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Wei-Yin Chen was hit hard in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering six runs on 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work.

Despite getting knocked around the field, Chen did manage to punch out six without issuing a walk in the brief outing. It was easily the worst start of the year for the 30-year-old southpaw, who had surrendered more than three runs just once in his first 19 starts. Even after this debacle, he'll carry an impressive 3.24 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 102/26 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Athletics in Oakland.
Jul 31 - 10:42 PM

J.D. Martinez smashed his 28th home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to overcome the Orioles.

His two-run blast in the fourth inning gave the Tigers an early 4-0 lead, but like so many times this season the bullpen was unable to protect an early advantage. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-4. He is now hitting .287/.347/.556 with 28 home runs and 68 RBI.
Jul 31 - 10:41 PM

Buck Farmer struggled in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work.

Farmer walked one and struck out one on the night. The big blow against him came before he was chased in the fifth inning when Adam Jones belted a three-run homer. The Tigers continue to search for answers at the back end of their rotation, but it doesn't look like the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to carry that load just yet.
Jul 31 - 10:39 PM

Domonic Brown homered for the second consecutive game as the Phillies topped the Braves 9-3 on Friday.

Brown belted his first long ball of the season on Thursday and felt so good that he decided to repeat the effort on Friday night. It's the first time that he has homered in consecutive contests since early June 2013 when he clobbered 11 in a span of 15 ballgames. He finished the night 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and also swiped his third base of the season.
Jul 31 - 10:35 PM

Jeff Locke yielded three runs over five innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

All three runs scored in the second inning, including a two-run homer from Ivan De Jesus Jr. All told, Locke allowed five hits and three while while striking out five batters. He improve to 6-6 with the win and now owns a 4.21 ERA and 88/44 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings this season. His spot in the rotation should be safe at least until A.J. Burnett comes off the disabled list, so he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week.
Jul 31 - 10:34 PM

Michael Lorenzen was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

Lorenzen was pulled with the bases loaded in the sixth and two of the baserunners eventually came around to score. He struck out six and walked three and has now lost each of his last four decisions. With a mediocre 4.80 ERA and 59/47 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings this season, his spot in the starting rotation could be vulnerable.
Jul 31 - 10:33 PM

Mark Melancon worked around trouble Friday against the Reds for his major league-leading 33rd save of the season.

It wasn't without some drama, as Melancon allowed two hits and a single in the inning. Really, the save should go to Starling Marte, who threw out Brandon Phillips at home plate for the second out before making a diving catch to end it. Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive appearances and owns a stingy 1.29 ERA on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:33 PM

David Buchanan picked up his second victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Braves to three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings.

He punched out four and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame.Buchanan held the Braves scoreless through the first six innings in his return to the big leagues but seemed to tire late. He has a golden opportunity to lock down a spot in the Phillies rotation for the remainder of the season and will look to further improve upon his 6.44 ERA when he takes on the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jul 31 - 10:32 PM

Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer Friday against the Reds.

McCutchen tied the game in the fifth before the Pirates took the lead for good in the sixth. The 28-year-old has gone deep three times in the last eight games and now has 15 homers and 66 RBI to go along with a .294/.387/.497 batting line.
Jul 31 - 10:31 PM

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

Kang had two doubles on the night. He continues to swing and incredibly hot bat, hitting .435 (27-for-62) over his last 17 games. His batting average is now up to .299 on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored Friday against the Pirates.

Byrd has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has 18 homers and a .777 OPS on the year. It's a bit surprising he wasn't moved by Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, but there's still a chance a deal could happen in August.
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Freddie Freeman belted his 14th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.

The Phillies jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in this one, and Freeman's two-run shot in the eighth merely made it a 9-3 ballgame. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 and raising his season slash to .288/.354/.509 to go along with 14 bombs and 45 RBI.
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Williams Perez was clobbered in his return from the disabled list on Friday, giving up nine runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies.

Aside from being extremely hittable, Perez struggled with his command as well, issuing four free passes while striking out three. A three-run double by Ryan Howard and two-run blast by Domonic Brown inflicted the majority of the damage against the right-hander. He'll look to put this beating behind him and get back on track when he does battle against the Giants on Wednesday.
Jul 31 - 10:28 PM

Kyle Kendrick was forced to leave Friday's start against the Cardinals due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

Before departing, the right-hander had surrendered a pair of runs on four hits in his lone inning of work, including a home run by Matt Carpenter. He's considered day-to-day and should be ready to take his next turn through the rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners. He and his 6.43 ERA should continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jul 31 - 9:21 PM

Mike Wright was forced to leave Friday's game against the Tigers with a left calf cramp.

Wright was called in early to replace a struggling Wei-Yin Chen, then was forced to become a spectator himself after working a scoreless inning. He should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 31 - 8:51 PM



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