Taijuan Walker SP SEA 13 hours ago

Walker was roughed up for five runs on six hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings in Sunday's start versus the Twins. He struck out three as he fell to 2-5 on the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walker was hit hard Sunday, as he allowed the five runs on four extra-base hits, three of which left the yard. He still threw 66% of his pitches for strikes and the 2.70 ERA he entered Sunday's start with indicates that he should bounce back sooner rather than later. He will try to do so in his next start at the Rangers on Friday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 13 hours ago

Nolasco struck out seven and walked just one while allowing two runs across six quality innings Sunday versus the Mariners, earning his second win of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco was rocked in his prior start, but he rebounded with one of his best performances of the season Sunday, reaching seven punchouts for the third time and tossing his first quality start in the last six. The struggling Twins stand to benefit from more starts such as this from the veteran, and he will need to outperform his current 5.28 ERA in order to make that happen. He will face the Rays at home in his next start Friday.

Jonathan Lucroy C/DH MIL 13 hours ago

Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a walk, a triple and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's going to be sorry to see the Cincinnati pitching staff leave town, as Lucroy collected six hits including four extra-base hits and nine RBI over the course of the three-game series against the Reds. After an injury-marred 2015, it looks like Lucroy is back in top form this season.

Jonathan Villar SS/3B/DH MIL 13 hours ago

Villar went 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored, and RBI and his 18th stolen base of the season in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's on another tear, banging out five multi-hit performances in his last eight games while adding a home run, seven RBI, eight runs and four steals to his ledger over that stretch. Orlando Arcia continues to play well in the minors and is the Brewers' shortstop of the future, but as long as Villar keeps raking they'll be in no hurry to make a switch.

DTDCarlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 13 hours ago

Beltran (shoulder) indicated he was available to play in Sunday's game against the Rays, the New York Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Beltran was removed from Saturday's contest after experiencing some tightness in his upper back and was held out of Sunday's lineup, but it sounds as though it's a relatively minor situation. The 39-year-old has found his stroke at the plate of late, swatting three homers in his last five games when healthy.

Blaine Boyer RP MIL 13 hours ago

Boyer allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work Sunday, striking out one, but still managed to record his first save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Jeremy Jeffress unavailable after pitching four times in the last five days, the Brewers turned to Boyer to protect a three-run lead Sunday and he barely got the job done. Will Smith is close to coming off the DL and bolstering the bullpen, though, so this may end up being the last save opportunity Boyer sees this season.

Jimmy Nelson SP MIL 13 hours ago

Nelson (5-3) escaped an early jam Sunday to pick up the win over the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over 7.1 innings while striking out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It looked like Nelson was going to get a quick hook in the second inning after Cincinnati loaded the bases with nobody out, but Nelson wriggled off the hook thanks to a Tucker Barnhart double play and settled down after that. His 59:28 K:BB in 72 innings doesn't exactly support his 2.88 ERA, but Nelson has still delivered four straight quality starts and eight in 11 outings this season. His next turn in the rotation will come Friday in Philadelphia.

Cole Tucker SS PIT 13 hours ago

Tucker went 2-for-3 with a walk in his debut for High-A Bradenton on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

GM Neal Huntington said Sunday that the plan was to promote Tucker from Low-A West Virginia to Bradenton relatively quickly and then starting Marauders' shortstop Kevin Newman injured his orbital bone last week. The 19-year-old holds a combined slash line of .281/.333/.453 in 16 games since returning from a shoulder injury.

Brandon Finnegan P CIN 13 hours ago

Finnegan (1-4) lasted 6.1 innings Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Just 58 of his 103 pitches found the strike zone, and Finnegan has now given up at least three runs in seven of his last eight starts. The Reds have nothing to lose by letting him work through his growing pains in the majors, however, so Finnegan is in no danger of losing his spot in the rotation. He'll have a tough matchup in his next start Friday, at home against the Nationals.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 14 hours ago

Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

That's his third straight multi-hit game, and Hosmer is now hitting a scorching .319/.368/.532 on the season. The 26-year-old finally seems to be coming into his own as a power hitter, and Hosmer is on pace for the first 25-homer campaign of his career.