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  • SD Starting Pitcher #11
    Yu Darvish delivered a dominant performance in Sunday night’s victory over the Braves, piling up nine strikeouts over seven innings of scoreless baseball.
    The 37-year-old right-hander gave up just two hits on the evening while allowing one base on balls. Only once did the Braves put a man in scoring position against him, and that was on Marcell Ozuna’s two-out double in the opening inning. He finished his night by retiring the final 13 hitters that he faced in order. Darvish got 14 swings and misses on 99 pitches on the night, posting a strong CSW of 34 percent. He now boasts a 2.08 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 46/13 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings through his first nine starts on the season. He’ll look to keep the good times rolling when he does battle against the Yankees on Friday.
  • KC First Baseman #32
    Royals optioned INF Nick Pratto to Triple-A Omaha.
    Pratto has been shipped back to the minors following Thursday’s game against the Yankees with Adam Frazier likely back for Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers out in Los Angeles.
  • SEA First Baseman #23
    Ty France (heel) has progressed to hitting without any limitations.
    France is pain-free at the moment and appears poised to return early next week when first eligible to be activated from the injured list. The big question for fantasy managers is whether top prospect Tyler Locklear will be shipped out to the minors once he’s ready to return.
  • LAA Right Fielder #3
    Taylor Ward (back) is in the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks.
    Ward is back at designated hitter and batting third on Thursday evening following a one-game absence for precautionary reasons due to lower back tightness. The 30-year-old slugger, who has 12 homers and two steals in 65 games this season, has been the subject of trade rumors over the last few weeks and could wind up being moved in the coming weeks.
  • LAA Catcher #14
    Logan O’Hoppe (groin) is back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks.
    O’Hoppe is back handling the catching duties for Thursday’s series finale against Arizona following a one-game absence after taking a foul ball to the groin area during Tuesday’s contest. The 24-year-old backstop appears to have avoided serious injury and shouldn’t miss any additional time moving forward.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #22
    Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) threw a three-inning simulated game on Thursday at Dodgers Stadium.
    Kershaw, who is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from offseason shoulder surgery, appears poised to embark on a minor league rehab assignment at some point next week and could be ready to jump back into the Dodgers’ starting rotation following next month’s All-Star break.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #29
    Michael Grove will start on Thursday against the Rangers.
    Grove draws the starting assignment to kick-off a bullpen game for Los Angeles with Yoshinobu Yamamoto being pushed back to take the ball on Saturday against the Royals after throwing a season-high 108 pitches his last time out.
  • STL Second Baseman #33
    Brendan Donovan hit his fifth homer Thursday to help the Cardinals edge the Pirates 4-3.
    Donovan has been dropped in the lineup, even against righties, but he’s making a case for another opportunity hitting first or second with his current eight-game hitting streak. He’s back up to .248/.325/.380 overall, even though his .271 BABIP is 50 points lower this his career mark.
  • STL Starting Pitcher #31
    Lance Lynn was charged with three runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday versus the Pirates.
    After going four scoreless, Lynn gave up a single and two walks to open the fifth. He might have gotten out of it from there if only he hadn’t kicked a comebacker with one out and the bases loaded; it could have been a double play had it made it through untouched, but it instead resulted in no outs and a run in. Lynn was pulled at that point, and two of the three runners he left on came around to score off John King. It’s a third straight start in which Lynn has failed to complete five innings. His 3.75 ERA remains reasonable, but the early exits have left him with a 2-3 record, even though the Cardinals are 8-6 in his 14 starts.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #27
    Andrew Kittredge recorded his first save as a Cardinal by pitching a scoreless ninth Thursday versus the Pirates.
    Ryan Helsley had this one off after throwing 39 pitches the previous two days, and Kittredge got the nod over Jojo Romero in his place. Kittredge has a 3.60 ERA in 30 innings out of the St. Louis bullpen.
  • PIT Starting Pitcher #23
    Mitch Keller lost to the Cardinals after giving up four runs in six innings Thursday.
    Keller had gone five straight starts without allowing a homer and hadn’t yielded more than one in any outing this season, but both Paul Goldschmidt and Brendan Donovan left the yard against him today. It’s the first time he’s given up more than two runs since Apr. 30. He’s now 8-4 with a 3.36 ERA.