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Yasmani Grandal is getting the day off Thursday.

Sep 16   11:24 AM

Zack Collins will start at catcher and bat eighth against the Angels and right-hander Alex Cobb.

Yoan Moncada is not in the White Sox lineup Thursday versus the Angels.

Sep 16   11:24 AM

It looks to be a routine day of rest. Romy Gonzalez is handling third base and hitting seventh in the matinee.

Charlie Blackmon is getting the day off Thursday versus the Braves.

Sep 16   10:50 AM

Blackmon has posted a relatively underwhelming .264/.342/.409 batting line across 137 games (529 plate appearances) this season. The veteran outfielder holds a $21 million player option for 2022.

Travis d'Arnaud is not in the Braves' lineup on Thursday.

Sep 16   10:15 AM

He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Wednesday, but d'Arnaud has fared pretty well overall since returning from a torn thumb ligament in August. William Contreras will start at catcher and hit eighth Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

Max Muncy suffered a right knee contusion while sliding into second base on Wednesday, per Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Sep 16   8:51 AM

Muncy did however finish out the game, even slugging his 34th home run of the season, and is expected to be ready for Friday's series opener at Cincinnati following the Dodgers' scheduled team off-day on Thursday. There's not much reason for concern here.

Pierce Johnson will serve as the Padres' opener on Thursday against the Giants.

Sep 16   8:51 AM

He'll probably only work one inning -- maybe two -- before giving way to a parade of other Padres relievers. Johnson holds a sharp 2.98 ERA in 56 total appearances this season for San Diego.

Braves activated RHP Chris Martin from the 10-day injured list.

Sep 16   8:51 AM

Martin will be back in the Atlanta bullpen for Thursday's matinee game against the Rockies after missing two weeks of action due to right elbow inflammation. He's pitched to a 4.17 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings this year.

Braves placed RHP Luke Jackson on the paternity leave list.

Sep 16   8:51 AM

Jackson can be away from the club for up to three days. Chris Martin (shoulder) has been activated from the injured list in a corresponding roster move.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Seth Beer (shoulder) was "feeling OK" on Wednesday.

Sep 16   8:35 AM

Beer even took some light swings in a cage, or was expected to, which is quite encouraging after he suffered a dislocated left shoulder while diving for a ball at first base on Tuesday night. It's not yet known how long he might be sidelined. The 24-year-old is avoiding an IL stint for now.

Dominic Leon allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts while recording just one out in a loss against the Padres on Wednesday.

Sep 16   2:08 AM

Leon operated as the opener in this one with Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto still on the injured list. He gave up a double and a single to start the game before recording his only out. Leon was relieved by Jarlin Garcia, who allowed the two inherited runners to score. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 1.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts over 45 innings.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks against the Padres on Wednesday. 

Sep 16   2:08 AM

After drawing a walk in the fourth inning, Bryant launched a solo homer off of Joe Musgrove in the sixth for his 25th of the year. He added another walk in the eighth to reach three times on the day. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .270/.357/.502 with 25 homers, 67 RBI, and nine steals across 524 plate appearances. 

Jurickson Profar went 2-for-6 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBI against the Giants on Wednesday. 

Sep 16   2:08 AM

Profar hit leadoff in this one and started the game with a double off of Dominic Leone before coming in to score on a double by Adam Frazier. He added a solo homer in the seventh off of Jose Quintana. The 28-year-old utility man is hitting .238/.341/.343 with four homers and ten steals across 371 plate appearances. 

Will Smith went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:52 AM

Smith drew a walk in the second inning, then doubled in the fourth off of Merrill Kelly. Gavin Lux brought him in to score with a base hit to give Los Angeles the lead. Smith added a base hit in the fifth to reach base for the third time in the game. The 26-year-old backstop is hitting .272/.381/.520 with 24 homers and 71 RBI across 454 plate appearances.

Christian Walker went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:52 AM

Walker singled in the fourth before taking Phil Bickford deep for a solo homer in the sixth. He added a walk in the seventh to reach three times on the day. The home run was the eighth of the season for the 30-year-old first baseman. Walker is hitting .237/.310/.363 with the eight homers and 39 RBI across 350 at-bats.

Kenley Jansen struck out three batters over a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. 

Sep 16   1:52 AM

Jansen entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead against the Diamondbacks. He struck out all three batters on just 11 pitches to close it out and earn his 33rd save of the season. The 33-year-old right-hander has a 2.35 ERA, 1.09 WHIP,and 73 strikeouts over 61 1/3 innings while going 33-for-38 in save chances. 

Antonio Senzatela pitched two-run ball for six innings Wednesday as the Rockies beat the Braves 3-2 in 10 innings.

Sep 16   1:36 AM

Senzatela gave the Rockies a sixth straight quality start and lowered his ERA to 4.06, which is pretty exceptional for a Coors Field pitcher. It's ridiculous that his record stands at 4-9 after 25 starts. He's given up more than three runs in just eight of those outings and more than four runs only three times. Incredibly, he's 0-2 this year in the eight starts in which he's allowed one or two runs.

Tylor Megill was tagged for six runs in three-plus innings by the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:20 AM

Five of the runs came in the first inning. Megill pitched well afterwards, but the Mets were unable to let him off the hook, and he dropped to 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA for the season. He'll face the Red Sox next.

Jon Lester pitched six innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:20 AM

Lester matched his season high with seven strikeouts tonight. Coming into the game, he had fanned just 21 batters in 44 innings for the Cardinals. He still seems like a poor bet going forward, but he's been solid for St. Louis thus far and the team is 5-4 in his starts.

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored as the Cardinals topped the Mets 11-4 on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:20 AM

Goldschmidt, who had been cold of late, went 6-for-13 with two homers, two doubles and three walks in the three-game sweep of the Mets. The homer tonight was his 26th of the year, and he has 17 games left in order to get to 30 for the sixth time in his career.

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and a walk versus the Rockies on Wednesday.

Sep 16   1:20 AM

Rosario, wearing No. 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente, drove in both Braves runs on the night. He's hitting .256/.333/.641 with four homers in 39 at-bats since joining the Braves, so he should see plenty of playing time the rest of the way,

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