Madison Bumgarner Earns 10th Victory

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Madison Bumgarner earned his 10th victory on Thursday night as he gave up just two runs over seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Padres. Bumgarner held the Padres to four hits while striking out six. He retired 20 out of the final 21 batters he faced and he has gone at least seven innings in each of his last six starts. Bumgarner will take a 3.02 ERA into the All-Star break. Bumgarner has been the exact opposite of Matt Cain during the first half as Cain has disappointed fantasy owners and Bumgarner has been really good. The Giants just wrapped up a disastrous home stand and have three games left in San Diego before the break. As they look to rebound in the second half, Bumgarner will have to continue to pitch the way he has so far this season. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees lineup Thursday afternoon and he went 1-for-4, a run scored and an RBI. However, Jeter was removed later in the game because he said he felt his right quadriceps tighten up while going first-to-third in the first inning. He will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury.
  • Yasiel Puig (hip) left Thursday's game against the Rockies with an aggravated left hip. Puig went 2-for-4 before being replaced by Andre Ethier in the 8th inning. Consider him day-to-day.
  • Jayson Heyward (hamstring) is hopeful that he won't need to be placed on the disabled list after he left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain after running the bases. He will be re-evaluated on Friday, but fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day until we learn more.
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) won't swing a bat for at least the next week. The Dodgers were hoping that Kemp would return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible on July 21st, but that pipe dream is all but gone now with this announcement.
  • Jordan Zimmerman (neck) has been dealing with a sore neck for a couple weeks and it may keep him from pitching in the All-Star game. Zimmerman has had a tremendous first half of the season and is in the mix to be the starting pitcher for the National League at the All-Star game.
  • Chris Davis hit his 34th home run of the season in the Orioles 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night. It is not even the All-Star break and he has surpassed his career-highs for homers and RBI.
  • Freddie Freeman rewarded all the 19.7 million voters that got him into the All-Star game via the Final Vote on Thursday by going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in the Braves 6-5 victory over the Reds. Freeman has 60 RBI on the season and has been steady all season while the rest of the Braves lineup has been up and down.
  • Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler were activated from the disabled list on Thursday by the Rockies. Both went 0-for-4 at the plate and Tulowitzki committed a throwing error in the field.
  • Brad Ziegler got the call on Thursday night to save the 5-3 win for the Diamondbacks. It does not seem that the D'Backs have a closer at this time with Heath Bell and J.J. Putz struggling at this point in the season.