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  • Lucas Giolito throws seven-inning no-hitter
    White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first game of a doubleheader against Syracuse. Giolito issued three walks on the day and also recorded three strikeouts. It was a much-needed gem from the big righty, as Giolito entered the day with a 6.41 ERA and 22 walks over 39 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:22 am
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    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
     
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) upping activity level
    A.J. Pollock (groin) was scheduled to "throw and hit and do some live running" at the Diamondbacks' spring training complex on Thursday, according to manager Torey Lovullo.

    Advice: Pollock looks to be making nice progress as he works his way back from a right groin strain. He will not require a rehab assignment before returning and could potentially be activated sometime next week, although a firm timetable hasn't been established. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:43 am
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • Dwight Smith Jr. optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned OF Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Smith has picked up one hit in four at-bats in a couple short stints with the big club. He'll return to a .321/.376/.457 line at Buffalo. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:34 am
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    4:07 pm vs Tex
     
  • David Phelps activated from bereavement list
    Marlins activated RHP David Phelps from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Phelps was away for a few days following a death in the family. The Marlins have discussed moving him into the rotation, but he'll presumably return to the bullpen for now. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:13 am
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    4:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Taylor notches three hits in win over STL
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Taylor's third hit of the evening, an RBI double to the center field gap, increased the Dodgers' lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That would stand as the final score. He also made a nice diving catch in center field on a sinking liner. This was his third three-hit showing in his last 10 games. Over the course of 93 at-bats, the 26-year-old is slashing a cool .344/.445/.581 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Jedd Gyorko picks up two-run double in loss
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko notched a two-run double against Kenta Maeda in the first inning, his ninth two-bagger of the season. The hit bumped his RBI total to an even 20. For the season as a whole, the 28-year-old third baseman is slashing .336/.384/.579. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Maeda surrenders three in victorious return
    Making his first start since May 10, Kenta Maeda surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda was sidelined for two weeks by hamstring tightness and he looked shaky out of the gate in his return on Thursday, surrendering a two-run double to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to Yadier Molina. However, he would settle in as the game progressed, even chipping in with a go-ahead two-run single to help his own cause in the fourth inning. Maeda finished his outing having struck out four, walked two and thrown 78 pitches (49 for strikes). The Dodgers figure to allow him a longer leash with the pitch count when he takes on these same Cardinals on the road next Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Gonzalez launches 11th homer against Tigers
    Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: We keep waiting for Gonzalez to fall off, and he keeps defying everyone. On Thursday, he teed off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, lifting a two-run shot over the right field wall for his only hit in three at-bats. To illustrate how out-of-character this is, Gonzalez's career high for homers is 13, set in 141 games last year. He's now at 11 dingers through 40 games this season. His durability will keep him on the field most days, and if he keeps hitting .282/.380/.627 he'll be in the lineup for a long, long time. Until he stops hitting, he's a fantasy asset for his position eligibility as much as his bat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
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    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm vs Bal
     
  • Martinez homers, scores twice versus Astros
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Martinez now has seven homers in 12 games since coming off the disabled list. Concerns about his Lisfranc sprain possibly affecting his on-field performance have effectively been put to bed. Martinez is also showing commendable patience, walking 13 times as compared to 11 strikeouts this far. In those 12 games, the 29-year-old is hitting .378/.540/.973 overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • Fiers gives up 10 hits, four runs to Tigers
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Fiers' ineffectiveness was shaping up to be the story of the game before Justin Verlander imploded, letting Fiers off the hook both anecdotally and on the scorecard. Even so, it was another disappointing turn in a season full of mostly disappointing turns for the 31-year-old, who now owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through nine starts. It's hard to imagine the Astros can't do better. Until they decide to, though, Fiers will presumably stay in the rotation, with a favorable matchup against the Twins on deck for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Kimbrel turns in rare four-strikeout inning
    Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat Thursday, striking out four batters in an inning of work against the Rangers.

    Advice: Kimbrel worked through the heart of the Rangers' order, getting Nomar Mazara to strike out swinging -- and then watching as Mazara took first base anyway on a wild pitch -- before fanning Jonathan Lucroy, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli to end it. As though Kimbrel needed the stat boost, he's now struck out 40 batters in 20 2/3 innings of work on the year. Thursday's outing wasn't a save chance, but the 28-year-old has 12 of those to date, along with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Tigers call up John Hicks from AAA Toledo
    Tigers recalled C/1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The Tigers needed a backup catcher with James McCann (hand) headed to the disabled list. Hicks and Alex Avila will share catching duties during McCann's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • James McCann (hand) placed on 10-day DL
    Tigers placed C James McCann on the 10-day disabled list with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann needed five stitches in his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Thursday against Houston. His roster spot will be absorbed by John Hicks. Alex Avila will see most of the action behind the plate during McCann's absence with Hicks making an appearance here and there. McCann shouldn't miss much longer than the 10 minimum 10 days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • Pomeranz whiffs season-high 11 vs. Rangers
    Drew Pomeranz had it all working Thursday, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers.

    Advice: It was a good sign for Sox fans when the southpaw struck out the first two batters he faced and ended up punching out five of the first seven hitters he saw. He allowed just four hits, including a solo homer to Elvis Andrus, and walked one over his six innings. Efficiency has been his enemy this season -- only three times in nine starts has he gotten through six innings, and he's yet to record an out in the seventh -- but the Sox will take Thursday's performance every time. Pomeranz will try to carry on that good momentum, and continue to work on his 4.70 ERA, against the White Sox on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Tigers to call up C/OF John Hicks on Friday
    John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports John Hicks will be called up from Triple-A Toledo for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Teams are allowed to carry an extra player for doubleheaders but the Tigers are already bringing up Buck Farmer to start Game 1. That means a roster move must be coming. James McCann left Thursday night's game with a hand laceration and could be headed to the disabled list. This will be Hicks' third stint with the Tigers this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • James McCann exits with left hand laceration
    James McCann left Thursday's game against the Astros with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann's hand was bleeding badly after he got hit by a pitch from Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. Alex Avila pinch-ran for him and also replaced McCann behind the plate. He went 0-for-1 before exiting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • Kenta Maeda activated for Thursday's start
    Dodgers activated RHP Kenta Maeda from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll be on the mound Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda landed on the DL with hamstring tightness earlier this month but only missed a couple turns in the rotation. Though his ERA sits at a relatively uninspiring 5.03, Maeda had been on a roll before his injury with two wins and a 2.21 ERA over his previous three starts. Joc Pederson (concussion) was placed on the disabled list to make room for him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Maeda (hamstring) to start Thursday night
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will start for the Dodgers on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda allowed three runs -- one earned -- over four innings in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. He was on a nice roll before landing on the disabled list May 11 with a hamstring injury and attributed it to a change in approach. "I think I was relying too much on my four-seamer, throwing it hard and not focusing enough on getting hitters out quickly," Maeda told the Orange County Register on Wednesday night. "I think, looking back, I’m now relying on moving the ball more and making sure I’m more efficient. … I’ve come to realize I am not a power pitcher." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • J.D. Martinez not in lineup against Astros
    J.D. Martinez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: No injury to report, here, just a regular day off. He will be available to pinch-hit in the contest. Tyler Collins draws the start in right field in his place and will hit eighth. Daniel Morris will be taking the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday, to be opposed by Charlie Morton. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:10 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • Blue Jays recall Dwight Smith from Buffalo
    Blue Jays recalled OF Dwight Smith Jr. from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Smith went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during a short stay with the Jays last week. The 24-year-old outfielder probably won't play regularly enough to hold fantasy relevance. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
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    4:07 pm vs Tex
     
  • Chris Taylor could see starts in outfield
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Chris Taylor could soon see starts in the outfield.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe (toe) just returned from the disabled list, crowding the situations at second and third base. Roberts wants to continue finding regular starts for Taylor, who's slashing .333/.446/.583 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 29 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Pollock (groin) hit, ran on Tuesday
    A.J. Pollock (groin) hit in the cage and ran on an anti-gravity treadmill Tuesday.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters after the workout that Pollock will not require a minor league rehab assignment, but the center fielder is still probably a week or two away. He's been on the disabled list since May 15 with a Grade 1 right groin strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:06 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • Marlins place David Phelps on bereavement
    Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Phelps will miss the Marlins' two-game series against the Athletics following a death in his family. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a cool 3.68 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of relief this season for Miami and could soon move into the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:59 pm
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    4:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) does some light jogging
    A.J. Pollock (groin) has begun doing some light jogging.

    Advice: Pollock is making some nice progress, but he obviously won't be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on Thursday. The outfielder is working his way back from a Grade 1 right groin strain. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:07 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • John Hicks optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned C/1B John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Hicks was up for the weekend while Victor Martinez was on paternity leave. He's hit .423/.444/.654 in seven games with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:21 pm
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    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Pomeranz gives up two runs in four frames Sat
    Drew Pomeranz gave up two runs -- one earned -- in four innings and took a no-decision against the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the second inning when Pomeranz issued two walks followed by two infield singles. The game was tied when Pomeranz departed, but the Red Sox bullpen gave up five runs in the next inning. He was relieved early in his last start with triceps tightness but that does not appear to be the reason he was limited to only four innings today. He threw 97 pitches in today's contest and simply wasn't efficient enough with his pitches to go deeper into the game. He will take a 4.97 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a start against the Mariners on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:56 pm
  • Fiers pitches well but taks loss versus Tribe
    Mike Fiers allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Saturday but took the loss against the Indians.

    Advice: Fiers scattered six hits, including a solo homer, over his six innings, walking one while striking out three. Alas, the Astros failed to score against Indians starter Mike Clevinger and company, saddling Fiers with the undeserving loss. He's struggled through the majority of his eight starts this year, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through Saturday. Perhaps he can use the good outing as a springboard. We'll find out when he faces the Tigers on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:32 pm
  • Blue Jays send down Dwight Smith Sr.
    Blue Jays optioned OF Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Smith Sr. won't be needed now that Kevin Pillar is back from suspension. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk during his two-day stint in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:47 pm
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    4:07 pm vs Tex
     
  • Tigers recall John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo
    Tigers recalled 1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: With Miguel Cabrera banged up and Victor Martinez away on paternity leave, Hicks will add an extra bat for the Tigers. He hit .423 with seven RBI in his seven games with the big league club this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Chris Taylor hits fifth homer
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double versus the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't missed Logan Forsythe at all with Taylor sporting an OPS in the neighborhood of 1.000 for weeks now. The Dodgers will be able to keep playing him regularly until Justin Turner returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Kenta Maeda expected to return on Thursday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) is expected to return to the Dodgers' rotation on Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: That's provided that everything goes smoothly with his minor league rehab start with High-A Ranco Cucamonga on Friday. Maeda has been dealing with a minor hamstring issue and should be safe to activate as soon as he returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • David Phelps a candidate to start Sunday
    David Phelps is a candidate to start Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Odrisamer Despaigne is also being considered. The Marlins need someone to take the place of Tom Koehler, who was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Despaigne started in the minor leagues before his call-up while Phelps has amassed 64 big league starts including five last season. Phelps isn't stretched out so he'd probably be limited to four or five innings if he gets the call on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
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    4:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Maeda (hamstring) to make rehab start Friday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will pitch four innings in Friday's rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: He's expected to throw about 60 pitches. If all goes well, Maeda will return to the Dodgers' rotation next Wednesday or Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda had been on a roll before his injury, winning two of his last three starts with a 2.21 ERA. With Maeda on the comeback trail, Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5, 4.99 ERA) could be in danger of losing his rotation spot. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Blue Jays call up Dwight Smith Jr.
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of OF Dwight Smith Jr. from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Blue Jays needed an outfielder with Kevin Pillar serving a two-game suspension for directing a homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte. Smith has had a strong year in the minors, hitting .297 with three homers, 17 RBI and three steals for Buffalo. This is Smith's first stint in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:04 pm
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    4:07 pm vs Tex
     
  • J.D. Martinez hits fifth homer in win
    J.D. Martinez hit his fifth homer and walked three times Thursday as the Tigers edged the Orioles 6-5.

    Advice: Not only does Martinez have five homers in six games since coming off the disabled list, but he's walked a remarkable nine times. He's sporting a .680 OBP, which is just about as impressive as his 1.438 slugging percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:47 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • David Phelps could move into MIA rotation
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly hinted Wednesday that the organization is considering moving David Phelps from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

    Advice: There's a serious starting pitcher crunch on the Marlins' roster with Wei-Yin Chen fighting an elbow injury and Adam Conley and Tom Koehler both sitting at Triple-A New Orleans due to ghastly results in Miami. Mattingly said if the Marlins make Phelps a starter, they'll keep him a starter for the remainder of the year. The right-hander has been sharp over the last three weeks after struggling for a bit in early-to-mid April and makes for a worthy stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Phelps holds a 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over his last 105 2/3 innings with Miami. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:51 am
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    4:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Chris Taylor socks solo home run vs. SFG
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor knotted up the score at 1-1 with his solo home run off Ty Blach in the sixth inning. The dinger was his fourth of the season and gave him 14 RBI. He is working to a crisp .329/.444/.557 triple-slash in 71 at-bats since being called up on April 19. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • JD Martinez HRs twice, drives in five in loss
    J.D. Martinez homered twice and drew four walks in the Tigers' 13-inning loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez hit a solo shot in the bottom of the third and a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, finishing 2-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored. The 29-year-old slugger is 6-for-12 (.500) with a ridiculous 2.147 OPS in four games since being activated from the disabled list May 12. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:42 pm
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
     
  • Craig Kimbrel has another dominant save
    Craig Kimbrel breezed through a save chance on eight pitches on Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Kimbrel protecting a three-run lead with how he's throwing this season is about as money in the bank as it gets, and he disposed of the Cardinals quickly with a couple flyouts and a strikeout. He's given up just two runs this season and holds an absurd 34/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Pomeranz (triceps) expects to start vs. A's
    Drew Pomeranz (triceps) said Tuesday that he expects to take his next turn in the Red Sox rotation.

    Advice: Pomeranz was removed his last start Sunday against the Rays with tightness in his left triceps, but he played catch Monday without issue and will throw his normal between-starts bullpen session on Wednesday. He's lined up to face the Athletics in Oakland this weekend. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:33 pm
  • Chris Taylor goes 3-for-4 in loss
    Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor's surge came to an end a week ago, and he had been 4-for-26 with no RBI and nine strikeouts in his previous six games. He's more likely to be a solid offensive utilityman than a quality regular going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs ChC
     
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