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Brandon McCarthy allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings but went home with the win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

McCarthy turned in his worst start in four outings since joining the Yankees, but it was still good enough for his third win in pinstripes. McCarthy walked one while striking out three in the game. He's got a 2.55 ERA in those four starts as a member of the Yankees, and the change of scenery appears to have done him some good. McCarthy will try to keep the good times going Monday against the Tigers.
Jul 30 - 12:19 AM

Yoenis Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI -- including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning -- and a run scored in the Athletics' 7-4 comeback win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Cespedes filled up the stat sheet, as he also stole his third base of the season in the win. The three-hit game was his first since June 11, but Cespedes has hits in nine of his last 10 games to pull his slash line up to .258/.306/.468. A notoriously streaky hitter, the 28-year-old is swinging a hot bat right now.
Jul 30 - 12:13 AM

Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

Hernandez also scored a run in the loss. The triple, which plated a run in the fifth inning, was his second in 23 games this season. Hernandez has held his own in his first go-round in the majors, batting .289/.357/.434 thus far. The spark plug doesn't hold much mixed league value, but he's certainly an AL-only commodity with his performance to date.
Jul 30 - 12:08 AM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in the Athletics' come-from-behind win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Reddick hit a solo shot off Scott Feldman in the fifth inning, and he also scored in the team's six-run ninth inning. Reddick has come back from a strained right knee with a purpose, going 10-for-28 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored in eight games. The strong stretch has his overall line up to .246/.305/.406.
Jul 30 - 12:02 AM

Called on to protect a three-run lead in the ninth, Chad Qualls instead gave up five runs while recording just two outs in a blown save against the A's on Tuesday.

The inning started well enough, with Qualls striking out Steven Vogt for the first out. Qualls actually got a second out with the score 4-3, but a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single tied the game and ended Qualls' night. All told, Qualls allowed four hits, walked one and threw a wild pitch before exiting. He's now allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, sullying what was previously a very strong year for the 35-year-old.
Jul 29 - 11:57 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are all "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon, so it sounds like it will come down to which of the three clubs Rosenthal mentions makes the best offer. It was reported previously that Josh Bell was at the center of the Red Sox' talks with the Pirates. It's not clear at this point what the Cardinals and Dodgers are offering. Lester seems likely to change addresses on Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 11:53 PM

Scott Feldman kept the A's to one run on five hits over seven innings but walked away with a no-decision on Tuesday.

Feldman was in line for his fifth win, but a complete meltdown from closer Chad Qualls rendered Feldman's work meaningless. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who loses when he gets shelled and rarely wins when he pitches well. Feldman has a 4.39 ERA through 19 starts but remains 4-8 on the season. He'll look for a better fate Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 11:48 PM

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Astros on Tuesday.

Samardzija was in line for his second loss as a member of the A's before a rally in the ninth inning let him off the hook. The right-hander gave up three extra-base hits among his six hits allowed, walking two while striking out seven. It wasn't his best performance, but Samardzija still has a 3.19 ERA over five starts since being dealt to the A's. He'll look for his third American League win against the Rays on Monday.
Jul 29 - 11:44 PM
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