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Aaron Blair (R) Headshot

Blair was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after Wednesday's game.

Blair has been awful for the Braves, as he owns a 7.59 ERA and 46:34 K:BB over 15 starts. The 24-year-old will try and right the ship in Triple-A. Atlanta has a day off Thursday, so the club will wait until Friday to announce the corresponding roster move.
Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
Anibal Sánchez (R) Headshot

Sanchez (2-1) gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks over 3.2 innings while striking out four in Wednesday's 16-2 loss to the Royals.

He needed 87 pitches (54 strikes) to record only 11 outs, but considering what Kansas City's offense did to Detroit's bullpen, Sanchez may have gotten off easy. The veteran righty has now been torched for 12 runs in his last 15.1 innings, and the success he had upon returning to the rotation in late June seems to have evaporated. Things may not get any easier for Sanchez in his next start Tuesday on the road in Yankee Stadium.
Yesterday 11:33 pm (EST)
Xander Bogaerts (R) Headshot

Bogaerts, who has suffered groin and hand injuries, is not expected to land on the disabled list, according to manager John Farrell, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Farrell said Bogaerts looks fine when taking batting practice and that it's only a matter of timing in games. "He's going to have to work through it," said the manager. Since injuring his groin earlier this month, Bogaerts has gone 8-for-56 (.143) over 15 games. Getting hit by a pitch on his hand certainly hasn't helped matters. For now, the Red Sox will keep him active, but should they decide to go the DL route, there's a legitimate plan B after Boston acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Giants.
Yesterday 11:30 pm (EST)
Lorenzo Cain (R) Headshot

Cain went 3-for-6 with a double and three runs scored in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Tigers.

Eric Hosmer was having a monstrous performance behind him in the batting order, but Cain did plenty of damage on his own. It's been a rough July for the center fielder, who's hitting .213 (17-for-80) on the month with only three extra-base hits (two doubles and a homer), but with five of those hits coming in the last three games he may be coming out of his slump.
Yesterday 11:28 pm (EST)
Eric Hosmer (L) Headshot

Hosmer went 5-for-6 with a home run, five runs scored and six RBI in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Tigers.

The homer was his 16th of the year and first career grand slam, highlighting a nine-run seventh inning for the Royals that put the game completely out of reach. Hosmer's now hitting .320 (16-for-50) since the All-Star break with four home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs in 13 games, and his ,876 OPS on the year would establish a new career high if he keeps up that pace.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Ian Kennedy (R) Headshot

Kennedy (4-6) allowed only one run on three hits and two walks over six innings while striking out four in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Tigers.

He threw 95 pitches (58 strikes) before the Royals exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning, putting the game out of reach and removing any need for Kennedy to be pushed any further. The right-hander rebounded nicely from a rough outing last Friday and has now produced quality starts in six of his last eight trips to the mound, giving him a 3.26 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 41:13 K:BB in 47 innings over that stretch. Kennedy's next start will come Tuesday in Baltimore.
Yesterday 11:19 pm (EST)
Mike Fiers (R) Headshot

Fiers (7-5) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven over four innings in Wednesday's 9-0 loss to the Phillies.

It's been a while since Fiers turned in a poor effort, but this one comes just days before manager A.J. Hinch will decide which starting pitcher will be removed from the current rotation to make room for a returning Dallas Keuchel (neck). The decision is expected to come down to Fiers or Brad Peacock, with Peacock's successful experience as a reliever earlier this season possibly being the deciding factor.
Yesterday 11:13 pm (EST)
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