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J.A. Happ turns in a tough start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:30 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Wednesday against the Orioles.

Happ allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk during the outing. Steve Pearce appeared to be the main issue for Happ. Pearce belted a solo home run in the third inning, starting the scoring. With two men on in the fifth inning, Pearce struck again. His two home runs accounted for four of the five runs Happ allowed. After giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning, Happ was pulled. The run would come around to score, and was charged to Happ.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 10-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start. 


Bud Norris wins despite control issues
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris had some control issues Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Norris allowed two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked five and struck out four during the outing. Norris’ penchant for free passes nearly got him in trouble at a few points during the game. He put men on second and third with only one out in the second inning, but was able to work his way out of the jam. Norris also put two men on in his final inning of work. After getting a lineout, he was pulled from the game. Norris threw 108 pitches.

With the win, Norris improved to 14-8. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Steve Cishek earns 37th save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Marlins closer Steve Cishek secured his 37th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Mets.

Cishek has strung together eigth straight scoreless outings, striking out 13 and walking only two during that stretch. He owns a 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 81:21 K:BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.


Dillon Gee surrenders four runs in loss vs. Marlins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:24 pm ET) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee took a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Marlins.

Gee (7-8) had a pair of runs score in the first inning, one on a wild pitch and the next on an infield single. The Marlins tacked on another run in the second inning before adding to a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an RBI double. Gee, who didn't surrender a home run for the first time in four starts, owns a 3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92:43 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals next Wednesday.


Henderson Alvarez allows two runs in win vs. Mets
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:24 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 victory over the Mets.

Alvarez (11-6) was staked to a three-run lead early and was able to hold the Mets to a pair of runs on a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning. While his strikeouts have been somewhat lacking all season, the starter still owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 106:32 K:BB ratio in 172 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Tuesday.


Jason Heyward injures thumb Wednesday, X-rays negative
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:22 pm ET) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was removed from Wednesday's game with a thumb injury, but X-rays revealed no fracture, MLB.com reports.

Heyward was 0 for 2 before exiting in the eighth inning Wednesday and is day-to-day moving forward. He has hit .272/.351/.387 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 556 at-bats.


Alex Cobb turns in quality start in loss
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:20 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb turned in a quality start Wednesday against the Yankees.

Cobb allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three during the outing. Cobb got off to a strong start, throwing four scoreless innings to open the frame. He allowed his first two runs in the fifth inning. After hitting the leadoff man with a pitch, Cobb allowed a run to score on a double. Two batters later, he would allow another run-scoring double. He ran into more trouble in the sixth inning. After loading the bases with no outs, Cobb gave up his final run on a sac fly. He was able to work around the base runners, and did not allow any additional runs.

With the loss, Cobb dropped to 9-8. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


Brandon McCarthy wins one Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:19 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Rays.

McCarthy allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. McCarthy looked good to open the start, tossing three scoreless frames to open the game. He allowed his first run in the fourth inning. With two outs, Evan Longoria belted a solo home run against McCarthy. After a scoreless fifth inning, Longoria struck again in the sixth. This time, Longoria brought in a run on a ground out. 

With the win, McCarthy improved to 10-14. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start. 


Francisco Liriano turns in strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:18 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Liriano allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He had some major control issues during the start, walking five. Liriano struck out two during the outing. Liriano was able to work around this early walks, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only run in the fifth inning. Liriano allowed a leadoff double to open the frame. That runner advanced to third on a flyout. The run came home after Liriano induced a groundout for the second out of the inning. Liriano lasted one more inning, and was pulled after throwing 99 pitches.

With the win, Liriano improved to 6-10. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.


Clay Buchholz struggles Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:17 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had a rough start Wednesday against the Pirates. 

Buchholz allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. The Pirates put pressure on Buchholz immediately. Gregory Polanco started things off in the first inning by hitting a solo home run. In the second, an error and two doubles plated two runs. After a mound visit, Buchholz would give up a single, scoring the third run of the inning. Neil Walker added another run the following inning, hitting a solo shot. Buchholz would get out of the third and toss a scoreless fourth inning, but left the game at that point.

With the loss, Buchholz dropped to 8-9. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


 
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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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