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5Steve Pearce, BAL, LF19
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
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5Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-12
6Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-12
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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.

Miguel Cabrera exits game after trying to leg out a hit
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(9:51 pm ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Saturday's game against the White Sox early after apparently re-aggravating an ankle injury.

Cabrera suffered an injury while trying to leg out a hit in the fourth inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader and was replaced by Nick Castellanos. Cabrera finished 0 for 3 with an RBI groundout. He is hitting .299/.363/.486 with 17 homers and 91 RBI over 508 at-bats.

O's acquire Alejandro De Aza in exchange for two minor-leaguers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:23 pm ET) The Orioles have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox in exchange for minor-league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar, the Chicago Tribune reports.

De Aza batted .243/309/354 with five homers, 31 RBI and 15 steals in 122 games with the White Sox.


Brandon Belt still 10 days away from baseball-related activities
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still approximately 10 days away from resuming baseball-related activities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 because of a concussion. He remains without a timetable moving forward.

Dustin Pedroia exits with possible head injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:50 pm ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was forced out of Saturday's contest against the Rays with a possible head injury.

Pedroia took a shot to the face by Logan Forsythe while covering second base in the second inning. He was replaced by Will Middlebrooks. Pedroia is hitting .280 with seven homers and 51 RBI over 535 at-bats this season.


Mark Melancon closes out Reds
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and needed 15 pitches to close out a perfect ninth inning and a 3-2 victory over the Reds. He has converted all but four of his 30 save chances. He owns a 2.04 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of relief.

Vance Worley gets back on winning path
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:33 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley put together a quality start Saturday against the Reds, improving to 6-4 on the season. The right-hander yielded two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.

Worley picked up his first win since Aug. 8. He owns a 3.01 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 86 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Friday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

 
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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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