Dellin Betances RP NYY 5 hours ago
Betances struck out the side while allowing an unearned in his lone inning of work in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
Betances hadn't allowed a hit in 30 consecutive at bats before Kendrys Morales snapped the streak with an infield single. He may not get many saves or factor into the decision, but Betances has been dominant this seasons, as he's yet to allowed an earned run and has struck out 41 in 26 innings.
Josh Fields RP HOU 5 hours ago
Fields struck out two over 1.1 perfect frames during Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.
Fields lowered his ERA to 0.77 with his 11th consecutive scoreless appearance out of the bullpen for the Astros. He holds a 20:3 K:BB ratio over 11.2 innings this season.
Collin McHugh SP HOU 5 hours ago
McHugh allowed four runs on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts over six innings Wednesday, but took no decision in Houston's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Baltimore got to McHugh in the fourth inning with five straight hits, including back-to-back home runs from Chris Davis and Steve Pearce. McHugh exited after the sixth inning with the Astros trailing 4-1, and while he didn't walk any batters, he labored through much of the game, throwing only 62 of his 101 pitches for strikes. He'll carry a 4.24 ERA into his next scheduled start Tuesday against the O's.
Brian McCann C/1B/DH NYY 5 hours ago
McCann launched his sixth home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
McCann has homered in back-to-back games and has now driven in six RBI in his last three contests. He's still struggling to hit for average more regularly, as he currently sits at just .239, but McCann's six home runs and 29 RBI rank second and third respectively among catchers.
Justin Masterson SP BOS 6 hours ago
Masterson (shoulder) threw an extended bullpen session Wednesday and hopes to make a rehab start this weekend or early next week, the Boston Globe reports.
Masterson will get a few starts in the minor before the Red Sox bring him back up to Boston.
Brian Johnson SP BOS 6 hours ago
The Red Sox are looking for an opportunity to give Johnson his major league debut, the Boston Globe reports.
Manager John Farrell suggested he'd like to get Johnson's initial exposure to the majors out of the way and that there are some spots in the upcoming schedule that lineup nicely for that. The Red Sox are promoting Johnson's pitching mate at Triple-A Pawtucket, Eduardo Rodriguez, to make his initial start Thursday. Both Johnson and Rodriguez are expected to have long-term futures with the organization and the thought is to get them gradually transitioned to the majors.
Cameron Rupp C PHI 7 hours ago
Rupp went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.
Rupp has made 14 starts for the Phillies this season and is hitting .204/.273/.286 in 49 at-bats. He will continue to see a start or two per week as Carlos Ruiz's backup.
Blake Swihart C BOS 7 hours ago
Swihart went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Twins. The young catcher has hit safely in five straight starts and in seven of his last eight.
The run of hits has elevated Swihart's batting average to .200 (12-for-60) through 18 games. We expect him in the lineup Thursday when the Red Sox are bringing up Triple-A starter Eduardo Rodriguez to pitch. The two are familiar with each other when playing in the minors together.
Brock Holt 2B/SS/3B/RF BOS 7 hours ago
Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Twins.
This was Holt's first action since leaving a game over the weekend after getting hit on the left forearm / hand with a batted ball. The super utility guy was in right field in place of the injured Rusney Castillo (shoulder).
Cameron Maybin CF ATL 7 hours ago
Maybin went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.
The home run was Maybin's fifth of the year but his first since May 2. However, he has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games with a mere four strikeouts over that span, and has brought his on-base percentage all the way up to .361. He appears locked into the two-hole in the order for Atlanta.