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Brandon McCarthy hitting his stride
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:11 pm ET) Brandon McCarthy has had a wild career, hasn't he? Between the minor-league accolades, the early struggles with the White Sox and Rangers, the eventual breakthrough with the Athletics, the career-threatening head injury and the disastrous stay in Arizona, nailing down just who he is has been an exercise in futility.

Which is why I don't mind just riding the wave with him.

The signs for what he's doing now where there even before joining the Yankees. He may have had a 3-10 record and 5.01 ERA in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks, but he also had a 3.82 FIP, which estimates what a pitcher's ERA really should be. And that FIP would have been even lower if not for a suspiciously high home run rate for a pitcher who induces as many ground balls as he does.

I'll admit I didn't put much stock in that argument at the time of the trade, believing McCarthy's FIP was inflated by a couple of high-strikeout games earlier in the season and that the home runs would only increase in Yankee Stadium. Instead, the strikeouts have become more frequent and the home runs less frequent.

It culminated with a complete-game shutout Thursday afternoon against the Astros, his fifth start in eight as a Yankee with seven or more strikeouts. Looks like the Athletics version of McCarthy is back.


Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) The Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Beckham has hit .221/.263/.336 over 390 at-bats. In return, the White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. 


Joey Votto calls out his critics
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) Reds first baseman Joey Votto responded to comments that he's not tough enough to play, according to MLB.com.

Votto stressed that he's dealing with a serious injury, and tried to play through the pain earlier in the season. He reiterated that he didn't ask to be injured, and would return as soon as he's healthy.

"The second I’m capable of playing and I’m no longer injured, I’ll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I’m injured. I shouldn’t get some sort of different treatment, as if this is — I’ve noticed little comments here and there and just a general perception that this is something I elected to do. I didn’t elect to be injured. I am injured. People get injured. I am injured. What can I do? At some point I’ll be back playing like I was playing before."

Votto has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury. He's hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Yan Gomes left after being hit with deflected ball
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game after being hit in the head with a deflected ball, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Gomes was initially taken out with an illness, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The team doctor did not say whether Gomes was dealing with a concussion. He'll continue to be monitored for now. 


Bradin Hagens outrighted from 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Bradin Hagens has been outrighted from the 40-man roster, according to azcentral.com.

Hagens posted a 3.95 ERA over two minor-league levels this season. He received a brief stint in the majors, but only pitched 2 2/3 innings. 


David Holmberg called up for start Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Reds pitcher David Holmberg has been called up for Thursday's start against the Braves.

Holmberg has been pegged for the start for a few days, so the move isn't a surprise. He's posted a 4.64 ERA over 87 1/3 innings at Triple-A.


Reds shake up bullpen prior to Thursday's game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) The Reds have optioned J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Pedro Villarreal and David Holmberg have been called up to take their roster spots. Holmberg will get the start for Cincinnati Thursday. 


Charges against Evan Reed dropped
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:03 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Evan Reed had sexual assault charges dismissed by a judge Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Police started investigating claims of sexual assault in April. The case was resolved Thursday when a judge dismissed all charges against Reed. Reed began the season with the big league club, but was sent to Triple-A in June. He has a 5.30 ERA over 18 2/3 innings.


Garrett Richards out six to nine months with knee injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will have surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon.

The injury is expected to keep Richards out of action for six to nine months. Richards will have surgery next week, and has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list. He injured his knee while running to cover first during Wednesday night's start against the Red Sox. Richards had a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings this year.


Glen Perkins picks up save No. 32
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Twins pitcher Glen Perkins saved his 32nd game Thursday against the Indians.

Perkins entered with a three-run lead and shut the door quickly. He tossed a perfect inning of work against Cleveland. Perkins struck out one batter during the outing. The save puts Perkins just four away from his career-high of 36 saves from last season. Perkins has a 2.48 ERA.


 
 
 
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