Marlins RHP prospect Jose Urena threw a shutout Saturday in his return to Triple-A New Orleans.
He was optioned to New Orleans Thursday to make room for Jose Fernandez. Urena allowed just five hits and one walk over nine brilliant innings. The 23-year-old hasn't been a big strikeout pitcher this season (26 Ks in 46 1/3 minor league innings) but he's held opponents to a paltry .221 average in 163 at-bats. He should get another chance with the Marlins later this year.
Lance Lynn turned in a superb game in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Padres, fanning eight and allowing just one run over seven innings.
The Padres managed just three hits off of Lynn, all singles. A Matt Kemp RBI single in the third inning was the only smudge on his line. With a 2.53 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 97/30 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings, Lynn's numbers are among the best in the NL. He'll try to keep things moving in the right direction when he faces the Pirates in a road start next time he toes the rubber.
Tigers optioned RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo.
The young right-hander struggled in Sunday's outing against the Blue Jays, allowing a pair of runs and walking four in his lone inning of work. The Tigers will continue to audition any live arms that they can find as struggle to find consistent performers in their bullpen.
Cole Hamels took a no-decision despite tossing seven shutout innings, as the Phillies needed 10 innings to earn a 4-0 win against the Braves on Sunday.
Hamels may not have won, but at least the Phillies' six-game losing streak was snapped. The lefty limited the Braves to six hits while striking out six and issuing zero walks. Hamels hasn't won since May 23, but has a 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 119/35 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in San Francisco against the Giants in his next outing.
Ian Kennedy was saddled with the loss in Sunday's showdown with the Cardinals after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings pitched.
Kennedy pitched well and struck out four without walking a batter, but he was done in by Tommy Phan, whose bat accounted for a two-run homer in the third and an RBI double in the sixth. Kennedy now holds a 4.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74/23 K/BB ratio. He's a better pitcher than that ERA, but has yet to show any kind of sustained consistency. He'll try to improve off this quality start when he takes the ball on a road date with the Rangers next weekend.
Mike Moustakas was removed from Sunday's game against the Twins due to a family emergency.
It's unclear what the issue is, but family certainly should come first and be the third baseman's priority. It wouldn't be surprising to see him miss another day or two, so fantasy owners may want to have an alternative option ready for next week.
Shelby Miller's 6 1/3 scoreless innings went to waste as the Braves lost in 10 innings to the Phillies on Sunday.
Miller scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, nearly matching opposing starter Cole Hamels in zeroes. He left with a runner on second base and one out in the seventh as Luis Avilan relieved him, and the Phillies were again kept off the board. Miller, despite pitching tremendously, hasn't gotten a win since May 17. He's 5-4 with a 2.07 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and an 88/34 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings. Miller will start at Coors Field against the Rockies next.
Eric Hosmer ended Sunday's game against the Twins by hitting a walk-off double to score Lorenzo Cain.
Cain reached on a walk to start the ninth. After a pitching change, Hosmer delivered a double against Twins reliever Aaron Thompson to bring his teammate home and end the festivities. He also walked once to finish 1-for-3. Hosmer recently missed three games with a sprain of the left ring finger, but the injury was not of the major variety and he should be fine moving forward. The 25-year-old first baseman is slashing .287/.354/.437 with eight homers and 41 RBI this season.