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  • HOU Starting Pitcher #59
    Framber Valdez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out five in the Astros’ loss to the Blue Jays.
    Valdez limited the Blue Jays’ lineup all evening long. Of the six hits he allowed, three came to Justin Turner, but five strikeouts and two double plays kept the Jays off the board while Valdez was at the helm. Unfortunately, a lack of run support and a blown save by Josh Hader kept Valdez from earning his first win of the season. Valdez has now forced five double plays on the season and boasts a 2.19 ERA through two games. His next start should come on Monday against the Rangers.
  • COL Left Fielder #22
    Nolan Jones (back) remains out of the Rockies’ starting lineup for Wednesday’s battle against the Padres.
    The 25-year-old outfielder was pulled from Tuesday’s contest due to stiffness in his back. He’s considered day-to-day. Jake Cave will start in his place in left field and bat eighth against Padres’ knuckleballer Matt Waldron.
  • MIA Catcher #89
    Marlins optioned C Jhonny Pereda to Triple-A Jacksonville.
    The 28-year-old backstop didn’t see much action during his brief stint with the Marlins, going 0-for-5 with one strikeout in his three appearances. He’ll continue to serve as excess catching depth at the Triple-A level.
  • MIA Catcher #25
    Marlins activated C Christian Bethancourt from the 10-day injured list.
    The 32-year-old backstop has been sidelined four nearly two weeks due to illness. He’s off to a miserable start at the plate this season, going 0-for-23 with a 6/1 K/BB ratio over his first 11 ballgames. Jhonny Pereda was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding move on Wednesday.
  • COL Left Fielder #15
    Rockies recalled INF/OF Hunter Goodman from Triple-A Albuquerque.
    Goodman, 24, was off to a nice start at Triple-A — slashing .298/.352/.691 with seven homers and 22 RBI in his first 20 ballgames. The Rockies are hoping that he can carry over that performance and inject some life into a struggling offense. Michael Toglia was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
  • COL First Baseman #4
    Rockies optioned 1B/OF Michael Toglia to Triple-A Albuquerque.
    It’s really saying something that Toglia can’t even find a regular role with the Rockies while Kris Bryant (back) is on the injured list. Not only could he not crack the lineup, he’s now being sent down to Triple-A due to his early-season struggles. The 25-year-old was slashing a woeful .106/.143/.362 with four homers, eight RBI and a 20/1 K/BB ratio in 49 plate appearances. Talk about all or nothing.
  • MIN Right Fielder #26
    Max Kepler is absent from the Twins’ starting lineup for Wednesdays’ soiree against the White Sox.
    With tough left-hander Garrett Crochet toeing the slab for the White Sox, Kepler will get a breather as he eases his way back into full-time action. He has been terrific in his return from the injured list, racking up four RBI over his first two games. Manuel Margot will start in his place in right field and bat third for the Twins on Wednesday evening in Minnesota.
  • CIN Second Baseman #6
    Jonathan India (illness) is not in the Reds’ lineup for Wednesday’s tilt against the Phillies.
    Like teammate Jake Fraley, it’s the fourth straight contest that India will miss with the nasty illness that has made its rounds through the Reds’ clubhouse. He’s still considered day-to-day. Santiago Espinal will once again start in his place at second base and will bat eighth against Spencer Turnbull and the Phillies.
  • CIN Center Fielder #27
    Jake Fraley (illness) remains out of the Reds’ starting lineup for Wednesday’s showdown against the Phillies.
    It’s the fourth consecutive game that Fraley has missed due to illness. The last two were against left-handers, and he likely would have sat anyways, but it’s telling that he’s still down against right-hander Spencer Turnbull on Wednesday. If this goes on any longer, he may require a trip to the injured list.
  • STL Starting Pitcher #44
    Kyle Gibson limited the Diamondbacks to one run in six innings and struck out six in the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory Wednesday.
    The Diamondbacks did Gibson a favor, giving Ketel Marte, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Gabriel Moreno the day off, and Gisbon went on to have a pretty easy day. His 14 whiffs and 36% CSW were both season highs. He’ll carry a 2-2 record and a 4.35 ERA into Detroit for his next start.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #52
    Jordan Montgomery yielded three runs — two earned — in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.
    Montgomery cruised through five innings before giving up three hits and two runs in the sixth. The unearned run came after a Blaze Alexander error in the seventh. Montgomery struck out four and walked one in the efficient 87-pitch outing. He’ll take on the Dodgers next.