Jefry Rodriguez fired four scoreless innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Giants in game two of a doubleheader.
While Rodriguez allowed just one hit and struck out two, he also walked three and threw just 32-of-60 pitches for strikes. Command has often been an issue for the 27-year-old, but it's an effective first appearance for the right-hander after having his contract purchased on Saturday. He'll likely be a multi-inning reliever for the Nationals, with the ability to make some spot starts.
Johnny Cueto will start Sunday's contest against the Nationals.
That was confirmed by Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Cueto hasn't started since Sunday; a game in which he allowed three runs and went just 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs. He's pitched relatively well, however, with a 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 40 strikeouts over his 48 2/3 innings.
Nolan Arenado hit a solo homer in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Arenado gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the second off Kyle Hendricks. It'd be one of just two runs that St. Louis would be able to score off the right-hander. The 30-year-old has gone deep 12 times, and he's driven in 44 runs. That on top of the .286/.335/.522 have made this a strong first six weeks as a member of the Cards.
Craig Kimbrel got a one-out save Saturday against the Cardinals.
Kimbrel is able to get the save despite the Cubs winning this game by five runs (7-2). That's because he came in with the bases loaded and two outs, and he was able to retire Tommy Edman on a grounder after throwing just three pitches. It's the 17th save of the year for the 31-year-old stopper, and his ERA is a sparkling 0.68. That'll work.
Sergio Alcantara went 1-for-3 with a homer on Saturday in a win over the Cardinals.
Alcantara also drew a walk and scored another run in addition to hitting his second homer of the season. The 24-year-old has only appeared in 13 games, but they've gone well as seen in his .310 average and 1.137 OPS. That's not sustainable, but those looking for help in the middle infield might want to take a closer look while he's getting time with Chicago.
John Gant allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.
Gant got through the first inning without a run, but the second inning? Not so much. The right-hander really struggled with his command, as he walked five hitters and threw 31-of-65 pitches out of the strike zone. Some of this damage came after he was out of the game, but his issues were why he was out of the game. After throwing two scoreless outings, Gant has followed that up by allowing 12 runs and going just 5 2/3 innings. Those poor efforts have seen his ERA go from 1.60 to 3.36. He'll try and rebound next week against the Braves.
Kyle Hendricks allowed only two runs on Saturday in a win over the Cardinals.
Hendricks allowed just three hits in the contest, and he walked one. Two of those hits were solo homers, but those were the only real mistakes made by the right-hander in a solid outing for the 32-year-old. Hendricks still have a 4.46 ERA on the season, but he's gone at least six innings in his last six starts, and it's worth pointing out that number was 6.23 before this run. Hendricks also improves to 8-4, and he has a friendly matchup next Friday against the Marlins.
Robel García smashed a solo shot homer in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Twins.
The seventh inning homer was one of two homers hit by the Astros lineup in the seventh inning, and also the utilityman’s first homer of the year. García also hit a single in the first inning, going 2-for-3 on the evening. The 28-year-old totes a .207/.258/.310 line including his freshly hit home run and three RBI through 31 plate appearances.
Jorge Polanco crushed his ninth home run of the year in a 5-2 win over the Astros.
The two-run shot helped plate Ben Rortvedt in the fifth inning. Polanco drove in three of five runs scored by the Twins; he also hit a single in the seventh, driving in Andrelton Simmons. The 27-year-old is heating up at the plate: in his past seven games, he’s slashing .333/.375/.733 including four home runs and seven RBI over 31 plate appearances.
Taylor Rogers locked down his sixth save of the year on Saturday night against the Astros.
The 30-year-old was brought into the ninth inning to bring any rally hopes the Astros had, to an abrupt end. The three-out save consisted of two strikeouts and a lineout. The southpaw has now converted six out of eight save opportunities this season, and has a 3.08 ERA and 1.14 ERA in 26 1/3 innings pitched.
Danny Santana is not in the Red Sox' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Santana has been out of the Red Sox' starting lineup in five of their last six games, with Enrique Hernández regaining his spot atop the lineup card during that time. The 30-year-old outfielder made some noise upon arrival, but he won't be able to contribute much for fantasy managers in a part-time role.
Yankees designated INF Mike Ford for assignment.
The Yankees needed to clear a roster spot for lefty reliever Zack Britton to return, so Ford has been waived. The 28-year-old infielder has struggled at the plate recently, but there's still a strong possibility that he's scooped up off waivers in the next few days.
Yankees optioned RHP Brooks Kriske to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Kriske has shuttled back-and-forth between the Yankees' bullpen and Triple-A over the first few months of the 2021 campaign. The 27-year-old righty has allowed five runs on six hits with a 3/2 K/BB ratio over four innings at the major-league level this season.
Luis Severino (elbow) will make his next minor-league rehab start at High-A Hudson Valley.
Severino has been progressing towards a potential late-June or early-July return to the Yankees' starting rotation. He threw 34 pitches over 2 2/3 frames at Low-A Tampa in his latest start and will presumably continue to build up his pitch count as he works his way up the rungs of the Yankees' minor-league system. It doesn't sound like he's too far away, and is certainly worth stashing in all fantasy formats moving forward.
Reds recalled RHP Tony Santillan from Triple-A Louisville.
Santillan is slated to make his major-league debut on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies. The 24-year-old righty has compiled a sparkling 2.51 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings (six starts) at Triple-A Louisville this season. It's an extremely tasty matchup for streaming purposes, so fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues may want to consider rolling the dice this weekend.
Jorge Soler is not in the Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Athletics.
With veteran catcher Salvador Perez sliding into the designated hitter spot on Saturday afternoon, it'll be Soler who winds up grabbing a seat on the Royals bench.
Joey Wendle is back in the Ray's lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.
Wendle is back at third base and batting fifth on Saturday afternoon after being absent from the Rays' starting lineup for two consecutive games. The 31-year-old infielder has been a five-category impact contributor for fantasy managers, hitting .288/.350/.500 with 36 runs scored, seven homers, 29 RBI and four steals across 203 plate appearances this season.
Randy Arozarena is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.
It appears to be a routine maintenance day for Arozarena, who has started 14 consecutive games, dating back to May 25. It'll be Brett Phillips and Manuel Margot occupying the corner outfield spots for the Rays on Saturday afternoon.
Ketel Marte is getting the day off on Saturday afternoon against the Angels.
Marte has started five consecutive games for the Diamondbacks, therefore it isn't surprising that they want to give him an opportunity to rest on Saturday afternoon after the two team's squared off in a 10-inning marathon late on Friday evening. The 27-year-old outfielder has been sizzling-hot at the plate, hitting .311/.358/.446 with 11 runs scored, two homers and nine RBI across 20 games since returning in mid-May.
Miguel Cabrera is getting the day off on Saturday against the White Sox.
Cabrera has started 13 consecutive games for the Tigers, so he'll get a breather on Saturday afternoon. It'll be sizzling-hot Jonathan Schoop taking over at the cold corner in his absence.
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