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Charlie Morton Headshot

Morton allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over seven innings in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers.

Morton's had a recurring problem this season when reaching the fifth and sixth, but there wasn't an issue Wednesday. He even made it through the seventh unscathed -- just the second time in 10 starts he's pitched that deep. Prior to Wednesday, opponents had posted a 1.143 OPS against Morton the third time through the order. Unfortunately, the Astros' bats couldn't take advantage of Morton's effectiveness, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 4.06, makes his next start Monday on the road against the Twins.
6:49 am (EST)
Trevor Bauer Headshot

Bauer (4-4) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings but came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Reds.

The right-hander threw 94 pitches (57 strikes) but was a victim of circumstance in this one despite his usual inefficiency, as a lengthy rain delay prevented him from finishing out the sixth inning and getting credit for a quality start, while Cody Allen's first blown save since last August cost Bauer his fifth win. He'll next take the mound Monday at home against the A's.
6:42 am (EST)
Raisel Iglesias Headshot

Iglesias gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to notch his eighth save of the season in a 4-3 win over Cleveland.

It's been nearly two weeks since Iglesias' last save opportunity, but he's remained sharp in the interim and the 27-year-old now sports a 0.73 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB in 24.2 innings on the season. The Reds have a number of issues on their pitching staff, but the closer spot isn't one of them.
6:35 am (EST)
Lisalverto Bonilla Headshot

Bonilla (0-2) gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings but came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Cleveland. He struck out two.

A two-hour rain delay prevented Bonilla from going any deeper into the game, as he'd thrown only 80 pitches (46 strikes) before the skies opened up. The 26-year-old has given up at least one homer and walked at least two batters in all four of his appearances for the Reds this season, a combination which doesn't lend itself to success, but until the team gets some other arms back from the DL he'll likely hang onto his spot in the rotation. Bonilla's next start is scheduled for Monday in Toronto.
6:31 am (EST)
Michael Saunders Headshot

Saunders went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Rockies.

Saunders entered Wednesday's game having been hitless in his prior 14 at-bats, so it is nice to see some signs of life. He'll need to continue to produce to avoid having his playing time cut when Howie Kendrick comes off the disabled list next week.
6:04 am (EST)
Maikel Franco Headshot

Manager Pete Mackanin said his benching of Franco is "a day-to-day thing," Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Franco was out of the lineup for a second straight day Wednesday as Mackanin tries to send his young third baseman a message. Franco is slashing just .221/.281/.377 in 154 at-bats this season. The Phillies have tried to get the 24-year-old to make adjustments to his swing, but he has been unable to execute those changes in games. "As much as he works in the cage and on the field in batting practice and does it right, when he gets in the game his head is still flying and his bat is coming out of the zone," Mackanin said. Andres Blanco started at third in place of Franco the past two games and could see another start there if Franco's benching continues Thursday. Howie Kendrick is also out on rehab assignment and is capable of playing third base. It isn't out of the question that the Phillies could send Franco to the minors for a stint to try to get him back on track.
5:55 am (EST)
Jordy Mercer Headshot

Mercer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs against the Braves on Wednesday.

He's ripped seven hits in 13 at-bats over the past three games, including homering in each of the last two. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, as Mercer is pretty well established as a mediocre hitter in the middle infield at this point.
5:35 am (EST)
José Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, blowing the save in the ninth inning before his team lost in the 10th.

He got the call in this one after a presumably tired Jim Johnson blew the save Tuesday, but Ramirez didn't make much of an argument for a hostile takeover of the ninth-inning role. The 27-year-old righty will have to continue biding his time in setup duty until a potential Johnson trade opens up an opportunity for Ramirez and Arodys Vizcaino to compete for save chances.
5:33 am (EST)
Josh Collmenter Headshot

Collmenter (0-2) gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk in the 10th inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

After the Pirates went ahead against him, manager Brian Snitker left Collmenter in to take his lumps and save the rest of the bullpen, and he proceeded to give up three homers in his inning of work. With his 9.00 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in mostly low-leverage work out of Atlanta's bullpen, it's hard to imagine the sort of fantasy roster where Collmenter might find a home.
5:30 am (EST)
Adam Frazier Headshot

Frazier had a perfect day at the plate Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, four walks, a steal and three runs in a 10-inning win against the Braves.

His second-inning homer got the Pirates' offense going early, and Frazier never stopped doing his thing out of the leadoff spot. The young outfielder is now sporting a spectacular .370 batting average with a couple homers, a couple steals, 15 RBI and 15 runs through 27 games spent primarily in the leadoff spot. His sky-high BABIP suggests that regression is in the offing, but also that a .300 average may be sustainable; however, Frazier's modest pop and inefficient base stealing put a hard ceiling on his fantasy upside.
5:27 am (EST)
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