Edinson Volquez
Edinson Volquez turns in complete game effort Thursday
Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT
10:28 PM
News: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez turned in a complete game Thurday against the Cardinals.

Volquez pitched nine innings, allowing one run on six hits. He gave up two walks and struck out five during the start. Volquez threw 114 pitches. The only time Volquez ran into trouble was the third inning. Kolten Wong singled and stole second to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Wong to third, Matt Carpenter was able to hit a sacrifice fly. 

Volquez nearly found himself in a rough situation the following inning, as he allowed two singles to open the fourth. He was able to work around the jam, and wasn't threatened by the Cardinals the rest of the game. 

The win brings Volquez to 8-6 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 

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Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller struggles with control Thursday
Shelby Miller, SP, STL
10:23 PM
News: Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller had a rough start Thursday against the Pirates.

Miller allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. He had issues with his command, walking four hitters. He struck out just one during the outing. After Russell Martin notched a run against Miller in the first, he seemed to settle in for a few innings. In the fifth, however, he ran into trouble. Miller walked two hitters early, and wouldn’t get out of the inning unscathed. With two outs, Andrew McCutchen singled in a run and Neil Walker doubled home two runs. Miller issued another walk before finally getting out of the inning. He threw 92 pitches during the start. 

The loss dropped Miller to 7-8 on the year. His next start is undetermined at this point due to the upcoming All-Star Game. 

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Bartolo Colon
Bartolo Colon can't come up with a win Thursday
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM
10:09 PM
News: Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon lasted eight innings Thursday against the Braves.

Colon gave up three runs on 10 hits over eight innings. He did not issue a walk, and struck out seven during the appearance. The Braves did most of their damage early against Colon. After giving up a single to Andrelton Simmons, Colon allowed Freddie Freeman to belt an RBI double.  Two hitters later, Jason Heyward managed to drive Freeman home.

The third run came in the third inning, after two consecutive singles, Justin Upton grounded into a double-play, which would up scoring a run. Over the next five innings, Colon allowed just three hits. 

The loss dropped Colon to 8-8 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star break. 

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Aaron Harang
Aaron Harang picks up a win Thursday
Aaron Harang, SP, ATL
10:08 PM
News: Braves pitcher Aaron Harang turned in a solid start Thursday against the Mets.

Harang allowed one run on four hits over seven innings of work. He walked four and struck out two during the outing. Harang only found himself in trouble twice during the game. After a single and a walk, Harang allowed David Wright to hit an RBI single in the third inning. 

The following inning, Harang wound up loading the bases after giving up a single and walking two batters, but managed to escape without any damage. He threw 104 pitches during the start.

The win brings Harang to 9-6 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star Game. 

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David Buchanan
David Buchanan heading to Triple-A Thursday
David Buchanan, SP, PHI
9:58 PM
News: Phillies pitcher David Buchanan has been optioned to the minors Thursday.

Buchanan tossed a strong start against the Brewers Thursday, but Cliff Lee is nearing a return. The team won't need a fifth starter until Lee can come back, making Buchanan expendable. He posted a 4.40 ERA over ten starts in the majors. 

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Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez loses game, and scoreless streak Thursday
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
9:56 PM
News: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was unable to pick up a win Thursday against the Orioles.

Gonzalez gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven during the appearance. Gonzalez was tagged by Baltimore early. Steve Pearce belted a solo home run in the first inning, snapping Gonzalez’s scoreless streak at 22 innings. 

He later found himself in trouble in the third inning. After getting two outs, Gonzalez struggled. He walked Nick Markakis, and then allowed three hits, which drove in three runs. Gonzalez tossed 109 pitches during the start.

The loss dropped Gonzalez to 6-5 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star break. 

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Marco Estrada
Marco Estrada moving to the bullpen
Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
8:52 PM
News: Brewers starter Marco Estrada will be moved to the bullpen.

The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts. 

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Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL
8:49 PM
News: Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will start Saturday against the Cardinals.

Nelson was called up Thursday after the team placed Wei-Chung Wang on the disabled list. Nelson will take Marco Estrada's spot in the team's rotation. Estrada will shift to the bullpen. Nelson has a 1.46 ERA over 111 innings in Triple-A. 

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Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee to be transferred to the 60-day disabled list
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
8:41 PM
News: Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lee is eligible to come off the DL July 18, and is expected to pitch July 19, so the move is just temporary so that the team can put another player on the 40-man roster. Lee is currently rehabbing after an elbow injury. He posted a 3.18 ERA over 68 innings prior to the injury.

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Jonathon Niese
Jonathon Niese unlikely to return against San Diego
Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
7:07 PM
News: Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese is unlikely to return against the Padres, according to MLB.com.

Niese was expected to be ready for the team's first series, but will likely return the following Monday. If he returns Monday, his first start will come against the Mariners. Niese is dealing with inflammation in his shoulder. He has a 2.96 ERA over 103 1/3 innings. 

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