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Michael Mariot moved to 60-day disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:22 pm ET) Royals pitcher Michael Mariot has been placed on the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Mariot was in the minors, but was called up and placed on the DL. The move was made in order to free up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. 


Santiago Casilla saves No. 12 Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla saved his 12th game Thursday.

Casilla entered with a three-run lead and easily shut the door. After giving up a walk to the leadoff man, Casilla settled in. He set the next three hitters down in order, picking up the save. He lowered his ERA to 1.68 following the outing. 


Drew Smyly on innings limit
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will be held to about 150 innings this season, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Joe Maddon said Smyly would likely be held between 150 innings and 160 innings. Smyly has already reached his career-high in innings, and currently sits at 141 1/3 on the year. Smyly has put up strong numbers, posting a 3.31 ERA, but he's never thrown more than 117 innings over a full season. 


Athletics swap Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:02 pm ET) The Athletics have swapped Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir for the upcoming series with the Angels, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Samardzija will now move up a day and pitch Saturday. Kazmir will be pushed back to Sunday. Both players will take on the Angels. It's unclear if Kazmir was moved in order to give him more rest following a poor start, or if the team just wanted to adjust the pitching matchups based on who the Angels were throwing. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka activated Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been activated from the disabled list, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined since July 24 due to an elbow injury. He's been able to get through his rehab starts and is ready to return. Matsuzaka will take Vic Black's spot on the active roster.


Vic Black lands on disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) Mets pitcher Vic Black was placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Black received an injection in his neck in order to treat bone spurs. He'll need some time to recover following the injection. Black posted a 2.20 ERA over 32 2/3 innings. 


Yusmeiro Petit wins one, breaks record
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit turned in an excellent start Thursday against the Rockies. 

Petit allowed one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks. Petit didn't allow a hit until the third inning. That's significant because Petit broke the MLB single-season record by retiring 46 consecutive hitters. Petit had been pitching out of the bullpen recently, and had not allowed a hit over his last six appearances. 

While Colorado would scratch a win across in the third, Petit wasn't flustered. He was able to get through the last three innings without giving up another run. With the win, Petit improved to 4-3. He'll take on the Rockies if he remains in the rotation for another start. 


Jordan Lyles tosses quality start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:49 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles tossed a quality start Thursday against the Giants.

Lyles allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. The Giants were able to tag Lyles early, but he settled in after briefly stumbling. After giving up a single to lead off the second inning, Lyles allowed Gregor Blanco to belt a two-run homer. He would settle in at that point, keeping the Giants off the board over the next three innings. He couldn’t keep San Francisco off the board in the sixth. After a leadoff single, Lyles walked two batters, loading the bases. Hunter Pence managed to bring home another run on a sac fly. Despite walking the next hitter, Lyles was able to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.

With the loss, Lyles fell to 6-2. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Drew Smyly must-own, but not must-start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:40 pm ET) Drew Smyly probably isn't as good as he's shown since joining the Rays. Granted, you shouldn't put anything past their coaching staff -- Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi all appear well on their way to maximizing their talents -- but in his last four starts, Smyly has been as good as the man he was traded for, perennial Cy Young contender David Price. No transformation is that sudden.

The most telling number for me is that one that falls well short of Price's standards: During that four-start stretch, Smyly has averaged 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. And yet he's allowed 11 hits in 30 2/3 innings. The result is an impossibly low .111 BABIP.

Of course, one look at his 0.88 ERA during that four-start stretch would tell you it's something he can't sustain, so maybe I'm going overboard digging into the advanced numbers there. My point is this: He's good, but with middle-of-the-road strikeout ability and an occasional vulnerability to home runs, I don't see him becoming start-him-every-week good.

In a relief pitcher spot in a points league, maybe, but otherwise, keep an eye on the matchups and weigh your alternatives.


Alex Rios sitting due to thumb
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:27 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rios will miss the game due to a thumb injury. Rios indicated he wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington thought it was for the best to hold him out. Washington expects Rios to start Friday. 


 
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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
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Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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