DTDYoenis CespedesLF/CF NYM 7 hours ago
Cespedes was removed from Saturday's game following his fifth-inning at-bat for precautionary reasons, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.
The reason for Cespedes' removal was not explicitly noted, but he missed a game earlier this week with a sore quad, so it's possible he felt some tightness in the area and was taken out of the game because of it. Cespedes' status for the Mets' next game Sunday will be revealed at some point Sunday morning.
Devon Travis2B TOR 7 hours ago
Travis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Orioles.
He got the Blue Jays' comeback started in the fifth, launching a 412-foot solo homer in the fifth that erased an early 1-0 deficit. The 25-year-old now has a modest four-game hitting streak, and has multi-hit efforts in five of his last nine contests overall. Travis is also one homer away from equaling the eight he tallied in his 2015 rookie season and is slashing a solid .291/.335/.466 on the season.
Kevin PillarLF/CF TOR 7 hours ago
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles and four RBI overall in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Orioles.
The 27-year-old outfielder drove in his season-high four runs in back-to-back at-bats. Pillar brought in Troy Tulowitzki and RusselL Martin in the fifth with a two-bagger to left and then brought in Michael Saunders and Martin in the seventh with a double to left. Pillar has reached safely in seven straight games, and has multi-hit efforts in three of his last five contests. He also now has double-digit RBI in three straight months, and is slashing .268/.300/.396 on the season.
Russell MartinC TOR 8 hours ago
Martin went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Orioles.
The veteran backstop was an integral part of a seven-run fifth inning for Toronto that broke the game open, plating Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders with a two-bagger to deep right. Martin now has a modest three-game hitting streak, and has reached safely in seven straight overall. His solid July has served to raise his season average 17 points to .233.
J.A. HappSP TOR 8 hours ago
Happ (14-3) throughly stymied the Orioles in Saturday's 9-1 victory, recording 11 strikeouts and giving up just an earned run on three hits and three walks over seven innings.
Outside of a second-inning solo homer that he surrendered to Pedro Alvarez, the veteran was nearly unhittable. He threw 69 of 101 pitches for strikes, with a whopping 19 of those coming on swings-and-misses. The 11 whiffs equaled a season high, and also represented the second time in July that Happ has reached that total. The 33-year-old put together his best month of what has been a career season, going 4-0, surrendering only five earned runs, and notching 42 strikeouts in 31.1 innings over five starts. The 14 victories are already a career high, and he'll try to build on that number when he takes on the Astros next Thursday.
SUSHector Olivera3B ATL 8 hours ago
Olivera has been traded from Atlanta to San Diego for outfielder Matt Kemp.
Olivera, who is set to return from an 82-game suspension Aug. 2, has already been designated for assignment by San Diego. According to ,MLB.com,
Pedro Alvarez1B/3B/DH BAL 8 hours ago
Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's 9-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
The veteran slugger was the sole source of offense on a day when Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ throughly frustrated the Orioles lineup. Alvarez has hits in three straight, and is now hitting .300 over 60 July at-bats.
Justin VerlanderSP DET 8 hours ago
Verlander (11-6) threw a complete game Friday against the Astros. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while tallying 11 strikeouts.
Even though he was outstanding, Verlander needed a bit of help in the bottom of the ninth to secure his 11th victory of the season. The veteran had given up just two hits while blanking the Astros through the first eight innings, but surrendered two runs on three hits in the top of the final frame before the Tigers matched with two of their own in the bottom half for the 3-2 walk-off win. Friday marked Verlander's first complete game since August of last season, and lowered his ERA to a season-best 3.54. His 11 K's were the most he's had in a regular-season game since September of 2013, and pushed his strikeout total for 2016 up to 155 through 147.1 innings. Needless to say, Verlander is delivering some of his best stuff in a long time. In his six July starts, the flamethrower finished 4-0 with a ridiculous 1.69 ERA (he didn't allow more than two earned runs in any of the outings), and a 48:12 K:BB ratio. Verlander will look to keep things rolling when he makes his next start Friday against the Mets.
Matt KempRF SD 8 hours ago
Kemp has been traded from San Deigo to Atlanta for Hector Olivera and cash considerations.
The move of bad contracts allows the Padres to promote one of their outfield prospects -- Manuel Margot or Hunter Renfroe. Meanwhile, they are expected to designate Olivera for assignment.
Yovani GallardoSP BAL 8 hours ago
Gallardo (3-3) gave up five earned runs on five hits and five walks over 4.1 innings in Saturday's 9-1 loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out five.
The veteran right-hander had monumental struggles with control, throwing 96 pitches in just over four frames, with only half of those finding the strike zone. However, it wasn't until the fifth inning that the Blue Jays actually got to Gallardo. Devin Travis got things started with a 412-foot shot to right center, and Edwin Encarnacion added an RBI double three batters later. After Mychal Givens relieved Gallardo, he issued a bases-loaded walk to Troy Tulowitzki and a two-RBI double to Russell Martin that plated inherited runners, placing those runs on the starter's ledger as well. The 30-year-old has now gone six straight decisions without a win, while giving up 20 earned runs and walking a whopping 22 batters in 31.2 innings over that span. If he hangs on to this rotation spot, Gallardo will try to right the ship against the White Sox next Friday.