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Michael Fulmer Headshot

Fulmer (5-2) allowed just one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings, but he was handed a tough-luck loss Monday in 1-0 defeat in Houston.

Houston's first-inning run was all it needed to capture the victory and hand Fulmer his first loss since April 18. Through his first seven starts, opposing hitters managed a paltry .196 BAA with a 23 percent strikeout rate over 46 innings. However, Fulmer's been a bit off over his last two games, owning a .305 BAA with a 13 percent strikeout rate. Last season's AL Rookie of the Year still maintains phenomenal numbers, ranking in the AL's top-10 for wins, innings (60), ERA (2.55) and WHIP (1.08). Fulmer will toe the rubber next on Saturday versus the White Sox.
8:36 am (EST)
Jake Petricka Headshot

Petricka (back) threw a simulated game Monday in Arizona, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

With the White Sox playing the Diamondbacks in Arizona this week, it gave the organization a chance to check up on some of its injured hurlers. Petricka's rehab from a muscle strain has taken longer than the team expected. His 20-pitch session Monday was just the second time throwing off a mound since he was diagnosed with the injury. Both have come since the muscle calmed down about two weeks ago. He'll remain in Arizona with the next step getting on a regular throwing schedule. After that, it will be a rehabilitation assignment.
8:18 am (EST)
Daniel Descalso Headshot

Descalso went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in Monday's win against the White Sox.

The utility infielder's fourth-inning long ball, his fourth of the year, broke open the scoring and proved to be all the Diamondbacks would need in the 5-1 victory. Although Descalso is hitting just .194, he's suffered a bit of bad luck with a .196 BABIP (the third-lowest mark in the NL for any player with 80-plus plate appearances). On a more positive note, the 30-year-old's .194 ISO is a career high, and he has two home runs in his last 10 at-bats.
8:17 am (EST)
Zack Greinke Headshot

Greinke (6-2) came within an out of a complete game Monday, picking up the win after allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 12 White Sox.

Manager Torey Lovullo was showered with boos from the home crowd as he walked to the mound with Greinke just one out away from his first nine-inning complete game since June 7 of last season. The Diamondbacks were leading 5-1 at the time, and Lovullo's pitcher was sitting at 104 pitches. Regardless, owners can't complain with how the 13-year veteran has performed this year. Through 10 starts, Greinke is on pace for one of the best seasons of his career. He leads the NL in innings pitched (67) and strikeouts (78), while owning the league's second-best marks for wins and WHIP (0.97). A Saturday date with Milwaukee is on tap for his next start.
8:07 am (EST)
Dallas Keuchel Headshot

Keuchel (neck) has not thrown since being placed on the 10-day disabled list, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

An expected date for Keuchel to begin throwing has not yet been set, although the left-hander is presumed to be able to start when he's eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.
7:53 am (EST)
Evan Gattis Headshot

Gattis went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Gattis got the start at catcher Monday with Brian McCann having been placed on the 7-day concussion list over the weekend. McCann's eligible to be activated Saturday so presume Gattis will get the bulk of the starts this week. He's hitting .271/.360/.417 through 29 games this season.
7:48 am (EST)
Miguel González Headshot

Gonzalez (3-5) pitched five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three in Monday's loss to Arizona.

The right-hander faced just one over the minimum through the first three innings, allowing only a weak infield single during that run. Gonzalez ran into trouble in the fourth, when he surrendered a 407-foot, three-run homer to Daniel Descalso. Two frames later, the 33-year-old served up another deep fly, this time to Paul Goldschmidt. Over his past five outings, Gonzalez has given up six home runs to push his ratio up to a poor 1.3 HR/9. He'll take a 4.55 ERA and career-worst 1.48 WHIP into his next start Saturday versus Detroit.
7:46 am (EST)
Ken Giles Headshot

Giles picked up his 12th save of the season, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Giles' 3.44 ERA doesn't inspire much confidence but not much has gone wrong for him when there's a save opportunity. Of the seven runs he's allowed in 2017, five have come in non-save situations. He's converted 12 of 13 chances, including five straight.
7:27 am (EST)
Will Harris Headshot

Harris picked up his eighth hold of the season, striking out two in a scoreless eighth inning in Monday's 1-0 win over Detroit.

This normally might be a spot for Luke Gregerson, who was available but has had some shaky moments this month. So, the eighth inning bridge has been Harris for the last four games that closer Ken Giles has saved. It's working right now for manager A.J. Hinch, so there's no reason to shift back to Gregerson.
7:21 am (EST)
Chris Devenski Headshot

Devenski (3-2) didn't allow a hit or walk while striking out two over 2.2 innings in Monday's 1-0 win over the Tigers.

When it was learned manager A.J. Hinch was going to use a bunch of relievers to replace Dallas Keuchel (neck, DL), we knew one of those relievers would be the multi-inning monster Devenski. He came on with one out and a man on in the fourth inning and proceeded to eliminate that threat and then hurl two more scoreless innings. Through 15 appearances, the right-hander has a 2.67 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 46 strikeouts over 27 innings. As a volume reliever who strikes out more than 15 batters per nine innings, there's some fantasy value in Devenski.
7:12 am (EST)
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