The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap

The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap
Raymond Summerlin dives into the numbers to see if tight ends really have an elevated chance of breaking out their second season.
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Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Rays routed the Blue Jays 10-3 on Saturday.

Kiermaier hit a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning and added a one-run single in the seventh. He also doubled, and is now batting .310 with a .926 OPS. It's been a surprising few months from the 24-year-old outfielder, who doesn't have standout minor league numbers. There could be some serious regression in the second half.
Jul 12 - 7:50 PM

Drew Hutchison gave up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Rays on Saturday.

Tampa Bay got to him for six hits and five walks. Hutchison is very talented but has been inconsistent this season and will head into the All-Star break with a 6-8 record, 4.16 ERA, and 1.30 WHIP in 110 1/3 innings.
Jul 12 - 7:47 PM

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
Jul 12 - 7:44 PM

Tony Cruz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

Cruz hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and scored Jhonny Peralta on an RBI double in the top of the third. St. Louis managed 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win. Cruz is expected to be the Cardinals' primary catcher with Yadier Molina (thumb) out and could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Jul 12 - 7:36 PM

Indians transferred DH Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Giambi has been out for a month with left knee inflammation. He was moved to make room for pitcher Nick Maronde, who was acquired in a trade from the Angels.
Jul 12 - 7:35 PM

Adam Wainwright limited the Brewers to two runs over seven innings Saturday in a 10-2 Cardinals victory.

Wainwright was staked to a massive early lead and went into cruise control, walking none and fanning four. He'll finish the second half of the 2014 regular season with a fantastic 12-4 record, 1.83 ERA, and 0.91 WHIP. The Cardinals are now tied for first place in the National League Central with the Brewers, who have dropped seven straight games.
Jul 12 - 7:34 PM

Jimmy Nelson was hammered for eight runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Saturday by the Cardinals.

Nelson looked hittable from the start, yielding three runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning, and one in the third. The Cardinals then poured on two more runs in the fifth en route to a 10-2 blowout win. Nelson has been outstanding this year at Triple-A Nashville, but he got a rude awakening at Miller Park on Saturday. The Brewers have lost seven straight games.
Jul 12 - 7:31 PM

Indians acquired LHP Nick Maronde from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Maronde had a 12.79 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched for the Angels this year. They designated him for assignment on July 10.
Jul 12 - 7:30 PM
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