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Jeremy Hellickson coughed up six runs in five innings but escaped with a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday.

He gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out six batters in the contest. Outfielder Ryan Braun inflicted most of the damage, doubling in two runs in the third and swatting a two-run bomb in the fifth. Hellickson trailed 6-0 by the time he was done pitching, but his teammates came back to tie the game up before falling behind again in the ninth. He has a 4.73 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP after 20 starts.
Jul 22 - 11:08 PM

Rays acquired RHP Sergio Romo from the Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

It's a logical landing spot for Romo, who drew interest from the Rays before signing with the Dodgers this offseason. Romo has fared poorly this year (6.12 ERA over 25 innings) but may benefit from a change of scenery in Tampa. Even with Romo in tow, the Rays are still likely to pursue bullpen help at the trade deadline with Justin Wilson and A.J. Ramos among their preferred targets.
Jul 22 - 11:02 PM

Colin Moran was carted off the field Saturday against the Orioles after fouling a ball off his left eye.

It was a scary moment for Moran, who went down immediately and is headed to a local hospital for further evaluation. His eye was noticeably bruised and bloodied after Darren O'Day's pitch struck the handle of his bat and headed straight for his face. Moran, who slugged his first big league homer on Friday, went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting in the sixth inning. If it's any consolation, Marwin Gonzalez finished Moran's at-bat by launching a three-run homer onto Eutaw Street.
Jul 22 - 10:54 PM

Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Longoria plated two with an RBI single in the third inning. The multi-hit game was the latest in what's been a scorching start to the second half for the 31-year-old, who's 12-for-32 with six RBI and five runs in eight games since the break. Longoria is now hitting .269/.321/.447 with 14 homers and 59 RBI on the year.
Jul 22 - 10:46 PM

Alex Claudio worked a four-out save against the Rays Saturday, his fourth save of the year.

With runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth inning, Claudio was called on to protect a one-run lead. He did so, and then held onto it with a scoreless ninth. Claudio now has three saves since the All-Star break and hasn't been scored upon in five second-half appearances. He owns a 2.42 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 52 innings overall and has a decently solid grip on the Rangers' closing gig for now, despite not having the weapons of a traditional closer.
Jul 22 - 10:39 PM

Chris Archer struck out 11 Rangers over seven innings but allowed four runs -- only one earned -- in taking the loss Saturday.

Archer yielded a solo homer to Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning, but it was an egregious drop of a catchable fly ball by center fielder Mallex Smith in the sixth inning that allowed two runs to score. Things got worse for Archer when a wild pitch then brought in the go-ahead run, saddling the 28-year-old with his sixth loss. Archer owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 167/44 K/BB ratio over 136 innings this year, and he'll look for a better result Thursday against the Yankees.
Jul 22 - 10:34 PM

Andrew Cashner allowed three runs over six innings to earn a win against the Rays on Saturday.

The Rays hung a 3-spot on Cashner in the third inning that looked for a time like it would stand up, but the Rangers were gifted the lead in the seventh inning to get Cashner a backdoor win. The right-hander allowed four hits and three walks on the evening. The win improved him to 5-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 16 starts overall, albeit with a 1.39 WHIP to go with it. Cashner will try to make it two in a row when he faces the Orioles on Friday.
Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Lance Lynn spoke at length with Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak before Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Lynn, who is a free agent after this year, has been one of the most sought-after pitchers leading up to the trade deadline with the Astros, Rockies and Royals among his top suitors. "He knows where we stand, and if nothing else has the peace of mind with that knowledge," said Mozeliak after sitting down with Lynn. The right-hander has had an outstanding season, compiling a superb 3.30 ERA over 20 starts for the Cardinals, who are still the only team he's ever played for.
Jul 22 - 10:17 PM
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