Jon Lester, who is still six months shy of his 30th birthday, joined select company on Wednesday night when he moved into fifth place on the Red Sox's all-time strikeout list.
An eight-run uprising in the third inning, which included four straight knocks with runners in scoring position, seemed to take the weight of the world off the shoulders of the Red Sox, who rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
David Price left Wednesday night's 9-2 loss to the Red Sox after 57 pitches with a left triceps strain, but the Rays won't know until Thursday the extent of the injury or how long it will sideline the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.
With Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion atop the lineup the last four games, the Blue Jays have scored 36 runs, and Wednesday they won their fourth straight by defeating the Giants, 11-3, at Rogers Centre.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox pulled out of an offensive funk to help Jon Lester stay unbeaten.
The Royals broadcast on FSKC honored former radio voice Fred White with a half-inning of silence in the top of the first inning during Wednesday's game against the Angels in Anaheim.
Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler and catcher Wilson Ramos left Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers because of apparent injuries.
The reigning American League East champions have been absolutely assaulted by injuries this year, starting over the winter and continuing into the regular season, and while much credit should go to the gentlemen who have filled in, much anticipation should surround the returns of the guys who are still on the way.
Jeff Samardzija hadn't won a game since Opening Day and he took matters into his own hands on Wednesday. Samardzija smacked a two-run home run and struck out seven over eight innings to pick up his first win since April 1, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field.
Milwaukee has promoted Francisco Rodriguez to its big league club.
TORONTO (AP) -- Ryan Vogelsong's 100th career start might have been his last for a while.
Raul Ibanez continued his torrid hitting at Yankee Stadium, and this time his Mariners teammates jumped on board, as Seattle swamped New York, 12-2, on Wednesday.
Wandy Rodriguez stuck to Yovani Gallardo long enough for the Bucs to get enough of an upper hand for a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety and Southern California native Troy Polamalu threw Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch to C.J. Wilson minutes before the Angels hosted the Royals.
Shin-Soo Choo's second multi-homer game of the season helped power the Reds to their fifth straight win and a series victory over the Marlins. Choo went 4-for-5 with two home runs to push the Reds past the Marlins, 4-0, before 14,866 at Marlins Park on Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Yovani Gallardo has spent much of his career toying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
MIAMI (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo's first home run landed in the nightclub beyond the left-field fence, catching by surprise revelers distracted by the Miami Heat on TV.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Raul Ibanez was more than happy to turn those welcome back calls of ''Ra-uuul!'' into a good old Bronx cheer.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start against the Padres in San Diego on Friday. It will mark the first time Strasburg will pitch in his hometown as a Major Leaguer.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday because his knees and rib cage were sore in the wake of Monday's collision with the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.