Garrett Richards earned his 10th win of the season after giving up just one run on six hits and a walk with a season-high 11 strikeouts over 7.1 innings against the Astros on Sunday.
Richards has now thrown seven-straight quality starts and dropped his ERA to 2.71 with a 1.07 WHIP and a 119:41 K:BB over 116.1 innings this season. The walks tend to get the better of him at times, but overall, he is pitching as close to lights-out as anyone would have ever expected from him coming into the season. His final start before the All Star break is a tough one though as he heads into Arlington to face the Rangers. Granted, their lineup isn't what it was once perceived to be, but it's still loaded with talent and the ballpark remains extremely hitter-friendly. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Yankees grant RHP Scott Baker his unconditional release.
Baker was enjoying a serviceable career when he was with the Twins, but Tommy John surgery in 2012 derailed his career. He has yet to return to that form he exhibited when he was a starter in Minnesota and the Yankees have released the 33-year old. Baker could get signed by a team who believes that they can jump start his spiraling career. Analysis: Colby Conway