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Brett Anderson strikes out nine in no-decision vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson didn't factor into Wednesday's decision after giving up two earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings while striking out nine and walking none in his team's 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Anderson was in line for a win before the bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead. It was his third straight quality start in the second half, and Anderson has surrendered just three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings during that stretch. He owns a 3.12 ERA and 27:13 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. Anderson is scheduled to face the Cubs again next Wednesday, this time at home.


Travis Wood strikes out career-high 11 batters Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies.

Wood surrendered three runs in his first two innings to put himself in an early hole, then gave up another on an RBI double in the sixth. He hadn't topped seven strikeouts in a start since mid-April before posting his career-best mark Wednesday. Wood owns a 5.10 ERA and 108:55 K:BB ratio in 127 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies again Tuesday, this time in Colorado.


Michael Wacha to undergo MRI Monday, could throw soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will undergo an MRI on his injured shoulder Monday, and if the tests go how the team expects, he'll begin a throwing program soon after, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wacha is eyeing a return to the team in September, and while he could come back as a reliever, general manager John Mozeliak "has a feeling" he'll return as a starter. His role for the remainder of the season will be determined by whatever the team believes is best for his long-term health.


Report: Dodgers may trade top prospect for nonrental


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Dodgers "haven't flat out said no" to trading one of their top three prospects for a player, as long as that player isn't due to be a free agent after the season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Previous reports have said that outfielder Joc Pederson, third baseman Corey Seager and pitcher Julio Urias were off the table in trade talks, but that only applies to a rental like Jon Lester. The Phillies and Rays may be able to get the Dodgers to part with at least one of the team's top prospects in a deal for Cole Hamels or David Price, respectively, though neither trade has been reported to be in the works.


Andrew Cashner closing in on rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner should begin a rehab assignment next week after throwing another successful bullpen session Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Cashner was able to throw sliders in Wednesday's session, something that caused him soreness earlier in the year. He has been out since June 20 while recovering from a shoulder injury. Cashner owns a 2.36 ERA and 59:22 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.


Charlie Morton surrenders four runs vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 7-5 loss to the Giants.

Morton was touched up for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but his offense was able to dig him out of the hole, even with the starter allowing another run in the third. The bullpen later gave away the lead to deny him his first win since July 2. Morton owns a 3.54 ERA and 108:47 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. He is scheduled to take on the Marlins Tuesday.


Tim Lincecum chased in fourth inning vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday after giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings and striking out two in his team's 7-5 win over the Pirates.

Lincecum has now turned in back-to-back poor outings after a nice five-start run, and his rough stretch comes right after he was used to pick up a save in a game last week. He surrendered two-run home runs in the third and fourth inning Wednesday after serving up two home runs in his last nine starts combined. Lincecum owns a 4.21 ERA and 116:50 K:BB ratio in 128 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Tuesday.


Dan Haren to start Friday, Hyun-Jin Ryu moved to Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren is in line to make Friday's start against the Cubs, with Hyun-Jin Ryu being given an extra day of rest, MLB.com reports.

Haren had his regular turn in the rotation skipped, and he hasn't pitched since July 23. He did throw a bullpen session Wednesday, putting him in line for Friday's outing. Haren owns a 4.49 ERA and 92:26 K:BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings.


Rockies tab Pedro Hernandez to start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Rockies will call up pitcher Pedro Hernandez to start Thursday's game against the Cubs, MLB.com reports.

Hernandez has been uneven at the minor-league level this season, going 6-6 with a 6.14 ERA and 52:29 K:BB ratio in 85 innings, giving up a whopping 115 hits during his 18 appearances. He compiled a 6.83 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with the Twins last season.


Report: Royals, Pirates, Marlins in on Ian Kennedy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Royals, Pirates and Marlins are among the teams in the mix to acquire Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, FOXSports.com reports.

The Padres are leaning towards hanging on to the talented starting pitcher, but the opportunity is there for one of the interested teams to bowl them over with an offer. He is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 143:42 K:BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings over 22 starts.


Matt Harvey penciled in for mound work Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is tentatively scheduled to throw off a mound Friday, Newsday reports.

Harvey was earlier reported to be eyeing a return to the mound next week, and he still holds out hope he'll be able to pitch for the major-league team this season despite undergoing Tommy John surgery last October.


Rockies not likely trading SPs, but listening to offers on RPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Rockies are not expected to trade starting pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, sources told The Denver Post. They are not expected to trade any relievers either, including closer LaTroy Hawkins, but they will continue to listen to offers.

Big inning dooms Kyle Kendrick vs. Mets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick ran out of steam Wednesday, in an 11-2 loss to the Mets.

Kendrick threw the ball well for much of the outing, but the Mets got to him in the fifth for four runs. He ended up charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out four batters on 98 pitches in the loss.

Kendrick fell to 5-11 with the loss, his third in four starts. His ERA rose to 4.92 in 137 1/3 innings, a mark he will try to lower when he takes on the Astros Tuesday. 


Wade Miley plays Houdini in defeat of Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley bounced back from a dud in his last start with a fine outing Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Miley worked his way in and out of jams to pitch 6 1/3 shutout innings despite allowing seven hits and four walks. He struck out only one.

The Reds went out in order just once against Miley. They put two runners on base in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, but could not cross the plate.

Miley, who has five quality starts in his last six outings to raise his record to 7-7 and lower his ERA to a season-best 4.14, is set to pitch again Tuesday against Kansas City.


Zack Wheeler gets plenty of support for third straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler continued his solid run Wednesday, in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Wheeler racked up big pitch counts earlier and actually fell behind 1-0 in the fifth inning, but the offense picked him up in a big way. Wheeler ended up allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks on 112 pitches as he cruised to victory.

Wheeler has won three straight decisions, and has not lost in six starts, as he improved his record to 6-8. He has a 3.60 ERA heading into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Nationals. 


Tanner Roark sparkles in fourth straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark picked up his 11th win of the season Wednesday, as the Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Roark twirled a gem over seven innings of work, as he allowed just a solo home run in the fourth inning. He limited the Marlins to just three hits and a pair of walks, while striking out seven batters on 112 pitches over his seven innings.

Roark is now 11-6 and riding a four-start wining streak. He lowered his ERA to 2.74 with the outing, which ranks ninth in the National League. His next start is set for Monday against the Orioles. 


Yovani Gallardo lights-out in win over Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo continued to bounce back from a tough run Wednesday by blanking Tampa Bay for seven innings.

Gallardo surrendered just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in raising his record to 6-5. He has pitched 14 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts after yielding 16 runs in his previous 23 1/3 innings.

He will attempt to maintain his momentum next week against visiting San Francisco.


Diamonbacks add Clayton Richard on minors deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor-league deal, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Richard, who is working his way back from a pair of surgeries, has ye tto pitch this season. He has been throwing off a mound since late June, and will pitch for the team's Arizona League team this weekend. Richard has a 46-47 career record with a 4.33 ERA in 773 major-league innings. 


Michael Wacha switched to 60-day DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cardinals shelved pitcher Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for fellow right-hander Justin Masterson.

Wacha could be out for the season with a shoulder injury.


Matt Harvey's rehab schedule starting to become clearer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Though the Mets have remained staunch in their belief that Matt Harvey will not pitch this season, he is starting to eye a return to game action, according to the New York Post.

The Post reports Wednesday Harvey could begin throwing off a mound next week, and is eyeing a return to game action in September instructional league. Harvey still wants to pitch for the Mets this season, even if it is just one inning, according to the report.

Harvey is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, which he underwent last October. It still remains unlikely he sees the majors this season. 


No serious talks for Cole Hamels


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Phillies appear willing to move some of their veteran pitchers before Thursday's deadline, but MLB.com reports Cole Hamels is not likely to be among them.

Though reports have indicated there is some willingness to discuss Hamels, no substantive talks have occurred with any team, according to the report. The Phillies have not even reached the point in any talks where prospect names have been discussed.

Hamels lowered his ERA to 2.55 whole improving his record to 6-5 with eight scoreless innings Tuesday. Hamels is under contract through next season, and could be a candidate to be traded in the offseason. 


Report: Rockies not looking to move Brett Anderson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson is set to take the mound Wednesday against the Cubs, and FOXSports.com reports it will not be his last appearance with the team.

The Rockies are not considering trading Anderson according to the report, and will likely look to lock him up for next season and beyond. Anderson has an option for $12 million for next season, and the Rockies plan to pick up that option, and possibly extend him beyond that.

Anderson has a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings for the Rockies this season, while missing three months due to a broken finger. 


Tyler Matzek loses in extras in relief appearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rockies pitcher Tyler Matzek took the loss Tuesday, as the starter was forced into action in relief in the 16th inning of a marathon contest.  

Matzek entered the game in the bottom of the 16th and promptly walked the first batter he faced. He then loaded the bases with a hit batter and a single, followed by a sacrifice fly that brought the winning run around and ended the game.

Matzek allowed one run in 2/3 innings, as his ERA rose to 4.39 for the season. He has a 2-5 record overall, and it is not yet clear how his 16-pitch outing will impact his availability in the rotation moving forward. 


Jorge De La Rosa strikes out seven vs. Cubs Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision after giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings and striking out seven in his team's extra-innings game against the Cubs.

De La Rosa was staked to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning but gave one back in the bottom half of the first. He then surrendered a two-run home run in the fourth inning and left with the game tied. De La Rosa owns a 4.20 ERA and 93:47 K:BB ratio in 122 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Sunday.


Edwin Jackson lasts four innings in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in four innings and striking out four in his team's extra-innings game against the Rockies.

Jackson gave up all three runs in the first inning, but he was inefficient throughout, needing a whopping 105 pitches to get through his four-inning start. He owns a 5.79 ERA and 108:53 K:BB ratio in 119 2/3 innings. Jackson is scheduled to face the Dodgers Sunday.


 
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Fan Poll

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