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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

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

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

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

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

Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up.
Jun 30 - 12:35 AM

Brock Stewart struggled to the tune of five runs and eight hits across five innings to take a loss in his major league debut on Wednesday.

The big blow was a three-run home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the second inning. Stewart struck out seven batters and walked two in the outing. He had an excellent 99/14 K/BB ratio and 1.47 ERA in 86 minor league innings prior to his call-up. The 24-year-old former 6th round pick started this season in High-A ball and shot up to the majors very quickly.
Jun 30 - 12:27 AM

Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts.
Jun 30 - 12:17 AM

Ryan Braun hit a two run home run and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI on Wednesday.

His other hit was a two-run double. Despite battling some nagging injuries, Braun is having an excellent season. The home run was his 12th of the year to complement his .322 batting average.
Jun 30 - 12:10 AM

Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury.
Jun 30 - 12:05 AM

Updating a previous item, Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a minor knee contusion.

Puig was pulled from the contest after limping out a grounder in the eighth inning. While he previously dealt with a hamstring injury, it appears he has dodged a re-aggravation of that ailment. Following the loss, manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Puig to be in the lineup on Thursday.
Jun 29 - 10:59 PM



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