Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and three stolen bases against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Hamilton has been on fire of late, going 10-for-21 (.476 BA) with four extra-base hits (2 HR), five RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over his last six games. After a slow start to the season, Hamilton has really picked up the pace of late and is now just eight stolen bases off the pace of league-leader Dee Gordon (36) with 28 steals on 36 attempts as he continues to be a threat every time he gets aboard. As long as his on-base percentage (.311) remains on the upswing, he will be a great contributor in both runs and stolen bases as we get into the heart of summer. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Joffrey Lauvergne practiced in full Thursday.
Lauvergne has missed the last 12 games due to a back injury but was back practicing in full on Thursday. It's a great sign for the second year pro who played well when he was healthy. He started the three games he played so we will wait and see if that's what Denver has in store for him when he returns to the lineup. Analysis: James Grande
Johnny Manziel was demoted because he lied about were he was.
When video surfaced of Manziel out partying, you just knew that head coach Mike Pettine had enough of this far-too scrutinized situation. Manziel has been a veritable nightmare for the coaches and continues to show a complete lack of maturity. Josh McCown will get the start in Week 12 and, barring injury, is likely the full-time starter moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender