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Mike Bolsinger gets roughed up in loss to Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) Diamondbacks starter Mike Bolsinger was roughed up Friday night against the Giants in San Francisco, dropping to 1-6 on the year. The right-hander was shelled for five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings of a 5-0 defeat.

Bolsinger enters the All-Star break with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of work. The Diamondbacks have yet to announce their pitching plans for the second half of the season, so his next start has yet to be determined.


Tim Lincecum blanks Diamondbacks Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) Giants starter Tim Lincecum dominated the Diamondbacks on Friday, scattering three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings to improve to 9-5 on the year. He struck out six and walked two in 101 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Lincecum enters the All-Star break with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 19 starts (113 innings). Over his last three starts covering 23 1/3 innings, Lincecum has allowed only one earned run. His next scheduled start will come after the All-Star break, though a date has yet to be determined. 


Francisco Rodriguez tagged with the loss Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up the loss Friday against the Cardinals.

Rodriguez entered the game with the score tied 6-6. He got through the first two hitters he faced without an issue. Matt Holliday then stepped to the plate and crushed a first-pitch changeup from Rodriguez out to left for the go-ahead run. The Brewers were unable to come back, tagging Rodriguez with the loss. He dropped to 3-3 on the year.


Matt Holliday clubs go-ahead home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead home run Friday against the Brewers. 

In the ninth inning, Holliday crushed a first-pitch changeup from Francisco Rodriguez out to left for the go-ahead blast. The Brewers were unable to score in the bottom of the inning, making Holliday the hero. He finished 3 for 4, with three runs scored and one RBI. 


Nolan Reimold to get an MRI on injured calf
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(12:46 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Nolan Reimold is expected to undergo an MRI Saturday to determine the severity of his calf injury, Sportsnet.ca reports. Reimold suffered the injury while going from second to third on a Juan Francisco grounder in the fourth inning of Friday's game. His status remains uncertain for the final two games before the All-Star break.

Fernando Rodney secures 27th save vs. A's
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(12:42 am ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney struck out one and worked his way past a walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Friday night at home against the A's. He needed 26 pitches to close out the game. He is 27 for 29 in save chances, with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings of relief.

Felix Hernandez twirls a gem for win No. 11
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(12:40 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez put together another dominant outing Friday night against the A's, outdueling Jeff Samardzija for his 11th win of the season. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine over eight innings of a 3-2 victory.

Hernandez has logged eight innings in each of his last three starts. He enters the All-Star break 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 20 starts (144 1/3 innings). He will likely be at the top of the rotation once the Mariners return from the All-Star break.


Jeff Samardzija goes the distance in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija went the distance but took a tough-luck loss in a duel against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners Friday night, dropping to 3-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Over his first two starts -- with his new team -- covering 15 innings, Samardzija has allowed only four earned runs. He enters the All-Star break with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (123 innings). He'll likely be at the top of the rotation once Oakland returns from the All-Star break.


Pair of Cardinals undergo successful surgery Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Jaime Garcia underwent successful surgeries Friday, according to MLB.com.

Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He's expected to miss the rest of the season while recovering from the surgery. 

Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He's expected to miss between 8-12 weeks while he recovers. He hopes to be back before the end of the regular season. 


Justin Turner targeting post-All-Star break return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Dodgers infielder Justin Turner (hamstring) took swings against live pitching at the team's spring training facility in Arizona, MLB.com reports. Manager Don Mattingly expects Turner to return from the 15-day disabled list shortly after the All-Star break.

 
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