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1Drew Storen, WAS, RP16
2Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS14
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4Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF13
5Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B12
6Jordy Mercer, PIT, SS11
7Chris Young, NYY, LF11
8Adam Lind, TOR, DH10
9Derek Holland, TEX, SP9
10Dan Haren, LAD, SP8
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2Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-14
3David Wright, NYM, 3B-12
4Drew Smyly, TB, SP-10
5Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
6Michael Wacha, STL, SP-9
7Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-9
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Kelvin Herrera ends scoreless streak, takes loss vs. White Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera was hung with a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 7-5 defeat against the White Sox.

Though Herrera (3-3) was the pitcher charged with the loss, he wasn't the one who gave up the decisive hit, as the following pitcher surrendered a bases-loaded triple to turn a one-run lead into a two-run deficit. Herrera owns a 1.55 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 55:24 K:BB ratio in 64 innings after allowing his first runs since June 24, ending a string of 30 straight scoreless appearances.


Zach Putnam earns fifth save Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:34 am ET) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam made quick work of the Royals Tuesday, needing just seven pitches to post a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 7-5 win.

Putnam induced three ground balls in the save, with all turning into groundouts. It was his first save since Aug. 27, with the pitcher going 1-1 with three holds since that date. Putnam owns a 2.00 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 44:20 K:BB ratio in 54 innings.


Eric Surkamp strikes out two in win Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:31 am ET) White Sox pitcher Eric Surkamp picked up a win Tuesday, striking out two and walking one in a scoreless inning of work in his team's 7-5 victory over the Royals.

Surkamp (2-0) had given up runs in two of his previous three outings before throwing up a zero Tuesday, and the White Sox offense took the lead for good after Surkamp retired the only batter he faced in the sixth inning. He was pulled with two outs in the seventh after the Royals sent a pinch hitter to the plate. Surkamp owns a 5.66 ERA and 19:11 K:BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.


Liam Hendriks gives up four runs in short outing vs. White Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Royals pitcher Liam Hendriks didn't factor into Tuesday's decision after allowing four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in three-plus innings in his team's 7-5 loss to the White Sox.

Hendriks gave up a run in the first inning and another in the second before running into trouble in the top of the fourth, loading the bases on two singles and a walk before being removed. Two of the runners left on base ended up scoring on sacrifice flies. Hendriks owns a 5.76 ERA and 20:7 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. He's not yet scheduled for another start.


Chris Bassitt walks four in short outing vs. Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:27 am ET) White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 7-5 win over the Royals.

Bassitt was already at 94 pitches by the time he was removed in the fourth inning, giving him his shortest outing in his three starts with the team after making it through six frames in each of his first two starts. Bassitt owns a 5.29 ERA and 13:11 K:BB ratio in 17 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Monday.


Santiago Casilla earns 16th save Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla picked up his 16th save Tuesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Casilla has seen his fair share of struggles recently, surrendering an earned run in three of his last five outings coming into Tuesday's game. Still, those runs have resulted in just one blown save, which came in a game in which Casilla recorded a win. He owns a 1.86 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 41:15 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings.


Francisco Rodriguez delivers 42nd save Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 42nd save Tuesday, tossing a 1-2-3 12th inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

Rodriguez needed just 11 pitches to finish off the Cardinals and record his third straight hitless appearance. He encountered a rough patch from mid-August to early September, but the closer seems to have put the struggles behind him. Rodriguez owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 72:17 K:BB ratio in 66 innings.


Brandon Kintzler picks up one-out win Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler picked up a win Tuesday, recording the final out of the 11th inning in his team's 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Cardinals.

Kintzler needed just three pitches to get the only batter he faced to ground out with a man on first to end the 11th inning, and the Brewers broke through for the lead in the next half-inning. It's Kintzler's second straight appearance facing only one batter. He owns a 3.50 ERA and 29:14 K:BB ratio in 54 innings.


Josh Collmenter tosses eight innings in loss vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in eight innings and striking out just one in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Giants.

Collmenter (10-8) has given up only four earned runs while delivering five straight quality starts, and he gave up his first home run in that stretch in the fourth inning Tuesday. After his offense got the run back in the sixth, Collmenter fell behind again on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 107:38 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. Collmenter is scheduled to face the Twins Monday in what should be his last start of the season.


Jake Peavy surrenders one run in win vs. Diamondbacks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy earned a win Tuesday, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Peavy (7-13) continued his run of excellence Tuesday, with the only damage coming on an RBI single in the sixth inning. He's allowed a total of three earned runs in his last five outings, and he hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts. Peavy owns a 3.82 ERA and 151:59 K:BB ratio in 190 2/3 innings, but he's posted a 2.29 ERA since coming to San Francisco. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Monday.


 
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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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