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Twins RP Kevin Jepsen shuts down White Sox for 10th save
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:23 pm ET) The continued uncertainty over the health and performance of veteran Twins closer Glen Perkins resulted in teammate Kevin Jepsen serving as closer Wednesday night against the White Sox. And he was up to the task.

Jepsen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 10th save of the season. He fanned Jose Abreu along the way.


White Sox SP Carlos Rodon not good enough Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:20 pm ET) White Sox starter Carlos Rodon needed to be lights-out Wednesday night at Minnesota. He was only good.

The result was a defeat that evened his record to 6-6 as his team got shut out. Rodon allowed two runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

He gave up the only run the Twins really needed in the second on a Miguel Sano homer. Two more runs scored in the second on a Trevor Plouffe double.

Rodon has been on a roll. He has surrendered only seven runs over his last 34 innings, but has just two victories to show for it. 


Twins SP Tommy Milone masterful in blanking White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:14 pm ET) Twins southpaw Tommy Milone has experienced both good and bad starts this season. But he had not pitched seven shutout innings since the first time he took the mound in April.

That is, until Wednesday night against the scuffling White Sox. Milone allowed just three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts, his largest total since June 28.

Milone did not yield a hit until a Tyler Saladino single in the third. He then retired nine of the next 10. 

His 3.60 ERA is at its lowest point since July 25.


Orioles send RF Dariel Alvarez to Class A
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:13 pm ET) The Orioles sent right fielder Dariel Alvarez to Class-A Advanced Frederick on Wednesday, the team announced.

Alvarez hit .250 in 12 at-bats with the team this season.


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz leaves game with quad injury
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:06 pm ET) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game against the Astros with a strained right quad, according to The News Tribune.

Cruz went 1 for 4 with a single before leaving the game.


Mets SS Ruben Tejada circles bases on inside-the-park homer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:03 pm ET) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has just 10 lifetime home runs. Nine have left the yard. The one that didn't helped his team beat Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

His inside-the-park sprint around the bases in the second inning gave New York a 3-0 lead and jump-started what turned out to be a rout.

Tejada also drove in runs with a single and groundout later in the game.


Phillies rookie SP Aaron Nola blasted Wednesday by Mets
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:59 pm ET) Phillies starter Aaron Nola hadn't suffered through a really rotten outing since joining the team in late July. But he has now.

Nola was rocked for six runs on nine hits in just four innings against the host Mets. He walked none and fanned four.

Back-to-back three-run frames set him back. A double by Kelly Johnson and inside-the-park homer by Ruben Tehada plated three in the second, then a double by Daniel Murphy and dinger by Michael Conforto added three in the third.

The dud sent his ERA soaring from 3.26 to 4.02.


Mets SP Matt Harvey good enough to earn 12th victory
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:51 pm ET) Mets super starter Matt Harvey wasn't his typical dominant self Wednesday against visiting Philadelphia. But with nine runs of support, he didn't need to be.

Harvey gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.

He faced only two batters over the minimum in cruising through the first three innings, but three singles and two doubles in the fourth scored three. Harvey had not allowed three runs in any game - let alone one inning - over his previous eight starts.

A Darnell Sweeney home run in the seventh placed the last run on his ledger.


Inconsistent Indians SP Trevor Bauer battered by Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:31 pm ET) Indians enigmatic starter Trevor Bauer is either really good or really bad. He was really bad in Toronto on Wednesday night. The result was predictable.

Bauer surrendered five runs on six hits in just 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and whiffed two.

He was greeted by RBI singles from Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki before escaping further trouble in the first. Two singles and a two-run double by Donaldson in the second knocked him out of the game.

Bauer was coming off successive performances in which he allowed just two runs in 14 1/3 innings.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey shackles Indians on four hits
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 pm ET) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey had the old knuckleball knuckling Wednesday against visiting Cleveland. The result was his first complete-game victory of the season.

Dickey allowed just one run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up three singles in the fourth inning, including one by Carlos Santana that drove in the lone run.

The right-hander had been struggling a bit since a strong run in July and early August, but the outing against the Indians puts him back on track. It also raised his record to 10-10 and lowered his ERA to 4.09.


 
 
 
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