Doug Fister
Astros' Doug Fister: Takes no-decision against Orioles
Doug Fister, SP, HOU
2:54 AM
News: Fister allowed two runs on three walks and three hits with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Baltimore.

Fister had a streak of six consecutive quality starts snapped, but even in that relatively strong streak, he had a poor 19:13 K:BB in 38.1 innings and allowed four home runs. He has struck out more than five batters just once this year. Give up that much contact and home runs are inevitable, and he allowed two more Tuesday night to give him eight allowed in nine starts this season, the main driver behind his mediocre 4.12 ERA.

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Chris Tillman
Orioles' Chris Tillman: Goes seven strong in no-decision against Astros
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
2:40 AM
News: Tillman allowed two runs on just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Houston.

Tillman cruised other than a fifth inning two-run homer from Luis Valbuena. Despite the hiccup, Tillman remains on an excellent run. This marks his seventh consecutive quality start, and he has 51 strikeouts in just 46.1 innings in that span. Tillman induced 11 swinging strikeouts Tuesday night and is looking as nasty as ever this season.

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Ervin Santana
Twins' Ervin Santana: Lasts just 3.2 innings in loss against Kansas City
Ervin Santana, SP, MIN
2:18 AM
News: Santana (1-3) allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts over just 3.2 innings in Tuesday's loss to Kansas City.

Santana had allowed just three runs in 14 innings over his past two starts. He gave up just his fourth home run in eight starts, a two-run shot by Salvador Perez, but his downfall was a fourth inning in which he allowed four hits and a walk. Santana's ERA rose to 4.17 as his inconsistency is costing him -- he has failed to make it through four innings three times in eight starts.

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Edinson Volquez
Royals' Edinson Volquez: Picks up fifth win against Twins
Edinson Volquez, SP, KC
2:02 AM
News: Volquez (5-4) allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 6.2 inning in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Volquez has alternated quality starts and starts with four or more runs allowed going back to his fourth start of the season April 21 against Detroit. He was able to induced 13 swinging strikes and nine groundball outs against the Twins, but his control was rough all night, as he threw just 13 first-pitch strikes to 29 hitters. He was solid but inconsistent, much like his whole season has been thus far.

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Chris Sale
White Sox's Chris Sale: Takes first loss against Cleveland
Chris Sale, SP, CHW
1:22 AM
News: Sale (9-1) allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts as he lasted just 3.1 innings in a loss Tuesday against Cleveland.

Sale's season had been nearly perfect and he was bound to slip up at some point. This marks his first start all season in which he has failed to go at least five innings or hold his opponent to three runs or fewer, and just the second time an opponent has scored more than one run off him since April 9. Sale was still nasty -- he drew nine swinging strikes in striking out seven -- but he was wild all day and caught too much of the plate when he could find the zone. He'll look to get back on track Sunday against Kansas City.

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Josh Tomlin
Indians' Josh Tomlin: Throws eight innings in win over White Sox
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
1:12 AM
News: Tomlin (7-0) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over eight innings to earn the win Tuesday against the White Sox.

Dating back to last season, Tomlin has now allowed just a 3.16 ERA with 93 strikeouts against just 14 walks. Tomlin has disappointed in the past and had just a 4.56 career ERA entering Tuesday's start, but he now has over half a season of solid performance under his belt with a 14-2 record in that stretch, and it's getting harder and harder to deny that Tomlin is a changed pitcher.

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Francisco Liriano
Pirates' Francisco Liriano: Overcomes control problems to top Diamondbacks
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
12:50 AM
News: Liriano (4-3) beat the Diamondbacks with 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits and walking five while striking out two.

Control problems shortened Liriano's outing, but he still had no problem racking up his fourth win as the Pirates offense delivered twelve runs of support. He's lucky it didn't cost him this time, but the southpaw has been begging for trouble with 11 free passes in his last three starts. Liriano will have to iron things out quickly if he wants to beat the Rangers in Arlington on Sunday.

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Jhoulys Chacin
Angels' Jhoulys Chacin: Takes loss against Rangers
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, LAA
12:48 AM
News: Chacin (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss Tuesday against Texas.

Although Chacin has an unsightly 4.67 ERA in his three starts for the Angels, he has two quality starts in his three outings for the new club. Chacin's only big mistake was a two-run home run by Nomar Mazara. However, his control was shaky all night (11 first-pitch strikes to 25 hitters), and he was in too many hitter's counts to expect to get away with all of them.

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Shelby Miller
Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Continues to struggle in loss to Pirates
Shelby Miller, SP, ARI
12:42 AM
News: Miller (1-6) took the loss in Arizona's 12-1 defeat at the hands of the Pirates on Tuesday, surrendering six runs on eights hits and four walks while striking out just three in five innings.

Miller has been awful for the Diamondbacks, failing to pitch more than six innings all season, and allowing three or more runs in seven out of 10 starts and exactly two in each of the other three. The 25-year-old is now 7-23 since the start of 2015, and his 6.56 FIP indicates that things aren't projected to get much better. Even facing a subpar Padres lineup in his next start likely won't be enough to get Miller going.

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Martin Perez
Rangers' Martin Perez: Earns win over Angels
Martin Perez, SP, TEX
12:38 AM
News: Perez (2-4) allowed five hits and two walks over six shutout innings with six strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Perez had the Angels waving, as he induced 10 swinging strikes in just 89 pitches before the Rangers turned it over to their bullpen. He also showed sharp control, with 18 first-pitch strikes to 23 batters. Perez used a pair of double plays to escape jams and managed to strand the bases loaded to preserve the shutout in the sixth inning. Perez now has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his past six starts and has a 3.13 ERA despite a rough 37:30 K:BB in 60.1 innings.

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