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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

Shawn Kelley allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings Sunday but was able to grab his third save.

Kelley yielded a two-out homer to Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado in the bottom of the ninth and Jonathan Villar tripled a few pitches later, but Scooter Gennett flied out to Jayson Werth to end it. Kelley has struggled a bit as the Nationals' fill-in closer, but he's definitely the guy to own until Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) returns from the disabled list.
Jun 26 - 5:32 PM

Pirates designated RHP Curtis Partch for assignment.

That move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chad Kuhl who is starting for the Pirates on Sunday. Partch struggled in his lone appearance with the big league club this season, allowing three runs on his inning of work. He's expected to pass through waivers and continue to function as bullpen depth at Triple-A.
Jun 26 - 5:32 PM

Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Arcia came over from the Twins in a trade on Friday. He failed to pick up a hit in his first three at-bats with his new club, but came through in a big way on Sunday. He notched a solo home run in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the fifth to finish with three RBI. In 103 at-bats with the Twins prior to the trade, the 25-year-old outfielder was hitting just .214/.289/.369 with four homers and 12 RBI. He is young enough and talented enough that his career shouldn't be considered a lost cause yet, though it is off to a rocky enough start.
Jun 26 - 5:29 PM

Jimmy Nelson threw five innings of shutout ball Sunday in the Brewers' loss to the Nationals.

He was lifted at 91 pitches and the Milwaukee bullpen let Washington take the lead (and an eventual 3-2 win). Nelson yielded just one hit -- initially called an error, but later ruled a single for Ben Revere. The 27-year-old right-hander has an impressive 3.60 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 95 innings this season. He struck out five on Sunday without issuing a walk. A road date with the Cardinals is next.
Jun 26 - 5:29 PM

Tyler Wilson pitched poorly in Sunday's win over the Rays, allowing five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Wilson struck out one and walked two in the tough outing. He also surrendered solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Oswaldo Arcia in the second and fourth innings, respectively. For the season, Wilson's 4.50 ERA and 1.29 WHIP are about as pedestrian as they come. A road start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule.
Jun 26 - 5:23 PM

Drew Smyly crashed and burned in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, yielding eight runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Ouch. Smyly did strike out six against just one walk, but it was a disappointing outing just about any other way you slice it. Chris Davis set the tone well enough in the first inning, launching a grand slam off the 27-year-old southpaw. The O's would strike for additional singular runs in the second and third innings before scoring a pair in the fifth to finish off Smyly's disappointing line. The terrifying performance pushed his ERA from 4.78 to 5.32. He will try to rebound in a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 5:17 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays wanted to have another right-handed arm in their bullpen, so Tepera will take the place of Chad Girodo who was sent to Triple-A on Sunday. The 28-year-old owns an 8.10 ERA, 2.40 WHIP and 2/3 K/BB ratio over 3 1/3 innings with the Jays this season.
Jun 26 - 5:08 PM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Chad Girodo to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 25-year-old left-hander registered a 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings with the big league club. He should get another chance with the Jays at some point this summer.
Jun 26 - 5:06 PM

Martin Prado went 1-for-5 with a three-run double in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

The Marlins held a scant 3-1 advantage entering the eighth inning, but Prado provided them a killer breather when he unloaded for a bases-clearing double to bump the advantage to 6-1. That effectively ended the game. The 32-year-old third baseman is slashing .312/.359/.404 with 15 doubles, two homers and 26 RBI over 282 at-bats. Outside of a dependable average, Prado's fantasy value is limited.
Jun 26 - 5:01 PM

Ian Kennedy fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 defeat of the Astros.

Kennedy dominated in what might have been his best start in a Royals uniform, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out 11. The one run he gave up came on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy now stands 6-6 with a cool 3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 85/29 K/BB ratio 88 2/3 innings this season, and he has a nice matchup next week in Philly.
Jun 26 - 5:00 PM

Brewers SS prospect Isan Diaz clubbed three hits including a two-run homer Saturday in Low-A Wisconsin's loss to Quad Cities.

Diaz has now hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .362 over that span with three homers and 12 RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .221 to .247. Diaz has done his fair share of swinging and missing this year (69 Ks in 263 at-bats), but at least his power numbers are trending in the right direction. He's tied for 11th in the Midwest League with 39 RBI this season. Diaz was acquired from Arizona this winter in the Jean Segura trade.
Jun 26 - 4:56 PM

Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Bryant did loft a third-inning sacrifice fly against Jose Fernandez, but the Cubs' offense was more/less silenced otherwise. For the season, the 24-year-old third-baseman is slashing .265/.367/.520 with 17 doubles, 18 homers and 51 RBI across 279 at-bats.
Jun 26 - 4:55 PM

Chris Sale limited the Blue Jays to two runs over eight innings Sunday in a 5-2 victory for the White Sox.

Sale had a stretch of mediocrity between late May and mid-June, but he's back to his top-tier ways now. The ace left-hander held a dangerous Red Sox offense to one run on four hits over seven innings Tuesday and he mostly shut down the Jays on Sunday, scattering five hits and two walks across eight frames. The only runs he gave up came on solo shots by Troy Tulowitzki and Junior Lake in the top of the eighth.
Jun 26 - 4:55 PM



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