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Hector Santiago strikes out six in win vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:01 am ET) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago earned a win Wednesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Santiago (4-7) fell behind 1-0 after surrendering a home run in the third inning, but he was able to buckle down and hold the Marlins at bay over the rest of the start. He owns a 3.28 ERA and 94:41 K:BB ratio in 107 innings. Santiago is set to face the Astros Tuesday.


Brad Peacock picks up no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:01 am ET) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock had some trouble with his control Wednesday against the Athletics.

Peacock allowed one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five during the outing. Peacock had to work around trouble during the start. He loaded the bases in the first inning on a single, walk and a hit by pitch, but managed to get out of it. He also put at least two runners on in the second, fifth and sixth innings. After loading the bases in the sixth inning, Peacock was pulled. A sac fly led to a run crossing the plate. The run was charged to Peacock. 

The Astros managed to battle back, giving Peacock a no-decision. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Kevin Gausman sent down once again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman has been sent to the minors following Wednesday's start.

Gausman has been up and down all season, but this time it will be a short stay. The club will recall Gausman once rosters expand September 1. He is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation. Gausman has a 3.81 ERA over 78 innings.


Brandon Morrow starts rehab assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday at Class-A Dunedin.

Morrow struck out one during the outing. He did not give up a hit. Morrow has been sidelined since May 2 with a finger injury.


Hector Noesi pulls out a win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi turned in a fantastic start Wednesday against the Indians.

Noesi allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Noesi allowed his first run in the third inning. With two outs, he allowed a double and then a run-scoring single to Michael Bourn. He was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. Noesi held Cleveland scoreless over the next three innings before giving up his second run. With one out in the seventh, Noesi gave up a solo home run to Lonnie Chisenhall. He got out of the inning and was pulled to start the eighth.

With the win, Noesi improved to 8-9. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start.


Corey Kluber picks up a quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber turned in a quality start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Kluber allowed three runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. Kluber didn’t run into trouble until the third inning. With one out, Adam Eaton managed to knock a triple. Kluber picked up another out, but couldn’t get out of the inning without giving up a couple runs. With two outs, Jose Abreu singled in a run and Adam Dunn doubled him home in the next at-bat. Abreu would strike again in the seventh inning. With a man on third, Abreu knocked a run-scoring single. Kluber left the game following the hit. 

With the loss, Kluber dropped to 13-8. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Phil Hughes loses it late against Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes lost it late in the game Wednesday.

Hughes allowed four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Hughes was exceptional over the first seven innings. He gave up just two hits during those first seven innings. Things fell apart in the eighth. Hughes gave up two singles to start the inning. He was able to induce a pop out for the first out, but couldn’t pull it together. Hughes gave up singles to the next three batters. He was pulled after giving up two runs. Both runners Hughes left on base wound up scoring, and were charged to Hughes.

With the loss, Hughes dropped to 14-9. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start.


Liam Hendriks turns in strong start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Royals pitcher Liam Hendriks turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Twins.

Hendriks allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Hendriks was fantastic early, tossing four perfect innings before the Twins could pick up a hit. With two outs in the fifth, Trevor Plouffe managed to knock a double. Hendriks would escape the inning without giving up any runs. He wasn’t so fortunate in the seventh. After getting one out, Hendriks gave up a single and a run-scoring double to the next two hitters.

The Royals mounted a comeback, taking Hendriks off the hook. He didn’t factor into the decision. Hendriks will take on the Rangers in his next start. 


David Price gets hammered against New York


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Tigers pitcher David Price got hammered by the Yankees Wednesday.

Price allowed eight runs on 12 hits over two innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. One miserable inning sunk Price. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third with a single, and it was all downhill from there. Starting with Ellsbury, nine straight batters would record a hit against After Ellsbury’s single, Price allowed a double, a single, another double and five straight singles. After giving up six runs, Price was pulled from the game. He threw 68 pitches. After Price left, two runs scored on sac flies. Price was charged with both runs. 

With the loss, Price dropped to 12-10. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start. 


Shane Greene turns in strong start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Yankees pitcher Shane Greene turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Greene allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one during the outing. Greene got off to a strong start, keeping the Tigers off the board for the first three innings. He ran into some trouble in the fourth inning. The first two hitters of the inning managed a single and a run-scoring double against Greene. He gave up his other run in the sixth inning, when Victor Martinez clubbed a solo shot.

The Yankees were able to get to David Price Wednesday, giving Greene the win. He improved to 4-1. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Drew Smyly turns in fantastic start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) 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
(8/27/2014) 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
(8/27/2014) 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
(8/27/2014) 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. 


Report: Mark Buehrle placed on waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle has been placed on waivers, according to the Boston Globe

Buehrle is owed $19 million next season, so there's a thought he'll pass through waivers unclaimed. If that's the case, Buehrle would be eligible to be traded to any team. He has a 3.41 ERA over 161 innings. 


Colby Lewis goes the distance Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis tossed a complete game Wednesday against the Mariners.

Lewis allowed four runs on seven hits over nine innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Two home runs accounted for half the damage against Lewis. Mike Zunino went yard in the second inning, and Kyle Seager popped a solo shot in the ninth. In between that, Lewis allowed a two-run double to Kendrys Morales in the sixth.

The Rangers got to Seattle pitcher Erasmo Ramirez early, scoring 10 runs through four innings. That allowed Lewis to stay in the game despite allowing four runs. He threw 112 pitches during the start.

With the win, Lewis improved to 9-11. He'll take on the Royals in his next start.


Erasmo Ramirez pounded for 10 runs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was pounded for 10 runs Wednesday against the Rangers.

Ramirez gave up 10 runs on nine hits over three innings of work. He struck out one and walked one during the outing. Ramirez got through the first inning without giving up a run, but fell apart moving forward. Ramirez loaded the bases in the second inning on a walk, single and hit by pitch. With the bases loaded, Ramirez allowed a bases-clearing double and a run-scoring single against the next two hitters.

The third inning wasn't any better. Ramirez loaded the bases on three singles, and then allowed Rougned Odor to smash a grand slam. Ramirez came out to start the fourth, but was pulled after giving up a single and run-scoring double to start the inning. One additional run would cross the plate during the inning. It was charged to Ramirez.

With the loss, Ramirez dropped to 1-6. He'll take on the Athletics if the team gives him another start. 


Kyle Lobstein to make starting debut Thursday for Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Left-hander Kyle Lobstein has been pegged to make his first major league start Thursday against the Yankees.

The 25-year-old Lobstein pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief on Saturday in Minnesota and yielded three earned runs on four hits and four walks.


Wei-Yin Chen to spend brief time in minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Left=hander Wei-Yin Chen has been demoted temporarily to the Gulf Coast League by the Orioles. He will not miss a major league outing, however, as he is expected to return after the rosters are expanded. Chen is scheduled to start next week against Minnesota.

Chen has struggled of late to the tune of 10 runs allowed in his last 24 innings pitched following a five-game winning streak.


Erasmo Ramirez has chance to stay in M's rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Mariners officially recalled starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon said it is "very possible" Ramirez stays in the rotation heading into September, according to MLB.com.

James Paxton's demotion to minors is temporary


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Mariners announced Wednesday they optioned starting pitcher James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Erasmo Ramirez, who was recalled from the minors. However, Paxton will be recalled when rosters expand Sept. 1, and he will make his next start Tuesday against the A's.

Matt Shoemaker twirls seven scoreless innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker earned a win Tuesday, giving up just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 8-2 victory over the Marlins.

Shoemaker (13-4) has delivered back-to-back gems, allowing just three hits in 14 2/3 innings while striking out 15 during that stretch. He now owns a 3.33 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 108:21 K:BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. Shoemaker will look to keep rolling Sunday against the A's.


James Paxton tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mariners pitcher James Paxton earned a win Tuesday, giving up four hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 5-0 victory over the Rangers.

Paxton (4-1) got the first two outs of the seventh inning with ease but was pulled after walking the next batter, ending his night with a season-high 118 pitches thrown. He owns a 1.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 33:11 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. Paxton is scheduled to face the A's next Tuesday.


Nick Martinez allows five runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez took a loss Tuesday, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and four walks in five innings in his team's 5-0 defeat against the Mariners.

Martinez (3-10) gave up a solo home run in the first inning and didn't record a strikeout. He's managed just one quality starts in seven tries during the second half. Martinez owns a 5.31 ERA and 57:47 K:BB ratio in 105 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Sunday.


Anibal Sanchez's setback due to scar tissue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez's setback was due to scar tissue, according to MLB.com.

Sanchez felt pain while throwing Monday, and decided to shut down his session. He was told his pain was due to scar tissue breaking off from his initial strain. Sanchez still has full range of motion in his arm, but won't throw again until the soreness subsides. There's no timetable for his return at this time. 


 
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