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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF39
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4Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP20
5Steve Pearce, BAL, LF19
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
8Hector Santiago, LAA, SP16
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10Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP13
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2Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-16
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-14
4Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-13
5Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-12
6Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-12
7Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF-12
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Chris Bassitt gets roughed up in doubleheader loss
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:57 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt was roughed up and took the loss in a spot start in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He permitted five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-4 defeat. It remains to be seen if he'll remain with the team moving forward.

Kyle Ryan twirls a gem in spot-start vs. White Sox
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(10:53 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Kyle Ryan twirled a gem for the win in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. Ryan permitted five hits and two walks while striking out one over six scoreless innings of an 8-4 victory. He will likely be sent back down to Triple-A Toledo.

Zach Britton strikes out two in perfect frame for the save
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(10:50 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton struck out two and needed 13 pitches to secure a 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday night against the Twins. He has converted 30 of 33 save chances, with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP over 65 2/3 innings of relief.

Chris Tillman fails to factor into decision vs. Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:47 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was unable to factor into the decision Saturday night at home against the Twins. The right-hander permitted one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of a 3-2 victory.

Tillman has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last three starts. He owns a 3.36 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 29 starts (176 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Cincinnati.

Kyle Gibson settles for no-decision Saturday
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(10:44 pm ET) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. The right-hander permitted one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Gibson has allowed three runs or fewer in a start for just the second time in his last six starts. He owns a 4.23 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 26 starts. He will make his next start Thursday at home against the Angels.

Orioles, Red Sox swap infielders Saturday
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(10:40 pm ET) The Orioles have acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus, MLB.com reports.

Aaron Harang drops another tough decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:28 pm ET) Braves pitcher Aaron Harang was hit with the loss Saturday night at home against the Marlins, dropping to 10-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 19 1/3 innings, Harang has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.64 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 28 starts (173 innings). He will get another crack at the Marlins, this time in Miami on Friday.

Jarred Cosart blanks Braves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:23 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart put together another terrific outing for the win Saturday in Atlanta, improving to 12-8 on the season. He permitted seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven shutout innings of a 4-0 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 27 2/3 innings, Cosart has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 3.80 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 25 starts (149 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against Atlanta again.

Scott Feldman goes the distance vs. Rangers
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(10:14 pm ET) Astros pitcher Scott Feldman turned in a flawless outing, going the distance Saturday night against the Rangers for the win. The right-hander permitted three hits and one walk while striking out five over nine innings of a 2-0 victory.

Feldman lowered his ERA from 4.34 to 4.09 after Saturday's start. Over his last three starts covering 22 2/3 innings, he has allowed five earned runs. He will look to keep rolling Saturday at Oakland.

Robbie Ross settles for no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:07 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday against Houston. The right-hander issued three walks and struck out five in five no-hit innings of a 2-0 defeat. Phil Klein took over for him and allowed two unearned runs in the seventh.

Ross lowered his ERA from 6.06 to 5.63 on the year. It remains to be seen if he'll remain on the big-league roster or if he'll be sent back down to Triple-A Round Rock.

 
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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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