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Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson has struggled the last few weeks and holds a 5.01 ERA over 41 appearances this season. He's replaced in the bullpen by Ryan O'Rourke.
Jul 6 - 11:28 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of two-run ball, but was left with a no-decision as the Orioles lost 4-2 to the Twins in 10 innings on Monday.

Chen allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. Like opposing starter Phil Hughes, the only two runs the lefty allowed scored on solo home runs: to Torii Hunter in the first inning and to Aaron Hicks in the second. Chen's underrated season continues, as he is brandishing a 2.82 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He will close out the first half with a home start against the Nationals.
Jul 6 - 11:12 PM

Phil Hughes relented two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision, as the Twins eked out a 10-inning win against the Orioles on Monday.

Hughes allowed nine hits, but only two mattered: solo home runs to Manny Machado and Adam Jones. He also walked one and struck out three. Hughes has notched a quality start in five of his last six starts and currently owns a 4.19 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 67/11 K/BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. He will face the Miguel Cabrera-less Tigers at home in his next start.
Jul 6 - 11:10 PM

Adam Jones went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning loss to the Twins.

Jones created a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when he hit a solo home run off of Phil Hughes. The 29-year-old on Monday was named to his fifth All-Star team. He's currently batting .285/.332/.470 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
Jul 6 - 11:07 PM

Manny Machado, on his 23rd birthday, went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Orioles were unable to stave off the Twins on Monday.

Machado gave the Orioles an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run against Phil Hughes. He's having a career year, batting .301/.360/.531 with 18 home runs, 47 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. Machado has been named to the AL All-Star team, but starting honors have gone to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Jul 6 - 11:06 PM

Brian Dozier slugged a walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning, helping the Twins outlast the Orioles on Monday.

Dozier was 0-for-3 with a walk leading into the at-bat against Tommy Hunter. Perhaps angered by his being left off the AL All-Star roster, Dozier parked a two-run home run beyond the left field fence for his 17th home run of the season. Among qualified second basemen, Stephen Drew is the only other hitter at the position with double-digits in home runs (11). Dozier is hitting a cool .260/.332/.517 with 42 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Jul 6 - 11:02 PM

Dallas Keuchel won his AL-leading 11th game on Monday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Astros topped the Indians 9-4.

Keuchel was relatively hittable, allowing a season-high nine hits, but gave up only one walk and struck out eight to limit the damage. Along with a terrific 11-3 record, the newly-minted AL All-Star has a 2.14 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 110/32 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings. Keuchel's final start of the first half will occur in Tampa against the Rays.
Jul 6 - 10:58 PM

Carlos Carrasco didn't last long in Monday's loss to the Astros, surrendering five runs in four innings.

Carrasco was one strike away from a no-hitter in his last outing, but he didn't have much working on Monday. The Astros racked up 10 hits and drew a walk, leading to five runs. Carrasco struck out five. He has a mediocre 4.17 ERA on the year with a 1.20 WHIP and a 115/22 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings. He'll try to end the first half on a positive note, facing the Athletics at home.
Jul 6 - 10:55 PM
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