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1Jesse Chavez, OAK, SP51
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5Jason Kubel, MIN, RF28
6Jason Hammel, CHC, SP25
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6Erasmo Ramirez, SEA, SP-18
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Sunday start uncertain for Blake Beavan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) A shoulder ailment that forced Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan out after four innings of his last outing has resulted in uncertainty over who will start Sunday in Miami, per the Seattle Times. He was scheduled to pitch that afternoon.

Beavan had replaced the injured James Paxton in the battered Seattle rotation.


Reds manager comfortable with Jonathan Broxton at closer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:34 pm ET) Reds manager Bryan Price reiterated Wednesday his comfort level with reliever Jonathan Broxton filling in as closer while Aroldis Chapman (head) is on the disabled list.

"If you have somebody that's cemented into that role -- it doesn't mean he'll get every save opportunity -- but it does allow me to look at the game for eight innings," Price said, per MLB.com. "It gets convoluted when you're going to go 'OK, let's get to the ninth and see what's left and pick your option from that spot.'

"It's good to have Broxton back because it definitely settles some areas of our bullpen. It's one more pitcher closer to setting up our 'pen the way we want to."


Finding comfort level has been key for Devin Mesoraco
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:28 pm ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco entered play Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh leading the team in doubles (three) and RBI (nine) despite missing the first week of the season due to an oblique strain. He also entered Wednesday batting .500 (11 for 22) with three home runs.

"He's just kept it going really nicely," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "I think the fact that he knows he's our No. 1 guy, there's a lot more responsibility there for him. He knows he's going to play. If he goes 0 for 4, he'll be back in there the next day. That certainly lends to some confidence."

Mesoraco seemed to agree with his manager's assessment.

"It's just an overall comfort level that's the biggest thing," Mesoraco said Wednesday. "I'm comfortable with being the everyday guy. I'm comfortable with Bryan as the manager. I'm comfortable with being in the clubhouse and being around the guys. That's been the biggest thing."


Francisco Liriano dealt third straight loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:22 pm ET) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano dropped a third straight start Wednesday, as Pittsburgh managed just three hits off Johnny Cueto during a 4-0 loss to the Reds.

The Reds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Billy Hamilton scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. The deficit remained at one run until Joey Votto hit a two-run homer off Liriano with two outs in the seventh inning.

Liriano (0-3) was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven in seven innings. He lowered his ERA from 4.00 to 3.96.

The veteran left-handed hurler is expected to be back on the hill Monday in a rematch with the Reds.


Casey Coleman hooks up with Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) The Royals have signed right-hander Casey Coleman to a minor league contract and dispatched him to Triple-A Omaha, per the Kansas City Star.

Coleman compiled a 7-13 record and 5.76 ERA in three limited seasons with the Cubs, who waived him in spring training.


Johnny Cueto strikes out career-high 12 in CG shutout
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was masterful during a 4-0 win Wednesday against the Pirates. Cueto struck out a career-high 12 batters during a complete-game shutout.

Cueto (1-2) threw 71 of 107 pitches for strikes, while allowing just three hits and no walks in his third career shutout. He lowered his ERA to 1.50.

Cueto started the game with a strikeout of Jose Tabata on the way to the first of six 1-2-3 innings. He struck out miltiple batters in the second, fourth, eighth and ninth innings. The only hits he allowed were Tony Sanchez's infield single in the third, Andrew McCutchen's double in the fourth and Jordy Mercer's infield single in the fifth.

The right-handed hurler, who hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts, is scheduled to be back on the hill Tuesday in a rematch with the Pirates.


Athletics sign Blue Jays castoff Marcus Walden
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) The Athletics have claimed right-hander Marcus Walden off waivers after he was let go by Toronto on Tuesday. He has been sent to Triple-A Sacramento.

The 25-year-old Walden has yet to pitch in a major league game and has not put up strongly impressive numbers in the minors. He yielded 184 hits in 162 1/3 innings with just 88 strikeouts while compiling a 6-14 record at Double-A New Hampshire in 2013.


Struggling Dustin Pedroia back Wednesday for Red Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) John Farrell has told WEEI that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has overcome a left wrist injury enough to return to the Wednesday lineup. Pedroia will bat leadoff against the White Sox after missing the last two games.

Pedroia has struggled throughout the season. He has not achieved a multi-hit game since April 3, after which he has just seven hits in 45 at-bats. He has no home runs and just one RBI on the season. Pedroia has also yet to draw a walk.


Pirates getting Chris Stewart ready for return from DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:07 pm ET) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart (knee) will catch Jeff Locke's start for Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, but manager Clint Hurdle said a "plan is in place" for him to rejoin the major-league roster, per MLB.com.

"There's a couple of steps we still need to accomplish to get him ready to return," Hurdle said.


Manager says Starling Marte's swing 'doesn't look right'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte began Wednesday's game at Cincinnati on the bench before he had to replace Jose Tabata, who left the game after crashing into the outfield wall.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wanted to give Marte a break after his second straight three-strikeout performance.

"I don't know if he's trying too hard, or if the swing is disconnected," Hurdle said of Marte, per MLB.com. "But the swing doesn't look right to me. I just think he needs a day off to rest himself mentally. So we'll back him away from the flame. We've been too soft at the top of the order."


 
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