Angels optioned OF Daniel Robertson to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Robertson hit .288/.307/.315 across 78 plate appearances in his month and a half in the major leagues. The 29-year-old will remain organizational outfield depth.
Mike Hessman tied a minor league record with his 432nd career homer Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.
The historic blast came in the third inning off Rochester right-hander Michael Bowden. Hessman also contributed a first-inning double. One more homer will put him ahead of Buzz Arlett for the most in minor league history. The 37-year-old leads the Mud Hens with 15 round-trippers in 307 at-bats this season. A career Quad-A player, Hessman hasn't made a big league appearance since 2010.
Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.
it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available.
Royals OF prospect Bubba Starling hit for the cycle Tuesday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
He finished it off with a ninth-inning single. The cycle was the first in club history. Starling has hit a remarkable .356 in 23 games this month with 12 RBI and 11 extra-base hits. The 22-year-old is batting .300 with an .850 OPS across two minor league levels this year.
Corey Kluber went the distance against the Royals Wednesday, recording six strikeouts while allowing just one run in a 12-1 victory.
He missed out on a shutout when Alex Rios had an RBI groundout in the ninth inning, but that's hardly anything to quibble over. Kluber permitted just five base knocks on the day and issued just one free pass as the Tribe rolled to a win. The reigning American League Cy Young winner has a superb 172/32 K/BB ratio over 157 innings this season to go along with a 3.44 ERA. He'll get the Angels on the road next.
Randal Grichuk (groin) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Grichuk missed a couple of games with groin discomfort. He underwent an MRI on Monday and it showed no structural damage. The young slugger is starting in center field and batting seventh in his return to action Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
He yielded 10 hits -- including three home runs -- while walking one, hitting three batters and recording just three strikeouts. It could be the last straw for Guthrie, whose ERA on the season now sits at 5.65. Royals manager Ned Yost will decide by next Tuesday whether to keep Guthrie or Chris Young in the rotation.
Reds RHP prospect Robert Stephenson fanned 10 hitters over eight shutout frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Louisville.
It was Stephenson's first double-digit strikeout game since getting promoted to Triple-A on July 3. The 105-pitch outing matched the longest of his minor league career. He's logged an outstanding 2.40 ERA during his five-game unbeaten steak. The 2011 first-round pick has struck out 9.97 hitters per nine innings this season. Stephenson was ranked 46th in MLB.com's most recent prospect rankings.