Jeff Samardzija was forced out of the game in the third inning on Sunday after surrendering eight runs on eight hits and two walks against the Brewers on Sunday.
After allowing just 14 earned runs over his first 11 starts, Samardzija coughed up eight runs on Sunday lasting just three innings before getting the boot. He now falls to 1-5 on the year, but is still the proud owner of a 2.54 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 78.0 innings. As long has be can continue to limit his home runs allowed ( 4 HR) and keep his walks down (23 BB), there is no reason to think his hot start will be coming to an end. The Cubs ace will look to get back on track when he takes on the Marlins on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Kenneth Faried (ankle) remains questionable Saturday.
Faried has missed the last three games but had been upgraded from out to questionable for Friday. Despite the fact that he didn't play, there was enough improvement to give the team hope for a quick return to the court. He'll test his ankle at pre-game warm-ups and should be considered a game-time decision. Analysis: Howard Bender
Marlon Brown (back) is not practicing Saturday.
Brown is dealing with a back issue and hasn't practiced all week. He is unlikely to suit up for Monday's game against Cleveland which really won't impact fantasy or reality too much. Brown has seen a whopping two targets over the last three games and even with a depleted receiving corps for the Ravens, he gets no work. Analysis: Howard Bender
Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota to talk with the Twins.
With a $12.85M winning bid, the Twins now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park and his agent. If they don't, they will be refunded the money and Park will return to the KBO. The Korean slugger batted .343/.436/.714 with 53 home runs last season for the Nexen Heroes and hit 52 the year before. The KBO is notoriously hitter-friendly, so take those numbers with a grain of salt. He should still be able to hit for power, but given the dimensions of Target Field, 25 home runs is more of a realistic expectation. Analysis: Howard Bender