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Tom Wilhelmsen takes the loss in spot-start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:30 am ET) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen (1-2) got the surprise start Thursday night against the Twins and lasted only two-plus innings in a losing effort. The right-hander was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and three walks while striking out three over 2 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Wilhelmsen owns a 2.54 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 43:25 K:BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this season.

Glen Perkins makes quick work of Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:27 am ET) Twins pitcher Glen Perkins made quick work of the Mariners in Seattle Thursday night for the save.

Perkins worked his way past one hit and needed only 10 pitches to secure a scoreless frame in a 4-2 victory over Seattle. He is 22 of 25 in save chances, with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings of relief.

Yohan Pino picks up first career win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:27 am ET) Twins pitcher Yohan Pino picked up his first career win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle. The right-hander yielded only one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of a 4-2 victory.

Pino owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over five starts. He also owns a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

Michael Saunders injures side on check swing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins with a back injury.

Saunders left the game in the middle of his at-bat after injuring his side on a check swing. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley mid-at-bat, who stuck out.

Saunders owns a .277/.329/.436 slash line with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against the A's.


Odrisamer Despaigne looks dominant in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) 2-1Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne turned in a dominant outing in a losing effort Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, dropping to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his first four starts covering 26 2/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed only four earned runs. He also owns a 0.98 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio over that span. His next start will likely come after the All-Star break.

Tyler Lyons expected to be optioned Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons is expected to be optioned to the minors Friday, according to MLB.com.

Lyons will be sent down in order to make room for Joe Kelly, who is returning from the disabled list. Lyons was just activated from the DL Monday, and tossed three innings for the club Thursday. 


Scoreless streak ends for Clayton Kershaw despite complete game gem


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:47 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw saw his dominant scoreless streak come to an end at 41 2/3 innings, but still posted a complete game victory Thursday night against the Padres.

Making his last start before the All-Star break, Kershaw allowed a solo home run to Chase Headley in the sixth inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over nine innings of 2-1 win. Of his 115 pitches, 85 were strikes.

Kerhsaw has three complete games this season. He owns a 1.78 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 14 starts (96 1/3 innings). The Dodgers have not announced their pitching plans after the All-Star break, but he will likely be one of the first Los Angeles pitchers to take the hill after the break.

Ryan Ludwick hits sixth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick smacked his sixth home run Thursday against the Cubs.

Ludwick collected three hits during the outing. After signling his first time up, Ludwick stepped in against Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Ludwick ripped a 78 mph changeup out to left for the solo shot. He would add another single later in the game. Ludwick finished 3 for 6, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Padres looking to increase Jesse Hahn's innings limit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) The Padres will likely increase pitcher Jesse Hahn's innings limit during the second half of the season, MLB.com reports.

Hahn has pitched 73 innings this season between Double-A and the Padres. At spring training, he was initially targeted to pitch 110 innings after logging only 69 innings under Tampa Bay's farm system last year.

"Having him reach new thresholds is important for his growth as a pitcher," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "He's done a great job with the added workload."

Hahn will make his final start before the All-Star break Friday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.


Chone Figgins nearing rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) Dodgers infielder Chone Figgins fielded ground balls and took batting practice from both sides of the plate prior to Thursday's game against the Padres. Figgins has been sidelined since June 13 because of a quadriceps injury, and is nearing a rehab assignment, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Josh Beckett plays catch three days after cortisone shot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:11 am ET) Just three days after having a cortisone injection in his left hip, Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett played catch prior to Thursday's game against the Padres.

"Josh feels pretty good," manager Don Mattingly said. "Played catch up to 90 feet, felt good. We're hopeful that this time will allow the injections and all of that to take hold, and we'll be able to strengthen areas that he needs to and just kind of feel better in general."

Carlos Torres returns to action Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) Mets reliever Carlos Torres returned to action Thursday against the Braves.

Torres pitched a scoreless ninth for the club. He did not give up any hits, though he did walk a batter. Torres did not record a strikeout during the outing. He had been sidelined for a few days while dealing with a hand injury. 


Shane Victorino whiffs twice in rehab debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Lowell.

Victorino finished 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first game action since a back injury. He will play another game at Class Lowell before playing two more games for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Adrian Beltre collects three hits Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked up three hits Thursday against the Angels.

Beltre hit singles in the first and ninth innings. In between that, he managed to sandwich a solo home run. Beltre worked a five-pitch at-bat against Hector Santiago. On the final pitch, he took a 94 mph sinker out to left for the solo home run. It was Beltre's 13th home run of the year. He finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI.


Tommy Medica departs with groin tightness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Padres first baseman Tommy Medica was forced out of Thursday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles with groin tightness.

Medica left the game in the bottom of the second inning with the injury, and was replaced with Rene Rivera. Medica is hitting .230/.275/.410 with four homers and 13 RBI in 122 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

Jeremy Guthrie gets obliterated by the Tigers Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was obliterated by the Tigers Thursday night, dropping to 5-8 on the year. The right-hander was charged with eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings of a 16-4 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering eight innings, Guthrie has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.56 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 19 starts (120 1/3 innings). His next start will come after the All-Star break.

Josh Hamilton blasts three doubles Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton blasted three doubles Thursday against the Rangers.

Hamilton smacked two of his doubles in his first two at-bats. He then waited until his final at-bat to add his third double of the night. He finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Hamilton is hitting .293 on the year. 


Drew Smyly picks up win No. 5 before the break


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly (5-8) was not at his best but came away with the win Thursday night against the Royals in Kansas City. The right-hander permitted four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings of a 16-4 victory.

Smyly has allowed four-plus runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 4.00 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 87 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come after the All-Star break.

Kole Calhoun reaches four times Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun reached base four times Thursday against the Rangers.

Calhoun was an extra base machine early, clubbing a triple and a double in his first two at-bats. He singled his third time up, leaving him a home run shy of the cycle. He did collect another hit, but it was a single. Calhoun finished 4 for 5, with four runs scored and one RBI. 


Mike Trout has typical Mike Trout game Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Angels outfielder Mike Trout homered and reached base four times Thursday against the Rangers.

Trout wasted no time getting to work, collecting hits in each of his first four at-bats. After singling in the first and second inning, Trout stepped to the plate with two men on in the third. He worked a six-pitch at-bat from Colby Lewis before homering on an 83 mph slider. Trout singled again his next time up. He finished 4 for 5, with three runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .310.


Colby Lewis has disaster start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis was destroyed by the Angels Thursday.

Lewis lasted just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up 13 runs, 11 of which were earned. He did not issue any walks, but did manage to strike out a batter. Despite the high run total, Lewis gave up just one home run during the outing. 

Lewis started off the game by giving up four straight hits. While the next two batters made out, both managed to pick up RBIs. Lewis allowed four runs after one inning of work. The second was even worse. Lewis again gave up four straight hits to open the frame. After a sacrifice fly, Lewis allowed two more hits. Howie Kendrick then grounded into a double-play, which also brought home a run. Lewis gave up six runs during the inning, though two were unearned. 

The third inning wound up being his last. After allowing two straight singles, Lewis gave up a three-run homer to Mike Trout. The hit would chase Lewis from the game. The loss drops him to 6-6 on the year. 


Hector Santiago wins his first game Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago struck out eight against the Rangers Thursday.

Santiago gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over six innings. Santiago displayed strong control, giving up one walk against eight strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches during the outing. 

Santiago found himself in trouble early, as he gave up a two-run double in the first inning. He settled in until the fourth, when an error led to an unearned run being scored. Santiago gave up his final run in the sixth on a solo shot by Adrian Beltre.

The win moved Santiago to 1-7 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Elvis Andrus exits game with ankle injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was forced out of Thursday's game against the Angels with a lower left ankle injury.

Andrus was spiked on the lower part of his left ankle during a double play in the second inning. He remained in the game for an inning and was replaced by Rougned Odor in the fourth.

Andrus is hitting .267 with two homers and 22 RBI in 360 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

Joe Mauer remains without timetable for return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony confirmed that first baseman Joe Mauer will not be able to return immediately after the All-Star break, MLB.com reports.

Mauer has showed some slight improvement in his recovery from an oblique injury, but remains without a timetable for return.

"They're optimistic about his recovery," Antony said. "Things are going well. They're still trying to work on getting the soreness out of there. Until he does that he can't really get back to the things he needs to. So right now, there is no timetable."

Craig Kimbrel notches save 28


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel notched his 28th save Thursday against the Mets.

Kimbrel was called upon for the four out save. With two men on in the eighth inning, Fredi Gonzalez went to Kimbrel to get out of the jam. He struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the inning. Kimbrel then came out for the ninth. He pitched a perfect frame, but did not pick up any additional strikeouts. Kimbrel's ERA sits at 1.96 on the year.