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6Chase Anderson, ARI, SP-14
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Wilmer Flores smacks second home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:07 pm ET) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores went 1 for 2 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Braves Wednesday.

Flores was just 1 for 10 over his last four games before going yard Wednesday. He has hit .224/.258/.301 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 156 at-bats.


Jason Heyward slugs 11th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Mets Wednesday.

Heyward led off the game with a home run, getting right back on the board after his six-game hitting streak ended Tuesday. He has hit .270/.351/.391 with 11 home runs, 53 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 486 at-bats.


Craig Kimbrel picks up 39th save
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:02 pm ET) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 39th save Wednesday, giving up a hit and a walk but pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Mets.

Kimbrel had an atypical outing, throwing just 11 of his 21 pitches for strikes while failing to record a strikeout. He owns a 1.73 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 84:24 K:BB ratio in 52 innings.


Zack Wheeler strikes out seven in loss vs. Braves
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:00 pm ET) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took a loss Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Braves.

Wheeler (9-9) has been on a roll since late June, surrendering three earned runs or less in each of his last 11 outings (and two earned runs or less 10 times during that stretch). He surrendered a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning, his only home run allowed in the last three starts. Wheeler owns a 3.44 ERA and 155:68 K:BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Monday.


Julio Teheran allows one run in win vs. Mets
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:00 pm ET) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran earned a win Wednesday, giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 3-2 victory over the Mets.

Teheran (13-9) has delivered three straight quality starts, picking up a win in each. His only damage Wednesday came on a second inning solo home run. Teheran owns a 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 160:43 K:BB ratio in 189 innings. He's scheduled to square off with Phillies Monday.


Drew Smyly turns in fantastic start Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:57 pm ET) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Orioles. 

Smyly allowed one run on two hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one during the start. The Orioles picked up their only run in the second inning on a Chris Davis solo shot. Following that at-bat, Smyly retired the next 12 Orioles. His streak was broken by a two-out single in the sixth inning. Smyly threw 87 pitches during the appearance. 

With the win, Smyly improved to 9-10. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Kevin Gausman goes four innings Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:56 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman lasted four innings Wednesday against the Rays.

Gausman allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits over four innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the outing. Gausman was tagged early by the Rays. He gave up a double against the second batter he faced. With a runner on second, Matt Joyce reached on an error, causing the run to come home. Three straight singles managed to plate Joyce and load the bases. After a mound visit, Gausman escaped the inning. An error also hurt Gausman in the second inning. A throwing error put the leadoff man on base. That run would come around to score on a sac fly later in the inning.

With the loss, Gausman dropped to 7-6. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start.


Joe Kelly picks up no decision despite strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:51 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Kelly allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Toronto was able to get to Kelly in the first inning. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Bautista belted his 26th home run of the year. Kelly was able to settle in at that point. While he put two men on in the second inning, Kelly was able to work around it, keeping the Blue Jays off the board. He wasn’t really threatened by Toronto over the rest of his start.

The Red Sox mounted a comeback in the sixth inning, putting Kelly in line for the win. He improved to 3-3. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Marcus Stroman wins one Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned in an excellent start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Stroman allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Stroman was fantastic early, tossing five scoreless frames to begin the game. He didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth inning, when David Ortiz managed to knock a single. Stroman did manage to get himself in trouble in the sixth inning. With one out, David Ross managed to reach on a fielding error. Stroman lost his composure briefly, giving up three straight singles to tie the game. He then threw a wild pitch, which scored another run. 

The Blue Jays were able to mount a comeback in the seventh, putting Stroman in position for the win. He improved to 8-5. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Homer Bailey not cleared to throw after MRI
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:13 pm ET) The Reds have not cleared pitcher Homer Bailey to resume throwing after learning the results of a recent MRI Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

"Unfortunately, it's not healing the way we thought it would," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "He's unfortunately very frustrated, [but] I have to think about his arm for the future as well, not just the next four weeks. We're trying to figure out what's the best thing for him."

Bailey has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a strained flexor mass tendon. He could have a second PRP injection to help his healing, though that would delay his throwing scheduled by another week.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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