Tom Wilhelmsen takes the loss in spot-start
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Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen
(1-2) got the surprise start Thursday night against the Twins and lasted only two-plus innings in a losing effort. The right-hander was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and three walks while striking out three over 2 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.
Wilhelmsen owns a 2.54 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 43:25 K:BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this season.
Glen Perkins makes quick work of Seattle
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Twins pitcher Glen Perkins
made quick work of the Mariners in Seattle Thursday night for the save.
Perkins worked his way past one hit and needed only 10 pitches to secure a scoreless frame in a 4-2 victory over Seattle. He is 22 of 25 in save chances, with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings of relief.
Yohan Pino picks up first career win
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Twins pitcher Yohan Pino
picked up his first career win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle. The right-hander yielded only one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of a 4-2 victory.
Pino owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over five starts. He also owns a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.
Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders
was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins with a back injury.
Saunders left the game in the middle of his at-bat after injuring his side on a check swing. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley mid-at-bat, who stuck out.
Saunders owns a .277/.329/.436 slash line with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against the A's.
2-1Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne
turned in a dominant outing in a losing effort Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, dropping to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.
Over his first four starts covering 26 2/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed only four earned runs. He also owns a 0.98 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio over that span. His next start will likely come after the All-Star break.
Tyler Lyons expected to be optioned Friday
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Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons
is expected to be optioned to the minors Friday, according to MLB.com.
Lyons will be sent down in order to make room for Joe Kelly, who is returning from the disabled list. Lyons was just activated from the DL Monday, and tossed three innings for the club Thursday.
Scoreless streak ends for Clayton Kershaw despite complete game gem
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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw
saw his dominant scoreless streak come to an end at 41 2/3 innings, but still posted a complete game victory Thursday night against the Padres.
Making his last start before the All-Star break, Kershaw allowed a solo home run to Chase Headley in the sixth inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over nine innings of 2-1 win. Of his 115 pitches, 85 were strikes.
Kerhsaw has three complete games this season. He owns a 1.78 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 14 starts (96 1/3 innings). The Dodgers have not announced their pitching plans after the All-Star break, but he will likely be one of the first Los Angeles pitchers to take the hill after the break.
Ryan Ludwick hits sixth home run Thursday
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Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick
smacked his sixth home run Thursday against the Cubs.
Ludwick collected three hits during the outing. After signling his first time up, Ludwick stepped in against Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Ludwick ripped a 78 mph changeup out to left for the solo shot. He would add another single later in the game. Ludwick finished 3 for 6, with one run scored and two RBI.
Padres looking to increase Jesse Hahn's innings limit
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The Padres will likely increase pitcher Jesse Hahn
's innings limit during the second half of the season, MLB.com reports.
Hahn has pitched 73 innings this season between Double-A and the Padres. At spring training, he was initially targeted to pitch 110 innings after logging only 69 innings under Tampa Bay's farm system last year.
"Having him reach new thresholds is important for his growth as a pitcher," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "He's done a great job with the added workload."
Hahn will make his final start before the All-Star break Friday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Dodgers infielder Chone Figgins
fielded ground balls and took batting practice from both sides of the plate prior to Thursday's game against the Padres. Figgins has been sidelined since June 13 because of a quadriceps injury, and is nearing a rehab assignment, according to manager Don Mattingly.