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Jake Petricka Ks two, closes out Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka struck out two and needed only 11 pitches to close out a 5-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota. Petricka has converted five saves this season, with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of work.

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Yankees showing interest in Ian Kennedy
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have shown interest in Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite the interest, no deal is imminent. The Yankees are said to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, so the club naturally has interest in Kennedy. The one-time Yankees prospect has flourished in San Diego this season, posting a 3.66 ERA over 135 1/3 innings. 

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C.J. Wilson nearing rehab assignment
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson completed a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday without any reported setbacks, MLB.com reports. Wilson is expected to throw another bullpen session Friday or Saturday. Barring any issues, manager Mike Scioscia hinted at a possible rehab stint before he rejoins the team.

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Hector Noesi picks up back-to-back wins on Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi turned in a quality start Thursday night against the Twins in Minnesota, improving to 5-7 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three over 7 2/3 innings of a 5-2 victory.

Noesi has won back-to-back starts, and has allowed five earned runs over a span of 13 2/3 innings. He owns a 4.99 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 101 innings of work this season. His next start will come Wednesday at Detroit.

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Danny Duffy twirls a gem in a no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy twirled a gem at home on Thursday against the Indians, but the bullpen was unable to maintain a slim lead, as he was unable to factor into the decision. The left-hander permitted two hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven shutout frames.

Over his last two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, Duffy has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 2.47 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 98 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

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Justin Ruggiano dealing with a groin injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with groin soreness, according to MLB.com.

Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats. 

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Report: Rival teams showing interest in Justin Masterson
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Indians have been contacted by rival clubs interested in pitcher Justin Masterson before the July 31 trade deadline, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson has been on the disabled list since July 8 because of right knee soreness. He went 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts before the injury. He will make his second minor-league rehab start Friday at Triple-A Columbus.

"We told him to get after it. We think that would be good for him. Just to get after it, let it fly and see how far he could carry that into the game," manager Terry Francona said.

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J.D. Martinez late scratch with quad soreness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was a late scratch Thursday night against the Angels because of quad soreness. He has missed back-to-back games because of the ailment. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats. Martinez's status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

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Phil Hughes dealing with shin contussion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with a right shin contusion, and has been listed as day to day moving forward, FOX Sports North reports.

Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start at Kansas City.

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Jason Vargas to throw simulated game Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a side session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from an appendectomy, MLB.com reports Thursday. Vargas has been sidelined since July 8. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.

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