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A's RP Tyler Clippard works scoreless ninth for 15th save Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:58 pm ET) Athletics closer Tyler Clippard picked up his 15th save of the season in the 2-0 win over the Mariners on Saturday. The right-hander worked around a two-out walk to preserve the shutout for Kendall Graveman. 

Clippard is now 15-for-16 in save opportunities this season, and he has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances.


A's SP Kendall Graveman blanks Mariners for seven innings
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:54 pm ET) Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman was excellent in his start against the Mariners on Saturday. Graveman fired seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out one in the 2-0 victory.

Graveman improved his record to 6-4 and lowered his ERA to 3.16 with the fine outing on Saturday. He now has seven consecutive quality starts, allowing a total of nine runs in 49 innings over that stretch.


Cardinals' Jason Heyward sees hit streak end
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:54 pm ET) Jason Heyward went 0 for 3 with a walk for the Cardinals in Saturday's win over San Diego. 

Heyward struck out and saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end. He hit .391 with 1.022 OPS during the streak. 


Mariners' Felix Hernandez gives up season-high 10 hits Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:51 pm ET) Mariners ace Felix Hernandez allowed two runs and a season-high 10 hits over seven innings in a 2-0 loss to the A's on Saturday. Only one of the hits Hernandez gave up went for extra bases, but he was also out-pitched by Kendall Graveman in this one.

Hernandez (10-5) walked two and struck out six on Saturday. He gave up a run in the first inning and another in the seventh, as he really avoided any serious damage.

The right-hander has allowed a total of two runs over 13 innings in his last two starts, but has no wins to show for it. His season ERA sits at 3.02.


Tommy Pham gets first career hit, scores twice in Cardinals' win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:46 pm ET) Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham went 1 for 4 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over San Diego.

Pham doubled for his first career hit and scored the first two runs of his career.


Yangervis Solarte homers for Padres in loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte homered for the second time in three days in Saturday's loss to St. Louis. 

Solarte snapped a 57 game homer drought on Thursday. He now has four homers on the year. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns league-leading 26th save
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) It's Independence Day. The last time Pirates closer Mark Melancon gave up a run, Memorial Day was just a twinkle in the eye of Father Time.

Melancon surrendered nothing but a walk and weakly hit infield single to the Indians on Saturday in tying Glen Perkins for the major league lead with 26 saves. He has not allowed a run in his last 25 appearances.

Things did get a bit hairy with two outs when he pitched around torrid Jason Kipnis for a walk and Francisco Lindor dumped a seeing-eye dribbler to short for a hit. But Melancon induced tough Michael Brandley to ground out to secure the victory.

His 1.62 ERA is at its lowest point since April 13.


Rockies' John Axford returns from inactive list; Justin Miller optioned
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:34 pm ET) The Rockies have reinstated reliever John Axford from the Family Medical Emergency list, the team announced on Saturday. Axford had been away from the team since Tuesday.

Right-hander Justin Miller was optioned to Triple-A to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.


Indians rookie SP Cody Anderson great again, but falls to Pirates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:31 pm ET) Indians right-hander Cody Anderson was saddled with his first career defeat Saturday in Pittsburgh. But aside from the decision, it was another triumph.

Anderson earned his first complete game by pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on six hits. He walked none, fanned four and tossed a mere 92 pitches.

The impressive rookie, whose only hiccup was an RBI single to Neil Walker in the sixth, has given up just two runs in 23 2/3 innings over three starts. He actually raised his ERA to 0.76 in taking the loss.


Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal gets 24th save of year
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 24th save of the season, against Ssan Diego on Saturday. 

Rosenthal allowed one hit and converted his 16th straight save opportunity. He's allowed at least one hit in each of his last five outings. 


 
 
 
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