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Rays get best of David Price in return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Tigers pitcher David Price tossed the ball well against his former teammates Thursday, but the Rays still got the best of him as Detroit fell, 1-0.

Price tossed an eight-inning complete game in the loss, and allowed just one unearned run in the first inning. He was pretty much flawless otherwise, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out nine batters on 100 pitches in the tough-luck loss.

Price is 1-1 in four starts since joining the Tigers, as his record now stands at 12-9 for the season. He has allowed eight runs in 30 2/3 innings with Detroit to lower his season ERA to 3.00, heading into his start against the Yankees next Wednesday. 


Phil Hughes wins fourth straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes twirled yet another gem Thursday, in a 4-1 win over the Indians, his fourth straight.

Hughes allowed just one run for the fourth start in a row, while completing seven full innings yet again. He scattered five hits without walking a batter, and struck out eight over 97 pitches for the win.

Hughes improved his record to 14-8 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 3.65. He will try to stretch his winning streak to five starts when he takes on the Royals Wednesday. 


Ryan Zimmerman able to throw Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:21 pm ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was able to throw Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Zimmerman participated in a light throwing session prior to Thursday's game. He plans to repeat the drill from different distances depending on how his hamstring responds. Manager Matt Williams said it was a small step in Zimmerman's return to action. "It’s part of the strengthening process and getting him back to some baseball activity and working through that," Williams said. "That’s the early stages of it but it’s a step for sure."

Zimmerman has been working on an anti-gravity treadmill over the past weeks. He'll have to hit, run at full speed and run the bases before he returns. The last of which will be the most difficult according to Williams because Zimmerman "has to react and turn and create different angles." 

Williams told reporters Wednesday that he believes Zimmerman will return in September.


Corey Kluber takes rare loss despite quality start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber stumbled just a bit Thursday against the Twins, and it led to him dropping his first decision since late June in a 4-1 loss.

Kluber still came away from the outing with a quality start, his seventh in a row, but struggled with his command a bit. Kluber walked four batters and allowed six hits en route to three runs allowed over seven innings, though he also struck out eight batters in the loss.

Kluber falls to 13-7 as his six-decision winning streak came to an end, while his ERA rose slightly to 2.46. He still ranks third in the American League in ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the White Sox. 


Red Sox missing punch in middle of lineup Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:53 pm ET) The Red Sox will be without designated hitter David Ortiz (soreness), third baseman Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) and first baseman Mike Napoli (back) for Thursday's game against the Angels, as all three are out of the starting lineup. They remain day to day collectively moving forward. 

Alex Hassan sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) The Red Sox optioned outfielder Alex Hassan back to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, to make room on the active roster for the return of Allen Craig from the disabled list. Hassan appeared in just one game for the Red Sox in his most recent stint, going hitless in one at-bat. 

Allen Craig brought back from DL, serving as DH Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:45 pm ET)  Red Sox first baseman Allen Craig was activated from the disabled list Thursday and is in the lineup for that evening's game against the Angels, the team announced.

Craig has been out since injuring his ankle in his first game with the Red Sox. He is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Thursday. 


Dallas Keuchel a tough-luck loser Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel threw the ball well Thursday, but came out on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees.

Keuchel tossed an eight-inning complete game in the start, and had trouble in just one inning, as he allowed three runs in the third. He was charged with three earned runs on seven hits overall, while striking out five batters and throwing 65 of 96 pitches for strikes in the loss.

Keuchel is now winless in his last four starts, despite tossing three quality starts in that time. He heads into his next start, set for Tuesday against the A's, with a 10-9 record and 3.12 ERA on the season. 


Brandon McCarthy overpowers Astros in complete-game win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy tossed another gem Thursday, as he dominated the Astros in a complete-game shutout win.

McCarthy tossed his first complete game of the season, as he mowed through the Astros on 107 pitches. He allowed just four hits -- two doubles -- in the game, while retiring eight batters on strikeouts and 11 on groundballs in the 3-0 win.

McCarthy has been lights out since joining the Yankees, posting a 5-2 record and 1.90 ERA in his eight starts. He will try to keep the good times rolling when he takes on the Tigers Tuesday.


Buster Posey able to play Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey will play Thursday against the Cubs, as he told the San Jose Mercury News prior to the start of the doubleheader.

Posey was forced to sit out Wednesday's game, but improved enough to return to the starting lineup. It is not clear if Posey will be in the lineup for both games of the doubleheader, as the teams finish off Tuesday's suspended game. 


 
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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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