Twins righty Kyle Gibson (3-6, 3.59 ERA) won after allowing three runs on four hits (one homer) and four walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings vs. the Orioles on Saturday. Gibson took advantage of a cupcake matchup at home vs. Baltimore to notch his third victory and first since June 15. He settled in after allowing three runs in the first (two on a homer by Chris Davis), throwing 65 of his 109 pitches for strikes and holding the O's scoreless over the next six frames while Minnesota rallied to take the lead. The nine strikeouts were Gibson's most in an outing since April 26, while the seven innings equaled his season high. He has now completed seven innings in five of his last eight starts and will look to keep rolling in another easy home match vs. the Rays on July 12.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks Saturday against the Blue Jays. Judge followed up Brett Gardner's leadoff homer in the top of the first with a blast of his own, giving him 25 long balls on the season. It was only his eighth away from Yankee Stadium this season, however, as he's shown home/road splits typically associated with members of the Colorado Rockies. Prior to Saturday's contest, he had a 1.213 OPS at home this year compared to a .660 mark on the road -- something for fantasy owners to consider before plugging him into their lineups in daily leagues or DFS formats. Judge has been hot lately, however, with six home runs in his last 10 games.
Rays lefty Blake Snell won after scattering six hits and three walks over 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Mets while racking up nine strikeouts. Snell continued his breakout season with another dominant performance Saturday, equaling his longest start of the season while throwing 70 of 112 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old has allowed one earned run or less in eight of his last nine starts, lowering his ERA to 2.09. He's gone 7-1 during that span and has begun pitching deeper into games more consistently, reeling off four straight starts of at least seven innings. Snell will look to stay hot in his next start at the Twins on July 12.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday vs. the Dodgers. Trout accounted for almost all of the Halos' offense on Saturday, tallying three of the team's four hits and contributing its only run via his sixth-inning homer off Ross Stripling. The blast was Trout's 25th of the year and his first of July, while the trio of hits snapped him out of a 2-for-17 skid to begin the month. His average is back up to .312, putting him on track for his third straight season above .300.
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman went 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run homer and three runs scored vs. the White Sox on Saturday. Bregman continued his recent assault on MLB pitching by finishing a triple short of the cycle, extending his hitting streak to 12 games in the process. The 24-year-old has gone deep six times during that span, raising his season total to 17. He's now hitting .284 -- his same average from last year -- with more walks (52) than strikeouts (51). Bregman has swiftly developed into one of baseball's best young players since debuting in 2016 and projects to be a fantasy star for a long time.
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