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Homer Bailey fired a gem on Sunday, holding the Brewers to only one run on three hits over eight innings.

He struck out eight and walked just one in the victory. Bailey committed just one error on the afternoon, a meaningless Khris Davis homer in the fifth inning when the Reds already led 9-0. Bailey had been roughed up to the tune of a 6.94 ERA in two August starts, so we were pleased to see him get back on track in Milwaukee. The right-hander, fifth in the National League with 161 strikeouts, improves to 8-10 with a 3.68 ERA.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Trevor Story continued his fantastic early-season roll in Thursday's 17-7 win over the Giants, homering and finishing with three RBI.

Story continued his (sorry) storybook opening to the 2016 season, swatting home run No. 11 off Giants starter Matt Cain to lead off the fifth inning. And what a fifth inning that was for the Rockies. The boys from Denver would score 13 runs in the frame, batting around and then some. Story chased his home run with an RBI single when he came up for the second time in that fifth. His numbers figure to return to earth as the season rolls along, but for the time being, the 23-year-old shortstop is making happy humans of all who happen to own him for fantasy purposes. With Thursday's nice night in the books, Story is slashing .270/.339/.658 with four doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 24 RBI over 111 at-bats.
May 6 - 2:01 AM

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Red Sox topped the White Sox 7-3 on Thursday.

It was the third time in his last eight games that Pedroia racked up three hits. The second baseman is sixth in the American League with 20 runs scored, and his .322 batting average is ninth-best in the league. He's hitting .322/.364/.496 with four homers and 14 RBI, but he's stopped running altogether after being a double-digit stolen base threat earlier in his career.
May 6 - 1:50 AM

Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting.
May 6 - 1:41 AM

Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.

With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days.
May 6 - 1:01 AM

Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test.
May 6 - 12:56 AM

Jacob deGrom tasted defeat for the first time this season as he fell to 3-1, yielding three runs on eight hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Padres.

Thursday's start was deGrom's shortest of the young season. He had managed to pitch into the sixth inning in his other three outings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively subdued performance. While deGrom has yet to surpass six strikeouts in any one game this season, his 1.99 ERA shows no outward damage. His 1.24 WHIP looks decent enough as well, though that's a bit off his career mark of 1.04. DeGrom will look to return to his winning ways in a road start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
May 6 - 12:55 AM

Jose Altuve had a huge night Thursday, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Mariners.

Altuve might miss Friday's game due to a sore back, because he's carrying the Astros' offense these days. The 25-year-old led off the home half of the first inning with his ninth home run of the year and his second in as many days. Through 29 games, Altuve leads the league in homers (9), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.104) and is second in runs scored (27). This could be a truly special year for the diminutive second baseman.
May 6 - 12:55 AM

Kyle Hendricks threw six shutout innings en route to the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday.

Hendricks allowed just two hits while walking two over his six innings of work. The right-hander struck out four. The win was his first since his season debut despite owning a nice 3.10 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through five starts. He's now 2-2 and will attempt to get over the .500 mark against the Padres on Tuesday.
May 6 - 12:32 AM

Adam Duvall homered in his third straight game to help the Reds best the Brewers 9-5 on Thursday.

Duvall's two-run bomb in the eighth inning did little to affect the outcome, but it caught our attention after he homered in each of the last two games of the Reds' series against the Giants as well. Unfortunately for Duvall, he's done a lot of his best work with the bases empty, sitting with five homers and just nine RBI on the season. He's got some pop and as the Reds' starting left fielder, he should be owned in all NL-only leagues if he isn't already.
May 5 - 11:47 PM

Christian Yelich hit a two-run home run and the Marlins shut out the Diamondbacks 4-0 on Thursday.

Yelich connected in the eighth inning for his second homer in three games. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The outfielder has cooled slightly after a torrid start but is still hitting .330/.443/.511 with three homers, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored overall.
May 5 - 11:25 PM

Pedro Alvarez plated the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to down the Yankees 1-0 on Thursday.

Alvarez went hitless in three at-bats but was able to lift a fly ball deep enough to score Nolan Reimold and give the O's a victory. He has just one homer and four RBI in 19 games thus far with his new club, batting a paltry .196/.303/.321.
May 5 - 10:47 PM




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