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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B13
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5Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP11
6Adam Lind, TOR, DH11
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5David Wright, NYM, 3B-9
6Michael Wacha, STL, SP-8
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Steve Pearce goes yard twice
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Orioles pitcher Steve Pearce hit two home runs Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce struck for the first time in the bottom of the third. With the bases empty, Pearce belted an 82 mph slider out to left for a solo shot. He struck again in his next at-bat. With two men on, Pearce clubbed a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the three-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 


Evan Longoria belts his 22nd home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria clubbed his 22nd home run Wednesday against the Yankees.

Longoria struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Longoria belted a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. Longoria would drive in another run in his next at-bat on a groundout. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


David Robertson picks up 37th save
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Yankees reliever David Robertson picked up his 37th save Wednesday against the Rays.

Robertson entered with a one-run lead and managed to close the door. After quickly getting two outs, Robertson allowed one man to reach with a single. He was able to work his way out of it, picking up a strikeout to end the game. 


Kyle Gibson wins despite rough start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson had a rough start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Gibson allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three during the outing. Gobson got himself in trouble immediately. After quickly getting two outs in the first, Gibson allowed a single, walk and two straight run-scoring singles. He had similar struggles in the second inning. With two outs, Gibson gave up a run-scoring single and a run-scoring double during the inning. He would settle in at that point, tossing four straight scoreless innings before leaving the game. 

Despite the poor performance, Gibson picked up a win. He improved to 12-11. Gibson will take on the Diamondbacks in his next start. 


David Price struggles in loss
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Tigers pitcher David Price turned in a rough start Wednesday against the Twins.

Price allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Price fell into trouble immediately. After a leadoff triple, Price gave up a run-scoring single against the second batter he faced. He then walked another batter, who came around on a single. A double drove in the third run of the inning. Price was able to settle in over the next four innings, not giving up a run. He ran into trouble again in the sixth. After giving up two doubles, including one that plated a run, Price was pulled from the start. Another run would come around to score, and was charged to Price. 

With the loss, Price dropped to 14-12. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start. 


'Increasingly likely' Rangers part ways with Alex Rios
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios "most likely" won't be back with the team next season, MLB.com reports.

The Rangers hold a $14-million option on Rios for 2015, but "it appears increasingly likely" the team will instead pay the $1-million buyout. Shin-Soo Choo is expected to shift to Rios' position next season.

"I'm just waiting to see what will happen," Rios said. "The team has to make the decision. You don't know if they are going to try going the free-agent route or go with a farm product. It's tough to tell."

Rios is questionable to play again this season due to a thumb injury.


Yordano Ventura turns in solid start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura turned in a strong start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Ventura gave up one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. Ventura allowed his first run in the third inning. After loading the bases with no outs, Ventura gave up a sac fly, plating a run. The run didn’t seems to bother him much, as Ventura went on to toss four additional scoreless innings before leaving the game. Ventura threw 100 pitches.

With the win, Ventura improved to 13-10. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


Chris Sale gets knocked around Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale got knocked around Wednesday against the Royals.

Sale allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. The third inning proved to be problematic for Sale. After getting the first out of the inning, Sale put two men on base via the single. Lorenzo Cain made him pay, clubbed a three-run homer to center. Sale would give up an additional run during the inning on a single. Alcides Escobar would add to the scoring the following inning, belting a solo home run. 

With the loss, Sale dropped to 12-4. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start.


Adam Wainwright delivers complete-game shutout for 19th win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright shined in a complete-game shutout Wednesday, giving up just seven hits and two walks in nine scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

Wainwright (19-9) moved into a share of the major-league lead in wins with the gem, tossing just 102 pitches in his nine innings of work. It's his fifth complete game and third shutout of the year. Wainwright owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 171:49 K:BB ratio in 220 innings. He's slated to take on the Cubs Monday.


Mike Fiers strikes out seven in loss vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers took a loss Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Cardinals.

Fiers (6-3) pitched six near flawless innings before running into trouble in the seventh, walking a batter and allowing two singles to bring home two runs, one with the help of an error. Still, he owns an excellent 1.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 66:15 K:BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings. Fiers is slated to face the Reds Tuesday.


 
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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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