Jason Grilli RP TOR 8 hours ago
Although he earned his 22nd hold of the season, Grilli contributed to the Orioles' comeback win by allowing two hits, including a solo homer, over 0.2 innings Wednesday.
Grilli is just one of the Jays' relievers that has struggled in recent weeks. The righty has allowed five runs over his last inning of work (recorded just one out while surrendering four runs last time out), and after starting September with a 3.08 ERA, he now sits at 4.01.
Roberto Osuna RP TOR 9 hours ago
Osuna blew the save and took the loss after allowing three hits, including a two-run homer, in Wednesday's game against Baltimore.
With the Blue Jays so close to seeing their AL Wild Card magic number drop to two games, closer Roberto Osuna was instead charged with a second blown save in his last three appearances. Osuna's latest outing was his fourth in five days, and it's possible that fatigue is playing a role in his recent performance.
Zach Britton RP BAL 9 hours ago
Britton nailed down his 47th save of the year, pitching a clean ninth inning while striking out two in Wednesday's contest against Toronto.
Britton was afforded the save chance after Hyun Soo Kim hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. The Orioles' closer has allowed just four runs all season, and three of those came in the first month of the campaign. Britton is on the verge of completing a perfect season, as he currently sits 47-for-47 in save chances.
Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 9 hours ago
Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's game against Cleveland.
Cabrera thought his first-inning drive was gone, only to watch it hit off the wall. His fifth-inning drive, on the other hand, had little doubt, a classic Cabrera opposite-field swing toward the right-field corner. The slugger's 36th home run of the season was his 306th as a Tiger, tying him with Hank Greenberg for third in franchise history. It wound up being a game-winning deep fly as the game would end after five innings due to rain. Cabrera is hitting .400 with 14 RBI and three home runs over his last 11 games to help the Tigers stay in the playoff hunt.
Brock Holt 2B/SS/3B/LF/RF BOS 11 hours ago
Holt was Boston's starting third baseman for Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. It was the first time he started two consecutive games at third base since Aug. 16-17.
Holt walked twice and went 0-for-1 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against a left-handed pitcher. As manager John Farrell wrestles with an unsettled situation at third base, he appears content to play the platoon splits -- Holt is getting starts against right-handers over Travis Shaw, while Aaron Hill gets the nod against lefties.
Craig Kimbrel RP BOS 11 hours ago
Kimbrel failed to convert a save opportunity Wednesday allowing a hit and three walks and being charged with four runs and the loss in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Yankees.
The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.
DTDSteven Wright P BOS 11 hours ago
Wright (shoulder) will join the Red Sox on Friday and pitch in the bullpen, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
It's unclear if Abraham means if Wright will actually pitch in a game out of the bullpen or merely throw a bullpen session, but it's an encouraging sign for the right-hander who hasn't pitched since Aug. 31.
60DAaron Nola SP PHI 11 hours ago
Nola (elbow) started a throwing program this week in Clearwater, Fla., Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
GM Matt Klentak said Nola has felt good so far. He will begin throwing on flat ground, increase his throwing distance and then move to the mound to face hitters. Klentak indicated the Phillies will be conservative with the pace when ramping things up. The team remains hopeful Nola will be ready for Spring Training.
DTDEdubray Ramos RP PHI 11 hours ago
Ramos is day-to-day with a sore elbow, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Manager Pete Mackanin said the elbow issue is not serious. Given how late it is in the season, the Phillies could opt to shut Ramos down rather than risk further aggravation to his elbow.
DTDRoman Quinn LF/CF PHI 11 hours ago
Quinn will do some jogging and light throwing Thursday to see how his left oblique feels before the Phillies make a decision on shutting him down for the rest of the season, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Quinn suffered an oblique injury on a swing in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. He missed six weeks earlier this year with an injury to the same oblique. It seems highly likely the Phillies will shut Quinn down to avoid any further aggravation to the area since they have nothing to play for this season.