Michael Cuddyer remains out of Mets lineup
Michael Cuddyer | NYM
(July 4, 2015 3:48 PM EDT)
Michael Cuddyer remains out of the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.
Cuddyer appeared in Friday's game as a pinch hitter, but still isn't ready to return to the lineup. It's possible that he returns to his regular spot in the outfield for Sunday's series finale.
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Justin Turner not in Dodgers lineup Saturday
Justin Turner | LA
(July 4, 2015 3:45 PM EDT)
Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday against the Mets.
It doesn't appear to be anything other than a routine day of rest for Turner. Alberto Callaspo will draw the start at third base and hit seventh against right-hander Matt Harvey on Saturday.
Strasburg leaves with tightness in left side
Stephen Strasburg | WAS
(July 4, 2015 3:12 PM EDT)
Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's start against the Giants with tightness in his left side.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said that he'll be reevaluated on Sunday, but the team won't take any chances given his recent injury history. There looks to be a strong chance that the right-hander is heading back to the disabled list.
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Mariners outright Julio Morban to Double-A
Julio Morban | SEA
(July 4, 2015 3:09 PM EDT)
Mariners sent OF Julio Morban outright to Double-A Jackson.
The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Morban is hitting just .179/.304/.299 in 21 minor league games this season, and is currently away from the team tending to a personal issue. He'll continue to function as organizational depth in the outfield.
Kevin Gausman to remain in Orioles rotation
Kevin Gausman | BAL
(July 4, 2015 2:50 PM EDT)
Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Saturday that Kevin Gausman will remain in the team's starting rotation.
He'll take his next turn on Tuesday against the Twins in Minnesota. The 24-year-old right-hander owns a 3.09 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 21/8 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings this season. Bud Norris has been shifted to the bullpen in a corresponding move.
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Orioles officially move Bud Norris to bullpen
Bud Norris | BAL
(July 4, 2015 2:47 PM EDT)
Orioles manager Buck Showalter officially announced Saturday that Bud Norris has been moved to the bullpen.
Kevin Gausman will remain in the Orioles rotation, and will make his next start on Tuesday against the Twins in Minneapolis. Norris has no one but himself to blame for the move, as he has registered a 6.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 39/19 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.
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Bryce Harper launches 25th home run
Bryce Harper | WAS
(July 4, 2015 2:39 PM EDT)
Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants.
Using a special Fourth of July-themed bat, Harper took Madison Bumgarner deep in the first inning. Bumgarner hadn't given up a home run to a left-handed batter in 47 starts. Harper is now up to 25 home runs, which ties him with Cincinnati's Todd Frazier for second in the National League. He owns a ridiculous .344/.470/.719 batting line on the year.
Roark allows two runs in relief Saturday
Tanner Roark | WAS
(July 4, 2015 2:38 PM EDT)
Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.
Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options.
Moore drives in four runs in win over Giants
Tyler Moore | WAS
(July 4, 2015 2:37 PM EDT)
Tyler Moore was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI against the Giants on Saturday.
Moore doubled home a run in the fourth inning before hitting a two-run double in the sixth. He then added an RBI single in the seventh. It was his first three-hit game of the season. The 28-year-old is batting .227/.277/.400 in part-time duty this year.
Bumgarner gives up six runs in loss to Nats
Madison Bumgarner | SF
(July 4, 2015 2:37 PM EDT)
Madison Bumgarner was tagged for a season-high six runs over five-plus innings Saturday in a loss to the Braves.
Bumgarner was charged with the final two runs after he was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit in the sixth. The southpaw gave up eight hits (including two home runs in the first inning) while walking one and striking out four. His ERA jumped from 2.99 to 3.34 in the loss. He'll have a good chance to bounce back next week against the Phillies.