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Wilin Rosario launches walkoff shot vs. D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario came up big at the plate Thursday night at home, launching a walkoff home run in the ninth to lift his team past the Diamondbacks.

Down one run, Rosaio took Addison Reed deep for a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to end the game. Rosario also doubled in the second and added two singles. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI over 359 at-bats.

Robbie Erlin puts together solid outing vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Padres pitcher Robbie Erlin turned in a quality start in a win over the Phillies at home Thursday night, improving to 4-4 on the year. He permitted one run on five hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of a 7-3 victory.

Erlin owns a 4.53 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings of work. If Tyson Ross is unable to make his next start, Erlin will like make another spot start on Tuesday against Colorado.

Kyle Kendrick issues five walks in loss to Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick had some command issues in a loss to the Padres in San Diego on Thursday, dropping to 9-13 on the year. He allowed three runs on six hits and five walks while striking out two over five innings of a 7-3 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 18 1/3 innings, Kendrick has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 4.73 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 31 starts (192 innings). His next start will come Wednesday in Miami.

Tsuyoshi Wada works through sore hammy in final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada worked through a sore hamstring in a no-decision Thursday night at home against the Dodgers, per ESPN Chicago. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings of an 8-4 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 18 2/3 innings, Wada has allowed 10 earned runs. He confirmed after the game that this was his final start of the season. He finishes his first big-league season 4-3 with a 3.22 ERA over 12 starts.

Zack Greinke takes step back in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke took a step back in a no-decision to the Cubs in Chicago on Thursday. He coughed up four runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 17 innings, Greinke has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.76 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 30 starts (189 1/3 innings). He will look to bounce back Tuesday at home against San Francisco.

Shelby Miller posts quality start in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:05 am ET) Cardinals starter Shelby Miller turned in another quality outing but wasn't able to factor into the decision Thursday night at home against St. Louis. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work.

Miller owns a 3.68 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 178 2 /3 innings. He will make his next start on Tuesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Kyle Lohse hurls seven-plus innings in a no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:00 am ET) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse gave his team seven-plus innings of work in a no-decision Thursday night in St. Louis. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out two over 7 1/3 innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 14 innings, he has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 3.71 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 30 starts (189 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Cincinnati.

LaTroy Hawkins picks up relief win Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins (4-3) picked up a relief win Thursday night at home against Arizona. He needed nine pitches to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth. The offense backed him up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. He owns a 3.51 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings of relief.

Yohan Flande settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande had to settle for a no-decision Thursday night at home against Arizona. He allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings of a 7-6 win.

Flande owns a 4.91 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 55 innings of work. He will make his final start of the season on Wednesday at San Diego.

Addison Reed serves up walkoff home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed was hung with a blown save and a loss Thursday night in Colorado. Reed surrendered a walkoff home run to Wilin Rosario in the ninth. He was charged with two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning in a 7-6 defeat. He owns a 4.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of work.

Vidal Nuno settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Vidal Nuno wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night against the Rockies in Colorado. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 10 1/3 innings, Nuno has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 4.60 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 156 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at Minnesota.

Mark Melancon closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and worked his way around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday. He needed 15 pitches to pick up the save. He has converted 30 of 34 save chances, with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 67 innings of relief.

Gerrit Cole wins third straight start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole turned in a solid outing in a win over the Red Sox Thursday night, improving to 10-5 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 3-2 victory.

Cole has won each of his last three starts. Over that 19-inning stretch, he has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 3.85 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 20 starts (124 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Atlanta.

Gio Gonzalez goes seven innings strong in win over Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave his team seven innings strong in a win over the Marlins in Miami on Thursday, improving to 9-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 26 starts (151 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Mets.

Brad Hand gets rocked in loss to Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Marlins pitcher Brad Hand got rocked by the Nationals at home on Thursday, dropping to 3-8 on the season. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and no walks while striking out four over five innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 11 innings, Hand has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.59 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 104 innings of work. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.


Diamondbacks shut down Daniel Hudson for remainder of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Diamondbacks are expected to shut down pitcher Daniel Hudson for the remainder of the season. Hudson is not dealing with any injuries, but the team does not want to increase the workload of Hudson, who recently returned from Tommy John surgery, per MLB.com.

Hudson will finish the season with just 2 2/3 innings of work, having allowed four runs over three appearances.

Padres may ease Joaquin Benoit back into action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Padres may ease pitcher Joaquin Benoit back into action before using him in save situations, according to U-T San Diego. Benoit has been since Aug. 26 because of a shoulder injury, but could return as early as Friday. He owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Giancarlo Stanton will need 6-to-8 weeks for facial fractures to heal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton told reporters that he still needs more dental work before he has another CT test. Stanton  also admitted to sustaining an orbital fracture, though his vision was never impaired. The swelling has gone down in his face, but he'll need 6-to-8 weeks for all facial fractures to heal, according to MLB.com.

Everth Cabrera not likely to return before end of homestand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Updating a previous report: It now appears doubtful that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will join the team before the end of their Sept. 15-24 homestand, per U-T San Diego. Cabrera been sidelined since August 9 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .232/.272/.300 in 357 at-bats. 

Seth Smith back in action Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Padres left fielder Seth Smith is back in the lineup for the Thursday night game against Philadelphia. A hamstring ailment has prevented him from starting since Monday.

Smith returns in a 1-for-24 slump that has weakened his stat line on the year to .265/.368/.443. 


Ryan Howard, Chase Utley set to sit Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley out of the lineup Thursday.

The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.


Diamondbacks: Oliver Perez dealing with dead arm


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Diamondbacks lefty reliever Oliver Perez has been shut down with what the team is describing as a dead arm. He is coming off successive appearances last weekend that resulted in decreased velocity and arm soreness.

Perez has yielded seven earned runs in his last two innings pitched. If he is done for the season, it will end with a 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA in a career-high 65 outings.


Oliver Perez dealing with 'dead arm'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Diamondbacks have shut down pitcher Oliver Perez indefinitely, as he experiences "dead arm," per the Arizona Republic. Perez lasted only one-third of an inning on Sunday, his last appearance. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 56 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll pitch again this season.

"I think I could go more but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and have a couple days off because it's a long season," Perez said. "When you're tired, you don't have a lot of power."

Charlie Blackmon resting Thursday against left-hander


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A matchup against Arizona lefty Vidal Nuno has Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon out of the lineup Thursday night.

Blackmon, who is coming off for a 5-for-5 performance with four runs scored Wednesday, is batting .268 against southpaws this season.


Jose Fernandez could be cleared for throwing program in October


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez is expected to visit a doctor on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports. Fernandez, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, could be cleared to start a throwing program as early as Oct. 1.

 
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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