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Garrett Richards was brilliant yet again Friday, striking out eight batters over seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers.

Richards gave up five hits and walked a pair in the victory. He now owns a 1.27 ERA over his last eight starts and hasn't lost since May 30. While the 26-year-old wasn't selected to the All-Star team, he has pitched like one during the first half. He'll go into the break at 11-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings.
Jul 11 - 11:32 PM

Joe Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Rangers for his 13th save of the season.

Smith didn't get any strikeouts, but he set the side down in order on 12 pitches and induced a pair of groundouts. The 30-year-old isn't your prototypical closer, but he's made it work so far. He has eight saves since June 24 and has tossed 9 1/3 scoreless innings during that time. He hasn't allowed a hit since June 26.
Jul 11 - 11:31 PM

Nick Tepesch yielded three runs over six-plus innings in a loss to the Angels on Friday.

Tepesch allowed just a solo home run to Mike Trout over his first six innings of work, but he was pulled after he gave up three straight singles to begin the seventh inning. The final run scored after he was replaced by Neftali Feliz. It was a pretty good outing for the most part, as Tepesch allowed no walks while striking out a pair, but the Rangers just couldn't get anything going against Garrett Richards and the Angels' bullpen. He'll finish off the first half with a 4.31 ERA over 10 starts.
Jul 11 - 11:30 PM

Alberto Callaspo was removed from Friday's contest against the Mariners with a strained right hamstring.

Callaspo sustained the injury while hustling down the first base line during his only at-bat of the night. The injury doesn't sound serious, so consider the valuable utility man day-to-day.
Jul 11 - 11:30 PM

Mike Trout clubbed a solo homer in Friday's win over the Rangers.

It was all the offense Garrett Richards would need on this night. Trout has gone deep in back-to-back games and is now up to 22 home runs and 69 RBI on the year to go along with a fantastic .310/.399/.607 batting line. His 1.007 OPS is tops in the American League.
Jul 11 - 11:30 PM

Erick Aybar went 2-for-4 with an RBI single against the Rangers on Friday.

Aybar, who was recently named as Alex Gordon's replacement for the American League All-Star team, has hit safely in seven straight games and 10 out of his last 11. The 30-year-old has had a very productive first half, batting .285/.321/.416 with six home runs, 49 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 46 runs scored over 90 games.
Jul 11 - 11:29 PM

Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Angels.

Choo has struck out three times in back-to-back games and is hitting just .214 (9-for-42) this month. With a .246/.365/.382 batting line over 88 games, the 31-year-old has been one of the game's most disappointing players during the first half.
Jul 11 - 11:29 PM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.

Jackson got the Tigers offense started quickly, leading the game off with a double and quickly coming around to score on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler. He appears to be much more comfortable at the plate since moving back to his customary leadoff spot in the order. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .251/.314/.368 with three homers and 24 RBI on the season.
Jul 11 - 11:21 PM
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