Alex Cobb
Rays' Alex Cobb: Fires two scoreless innings in Friday rehab appearance
Alex Cobb, SP, TB
12:52 PM
News: Cobb (elbow) made a successful return to game action Friday, tossing two scoreless innings against Brevard County and recording two strikeouts.

It appears the pause in the rehab process did the trick for Cobb, who looked sharp while firing 15 of 23 pitches for strikes. It was his first live action since July 11, when he's given up a pair of hits and a run over an inning against Daytona, an outing that led to the Rays relegating him to bullpen and batting practice duty for the ensuing two-plus weeks while he worked on building stamina and improving mechanics.

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Nathan Karns
Mariners' Nate Karns: Gets placed on disabled list
Nathan Karns, SP, SEA
9:58 AM
News: Karns (back) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday due to a low back strain.

Karns pitched two innings of work during Friday's game against the Cubs, allowing five earned runs off three hits and three walks. The right-hander has been struggling mightily as of late, getting demoted to the bullpen a month ago, and subsequently posting an 8.78 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP during 13.1 innings of work as a reliever. He will be out for the next couple weeks, and could use the time to clear his head and get ready for the stretch run. In a corresponding move, the Mariners recalled Cody Martin from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

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Trevor Bauer
Indians' Trevor Bauer: Doesn't factor in decision against A's on Friday
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
9:44 AM
News: Bauer didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-3 victory over the A's, giving three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out four.

The 25-year-old was able to largely rebound from a rough outing against the Orioles in his prior start, but did gave up back-to-back round-trippers to Josh Reddick and Khris Davis in the sixth that sealed his exit. Bauer also struggled with his efficiency, throwing 104 pitches over his relatively brief time on the hill. He'll look to bounce back when he takes on the Twins next Wednesday.

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Kendall Graveman
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Pitches solidly in Friday loss
Kendall Graveman, SP, OAK
9:38 AM
News: Graveman (7-7) gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over 6.1 innings in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Indians. He also recorded a strikeout.

The young right-hander turned in a quality start despite the unfavorable end result, his fifth straight such outing. Graveman had notched victories in his previous six decisions dating back to May 30, and is finishes a stellar July with a 2.68 ERA and four wins. He'll look to get a new streak started when he takes on the Angels next Wednesday.

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Jake Odorizzi
Rays' Jake Odorizzi: Turns in second consecutive scoreless outing
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
9:30 AM
News: Odorizzi (5-5) fired 6.2 scoreless innings in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Yankees, surrendering six hits and striking out five.

The young righty kept his impressive scoreless streak alive, throwing 71 of his 104 pitches for strikes in the process while also inducing 13 swings-and-misses. Odorizzi has not given up a run in the last two starts, a span of 14.2 innings, and has only surrendered two earned runs over the 20.2 innings encompassing his last three trips to the mound. It's easily the 26-year-old's best stretch of pitching this season, and he'll look to continue it when he takes on the Royals at Tropicana Field next Wednesday.

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Ivan Nova
Yankees' Ivan Nova: Turns in sub-par performance in Friday loss
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
9:24 AM
News: Nova (7-6) gave up five earned runs on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rays. He struck out three.

The right-hander saw the normally anemic Rays offense hit him relatively hard, with a pair of first-inning solo homers by Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson spearheading the effort. Nova had gone into Friday riding high after a pair of strong starts versus the Orioles and Giants, but the five runs he surrendered were the most he'd given up since yielding six to the Rockies on June 21. He'll look to bounce back against the Mets next Wednesday.

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Marco Estrada
Blue Jays' Marco Estrada: Turns in solid six innings in Friday victory
Marco Estrada, SP, TOR
9:00 AM
News: Estrada (6-4) gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over six innings in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Orioles. He struck out six.

The veteran fell behind in the first courtesy of a Mark Trumbo two-RBI double, but saw his offense regain the lead for him on the strength of three homers in the home half of the frame. Estrada was fairly solid the rest of the way, inducing 13 swinging strikes over his 99 pitches. He'll shoot for his seventh win when he faces off against the Astros next Wednesday.

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Kevin Gausman
Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Hit hard over short stint in Friday loss
Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL
8:56 AM
News: Gausman (2-8) gave up six earned runs on six hits-- including three homers-- and three walks over three innings in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out four.

The right-hander has pitched significantly better than his record would indicate this season, but Friday was not an example of such. In addition to his problems with the long ball, Gausman also uncorked a pair of wild pitches and threw 79 pitches over just three frames. All three round-trippers came in the first inning, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki doing the honors. He'll look to rebound from what was his shortest starting stint of the season when he takes on the Rangers next Thursday.

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Brian Johnson
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Dominant in Friday's start
Brian Johnson, SP, BOS
7:16 AM
News: Johnson pitched six scoreless innings Friday, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out five for Triple-A Pawtucket.

This was the left-hander's best outing of the season and a reminder of why he was regarded so highly as a prospect. The pinpoint control that fueled Johnson's rise through the organization was on full display Friday -- the first time he hasn't issued a free pass since May 2015. The performance was quite a relief following his three-inning outing last Sunday in which he allowed 10 baserunners and four runs. He'll need to string together a few performances before the Red Sox trust him in Boston, but if Johnson can get back to level he was at early last year, he could be a depth starter for the team during the stretch run.

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Hisashi Iwakuma
Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Battered by Cubs in Friday loss
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
1:12 AM
News: Iwakuma (11-7) gave up five earned runs on eight hits and a walk over three innings in Friday's 12-1 loss to the Cubs. He struck out two.

The veteran righty couldn't sustain his recent stretch of strong pitching, with the Cubs getting to him early. Iwakuma gave up a two-RBI single to Chris Coghlan in the second, which was followed by another run-scoring hit by Kris Bryant a batter later. Jason Heyward blasted a 390-foot two-run homer that plated Ben Zobrist in the very next frame, which was Iwakuma's last after 60 pitches. The outing put an end to a five-start winning streak for the 35-year-old, but he'll try to rebound against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

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