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2013 Draft Prep: 10-team, H2H NL-only mock draft

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League-specific drafts have their own flavor, and our recent 10-team NL-only Head-to-Head mock was no exception. In typical CBSSports.com mixed leagues, Joey Votto has been the fourth National League player off the board, but in our NL-only mock, Votto went in the second overall spot, just after Ryan Braun. First base is generally not a scarce position, but in the NL, there aren't many safe options once Votto is gone.

Scarcity impacted other positions as well. The four most-popular second basemen all play in the American League, but the NL is home to several second-tier types. Owners felt they could afford to wait on the position until Rickie Weeks was taken in the fifth round. Higher-end third basemen are more plentify in the NL, but with Chase Headley (thumb, out four to six weeks) and David Wright (intercostal strain) banged up, did owners get antsy to pursue someone for the hot corner? Wright was actually taken with the 18th pick overall, though 3B-eligible Hanley Ramirez went three spots earlier. (This draft was held just before it was reported that Ramirez's thumb injury could keep him out for up to eight weeks.) Apparently, Headley's injury was not too much of a deterrent, as he was drafted with the last pick in the third round.

It's difficult to predict in any league when owners are ready to start drafting closers, and in this mock, there was little urgency to strive for saves. As is usually the case, Craig Kimbrel was the first projected closer to get drafted, but he wasn't taken until Round 6. Aroldis Chapman went later in the same round, even though he has yet to be appointed as the Reds' closer. In most NL-only drafts, owners can probably expect both relief-eligible pitchers to get snagged earlier, especially if Chapman's closer status is cemented. This draft was completed before the announcement that Chapman was back to being the team's closer.

Here are the owners who set out the master the intracacies of the senior circuit.

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
4. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
9. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
10. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer

And the Fantasy squads that they produced are listed below for your perusal, as well as the round-by-round breakdown of how the draft developed.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Di Fino Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2 Madden Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3 Towers Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
4 Richard Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
5 Tobin Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
6 Mello Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
7 White Buster Posey, C, SF
8 Melchior Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
9 Moore Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
10 Gauna Matt Cain, SP, SF
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Gauna Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
12 Moore Yadier Molina, C, STL
13 Melchior Justin Upton, RF, ATL
14 White Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
15 Mello Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
16 Tobin Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
17 Richard Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
18 Towers David Wright, 3B, NYM
19 Madden Matt Holliday, LF, STL
20 Di Fino Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Di Fino Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
22 Madden Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
23 Towers Allen Craig, 1B, STL
24 Richard Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
25 Tobin Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
26 Mello Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
27 White Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
28 Melchior Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
29 Moore Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
30 Gauna Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Gauna Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CIN
32 Moore Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
33 Melchior Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
34 White Kris Medlen, RP, ATL
35 Mello Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
36 Tobin Mat Latos, SP, CIN
37 Richard Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
38 Towers Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
39 Madden Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
40 Di Fino Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Di Fino Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
42 Madden Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
43 Towers Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
44 Richard Martin Prado, LF, ARI
45 Tobin Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
46 Mello Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
47 White Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
48 Melchior Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
49 Moore Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
50 Gauna Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Gauna Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
52 Moore Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
53 Melchior Angel Pagan, CF, SF
54 White Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
55 Mello Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
56 Tobin Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
57 Richard Dan Haren, SP, WAS
58 Towers B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
59 Madden Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
60 Di Fino Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Di Fino Lance Lynn, SP, STL
62 Madden Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
63 Towers Mike Minor, SP, ATL
64 Richard Jason Motte, RP, STL
65 Tobin Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
66 Mello Miguel Montero, C, ARI
67 White Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
68 Melchior Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
69 Moore Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
70 Gauna Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Gauna Brian McCann, C, ATL
72 Moore Hunter Pence, RF, SF
73 Melchior Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
74 White Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
75 Mello Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
76 Tobin Wilin Rosario, C, COL
77 Richard Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
78 Towers Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
79 Madden Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
80 Di Fino Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Di Fino Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
82 Madden A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
83 Towers Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
84 Richard Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
85 Tobin David Freese, 3B, STL
86 Mello Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
87 White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
88 Melchior Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
89 Moore Denard Span, CF, WAS
90 Gauna Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Gauna Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
92 Moore Jon Jay, LF, STL
93 Melchior Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
94 White Adam Eaton, LF, ARI
95 Mello Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
96 Tobin Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
97 Richard Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
98 Towers Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
99 Madden Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
100 Di Fino Johan Santana, SP, NYM
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Di Fino Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
102 Madden Ben Revere, CF, PHI
103 Towers Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
104 Richard Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
105 Tobin Shelby Miller, RP, STL
106 Mello Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
107 White Domonic Brown, RF, PHI
108 Melchior Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
109 Moore Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
110 Gauna Wade Miley, SP, ARI
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Gauna Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
112 Moore Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
113 Melchior Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
114 White Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
115 Mello Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
116 Tobin Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
117 Richard Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
118 Towers Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
119 Madden Paul Maholm, SP, ATL
120 Di Fino Huston Street, RP, SD
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Di Fino Sergio Romo, RP, SF
122 Madden Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
123 Towers John Axford, RP, MIL
124 Richard Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
125 Tobin Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN
126 Mello J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
127 White Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
128 Melchior Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
129 Moore Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
130 Gauna Jean Segura, SS, MIL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Gauna Russell Martin, C, PIT
132 Moore Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
133 Melchior Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
134 White Matt Garza, SP, CHC
135 Mello Brandon League, RP, LAD
136 Tobin James McDonald, SP, PIT
137 Richard Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
138 Towers A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
139 Madden Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
140 Di Fino Starling Marte, CF, PIT
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Di Fino Tyler Colvin, LF, COL
142 Madden Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
143 Towers Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
144 Richard Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
145 Tobin Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
146 Mello Justin Ruggiano, LF, MIA
147 White Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI
148 Melchior Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
149 Moore Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
150 Gauna Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
Round 16
Pick Team Player
151 Gauna Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
152 Moore Michael Young, 1B, PHI
153 Melchior Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
154 White Juan Pierre, CF, MIA
155 Mello Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
156 Tobin Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
157 Richard Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
158 Towers Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
159 Madden Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
160 Di Fino Welington Castillo, C, CHC
Round 17
Pick Team Player
161 Di Fino Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS
162 Madden Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
163 Towers Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
164 Richard Rob Brantly, C, MIA
165 Tobin Cody Ross, CF, ARI
166 Mello Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC
167 White Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
168 Melchior Travis Snider, LF, PIT
169 Moore Clayton Richard, SP, SD
170 Gauna Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
Round 18
Pick Team Player
171 Gauna Delmon Young, LF, PHI
172 Moore Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
173 Melchior Will Venable, RF, SD
174 White Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
175 Mello Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
176 Tobin Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
177 Richard Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
178 Towers Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
179 Madden Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
180 Di Fino Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
Round 19
Pick Team Player
181 Di Fino Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
182 Madden Pete Kozma, SS, STL
183 Towers Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
184 Richard Drew Storen, RP, WAS
185 Tobin Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
186 Mello Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
187 White Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
188 Melchior Travis Wood, SP, CHC
189 Moore Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
190 Gauna Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
Round 20
Pick Team Player
191 Gauna Brian Wilson, RP, SF
192 Moore Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
193 Melchior Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
194 White Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
195 Mello Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
196 Tobin Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
197 Richard Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
198 Towers Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
199 Madden Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
200 Di Fino Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
Round 21
Pick Team Player
201 Di Fino Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
202 Madden Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
203 Towers Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
204 Richard Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
205 Tobin Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
206 Mello Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
207 White Carlos Villanueva, RP, CHC
208 Melchior Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
209 Moore Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
210 Gauna David DeJesus, LF, CHC
 
Team by Team
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2.10 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
3.1 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
4.10 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
5.1 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
6.10 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
7.1 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
8.10 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
9.1 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
10.10 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
11.1 Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
12.10 Huston Street, RP, SD
13.1 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
14.10 Starling Marte, CF, PIT
15.1 Tyler Colvin, LF, COL
16.10 Welington Castillo, C, CHC
17.1 Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS
18.10 Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
19.1 Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
20.10 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
21.1 Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Matt Cain, SP, SF
2.1 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
3.10 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
4.1 Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CIN
5.10 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
6.1 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
7.10 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
8.1 Brian McCann, C, ATL
9.10 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
10.1 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
11.10 Wade Miley, SP, ARI
12.1 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
13.10 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
14.1 Russell Martin, C, PIT
15.10 Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
16.1 Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
17.10 Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
18.1 Delmon Young, LF, PHI
19.10 Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
20.1 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
21.10 David DeJesus, LF, CHC
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.9 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
3.2 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
4.9 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
5.2 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
6.9 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
7.2 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
8.9 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
9.2 A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
10.9 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
11.2 Ben Revere, CF, PHI
12.9 Paul Maholm, SP, ATL
13.2 Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
14.9 Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
15.2 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
16.9 Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
17.2 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
18.9 Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
19.2 Pete Kozma, SS, STL
20.9 Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
21.2 Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
2.3 Justin Upton, RF, ATL
3.8 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
4.3 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
5.8 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
6.3 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
7.8 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
8.3 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
9.8 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
10.3 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
11.8 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
12.3 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
13.8 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
14.3 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
15.8 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
16.3 Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
17.8 Travis Snider, LF, PIT
18.3 Will Venable, RF, SD
19.8 Travis Wood, SP, CHC
20.3 Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
21.8 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
2.5 Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
3.6 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
4.5 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
5.6 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
6.5 Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
7.6 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
8.5 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
9.6 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
10.5 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
11.6 Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
12.5 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
13.6 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
14.5 Brandon League, RP, LAD
15.6 Justin Ruggiano, LF, MIA
16.5 Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
17.6 Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC
18.5 Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
19.6 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
20.5 Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
21.6 Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.2 Yadier Molina, C, STL
3.9 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
4.2 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
5.9 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
6.2 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
7.9 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
8.2 Hunter Pence, RF, SF
9.9 Denard Span, CF, WAS
10.2 Jon Jay, LF, STL
11.9 Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
12.2 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
13.9 Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
14.2 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
15.9 Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
16.2 Michael Young, 1B, PHI
17.9 Clayton Richard, SP, SD
18.2 Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
19.9 Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
20.2 Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
21.9 Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.7 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
3.4 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
4.7 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
5.4 Martin Prado, LF, ARI
6.7 Dan Haren, SP, WAS
7.4 Jason Motte, RP, STL
8.7 Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
9.4 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
10.7 Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
11.4 Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
12.7 Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
13.4 Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
14.7 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
15.4 Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
16.7 Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
17.4 Rob Brantly, C, MIA
18.7 Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
19.4 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
20.7 Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
21.4 Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
2.6 Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
3.5 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
4.6 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
5.5 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
6.6 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
7.5 Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
8.6 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
9.5 David Freese, 3B, STL
10.6 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
11.5 Shelby Miller, RP, STL
12.6 Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
13.5 Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN
14.6 James McDonald, SP, PIT
15.5 Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
16.6 Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
17.5 Cody Ross, CF, ARI
18.6 Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
19.5 Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
20.6 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
21.5 Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2.8 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.3 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
4.8 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
5.3 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
6.8 B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
7.3 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
8.8 Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
9.3 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
10.8 Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
11.3 Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
12.8 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
13.3 John Axford, RP, MIL
14.8 A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
15.3 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
16.8 Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
17.3 Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
18.8 Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
19.3 Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
20.8 Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
21.3 Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Buster Posey, C, SF
2.4 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
3.7 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
4.4 Kris Medlen, RP, ATL
5.7 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
6.4 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
7.7 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
8.4 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
9.7 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
10.4 Adam Eaton, LF, ARI
11.7 Domonic Brown, RF, PHI
12.4 Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
13.7 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
14.4 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
15.7 Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI
16.4 Juan Pierre, CF, MIA
17.7 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
18.4 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
19.7 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
20.4 Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
21.7 Carlos Villanueva, RP, CHC

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Yankees closer Andrew Miller turns lights out on Braves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:47 am ET) Yankees closer Andrew Miller achieved something Saturday he had only achieved once since Aug. 2. That is, he retired the side in order to nail down a save.

His victim was Atlanta, which Miller disposed of quickly in the ninth. He fanned Pedro Ciriaco and Nick Markakis along the way to raise his save total to 28.

Miller has not allowed a run over his last six appearances.


Braves SP Matt Wisler denied run support in Saturday loss
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:42 am ET) Braves starter Matt Wisler needed to be near-perfect Saturday against the Yankees. He was merely good - and that wasn't good enough.

Wisler yielded two runs on four hits in six innings with four walks and four strikeouts. That was two runs too many as his team got blanked during his stint in the game.

The lone runs against him scored on a wild pitch in the first and RBI double by Didi Gregorius in the seventh.

Wisler bounced back quite well from a horrible performance last Sunday, when he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Cubs.


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by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:37 am ET) Yankees rookie starter Luis Severino continued to improve with every outing Saturday against Atlanta. And he had already been performing quite well.

Severino managed his first shutout effort in evening his record to 2-2. He blanked the Braves on four hits through six innings while walking three and whiffing five.

He allowed two baserunners in the fourth and sixth innings, but escaped both jams.

Severino has given up only seven runs in 29 innings through five starts. He his lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.17.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns shaky 43rd save
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Pirates sizzling closer Mark Melancon was merely mortal Saturday against Colorado, but still nailed down his league-leading 43rd save.

Melancon arrived with a 4-1 lead and promptly allowed a single and two-run homer to Nick Hundley. He then surrendered a single and needed a double-play lineout to finally end the drama.

It marked the first time he has given up more than one run in an appearance since April 21.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey gives up four runs in short outing
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
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Pelfrey allowed four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two batters and gave up a pair of walks.

With the loss, Pelfrey dropped to 6-8 on the year with a 4.04 ERA.


Rockies SP Chris Rusin finds groove too late in loss to Pirates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:27 am ET) Mediocre was not good enough for Rockies starter Chris Rusin on Saturday night. It rarely is against Pittsburgh these days.

Rusin surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings in lowering his record to 4-7. He struck out three.

A three-run homer by Aramis Ramirez in the first got Rusin off to a terrible start, but he settled in thereafter. He retired eight of the next nine batters and allowed just two hits the rest of the way.

Rusin rebounded nicely from his last start, when he gave up 11 runs in only two innings against the Mets.


Astros closer Luke Gregerson strikes out two, picks up save
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:23 am ET) Astros closer Luke Gregerson recorded his 25th save of the season on Saturday against the Twins.

Gregorson strukc out two batters as he closed out the ninth inning of his team's 4-1 victory. He now has a 2.82 ERA this season.


Pirates SP J.A. Happ remains on a roll with third straight win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Pirates starter J.A. Happ continued to cut down on his walks Saturday against Colorado. The result was a third straight win.

Happ has found his control since arriving in Pittsburgh after struggling with it throughout his career. He walked just one in 5 2/3 innings with the Rockies in town. He allowed one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

The only tally came on a groundout in the third inning.

Happ has been on a tremendous roll with only two runs allowed in 23 innings over his last four starts.


Astros SP Mike Fiers earns seventh win of the year
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Fiers allowed only one run on three hits in six innings of work. He struck out five batters and issued three walks.

With the win, Fiers improved to 7-9 on the season with a 3.54 ERA.


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija gives up five runs in loss
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:00 am ET) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija allowed five runs in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Samardzija lasted just 5 2/3 innings after giving up the five runs on eight hits. He recorded eight strikeouts while allowing three walks.

With the loss, Samardzija dropped to 8-11 on the season with a 4.85 ERA.


 
 
 
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