David DahlOF COL 1 hour ago
Dahl started his third career game Wednesday, and went 1-for-4 with his first career home run and a pair of strikeouts.
Dahl's first career home run should come as a surprise to no one, as he flashed solid power in the minor leagues, slugging .569 between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque before being called up this season. The dinger was extra sweet for Dahl as it chased Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy, who entered the inning carrying a perfect game through five. Dahl should continue to get regular starts moving forward.
Khris DavisLF/DH OAK 1 hour ago
Davis went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Rangers.
The 28-year-old slugger displayed his power in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park with his 10th career multi-home run game -- his 24th and 25th of the season -- beginning with a solo shot to right off Yu Darvish, and later cushioning the scoring for Oakland in the eighth with a two-run bomb after Coco Crisp had given the team the lead earlier in the inning with a go-ahead shot. Davis is having a strong first season with the Athletics, posting a healthy .256/.294/.514 line while leading the team in home runs with 25.
Carlos EstevezP COL 1 hour ago
Estevez sent down the Orioles in order in the ninth inning Wednesday to preserve a 3-1 lead and earn his 10th save of the season.
Estevez continues to shine in the closer role, picking up his second save in as many days. He needed just seven pitches to pick up this one, shutting down a powerful Orioles offense and punching out All-Star catcher Matt Wieters for the final out. Estevez has now converted 10 of 11 save chances on the season, and should get plenty more chances if the Rockies continue their recent winning pace.
Dylan BundyP BAL 1 hour ago
Bundy allowed three runs on just two hits and walk over 5.2 innings while striking out eight and taking a loss Wednesday against the Rockies.
What initially looks like a pedestrian line was anything but for Bundy, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning with one out. But Bundy was yanked in the sixth after giving up a walk and a pair of home runs on hanging change-ups, finishing the start with a season-high 89 pitches. The start was just Bundy's third of the season, and Baltimore appears to have him on a tight pitch count, as well they should given Bundy's long injury history. Bundy said after the game that he was actually disappointed with his season-high eight strikeouts, citing it as something that raised his pitch count, rendering him unable to pitch deeper into the game. Bundy owners shouldn't expect too many innings from him going forward, but Wednesdays start was certainly an encouraging one overall.
DTDCarlos GomezCF HOU 2 hours ago
Gomez (hamstring) will visit the team doctors Thursday to assess his hamstring injury, Brian McTaggert of MLB.com reports.
Gomez finished the night 1-for-1 with an RBI prior to being lifted and replaced in center field by Jake Marisnick. The Astros don't play again until Friday in Detroit, so an update on his status should come well before that contest.
Jon GraySP COL 2 hours ago
Gray (7-4) was dominant Wednesday, holding a potent Orioles offense to just one run over seven innings on five hits and two walks while earning the win. He struck out three.
Gray's lone blemish was a solo homer by young superstar Manny Machado in the sixth inning. He's now thrown three straight starts of seven innings or more, and five consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA to 3.94 over 109.2 innings pitched. Gray's 114:35 K:BB rate is solid, and there is little reason to think that the young right-hander's success won't continue moving forward.
Brian JohnsonSP BOS 2 hours ago
Johnson's first start back for Triple-A Pawtucket was described as "tentative" by Red Sox manager John Farrell, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports. The left-hander allowed four runs on six hits and four walks last Sunday in his return to Pawtucket after four starts at the lower levels of the organization.
"Where his games in Lowell, there might've been a little bit more freedom to the stuff, the attack of the strike zone, I think the ball-strike ratio kind of reflected the tentativeness - and the walks that were issued. First start back, a step in the right direction, but still he's got some work to do," said Farrell. Johnson will continue to work his way back from a two-month layoff to treat an anxiety issue and at this point is not ready to be a helpful piece for Boston.
Colby RasmusOF HOU 2 hours ago
Rasmus recently underwent tests on his right ear that revealed a cyst in the inner portion, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The issue will eventually require surgery.
Rasmus is reportedly dealing with a growth of skin cells behind his ear drum that damages it, which could explain his recent struggles at the plate. There's no indication he plans on having the procedure in the near future, and there's nothing to suggest going under the knife would cost him extended time, but it's something worth monitoring.
Kolten Wong2B/CF/DH STL 2 hours ago
Wong pinch hit for the pitcher in the ninth inning of a tied game, and delivered a go-ahead RBI double that would up being the game-winner.
Mets closer Jeurys Familia had just blown his first save of the season before facing Wong, having given up an RBI double to Yadier Molina. Wong, hitting just .234 on the season while starting the majority of games, delivered his ninth extra base hit of the season, driving in just his 11th run. Young second baseman Greg Garcia, who started the game at second Wednesday, has come on strong and hit and impressive .307 over 101 at-bats. Garcia went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but should continue to steal sizable chucks of playing time from Wong moving forward.
Carson FulmerP CWS 2 hours ago
Fulmer gave up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman while recording only one out Wednesday against the Cubs.
The out he got finished off the seventh inning, but manager Robin Ventura stuck with Fulmer to start the eighth, and the results were disastrous. He hit Kris Bryant, then allowed a single, a double and a walk to load the bases; Jacob Turner came on in relief and promptly allowed a grand slam to Addison Russell, Fulmer looked strong in his first two outings since being called up in mid-July, but has now given up seven runs with four walks in his last inning of work (two appearances).