Jerome Williams P PHI 6 hours ago
Williams (hamstring) expects to need two rehab starts before rejoining the Phillies, the team's official site reports.
That sets Williams up to return after the All-Star break. He will start his rehab with Double-A Reading this week, and will likely slot back into the Phillies' rotation when he comes off the disabled list. He has been sidelined since June 17 with a strained left hamstring.
Ben Revere OF PHI 6 hours ago
Revere is dealing with some mild right hamstring soreness, the Phillies' official site reports.
Revere was able to pinch hit Thursday and Friday, but did not play Saturday or Sunday. He said he expects to return to action during the Phillies' series with the Dodgers which starts Monday. Revere remains on the trade block and was close to being traded to the Angels earlier this season. They backed out of a deal that would have sent reliever Trevor Gott to the Phillies for Revere.
Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 8 hours ago
Tazawa made his first appearance in a week, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Tazawa was noticeably absent in the series against the Blue Jays and then unavailable for use Friday, leading to speculation in the Boston Globe that he was dealing with shoulder fatigue.
Mike Napoli 1B BOS 8 hours ago
The Red Sox do not plan to use David Ortiz as a replacement for Napoli on a regular basis, the Providence Journal reports.
Napoli, who has five hits in his last 46 at-bats (.109), was given a day off Sunday. While Ortiz may not be a sustainable option to replace Napoli, Brock Holt could be, once Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is activated. At any rate, we expect Napoli back in the lineup Tuesday night against Miami.
Rick Porcello SP BOS 8 hours ago
Porcello will start Wednesday against the Marlins, the Providence Journal reports.
There had been some talk of skipping Porcello's turn through the rotation, but instead Boston will skip Justin Masterson and give Porcello an extra day of preparation. He will be paired with catcher Ryan Hanigan, who said he has some ideas that might help the struggling Porcello, who has an unsightly 8.18 ERA in his last eight starts.
Hanley Ramirez SS/LF/DH BOS 9 hours ago
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and a two-run homer in Sunday's victory over Houston.
Ramirez's seventh-inning bomb was the winning hit in a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. He's homered three times and knocked in five runs in the past four games. He's starting to impact the ball like he did in April when Ramirez hit 10 homers with 22 RBI.
Alex Gordon LF KC 9 hours ago
Gordon went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Twins.
The All-Star starter in left field for the AL barely squeaked his 10th homer of the year over the wall at Kauffman Stadium, just his second homer and RBI since June 18. That power outage has taken off over 20 points from his slugging percentage, yet Gordon is still finding his way on base --- his OBP has dipped only one point over that span (from .381 to .380).
Eduardo Rodriguez SP BOS 9 hours ago
Rodriguez allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Rodriguez wasn't at his best Sunday. He was unable to set down the Astros in order, reached several three-ball counts, and Houston put a half-dozen men in scoring position. But Rodriguez limited the damage to one run, executing well with runners on base.
Greg Holland RP KC 9 hours ago
Holland picked up his second win of the season Sunday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning with one hit allowed in a 3-2 victory over the Twins.
The 29-year-old needed just 11 pitches to get through the ninth inning, getting Trevor Plouffe to line out before inducing groundballs from Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Nunez. Holland has only allowed one run in his last eight appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.74, but he hasn't had a save chance yet so far in July.
Ian Kennedy SP SD 9 hours ago
Kennedy took the loss Sunday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings against the Cardinals. He did not walk a batter.
The 30-year-old gave up another home run, this time to rookie outfielder Tommy Pham, his sixth homer allowed in his last five outings and 18th on the year (fifth-most in NL) . Even with all of those balls finding the bleachers, the Padres' starter has been largely successful of late, pitching to a 2.31 ERA in six June outings. Kennedy will take his 4.84 ERA into Arlington to face the Rangers in his next start.