Edwin Jackson has only made five starts with the Padres this season, but he's made a habit of flirting with history. The journeyman starter did so again Wednesday night at PNC Park, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the Padres beat the Pirates, 4-0.
Before turning their attention to a four-game showdown against the Cubs, the Cardinals found a way to wrap up an uneven homestand on a high note. With a 3-2 victory that showcased Jaime Garcia at his near best, the Cardinals nabbed a series from the Reds on Wednesday and climbed back into a tie with the Marlins for the National League's second Wild Card spot.
Red Sox star David Ortiz left Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees in pain after fouling a pitch off his right shin. Boston said X-rays were negative. The 40-year-old designated hitter, who has announced he will retire after this season, fouled a 98.5 mph fastball from Dellin Betances off the shin in the ninth inning of Boston's 9-4 loss and was replaced by pinch-hitter Bryce Brentz, who struck out.
Based on their scouting report, Tampa Bay's hitters had a good idea how Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ was going to try and beat them. Happ and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Happ became the first 16-game winner in the majors, and the Blue Jays blanked Tampa Bay 7-0 on Wednesday night. Toronto took over first place in the AL East when the Orioles lost 1-0 to Oakland later Wednesday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi finally found a spot he liked for Alex Rodriguez. Benched from the starting lineup once again as his finale approaches, Rodriguez pinch hit and flied out in the seventh inning of New York's 9-4 comeback win against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. ''I was looking for a three-run homer so I went to him,'' Girardi said of A-Rod.
Adrian Beltre wasn't surprised to see Colorado intentionally walk new teammate Carlos Beltran in front of him to load the bases late in a one-run game. What happened next was all too familiar for the Rockies. Beltre singled in two runs in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied late for the third straight game against Colorado in a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
D-backs outfielder David Peralta will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist Thursday morning in Phoenix.
Despite the Twins leading, 5-0, over the Astros during the third inning of Wednesday's game at Target Field, the game was ultimately postponed due to weather. It'll be made up as part of a split doubleheader Thursday with the first game at 12:10 p.m. CT and the second game at 6:10 p.m.
The Rays had no trouble scoring at Rogers Centre this season -- until they ran into the Major League leader in wins on Wednesday. J.A. Happ became the first pitcher to reach 16 wins, while Troy Tulowitzki led the offense with a three-run home run and drove in a season-high five runs in Toronto's 7-0 victory over Tampa Bay.
Moments after another lackluster loss on Tuesday night, in which the Mets again didn't generate the type of offense they've needed for months, general manager Sandy Alderson marched into manager Terry Collins' office to say simply: "I think it's time for Rivera." Rivera, of course, is T.J. Rivera, an undrafted Bronx native whom the Mets called up Wednesday from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Jason Hammel says he's not superstitious, but his potato chip diet is working, so the Cubs right-hander is going to continue munching.
Ty Blach spun his second shutout of the season, leading Triple-A Sacramento to a 2-0 win over Tacoma.
The Padres are sure making a habit out of stealing home this season. For the second time this month, Travis Jankowski took an opportunistic break from third base and swiped home in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Pirates.
The Cubs continued their hot streak and remained unbeaten in August, winning their ninth straight game Wednesday night with a 3-1 Interleague victory over the Angels at Wrigley Field, thanks to Jason Hammel. It's the first time the Cubs have opened a calendar month 8-0 since August 1927.
One of baseball's biggest rivalries will take center stage tonight, when the Cardinals and Cubs meet for the fourth time this season.
While the Blue Jays lost Jose Bautista to the disabled list earlier in the day, it was another veteran who stepped up on Wednesday. Troy Tulowitzki set the tone for the Blue Jays' offense in their 7-0 victory over the Rays, smacking a three-run, first-inning home run and driving in a season-high five runs.
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop had to leave Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Angels in the eighth inning after injuring his left knee and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. The Cubs will know his status after they get the test results.
Jaime Garcia is finally feeling like himself on the mound. ''I'm a guy who goes after guys and I got away from where I needed to be and I had some mechanical issues that I had to get rid of,'' Garcia said. Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered to back up a second straight dominant start by Garcia as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Rodriguez has just one start and eight at-bats in 17 games since July 22 as New York traded veterans and turned toward a youth movement. Chants of 'We Want A-Rod''! echoed around the park at the start of the seventh. Rodriguez had not appeared in a game since Aug. 2.
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