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Aaron Baddeley Headshot

Baddeley went low with a six-under 64 in the final round of the Open Championship and finish in a tie for 27th place.

Baddeley went off early and made eight birdies to two birdies in the second lowest round of the day. He moved up 47 spots alone on Sunday. It was a much needed solid finish after entering the Open off three straight missed cuts. Baddeley will not tee it up at the RBC Canadian Open this week.
12:37 pm (EST)
Emilio Pagan (R) Headshot

Pagan fired three scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees, allowing two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.

Pagan has been lights out in his current Mariners stint, allowing just one earned run over 10.1 innings across four appearances. Sunday's effort was his second three-inning, two-hit scoreless outing versus the Yankees in the weekend series, which served to lower his ERA from 3.60 to 2.57. The 26-year-old right-hander has undoubtedly earned the confidence of manager Scott Servais, which could certainly lead to a robust workload for the balance of the campaign.
12:37 pm (EST)
Chad Bettis (R) Headshot

Bettis (illness) threw 62 pitches (38 strikes) in Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque, completing 2.2 innings of three-run ball while allowing six hits, issuing two free passes and fanning four batters.

The stat lines during Bettis' rehab assignment haven't been great, but the pitch count is more important at this point, and the right-hander was able to increase his workload once again. The expectation is that Bettis will make another rehab start with the Isotopes on Friday and throw roughly 80 pitches. After that, the Rockies will consider adding him to the major-league rotation.
12:37 pm (EST)
Joey Gallo (L) Headshot

Gallo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays.

It was the first multi-hit effort for Gallo since June 21, ending a 5-for-40 (.125 average) skid at the dish. Gallo's high strikeout rate will make him a perpetual sinkhole in the batting-average category, but his on-base skills and game-changing power should continue to lock him into an everyday role, at least against right-handed pitching. Gallo has been limited to playing first base for all of July while he's nursed a sore hamstring, but his activity on the basepaths Sunday suggests he could be ready to try his hand at third base or outfield in the near future.
12:36 pm (EST)
James Pazos (L) Headshot

Pazos (2-3) allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks over one-third of an inning in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

Asked to preserve a 4-3 lead entering the sixth, Pazos came up considerably short. The southpaw was done in by an RBI single from Brett Gardner and a two-run double by Clint Frazier, leading to Pazos being charged with his third blown save of the season as well. The 26-year-old lefty has surrendered six runs (five earned) over the two innings encompassing his last four outings, which qualifies as his most difficult stretch of the season. As a left-hander, Pazos figures to continue seeing plenty of work despite the recent struggles, and his impressive strikeout upside (44 whiffs in 37.1 innings) still affords him some fantasy relevance in AL-only and deep formats.
12:32 pm (EST)
Rougned Odor (L) Headshot

Odor went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays.

Odor was the central figure in the Rangers' come-from-behind victory, as he followed up his solo blast in the second inning with a two-run job in the eighth inning to tie the score. Despite underwhelming fantasy owners this season, Odor still ranks tied for second among all second baseman in baseball with 19 long balls following his sixth career multi-homer game. The breakthrough performance Sunday also ended a rough start to the second half for Odor, who had gone 4-for-34 at the dish over the preceding nine contests.
12:31 pm (EST)
Tyler Lyons (L) Headshot

Lyons fired a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, recording a strikeout.

The 29-year-old southpaw has strung together four consecutive scoreless efforts after giving up an earned run apiece in back-to-back appearances shortly before the All-Star break. Lyons has lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.81 over the aforementioned stretch and continues to serve as a solid source of strikeouts (30:10 K:BB over 28.1 innings) for fantasy owners.
12:25 pm (EST)
Tony Barnette (R) Headshot

Barnette tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rays, giving up one hit and striking out four batters.

After starter Tyson Ross couldn't escape the fourth inning, Barnette entered the contest with two outs and the bases loaded and was able to extinguish the Rays threat by inducing a flyout from Evan Longoria. Barnette was then able to keep the Rays off the board for the next two innings, which proved vital as the Rangers mounted a comeback. Despite his strong performance Sunday, Barnette still seems destined to make most of his appearances in lower-leverage situations while he maintains a 5.87 ERA on the season.
12:25 pm (EST)
Seung-Hwan Oh (R) Headshot

Oh fired a scoreless seventh inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, recording two strikeouts.

Manager Mike Matheny appears to be progressively building Oh's confidence back up after some recent struggles, as Sunday's appearance marked his third straight low-leverage appearance. Oh has been steadier in those settings, allowing one unearned run on three hits over three innings. It remains to be seen if and when the 35-year-old will return to a definitive ninth-inning role, as Matheny could opt to continue playing matchups and the hot hand in terms of his closer.
12:22 pm (EST)
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