Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel strikes out 11 in complete game shutout
by Brandon Wise |
(6:52 pm ET) Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel tossed a complete game shutout on Saturday in Chicago's 3-0 win over the White Sox. 

Keuchel was magnificent on Saturday, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts and no walks in the contest. He allowed just one baserunner to reach third in the game, but finished off the inning with two strikeouts to work out of the jam. It was just Keuchel's second complete game of the season after recording five in 2014. Keuchel, now 7-1, moved his ERA to 1.76 in 81 2/3 innings of work.

He will look to keep things rolling Thursday against the Orioles.

Wei-Yin Chen hard-luck loser for Orioles
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:45 pm ET) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen put together another quality start Saturday but it wasn't enough in a 3-0 loss to the Rays, continuing a tough trend for the pitcher. 

It's the ninth time in 10 starts that Chen has allowed three or fewer earned runs, but during that time span, he's only got one win on his ledger. Chen allowed single runs in each of the first three innings, but wound up going seven innings, scattering six hits while striking out four. 

Chen falls to 1-4 on the season but has a solid ERA of 3.21. 

Cubs-Royals game postponed due to rain on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:45 pm ET) Rain has postponed Saturday night's game between the Cubs and the Royals, the Cubs announced. The contest will be made up on Monday September 28 at Wrigley Field.

Tsuyoshi Wada had been scheduled to start Saturday for the Cubs, with Yordano Ventura taking the mound for the Royals. Both teams will stay on rotation as both pitchers will start on Sunday.

Twins SP Kyle Gibson gets no-decision in victory on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:14 pm ET) Twins starter Kyle Gibson finished one out shy of posting his second consecutive quality start in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays. Gibson pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits, including a solo home run to Kevin Pillar in the fourth inning. Gibson struggled with his command a bit, as he walked four and struck out three, throwing just 58 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

His defense didn't do him any favors either, as an error in the sixth inning led to an unearned run. Gibson (4-3) took a no-decision on Satuday, as the Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh.

He'll look to get back in the win column when he makes his next start Thursday in Boston.

Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez allows two runs in no-decision
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:07 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Twins. The young right-hander pitched well, limiting the Twins to just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five, as his ERA dropped to 3.88.

Sanchez served up a solo home run to Chris Herrmann in the third inning, and then gave up a run-scoring double to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth. 

After a rough beginning to the season, Sanchez has now tossed three straight quality starts for the Blue Jays. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Friday at home against the Astros.

Rangers DFA Tommy Field to call up Alex Gonzalez
by Shawn Krest |
(3:33 pm ET) As expected, the Rangers called up Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez to start Saturday's game.

To make room for Chi Chi on the roster, the Rangers designated infielder Tommy Field for assignment. 

Gonzalez was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Field was hitting .195 in 14 games for the Rangers. 

Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen ready to take the mound Saturday
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:46 pm ET) As expected, Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen is fine for his Saturday start against Tampa Bay. He had been considered probable with soreness.

Chen has been shaky in his last two starts, allowing seven runs on 19 hits in 12 innings. His 1-3 record is not indicative of how he's pitched this season, however. He owns a solid 3.13 ERA.

Orioles SP Bud Norris could pitch Wednesday in Houston
by Marty Gitlin |
(9:27 am ET) Orioles right-hander Bud Norris will either make his next start at Triple-A Norfolk or with the big-league club in Houston on Wednesday.

That's the word from Buck Showalter, per the Baltimore Sun. No decision was made earlier Friday because the Orioles wanted to see if Norris would be needed in an emergency bullpen appearance. But the eight-inning stint of Miguel Gonzalez made that unnecessary.

Norris is recovering from a severe case of bronchitis that has cost him 10 pounds. He has been out since May 10.

Trevor Bauer drops to 4-2 with loss for Indians
by Shawn Krest |
(1:48 am ET) Indians starter Trevor Bauer suffered a loss, Friday, against Seattle. 

Bauer dropped to 4-2 on the year, giving up two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out 10. 

Bauer's next start is Thursday, at Kansas City. 

Taijuan Walker moves to 2-5 with win for Mariners
by Shawn Krest |
(1:46 am ET) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker improved to 2-5 with a win, Friday, over Cleveland. 

Walker pitched eight shutout innings, allowing two hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight. 

"I think he’s taken a step forward in his last two outings,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He worked fast, he threw strikes and worked ahead in the count. He did everything we asked of him

His next start will be Wednesday, against the Yankees. 

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