Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Hosmer now has three multi-hit games in his last four starts and has doubled in three straight. It's been a quiet month by his standards -- he's got two home runs while hitting "just" .272 -- but Hosmer is as steady as they come at first base. The 26-year-old is batting .311/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI and 43 runs scored on the year.
Lorenzo Cain was diagnosed with a strained hamstring that forced his early exit from Tuesday's game.
He'll be re-evaluated by team doctors on Wednesday before determining a course of action. Even if he avoids a trip to the disabled list, expect him to miss a game or two. Look for an update after Wednesday's exam.
Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.
Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base.
Seung Hwan Oh was called on to pitch in a non-save situation in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals.
While not technically a save opportunity, Oh was entrusted with the ninth inning in a four-run game, a sign that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny might turn to him in tighter instances as well. Oh didn't exactly pass with flying colors, allowing two hits and a walk before getting the final two outs without incident, but he still got the job done. With a 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 51/9 K/BB ratio through 39 innings, the 33-year-old former closer in Korea and Japan is the player to own for fantasy purposes with Trevor Rosenthal struggling.
Making his first start since his suspension, Yordano Ventura gave up seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.
Ventura allowed a solo home run among his seven hits given up, and he also walked three. It was a disappointing return after he'd been pitching so well prior to the eight-game suspension levied after Ventura beaned Manny Machado earlier this month. Perhaps some of his struggles Tuesday could be attributed to rust, and the volatile 25-year-old will look to improve upon his 5.00 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Phillies on Sunday.
Michael Wacha fought to earn a quality start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six innings in a win over the Royals.
It wasn't Wacha's finest outing -- in fact, his nine hits allowed were the most in a start since his season debut against the Pirates -- but he managed to pick up his fourth win with the effort. Wacha did issue just one free pass while striking out four in the game. Despite running off four straight quality starts, we still haven't seen the kind of dominance expected from the 24-year-old, who owns a 4.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 16 starts. A more favorable start Sunday against the Brewers could help his cause.
Mike Pelfrey struggled again but managed to pick up a win Tuesday, allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-4 victory over the Marlins.
Pelfrey gave up a whopping 12 hits and walked a batter, striking out only one. But, the Tigers came through with a seven-run fifth inning to put the righty on the positive side of the decision. Pelfrey will carry a predictably awful 5.02 ERA and 1.74 WHIP into Tampa this weekend.
Zack Greinke was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Phillies due to tightness in his left oblique.
Oblique injuries can be tricky and tend to linger, so it's hard to speculate how much time, if any, Greinke could miss. It's likely that the team could play it safe and skip a start or two heading into the All-Star break.