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Kendrys Morales enjoyed his return to Seattle, going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to finish off a big series in Thursday's 4-2 victory.

The veteran's two-run fifth inning double proved to be the difference. Morales entered this series batting just .216, but he hit safely in all four games, going 5-for-15 (.333) with three doubles and five RBI. His slash line is getting better by the day, though it still looks gruesome at .231/.252/.325.
Jul 11 - 1:36 AM

Robinson Cano finished 3-for-5 in Thursday's 4-2 loss versus the Twins.

The big-money import limped through a sluggish start to the season, but has been dynamite since May. Cano's .327 batting average ranks No. 4 in the American League, and his .387 OBP is 30 points above his career mark. The second baseman is on pace for 92 RBI and 83 runs. He's hit only six homers, however.
Jul 11 - 1:34 AM
Sam Fuld - OF - Twins

Sam Fuld reached base three times for the third consecutive game on Thursday against Seattle.

He finished 1-for-2 with two walks, a steal and a run scored. Fuld doesn't want to leave Seattle. He went 5-for-10 (.500) with four walks, a homer, three steals, two RBI and three runs scored as the Twins took three of four. If you need a center fielder in your AL-only league, Fuld is probably your best free agent bet at the moment. He won't keep raking like this -- he's hit safely in nine of 10 -- but Fuld will draw the occasional walk and steal bases as long as he's in the lineup.
Jul 11 - 1:27 AM

Yohan Pino surrendered just one run over five innings to earn his first MLB victory over the Mariners on Thursday.

He allowed seven hits and two walks while notching four strikeouts. Pino is expected to be demoted to make room for Friday starter Kris Johnson, but he might have done enough in his past two starts to book a reservation in the rotation to begin the second half. Pino put up an ugly 6.32 ERA in his first three outings, but yielded just two runs in 11 innings over his last two. Pino is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP overall.
Jul 11 - 1:26 AM

Hanley Ramirez singled twice over three at-bats in Thursday's win over the Padres.

He also swiped a base and scored a run. Han-Ram went just 1-for-11 in the opening series against Arizona in Australia back in March, but he's been rock solid since then, posting a .900 OPS in April, .806 OPS in May, .858 OPS in June and .830 OPS this month coming into play today. Now batting .275, Ramirez is on pace for 19 homers, 83 RBI, 78 runs and 21 steals.
Jul 11 - 1:10 AM

Michael Saunders left Thursday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning with a possible oblique injury.

Saunders checked a swing against reliever Casey Fien and immediately grabbed his back ribcage, a tweak that may have occurred as he attempted to halt his momentum. The outfielder just returned from the disabled list on June 27 (shoulder). Seattle has not yet addressed his prognosis. A disabled list stint is possible.
Jul 11 - 1:07 AM

Chase Headley hit a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

He finished 1-for-4. This was Headley's first homer since June 14. He's taken plenty of heat for a subpar season, but the veteran third baseman has shown signs recently of breaking out of his funk. He entered this game batting .371 with an .829 OPS this month.
Jul 11 - 1:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw rolled into the All-Star break with another dominant performance in Thursday's complete game victory over the Padres, racking up 11 strikeouts and allowing only one run.

Kershaw's only mistake came in the form of Chase Headley's sixth inning solo homer, one of three San Diego hits; they also drew one walk. But it wasn't all good news: Kershaw's scoreless innings streak ended at 41 2/3 when Headley's drive left the yard, the first run the left-hander had allowed since June 13 against Arizona. It was the longest single-season scoreless streak since Brandon Webb hurled 42 straight in 2007. Orel Hershiser has the most in the major league divisional era with 59. Kershaw is on his way to another Cy Young award with a 10-2 record and 1.83 ERA in 14 outings.
Jul 11 - 12:56 AM

Odrisamer Despaigne tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a loss Thursday versus the Dodgers.

Despaigne struck out a career-high seven and walked zero but was stuck with his first big league loss anyway. The Cuban right-hander isn't overpowering, but he's begun his major league career with four consecutive quality starts. Despaigne, who should be owned in most formats as long as he's pitching well, is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
Jul 11 - 12:47 AM

Drew Smyly improved to 5-8, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers went on to defeat the Royals 16-4 on Thursday.

Smyly has been mediocre over his last three starts, but he was backed by an offensive outburst on Thursday. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including home runs to Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- while walking one and striking out two. Smyly goes into the All-Star break with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/28 K/BB ratio.
Jul 11 - 12:07 AM

Jeremy Guthrie fell to 5-8 after allowing eight runs in four innings as the Royals were easily defeated by the Tigers on Thursday.

The Tigers' offense is firing on all cylinders, having scored 14 runs on Tuesday and 16 on Thursday. Guthrie was no match for it, allowing eight hits, walking three, and striking out only two in the effort. The right-hander heads into the All-Star break carrying a 4.56 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 75/32 K/BB ratio.
Jul 11 - 12:04 AM

Eric Hosmer singled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Royals were crushed by the Tigers on Thursday.

If there was a positive to take away from a 16-4 loss for the Royals, it's that Hosmer appears to be coming to life. He is now on a 10-game hitting streak and has homered in back-to-back games. He went deep off of Drew Smyly in the seventh inning, helping chase the lefty from the contest. Hosmer's slash line is up to .263/.312/.375 with six home runs and 41 RBI.
Jul 11 - 12:00 AM

J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs batted in as the Tigers routed the Royals on Thursday.

Martinez has hit safely in all nine July games thus far. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, another run with a double in the seventh, and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The outfielder is having a break-out season, slashing .335/.373/.648 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
Jul 10 - 11:57 PM

Miguel Cabrera doubled twice, walked twice, and drove in three runs as the Tigers skated to a victory against the Royals on Thursday.

Cabrera knocked in a run with a first-inning ground out, then knocked in a pair with a double in the fourth inning. The first baseman continues to hit, sporting a .315/.376/.550 slash line with 14 home runs and 73 RBI on the season.
Jul 10 - 11:55 PM

Torii Hunter finished 3-for-6 with two RBI singles and a solo home run as the Tigers walked all over the Royals in a win on Thursday.

Hunter has turned his season around with a hot start to July. Thursday's three-hit performance marked his sixth multi-hit game in nine games this month. The outfielder now has 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .276/.298/.455 slash line.
Jul 10 - 11:52 PM



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