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Tyler Skaggs coughed up four runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision against the A's on Wednesday.

The young southpaw struck out two and walked three. He wasn't awful, but he made one unforgivable mistake on a 2-1 pitch to Brandon Moss with two men on and two outs in the fourth inning. That ball was blasted over the right field fence, and Oakland had a 4-1 it wouldn't have relinquished if Luke Gregerson had done his job. Skaggs (3.43 ERA) will return to a familiar NL environment when he travels to Washington next week.
Apr 17 - 2:37 AM

Tommy Milone surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Wednesday's no-decision versus the Angels.

Milone isn't going to blow anybody away, so there are going to be starts like tonight that could go one way or the other based on a whole bevy of circumstances. This evening, walking a pair and striking out only one didn't come back to bite him in a big way because he mostly avoided hard contact (six hits; four singles and two doubles). Milone has coughed up 16 hits over his first two starts, a frequency which must come down ASAP with the Rangers coming to town on Tuesday.
Apr 17 - 2:35 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a two-run double off Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th to lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

The floundering Red Sox caught quite a break when the White Sox ran out of pitchers, forcing them to turn to an infield. After two two-out walks from Garcia, Bradley delivered the big hit, just Boston's third after the first inning of the contest. He finished the game 1-for-6 with a walk.
Apr 17 - 1:51 AM

Edward Mujica took a blown save after giving up a run in the 10th inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

Last year, Mujica took his first loss and blown save of the season on July 4. By that time, he had already pitched 34 1/3 innings. This year, he already has one of each. One wonders how much longer he'll be trusted as Koji Uehara's fallback.
Apr 17 - 1:49 AM

Chris Capuano pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a relief victory Wednesday against the White Sox.

Capuano has been a revelation in relief for the Red Sox, throwing nine scoreless innings in the team's first 15 games. Given his injury history, we'll see if he can keep it up. He has to be in line for a couple of days off after the long outing tonight.
Apr 17 - 1:47 AM

After leaving Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a hand injury, Hanley Ramirez's X-rays came back negative.

Los Angeles collectively held its breath after Han-Ram was hit by a 90 mph Ryan Vogelsong fastball on the top of his left hand. The star shortstop spiked his helmet and jumped around in agony before exiting, with Justin Turner taking his spot. Consider Ramirez day-to-day.
Apr 17 - 1:45 AM

John Danks pitched six innings of one-run ball versus the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Danks gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and then not another one for the rest of his outing. In fact, the Red Sox didn't have another hit until the ninth. Danks ended up with a no-decision despite leaving with a two-run lead. He's 3-for-3 in quality starts this season, but he has just one win to show for it.
Apr 17 - 1:45 AM

Matt Lindstrom was charged with a remarkably cheap blown save after inheriting Maikel Cleto's mess in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Cleto, who got the last out in the eighth, was going to get a chance to go for the save in the ninth, but he was pulled from a 3-2 game after walking the first two batters of the inning. Lindstrom came in and retired David Ortiz on a flyball before giving up a soft infield single and a game-tying sac fly. While he did no wrong, it was his third blown save of the young season. Lindstrom preserved the tie from there and pitched a scoreless 10th, so it was a good night for him and a setback for Cleto, who appeared set to get a chance to supplant Lindstrom in the closer's role.
Apr 17 - 1:42 AM
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