Weaver solid, but goes home with no decision
Jered Weaver | ANA
(April 23, 2014 10:37 PM EDT)
Jered Weaver held the Nationals to one run over six innings in Wednesday's start, but took the no decision.
Ernesto Frieri blew the save in the ninth inning, taking Weaver out of the running for his second win of the season. Weaver allowed seven hits, walked one, and struck out two. Weaver has struck out only five batters in 12 innings over his last two starts, but it's nothing to worry about yet. Weaver will face the Indians in his next start.
Espinosa has two hits, swipes second bag
Danny Espinosa | WAS
(April 23, 2014 10:34 PM EDT)
Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Angels.
Espinosa, now a regular part of the Nats' lineup with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf, will see plenty of playing time in the immediate future. He strikes out a lot and doesn't walk much, but will swipe the occasional bag, making him a reasonable option in deeper mixed leagues.
Trout has another multi-hit game in loss
Mike Trout | ANA
(April 23, 2014 10:31 PM EDT)
Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
Trout notched his eighth multi-hit game in his last 12 games. The 22-year-old phenom has wasted no time taking his place at or near the top of many leaderboards. He is slashing .315/.378/.584 after Wednesday's action.
Pujols has two more knocks in Angels' loss
Albert Pujols | ANA
(April 23, 2014 10:26 PM EDT)
Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
No home runs for Pujols after joining the 500-homer club on Tuesday, but the 34-year-old kept the hot hitting going. Pujols is now slashing .284/.351/.625 in 97 plate appearances. One item worth keeping an eye on is his strikeout rate, as it is markedly lower than it has been since Pujols joined the Angels as a free agent. His current 8.2 percent strikeout rate would be his lowest since 2006.
Semien's grand slam powers White Sox to win
Marcus Semien | CWS
(April 23, 2014 10:23 PM EDT)
Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 with a timely grand slam as the White Sox defeated the Tigers 6-4 on Wednesday.
Semien's seventh-inning grand slam put the White Sox ahead 6-4, a lead they would hold on to for the final three innings. Semien hasn't been very reliable with the bat, but is on a four-game hitting streak with as many extra-base hits in that span. He'll have to keep it going in order to maintain playing time once Gordon Beckham is activated.
Lindstrom escapes with the save vs. Tigers
Matt Lindstrom | CWS
(April 23, 2014 10:21 PM EDT)
Matt Lindstrom earned his third save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.
Lindstrom found himself in trouble, putting the winning run on base with a walk and a single, but was able to escape the jam. Lindstrom has made things anything but comfortable pitching out of the bullpen in nine appearances to start the season.
Rienzo gets into the seventh, takes the win
Andre Rienzo | CWS
(April 23, 2014 10:17 PM EDT)
Andre Rienzo got the win in Wednesday's start against the Tigers, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Rienzo, filling in for the injured Felipe Paulino, mostly stayed out of trouble, but the Tigers took advantage of him in the fourth inning, hanging a four-spot on the board. Rienzo surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out three. He will face the Rays the next time out.
Smyly logs quality start, but Tigers lose
Drew Smyly | DET
(April 23, 2014 10:15 PM EDT)
Drew Smyly held the White Sox to two runs over six innings in Wednesday's start, but took home the no-decision.
Smyly, making his second start of the season, looked better than he did his last time out on the mound. Overall, the lefty allowed six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Smyly will look to continue improving, getting the White Sox again in his next start.
LHP Leesman optioned to Triple-A Charlotte
Charlie Leesman | CWS
(April 23, 2014 10:15 PM EDT)
White Sox optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte.
Leesman was called up to start on Tuesday, allowing six run over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers. He was scheduled for another start on Sunday, so it's unclear how the Sox rotation will shake out. Leesman was optioned to make room for Gordon Beckham on the active roster.
Garcia logs two hits, swipes a bag in Sox win
Leury Garcia | CWS
(April 23, 2014 10:12 PM EDT)
Leury Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base as the White Sox defeated the Tigers on Wednesday.
Garcia hasn't been terribly productive with the bat as he notched his first multi-hit game since April 2. He swiped his third bag of the season, but was also thrown out on another attempt, making him 3-for-4 on the season.