Clayton Richard
Padres' Clayton Richard: Fires third career shutout Wednesday
Clayton Richard, SP, SD
5:41 PM
News: Richard (6-12) fired a complete-game shutout against the Phillies on Wednesday, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out six in a 3-0 win.

Two of the three hits were doubles, but the Phillies failed to even get a runner to third base, much less bring one home. The shutout was the third of Richard's career and came almost five years to the day since his last one, but the veteran lefty's 4.84 ERA offers a better glimpse at how he's pitched this season. He'll next take the mound Tuesday on the road against the Cardinals.

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Nick Pivetta
Phillies' Nick Pivetta: Optioned to Triple-A
Nick Pivetta, SP, PHI
5:23 PM
News: Pivetta was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after his start Wednesday against the Padres. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out 11 over five innings, taking his eighth loss of the season.

It may not have been a great start in terms of efficiency or run prevention, but the 11 strikeouts marked a career best, so this move comes as quite a surprise. Assuming the Phillies dip into their Triple-A rotation to fill this hole, Ben Lively is the logical guess to get the call, as he pitched Tuesday and has a 3.15 ERA for the IronPigs.

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Gerrit Cole
Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Serves up three homers in no-decision
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
5:14 PM
News: Cole gave up four runs on five hits -- including three home runs -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Wednesday. He struck out nine and walked two.

Cole had gotten the better of Milwaukee on three prior occasions this season, but he struggled with the long ball in this one, serving up round-trippers to Keon Broxton, Neil Walker and Travis Shaw. With that, Cole's streak of seven consecutive quality starts was snapped. Cole lines up for two starts next week -- first the Dodgers at home and then the Reds in Cincinnati.

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Jimmy Nelson
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Rebounds against Pirates
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL
5:03 PM
News: Nelson was charged with five runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk in a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday. He struck out seven.

He probably deserved a slightly worse fate in this one -- his own throwing error led to one of the unearned runs -- but this was still a strong bounce-back for Nelson. The right-hander was clobbered for nine earned runs over 3.2 innings his last time out, a blowup which inflated his season ERA by nearly a half a run. Nelson has a favorable matchup at San Francisco on tap for next week.

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Jose Urena
Marlins' Jose Urena: Quiets Giants over five for 11th win
Jose Urena, SP, MIA
4:50 PM
News: Urena (11-5) earned a win over the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings.

It was far from a dominant performance, but Urena kept the Giants off the board over five, just long enough to qualify for the win. Urena has been surprisingly effective this season despite a bottom-12 K/9 rate among qualified starters. With matchups against the Phillies and Padres on tap for next week, Urena will have a good opportunity to stave off regression for a while longer yet.

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Matt Cain
Giants' Matt Cain: Goes four innings in loss
Matt Cain, SP, SF
4:33 PM
News: Cain (3-10) was charged with five runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk over four innings in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out seven.

Two San Francisco errors led to a four-run first inning, and while Cain rebounded and finished strong, the damage was already done. Chances are, Cain will return to the bullpen following this outing -- the Giants just needed an extra starter this week following Sunday's doubleheader. Perhaps he will get a few more chances to start down the stretch, but regardless, Cain should remain far from mixed-league rosters.

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Tanner Roark
Nationals' Tanner Roark: Takes loss against Angels
Tanner Roark, SP, WAS
4:11 PM
News: Roark (9-8) was the losing pitcher in Wednesday's game against the Angels. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings.

He was cruising early, facing just two over the minimum through four innings, but home runs in the fifth and sixth ultimately sent Roark to his eighth loss of the season. The right-hander has allowed five hits or fewer in each of his last eight appearances, but Roark has almost as many walks as strikeouts over his last three starts (11:10 K:BB), and up next is a tough matchup at Houston.

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Noah Syndergaard
Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Set to throw another bullpen this weekend
Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
2:57 PM
News: Syndergaard (lat) felt good following his first bullpen session Tuesday, and is in line to throw again in the next few days, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Syndergaard will continue to ramp up his effort in trying to return to the Mets this season, and will likely toss more than the 20 pitches he threw Tuesday during this weekend's scheduled bullpen. There still hasn't been much clarity regarding a timetable for the right-hander, but if he's able to make it through an upcoming bullpen without any blemishes, the club could send him out on a rehab assignment by the time New York begins a road trip on Aug. 25.

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Brandon Woodruff
Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Starting Saturday against Colorado
Brandon Woodruff, SP, MIL
11:36 AM
News: Woodruff will take the mound against the Rockies on Saturday for his next scheduled start, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

Woodruff was initially slated to pitch during Friday's series opener, but manager Craig Counsell decided to switch him with Matt Garza due to upcoming matchups down the road. The right-hander will toe the rubber on nine days of rest after limited the Twins to two earned runs off three hits and three walks in 5.2 innings last Wednesday.

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Matt Garza
Brewers' Matt Garza: Will start Friday against Rockies
Matt Garza, SP, MIL
11:31 AM
News: Garza will take the hill for Friday's series opener against the Rockies, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Although Garza was originally slated to pitch Saturday, manager Craig Counsell decided to switch the 33-year-old with Brandon Woodruff due to upcoming matchups in the future. This will place Garza on the mound with normal rest after he earned a victory against the Reds on Sunday, allowing three earned runs over 5.1 innings.

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