The 25-year-old lefty gave up a two-run home run on a curveball to Carlos Gomez after Delino DeShields escaped a sure pick-off due to an error by Mike Freeman, but he was otherwise effective through his three frames. Overton has been solid over four spring appearances, generating a 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10 strikeouts without any walks over 11 innings. "Whether he makes our team or not, we like him as a starter right now, but maybe down the road we'll see what he brings," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He's left-handed, a pretty athletic guy and we really like the changeup and stuff, but we'll keep him starting and see how far that goes."
Blair has been awful for the Braves, as he owns a 7.59 ERA and 46:34 K:BB over 15 starts. The 24-year-old will try and right the ship in Triple-A. Atlanta has a day off Thursday, so the club will wait until Friday to announce the corresponding roster move.
He needed 87 pitches (54 strikes) to record only 11 outs, but considering what Kansas City's offense did to Detroit's bullpen, Sanchez may have gotten off easy. The veteran righty has now been torched for 12 runs in his last 15.1 innings, and the success he had upon returning to the rotation in late June seems to have evaporated. Things may not get any easier for Sanchez in his next start Tuesday on the road in Yankee Stadium.
Farrell said Bogaerts looks fine when taking batting practice and that it's only a matter of timing in games. "He's going to have to work through it," said the manager. Since injuring his groin earlier this month, Bogaerts has gone 8-for-56 (.143) over 15 games. Getting hit by a pitch on his hand certainly hasn't helped matters. For now, the Red Sox will keep him active, but should they decide to go the DL route, there's a legitimate plan B after Boston acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Giants.
Eric Hosmer was having a monstrous performance behind him in the batting order, but Cain did plenty of damage on his own. It's been a rough July for the center fielder, who's hitting .213 (17-for-80) on the month with only three extra-base hits (two doubles and a homer), but with five of those hits coming in the last three games he may be coming out of his slump.
The homer was his 16th of the year and first career grand slam, highlighting a nine-run seventh inning for the Royals that put the game completely out of reach. Hosmer's now hitting .320 (16-for-50) since the All-Star break with four home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs in 13 games, and his ,876 OPS on the year would establish a new career high if he keeps up that pace.
He threw 95 pitches (58 strikes) before the Royals exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning, putting the game out of reach and removing any need for Kennedy to be pushed any further. The right-hander rebounded nicely from a rough outing last Friday and has now produced quality starts in six of his last eight trips to the mound, giving him a 3.26 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 41:13 K:BB in 47 innings over that stretch. Kennedy's next start will come Tuesday in Baltimore.
It's been a while since Fiers turned in a poor effort, but this one comes just days before manager A.J. Hinch will decide which starting pitcher will be removed from the current rotation to make room for a returning Dallas Keuchel (neck). The decision is expected to come down to Fiers or Brad Peacock, with Peacock's successful experience as a reliever earlier this season possibly being the deciding factor.
That's now three straight multi-hit performances for the rookie, who's also hitting .367 (11-for-30) over his last eight games with two homers, two steals, eight runs and 10 RBI. With the entire Cleveland offense beginning to catch fire, Zimmer should remain extremely productive hitting at the top of the order.
Cleveland's bats didn't blow the game open until the eighth inning, depriving Carrasco of his 11th win despite his 13th quality start of the year. The right-hander will head back to the mound Tuesday on the road against the Red Sox.
He's now homered in three straight games, giving him 11 on the year. Valbuena's current .665 OPS would be his worst performance since 2012 with the Cubs, but his recent hot streak gives some hope that he'll finish off the season on a high note.
Manager A.J. Hinch will delay disclosing which pitcher will be removed from the current rotation until the weekend, but it should come down to Peacock or Mike Fiers. Both pitchers helped stabilize the rotation the last two months while others around them were getting injured. Neither one deserves to be removed, but someone's got to go when a Cy Young-caliber pitching is returning.
The veteran righty alternated solid starts with brutal ones in July, leaving him with a 5.72 ERA on the month and 5.07 ERA on the year. Nolasco will look to break that pattern in his next start Tuesday at home against the Phillies.
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