Royals' Jason Hammel: Drops to 0-3 with loss to Twins
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(6:32 pm ET) Hammel (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters over three innings during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Hammel has allowed at least three runs in four of his five starts and has only pitched out of the fifth inning in one outing. The result is a 0-3 record with a crippling 6.55 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. At this stage of the game, it's pretty difficult to rely on Hammel in any fantasy setting, but his 3.92 FIP suggests there are stabler times ahead. Unfortunately, a start against the deep Cleveland lineup is on tap for Hammel.

Twins' Phil Hughes: Improves to 4-1 with win over Royals
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(6:05 pm ET) Hughes (4-1) allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters over 5.2 innings during Sunday's win over Kansas City.

It's pretty rare a pitcher can allow 10 hits and still add a tally in the wins column, but the Minnesota offense did its part Sunday. Hughes sports a 5.06 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 5.74 K/9, so while his four victories are impressive, the rest of his stat line doesn't move the fantasy needle. The veteran righty draws a tough matchup against Boston for his next start.

Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: Tosses five solid innings versus Orioles
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(5:56 pm ET) Montgomery allowed three runs on three hits and four walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Orioles. He struck out seven.

Montgomery cruised through five innings having allowed just one run, but he ran into trouble in the sixth and allowed the first two men to reach -- both of whom later came around to score -- before being pulled with no outs. The left-hander reached a new season high in free passes as he struggled with his command at times, but he also tied a personal best with seven punchouts to raise his K/9 to 9.7. Montgomery will take a 4.15 ERA into Saturday's matchup with the Cubs.

Orioles' Wade Miley: Routinely escapes trouble for no-decision
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(5:41 pm ET) Miley allowed two runs on eight hits and five walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Yankees. He struck out six.

Miley struggled with his command and routinely allowed men on base, but he mitigated the damage by limiting the extra-base hits and inducing a pair of double-plays. Walks have been a real problem for the lefty this season and this display bumped his BB/9 up to a staggaring 5.5. Luckily, he has also produced a stellar K/9 of 11 to help him battle through numerous jams. Miley still owns a 2.32 ERA despite some adventurous outings and will look to tighten things up Friday against the White Sox.

Tigers' Joe Jimenez: Optioned to Triple-A Fresno
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(5:33 pm ET) Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Jimenez has struggled mightily in the majors this season. He's thrown 4.1 innings over five games and has given up six runs on two walks and five hits, two of which were home runs. In a corresponding move, Chad Bell was recalled from Fresno.

Orioles' Alec Asher: Starting Tuesday against Boston
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(5:12 pm ET) Asher will start Tuesday against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of reports.

Jayson Aquino had been scheduled to start Tuesday, but after being used in Saturday's game the need for a different starter arose. Asher started a game against the Blue Jays earlier in the season. It was a solid outing and he gave up just a single run over 6.1 innings. However, since then he's been used as a reliever and pitched just two innings across two games.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Improves to 5-0 with another gem
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(4:51 pm ET) Keuchel (5-0) allowed a single run on just three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters over 7.2 innings during Sunday's win over Oakland.

The southpaw's rebound campaign continues to gain momentum, and Keuchel sports a high-end 1.21 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The uptick in strikeouts was encouraging Sunday, and with ace pitchers dropping like flies around the league, Keuchel return to his Cy Young form has been all the more valuable. He'll look to stay undefeated against the Angels in his next start.

White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Gets knocked around in loss to Tigers
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(4:46 pm ET) Gonzalez (3-1) took the loss Sunday against the Tigers, allowing six runs on 14 hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out one.

Gonzalez was knocked around early and often in this one, allowing a whopping 15 baserunners while recording 18 outs. All things considered, he did reasonably well to limit the runs on his ledger aside from a four-run rally in the fourth inning during which seven men reached base. Gonzalez was lights out through his first 27 innings this season and will look to move past this rough outing Friday against the Orioles.

Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Earns win with five solid innings Sunday
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(4:38 pm ET) Zimmermann (3-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings in Sunday's win over the White Sox. He struck out five.

Zimmermann struggled with his command at times, throwing just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes, and he was forced to navigate around trouble often. Still, he didn't allow many significant rallies and had only allowed a pair of runs before a leadoff homer by Todd Frazier chased him from the game in the sixth inning. Zimmermann surrendered five runs in three consecutive appearances prior to Sunday's outing, but he took a step in the right direction and will look to improve on his 6.18 ERA Friday in a favorable matchup against the Athletics.

Indians' Josh Tomlin: Earns second win of season Sunday
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(4:17 pm ET) Tomlin (2-3) earned his second win of the season Sunday versus the Mariners, allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk across five innings. He struck out three.

Tomlin, who was staked to a huge early lead, allowed a solo home run in the second before surrendering three more runs with no outs in the sixth. He needed just 86 pitches before his removal, throwing 63 percent for strikes, and he boosted his K:BB to 17:3 with another sound performance in that department. Tomlin tossed back-to-back quality starts after a dismal start to the season, and while Sunday's outing was not quite as effective, he seems to be trending in the right direction ahead of Friday's favorable matchup against the Royals.

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