Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Yankees optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 29-year-old hurler has had a rough go of it out of the Yankees bullpen this season, compiling a 5.72 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. He'll try to right the ship in the minor leagues before returning later in the season.
Jun 28 - 4:49 PM

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

The hard-working backstop will take a rare day off against right-hander Michael Wacha. Drew Butera will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Royals.
Jun 28 - 4:29 PM

Alez Gordon is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's showdown against the Cardinals.

The Royals are easing Gordon back into action after missing over a month due to a broken bone in his hand. Whit Merrifield is getting the call in left field and batting leadoff while Christian Colon mans second base for the Royals on Tuesday.
Jun 28 - 4:27 PM

Rays RHP prospect Greg Harris spanned seven shutout innings Monday in a win for High-A Charlotte.

He scattered two hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts. Monday's seven-inning gem matched the right-hander's longest start of the year. Prior to Monday, Harris had been winless in his previous seven starts with a 4.03 ERA during that span. The 21-year-old has registered 70 strikeouts this season. That's fifth-most in the Florida State League.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 4:24 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Tuesday that Lucas Duda (back) is still at least two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.

That makes a return in July look a lot more questionable for the hobbled slugger. Duda has been sidelined since May 21 due to a stress fracture in his back. Expect to see more James Loney at first base for the Mets over the next month.
Jun 28 - 4:16 PM

Astros OF prospect Daz Cameron finished a double short of the cycle Monday in a win for Low-A Tri-City.

The 19-year-old finished with four hits and plated three of the ValleyCats' eight runs. It's been all-or-nothing for Cameron lately. He's driven in 11 runs over his last 10 games, though he's struck out 18 times during that span. Cameron's two-run shot in the fourth inning was his first homer in 297 minor league at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 4:15 PM

Logan Verrett will make a spot start for the Mets on Wednesday against the Nationals in Washington.

He's taking the place of Steven Matz who is being pushed back a day to give his elbow some rest. While he's worth a look as a streaming option, he draws a difficult matchup against Max Scherzer.
Jun 28 - 4:11 PM

Orioles recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk.

The southpaw has been a preferred choice any time the Orioles need an extra arm in the bullpen. He owns a 4.70 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 6/8 K/BB ratio across 23 innings with the big league club this season.
Jun 28 - 4:08 PM
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