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Mark Buehrle settles for no-decision Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:30 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle was hit with a no-decision Friday night against the Rays in Tampa Bay. The left-hander permitted two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings. Of his 93 pitches, 60 were strikes.

Over his last three starts covering 19 innings, Buehrle has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 2.64 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 19 starts (126 1/3 innings). The Blue Jays have yet to announce their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so his next start is still up in the air.

Corey Kluber pulls out a win Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber managed to pick up a win Friday against the White Sox.

Kluber allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five during the outing. The White Sox struck early against Kluber. He allowed three straight hits in the second inning, scoring a run. Though he got the next batter to ground out, another run managed to cross the plate. Kluber also gave up additional runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Adam Eaton doubled in a run in the fourth, and Adam Dunn hit a solo shot in the fifth. 

Despite the struggles, Kluber managed to pull out a win. His record improved to 9-6. Kluber will make his next start shortly after the All-Star break. 


Hector Noesi clobbered in Cleveland
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:28 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi was smashed against the Indians Friday.

Noesi lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He struggled with his command, walking four hitters. He also struck out four during the appearance. Home runs proved to be a pretty big issue for Noesi. David Murphy started the scoring for Cleveland, hitting a two-run shot in the second inning. Noesi walked in a run in the fourth inning, and then proceeded to give up three more in the fifth. With two outs, Noesi allowed an RBI to Lonnie Chisenhall, and then gave up a two-run shot to Nick Swisher. He was replaced by Andre Rienzo.

The loss dropped Noesi to 3-7 on the year. His next start will come following the All-Star break.


Jeurys Familia makes an appearance Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:25 pm ET) Mets reliever Jeurys Familia made an appearance out of the bullpen Friday.

Familia had been dealing with some arm stiffness, and hadn't pitched since July 8. He worked a perfect inning Friday against the Marlins. Familia's ERA sits at 2.11. He should be fine moving forward. 


Jordan Zimmermann dealing with bicep cramp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:14 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies with a bicep cramp, according to The Washington Post

Zimmermann will have an MRI to determine the severity of the issue. The MRI is considered precautionary. As a result, Zimmermann will not pitch during the upcoming All-Star Game. Zimmermann expressed that he doesn't believe the injury is serious, according to MASN.


Miguel Gonzalez goes eight innings strong in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:11 pm ET) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez wasn't a factor in the decision Friday night at home against the Yankees. The right-hander permitted two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of work.

Gonzalez enters the All-Star break with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 89 innings of work. Over his last two starts covering 16 innings, Gonzalez has allowed only three earned runs. The Orioles have yet to announce their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so his next start is still up in the air.

A.J. Burnett pulls out a win Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:11 pm ET) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett picked up a win Friday against the Nationals.

Burnett allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six. Burnett was only threatened twice during the game. Bryce Harper belted a solo home run again Burnett in the seventh inning, and Ryan Zimmerman struck in the eighth. After Burnett walked his second batter of the inning, he was pulled in favor of Ken Giles. Giles proceeded to give up an RBI single to Zimmerman. The run was charged to Burnett. 

The win brings Burnett to 6-8 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 


Henderson Alvarez knocked around Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:06 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez had a tough start Friday against the Mets.

Alvarez allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings of work. He did not issue any walks, but did strike out three over the course of the outing. After a scoreless first, Henderson’s struggles began. He allowed three straight hits in the second inning, bringing in two runs. Lucas Duda cashed in two more runs the following inning after hitting a home run. David Wright also clubbed a two run shot off Alvarez in the fifth. 

The loss dropped Alvarez to 6-4 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Hiroki Kuroda takes no-decision in last start before ASG
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:06 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched well in a no-decision Friday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. The right-hander yielded two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of work.

Over his last five starts covering 33 innings, Kuroda has allowed 13 earned runs. He owns a 4.10 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 19 starts (116 1/3 innings). The Yankees have yet to announce their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so his next start is still up in the air.

Zack Wheeler turns in strong start against the Marlins
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in an excellent start against the Marlins Friday.

Wheeler allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six during the appearance. Wheeler’s only blemish came in the fifth inning. After putting two men on, Wheeler allowed a run-scoring single to Christian Yelich. He was able to work out of the inning without giving up any more damage. Wheeler threw 114 pitches during the start.

The win moves Wheeler to 5-8 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


 
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