The other hero of the game for the Dodgers was Chase Utley. His game-winning home run became a footnote Wednesday night, but without it, Clayton Kershaw would have had a 15-strikeout, hang-with-’em no-decision.
The Orioles, marred in a six-game losing streak entering Wednesday, are still putting on a defensive show.
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was removed from Wednesday night’s 8-3 Seattle win over the Astros with a strained quad muscle in his right leg after getting thrown out at the plate in the top of the seventh inning.
Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer, his 33rd of the season, touched down in the center-field trees and pushed him up to a National League-best 100 RBIs.
Marcus Stroman’s first official rehab start with Class A Lansing proved to be an overwhelming success, as the 24-year-old tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings of no-hit ball against the Great Lakes Loons.
First baseman Lucas Duda took a tangible step forward in his rehab from a back injury on Wednesday, swinging a bat for the first time since landing on the disabled list Aug. 22.
Alex Rodriguez’s season-long mantra has been that he will do whatever the Yankees ask of him, but after observing an awkward practice session at first base this week at Fenway Park, manager Joe Girardi said that they have decided to keep the slugger in his adopted comfort zone as a designated hitter.
Every winter, we cover a host of seemingly minor signings — veteran utility players, swingmen, platoon outfielders, etc. — as teams fill out their rosters by adding depth and competition in areas of uncertainty. It’s unusual for such deals to have truly significant impact. But minor league signings can be hugely important. The Tigers, for instance, have rightly received ample attention for their immensely beneficial decision to bring in late-blooming slugger J.D
Braves rookie second baseman Hector Olivera picked up his first big league hit on Wednesday afternoon, chopping a ball through the left side of the infield in the third inning for a two-run single that gave the Atlanta an early 3-2 lead against the Marlins.