Yovani Gallardo handcuffs Giants in Brewers’ 6-0 victory

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Yovani Gallardo tossed eight scoreless innings to become baseball’s fourth seven-game winner as the Brewers beat the Giants 6-0 on Sunday.

Gallardo, who opened the season with a 6.10 ERA in seven starts, joined Jon Lester, Kevin Correia and Cole Hamels at seven victories.  He’s 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last five outings.

With Gallardo had 109 pitches, manager Ron Roenicke declined to let him go for his second shutout of the season.  LaTroy Hawkins finished up with a scoreless ninth.

The Giants have been shut out twice and scored a total of seven runs while losing three out of four games since Buster Posey suffered a season-ending ankle injury.  They gave Brandon Belt his first start today, and he went 1-for-3 while batting sixth.  All six of the team’s hits were singles.

Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun both had three hits as the Brewers won for the eighth time in nine games to improve to 29-24 on the season.

Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment

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Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.

Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.

Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.

Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.