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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.

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

Joe Smith (hamstring) tossed a perfect inning Sunday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Inland Empire.

Smith, out since June 4 with a lingering hamstring injury, struck out one batter and needed just eight pitches to get through the inning. He's slated to make another appearance on Wednesday before rejoining the Angels.
Jun 27 - 11:22 PM

Noah Syndergaard was touched up for five runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

He yielded seven hits and walked three. The night could have been even worse, as Syndergaard managed to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning before the Nats eventually got to him in the third. Thor has now had an ordinary outing followed by a bad one, which is troubling with reports saying he's pitching through a bone spur. Worth noting, though, is that his velocity was fine Monday, as he hit 100 mph multiple times. Syndergaard gets the Cubs this weekend.
Jun 27 - 11:20 PM

Ben Revere went 4-for-5 with an RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases in Monday's victory over the Mets.

It was a good time for Revere to have a big night with Trea Turner making his professional debut in center field at Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. The speedster had three of the Nationals' six steals on the night, as teams are continuing to run wild on Noah Syndergaard. Revere was officially put on notice with the Turner news, so he'll need to keep it going.
Jun 27 - 11:15 PM

Brandon Nimmo notched his first two major league hits in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

They weren't exactly screamers, as Nimmo hit a soft liner that fell in right field in his first at-bat and then hit a cue shot to third base in his second at-bat that went for an infield single. But, hey, the youngster will take it. Nimmo is in line to receive regular playing time in left field against righties while Michael Conforto irons out his issues in the minors.
Jun 27 - 11:11 PM

Noah Syndergaard denied a report that he has a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported Monday night that Syndergaard has a bone spur in his elbow, but the ace right-hander told reporters after the game that he doesn't have a bone spur, bone chip, or any other structural damage. He made an early exit from a start against the Royals last week, but an MRI came back clean and he was given anti-inflammatory medication. He struggled in his return Monday against the Nationals, giving up a season-high five runs over just three innings. Bone spur or not, his elbow is a lingering concern.
Jun 27 - 11:08 PM
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