Yu Darvish
Rangers' Yu Darvish: To begin rehab assignment Monday
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
5:18 PM
News: Darvish (shoulder) will make a rehab start at Double-A Frisco on Monday.

After he threw a successful sim-game on Wednesday, the Rangers feel comfortable with sending Darvish out to begin his rehab assignment Monday. He's expected to throw roughly 45 pitches or three innings during his outing at Double-A Frisco. Given that pitch count, he'll likely need at least one more rehab start to push his pitch count up towards a more normal workload.

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Mike Minor
Royals' Mike Minor: Remains in holding pattern
Mike Minor, SP, KC
3:36 PM
News: Minor (shoulder) has not started a minor league rehab assignment, and there is still no timetable for his return to the big leagues, the Kansas City Star reports.

The 28-year-old has been getting little information from the Royals regarding their plans for him, while the ultimate goal of the organization appears to be having him healthy and ready to contribute in a greater capacity in 2017.

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Drew Hutchison
Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison: Not getting called up before break
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR
12:24 PM
News: Hutchison will not be called up to make a spot start before the All-Star break, Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

Unlike many expected, Hutchison will not be recalled as the team plans to roll through the rotation as-is. This is turning in to an odd situation as the Jays have had every reason to bring Hutchison back up, but have seemed reluctant to do so.

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Taijuan Walker
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Pitches through foot injury
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
9:36 AM
News: Walker, who pitched his first game Thursday after missing 10 days with a foot injury, said his right foot started aching after his first pitch, but he was able to pitch through it , the Seattle Times reports.

The injury likely prevented him from going deeper into the game. Walker threw 84 pitches in his 6.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and no walks against the Orioles. He'll continue to pitch through the injury. "It's been better," Walker< said. "But it's something I have to push through. There's nothing structurally wrong with it. So I can still use my legs."

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Chris Tillman
Orioles' Chris Tillman: Abbreviated outing versus Mariners in second loss of season
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
8:06 AM
News: Tillman (10-2) lasted only 4.2 innings in the Orioles' 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Thursday, surrendering six hits, four earned runs and three walks. He also struck out three.

Despite the stellar record coming in to the game, Tillman had not pitched very well over his prior two starts, and the trouble continued to an extent versus the Mariners. He labored through 112 pitches over his relatively brief time on the mound, and the outing marked his third straight with at least four earned runs surrendered. He also gave up a homer for the eighth time in the last nine starts when Seth Smith took him deep in the fifth, and he issued multiple free passes for the third time in the last four contests. The 28-year-old will try to bounce back versus the Dodgers next Tuesday.

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Trey Ball
Red Sox's Trey Ball: In dominant stretch
Trey Ball, SP, BOS
6:16 AM
News: Ball has allowed only two earned runs over his last three starts, spanning 19.1 innings, for High-A Salem. Overall, the left-hander has a 2.29 ERA with a .220 opponent batting average in 11 starts.

Boston's first-round draft pick in 2013 is repeating at High-A and is enjoying a fine bounce-back season, though we should expect to see improvement out of a pitcher who's repeating a level. His command is still spotty (4.42 BB/9), but Ball has been able to dramatically reduce the number of home runs allowed, from 1.11 HR/9 last season to .30 in 2016. We've seen stretches of a dominant Ball before, so we're not getting too excited. He's now made 36 starts and thrown 179.1 innings at this level, so it's time for his next challenge at Double-A Portland.

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Michael Kopech
Red Sox's Michael Kopech: Placed on disabled list
Michael Kopech, SP, BOS
5:24 AM
News: Kopech was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 24 with a calf strain, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Kopech, who was set to make his debut at High-A Salem last Thursday, was a late scratch when he felt leg soreness while warming up prior to the game. The move to place him on the disabled list is precautionary and the right-hander is not expected to miss more than a start or two. The organization is eager to push Kopech, who had missed nearly a year of development after a 50-game suspension last year and a training-camp injury (fractured hand) that forced him to miss the first two-and-a-half months of 2016.

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Dillon Overton
Athletics' Dillon Overton: Sent back to Triple-A after rough start Thursdsy
Dillon Overton, SP, OAK
2:46 AM
News: Overton was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday night after eight runs to the Giants, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.

With Rich Hill returning to the A's rotation on Saturday, someone had to exit the rotation and Overton's ineffectiveness Thursday against the Giants made the decision easy for the team. After a decent debut, Overton really struggled on Thursday allowing eight hits and eight runs over only three innings. The long ball was a big issue for Overton in his brief initial stint in the majors, giving up five homers in only 8.2 innings. Overton will re-join the Nashville Sounds rotation and be one of the first names considered the next time the A's need a starter.

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R.A. Dickey
Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey: Falls victim to streaking Indians
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
6/30/2016
News: Dickey (5-9) pitched seven quality innings, allowing three runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out four in Thursday's loss to the Indians, who have now won 13 straight games.

Dickey was done in by two home runs on Thursday. Five of the 19 home runs he's allowed this season have come on the first pitch. Both Rajai Davis (second inning) and Jason Kipnis (third) ambushed the first pitch they received for their home runs. Davis crushed one of Dickey's signature knucklers, while Kipnis belted a fastball. The veteran is allowing a career-high 1.7 HR/9 this year, and has his highest ERA (4.23) since 2009 when he spent a season in Minnesota.

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Carlos Carrasco
Indians' Carlos Carrasco: Strikes out 14 Blue Jays in dominant performance
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
6/30/2016
News: Carrasco (4-2) shut down the Jays over 7.1 innings Thursday, allowing one run, three hits and two walks while striking out 14 in the win.

Between the sixth and eighth innings, Carrasco registered six consecutive strikeouts. Eight of the right-hander's 14 strikeouts came via his signature split-changeup. He fell one short of his career high of 15 strikeouts that came on Sept. 25 last year against the Royals. Since returning from the DL, Carrasco has been great, posting a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 29 in 34 innings.

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