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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF34
2Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP22
3Rusney Castillo, BOS, CF21
4Steve Pearce, BAL, LF20
5Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP20
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
8Hector Santiago, LAA, SP14
9Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP13
10Drew Smyly, TB, SP13
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1Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, LF-18
2Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-15
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-14
4Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-13
5Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
6Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-11
7Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF-11
8Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-11
9Norichika Aoki, KC, RF-11
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Jordan Zimmermann wins his 10th game Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:07 am ET) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann turned in a strong start Friday against the Mariners.

Zimmermann allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out eight and issued one walk during the appearance. Zimmermann was tagged for both runs early. After picking up a strikeout for the first out of the game, Zimmermann allowed a triple against Dustin Ackley. After a walk to Robinson Cano, Zimmermann gave up two run-scoring singles. He was able to get things together after a visit to the mound. Zimmermann would make it through the next six innings without surrendering another run.

With the win, Zimmermann improved to 10-5. He’ll take on the Dodgers in his next start. 


Jered Weaver stays dominant in win over Athletics
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Angels pitcher Jered Weaver dominated the Athletics on Friday, scattering only three hits over sevens shutout frames to improve to 15-7 on the year. He struck out three and walked three in a 4-0 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 13 2/3 innings, Weaver has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 3.57 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 29 starts (181 1/3 innings). His next start will come Thursday at Minnesota.

Jon Lester hit with tough-luck loss Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester put together another solid start on Friday but was hit with a tough-luck loss against the Angels in Anaheim. The left-hander permitted three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Lester has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 27 starts (183 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Seattle.

Addison Reed picks up a save Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed picked up his 31st save Friday against the Rockies.

Reed entered with a three-run lead, and shut the door. He faced three batters during the outing. Reed notched two strikeouts and picked up one groundout during the appearance. 


Josh Collmenter picks up a no decision
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter turned in an excellent start Friday against the Rockies.

Collmenter gave up two hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks. Though Collmenter only gave up two hits, he never flirted with a no-hitter. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced. Collmenter was able to work around the hit and get out of the inning without giving up any runs. He gave up his second hit in the seventh inning. Collmenter was pulled at that point. He threw 81 pitches during the outing. 

Collmenter was in line for a win, but the Rockies managed to battle back. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start.


Christian Bergman works around control issues
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman had some control issues Friday against the Diamondbacks. 

Bergman allowed one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked five during the outing. Outside of the control issues, Bergman was fantastic early. He didn’t give up his first hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning. He gave up his only run in the sixth inning. After giving up a triple and a walk, Bergman was pulled from the game. One run would come around to score after Bergman left. That run was charged to Bergman.

For his efforts, Bergman picked up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Brett Oberholtzer gets hammered by Rangers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer got hammered by the Rangers on Friday, dropping to 4-10 on the year. The left-hander permitted seven runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings of a 13-6 defeat.

Of his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 20 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Friday at Oakland.

Scott Baker goes six-plus frames for win No. 3
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker turned in a quality start and received more than enough run support for the win Friday night against Houston, improving to 3-3 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings of a 13-6 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 11 1/3 innings, Baker has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 5.23 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at Kansas City.

Jason Vargas drops another decision Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas was not at his best Friday night against the Indians, dropping to 10-7 on the season. The left-hander was charged with four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 innings, Vargas has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 25 starts (162 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Texas.

Danny Salazar cruises past Royals despite rain delay
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar had his start interrupted by a rain delay, but still came away with a win Friday night against the Royals in Kansas City, improving to 5-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted four hits and two walks while striking out three over five scoreless innings of work before a rain delay ended his night prematurely.

Over his last three starts covering 16 innings, Salazar has permitted three earned runs. He owns a 4.23 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 15 starts (78 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday vs. Detroit.

 
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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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