Paulo Orlando went 0-for-5 as the Royals' No. 7 hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.
Orlando had hit leadoff in his previous 12 starts, but his recent slump got him dropped back down the order tonight. He could start losing some at-bats going forward, though that depends on the health of Lorenzo Cain's wrist. Orlando is just three for his last 43, sending his average spiraling from .334 to .303.
Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer Wednesday in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Pirates.
Bryant also singled and walked. He's hitting .418 with 10 homers in his last 23 games, raising his overall OPS from .916 to .993. It's why he's the clear MVP favorite at the moment.
Jason Hammel bounced back from his short start against the Dodgers to limit the Pirates to one run in six innings Wednesday.
The Cubs started Hammel on three days' rest in this one after he pitched just 2 1/3 innings last time out. He handled it nicely, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out six in his 14th win.
Aroldis Chapman picked up his 32nd save despite giving up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Pirates.
This was a really tough one for Chapman, who threw 31 pitches before punching out Jordy Mercer to end it. He also pitched Monday and Tuesday, so fatigue was probably an issue, even if he was still topping 100 mph on the guy. He'll surely have Thursday off, which could lead to a save chance for C.J. Edwards.
Ryan Vogelsong was charged with five runs in five-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.
Vogelsong got a little party afterwards anyway; he reached 10 years of service time this week, which maxes out his pension. The 39-year-old right-hander had been pretty good since rejoining the Pirates rotation on Aug. 4. He'll likely get a chance to finish out the year as a starter.