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Mark Canha left the yard for his ninth homer Wednesday in the Athletics’ win over San Diego.

Canha’s round-tripper—a third-inning solo shot off left-hander Robbie Erlin—was one of five long balls hit by Oakland in Wednesday’s 12-4 rout. He was hitless with two strikeouts in his other four at-bats. Canha has now gone deep in two of his last three games. The 29-year-old will have a big day now and then, but he’s not someone fantasy owners can count on at this juncture.
Jun 20 - 7:03 PM

Dodgers optioned C/INF Kyle Farmer to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move was made after the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. It's believed that this will clear room for Chase Utley, who expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. In 63 at-bats for the Dodgers this year, Farmer has a .611 OPS with no homers and eight RBI.
Jun 20 - 7:03 PM

Jed Lowrie launched his 11th homer Wednesday in the Athletics’ victory over the Padres.

Lowrie singled and scored in the seventh, then capped his afternoon with a two-run shot off Phil Hughes in the eighth inning. The 34-year-old has cooled off after getting off to a hot start, but is still slashing a respectable .285/.344/.476 for the year. He’s on pace for 103 RBI, which would easily surpass his career-high of 75 set in 2013.
Jun 20 - 7:02 PM

Joey Lucchesi surrendered three hits and four runs in just 1 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Padres’ loss to the A’s.

Lucchesi walked two and struck out three while throwing 30 of his 51 pitches for strikes. The left-hander looked rusty in his return from the disabled list, allowing home runs to Franklin Barrero (a three-run shot) and Josh Phegley. Even with Wednesday’s clunker, the rookie’s ERA still sits at a respectable 3.86. He’ll look to lower that in his next outing Monday at Texas.
Jun 20 - 7:01 PM

Christian Villanueva socked his 16th home run Wednesday in San Diego’s loss to the Athletics.

It came in the ninth with the Padres trailing 12-1. He also contributed an infield single in the fourth inning. Villanueva’s round-tripper—a solo shot off Josh Lucas—was his first since May 31. That snapped a 13-game homerless drought for the 27-year-old.
Jun 20 - 7:00 PM

Brian Anderson went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

Anderson's RBI came in the ninth inning off of Sam Dyson to bring the Marlins to within a run at 6-5. The three singles up his average on the 2018 season to .299, and his .376 on-base percentage and .426 slugging mark are nothing to sneeze at, either. Anderson is legitimate candidate for the NL Rookie Of The Year.
Jun 20 - 7:00 PM

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Pence singled in a run in the sixth inning to give the Giants a 3-1 lead, and he doubled his run-production with a bloop single in the bottom of the eighth inning; a run that proved crucial in the 6-5 victory. It's been a terrible year for the 35-year-old outfielder, as he's still hitting just .195/.245/.218 with no homers and seven RBI over 32 games.
Jun 20 - 6:58 PM

Reyes Moronta picked up the final out on Wednesday to record his first save of the 2018 season against the Marlins.

Moronta came on to replace Sam Dyson, who gave up two runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. The right-hander came in with the tying run on second and go-ahead run on first, but he was able to strike out J.B. Schuck to earn the save. He now owns a 1.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the 2018 season, and he's struck out 39 hitters in his 33 innings for the Giants.
Jun 20 - 6:56 PM
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