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Christian Yelich smacks eighth home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Mets Saturday.

Yelich gave his team a 2-0 lead with his shot to right center field in the top of the fifth, but the Mets were able to even the score in the bottom half of the inning. Yelich owns a nine-game hitting streak as well as a .273/.351/.431 line with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 304 at-bats.


Charlie Blackmon collects five hits in loss vs. Twins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 5 for 5 with one double, one RBI and one stolen base in his team's 9-3 loss to the Twins Saturday.

Blackmon has managed to tally at least two hits in each of his last four games, and Saturday's five-hit effort was his best performance since going 6-for-6 with three doubles and a home run in a game during the first week of the season. He has hit .306/.352/.483 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 346 at-bats.


Andre Rienzo demoted to Triple-A Charlotte
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:42 pm ET) The White Sox optioned right-hander Andre Rienzo down to Triple-A Charlotte following Saturday's game against the Indians. Rienzo made 11 starts this season and posted a 5.87 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP over 61 1/3 innings of work.

Eduardo Escobar slugs third home run Saturday
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(7:41 pm ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 9-3 win over the Rockies Saturday.

Escobar has put together back-to-back multihit efforts after going 0 for 15 in his previous four games. Prior to this two-game stretch, the shortstop's last multihit performance came back on June 15. He has hit .263/.303/.394 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 251 at-bats.


Kevin Kiermaier stays hot atop lineup Saturday
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(7:38 pm ET) Making his first start at the leadoff spot Saturday, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 3 for 4 with one walk, one double and three RBI in his team's 10-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Kiermaier took over center field in the third inning Friday after an injury to regular leadoff man Desmond Jennings, and he found himself back in center and leading off Saturday. Now 8 for 11 in his last three games, Kiermaier has hit .310/.345/.581 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 155 at-bats.


Indians acquire Nick Maronde from Angels
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:36 pm ET) The Indians have acquired left-hander Nick Maronde from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations, the Los Angeles Times reports Saturday. Maronde posted a whopping 10.50 ERA over 18 innings of relief in the minors for the Angels. In the majors, Maronde posted a 12.79 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

Jake Odorizzi strikes out seven in win vs. Blue Jays
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:34 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi earned a win Saturday, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 10-3 victory over the Blue Jays.

Odorizzi (5-8) has now surrendered three runs or fewer in seven straight starts, and he continues to rack up the strikeouts. He owns an impressive 116:39 K:BB ratio in 101 innings while posting a 4.01 ERA going into the All-Star break.


Drew Hutchison gives up six runs in loss vs. Rays
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:34 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison too a loss Saturday after surrendering six earned runs on six hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 10-3 defeat against the Rays.

Hutchison (6-8) set a career high for free passes in the loss, with the Rays doing most of the damage during the sixth inning. He's walked multiple batters in five straight games, posting a 30:15 K:BB ratio during that stretch. Hutchison owns a 4.16 ERA and 100:38 K:BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings.


Kolten Wong continues homer barrage Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:33 pm ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 10-2 victory over the Brewers Saturday.

Wong has been on a power surge since coming off the disabled list, racking up home runs in five of his seven games since his activation. He managed just one home run in 160 at-bats before going to the disabled list. Wong owns a .242/.299/.396 line with six home runs, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 182 at-bats.


David Robertson Ks two in perfect frame for the save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:33 pm ET) Yankees closer David Robertson closed out his 23rd save of the season Saturday afternoon against the Orioles in Baltimore.

Robertson struck out two and needed only 11 pitches to retire the side in order to secure a 3-0 victory.He is 23 for 25 in save chances, with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 32 2/3 innings of relief.

 
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