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Felix Hernandez allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings and took a no-decision in a game his team eventually lost to the Yankees on Wednesday.

He sailed through four innings unscathed before allowing a run-scoring single to Aaron Judge in the fifth. He left the game with a three-run lead but that melted away against the bullpen. His record holds at 6-6 with a 5.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 16 starts. He's pitched quite well in three of his last four outings, so it appears safe to start using him in fantasy lineups again despite the ugly ERA.
Jun 20 - 10:57 PM

Rays LHP/1B prospect Brendan McKay will miss time with tightness in his right oblique muscle.

The injury is being described as minor, but it's enough to put the two-way prospect on the shelf for at least a few weeks. McKay is considered an upper-echelon prospect on the mound, and he's also one of the best first base prospects in the minors right now, as well. He likely will be back with the Stone Crabs at some point in July, likely in the middle of the month.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 20 - 10:46 PM

Chad Kuhl will start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Kuhl was supposed to be on the bump on Wednesday, but his start against the Brewers was rained out. No changes will come to the order of the rotation, with Kuhl going Thursday followed by Ivan Nova, Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams in the four-game series against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 20 - 9:51 PM

Wednesday's game between the Pirates and Brewers has been postponed.

There was hope that the game could be played, but ultimately there was too much rain and not enough of a window for it to start. There's no word yet as to when the game will be rescheduled.
Jun 20 - 9:12 PM

Chris Tillman will make a second rehab start on Monday for Low-A Delmarva.

Tillman started on Wednesday for short-season Aberdeen and struggled; allowing three runs over two innings on two hits and a pair of walks. The results aren't really important here, as it's just about building up arm strength. He'll get a chance to do more on Monday, with a reported four innings or 60 pitches coming -- whichever comes first. Tillman likely rejoins the Orioles near the beginning of July.
Jun 20 - 8:57 PM

Jose Urena told reporters that he felt "something in his arm" during Wednesday's start against the Giants.

Urena was cruising through the start before needing 39 pitches to get two outs in the sixth inning. As Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports, Urena's velocity didn't waiver, but velocity isn't always a connection to fatigue or an injury. The Marlins will monitor Urena over the coming days, and we should find out more about his status before Saturday.
Jun 20 - 8:47 PM

Byron Buxton went 1-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday in his second rehab game for Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton went 0-for-4 in his first game on Tuesday. It's nice to see him have some success, but the most important thing is that Buxton is able to play on back-to-back days without discomfort -- or without reported discomfort, anyway. Buxton likely will get a handful more games with the Red Wings, and then should rejoin the Twins by the end of the month assuming there are no setbacks in the rehab assignment.
Jun 20 - 8:13 PM

Shelby Miller (elbow) is likely to start on Monday against the Marlins.

Matt Koch was sent to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, and reliever Jake Barrett was Koch's replacement. That sets things up for Miller to start for the Diamondbacks against the Marlins, and it'll be his first start since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. He owns a 4.66 ERA in those rehab starts, but he's also struck out 28 hitters in 19 1/3 innings. Miller will likely be working on strict pitch/inning counts, but when fully healthy, he's shown swing-and-miss stuff. He's an interesting speculative buy for the 2018 campaign.
Jun 20 - 7:47 PM
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