Mike Leake finished out the month of July with a superb start, shutting the D'Backs out over 7 2/3 innings to pick up his eighth win on Tuesday.
The last two months haven't been so kind to the right-hander, as he entered June with a 2.92 ERA and exits July at 3.53. On this night, however, he was dominant, limiting the Arizona lineup to five hits while walking none and striking out eight. Leake left with two outs in the eighth after hitting Miguel Montero with a pitch to put runners on first and second, but reliever Jonathan Broxton retired Mark Trumbo to the threat. Leake will try to begin August on the right foot when he faces the Marlins on the road next Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman slammed the door on the D'Backs in a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Tuesday, preserving a win for starter Mike Leake.
For the 33rd consecutive time this season, and 45th consecutive time since August 21 last season, Chapman recorded at least one strikeout -- a major league record. The fireballing lefty is now 23-for-25 in save chances with a 2.16 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 67/11 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings.
Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios left Tuesday's start for Double-A New Britain in the second inning with shoulder tightness.
The Twins are having some rotten luck lately with their pitching prospects, as Kohl Stewart just went down with a shoulder injury of his own. Berrios, who was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the club's No. 5 prospect, will be re-evaluated before it's determined how much time he might miss.
Jay Bruce will return from the bereavement list on Friday.
Bruce is missing the first of three games on Tuesday following the death of his grandfather. The Reds are using Skip Schumaker in right field Tuesday.
Matt Lindstrom (ankle) might need only 2-3 rehab appearances before being activated.
He's expected to begin a rehab assignment any time now after a successful simulated game Tuesday. That would put Lindstrom on pace to return in early August if all goes well. The reliever said Tuesday that he'd "like to keep closing" once he's activated. The White Sox haven't made any proclamations one way or the other, but Lindstrom is definitely worth stashing for those speculating.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks are shopping Gerardo Parra.
The D'Backs are open for business, as they're also listening on Addison Reed, Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez, Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter. Crasnick notes that Arizona "loves Parra's makeup," but he'll be arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and has only a .657 OPS this season.
Michael Bourn (hamstring) will increase his rehab workload over the next week.
Bourn has been sidelined since July 5 with a left hamstring strain but only recently was allowed to ride a stationary bike. The Indians are taking it slowly with him, as there remains no timetable for his return. "I've kind of on purpose not gone in to push him," manager Terry Francona said. "He's going to obviously add intensity as he continues to feel better. ... He will just continue to ramp up. And when he's ready to play, we'll send him out to play."
Matt Albers (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.
It's the first time he'll throw from the bump since he had a setback with his shoulder tendinitis. There's no timetable for Albers' return, but obviously Friday's session will be a nice step in the right direction if it goes well. "I've been feeling pretty good," Albers said. "I think I felt pretty good a couple of times and then when I got off the mound, I had a setback. Hopefully, this time we're making sure I stretch it out and get some extra throwing in before I get back off the mound, but it's feeling pretty good right now."