MLB All-Star break update
Tampa Bay Rays' Logan Forsythe follows through on a single that scored Yunel Escobar during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3-0. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
All 30 MLB teams played their last game before the All-Star break Sunday.
That means the seven former Arkansas players that have seen action in the majors this year have a four-day break, as none were chosen to participate in the All-Star game.
Here's a look at how each did in the first half of the 2014 season.
Mike Bolsinger - Arizona Diamondbacks
Bolsinger made his MLB debut in April out the bullpen, but since then he's strictly been a starter for the Diamondbacks.
His numbers aren't great - 1-6 record, 5.50 ERA, 48 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings pitched - and he's split his time between Arizona and triple-A Reno.
In his lone MLB win, he didn't allow an earned run and gave up only four hits while walking two batters and striking out seven. The seven strike outs are a career-high.
After being called up from triple-A the second time, Bolsinger had three straight quality starts, but had an 0-2 record thanks to poor run support.
He ended the first half on a bad note, however, giving up five earned runs in back-to-back starts.
Logan Forsythe - Tampa Bay Rays
In his first season with the Rays, Forsythe has appeared in 69 games. He played a majority of those games at second base, but has also seen action at first base, third base, shortstop and left field and as a designated hitter and pinch hitter.
He is batting .243 with three home runs and 15 RBI. Forsythe also has eight doubles, one triple and 22 runs scored.
The former Razorback has had 14 multi-hit games, with his best game coming in a win against the Baltimore Orioles June 28. He went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and one walk.
In the Rays last game before the All-Star break, Forsythe had an RBI-single that gave Tampa Bay its first run of the game, which it won 3-0 over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Craig Gentry - Oakland Athletics
Like Forsythe, Gentry is playing his first season with a new team. In 73 games, he's played all three outfield positions, mostly in center, for the A's.
He is batting .271 with no home runs and seven RBI. While he doesn't have a long ball, Gentry does have five doubles, one triple and 31 runs scored.
In an extra-inning win over the Los Angeles Angels April 15, Gentry went 3-for-4, his only three-hit game of the season and one of 12 multi-hit games.
Also like Forsythe, he capped the first half with an RBI-single that gave Oakland its first run against the Seattle Mariners. The hit also tied the game, which the A's ultimately won 4-1.
Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros
Keuchel was the Razorbacks' best shot at getting a former player into the All-Star game, as he made it onto the American League Final Vote ballot before falling short in the vote.
Playing for one of the worst teams in the majors, the left-hander is 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings pitched.
In May, he had a pair of nine-inning complete games sandwiched around a start in which he went 8 2/3 innings. He won all four games, not allowing an earned run in either complete game and allowing only two earned runs in the other start.
He wasn't as sharp in his last start before the All-Star break, but he earned the win despite giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies
When Lee has been healthy, he has been the All-Star most have come to expect from him.
Before going on the disabled list with a strained left elbow in May, he was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched.
Against the Atlanta Braves on April 16, Lee gave up 11 hits, but managed to toss a complete game and give up only one earned run in the Phillies' 1-0 loss. He struck out a season-high 13 batters in the game.
He also had 10 strikeouts in eight innings in his next start, a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lee is scheduled to make his third, and possibly last, rehab start Monday. Many experts believe he could be involved in a trade before the July 31 trade deadline.
Blake Parker - Chicago Cubs
Parker has gone back and forth between the Cubs and triple-A Iowa all season.
With the big-league club, he has struggled, giving up six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched, for an ERA of 9.53.
In his last outing for the Cubs, though, he gave up one hit and no runs while striking out three batters in two innings of work. He picked up the win as he pitched the final two innings of the Cub's 6-4 extra inning win over the Reds July 10.
Parker was rewarded by being sent back down to triple-A, where he leads the Pacific Coast League in saves and is Iowa's all-time saves leader.
Drew Smyly - Detroit Tigers
Smyly began the season in the Tigers' bullpen before being moved into the starting rotation.
His numbers don't jump off the screen - 5-8 record, 4.00 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings pitched - but he is the No. 5 starter for a team that has a 6.5-game lead in the AL Central.
The left-hander's best game was a win against the Kansas City Royals May 3 in which he didn't allow a run in seven innings of work. The Royals managed only two hits and Smyly struck out six batters while walking only two.
Despite giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched in his last start before the All-Star break, he earned the win because the Tigers pounded out 16 runs on 19 hits.
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