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Glenn Sparkman allowed two runs on four hits over four innings and did not factor into the decision in the Royals’ win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Sparkman was forced to sit through a two-hour, 15-minute rain delay before taking the mound for his first major-league start, filling in for an injured Danny Duffy. He generated a staggering 14 swinging strikes on 75 pitches, struck out three batters and only issued one walk. He departed with a two-run lead, but didn’t last long enough to qualify for a win. The 26-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio over nine appearances (one start). He’s the favorite to start on the road in Tampa Bay on Tuesday if Duffy isn’t ready to reclaim his rotation spot.
Aug 17 - 1:58 AM

Sam Gaviglio allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.

Gaviglio served up eight hits, including a solo homer to Lucas Duda in the second inning, and was lifted with one out in the fifth inning after throwing just 72 pitches. He struck out a pair of batters and only issued one walk. The 28-year-old righty is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. He strikes out enough batters (8.52 K/9) to merit consideration as a streaming option in deeper mixed leagues, but his raw numbers in terms of run prevention have been lackluster thanks to a bloated .323 BABIP. Gaviglio is 2-5 with a pedestrian 5.13 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 83/28 K/BB ratio in 17 starts this year. He’ll face the Orioles at home in his next start on Tuesday.
Aug 17 - 1:56 AM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the Royals' win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Merrifield lined an RBI single into left field off Blue Jays reliever Jake Petricka in the sixth inning to plate the final Royals' run of the contest. The 29-year-old has delivered a fantastic follow-up to last season's breakout campaign, hitting .300/.368/.417 with 56 runs scored, seven homers, 39 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 518 plate appearances. He trails fellow speedsters Dee Gordon and Jose Ramirez by a single theft for the American League lead.
Aug 17 - 1:54 AM

Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Royals’ win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Duda is essentially a one-trick pony at this advanced stage in his career. The 32-year-old righty-masher will pop the occasional tape-measure homer in the right matchup, but he’s a legitimate batting average liability and offers little production in the counting stats department thanks to the Royals' lackluster lineup. He's hitting .238 with 11 homers and 43 RBI in 305 plate appearances.
Aug 17 - 1:48 AM

Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple to lead the Royals' to a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Bonifacio cracked a 105-mph line-drive off Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio into the left field corner, plating Rosell Herrera with the game-tying run, in the fourth inning. He also singled and walked in the contest, propelling the Royals to a comeback win. The 25-year-old has struggled in his sophomore campaign, hitting just .213 with one homer and 11 RBI in 143 plate appearances this season.
Aug 17 - 1:46 AM

Danny Jansen went 1-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly in the Blue Jays' loss to the Royals on Thursday.

Jansen plated the first Blue Jay run of the contest with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field off Royals starter Glenn Sparkman in the second inning. He also singled off righty reliever Kevin McCarthy in the sixth. The 23-year-old backstop has batted near the bottom of the order recently, but is hitting .400 (4-for-10) with a homer and two RBI in three games since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on August 12. He's a viable mixed league catcher if he's given everyday at-bats over the final six weeks of the season.
Aug 17 - 1:37 AM

Clay Buchholz allowed one run on five hits and went the distance in a complete-game victory over the Padres on Thursday.

Buchholz was staked to a five-run lead before he even took the mound and faced little resistance from the Padres lineup, allowing just five hits in a masterful performance. A solo homer off the bat of Hunter Renfroe in the eighth inning represented the lone tally against the right-hander. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He needed only 112 pitches to go the distance, recording his first complete game since July 4, 2015. The 34-year-old veteran has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations since inking a minor-league deal with Arizona on May 5. Over his last six starts, he’s 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 32/11 K/BB ratio. He’ll face the Angels at home in his next start on Tuesday.
Aug 17 - 1:30 AM

Jacob Nix was lit up for five runs on five hits and failed to get out of the first inning in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Nix ran into trouble immediately, serving up a three-run homer to David Peralta and a two-run single to Alex Avila, in the first inning. The 22-year-old righty issued a pair walks and also hit a batter before being replaced by Kazuhisa Makita. He threw 42 pitches and recorded only two outs. It’s an incredibly disappointing second act following his dazzling big-league debut, blanking the Phillies over six frames last Friday. He falls to 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts. An exceptional 1.84 ERA and 44/9 K/BB ratio in 10 starts between Double-A and Triple-A are enough of a reason to keep him on the fantasy radar in deeper mixed leagues. He’ll get his first taste of Coors Field when he squares off with the Rockies in his next start on Wednesday.
Aug 17 - 1:20 AM
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