Daily Dose: Up, Up, and a Jay!

Daily Dose: Up, Up, and a Jay!
Dave Shovein covers the Jays acquiring Melvin Upton, the Rangers recalling Joey Gallo and more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy.
Source: MASN
Jul 27 - 8:03 AM

Adam Liberatore was unavailable Tuesday because of a sore right knee.

Liberatore tweaked his knee while covering first base Sunday in St. Louis. "It's not serious," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Tuesday's win over the Rays. "There was a little bit of swelling. It wasn't great. It was one of those you don't want to keep pushing it." Liberatore, 29, has an impressive 1.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this season out of the Los Angeles bullpen.
Source: True Blue LA
Jul 27 - 7:46 AM

Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

It was his first plate appearance in eight days. LoMo has been battling tendinitis in his wrist and forearm but could very well return to the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games this season for Tampa Bay.
Jul 27 - 7:38 AM

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Crawford raced around the bases for a two-run triple in the seventh inning. The three-bagger was his fifth of the season. He also hit a pair of singles in the contest. For the season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .275/.344/.433 with nine homers and 63 RBI over 342 at-bats. He has been an integral cog in the Giants machine this season.
Jul 27 - 1:45 AM

Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Giants.

Duvall hit a two-run shot off Matt Cain with one out in the sixth inning for home run No. 1, then followed it up with a solo blast in the eighth for home run No. 2. He was on-deck at the time Jay Bruce whiffed to end the game with a runner on in the top of the ninth. Bruce represented the tying run. These were Duvall's first two home runs since the All-Star break and give him 25 for the season as a whole. He owns a .247/.294/.545 triple-slash over 336 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:44 AM

Cody Reed was deconstructed in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, yielding six runs (five earned) on nine hits over five innings.

Reed's moment of infamy in this one came when he surrendered a three-run homer to opposing number Matt Cain in the second inning. The 23-year-old southpaw has surrendered at least four runs in every one of his seven starts bar one and holds little fantasy value. He will try to lower his 7.07 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in a home date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:39 AM

Matt Cain allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

First, the good. Cain rapped a three-run homer in the second to extend on a pre-existing 1-0 advantage. It was his seventh career tater, first since 2012. Unfortunately, the pitching side of things was less than impressive. Cain surrendered two home runs, a solo shot to Joey Votto in the fourth and a two-run dinger to Adam Duvall with one out in the sixth. The latter knocked him out of the game. Cain will carry a rough 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Nationals next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:37 AM

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a long solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Grandal absolutely unloaded on a Chris Archer offering to lead off the seventh inning, hitting a moonshot solo home run to right. The tater was his 14th of the season. While that is a healthy home run total for a catcher, the 27-year-old backstop has struggled to do much else with the bat and is hitting just .211/.330/.430 over the course of 228 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:26 AM
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