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Colby Rasmus returns to Astros lineup 07-04-2015
Colby Rasmus LF HOU
Colby Rasmus (illness) has returned to the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
He's back in center field and batting sixth for the Astros on Saturday after missing a week of action due to an infection he sustained from a bug bite.
Matt Kemp not in Padres lineup on Saturday 07-04-2015
Matt Kemp RF SD
Matt Kemp is not in the Padres starting lineup on Saturday.

San Diego Padres on Twitter
It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for Kemp. Melvin Upton is getting the start in his place in center field and will bat leadoff for the Padres against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals.
Cardinals recall Mitch Harris from Triple-A 07-04-2015
Mitch Harris P STL
Cardinals recalled RHP Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis. The 29-year-old right-hander has appeared in 16 games already with the Cardinals this season, posting a 3.63 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 9/10 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. He'll function in middle relief for the Cardinals.
Cardinals option Greg Garcia to Triple-A 07-04-2015
Greg Garcia 2B STL
Cardinals optioned INF Greg Garcia to Triple-A Memphis. The 25-year-old has impressed in his limited time with the Cardinals this season, slashing .417/.462/.750 with a homer in 12 at-bats. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth and should get another opportunity with the Cardinals soon enough.
Chris Carter not in Astros lineup on Saturday 07-04-2015
Chris Carter 1B HOU
Chris Carter is not in the Astros starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Red Sox. He'll take a seat in favor of Jonathan Singleton, who has seen his playing time increase in recent days. The 28-year-old Carter is hitting just .197/.311/.405 on the season with 15 homers, 40 RBI and a league-leading 107 strikeouts in 269 at-bats.
Andrew Miller throws successful bullpen 07-04-2015
Andrew Miller P NYY
Andrew Miller (forearm) threw 30 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

Chad Jennings on Twitter
The left-hander indicated afterwards that he would like to go out on a minor league rehab assignment, to simulate as close to MLB game speed as possible, before rejoining the bullpen. It's unclear if he'll step right back into the closer's role upon his return, or wind up in some sort of timeshare with Dellin Betances.
Chris Young not in Yankees lineup Saturday 07-04-2015
Chris Young RF NYY
Chris Young is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.

The Journal News
It appears to be just a routine day of rest for Young. Ramon Flores will start in his place in left field and bat sixth against opposing right-hander Nathan Karns.
Logan Forsythe not in Rays lineup on Saturday 07-04-2015
Logan Forsythe 2B TB
Logan Forsythe is not in the Rays starting lineup on Saturday against the Yankees.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
He'll take a seat against tough opposing right-hander Michael Pineda. Jake Elmore will draw the start in his place at second base and bat eighth for the Rays on Saturday.
Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday 07-04-2015
Brian McCann C NYY
Brian McCann is not in Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

Chad Jennings on Twitter
It has become commonplace for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to rest McCann on Saturday when the Yankees play an afternoon game following a night game. Friday night's hero will step aside and John Murphy will work behind the plate for the Bombers and bat seventh on Saturday.
Red Sox option Noe Ramirez back to Triple-A 07-04-2015
Noe Ramirez P BOS
Red Sox optioned RHP Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket. It was a very short-lived stay for Ramirez on the big league roster, as he allowed four runs (two earned) in his lone inning of work on Friday, his first day with the team. He should get another opportunity at some point this summer.
Red Sox recall Steven Wright from Triple-A 07-04-2015
Steven Wright P BOS
Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 30-year-old knuckleballer owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He'll function in long relief.
Victor Martinez not an option at first base 07-04-2015
Victor Martinez DH DET
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Victor Martinez is not considered an option to play first base in the wake of the Miguel Cabrera injury.

Jason Beck on Twitter
The Tigers are left scrambling at first base after losing their best hitter for the next six weeks, but Ausmus said he was concerned about trusting Martinez there for an extended period of time. It sounds as though they'll roll with a combination of Alex Avila, Andrew Romine and Jefry Marte for the time being.
Miguel Cabrera expected to miss six weeks 07-04-2015
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera is expected to be sidelined for six weeks with a grade 3 left calf strain.

George Sipple on Twitter
The Tigers had hoped that he would be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but it appears that the All-Star slugger will be on the shelf until late August. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers look to acquire a bat to replace Cabrera in the lineup, or if his untimely injury will force Dave Dombrowski to become a seller at the trade deadline.
Alex Avila starting at first base on Saturday 07-04-2015
Alex Avila C DET
Alex Avila is starting at first base for the Tigers on Saturday in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera.

Detroit Tigers on Twitter
Avila will bat fifth for the Tigers on Saturday. It isn't quite clear yet how the Tigers plan to manage the first base position in Cabrera's absence. Jefry Marte was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, but they may not want to throw him right in against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Jose Iglesias not in Tigers lineup Saturday 07-04-2015
Jose Iglesias SS DET
Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Detroit Tigers on Twitter
It's nothing more than a day of rest for the slick-fielding shortstop. Josh Wilson will draw a rare start in his place and bat eighth against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Tigers place Miguel Cabrera (calf) on DL 07-04-2015
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Tigers placed 1B Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. It's the first time in Cabrera's career that he has been on the disabled list. This is a major blow to the Tigers and to fantasy owners, as the All-Star slugger was hitting an absurd .350/.456/.578 with 15 homers and 54 RBI on the season. The hope is that he will be able to return immediately after the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, Jefry Marte was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Angel Pagan not in Giants lineup on Saturday 07-04-2015
Angel Pagan CF SF
Angel Pagan is not in the Giants starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Nationals.

Amy Gutierrez on Twitter
The Giants continue to give the outfielder regular rest in order to keep his knees fresh. Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff for the Giants against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on Saturday, while Ryan Lollis draws his first major league start in left field.
Iwakuma to rejoin Mariners rotation on Monday 07-04-2015
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will rejoin the Mariners rotation on Monday against the Tigers.

Ryan Divish on Twitter
The right-hander has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat muscle. In three starts with the M's before hitting the disabled list, he registered a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings.
Mariners option Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A 07-04-2015
Tom Wilhelmsen P SEA
Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma. The 31-year-old right-hander has struggled out of the Mariners bullpen this season, posting a 4.68 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB mark over 25 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minor leagues before hopefully rejoining the M's bullpen later in the season.
Mariners option Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma 07-04-2015
Vidal Nuno P SEA
Mariners optioned LHP Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma. The 27-year-old left-hander pitched very well out of the Mariners bullpen, registering a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings. It's unclear exactly why he's being sent out though, unless they prefer to stretch him back out as a starter at Triple-A.
Mariners option Roenis Elias to Triple-A 07-04-2015
Roenis Elias P SEA
Mariners optioned LHP Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma. The 26-year-old southpaw has pitched relatively well in the Mariners rotation, compiling a 4.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 64/25 K/BB ratio over 78 innings in 13 starts. He became the odd-man out though with Hisashi Iwakuma set to return from the disabled list. Elias will get another chance the next time the M's need an extra starter.
Rays purchase contract of Everett Teaford 07-04-2015
Everett Teaford P TB
Rays purchased the contract of LHP Everett Teaford from Triple-A Durham. The 31-year-old will provide depth to the Rays bullpen with his ability to work multiple innings. In 13 starts at Triple-A Durham he has registered a 5.56 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 46/18 K/BB ratio across 68 frames.
Rays option Riefenhauser back to Triple-A 07-04-2015
C.J. Riefenhauser P TB
Rays optioned LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham. The 25-year-old southpaw has really struggled in his limited time with the Rays this season, posting a 9.95 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 2/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings of work. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth in the minor leagues.
Rays designate Marc Krauss for assignment 07-04-2015
Marc Krauss 1B TB
Rays designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment. The first baseman was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week after going just 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in his limited time with the Rays. There's a chance that he could attract some interest on waivers.
Denard Span not in Nationals lineup Saturday 07-04-2015
Denard Span CF WAS
Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Giants.

Dan Kolko on Twitter
It appears to be nothing more than a regular day of rest for the veteran outfielder who has seen his fair share of injuries this season. Michael Taylor will slide over to center field and bat leadoff for the Nationals against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.
Reds have no interest in trading Todd Frazier 07-04-2015
Todd Frazier 3B CIN
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty clarified Thursday that the team will not trade third baseman Todd Frazier.

Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline and have several pieces that should be very popular commodities. Frazier won't be one of them though. He's in the midst of an outstanding season, slashing .281/.341/.600 with 25 homers, 54 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Rangers activate Matt Harrison from 60-day DL 07-04-2015
Matt Harrison P TEX
Rangers activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 60-day disabled list. Harrison will make his long-awaited return to the Rangers rotation on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Harrison has been sidelined since undergoing spinal fusion surgery last June and has made a total of six starts in the big leagues since the 2012 season. He struggled in six starts on his minor league rehab assignment, compiling a 6.23 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings.
Twins activate Ervin Santana for Sunday start 07-04-2015
Ervin Santana P MIN
Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the restricted list. Santana has finally finished serving his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will make his Twins debut on Sunday against the Royals. He was terrific in three minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester, registering a 1.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings. He's worth a look in any mixed leagues where he remains available.
Cliff Pennington comes up big as Arizona wins 07-04-2015
Cliff Pennington SS ARZ
Cliff Pennington delivered a game-tying single in the sixth and a game-ending sac fly in the 10th as the Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 4-3 on Friday. Pennington remains a fine utilityman, but the Diamondbacks haven't gotten a ton of use from him this year with Nick Ahmed playing well at short and Aaron Hill acting as the primary fallback at second and third. The runs batted in he collected tonight were just his sixth and seventh of the season, and it was also only his second multihit game.
Brandon Barnes goes 0-for-3 against Arizona 07-04-2015
Brandon Barnes LF COL
Brandon Barnes went 0-for-3 before being removed as part of a double-switch Friday against the Diamondbacks. Barnes should start losing some time now that the Rockies have brought Drew Stubbs back to the majors. Barnes still has a decent .276 average, but it's going down quickly and he doesn't bring much else to the table.
Wilmer Flores goes 3-for-4 in Mets' win 07-04-2015
Wilmer Flores SS NYM
Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets beat the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday. Flores singled in the Mets' first run in the fourth and collected an infield single during the ninth-inning rally that decided the game. The three hits match his total from his previous six starts combined. He does have 10 homers this season, but getting on base just hasn't been a strength for him.
Noah Syndergaard strong for six innings 07-04-2015
Noah Syndergaard P NYM
Noah Syndergaard was lifted after allowing one run and two hits in six innings Friday against the Dodgers. Syndergaard only walked two, but it still took him 107 pitches to get through six. Needless to say, the Mets weren't going to give him a chance to match last week's eight innings of one-run ball against the Reds. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 3.38. He's allowed one or no earned runs in six of his 10 starts.
Bourn drives in three to help down Pirates 07-04-2015
Michael Bourn CF CLE
Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Friday's win over the Pirates. Bourn doubled in a run in the fourth inning, then punched in two more with a single in the eighth to give his team a three run lead and some much needed breathing room. They would ultimately win 5-2. While he does have five hits in his last 11 at-bats, Bourn is still hitting just .234/.305/.284 for the year. He only has 10 extra-base hits and has yet to connect on his first home run.
Clayton Kershaw holds down Mets 07-04-2015
Clayton Kershaw P LAD
Clayton Kershaw wasn't involved in the decision after allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Mets. At least it wasn't a fourth straight loss. Kershaw just isn't getting any help from the Dodgers, and he might well miss out on the All-Star Game because of it. He's 5-6 with a 3.08 ERA and a 147/27 K/BB in 114 IP.
Michael Cuddyer strikes out as pinch-hitter 07-04-2015
Michael Cuddyer LF NYM
Michael Cuddyer struck out as a pinch-hitter Friday against the Dodgers. It was his first appearance since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore knee. It's possible he'll rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday.
Marte strikes out twice in hit-less effort 07-04-2015
Starling Marte LF PIT
Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Indians. The 0-for-4 jaunt snapped Marte's eight-game hitting streak. It's been a career best season to this point for the outfielder, who will set a personal best for homers when he hits his next one (he's currently at 13, same as the number he hit all of last year). He's hitting .284/.333/.465 through 299 at-bats in 2015.
McCutchen hits 10th homer of season in loss 07-04-2015
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Indians. McCutchen homered with a runner on against Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning, the only runs that the Pirates would score in the game. After hitting just .194/.302/.333 in April, McCutchen has posted batting averages north of .300 and slugging percentages north of .500 in each of the last two months. Overall, he's slashing .296/.390/.493 with 10 homers and 49 RBI.
Moss cranks two-run homer in win over Pirates 07-04-2015
Brandon Moss RF CLE
Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates. Moss launched his two-run shot off of Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the second inning. It was the first baseman's 14th bomb of the season and pushed his RBI total to 44. He might not hit for much average (currently .230), but his 14 homers put him on track to come close to--if not surpass--the career-high 30 he smacked in 2013. Moss is looking to post his fourth straight season with 20 or more long balls.
Bauer picks up win in rain-shortened outing 07-04-2015
Trevor Bauer P CLE
Trevor Bauer locked down the Pirates on Friday, hurling 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball to earn his seventh win of the season. Bauer could have conceivably pitched deeper into the game were it not for a rain delay, which came in the seventh inning. At that point, the right-hander had only thrown 74 pitches. He would not return to the contest when festivities resumed. Bauer struck out three and walked one. Both runs against him came home via a homer by Andrew McCutchen. Bauer now holds a 3.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He'll look to improve to 8-5 in a home showdown with the Astros next time he takes the ball.
Morton tosses quality start against Pirates 07-04-2015
Charlie Morton P PIT
Charlie Morton provided a quality start in Friday's loss to the Indians, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings. Morton struck out three and walked three in the outing. Runs scored in the second and fourth innings, when Morton allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss and an RBI double to Michael Bourne, respectively. The loss dropped him to 6-2 on the season. In addition to the solid record, Morton holds a 4.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Padres.
Gyorko's big day propels Padres over Cards 07-04-2015
Jedd Gyorko 2B SD
Jedd Gyorko hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning and a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth to help lead the Padres to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Gyorko was just called up on June 30 to help fill in for the injured Cory Spangenberg (knee). He showed his worth on Friday when he homered off of the ever-dominant Michael Wacha in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1. He then helped ensure things wouldn't move to extras when he singled home Yangervis Solarte in the ninth inning to put the Padres up 2-1. Gyorko hit .283/.368/.500 with four home runs in 15 games for Triple-A El Paso after being sent down in early June and should see his share of playing time in the near future, though there's little to love on the fantasy front here.
Nelson Cruz hits 21st homer 07-04-2015
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and hit his 21st homer Friday as the Mariners beat the A's 9-5. Cruz has two homers in three games during July after hitting just one in 25 games in June. It's not likely that he'll catch fire again like he did in April, but he should be a reliable power bat from here on in.
Carson Smith gives up two runs to A's 07-04-2015
Carson Smith P SEA
Working the ninth with the Mariners up by six, Carson Smith allowed two runs in his inning Friday against the A's. The Mariners haven't had any save chances since Fernando Rodney got the nod over Smith last Friday against the Angels. It might well be that Rodney gets the call again next time out. Smith hasn't done anything wrong, but Lloyd McClendon wants Rodney to win back the job.
Solarte triples in win over Cardinals 07-04-2015
Yangervis Solarte 1B SD
Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Friday's win over the Cardinals. Don't expect to see Solarte legging out triples on a regular basis. The three-bagger was his first of the season and just the second of his career. He's hitting .249/.299/.367 with three homers and 29 RBI for the 2015 campaign and shouldn't be relied upon in fantasy formats, despite the newfound existence of wheels on those feet.
Evan Scribner gives up two homers 07-04-2015
Evan Scribner P OAK
Evan Scribner gave up two homers in two innings of relief Friday against the Mariners. The home run ball is Scribner's bugaboo, and while he's one candidate to step in as Oakland's closer once Tyler Clippard is traded, those flyball tendencies might cause Edward Mujica to get the job instead. Scribner has given up nine homers this year, which is why his ERA stands at 3.64 despite a crazy 44/3 K/BB ratio in 42 innings.
Brad Miller delivers eighth homer 07-04-2015
Brad Miller SS SEA
Brad Miller collected his eighth homer and his 12th double Friday against the A's. It's Miller's second homer in four games. His struggles in limited action against left-handers have taken a toll on his numbers, but he's hitting .267/.357/.487 versus righties.
Wong struggles in 0-for-4 game 07-04-2015
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong couldn't find any traction against the Padres on Friday, finishing the game 0-for-4. Wong struggled on Friday, but it's not indicative of what he's done on the whole this season. His triple-slash of .283/.341/.451 stands in the upper tier of his position offensively and he's hit nine homers while driving in 36 runs and scoring 42. At just 23 years of age, there's still room for offensive improvement here.
Mark Canha goes 2-for-4, knocks in three 07-04-2015
Mark Canha 1B OAK
Mark Canha went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Mariners on Friday. The right-handed-hitting Canha keeps starting against lefties, even though he's struggled mightily against them this year. He did have a single against J.A. Happ tonight, but his big hit was a two-run double off right-handed reliever Carson Smith. All eight of his homers this season have come off righties. It's probably a big fluke, but the weird platoon splits are making it difficult for the A's to use him.
Heyward singles in quiet offensive game 07-04-2015
Jason Heyward RF STL
Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a walk and a single in Friday's loss to the Padres. Heyward's single was one of just four hits that the Cardinals managed as a team. The once highly-touted outfielder looked dead in the water a month ago, but he absolutely melted the ball in June, hitting .326/.365/.517 with four homers and 14 RBI for the month. After a rough April, he's starting to look more and more like the player that the Cardinals were hoping for when they acquired him in the off-season.
Wacha hurls seven innings of one-run ball 07-04-2015
Michael Wacha P STL
Michael Wacha continued to throw like one of the best pitchers in baseball on Friday, holding the Padres to just one run over seven innings in a 2-1 loss. Wacha struck out six and walked just one. Only a Jedd Gyorko solo homer in the seventh inning prevented Wacha from the shutout. It also prevented him from picking up his 11th win of the year, as the homer tied the game at 1-1. With a 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 10-3 record, he's a near lock for the All-Star Game and should be in the Cy Young discussion at the end of the season assuming he stays healthy.
Cashner holds Cards to one run over six IP 07-04-2015
Andrew Cashner P SD
Andrew Cashner pitched well on Friday, limiting the Cardinals to one run on three hits over six innings. Cashner struck out three and walked three in the contest. Despite the well-pitched outing, he was unable to come away with a decision, as the Padres would not pull ahead for the win until the ninth inning. Cashner is the owner of a 4.06 ERA and 1.39 WHIP and will carry those numbers in to his next start, a road date with the Pirates.
Cain doubles, singles twice in leading Royals 07-04-2015
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles in Friday's win over the Twins. Cain was all over the place in this contest. He would drive in a run with a single in the third inning and score both the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winning run in the 10th as the Royals improved to 45-32 for the season. He's now racked up nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Morales doubles and singles in extras win 07-04-2015
Kendrys Morales DH KC
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Friday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Twins. Morales' RBI single in the eighth inning might have been the most important hit of the game, as it knotted the score at 2-2 and allowed the Royals to eventually win in extras without having to face lock-down closer Glen Perkins. For his part, Morales is slashing .286/.347/.466 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in what's been a nice season to this point.
Dozier fails to find hit in five at-bats 07-04-2015
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Royals. Ouchie. Rough game aside, Dozier is putting in a fine season and is currently slashing .260/.331/.514 with 16 homers, 40 RBI and seven steals. His combination of speed and power make him one of the best fantasy chips at his position.
Sano drives in first career run with single 07-04-2015
Miguel Sano 3B MIN
Miguel Sano collected his first major league RBI in Friday's loss to the Royals. The all-universe prospect singled home Eddie Rosario in the second inning. He later added a double to finish 2-for-4. Sano did strike out twice, but Twin fans should be happy to see that he seems to be fitting in just fine to start his major league career. Sano hit .274/.374/.544 with 15 homers and 48 RBI through 66 Double-A games prior to his call-up.
Guthrie pitches into eighth against Twins 07-04-2015
Jeremy Guthrie P KC
Jeremy Guthrie pitched a strong game in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Despite Guthrie's strong performance, the pitcher did not receive a decision in the game, as the contest was knotted at 2-2 until the Royals snapped the tie in the bottom of the 10th inning. Guthrie struck out four and walked one, lowering his ERA to a still-awful 5.42. He also holds a 1.46 WHIP. None of these numbers are good, obviously. Guthrie will try to repeat his results from Friday when he faces the Rays in a home start next Wednesday.
Milone allows one run to Royals over six IP 07-04-2015
Tommy Milone P MIN
Tommy Milone held the Royals down on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings. Outside of a run-scoring single by Lorenzo Cain in the third inning, Milone managed to keep the Royals off the scoreboard. He struck out five and walked just one in hurling his fifth quality start in a row. The southpaw now owns a 3.02 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Deeper AL-only formats should consider him as a pick-up, particularly with the way he's pitching at the moment. He won't strike out many batters, but his numbers are rock solid.
Correa homers, picks up three hits vs BOS 07-04-2015
Carlos Correa SS HOU
Carlos Correa went 3-for-6 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 12-8, 10-inning win over the Red Sox. Correa's homer off Craig Breslow in the eighth inning was the rookie phenom's sixth of the season and his RBI single in the 10th snapped an 8-8 tie. The 20-year-old shortstop has lived up to the hype since his call-up and is currently slashing .300/.320/.570 with six homers and 17 RBI. There are bound to be bumps in the road as major league pitchers make adjustments, but Correa's career is off to a fantastic start.
Altuve collects three hits to lead hit parade 07-04-2015
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Friday's 12-8, 10-inning win over the Red Sox. Altuve's RBI single in the seventh inning scored two runs and gave the diminutive second baseman 35 batted in for the season. He's now put up back-to-back three-hit games and is working with a .303/.348/.424 slash-line for the year. With 90 hits through 74 games, Altuve is a near-lock to finish with 200+ hits as long as he stays healthy.
Twins option Alex Meyer back to Triple-A 07-04-2015
Alex Meyer P MIN
Twins optioned RHP Alex Meyer to Triple-A Rochester. The 25-year-old struggled in his two appearances with the big league club, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings (16.88 ERA). He will continue to work out of the bullpen at Triple-A and should make his way back to the Twins at some point this summer.
Ortiz hits clutch double in loss to Astros 07-04-2015
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Friday's loss to the Astros. Ortiz's run-scoring two-bagger in the eighth inning knotted the score at 8-8, but the Astros would go on to score four times in the 10th inning to drop the Red Sox to a disappointing 37-45. The two runs driven in pushed Ortiz's season RBI total to 41. He's slashing .233/.321/.433, numbers that are a far cry from those in the height of his Hall of Fame caliber career. The counting stats are there, at least, as Ortiz has hit 14 homers and driven in the aforementioned 41 runs.