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Kevin Quackenbush (R) Headshot

Quackenbush was hammered to the tune of six runs (three home runs) over 2.1 innings of relief against the Rockies on Wednesday.

This was the second six-run outing for the reliever over his last six outings. Quackenbush owns an ugly 7.71 ERA through 25.2 innings despite never posting a mark above 4.01 in his previous three seasons. The 28-year-old is in danger of losing his spot on the major-league roster if he doesn't turn things around quickly.
2:38 pm (EST)
Udonis Haslem Headshot

Haslem signed a one-year, minimum deal with the Heat, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Haslem has called Miami home for his entire NBA career, and he'll be a part of the franchise for at least one more year after signing a deal Thursday. It has been a few years since the veteran has played a crucial role on the court for the Heat, but he'll continue to serve as a key veteran presence and mentor for the team.
2:37 pm (EST)
Robert Stephenson (R) Headshot

Stephenson is a candidate to start Saturday's game against the Marlins, John Fay of reports.

The Reds are not yet listing a probable starter for Saturday, but Stephenson would be on normal rest, having last pitched for Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Manager Bryan Price said the team is pleased with what its seen from Stephenson at Louisville since his demotion in late May, and indeed the numbers in eight appearances (seven starts) are impressive. Cincinnati may also consider starting Michael Lorenzen on Saturday, making it a bullpen game.
2:33 pm (EST)
Franchy Cordero (L) Headshot

With Manuel Margot expected to go on the paternity list Thursday, Cordero will serve as the Padres' starting center fielder for the first three games of the team's four-game set against the Giants, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Cordero went 0-for-2 Wednesday while giving Jose Pirela the day off in left, but he will take over in center until Margot returns from the paternity list Sunday. A .225/.274/.404 triple slash in 28 games this season limits the 22-year-old's value as a short-term pick up in yearly fantasy leagues, but he could have use as a punt play in daily formats while he starts.
2:26 pm (EST)
Miguel Gomez (B) Headshot

Gomez made his first major-league start at second base Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

The rookie had been deployed primarily as a pinch-hitter since his call up July 7, going 1-for-6 with a pair of RBI over that span. The Giants' infield is currently too crowded to afford the 24-year-old consistent playing time, but if the club opts to move Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline, then Gomez could be one of the main beneficiaries.
2:10 pm (EST)
Kelvin Herrera (R) Headshot

Herrera said he simply ran out of energy during Wednesday's appearance against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The right-hander gave up a two-run homer en route to his third blown save of the season, and he promptly got the hook from manager Ned Yost. Herrera was battling a 102 degree fever the day before, and he admitted that the heat and humidity got to him. He may need another day to rest up and hydrate, but Herrera figures to be available for this weekend's series against the White Sox.
2:02 pm (EST)
Matt Cain (R) Headshot

Cain gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

Cain was aggressive against an Indians lineup sans Edwin Encarnacion, throwing 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes. After a brief demotion to the bullpen, the 32-year-old regained a spot in rotation to replace the injured Johnny Cueto (hand). The latter is hopeful he can return off the disabled list when eligible June 24, which could push Cain and his 5.49 ERA back to the bullpen, although the Giants could make a move at the trade deadline that opens up a rotation spot. Either way, the veteran righty is no longer a pitcher to rely on outside of very favorable matchups due to his extremely inconsistent results this season.
2:01 pm (EST)
Bobby Brown Headshot

Brown signed a one-year extension with the Rockets on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Brown was a minor contributor for the Rockets during the 2016-17 campaign, helping serve as a backup to Patrick Beverley at point guard with an average of 2.5 points over 4.9 minutes in 25 games. He should play a similar role after signing a one-year extension and while Beverley is no longer with the Rockets, Chris Paul was added in his place, which should leave little to no minutes for Brown.
2:00 pm (EST)
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