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Cubs recall Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) The Cubs recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa before his scheduled start Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada has made one appearance with the Cubs, pitching five scoreless innings on July 8. He is 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 113 2/3 innings with Iowa this season.


Brandon Belt set for more tests
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:12 pm ET) The Giants are growing more concerned with first baseman Brandon Belt, who wasn't feeling much better Wednesday and had to be sent back to the hotel, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Belt is scheduled to undergo further tests in San Franicsco as he continues to deal with a concussion. He has ben sidelined since Saturday.


Chris Archer to pitch Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) Rays pitcher Chris Archer is set to start Sunday against the Red Sox.

The team will push back Archer one day in order to bring Jeremy Hellickson back. Hellickson was sent down in order to remain on normal rest, and will return to the lineup Saturday. Archer has a 3.31 ERA over 119 2/3 innings of work.


Greg Holland perfect in closing out White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:04 pm ET) The Royals needed closer Greg Holland to nail down their second straight win and provide some momentum and he did just that Wednesday.

Holland retired the White Sox in order after his team took the lead in the ninth inning. He fanned Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie to nail down his 26th save. He required just 14 pitches to complete the job.


Jeremy Hellickson to return Saturday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is set to return to the rotation Saturday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Hellickson was optioned to the minors recently, but the move was made in order to keep him on a normal schedule. He'll take on the Red Sox Saturday. Hellickson has made one start in the majors this season. He gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals.


James Shields pitches well for seven innings in no-decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) Royals ace James Shields pitched like an ace Wednesday against the host White Sox, but came away with a no-decision.

Shields surrendered just one run on six hits in seven innings. He walked one and fanned seven while yielding only a first-inning single to Adam Dunn for the lone run. The performance was a strong one for Shields, who has been a bit inconsistent of late.

He will try to take his momentun and run with it Tuesday against Minnesota.


Tommy Medica returns to starting lineup Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Padres first baseman Tommy Medica is back in the starting lineup and batting cleanup in his team's game against the Cubs Wednesday.

Medica has been dealing with a groin injury that has limited him to four pinch-hit appearances since July 8. He has hit .226/.271/.403 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 124 at-bats.


Jose Quintana good, but not good enough for Wednesday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana pitched well enough to win Wednesday against Kansas City - but he didn't, thanks to a meager offense.

Quintana yielded only one run on seven hits in seven innings with two walks and three strikeouts. His outing was marred only by an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly in the first inning that came after a Lorenzo Cain double.

His next start is scheduled for Tuesday night at Detroit.


Evan Gattis says back responding well
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis said Wednesdat that his back has responded well to the two games he has played since returning from the disabled list, MLB.com reports.

Gattis is just 1 for 7 with a walk over his last two games, and he added that he is still working to regain his timing after missing close to a month on the disabled list. He has hit .286/.339/.545 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 231 at-bats.


Carlos Gomez records fourth triple
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:48 pm ET) Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez had an RBI triple and finished 2 for 4 with one run during a 5-1 win Wednesday against the Reds. It was his fourth triple this season.

Gomez is batting .340 (16 for 47) with one home run, one triple, three doubles and six RBI in his last 12 games. He also has nine runs and four stolen bases in that span.


 
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