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Kevin Kiermaier knocks a grand slam Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Royals.

With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Kiermaier stepped to the plate against Yordano Ventura. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Kiermaier hammered an 88 mph curveball out to right for the grand slam. He also added three singles during the game.

Kiermaier finished 4 for 4, with one run scored and four RBI.


Salvador Perez hits game-winning home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Royals catcher Salvador Perez came through in a big way Wednesday against the Rays.

With his team trailing by two, Perez stepped to the plate with two men on in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Perez belted a 91 mph fastball out to left for the go-ahead blast. The Royals hung on to win the game, making Perez the hero.

Perez finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


George Springer hits another dinger
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Astros outfielder George Springer hit his 19th home run Wednesday against the Rangers.

In the seventh inning, Springer stepped to the plate against Jason Frasor. He worked a four-pitch at-bat. On the final pitch, Springer smashed a 93 mph fastball out to right center for the two-run shot. Springer also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


David Robertson picks up 22nd save Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Yankees closer David Robertson picked up his 22nd save Wednesday against the Indians.

Robertson had to wait some time to get into the game, as both teams went deep into extra innings. After a Jacoby Ellsbury put the Yankees on top, Robertson came in to finish things out in the bottom of the frame. He gave up one hit during the inning, but also managed a strikeout. Robertson lowered his ERA to 2.84 following the appearance. 


Chase Whitley earns relief win Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley picked up a win in relief Wednesday against the Indians.

Whitley was called upon to pitch in extra innings. He provided the club with two scoreless innings. Whitley allowed one hit, and struck out three during the appearance. The Yankees managed to score during the next half inning, putting Whitley in line for the win.

With the win, Whitley moves to 4-2 on the year. 


Jonathan Papelbon hopes to be traded to contender
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon indicated Wednesday that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause to be moved to a contender, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

When asked whether he would want to join a contender or stay with the Phillies, Papelbon responded, "Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That's mind-boggling to me. I think that's a no-brainer." The report also indicated that the Phillies would be likely to cover some of the salary he is owed through the end of next season to facilitate a deal.


Brandon McCarthy earns no decision in first Yankees start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:01 am ET) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy gave up one earned run in his debut with the club Wednesday.

McCarthy found himself in some trouble early on. After Carlos Santana reached on an error, the Indians managed to drive in three runs. None of those runs were officially charged to McCarthy due to the error. McCarthy settled in after that, posted three straight scoreless innings before allowing another run in the fifth. 

McCarthy allowed four runs, one earned, on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in his team debut. Josh Tomlin also gave up four runs, so McCarthy did not factor into the decision. It’s unclear where McCarthy will slot into the team’s rotation following the All-Star break. 


Josh Tomlin does not factor into decision Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:01 am ET) Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin had a rough start against the Yankees Wednesday.

Tomlin surrendered four runs on eight hits over seven innings. Things looked solid early on, as Tomlin tossed three scoreless innings to open the game. In the fourth inning, Mark Teixeira managed to break things open with a solo shot. The following inning, Tomlin found himself in trouble. After striking out the leadoff hitter, Tomlin allowed a double and single before Brian McCann hit a sacrifice fly. Teixeira then struck again, hitting a two-run shot, which tied the game.

Tomlin left with the score tied 4-4, and did not factor into the decision. His next start has yet to be determined due to the All-Star break.


Trevor Rosenthal notches save number 27 Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal notched save number 27 Wednesday against the Pirates.

Rosenthal entered the game with a three-run lead, and didn't get himself into too much trouble. After giving up a leadoff walk to Pedro Alvarez, Rosenthal was able to work around the base runner. He recorded one strikeout during the outing. Rosenthal now has a 3.59 ERA. 


Brandon Cumpton gets knocked around Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton lasted less than four innings Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Cumpton was very hittable, allowing four runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two during the outing. Things could have been worse, as Cumpton loaded the bases in the fourth inning. After getting one out, he was removed with the bases juiced. Ernesto Frieri managed to work out of the jam without surrendering any additional runs, most of which would have been charged to Cumpton. 

The loss dropped Cumpton to 3-3 on the year. It's unclear when Cumpton will make his next start due to the approaching All-Star break. 


 
 
 
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