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Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer off Justin Anderson in the top of the ninth to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Pearce pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson with a lefty on the mound in the seventh and flied out. The Jays would have rather had Granderson back out there against the righty in the ninth, but Pearce came through, hitting his fourth homer in 72 at-bats this season. There's a case for giving him more playing time, but that will be difficult as long as Kendrys Morales remains on the roster.
Jun 24 - 12:39 AM

Marcus Stroman blanked the Angels for five innings Saturday in his return from the disabled list.

Stroman scattered six hits, all of which were singles, and walked just one. He struck out five and got seven outs on the ground. It was definitely an encouraging first outing back after a six-week absence due to shoulder fatigue, and he should be worth using in mixed leagues with the Tigers next on the schedule.
Jun 24 - 12:37 AM

Ryan Tepera pitched a perfect ninth Saturday against the Jays for his sixth save.

Tepera got the easier part of the lineup in a three-run game, retiring Kole Calhoun, Jose Briceno and Jose Fernandez in order. He's allowed one run and struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings this month.
Jun 24 - 12:35 AM

Jaime Barria surrendered one run in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Barria got the job done, but he walked four and threw just 49 of his 93 pitches for strikes. He'll probably need to be a little finer than that with the Red Sox next on the schedule.
Jun 24 - 12:33 AM

Justin Anderson took a loss after giving up a three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Anderson was brought into a tie game tonight after picking up a save Thursday and retired just two of the six hitters he faced. The homer off the bat of Steve Pearce was the first he's allowed since May 11. He'll remain an important late-game reliever for the Angels for now.
Jun 24 - 12:31 AM

Carlos Correa singled in George Springer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Astros a 4-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.

Correa also had a sac fly in the contest. He's hit .290 with four homers and 11 RBI in 16 games this month, and he's very much in the driver's seat for starting at shortstop for the AL in the All-Star Game.
Jun 23 - 11:33 PM

Lance McCullers allowed three runs in six innings and struck out nine against the Royals on Saturday.

All of the runs came on Hunter Dozier's homer in the fourth. McCullers allowed a total of four hits and walked two. He's turned in five straight quality starts.
Jun 23 - 11:30 PM

Ian Kennedy held the Astros to two runs and four hits over seven innings on Saturday.

Kennedy left with a one-run lead, but he remained winless since April 7 after the tying run scored in the ninth. Since getting torched for eight runs on June 1, Kennedy has allowed a total of eight runs in four starts, lowering his ERA from 6.08 to 5.09. He'll get the Mariners next.
Jun 23 - 11:29 PM

Brandon Maurer gave up a one-run lead in the ninth to take a blown save Saturday against the Astros.

It was a surprise that the Royals threw Maurer a save opportunity already and less of one that it didn't work out well. For what it's worth, neither hit against him was hit all that hard; there was a grounder through the right side and then a flare to shallow center. The tying run scored on a sac fly, and the best-hit ball of the inning ending the frame; Brian McCann laced a ball into the shift that was played in shallow right field and turned into an out. Maurer is a candidate to end up as a the Royals' closer, but we wouldn't expect him to get another save chance right away.
Jun 23 - 11:27 PM

Whit Merrifield went 0-for-5 and struck out four times Saturday against the Astros.

Merrifield played center field tonight after Alcides Escobar started there Friday. It doesn't much matter where Merrifield plays; he'll be in the lineup somewhere every day. Still, as the Royals' one good middle infielder and arguably the team's most valuable player over the last 12 months, he might appreciate having one position all to himself.
Jun 23 - 11:24 PM

Hunter Dozier hit a three-run homer Saturday against the Astros.

It accounted for all of the scoring the Royals did in 12 innings tonight. Dozier has four homers and six doubles in 123 at-bats, but it comes with a .228 average and a 39/3 K/BB ratio. He might head back to Triple-A temporarily now that the Royals have Lucas Duda back.
Jun 23 - 11:21 PM

Jason Vargas will be placed on the disabled list by the Mets after suffering a strained calf during conditioning drills.

Vargas was slated to start Sunday. The Mets are calling up Chris Flexen to replace Vargas on the roster, but they didn't announce who would start Sunday.
Jun 23 - 10:37 PM

Matt Kemp delivered a pinch-hit grand slam Saturday in the Dodgers' 8-3 defeat of the Mets.

Kemp's homer off Robert Gsellman gave the Dodgers some insurance with a 4-2 lead in the eighth. It was his eighth career grand slam, his third ever pinch-hit homer (he had a lifetime .157/.203/.271 line in 70 at-bats as a pinch-hitter) and his 13th homer of 2018.
Jun 23 - 10:34 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

This wasn't quite the offensive explosion that we saw from Cruz on Friday, when he clubbed two homers and drove in seven runs in what finished as a four-hit performance, but it was a rock-solid game for the veteran slugger regardless. For the season as a whole, Cruz is rocking a .274/.359/.570 triple-slash with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 64 games. He's collected multiple hits in each of his last three games. Anybody who sold low on him after his quiet start to the campaign could probably use a hug right now.
Jun 23 - 10:33 PM

After taking over for Clayton Kershaw, Caleb Ferguson pitched four scoreless innings for his first career win Saturday against the Mets.

Ferguson struck out six while working the fourth through seventh innings tonight. It was his relief appearance after he went 0-1 with a 7.59 ERA in three starts. He might get sent down now, but he could be a candidate to make more starts in the second half of the year.
Jun 23 - 10:32 PM



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