The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.
If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year.
Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.
Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis.
Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul.
In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.
Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers.
Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.
Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year.
Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.
Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth.
Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.
With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1.
Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.
Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next.