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We generally preach patience with your high-end players, but Al Melchior argues that it's finally time to bench some of your struggling stud pitchers. Full Story
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Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon plays in extended spring game
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:44 pm ET) Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was able to play five innings of an extended spring training game on Wednesday, manager Matt Williams said per The Washington Post.

Rendon, who is working his way back from an oblqiue strain, took a couple of at-bats and played in the field for all of the innings after his second at-bat. 

"It's important. It helps you get your legs under you," Williams said. "…there's no way to simulate that other than to play. He felt good. His legs felt good."

Rendon is scheduled to get the day off on Thursday and the team will re-evaluate his health.


Orioles pitcher Bud Norris strikes out seven in rehab start Wednesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris allowed four runs on six hits in five innings of work for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. Norris, who is currently on the 15-day DL with bronchitis, struck out seven with no walks in his appearance. 

Norris threw 92 pitches with 66 going for strikes. In his two rehab starts, Norris has allowed six runs in 7 2/3 innings of work.


Astros DH Evan Gattis smashes 10th home run of 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:33 pm ET) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 5-4 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Gattis, who also doubled once, did the bulk of his damage in the seventh innning when he blasted a two-run home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez to tie the game at 4, his 10th of the season. Gattis is now hitting .218 with 30 RBI on the year.


Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allows nine hits in no-decision
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:30 pm ET) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed four runs on nine hits in Houston's 5-4 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, but did not factor into a decision.

McHugh was in cruise control through the first three innings of work. However, the fourth inning was not kind to him. McHugh allowed a leadoff double to Jimmy Paredes followed by a bunt single by Adam Jones. Then, Baltimore executed a double steal to perfection, plating a run when Paredes stole home. 

McHugh then surrendered back-to-back home runs to Chris Davis and Steve Pearce before finally being able to get out of the inning. McHugh, who remains 5-2, moved his ERA to 3.68 in his six innings of work. He will look to get back on track when he faces the Orioles again on Tuesday.


Orioles RF Steve Pearce connects for sixth home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:25 pm ET) Orioles right fielder Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 at the plate in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday. 

Pearce got his damage done in the fourth inning when he blasted a Collin McHugh pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run, his sixth of the season. McHugh, who aslo struck out three times, is now hitting .190 with 18 RBI on the year.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez ridding bad habits at the plate
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:24 pm ET) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez has worked on becoming more than just a hitter that likes to pull pitches this season

Wanting to change this, Alvarez has been working before games to break the habit of trying to pull pitches on the outside corner of the plate, according to MLB.com. 

"The approach has always been the same," Alvarez said. "I just think it's a combination of seeing pitches out there and being able to put good swings on them and executing the swing to the pitch."

In Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Marlins, Alvarez was able to record an RBI opposite-field single in the seventh inning during his team's rally to win. 

"The work he is doing before the game and in the cage is transferring to the game. That's the biggest part," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Our guys have found a way to slow themselves down to a better pace, a much more workable pace, the last week or so. Pedro in particular."


Orioles 1B Chris Davis blasts two home runs in win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:23 pm ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 2 for 4 at the plate in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

Davis got things going in the fourth inning when he blasted a 3-2 pitch from Collin McHugh over the right field wall for a two-run home run. Then in the eighth, Davis did it again, this time off of Tony Sipp, to break a 4-4 tie, his 10th of the season.

Davis is now hitting .216 with 26 RBI on the year.


Orioles closer Zach Britton notches 12th save of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:19 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Wednesday in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros, earning his 12th save of the season.

Britton got the first two outs of the inning without any issue, but allowed a double down the line to Jose Altuve. Then, Preston Tucker hit a shot to left field, but Travis Snider made a fantastic catch to finish the game. Britton lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 18 1/3 innings of work this season.


Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez allows 10 hits in no-decision
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:14 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday, but did not factor into a decision.

Jimenez had issues in the second inning when he gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Then after getting a flyout, Jimenez gave up an RBI double to Chris Carter.

Jimenez settled down after that, but had more problems in the seventh. Jimenez allowed two consecutive hitters to reach base safely, followed by a fielder's choice to plate a run. Then, he served up a two-run shot to Evan Gattis to tie the game.

Jimenez, who remains 3-3, struck out five with just one walk in his outing. He will look to bounce back Monday again against the Astros.


Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke has injured back
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:53 pm ET) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Scott Van Slyke is dealing with an injured back and probably won't be available to play, according to True Blue LA. 

The back injury, described as a tweak, is the reason Van Slyke wasn't available for Tuesday. Before being out of the starting lineup past two games, Van Slyke had started three of the past four. 


 
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