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Matt Cain gives up two runs in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Giants pitcher Matt Cain earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 5-2 victory over the A's.

Cain (2-7) finally picked up a win in his third straight quality start, surrendering just a solo home run in the fourth inning and a run on a single in the sixth. He's battled inconsistency in the first half but appears to be coming around entering the break, giving up just four earned runs in his last three starts. Cain owns a 4.18 ERA and 70:32 K:BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings.


Brandon Cumpton gets knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton lasted less than four innings Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Cumpton was very hittable, allowing four runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two during the outing. Things could have been worse, as Cumpton loaded the bases in the fourth inning. After getting one out, he was removed with the bases juiced. Ernesto Frieri managed to work out of the jam without surrendering any additional runs, most of which would have been charged to Cumpton. 

The loss dropped Cumpton to 3-3 on the year. It's unclear when Cumpton will make his next start due to the approaching All-Star break. 


Lance Lynn picks up 10th win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn picked up his 10th win Wednesday.

Lynn allowed two earned runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out four during the outing. Neil Walker proved to be a thorn in his side Wednesday. Walker hit a solo home run in the second inning, and then doubled, and eventually came around to score, in the fourth. He accounted for both runs against Lynn. 

The win moves Lynn to 10-3 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break .


Roberto Hernandez tosses eight one-run innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Phillies pitcher Roberto Hernandez earned a win Wednesday, giving just one earned run on three hits and two walks in eight innings and striking out three in his team's 4-1 victory over the Brewers.

Hernandez (4-8) needed just 84 pitches to turn in his longest outing of the season Wednesday, ending a streak of three straight losses. He owns a 4.22 ERA and 70:51 K:BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings heading into the break.


Kyle Lohse strikes out eight in loss vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in eight innings and striking out eight in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Phillies.

Lohse (9-4) served up two home runs in the loss after giving up just one in his previous five starts. He's taken losses in each of his last two starts but recorded eight strikeouts in each. Lohse owns a 3.26 ERA and 95:23 K:BB ratio in 127 innings going into the All-Star break.


Doug Fister goes seven strong Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister tossed seven strong innings against the Orioles Wednesday.

Fister allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three during the appearance. Fister gave up one run in the first inning, but settled in after that. The only other blemish against him was a solo home run by Manny Machado. Fister threw 113 during the outing.

The win takes Fister to 8-2 on the year. It's unclear when he'll make his next start due to the All-Star Game. 


Dallas Beeler surrenders four runs in loss vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Cubs pitcher Dallas Beeler took a loss Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on six hits and four walks in five innings with no strikeouts in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Reds.

Beeler (0-2) did a solid job in his debut on June 26, giving up just an uneared run but still coming away with a loss. He was less sharp Wednesday, giving up three runs in his fifth and final inning to put his team down 4-1. Beeler owns a 3.27 ERA and 6:7 K:BB ratio in 11 innings over his two starts.


Alfredo Simon strikes out eight in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon earned a win Wednesday, surrendering just one earned run on four hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out eight in his team's 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

Simon (12-3) took the sole lead in wins in the National League with Wednesday's victory, giving up just a third-inning solo home run to pick up his eighth straight quality start. He owns a 2.70 ERA and 75:28 K:BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings heading into the break.


Cliff Lee throws 59 pitches in rehab start Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee began a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater Wednesday, throwing 59 pitches without issue.

Lee gave up three runs in four innings during the start, and he's expected to make another with Clearwater Monday. Out since May 18, the pitcher could return just after the All-Star break.


Ervin Santana gives up four runs in loss vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana took a loss Wednesday, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Mets.

Santana (7-6) was in line for his fifth straight quality start before giving up three runs in the seventh inning Wednesday, with two coming on a home run, his first surrendered in four outings. He enters the All-Star break with a 4.01 ERA and 96:31 K:BB ratio in 110 innings.


Dillon Gee surrenders one run in win vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee earned a win in his return Wednesday, giving up one earned run on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out four in his team's 4-1 win over the Braves.

Gee (4-1) was making his first start in two months due to a back injury and picked up right where he left off, recording his sixth straight quality start. His only blemish Wednesday was on a sixth-inning double. Gee owns a 2.56 ERA and 37:16 K:BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings going into the All-Star break.


Tyler Chatwood cuts batting practice session short


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood had to cut his live batting practice session short after just a few pitches Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.

The team hasn't issued a status update for Chatwood, but it's likely he's suffered a setback. Recovering from a flexor tendon strain, the pitcher felt some tightness in a previous batting practice session a few weeks ago as well. He remains without a timetable for return.


Report: Orioles monitoring Jorge De La Rosa


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Orioles are monitoring Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa as a potential trade target, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Orioles are on the search for a rotation upgrade, and De La Rosa will likely be available before the trade deadline, as he's set to become a free agent this offseason. The Rockies pitcher is 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA and 70:42 K:BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings.


Not ready to trust Jacob deGrom yet


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2014) Jacob deGrom has shown enough flashes of potential over his last few starts that you wouldn't be wrong to take a flier on him in a 12-team mixed league, especially since the waiver wire, at least in competitive leagues, no longer abounds with starting pitcher talent.

But taking a flier on him isn't the same as putting your trust in him, and I'm not quite ready for the latter yet.

For one thing, his high strikeout rate is mostly the result of four starts: an 11-strikeout effort May 31 at the Phillies, a seven-strikeout effort June 21 at the Marlins, an eight-strikeout effort July 2 at the Braves and the latest 11-strikeout effort Tuesday, also against the Braves.

The Marlins have struck out the most of any team in baseball, and the Braves have struck out the fourth-most. The Phillies aren't quite as bad, but they've struck out the ninth-most and have several notable high-strikeout hitters.

deGrom wasn't a strikeout pitcher in the minors, never averaging more than 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in a full season -- and that was in the lower levels. He wasn't a pitcher of any note in the minors, compiling a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 58 starts, and if you look at his game log, you'll see he's been just as spotty so far in the majors, with his innings and walks varying as much from start to start as his strikeouts.

But watching him pitch, I'll admit he looks better than the numbers would suggest, and I would have said the same for Corey Kluber early last year. For that reason, I'm not overlooking deGrom in Fantasy. I'm just not ready to commit to him yet.


Wily Peralta not so trustworthy right now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2014) I'm inclined to say that at 84 percent, Wily Peralta is overowned right now. His troubles didn't just begin with the nine earned runs he allowed to the Phillies Tuesday night. He now has just three quality starts in his last eight, compiling a 6.38 ERA during that stretch.

But the ERA doesn't trouble me as much as the 1.34 WHIP and especially the 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Much of Peralta's success earlier in the year was the result of an improved ability to miss bats. His ground-ball tendencies predispose him to a higher-than-usual hit rate, so when he allows more contact overall, the damage can pile up quickly. And when he goes back to walking batters at the same rate he did last year, as he has in his last 10 starts, he's barely mixed-league viable.

That said, the starting pitcher position has thinned out enough in recent weeks that quality replacements are no longer so available. For all my concerns about Peralta, I still rank him in the top 75 at the position, so the better choice than dropping him in most leagues is to bench and hope he regains the form he showed at the beginning of the year. He has the stuff to get back there.


Josh Collmenter gives up one run in no-decision vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, surrendering one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Marlins.

Collmenter did a good job scattering his hits Wednesday, with his only run surrendered coming on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He's given up just one earned run in three of his last four starts. Collmenter owns a 3.80 ERA and 68:25 K:BB ratio in 104 1/3 innings going into the All-Star break.


Nathan Eovaldi pitches seven one-run innings vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out two in his team's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Eovaldi put together seven scoreless innings heading into the eighth, where he surrendered a leadoff triple and a game-tying single before being removed with no outs. He hasn't struck out more than three batters in any of his last six starts. Eovaldi takes a 3.61 ERA and 83:23 K:BB ratio in 119 2/3 innings into the break.


Eric Stults serves up three home runs vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Padres pitcher Eric Stults didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and five innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 6-3 loss to the Rockies.

Stults served up a pair of solo home runs in the first inning and another in the fourth, but the Padres were able to take him off the hook with two runs in the fifth to tie the game. He's surrendered 19 home runs in his 19 starts this season. Stults owns a 4.98 ERA and 59:23 K:BB ratio in 99 1/3 innings going into the All-Star break.


Jair Jurrjens strikes out six in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rockies pitcher Jair Jurrjens wasn't a factor in Wednesday's decision after giving up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 6-3 win over the Padres.

Jurrjens improved from his ugly debut performance (eight runs in 4 2/3 innings), but he still couldn't make it through five innings, surrendering two home runs in the outing. He goes into the All-Star break with a 10.61 ERA, 2.46 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings over two starts.


Pirates move Vance Worley to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Pirates announced pitcher Vance Worley is being moved to the bullpen with Francisco Liriano (oblique) set to make his return to the rotation Sunday at Cincinnati. Worley will be available in the bullpen starting Saturday.

Francisco Liriano to return Sunday at Cincinnati


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Pirates announced Wednesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) will come off the disabled list to start Sunday at Cincinnati. Liriano has been sidelined since mid-June.

Daniel Hudson, Matt Reynolds not expected back until Sept.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said pitchers Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds are in different stages of their recoveries from Tommy John surgery, per MLB.com. While both pitchers are throwing, neither is expected back until September.

"Well, basically Daniel is just starting to throw again," Gibson said. "He just went through a period where they shut him down again. He'll start throwing aggressively this time through the cycle.

"Reynolds just got off that cycle and he threw a bullpen yesterday. We're probably optimistically looking at September. Hopefully they can throw some in September, just enough to know they'll be good. We'll shut them down again after the season."


Elbow surgery to delay retirement plans for Bronson Arroyo


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo said undergoing Tommy John surgery will delay his plans to retire, according to MLB.com.

"I was thinking I might retire at 39 when this [two-year] contract is up, but not anymore," he said. "If I'm going to spend a year rehabbing, I'm going to pitch until I'm 45 if I can. Let's see how it goes."


Zack Greinke loses last start before All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) In a battle of All-Star pitchers Wednesday, Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer outdueled Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke in a 4-1 win for Detroit. Greinke allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out eight in seven innings.

Greinke (11-5) got off to a rough start Wednesday. He allowed a leadoff triple to Austin Jackson before Ian Kinsler drove him home with an RBI single. Don Kelly added a two-out RBI single in the first inning to give Detroit an early 2-0 lead.

Greinke would settle down, though, retiring seven straight batters after Kelly's RBI single. However, he ran into more trouble in the fourth inning, as he allowed singles to the first three batters. The last single was an RBI hit from Nick Castellanos.

Greinke would toss three scoreless innings to finish his day, but the Dodgers could not rally against Scherzer, who allowed just one run in seven innings. Greinke lost for the second time in four starts.

Greinke will not make another start before the All-Star break. The team has not yet announced its post-break rotation plans.


Brad Penny done with Class A, moving onto Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Marlins pitcher Brad Penny allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in six innings Tuesday for Class A Jupiter. He also had two strikeouts. Penny, who went 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in two starts for Jupiter, will make his next start in the minors Sunday for Triple-A New Orleans, according to The Miami Herald.

Penny is expected to make two starts for New Orleans before the Marlins decide whether or not to promote him to the majors. Penny has a July 31 opt-out date in his contract.


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