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According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

The Blue Jays are coming off a surprising three-game sweep of the Nationals, but they're buried in fourth place in the American League East standings and are likely to launch into selling mode within the next several weeks, ahead of the July 31 deadline. Happ has seemingly emerged as Toronto's most valuable trade chip with Josh Donaldson battling health issues. The veteran left-hander holds a 3.48 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings (14 starts) this season. He's making $13 million in the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal.
Jun 18 - 10:38 AM

Roberto Osuna's first court date in connection with his sexual assault charge will be "a largely procedural hearing" and the Blue Jays closer will not attend it, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.

That hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon at the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto. Criminal defense lawyer Domenic Basile will appear on Osuna's behalf for pre-trial discussions that "will set the stage for the next court hearing, possibly in two or three weeks," writes Davidi. Osuna has been on Major League Baseball's administrative leave list since his arrest May 8 for allegedly assaulting a woman. A resolution to this case is clearly not imminent.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jun 18 - 9:53 AM

Tigers prospect right-hander Alex Faedo has been promoted to Double-A Erie.

It's well deserved. Faedo was selected 18th overall in last year's draft, but the Tigers shut him down after he was used heavily by the University of Florida. The wait has been worth it, though, as the 22-year-old put up a solid 3.10 ERA and 51/13 K/BB ratio in 61 innings across 12 starts with High-A Lakeland to begin his pro career. He looks like a promising building block for rebuilding Detroit.
Jun 18 - 9:36 AM

Tigers prospect outfielder Daz Cameron has been promoted to Double-A Erie.

Cameron, who was acquired from the Astros in the Justin Verlander deal, got the promotion after batting .259/.346/.370 with three homers and 10 steals over 58 games with High-A Lakeland. The 21-year-old has seen a drop-off in power so far this year while striking out more often, but the Tigers think he's ready for a test at the next level.
Jun 18 - 9:30 AM

Wil Myers (oblique) went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday in his latest rehab game with Triple-A El Paso.

Myers is now 3-for-12 (.250) with a homer, a double, and five strikeouts through three rehab games as he makes his way back from a strained left oblique. He originally landed on the disabled list in late April, so the Padres will likely want him to play another couple of games in Triple-A before bringing him back. Still, a return later this week appears within reach assuming no setbacks.
Jun 18 - 8:57 AM

Austin Hedges (elbow) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday in a rehab game with Triple-A El Paso.

It was his first game with El Paso after appearing in four games with High-A Lake Elsinore. Hedges had to be pulled off a rehab stint late last month with renewed discomfort in his elbow, but he hasn't had any issues this time around. He initially landed on the disabled list on May 1, but his return appears to be imminent.
Jun 18 - 8:50 AM

Jeurys Familia (shoulder) allowed one run on three hits and walk over one inning of work in his return from the disabled list Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Familia entered the game in the eighth inning with the Mets down by one. He allowed three straight hits to let in the run, but was able to escape without further damage. Robert Gsellman eventually notched the save after the Mets staged a comeback in the ninth. Familia should get his closer job back, though perhaps the Mets will want to see him shake the rust with a clean outing.
Jun 18 - 8:35 AM

Javier Baez (elbow) said after Sunday's game that he expects to be in the Cubs' lineup on Monday.

Baez departed Sunday's game against the Cardinals after he was hit by a pitch in his left elbow. The 25-year-old infielder sat afterwards that he was good and that he isn't sure if he'll even need an X-ray to check for structural damage. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 18 - 12:38 AM

Matt Carpenter slugged his 10th home run of the season as the Cardinals topped the Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night in St. Louis.

With the victory, the Cardinals were able to salvage one game from their three-game weekend set and snapped their four-game losing streak. Carpenter's solo blast off of Brian Duensing increased the Cardinals' lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The 32-year-old is now hitting .232/.332/.433 with 10 long balls and 26 RBI.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Yadier Molina went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as the Cardinals dispatched of the Cubs on Sunday night.

Molina's bloop double into left field gave the Cardinals an insurance run in the eighth inning. He's now hitting .260/.296/.413 with six homers, 24 and a pair of stolen bases in his first 162 plate appearances on the season.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Tommy Pham went 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs as the Cardinals topped the Cubs on Sunday evening.

Pham also drew a walk, reaching base twice in four plate appearances. The fleet-footed outfielder has now hit safely in each of his last 10 games, raising his season slash to .270/.355/.433 to go along with 10 homers, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Jack Flaherty delivered another terrific start in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, scattering two hits and three walks over five shutout innings.

The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the night. The only thing that he didn't do well in this one, was be efficient with his pitches, needing 97 pitches (52 strikes) to get through his five frames. Through 10 starts with the Cardinals, he's now 4-2 with an outstanding 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 55/14 K/BB ratio across 50 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in a difficult matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Jun 17 - 11:43 PM

Albert Almora went 2-for-4 as the Cubs were shut out by the Cardinals on Sunday night in St. Louis.

Both of Almora's hits in the game were singles. In fact, as a team the Cubs tallied just four total hits, all of which were singles. The speedy center fielder is enjoying a terrific season at the dish, slashing .325/.372/.440 with a pair of homers and 19 RBI in 219 plate appearances.
Jun 17 - 11:43 PM

Jose Quintana pitched decently in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday night, allowing two runs on four hits over his five-plus innings of work.

The veteran southpaw walked two and struck out three on the night. He traded zeroes with Jack Flaherty through the first five innings, but allowed a pair of singles to start the sixth inning before departing. Anthony Bass then came on an allowed both of the inherited runners to score. Quintana, now 6-5 on the season, owns a 4.06 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 75 1/3 innings on the year. He'll do battle against the Reds his next time out in Cincinnati on Friday.
Jun 17 - 11:41 PM

Brad Boxberger was hammered for four earned runs, four hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in a loss Sunday against the Mets.

Boxberger entered the game with a 3-1 lead but he served up homers to Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera back-to-back in the ninth inning to turn a home win into a loss. He slipped to 1-3, blowing his third save in 19 opportunities. His ERA has increased from 1.77 to 3.91, so he could be skating on a little bit of thin ice here. Boxberger has coughed up seven earned runs in just 5 1/3 June innings.
Jun 17 - 11:15 PM



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