Great Wild North: Travis takes off, stuns SD!

Great Wild North: Travis takes off, stuns SD!

TORONTO -- Just when it appeared as though the Blue Jays were down and out, their offense brought them all the way back in the most unconventional way.

Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning, including the winning run on a wild pitch, to earn a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the Padres on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Bare claw: Cespedes' catch truly sweet

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Bare claw: Cespedes' catch truly sweet

Outfielders have to deal with a lot when tasked with making a tough catch on a shallow fly ball. From blinding sun rays to flashy jewelry in the stands to simple miscommunications with teammates, it's sometimes hard to make the play cleanly.

Although, as proven by Yoenis Cespedes in Game 1 of the Cardinals-Mets doubleheader on Tuesday, you don't actually need to make a play cleanly at all -- you can simply use your spare hand to secure the ball from crashing down to the ground and rendering all your effort moot.

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Trade Deadline: Bruce market is buzzing

Trade Deadline: Bruce market is buzzing

Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Monday at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Bruce pursuit heating up
Jay Bruce has loomed as a potential Trade Deadline mover for some time, but the Reds are now showing more urgency in discussions about their right fielder, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

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Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen

Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona paid the Nationals the ultimate compliment before Tuesday's game, saying Washington is "built for October baseball." In the opener of this series between potential postseason teams, the Indians looked like they fit that description as well, pulling off a 7-6 walk-off win at Progressive Field.

Francisco Lindor finished off Washington in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out single through the right side of the infield, scoring Chris Gimenez from third base to set off an on-field celebration. Lindor pumped his arms as he skipped up the first-base line, as fireworks popped overhead. Cleveland now has five walk-off wins this year, and has won 15 of its last 19 home games.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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3 from 3K: Ichiro collects career hit No. 2,997

3 from 3K: Ichiro collects career hit No. 2,997

MIAMI -- With a flick of his bat, Ichiro Suzuki moved three hits away from a major milestone, and in the context of Tuesday night, his single also brought Marlins Park to life and helped inspire Miami's 5-0 win over the Phillies.

Leading off the eighth inning, Ichiro sliced a pitch to left off right-hander Andrew Bailey as he inched closer to 3,000 for his Major League career. The hit energized a four-run inning that broke the game open.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

Suitors? Matching Deadline buyers, sellers

Suitors? Matching Deadline buyers, sellers

Weeks of anticipation and searching for just the right fit culminates in an Aug. 1 finale.

But enough about "The Bachelorette." Let's talk about the fast-approaching non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Busy Blue Jays add Benoit in deal for Storen

Busy Blue Jays add Benoit in deal for Storen

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins completed his second trade in less than 24 hours on Tuesday night by acquiring right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for fellow reliever Drew Storen.

Seattle also will receive cash considerations as part of the deal. The trade was officially announced on the same day that the Blue Jays acquired veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Liriano is 1st pitcher to homer off King Felix

Left-hander also first Pirates hurler to hit a home run in Interleague Play

Liriano is 1st pitcher to homer off King Felix

PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano unexpectedly found more success at the plate -- against Felix Hernandez, no less -- than on the mound Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Liriano struggled to follow up on his strong 13-strikeout, no-walk performance in the Pirates' 7-4 loss to the Mariners. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks in only 3 1/3 innings, losing his 10th game and seeing his ERA climb up to 5.38.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickerson does it again: SD's HR streak at 24

Rookie homers in 3rd straight game to put Padres closer to all-time record

Dickerson does it again: SD's HR streak at 24

TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson powered up once again in Tuesday night's 7-6, 12-inning loss at Rogers Centre as the Padres continued their march toward history, homering in a 24th consecutive game.

Dickerson's three-run shot off Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman gave the Friars a 4-3 lead, putting them in an exclusive club. They're only the sixth team in history to homer in 24 straight games, and the first since the 2002 Rangers ran their streak to 27 -- the all-time record.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shields shapes White Sox shutout of Cubs

Shields shapes White Sox shutout of Cubs

CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his sixth straight quality start and received a little offensive support from the White Sox, for a change, during a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox swept the South Side portion of this four-game crosstown battle, doing so in front of 39,553 for their fourth straight victory, moving back to .500 at 50-50. The Cubs, who are 12-20 in their last 32 games, fell to 59-40.

Shields worked 7 2/3 brilliant innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing four hits. He had two jams to pitch out of in the second and the sixth, but otherwise, the Cubs never really pushed him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows Shields well, having managed him in Tampa Bay from 2006-12. He saw that Shields didn't want to come out of the game in the eighth.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

After pitching deals, what's left (field) for Cubs?

A's Reddick could be Epstein's focus now that Chapman, Nathan, Montgomery in tow

After pitching deals, what's left (field) for Cubs?

CHICAGO -- David Ross knew something was in the air. His Spidey senses told him Theo Epstein was up to something.

"If you know Theo and have been around him, when he feels like he has a chance to win, he's going to go for it,'' said Ross, the Cubs' 39-year-old catcher. "You knew in this city, this team, the product he's built around here, he was going to do something big. I felt it. I was just waiting to see what it was. It's a guy who throws 105 miles per hour, which has never been done before. That's pretty cool.''

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon, Mets turn tables on Cards to earn split

Colon, Mets turn tables on Cards to earn split

NEW YORK -- The sun had just set at Citi Field, but the nightcap of a Tuesday doubleheader between the Mets and Cardinals was starting to look a lot like its afternoon counterpart. Jedd Gyorko, who hit the decisive two-run homer in the Cardinals' one-run win earlier, went deep in the second inning against Bartolo Colon.

The similarities ended there in the Mets' 3-1 win. While Noah Syndergaard slogged through six innings during the day, Colon limited St. Louis' offense to Gyorko's blast. He held the Cardinals to three hits through seven frames, the first time he'd pitched that deep in a game since June 26. Plus, he tied a season high with eight strikeouts.

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Josdua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Tuesday.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Mariners land Storen from Jays for Benoit

Former closer had been designated for assignment by Toronto

Mariners land Storen from Jays for Benoit

PITTSBURGH -- In a swap of struggling veteran right-handed relievers, the Mariners acquired former closer Drew Storen and cash considerations from the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for longtime setup man Joaquin Benoit.

Storen, 28, was designated for assignment on Sunday by Toronto after posting a 6.21 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs in the Blue Jays' 14-5 loss to Seattle on Saturday when he allowed a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the eighth.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. Of the 316 players selected during the first 10 rounds, only two of them did not sign:

41. Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP
217. Astros: Tyler Buffett, RHP

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Reddick, A's back Gray with power vs. Texas

Reddick, A's back Gray with power vs. Texas

ARLINGTON -- The A's powered their way to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night, using home runs from Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien to even a three-game series at Globe Life Park.

Reddick, who launched a two-run homer in the fourth on the heels of Crisp's leadoff shot, drove in another run in the fifth to finish with three RBIs in support of starter Sonny Gray. The A's right-hander went six innings, allowing all three of his runs in the fifth on a pair of home runs -- first a solo shot by Joey Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect who was promoted ahead of the game, and then a two-run homer off the bat of Mitch Moreland.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Aroldis arrives in Chicago with focus on wins

Fireballing closer expresses excitement in joining promising Cubs, having learned from past mistakes

Aroldis arrives in Chicago with focus on wins

CHICAGO -- Aroldis Chapman arrived on Tuesday, saying he's excited to join the Cubs and has learned from the mistakes he's made in the past, and he couldn't explain why he's throwing with more velocity this season.

"It feels very good to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform," Chapman said, sitting in the visitors' dugout at U.S. Cellular Field. "There's a lot of expectations here in Chicago, and I'm here to do my job and try to win a World Series."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers right at home in Fenway slugfest

Tigers right at home in Fenway slugfest

BOSTON -- With four ex-Red Sox in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the visitors looked so comfortable coming up on the winning end of a 9-8 slugfest at Fenway Park.

Jose Iglesias (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Victor Martinez (hit, RBI), Mike Aviles (2-for-5, run) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3-for-4, two RBIs) all contributed to the win, the second in as many nights for Detroit. It was Saltalamacchia's first game played in Boston since Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Blue Jays acquire Upton Jr. from Padres

Veteran outfielder has enjoyed productive season with San Diego

Blue Jays acquire Upton Jr. from Padres

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made their first big move of 2016 by acquiring veteran Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres on Tuesday morning.

Toronto picked up the versatile outfielder in exchange for Class A pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez, who was the Blue Jays' No. 18 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain provides own backing with 3-run homer

Cain provides own backing with 3-run homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- In need of an offensive spark, the Giants got it from an unlikely source Tuesday night: Matt Cain.

In his first appearance at AT&T Park since June 13, Cain came to the plate in the second inning with runners on first and third and one out, and slugged a three-run homer to give the Giants a 4-0 lead vs. the Reds.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks back CC, hold off Astros for series win

Yanks back CC, hold off Astros for series win

HOUSTON -- CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a month by holding the Astros to two runs -- on solo homers by Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis -- in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Yankees to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"I've been doing everything I can and trying not to get frustrated," Sabathia said. "We've been playing pretty well. We're fighting right now, so to be able to help us get a win feels good."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Fan hit by foul ball at Progressive Field taken to hospital

CLEVELAND -- A fan struck by a line drive off the bat of Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy during the first inning of Tuesday night's 7-6 Indians win at Progressive Field was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

Martha West, 75, was sitting down the right-field line where she may have been had trouble seeing the ball due to the setting sun, according to the Associated Press. Her glasses were broken and she received a cut above her eye, a family member told the AP.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners battle back in support of Felix

Mariners battle back in support of Felix

PITTSBURGH -- Felix Hernandez dug Seattle into an early hole, but the Mariners climbed out of it with a pair of big innings and some gritty relief work, holding on to beat the Pirates, 7-4, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

"We're certainly looking for crisper, sharper stuff than Felix showed tonight early in the game," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But to his credit, he hung in there. He gave us a chance, kept it right there and our offense was really the story of the game tonight. That and some really good relief pitching late."

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Harrell, Braves blank Twins; Garcia goes yard

Harrell, Braves blank Twins; Garcia goes yard

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the kind of outing by Ervin Santana that showcased why the Twins have been hesitant to trade the 12-year veteran, as he recorded his second complete game of the year. But the Braves pitched out of several jams and did just enough offensively, led by a solo homer from Adonis Garcia, in a 2-0 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Braves right-hander Lucas Harrell, who like Santana has also found himself subject to trade rumors, limited the Twins to four hits and three walks over six scoreless frames to get his second win. Relievers Mauricio Cabrera, Hunter Cervenka, Chris Withrow and closer Jim Johnson combined to throw three scoreless innings to preserve Atlanta's seventh shutout of the year.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Giants claim second-longest sellout streak

Team moves past Indians for regular-season record, trails Red Sox

Giants claim second-longest sellout streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- With a paid attendance of 41,896 Tuesday night, the Giants surpassed the Cleveland Indians for the second-longest sellout streak in Major League Baseball history. Dating back to Oct. 1, 2010, the club has sold out 456 consecutive regular-season games at AT&T Park.

It is the longest active streak in the Majors.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton drives in 2 as Marlins snap drought

Stanton drives in 2 as Marlins snap drought

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton woke up a sluggish Miami offense with two RBIs on Tuesday night, and Ichiro Suzuki energized an eighth-inning rally while also moving closer to 3,000 Major League hits.

Stanton's power and Ichiro's timely single provided all the support Tom Koehler needed as the Marlins defeated the Phillies, 5-0, at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Rockies' bats, Bettis best O's in Baltimore

Rockies' bats, Bettis best O's in Baltimore

BALTIMORE-- The Rockies used a four-run third inning to deny Oriole ace Chris Tillman his 15th win and snap first-place Baltimore's five-game win streak with Tuesday's 6-3 victory at Camden Yards.

Colorado had four consecutive two-out hits, including Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double that looped just inside the foul line. They sent eight men to the plate in that critical third. Tillman went five innings, allowing nine hits and six runs to raise his season ERA to 3.47.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Reyes has Grade 1 left intercostal strain

Collins says after twin bill that third baseman will be 'out for a couple days'

Reyes has Grade 1 left intercostal strain

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes, whose initial Mets tenure was fraught with injuries and frequent trips to the disabled list, is dealing with another malady less than three weeks into his return to New York.

Reyes suffered a Grade 1 left intercostal strain in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, and he will be "out for a couple days," manager Terry Collins said after the Mets' 3-1 win in Game 2. Reyes traveled to Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery during Game 2 for an MRI, which revealed the strain.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Valbuena day to day with hamstring strain

Astros 3B injured leg running to first base vs. Yankees

Valbuena day to day with hamstring strain

HOUSTON -- Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena left Tuesday night's game against the Yankees with a right hamstring strain. Valbuena is day to day, the team announced.

"We're not going to know anything tonight," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after his team's 6-3 loss to the Yankees. "I think it hurt. I think it scared him."

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shields providing Sox with quality assurance

After rough start with Chicago, veteran continues six-start surge with 7 2/3-inning gem vs. Cubs

Shields providing Sox with quality assurance

CHICAGO -- James Shields receives an A for his stellar pitching performance during the White Sox 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

But he earned an A+ for perspective after throwing 7 2/3 innings with 117 pitches against the National League Central leaders. After all, the same pitcher who has put together six straight quality starts and has a 1.71 ERA over those six trips to the mound allowed 21 runs on 24 hits over his first 8 2/3 innings for his new team.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson 'outstanding' in perfect relief outing

Right-hander pitches 4 scoreless innings in first appearance since July 2

Wilson 'outstanding' in perfect relief outing

BALTIMORE -- Rest looks like it has rejuvenated Tyler Wilson.

The O's righty, who was sent down to Triple-A to get "crisp" before the All-Star break, tossed four perfect innings and was a bright spot in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Rockies.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.