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Josh Hamilton exits game with knee soreness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:33 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was forced out of Friday's game at home against the Tigers with a sore left knee. Hamilton left the game in the fourth inning and has been listed as day to day moving forward. He owns a .291/.366/.427 slash line with five homers and 29 RBI in 206 at-bats.

Neftali Feliz picks up his first save
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:29 pm ET) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz picked up his first save Friday against the Athletics. 

Feliz entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting, giving up a single and a walk. Feliz was able to work out of the jam, getting the final two outs without giving out a run.

It was Feliz's first save since 2011. 


Jenrry Mejia Ks three, notches 14th save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:27 pm ET) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia struck out three and worked his way around one walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He has converted 14 saves in 16 chances, with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 68 1/3 innings of relief this season. 

Yordano Ventura picks up a no decision
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:20 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura picked up a no-decision Friday against the Indians. 

Ventura gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Carlos Santana was the main culprit behind Ventura’s struggles. Santana belted a solo shot off Ventura in the fourth inning, and added a two-run shot in the sixth. Ventura pitched into the seventh inning, but was pulled after putting a man on. The runner would come around to score on a sac fly. The run was credited to Ventura.

The game was tied when Ventura left, giving him a no-decision. His next start will come against the Twins.


Josh Tomlin struggles against the Royals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:19 pm ET) Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin had a tough start against the Royals Friday.

Tomlin allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk any batters. Home runs proved to be an issue for Tomlin. In the second inning, he allowed two solo shots to Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas. Trouble struck again in the fourth inning. After giving up a single, Tomlin allowed a triple to Raul Ibanez. Ibanez would score on an error. 

The Indians managed to tie the game up, meaning Tomlin received a no-decision. His next start is slated to come against the Mariners. 


Jerome Williams turns in a strong start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:18 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Jerome Williams tossed a strong start Friday against the Athletics.

Williams allowed one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks against one of baseball’s best offensive clubs. Williams got off to a fantastic start, tossing five scoreless innings to open the game. He started to run out of gas in the sixth. After giving up two singles to open the inning, Williams allowed a run-scoring single to Yoenis Cespedes. He was able to get out of the inning unscathed after that play. 

With the win, Williams improved to 2-4 on the year. If he gets another start, it would likely come against the Yankees. 


Carlos Torres picks up relief win Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:17 pm ET) Mets reliever Carlos Torres (5-4) picked up a relief win Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

The right-hander permitted one hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning. The Mets exploded for three runs in the top of the ninth, which proved to be the difference, Torres owns a 2.93 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 61 1/3 innings of relief.


Jason Hammel drops one against the Rangers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:17 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jason Hammel had a rough start Friday against the Rangers.

Hammel allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Hammel first ran into trouble in the second inning. After giving up a double to open the inning, he gave up a run-scoring single to the next batter. He gave up an additional run in the third inning. 

Hammel was able to get through the fourth and fifth inning unscathed, but again ran into trouble in the sixth. Hammel gave up a single and walk to open the inning, before allowing a run-scoring single to Adrian Beltre. Jim Adduci added a sac fly, scoring the fourth run of the game. 

With the loss, Hammel dropped to 8-8 on the year. His next start will come against the Astros.


John Danks runs out of gas, but picks up a win Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:15 pm ET) White Sox pitcher John Danks ran out of gas late against the Twins.

Danks allowed four runs on six hits over seven innings of work. He struck out five and did not issue any walks. Danks was fairly solid early on, but ran out of gas late. He gave up a sacrifice fly in the second inning, but tossed three straight scoreless innings after giving up his first run. In the sixth, Chris Colabello was able to drive in two runs on a single. The following inning, Oswaldo Arcia added a solo home run. Danks threw 100 pitches during the outing.

The White Sox offense exploded early, giving Danks the win. He improved to 9-6 on the year. Danks will take on the Tigers in his next start.


Francisco Rodriguez has ninth-inning meltdown vs. Mets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:15 pm ET) Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez (4-4) was not at his best on Friday, as he was charged with a blown save and loss at home against the Mets.

Rodriguez allowed a run-scoring single to David Wright in the ninth inning to cut the lead in half, then a two-run home run to Lucas Duda to lose the lead. He was charged with three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out two over one inning of work. He owns a 3.10 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 49 1/3 innings of relief.

 
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