Charlie Morton surrenders four runs vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:13 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 7-5 loss to the Giants.

Morton was touched up for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but his offense was able to dig him out of the hole, even with the starter allowing another run in the third. The bullpen later gave away the lead to deny him his first win since July 2. Morton owns a 3.54 ERA and 108:47 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. He is scheduled to take on the Marlins Tuesday.


Tim Lincecum chased in fourth inning vs. Pirates
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:13 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday after giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings and striking out two in his team's 7-5 win over the Pirates.

Lincecum has now turned in back-to-back poor outings after a nice five-start run, and his rough stretch comes right after he was used to pick up a save in a game last week. He surrendered two-run home runs in the third and fourth inning Wednesday after serving up two home runs in his last nine starts combined. Lincecum owns a 4.21 ERA and 116:50 K:BB ratio in 128 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Tuesday.


Dan Haren to start Friday, Hyun-Jin Ryu moved to Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:12 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren is in line to make Friday's start against the Cubs, with Hyun-Jin Ryu being given an extra day of rest, MLB.com reports.

Haren had his regular turn in the rotation skipped, and he hasn't pitched since July 23. He did throw a bullpen session Wednesday, putting him in line for Friday's outing. Haren owns a 4.49 ERA and 92:26 K:BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings.


Rockies tab Pedro Hernandez to start Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:49 pm ET) The Rockies will call up pitcher Pedro Hernandez to start Thursday's game against the Cubs, MLB.com reports.

Hernandez has been uneven at the minor-league level this season, going 6-6 with a 6.14 ERA and 52:29 K:BB ratio in 85 innings, giving up a whopping 115 hits during his 18 appearances. He compiled a 6.83 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with the Twins last season.


Report: Royals, Pirates, Marlins in on Ian Kennedy
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:26 pm ET) The Royals, Pirates and Marlins are among the teams in the mix to acquire Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, FOXSports.com reports.

The Padres are leaning towards hanging on to the talented starting pitcher, but the opportunity is there for one of the interested teams to bowl them over with an offer. He is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 143:42 K:BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings over 22 starts.


Matt Harvey penciled in for mound work Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is tentatively scheduled to throw off a mound Friday, Newsday reports.

Harvey was earlier reported to be eyeing a return to the mound next week, and he still holds out hope he'll be able to pitch for the major-league team this season despite undergoing Tommy John surgery last October.


Rockies not likely trading SPs, but listening to offers on RPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:58 pm ET) The Rockies are not expected to trade starting pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, sources told The Denver Post. They are not expected to trade any relievers either, including closer LaTroy Hawkins, but they will continue to listen to offers.

Big inning dooms Kyle Kendrick vs. Mets
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick ran out of steam Wednesday, in an 11-2 loss to the Mets.

Kendrick threw the ball well for much of the outing, but the Mets got to him in the fifth for four runs. He ended up charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out four batters on 98 pitches in the loss.

Kendrick fell to 5-11 with the loss, his third in four starts. His ERA rose to 4.92 in 137 1/3 innings, a mark he will try to lower when he takes on the Astros Tuesday. 


Wade Miley plays Houdini in defeat of Reds
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley bounced back from a dud in his last start with a fine outing Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Miley worked his way in and out of jams to pitch 6 1/3 shutout innings despite allowing seven hits and four walks. He struck out only one.

The Reds went out in order just once against Miley. They put two runners on base in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, but could not cross the plate.

Miley, who has five quality starts in his last six outings to raise his record to 7-7 and lower his ERA to a season-best 4.14, is set to pitch again Tuesday against Kansas City.


Zack Wheeler gets plenty of support for third straight win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:22 pm ET) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler continued his solid run Wednesday, in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Wheeler racked up big pitch counts earlier and actually fell behind 1-0 in the fifth inning, but the offense picked him up in a big way. Wheeler ended up allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks on 112 pitches as he cruised to victory.

Wheeler has won three straight decisions, and has not lost in six starts, as he improved his record to 6-8. He has a 3.60 ERA heading into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Nationals. 


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