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Mike Zunino catching break Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:14 am ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is taking a seat Wednesday in Philadelphia. Jesus Sucre is set to start instead.

Zunino emerged from a slump Tuesday night with two hits and two RBI. The performance ended a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0 for 16.


Dustin Ackley taking a seat against tough Phillies lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) A matchup against tough southpaw Cole Hamels has Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley out of the Wednesday lineup against host Philadelphia.

Ackley, whose .266 average against lefties this year is better than his mark against righties, has four hits and two walks in his last two games.


J.J. Hardy: Left thumb injury still affecting me
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:03 am ET) Despite a mini-tear at the plate, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is still affected by a left thumb injury that had him out for a week earlier in the month, per the Baltimore Sun.

"Maybe I'm not trying to do too much because I can't," he said. "That's my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past. ... Swings and misses don't feel good. I've just got to limit that."

Hardy is 7 for 20 with a home run since his return. He has fanned just twice during that stretch.


Dan Jennings starts rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:51 am ET) Marlins reliever Dan Jennings began a rehab assignment Tuesday with their Gulf Coast League affiliate. He has been working his way back since taking a line drive to the head on Aug. 7 and sustaining a concussion.

Bullpen Session II Wednesday for Masahiro Tanaka
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) Recovering Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is set to throw another bullpen session Wednesday. He threw 25 pitches in the first one on Saturday.

The team has not placed a timetable on his possible return to game action after sustaining an elbow injury. He has been out for six weeks.


Report: Athletics considered ousting Jason Hammel from rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) The Athletics considered permanently removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before deciding to just skip his next turn, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hammel who will pitch against Houston next week, has been a mess since arriving in Oakland via a trade from the Cubs. His ERA has leaped from 2.98 to 3.84, courtesy of 24 earned runs allowed in 32 innings pitched covering seven outings. He has just one quality start during that stretch.

The right-hander has blamed mechanical issues that are leaving his pitches up for his struggles, but adds that it should be an easy fix. He is also claiming no problem with the temporary move to the bullpen.

"I'm not bothered by it," he said. "You've got to check your ego at the door when you're not getting it done."

The Athletics could place Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz in their rotation if Hammel continues to get battered.


It's 'thumbs-up' for Alex Rios against Marlins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Rangers left fielder Alex Rios is back in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Miami. Thumb ailments have limited him to just one at-bat since Sunday.

Rios hopes he can pick it up upon his return. He has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 29 and is 6 for 50 since.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia absent from Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:17 am ET) A day game following a night game has Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sidelined Wednesday against Texas. Jeff Mathis is set to crouch behind the plate instead.

Saltlamacchia has emerged from a slump with nine hits in his last seven games and five in the last three. He has not homered, however, since July 21.


Anthony Rizzo provides only scoring in Tuesday victory
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:11 am ET) The power surge of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued Tuesday night - and it resulted in a rain-shortened win.

Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.


Brian McCann goes deep again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:04 am ET) Yankees catcher Brian McCann has found his power stroke over the last week, and he homered again in a 7-4 loss to the Astros Tuesday.

McCann got the Yankees on the board first with his fourth-inning home run, his third in five games. He finished the game 1 for 4 overall with two RBI in the loss.

McCann is still hitting just .235 for the season, but he has 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 105 games for the Yankees. 


 
 
 
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