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Matt Cain (R) Headshot

Cain (3-7) allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday. He recorded one strikeout.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Cain in June -- he's given up 18 runs and six homers in 18.1 innings this month. His ERA and WHIP now sit at 5.54 and 1.73, respectively, and the underlying numbers offer little hope for a turnaround. His days as a starter may be numbered, although the last-place Giants could just have him continue to eat innings in what is a lost season.
1:07 am (EST)
Matt Kemp (R) Headshot

Kemp is day-to-day with left hamstring tightness, Mark Bowman of reports.

The veteran was removed from Thursday's game after lashing a single and appeared to be favoring his left hamstring while running to first base. His status heading into Friday's series opener is in question, and if the Braves opt to give Kemp the day off, Danny Santana or Lane Adams would be the candidates to take over in left field.
1:02 am (EST)
Brandon Phillips (R) Headshot

Phillips was removed from Thursday's game against the Giants due to left groin tightness and is considered day-to-day, Mark Bowman of reports.

The Braves pulled Phillips after he scored in the fifth inning of Thursday's high-scoring win over the Giants. He had put together a solid outing before his exit, going 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season. The Braves have him as day-to-day heading into Friday's series opener against the Brewers. If the Braves opt to give Phillips an extra rest day, Danny Santana or Johan Carmago could fill in at second base. However, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports that Phillips does expect to play.
12:58 am (EST)
Jaime García (L) Headshot

Garcia gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Thursday.

It was a slugfest in Atlanta, with Garcia and opposing starter Matt Cain combining to allow 14 runs and five homers. Garcia gave up solo shots to Buster Posey and Joe Panik. His ERA and WHIP still look respectable despite back-to-back six run outings, and Garcia lines up to face the Padres his next time out, but the middling K-rate limits his appeal as a streaming option.
12:56 am (EST)
Luis Severino (R) Headshot

Severino (5-3) was tagged with the loss Thursday against the Angels. He allowed five earned runs over 6.0 innings, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

He was staked to a 5-1 lead early in Thursday's matchup and was able to navigate the through the Angels' lineup reasonably well until the sixth and seventh innings. Severino allowed the first two hitters of the seventh to reach safely before the Yankees turned it over to the bullpen and allowed both Cameron Maybin and Cliff Pennington to score. He has now allowed four-or-more earned runs in back-to-back outings after having no such outing in any of his previous seven starts. Severino is lined up to face the White Sox in Chicago for his next outing.
12:51 am (EST)
Brad Boxberger (R) Headshot

Boxberger (back), who is expected to be activated Friday from the disabled list, gave up an earned run on four walks in two-thirds of an inning in Triple-A Durham's win over Norfolk on Wednesday.

Boxberger uncharacteristically had trouble finding the plate after having issued only a pair of free passes in the six innings he'd pitched during his rehab prior to Wednesday's outing. The 29-year-old threw a total of 31 pitches while working less than a full inning for the first time in his minor-league appearances, but he remains on track for his planned Friday activation.
12:46 am (EST)
Kris Bryant (R) Headshot

Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

He took Jeff Locke yard for a three-run shot in the fourth inning, his fifth home run off a lefty this season and 16th in total. Bryant was batting just .203 for the month of June coming into the game, and he admitted to feeling some fatigue last weekend, but the 25-year-old has a top-five walk rate and a top-30 ISO. The average and RBI total should catch up eventually.
12:45 am (EST)
Jesse Chávez (R) Headshot

Chavez allowed five earned runs over 4.0 innings en route to picking up a no-decision Thursday against the Yankees. He allowed seven hits and two walks while adding three strikeouts.

The Angels' provided a late spark to take the lead over the Yankees, which saved Chavez from taking his eighth loss of the season. Chavez's ERA now sits at 5.15 and his strikeout rate coming into Thursday's outing sat at a mere 6.72 per nine innings. He's set to start Tuesday against a Dodgers lineup that is remarkably tough on right-handed pitchers.
12:39 am (EST)
Ryan Jackson (R) Headshot

Jackson was released from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto reports.

The 29-year-old second baseman had slashed a pedestrian .222/.300/.267 over 50 plate appearances in 14 games with the Rainiers. Jackson's extensive minor-league career dates back to 2010, with the extent of his major-league experience limited to 22 games across three combined stints with the Cardinals and Angels.
12:25 am (EST)
Jeff Locke (L) Headshot

Locke (0-3) gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

The lefty ran into major trouble in the second inning (34 pitches) and never recovered. Manager Don Mattingly did not mince words after the game, telling, "[Locke] didn't look very sharp at all," but he did not give any indication that Locke is in immediate danger of losing his job. Locke now sits with a 5.70 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 20:9 K:BB over 23.2 innings this season.
12:22 am (EST)
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