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Vidal Nuno not a factor into decision vs. Pirates
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:07 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Vidal Nuno wasn't a factor into the decision Friday night at home against Pittsburgh. The left-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 9-4 defeat.

Over his first four starts with his new club covering 23 1/3 innings, Nuno has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 4.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 107 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against Kansas City.

Edinson Volquez settles for no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Pirates starter Edinson Volquez didn't look sharp in a no-decision Friday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The right-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings of a 9-4 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 10 innings, Volquez has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.91 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 126 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against Miami.

Sonny Gray hit with tough-luck loss
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray was pegged with a tough-luck loss Friday night at home against Kansas City, dropping to 12-4 on the season. The right-handed hurler allowed one run three hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Gray has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last six starts. He owns a 2.59 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 22 starts (146 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Tampa Bay.

Greg Holland collects save No. 30
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) Royals closer Greg Holland struck out two and worked his way around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Friday night in Oakland. Holland has converted 30 of 32 save attempts, with a 1.73 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings of relief.

Jeremy Guthrie blanks A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie twirled a gem on Friday against the Athletics in Oakland, improving to 7-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory.

Guthrie owns a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 22 starts (138 innings). He has won back-to-back starts, and will be seeking a third straight on Thursday at Arizona.

Adam Wainwright gets blasted by Brewers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:40 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was blasted by the Brewers at home on Friday, dropping to 13-6 on the year. The right-hander coughed up seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 17 innings, Wainwright has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 2.26 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 22 starts (155 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Boston.

Francisco Rodriguez collects one-out save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:37 am ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez forced Kolton Wong to ground out for the final out of the game, collecting a one-out save Friday night against the Cardinals.

Rodriguez needed just three pitches to secure a 7-4 win.  He has converted 32 saves in 36 attempts, with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 51 innings of relief.


Wily Peralta twirls six-plus innings in win over Cardinals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta put together a quality start for the win Friday night against the Cardinals in St. Louis, improving to 13-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-4 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 26 1/3 innings, Peralta has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 3.52 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 22 starts (138 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against San Francisco.

Chad Qualls fans two in scoreless ninth for the save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Astros closer Chad Qualls struck out two and worked his way around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays Friday. Qualls has converted 12 of 15 save attempts, with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 38 2/3 innings of relief.

Collin McHugh looks sharp in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Astros starter Collin McHugh pitched well enough for the win, but was unable to factor into the decision Friday night against the Blue Jays. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 victory.

McHugh has not won a decision since June 3. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 16 starts (95 innings). He will make his next start Thursday in Philadelphia.

 
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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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