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Jaime Garcia allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Giants.

In a battle to see which starter could be worse, Garcia actually had the upper hand on Giants starter Matt Cain for much of the night. The southpaw gave up two homers on the evening, and the Giants also clubbed four doubles off Garcia before he exited. The only saving grace was the fact that the Braves racked up 12 runs, and then held on late, to earn the win and leave Garcia's disastrous outing as a footnote. Through 14 starts, the 30-year-old is 2-5 with a decent 4.03 ERA that was almost a full run better before his last two turns in the rotation. A date with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday should cure what ails for the lefty.
Jun 23 - 1:21 AM

Matt Cain allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Thursday was the sixth time in his last 10 starts that Cain has allowed nine or more hits, and he's now given up 12 homers in 15 starts overall. On May 15, Cain was 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA; through Thursday, the right-hander is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA. This is simply a case of time catching up to the 32-year-old. The Giants are still paying him $21 million this season, though, and with few hopes for postseason play the team doesn't need to find a better option if one isn't readily available. The Rockies are the next team with a chance to feed on Cain when the two sides meet up Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 1:14 AM

Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Giants with left groin tightness.

Phillips has been deemed day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Friday to determine the exact severity of the injury.
Jun 23 - 12:57 AM

Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday.
Jun 23 - 12:54 AM

Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

Danny Santana pinch-ran for Kemp after his fifth-inning single. Kemp has battled hamstring issues off and on all season and looked gimpy chasing down a fly ball early in Thursday night's game. He was replaced in left field by Lane Adams, who ended up hitting a three-run homer off Bryan Morris as part of an eight-run fifth inning. Until the Braves provide an update, consider Kemp day-to-day.
Jun 23 - 12:11 AM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Royals have reached a deal with RHP Neftali Feliz.

Feliz was terrible with the Brewers earlier this year but perhaps he'll benefit from a change of scenery. The right-hander has a proven track record with 107 big league saves. In Kansas City, he'll fill a setup role in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.
Jun 22 - 11:42 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals have shown interest in Pat Neshek.

Neshek, who is headed for free agency in 2018, acknowledged that it's likely he'll be traded before the July 31 deadline. Nobody is more desperate for a closer than the Nationals and Neshek would seem to be a perfect fit. It's rare for teams to trade within the division but perhaps the two sides would make an exception. The Nats have also expressed interest in White Sox closer David Robertson and Padres lefty Brad Hand.
Jun 22 - 11:22 PM

Addison Russell went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Cubs pounded the Marlins 11-1 on Thursday.

The Cubs' cleanup hitter on this day certainly did his fair share of cleaning up, homering in the seventh inning and knocking two more doubles over the course of the game. It's been a difficult year for the 23-year-old, but he's now hitting .297 (14-for-47) with four homers this month. Overall, Russell still has some work to do on his .234/.304/.413 line.
Jun 22 - 11:16 PM

Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Ozuna launched his 20th homer of the year in the second inning, the only damage the Marlins could muster against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. He ranks behind only Cody Bellinger in the National League in homers, and he's also among the league leaders in RBI (53) and rate stats. In a forgettable year for the Marlins, the 26-year-old is hitting a less-forgettable .326/.391/.593.
Jun 22 - 11:06 PM

Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Marlins on Thursday.

Bryant had just two hits in his previous 19 at-bats, with no runs batted in in that time, before breaking out Thursday. He hit a three-run homer off Marlins starter Jeff Locke in the fourth inning, his 16th of the year, and scored three of the Cubs' 11 runs in the contest. The 25-year-old is hitting a relatively mediocre .264/.393/.524 with 31 RBI, 48 runs scored and six steals, but there's plenty of time for him to go on a tear and make us forget about his early-season swoon.
Jun 22 - 10:56 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ had a big night Thursday, finishing 4-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in a win over the Marlins.

Happ had a double and three singles on the night, plating two of the Cubs' 11 runs on the evening. The 22-year-old has started figuring it out at the plate in recent weeks, batting .333 (12-for-36) with five homers, 11 RBI and seven runs scored in his last nine games. Overall, Happ is hitting .246/.331/.585 in his rookie campaign.
Jun 22 - 10:46 PM

Jeff Locke once again failed to record an out in the fifth inning, allowing five runs on seven hits over four innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

It's the third time in five starts this year that the southpaw has fallen short of even qualifying for a win. Not that he'd have earned one anyway Thursday, as the Cubs pounded out 11 runs against Locke and company. In five starts, Locke is now 0-3 with a 5.70 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He'll keep searching for that elusive first win Wednesday against the Mets.
Jun 22 - 10:38 PM

Jake Arrieta limited the Marlins to one run over seven innings in a win Thursday.

The right-hander wasn't overpowering, striking out just three, but he made up for it but scattering six hits without walking a batter. The only blemish was a Marcell Ozuna solo homer. The win improved Arrieta to 7-5 with a 4.36 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 15 starts. It certainly hasn't come easy for the 31-year-old this year, and he'll try to string together a couple good starts when he faces the Nationals in Washington on Tuesday.
Jun 22 - 10:32 PM

Corey Seager is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Mets.

The Dodgers are going with a mostly right-handed lineup (Cody Bellinger is the one exception) against Mets lefty Steven Matz. Chris Taylor will fill in at shortstop and bat second for the Dodgers. Seager enjoyed his second career three-homer game on Tuesday night.
Jun 22 - 10:02 PM

Brewers signed OF Keston Hiura.

He signed for $4 million, which was a little below his slot value of $4.57 million. An outfielder who can also play second base, Hiura hit .442 with eight homers, 42 RBI and nine steals this past season at UC Irvine.
Jun 22 - 9:50 PM



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