Mike Fiers allowed only an unearned run over 6 1/3 innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Tigers.
Fiers gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out six, but his efforts went for naught when Will Harris blew his second save of the year. Still, it was a nice turn for the 31-year-old, who has had his share of ups and downs this year. Fiers will carry a 4.42 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays.
Braves acquired OF Matt Kemp and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for OF/3B Hector Olivera.
It's essentially a straight salary dump as the Padres have already designated Olivera for assignment. The Padres have gutted their major league roster by trading away James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz, Melvin Upton, Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and now Kemp. The 31-year-old has had a productive year so far, hitting .262 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. He's been especially hot since the All-Star break, batting .315 in the second half with seven round-trippers in only 54 at-bats. He won't have a great lineup around him in Atlanta but fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned.
Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with a home run to help the Rays top the Yankees 6-3 on Saturday.
Miller hit his 16th home run of the season in the first inning off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi. It was his fifth in his last nine games, a stretch in which he has five multi-hit games. It's shaping up to be a career year in all aspects for the 26-year-old, who's hitting .253/.301/.479 with 38 RBI, 43 runs scored and four steals on the year.
Chase Headley went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Headley hit a solo dinger in the eighth inning, giving him 10 on the season. Half of those have come this month, with Headley hitting .283 with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored in July. The third baseman is hitting .259/.330/.395 in 94 games overall.
Casey Fien (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.
He's been on a throwing program but this will be his first pen session since going on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis earlier this month. Fien carries a 5.55 ERA over 35 appearances for the Twins and Dodgers this year.