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Yu Darvish takes the loss in rain-shortened start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:49 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was saddled with the loss Wednesday against the Yankees.

Darvish allowed two runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks. The only blemish against Darvish came in the third inning. He balked in a run from third, and then allowed a Brett Gardner solo home run. Rain hit in the fifth inning, with Darvish trailing 2-1. The game wound up being called, giving Darvish the loss.

With the loss, Darvish drops to 9-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Yankees. 


David Phelps picks up rain-shortened win
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:45 pm ET) Yankees pitcher David Phelps picked up a rain-shortened win Wednesday against the Rangers.

Phelps allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Aside from the second, Phelps put at least one batter on base each inning. He ran into some trouble in the top of the third, but was able to induce a double-play to end the threat. That double-play did allow the only run to score against Phelps.

With the win, Phelps improved to 5-4 on the year. His next start will come against the Rangers.


Lance Lynn strikes out seven in loss vs. Rays
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:42 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn took a loss Wednesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Rays.

Lynn (11-7) turned in his fourth straight quality start Wednesday, but he was outdueled by the opposition to end his three-game winning streak. He owns a 3.05 ERA and 117:49 K:BB ratio in 127 innings. Lynn is set to take on the Padres Tuesday.


Jake McGee earns ninth save Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:41 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his ninth save Wednesday agaisnt the Cardinals.

McGee was exceptional during his one inning of work. He entered the game with a three-run lead, and struck out the side. McGee did not allow a hit or a walk during the appearance. His ERA now sits at 1.40. 


Alex Cobb turns in fantastic start Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:38 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a fantastic performance Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Cobb tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits. He did not issue any walks and struck out 10. Cobb threw 104 pitches during the start. Cobb was masterful during the start. He struck out six batters over the first three innings. Cobb had three innings where he faced the minimum three batters. Cobb did run into trouble in the fourth inning, putting two men on, but was able to pitch out of the jam. Other than that, he cruised through the game.

With the win, Cobb improved to 6-6. He’s set to make his next start against the Brewers.


Rangers acquire two minor-league pitchers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:37 pm ET) The Rangers have acquired pitchers Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson from the Tigers.

Texas will give up closer Joakim Soria in the deal. Knebel has tossed 8 2/3 innings in the majors this season, but has mostly pitched in the minors. He has a 1.62 ERA spread over two levels. Thompson is currently in Double-A. He's posted a 3.06 ERA over two levels. 


Tigers set to acquire Joakim Soria
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:30 pm ET) The Tigers have traded for Rangers reliever Joakim Soria , according to 97.1 The Ticket. The move was confirmed by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Tigers bullpen has struggled this season, collectively posting a 4.41 ERA. That is the fifth worst figure among major-league bullpens. Soria has been solid this season, posting a 2.70 ERA over 33 1/3 innings. It's unclear whether Soria will be used as the closer, or if he'll set up Joe Nathan.


Freddie Freeman slugs 14th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:59 pm ET) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Freeman was just 1 for 24 in his previous six games coming into Wednesday, and his home run was just his first of the month. Even with his recent struggles, Freeman has still hit .284/.375/.479 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 388 at-bats.


Nathan Eovaldi gives up five runs in loss vs. Braves
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:55 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out two in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Braves.

Eovaldi (5-6) has gone 0-3 over his last five starts while surrendering 22 earned runs in 31 innings. He fell behind 5-0 after just two innings when he surrendered a three-run home run in the second frame. Eovaldi owns a 4.20 ERA and 90:26 K:BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Nationals Monday.


Ervin Santana strikes out 10 in win vs. Marlins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:54 pm ET) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana picked up a win Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 10 in his team's 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Santana (9-6) recorded double-digit strikeouts for just the second time this season after striking out only one batter in his previous start. He owns a 3.87 ERA and 107:37 K:BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. Santana is slated to face the Padres Monday.


 
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