Albert Pujols hit a 421-foot, three-run bomb, but he didn't make the cut. Who did? Besides the ageless Mr. Moyer, of course ...
Kyle Kendrick, Phillies - Kendrick didn't find until Tuesday that he'd be starting on Wednesday in place of the disabled Vance Worley. Despite the short notice, Kendrick thrived. He worked six innings, gave up two runs on three hits and struck four while walking none. Kendrick also retired the last five batters he faced.
Jamie Moyer, Rockies - Not only did Moyer, who, you may have heard, is quite old, allow only one run in 6.1 innings at a mile above sea level, but he also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBI (both on an Ichiro-like infield single -- minus the Ichiro-like footspeed). In the process, Moyer broke his own record for oldest pitcher ever to win a game.
Adam LaRoche, Nationals - Given all the injuries in D.C., LaRoche can rightly be regarded as a rock for the Nationals. He certainly was on Wednesday, when he went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBI. LaRoche is now hitting .339/.429/.595 on the season.
Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - On Wednesday, Kuroda got cuffed around by the Blue Jays: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 HR. Those seven runs are the most Kuroda has allowed since his rookie campaign of 2008. He remains winless on the road this season.
Felix Hernandez, Mariners - King Felix was a mere serf on Wednesday night against the Tribe. Cleveland hitters abused him for eight runs on 10 hits in just 3.1 innings of work. Hernandez faced 24 batters on the night, and 14 of them reached base. It's the first time Hernandez has given up eight or more runs in a start since May 7, 2010.
Jon Rauch, Mets - On the way to blowing his third save of the season, Rauch surrendered three runs on three hits and recorded only one out. Trusted with a 3-2 lead against the Reds, Rauch saw his ERA jump from 2.93 to 4.60.
Full Wednesday scoreboard with box scores and recaps for all games
And in this corner …: So maybe it's the A's who will wind up giving the Rangers the stiffest challenge in the AL West? Maybe "stiff challenge" will mean finishing 15 games back, or maybe it'll mean the A's hang around long enough to contend for a playoff berth. Ace Brandon McCarthy faces those mighty Rangers on Thursday. If you're partial to underdogs, then perhaps the A's should be your team for the rest of the season. 2:05 pm ET
More Moore: At some point this season, the Rays will need Matt Moore to get untracked. Moore is regarded as one of the best young arms in the game, but thus far in his rookie season he's scuttled. Presently, Moore has an ERA of 5.31, and he's issued 18 unintentional walks in 39.0 innings. He'll face the surging Red Sox on Thursday, and they'll present a serious challenge. 7:10 pm ET
Jimmy Mac: Don't look now, but the long-suffering Pirates are creeping toward the .500 mark. One of the reasons for their recent improvement is right-hander James McDonald, who has reeled off four straight quality starts and struck out 33 in 29.0 innings over that span. He'll try to keep it going against Jordan Zimmerman and the Nationals. 7:05 pm ET
Full Thursday schedule with probables
• More Dibble drivel: Rob Dibble, whose opinions are as predictable as his unstoppable need to share them, thinks Stephen Strasburg is something less than a man's man's man because of the alleged "Hot Stuff" incident. You'll recall that Dibble has long had a bee and/or Hot Stuff in his bonnet over Strasburg, and he's always been promiscuous with his one-way grudges. So your opinion is noted, Mr. Dibble. Now please resume being forgotten. [D.C. Sports Bog]
• Hall pass: Joey Votto's bat -- the one he used against the Nationals last week to become the first player ever to hit three home runs and a walk-off grand slam in the same game -- is bound for Cooperstown. "It's an honor for the Hall of Fame to be interested in something of mine," Votto said. "It's a first for me, and I'm happy about it." [MLB.com]
• Meet Mayor Met: It scarcely needs to be said, but Mr. Met should be mayor of New York. We all know this, of course, and now the New York Times's City Room blog has 10 reasons that Mr. Met should absolutely take possession of NYC's top office. Our fave: "3. Police Commissioner Chico Escuela."
• Introductions are in order: As you've no doubt read and heard, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter was placed on the restricted list because of his son's legal problems. So what is the restricted list? Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times takes an overdue look at this rarely used roster option.
• All your cards are belong to us: The Cubs are, a, hosting a Social Media Night and, b, handing out Twitter-themed baseball cards for the occasion. Overreact to this news at your leisure. [Sports Business Daily]
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