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Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach interviewed for the Tigers managerial vacancy on Friday.

Wallach came away from the meeting thinking everything went well, and Jonah Keri of ESPN reported earlier in the day that talks between Wallach and the Tigers were escalating. The Tigers have already interviewed bench coach Lloyd McClendon for the position, and will likely entertain several other interested suitors before making a decision.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 12:26:00 AM

Kyle Gibson pitched a strong game in Sunday's 8-1 win over the White Sox, striking out eight and managing eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

With the win, Gibson improved to 4-3 on the season. The only run against him came when he served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu. Other than that, Gibson was simply superb. The White Sox had no answer for him. Neither has most of the rest of baseball this season, as Gibson boasts a 2.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 27/17 over 56 1/3 innings. Perhaps the best takeaway from Sunday's start was that he did not walk a batter. We still question his long-term viability as a reliable fantasy starter, but if he's able to keep the walks down, the ERA is less likely to jump the tracks. A home start against the Blue Jays is up next for Gibson.
May 24 - 5:22 PM

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish 2-for-3 with four RBI in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.

Napoli had been as cold as the dark side of the moon for most of the season, but over the last two games he has been as hot as a moon that has flown out of orbit and just hit the sun. After a solo homer on Friday and two homers on Saturday, Napoli followed up with another huge game. He smashed a two-run homer off of Hector Santiago in the second inning, then hit a deep double to score two in the eighth to finish with four RBI and two runs scored. After slugging under .300 a week ago, he's dragged his slash-line up to .203/.304/.420 and has now hit eight home runs and driven in 21. Get him in your lineups immediately if you were waiting.
May 24 - 5:06 PM

Michael Wacha allowed just one (unearned) run over seven innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Royals.

Wacha scattered five singles and two walks over his seven dominant frames while striking out four. It was exactly the kinda outing the Cardinals needed after losing three straight and the first two games of the weekend series against their cross-state rival. Wacha now has a brilliant 1.87 ERA in 57 2/3 innings this season, and St. Louis is 9-0 in his nine starts. The 23-year-old ace will try to keep it all working next time out against the Dodgers.
May 24 - 4:54 PM

Wade Miley hurled a strong start in a 6-1 win over the Angels on Sunday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball and allowing just four hits.

Miley cruised through this one. Outside of an RBI double by Mike Trout in the sixth inning, the Angels were unable to touch him. He allowed just four hits while striking out two and walking one. After a rough go of it early, Miley's now won three straight starts and has dropped his ERA to 4.47 to pair with a 1.31 WHIP and a 31/19 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings pitched. He'll gun for a fourth straight win in a showdown with the Rangers next Friday.
May 24 - 4:52 PM

Evan Gattis tripled, homered, knocked in three runs, and scored three runs as the Astros eked out a win in a slugfest with the Tigers on Sunday.

Gattis brought in the Astros' first two runs with a triple in the first inning and later scored on a balk. He added a solo home run in the sixth inning. The slugger's bat has heated back up as the month of May nears its end, picking his triple-slash line up to .201/.233/.435 with nine home runs and 28 RBI.
May 24 - 4:43 PM

Mike Foltynewicz threw a beautiful game in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Brewers, tossing 7 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Just magnificent. Foltynewicz struck out seven and walked just one in his domination of the Brewers. Outside of an Elian Herrera sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Folty was almost perfect. He's been up-and-down, as rookies tend to be, but starts like Sunday's are confirmation of the talent that's there. He's now putting up a 4.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. Foltynewicz will try to back it up with another strong outing when he faces the red-hot Giants on the road in his next start.
May 24 - 4:38 PM

Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Mets.

Marte launched his bomb off of Erik Goeddel in the sixth inning. It was the young outfielder's ninth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 30. This is just a continuation of what's been a stellar year for Marte, who's hitting .278/.326/.513.
May 24 - 4:36 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as the Nationals beat the Phillies on Sunday.

Harper broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI ground out. He provided insurance in the seventh inning with an RBI single, and soon thereafter scored from first base on a Ryan Zimmerman double. The 22-year-old phenom has looked unstoppable through two months, batting .333/.471/.728 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI.
May 24 - 4:32 PM

Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

Trevor Bauer limited the Reds to one run over 7 2/3 innings in a sterling performance en route to a win on Sunday.

Bauer allowed only five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His only mistake came in the seventh inning, resulting in a solo home run to Marlon Byrd. It's his third start in a row he's pitched into the eighth inning while allowing exactly one run. Bauer has certainly lived up to his prospect hype through nine starts this season, owning a 3.02 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field next.
May 24 - 4:23 PM

Tom Koehler held the Orioles in check on Sunday, surrendering just one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Koehler's currently starting for Jarred Cosart (vertigo) and has pitched admirably in his extended spot duty. The only run he allowed against the Orioles came on a Jimmy Paredes sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He also struck out three and walked four in the contest. Obviously, the walk number isn't good, but the 28-year-old right-hander managed to work his way around the free passes. He's scheduled to take a 3.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 38/21 K/BB ratio (in 55 innings) on the road against the Rockies next time out.
May 24 - 4:13 PM




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