Jose Quintana held the Red Sox to two runs in 6 1/3 innings to pick up a win on Wednesday.
Quintana got a month's worth of run support tonight, as the White Sox busted out for nine runs to give him his sixth win of the season. It's the first time they've done so well in one of his starts since July 2014. With a shutout of the Indians last time out, Quintana has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
Rick Porcello was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in two-plus innings by the White Sox on Wednesday.
Just when it looked like Porcello might have gotten it together (5 ER in 18 IP last three starts), he fings himself right back at square one tonight. He's lost nine of his last 10 decisions, and his ERA is back up to 5.81 now. This is just completely and totally a lost year for him.
Adam Eaton went 3-for-6 with a leadoff homer against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Eaton has nine homers in 93 games this year after hitting one in 123 games last year. He's been one of the keys to the White Sox's turnaround of late, spending the last two months as one of the AL's best leadoff men after spending the first two months as one of the worst.
Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.
Napoli has very quietly gong 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles in 11 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox still aren't going to get much of anything for him if they trade him now, but he might look more attractive if he keeps this up for a couple of more weeks. In the meantime, those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him a look.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Rangers remain open to the idea of trading Yovani Gallardo.
Even though Wednesday's acquisition of Cole Hamels sets the Rangers up to compete in 2016, Gallardo is an impending free agent and could net the club a nice return in the trade market. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.19 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 83/46 K/BB ratio over 121 1/3 innings on the season.
Jed Lowrie (thumb) will be activated from the disabled list and return to the Astros lineup on Thursday.
Lowrie will start at third base for the Astros, with Carlos Correa firmly entrenched as the team's starting shortstop. Before landing on the shelf, the 31-year-old was hitting .300/.432/.567 with four homers and 10 RBI in 18 games.
Astros designated RHP Roberto Hernandez for assignment.
The 34-year-old right-hander posted 4.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 42/26 K/BB ratio in his 84 2/3 innings with the Astros. He'll look to latch on elsewhere to continue his big league career.
Tyson Ross pitched five innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a victory over the Mets.
Maybe Ross's status as a trade candidate had something to do with him exiting after 83 pitches and not being pushed to pitch a sixth inning. His control wasn't the best tonight, as it often hasn't been this year, but he's just so darn difficult to get the ball in the air against. The homer he allowed to Lucas Duda tonight was just the fourth he's given up in 127 2/3 innings this season.