MLB In Full Bloom - Garrett Richards Dominate in First Career Shutout - 8/5/2014

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In his past two starts, Garrett Richards had lost consecutive starts to the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers and there was some concern that the right-hander was beginning to wear down. But, on Monday night he gave Angels fans a dominating performance that simply a masterpiece. Richards struck out nine while tossing a five-hit shutout against the Dodgers. In his previous two starts, Richards allowed four earned runs in each contest after going 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his nine outings before that. Richards is enjoying a breakout season and now owns a 12-4 record, 2.58 ERA through 152 innings. Richards welcomes the Red Sox to the Big-A this weekend.

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MLB In Full Bloom - Goldschmidt Gone for 2014 - 8/4/2014

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It's been a forgettable season for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season and on Saturday night it turned into a nightmare one for the Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitting in a game his team was losing 9-4, Paul Goldschmidt took an Ernesto Frieri fastball off his left hand during Friday's game, sustaining a fracture and likely ending the first baseman's season. With an eight-week recovery period, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Goldschmidt's season is "realistically" over. With the Diamondback's season down the drain and Goldschmidt representing one of the lone bright spots in the desert, there is no reason to push Goldschmidt to come back for a few games at the end of September. If Goldschmidt's season is truly over, it was yet another strong season for the 26-year-old. He batted .300 with 39 doubles, 19 home runs, 69 RBI, 79 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 109 games. He was well on his way to a third straight 20-homer, 10-steal season before Friday's disaster.

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  • Chris Tillman threw seven scoreless innings as the Orioles shut out the Mariners 1-0 on Sunday. He allowed just four singles on the afternoon, striking out six in the win. It's hard to believe the victory was his first since June 27 despite owning an 8-5 record and 3.78 ERA. The right-hander will look to earn another win when he faces the Cardinals on Friday.
  • Danny Santana went 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored in the Twins' 16-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Santana had a two-run double in the sixth inning, and he had both a run-scoring triple and an RBI single in the Twins' nine-run eighth inning. Santana also stole two bases in the game, giving him eight on the season. He is now is hitting .325 this season.
  • Andrew McCutchen (oblique) grabbed his side after a swing and left the game. He said after Sunday's game that X-rays on his side came back negative. McCutchen initially thought he was cramping, but the injury may be something more serious, and the Pirates expect to know more today. The negative X-rays don't mean much, as McCutchen's likely dealing with a muscular issue.
  • Matt Garza (oblique) was in complete control on Sunday as he allowed just one hit on 71 pitches against the Cardinals lineup through six innings. But when Garza's spot came up in the top of the seventh inning, it was pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay not Garza, who stepped to the plate. Garza suffered a left oblique strain in the game, but the right-hander said the injury isn't as bad as the one he sustained while a member of the Cubs last year. It's unclear how much time this injury may force him to miss.
  • Masahiro Tanaka¬†(elbow) will test his injured right elbow today. He will play catch from roughly 60 feet. He will not be throwing his splitter or any other pitch. This is his first game of catch since he received a platelet-rich plasma injection on July 14 in the hope that he could avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
  • The Detroit Tigers became the first team since 2006 to score in every inning of a game. The Tigers pounded the Rockies on Saturday 11-5and in the process they scored in all eight of their offensive innings. Since it was a home game, the Tigers didn't have to bat in the ninth. The last team to do it was the New York Yankees in April 2006 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Jim Thome officially retired on Saturday after he signed a one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians. As recently as May, Thome was reported to be staying in shape in case the phone rang, but that call never came. The Indians unveiled an 8-foot statue of the former slugger who finishes with 612 home runs. Thome will be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, and the Indians would certainly be the natural choice for the cap on his inevitable plaque.

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