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Athletics RP Eric O'Flaherty designated for assignment
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty has been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Saturday starter Aaron Brooks.

O'Flaherty hasn't earned his spot. He has allowed 29 hits and 13 walks in 21 1/3 innings this season in compiling a 5.91 ERA.


Athletics Brett Lawrie gets rare day off, Max Muncy starts
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 95 games this season, including the last 14 and 25 of the last 26. 

Max Muncy gets the call at the hot corner for Saturday's game, starting for the first time since June 28 and ninth time this year. 


Athletics' Sam Fuld gives Billy Burns a day off
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:53 pm ET) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 26 of the last 27 games. 

Sam Fuld gets his 27th start of the season in his place. 


Orioles SP Chris Tillman near-certain scratch for Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) Buck Showalter has stated that the ailing left ankle of Orioles starter Chris Tillman has improved, but likely not enough to allow him to make his start Monday at Oakland, per CSNSportsnet.

The ankle certainly didn't seem to affect him in his last outing, when Tillman threw 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball at Atlanta. He has been dynamite in his last three starts with one run given up on seven hits in 23 2/3 innings.


Casey McGehee replaces Justin Bour at first for Marlins
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:50 pm ET) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Bour has started 51 games this season. He'll be replaced by Casey McGehee, who has started just four times this year but three times in the last five games. 


Royals 3B Ben Zobrist breaks loose with two-tater Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) Royals newcomer Ben Zobrist had a coming-out party of sorts Saturday in Toronto. After a rather quiet 1-for-8 start with his new team, he simply mashed.

Zobrist launched the festivities by launching a solo home run in the first inning. He doubled and scored in the sixth, then capped his wonderful day with a game-tying dinger in the eighth.

His .470 slugging percentage is at its highest point since April 14.


RP Mark Lowe has disastrous debut with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Short reliever Mark Lowe arrived in Toronto via trade having allowed just four earned runs all season. He left the mound after his Blue Jays debut having surrendered three and was soon saddled with the defeat.

Lowe came on with a 5-4 lead and yielded a home run to Ben Zobrist, double to Lorenzo Cain, single to Eric Hosmer, single to Kendrys Morales and sacrifice fly to Alex Rios.

Two of the runs he surrendered with Seattle were scored on July 20. He has allowed four over his last nine innings pitched.


Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautisa goes yard twice in loss
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:18 pm ET) Jose Bautista could finish this season with the worst batting average of his career, but he simply continues to produce for the Blue Jays. The latest example was in a Saturday defeat to visiting Kansas City.

Bautista mashed two home runs for his first multi-dinger day since June 15. He crashed solo homers in the fifth and ninth innings after singling and scoring in the fourth. He now has 23 homers and 70 RBI on the year despite a .237 average.

His big afternoon ended a 7-for-43 slide at the plate.


Royals closer Greg Holland shaky, but snags save Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:08 pm ET) Royals closer Greg Holland heightened the tension in a dramatic game Saturday in Toronto, but in the end was able to send the crowd home unhappy.

Holland arrived with a one-run lead and allowed a walk to pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki and single to Chris Colabello after retiring the first batter. But Ben Revere and Josh Donaldson grounded out to secure his 23rd save.

It was his seventh straight appearance in which he has allowed at least one baserunner.


Bullpen blows win for Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:01 pm ET) Blue Jays veteran starter Mark Buehrle threw 89 pitches Saturday. Perhaps if he had tossed 100 or more, he would be celebrating a victory.

Instead, he was lamenting a no-decision and his team's defeat as his bullpen blew the 5-4 lead with which he departed.

Buehrle surrendered three earned runs on five hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts. His struggles were limited to a Ben Zobrist homer in the first, as well as a two-run single by Eric Hosmer and RBI single by Kendrys Morales in the sixth.

The right-hander has been on a tremendous roll with 14 quality starts in his last 15 outings. His 3.32 ERA would be his lowest since 2005 if maintained.


 
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