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Darwin Barney (R) Headshot

Barney went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Royals.

Barney opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the next frame. The long ball was only Barney's fifth in 119 games, and he's unlikely to move out of the bottom third of Toronto's order any time soon judging by his .237/.272/.330 line.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Chih-Wei Hu (R) Headshot

Hu will be recalled from Triple-A Durham on Thursday.

The minor-league season ended Tuesday, so Hu will pack his bags and join the Rays prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles. The 23-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA over 61.2 innings with Durham this year and will likely round out the front end of the Rays' bullpen upon his arrival to the majors.
Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
Corey Grant Headshot

Grant had a 13-yard carry in Sunday's 37-16 loss to Tennessee.

After being limited to special teams duties in Week 1, Grant got onto the field for three offensive snaps out of 64 on Sunday. The Jaguars are among the NFL's most run-heavy teams, ranking sixth in the league in rushing attempts through two weeks. The likes of Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory, however, will likely continue to make it hard for Grant to get in on the action.
Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
Daniel Robertson (R) Headshot

Robertson will be recalled from Triple-A Durham on Thursday.

Robertson will make his way to the big leagues after helping Triple-A Durham secure a minor-league championship trophy Tuesday evening. The 23-year-old hit .372 at the Triple-A level this season and will provide an infield bench bat for the Rays upon his arrival.
Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
Alex Gordon (L) Headshot

Gordon went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Tuesday in Toronto.

Gordon's eighth-inning long ball was too little too late, as it concluded the scoring in a 5-2 defeat. It did, however, get his name into the record books by eclipsing the record for total home runs hit in a major league season at 5,694. Ironically, the 2005 second overall pick is in the midst of the worst season of his career, slashing just .209/.286/.314 with eight home runs in 137 games at age 33.
Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
Frederick Gaudreau Headshot

Gaudreau dished two assists and played over six minutes shorthanded Tuesday against the Panthers.

Gaudreau needs to have a productive preseason to bolster a spot on the Preds' Opening Night roster, and he's off to a good start. His substantial time on penalty kill, combined with winning 56 percent of faceoffs and a plus-2 rating shows that he's perfect for a bottom-six role in Nashville. It'll be interesting to see how he fares as the competition steepens, though, since his sample size in the NHL is dismal.
Yesterday 11:51 pm (EST)
Ian Kennedy (R) Headshot

Kennedy (4-12) took the loss Tuesday in Toronto despite allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out two without a walk over five-plus innings.

Kennedy cruised through five innings, but was pulled without getting an out in the sixth after allowing Darwin Barney to break a scoreless tie with a two-run homer. He was skipped over last time through the rotation due to shoulder fatigue, and that extra rest definitely helped the veteran righty's control as he didn't issue a free pass for the first time in 28 starts this season. Assuming Kennedy makes his next scheduled start Monday, he'll have a tough time repeating this effort at Yankee Stadium.
Yesterday 11:51 pm (EST)
Aroldis Chapman (L) Headshot

Champan worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his 20th save of the season Tuesday against the Twins.

Staked to a three-run lead, Chapman hardly broke a swat with Chris Giminez doubled with two outs, buckling down to get Max Kepler to end the game. The flamethrower has been in dominant form of late, throwing seven consecutive scoreless outings while converting four straight save opportunities during that span.
Yesterday 11:49 pm (EST)
Xavier Cedeño (L) Headshot

Cedeno (forearm) will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Cedeno has been sidelined with a forearm injury since April 21 but is set to rejoin the major-league roster after completing his minor-league rehab assignment. He'll likely operate in a low-leverage relief role upon his activation.
Yesterday 11:49 pm (EST)
Marcus Stroman (R) Headshot

Stroman (12-8) got the win Tuesday against the Royals after allowing one run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.

Stroman and Kansas City starter Ian Kennedy had matching shutouts going through five innings, but Kennedy blinked first by allowing a two-run homer to Darwin Barney in the sixth, which was all the support Stroman needed to lock down his first victory since Aug. 16. While he has six quality starts in his past nine outings, Stroman only has two wins to show for those efforts. The righty will look to build on this performance Sunday against the Yankees, but that won't be easy with New York steamrolling opponents of late.
Yesterday 11:47 pm (EST)
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