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Garrett Richards suffers first loss since May 30


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was not at his best on Thursday against the Tigers, dropping to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Richards dropped his first decision since May 30. Over his last four starts covering 28 1/3 innings, Richards has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.62 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 21 starts (137 1/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Wednesday at Baltimore.

Max Scherzer fans 11 in win over Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer (12-3) recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season, as he picked up the win Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of a 6-4 victory.

Over his last six starts covering 40 2/3 innings, Scherzer has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.37 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 21 starts (139 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against the White Sox.


Joe Nathan strikes out the side for save No. 21


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan needed only 12 pitches to strike out the side in the ninth for the save Thursday night against the Angels. Nathan has converted 21 save in 26 tries. He owns a 5.73 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Wei-Yin Chen goes eight strong, blanks Mariners


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen went eight innings strong for the win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle, improving to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three in eight shutout frames.

Over his last three starts covering 18 2/3 innings, Chen has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 20 starts (117 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Angels.

Four-run inning proves costly for Hisashi Iwakuma vs. O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not at his best on Thursday against the Orioles, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Iwakuma permitted a run-scoring single to Nick Markakis and a three-run home run to Delmon Young in the third inning for his only blemishes of the night. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 4-0 defeat. Of his 96 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Iwakuma owns a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (110 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.

Aaron Crow picks up the win in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:48 am ET) Royals pitcher Aaron Crow (5-1) picked up the win in extras against the Indians on Thursday. Crow struck out the side in the top of the 14th, while Norichika Aoki slapped the walkoff single in the bottom of the frame to end the game. Crow owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 42 1/3 innings of relief.

Marc Rzepczynski pegged with loss in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (0-3) was charged with the loss Thursday night against the Royals.

Rzepczynski was charged with the walkoff run in the 14th inning. Norichika Aoki slapped a single off John Axford to end the game. Rzepczynski permitted one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one over one inning of a 2-1 defeat. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 35 innings of relief.

Greg Holland suffers second blown save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:40 am ET) Royals closer Greg Holland was charged with his second blown save of the season Thursday night at home against the Indians.

Holland was unable to lock down the save in the ninth and permitted a game-tying RBI single to Yan Gomes with two outs. He permitted one run on two hits and one walk over one inning of work. He owns a 1.91 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Chris Johnson hits eighth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:37 am ET) Braves infielder Chris Johnson hit his eighth home run Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson struck in his first at-bat. In the second inning, he hit a 93 mph fastball from Henderson Alvarez out to left for a two-run shot. Johnson finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Daniel Murphy unlikely to be dealt


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is unlikely to be dealt, according to Newsday.

The club has fielded calls for Murphy, but don't seem inclined to deal him. Murphy is owed $5.7 million this season, and is under team control through 2015. He's hitting .287/.335/.406 over 411 at-bats. 


Brad Mills sent outright to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) The Blue Jays sent pitcher Brad Mills outright to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Mills was claimed on waivers from the Athletics last week, and allowed eight runs on seven hits in two innings in his lone appearance. He has a 7.85 ERA in 18 1/3 innings this season. 

Lucas Duda clubs 16th home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted his 16th home run Thursday against the Brewers.

Duda was the only bright spot against Matt Garza Thursday. In the seventh inning, he worked a five-pitch at-bat against Garza, homering on a 93 mph fastball. Duda finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Corey Kluber toys with perfection


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber flirted with perfection on Thursday against the Royals, but failed to factor into the decision despite another dominant outing.

Kluber allowed a single to Omar Infante in the seventh inning to end his perfect game bid. It was his longest career no-hit bid. His previous high was 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander yielded one unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out 10 in an extra-inning affair. Of his 107 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Over his last six starts covering 45 2/3 innings, Kluber has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 22 starts (149 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Seattle.

Khris Davis hits number 17 Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Brewers outfielder Khris Davis clubbed his 17th home run Thursday against the Mets.

Davis stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, and homered on the first pitch he saw from Daisuke Matsuzaka. Davis walked and doubled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Ryan Braun hits 14th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his 14th home run Thursday against the Mets.

Braun waited until the seventh inning to strike. He worked a two-pitch at-bat against Daisuke Matsuzaka, driving a 76 mph slider out to left for a two-run shot. Braun finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Tyson Ross dominant in Chicago Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Padres pitcher Tyson Ross struck out 11 hitters Thursday against the Cubs.

Ross allowed one run on five hits over six innings of work. He struck out 11 and walked just one. Ross threw 104 pitches during the outing. Ross walked a batter in the second inning, and allowed his first hit of the ballgame in the third. The only time Ross ran into trouble was the fourth inning. Ross allowed three singles during the inning, including a run-scoring single to Luis Valbuena.

With the win, Ross improved to 9-10 on the year. His next start will come against the Cardinals.


Jonathan Lucroy hits 12th home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy belted his 12th home run Thursday against the Mets.

Lucroy wasted no time getting to work. In his first at-bat, Lucroy blasted an 89 mph cutter out to left field for a solo shot. He would also single in a run later in the game. Lucroy finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


X-rays come back negative for Phil Hughes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes underwent X-rays on his injured shin, which came back negative, according to MLB.com.

Hughes left Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. Manager Ron Gardenhire remains hopeful that Hughes will make his next start on Wednesday at Kansas City.


Jake Petricka Ks two, closes out Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka struck out two and needed only 11 pitches to close out a 5-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota. Petricka has converted five saves this season, with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of work.

Yankees showing interest in Ian Kennedy


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Yankees have shown interest in Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite the interest, no deal is imminent. The Yankees are said to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, so the club naturally has interest in Kennedy. The one-time Yankees prospect has flourished in San Diego this season, posting a 3.66 ERA over 135 1/3 innings. 


C.J. Wilson nearing rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson completed a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday without any reported setbacks, MLB.com reports. Wilson is expected to throw another bullpen session Friday or Saturday. Barring any issues, manager Mike Scioscia hinted at a possible rehab stint before he rejoins the team.

Hector Noesi picks up back-to-back wins on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi turned in a quality start Thursday night against the Twins in Minnesota, improving to 5-7 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three over 7 2/3 innings of a 5-2 victory.

Noesi has won back-to-back starts, and has allowed five earned runs over a span of 13 2/3 innings. He owns a 4.99 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 101 innings of work this season. His next start will come Wednesday at Detroit.

Matt Garza dazzles over eight innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza turned in an excellent start Thursday against the Mets.

Garza gave up just one run on two hits over eight innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. Garza was fantastic throughout the game, facing the minimum of three batters in five of his eight innings. The only blemish against Garza was a solo home run by Lucas Duda in the seventh inning. Other than that, he gave up a single in the third and walked a batter in the fourth. That was all Garza gave up during the game. 

With the win, Garza improved to 7-7 on the year. His next start will come against the Rays.


Dillon Gee knocked around Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was knocked around Thursday by the Brewers.

Gee ran into trouble almost immediately, giving up a solo home run to Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning. Things imploded in the second inning. Gee walked the first two hitters before giving up a two-run single to Jean Segura. Both Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy would add run-scoring singles during the inning, running the score up to 5-0. Gee allowed one more run on a Khris Davis double in the third inning. 

Gee allowed six runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. With the loss Gee dropped to 4-3 on the year. His next start will come against the Phillies.


Danny Duffy twirls a gem in a no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy twirled a gem at home on Thursday against the Indians, but the bullpen was unable to maintain a slim lead, as he was unable to factor into the decision. The left-hander permitted two hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven shutout frames.

Over his last two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, Duffy has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 2.47 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 98 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Minnesota.