Jeff Samardzija pitched brilliantly in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.
The Shark racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The only damage against him came on an inherited runner that rode home on Manny Machado's home run after Samardzija had departed. A popular name in trade rumblings, he'll carry a 4.33 ERA and 97/22 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays.
Manny Machado blasted his 17th home run of the season in a losing effort against the White Son on Saturday.
His two-run bomb off Zach Putnam in the eighth inning pulled the O's even at 2-2, but wound up being the extent of their offense on the afternoon. He's having an unbelievable first half, slashing .302/.357/.527 with 17 homers and 46 RBI.
Reds manager Bryan Price said moving Tony Cingrani (shoulder) into the starting rotation is a "possibility."
Cincinnati plans to stretch Cingrani out in the minor leagues while he rehabs his injured shoulder. Cingrani went 2-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 11 starts for the Reds last season. The Reds are expected to deal Johnny Cueto before the trade deadline, which would create an opening in the starting rotation.
Chris Tillman was hit hard once again in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, allowing two runs on 10 hits in his 4 2/3 innings of work.
Tillman recorded four strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. The right-hander continues to have a very disappointing season, registering a 5.57 ERA, 4.60 xFIP and 60/37 K/BB ratio over 84 innings. He'll attempt to turn things around on Friday when he takes on the Nationals.
Tommy Pham went 1-for-4 with a double and scored both of the Cardinals runs in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the visiting Padres.
Pham clubbed a leadoff double in the sixth inning and came around to score the Cardinals first run on a Matt Carpenter single. He then reached on an error in the eighth inning, swiped second base, advanced on a ground out and dashed home on a sacrifice fly. He should continue to see playing time in center field while Randall Grichuk is on the disabled list.
Carlos Martinez delivered another strong outing in a no-decision against the Padres on Saturday, surrendering just one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Martinez walked a pair and struck out five on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo home run off the bat of Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning. The 23-year-old right-hander has been outstanding for the Cardinals, posting a 2.70 ERA, 3.18 xFIP and 105/41 K/BB ratio across 100 innings. He'll look to finish the first half strong when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Yangervis Solarte belted his fourth home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.
His solo blast off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in the fourth inning wound up being the extent of the Padres offense in the contest. He finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .249/.298/.378 with four homers and 30 RBI on the season.
Odrisamer Despaigned pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits over his five frames.
The right-hander punched out three and walked just one on the afternoon. He has done a serviceable job as a replacement for the injured Brandon Morrow, posting a 4.75 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio in 83 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Rangers in Texas.