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Which starting pitchers is Al Melchior optimistic on for the second half? He shares his top five and some sell-high candidates to consider over the break. Full story
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5Edinson Volquez, PIT, SP20
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6A.J. Pierzynski, BOS, C-12
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Omar Infante continues to deliver
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) Royals second baseman Omar Infante went 1 for 4 with a two-run single in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers. Infante finished the weekend series 5 for 12 and has hit safely in 12 of his past 13 games.

Infante is hitting .276/.317/.381 with 46 RBI in 286 at-bats entering the All-Star break.


Chien-Ming Wang opts out of minor-league deal with Reds
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his minor-league contract, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Wang was 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Louisville.

Greg Holland keeps rolling
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Royals closer Greg Holland recorded his 25th save in 26 chances Sunday. He tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out one, to nail down a 5-2 win over Detroit.

Holland boasts a 1.82 ERA heading into the All-Star break.


David Wright gets planned cortisone injection for shoulder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:48 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright received a cortisone injection in his shoulder following Sunday's game against the Marlins. However, it was planned and Wright said his shoulder feels fine, according to the New York Daily News.

Bruce Chen solid in spot start
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:47 pm ET) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings Sunday against the Tigers, striking out two and walking none. He did not get a decision in the team's 5-2 victory.

It was a spot start for Chen, who's 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA this year.


Francisco Liriano loses in return from DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano lasted just four innings in his return from an oblique injury during Sunday's 6-3 loss at Cincinnati. The veteran left-hander, who has been out since mid-June, allowed three runs on three hits and six walks, while striking out four.

Liriano (1-7) had a pretty smooth first inning, retiring the side in order and getting one strikeout. Unfortunately, it quickly unraveled for the veteran lefty in the second inning. The Reds sent nine players to the plate in the second inning and scored three runs on Kris Negron's three-run homer. It could have been worse, but the Reds left the bases loaded.

Liriano allowed just a walk in a scoreless third inning before loading the bases in the fourth inning. Luckily, he escaped the jam without allowing a run, but Liriano would not be back out for the fifth inning. 

He has suffered a loss in four of his last six starts. Liriano is scheduled to start the first game after the All-Star break Friday against the Rockies.


Yordano Ventura earns win in first career relief stint
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday and was credited with the win in a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. Ventura (7-7) struck out three and allowed one hit, lowering his ERA to 3.22, in his first career relief appearance.

Ventura is scheduled to start Sunday, July 20 at Boston.


Justin Verlander looks good until the seventh
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) Embattled Tigers starter Justin Verlander had a two-hit shutout through six innings Sunday against the Royals. But he loaded the bases on three straight singles, then allowed an RBI infield hit and an RBI grounder.

Verlander left with the game tied 2-2, but the bullpen allowed three more runs, two of which were charged to Verlander. In 6 1/3 innings, Verlander struck out three, walked one and yielded six hits. He's 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA entering the All-Star break.

Verlander's next start is scheduled for July 21 at Arizona.


R.A. Dickey pitches well in defeat
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits over six innings Sunday, but his team gave him no run support in a 3-0 loss to the Rays. Dickey (7-9) struck out and walked three as his ERA dipped to 3.82.

Dickey will stay on regular rest despite the All-Star break, as he's scheduled to pitch Friday against the Rangers.


Juan Lagares batting better than .300 in July
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares had an RBI double and finished 2 for 5 during Sunday's 9-1 win against the Marlins. It was his 15th double and 23rd RBI this season.

Lagares is batting .326 (14 for 43) in 12 July games. He has four doubles, five RBI, five runs and one stolen base in that span.


 
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