Yu Darvish Dominates D'Backs

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On Thursday night in Arlington, Yu Darvish wouldn't stop striking out the Diamondbacks. In his 21st start of the season, Darvish matched  a career high with 14 strikeouts in a 7-1 Rangers victory. It's the fourth time this season that he has had a 14-strikeout game. He allowed five hits and walked nobody while throwing 111 pitches. Darvish struck out every hitter in the Arizona lineup except Cody Ross, who went 1-for-3. He struck out 10 of his first 13 batters and recorded his first six outs on strikeouts in the first two innings while allowing two hits. Darvish failed to record a strikeout only in the seventh, which was his final inning. 

NEWS & NOTES

  • Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a double and an two RBI in the Dodgers win over the Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Ramirez starts August just as hot as he was in all of July. With reports surfacing on Thursday that Matt Kemp may miss all of August, the Dodgers will rely heavily on Ramirez.
  • Alex Rodriguez will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Friday in an attempt to return from a quad injury he suffered last month. Nobody is sure if this injury ever occurred, but most believe this has been a stall tactic by the New York Yankees to try suspend him regarding a possible suspension that MLB intends to hand down for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic.
  • Albert Pujols will avoid surgery to repair his left plantar fascia. Pujols remains determined that he will return this season, but that will not be known until he is re-evaluated in three weeks. 
  • Carlos Gonzalez (finger) missed Thursday's game, but he still expects to avoid a DL trip. He was diagnosed with a sprained right middle finger after leaving Wednesday's game.
  • Jake Peavy will make his Red Sox debut on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was acquired from the White Sox before the trade-deadline in a three-team deal with the Tigers.
  • Chris Johnson went 3-for-5 to extend his league lead in batting average to .346. It was his seventh straight multi-hit game.
  • B.J. Upton went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in the the second of three rehab games at Triple-A Gwinnett. If everything goes well on Friday, Upton should rejoin the Braves on Saturday.
  • Melky Cabrera (knee)was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left knee. Rajai Davis is playing so much better than Cabrera right now, so it makes sense to give Cabrera some time off. 
  • Miguel Montero (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain. The transaction will be retroactive to July 29, and Wil Nieves figures to handle most of the catching duties while Montero is on the disabled list.
  • Aaron Hicks was demoted to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday by the Minnesota Twins. Hicks is hitting just .152 (10-for-66) over his last 19 games. After gaining momentum as a fantasy sleeper this spring, Hicks has struggled all season and owns a .192 batting average. 
  • Junior Lake went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and two RBI on Thursday at Wrigley Field in a loss to the Dodgers. This was Lake's first multi-homer game and continues to impress the Cubs and fantasy owners.