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George Springer is getting the day off Thursday.

Tony Kemp is starting in center field and batting ninth in the Astros' series finale against the Athletics. This is just a routine breather for Springer.
Jun 14 - 12:50 PM

Logan Forsythe went a perfect 5-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored as the Twins blasted the Tigers 15-8 on Thursday.

Forsythe had a pair of doubles among his five hits, including a two-run double in the second inning. The move from the playoff-hopeful Dodgers to the idling Twins didn't seem to be a good one for Forsythe at the time, but he's made the best of it, hitting a robust .449 with four doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored in 14 games with his new club. That may still be just AL-only territory, but if he keeps it up he'll force his way onto the deeper mixed league radar as well.
Aug 17 - 12:57 AM

Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a solo home run and two runs scored as the Rangers came back to beat the Angels 8-6 on Thursday.

Gallo's second inning solo homer, in which he cracked his bat but still hit it over the wall, proved less important than the one-out RBI double he knocked in the eighth inning that started a four-run rally. He ended up scoring the winning run later in the frame. Gallo's had a pretty typical Gallo year thus far, mashing 32 homers with 73 RBI and 65 runs scored but with a .203/.313/.491 line. His 32 dingers are fourth-most in the American League through Thursday's games.
Aug 17 - 12:19 AM

Koda Glover worked around a hit and a walk to toss a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, earning the save in the Nationals' 5-4 win over the Cardinals.

The Nats haven't had any answers late in games in recent days, including Paul DeJong's walk-off homer against Glover earlier in the series, but manager Dave Martinez went back to Glover Thursday with a tenuous one-run lead. Glover bent, yielding a two-out single to Jose Martinez and issuing a walk to Matt Carpenter to put the tying run in scoring position, but he didn't break, getting Yadier Molina to fly out to end the threat. Martinez has stated an intent to keep Glover in the closer role and Thursday's outing should only strengthen that resolve. If he's available in your league and you need saves, add him now.
Aug 16 - 11:46 PM

David Dahl went 2-for-5 with a home run, a stolen base and three RBI -- including a game-winning, two-run single in the ninth inning -- to lead the Rockies to a 5-3 win over the Braves on Thursday.

Dahl took Braves starter Julio Teheran deep for a solo shot in the third inning, and he stepped to the dish with two on and two outs in a tied game in the ninth. He untied it with a two-run single, and later stole a base for fun. The stolen base was his fourth of the year, and the homer was his sixth. It's been an injury-riddled year for the 24-year-old, who's been limited to 42 games, and he's hitting .270/.318/.484 when in the lineup.
Aug 16 - 11:13 PM

Giants placed RHP Dereck Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

He suffered the injury during Tuesday's bench-clearing brawl with the Dodgers. Rodriguez had been slated to start Friday against Cincinnati, but instead Casey Kelly will get the nod. The rookie has pitched well this year, compiling a 2.25 ERA across 14 appearances including 12 starts. Luckily for Rodriguez, he only suffered a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious.
Aug 16 - 10:44 PM

Jon Lester struck out eight over six scoreless innings Thursday as the Cubs shut out the Pirates 1-0.

Lester's struggles in recent weeks have been well-documented, so Thursday's dominant outing was surely cathartic for the southpaw. And it was dominant, as all five of the Pirates' hits were singles and he didn't walk a batter in the start. The win, his first in more than a month, improved him to 13-5 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 25 starts on the year. An interleague matchup with the Tigers on Wednesday offers another chance for Lester to continue to right the ship.
Aug 16 - 10:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, "people close to" Manny Machado have suggested he'd prefer to sign with the Yankees in free agency.

Per a close friend of Machado, the 26-year-old would "easily" give up shortstop to play third base for the Bronx Bombers. Machado is reportedly "OK" with staying in Los Angeles but prefers to play on the East Coast. The Miami native obviously won't come cheap—some wonder if he'll eclipse Giancarlo Stanton's high-water mark of $325 million—and the Yankees don't have a pressing need at shortstop, currently manned by Didi Gregorius, or third base, which is occupied by AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner Miguel Andujar. One thing is for sure—Machado will have no shortage of suitors when he reaches the open market this winter.
Aug 16 - 10:19 PM

Jose Bautista drove in a career-high seven of the Mets’ 24 runs Thursday in a lopsided win over Philadelphia.

This one got pretty ugly as the Phillies had position players (Roman Quinn and Scott Kingery) pitch the last three innings. Bautista didn’t even start Thursday’s action but entered the game in the third inning following a hand injury to Brandon Nimmo. Bautista put the game out of reach in the fifth, chasing starter Ranger Suarez from the game with an RBI single before belting a grand slam to left field off Mark Leiter Jr. That capped a 10-run fifth inning for the Mets. Joey Bats drove in another run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth before finishing the afternoon with an RBI double in the ninth. Bautista’s seven RBI Thursday were more than he had in his previous 20 games COMBINED. Just remarkable.
Aug 16 - 7:40 PM

Kevin Plawecki delivered four hits Thursday in New York’s win over the Phillies.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything. The Mets, who have been among the worst teams in baseball this year, erupted for 24 runs in Thursday’s slugfest, an absolutely stunning result for a Phillies team coming off a series split with Boston. Plawecki, who has been a disaster offensively this year, could do no wrong on Thursday. He reached in all six trips to the plate, walking twice (once intentionally) while delivering three RBI and three runs scored. Plawecki finished a home run shy of the cycle. Thursday was the catcher's first multi-hit game in over a month.
Aug 16 - 7:36 PM

Amed Rosario exploded for four hits including his sixth home run of the year Thursday in New York’s 24-4 victory over the Phillies.

Rosario got the Mets off to a good start with a leadoff homer to begin the game. He was at it again in the third, delivering an RBI single before touching home later in the frame on a bases-loaded walk by Todd Frazier. Rosario added to his big day with an infield single in the fourth, a steal and a run scored in the fifth and a leadoff single in the eighth. He scored four runs and drove in three of his own. The shortstop has swung a hot bat recently, batting .393 (11-for-28) over his last six games while raising his season average from .230 to a slightly more tolerable .242.
Aug 16 - 7:35 PM

Wil Myers is not in the Padres' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

It appears to be a routine day off for Myers, who has struck out in six of 10 at-bats since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. Travis Jankowski will take over in left field and bat leadoff Thursday against D'Backs right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Aug 16 - 6:31 PM




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