Danny Salazar held the Twins to one run on six hits over five innings in Tuesday's win.
Making his first start since May 15, Salazar showed flashes of his 2013 dominance while also exhibiting some of the shortcomings that led to his demotion earlier this season. The second inning was a perfect example of both, as he recorded all three outs via strikeout but not before walking the bases loaded. He struck out six overall, while the three second-inning walks were his only three of the game. Given his immense talent and the fact that he fared well, he likely earned another turn in the rotation. He's worth a shot in deeper mixed leagues.
Jordan Lyles (hand) is on pace to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on August 4.
"He'll certainly be close, if not ready to go, at that point," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Lyles threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Modesto on Saturday. The righty surprised with a 3.52 ERA in his first 11 starts before breaking the middle metacarpal on his left hand in early June.
Jonathan Lucroy's second home run of the game also served to give the Brewers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
Lucroy homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth inning, and leading off the ninth he took reliever Sam LeCure out to send the fans home happy. The homers were his first since July 4, also against the Reds. The All-Star catcher has now got 11 home runs to go with a .310/.381/.500 line on the year.
Allen Craig went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Cardinals' loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
Craig was an odd choice to start against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi with left-handed-hitting outfielder Oscar Taveras sitting on the Cardinals' bench. Taveras entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and capped off an eight-pitch at-bat with a single into right-center field. Craig is hitting just .242/.292/.354 this season.
Jay Bruce returned to the lineup Tuesday and contributed an RBI double in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.
Bruce was given Monday off after he started the second half 0-for-11, and he responded with his 19th double to get the Reds on the board in the fourth inning. It was his first extra-base hit since July 8. Bruce is streaky and is currently in a down period, but fantasy owners need to stick with the talented 27-year-old as he works to break out of his funk.
Adam Wainwright was lit up for six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rays.
Wainwright had an abnormal amount of rest after pitching one inning in last week's 2014 MLB All-Star Game and looked off at home versus Tampa Bay, issuing four walks and surrendering six hits in the rough outing. He should be able to bounce back next week in San Diego. The ace right-hander still boasts a 2.02 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season.
The Cubs have promoted outfield prospect Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Almora was batting .280/.304/.396 with six homers, 47 RBI and six stolen bases at High-A Daytona. The 20-year-old is still a long ways away from the majors but certainly has plenty of upside if he can hit his ceiling.
Aramis Ramirez hit his 12th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Ramirez took Homer Bailey deep in the first inning, his first homer since June 26. The third baseman is hitting .284/.333/.455 with 46 RBI and isn't showing many signs of slowing down despite turning 36 years old last month.