Phil Hughes 'feels a responsibility' to make next start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) Slumping Twins right-hander Phil Hughes feels thankful that his shin wasn't broken when it took a smash off the bat of Adam Dunn on Thursday. The blow forced him out of the game after three innings.

Negative X-rays could allow him to make his next start Tuesday in Kansas City.

"[I] feel a responsbility to not miss any time," Hughes told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Hughes has given up 12 earned runs on 25 hits in the last 15 innings to lower his record to 10-7 and raise his ERA to 4.10.


Mark Appel finally shows signs of life in Class A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel finally showed a flash of brilliance Thursday, as he worked his way through the best start of his season at Class A Lancaster.

Appel, who entered the start with a 10.80 ERA in 11 starts, tossed a season-long six innings while using just 74 pitches, according to the Houston Chronicle. Appel allowed two runs on five hits in his six innings of work while striking out a season-high seven batters in the game. Lancaster manager Rodney Liranes said it was the best outing he has seen from Appel.

"I was really, really impressed," Linares said. "He still had something in the tank to go back out, but it was just such a great outing and a good game that I wanted to stop it right there and start from there for the next time."

Appel still has a 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings of work for the season, while allowing 15 hits and 1.8 home runs per nine innings. He has 40 strikeouts and 11 walks in 44 1/3 innings on the season. 


Blake Beavan back in action - but not for Mariners
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:29 am ET) The Mariners have activated right-hander Blake Beavan from the 60-day disabled list and dispatched him to Triple-A Tacoma. He has recovered from a shoulder injury that has limited him to one start this season for Seattle. But there is no place for him in its rotation.

Garrett Richards suffers first loss since May 30
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was not at his best on Thursday against the Tigers, dropping to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Richards dropped his first decision since May 30. Over his last four starts covering 28 1/3 innings, Richards has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.62 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 21 starts (137 1/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Wednesday at Baltimore.

Max Scherzer fans 11 in win over Angels
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer (12-3) recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season, as he picked up the win Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of a 6-4 victory.

Over his last six starts covering 40 2/3 innings, Scherzer has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.37 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 21 starts (139 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against the White Sox.


Wei-Yin Chen goes eight strong, blanks Mariners
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen went eight innings strong for the win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle, improving to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three in eight shutout frames.

Over his last three starts covering 18 2/3 innings, Chen has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 20 starts (117 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Angels.

Four-run inning proves costly for Hisashi Iwakuma vs. O's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not at his best on Thursday against the Orioles, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Iwakuma permitted a run-scoring single to Nick Markakis and a three-run home run to Delmon Young in the third inning for his only blemishes of the night. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 4-0 defeat. Of his 96 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Iwakuma owns a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (110 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.

Corey Kluber toys with perfection
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber flirted with perfection on Thursday against the Royals, but failed to factor into the decision despite another dominant outing.

Kluber allowed a single to Omar Infante in the seventh inning to end his perfect game bid. It was his longest career no-hit bid. His previous high was 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander yielded one unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out 10 in an extra-inning affair. Of his 107 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Over his last six starts covering 45 2/3 innings, Kluber has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 22 starts (149 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Seattle.

X-rays come back negative for Phil Hughes
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes underwent X-rays on his injured shin, which came back negative, according to MLB.com.

Hughes left Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. Manager Ron Gardenhire remains hopeful that Hughes will make his next start on Wednesday at Kansas City.


C.J. Wilson nearing rehab assignment
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson completed a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday without any reported setbacks, MLB.com reports. Wilson is expected to throw another bullpen session Friday or Saturday. Barring any issues, manager Mike Scioscia hinted at a possible rehab stint before he rejoins the team.

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