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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Hanley Ramirez reached base five times Tuesday, collecting an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays.

Ramirez had a couple of singles, including an RBI single in the seventh inning, to go along with three walks on the evening. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, scoring seven runs and driving in six in that stretch. The modest hitting streak has Ramirez' line up to .276/.348/.413 with 45 RBI and 42 runs scored.
Jun 28 - 10:29 PM

Lorenzo Cain was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Cain lunged for first base in an attempt to beat out an infield single and appeared to tweak something. He also had hit base hit taken away from him on video review, literally adding insult to injury. He'll get checked out in the clubhouse and the Royals should have an update on his status shortly.
Jun 28 - 10:28 PM

Chris Archer continued to struggle Tuesday, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

On a positive note, he struck out nine, continuing to show that he's still got swing-and-miss stuff despite being too hittable. And he was hittable, giving up seven hits while also walking four in the outing. The loss was his fourth in a row, dropping him to 4-11 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Another difficult matchup looms Sunday against the Tigers.
Jun 28 - 10:23 PM

Rick Porcello limited the Rays to one run over six innings, striking out eight, in a win Tuesday.

Porcello scattered five hits and three walks, with one of those walks plating a run in the fourth inning. The win improved Porcello to 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 89/21 K/BB ratio over 100 innings of work. He still hasn't lost a decision since May 17, and his eight strikeouts were the most since April 20. He'll try to keep it going Monday against the Rangers.
Jun 28 - 10:23 PM

Braves optioned LHP Matt Marksberry to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Marksberry is being sent out to create room on the roster for Joel de la Cruz who will start for the Braves on Wednesday. The left-hander allowed two runs on two hits over his 1 2/3 innings with the big league club (10.80 ERA). He'll continue to function as bullpen depth in the minors.
Jun 28 - 10:22 PM

Matt Wisler recorded a career-high nine strikeouts but took a no-decision Tuesday, allowing two runs over six frames against the Indians.

Wisler shut the Indians down after allowing a couple tallies in the first inning, but he departed with the game tied after six. The 23-year-old had a couple rough outings at the beginning of June but rebounded with three straight quality starts to close out the month. Wisler faces off against the Marlins.
Jun 28 - 10:20 PM

Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of stolen bases in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Ramirez singled in the first run of the game in the first and then provided some cushion with another RBI single in the ninth. The 23-year-old has been arguably the Indians' biggest surprise this season, stabilizing left field in the absence of Michael Brantley (shoulder) with a .292/.354/.424 batting line, four homers and 10 steals.
Jun 28 - 10:15 PM

Jace Peterson smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

He took closer Cody Allen deep in the ninth inning to cut the lead to two, but that's as close as the Braves would get. Peterson has taken over the second base job and leadoff spot since returning from the minors earlier this month, sporting a .333 average, two homers and a stolen base over 63 at-bats.
Jun 28 - 10:08 PM
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