Making his first start since April 7, 2014, Matt Moore allowed four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Indians.
Moore had been on the shelf for over a year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He held a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 minor league rehab innings before the Rays eased him back into action against the Indians on Thursday. Throwing 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes, he struck out four and walked two in the contest. After putting up zeros on the scoreboard through the first three innings, he allowed a run in the fourth, then three straight RBI singles in the fifth before being relieved of duty. Moore was an All-Star in 2013, but it's reasonable to expect some inconsistency here, as it's been a long time since the southpaw faced major league hitting. He'll take to the road for a potential tough test against the Royals as he tries to work himself back into game-shape.
Buster Posey (head) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.
Posey homered off of flamethrower Carter Capps in the eighth inning to draw the Giants to within 5-4, but they would be unable to push across another run and ultimately fell by that final score. It's good to see him back in the lineup, as he took a foul ball off his mask in Wednesday's contest with the Marlins. After passing a concussion test, he hit in his normal cleanup spot and looked like his normal self on Thursday. Posey is hitting .304/.377/.496 with 13 homers and 56 RBI this season.
Mariners recalled SS Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners designated veteran Willie Bloomquist for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Taylor hit just .159 in his first stint with the Mariners earlier this season. He'll back up Brad Miller at shortstop.
Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.
Blanco launched a solo dinger off of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the fifth inning. He's now working on a nine-game hitting streak. When the streak started, he was slashing .274/.345/.411. He's worked those numbers up to a far more robust line of .318/.384/.452. Blanco has never held a season-slugging mark higher than .374 in his career, so we're somewhat doubtful that this is more than a hot streak, but if he's floating on the wire in deeper leagues, there's no better time to take advantage of his bat, as this might be as good as it gets for the outfielder.
Miguel Rojas went 3-for-4 with a triple in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Rojas was called up in late June to act as a utility bat. The three hits he recorded on Thursday were his first three of the season. Playing for Triple-A New Orleans prior to the call-up, he hit .302/.345/.431 over 64 games. He doesn't figure to see enough significant at-bats to become fantasy relevant.
Justin Bour went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Bour's three-run homer off of Matt Cain in the fifth inning jumped the Marlins from a 3-2 deficit to a 5-3 lead. They would go on to win 5-4. The home run was his ninth of the season and he pushed his season RBI total to an even 20. Bour's been on a tear recently, having homered in three straight games and driven in seven over that same time span. He's hitting a healthy .263/.340/.496 this season, though the return of Michael Morse figures to at least somewhat chip into his at-bats.
Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles needed to clear a roster spot for Thursday's starter Kevin Gausman. The 25-year-old has posted a 2.12 ERA in five big league appearances this year. He'll be up again the next time Baltimore needs a bullpen arm or an extra starter.
Jose Fernandez provided a quality start in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Giants, hurling six innings of three-run ball.
Fernandez was making his first start in 13 months, having been sidelined by Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. It went very well. He struck out six without walking a batter and added a home run to boot. Facing off with Matt Cain to lead off the frame, he launched a solo bomb to help his own cause. It was his second career homer. For his career (pitching division), he holds a 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 257 strikeouts in 224 1/3 innings. Perhaps the best sign for Fernandez here is that he did not walk a Giant in the contest. Control tends to be an issue for pitchers coming off of long lay-offs, as they work to refine their location. Up next for the 22-year-old right-hander, a trip to Fenway to face off with the Red Sox.