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Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) was scratched from the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

He's dealing with right oblique tightness. Yuliesi Gurriel will replace Gonzalez at first base and bat seventh against Mariners starter Sam Gaviglio. Consider Gonzalez day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 9:55 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a double but no runs while recording a save against the Indians on Saturday.

He retired the first two batters of the ninth inning before giving up a double to Francisco Lindor. He was able to induce Jason Kipnis into lining out to end the threat and the game. It was Kintzler's 20th save in 23 chances. He has a 2.78 ERA with 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 32 1/3 innings. His grip on the closer role is rock solid.
Jun 24 - 9:41 PM

Brian Dozier hit a tie-breaking solo shot in the eighth inning to lead his team to a 4-2 win over the Indians on Saturday.

He went yard off reliever Cody Allen to bust a 2-2 tie. It was his only knock of the game although he did score another run earlier in the contest. Dozier has little chance of repeating his 42-homer outburst from a year ago but he has been a stalwart fantasy second-sacker this year anyway. He has a .254 batting average with 13 homers, 36 runs, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Jun 24 - 9:36 PM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored against the Indians on Saturday.

He walked and scored on a throwing error in the first inning. Mauer's days as a stud fantasy catcher are obviously in the rearview mirror and he is barely usable as a first baseman or designated hitter. He has a decent .282/.356/.397 slash line with only four home runs and 29 RBI in 261 plate appearances.
Jun 24 - 9:30 PM

Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 4 2/3 innings but did not earn a decision as his club beat the Indians on Saturday.

He surrendered four hits and four walks while fanning just one batter. He walked two batters in the fifth inning and was pulled for a reliever after having thrown 93 pitches in the short start. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer by third baseman Jose Ramirez in the fourth inning. This will go down as one of his best outings of the season, which isn't saying much considering he has a 6.23 ERA after 13 starts.
Jun 24 - 9:25 PM

Cody Allen gave up a home run to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning and was charged with a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Allen was recently removed from his closer role so that he could be used in high-leverage situations earlier in the game while Andrew Miller conserves some innings. Allen was brought in to pitch the eighth inning of a tie game today and served up the longball. He falls to 0-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 28 innings. He has blown only one of his 16 save chances but will seemingly not get many more for at least the next few weeks.
Jun 24 - 9:18 PM

Jose Ramirez roped a solo home run and finished the game 1-for-4 versus the Twins on Saturday.

He took starter Kyle Gibson over the wall in right field in the fourth inning. It was his 12th homer of the season. He has a .319 batting average with 48 runs, 35 RBI and seven stolen bases after 72 games.
Jun 24 - 9:14 PM

Corey Kluber punched out 13 batters and allowed two runs -- both unearned -- in seven innings and did not earn a decision as his club lost to the Twins on Saturday.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis made a throwing error on the first batter of the game that led to two unearned runs scoring in the first inning. Kluber didn't let it bother him and proceeded to dominate the game. He surrendered just three base hits and two walks. Unfortunately his teammates couldn't help him out with much run support. This was the third game in a row and fifth time in his 11 starts this season that Kluber has notched double-figure strikeouts in a game. His record holds at 6-2 with a 3.24 ERA. He has 93 punchouts and 19 walks in 72 1/3 innings.
Jun 24 - 9:09 PM

Tyler Skaggs (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment in the Arizona League on Saturday.

So far it's taken Skaggs almost two months to recover from a strained oblique. The Angels are targeting the All-Star break for his return.
Jun 24 - 9:09 PM

Mike Trout (thumb) has begun hitting off a tee.

Trout is still working his way back from thumb surgery. He's hoping to return for the All-Star Game on July 11, but the Angels might not be comfortable with that. The Halos have fared surprisingly well in his absence with Cameron Maybin playing like a legitimate All-Star in center field.
Jun 24 - 9:02 PM

Updating an earlier report, Danny Valencia was scratched from Saturday's game against the Astros due to a sore right wrist.

It's unclear when or how he got hurt. Taylor Motter is filling in at first base. Consider Valencia day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 8:54 PM

In addition to his concussion, Josh Rutledge has also been dealing with "persistent soreness" in his left hip.

Rutledge reportedly suffered his concussion on Memorial Day but didn't alert the Red Sox of his symptoms until recently. He was finally diagnosed with a concussion on Friday and was placed on the DL a day later. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal listed a few of his symptoms including "a lack of focus, an inability to pick up spin on pitches" and "a bit of disorientation." With Rutledge, Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt all on the shelf, the Red Sox have resorted to starting Deven Marrero at third base, though ex-Cardinal Jhonny Peralta could be an option soon.
Jun 24 - 8:29 PM

Matt Shoemaker (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.

Shoemaker was sent back to Los Angeles after feeling renewed soreness in his strained forearm earlier this week, but has already gotten the green light to resume throwing. He's still a long shot to make his next turn Friday against Seattle. Parker Bridwell has been starting in his place.
Jun 24 - 8:11 PM

Drew Smyly (elbow) threw 50 pitches on Saturday.

25 of those pitches were thrown as part of a simulated inning. Smyly will throw one more simulated game before setting out on a minor league rehab assignment. The left-hander is hoping to make his season debut during Seattle's series at Houston that begins on July 17.
Jun 24 - 8:10 PM

Danny Valencia was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Taylor Motter is now starting at first base and batting eighth. So far there's been no word on why Valencia was scratched. We'll let you know as soon as we find out.
Jun 24 - 8:08 PM



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