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Yunel Escobar (thumb) was scratched from the Angels' lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

He's dealing with a strained left thumb. Cliff Pennington will man third base and bat ninth in Escobar's absence. Until the Angels provide an update, consider Escobar day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 6:31 PM

Diamondbacks recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.

He's taking the spot of Jeremy Hazelbaker, who was optioned to Triple-A after Friday night's game. This will be Bracho's fifth stint in the big leagues this year. He hasn't had much luck so far, compiling an 8.53 ERA in seven appearances for the D'Backs.
Jun 24 - 6:29 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Zunino is getting a much-needed day of rest. He's gone ballistic this month, hitting .348 with nine homers and 29 RBI since June 1. Carlos Ruiz will start behind the plate and bat ninth Saturday against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers.
Jun 24 - 6:20 PM

German Marquez's next start has been pushed back to Monday.

He was slated to start Sunday against the Dodgers but now he'll go Monday at San Francisco. Tyler Anderson will start in his place on Sunday. Marquez has thrown well over his last two outings, producing a 1.64 ERA during that stretch.
Jun 24 - 6:18 PM

Tyler Anderson will start Sunday against the Dodgers.

German Marquez was scheduled to go Sunday, but instead he'll start Monday against the Giants. Anderson's role has been unclear since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. He pitched an inning of relief on Thursday, though the majority of his outings this year have come as a starter. He's fared poorly against the Dodgers this year, going 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA in three starts.
Jun 24 - 6:11 PM

Jason Vargas held the Blue Jays to two runs in seven innings to lead his club to a 3-2 victory on Saturday.

All the damage came on solo home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar. Vargas surrendered eight hits, struck out just two batters and did not issue any free passes in the ballgame. He has been one of the season's biggest surprises thus far. He improves to 11-3 with a marvelous 2.29 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 15 starts. He has accumulated 70 strikeouts and 20 walks in 94 1/3 innings.
Jun 24 - 6:07 PM

Kelvin Herrera notched a save against the Blue Jays on Saturday by firing a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.

He gave up a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki but grounded out Kevin Pillar to slam the door. He struck out one batter in the inning. The Royals' flame-throwing closer has not been nearly as dominant as in past seasons but has gotten the job done nonetheless. He has 18 saves with a 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings. He has given up seven home runs already in 2017.
Jun 24 - 6:00 PM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He went yard with the bases empty against starter Marco Estrada in the fourth inning to put his team ahead 2-1. Hosmer has an even .300 batting average with nine homers, 40 runs and 31 RBI. He's chipped in three stolen bases without getting caught.
Jun 24 - 5:55 PM

Astros placed RHP Brad Peacock on the paternity leave list.

His first child, a baby boy, was born on Friday. Peacock had been scheduled to start Sunday versus the Mariners. Instead, rookie Francis Martes will draw the start in his place. Peacock should be back for his next turn in the rotation.
Jun 24 - 5:51 PM

Astros recalled RHP Jordan Jankowski from Triple-A Fresno.

Joe Musgrove was optioned to Fresno in the corresponding move. Jankowski struggled in his first stint with the Astros this year, producing an ugly 16.20 ERA over 3 1/3 innings. He'll be used in middle relief.
Jun 24 - 5:50 PM

Alcides Escobar went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

He tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Whit Merrifield in the third inning and added two singles later in the game. This was a rare strong game at the plate for Escobar in what has been a terrible season to say it bluntly. He is slashing .209/.229/.277 with one homer, 26 runs and 19 RBI in 73 games. His .506 OPS is by far the worst out of all 165 qualified hitters in the majors.
Jun 24 - 5:49 PM

Astros optioned RHP Joe Musgrove to Triple-A Fresno.

This comes on the heels of a disastrous outing Friday against Seattle (3 2/3 IP, 12 H, 9 ER). Overall, Musgrove holds a 6.01 ERA in 13 starts for the 'Stros this year. He shouldn't be in the minors for long.
Jun 24 - 5:49 PM

Astros activated RHP Lance McCullers from the 10-day disabled list.

McCullers is back after missing a little over two weeks with a lower back injury. He'll draw the start Saturday against the division-rival Mariners. McCullers has been a stud this year, going 6-1 with a 2.58 ERA over 13 starts. Opponents have hit .207 against him during that span with 89 strikeouts in 280 at-bats.
Jun 24 - 5:48 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

His blast off starter Jason Vargas tied the game at two runs apiece in the seventh inning, although his club would fail to score again and lose the game. Pillar has been a productive fantasy outfielder, batting .253/.307/.414 with nine home runs, 41 runs, 19 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 318 plate appearances. He is on pace to set new career highs in homers and runs.
Jun 24 - 5:42 PM

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run during a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

He took starter Jason Vargas deep to open the scoring in the second inning. Tulowitzki spent five weeks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and hasn't been very productive when able to play. He is batting .241/.297/.359 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 40 games.
Jun 24 - 5:37 PM



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