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Chris Carter swatted his 14th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort as the Astros downed the Royals 6-1 on Monday.

Carter added some superfluous offense with a solo shot off of Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning for what turned out to be the Astros' final run. The slugger is hitting .198/.315/.405 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 76 games. It's worth noting that, through 76 games last season, he had a .189/.269/.421 batting line with 15 home runs and 35 RBI. He finished the year at .227/.308/.491 with 37 home runs and 88 RBI, so a summer surge may yet await him.
Jun 29 - 11:29 PM

Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.

Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
Jun 29 - 11:25 PM

Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
Jun 29 - 11:20 PM

Lance McCullers held the Royals to a lone run in seven innings of work to pick up the win on Monday.

McCullers scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The lone run came in the seventh inning on a Salvador Perez home run. It's only the third time in nine starts the right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning, but he has otherwise had a terrific start to his major league career, brandishing a 2.19 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP and a 58/18 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. McCullers will match up with the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Jun 29 - 11:17 PM

Mike Bolsinger left Monday's start against the Diamondbacks after four innings due to a bout of food poisoning.

You couldn't tell from his results that Bolsinger had been battling food poisoning, as he tossed four shutout frames before exiting. Evidently it just became too much, though, and the Dodgers didn't want to push him any further. He'll probably be fine for his next turn later this week.
Jun 29 - 11:14 PM

Mike Leake gave up seven runs in four innings, taking a no-decision as the Reds slugged their way to an 11-7 victory on Monday against the Twins.

Leake was handed a 9-1 lead after three innings, but gave six of those runs back in the top of the fourth. He allowed nine hits and a walk overall while striking out five. Monday's outing breaks a streak of five consecutive starts in which he held the opposition to three runs or fewer. Leake owns a 4.38 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 65/27 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings. He'll start at home against the Brewers next.
Jun 29 - 11:13 PM

Jedd Gyorko will be recalled prior to Tuesday's game versus the Mariners.

The Padres are expected to place someone on the disabled list, with Will Middlebrooks (ankle) and Cory Spangenberg (knee) being the most likely options. Gyorko has hit .283/.368/.500 with four homers over 15 games for Triple-A El Paso after being sent down earlier this month. He could wind up seeing a decent amount of playing time, depending on what the club's corresponding move is.
Jun 29 - 11:12 PM

Mike Pelfrey was hammered for eight runs in two-plus innings of work, earning the loss on Monday against the Reds.

Pelfrey allowed three runs in the first inning and one in the second, then allowed the first four hitters he faced in the third inning to reach base before departing. They all came around to score. Pelfrey gave up nine hits overall while walking three and striking out one. It marks the third time in his last four starts that he has allowed at least nine hits, and he's given up eight runs in two of those four starts. Pelfrey will bring an escalating 3.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 42/29 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings into a weekend start in Kansas City against the Royals.
Jun 29 - 11:11 PM

Brian Dozier clubbed a three-run home run in a 1-for-5 effort on Monday, but the Twins fell to the Reds.

Dozier's three-run home run capped off a six-run fourth inning in which the Twins made serious inroads, reducing their deficit to 9-7 at the time. Dozier is having an even better season thus far than he did in 2014, batting .266/.340/.529 with 16 home runs and 40 RBI with seven stolen bases.
Jun 29 - 11:08 PM

Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI, and two stolen bases as the Reds held on to beat the Twins on Monday.

Suarez had logged four straight multi-hit games between June 21-25 and did it again on Monday. He doubled in two runs in the third inning and singled in a run in the sixth in a slugfest. Suarez is filling in for the injured Zack Cozart and has done well thus far, batting .316/.361/.421 with nine RBI and three stolen bases in 62 plate appearances.
Jun 29 - 11:04 PM

Tyler Matzek has been sent home to take a mental break as he battles control issues.

The Rockies already held him out of games for a bit last month so he could work on his mechanics, but now they're shutting him down altogether. Matzek walked 19 over 22 frames with the big club before being sent down and has issued a whopping 15 free passes and hit two batters over 3 1/3 minor league innings. "We still believe he's going to be a top-of-the-rotation-type guy, and we're trying to get him back here," manager Walt Weiss said.
Jun 29 - 11:01 PM

Billy Hamilton reached base four times and stole four bases in six plate appearances on Monday to help the Reds stave off the Twins.

Hamilton stole four bases in a game earlier this year and also accomplished the feat in September of 2013, so it's old hat for him. He singled twice and walked twice to set up his speed attack. The outfielder is batting a measly .224/.273/.295 but has scored 37 runs while stealing 40 bases in 46 attempts just ahead of the schedule's midpoint.
Jun 29 - 11:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez kept the Phillies off the board in the ninth inning to pick up his 16th save as the Brewers won 7-4 on Monday.

Rodriguez got consecutive ground outs from Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, but Freddy Galvis kept hope alive with a single. "K-Rod" then struck out Darin Ruf to end the game. Contending teams are surely noting the fact that the right-hander has converted all 16 save opportunities thus far with a 1.55 ERA and a 34/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings.
Jun 29 - 10:57 PM

Sean O'Sullivan didn't have anything working in a loss to the Brewers on Monday, surrendering six runs on 12 hits in five innings.

O'Sullivan limited the Brewers to only three runs through five innings, but things fell apart in the sixth inning when he allowed four straight hits before departing. Justin De Fratus came in and allowed two more hits before plugging the leaky ship. Along with the 12 hits, O'Sullivan walked one and struck out three. His ERA moves up to 5.76 with a 1.58 WHIP and a 33/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Not that fantasy owners care, but he'll take the ball next in Atlanta to face the Braves this weekend.
Jun 29 - 10:54 PM

Jimmy Nelson didn't have his best stuff on Monday, yielding four runs in five innings, but still walked away with a win against the Phillies.

The Phillies jumped on Nelson for two runs in each of the first two innings. To Nelson's credit, he stopped the bleeding from there, giving up six hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out three. Nelson has had an inconsistent year, now owning a 4.48 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and a 78/35 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. His next turn through the rotation comes over the weekend in Cincinnati against the Reds.
Jun 29 - 10:52 PM



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