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Alexi Amarista went 2-for-4 with a triple and a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Amarista's triple is notable for the fact that it was the only extra-base hit allowed by Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. After Fernandez left the game, the Padres looked dead in the water until the ninth inning, when Amarista struck like lightning, belting a two-run homer off reliever A.J. Ramos with one out to tie the proceedings at two-all. The big offensive showing is all the more surprising for the fact that Amarista was dealing with an 0-for-24 skid prior to his triple. He's batting just .201/.267/.293 with three home runs and 23 RBI this season.
Aug 2 - 4:32 PM

Angels sent RHP Jeremy McBryde outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

McBryde was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster for David DeJesus. He passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to provide bullpen depth in the minor leagues for the Angels.
Aug 2 - 4:30 PM

Jose Fernandez was almost unhittable in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Padres, striking out 10 and throwing six innings of shutout baseball.

Fernandez allowed just four hits. The only one that went for extra bases was an Alexi Amarista triple. Amarista would not come around to score, as Fernandez was having none of that. The 10 strikeouts were one off of his season high, which he set two starts ago against the Diamondbacks. Despite Sunday's brilliance, he came away with a no-decision, as the Marlins wouldn't seal the win until the bottom of the ninth inning. Since returning from the disabled list in early July, Fernandez is 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 47/9 K/BB ratio across 38 innings. He'll take to the road against the Braves as he tries to keep this run going.
Aug 2 - 4:29 PM

James Shields pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields struck out four and walked two in the contest. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when he allowed an RBI double to Miguel Rojas and a sacrifice fly to Derek Dietrich. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.74 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 152/49 K/BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a home outing against the Phillies.
Aug 2 - 4:27 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Mets.

It doesn't appear to be anything more than a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Jose Lobaton will start in his place behind the dish and bat seventh against Noah Syndergaard.
Aug 2 - 4:22 PM

Braves RHP prospect Mike Soroka threw four hitless innings Saturday in a start for Rookie-level Danville.

The 17-year-old struck out six and retired the last eight batters he faced. He was taken out after reaching his pitch limit of 55. The No. 28 pick in this year's draft has posted a solid 1.29 ERA over five outings with 17 strikeouts and three walks. Soroka relies mostly on his fastball but can also mix in a slider and a changeup.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 2 - 4:20 PM

Erik Goeddel (elbow) began a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Luice on Sunday.

Goeddel has been on the shelf since June 12 with a strained right elbow. Prior to his injury, he had registered a 1.96 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 23 innings with the Mets.
Aug 2 - 4:18 PM

Pirates OF prospect Willy Garcia notched four hits including a homer and two doubles in Saturday's game for Triple-A Indianapolis.

It was Garcia's first four-hit game of the season. Garcia began the year on a torrid hot streak for Double-A Altoona but has slowed down a bit since coming to Triple-A (.248 AVG in 145 at-bats). The 22-year-old has followed up last year's 18-homer campaign with just eight blasts in 2015. Though talented, Garcia remains a work in progress.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 2 - 4:07 PM
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