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Luke Jackson (R) Headshot

Jackson walked one and struck out one while recording the final two outs of the 11th inning Wednesday and was made a winner when Matt Kemp launched a walkoff homer in the bottom half of the frame.

It's his second big-league win, and the 25-year-old continues to give the Braves serviceable innings in a low-leverage role. Jackson's 3.93 ERA doesn't reflect how consistent he's been since his promotion in mid-April, as five of the eight earned runs he's allowed came in one bad outing against the Mets. His 5.9 K/9 will need to improve if he's going to climb the ladder in Atlanta's bullpen hierarchy, however.
10:10 am (EST)
Jake Lamb (L) Headshot

Lamb went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run in Wednesday's 16-5 triumph over the Rockies.

Lamb collected both of his RBI on his second two-bagger of the night in the Diamondbacks' 10-run fourth inning. The pair of extra-base knocks brings Lamb's hitting streak up to seven games, propping his season average up to .287. Lamb did strike out three times Wednesday, however, and has benefited from a .347 BABIP to offset a 25.5 percent strikeout rate, so it's fair to be skeptical of him sustaining that average all season long.
10:09 am (EST)
Dilson Herrera (R) Headshot

Herrera is in concussion protocol after colliding with a teammate during Wednesday's game, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

At this point in time, there has not been word on whether Herrera did indeed suffer a concussion but the 23-year-old is following the concussion policy and should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Herrera has hit .248/.301/.383 during his time with Triple-A Louisville this season, adding six home runs and 35 RBI.
10:07 am (EST)
Chris Iannetta (R) Headshot

Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 16-5 romp over the Rockies.

Iannetta (and the rest of the Diamondbacks lineup for that matter) looked quite comfortable at Coors Field, the place he called home for his first six big-league seasons. The two extra-base hits were his first since he erupted for a home run and two doubles as a part of a seven-RBI performance back on June 8, and also put an end to his 1-for-10 skid at the dish in between those contests. Though the Diamondbacks' power-packed offense will occasionally allow Iannetta to post gaudy run and/or RBI totals, his standing in a three-headed timeshare at catcher will continue to inhibit his opportunities to produce.
10:04 am (EST)
Tyler Flowers (R) Headshot

Flowers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

While the veteran catcher has only six homers on the year he's enjoying a bit of a power surge at the moment, going yard in three of his last six starts. Flowers' current .325/.427/.478 slash line is even better than the .299/.378/.411 line he managed after the All-Star break last season, and with Kurt Suzuki around to give him regular rest, don't assume Flowers is doomed to wilt over the summer.
10:03 am (EST)
Matt Adams (L) Headshot

Adams went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

It's his third homer in the last five games and 12th of the season, as Adams continues to produce big numbers for the Braves. His hot streak has even attracted the notice of Freddie Freeman (wrist), who's making noises about playing third base once he returns from the DL in order to keep Adams' bat in the lineup, but the more likely scenario remains Freeman reclaiming the team's first base job and Adams heading to the bench, or perhaps an outfield corner if Atlanta deals one of their veteran outfielders before the trade deadline.
9:57 am (EST)
Ernesto Frieri (R) Headshot

Frieri covered three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two.

Frieri, the owner of 73 career saves, has been deployed as a one-inning reliever for most of his eight big-league seasons, but he looked great while working in long relief Wednesday after starter Tyson Ross was lit up for seven runs over three innings. The key to the right-hander's success was pinpoint control, with 31 of his 45 pitches going for strikes. Frieri's walk- and homer-happy tendencies have caused trouble for him in the past, but so long as he shows an ability to avoid those issues in subsequent appearances, he could gradually slide into higher-leverage work out of the bullpen.
9:57 am (EST)
Curtis Granderson (L) Headshot

Granderson went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

With Michael Conforto getting the night off, Granderson slotted back into center field and in the leadoff spot and produced his eighth homer of the year. He now carries a .295/.436/.614 slash line through 18 games in June but barring another injury in the Mets' starting outfield, the 36-year-old will find regular playing time tough to come by moving forward.
9:52 am (EST)
Delino DeShields (R) Headshot

DeShields went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two RBI in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

DeShields' path to an everyday role is blocked these days with the Rangers' regular position players all at full strength, but because he's been quite productive lately, manager Jeff Banister should still find room for him in the lineup a few times a week. Carlos Gomez was rested Wednesday to open up a starting spot for DeShields, who delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to briefly give the Rangers hope of scoring a comeback win. He also stole a base for the fifth time in seven starts and now has an excellent 17-for-20 (85 percent) success rate on the season.
9:52 am (EST)
Dexter Fowler (B) Headshot

Fowler (quad) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Fowler was lifted from Wednesday's matchup due to quad tightness, and it looks like the ailment will hold him out of the series finale as well. Tommy Pham, who is coming off a two-homer game, appears in line to take over in center field.
9:50 am (EST)
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