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Sean Doolittle tosses perfect inning in 15th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:42 am ET) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle earned his 15th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 9-7 win over the Astros.

Doolittle picked up his first save of the second half, though was pitching for the third time in a four-day span. Another clean sheet gives the breakout performer a 2.70 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 67:3 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.


Jesse Chavez strikes out seven in win vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:39 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez earned a win Wednesday, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Chavez (8-6) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a run in the inning and another in the sixth. He owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 114:38 K:BB ratio in 120 1/3 innings. Chavez has another matchup with the Astros scheduled for Monday.


Brad Peacock hammered for seven runs vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:39 am ET) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock was knocked around in Wednesday's loss, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 9-7 defeat against the A's.

Peacock (3-7) served up two home runs in a five-run second inning and another homer in the two-run fourth, putting his team in a deep hole early. It was the worst outing of the season for Peacock, who owns a 4.93 ERA and 77:48 K:BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings. He's set to face the A's again Monday.


Yoenis Cespedes homers twice, suffers apparent injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:38 am ET) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was removed from Wednesday's game in the sixth inning with an apparent thumb injury, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cespedes had a big night before coming out of the game, going 2 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI to help his team take a 7-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning. He has hit .254/.305/.460 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 374 at-bats.


X-rays on Grant Green's back come back clean


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) X-rays on the injured back of Angels outfielder Grant Green have come back clean, MLB.com reports.

Green expects he'll be healthy before his 15-day minimum stay on the disabled list is over. He was placed on the DL Wednesday due to a lumbar strain.


Tommy Hunter takes loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter was stuck with a loss Wednesday after surrendering two earned runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings and striking out two in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Angels.

Hunter (2-2) made it through the seventh inning without issue before surrendering hits to the first two batters of the eighth, tying the score at 2-2. Hunter intentionally walked the following batter before unintentionally walking the batter after that. He was then removed, with the next pitcher also issuing a walk to bring in a run, which was charged to Hunter. He owns a 4.11 ERA and 27:11 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


Huston Street earns first save with new team Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) Angels closer Huston Street picked up his 25th save Wednesday but his first with his new team, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out two and walking one in his team's 3-2 win over the Orioles.

Street had made two appearances since the trade but hadn't seen a save opportunity until Wednesday. He continues to have a fantastic season, owning a 1.03 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 33:8 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


Jered Weaver strikes out six in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Angels pitcher Jered Weaver earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on six hits and eight innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

Weaver (11-6) looked like he was going to be on the hook for the loss, but his offense was able to score two runs and take the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth. He owns a 3.36 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 110:38 K:BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings. Weaver is slated to face the Orioles again Tuesday.


Chris Tillman tosses six one-run innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 3-2 loss to the Angels.

Tillman hasn't surrendered more than three earned runs in an outing since June 5, but he hasn't been able to score a win in July. The Angels were able to pick up a run in the first inning before Tillman held them scoreless over the next five frames. He owns a 3.92 ERA and 83:51 K:BB ratio in 131 innings. Tillman is scheduled to face the Angels again Tuesday.


Luis Valbuena hits sixth home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena hit his sixth home run Wednesday against the Padres.

With two men on, Valbuena worked a two-pitch at-bat against Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning. On the second pitch, Valbuena belted a 76 mph curve out to right for a three-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Travis Snider goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Pirates outfielder Travis Snider went yard Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Snider struck in the second inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Snider belted an 85 mph cutter from Dan Haren out to right. Snider also singled and walked during the game. He finished 2 for 3, with three runs scored and one RBI. 


Brett Gardner clubs 10th home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:19 am ET) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner hit a solo home run Wednesday against the Rangers.

Darvish worked a five-pitch at-bat from Yu Darvish in the third inning. On the final pitch, he hit a 90 mph fastball from Darvish out to right for the solo shot. The game lasted just five innings due to rain, so Gardner finished 1 for 2.


Jose Bautista adds his 18th home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit his 18th home run Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Bautista waited until the ninth inning to hit his long-ball. He hammered the first pitch he saw from Andrew Miller out to left center for the solo shot. Bautista also hit a run-scoring double in the first inning. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Dodgers to skip Dan Haren's next start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) The Dodgers will skip Dan Haren at least once through the rotation, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.

Haren won't pitch again until at least Aug. 2, and he may not have a spot in the rotation by that point if the team brings in a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. He gave up five runs in five innings Wednesday and has lost four straight starts.


David Ortiz clubs three-run homer Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:04 am ET) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz clubbed a three-run homer Wednesday against the Blue Jays. 

Ortiz struck immediately. In his first at-bat of the game, Ortiz belted a 76 mph knuckleball out to right for a three-run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Ortiz finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Tsuyoshi Wada struggles against Padres Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada struggled Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada allowed five runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked four. The Padres were on to Wada early. Yangervis Solarte drove in the game’s first run on a triple, and Carlos Quentin added a sac fly. 

Wada was able to compose himself for two innings, but allowed another run in the fourth. Things continued to unravel in the fifth. Wada walked the first two hitters of the inning before giving up a run-scoring double. He then issued two more walks, bringing in another run. Wada got himself out of the inning, but was replaced in the sixth.

With the loss, Wada dropped to 0-1 on the year. His next start will come against the Rockies.


Padres need to be overwhelmed to trade Ian Kennedy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Padres have told some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade pitcher Ian Kennedy, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Padres have already dealt Chase Headley and Huston Street, but they are looking for a substantial return in order to part with Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit. The Yankees are one of the teams reportedly interested in the Kennedy, though the Padres could decide to hang on to the starter. He owns a 3.62 ERA and 137:37 K:BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings.


Ian Kennedy picks up a win Wednesday against the Cubs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy struggled with his control Wednesday against the Cubs.

Kennedy pitched fairly well despite those issues. He gave up three runs on three hits over six innings. Kennedy struck out six and walked five. He threw 101 pitches during the outing. Kennedy pitched out of trouble a number of times, and only paid for his control problems in the fourth inning. After putting two hitters on via the walk, Kennedy gave up a three-run homer. He would settle down after that and toss two more scoreless innings.

With the win, Kennedy improved to 8-9 on the year. His next start will come against the Braves.


Joe Nathan to remain the closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, according to MLB.com.

Detroit acquired Joakim Soria Wednesday, muddying up the roles in the bullpen. According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan will proceed as the club's closer. Nathan has a 5.89 ERA over 36 2/3 innings. 


Santiago Casilla earns seventh save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla locked up his seventh save Wednesday, giving up one earned run on two hits in his team's 3-1 win over the Phillies.

Casilla surrendered a one-out double before giving up an RBI single with two outs, but he retired the following batter to finish off the win. He has successfully converted all seven of his save opportunities in July. Casilla owns a 1.16 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.


Madison Bumgarner spins eight scoreless innings in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner picked up a win Wednesday, giving up just five hits in eight scoreless innings and striking out six in his team's 3-1 victory over the Phillies.

Bumgarner (12-7) made it through eight innings without giving up a run, but he was still looking at a no-decision before his team broke the scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the ninth. He owns a 3.19 ERA and 141:34 K:BB ratio in 141 innings. Bumgarner is scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.


Jonathan Papelbon takes loss Wednesday vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was charged with a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two in an inning of work in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Giants.

Papelbon (2-2) came into a scoreless game in the ninth inning. He walked a pair of batters and hit another to load the bases with two outs before Hunter Pence came through with a bases-clearing double. Papelbon has a loss and a blown save in his last two starts, but he still owns a 1.96 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 37:11 K:BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings.


A.J. Burnett twirls eight scoreless innings vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four hits and four walks in eight scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 loss to the Giants.

Burnett turned in his first scoreless outing since the end of April but was matched across the diamond by Madison Bumgarner. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to square off against the Mets in New York Monday.


Hanley Ramirez yet to swing a bat


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has yet to swing a bat while dealing with a hand injury, the Orange County Register reports.

Manager Don Mattingly said the shortstop is still "feeling it" in his hand when he picks up a bat and moves it around. He was limited to indoor work Wednedsay, MLB.com reports. Mattingly does not expect Ramirez to be placed on the disabled list.


Yu Darvish takes the loss in rain-shortened start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was saddled with the loss Wednesday against the Yankees.

Darvish allowed two runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks. The only blemish against Darvish came in the third inning. He balked in a run from third, and then allowed a Brett Gardner solo home run. Rain hit in the fifth inning, with Darvish trailing 2-1. The game wound up being called, giving Darvish the loss.

With the loss, Darvish drops to 9-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Yankees. 


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