Sizzling Stephen Drew goes yard in Wednesday win
by Marty Gitlin |
(8:11 pm ET) For four-and-a-half months, Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew was cold at the plate. For four days, he's been red-hot. It remains to be seen if he can extend the tear.

Drew doubled and scored in the second inning Wednesday in Boston, but he was far from done. He clobbered a three-run homer in the third and singled in the fifth.

He has nine hits in his last 12 at-bats with two home runs and nine RBI.

Red Sox SP Henry Owens mashed by Yankees
by Marty Gitlin |
(8:05 pm ET) Red Sox rookie starter Henry Owens took the first pounding of his major league career Wednesday against the Yankees.

Owens gave up seven runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

The lefty retired the Yankees in order in the first, then couldn't make it out of the second. Successive homers by Greg Bird and John David Murphy sent him reeling and run-scoring singles by Chris Young and Alex Rodriguez knocked him out.

The terrible performance sent his ERA skyrocketing from 4.03 to 5.87.

Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka benefits from run support in win
by Marty Gitlin |
(7:57 pm ET) The bad news for Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is that his streak of quality starts is over. The good news is that his team scored so many runs for him Wednesday in Boston that it didn't matter.

Tanaka struggled after his team bolted out to a 12-1 lead. He allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

He was cruising after an RBI double by David Ortiz in the first. But he gave up three runs in the sixth and seventh, including a blast by Xander Bogaerts.

Tanaka had five consecutive quality starts before faltering against the Red Sox.

Angels DH Albert Pujols busts out with big day against Athletics
by Marty Gitlin |
(6:57 pm ET) Albert Pujols was in a slump for the Angels when he arrived at the ballpark in Oakland on Wednesday. He was out of a slump when he departed.

Pujols singled and scored in the first inning, then blasted a two-run homer in the second. He added an RBI groundout in the ninth.

It marked only his second multi-hit game since Aug. 12. Pujols now boasts a slash line of .249/.309/.495.

Angels SP Andrew Heaney recovers from bad start to win
by Marty Gitlin |
(6:51 pm ET) Angels rookie starter Andrew Heaney appeared destined for an early departure from the mound Wednesday in Oakland.

Heaney allowed three runs on five singles and a wild pitch in the first inning after his teammates handed him a 6-0 lead. But he did not fritter it away. He responded with six shutout innings and finished having yielded seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

The talented southpaw has given up just three runs in 13 innings over his last two starts. He has now won six of eight decisions and is sporting a 3.18 ERA.

Athletics ace Sonny Gray clobbered Wednesday by Angels
by Marty Gitlin |
(6:43 pm ET) It was not a sunny day for Sonny Gray in Oakland on Wednesday. He took a rare pounding by the Angels.

The Athletics right-hander allowed six runs in the first two innings before settling down to toss shutout ball over the last three he pitched. He gave up eight hits while walking one and fanning two, matching a season-low.

The first four batters he faced singled as Gray gave up four in the first inning. Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run homer in the second.

It marked the first time he has surrendered six earned runs in an outing this season.

Hip ailment plaguing Tigers RP Al Albuquerque
by Marty Gitlin |
(6:28 pm ET) Brad Ausmus has revealed that the right hip of Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has been bothering him since before last weekend, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

Albuquerque, who has not pitched since Aug. 24, was not performing well before going down. He had allowed five runs on four hits in his last 1 2/3 innings.

Ausmus did not indicate a possible trip to the disabled list or timetable for his return to action.

Twins' Miguel Sano hopes to play through hamstring issue
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(6:21 pm ET) After undergoing an MRI on his hamstring Wednesday, Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano hopes to play through the hamstring issue, reports

The hamstring strain caused him to miss last Friday's contest, but he is in Wednesday's lineup.

"I'm trying to not run too hard or too fast," Sano said. "I can feel it when I'm on base."

Rays move P Nathan Karns from rotation to bullpen
by Marty Gitlin |
(6:14 pm ET) The Rays have dispatched young starter Nathan Karns to the bullpen, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The team is trying to limit his innings, which is up to 144 this season. Karns has not performed as well of late, posting a 4.97 ERA in August. He has four consecutive no-decisions and has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings.

He is 7-5 with a respectable 3.69 ERA on the year.

Lovullo: Red Sox P Clay Buchholz could still pitch this year
by Marty Gitlin |
(5:18 pm ET) Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo has the following message for President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski in regard to the latter stating that pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the year:

Not so fast.

Lovullo would like to see Buchholz back on the mound by the end of the season, even if it's for one appearance. Buchholz has received clearance to resume throwing after losing the last seven weeks to a strained right flexor. He made 24 tosses from 75 feet Wednesday.

"He's reported that he's feeling very, very good," Lovullo told "We're definitely monitoring that. He's really encouraged by where he's at and how he's feeling. ... It would be great if he could throw one inning just to see where he's at from a mental standpoint, just to give him some confidence moving into the offseason. That's all contingent on him feeling good."

If Buchholz is done for the season, he will end it at 7-7 with a strong 3.26 ERA.

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