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Derek Lowe has essentially retired from baseball.

The 40-year-old right-hander was released by the Rangers in late May and has not been able to latch on with a new club. "I'm officially no longer going to play the game," Lowe told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "It's still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn't fulfilling." Lowe enjoyed a 17-year major league career, posting a decent 4.03 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 2,671 1/3 total innings. He played for seven different teams.
Source: USA Today
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Lucas Duda continued his home run barrage on Sunday, blasting a two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Nationals.

With the victory, the Mets completed their sweep of the three-game weekend series against the Nationals and pulled even with their division rival for the top spot in the National League East. Duda has been on an absolute tear at the plate in recent days, blasting nine home runs and driving home 12 runs in his last eight ballgames. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .249/.348/.489 with 21 homers and 50 RBI on the season.
Aug 2 - 11:04 PM

Noah Syndergaard delivered another dominant effort in Sunday's win over the Nationals, allowing two runs on seven hits over eight strong innings.

He racked up nine strikeouts on the impressive evening without issuing a walk. The only damage against him came on a pair of solo home runs, one by Anthony Rendon in the first inning and the other from Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The 22-year-old now boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 100/20 K/BB ratio over 94 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to continue his dominance on Saturday when he takes on the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Aug 2 - 10:54 PM

Mark Canha hit a walk-off double to propel the A's to a 2-1 win over the Indians on Sunday.

Canha had not recorded a hit entering the 10th inning, but his two-out double off of Indians reliever Cody Allen scored Sam Fuld from first to give the A's a low-scoring win. Canha's hitting .229/.292/.381 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 236 at-bats this season.
Aug 2 - 8:11 PM

Sonny Gray pitched a typically strong game in a no-decision against the Indians on Sunday, yielding one run on four hits over seven innings before watching his team take a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

Gray had issues with his control, as he walked four, but he also struck out seven. The lone run to score against the All-Star came in the first inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly to Jerry Sands. Otherwise, Gray kept the Indians at bay over his seven innings of work. He's been money all season and currently holds a 2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 131/40 K/BB ratio across 152 2/3 innings. A home date with the Astros is up next on his schedule.
Aug 2 - 7:56 PM

Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run to cap Sunday's 5-3, 10-inning win over the Angels.

Ethier homered twice in the game. The first--a solo shot in the eighth inning--gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. They would squander this advantage, though, which just offered Ethier another chance to shine. In the bottom of the 10th inning, he delivered again with a two-run homer, and this time, the Angels would not have an opportunity to respond. The veteran outfielder is slashing .280/.362/.480 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 271 at-bats.
Aug 2 - 7:54 PM

Mat Latos pitched well in his first start for the Dodgers on Sunday, holding the Angels to one run on four hits over six innings in a no-decision before his teammates came through for a 5-3 win in 10 innings.

Latos has to feel like he won the lottery, as he moved from one of the worst teams in the majors to one of the best. Against the Angels on Sunday, he struck out one and walked one. Albert Pujols drove in a run on a grounder in the sixth inning, but Latos otherwise kept the Angels off the scoreboard. After returning from a knee injury in mid-June, he's pitched very well across 51 2/3 innings, boasting a sub-3.00 ERA and a 44/10 K/BB ratio. A road showdown with the Pirates is up next on Latos' shiny, new schedule.
Aug 2 - 7:39 PM

Martin Perez turned in a strong start in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Giants, tossing 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

For reference's sake, Perez allowed eight runs against the Yankees in his last start. Eight runs in just the second inning. This could have been enough to send most mortals into dark waters, but Perez showed mental fortitude in bouncing back against the Giants on Sunday. He allowed just two hits and struck out six without walking a batter over his 8 1/3 innings of work. On the whole, he holds a 6.64 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across four starts. A road start against the Mariners awaits as he tries to continue to work that ERA down.
Aug 2 - 6:58 PM

Making his first start since being traded to the Giants, Mike Leake was saddled with a 2-1 loss after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

You only get one chance to make a first impression and, accordingly, Leake made sure his first start with the Giants was a good one. He scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Both runs on his line came off the bat of Josh Hamilton, who launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Prior to the trade, Leake held a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He'll try for again for his first win in a Giant uniform when he faces off against the Cubs at Wrigley in his next scheduled start.
Aug 2 - 6:49 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a long solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

Cruz belted his prodigious bomb off of Twins closer Glen Perkins with two outs in the ninth. It was the first run that either team scored on the day. The Twins would tie it up in the bottom of the inning before the Mariners pushed across three runs in the 11th to pick up the victory. Cruz has been on fire of late, with homers in each of his last three games and five over his last eight. He's now hitting a sterling .317/.380/.581 with 29 homers and 65 RBI.
Aug 2 - 6:41 PM

Brian Dozier hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to push Sunday's contest with the Mariners to extra innings.

Pitching was the name of the game on Sunday, as neither team scored until the ninth inning. After Nelson Cruz launched a solo homer to give the M's a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth, Dozier responded in kind with a solo dinger of his own in the bottom of the frame. The Mariners would ultimately prevail by a score of 4-1 in 11 innings. Dozier has been one of the best hitters in the game this season and is probably going to (undeservedly) be left out of the AL MVP conversation despite his strong play. He's slashing .253/.327/.509 with 23 homers, 57 RBI, 75 runs scored and nine steals. 54 of his 102 hits have gone for extra bases.
Aug 2 - 6:33 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a dominant performance in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, allowing just three hits and one run over 8 2/3 innings before the Mariners picked up a 4-1 win in extra innings.

Iwakuma struck out eight and walked one in the spectacular performance, but he would not earn a victory. After Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the ninth to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead, Iwakuma would trot out to try for the complete game and subsequently allow a solo home run to Brian Dozier. The Mariners would eventually win 4-1 in 11 innings. No-decision aside, it was a great start. He's been inconsistent since returning from injury in early July, but outings like this are a reminder that expectations should be initially tempered when a player returns from a long stint on the disabled list. For the season, Iwakuma holds a 4.31 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. There's still room for improvement on that ERA mark. He'll try to build off Sunday's strong start when he faces the Rangers in Seattle next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 2 - 6:27 PM




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