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Jordan Zimmermann dealing with bicep cramp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:14 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies with a bicep cramp, according to The Washington Post

Zimmermann will have an MRI to determine the severity of the issue. The MRI is considered precautionary. As a result, Zimmermann will not pitch during the upcoming All-Star Game. Zimmermann expressed that he doesn't believe the injury is serious, according to MASN.


Miguel Gonzalez goes eight innings strong in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:11 pm ET) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez wasn't a factor in the decision Friday night at home against the Yankees. The right-hander permitted two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of work.

Gonzalez enters the All-Star break with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 89 innings of work. Over his last two starts covering 16 innings, Gonzalez has allowed only three earned runs. The Orioles have yet to announce their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so his next start is still up in the air.

A.J. Burnett pulls out a win Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:11 pm ET) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett picked up a win Friday against the Nationals.

Burnett allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six. Burnett was only threatened twice during the game. Bryce Harper belted a solo home run again Burnett in the seventh inning, and Ryan Zimmerman struck in the eighth. After Burnett walked his second batter of the inning, he was pulled in favor of Ken Giles. Giles proceeded to give up an RBI single to Zimmerman. The run was charged to Burnett. 

The win brings Burnett to 6-8 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 


Henderson Alvarez knocked around Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:06 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez had a tough start Friday against the Mets.

Alvarez allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings of work. He did not issue any walks, but did strike out three over the course of the outing. After a scoreless first, Henderson’s struggles began. He allowed three straight hits in the second inning, bringing in two runs. Lucas Duda cashed in two more runs the following inning after hitting a home run. David Wright also clubbed a two run shot off Alvarez in the fifth. 

The loss dropped Alvarez to 6-4 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Hiroki Kuroda takes no-decision in last start before ASG
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:06 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched well in a no-decision Friday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. The right-hander yielded two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of work.

Over his last five starts covering 33 innings, Kuroda has allowed 13 earned runs. He owns a 4.10 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 19 starts (116 1/3 innings). The Yankees have yet to announce their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so his next start is still up in the air.

Zack Wheeler turns in strong start against the Marlins
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(10:05 pm ET) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in an excellent start against the Marlins Friday.

Wheeler allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six during the appearance. Wheeler’s only blemish came in the fifth inning. After putting two men on, Wheeler allowed a run-scoring single to Christian Yelich. He was able to work out of the inning without giving up any more damage. Wheeler threw 114 pitches during the start.

The win moves Wheeler to 5-8 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Munenori Kawasaki exits game with hamstring injury
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(9:49 pm ET) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki was forced out of Friday's game against the Rays in Tampa because of hamstring tightness, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Kawasaki finished 1 for 4 with an RBI single and was replaced by Steve Tolleson. Kawasaki owns a .284 with three RBI in 88 at-bats. His status remains up in the air for Saturday's game at Tropicana Field.

Mat Latos struggles before leaving with injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:05 pm ET) Reds pitcher Mat Latos struggled against the Pirates before leaving with an injury Friday.

Latos allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. The fourth inning was problematic for Latos. After inducing a strikeout against the first batter of the inning, he allowed a solo home run. Neil Walker then reached on an error and Russell Martin walked, putting two men on. Pedro Alvarez then hit a three-run shot to right field to make it 4-0 Pirates. 

Latos was also checked multiple times by the team trainer during the game, but managed to stay in the game. After he was pulled, the team announced he left the game with back spasms. It’s unclear if the injury will keep him out for his next start. 


Shane Victorino to be re-evaluated at the end of weekend
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to be re-evaluated at the end of the weekend, MLB.com reports. Victorino began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Lowell. He went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts.

"Sunday we'll determine [the next step] based on how he responds physically to the work," manager John Farrell said.

Jim Adduci scheduled to start rehab stint Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Jim Adduci is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Frisco, MLB.com reports.  Adduci, who is working back from a broken pinkie on his left hand, will play five games before he is re-evaluated again.

 
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