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Matt Holliday doubled and launched a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Royals.

Holliday's two-run shot off of Danny Duffy in the first inning went to dead center and just cleared the wall. While his .258 average and .329 on-base percentage have been disappointing, Holliday has had a nice bounce-back in the power department with a .500 slugging percentage and 15 longballs.
Jun 27 - 11:42 PM

Aledmys Diaz (eye) will go to the hospital Monday night for further testing.

Diaz struck above the right eye by a foul ball in the ninth inning Monday versus the Royals, but the Cardinals don't believe he suffered a fracture to his orbital bone. Still, they'll sent him for more tests to be on the safe side. The Cardinals should have an update on his status Tuesday.
Jun 27 - 11:40 PM

Blake Snell didn't pitch well Monday against the Red Sox but was credited with a win, anyway, yielding four runs over 5 1/3 frames in a 13-7 victory.

Only one of the eight hits Snell surrendered went for extra bases, but he also issued four free passes. The young left-hander was given his first major league win with the Rays' offense going off against Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox' bullpen. Snell holds a 3.54 ERA over his first four big league starts but has walked 11 over 20 1/3 frames and has a 1.77 WHIP. He'll try to bounce back against Detroit over the weekend.
Jun 27 - 11:39 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Papelbon struck out one batter in a perfect inning Monday in a minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac. Assuming all goes well Wednesday, he should be cleared to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen.
Jun 27 - 11:36 PM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBI in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

Franklin was making just his second start in a week since being recalled and he certainly made it count. He doubled in two runs in the first, singled in one in the third and then took Koji Uehara deep in the seventh. While he might have earned another start or two with this performance, Franklin probably isn't going to play regularly enough to produce stable fantasy value.
Jun 27 - 11:35 PM

Sandy Leon singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

Leon took reliever Danny Farquhar deep in the eighth inning. The journeyman catcher could be playing his way into sticking on the roster after Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list.
Jun 27 - 11:31 PM

Red Sox optioned LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez got the boot after he was torched for nine runs on 11 hits (including two home runs) and one walk over 2 2/3 innings Monday against the Rays. He also heard an earful from veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The southpaw has an ugly 8.59 ERA through six starts this season and needs to do better before earning another opportunity. It's unclear where the Red Sox will go from here in their rotation, but Aaron Wilkerson is a possibility to be called up from the minors, at least as a stopgap option.
Jun 27 - 11:27 PM

Joe Ross started slow but finished strong Monday, yielding four runs over six innings in an 11-4 win over the Mets.

It was looking like Ross would be lucky to escape the third inning, but he settled in and allowed just one baserunner over his final three frames of work. Ross gave up 10 hits on the night, but he walked only one and recorded seven strikeouts. The young righty has seen his ERA go from 2.37 to 3.30 over his last five starts, although he struck out over a batter per inning over that stretch. Ross faces the Reds next.
Jun 27 - 11:27 PM
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