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Jeff Samardzija (R) Headshot

Samardzija (5-11) allowed just a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight Pirates in seven innings en route to a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

This was easily Samardzija's best start since early June, as he'd been a train wreck lately, having allowed 31 earned runs in 42.2 innings spanning his prior seven starts. That said, he seems to be suffering from some bad luck. Despite not generally being known as a control artist, the veteran righty has an impressively low 1.1 BB/9 this year, which doesn't jive with his 4.85 ERA. A career-high 16.7 percent HR/FB rate, an uncharacteristically high .329 BABIP and an uncharacteristically low 65.6 percent strand rate have conspired to inflate Shark's ratios, so there's plenty of potential for him to turn the tide over the season's final two months.
6:33 pm (EST)
Josh Phegley (R) Headshot

Phegley was scratched with left oblique tightness prior to Wednesday's game, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Phegley was replaced in the lineup by Bruce Maxwell and could miss an extended period of time depending on the severity of the injury. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, Phegley is hitting .205/.246/.346 with three home runs and seven RBI in 47 games.
6:10 pm (EST)
Homer Bailey (R) Headshot

Bailey gave up seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out zero in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

It's hard to have a worse fantasy line than Bailey put forth, as he torpedoed ratios without providing a single strikeout. He now has an 8.37 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, and it's hard to make a case for him being useful in any format at the moment.
6:04 pm (EST)
Bruce Maxwell (L) Headshot

Maxwell was a late addition to the lineup for Wednesday's game against Toronto, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Maxwell was added to the lineup after originally receiving a day off, while Josh Phegley was scratched from Wednesday's card. The 26-year-old will set up in his usually spot behind the dish, but will bat eighth in the order as he switches directly into Phegley's position.
6:02 pm (EST)
Luis Severino (R) Headshot

Severino gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over seven innings Wednesday against the Reds to improve to 7-4 on the season.

The young righty continues to roll, notching his fourth straight start of seven innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out 31 over 28 innings during that stretch. He ranks in the top 10 among qualified big-league starters in ERA (eighth), WHIP (sixth) and strikeouts (eighth), so it's hard to say he has been anything other than a true SP1 this year in mixed leagues. Severino lines up for two starts next week, first at home against the Tigers and then on the road against the Indians.
6:01 pm (EST)
Josh Phegley (R) Headshot

Phegley was scratched from Wednesday's lineup prior to the contest against Toronto, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Phegley was originally plugged into the lineup at the catcher's position, but will head back to the bench while Bruce Maxwell takes over for Wednesday's affair. The A's have yet to provide a reason for Phegley's removal, although manager Bob Melvin will likely discuss his absence if the catcher is suffering from an ailment or was involved in a trade.
5:57 pm (EST)
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