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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF34
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4Steve Pearce, BAL, LF20
5Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP20
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
8Hector Santiago, LAA, SP14
9Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP13
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2Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-15
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-14
4Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-13
5Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
6Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-11
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Christian Bergman works around control issues
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman had some control issues Friday against the Diamondbacks. 

Bergman allowed one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked five during the outing. Outside of the control issues, Bergman was fantastic early. He didn’t give up his first hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning. He gave up his only run in the sixth inning. After giving up a triple and a walk, Bergman was pulled from the game. One run would come around to score after Bergman left. That run was charged to Bergman.

For his efforts, Bergman picked up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Brett Oberholtzer gets hammered by Rangers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer got hammered by the Rangers on Friday, dropping to 4-10 on the year. The left-hander permitted seven runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings of a 13-6 defeat.

Of his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 20 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Friday at Oakland.

Scott Baker goes six-plus frames for win No. 3
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker turned in a quality start and received more than enough run support for the win Friday night against Houston, improving to 3-3 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings of a 13-6 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 11 1/3 innings, Baker has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 5.23 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at Kansas City.

Jason Vargas drops another decision Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was not at his best Friday night against the Indians, dropping to 10-7 on the season. The left-hander was charged with four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 innings, Vargas has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 25 starts (162 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Texas.

Danny Salazar cruises past Royals despite rain delay
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(12:16 am ET) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar had his start interrupted by a rain delay, but still came away with a win Friday night against the Royals in Kansas City, improving to 5-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted four hits and two walks while striking out three over five scoreless innings of work before a rain delay ended his night prematurely.

Over his last three starts covering 16 innings, Salazar has permitted three earned runs. He owns a 4.23 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 15 starts (78 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday vs. Detroit.

Coco Crisp exits game after outfield collision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp left Friday's game against the Angels after crashing into the outfield wall.

Crisp ran full speed while chasing after Chris Iannetta’s two-run homer in the fifth inning. The ball bounced over his glove and went over the fence, while Crisp had to be helped back to his feet and escorted out of the game.

Crisp was diagnosed with a neck strain, an issue he has had in the past. He finished 0 for 2 before leaving the game. He owns a .254/.346/.397 slash line with nine homers and 45 RBI over 370 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game.

Miles Mikolas dealing with shoulder fatigue; Robbie Ross to start in his place
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Miles Mikolas has been scratched from Saturday's start against Houston because of right shoulder fatigue, the team announced.  The team will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock for the start.

The struggles continue for Scott Carroll on Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The struggles continued for White Sox starter Scott Carroll on Friday against the Tigers, dropping to 5-9 on the year. The right-hander surrendered seven runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and no walks while striking out two over five innings of a 7-1 defeat.

Over his last five starts covering 28 2/3 innings, Carroll has coughed up 23 earned runs. He owns a 5.07 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 108 1/3 innings. He will make his next start Friday at Cleveland.

Justin Verlander fans eight in win over White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander dominated the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, scattering one run on nine hits over seven innings to improve to 12-11 on the year. He struck out eight and walked two.

Verlander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last five starts. He owns a 4.68 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 27 starts (171 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Cleveland.

Jacoby Ellsbury homers, injures left ankle Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury homered but injured his ankle in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Ellsbury launched a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He suffered the injury while sliding at home plate in the ninth inning. After the game, he had a fluoroscope on his left ankle, which came back "OK," per YES Network.

Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 6-3 victory. He owns a .286/.347/.431 with 14 homers and 64 RBI over 503 at-bats.

 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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