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Justin Anderson notched his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Anderson was working with an 8-5 lead when he entered for work to start the top of the ninth inning. He proceeded to surrender a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson, but any thought of a Blue Jays rally was dashed when Luke Maile immediately banged into a double play to erase the potential threat. Anderson then struck out Lourdes Gurriel to end the game. The right-hander's pitched to a 3.08 ERA with 36 strikeouts in just 26 1/3 innings this season, though he's also walked a whopping 19 batters in that space. Regular saves won't be coming his way, as he only had the opportunity for ninth-inning action on Thursday due to the fact that Blake Parker needed a breather.
Jun 22 - 1:58 AM

Kole Calhoun went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk, a steal and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

Lovely all-around game by Calhoun, particularly given that he was just activated off the disabled list earlier this week. A strained right oblique had kept him sidelined for much of June previously. His two-run home run in the fourth inning proved to be a key blow in Thursday's victory, as it flipped what had been a 3-2 lead for the Blue Jays and turned it into a Halos' advantage. The Angels would not trail again in the contest. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Calhoun's injury layoff may actually end up helping him. He was playing miserable ball prior to the oblique strain (hitting .145/.195/.179 at the end of May) and three weeks off to clear the head may well have proved to serve as something of a battery recharge. He's collected at least one hit in each of his three games since returning from the disabled list. Calhoun has hit double-digit home runs in each of the last four seasons.
Jun 22 - 1:48 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Valbuena connected for his first home run of the game (a two-run shot) off of John Axford with two outs in the fifth inning. He would follow that up with a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. This was the veteran infielder's second two-homer game of the year and his first contest with a long ball since May 29. He's up to eight dingers on the season. While Valbuena does have a decent little bit of pop -- he's cracked double-digit home runs in each of the past five seasons -- there's just not enough to cling to for consistent fantasy work. He is slashing .222/.271/.369 in 65 games this year.
Jun 22 - 1:47 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Morales cranked out a solo home run with one out in the eighth inning. That tater drew the Blue Jays to within 8-5, but they would be unable to come up with further rally magic before the end of the game. The veteran slugger has now homered in back-to-back contests to give him seven total long balls on the year. He has also turned in multi-hit efforts in three of his last four games. While he's still hitting a cool .239/.300/.408 for the season as a whole, he's played much better of late and is starting to show out consistently enough that the buy-low window for fantasy purposes might be in the process of shutting.
Jun 22 - 1:39 AM

Lourdes Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Gurriel launched a solo home run with one out in the seventh inning, his third long ball of the campaign. Over the course of two stints with the big league club this season, the 24-year-old infielder has collected 16 hits in 72 at-bats, which works out to a meager .222 average. There is no fantasy intrigue, here, and we could potentially see Gurriel sent down on Friday, when Sam Gaviglio returns from his paternity leave.
Jun 22 - 1:31 AM

John Lamb surrendered three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

Lamb struck out four and walked one in the relatively short outing. He threw 76 pitches (52 strikes) before taking leave of the contest with one out in the fourth inning. Runs scored on his watch in each of the second, third and fourth frames. This was his second consecutive start since the Angels purchased his contract from Triple-A earlier this month. In those two outings, he has allowed a combined five runs on nine hits over 8 1/3 innings while posting a 9/2 K/BB ratio. Those numbers aren't exactly sturdy, but given the attrition being faced by the Halos in the rotation, they're serviceable enough. He's probably going to continue to draw starts for the foreseeable future, at least until he starts getting hit harder.
Jun 22 - 1:24 AM

Pitching in relief of an injured Aaron Sanchez (finger), Joe Biagini tossed two scoreless innings while allowing two hits in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Sanchez managed just one inning -- he gave up two runs in that space -- before being forced out with what's being termed a right index finger contusion. Biagini entered to open the second frame. Matters could have spun out of control on him, with the Angels putting a pair of runners on with one out, but he locked in to strike out Ian Kinsler and induce a groundout from Mike Trout to end that early threat. He handled the third inning without issue before handing off the bullpen baton to John Axford. Biagini has pitched to a distressing 7.39 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings this season, but that said, he has made four starts to date and figures to be one option for manager John Gibbons to consider should Sanchez be forced to miss extended time.
Jun 22 - 1:23 AM

Eric Thames went 2-for-5 with a three-run triple and two runs scored as the Brewers pounded the Cardinals 11-3 on Thursday.

Thames' big blow, which came well after the bell would have sounded to stop the fight, was indicative of the night as a whole -- a Brewers batter hit the ball, and a Cardinals fielder wasn't able to make the play. This one came in the seventh inning as Thames drove a John Gant pitch to deep center that Tommy Pham was only able to knock down to keep it from being a grand slam, instead providing Thames his first triple of the year. After a long layoff due to a UCL tear in his left thumb, Thames is back and is hitting .233/.330/.589 with nine homers, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored in 30 games played this year.
Jun 22 - 1:18 AM
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