Madison Bumgarner
Giants' Madison Bumgarner: Takes tough loss to Reds
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
6:30 PM
News: Bumgarner (10-6) suffered a tough loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over eight frames against the Reds. He also struck out nine and walked none.

It's the second time since June 20 that Bumgarner lost a game where he only allowed one earned run. Unfortunately, he hasn't won since the All-Star break, but his other numbers aren't terrible. Bumgarner has a 3.00 ERA with 24 strikeouts in his last 21 innings over three starts. His next outing will be Tuesday versus the Phillies.

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Dan Straily
Reds' Dan Straily: Beats Bumgarner, allowing one run in victory versus Giants
Dan Straily, SP, CIN
5:54 PM
News: Straily (6-6) was impressive in a victory over the Giants and Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. Straily allowed one run on three hits, struck out five and walked one over 7.2 innings.

The only run Straily allowed was a solo bomb to Conor Gillaspie. The right-hander retired the side in order the first two frames and only allowed three of the first 24 batters he faced to reach base. Straily hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts. He will try to keep this going in his next outing against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria: Homers in victory over Dodgers on Wednesday
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
5:46 PM
News: Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

His home run in the fourth gave Tampa Bay the lead for good. Longoria has a modest four-game hitting streak and four home runs and 10 RBI in the last 10 games. He is slashing .292/.340/.545 with 23 home runs, 57 RBI and 52 runs in 391 at-bats this season.

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Alex Colome
Rays' Alex Colome: Bounces back with 22nd save versus Dodgers
Alex Colome, RP, TB
5:44 PM
News: Colome recorded his 22nd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth-inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He struck out one batter.

In addition to the strikeout, Colome induced two ground outs. It was a nice bounce back performance after he blew his first save of the season in his last appearance Saturday. Colome is 22-for-23 in save opportunities with a 2.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

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Brandon McCarthy
Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy: Allowed three runs in loss to Rays
Brandon McCarthy, SP, LAD
5:40 PM
News: McCarthy (2-1) suffered a loss to the Rays, giving up three runs on four hits over four innings on Wednesday. He also struck out seven and walked two.

He had a one-run lead in the fourth, but he tossed up a two-run homer to Evan Longoria and then allowed another run on a double. It was good to see McCarthy back out there after he left Friday's game with an apparent cramp, but McCarthy threw the shortest outing of his brief season. He is 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 26.1 innings over five starts. His next outing will be Tuesday against the Rockies.

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Matt Moore
Rays' Matt Moore: Allows one unearned run in victory over Dodgers
Matt Moore, SP, TB
5:36 PM
News: Moore (7-7) allowed just one unearned run on four hits, five strikeouts and four walks over 6.2 innings in a victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.

After two strong months to begin the year, Moore blew up in June, but he's back to his early season form in July. This month, he's 3-2 with a 2.44 ERA, which is easily his best ERA of any month this season. His fantasy value will greatly depend on whether he's traded before the deadline or not, but it's a great sign he's pitching so well. If he stays in Tampa Bay, his next start will be Tuesday versus the Royals.

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Matt Duffy
Rangers' Matt Duffy: Designated for assignment
Matt Duffy, 3B, TEX
5:16 PM
News: Duffy was designated for assignment Wednesday.

He was just optioned to Triple-A Round Rock last week but will now be DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster after the Braves acquired a pair of pitchers from Atlanta on Wednesday. A team could claim Duffy via waivers, for the second time this month, otherwise he'll simply report to Round Rock.

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Vance Worley
Orioles' Vance Worley: Moves to bullpen for now
Vance Worley, RP, BAL
5:06 PM
News: Worley will be available out of the Orioles' bullpen Thursday, but he could return to the rotation at some point in the near future, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Worley and Ubaldo Jimenez seem to be competing for starts in the No. 5 spot for the Orioles going forward, and Jimenez has been as bad as any starting pitcher in baseball this year, so Worley should get his chance again. He has a 4.50 ERA as a starter and 2.23 ERA as a reliever, so understandably the Orioles would like to keep him in the bullpen if they can find a way to acquire a more competent fifth starter before the trade deadline.

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Dillon Overton
Athletics' Dillon Overton: Scheduled to start Saturday
Dillon Overton, SP, OAK
5:06 PM
News: Overton will start Saturday against the Indians, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Overton has started one game at Triple-A Nashville since being optioned on July 20. He struggled mightily in said game, as he allowed five earned runs over seven innings. However, he'll head back to the show to pitch against Cleveland on Saturday. With an 8.40 ERA across three MLB starts, Overton has been nothing short of a liability on the mound for Oakland this season.

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Rich Hill
Athletics' Rich Hill: Thinks he will start Sunday
Rich Hill, SP, OAK
5:00 PM
News: Hill said Wednesday that his blister is healing and he thinks he will pitch Sunday, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports.

He said the new skin on his finger feels thin and hopes it will toughen by Sunday, so he's far from a lock to take the ball against the Indians. That said, Tuesday's bullpen session seems to have gone well. He made 20 throws, playing catch, without the protective covering on his finger, then threw a regular bullpen session with the covering on his finger. It will all come down to Hill's bullpen session Friday, as he is expected to throw with no protection on the finger. He might be traded before Monday's deadline regardless of whether he makes Sunday's start, but it would go a long way toward reassuring his potential buyers that he is healthy for the stretch run if he gets cleared to make one last start for the A's.

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