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Kenley Jansen (R) Headshot

Jansen gave up three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings Sunday, failing to convert a save for the first time in 25 attempts this season.

The Dodger closer allowed two Braves to get on base before falling victim to a three-run home run off the bat of Matt Adams that ultimately sent the game into extras. The fact that this was Jansen's first blown save of the year just goes to show how dominant he has been all season. Even with Sunday's blowup, the 29-year-old still owns a sparkling 1.49 ERA with an unreal 31.0 K/BB ratio over 42.1 innings.
4:37 am (EST)
Cody Bellinger (L) Headshot

Bellinger went 1-for-4 with his lone hit leaving the yard for his 27th home run of the season in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Bellinger has been able to avoid the Home Run Derby hangover that his fellow young phenom, Aaron Judge, has suffered to begin the second half. The 22-year-old is batting .333 (11-for-33) with two homers and six RBI in nine games since returning from the All-Star break and continues to provide tremendous value for those who stashed him earlier in the season.
4:29 am (EST)
Matt Carpenter (L) Headshot

Carpenter departed Sunday's loss to the Cubs in the second inning because of cramping in his right quadriceps, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter isn't sure whether it was related to dehydration, an unorthodox slide in the first inning or something altogether different, but he doesn't expect to to miss Monday's series opener against the visiting Rockies. As such, owners should feel fairly confident rolling with him per usual unless news breaks suggesting otherwise.
3:03 am (EST)
Paul DeJong (R) Headshot

DeJong, who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, is staking a claim to the everyday shortstop job previously held by Aledmys Diaz, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "The way he's going about it defensively, it's hard to see him being anywhere else right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "And you mix in the offense and what he's capable of doing, that really puts him as a pretty special shortstop."

Last season, Diaz was the rookie that swooped in and displaced veteran Jhonny Peralta during the latter's absence in the early going of the campaign. Through his impressive play and Diaz's own struggles, DeJong may have already done the same. Factoring in Sunday's production, the rookie's season line stands at .284/.299/.574, and his 25 extra-base hits in 46 games heading into the contest had already tied him for first in that category in franchise history with Albert Pujols. DeJong's 15 extra-base hits in July are tops in the National League as well, and he's also been an asset defensively, posting a plus-5 in Defensive Runs Saved. With Diaz continuing to scuffle at the plate with Triple-A Memphis, it appears increasingly likely that DeJong's major-league audition will continue through the balance of 2017.
1:28 am (EST)
Sergio Romo (R) Headshot

Romo, who the Rays acquired late Saturday for cash considerations, has the confidence of the organization despite recent struggles, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I think any time a guy who throws mid to upper 80s, when they hit a rough patch, it's easy to say he's toast, he's done," GM Erik Neander said Sunday. "The way that we look at it is we think what he brings to the table, the ability to miss bats, a lot of that's still there."

The 34-year-old reliever often looked like a shadow of his former self over his 25 innings with the Dodgers this season, posting a 6.12 ERA and career-worst 4.3 BB/9. However, it's his extensive body of work prior to 2017 that has the Rays cautiously optimistic that a change of scenery will bring out the best of what Romo has left to offer. The organization actually had keen interest in the former closer during the offseason, with his career 0.98 WHIP and .189 BAA versus right-handed hitters serving as two particularly appealing factors. Now that he's finally arrived in Tampa, manager Kevin Cash will experiment with how best to deploy the three-time World Series winner out of the bullpen, with Romo most likely to initially get acclimated in some low-leverage scenarios.
1:15 am (EST)
Christopher Bassitt (R) Headshot

Bassitt (elbow) has allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings in his last two rehab outings for Triple-A Nashville while also recording three strikeouts.

The pair of impressive appearances come on the heels of back-to-back outings where Bassitt gave up four earned runs apiece on a combined 11 hits over 3.1 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander could be on the verge of a return to the majors, where he's projected to work as a reliever for the balance of the 2017 campaign.
12:52 am (EST)
Henrik Stenson Headshot

Stenson carded an even-par 70 on Sunday at the Open Championship to finish three-under and tied for 11th.

Stenson's Open Championship title defense fell well short as Jordan Spieth pulled away at nine-under, but the Swede has now finished top-20 in four of his last seven events after a stretch of three consecutive missed cuts. Through just 10 events played on the PGA Tour so far this season, Stenson is now up to 88th in the FedExCup standings, but he won't be in the field for this week's RBC Canadian Open.
12:52 am (EST)
Chad Pinder (R) Headshot

Pinder (hamstring), who went 0-for-3 with a walk in Triple-A Nashville's loss to New Orleans on Sunday, is 2-for-13 with a solo home run and two walks over four rehab games with the Sounds.

The rehabbing infielder may be struggling with his offense, but he's suffered no setbacks with his hamstring and remains on track to potentially return for next weekend's series versus the Twins. Pinder will likely find playing time a bit scarcer when he returns now that Marcus Semien is back and handling the shortstop position on any everyday basis. However, a move of Jed Lowrie before the trade deadline would open up ample opportunity at second base.
12:39 am (EST)
Brooks Koepka Headshot

Koepka closed with a one-over 71 on Sunday at the Open Championship to finish four-under and tied for sixth.

Koepka hadn't made a start since his win at the U.S. Open, but he showed no signs of rust as he fired a five-under 65 on Thursday at Royal Birkdale. He had a tournament-low 21 putts during that impressive first round, but went on to rank just T81 in GIR percentage. Koepka is now up to seventh in the FedExCup standings.
12:37 am (EST)
Thyago Vieira (R) Headshot

Vieira notched his first save in Triple-A Tacoma's win over Sacramento on Sunday, firing a clean ninth inning.

Vieira got 10 of his 15 pitches into the strike zone and as per Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, he became the first pitcher to hit 100 mph on the radar gun at Tacoma this season. The 24-year-old made his Rainiers debut on Thursday and surrendered an earned run on one hit over 1.2 innings against Albuquerque while notching three strikeouts.
12:26 am (EST)
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