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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. 


Reds SP Raisel Iglesias shines with arm and bat, gets no-decision
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:37 pm ET) Reds starter Raisel Iglesias was excellent in his outing against the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. The rookie right-hander went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out 10, but was left with a no-decision for his efforts.

The Reds scored twice in the first two innings to give Iglesias a 2-0 lead. But solo home runs in the third (Tommy La Stella) and fourth innings (Anthony Rizzo) tied the game up. The Reds got two runs back to regain the lead, and Iglesias left the game with the Reds up 4-2.

But the bullpen coughed up the lead before the Reds rallied one last time and held on to the 7-4 win.

This was Iglesias' third straight start with at least 10 strikeouts, and he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since the end of July.

He helped himself with the bat as well in this one, as he hit an RBI triple in the fifth inning. 


Collins seeking to skip another start for Mets P Matt Harvey
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) Terry Collins will not mortgage the future of Mets stud starter Matt Harvey just to insure a division title in 2015. So he is planning on having the right-hander skip another start sometime before the end of the regular season, ESPN has reported.

Harvey, who already lost his Aug. 23 outing against Colorado, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. He has thrown 160 innings this season. Doctors have advised that he pitches no more than 180.

Skipping Harvey one more time and going with a six-man rotation the rest of the year would give him five more starts. Barring a few early departures from the mound, he will certainly surpass that total.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton (shoulder) begins throwing
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Shelved Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was slated to begin throwing Wednesday as part of his rehab from a shoulder injury that landed him on the disabled list on Aug. 19.

"Right now ... he's pain-free in all of his activity," Bryan Price told MLB.com. "I'm hoping for a good report when he gets done playing catch today. Hopefully we can initiate swinging the bat."

Hamilton is eligible for activation Friday, but will not return that quickly. The team would prefer he continues his rehab in the minors, but the farm teams for the Reds all end their seasons Monday.


Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt gets rare day off on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:25 pm ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Goldschmidt is getting his first day off since May 21. In other words, he had started 92 straight games prior  to Wednesday.

The MVP candidate is batting .265 with three home runs over his last 10 games. With Goldschmidt out, Jake Lamb is making his second career-start at first base.


Lovullo: Red Sox P Clay Buchholz could still pitch this year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:18 pm ET) Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo has the following message for President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski in regard to the latter stating that pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the year:

Not so fast.

Lovullo would like to see Buchholz back on the mound by the end of the season, even if it's for one appearance. Buchholz has received clearance to resume throwing after losing the last seven weeks to a strained right flexor. He made 24 tosses from 75 feet Wednesday.

"He's reported that he's feeling very, very good," Lovullo told MLB.com. "We're definitely monitoring that. He's really encouraged by where he's at and how he's feeling. ... It would be great if he could throw one inning just to see where he's at from a mental standpoint, just to give him some confidence moving into the offseason. That's all contingent on him feeling good."

If Buchholz is done for the season, he will end it at 7-7 with a strong 3.26 ERA.


Cardinals align their rotation for weekend clash with Pirates
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:14 pm ET) The Cardinals have set their rotation for the big weekend series against the Pirates. Carlos Martinez, who was skipped on Tuesday due to a back injury, will open the series on Friday.

Jaime Garcia and John Lackey will follow on Saturday and Sunday respectively, according to MLB.com.

The Cardinals enter play on Wednesday six games ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central, with six more head-to-head matchups left on the schedule for 2015.


Mets' Wilmer Flores not with team due to family emergency
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will not play in Wednesday's game after leaving the team due to a family emergency, reports The Wall Street Journal. Flores is expected to rejoin the team for Friday's contest in Miami.

 
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