Making his first start in eight days, Evan Gattis hit his first grand slam Wednesday against the Twins.
Gattis had two homers off the bench since his previous start on May 14. He has 10 homers in just 122 at-bats on the season. It's hard for the Braves to find playing time for him with Brian McCann and Jason Heyward back, but they have to do a better job than this of mixing him in.
B.J. Upton hit his first homer since April 23 off the Twins' Vance Worley on Wednesday.
It gave him just his second RBI in May. Facing Twins pitching got B.J. going just a little; he's 3-for-7 the last two days. It's just the second time in a month that he's had three hits in a series.
Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 and hit his fourth homer Wednesday against the Braves.
Hicks had fallen back into a 2-for-25 slump since his two-homer game on May 13. Today's homer off Cory Rasmus was his first off a righty. He was hitting just .119 in 101 at-bats against them.
Twins optioned RHP Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester.
No word yet on whether Kyle Gibson will be the choice to replace him, but don't count it out. The Twins acquired Worley from the Phillies over the winter in hopes that he would be a productive member of the starting rotation, but he has been anything but. After being knocked around for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday by the Braves, the 25-year-old has an ugly 7.21 ERA across 10 starts. If Worley can turn things around in the minors, he figures to get another chance soon.
Adam Jones will serve as the DH for the second straight game Wednesday.
Jones tweaked his right leg during Monday's game and is banged up in general, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter is playing things safe. Chris Dickerson will make another start in center field after his two-homer night on Tuesday.
Jake Odorizzi's next start has been pushed back to next Monday against the Marlins.
Odorizzi originally lined up to face the Yankees on Sunday, but Alex Cobb will get the call instead. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up three runs in five innings Monday against the Indians and makes for a fine streaming option in mixed leagues now that he has a favorable matchup against Miami.
Alex Cobb will move up a day in the rotation to start Sunday against the Yankees.
Jake Odorizzi was originally on turn for the assignment, but he will start Monday against the Marlins instead. Cobb allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays and holds a 2.73 ERA through nine starts this season.
Zack Wheeler allowed three runs in five innings Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas in his return to action.
Cleared of his recent clavicle issue, it was his first start since May 11. Wheeler threw a total of 67 pitches and allowed five hits and two walks while striking out two. He also hit a batter. Given the long layoff, the results shouldn't be taken too critically. Still, the Mets want to see another solid string of starts before he is called up to the majors. We're still guessing he'll be up in mid-June.