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Yasiel Puig was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rockies after injuring his left shoulder.

Puig sustained the injury during a slide into home plate in the seventh inning. Both Puig and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts downplayed the severity of the injury afterwards, indicating that he wouldn't miss any time and should return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 2 - 2:50 AM

Colin Rea improved to 5-3 after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Yankees.

Rea struck out five and walked one. The lone earned run came on a Brian McCann homer in the sixth. Rea has a 5.29 ERA in six starts since rejoining the Padres' rotation on June 2 and a 4.79 ERA overall. He's a little better than that, but not enough so as to be of use in fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 2:07 AM

Brandon Maurer, anointed the Padres' closer before the game, picked up a save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Yankees.

It was 7-3 going into the ninth, so Matt Thornton opened the inning. Thornton, though, gave up a walk, a HBP and a single before being yanked. Maurer came on and allowed a couple of doubles, but he induced three groundouts to end the game at 7-6.
Jul 2 - 2:05 AM

Nathan Eovaldi was lit up for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Padres on Friday.

So much for Eovaldi's breakthrough hopes. His ERA is all of the way up to 5.54 now, and his rotation spot has to be in serious danger. He's given up 19 homers in 91 innings after allowing just 10 in 154 1/3 innings last season.
Jul 2 - 2:03 AM

Ryan Schimpf hit his first major league homer off the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi on Friday.

Schimpf was hitting .103/.289/.272 in 29 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 14. He'll continue to serve in a utlity role until the Padres get Cory Spangenberg back.
Jul 2 - 2:01 AM

Brett Gardner went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Padres on Friday.

Gardner had the tying run on third when he batted in the top of the ninth, but he grounded out to end the game. Gardner is hitting .215 with just one extra-base hit (a double) in his last 16 games, dropping his OPS from .761 to .699. The Yankees will wait out the slump, of course.
Jul 2 - 1:59 AM

Making his Dodgers debut, Bud Norris held the Rockies to two hits over six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win Friday.

Norris struck out eight and walked one. Four relievers went on to combine for the three-hit shutout. Norris has a 1.78 ERA and a 37/9 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in six starts since the Braves returned him to their rotation. He hasn't allowed a homer since April 27. It's a scary thought, given the way he pitches when he goes bad, but he's an option in mixed leagues right now.
Jul 2 - 1:55 AM

Jorge De La Rosa took a tough loss after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Dodgers.

De La Rosa had won all three of his starts since being moved back into the rotation (he also earned a win in his final relief appearance). He could have won tonight, too, but the Rockies just didn't get anything going against Bud Norris.
Jul 2 - 1:53 AM

Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs Friday against the Rockies.

It's Gonzalez's first two-RBI game since June 11. He had an .800 OPS and 15 RBI in April, a .790 OPS and 12 RBI in May and then a .615 OPS and eight RBI in June. He'll surely pick it up some, but both he and his teammates need to be quite a bit better if he's going to reemerge as a top-10 fantasy first baseman.
Jul 2 - 1:51 AM

Wade LeBlanc pitched six innings of two-run ball in defeating the Orioles on Friday.

The Mariners surprised us in going with LeBlanc over Nate Karns in the rotation, but LeBlanc followed up his strong debut last week with another fine showing against one of the game's best offenses. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five tonight. He's still very risky in fantasy leagues, and he might yet lose his spot when Felix Hernandez comes off the DL.
Jul 2 - 1:47 AM

Dae-Ho Lee went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double against the Orioles on Friday.

Lee has been the main beneficiary of Nori Aoki's demotion to Triple-A. The Mariners are weakening their outfield defense when they play both Seth Smith and Nelson Cruz in the corners, but Lee has made it worth it so far; his OPS is up to .863. Of course, the Mariners would also have the option of simply benching Adam Lind for Lee if Lind fails to improve.
Jul 2 - 1:46 AM

Jordy Mercer went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Athletics 7-3 on Friday.

Mercer upped his on-base percentage to .358 tonight. The six intentional walks helps, but it's not just a product of his batting eighth; he actually has a higher OBP from the other spots in the order, including a .400 mark in 16 games leading off against lefties.
Jul 2 - 1:43 AM

Sonny Gray yielded seven runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

It was looking like a decent start for Gray until he hit Starling Marte with two outs and none on in the sixth. He went on to give up a walk, a single and a double, resulting in a three-run inning that pretty much ruined Oakland's chances tonight. Gray still seems like a solid bet for the second half, even if this was something of a setback tonight.
Jul 2 - 1:41 AM

David Ortiz finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

Ortiz managed to sneak the ball inside Pesky’s Pole in right field for the 522nd home run of his career. That puts him ahead of Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas for 19th on the all-time list. Quite a group there. The home run was also Ortiz’s 2000th hit as a member of the Red Sox. The 40-year-old slugger is batting a ridiculous .342/.435/.684 through 73 games this season. He continues to go out in style.
Jul 2 - 1:00 AM

Steven Wright surrendered four runs in five-plus innings in a win over the Angels on Friday.

Wright blanked the Angels over the first five innings before he loaded the bases in the sixth and gave up a grand slam to C.J. Cron through the raindrops. We’ve now seen on multiple occasions that rain and Wright don't work well together. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out three and saw his ERA increase from 2.18 to 2.42 on the year. He’s now behind Cleveland’s Danny Salazar for the AL ERA lead.
Jul 2 - 12:58 AM



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