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Sonny Gray turns in another gem


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray turned in another gem Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over seven innings of a no-decision. Of his 103 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Over his last four starts covering 27 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed 12 earned runs. He owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 27 starts (178 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against Seattle.

Alex Gordon hits another home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon clubbed his 17th home run Thursday against the Twins. 

Gordon struck in the bottom of the seventh inning. He took a 93 mph fastball from from Ryan Pressly out to right center for the solo shot. Gordon also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Gordon has now hit five home runs in his last 11 games. 


C.J. Wilson settles for no-decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson couldn't last six innings Thursday against the Athletics.

Wilson allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three during the outing. Wilson was excellent early, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. He got into some trouble in the fifth inning. Wilson led things off by giving up a single and a run-scoring double against the first two hitters he faced. After a groundout, Coco Crisp managed to drive in another run on a single. Wilson escaped the inning with a one-run lead. That lead was erased almost immediately. Josh Donaldson homered to start the sixth, tying the game.

Wilson was pulled after putting two men on base with two outs. Wilson did not factor into the decision. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jason Castro belts a grand slam Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Astros catcher Jason Castro belted a grand slam Thursday against the Rangers.

Castro struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, he sent a 96 mph fastball out to right for the grand slam. Castro also singled and walked earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and four RBI.


Derek Holland throws 98 pitches during rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:33 am ET) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland tossed 98 pitches during a rehab start Thursday.

Holland allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. He gave up two home runs during the appearance. Despite the performance, Holland managed to pick up a win. He was scratched from his previous start due to back spasms. 


Charlie Morton goes four innings in rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton went four innings during a rehab start Thursday.

Morton allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Morton threw 73 pitches. He's working his way back from hip inflammation. Morton has not pitched since August 15 due to the issue. 


Luke Putkonen knocked around during rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen was knocked around in his first rehab appearance.

Putkonen gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. He allowed two hits, including a home run, and walked two batters. Putkonen is attempting to come back after June elbow surgery. 


Bruce Chen has late meltdown


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen had a big time meltdown Thursday against the Twins.

Chen entered with the game tied in the top of the 10th inning. After notching a strikeout against the first batter he faced, Chen gave up a triple and two walks to load the bases. Two singles quickly gave the Twins a three-run lead. Chen was then able to induce a pop out for the second out of the inning. With two outs, he allowed two straight doubles, plating another three runs.

When all was said and done, Chen gave up six runs on five hits during his one inning of work. His record dropped to 2-4. 


Jeremy Guthrie escapes with the no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned in a tough start Thursday against the Twins.

Guthrie allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Guthrie was tagged early. With one out in the first, the Twins managed to put runners on second and third. One run would come in on a groundout. The other would score on a single. Guthrie made it through the next two innings unscathed, but gave up two more runs in the fourth inning. He gave up his final run on a walk and a double in the sixth inning. 

Guthrie exited with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Tommy Milone gets knocked around Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone had a rough start Thursday against the Royals.

Milone allowed four runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He did not record any strikeouts, but walked two batters. Milone gave up two runs in the first inning. After giving up a leadoff single, Milone allowed an RBI-single to Alex Gordon after the runner got into scoring position. Gordon would reach second on a walk, and score on another RBI-single. Milone made it through the next two innings without any issues, but was tagged for a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. 

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had similar struggles during the start, giving Milone the no-decision. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start.


Cody Allen dominant in save opportunity


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Indians reliever Cody Allen turned in a dominant performance Thursday against the White Sox.

Allen entered in the eighth inning with men on first and second. He gave up an RBI single against the first batter he faced, making it a one-run game. With the game in jeopardy, Allen buckled down. He managed to strike out Avisail Garcia to end the threat in the eighth.

Allen came back out for the ninth inning, and dominated. He struck out the first three batters he faced, picking up the save. Allen tossed 1 1/3 innings, giving up one hit, while striking out four. It was his 18th save of the year.


John Danks tosses quality start against Cleveland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) White Sox pitcher John Danks turned in a quality start Thursday against the Indians.

Danks allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Danks was tagged for a run early. Michael Bourn led off the game with a triple, and was driven home on a ground out. Danks would settle in at that point, keeping the Indians off the board for the next four innings. Danks allowed his second run in the sixth inning. He allowed a single to Jose Ramirez to lead off the inning. Ramirez would steal second, and advance to third on a ground out. He would score on a two-out single by Jason Kipnis.

With the loss, Danks dropped to 9-9. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start. 


Carlos Carrasco turns in strong start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco turned in a dominant start Thursday against the White Sox.

Carrasco allowed one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Carrasco put himself in some trouble early, putting the first two batters he faced on base. He managed to pitch out of the inning without giving up any runs. The White Sox were able to get to Carrasco in the third inning. Adam Eaton led off the inning with a single, and stole second. He was able to advance to third on a throwing error. Jose Abreu then drove Eaton home on a single. Carrasco recovered, and lasted into the seventh inning before he was pulled.

With the win, Carrasco improved to 6-4. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Tony Sipp saves his second game Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros pitcher Tony Sipp saved his second game Thursday against the Rangers.

Sipp entered with a two-run lead, and completely shut down the Rangers in the final inning. He was able to pick up a foul out to the catcher for his first out, and then proceeded to strike out the last two hitters to earn the save. It was Sipp's first save since June 29. 


Nick Tepesch fails to go five innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch failed to go five innings Thursday against the Astros. 

Tepesch allowed two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked three during the outing. Tepesch got off to a strong start, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. He fell into trouble in the fifth. With one out in the inning, Tepesch gave up a single and walk to two consecutive hitters. He was replaced at that point. The Astros would go on to hit a grand slam during the inning, bringing home of Tepesch’s runs home.

Tepesch earned the no-decision for his efforts. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Collin McHugh earns the win Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh turned in a strong start Thursday against the Rangers.

McHugh allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. McHugh gave up both runs relatively early in the game. After giving up two singles to open the game, McHugh was able to induce a double play. A run would score on the play, giving McHugh the early deficit. The third inning proved troublesome as well. After loading the bases to start things off, McHugh allowed a run to come home on a sac fly. He was able to strike out the next two hitters in order to get out of the inning. 

The Astros managed to score four runs in the fifth inning, putting McHugh in line for the win. He improved to 7-9. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start.


Zach Britton picks up another save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 29th save Thursday against the Rays.

Britton entered with a one-run lead, and didn't disappoint. He tossed a perfect inning, forcing three groundouts. Britton threw eight pitches, five of which were strikes. 


Bud Norris avoids the loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris had a rough start Thursday against the Rays.

Norris allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Norris got himself into trouble almost immediately. He gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first inning. A sac fly brought Jennings home. Evan Longoria then blasted a solo shot to tie the game 2-2. Norris got through the next three innings without any issues. He had some trouble during the fifth, though. After giving up two singles, Norris allowed a sac fly to bring in a run. James Loney would then double in the fourth run of the game. Norris was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.

Norris left with the game tied, picking up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Reds in his next start. 


Jeremy Hellickson fails to go five innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson failed to go five innings Thursday against the Orioles.

Hellickson allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two during the outing. Hellickson found himself in trouble in the first inning. A solo home run to Steve Pearce started the scoring for Baltimore. Hellickson then gave up two straight singles. With men on first and third, the Orioles decided to double-steal. Adam Jones made it home on the steal attempt, while Nelson Cruz was safe at second. Hellickson managed to pitch out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.

He fell into trouble again in the fifth. Hellickson loaded the bases after facing the first three batters. After picking up a line out, Hellickson was removed from the game. Two runs would come around to score after Hellickson left, though one was due to an error. He was charged with both runs, though only one was earned.

Hellickson left with the game tied, earning the no-decision. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 


Mets considering moving Travis d'Arnaud to the outfield


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Mets have considered moving catcher Travis d'Arnaud to the outfield, according to the New York Daily News

Manager Terry Collins confirmed that the team has discussed moving d'Arnaud."We’ve talked about it," Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he’s started to do offensively, we’ve got to see if these concussions are leading to anything." By moving d'Arnaud to the outfield, the team is hoping to keep his bat in the lineup while making sure he stays healthy. a'Arnaud has already suffered four concussions in his career. 


Jim Adduci pulled with head injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Jim Adduci was pulled from Thursday's game due to a head injury, according to MLB.com.

Adduci hit his head while making a catch on the warning track. The team removed Adduci from the game as a precautionary measure. He will be evaluated for a concussion.


Dilson Herrera gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets infielder Dilson Herrera has been promoted to the majors Thursday.

Herrera will replace Daniel Murphy on the active roster. Herrera has hit .319/.377/.471 over two levels in the minors. 


Daniel Murphy headed to the disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy has been placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Murphy is dealing with a calf injury. He had not progressed as expected, and was sent for an MRI Thursday. The results of the MRI have yet to be revealed, but the injury is serious enough to require a stint on the DL.


Mike Minor performs well on the mound and at the plate


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor helped himself out with a strong game on the mound and at the plate Thursday.

Minor allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the start. Minor was exceptional early, tossing four perfect innings to begin the game. While he allowed a hit to open the fifth inning, Minor was able to pitch around it. Minor gave up his only run in the eighth inning. He gave up a double and a run-scoring single to open the frame, and was pulled before picking up an out. 

Thanks to his strong game at the plate, Minor left with a two-run lead. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling in a run. He struck again in the eighth, leading off the inning with a double. Minor would eventually score during the inning.

With the win, Minor improves to 6-8. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start.


Jonathon Niese loses despite tossing quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese turned in a solid start Thursday against the Braves.

Niese allowed three runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Niese had a tough time against opposing pitcher Mike Minor throughout the start. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling home a run with two outs. Minor would also strike in the eighth inning, leading things off with a double. After notching a strikeout, Niese gave up a triple and single to the next two hitters, driving in two runs. 

Minor had a fantastic start, limiting the Mets to just one run. Because of that, Niese was saddled with the loss despite a decent start. He dropped to 7-10. Niese will take on the Marlins in his next start.