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Addison Reed protected a three-run lead in the ninth for his 27th save as the Diamondbacks topped the Pirates 7-4 on Thursday.

It was nice to see him get back on the horse one day after serving up a three-run homer versus the Reds (he earned the save anyway). Reed induced a ground out from Jordy Mercer, struck out pinch-hitter Travis Snider, gave up a double to Josh Harrison, and then struck out the talented rookie Gregory Polanco on high cheese to shut off the lights. Reed has allowed only one run over his last eight appearances, slashing his ERA from 4.42 to 3.86.
Aug 1 - 1:13 AM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a double, stolen base and run scored against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

The 22-year-old rookie had an exceptional start to his career in June, but came into tonight slashing a sickly .204/.262/.312 in July. Hopefully this promising game portends a return of his prodigious gifts in August. Polanco is batting only .249 with five homers in 44 contests. His wheels (eight steals) have kept his fantasy value somewhat afloat as he struggles to make contact, specifically against same-sided pitching.
Aug 1 - 1:09 AM

Josh Collmenter yielded three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday versus the Pirates in a no-decision Diamondbacks' victory.

Collmenter struck out four and walked two. He came into tonight with a 1.59 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates and 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his last 10 starts at Chase Field. Collmenter remains 8-5 to go with a 4.07 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He gets the Royals in Arizona next time around.
Aug 1 - 1:03 AM

Jeff Locke was ripped for six runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in the Pirates' 7-4 setback against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Locke gave up nine hits, and it wasn't all soft stuff, particularly in the sixth inning, when he simply ran out of gas. In that frame, pinch-hitter Andy Marte smacked a two-run homer and Aaron Hill punched out a solo round-tripper. He was also obliterated Saturday against the Rockies, yielding six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, but posted a 2.38 ERA in his eight starts before that. The regression doctor has had an appointment with Locke for some time. Locke (3.77 ERA) welcomes the Marlins to town on Wednesday hoping the routine checkup doesn't reveal further deterioration.
Aug 1 - 1:00 AM

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, walk, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Braves.

The Dodgers completed its first three-game minimum home sweep over the Braves in 24 years, and in so doing won their sixth straight. Puig's .319 batting average ranks second in the National League, same as his .958 OPS. The center fielder is on pace for 18 homers, 82 RBI and 91 runs.
Aug 1 - 12:55 AM

Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI Thursday as the Dodgers edged the Braves 2-1.

Gonzalez's double to deep right center in the first plated Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers only required one more run to win -- Puig cranked a solo homer two innings later -- as Clayton Kershaw gave up only one run in a complete game. The veteran first baseman Gonzalez, who has six multi-hit games in his last nine, carries a .265/.327/.447 batting line with 15 home runs and 71 RBI.
Aug 1 - 12:53 AM

Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Thursday's victory over the Braves, racking up nine strikeouts and allowing only one run in a 2-1 complete-game victory.

Kershaw walked none and allowed nine hits in his 10th straight victory -- his first regular season win over the Braves, the only NL team he'd never vanquished in the regular season -- and the Dodgers' sixth consecutive win. He's allowed only nine runs in 86 innings over his last 11 starts. Having improved to 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA, Kershaw hosts the crosstown Angels on Tuesday.
Aug 1 - 12:51 AM

Julio Teheran pitched a gem but had the misfortune of running into Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out nine over eight innings in a 2-1 loss.

Teheran exorcised some Dodgers Stadium demons; he coughed up six runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings in Game 3 of Atlanta's 13-6 loss in the NL division series last year. He has now yielded three runs or less and worked at least seven innings in seven of his past nine outings. Teheran brings a 10-7 record, 2.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a scheduled start versus Seattle next week.
Aug 1 - 12:49 AM

Bud Norris took a tough-luck no-decision on Thursday, shutting the Angels out over seven innings as the Orioles eventually lost 1-0 in 13 innings.

Norris matched starter Tyler Skaggs and the Angels' bullpen with zero after zero, but the conflict wouldn't be resolved until the 13th inning. Norris scattered eight hits, seven of which were singles, over his seven frames along with a walk and four strikeouts. Now with a 3.69 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and an 80/35 K/BB ratio, the right-hander will look ahead to his next opponent, the Blue Jays, whom he will face in Toronto next Tuesday.
Jul 31 - 11:54 PM

Mike Trout finished 2-for-5 in the Angels' 13-inning win against the Orioles on Thursday.

Trout was able to bring his average back up to .300 with the effort. The outfielder has been slumping a bit at the plate, but still owns an impressive .300/.389/.580 slash line with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 11:51 PM

Huston Street held the Orioles scoreless in the 13th inning, preserving the Angels' one-run lead in a win on Thursday.

Street has been exactly what the Angels ordered when they traded for him on July 19. He's put together five scoreless appearances and is 4-for-4 in save chances. Overall, including his time with the Padres, Street is 28-for-29 in save chances with a 0.95 ERA and a 40/8 K/BB ratio.
Jul 31 - 11:49 PM

Albert Pujols broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning with an RBI single, finishing 2-for-6 overall in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

After the Angels had Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout reach base with a walk and a single, respectively, Pujols ended 12 innings of offensive futility with a single up the middle to score Calhoun. Stunningly, it was Pujols' first RBI since July 23. The 34-year-old has a fine .274/.324/.471 slash line with 20 home runs and 67 RBI on the season.
Jul 31 - 11:47 PM

Denard Span knocked in a pair of runs with a single, one of his two hits in four at-bats, as the Nationals were defeated by the Phillies 10-4 on Thursday.

Span enjoyed the month of July, wrapping up the month with a .368 average (35-for-95). His two-run single, at the time, brought the Nationals back into the game at 5-3 in the fifth inning, but it wasn't nearly enough. Span has a decent .290/.349/.394 line along with 23 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 11:44 PM

Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Sizemore has done nothing but hit since joining the Phillies. Thursday's outing brings his slash line up to .328/.359/.459 in 64 plate appearances. He has a home run and five RBI to go along with it. The Phillies can still trade Marlon Byrd at any point in August, but until then, Sizemore will be sharing playing time in left and center field with Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, respectively.
Jul 31 - 11:41 PM

Jimmy Rollins had a three-hit night at the plate along with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Nationals.

Rollins now has 21 stolen bases on the season, leaving him five home runs shy of a 20/20 season. The 35-year-old has been more than adequate, slashing .245/.325/.409 with 49 RBI.
Jul 31 - 11:38 PM



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