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1Mike Fiers, MIL, RP38
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6Carlos Beltran, NYY, DH-11
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Carlos Carrasco turns in a strong start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:15 pm ET) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco turned in a fine start Friday against the Astros.

Carrasco gave up one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. The only blemish against Carrasco during the start was a solo home run. In the top of the fifth, Marwin Gonzalez managed to take Carrasco out to right to start the scoring. Other than that, Carrasco was excellent against Houston. He was pulled after throwing 90 pitches. He left with the game tied, earning the no-decision.

Carrasco will take on the White Sox in his next start. 


Drew Smyly throws two-hitter Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:09 pm ET) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly threw a two-hitter Friday against the Blue Jays.

Smyly allowed just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Smyly threw 105 pitches during the outing. Smyly gave up a hit to the first batter he faced during the contest. He quickly erased that hit with a double-play. The only other hit against Smyly came in the third inning. He was able to work around the hit without giving up a run. Smyly faced just one batter over the minimum throughout the start. 

With the win, Smyly improved to 8-10. He'll take on the Orioles in his next start. 


Marcus Stroman gets knocked around Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman had a tough start Friday against the Rays.

Stroman allowed four runs, three earned, on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. The Rays slowly chipped away at Stroman each inning. An Evan Longoria solo shot started the scoring in the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, Stroman gave up a run in each of the next three frames. A walk and double brought in a run in the fourth, a double and force out brought in a run in the fifth and three singles plated a run in the sixth.

With the loss, Stroman dropped to 7-5. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Kyle Kendrick has tough start, but picks up a win
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:03 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick had a tough start Friday against the Cardinals.

Kendrick allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Kendrick found himself in trouble right off the bat. He gave up two singles to open the frame. Both runs came in on an RBI-double by Matt Holliday. Holliday would advance to third on a groundout, and come in to score on a sac fly. The Cardinals also struck in the third, after Matt Adams led off the inning with a solo home run. 

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright also struggled during the start, giving Kendrick the win. He improved to 6-11. He’ll take on the Nationals in his next start.


Adam Wainwright picks up a loss
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:02 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had a tough start Friday against the Phillies. 

Wainwright allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked three during the outing. The Phillies managed to scratch a run across in the first inning, but really got to Wainwright in the third. Wainwright put the first three batters of the inning on base. A groundout brought in the first run of the inning. A single and sac fly drove in the next two runs. With two outs, Wainwright walked Domonic Brown, and gave up another run on a single. 

With the loss, Wainwright dropped to 15-8. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start.


Joe Kelly pulled for 'precautionary reasons'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:00 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was pulled for "precautionary reasons" Friday against the Mariners.

Kelly allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Kelly was pulled after throwing 88 pitches. It was announced later in the game that the club pulled him for precautionary reasons. The team did not specify the extent of Kelly's injury. Kelly left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. 

He'll take on the Blue Jays if he can make his next start.


Xander Bogaerts leaves after being hit in the head
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:56 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Bogaerts was hit in the head while up to bat in the fifth inning. Trainers looked at Bogaerts following the play, but he managed to stay in the game. Bogaerts actually stayed in through the following inning, but was pulled at the beginning of the seventh. He will be evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts was 0 for 1 with a strikeout before leaving the game. 


Brad Peacock leaves with forearm injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:50 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock turned in a solid start Friday against the Indians.

Peacock allowed one run on two hits over five innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Peacock came out to warm up for the sixth inning, but wound up leaving with the team’s athletic trainer. It was announced later that Peacock was dealing with forearm discomfort. Peacock threw just 62 pitches during the outing. His only mistake came against Zach Walters. Walters blasted a solo shot off Peacock in the fifth inning. 

Peacock left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Athletics if he can make his next start. 


Ryan Zimmerman to 'ramp up' throwing sessions
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:11 pm ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman will "ramp up" his throwing sessions, according to MLB.com.

Zimmerman threw for the first time Thursday, and did not report any issues with his hamstring Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was "on his way" back. Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to tearing his hamstring. 


A.J. Pollock to begin rehab again Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock will begin his rehab assignment again Tuesday, according to FoxSports.com.

Pollock will begin his assignment at Triple-A Reno. Pollock had been on a rehab assignment, but needed extra time after being hit on the same hand he broke earlier in the season. He's been out since May 31 with the injury.


 
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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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