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Seth Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

Smith launched a Chris Tillman offering deep into the night in the fifth inning, helping to break open a 1-0 game in the process. For the season, he is slashing .263/.361/.404 with seven homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. If he can catch a little hot streak in the second half of the season, he would have a shot at matching or surpassing the career-best 17 homers he posted with the Rockies in 2010.
Jul 1 - 1:39 AM

Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

Kim cracked a solo home run off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to lead off the seventh inning. One inning later, he notched an RBI single. The 28-year-old rookie has been used as a part-time piece this season and is hitting a crisp .344/.433/.484 with eight doubles, three homers and 11 RBI across 122 at-bats.
Jul 1 - 1:33 AM

Taijuan Walker (foot) pitched well in Thursday's win over the Orioles, yielding just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Walker was skipped last time through the rotation, as he is dealing with a bout of tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The nagging injury has forced him out of two starts this month, but he showed no signs of discomfort in Thursday's win. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five without walking a batter. The lone blemish on his line came when Hyun-soo Kim rocked a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Foot injuries can linger given mankind's bipedal nature, but unless the Mariners indicate otherwise, fantasy owners can safely start Walker when he takes his 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio (82 innings) into a road start against the Astros next time out.
Jul 1 - 1:26 AM

Chris Tillman struggled in Thursday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.

In general, this was just a drag of a start for Tillman. He walked three and struck out three on the evening, with Seth Smith accounting for half of the damage on his line with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Tillman still holds a serviceable 3.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, but has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts. He will try to put an end to that trend in his final start before the All-Star Break, a road date with the Dodgers.
Jul 1 - 1:19 AM

Chase d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in the Braves' 8-5 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

D'Arnaud scored the first run of the game for the Braves in the third inning, motoring around from first base on Freddie Freeman's triple, and he added RBI hits in the sixth and eighth innings. The 29-year-old, who has played five different positions for the Braves this year, is batting a respectable .276/.349/.366 in 42 games. He's not much to look at, but those in deep NL-only leagues may want to take notice.
Jul 1 - 1:14 AM

Justin Bour hit a three-run home run, his 15th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Bour's three-run poke in the second inning was his only hit in three at-bats in the game. The homer was also his sixth in June, giving him 20 RBI and 14 runs scored with a .317 average in the month. Often overlooked, the 28-year-old is now hitting .269/.347/.534 with 15 home runs, 46 RBI and 30 runs scored overall.
Jul 1 - 1:10 AM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

The run-scoring triple in the third inning was surprisingly Freeman's fourth triple of the season, tying a single-season high he set in 2014. It was also his second triple in his last three games, oddly. Freeman's bat has remained one of the only constant bright spots for the Braves this year, as the first baseman is batting .285/.370/.502 with 13 homers, 29 RBI and 37 runs scored through 78 games.
Jul 1 - 1:06 AM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed eight hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Chen's struggles this season continue, as his ERA climbed to 5.11 with a 1.32 WHIP through 16 starts following Thursday's outing. Some good fortune has his record at 4-3, but Chen's earned run average has grown in each of his three months thus far this season. The southpaw will try to buck that trend starting Tuesday against the Mets.
Jul 1 - 1:03 AM
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