Aaron Hicks hit his first homer of the year and walked Wednesday as the Twins topped the Red Sox 6-4.
Hicks didn't even have an RBI in 48 at-bats since being called up. The Twins have tried to make him more aggressive at the plate -- which explains why he also had just one walk in 13 games -- and he did jump all over a bad changeup from Rick Porcello today, delivering a two-run blast. Plus, now he has that second walk, too!
Mark Reynolds is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.
He'll serve as the Cardinals' regular first baseman while Matt Adams recovers from a right quad strain -- an injury that could take up to a month to fully heal. Reynolds is a frustratingly inconsistent hitter, but he still has good power at age 31 and should have mixed-league fantasy value over the next three-plus weeks.
Brian McCann homered and walked twice in four plate appearances on Wednesday as the Yankees topped the Royals.
McCann tied the game at one apiece with a second-inning home run off of Chris Young. The catcher has homered in back-to-back games and now has six on the season along with 29 RBI and a .239/.310/.428 triple-slash line.
Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, leading the Yankees past the Royals on Wednesday.
Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run to left field off of Chris Young. The 39-year-old now has 665 home runs in his career and is five RBI shy of 2,000. For the season, Rodriguez is hitting .276/.374/.566 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI.
Phil Hughes won Wednesday despite allowing two homers and four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox.
Hughes improved to 4-0 with a 4.64 ERA in May after going 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in April. It's almost like wins and losses don't do a very good job of describing pitcher performance.
Noah Syndergaard pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and helped his own cause with a solo home run, earning the win as the Mets completed a sweep of the Phillies with a 7-0 victory on Wednesday.
Syndergaard scattered six hits -- all singles -- while issuing no walks and striking out six. His home run came in the fourth inning off of Sean O'Sullivan, pushing the Mets' lead to 5-0 at the time. The young right-hander has four starts under his belt, sporting a 2.55 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 22/5 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. Syndergaard will face the Padres at Petco Park next.
Rick Porcello was tagged for six runs in seven innings by the Twins in Wednesday's loss.
Porcello surrendered two homers for the fourth time already this year. That's tied for the most multihomer games he's given up since 2009. Still, he might have gotten away with the homers if not for a fluky three-run third inning today. The rally started with a walk on a pitch that looked like strike-three and the big blow was a little blooper from Torii Hunter that barely landed fair over the first-base big, resulting in a two-run single.
Sean O'Sullivan was demolished by the Mets on Wednesday, allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings en route to a loss.
Five of the runs came on four home runs, including two to Lucas Duda and another to opposing pitcher Noah Syndergaard. O'Sullivan gave up 11 hits in total while walking one and striking out two. He had pitched well in May, but he has always had an issue with the long ball so Wednesday's outing is no surprise. O'Sullivan is now 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and an 18/8 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the Reds in a home start next.