Angels SP Jered Weaver throws bullpen session on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:08 pm ET) Angels starter Jered Weaver threw another bullpen session on Wednesday, his second since landing on the disabled list with a hip injury on June 21. 

Weaver is expected to throw a third session on Saturday, according to the Orange County Register. The Angels have not outlined the steps for his recovery beyond Saturday.


Astros call up SP Dan Straily from Triple-A, to start Friday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:05 pm ET) The Astros will call up starting pitcher Dan Straily from Triple-A Fresno, the team announced via Twitter.

Straily, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2014, will start on Friday when the team visits the Red Sox.

Straily went 6-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 77 2/3 innings for Fresno this season.


Royals SP Jason Vargas to throw in simulated game Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:04 pm ET) Royals starter Jason Vargas, currently out with a flexor strain, is expected to throw two innings in a simulated game on Thursday. Vargas has been on the disabled list since June 13.

Vargas will likely need at least two more simulated outings before he is able to return, according to the Kansas City Star. The Royals have not provided a firm timetable for Vargas' return to the rotation.


Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia won't start Thursday, should avoid DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:54 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said left-hander Jaime Garcia will not make his next start on Thursday. Garcia is nursing a groin injury suffered in his start on June 25 in Miami. He has not pitched since that game, and it is unclear when he will make his next start. 

However, Matheny did indicate Garcia will avoid the disabled list, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle improves to 4-0 in last seven starts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:10 pm ET) Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle got plenty of run support during a 11-2 rout of the Red Sox on Wednesday. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out seven in seven innings.

Buehrle (9-4) gave up a two-out single to David Ortiz in the first inning before retiring the next seven batters. He allowed a leadoff single to Xander Bogaerts in the fourth inning and a one-out triple to Alejandro De Aza in the fifth inning. 

The veteran lefty tossed six scoreless innings before Pablo Sandoval had an RBI groundout in the seventh inning after Hanley Ramirez led off the frame with a triple.

Buehrle is 4-0 in his last seven starts. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in six straight starts. He has at least five strikeouts in four straight outings.


Red Sox might skip Rick Porcello's next start after dropping to 4-9
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:03 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello lasted just two innings during Wednesday's 11-2 loss against the Blue Jays, and now his next turn through the rotation might be skipped. Manager John Farrell hinted at the move following Wednesday's game by citing two off-days next week could allow the team to get creative with the rotation.

As for Porcello's shortest start of the season, the right-hander was in trouble from the first batter he faced Wednesday. Jose Reyes and Josh Donaldson led off the game with singles before Edwin Encarnacion launched a one-out, three-run homer. Russell Martin was then hit by a pitch before Justin Smoak parked a two-run homer.

Porcello (4-9) appeared to be doing better in the second inning, as he struck out two of the first three batters he faced. However, Jose Bautista hit a two-out, two-run homer to extended the Toronto lead to 7-0.

He was charged with seven runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out three. Porcello is now winless in his last eight starts (0-7). His ERA stands at 6.08 through 16 starts.


Twins' Trevor May posts solid outing, takes tough loss Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:47 pm ET) Right-hander Trevor May took a tough-luck loss on Wednesday, as the Twins were shut down by Johnny Cueto and the Reds. May was strong in the outing, allowing just two runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six, but his record dropped to 4-7.

This was a nice bounceback effort for May, who was able to get all of one out before being pulled in the first inning with six runs allowed in his last start. May's ERA shrunk to 4.37 with Wednesday's performance.

Discounting that nightmare start in his previous outing, May has allowed more than three runs just once in his last eight starts.


Reds SP Johnny Cueto throws eight dominant innings Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:42 pm ET) Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was excellent in his start against the Twins on Wednesday. Cueto went eight strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out eight, dropping his ERA to 2.84. He evened his record to 5-5 with this performance

This was Cueto's finest start since he twirled seven shutout innings on June 7. He retired 11 in a row at one point, and never really lost his composure in this one.

Cueto has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his 15 starts this season.


A's SP Sonny Gray dealing with bacterial illness
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:26 pm ET) Athletics starter Sonny Gray was diagnosed with bacterial gastroenteritis, and is still in the hospital. However, the right-hander is said to be feeling better and could be released later on Thursday or Friday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

"It's been a bit of a roller coaster for him," manager Bob Melvin said, per MLB.com. "Just when he started feeling good, then he wouldn't for a period of time. He's been there for a couple days."

It is still unknown if Gray will be able to make his next start on Sunday, as his expected return to the team is currently unknown.


Jordan Zimmermann's success tied to effectiveness of curveball
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:44 pm ET) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been outstanding in his last two starts, tossing 15 2/3 scoreless innings. He has struck out nine and not issued a walk in that span.

"I had a good curveball the last two starts and felt like I could throw it when I wanted to, where I wanted to, any count," Zimmermann told reporters, per MASNsports.com. "Keep them off balance, just pound the zone, let those guys behind me play defense."

Manager Matt Williams said having solid command of his offspeed pitches has allowed Zimmermann's fastball to be more effective.

"The ability to throw a breaking ball behind in the count, early in the count," Williams said. "Had a good feel for his curveball tonight, especially against their lefties. The ball was down in the strike zone. If he can do that, then he can get a lot of swings and misses down on the breaking ball, which he got tonight."


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