Daily Dose: Rosenthal Removed

Daily Dose: Rosenthal Removed
Nate Grimm breaks down Trevor Rosenthal's ouster from the closer role, Michael Conforto's demotion and more in Sunday's Daily Dose.
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Martin Perez held the Red Sox to one run over six innings Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 win.

Texas had a three-run lead after the first inning and Perez went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks across six solid frames. The one run he gave up came on a Bryce Brentz solo shot in the top of the sixth. Perez will carry a 7-4 record and 3.44 ERA into his next start on the road against the Twins.
Jun 26 - 6:22 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.

Texas jumped all over Buchholz in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on five singles and two walks. Prince Fielder then slugged a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and Buchholz was removed two batters later. The right-hander is now 3-8 with a 5.90 season ERA. He might be headed back to the bullpen.
Jun 26 - 6:19 PM

Adonis Garcia went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The Braves held just a 1-0 lead heading into the eighth inning, but opened up some much-needed breathing room with a four-run frame. The big blow came courtesy of Garcia, who provided in the clutch when he launched a three-run homer off reliever Logan Verrett. For the season, the 31-year-old third baseman is slashing .253/.296/.356 with five homers and 21 RBI over 194 at-bats. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jun 26 - 5:59 PM

Wilmer Flores (hand) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

While Flores was dealing with a left hand contusion entering the weekend series, he has played in-full during each of the last two games. On Sunday, he was the only Mets batter to finish with more than one hit. His ninth-inning RBI single drew the team to within 5-2, but that would be the last of the game's scoring. With a .240/.309/.368 triple-slash over 125 at-bats, Flores does not make for any sort of legitimate fantasy option.
Jun 26 - 5:54 PM

Bud Norris was superb in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets, hurling seven innings of shutout ball.

The eight strikeouts marked a season-high for Norris. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter over his seven innings of work. Since entering the starting rotation at the beginning of June, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in five starts (he allowed three in the outlier). He will look to continue this nice roll in a home showdown with the Marlins next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 5:47 PM

Bartolo Colon (thumb) pitched well in Sunday's loss to the Braves, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings.

Colon was hit with a comebacker off the right thumb in his last start, but he showed no ill-effect from that injury on Sunday. The only run to score against the 43-year-old right-hander came home via a first-inning solo homer off the bat of Freddie Freeman. Assuming the thumb is good-to-go moving forward, Colon will carry a 2.86 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 58/14 K/BB ratio (88 innings) into a home start against the Cubs next time out.
Jun 26 - 5:40 PM

Tanner Roark fired seven shutout innings Sunday in the Nationals' 3-2 defeat of the Brewers.

Roark scattered seven hits -- two doubles, five singles -- and one walk across his seven scoreless frames. He struck out seven. The 29-year-old right-hander has been a nice surprise for the Nationals this season, now with a 2.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 89/32 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings. He finished with a 4.38 ERA in 2015. Next is a home start versus the Reds.
Jun 26 - 5:36 PM

Chris Davis connected for a first-inning grand slam in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Rays.

Davis launched his granny off of Rays starter Drew Smyly in the first inning. He would later add a single to finish 2-for-4. The slugger is working to a .240/.355/.498 triple-slash with 18 homers and an even 50 RBI over 267 at-bats. It will take a nice second-half power push to reach the 47 dingers he hit in 2015.
Jun 26 - 5:35 PM
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