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Trevor Stephan Cleveland Guardians

Trevor Stephan (P) CLE - May. 19

Stephan (2-1) took the loss Thursday versus the Reds. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning without recording a strikeout.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Stephan was called upon to pitch the eighth inning. It was his own throwing error that allowed the second of the Reds' three runs in the frame to score, and the Guardians' offense couldn't bail the reliever out. Stephan has allowed six runs (five earned) across 6.2 innings in May after giving up just one unearned run in 10 innings in April. 

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Ryan Brasier Boston Red Sox

Ryan Brasier (P) BOS - May. 19

Brasier was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Thursday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Brasier was optioned to make room on the roster for Michael Wacha (side), who will start Friday's game against Seattle. Brasier began the season effectively, but he has allowed seven earned runs across his last 3.1 innings.

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Ryan Yarbrough Tampa Bay Rays

Jalen Beeks (P) TB - May. 19

Beeks will serve as the Rays' opening pitcher for Friday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Since he hasn't covered more than two innings in any of his nine relief appearances this season and will be taking the mound on three days' rest, Beeks will likely be pulled from the game before the lineup turns over. Ryan Yarbrough is scheduled to enter the game behind Beeks and serve as a bulk reliever, which could put him in better position than normal to factor into the decision.

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Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays

The poor get richer.

Shane Baz (P) TB - May. 19

Baz (elbow) allowed one hit and one run while striking out five and walking none across 2.1 innings Thursday during a rehab appearance with Triple-A Durham.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Baz made his first rehab appearance since undergoing elbow surgery March 21. He allowed a leadoff home run to Lewin Diaz in the second inning but racked up plenty of swings and misses otherwise. Baz threw only 24 pitches and is not eligible to return from the injured list until early June, so he will likely make a few more outings with Durham.

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Shogo Akiyama San Diego Padres

Needs a team change ... to Padres!  From's Daily Farm Report ...

Another base knock, another RBI, and Shogo Akiyama‘s hot start to his El Paso career continues. Signed by the Padres after being released by the Reds, Akiyama is looking to regain his footing after coming to America just as COVID shut down baseball and started a very strange first two seasons for the Japanese outfielder. Akiyama is slashing .333/.333/.485 in 33 at-bats.

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Tyler Naquin Cincinnati Reds

An interleague game between close neighbors drew 8,510.

Tyler Naquin (OF) CIN - May. 19

Naquin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Thursday's win over the Guardians.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Annie Sabo of Bally Sports Ohio noted on the postgame show that Naquin has hit five home runs in eight games against his former team since leaving Cleveland. Naquin is riding a hot streak and has his overall OPS up to .802 after Thursday's performance. He could move up to a more prominent spot in the order, especially with TJ Friedl struggling.

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Mark Melancon San Diego Padres

Mark Melancon (P) AZ - May. 19

Melancon didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to tally the save Thursday against the Cubs.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Manager Torey Lovullo declared that Melancon would remain the team's closer despite allowing 10 earned runs across his last four innings entering Thursday's appearance. As promised, Melancon was called upon in the ninth inning to protect a two-run lead, and he did so to collect his eighth save of the season. 

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Jesse Chavez Chicago Cubs

Jesse Chavez (P) ATL - May. 19

Chavez (0-1) took the loss Wednesday as Atlanta fell to the Brewers, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit while only recording one out.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Kenley Jansen and Darren O'Day each blew saves in the ninth and 10th innings as Atlanta couldn't put the game away, and after Chavez got the final out of the 10th, he completed the bullpen collapse by serving up a leadoff blast to Keston Hiura in the bottom of the 11th. 

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Matt Carpenter Texas Rangers

He fell off a cliff after his big age-32 year. Interestingly, there's very little change in BB/K, G/L/F, even BABIP the following year. I wonder if things like exit velocity and barrel rate give a more accurate picture? 

Matt Carpenter (2B) - May. 19

Carpenter was released by the Rangers on Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Carpenter joined Texas on a minor-league deal in mid-March, and he'll return to free agency after not receiving a chance in the big leagues. The 37-year-old appeared in 21 games and Triple-A Round Rock and hit .275/.379/.613 with six home runs, so another team could opt to sign him on a flier.

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Mark Canha New York Mets

A Mets Outfielder Gets an Up-Close Look at Payroll Disparity

After seven years with the penny-pinching Oakland Athletics, Mark Canha is enjoying life on the Mets’ unlimited payroll.

Canha and Starling Marte were teammates last season with the A's, then signed with the Mets on Nov. 30.
Credit...Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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Pete Alonso New York Mets
Pete Alonso’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Mets a come-from-behind victory over St. Louis.
Credit...Brad Penner/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
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Anthony Santander Baltimore Orioles

He was the hero of the day to Orioles fans but not to me. He got a late jump on LeMahieu's bloop in the top of the tenth with two out, a runner on third, then pulled up, letting the ball bounce three feet in front of him, instead of, you know, trying to be a hero.

I guess it was smart, playing it safe, given the late jump, but it cost Jorge Lopez a save that I could have sorely used.

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Trevor Story Boston Red Sox

Seems to be finding his AL legs. 

Note: .613 OPS before today's rout. I'm wondering how many 3 homer games also include a stolen base. Before BR "upgraded" its system this was an easy task.

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Matthew Liberatore St. Louis Cardinals

Will start on Saturday. ERA under 4 at AAA in 7 starts.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

I need more days like this ...

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Nolan Gorman St. Louis Cardinals

Edman to SS and Gorman to 2b on Friday.  

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Anthony Santander Baltimore Orioles

While the Mets fans were celebrating in Queens, the Yankee fans who drove to Baltimore today to watch their team manhandle the Orioles for the the fourth straight game were... starting the long drive back totally bummed.

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Pete Alonso New York Mets

Takes over the MLB RBI lead with a walk-off bomb in the tenth. Thanks the crowd -- a pretty good crowd on a beautiful weekday afternoon -- for coming out.

Did you go to this one, Phil? Hope so.

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MJ Melendez Kansas City Royals

I found MJ's BIS ID, we should get his stats tomorrow.

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Isaac Paredes Detroit Tigers

Another guy on this list with Paredes is MJ Melendez. We have his name and my previous post, but still don't have stats. Now that Perez is down, the stats will grow.

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