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Zack Greinke struck out seven batters while firing six shutout innings to beat the Pirates on Saturday.

He allowed just three baserunners -- two base hits and one hit batsman -- without issuing a base-on-balls in the ballgame. He went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored a run and now has a .703 OPS on the season as a batter. Greinke improves to 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 16 starts. He has amassed 102 strikeouts against 19 walks in 96 innings.
Jun 23 - 9:32 PM

JaCoby Jones went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a steal in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Jones was the only Tiger to pick up multiple knocks in the loss, as the Motor City Kitties were facing a dominant Trevor Bauer on Saturday. He scored his run on a wild pitch from Bauer in the second inning. In 68 games this season, the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting .235/.285/.393 with five home runs, 19 RBI and six steals. He doesn't offer enough of an all-around game to be fantasy relevant in the vast majority of leagues.
Jun 23 - 9:30 PM

Starling Marte went 1-for-4 and stole a base in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The Pirates couldn't get much going against Zack Greinke and crew in this one. Marte singled with two outs in the first inning and then stole second base but was left stranded. He has a .273 batting average with nine home runs and 34 RBI. He's stolen 14 bases to generate the bulk of his fantasy value.
Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

Elias Diaz went 2-for-3 and scored a run during Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

He singled and scored on a Jordy Mercy knock in the seventh frame but the game was already out of reach by that point. The Pirates' back-up catcher is slashing a fine .297/.345/.475 with five homers and 15 RBI in 101 at-bats this year.
Jun 23 - 9:24 PM

Jeimer Candelario went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Oh dear. This four-strikeout showing is indicative enough of how Candelario has been going recently, as he's been embroiled in a 4-for-34 slump over his last 10 games. His batting line has dropped from .258/.347/.498 to .244/.348/.467 in that space.
Jun 23 - 9:19 PM

Joe Musgrove let in five runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He registered only two strikeouts against three walks and seven hits in the abbreviated outing. He was in trouble throughout his time on the mound and was pulled after throwing 70 pitches. This makes four bad starts in a row for the former Astro, who looked great in his first two starts for the Pirates after missing the first two months of the season with a sore shoulder. He falls to 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA after six starts. He has 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 33 1/3 innings total.
Jun 23 - 9:19 PM

Huston Street told The Athletic that he wanted to pitch this season, but he was holding out for an offer from a contender.

Street had a 6.45 ERA in 22 1/3 innings in 2016 and missed almost all of 2017, but it seems he still wanted a guaranteed deal and bullpen spot as a free agent last winter. When it didn't come, he apparently decided to call it quits, though he never did announce his retirement anywhere. Street, who is still just 34 years old, had 324 saves in 13 big-league seasons.
Source: The Athletic
Jun 23 - 9:13 PM

Trevor Bauer allowed one run on five hits while striking out 11 in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Bauer has been on an out-and-out strikeout tear of late, with Saturday's 11 whiffs of Tigers batters marking the fifth time in six starts in which he has racked up double-digit strikeouts. The only run to score over his 6 1/3 innings of work came when he uncorked a wild pitch to allow JaCoby Jones to scamper home from third in the second inning. He wrapped up his superlative evening having thrown 112 pitches (72 for strikes). Bauer will bring a 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 140/35 K/BB ratio (107 innings) into a road showdown with the A's in his next scheduled outing. He's in the midst of putting together a career-best season.
Jun 23 - 9:09 PM

Francisco Liriano surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits over four innings in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Liriano was making his first start since May 26, having spent the past four weeks rehabbing from a hamstring injury. He showed a noticeable lack of control in his return, walking three and managing to throw just 39 of his 75 pitches for strikes. All three runs on his line scored in a sloppy first inning which saw the Tigers commit a pair of errors. Liriano had been pitching to a 3.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 10 starts prior to landing on the disabled list. He'll look to improve on Saturday's start in a home showdown with the A's when he next toes the rubber.
Jun 23 - 9:07 PM

Yadier Molina homered twice and drove in three runs in four at-bats to spearhead a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

He popped a solo homer off starter Chase Anderson in the second inning, then gave the Cardinals the lead to stay by taking Jeremy Jeffress deep for a two-run shot in the sixth. The veteran catcher missed a month of action with a traumatic hematoma but has still been able to rank among the league's better fantasy catchers by slashing .276/.323/.506 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 47 games.
Jun 23 - 9:05 PM

Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

He led off the sixth inning with a single and then trotted home on Yadier Molina's second home run of the game. The former Marlins outfielder struggled badly for the first two months of the season but has turned a corner in June. His numbers still lag far behind his monster 2017 season but he could be one of the league's better hitters the rest of the season. He has a .280/.328/.418 triple-slash with 10 homers and 41 RBI in 71 games. He hit .312 with 37 bombs and 124 RBI in a much tougher ballpark last year.
Jun 23 - 8:54 PM

Bud Norris tossed a scoreless ninth inning and snared a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

He struck out the lead-off batter then allowed an infield single to Hernan Perez. Manny Pina followed with a game-ending double-play grounder. Norris has been shaky of late but his overall numbers for the season should give him a long leash in the closer's role. He has 14 saves with a 3.31 ERA on the year. He has 43 strikeouts against just five walks in 32 2/3 innings.
Jun 23 - 8:47 PM

Miles Mikolas held the Brewers to two runs in 6 2/3 innings and took home a win on Saturday.

He suffered a rough first inning in which he gave up two runs but was masterful from there on out. He surrendered just three hits and two walks in the ballgame while fanning five. The veteran hurler re-invented himself in the Japanese league and that success has translated well back in the major leagues. He is now 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 15 starts.
Jun 23 - 8:42 PM

Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a walk in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Braves.

Stepping to the plate with the bases juiced and nobody out in the first inning, Trumbo uncoiled to strike for a long home run off Julio Teheran to give the Orioles a nice early cushion on the scoreboard. The veteran slugger has been on a power tear of late, launching four home runs in his last seven games after managing just three long balls through his first 35 games of the campaign. On the whole, Trumbo is hitting .263/.320/.462 with seven home runs and 20 RBI across 156 at-bats. Just 10 games ago, that batting line was sitting at a limp .254/.299/.389. Trumbo makes for an intriguing buy-low candidate for fantasy purposes, but that window might be closing by degrees given his recent hot play.
Jun 23 - 8:41 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and five hits over three innings against the Mets in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Kershaw looked fairly sharp in the first, but his velocity dwindled some afterwards and he gave up lone runs in the second and the third. He ended up throwing 55 pitches, 25 of which came in the third. Basically, he looked like someone who could have used a rehab start before returning. Still, he kept the Dodgers in the game before turning the ball over the Caleb Ferguson. He should be back out there next week.
Jun 23 - 8:38 PM


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