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Henderson Alvarez wins his 10th game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez had a tough start Friday against the Rockies.

Alvarez allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Alvarez was done in by the long ball. Justin Morneau managed to go deep in the third inning, driving in two runs. Corey Dickerson did the same in the fifth, also hitting a two-run shot. Alvarez would up throwing 96 pitches during the start. 

The Marlins jumped all over Franklin Morales, giving Alvarez the win. He improved to 10-5. His next start will come against the Angels. 


Franklin Morales goes four innings
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales lasted just four innings Friday against the Marlins. 

Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Morales got through a scoreless first, but ran into trouble in the second. He allowed three straight singles to load the bases. Two runs came around to score in the inning before Morales could get out of it. The Marlins would also plate two more runs in the third inning. Morales came out to start the fifth inning, but could not record an out. After putting the first three men on, Morales walked in a run. Another walk brought in the next run, which led to Morales being pulled from the game.

With the loss, Morales dropped to 5-7. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Tommy Milone fails to go five innings
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone can’t go five innings Friday against the Tigers.

Milone allowed five runs, three earned, on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Milone got himself in trouble early, giving up a solo home run in the first inning. He tossed three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Milone recorded an out against the first batter he faced. The second batter, Torii Hunter, managed to reach on an error. At that point, Milone fell apart. He gave up three singles and a double to the next four batters before being pulled from the game. Another run would come around to score on a sac fly, and was charged to Milone. 

Milone didn’t last five innings, so he was not eligible for the win. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Robbie Ray pounded Friday
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(12:19 am ET) Tigers pitcher Robbie Ray was pounded against the Twins Friday.

Ray allowed six earned runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks throughout the start. Ray was able to get through a scoreless first inning, but fell apart in the second. Ray allowed three straight doubles to open the frame, bringing in two runs. A mound visit seemed to calm him briefly, as he managed to strike out Kurt Suzuki. That calmness was short-lived. Ray surrendered a home run to Eduardo Escobar, a single to Jordan Schafer and another home run to Danny Santana. Ray was pulled from the game at that point.

With the loss, Ray dropped to 1-4. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start.


Josh Collmenter turns in fantastic start
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(12:17 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter turned in a fantastic start Friday against the Padres.

Collmenter allowed one run on four hits over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks during the appearance. Collmenter opened  the game with two perfect innings before giving up his first hit in the third. Collmenter then tossed five perfect innings. He ran into some trouble in the ninth. Collmenter allowed two singles and struck out a batter. He was pulled from the game after throwing 106 pitches. One of those runs came around to score, and was charged to Collmenter.

With the win, he improved to 9-7. Collmenter will take on the Rockies in his next start. 


Odrisamer Despaigne has a rough start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne had a rough start Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Despaigne allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. The Diamondbacks managed to strike early. With two outs in the first inning, he gave up a triple, single and home run to three straight batters. Another run came around in the second inning on a fielding error. 

With the loss, Despaigne dropped to 3-5. He’ll take on the Brewers in his next start. 


Mike Minor flirts with no-hitter, but can't win
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor flirted with a no-hitter Friday against the Reds.

Minor allowed one run on one hit over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four during the outing. Minor made it into the eighth inning before giving up his first hit of the game. Minor walked a batter earlier in the inning. That base-runner reached second on a groundout. With a man on second, Billy Hamilton knocked an RBI-single against Minor. It was the first hit Minor gave up all game. Minor was pulled after the hit. He threw 107 pitches.

Minor was matched by Mat Latos throughout the start. Because of that, he picked up a no-decision for his efforts. Minor will take on the Mets in his next start.


Mat Latos picks up no decision despite strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Reds pitcher Mat Latos tossed a solid start Friday against the Braves.

Latos allowed one run on nine hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Latos gave up his only run in the third inning. After giving up three straight singles to load the bases, one run managed to come home an a groundout. Latos was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. Though he proved to be fairly hittable over the start, Latos was able to work his way out of trouble in all but the third inning. 

Latos was matched by Mike Minor during the start, forcing him to settle for a no-decision. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 


Yovani Gallardo gets knocked around Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was knocked around Friday against the Pirates.

Gallardo allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked three during the outing. Gallardo got through a scoreless first inning, but was tagged for runs in each of the next four innings. In the second inning, leadoff man Russell Martin reached on an error. Gallardo then walked the next two batters, loading the bases. A sac fly and a double brought all three runs home. The Pirates added insurance runs in the third and fourth innings. Andrew McCutchen added a solo home run against Gallardo in the fifth. Gallardo made it out of the inning, but did not start the sixth. 

With the loss, Gallardo dropped to 8-7. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start. 


 
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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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