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  • Jose Altuve 2B | HOU

    Astros' Jose Altuve: Pops 12th homer

    Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Sunday against the Orioles.

    Altuve led off the bottom of the first inning with his 12th home run of the season and third in his last 13 starts. He's been hot in that stretch, maintaining a .352 average with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored while also chipping in a stolen base. Altuve has already locked in his third consecutive season with double-digit homers and steals and is hitting .299 across 342 plate appearances on the campaign.

  • Adam Duvall LF | ATL

    Braves' Adam Duvall: Slump continues Sunday

    Duvall went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Yankees.

    Duvall has taken on a near-everyday role in the Atlanta outfield since Ronald Acuna (knee) suffered a season-ending ACL tear May 26, but the 35-year-old hasn't been able to capitalize on the opportunity. In Atlanta's ensuing 25 games without Acuna, Duvall has slashed a lowly .135/.189/.225 with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate. Manager Brian Snitker already excluded Duvall from the lineup in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Yankees while right-hander Marcus Stroman took the hill for New York, perhaps signaling that Duvall's time as a regular in the Atlanta lineup could be nearing its end. Ramon Laureano picked up a start in the corner outfield Saturday and would likely be the main beneficiary if Snitker elects to phase Duvall out of the lineup on a more consistent basis.

  • Chas McCormick LF | HOU

    Astros' Chas McCormick: Playing time ticking up

    McCormick went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Sunday against the Orioles.

    McCormick's line isn't notable, but Sunday marked his third start in Houston's last four games against a right-handed pitcher. He had previously been losing playing time against righties to Trey Cabbage and Mauricio Dubon, but the absence of Kyle Tucker (shin) and lack of production from Jake Meyers have opened up playing time for McCormick. He's shown modest improvement in his last five starts, going 4-for-14 with a pair of homers, three RBI and five runs scored.

  • Lars Nootbaar RF | STL

    Cardinals' Lars Nootbaar: Rehab assignment getting closer

    Nootbaar (oblique) is tracking toward beginning a rehab assignment soon, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Nootbaar has been shelved since late May with a left oblique strain but appears close to being cleared to play in games. The outfielder shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats since his absence hasn't been long. A return before the All-Star break is likely.

  • Jarred Kelenic LF | ATL

    Braves' Jarred Kelenic: Swats seventh homer

    Kelenic went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    He took Nestor Cortes deep for a solo shot in the third inning before adding a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Kelenic extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the blast, and over that stretch he's slashing .317/.356/.585 with three of his seven homers on the season.

  • Pierce Johnson RP | ATL

    Braves' Pierce Johnson: Notches eighth hold

    Johnson gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning Sunday to record his eighth hold of the season in a win over the Yankees.

    The right-hander has been sharp in June, getting scored upon only once in eight appearances with a 3.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB in 8.2 innings. Johnson is quickly closing in on the career-high 12 holds he collected in 2023 as part of Atlanta's high-leverage bridge to closer Raisel Iglesias.

  • Tommy Edman 2B | STL

    Cardinals' Tommy Edman: Closing in on rehab assignment

    Edman (wrist) could begin a rehab assignment soon, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Edman has taken live at-bats from both sides of the plate in recent days and his surgically repaired right wrist has responded well. The 29-year-old would presumably require a good number of rehab at-bats since he's been out all season, but he's tracking toward a return before the end of the first half.

  • Joshua Lowe RF | TB

    Rays' Josh Lowe: Productive trip to Pittsburgh

    Lowe went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base Sunday against the Pirates.

    Lowe blasted two home runs Friday and ended the Rays' series in Pittsburgh 6-for-11 with three runs scored, five RBI and a stolen base. After an injury-filled start to the season, Lowe has started to come around at the plate by tallying three multi-hit performances in his last six starts.

  • Cardinals' Willson Contreras: Expected back Monday

    Contreras (forearm) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Monday's game versus Atlanta, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Contreras has played six rehab games with Triple-A Memphis, catching three games and serving as the designated hitter in three others. He's gone just 3-for-21 at the plate in those contests, but the Cardinals are more concerned with how he's feeling and reports on that are favorable. Contreras was initially supposed to be out until around the All-Star break when he fractured his left forearm in early May but will beat that timetable by a few weeks.

  • Pirates' Colin Holderman: Dominant run ends

    Holderman (1-3) allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one across one inning to take the loss Sunday against the Rays.

    Holderman entered the game in the eighth inning with the score knotted at 1-1 and allowed four of the first five batters he faced to reach base to account for the damage. This was the first time he has allowed an earned run in 10 appearances for the month, and he still has a 1.30 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 27.2 innings on the season. Aroldis Chapman figures to be the primary closer while David Bednar (oblique) is sidelined, but Holderman could also pick up some save chances as arguably Pittsburgh's best remaining high-leverage reliever.

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