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Mike Morin picks up relief win Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:22 am ET) Angels reliever Mike Morin entered Friday's game in the sixth inning against the Tigers.

Morin came in for Tyler Skaggs with two outs in the sixth and struck out Torii Hunter for the final out of the frame. The Angels scored two runs in the bottom of the frame, which proved to the difference, giving Morin his third win of the season. He owns a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 38 innings of work this season.


Tyler Skaggs settles for no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:18 am ET) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs fell one out shy of a quality start in a no-decision Friday night at home against the Tigers. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings of a 2-1 victory.

The Angels scored both runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mike Morin, who recorded the final out of the sixth for Skaggs, picked up the win.

Skaggs owns a 4.49 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 17 starts (108 1/3 innings). His next start will come Thursday at Baltimore.


Drew Smyly Ks career-high 11 in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:15 am ET) Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly(6-9) posted a career-high 11 strikeouts, but it wasn't enough in a tough-luck loss Friday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Prior to this game, Smyly did not strike out more than seven batters in a game this season. He owns a 3.77 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 100 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against the White Sox.


Kevin Gausman stays sharp in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:10 am ET) Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman turned in a quality start in a no-decision Friday night against the Mariners in Seattle. The right-hander permitted one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out three over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Gausman has allowed one earned run or fewer in all but three of his first nine starts. He owns a 3.67 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 49 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against the Angels.


Felix Hernandez whiffs 10 O's in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season in a no-decision Friday night at home against the Orioles. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 22 innings, Hernandez has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 1.99 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 22 starts (158 1/3 innings). He will look to get back in the win column Wednesday in Cleveland.


Nolan Arenado pulled for lack of hustle
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:58 am ET) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was pulled for lack of hustle Friday, according to the Denver Post

Arenado hit a weak grounder in the fourth inning, but failed to run out the pitch. He was pulled by manager Walt Weiss before the next inning. Weiss said he pulled Arenado because he "didn't meet the standard." Arenado finished 0 for 2 prior to getting pulled. 


Shane Victorino hits his second home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino hit his second home run Friday.

Victorino struck in his first at-bat. On the third pitch he saw from David Price, Victorino hit an 88 mph cutter out to left for a solo shot. Victorino would later single. He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Jose Bautista clubs two home runs
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista belted two home runs Friday against the Yankees. 

Bautista struck in his first at-bat. With two men on, he hit a three-run shot to left off Hiroki Kuroda. In his next at-bat, Bautista took an 82 mph slider out to left for a solo shot. Bautista later doubled in the game. He finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and four RBI.


Carlos Santana belts two home runs Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Indians third baseman Carlos Santana hit two home runs Friday against the Royals. 

Santana struck twice against Yordano Ventura. In the fourth inning, Santana crushed a 97 mph fastball out to right center for a solo shot. He did one better in his next at-bat, belting a 100 mph fastball out to right for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Alexei Ramirez hits his ninth home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit his ninth home run Friday against the Rockies. 

Ramirez struck in the third inning. With the bases empty, Ramirez clubbed a solo shot on a 78 mph curveball from Kevin Correia. Ramirez also singled and walked during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with three runs scored and one RBI. 


 
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