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Adam Engel went 1-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.


Engel erased a three-run deficit with a bases-clearing double in the fifth, then came around to score later in the frame to give Chicago a temporary lead. The rookie center fielder hit out of the leadoff spot with lefty Travis Wood on the mound for Kansas City after batting ninth in each of his previous five games played.

Derek Holland allowed three runs on four hits with one strikeout and three walks in 4.2 innings of work Sunday in Kansas City.


Holland was cruising until he let three consecutive hitters take him deep in the fourth inning. While Chicago's offense bailed the left-hander out with four runs in the fifth, he forfeited his chance at a win by getting pulled after 87 pitches with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of that frame. Holland is allowing 2.12 home runs per nine innings, making him a risky play in his next start Friday at home against Cleveland.

Rafael Montero (1-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters through seven innings during Sunday's loss to Oakland.


Montero has been bouncing between the bullpen and rotation all season, which caps his fantasy value. Additionally, his 5.19 ERA and 1.73 WHIP aren't encouraging marks, and Montero is best ignored outside of cavernous settings. If he sticks in the rotation for another start, a date with the Mariners at Safeco Field projects to be up next.

Eric Hosmer (B1, KC)

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.


Hosmer's home run was the third in a three-batter span against starter Derek Holland. The 27-year-old first baseman is setting himself up to get paid in free agency this offseason, slashing career highs across the board with a .315/.374/.497 line.

Jorge Bonifacio (O, KC)

Jorge Bonifacio went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Sunday against the White Sox.


Bonifacio's 13th home run of the season was sandwiched between Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer long balls, as the top of the Royals order hit back-to-back-to-back jacks off Derek Holland to open the home half of the fourth inning. The rookie outfielder has homered in consecutive contests after going 18 games without hitting one.

Corey Kluber (8-3) struck out 14 Blue Jays over seven one-run innings Sunday, allowing one run on five hits and two walks.


Kluber continued his recent run of dominance in this one, throwing 81 of his 120 pitches for strikes, including a whopping 23 in swinging fashion. He allowed just one man past second base and was only breached by a solo home run from Kevin Pillar to lead off the third inning. Kluber has now gone at least seven innings while recording double-digit strikeouts in seven of his last eight starts, posting an excellent 90:10 K:BB during that stretch. His season ERA now sits at a sterling 2.74 and he will look to keep it rolling Friday against the White Sox.

Whit Merrifield (B2, KC)

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs and a walk in Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.


Merrifield hit the first of three consecutive Royals homers off Derek Holland in the bottom of the fourth inning, then added another solo shot off reliever Dan Jennings to tie the game 4-4 in the eighth. The 28-year-old second baseman has been a tremendous spark plug at the top of the order, having swiped 16 bags to go with 10 long balls this year. Four of those 10 home runs have come in the month of July after Merrifield failed to hit one in June.

Daniel Gossett (2-5) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters through six innings during Sunday's win over the Mets.


The six punchouts tied Gossett's season high, and he's now allowed just eight runs through 17.1 innings over his past three outings. While it's a step in the right direction, he still owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 6.0 K/9 for the campaign. Gossett is probably best left to deep settings and being selective with his matchups is advised. The 24-year-old rookie projects to make a home start against the Twins next.

Rafael Devers was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.


The Red Sox's top prospect advanced to Triple-A just over a week ago, but the team's management apparently liked what they saw enough to send him straight to Boston. Devers had an OPS north of .940 in both Double-A and Triple-A this season, although his defense still leaves a bit to be desired. He's expected to join the team in Seattle on Monday, although he isn't expected to slot into the starting lineup until Tuesday. Devers should settle in as the primary third baseman for Boston moving forward. No corresponding move has been made yet.

Danny Espinosa (B2, LAA)

Danny Espinosa agreed to a major-league contract with the Mariners on Sunday, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.


Just three days after being released by the Angels, the switch-hitting second baseman already has a new home (within the same division no less). This deal is an MLB agreement, so Espinosa would likely be in line to assume a reserve role once the pact is officially inked. Espinosa has a lot of pop in his bat for a second baseman, but his strikeout issues make him tough to trust, especially as a bench player.

Raisel Iglesias pitched two scoreless innings against the Marlins on Sunday to pick up his 17th save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.


Though Iglesias was pitch-efficient in the outing, needing 27 pitches to get through his two innings, chances are he won't be available on Monday. He got pressed into service in the eighth inning after Michael Lorenzen had a tough seventh inning.

Stephen Strasburg was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after just two innings for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.


The Nationals don't provide in-game injury updates, so more information may not be available until later in the day. Consider Strasburg day-to-day for now. Matt Grace came into the game to replace him.

Joey Votto (B1, Cin)

Joey Votto went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's win over the Marlins. He went 4-for-33 (albeit with seven walks) over the Reds' 10-game homestand, the Dayton Daily News reports.


Votto has gone through similar slumps (the first half of 2016 comes to mind), but he always seems to find a way to come through. Barring news of an injury, there's little reason for owners to worry here.

Clayton Kershaw was removed from Sunday's game due to right lower back tightness, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.


This is somewhat concerning given that Kershaw has landed on the disabled list due to back issues before, although the severity of this current problem isn't known at the moment. Continue to consider him day-to-day for now, but keep an eye out for further news on his status as his next start on July 30 nears.

Clayton Kershaw was removed from Sunday's game after just two innings pitched due to an undisclosed issue, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.


Kershaw was examined by trainers in the top half of the inning but managed to finish the frame before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half. No official word has come forth as to what the issue is, although it is worth noting that there is a bout of bronchitis going around the Dodgers' clubhouse at the moment. Consider the left-hander day-to-day for now. Ross Stripling came into the game to relieve him.

Gerardo Parra (O, Col)

Gerardo Parra hasn't played the past two days due to a bruised right calf, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.


It was surprising to see Parra miss two consecutive games given how well he's been hitting as of late, but this injury explains it. The Rockies don't expect him to hit the disabled list, but he should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Carlos Gonzalez will continue to pick up starts in right field until Parra is back in action.

Daniel Norris (groin) was pulled in the first inning of his rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Toledo due to an apparent injury, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.


Norris was targeting 90 pitches for his second rehab outing with Toledo, but that plan never came to fruition after he faced just six batters and tossed 32 pitches before a team trainer visited the lefty on the mound and the decision was made to remove him from the contest. It's unclear if Norris' setback has any relation to his existing groin injury, but the Tigers should provide more clarity on the situation in the coming days. While Norris has been sidelined since July 5, the Tigers have been using Matt Boyd as their fifth starter, and he's thus far pitched adequately enough to stake his claim to a rotation spot even after Norris is activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Robinson Chirinos (C, Tex)

X-rays on Robinson Chirinos' ankle came back negative Sunday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.


The backup catcher was forced out of Sunday's contest after spraining his ankle in the fourth inning, but it seems like there isn't a more serious injury at hand. Chirinos should be considered day-to-day for now, and Jonathan Lucroy will likely take most of the reps behind the plate for the next few days.

Brandon McCarthy (finger) tossed a 42-pitch bullpen session Sunday, but it has yet to be officially determined if he'll make his next start Tuesday against the Twins, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.


Before deciding whether McCarthy will make his next turn, the Dodgers' brass will likely check back in with the right-hander Monday to see if the blister on his finger is presenting any discomfort when he throws. If the Dodgers opt to push McCarthy back in the pitching schedule or deploy him out of the bullpen this week, Kenta Maeda would likely move up a day to make the Tuesday start.

Manager Dave Roberts said prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals that Brock Stewart is feeling under the weather due to an upper-respiratory condition, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.


It seems that Stewart's illness is being passed around the Dodgers' clubhouse, as Kenley Jansen was sick last week, Justin Turner was forced to sit out Saturday while battling bronchitis, and Rich Hill is still getting over a respiratory issue of his own. In Stewart's case, the Dodgers don't believe it's anything significant and he could be available out of the bullpen Sunday, though Roberts might prefer to avoid using the right-hander if possible.