Chris ArcherSP TB 7 hours ago
Archer (5-14) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings, taking the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers despite striking out eight without a walk.
Archer has demonstrated better control of late, walking two or fewer hitters in each of his last four starts after accomplishing that feat just four times in his previous 11 outings. The 27-year-old's dismal 1-7 record in his last nine starts stems in part from pitching for a Rays team that struggles to score runs, so his stock could get a boost should a trade to a contender come to fruition. If Archer remains a member of the Rays, look for him to next take the mound Monday against the Royals.
Gregory PolancoLF/RF PIT 7 hours ago
Polanco went 4-for-5 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Mariners on Tuesday.
The homer was Polanco's 13th of the season and his first since July 4th. He had been hitting just .204 in July entering Tuesday's contest, so hopefully the four-hit effort can get the talented young outfielder back on track. Polanco, just 24 years old, is still on pace to easily set a new career high in batting average with .291 and has already done so in home runs and RBI, with 13 and 54 respectively.
Kenley JansenRP LAD 7 hours ago
Jansen allowed one hit and struck out two Rays in an inning of work to pick up his 30th save Tuesday.
This one didn't come easy, as Jansen allowed a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia and hit Logan Forsythe with a pitch with two outs. Still, the closer got the job done en route to his third straight 30-save campaign.
Yasmani GrandalC LAD 7 hours ago
Grandal went 1-for-3 with his 14th home run of the season Tuesday against the Rays.
That's eight homers in the past month for Grandal, who is just two shy of last season's career-high total. The recent power surge has raised the catcher's slugging percentage to .430, but a dismal .227 BABIP has suppressed his average to a meager .211 mark.
Steve CishekRP SEA 7 hours ago
Cishek pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to preserve a 7-4 lead and earn a save against the Pirates.
The save was Cishek's 24th of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.80. After a rough patch earlier in July where he gave up runs in three consecutive outings, Cishek seems to have settled down, and has now pitched four consecutive scoreless appearances.
Bud NorrisP LAD 7 hours ago
Norris (6-9) limited the Rays to just two hits and two walks without a run over 6.1 innings, striking out six in Tuesday's win.
Norris was no worse for the wear despite pitching 1.1 innings of spot relief duty Friday, holding the opposition without a run for the third time in six starts. The inconsistent right-hander has still given up 13 runs in that stretch, but his longest outing as a Dodger should give him confidence heading into Sunday's scheduled showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Felix HernandezSP SEA 7 hours ago
Hernandez (5-4) earned a win Tuesday against the Pirates, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three.
Hernandez allowed four runs in the first two innings, but eventually settled down and quieted the Pirates as his teammates supplied seven runs between the second and fourth innings. While the nine hits and three strikeouts aren't exactly dominant numbers, Hernandez was able to work six innings for the second consecutive start since returning from a calf injury. Though King Felix's ERA sits at a respectable 3.45, his 6.9 K:9 is a career low, giving fantasy owners some cause for concern in his age-30 season.
Francisco RodriguezRP DET 7 hours ago
Rodriguez picked up his 29th save with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against Boston.
Rodriguez has converted 10 straight save opportunities since his blown save June 13 against the White Sox. He has allowed just one earned run in that span, in a non-save situation July 20 against Minnesota. Only Zach Britton has more saves among American League closers, with 32.
Mike PelfreySP DET 7 hours ago
Pelfrey allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Boston.
This marks the sixth time already this season Pelfrey has allowed five or more runs in just 20 starts -- a 30 percent rate. Pelfrey has now allowed 148 hits in just 110.1 innings this season, and his 1.80 WHIP is the worst in the major leagues by a long shot. Second is Pittsburgh's Jon Niese, all the way down at 1.57.
Steven WrightP BOS 7 hours ago
Wright allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Tigers.
Miguel Cabrera touched up Wright for a first inning home run, but after that, he was singled to death, as the home run was the only extra-base hit Wright allowed. Still, the knuckleball just wasn't fooling anyone -- he induced just five swinging strikes over 84 pitches. This marks his worst start of the season -- he allowed eight runs June 25th against Texas, but only three were earned, and he had yet to allow more than five earned runs in a start all year long prior to Tuesday.