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Brett Anderson gets hit hard in last start before the break
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:17 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson got hit hard in a loss to the Twins on Sunday, dropping to 0-3 on the year. The left-hander permitted six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings of a 13-5 defeat.

Anderson heads into the All-Star break with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over four starts (20 innings). His next start remains to be determined, as the Rockies have yet to announce their future rotation plans.

Phil Hughes escapes rough outing with the win Sunday
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(9:13 pm ET) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes escaped a rough outing with the win Sunday afternoon against the Rockies in Colorado. The right-hander was charged with five runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out six over five innings of work.

Hughes head into the All-Star break with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 19 starts (121 2/3 innings). He will make his first start after the break on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Brian Dozier smacks two homers in win over Rockies
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(9:00 pm ET) With just a day before the 2014 Home Run Derby, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier gave fans in Colorado a taste of what they may see on Tuesday. He launched a pair of home runs in a convincing win over the Rockies in Coors Field.

Dozier launched a solo home run in the eighth inning and a three-run blast in the ninth inning. He finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and four RBI in a 13-5 victory. He owns a .242/.340/.436 with 18 homers and 45 RBI in 360 at-bats.

Chris Young looks sharp in losing effort Sunday
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(8:55 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Chris Young turned in a quality start in a losing effort against the A's, dropping to 8-6 on the season. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two over six innings of a 4-1 defeat.

Young enters the break with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 111 1/3 innings of work. He will make his first start after the All-Star break Sunday against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Sean Doolittle converts four-out save vs. Seattle
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(8:52 pm ET) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out two and retired the final four batters of the game for the save Sunday afternoon against the Mariners in Seattle.

Doolittle needed only 17 pitches to close out a 4-1 victory. He has converted 14 of 17 save opportunities, with a 2.89 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings of relief.

Sonny Gray stays dominant in win over Seattle
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(8:48 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray dominated the Mariners in Seattle on Sunday, scattering one unearned run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings to improve to 10-3 on the year. The right-hander struck out five and walked two in 108 pitches, for 70 strikes.

Gray enters the break with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 19 starts (125 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Sunday against Baltimore.

Buster Posey belts grand slam in win over Arizona
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(8:41 pm ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey plated four runs in his team's 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon.

Posey picked up four RBI in just one swing of a bat, taking starter Vidal Nuno deep for a grand slam in the fifth inning. He finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and four RBI. He owns a .275/.331/.422 slash line with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 306 at-bats.

Madison Bumgarner picks up win No. 10 before the break
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(8:38 pm ET) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner picked up his 10th win of the season in a shaky outing against the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon. The left-hander permitted four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-4 victory.

Bumgarner enters the break with a 10-7 record, with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 20 starts (127 innings). The Giants have yet to announce their post-break rotation plans, so his next start has yet to be determined.

Vidal Nuno suffers first loss with new club
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(8:28 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Vidal Nuno (2-6) was not at his best and took the loss Sunday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco. The left-hander was charged with four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings of an 8-4 defeat.

Nuno has allowed four runs over his first two starts with his new team (12 innings). It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start during the second half of the season.

Scott Baker takes the loss in spot-start
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(8:04 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker (0-3) took the loss in a spot-start Sunday afternoon at home against the Angels. The right-hander permitted five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings of a 10-7 defeat.

Baker owns a 6.24 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 53 1/3 innings of work. He will likely be demoted to the bullpen for the second half of the season.

 
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