Vance Worley accepts Pirates’ outright assignment to Triple-A

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Pirates pitcher Vance Worley has accepted the team’s outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. The Pirates designated him for assignment on July 30, then outrighted him off of the 40-man roster on Friday to create roster space for Joe Blanton.

Worley, 27, has served as a swingman for the Pirates, making eight starts and 12 relief appearances. Across 69 innings, the right-hander has posted a 3.78 ERA with a 47/19 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely return to the majors in September when rosters expand.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.