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Stephen Strasburg to the DL with neck tightness. His 6.55 ERA this season is 2nd-highest in MLB (min. 40 IP) behind Jeremy Guthrie (6.70).
What else can go wrong for Strasburg?
Nothing exemplifies the struggles of recently DL'd Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg better than this: He's the only pitcher this season to record fewer than 17 outs in six straight starts. (via Elias)
Nats' Strasburg goes on 15-day DL
Stephen Strasburg left his Friday start with neck tightness, an injury that forced him to the DL today. Strasburg's had a disastrous season, with a 6.55 ERA in his 10 first starts.
Olney: Angels could sure use Hamilton
"Josh Hamilton clubbed two homers for the Rangers in his fifth game back in the big leagues, mostly on the Angels' dime, and what must really gnaw on his old team -- his old team in Anaheim, that is -- is that they could really use a hitter like him right now, for the middle of their lineup." Power outage (Insider)
Donaldson brings streak to today's game
Josh Donaldson homered Friday for the fourth consecutive game, the longest streak of his career. He'll try to make it five straight games today at 2:10 p.m. vs. the Twins' Kyle Gibson.
The feats of Bryce Harper
No homers for Harper last night, but he did single off a 102.2-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball. That's the fastest pitch a batter collected a hit on in the PITCHfx era. (via Daren Willman)
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Terry Collins says Juan Lagares' rib issue won't get worse by playing, but playing through some discomfort. Elbow issue is more of a factor.
DFS: Alex Sanchez not a safe bet
Sanchez comes off two decent outings entering today's start at Target Field, but consider his 5.75 ERA on the road this season before using him in fantasy. More lineup analysis
Astros on historic worst-to-first path
Big jumps in win totals happen in MLB. But going from the laughingstock of MLB -- Houston was 51-111 in 2013 -- to first place in their division? That doesn't happen. Unless you're the 2015 Astros
Liriano racking up K's
Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Padres in six scoreless innings Friday, becoming the first Pittsburgh pitcher to fan 11+ in six innings or fewer since ... Francisco Liriano on Sunday.
O's expect Matt Wieters to return Friday
The catcher, out for nearly 13 months after Tommy John surgery, will return to the lineup Friday if his rehab assignment goes well. Said manager Buck Showalter: "You can tell Matt feels good. ... You can just tell in his voice and his body language that he's real close."
Matthews: Time for Yanks to drop Drew
Stephen Drew is batting .159 in his last 100 games. It's enough of a sample size for ESPN's Wallace Matthews for Yankees to cut their losses with Stephen Drew as their 2nd baseman. Yanks should do better