Rafael Soriano RP WAS 6 Hrs
Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday and earned his third victory of the season.
Used in a tied game during the top of the ninth inning, Soriano reaped the benefits of the Nats' ability to play the winning run in the bottom of the frame. After giving up runs in each of his previous two appearances, Soriano's rebound Wednesday is a step in the right direction as he looks to ease concern regarding his hold of the closer role in Washington. It's also worth noting that Soriano followed Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen into Wednesday's game.
Jeurys Familia RP NYM 6 Hrs
Familia recorded the final five outs Wednesday to earn his fourth save of the season.
Jenrry Mejia was unavailable due to a back injury, putting Familia in position for temporary closer duty. With the Mets unlikely to push Mejia into game situations down the stretch at less than 100 percent, Familia should continue to offer the occasional save as the current next-in-line option.
Lance Lynn SP STL 7 Hrs
Lynn pitched seven shutout-innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five batters before picking up his 14th win (14-8) of the year in Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Lynn continues to be an anchor in the Cardinals' rotation and has given up only 11 earned runs in his last nine starts (spanning 54.1 innings). With a 2.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 144:57 K:BB ratio in 158.2 innings pitched this year, Lynn is as reliable as they come. His next start is set for Tuesday on the road against the Pirates.
Zack Wheeler SP NYM 7 Hrs
Wheeler fanned three and walked three while holding the A's to four runs -- two earned -- on four hits over 5.2 innings to pick up his ninth win of the season Wednesday.
Despite failing to get through six innings, Wheeler needed 103 pitches to record 14 outs. Command was an issue for him Wednesday, as he issued the three walks and threw just 12 first-pitch strikes over 25 batters faced. Most likely, Wheeler's next start will be made at home against Atlanta early next week.
Jimmy Nelson SP MIL 7 Hrs
Nelson gave up four runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon.
While he avoided the damage of the long ball, Nelson was knocked around by a good Toronto lineup in his eighth start of the season. Since rejoining the Milwaukee rotation on July 12 against the Cards, Nelson has turned in a quality start in five of his seven trips to the mound. Nelson will make a pair of road starts next week, first in San Diego on Monday before a second start in San Francisco on August 31.
Gerardo Parra OF MIL 7 Hrs
Parra went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in a losing effort against Toronto on Wednesday.
Prior to Wednesday, Khris Davis had started 10 consecutive games, so Parra's role has primary been working off the bench as a defensive replacement and pinch-hitter in recent weeks. The former Gold Glove winner offers the Brewers with a viable insurance policy at all three outfield spots should an injury befall one of the starters currently ahead of him on the depth chart.
R. A. Dickey SP TOR 7 Hrs
Dickey struck out four and walked one while giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings in a winning effort Wednesday.
The Toronto offense put up a five-run sixth inning, enabling Dickey to earn the victory on a day where he wasn't particularly tough to hit. The five-run outing nudged his ERA back above 4.00 for the season (4.08), but the victory was his 10th of the year, and third since the All-Star break.
Josh Thole C TOR 7 Hrs
Thole went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Sporadic playing time continues to be the norm for Thole, who often finds a spot start when R.A. Dickey is on the hill and Dioner Navarro is in need of a day off.
Salvador Perez C KC 7 Hrs
Perez (knee) will undergo an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Manager Ned Yost maintains that Perez is not dealing with a serious injury, but apparently the Royals want him to take another trip to the doctor to be sure. Expect an update on Perez's status when the results of his examination become available.
Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 7 Hrs
Bautista went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Jays' win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
The blast was Bautista's 24th of the season, and it came as part of a five -run sixth inning that put the Jays on top for good Wednesday. For the season, Bautista has put together his best slash line (.290/.406/.512) since 2011, and he's got an opportunity to return to the 30-homer mark with just over five weeks remaining in the regular season.