Ken GilesRP HOU 2 hours ago
Giles struck out one in a clean ninth to earn his seventh save of the season Tuesday against Oakland.
Giles is now 6-for-6 in save chances since taking over as the team's closer. He's tallied eight strikeouts over his last five innings. Giles has been racking up the stats of late, recording five saves and one win in six appearances since Aug. 21.
Mike FiersSP HOU 2 hours ago
Fiers tossed five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out four in a no-decision Wednesday against Oakland.
Fiers teetered on the brink of disaster all afternoon while tying his second-highest total for hits allowed this season. He somehow managed to escape the inefficient 96-pitch outing allowing just one earned run to lower his ERA to 4.31, its best mark since July 1. Over his last three starts, Fiers owns a 2.45 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. The righty will make his next start Tuesday in Cleveland.
OUTCarlos GonzalezRF COL 3 hours ago
Gonzalez is out of the lineup for the second game of Colorado's double header against the Dodgers.
Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 in the first game, will sit out for tonight's matchup against Bud Norris and the Dodgers. Gerardo Parra will start in right field and hit fifth in place of Gonzalez.
Logan Forsythe1B/2B TB 3 hours ago
Forsythe went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and a walk in a loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
He hit a two-run blast to give the Rays a lead in the second and then tied the game on a two-run single in the eighth, but Tampa Bay would fall 8-6. Forsythe recorded eight multi-hit games, six home runs, 13 RBI and 17 runs in August. He is slashing .273/.340/.471 with 17 bombs, 46 RBI and 61 runs in 395 at-bats.
Hanley Ramirez1B/LF/DH BOS 3 hours ago
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and walk in the 8-6 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old belted a pair of homers in the series versus Tampa Bay and recorded six RBI. He has three bombs in the last five games, and Ramirez closes August having gone deep six times in the month. He is slashing .281/.354/.471 with 19 homers, 84 RBI and 66 runs in 448 at-bats this season.
Craig KimbrelRP BOS 3 hours ago
Kimbrel nailed down the Rays in order to record his 24th save of the season in a 8-6 victory.
The flame-throwing closer induced a foul out, strike out and fly out to retire the side on just 10 pitches. He closes August having allowed just one run in 11 innings and going a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities this month. In addition to 24 saves, he has a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 44 frames.
Christian BergmanP COL 3 hours ago
Bergman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.
Bergman will be Colorado's 26th man for the second game of their double header against the Dodgers. Bergman has been a liability on the mound for the Rockies this season. Over 10 games (19.1 innings) he's allowed 14 runs off 27 hits.
Christian BergmanP COL 3 hours ago
Bergman was recalled by the Rockies as their 26th man for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Wednesday's move brings some bullpen depth up for what could be a very high scoring game between the Rockies and the Dodgers. Still, Bergman hasn't been overly impressive when called upon to pitch at Coors Field this season, having given up two home runs in just 9.2 innings. His stint with the Rockies could extend into September with rosters set to expand Thursday, however.
Drew SmylySP TB 3 hours ago
Smyly allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two over five innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
All the runs he allowed came off the two homers he yielded. First, a solo bomb to Xander Bogaerts and then a grand slam to Hanley Ramirez. Smyly worked his way through five, but by that time, he had lost the lead. Fortunately, Tampa Bay tied the game in the eighth to get Smyly off the hook. He will face another tough matchup in his next start versus the Orioles on Tuesday.
15DChris Coghlan2B/3B/LF/RF CHC 4 hours ago
Coghlan (ribs) is expected to come off the DL on Thursday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
On his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa, Coghlan has gone 8-for-17 over five games. However, It's unlikely that Coghlan will see an increase in time on the field once he comes off the DL. Coghlan's line of .165/.261/.288 simply doesn't justify greater usage and the Cubs' depth gives them plenty of more formidable options everywhere on the field.