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Wei-Yin Chen goes eight strong, blanks Mariners
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen went eight innings strong for the win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle, improving to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three in eight shutout frames.

Over his last three starts covering 18 2/3 innings, Chen has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 20 starts (117 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Angels.

Four-run inning proves costly for Hisashi Iwakuma vs. O's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not at his best on Thursday against the Orioles, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Iwakuma permitted a run-scoring single to Nick Markakis and a three-run home run to Delmon Young in the third inning for his only blemishes of the night. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 4-0 defeat. Of his 96 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Iwakuma owns a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (110 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.

Aaron Crow picks up the win in extras
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:48 am ET) Royals pitcher Aaron Crow (5-1) picked up the win in extras against the Indians on Thursday. Crow struck out the side in the top of the 14th, while Norichika Aoki slapped the walkoff single in the bottom of the frame to end the game. Crow owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 42 1/3 innings of relief.

Marc Rzepczynski pegged with loss in extras
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (0-3) was charged with the loss Thursday night against the Royals.

Rzepczynski was charged with the walkoff run in the 14th inning. Norichika Aoki slapped a single off John Axford to end the game. Rzepczynski permitted one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one over one inning of a 2-1 defeat. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 35 innings of relief.

Greg Holland suffers second blown save
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(12:40 am ET) Royals closer Greg Holland was charged with his second blown save of the season Thursday night at home against the Indians.

Holland was unable to lock down the save in the ninth and permitted a game-tying RBI single to Yan Gomes with two outs. He permitted one run on two hits and one walk over one inning of work. He owns a 1.91 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Chris Johnson hits eighth home run Thursday
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(12:37 am ET) Braves infielder Chris Johnson hit his eighth home run Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson struck in his first at-bat. In the second inning, he hit a 93 mph fastball from Henderson Alvarez out to left for a two-run shot. Johnson finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Daniel Murphy unlikely to be dealt
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is unlikely to be dealt, according to Newsday.

The club has fielded calls for Murphy, but don't seem inclined to deal him. Murphy is owed $5.7 million this season, and is under team control through 2015. He's hitting .287/.335/.406 over 411 at-bats. 


Brad Mills sent outright to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) The Blue Jays sent pitcher Brad Mills outright to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Mills was claimed on waivers from the Athletics last week, and allowed eight runs on seven hits in two innings in his lone appearance. He has a 7.85 ERA in 18 1/3 innings this season. 

Lucas Duda clubs 16th home run Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted his 16th home run Thursday against the Brewers.

Duda was the only bright spot against Matt Garza Thursday. In the seventh inning, he worked a five-pitch at-bat against Garza, homering on a 93 mph fastball. Duda finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Corey Kluber toys with perfection
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber flirted with perfection on Thursday against the Royals, but failed to factor into the decision despite another dominant outing.

Kluber allowed a single to Omar Infante in the seventh inning to end his perfect game bid. It was his longest career no-hit bid. His previous high was 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander yielded one unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out 10 in an extra-inning affair. Of his 107 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Over his last six starts covering 45 2/3 innings, Kluber has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 22 starts (149 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Seattle.

 
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