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Have your hitters been letting you down? Scott White breaks down five of the best borderline starts (i.e. Josh Harrison, Denard Span) and sits for Week 8. Full Story
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Giants' Nori Aoki homers, steals base Monday vs. Brewers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki went 4 for 4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI , two runs scored and a stolen base in his team's 8-4 win over the Brewers on Monday.

Aoki smacked a solo home run in the third and was able to contribute an RBI single during a seven-run sixth inning. His fourth hit could have been ruled an error, but the scorer ultimately gave the visiting leadoff man an infield hit in the eighth inning. Aoki has hit .312 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 20 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 170 at-bats.


Giants' Tim Lincecum allows four runs in win vs. Brewers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum picked up a win on Monday, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 8-4 victory over the Brewers.

Lincecum (5-2) came into the game with three scoreless performances in his last four starts, but the Brewers were able to notch two runs on Khris Davis solo homers in the first and third innings before adding two runs on another homer in the fifth. The offense was able to pick up the starter in the top of the sixth by exploding for seven runs to take the lead for good.

Lincecum owns a 2.56 ERA and 40:24 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves at home on Saturday.


Brewers RF Ryan Braun blasts 12th home run of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun went 1 for 3 at the plate in Milwaukee's 8-4 loss to the Giants on Monday. Braun did his damage in the fifth inning when he blasted a two-run home run off of Tim Lincecum over the left center field wall, his 12th of the season.

Braun, who also struck out once and drew one walk, is now hitting .272 with 36 RBI in 151 at-bats this season.


Brewers LF Khris Davis blasts a pair of solo home runs Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Brewers left fielder Khris Davis went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate in Milwaukee's 8-4 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Davis started things off in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run over the right field wall off of Tim Lincecum. Then in the third, Davis did it again, this time taking Lincecum to left center field for his fifth home run of the season.

Davis is now hitting .245 with 16 RBI in 140 at-bats on the season.


Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse strikes out seven in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse allowed five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in Milwaukee's 8-4 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Lohse was cruising along until the sixth inning when the wheels fell off. Lohse allowed four straight baserunners to reach safely, all on singles or walks. Brandon Belt also scored on a throwing error. Lohse was pulled after that, but was still tagged for two more runs when the next two batters both singled home runs.

Lohse, now 3-5, moved his ERA to 5.80 in 59 innings of work this season. He will look to rebound on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.


Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back) says he'll be able to play Tuesday
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5:20 pm ET) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is blaming an uncomfortable bed in Miami as the reason why he left Monday's game with back tightness, saying that he'll be available to play on Tuesday, per MASNSports. 

Hardy was out of the lineup Sunday for the final game of the Marlins series but started Monday. However, he left in the seventh inning of the Orioles' victory over the Astros. After the game, he said he was already feeling better. 

"I think just kind of protecting it a little bit. It was tight, I think, from the bed in Miami," Hardy said. "So I was protecting it a little bit and I think Buck (Showalter) saw it and he just wanted to get me out of there."


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal: I will be back Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has declared that he will back Saturday against St. Louis, he has told a team reporter. He added that he has passed all the required medical tests.

Grandal, who has been on the 7-day concussion disabled list, is beginning a rehab stint at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

When he returns, he will do so with a .291 average and 17 RBI.


Twins' Trevor Plouffe slugs three-run homer vs. Red Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:09 pm ET) Twins pitcher Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in his team's 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

The Twins put together a six-run second inning to extend their lead to 7-0, and the final blow came on Plouffe's home run to left field, which was followed by a Kurt Suzuki single before Boston starter Joe Kelly was yanked from the game. Plouffe has hit .270/.353/.474 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 152 at-bats.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco allows two runs in win vs. Red Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco earned a win on Monday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 7-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Nolasco (5-1) was handed a 7-0 lead after two innings, and though he gave up a pair of runs in the top of the third, he was able to shut the Red Sox down over the remainder of the outing for his fifth straight win.

Nolasco owns a 5.12 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Blue Jays on Sunday.


Red Sox's Joe Kelly chased in second inning of loss vs. Twins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:05 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly didn't make it out of the second inning on Monday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 7-2 loss to the Twins.

Kelly (1-4) surrendered a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning before the game turned ugly in the second, when he opened the frame by allowing four straight hits before recording a pair of outs, though a run scored on his second out. He then walked the next batter, served up a three-run home run and allowed a single before being pulled.

Kelly owns a 6.24 ERA and 43:20 K:BB ratio in 49 innings. He's in line to face the Rangers on the road on Saturday.


 
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