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Brett Anderson Oakland Athletics

Pen let both runners score. Glad I don't.

Alex Patton Alex

Leaves the game up 2-0 in the seventh against the Rays in Tampa, one out, two on

He's a pleasure to watch if you don't own him, nerve-wracking if you do. I don't.

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Bobby Poyner Boston Red Sox

When he came in to start the fifth last night in Fenway, the team was down 4-3. The score was 6-3 when he got the third out. The score was 9-3 at the end of the sixth, Poyner still pitching. He then navigated a scoreless seventh, sparing the pen in a lost cause.

The Red Sox dropped back to .500, three games under at home.

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Hernan Perez Milwaukee Brewers

Without a doubt, providing a nice little return for whoever grabbed him in the end game.  Will likely never repeat 2016 ... but repeating 2017 is just fine for what was likely a $2 or $3 investment.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Austin Warner St. Louis Cardinals

Austin Warner, LHP, Cardinals. Warner had lots of traffic on the bases, but managed to allow just one earned run for Double-A Springfield. The lefthander allowed six hits and a walk while tying his season high of 10 strikeouts. The Cardinals’ No. 30 prospect has completed at least five innings in each of his last eight starts on the mound.

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Mike Shawaryn Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox — The Red Sox bullpen disappointed yet again in Monday’s loss, and Alex Cora addressed the issue prior to Tuesday’s contest. Matt Barnes is still the most likely candidate for saves at this point, but Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree and Marcus Walden may all get a chance depending on matchups and what Cora wants. Another Sox reliever to watch is Mike Shawaryn, who has been impressive in his three relief appearances this season.

Hierarchy remains: *Barnes | Workman | Hembree.
* = closer-by-committee

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Brad Hand Cleveland Indians


1. Nick Wittgren – Brad Hand, reportedly on the Dodgers’ trade radar, threw 26 pitches in two innings of work last night. Cleveland is off on Thursday and Hand hasn’t been overworked lately, but he still has a chance to sit out today’s game.
2. Blake Parker – Taylor Rogers is still day-to-day and may not be available tonight.

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Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals

I'm trying to think who has a better right-handed swing? Two more homers last night. One to center, one to left. Drew a walk, grounded hard to third, hit a fly ball to the fence in right center.

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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

His second homer in his second game was a gift of the baseball.

He'll take it. And if he keeps taking (most) pitches outside the zone, he'll be a force.

Tyler White took note and hit his second homer as well.

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Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays

From Rotoworld:

06.12: Blue Jays INF prospect Bo Bichette (hand) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored Tuesday for High-A Dunedin. (Bichette
has now played four games with Dunedin and should soon jump back to
Triple-A Buffalo, where he began the 2019 season. He was out of
commission for all of May because of a fracture in his left hand. The
21-year-old could make his MLB debut later this summer if his health

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Jesus Luzardo Oakland Athletics

A.J Puk and Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics. Tuesday was a fun night to attend a game in Stockton. Oakland's top two prospects -- Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk -- made their 2019 debuts, as both are rehabbing from separate injuries. Puk, the No. 19 prospect in baseball, started the game, throwing two innings. He allowed a home run and a walk while striking out four batters. Luzardo, the No. 9 prospect in baseball, relieved Puk, throwing three scoreless innings. The lefty scattered two hits and struck out two. Both prospects threw 33 pitches in their return. Puk missed all of 2018 (Tommy John surgery) while Luzardo was shut down in spring training with a shoulder strain.

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Emilio Pagan Tampa Bay Rays

He's human.

Two homers last night bring his rating all the way up to 0.81.

The .252 BABIP and 34/25/42 G/l/F suggest he's also lucky.

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Alex Dickerson San Diego Padres

It's going to be entertaining to see the list of players who play in the OF for the Giants by the end of the season.

So far:
Tyler Austin      Brandon Belt      Steven Duggar      Mike Gerber
Connor Joe    Gerardo Parra    Kevin Pillar     Michael Reed
Yangervis Solarte    Steven Vogt    Mac Williamson    Mike Yastrzemski

Interestingly Aaron Altherr never got into the OF during his one week term with the Giants, only making an appearance as a pinch runner.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Yasiel Puig Cincinnati Reds

The counting stats have kept him fantasy relevant (11 HR, 9 SBs) ... but boy is Puig having a bad season at the plate.  So much so that despite a positive dWAR, he's still below replacement level overall.

They've still got $5 million or so to spend on him this year ... and I imagine he actually draws some fans based on his name recognition ... but if the Red's interest was in winning games or in long term player development they'd probably bring Philip Ervin back up (he's batting .395 with 5 HR in 12 games since being sent back down).

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nick Markakis Atlanta Braves

Since peaking on May6th with slash = .331/.425/.512, he'd gone .186/.270/.275 in 115 PAs ... making me wonder ... he's done?  Well ... he's not done :-)   At least he wasn't yesterday, going 4-for-5 with an HR ... and hit another HR today!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Kendrys Morales Toronto Blue Jays

And no one took him on Waivers in the ADL for nothing. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
Kendrys Morales Toronto Blue Jays

Up steps Kendrys to the plate on a beautiful afternoon in the Bronx. The short porch in right beckons...

Singles and is now 2-for-2.

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Amed Rosario New York Mets

Poor footwork by Rosario, missing second base on the force and not even trying to get the runner at first, results in two on and no outs instead of none on and two outs in Yankee Stadium this afternoon. No error.

I wonder how much weight the advanced fielding metrics give to such an egregiously bad play that is not seen in the boxscore? (This one led to just one run, on a bloop hit. Wheeler essentially bailed Rosario out.)

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Alex Dickerson San Diego Padres

The Padres shipped recently designated outfielder Alex Dickerson to the Giants, in exchange for RHP Franklin Van Gurp.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

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