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Gio Gonzales posted by Nationals News

Born September 19, 1985, Gio Gonzales plays MLB for Washington Nationals as their pitcher. For right-handers, Gio uses the four-seam and two-seam fastballs, curveball, and the changeup. He mainly reserves the curveball for left-handers, when being ahead in the count. His whiff rate is above average, with curveball at 36%, and changeup at 35%. His curveball also has an excellent ground ball to fly ball ratio of 7:1.

Gonzales played baseball in high school and his school team won the state championships twice. His professional career started when he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. In 2005, the White Sox traded Gonzales to Philadelphia Phillies, where he was considered the number two prospect. In 2007, he was back with the White Sox, and in that season, he played 150 innings and struck out 185.

In 2008, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics, and was called up to play the majors in August, when he made his MLB debut. However, in 2009, he was back with the minor leagues, playing for Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A team. In 2011, Gonzales was chosen to play in the MLB All-Star game.

In December 2011, the Athletics traded Gonzales to the Washington Nationals. He went on to make the national record for pitching 25 scoreless innings consecutively. Gonzales was included in the 2012 roster, and by the end of the season, he managed to improve his record to 12-3 with a 2.92 ERA. In August 2012, Gonzales pitched the second complete game of his career, and hit his first home run against Houston Astros. In the same month, he also pitched the first shut out game of his career against St Louis Cardinals 10-0. In July 2014, Gonzales made the 1000th strikeout of his career against Milwaukee Brewers.

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MLB Betting And Gambling in the United States posted by Nationals News

Betting on MLB teams is not simply a game of chance, as you can reduce your odds of losing by carefully studying the players in the teams and their stats. It is just like improving your skills in certain casino games like poker and so on. Although there is always the element of luck involved, you can make a major difference and bring down the odds by being skillful in placing your bets. There are many resources available online for sports betting where you can gather detailed information on team statistics, news about individual players, and expert tips by people who have vast experience in this field.

Gambling in United States has come a long way from shady bookies and dim casinos to legalized gambling from the comfort of your home. Placing bets has not only become easy and safe, but there are various resources also available to improve your skills, and increase your chances of winning.

The gambling industry saw a major growth in the United States in the past few decades, when different states adopted specific policies and laws to promote casinos. The excellent model shown by Las Vegas in attracting tourism and stimulating growth could not be ignored by other states, and several laws were implemented to legalize gambling. This also eventually promoted the growth of the online betting industry and online casinos like iPhonecasino.ca. These casinos have been growing at an impressive rate since their inception roughly a decade ago, and with innovative ideas like sports-themed slots games they have managed to tap into the sports betting audience somewhat as well.

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Gio Gonzalez owns Houston Astros and gets his first win with the Nationals posted by Nationals News

Gio Gonzalez dominated over seven innings and had to wait out a nervous ninth with Brad Lidge on the mound just before his very first win with the Washington Nationals was secure. If you're interested in placing a bet on the next Nats game check out Sportsbook reviews.

Lidge gave up a double to his 1st hitter and walked the subsequent batter before retiring 3 in a row and earning his second save in the Nationals' 1- win against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

"Man, one of these instances I'll get a 1-two-three (inning)," Lidge said. "I'm sure I gave a lot of men and women a heart attack these days. That's type of how I've accomplished it for a even though."

Gonzalez didn't acknowledge possessing any doubts over the outcome.

"I was attempting to be cool, calm and collected with a massive smile on my face being aware of he was going to shut it down," Gonzalez stated of the last inning.

The late dramatics stood in sharp contrast to the innings with Gonzalez on the mound, when the Astros hardly ever got the ball out of the infield. Gonzalez (1-) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out eight in his third commence for Washington. The left-hander, acquired from Oakland in the offseason, also earned a standing ovation at the plate when he flied out to the warning track.

It was an additional close game for the Nationals, who enhanced to 9-three -- their ideal start given that moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005. Half of Washington's first 12 games have been decided by one particular run and the Nationals are four-2 in these contests.
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Nationals get Gio Gonzalez Nationals get Gio Gonzalez posted by Nationals News

The Washington Nationals held a news conference Wednesday at their ballpark to show off their most important offseason acquisition and pat themselves on the back for locking him down with a big contract.

No, not Prince Fielder, but Gio Gonzalez.

Gio Gonzalez is "going
to become portion in the furniture for a extended time," common manager Mike Rizzo stated in the pitcher's introductory news conference.
Much more than a month after joining Washington in a trade from Oakland, and 1½ weeks soon after agreeing to a $42 million, five-year deal, Gonzalez produced it official by signing on the dotted line Wednesday.

"I
really like the pressure scenarios," Gonzalez stated.

Sports betting should be heavy this year on the Nationals.

Nationals common manager Mike Rizzo said the left-hander is "going to be element with the furniture for a extended time."

The GM also repeatedly talked about his belief that the Nationals
lastly are ready to play "meaningful games in September." In 2011, Washington went 80-81 and wound up in third place, its highest NL East finish considering that moving from Montreal just before the 2005 season.

The 26-year-old Gonzalez was an All-Star last season, when he went 16-12

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Pitchers Trying To Hold It Together In Washington posted by Nationals News

No one really thinks that Washington is going to seriously compete in the National League East, and why would they? You have Philadelphia and their incredible starting rotation, Atlanta, who made it to the playoffs last season, and even Florida and the New York Mets are probably given more credit than the Nationals. But Washington is starting to show signs of forming their own impressive pitching staff, even without their injured phenom, and they’re going to be needed as the Nationals can’t score any runs.

Washington is currently eighth in the National League in ERA, and if you’re going to hang your hat on their  MLB odds, pitching is the way to go. The wily vets, 36-year-old  Livan Hernandez and 32-year-old Jason Marquis have led the way for the Nationals, while the rest of the rotation is filled out by 28-year-old Tom Gorzelanny, 26-year-old John Lannan and 24-year-old Jordan Zimmerman. The five of them have 11 quality starts, and while they’re not great, they don’t lose many games for the Nationals, either. Don’t forget, Washington still has the injured Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, although the 22-year-old likely won’t pitch this year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. We all saw what he did in his brief time in the majors last season, and he will be a welcome addition for the Nationals.

But the bullpen isn’t bad either, led by Tyler Clippard and Chad Gaudin, while Drew Storen and Sean Burnett are currently sharing the closing duties. The two have managed to save six of the nine opportunities that the Nationals have had, which is a decent ratio. If the Nationals could put some runs on the board (Ryan Zimmermann is almost back from injury), Washington could turn some heads in 2011….definitely in 2012.

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"The Giants' Bats Show Some Signs of Life Against the Nats" posted by Michael McGauley


Hey, nothing like snapping out of a five-game slide with some timely hitting! The Giants beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Tuesday night in the first game of a fresh nine-game home stand after limping through a miserable 1-and-6 road-trip.  The Giants took a few innings, by finally settled in against old friend Livan Hernandez with two outs in the fith. Five consecutive hits plated all four runs, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Freddy Sanchez. Pablo Sandoval folliwed with a double off the left field wall to score Sanchez. The rally against Livan was rare thus far in 2010, as the veteran Nationals right-hander came into the game with an ERA below two (it ballooned to 2.08 after last night).  Four runs was enough for Todd Wellemeyer: a guy who was really pitching with his back against the wall, and one foot out the door if he didn't come through. Not only did Wellemeyer toss a solid six-innings (two runs and four hits and two strikeouts), but he actually ignited "the rally" at the plate with a two-out bloop single. Wellemeyer actually has one more victory (three) than both Matt Cain and Jonothan Sanchez (two each). The line-up: I like the changes, and I'm very impressed that Aubrey Huff didn't blink. He just went out there and manned left field like he'd been out there all season. Unfortunately, Mark DeRosa is probably not going to contribute much this year if anything at all, and moving Huff to left allows Juan Uribe to play everyday at third base, and takes some pressure off Pablo by moving him over to first base. This one-Continue reading ""The Giants' Bats Show Some Signs ..."


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Stephen Strasburg Will Be a Top-Ten Pitcher This Season posted by Colin Linneweber

Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg made his spring training debut Tuesday in a 9-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Viera, Fla. 

Strasburg, who was selected by the Nationals with the number one overall pick out of San Diego State University in the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, fanned two batters in two scoreless innings before the was relieved. 

Despite his solid statistics, the former Aztecs standout struggled a tad with his command. 

In total, Strasburg managed to throw only 15 of his 27 pitches for strikes. 

“Command really wasn’t there, but I think a lot of that had to do with the adrenaline going on,” said Strasburg, 21, who signed a record four-year contract worth $15.1 million with Washington this past August. “It’s something that happens to me every time – even in college, even in high school. That first outing, there’s all this excitement and it’s really difficult to control the adrenaline and make sure you’re staying nice and relaxed.” 

Regardless of the control issues he experienced, it is evident that Strasburg is a burgeoning superstar. 

The native of San Diego had his fastball consistently clocked in the 97-98 mph range and his curveball was measured between 79 and 81 mph. 

“I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes,” said Strasburg, who tossed a no-hitter and whiffed 17 batters in his final collegiate home start against the Air Force last May. “If they hit it, they hit it. Big deal. I have enough confidence in my stuff that if I can go out there and make them put the ball in play, I’ve got a great defense behind me that’s going to back me up.” 

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Joe Gunderson

A new shortstop and new uniforms! posted by Joe Gunderson

Hey Everyone,

Not sure who is out there but hopefully someone is!  Smile  Anyway, for those that don't know my name is Joe and I've been a Twins fan since I was six years old.  I hope you find this blog entertaining and thought provoking.  Let's get started shall we?!

In my first entry I'd like to discuss how the Twins acquired a new shortstop for the 2010 season and what I think of the acquisition and also the news that was announced today, that they are going to be wearing new uniforms next year.

The Twins have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Carlos Gomez.  I am excited about this acquisition.  It potentially fills a very big need for the Twins, a right-handed bat with good power and an infielder at a position of need.  It thins out the Twins depth in the outfield but they still have four guys who are capable of playing out there everyday and you can only have three out there everyday.  Gomez is very talented but he gets way too excited when he's at the plate a lot of the time which causes him to swing wildly and strike out a lot.  He has the potential to be special at the plate if he ever calms down his approach.  He is an excellent defender as well.

Hardy, while he is coming off a bad year offensively is capable of hitting in the upper .200's to .300 and has pop enough to hit 20+ home runs a season and plays consistent defense.  Overall for 2010, the trade favors the Twins.  In the future, it could favor the Brewers but the Twins had to take that chance to give themselves a better chance to compete in 2010.

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Eric Hatleback

More Thoughts on MLB Pitching Statistics posted by Eric Hatleback

In the National League, the elongated double switch shows again why pitching statistics are quite poorly attributed.  A traditional double switch involves the manager inserting a position player into the game  for the current pitcher and a new pitcher for a position player--typically one who just made an out, so that the new pitcher won't be batting for nearly a full trip through the lineup.

However, this same basic maneuver can also occur by simply pinch-hitting for the pitcher while on offense and then placing the pitcher in for whichever player makes the last out of the inning.  If the team takes the lead (and subsequently does not lose it), the just-substituted-for pitcher gets credited with the win.

The problem is this: if this scenario occurs before the 5th inning, the starting pitcher cannot get the win, so it'll almost certainly be the next guy who pitches that will get the win.  But given that a position player is the opne who was inserted for the pitcher, why wouldn't that guy get the win?  He is technically inserted for the pitcher.  Of course, I'm not advocating that he really should get the win; I'm arguing that the statistics need to be reconfigured so that there are categories such as "Team Wins / Losses."  See some of my earlier posts for more good examples of why this should be the case.

One other note--it also wouldn't help to require a pitcher to actually throw a pitch before earning a win, as we saw last month:  http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290707127.  Both Embree and B.J. Ryan (in 2003) have recently earned Wins without throwing a pitch.  This makes it possible for a reliever to enter for a starter before the 5th (after an offensive rally when his team took the lead), warm up for the inning, then leave without doing

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Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Break Analysis posted by Keith trussell

   Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Analysis

     I moved to Western Maryland a couple of weeks ago and this is part of my ongoing attempt to learn about the sports interests here.  Baseball-wise it’s the Pirates, Orioles, and Nationals, and I wanted to get into the one with the best current chance of a playoff push.  The Nats are obviously out and the Orioles are 14 games behind first in a ridiculously hard division, so that leaves the Pirates, a tantalizing Homer-pick at 9.5 behind in the absurdly mediocre NL Central.  On paper it looks possible that any team could take it, and I hoped that statistical analysis would show some obscure Pirates advantage that could take them over the top, but I just can’t find it.  I’m not saying that an X-factor doesn’t exist, just that anyone who claims there is one is obviously from Pittsburgh.  In fact, this team so cries for the use of the “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” comparison that I spent ten whole minutes looking up how I could work it in.  And here it is:  Mario Brega, who played Cpl. Wallace, the big cross-eyed prison guard in the film who beat up Tuco to get the name of the cemetery the money was buried in for Angel Eyes ,died 15 years ago this month.  So to honor his memory, here’s a breakdown of the Pirates in the spirit of that great film (I resisted using a corresponding pirate-based ranking system, i.e.; Avast Ye Maties, Walk the Plank, and Totally Somalian because even I have standards).

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Albert Pujols moves up home run leaderboard after three-homer day (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is having one hell of a comeback season. He proved that again Monday, leading his team to victory in both games against the Boston Red Sox. [ On the week's StewPod: The secrets of'Major League,' our favorite baseball movie. ] Pujols hasn't been bad since joining the Angels, but his numbers have declined in recent years. In that sense, 2015 has been a pleasant surprise. Following Monday's games, he's already surpassed last season's home run total. Between the two contests, Pujols smashed three dingers. He hit one during Game 1 against Boston, and added two more in Game 2. With the performance, Pujols tied, and then passed Mike Schmidt on the all-time home run list. Pujols is now in sole possession of 15th all-time on that list. His 29 home runs also gives him the league-lead in the category. He's trailed by teammate Mike Trout, who also went yard Monday, giving him 28 home runs on the year.  [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] If Pujols can keep it up, he has a chance to do something he's never done before in his career. Albert Pujols now on a 51-homer pace. He's never hit 50 in his career. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 21, 2015 Behind his strong play, the Angels have now won five straight games. The team holds a two game lead on the Astros in the American League West. PAULSEN LEADS ROX TO VICTORY Colorado Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen was nearly the goat, but wound up playing the hero Monday against the Texas Rangers. Paulsen picked up the walk-off hit during the club's 8-7 victory. Earlier in the contest, Paulsen made a huge mistake. With the Rockies up by four, and two men on, Prince Fielder grounded out to Paulsen at first. Paulsen tagged the base, and started running toward the dugout, believing that was the final out of the inning. He was wrong. Fielder's groundout was only the second out of the inning. One run scored from third due to the groundout, but another came in from second due to Paulsen's gaffe. That closed the gap to 7-5. The Rangers would eventually complete the comeback, tying things up in the ninth inning. That set the stage for Paulsen in the bottom of the frame.  With men on first and second, Paulsen smashed a single to center field, plating the winning run, and saving his reputation in the process. The Rockies improved to 40-51 with the win. PADRES CONTINUE WINNING WAYS Unless the San Diego Padres can go on a winning streak, they are going to be looked at as sellers at the deadline. The team is on their way to changing their fortunes, however, winning their fifth straight contest Monday against the San Francisco Giants. With the win, the Padres improved to 44-49 on the year. They still trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 8.5 games in the National League West. The team is only six games out of a wild card spot, and could opt to buy at the deadline if they can extend this streak a bit longer. Matt Kemp was able to play the hero during the contest, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning. After a slow start, Kemp has started to come around in July. The outfielder is hitting .298/.377/.574 since the beginning of the month. That's a small sample, but Kemp also went on a huge second half run last season. The 30-year-old Kemp is hitting .257/.301/.408 over 386 plate appearances this year. HARVEY KNOCKED AROUND IN METS LOSS New York Mets starter Matt Harvey has been one of the bright spots for the club this season. but he had trouble Monday against the Washington Nationals. Harvey struggled against Washington during the team's 7-2 loss. Harvey's main issue was his lack of control. He walked four batters during the contest. Walks have actually been a big problem for Harvey lately. In his last three starts, he's walked 13 batters. Harvey managed to go seven innings Monday despite the lack of control, but his overall numbers weren't great. He allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits. Harvey struck out three during the start.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Following the rocky start, the right-hander has a 3.19 ERA on the year. The Mets sit at 48-45 after the loss. Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Jon Lester flirts with no-hitter, ends 10-start winless streak (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. On a hot and humid night in Atlanta, Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester put the Braves' bats in the deep freeze and ended a personal 10-start winless streak in Chicago's 4-0 victory. The 31-year-old veteran flirted with history as well, carrying a no-hit bid into the eighth inning. Longtime Cubs nemesis A.J. Pierzynski broke that bid up with a clean single leading off the frame. Had Lester gone the distance, he would have become just the 28th pitcher in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] The circumstances would have been unusual, too. Lester's no-hit bid seemed to disappear almost immediately, as Atlanta's Nick Markakis reached base in the first inning on what was originally scored a single. However, just before the sixth inning, official scorer Jack Wilkinson changed it to an error on third baseman Kris Bryant, putting Lester back on track. Official scorer just changed Nick Markakis IF 1B in first inning to an error on Kris Bryant. Jon Lester now has a no-hitter through six. — JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) July 19, 2015 With Lester's pitch count on the rise, he nearly saw the no-hitter disappear again in the seventh when Jonny Gomes hit a rocket to the left-field corner that just hooked foul. The ball had home run distance, but was nothing more than a strike. Lester finished the outing with two hits allowed over 7 1/3 scoreless frames. The victory was his first since May 16 and just his fifth this season. KERSHAW FANS 14 AS DODGERS EVEN SERIES It didn't take Clayton Kershaw long to get over his loss in the All-Star game. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace was absolutely on fire Saturday, striking out a season-high 14 in a 4-2 win against the Washington Nationals. Washington had next to no chance against Kershaw, mustering just three hits during his eight scoreless innings. Kershaw fanned exactly two batters in each of the seven innings, which on its own is impressive. That streak was snapped when Kershaw failed to K a batter in the eighth. Overall, Kershaw had struck out at least one batter in 18 straight innings. That begs a question. It's Game 7 of the WS. Bases are loaded with two outs. Your best hitter is at the plate. Who would you prefer he face, Chapman or Kershaw? — Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) July 18, 2015 It's a fresh Kershaw too. You can't say..."Kershaw at 100 pitches." Nope. He's just as fresh as Chapman. — Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) July 18, 2015 We know who Bryce Harper might pick though. He went 0-for-3 against Kershaw on Saturday. With Kershaw gone in the ninth, he launched a two-run shot off Kenley Jansen, his 27th this season. The weekend series is now split with Zack Greinke set to face Max Scherzer at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday. If you have other plans, cancel them. GARRETT RICHARDS TWO-HITS RED SOX The dominant pitching continued later Saturday as Angels right-hander Garrett Richards fired a two-hit shutout in their 3-0 win against the Boston Red Sox.   Richards allowed just three baserunners overall and retired Boston's final 15 hitters in order to complete the Angels' second shutout is as many days. Los Angeles won the series opener 1-0 on Mike Trout's walk-off home run. Richards struck out six in the outing and needed 113 pitches to go the distance.  Offensively, the Angels were quiet as well, collecting just five hits in the game. Kole Calhoun had three of them, including a pair of solo home runs off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Pablo Sandoval had both hits for Boston.   With the win and a Houston loss on Saturday, the Angels' lead in the AL West lead is now a season-best 1 1/2 games.  ROBINSON CANO GOES DEEP TWICE IN NEW YORK If the Seattle Mariners have any hopes of making a second-half run, they'll need a major bounce back from Robinson Cano. With that in mind, Saturday's results had to be very encouraging. The former New York Yankees second baseman returned to Yankee Stadium and tore up his old squad, delivering a pair of home runs and driving in all four runs in Seattle's 4-3 victory. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Indeed, that has all the making of a desperately needed breakout game. Both of Cano's home runs were two-run shots and both came off Yankees starter Michael Pineda. The first was a shot to straight-away center field in the first inning. In the sixth, Cano visited the short porch in right. Not that the Mariners will be picky about such things, they're just happy to get the production and the victory. The multi-homer game was the 14th of Cano's career and his first since signing with Seattle last offseason. Cano now has 22 home runs overall (eight this season) in 245 games for the Mariners. Obviously, they were counting on more power production, but maybe, just maybe, a corner was finally turned. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Nationals place RHP Carpenter on DL, recall LHP Solis (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder inflammation. [read full article]

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Nats reinstate pitcher Carpenter from the paternity list (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have reinstated right-hander David Carpenter from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Taylor Hill to Triple-A Syracuse. [read full article]

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Johnny Cueto goes the distance in final bid for the All-Star team (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. In his final start before the final vote for the All-Star Game comes to an end, Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto may have converted some voters. He was dominant during a 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.  Cueto, who is one of the five finalists for the National League's All-Star team, was sure to receive a lot of votes given that the game will by held in Cincy, but this performance likely snagged him a few votes from non-Reds fans. Cueto tossed a complete game shutout against the Nationals on Tuesday. He allowed just two hits during the dominant outing. Cueto walked one and struck out 11 in the contest.  To make things even more dramatic, it may have been Cueto's final start as a Red. The 29-year-old is expected to be dealt before the trade deadline, so every start he makes for Cincinnati now falls into this category.  With the performance, Cueto now has a 2.61 ERA on the season.  CANO WALKS IT OFF FOR MARINERS Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hasn't put up his usual numbers this season. During the team's 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers, Cano may have finally pulled out of his season-long slump. He got things going in the fifth inning. With the game tied, Cano belted a 95 mph fastball from Alex Wilson out to center for the go-ahead run. Yoenis Cespedes wouldn't stand for that, and managed to tie the game in the top of the eighth with his own solo shot. That set the stage for Cano again. In the bottom of the 11th, the Mariners were threatening with men on first and second. Cano stepped to the plate hoping to deliver a walk-off hit. He came through. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Cano singled home the game-winning run on an 89 mph slider from Ian Krol. With the victory, the Mariners improved to 39-45 on the season. BRETT LAWRIE COMES THROUGH LATE The Oakland Athletics have been criticized for trading Josh Donaldson during the offseason, but Brett Lawrie briefly made them forget about that Tuesday. Lawrie came through with the game-winning home run during a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees.  Even more impressive is the fact that Lawrie's homer came against Dellin Betances. It came on a Betances curve, too, which is not an easy feat.  Lawrie with only the third homer off of a Betances curveball since the start of 2014, for those keeping track. — Owen Watson (@ohwatson) July 8, 2015 After a slow start, Lawrie has managed to raise his slash line to .291/.328/.432. All three of those figures represent his best performance in those categories since his debut in 2011.  With the win, the A's improved to 39-47 on the year. [read full article]

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