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Robbie Ross earns win Wednesday vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:48 am ET) Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross picked up a win Wednesday, striking out one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his team's 6-1 victory over the A's.

Ross (3-6) was one of three pitchers to appear in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, and after the Rangers scored six runs on three A's relievers in the top of the ninth, Ross finished off the win with a clean bottom half of the final inning. He owns a 6.39 ERA and 49:29 K:BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out 10 in gem vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into the decision Wednesday despite giving up just four hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out 10 and walking none in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Samardzija matched his season high for strikeouts in the gem, and he's now delivered 15 innings of scoreless baseball over his last two starts. However, the bullpen blew his lead in the ninth inning to keep him at 6-12. Despite his record, he's been excellent this season, posting a 2.98 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 190:43 K:BB ratio in 205 2/3 innings. Samardzija is slated to face the Angels Monday.


Derek Holland allows one run in no-decision vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up one earned run on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 6-1 win over the A's.

Holland turned in his fourth straight strong start and actually saw his ERA rise despite the excellent line. The only run came on a single with two men on in the fifth inning, giving Holland four straight starts with one run or no runs since coming off the disabled list. He owns a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22:3 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. Hollard is scheduled to face the Astros Monday.


Mariners announce weekend rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) The Mariners announced Wednesday that Taijuan Walker will draw the start in Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston.

Walker hasn't made a start for the Mariners since late July, but he's managed to make three appearances out of the bullpen in September. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 21:15 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.

The announcement will move Chris Young back to Saturday and Hisashi Iwakuma to Sunday.


Eric Stults chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Padres pitcher Eric Stults took a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Phillies.

Stults (7-17) delivered four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when the Phillies opened the inning with four singles to score two runs and then followed a sacrifice with a two-run double, which chased the starter from the game. It's the first time since June 8 Stults has failed to finish five innings. He owns a 4.59 ERA and 101:44 K:BB ratio in 162 2/3 innings. Stults is scheduled to face the Rockies Tuesday.


Cole Hamels strikes out nine in win vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earned a win Wednesday, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-2 victory over the Padres.

Hamels (9-7) gave up just one run for the second straight start, and he's turned in 11 quality starts in 12 tries in the second half, with the only "off" day resulting in a five-inning, three-run win. He owns an excellent 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 187:57 K:BB ratio in 189 2/3 innings. Hamels is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


C.J. Wilson tosses seven one-hit innings in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:48 am ET) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one hit and three walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-0 victory over the Mariners.

Wilson (13-9) retired the first 11 batters he faced Wednesday before issuing a walk, and his no-hitter came to an end with two outs in the fifth. It's his first time since May 17 getting through a start without giving up a run. Wilson owns a 4.42 ERA and 149:78 K:BB ratio in 169 innings. He's slated to face the A's Monday.


James Paxton strikes out eight in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:48 am ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton took a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and striking out eight in his team's 5-0 defeat against the Angels.

Paxton (6-3) was excellent through most of the start, allowing only two hits in six scoreless innings to open the game. Then came the seventh, when Paxton gave up a run and left the game with two men on and two outs only to see the next pitcher in serve up a home run and tack two more runs onto Paxton's line. He owns a 2.06 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 54:20 K:BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings. Paxton is slated to face the Blue Jays Monday.


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. 


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.


Kyle Hendricks tosses seven one-run innings vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-1 victory over the Reds.

Hendricks (7-2) surrendered a run on a groundout in the first inning but was able to bounce back and throw six scoreless innings before exiting after just 80 pitches. It was his first quality start in three September tries. Hendricks owns a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB ratio in 75 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Wednesday.


Daniel Corcino strikes out six in loss vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Reds pitcher Daniel Corcino took a loss Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Cubs.

Corcino (0-1) has given up just five hits in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts, but he hasn't been able to break through with a win. The Cubs were able to push both runs across in the second inning after the Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. Corcino owns a 4.40 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He's not yet scheduled to start again but could slot in next Wednesday.


Brett Oberholtzer drops one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was a hard luck loser Wednesday against the Indians. 

Oberholtzer allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Oberholtzer started out well, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a single and RBI double with two outs. He allowed another run with two outs in the sixth inning. With a man on first, Oberholtzer allowed a run-scoring triple. Oberholtzer would nearly make it through eight innings before he was pulled. He threw 94 pitches.

With the loss, Oberholtzer dropped to 5-12. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


J.A. Happ turns in a tough start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) 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
(9/17/2014) 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. 


Dillon Gee surrenders four runs in loss vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) 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
(9/17/2014) 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.


Alex Cobb turns in quality start in loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) 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
(9/17/2014) 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
(9/17/2014) 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
(9/17/2014) 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.


Alex Wood strikes out eight in win vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

Wood (11-10) turned in his 10th straight quality start Wednesday, with the only damage coming on a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's racked up eight strikeouts or more in three of his last four outings. Wood owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 164:43 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.


 
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Fan Poll

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