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Evan Longoria smacks 12th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 win over the Cardinals Tuesday.

Longora waited until the last possible moment to deliver his blast, knocking his home run with two outs in the ninth inning. He has hit .262/.336/.400 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 390 at-bats.


Adam Wainwright fails to go five innings Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright failed to go five innings Tuesday against the Rays.

Wainwright allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four during the outing. Wainwright was actually cruising along until the fifth inning. At that point, he had allowed one run on a sacrifice bunt. 

Wainwright started off the fifth with a walk to Kevin Kiermaier. Two hitters later, Ben Zobrist reached on an error by Wainwright. That’s when things fell apart. Wainwright gave up an RBI double to the next hitter before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch. Wainwright then walked James Loney, bringing in another run. Yunel Escobar doubled in two more and a Jose Molina ground out drove in the sixth and final run. Wainwright then walked Jake Odorizzi and was removed from the game.

The loss dropped Wainwright to 12-5 on the year. His next start will come against the Cubs.


Jake Odorizzi strikes out eight in win vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and striking out eight in his team's 7-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Odorizzi (6-8) surrendered a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning, but he was able to regroup and hold the opposition scoreless until the Cardinals slugged another solo home run in the sixth inning. He hasn't given up more than three earned runs in any of his last eight innings.

Odorizzi owns a 3.97 ERA and 124:42 K:BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to square off with the Brewers Monday.


David Ross dealing with plantar fasciitis
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Red Sox catcher David Ross pulled up lame while running to first base Tuesday but remained in the game, and he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis after the game, WEEI.com reports.

Ross said after the game that he didn't expect the injury to cause him to miss any time. "It’s been going on for a few days," Ross said. "I was getting better. It was getting a lot better. I just aggravated on that one swing. It’s not going to keep me from playing I don’t think. It’s one of those things that’s going to effect my running a little bit, which is definitely not something manager John [Farrell] is worrying about, my speed to help the team if it would."




Anthony Swarzak set to start Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak will serve as an injury replacement for Wednesday's start against the Indians, FOXSportsNorth.com reports.

Swarzak has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season, going 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA and 25:16 K:BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings. If Kyle Gibson appears to be on track to miss more starts, the team could turn to a different option after Wednesday.


Kyle Gibson scratched Wednesday with back issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start due to lower back stiffness, FOXSportsNorth.com reports.

Gibson surrendered six runs in 6 1/3 innings during his first post-break start Friday. He owns a 4.19 ERA and 54:30 K:BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings.


James Paxton tosses three innings in rehab start Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners pitcher James Paxton gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk in three innings and struck out our in his first rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday.

Paxton threw 60 pitches in his rehab debut and overcame a rough first inning, in which he gave up two home runs and all three runs, to toss scoreless frames in the second and third. He has been out since April 8 while recovering from a lat injury.


Brian Dozier slugs 19th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3 for 5 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 8-2 loss to the Indians Tuesday.

Dozier was 0 for 12 over his previous three games before getting back on track Tuesday. He has hit .239/.336/.433 with 19 home runs, 46 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 381 at-bats.


Carlos Santana homers in four-hit night Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 4 for 5 with two doubles, one home run and two RBI in his team's 8-2 win over the Twins Tuesday.

Santana smacked a solo home run in the fifth inning and drove in the final run of the game with a ninth-inning double. He was just 3 for 18 since the All-Star break before exploding Tuesday. Santana has hit .214/.353/.401 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 322 at-bats.


Jimmy Nelson tosses a quality start Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson put up a quality start Tuesday.

Nelson allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Nelson cruised through the game until the fourth inning. Jay Bruce was able to drive in a run on a double, giving the Reds their first run. 

Nelson came out for the seventh inning, and that’s when things really fell apart. After giving up two singles, Nelson hit the next two batters with pitches. He was replaced by Brandon Kintzler. Kintzler allowed one run, which was charged to Nelson, but managed to induce an inning-ending double-play before more damage was done.

The performance earned Nelson a no-decision. His next start will come against the Mets.


 
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