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Troy Tulowitzki (heel) will be reevaluated next week.

This will be his first follow-up since undergoing surgery on both heels earlier this month. Tulowitzki was placed on the 60-day DL and won't be eligible to return until the end of May. Aledmys Diaz has been filling in at shortstop for Toronto.
Apr 19 - 7:39 PM

Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in the Astros' 9-2 drubbing of the Mariners on Thursday.

Morton settled for eight strikeouts today after coming through with 12 against the Rangers last time out, but it was another brilliant outing. He's gone without allowing an earned run three times in his four starts, leaving him 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA. We'll just have to see if this is the year he stays healthy; his career highs are 29 starts and 172 innings from way back in 2011.
Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Pence is in the midst of a 3-for-29 dry spell and could probably use a night off to clear his head. Gregor Blanco will draw the start in left field and bat leadoff against D'Backs hurler Zack Greinke.
Apr 19 - 6:52 PM

Marco Gonzales was lifted after allowing three unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Astros.

Gonzales struck out eight and his ERA shrunk today. Evan Gattis forgetting how many outs there were, resulting in a triple play in the fourth, was the highlight of the day for the Mariners. Gonzales has pitched a total of 16 2/3 innings in his four starts this year. He's out of options, so he probably isn't going anywhere right now. Still, the Mariners need more from him.
Apr 19 - 6:51 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and a walk in Thursday's rout of the Mariners.

Altuve is still looking for his first homer after hitting 24 each of the last two years, but he did double his season totals for doubles and RBI in this one. He's hitting his usual .342, though that comes with a .790 OPS instead of the .900+ we've grown accustomed to recently.
Apr 19 - 6:49 PM

Max Stassi went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs scored Thursday against the Mariners.

Stassi is off to a nice 9-for-29 start with two homers as Brian McCann's backup. He's not going to keep this up, but the Astros have to feel pretty good about having him in the lineup against lefties right now.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Taijuan Walker (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery in New York next Wednesday.

The operation will be performed by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. Assuming a normal timetable, Walker won't be ready to pitch again until midway through next season. His injury is a big blow to Arizona's starting rotation.
Apr 19 - 6:43 PM

Jackie Bradley is not in the Red Sox's lineup Thursday against the Angels.

Andrew Benintendi, who got the night off on Wednesday, will start in center field and bat second against Halos right-hander Nick Tropeano. Bradley has gotten off to a quiet start offensively, batting only .228 with one homer and three RBI this year.
Apr 19 - 6:20 PM

Ryan Braun (calf) hopes to play Friday against the Marlins.

Braun has sat out the last two games but said his troublesome calf is feeling much better. He'll go through pre-game workouts on Friday with the hope of returning to the starting lineup. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .200 average through 55 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 6:06 PM

Jon Lester held the Cardinals to an unearned run over six innings and struck out seven in the Cubs' 8-5 win Thursday.

A HBP, a throwing error on a steal and a wild pitch gave the Cardinals a run in the first, but that was all they'd manage against Lester. Two good and two bad starts have left Lester 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA so far. The Cubs have won all four of his outings, scoring at least eight runs each time.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Carl Edwards Jr. struck out three of the five hitters he faced in eighth inning for his third hold Thursday against the Cardinals.

94 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings last year was pretty impressive from Edwards, but he's on an even better pace right now, having fanned 18 in nine innings. He's allowed just one run to date.
Apr 19 - 5:49 PM

Luke Weaver was roughed up for six runs in four innings by the Cubs on Thursday.

Weaver had allowed a total of four runs in 17 1/3 innings on the season. He's been pretty terrific since joining the Cardinals rotation at the end of July, but two of his three ugly outings have come against the Cubs; he gave up eight runs in three innings last Sept. 25. It was singles that did him in today; he gave up a triple to Javier Baez to get the first inning going, but three singles produced the two runs in the frame and then he allowed five more singles in a four-run second.
Apr 19 - 5:48 PM

Greg Holland pitched a hitless inning against the Cubs on Thursday.

Holland needs to put a few of these together before he should be much of a threat for saves, but it seemed like improvement. He struck out one and walked one today. Over his first four outings, he had one strikeouts and seven walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Apr 19 - 5:44 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Cardinals in Thursday's win.

Heyward's .226/.311/.358 line isn't very impressive, but he has scored 11 times and driven in 10 runs through 16 games. He'd still need to take a real step forward to be of use in mixed leagues.
Apr 19 - 5:42 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk Thursday against the Cardinals.

Rizzo, who came off the disabled list on Tuesday, doubled his hit total for the season; he had been 3-for-31 in seven games.
Apr 19 - 5:39 PM


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