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6Mookie Betts, BOS, CF14
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5Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-9
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Zach Britton saves No. 32 Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:42 am ET) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton picked up his 32nd save Tuesday against the Reds.

Britton entered with a one-run lead, and managed to make things interesting. After picking up a ground out to start the inning, Britton put men on first and third after giving up a double and a single. With the tying run 90 feet away, Britton managed to pick up a game-ending double-play. The play was reviewed, and the call was upheld, ending the game. 


Bud Norris picks up the win Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris picked up a win Tuesday against the Reds.

Norris allowed four hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Despite the strong start, Norris never flirted with the no-hitter. Billy Hamilton singled to open the game, ending that possibility. Norris was able to pitch around the single, not giving up any runs. A fielding error put two men on base in the third inning, but that was the closest the Reds would come to scratching a run across against Norris.

With the win, Norris improved to 12-8. He'll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Jake Petricka earns 11th save
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:27 am ET) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka picked up his 11th save Tuesday against the Twins.

Petricka entered the game with a three-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning. He tossed a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout. Petricka picked up the other two outs via groundballs. Petricka threw 10 pitches during the inning, seven of which were strikes. 


Matt Belisle gives up four runs in loss vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Rockies pitcher Matt Belisle took a loss Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on four hits while recording just one out in his team's 12-7 defeat against the Giants.

Belisle (4-7) came in to shut down a Giants rally in the seventh inning but ended up throwing fuel onto the fire, surrendering three doubles and a single before getting pulled. He owns a 5.37 ERA and 38:18 K:BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings.


Mat Latos allows five runs in loss vs. Orioles
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) Reds pitcher Mat Latos took a loss Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in five innings and striking out two in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Orioles.

Latos (5-4) encountered trouble right off the bat, surrendering four runs on five singles in the first inning. He then served up a leadoff home run in the second but buckled down to keep the Orioles off the board for the remainder of his outing. Latos owns a 3.46 RA and 69:25 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mets Sunday.


Joe Nathan picks up save No. 29
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan picked up his 29th save Tuesday against the Indians.

Nathan entered the game with a two-run lead. After quickly picking up two outs to open the inning, Nathan allowed a single. With the possible scoring run at the plate, Nathan got Carlos Santana to fly out to end the game. Nathan lowered his ERA to 5.04 following the outing. 


George Kontos picks up win vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Giants pitcher George Kontos earned a win Tuesday, striking out one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his team's 12-7 victory over the Rockies.

Kontos (4-0) retired all five of the batters he faced Tuesday to pick up his first win since rejoining the Giants in late August. He owns a 2.84 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 23:8 K:BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings.


Aaron Crow picks up a save Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Royals reliever Aaron Crow picked up a save Tuesday against the Rangers.

Crow entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. After quickly picking up two outs, Crow gave up a single. With a man on base, Crow managed to strike out the the fourth batter of the inning to end the game. It was Crow's third save of the season. 


Jordan Lyles allows six runs in no-decision vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 12-7 loss to the Giants.

Lyles took a 7-1 lead into the sixth inning, where he surrenderd two home runs to cut his lead to three. The Giants completed the comeback in the seventh, with two runs charged to the starter. Lyles owns a 4.35 ERA and 77:42 K:BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mets Monday.


Yusmeiro Petit surrenders six runs vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:19 am ET) Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and one walk in four innings while striking out five in his team's 12-7 win over the Rockies.

Petit was brutal with runners on base Tuesday, giving up a two-run double, a two-run triple and a two-run home run in his first three innings of work. It was a massive course correction after the pitcher set a major-league record with 46 straight batters retired, a streak that ended in his previous outing. Petit owns a 3.89 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 101:18 K:BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings.


 
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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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