Jonathon Niese
Mets' Jon Niese gives up one run, picks up sixth win on Tuesday
Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
10:24 PM
News: Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese posted yet another brilliant outing, limiting the Marlins to one run over seven innings on Tuesday. Niese gave up four hits and a walk while striking out six in the 5-1 victory. 

Niese left the game with the score tied 1-1, but the Mets put up a four-spot in the top of the eighth in support of their starter.

Niese (6-9) has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 outings, with the only off night coming against the Dodgers on July 24. Despite the strong pitching, Niese has just three wins in that 11-start stretch.

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Kyle Kendrick
Rockies' Kyle Kendrick hopes to return by end of month
Kyle Kendrick, SP, COL
10:15 PM
News: Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick will receive an anti-inflammatory shot in his shoulder Wednesday in the hopes of returning later this month, reports MLB.com. A recent MRI revealed Kendrick is dealing with inflammation in his shoulder.

"It should calm it down, hopefully, and we'll see how I feel from there," Kendrick said. "Hopefully, I'll be back by the end of the month, or the beginning of September. So that's good news."

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Danny Duffy
Royals pitcher Danny Duffy earns fifth win of the year
Danny Duffy, SP, KC
10:12 PM
News: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work in Kansas City's 5-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. 

Duffy wasn't overpowering with his stuff, allowing four walks and striking out just two, but did enough to keep Detroit off the scoreboard to earn the victory. Duffy lone earned run came off a Victor Martinez single to left field, scoring Ian Kinsler, in the sixth.

Duffy, now 5-5, moved his ERA to 4.04 in 89 innings of work this season. He will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Angels.

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Justin Verlander
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander falters against Royals in loss
Justin Verlander, SP, DET
10:07 PM
News: Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander allowed five runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work in Detroit's 5-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday. Verlander, who struck out five and walked none, ran into problems in the second when he allowed three singles to plate a run.

Then in the fourth, Verlander gave up a two-run homer to Salvador Perez. Verlander, now 1-4, allowed just two runs in his previous two outings. The defeat on Tuesday moved his ERA to 5.05 on the year.  He will look to bounce back against the Astros on Saturday.

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Phil Hughes
Twins SP Phil Hughes gives up three runs in loss to Blue Jays
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN
10:01 PM
News: Twins starter Phil Hughes fell one out shy of a quality start on Tuesday, but still pitched decently in a loss against the Blue Jays. Hughes allowed three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three, needing 99 pitches to get through his outing in the 3-1 defeat.

Hughes (10-7, 4.14 ERA) gave up a pair of solo home runs in this one--one to Josh Donaldson in the first, and another to Troy Tulowitzki in the third. But the Twins' offense was unable to get much off Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.

This makes back-to-back starts of less than six innings for Hughes, allowing a total of eight runs in those two games. 

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John Lackey
Cardinals' John Lackey loses second straight
John Lackey, SP, STL
9:54 PM
News: Cardinals starter John Lackey dropped to 9-7 on the year with a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday. 

Lackey lost his second straight decision, giving up three runs on six hits. Lackey lasted six innings, his shortest outing since June 8, 11 starts earlier. 

Lackey struck out five and walked two. He's walked more than two batters just once in his last 15 starts. 

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Marco Estrada
Blue Jays' Marco Estrada wins for fourth time in six starts Tuesday
Marco Estrada, SP, TOR
9:49 PM
News: Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada posted another solid outing on Tuesday, picking up his ninth win of the season. Estrada limited the Twins to one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five in the 3-1 victory.

Estrada (9-6) lowered his season ERA to 3.40 with the fine performance. The only run he allowed on Tuesday came on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Estrada was quite stingy in this one, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

Aside from a five-run hiccup on July 24, Estrada has been pitching very well recently. Over his past six starts, he is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

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Anthony DeSclafani
Reds' Anthony DeSclafani wins second straight
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN
9:48 PM
News: Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani evened his record at 7-7 with a win over St. Louis on Tuesday. 

DeSclafani won his second straight decision and stretched his undefeated streak to three games. He allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings, his third straight start lasting at least six. 

DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine batters.

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Scott Kazmir
Astros' skipper chooses to keep Scott Kazmir on schedule
Scott Kazmir, SP, HOU
9:40 PM
News: Astros manager A.J. Hinch was put into a pinch when he had to use the newly-acquired Mike Fiers in relief on Monday. Fiers had been scheduled to start and make his Astros debut on Tuesday, but a poor outing by Lance McCullers forced Hinch into using Fiers as a long man.

So, instead of having Scott Kazmir pitch on Tuesday on regular rest, the Astros summoned Dan Straily from Triple-A to make the start, with Kazmir staying on schedule to pitch Wednesday.

"It was an option," Hinch said of starting Kazmir on Tuesday, per the Houston Chronicle. "It wasn’t something I was interested in. He’s going to pitch tomorrow on an extra day’s rest. We’re in August. On paper it’s a lot easier to ask these guys to come back on short rest or to come back on even regular rest.

"But we had mentally prepared (Kazmir). We had physically prepared him. We had moved his bullpen for him to start on Wednesday. Just because we had a rough start on Monday I don’t think that we should alter that. It already cost us our Tuesday starter in Fiers. I don’t want to continue to disrupt and move forward the same issue. It never runs out until the fifth starter comes out."

Kazmir has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his first two starts with Houston. He'll start on Wednesday in the series-finale with the Orioles.

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Derek Holland
Rangers' Derek Holland retires six of 13 batters in second rehab start
Derek Holland, SP, TEX
9:39 PM
News: Rangers starter Derek Holland struggled in his second rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock. 

Holland has been on the disabled list since April 11 with a strained muscle in his shoulder. He allowed three hits and three walks in two innings. 

Holland threw 35 strikes in 55 pitches. He allowed two runs, one of them earned, and threw a wild pitch. 

In two rehab starts, Holland has allowed four runs and nine baserunners in 3 2/3 innings.

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