Brad Ziegler threw a fastball over the plate to one of the best hitters in baseball and got burned. Ziegler, who had yet to allow a run in six appearances for the Red Sox entering Wednesday, surrendered a go-ahead homer to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera in the top of the ninth inning at Fenway Park that gave Detroit a 4-3 win and a three-game series sweep.
A day after suffering a Grade 1 strain of his left intercostal muscle, Jose Reyes said he hopes he can return to the Mets by Friday for their game against the Rockies at Citi Field. Reyes called Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals a "treatment day," with no plans to be available as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement off the bench. He will also rest Thursday, in the hope of returning as soon as Friday.
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Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera mauled the go-ahead home run in the ninth to make sure the Red Sox joined the ranks of the swept. It was his 21st homer of the year and his 12th go-ahead shot in the ninth inning or later over the last 10 seasons, most in the Major Leagues.
Adam Conley continued his dominance at home and he got plenty of run support in the Marlins' 11-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been excellent this season, but he can't do it all on his own. Despite his eight innings with two runs allowed, it was still enough to be overcome by the Reds, who left town with a 2-1 victory and two of three games in the series. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 games since the All-Star break.
The Padres avoided a three-game sweep in their first series north of the border, and it should come as no surprise that home runs were the main reason why.
As the Padres have approached baseball's all-time record home run streak, they've found power sources from up and down their entire roster over the past month. That was evident again on Wednesday.
Part of the unofficial job description of being an ace is to serve as a stopper when a team endures any sort of skid. So the Nationals, having dropped six of their past eight games, needed a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg.
According to the stat sheet, it would seem Hunter Pence is right at the doorstep of a return to the San Francisco Giants. But manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the right fielder's output at the plate will have no effect on when the club chooses to activate him.
The Marlins are prepared to welcome Dee Gordon back to their roster on Thursday. Gordon's 80-game suspension is coming to an end, and the 2015 National League batting champion will be reinstated in time for Miami's series opener against the Cardinals.
The Nationals finally placed Stephen Drew on the disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Sunday, with vertigo-like symptoms. Wilmer Difo, the club's No. 6 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take Drew's place.
Scientists have discovered one of the most common genes in patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and the Ice Bucket Challenge that became a viral phenomenon two years ago is credited with facilitating what medical experts are considering a key step toward finding a cure.
In the aftermath of a second consecutive blown save, the Nationals needed a strong showing from starter Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander delivered, stifling the Indians in a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon to split the two-game Interleague set at Progressive Field.
Every team in the Majors faces pressure to win. With Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, that pressure is mounting. These are the five teams in each league under the most scrutiny to make something happen before the Deadline.
With a day off on Thursday, the Dodgers seemed to be buying time on Wednesday with injuries to outfielder Yasiel Puig and reliever Adam Liberatore.
Now that the Chicago Cubs have addressed their bullpen with the acquisitions of Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery, they've shifted focus to another area of need: the outfield.