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Brad Hand earns his second save of the year for San Diego

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand allowed one run but earned a save in Thursday's 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Hand allowed one hit, one walk, and one run in the ninth inning as it appears he has taken over the closer's role in San Diego. There are also reports that Hand is drawing trade interest around the league and will likely be on the move before the July 31 deadline. For now, he looks to be the reliever you want in the Padres' bullpen.

Hand has a 2.00 ERA while striking out 11.7 batters per nine innings this season. He is 0-3 with two saves, and one blown save in 27 innings pitched this season.


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Manny Pina leaves Brewers' game after getting hit by a pitch

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina left Thursday's game early after being hit by a pitch.

What It Means:

Pina took a 94 mph fastball from Robbie Ray right off his elbow in the second inning. He immediately left the game with Jett Bandy replacing him on the basepaths and in the field. Hopefully, the injury is minor, but it looked painful.

Pina is slashing .298/.344/.464 with a .349 wOBA and two home runs in 91 plate appearances this season.


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Boston's Dustin Pedroia makes an early exit on Thursday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was pulled from the game on Thursday in the sixth inning for an undisclosed reason.

What It Means:

Pedroia had gone 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored but was replaced by Josh Rutledge in the sixth inning. No word on if it was injury related or something else. Expect a clearer picture after the game.

Pedroia is slashing .288/.366/.374 with a.326 wOBA in 188 plate appearances this season.

Source: Ian Browne,

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Tigers pull James McCann on Thursday with hand laceration

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann left Thursday's game early with a hand laceration.

What It Means:

McCann was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch in the fourth inning where he suffered the cut to his hand. He was replaced on the basepaths by Alex Avila, who took over catching duties in the bottom half of the inning. The injury appears to be minor but don't be surprised if Mccann gets a day or two off to heal.

McCann was 0-for-2, lowering his batting average to .204 in 125 plate appearances. He does have seven home runs and 17 RBI's this season.

Source: Detroit Tigers

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MIlwaukee's Ryan Braun leaves early with calf tightness

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left Thursday's game early due to calf tightness.

What It Means:

Not again. Braun just came off the DL Sunday, where he was recovering from an injury to the same calf. No word on the extent but it does not look good for the outfielder. Jesus Aguilar replaced him in the lineup while Eric Thames shifted over left field.

Braun has been limited to 29 games and 117 plate appearances this season due to injuries. He is batting .262 with a .369 wOBA and seven home runs.

Source: Adam McCalvy,

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Edwin Diaz secures the win for Seattle on Thursday

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save of the year and first since May 9.

What It Means:

Diaz has now made three consecutive appearances (four innings pitched) without allowing a run and appears to be manager Scott Servais' preferred go-to option in the ninth inning, despite his struggles earlier this season. He is now 8-for-10 on save opportunities in 2017.

Diaz owns a 4.19 ERA while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings in 18 1/3 innings pitched this year.


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Logan Forsythe taking a seat for Dodgers on Thursday night

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe is not in Thursday's lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Enrique Hernandez will take over at third base and hit seventh versus right-hander Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. A day off could do Forsythe well, as he's gone just 1-for-8 with five whiffs since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.

On the season, Forsythe is slashing .269/.381/.327 in 16 games. He's still looking for his first home run across 63 plate appearances.

Source: Rotoworld

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Cardinals drop Stephen Piscotty to sixth in the batting order

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty is batting sixth in Thursday's lineup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Piscotty has batted fifth or higher in 25 of his 29 games played this season. He hasn't been sixth or lower since the first week of the season. However, with the hot bat, Tommy Pham is swinging plus Piscotty's struggles since returning from the DL, the move was warranted.

Piscotty has gone 3-for-15 in his last four games, while Pham is hitting .288 with a .899 OPS in 61 plate appearances this month.

Source: J.P Hoornstra, SC News Group

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Randal Grichuk out of the lineup Thursday for St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in the lineup Thursday.

What It Means:

Grichuk is getting a routine day off with Tommy Pham filling in for him in left and batting second against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday.

Pham is batting .288 with a .899 OPS, three home runs, and three stolen bases in 61 plate appearances so far.


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Joc Pederson (neck, concussion) sent to 7-day DL by Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed outfielder Joc Pederson on the 7-day DL with a concussion.

What It Means:

Pederson sustained the concussion during a collision with fellow outfielder Yasiel Puig in Tuesday's game. He will be first eligible to return late next week. Expect Chris Taylor to receive the bulk of at-bats in Pederson's absence.

Pederson was slashing .200/.309/.314 with just two home runs in 123 plate appearances this season.


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