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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF39
2Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP24
3Rusney Castillo, BOS, CF22
4Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP20
5Steve Pearce, BAL, LF19
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
8Hector Santiago, LAA, SP16
9Drew Smyly, TB, SP14
10Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP13
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2Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-16
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-14
4Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-13
5Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-12
6Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-12
7Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF-12
8Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-12
9Norichika Aoki, KC, RF-12
10Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
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Tyler Matzek blanks Diamondbacks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:34 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Tyler Matzek had a dominant outing Saturday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, improving to 4-9 on the year. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out four over seven shutout innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 14 innings, Matzek has allowed two earned runs. He owns a 4.75 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 91 innings of work. His next start will come Friday at home against San Diego.

Jake Odorizzi stays dominant vs. Red Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:28 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi dominated the Red Sox on Saturday, scattering one hit over seven scoreless frames to improve to 10-11 on the year. He struck out seven and walked three in a 7-0 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 17 2/3 innings, Odorizzi has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 27 starts (147 1/3 innings). His next start will come Thursday at home against Toronto.

Allen Webster gets hit hard again Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:11 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Allen Webster was hit hard Saturday night against the Rays in Tampa. The right-hander permitted six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over four innings of work.

Webster has coughed up six earned runs in each of his last two starts. He owns a 6.69 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP over seven starts (35 innings). He will make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Yankees in New York.

Bartolo Colon gets roughed up in loss to Phillies
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(11:06 pm ET) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was roughed up for his 11th loss of the season Saturday night at home against the Phillies. The veteran right-hander yielded six runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out two over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Colon moved to 12-11 on the season. He owns a 4.01 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 26 starts (172 2 /3 innings). He will make his next start Friday at Cincinnati.

Jerome Williams wins third straight decision
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(11:03 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams won his third straight decision Saturday night against the Mets in New York, improving to 5-5 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings of a 7-2 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 21 1/3 innings, Williams has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 5.23 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 84 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Friday at Washington.

Chris Bassitt gets roughed up in doubleheader loss
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(10:57 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt was roughed up and took the loss in a spot start in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He permitted five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-4 defeat. It remains to be seen if he'll remain with the team moving forward.

Kyle Ryan twirls a gem in spot-start vs. White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:53 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Kyle Ryan twirled a gem for the win in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. Ryan permitted five hits and two walks while striking out one over six scoreless innings of an 8-4 victory. He will likely be sent back down to Triple-A Toledo.

Zach Britton strikes out two in perfect frame for the save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:50 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton struck out two and needed 13 pitches to secure a 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday night against the Twins. He has converted 30 of 33 save chances, with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP over 65 2/3 innings of relief.

Chris Tillman fails to factor into decision vs. Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:47 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was unable to factor into the decision Saturday night at home against the Twins. The right-hander permitted one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of a 3-2 victory.

Tillman has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last three starts. He owns a 3.36 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 29 starts (176 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Cincinnati.

Kyle Gibson settles for no-decision Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:44 pm ET) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. The right-hander permitted one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Gibson has allowed three runs or fewer in a start for just the second time in his last six starts. He owns a 4.23 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 26 starts. He will make his next start Thursday at home against the Angels.

 
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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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