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Hisashi Iwakuma, making his first start since April 20, yielded five runs in five innings in Monday's 12-5 loss to the Tigers.

The first four runs each came as a result of a solo home run, hit by Nick Castellanos, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and Yoenis Cespedes. Iwakuma allowed a single after the Cespedes home run in the sixth inning before departing. All told, he gave up eight hits, walked none, and struck out three. He now has a 7.17 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings across four starts. Iwakuma will try to stabilize in his final start before the All-Star break, at home against the Angels.
Jul 7 - 1:42 AM

Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Tigers topped the Mariners on Monday.

Cespedes drilled a solo home run to left-center off of Hisashi Iwakuma in what turned out to be a five-run sixth inning. The outfielder was unveiled as a finalist on the American League side of the Final Vote for the All-Star Game. He's batting .294/.322/.488 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI.
Jul 7 - 1:38 AM

Alfredo Simon continued to struggle but lucked out with a win on Monday, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Mariners,

Simon allowed two runs on a run-scoring triple and a run-scoring double, hit consecutively in the fourth inning. He then served up a three-run home run to Logan Morrison in the fifth. Overall, he surrendered eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Simon has been abysmal over his last four starts, sporting a 10.18 ERA. On the season, the right-hander has a 4.18 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 74/33 K/BB ratio in 97 innings. He matches up with the Twins in Minnesota next.
Jul 7 - 1:36 AM

Logan Morrison went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run as the Mariners dropped Monday's contest against the Tigers.

Morrison's three-run blast off of Alfredo Simon in the fifth inning gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead, but it didn't last long. The first baseman has been subpar at the dish this year considering his position, as he is hitting .236/.308/.392 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI.
Jul 7 - 1:33 AM

J.D. Martinez hit his 24th home run of the season, setting a new career high and helping the Tigers bash their way to a win against the Mariners on Monday.

Martinez went back-to-back with Victor Martinez in the fourth inning and finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored on the evening. He has hit consecutively in seven games, homered in three consecutive games, and has homered 11 times in his last 13 games. Named an AL All-Star on Monday, Martinez is batting .290/.344/.573 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI this season.
Jul 7 - 1:31 AM

Victor Martinez homered and scored three runs in a 4-for-5 effort in Monday's win over the Mariners.

Martinez hit the first of back-to-back home runs with J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning, a solo home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, Martinez is batting .338 (24-for-71). Overall, he's hitting .264/.332/.363 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
Jul 7 - 1:29 AM

Nick Castellanos went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and four runs batted in to help the Tigers pound out a win against the Mariners on Monday.

Every Tiger, with the exception of Ian Kinsler, was hitting Mariner pitching on Monday as the club pounded out 19 hits. Castellanos started the scoring in the second with a solo home run, added a two-run single in a five-run sixth inning, and tacked on an RBI single in a four-run seventh. The third baseman is on a seven-game hitting streak, now batting .245/.289/.365 with five home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 7 - 1:27 AM

Felix Doubront has officially been confirmed as the Blue Jays' starter on Tuesday in Chicago.

It had been the assumption that he was taking the ball as long as he wasn't need in relief the last couple days, and he was not. Doubront posted a 2.44 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings at Triple-A Buffalo and allowed one run over 2 1/3 relief frames last Friday with the big club.
Jul 7 - 12:19 AM

Twins purchased the contract of LHP Ryan O'Rourke from Triple-A Rochester.

O'Rourke, 27, holds a 5.40 ERA over 22 relief appearances between Double- and Triple-A this season, although he's struck out 25 across 15 innings. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Jul 6 - 11:30 PM

Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson has struggled the last few weeks and holds a 5.01 ERA over 41 appearances this season. He's replaced in the bullpen by Ryan O'Rourke.
Jul 6 - 11:28 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of two-run ball, but was left with a no-decision as the Orioles lost 4-2 to the Twins in 10 innings on Monday.

Chen allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. Like opposing starter Phil Hughes, the only two runs the lefty allowed scored on solo home runs: to Torii Hunter in the first inning and to Aaron Hicks in the second. Chen's underrated season continues, as he is brandishing a 2.82 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He will close out the first half with a home start against the Nationals.
Jul 6 - 11:12 PM

Phil Hughes relented two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision, as the Twins eked out a 10-inning win against the Orioles on Monday.

Hughes allowed nine hits, but only two mattered: solo home runs to Manny Machado and Adam Jones. He also walked one and struck out three. Hughes has notched a quality start in five of his last six starts and currently owns a 4.19 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 67/11 K/BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. He will face the Miguel Cabrera-less Tigers at home in his next start.
Jul 6 - 11:10 PM

Adam Jones went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning loss to the Twins.

Jones created a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when he hit a solo home run off of Phil Hughes. The 29-year-old on Monday was named to his fifth All-Star team. He's currently batting .285/.332/.470 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
Jul 6 - 11:07 PM

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

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