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Allen pitches a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save 08-05-2015
Cody Allen P CLE
Cody Allen set the Angels down in order for his 22nd save in Tuesday's 2-0, 12-inning win. In the 12th inning, after the Indians had taken a 2-0 lead, Allen fanned David DeJesus and Kole Calhoun consecutively before getting Mike Trout to ground out to end the game. The right-hander has struggled, particularly recently, but is 22-for-24 in save situations on the year with a 3.56 ERA and a 66/17 K/BB ratio over 43 innings.
Shoemaker stays strong, tosses 6 scoreless 08-05-2015
Matt Shoemaker P LAA
Matt Shoemaker continued to pitch well, tossing six scoreless innings in a no-decision as the Angels lost in 12 innings to the Indians on Tuesday. Shoemaker scattered five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. He's been utterly dominant, sporting a 1.69 ERA in his last seven starts. He last allowed a run in the first inning on July 12, a span of 19 innings. Shoemaker now has a 4.01 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 101/27 K/BB ratio over 110 innings. He'll get the White Sox in a road start next.
Nuno gives up three runs against Rockies 08-05-2015
Vidal Nuno P SEA
Vidal Nuno gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday. Nuno served up two homers among his five hits allowed, and he also walked two. The start was Nuno's first of the season after making 14 starts last year. The lefty has a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall, and he'll stay in the rotation with J.A. Happ gone. Nuno will take his next turn Monday against the Orioles.
Carrasco throws 9 shutout innings on one hit 08-05-2015
Carlos Carrasco P CLE
Carlos Carrasco was spectacular on Tuesday, tossing nine shutout innings and allowing only one hit, but was left with a no-decision as the Indians needed 12 innings to topple the Angels. Carrasco has been hot-and-cold throughout the year, but he was very much on point on Tuesday. David Murphy got the only hit off the right-hander with a single to lead off the fifth. The right-hander walked one and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 3.76 with a 1.09 WHIP and a 147/28 K/BB ratio over 136 1/3 innings. Carrasco will look for similar results his next time out, a home start against the Yankees.
Urshela's 12th-inning HR breaks scoreless tie 08-05-2015
Giovanny Urshela 3B CLE
Giovanny Urshela smacked a two-run home run in the 12th inning to break a scoreless tie, allowing the Indians to beat the Angels on Tuesday. Urshela finished 3-for-5 with a double on the night. The Indians were able to pound out 10 hits and draw three walks, but couldn't capitalize until the 12th. It was a welcome night for Urshela, as he had been held hitless since the fifth inning on July 30. He's batting .247/.283/.367 with four home runs and 12 RBI.
Gray allows three runs in major league debut 08-05-2015
Jon Gray P COL
Jon Gray allowed three runs -- two earned -- over four innings in his major league debut on Tuesday. Taking on the Mariners, Gray struck out four while giving up five hits and two walks. He didn't factor in the decision. The 23-year-old has huge upside but is pitching on a losing team that plays its home games in a hitter's ballpark. Gray will get a chance to pitch in a normal atmosphere when the Rockies travel to face the Mets on Monday.
Braun reaches base four times in Brewers' win 08-05-2015
Ryan Braun RF MLW
Ryan Braun reached base four times Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored as the Brewers downed the Padres 4-1. Braun also stole his 16th base of the season in the game. The outfielder has four doubles in his last three games, and he's scored a run in each of his last five. Braun is now hitting .273/.345/.497 with 19 homers, 63 RBI and 63 runs scored overall.
K-Rod works perfect ninth to earn 24th save 08-05-2015
Francisco Rodriguez P MLW
Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning against the Padres on Tuesday to earn his 24th save of the season. Rodriguez stayed put at the trade deadline, and he was called on Tuesday for his first save chance since the deadline passed. He had no problem closing out the Padres, striking out one in the perfect inning. The right-hander now has a 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 38 innings this year.
Khris Davis drives in two runs against Padres 08-05-2015
Khris Davis LF MLW
Khris Davis had two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres. Davis had an RBI single in the third inning before hitting a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Davis has moved into a starting role with the departures of Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra, but the outfielder is hitting just .230/.318/.407 on the season.
Nelson yields just an unearned run in victory 08-05-2015
Jimmy Nelson P MLW
Jimmy Nelson allowed only an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Padres. Nelson gave up three hits and a walk while striking out four in the win. It was his third straight start without allowing an earned run, a stretch that spans 20 2/3 innings. Nelson moved to 9-9 with the win, his sixth in his last seven decisions, and the scoreless streak lowered his ERA to 3.57. Nelson will try to keep it going Sunday against the Cardinals.
Cashner takes 11th loss despite decent outing 08-05-2015
Andrew Cashner P SD
Andrew Cashner gave up just two runs over six innings but took the loss against the Brewers on Tuesday. Cashner was actually fortunate to get out with just two runs allowed, as he yielded eight hits and walked four over his six innings of work. Cashner also struck out five in the outing. Even with the decent showing, the loss dropped Cashner to 4-11 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He's got a good shot at getting his fifth win Sunday against the Phillies.
Semien clubs three-run homer as A's top O's 08-05-2015
Marcus Semien SS OAK
Marcus Semien went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Orioles. Semien broke the game open in the sixth inning, hitting his three-run shot to left-center off of reliever Chaz Roe to send the Athletics' lead to 5-0. It's his second home run in four games, but he's been mediocre offensively overall, batting .245/.292/.382 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI.
Gonzalez falters late, loses to the Athletics 08-05-2015
Miguel Gonzalez P BAL
Miguel Gonzalez lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs in a loss to the Athletics on Tuesday. Gonzalez traded zeroes with opposing starter Chris Bassitt for the first four innings, but relented an RBI single to Billy Burns in the fifth. In the sixth, Brett Lawrie hit an RBI triple, and he'd later score on a home run. He gave up five hits overall with three walks and five strikeouts. Gonzalez now has a 4.32 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and an 86/36 K/BB ratio over 114 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners in Seattle next.
Bassitt all bite vs. Orioles with 7 scoreless 08-05-2015
Chris Bassitt P OAK
Chris Bassitt got the win versus the Orioles on Tuesday after firing seven scoreless innings. The right-hander scattered five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Bassitt has been fantastic since joining the rotation at the end of June, posting a 2.43 ERA with a 26/5 K/BB ratio in six starts spanning 37 innings. Oddly enough, it's his first win. He'll toe the rubber at home against the Astros in his next start.
Fielder hits 16th homer, Rangers best Astros 08-05-2015
Prince Fielder 1B TEX
Prince Fielder hit his 16th home run of the season as the Rangers beat the Astros 4-3 on Tuesday. Fielder hit nine homers in May but had hit just five since June 1 prior to Tuesday. The solo homer was his only hit in four at-bats. In his comeback season, the first baseman is batting .329/.398/.502 with 62 RBI and 53 runs scored on the year. His .900 OPS is eighth-best in the AL.
Gomez hits first homer as member of Astros 08-05-2015
Carlos Gomez CF HOU
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. The dinger was the first for Gomez since being dealt to the Astros as the deadline. He's hitting .348 with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base through five games in the American League. Gomez should continue to produce good numbers in the middle of the Astros lineup going forward.
Tolleson dances out of trouble for 20th save 08-05-2015
Shawn Tolleson P TEX
Shawn Tolleson worked out of a jam against the Astros on Tuesday to earn his 20th save of the season. Tolleson surrendered a leadoff walk and gave up a single to put two runners on with nobody out, but he bounced back to record a groundout and a strikeout before fanning Jose Altuve to end the game. The first-time closer owns a shiny 2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this year.
DeShields triples, steals a base vs. Astros 08-05-2015
Delino DeShields CF TEX
Delino DeShields had an RBI triple, scored a run and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Astros. DeShields hit a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning, his seventh triple of the season. He also walked and stole his 18th base of the season in the game. The 22-year-old is batting .270/.369/.394 on the year.
Straily allows four runs over 4 2/3 in loss 08-05-2015
Dan Straily P HOU
Dan Straily allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. Straily, making his first start since July 8, got through three innings unharmed before allowing four runs over his next 1 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked three in total. With Mike Fiers expected to be ready to take his next turn, it's unclear when Straily will next appear. When he does, it will be with a 5.87 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Gallardo earns eighth win despite short start 08-05-2015
Yovani Gallardo P TEX
Yovani Gallardo lasted just five innings but stuck around long enough to earn the win Tuesday, holding the Astros to three runs in a victory. Gallardo gave up just four hits and walked two, but he needed 98 pitches to get through five innings. The win was Gallardo's first since June 27. The right-hander is now 8-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 23 starts. He'll look to make it two in a row Tuesday at the Twins.
Cabrera hits one of four Rays' homers in win 08-05-2015
Asdrubal Cabrera SS TB
Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored as the Rays trounced the White Sox 11-3 on Tuesday. Cabrera hit one of the Rays' four homers on the night, taking reliever Daniel Webb deep in the seventh inning. It was his third consecutive two-hit game and extended his hitting streak to a modest eight games. Cabrera has raised his average 21 points in that span, and he's now hitting .241/.294/.390 with seven homers on the season.
Garcia hits eighth homer in loss against Rays 08-05-2015
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss against the Rays on Tuesday. Garcia salvaged his night a bit with the blast, a solo shot in the ninth inning of a blowout. Somewhat unbelievably, it was Garcia's first homer since June 8. The outfielder has struggled to hit for power for much of the year, batting just .267/.312/.369 with 34 RBI and 41 runs scored.
Shaffer hits first major league homer vs. Sox 08-05-2015
Richie Shaffer 1B TB
Richie Shaffer hit his first major league home run in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. Shaffer took reliever Daniel Webb deep for a solo homer in the seventh inning to get on the board. He also walked and scored another run in the game. It's not surprising that it took Shaffer just two games to find the seats, as he hit 16 homers in 55 games at Triple-A this year before being promoted. The homer certainly won't be the last for the former first-round pick.
Kiermaier has three hits, two RBI against Sox 08-05-2015
Kevin Kiermaier CF TB
Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. Kiermaier had three of the Rays' 13 hits on the evening against Chris Sale and company. He had a pair of RBI singles in the affair, giving him 21 RBI on the season. The defensive-minded outfielder is hitting .247/.280/.404 with 11 steals and 41 runs scored overall.
Sale knocked around in loss against Rays 08-05-2015
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale was knocked around by the Rays on Tuesday, allowing seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in the loss. That's now the second straight start in which Sale has given up seven runs, a bit of a concerning trend for a pitcher of Sale's ilk. On Tuesday it was the long ball, as Sale served up two homers among his six hits allowed. As usual, Sale did strike out nine in the start. Sale is now 9-7 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and he'll look to get back in the win column Monday against the Angels.
Tyler Cravy recalled to from Triple-A 08-05-2015
Tyler Cravy P MLW
Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Cravy has yielded five runs across 15 innings with the big club this season. He'll be used in long relief.
Preston Guilmet optioned to Triple-A 08-05-2015
Preston Guilmet P MLW
Brewers optioned RHP Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Claimed off waivers last week, Guilmet was rocked for six runs over an inning of work in his last appearance with the Brew Crew. Tyler Cravy is taking his spot in the bullpen.