Another no-hitter for Homer Bailey? That's good stuff.
First pitch: The Brewers and Nats get NL action started at 6:05 p.m. ET, while the first AL game is Tigers-Jays at 7:07.
Interleague DH issues: Once again, Padres, Cubs and Cardinals will add DHs in AL parks. None of these three teams used the occasion to add anyone special to their lineups on Tuesday.
Streaming starters: Samuel Deduno was just mediocre last night, so we're down to 50-31 for the season. Today's pick is Nats' southpaw Ross Detwiler (owned in 5.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the undermanned Brewers, while Thursday's selection is slightly underrated Met Dillon Gee (5.1 percent owned) against the D-backs.
On to the news:
- After blowing a save Monday night and throwing with decreased velocity in two outings since coming off the DL, J.J. Putz has been yanked as the Diamondbacks' closer in favor of Heath Bell. According to the Arizona Republic, Putz has "no issues with what he hopes will be just a temporary role change." I suspect that Putz will get his job back sometime soon, but if Bell is effective he could run with it. Sorry to be vague, but closers are unpredictable like that.
- The Brewers aren't expecting Ryan Braun (hand) back until after the All-Star break.
- Ditto for the Red Sox and SP Clay Buchholz (trapezius muscle).
- New Oriole Scott Feldman will start tonight against the White Sox. He's worth an AL-only pickup, but not if if requires a large investment. On the other side of the O's-Cubs trade, Jake Arrieta is an interesting possibility as a future closer fin Chicago. I don't mean next week, but sometime.
- The Rockies finally placed OF Dexter Fowler (hand) on the DL; he could return as soon as next Thursday. Tyler Colvin started in center field for the Rox on Tuesday.
- Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (hamstring) missed another game last night, but he should be back soon.
- Welcome back, David Price. That was an impressive outing, even if it was against the Astros. It was nice that Evan Longoria returned from his foot issues to join Price. Longoria's owners should still be a bit worried, because plantar fascitis usually doesn't just go away.
- The Red Sox hope that SS Stephen Drew (hamstring) will be back in the lineup by Friday. However, they're also apparently talking about trading for a third baseman (like Michael Young) and moving Jose Iglesias to shortstop, so you should be looking for alternatives if you own Drew.
- Cardinals OF Matt Holliday was scratched last night with a stiff neck, and is day-to-day.
- With Josh Willingham on the DL, the Twins activated Aaron Hicks, who had two hits last night.
- Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda will skip his Friday start due to a hip flexor injury, but it doesn't sound serious. His teammate, Alex Rodriguez, made an uneventful (in a good way) rehab appearance last night. Memo to Yankee beat writers: Go cover A-Rod in Charleston. What a great place.
- The A's are hoping to get C John Jaso (hand) back in the lineup today.
- It sounds like Tom Wilhelmsen will reclaim his closer role soon in Seattle.
- Mets SP Shaun Marcum (back) might be headed to the DL.
- Brewers SP Wily Peralta left Tuesday's game with a hamstring strain, and his status is TBD.
- Carl Crawford appears ready to rejoin the Dodgers this weekend, but with Yasiel Puig batting close to .900, there's going to be a playing time issue. Either Crawford or Andre Ethier is going to draw the short straw, and the bet here is that it will be Ethier.
- Braves OF B.J. Upton left Tuesday's game with forearm spasms, and is day-to-day.
- Due to the holiday, my weekly chat will be today at 2 p.m. ET. I've asked the editors to provide a fireworks show, so please stop by.
See you back here tomorrow morning.