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The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year.
Jun 30 - 1:52 AM

Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis.
Jun 30 - 1:44 AM

Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul.
Jun 30 - 1:40 AM

In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers.
Jun 30 - 1:36 AM

Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year.
Jun 30 - 1:33 AM

Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth.
Jun 30 - 1:30 AM

Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1.
Jun 30 - 1:22 AM

Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next.
Jun 30 - 1:18 AM

Carlos Martinez did not surrender a run in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters in a strong no-decision effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. Martinez dipped his ERA under the 3.00 barrier and is now at 2.83 for the season. His record holds steady at 7-5. His 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings are way down from his 9.22 mark last season, however he is currently beating last year's excellent 3.01 ERA nonetheless. Martinez generates a lot of groundballs, which helps him limit home runs. He has given up only 6 dingers in 95 1/3 innings so far. He draws the Pirates on Monday.
Jun 30 - 1:15 AM

Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning.
Jun 30 - 1:14 AM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break.
Jun 30 - 1:12 AM

Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense.
Jun 30 - 1:08 AM

Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster.
Jun 30 - 1:06 AM

Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues.
Jun 30 - 1:04 AM

Jake Peavy was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Wednesday.

Peavy had gone six straight starts without a homer before giving up two tonight to two guys who had combined for two all year (Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso both had one apiece coming into the game). The Giants won't worry overly much about one bad outing on the heels of a nice month-plus, but this is why we still don't trust him in fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 1:00 AM



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