UPDATES & NEWS
Corey Kluber gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Royals on Tuesday.
Kluber took his first loss since April 29 on Tuesday night, after allowing a season-high six runs which makes it 10 runs (seven earned) he has allowed over his last two starts. Despite his recent slide in production, Kluber is still sitting 6-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 14 starts, while owning an impressive 104:22 K:BB rate. He is going to be just fine moving forward considering he has managed to keep his walks to a minimum, so this should be viewed as just a bump in the road. Kluber will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox on Sunday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Red Sox have recalled Jackie Bradley Jr from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox are in need of some depth as Shane Victorino is on the DL and with Mike Napoli nursing a bad case of the sniffles, Daniel Nava is being used at first base. Bradley may be able to audition here for a larger role and could conceivably carve something out for himself while Victorino is out, if he plays well. For now, though, he is not someone fantasy owners should be considering. Analysis: Howard Bender
Bills have exercised their fifth-year contract option on CB Stephon Gilmore.
The Bills are obviously hoping that they exercised the option on the second-half Gilmore and not the first-half guy. Over the early part of the season, Gilmore was toasted by receivers every which way, allowing 22 completions on 27 passes thrown in his direction. In the second half though, he massively improved his coverage skills and allowed just 21 completions on 42 passes thrown his way as quarterbacks made a major attempt to expose his flaws. If he can maintain where he was in the latter half of the season he should prove to be a strong defensive asset. Analysis: Howard Bender