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  • Lester allows three runs in win over Marlins
    Jon Lester surrendered three runs in seven innings while spearheading a 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: He was burned for a three-run johnson off the bat of J.T. Realmuto in the first inning but settled down to keep the Marlins off the board after that. Lester gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out four batters in the game. He improves to 5-4 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.25 WHIP after 16 starts. His 9.37 K/9 is his best strikeout rate since his 2010 campaign in Boston. The veteran left-hander stands to be one of the most reliable starting pitchers in the second half of the season. 44 minutes ago
  • Realmuto punches three-run bomb vs Cubs
    J.T. Realmuto whacked a three-run homer in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: The first-inning blast off starter Jon Lester gave his club an early lead but they were unable to dent the plate again the rest of the day. It was Realmuto's only hit in three chances on the day. He has been one of the better fantasy catchers again this year. He has a .289 batting average with seven home runs, 30 runs and 30 RBI along with three stolen bases in 63 games. Today, 4:21 pm
  • German Marquez's start pushed back a day
    German Marquez's next start has been pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to start Sunday against the Dodgers but now he'll go Monday at San Francisco. Tyler Anderson will start in his place on Sunday. Marquez has thrown well over his last two outings, producing a 1.64 ERA during that stretch. Today, 3:18 pm
  • Luis Castillo to remain in Reds rotation
    Reds manager Bryan Price confirmed Saturday that Luis Castillo will remain in the club's starting rotation.

    Advice: Even with the return of Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan, the Reds will leave their prized pitching prospect in the rotation after he pitched well in Friday's debut against the Nationals. Castillo should be able to carve out mixed league value the remainder of the season due to his strikeout ability. Today, 11:51 am
  • Michael Taylor returns to Nationals lineup
    Michael Taylor has returned to the Nationals' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since being scratched from Wednesday's game due to an undisclosed injury. Taylor is starting in center field and batting eighth against Homer Bailey and the Reds on Saturday. Today, 9:57 am
  • Eric Sogard (knee) not in lineup on Saturday
    Eric Sogard (knee) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Sogard was removed from Friday's game after being hit by a pitch in his knee and apparently needs another day to rest. Keon Broxton has been elevated to the leadoff spot in the Brewers' lineup in a tasty matchup against James Shields and the White Sox. Today, 9:46 am
    L, 3-1 @Atl
  • Justin Bour not in Marlins lineup on Saturday
    Justin Bour is not in the Marlins' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for Bour against tough southpaw Jon Lester. Tyler Moore is starting at first base for the Marlins and will bat seventh on Saturday. Today, 9:35 am
    L, 5-3 vs ChC
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp exited Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hamstring and hasn't returned since. Jace Peterson is starting in left field and batting eighth for the Braves against Matt Garza and the Brewers on Saturday. Today, 9:25 am
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Anthony Rizzo not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against Marlins' southpaw Justin Nicolino. Kris Bryant is sliding over to start at first base while Javy Baez covers the hot corner on Saturday. Today, 9:06 am
  • Lucas Duda homers, doubles twice
    Lucas Duda homered and doubled twice Friday as the Mets crushed the Giants 11-4.

    Advice: The second double would have been a homer pretty much anywhere other than San Francisco, and it even drew a replay review there, but it was ruled to have bounced off the top of the wall in right-center. Duda now has 13 homers and 13 doubles, which suggests that he should have more than 27 RBI and 20 runs scored this season. However, 10 of those homers have been solo shots, and the Mets haven't had much hitting behind him in the order this year. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Ty Blach gives up seven runs to Mets
    Ty Blach was lit up for seven runs and 11 hits in three innings by the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: That's going to be a real Blach mark on his record. The lefty has given up 24 runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last four starts, taking his ERA from 3.24 to 4.86. His rotation spot is probably safe for the moment, but one more bad start should change that. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Brandon Belt homers again versus Mets
    Brandon Belt hit his third homer in four games Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Belt hit cleanup tonight after spending the last week in the bottom half of the order. His slump now seemingly over, he should go back to being a fixture in the top half of the lineup. While he hasn't performed as hoped with his .783 OPS this year, he's still the Giants' second-best hitter. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Kyle Freeland gives up five runs in loss
    Kyle Freeland gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeland's last two road starts haven't gone particularly well, as he's given up five runs on each. At Coors Field, he's managed to turn in five straight quality starts and given up a total of two runs in the last two. He has another road start coming up, but since it's against the Giants, he seems to be a safe play. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Yasiel Puig hits 14th homer
    Yasiel Puig homered and walked after replacing an injured Corey Seager in Friday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see Puig being held out of the lineup against a lefty tonight, even though he's been far more effective against righties this year. Once he got his chance, he showed why he should have been in there all along. The homer off starter Kyle Freeland was his first versus a lefty in 2017 and 14th overall. He's quietly on pace for a 30-homer season. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Howie Kendrick doubles off bench
    Howie Kendrick was able to come off the bench Friday and doubled in his only at-bat against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't start because of hamstring tightness. It sounds like he'll be in there Satursday. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Luis Castillo pitches well in MLB debut
    Luis Castillo pitched well against the Nationals in his big league debut on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits over his five innings.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander punched out five on the night but also issued five free passes. He hit triple digits with his fastball on numerous occasions and was able to generate a couple of double play balls to limit the damage against him. He'll draw an easier assignment his next time out when he takes on the Brewers at home on Wednesday. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Howie Kendrick scratched with tight hamstring
    Howie Kendrick was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Friday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The veteran utilityman is considered day-to-day. Andres Blanco is starting at second base for the Phillies against Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) sitting out on Friday
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Kemp exited Thursday's game with a tight left hamstring. It's been a recurring issue for him this season. Danny Santana is in left field. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Luis Castillo recalled from Double-A
    Reds recalled RHP Luis Castillo from Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Castillo will make his major league debut Friday against the Nationals. The 24-year-old is a good prospect, having posted a 2.58 ERA and 81/13 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings this season. However, while he is worth scooping up in deep leagues, it would be wise to keep him benched for Friday's matchup. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Kemp leaves early with tight left hamstring
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

    Advice: Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday. Thursday, 9:54 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Kemp leaves early with undisclosed injury
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Danny Santana pinch-ran for Kemp after his fifth-inning single. Kemp has battled hamstring issues off and on all season and looked gimpy chasing down a fly ball early in Thursday night's game. He was replaced in left field by Lane Adams, who ended up hitting a three-run homer off Bryan Morris as part of an eight-run fifth inning. Until the Braves provide an update, consider Kemp day-to-day. Thursday, 9:11 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Eric Sogard doubles twice against Pirates
    Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The two doubles give him 15 extra-base hits in 112 at-bats. Sogard, who didn't play in the majors last year, had 16 extra-base hits in 372 at-bats in 2015 and 11 in 291 at-bats in 2014. In what's been a pretty crazy year so far, Sogard's performance just might be the biggest outlier of them all. Thursday, 2:39 pm
    L, 3-1 @Atl
  • Brandon Belt getting the night off Thursday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: The left-handed Belt will take a seat against Braves southpaw Jaime Garcia. Buster Posey will man first base with Nick Hundley starting behind the plate. Belt has hit just .193 against lefties this season.Daily Slant: If you aren't a fan of Luis Severino tonight, pitching options are thin, but Jaime Garcia may actually offer solid value against the Braves. The Giants have been one of the weakest offenses in baseball against left-handed pitching; they rank 27th in wRC+ (79), 29th in wOBA (.288) and dead last in ISO (.117), which makes them a team worth targeting despite a relatively low K% (19.2%). Garcia himself owns a respectable 22.5 K% at home with a solid 3.39 FIP and 3.24 xFIP. Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Kemp swats walk-off, two-run bomb vs. SF
    Matt Kemp hit a game-ending two-run homer to beat the Giants 5-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts when he got a fifth chance in the bottom of the 11th inning of a tie game. He lifted a ball the opposite way that just barely scraped over the right field wall for the walk-off. Kemp is no longer the MVP-caliber 30/30 threat he was a few years ago but he is having a good fantasy season. He is rocking a .320 batting average with 12 home runs, 30 runs and 35 RBI. He has yet to steal a base successfully and only had one last year. Wednesday, 11:15 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Yasiel Puig socks 13th homer in win over Mets
    Yasiel Puig rocked his 13th homer of the year in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

    Advice: He admired the heck out of it too, taking an incredible 32 seconds to tour the bases. Puig’s three-run shot off Tyler Pill put Los Angeles up 5-1 in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old still isn’t hitting for a high average (.247) but he’s rediscovered his power stroke by slugging four homers over his last eight games. Wednesday, 11:04 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-5 with a run and a steal
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also walked in the ballgame. The 33-year-old veteran infielder-outfielder is now batting .350/.409/.475 with two homers and 12 RBI in 132 plate appearances. He missed six weeks with an oblique injury but it hasn't affected his performance since returning to action. He will be an interesting piece on the trade market this summer. The fact he can play all over the field adds to his value. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Taylor out Wednesday with undisclosed injury
    Michael Taylor was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker would only say that Taylor has been dealing with the injury for a couple of days, without offering any real details. Brian Goodwin will start in center field and bat second. Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • J.T. Realmuto sits Wednesday vs. Nationals
    J.T. Realmuto is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate and bat seventh versus Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday night's blowout loss to Washington. He's just getting a breather. Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Reds' Castillo to make MLB debut on Friday
    Luis Castillo will be called up to make his major league debut Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Castillo earned the promotion by registering a 2.58 ERA and 81/13 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings this season at Double-A Pensacola. Acquired from the Marlins in the Dan Straily trade, the 24-year-old right-hander has posted excellent numbers throughout the minor leagues and could have some matchup-to-matchup fantasy streaming value for however long he is up. The first-place Nationals present a big challenge out of the gate. Wednesday, 6:48 am
  • German Marquez solid in no-decision
    German Marquez allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Arizona.

    Advice: Marquez threw 58 of his 97 pitches for strikes in the quality start, a rarity for a home start. He is 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA in five starts at Coors Field, and it was just his second time posting a quality start. Marquez is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six road outings while racking up 33 strikeouts over 30 innings. He'll hit the road in his next scheduled start Sunday against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Rizzo clubs another leadoff homer in victory
    Anthony Rizzo blasted his third leadoff home run in the seven games he has been atop the Cubs' lineup in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Rizzo has reached base safely to start each game that he has led off, going 6-for-6 with three homers, a double and a walk. There's no chance he's going to be moved any time soon. He finished Tuesday's game 1-for-3, raising his season slash to .268/.398/.529 to go along with 17 homers and 47 RBI. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Howie Kendrick reaches four times
    Howie Kendrick had three of the Phillies' seven hits and one of their two walks Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Phillies should turn a profit on Kendrick next month after picking him up from the Dodgers for basically nothing over the winter. He's hit .342 in 76 at-bats since coming off the disabled list and .339 in 115 at-bats overall. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Brandon Belt homers as Giants top Braves
    Brandon Belt launched his 12th home run of the season as the Giants topped the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt's solo shot off of Jason Motte added a valuable insurance run in the ninth inning. He finished night 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. It has been a very disappointing season for Belt who is hitting just .223/.337/.418 with 12 long balls and 29 RBI. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Eric Sogard to keep Brewers' second base job?
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell seemed to indicate Monday that Eric Sogard could continue to start at second base after Jonathan Villar (back) returns.

    Advice: "We have a tough situation," Counsell admitted. "Sogard is playing extremely well. It’s not 30 at-bats anymore (Sogard had 116 plate appearances). We’re a ways into it and Eric Sogard continues to play at a really high level and get on base at a really incredible pace. He’s been a productive offensive and defensive player. He’s playing at a really high level. I think there's space for us to give (Villar) some playing time. But we're looking for the players who are helping us win games." Villar is slated to begin a rehab assignment this week and return next week. Both players ultimately figure to get an opportunity, but it sounds like Sogard could have a leg up for the second base job, at least initially. He's sporting a .350/.458/.530 batting line this season, while Villar has hit only .213/.283/.342. Tuesday, 7:20 am
    L, 3-1 @Atl
  • Justin Bour delivers grand slam in victory
    Justin Bour went 2-for-4 with a grand slam Monday as the Marlins edged the Nationals 8-7.

    Advice: It was Bour's third slam in 21 career at-bats with the bases loaded. He hasn't missed a beat since coming off the disabled list, driving in runs in all four games since returning. He's hit 14 homers in his last 27 games after hitting just four in his first 32. Monday, 9:34 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ChC
  • Jon Lester fans seven in no-decision Monday
    Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision against the Padres on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits over six frames.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw punched out seven while walking one on the night. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte each clubbing solo homers. While he hasn't been as dominant as he has been in the past, Lester still owns a respectable 3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 93/29 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins his next time out in Miami on Saturday. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Lucas Duda sitting out on Monday
    Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He'll be on the bench with the Mets facing lefty Clayton Kershaw. Wilmer Flores is at first base and T.J. Rivera is at third. Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Yasiel Puig sitting out on Monday
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe is also getting a day off. The Dodgers have Enrique Hernandez in right field and Chase Utley at second base and in the leadoff spot. Monday, 3:35 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Castillo strong again
    Reds prospect Luis Castillo gave up just one run on three hits on Sunday for Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Castillo didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning. With all due respect to Dan Straily, this is a trade the Marlins could really regret making. Castillo has been outstanding so far, and his 81/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio is one of the best in all of minor-league baseball. He looks ready for a chance to face Triple-A hitters, and he should be pitching for the Reds by this point in 2018. Monday, 10:59 am
  • Ty Blach surrenders three runs in loss to COL
    Ty Blach allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Nice rebound outing for Blach, who was rocked for seven earned runs by the Royals in his last outing. In Sunday's affair, he struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. He held the Rockies off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when Nolan Arrenado burned him for an RBI double. The score would flip from a 2-1 Giants advantage to a 3-2 Rockies lead when Trevor Story and Pat Valaika socked solo homers off the right-hander in the seventh inning. He will try to shake off those critical dingers when he brings a 4.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time out. Sunday, 3:29 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers again to lead Cubs
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored on Sunday, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo loves hitting at PNC Park and it appears as though he's quite fond of serving as the Cubs' leadoff hitter as well. He doubled to leadoff the game and scored the game's first run on an RBI double by Willson Contreras. Rizzo then singled and came around to score in the third inning, then crushed a two-run homer in the seventh. His recent hot streak has propelled his season slash up to .263/.395/.510 to go with 16 homers and 45 RBI. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • J.T. Realmuto sitting out on Sunday
    J.T. Realmuto is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. A.J. Ellis will do the catching. Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) back in Braves' lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is back in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday. Kemp is in left field and batting cleanup against Jose Urena and the Marlins. Sunday, 7:31 am
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Puig homers twice in Dodgers' rout of Reds
    Yasiel Puig homered twice, driving in three runs in the Dodgers' 10-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Puig hit a couple of solo shots, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to extend the Dodgers' lead. The dongs were his 11th and 12th of the year and matched his homer output since May 19. He's been picking it up in recent days, using four multi-hit games in the past seven days to raise his line to .247/.319/.445. Saturday, 7:21 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Kendrick goes 2-for-5 vs Diamondbacks Sat.
    Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles and neither affected the score but it was another solid day at the plate for the 33-year-old veteran. He spent six weeks on the shelf with an oblique injury but he has picked up right where he left off with the bat. He can play all over the field and has played first base, second base and outfield for the Phillies this year. He is batting .321/.379/.462 with two homers and 12 RBI in 116 plate appearances. Saturday, 6:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    7:10 pm @Ari
  • Freeland holds Giants to one run through six
    Kyle Freeland yielded just one run in six solid frames to earn a 5-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He wasn't dominant but he got the job done without much drama at Coors Field. He allowed eight hits total -- seven singles and one double. He whiffed three batters and issued two free passes. The 24-year-old rookie has not been phased by the high-altitude hitters' paradise yet. He improves to 8-4 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 14 starts. He survives by keeping the ball on the ground and out of the bleachers. He has 50 strikeouts and 32 walks in 81 2/3 innings. Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp did indicate that he's feeling better though and will be available off of the bench on Saturday. Look for him to return to the Braves' lineup on Sunday. Saturday, 10:20 am
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Brandon Belt not in Giants lineup on Saturday
    Brandon Belt is absent from the Giants' lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Giants' manager Bruce Bochy is using a matchup against left-hander Kyle Freeland to give Belt, Brandon Crawford and Denard Span a breather. Buster Posey is starting in his place at first base and batting cleanup for the Giants. Saturday, 10:01 am
  • Anthony Rizzo plates two runs in victory
    Anthony Rizzo plated two runs during a six-run rally in the ninth inning on Friday as the Cubs rallied to defeat the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo blasted what looked to be a leadoff home run for the third consecutive game on Friday, but it was overturned via video review, a fate that caused Cubs' skipper Joe Maddon to go ballistic and get tossed from the game. Rizzo still managed to come through in a big way though, delivering valuable insurance runs in a critical spot. He's now slashing .252/.391/.492 with 15 bombs and 43 RBI for the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Marlins activate 1B Justin Bour (calf) off DL
    Marlins activated 1B Justin Bour from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bour missed exactly 10 days because of a sprained right ankle. The 29-year-old first baseman returns Friday to an impressive .295/.369/.589 batting line with 16 home runs and 40 RBI in 55 games. Friday, 12:38 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ChC
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) out Friday vs. Marlins
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' starting lineup Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kemp made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing left hamstring tightness. The veteran outfielder remains day-to-day. Friday, 12:20 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Taylor launches two-run homer against Mets
    Michael Taylor hit a two-run home run in a win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nats put up five runs in the fifth inning, with Taylor's two-run shot to dead center off Mets starter Robert Gsellman as the capper. It was his seventh homer of the season. The 26-year-old has eight hits in his last 21 at-bats, including three doubles and the homer. He's hitting .261/.295/.461 through 54 games this year. Thursday, 9:13 pm
  • Eric Sogard knocks in two runs
    Eric Sogard went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk versus the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sogard, so good. For the first time in 25 games since his callup, Sogard finished a game with an OPS under 1.000 on Sunday. Since then, he's gone 4-for-7 with two walks to move back up to 1.031. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
    L, 3-1 @Atl
  • Marquez allows one run in five frames in win
    German Marquez allowed one run in five innings and earned a win against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't pitch deep into the game but gave up just four hits and one walk while notching two strikeouts. He made it through five frames without allowing a run but surrendered a pair of hits to start the sixth inning before being relieved. One of those runners scored when Gregory Polanco grounded into a double play later in the inning. Marquez improved to 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA after 10 starts. He has struck out 51 batters in 53 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Duda punches three-run homer vs Cubs
    Lucas Duda slugged a three-run homer against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He wasn't in the starting lineup but was called upon when Neil Walker left the game with a leg injury in the fourth inning. Duda went deep off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon in the eighth inning to break open a close game. He also walked in the ballgame. He has a .252 batting average with 12 home runs and 26 RBI. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Matt Kemp exits with left hamstring tightness
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's win over the Nationals due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Kemp came up hobbled after sliding into third base in the third inning of Wednesday's win. His exit appears to be mostly of a precautionary nature. He will have a natural off day on Thursday and could potentially play in Friday's road showdown with the Marlins assuming the tightness subsides. Wednesday, 4:53 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Puig suspended one game for flipping bird
    Yasiel Puig has been suspended for one game after flipping off some Indians fans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig flipped a pair of dirty birds to a group of heckling fans after homering in Tuesday's win at Progressive Field. He is appealing that suspension and will be able to play until his appeal is heard. Major League Baseball is doubtful to lift the one-game sentence. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Matt Kemp forced out with apparent leg injury
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Nationals due to an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Kemp grabbed for his left hamstring after sliding into third base in the top of the third inning. He was subsequently replaced in the field by Danny Santana in the bottom of the frame. The Braves should pass along an update as to the exact nature of his injury later on Wednesday. Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Mil
  • Ty Blach has off night against the Royals
    Ty Blach was tagged for seven earned runs, 10 hits and a walk while striking out four batters over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Blach was humming along in place of the injured Madison Bumgarner (shoulder, ribs) through June 2, going 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA. However, he has shown some chinks in the armor over his past two outings, going 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA with 19 hits allowed over just 11 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 12:19 am
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