Bud Norris strikes out eight in win vs. Angels Monday
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(1:13 am ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris earned a win Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-2 victory over the Angels.

Norris (8-6) didn't fare well in his start with Double-A Bowie during the All-Star break but was able to keep the game in control Monday, giving up just one extra-base hit in the outing. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 70:31 K:BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. Norris is lined up to face the Mariners Saturday.


Matt Shoemaker strikes out 10 in loss vs. Orioles
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(1:13 am ET) Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was hung with a loss Monday after giving up four earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 10 in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Orioles.

Shoemaker (7-3) matched his season high for strikeouts without issuing a walk, but he was doomed by a pair of two-run home runs by Adam Jones. The Angels pitcher owns a 4.54 ERA and 72:15 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Saturday.


Jonathon Niese drops back to .500
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese was not at his best Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, dropping to 5-5 on the year. The left-hander, who was removed from his last start on July 4 after 12 pitches, permitted four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Over his last five starts covering 24 1/3 innings, Niese has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 3.13 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 18 starts (109 1/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Milwaukee.

Vidal Nuno serves up two homers in no-decision vs. Tigers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Vidal Nuno had a hard time keeping the ball in the park in a no-decision against the Tigers on Monday. The left-hander permitted homers to Ausin Jackson and Torii Hunter. He was charged with three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings of a 4-3 defeat.

Over his last first three starts with the club covering 16 2/3 innings, Nuno has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 5.13 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 94 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Sunday at Philadelphia.

Justin Verlander surrenders three runs in win Monday
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(12:51 am ET) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a win Monday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander (9-8) gave up a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then served up a solo home run in the sixth, but he was able to hang on for his first quality start in his last three games. He owns a 4.84 ERA and 101:49 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings. Verlander is scheduled to take on the Angels Saturday.


Angels not planning to shut down Garrett Richards
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(12:17 am ET) Though Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is on pace to shatter his previous career high in innings, the team is not planning to temporarily shut him down to limit his workload, MLB.com reports.

"Not at all," general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."

Richards has been at the top of his game since the start of June, going 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 70:17 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings over nine starts. He hasn't pitched more than 154 innings in a season during his career, but Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings this year and has the potential to reach 200 innings if no limiting measures are taken.


Report: Phillies telling teams Cole Hamels is off the table
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) The Phillies have informed teams that left-handed starter Cole Hamels is not available in a trade, according to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN on Monday.

Hamels took a no-hitter into the fifth inning his last start. In 17 starts, he is 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 115:38 K:BB ratio over 114 1/3 innings. His next start will come Thursday against the Giants.


Twins to recall Yohan Pino Tuesday
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(12:10 am ET) The Twins cleared a roster spot after Monday's game and announced that pitcher Yohan Pino would be recalled before Tuesday's game, which he is scheduled to start.

Pino has made five starts for the Twins, going 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 9:7 K:BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on three hits and seven walks in five innings with Triple-A Rochester on July 17.


Franklin Morales drops back to .500
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales took the loss Monday night at home against the Nationals, dropping to 5-5 on the year. The left-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 16 2/3 innings, Morales has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 5.21 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 93 1/3 innings. His next start will come Sunday at home against Pittsburgh.


Roenis Elias removed Monday with forearm cramp
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(12:07 am ET) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias was removed in the sixth inning of Monday's start due to forearm cramping, MLB.com reports.

Elias was in the middle of an excellent outing before the injury, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings and striking out eight. He left in line for what would be his eighth win. Elias owns a 4.41 ERA and 104:42 K:BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Saturday if cleared.


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