Drew SmylySP TB 1 hour 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 1 hour 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.
Steven WrightP BOS 1 hour ago
Wright allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked three over 4.0 innings in a no-decision versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
Since pitching a complete-game shutout on Aug. 5, he's taken a stint on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury and then allowed nine runs in 10 innings in his first two outings back. Wright has yielded two home runs in two straight outings for the first time all season. Prior to Aug. 26, he had not allowed a multi-homer game this year. Wright is 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 156.2 innings. He is scheduled to face San Diego in his next outing on Tuesday.
Luis AvilanRP LAD 1 hour ago
Avilan will serve as the Dodgers' 26th man for the second game of Wednesday's double header, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Game 2 will be a "bullpen game" in light of Rich Hill (finger) getting scratched from his start, so Avilan could certainly see some work during his call-up. Avilan has struggled with the Dodgers this season, notching a 5.91 ERA to go with a 1.41 WHIP across 10.2 innings. Furthermore, even if he gets into Wednesday's game, he'll have the tough task of pitching at Coors Field.
Bud NorrisP LAD 1 hour ago
Norris will start the second game of the Dodgers' double header against the Rockies, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports.
Rich Hill was scratched from his scheduled start as he continues dealing with a blister on his hand. In his place, Norris will take the mound and look to improve upon his recent poor showings. Over his last three games, Norris has pitched just 9.1 innings and allowed nine runs off 12 hits and nine walks.
Jose Abreu1B/DH CWS 1 hour ago
Abreu went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
It was his 19th bomb of the season and fourth since Aug. 21. During that stretch, he has hits in nine of his last 10 games, going 13-for-37 (.351). Abreu closes out the month slashing .356/.411/.624 with seven bombs, 17 RBI and 16 runs. If he keeps this up, Abreu has a chance to finish with a .300 batting average, 25 home runs and 90 RBI.
7DAndrew SusacC MIL 1 hour ago
The Brewers hope to recall Susac (oblique) in September, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Milwaukee's tentative plan is for Susac to play in the season's final series at Triple-A Colorado Springs before getting called up sometime after. Susac spent most of the season with Triple-A Sacramento, where he posted a .273/.343/.455 line with 36 RBI over 58 games.
Justin VerlanderSP DET 1 hour ago
Verlander allowed two runs on three hits, struck out nine and walked none over seven innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Wednesday.
The right-hander made two mistakes that cost him the victory. Jose Abreu and former Tigers catcher Alex Avila both hit solo homers against Verlander. Fortunately, Detroit's offense rallied late, so Verlander avoided the loss. Home runs have been a problem lately, as he's yielded six of them in his last 27.2 frames, but he's also struck out 28 batters during that time. Verlander's next start will be against the same White Sox next Tuesday.
DTDRich HillSP LAD 1 hour ago
Hill (finger) has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Wednesday marks yet another setback for Hill and the blister issues that have plagued him since the All-Star break. According to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, manager Dave Roberts alluded to the possibility of Hill merely being pushed back to the weekend. However, Hill's track record of setbacks makes him difficult to rely upon at this point of the season. Bud Norris is set to take the mound in place of Hill on Wednesday.
Chris SaleSP CWS 2 hours ago
Sale allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked four over eight innings but took a no-decision in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Detroit tied the game at two against Sale in the eighth and then won it in walk-off fashion versus David Robertson in the ninth. Sale threw 72 of his 111 pitches for strikes and induced 14 swing-and-misses. This was the third straight start where he threw at least eight frames, but he won just one of those outings. He is 15-7 with a 3.10 ERA, 1.02 WHIP ad 185 strikeouts in 185.2 innings. Sale will face Detroit against Monday at home.