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Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on 10 hits with no walks across 6.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Marlins. He struck out eight.


DeGrom actually pitched quite well for much of the afternoon, but he put two men on base before Giancarlo Stanton launched a three-run home run with one out in the seventh inning. He went without a walk for the second time in his last three starts while throwing 74 percent of his pitches for strikes, but he missed over the plate with regularity. DeGrom has now allowed 10 earned runs over his last 13.2 innings and will face another tough test Friday against the Nationals.

Brad Ziegler worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his sixth save of the season Sunday against the Mets.


Ziegler allowed a one-out single but was able to sit down the next two batters he faced to close out a two-run win. He has seemingly settled into his new role of late, tossing eight consecutive scoreless innings and converting all six of his save opportunities during that span. Ziegler makes for a worthy fantasy add in his current form, despite his unsightly 5.11 ERA for the season.

Adam Conley (6-5) struck out 11 over seven one-run innings while earning the victory Sunday against the Mets, allowing three hits and two walks along the way.


Conley was electric in this one, throwing 67 percent of his pitches for strikes while reaching double-digit punchouts for the first time in his career. He was scored upon via a solo home run in the first inning, but he settled down and put just four men on base over the next six frames. Conley has now earned back-to-back wins with a pair of quality starts and will look to keep it going Friday in a favorable matchup with the Padres.

Francisco Cervelli (C, Pit)

Francisco Cervelli (hand) plans to resume swinging Monday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Cervelli is hopeful that he'll be healthy enough to come off the disabled list next week, however a more definite timeframe for his eventual return should become clear as his level of activity increases. Until Cervelli is activated, look for Chris Stewart and Elias Diaz to share time behind the dish.

Brandon Belt (B1, SF)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt is still experiencing concussion symptoms more than two weeks after being hit in the head by a pitch, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.


While Belt has been pushing himself in cardio workouts, he's still not at a point where he can go through them at full capacity because of his lingering symptoms. There is no guarantee that he will return in 2017, as this is the fourth documented concussion he's suffered dating back to his time as a college player at the University of Texas.

Alex Colome struck out one batter and gave up one hit en route to earning his 36th save Sunday against the Mariners.


The Rays had a 3-0 lead when they sent Colome to the hill in the ninth inning. Colome has now converted all six of his save opportunities in the month of August and has yet to allow a run in that time.

Martin Prado (B3, Mia)

Marlins manager Don Mattingly remains hopeful that Martin Prado (knee) will be ready to return before the end of the season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.


Prado has been working through range of motion and strengthening exercises in recent weeks. If he's able to return before the end of 2017, it's possible that it won't happen until the later part of September.

Yovani Gallardo (5-9) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in taking Sunday's loss to the Rays.


Gallardo's season-long struggles continued Sunday, as two of the five hits he gave up were home runs. Coming off Sunday's outing, his ERA is now sitting at 5.75. Hard times could continue for Gallardo, as his next start is set to come Saturday in New York against a hard-hitting Yankees club.

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.


A return before the end of the season is possible for Chen, who hasn't pitched in a game since May 1. Chen has player options for the next three seasons that he can exercise after the 2017 World Series, which total $52 million, so the Marlins will likely continue to err on the side of caution with his recovery with the hope that he'll be able to effectively take the ball every fifth day in the years to come.

Blake Snell (2-6) threw seven shutout innings and struck out eight batters in Sunday's victory over the Mariners.


After failing to pick up a win over his first 14 starts of the season, Snell has now won two straight games. He was dialed in Sunday and held Seattle to just two hits and walked only two batters. His numbers for the season (4.42 ERA and 1.44 WHIP) still leave much to be desired, but if he's figuring things out, he could take his unrefined yet immense talent to another level to close out the season. He'll next take the mound Friday when the Rays face the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Justin Bour (B1, Mia)

Justin Bour (oblique) will resume baseball activities this week, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.


He has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a strain of his right oblique, and it will be interesting to see if the Marlins push Bour back into action prior to the expansion of rosters on Sept. 1. Tomas Telis and Tyler Moore will continue to handle the bulk of the starts at first base in Bour's absence.

Kenta Maeda (11-5) allowed four runs on five hits over six innings and was tagged with a loss Sunday against the Tigers.


Maeda started Sunday's game strong, as he opened the contest with five perfect frames. However, things quickly went south for him in the sixth when he surrendered a two-run home run and gave up four total runs. Although this wasn't the righty's best outing, his command was still solid as he struck out seven and didn't allow any walks. Maeda will carry a 3.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next start, which figures to come Friday against the Brewers.

Justin Verlander (9-8) allowed one run over eight innings and struck out nine batters while picking up a win Sunday against the Dodgers.


Verlander was nothing short of terrific Sunday, as he shut down one of the league's most powerful offenses en route to a victory. His only mistake came in the sixth inning when Curtis Granderson managed to hit a solo home run off the righty. Otherwise, he was dominant as he allowed a mere two hits and walked just a single batter. Verlander will look to carry his momentum into a favorable matchup against the White Sox on Saturday.

Tommy Pham (O, StL)

Tommy Pham is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.


Coming off an 0-for-4 effort Saturday, Pham will get the night off. With Pham taking a seat, Randal Grichuk will move to left field while Stephen Piscotty heads to right.

Dexter Fowler (O, StL)

Dexter Fowler (back) is in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.


Fowler sat out of Saturday's contest due to a back ailment but is set to return to action Sunday. Fowler, who's slashed .474/.587/.824 since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 7, will start in center field and hit fourth.

Keone Kela (shoulder) resumed a throwing program Friday but remains without a clear timetable for returning from the 10-day disabled list, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.


Kela played catch Friday and Saturday and will presumably increase his throwing distance on flat ground over the next few days before the Rangers clear him for mound work. A timetable for Kela's return could be established once he moves on to the next phase of his rehab, but since it's unlikely the right-hander will be cleared to come off the disabled list this week, the Rangers may wait until rosters expand in September before activating him.

Nick Ahmed (hand) made his first rehab appearance Saturday with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League squad, going 0-for-2 with a walk over his three plate appearances.


It marked Ahmed's first game action since June 27 against the Cardinals, when he suffered a fractured right hand that required surgery and later resulted in his placement on the 60-day disabled list. As a result of the lengthy layoff, Ahmed may need to appear in several more games before the Diamondbacks determine he's picked up sufficient at-bats and is ready to rejoin the big club. Once he's activated, Ahmed will likely step in as the Diamondbacks' top reserve in the middle infield, making trade-deadline pickup Adam Rosales a bit of a redundant piece on the roster.

Ian Desmond has progressed to running springs in the outfield and swinging in batting practice, but he continues to experience pain while recovering from a strained right calf, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. "[Desmond is] making marked improvement where he is physically," Rockies manager Bud Black said Friday. "I wish I could give you a timetable, but I can't. He still feels it a little bit. These calves are tricky, they're dicey."


Since Desmond has already missed nearly a month with the calf injury and isn't quite in the clear in his recovery, it's looking increasingly probable that he won't be activated from the 10-day disabled list until September. Before that happens, Desmond will first need to complete a rehab assignment in the minors, though based on Black's comments, it's uncertain if the outfielder will even be able to pick up any at-bats with an affiliate during the upcoming week.

Trea Turner (S, Was)

Trea Turner (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.


He has been out since June 29 with the wrist injury, and since he is on the 60-day disabled list, he cannot be activated prior to Aug. 29. Once activated, he should take over as the everyday shortstop in an effort to get locked in prior to the postseason. He was hitting .279 with seven home runs and 35 steals in 315 plate appearances before the injury.

Jayson Werth (O, Was)

Jayson Werth (toe) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.


He has been out since June 3, so this rehab assignment could last for more than just a couple games. Werth was hitting .262/.367/.446 with eight home runs and four steals in 196 plate appearances prior to suffering the injury. Once activated, he should see everyday at-bats in an effort to get locked in before the postseason.