Francisco Liriano fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Pirates' 5-2 defeat of the Giants.
Liriano was masterful, limiting the Giants to four hits -- three singles and a double -- while striking out six. The veteran left-hander issued just one walk and now boasts a 3.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings this season. The Pirates swept the three-game series in San Francisco and have now earned wins in 11 of their last 13 games. Here come the Buccos.
Tim Hudson allowed two earned runs in seven innings Wednesday in the Giants' loss to the Pirates.
Hudson pitched well enough to deserve a victory, striking out six Pittsburgh hitters and walking just one, but the San Francisco bullpen let him down in a rough eighth and ninth. Hudson now stands 3-5 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings this season. He'll take on the Mets on the road next week.
Pedro Baez (pectoral) is throwing pain-free on flat ground.
Baez strained the pectoral muscle in mid-May, and it has proven to be a bit of a burden. He'll need to get back on the mound before the club can think about activating him. That sounds as though it could be soon, though.
Kelly Johnson (oblique) began taking batting practice and doing defensive drills this week.
Johnson is working out at the Braves' spring training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There remains no timetable for his return, but that he's doing baseball activities is a good sign. The infielder will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the Braves.
Matt Albers (finger) had pins removed from his right pinkie and is rehabbing the finger.
The White Sox expected him to resume throwing soon, but nothing concrete has been set. Albers has been out since late April after sustaining a fractured pinkie during the team's brawl with the Royals.
Jonathan Schoop (knee) has been playing in extended spring training games recently.
Schoop is recovering from a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee sustained in mid-April. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said a return before the All-Star break is still in play.
Matt Wieters (elbow) will rejoin the Orioles on Friday in Cleveland.
There had been some discussion that the backstop could rejoin the team Thursday and serve as their designated hitter, but they'll wait another day to be safe. Wieters will be behind the plate in his first game back. His recovery from Tommy John surgery took a little longer than expected, but his elbow should be healthy going forward.
Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.
It's actually a restart after Puig suffered a setback in mid-May. He's been running the bases and taking batting practice, so he may just need a few games to be ready to return to the Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly said he thinks the outfielder could be ready to return sometime next week.