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1Drew Storen, WAS, RP23
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5Jordy Mercer, PIT, SS13
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7Dan Haren, LAD, SP11
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3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-15
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6Jimmy Rollins, PHI, SS-9
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Stephen Strasburg gets back on track with a gem vs. Atlanta
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:53 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg bounced back with a gem Monday night against the Braves in Atlanta, improving to 12-11 on the year. The right-hander permitted five hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven scoreless innings of work.

Strasburg has not allowed a run in three of his last 10 starts. He owns a 3.34 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 32 starts (202 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Miami.

Zach Britton closes out Blue Jays
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(11:50 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked his way around a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 5-2 victory over Toronto. He has converted 35 of 39 save chances, with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings of work.

Wei-Yin Chen picks up win No. 16
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(11:48 pm ET) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen nearly turned in a quality start in a win over the Blue Jays Monday night, improving to 16-4 on the year. He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of work.

Chen owns a 3.58 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 29 starts (173 2/3 innings). The southpaw will take the mound Monday in New York against the Yankees.

Marcus Stroman takes a step back Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:45 pm ET) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman took a step back in a loss to the Orioles in Baltimore, dropping to 10-6 on the year. He allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Stroman has allowed five earned runs in three of his last six starts. He owns a 3.80 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 120 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Saturday against the Yankees.

Albert Pujols exits game with hamstring issue
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(11:41 pm ET) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring issue, according to USA Today.

Pujols hit a bases-clearing double in the third inning and grabbed the underside of his left thigh as he approached second base, which caused him to leave the game. He is hitting .274/.328/.469 with 26 homers and 97 RBI over 595 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday.


Jacob deGrom matches MLB strikeout mark
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(11:17 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom matched a modern major league record by striking out his first eight batters Monday night at home against Miami. However, it wasn't enough as he failed to factor inot the decision.

DeGrom allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 13 over seven innings of a 6-5 defeat. He owns a 2.68 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 21 starts (134 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at Atlanta.

Zach Walters suffers intercostal strain
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(11:02 pm ET) Indians shortstop Zach Walters left Monday's game against the Astros in sixth inning with a right intercostal strain, the team announced. He went 0 for 2 before leaving the game. He will likely be re-evaluated before Tuesday's game against Houston.

Jarred Cosart unable to factor into decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:00 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart wasn't a factor into the decision Monday night in New York against the Mets. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-5 victory.

Cosart has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but two of his first six starts with the Marlins. He owns a 3.67 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 28 starts (169 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Washington.

Collin McHugh exits start with forearm contusion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:50 pm ET) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh left Monday's start against the Indians because of a forearm contusion, the team announced. He was in the midst of another dominant outing before leaving the game in the seventh inning with the issue.

McHugh allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings of work. Of his 90 pitches, 59 were strikes. He owns a 2.66 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 24 starts (148 2/3 innings). It remains to be seen if he'll be cleared to make his next start on Sunday against Seattle.

Brandon Belt activated from 7-day DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:43 pm ET) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.

 
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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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