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Matt Garza tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Mets en route to a win on Thursday.

Garza had a nightmarish outing last Saturday against the Nationals, but bounced back nicely against the Mets. He made only one damaging mistake, serving up a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the seventh. Overall, he allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. The right-hander now owns a 3.87 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 98/41 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Rays on the road in his next start.
Jul 24 - 10:51 PM

Edwin Jackson left Thursday's start against the Padres in the sixth inning with cramping in his right hand.

Jackson allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk before leaving and was already at 87 pitches, so he wasn't going to be in for much longer, anyway. He should be fine for his next outing.
Jul 24 - 10:37 PM

Edwin Jackson left Thursday's start against the Padres in the sixth inning with an apparent injury.

Jackson allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth before exiting the field with the Cubs' trainer. An update on his condition should be available shortly. He allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk before leaving.
Jul 24 - 10:20 PM

Henderson Alvarez was solid over eight innings, allowing just two runs, but took a no-decision as the Marlins won 3-2 against the Braves on Thursday.

Alvarez made one big mistake, allowing a two-run home run to Chris Johnson in the second inning. Other than that, he stymied the Braves, allowing six hits overall while walking one and striking out four. In the process, he lowers his ERA a couple points to 2.62 and is now carrying a 1.23 WHIP and a 79/23 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Nationals at home in his next start.
Jul 24 - 10:03 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that teams have asked the Indians about the availability of Justin Masterson.

Making his way back from a knee injury, Masterson will make his second rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Friday and could wind up returning with another team. The 29-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season after extension talks with the Indians this spring broke down. Masterson has put up a disappointing 5.51 ERA through 19 starts in his walk year, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him have a nice second half if his knee is right.
Jul 24 - 9:58 PM

Aaron Harang pitched well but took a no-decision, limiting the Marlins to two runs over seven innings on Thursday.

Another solid outing for Harang, who has now allowed two runs or fewer in 14 of 21 starts this season. Against the Marlins, Harang allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out five. The right-hander now sports a 3.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 104/49 K/BB ratio. He'll toe the slab against the Dodgers on the road next week.
Jul 24 - 9:57 PM

Steve Cishek retired the Braves in 1-2-3 fashion as the Marlins won on Thursday.

Atypically, all three outs were fly outs. The right-hander has come back from the break with five consecutive scoreless outings after struggling in the few weeks leading up to the break. Cishek is now 24-for-27 in save opportunities with a 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 51/14 K/BB ratio.
Jul 24 - 9:54 PM

Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in a losing effort against the Marlins on Thursday.

Johnson took Henderson Alvarez yard in the second inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. It's been a rough year for Johnson, but he has been swinging a better bat in July -- he has five home runs in the month, as compared to three between April and June. Overall, he's slashing .277/.299/.389 with eight home runs and 42 RBI.
Jul 24 - 9:50 PM
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