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Marlins RHP prospect Jose Urena threw a shutout Saturday in his return to Triple-A New Orleans.

He was optioned to New Orleans Thursday to make room for Jose Fernandez. Urena allowed just five hits and one walk over nine brilliant innings. The 23-year-old hasn't been a big strikeout pitcher this season (26 Ks in 46 1/3 minor league innings) but he's held opponents to a paltry .221 average in 163 at-bats. He should get another chance with the Marlins later this year.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 5 - 4:59 PM

Lance Lynn turned in a superb game in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Padres, fanning eight and allowing just one run over seven innings.

The Padres managed just three hits off of Lynn, all singles. A Matt Kemp RBI single in the third inning was the only smudge on his line. With a 2.53 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 97/30 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings, Lynn's numbers are among the best in the NL. He'll try to keep things moving in the right direction when he faces the Pirates in a road start next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 5 - 4:59 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo.

The young right-hander struggled in Sunday's outing against the Blue Jays, allowing a pair of runs and walking four in his lone inning of work. The Tigers will continue to audition any live arms that they can find as struggle to find consistent performers in their bullpen.
Jul 5 - 4:58 PM

Cole Hamels took a no-decision despite tossing seven shutout innings, as the Phillies needed 10 innings to earn a 4-0 win against the Braves on Sunday.

Hamels may not have won, but at least the Phillies' six-game losing streak was snapped. The lefty limited the Braves to six hits while striking out six and issuing zero walks. Hamels hasn't won since May 23, but has a 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 119/35 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in San Francisco against the Giants in his next outing.
Jul 5 - 4:57 PM

Ian Kennedy was saddled with the loss in Sunday's showdown with the Cardinals after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings pitched.

Kennedy pitched well and struck out four without walking a batter, but he was done in by Tommy Phan, whose bat accounted for a two-run homer in the third and an RBI double in the sixth. Kennedy now holds a 4.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74/23 K/BB ratio. He's a better pitcher than that ERA, but has yet to show any kind of sustained consistency. He'll try to improve off this quality start when he takes the ball on a road date with the Rangers next weekend.
Jul 5 - 4:55 PM

Mike Moustakas was removed from Sunday's game against the Twins due to a family emergency.

It's unclear what the issue is, but family certainly should come first and be the third baseman's priority. It wouldn't be surprising to see him miss another day or two, so fantasy owners may want to have an alternative option ready for next week.
Jul 5 - 4:55 PM

Shelby Miller's 6 1/3 scoreless innings went to waste as the Braves lost in 10 innings to the Phillies on Sunday.

Miller scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, nearly matching opposing starter Cole Hamels in zeroes. He left with a runner on second base and one out in the seventh as Luis Avilan relieved him, and the Phillies were again kept off the board. Miller, despite pitching tremendously, hasn't gotten a win since May 17. He's 5-4 with a 2.07 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and an 88/34 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings. Miller will start at Coors Field against the Rockies next.
Jul 5 - 4:54 PM

Eric Hosmer ended Sunday's game against the Twins by hitting a walk-off double to score Lorenzo Cain.

Cain reached on a walk to start the ninth. After a pitching change, Hosmer delivered a double against Twins reliever Aaron Thompson to bring his teammate home and end the festivities. He also walked once to finish 1-for-3. Hosmer recently missed three games with a sprain of the left ring finger, but the injury was not of the major variety and he should be fine moving forward. The 25-year-old first baseman is slashing .287/.354/.437 with eight homers and 41 RBI this season.
Jul 5 - 4:53 PM

Steven Souza is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative on Sunday.

Souza sustained a laceration in his hand after being hit by a pitch and required three stitches. He'll visit a specialist on Monday in Kansas City due to concern of lost feeling in his pinkie finger.
Jul 5 - 4:53 PM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year.
Jul 5 - 4:51 PM

Yankees RHP prospect Cale Coshow scattered three hits over six shutout frames Saturday in a win for High-A Tampa.

The 22-year-old was credited with a rain-shortened shutout. He's 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA since moving into the starting rotation on June 14. Coshow has posted a 9.28 K/9 this season while holding opponents to a .194 average in 191 at-bats. New York selected Coshow in the 13th round of the 2013 draft after he pitched collegiately at Oklahoma Christian University.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 5 - 4:50 PM

Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases as the Phillies won in 10 innings against the Braves on Sunday.

Hernandez is on a 10-game hitting streak now, with six of those games featuring multiple hits. He singled in the 10th inning to help the Phillies break a scoreless tie. The pair of stolen bases brings him up to 11 in 14 attempts on the season. There's no way his .299/.385/.385 line is sustainable as he has a .556 BABIP since June 22, but he'll get playing time and stolen base opportunities while he's hot so he has fantasy utility for the time being.
Jul 5 - 4:47 PM

Miguel Sano went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Santana's double in the second inning scored Trevor Plouffe and put the Twins out to a 1-0 lead. The two-bagger was his second of the season, as was the RBI. Since being called up on July 2, the 22-year-old has collected a hit in all four games and is 6-for-15. He hit .274/.374/.544 with 15 homers and 48 RBI over 66 games at Double-A prior to ascending to the majors. We've yet to see the home run power come to play, but Sano has not been overwhelmed by the jump over Triple-A thus far.
Jul 5 - 4:47 PM

Marco Estrada limited the Tigers to two runs in five innings, snagging a win on his birthday as the Blue Jays went on to a 10-5 victory on Sunday.

Not a bad way to celebrate a 32nd birthday. Estrada kept the Tigers off the board until the fifth inning, when Ian Kinsler knocked in two runs with a triple. He allowed five hits overall with a walk and three strikeouts. Estrada has been solid since joining the rotation in early May, sporting a 4.00 ERA with a 56/23 K/BB ratio across 12 starts. He'll make a road start in Kansas City against the Royals next.
Jul 5 - 4:40 PM

Ervin Santana was almost untouchable in Sunday's no-decision against the Royals, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings in the team's 3-2 loss.

Given that Santana had been sitting on the restricted list for his use of performance-enhancing drugs over the last 80 games, few could have expected him to come roaring out in mid-season form. That he did, though, that he did. After eight innings, Santana had thrown just 93 pitches. He posted sub-4.00 ERAs in each of his last two seasons and mixed league formats would do well to consider him as a pickup if he's floating out there.
Jul 5 - 4:39 PM



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