• Asked which prospects have made big impressions on him this summer, Servais, who's in charge of scouting and player development, named lefty Nate Smith (2.89 ERA in 11 starts in Double-A), second baseman Alex Yarbrough (.284/.314/.413 in Double-A), third baseman Zach Houchins (.379/.432/.621 in rookie ball) and center fielder Bo Way (.358/.405/.575 in rookie ball).
• Right-handed hitter C.J. Cron started at designated hitter against Orioles' righty Kevin Gausman, with lefty Efren Navarro off the bench on Wednesday. Cron and Navarro continue to split time, but their playing time is based more on matchups and whether Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton need to start at DH. Right-handed hitters have hit for a better average against Gausman this year.
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