Bud Norris
Bud Norris strikes out eight in win vs. Angels Monday
Bud Norris, SP, BAL
1:13 AM
News: Orioles pitcher Bud Norris earned a win Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-2 victory over the Angels.

Norris (8-6) didn't fare well in his start with Double-A Bowie during the All-Star break but was able to keep the game in control Monday, giving up just one extra-base hit in the outing. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 70:31 K:BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. Norris is lined up to face the Mariners Saturday.

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Matt Shoemaker
Matt Shoemaker strikes out 10 in loss vs. Orioles
Matt Shoemaker, SP, LAA
1:13 AM
News: Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was hung with a loss Monday after giving up four earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 10 in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Orioles.

Shoemaker (7-3) matched his season high for strikeouts without issuing a walk, but he was doomed by a pair of two-run home runs by Adam Jones. The Angels pitcher owns a 4.54 ERA and 72:15 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Saturday.

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Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander surrenders three runs in win Monday
Justin Verlander, SP, DET
12:51 AM
News: Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a win Monday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander (9-8) gave up a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then served up a solo home run in the sixth, but he was able to hang on for his first quality start in his last three games. He owns a 4.84 ERA and 101:49 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings. Verlander is scheduled to take on the Angels Saturday.

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Garrett Richards
Angels not planning to shut down Garrett Richards
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
12:17 AM
News: Though Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is on pace to shatter his previous career high in innings, the team is not planning to temporarily shut him down to limit his workload, MLB.com reports.

"Not at all," general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."

Richards has been at the top of his game since the start of June, going 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 70:17 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings over nine starts. He hasn't pitched more than 154 innings in a season during his career, but Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings this year and has the potential to reach 200 innings if no limiting measures are taken.

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Yohan Pino
Twins to recall Yohan Pino Tuesday
Yohan Pino, SP, MIN
12:10 AM
News: The Twins cleared a roster spot after Monday's game and announced that pitcher Yohan Pino would be recalled before Tuesday's game, which he is scheduled to start.

Pino has made five starts for the Twins, going 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 9:7 K:BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on three hits and seven walks in five innings with Triple-A Rochester on July 17.

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Roenis Elias
Roenis Elias removed Monday with forearm cramp
Roenis Elias, SP, SEA
12:07 AM
News: Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias was removed in the sixth inning of Monday's start due to forearm cramping, MLB.com reports.

Elias was in the middle of an excellent outing before the injury, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings and striking out eight. He left in line for what would be his eighth win. Elias owns a 4.41 ERA and 104:42 K:BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Saturday if cleared.

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Kris Johnson
Twins option Kris Johnson after Monday start
Kris Johnson, SP, MIN
7/21/2014
News: The Twins optioned pitcher Kris Johnson after he surrendered two runs in five innings Monday. He was sent down to make room for another starter, Yohan Pino.
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T.J. House
T.J. House surrenders three runs in no-decision Monday
T.J. House, SP, CLE
7/21/2014
News: Indians pitcher T.J. House didn't factor into the decision Monday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 4-3 loss to the Twins.

House gave up a pair of runs on a double in the second inning and a third run on another double one inning later. He's surrendered exactly three runs in each of his last three starts, but he's lasted six innings just once during that stretch. House owns a 4.50 ERA and 32:14 K:BB ratio in 50 innings. He isn't scheduled to make another start but could be an option if Justin Masterson can't return this weekend.

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Jeremy Guthrie
Jeremy Guthrie stuck with loss Monday vs. White Sox
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KC
7/21/2014
News: Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie took a loss Monday after giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 3-1 defeat against the White Sox.

Guthrie (5-9) has lost each of his last three outings, but Monday's quality start was his first of July. After surrendering two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Kansas City starter was able to limit the White Sox to one run over the rest of the outing. Guthrie owns a 4.56 ERA and 80:35 K:BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings.

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Chris Sale
Chris Sale strikes out eight in win vs. Royals Monday
Chris Sale, SP, CHW
7/21/2014
News: White Sox pitcher Chris Sale kept rolling Monday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 3-1 victory over the Royals.

Sale (9-1) has rattled off seven straight quality starts, giving up just one earned run in each of his three July starts while striking out 26 batters and walking just one. He owns a 2.03 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 110:17 K:BB ratio in 102 innings. Sale will look to keep cruising Saturday against the Twins.

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