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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

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Moss tripled in a run in the fourth inning to reduce the Indians' deficit to 5-2, then added an RBI single in the sixth. He's already up to nine RBI in six July games. On the season, Moss is hitting an adequate .232/.306/.450 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI.
Jul 6 - 10:53 PM

Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Indians.

Gonzalez knocked in the fourth and final run in the first inning against Carlos Carrasco. He added a solo home run in the seventh inning against reliever Jeff Manship. Gonzalez hasn't been much to write home about at the plate this year, hitting .256/.280/.422 with six home runs and 20 RBI.
Jul 6 - 10:50 PM

Preston Tucker had the best game of his young career, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead the Astros past the Indians on Monday.

Tucker, celebrating his 25th birthday, drilled a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning against Carlos Carrasco and added an RBI single in the sixth. It's the first four-hit game of his young career. He's hitting .252/.316/.434 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
Jul 6 - 10:48 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed a lone run in 7 2/3 innings of work but was left with a no-decision as the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the ninth 2-1 winners over the Padres.

Burnett scattered five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Padres got on the board in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, but otherwise couldn't accomplish much against the right-hander. Burnett, an NL All-Star, has a 1.99 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 94/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings. He'll polish off his stellar first half with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM
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