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Matt Boyd (L) Headshot

Manager Brad Ausmus was critical of Boyd following Tuesday's outing (seven runs allowed in 2.1 innings), but said the left-hander will likely remain in the rotation with the Tigers out of the playoff hunt, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Ausmus was fairly blunt in his comments about Boyd, who's given up 17 earned runs on 23 hits and nine walks over his last 13.1 innings. "At some point, there's an expiration date on how much rope you're given," Ausmus said. "The truth is, (Boyd) is going to have to learn to pitch or there's going to be a move made." However, that move likely won't come this season, as the Tigers are just 54-70 and well out of the race in the American League. "There's no reason to not be patient at this point," Ausmus said. "And I don't think the next month and a week will decide anything definitively. But in the big picture, it can't go on forever."
9:29 am (EST)
Héctor Rondón (R) Headshot

Rondon (4-1) recorded the win Tuesday against the Reds by retiring the only batter he faced.

Wins don't get much easier than this, as Rondon threw just seven pitches to close out the sixth inning. The Cubs then scored four runs in the top of the seventh to make Rondon the pitcher of record. He's still got a weak 4.56 ERA and 1.33 WHIP after posting 3.53 and 0.98 marks last season, respectively.
9:19 am (EST)
Anthony Rizzo (L) Headshot

Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

After picking up National League Player of the Week honors on Monday, Rizzo showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday. He's slashing a ridiculous .423/.531/.692 over his last seven games with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI. Fantasy owners should sit back and enjoy the ride.
9:15 am (EST)
Ben Zobrist (B) Headshot

Zobrist, who entered the game as a pinch hitter and stayed in at second base, went 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Zobrist was scratched from the starting lineup due to travel issues, but he arrived in time to deliver a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning. He added another RBI on a groundout in the eighth. Zobrist is hitting just .227 this season, but manager Joe Maddon has shown confidence in the veteran, so he should continue to receive ample playing time.
9:11 am (EST)
Salvador Pérez (R) Headshot

Perez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies.

The All-Star catcher showed no rust in his return to action from an oblique strain that cost him 16 games. Perez will need to be a big part of the Royals' offense down the stretch if the team wants to remain in the AL playoff picture, but his career-high .514 SLG and .824 OPS on the year suggest he's up to the task.
8:52 am (EST)
Scott Alexander (L) Headshot

Alexander got the final out of Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies to pick up his first career big-league save.

Kelvin Herrera left the game with two outs and the bases loaded due to forearm tightness, and with Brandon Maurer struggling recently and Mike Minor having pitched earlier in the night, it was Alexander who got the call to finish things. If Herrera's injury proves to be a serious one, however, don't expect Alexander to factor into the ninth-inning mix on a regular basis.
8:49 am (EST)
Danny Duffy (L) Headshot

Duffy (8-8) picked up the win against the Rockies on Tuesday, giving up two runs on one hits and three walks over six innings while striking out seven.

He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but after Nolan Arenado launched a two-run homer with two outs to end any chance at a history-making performance, Duffy turned things over to the bullpen. The left-hander seems to have found his strikeout stuff again, fanning at least six batters in five straight starts, but his 4.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over that stretch despite an 11.1 K/9 are a disappointment. He'll next take the mound Sunday in Cleveland.
8:44 am (EST)
Nolan Arenado (R) Headshot

Arenado went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Royals.

His sixth-inning shot off Danny Duffy not only gave the Rockies their only runs on the night, it ended a no-hit bid by the lefty. With 28 homers on the year, Arenado will need a big finish to 2017 to record his third straight 40-HR campaign, but his 107 RBI and .963 OPS put him on pace for career highs in both categories.
8:38 am (EST)
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