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Joaquin Benoit picks up third save Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:38 am ET) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit recorded his third save Tuesday, striking out two and hitting one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Benoit hasn't had the best July, taking two losses during a three-game stretch in the middle of the month, but he hasn't blown a save opportunity since inheriting the job. He owns a 1.88 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 51:13 K:BB ratio in 43 innings.


Lance Lynn strikes out six in loss vs. Padres
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:34 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn was hung with a loss Tuesday after giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in six innings and striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Padres.

Lynn (11-8) needed 117 pitches to get through six innings one start after throwing 118 pitches against the Rays. He's topped 100 pitches in each of his last five games and 110 pitches four times during his five July starts. Lynn owns a 2.98 ERA and 123:52 K:BB ratio in 133 innings. He's slated to face the Brewers Sunday.


Tyson Ross walks five in win vs. Cardinals Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) Padres pitcher Tyson Ross picked up a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on four hits and five walks while striking out seven in his team's 3-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Ross (10-10) has been excellent in July despite the abundance of free passes Tuesday. He has given up just five earned runs in 41 innings over six starts while striking out 48 batters in July. Ross owns a 2.60 ERA and 150:52 K:BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves Sunday.


Mark Melancon strikes out two in 20th save
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Pirates closer Mark Melancon secured his 20th save Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in his team's 3-1 win over the Giants.

Melancon has given up just one run in eight innings in July. He continues to show excellent control, with his last free pass coming on June 13. Melancon owns a 2.12 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 44:6 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.


Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 in win Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned a win Tuesday, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters in his team's 3-1 victory over the Giants.

Liriano (3-7) has ratted off three straight strong outings to begin the second half, giving up two earned runs in 19 innings. The 11 strikeouts were his most in almost a year. Liriano owns a 3.97 ERA and 104:48 K:BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Sunday.


Tim Hudson throws quality start in loss vs. Pirates
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Hudson took a loss Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Pirates.

Hudson (8-8) had surrendered just one home run in his last six starts going into Tuesday's game, but he gave up two homers in the first two innings to account for all three runs scored against him. He owns a 2.71 ERA and 89:22 K:BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings. Hudson is scheduled to face the Mets Monday.


Endy Chavez returns to action Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez was back in action Tuesday, going 0 for 1 and playing the final three innings of his team's 5-2 win over the Indians.

Chavez hadn't played since Friday while dealing with a pinkie injury. He has hit .260/.284/.344 with one home run and 10 RBI in 154 at-bats.


Rockies plan on keeping LaTroy Hawkins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Though the Rockies have talked to a few teams regarding closer LaTroy Hawkins, they plan to keep the pitcher through the trade deadline, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Rockies will almost assuredly pick up Hawkins' $2.25-million option if he can remain healthy throughout the season. While the Rockies appreciate his intangibles more than anything, he has converted 17 of his 18 save opportunities while posting a 3.09 ERA.


Report: Ryan Zimmerman has Grade 3 hamstring strain
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, which could put him on the shelf for an extended period of time, MLB.com reports.

A Grade 3 strain is the most severe type of hamstring strain. The Nationals have yet to issue an official statement on the injury or on a timetable for Zimmerman's recovery.


Jay Bruce scheduled to return Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is scheduled to return to the team Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bruce was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday to attend to the death of his grandfather.

 
 
 
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