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Tough break for Yankees — literally: The look on his face says a lot about how much pain Alex Rodriguez was in after being hit on the hand with an 88 mph change-up by Felix Hernandez. The Yankees haven't said how long they guess Rodriguez will miss because of a non-displaced fracture, but teammate Eric Chavez sat out five weeks with a similar injury in 2004. Hernandez actually hit three Yankees in a five-batter stretch over two innings, with A-Rod's HBP coming with the M's leading by two runs in the eighth. Seattle won 4-2, though Hernandez said he was unhappy about his loss of control hurting A-Rod.
The Pirates traded for a pitcher: With their streak of sub-.500 seasons in serious jeopardy and the playoffs within reach, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a major acquisition for the pennant race, trading prospects to Houston for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. At 33, Rodriguez probably is one of the better pitchers to have not made an All-Star team since he entered the league in 2005. He has a 3.79 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 130 innings this season. He also is under contract for 2013 with a club option for 2014. The Pirates fell 5-1 to the Cubs on Tuesday, but are 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central.
Phillies 'close' to re-signing Hamels, rally again vs. Brewers: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Phillies and Cole Hamels were on the verge of signing a six-year contract extension that would avert his pending free agency and make him the second-richest pitcher in major-league history after CC Sabathia. UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS says the deal is done, and is worth $144 million. Other Phillies players, obviously buoyed by this development, rallied with six runs in the eighth and beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7. The comeback spoiled a strong performance by ace Zack Greinke, who has been on the trading block. He hit a home run against Cliff Lee and, on the mound, allowed a run and three hits over seven innings. From Elias via ESPN:
It was the second consecutive game that the Phillies won after trailing by three or more runs in the eighth inning or later. They had done that only once before, 113 years ago, with a pair of walk-off wins over the Pirates at Baker Bowl in August 1899.
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Quote of the Day: ''It was not a bad pitch, not where he wanted it. With a guy like me up there, you've got to make your pitch. ... I can't even say that with a straight face." — Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, who hit an RBI double and drew a bases-loaded walk against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers in an 8-2 victory at Busch Stadium. Wainwright came in 3 for 38 with 17 strikeouts.
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Play of the Day: Devilish defense by Angel Pagan
Later, an RBI single by Brandon Crawford put a 3-2 decision in the win column for the San Francisco Giants.
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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:
• The Cleveland Indians had just one sacrifice bunt in 76 games since May 1, until Aaron Cunningham successfully employed a suicide squeeze to push across the go-ahead run in the seventh inning against the Tigers. The Indians won 3-2.
• Tim Hudson of the Braves retired the final 16 batters he faced in a 4-3 victory against the Marlins. Jason Heyward snapped a 3-all tie with an RBI single in the seventh against Wade LeBlanc.
• After switching to a lighter bat, Adam LaRoche hit a tie-breaking home run that helped hand knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his first loss in three months. Washington beat the Mets 5-2.