Week That Was: Oh Hey Jose

Week That Was: Oh Hey Jose
Jose Fernandez made his triumphant return for Miami. Nick Nelson reviews his start and other big stories from the past week.
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Matt Duffy is not in the Giants starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner in his place and bat eighth against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats on Sunday.
Jul 5 - 4:29 PM

Jose Bautista walked twice and homered in five plate appearances on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers.

Bautista ripped a two-run home run to left field as part of a six-run fifth inning against Justin Verlander. The pair of walks increases his league lead to 65 and puts him in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead. Bautista owns a menacing .246/.397/.520 batting line with 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
Jul 5 - 4:28 PM

Erasmo Ramirez stayed white-hot on the mound, earning the win on Sunday after limiting the Yankees to one run in six innings en route to a 6-1 victory.

Ramirez scattered three hits and three walks while striking out three. He had blanked the Yankees until Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Over his last seven starts, Ramirez has allowed five runs in 38 innings (1.18 ERA). Overall, he is 7-3 with a 3.80 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 61/25 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at home against the Astros next.
Jul 5 - 4:19 PM

Red Sox OF prospect Andrew Benintendi launched his first minor league homer Saturday in a win for Low-A Lowell.

He's gone 4-for-8 in his first two games in the New York-Penn League with a steal and two RBI. Benintendi earned the Golden Spikes Award as college baseball's top player in 2015. With 20 home runs for the University of Arkansas this past season, the 20-year-old possesses unusual power for a player his size (5'10/170).
Source: MILB.com
Jul 5 - 4:18 PM

Ivan Nova wasn't sharp in a loss to the Rays on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings.

Nova looked good in his first two starts since his activation from the disabled list, but he didn't have much working on Sunday. The Rays racked up six hits and drew three walks while striking out only once. Nevertheless, Nova owns a 2.65 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a 9/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings over three starts. He'll take the mound at Fenway Park against the Red Sox in his next start.
Jul 5 - 4:16 PM

Kevin Kiermaier extended his major league lead in triples to eight, finishing 2-for-4 in Sunday's victory against the Yankees.

Kiermaier tripled to lead off the second inning and later scored on Curt Casali's sacrifice fly for the Rays' third run of the game. Despite his propensity for triples, Kiermaier hasn't done much else at the plate this year, batting .255/.289/.419 with four home runs and 16 RBI. He has scored 35 runs as well.
Jul 5 - 4:13 PM

Alex Rodriguez clubbed the 670th home run of his career but the Yankees dropped Sunday's contest to the Rays.

Rodriguez finished 1-for-3 with a walk. His home run came with the bases empty in the sixth inning, serving as the Yankees' only run of the afternoon and the lone blemish on Erasmo Ramirez's line. Rodriguez hadn't registered an extra-base hit since his last home run on June 23, a span of nine games. He's currently batting .284/.390/.513 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI, quite a nice bounce-back season after missing all of 2014.
Jul 5 - 4:11 PM

Dodgers OF prospect Alex Verdugo belted three hits Saturday in a loss for High-A Great Lakes.

Verdugo has been scorching-hot recently. He's hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, raising his average from .228 to .273 over that span. Since getting rid of his leg kick 13 games ago, the 19-year-old has hit .439 with five doubles in 57 at-bats. As long as Verdugo can avoid bad habits, he should rise quickly through the Dodgers' system.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 5 - 4:10 PM
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