in the Indians’ win over the Twins.

    Advice: He also doubled as part of a three-hit afternoon while driving in four of Cleveland’s nine runs. Ramirez has hit a ridiculous .611 over his last four games while raising his season average from .279 to .304. Saturday was the 24-year-old's second multi-homer game of the season. Saturday, 3:32 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Jose Ramirez posts three RBI in Friday's win
    Jose Ramirez ended up posting a pair of doubles, a single and two runs scored across four at-bats in Friday's 8-1 victory in Minnesota.

    Advice: Ramirez has been scalding hot over the past few games, collecting four doubles, a home run and two singles over his past 13 at-bat while coming across to score five times. He is 25-for-65 (.385) with nine doubles, two homers, five RBI and 16 runs scored across the past 17 games to raise his average from .265 to .298 just since May 27. Friday, 11:43 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
  • Steve Pearce homers in return
    Steve Pearce homered and walked in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: He took Jose Quintana deep for his fifth homer in 85 at-bats. Ezequiel Carrera has done a great job in left field against right-handers, so Pearce should be limited to starting against lefties until someone gets hurt. Friday, 8:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 8-2 @KC
  • Steve Pearce (calf) in Jays' lineup Friday
    Blue Jays activated OF Steve Pearce from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pearce is starting in left field and batting eighth Friday night against the White Sox after missing a month with a calf strain. The 34-year-old had a weak .205/.256/.373 slash line over his first 27 games this season with Toronto. Friday, 12:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 8-2 @KC
  • Gray allows three runs in no-decision vs. NYY
    Sonny Gray surrendered three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's 10-inning win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Gray struck out six and walked three on the evening. His offense gave him an early 3-0 lead, which he was able to hold until the sixth inning, when RBI hits by Chase Headley and Chris Carter tied up the game. The 27-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 53/17 K/BB ratio (52 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • A's part ways with pitching coach Curt Young
    Athletics fired pitching coach Curt Young.

    Advice: He'll be the scapegoat for an Oakland pitching staff that has posted a combined 4.83 ERA so far in 2017. Scott Emerson, who had been serving as the Athletics' bullpen coach, will now take over Young's pitching coach duties. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes on Twitter that Young was the longest serving in-uniform employee in Oakland A's history. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 and roped a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off reliever Josh Fields was his ninth of the season to go with his .283/.341/.482 triple slash and 28 RBI. He has scored 33 runs and swiped six bases as well. This is his fifth year in the major leagues and he is still just 24 years old. Wednesday, 9:31 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Min
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