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Robinson Canó (L) Headshot

Cano went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

The veteran second baseman smacked a two-run shot off Daniel Norris in the third, and he followed up with a grand slam off former closer Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh. They were just his second and third homers of June, but Cano is on pace to exceed 100 RBI for the fifth time in his career, and there's room for growth with the batting average given his excellent contact rate.
2:48 am (EST)
Justin Turner (R) Headshot

Turner went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Mets.

The homer, a third-inning shot off Steven Matz, was Turner's third off a southpaw this season. He has been punishing left-handed pitching this season after struggling against lefties to the tune of a .209/.303/.337 line last year. Turner was said to be dealing with "heavy legs" Wednesday, but it's not an issue which is expected to require significant maintenance.
2:41 am (EST)
Kenley Jansen (R) Headshot

Jansen tossed 1.1 scoreless innings against the Mets on Thursday en route to his 16th save of the season.

Jansen failed to record a strikeout, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive appearances with at least one strikeout. He was dominant nonetheless, and the 29-year-old right-hander is now 16-for-16 in save chances with zero walks in 31 innings this season. Jansen leads all pitchers (min. 75 batters faced) in lowest expected wOBA, per
2:35 am (EST)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) Headshot

Ryu gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Thursday.

He gave up a solo homer to Curtis Granderson to begin the game and Travis d'Arnaud later hit one out -- home runs No. 13 and 14 allowed by Ryu this season -- but that was the extent of the damage against the lefty. His overall numbers don't look particularly good, and he's not a lock to stick in the rotation long term, but Ryu will have some appeal in deeper formats next week with a matchup against the Angels on tap.
2:20 am (EST)
Steven Matz (L) Headshot

Matz gave up three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out eight over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday.

He managed to turn in a quality start in his third outing of the season, but Matz was playing with fire with five free passes and two home runs allowed. The lefty managed to work around baserunners thanks in large part to the strikeout -- his eight strikeouts exceeded his total from his first two starts combined (six). Matz lines up for a road start against the Marlins his next time out.
2:10 am (EST)
Steve Cishek (R) Headshot

Cishek threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Thursday for his first save of the season.

Both John Hicks and Ian Kinsler went down swinging against Cishek, who pulled his ERA under 4.00 with his third consecutive scoreless appearance. Regular closer Edwin Diaz had worked each of the previous four days.
1:57 am (EST)
Daniel Norris (L) Headshot

Norris (4-5) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

Norris issued walks to two of the first three batters he faced in the second inning, and both baserunners came around to score. He later served up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano. The lefty has been his own worst enemy with the walks this year, as BB/9 is pushing 4.0 after settling at 2.9 last season. He lines up for a home start against the Royals early next week.
1:33 am (EST)
Jim Johnson (R) Headshot

Johnson gave up two runs on two hits and one walk but ultimately nailed down the win over San Francisco on Thursday for his 14th save.

Johnson blew a save Wednesday and nearly did so again Thursday, but he was able to strand the tying run in scoring position. While the 33-year-old was steady through the first couple months of the season, he's hit a rough patch in June (six earned runs, two blown saves), and those struggles have resulted in setup man Arodys Vizcaino gaining steam as a speculative add.
1:19 am (EST)
Matt Cain (R) Headshot

Cain (3-7) allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday. He recorded one strikeout.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Cain in June -- he's given up 18 runs and six homers in 18.1 innings this month. His ERA and WHIP now sit at 5.54 and 1.73, respectively, and the underlying numbers offer little hope for a turnaround. His days as a starter may be numbered, although the last-place Giants could just have him continue to eat innings in what is a lost season.
1:07 am (EST)
Matt Kemp (R) Headshot

Kemp is day-to-day with left hamstring tightness, Mark Bowman of reports.

The veteran was removed from Thursday's game after lashing a single and appeared to be favoring his left hamstring while running to first base. His status heading into Friday's series opener is in question, and if the Braves opt to give Kemp the day off, Danny Santana or Lane Adams would be the candidates to take over in left field.
1:02 am (EST)
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