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Zach Walters goes deep again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Indians infielder Zach Walters hit his sixth home run Wednesday against the Twins.

Walters went deep in his first at-bat of the game. He belted an 82 mph splitter on the first pitch he saw from Ricky Nolasco. Walters finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. Walters has now homered in three of his last seven games. 


Mike Aviles reaches three times Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:40 am ET) Indians infielder Mike Aviles reached base three times Wednesday against the Twins.

Aviles added two singles early in the game before going deep in the ninth inning. Aviles unloaded on an 89 mph cutter for the solo shot to start the ninth. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Stephen Drew belts a home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew belted his fifth home run Wedneday against the Astros. 

Drew struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Drew took an 86 mph cutter out to right center for the solo shot. He also walked during the contest. Drew finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.


Brennan Boesch optioned to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) The Angels have optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Wednesday.

Boesch was sent down so that the team could add a pitcher. With Garrett Richards expected to miss time, the club could promote a replacement. Boesch hit .129 over 31 at-bats.


Victor Martinez belts grand slam


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Rays.

Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on a 92 mph fastball. Martinez also doubled in a run during the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and five RBI. 


Adam Jones goes deep Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit his 24th home run Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Jones led off the sixth inning with a solo shot off Hector Noesi. He took a 94 mph fastball out to right for the shot. Jones also singled twice during the contest. He finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Nelson Cruz reclaims home run lead


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz reclaimed the home run lead Wednesday against the White Sox.

Cruz went yard in the top of the fourth inning. With one man on base, Cruz belted a 93 mph fastball from Hector Noesi out to left for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Avisail Garcia hits third home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia hit his third home run Wednesday against the Orioles.

Garcia struck in the first inning. With one man on, Garcia belted an 84 mph changeup out to left for a two-run shot. Garcia finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. It was Garcia's first home run since April 8. 


Alex Gordon goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit his 14th home run Wednesday against the Rockies.

Gordon struck in his first at-bat. He took the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa out to right for the solo shot to lead off the second inning. Gordon would later walk, reaching base twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Salvador Perez to have MRI Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez will have an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious. 


Chad Qualls unavailable Wednesday with back issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday due to a back injury, according to the Houston Chronicle

Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.


David DeJesus goes 1 for 4 in rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays outfielder David DeJesus went 1 for 4 during a rehab start Wednesday.

DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.


Error sinks Danny Duffy against Rockies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was hurt by an error Wednesday against the Rockies.

Duffy allowed five runs, one earned, on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked one. Duffy was pitching well until the sixth inning. Up until that point, he had allowed just one run on three hits. Things looked promising to start the sixth, as Duffy quickly recorded the first two outs. He would have been out of the inning with no damage, but third baseman Nolan Arenado’s throwing error put a man on base. Duffy then loaded the bases on a single and walk. With the bases juiced, Duffy gave up a grand slam to Matt McBride.

With the loss, Duffy dropped to 8-11. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start. 


David Ortiz removed Wednesday due to general soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was removed from Wednesday's game due to general soreness, according to the Providence Journal.

Ortiz had a productive outing, singling three times and hitting his 30th home run. He was replaced by Alex Hassan in the bottom of the ninth. The issue doesn't sound all that serious, and there's a chance Ortiz will return to action soon.


Ricky Nolasco saddled with the loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco had a tough start Wednesday against the Indians.

Nolasco allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Nolasco found himself in trouble early, as Zach Walters hit a solo shot against him in the second inning. Cleveland struck again in the fourth. A run scored on two straight doubles to open the inning. Mike Aviles was able to drive in the second run of the inning with a single. Nolasco would pitch into the seventh, but was pulled after giving up a single. That run would come around to score, and was charged to Nolasco. 

With the loss, Nolasco dropped to 5-9. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start.


T.J. House picks up a win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Indians pitcher T.J. House turned in a solid start Wednesday against the Twins.

House allowed four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. House nearly got himself in trouble in the first inning. With two men on with just one out, House was able to induce an inning-ending double play. He again was able to work around two base-runners in the second inning. Two walks nearly put House in a bad position in the fifth, but, again, he was able to get out of it. 

With the win, House improved to 2-3. He’ll take on the White Sox if he gets another start.


Garrett Richards dealing with a 'significant injury'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is dealing with a "significant injury," according to MLB.com.

Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters the injury is serious, though he would not elaborate. Richards will leave the team in order to be re-evaluated in Los Angeles Thursday. Richards left Wednesday night's game with a knee injury.


Jose Veras picks up his first save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Astros pitcher Jose Veras saved his first game Wednesday against the Yankees. 

Veras entered with a three-run lead, but managed to make things interesting. With two outs, Veras gave up a single to Brett Gardner, and walked Derek Jeter. With the tying run at the plate, Veras was able to induce a fly out to end the game. Veras lowered his ERA to 2.84 with the outing. 


Zach Britton saves his 27th game Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton picked up his 27th save Wednesday against the White Sox.

Britton was called upon to close out a one-run game and didn't disappoint. He was able to induce two groundouts immediately. The White Sox brought in pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers with two outs in the inning, but Britton managed to strike him out for the victory. Britton threw 11 pitches during the outing, seven of which were strikes. 


Clay Buchholz struggles against Angels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz struggled Wednesday against the Angels.

Buchholz allowed six runs on seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Things started out well, as Buchholz tossed three scoreless innings to open the game, but he seemed to tire as things progressed. The Angels were able to scratch one run across in the fourth inning, but really broke things open in the fifth. Buchholz loaded the bases with no outs. He then proceeded to give up a run in each of the next five at-bats. Porcello walked in one run, gave up two run-scoring singles and allowed two sac flies. He came back out for the sixth, and was able to get through the inning without giving up any more runs.

With the loss, Buchholz dropped to 5-8. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 


Wei-Yin Chen picks up a win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen picked up a win Wednesday against the White Sox.

Chen allowed three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Chen was tagged for two runs early, but managed to settle in. In the first inning, he gave up a two-run blast to Avisail Garcia, giving him the early deficit. He managed to toss five scoreless innings before surrendering a third run in the sixth. 

The Orioles managed to battle back during the start, giving Chen the win. With the win, he improved to 13-4. He'll take on the Rays in his next start.


Home runs sink Hector Noesi


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi had a tough start Wednesday against the Orioles.

Noesi gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks. As usual, home runs played a big role in Noesi’s downfall. Both Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz went deep in the fourth inning, driving in three runs. Adam Jones then struck in the sixth, picking up a solo homer. All four of the runs scored against Noesi came on home runs. Noesi threw 111 pitches during the outing.

With the loss, Noesi dropped to 7-9. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


Scott Feldman turns in strong start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Astros pitcher Scott Feldman turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Yankees.

Feldman allowed two runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings during the start. He struck out seven and walked two. The Yankees were able to get to Feldman in two consecutive innings. Stephen Drew started the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth. The team was able to string together a few hits against Feldman in the fifth. Ichiro Suzuki led off the inning with a single, and stole second. He scored on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury. Feldman was able to pitch into the eighth inning before he was replaced.

With the win, Feldman improved to 7-9. He’ll take on the Athletics in his next start. 


Michael Pineda can't win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda tossed a strong start Wednesday against the Rays. 

Pineda allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Pineda was able to get through the first three innings without giving up a hit or a walk. That wasn’t the case in the fourth. Robbie Grossman started off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on a sac bunt. With two outs, Dexter Fowler hit a run-scoring double. Pineda was able to get through the rest of the inning without giving up any more runs. Pineda came out to start the seventh inning, but was pulled after issuing a walk. That run would come around to score, and was charged to Pineda. He threw 89 pitches.

The Astros managed to mount a comeback, giving him a no-decision. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Rick Porcello tosses complete game shutout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello tossed a complete game shutout against the Rays Wednesday.

Porcello allowed just three hits during the outing. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Porcello threw 104 pitches. Porcello gave up a double in the second inning, but was able to work around it. He did not allow a hit or walk over the next five innings. Porcello allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, but again managed to work his way out of trouble. The third hit came in the ninth inning. Desmond Jennings reached second on defensive indifference, but Porcello was able to get Matt Joyce to pop out and end the game. 

With the win, Porcello improved to 14-8. He'll take on the Yankees 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%

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