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Austin Bibens-Dirkx (R) Headshot

Bibens-Dirkx was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk over a lone inning of relief in Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Marlins.

After starter Yu Darvish couldn't get out of the fourth inning, Rangers manager Jeff Banister called upon Jeremy Jeffress to record the final out of the frame, with Jeffress also covering two innings beyond that. It still wasn't enough for the Rangers to get through the contest, so Banister dusted off Bibens-Dirkx for the first time in a more than a week and had him seventh inning. Bibens-Dirkx wasn't able to clot the bleeding, but the more important takeaway than the performance itself is that he tossed 23 pitches, which could take him out of consideration for a spot start Saturday against the Orioles. A.J. Griffin (oblique) now seems more likely to be activated Saturday from the 60-day disabled list to replace Tyson Ross' (finger) spot in the rotation.
10:53 am (EST)
Chris Davis (L) Headshot

Davis (illness) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Wednesday's matchup with Tampa Bay.

It was the first game back for the Orioles' first baseman, who missed the previous two games with a stomach virus. Davis is now hitting .175 with 17 strikeouts in 40 at-bats since he was activated from the disabled list July 14 with an oblique injury.
10:52 am (EST)
Jeremy Jeffress (R) Headshot

Jeffress gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three over 2.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Marlins.

Jeffress entered the game with two outs in the third inning and the Rangers trailing 9-1, which speaks volumes of how far he's fallen in the bullpen pecking order. Though he was able to eat some innings in the blowout loss, Jeffress wasn't especially especially sharp, with the lone run he was charged with coming on a J.T. Realmuto long ball. Jeffress now sits on a 5.21 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 38 innings in what's been a miserable season.
10:48 am (EST)
Shawn Kelley (R) Headshot

Kelley (neck) will begin his rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Syracuse, The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports.

Kelley felt good after completing a simulated game Wednesday, and is set to start a multi-game rehab assignment for Syracuse. Following his outing Saturday, Kelley will rest for a couple days and then toe the rubber once more. If all goes well, the right-hander could return to the Nationals after his second contest.
10:37 am (EST)
Yusmeiro Petit (R) Headshot

Petit will take the hill first during a planned "bullpen game" Saturday against the Blue Jays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The handy relief weapon logged three innings Tuesday, and manager Mike Scioscia said Petit will be able to throw about 40 pitches in this spot start, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. That confirms that unless he's absurdly efficient, Petit will not be in a favorable situation to offer streamer value to fantasy owners. His likely plan of going fewer than five innings doesn't put him in a good spot for a quality start or win.
10:26 am (EST)
Russell Martin (R) Headshot

Martin is batting second and catching Thursday against the Athletics, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The backstop enjoyed a day off Wednesday but resurfaces in the lineup for the series finale. Martin continues to drag down his fantasy owners at the plate, starting the second half with a 4-for-29 slide that includes 11 whiffs. He continues to hold value in most two-catcher leagues merely for his playing time, but he's not offering much to go along with it.
10:19 am (EST)
Manny Piña (R) Headshot

Pina is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Nationals.

Pina receives a standard day off after setting up behind the plate for the past three games. In his stead, Jett Bandy will catch Michael Blazek, while batting eighth.
10:17 am (EST)
Orlando Arcia (R) Headshot

Arcia is out of the lineup Thursday against Washington.

Arcia will get a breather for the first time in July, while Eric Sogard slides over to man the shortstop position during Thursday's series finale. Throughout the course of this month, Arcia is hitting .481/.509/.870 with six home runs and 24 RBI, and should return to the lineup for the opener against the Cubs on Friday.
10:13 am (EST)
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