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Carlos Beltran (hamstring) remains out of the Yankees starting lineup on Friday.

While he's improving, Beltran still isn't expected to start any games in San Diego over the weekend. He appeared as a pinch-hitter on Thursday and should be available off the bench again for Friday's contest.
Jul 1 - 7:58 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Brandon Maurer will get the "first crack" at the ninth inning after dealing Fernando Rodney away on Thursday.

He isn't locked in as the official closer yet, but will have a chance to stake his claim to the role with a few successful conversions. Many had assumed that Ryan Buchter, who had functioned as the primary setup man for Rodney, would get the first shot at the ninth inning, but it looks as though Green is more comfortable keeping the southpaw in the eighth inning. Maurer is worthy of an add in all formats until he proves otherwise.
Jul 1 - 7:56 PM

Trevor Bauer, who had been scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, fired five scoreless innings in relief on Friday to earn his seventh victory of the season.

Bauer came on in the 14th inning after the Tribe had used the rest of their bullpen, and all he did was allow two hits and walk three over five shutout frames, striking out three in the process. The Indians have now won a franchise-record 14 consecutive games, though they'll be forced to scramble to find a starter for Saturday's contest.
Jul 1 - 7:50 PM

Carlos Santana blasted a solo home run in the top half of the 19th inning on Friday, powering the Indians to a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays, their franchise-record 14th consecutive victory.

Santana's game-changing blast came off of Jays' infielder Darwin Barney, who was the second infielder to take the mound for the Blue Jays in the contest. Santana also doubled and walked in the marathon afternoon, finishing the day 2-for-8 and he scored both of the team's runs.
Jul 1 - 7:46 PM

Josh Tomlin punched out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

The right-hander allowed seven hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. His only mistake came in the sixth inning where Justin Smoak tagged him for a game-tying solo home run. Like the rest of the Indians' rotation, Tomlin has been tremendous this year, compiling a 9-1 record, 3.21 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He'll do battle against the Tigers his next time out at home on Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 7:43 PM

Justin Smoak blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Blue Jays lone run in a loss to the Indians.

That's one total run in 19 innings of baseball. The Blue Jays were held to just 11 hits on the afternoon by Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and a host of Indians relievers. Smoak finished the day 1-for-6 and is now batting .236/.333/.403 with eight homers and 21 RBI on the season.
Jul 1 - 7:43 PM

Marcus Stroman delivered a strong performance in a no-decision against the Indians on Friday, scattering just five hits over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Stroman punched out six on the afternoon and issued only one walk. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Jason Kipnis in the second inning. The right-hander has been highly inconsistent this season, but continues to show flashes of his dominant potential. He'll look to further improve upon his 5.08 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he takes on the Royals at home on Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 7:41 PM

Felix Hernandez (calf) threw a successful 43-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

The veteran right-hander came away from the session very pleased. He'll throw a simulated game next week, and if all goes well he'll then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's expected to make two starts in the minor leagues before rejoining the M's rotation after the All-Star break.
Jul 1 - 7:22 PM
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