Cody AllenRP CLE 13 hours ago
Allen struck out one in a clean ninth Thursday against the Blue Jays to earn his 17th save of the year.
Allen needed just 11 pitches to hush the heart of the Jays potent offense. He struck out Josh Donaldson before inducing ground outs from Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders. The closer is now 17-for-19 in save chances, and boasts a fine 3.12 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through the season's first three months.
Michael FoltynewiczSP ATL 13 hours ago
Foltynewicz (2-2) allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on two hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings, but received no decision Thursday against the Marlins.
Fotynewicz gave up a three-run homer to Justin Bour to account for all of the runs scored against him in his return from the disabled list, and he was removed after throwing 61 pitches in a game that was delayed for over an hour by rain. He's now held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts, and his ERA is at 3.72. He'll make his next start Tuesday at the Phillies.
DTDCarlos BeltranRF/DH NYY 13 hours ago
Beltran (hamstring) was able to pinch hit Thursday, walking in his only plate appearance in the win over the Rangers.
He was immediately replaced by a pinch-runner after reaching base, but it's still encouraging that Beltran felt good enough to be sent into the contest after being held out of the lineup for two games. The Yankees are set to open a three-game series in a National League park when they head to San Diego on Friday and will lose the DH, so Beltran may continue to be held out of the lineup if he's not yet ready to resume fielding duties.
Jason Kipnis2B/DH CLE 13 hours ago
Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a home run, his 11th of the year, in Thursday's 4-1 win in Toronto.
The second baseman did his part to help keep the Indians' 13-game winning streak alive by bashing a third-inning fastball from R.A. Dickey to give the Indians a 2-0 lead. In the process, Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 12-games, a stretch that includes three home runs, two triples, 12 RBI and six runs. He's hitting a respectable .271/.346/.479 through 299 at-bats this season.
Justin Bour1B MIA 13 hours ago
Bour went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, two walks and two runs Thursday at the Braves.
Bour's 15th bomb of the year gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead in the third inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's now blasted four homers in his last six games, and he's slashing .269/.347/.534 on the year.
Wei-Yin ChenSP MIA 13 hours ago
Chen (4-3) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over 5.1 innings to take the loss Thursday at the Braves.
Chen had an early three-run lead, but gave up a pair of runs in both the third and sixth innings to saddle him with his third loss of the season. He's now allowed at least four earned runs in four of his last five starts to raise his ERA to 5.11 on the year. He'll make his next start Tuesday at the Mets.
Rajai DavisOF/DH CLE 13 hours ago
Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and scored twice in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.
After hitting his eighth homer of the season, the center fielder added his 13th double of the year in the ninth inning. Davis put the cherry on top of June with Thursday's performance. He finished the month with a .313 average, raising his season's average to .271, its highest mark since May 5. The 11th-year veteran is rolling right now, and owners shouldn't miss this opportunity to slot him into the lineup.
R.A. DickeySP TOR 13 hours ago
Dickey (5-9) pitched seven quality innings, allowing three runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out four in Thursday's loss to the Indians, who have now won 13 straight games.
Dickey was done in by two home runs on Thursday. Five of the 19 home runs he's allowed this season have come on the first pitch. Both Rajai Davis (second inning) and Jason Kipnis (third) ambushed the first pitch they received for their home runs. Davis crushed one of Dickey's signature knucklers, while Kipnis belted a fastball. The veteran is allowing a career-high 1.7 HR/9 this year, and has his highest ERA (4.23) since 2009 when he spent a season in Minnesota.
Carlos CarrascoSP CLE 13 hours ago
Carrasco (4-2) shut down the Jays over 7.1 innings Thursday, allowing one run, three hits and two walks while striking out 14 in the win.
Between the sixth and eighth innings, Carrasco registered six consecutive strikeouts. Eight of the right-hander's 14 strikeouts came via his signature split-changeup. He fell one short of his career high of 15 strikeouts that came on Sept. 25 last year against the Royals. Since returning from the DL, Carrasco has been great, posting a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 29 in 34 innings.
Joey Votto1B CIN 13 hours ago
Votto went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, his 14th of the year, in Thursday's 13-4 loss to the Nationals.
The first baseman was the only bright spot in the lopsided loss. Votto is doing the best he can with a lackluster supporting cast around him. Over his last four game, the veteran is 5-for-15 (.333) with three home runs, four RBI and four runs.