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Rays' Drew Smyly knocked around but gets no-decision Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:21 pm ET) Twins starter Drew Smyly was bailed out by his offense on Thursday, though he did not factor in the final decision. Smyly went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Smyly was given a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he allowed the Twins to creep back into it. He allowed a run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game. Then he gave up two runs in the fourth, including a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. Smyly left the game trailing 4-2.

But the Rays were able to rally back and get Smyly off the hook, as they went on to win 5-4.

In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Smyly is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA.


Twins' Tommy Milone unable to hang on to lead in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:14 pm ET) Twins starter Tommy Milone was roughed up a bit in his outing against the Rays on Thursday. The left-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, as the Twins lost by a score of 5-4. 

Milone (6-4, 3.86 ERA) got off to a bad start, as he allowed the Rays to score twice in the first inning, including a solo home run by Logan Forsythe.

The Twins rallied to take a 4-2 lead over the next few innings. But Milone gave up another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Milone last pitched on Sunday, working the 12th inning and picking up his first-career save in a 4-3 win over the Orioles. In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Milone is 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA


Pirates RP Mark Melancon shuts the door for 41st save Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:07 pm ET) Pirates closer Mark Melancon did what he does best on Thursday, as he protected a 2-1 victory over the Marlins. Melancon worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his MLB-leading 41st save.


Marlins SP Justin Nicolino shines, takes tough loss on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:03 pm ET) Marlins rookie starter Justin Nicolino was excellent in his outing against the Pirates on Thusday. The young left-hander allowed two runs on six hits over six strong innings. He struggled a bit with his command, as he walked four and struck out just one. But it was still an impressive outing against a strong offense.

Nicolino was stuck with a hard-luck loss however, as the Marlins were unable to do much against Gerrit Cole. The Marlins were defeated by a score of 2-1.

Nicolino (2-2, 3.65 ERA) allowed a run to score in the second inning, and then served up a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez in the fourth. That was all the damage done against the rookie, as he was able to limit the scoring despite the control issues.

The youngster has been impressive lately. He has allowed exactly two runs in each of his last three starts, pitching into the eighth in his last two. But he has just one win over that three-start stretch.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole terrific against Marlins on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:00 pm ET) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was brilliant in his start against the Marlins on Thursday. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits over 7 1/3 solid innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Cole's strong start earned him a victory, as the Pirates held on for the 2-1 win.

The only run Cole allowed came on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Cole improved to 15-7 and lowered his ERA to 2.44 with the dominant effort.

After giving up three runs or more in three straight starts, Cole has allowed a total of two runs over his last two starts. Overall, in six August starts, Cole went 1-3 with a 3.14 ERA.


Nationals CF Michael Taylor leaves with knee injury Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:32 pm ET) As if the Nationals could use any more bad news, their young center fielder Michael Taylor was forced to leave Thursday's game with a right knee injury. Taylor collided with the center field wall at Nationals Park and was removed from the game.

Taylor was 0 for 2 before leaving the game. The Nationals should supply an update on Taylor's status before too long.


Yankees LF Dustin Ackley slams double in first rehab game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:28 pm ET) Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley doubled in a run and scored in four at-bats Thursday in his first rehab game for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Ackley is dealing with a herniated disk that has kept him sidelined since Aug. 2.


Orioles' Mike Wright looks good in first rehab start Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:28 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Mike Wright began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. The rookie right-hander went four innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out one, throwing 31 of his 51 pitches for strikes.

Wright has been out of action since the middle of July due to an oblique injury. It is not yet clear when the Orioles expect Wright to return to the team, nor what his role will be once he returns. 


Mets SP Steven Matz (lat) to make final rehab start Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:13 pm ET) Mets rookie pitcher Steven Matz will indeed make another rehab start for Double-A Binghampton. The young left-hander will start on Monday for Binghampton. The Mets are then expected to activate and recall him to the Major Leagues on Monday. 

Matz is recovering from a partially torn lat muscle that has kept him on the disabled list since the middle of July. 


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar out of game after HPB on hand
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has been removed from the game Thursday night against San Diego after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, per Comcast SportsNet.

He remained on the bases, but left when his team took the field in the bottom of the inning.

The specifics of the injury have yet to be revealed.


 
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