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July 12

Mad about Bumgarner

The Giants have two elite rookies playing for them this season. And they both have awesome names.

Madison Bumgarner held the Nationals to one earned run over six innings in Sunday's 6-2 Giants win to earn his second Major League victory and join Buster Posey among the game's top young players.

Mad-Bum, a 20-year-old southpaw, has tossed three consecutive quality starts, yielding just one earned run over his past 15 innings. He has a 11/3 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in that span.

As an owner of a shiny 2.57 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, Bumgarner clearly has eased any skepticism related to his lack of velocity and there's little reason why this highly regarded youngster should be unowned in any formats going forward.

On with the Rundown ...

The Twins avoided getting swept by the Tigers with a 6-3 victory. Michael Cuddyer rocketed a two-run double to help out Carl Pavano, who held Detroit to three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings of six-strikeout ball to improve to 10-6 with a 3.58 ERA. Miguel Cabrera's RBI double extended his hitting streak to 19 games, while rookie southpaw Andy Oliver (L, 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER) fell to 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his fourth Major League start. Expect it to be a while before the youngster makes his fifth.

Back-to-back homers by Darnell McDonald and David Ortiz translated into a 3-2 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. Daisuke Matsuzaka was sharp in this one, striking out five and allowing two runs over six walk-free innings to earn his sixth win.

Johan Santana spun another gem in the Mets' 3-0 win over the Braves, striking out five over seven scoreless innings to improve to 7-5 and lower his ERA to 2.98. Santana has allowed just one earned run over his past 25 innings and looks to be among the game's elite hurlers once again.

As noted earlier, Mad-Bum's Giants downed the Nationals, 6-2. Travis Ishikawa drove in three off a pair of singles and Buster Posey legged out a two-run triple off Livan Hernandez, who was tagged for five runs over as many innings.

The Rundown
Player Team Stats
Bobby Abreu LAA 2-for-4, 2B, HR, SB
Jake Arrieta BAL W, 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K vs. TEX
Madison Bumgarner SF W, 6 IP, ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K vs. WAS
Trevor Cahill OAK W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K vs. LAA
Carl Crawford TB 2-for-5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBIs, BB, SB
Cole Hamels PHI W, 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K vs. WAS
Scott Hairston SD 4-for-5, RBI, R, 2 SB
Matt Holliday STL 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs
Andruw Jones CWS 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs
James Loney LAD 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBIs
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS W, 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K vs. TOR
Vicente Padilla LAD W, 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, 6 K vs. CHC
Carl Pavano MIN W, 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 6 K vs. DET
Carlos Quentin CWS 2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBIs
CC Sabathia NYY W, 7 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, K vs. SEA
Johan Santana NYM W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K vs. ATL
Mark Teixeira NYY 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Marcus Thames NYY 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Dayan Viciedo CWS 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 R

The Phillies and Reds engaged in another pitching duel in a 1-0 Philly win, as Cole Hamels blanked Cincy for 7 2/3 innings to earn his seventh win. Matt Maloney fell to 0-2 despite limiting the Phils to one run over six innings.

The Rays edged the Indians, 6-5, thanks to a big day by Carl Crawford, who scored thrice, launched his 11th homer and stole his 31st base. Meanwhile, Matt Holliday's three-run homer was the difference in the Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Astros. Wandy Rodriguez (L, 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 K) saw his three-game winning streak come to a halt.

Carlos Quentin finished his first half with a bang, homering twice and driving in five runs in the White Sox's 15-5 win over the Royals. It was Quentin's third two-homer game in his past four starts, as the fiery outfielder heads into the break with 19 taters to his name. Quentin wasn't the only Chicago slugger doing damage, as Andruw Jones homered and drove in four, Alex Rios launched a two-run bomb and rookie hot cornerman Dayan Viciedo cracked a solo blast and scored thrice. Pat yourself on the back if you saw a yikes-list performance coming here, as Andrew Lerew was shellacked for eight earned runs over 2 2/3 innings to drop to 1-3 with a 7.56 ERA. Meanwhile, highly touted rookie prospect Dan Hudson was unable to impress in his 2010 debut, taking no decision after hurling four innings of five-earned-run ball.

Corey Hart's two-run walk-off homer off Octavio Dotel catapulted the Brewers to a 6-5 win over the Pirates, while Jake Arrieta's stellar outing (W, 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 K) translated into a 4-1 Orioles win over the Rangers and a rare O's four-game sweep.

Scott Hairston ripped four singles and stole a pair of bases and Everth Cabrera launched his first homer -- a two-run shot -- in the Padres' 9-7 win over the Rockies. Colorado's Miguel Olivo laced a trio of hits to raise his average to a robust .325, and San Diego hurler Clayton Richard was tagged for six runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision effort.

Trevor Cahill was lights-out in the A's 5-2 win over the Angels, scattering five hits, issuing a pair of walks and allowing no earned runs over seven innings to improve to 9-3 with a 2.94 ERA. Jack Cust ripped a two-run blast off Jered Weaver (L, 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 K) for his fourth tater.

CC Sabathia went seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits with one strikeout, to earn his 12th victory in the Yankees' 8-2 win over the Mariners. Mark Teixeira doubled twice on a four-hit afternoon and Marcus Thames cranked a two-run homer for his third round-tripper of the year. Seattle starter Ryan Rowland-Smith fell to 1-9 after yielding six runs (four earned) over four innings.

Alex Sanabia tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his debut start, as the Marlins edged the D-backs, 2-0. Arizona rookie Bobby Enright was solid again in a tough-luck loss, falling to 1-2 despite holding the Marlins to two runs over five innings of three-strikeout ball to raise his ERA to 3.45.

The Dodgers blanked the Cubs, 7-0, as Vicente Padilla was impressive yet again, holding the Cubs to two hits and one walk while striking out six over eight innings to improve to 4-2 with a 4.04 ERA. Padilla has been magnificent over his past four starts, yielding five runs in 28 2/3 innings, a run of success that works out to a sparkling 1.57 ERA. The same can't be said for Carlos Silva, who was lit up for six runs in 1 1/3 innings to fall to 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA. Most of Silva's damage came courtesy of a three-run James Loney tater and RBI single.

Friday's yikes list

Aforementioned L. Hernandez, Oliver, Silva, Rowland-Smith, Weaver, Lerew, Dotel, Hudson, Richard.

Justin Masterson -- ND, 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 K vs. TB

Coco Crisp -- 0-for-4, 3 K