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Rays move P Nathan Karns from rotation to bullpen
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) The Rays have dispatched young starter Nathan Karns to the bullpen, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The team is trying to limit his innings, which is up to 144 this season. Karns has not performed as well of late, posting a 4.97 ERA in August. He has four consecutive no-decisions and has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings.

He is 7-5 with a respectable 3.69 ERA on the year.


Padres' Yonder Alonso, Derek Norris not in Wednesday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:13 pm ET) Padres infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Derek Norris were held out of Wednesday's lineup against the Dodgers, the team announced.

Alonso is dealing with a back injury, while Norris suffered a hyperextended left shoulder and elbow during Tuesday's game.


Giants release SS Everth Cabrera
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:09 pm ET) The Giants parted ways with shortstop Everth Cabrera on Wednesday, reports CSN Bay Area. Cabrera was signed to a minor-league deal earlier this season, but was never called up.

Report: Zack Godley set to start for Diamondbacks on Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:04 pm ET) Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley will be promoted in time to take the mound Friday against the Cubs, per azcentral.com.

Godley was sent down on Aug. 24 after performing well in five appearances, including three starts. He won all four of his decisions and posted a fine 1.90 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.


Cubs RP Hector Rondon gives up go-ahead home run in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:01 pm ET) Cubs closer Hector Rondon suffered his third loss of the season, as he served up the go-ahead, three-run home run to Joey Votto in the 7-4 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Rondon (5-3) snapped an 11-game scoreless streak with Wednesday's blast. It was the first home run he had allowed since May 22, spanning 41 appearances.


Ankle issue has Cardinals SP Lance Lynn scratched Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn will not be a starting pitcher this weekend as first planned. He has been skipped in the rotation due to a mild ankle sprain, per KMOV. Lynn had been scheduled to pitch Friday in the opener of a key series against Pittsburgh.

The right-hander is coming off one of his finest performances of the season when he tossed seven shutout innings in San Francisco.

His injury is not considered serious, so he appears likely to pitch against the Cubs in another important set next week.


Joey Votto powers Reds to win with late three-run home run
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:56 pm ET) Joey Votto was the offensive hero for the Reds once again, as he helped his club defeat the Cubs 7-4 on Wednesday. Votto, who went 2 for 5 on the afternoon, blasted a three-run home run to snap a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning. 

The home run was his 27th of the year and his second in as many games. It was also his 10th go-ahead home run of the season. 

Overall, Votto is hitting a ridiculous .429 with four homers and 10 RBI over his last 10 games. 


Reds RP Aroldis Chapman survives shaky inning for 27th save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:48 pm ET) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman had to dance out of danger to record his 27th save of the year on Wednesday against the Cubs. Chapman entered the ninth inning with the Reds up by three, and he allowed two of the first three batters to reach safely, bringing the tying run to the plate.

But he enduced a fielder's choice groundout and got Dexter Fowler swinging to close out the game and protect the 7-4 win.


Report: Mets will promote RP Dario Alvarez on Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) Lefty reliever Dario Alvarez will be rejoining the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, according to ESPN. He could not be promoted when the rosters expanded Tuesday because he had not spent the required 10 days in the minors.

Alvarez spent two days in the bigs, but did not get into a game. He was sent down to make room for the returning David Wright.

He has earned the trip to New York with just 26 hits allowed in 41 2/3 innings and 61 strikeouts at the Triple-A level.


Cubs SP Jason Hammel not at his best on Wednesday vs. Reds
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:43 pm ET) Cubs starter Jason Hammel turned in a subpar outing against the Reds on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over five-plus innings. He struck out four, but he has now given up at least four runs in two of his last four starts.

Hammel served up a home run to Jason Bourgeois to lead off the game. Another run scored in the second, putting the Cubs down 2-0 early. The Cubs got two back in the third and fourth to tie the game, but Hammel gave the lead right back with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The veteran right-hander left with a no-decision, as the Cubs rallied to tie the game again before the Reds eventually took the 7-4 victory.

Hammel's ERA now sits at 3.55, which is the highest it's been since the beginning of May. 


 
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