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Ryan Howard clubs 16th home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard belted his 16th home run Sunday against the Diamondbacks. 

In his first at-bat, Howard homered on the first pitch he saw from Vidal Nuno. He crushed a 90 mph to left center for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Gregory Polanco hits fifth home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco hit his fifth home run Sunday against the Rockies.

In the top of the eighth inning, Polanco took an 84 mph slider out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Kenley Jansen picks up his 30th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen locked down his 30th save Sunday against the Giants. 

Jansen entered the ninth with a one-run lead. He responded to the pressure, tossing a perfect inning of work and striking out all three batters he faced. Jansen lowered his ERA to 3.24 with the appearance. 


Buster Posey hits 12th home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey hit his 12th home run Sunday against the Dodgers.

Posey struck in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases empty, he hit a 93 mph fastball from Hyun-Jin Ryu out to left field for the solo shot. Posey finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.


Jake Peavy loses his 10th game Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy lost his 10th game Sunday against the Dodgers. 

Peavy allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Peavy got off to a nice start, tossing three scoreless frames to open the game. The Dodgers were able to scratch across a run in the fourth inning, tying the game. In the fifth, things were blown wide open. After a drop-third strike led to Dee Gordon reaching base, Peavy walked Yasiel Puig. A wild pitch moved both players into scoring position. Another drop-third strike brought Gordon home, making the score 2-2. Hanley Ramirez singled, and Brandon Crawford tripled, bringing in the other two runs.

With the loss, Peavy dropped to 1-10 this season. He'll take on the Mets in his next start. 


Hyun-Jin Ryu wins his 12th Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu won his 12th game Sunday against the Giants.

Ryu allowed three runs on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. The Giants were able to chip away at Ryu at a few points during the game. He allowed run-scoring singles in both the third and fourth inning, and gave up a solo home run in the fifth. Despite the mid-start struggles, Ryu managed to hang on for the win.

With the win, Ryu moved to 12-5. He'll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Nolan Arenado hits number nine


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his ninth home run Sunday against the Pirates.

Arenado struck on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning. While facing Tony Watson, Arenado took a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. He also walked during the game. Arenado finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Yangervis Solarte clubs first home run with the Padres


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte clubbed his first home run with his new team Sunday.

In the third inning, Solarte smashed an 84 mph slider from Mike Minor out to left. Solarte added a single later in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Mike Minor gets the win Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor picked up a win Sunday against the Padres.

Minor allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. Home runs continued to be an issue for Minor. He gave up a solo shot to Yangervis Solarte in the third, and another solo shot to Rene Rivera in the sixth. In the seventh inning, Minor exited the game with one man on base. That run would come around to score after Minor left, meaning he was charged with a third run.

With the win, Minor improved to 4-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Padres. 


Eric Stults knocked around in another loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres pitcher Eric Stults was knocked around during another loss Sunday against the Braves.

Stults actually pitched well outside of one disastrous inning. In the third inning, Stults allowed two straight doubles to open the frame. After Mike Minor made an out, the next two batters added singles. A walk to Freddie Freeman then loaded the bases. Stults was able to get Justin Upton swinging for the second out of the inning, but allowed a two-run double to Chris Johnson. He also allowed a two-run single to the next batter. After all was said and done, six runs had scored.

Stults regained his composure for the next three innings, but the damage was done. With the loss, he dropped to 3-13 on the season. His next start will come against the Braves. 


Brooks Conrad optioned to the minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres infielder Brooks Conrad has been optioned to the minors Sunday.

Conrad was sent down in order to make room for Jedd Gyorko. In 30 at-bats with the major-league club, Conrad hit .100.


Jedd Gyorko ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko is ready to return to action.

Following Sunday's game, manager Bud Black announced that Gyorko would be activated from the disabled list. Gyorko has been out since June 3 due to a foot injury. He struggled to open the season, hitting .162/.213/.270 over 204 at-bats. 


Carlos Quentin heading to the disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is heading to the disabled list.

Quentin is dealing with left knee soreness, and will need time to recover. He's dealt with a number of knee issues over his career which have cut into his playing time. Over 130 at-bats, Quentin is hitting .177. 


Mark Melancon picks up 19th save Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 19th save Sunday.

Melancon entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. He made quick work of the Rockies, notching two strikeouts over his inning of work. Melancon lowered his ERA to 2.17 following the outing. 


Franklin Morales unable to go five innings Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales was unable to go five innings Sunday against the Pirates.

Morales allowed two runs on six hits over four innings of work. He struck out three and walked five during the outing. Control was a major issue for Morales. Though he lasted just four innings, he threw 99 pitches. He ran into trouble in the second inning. After giving up a single and walking two hitters to load the bases, Morales allowed two straight run-scoring singles. 

The Pirates were able to work their way back into the game, saddling Morales with a no-decision. His next start will come against the Tigers.


Edinson Volquez can't get through five innings Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates starter Edinson Volquez was unable to get through five innings of work Sunday.

Volquez allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. Volquez struck out two and walked four during the outing. Volquez ran into some trouble in the second inning, giving up a run-scoring single. Things got worse in the fourth. After Wilin Rosario reached on an error, Volquez allowed a two-run homer. Later in the inning, he gave up a run-scoring double. 

The Pirates came back to tie things up, giving Volquez the no-decision. Volquez is set to face the Diamondbacks in his next start. 


Lucas Duda hits another home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted another home run Sunday against the Brewers.

Duda didn't strike until the sixth inning, but that was all his team needed. With a man on, Duda belted an 88 mph slider from Jimmy Nelson out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. It was Duda's 18th home run of the year. 


Matt Holliday goes yard again Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hit his 10th home run Sunday against the Cubs.

Holliday provided pitcher Adam Wainwright with all the offense he needed. In the first inning, Holliday belted an 89 mph fastball out to center for a solo shot. He's now homered in five of his last 11 games. Holliday finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Brandon Belt still dealing with concussion-like symptoms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms, according to CSN.

Belt will be examined by a specialist Sunday afternoon. There's no timetable for his recovery at this time. Belt was hitting .242/.304/.455 over 165 at-bats prior to the injury.


Angel Pagan hoping to start rehab assignment next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants pitcher Angel Pagan is hoping to begin a rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Pagan has been working to return from a back injury. He's been able to hit off live pitching recently, and the team will determine his status Monday or Tuesday. If all goes well, Pagan will begin a rehab assignment one of those days. It's unclear how many games Pagan will need before he's ready to return to the majors. 


Jeurys Familia nails down 15th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets reliever Jeurys Familia picked up his 15th save Sunday against the Brewers.

Familia entered the game with a two-run lead, and made things interesting. Familia allowed two singles during his inning of work, but was evantually able to shut the door. He notched one strikeout during the outing. 


Jimmy Nelson pays for one mistake Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson made one mistake Sunday and paid for it.

Nelson allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked two. It was actually a pretty fantastic start for Nelson. He tossed five scoreless innings before making one big mistake in the sixth. With one man on, Nelson gave up a two-run shot on an 88 mph slider to Lucas Duda. He composed himself after that at-bat, and was able to throw a scoreless seventh.

With the loss, Nelson fell to 1-2 on the year. His next start will come against the Cardinals. 


Steve Cishek closes out Astros despite serving up solo home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Marlins closer Steve Cishek worked past a shaky outing for the save Sunday against the Astros in Houston.

Cishek allowed a solo home run to Jon Singleton in the ninth. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out two over one inning of work in a 4-2 victory. He has converted 26 saves in 29 attempts, with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings of releif.


Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Jacob deGrom tosses scoreless outing Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tossed a scoreless outing Sunday against the Brewers.

deGrom lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up four hits. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. deGrom was effective during the outing, not giving up his first hit until the third inning. Aside from his final inning of work, deGrom never put more than one hitter on during a single inning. He was pulled after giving up two singles in the sixth inning. 

With the win, deGrom improved to 5-5 on the year. His next start will come against the Giants.


 
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