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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)
Daniel Berger Headshot

Berger finished in a tie for 27th place at the Open Championship after shooting a three-under 67 on Sunday.

Berger was able to move up the leaderboard 25 spots on Sunday alone. A six-over 76 in the second round really hurt his chances, albeit in the most difficult of conditions. He also only managed to shoot even-par in the third round when the course played very easy. Berger sits eighth in the FedExCup standings thanks to a win, a pair of seconds, and three other top-10's. He will not play at the RBC Canadian Open.
12:20 pm (EST)
Brad Boxberger (R) Headshot

Boxberger (2-2) allowed three earned runs on two home runs in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers. He also issued a walk and recorded two strikeouts.

Boxberger has gone backwards over his last two appearances after a strong start, and Sunday's result was particularly crushing. Asked to preserve a 5-3 lead in the eighth, the right-handed reliever allowed a game-tying two-run shot to Rougned Odor and a go-ahead solo blast to the very next batter, Carlos Gomez. The outing resulted in Boxberger's first blown save opportunity of the season and also served to raise his ERA from 1.42 to 4.91. Despite the recent pair of stumbles, Boxberger's performance over his first six appearances (six scoreless innings) and his past body of work provide plenty of reason for optimism moving forward.
12:15 pm (EST)
Erasmo Ramírez (R) Headshot

Ramirez pitched a scoreless fifth inning in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout.

With starter Jake Odorizzi lasting only four innings, this looked like a prototypical long-relief opportunity for Ramirez. However, manager Kevin Cash opted to limit the 27-year-old to just one inning, considering that Ramirez has worked four frames over the previous five days. With the exception of a stumble against the Cubs on July 5 when he gave up five earned runs, the right-hander has thrived in his return to the bullpen, generating scoreless efforts in his other five relief appearances.
12:07 pm (EST)
Adam Kolarek (L) Headshot

Kolarek was credited with his first hold in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in which he allowed a hit.

Kolarek has been serviceable thus far in what is his first exposure to the majors, and he's now logged his first big-league victory and hold in the last three outings. The 28-year-old southpaw represents a valued left-handed relief option for manager Kevin Cash, especially while Xavier Cedeno (forearm) remains on the mend.
12:00 pm (EST)
Tommy Hunter (R) Headshot

Hunter earned his ninth hold in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers, firing 1.1 scoreless innings while recording two strikeouts.

Hunter got four outs on an efficient 17 pitches, 11 of which he threw for strikes. The 31-year-old hasn't been scored upon since June 20, a 12-appearance stretch in which he's also racked up five holds and a save. The right-hander's 1.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 36 strikeouts and frequent usage (34 appearances) make him a viable option in AL-only and deeper formats that count holds.
11:56 am (EST)
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