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  • ATL Starting Pitcher #51
    Chris Sale pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball and struck out nine as the Braves topped the Diamondbacks 6-2 on Tuesday.
    Sale claimed his MLB-best 12th victory. The Braves plan to pitch him again Sunday, which will make him ineligible to participate in the All-Star Game. That’s definitely how they prefer it, though.
  • TOR Center Fielder #39
    Kevin Kiermaier told reporters following Wednesday’s game against the Rays that he plans to retire after the 2024 season.
    The 34-year-old defensive wizard has played 12 seasons in the big leagues — the first 10 with the Rays and the past two with the Blue Jays. It’s always nice to see a player go out on their own terms instead of being forced out due to injury or ineffectiveness. Hopefully he’s able to take some time and enjoy his final few months in the show before hanging up his cleats for good.
  • LAA Center Fielder #27
    Mike Trout (knee) will return to Los Angeles to be undergo further evalulation.
    The original plan had been for Trout to remain with Triple-A Salt Lake, so perhaps the setback with his knee is a bigger deal than they originally anticipated. The Angels had been hopeful that Trout would be able to return to the Angels’ lineup at some point next week, but that looks to be an extreme longshot at the moment.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #51
    The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader between the Reds and Braves has been postponed due to inclement weather.
    While the two sides were able to get in the front half of their twin bill on Wednesday, the forecast wouldn’t cooperate for the nightcap. Expect Chris Sale — the scheduled starter for the Braves — to pitch on Thursday against the Mets instead. The game will be made up on September 9.
  • TEX Third Baseman #6
    Josh Jung (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.
    The 26-year-old slugger has been sidelined since early April when he underwent surgery to repair a fractured wrist and is finally closing in on a return to the Rangers’ lineup. The expectation is that he’ll play in games through the weekend before potentially joining the Rangers for the start if next week if everything goes well.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #61
    Dodgers designated RHP Ricky Vanasco for assignment.
    The Dodgers had to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for the triumphant return of Clayton Kershaw on Thursday and it looks like Vanasco pulled the short straw this time around. The 25-year-old hurler has posted a 13.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over his two innings of work with the big-league club this season. There’s a chance that he could generate some interest on waivers from team’s looking for bullpen depth.
  • MIL Catcher #24
    William Contreras delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning on Wednesday, leading the Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs.
    Contreras came through with a clutch go-ahead double into the left-center field gap off Cubs closer Héctor Neris, putting Milwaukee ahead for good in the top of the ninth inning. It was his 25th double of the year and made the difference in a rare low-scoring contest at historic Wrigley Field between the long-time rivals. The 26-year-old backstop has blossomed into arguably the top catcher in the entire fantasy landscape this season, batting .284 (113-for-398) with 65 runs scored, 11 homers, 57 RBI and five steals through 98 contests.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #59
    Braves optioned RHP Allan Winans to Triple-A Gwinnett.
    It had been assumed that Winans was up as the 27th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Reds, but it turns out they’ll use that designation on Daysbel Hernandez instead, which means that Winans was actually optioned back to Triple-A following his disastrous outing against the Reds. He’ll continue to refine his craft at the Triple-A level.
  • CHC Left Fielder #27
    Seiya Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Wednesday in the Cubs’ loss to the Brewers.
    Suzuki doubled and scored a run in the opening frame before smacking a solo shot -- his 14th big fly of the season -- off Brewers reliever Bryse Wilson in the third inning. The 29-year-old corner outfielder is batting .264 (80-for-303) with 42 runs scored, 14 homers, 47 RBI and 10 steals across 78 games.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #35
    Jakob Junis fired three scoreless innings on Wednesday to pick up a win in relief against the Cubs.
    Junis has been excellent since returning back in late June from an extended stay on the injured list, allowing just six runs across 20 innings with a 14/4 K/BB ratio over eight appearances. The 31-year-old right-hander has filled a variety of roles this season for Milwaukee, but will likely continue operating as a multi-inning relief weapon down the stretch.
  • ATL Center Fielder #23
    Braves transferred OF Michael Harris II to the 60-day injured list.
    Nothing has changed in the recovery timeline for the dynamic 23-year-old outfielder, this was done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the club’s 40-man roster. There have been rumblings that Harris could be ready to return in early August, but he would need to make significant progress over the next week in order to make that a reality.