Daily Dose: Up, Up, and a Jay!

Daily Dose: Up, Up, and a Jay!
Dave Shovein covers the Jays acquiring Melvin Upton, the Rangers recalling Joey Gallo and more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Crawford raced around the bases for a two-run triple in the seventh inning. The three-bagger was his fifth of the season. He also hit a pair of singles in the contest. For the season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .275/.344/.433 with nine homers and 63 RBI over 342 at-bats. He has been an integral cog in the Giants machine this season.
Jul 27 - 1:45 AM

Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Giants.

Duvall hit a two-run shot off Matt Cain with one out in the sixth inning for home run No. 1, then followed it up with a solo blast in the eighth for home run No. 2. He was on-deck at the time Jay Bruce whiffed to end the game with a runner on in the top of the ninth. Bruce represented the tying run. These were Duvall's first two home runs since the All-Star break and give him 25 for the season as a whole. He owns a .247/.294/.545 triple-slash over 336 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:44 AM

Cody Reed was deconstructed in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, yielding six runs (five earned) on nine hits over five innings.

Reed's moment of infamy in this one came when he surrendered a three-run homer to opposing number Matt Cain in the second inning. The 23-year-old southpaw has surrendered at least four runs in every one of his seven starts bar one and holds little fantasy value. He will try to lower his 7.07 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in a home date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:39 AM

Matt Cain allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

First, the good. Cain rapped a three-run homer in the second to extend on a pre-existing 1-0 advantage. It was his seventh career tater, first since 2012. Unfortunately, the pitching side of things was less than impressive. Cain surrendered two home runs, a solo shot to Joey Votto in the fourth and a two-run dinger to Adam Duvall with one out in the sixth. The latter knocked him out of the game. Cain will carry a rough 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Nationals next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:37 AM

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a long solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Grandal absolutely unloaded on a Chris Archer offering to lead off the seventh inning, hitting a moonshot solo home run to right. The tater was his 14th of the season. While that is a healthy home run total for a catcher, the 27-year-old backstop has struggled to do much else with the bat and is hitting just .211/.330/.430 over the course of 228 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:26 AM

Brad Miller went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Miller hit a run-scoring double off Joe Blanton in the eighth inning. The Rays would ultimately bring home two runs in the frame, but wouldn't score again as they fell by a score of 3-2. For the season as a whole, Miller has quietly put together a nice campaign, slashing .244/.292/.457 with 15 homers, 37 RBI and four steals over 324 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:20 AM

Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.

Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 1:11 AM

Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:09 AM
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