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  • PIT Starting Pitcher #30
    Paul Skenes struck out seven and allowed one run over six innings on Monday in a win over the Reds.
    Skenes got into trouble in the opening frame when he surrendered a run-scoring double to Spencer Steer, but managed to escape the frame without any additional damage, and went on to limit Cincinnati’s lineup to just five baserunners over his final five innings of work. The electrifying 22-year-old rookie induced an eye-popping 18 swinging strikes in this one, including nine on his splinker alone, and finished with a near-elite 34 percent CSW. He’s recorded at least seven strikeouts in six of his first seven starts since arriving in the majors back in mid-May. He’s the real deal. He’ll bring a sparkling 2.29 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 53/7 K/BB ratio across 39 1/3 innings (seven starts) into a favorable matchup on Sunday against the strikeout-prone Rays.
  • BAL Shortstop #29
    Ramon Urias was held out of Sunday afternoon’s battle against the Rangers due to soreness in his neck.
    It doesn’t sound like anything that should keep the 30-year-old infielder out of action for long, so he should be considered day-to-day. On the season, Urias is hitting .247/.319/.387 with four homers and 14 RBI in 166 plate appearances.
  • LAD Shortstop #11
    Miguel Rojas was removed from Sunday night’s battle against the Red Sox due to tightness in his right forearm.
    The severity of the injury — as well as how much time (if any) the 35-year-old shortstop will miss — remains to be seen. Rojas had been 0-for-1 prior to exiting on Sunday. In his absence, Enrique Hernandez shifted over to cover shortstop with Chris Taylor entering the game to play third base.
  • SF Relief Pitcher #53
    Giants acquired RHP Mike Baumann from the Mariners for cash considerations.
    The 28-year-old hurler had been designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday. Baumann had posted a 4.41 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 32/17 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 frames between the Orioles and Mariners this season. He’ll now add bullpen depth for the Giants.
  • SEA First Baseman #23
    According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have placed infielder Ty France on waivers.
    If any team wants to step up and claim France by assuming his remaining salary, they are welcome to do so. If he passes through unclaimed, which is likely, the Mariners are then able to outright him to Triple-A if they want to. The 30-year-old slugger would then be able to refuse the outright assignment if he wished, making him a free agent. There should be more clarity on his status over the next couple of days.
  • LAA Relief Pitcher #53
    Carlos Estévez slammed the door on the Athletics on Sunday afternoon, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead.
    The 31-year-old hurler notched his 18th save of the season for his efforts. He did make things a bit more interesting by issuing a leadoff walk to Lawrence Butler, but then went on to retire the next three hitters that he faced in order without incident. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be dealt at the trade deadline or if he’ll close for his new team if he does, but fantasy managers should get at least another week.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #41
    Carson Fulmer pitched decently in a no-decision against the Athletics on Sunday afternoon, giving up three runs on five hits over his 4 2/3 frames.
    Fulmer also issued a pair of walks while striking out three in the ballgame. The A’s scored a pair of runs against him in the third inning on RBI doubles by JJ Bleday and Brent Rooker. He then served up a solo homer to Miguel Andujar before departing in the fifth. Fulmer generated eight swings and misses on 77 pitches on the night, posting a 31 percent CSW. He’ll try again to earn his first victory of the season as he carries a 3.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 52/25 K/BB ratio (51 2/3 innings) into Friday’s rematch against the A’s.
  • OAK Third Baseman #22
    Miguel Andujar went 3-for-5 and belted a solo home run as the Athletics fell to the Angels on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
    Andujar walloped a go-ahead 377-foot solo homer off of Carson Fulmer in the fifth inning that gave the A’s a 3-2 lead. He also singled twice in the ballgame. The 29-year-old has had a nice resurgence for the A’s this season — slashing .304/.327/.419 with four homers and 24 RBI in 47 games.
  • OAK Starting Pitcher #68
    Joey Estes pitched well in a tough-luck no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, giving up two runs on eight hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work.
    The 22-year-old right-hander struck out four batters on the afternoon while issuing two free passes. After keeping the Angels off the board for the first three innings, the Halos scratched out a run in the fourth inning then Mickey Moniak clubbed a solo homer in the fifth. Estes got eight whiffs on 97 pitches on the night, registering an uninspiring CSW of only 21 percent. He’ll carry a 5.11 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 53/17 K/BB ratio (68 2/3 innings) into a rematch against the Angels in Los Angeles on Friday.
  • SEA Center Fielder #44
    Mariners’ manager Scott Servais told reporters after Sunday’s game that X-rays on the injured ankle of slugger Julio Rodríguez came back negative for any fractures.
    Servais noted that Rodríguez is dealing with “a little bit of an ankle sprain” and is considered day-to-day. He may wind up missing a game or two, but it doesn’t sound like the 23-year-old superstar should be looking at any sort of extended absence. Fantasy managers can now breathe a sigh of relief.
  • SEA Center Fielder #20
    Luke Raley clobbered a three-run homer on Sunday afternoon, propelling the Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Astros in their series finale.
    Raley victimized Seth Martinez by ambushing a first-pitch sweeper for a 363-foot (100.8-mph EV) three-run shot in the sixth inning that extended the Mariners’ lead to 6-2. It would prove to be the difference in the ballgame. The 29-year-old outfielder finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .235/.293/.420 with 11 homers and 29 RBI on the year.