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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

Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com has been told by two sources that the Pirates are "in pursuit" of Jon Lester.

Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier Tuesday that the Pirates were a "a fast-emerging dark horse" to acquire Lester. It's possible they're the favorites to get him at this point after Lester was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start. Jose Tabata was scratched from the lineup at Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, so he could potentially be part of a deal for Lester (though obviously not the headliner). WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier have reported that the Red Sox are still in discussions with multiple teams regarding Lester.
Jul 29 - 11:42 PM

Kyle Gibson struck out seven, allowing only two hits, over seven shutout innings in the Twins' 2-1 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

Gibson surrendered just two singles and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. The start was especially good to see because Gibson had missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness. The right-hander now owns a 3.94 ERA through 20 starts this year. Showing no lingering effects from the back injury, Gibson should be ready to roll for his next start, scheduled for Sunday at the White Sox.
Jul 29 - 11:37 PM

Glen Perkins allowed a ninth-inning run but closed the door on the Royals to earn the save Tuesday.

Things got a little dicey for Perkins after an Omar Infante leadoff double and subsequent RBI single from Eric Hosmer made the score 2-1, but Perkins retired Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler in order to squash the rally. It was the third straight outing in which Perkins has allowed two hits, a disturbing trend, but he still hasn't blown a save since June 20. The 31-year-old has a 2.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 56/8 K/BB ratio to go along with his 26 saves.
Jul 29 - 11:35 PM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

Dozier also doubled in the game, breaking an 0-for-15 slump. The most disappointing thing about his July slide is his lack of walks -- after walking 52 times through the season's first three months, Dozier has a 1/21 BB/K ratio in July. The drought has him at .233/.328/.422, and owners who sold high on him are patting themselves on the back right now.
Jul 29 - 11:32 PM

James Shields walked four while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Shields also yielded six hits, so he was somewhat fortunate to escape without more damage. Even with some of the blemishes, the start was Shields' fourth quality start in his last five outings. He's 1-2 in that stretch, though, and 9-6 overall. The right-hander will carry a 3.50 ERA into Sunday's start at the Athletics.
Jul 29 - 11:31 PM

Jered Weaver was fortunate to go home with a no-decision, as he allowed six runs over five innings, but the Angels fell in 12 innings to the Orioles by a 7-6 margin.

Weaver had been pitching much better lately, allowing exactly two runs in each of his last three outings, but the Orioles were squaring him up well on Tuesday. The right-hander surrendered two home runs: a solo shot to Adam Jones, and a three-run shot to Nick Markakis. Overall, he yielded seven hits and walked four while striking out four. Now with a 3.62 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 114/42 K/BB ratio, Weaver will look to get back on track when he takes on the Rays in a road start on Sunday.
Jul 29 - 11:28 PM

Danny Santana went 2-for-5 with a double and scored both Twins runs in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.

All Santana does is find ways to contribute offensively, and he did it again Tuesday. The 23-year-old reached on a bunt single in the third inning and scored the game's first run, and he doubled and scored in the fifth. Santana has 26 runs scored in 47 games this season, and he's scored seven in his last seven games as he rounds into form following a DL stint for a knee bone bruise. He's batting a healthy .320/.352/.465 on the year.
Jul 29 - 11:28 PM
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