Yu Darvish turned in a rocky start against the Astros on Wednesday, giving up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
This makes four times in five starts and five times in seven that Darvish has given up at least four runs. He's still striking out plenty of batters, and while the walks have been up, that wasn't a factor tonight. Instead, he was just hit harder than practically any other time in his career. It's the second time in 78 major league starts that he's given up 10 hits and the second time he's given up at least five extra-base hits (he allowed six).
Jake Smolinski had three more hits Wednesday and is 5-for-10 since being called up by the Rangers on Monday.
Smolinski's minor league averages the last five years have ranged from .245 to .267, so expecting him to keep racking up hits in the majors is asking for a lot. He could have some short-term AL-only value for the Rangers, but he's not a good rest-of-season bet.
Carlos Rodon and the White Sox have agreed upon a deal for more than $6.45 million, pending a physical, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The third overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, Rodon got more than the $5.7 million slot amount. WRAL-TV's Jeff Graley, who first broke the news of the agreement, expects Rodon to be assigned to High-A Winston-Salem. He should be a fast-moving prospect who could be in Chicago at some point in 2015.
Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save for the third consecutive day, slamming the door on the Brewers in the ninth inning as the Phillies earned a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.
Papelbon had another 1-2-3 inning, also his third in a row. The Phillies will likely have to rely on Jake Diekman or Ken Giles in the ninth inning if they need to in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Papelbon is 22-for-24 in save chances with a 1.24 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/9 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning as the Phillies defeated the Brewers on Wednesday.
Rollins' homer off of Kyle Lohse, which turned out to be the game-winning hit, was his first home run in over a month. The shortstop hasn't done a whole lot offensively after a quick start to the season, but still has average numbers relative to his position. He is slashing .240/.325/.375 with nine home runs, 34 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.
Chase Utley singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats as the Phillies won their third consecutive game against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Utley gave the Phillies an early 1-0 lead, lining a home run to right field off of Kyle Lohse. It's his second homer of the series and his third consecutive two-hit game. The second baseman is now slashing .294/.351/.453 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. Utley will try to help the Phillies go for a four-game series sweep on Thursday.
Billy Hamilton said he's been dealing with hamstring tightness since spring and that he'll be fine in a couple of days.
Hamilton left Wednesday's game with a tight left hamstring, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything too serious. The Reds may give him the rest of the week off to ensure he's healthy heading into the second half. It's unfortunate timing, though -- Hamilton had been tearing the cover off the ball in recent days.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer off Kirby Yates in the ninth to lead the Royals to a 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.
It was Perez's 11th homer, leaving him just two shy of last year's total. He hasn't been driving in runs like he did last season, but the rest of his numbers are about what was expected from him. Odds are that he'll do better with RISP the rest of the way.