Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 12-1 romp over the Cardinals.
Solarte had homered in two out of his last three games. He's now tallied an extra-base hit in four of eight games since coming over to the Padres from the Yankees along with Rafael De Paula for Chase Headley. Solarte has slashed .364/.410/.606 during that period. He's a must-start in NL-only formats at the moment, but it's likely you can find better options in your mixed league on the waiver wire.
Jesse Hahn fired seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, in a 12-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Hahn, who was lifted after 95 pitches having run out of gas, whiffed a trio and also walked two. This was the right-hander's seventh win in his last eight starts. Hahn, a 2010 sixth-round pick who came to San Diego along with Alex Torres for Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Matt Andriese, and Maxx Tissenbaum in January, entered this evening 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA in seven starts since returning to the rotation on June 14. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.88 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over his first nine major league outings. Hahn has a nice matchup on deck, getting the Twins in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.
Joe Kelly was chased out after five innings of work having allowed four runs on seven hits Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss against the Padres.
The right-hander struck out five and walked one on the night. After missing almost three months due to a painful hamstring strain, Kelly has yielded 15 runs and 22 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his three road starts since activation. He fired seven innings of one-run ball on July 19 against the Dodgers in his only home start since coming off the shelf. Fortunately, Kelly gets the Red Sox at home next week.
The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.
Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season.
Omar Infante went 3-for-3 with a walk Wednesday in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Twins.
Infante was hot before the All-Star break, but he entered tonight in a 4-for-38 funk. For the year, he's batting a respectable .268. Incredibly, he leads the Royals in RBI with 49, even though he has just five homers and he served a DL stint earlier this year.
Brett Anderson limited the Cubs to two runs over seven innings but took a no-decision, as the Rockies needed 10 innings before cinching a 6-4 victory on Wednesday.
It was a weird outing for Anderson. He allowed 11 hits, but nine were singles, and he did not issue a single walk while striking out nine. He's now allowed one run or fewer in at least six innings over each of his last three starts. Over seven starts overall since returning from the disabled list, Anderson has a 3.12 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a 27/13 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Cubs again next week, this time at home.
Danny Duffy pitched around six walks to hold the Twins to one run in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday.
That's largely because the Twins made three outs on the basepaths, with Eduardo Nunez getting picked off second by Salvador Perez, Sam Fuld getting picked off first by Duffy and Brian Dozier getting thrown out at home after trying to score on an errant throw. If the Twins hadn't done Duffy so many favors, there's a good chance they would have won tonight.
Travis Wood went home with a no-decision after allowing four runs in six frames, as the Cubs lost in 10 innings to the Rockies on Wednesday.
Wood struck out a season-high 11 -- by far eclipsing his previous high of seven dating back to the start of May -- but was otherwise quite hittable. The lefty yielded eight hits and a pair of walks in the effort. Wood's mediocre season continues, as he now has a 5.10 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 108/55 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Rockies again next week, but in the pitcher-unfriendly confines of Coors Field.