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Nelson Cruz has four hits for Mariners
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:37 pm ET) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz went 4 for 5 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Cruz had his first four-hit day since September of last season. He doubled and homered, driving in two runs. 

Cruz hit in his 11th straight game. He's hitting .400 with six home runs over the streak. 


White Sox OF J.B. Shuck leaves game with hamstring injury
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:35 pm ET) White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck left Friday's game against the Yankees in the eighth inning with a left hamstring strain. Shuck, who entered the game in the seventh, singled in a run and scored another in his only at-bat of the night.

He will be re-evaluated on Saturday before the White Sox determine his status going forward. 


Twins get Trevor Plouffe back, demote Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:33 pm ET) The Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had been on paternity leave, and pitcher Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. 

To make room, the team optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A Chattanooga, per MLB.com.

Santana was hitting .219 with the Twins this season. Polanco hit .429 in three games.


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock leaves game with hamstring injury
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:31 pm ET) Diamondbacks All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock left Friday's game against the Astros in the seventh inning due to hamstring tightness. Pollock went 1 for 4 in the game, and was lifted for a pinch runner after he singled in the seventh.

His status for Saturday's game is currently unknown.


Padres' Ian Kennedy pitches well, takes tough no-decision Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:28 pm ET) Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy posted his third consecutive quality start on Friday, but he did not factor in the final decision. Kennedy allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five, as the Padres took the 8-3 win over the Marlins in extra innings.

Both runs Kennedy allowed came in the very first inning on a two-run home run by Christian Yelich. But he settled down after that, blanking the Marlins over the next six frames. 

Kennedy was left with a no-decision however, as Craig Kimbrel coughed up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. 

Kennedy went 2-2 in six July starts, posting a 3.38 ERA and a 24:7 K:BB ratio.


Ryan Howard drives in four runs for Phillies
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:28 pm ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove in four runs in Friday's loss to Atlanta. 

Howard went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two walks. He recorded four RBI for the first time since August 7 of last year. 

Howard hit in his sixth straight game. He's batting .409 during the streak. 


Twins' Tommy Milone loses second straight
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:24 pm ET) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone suffered his second loss in a row, Friday against Seattle. 

Milone fell to 5-3 on the year. He hasn't won since July 8, going 0-2 with one no-decision since.

Milone allowed four runs on a season-high 11 hits. For the second time in three starts, he didn't walk a batter, and he struck out four. 


Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison has mixed results during Friday start
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:20 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison had a decent outing against the Royals on Friday. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out one, but he did not factor in the decision, as the Jays took the 7-6 extra-innings win.

The young right-hander allowed three runs in the first inning, but then was able to settle in over the next few frames, as his offense rallied to tie the game. He started the sixth, but gave up a lead-off single. Hutchison was lifted after throwing 75 pitches, 53 strikes.

He went 1-1 with a 6.95 ERA in six July starts. 


Mariners Taijuan Walker gets second career complete game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:20 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker pitched a complete game to beat Minnesota on Friday. 

Walker gave up one run and recorded his second career complete game. He previously went the distance on September 24 of last year. 

Walker recorded his first career one-hitter and struck out a season-high 11 to improve to 8-7. 


Royals' Johnny Cueto gets no-decision in first start with new team
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:12 pm ET) Royals newcomer Johnny Cueto made his team debut on Friday. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision as the Royals dropped the game 7-6 to the Blue Jays in extra innings.

Cueto was handed a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but he allowed a two-run double to Josh Donaldson in the third with the tying run coming across in the fourth. The Royals rallied back, and Cueto left the game leading 5-3. But the bullpen wasn't able to hold on the lead, leaving Cueto with the no-decision.

Pitching between the Reds and the Royals this year, Cueto went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in six July starts.


 
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