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  • Clay Holmes NYY RP
    Yankees' Clay Holmes: Secures third save
    8m ago

    Holmes earned a save against the Orioles on Wednesday, tossing two scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and struck out one.

    Aroldis Chapman has been shaky of late and had pitched three of the past four days, so the Yankees opted not to go to him with a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Instead, manager Aaron Boone stuck with Holmes, who had thrown just eight pitches in a scoreless eighth frame. The right-hander had no trouble closing out the contest, retiring the side in order. Despite his recent struggles, Chapman hasn't blown a save this season and isn't likely to be demoted from the closer role just yet, but Holmes would be among the top candidates to step in if that decision were to be made down the road.

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  • Gerrit Cole NYY SP
    Yankees' Gerrit Cole: Notches fourth victory
    19m ago

    Cole (4-0) earned the win over Baltimore on Wednesday, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five batters.

    Cole demonstrated excellent control throughout the contest, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes and yielding no walks for the first time this season. He didn't fan any batters through the first three innings, struck out five straight between the fourth and fifth frames, then went the rest of his outing without another punchout. The right-hander had a 6.35 ERA through his first three outings this season but has brought that number all the way down to 2.89 with five straight quality starts. His next start is lined up to be a rematch against the Orioles -- this time in New York -- early next week.

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  • Max Scherzer NYM SP
    Mets' Max Scherzer: Pulled from Wednesday's start
    36m ago

    Scherzer was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran right-hander threw a pitch in the dirt with two outs and runners on first and second during the sixth inning, and he left the contest after gesturing to the coaching staff after the pitch. He didn't appear to suffer an obvious injury, but it's a concerning development given how Scherzer typically fights to stay in as long as possible. He exited in line for the victory and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and zero walks over 5.2 innings.

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  • Edmundo Sosa STL SS
    Cardinals' Edmundo Sosa: Exits with injury
    43m ago

    Sosa was removed from Wednesday's game against the Mets with an apparent leg injury, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Sosa appeared to suffer the injury when he was caught stealing during the fifth inning, and he initially remained in the contest before being replaced in the field. He should be considered day-to-day since the specifics of the injury are unclear.

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  • Thairo Estrada SF 2B
    Giants' Thairo Estrada: Reaches base four times
    45m ago

    Estrada went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Estrada is fighting for continued playing time due to the return of Tommy La Stella (Achilles), and he's made a strong case by turning in multi-hit efforts in each of his last three starts. That has been aided by the hitting environment at Coors Field, though Estrada was only one of two Giants hitters to record multiple knocks Wednesday. Estrada also tallied his sixth stolen base of the campaign, and he has yet to be caught. Overall, Estrada maintains a .271/.306/.383 line with 20 RBI and 24 runs scored across 144 plate appearances.

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  • Logan Webb SF SP
    Giants' Logan Webb: Survives Coors Field
    1h ago

    Webb allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six across seven innings Wednesday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision.

    Webb coughed up two runs in the first frame but rebounded to turn in his sixth quality start in eight appearances this season. He did so primarily by keeping the ball out of the air, as 17 of his 21 outs came via either groundball or strikeout. Webb owns a 3.54 ERA with a 34:13 K:BB across 48.1 innings on the campaign.

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  • Michael Perez PIT C
    Pirates' Michael Perez: Riding pine Wednesday
    5h ago

    Perez isn't starting Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Perez started in the last three games and went 1-for-7 with two walks and a strikeout. Tyler Heineman will start behind the dish and bat eighth.

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  • Tomas Nido NYM C
    Mets' Tomas Nido: Gets breather Wednesday
    6h ago

    Nido isn't starting Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Nido went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's nightcap, and he'll be on the bench for the third time in the last five games. Patrick Mazeika will start behind the plate and bat ninth.

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  • Austin Nola SD C
    Padres' Austin Nola: Takes seat Wednesday
    6h ago

    Nola isn't starting Wednesday against the Phillies, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Nola started in the last two games and went 1-for-6 with two RBI. Jorge Alfaro will start behind the dish and bat eighth Wednesday.

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  • Roberto Perez PIT C
    Pirates' Roberto Perez: Gets season-ending surgery
    6h ago

    The Pirates announced Wednesday that Perez will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hamstring in the near future, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    Perez, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Pittsburgh in November, appeared in just 21 games before hitting the shelf earlier this month with what ultimately proved to be a season-ending injury. The Pirates will likely lean on a platoon of Michael Perez and Tyler Heineman at catcher the rest of the way, barring any further additions to the position group.

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  • Luis Torrens SEA C
    Mariners' Luis Torrens: Remains out of lineup
    7h ago

    Torrens isn't starting Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Torrens recently had a string of six consecutive starts in which he hit .263 with two runs, three walks and seven strikeouts, but he'll now retreat to the bench for the third time in the last four games. Cal Raleigh will start behind the plate and bat ninth.

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  • Ben Rortvedt NYY C
    Yankees' Ben Rortvedt: Undergoes surgery
    7h ago

    Rortvedt (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

    Rortvedt missed the start of the regular season due to an oblique injury, and his rehab assignment was recently paused due to a knee injury that ultimately required surgery. The procedure was classified as a meniscus clean-up, and the backstop is expected to have a recovery timetable of 6-to-8 weeks prior to returning to game action. As a result, the 24-year-old will likely be sidelined until at least late June or sometime in July.

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  • Luis Arraez MIN 1B
    Twins' Luis Arraez: Scores four times
    1h ago

    Arraez went 3-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, a stolen base, four runs scored and two RBI on Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Arraez turned in his third multi-hit game across his last seven starts. The highlight of his performance was his two extra-base hits, as he entered the game with only three doubles and a home run across 107 plate appearances on the campaign. Despite the lack of power, Arraez has a .425 on-base percentage and has regularly hit near the top of the Twins' order, so he should be a good source of runs.

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  • Keston Hiura MIL 1B
    Brewers' Keston Hiura: Swats walkoff homer in return
    3h ago

    Hiura went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings win over Atlanta.

    Called up from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day when Willy Adames (ankle) landed on the injured list, Hiura got to play hero for the Brewers by launching a game-winning homer off Jesse Chavez in the bottom of the 11th inning. Hiura had been on fire at Nashville, going 8-for-19 (.421) in five games with three home runs, and the 25-year-old was able to carry that momentum forward for at least one game with Milwaukee.

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  • Seth Brown OAK 1B
    Athletics' Seth Brown: Riding three-game hitting streak
    3h ago

    Brown, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, a triple and a run in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, is 5-for-12 over his current three-game hitting streak.

    In a testament to how deep a hole Brown has been stuck in offensively, the productive surge, which also includes a pair of doubles, another RBI, a walk and an additional two runs, has only served to raise his season slash line to .186/.256/.354. Nevertheless, it's worth noting that 11 of Brown's 21 hits have gone for extra bases after 34 of his 60 knocks last season did the same.

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  • Spencer Torkelson DET 1B
    Tigers' Spencer Torkelson: Provides offense Wednesday
    6h ago

    Torkelson went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Rays.

    Torkelson was the only Detroit player with multiple hits and the only one to cross the plate as well. The rookie is still batting just .173, but at least he's continuing to see regular playing time, as the 13-25 Tigers look to be in a rebuilding campaign. As long as Torkelson stays in the lineup most days, fantasy managers should keep an eye on him, as the talent is there for a breakout at any point.

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  • Josh Naylor CLE 1B
    Guardians' Josh Naylor: Could return Friday
    6h ago

    Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that he's hopeful Naylor (illness) will be able to return to the lineup Friday against the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.

    The Guardians have a scheduled day off following Wednesday's series finale against the Reds, and Francona is hopeful that Naylor will be able to return to action for Friday's series opener against Detroit after spending a week on the COVID-19 injured list. The 24-year-old was off to a hot start to the season prior to his absence, as he hit .347 with five homers, four doubles, 22 RBI and 10 runs over 20 games.

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  • Jose Miranda MIN 1B
    Twins' Jose Miranda: On bench again Wednesday
    11h ago

    Miranda is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

    Miranda is on the bench for the third time in five games and appears to have lost hold of an everyday role following Luis Arraez's recent return from the COVID-19 injured list. The rookie has thus far had a rough introduction to the majors, hitting .096 with a 20.4 percent strikeout rate across 54 plate appearances. If playing time grows more scarce for Miranda, he could be headed back to Triple-A St. Paul in short order.

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  • Thairo Estrada SF 2B
    Giants' Thairo Estrada: Reaches base four times
    45m ago

    Estrada went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Estrada is fighting for continued playing time due to the return of Tommy La Stella (Achilles), and he's made a strong case by turning in multi-hit efforts in each of his last three starts. That has been aided by the hitting environment at Coors Field, though Estrada was only one of two Giants hitters to record multiple knocks Wednesday. Estrada also tallied his sixth stolen base of the campaign, and he has yet to be caught. Overall, Estrada maintains a .271/.306/.383 line with 20 RBI and 24 runs scored across 144 plate appearances.

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  • Josh VanMeter PIT 2B
    Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sits against southpaw
    5h ago

    VanMeter isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Left-hander Drew Smyly is on the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday, so VanMeter will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Michael Chavis will start at the keystone and bat third.

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  • Matt Duffy LAA 2B
    Angels' Matt Duffy: Not in Wednesday's lineup
    5h ago

    Duffy (face) isn't starting Wednesday against the Rangers, Arianna Vedia of MLB.com reports.

    Duffy exited Tuesday's matchup against Texas due to a facial laceration, and he won't be in the lineup a day later. Whether he's available off the bench remains to be seen, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.

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  • Tommy Edman STL 2B
    Cardinals' Tommy Edman: Dealing with calf soreness
    5h ago

    Edman isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets due to calf soreness, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Edman was hit by a pitch in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, and Brendan Donovan will take his place at the keystone a day later. However, Edman will be available off the bench, so it doesn't appear as though his injury is a significant concern.

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  • Tommy Edman STL 2B
    Cardinals' Tommy Edman: Riding pine Wednesday
    6h ago

    Edman isn't starting Wednesday against the Mets, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Edman is currently riding a four-game hit streak in which he's gone 4-for-16 with a homer, a triple, four runs, two RBI and a stolen base, but he'll be out of the lineup for the first time since May 2. Brendan Donovan will shift to second base while Edmundo Sosa starts at shortstop.

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  • Josh Harrison CHW 2B
    White Sox's Josh Harrison: Not starting Wednesday
    6h ago

    Harrison isn't starting Wednesday against the Royals.

    Harrison started in both games during Tuesday's doubleheader, and he went 2-for-6 with a double, a run, a walk and a strikeout. He'll get a breather while Leury Garcia starts at the keystone and bats seventh.

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  • Jace Peterson MIL 3B
    Brewers' Jace Peterson: Swipes sixth bag
    3h ago

    Peterson went 0-for-1 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings win over Atlanta.

    While he didn't get the start, Peterson still played a huge role in the Brewers' come-from-behind win. He pinch hit for Mike Brosseau in the ninth inning, drew a walk off Kenley Jansen and then scored the tying run, before crossing the plate with the game-winning run in the 11th on Keston Hiura's walkoff homer. Peterson should be able to keep a consistent role at third base while Luis Urias is covering shortstop for Willy Adames (ankle), and while the veteran utility player is only batting .224 through 87 plate appearances on the year, it comes with three homers, six steals, nine RBI and 16 runs.

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  • Austin Riley ATL 3B
    Braves' Austin Riley: Socks eighth homer
    3h ago

    Riley went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.

    The third baseman took Corbin Burnes deep in the third to get Atlanta on the board. The blast snapped a 13-game homer drought for Riley, a stretch during which he hit only .157 (8-for-51) with a single RBI, and on the season he carries a .799 OPS with eight home runs and 18 RBI through 37 games.

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  • Kevin Smith OAK 3B
    Athletics' Kevin Smith: Second straight two-hit effort
    3h ago

    Smith went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, his second consecutive two-hit effort.

    With Wednesday's production, Smith pulled his average back up over the Mendoza Line to .209. The 25-year-old had belted his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win, a two-run shot that had staked Oakland to an early 2-0 lead in what was ultimately a 5-2 victory. Nine of Smith's 19 hits have impressively gone for extra bases thus far, so if he can continue to pick up the pace at the plate the more he acclimates to big-league arms, he could turn into a viable fantasy asset over the course of his rookie season.

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  • Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
    Angels' Anthony Rendon: Slugs fifth homer
    4h ago

    Rendon went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, an additional RBI and two walks in a loss to Texas on Tuesday.

    Rendon gave the Angels an early lead with his two-run shot to left field in the third inning, and he plated the game's final run with a single in the ninth. It was the veteran third baseman's third multi-hit performance over his past six games, a stretch during which he's slashing .400/.478/.650 with two doubles and five RBI. Rendon is slashing a more modest .230/.331/.405 across 148 plate appearances overall this season.

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  • Patrick Wisdom CHC 3B
    Cubs' Patrick Wisdom: Not in Wednesday's lineup
    6h ago

    Wisdom isn't starting Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Wisdom hit just .111 with a home run, a double, two runs and 10 strikeouts over the last five games, and he'll get a breather after drawing eight consecutive starts. Christopher Morel will start at the hot corner and bat eighth.

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  • DJ LeMahieu NYY 3B
    Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Not in Wednesday's lineup
    6h ago

    LeMahieu isn't starting Wednesday against the Orioles.

    LeMahieu will get his first day off since May 8 after he went 1-for-12 with two RBI, a run, a walk and five strikeouts over the last three games. Gleyber Torres will start at second base and bat fifth.

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  • Edmundo Sosa STL SS
    Cardinals' Edmundo Sosa: Exits with injury
    43m ago

    Sosa was removed from Wednesday's game against the Mets with an apparent leg injury, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Sosa appeared to suffer the injury when he was caught stealing during the fifth inning, and he initially remained in the contest before being replaced in the field. He should be considered day-to-day since the specifics of the injury are unclear.

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  • Carlos Correa MIN SS
    Twins' Carlos Correa: Scores twice in return
    2h ago

    Correa went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Correa returned from the injured list after recovering from a finger injury that cost him nearly two weeks. He singled and scored his first time at the plate and followed that up with an RBI double in the fourth frame. Correa has lacked power early on in the campaign, though the recent uptick in offense around the league bodes well for his potential to experience improved results.

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  • Andrelton Simmons CHC SS
    Cubs' Andrelton Simmons: Starting Wednesday
    6h ago

    Simmons is starting at shortstop and batting ninth in Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    Simmons will make his second start in four games since his return from the injured list Sunday. Nico Hoerner (ankle) hit the IL himself to make room for Simmons, so there should be plenty of playing time available at shortstop, though it seems the Cubs are being cautious with the veteran as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. Ildemaro Vargas remains on hand to provide depth at the position.

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  • Christopher Morel CHC SS
    Cubs' Christopher Morel: Set for first career start
    6h ago

    Morel is starting at third base and batting eighth in Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    A day after hitting his first MLB home run as a pinch hitter in his first career at-bat, Morel will pick up his first start in the majors. The 22-year-old got the call from Double-A Tennessee to provide some outfield depth with Jason Heyward hitting the COVID-19 injured list, but Morel can also play some third base. Patrick Wisdom gets a rest day to make room at the hot corner.

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  • Alcides Escobar WAS SS
    Nationals' Alcides Escobar: Regains playing time
    6h ago

    Escobar will start at shortstop and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

    Late last week, Escobar appeared to have slipped behind Dee Strange-Gordon on the depth chart at shortstop, but Escobar has seemingly re-emerged as manager Dave Martinez's preferred option. Escobar will pick up his second consecutive start Wednesday and finds himself in the lineup for the fourth time in six contests.

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  • Dee Strange-Gordon WAS SS
    Nationals' Dee Strange-Gordon: Remains out of lineup
    7h ago

    Strange-Gordon isn't starting Wednesday against Miami.

    Even with right-hander Pablo Lopez on the mound for the Marlins, Strange-Gordon will be out of the lineup for the fourth time in the last six games. Alcides Escobar will start at shortstop and bat ninth.

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  • Lourdes Gurriel TOR LF
    Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel: Leaves with hamstring tightness
    1h ago

    Gurriel was removed from Wednesday's game against the Mariners with left hamstring tightness, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    Gurriel went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being replaced in the outfield for the top of the sixth inning. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, and the 28-year-old should be considered day-to-day as he's further evaluated.

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  • Luis Barrera OAK LF
    Athletics' Luis Barrera: Playing time ticking up
    2h ago

    Barrera went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Wednesday against the Twins.

    Barrera has started four of the last five games in a corner outfield spot. Chad Pinder has been the primary playing time loser, though Cristian Pache sat Wednesday. Barrera turned in his second multi-hit performance of the season, tallying three singles while scoring a run in the seventh inning and driving in a run in the eighth. Barrera has had some success early on, maintaining a .348/.407/.478 line while stealing a base and maintaining an 11.1 percent strikeout rate across 27 plate appearances.

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  • Christian Yelich MIL LF
    Brewers' Christian Yelich: Steals fifth base
    2h ago

    Yelich went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings win over Atlanta.

    His lone hit was timely, as Yelich led off the 10th inning with a single that pushed phantom runner Luis Urias to third base and set up Hunter Renfroe for a game-tying sacrifice fly. Yelich continues to struggle to put together an extended hot streak, and on the season he's batting only .237 with five homers, five steals, 20 RBI and 25 runs through 37 games.

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  • Marcell Ozuna ATL LF
    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Slugs seventh homer
    3h ago

    Ozuna went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.

    The veteran slugger went back-to-back with Austin Riley off Corbin Burnes in the third inning, staking Atlanta to an early 4-0 lead that the bullpen couldn't protect. Ozuna has gone yard three times in the last five games as part of a six-game hitting streak, and he's up to seven homers and 17 RBI through 38 games on the season.

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  • Michael Hermosillo CHC CF
    Cubs' Michael Hermosillo: Shifts to COVID-19 IL
    4h ago

    Hermosillo (quadriceps) was transferred to the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Hermosillo landed on the 10-day IL last week with a strained left quad, but he's now been moved to the COVID-19 IL. The 27-year-old isn't expected to resume baseball activities for at least a couple weeks, so he'll return to the regular injured list once he clears the COVID protocols.

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  • Lonnie White PIT CF
    Pirates' Lonnie White: Injuries considered minor
    4h ago

    White is dealing with mild elbow soreness and a minor hamstring injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    White was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list with a UCL injury and a hamstring issue Wednesday, but neither ailment seems to be particularly serious. However, it's not yet clear when the right-hander will be able to return to game action.

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  • Gerrit Cole NYY SP
    Yankees' Gerrit Cole: Notches fourth victory
    19m ago

    Cole (4-0) earned the win over Baltimore on Wednesday, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five batters.

    Cole demonstrated excellent control throughout the contest, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes and yielding no walks for the first time this season. He didn't fan any batters through the first three innings, struck out five straight between the fourth and fifth frames, then went the rest of his outing without another punchout. The right-hander had a 6.35 ERA through his first three outings this season but has brought that number all the way down to 2.89 with five straight quality starts. His next start is lined up to be a rematch against the Orioles -- this time in New York -- early next week.

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  • Max Scherzer NYM SP
    Mets' Max Scherzer: Pulled from Wednesday's start
    36m ago

    Scherzer was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran right-hander threw a pitch in the dirt with two outs and runners on first and second during the sixth inning, and he left the contest after gesturing to the coaching staff after the pitch. He didn't appear to suffer an obvious injury, but it's a concerning development given how Scherzer typically fights to stay in as long as possible. He exited in line for the victory and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and zero walks over 5.2 innings.

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  • Logan Webb SF SP
    Giants' Logan Webb: Survives Coors Field
    1h ago

    Webb allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six across seven innings Wednesday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision.

    Webb coughed up two runs in the first frame but rebounded to turn in his sixth quality start in eight appearances this season. He did so primarily by keeping the ball out of the air, as 17 of his 21 outs came via either groundball or strikeout. Webb owns a 3.54 ERA with a 34:13 K:BB across 48.1 innings on the campaign.

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  • Sonny Gray MIN SP
    Twins' Sonny Gray: Earns first win
    1h ago

    Gray (1-1) allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Gray allowed a run in each of the first and third innings, but he retired the last 10 batters he faced to turn in a solid performance. He induced eight groundouts, though he backed up his five strikeouts with only four swinging strikes across 84 total pitches. Even so, the performance was a step forward for Gray, as he turned in his longest outing of the campaign. Overall, he has a 3.48 ERA with a 25:9 K:BB across 20.2 frames this season.

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  • Luis Gil NYY SP
    Yankees' Luis Gil: Exits with arm injury
    2h ago

    Gil was removed from his start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday after gesturing to his right elbow, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

    The 24-year-old was making his first start back with the RailRiders after a brief stint with the Yankees, but his return outing was cut short by the injury. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but any arm issue is a worrying sign for Gil, who's struggled to a 9.53 ERA at Triple-A this year.

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  • Devin Smeltzer MIN SP
    Twins' Devin Smeltzer: Starting again Friday
    2h ago

    Smeltzer is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    The 26-year-old was called up for a spot start last Saturday and will receive another turn through the rotation after giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Smeltzer and Josh Winder are in competition for the No. 6 spot in the rotation -- assuming the Twins continue to use six starters -- with Chris Paddack (elbow) out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery Wednesday.

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  • Clay Holmes NYY RP
    Yankees' Clay Holmes: Secures third save
    8m ago

    Holmes earned a save against the Orioles on Wednesday, tossing two scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and struck out one.

    Aroldis Chapman has been shaky of late and had pitched three of the past four days, so the Yankees opted not to go to him with a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Instead, manager Aaron Boone stuck with Holmes, who had thrown just eight pitches in a scoreless eighth frame. The right-hander had no trouble closing out the contest, retiring the side in order. Despite his recent struggles, Chapman hasn't blown a save this season and isn't likely to be demoted from the closer role just yet, but Holmes would be among the top candidates to step in if that decision were to be made down the road.

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  • Josh Winder MIN RP
    Twins' Josh Winder: Role in flux
    2h ago

    Winder isn't expected to start against the Royals this weekend, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    The right-hander surprisingly covered 3.2 frames as a long reliever Tuesday, and he won't be rejoining Minnesota's starting rotation this weekend, with Devin Smeltzer, Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober (groin) expected to take the mound. Winder had a 1.61 ERA over his first five outings but has given up nine runs (eight earned) over seven frames in his last two appearances, and it appears he may now be ticketed for bullpen work.

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  • Ashton Goudeau COL RP
    Rockies' Ashton Goudeau: Sent to minors
    2h ago

    Goudeau was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after Wednesday's win over the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

    Goudeau has a 7.07 ERA and has given up at least one run in each of his past six appearances, leading to the demotion. Kris Bryant (back) is expected to be activated from the injured list ahead of Friday's game against the Mets to fill out the Rockies' 26-man roster.

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  • Kenley Jansen ATL RP
    Braves' Kenley Jansen: Blows first save of year
    3h ago

    Jansen gave up a run on a hit and a walk in one inning of relief to blow his first save chance of the season in Wednesday's 706 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.

    The veteran closer entered the game in the ninth inning with Atlanta holding a 4-3 lead, but an RBI triple by Kolten Wong sent the game to extras. Jansen was tagged for a run for only the second time in his last 15 appearances, but fatigue may have been a factor -- he's pitched on two straight days and four of the last five, although Atlanta does have a scheduled off day Thursday. On the season, Jansen sports a 2.70 ERA and 22:4 K:BB through 16.2 innings.

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  • Daniel Norris CHC RP
    Cubs' Daniel Norris: Feeling better Wednesday
    4h ago

    Norris (Achilles) is feeling better and could be available for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Norris exited Tuesday's win over the Pirates due to right Achilles soreness after facing just one batter, but his injury doesn't appear to be a major concern. Even if he doesn't appear in Wednesday's series finale, he should be considered day-to-day for now.

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    Sims (back) has yet to resume a throwing program and won't return from the 15-day injured list when first eligible May 26, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Sims was placed on the injured list last week due to a bulging disc in his back and has remained shut down from throwing since landing on the shelf. The 28-year-old is now likely to be out until at least early June, and a specific return timeline is unlikely to come into focus until he's cleared to start a throwing program.

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    Ortega is starting in center field and batting first in Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    Ortega will be making his fourth straight start, and he should remain a regular with Jason Heyward hitting the COVID-19-related injured list Tuesday. Heyward's eventual return may push Ortega to a reserve role, as the Cubs also have Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki to fill outfield spots. Ortega could see more time at DH moving forward, though Frank Schwindel has recently filled that role with increased frequency.

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    Phillies' Bryce Harper: Limited to DH role through break
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    Harper (elbow) isn't expected to be available to play right field until after the All-Star break after he was advised not to throw for six weeks upon receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection for his right elbow Sunday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    The six-week rest period would come to an end in early July, but since Harper would still need additional time after that to build up his throwing distance, the Phillies are preparing for him to be a full-time designated hitter for the remainder of the first half of the season. Perhaps no player has benefited more from the implementation of the universal designated hitter in 2022 than Harper, who likely would have gone on the injured list weeks ago if not for being available in a non-defensive role. Playing through the UCL sprain in his elbow hasn't hindered him at the plate, as Harper has maintained a .995 OPS through 147 plate appearances on the season. As a result of the recent PRP injection, Harper is still experiencing enough pain that he'll be out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres for the third consecutive game, but the Phillies anticipate that he'll be ready to handle DH duties by the weekend, if not Thursday's series finale with San Diego.

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    Sheets isn't starting Wednesday against the Royals.

    Even with right-hander Zack Greinke on the mound Wednesday, Sheets will get a chance to reset after he went 1-for-11 with a walk and three strikeouts over the last three games. Andrew Vaughn will serve as the designated hitter while Adam Engel starts in right field.

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    Phillies' Bryce Harper: Still not starting
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    Harper (elbow) isn't starting Wednesday against the Padres.

    The Phillies were pessimistic about Harper's availability for Wednesday's matchup, and he'll officially be held out of the lineup for a third straight game after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection over the weekend. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be back in action for Thursday's series finale. Odubel Herrera, Roman Quinn and Nick Castellanos will start in the outfield from left to right while Kyle Schwarber serves as the designated hitter Wednesday.

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    Reyes (personal) is starting Wednesday against the Reds.

    Reyes didn't start Tuesday while tending to a personal matter, but he appeared as a pinch hitter and drew a walk in his lone plate appearance. The 26-year-old will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth in his return to the lineup Wednesday.

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    Giants' Darin Ruf: Picks up start versus lefty
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    Ruf will start in left field and bat second in Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Ruf has enjoyed a big series in Colorado thus far, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, two walks, four runs and three RBI between the first two contests. He'll stick in the lineup for the second straight game with a southpaw (Kyle Freeland) on the hill for Colorado, but Ruf still looks like he'll serve as mostly a short-side platoon player moving forward now that the Giants have all of their key position players healthy.

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