Minnesota Twins (62-60, third in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (80-45, first in the AL West)
Houston; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Chris Archer (2-6, 4.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 76 strikeouts); Astros: Luis Garcia (10-8, 4.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 127 strikeouts)
St. Louis Cardinals (71-53, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (54-70, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Thursday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.33 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 66 strikeouts); Cubs: Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.83 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 83 strikeouts)
Colorado Rockies (54-71, fifth in the NL West) vs. New York Mets (79-46, first in the NL East)
New York; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Ryan Feltner (2-4, 5.88 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 49 strikeouts); Mets: Jacob deGrom (2-1, 2.31 ERA, .51 WHIP, 37 strikeouts)
Chicago White Sox (63-61, second in the AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (64-59, fourth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Thursday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 75 strikeouts); Orioles: Jordan Lyles (9-9, 4.61 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 119 strikeouts)
Cleveland Guardians (66-56, first in the AL Central) vs. Seattle Mariners (67-57, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Thursday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Triston McKenzie (9-9, 3.11 ERA, .96 WHIP, 138 strikeouts); Mariners: Marco Gonzales (8-12, 4.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 75 strikeouts)
New York Yankees (76-48, first in the AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (46-79, fifth in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Thursday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Jameson Taillon (11-4, 4.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 113 strikeouts); Athletics: James Kaprielian (3-7, 4.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 71 strikeouts)
Toronto Blue Jays (67-55, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (60-64, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Kevin Gausman (9-9, 2.99 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 149 strikeouts); Red Sox: Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 67 strikeouts)
Los Angeles Angels (52-72, fourth in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (68-55, second in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Angels: Patrick Sandoval (4-8, 3.14 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 115 strikeouts); Rays: Drew Rasmussen (8-4, 2.82 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 90 strikeouts)
Cincinnati Reds (48-74, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (69-55, third in the NL East)
Philadelphia; Thursday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Justin Dunn (1-1, 6.08 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 10 strikeouts); Phillies: Aaron Nola (8-10, 3.25 ERA, .96 WHIP, 174 strikeouts)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Heaney struck out 10 in his first win in four months, Austin Barnes drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pummeled the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight game, winning 12-6 on Wednesday night.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton returned to the mound after an 11-month absence, facing two batters for the Class A Tampa Tarpons on Wednesday night in his first appearance since Tommy John surgery.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr. homered during Kansas City's five-run rally in the seventh inning, leading Brady Singer and the Royals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Wednesday night.
Arizona starter Zac Gallen extended his shutout streak to 27 1/3 innings, leaving after the sixth with a 1-0 lead.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Wright allowed two hits over seven efficient innings, Matt Olson hit a grand slam that found the Allegheny River and the Atlanta Braves drilled the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates 14-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Harold Ramirez had an RBI double in the 11th inning and scored the winning run on a throwing error to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — George Springer got three hits, including a 10th-inning double on the first pitch from Boston reliever Ryan Brasier that scored automatic runner Jackie Bradley Jr. and lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Red Sox 3-2 Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach McKinstry homered and drove in three runs, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Wednesday night.
Nico Hoerner had three hits for Chicago, and Yan Gomes added two RBIs.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer and Trey Mancini added a two-run shot to back up another quality start by Framber Valdez, and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — On a night when the Chicago White Sox again gave themselves plenty of RBI opportunities, nobody had more than Gavin Sheets.
Three times, Sheets went to the plate with the bases loaded Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered, Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Jean Segura added three hits for the Phillies, who will go for the four-game series sweep on Thursday night.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hollidaysburg Little League extended its summer and staved off elimination for almost a month.
The Mid-Atlantic squad put together 10 straight elimination game victories dating to the Pennsylvania state tournament to make a run at the Little League World Series title.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cal Quantrill of the Cleveland Guardians claimed it was no big deal facing his former team, the San Diego Padres.
Reminded how demonstrative he was after getting out of two big jams, he laughed and told the truth.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners right-hander George Kirby set a major league record by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game and fellow Seattle rookie Julio Rodriguez reached a new level, but Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 win Wednesday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Skye Bolt hit a leadoff sacrifice fly — as strange as that sounds — in the 10th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday to avert a three-game sweep.
DENVER (AP) — Martín Pérez threw six scoreless innings and Nathaniel Lowe homered and drove in five runs, helping the Texas Rangers pound José Ureña and the Colorado Rockies 16-4 on Wednesday.
Mark Mathias had a bases-clearing double, Adolis García extended his hitting streak to 21 games with an RBI single and Lowe had a run-scoring single in a seven-run second inning.
Six players in the Dominican Summer League were suspended 60 games each by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.
New York Mets pitcher Richard Cardoza, Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Castro, Arizona pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, Houston pitcher Jose Serrano and Atlanta infielder Christian Suarez were penalized after testing positive for Stanozolol.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If the goal of swinging a bat is to hit the ball hard, then Oneil Cruz did it better than anyone.
The Pittsburgh Pirates rookie recorded the hardest-hit ball in the seven years that Major League Baseball has measured exit velocity, lashing a single that came off the bat at 122.4 mph in a 14-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Adams pounded his way to Cleveland baseball immortality.
The longtime drummer, who has provided a steady, rallying beat during baseball games in Cleveland since the 1970s, has been honored with an induction into the team's Distinguished Hall of Fame.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Following an 8-1 loss to Nicaragua at the Little League World Series, Ubaldo Ramos IV gathered his Panama team one final time.
It was an emotional group, as tears were shed in the postgame handshake line.
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Manning threw six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers scored all six of their runs in the fifth to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Wednesday and split a two-game series.
The Savannah Bananas, who became a national sensation with their irreverent style of baseball, are leaving the Coastal Plain League to focus full attention on their professional barnstorming team.
Owner Jesse Cole made the announcement in a YouTube video, saying “we'll be able to bring the Savannah Bananas to more people in Savannah and around the world.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-2 loss to the Yankees in the Subway Series finale was the Mets' most-viewed game in the 17-year history of the SNY network.
The game between first-place teams at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night was seen by 817,516 viewers, SNY said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Díaz blazing on the hill, Timmy Trumpet blaring the horn live at Citi Field — how's that sound, Mets fans?
The NL East-leading Mets announced Wednesday that Australian musician Timmy Trumpet, who teamed with Dutch pair Blasterjaxx to create the wildly popular “Narco” that Díaz uses for his entrance song, will be at the ballpark for a game next week.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are being careful with Kyle Wright, doing what they can to make sure their latest potential ace on a staff seemingly stuffed with them can keep the momentum going during his breakout season.
Aug. 31 — Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to Harvard this fall as a teaching fellow at the university's schools of government and public health.
De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from from 2014 to 2021, will take part in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and will teach classes on leadership and public service at the Harvard T.H.
NEW YORK (AP) — Every major league team will play each other in the same season for the first time next year as the sport switches to its first balanced schedule since 2000.
As a result of the format switch agreed to in the March lockout settlement, high-profile games between division rivals such as Yankees-Red Sox, Dodgers-Giants and Cubs-Cardinals will be reduced from 19.
San Francisco Giants (61-61, third in the NL West) vs. Detroit Tigers (47-77, fifth in the AL Central)
Detroit; Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Logan Webb (11-6, 3.08 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 124 strikeouts); Tigers: Matt Manning (0-1, 2.81 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)
St. Louis Cardinals (71-52, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (53-70, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (10-9, 3.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 118 strikeouts); Cubs: Luke Farrell (0-0)
Miami Marlins (54-69, fourth in the NL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (45-79, fifth in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Wednesday, 3:37 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Jesus Luzardo (3-5, 3.44 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 65 strikeouts); Athletics: Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.33 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 87 strikeouts)
Toronto Blue Jays (66-55, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (60-63, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (9-5, 5.39 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 117 strikeouts); Red Sox: Brayan Bello (0-0)
Atlanta Braves (77-48, second in the NL East) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-76, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Wednesday, 12:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Kyle Wright (15-5, 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 136 strikeouts); Pirates: Mitch Keller (4-9, 4.49 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 92 strikeouts)
Milwaukee Brewers (65-57, second in the NL Central) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (85-37, first in the NL West)
Los Angeles; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Adrian Houser (0-0); Dodgers: Andrew Heaney (1-1, 1.77 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 52 strikeouts)
Texas Rangers (56-67, third in the AL West) vs. Colorado Rockies (54-70, fifth in the NL West)
Denver; Wednesday, 3:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Martin Perez (9-4, 2.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 132 strikeouts); Rockies: Jose Urena (2-4, 4.71 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 30 strikeouts)
Cincinnati Reds (48-73, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (68-55, third in the NL East)
Philadelphia; Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: T.J. Zeuch (0-2, 13.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, five strikeouts); Phillies: Cristopher Sanchez (0-0)
Washington Nationals (41-83, fifth in the NL East) vs. Seattle Mariners (67-56, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 6.43 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 26 strikeouts); Mariners: George Kirby (5-3, 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 93 strikeouts)
Arizona Diamondbacks (56-66, fourth in the NL West) vs. Kansas City Royals (50-75, fourth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen (9-2, 2.78 ERA, .97 WHIP, 132 strikeouts); Royals: Brady Singer (6-4, 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 114 strikeouts)
Los Angeles Angels (52-71, fourth in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (67-55, second in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Angels: Mike Mayers (1-0, 5.22 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 27 strikeouts); Rays: Shane McClanahan (11-5, 2.29 ERA, .86 WHIP, 173 strikeouts)
Minnesota Twins (62-59, second in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (79-45, first in the AL West)
Houston; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Dylan Bundy (7-5, 4.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 77 strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (12-4, 2.72 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 134 strikeouts)
Cleveland Guardians (65-56, first in the AL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (68-57, second in the NL West)
San Diego; Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Cal Quantrill (9-5, 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 88 strikeouts); Padres: Blake Snell (5-6, 3.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 112 strikeouts)
Chicago White Sox (62-61, third in the AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (64-58, fourth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (9-7, 5.34 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 132 strikeouts); Orioles: Spenser Watkins (4-3, 4.04 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 48 strikeouts)