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Michael Wacha Headshot

Wacha (2-1) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings but came away with a no-decision in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

He and Marco Estrada dueled to a 2-2 standstill through six innings, only for both bullpens to turn the game into a 6-5 roller coaster. Wacha has now delivered four quality starts in four outings, leaving him with an impressive 2.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 23:6 K:BB through 24.2 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column Sunday at home against the Reds.
7:42 am (EST)
Roberto Osuna Headshot

Osuna gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning to take his second blown save of the season in Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Cardinals.

The 22-year-old has had a rough return to action since missing the beginning of the season with a neck issue, going 1-for-3 in save opportunities and allowing a run in three of five appearances. Osuna's fastball is also down more than one mph from last year (94.6 mph, compared to 95.8 mph in 2016), but as yet the Jays don't seem too concerned about their young closer.
7:38 am (EST)
Ryan Tepera Headshot

Tepera gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless 11th inning to pick up his first save of the season in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Roberto Osuna blew the save in the ninth and Jason Grilli worked the 10th, leaving Tepera to record his second career big-league save when the Jays pushed a run across in the 11th. He did save 18 games for Triple-A Buffalo last season, but it would take an improbable set of circumstances for the 29-year-old righty to start seeing regular ninth-inning duty for Toronto.
7:34 am (EST)
Marco Estrada Headshot

Estrada (0-1) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out nine over six innings but came away with a no-decision in Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Cardinals.

It's his third straight quality start and fourth in five outings this season, but Estrada is still searching for his first win despite a strong 2.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 33:10 K:BB through 30 innings. He'll look for some more timely run support in his next start Sunday at home against the Rays.
7:29 am (EST)
George Springer Headshot

Springer (hamstring) entered Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Indians in the eighth inning and went 0-for-1 in his only plate appearance, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Springer said he felt good after he tested his hamstring running in the field earlier in the day but the Astros were playing it cautious by having him not start the game. He eventually was summoned to play right field after Teoscar Hernandez left with a knee contusion following a collision with second baseman Jose Altuve. We suspect Springer will be ready and available to start Wednesday evening's game against Cleveland.
7:20 am (EST)
Leury García Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Royals.

That's now seven hits in the last three games for Garcia, who's added 99 points to his batting average over that stretch and seems to be solidifying his hold on the starting center field spot for the White Sox. His .318/.348/.500 slash line through 16 games looks out of place next to his prior major-league performances, but the 26-year-old did hit .313/.367/.426 last year in 84 games for Triple-A Charlotte. He's also managed to make more consistent contact, cutting his strikeout rate to 8.7 percent after hovering around 30 percent for his career. With Charlie Tilson (foot) out until June, Garcia may finally be getting a chance to establish himself as a big-league hitter.
7:05 am (EST)
Avisail García Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Royals.

His numbers have started to slide after his hot start, and Tuesday's three hits represent half his haul over the past week. Garcia is still slashing .380/.429/.577 through 19 games with an impressive 15 RBI and 12 runs scored, but expect those ratios to continue their decline.
6:58 am (EST)
Todd Frazier Headshot

Frazier went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Royals.

He's started to put a charge in the ball again, collecting three doubles and five RBI over his last two games. Frazier's still only slashing .156/.250/.311 through 13 games, but a few more strong performances will turn those numbers around very quickly.
6:54 am (EST)
Dylan Covey Headshot

Covey lasted only four innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in a 10-5 win over the Royals.

He threw 50 of 86 pitches for strikes in his shortest outing yet, as despite plenty of run support Covey couldn't hang on for three more outs in order to record his first big-league win. The 25-year-old now has a 6.91 ERA, 1.81 WHIP and 6:8 K:BB through 14.1 innings, but is still penciled in for at least one more start Tuesday in Kansas City.
6:51 am (EST)
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