A.J. Burnett indicates he's been pitching hurt this season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:40 am ET) Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett has hinted that he's been plagued by a physical issue this season, but declined to elaborate.

Burnett indicated that he felt terrible much of the year, though he used an unprintable word. Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday, however, that he was unaware of any such problem for Burnett aside from an inguinal hernia that has been known since April.

The veteran starter is 8-17 with a disappointing 4.40 ERA. He leads the majors in losses and walks (87), but is set to make $12.75 million in 2015. Sandberg has been impressed with his durability - Burnett has made 32 starts this season.

"If anything he has displayed just the opposite," Sandberg said about Burnett's health. "Very durable guy with innings, the length that he does give, durable arm. The hernia thing ... from my knowledge, that's been a non-issue."


Eric Stults chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Phillies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Padres pitcher Eric Stults took a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Phillies.

Stults (7-17) delivered four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when the Phillies opened the inning with four singles to score two runs and then followed a sacrifice with a two-run double, which chased the starter from the game. It's the first time since June 8 Stults has failed to finish five innings. He owns a 4.59 ERA and 101:44 K:BB ratio in 162 2/3 innings. Stults is scheduled to face the Rockies Tuesday.


Cole Hamels strikes out nine in win vs. Padres
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earned a win Wednesday, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-2 victory over the Padres.

Hamels (9-7) gave up just one run for the second straight start, and he's turned in 11 quality starts in 12 tries in the second half, with the only "off" day resulting in a five-inning, three-run win. He owns an excellent 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 187:57 K:BB ratio in 189 2/3 innings. Hamels is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Adam Wainwright delivers complete-game shutout for 19th win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright shined in a complete-game shutout Wednesday, giving up just seven hits and two walks in nine scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

Wainwright (19-9) moved into a share of the major-league lead in wins with the gem, tossing just 102 pitches in his nine innings of work. It's his fifth complete game and third shutout of the year. Wainwright owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 171:49 K:BB ratio in 220 innings. He's slated to take on the Cubs Monday.


Kyle Hendricks tosses seven one-run innings vs. Reds
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-1 victory over the Reds.

Hendricks (7-2) surrendered a run on a groundout in the first inning but was able to bounce back and throw six scoreless innings before exiting after just 80 pitches. It was his first quality start in three September tries. Hendricks owns a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB ratio in 75 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Wednesday.


Daniel Corcino strikes out six in loss vs. Cubs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Reds pitcher Daniel Corcino took a loss Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Cubs.

Corcino (0-1) has given up just five hits in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts, but he hasn't been able to break through with a win. The Cubs were able to push both runs across in the second inning after the Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. Corcino owns a 4.40 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He's not yet scheduled to start again but could slot in next Wednesday.


Dillon Gee surrenders four runs in loss vs. Marlins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee took a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Marlins.

Gee (7-8) had a pair of runs score in the first inning, one on a wild pitch and the next on an infield single. The Marlins tacked on another run in the second inning before adding to a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an RBI double. Gee, who didn't surrender a home run for the first time in four starts, owns a 3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92:43 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals next Wednesday.


Henderson Alvarez allows two runs in win vs. Mets
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 victory over the Mets.

Alvarez (11-6) was staked to a three-run lead early and was able to hold the Mets to a pair of runs on a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning. While his strikeouts have been somewhat lacking all season, the starter still owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 106:32 K:BB ratio in 172 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Tuesday.


Francisco Liriano turns in strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Liriano allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He had some major control issues during the start, walking five. Liriano struck out two during the outing. Liriano was able to work around this early walks, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only run in the fifth inning. Liriano allowed a leadoff double to open the frame. That runner advanced to third on a flyout. The run came home after Liriano induced a groundout for the second out of the inning. Liriano lasted one more inning, and was pulled after throwing 99 pitches.

With the win, Liriano improved to 6-10. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.


Alex Wood strikes out eight in win vs. Nationals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

Wood (11-10) turned in his 10th straight quality start Wednesday, with the only damage coming on a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's racked up eight strikeouts or more in three of his last four outings. Wood owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 164:43 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.


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