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Paxton solid in return
Mariners starter James Paxton impressed in his first since returning from injury. Paxton held the Rockies in check tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings and punching out six. The outing was a welcome sight for Paxton owners who sat through his nearly month-long absence. His most impressive stat thus far is that he hasn’t surrendered a single home run in 43 innings this season.
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Senzatela suffers second loss
Antonio Senzatela, failed to win his eighth game of the season Wednesday night. Senzatela struck out seven and surrendered four earned over five innings of work. Senzatela owners probably wish his 5.91 K/9 were a little higher. Look out for further regression to come as his 3.49 ERA and 4.41 xFIP would indicate it is on the way.
Dansby Swanson’s draft season ADP of SS-14 goes to show how many believed the Braves prospect could be one of fantasy baseball’s breakout stars.
Well, we’re still waiting.
Swanson dropped another stinker in Atlanta’s 2-1 loss to the Angels. He went 0-for-3 and his triple slash is a measly .185/.272/.287. Swanson must rectify his strikeout issues - he’s striking out in nearly 25 percent of his plate appearances.
Martinez stifles Dodgers
Carlos Martinez notched his eighth quality start of the season after he delivered a gem against the Dodgers. Martinez served up eight strong innings of one-run ball and punched out nine for the second consecutive game. His 80 strikeouts rank eighth in the majors. The 25-year-old Martinez has specialized in minimizing the damage in tough spots as opposing hitters are hitting just .160 with men in scoring position.
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Quick Hits: Part I
The Astros wish they could face the Twins every night … they’ve scored 40 runs against Minnesota over the past three games and capped off their three-game series with a 17-6 win on Wednesday night … according to the MLB Network, the 40 runs scored were the most in franchise history in a single series … George Springer led the way with two homers and four runs scored in a 4-for-4 effort … Evan Gattis had a monster 4-for-6 night with three RBI and a solo shot in the top of the eighth … Carlos Correa knocked in three runs to bring his season RBI total to 34.
Pomeranz wrangles White Sox
Drew Pomeranz has been inconsistent all season, but brought the hammer down against the White Sox last night. The key for Pomeranz has been strikeouts. He’s fanned at least seven in four of his five wins. When he doesn’t - his record is 1-3.
Franco to stay in majors
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Wednesday that Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco will not be sent to the minors any time soon. According to Klentack, Philadelphia is “committed to giving Maikel more time to get out of this.” Franco is slashing .216/.273/.352 with six homers and 28 RBI.
Quick Hits: Part II
Adam Jones had a huge night … he belted his ninth dinger of the season, chipped in 5 RBI and scored two runs … Max Scherzer punched out 11 in a complete game victory over the Giants … Eric Thames bashed his 14th tater of the season and his first since May 9 … Thames has slowed since his blistering April in which he clobbered 11 home runs … he had three all of May … Marcell Ozuna continues to rake after he hit his 14th homer of the season … Ozuna owns a robust .321/.388/.577 stat line.
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Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) traveled to Toronto with the team, but will not play Thursday. Look for him to return Friday at the earliest.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is expecting Ian Kinsler (hamstring) to come off the DL as soon as he is eligible.