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Dom Nunez Colorado Rockies

Could use an update; he's the Rox #2 catcher and hit a homer in his debut.

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Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

And the best Game Score yesterday belongs to...


Clayton Kershaw* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 83 GmSc

Homer Bailey* (OAK): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 79 GmSc

Aaron Nola (PHI): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 73 GmSc

Steven Matz (NYM): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 68 GmSc

Dallas Keuchel (ATL): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 67 GmSc

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* - pictured above

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Edwin Rios Los Angeles Dodgers

Yesterday's two-homer club.


Edwin Rios* (LAD): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Bryce Harper* (PHI): 3-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Xander Bogaerts* (BOS): 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Yuli Gurriel (HOU): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Matt Chapman (OAK): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

* pictured (at Baseball-Reference)

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Zack Collins Chicago White Sox

Zack Collins, C, White Sox -- Collins had four hits in five at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. The catcher drove in six runs, thanks in part to a three-run home run in the first inning followed by a solo blast in the eighth. It was his second multi-homer game this season.

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Justin Wilson New York Mets
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Javy Guerra Washington Nationals

Who knew the Closer Monkey read Proust?

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Giovanny Gallegos St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals — John Gant has been fine, but he’s no Giovanny Gallegos, the most unhittable pitcher in baseball. Gant’s appearance in garbage time on Wednesday gives us a chance to make the swap.

Updated hierarchy: Martinez | Miller | Gallegos.

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Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks — One day after Torey Lovullo credited Archie Bradley’s “confidence” with saving Lovullo from “sucking [his] thumb” in his office after a loss, Bradley gave up a walk-off homer to the Rockies. No one is happier than Dodger fans, whose team didn’t take kindly to Bradley’s, uh, confidence the other night. Consider Lovullo’s thumb day-to-day. 

Hierarchy remains: *Bradley | Lopez | Hirano. 
* = closer-by-committee

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Justin Wilson New York Mets

New York Mets — Pump the brakes on the Seth Lugo bandwagon after Wednesday night’s five-run abomination. Using Lugo in the seventh inning of a one-run game meant someone else was getting the save chance anyway, probably Justin Wilson. Lugo wasn’t exactly smacked around, giving up a walk and a handful of singles, but Mickey Callaway’s eagerness to use his best reliever early on makes it impossible for you to trust Lugo for saves. Our guess is Wilson gets the next shot.

Updated hierarchy: *Wilson | Lugo | Diaz.
* = closer-by-committee

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

He's the first player in history with nine homers through 14 big-league games.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres

Fernando Tatis Jr. (back) is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday.

The club had been hopeful that he would be able to return to the lineup after a couple of days of rest, but that no longer appears to be the case. The star rookie shortstop did not travel with the team to Philadelphia and will undergo further tests on his ailing back on Thursday before a final determination is made. Luis Urias will continue to fill in at shortstop in his absence.

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Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles

As I scroll through the Orioles' minor league boxscores, I'm struck by the family connections of low-ceiling players who aren't like the Blue Jays' talented son's of former players.  At AA Erie, the O's have Ryan Ripken at 1B, son of Cal and nephew of Billy.  He's 26 and it's his first time in the high minors.  Jesmuel Valentin, a 25 year old 3B, son of Jose and nephew of Javier.  24 year old Preston Palmeiro son of Rafael helps round out the IF at 2B.  His brother Patrick washed out in 2014.

Playing alongside Adley Rutschman at low-A is 23 year old Dalton Hoiles, son of Chris.

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Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds

Glad you spent the big FAAB bucks on him?  Ouch! ... 9-spots always leave a mark :-(

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Ivan Nova Chicago White Sox

Ugh, don't I know. He's making the Tooners, who were in the catbird seat anyway, uncatchable. They traded Zach Britton for him at the deadline.

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Gave up 6 ER in less than 5 IP against KC on July 17.  Has given up 2 in 37 IP since.

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A near Maddux (104 pitches) -- against the Astros!

And because he doesn't strike anybody out, he barely gets the day's best Game Score.


Ivan Nova* (CHW): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 80 GmSc

Madison Bumgarner* (SFG): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 78 GmSc

Jack Flaherty (STL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 77 GmSc

Jose Quintana (CHC): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 14 K, 1 BB, 69 GmSc

Domingo German (NYY): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 65 GmSc

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* - pictured above

Shouldn't quality of opponent count in the Game Score?

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Ruben Tejada New York Mets
Nick Madrigal Chicago White Sox

Nick Madrigal, 2B, White Sox -- Madrigal had a four-hit night for Triple-A Charlotte. The infielder collected three base knocks and a double. He drove in two runs and came around to score three times from the leadoff spot. Madrigal has a six-game hit streak with three multi-hit performances during that span.

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Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners

I've lost count but I think it's now been 29 consecutive days that at least one player has hit two or more homers in a game. Seager was in the more category yesterday (with an assist from Brandon Dixon and Niko Goodrum on the third).


Kyle Seager* (SEA): 3-4, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Will Smith* (LAD): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Tom Murphy* (SEA): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

* pictured (at Baseball-Reference)

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Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

Joins the much more exclusive 10 SB club.

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